Friday, 31 July 2015

Suede Crush

Colour blocking is the easiest way to look put together and polished, it's a good plan to fall back onto for those hectic mornings! The look requires minimal styling and can effortlessly transition from day to night just by switching up the shoes. 
Hats are a great addition (especially for bad hair days) and I'm loving this piece from the Argyle Centre! It was an impromptu purchase during a shopping date with my bestie and ridiculously inexpensive. For those that prefer a darker colour palette you can opt for a woven straw creation to maintain those summer vibes without having to compromise on colour.
As always, accessories and footwear are an easy way to add some contrasting dimension back into the look. Currently I'm loving this tri-colour clutch from Céline, it features a suede, pony-hair and smooth leather finish and pairs nicely with the platforms. Although both pieces have their retrospective colour palette, the suede detailing helps to tie it all together. 

An easy breezy look that can be recreated with so many options! Share your take with me on instagram!

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HOW MUCH? Fedora. TOPSHOP Split Back Top. H&M Shorts. Isabel Marant Tudie's Shoes. Celiné Clutch, Longines Mens Conquest. 
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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Summer Beauty Vibes!


Summer is in full blast and it's time to get your beauty glow on! With my change in location my skin is still adapting to the suffocating humidity that is Hong Kong, you can set your face with the best of the best, but it still won't prevent you from feeling like a melting ice-cream, so my best advice as always, is keep it minimal! 

PRIMER
Primers! This is a 'like it or leave it' step for many, for some it's unnecessary and for others it's an essential in their beauty routine. Through my teen years I always skipped this step and viewed it as another gimmick that used up my precious pocket money; but over time with application I've seen a noticeable difference in my skin texture and improved longevity of my make-up, it has become an essential stage in my routine!

Benefit Porefessional, Smashbox Photo Finish and Hourglass Mineral Veil all have one thing in common, other than being a favourite with many beauty guru's they all contain the ingredient silicone. This ingredient gives your skin that flawless texture and seamless canvas to work with ... because essentially your pores have now been clogged up, it's like filling up a pot hole with cement. I strike off any product that has this ingredient in the formula because, without fail, I will break out. For those that have no issues with this, then good for you! Just make sure to thoroughly cleanse your skin at the end of the day! 

When I purchase Cover FX products I perceive it as a skincare investment (read more here), and my current favourite from their line is the Illuminating Primer. It's a light weight and refreshing application that keeps my skin hydrated and supple with ingredients Hylasome EG10 and Provitamin B5. Without the use of chunky glitter particles, this product gives me the most radiant glow by deflecting light, and on days when I don't need any coverage, using this alone is enough to liven up my complexion. 

CONCEALOR 
I don't like to wear a face full of make-up on a daily basis, so on days when I want to keep things to a bare minimum I'll just use this concealer from INGLOT to cancel out my under-eye circles and set with a powder. This is a great product in terms of consistency, colour and coverage; it's rich in vitamins A and E which will protect and hydrate the delicate skin around your eyes. INGLOT has a great colour selection to choose from, enabling you to cater to your needs; peach shades like this one are great for cancelling out purple / blue tones. As you can see from the picture above it has cancelled out the veins on the underside of my wrist which are quite prominent. 

COVERAGE
I like to mix the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser (St. Moritz) & Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation (53 Beige Clair) for a lightweight medium coverage. This duo combination is a perfect colour match and gives me the coverage I need without the heavy texture. 

TIP: The tone of your complexion will always by changing throughout the year, rather than buying a new colour match every time, make sure you have two products in your collection. One colour match when you reach your darkest and another to colour match when you're fair. When you're at the in-between stages you can adjust the colour proportions to create your perfect colour. 

CONTOUR
My genetics have blessed me with hamster cheeks (oh the joy), so I like to hollow out my cheeks and temple regions to add the illusion of angles and definition to my face. I always keep it light handed and subtle and prefer shades with an ashier tone. Recently my go to shade has been the HARMONY powder blush from MAC. On days when I don't contour this colour is equally great to pop on the cheeks! As this is a matte product I like to use it hand-in-hand with a highlighter to maintain some balance.

HIGHLIGHT
Kitten from Stila is a multi-purpose product that can be used as an eyeshadow, highlighter or cheek colour. The duo compact has a beautiful champagne shade that enhances complexions with a natural illuminating glow. The bronze counterpart is equally beautiful and would be a great highlight for darker complexions, alternatively it can be used as a blush / bronzer for that sun-kissed glow.  

