Blush Styles – Kurt Geiger Ankle Boots

Even though trainers have been the objects of our affections for some time now, there are many an occasion (in England at least,) in which they’re just not practical; our rainy days are no secret and most definitely not conducive to keeping…

Billion Dollar Brows: Never Leave Home Without Them

Eyebrows are something that are so important to me I never leave home without them! Honestly I don’t know what I did before without them. Well, at least without defining them anyways.

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Eyebrows take care to define-you don’t want to go overboard and then have two slug-like marks over your eyes or under-define them and pluck them so thin so they are just two skinny lines over your eyes. Neither are a good look.

A cool little discovery for brows I found? Let me introduce you to Billion Dollar Brows (www.billiondollarbrows-uk.com)

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The kit compels you to ‘take your brows back’ and comes with four useful tools.

1. Tweezers 

These are fantastic and have a great grip on fine or stubborn hairs. I’m definitely throwing my old one out after using this one.

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2. Brow Scissors (you know what these look like!)

Necessary for trimming brow hairs if they get unruly.

3. Universal Brow Pencil and Brush

This brown pencil comes in a flattering brown which matched perfectly to my brows without making them look unnaturally dark. The liner is also water resistant so won’t come off in case you get caught out in the rain!

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4. A Brow Buddy

This little genius is great for finding the perfect arch!

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Step 1: Finding the Perfect Arch

Place the Brow Buddy flat against your face in the closed position with your nose in the centre. This is where your brow will START. Using the pencil, draw a thin line on the inside of the tool, as illustrated by the pink lines.

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Step 2: Finding Your Arch

Look straight ahead and extend the prong until it lines up with the outside corner of your iris (the coloured part of your eye). This is your ARCH.

Using the pencil, draw a thin line on the inside of the tool, as illustrated by the pink lines.

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Step 3: Finding Your End

Extend the prong until it lines up with the outer corner of your eye. This is where your brow will END.

Using the pencil, draw a thin line on the inside of the tool, as illustrated by the pink lines.

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Brow less and no eye make-up

Step 4: Establishing the Bottom of Your Brows

Once you have your start, arch and end points, you can now connect the lines.

Following your natural brow line, draw a line to connect the start, arch and end points on the bottom of your brow.

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Step 5: Establishing the Top of Your Brows

Following your natural brow line, draw a line to connect the start, arch and end points on the top of your brow.

This will create an outline that should look like the illustration.

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Kerry Hoy is the UK Master Trainer for Billion Dollar Brows (www.billiondollarbrows-uk.com) and she says, ‘Brows frame your face and having brows shaped properly can be the equivalent of a mini-face lift.’

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I couldn’t agree more. Let’s be honest: brows are important!

On that note don’t forget about your lashes either! A great lashes product that I have found (that is also a multi-tasker and anti-ageing eye contour serum as well!) is Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 for Eyes & Lashes (www.vichy.co.uk). It’s the first anti-ageing and lash fortifying eye serum from Vichy with Rhamnose, ceramide and instant light reflectors.

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Taking the 90-Day Hair Challenge: A Quest for Fuller, Thicker Hair

 

First of all, let me start out by saying I haven’t ever used any hair products to help me ‘thicken’ my hair. Sadly I wasn’t blessed with thick luscious locks but instead have very fine, almost baby-like hair and tend to stare in jealousy at Pantene Pro V hair commercials. However, now I’ve finally had a chance to fight against genetics for those thick locks! Enter the Viviscal 90-Day Challenge…

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I was lucky enough to win one of 30 spots to try the Viviscal 90 Days Challenge with Good Housekeeping Magazine. I was invited to Michaeljohn salon (www.michaeljohn.co.uk/locations/knightsbridge) in Knightsbridge for a wash, treatment and blow dry using Viviscal products.

I have to be honest. Usually when it comes to a blow dry I tend to get slightly nervous. Because I have such fine hair and a tender head, I hate it when I feel like a hairdresser is being rough with my hair-which is almost always-at least in my mind. When I leave a hairdressers I always feel like I have lost half of my hair which usually results in a tear or two. In summary-going to the hairdressers for me is almost the same as going to the dentist. I don’t like it. Although it never stops me from going anyways! I am usually always fearless in the name of beauty…almost anyways.

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Pre-treatment

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Post-treatment

In regards to my skin, I am usually more than happy to try a million products but with my hair I feel very protective. However, with a product like Viviscal that is actually a full hair programme with supplements, hair serum, etc. I feel like it is definitely worth a shot.

Recently there have been a number of thickening products to hit the hair shelves and I have jumped on the bandwagon, using L’Oreal Fibrology to thicken up my hair. I have also found that using dry shampoo and washing my hair every two days has been an ABSOLUTE lifesaver for my hair. I used to wash my hair everyday religiously which dried it out and turned it into a frizzy mess. Dry shampoo has been an absolute godsend for my hair and I really feel this has made my hair so much healthier. Don’t wash your hair everyday unless you absolutely have to! Remember…less really is more!

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Viviscal products have been developed with 20 years of research behind it…and scientific results are always appreciated in the beauty world. Hair growth is influenced by a wide range of factors including diet, overstyling, heat treatments, hair extensions (I have a horror story from these that I may reveal at a later date!), hormones, stress, genetics, colouring, etc.

Again…stress…it’s a killer. Hair growth can be affected by a stressful life experience including bereavement, shock, moving house and getting married!

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The Viviscal 90-Day Challenge involves taking supplements twice a day, which contain the marine protein complex AminoMar C – exclusive to Viviscal. I will also be using the Viviscal Gentle Shampoo and Moisturising Conditioner which are naturally derived and also paraben-free.

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I was also given a type of hair powder which binds to the hair and gives the illusion of fuller hair. This can be applied to the scalp on thin areas.  I have been using it by my temples, where I find that most people’s hair thins out. The fibers are made with keratin and have electrostatic coating which binds it to the hair shaft, building hair density and greater coverage.

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Watch this space on my quest for fuller, thicker hair! I will revisit this in 67 days…

Taylor Morris Eyewear Launch at Harvey Nichols

I recently attended the launch of Taylor Morris Eyewear at Harvey Nichols. The brand, created by Made in Chelsea’s Hugo Taylor and his lifelong friend Charlie Morris, features six individual styled frames. The sunglasses are lifestyle-oriented, meaning they will go from beach to bar to restaurant to car, something anyone can appreciate.

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Taylor Morris Eyewear Launch

 

The trademark of the sunglasses are the three gold circles on the arm, in rose, white and yellow gold. This is the universal symbol of faithfulness which Taylor and Morris state is at the heart of everything they do.

Taylor Morris Eyewear combines British sartorial elegance and timeless Hollywood glamour, drawing inspiration from cultural and fashion icons such as James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, J.F. Kennedy, Monroe and Steve Mcqueen.

The event was attended by Hugo Taylor, Jamie Campbell-Bower and Rosie Fortescue, among others. Cocktails and canapes were served and I was able to chat with Hugo Taylor, who recommended that I try the Chelsea Catseye glasses. I am tempted:)

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With Made In Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue

Prices on capsule collection: 125-165 GBP

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