Best of London Fashion Week SS17


There were some pretty low key looks shown in London for Spring. The focus was on flawless skin with the perfect amount of glow. Brushed up brows, and with the exception of a bold heart shaped lip at Mary Katrantzou, the neutral lip reigned supreme.

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Ottolinger Spring 2017


My first show on a very hot and humid day in New York was Berlin based designers Ottolinger. The Ottolinger girl likes to have a good time, hence the smudged raspberry and merlot lips. The makeup look revolved around a glossy red theme set against an almost bare complexion, and blanked out eyebrows. Then there was the down to the ground braids that were intertwined with stockings to add amazing texture.


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Best of New York Fashion Week SS17


This season New York showed that they are not just about the girl next door. Statement lips popped up at Thom Browne, DKNY and Cushnie et Ochs. At Marc Jacobs, Jeremy Scott, Altuzarra, and Victoria Beckham it was all about the eyes. Boss pared back the makeup and showed beautiful skin as the focus feature. I love a bleached out eyebrow so the look that Diane Kendal designed for Alexander Wang was one of my faves.

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Aya Jones for Nars


I am obsessed with these images of Aya Jones who looks absolutely stunning. The latest Nars collection is called Powerfall and that’s exactly how Aya looks in the sixties inspired look by makeup artist James Kaliardos and creative direction by Francois Nars.

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Best of Couture Fall 2016


There were so many fabulous collections and makeup looks during couture fashion week. Pat McGrath, Tom Pecheux, Val Garland, and Peter Philips were some of the lead makeup artists backstage making it happen.

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5 Favourite Lipsticks for Summer


I have these lip colours on repeat now. A bright lipstick is often my go-to for a quick pulled together makeup look. Rouge d’Armani 401 punchy orangey red and semi matte texture. I recently tried the new Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Hot Emily. it’s more tangerine than my Armani shade and slightly more matte, definitely a must-have. In my opinion you can never go wrong with a shocking pink and currently YSL Rouge Pur Couture 27 is a must-have. For those days when I feel like having an understated lip I go with a beige undertone nude. Maybelline Color Jolt 05 and Rimmel Lasting Finish 43 both deliver the perfect pale pout without washing me out.

1. Rouge d’Armani 401 2. YSL Rouge Pur Couture No.27 3. Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Hot Emily 4. Maybelline Color Jolt 05 5. Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Nude 43

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Atelier Versace AW 16 Couture


Donatella put on a stunning show yesterday in Paris. The colour palette, drapery, and origami like details were nothing short of exquisite. Pat McGrath created equally beautiful makeup looks. Both the ruby red lips with glitter set against a very minimal eye, and the pale blue geometric eye and muted out mouth looked amazing on the runway.


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Get the Look: Marc Jacobs Resort 2017


The Marc Jacobs resort show was a flashback to the 1980’s complete with crimped hair and lace gloves. The rock and roll eyes definitely had me pulling out my black kohl pencil to create a slightly more toned down version for a night out. I used YSL Kajal and lined both my upper and lower lash line including the waterline. Then I extended the liner out towards the temple, keeping the line straight but lower on the eye lid than the show look. The idea is to get a structured but slightly imperfect dramatic liner look. I finished off with flawless skin, loads of mascara, and pale lips to pull it all together.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes  2. YSL Kajal Eye Pencil 3. MAC Shine

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Dr. Brandt Xtend Your Youth Eye & Face Cream

SSdrbrandt_xtend_your_youth My summer skin care regime now includes Dr.Brandt Xtend Your Youth products. Basically the name itself drew me in! I was in the market for an eye cream that I could use in the morning; something lightweight that would absorb quickly. I was happy to discover that while it does do all that, more importantly it contains anti-oxidents, age defense, anti-stress ingredients, and very little scent. The face cream is very similar containing the same anti aging cocktail. As well as leaving my skin looking smooth and luminous but not oily.

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Gucci Cruise 2017


I’ve always been a bit of a Gucci fan. A black Gucci makeup bag was my first luxury accessory way back when. A few years later in my early twenties when I sold my Honda Del Sol, the first stop I made was Gucci, where I picked up a classic GG hobo handbag. Now with Alessandro Michele at the helm it’s a new quirky, part vintage, part eccentric Gucci and I absolutely adore it!

The resort collection showed in London at Westminster Abbey and a very British punk vibe prevailed throughout. Complementing the clothes were a variety of different makeup looks. From ultra minimal, to major eyes, and my personal favourite–the metallic blue lip.

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