AW14 Beauty Trends

Well what a nuisance to have my busiest time in the salon, and a bad case of writers block over the fashion week period! Especially with this being the Autumn Winter showcase, which are typically always my favourites.
So this season I’ve been catching the shows online in between clients, and spending my bedtimes on reading show reports. Oh the glamour of fashion…
Well, what should we be wearing on our faces come September according to the fashion giants? To start with….blue. Yes, blue. 

At Temperley make-up artist Lisa Eldridge created blunt, squared ended flicks of eyeliner in bright blue. Keeping skin, lips and brows natural, all focus was on the outer part of the eye, with a soft peachy tone in the inner lash line and tear duct. Then over at Giles Lucia Pieroni created a soft punk look, with pastel blue shadow applied to the lower lash line, and deep grey smokiness on the eyelid. Finally at Michael Van der Ham, Sam Bryant used MAC to create a girlie 60’s look with orange lips and a simple wash of dove blue on eyelids. Whatever way you wear it, blue is looking like a top trend for AW14.

Temperley- Image Cosmopolitan
Michael Van der Ham. Image- Cosmopolitan

Gucci Image- Cosmopolitan

The make-up genius and my ultimate heroine, Pat McGrath created stunning looks this season, as predicted. Inspired by the 1950s and 1960s the looks she created for Dolce and Gabbana and Gucci are wearable, simple to create, yet effective.

Dolce Image- Cosmopolitan

At Dolce and Gabbana models wore clean flicks of liquid eyeliner teamed with fuller brows, flushed cheeks and a naturally flawless complexion. Then over at Gucci, we jumped forward a decade to a 60s dollesque look. Focusing on longer bottom lashes and fuller, thicker top lashes, teamed with a muted pink/mauve lip. 

As a lover of vintage inspired looks, and liquid liner framed with full lashes, I swear by Eyeko Eye Do Liquid EyelinerEyeko Eye Do MascaraLiz Martins Lashes and Art Deco Teint Concealer

LFW SS14 Day 5

It’s here. The last day of my beloved London Fashion week. Now we have our SS14 look nearly time to a T, its time to recruit that staple handbag, and who better to turn to than Anya Hindmarch
The show’s tag line- ‘Out Of This World’, surely couldn’t prepare the guests for the heights Hindmarch would go to introduce this space inspired collection., which included handbags hanging from the ceiling and models taking to the air.
Models, dressed simply in tight, deep coloured dresses, carried a variety of totes and clutches, in shades of soft grey plus bright tones of orange, yellow and blue and python print.
I know which one I have my eyes on!
 (The one in this picture- HINT HINT!)


It would seem inappropriate to miss out on yet another monochrome collection on the last day of LFW- so over we go to Simone Rocha, who only graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2010.
Being the offspring of one of our generations fashion greats, John Rocha, if Simone was feeling the pressure, she certainly didn’t buckle.
Stunning pearl detail against bold black fabrics, followed by white crochet, khaki satin, gold brocade and tulle veils, Rocha keep her colour palette simple, but her textures intriguing.
Paired with punk inspired, braided mohawks and bare faced models, Simone is becoming one of the UK’s hottest names, without even mentioning that famed surname.

Non profit initiative Fashion East also wowed the crowds today. Established by Lulu Kenndey and Old Truman Brewery in 2000, Fashion East gives emerging designers the chance to show their collections at LFW and offers guidance, support and an bursary. This season Fashion East designers are Ashley WilliamsClaire Barrow and  my personal favourite Ryan LoLo’s collection featured bunny ears, fox tails and large amount of face paint. Yes, you read that right, and I haven’t gone blind or insane.Supported by LOVE Magazine and Dazed and Confused, Lo’s collections are known for their romanticized fantasy feel. This collection consisted of stripes and lace in a palette of candy colours, perfect to team with that new Burberry Prorsum candy trench.

Last, but my very means least, it’s Meadham Kirchhoff, who always have the ability of making me sit bolt up right and take notice. But, being the scaredy cat I am, I’m quite glad I wasn’t sat listening to the horror movie music which accompanied today’s show. 
With models sporting bright orange and white blonde wigs, styled in tight ringlets, with the crown section pinned back, the feel was a cross between the Highway Man and Little House on the Prairie. The set design again evoking a spooky atmosphere- a black and white garden , with red and cream roses framing the runway itself.
Dresses with front apron detail, knee high socks and handbags featuring children’s book characters, all completed the child-like feel. Once again we saw lots of monochrome, python print, checks and flashes of bright yellow and orange. 
But whether I’ll be brave enough to take inpsiration from this collection, time will only tell.


So, lets skip this dull miserable Winter and jump straight to Spring Summer shall we?!

