Thursday, June 30, 2011

Top 10 'British Beauties': Number 10

As part of their 'Beauty Month' of July, QVC are announcing a list of their top 100 'British Beauties': the most beautiful British women of all time.

I'm really excited to be collaborating with with them to upload a makeup tutorial for each of the top 10. I'm going to be posting the inspiration pictures for each of the looks on here throughout the month.

Number 10 is... Twiggy!



I'm sure everyone is familiar with Twiggy's Iconic makeup look. Pure 60's!

Click HERE to watch my tutorial.

Yellow Fever!

Is it just me, or does there seem to be an awful lot of yellow in the shops this season?

I've found myself inexplicably drawn to anything and everything yellow over the last few weeks, and as a result the following items are currently my prize possessions...


The shoes are by Karen Millen. I picked them up in Selfridges sale last week. I love how they can instantly brighten up an outfit! They look especially great if you keep everything else monochrome.

The wallet is from ASOS (you may remember it from a Wish List post I put on here a few months back?) Well, it went in the sale for only £12.50... It would be rude not to, no?

Last but not least... The nail polish. Big Yellow Taxi is the latest release from London-based nail brand Ciate.


I've searched high and low for a shade like this and I'm so happy to have finally found it! All the other yellows out there seem too pale, or a slightly ick-y shade of mustard yellow but this is a super bright, canary yellow that (unlike a lot of yellow tones) is really flattering - especially on your toes with a tan!

Is anyone else currently suffering from Yellow Fever?!

P.S: I've just checked on ASOS and the Wallet has now sold out :(

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Guest Blog Takeover!

I'm off on my summer holidays in a few weeks time, and instead of leaving my blog high and dry for two weeks with no posts, I thought I'd give any budding bloggers out there the chance to take over my blog for a whole week!

If you are a blogger, or even if you just fancy dipping your feet to see if you catch the bug, send me an article you've written, with any accompanying photos attached to fleurdeforce@gmail.com by midnight this Sunday (3rd July)


I will choose the 7 best blog posts to go live on my blog during the week commencing Monday 18th July. The theme doesn't have to be strictly beauty, but it does have to be relevant to the content of my blog (beauty, hair, fashion, style, shopping, health, fitness... etc) Articles must be your own original content, and not have been published on a blog before (including your own)

Happy blogging everyone and thanks so much for helping me out!

Fx

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Guest Post: Will Your Fashion Fix Lead to Surgery?

Today I have a guest post for you all written by Isabella from cosmeticsurgeryguru.com. Isabella writes about all aspects of cosmetic surgery on her blog and today she tackles a tough question that leaves us thinking how far would we go in the name of fashion...

Few accessories can finish off a look as a well as a pair of stylish earrings – but as designs become more and more elaborate, some are finding there’s a price to pay for glamming up your lobes further down the line. In fact a whole cosmetic surgery business is being built around the pursuit of accessory perfection.

You can’t have failed to have noticed the earring designs on the catwalks over the past few years, as designers aim to outdo each other with ridiculous designs and sizable weights to match. Forget tasteful diamond studs or small rings, we’re talking huge hunks of metal, wound down from each ear like an expensive light fitting. Some even wind around the wearer’s neck!


And of course, where the catwalks lead, the high streets follow and many of the popular retailers have followed suit with their own budget versions of the designs. While these cheap and cheerful homages may not weigh as heavy on the wallet, they can certainly do just as much damage to their wearer’s lobes.

Clinics are reporting increasing numbers of
patients needing ear surgery after years of overloading their lugholes with heavy pieces of jewellery. Ironically, the cost of the surgery far outstrips what you’d expect to pay for a jewellery box-full of tacky earrings.

Typically, the repairs cost a few hundred pounds per ear and can take half-an-hour under local anaesthetic. Once the operation’s complete, your lobes will be hole free – but this isn’t the end of the story. For many people who have the procedure, the repair isn’t final – and is simply a chance to start again – and the ears can be pierced again six weeks later. In fact, some surgeons are even being asked to strengthen the ear during the operation so that the patient can wear actually wear heavier earrings. If this is the case, surgeons have the option to remove cartilage from the inner ear to add to the lobe or plumping up the lobe with Restylane.


Although some may be shocked by the lengths some will go to go one better during their beauty regimes, for others it’s nothing new. Given that there’s already
liposuction for calves to help women fit into knee-high boots and toe shortening to ease the foot into heels, the trend shows no sign of stopping – how far will the world’s glamourpusses go to stay beautiful?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Not Feeling So Fantastic?

Well (hopefully!) that's about to change! There are feel-good summer confidence builders popping up left, right and centre online and my most recent favourite (along with the Mamma Mio Confidence challenge) is Jergens Naturals 'Feel Fantastic' Skincare Experience.

Jergens are so confident that their Naturals body care line can transform the look and feel of your skin in one month, they've challenged us all to put the products to the test, along with a month long 'feel good' calendar of challenges to make you feel better about yourself.

The month long 'feel good' calendar started last week, but it's never too late to join in (I'm always late on these things!)

With a different mini-challenge every day to help you feel good, fingers-crossed at the end of the month you'll be one happy camper!

This week is focusing on relationships, so if you think your love life needs a little perk-up, then head over to the Jergens Naturals Facebook page and download the feel fantastic calendar to join in the fun!

The lovely people at Jergens have also offered 24 of my readers their very own bottle of Jergens Naturals Body moisturiser to help them take part in the challenge.

The first 24 people to...

1. 'Like' the Jergens Facebook page
2. Follow my blog
3. Write a comment on this post

...will be a winner, just don't forget to leave your email address so that I can get in touch - it's as easy as that! (This one's only open for the UK I'm afraid - sorry to all my international readers!)

If you aren't a lucky winner then fear not! Jergens are making it super easy for you all... their products are currently 1/2 price in Boots!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Olay's Sell Out Skin Care Range Arrives in the UK

The latest release from Olay, The Olay Professional skin care line sold out in only 17 minutes when it was launched in the US. Although at the time it was only on limited release, this is very impressive. So what's all the hype about?

Well, this is Olay's first ever crack at making professionally inspired anti-ageing skincare, and they seem to be on to something! The stats boast that after being tried and tested by 195 dermatology experts, 80% of these experts were so impressed, they would continue to use it themselves following the 28 day trial and recommend it to others (considering the amount of skin care they must have tried... that's impressive!)


Olay guarantee anti-ageing results in only 28 days, and the trial results were so good, they were recorded in two science journals: The British Journal of Dermatology & the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology.

It all sounds to good to be true, no? Well if you fancy trying it out, 300 kits containing the three core products (Day Moisturiser, Wrinkle Smoothing Cream & Deep Wrinkle Complex) will be available tomorrow on boots.com for £44.99, but move fast! After the response in the US, this is expected to sell out in no time. The full line is due for release on the 9th August, exclusive to Boots.

Think I may just have to get hold of this line for my mum... she loves being my skin care guinea pig! Review coming soon - watch this space!