Wednesday, December 30, 2015

5 Gorgeous Holiday Makeup Ideas to Try This Year

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As the new year celebrations are fast approaching, we are giving you some hints on how to get the perfect party look. This season, it is easier than ever to be fashionable. The accent is on either your eyes, or your lips, but never both. Plus, there are several different makeup trends, so everyone will find the one that suits them the most. We have smoky eyes, glittery and shimmery eye shadows, the ever fashionable cat eyes are back in grand style, and so are the bold dark red lips. One thing to keep in mind is that you should not match your makeup with the party outfit. It is a huge fashion no-no. If you are wearing prints and colours, the makeup should stick to neutral, and vice versa.
Here are the hottest New Year trends.

1. All-Over Matte Look

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Dewy skin has been a standard for years, especially during summer. But trying to keep your skin fresh and glossy without looking greasy is painstaking for people with oily skin. This holiday season they have a reason to rejoice. The biggest takeaway from fashion shows was matte look. We are talking about deliberate and all-over matte look, but not the chalk-covered faces. It is more of a minimalist approach to makeup that includes a primer and mattifying face powder in the right shade. You can pair it with matte eyeshadow and matte lipstick, but it is better if you can go without.

2. Add Shimmer

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Sparkles, shimmers, glitters , sequins - these should be your mantra this winter. Add drama to your look with silver, gold, or bronze metallic eye shadow. Think of your lids as of a canvas and apply the shadow all over them. Do not refrain from combining more colours. Creamy shadows are more dense and lasting, and you want your makeup to really make a statement. Add shimmer to other places, too, but do not go overboard and go with one place at a time. If you are going for glittery eyes, skip the lips and décolletage. Likewise, if applying shimmer to your cheekbones, use a lighter eye shadow.

3. Use nude makeup

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A nude make up look is halfway between a freshly cleansed and completely done up face. If you need a break from colours and you want to look like, well, yourself, nude is the look for you. The secret is in polished and nurtured skin that looks natural and healthy. How can you achieve it? Use organic cosmetics and makeup for a start. You can find amazing organic makeup in the 100 percent pure UK collection.

4. Highlight the Inner Corners of Your Eyes

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Apply just a hint of shimmery eye shadow on the inner corners of your eyes to draw attention to them. Use a metallic shade, but make sure it matches your complexion. If you are fair, champagne is your colour, for the olives, gold is the right choice, and for dark complexions, bronze is the safest bet.

5. Get Glossy Berry Lips

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Red lipstick is back, but this time with a dramatic turn. Stand out from the crowd by applying a bold dark, nearly black, lipstick. The shade should complement your complexion, but luckily dark shades are suitable for all complexions, and all occasions. If you decide on a more vampy, or goth look, go for a completely black shade, but if you are aiming at a more girly style, a lighter one is perfectly ok.
Have you already decided what will be your New Year’s Eve look?

About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne. Her passion is beauty and fashion and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course – shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page and Twitter.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Insider Interview: Manny Kohli President & CEO of Matt & Nat



In our next Insider Interview, we chat to Manny Kohli President & CEO of Matt & Nat, the vegan accessory brand.

What’s your usual working day like?

- I always start by day off by checking my emails. I want to ensure that all inquiries and requests are answered and responded too. I then have meetings with my team to ensure that everything is running smoothly.

What was your dream job when you were younger?

- To be a designer!

What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

- The greatest career advice I ever received was to always stay FOCUSED.

What's your number one style tip?

- My number one style tip is to keep your look Minimal, Modern and Fresh!

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

- I would definitely want to be working in the fields of Public Relations & Marketing in the Fashion industry.

If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

- Start small and work hard. Hard work, dedication and organization will ultimately lead to success.

What's the best thing about your job?

- The best thing about my job is being able create stylish, fashionable and durable eco-friendly and vegan products.

What's the toughest part of your job?

- The toughest part of my job is the limited materials (vegan leather) we have to use in our production. Nevertheless, we are continuously prototyping new materials and testing durability. This is what is most important for us because we want people to associate our brand with quality and product longevity.

Most proud career moment to date?

