Be Bold

featBeing great at makeup is one of those things that I low-key wish to be. The only looks that I know how to tackle are the natural eyes + bold lip or a smoky copper eye. I might do a bit of eye shadow every once in a while but it’s never anything more fancy than dashing it on my lids using my fingers! So inherently, I love looking at creative makeup looks that are a bit out of the ordinary yet simple in their nature. I guess it makes it feel more doable, all though you’ll need a super steady hand for some of these looks. I particularly enjoy looking at Ivania Carpio‘s pictures; she does some really cool work with graphic lines both with her makeup and manicures.

Tomorrow is new years eve; the perfect time to try a new look! I hope my selection of photos can be inspirational ❤

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Bow Down

I often find bows to be far too romantic and preppy for my style, but I’m getting into this mini tendency shown in a selection of the SS16 presentations in different forms (choker bow, anyone?!). Mary Katrantzou wrapped the whole string around the models neck for a tucked in look, Baum und Pferdgarten opted for a more simple take on the bow with a half-messy ponytail while Oscar de la Renta did a clean and simple low-ponytail bow.

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5-Minute Beauty Look: Pink Eyeshadow

Today I thought I’d show you a superduper simple beauty look I do from time to time that I feel works well for both day time and evening. This look is made with just a few products and takes virtually no time at all! I’m a big fan of using products in unconventional ways. It clears up space in your beauty bag and allows people on a budget to invest in just a few, good quality products.

I often use either a pink or a peachy blush on my eyes. Blushes are rarely super pigmented, so they are easy to blend and work with for us regular folks. I love using this pink from MAC, it is a bright pink so you can really build the product to make it POP, or tone it down a bit like I’ve done in these photos. Wear it with some dark nails and a bit of lip colour to make it more “fall-friendly”, or do a natural look that works all year.

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Central Products used: MAC Sheertone Blush in Pink Swoon (similar here), Dior Rouge Nude Lipstick in Esquisse (here).

For the daytime look I used a bit of concealer where it was needed, a tiny bit of bronzer on my cheeks and the blusher on my eyes.

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For the more “evening” look, I used a bit more bronzer, used some of the blush on my cheeks and a couple of layers with the Dior lipstick.

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The Glitterati: Nicopanda SS16

Nicopanda is Nicola Formichetti (Lady Gaga’s former stylist) project revolving around unisex fashion through the eyes of a stylist with maximal taste. Being a minimal gal this collection is a bit “much” but I do love me some glitter! Fab idea for a night out paired with an all black, fitted ensamble, or just something pretty to look at.

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The Short End of the Stick

When I woke up this morning, I found myself in an all too familiar scenario. I was doing the rounds online, checking my social media, blogs and news when I came across a picture on my Tumblr feed of a beautiful lady with awesome hair. The short bob. And so, a Pinterest scavenger hunt began. A new Board was created, and now I have the urge to go chop off all my hair. This is probably a situation a lot of people find themselves in from time to time. I’ve gone down the Bob trail one too many times and every time I have to accept defeat; a short and cool Bob cut, for some strange reason, does not magically make me look like the girl in the picture. More like a Texan soccer mom.

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Well, That’s an Understatement: Barely There Manicures

Nude manicures is kind of like the colour black for me – it’s something that is convenient, easy to apply and looks great in any situation. There’s a sea of shades out there and it’s often hard to find the right one that matches your tones. My pale skin struggles with any form of beige, so the wrong shade will easily turn my hands into something that belongs in a horror film! So now I’m on a mission – to find the perfect nude nail polish.

The understated nude manicure was a reoccurring beauty feature in the Spring/Summer 2015 fashion weeks, and it’s one of my favourite beauty trends of the season. It’s so simple, and you can play around with different textures such as matte, gel or glossy and colour tones like pink or sand. And last but not least; it can be used as a base for minimalist design which I wrote about earlier (click here to read more)!

Here are some of the wonderful different types of nude manicure looks from this season’s runway shows, and the different polishes that were used to create them.1Rag & Bone, JINsoon “Tulle”, Reem Acra, OPI “Bubble Bath”

2 Proenza Schouler, Essie “Mademoiselle”, Yigal Azrouel, Essie “Mademoiselle”, Essie “Au Natural”

3Herve Leger, Morgan Taylor “Heaven Sent”, Morgan Taylor, “In The Nude”, Zero + Maria Cornejo, Morgan Taylor “New School Nude”

4Altuzarra, Essie “Spaghetti Strap”, Derek Lam, JINsoon “Nostalgia” and JINsoon “Muse”

5J. Mendel, OPI “Matte Top Coat” (affiliate link), Public School, Maybelline Colour Show Nail Laquer “Neutral Statement”

JUMP by Max Doyle

I’m kind of into displaced, bright eyeshadow right now! Perhaps it doesn’t translate in real life, but hey – check out these pictures from Oystermag’s Jump editorial from last fall (and see the video at the source).

Photography Max Doyle
Video Manuela Leigh
Fashion Anna Santangelo
Hair Pete Lennon 
Make-up Molly Oakfield
Models Elle and Ellie (IMG), Georgia, Cassi and Ashton (Work)

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No Sweat: Messy, Wet Hair Look for the Daring

As models walked down the runway for Alexander Wang’s Fall 15 presentation, their natural beauty was disguised as the styling made them look like swamp monsters. Their hair was gel’ed down, wet and messy. I’ve always been a fan of the slick, wet look, but now I’m even more interested in this mid-boot camp hair style. It’s nothing I’d recommend anyone trying out unless the event calls for a costume’y attire, but then again that’s the beauty of inspiration. What looks cool and amazing on footage will transcend into a more wearable look for us commoner creatures. In this case, a sleek and classy pulled back wet look.

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Laying Low: Ponytails

Hello, commoners! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend so far.

Last December I decided on a spur of the moment to get bangs. I’ve had it before, but it seems like I always forget that they’re super fun for a couple of months until they reach that awkward, growing out stage. Not long enough to tuck behind your ears yet too long keep straight and kind of too chunky to pretend they’re the same length as the rest of your hair. As a result, regular/high ponytails are kind of out of the question unless I twist the fringe in a certain way, which always ends up getting ruined by the wind anyway. So at the moment, low ponytails seems like the better option. You can do quite a few different styling techniques as well to make them look the way you want, and a rubber hair bubble prevents it from slipping off.

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Sometimes I Doubt Your Commitment to Sparkle Motion: How NYFW Glittered

That’s a Donnie Darko reference for ya.

The New York Fashion Week might have been my least favourite fashion week out of all the big players. It’s hard for me to explain why, it feels a bit stagnant in a way.  Several of the big designers jumped ship and moved to other venues in the city and after some legal disputes, NYFW was last year kicked out of Lincoln Centre where it has been based for the last few years. It’s not exactly been a glittering affair.

This time around, I enjoyed a lot of the shows. From Alexander Wang’s swamp monster models to Marchesa’s always stunning gowns, hell, I was “yas-ing” Michael Kors! And of course, as per usual, The Row’s simple, timeless fashion which I posted just the other day. The beauty aspect of the collections were also great, they put some bling back in the game and mixed it with some sparkles. And I do love sparkles.

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