Friday, 12 July 2013

The Quick Fix

Bourjois Magic Nail Polish Remover,  £4.99
When it comes to reviewing products it is always better to get a second opinion. My best friend Camille Neirmans felt like she had struck gold after discovering Bourjois' magic 1 Second Nail Polish Remover.

"It is so easy to use as you simply dip your finger into the sponge, wait a few seconds and your nail comes out polish free - magic! Fuss free, the nail polish remover and cotton wool are combined in one. It is the perfect product to have with you if you are in a hurry as not only is it quick to use but the compact design means it fits neatly into your handbag."

A working girls essential!     

Buy It Here

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Festival Chic

Now that Glastonbury has been and gone, festival season is officially in full swing! From the bare-faced beauty to bright lips and tousled hair, I have collected my top 5 hottest beauty looks seen this year so far. 

1. The Hair

Look: It ever there was a festival queen, it could only be Kate Moss. With hair hanging loosely around her face and here caramel high-lights glistening in the long awaited sun - Kate expertly finds the balance between natural yet groomed. 

Product: Batiste Dry Shampoo, £4.99 (Buy It)
Spritz some dry shampoo to the roots to give that fresh, tousled effect.

2. The Skin

Look: Channelling bare-faced beauty - Sienna looks effortlessly glowing with her perfect rosy complexion and cute freckles. 

Product: Bobbi Brown Bb Cream, £29 (Buy It)
This multi-tasking product not only perfects skin - but protects due to the high SPF. 

4. The Lips

Look: Famed for her bright lips, Rita Ora choose a gorgeous coral against her fresh skin which popped in the sun at Glastonbury. 

Product: MAC Lipstick in Impassioned, £15 (Buy It)
Always great colours and long lasting it injects life into lacklustre lips. 

3. The Eyes 

Look: Rocking the thick black flicks, Peaches makes a statement with her eyes highlighted by dark liner. This is great trick to distract from tired, hungover circles!  

Product: L'Oreal Paris Superliner Blackbuster, £6.99 (Buy It)
Brand new to L'Oreal, the Blackbuster is designed like a felt tip pen for easy application.

5. The Accessory

Look: New to the festival season, Milly Mac looks spot on with her Floral headband - fully embracing the sunny weather.

Product: ASOS Unique Handmade Flower Headband, from £14 (Buy It)
Headband by Loisal Binson has beautiful handmade pieces that fully encompass that festival chic vibe.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

The Sun Soother

Bioderma Apres-Soleil, £10.90
Fresh back from a week abroad and adamant that the light golden glow must stay, I needed something to extend my tan. Whilst sun protection is top of our lists, after sun care is often overlooked. We all know sun exposure damages and ages skin so post sun care is essential. Targeting all our skins needs, Bioderma Photoderm Apres-Soleil is light and easy to apply lotion that smooths over sun scorched skin injecting moisture where needed and curbing peeling. With the added bonus of prolonging tan through decongesting your skin - Apres-Soleil is an essential beauty buy this summer. Apply liberally to clean, dry skin following sun exposure to give your skin round the clock care it needs. Buy it here

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Sun Screened

Doutzen Kroes, British Vogue 2013
I am naturally blonde haired and fair skinned so I unfortunately don’t go a deep Mediterranean brown in the sun – more so a flushed beige with freckles! I found sun cream was both difficult to apply and didn’t work fast enough which often resulted in the classic ‘Brit abroad’ persona of a slightly patchy, rouged complexion. Thankfully, the new Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist has surpassed my particular concerns as not only does it immediately protect but has a refreshing cooling sensation.  Additionally the 360° valve means that it can be used from all angles (upside down, sideways, behind your back) making it easy to protect all the hard places to reach that one often misses.  Just spritz over the body for a cooling, even protection without any feeling of stickiness.Buy it here

For the face however, I like all, need something stronger.  I have noticed recently how the lines between sun care and skin care have become increasingly blurred. Many brands are bridging the gap as they realise the direct link between sun and aging, often tendering an elegant solution. My personal favourite has to be the new Estee Lauder DayWear with SPF 50. It lightly hydrates whilst providing the upmost protection to my pale complexion and I have begun to wear it every day – even in the cloudy city of London as skin damaging UV rays are present year round. Sun cream it seems has shed its reputation as simply being your beach bag essential but more appropriately as a staple in your daily skincare regime protecting you from much more than just the sun. Buy it here 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Bold Brows

They are often ignored or forgotten yet eyebrows have a transformative effect on your appearance. Full, bushy brows were everywhere at the Autumn/Winter catwalks which, admittedly was almost single-handedly down to the Cara Delevingne effect. Long gone, it seems are the days of plucking your every last hair - more so, the focus is on thick yet subtly groomed brows which can have an outstanding ability to highlight and lift your whole face. Personally, my favourite tweezers have got to be La Tweez - not only are they sharp and precise, but they have a built in light to help you follow your natural brow line and illuminate any stray hairs you may have otherwise missed.  Buy La Tweez Professional here
La Tweez Professional Illuminating Tweezers

The Experts: Blink Brow Bar

If you find tweezing too fiddley, then I recommend threading from Blink Brow Bar. The phrase 'you've got to suffer to be beautiful' may spring to mind as the slight pinching can be uncomfortable, however, all is forgotten when you view your perfectly sculpted and symmetrical brows. Best of all, the clean finish meant results lasted for up to 2 weeks! Book an appointment here

Famous Brows

Audrey Hepburn
Keira Knightley

Duchess of Cambridge
Penelope Cruz

Sunday, 23 June 2013

The Sunday Star - Sam McKnight

Sam McKnight
A very current and relevant figure in the world of fashion and beauty - Sam McKnight is arguably the worlds greatest hairdresser. With a career spanning over 30 years, Sam has tamed the tresses of some of the most famous women. From Lady Di to Lady Gaga, his forward thinking style always produces innovative trends for our tresses and keeps him so indemand. Having created some of the most iconic fashion images of our time, it can only be predicted that his latest position as the Global Creative Director of ghd will bring further ingenious styles but now with the products and tools to achieve them at home.

Long may his inspired creativity continue...

Princess Diana, Vogue 1990
Lady Gaga, Born This Way 2011
His debut product for ghd is worth mentioning as it is one to be armed with this summer to combat the frizz and dryness that comes part and parcel with sun, sea and sand. Whether it is voluminous curls, straight, or side parts you are after - Sam shows you how versatile the new ghd Eclipse Styler is by creating 5 different looks with just that one product.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Summer Skin

Kai Body Lotion, £30

If like mine, your skin has been left parched by the indecisive weather, Kai Body Lotion could be just the product you have been looking for. The light, yet ultra hydrating formula gets straight to work on moisture starved skin leaving a smooth, dewy finish. Femininely perfumed, the Hawaiian inspired line uses exotic floral top notes with crisp overtones for a soft, summery finish. Best of all Kai only uses recyclable packaging and never tests on animals - such a breath of fresh air! With designers such as Moschino, Fendi and Dior all showing plenty of leg at this years Spring/Summer catwalks (see below), this has become my go to product to achieve the same silky, sophisticated finish. Buy it here

Moschino S/S 13
Dior S/S 13

Fendi S/S 13
Chanel S/S13