Monday, 29 August 2016

Get the Look: 5 Spring/Summer 2016 Hair Accessories Trends


1.) Fruit Hair Crowns

While flower accessories are often associated with spring and summer, summer fruits are rarely used, leave it to Dolce and Gabanna to ring the changes. They had models wearing brightly coloured fruit hair crowns. I found two similar designs, one shares the same slimmer shape but one features lemons as well as oranges and is greener in appearance made by Dolce Couture on Etsy (£52.71p) The other is darker in colour because it features cherries, and is made by Elvie Jewelry Dreams on Etsy (£38.76p.) If you're handy with a glue gun then there's also a D.I Y post on Modcloth's blog here. 

Much bigger fruit crowns were also spotted - their influence could be African with women carrying food on their heads or classical Greek depicting women with fruit to symbolise fertility and health. I found a really good match on Etsy by  Jezebel's Fascinations for £23.17. The other is slimmer and features lemons is also from Etsy at Makliha's shop  priced at £93.02.

Left Dolce and Gabanna Centre Etsy Dulce Couture  Right Etsy Elvie Jewelry Dreams 

Left Dolce and Gabbana, Imaxtree,  Centre Right Etsy Jezebel's Fascination, Right Etsy Makliha 


2.Flowers

From the dark and dramatic to more traditional pastel shades, flowers were worn by many models on the catwalk. Marchesa went for big and theatrical with an oversized floral fascinator that wouldn't be out of place at Ascot or The Grand National. A close match by MetamorphDK on Etsy retains the gothic drama although much more wearable is this black rose hair crown by Maha Maha  Creations on Etsy for a bargain at  £7.44.

Flowers were also on the Diana Von Furstenberg catwalks, some were bright and some were in pastel shades. This beautiful floral hair comb by Asos (£8) fits the bill - did I mention how pretty it is?  Also this trio of small pastel flowers from Claire's Accessories (£5) are also very similar.
Left Marchesa Centre MetamorphDK, Etsy, Right Etsy Maha Maha Creations 


Left Diane Von Furstenberg  Centre ASOS  Right Claires Accesories 






 3. Metallic and Diamante Hair Clips

At Marc Jacobs hair clips ranged from diamante ellipses to  a straight bar. Very similar diamante clips can be found at New Look , £3.99 for 4 clips. The nearest diamante bar clip I could find was the one by Scunci at Boots for £6.99.

Over at Rodarte these antique golden-bronze floral clips were worn by all their models. Love Rocks have a 2 pack comb set one of which looks very similar though a little lighter in colour, they can be found on ASOS for £22 (sounds expensive but works out as £11 each.) Another clip I found is handcrafted in leather by Aussie Tropical Design on Etsy and is £13.18.

Left Marc JacobsJamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs Centre Left-  Ellipse Clips New Look Centre Right Marc Jacobs Right Scunci Boots 
Left Rodarte Indigital Images.com Centre Love Rocks ASOS  Right Etsy Aussie Tropical Design


4. Head bands and Hair Bands

Hair bands dominated the AW 15-16 shows and continue their popularity in the spring and summer shows. Chanel went for metallic silver hair bands, notably a twisted version, I've found a really similar one on Etsy by Tatishotties (£50.39) as well as a diamente version from Claire's (£10). Moncler Game Rouge had various white floral headbands that looked fresh, clean and summery ,this white chiffon one from Tily's (£5.18) is a close match. Asos has a limited edition soft lace headband for (£10.)


Left Chanel Chanel Centre Etsy,  Tatishotties Right Claire's Accessories (£7)

Left  Moncler Gamme Rouge,Imaxtree  Centre Tilys, Right ASOS







5 Tiaras

New for the S/S 2016 season were tiaras, cause every girl deserves to be treated like a princess- at least for a few hours anyway! At Saint Laurent they were very traditional looking and I've managed to find really close matches to the tiaras on the catwalk and they're all under £13! The one on the left- the mini pearl and crystal heart tiara is by Jon Richard and is currently on sale for £12 at Debenhams.  The diamante Ellipse Tiara in the centre picture is very similar to the one found in Martyn's Store and is £12.  The final tiara on the right is more unusual but New Look do a great copy for £12.99.

All Saint Laurent 
Left Jon Richard Debenhams Centre Martyn' Stiore  Right New Look

Will you be wearing any of these hair accessories trend this summer? 


Sunday, 21 August 2016

My summer Legs Routine



This summer I have been reading lots of Lindsey Kelk's books while sunning myself in the garden- which has been so relaxing it's something I'd recommend to everyone! Anyway I thought I'd share my summer legs routine with you all.

