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    Makeup Artist: Pep Gay

    July 30th, 2015

    Super talented makeup artist Pep Gay‘s work in this editorial for Sunday Times Style mag is fabulous. The choice of colour and texture, huge attention to detail and, phenomenal blending is thoroughly inspiring.

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    Summer Beauty Must-Haves

    July 29th, 2015


    These are a few of my favourite things when it comes to summer beauty products. I usually keep my eyes in all neutral shades of bronze, copper, and warm browns. The YSL Couture palette is all I really need aside from my obligatory black eye kohl. Bright lips are essential and can be worn sheer with a lip balm for day and full on for night. As the temperatures continue to rise this summer I beat the shine with MAC Blot Powder. A quick touch up throughout the day will absorb oil without making my face look cakey. Bright white nails look fresh and modern and of course go with everything.

    Hydrating mists are a staple in both my personal and professional kit for added moisture and cooling off. My summer scent of choice is Tom Ford Neroli Portofino. I use the body oil to banish dry limbs, add a glow, and fabulous smell all in one. Poolside or beach front I use Biotherm SPF 15. The milky texture quickly absorbs into skin for UVA/B protection and hydration. My most recent summer must-have is Body Shop’s Eye Cube. I roll it under my eyes in the morning. The cooling sensation is literally like an ice cube hence the name, and helps wake me up.

    1. YSL Couture Mauresques Palette 2. YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in No. 13 Le Orange 3. MAC Blot Powder 4. CND Vinylux in Cream Puff 5. MAC Charged Water 6. Tom Ford Neroli Portofino Body Oil  8. Body Shop Vitamin E Eyes Cube

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    Tip of the Day: Sponge Tip Applicator

    July 24th, 2015

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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

    July 21st, 2015


    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

    July 20th, 2015


    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

    July 14th, 2015

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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

    July 14th, 2015


    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

    June 25th, 2015


    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

    June 23rd, 2015

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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

    June 13th, 2015



    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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