Saturday, 25 October 2014

Brew Break #8 UO Nail Polishes

I have a confession to make. When it comes to buying beauty products, I often get hypnotised into buying items for their name alone (more often than I'd care to admit). Maybe it's because I used to work in marketing, but give me a lipstick with a quirky name and dainty packaging and I'm hook, line & sinker!

 I know, I know, "that which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet", but I can't help it; If I saw Charlotte Tilbury's Hepburn Honey & Armani #400 side by side, there's no doubt which one I'd gravitate towards.

If you're a closet marketing junkie too, I've found our kryptonite... Urban Outfitter's nail polishes! Now luckily for me, the formulas are actually really great which cushions the blow. They also generally only need one coat, dry super quick and are around £4 a pop.

I'll start with my favourite: Prince. Now any die hard Prince fan, like myself, knows that if Prince were a colour, he'd be purple and this polish does his purple army proud! I actually quite like that this shade leans more towards raspberry beret than purple rain as it's more offbeat. I'm really looking forward to using this in the winter!

The next shade I went for was this iridescent green / blue hue. I recently heard The Little Magpie rave about glitter nail polishes and who doesn't want disco balls at their fingertips? I also love that it's named after the Sci-Fi comedy TV series Firefly... I actually considered going as Inara Serra for Halloween! Word to the wise, it's a bitch bugger to get off!

The final colour I opted for is the colour I've been rocking all month to set the tone, Wednesday. Aptly named after one of my first ever style icons (when I went through my witch phase, don't ask) Wednesday Addams. This is the first matte nail polish I've ever tried and I'm seriously impressed! I was a little hesitant to buy it, as I was worried it would set like a chalk board (which makes me cringe) but it looks really chic and has been radiating serious Halloween vibes.

What's your favourite name of a beauty product you've ever purchased? 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Brew Break #7 Groovy Winter Staple

How ya doin' honey baaaaaby?

About a month ago, I began to see Helena (serious girl crush) from Bel's Fashion wearing an array of colourful faux Mongolian stoles. Lime, fuchsia, sky blue... it was love at first sight!

When she revealed they were from Select and just £8 a pop, it wasn't long (I'd say a couple minutes) until they were in my virtual shopping bag and on their way to me. Who doesn't want to look like an extra from Austin Powers?

OBSESSED with Helena's cosmic style and joie de vivre!

These babies have been keeping me cosy on blustery walks to university...

I may or may not have bought the baby blue one too... Yeeeeeeah Baaaaby!

Whilst we're on the subject of Austin Powers, how iconic was Beyoncé as Foxxy Cleopatra? And don't even get me started on Work it Out...

I NEED some zodiac bedazzled jeans in my life!

(Trust me to bring everything back to Queen B)


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Brew Break #6 Quirky Makeup Ideas

I thought since it's the weekend and Saturday night fever's in the air, I'd quickly share some quirky make-up ideas. I've recently come across so many jazzy inspirations, mostly on Tumblr, so decided to start bookmarking them.

Pour yourself a glass of wine (Dutch courage), crank up Destiny's Child Greatest Hits, grab your make-up bag (or paint palette)
and take a walk on the wild side!

Are you ready for this jelly?

Ziggy Stardust vibes.

Try filling your eyebrows in with eye-shadow for a pop of colour.
I'm enamoured with the offbeat lady who frequently visited Marina Abramovic's 'The Artist is Present'. Coloured eyebrows, tick. Gothic lipstick, tick, Cosmic hair, tick. 

This trick is by far my favourite as it's so subtle and often finds itself in my daily make-up routine. Just tactfully dab your mascara wand under each eye and bob's your uncle!

Rock on Gold Dust woman...

When in doubt, add glitter.

LOVED the dotted rosy cheeks down the Vivienne Westwood SS15 catwalk...

Definitely going to be painting daisies during festival season next year...

Bumble & Bumble's hair chalk canisters are calling me...

And when all else fails, listen to Janis...

