Thursday, 30 September 2010

The Perfect Tan...

Now here is something to debate, how to achieve the perfect tan without spending hours in the sun.
I have tested three top brands over the last few weeks to find the best fake tan.

There is definitely a trick to applying these skin perfecting products.
  1. Exfoliate and pay special attention to all the rough areas like knees and elbows.
  2. Moisturize your face, body and hairline.
  3. Apply apply the product with a tanning mitt. If you are using a spray, polish the skin in a circular motion after you have applied the product with the mitt.
I do think it is the combo of moisturizer and the mitt that will give you that perfect streak free application.

The products I tried are:
XEN-Tan, Fake Bake Flawless,
ST Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse and
ST Tropez Bronzing Spray.
They are all very different from one another considering all you expect is a bit of colour...

XEN-Tan was recommended to me by a stylist friend who swears by it, naturally it had to go on my list.
It has a very strong vanilla smell that lasts all day so no strong fake tan smell there.
The colour was honey toned and natural looking, light enough to wear all year round without looking like you have been tango'd. The best part is that it truly does last up to one week, 
Thierry Mugler 'Angel' fans would love this one!

St.Tropez Bronzing Mousse and Bronzing Spray has a distinct floral smell and almost lasted the full week. I have to say the Bronzing Spray did make it easy to top up the tan when it lost a bit of colour ,
this one will give you the reddish brown just been in the sun look.

The last product on the list, Fake Bake Flawless comes with a mitt that makes it super easy and quick 
to apply.A lovely cocoa butter smell and the colour is a deep brown that looks like you have been on a two week summer break.

What a fun experiment this was! Lucky for me it went well and I did not have to explain a weird streaky
face to anybody...

St Tropex had a big presence at the shows creating a polished perfect looking skin for Zac Posen, Marios Schwab, Erdem,
Roksanda Ilincic and House of Holland to name a few.
This glowing skin was achieved using the St Tropez wash off mousse.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Big Frizzy 70's inspired Hair.

I love a big do! Te only difficult part is getting there, a lot of work went into the manes at fashion week
recreating the 'Grace Coddington" look seen in NY and London.
Crimping, small plats and winding hair through U bend grips where only a few of the techniques used.

At the Topshop Unique show the girls could barely fit through the doors the hair was so big. 
Gotta love it!
This involved large amounts of extensions added for volume plus lots of back combing. Finally splashes of
colour was woven in between these big mops.
Not for the faint hearted...

Marc Jacobs also did not disappoint on the hair front, big hair and big accessories.

Crimping has slowly been creeping back over the last few years, I wonder how many of us will take time this season to sit for hours crimping and teasing our hair into these fairy tale creations?
Halloween is coming up soon and what better time to try something new?

If you are feeling creative and want to try a new technique, wind your hair around U bend pins in a figure 8 and go over the sections with your flat irons. Brush through your hair and backcomb lightly.
Guido Paulo used this method to create frizz for Sonia Rykiel. Remember those H&M ads?...

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Moroccan oil ♥

Moroccan oil is infused with Argan oil milled from the kernels of the Argan tree. There are many other ingredients listed but this is the one that makes it so special. It is a powerful antioxidant and UV protector loaded with vitamins F, A and E.
Great news if your hair is feeling dry and brittle!

This amazing product even made it's way backstage for NY fashion week.

Badgley Mischka ad a beautiful 70's inspired curly do on the runway.
Taking small sections of hair start by the nape of the neck and apply a small amount of Hydrating Styling Cream and a light spritz of hairspray.
Wrap around your curling irons then pin the curls in place with hair clips to keep the curls nice and bouncy.
Start with your smallest diameter irons at the nape and gradually go up n size.
This will help you achieve the shape.
Remove the hair clips when the hair has cooled down, comb through and mist hairspray lightly over the whole head to maintain the look.

Carolina Hererra and Erin Fetherston opted for a sleek groomed look for their shows.
Moroccan oil was smoothed through the hair to create this effortless style and finished with the Hydrating Styling Cream, leaving the models with silky shiny frizz free hair.
Definitely something every woman lusts after.  

Friday, 10 September 2010

Best brow liner ever?

Yesterday I tried out the MAC Penultimate Brow liner and Matte for the first time.

Matte has a clear gel like consistency and can be applied with a brush,
sponge or your fingers. It dries with a fine powdery texture and works a treat under make up.
Out of all the matting creams, lotions and potions that I have tried this one is by far the best. Easy to use and it lasts for most of the day keeping you looking fresh and shine free.
Just like Laura B our lovely model at the end of a long day of shooting. 

The brow liner truly lived up to it's name. My new favorite product!
I filled the gaps between the brows with a light taupe coloured eye shadow and brushed them through.
The next step is with the Penultimate liner.
Carefully draw individual lines mimicking hairs past the top of the brow line. Bushy brows that look natural and not drawn on s tricky business  but much easier to achieve with the super fine brush end on the marker.
Voila Sexy natural brows.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Donuts anyone?...

Who doesn't want to have a quick means to create a lovely up do? The hair donut is a great way to create that perfect ballerina bun shape.
As long as you can manage a ponytail you can have that bun!
They generally come in three colours  to suit any hair colour and have a net like texture.
Grips can be pushed through these babies so they will be very secure!

  1. Decide where you want the bun, then make a ponytail with a hairband.
  2. Pop the hair donut over the ponytail.
  3. Backcomb the hair slightly, split the hair evenly over the donut. 
  4. Tuck the strands underneath the the donut to hide the hair and pin into place.
  5. Pin through the donut for extra security.
  6. You can also double up with the donuts to create more hight or add some extensions to your ponytail for length and added texture like plats

Donuts are available at most drugstores like Boots and Superdrug.

Spin pins...What?...
These little doo dads are called Spin Pins and do the same job as 20 grips. They corkscrew into your hair and is very secure,brilliant for a quick messy up do.