The Glamour of Ardell lashes celebrating 45 years at the Langham Hotel London.

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Bradley_151126_8020Through my work i’ve used many different types and makes of Lashes.  From high glam, advertizing, portraits and drag artists. Seems they never go out of fashion. Just think back in relation to Hollywood films with leading ladies like Clara Bow in the 20’s and Gene Harlow in the 30’s ( one of the first blonds in movies) they wore false lashes to accentuate their eyes on film to lure and engage the viewer.  Ardell invited me to celebrate 45 years at the Langham Hotel in central London with a glamorous event to show off the new Press On Lashes and natural styles. Certainly Oscar Winners.

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The NEW press on Ardell lashes come in styles 101, 105 and Wispies £8.45, the ones below £5.49,  lashes are knotted and feathered by hand using natural hair so will have a soft natural effect.

ARDELL® lashes are stocked at Boots, Superdrug and Tesco stores nationwide.
@Ardell_Lashes    On twitter at the moment they have a competition to win a VIP trip to Hollywood for two.  Ardell Lashes.

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The Little Black Dress & Avon’s Christmas make-up favourites 2015.

If you’re looking for glamourous affordable party dresses & make-up ideas for Christmas, then read on.  Party dresses from under £50 & make-up items from Avon to suit your budget easily for 2015.

The company Little Back Dress had bit of a bash recently at the Cafe Royal in one of the most beautiful rooms i have seen for a long time. It’s worth a visit with your friends if you get a chance to visit town before Christmas.   It was full of press, bloggers, pop stars and soap stars.  Typical of me to sit in the reserved spot and was quite quickly removed by a PR with a smile,  ( I know my place :)).

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Littleblackdress.co.uk - Catherine Dress - £110
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Amazingly it was the 9th year for the Avon Beauty Bus and it was parked up opposite the John Snow Pub in Broadwick Street Soho. Named after Dr John Snow who discovered the water pump in this street was the cause of the Cholera epidemic 1854.

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As it says the must have Matte lipsticks £8.50,  you can see the John Snow Pub to your right. Below left is the advent calender £55 with 12 nail polishes, next is the Medium Make-up Palette £12 & to the right My Eyeliner Wardrobe £12.  For more details on Avon for Christmas just click here AVON UK. 
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A fabulous collection of Nail Vanish each £6, Pink Bracelet £5 part of the Breast Cancer Aware Campaign that Avon takes part every October where £2’s donated to the Charity. Avon also supports those suffering from domestic violence and help raise money for Refuge & Woman’s Aid.
See below some further Christmas gift ideas  AVONUK.
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Australian brand Nude by Nature’s answer to natural mineral make-up.

nude by natureThe name NudebyNature conjures up thoughts of  the outdoors and reflects the concept of this beauty brand.  I understand from my newly discovered extended family ( who happen to be make-up artists) and live close to Melbourne Australia, say the brand widely advertised on infomercials. That’s an advertizing term i hadn’t ever heard before.  However i had the chance to try these products for myself at the event with journos Rebecca Barnes and Karen Heath at the London Launch in the Charlotte Street Hotel.  I have to say i  liked the consistency of the liquid foundation as it smooths over the skin so easily and naturally.
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WP_20150930_18_38_28_ProI met the Global Brand Ambassador & fellow make-up artist Clint Dowdell where we exchanged some friendly banter.  This make-up range is easy going for those of you looking for a simple choice while enhancing the skins complexion. The description of each product below is true to expectation which is refreshing.  There are no harmful ingredients or parabens and the foundations are available in mineral and liquid consistency.

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The range includes a line up of eco friendly synthetic brushes. This makes them bacteria free, soft to touch, easy to wash and dry. There’s something for everyone here and works for the lightest of skin tones to the darkest.

Brush Set, £50 with pouch.

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Individual brushes range from £16 to £25.
Brushes
Radiant Loose Powder Foundation, 10g, £25, Flawless Pressed Powder Foundation, 10g, £25, Luminous Sheer Liquid Foundation, 30ml, £25.
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Flawless Pressed Powder FoundationLuminous Sheer Liquid Foundation
Perfecting ConcealerMatte Pressed BronzerNatural Glow Loose bronzerPerfecting Concealer, 5.9ml, £20, Matte Pressed Bronzer, 10g, £22, Natural Glow Loose Bronzer, 10g, £18.
Mattifying Pressed Setting Powder, 10g, £22, middle Perfecting Primer, left 30ml, £22, Cashmere Pressed Blush, £22.
Perfecting PrimerCashmere Pressed BlushMattifying Pressed Setting PowderTranslucent Loose Finishing Powder, 10g, £22,  Sheer Light Illuminator, 30ml, £18, Sheer Light Illuminator, 30ml, £18.
Transluscent Loose Finishing PowderSheer Light IlliminatorSheer Light Pressed IlluminatorPrices start at £18 click on the link  Feelunique.com to find out further details.

