The fact that it’s even a question we ask ourselves in 2015, is enough of a sign that YES, platinum blonde hair might just be the new thing this season. That, and also Kim Kardashian’s latest hair transformation. The girl just bleached her hair last week and went platinum blonde. If held the planet followed, I would’t be surprised.

I wouldn’t though blame it all on Kim. Hello, Kanye.

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Anyway, leaving those two aside, I would very much dare say I myself had a lot to do with this new hair trend. Whaaaaaaa?!

OK. Allow me now for the sake of, basically myself, to be slightly delusional. But honest. Those who know me, know, that last week right before Kim Kardashian went platinum I was seriously considering getting blonde highlights, and then, after stumbling on this photo below of Kate Moss, I was flirting A LOT with the idea of getting platinum blonde hair. Like rough rebel chic 80s style bleached hair, with dark roots and dark eyebrows. Think Madonna or Deborah Harry back then. Or Rita Ora & Rihanna today.

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Dayum.

Of course had I voiced this hair desire sooner, I could have claimed the fucking throne to platinum hair. Well, not really, but part of being delusional comes with alternative realities. I got so many, this one’s just the icing on the cake. At least I wasn’t that off the rail and onto the looney place with my bleached blonde thoughts.

Ahh, but you see… platinum hair, as Marilyn Monroe intriguing and seductive as it is, or as 80s Madonna sexual-edgy as it looks is not a cake we can all swallow. These two bombshells are fair skinned and have blue eyes. But what about us, the rest of the flock with darker skin, dark eyes, and not-naturally-light-blonde-hair?

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Is platinum blonde hair a safe beauty-bet?

NO. ‘Excuse me?’ snapped my brown-eyed-medium-brown-skinned-self at me. ‘Well, the thing is, platinum hair will always look more at home on a fair skinned person, BUT, all the other skin tones have one massive outcome out of this look: incredible, unbelievable and irresistible edginess and coolness.’ THIS I find personally more intriguing and lust over looking at, more than the opposite. Again, I am biased.

Platinum hair is a major style and beauty statement, first of all cause of its obviousness, and second, for what it stands for or translates.

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It can be the dolled up platinum bleached blonde babe, but that is so 2000s Christina Aguillera. Done, done, done. And then done some more. With a slight risk you’ll end up looking like a porn star. It can be retro-bombshell-glamorous, think Marilyn Monroe, or Gwen Stefani. Or it can look very edgy-rock-urban-cool with dark roots and dark eyebrows. Think Rita Ora, 80s Madonna, Rihanna. Not to mention so many fashionistas, bloggers, or models out there. Of all skin tones, and beauty traits.

Platinum blonde also looks so much better on short-er hair, hence Kim Kardashian’s new cut to go with the new colour. Plus think about the rest of the icons. Exactly.

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This is where things don’t add up for me, as I made a promise to myself I will no longer cut my hair for a long time. Cause I wanna have Azealia Banks mermaid mane. I know… I’m still 12.

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Can anyone wear platinum blonde hair?

YES. It is all a matter of the right shade somehow.

While fair skinned people can pretty much rock any platinum blonde shade (cold, warm, ice blonde, pinkish, ash blonde etc.), the plot thickens when we talk medium brown, brown, caramel, and dark skin tone.

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But platinum blonde hair DOES work of any skin tone out there. It all depends on the overall look you’re going for. Platinum being such a doll-hair-color, will always – in my book – look so much better clashed against the opposite: roughness, ghetto-glam styles, retro-edgyness et all.

  • dark roots. They add roughness and edginess to the style, giving it that 80s rocknroll vibe.
  • dark eyebrows. Yes. It’s no longer required to match your eyebrows to your hair, au contraire, keeping your eyebrows dark, or darkening them will add more definition to your features and create a high-fashion-cool contrast to your platinum hair.
  • match your platinum shade to your skin tone. Think about when last week Kim Kardashian bleached her hair it sort of had a yellow unnatural tone to it, now… she went even lighter, but cooled down her shade and made it less chicken-yellow and more 80s platinum. And I’m betting it will look even better once her roots grow out a bit.

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Yes, it’s not natural looking on darker skin tones, and yes they would probably look conventionally better with darker hair, BUT platinum hair with darker skin tones looks uber sophisticated and very very very fashionable.

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Rocking platinum blonde though will probably take the right attitude & tons of commitment: hydrate & condition our hair a LOT more, AND different makeup habits: eyebrow makeup, mascara, bold lips, contouring. I think platinum hair requires muted makeup tones but strong defined features. Think Instagram filters.

So what do you think girls, are we really going back to the 80s platinum locks? And if so, do they look too fake, or do they actually add just the right amount of sophistication and edginess to our style?



Let’s set the record straight first: there is no such thing as the ultimate hair color, nor the best, nor the ‘one’ everyone should do, and personally I support hair experimenting more than anybody. Hell I’ve gone from super blonde to jet black, to red, and even green back in highschool.

