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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.

For more beauty posts, click here, and if you have a pearl of eyeliner wisdom to share please, please leave a comment!

Added sparkle (It’s all in your head): Metal and Glitter

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Following on from this morning’s post on some stunning decorative hair jewels, now we have the final part of this look at the joy of jazzing up your crowning glory.

3. Minimalist Metal, thanks to Celine’s Spring 2015 show

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, Celine, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. Celine Spring 2015 (image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as Nasty Gal full circle hairclips), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, Celine, Nasty Gal, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest, listed as Nasty Gal full circle hairclips

Clean Metal, number 3 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinteres), accessories trends, hair accessories, barrett, jewellery trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

4. Glitter bomb, thanks to the Ashish Spring 2016 show

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. Ashish Spring 2016 (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, Ashish, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. Ashish Spring 2016 (image with thanks to Pinterest)

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

Glitter Bomb, number 4 in our sparkle trend. (image with thanks to Pinterest), accessories trends, hair accessories, glitter hair, beauty trends, fashion blog, Blink London

image with thanks to Pinterest

So which one of our four spangled trends will you be rocking this weekend? For more beauty posts, take a look here. For more accessories posts, click here.

Top 10 stylish Christmas Stocking Fillers from Blink London

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
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You have 2 more shopping days until Christmas Day. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to share with you our top ten, super stylish stocking fillers- and these all come from actual shops so no excuses that it’s too late. It’s never too late to be fabulous darling!

1) Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara

It’s new, it comes in a waterproof formula, it’s available from Boots and it’s lush! Who doesn’t love a great mascara?

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Waterproof Mascara

2) Agent Provocateur G string set

The kind of knickers you’d never buy for yourself, but are delighted to have bought for you by someone else!

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Agent Provocateur Trixie knickers gift set

3) Diptyque’s 3 mini Christmas candle set

Beautifully packaged and stunningly scented. You will seem such a brilliantly stylish person with such perfect taste if you gift these.

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Diptyque Holiday 3 mini candle set

4) Nails Inc Spray Can Nail Polish

The most exciting innovation in nail varnish since, well probably since nail varnish was invented!

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Nails Inc Spray Can nail varnish

 5) Monica Vinader letter pendants

If she’s likely to forget her own name after too many festive tipples, what could be a better reminder?

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Monica Vinader’s letter pendants. ‘B’ for Blink obvs!

6) Liberty London’s colouring book

Because you know that colouring in in the new meditation.

Liberty London's colouring book

Liberty London’s colouring book

 7) Stella McCartney’s Pink Lips iphone 5 cover

Because everything you have should be as fabulous as possible, because you should always let your inner child choose your accessories, because it’ll help you find your phone in your Falabella handbag…

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Stella McCartney Pink Lips iphone 5 cover

8) Shrimps Jerry Mascot faux fur key ring

For many of the same reasons as that iphone case, plus the fact that Shrimps is just brilliant, faux fur rocks and you can grab this at your nearest branch of Matches.

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Shrimps Jerry Mascot faux fur key ring

9) Elemental Herbology Detox Bath Oil

if you celebrate Christmas correctly, then the days before NYE will be spent detoxing yourself in prep for the impending second wave of celebrations. This beautiful blend looks good, smells good and does you good. You’ll find this and lots of other beautiful beauty gifts at Space NK.

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Elemental Herbology Detox Bath Oil

 10) Smythson’s Fashion Diary

Last but not least, we do love anything Smythson and this fashion diary is both a practical and incredible stylish gift for any fashionista in your life (including me!).

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Smythson Fashion Diary

Now grab your eco friendly canvas shopper, sharpen your elbows and get to shopping!

All images swiped with thanks from the various brand’s websites

Petite Meller is a special Blink #MusicMonday

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
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Petite Meller, image swiped from her Bandcamp page with thanks

Today we feature not one but two videos in a #MusicMonday feature that is a bit of a departure from the Blink London norm. This time I must admit that the music is secondary to the artist as far as our decision to feature Petite Meller, a wee French style sensation.

I’m in love with Petite Meller’s style; and what a cute, nutty and fabulous style it is! Her videos look like a Tim Walker shoot come to life. From her makeup and styling to the crazy, weird dance routines. Her gangly silhouette teamed with those ‘naive meets pop art’ outfits adds a strange kind of childishness to her look- but then her stance, attitudes and expressions feel rather ‘knowing’. And oh those pink cheeks!

