Wednesday, 25 September 2013

OPI Christmas 2013

Dare I mention the C word?! Is it late enough into the year to start discussing the festive period?!
I, for one are nowhere near ready for Christmas, but these little beauties I spied at Olympia Beauty this weekend are definitely gently easing me out of my scrooge phase.

You may remember that earlier this year, OPI once again collaborated with an international celebrity- this time Mariah Carey. The Spring Mariah Collection featured a gorgeous bright purple, red and blue alongside a pinky nude and rich plum. This time the HUGE collection of 18 lacquers is packed with "Crème and glitter lacquers including classic reds, champagne gold, and warm burgundies” Says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.

After a year of huge success for OPI's unique textured polish, Liquid Sand, this collection features 6 of these shades. With lilac, dark grey, silver, ice blue, warm rose and ice pink,  there is one for us all! I can't wait to try warm rose Make Him Mine on my forefinger and thumb with creme rich burgundy Visions Of Love on my other fingers. Using two romantic shades and names together for the ultimate winter mani!

If you love a high gloss, high glitter finish, I'd suggest applying two coats of your favourite nail lacquer and finish with I Snow You Love Me, which features silver confetti pieces. I'll be teaming it with maroon toned All I Want For Christmas (Is OPI) I wonder if this shade will become as famous as it's musical namesake?!

Then, there is the predicted sell out. Remember last years 18 Carat Gold top coat from the Bond collection?! Well, it's back! This time it's White Gold and Silver Leaf, which when applied, adds a beautiful 'shatter style' gleam to any manicure. I also love the packaging of this item. The soft cream, quilted design screams luxury Chanel. A great treat for a loved ones Christmas socking! (Friends take note!!)

This collection is available from your local OPI salon soon. You can also purchase from QVC on October 22nd, where you can watch the lovely Lisa and Miglena!



Monday, 23 September 2013

Olympia Beauty 2013

As soon as memories of London Fashion Week fade into the distance, it's time to head back down to the capital for the most prestigious beauty event of the year- Olympia Beauty.


With over 400 brands exhibiting, including top brands such as Fake Bake, CNDAirbase and my obvious favourite nail brand, OPI, the Olympia becomes home to over 23k beauty professionals and obsessives over 2 manic days. 

Hundreds of exhibitors
The Pro Make-up Shop Buy
Whilst there, I spied the latest OPI Christmas collection (more on this later in the week!!), picked up the latest hygiene collection from The Pro Make-up Shop and even experienced my first skin analysis- where, thankfully, the result wasn't as shocking as I imagined!! Phew! 

A lovely therapist, called Christine, at the iiaa (International Institute for Anti-Ageing), asked me all about my Skincare routine and which areas concerned me. My main concern at the moment, is the fine lines which seem to have appeared overnight, around my eye area. Given, that I drink nowhere enough water and drink far too much coffee, I'm aware that it could be dehydration- but now I'm on the wrong side of 25, I am starting to worry its time to up the Skincare ante. 





She recommended products from salon range Environ, which I had already heard lots of good things about! I haven't managed to purchase my regime yet- payday just didn't come early enough- but I will certainly be trying them in the future. 

The show is also a great chance to try the latest products, celebrity spot (Amy Childs was there with her tanning brand) watch numerous demonstrations and network with your peers. I really enjoyed the last talk of the day, over at the Nail stage, with famed nail technician Catherine Wong. Catherine, who lives and works in Singapore, is known for her 3D nail art and creating show stopping nails. Not only did she demonstrate two easy looks using gel and traditional polish, she talked us through her new book, which features step-by-step application techniques.

Amy Childs 
Catherine Wong Talk




















I will feature my favourite buy of the day, from Beautiful Brows, in the next few weeks, but to feature every purchase I made would take me until Christmas! But, if you love beauty products like I do- and like to keep ahead of your clients and your competitors, then I most definitely recommend taking a trip to Olympia in 2014!

