Monday, 25 October 2010


Ahhhhhh!!!!! I've been nominated for Best Beauty Blog on 2010 Beauty Awards, it's so exciting! I screamed the house down when I found out. It's such a pleasure writing this blog and getting all your fab comments and kind emails! Please do vote for me my lovelies as you know how much I love my bling and mama would love to win this award. You also get the chance to win a cool weekend away to Barnsley House,, a 17th century Manor house in the Cotswolds for your trouble, once you have completed the voting process- nice! Thank you! 

Sunday, 24 October 2010


Last Tuesday was very exciting. I was at Harrods all day (as you do) with Estee Lauder and my Beauty and Fashion Filming and Consultancy Company Couture Communications,, filming Elizabeth Hurley. Elizabeth started the day off at Harrods raising awareness for Breast Cancer Research with a personal appearance where huge crowds of people lined up to meet her. Elizabeth is really passionate and a complete trooper. She told the crowds that since 1993 when Estee Lauder started the pink ribbon/ October Breast Cancer awareness month that they had raised more than 300 million dollars to help fight breast cancer and that with early detection there is a 98% survival rate with Breast Cancer.

Later on Elizabeth braved the rain and freezing temperatures to dazzle in a blinged out pink number (like she does every year- God bless her, I don't know how she does it I would be f-ing and blinding if it was me) where she turned Harrods pink. We were all given special pink 3D glasses, which made the lights on Harrods turn into 3D ribbons, which was cool. Please check out the films we produced below and remember to tell your friends, mum, sister and grannies to regularly check their breasts!


I'm completely obsessed with Shu Uemura. Ever since I was at school I used to save up and go to the Harvey Nichols counter and buy their amazing eyeshadows. They are packed full of pigment and look great on all skin tones especially darker skin tones, as many brands don't put enough pigment in their products -so they look washed out and ashy. As a beauty journalist I was lucky enough to meet the legendary Mr Shu Uemura himself and he was the sweetest most zen, kind man and artist and is one of the reasons why I love the beauty industry so much.

This season backstage at London Fashion Week at the Sass and Bide show I saw this new Shu Uemura eye shadow called G bronze, £14.50,, from the spring collection and I got that butterflies in the stomach feeling I used to get when I rocked up to the Shu counter as a kid. The lovely Pr (bless her) gave me one backstage (to probably stop me drooling over it) and I am lovin' it. It's a shimmering bronzy/gold colour, which can be worn by itself or on top of another base colour to bling it up, which is fab.  Grab one as soon as it comes out!!!!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010


Roll up, roll up the poshest and most mind blowing shop (seems wrong to call Harrods a shop but you know what I mean) in the world will be hosting a personal appearance with Elizabeth Hurley, spokesmodel for Estee Lauder and The Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign at 1pm at the Estee Lauder counter today. You will be able to meet Ms Hurley herself as she will be signing purchases from the exclusive Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon Collection 2010 in support of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, I don't know anyone who hasn't been touched or affected by breast cancer in some way and this is really a fantastic way to give back and support the fight against breast cancer. In the evening there will also be a stunning 3D landmark illumination you will not want to miss!

As a beauty journalist I have been very lucky over the years to be invited to Estee Lauder Breast Cancer Awareness events in October and can tell you that Elizabeth Hurley is truly passionate and dedicated towards the cause. While I have been snugly wrapped up in boots and my cashmere scarf in the cold, I have seen Elizabeth Hurley each year in jaw droppingly beautiful and tiny pink dresses speaking with vigour and commitment and putting on a good glamourous show to help raise awareness without a shiver or complaint and I take my hat off to her and think to myself that sort of spirit wins wars and hopefully the war on breast cancer- good on you love. Get yourselves down there!

Monday, 11 October 2010


Now I have had quite a few emails asking about this rather blinging and fabulous Dolce & Gabbana The Lip Jewels, £40, on counter from November, exclusively at Harrods, which I spotted backstage in Milan at their show. It literally took my breath away it was so delicious. Quite frankly if I wasn't in the presence of Pat Mcgrath and in the uber chic backstage area- I would have been fist pumping Jersey Shore style I was so excited but I kept myself together and only squealed a bit instead (not too shaming).

I am the biggest magpipe and love all things shiny. I love patent shoes, diamonds baby and the big ass shiny ruby on top of this palette. If I could stick a ring under it I would wear it and touch up everywhere I go in a rather vulgar Marie Antoinette 'flashing my wares' sort of way.