For me, as a girl who loves long hair (or is afraid to chop it off), experimenting with hair color is actually the furthest I go.

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It’s the easiest way to have fun with looks. Yet, if the age or the affinity for pink, green, blue hair is way past you, then we’re left with the classic colors: blonde, brunette, and red hair.

Might seem so restrictive, but it’s not actually, as each and everyone of them has tones of shades (not to mention the highlights you can play with), from cool to warm, from muted to bright and so on. And THIS is the moment the hair-color-plot thickens.

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Actually the reason behind this post was my indecision right now with the haircolor I should get for the holidays: blond(er) or brunette? I always go for chocolate hair, and will probably do the same now, but I tell you… this post has made me kinda re-think my go-to-color.

And I confess the infamous question: ‘Which color does actually look best?’ has crossed my mind, but without any conclusive answer, cause while I always think brunette hair is the best, I’m falling pretty hard for red hair and super blonde right now.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK, DO YOU HAVE A HAIR-COLOR PREFERENCE?

Knowing which hair colors look best on us can do wonders. A fantastic hair color is pure magic. Just have a look at these celebs hair colors switches and you’ll see.

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HOW DO WE CHOOSE THE BEST HAIR COLOR FOR US?

According to more savy people it’s easy: it’s all about the skin tone.

cool skin tones —> go with cool shades. I kinda think in the case of cooler skin tone ANY shade looks good, it’s a matter of the effect you like best. Best example here is Rihanna, who I think has a cool skin tone and can pull off any hair color.

Emma Stone. She looks fantastic with just about any palette from red, to blonde to medium brown. No jet black. Actually few people can pull off jet black hair, so kudos to them.

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warm skin ones —> have to stick with warmer shades, regardless of color. The biggest mistake you can do in this case is choose a cold hair color that will do nothing for your features.

Best examples here are: Jennifer Lopez or Eva Mendes.

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I have a warm skin tone and for me finding the perfect hair color (blonde, brown or even brunette) was always challenging. Having to find (read guess) the bloody warm undertone in each color is always so hard.  Missed a few times and it wasn’t pretty: a very cool/cold shade of chocolate. Horrible.

What to do? Wait for it to wash out, or dye it again a week after. Now… I always look for a bit of red in any hair color, cause I figure if it has a bit of red it’s bound to be warmer.

TIP: we should usually stick to 2 tones darker or lighter than our natural hair color, no more than that, or so they say.

I think if it looks great and you can pull it off, do it.

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HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR SKIN TONE?

Look at the veins on your wrists. If they’re blue —> you’re in the cool toned category. If they’re green —> you’re in the warm toned one.

Getting a new hair color is a fun thing, yet it can be so so tricky. So maybe going to the salon is a lot safer. ;)

And now let’s get hair-color inspired. Or more confused. :)

BLONDES. 

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BRUNETTES. 

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RED HEADS. 

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What do you think?

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bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (8)It’s been two weeks since I’ve been dancing around this post and whether or not to do it, for two reasons: 1) I’ve already done so many lip posts here, here, and here, and 2) the world wide web is now packed with ‘How to get Kylie Jenner’s lips?‘.

But since being redundant and slightly monkey-see-money-do has never stopped me from anything, I figured why the hell not join on this over-penciled BOLD LIPS obsession and 2014 fall trend.

So here I am. bold-lips-2014-autumn-looksBasically there are 2 things happening:

(1) The BOLD LIPS Trend.

The makeup trend is still going strong, if not stronger this cold season. The runways were packed with models in bold berry lips, red pouts, 70’s divalicious empowering strong colored mouths, so I’m guessing we’re still getting a green light on this look for both evening as well as daytime.

Still, I’d not only blame the designers, who, let’s be honest here, sent models down the runways in knickers, but you don’t see us going to work in our underwear – but I will give courtesy to also Kylie Jenner’s pout & Rihanna’s bold lips trademark for this. berry-lips-trend-2014-fallberry-lips-trendkylie-jenner-lips (3)The latter has been doing this look since forever, and while she’s stunning with a bare face, she does not shy away from a full-on make up, or – when she probably gets too lazy to go full-faced, but still wants a bit of glam – BAM! she does the bold lips thing. Everywhere. From daytime, to evening, to the beach, to swimming, to lazying around, the girl is rocking this look better than anyone. rihanna-bold-lips (3)rihanna-bold-lips (2)rihanna-bold-lips (4)rihanna-bold-lips

The OVERLINED LIPS makeup obsession.

Or trend. Courtesy of the latest make-up-trendsetter – Kylie Jenner. Dayum! The 17 year old has been subject to tons, tons of internet controversy over her lips: did she get lip injections, or is her pout so perfect due to a few makeup tricks?

