Tip of the Day: Sponge Tip Applicator

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As the old saying goes: there is a time and a place for everything, and so it seems this would apply even to the sponge tip applicator. For high intensity shadow the sponge tip will deliver a strong opaque finish that rivals even the best flat stiff brush. Don’t expect to blend with this tool, but if a clean sharp line is required I will reach for my sponge tip every time.

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The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturizer

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The Body Shop’s new Vitamin C moisturizer quickly takes skin from dull and tired to rejuvenated and glowy. The lightweight gel cream which is also refreshingly scented like citrus, perks up tired skin, clarifies and hydrates. The key ingredient Camu Camu berry is packed with vitamin C, around sixty times more so than an orange. My skin felt smoother and had fewer signs of fatigue. This a must on those mornings when you wish you hadn’t watched that extra episode on Netflix the night before, your skin won’t give you away.

 

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Balmain AW15

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Balmain’s fall campaign is absolutely stunning. Makeup artist Aaron de May who I remember assisting one of my first seasons in Paris, did an incredible job on the makeup. The ultra glamorous sister combo is everything, and serves as style inspiration for the next time I’m out with my own sisters!

 

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Special Feature: The Short Shoe History

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This post from Farfetch fashion website gives a cool rundown of some of the most inspirational style icons throughout the decades, and the shoe styles that left their mark on history.

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Best of Couture Fashion Week AW15

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From the super natural looks seen at Giambattista Valli and Dior, to the painted faces at Schiaparelli and Chanel, the couture shows were a delight.

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Taraji P. Henson for W Magazine

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Tarjai P.Henson looks so gorgeous on the cover of W magazine. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.

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4 Tips for Fabulous Summer Skin

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1. Exfoliation is not just for the face. Scrubbing off dry dull skin is the first step to smooth soft limbs.

2. For naturally hydrated skin use a body cream or lotion on arms and legs that are still slightly damp from the shower. When the skin is not completely dry moisturizer absorbs much better.

3. For glowy highlighted shins and collar bones I like to rub a bit of baby oil gel for the perfect sheen.

4. Charlotte Tilbury’s Supermodel Body firms, sculpts and gives a golden glow for perfect summer skin.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body 2. Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm 3. Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil Gel 4. Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Milk Scrub

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Model of the Moment: Bella Hadid

 

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She may be the younger sister of Gigi but Bella is a beauty in her own right. Chocolate brown locks, hazel eyes, and pouty lips give her a quite an exotic look perfect for editorial.

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Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curler

 

As someone who is not that adept at hair styling the Kiss InstaWave has been a welcome addition to my styling tools. I admit at first I was slightly intimidated but the curl dial that catches the hair, but I quickly found that this feature is what makes it so fast to curl your whole head. By simply placing a few inches of hair against the wand and then pressing the directional button, the dial catches and rotates your hair around the wand. As I don’t prefer a curl that’s too tight, I catch and twirl slightly bigger sections of  hair on the wand for about 20 seconds for a nice loose wave. I did find the wave would drop out by the next day which would probably not have happened with a tighter curl. The temperature control allows for high and low with a maximum temperature of 420°F. I’m often in a rush to get ready and have been known to be half way to work when suddenly I start to panic that I’ve left my curling iron on. Needless to say the auto shut off feature after 90 minutes is a life saver.

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Get the Look: Altuzarra SS15

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The makeup look from the Altuzarra spring show is one that translates quite easily from the runway to the street. The look is all about creating big wide round eyes. Start with fully groomed eyebrows, then apply white pencil or shadow in the inner corner of the eyes and blend well. Apply mascara to the centre of both upper and lower lashes, then using a small section of false lashes cut from the inner corner, place in the centre of the upper lash line and a couple on the bottom. Use your pupil as a guide for proper placement. Finish the look with a cool pale pink lipstick.

1. Tom Ford Eyebrow Sculptor  2. MAC Fascinating Eye Kohl 3. Maybelline Rocket Volume Mascara 4. Dolce & Gabbana Lipstick in Pale Pink  5. Red Cherry Lashes #747 L

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