The Scratch Shoot Out Competition





Friday, 20 September 2013

LFW SS14 Make-up Trends

As the fashion pack leave London behind and head to the streets of Milan, it's time to look back at which collections inspired us the most, make-up wise.
The week was filled with a variety of looks- bold lips, soft eyes, nude cheeks and everything in-between!

The 1970's was one decade that cropped up in a few shows- Holly Fulton, Temperly, Paul Smith and Jean Pierre Braganza were three of those shows, each inspired by different aspects of the disco days. I for one, will be embracing this look- I would do anything to have been a fly on the wall at Studio 54 in its heyday!

Temperly
At Temperly, Lisa Eldridge created soft Hollywood glamour, with warm apricot shadows buffed seamless around eyes, teamed with a glowing complexion, whilst at Paul Smith and Jean Pierre Braganza artists Petros Petrohilos and Terry Barber sought inspiration from British actress and fashion icon Jane Birkin.
 (It's not just anyone gets a Hermes bag named after them.. )
Jean Pierre Braganza
Soft fluffy lashes and sunkissed freckles were on the agenda at Paul Smith, where Petrohilos created natural looking freckles using MAC Coffee eyeliner and Strut Eyebrow pencil, across the nose and cheek area. At Jean Pierre Bragazna, MACs Make up director, Barber, focused his attention on long, full lashes. 
And lots of them- including a full set of strips on the bottom lashes. The rest of the make up was keep subtle- light gloss on eyes and a nude cream lip. 
The modern 70's vibe is very under-stated, expressing our natural beauty with simple definition around the eyes. An easy trend to follow at home!

Paul Smith






Talking of 70's disco, gold glitter was once again dancing down the catwalk, as it was in New York. At Micheal Van Der Ham make up artist Lauren Parsons created sophisticated glitter eyes, by pressing MAC gold pigment and glitter onto models eyelids, adding subtle definition with a neutral taupe along the socket line. For added drama you could add lots of black liner, kohl on the waterline and mascara, for the ultimate party make-up.







But spring wouldn't be spring without a hint of pastel. At Peter Pilotto make up artists Lucia Pica dressed models lips with an array of matt pastel tones.  If you fancy a change from the traditional pastel pink, why not dip your toes into a lovely lilac? Try wearing with a sun kissed bronzed glow and muted eye make up. Illamasqua have a great range of lip colour's including a selection of mauve tones- I love Lavender shade Liv.



2 weeks down, 2 to go, and I can't wait to see which make-up gems Milan and Paris have in store in us!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

LFW SS14 Day 5

IMAGE- VOGUE
It's here. The last day of my beloved London Fashion week. Now we have our SS14 look nearly time to a T, its time to recruit that staple handbag, and who better to turn to than Anya Hindmarch
The show's tag line- 'Out Of This World', surely couldn't prepare the guests for the heights Hindmarch would go to introduce this space inspired collection., which included handbags hanging from the ceiling and models taking to the air.
Models, dressed simply in tight, deep coloured dresses, carried a variety of totes and clutches, in shades of soft grey plus bright tones of orange, yellow and blue and python print.
I know which one I have my eyes on!
 (The one in this picture- HINT HINT!)




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It would seem inappropriate to miss out on yet another monochrome collection on the last day of LFW- so over we go to Simone Rocha, who only graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2010.
Being the offspring of one of our generations fashion greats, John Rocha, if Simone was feeling the pressure, she certainly didn't buckle.
Stunning pearl detail against bold black fabrics, followed by white crochet, khaki satin, gold brocade and tulle veils, Rocha keep her colour palette simple, but her textures intriguing.
Paired with punk inspired, braided mohawks and bare faced models, Simone is becoming one of the UK's hottest names, without even mentioning that famed surname.










