Thursday, 23 October 2014

Orange is in the air?

Whether it's Halloween you're more excited about or the fact that we are into the heart warming season of the year, Autumn finally! Be it Starbucks limited edition drinks that tickle your fancy or that snugly feeling of sitting by the cosy fire as you see crisp leaves fall off the trees, it's time to amp up the orange in your life but lets start with the wardrobe shall we?

Although orange isn't something that was particularly flaunted on the runway this year, it's more of a seasonal colour for this time of the year that never seems to go out of fashion. It somehow has those hints of warmth, fuzziness and yet is still full of life. It's the colour that seamlessly transitions us into the last quarter of the year and mentally prepares us for Christmas.

I personally love to incorporate hints of orange, terracotta, mustard and amber into my attire during Autumn, but if you're not a risk taker when it comes to pulling off the bright shade, leather handbags are the way to go. I am in love with the Halloween-Autumn inspired fleet of orange arm candy above by Vanilla Paris. The shapes are quite modern, sporty, chic and perfect for day to evening transformations. Simply pair them with your neutral khakis, sleek monochromes and lush browns for an Autumn apt look. 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Good Afro Salon Awards 2014 on 2nd November in London!

Whether you are a hairstylist, a blogger, a mobile therapist, freelance hairdresser, salon owner or supplier - there's one event that you cannot miss - Good Afro Salon Awards 2014. The creme de la creme of the British Afro Hair industry promises to be there so you can make an impact, socialise, nurture connections, learn, educate and make friends within the industry! With only £30/ticket, you will also get to meet the founder of the revolutionary salon review website, Leillah Sekalala. Honouring 9 salons or stylists with a different award in their field of expertise, L'Oreal Academy where the event is to be held, shall be brimming with extreme talent on the day. What's more, the glittering event promises food, entertainment, fun and even goodie bags full of hair and beauty products for you to try out. The only hair awards ceremony where winners are chosen by the people, it's amazing to see new talent being recognised and established salons given a pat on their back one more time. With brands like Mizani and Edgestick being associated with the event, expect a tonne of tress talk floating in the air and some pro-tips that you will quickly need to jot down in your notes. 

If you don't have plans on 2nd November, here's a reason to bookmark the date and attend something interesting if you're into hair and beauty. Tickets available for purchase here: LINK 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Runway Ready Skin Recreated

Regardless of changes in make-up, hair and apparel, a majority of runway shows I ogled over this season had one aspect in common, freaking fabulous skin. This is something that has never altered on those chiseled supermodel faces, be it Gucci or Prada that's being walked on the ramp. If you're looking to re-create that 'no-makeup' make up look which features a glow from within, thoroughly quenched skin, luscious plump lips and an enviable flawless radiance, here are some of my tried and tested winners from the skincare stash that can be used to recreate the sheer gorgeousness. 

La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Eye Gel. The more affordable range from La Prairie, these light green bottles of goodness are worth getting your hands on ASAP. Geared more towards younger faces, it's one that will de-puff lids and under eye area whilst your catch up on your daily snooze. The lightly hydrating formula feels soothing and calming on application and is a foolproof way to have bright peepers in the morn, no matter how much shut-eye you got the night before. Allowing you to slap only a teeny amount of illuminating concealer, it also lends a helping hand in the dark circles (read panda eyes) department. Ever seen a face on the runway with tired, puffy eyes? Me neither. 

La Prairie Advanced Marine Biology Tonic. Upping the dose of H2o in your skin, this is another of my favourite product from the Marine Biology range that follows application of the above. A revitalising serum, this is one of those products that gets blood rushing to the surface of the skin, making it appear younger and healthier instantly. It's one of those seriously good wake-me-up skin perker's that can make one appear well rested and skin to look years younger. Get ready to be Id'ed again! On my combination-confused skin, the antioxidant and vitamin enriched formula works wonders and doesn't clash with the sometimes-dry-sometimes-crazy kind of skin situation going on. Being decently moisturising, you can skip moisturiser on an oily skin day but for a runway ready look, I'd say layer it up followed by...

Guinot Longue Vie Cellulaire. The only lush formula that I've come across from a French brand that firms and hydrates skin at the same time. Usually the two aspects seem to clash when it comes to face creams, with some being overtly firming and some, a bit too moisturising. This baby packed with 21 amino acids, Vitamins A, C, D & F is the perfect way to finish off facial skincare. Much like Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream, this wonderful formula packed with nutrients and minerals lends an anti-ageing hand to the skin and if you're younger, simply ensures you benefit from all the lovely, potent ingredients. A formula with a decent amount of slip, it allows one to finish the regime with some short yet firm massage movements under the cheekbone, on the cheeks, pinched through the jawline and a few taps on the forehead. 

Decleor Aroma Solutions Nutri-Smoothing Lipstick. A concoction of delicious waxes and lush oils whipped up together and created into a lipstick bullet is the next best invention after sliced bread. No more messy hands and unhygienic pot containers lingering with bacteria. Just slide this on and massage  it into the lips with cotton bud to get rid of dead skin cells. Slather on another layer to seal in the moisture and you're good to go. The modern formula is hydrating without leaving a sticky film behind. Perfect for achieving those plump and supple supermodel lips with a demi matte finish. 

