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My Ultimate Beauty Icon: Alexa Chung #HoFBeautyAmbassador

Posted on June 25, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Today I’m talking about beauty icons – do you know who yours would be? When I think of who inspires me in terms of beauty, I instantly think of The Queen of the Cat Eye, Alexa Chung! There’s plenty of celebrities who’s beauty style I love and inspire me, but Alexa just has that effortlessly beautiful look… fresh clean skin, a nude lip and of course a cat eye flick – what more does a girl need!?

Eyeliner is ‘my thing’ and the main part of Alexa’s signature look – I think this is why she appeals so much to me. She always looks beautiful and has that I-just-rolled-out-of-bed-but-still-look-amazing look going on, like she’s not even trying. With those tousled beachy waves, her casual boho style and flawless skin. I’d quite happily live a day in her shoes!

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Ok so I’ve put together a little Alexa checklist for my look! This is what I need to accomplish –

  1. Flawless yet dewy, youthful looking skin.
  2. Neutral eyelids with a slight shimmer.
  3. The blackest black, super sharp eyeliner.
  4. Nude coloured matte or satin finish lips.

Let’s do this!

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I love that her beauty look is easy to achieve for everyone – with either high end or budget beauty products, there’s a way anyone and everyone can create this on themselves!

And these are the products I chose to create the look:

  • Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Smoothing Foundation in Clair – This is one of my long-time favourite foundations, it works amazingly well on my skin which tends to be dry, and it has the perfect formula to give skin a luminous, glowing finish.
  • Seventeen Phwoarr Paint in Fair – I use this to cover redness, blemishes and my ever impressive under eye bags. This is easily the best high street concealer I’ve come across for coverage.
  • MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow Duo in Force of Nature – This is such a beautiful shimmer duo. I used the lightest shade only for a wash of colour across the lids.
  • Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner Pen in Black – If you’re not a fan of traditional liquid eyeliners, this pen style liner is the perfect alternative to create a sharp line.
  • Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara in Black – This is one of my favourite budget mascaras, it works really well on my short lashes giving both volume and length.
  • Chella Brow Pencil in Light Brown – I love this twist up style pencil, it has a super fine tip which is perfect for drawing in fine hairs.
  • Carmex Lip Balm – When using a matte lipstick, always prep lips first so they’re in top condition before application. Carmex is a fab budget balm.
  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 03 – I love a nude lip with a statement eye, and this shade is just perfect! 03 is a matte nude pink toned beige, it’s not too brown or yellow and really goes well with my complexion.

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Rather than show you my whole face, I thought a zoomed in eye would be fun! I really love the Maybelline Master Precise Eyeliner Pen, it’s perfect for creating an intense black sharp flick, and it’s super affordable too. If you’re looking for a softer look though, try a pencil eyeliner which can easily be blended or smudged.

I should probably mention now that this blog post is actually a competition entry! So I really hope you like it!? I was SO excited when I heard House of Fraser were looking to find a Beauty Ambassador, and I don’t usually enter blog competitions but I really would love to win this so so much, I though it was definitely worth a shot!

So what’s it all about? Basically House of Fraser are looking for a beauty blogger to become their Beauty Ambassador for the next 12 months. The Ambassadorship includes being a brand advocate, as well as £1000 of makeup, exclusive samples, invites and more. If you’re a beauty junkie like me, this really is beyond exciting!!

This would literally make my year, I love the fantastic beauty range that House of Fraser offer – I can’t not visit when I’m shopping in Norwich! So please do comment and share, and let me know what your think of this look! I’d love to hear if you’re a fan of Alexa? And who your beauty icon is?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

St Patrick’s Day with The Glow Brand

Posted on March 17, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy St Patricks Day! I hope whatever you’re up to today has some sort of Irish theme!! As perviously mentioned, I’m not too well at the moment, so unfortunately as much as I want to, there will be no Guinnes swilling or attempts at the Riverdance for me today, I’m not even up for hunting for leprechauns – sad times! I do however, have a gorgeous new pair of heels to comfort me in my time of need, these amazing shoes are super high, neon green and made of rubber type material called thermoplastic polyurethane, and they. are. everything.