While I couldn’t care less what she did, I tell you one thing is certain. After watching a few youtube tutorials on lips’ makeup I think we might be on to something: a new lip-liner trend and comeback. Or a new lips-makeup technique if you will, that was basically started by this famous teen. kylie-jenner-lips (4)kylie-jenner-lips (2)To get that Kylie Jenner’s lip-makeup or perfect pout one must:

  • apply foundation on lips
  • slightly overline them
  • fill them in with the lip pencil
  • apply the lipstick
  • blot
  • apply lipstick again (in matte if you’re after that 90s look)
  • you can complete the whole look with a cat-eye eyeliner.

kylie-jenner-lips (5)kylie-jenner-lipsbold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (6)Next spring it’ll all be about natural faces and clean make-up, so this over-made-up face may just have its last breath. It seems like everything these days is about strong eyebrows, cat-eyes, contouring AND now overpenciled bold lips.

Yes it all sounds so vulgar, I’ll give you that, but it’s not really. Its about getting the perfect face on, with specific techniques that we seem to borrow from celebs’ makeup artists. Well… we try. Whether that’s good or bad I have no idea. It’s neither. It’s just makeup, and fashion… it’s fun. bold-dark-lips-makeup-trendWhile I’ve rarely been comfortable with bold lips for daytime, even evening sometimes, I will definitely step out of my comfort zone for this and give it a try.

Truth is for street style & daytime looks, bold lips can be the only style gimmick you choose to do to dress up a look, or give more trendiness to a plain or simple outfit, to a basic grey jumper for example, to a sporty jeans style. I mean it can be a bit overwhelming or too much, but it’s also empowering. And truth is we love how it looks on these famous faces, so why the hell not… bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (5)

In terms of color:
  • Berry lips, or darker lips are a massive trend this season.
  • Red lips (in any color palette) are still a classic.
  • Nude’ish brown hues – think Kylie Jenner’s lips – are making a strong comeback. They are the 90s major makeup grungy glam look, so… there’s that.

bold-lips-looks-autumnLet’s have a look at some beautiful faces and perfect pouts out there and get some inspiration. The weekend’s practically around the corner so… we might just start overlining. Or not. We’ll see. berry-lips-lookbold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (2)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (3)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (4)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (7)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (9)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (10)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trend (11)bold-dark-lips-makeup-trendGucci-Backstage Spring 2011 Milan Italykhloe-kardashian-berry-lipsoverlined-lips-trend (2)overlined-lips-trend (3)overlined-lips-trend (4)overlined-lips-trendred-lips-makeup-ttrendplum-lips-makeup-trendstreet-style-berry-lipsWhat do you think: is there a slight overlined-lips obsession happening, and are you on board? OR bold lips – no overlining – is enough of a statement?

Get the look with these:

 

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thick-eyebrows (3)If the 90’s marked you in a few ways, then clearly you too plucked the shit out of your eyebrows in the hope of channeling Gwen Stefani or Kate Moss, when in fact we looked like crap. Surprised all the time. Older. And not prettier.

Little did we know then how wise and crystal clear our vision would turn a few years later. FACT: thick eyebrows make a face look younger. That’s just how plain silly simple this eyebrow business is. The less you pluck and the more natural in size and shape you keep them, chances are they’ll frame your face better than any stylist or your own mastering eye slash hand could. I guess we had to 1st give the clown look a go only to realize that Brooke Shields was right all along. kate-moss-eyebrowscelebs-eyebrows-before-and-jlo-thin-thick-eyebrowsGlamour Women Of The Year Awards 2013keira-knightly-thick-eyebrowslilly-colins-thick-eyebrows (2)Sad part is though, fast forward a few years and if you’re not Brooke, Cara Delevingne or Lily Collins – chances are our eyebrows are still struggling to grow while we have to come to terms with those Marlene Dietrich’ish thin lines. I mean eyebrows. Everyday. But listen, it could be worse. You could have had them shaved off and tattooed. Hope not though. Oh God, really hope not.

Never ever follow fashion and trends verbatum. Especially when it’s your face and the chances of things going back to square one are 50-50.

Anyway… in case you followed the over-plucking trend, today, you, like myself might be struggling with growing them out.

(I’m almost there, but then again, it was always around this time I gave up and felt they looked messy rather than fashion-bushy. I’ve been trying to grow them out for more than a year, but I always fell off the wagon around this time. this is the longest I took without plucking them. 3 weeks. Ah… hope to make it to one month. Mine were really dark (still are actually) compared to my hair and very very thick. Yeah I kick myself all the time for the over plucking but it could have been worse. They do grow out, I’ve noticed, by their own rules, it just takes time getting used to the messy style before they can turn into thick and slightly groomed.)

If one thing’s great, it’s that finally there’s something from the 90s we don’t do anymore. We actually hate. And for the right reasons. celebs-thin-eyebrowsSo when and how come this bushy trend started? Was it because of this Cara Delevinge. Or Lilly Colins. Or Keira Knightely? Or is it just fashion at the end of the day: it’s new for us, hell we’ll take it, thank you very much. 

bushy-eyebrows2014-trend-thick-eyebrowsPhilosophy di Alberta Ferretti Spring 2011 RTWarizona-muse-thick-eyebrowsbeauty-trend-2014-thick-eyebrowsbeauty-trend-thick-eyebrows (2)Today it’s all about the eyebrow game, as according to a thread on Reddit about & by today’s teens.

