Let’s get digital- Part 2

Get switched on, ‘ like’ and ‘ follow’ social media’s latest #BEAUTYSQUAD

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#SKINGOALS Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer, CRL9N, £5.99

Michelle Phan, 29, trailblazed her way into the world of fashion and beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 8.5 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times. She also co-founded Ipsy – the world’s largest online beauty community.

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#COVERUPGOALS Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield, 6DAXV, £55

After developing adult acne, in March 2015, Londoner Em Ford, 26, began to share images of herself both with and without make-up on social media. After a backlash from haters, she posted the negative comments she received online – which got 10 million views in its first week alone!

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#LIPSTICKGOALS L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in Place Vendome, DDRNP, £6.99

A UK vlogger, blogger and author, Tanya, 26, is best known for her fashion and beauty channel on YouTube, where she often replicates sought-after celebrity looks. In 2014, she released her own cosmetics line and now has over 2.7 million followers on Instagram!

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#BEAUTYGOALS Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection, 77PHQ, £60

In 2008, Samantha Chapman, 38, began producing make-up tutorials on YouTube under the name, Pixiwoo. Her sister, Nicola, joined her soon after. Together, they produced ‘how to’ videos and beauty product reviews. The sisters also created make-up brush line Real Techniques.

 

Let’s get digital- Part 1

Get switched on, ‘ like’ and ‘ follow’ social media’s latest #BEAUTYSQUAD

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#MASCARAGOALS Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara, 73tXe, £7.99

Fleur De Force, 27, started making videos on YouTube in 2009, and she has been building her global audience ever since – her videos now attract millions of views per month. Fleur has also brought out her own range of false lashes and her latest beauty book will be released soon.

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#LIPGLOSSGOALS NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss, 6kteW, £6.99

Patricia Bright, 27, is one of the biggest uprising vloggers in the UK, with over 760,000 YouTube subscribers. She started her channel in 2010 and delivers make-up and hair tutorials. Plus, she has recently given birth to her first baby. Aww!

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#FOUNDATIONGOALS L’Oréal Paris Infallible Foundation, 6cP4d, £12.99

Spot the difference between these identical twins, 22, from Norwich who are obsessed with all things beauty, fashion and music. They have a combined 527,000 Instagram followers – people obviously adore their pretty pastel nails and love for ghds!

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#REDLIPGOALS Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Precision Glide Lipliner in Red Door Red, 3vdtJ, £17.99

After being introduced to all things vlogging by her then boyfriend and successful vlogger = Marcus Butler, Niomi, 23, has now carved out a career of her own on YouTube. With videos and a blog offering fashion, beauty and lifestyle advice, she’s also set to bring out her own cookbook.

Come back to check out Let’s get digital- Part 2!

DOLL FACE

When it comes to contouring, keep up with the Kardashians and Jenners to never miss a make-up trick!

This technique uses dark and light shades to sculpt key areas on the face. As there’s no sign of the trend waning, we help you get clued-up…

LIPS  
For the illusion of fuller lips, take a sharp lip liner (a little darker than your natural colour) and outline a few millimeters outside of your lip line. Fill in with a nude shade, so that the liner is just visible. Use a lighter-coloured lipstick on the fullest parts of your pout to give depth. Imagine there’s an ‘X’ shape on your Cupid’s bow and lighten it with concealer to finish.

CHEEKS 
Start with getting the right colours to match your skin tone. Pick matte, not sparkly, make-up. Apply your base and build up the darkest hue under your cheekbones to get that ‘pulled-in’ effect. The lighter colour is swept over the top of your cheeks to bring them to the fore. Only now should you use a subtle shimmer over the highest part of your cheekbones to highlight.

EYES, BROWS & NOSE 
Contouring around the eyes, brows and nose creates a central focus. Remember, it’s all about sculpting. If it looks ‘dirty’, you’ve gone a shade too dark or you need to blend more to soften the points where the dark and light shades meet. Apply darker shades down the sides of your nose and in the eye sockets and use paler colours along the brow bone, down the length of your nose and on the areas you want light to bounce of.

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Celebs Love Very’s Valentine’s Party

To celebrate the day of love, Very kicked things off early with a pre- Valentine’s party. It had all the best elements of Valentine’s Day – hearts, pink cocktails, make-up, chocolate dipped strawberries and marshmallows, date night outfits and a bunch of lovely people.

Celebs, bloggers and journalists all popped in to the party in London’s chic Hospital members club, where the room was decorated to match Very’s pink colours and there were balloons and fairy lights. So pretty! TOWIE’s Ferne McCann, the recent runner up of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here couldn’t resist a photo opportunity by the love heart of balloons.

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She’s wearing  Very head to toe – the V by Very roll neck top and the Rochelle Humes culotte trousers. Ferne revealed that she will be spending Valentine’s Day with a mystery man. What a lucky guy, to be on a date with such a stylish lady!

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No party would be complete without food and drinks and the drinks and snacks were in plentiful supply. Made in Chelsea’s Ashley James told us how much she adored the canapes, but not as much as we adored her jacket. She’s wearing the V by Very fluted waffle jacket in the photo below.

