Mother’s Day Fragrances

Mother’s Day Fragrances

Special occasions are always the perfect time to gift a fragrance. They’re the ultimate, thoughtful present that show that you really know a person. But if you’re tired of buying the same perfume for her each time, you can always venture into the unknown and pick something new. Lucky for you, new releases from big-hitters like Carolina Herrera, Issey Miyake and Yves Saint Laurent are all there for the taking. Here are just a few of our favourites to get your creative juices flowing.


Coach Florale Eau de Parfum

Coach are known for their stylish designs, whether that’s on the catwalk or instore, and their fragrance collection has the same sense of refinement. If the mum you’re thinking of is classy, sophisticated and feminine, the new Coach Floral EDP is just the thing.
Taking inspiration from the blooming tea rose, this fragrance is delicate, understated, and fresh. Oozing allure and charm, it blends spring gardens with sensual musk and sandalwood.


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Givenchy Live Irresistible Blossom Crush Eau de Parfum

Any fan of the Givenchy Irresistible fragrance will love this new take on the original. Designed with fun-loving, spontaneous women in mind, it’s the perfect pairing for youthful, confident mums.
Blossom Crush gives you a big hit of floral tones, making this one ultra-feminine scent. Just like the original fragrance, it has a complex blend of flavours like cocoa bean and roses to give you an alluring perfume that can be worn both day and night.

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Stella McCartney Peony Eau de Toilette


English fashionistas of any age love Stella McCartney. The ideal gift for trendy mums, Stella McCartney Peony EDT is chic, bold and elegant. Made for women that take action, it’s certainly no shrinking violet of a scent.
Just like any Stella perfume, Peony EDT is powerful and complex. Delicate florals meet with earthy cedar and spicy pepper. Amber at the base and a soft rose heart add to its tantalising appeal.

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Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Twinkle

Who doesn’t like a fresh burst of summer during those dark days? Marc Jacobs has his mood-boost nailed with the gorgeous new Daisy Dream Twinkle. Giving us a new take on the Daisy range, the limited-edition Twinkle collection is sparkling and energetic.
Daisy Dream Twinkle is one of our favourites, and it’s made for mums with a sense of spirit and humour. Inspired by sunny skies and floral bouquets, it mixes berries with spring flowers, sensual white woods and violet leaves.

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FD Quick Tips: Easy Cut Crease Tutorial

FD Quick Tips: Easy Cut Crease Tutorial



Cut crease makeup looks are all the rage right now with beauty gurus, but – good news – you don’t have to be a fully fledged makeup artist to master the look. In fact, it’s a lot more simple than it looks.

With primed lids, start by applying a base shade from the Technic Fashionista palette all over the lid to set everything in place whilst also ensuring that any eyeshadow will glide on seamlessly.

Next, apply a neutral transition shade to the crease, bring it out towards the brows. Don’t worry about being too precise with this – the most important thing is to ensure you have a gradual blend up towards your brow. Blend your favourite warm-toned shadows over the top to add a pop of colour to the look.

Next, to cut the crease, apply concealer to the lid using a small flat brush for extra precision. Steph is using the NARS Creamy Concealer in Custard, as it matches her skin tone perfectly whilst also providing really good coverage.

Create a fake crease as shown in the video and wing it outwards in order to ‘lift’ the eye. Set the concealer in place using the same base shade from the Fashionista palette, smoke out the lower lash line and blend together the look using a clean fluffy brush.

Finish the look with a slick of Collection’s Extreme Felt Tip Liner in black and add lashes of mascara (or even falsies, if you fancy) using Technic’s Lashitude mascara. Voila!’

 

LFW Backstage Beauty

LFW Backstage Beauty

 

 

It’s official: Fashion month is SS17 is here! We’re majorly excited about all the fashion, hair, makeup and FROW action. There’s nothing like the buzz of backstage and we’ve had a look at all the beauty trends that have been coming out onto the catwalk this season. From Topshop Unique’s Brook Shields inspired brows to Burberry’s bare faced beauty we’ve got a roundup of all our favourite looks so far!



PPQ kicked off on Friday with daring pops of colour on the lips of all the models. The girls wore a custom lilac shade created by Lord & Berry especially for the show that gave a gorgeous feminine look. Throughout the show the overall look was paired back beauty with a bold lip to contrast against the designs.