Il faut faire aujourd'hui ce que tout le monde fera demain.
Do today what everyone else will do tomorrow.
- Jean Cocteau

Is my vibe too vibalacious for ya babe?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Lykke Li & Other Stories

On the night of my last exam back in May, I celebrated by going to see Lykke Li at Village Underground in Shoreditch. For the last few years, I've devoured her albums over and over again and know every intonation. The night was incredible and Lykke Li as ethereal as you're led to believe. Half of her allure is not only her gut wrenching lyrics but her stage persona; think Stevie Nicks meets Wednesday Addams. 

When I heard that she recently collaborated with one of my favourite brands & Other Stories, I was beaming. Not only is her "wilfully simple" twenty three piece collection oozing Scandi Chic, but it's also reasonably priced. 

These are my favourite pieces, although I'd quite happily buy them all...

In the last few weeks, I've seen her collection crop up in many articles and it's refreshing how involved Lykke Li was with the creative process, which I really think translates. I also love the androgynous edge to her creative vision, here's her thoughts "This collection will be my uniform until the day I die, from hotel slippers and loafers, to cigarette pants and the perfect blazer, to the cashmere sweater and the silk shirt. You get the point, be the man you want to marry!’"

The Swedish singers stance on fashion is so charming, whilst speaking of the statement loafers in her line, she retorts "heels can ruin the perfect party but in these I can run fast - and you hear that click when you walk."

As you can see, the monochrome capsule encaptures her loyalty to black. In her words she wears black "to look invisible and blend in. What I want you to see is my soul and eyes." Her début collection is also inspired by nomads and one of her favourite quotes by Tolkien, "not all those who wander are lost." To stick with the gypsy theme, the dainty jewellery has nomad symbols on which I absolutely adore.

If you haven't lost yourself in Lykke Li's dreamy and infectious performances before, there's no time like the present...

'Lykke Li Live on the Moon' is definitely worth checking out!

Her music videos directed by Tarik Saleh are so ambiguous and obscure... in other words, brilliant!

I could go on all day...

Monday, 13 October 2014

Bibbidi-Bobbidi Bits & Bobs #2

Last week was a blur of lectures, seminars, poetry workshops and cup after cup of coffee. In my little pockets of spare time, I found solace in loosing myself on Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram etc... Here are some bits and bobs I came across!

I usually get the firs tingle of Christmas when I see the Coca Cola 'holidays are coming!' advert, but this year it was when I saw this...

Alright, I know we haven't even passed Halloween yet but in my book, it's never too early to be excited for Christmas. No seriously, I've been excited since August! Even though it's probably the most expensive advent calendar in the world (at a whopping £85), the products are mostly cult classics and the whole book of shadows / spell book aesthetic is so up my street! Half of me is saying it works out a mere £3.50 a day, bargain! & the other half is saying Daisy, that's almost three weeks commute! I dream of a world where Selfridges accepts student discount.

For many moons now, I've been following beauty guru Lisa Eldridge's channel on Youtube and as far as I'm concerned, her word is gospel. Lisa recently shared her facial massage routine and it's instantaneously become a staple in my evening skincare routine. Every night since, I've been using her techniques and massaging my face with a dot of coconut oil. It's undoubtedly the highlight of my day and mind blowingly relaxing, thanks to her soporific voice. You can almost feel all your troubles unknotting. Lisa also dubs it THE holy grail of anti-ageing!

Most nights, I find myself re-reading old Rookie Mag articles and getting lost in their utter brilliance. Last week I came across a blinder about protecting your vision in my bookmarks and think everybody should read it. It's beautifully written by one of my favourite illustrators Hattie Stewart. Every time I'm having a wobble (usually on Monday mornings), I skim read this and feel like joining her and Diana Vreeland, sat on the edge of the world looking out at everything. Also, whenever I'm faced with a set back or loss of momentum, I repeat her mantra: don't get mad, get (insert passion here). Get writing. Get painting. Get moving and shaking!!

Hattie also generously shares her top tips on how to swim through the mud to clear water more smoothly than she did. Gold Dust woman...

Time is often your best friend as an artist — if no one understands you today, keep going - someone will tomorrow.

I make a point of feeding my imagination.

Sticking with the theme of perseverance and empowerment, another favourite last week was Charlotte Tilbury's Makeup Your Destiny campaign. A bunch of celebrities have been starting a movement in which they share photos of their younger self beside a current photo and impart wisdom to their younger selves. My favourite so far has to be Kate Moss' stellar advice: STICK TO YOUR GUNS GIRL! I thought I'd give it a whirl...

