Just before I left on holiday I went into Christian Louboutin on Mount Street to try out their new beauty range. I’ve been hearing a lot about the nail polish, in particular the insane shape of the bottle, inspired by the highest heel ever created by the brand. Due to a particularly stressful nail biting week I went for a plain nude colour – ‘Just Nothing‘. I’m obsessed with the almost matte finish and how perfectly polished the manicure looks.
Of course they have a limited edition polish out for Christmas called the Rouge Louboutin starlight. With hand placed Strass crystals there are only 1000 in production so get them before they’re gone :)
Manicure by Christian Louboutin
I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while and it’s the perfect rainy day for me to stay inside and play with my camera. When it comes to make up and hair products I prefer the easy natural look, and slowly over the last few months I’ve been introduced to products that really make a difference. Any time I’ve been on a magazine shoot I can’t quite believe the transformation before my eyes, that’s not to say it’s as easy to get the same look at home when all you have is one arm holding a hairbrush and the other a dryer, as apposed to a team all pulling your hairs different directions at the same time. Anyway here are some of the products that actually do work at home for me.
For the hair: I’m loving this seaweed shampoo from Bumble and bumble (I have the conditioner too but it’s not as thick and creamy as their other ones), so instead I’ve been using this new Phil Smith conditioning hair mask every few washes. After I use the Bumble and bumble prep spray followed by Moroccan Oil. I am totally obsessed with the Moroccan Oil! I know I’m a bit late on this but glad I made the party eventually, so much better than any other hair oil product I’ve used and I love the glossy feeling afterwards.
For the face: I’ve had the Clinique eyes serum for a while but really started using it around fashion week; the cold ball feels so good under your eyes and really helps to wake you up. Bobby Browns corrector is amazing for under your eyes, I’m always paranoid about looking tired and this is another beauty secret I learned from a make up artist on set, then I always top up with YSL’s Touche Eclat (told you I was paranoid). For the mascara I love MaxFactor, they have the perfect brush size and always make my eyelashes look longer. The Calvin Klein eyeshadow base I’ve just been using on it’s own, it’s got a great creamy texture that doesn’t turn into lines on your eyelid after a days wear; it’s just a few shades darker than my skin tone so it’s quite subtle. The Laura Mercier eye powder duo is another new product I can’t live without; I’ve got it in Deep Blonde and you use the lighter powder for the inside of your brow and the darker one as you brush out. The high beam from Benefit is great for a healthy glow, I just put a little on my cheekbones and on the inside of the eye to brighten up my face.
I’d love to hear of any products that you guys can’t live without!
I originally saw this manicure on Hanneli and thought it was the perfect simple mani for those days when you don’t want to have to paint on three of four coats of varnish. I applied on a shine coat onto my bare nail, followed by a thin layer of black onto the tips, then finished with a topcoat and, voila!
Some comings and goings in my life lately. Sometime I feel like my instagram is way better than my blog, or at least shows different aspects of what I love to do in real-time, like traveling and eating, mostly.
This week I’ve been meeting with Danielle Foster to see the finished bags from our collab (they’re so awesome!); securing the show venue, which is going to be bigger and better than last season; visiting the bloggers suite at the St Martins Lane hotel over London Collections Mens for cocktails and relaxation time, and of course, general studio working of toiling and making the AW13 collection! I had to share a picture of the current AnOther magazine – my very talented seamstress Maria, made all the giant plastic domes that are in this editorial. So insanely amazing!
I thought I’d share some new beauty treatments, as my skin really suffers in the winter with the harsh cold and dry-out central heating, so to combat it I got some Embryolisse lait-creme concentre for day and Jurlique night moisturiser for night. My skin feels amazing, so both genuinly recommended! As for new eats, this week I tried out Patty & Bun, new London burger joint everyone’s raving about, and you will too; also Dishoom, that I’ve already been to a couple of times as it’s just so good! Favourite buy of the week is the Noemi Klein spine ring in gold, pictured top, which hasn’t left my ring since I got it. I hope you all got to enjoy the snow over the weekend, if you had some!
Sometimes I find nail polish to be a bit too perfect and glossy looking. I love the look of a white decaying textured wall, so I thought I would try and translate it into my nails, just for fun. This was actually something we did for the SS13 show, painting the nails and then sponging it off for a more lived in, rough and ready feel. The trick is to wait until it’s almost set, then use a sponge to heavily dab into the varnish.
London is non stop rain today, so unfortunately no outfit shots! I did manage to sneak outside during a dry spot to capture my rings though. Hope you all had a good weekend!
Having fun experimenting with my new matte topcoat by China Glaze. I found it quite easy to draw it on freehand as mistakes could easily be rectified with any normal topcoat simply dapped onto the problem area. In other news, I’m busy preparing to shoot my SS13 lookbook on Wednesday and all with an 8 week old puppy to train!
I’ve been experimenting with more and more manicure variations of the DIY I posted last week. Absolutely in love with this one! Nude undercoat with black spiked tips. Almost gives the illusion of claws!
I painted the nails nude first, then cut triangles out of masking tape, this time putting them further down the nail, towards the end, then painted over with black. Remove when dry and add top coat.
In the mean time I’ve been working on my SS13 collection, so excited for fashion week in less than a month now! I also got myself a bicycle to zip around the city in. Took it out for it’s first ride to the flower market yesterday!
The manicure I’m addicted to at the moment is this super easy DIY; you just cut triangle shapes out of masking tape and stick them over your cuticles, all you need to do then is paint over the top and peel off! I’m loving having the underneath triangle natural, but it would work so well with other colours too. So far this week I’ve had grey and then last night switched to navy satin, but what I’m really craving is a matt/shiny combo. I need to get myself some matt top coat ASAP!
As I’m sat inside trying to get over my morning of sunbathing in 30 degrees Zurich, I thought I could show you guys my final Bengt X So hot right nail post, before Jen comes back and we head off to see the city! Definitely the craziest of all three styles, I’d always wanted to try 3D nails, although I have to say I don’t think I could handle them in every day life as they catch on everything! At least now I can tick the crazy Japanese inspired nails off my bucket list! Worn with Moxham, E.A Burns and Louise Amstrup all from BENGT!