“‘Having bad eyebrows is worse than being fat.”

”Eyebrow game? It’s complimenting someone’s eyebrows. For a lot of girls having really thick, strong and “fierce” eyebrows is pretty in right now.”

… and high-tops, cutoffs and cropped tops, may I add. Pink hair as well. It’s like we’re all trying to be kids again. It’s fun yeah, but is it healthy? Or maybe we’re all realizing au natural is so much better. I’ll go with this version, cause it is true (the natural part). Oh and I’m too old for the rest of that shit.

Serious talk aside and perhaps lingered upon in another post, truth is BIG BOLD EYEBROWS are amazing! They do take years off a face, make you look fresh, young and very bold. But not all is clear and pink in paradise. The question is:

Is there a line between great thick eyebrows and unkept eyebrows? Or is the bushy unkept style the new-cool? cara-look-thick-eyebrowsCara Delevingne Closes 'Charlotte Tilbury's House of Rock n'Kohl' at Selfridgeslilly-colins-thick-eyebrowsMILAN-Street-Style-Diego-Zukomodels-new-look-thick-eyebrowsMulberry-Lo-bbt-S14-011-mainstreet-style-thick-eyebrowsthick-eyebrows (2)thick-eyebrows (4)thick-eyebrows (5)thick-eyebrows (6)thick-eyebrowsthick-eyebrows-lookthick-eyebrows-trendthick-eyebrows-trend-2014thick-eyebrows-trend-2014-spring-summerI think it’s all a matter of taste here. Some may like totally natural eyebrows, bushy, big and wild and may be able to pull it off, while some may like them a little bit styled and groomed. Plucked a bit but maintaining the same shape and thick size. Personally I say let them wild and free and enjoy this fuss-free-plucking trend while it lasts. Later… pluck them if you wish but within reason.thick-eyebrows-look (2)Whatever the beauty trends, natural will always be cooler then anything and make us look younger and fresher. On the eyebrows busy topic now… what do you think?

lupita-nyongo-orange-lips-2Unless you’ve been travelling to the moon, Mars, Jupiter and the likes for the past month or so, you’re familiar with the world’s obsession for Lupita Nyong’o and her ORANGE LIP makeup. Or her anything actually. This girl could make the worst thing look cool.

Or I wonder, is it our obsession with celebrities that feeds this drive to adore someone to the point of deciding everything they do is trend worthy and emulate it till we drop? Cause you know, the orange lip trend was predicted, hell it emerged on the catwalk last season for Spring/Summer 2014, at most designers. lupita-nyongo-orange-lips-1orangelipsnyfwThe fashion gurus slash artists from Rag & Bone, Pragbal Gurung, DKNY, Dsquared, or John Galiano sent models down the runway in light pink pastel sugar-high-unsaturated colors – true – but it certainly wasn’t a washed out calm mood, as the bright neon orange lip look popped up on almost any face at almost any show. So there you have it. I guess we’re living the times of celebrity endorsements and the fear us mortals have with trying out a new look unless some rich kid has already got the praise for it. rag-and-bone-orange-lips

”It’s not about being sweet. There’s a lot of pastels in the collection, so I wanted the lip to really pop.” says makeup artist Gucci Westman at Rag & Bone show.

orange-lips-summer-lookcara-delevingne-orange-lipsorange-lip-lookorange-lips-trendtreet-style-neon-orange-lipsstreetstyle-orange-lipsBe as it may, the outcome is this: 2014 Spring may be all about pastel clothes, but makeup wise – give it up for the tangerine lip trend! It’s the hot season when we all love to look fresh alive and have fun with colors and looks, so this is just about the greatest makeup trend out there. Would have been a pity to let this summer go to pale waste. orangeLipsorange-lips-makeu-uplipstick-trend-orangeFrom neon shades to just a tinted lip color, orange lipstick can do wonders to our faces as well as (or especially) to our mood. And it goes with any skin tone from the fairest to the darkest. If you put your inner makeup artist to work you may just be able to nail quite a few looks: bare face & orange lips; sun kissed skin and orange lips; bold eyebrows and tangerine lips; eyeliner & orange lips; retro looks, glam looks, 80s style makeup. The sky’s the limit! 2014-spring-trend-tangerine-lips2014-trend-orange-lipsjessica-alba-orange-lipsKate-Bosworth-range-lipsmakeup-look-trend-orange-lipsmakeup-trend-orange-lipsIt’s got that warm disco meets cheeky girl vibe to it, and I think it’s got a massive potential to spice up any plain look. Just picture an all black outfit made up of simple black skinny jeans, an old T-shirt or tank top and some plain old sneakers or flat sandals. Simple borderline boring. Now picture all this with bright orange lips. Exactly my point.

