Category Archive: Beauty

Aug 06 2014

Wedding Inspiration: 5 Wedding-Worthy Braids

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I have a great hairdresser in Carol at Toni & Guy in Cambridge who has been trying out new things with my hair each time I go and get my hair cut. We’ve tried a crown of braids, relaxed curls, and this cute side braid pictured above. I have liked them all, but they aren’t quite right, the only thing I am certain of is that I want braids, I don’t know why I just love that they are romantic and princess-like, and seriously what more could you want on your wedding.

It is because of my obsession of braids and the search for the perfect wedding style that I now have a Pinterest board dedicated to them and I am addicted to going through one-million strong Instagram account @InstaBraid, which you can probably guess is all about braids.

They’ve posted nearly 2,000 times so it is hard to choose just five wedding-worthy styles, but I think you will agree all these beautiful braids would look amazing on a bride. I think I am going to need a few more hair styling sessions with my hairdresser before I can commit to the perfect braid.

Do you like to see brides rocking braids on their wedding day?





Jul 21 2014

Beauty Bytes: Benefit Dream Screen

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I have only just discovered Benefit’s incredible skincare range, I use their make-up and I even own a number of their fragrances, but when I was last in the Carnaby store I had to ask myself where they had been hiding this skincare line.

So if like me and you have been living in a beauty-free hole and are on the look out for great sun protection for your face that doesn’t make you too shiny, doesn’t leave that horrible sticky residue, and actually plays well with your foundation, then you need to give Benefit’s Dream Screen a go.

OK, so it is a little pricey, £25 for 45ml bottle, but trust me you will love this lightweight, oil free SPF 45, as not only does it go onto your skin like a dream, sorry couldn’t resist, I also loved how it both mattified and moisturised my skin. Even though it is small, a little really does go and a long way, and I love that it is kind of like a primer, which in my eyes is always a bonus, plus the small bottle makes it perfect to pop into your handbag.

If it wasn’t enough that it feels good on the skin – I really do just love pretty packaging and the mint green bottle complete with a cork lid is adorable!!!

Have you tried Benefit Dream Screen? What did you think?

Jun 27 2014

Beauty Bytes: YSL Couture Palette

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I find beauty a challenge, I love beauty products and seem to stock up on the latest trend and ones with pretty packaging, but I am not very good at doing my own make-up other than the basics, so when Yves Saint Laurent invited me to have a one-to-one make-up masterclass with the amazing Fred Letailleur, the man behind Cara Delevigne’s latest YSL beauty ads, I jumped at the chance.

The makeover was all about the eyes to celebrate the launch of YSL’s new Couture Palettes, a collection of eight different eyeshadow palettes, each inspired by a timeless fashion collection from the house of YSL – ranging from browns, classic black and grey, as well as vibrant greens and purples. What I love about this product, other than the luxurious gold packaging, is that it is really geared to allow anyone, even me, to put together a great eye make-up look with its five complementary hues including a base and highlighter colour to sculpt and illuminate the eye, which Fred said was very important.

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Fred used four key products in the eye make-up lesson – the iconic Touche Éclat highlighter pen, which he used to hide my dark circles under my eyes as well as highlight the brow bone, the Baby Doll mascara, which I love as it made my lashes super thick, as well as a black eye pencil to create dramatic couture-style eyes. He was really speedy, which gives me hope that when I do it myself it won’t take me hours, and I love that each palette comes with a full tutorial on how to recreate the look of the ads.

I always love having my eyes done, when you wear glasses it is nice to show off what’s underneath instead of hiding the eyes away and I really loved how vibrant the colours looked and how easily they blended together. The look is definitely something I will be attempting to recreate and I will be utilising the new YSL Eye Style platform that features lots of videos and how-to-guides created by Fred, I can’t wait to try the how to achieve the perfect cat-flick.

As well as being a hub of beauty secrets, the YSL Eye Style platform is also asking readers to upload a shot of their eye make up for the chance to win prizes each month from June to August, then one overall winner will win a personal masterclass with Fred, a trip to London, and a hamper containing £500 of YSL make-up. So don’t forget to upload your Eye Style and share on social media with the hashtag #YSLEyeStyle.

Are you a fan of YSL make-up? 

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Jun 23 2014

Competition: 10 Matthew Williamson x Toni & Guy Wash Bags To Win

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So I have a little treat for you lovely lot – I have ten of these beautiful Matthew Williamson x Toni & Guy wash bags to give away filled with goodies and basically all you have to do is follow Toni & Guy @Hair_Wardrobe.

It takes seconds to enter via the Rafflecopter widget below and it is worth it as you get a limited edition Matthew Williamson wash bag, isn’t that print incredible, as well as a few full sized Toni & Guy goodies including shampoo, conditioner, leave in conditioner, which is amazing, and salt spray perfect for those beach waves.

As well as following @Hair_Wardrobe I have added a few more options to increase your chances to win, you can tweet the competition and like Fashionista Barbie on Facebook. I told you it was easy – all the details are below in the Rafflecopter widget. Just remember to get your entries in before June 30th at 12pm.