She is a shot of sunshine to both your eyes and your ears. To make sure that you can see just why we are so engaged by her, here are Petite’s two latest releases, Baby Love and Barbaric.

Are you in love too now after watching those two videos? For more of our musical posts, just take a look here.

“Blink” Events: Bestival’15 and the Summer of Love

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Now that we have got Wilderness, Camp Bestival and Notting Hill Carnival out of the way we can focus all of our attention on our final festival of 2015. Our grand finale festival event is always the brilliant Bestival. If you don’t have tickets I think there are a few still available if you get your skates on, and once you have those tickets the next thing on your Bestival ‘things to do’ list must surely be the preparation of your outfit.

This year’s theme is ‘Summer of Love’ and so we’ve decided to help you out with some inspiration. In our opinion, to nail this look you need the three F’s. That’s flowers, fringing and a flippin’ big smile. We’ve headed right back to ’69 which was the original Summer of Love and the year of Woodstock. We hope this helps focus your mind and looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Flowers for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, flower crowns, Blink London

Flowers for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest.

Fringing for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, flower crowns, Blink London

Fringing for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest

A huge smile for your perfect 'Summer of Love' Bestival'15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest. Hippy, festival fashion, Woodstock, Blink London

A huge smile for your perfect ‘Summer of Love’ Bestival’15 look. All images with thanks to Pinterest.

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“Blink” Beauty: Wilderness’15 Sparkles!

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Here’s the first drop of our coverage from the wonder that is Wilderness festival. What a fabulous sunshiney time we had. Thanks to all of you who stopped your revelry for a moment so that Chloe could take your picture. You all look AMAZING!

Each year we’ve been to Wilderness we notice a slight change in the main looks being rocked, as well as the makeup and accessory choices adorning those looks. We know it’s pretty much going to be a variation on a shiny, happy, flower-crowned, sparkle-fest which is always good with us. The slight change this time as far as festival faces were concerned was that those sparkles were bigger, bolder and a bit nuttier than ever. It’s an opportunity to absolutely turn your back on what’s news in carefully crafted, but ever so boring contouring and strobing, and instead go full on for fabulous colour, stencils, twinkles and stick ons!

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Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival make up, beauty blog, Blink London

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival make up, beauty blog, Blink London

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015, music festival, festival make up, beauty blog, Blink London

Beauty looks from Wilderness 2015

Watch out for more from Wilderness coming up. For more beauty posts just click here.

Thanks so much to Family PR for looking after us so well.

“Blink” Travels: Flying- travel in style

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Since the beginning of the year I seem to have been on a pretty regular round of packing and unpacking suitcases, double checking I have my passport and triple checking all of my flight details. It’s been a wonderful time of travelling for clients, on research trips, on mini adventures and to spend time with far flung family. The next trip is all about spending 2 weeks doing as little as possible as I head away for my Summer hols. To make sure I have the speediest journey from home to sun lounger (with cocktail in hand), I have decided to opt for a hand luggage only flight.

With a bit of careful planning this doesn’t mean you have to scrimp on any of your luxuries or outfit changes, although to be honest I plan to pretty much be living in my bikini. A big tip from me is to choose tried and tested favourites from your Summer wardrobe, work with a pretty tight colour palette and then add in some bold accessories to help you make a small selection seem like a full Kim K’s closet of choices.

First you have to get your travel outfit right. I like to choose something that will get some wear through my hols too. I pretty much always choose jeans. Stretch Jamies from Topshop are a fav and really comfortable even for long haul.  This time I’ll be wearing those jeans with a kinda Chloe inspired swingy top from H&M. That way I start to get my holiday vibe going, and it also saves it from getting creased in my carry-on! My go-to handbag is this small but beautifully detailed fringed clutch from Oasis. It’s big enough for my wallet and all important documents but small enough to make sure I can see everything in it at a glance (I’m a bit of a checker).

My Summer holiday travelling outfit: Topshop jamie jeans, H&M top and Oasis clutch bag. Blink `London fashion blog, travelling in style, summer holiday

My Summer holiday travelling outfit: Topshop Jamie jeans, H&M top and Oasis clutch bag.

If the airline is getting sniffy about one bag only per passenger I know that I can easily stuff this weeny handbag inside my carry-on suitcase. Actually as an aside, I would always suggest you quadruple check what number and size of bags your airline allows so you don’t get caught out. I found this table from Purple Parking really helpful as a good reference for that very thing.

