Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Max Factor announces model Stella Maxwell as new beauty ambassador

Max Factor has revealed model and social media star Stella Maxwell as its newest global brand ambassador. This is the super hot model of the moment who has been a Victoria's Secret model and has been seen liaising with Miley Cyrus in some intimate kisses. 
Born in Belgium and raised in New Zealand, international model Stella has graced the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, and has walked for Versace, Chanel and Marc Jacobs. 
With more than 1.8 million Instagram followers, Stella’s transformative looks and aspirational lifestyle perfectly complement Max Factor’s brand ethos of contemporary beauty. Model-of-the-moment Stella joins current ambassador Candice Swanepoel as the latest addition the Max Factor family. 

Stella will make her debut in Max Factor’s 2017 campaign launches.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Norvell Europe Launches at Olympia Beauty Show

            Norvell Europe Launches At Olympia Beauty Show

Olympia Beauty is celebrating its 12th year and promises to be bigger and better than ever. To help celebrate, The London Room will be launching Norvell, 
America’s number one professional tanning brand.
Set some time aside to pop in and see Brandon Cardinal, Vice President of Norvell Sales and Marketing in Americalive on stage at 11am and 2pm where there will be live tanning demos and a chance to experience Novell University as a spray tan student.
Also in The London Room, throughout the day, get some great top tanning tips developed
 from more than 30 years’ industry experience, learn all there is to know about Norvell University (launching early next year), receive FREE spraytans throughout the day, plus a goody bag. 
You will also be able to check out Norvell products, talk to tanning experts and see their brand new tanning system which is set to take the tanning world by storm. 

Date: Sunday 2nd October 2016 10am -6pm
          Monday 3rd October 2016 10am- 5pm

Venue: London Room, Olympia, London W14



Friday, 16 September 2016

Tesco F&F Autumn Collection Wishlist 2016

F&F Autumn Wishlist

The Autumn collection for F&F at Tesco is just gorgeous and really reasonable prices. I bet these will be sold out ASAP in my size but even so I am hot footing it there to get some of these pieces I have selected for my Autumn wishlist. 

Outfit 1:
Dress £25
Coat £45
I love this dress which is gorgeous for work and evening. The oversized coat looks really snug and the pattern looks like it could be Burberry or Pringle design. 

Outfit 2:
Dress £25
Coat £45
I can only get one coat so it will be hard picking between the tartan one and this beautiful navy military one. The finish with the buttons, pockets and cut are parallel with designer ones I have seen. The dress underneath again is a lovely Victorian style one with a lovely plum red colour. 

Outfit 3:
Shirt £16
Trousers £16
A great outfit for plus size this is very flattering and I have been looking for these trousers everywhere for ages. The shirt would look great with jeans too. 

Outfit 4:
Jacket £30 
Top £12
Trousers £18
Shoes £12 
A great little work outfit. This jacket has embroidery just like the catwalks and the 
shoes look super comfy. 

Outfit 5:
Dress £30
Such a pretty knee length dress. Looks like a Laura Ashley or Monsoon number so for £30 it is an excellent buy. Love the plum colours and smart neck tie. 
I must have this plum bowling bag to go with these outfits! 
I Love how you can just zip everything up and travel with it. Looks a lot more than £18!

Shoes Mary Janes
These are a great Autumn staple to any outfit. I love the high shine and deep plum colour. 

All available at F&F Tesco this Autumn in stores or online:  


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Banana Republic names Olivia Palermo as Global Style Ambassador

Banana Republic has appointed international style icon Olivia Palermo as the brand’s first women’s Global Style Ambassador.  I love Olivia's understated classic style and she seems to look everything look amazing. Banana Republic is a great shop for all things basic as you can team the clothing up with anything and the styles never seem to go out of fashion. 

The partnership sees Olivia integrated throughout Banana Republic’s global marketing, starting in fall 2016 and will extend through 2017. Shot by Inez and Vinoodh and styled by Edward Enninful, Olivia brings a fresh perspective to the versatile lifestyle brand focused on contemporary classics. 

Olivia will personally curate a selection of more than a dozen limited-edition direct-to-consumer women’s styles that will be available for immediate purchase live from Banana Republic’s Spring 2017 New York Fashion Week presentation on September 10. 

