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Hello, I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was really good but as usual it flew by too quickly. On Saturday night I had a friends leaving party so got glammed up a bit – it had actually been a while since I’d done a smokey eye so thought I’d quickly share my smokey eye makeup look of the night. Sorry just iPhone pictures as was in a rush to get out of the door for dinner!
Products used – Face: NARS Oil-Free Pro Prime, Pore Refining Primer // MAC Studio Finish concealer in NC20 // Estee Lauder Perfectionist Foundation in 2C3 Fresco – it’s new and I am loving it, the formula is so silky and smooth // Bourjois Maxi Delight Bronzer (review here) – still my everyday go-to bronzer, my pan is almost empty so I better repurchase it again soon // NARS Orgasm Blush, applied to apples of my cheeks.
Eyes: Nicka K NewYork Perfecting Eyeshadow Primer (as found in my July GlossyBox) // MAC Paintpot in blackground, applied with my fingers as a base to my eyelid // MAC Club eyeshadow, applied all over my lid and blended into the crease. Club is such an amazing green/brown eye shadow and is perfect for creating a simple smokey eye. I did a video tutorial on a very similar look a few years ago actually, you can see that HERE // MAC Dazzlelight eyeshadow, applied to tear duct and underneath the brow bone as a highlight // Lined my waterline with Estee Lauder Pure Color Kajal Eyeliner in blackened black and then smudged it out along the lower lash line with more MAC Club eyeshadow // L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim – Black Intense, applied to upper lash line // Smashbox Eye Brightening Mascara applied after curling eyelashes with MAC lash curler.
I absolutely love fragrances by Narciso Rodriguez, with For Her being one of my top 3 perfumes of all time! So I was excited when I found out that he’d launched a new perfume to his fragrance range in August. Introducing NARCISO, the new fragrance from Narciso Rodriguez. Speaking about his latest scent Narciso Rodriguez said “I wanted to create an extremely sexy fragrance that would turn a man’s head”
NARCISO definitely smells sensual in a modern way; full of elegance and luxury. Vetiver and musk are key component of the perfume, softened by other ingredients including amber, white and dark cedars, gardenia and Bulgarian rose providing warmth and sensuality.
“I strive to celebrate women’s sexuality, her sensuality, and to do it in a graceful way, not in an overbearing way. Grace is something becoming more and more rare these days. To me it’s one of the most beautiful traits a person can have. I never lose sight of the fact that the work should celebrate a women’s beauty, her body, her personality. I think it’s the foundation of my work” ~ Narciso Rodriguez.
Brazilian glamazon Raquel Zimmermann has fronted the latest campaign for NARCISO. The NARCISO fragrance is presented in a stone-white lacquer, cubic-shaped bottle. The shade was inspired by a stone found by the designer on the beach in Cyprus. “Black, white and nude are my essential colours,” noted Rodriguez, “Each time I start a collection, I start with these.”
I love this uniquely sexy fragrance. It’s like the grown up version of For Her; stronger, more confident and super classy! Definitely another winner by Narciso Rodriguez.
NARCISO by Narciso Rodriguez is now exclusively available from Selfridges (link) in 30, 50 and 90 ml Eau de Parfum starting from £39.
I’ve spoken about my love for Moroccanoil on the blog before (link) – it being my most holy grail hair product! I use the Moroccanoil treatment a lot, pretty much after every hair wash , every 3-4 days. It makes my hair feel super healthy, soft and shiny – it’s my hair’s best friend. I’ve always used the original Moroccanoil treatment which has worked brilliantly for me but did you know they also have a Moroccanoil Light version.?
Moroccanoil Light is perfect for finer and light coloured hair, still using the same formula of Argan Oil to strengthen, nourish and protect your hair.
How to use it? Just apply a small drop to your hand, massage hands together to let the heat distribute the product and then apply with fingers to clean, towel-dried hair, from mid-length to ends. I then brush my hair and quickly blast it with a blow dryer or let it dry naturally. Plus the Moroccanoil Light treatment can also be applied to dry hair to tame fly-aways or condition dry ends. And and not to forget that it smells oh so good!
I also got some other Moroccanoil goodies recently. The Luminous Hairspray (strong) smells just as good as the Oil treatment and is lightweight but still gives your hair long-lasting, flexible hold without any sticky residue. Love using this hairspray after I’ve curled my hair with my GHD’s, by spraying it all over and lightly brushing it out to create soft but natural curls that last all day long.