Non profit initiative Fashion East also wowed the crowds today. Established by Lulu Kenndey and Old Truman Brewery in 2000, Fashion East gives emerging designers the chance to show their collections at LFW and offers guidance, support and an bursary. This season Fashion East designers are Ashley WilliamsClaire Barrow and  my personal favourite Ryan LoLo's collection featured bunny ears, fox tails and large amount of face paint. Yes, you read that right, and I haven't gone blind or insane.Supported by LOVE Magazine and Dazed and Confused, Lo's collections are known for their romanticized fantasy feel. This collection consisted of stripes and lace in a palette of candy colours, perfect to team with that new Burberry Prorsum candy trench.
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Last, but my very means least, it's Meadham Kirchhoff, who always have the ability of making me sit bolt up right and take notice. But, being the scaredy cat I am, I'm quite glad I wasn't sat listening to the horror movie music which accompanied today's show. 
With models sporting bright orange and white blonde wigs, styled in tight ringlets, with the crown section pinned back, the feel was a cross between the Highway Man and Little House on the Prairie. The set design again evoking a spooky atmosphere- a black and white garden , with red and cream roses framing the runway itself.
Dresses with front apron detail, knee high socks and handbags featuring children's book characters, all completed the child-like feel. Once again we saw lots of monochrome, python print, checks and flashes of bright yellow and orange. 
But whether I'll be brave enough to take inpsiration from this collection, time will only tell.
IMAGE- VOGUE

So, lets skip this dull miserable Winter and jump straight to Spring Summer shall we?!



LFW SS14 Day 4

IMAGE- FASHION SCOUT
The penultimate day of London fashion week has arrived, amongst a flood worthy amount of rain. Or were they my tears? From what sat in my bag, placed within a busy classrom, full of eager make-up students, was my ticket to Scottish designer Pam Hogg's show. 
Gutted doesn't even begin to describe it.
As one of Lady Gaga's favouirte designers, we all knew her collection would be pretty outrageous. And Hogg did not dissapoint. Latex bodysuits, panelled dressed and super tight pencil skirts, in bold shades of silver and yellow alongisde SS14 staples monochrome and dusky pink, models heads were decorated with rather interesting headwear. These took the term 'floral crown' to the next level. 
Make-up however, was very underplayed in comparision. The Body Shop team, lined the models waterlines with white kohl, and kept lashes, brows and lips subtle, whilst the Label M stylists used rollers to create bouncy, sexy curls.


IMAGE- VOGUE


From bold latex, to a wearable collection packed with beautifully soft pastels. Chrsitopher Bailey has done it once again. I am seriously in love with the SS14 Burberry Prorsum range.

The show, held near Kensington Gardens, was , of course, attended by Burberry 'faces' Sienna Miller and Alex Chung, and had a FROW to rivial House of Holland and Mulberry. 
Sheer skirts and blouses, cashmere jumpers, pencil dresses and of course, the staple Burberry trench, were all treated to soft washes of candy pastels. And if we weren't convinced this collection was aimed at Spring-time, the petals which descended on the guests during the finale, confirmed which season Bailey was designing for.
Make-up artist Wendy Rowe, used Burberrys make-up range to create a soft, pretty make-up inspired by an English Rose. With a soft diffusion of pink buffed onto eyes and an earth blush for cheek countour, skin was naturally glowing.

Well, Burberry, this collection for me, is what dreams are made of. God help my credit card.

IMAGE- VOGUE



From a soft Spring at Burberry, to what usually resembles an AW collection at Giles.
From show stopping black and taupe gowns, accesorised with ostrich feathers, to bold lip prints and dresses featuring images of sultry women, the collection seemed rather disjointed. But, no doubt, aspects of each piece will make it onto our high street fairly soon.
With hair swept into loose side plaits, make-up had an etheral feel, again usually seen on the February AW catwaks. 

With one day left, we can be sure that from what we have seen so far, in Spring Summer 2014 anything goes!

Monday, 16 September 2013

LFW SS14 Day 3

What I would give for a a Mulberry Wedgwood tea cup to be sat in my kitchen today. Why? Because if you were lucky or talented enough to receive one of these from your postman in the past few weeks, then you would have access to the Mulberry SS14 show! The show, collection and campaign, I anticipate and truly love, each and every season.

