Aug 7, 2011

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Jouer Cosmetics from Cult Beauty: The LEGO of makeup

I’m no stranger to Jouer Cosmetics, but I can’t say the same for the rest of the UK. They’ve had various successes overseas, and they’re now going to be stocked by Cult Beauty, an online compendium for brands that are off the UK radar (well, initially anyways).

Known (by me) as the LEGO of the makeup world, the USP of the Jouer Cosmetics brand is that everything slots together- small grooves run up the sides of the blush, powder- event the glosses!- and you can mix and match and slide them around with ease. It’s a fairly firm groove, so once it’s attached it stays like that, and is a handy way of compacting your, uh, compacts. You can even slot things around back to back- ideal!

There’s more to the products than just quirkiness though, the powders are well pigmented and flattering too wear, the lip glosses have just enough shimmer with gloopiness and their bronzer has an SPF39- and is a universally flattering colour.

Pick and choose your products over on CultBeauty.

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Aug 7, 2011

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Dior Silver and White Nail Varnish for Christmas

Dior has offered us a sneak peak of their Christmas limited collection and it’s rather lovely. Featuring two slick polishes in white and silver (£17.50) they are rather beautiful in their simplicity. The silver is multi toned with reflective pigments and will be a great addition to the tree, whilst the white is more angelic and the opaqueness adds a little classiness to the traditional LBD. I’m torn on which I’d choose- perhaps the white for sheer novelty?

They’ll be exclusive to Selfridges later this year.

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Aug 7, 2011

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Raven wings keep your jewellery tangle free

I have a lot of pretty necklaces and rings and they often get horribly tangled. This is a great design by THORUNN ARNADOTTIR  as not only does it keep your earrings and bangles tangle free, it makes it look like they are adorning wings- proud and upright and turning a jewellery tidy into a piece of art work!

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Aug 7, 2011

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Closet Dorothy Perkins Changing room snapping

 

I have a hard figure to dress. I’m not skinny, I have hips and boobs- OK, much like any British woman.  I can’t do high fashion as clothes don’t drape from me- they hang, a tent woman is never a good look. I love the Closet brand (stocked in  Dorothy Perkins ) as they seem to really tailor for a woman with curves and they fit my size 12/10 frame exceptionally well, nipping in at the waist and allowing room for my bosom (would you prefer the word breasticles) which is a 30G (latest Bravissimo fitting). Their latest range is full of Cadbury’s coloured purple dresses, glinting greens and slick white shifts. I went a little snap happy in the dressing room- you’ll have to help me choose which dress to buy!

Closet Purple flared shift dress (above)

I know this looks blue in the picture, but I promise it’s purple- think the camera setting may have just brightened up the shade. I like the two flap pockets and the cut on the neck, but I don’t know if this flatters- think I look a little hippy here.

This dress is rather lovely.  A classic A line flared skirt with a nipped in waist and  a tapered neckline. The included gold belt sets off the cream nicely, and the Jacquard print is lightly embellished (see close up above).

I tried this green dress in a size 10, and it might be slightly too small- see what I mean? The colour is lovely though, bright and foresty and the style is a perfect clone of Victoria Beckham’s classy bodycon line. This might be a yes.. but there’s more to come.

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Aug 7, 2011

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Soap up with Thundercats in celebration of the new show!


I loved the Thundercats show in the Eighties and was hesitant about whether a new version would be any good. Thankfully I was proved wrong as it’s totally awesome (so far) with slick graphics,  great voices and fast paced action.

To celebrate the new show, a great geeky soap site is offering a FREE Thundercats soap with any order over $40, or you can just buy it on its own. Here’s how they describe it;

‘Scented Third Earth. Clean rain, wet dirt and hints of fresh ozone.’ 

I want! This may be your only way to ever holding the Eye of Thundera- so you better order fast.

Get it for $6.99 from Luxury Lane soaps. The soaps here are paraben and sulplate free for extra Brownie points.