Ok I know they may not exactly be to everyone’s taste, but they are so me! I’ll happily admit I’m not the best at walking in heels, and I try not to actually walk in them at all costs – I’m more of a shuffle from the limo to the bar kinda girl, and just sit and look pretty if you know what I mean! ;D

Anyway my fabulous new heels are in True Green (for Paddy’s day of course) this colour supports the Missione Sogni Foundation, which is the Italian version of The Make-A-Wish Foundation. I love that The Glow Brand work alongside a wide range of charities, so you know that a percentage of your money is going to a worth while cause. Also, The Glow Brand also have loads of other bright (and a couple of less bright) colours on offer, with each different colour representing a different charity. You can see all the details on their site here.

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I was also lucky enough to grab the opportunity to interview the founder of The Glow Brand, Tammy Haines, so I could learn a bit more about them and the work they do –

1.    I’d love to hear the background story behind The Glow Brand?

My mother, Jennifer Haines, passed away some years ago from Cancer. She was someone who really did a lot for other people, simply from the goodness of her own heart without expectations and so I wanted to do something in her memory. My mother was also someone who was incredibly athletic. She was quite well known for running ultra-marathons e.g. the Comrades (in South Africa, 89km long) and at this time you would often see runners, raising funds for charities and wearing a silicone wrist band.

My mother had also started a new life for our family, she came ahead of our immigration from South Africa to Europe and literally went from stay-at-home mother to business lady, rediscovering fashion along the way. 

In my mind the stiletto is the ultimate power symbol for women, so it made sense to me to redefine this particular wardrobe item. I want the stiletto to be about the wearer, that they literally make a stand for their beliefs and values. Hence the classic design and beautiful use of colors, each representing a charity.

2.    Can you explain how The Glow Brand work with charities?

The Glow Brand looks for charities that have an intimate partnership with anyone contributing to their cause. As a start-up we expected in the beginning to be selling few units, and we got a lot of blocks from charities that expected guaranteed minimum contributions starting from 10,000 Euros and upwards. 

As a growing company, we hope to eventually be able to give this, and more, but this administration made us wonder how transparent it was on how clearly we would be able to see the difference on what our contributions where making. So this and our relationship with the charity has become very important to us.

We have looked for charities that touch every part of our lives and are either international or in a country that we haven’t had a chance to make a difference in. In fact, the color: Lady Greystone, hasn’t been allocated a charity yet and we are looking for one possibly helping with support in times of crisis such as supporting with medical supplies, fresh water or building homes. We welcome suggestions and contacts!

3.    I love the neon colours the shoes are available in – why did you go for neons rather than more traditional colours?

We started with 5 neon colours in order to grab attention, the same way the bright silicone wrist bands do. We saw that it explained our goal faster and young women where really having fun putting color back in their wardrobes. Looking around now, floresecent colors are quite popular in clothing.

We started last year also with traditional colour, not to be conservative, but to also embrace the ease of wearing The Glow Brand on a more day-to-day basis. E.g. Not every fashionista wants to wear rubber boots when it rains, The Glow Brand stilettos are perfect for bad weather in a extremely classy and eye catching way. Talk about brightening up your day!

4.    Is there anything else you’d like your potential customers to know?

A start-up is not easy; and in the fashion industry breaking the norm with new materials is extremely difficult. What we are doing is beautiful, designed with heart and honest. We aren’t supported by the marketing money of hiring well known celebrities to flaunt our product. 

Our stilettos are shoes for the people, worn by the people. We hope that the logo will eventually be known for the wearer and what that person wants to see improved or supported in their lives. The world is much bigger than one person. I owe this philosophy to both my parents, and I think this is a fabulous way to act as an entrepreneur. We need more businesses with this approach.

I’ts been great hearing the story behind the company, and I love that they work slo closely with many charities. I’d love to hear what you think of my amazing shoes!? xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Eye Makeup Look

Posted on August 28, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Following on from my Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Luxury Palette review earlier, I thought I’d make a separate post to show you the eye makeup look I created with this palette 🙂

The Dolce Vita Palette really has the most stunning colours which are just perfect for blue eyes! All the shades are also very wearable for day or night time – you can play it down or build up the depth of colour, and the golden glittery ‘pop’ shade is a fab addition for an evening look!

I started off by using the champagne shade as a light all over base, then I worked the copper shade into the crease and under the bottom lashes. I then defined the crease with the dark brown shade and highlighted the inner corner of my eyes with the champagne shade. Lastly I dabbed the golden glitter ‘pop’ shade over the centre of the lid. Unfortunately I couldn’t quite capture the amazing sparkle this gave but it really was SO sparkly!

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This is officially my new favourite eyeshdow palette! I’d love to hear what you think? Do you own any Charlotte Tilbury makeup? xxx