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Dec 08 2014

My Wedding: A Priv Makeover

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I was freaking about it until at least a week before I flew out until I got an invite to the launch of PRIV, an incredible beauty and wellness service at the top of an app, which was launching in London but was already huge in New York. PRIV literally offers everything from haircuts, blow drys, make-up, manicures, massages and even personal trainer sessions. Oh and did I mention it isn’t crazy expensive, we are talking £38 for a blow dry and style or a manicure with nail art, and their stylists will come to you. Super easy and I really don’t know what I would have done without them.

I was lucky, the PR pulled a few strings and got me the full monty nails, make-up and an up-do, basically a wedding makeover, and I was treated to the best that PRIV has to offer, and I was truly looked after – thank god they launched in London and came on my radar.

I had my nails done the night before, the lovely India came to my hotel suite, dealt with the moody Soho Grand lighting like a pro, and worked my vision of having blush, pink nails with a glittery silver tip with ease. I wanted something fun that would compliment my vintage wedding gown and its heavy beading, while still being girlie and romantic. I was so pleased with the result, the colour was perfect and the silver had just enough sparkle.

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I loved the contrast between the drama in the side braid, which worked perfectly with the pearl pins I picked up on eBay, and the modern-chic vibe of the ponytail. I just felt it was perfect for a fun, elopement in New York City. My worry when looking at wedding hair inspiration was that I would look old, stuffy and not myself, and I was so pleased that Michael worked his magic with my very untraditional bridal vision and produced a truly unique look.

What also made this look perfect was the fact it lasted all day, honestly there wasn’t a hair out of place when we got back after a great day, and it lasted through hours of shooting our wedding photos, most of which were outside and it lasted for champagne shenanigans and dinner. I was seriously impressed.

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I love that she came prepared with options, not that she needed them that she thought about adding individual lashes to work with my glasses, and that she prepped my skin to perfection so that my wedding look stayed put all-day long.

My transformation didn’t take long, the PRIV glamsquad are masters of their trade and I was super impressed with their skill, their personalities, we really did have a giggle, as well as everyone understanding what a big day it was for me, I felt like they went above and beyond what they needed to do and they certainly made me feel and look fantastic, as well as create looks that matched my vintage wedding gown.

PRIV has just launched in London, in selected areas for now but I am sure it will grow in the coming months, so why not download the app on Apple and Android, it is free, and treat yourself – why not just before a big date for a work event, or just because – trust me you will feel a million dollars afterwards.

I am really pleased with my wedding looks – do you think my vision worked with my New York wedding?

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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.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Feb 24 2014

Fast Beauty: Blow Ltd At The Apartment

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As well as enjoying the fashion, catching up with friends and discovering new designers to crush over, I love that fashion week always means that I get to hangout at The Apartment and have a team of beauty professionals make me pretty.

I am so bad at make-up and doing my hair, something other than straight, that I really do need all the help I can get and this season I took full advantage of Blow LTD and their approach to fast beauty – doing a fabulous hair style in 30 minutes, refreshing my make-up in 15 minutes, and even putting a pop of colour on my nails in a speedy 15 minutes – a full look in 60 minutes – what more could I ask for.

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For favourite look out of the three had to be Beach Blow (above), tousled waves to make it feel like summer in this crappy wet weather. I just loved the relaxed vibe of this blow dry, it was just enough curls and volume to make me feel really pretty, plus I loved how they kept my make-up quite natural with just a pop of colour on my lips and cheeks.

I also was also convinced to try on some Eylure lashes, normally I shy away from fake lashes as they touch my glasses, but the lovely make-up artist just used half of the strip to add some volume without them being uncomfortable and I think she has made me a convert and I will have to look into having that done for my wedding. You can’t see them so well under my glasses in these photos but every complemented me on how great they looked – so I will be definitely trying those again.

