Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The 1940's Tutorial

Happy hump day/hottest day of the year chaps! For anyone stuck inside sheltering from the sun and trying not to melt, I have a special video to share with you; the 1940's Makeup Tutorial. People that know me well know how obsessed I am with the 1940's WWII era- the fashion, hair and beauty was all just so gorgeous and I love how women stayed glamorous in such tough times, using whatever they could get their mitts on to beautify whilst casually saving the country on the side. This look is inspired by those thrifty everyday pin-up girls, in celebration of the Imperial War Museum's 'Fashion on the Ration' exhibition which you can get tickets to here and promises to be a treat for any vintage beauty lover. For this vintage makeup look I focused on creating a flawless base with sculpted brows, winged liner and red siren lips. It's a classic cosmetic composition which works just as well today paired with an LBD, as did back then worn with a silk shirt and victory rolls. Go on, get your pin-up on!

Are you a fan of the 1940's look?

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Primark AW15

Whilst people in the normal world are finally starting to brave bare legs & toes, the fashion world is getting ready to launch 'fall'. Although right now I too am obsessing over brights and bikinis, after going along to the AW15 Primark press day last week, I couldn't help but get a tad excited for what's in store (get it) next season. 

Fashion wise -surprise surprise- this year's hottest trend, the 70's, continues and totally dominates the entire women's wear collection. Dresses and skirts are maxi or mini and straight cut. Whimsical boho print is in, as are camel, beige and burgundy colours. Texture is big with fur gillets, suede pinafores and chiffon blouses showcased as statement pieces. Shoes are experiencing serious embellishment with pom poms, fringing, cut outs & lace up fronts. Accessories are having a statement moment too with geometric structures and leopard print bags, alongside chunky gold metals in the jewellery department.

The other area I'm rather looking forward to is homeware. Primark have always got their homeware spot on, particularly for the price point and AW will bring more cute pieces to brighten up your bedroom. The main colour themes are bang-on-trend grey, mint, mustard and copper, with everything from essential cushions, blankets and tea towels, to the not so essential (but highly instagrammable) metallic candle holders and slogan signs. The first thing in my basket come September will definitely be the Earl Grey candle pot. I'm a sucker for anything tea related.

What takes your fancy from Primark's fall collection?

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sunday Skincare

Ahh Sunday, the 'curl up, read your book & slather on skincare' day of the week. Most of the time routines are all about quick cleanses and long lasting makeup, so on Sundays I like to keep things simple and treat my skin to a little pamper. This can get pretty step extensive but really you just need three things to make you all brand new:

THE MASK // I see Sunday Netflix binges as a good excuse to throw on a face mask and let it work whilst you get through Gossip Girl (for the 5th time). The Deep Cleansing Mask from Grown Alchemist is an amazing product that deserves so much hype. The clay formula, featuring wheatgerm, ginkgo and cranberry, cleanses, smoothes and reduces pore appearance so you're left with gorgeous clear glowing skin. The Instagram worthy packaging also looks great on one's skincare shelf.

THE EYE CREAM // My love for Benefit's 'It's Potent!' Eye Cream is no secret. I've used this pretty tub every morning for over two years now and at the weekend I like to pop it in the fridge and apply thickly to the under eye area as an intensive mask. The product sinks in leaving the eyes de-puffed, bright and nourished, ready for another week of undoubtedly burning many candles at an unadvisable amount of ends.

THE LIP BALM // What's this- swapping the matte orange lippy for a balm? I may only ditch the brights once a week, but lathering on By Terry Baume De Rose is just what my lips need to feel moisturised, smooth and supple once more. You don't have to spend so much on lip balm, but if you do come into some pocket money this does feel and smell completely delicious. And think of the cost per use people. (Thank god for cost per use...)

What's your Sunday Skincare routine?

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Zara Sale Buys

So I may have surrendered my Friday lunch break to the wonder of Zara's Summer sale... There are some serious finds to be found and I wanted to show you what I picked up in case you need a little inspiration for your own weekend sale shopping trip:

a-line mini skirt 35.99 - 19.99 //  guipur dress 39.99 - 25.99 // earring set 19.99- 9.99

Will you be shopping the summer sales?

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