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What to Wear: Summer Holiday

 I love vacationing in the summer. As the season winds down the opportunities for beach wear and minimal makeup grow fewer. So as I head off on my holiday in a few weeks, this is what’s inspiring my packing list.

Brows are non negotiable so Shu Uemura Brow Ink is completely budge proof and easy to apply once for the whole day. I’m really into a white manicure. It’s bright and fresh and looks good with a tan.

If I’m having a good skin day then I prefer a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer, CC or BB cream preferably with SPF. I like the Armani Luminesssence as it comes in a variety shades. A cream blush on cheeks gives a gorgeous glow and is fast to apply I’ve been using Maybelline Master Glaze lately in my kit.

Even though I often haul around about 7 different lip products on any given day. The reality is, all I ever use on myself is either a nude gloss or bright lipstick.

The fastest way to enhance your eyes is with a smudgy black kohl. Wrap it all around the eye and blend out with a brush or your fingers and, you’ve just gone from day to night in a flash.

1. Shu Uemura Brow Ink 2. Topshop White Speckle Nail Polish 3. Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Moisturizer 4. Supergoop Sunscreen Oil 5. By Terry Ombre Black Star Colour Fix Cream Eyeshadow Stick  6. MAC Lipglass in Myth  7. Givenchy Rouge Lipstick in Rose Perfecto 8. Maybelline Master Glaze in Just Pinched Pink

J. Crew Jersey Dark Turquoise Metal Trim Bikini/ Isabel Marant Vally Printed Silk Muslin Dress/Prada Cat Eye Acetate Sunglasses/River Island Blue Abstract Print Monokini/Aquazzurra Amazon Snake Skin Cut Out Sandals

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Fall 2014 Couture


The Couture makeup looks for Fall seemed to have a common thread–natural lips and a focus on the eyes. At Armani Prive straight lines were the theme. Ultra straight eyebrows and geometric shadow created a boxy look. If you loved Peter Philips look at Dior, I hear the metallic eyeliner stickers are going to be available for purchase at some point. Pat McGrath went soft and ethereal at Valentino and strong and sexy for Versace.

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Atelier Versace & Dior Couture Fall 2014

So far these are my two favourite shows from Paris Couture fashion week. Peter Philips designed the metallic eyeliner look at Dior. The  silver was actual strips of adhesive eye liner that Philips himself hand cut for every model. The Versace makeup was also focused on the eyes. Pat McGrath’s teal and black geometric winged shadow, was such a strong look that worked incredibly well with the tight slicked back hair, and those show-stopper dresses that only Donatella can do.

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Summer is Here

Now that summer is officially here what better way to kick it all off, than with the best of the seasons brights, prints, and show- stopping makeup. Summer makeup should be simple. Focus on one feature and let that stand out while keeping the rest of your look subdued.

1. Givenchy Terre Exotique Healthy Glow Powder  2. YSL Kiss & Blush in Fuchsia Desinvolte 3. MAC Eye Shadow Moody Blooms 4. Becca Beach Tint Shimmer Souffle in Guava/Moonstone 5. Marc Jacobs Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Mandarin Orange 6. Dolce & Gabbana Lengthening Mascara   7. Make Up Forever Aqua Eyes in Turquoise

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Get the Look: Burberry Spring 2014

Makeup Artist Wendy Rowe created the wearable yet cool look at the Spring 2014 Burberry Show. Recreate the dewy complexion by prepping skin with a hydrating serum like Shu Uemura Dep Sea Hydrability. Sculpt and highlight to add dimension to the face. A rose tone of eye shadow wrapped around the eye and blended from the lash line to the crease, and fades out towards the brow bone. Lips were kept moist with a slick of transparent pink hued gloss.

1. Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow in Mulberry 2. Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze and Glow 3. Shu Uemura #10 Kolinsky Brush 4. MAC #168 Large Angled Contour Brush 5. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Hydrability Intense Moisturizing Concentrate 6. NARS Lipgloss in Turkish Delight 


Louis Vuitton Resort 2015

Pat McGrath’s makeup design for Louis Vuitton showed us the softer side of resort. Choosing a different  muted frost tone depending on the models face, a more individual look was created for each girl. Natural skin and stained lips completed the uncomplicated feel of the makeup.

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Chanel Resort 2015

Dubai is this other worldly place full of extravagance. What better location for the Chanel resort collection? Held on a manmade island constructed under Karl Lagerfeld’s vision, the Indian themed collection was made up of beautiful prints and fabrics. What really pulled everything together was the strong beauty look. High octane hair, strong contouring, sultry black eyeshadow accentuated with gold in the inner corners.

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Dior Resort 2015

 The Christian Dior resort collection showed in Brooklyn New York, a very long way from Paris. The collection was fresh and wearable with splashes of colour in artistic prints. The makeup look was a strong winged eyeliner along the upper lash line, and a shorter straighter version on the outer corner of the lower lash line.  In between the two lines was a stroke of silver liner. False lashes further enhanced the eyes. The skin was natural and flawless with subtle blush on the cheeks. Brows were defined and full, while lips were toned down with a nude lip pencil.

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Sport Luxe


I’m all about dressing up sports wear and this season calls for sports inspired luxury. This look works with a bright pop of colour either on the eyes or lips. For those body parts that haven’t seen a sunny day in many months, a bit of self tan will pull the whole look together.

1. Giorgio Armani Cheek Fabric in #507 2. Guerlain Terracotta Sunless Tinted Self Tanning Gel 3. Nails Inc Latex Polish in Portobello Road 4. Dior Addict Fluid Stick in #575 5. NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Celebrate 6. Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream  7. Burberry Complete Eye Palette in Sage Green 

Joseph Black Satin Tank/Christian Louboutin Aqua Ronda PVC and Leather Slingbacks/Marc by Marc Washed Satin Shorts/Aritzia Finch Pant/Kenzo Palm Tree Print Leather and Canvas Running Shoes /Topshop Oversized Visor Sunglasses/MCM Stark Studded Medium Backpack /Clover Canyon Neoprene Jacket 

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Fresh Makeup in 6 Easy Steps


The fresh faces seen on the runway this season, might not look like there’s much to them but do not be fooled! It goes without saying that skin is the most important part of this look. Start by using a hydrating radiance boosting serum. Before you even think about putting on foundation prepping the skin is vital to a flawless finish. Next use a sheer to medium coverage foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB, or CC cream. I just tried the Armani CC cream and it feels incredible and looks like a sheerer version of the award winning Luminous Silk. Conceal areas that need extra attention. Remember the look should be a perfected complexion without looking cakey. Use a light reflecting blush to give your cheeks a healthy glow. Brows should be groomed to fill in any gaps and then brushed to stay in place with a brow gel. The final step is lips. Use a tinted lip conditioner to keep lips from looking dry and to add a tiny bit of colour.

1. Shu Uemura Tsyua Serum 2.Giorgio Armani Luminessence CC Cream  3. MAC Select Cover Up Concealer 4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush  5. Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel 6. Ilia Tinted Lip Conditioner

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