More looks… makeup-orange-lipsmake-up-orange-lipsnicole-richie-orange-lipsorange-Liporange-lips-beauty-trendorange-lips-celebs-looksorange-lips-look-street-styleorange-lips-makeup-trendorange-lips-street-styleorange-lips-summer-2014orange-lip-trend-2014rihanna-orange-lipsscarlett-johansen-orange-lipsstreet-style-orange-lipsstreetstyle-the-orange-lipstangerine-lipsthe-orange-lip-trendthe-orange-lipIt’s not as harsh as dark lips, not as pretentiously sexy as red lips. It’s fun. Warm. Trendy with a hint of pop-culture and retro. Never cared too much for this lip color, as it was so throwback kitsch 80s, but you what? If it’s good enough for Lupita, it’s good enough for me. ;)

makeup-90s-versus-2014In case you haven’t got the memo, the fashion world is doing the 90’s thing, but what does that mean for the makeup & beauty trends? Are they following this grunge craze or what?

Errrr… Dark lips are back in. Matte lipstick is massive for 2014 Spring & Summer. Blue eye-shadow (OMFG noooo!) is a total YES for 2014 SS. Or so they say. Slept in smoky eyes (well actually smudged eyeliner): IN. Full-on makeup sans le fake lashes making a comeback (think 90s supermodels). At this point it’s pretty safe to assume that (1) some 90’s makeup looks are back, and (2) in makeup, as in fashion, ALL is IN. marc-jacobs-spring-2014-makeupbold-lipsmatte-lips-trendheavy-dark-makeup-trendWhat remains in the past though (and thank God for that) is that lifeless matte skin of the 90’s, that had no dimension to it. Today it’s all about that natural glow, which makes it easier on some of us (guilty as charged) with an extreme glow (read oily skin). brenda-walsh-makeupJason Wu - Backstage - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion WeekAnother thing of the past is that dark lipliner. Every. Girl. Back. In.The. Day. Was.Wearing. It. Let’s just hope it died right then and there. liplinerlip-linerAnd goodbye thin eyebrows. Hello healthy thick ones that make us look a decade younger. :) thin-eyebrowsthick-eyebrowsSo if you secretly wanted to emulate Brenda’s, Kelly’s, Buffy’s, Alicia Silverstone’s or Liv Tyler’s makeup from back then. Ding! Ding! Do it. Now’s the time. Remember that grungy The Craft makeup? Oh. My. God. I adored it. Wtf was I thinking I have no idea, but if you gave me a black eyeliner I’d probably have worn it on both my lips and my eyes, and kept my skin as pale as possible. Like a true vampire I dodged the sun. :)) 90s-makeup-garbage90s-makeu-upLaugh all you want, but matter of fact is some of the most iconic beauty & makeup looks date from back then. To this day those 90’s supermodels look fabulous, with full-on makeup, matte lips, nude-brown-ish tones. To me, Linda Evanghelista is one of the most beautiful girls out there. I still find her makeup (heavy, bold, full-on or not) flawless. linda-evanghelista-90s-makeup90s-supermodels-makeupAnother makeup crush is Vanessa Paradis. Perfection. With that browin-ish-rose matte lipsitck and blue or brown eye-shadow smudged rather than carefully applied she was simply stunning. vanessa-paradis-90s-makeupMore looks from back in the day: 90s-makeup-looks90s-style-beauty-makeupcindy-crawford-90s-makeupdrew-barrymore-90s-makeuphelena-christensen-90s-makeupkate-moss-90s-makeupSo where do we stand today? Makeup wise. All this look-at-the-past is topped by all the beauty gimmicks makeup artists come up with. Then by a dose of je m’en fish-ism, and by the ALL-is-IN-thing. The result? We get some pretty amazing makeup looks: bold bright matte lips, eyeliner, contouring & highlighting. And I dare say I free pass at doing bold lips and eyes at the same time. bold-makeup-trend-2014

“The old axiom was that you privileged either eyes or lips, not both – a mean suggestion, on the lines of “have fun, but not too much”.” says a makeup artist for The Guradian a while back. “There is something smug about women who insist they go for the natural look – and something deeply annoying about men who say they like women without makeup: are they sure they have ever seen one?”

saturated-matte-makeup-trenMore looks from today: 2014-beauty-trend-matte-lipsbright-lips-lookslips-makeup-2014makeup-trendy-looksmattelips_zps39cd8ce9matte-makeup-trend-2014matte-red-lipsEarth being a huge place, there is enough space for everything and everyone, so au naturelle or not, go with the flow and with your mood, cause at the end of the day makeup is all about expressing a mood & a state of mind. xoxo

Valentines-Day-makeup-red-lipsOh, I so had to do this post and go down this road: of le makeup and this week’s ubiquitous topic, Valentine’s Day with its much coveted looks and fashions.

What do I know about makeup?

