Nov 12, 2012

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Crowned Bird Collection: Priscilla Barroso is one to watch

Priscilla Barroso might not be a name I was immediately familiar with, but once I saw her striking collection for Crowned Bird, I knew I needed to get acquainted quickly.

Her Fall 2012 collection provides a bold splash of color onto tailored dresses and cropped T-shorts, and her use of details adds an extra flourish to the outfits. I love the ruffles on he shirts, and that she’s combining her love of retro prints with a modern aesthetic, creating something vibrant and fun. There’s a playful element to all the clothes- which is doubly captured by the stunning lookbook images (love those long false lashes!)

The line practically exudes youth out of every piece of fabric, and the shots chosen are captivating.

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Nov 8, 2012

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Beauty Blogger Link Love@ Nov 2012

Tanisa over at Steal My Heart Lovee shares her recently purchased YSL Lipsticks. They’re perfect for the fall season.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed discovers the perfectly messy quiff ponytail at My Funny Valentine.

Still figuring out how to get the perfect high-impact, low-effort eyes? Then you’re in luck: this week at theNotice, Rae has an easy, long-wearing smokey black eyeshadow tutorial for you!

Love red lips? Madame B Fatale’s new pictorial will show you how to make your lipstick last longer!

Fleurissante has found the perfect 2 in 1 product for a fresh look: Sisley Phyto Ombre Eclat in Garden Rose.

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Nov 7, 2012

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Sexy Celebrity Spectacle wearers (who don’t need to wear glasses!)

Skinny jean wearing Shoreditch hipsters have helped reinvent the idea of glasses from nerdy to nerd-licious and celebrities have been hooking up to this trend and proudly baring four eyes in public.

Many of the celebrities who have been seen sporting glasses are trying to perpetuate the sexy geek stereotype, and some manage this marvellously, while others fail spectacularly. To celebrate how gorgeous girls in glasses can be I’m going to share with you a few of my favourite sexy glasses wearing celebs.

Zoeey Deschanel

OK, it’s true that her inane perkiness and kooky mentality can be a little grating, but she definitely rocks the extra lenses. She has opted for  a frame shape that’s bold and the tortoiseshell design of the frames draw attention to her porcelain skin and flowing hair.

Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Jessica Alba can rock pretty much any look, but we think she captures innocence and smartness with these pretty oval frames.

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Nov 5, 2012

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Plus sized Beauty Pageant in Israel: Yay or Nay?

Women in society today are constantly objectified. Billboards, television, even the smiling woman on the Special K cereal we eat suggests we need to look and be a certain way to be ‘approved’. Many things factor into approval- age, hair color, skin color- and these are all represented constantly in certain parameters. However, one thing is fairly constant in the Western world, which is that of body size.

Thin is considered beautiful and angular cheekbones and designers who create garments for prepubescent girls aimed at adult women perpetuate this body hatred and awkwardness that many people have as they age and develop.

In light of this, is it refreshing that Israel created a beauty pageant that required every contestant to weigh a minimum of 176 pounds? On one hand, it’s great to celebrate that women can be beautiful no matter what size, but on the other hand it’s still a PAGEANT which whole objective is about JUDGING and LOOKING at women, so isn’t the very notion of pageantry flawed? Sure, women OF ALL SIZES are beautiful, but this is a competition about JUDGING beauty, and rating people against eachother, which is part of the whole thinspiration problem.

It’s no longer about saying women can be lovely whatever their size, the issue is that women ARE ALREADY lovely, and size is insignificant- as are looks. Sure, we can look at Michaelangelo’s face charts and map out even faces, but that again is against the point I’m making. We need to STOP looking at women as mere masses of weight and start seeing them as people.

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Oct 26, 2012

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L’Oreal Mythic Oil : Hair gold in a pot

Bleaching and heat tools do not a healthy hair of head make, so L’Oreal’s Mythic Oil mask has been my secret tool in keeping my tresses in shape. This product is easy to use- you simply shampoo your hair as normal and then apply a healthy dollop of the Mythic Oil Mask to the ends of your hair. The product has a light yellowish tinge to it, and I love how it has a nice thick texture, making it really adhere to your hair and enabling you to carefully comb it through the ends (helps prevent tangling at a later stage).