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Dry Oil. The small golden particles in this glistening formula will leave face and body skin looking sunkissed minus the oompa loompa tan. With a pure bronzed goddess effect, you can expect skin to appear golden and exotic just like that spotted on the runway. Coat your arms, legs, neck and chest in a light veil of this and see it reflect back beautifully in daylight. The moisturising dry oil formula also ensures skin is quenched with just the right amount of moisture. No more cracked or chapped elbows and knees! 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

September Makeup Edit

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation in shade 3.5. Had to go lighter for Autumn/Winter. Plus this shade is more yellow toned and brighter for me. Previously I wore 4 which although was a gorgeous sunkissed shade, oxidised by the end of the day. 

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Antigua. You can hardly see it here but that light pink flush you see on the apples of the cheeks is all it's magic. I have wanted this baby since years! It's worth all the hype and subtly imparts that sunkissed tan. If you want to look bronzed with a hint of pink that illuminates the complexion, this is a must-have. 

Clinique Chubby Stick in Bountiful Blush. Ignored the shade till I saw Kylie Jenner bringing back chocolate brown lips with a bang. Not being a fan of nude lips, it's slightly pink, slightly brown hints are slowly easing me into the trend. Plus it dries to a demi matte finish making it much easier to pull off and comfortable on the lips. With my bright blusher choices, it works wonders.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. Haven't put this dusky pink tube down since it landed on  my doorstep. It's all things gorgeous. Voluminous lashes - tick. Quick drying - tick. Lengthening fibres - tick. Why would anyone ever look back after using this? I certainly won't. Until of course something more va-va-voom comes my way. 

MAC Select Cover-up in NC30. I slather it almost everywhere on my face, pretending to only use it as a 'concealer'. Realistically, I would actually quite like to use this as a foundation. High coverage, sets well, non cakey and dries to a demi-matte finish, sterling! Why don't you make this in a 30ml bottle MAC, please

Friday, 26 September 2014

GIVEAWAY: 12 Maybelline Color Show 'Tanned & Ready' Nail Polish

Part of Maybelline's Vintage Leather collection released last year, Tanned & Ready is a gorgeous colour for Autumn/Winter! It's a terracotta with sheer white flakes that looks almost ethereal yet casual chic. Perfectly suitable for all complexions from the palest to the most deliciously tanned. Drying to a modern matte finish, it looks perfectly manicured for all casual and formal occasions. Whether you're casually lounging around on a lazy weekend or making conversation in a chic cocktail party, it adapts amazingly to a variety of outfits and moods. Matte shades like these compliment the snug, cosy and warm feel of Autumn/Winter so well and look gorgeous paired with monochrome or rich jewel toned apparel. 

NoScrunchie are giving away 12 of these beauts in the running to Good Afro Salon Awards 2014. To enter, simply start adding and/or reviewing salons on their website and voila, you're in! So if you know of a hairdresser, hairstylist, freelance hair pro or a salon that's great at doing Afro hair, just add it to NoScrunchie's ever increasing database and win yourself some goodies for the new season. 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Dr Ceuticals Firm & Sculpt Arm Gel

Bingo wings! Something most women are tired of battling in the gym. Sometimes it's an incorrect workout, unhealthy diet or plain old genetics, but flabby arms can be more stubborn to melt for some than others. Of course weight lifting mixed with a generous dose of cardio is something that's perfect to melt the extra baggage on the arms. If you need a little extra help however, try slathering this baby after every arm day. 

It won't work wonders melting off that fat and turning it into toned muscle but what it will help with is tightening and firming the saggy skin around that area. With antioxidants, collagen and elastin building properties thrown into the sculpting formula, it's an effective blend to target those jiggly upper arms. A gel like formula that's easy to absorb, feels cool on application and leaves no greasy residue, it's the perfect choice to opt for post-shower or workout instead of your regular body butter offerings. 

Visible results in the texture of the skin around the area should be apparently seen in 3 months time. In my opinion, take it as it as i.e. a firming gel for the arms and expect it to work wonders only if you're prepared to work your butt off in the gym. Just thought of putting it out there as there's hardly any great upper arm sculpting products and this is one that fitness freaks would love to have. 

Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

I've always heard of charcoal as a fabulous ingredient in skincare but have never really got a chance to try it out. When a grey coloured cleanser arrived at my doorstep, I was actually quite reluctant to give it a shot. It's funny how colour plays an important role when it comes to skincare. Unknowingly, we are quite used to seeing our cleansers creamy white so it was quite funny at first to slather on something greyish as a pick-me-up in the mornings. 

Surprisingly enough, the colour has nothing to do with the brilliance of the product. Containing not many star ingredients besides Charcoal, it's a simple face cleanser for daily use. There is that obvious slight tingle on application but nothing much. You also work up a little foam whilst massaging it onto the skin but no obvious bubbles and Fairy liquid action happening there. Working strongly at leaving face refreshed and thoroughly cleansed, it's actually a match made in heaven for teenage, troublesome skin. 

I can actually spot a considerable reduction in the number of breakouts and clogging on my face after using this regularly for a good few weeks. Alternate it with a rich cleanser at night or pair it with balm cleanser as a morning, double cleanse regime, For a fiver, it will surprise you with how amazing it is.