Be a Style Queen

The release of the Boots’ Christmas catalogue marks the official run up to Christmas. Each week during this run up to Christmas, Boots offers up one of its “star” gifts for half price. This weeks’ is pretty good and guaranteed to cause a stampede….

Frontcover Style Queen Reduced from £35 to £17

Frontcover Style Queen is a bumper beauty collection for eyes, lips and cheeks. It includes all the products, tools and techniques you’ll need to rock a new look and is great for party season.

The Frontcover Style Queen Colour Set includes:

  • 6 lip glosses
  • 7 dome baked powder eyeshadows
  • 6 pressed powder eyeshadows
  • 2 fine-line baked powder cheek domes
  • Double ended mascara/sealer
  • 2 iridescent pigments
  • Shadowline
  • 6 make-up brushes
  • Mini lash curler
  • Double pencil sharpener
  • A mirror in the lid

All that for just £17! I can personally vouch for their eyeshadows – I picked up a bumper collection during last Christmas’ star gist. See the review here.

Offer ends Thursday 20 October 2011, whilst stocks last, which won’t be long!

New Beauty Crush: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Girl of the moment Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, my new beauty, style and general all round girl crush.

When it comes to make up, Rosie knows what suits her and sticks to it – I love the simplicity of her make up. Her signature look centres around sultry smokey eyes and bronzed skin. Despite having the biggest and best lips in the business, Rosie doesn’t play up to them. I’d be tempted to colour in that pout all kinds of fuchsias and reds, but she keeps it simple with hues of nude and browny-pinks.

Here’s how to create the look.

Base

Her base is glowing and dewy. I’d imagine she starts off with a luminous primer like Clarin’s beauty flash balm then adds a subtle base colour, something like Chanel’s Vitalumiere Aqua foundation. With that flawless skin, I doubt she needs concealer, but a couple clicks of a highlighter or under eye concealer like YSL’s touché éclat will correct any dull areas – I think there’s evidence of some in the inner eye area – which works great to open and brighten the eye.

Cheeks

Not one for bright blushers, Rosie opts for bronzer and highlighter instead. Either she’s blessed with the most amazing cheekbones EVER or there’s some clever contouring going on here – I choose to believe it’s the later. Take a multi toned bronzing powder, something like Guerlain’s Terracota Four Seasons and contour the natural lines around your cheeks, forehead and chin. A dab of liquid highlighter on the top of cheek bones would accentuate the tan and draw attention to the chizzled features. Finish with a light dusting of a peachy/pink powder blush to add a touch of colour to apples of the cheeks.

Eyes

Brows are full and combed slightly upwards, which I love. For the smokey eye Rosie opt for gold and bronzey brown eye shadows rather than the standard black and greys. An eye quad or a palette would work best to mix and match for the shade that suits. I have a great one by Frontcover that contains some gorgeous bronzey hues. The intensity of the smokey eye varies – smudge shadow along the lid and up to the crease, if you’re feeling adventurous, take it higher up to the brow bone. Smudge some shimmery brown or bronze under the lower lash line and in the inner eye. Work in a brown or black eye liner.

For some added va-va-voom, a small kitten flick created with a gel or liquid liner looks very sexy. Finish with lashings of mascara.

Lips

Let’s face it, lips like that don’t need much dressing up. A smudge of Vaseline and they’re good to go! They’re generally kept natural, I really don’t think she wears much lipstick – maybe just a hint of sheer colour, something like a nude or dirty rose. She’s more a lipbalm kinda girl.

 WORD OF WARNING: Trying to recreate the look of one of the best looking women in the World, may lead to self esteem issues!

Lust Have: Frontcover Customised Eyeshadow Palette

I love make up palettes; It’s great to have so much choice in one place. But there’s nothing more frustrating than a palette that contains colours you’d never wear in a million years. Look at your palettes, are there shades that are worn down to a millimetre of their lives, and others that you’ve never touched? Well, problem solved thanks to frontcover’s customisable and affordable eye shadow palettes.

Simply buy an empty palette for £5, then fill it with the colours YOU want. I’m a big fan of Frontcover’s baked eyeshadows, I bought a jumbo palette at Christmas – they high quality, smooth and long lasting. There’s a rainbow of colours available for just £4 each, or buy four shades with an empty palette for just £15. Why not create a Spring Palette or a smokey eye one!

The only difficult part is choosing the colours, you’ll want them all!

Palette and refils available at Boots now.

LAST CHANCE: FRONTCOVER TO GO EYE COLLECTION

It’s not too late to bag a Christmas bargain. This Frontcover to go gift set contains a rainbow of 20 amazing eyeshadows and comes with a handy sleek interchangeable compact to put them in  - so when you need to, you really can GO! GO! GO!

Featuring:

  • 10 domed baked powder eye shadows
  • 3 new domed baked twinkle powder eye shadows
  • 5 fine line pressed powder eye shadow duos
  • 2 pressed powder eye shadows
  • Shadowline Liquid (turns shadow to eyeliner)
  • Double ended applicator and a new Frontcover Interchangeable compact

Box includes tips and advice from Frontcover’s own make-up expert Leanne Shaw.

Seriously high quality eye shadows, the palette alone is worth the price tag. Baked powders are fantastically sparkly, shimmery and longlasting. The photos don’t do it quality.

What’s more the whole set is half price at boots, now only £17.50….. it’s the price of one premium shadow.

Have fun and dare to create some bold new looks.