IMAGE- VOGUE





This week's show is even more poignant, as creative director Emma Hill leaves the brand today, after launching it from a British heritage brand to one with an international fashion A-list status. Hill's last collection, was fairly simple, in comparison to her previous. Once again this season, we witnessed monochrome tones, alongside bold floral prints and accents of burnt orange and soft grey. 
Model of the moment, Cara Delevingne opened the show, with simply natural hair, and make-up- the strongest element being mascara packed lashes and subtle pencil liner.





IMAGE- VOGUE
Next, it was off to high street favourite, Topshop Unique show, yet another with a star studded FROW. Topshop seem to have embraced the warm weather we have experienced of late, and predicted an even hotter one in 2014. Well, either that, or they are hoping we are all planning on travelling to hotter climates.
This collection has definitely focused more on the latter side of Spring Summer, with fine fabrics, smart shorts and flowing dresses. Another designer showcasing large volumes of white, accent colours of colbolt blue, jade green and mustard yellow brighten the Topshop Unique palette.
Make-up artist Hannah Murray, used Topshop's own make-up range to create a sun kissed yet disheveled look. Smokey, sultry eyes, with an added hint of silver sparkle in the inner corners of the eyes, were teamed with bronzed skin and wet look, worn in curled hair.


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Fancy really expressing yourself?! Then why not try the extreme make-up created by make-up genius Val Garland at Vivienne Westwood Red Label next season- it's certainly one to get you noticed!
Using MAC make-up and feathers, Val and her artistic team, created a look which seem to be inspired by Halloween, complete with backcombed, extremely tatty hair. 
The clothing on the other hand, was much more wearable, with florals and unique work wear in a subtle palette of lemon, grey, navy and red.
The talk of the night? That opening dance from Lily Cole. What a way to start a show!




Finally, its off to Matthew Williamson, where a children's choir were there to entertain us. With a collection created for a hot Summer in Ibiza, and a palette of sorbet tones, bold florals and graphic prints, this is one collection the high street is sure to be inspired by.
Simple make-up inspired by a 1970's jet setter, was created by one of my favourite make-up artists- Lisa Eldridge. Using Benfit products, she created a bronzed luminous complexion, curled lashes and plump glossy lips. Hair was kept simple too, Mark Hayes styled models with soft volume and a side parting.

IMAGE- HAIRDRESSING JOURNAL

Sunday, 15 September 2013

LFW SS14 Day 2

After a manic day running round the city beneath a SS12 Cath Kidston umbrella, it was back to Liverpool for me, and a 14 hours of clients at So Coco Rouge. So, it was back to streaming shows online and drooling over the new collections we have ahead of us.

IMAGE- Herald Scotland


Holly Fulton has been one of my favourite designers since she launched her label back in 2009- which is no doubt due to our joint love (some say obsession...) with the Art Deco era. Next season however, she's been inspired by an era, a little closer- the 1970's. With a large collection, packed with a variety of prints and multi-tonal palettes of blue, orange and grey, Fulton provided us with a complete Summer wardrobe. Perfect for sunny days yachting in Cannes.



Hair and make-up was also inspired by the disco days- a sleek deep set parting sweeping into full, tight curls, brushed through, creating cloud-like fluffiness. Brushed through brows, vivid purple shadow applied to the eye lid and right up to the brow and a metallic bronze-nude lip completed the look. 

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Then, it's onto yet another favourite- John Rocha- A collection that I turn to for inspiration every year. Rocha's SS14 collection was another to include a monochrome palette, alongside delicate floral patterns, ruffled fabric and sheer panels. The MAC make-up team created metallic silver eyes, by using loose pigments and teamed this with feminine soft pink lips and slicked back, crimped hair. 







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As early evening approached, it was time for the celebrities favourite and fun filled brand, House of Holland. With a FROW consisting of Harry Styles, Kelly Osbourne, Nick Grimshaw and Elllie Goulding, this show is instantly guaranteed newsworthy- but did the collection stand up to its Holland's credentials? 
It most certainly does. Lace, checks, florals and  religious motifs. Metallics, pastels, bright primaries and denim. Accessorised with cat-eye sunglasses and peaked caps, what more could you ask for? 
And the make-up pleased me immensely- luminous complexions, flicks of liquid liner and full raspberry red lips. Hair was styled by Babyliss, using a heated wand to create loose summer waves, finished with slicked back front.






