Sunday, 30 March 2014

Melissa Bailey Illustration

I came across Melissa Bailey, a freelance illustrator who has worked for the likes of The Sunday Times Style Magazine and Harper's Bazaar Australia. Her style of drawings are realistic yet playful and inspirational. I particularly love these illustrations of beauty products, featured in Fabulous magazine, using watercolour pencils and paints.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Favourite Lipsticks

Choosing a lipstick to put on when going out is just as difficult as choosing what to wear! I have a slight obsession with lipstick and even more of an obsession with a particular shade. To keep all my lipsticks and other beauty products organised I purchased these clear, acrylic drawers from Muji. I just bought 3 drawers but I may need to upgrade to one with five drawers very soon. 

Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in shade 'Penelope Pink' has a beautiful, rich texture once applied to the lips and seems to stay on for at least 4hrs. I usually apply a lip balm before any lipstick but I don't have to with this one. The sleek, gold packaging is super premium and comfortable to hold when applying.

Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo - This is my latest addition to the lipstick drawer, which I knew was going to happen once I had entered the world of SpaceNK. It is just a beauty haven and every time I go in I always seem to spend! I chose number 1 in the nude collection as it had slightly more pink tone which suited my skin better but the other shades are also very versatile. What I like most about this product is the crayon style applicator and smooth gliding effect it gave. It has a satin like finish which I would say is in between matte and gloss. However once it settles on your lips it does feel a little dry. These cost £22.00 and are available at SpaceNK.

Rouge D'Armani lipstick- I have had this lipstick for more than a year and wear it once a week and it still has quite a lot left. One application is all you need for 8 hours of wear, it's actually amazing! I also love the magnetic closure and premium black design. This lipstick has a gloss finish without any stickiness and is super hydrating.

MAC Satin Lipstick in shade 'Twig' is my most sophisticated of the nude lipsticks as it is slightly darker in colour. This is my day to night lipstick which has a long lasting intense shade and looks great with almost any outfit.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Eve Lom Complexion launch at Liberty

Eve Lom Kiss Mix & Golden Radiance Bronzing Powder
I have been so excited about Eve Lom's complexion launch that when I saw the event on Liberty's website I had to book a place! Champagne and macaroons were served on arrival and we were given information about the new complexion range by Eve Lom and a short presentation. Interestingly the range was introduced as skincare with colour, as opposed to Eve Lom makeup. The collection is made up of six products, the key ones being the Flawless Radiance Primer and the Radiance Lift Foundation, having tried and tested both I liked the end result. The primer can be used instead of your daily moisturiser and help to give you a flawless complexion once the foundation is applied. I found that the texture was rich, but non greasy which you don't often find in a good primer. One small pump of foundation is all that is needed for the face, it seems to go a long way. It had a weightless silk texture and gave a healthy, radiant finish. Although you can see in the above photos I didn't buy either of these products, I would still highly recommend them! This was mainly due to the abundance of foundation already at home in my makeup bag and the high price point slightly put me off at £40 for the primer and £50 for the foundation! However I did purchase the Golden Radiance Bronzing Powder at £42 for its easy application and beautiful sunkissed effect given using only a few sweeps. The compact packaging is perfect for a night out and you no longer have to worry about carrying both a bronzing brush and powder. I also purchased the Kiss Mix lip balm from the original Eve Lom skincare line, infused with menthol which has a tingling sensation when applied to the lips. This is so soothing and amazing for seriously dry lips which mine seem to always be.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Topshop Unique AW14 - LFW

Topshop Unique AW14 - LFW
London Fashion Week just got a whole lot better...Topshop Unique showcased an incredible catwalk collection and I'd quite like every piece! It featured oversized fur coats worn with belts, embellished dresses and structured skirts in an array of blue, lemon, beige and burgundy. The makeup was grungy, 'good girl, gone bad' with middle parting clean straight hair paired with heavy black liner under the eyes and nude lips. Many of the looks featured layering of knits and coats slouched off the shoulder creating an effortless chic feel. I particularly liked the styling of the rolled down socks and fur lined ankle boots worn with most of the outfits.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Julien Macdonald AW14

Julien Macdonald AW14
Julien Macdonald closed day 2 of London Fashion week with many sequin, jewel encrusted, sparkle heaven numbers! It was clear that each piece from the collection was handmade with seamless intricate detail. The models featured slick back wet hair and bright coloured eyes using L'Oreal Paris eyeshadow palettes. They looked like beautiful sea creatures gliding down the catwalk with such grace. My favourite outfit has to be the long sleeved black bodycon dress with cut out embroidered detail and jewel embellishment up the front!

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Emilia Wickstead AW14

Emilia Wickstead AW14

London Fashion Week has begun! These are a few of my favourite pieces from the Emilia Wickstead AW14 fashion show today. These include a floor length bright fuchsia tea dress which is extremely elegant and feminine. The 'nude' makeup and hair look certainly allows for no distractions from the clothes themselves. The snake print tea dress worn with green gloves and matching snake print shoes were far from expected. These daring, statement pieces which are both beautiful and modest have shaped Emilia's unique collection this season. It won't be long until the likes of Kate Middleton is seen wearing one of these dresses!