As a Summer girl through and through I feel naked without a tan, not a just stepped off the beach tan, but a glow, enough to make my lack of sleep and gin soaked skin look more alive. I have been a huge fan of the Vita Liberata body tan for months now following an Instagram tip-off from the amazing Allesandra Steinherr. If you don’t follow her already you really should, she is the beauty gospel and has so many amazing hints and tips with her #askalex here is her website. So she has also been praising the Sisley hydrating facial self tan but with such a hefty price tag I couldn’t justify it. Then, on a grey and dreary Wednesday morning, a bag of marmite rice cakes flung across the beauty hall floor in the midst of a tantrum (toddler not me) I caved and bought it. But boy am I glad I did!

I have very dehydrated skin and am constantly, perhaps to its detriment, piling on masks and night creams so if I am using a cream in the day, even for self-tan it needs to be hydrating and this is beautifully hydrating. My skin feels soft and looks plumper. The tan is subtle and sun-kissed and no nasty smell. You only need to use twice a week, across your whole face and down your neck. Sisley describes it as beautifying your complexion and perfecting your skin. My skin doesn’t look perfect, more ‘beautiful’ perhaps, but naturally tanned yes. The tan is even, and lasts even using my Clarisonic each evening.

I will be monitoring how long one bottle lasts before I commit to re-purchasing but I hope it lasts… this is one product I want to keep in my little beauty arsenal!

 

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Buy it here…

 

Do you have any great winter skin tips? Love to hear them and your comments on the post thank you… Vx

 

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Winter boots are an essential for a working wardrobe, flats, heels, cuban, over the knee, over the thigh etc etc… and black boots will take you through from the first autumn leaves to the spring sunshine. The more classic a style you choose, and the better you look after them each year, the longer they’ll last. My favourite pair are an old Pied e Terre pair which have been reheeled countless times, and resoled twice, costing more than I probably ever paid in the first place but the older they get the better they look. And those that follow my IG might know I splashed out on the Chloe Susannah boots this year. These will be well loved and looked after… at the moment I am struggling not to wear them every day, have to remind myself I do have other shoes. I have found it hard not buying any other flat boots this year (I have banned myself post Chloe splurge), there are so many gorgeous designs on the highstreet right now, so I thought I would indulge in some virtual shopping and I have included my favourite classic style black Winter boots below… and don’t forget Selfridges have their 20% off with the code … it’s ending today…

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Dune Padston boots

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Dune Palla Boots

 

 

 

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Carvela Saddle Boots

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Ugg Joey boots

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Carvela Splash Boot

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Dune Preslee boot

And here’s my usual dollop of inspo….

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Love to hear from you – seen any gorgeous boots on the highstreet this season?

Love,

Vx

 

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Charlotte Tilbury is the celebrity makeup artist of the moment, and she has just won the InStyle magazine 2015 makeup artist of the year award. Last Friday I went for a pre-booked makeover at Charlotte Tilbury and I was really excited to see what tips and tricks I could get from them, as well as redeeming the £15 I’d put down on the session… and more I was sure!

I knew I would have to choose from one of ten looks before the makeover started and my husband and I had a quick browse the night before. His choice was ‘Sophisticate’ or ‘Uptown Girl’ but I was drawn to either ‘Ingenue’ or ‘Golden Goddess’. The makeup artist in charge of my beauty destiny recommended the ‘Golden Goddess’ so I was all set to be made up into a glowing cali girl!

It all started with skincare and then the layers of makeup. The final look was very polished and very golden. I don’t like to look like I have made a huge effort. I love that make-up look that looks like you’re actually not wearing anything so I wasn’t a fan of the eyeshadow, too shimmery for me, nor the lipstick, too ‘done’ for me. But the skin, eyelashes, eyebrows, cheeks etc were just as I had hoped. So then came the selling, which did get a little hard-sell… I opted for the mascara, which was big as I have used the same Chanel mascara for years. Also bought the eyebrow pencil which I think was the BEST purchase, it has a great nib, colour and a fantastic highlighter for under the brow which makes the brow so defined. In fact the video (below) shows it being used just in the arch but if you use it from the start of your brow it works miracles! Then finally… I bought the most amazing sculpt and highlight set which I have linked below. This beauty is seriously good. It gives your face incredible definition and is so easy to use. No crazy contouring just defined features. Love it!

I’ve included all the details of my look, how to achieve it, and the best products (in my humble opinion) below… as well as all the other looks you can choose from if you fancy booking yourself in for a session.

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 Here’s a link to how to use the mascara that has won me away from Chanel…

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This is the amazing palette I bought and click here for a tutorial on how to use it...

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And click here for how to use the eyebrow pencil.

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These are Charlottes tips on how to get the Goddess look….

