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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.

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.

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

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

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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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

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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

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image with thanks to Pinterest

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

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

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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.

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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.

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