Since I have sensitive sensitive skin and eczema on my knees and ankles I usually mix Oilatum oil with salt to create a body exfoiliator. For dimple free skin I suggest body brushing, using a bristle brush on dry skin brushing towards your heat is supposed to improve circulation, lymphatic drainage and beat cellulite as well as exfoliating, and this one from Sanctuary also has rubber nodules to massage the skin. Although it doesn't completely eradicate cellulite Cowshed Slender Cow Extra Firming Body Butter does the next best thing which is to drastically reduce the appearance of cellulite, so that your thighs and bum look a lot firmer and smoother, basically 10 times better than before. It contains sweet orange, grapefruit, ylang ylang and mandarin red essential oils to stimulate and tone the skin and the carrot seed oil helps to break down toxins. It has a herbal scent due to the essential oils but it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin and is the only cream I've tried that works. It makes a big difference and worth the price tag. The next step in my routine is shaving. If you have dry or sensitive skin go for a shaving cream that doesn't contain sulphates since they can strip the skin of naturally occurring oils. Use a sharp blade because duller ones need more pressure to shave leading to more friction and razor burn. I recently bought  Vaseline's Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser, it may sound like a gimmick , but spraying moisturiser on your body feels so refreshing and cooling in the heat. It also cuts down the time spent rubbing in and you don't have to wait ages before dressing. The one I picked up was the aloe version which smelt nice and fresh. It's not greasy and leaves you with soft skin but it's not what I'd call intensive, so if you're after a more moisturising boost then Garnier's Ultimate Beauty Oil is both lightweight and rich. Having eczema I've always been wary of using fake tanners on my legs, so I stuck to bronze shimmery body creams instead. However The Body Shop's Honey Bronze Tinted Leg mist  is great for a matte, realistic tan.  It's a wash off formula for fair to medium skin tones, paraben free and smells like fruit punch.  It can be layered, for my olive skin tone I used two layers (I use Bobbi Brown warm sand foundation for reference) but one layer would be enough for fair skin tones. I would leave a gap between moisturising and applying this, as moisturising seemed to dilute the colour and apply patchily. It does dry quickly and doesn't transfer or rub off but can be removed with soap and water. Finally after all that hard work and pampering it's time to make the most of the summer we have left!

Friday, 19 August 2016

13 Spring Summer 2016 Makeup Trends

1. Candy Apple & Classic Reds

This trend is all about having 'Snow White Apple Red' lips. As you can see there are different interpretations of a Snow White apple red lips and the good thing is it can be in any finish you like,  satin at Dolce and Gabbana  glossy at Nina Ricci and Acne or matte at Celine.

Left CELINE Imaxtree Centre NINA RICCI Imaxtree Right DNKY Imaxtree
Left JASON WU Imaxtree Centre DOLCE AND GABBANA Imaxtree Right ACNE Imaxtree


2. Vampire Lips
Unusually for spring and summer trends, the dark vampy lips from the autumn/winter 2015-2016 remains in fashion. From the dark ombre lips at Anna Sui to Oxblood red at Burberry and Armani. Matte lips that were purple tinged black were seen at Miu Miu and Cushnie et Ochs, while Givenchy went for a dark glossy lip.

Left ANNA SUI Imaxtree Centre BURBERRY Burberry Right MIU MIU Imaxtree

Left CUSHNIE ET OCHS Imaxtree Centre EMPORIUM ARMANI  Imaxtree Right GIVENCHY Imaxtree







3. Blue is the Hottest Colour
As far as eye makeup goes there seemed to be an overwhelming pattern of blue across the catwalks. Phillip Lim 3.1 added subtle turquoise liner to the lower inner corner of the eyes balancing it with liner drawn on the upper outer corner of the eye while at Ihuiller models wore turquoise across the whole lid. Boss adopted a darker sky blue for the eyelids. At Tod's models wore light blue mascara. Diane Von Furstenberg had models made up in turquoise and green makeup while Jonathan Saunders saw dark almost purple blue kohl rimmed lids. Missoni went for a dramatic graphic eye, which looked amazing on darker skinned models with the blue shadow sometimes going over the brow. Sonia Rykiel went for a dark blue smoky eye and while Marc Jacobs went for a sweaty careless worn off eye makeup the effect was the same as a smoky eye.
Left PHILLIP LIM 3.1 Centre BOSS Imaxtree Right TOD'S Imaxtree

Left JONATHAN SAUNDERS Centre IHUILLER Imaxtree Right SONIA RYKIEL Imaxtree

Left MISSONI Centre MARC JACOBS Nars Right DIANNE VON FURSTENBERG

4. Going for Gold

Prada went for stand out gold lips, while Creatures of the Wind paired a Winehouse thick cat eye with gold glitter. Alberta Ferretti  went for a subtle wash of gold on the eyes and lower lash line to match the gold coiled hair.