HOW TO APPLY

  • Prepare the skin with Charlotte’s Magic Cream, massaging the product into the skin and next apply Wonderglow for a golden glow. For a more luminous dewy complexion, mix the Wonderglow with your shade of Light Wonder foundation and apply all over the face. Use The Retoucher on targeted areas, such as redness, blemishes and dark circles, tapping the product on to the skin for a heavier coverage. Use Airbrush Flawless Finish with the Powder & Sculpt Brush tracing down the t-zone and under the eyes to eliminate any extra shine.
  • Now you have a flawless base, take your Brow Lift and use the brush end to comb the hairs upwards revealing their natural shape. Then fill in the brows with fine strokes in the direction of the hair growth. To accentuate and lift the arch use the central highlighter across the bottom of the brow.
  • To define your facial framework use the Sculpt shade of Filmstar Bronze & Glow. Use the Bronzer Brush in large circular motions along the cheeks, across the bridge of the nose and on the corners of your forehead – places the sun would naturally hit your face. Dust the product across the chin and underneath the jawline, blending into your neck for a natural glow.
  • Take your Luxury Palette: The Golden Goddess and apply the Prime shade to the entire eye lid using the Eye Blender Brush. With the Eye Smudger Brush apply the Prime shade to the inner corners to open and brighten the eyes. Nestle the Enhance shade in the socket with the Blender Brush depositing the colour back and forth in a “windscreen wiper” motion. Then use the Eye Smudger Brush and apply the Enhance shade along the upper and lower lash line. Next apply the Smoke shade back and forth from the outer corner of the eye, into the socket and along the upper lash line. The Pop shade is best applied with your finger tips to the centre of your eyelid, adding glamour and sparkle.
  • Take your Classic Sophia Eye Liner along the top lash line lifting upwards and outwards on the outer corner of the eye for a soft, subtle flick.
  • To finish of the eyes use Full Fat Lashes Mascara, depositing the product in the root of the lashes to give the eye as much lift as possible. Elongate the eye by using the wand at an angle, dragging the corner lashes outwards. For the bottom lashes, turn the wand vertically and use the tapered end to coat each lash.
  • Sharpen your Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk and look into the mirror, smiling. By tightening the skin on the lips it is easier to see exactly where to apply the pencil. Starting on the outer corners trace the liner just outside the natural lip line. This will help cheat a fuller pout and give perfect symmetry to the lips.
  • To apply K.I.S.S.I.N.G Stoned Rose lipstick you may apply the product straight from the bullet or use the Lip Brush. As the brush is squared off it helps give precision on the outer corners and perfectly angles your cupid’s bow. Use Lip Lustre in Ibiza Nights for a glossy sheen to dial up your 3-dimensional pout.
  • Finally, take the Blusher Brush to the outside shade of your Cheek to Chic: Ecstasy and swish the colour in big circular motions along the cheekbones. Use the central Pop shade on the apple of the cheek to enhance the colour.

And these are the other looks you can choose from…

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My wardrobe is a complete mix-up of designer and highstreet and I am not ashamed to admit… a healthy dollop of Primark can also be found lurking in the shadows. I think managing to pair your favourite designer investments with cheaper highstreet buys is the key in nailing the latest look whilst not breaking the bank.

Isabel Marant is copied season after season and although I may have indulged in a few pieces over the seasons I can’t justify over £400 on a sweater that is a trend piece… so when I saw Primarks latest offering hidden away on the bottom shelf in the far corner of my local branch I almost yelped with delight!!! Seriously! It is an amazing looky-likey of the beautiful Charley sweater, complete with silver eyelet lace-up detailing, chunky stitching around the waist, neckline and wrists, and in a beautifully soft wool…. ok maybe acrylic but who can tell right? And best of all it is just £14.

Buy the real deal here.. Charley lace-up wool-blend sweater or quickly run to Primark to pick-up their version before they all sell-out!

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Know of anymore amazing lookey-likeys? Let me know and love to hear your thoughts… I know designer copies aren’t everyones cup of tea.

Love,

Vx

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If there is one decade every fashion magazine is making reference to this season it has to be the seventies, and it is everywhere! Big floppy hats, flares, eyelets, velvet, waistcoats, flowing maxi dresses and skirts and swirling patterns and florals. My local Zara looks like a seventies throw-back right now … but I am certainly not complaining. I LOVE it!

Want some serious seventies style inspiration then look to the real things such as the DVF wrap dress, one of the most famous fashion inventions ever and now iconic to Diane Von Furstenberg. The wrap dress is the perfect easy item every woman and definitely every mum needs in her wardrobe. Its fashion you don’t even need to think about. Suits every woman’s body type and can be worn casual or dressed up with some sexy heels. First designed back in 1974 Diane has sold over 5 million of these dresses worldwide – now how can you argue with those figures?

How about Studio 54? The decades hottest venue bar none! And scrolling through images of these crazy nights you’re flooded with style inspo.

Halston – back in 1976 he rocked and his iconic designs live on with Halston Heritage – perfect collection for Christmas parties.

Have you seen Laura Ashley’s seventies campaign shots? Honestly they look like something you’d see on the pages of Harpers today its mad. Back in the seventies the brand was the clothing of choice for housewives everywhere. They described themselves here…  ‘They’re not particularly clothes for making a splash in a dramatic place – they’re simple garments to wear at home, and when you get home perhaps you need the security of nostalgia.’

And fashion fact for the day – Karl Lagerfeld worked for Chloe back in 1974 and it was his vision that defined the house’s trademark boho direction.

So how to do it now… limit yourself to one throw-back piece per outfit or risk looking kitschy.

Here are my favourite seventies inspo pictures….can you tell which are modern day and which are original shots?!

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Love to hear from you… especially of any amazing seventies finds on the highstreet!

Thanks,

Vx

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