- Building a vegan brand that is innovative and making a statement in the world of fashion.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

- In ten years, I see myself practicing the things I love more often – Yoga and Meditation. As for MATT & NAT, I hope and am sure that the brand will be a house-hold name (if not already) in the fashion industry.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER



For the beauty obsessive among you, the Stila 'eyes are the window' palette is a perfect gift or something for the home, like the H&M Ceramic Candlestick holder that has a real 70's feel. For that lady who loves diamonds, Monica Vinader's diamond ring is a more affordable diamond ring!  
For little stocking fillers, try Ted Baker's 'Star' keyring or how about a cute, pretty, pink Ted Baker pencil case perfect for the ladies in your life. 


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Sunday, November 22, 2015

GIFT GUIDE: FOR HIM


Why not try packs of socks from Joules, in bright colours and prints they are a great stocking filler. Or for the man in your life that get's winter chills, how about these fleece lined slippers (1)?

If the man in your life is all about the music, John Lewis have a great selection of headphones like these Sony ones (2). Or for the forgetful one, how about this keyring (3) that is a cash-stash.

If you want to get a special table gift for you man, Molton Brown (4) offer some luxury cracker gift sets, or if traveling if in your man's remit, this holdall from Urban Outfitters (5) is a luxury and practical gift.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Insider Interview: Tracey Stapleton of The Spa PR Company


In our next Insider Interview, we chat to Tracey Stapleton, founder of The Spa PR Company about running a spa, beauty and wellness PR & marketing agency.

1. What’s your usual working day like?
Every day is different which is why PR is such an interesting career. Quite often I'm travelling the country to meet clients and talk through their PR and marketing activities, another day I might be speaking at an industry event or attending one of our own press events. In the office, I'm working on client strategies and creatives with my team as well as handling the operation of a busy SME.

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?

I originally wanted to go into law but after a year working with a family lawyer and seeing how much paperwork was involved I happily leapt into PR.

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

Just look ahead and don't worry about what everyone else is doing.  I'm a great believer that you don't have to do things the way everyone else does. My instinct has so far served me well.

4. What's your number one style tip?

Always have groomed brows. It can take years off you and makes you look more polished.

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

If I had my time again, I would have loved to have studied fragrance and become a perfumier. I think it's fascinating how scents can be blended to alter how you feel about something and so much still is to be discovered about essential oils and their benefits.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

Show that you really want to work for a particular company and have a passion for their industry. So often I get approached by people for a job who have little interest in what we do beyond it being PR.  Highlight your skills which are relevant ie journalism, copywriting, social media, event organisation, management, new business etc and explain how they could be of benefit to that company. You may still have to start at the bottom and build your contacts but it will be an accelerated career.

7. What's the best thing about your job?

Making a real difference in our clients' businesses and growing awareness of the wellness benefits of spas and wellness beauty brands.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?

Remembering it's a job and managing time for each client. Sometimes it's tempting to spend more time on a project than the budget allows.

9. Most proud career moment to date?

Seeing a gap in the market and starting The Spa PR Company. Working in PR, you learn to spot opportunities and in 2004 I was seeing a huge interest in spa and wellbeing and knowledge of the market was becoming increasingly important.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

Managing a company at least twice our size with a fulfilled team of staff and happy clients.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

KIKO Lips



If you read the KIKO eyes blog a week ago, then you'll know I had a little splurge in KIKO in Westfield, Stratford City, but I also picked up a selection of the Smart Lipsticks.

I purchased Classic Rose and Candy Rose two beautiful pink hues, the Classic Rose is a little more muted and the Candy Rose a little more of a vivid pink shade. On the lips these lipsticks are very moisturising, but are far shinier that I had expected...if you like that gloss look, these would be perfect for you, but for me, I prefer a more matte finish. The pigment and staying power of these lipsticks has quite a lot to be desired though. I have to apply a few layers to get a really strong colour, but one application is perfect for a natural flush. For less than £4 each, I couldn't expect the staying power of Clinique or MAC, but there are some high street lipsticks like the Rimmel, Kate Moss collection that are better for a vivid colour. However, for a moisturising flush of colour and a day to day look, these do the trick.

Have you tried the KIKO Smart Lipsticks?

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Four skills to learn at the weekends

 
Making the most of your weekends with hobbies is a great way to escape from work and have some 'you' time. But what if your hobbies were enhancing your skills for a new career as well as your enjoyment?

Here are a few ways to enhance your skills in your own time...
 
Coding is one of the hottest skills on the market at the moment and coders can start lucrative freelance or in-house careers. If you are computer literate and like to design and create, learning to code would be an enjoyable skills for you to learn at the weekends. Websites like Code Academy, offer free tutorials to teach you how to code, you might be the next hottest coder in town.
 