Bora Aksu was an utter frill fest! Look of the day was ultra feminine designs including ruffles, tulle and lace therefore it’s no surprise that the models’ makeup was very minimal and natural. With soft pink hues on the cheeks and barely there nude lipstick it was all very no makeup makeup. We’re obsessed with this look, anything to save an extra 10 minutes in the morning!


Julien Macdonald’s show had mega FROW action with Abbey Clancy, Ella Eyre, Tom Daley and Amber Le Bon all in attendance. Not to mention Hailey Baldwin opening and closing the show – AND it was held on a basketball court! The whole collection was pure glamour with cut outs, sequins and thigh high splits so it’s no surprise the makeup was equally as glamourous. They had dark smoky eyes with a bright highlight in the inner corners with plenty of smudgy liner. The skin was super dewy with a bronzey glow and a nude gloss on the lips. Not forgetting lashings of body oil!


Also presenting on Saturday was House of Holland which had a strong makeup look for the show. The skin was flushed and dewy, with heavy black liner applied to the lower lash line and top lashes coated with mascara. Lips were nude and brows left untamed. Backstage was full of spray tan booths as the models were dusted with St Tropez Instant Dark tan before stepping out.


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Emilia Wickstead welcomed a touch of lightness with pretty, floral and delicate cottons. For this simple and floaty style the makeup look was very natural and elegant, with the purity of the skin being the main focus. The base was dewy and pale with a hint of colour on the cheeks, the lips a rosy pink and eyes bare.


Versus Versace saw Bella Hadid take centre stage (along with Gigi and Zayn in the front row to cheer her on!) The brand went all out rock chick with the show featuring biker leathers and ripped denim. The makeup was all about the eyes with grassy green lids and full, strong brows on some and bold eye popping colours on the lips for others.


Preen was all about whimsical beauty with the models embellished with delicate flowers down the sides of their faces. A festival of colour throughout the collection was also show with the addition of the flowers on the face, neck and chest, although underneath the face was bare with no makeup at all allowing the natural beauty to shine through.


Another big hit on Sunday was the Mary Katrantzou show. The makeup look was offset by the bold designs and a statement lip. Each model had a minimal and natural base with a stamped on mouth, in different fluoro-bright shades of bold orange, hot pink or tomato red.


Next on the list was Topshop Unique. The makeup artist behind all the magic, Hannah Murray, was inspired by Brooke Shield brows, wet-look eyes in a burgundy hue and 90s mink pink lips. Along with the 80s power hair, the look was done the model way with a soft and sexy finish.


Another designer that used a strong kohl on the lower lash line was Temperley London, created by the legendary Val Garland for Rodial. Along with the smoked out liner was a flawless, dewy base with the tiniest flush of colour on the cheeks. This elegant makeup look complimented the vibrant and fun collection.


So that’s the roundup of our favourite beauty looks from the Spring/Summer 17 so far and it seems this season we’ll be focusing on that perfect glowy skin and perfecting the art of sticking flowers on our faces! We’ll get practising’
Images sourced from Vogue.com, Elle.com and Topshop.co.uk.


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Get The Look: Kylie Jenner at the Met Gala!

Get The Look: Kylie Jenner at the Met Gala!



When Kylie Jenner arrived at the Met Gala in a full-length Balmain gown and a full face of flawless makeup, we just knew we had to recreate the look. Think a perfected base, plump pout and layers of lashes in true KJ style. Here’s how to get the look yourself..








Start by smoothing out the skin using the W7 Porfection primer. Not only will this help to smooth out the skin, but it’ll also keep your makeup on your face all night long! Since the eyes are a huge part of this look, we’ve decided to skip the base (for now) and head straight for the eyeshadow. This is perfect if you’re just starting out with makeup, as it means you can be as messy as you like! Once you clean up with foundation and concealer afterwards, no one will ever know.



For the eyes, we’ve decided to use the Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escape palette as it contains everything from subtle matte shades to seriously shimmery. Start by applying the shade ‘Harvest moon’ all over the lid to act as a base. Doing this will ensure the rest of your shadow blends seamlessly! Next it’s time to add that transition shade in the crease. The colour ‘Hot Cocoa’ is perfect for this as it’s a one-shade-suits-all kind of colour. Buff it into the crease to give the eyes a little extra definition. Don’t forget to smoke out the bottom lash line!
Now it’s time to have some fun with the eyes. Start by patting the shade ‘Crisp’ over the centre of the lid to give the eyes a subtle shimmer and then follow up with ‘Chestnut’ in the outer corner of the eyes to smoke it all out. Don’t forget to blend!
Next, using a slightly dampened brush (these shadows work so well when wet!) pick up a small amount of the ‘Crisp’ shade again and focus it on the inner corner of the eyes. This will help recreate that glittery look.



