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Cleansing Clean Up: Microbead Free

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

I’m a beauty product tart. There, I’ve said it. I swip-swop to whatever the most recent innovations are with most of my product relationships only lasting a couple of tubs, tubes or bottles before I switch my affections to the newest kid on the beauty block.

I do have requirements that help direct my decisions, and in the past those were pretty much “Can I afford it?”, “Are the reviewers raving on about how genius it is?”, “Will it be okay with my sensitive skin?” and “Will it erase my wrinkles/zits/jowls?”. Well, now we have a new consideration; eliminating those small but dastardly microbeads. It seems that these teeny buggers are our newest pollution nightmare and they are hidden in more products that you have probably even realised. Take a look at this article from Greenpeace to fully understand the significance of this issue. There is nothing beautiful about the impact of microbeads on sea life and our food-chain and they need to be banned quick-smart.

I’m embracing banning those microbeads by starting with my own bathroom shelves. The joy of this is that it’s an excuse for me to fill my re-useable, organic cotton shopper with lots of new plastic free products! First on my list is a really good body scrub in prep for holidaying, and I think I’ve found a winner.

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my Grounded Body Scrub, making a bit of a mess on my Casa Cubista bathmat

I love, love, love my Grounded Body Scrub! The coffee grounds are not only a brilliant exfoliant, but the caffeine stimulates circulation and hopefully will eliminate a few thing dimples too. The coconut oil in this particular version of the scrub is great for extra smoothing and is just generally marvellous. Oh and when you are using this in a hot shower the fumes are kind of like an espresso martini with a shot of Malibu thrown in for good measure. What’s not to love!

There’s more to come on this topic so keep ’em peeled. In the meantime, if you’d like to read our other beauty posts, take a look here.

Music Monday: Pete Josef ‘Colour’

Monday, June 13th, 2016

Today’s #MusicMonday isn’t anything brand new. Instead I chose this track, ‘Colour’ from Pete Josef  as it’s a kind of audio reminder, bringing back all the wonderful experiences that I enjoyed during my holiday in Bali (first day back at work blues!).

It’s lifted from a great mixtape from Phat Phil Cooper’s soundcloud and perfectly sums up the ultra chilled and very happy time I just had.

Hope you’ve been enjoying all of the instagram pics from my travels too. If you’d like to see more music posts, then just click here.

Bodyform ‘Blood’

Friday, June 10th, 2016

I think that this is absolute genius so had to share it with you. I know it’s outside of our usual content type, but it is somewhat reflective of many of the values we at Blink London hold dear. This Bodyform ad is the first of it’s product type to actually feature blood (although not THAT kind of blood…), and through doing so is utterly empowering, game-changing and brilliant. The ad’s caption is this:

No blood should hold us back – and periods shouldn’t stop us from keeping fit.

New feminism now reaching and affecting the mainstream in a very exciting way and we can’t wait to see more of the same…

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Big Hair, Don’t Care: Part 2

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Hope you liked yesterday’s post on the joys of unruly hair. Here’s part 2, and also what we hope will prove to be the final word in sorting out lots of my particular hair based woes. Blink Towers is very excited about the launch of the new Dyson hairdryer!

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the just launched, game-changing Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer

Not only are we already huge fans of Mr Dyson himself, that silver fox super brain, we absolutely love the Dyson brand because it delivers what it promises with every single product that it releases to market- and those products look good too.

Dyson has invested £50 million in the development of the Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer, which is about as much as I have invested in trying to solve the problems I have with my very unruly barnet! From the data released by Dyson, as well as the reviews from the lucky peeps who have already trialed it, the Supersonic™ hair dryer is a total game changer. Not only is it lighter than a normal hairdryer (perfect for travelling!), it also self monitors the heat it produces to constantly protect your hair and it has been engineered to be extra quiet. Drying is swifter, less of a chore and with better results than standard hairdryers. What’s not to love!

It launched this month and at just a penny under £300 it is quite an investment, but we think well worth it when you consider the hair joy and time saving that it will deliver!

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Big Hair, Don’t Care: Part 1

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

My hair is very badly behaved, especially when given the excuse of a bit of humidity… As I’m on my hols in steamy hot Bali that means pretty much the mega frizzles from start to finish- but I’m not complaining! I knew this would be the case so stocked up on my well tried and long-time tested John Frieda ‘Frizz Ease’ products. Believe me, I have tried a multitude of variations on this theme but always come back to these guys, and they work especially well in combination.

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My favourite John Frieda Frizz Ease products

Even though these will do the job under normal circumstances, my holiday hair can prove to be extra naughty and in need of further persuasion in to any semblance of style and sheen. As you may have read in my holiday post from last year, I do love coconut oil as the perfect all-rounder (rub it all over, do a bit of oil pulling, cook your breakfast and sort your hair do out all in one!). This time around I have replaced my usual Lucy Bee with a locally made version (always shop local!).