Well, nothing actually (except my addiction to eyeliner & mascara), but I LOVE IT! I use foundation all throughout the cold months, sometimes eye-shadow (only in nudes and browns) and occasionally powder + blush with a failed attempt (most times) of contouring. Well, they do say practice makes perfect and hope dies last, so… yeah that’s my makeup mantra I guess. And in case I need to up my game I go for the bold lips.

makeup-inspirationAttempting to find some makeup looks for Valentine’s Day is like looking for desert in a massive candy/cake store. So many looks, so many styles. Bold eyes. Bold lips. Bold both. Pfff.

makeup-for-Valentines-DayNot being a makeup artist (cause everyone else is, these days.) doesn’t make me less prone to the beauty slash fashion world out there. So, I will dare make a somewhat bold (even perhaps untrue to some) assumption of the 2 major things happening in makeup today:

The too-groomed look is OUT. Haaaaaallelujah. I mean seriously, who the fuck wants to look like a photoshoped version of themselves? (them perfect eyebrows. borderline clown’ish eye-shadows. glitter. false lashes. matchy eyes to matchy lips, or worse to the outfits.)

When Kim Kardashian went blonde so many girls cried. Cause once her locks went lighter her style turned more sophisticated & less groomed. Thicker eyebrows, apparently smudged nude/brown eyeshadow, natural colors and less apparent precision in applying makeup. I love it! kim-kardashian-makeup-inspoThe NEW MANTRA is ‘Makeup is fun, so stop taking yourself so darn serious.’ Wanna wear red lips. Do it. Wanna go full-on makeup. Do it. When it comes to fashion, style, art –  rules are obsolete. Keep an eye on the trends, but don’t copy nor chase them. Valentines-Day-makeup-redlipsThis shit is easier said than done, but 1 thing remains true: if you’ve got a clean canvas (read flawless face, whether natural or due to makeup) ANYTHING will look amazing, even bold eyes with bold lips. ;) (which, BTW is a massive makeup trend this season).

valentinesday-makeupOoops. My ADD kicked in again. Back to Earth now: Discussing Makeup LOOKS for Valentine’s Day. 

1. It’s all about the LIPS baby. Go bold or go home. Pardon my obsession, but bright red or pink lips look fabulous anytime, any-day, with anything. Besides, it only takes like 2 minutes to apply, so you can even do it on your way to wherever it is your going tomorrow night. ;)  Valentines-Day-makeup-red-lips (2)How to wear bold lips?

  • bold lips & nude face & nude eyes (or minimal).
  • bold lips & bold eyes = full-on makeup. Perfect for a night out.

Valentines-Day-makeup-bold-eyes-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-bold-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-dark-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-full-onValentines-Day-makeup-red-lips-bare-face-Valentines-Day-makeup-red-lips-bare-eyes-matte-skinValentines-Day-makeup-pink-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-lips2. BOLD EYES are so sultry and sophisticated in that incredibly sexy way. Think more like cat-eye eyeliner, or smudged eyeliner that creates a slept in look, somewhere between the rock’ish Kate Moss and the seductive Monica Belucci. Valentines-Day-makeup-cat-eye (2)How to wear bold eyes?

  • nude lips or natural cranberry lips look great with this look.
  • thick eyebrows.
  • matte skin.
  • mascara away. 1 time. 2 times. 3 times.

bold-eyes-Valentines-Day-makeupValentines-Day-makeupValentines-Day-makeup-bold-eyes-thick-eyebrowsValentines-Day-makeup-cat-eyeValentines-Day-makeup-classyValentines-Day-makeup-eyes-nude-lipsValentines-Day-makeup-eyes-skin-lips3. AU NATUREL look. It’s all about those cheeks baby, and that super hydrated glowing skin. Rosy lips, a bit of mascara and tons of confidence.

This look is the best, if you can pull it off. No matter the trends, this will always be INValentines-Day-makeup-glowing-skinValentines-Day-makeup-natural (2)Valentines-Day-makeup-naturalIf the Kardashian-Jenner girls are good at one thing, that’s definitely makeup. They certainly got the beauty and features to experiment and try out any makeup & beauty looks. Always beautiful & glamorous – whether natural, full-on, super trendy, boho chic or God knows what their mood or makeup artists’ mood dictate – their makeup is definitely a source of inspiration. So dig away lovelies. :) kylie-kardashian-makeupkendall-jenner-makeupkhloe-kardashian-makeupkourtney-kardashian-makeup5d4ebb7d972f9ffbd126dcc03a18947132120c98e17244506fad0a57bb13a5fbaca541003ba69df5107f84943bd51cbde9cc9bf24b11ae156ec685da9fd04317So, makeup wise, what’s your thing (natural or full-on?) and what turns you off?

From chapped lips to split ends, the cold winter weather can have a negative effect on everything from your skin, hair, nails and even your mood! We’ve put together our top tips to help you avoid the most common winter beauty woes to look fabulously flawless whatever the weather… Winterbeauty-gerrard-international

FOOD AND DRINK
Your skin is a reflection of your diet and one way to guarantee gorgeous skin throughout the cold weather is by drinking plenty of water – 1.6 litres is the recommended daily amount for women, which is around eight 200ml glasses. Fruit, vegetables and key vitamins, C and E, will help to keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful.