I’ve been using the Moroccanoil Cleansing bar in the shower for the last week and it’s heavenly. It’s fragranced once again with that divine Moroccanoil scent, is paraben-free and combines antioxidant-rich argan oil and shea butter to moisturize as it cleanses.
I haven’t tried the Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask Light yet. It’s a 5 minute extra conditioning revival treatment to give your hair some extra tender, loving and care. It says it should deeply hydrate and condition while dramatically improving hair’s texture, elasticity, shine and manageability. I can’t wait to give this a go soon!
Moroccanoil Treatment £31.85 (125ml) LINK or 25ml for £13.45 LINK // Moroccanoil Light Treatment £31.85 (125ml) LINK or 25ml for £13.45 LINK // Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray £17.25 (330ml) LINK // Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask Light for £31.25 LINK
Have you tried any of the Moroccanoil products before?
Remember me talking about the Aveda Challenge I was going to do to make my hair wonderfully smooth and straight and to make my friends hair fizz free and enhancing her natural waves and curls? Well we did it and the results are…..(drum roll)…..below! In this video we will talk about the products and show you how to apply them to get the best results.*
What do you think of our end results? Here some more comments and tips for when using the following Aveda products: Naturally Straight & Be Curly Enhancer.
Aveda Smooth Infusion – Naturally Straight: Progressively loosens curls and fends off frizz to achieve a naturally straight style // Towel dry your hair // You only need a small amount // Thoroughly apply Naturally Straight styling creme in sections and blow dry. Use blow dryer with a nozzle to minimise fly aways and use a round brush to use the tension and the heat to stretch the hair to Flat iron if you wish (this would be if your hair is a lot curlier or wavier then mine) // After 5 consecutive applications of Naturally Straight, your hair will stay straight for up to 3 washes // My hair felt so smooth and straight and even throughout the day (in the summer heat) it stayed sleek, soft and not a kink in sight!
Aveda Be Curly – Curl Enhancer: Great for intensifying curls, taming frizz and boosting shine. Wheat protein blend expands when hair is wet and then retracts when hair is dry to lock in curls or waves // Apply Be Curly Curl Enhancer to towel-dried hair and begin to blow dry // Best results when using a diffuser // Don’t put blow dryer not the most powerful setting, blasting the hair won’t allow the curl to hold as well. Once the hair is completely dry, use a bit more product to finish the style and add some more definition to your frizz free curls // Tugce’s hair felt a lot more moisturised, looked healthy and had a more enhanced curls.
Are you interested to try these Aveda products? Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight (150ml/£21.50 RRP) & Be Curly Curl Enhancer lotion (200ml/£17.50 RRP) are now available in your local Aveda Salon, Spa and Stores or online at www.aveda.co.uk
When it comes to hair, girls always seem to want what they don’t have. You have curly hair, but you wished it was straight, and if you have straight hair, you probably want it wavier or curlier. Luckily these days, there are so many tools out there like straightening irons and curling tongs so we can easily switch up our look every day. Also for people dreaming of straight hair there are more (semi) permanent straightening treatments available but they are pretty pricey and also can be damaging to your hair. So when Aveda contacted me recently to partake in a challenge to trial their new Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight styling product I was intrigued. Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight is an addition to their Smooth Infusion range which straightens curls with every use.
How it works? Naturally straight is a new styling product that contains plant fibers that help your hair stay straight day after day. You apply it to wet hair, after shampooing, and then blow-dry it using the heat and tension to give you super sleek and smooth hair! It also includes a humidity barrier which means you can kiss frizzy hair and fly-aways goodbye. And the most revolutionary part I think is that it actually promises that after 5 consecutive applications of Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, that your hair will stay straight for up to 3 washes!
Now my hair isn’t the curliest of hair (like in the picture above) and you might even call it pretty straight but I still always blow dry my hair or run the straighteners through it to give it a nice straight and kink/fuzz free finish. Even though my hair is quite straight, I have a lot of it and if I just let it dry naturally it tends to have kinks and waves at the back of my neck, unruly flyaaway bits in the front and especially in summer heat it frizzes up and doesn’t stay nice and straight! It drives me nuts. So the challenge Aveda had for me* was to try this new product at home to show me how it will naturally give me a smoother, straighter styling finish to my hair. So this weekend I visited the beautiful Aveda Lifestyle Salon in Covent Garden to learn all about Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, so I could try it at home and put it to the test. So I will be filming a video with a friend where I will try the Naturally Straight styling product and she will use the Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer to embrace her wavy hair style. See we all have different hair dreams! I’m definitely curious to try this. Are you? Watch this space :)