Now it’s time to add that super sharp cat eye. To do this we’re using the Bourjois Smokey Eye Effect Eyeliner in the shade Smoked Brown. The texture of this liner is really creamy – perfect for blending – but once it’s set, it’s there all night. Line the waterline using the pencil for that added smokey effect and follow up by roughly draw a line towards the end of your brow. Blend it out using the brush on the end.



What’s a Kylie Jenner look without layers of lashes? For this we’ve decided to use the Revlon Ultra Volume mascara in the shade Blackest Black. Add a few coats on both the top and bottom lashes for a fluttery look. And if that’s not enough? Add some falsies! To keep them looking natural, be sure to fill in the lash line with the shade ‘Black Crow’ from the Vintage Escape palette.



Now it’s time to work on that base! Kylie’s makeup was super glowy for the Met Gala, so we’ve opted to use the Bourjois Happy Light concealer, as it provides a natural, yet medium coverage effect. Complete the base by buffing in the Revlon Colourstay 24 Hour Foundation for a super HD finish.



Of course, we can’t forget about the contour. Using the darkest shade from the Technic Contour Stix Cream Crayons set, carve out the hollows of the cheeks. For extra dimension add the lightest contour colour to the high points of the face and blend, blend, blend! For an extra glow, lightly dust the BareMinerals Warmth bronzer over the face in a ‘3’ shape motion, and follow up by framing the face using the Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil and Gel set. Set the look with the Clinique Blended Face Powder in the shade Invisible Blend. This will help secure the makeup whilst also adding a natural glow. Finish up with Rimmel’s Provocalips Lip Colour in the shade Skinny Dipping and you’re officially Met Gala ready!


Top Tanning Tips

Top Tanning Tips



We’re finally coming into summer and we all want to get a bit of colour on our pasty limbs! To avoid those tell tale fake tan signs we’ve rounded up some top tips for becoming a bronzed golden goddess and avoiding a streaky patchy mess!



PREP
1. Use a good exfoliator first and foremost to get rid of all dead skin, dry areas and basically anything tan can cling to. Concentrate on all the tricky tanning areas, elbows, knees, ankles and neck.
2. Moisturise the night before rather than immediately prior to tanning. This gives your skin chance to soak in all the product and let it work its magic on those dry areas. An Aloe Vera based product will be best for this.
3. Don’t wax immediately before tanning. This will open the pores and leave you with that speckled, uneven look.
4. Remove all traces of makeup, perfume and deodorants so you have a clean base for the tan.
5. Make sure you use a product that is right for your skin type, if you’re particularly dry go for a lotion rather than a mousse as this will give you the most hydration and leave your skin smooth.
6. Apply Vaseline or a balm product to the hairline and eyebrows to create a barrier for the tan.



TAN
7. When tanning the face, mix with a moisturiser to give a slightly toned down finish and reduce the risk of irritation.
8. If you’re a tanning novice always opt for a mousse product. It’s easier to apply and you can see where the product is going to leave a more even finish.
9. Always use a latex glove or a mitt when apply your tan. The rusty palm look is never a good one!
10. Use cotton wool pads right at the end to apply tan to the backs of your hands. It will keep the product even and it’s easy to make sure you’ve got in all the nooks and crannies without getting product on your palms.
11. If you have to put clothes on straight away make sure you opt for dark, loose clothing to hide any transfer. But always try to give yourself at least 15 minutes for the tan to set on your skin!
12. Once you’re all bronzed and glowing keep up with the moisturising to make it last as long as possible. Opt for a moisturiser with a gradual tanner to keep the colour topped up.



DAMAGE CONTROL
13. If you’ve woken up with patchy, streaky tan don’t panic all is not lost! Have a long hot shower with an exfoliating mitt or a loofah and then moisturise. Repeat if you’re not quite streak free after the first attempt.
14. If removing the tan entirely is the only option, mix lemon juice with a small amount of baking soda and saturate your skin with the solution. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse. This should remove all traces of the tan.



Here’s our top tanning products:
St Moriz Self Tan Applicator Mitt
Fake Bake Original Self Tan Lotion
Sunkissed Instant Self Tanning Mousse
Dove Summer Glow Body Lotion
Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Body Lotion
Victoria’s Secret Buffing Body Wash


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