Mani Monday…

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If you’re looking for a good quality, long lasting gel nail polish range that doesn’t cost the earth, look no further than Barry M!

Their Gelly Hi Shine nail paint range delivers a diamond shine finish in one coat, for just £3.99 a bottle.

Very highly pigmented and chip resistant, they’ll outshine other polish formulas when it comes to longevity and shine.

Gelly Hi Shine nail paints are available at Boots, Superdrug and at in an endless variety of colour popping shades. This is one gel nail range that’ll have you spoilt for choice.

What’s more, Barry M’s products are vegan friendly and cruelty free, so you can polish your talons and your halo, safe in the knowledge no bunnies were hurt in the making of such bright, glossy goodness!

Make-up Monday…

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Only Nineties kids will remember applying their lipstick and kohl in the back of a cab, or on the Tube, a little cag-handed and rarely with a mirror to hand. Make-up looked lived-in, and messy in a special glam-rock way. If you could channel Debbie Harry's midnight kebab stop look on a Saturday night, you oozed some serious cool.

Fast forward to today's massively digitally influenced rituals, think Kardashian contour videos and 12-step smokey eye tutorials, which have gone some way to producing symmetrical, predictable faces that look almost fem-bot.

Thankfully, AW17 is set to see something of a false-perfection backlash. Why not take a break from obsessive blending and precision, and go for something a little rough around the edges… yep, crap-plication is the newest emerging beauty trend!

Distressed Kohl…

Pile a kohl liner all around and into your lash lines, taking it outward until it looks like an undone Bardot wing. You can easily achieve this in seconds by smoking out the kohl with a small smudger brush.

For a darker, more dramatic take on this look, you can break up the black using an eyeshadow brush to paint any excess over the lids and outwards for a sooty halo. Rubbing the lids with your finger adds more destruction. Apply some black mascara for lash definition. Keep lips bare and natural.

Kohl picks…

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon in Back To Black, £4.99

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean,

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Black Velvet, £15.50

Socket to them…

Vibe? Applied in the back of a car that drove over a speed bump. Generously trace your top lashes with some bright pot eyeliner with your eyes closed. Then, open wide while the liner is still wet. Hey, presto, half the colour will transfer into your creases. Line your bottom lashline equally as thick, but don't join up the lines at the corners. To avoid a clown face, strip back the rest of your make-up. A bit of leftover looking lip stain is all you need.

Bold pot eyeliner picks…

MAC Chromaline pot eyeliners in Hi-Def Cyan and Primary Yellow, £16.50 each – you could blend these two together for a fun looking "pea-soup" shade!

Stila Smudge Pot in Electric Blue £13

NYX Gel Liner and Smudger in Teal, £8

Steamed Liner …

This swampy eye look is meant to look like you slept with your eyeliner on. Alternatively, apply a generous amount of pot or pencil liner along the lower lash line and dot the same colour between the top lashes. Fuzz the lower line downwards with a smudger brush, so it looks like you've been in the sauna with your make-up on. Dabbing some metallic pigment powder in the same colour on top of the lines will set them and add some depth. Skip mascara, and brush your brows upwards with brow gel. Good morning!

Steamed Liner Picks…

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Baller, £18

MAC Pigment in Emerald Green, £16


To paraphrase Dolly Parton, it takes a lot of effort for mascara to look this cheap. Curl your lashes and then paint your lashes almost individually with the tip of your wand, blobbing on the colour and then separating the lashes. Do this repeatedly until you think you're done, then apply more. To finish off, drag the wand back and forth through your lashes. Now do all this again with your lower lashes!

Max-Cara picks…

NYX Coloured Mascara, £6

Kiko Smart Coloured Mascara, £5.90

Snogged Off…

Remember being 16 and being able to kiss for two hours straight before appearing with the most beautiful, rebellious looking stained lip? Well, this is what you're going for now. Use your finger to press a matte lipstick onto your lips, then blot this to create the stained look. If you want to blur the edges, an eyeshadow brush is ideal. To make lips look licked, top with a clear gloss in the centre. Alternatively, slick on one of the new glossy lip stains that do all this for you. Feel free to do the actual snogging, too!