Saturday, 14 September 2013

LFW SS14 Day 1

My second favourite week of the year is back again! Yes, today's the first day of LFW SS14- and we have 5 days of tube mayhem, avant garde street style and long pre-show queues ahead of us!

So, what did today have in store for us? Well, lots of rain for starters, but also flashes of pastels, monochromes, metallic and bright primaries to cheer us up nicely!
Image- www.Theupcoming.co.uk

First, it was off to J. JS Lee, who also kept models complexions bare, with a bold fuchsia pink lip as the only focus. I love this pink- not too bright or garish, more of a rosé-tone which could easily be adapted to suit any skin tone. With simple make up, simple hair follows- this time as a sleek pony tail complete with deep side part.
 Central St. Martins graduate Jackie Lee, was inspired by the movement of Jellyfish for this collection, which featured not only the monochrome trend we regularly saw at NYFW but flashes of turquoise and dusky pink. This popular shade of pink wasn't the only repeat of the current AW trends- this collection also include geometric, check prints and oversized tailoring. 



After a morning of online streaming from my desk aboard the Virgin Pendelino that I practically call home,  I was off to Freemasons Hall for my first Fashion Scout show of my day. The Yeashin Kim show was as electric as her previous seasons, all of which I have loved.  This collection featured soft pastels alongside greys, tapes and mustard tones. Pretty dresses complete with pleats, ruffles and pearl detail, often accessorised with top hats, were the standout pieces for me. 
Make-up was kept as feminine as the clothing- dewy pink lips and cheeks, (applied high on the cheek bone rather than apple) complete with strong brows and a wash of deep rose shadow applied mainly from the socket line up to the brow bone. Hair was accesorised with plaits worn milk-maid style, with lengths worn naturally straight. Hair prone to a few rascal kinks? Perfect, this is exactly how it was styled at Yeashin Kim!


Bernard Chandran
Then it was back to twenty minutes in the rain waiting for the much anticipated show from  Bernard Chandran. With an invite featuring a set of headphones complete with crown detail and a press release mentioning the words Runaway Princess, the buzz of what to expect was evident for the awaiting queue of London's fashion set.
And what a show it was. Probably my favourite of the day in fact.
Packed with bold metallic red, purple and greens, vivid golds and silvers plus pastel tones and a hint of burnt orange, this collection of dresses and jumpsuits are absolute show stoppers. 
Dressed down with messy hair, tied scruffily back in a pony tail with added twist detail at sides, and a completely nude make up except for a bold pillar box red lip and hint of a bronzed cheek.
Oh, and of course, a variety of crowns, including those coveted headphone ones!


Yulia Kondranina Finale





After a quick dash to Charles Fox and a spot of dinner, it was back to Freemasons House 
for Fashion Scouts Merit Award Winner, Yulia Kondranina show.
A simple palette of black and white, alongside navy, lemon and pink, with delicate geometric shape detail as the focus of the collection. Pieces included feminine sheath dresses, some with deep V necklines and sheer panel detail. 
Hair was slicked back from root to crown using gel products, with length left in a waved, natural state . Make-up focus was an unruly, brushed up brow, and contoured cheeks, complete with a beauty mark in the hollow of the cheek. A new trend emerging perhaps?!



My last show of the day was Ping He, which included fashions favourites Laura Whitmore and Poppy Delevigne alongside Make up Guru Tanya Burr.
Hair and make-up wise, this is my favourite by a mile. Think MASSIVE beehives- we are talking Marge Simpson height here guys, complete with random shapes of white and black hair spray. Finished with  a sharply contoured cheek, black lip with centre white line detail and a cream white pigment buffed onto the eye and surrounding area. This was one attention grabbing show.
Yet another monochrome palette, Ping He's collection was inspired by architecture and features strong yet beautiful, feminine silhouettes. I think this is one name we should all ensure is etched into our minds for years to come. 

