30 December 2012

Happy Chrimbo!!

Christmas has hit us...so starting off the chrimbo shenanigans with some well needed mulled wine and cider for after works chrimbo eve drinks, before continuing into the night armed with some festive fashion-offs!

Showing off the Christmas tree decorating skills...which I have seen a fair share of great attempts showering FB.....so here's mine.

The festive nails continued...finally found some chunky gold glitter by Barry m, OPI also does a gorgeous one.  Lulu kindly modelled Barry M's below.

I even got involved in the craze of  having one glitzy nail!
For chrimbo it was OPI'S Lincoln park after dark and Golden eye.

In preparation for NYE I'm rocking Lady in Black with a hint of Her Majesty's secret service.

A perfect image to end any Christmas, was knowing that the Chrimbo pud will light and stay lit.  Well ours definitely did with the mixture of spirits used to bind it together, there was no way this baby was going to be put out easily.


23 December 2012

All wrapped up!

So it took me long enough but I am all wrapped up and ready to go!!
Happy Christmas everyone!!
L x

14 December 2012

Chrimbo Countdown!

The clock is ticking for those Christmas/New year outfits to start coming together.  How better to complete the look than with some sassy hair and make-up inspiration.

A big winner at the moment is the sleek top knot, which can achieved in many ways.  I am loving Nicole Richie's twist on it, sophisticated but still very on trend, with the incorporation of a bit of cleaver weaving.  A quick and easy way to get a full looking sleek up doo, is with a Donut...Every girl loves a donut!  Above, is exactly what I have used, with my lovely model Kate.  Taking her hair into a sleek high pony and adding a donut the remaining hair has been gathered over the donut, with any excess hair being tucked away, by twisting a simple plait around, which also helps secure the bun.  Secure all in place with some strategically placed bobby pins.

Don't be shy of sticking a few accessorize into your style (don't get carried away though), diamante grips, fascinators, quirky Alice bands, even feather can look great.  I have added a bit of glitz below to Lulu's messy side bun.


As well as a donut, we know by now I love a plait, they can also go a long way to making your look fab.  I saw this ref of a messy fish plait, and like the fact it looks effortless and not kempt in the slightest, but it still has an edgy sophisticated quality about it.  Also this models hair is not that long, showing any hair length can hold a fish plait and still look good.

I'm a big fan of the Bed Head look, I'm also probably a  little bit biased, as I pull it off most days (not through choice, it just happens).  Something about the fact, it really is an effortless look to achieve and it can look really good despite the name.  I found the above refs and both give a great idea of how you an rock a great bed head.  Keep it simple or have a little off the face with a little accesorizing.

Alternatively if your not a fan of the rock and roll out of bed look, maybe a sleek twist on the traditional pony is more you thang.  Gather your hair into a sleek pony,and taking a section of hair wrap it around the hair tie, until all is hidden, secure with a grip similar to that of your own hair colour.

Flick it!

A feline flick never fails.  The secret to a good flick is to keep brows prominent and the rest of your make-up natural and very clean cut.  That's what attracted me to the above image, it shows the best way to wear a great feline flick, liner traces the shape of the eye, brows are defined and the face looks fresh. 

The LBD!
 I am sure us ladies all have our LBD at the ready, but if the Christmas chaos has sent you off course, here's a few that caught my eye.

 Oasis's lace contrast Maxi, giving your usual maxi a bit of a revamp

 OK, I know this is not a LBD, however it is another glamorous maxi style dress, which despite the knotted cut out middle, screams Bond girl sophistication.

My personal favourite, Miss Selfriges embellished LBD...almost gives a warrior-esque feel...and no need for over accessorzing.

For more idea's on some lush glitzy dresses, check out Topshops Limited Edition dresses range.

Hopefully this little lot will get the creative juices flowing and you'll all become glamazons in time for that special event.  Be it your chrimbo party or to welcome in 2013!

Have fun!


11 December 2012

Prep and prime

 I thought I might throw a few Christmas beauty life-savers out there.  Now that the temperature has definitely dropped and as I sit here typing, I am geared up in my matching Topshop scarf and hat (yes this would be one of my many early chrimbo prezzies to myself)

A Lil Treat!