 Creating your own clothes or starting your own fashion label is the dream for some. What better way to start than to learn how to sew? Tilly and the Buttons offers step by step tutorials on her blog and social media channels right from the basics of threading a sewing machine to creating skirts and shirts. You might be the next Stella McCartney from your weekend hobby?!

Ever wanted to travel the world fluent in the native tongues of your destinations? Learning to speak another language is a skill that you can converse in your world of wanderlust or secure that international transfer that you have been working towards. With Babbel you can pay per month, or sign up for quarterly or half years at a discounted rate, learning to speak, write and understand other languages.

 A little one for the green-fingered of you. Growing your own fruit and vegetables can be very fulfilling and what a better way to ensure you eat right and organic too. The RHS is a great way to start, the BBC have some great gardening and vegetable growing tips and advice too. Start with Thompson & Morgan the plant specialists to buy seeds you can grow into a full allotment of ready to eat fruit and vegetables.

What are you going to do with your weekends? 

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Insider Interview: Irina Bragin

    

      In our next Insider Interview, we chat to Irina Bragin, founder of accessories brand Made of Carpet, about running an accessories business

     1. What’s your usual working day like?

Most of my days go under the motto “What did you do today for tomorrow?”

Except regular everyday routine, I have to make decisions how we are going to progress in the future, considering things like exhibitions, fairs, catwalks, journalists’ request, competitions, awards, sponsorships, manufacturers, customers, social media, design, web-design... and list is still incomplete.

Also I know that I do not know lot of things and I need to learn them to run a business. I attend seminars, participate to webinars, read lot of articles and data related to fashion.

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?

An actress. Sounds silly, I know... It was right until I realised that it is not really a profession, but innate abilities and I do not probably have any.

3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

I have never had any career really. I was born in kind of odd society, then have lived in many very different countries and my only “career” was to survive.

But if you ask me about the best business advice I have received, it probably will be not to follow advices of people who have started their businesses many years ago. No matter how successful they are. Today everything has changed so dramatically that all those old rules and tips do not work anymore.

Yes, they can tell you to work hard, to believe into yourself and so on, but all those business steps and actions they have taken when they started are mostly useless today.

I spent tens of thousands of pounds of my own money (yes, in fashion everything is very expensive!) and lot of effort on what I have been told by “people with knowledge” I “expected to do” as a fashion brand. The result was very close to zero.
Then I met one young, fresh and up-to-date consultant, who told me to stop spending for archaic nonsense and go with the progress.

4. What's your number one style tip?

Oh, it is very simple - if you would like to be taken seriously you must be clean, tidy and elegant. Perfect teeth, hair, shoes, nails and smell are must.

5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

I was a graphic designer for a couple of decades and my latest speciality was localization: languages, alphabets, fonts and cultural differences. I have worked with 46 languages and 9 alphabets. I still do all graphic design for my brand and for friends too.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?

Forget about fashion, forget about design. Learn business. I would recommend a year, but it may take longer.

Your business will involve (in no particular order):

Intellectual Property
Incoterms
Taxes (incl. VAT, EORI etc)
Finances
Manufacturers
Suppliers
Import
Customs brokers
Trade shows project management
Trade shows attendance
Web-development and design
Merchant accounts
Gateway
Chip&Pin
Fairs and markets
PR
Celebrities endorsement
Marketing
Wholesale
Export
Stokists
Dispatches
Customer service
Photo sessions
Design of leaflets, booklets, cards etc
Databases
Newsletters
Press-Releases
Retail platforms, such as Amazon for example
Social media
Agents
Lawyers
Models
Catwalks
Awards and professional parties
Memberships
Seminars
Workshops...

... and a smile J
Did I mention a design? No? OK, also design (about 3-5% of your routine).

7. What's the best thing about your job?

I do not have a boss and I chose people I would like to deal with.

8. What's the toughest part of your job?

Responsibility and loneliness.

You cannot rely on anyone. You have to find the way, you must know what and how to do, you must make a decision and it is better be right decision. If it is wrong there is nobody to blame.

9. Most proud career moment to date?

Well, I have several actually!