The exclusive, early-release capsule will be sold on bananarepublic.com and at the brand’s Flatiron location in New York.I haven't got prices yet as these items are still to be released but here is a sneak peak at the Olivia collection. The english website is http://bananarepublic.gap.co.uk

The brand goes from a size 4 to an 18. It's a shame they do not have a plus section and go bigger but as they are an America brand their clothes are quite generous. I look forward to seeing this collection out soon. Great for work and a smart weekend away. 


Thursday, 8 September 2016

Clinique launches Gelato Creams for Body

Keep that Summer feeling with ice-cream inspired body creams. Clinique has announced the launch of its Gelato Creams for Body. The range offers three moisturising body creams that soothe and condition dry skin. With a lovely creamy, whipped sensation and moisturising ingredients this is definitely on my Christmas list! 
The Happy Gelato Cream for Body is formulated with citrus, West Indian mandarin flower, boysenberry bush, melati blossoms and spring mimosa. The Sugared Petals Gelato Cream for Body is formulated with neroli blossom, bergamot, orange, jasmine absolute, gardenia, cedar wood, white musk, and sandalwood. The Berry Blush Gelato Cream for Body is formulated with mandarin, raspberry, mango blossom, freesia, violet, peony, blonde woods, musk and amber. 
Priced at £28 available exclusively to Debenhams, launching October 2016.


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Monsoon Autumn Collection Wishlist Haul

Monsoon is one of my favourite shops because they combine beautiful textures with the most blendable colours. Every season they have a great pattern and colour mix and I love this soft plum and pretty print design they have for this Autumn 2016. 

1. Plum Luxe Dress and Bag

The plum colours in this dress really blend well so it is not a garish design. You could definitely wear this dress for work and then wear at the weekend for a dinner. I just love the accent of the dark plum bag too. Perfect for your brolly and a change of shoes. 
Florence Dress £89
Pandora Structured Saddle X Body Bag £29 

2. Cute Scarf and Textures 

I love this Harry Potter Mix Up Prep styling of the teddy coat, print skirt and cute blouse and how adorable is this scarf? The mix of textures really work because the colours are quite muted with he dash of plum. 
Teddy Borg Coat £129
Fern Long Scarf £15
Lace Frill Top £59
Embellished Skirt £109 

3. Dainty Dress and Plum Fur 

This dress is so elegant and perfect for Autumn evenings to the theatre or again you could probably wear this to work with some gorgeous chelsea boots. The plum fur stole is very luxe looking and the basic neutrals of the dress let you wear it without looking eccentric. 
Print Dress £89
Fur Scarf £32

4. Beautiful Checked Oversized Coat 

Look how snug this coat looks. I love the pastel greys which blend well with purple hues and will go with any outfit. I could imagine wearing this coat with a lovely pair of plain blue jeans and a polo neck and some lovely boots. 
Coat £199 

I hope you enjoy my Autumn Monsoon sneak peak x 


Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Primark Autumn Collection Buying Wishlist

I can't wait for Autumn and have a thing about coats, so I have been looking ahead at the lookbooks on the high street to see what plus size fashion is becoming available to buy in September 2016. 
Primark is very hit and miss with very hit and miss for me as either the clothes I can never get in the right size or I find amazing one off pieces that I keep for ages. Here I have found some great pieces that I have selected from the upcoming range that are just gorgeous and so reasonable on price. 

1. Cream Fur Coat 

I love fake faux coats. I think it must be the sixties wild child in me. Here is a gorgeous cream one that will be coming out. They also have it in a dusky pink which is also gorgeous. This one looks really plush and much more expensive than it's (£30)price tag. The colour means it is very wearable and you can dress it up or down. I'm not keen on the dress  or boots which are featured underneath the coat but if you want to know the prices its (Dress £18 and Boots £18).

2. Polo Neck and Leopard Skirt 

I really like this simple look for warmer Autumn nights. It is so simple yet edgy. I love the grey polo neck which you could then wear with everything and the skirt is also a great piece you could team with a black top or higher denier tights for colder evenings. It would also go great with the fur coat above. The bag is also quite cute and I love the crocodile effect. Top (£6), Skirt (£10) and Bag (£7).

