Shu Uemura Ultime8 Oil in Essence

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I’ve been addicted to Shu Uemura skincare for years now. The obsession began with cult favourite Cleansing Oil and from there I branched out into an entire skin care regime. So of course I had try the new Sublime Beauty Oil in Essence. Subtly scented with iris and musk, and with a unique oil texture that feels a bit like a gel. The best thing about the product are the age reversal claims. Ingredients like Proxylane that penetrates to the epidermis and lifts skin. Geranium oil increases the skins collagen for diminished lines, and cashmere like texture. After only a few uses I like how my skin feels and looks.

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Dark Lips for Fall



Update your fall makeup look with a version of the deep lip colours seen on the runway. Tone the look down by tapping the lip colour on top of lip balm. For maximum intensity apply a similar tone lip liner all over the lips and then add the lipstick on top.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Prune/Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Liberty Love/MAC Lipstick in Diva/Kat Von D Studded Kiss in Black Cherry

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The Best of Milan Fashion Week SS16

The beauty looks from the Milan runways seemed more varied than in seasons past. Prada’s gold lip, Missoni’s cyan eyes, and Fendi’s exaggerated banana line were a few of the stand outs from the week.

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The Best of London Fashion Week SS16


London fashion week is always short but sweet with some of the best beauty looks of the season hitting the runway. The stocking face makeup at Gareth Pugh made me think of a crew of glamorous bank robbers–slightly disturbing yet so cool. Having worked on almost all these shows in the past, when I’m not in London like this season, to say I miss it is an epic understatement.

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The Best of New York Fashion Week SS16


The New York shows kicked off spring fashion month with some spectacular collections. Riccardo Tisci brought Givenchy state side for what was probably one of the most anticipated shows of the week. Pat McGrath created two stunning beauty looks for the event. An elaborate jewel and lace face for the couture retrospective and then a dewy skin and brow-less look for the spring looks. I also loved Kabuki’s retro inspired liner at Jeremy Scott. Marc Jacobs grungy colourful eyes were fabulous too.

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Special Feature: AW15 Accessories Guide

The AW15 Accessories Guide

Fashion website Farfetch has broken down the must-have accessories trends for this fall season. These are the boots, shoes and handbags that will take you through the cooler months in style.

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Get the Look: Jourdan Dunn



Jourdan Dunn’s beauty look from the GQ Men of the Year Awards was perfection. The key to achieving a similar look would be to start with the skin. Use a moisturizer that has a pearlescent glow. For skin tones like Jourdan’s I recommend a golden undertone rather than anything too pink. Once the skin is prepped continue with a dewy foundation like YSL Le Tient Touche Eclat. Try a matte bronzing powder to warm up the skin tone and under the cheekbones for definition. The easiest way to apply a smokey eye is to begin with a super black pencil wrapped around the eyes and smudged out. Top the pencil off with black shadow to intensify the look and for added staying power. Of course the classic nude lip completes this look. Maybelline Stormy Sahara is a caramel beige nude, a go-to in my personal makeup bag.

1. Shu Uemura Brow Sword 2. Yves Saint Laurent Le Tient Touche Eclat 3. Garnier Ultra-Lift Transformer 4. Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor-Made Bronzing Powder 5. Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Perversion 6. Dior Show Mascara 7. Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Titanium Black 8. Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Stormy Sahara 945

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Transition to Fall



Autumn is definitely in the air. Make a lip and nail statement this season with deep tones of burgundy and eggplant. As the weather chills out protect and plump your skin with nourishing moisturizer. Add luminescence and put down the contour powder. Keep eyeshadow neutral for the day, and brush your brows up and groom them to perfection.

1.Giorgio Armani Face Fabric 2. Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Gloss in Brickhouse  3. YSL Couture Brow 4. Maybelline Color Molten in Taupe Craze 5. Christian Louboutin Lipstick in Very Prive 6. Lipstick Queen Glossy Lip Pencil in Chinatown  7. Embryolisse  8. Essie Nail Polish in In The Lobby  9. Hour Glass Ambient Light Powder

New Look Sleeveless JacketTopshop Unique David Wide Leg Velvet Trousers/Wilfred Free Waleska Coat /Saint Laurent Patent Leather Loafers/Pink Lapel Coat/Thierry Lasry Sunglasses/Stella McCartney The Falabella Mini Fringe Bag/Marks and Spencer Romantic Tie Neck Blouse/Topshop Hatter Boots/Balenciaga Scarf

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3 Concept Eyes Soak Off Clips





I love gel nail polish but I dread taking it off. I just discovered this popular Korean cosmetic brand 3 Concept Eyes, and it seems like these soak off clips are going to be the solution to my gel polish issues. The clips go over nail polish remover soaked cotton pads, which is easier and far more sophisticated than kitchen foil.

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2015 VMA’s


Last night on the VMA red carpet we saw a major focus on eyes. Dramatic eyeliner, smokey eyes, and loads of lashes were the look of the evening. Chrissy Teigen and Gigi Hadid’s skin was beautifully highlighted their complexion just glowed. Ciara took a break from her long tresses and went with a super slick bob which looked gorgeous. There were a sea of black dresses with the exception of a few like Nicki in gold and Gigi in orange, but then again Miley Cyrus took care of the rainbow bright costumes all by herself.

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