HAIR CARE
The cold, frosty weather can have drastic effects to your hair. With less humidity in the air, your hair is prone to fizziness, split ends and dandruff so try switching your shampoo and conditioner for a more intense moisturising treatment throughout the winter. Dry air and windy weather can have an
impact your hairs natural sheen – so it’s worth investing in shine sprays to bring back your sparkle throughout the winter months.healty-hair-in-winterwintyer-hair-health-tips

MOISTURISE
Keeping your skin moisturised is essential. Dry, cold air will draw moisture from your skin; therefore it is necessary to rehydrate your skin by moisturising daily and drinking plenty of water as previously mentioned. winter-beauty-tips-1

SUMMERTIME TAN
Your skin can feel a little pale and dull during the winter months but by adding a bit of colour with fake tan, it is sure to give you a boost. There are a
wide range of great self-tans on the market, as well as countless salons across the UK specialising in professional spray tans to help you get a gorgeous summer glow this winter.

TAKE YOUR VITAIMINS
We all know how a cold can make you feel miserable, let alone the effects illness can have on your skin. Avoid cold and flu symptoms by stocking up on your vitamins and supplements – if you feel great, you’re sure to look great too!

LOOK AFTER YOUR NAILS
The cold weather can affect your nails too, making them brittle and more prone to breaking. Swapping harsh nail treatments for a more natural alternative is a fantastic way to strengthen your nails. Gel manicures such as Geleration include a
soft gel technology to help protect nails as well as boost nail growth. Lasting for between 2-3 weeks, gel nails are a gentle, long last nail alternative – perfect for improving damaged nails!805ef581f3a2f5f6fe591b8c6ad26d9bnails

TURN DOWN THE HEAT
It may be cold outside, but don’t be tempted to turn up the heat in the shower! Hot showers effect the uttermost layer of your skin – which you need to retain moisture. Hot water has negative effects on the moisture in your hair, drying it out and leaving it extremely brittle – so try turning down the heat to see the difference! 98cceb6a93f27dbd61d12805eefc8636

Hope you enjoyed these great beauty tips! Great beauty & skincare products here.

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party-looksWhat should we go for: bold lips or smoky eyes? Should we wear fake lashes? Is glitter just for teens? What’s the trend today: natural or not?

If fashion has taught me 1 thing about myself, it’s that I should never say ‘never’ and always keep an open mind. Red lips were so not my thing, until I gave them a try, and then another, and another… and now… I think they’re the best thing ever. makeup-inspiration-for-NYEeyeliner-makeup-lookIs there a makeup trend this cold season? Here are 7 beauty looks to choose from. 

1. Aside from the dark bold lips makeup that we talked about here, another massive trend, courtesy of those grungy glam 90’s meets 80’s, has caught my eyes… #2 bold-lips-look-2014-NYE2. Bold lips AND heavy eye makeup. No longer a no-no in beauty this apparently too-much-makeup-look is the thing this winter.  bold-eyes-lips-NYE-party-makeupIt is too-much, I’ll give you that, but it’s got that saturated Instagram kinda urban grungy glamour to it, and I find it quite seductive in a very rebellious way. The key is to have a flawless face: moisture, foundation, contouring & powder, and not trying to simulate a perfect smoky eye makeup, cause it will look too clubbing, too posh, too much.

The look is somewhere between today’s urban put-together makeup styles, 90’s grungy effortless makeup, and 80’s kitsch glam beauty looks.

I was always preaching the natural look, or the balanced makeup styles, but I kinda like this too-much thing right now. It’s very celebrity emulating (think Rihanna & Rita Ora) and sort of models-off-the-runways-go-out-for-partying style. It’s an effing to all the stupid makeup looks, and a finger to all the balance we’ve been taught to have. It probably is more a fad, than a trend, and it makes more sense in winter, rather than summer, so why not give it a try this NYE? eyes-lips-bold-makeupgrungy-glam-makeupNYE-makeup-bold-lips-dark-eyes3. The natural makeup look will forever be IN, and it probably is a go-to-style for Christmas dinners with family. The saturated look may just be a bit too… much. Christmas-natural-makeup-look4. The red lips is a classic  and a perfect Christmas & party look. More on this trend herered-lips-makeup-stylered-lips-makeup-NYE-2014red-lips-cat-eyes-makeupred-lips-bare-face-makeup5. The smoky eyes – another been-there-done-that-turned-classic look to keep in mind for the big party. I do feel it’s been done too much, but if you love it, and look amazing in it, rock it! smoky-eyes-makeup-NYE6. Glitter & false lashes? Why not. The 2014 NYE party is the best occasion for it. I will however say, that in this case keeping a more natural lip color would be better. eyeliner-makeup-look7. Colored funky eye makeup. This is a very girly-girly party look, that was always present, but never quite stole the spotlight. It’s fun and perfect for the holiday season, so why not? colored-eye-shadow-lookcolored-makeupcolored-makeup-lookThe times we live in come with the biggest perk of them all. Nothing is off limits fashion wise. All is in, and there is no mistake when it comes to style, as long as you own it and can pull it off. Girls, I dare say the same thing applies for makeup.

