Wednesday, December 30, 2015

5 Gorgeous Holiday Makeup Ideas to Try This Year

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

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

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 d├ęcolletage. Likewise, if applying shimmer to your cheekbones, use a lighter eye shadow.

3. Use nude makeup

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

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

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.


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


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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