Good luck everyone and don’t forget to share on Twitter with the hashtag #MWSwag when you enter.

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May 23 2014

Cannes 2014: Lara Stone Channels Barbie In Calvin Klein Collection

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Who: Model Lara Stone

Where: At “The Search” premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France

Wearing: A custom fuchsia cross-strap silk crepe Calvin Klein Collection gown, teamed with a diamond bracelet and her signature tousled waves

Verdict: Now that is how channel Barbie!!! I am a huge fan of hot pink on the red carpet, not just because I am a huge Barbie fan, OK a lot because of that, but I think a lot of it is to do with the clash of colours. When I see hot pink at Cannes it used to make me think of Diane Kruger in that incredible Jason Wu gown, but I think that honour will definitely have to be Lara Stone’s after seeing her in this gorgeous Calvin Klein Collection gown.

I am a huge fan of designer Francisco Costa’s Calvin Klein Collection gowns, he really knows how to make minimal a statement with the use of colour and sporty detailing, I just love the cross-strap at the neckline as well as the colour of this dress. You can really tell that this gown was made for the L’Oreal ambassador as it hugs her body beautifully.

It is for looks like this that I am always so pleased that Cannes always attracts all the top models to the red carpet.

It isn’t just her outfit that is breathtaking the model’s hair and make-up has never looked so good before, her skin looks absolutely flawless – I really have to try out L’Oreal Paris’ Nude Magique Blur Cream. For a full look at the products L’Oreal Paris used to create Lara’s look see below.

What do you think of Lara’s ode to Barbie?

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[Pics: via L'Oreal Paris]

Apr 20 2014

My Style: Sunny Days Call For Superga Tennis Shoes

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I do love spring, the promise of gorgeous blooms, the expectation of sunshine, the hope of striping off those winter layers we’ve been living in. Well this week I planned to wear my new animal print Superga tennis shoes with a denim skirt and bare legs, however the weather totally tricked me with its bright blue skies and sunshine that was absolutely freezing if you stood still for too long, so I decided that a pair of skinny jeans would be the best idea.

I still did brave it without a coat, instead I paired my laid-back look with a three-quarter sleeve crop jacket that I picked up from New Look last year in the sale. This beauty can be teamed with nearly anything – as a cover up for a dress on a night out to being paired with a flirty skater skirt and even as the perfect jacket to wear with jeans.

I might have been a little disappointed not to get the denim skirt out but these G-Star Raw GS01 jeans are so comfortable for skinny jeans. Not only is the dark untreated look of the denim perfection, I do love jeans that make me look slimmer, I also love the fit with the twisted seams and the gathering at the hem. It takes a lot for me to stray far from Donna Ida’s high-waisted jeans but these really do feel great on.

Finishing up my casual look is the ‘Wavy Gravy’ look from blow dry bar Hershesons who were at a press day I attended. They transformed my poker straight locks in less than 30 minutes into this classic tousled beach meets rock’n’roll look and I absolutely love it. Much like Blow, who I have reviewed on my blog, Hershesons has a set menu of amazing styles from the ‘Carlam’ grungy plait to the sleek ‘Smooth Wave’ and ‘The Swank’ billed as the most perfect undone up-do. I can’t wait to make my way through the menu!!!

How would you style these fab animal printed Superga sneakers? 

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My Style: Superga 2750 leopard print, Superga (c/o The Apartment) // Jeans, G-Star Raw (c/o) // T-shirt, Boutique by Jaeger // Jacket, New Look // Necklaces – Thomas Sabo, H&M // Bracelets – Monica Vinader, Vintage, & Rox Jewellery // Samsung Gear Fit (c/o) // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) //

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Mar 04 2014

Vanity Fair Oscar Party: Diane Kruger In Valentino & Jaeger-LeCoultre

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Where: At the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2014 in West Hollywood, California

Wearing: A sheer lace Valentino Couture gown featuring cape detailing and three-quarter sleeves from the spring/summer 2014 collection, teamed with black heels, a black beaded clutch and her Jaeger-LeCoultre watch

Verdict: It is Diane Kruger’s ability to bring something different to the red carpet that I missed her from the main event. The actress is like a chameleon she never really goes for the same thing twice and really takes fashion risks that nearly always come off.

This gorgeous Valentino Couture was a look that wowed me and really shows that the Vanity Fair party does bring out the best fashion on the night, the stars can be a little more edgy and sexy and this dress has that and more going for it.

There aren’t many actresses that could pull off this vampy elegant look, I think this is where her model body really works well as she can take something from the runway to the red carpet with ease. I know some people won’t like this look, which makes me go why the hell not, because I absolutely love the decadence and texture of the gown and styling.

As well as wearing a fab dress, the actress went for an intricate braided look done by hairstylist Kylee Heath using Morroccanoil products, which was easily one of the best hairdo’s of the night. It is sweet, charming, while still complimenting the edgy, sexy sheer dress.

I know I am bias, I am a little obsessed with Diane Kruger, but this is one flawless look.

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[Pics: Courtesy of Venturelli/Getty Images for  Jaeger-LeCoultre & Moroccanoil]
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