Snogged Off Picks…

YSL Glossy Stain, £26

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, £7.99

Beauty Tuesday: Dupe Alert!

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Some of the most sought after eyeshadow palettes can cost nearly £40. If you're a beauty addict on a budget, don't despair, Make-up Revolution and it's sister brand I Heart Make-up sell almost straight-up copies of those much wanted Naked palettes! For the price of that Too Faced Chocolate Bar you could treat yourself to nine Revolution Iconic palettes, and the best thing of all… the dupes pack just as much shimmer and colour pay off as their holy grail counterparts, the shade ranges are even identical!

Urban Decay Smoked Palette… £38

Revolution Hot Smoked Palette… £4

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette… £39

I Heart Make-up I Heart Chocolate Palette… £7.99

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette… £39.50

Revolution Iconic 3 Palette… £4

Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette… £39.50

Revolution Iconic Smokey Palette… £6

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette… £39

I Heart Make-up Chocolate & Peaches Palette… £7.99

AW17 Beauty Must Haves!

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Safe to say I have fallen in love with LA make-up brand Colourpop. Not only do they have an extensive range of velvety soft satin lip colours and the best collection of matte and shimmer eyeshadows and face powders ever, they recently launched their No Filter concealers, and an impressive set of sleek, professional brushes, which would be great for blending their ultra-wearable bronzers and Super Shock Highlighters.
If you want a pop of Colourpop in your life, check out their website!

Aura, the new fragrance by Mugler. I would love to try this as I just love the mysterious Mugler perfumes, and I love Alien – my fave! Aura has a combination of sweet, vanilla, woody and white florals which work in a somewhat whimsical way. This is something I've always loved about Mugler, their fragrances have an unexpected mixture of notes which makes their fragrances as individual as the person wearing them and they don't smell overly floral or girly.

Lipstick Queen in Saint Sheer – I have never tried anything in this lipstick brand, founded by lipstick lover Poppy King. Saint Sheer looks like the perfect pinky nude for everyday, a shade you could wear all year round.

Greek brand Korres have the best body lotions I've ever used. Body Milks boast an ultra hydrating formula that sinks into the skin leaving it silky soft all day. Japanese Rose is a beautiful oriental scent. You won't be able to miss the eclectic product packaging!

Sally Hansen's new Colour Therapy range has just launched, complete with rose gold lids to top off their generous bottles. The colour range boasts some beautiful jewel tones for Fall and some duochromes like Reflection Pool, a greenish blue shade colour flip that I really want to try! It reminds me of some of the Aquarium colours Barry M launched a couple of years back.

Beauty Tuesday…

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If you thought there were little or no uber-cool make-up brands that were vegan and/or cruelty free, think again…

Some of you may be pleasantly surprised. The 3 brands with some of the most sought after trend products are. NYX, Colourpop and Dose Of Colors!

The beauty trend circuit has seen a huge boom in velvet matte lips, sparkly smoky-eyes and prismatic highlighted cheekbones, and they're here to slay for a good while.

Colurpop and Dose Of Colors, both popular US brands, are very well known for their silky matte lip offerings. Liquid Matte Lipstick from Dose Of Colors is highly sought after, especially the shade Stone, a suits-all pinky nude shade.

The 90's brown lip isn't going anywhere, at the SS17 shows there were some new takes on the trend. Moschino precisely lined lips and filled them in with a matte pale tan. Creamy mahogany was spotted at Blumarine, which was complimented with peachy eyes. A russet coloured lipstick blurred at the edges was the look of choice for Rocksanda.

There are plenty of matte, satin, creamy and gloss options to help you relive the look, Colourpop has some right corkers!

Ultra Satin Lip in Mess Around – a mid-tone greige with brown undertones.

