The Essential Beauty Guide For Spring

Moving on from the dark liners and berry palettes of winter, you can now pick up an assortment of bright shades to suit all skin tones for your spring/summer 2015 make up bag.

Clarins UV Plus Day Screen   Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation and Concealer

Starting with your base skin, make sure you cover up after your daily cleansing routine with Clarins brand new UV Plus Anti-Pollution Day Screen (SPF50), £32 (30ml), which not only protects against UV rays but also against city pollution. Plus the ultra fine texture is great when adding under your daily foundation.

However, if it’s foundation you’re after then why not try Clinique’s new Beyond Perfecting liquid foundation and concealer, (£25). Completely lightweight, this 2-in-1 natural matte offers full coverage for a natural finish whilst providing daily moisture. Available in 21 shades the dual action coverage offers 12 hour staying power with an easy to use magic wand applicator.

Bobbi Brown Hot Pink Art Stick   Clinique Lip Balm Perfector

For me though it’s about the lips. Versace, Bora Aksu and Roland Mouret (amongst others) all showcased an assortment of bright hues on their models with a range from candy floss to cerise, pink was a hugely popular choice – so why not head to your nearest beauty counter to pick up a brand new shade. My favourites come in the form of Bobbi Brown’s Hot Pink Art Sticks, £19.50 each, (part of the new Kate Upton Hot Colletion collab) and Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector (in Rose 01, £18). The Balm comes in six shades to help illuminate lips while adding extracts of nourishing mango and Shea alongside vitamin E, which locks colour in and keeps lips hydrated all day long.

OPI Hawaii Collection

Lastly for spring/summer 2015 pastel and nude nails ruled the runways. You can bag a catwalk style for a fraction of the price from a selection of new season lacquers from Nails Inc, Essie, OPI and Ciate. I’m loving OPIs new Hawaii Collection which cover a spectrum of shades – including That’s Hula-rious (£11.95) above…

SS15 Shoe Update… Caged Gladiator Sandals

Synonymous with ancient Rome and Greek styling, the gladiator sandal always reappears every season with a brand new stride. However, for spring/summer 2015 this on-trend sole has been re-hashed in the form of the caged flat gladiator sandal with T-bar accents, in an assortment of fun colour ways.

ASOS MARDY Gladiator T-Bar Shoes £20.00

I’ve seen street stylings in tan and black, worn with a loose cami and ripped jeans, which look fab right now during this transeasonal weather, but for high summer I’d switch it up and choose a fun pastel hue and team with a printed skater dress or mix denim shorts and a baggy tee for a real festival vibe.

River Island Cleated Sole Sling Back Sandals £35

Transitional Trousers: The New Season Jogger

Forget 1990s low-slung jogging bottoms and the crystal-embellished terry towelling styles that followed suit in the noughties (adorned by the likes of Britney Spears) because for spring/summer 2015 designers have turned to more sleeker, tapered designs.

Topshop Grid Print Joggers £35New Look Blue Geo Print Joggers £9.99

If you’re looking to emulate this sport luxe look (as seen at Topshop Unique, Lulu & Co, Akris and Preen) for less, but are not sure how, then why not start by opting for these stylish versions from some of our fav high street stores.

Available right now, this range of geo-to-grid print adaptions come in an array of colours and versions to suit all shapes and sizes. Wear dressed up with strappy heels and a skimpy vest (add lashings of jewellery for a real boho vibe) or dressed down during the current transitional weather with some plain pastel plimsols, a knitted sweat and a leather biker jacket.

Easter treats from Shopa.com: How to earn cash rewards through shopping!

As Easter Sunday approaches what better way to celebrate than by going shopping! But forget your traditional Chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies as I’ve found a fashionable way to update your wardrobe for less via Shopa.com.

The brand new revolutionary website has just launched, creating an online store which allows its users to combine both shopping and social media. You can do this by following other customers with similar tastes, helping you find your own style inspiration by mixing a haven of luxury goods against a back drop of all your favourite high street stores and up-coming brands. Plus Shopa.com keeps you up-to-date on the most trending items via social media, letting you purchase them instantly whilst sharing with all your friends. All you have to do is create a virtual Shopa profile and customise your feed with your favourite brands… And the best part? You earn cash rewards every time a friend or follower purchases the items you recommend!

Joining in and thinking outside the box I’ll be keeping my post New Year’s diet right on track by rocking this fab “Fryday” T-shirt from Adolescent Clothing instead of traditional fish ‘n’ chips for dinner on Good Friday; teaming the look with a pair of Current/Elliot skinny ripped jeans and colourful kicks from Nike. However, if the weather does adhere to spring-like temperatures with the sun shining through I can always add a metallic mini skirt (courtesy of Marc Jacobs) and a pair of strappy flats by Chloe for a glam spin on summer.

But you have to be quick as Adolescent’s super-cool logo tees and jumpers are flying out fast due to their limited availability and won’t be around for much longer.