And finally! The last show of the day, unfortunately viewed once again from the comfort of Coach D of the London-Liverpool commute, was one of my all time favourites, PPQ. Quite apt that this show was shown past sundown- as the make-up was definitely a sultry evening look, and one we are more used to seeing in February's AW shows.  Deep berry stained lips, heavily kohl rimmed eyes, finished with smokey violet shadow in a softly winged out shape. Like the majority of today's shows, hair was swept off the face in a soft bouffant, with long length cascading at back. 
With bolder primary and secondary tones of red, yellow, green and purple worn alongside black and strong floral prints, this show definitely stood apart from the others.
Dresses featuring sheer skirts, petticoats and ruffled edges, were teamed with chunky gold jewellery and 1940's inspired hats with decorative veils.



One day down, four to go. And what a season SS14 is going to be!

You can read more information from these shows, and see lots of images by visiting 
The Fashion Scout Blog.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

NYFW SS14 Nail Trends


We've already been inspired by the make-up trrends emerging for Spring Summer 2014 from the New York shows, but what should we be doing with our nails?!

Nail art was still in full force, but this time much simplier and angular. Think lots of stripes, in a variety of thickness, colour and direction. If you are feeling particulary arty this season you could even create a 'checkboard' design to match your tartan skirt or shirt!


OPI for Holmes and Yang
The traditional french manicure also got a little makeover over at Holmes and Yang, actress Katie Holmes' brand. Here the nail tech's from OPI added a slanted tip in deep blue I Saw U Saw We Saw Warsaw over nude pink base So many Clowns So Little Time.
I really like this look, and would be tempted to finish the blue tip with  Matte Top Coat for a multi dimensial manicure!

OPI Nail Lacquer













OPI for Joanna Mastroianni




Planning on trying the orange lip trend we saw at Rag & Bone, then why not add a bright nail to clash yet compliment? At Joanna Mastroianni that did just that, as models sported bright yellow nails, against their tangerine lips. Once again the OPI team were on hand, and used Need Sunglasses with a super glossy top coat. (no doubt Rapidry Top Coat knowing how busy it is backstage!!)



Well, it's certainly looking like statement nails are here to stay. for another season at least!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

NYFW SS14 Make-up Trends

It might be grey, rainy and miserable here in the UK, but over in New York, where the late summer sun is still shining, the catwalks are full of the joys of Spring.

Yes, its fashion Week once again! 
So, after 7 days of shows, including the iconic Diane Von Furstenburg, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang, what beauty trends can we be expected to fall for when the sunshine returns next year?


From flawlessly natural at Sass & Bide and Jenny Packam, to rose gold glitter eyes at Jason Wu and bright pop's of colour at Marc Jacobs and Rag & Bone, next season your make-up bag is your oyster.

This makes a great change- Spring Summer make-up has been too plain, too pastel for too long in my opinion. It's about time we all embraced the amazing products we have at our disposal and started to treat make-up as creative tool. Your face is simply a bank canvas for your own creativity.


Fancy getting ahead of the pack and trying a SS14 trend this winter? Then make sure you pair your bright pop or colour, or glitter eye with a flawless base. Charlotte Tilbury was in charge of the fresh, natural complexion created at Sass and Bide, and from the design sheet she posted on her Instagram page this morning we can presume she used MAC products primarily. My personal favourite is MAC Face and Body, which is lightweight, water resistant and offers a light-to-medium buildable coverage. (A great pro tip is to apply a small amount to the palms of your hand and 'clap' your hands together. This creates a thicker tecture which you can apply using your hands.) For a purse friendly alternative, you could also try Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix Foundation or No7 Instant Radiance Foundation.