From saturated bold eyes & bold lips looks, to false lashes, glitter, retro classic makeup styles, natural looks, glowing bronzed skin, pale skin, balanced styles, funky colored looks – it’s all a matter of personal taste & having fun. The best part about it is that, starting with tomorrow up until 31 of December we’ve got plenty of times and events to give these a try.

Let’s have a look at more makeup looks for Christmas & 2014 New Year’s Eve parties… ;) 90s-style-makeupbronzed-colored-makeupcolored-funky-eye-makeup-2014-NYE-partyheavy-eyes-makeup-styleeyes-makeupmakeup-for-2014-NYE-partynatural-looknatural-makeup (2)natural-makeup-NYE-Christmas-stylenatural-NYE-party-makeup-lookred-lipsred-lips-cat-eye-NYE-makeup-styleretro-makeup-lookurban-style-makeup-red-lipssmoky-eyes-makeup-looksmoky-eyes-red-lips-looksmoky-eyes-beauty-looksmoky-eyesretro-makeup-red-lips-party-lookWhat’s your fave? Do you think the bold eyes AND bold lips look is too much?

pointy-toe-stiletto-boots… the Pointed Toe Stiletto Ankle Boots that is. Or the I’m-sexy-and-I-know-it boots.

Somewhere between motorcycle boots, combat Tom-boy-ish styles, and the ever present chunky heeled ankle boot – this pointy toe stiletto style, once reminiscent of those early 2000 when every girl with a penchant for fashion dressed as a glam goth chic, crawled their way back into our lives. Maybe we’ve just had enough with flat un-sexy shoes. Maybe we’re in a desperate need to feel feminie and strong. Or maybe… we just wanna look great regardless of what we wear, and stilettos + tasteful pointy toes can do that to any outfit. Or perhaps it’s just me, falling hopelessly in love with my new ankle boots, that I’ve been crushing over for some time and finally found the ONES.

There is a bit of truth in all these ‘maybes‘, as there is, in the fact that these sexy uber strong feminine sophisticated boots are quite present everywhere lately: streets, celebs, retail, online… and I basically think it’s all a matter of fashion being cyclic as well as us wanting to look no less than fabulous again. ankleboots-stiletto-pointy-ankle-boots-trend-winter-2014Forever 21 Clear Cut Stiletto Booties, $39.80-trendI swear we need to make a promise: “I promise to never ever get rid of any old shoe, bag, or clothing item, as ridiculous as wearing it today may look, it will most likely be an IT fashion statement in at least 5 years.” Had I only kept this promise, I would have had quite a collection of pointy toe stiletto boots. pointy-toe-bootsThere is something very Cruella-ish about these shoes, yet alongside this cartoon’ish femme fatale trait they inspire, they also ooze hotness and extreme strength , confidence and refined attitude with a slight case of edginess if matched with say jeans and a plain old T-shirt. They can look extremely polished and incredibly classy or they can inject a certain sexiness and bad-girl vibe to an otherwise rather plain look.

Hence the saying: if you ever need to spice up your style last minute, go for stilettos. They can make a garbage bag look fantastic. pointy-toe-stiletto-ankle-bPersonally I couldn’t be happier if these boots made a huge comeback, for all the above reasons plus my sort of less liking to anything platform style (except wedges and those man inspired brogues). Being quite tall, but loving heels I would like to be able to wear the sexiest shoes and boots without the fucking platform, because frankly I don’t need it. (Although I’ll give you this, platforms are brilliant with chunky heels.) And anyway, today, we’re all in a polygamist relationship with all styles and all trends from 1920s all throughout 2013, so I think these pointy toe shoes can co-exist alongside all the others. pointy-toe-stiletto-ankle-boots-lookspointy-toe-stiletto-boots-lookstiletto=ankle-boots-trendIn terms of HOW to style them? Balance is the key. They look great with skinny jeans or leggings and a slouchy top or knitted oversived sweater, and also with mini skirts, office or party dresses whether short or midi length. And I would definitely give maxi skirts a try with these if styled properly: think rocknoll chic. stiletto-ankle-bootsBasically all goes with these boots, cause they’re super feminine and hot, but (yes there is a but) I’d avoid the all leather look, extremely dark-glam style, not cause it looks bad, just a bit too vamp’ish. Or too vampire style you know. If you love it though, do it! It’s not about what you wear but how you wear it ;) stiletto-ankle-boots-street-stylestiletto-ankle-boots-trendstiletto-ankle-boots-trend-2014street-style-pointy-toe-ankle-bootsstrettstyle-pointy-toe-ankle-bootszara pointy ankle boots-street-stylHere are 3 of my fave looks of the pointy toe ankle boots…

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stiletto bootiesI’m curious about you, do you like them? How would you style them?