We are Finalist of Drapers Footwear and Accessories Award 2014

We are BRIT Award 2015 Official goodie bag partners (our bag you can see from the fortieth second of the video)

Also I was the member of the City and Livery Women float at Lord Mayor Parade 2013 and we were float number THREE from 154! Here is more from the first minute – I am the passenger of the red Jaguar, but it was raining and you can not see much.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 

We are growing. Slowly, but steadily we are becoming very well known brand with more and more retail customers and wholesale buyers all around the world.
I am not sure I would like us to be listed on stock market (I will lose control of the business in this case), but I will do everything to make us big staying in charge.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Destressing after a week at work


The working world can take it out of the best of us, recouping and savouring those weekend seconds is everything. So here's some tips for de-stressing after a week at work and making the most of your weekend:

1. Make a Monday morning to do list
Before you leave the office on Friday evening, make a to do list for the best week. Not only will this ensure your mind doesn't wander throughout the weekend thinking of little things to remember and action on Monday, it will act as a little check list to ensure you have wrapped everything up before you leave the office and get you right back in super-productive-mode on Monday morning!

2. Turn your work mobile OFF!
Yes you. Do it. Do it now!! Your mind can't relax and separate from the preoccupation of work if it's always looming over you and the little red light on the top of your Blackberry brings you flashes of anxiety. It can wait 'till Monday. Turn it off!

3. Go out for drinks & socialise
Join your co-workers for a Friday end of the week tipple- even if it's just for one! You can rejoice in great results of have a little moan and all be in it together- it will give you a life and break up work and play before you get right into the weekend. (Just remember if you go for too many Saturday might throwback to your hungover student days, multiplied by a thousand because we just can't spring back like we used to.... And when Monday morning comes around that hangover on Saturday might still not feel too good!!

4. Have a bath
At the risk of sounding like a Radox advert, soak your stress away with a soak in the tub.... 

5. Listen to music
Some people take to classical notes to send them into a place far, far away, for others, Whitney a la Bridget Jones is a way to erupt emotions at the end of the working week to start the weekend fresh - the choice is yours.

5. Make plans
I'm not talking all singing, all dancing, hiking to Everest plans here. I'm just talking a plan, do something, anything! Do your washing, hit the park for a walk, grab a coffee in town, but be sure that when Sunday evening draws to a close you have done something for you, made the most of the weekend and feel relaxed!
As hump-day gets into full swing and the weekend draws a little closer - what are you going to do to de-stress and make the most of the weekend come 5pm Friday?!
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Sunday, November 1, 2015

KIKO EYES


KIKO opened their store in Westfield's Stratford quite a while ago now, and I'll be honest, it's taken me quite a while to go in and have a look around because simply, it's always so busy it puts me off! Anyway, I finally took the plunge, on a Saturday morning, I picked up a number of lip and eye little treats. 

You can read all about my lip purchases in a post coming soon, but this is strictly dedicated to my smokey eye colours. I went for a few tonal shades of the single eyeshadows, shades, 131 - the deepest brown, 119 a light beige with a slight shimmer and 129, a light nutmeg shade. These eyeshadows are highly pigmented and do have the 12-hour staying power that they claim. Another bonus, at £2.90 they are, dare-I-say, MAC quality without the price tag!?

To use these to create a smokey eye with just these products:
1. I start with shade 119 all over my lid with any eyeshadow brush and work it into the crease to give a great base colour. 
2. Then, I go in with the 129 shade into the crease with my eye open to define the socket and take a clean blending brush in circular motions to blend the colour ad get rid of any lines. 
3. Then final I take a small brush or small eyeshadow applicator and add the 131 colour right at the bottom of my lid into my lashed in a lined effect, and add this to the very outer corners of my eyelids. 4. I go back with the clean blender brush and soften the line of my eyelids and blend the colour towards the outer corners of my eyes to 'smoke it out'. 
5. Finally, I take a little product on an applicator or very small blending brush and run this underneath my bottom lashes to define.
6. Then I add a sweep of mascara and my smokey eye is good to go! 

Have you tired the KIKO eyeshadows or any KIKO products - what do you think of them?

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Tea Tree Skin Care


In a bid to keep up with a good skin care regime in the grease and grime of commuting and city-working, I've taken to Tea Tree, the natural solution to help blemished skin. I've always been a fan of The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil, but have recently branched out to use a selection of their skin cleansing products to add a little more pack to the Tea Tree punch!

I spotted a 30% off discount online, you can get it too here - and snapped up the Tea Tree Cool and Creamy Wash, the Skin Clearing Toner and the Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser.

