With Spring well under way, I’m hankering for a fresh, fun manicure- nothing to full-on and cumbersome. Something more light and natural, nails that compliment not compete, a look that’s a whole lot more vanilla than a feather manicure or chalkboard nails. Last year I would’ve headed straight to the nude section in my nail varnish collection (remind me to show you this sometime- I know you’ll be impressed with my colour coded, OCD organisation) but this year I’m adopting glitter as a base/nude shade. Usually glitter would fall firmly in the ‘look at me’ category but worn without a base colour and lightly applied, I think glitter qualifies as nude. Today I’m wearing silver glitter with a scatter of scarlet red dots called Ha Ha by Spa Rituals. Welcome Spring.
My Flash Trash sent over a preview link to their sparkly new website last week so I could have a little look around before the new site launched.
Now up and running with a whole lot of new features and fabulous photo’s to inspire customers, I could hardly leave empty-handed. I’ve been lusting over a couple of rings that encapsulate the midi ring trend just perfectly. I finally decided on a silver seed ring by Tara Osborne that matches my laid back luxe style. I teamed my new bling with a grey Ciaté mani (Pillow Fight) and glitter index finger (Confetti).
Pop over to My Flash Trash and take a look.
Paris Fashion Week sets the Parisian capital alight this week…
- RiRi steals the limelight with her daring choice of outfit, we had french maid at Dior, intrepid explorer at Balmain, androgynous at Lanvin and barely there at all, to the Balmain after party. Metro.
- Garance Doré launches her very first stationery collection with Rifle yesterday at Colette. Beautiful illustrations and lots of social media. Fashionista.com.
- Raf Simons steps up his campaign to re-work the classic Dior look with a sports luxe twist. Sharp tailoring and double-breasted suits sat alongside lace-up details, brilliant brights and quilting. Inspired cuts and innovative shapes showcased Raf’s ingenuity (perfect statement dresses for the first lady). The most innovative pieces combined 1940′s nipped waist dresses with splits revealing contrasting coloured, slinky dresses with the addition of crystal appliqué. Vogue.
- Relax…. messy bed hair is officially chic, as seen at several Paris shows. Can’t find the hair brush this weekend, just don’t bother! Huffington Post.
- Paris can always be relied upon to provide a huge hit of fairytale fashion… heavenly. Vogue.
No more messy Bare Minerals.
Bare Minerals High Shine Eyeshadow comes in a handy handbag size, spring-loaded tube, primed and ready to make your eyelids sparkle. Unscrew the top and the applicator pops out, a short brush with a cushioned tip that makes applying the eye colour a one stroke procedure. The brush is fully loaded with a high shine pigment that comes in 12 shades (I have Moonshine, a subtle plum hue), no more tap and swirl required with this product. You can build up the colour to create one bold, high impact shade or blend a darker matt colour into the corner of the eye to create a daytime look. I expected that the velvet constancy would of eventually slipped into the eyelid creases and wrinkle but I was pleasantly surprised that the eyeshadow pretty much stayed in place. I would definitely buy another one because it was easy to use and looked so pretty.
Team ASOS know the way to my heart…. via fortune cookies, statement jewellery (more on that later) and nail varnish.
The lovely folk at ASOS sent over a welcome box of goodies to celebrate #AccessAllASOS. Nothing says ‘hello’ like a golden fortune cookie teamed with a new pot of nude Barry M nail polish. This shade is Mocha and comes in a matt finish but I couldn’t help adding a top coat and a spot of ring finger bling. Perhaps pastels may not be my cup of tea but nudes suit me down to the ground.
And my fortune ‘An opportunity to learn is on your horizon’…. and I can’t wait!
1. What’s on your wish-list at the moment?
2. Describe your own personal style?
Colourful and classic. I love mixing an item that’s bold and vibrant with something more traditional. I love a scarf off course, you can be really creative with them. There’s endless ways to wear them and I wear bright lipstick everyday! Continue reading
Great news my lovely readers…. it’s official, I’m an ASOS Insider.
So what does this mean for you? Well it means regular behind-the-scenes ASOS updates, a first look at the latest ASOS campaigns and a rustle through the forthcoming collections. I’ll be attending the ASOS #AccessAll events and snooping around ASOS HQ, so expect lashings of gossip, competitions and collaborations. ASOS is one of my favourite online stores, the one I visit when I want something specific- I always find what I’m looking for at ASOS. #TeamASOS.
This week PR and marketing manager Olivia from Ciaté talks wish-list lust, Spring trends and which Ciaté colours you’ll find in her beauty box.
What’s on your wish-list at the moment?
I’m forever building my wish list on ASOS and have a tendency to over-order; needless to say I am a premier customer! I love mixing high-street with designer accessories, my Celine handbag is my most cherished piece but I have had my eye on the Alexander Wang ‘Diego’ for a while now, so it will definitely be my next splurge.
2. Describe your own personal style?
I like classic styles with a bit of a twist! My go to is normally a pair of J brand’s, my current faves at the moment are my J Brand leather trousers, with a plain top, paired with my pastel banana and peaches ASH wedge trainers. I like to update classics with statement jewellery; I am a sucker for a killer pair of earrings or a chunky cuff. As a beauty buff I like to keep hair and make-up fresh and polished, Becca being my all-time favourite make up brand.
3. Which trends will you be working this season?
I adore the pastel trend which is back again for Spring ’14 and was all over the catwalks, so I can’t wait to wear my baby pink ankle-grazing skinny jeans once the warmer weather kicks in! I’m also lusting after the Pop Art print trend and will definitely be buying into this as a Spring update.
4. Tell us about your favourite nail polish and what you love about it?
I am probably biased but of course my favourite polish is going to be Ciaté for its good quality, high pigment and long-lasting manicure, and its vibrant array of over 120 colours. My go to is always ‘Iced Frappe’ for a mauve version of a nude. For a more vampy, evening look, I turn to ‘Dangerous Affair’ for the perfect rouge noir.
I love AQ/AQ for instant ‘wow’ pieces – the brand is a stylist favourite, which I still don’t think has had its time in the spotlight yet. I am also really excited to see the first Whistles fashion show at London Fashion Week this spring, not just because it’s one of my favourite stores but it’s incredible to see a British high-street brand to be invited onto the global fashion stage.
I couldn’t agree more, I can’t wait to see what Whistles come up with to wow us at London Fashion Week.
Korres Lemon & Basil Body Scrub…. Spring in a bottle.
Every time I use the Korres fresh and fruity Basil Lemon scrub in the shower I’m reminded I need to write this post but anyone who runs the show and works for them-self will know sometimes you just don’t get round to doing everything, there’s just not enough hours in the day. So before I forget, here’s the review.
After using the heavenly Korres Lemon and Basil Shower Gel from a mini gift set, I had a pretty good idea of what the product would smell like (very zingy and refreshing) but the consistency of body scrubs can vary drastically. Personally I find pure salt scrubs too drying so this one with ground bamboo and jojoba beads is rough enough to remove dead skin but also works as a moisturizer too. The added minerals of zinc and magnesium works to hydrate the skin and relax tired muscles, great for soothing aching legs. So there you go…. that’s what I think about Korres’ Basil Lemon Body Scrub.
I promised to add glitter and sparkle to my everyday look…. and I’d hate to disappoint you.
Working my way through the huge horde of Ciate nail polishes and trying out a few new techniques, I decided to give the glitter mani a try. I think the effect is similar to the velvet manicure, the application process is the same too. It’s a bit messy but worth while to create such a striking look which is more practical (granted I’m leaving a little glitter trail wherever I go) than the caviar manicure I tried out in a previous post.
What do you think?