Mythic Oil is from the L’Oreal Professionnel  range, which offers (in my opinion) a slightly higher level of haircare products, and there are multiple Mythic Oil options to choose from- a dedicated shampoo and conditioner as well. You are advised to leave the mask on for around 3 minutes and I like to aim for about five as my hair needs some serious TLC.

It rinses off easily and you can already tell how nourished the hair is from this, as it runs like silk through your fingers as you shower out the product. The secret to this product is in the ingredient list- naturally- which contains Argan Oil, Avocado and Cotton Seed Oil to leave hair shiny and silky, and taming all those flyaways that frustrate me so (well, for a day or so at least).

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Oct 22, 2012

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Beauty Blogging Link Love October

Have you tried the new Burberry Lip Velvets yet? Take a look at Sophie’s glowing review at Makeup Wonderland!

Phyrra goes from nude to vampy with her Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tars review, part one.

Still on the fence about the whole split-fibre brush trend? Then you can’t miss Rae’s review of the Sephora + Pantone Universe Enchanting Dual-Sided Brush Set on theNotice — it might just change your mind.

Bun Bun Makeup Tips shares about her Holy Grail eyelash primer! Find out what she has to say about the Diorshow Lash Plumping Serum!

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Oct 19, 2012

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Halloween Makeup from MAC: Hunger Games, Catwoman and more!

Halloween is coming, and I’m VERY excited. I may not have worked out what costume/ crazy makeup/ insanely long wig to wear yet, but I do know that I’m going to be drooling over all the makeup on the night. Happily, MAC makeup artist Moises Ramirez has given me some inspiration with his stunning face charts showcasing some cool beauty looks- and costume suggestions.

Hunger Games- Effie Trinket Makeup

Marilyn Monroe

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Oct 17, 2012

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Hybris Cosmetics: Prototype prestige packaging

There’s something very exciting about a prototype. Sure, it may never happen, but I love the ingenuity and creativity that goes into the manufacturing and mockups of possible packaging.. and some things we look at today might be the big hitters tomorrow. May I remind you of the wet/dry straighteners and the cleansers with attached brush heads? They all started life like this, and look how big they got!

Hybris is the inspiration of Israeli Dafna Aizenberg. She was told to create a brand that drew inspiration from ‘Urbanity, Pedro Almodovar’s creations, fashion and a paint shop’, for her branding course.  (don’t you love vague school projects?)

What she came up with was Hybris, a design that manages to look both decadent and delicious, with a candy like exterior that would definitely fall into the gourmand section of Harrods.

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Oct 13, 2012

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Dangerous Nail Files at the Conran Shop

Nail files can be dangerous tools in the hands of the uninitiated and a rough file can be torturous- think nails on a blackboard! This just got taken up a scare notch with the launch of the Dangerous Nail File range. Each nail file resembles the types of tool you’d expect Dexter to have in his homicidal maniac/ serial killer kit and you can pick from Gun, knife, axe, cleaver and more. Designed by  Shelly Getzendanner from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, they bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘bad manicure’.

These are on sale at the Conran Shop for £7.85 each and should make a gruesome present for someone you love/hate.

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Oct 12, 2012

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Kinky Web Comic for Curly Afro Hair

I’m a big fan of web comics- they’re an easy way to lighten the day, and make those first few minutes of school/work go that much quicker. I just discovered the comic Kinky and Carl E.Stranz which focuses around Kinky, a superhero lady with natural kinky hair and a seriously bad ass attitude. She’s a ballsy wisecracking feminist, and she take no trash talk from anyone. I love how this comic has a strong funny female character, and it’s also good to address just how hard it is to look after Afro hair, an area which is notoriously absent from mainstream publications.

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