Now, I am a keen makeup wearer, and I tend to wear alot, so I'm going to get straight to it and say I always use my trusty Micellar water to take off most of my makeup. But, as we all know a Micellar water doesn't get deep into the skin to clean it, so a cleanser and toner are a must! I like to use the Foaming Cleanser in the morning when I haven't spent a day in the city. It's a pump action foam consistency that leave skin feeling clean and fresh when rinsed off and then I use the cream cleanser for a deeper clean after my Micellar water at the end of the day, lathering on my face and taking off with damp cotton wool. After using the cleansers I tone to close pores and take off any last traces of cleanser before applying my FAVOURITE Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair in the evening and a light Simple moisturiser in the day. 

What skin care are you loving at the moment?


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Here come the girls


There has been a lot discussed in the media, in businesses and organisations and in the gender space about equality and the pay gap.

There are a number of initiatives and organisations centered around offering women advice, tools and support to start up on their own, build self-esteem and re-align the perception of women in the working world, at home, or wherever in fact we we chose to be.


This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look or even how red their face gets.


The Women’s Organisation is the largest developer and deliverer of training and support targeting women in the UK. Delivering services and projects across the world.
The National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO, founded 1989) is an umbrella organisation for over 100 organisations and individuals based in England. All members are concerned to ensure women gain access to their human rights, and to make equality between women and men a reality. Its diverse membership includes: single issue to specialist organisations, faith groups, health centres, arts-based organisations and others offering services and campaigning across a range of women’s concerns.

I for one, think that, we as women, should support whatever pathway women choose to take to reach their own goals, whatever these maybe. There should be no sociological or cultural barriers in place to stop or hinder. This is the type of message I hoped to convey with The Pink Tank, and you can read a little bit more about why The Pink Tank started and what I hope(d) I would evoke from readers when I started blogging here.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Insider interview: Helen Dickson


In our next Insider Interview, we chat to Helen Dickson, owner of bridal boutique DressPlace, about running a business and bridal fashions.

What’s your usual working day like?

Every day around 9am,  I walk into my beautiful shop and think to myself, how lucky I am. I have been feeling like this for over 6 years now and I don’t think I will ever lose this feeling. My shop is on 4 floors and I always have a walk around first thing, to make sure every room, is in perfect order. Sometimes I feel like Mr Selfridge! My 9 members of staff arrive at 9.45 am, ready to listen to my regular morning meeting to discuss the customer appointments due in that day. There is such a variety of customers that each and every one of them requires personal service. We may have some brides, some Mothers and some bridesmaids. In prom season there will be prom girls to look after and at Christmas time , the party frocks are in high demand. I oversee the day, making sure everyone is happy and smiling. At the end of the day we have a debrief, to see which dresses were favourites, and how many glasses of Prosecco were clinked, to celebrate a successful dream dress being found. At home time, I take a final look around and leave with very tired feet but with a smile on my face.

What was your dream job when you were younger?
I always wanted to be a chef. I trained at Catering College for 3 years and was fortunate to be able to go to Switzerland for work experience. I enjoyed it very much but once I started my family the unsociable hours were not child friendly, so I pursued other interests.

What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

To never give up and to go for what you want, not what you are offered.

What's your number one style tip?
Always keep an open mind and never dismiss a style on the hanger. As a rule of thumb, the dresses you like on the hanger, or in the magazines, don’t look so good on you, and the dress you really don’t want to try on, is the one you fall in love with

If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?
I really have no idea, I would be very sad if I couldn’t have my shop. I like to think I would be doing something glamorous and still dealing with lovely brides and their families.

If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?
I suggest doing lots and lots of research. Find out all about the bridal designers, the dresses and the current trends. Read as many bridal magazines and blogs as you can, and invest in a specialist training course to learn the trade. Present yourself to your favourite bridal boutique and offer to work for free, for a few weeks, to prove your worth, and I’m sure they would take you on.

What's the best thing about your job?
After going through the whole process of the dress finding and the fittings , to see the smiling faces of the brides, mothers and bridesmaids ,on the wedding photos, on their special day.

What's the toughest part of your job?
Definitely trying to handle a jealous sister of the bride, an over enthusiastic Mother of the Bride, a grumpy Mother of the Groom and a group of bickering friends, all with differing opinions and desires.

