I reckon you all know me pretty well by know and are well aware how deeply dull, non adventurous and generally useless I am when it comes to hair and makeup. Much as I’d love to be one of those girls that gets a bold new look every couple of weeks or turns up at a party looking like she’s just stepped out of a vampy ad campaign my idea of pushing the boat out is a bit of eyeliner and if I’m feeling really brave lipstick or even an up do. Well now and again, I get so bloody bored of rocking the exact same beauty look every day I’m almost tempted to swap my bob for a Miley Cyrus mohawk. Luckily there are professionals at hand who can persuade me against attempting anything drastic and some of the loveliest can be found at the lovely Trevor Sorbie salon in Covent Garden. Recently I’ve been feeling extra O-V-E-R my current ‘do so when they invited me along for a cut and colour I didn’t need to be asked twice. I went in clueless as to what I wanted and came out with a slick aubergine (I think the technical term was “deep chestnut”) look that felt very autumnal and, dare I say it, a little foxy.
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I often think I don’t write enough about beauty products. Despite being both rubbish at and lazy about applying my own make up, I adore having my make up done and I enjoy personal grooming and everything it involves to a positively worrying level. When I was introduced to Eyeko – hotter-than-hot eyes only make up label launched with the intention of providing the “ultimate mascara wardrobe” – a couple of weeks ago, I knew within seconds it was seriously post worthy. Plus, my sources tell me that the whole world will be buzzing about this cult beauty brand so this way you (and I) can be among the first to rave about it.
Launched in 1999 by fashion and beauty guru, Nina Leykand and stocked everywhere from Sephora to Harvey Nichols, you’d have thought that Eyeko would be a household name to rival MAC or Maybelline. Not so. Nina’s label, may be flying off shelves all over the world but somehow it’s remained the beauty industry’s best kept secret. Well now the secret’s out. I may be no expert but having been wearing Eyeko for the past week I can confirm that the gel based, Keratin containing mascaras are every bit as luscious as you’d expect. As for the Eyeko’s latest innovation: one mascara, three brushed to achieve a myriad of lash tastic styles… Can you say #TOTESAMAZE?
People are often surprised to discover that I’m absolutely rubbish at doing make up. You’d think that between modelling and working in fashion I might have picked up a few tricks but no, my idea of really pushing the beauty boat out remains a slightly wobbly slick of eyeliner. A while back the lovely folk at bareMinerals were kind enough to give me a makeover with their Supernaturals collection. Since then I’ve managed to forget everything I learnt and with New Years Eve coming up I was dying to do something a little dramatic so they agreed to give it another go with their party perfect White Hot palette. The timing couln’t have been better as I’ve recently been debating whether to branch out into video blogging and thought a video makeup tutorial (that wouldn’t involve me having to say or do too much on camera) would be the perfect way to get started. Luckily my brother is a dab hand at filming so I roped him in to do it. This is our first foray into making videos so please forgive any minor blips but overall I’m really pleased with the results of the film and the sultry eye makeup. Enjoy!
Filming & Editing by Louis Catliff. Look created by Sarah-Jane Froom, European Make-Up Artist for bareMinerals
The bareMinerals White Hot palette is available for £39, click here to buy it online.
As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m not one of nature’s penny savers. Much as I’d love to be the kind of girl who makes purse-friendly packed lunches and doesn’t visit Starbucks three times a day or not-so-occasionally take taxis instead of the tube due to impractical footwear issues, I’m just not. But while economics may not get my pulse racing, the concept of stylenomics certainly does. Whether it’s due to the recession, the arrival of a whopping great phone bill (guilty) or the rising price of just about everything, most of us can’t afford to do a major wardrobe overhaul each season just because cobalt blue is the new black. We can however, forgo a glass of wine or two and spend that cash on a couple of brand new nail polishes. This is a sentiment shared by Essie who have released a collection of ultra on-trend hues named, ‘Stylenomics’. Instead of stressing over the fact that your wardrobe is lacking in this seasons must-have berry tones or muted greys simply stick to wardrobe staples and update the look with an opulent and oh-so-now nail polish shade!
My personal favourite is “skirting the issue”, which one do you rate?
After my A-MAZING bareMinerals make over the other week, I’ve decided to get more ‘in’ to beauty products. After all, I love dressing up and brightly coloured things more than your average five year old so why shouldn’t that extend to my face? Having worn the exact same makeup look for the past two years – powder, mascara and a slick of black liquid eyeliner if I’m feeling really wild – so I’m taking baby steps. Going from basically nothing to full on red carpet glam could very easily go wrong so I’m beginning my induction into the world of all things bright and beautiful via a lower risk route… Nails. In true five year old fashion I’m a total sucker for anything sparkly so when I laid eyes on Sephora and O.P.I’s glitter-tastic nail polish collaboration it went straight to the top of my wish list. Are they or are they not, cute enough to eat?
Sephora by OPI Jewellery ‘Listen to your heart’, £6/$9.50 click here to buy
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