Monday, 30 September 2013

Topshop Lips in Brighton Rock - a vivid fuchsia pink!

 Topshop Lips in Brighton Rock

Shade Name: Brighton Rock
RRP: £8.00 GBP
Colour: Pinks
Undertone: Blue
Finish: Matte
Opacity: Opaque

See this my Guest Review on the excellent Lipcote site and on Lipcote Facebook also - 

Pink lips were big during the Spring/Summer 2014 runway shows held in September,
matching the look of next season's designerwear. Where designer goes, the high street follows with brands like Topshop, the fashion and beauty leaders. A Topshop lip colour that was available to buy previously, Topshop Lips in Brighton Rock reflects Spring/Summer's pink beauty trends perfectly. A vivid fuchsia pink, this lipstick gives an intensely pigmented soft matte finish, a texture suited to daytime or the night. This lipstick at first can be quite drying so condition and nourish your lips with a lip salve before applying. We noticed stayability is not one of this lipstick's greatest strengths, which is why we love Lipcote. Extend the life of this colour with Lipcote and for a more professional, smooth look, apply lipstick with a lipstick brush although this is not strictly necessary. Lipstick is becoming more and more a feature of dressing up, going out, and making a statement that is glamorous. Topshop's impressive array of matte colours in the Lips range certainly suits a mood that is current. Also, the blue undertone in Brighton Rock lends a coveted tooth whitening effect. The zebra stripe lipstick casing in cream is sturdy, made in Italy, suggesting the quality we expect. Topshop Lips in Brighton Rock doesn’t disappoint. It’s another success, a favourite from the Topshop Makeup beauty line! Available from Topshop stores nationwide £8.00.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014 - Beauty, Style

Burberry Spring/Summer 2014
 London Fashion Week 16 September 2013

"Burberry was founded in 1856 when Thomas Burberry, a former draper's apprentice then aged 21, opened his own store in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. By 1870, the business was established by focusing on the development of attire for the outdoors. In 1880, Burberry introduced gabardine, a hard wearing, water-resistant, breathable fabric, in which the yarn is waterproofed before weaving. In 1901, the Burberry Equestrian Knight Logo was developed containing the Latin word "Prorsum", meaning forwards, and was registered as a trademark". 
via - edit.

Burberry is the British clothing label credited with invented the trench coat during World War I. The iconic Burberry check was created in the 1920's and has been used as a lining in its trench coats ever since. It's an historic British brand that is also very current. Through its use of named British models like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in advertising that's gotten bigger, and since Christopher Bailey became head designer in 2001, Burberry's profile has grown internationally.

For the Burberry Spring/Summer 2014 runway show staged on 16 September 2013 in London during Fashion Week, the Burberry look is serene in powder pink and blue pastels, cream, and beige coffee. Hair is worn long and looks deceptively simple. It is length that dictates the particular hair style. Note the shade of eye shadow worn by the model to the right in the photo - it's a rich pink plum colour enhancing the outfit and the lips are quite bare.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Love Orange?

New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: Nars does orange satin lips at Creatures of the Wind NARS MAKEUP ARTIST JAMES BOEHMER created RADIANCE, COLOUR AND SATIN TEXTURES
Creatures of the Wind Spring/Summer 2014
NY Fashion Week September 2013
Makeup by NARS 

Get ready for orange lips next summer, as NARS makeup artists brought this vivid shade onto the runway during New York Fashion Week September 2013 for the Creatures of the Wind Spring/Summer 2014 show. NARS Director of  Global Artistry James Boehmer created soft pastel eyes and fiery lips. "The real statement of the makeup look is the satin textured orange lip. It contrasts the colour and finish of the opalescent-textured eye". To create the look, James and his team used the following NARS products all available at

Radiant Cream Compact Foundation, £28.00
Stick Concealer, £18.00

Iceland Duo Eyeshadow, £25.00

Red Square Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, £17.50
Timanfaya Satin Lip Pencil (New for Spring 2014, so for now try Heat Wave Lipstick, £18.50)
Triple X Lip Gloss, £17.50

Love orange? Get the look!

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Preview Max Factor for Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2014

A S/S14 Max Factor fashion week exclusive:
the ultimate true nude lip shade makes its debut at the Victoria Beckham S/S14 NY fashion week show

‘Always Delicate’, a shade of polished perfection - the backstage story from the show with Pat McGrath, Max Factor Global Creative Design Director

Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2014
New York Fashion Week September 2013

THE LOOK: Ultra-polished, understated glamour. The truest of nudes on the lips – ‘Always Delicate’ directional, chic and long-lasting, reflecting the S/S14 trend for a shade that delivers a coveted, contemporary full lip look.  Modern and fresh, it is part of a new Spring/Summer collection of Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Colour shades – the ‘Ready-to-Wear collection’ - handpicked by Pat McGrath, release date Spring 2014. Lips were complemented by warm, copper tones on the eyes and radiant skin. 

“So many women struggle to find the right nude shade to recreate this signature, super-polished and enduring nude lip look – or they think they have to ditch the lipstick, which is absolutely not what this Victoria Beckham S/S14 look is about.  This is refined, sophisticated makeup.  And we have the ultimate nude – Always Delicate!  Totally wearable, for all skin tones, and on-trend, it’s a shade preview from my Ready-to-Wear Lipfinity Lip Colour collection for Max Factor – 11 gorgeous shades of long-lasting lip colour”,  Pat McGrath, Max Factor Global Creative Design Director
THE SHOW INSPIRATION: The aesthetics of modern architecture and the merging of boyish versus girlish sensibilities: the exploring of new proportions and silhouettes, streamlined and balanced shapes and lines, and the juxtaposition of masculine elements and feminine perspectives

Pat McGrath’s ‘Get the Look’:
  • NEW Max Factor Lipfinity Lip Colour in ‘Always Delicate’, available in stores from April 2014.  ‘Always Delicate’ is one of 11 shades handpicked by Pat McGrath as part of her SS14 ‘Ready-to-Wear Lipfinity Lip Collection (Always Delicate: 6, Stay Cheerful: 24, So delightful: 26, Just In Love: 335, So irresistible: 338, Just Bewitching: 146, Ever More Radiant: 142, So Glamorous: 125, Stay Bronzed: 191, Eternally Voluptuous: 380)
  • Max Factor Whipped Creme Foundation £9.99
  • Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Murano £6.99
  • Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper £6.99
  • Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot in Burnt Bark  £6.99
  • Max Factor Master Touch Concealer £7.99

Available from Boots stores nationwide or online.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Experimental but easy! Beauty Tip/Beauty Shot - Red Blush, Black Eyeliner

Burberry's Beauty Brush

                                                      Experimental but easy!
"Wear your blusher high on your temples and on top of the cheekbones to really lift your face in a modern way...A matte powder blusher (applied with Burberry's Beauty Brush, £30) or sheer creams (with your fingers) are your weapon's of choice. It's important to see the natural skin tone through the blusher so light coverage is key and anything loose or too shimmery can look too theatrical. Team it with...a slick of graphic black eyeliner to add definition - and stop you looking as if you've just come off the slopes!". (extract/editorial: Grazia 2013)