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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rihanna and MAC collaboration

Not only has Rihanna conquered the fashion world by having her own collaboration with River Island showcased during London Fashion Week, today MAC has announced they will be partnering with the singer to launch four new collections.

The first RiRi product will be a lipstick called RiRi Woo, inspired by Ruby Woo, and the release will coincide with her Diamond’s Tour concerts on May 4 and 5 in Brooklyn.

I don’t have an image of what the product will look like, but Rihanna’s name will appear on the packaging, and her signature will be embossed on it.

The summer collection will include two other lipsticks, a Lustre Drops shade and a powder blush duo. And in the Autumn there will be 16 products! They will include four lipsticks, a pigmented Lipglass version of RiRi Woo, two multi-shade eye shadow palettes and false lashes
The Holiday collection will include 10 pieces – a nail polish, a make-up bag and additional lipsticks.

What do you think of the MAC and Rihanna collaboration? Will you be buying any of it? What would you like to try the most?

Monday, February 18, 2013

Nail art - OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui

 This weekend's Crumpet's nail challenge was a nail art design using dotting tools. I opted to try out my latest OPI nail polish in Suzi Says Feng Shui as a base. This is a mid-blue base that is quite opaque. I then used the largest of my dotting tools and dotted 17 True Blue, W7 Mosaic, and Rio in a pale blue all over my nails.

 I think less may have been more, but I really liked the OPI nail polish and the W7 Mosaic, which saw its first outing. I think I may have to use this in another nail design coming up soon.
 What did you think of the dotting design? Below are some others from the Crumpet challenge if you would like to have a look.

TV - Nashville

OK, I'm going to put it out there - Nashville is my new guilty pleasure. If you haven't already seen the E4 TV show, it stars Connie Britton as Rayna, and Hayden Panettiere as Juliette. Juliette is the new kid on the block and is giving aging country star Rayna a run for her money as her rival. It has everything a good show should from secrets, backstabbing and lots of music. I'm personally loving it, and reviving my love for checked shirts. I feel a Get The Look post coming on soon. There have been two episodes so far, and Rayna has been told her by her record company to open a show for Juliette, or say goodbye to support from them. This leads to her planning to go back on the road to do smaller shows with her former boyfriend and current guitarist Deacon Claybourne, who has been writing songs about is love for her. I should mention Rayna is married and has kids, and Juliette is trying to nab Deacon. Oooh! Don't you love American dramas?!

Have you been watching Nashville? If you have, tell me I am not the only one as Asif hates it, so I would love to know if anyone else does indeed like it! And if not, what is your current guilty pleasure show?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Get the look - Frankie Sandford white shirt

Credit: Yahoo
I was loving The Saturday's  Frankie Sandford's style after she appeared at the Moschino show at London Fashion Week. I love how laid back the look looks, but still polished. So I set about looking for some white shirt dupes that are similar to Frankie's if you want to Get The Look.

This white shirt is from Asos, and is a simple white shirt which buttons up all the way to the collar. It is long-sleeved and has a button-down collar. It costs £25.
This white shirt is from River Island, with roll up sleeves, two front pockets and silver trim detail. It costs £28.
And finally this white shirt is from New Look. It's a basic white shirt, with long-sleeves, priced at £12.99.

Which is your favourite of the three?

Nail art - London Fashion Week Felder Felder A/W 13

How are you enjoying London Fashion Week? I am excited about some of the looks coming up, and watched the Rihanna for River Island live stream last night, so there's good things coming our way! But I wanted to share with you some nail art after our I was inspired by the Felder Felder collection from Friday. I loved a lot of the pieces, and wanted to recreate a few into nail art looks, but chose this one above. It is a luxe velvet coat with the slinkiest gold pants underneath, which have a green undertone.

 I went about recreating it by applying two layers of Frontcover's Hit The Jackpot (gold). Once dry I used striping tape to section off halfway and painted from the middle to the tips in LA Colors - which despite it's cheap price (I think it was 99p) was surprisingly thick and glossy. I only needed one coat of this, and was so impressed will be using it in some more nail art.

 Unfortunately I fell asleep before snapping a picture of my nails, and woke up with bed-nails, ahhh! I remembered I had a bottle of Seche Vite topcoat waiting to be tried out, so I applied a layer of this over the top, as I had heard this is also good for smoothing out any bumps in nail art - and true to form it worked! Of course my nails are still a little scuffed, but there is only so much repair work you can do afterwards.

Let me know what you think of this design. It was one of the more simple ones from the Felder Felder collection, but I liked it. What has been your favourite show so far this London Fashion Week?