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Aug 7, 2011

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MAC Colourizations Collection is lovely

I’m a big fan of MAC Cosmetics collections and the  MAC Colourizations collectionsounds great. Available are Eye Duos which combines strange shades that will make the eyes pop. At first glance the Duos look mismatched but look further and you’ll start to see the eclectic looks you can create. There are 8 pairings of shades in sleek black compacts and the banana/blue combo has given me serious thought to style and looks- I feel inspired and am glad they are making people think with their beauty, as slapping on a neutral is really dull.

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Aug 1, 2011

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Pro Nailz knuckle dusters- acrylic nails meet gold and bronze!

I love rings, I love nail varnish, I love nail art, Put them together and what do you get? Erm, knuckle dusters with painted acrylic nails as the stones. This isn’t the first strange use of nails we’ve seen, but I simply can’t make my mind up about these. They are part of the ‘Costume Costume’ exhibition, showcased by the Opulent Projects and created by Islay Taylor, and he used precious materials such as gold plated bronze to hold the coloured nails. I like that they’re being playful and the name ‘Pro Nailz’ is cute, but I just don’t know if I’d want to wear these. Perhaps they’re just too busy and if there was less going on I’d be more attracted? I am a huge knuckle duster fan so I think they might grow on me.. I just don’t know.

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Jul 30, 2011

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Collection 2000 Hot Looks Nail Polish to get some Wintery new additions


Collection 2000 are a long term fave brand of mine- cheap products that deliver and you never need to fee guilty about buying them. They have nails hades in soooo many colours and their Hot Looks Nail Polish range is a personal favourite of mine. Here we have four sultry winterish shades with a decadent forties vibe, and YES I know it’s summer- that’s why we look forward to this, not rave about it now. With names like Jitterbug, Starlet and Shimmy Shake (I’ll leave you to work out which is which) I think they’ll be dazzling for winter and the gold is top of my nail lust list.

In Superdrug from the 31st August, £1.79 each.

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Jul 27, 2011

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Red or Dead Release Me : First fragrance in the Red or Dead Family!

Red or Dead is a brand I’ve had an on-off love affair with for years. They do a lot I really like- they have great colours, a stunning array of tights; glasses frames that are slick and stylish and some very cool shoes. The fashion hasn’t always excited me that much though- but the fact they’re going into scent is exciting.

Called Red or Dead Release Me, you can look forward to a floral scent with a yummy coconut base. Notes include rose and plum on the top with a muskier base of  tuberose, coconut and cedarwood. The bottle is super cute- a little silver birdcage, and I love that it comes in a tin box- perfect for storing jewellery.

The image used in their shoot is stunning as well- and makes me think seriously about going the redhead route. They showed some stills from the shoot on their Facebook page and its nice to see behind the brand.

It will be £25 for 50ml from the 1st September 2011.

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Jul 25, 2011

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Fantasy hairwear from PuppycatMeow

I love dressing up. I have a special place in my heart for those who take their love of makeup into the realms of fantasy, and cosplay queens, manga girls and harajuku honeys make me all warm and gooey inside; unicorns and bunnies oh my! I recently found a great Etsy store where the seller specializes in a variety of hair extensions, hair pieces and cool fantasy wigs which give the wearer an amazing decadent Sailor Moon eesque vibe.

Created by PuppyCatMeow there are so many options to choose from, whether you’re going for a steampunk look or an escaped from LOTR movie style. She can take individual orders and hair can be colour matched to your own if you’re looking at her cool buns and braids.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces. Part of the reason I like them so much is the HUGE attention to detail- not only are the pieces great but the styling and makeup is spot on and you do feel transformed somewhere else when you look at the images.

The Rosette barette is really cute, kinda Leia and kinda GaGa headphone hair at the same time, and definitely wearable.

 

This is an easy to wear piece- the catchy named 3-small-rosettes-made-of-hair-wig-slides. Cute, huh?

Check out her store for more pieces.

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