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My Summer’15 favourite sandals

Next is the shoes. I am in love with these nutty metallic gold wedge numbers. Perhaps you saw my video of them on Instagram? Well, wearing them not only makes my outfit more fabulous, it also frees up a ton of space in my suitcase. You see, not just a pretty face!

My 'carry on' beauty must haves!

My ‘carry on’ beauty must haves!

And talking of a pretty face, when working just with carry-on luggage and the volume restrictions you have to be extra smart. I use my Heidi Klein pouch as the clear bag required for liquids, and then when I’m away it reverts to its intended purpose as being a wet bikini bag. Having this pre-packed means no fuss for the security check. Any of my holiday favourites that come in small enough bottles get to come with, and then once you’re through security you can stock up on anything bigger in duty free.

I always fly makeup free with a generous slathering of moisturiser. Once safely in the air, I give my skin a freshen up with a Simple Micellar cleansing wipe and then pop on some Rodial Dragon’s Blood face mask (it doesn’t show so nobody need know!). You’re about to inflict lots of sunshine, seawater and aircon on your skin so my number one piece of advice is to ensure you’re maxed out on moisturisation from start to finish of your trip. I them swoosh on a bit of bronzer, mascara and a dash of lippy just before landing (no need to frighten the locals).

So there you have it, my plan to a happy and stylish holiday, even when travelling light. Roll on my departure date! For more of our posts about our travels, take a look here.

“Blink” Beauty: Lucy Bee’s Coconut Oil

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

On a recent trip to Portugal (did I overwhelm you with tile pics on Instagram?!?) I had to travel light so some smart thinking was required to ensure I was covered for all eventualities and circumstances (work, beach, evenings out, work, lounging about, more beach…). I looked long and hard at the huge amount of lotions and potions I like to take away with me and decided that some tough decisions needed to be made in the name of efficiency (not my strong suit). What could I swap out for more space efficient, multi-tasking options?

This was my eureka moment. I already have a stash of Lucy Bee’s coconut oil in my bathroom that I use as an occasional body moisturiser, but I know there’s more to coconut oil than that. So could this little pot of joy really solve my packing dramas for a 10 day trip?

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Packing light and packing smart- the beauty of coconut oil

Do you know that coconut oil contains lauric acid and Vitamin E? Both of these things make it a really effective as a soothing and nourishing moisturiser. Goodbye night cream, hello a light application to sun-glowing skin before bed. I kept hold of my day cream though as it has a sun protection factor that is very important especially for fair skinned, freckly types like me!

I also set aside my bulky bottle of after sun and decided that I would instead indulge in the soothing, nourishing, moisturising properties of Lucy Bee, making it the perfect after-sun. It is also perfect as an intense hand and foot cream too (no unsightly dry tootsies in my flip flops!).

My fabulous Simple Micellar cleansing wipes do a grand job, even on mascara- but sometimes you need a little extra help. Instead of packing eye makeup remover, do you know that you can safely use coconut oil? In addition to cleansing we have a great coconut oil suggestion from Lucy Bee’s founder herself:

“I love using this, once I have taken off my make-up, I reapply some more to my lashes. This is very nourishing and helps to lengthen and strengthen lashes!”

I also have a mane of unruly hair that usually goes extra crazy in hot sun, especially when hitting the beach and sea swimming. This means that generally I have to pack all sorts of deep conditioners, protectors and serums. Well, not this time. Due to the Vitamin E in coconut oil it makes a really effective, moisturising treatment mask. Just smooth some thoroughly through your hair a little while before you wash it. You then may need 2 washes with shampoo to get your hair squeaky clean, and do still apply your usual conditioner, but your tresses will be silky smooth. Actually I used a small touch of Lucy Bee as a hair serum, smoothing it through damp, post wash hair. It prevented all my usual frizzles and gave a really glossy finish. So there’s another product I could leave at home; my hair serum!

Lucy, Lucy Bee's founder

Lucy, Lucy Bee’s founder

More from Lucy of Lucy Bee:

“This is why I like to call Lucy Bee a miracle oil!”

Well, after ten days with just that little pot of coconut oil doing so many jobs so very well, I must agree!

For more beauty posts, just click here. If you’d like to read more about our travels, look here.

“Blink” Beauty: Grey Matter

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

I have a personal problem. It’s something that some people who are close to me know about, but it is something I try to hide as much as possible. It is getting harder and harder to deal with, so I have decided it might be a good time to share my struggle with you.