Most proud career moment to date?
Being chosen as one of the 100 small businesses, for Small Business Saturday, and being invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I truly hope I will still be in my shop. I will be nearly 70 years old then, and will probably be driving all my staff mad. My daughter will be taking over the day to day running, but I know I won’t be able to keep away from all the lovely customers.

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Face bases under £4!


I usually go high-end when I'm foundation shopping, but the other day in Superdrug, I went on a drug store foundation spree to try a selection of powder foundations rather than liquids and here are my favourite face bases under £4!!!

The Pro Base Pressed Powder by MUA is a staggering £2.50 and available in six different shades. The coverage is as good as you can get with £2.50, but it definitely does the trick, and who would mind throwing one in your handbag?! The only downside, there's no sponge applicator. I used a Real Techniques stippling brush in circular motions to create an even base colour and it works a treat - I've started to wonder why I ever spent over £20 on the Estee Lauder Double Wear Powder!

The Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and Ultimate Wear Powder are the perfect base staples at £3.99 each. The powder compact includes a mirror and sponge applicator so it is on-the-go perfect and although I find a brush application leaves a better finish, the sponge applicator is great for touch ups for shine-free skin throughout the day. The concealer has a very creamy consistency and gives full coverage under eyes and on blemishes. I do find the shades of the concealers a little pink-toned for my skin, so I use this a little more sparingly than some of my yellow or green toned concealers and then pat powder foundation over the top to ensure my base is even.

Here's what I have learned. Powder face bases under £4 are amazing. The coverage and look they give isn't really any different to the high-end products, and they are equally as portable but with the one bonus that they are so affordable!!

If you haven't tried these, I would definitely recommend these face bases, and if you have, let me know what you think of them!

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Esteé Lauder treats


In Boots not too long ago, there was a little promotion on the Esteé Lauder counter, with 10% off purchases and gift with purchase too. For me, the Advanced Night Repair is a skin care staple for overnight rejuvenation so I picked some up and here's what else came along too. 

Included in the gift with purchase was the 'Take it Away' make up remover, Modern Muse perfume, Pure Envy lipstick, double wear concealer and the Opening Ceremony makeup bag too.

I am a huge fan of the double wear foundation and concealer and use them on a regular basis, the coverage is excellent and they stay put all day. I've been very pleased with the 'Take it away' makeup remover, it removes makeup easily but doesn't leave the skin feeling hydrated and moisturise so if I were to spend over £20 on this product, I would be left a little disappointed. Moving on to the lipstick, I am a complete lipstick obsessive, so there isn't much I don't love about this Esteé Lauder one. It's a rich, creamy consistency with a highly pigmented colour that lasts - it's perfection and I'd purchase two of the Esteé Lauder staples just to get this free with the gift! 

All in all, this is a great gift with purchase, if you are picking up two Esteé Lauder items in Boots in the near future, don't forget to get your free gift too and let me know what you think!?


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Monday, October 12, 2015

Insider Interview: Chelseé Lewis

In our next Insider Interview, we chat to Chelseé Lewis, expert facialist based in Nicky Clarke's Mayfair salon and specializes in the CACI Ultra non-surgical anti-aging facial treatment with a host of A list stars and one of the beauty industry's most trusted names.
 
1. What’s your usual working day like?

My working day is normally very busy helping beauty aficionados to look good and feel great.

2. What was your dream job when you were younger?
When I was young I was always doing something to do with beauty and was very determined to peruse my beauty ambition. Whether it was perfecting my nail painting technique on my friends and family members or trying out a new beauty product, I was always wrapped up in beauty and enjoyed discovering new beauty trends. Having such a deep passion for beauty, it was paramount that I would work within the beauty industry.
 
3. What's the best piece of career advice you've been given?

Always follow your gut instinct and go with your heart.
 
4. What's your number one style tip?

A Great pair of heels! You always feel fabulous come rain or shine when you step into your favourite pair of shoes.
 
5. If you weren't doing the career you are now, what do you think you would be doing?

I always liked the idea of studying interior design. I’m rather fond of home decor and would have gone down this career path, if I didn’t go into beauty.

6. If someone was looking for a career change into your industry, how would you propose the best way is to start?
First of all I would recommend finding a local beauty salon or spa for work experience to see if this career is really what you want to do. And then if you do decide that is for you, do a little research and look for Beauty Therapy Colleges, Academy or Institutes who have gained exceptional reputation in delivering high quality beauty training along with beauty management programmes. And then arrange a visit to see if the college and area suits you before making a decision.
 