LFW SS14 Day 3

What I would give for a a Mulberry Wedgwood tea cup to be sat in my kitchen today. Why? Because if you were lucky or talented enough to receive one of these from your postman in the past few weeks, then you would have access to the Mulberry SS14 show! The show, collection and campaign, I anticipate and truly love, each and every season.


This week’s show is even more poignant, as creative director Emma Hill leaves the brand today, after launching it from a British heritage brand to one with an international fashion A-list status. Hill’s last collection, was fairly simple, in comparison to her previous. Once again this season, we witnessed monochrome tones, alongside bold floral prints and accents of burnt orange and soft grey. 

Model of the moment, Cara Delevingne opened the show, with simply natural hair, and make-up- the strongest element being mascara packed lashes and subtle pencil liner.


Next, it was off to high street favourite, Topshop Unique show, yet another with a star studded FROW. Topshop seem to have embraced the warm weather we have experienced of late, and predicted an even hotter one in 2014. Well, either that, or they are hoping we are all planning on travelling to hotter climates.

This collection has definitely focused more on the latter side of Spring Summer, with fine fabrics, smart shorts and flowing dresses. Another designer showcasing large volumes of white, accent colours of colbolt blue, jade green and mustard yellow brighten the Topshop Unique palette.
Make-up artist Hannah Murray, used Topshop’s own make-up range to create a sun kissed yet disheveled look. Smokey, sultry eyes, with an added hint of silver sparkle in the inner corners of the eyes, were teamed with bronzed skin and wet look, worn in curled hair.


Fancy really expressing yourself?! Then why not try the extreme make-up created by make-up genius Val Garland at Vivienne Westwood Red Label next season- it’s certainly one to get you noticed!
Using MAC make-up and feathers, Val and her artistic team, created a look which seem to be inspired by Halloween, complete with backcombed, extremely tatty hair. 
The clothing on the other hand, was much more wearable, with florals and unique work wear in a subtle palette of lemon, grey, navy and red.
The talk of the night? That opening dance from Lily Cole. What a way to start a show!

Finally, its off to Matthew Williamson, where a children’s choir were there to entertain us. With a collection created for a hot Summer in Ibiza, and a palette of sorbet tones, bold florals and graphic prints, this is one collection the high street is sure to be inspired by.
Simple make-up inspired by a 1970’s jet setter, was created by one of my favourite make-up artists- Lisa Eldridge. Using Benfit products, she created a bronzed luminous complexion, curled lashes and plump glossy lips. Hair was kept simple too, Mark Hayes styled models with soft volume and a side parting.


From the archives- SS11 Charlie Le Mindu

As Fashion Week season rapidly approaches us once again, I decided to look back in my writing archives and unearth an early piece on my first ever london fashion week show- Charlie Le Mindu SS11, three years ago.


It has always been a huge dream of mine to work at London Fashion Week, and what happened this weekend comes close enough for now!

Whilst tweeting last Thursday I came across MarieClaireUK’s competition to win seats to the fabulous Charlie Le Mindu show on Sunday. I entered, thinking I wouldn’t have a chance of winning- and to my surprise I did!!!

So, Saturday evening after a manic wedding with make-up artist Sarah Morten, off I went to London, dragging my mum in tow!

We arrived at Victoria House, Bloomsbury bright and early Sunday morning to be greeted by a large queue of some of the most eccentric dressers I have ever seen. Each and every person looked amazing and individual-a lot they reminded me of make-up artist Alex Box’s style and I’m sure many of them are/will be illamasqua devotee’s!!!

After a short wait we were shown into the venue, and mum and I took are seats on the second row! Sat opposite us was a women in an inflatable/plastic suit accessorised with a matching dog! If anyone knows who this is please let me know- I’m so intrigued!!!

Not long after the lights dimmed and music from Kap Bambino hushed us all to silence.

The collection showcased lots of leopard print, black, bubblegum pink, lime green and of course Hair and Hairpieces!!

Two of the models walked nude apart from neon pink heels and their amazing headpieces. I’m sure this move will prove controversial in the press this week- but I personally found my focus was only on the hair and make-up, and only realised they were naked when they had past me!!!

Images of every model available here-

The Make-up was quite dramatic considering it was a Spring Summer collection- dark Kohl rimmed eyes, strong dark brows and lips lined black and blended gradually to red.

I’m not sure who the make-up team were but each and every lip was perfect!

I thoroughly enjoyed the show- although think being backstage is defiantly more me!!

Fingers crossed for A/W 11?!!!

150th Birthday of Bourjois

Do you remember what was stashed in your teenage self’s make-up bag?
As I make-up addict, I can remember mine vividly! But rather than a bag, I dedicated an entire drawer (and this was no small drawer, think wardrobe sized!) to hundreds of brightly coloured eye shadows, lipsticks and blushers. Brand wise, my pocket money would only stretch to what is now known as ‘drugstore’ brands, meaning every Saturday I could be found lurking down the Boots self selection aisle, my arms covered in a variety of product swatches.