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Summer fashion 2013 - Arcadia High Summer Press Day

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to get a preview of what clothes will be hitting the high street as part of a summer fashion 2013 preview. Arcadia showcased its upcoming collections for Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and BHS to name a few and Julie and I went for a look! The outfits are due in shops around April time so you can get stocked up in time for the summer and festival season! Of course it would help if we have the weather to go with it, but I have my fingers crossed. I spotted some fab outfits I adored from Dorothy Perkins, which I have included above.
Topshop Summer fashion 2013
Summer fashion 2013 Selfridges
I have included some bags from Topshop and shoes above, and anyone who knows me knows my love for jewellery, so instead of bombarding you with pictures I have just included my favourites below , mainly from Wallis.

 What do you think of the upcoming fashion for summer? And do you think we will get the summery weather to match it!

Nail art - Colour blocking using Topshop Powder and Seche Iconic

Hello lovelies! I hope you are having a fab weekend. I am currently suffering from the dreaded flu and took the opportunity to try out a new nail art design as it was a good a time as any, For today's nail art I have gone for a colour blocking look using Seche in Iconic. I am familiar with Seche Vite topcoat, but had not tried any from the colour range until I got this glossy red colour in my Glossybox a couple of months ago. Well, you will be glad to know it is just as good as the topcoat, and glides on perfectly. One thick coat would be perfect, but on the nails I did one thin coat, I topped this with another coat to make it a more solid colour.

Next up was this pale pink beauty from Topshop in Powder. Since getting this one I have been trying to incorporate it into as much nail art as I can as I love it! I did small blocks of colour at the tips, and as it was a little streaky I topped it with another coat.
Finally. I painted around the edges of the Topshop Powder with this silver number from Rio. In hindsight another darker colour like a pink would have blended the colours together, but this finished it off. Where I went over it again as it was thin it has come out a bit more thicker. I sealed it all with a Barry M Basecoat and Topcoat, and voila!

Let me know what you think. Do you like the nail art design? Have you tried colour blocking? And what colours do you think go together best for a colour blocking look? What would you finish the edges with instead of silver?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

L'oreal Color Riche Confetti topcoat

The topcoat trend is here with a bang, what with speckles, leather and feathers to ply around with already. And the latest offering is this salt 'n' pepper look topcoat from L'Oreal Color Rich in Confetti. The clear polish is packed full of specks of black and white pieces, that adds a twist to any nail look. I sported this look for my cousin's birthday on Saturday, and I was inundated with everyone asking me how I did my nails, did I dot them, or even one cousin asking if I sprinkled real salt and pepper on them!

I used a base coat of OPI in San Tan-Tonio. then topped with one coat of L'Oreal confetti. I used varying amounts on different nails to try it out, and I love the effect. My nails have really been a talking point throughout the week, and I am looking forward to trying this topcoat out with different base coats.

What do you think of this topcoat? Would you try it? And what's your favourite nail trend look at the moment?

The polish is priced £4.99 and is currently available in selected Superdrug and Boots stores before being rolled out in the summer.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tatty Devine now available in Selfridges

Fans of British jewellery brand Tatty Devine will now be able to pick up exclusive pieces from Selfridges, London.
I personally love the brand, and always visit the store in Covent Garden as I love the unusual quirky pieces you can’t get anywhere else.

This Speech Bubble necklace is available from Selfridges for £30, and you can even choose a message – up to 40 characters to have on it. The best part, you can have it to take away in 20 minutes, a perfect chance to browse around the Beauty Hall, before picking it up on your return.

What do you think of this necklace? And what message would you have engraved into it?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Dots in dots nail art - Nails Inc

For today's nail art I decided to go dotty with a difference. I browsed Pinterest for some dot nail art and came across this fab design by Dressed Up Nails. How amazing is it! I'm still experimenting with my dotting tools and wanted to see what I could achieve with them. I had recently had a delivery of polishes from Nails Inc pick n mix selection so decided to give these a whirl.
I started off with two coats of Belsize Avenue - a glittery concoction of purple and brown. It is not so glittery in this picture, but looks more shimmery to the naked eye. I followed this by loading up my largest dotting tool with lots of Hampstead Gardens - a mustard yellow - and randomly dotting this around my nails. This was followed by filling the inside with Holly Walk - a shimmery green with a silver hint. And once this was dry I finished off the dots in the middle with a spot of Hoxton Crackle Topcoat - my least favourite of the polishes I received in the pick n Mix, and I do feel crackles are dated now, but I have to find a use for this and the many others in my collection. This aside, it served well when I used it for dot nail art, so I might try this again. I didn't take the pictures as soon as I finished my nails and unfortunately chipped them. Ah well.

Well that's how I did the design. What did you think of it? Do you have any of these colours? Would you try this design? And do you still use your crackle nail polishes?

