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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Shu Uemura Brave Beauty Collection

That isn’t much that Shu Uemura does that I don’t like, and I really do like the latest collection for fall. Designed by the ever so talented Artistic Director of the brand Kakuyasu Uchiide, the new line features eyeshadow palettes with both matte and frost textures, lipsticks, very cool new lashes, face studs, and a satin radiant stick for highlighting. Each product is packaged with a pretty limited edition design. The lashes and warm eyeshadow palette are on the top of my list of must-haves.

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Model of the Moment: Gigi Hadid

American model Gigi Hadid has gone from steaming up the pages of Sports Illustrated to the pages of fashion publications W and Schon, not to mention the stunning Tom Ford beauty campaigns. She is a beauty.

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Cara Delevingne for Topshop AW14

The new Topshop fall campaign is decidedly British. Shot in London by Alasdair McLellan, featuring London’s most popular export of the moment–Cara Delevingne. The entire campaign which shows key looks from the fall collection, is made up of twelve images. Cara’s signature brows take centre stage along with kohl rimmed eyes. Perfect skin and a pale lip complete the look.

The fall collection launches globally and online in August. As my friend so accurately said to me today “summer is slipping away…”


Get the Look: Rochas Spring 2014

Make the most of the summer weather and recreate this pretty lavender eye makeup from the Rochas spring show. Simply wrap a purple shadow around the entire eye. Use a soft brush to achieve a well blended look making sure the edges are diffused. The rest of the look should feature a glowy complexion, minimal brows, and a pale lip.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation 2. NARS Eyeshadow in Melusine 3. MAC #217 Brush 4. MAC Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Set  5. Illamasqua Lipstick in Tease

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Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

Like many people I love Urban Decay Perversion eyeliner because of it’s rich black colour. So I definitely need to pick up this Perversion mascara ASAP. Lengthening, thickening, clump free, and ultra black, its no wonder the tag line is Bigger, Badder, Blacker. Sounds good to me!

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Love Magazine 12th Issue

Love magazines has not one, not two but three very cool covers for their twelfth issue. Adriana Lima’s stunning flamenco inspired cover was shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. Kendall Jenner is Katie Grand’s it-girl as of late, so it is no surprise to see her featured on one of the American girl covers. Amy Adams also represents the USA looking rather sultry draped over a chair.

All three cover issues will be available July 28.

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2014 ESPY’s

I adored Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba and Jordana Brewster’s golden, dewy skin on the ESPY red carpet last night. Dressed in nude and gold they really were the epitome of  summer style.



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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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Vogue Paris Foundation Dinner

A rather swanky Paris affair was held the other night in honor of Musée Galliera. Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing arrived with a gaggle of models, and Kim Kardashian all dressed in his incredible designs. Celebrities like Emma Watson and fashion insiders like Anna Dello Russo made this the party to be at.

Images from style.com & dailymail.com

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