Olivia Palermo Launches Her Style Blog

Get ready to hyperventilate … My ultimate style and beauty crush, Olivia Palermo has launched her much anticipated style blog this week.

Great news if you’re OP obsessed, like me! Now you can find out EXACTLY how to steal her style – thanks to her brand new blog where she explains her outfits in detail and reveals where she shops! And it’s not all out-of-your-league designer stuff either. OP is a big fan of the high street, particularly the British one!

Check out the blog here and if that’s not enough to feed your obsession, sign up to her new newsletter.

Kate Moss for Rimmel Lipstick Shade 08

I liked shade 5 sooo much (read the review here) that I bought another.

Shade 8 – I’m still really annoyed that they didn’t come up with sexier names like Mossy Mauve – is a muted pink. I went to a ball at the weekend sporting plum smoky eyes. I didn’t want to clash with bold lips so opted for this soft pink and it worked really well.

As with shade 5, it’s soft, moisturising and velvetty. It’s long lasting and smells gorgeous.

Shades 1,2,3,4,5,8,12

At £5.49 they represent really great value and are now available, 3 for 2, at both Boots and Superdrug stores in the UK.

Beauty Crush – Olivia Palermo

Long since been one of my style crushes, she’s fast becoming a beauty crush too. It’s easy to get distracted by her enviable style, glossy hair and super long pins, but Ms Palermo’s got it going on in the make up stakes too!

Pictured here at the Green Auction in New York yesterday with lightly smoked eyes, rose coral lips and cheeks.

What’s more she rocks long hair, short hair, blonde or brunette, I don’t know whether to LOVE her or HATE her!

Brown eyes, mega lashes and pretty pink lips

Perfecting the Minimal Look

And the Bronzed Goddess

Jealous me? Hell yeah!

THIS BLOG HAS NOW MOVED, KEEP READING AT http://beautyandlechicblog.blogspot.com/

 

The LOOK Show 2011

I had a great time yesterday at The LOOK Magazine fashion show, once I fought my way through the crowds at Westfield Stratford City – seriously I’ve never seen so many people in one place!

We were greeted with champagne and a fabulous goodie bag (more on that later) I met some fellow bloggers and industry insiders, which was fab The show itself was a great display of the wonderful British highstreet, as for the beauty it was all polished skin, chizzelled cheeks, bright and bold lips and backcombed hair - 4 of my favourite trends. Sarah Harding modelled, Dionne Bromfield performed and Alicia Dixon, Kelis and Kimberly Wyatt watched on from the front row.

Now for the pics…

Sarah Harding opened the show

Dionne Bromfield rocked the show and looked great – can you believe she’s just 16!

Top Make up looks from the show

Bold lips

Sculpted Cheeks

Best pout ever?

Top Fashion Pics

Pussybows, Leopard print, Floppy hats and more!

One to watch

Some exciting news, Look are launching their own make up range. I picked up some samples in the goodie bag so watch this space for a review.

Bring back the brows!

Eyebrows are back and they’re bigger and better than before, at least that’s the plan. I love eyebrows, it’s all about the eyebrows – the bigger the better I say, but after falling foul to over plucking in my teenage years, I haven’t had the eyebrows I wanted, until now.

If I could go back in time I’d gleefully slap my young self for reducing my once full brows to a mere pencil thin arch above my eye. I wish I’d listened to my Mum when she told me that big brows were beautiful “they’re like Brooke Shields’ and Cindy Crawford’s” she’d say, to which I’d reply “that is so 90s”! Eek, what a brat! Oh to have to wisdom of hindsight. Well I’ve learnt my lesson the hard way, and although I’ve slowly increased their thickness over the last few years, it’s only recently that I’ve been brave enough to push through the pain barrier to restore them to their former glory.

My Brows in Pictures

This is them many years ago, I’d like to say this was as thin as they got…. fortunately my digital photos don’t go back that far. All I can say, What was I thinking!

And during the growing out stage… spot the gaps

A few weeks ago using pencil to fill in the gaps (and full lashes)…..

And now, in all their natural glory…

I must warn you, it’s a long painstaking process. I started back in February – I was under house arrest with the flu. Surprised by how much they grew in one week, I was inspired to keep going. My plan was simple, just don’t pluck, whenever and wherever  they grow, I’ll let them do their thing and eventually I’ll have a new bushy canvas. I wanted to find my natural shape, then groom them to frame and suit my face.

Eyebrow regrowth is unpredictable and uneven. Hairs seem to sprout up all over the place, except where you want them. To start with, I grew a new set of eyebrows, a few millimeters below my current set and it took ages for them to meet in the middle! But once they finally did it was so worth it. Ok, I know it’s August and I’ve suffered nearly 6 months of sparsely populated eye brow hairs, but I’ve finally got a thicker, fuller arch and I’ so much happier with them. I’m still not quite there, there’s some stubborn patches refusing to grow, but with a little pencil infilling, I’ll get there.

Top tips for growing back the brows!