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sorelle - non-alcoholic wine

For those who don't know, I am a Muslim and I don't drink alcohol. That's fine by me - what you have never had you never miss. But to my amusement this has baffled my friends. One in particular finds great pleasure in trying to make me feel like I fit in when we go out or at dinner parties. I have to point out that I have never felt out of place in either of these situations as I am often not the only one not drinking as currently one of my friends is pregnant, and another is breastfeeding, or often at least one is not drinking as they are the designated driver that night, so it has never been an issue. But my friend Jenny goes out of her way when we are out to find me non-alcoholic beer, or if I have blackcurrant and soda, she asks for it to be put into a wine glass, so I can still feel like I am drinking (!).
There are plenty of soft-drink options out there, but for something a little bit more special there aren't many options and I often end up having Shloer. In January I was contacted by the makers of Sorelle and asked to take part in their Dry January challenge of trying out their non-alcoholic range of wines while not drinking. Well, as I don't drink anyway this wasn't much of a challenge, so I agreed to try them out anyway and give my opinion on them as an alternative for a non-drinker.
As I couldn't compare it to wine I roped in some friends to give their opinion over a dinner party. Personally, my favourite was the rosé one, which for me was amazing! It's a good alternative to other soft drinks that you can have and it has a great taste. My friends were impressed too. One is currently breastfeeding and is off the wine, and said she is fed up with not being able to drink, but didn't feel like this was alcohol-free. Her favourite was the Sauvignon Blanc flavour, which she said smelled just like the real thing, and tasted like it too. Thumbs up from the non-drinker as well as the drinkers!

The lowdown:
* It's ideal if you are a non-drinker like me, can't drink because you are driving that night, pregnant or breastfeeding as it has 0% alcohol - so you can have the taste and still be guilt free.
* It only has 24 calories per 100ml - so you can still stick to those New Year resolutions if you are watching the calories.
* It still looks like wine, smells and tastes like it, and my friends said they would still feel sociable drinking this at a dinner party even if they were the only ones not drinking alcohol.

A bottle of Sorelle costs £3.49 at Tesco.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Pyramid dots - using Topshop Powder nail polish

It's all about the pink today with this nail art, and this colour - Topshop's Powder -makes me long for the summer as it reminds me of ice cream. So it seems fitting that I received this in the Arcadia High Summer press day goody bag this week.
I painted my nails with two coats of Powder, a pale pink with a hint of silvery shimmer. I then dotted pyramids of dots in Model's Own Pink Blush using a dotting tool. It's a simple design, but I think it looks so effective. The design I did here was a bit of a quick one, and the dots are not completely uniform, but I think it looks fine for a first attempt. What do you think of it?

QVC Beauty Bash

Last week I enjoyed a morning of beauty at the QVC Beauty Bash - an amazing event with lots of beauty treatments, and a chance to speak to the QVC presenters, experts and brands you see on the channel. I went extra early when a few of us bloggers had a preview and could have some treatments before everyone else arrived. I took quite a few pictures, then realised when I got home that my camera card wasn't in! So I will have to make do with the ones I have here.

The first stop was a manicure at Nails Inc, where I could choose from the new range of polishes which will not be on sale officially until March. There was concrete, leather effects and the new range of pastel colours. I went for a pastel peach called Kensington Palace Gardens, topped with a feather effects top coat which I loved! You can see it in this post.
Next I met Shavata and had my eyebrows threaded to perfection. It was much quicker and pain free compared to my usual threadist (is that the right term?!). And lastly, I was lucky enough to squeeze in another treatment, a back and shoulder massage at Elemis.

After that the event was opened up to the public and I found Annie from Annie Million. It was also a great chance to speak to the brands to find out a bit more about the products face-to-face. I had a really good chat with Percy of Percy and Reed who was really lovely! He told us about his two salons, and working with celebrities including Rita Ora, but his passion was listening to customers and making products tailored to their needs. I talked to him about my hair and how I needed something to hydrate it to stop it being frizzy as my hair is naturally curly and he suggested using a light moisturising hair treatment. He also gave us a goody bag of full-size products which I can't wait to try!

After that we had a chat with the ladies at Benefit about the new Fine One One, which I tried out and really liked. I love how it goes on as a cream, and turns into a powder. That one is definitely going on my wishlist! And we also had a chat with a lady at Leighton Denny and received a mini nail polish. I had a pillarbox red, and can't wait to try it out.
Annie and I in the photo booth. Do you like our glasses?!
There were lots of fun things to do and everyone was so friendly. It was a lovely morning. And we were given the most amazing goody bag packed full of products to try out. I am looking forward to posting some reviews about them all.

