Jan 31, 2013

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Pantone Calendar for a pretty new year


Pantone is well known for its dazzling array of color options and cutesy shade selections- seriously, who doesn’t love the names they come up with- and I’m rather taken with the Pantone 2013 Color Your World calendar as not only does it cleverly blend some great shades, but it also gives us a pretty pair of lips to look at for February.

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Jan 24, 2013

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LeParcel- the beauty delivery box for THAT time of the month

Beauty boxes were big business last year, and they show no signs of slowing down. It’s easy to order everything from sneak peeks of new lipsticks to products for curly hair- and they’ve just added a new timely beauty box line to the current offerings. Called Le Parcel, this monthly box is designed to always get to you on time.. as you’ll need it.

Yes, this is tampons and pads BY MAIL. Each box comes with a selection of 30- and you can choose by brand and flow. Additionally you’ll get a bar of chocolate (mm) and a surprise- anything from a cute watch to some hair ties based on previous boxes. The boxes are timed to arrive 5 days before you ‘start’ so there shouldn’t be any mishaps and the packaging is pretty adorable.

They make ordering a simple process, and allow you to cancel ‘if things change’, and you won’t get charged if its within five days of delivery.

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Dec 31, 2012

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Nail Rock BodyRock Glitter Tattoo Review

Temporary body tattoos were one of those things we thought we left in the 90′s, along with gummy bracelets, Rainbow Strike and Milkybars. However, recent years have seen temporary tattoos take on a life of their own- chiefly with the help of Chanel and their rather stunning leg decorations- and steep Chanel like pricetag. NailRock, the creators of the stunning nail decals that we love to play with decided to create a rather more wallet friendly line of temporary body art, and I’ve been [playing with some of them in light of it being the holiday season.

I’ve been trying the Body Rock Glitter pack, which contains three sheets of different gold glitzy tattoos, and as I LOVE stars, I just had to go for them.

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Dec 8, 2012

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AK47 Sunglasses from Jeremy Scott and Linda Farrow

Nothing says serious glamour like some hardcore weaponry, and these bling silver and gold gun-inspired frames add a certain element to any outfit. Now, you’ll have to judge if that is goof or not, but you won’t go un-noticed in these. Designer Jeremy Scott- known for being edgy- and classic sunglasses designer Linda Farrow have collaborated to create these designs, that blur the line between war-chic and good taste.

I think there’s something rather striking about them, and that if you weren’t looking closely you could almost miss the guns- those double takes will be entertaining. The frame shape would flatter most faces and the color choices are pretty classic.

Would you fire up this look? (sorry, pun-central today)

380 Euros from French store Colette

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Nov 27, 2012

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The Hair Museum: Centuries of hair on show

Stars like Lady GaGa and Nicki Minaj have made us re-evaluate the way we look at hair. Hair is no longer seen as a grooming device, it’s art ans parcel of somebody’s look and has been elevated to art form with Lady GaGa’s hair bows and Nicki Minaj’s candy colored hair wigs. They might be bringing this to public attention, but Leila Cohoon has been advocating hair as an art form for many years now.

Leila own the Leila Hair Museum in Missouri, and has curated over 500 hair wreaths and 2000 pieces of jewelry made of HUMAN HAIR. Yes, that’s right, people wore jewelry made of human hair. Leila traces back many of her objects to the Victorian period when using hair in artwork was more common and it was either used as a bodily adornment or as a memorial piece. Some of the items have more than just hair in them- bone fragments and blood might also be part of some of the wreaths!

It’s hard to know what to make of this- Leila is clearly very passionate about hat she does, and it’s interesting that it exists but it’s hard to refrain from feeling a little bit icky at the amount of old hair/blood/bones adorning the walls.

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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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