  1. The first two weeks are the worst – depending how much damage you’ve done with the tweezers, you can end up looking like you have two sets of brows, one on top of the other, so start when you’re off work/school and can push past that initial pain barrier in private… unless you want to scare people of course.
  2. Pick a shape and resist temptation to pluck! They will grow back sparsely to begin with, after years of tweezing, it takes them a while to realise they’re allowed to grow back, and once they do they spring up all over. Decide on the size/shape you’d like to achieve – Look back over old pictures, do some research or look in the mirror and sketch the shape you want – only pluck the hairs that grow outside of that area.
  3. Apply Vaseline or 8 hour cream at night and massage the brows outwards, I find this helps them maintain their shape.
  4. Fill in the gaps with an eyebrow pencil or powder. I use Givenchy Eyebrow Show pencil to fill the gaps and tease the shape. I always choose ones with a brush on the end, really handy for grooming.
  5. Be patient and realistic. How long it takes varies from person to person and is dependant on many factors such as age and how over-plucked they were to start with. And be realistic, inevitably there’ll be some stubborn hairs that may never grow back, but with proper grooming and make up, no one will ever know.

After six months of growing them out they’re thicker and fuller and better than before. It’s amazing the impact brows have on the whole face and fuller brows suit mine much more than pencil thin arches. Now, I guess they need a bit of grooming, but heavy handed plucking is a definately a thing of the past – I couldn’t go through the pain barrier again!

Kardashians for OPI – Colours and names revealed

Here we have it Kardashian fans… a sneak peak at Kardashian Kolours, the sisters’ first nail polish collaboration with OPI’s baby sister brand Nicole by OPI. Images from Khloe K’s website.

As predicted the names are cheeky and the colors, sorry Kolours are kick-ass!

 

Top row (l-r)

All Kendall-ed Up

 Sealed with a Kris

Kim-pletely In Love

Khloé Had a Little Lam-Lam

Kourt is Red-y for a Pedi

Rainbow in the S-kylie.

Bottom row (l-r)

Disco Dolls

Listen to Your Momager!

Wear Something Spar-kylie

It’s All About the Glam

Follow Me on Glitter

Kendall on the Katwalk

My Empire… My Rules

There are so many colours I want to get my hands and apparently this is only half of the range! I love the look of Rainbow in the S-kylie and Kendall on the Katwalk.

Launched in the US in November 2011, hopefully they’ll hit the UK soon after.

Bye dolls!

Beauty Icons Part Deux

Joining Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Brigitte Bardot and Vivienne Leigh in my beauty hall of fame…

Cindy Crawford

Hands up if you used draw on a fake beauty spot (with black eye liner) ala Cindy Crawford? Who didn’t! The most super of the supers, Cindy owned the catwalk in the 90s – long before zero was a size and super models had to look like young boys. Ok, we might have moved on from brown lip pencil, but other than that Cindy’s look is timeless, and I’m still trying to copy those brows!

Jenifer Lopez

If I could raid just one persons’ make up bag, it would by Jenifer’s. I love her ever evolving beauty – from her signature look –  bronzed skin and nude lips, to her glam 50s pin up look – J-lo’s got it going on in the beauty department. She gives me serious hair envy to boot!

 

Beyonce

Last, but by no means least, my girl crush numbero uno - Miss Beyonce Knowles. Words don’t do her justice, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking…. Uh oh, Uh oh, Uh oh…Uh oh, Uh oh, Uh oh… you ready?

Check out my other Beauty Icons and let me know who your are!

Beauty Waitlist… The Kardashians for OPI

Next in their quest for World domination the Kardashian sisters are set to follow in the footsteps of, er Shrek and Justin Beiber and launch their own range for nail giant OPI.

Kim confirmed the news on twitter last week after reportedly shooting the promo material with Khloe and Kourtney. She said “For the nail polish colors…just think glitz and glam. You guys are gonna faint when u see our new polish.”

OPI, famed for their quirky names like “My private jet” (believed to be Kim’s favourite) ,“Dating a Royal”  and “What’s with the catitude”, the mind is on overdrive trying to imagine what those cheeky Kardashian’s will come up with. Perhaps something like “Kim’s sex tape” or “Khloe loves sauseege”??? Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until Christmas time to find out.

Khloe Kardashian

Proof positive that the Kardashian sisters really do have it nailed!

UPDATED: CHECK OUT THE COLOURS AND NAME HERE

Nars Turkish Delight Lipgloss, not so delightful?

I’m prepared for some serious backlash when I say this… but I’m starting to think that Nars products are seriously over rated!!?!? I thought this after I bought the Laguna Bronzer (and it crumbled to bits after two minutes), I especially thought it when I got their world famous ORGASM blusher and now I’ve branched out to their lip glosses, I KNOW IT! I’m not saying that they aren’t good, I’m just saying they’re hyped to hell and don’t live up to my expectations.

Like the Laguna Bronzer and Orgasm blusher, Turkish Delight lipgloss is another of their “It” products with a celeb and cult following – Apparently a favourite of Kim Kardashian. Like Kim I LOVE pretty pink and nude lips, so I expected this to tick all the boxes.

The colour I love. It’s a milky, baby pink – more like candy floss than Turkish delight.

It’s well pigmented but it’s semi-sheer, meaning you have to apply quite a lot if you want to achieve the bottle colour. I think it’s best teamed with a pale lipstick like Mac’s Angel.  It’s very comfortable to wear, not at all sticky, but my main gripe with this product is its lack of staying power. It lasts two minutes – you find yourself having to reapply frequently. Oh and it doesn’t smell too good.

I know it sounds like I’m complaining for the sake of it, I do like the lipgloss – it’s a great colour, but at this price point (UK retail price £18) it could do better, correction SHOULD do better. I’ll enjoy wearing it, but there’ll be no repeat purchase.

I find it’s quite similar to Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Peach Petal which I love. It has a similar creamy texute and milky finish, but lasts longer and is a snip at £6.99.