Left ALBERTA FERRETTI Centre CREATURES OF THE WIND Right PRADA Indigital













5. Pastel Colours

Soft pastel colours in 'sunset' shades around the eyes was a trend spotted at Giambattista Valli (pink) and at Derek Lam (orange.) Pastel shades were blended together around the eyes at Alexis Mabille together with a pink blush applied high up on the cheekbone.

Left GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Centre ALEXIS MABILLE Right DEREK LAM


6. Minimal Makeup and Thick Brows

The minimal makeup look aka the no makeup look was also popular with designers including Victoria Beckham, Alexander Mcqueen and Hermes.
Thick but angled brows were seen across the catwalk at Victoria Beckham, Christopher Kane and at Pucci. Ann Demeulemeester had straighter lower thick brows on models.
Left VICTORIA BECKHAM Centre ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Right HERMES
Left ANN DEMEULEMEESTER  Centre EMILO PUCCI Getty Images Right CHRISTOPHER KANE Nars
   
7. Bright Colour and Neon 

Eye catching and creative, these bright colour looks are more suited to editorial makeup, but
neon yellow from I'm Isola Marras probably the most wearable followed by Yohji Yamamoto's neon stripe down the face. At Issey Mikaye, makeup artist Alex Box blew MAC pigments through a straw to get the splashes of colour. You can see photos of her in action The Fashion Spot here.  The rest are like a decorative eye masks of art and I can easily imagine the rainbow seen at Betsey Johnson on faces at the Pride festival or for Halloween makeup as Rainbow Brite.
Left MAISON MARGIELA  Centre VIVIENNE  WESTWOOD Right  ISSEY MIYAKE Imaxtree

Left I'M ISOLA MARRAS Centre YOHJI YAMAMOTO  Right BETSEY JOHNSON

  
8. Sequins and Glitter

At Ashish multi-coloured round sequins were glued to models eyelids and up towards the brow bone and some more added to the top of the hair, this looked stunning on their black models. At Manish Arora sequins and glitter were added to dark blue eye makeup creating a look like stars the night sky. Giambattista Valli went for a glittery thicker version of Fendi with a glitter eyebrow shape drawn beneath the brows. At Delpozo moderls wore a little smattering of silver glitter which is probably the most wearable of these looks. Nicopanda saw models faces with generous clouds of the glitter around the face which glittered and gave a dreamy ethereal look. Creatures of the Wild had an ancient Egyptian Cleopatra gold and black look going on which looked stunning on the darker models.


Left ASHISH Centre GIAMBATTISTA VALLI Right MANISH ARORA


Left DELPONZO Centre NICOPANDA Right CREATURES OF THE WIND Getty Images

9. Cat Eye
I don't think the cat eye trend will ever really go away. Spring Summer 2016 saw big bold Amy Winehouse cat eyes at Creatures of the Wild, block graphic cat eyes in bright colours at Cividini and subtle flicks at Moschino.

Left CIVIDINI Centre MOSCHINO Getty Images Right CREATURES OF THE WILD

10. Under Lines

This trend involves emphasising the lower lid with black kohl like EachxOther or creating a more smoky sexy look.at Issa by lining the waterline as well. Tadashi Shoji used thin strips of metallic tape on models lower lid instead that actually highlighted dewy skin adding a more precise and futuristic look.

Left EACHXOTHER Centre ISSA Right TADASHI SHOJI

11. Unconventional Liner
I think this trend is probably the least likely to catch on, just because it's not as wearable as the others
Jeremy Scott drew bold cat eyes with thick triangular lashes, paired with sixties beehive and voluminous hair which softened the bold look a little. At Fendi eyebrows were bleached and then drawn underneath in thick black liner. Star Wars inspired liner was seen at Chanel Haute Couture.
Left JEREMY SCOTT Centre FENDI Imaxtree Right CHANEL HAUTE COUTURE

12. Doll Like Lashes
A trend that's continued from the autumn winter shows is the wide eyed twiggy/doll like eye lashes. At Francesco Scognamiglio thick coats of mascara were applied and lashes fanned out for the twiggy effect. Over at Marni extra long, wide spaced / individual false eye lashes were applied to models for a starry/ spider look. At Louis Vuitton thick false eye lashes were applied to the outer corners of the eyes for a Japanese style Manga effect.

Left  LOUIS VUITTON Imaxtree Centre FRANCESCO SCOGNAMIGLIO Right MARNI Imaxtree


 13. Bronzer and Glow

Summertime is for getting a healthy glow to the skin. Bronzed and sun kissed models appeared at Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger with their California Beach Bunny look and at Alberta Ferretti with gold coils/bands in the hair.

Left RALPH LAUREN Imaxtree Centre TOMMY HILFIGER Getty Images Right ALBERTA FERRETTI Imaxtree













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