3. Pretty Shirt 

This shirt is so classic and pretty, you could dress it up for work or wear it casual. I like the way it is so unusual and you could wear it way beyond this season. At £10 its a bargain! 

4. Parisian Chic Look 

I want to buy everything in this Parisian chic look! It's that just rolled out of bed on a Sunday and now I'm buying croissants in the bakery to take back to bed look. Effortless yet chic. The colours of raspberry in the hat and the navy in he coat go together really well and I love the boots. 
Long Coat (£30), Jumper (£14), Jeans (£13) Boots (£15). 

Hope you like my sneak peak! I'm off to my local Primark in September to stock up! x 


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

How To Shape And Define Your Eyebrows

How to Shape Your Eyebrows  
As a beauty therapist, I always get asked when doing eyelash treatments how clients can look after their eyebrows. Eyebrows should be a priority when doing your make-up or looking after your beauty regime as they really do frame your eyes. 
See here: Even if I am wearing no make-up I will always make sure I have some sort of eyebrow shape and then I just put on a flash of mascara blusher and lip-gloss. Without eyebrows I think I would look so washed out and pale.

Eyebrow shading is important for blonde ladies as no eyebrows and fair hair can make you look really washed out and pale. Darker haired ladies need to watch their shaping as darker hairs out of place can look messy and masculine and red haired ladies need to make sure that they get the right colour eyebrow shade as too light or too dark a shade can look odd and no one has red eyebrows. 

Eyebrow Kit:
Here are the things you will need to follow my step-by-step guideline on shaping 
and defining eyebrows. Once you have these things in your kit then they will last ages and you can easily do your eyebrows yourself instead of always getting them done at a salon: 
1. Jessica Purely Clean Sanitizer £19.95
- A pump sanitizer is great for sterilising your tweezers and hands for eyebrow shaping.
I really like the Jessica Purely Clean Sanitizer which is £19.95 (you can get it on Amazon) for a huge 251 ml bottle that will last you ages. It's actually a hand and foot santzer that cleanses and helps prevent the spreading of bacteria and germs. It has Triclosa and SD Alcohol in it to sterilise and help kill bacteria while Aloe Vera to soften and condition. It's the only sanitizer I have find which doesn't sting especially when you are dealing with plucking. 

2. Bioderma Hydrabio H20 £10.50 
This has only come across to the UK and I'm delighted as before I could only get it online or in Paris. It's the best Micellar water (Cleanser) I have ever used! This moisturises, cleanses and soothes dehydrated and sensitive skin. Again great if you are working with eyebrows that might have old make-up, hidden dirt or you are plucking. This can be used over eyes and the face and feels lovely to use because it is so gentle. 

3. Cotton Pads £1.75
Any cotton pads will do but get the bigger square or oval ones when doing beauty treatments as they are easier on the face surface and baby ones are always better as they re hypoallergenic. I always tend to use these Tesco Loves Baby ones as they are very soft. 

4. Magnifying Double Sided Mirror £5.49
You will definitely need a double sided mirror which has a magnifying side for any eye treatments. Here is an excellent one at a great price. 
 5. Ardell Brow Pomade £7.99
Brow Pomade used to be only available at salons so I am glad that Superdrug now stock this and at a great price too. Pomade is a much better wearing brow colour that you can use to fill in eyebrows that gives a much better natural result than some eyebrow pencils and looks a lot softer. If you are set on using brow pencils then Benefit do the best ones for that. Pomade has a powder and gel formulation so you can sculpt it and it usually lasts all day as it is smudge resistant. 
On one end of the applicator you have an amazing eyebrow make-up brush and on the other is an eyebrow brush which are essential for doing your eyebrows with. 

6. Sterex Cosmetic Cream in Light Tint £9.94

  • This is a beauty therapist secret product. If you are going to be plucking your eyebrows then you will have redness so it is not a good idea to apply make-up to the area for 24 hours due to infection risks. Therefore this cream has immediate soothing properties and has Triclosan which has antibacterial properties. The cream gives a light camouflage coverage similar to foundation and covers any redness. I like the cream in Light Tint shade as that tends to work on most skin tones however there is a clear and medium tint shade available as well. 
  • Sterex Cosmetic Cream 

7. Long Eyeshadow Brush £1.25

You'll need some eyeshadow brushes to mark where you need to shape your eyebrows and for applying neutral eyeshadow. These ones are a good buy from Amazon as they are lovely and soft and a great price. 

