Best of New York Fashion Week AW15


As was the case last fall, I’m behind in my collection reviews due to being in London last week for fashion week. Flashback to New York where eyes definitely seemed to be the focus of many of the looks and natural matte skin was popular. I liked what Tom Pecheux did at Altuzarra combing cool and warm cream shadows for a 80’s feel on the eyes. To go along with the disco theme at Rodarte, round silver jewels were applied along the centre of the lower lash line. I loved the imperfection at Alexander Wang. No mascara and slate shadow more concentrated in the inner corner.

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Victoria Beckham & Alexander Wang AW 2015

NYFW_Victoria_Beckham_Alexander_WangThe New York Collections are hot, which is a good thing because it looks absolutely freezing there. Pat McGrath’s creation for Victoria Beckham consisted of full eyebrows and smudgy lower liner that dropped lower in the centre. Lips were void of any colour, and the girls skin glowed. In contrast to Beckham’s polished look, Alexander Wang’s goth girls wore undone smoky eyes and greasy hair inspired by Marilyn Manson, and KISS. Diane Kendal use NARS eye shadow sticks and then removed the majority to create the imperfect beauty look.


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How To: Ultra Matte Lips


To get the most matte lips ever, start by using a lip scrub to remove any flaky skin and smooth the lip texture. Next apply a lip liner that isn’t overly creamy, over the entire lip surface. To intensify the lip colour and remove any sheen use a medium size firm brush, and apply matte loose pigment to set the lip liner and achieve the perfect no-shine mouth.

1. Lush Bubble Gum Lip Scrub 2. Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Lip Liner no.11  3. Shu Uemura No. 10 Synthetic Brush 4. MAC PRO Pigment in Basic Red

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YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils


I’m a massive fan of YSL mascara. I go between Shocking and Effet Faux Cils for myself and in my kit. The colour is really rich, the brush deposits lots of product, and the result is dark, full, long lashes. I have yet to try this new revamped version which has added care benefits for eye lashes.

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2015 Grammy Awards


What a night. There were so many spectacular red carpet moments from fashion to beauty. It goes without saying that Rihanna in Giambattista Valli Couture, was the showstopper of the evening. Racing down the red carpet moments before the show began like a giant pink frosted cupcake. I absolutely loved her whole look–simple pulled back hair, soft neutral makeup, and then the dress! Beyonce continued the neutral makeup trend looking fresh faced, and wearing her long locks less voluminous than usual. Kim Kardashian’s recently chopped hair and golden makeup looked quite stunning paired with her shimmering Jean Paul Gaultier gown. Chrissy Teigan can always be counted on for bronzed glowy skin. She looked gorgeous last night in white Emilio Pucci. Ciara brought the drama showing off her insane body in Alexander Vauthier. Her hair pulled of her face, and neutral toned makeup, drew attention to her incredible bone structure. Rita Ora’s smoky eyes stood out amongst a sea of earth tones, as did her newly cropped hair and silver sequined Prada dress.

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Makeup Artist: Ninni Nummela


Makeup Artist Ninni Nummela knows how to create incredible skin. The last image of Nadja Auermann is from Ninni’s latest work in the February 2015 edition of Vogue Ukraine. The entire editorial is quite striking, click here to view.

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Model of the Moment: Aya Jones

Aya Jones was scouted in her hometown of Paris, and it’s blatantly obvious why: 5’10, oval faced, doe eyes, and those lips. Aya debuted in Milan walking exclusively for Prada’s Spring 2015 show. After that she was up and down the runways of the most sort after designers, most recently walking the couture collections in Paris last week. I’m quite sure her show list will be long by the time fall collections conclude in March.

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Spring 2015 Couture


From the veiled looks at Chanel and Giambattista; to the various graphic eyes at Versace and Armani; and the natural lips at Dior and Valentino; the spring couture looks were quite delightful. Paris was the ideal fashion prelude before the ready-to-wear shows start in just a couple of weeks.

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Chanel Spring 2015 Couture


Karl Lagerfeld’s flower garden theme show was a floral masterpiece. The beauty look was taupe eyeshadow blended across the upper eyelids and over the bridge of the nose, and extended to the temples resulting in a subtle mask shape. The mesh overlay on the face added to the veiled look. All the models lips popped with cherry red and highlighted cupids bows.

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Atelier Versace Spring 2015 Couture


The couture collections are well underway for spring 2015. Pat McGrath designed what she described as a modern, graphic smoky eye for Atelier Versace. I thought the use of negative space in the eye makeup mirrored the cut-out design of the collection. A flawless complexion, peachy nude lips, and fake lashes brought the whole look together.

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