For more info on Adolescent Clothing or to check up on all the latest fashion at Shopa.com then follow links below…

Facebook: Shopa.com

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Twitter: @shopa
Twitter: @adolescentlifes

Twitter: @shopa
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Instagram: @shopaofficial
Instagram: @adolescent_clothing

Get The App: App.Shopa.com

 

Stylist-At-Large: The Latest Update…

So, firstly immense apologies for my totoal lack of blogs in the past few months. If any of you follow me on social media you will of course know the reason for this was he birth of our beautiful bouncing baby boy, Leo Alexander Lavey, in January! As Mummy and baby are doing well it seems (light) work has kind-of resumed but incase you missed it here are some work highlights which I’ve notched up in-between that include a special guest edit in Mother & Baby magazine and styling the ever glamorous Kara Tointon for the BAFTA awards.

Hubby and baby Leo Mother & Baby Magazine Kara Tointon BAFTA Awards 2015

I have to dash now (have a baby calling!), however please stay tuned as I have some very exciting posts coming up…

Behind The Scenes: A Stylist’s Guide To Travelling In Style With Antler Cabin Luggage

Generally speaking when I’m styling I like to be super organised about what I’m packing and where items are before I’ve even thought about leaving the house, as the worst thing that could ever happen on location, at a shoot or during a live TV show is to be unprepared and caught without that essential item.

Elstree Studios

However thankfully this year, during my run as a stylist on Strictly Come Dancing I have been meticulous with my preparation thanks to forward planning and the use of a very smart suitcase from Antler. Their sleek Cabin Luggage range is ideal for travelling to and from venues with a stylist kit, as not only is it chic but it’s four-wheel manoeuvrability allows me to merge swiftly with everyday commuters whilst packing everything I need into the spacious 35-45 litre capacity. 

In mine you’ll always find a wide range of items from a miniature hand held steamer (a priority) to a kit bag containing an crucial sewing kit, plasters, scissors, inner soles, pens, paper, different types of tapes ranging from brown to gaffer (great for soles of shoes on studio floors) alongside an extra bag full of different sized underwear (you never know what size or extras you will need on set), belts, spare flat shoes (for me!), a phone charger and lots, lots more.

And that’s why a lightweight travel suitcase is paramount – it should be small enough to carry around but also be sizeable enough to bring onto an aeroplane cabin should you be lucky enough to fly to a short haul destination.

For more information on Antler Cabin Luggage or to view the range log onto www.antler.co.uk.

The Black Friday Discount Codes You Need To Know!

Adopted from our American cousins, Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day when shopping prices are slashed (similar to those on Boxing Day) across both online and high street retailers.

Motel Rocks Black Friday Sale

Motel Rocks Black Friday Sale

If you’re thinking of getting a head start for Christmas or need any new homeware attire then my advice is to jump aboard and hit the shops early tomorrow! However most retailers have clocked onto the dates and have started their own sales early, even prolonging discounts until Tuesday (hurrah!). Most savvy shoppers though will know the best option to beat the car park and store queues is to shop online; although just be prepared for some of your favourite websites to potentially crash if consumer sales hit an all time high!

Here is my latest list of Black Friday discount codes for all your favourite online stores…. Happy Shopping!

AllSaints
20% off
CODE: CYBER
Starts Friday, ends Monday
www.allsaints.com

ASOS
20% off
CODE: CYBERWKND20
Starts Friday, ends Tuesday
www.asos.com

BooHoo.com
30% off and free delivery
No code
Starts on Friday, ends on Monday
www.boohoo.com

French Connection
30% off
CODE: 30FCBF
Starts today, ends Friday

40% off
CODE: FC40B
Starts Friday, ends Monday
www.frenchconnection.com

Gap
50% off
CODE: BLKFRIDAY
Starts Thursday, ends Friday
www.gap.co.uk

Kurt Geiger
20% off everything
CODE: F&FKG20
Starts Thursday, ends Sunday
www.kurtgeiger.com

LittleBlackDress.com
25% off everything PLUS free next day delivery and free cotton tote bag alongside 50% off their best-selling ‘Victoria’ dress
No code
Starts Friday, ends Monday
www.littleblackdress.co.uk

Missguided
20% off
CODE: CYBER20
Starts Thursday, ends Monday
www.missguided.co.uk

Motel Rocks 
25% off everything
CODE: CYBER25
Starts Friday, ends Tuesday
www.motelrocks.com

River Island
20% off everything from 11am-3pm on Friday
CODE: TREAT28
www.riverisland.com

Topshop
Up to 50% off selected lines
Starts Thursday, ends Monday
www.topshop.com

Urban Outfitters
Up to 50% off
CODE: BFDELIVERY
Friday only
www.urbanoutfitters.com

Whistles
30% off everything
No code
Starts Friday
www.whistles.com