Ultra Matte Lip in Embellish – a darker, blackened brown.

Ultra Glossy Lip in Cheat Code – a sheer metallic, brown copper.

Lippie Stix in Kapish – a dusty warm brown.

NYX, with their seemingly endless variety of liquid lip products, have captured the trend perfectly, too!

Lip Lingerie, a straight up dupe for Kylie's Lip Kits, have just extended their shade range. Good news if you were looking for Bustier and Cashmere Silk. Honeymoon is also the ultimate brown lip shade.

Soft Matte Lip Creams are also a popular NYX buy, you can never have too many!

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Tuesday… Hues-day!

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I can’t be the only one who only has to look at something deep sea blue on scorching days like this to instantly think of refreshing, cooling treats.

Some of my favourite Summertime Blues: Victoria’s Secret Aqua Kiss, Mavala Cyclades Blue, Nails Inc Special Effects in Fitzroy Square, Barry M Molten Metals, Mavala Blue Curucao and Maui Moisture Coconut Milk Weightless Oil Mist

Curucao, an ocean inspired blue shade inspired by its namesake Caribbean island, is the type of summer blue that goes swimmingly well with poolside afternoons well spent at your favourite holiday destination.

Essie’s Beach Bum Blu, a pale metallic teal, is one of those nail colours that always evokes memories of Mediterranean adventures to Spanish and Greek Islands.

Mavala’s Curucao Blue is similar. It’s a stunning aqua blue with slight a shimmer finish. Whether you’re rocking out at an electric festival or chilling by the sea, this bold teal is just ideal for summer, so is the similar Cyclades Blue, which is more of a Santorini inspired, dreamy blue.

Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Mists have been getting a lot of use this Summer; Aqua Kiss has to be my favourite. It’s the most refreshing blend of Rain Kissed Freesia and Daisy that instantly revitalises.

Maui Moisture, the next big thing in eco-friendly, beautifully packaged haircare, boasts one of the lightest, hair hydrators around. Made with 100% pure aloe juice, coconut milk, mango butter and guava oil, one spritz of this paraben free formula will quench thirsty strands without weighing hair down.

Mix n’ Match Monday 

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Lace Jumpsuits, Embroidered Denim Jackets, Summer Espadrilles and the prettiest Floral Phone Cases make for the most feminine, playful July you’ve ever had!

Jumpsuit: Diane Von Furstenburg

Embroidered Denim Jacket: Alexander McQueen 

Popping Pink Tote: D&G

Espadrilles with Fluoro stripes: Sophia Webster 

Bright phone case: Casetify

Perfume: Marc Jacobs Oh Lola!

Roses & Sequins on this ultra glam Ashish jacket, the chic simplicity of an Ayton Gasson play suit and edgy Gucci block heels and a Vivienne Westwood envelope clutch make for the ultimate summer evening ensemble. Red, black and denim… classic colours with a twist!

The lace is on with this floaty Self Portrait jumpsuit. Keep it casual and playful for day with metallic espadrilles like these shiny ones from Saint Laurent. A classic quilted bag, like a Chanel 2.55 re-issue adds a touch of luxury with a vintage vibe, while a floriental fragrance like Gucci’s Bamboo, a velvet matte lip and a nude mani will tick all the beauty trend boxes without you looking too “done.”

After that explosive splash of colour from this jumpsuit and rather fun looking bag, you’re gonna need to calm it all down with a pair of Ugg wedges and a black biker from Saint Laurent. This too, will offset the eccentricity of such a bright ensemble, toning it down slightly, but not too much.
Playsuit: Topshop 

Jacket: Saint Laurent 

Bag: Salvatore Ferragamo 

Wedges: Ugg Australia 

Phone Case: Ted Baker

Hot pink Chloe sandals and Chloe’s signature Drew crossbody bag in a similar pink hue will make this season’s pastel power pop!
Playsuit: Boohoo

Jacket: IRO at Intermix Online

Sandals & Bag: Chloe

Phone Case: Vera Bradley