BEAUTY CHEATS: Mask those tell tale signs of too much work AND play.

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What beauty product are we in need of most at this time of year?

With the festive season just a distant memory, but the dark circles and poor skin from late nights and too much junk weighing heavily on our minds, there can only be one solution.. CONCEALER!

Here are my top 5!

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1)      Sally Hansen Quick Cover Makeup and Concealer (http://bit.ly/Kt4dIE) . Inexpensive, but quality product that covers imperfections in an instant.

2)     Sleek Makeup Corrector and Concealer Palette (http://bit.ly/1iJs6dS). Not only does this product come in 5 colours covering the entire range of skin colours, but it also has a built in mirror in the compact making it VERY handy out and about. Perfect for touch ups with its corrector, concealer and setting powder.

3)      Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Skin Smoothing Concealer (http://bit.ly/1aabJ5r). One of our top 5 because of the Ceramide technology, helps fight ageing whilst evening out your skin tone. What more could a girl want?!

4)      Rimmel Stay Matte Dual Action Concealer (http://bit.ly/1efhY71). Excellent dual action concealer,  the inner core works and treats the blemishes whilst the outer covers them perfectly. Very light, and does not clog the pores.

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5)      Bourjois Brush Unifying and Illuminating Concealer (http://bit.ly/1da66qr). Brilliant brush for precise application, with an excellent creamy consistency. Brightens your features as well as hiding your flaws. Very light, and does not clog the pores.

Are there any that you would add to the list?

Happy New Year!

Kate x

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5 Essential Beauty Tips For Yummy Mummies To Be

Are you, like our favorite Duchess, soon to be a yummy mummy? Take a look at our simple but heavenly top tips too help you bloom with style. 

We all know Kate Middleton is a few weeks away from her due date, and as always, there is a baby boom in celeb land with The Saturday’s Rochelle Wiseman, her band mate Frankie Sandford, Kim Kardashian, Coleen Rooney, Jessica Simpson (the list goes on.. and on…) announcing their pregnancies and due dates.

There’s no doubt that pregnancy takes its toll on your body. From the raging hormones to the morning sickness to the swollen ankles, with all this going on how do these celebrities get up and face the cameras every morning? I’m sure the answer is plenty of water, plenty of ginger biscuits (for the sickness, not the cravings) and very clever makeup!

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Here are our top 5 products for surviving pregnancy in a dignified manner…

1)    Tinted Moisturiser. Instead of caking on foundation to make it appear like you have had a full 8 hours sleep, (instead of the 5 hours trying to get comfortable, and 30 minutes of sleep either side of the baby waking you up at 5.30 by playing drums on your bladder), use a fresh and sheer tinted moisturiser – will keep that dewy and awake look whilst hydrating your skin without clogging pores like a heavy foundation. Also great as a foundation replacement in hot weather. Try our Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm (can be used as tinted moisturiser, primer OR concealer, available in 7 shades from light to dark, a steal at £8.99.

Botanics2)    Body Cream. Hormone changes during pregnancy can wreak havoc with your skin so a daily routine is essential. Also, lathering yourself in cream after a nice warm bath can be a fantastic way to relax before bed. So take the weight off your feet and use our Boots Botanics (totally organic – the power of plants) Purifying Body Soufflé, £4.99.

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3)    Bright Lipstick. Every woman needs her shade, and a bright pink lipstick can draw attention away from those other blemishes to boost your confidence and make sure you are always ready for those pesky paparazzi (we wish). Maybelline The Satin Collection in 163 Fuchsia will suit almost every skin tone and cheap too at only £2.79.

dscn05224)    Mascara. There is nothing like opening and applying brand new mascara, and when is a better time to treat yourself? Instant glamour and fluttering your beautiful lashes is an immediate mood lifter. Our favourite is Rimmel Glam’Eyes in Midnight Black, and won’t break the bank at only £5.99.

5)    White Eyeliner. The benefits of using white eyeliner are numerous: it makes you look awake, refreshed and can also make your eyes look bigger. A great way to combat the ‘heavily made up look’ and to achieve a fresh faced, natural look is to line your upper lash line with a regular eyeliner, and line the lower lash line in white. Still dubious? Try it! L’Oreal Infallible Eyeliner Pencil in Sheer Fidelity, £4.99.

Plenty about those nine months isn’t all that fun! It is however the perfect time to indulge in some serious pampering.

Love Kate xx

Beauty and the Spring

Step into Spring looking radiant with our top beauty tips!

Winter is so last season.

No more hibernating in front of the TV on Saturday nights with only a tub of Ben and Jerry’s and a Hugh Grant Rom Com for company.

It’s time to say ‘adiós’ to boring nights in and ‘hellooooo’ to fun in the springtime and glam summer nights out.

So, we have been scouring the runways and hitting the shops to bring you our HOTTEST beauty looks and tips.

Take a peek at our dedicated Pinterest board for more spring inspiration.

Big Lashes: Big, bold lashes are back. For the full effect, make sure you curl the lashes before you apply the mascara. Curl once at the base for 30 seconds and once midway up the lash for another 30 seconds and then apply a black mascara.

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White eyeliner: To instantly brighten-up your complexion, try a white or neutral coloured eyeliner. To really open the eyes, use it to highlight at the inner corner of the eye and add colour to the look with a sheer pink lip gloss.

Bold brows: Love ’em or loathe ’em, bold brows are here in a BIG way. For that classic Audrey Hepburn brow effect, leave the shape natural and make short strokes with a brow pencil to add extra colour and definition. It’s time to step away from the tweezers!

Undone hairstyles: Messy braids, loose ponytails and nearly undone buns are crucial styles for spring. From beach to runway, there is an undone style for every occasion. Discover styles and tips in this great article from Allure magazine.

A dash of neon: Try the ultimate fashionista eye shade! Sweep a futuristic line of neon green above the lid line or highlight the entire lash line with a bring pink hue. This is all about the eyes so keep the lips simple.

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Pop lips: Our absolute favourite trend this spring are bright, bold lips. This look is all about being brave! We love Sleek’s range of cream lipstick; take a peek at our beauty store Vanity Palace and pick up you perfect pop lippy for only £2.99!

flushFeminine Flush: Natural, nude glows are the perfect way to freshen up for spring. To achieve the look, top make-up artist, Pat McGrath suggests mixing pink blushes onto the apples of the cheeks, then applying foundation, concealer and highlighter on the cheekbones. Finish with a light dusting of powder. For the blush, we love Rimmel’s Santa Rose or Pink Rose Powder Blush – just £2.79  in our beauty store Vanity Palace.

Metallic eye-shadow: For that ultimate look-at-me eye effect, sweep molten metallic or silky silver eye-shadow across the lid and into a winged shape. Add lashings of eyeliner to finish the look.

Have fun creating your spring beauty looks! ♥ Rebecca