Tag Archive: Make-up

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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Jan 19 2013

Award Season: How To Achieve Anne Hathaway’s Flawless Make-Up

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Each award season my fascinated with the red carpet grows, not only with regards what the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Hudson and Nicole Kidman are wearing, (if you missed my earlier post check out the trends of the Golden Globes here), but also with their make-up as each year it seems to get more and more refined and flawless.

One of my favourite looks of this year’s Golden Globes had to be Anne Hathaway, who not only looked gorgeous in Chanel Haute Couture but she also complemented her gown with a flawless complexion, which her Chanel make-up artist Kate Lee described as wanting her to “appear as if lit from within”.

To create the look, Chanel and Kate Lee have released the make-up used and how to achieve this flawless, elegant look, everything from the skincare to the shade used on her lips.

First Kate prepped Anne’s skin with Chanel Hydra Beauty Serum followed by Chanel Base Lumière Illuminating make-up base, and then used Chanel Vitalumière Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting foundation to keep the skin looking radiant, and then a small amount of Chanel Perfection Lumière was applied where needed.

Then a “light sweeping touch” of Poudre Signée de Chanel Illuminating Powder was used on Anne’s cheekbones to “illuminate her bone structure”, as well as along the clavicle and over the shoulder blades. Then on the apple of the cheek, a pale peach blush was used to contrast the lip colour.

For Anne’s eyes, Kate defined her eye socket with Chanel Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Fauve, which she describes as “a delicious grey/lilac shade”, on the lid and along the base of the lower lashes. Then her lashes were curled and given a coat of Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara in Noir, and to make her lashes look luscious a selection of lashes were added for a “customised shape”.

Finishing off her look, and my favourite bit, “the perfect pink for a perfect pout”, Kate applied Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Seduisante.

As red carpet make-up goes, this is simple, but so, so elegant and I love it – I have put together the key pieces from the look below so why not try it out yourself.

[Image: courtesy of Chanel]

Jun 28 2012

Beauty: Chanel Launches Indian Inspired Make-Up Range

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Back in December, Karl Lagerfeld showcased a Bombay-inspired Chanel destination-themed Métiers d’Art collection for the pre-autumn/winter 2012 collection, and now the fashion house has released a gorgeous limited-edition make-up collection full of metallic hues and dreams of Indian to accompany it.

The collection filled with Indian princesses strutting down the catwalk swathed in metallic embellished saris and the most exquisite ornate jewellery was spectacular, but what really caught most attention had to be the flawless make-up, especially the models gorgeous heavily kohl-rimmed eyes created by Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup.

Called Bombay Express, the limited-edition collection which launched this week is seriously divine,  featuring opulent gold shades perfect for an Indian beauty. My favourite piece has to be Chanel Le Vernis (£18) – Diwali nail polish, have you even seen a gold varnish shimmer and look so luxurious before? Apparently its shine comes from mixing pale gold and silver and I can’t wait to try it out.

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Another standout piece from the seven-strong collection has to be the Route Des Indes De Chanel (£48), an ultra-luminescent golden pressed powder, which is embossed with the motif of a rare piece of bronze brocade from an Indian-influenced collection created by Gabrielle Chanel in the 1960s. Add that shimmering gold within the classic Chanel lacquered black compact, with the coveted interlocking C’s and this is one luxurious addition to your make-up bag. The power adds a warm sunny earth tone and can be brushed over cheekbones, dabbed onto eyelids and the high points of the face.

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The Bombay Express Limited Edition Collection starts at £17 and is available exclusively in Chanel Boutiques in Harrods, Selfridges Oxford Street/ Manchester Exchange, House of Fraser Glasgow and Fenwick Newcastle.

I don’t know about you – but I so want to be an Indian beauty!!!

[Pics: courtesy of Chanel]

Jan 10 2012

Beauty: Emma Watson Ignites Youth Into Lancome Make-Up

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Let’s be honest when you think of Lancôme beauty do you think youthful? I will be surprised if many people said yes, because even though Lancôme offers exquisite quality it does seem to be aimed more at a mature marketplace. Maybe I am wrong, but this is how I feel about the brand, well that was until I saw this campaign starring Emma Watson.

I was a little surprised when it was announced that Emma was to be an ambassador for Lancôme because previously they had gone for the likes of Kate Winslet and Julia Roberts. But I can totally see what they’ve done here and I like it, for me this campaign shot by Mario Testino feels like a Rimmel London advert with its youthful glow – and it is all to increase the popularity of lipsticks over lip gloss among a younger audience.

I am not normally bothered by beauty advertising campaigns, maybe it because I am useless when it comes to make-up, but I love that  Emma has a romantic-yet-sophisticated look in this shot, while still working the striking bright red shades on her lips and nails.

So does Emma make you want to work lipstick?

[Pic: Lancome]

Aug 22 2010

Dolce Makeup Campaign: Scarlett Johansson Goes For Sultry

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How doll like does Scarlett Johansson look in this new Dolce & Gabbana The Makeup cosmetics campaign for autumn 2010? Gorgeous as always, but when she turns on her sultry side you really do get a beautiful campaign. I love what she is wearing, matching black lace-up pants a matching bustier.

Admittedly this is probably a very photoshopped campaign but she does look gorgeous.

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