Bali Balance is a Bali produced, raw, virgin coconut oil and this bottle will be totally used up by the end of my trip as I have got the whole family in to it. If you are in this part of the world I can totally recommend tracking some down.

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Bali Balance raw coconut oil

There’s more to come on this so do keep an eye out if you’ve got badly behaved hair too. If you’re just in to all beauty topics though, you can find more posts here.

Kendrick Lamar ‘God is Gangsta’, Music Monday

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

This is the third time we’ve featured Kendrick Lamar as our #musicmonday and this time it’s not only because we are serious fans, it’s also to celebrate Lamar’s recent multiple Grammy wins. Much deserved Mr Lamar.

This is total creative innovation; a new voice, a new sensibility that takes hip hop and rap forward in a direction that is both relevant and smart, taking this musical artform forward while still referencing musical history from jazz, soul and funk traditions. If you haven’t spent some time with To Pimp a Butterfly yet, we suggest you should as a matter of musical urgency.

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Beyonce ‘Formation’ is our #MusicMonday

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Get in formation beeaatttccchhh. Oh yeah, I like that! Beyonce slays yet again. Brilliant track, brilliant message, brilliant styling.

For more of our Music Monday posts, look here.

Chanel Couture 2016 and our eyeliner obsession

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

This is where we have a moment of self-congratulation. A brief smug second. A little sigh of satisfaction that we are on the right fashion track. I hope you can take it because this is a two parter of self-satisfaction, just to get it out of the way!

Do you recall our post about my eyeliner obsession? If you didn’t read it before, you can catch up right here. Well look what popped up at the Chanel Couture show? Seems Karl and I have more in common than our love of cats…

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Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

Eyeliner detail from Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway, beauty trends, beauty blogger, couture beauty trends, Spring 2016, Blink London

Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

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Chanel Couture 2016, image from Vogue Runway with thanks

It’s not one we’d recommend for your everyday, bombing around town, getting your chores done look. In fact it’s not one we can image suggesting an appropriate occasion for- but what it does do is cement the need for some eyeliner up-skilling. And I know just who to ask…

Images from Vogue Runway, with huge thanks.

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Daughter ‘Numbers’ is Blink London’s Music Monday

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Perfectly suiting today’s moody weather, our #MusicMonday choice is Daughter‘s ‘Numbers’, taken from their just released new album ‘Not to Disappear‘. Daughter has a sound that is so unique, so very deeply emotive that it is utterly unmistakable. Much of that is due to the hauntingly lilting, breathy vocals from Elena Tonra, but it is also how Tonra’s vocal style is set against the complex and emotive musical backdrop created by bandmates Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella. The slightly tortured, echo-filled sound that this three piece creates is kind of filmic in it’s vastness, but if that film was of your strangest dreams.

I never, ever tire of Daughter’s music and every time I hear it, there’s something more to be noticed, a fresh subtlety to be uncovered, and the new album delivers that across every single track. If you are new to the delights of this British band, then ‘Numbers’ is a wonderful introduction to their sound. There’s wonder in the darkness and heartbreak of Daughter’s signature style that actually takes me right back to 80’s Brit indie bands like This Mortal Coil. There is an absolute beauty in the lush darkness of Daughter that we adore. Can’t have the light without it right?

Fore more great music posts, take a look here.

Eyeliner: Flicks and cats. The struggle is real

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

I’ve noticed that I mostly pin amazing eyeliner looks on to my Pinterest Beauty board. I’ve been caught out staring at immaculate eyeliner flicks on strangers as they walk past in the street. I’ve been known to quiz my girlfriends that always pull off incredible, symmetrical cats-eyes as if it isn’t any big deal (Caroline!). I’m obsessed because I am useless as doing this myself. Maybe it’s the shape of my eyes, maybe it’s just my wonky face, maybe it’s useless eye/hand coordination?

I did my research, trying to find the best tool that would magically impart some makeup super skills. I discovered my best yet option in Soap and Glory’s Supercat. Designed like a felt tip pen it’s super easy to use, long lasting and a really great deep, dark black. Oh, and a bargain too by the way. As you can see by the slightly well worn look of mine in the shot below, I do practice with it on a regular basis but still haven’t cracked the simplest of line looks.

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Soap and Glory’s Supercat eyeliner

But none of that stops me from virtually indulging in dreamy eyelined looks, imagining them amazingly accurately transferred on to my face. I am seeking professional help for my obsession, hoping that a patient makeup artist might share the secrets of the perfect set of flicks with me. In the mean time, I wanted to share with you some of my absolute favourite looks on my Beauty board. All are fantastic, but some are pure catwalk fantasy. All are black- lets not even get started on all of the wonderful colourful looks…

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All eyeliner looks are images swiped from Pinterest.

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