No7 Airbrush Away Foundation & Match Made blushers to suit you perfectly.

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Latest arrival on the No7 counter is the Airbrush Away Foundation £16.50, offering a very soft focus with a radiant velvety finish. Try the Airbrush Away Primer £16.50 underneath the foundation to amplify the effect. The NEW Match Made blushers £9.00 have a soft silky finish with added Vitamin E so conditioning the skin and available in eight colours.

The Match Made Service is a devise that matches your skin tone for foundation and colour cosmetics to suit you perfectly. It’s only offered in certain areas so you need to add your postcode to find a free consultation with an advisor. I’ve taken clients to match the right colour foundation finish as a consumer. I have to say clients of all ages are extremely happy with their choice and i was impressed with the extensive variations of foundation colours and finishes. It used to be trial and error with make-up and now you can be sure of your choices.   Match Made Service Boots UK.

ORLY COLOR AMP’D NEW & exciting nail collection available Boots UK 15th October.

Capture bottlesThe most varied and fashionable colours you’ve ever wanted from one nail brand. Gel in appearance and needs no base coat, has a fast drying top coat with a gloss finish,  lasts longer than your average manicure, smudge proof  (meaning it smooths over if the colour smudges while drying). I personally love Sunset Strip as it has a vibrant finish and removes easily with a basic nail vanish remover with no problems. Think this is an absolute winner collection and perfect to brighten up the coming Autumn/Winter months. Available Boots UK 15th October 2015.
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NEW Vidal Sassoon’s INFRA RADIANCE HOT AIR STYLER creates smooth, full volume curls.

WP_20150813_19_17_33_ProWP_20150813_19_18_54_ProVidal Sassoon’s latest addition to their Infra Radiance range with the Hot Air Styler £34.99,  creates curls and volume by an easy to use round brush and hair dryer all in one. The gentle infra red heat helps to reduce frizz by keeping the moisture within the hair so creating smoothness, real shine and bounce.

Available in September 2015 from Boots, Tesco & Asda £34.99  and would make the perfect Christmas Present.

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Real hands on fashion advice from Alicia/Kay helps to engage and develop your own fashion style.

CaptureAlicia and KayA quick update about the fabulous fashion duo Alicia and Kay. They invited me to visit one of their morning workshops at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel & Spa  and found the experience very helpful with lots of hands on friendly advice. These workshops help to reinforce, add and back up all the useful content online that clients individually subscribe too. I met some great women who’d really benefited from their service and couldnt wait to come back for another hands on future workshop.

Here’s the original post from the initial launch in February 2015.

Everyone suffers fashion disasters over the years.  It just gets complicated knowing what works for you at different phases of your life when there’s so much available in the shops and online.  A Government campaign   Love your clothes  have stated that there are an estimated £30 billion worth of clothing sitting in the backs of our wardrobes for over a year.  That’s just incredible to think that many people buy clothing in the wrong size, shape, style, and colour to add to already unworn clothing in their wardrobes. I find it completely shocking that we would want to waste our money and time in this way.

Recently I visited the Hoxton Hotel in Holborn to meet Alicia and Kay the founders of aliciakaystyle.com   who are absolutely passionate about utilizing clothing you currently own by finding key items within your budget to add to your wardrobe. The idea is to create a capsule collection for spring/summer and autumn/winter so eliminating any future dilemmas of what works for you in wearable clothing, footwear and accessories. It’s teaching simple styling techniques that really work for you personally and it totally makes sense and brings women together.

Click here aliciakaystyle to see where your nearest styling classes will be running and maybe you have what it takes to become a fashion stylist yourself.

“A Stylish Woman Makes Fashion Her Own.” says Alicia and Kay and I tend to agree. Fashion style is completely personal and wearing clothes you feel comfortable and confidant wearing is everything no matter where it’s from or what budget you spend.

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