Advice I would give to my younger self: 
LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY! Grab every travel opportunity with both hands. Remember nana's wise words "it's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice!". Hug mum at least three times a day, you'll miss her when you're at uni more than you can imagine. Don't worry as much, everyone else is making it up as they go along too! Love your body for it holds your beautiful mind. Go to Greek school, you'll thank mum when you're older! (I'd also cheekily tell my past self about the time and location of Prince's secret London gigs earlier this year, as I waited unsuccessfully for three hours... I'd make sure I'm first in line) & finally remember you can always put your hands in your pockets and walk away!

I stumbled upon this quote on Instagram last week and had to share it with you. I think we all have those moments and can relate...

I'm SO in love with the name Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling have chosen for their Hey Girl: Esmeralda. They've named their tot after the gypsy from one of my favourite Disney films, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Adorable name for what I can only imagine to be one of the most adorable babies in Hollywood.

From one gypsy to another. I was grinning like a Cheshire cat all week after reading this article. First of all, it's a collaboration made in music heaven. Secondly, imagine Stevie Nicks inviting you to her home, representing you with a moon pendant necklace in a dark-velvet sachet and pronouncing you 'Sisters of the Moon'. LIFE GOAL.

Here's Haim and the Gypsy Queen's haunting rendition of Rhiannon... 

She is like a cat in the dark and then she is the darkness...

LOVE the black velvet Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane cape Este's rocking!

& here's the actual interview for The New York Times' T Magazine. 
Here's my favourite extract...

Before I could ask a question, Nicks began explaining what she had learned about self-presentation from Parisian women during her holiday in France, and conversation turned naturally to stage dressing. “Whatever it is that makes you feel fantastic and free — you need to get three copies of that,” Nicks advised. Upon returning to L.A. from her first Fleetwood Mac tour, she had approached a designer friend and said, “I wanna look like a Dickensian character that walks the wharfs of London.” As she spoke she drew an illustration of the outfit on a lined yellow legal pad, showing how her shirt became like wings when she raised her arms. Later, she would impulsively sign and dedicate the drawing to the girls.

I also just love that Stevie uses the phrase '...until the cows come home'.

And Finally, can we all just take a moment to acknowledge that last week Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, at the age of seventeen. Words can't even begin to scratch the surface of how inspirational, courageous and selfless Malala is. 

Malala symbolises hope and light in a far too often gloomy world.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Brew Break #5 L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipsticks

All week I've been scouring different Boots branches in search of L'Oreal Colour Riche's new red & nude lipstick collections. Both lines feature the perfect shades for a range of celebrities with different skin tones. 

I FINALLY managed to get my hands on them whilst killing time between lectures at the mini Boots in Greenwich. After an eternity of swatching, re-swatching, umming and ahhing (it's laughable how serious I take my lipsticks), I finally settled on these three...

Originally at the top of my list, was Julianne’s Red as it's Vivianna Does Make-Up favourite. However, the colour doesn't really suit my skin tone, I much preferred Blake's (left) and Eva's (right).

I also picked up J Lo's nude for FREE (don't worry, it wasn't five finger discount), as I've had my eye out for a new 'my lips but better'. I was waiting for an email from Mac to let me know when my dream shade is back in stock, but then the universe brought this into my line of vision. Behold...

My iPhone camera doesn't do this shade justice, trust me it's everything you want it to be and more! This is now glued to the bottom of my handbag as it's perfect for when I'm on the go, you don't even need a mirror to apply!

I'm so in love with these new additions to my ever growing (seriously, it's like the monster from The Little Shop of Horrors) lipstick collection and can't recommend them enough. Also, the L'Oreal counter in Boots currently has a 3 for 2 promotion. Can you believe I bought all three for under £14! (Bare in mind ONE Mac lipstick is £15 nowadays!) I also think the bullet is really chic and luxurious considering it's a drug store brand.

Anyway, before I get into the whole Mac lipsticks used to be £12.50 and Freddo's 10p tangent, I'll be on my merry way!

Happy Saturday Petals!