7. What's the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is meeting people from all walks of life and helping them to feel amazing and confident in their skin.
 
8. What's the toughest part of your job?

I can't say there is anything tough about my job. I love what I do and that's why I’m here. If you love what you do it will always shine through in your work.
 
9. Most proud career moment to date?

Starting my own company, it's the best feeling ever!

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 year’s time?
In the future I would love to see my company expand and perhaps I’ll also launch my own holistic skincare range.

Chelseé Lewis is based in Nicky Clarke's Mayfair salon and specializes in the CACI Ultra non-surgical anti-aging facial treatment loved by Jennifer Lopez. Chelseé has 19 years of beauty experience and is the go-to facialist for a number of celebs. She has worked with some of the best product houses and people in the beauty industry and is a well-known and trusted name.

To book a CACI Ultra facial treatment with Chelseé Lewis at Nicky Clarke, 11 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 3AX visit www.chelseelewis.co.uk or call Tel: 0794 689 3842.

Follow Chelseé Lewis on Twitter @ChelseeLewis

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Keeping it simple


After having a little skin care revamp and deciding to adopt the new motto, of spending 90% of my beauty routine on skin care and 10% on makeup, I'm starting by investing and trailing a selection of different skin care options.

I've been into Micellar waters for a while now, I've tried the Bioderma, Garnier, and a month or so ago, tried Simple's Micellar Cleansing Water. I really like these to take makeup off and cut through any grease and grime from the day. Simple's Micellar water is the best value for money on the high street, to be honest, I can't tell any difference between this and the Bioderma equivalent that's nearly 6 times as expensive!

To remove stronger eye makeup, sometimes the Micellar water doesn't quite do the trick, so I've been trying the Simple Eye Make Up Remover to ensure panda eyes are kept at bay! It's kind to the skin, doesn't irritate and removes eye makeup cleanly. Waterproof makeup takes a little bit of elbow grease...

Although Micellar waters are great to take makeup off, they don't cleanse down into the skin, so it's important to find a good, gentle cleanser to give you a deep clean. Lately, I've been loving the Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion - it's gentle, leave my skin feeling clean and fresh and removes any last traces of makeup from my skin.

I'll be looking at toners, serums and moisturisers in separate posts in the skin care series, so watch this space!
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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Shake it off.... take if off

There's nothing better than taking all of your make up off at the end of the day and having clean, fresh skin, but there are so many cleansers, make up removers, cleansing waters and cleansing balms on the high street at the moment, where do you even start!? Here's a round up of some of the best make up removers and cleansers to make sure you can take the day off.

Micellar water.
There are so many brands of Micellar water in stores, now, from the traditional Bioderma to very purse-friendly high street version. My favourites are the Boot Botanics and the Simple cleansing waters. They are in-expensive, cut straight through make up, grease and grime and leave the skin feeling fresh before using a creamier, thicker cleanser to get right into the skin. I also like to use Micellar water first thing in the morning to freshen my skin before toning, moisturising and starting my morning make up routine.

Make up remover.
There are some eye and lip make up removers that are great for removing a strong lip stain or waterproof eye make up. My favourites are the Estee Lauder, Take it Away, Simple, Eye Make up Remover and Olay's Eye Make up Remover.

Cream cleanser.
These are my absolute favourites, the Boots Botanics cleanser, Simple's cleansing lotion and The Body Shop's tea tree cool and creamy wash. I don't tend to wear waterproof eye make up so using a Micellar water, followed by a cream cleanser is usually enough for me. I use a 50p sized amount of cream cleanser and massage on my skin, I'm gentle around my delicate eye area (no one wants to promote wrinkles by pulling on the skin!) and then remove the cleanser with damp cotton wool pads.

Toner.
Recently, my blemish prone skin has really taken to the Body Shop's Tea Tree toner. It's fresh, removes any last trace of cleanser and helps to reduce my redness and blemishes too.

 What are your favourite take off the day products?

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

BEAUTY NEWS: Mariah for MAC

So this is more of an usual post for The Pink Tank, reserved for only the most note-worthy news.

Today, I came across the news that...hold your breath for one moment...Mariah Carey is launching a collection with MAC Cosmetics!

After all of the collaborations and celebrity collections, there is one, launching just in time for Christmas, that fills me with a little warmth inside. 

The name of the lipstick is called, wait for it, “All I Want” as in the classic Christmas anthem. It's a no-brainer for commercial success surely!