With their fun advertisements, innovative products and pretty packaging, Bourjois, was one of my favourite brands, with Coup De Theatre mascara being my most regular purchase. This dual ended product contained a primer packed with silicone fibres on one side, which you applied prior to the regular black mascara found on the other, to create thicker, longer lashes. 
A first of it’s kind when it was launched back in 2001.

This year the cult beauty brand are celebrating their 150th birthday!
Not many of you will be aware that Bourjois was originally started in the Parisian theatre district by actor Joseph Albert Ponsin, before being taken over by Alexandre- Napoleon Bourjois in 1863.

Like fellow make-up mastermind Max Factor, Bourjois first product, waxy lipsticks, were created especially for theatre actors. 
Image- Bourjois

By the time the first world war started in 1914, their now famed Little Round Pot, which was a pink blush called Cendre de Roses, was a favourite amongst women.
 Today, the shade ‘Cendre de Roses’ is still one of Bourjois’ bestsellers- proof that you can’t go wrong with a classic!
On May 15th four new blusher shades will be released to celebrate the anniversary. 
This cream to powder formula adds a pretty fresh flush to cheeks, are easily blendable and offer the longevity of a powder. 

Image – Bourjois
2013: Bourjois brings us a 150th birthday blush with a new, four-shade, cream-to-powder formula that freshens skin in a flash. £7.99, Boots nationwide, from 15 May.
Image- Daily Mail.

Over the years Bourjois constantly launched innovative products, including beautifully packaged gift boxes and practical handbag sized make-up kits. This is a brand who are always evolving.

Today, Bourjois is a brand favoured by top make-up artists as well everyday beauty consumers. Products such as the improved Coup De Theatre 2 in 1 mascara, Healthy Mix foundation and Queen Attitude Khol Kajal often grace the pages of the glossies and are recommended by both beauty editors and bloggers alike.

One thing is for sure, with a price point that won’t break the bank, pretty, feminine packaging and professional quality products, Bourjois is one brand that will no doubt be around for another 150 years. 

Happy Birthday Bourjois!

Boux Avenue comes to Liverpool One

Today Boux Avenue launched their latest stylish store in Liverpool One, and I was one of the lucky few to be invited along to the secret preview!

Boux Avenue, the UK’s equivalent to Victoria’s Secret, is a chain of lingerie stores owned by  Dragons Den star and business mogul Theo Pathitis.

We were greeted at the event by two gorgeous models, dressed in fur and one of Boux’s beautiful corsets, complete with a modern take on 1940’s Victory Rolls and classic red lips. Once inside, and a chilled glass of champagne in head, the browsing could begin!

Boux Avenue’s collection includes beautiful bridal lingerie, everyday essentials and a vast nightwear range boosting both thermals nightshirts and barely there negligees! There certainly was something for everyone and every occasion!
Lots of friendly, trained advisers were on hand to assist us in our lingerie browsing, and even offered complimentary bra fittings to those of us brave enough to loose the layers on such a cold winters day!
Having taken a sneak peak into Boux Avenues changing rooms, loosing the layers seemed like a perfect idea!
Each beautifully decorated room is named after one of the exquisite fabrics used to make our all important lingerie.
But what really makes these changing rooms so different to every other high street store- is the lighting.
Boux Avenue, give us ladies THREE options!
Daylight, Dusk and Evening.
It really makes a wonderful change to see yourself in the lighting most of us will wear our new underwear in before we’ve even decided to buy it!
And if you need any extra help with the correct fitting or you require a different size, just press for concierge and one of the Boux advisers will come to your beck and call.
If that wasn’t enough, I was also treated to these gorgeous goodies!
Huge thanks to Fluorescent PR for inviting me to this fantastic event!

The SCR take on LFW SS13

Phew…arriving back in Liverpool and straight back into day to day life at So Coco Rouge. Coffee is most definitely needed!!
Whilst our minds are still down in London admiring the upcoming fashions, Robyn and I decided to create our own versions of two of our favourites.
First up is Antoni and Alison, which you’ll remember was a splash of blue or green with a nude centre panel. Instead we used MAC pigments Mauvement, Vanilla and Naked, mixed together to create a warm natural toned area to the centre of the eye.

Products used-
Art Deco eye base
MAC Pigments- Mauvement, Vanilla and Naked to centre
Lily LoLo mineral pigment in Pixie
MUA Mascara
Estee Lauder gel liner in Black
Then we decided to create the Topshop make-up, Hannah Murray created.
Gorgeous pink lids with heavy Kohl.

 Products Used-
MAC Paint Pot- Artifact
MAC Shadow- Perky
MAC Kohl liner- Smoulder
MUA Mascara in Black

Next up- Louise Gray and Vivienne Westwood- if we dare?!!!?