Tip of the Day: Brow Gel

If you are fortunate to have naturally full brows keep them in place and perfected with brow gel. Use a tinted brow gel to add definition to brows or clear if you just need hold.

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Spring 2016 Couture Collections

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Runway after runway of incredible collections were seen in Paris last week at the couture shows. It wasn’t just about the clothes the beauty looks were exceptional too. Pat McGrath out did herself at Margiela creating a series of makeup looks that wowed. In particular the red lip look with pearl teeth was absolutely brilliant.

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2016 SAG Awards

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As the Awards season continues on the SAG red carpet was another makeup and style success. Alicia Vikander has definitely been one-to-watch and she looked fabulous once again. Naturally she shimmered in a floor length Louis Vuitton gown, as she is one of the brands muses. I also loved the simplicity of her makeup. Bronze eyelids, long lashes, and a rose matte lip was the perfect compliment to the dress that took centre stage. Viola Davis looked the best I’ve ever seen her look on a red carpet. Her skin glowed, her hair looked modern, and the Zac Posen dress was perfection.

Images from justjared.com, dailymail.co.uk, glamour.com

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Giambattista Valli & Chanel Spring Couture

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Two absolutely gorgeous couture collections from Giambattista Valli and Karl Lagerfeld this week in Paris. Nothing could take away from the tulle sensations that floated down the catwalk at Giambattista. The makeup look was kept simple with perfected skin and not much else! Tom Pecheux’s liquid liner was on point at Chanel, combined with Sam McKnight’s croissant hair creation it was a show-stopping affair.

 

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Get the Look: Giles SS16

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The makeup look from Giles SS16 show is simple, bold and easy to recreate, taking the runway to the street. There are basically four essential elements: glowy complexion, black liner, thick mascara, and a bold matte lip.

1. Smashbox Primer Oil 2. Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Liner in Black 3. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara 4. OCC Lip Tar in Radiate

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Model of the Moment: Ajak Deng

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Sudanese model Ajak Deng is a stunner. Deng is not a newcomer to the scene. She has walked in multiple shows over the years as well as having loads of editorials, and substantial campaigns under her belt.

 

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4 of My Favourite Lip Balms

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The weather is cold and dry which is never the optimum environment for skin. Keep your lips hydrated and lock in moisture with any of these lip balms and your lips will thank you. These are my standbys because I’m actually allergic to a lot of different lip balms. I’ve never figured out what the specific ingredient is that I react to, but I know I’m safe with these! Homeoplasmine is a go to in my makeup kit for any dry areas on the face or body. It has a semi-matte texture and instant relief especially for extra dry cracked lips. Province Apothecary Repairing and Conditioning Lip Balm is an organic formula that feels super soothing on dry lips. Maybelline Baby Lips is a great inexpensive lip balm. It’s not massive moisture if my lips are in severe trouble, but its perfect for maintaining already hydrated lips. Rosebud Salve is an old fave, fab for lips and I love it for dry cuticles too.

1. Homeoplasmine 2. Province Apothecary Repairing & Conditioning Lip Balm 3. Maybelline Baby Lips 4. Rosebud Salve

 

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2016 Golden Globes

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Absolute red carpet success last night at the Golden Globes. It was hard to narrow it down to only six, but these ladies were pretty much head to toe perfection. From Jennifer Lopez’s lips, to Cate Blanchett’s hair and Kirsten Dunst’s smokey eyes the beauty looks were on point.

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The Supers for Balmain SS16

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This is like a breath of fashion fresh air. All I can say is thank goodness! As much as I enjoy many of the new crop of models/instagram stars in fashion these days, I think Olivier was on a slightly slippery slope. A slope that I wasn’t prepared to see Balmain take as a fan from before he even took over the house. For me, this is everything that a Balmain Army should be. #longlivethesupes

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2016 People’s Choice Awards

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It’s January and in Hollywood that means the beginning of the awards season, commencing as always with the People’s Choice awards. Generally PCA is the least fabulous red carpet of them all, which is odd considering it’s the kick off, so to speak. I was happy to see Amber Valletta still able to bring it in nude Balmain, tousled hair and neutral makeup. Julianne Hough and Shay Mitchell were most definitely the most striking of the evening wearing beautiful makeup, dresses, and hair. Claire Danes’ red lip was my favourite thing about her look, I wasn’t really a fan of her Burberry dress. Matte nude lips, long lashes, the right amount of contour–Keke Palmer’s makeup look was flawless. As always it is a rare occasion when I don’t love a jumpsuit. Kate Hudson in Stella McCartney looked relaxed yet chic.

Needless to say I’m hoping Sunday’s Globes will bring the fab factor up to where I like it!

Images from justjared.com 

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