At Marc Jacobs make-up artist Dick Page, created bold blue washes of colour over models lid's by using Shiseido Shimmering Eye Cream in Ice Blue followed by an electric blue eyeshadow. Dick admitted this look followed no inspiration- just that he and Marc loved the colour and decided to add a pop of colour! 
You could also try Nars Duo Cream Eyeshadow in Burn It Blue (using the cream only) and follow with MAC Eyeshadow in Electri Eel for a very similar look. Finish with two coats of black mascara, soft neutral cheeks and a natural lip.







If you'd rather keep your pop of colour simple, try a slick of orange on your lips.
A first for Rag & Bone, make-up artist Gucci Westman created a super bright lip, which constrasted beautifully against the clothings neutral palette.
Gucci used a brand new colour from Revlon, Carnival, which doesn't launch until Spring next year, but MAC Morange or Illamasqua Flare are available now and will create a similar look.
Keeping skin natural and lumious, a bright matte lip is a fantastic yet simple way to play with texture.





And finally, if you want to make an impact at this years christmas party then try Diane Kendal's rose gold glitter eye shown at Jason Wu. Using Lancome Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee in the socket line for extra definition, followed by a mix of golden brown tones to the lid before applying loose glitter on damp brushes, to aid placement. I love Make-up Forever Glitter in Beige which is available in the UK from Guru make-up Emporium.

Phew. One city down, three to go!


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Henry Holland and Elegant Touch

Although this week I have been sporting more sebduced nails, nail art is still a huge trend this season, and it looks like one that will be around for the foreseeable future!

Heartbreaker Nails
If you struggle creating designs yourself, and don't have a local salon you can turn to for those occasions that just scream out for a nail art talking point, then from next week you can turn to your local Boots or Superdrug store. 

Nail giant Elegant Touch have collaborated with British designer Henry Holland to create a range of false nails, each featuring a nail art design, inspired by House of Holland collections. 

You can choose from 9 designs, including the understated Classy Nude and Dotty or show shopping Geek Chic, Face Ache and Get Nailed.

My favourite is HeartBreaker, which features a deep nude base with rich red heart shaped tips, and four nails with a broken heart design. I think we can all use our imagine for which fingers in particular these are for!!


Costing under £10, this a great way to accessorise a simple outfit and embrace the latest nail art trend! 


The Henry Holland Elegant Touch Collection

Thursday, 5 September 2013

AW13 Manicure Trends

From nail art, to matt textues and pointed tips, this year nails have been a big part of creating a look bang on the seasons trend.
This year especially has seen the rise of the 'Ring Finger Manicure'- where you select a deeper, brighter or shimmery shade to accent the one nail. Perfect for those who want to dip their polished toes into the deep waters of show stopping nails.

But thanks to Moschino, theres a new mani in town.

Moschino nails by Marianne Newman
At their Cheap & Chic AW13 show back in February, maicurist Marianne Newman created stunning deep dark nails with hot pink accents on the thumb and forefinger. This complimented the black lips and flashes of pink in the models hair perfecltly. 





So being a nail obsessive I had to give it a go, so off I ran to my cupboard- yes I know CUPBOARD- of OPI Nail Lacquer. After a weekend of dark, cloudy rain in Berlin, I was definitely feeling Autumnal- so I chose classic shades You Don't Know Jacques with Lincoln Park After Dark as my accent shade. 

Starting with Matte Nail Envy, which my nails are in dire need of with this changing weather, before I painted two coats of each shade. 
For a glossy high shine finish, plus treatment, I finished with Original Nail Envy.




Incognito Sausalito



Pompeii Purple



Fancy re-creating the Moschino look?! 
If you are following this seasons leather clad punk trend, make sure you pick up the OPI Spirit of Punk collection exclusive to QVC UK this Saturday at 9pm! 




Containing 2 of the latest Autumn Winter San Francisco collection- deep blue 'Incognito Sausalito' and metallic silver 'Haven't The Foggiest' and hot fuchsia pink 'Pompeii Purple'.
I'll be trying Incognito Sausalito with a french mani style tip of Haven't the Foggiest, complete with Pompeii Purple accent thumb and forefingers!
Haven't The Foggiest