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Holiday Beauty Must Have – Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

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Holidays and heavy  lipstick don’t really go.  But, even as a lipgloss addict, sometimes I crave something lighter and less sticky in the heat.

Viola! Clairins gorgeous new Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in three perfect holiday colours. Make your mates jealous when you pull this one out of your luggage.

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June 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Dilemma! Go for the chop?

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I’m bored of my hair. We have a love/hate relationship which is usually kept under control by me keeping my mid brown mane long as possible and slightly messed up.  It pretty much looks after itself.  Yet occasionally, my reflection bores me silly and I have a desire to chop it all off and reinvent myself.  Thinking I will emerge from the salon looking younger, slimmer, more fashionable and generally looking like a model from Bazaar magazine.

In reality, I hate going to the hairdressers.  In fact I’ve only been twice in the last 10 years. I never seem to be able to successfully articulate what I want (maybe that’s because I never really know what I want).  And the experience leaves me feeling a combination of anxiety, self loathing at my new appearance and disappointed. Usually looking more Mick Jagger than Elizabeth. This is then followed by about 3 years of me growing out said hair do into the familiar long layered mermaid length locks.

Why am I considering putting myself through this again?? Strange 


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June 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Everyone is wearing – The Bun

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 Piled up high, undone and a whimsy of fluffiness, the bun is the hottest hair do of the summer. Perfect for those sticky hot days and works even better if not freshly washed. No brush required –   Hoorah!

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June 8, 2010 at 11:04 am

Beauty Bargin: Premium Fragrance Body Washes

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I remember when the only perfumed shower gels you could get were the likes of Fengal and Boots Royal Jelly.  Thankfully, this vastly underrated section of the fragrance market appears to be getting a premium upgrade with a lot more of the big fragrance houses now offering body washes and shower gels as well as the standard fragranced body lotion.

Perfect for spring days when you want your scent to be light and even better for layering your fragrance up for evening (you’ll also use less of your eau de parfum making it last longer too).

Chloe Shower Gel

Clinique Aromatics Elixir Body Wash

Marc Jacobs Daisy Shower Gel

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March 29, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Beauty must have: MAC Strobe Cream

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I’m rediscovering this and it’s amazing.  I’ll be using tonnes of this on my milky arms and legs this summer after vowing to keep out of the sun. Gives a gorgeous glow to even the palest of skins and is a fav with make up artists so you know you’re onto a good thing. Can also be used as a highlighter on the face. Either pat tiny amounts on the brow and cheek bones or mix a drop with your foundation for an all over sheen without looking greasy. Well worth the money.

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March 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm

Hair Trend: Silver Vixens

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I’m really drawn to the images I am seeing of the fast growing trend for grey hair. Chunks of silver grey were seen at Chanel set on high, extravagant up do’s.  While at Giles Deacon the models wore a more edgy overall ashy tone to the hair with a slightly matt finish. I love both. The Chanel chunks for their high glamour factor and the Giles Deacon take for more everyday wear.

Quick on the mark celebs like Kate Moss and Pixie Geldof have had their grey do’s for a while now. Even 13 year old Fashion Blogger TaviGevinson sported a glossy new grey barnet at the recent New York Fashion Week.

I don’t see grey just being a fad though. I think it may be the beginning of a shift in what we perceive as suitable colours for our manes to be. For many years now we have been opting for warmer tones through our hair – caramels, honeys, chocolates, golds, coppers – you get the picture.  And I don’t know about you but I’m getting a little tired of those edible sounding shades and the constant battling against that brassy tinge that inevitably sets in after a couple of weeks. You don’t get that with a grey.  A full head of silver isn’t for everyone though, I do understand and  am under no illusion that this isn’t about allowing my stray, wiry strands on my crown to be set free.  But, next time I touch up my roots I’ll definitely be going for a more ashy, muted tone to my brunette locks. That orange halo will be sent to Coventry for good.

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March 4, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Alice in Wonderland: Curious style

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Totally cannot wait for the release of Alice in Wonderland on Friday. The 1951 animated version was my favourite Disney picture as a child.  I would play it on a Sunday afternoon while my mom was in the kitchen baking the cupcakes I’d convinced her that I would make/cook/clean up from. I must have seen it in excess of 50 times.

Looking back I can’t help wondering if there are small influences of Alice’s look in my own wardrobe – classic black ‘Alice’ bands, white tights – well dove grey or cream, Mary Jane shoes.

And I’m not the only one by the looks of things. Disney Couture have released a new Alice jewellery collection which includes quirky pieces by Tom Binns like the ‘Drink Me’ pendant .  Stella McCartney has also created these gorgeous limited edition charm bracelets with Swarovski crystals.

Finally, the beauty industry has not escaped this film’s curious (sorry)  influence either. Urban Decay’s book of shadows is almost a works of art. My money is going on one these Alice sets for Paul & Joe.  Each one includes a Lipstick, Blotting papers and refill all in the cutest of tins…

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