Friday, 25 February 2011

The LOOK show everlasting mani

It is a full week since the LOOK show SS11. there's web tutorials up on already (I haven't watched yet, always takes me a while to get over the cringe factor), but what I am most obsessed about is the quality of my show manicure.

Katie and I always sneak in a colour before all the models get there, we have to represent! This season nails were courtesy of wonderful Nails Inc in their spring summer shade Porchester Place, it's bright but milky if you can imagine such a thing. In fact, no need, here it is on me!

Having had a five minute application, flapped about back stage for a full 8 hours, then gone about my normal business for a WEEK I cannot believe how long it's lasted! Immaculate! On one hand only mind, and I don't have the bottle for top ups, but still!

I love a wow nail, this colour is like summer in a bottle. If only the sunshine lasted nearly as long...

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Sunday, 20 February 2011

The LOOK Show, Season 3

Like America's Next Top Model, the LOOK show gets better and better every season. This time we were back to Spring/Summer, which is always a mood lifter when you're freezing your bits off trying to get to Bloomsbury Square mid February. Once backstage in Victoria House (new venue, amazing results) we launched into lovely brightening S/S makeup looks, and the Urban Decay makeup team demo'd on lovely Beauty Assistant Sam, since she can easily be mistaken for any of the as yet absent models - b!tch (kidding, kidding, I only employ attractive people, it's part of the job description). (kidding again, although since Sam joined the team there have been rumours to that effect!).

Here she is showcasing the first of the makeup looks, that I then went to on film - check out the vids on next week.

Manic hair and makeup frenzy done, the show was brilliant with Petra Nemcova walking, Olivia Palermo in the front row (she is minuscule and beautiful but took a long time prepping for my requested reportage shot), and a renewed and unhealthy yearning for every single look from H&M in my soul. There was even a pink and orange wonder outfit from River Island - the girls must have been reading my 'Luella' blog post - that made me smile nearly as much as this model uncomprehending the concept of 'sleeves' during the run-through. It's the little things...

Here are some of my other highlights from the day...

View and shop all the looks from the show now at

Thursday, 17 February 2011

The Other One

I'm in no no way neglecting ilovelipstick (you'll see), but I've branched out into a sister blog. It's in conjunction with cancer support charity Look Good...Feel Better, such an amazing cause, and of course very apt in my situation as beauty editor, makeup obsessive, wardrobe addict, chemo patient! Don't want to touch on that latter part in this blog, so the other one can, and hopefully help some people out along the way.

I'd love you to follow me and/or (and, and!) email subscribe and show support. It's very much a beauty blog, with products, quotes, contributors, advice, all from my beauty editor angle. I still love lipstick, maybe even more than ever...

Today I am wearing no.7 Stay Perfect lipstick in Gay Geranium

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Ridiculous Bright

I'm on a full on lip shoot today - my favourite kind of course, with Kolbrun Ran from Frank who keeps saying 'I LOVE lip colour, I just love lip colour. I so love lips' so obviously she and I get on very well.

And the perfect makeup artist for this story. The model is TWO HOURS late so far, so Kolbrun, instead of sitting around eating croissants as is normal procedure in this kind of situation, is practicing lip colour on herself - how dedicated is that?

My lip obsession from last season was the DVF fluro reddish matte. Not easy to pin point, recreate, achieve or pull off, but practice pays - so for your pleasure:

FIRST, MAC Amplified lipstick in Show Orchid.
SECOND, while still super fresh, pat on MAC pigment in Magenta Madness.

Simple no? Amazing, YES...

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

'The Luella'... what I shall be naming the (or I should say 'my') colour combo of choice for as soon as the weather allows it.

Pink and orange was Luella Bartley's hero duo - remember the s/s 09 pastel confection fest? I cannot seem to forget it, even almost two summers later and after the labels sad demise. So sad. I did get a wicked bag and trench out of the closing sale though...
So at today's first hint of sunglasses tease, I got a bit fixated on finding an orange shorts & shoes/pink top outfit. This is the fault of the fashion team here, who hung up a winter version on their styling rack, which sits opposite my desk (dangerous) a few weeks ago. I have been thinking about it since. How ridiculously sad come to think of it.

Still, I am going to get these asos shorts. I know I can't wear them with anything else and they'll probably make my winter pale legs look like Elwood's (that is my white cat), but even one wear is worth it. They are like sunshine on a hanger.

ESPECIALLY when teamed with Camilla Skovgaard shoe heaven. Sadly they only have a 37.5 on the outnet, but that just gives me a project for my next weeks convalescent web surfing.

Finally the perfect Splendid T. net-a-porter

Too much? Note to self: start to love neutral lipstick.