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Second favourite look was my Power Blow (above), more sculpted waves than the Beach Blow that made my hair look shorter and shinier. I like the slight wave and the volume and even in this rain we’ve been having you could still tell that my hair had been given a makeover.

It is tough to say my least favourite, as I really did love all three blow dry styles, but out of the three the Luxe Blow (below), lots of volume, more glamorous and bigger than the others was just maybe a little too much for fashion week shows, a party yes, running around London probably not. But I am so glad I tried it as it is something I really wouldn’t have normally gone for.

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The whole team was amazing, they made me feel so comfortable and I never felt rushed as it was super quick. They also used the new GHD pastel straighteners on my hair and I am kind of addicted – I think I need to look into upgrading my plain black ones!!!

I really can’t wait to try out more styles off the Blow menu – especially the Scarlet Blow for a night out and the Blow N’ Braid for a bit of fun.

Which Blow Dry would you select?

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**Thanks to Blow Ltd & The Apartment for letting me try out the service**

Jan 17 2014

Beauty Bytes: Make Up For Glasses Wearers

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As much as I love beauty, stocking my bathroom with potions and lotions, acquiring so many nail varnishes my vases are overflowing, make-up is my major downfall. I am terrible at getting it right, which generally means I just do the bare minimum to get by, foundation, a little bronzer, mascara and the occasional lip gloss and hope for the best.

So being asked by the lovely Lauren and Fran to be star on their fab beauty channel ‘Made Up’ on YouTube was also an opportunity for me to learn a trick or two!!! What I love most, well except for how pretty Lauren made me, is that it is very rare to see make-up tutorials for glasses wearers who realise that we also want our eyes to shine – most are focused on adding blusher and lip stick, whereas Lauren really went for striking eye make-up that is easy to replicate.

I really love the Made Up Back to Basics series – everything from shaping eyebrows to covering spots and even easy contouring for beginners – if like me you are a lover of make-up but not very good I would recommend checking out their video channel to pick up some tips.

Let me know what you think of my makeover.

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Dec 19 2013

Beauty Bytes: A Visit To Cheeky In East London

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Hand’s up who likes to be pampered? Get your nails done, have your hair fixed, eat some tasty food, sip amazing drinks, and treat yourself to a beauty product or two? Well, that is what Cheeky in East London is all about – an affordable place to go for instant beauty gratification!

Last week the guys at Logitech treated me to a makeover while looking at their new collection of iPad cases, I am lusting over their fabric keyboard cases, and it was nice to mix technology with beauty and it was great to experience Cheeky I have been wanting to go since it opened last month.

The concept is so cool, you can get your nails done, including nail art, your can have your hair refreshed, you can eat some amazing healthy food and some sweet treats, and you can have everything from a cup of tea to a fancy coffee and even champagne. It is like the perfect place to hang out with friends – whether for a special occasion, or to get ready for a first day, a work party, or just because really – as having my nails done instantly perks me up.

There were lots of options for the nails, there are over 20 different Cheeky shades to choose from, plus you get to take the colour home and my cherry red varnish has become my favourite colour. You can then add nail art from dotty patterns, different coloured tips, and because it is Christmas there were also festive options including presents, Santa and Rudolph, who I couldn’t resist getting – he looks pretty cute against the dark red.

For my hair I went for curls, but you can also go for poker straight, beach waves, sixties beehives, plaits, and even messy buns – basically anything goes. It was nice to swish about for the rest of the day with my curly hair.

As it is Cowshed’s naughty sister, Cheeky also has a range of gorgeously packaged products for the hair, body and make-up so you can continuing the pampering at home. I tried the hand cream and it was amazing, that I think I need to make my way through the whole collection.

If you are looking for a relaxing spot for a makeover you have to check out Cheeky – I can’t wait to go again and try something different.

Have you tried out Cheeky?

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My Style: Coat, River Island // Jeans, Ida by Donna Ida // Jumper, New Look // Biker Boots // Glasses, Retro54 //

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**I was a guest of Logitech for my visit to Cheeky**

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