BLUSH
Strobing is a popular current make-up trend this summer, the technique requires no contouring and relies solely on highlighting your features, add some colours to your cheeks and you're good to go. For those that like your visuals, NikkieTutorials does a great explanation! With the current weather situation I'm in no need of extra highlighting, so on days where I want a bit of radiance, I'll opt for  one of these shades from the Hourglass Blush Palette over Harmony, unfortunately this is now sold out, but you can still purchase the colours individually. (L-R) Luminous Flush, Incandescent Electra & Mood Exposure

LIPS
I really love muted brown nudes, but I've yet to come across a formula that doesn't highlight my fine lines, I'm unbelievably envious of those that can wear matte nude shades without looking like you've got dry cracked lips. I've had no success even with brands like Charlotte Tilbury & Tom ford; my only solution is to apply a thin layer of gloss or balm and to blot if I'm not feeling the hi-shine effect.  
I like to even out my lip pigmentation with Iconic Nude before going over lightly with Brick Red. Unless you're confident in your application skills, to avoid those duck lips, draw on your lip line to subtly emphasise your lip's natural shape. 

I hope you enjoyed this little sneak-peek into my current summer routine!
Wishing you all an amazing summer.



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Friday, 10 July 2015

Butterflies

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When you wake up feeling 'bleurgh' all you want to do is pull on your comfiest sweats and lounge around for the rest of the day, regardless of your efforts it's hard to shake off that hump day feeling. Dresses aren't my usual preference, but a 'Little Black Dress' is the best pick me up to make you feel whole again; it's a simple one-piece outfit that doesn't require any brain work. A LBD is often simple and elegantly cut, it possesses the versatility for any occasion, making it an essential in any wardrobe. This is currently my favourite LBD in possession, it features a futuristic cut along the neckline and hem, showcasing the décolletage and giving the illusion of longer legs, what's not to like?! 
     
 With the outfit being quite monotone in colour, I had to inject some life back into the look through the use of accessories. The gold flares were a nice accent against the solidity of the black dress, but I needed a stronger focus piece to change the dynamics of the look. On this occasion I had the perfect solution! These espadrilles from the Valentino Woodland collection have been packed away for the past couple of months aching to see daylight. With an intricate butterfly design all over the shoes, they were a great way to lift my spirits and added an effortless | carefree vibe to an otherwise sophisticated look. 

How would you style the symbolic LBD? It can become an addictive go-to for all occasions! Share with me on instagram. 

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

All About The Boyfriend...


Androgynous styling is the combination of masculine and feminine characteristics, there's an element of sexual ambiguity behind it (e.g. Ruby Rose) and has become an increasingly popular trend in recent years. The history dates back to 1925 when Coco Chanel created the legendary Chanel suit, which consists of a collarless jacket and well tailored skirt. Having borrowed elements from Men's garments and placing emphasis on comfort and simplicity,  her designs were a revolutionary breakthrough for that time. She helped women say goodbye to the constraints of fashion and those rib breaking corsets. From this you have the birth of the 'Boyfriend' tee, blazer, jeans etc. the terminology basically translates to baggy and oversized, however there's a fine line between boyfriend and frump, I hope this posts inspires and guides you to try the trend out for yourself! 

Traditionally the Boyfriend Jean is a slouchy relaxed fit with a straight leg tailoring, however there have been many adaptations over the years, such as the tapering of the leg to subtly compliment the female figure. When I'm shopping for Boyfriend Jeans the material is an essential element for me, and for once I'm not talking about the quality, in fact it could be one one of the most inexpensive investments you make! The only thing I care about is the 'thickness', for me the denim has to be super soft and fluid, if it's thick, coarse and rigid it's no good. I've found after trial and error that the jeans made from stiff raw denim are not flattering at all, it's awkward and uncomfortable. Another aspect that's high on my priority list is the distressing details on the jeans, there can be minimal distressing if you aren't really into that look but I think it's a great way to flaunt a little flesh, adding back a little bit of femininity.

Staying true to the trend I've paired an oversized tee to maintain that relaxed and carefree feel; doing a half-tuck is a good trick to prevent the top from drowning you, and it shows off just that little bit more detailing on the denim. A jacket is optional, but if you do opt for one, choose something with a little more structure, it doesn't have to be something that is really fitted or super feminine! As you can see my blazer is slightly oversized, however it's tailored at the waist which adds some shape back into the look. As I don't have the greatest advantage in the height department, it's imperative that I wear heels; it also adds a more sophisticated element in contrast to the overall relaxed vibe and distressing details on the jeans, as I always say, it's all about getting that balance! 

So, how would you work the boyfriend trend? It's a great alternative to try this summer! Share with me on instagram! 

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H&M Blazer. V-Neck White Tee. HK Boutique Jeans. Saint Laurent Snakeskin Pumps.  

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