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Monday, September 28, 2015

Things Taylor Swift taught us about life

There are many things that Taylor Swift has contributed to the world: countless boy-trashing love songs; country-pop music to the masses; a renaissance of Romeo and Juliet and the coordinating crop top and short style, but here are some of the things Taylor has taught us about living life...

1. Sometimes you've just got to lose your shit. It's okay.

2. SHAKE IT OFF. Everything. Just shake it all off.

3. Dance like you're in your bedroom with a hairbrush. 
Taylor clearly does it so it's fine for the rest of us.

4. Bad blood is not for the faint hearted. Don't cross a Swiftette or else.

5. Eugh. Justin Beiber is not the one. Soz. 

6. A life is complete with cats.

7. Sometimes people are just......

8. Pulling these move out at an awards ceremony, or in our case, any walk of life is never frowned upon. Anything Miley can do you can do better.


Thanks Tay-Tay.... 

xoxo
 

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Culture Couture Exchange: How Fashion Trends from Different Cultures Became Popular Worldwide

In modern fashion, there are no clearly defined boundaries – any part of a folk costume can be easily adapted to and fused with modish clothes and accessories belonging to remote parts of the world. That’s one of the upsides of globalization: instead of hundreds of ethnicities defined by their unique clothing style, we now have only people with infinite possibilities of reinventing their looks using clothes the wear of which was once limited to one nation only. Thanks to fusion of different fashion trends, you can find inspiration for your outfit literally anywhere. Here, we bring you five nation-specific items that have become ultra-popular across the globe over the past decade.

1. Japan – Kimono

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Once used in Japan only, kimono stands for ‘a thing to wear’. Back in Japan, kimonos were straight-cut dresses with a waist belt (obi) and were made from silk and other premium fabrics, so they were expensive for an average American or European. Today, modern polyester and rayon kimonos are available in online stores at an affordable price. The traditional Japanese kimono designs and colors indicated political class, wearer’s virtues, clan belonging and season of the year, but the tones and patterns of their modern counterparts have nothing to do with the original symbolization.

2. India – Saree

Indian sarees are draped dresses crafted from a single long piece of fabric, and its use is not resorted to India alone: they’re worn in Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Malaysia, too. The saree’s stylistic versatility, infinite adaptability and aesthetic simplicity inspired fashion designers across the globe to create their own takes on the Indian costume. Often worn with an underskirt and a tight top (choli), the saree comes in a variety of fabrics, colors and designs and can be draped over a woman’s body in dozens of ways. From the subcontinent, the saree has spread to the rest of the planet, so don’t be surprised to see a European lady donning a piece of India at a formal ceremony.

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3. France – Beret

A headpiece worn by members of the Resistance in WWII, the beret is an easily recognizable clothing symbol of France that has recently become a part of the global fashion scene. Usually associated with rebels, army and the bohemia, the woolen cap can be worn with one end pushed to the side or it can be pulled over the forehead – both styles are hip and both denote a rebellious, progressive spirit. If you’re looking for a statement clothing item to add to your avant-garde wardrobe, you can go no wrong with the beret.

4. Chile – Poncho

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If you want to stay on the cozy side, try the poncho. Worn throughout South America, this warm, boho-chic clothing item is called chamanto in Chile. The chamanto differs from the traditional poncho getup in that it has a two-in-one design with reversible girlies: one side is light-colored for use during the day and the other is dark for nighttime wear. The Chilean chamanto was once made from silk only but can now be found in stores worldwide in many different fabrics, such as wool, polyethylene and cotton.

5. The Aztec tradition - Tribal prints

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Tribal prints have been a major fashion fad over the past years, but few people know the true origins of this unique clothing design. Although they have been somewhat modified to suit contemporary trends, tribal motifs such as plaids and stripes have their roots in the Aztec era. If you opt for tribal prints, make sure you wear them in moderation, outlined against a monochromatic outfit or as an accent on leather handbags, shoes, belts and socks.


When it comes to fashion, inspiration is everywhere – kimonos, sarees, berets, ponchos and Aztec prints are only some cool ideas for your next getup combination. Being multicultural wardrobe-wise is chic - just be careful which items you combine and what attitude you pair them with.


About the Author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is an Australian literature graduate who loves to read and has been writing since she was little. Her passion is beauty and fashion and she loves to spend her free time travelling and of course…. shopping! You can contact Amy on her Facebook page.


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