Firstly I couldn't help but stick a Christmas countdown gift in, knowing how much us girls love a chocolate treat, especially in our advent calendar.  Well forget the chocolate, what could be better than a calendar filled with nail varnishes?....who says you can't change your colour everyday, and surely anything to help us get into the festive mood is a winner.

To then achieve those perfect nails, I have been slathering on Horse power by Butter London, painted nails are a must.  Unfortunately they don't seem to be much of a fan of me...give me 5mins of immaculate nails, before the chipping begins.  Mainly down to my weak nails.  So I am religiously painting this bad boy on daily.
I have featured a few christmassy shades in my previous post, however Essie have released a new collection of glitzy nails.  Lets face it anything red or glitzy is perfect for this time of year.

Prep it!

I have tried and tested all of the below and have to say am a fan of them all.  We have seen a surge of melt away skin care has hit the shops. 

My all time favourite will be of course Dermalogica with its Pre-cleanse, which massages on as an aroma therapeutic oil, only to wash off as a milky cleanser ridding the face of any stubborn make-up.  With much the same concept Eve Loms facial cleanser, is applied like a balm and rinsed off with the help of a Muslim cloth.   Both give you a great excuse to spend a little extra time giving yourself a facial massage.  I also like a good bit of exfoliation in my routine, however some exfoliators can be harsh and if you scrub too often, you can actually end up drying out you face, causing those oil glands to go into overdrive.  This potentially ends in unwanted breaks outs.  Give Dermalogica's Daily microfoliant a go, it is a lot more gentler and still gives that fresh canvas we crave after exfoliation.

A brand I am also loving is Jurlique they do a great range, featuring scents to suit everyone.  I particularly love there Rosewater balancing mist, it smells lush and is great after cleansing. 



With the change in season, everyone suffers with the effects the cold weather brings.  Above are some must have skin Savior's, I always have at the ready.  
Eve Lom Dynaspot, is a treatment combining tea tree oil and chamomile for the ideal spot treatment, apply this all day to help calm any red angry breakouts.  For the ultimate face mask, Ren have a great purifying mask - Clear calm 3 clarity restoring mask, well suited for that end of the week pamper, to give stressed skin a good detox.  I religiously apply Cauldalie's Divine oil day and night, you can tell I am a fan, as I have mentioned this product previously.  However unlike many oils this one is easily absorbed, smells amazing and can pretty much be used for everything, even on your hair.  Another multi-purpose product is Elizabeth Arden's 8 hour cream, I'll always have a tube of this knocking about somewhere ready to treat dry lips, hands and pretty much any skin irritation.

Lip Service!

Admittedly I have about 3 jars of carmex on the go, one in my bag, one on my desk and one in my pocket...I can't get enough, they are never-ending!  I also have 8 hour cream, Mac lip balm and Lucas Papaw ointment.  Funnily enough I rarely suffer from dry lips and you wonder why.  But below are just a select few products on offer to keep those lips puckered up through the frosty weeks ahead.


Of course you'll see some usual suspects good ol' Carmex and Vaseline, Lucas papaw does much the same as these two.  Kiehl's and Mac do their own lip balms, whilst also containing a SPF, are maybe a bit more luxurious with a  more conditioning finish.  For those who want more of a lip popping effect, try Smashbox's O-plump to give you that pout to  shout about.

Now the canvas is prepped, your ready to prime. There is a huge choice of primers out there, pricier does not always mean they are better.  I do find Mac has a great range, their Fortified skin enhancer comes in four varieties; one to revive, illuminate, neutralise and adjust.  Once you have applied this go ahead with using your choice of coverage.  I have stuck in  smashboxes BB cream, as BB creams seem to be the way forward with there balancing properties.

Last but not least I would say if your hair is also in need of some TLC, Bumble and Bumbles Creme De Coco mask, not only smells good enough to eat, but also gives your hair an intense conditioning treat.

Hopefully some of those beauties, will help you survive the party season and help you stay looking fab!