*A big thank you to QVC for the invite, and a great day!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Beauty tip #18 - why grapefruit is a super fruit

Today's beauty tip is by the lovely Kiran from My Cherry Lane. She is giving her tips on why grapefruit is a super fruit and why your body will be thanking you for eating them regularly. My mum swears by half a grapefruit every morning, and after reading these tips I will be a convert too! Over to Kiran:

The humble grapefruit...looks like a cross between an orange and pomelo, tastes kinda bitter and quite sour making you wince if you haven't had one for a while but with a subtle underlying sweetness which you can appreciate in time. Its not the easiest of fruits to eat but it certainly packed with enough goodness to make me want to keep eating one a day!
Many of us have heard of the grapefruit diet but I didn't really give it any thought until I started a diet a few months back where I ate one grapefruit each day after my evening meal for about two weeks and surprisingly saw some positive results. It's such a small thing to have a grapefruit after your meal but I feel like it really helped to speed up weightloss and I also feel more full afterwards so since then I have been trying to at least one grapefruit a day.
So when Safira asked me if I had any beauty/health tips this immediately popped into my mind and I began to find out more behind the science. Having done some research I realised that the positive effects I had experienced weren't just in my head but has actually been scientifically proven!
In 2004 a clinic in San Diego carried out a study on 100 patients over 12 weeks. One group of patients ate half a grapefruit (1 portion) before each meal three times a day, another group drank a glass of grapefruit juice before every meal and the third group didn't have any grapefruit. After the 12 week period changing nothing in their diets apart from the grapefruit consumption, the group eating one portion lost an average of 3.6 pounds (with some as much as 10 pounds!), the group drinking a glass of juice lost an average of 3.3 pounds and the group who did not consume any grapefruit lost an average of 0.5 pounds. This shows that by adding just one simple fruit to your diet can be great for you!
  • Grapefruit has been found to lowers levels of insulin (the hormone which regulates blood sugar levels), increasing our metabolic rate and therefore burning fat faster.

  • The lower level of insulin and high fibre can also satisfy hunger making us feel fuller, more content and less temptation to over eat.

  • Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C which helps to support your immune system which is particularly good during flu season.

  • Another benefit of grapefruit is the high level of the fibre Pectin found in the fruit can help to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL).
My tip is to try eating a half a grapefruit or drinking a glass of grapefruit juice each evening after your meal and you will notice a difference.
I'm not sure if the humble grapefruit is classed as a super fruit but it certainly is in my eyes.

Leticia Haute Coiffure event

This week I was invited to Leticia Haute Coiffure salon in Chiltern Street, in London's Marylebone area. The salon has a range of services from hair, nails, and beauty rooms downstairs. I was lucky enough to have my hair done by owner Pierre Doumit. He has done hair for fashion shows and is also a session stylist, and is famed for has quick blow dries.

Once my hair was washed Pierre blow dried it and curled it to perfection. He used no curling products, and using only the blow dryer he gave me amazing curls, that lasted all day. And it was the quickest blow dry I have had! I was very impressed.

I then had a facial consultation in the beauty rooms downstairs. I was talked through how clients are given a consultation using the hi-tech CSI microscope, which looks like a camera attached to a smartphone. This was placed on my skin to measure different factors like elasticity, hydration, it's plumpness and even picks up broken capillaries and acne that are not visible to the naked eye. The system takes all the information and uses it to recommend what formation of serums to use on the skin during their specialised facials. It even stores the information for follow-up treatments.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the salon and my pampering session, and I am looking forward to going back again as I was so impressed with the blow dry! What do you think of it?

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Beauty tip #17 - hydrating skin tips from Susan Ma

Today's beauty tip is from the lovely Susan Ma, who shot to fame as a finalist in the Apprentice back in 2011. She founded Tropic Skincare when she was aged 16, and re-launched it with Lord Sugar's backing in March 2012. Here, she has given her best beauty tips on how to keep your skin hydrated in the winter.

She said: "The cold, bitter winter months can be incredibly harsh on the skin, with the hot central heating and minus temperatures, your skin doesn't know what's going on! This can lead to excess dryness, over active sebum glands and break outs."

She recommended using a hydrating cream to balance your skin's moisture levels and protect it from the harsh climates like her Skin Revive Firming Cream.

She said: "It is packed to bursting with vitamins, antioxidants and pure plants actives that visibly firm and intensely nourish for instant skin radiance, improving skin elasticity and helping to smooth fine lines.

"Rosehip, Shea Butter, and Vitamin E deeply hydrate and soften. Blueberry, raspberry and calendula revitalise and rejuvenate. Echinacea, sea kelp and frankincense improves skin elasticity and helps to smooth fine lines."
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