Since I was about 21 years old, I have been dealing with a increasing amount of grey hair. I am now in my 40’s (gulp, now you know!) and it is getting rather out of hand. As a brunette with thick hair that grows exceptionally fast I am currently colouring my roots about every two weeks. That is A LOT of hair dye! The worst of it is right on my hairline where my hair naturally falls into a parting. Thanks for that additional fun twist Mother Nature!

As the grey is getting stronger, my will to resist it is getting weaker and I’ve thinking about giving up the battle and embracing the change. This is where the trouble starts…

Yes, fashion favourites, Iris Apfel and Linda Rodin both look beyond fabulous with their natural hair colour but I AM NOT OLD ENOUGH to embrace my grey in the same way that they do, with any level of comfort.

Iris Apfel, via Pinterest. Found on anothermag.com

Iris Apfel, via Pinterest. Found on anothermag.com

Linda Rodin, image via Pinterest with thanks

Linda Rodin, image via Pinterest with thanks

Conversely I am not young enough to rock it in a ‘cool grey’ way like these beauties. This is a tricky middle space between both looks, both ages that I am currently being bemused by. Gosh, I feel more like the girls below- but my hair is clearly feeling more like the wonderful women above…

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image via Pinterest with thanks

image via Pinterest with thanks, originally from They All Hate Us. Blink London, fashion blog, grey hair

image via Pinterest with thanks, originally from They All Hate Us

If any of you have a clue on what I should do that doesn’t involve shaving my head or permanently wearing a hat, I’d be beyond grateful!

For more of our beauty posts, take a look here.

“Blink” Beauty: Heidi Klein and the Mystic Tan

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Never have I ever had a spray tan. Call me crazy but the thought of standing in paper knickers and a shower cap in front of a stranger whilst they smother your every nook and cranny with a sticky fake tan solution just wasn’t high on my ‘fun things to do’ list. Uhm, why didn’t anyone tell me it didn’t have to be like that?!? Heidi Klein very kindly invited me to try their Mystic Tan treatment, promising me that it was actually a painless, humiliation-free experience so I decided that it was time for me to pop my fake tanning cherry!

Heidi Klein, Westbourne Grove

Heidi Klein, Westbourne Grove

After giving myself a thorough exfoliation, as advised by the HK team, I hit their Westbourne Grove store. Walking in to Heidi Klein is like walking in to some wonderful parallel reality where it is always Summer and you are always about to head off to St Barts/ step aboard your super-yacht/ honeymoon in the Seychelles… Usually I find that soothing but this time I felt a little nervous (not helped by my brother sending me a picture of a very orange oompa loompa as an example of my potential ‘after’ look!).

Heidi Klein, Westbourne Grove

Heidi Klein, Westbourne Grove

A member of HK staff showed me through a secret door in the back of the store and talked me through the whole Mystic Tan process. I got to choose a level of colour (I chose the palest as anything would be a huge improvement on my milky whiteness!). I also got to choose an additional scent to offset the inherant fake tan ‘biscuityness’ so I chose coconut (tres Hawaiian Tropic). I was then told that the paper knickers were optional (apparently some people like to be able to see a tan line), to pop on the shower cap and to coat any dry skin areas with a moisturiser to stop the tan looking darker in those spots. I was talked through how to stand in the booth, what commands to expect, and what to do once the spray was completed. Then she said goodbye… Uhm, where was she off to? What about the humiliation I had been anticipating?

This is the best bit about a Mystic Tan. It’s just you and the booth baby! What a revelation! I got in. I stood this way, I stood that way, I tried to remember to breathe when not being sprayed in the face…

So, as I am now obviously a Mystic Tanning expert now I shall share with you some pros and cons…

Pros: no humiliation, a rather pleasant aroma, swift, not sticky when dry and I could dress about 5 minutes after being sprayed, a good even colour, I got repeatedly told I looked very well, I did not look anything like an oompa loompa.

Cons: I forgot that I should have made sure my palms were covered in that moisturiser, the biscuit smell did make itself known after about 3 hours, after about 5 days the tan became patchy and I looked a little on the grubby side in places (all the more reason to go back for more!).

If you’d like to try this experience for yourself here are the details:

Heidi Klein: 174 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill , London W11 2RW

To book an appointment call 0207 243 5665

Price:  £27.50 per spray

Many thanks to Heidi Klein for the experience. For more Blink London beauty posts, just look here.