The good thing is this lip palette not only looks good it also doesn't disappoint as such a lot of pretty beauty products do, in a all fur coat, no knickers way. I am pleased to say The Lip Palette is bang on trend as red lips are everywhere this A/W and bless their hearts they have even thrown in a nude (be warned this nude doesn't work on darker skin tones) for those off duty vamp days. The red lip colours are Dahlia (a classic blue red),  Devil (a Hollywood starlet red), Ultra (a warm red)  and they all can be mixed and are very versatile and easy to wear with a creamy, weightless and silky texture, which feels very modern (oh that Pat Mcgrath can conjure up and create some fabulous products). Grab yourself one as I can predict these will fly off the counter and there will be tears if you can't get your hands on one!!!!!!

Thursday, 7 October 2010


The last few weeks have been crazy busy for me going backstage at LFW, filming with my company Couture Communications, as well as flying to Milan to go backstage at Dolce and Gabbana. It’s been a bit surreal but to help my skin keep in tip top condition I have been trying Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage Face Advanced Anti-Aging Serum, £145.

Now I do love Elizabeth Arden as a brand - it was started by a grand Beauty dame in her own right back in the day. You can always tell a strong beauty brand by their hero products and in this case the 8-hour cream is both iconic and brilliant!

To say my skin was feeling a little knackered during September would be an understatement, but I have been glowing and my skin looks well rested (even though I have had three hours sleep a night this past month). The silver Prevage packaging looks really high tech which I like as it looks like it will do what it says on the tin. 

The serum also delivered. I love the texture… it sinks in really well with no greasy tacky residue which I liked as at the age of 32 I feel I need to step up my anti-ageing skincare regime but with combination skin lots of the gloopy anti-ageing serums and creams put me off. The serum is bright orange but it’s not from freaky E numbers, it’s actually the natural colour of the main ingredient of the Prevage range and serum – Idebenone which is a potent and powerful anti-oxidant. 

This star ingredient has been blended with a cocktail of anti-oxidants such as a green tea blend, Bamboo Isoflavones and Thiotaine to help firm, tone, smooth out fine lines, age spots, minor scars and wrinkles. My skin loved this serum! It feels really soft, smooth and radiant, especially impressive considering what I have recently put it through! Grab a bottle and give it a whirl!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


Ohhhh it's time for a statement red lip, which is so exciting. Red lips were back with an ass kicking avengence on the catwalks this A/W 10 of Karl Lagerfeld (loved the patent leather effect), Sass & Bide (gothic burgundy) and a worn red lip was seen at Moschino. For me red lips will forever be my mama's look, as she vamped it it up hard in the 80s with a power red lip. There is nothing more sexy and grown up than a red lip. You can't be as Britney so eloquently puts it, "I'm not a girl, not yet a woman". Red lips are all about embracing the woman inside of you and being fearless. Repeat after me, everyone can wear a red lip, like clothes you just have to know your red lip rules. If you have a warmer skin tone no matter your ethnicity, tomato warmer red shades look great on you. Deep aubergine / berry shades look (try MAC's Kittenish lipstick, £12.50) great on darker and cooler skin tones as well as giving blondes and brunettes are more vampy feel. Also look out for reds that have lots of blue in it if you have a cooler skin tone. For the purest amongst you, nothing beats MAC's Russian Red lipstick, £12.50,, for a classic red which will never date just like a Hermes Birkin bag- you know what I mean!

I've been a busy bee this month and here is another film my company Couture Communications, produced for Sky Showbiz on how to create a 3 different red lip looks seen on the catwalk.

Sky Showbiz


Hi guys,
I can't believe it's the  October already you know how much I love Autumn and chic Autumnal beauty looks. As the days are getting shorter, making a quick change to rock your beauty look in evening can get hard. Celebrities such as Whitney Port, Olivia Palermo, Leighton Meester and Lauren Conrad are all sporting super easy but chic updos all created from a simple ponytail. Grab yourself a baby sized can of the iconic L'Oreal Paris Elnett and stash it in your desk drawer, which every session stylist I know swears by and was everywhere backstage at LFW this season. Please check out this film my company Couture Communications produced for Sky Showbiz with celebrity hair and make up artist Holly Silius on how to turn your work ponytail into 3 evening looks in the blink of an eye!!!!!

Sky Showbiz

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