8. Tanya Burr Hollywood Eye Palette £5.99
You can use any eyeshadow palette you wish but when I do my eyebrows I like to set them off with neutral colours for a natural look. I love this Tanya Burr eyeshadow set as I use 
Nude Delight and Gold Coin on my eyelids for a warm shimmer look. The price of £5.99 for such a high pigmented palette is fantastic. 

9. MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish £24
If you are going to have really natural make-up to show off your eyebrows then a light sweep of this gorgeous peachy, bronzy highlighter adds depth added just under your eyebrow arch and in the inner corners of your eyes. A real make-up artist must have product! 

10. Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil £2.70

You will need an eyebrow pencil to shade in your points for plucking and shaping. I love this eye pencil as the price is great and the shade is just right for me in Hazel. The brush on the end is really handy too. 

11. Tweezerman Slant Tweezers
Ic an only work with these professional slant tweezers as they can grab the tiniest eyebrow hairs. Once you have a pair of these they will last you a lifetime and you just have to make sure you clean them with sanitizer (mentioned above) before and after each plucking session.  

Step-By-Step tutorial to shaping and defining brows

1. Clean away any old make-up or dirt from your eyebrow area with Hydrabio 
(Mentioned above or any gentle cleanser).

2. Position your eyeshadow brush and hold it beside your nostril straight up. This will give you the point at which you need to start your eyebrow shape. 

3. Pencil in where the eyebrow brush met the start of your eyebrow and add a line with your 
eyebrow pencil. 

4. Next position your eyebrow brush from the side of your nostril to the middle of your eye pupil and through to your eyebrow. Make a similar mark on this point of your eyebrow as this will determine your brow arch. 

5. Your last point to mark will be where your brow ends. Simply mark this spot by holding your eyeshadow brush from your nostril to the outer corner of your eye. Where the brush ends up in your brow is where you need to make your last mark with your eyebrow pencil. Repeat on your other eyebrow the same three points. 

6. You will now have three pencil marks as a guide for where your eyebrow should start, go as high as and end.

7. Comb through lashes with an eyelash wand or the end of your eyeliner pencil to separate eyebrow hairs so they are clearer to see. This is on the end of the Eyebrow pomade applicator. 

8. Next sterilise your tweezers with your sanitizer and start plucking your eyebrows within your three points below the brow, above the brow and in-between your eyebrows. Use your magnified mirror side for this bit. Pull the skin away from you as you pluck for painless removal. Use slanted tweezers to catch all the small hairs. 

9. After plucking your eyebrows might look a bit tender so add some Sterex Cosmetic Cream (mentioned above) to soothe your eye area and take away any redness. Smooth this all over your eyelid up to your brow bone. 

10. Now apply your brow pomade in a lovely eyebrow shape and rub out the markers you had as 
you go. Use the Ardell brush for application. 

11. When you first apply the eyebrow pomade it will be really strong and your eyebrows will look a bit slug like. Once you have your basic shape though run an eyebrow brush through it to make it look more natural and dab down any darker bits with a tissue. 
12. I like to finish off my eyebrows with a tiny bit of eyebrow pencil on the ends just because I love definition but you don't have to do this. 

14. The apply a light eyeshadow below your eyebrow bone and over your eyelid. I like Tanya Burr Hollywood palette for neutral warm tones. (Mentioned above) 

15. For a final touch of glamour and to accentuate your eyebrow shape even more add MAC Soft and Gentle Finish (Mentioned above) add some of this powder below your brow bone and in your inner eyelid corners. This will open up your eye. I also like to sweep this powder down my nose, on my cupid's bow and on my cheekbones to wake up my whole face. 

16. Here is the finished effect as you can see I am only wearing tinted moisturiser, a light coating of mascara, lipgloss and I have my newly shaped and defined eyebrows done- what a difference! 

Please feel free to ask me any eyebrow questions below and let me know how you shape your eyebrows. 

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