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Ashley’s spending Valentine’s with her dog Snoop – awwww!

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After the snacks and mingling, it was time to check out the clothes. Here are some of the highlights of the current collection that would be great for dates – whether the date’s with mates or a loved on.

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On this rack you can see the V by Very leopard bomber jacket and the Rochelle Humes culotte jumpsuit.

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There was a lot of love for this suede jacket, which would be the ultimate way to make someone fall in love at first sight. It’s the V by Very suedette biker jacket.

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For an attention grabbing arrival, you can’t beat monochrome and stripes. This is the Rochelle Humes sleeveless striped waistcoat.

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Want to give off a cute and cuddly nature? Try this V by Very faux fur gilet.

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Leave a lasting impression in a bold dress with an eye-catching print. These are the Rochelle Humes Geo shirt dress and the V by Very high neck tea dress.

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And don’t forget the make-up! Very showcased some of the best-selling beauty products with a Beauty Pick n Mix with brands like Maybelline and HD Brows.

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PS For more fashion and celebrity gossip check out my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP.

Hey Beautiful…Win with Viva La Juicy!

 Valentine’s Day…you either love it or hate it! We have to admit there’s a few of us at Very HQ hoping that the postman will bring flowers and chocs from a secret admirer…whether you’re out for dinner with that special someone or having a cosy night in with ice cream and soppy films, why not treat yourself this February 14th with a gorgeous new Viva La Juicy perfume!

Don’t wait around this year, enter our competition to win an 100ml bottle of Viva La Juicy perfume and you’ll be smelling gorgeous no matter what you get up to!

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Viva La Juicy will have heads turning wherever you go with top notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin gently tempered with honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine. Underlying it all are warm tones of amber, caramel, and sandalwood, all wrapped up in a fabulous bottle with Juicy charms!

All you need to do to treat yourself (you deserve it!) and win this fab prize from Juicy Couture is comment below telling us how you would spend a perfect Valentine’s Day. We’re thinking of a pamper day at a luxury spa before a candlelit dinner with some bubbly…

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  1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.
  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment stating their favourite way to get fit.
  3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midday 16th February 2016.
  4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. The draw will be made by the social team from all valid entries after midday on 16th February 2016.
  5. There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.
  6. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.
  7. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.
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  9. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household.

Sweet Dreams

Sixteen switches for a relaxing and worthwhile rest! They’re so easy, you can do them while you sleep. Well, before bed…

1. Leave-in conditioner

Put onto dry, parched ends to nourish your hair.

2.  The silk secret

Cotton pillowcases can cause hair to frizz. Swap to silk ones to help reduce unnecessary breakage. 

3. Braid before bed

Wake to mermaid-style locks without the heat damage. Plait damp hair before bed and remember that the smaller the section, the tighter the wave.

4. Hand cream

Smother a generous layer of hydrating lotion on your hands and feet.

5. Zap zits

Soothe spots while you sleep by applying tea tree oil on your blemishes. Its disinfecting properties will help reduce redness and won’t strip your skin of its natural oils.

6. Root cause

Avoid waking up to flat hair caused by greasy roots and use a dry shampoo before bed. Spritz under the hair, close to the roots and scrunch in until the white powder disappears.

7. Brush your lips

Gently exfoliate your lips with your toothbrush and then lock in moisture with an enriching balm.

8. Cold creams

Applying eye cream prior to nodding off is no secret, but how about keeping the product in the fridge? The cooling effect will help to reduce puffiness and comfort your weary peepers.

9. Try a humidifier

For softer skin, use a humidifier. It adds moisture to the air, so it’s perfect for when the heating is on.

10. Rest easy

Make sure to get at least eight hours of shut-eye a night. Aim to turn off your phone and tablet screens 60 minutes before turning in. They emit blue light which can disturb your sleep pattern.

11. Cleanse

Don’t drop off without removing your make-up. It can attract blemish-causing bacteria.

12. All white

Once a week, dip your toothbrush into some bicarbonate of soda, polish your teeth and rinse. Do it before bed for the best results.

13. Hair mare

Keep your locks off your face while you snooze to prevent breakouts.

14. Oil up

Suffer from hard hangnails? Massage cuticle oil onto your nail beds for total rehydration.

15. Night cream

Whatever your age, use a night lotion or a restorative serum on cleansed skin. These products are able to work their magic without any disruption from cosmetics, the sun and pollution.

 16. Joint care

Zones like your knees, elbows and any other areas that are prone to excessive dryness will benefit from an overnight hydrating hit.

Limited Edition Arctic Gold Styling Range from GHD

Christmas is nearly upon us and here at Very HQ we are just full of festive cheer. True to form, we’ve got everything you need for party season styling, not to mention the must have products for your winter wish list. Now of course this time of year is all about the giving, so we’ve teamed up with ghd to ensure that the best gift you give this Christmas, is a hint!

That’s right ladies, for Christmas without compromise look no further than the limited edition artic gold styling range from ghd. Wrapped up in winter whites and gold, ghd are bringing catwalk inspired trends to the products you know and love. From styling and straightening to bouncy blow dry’s make sure your Christmas is an Arctic Gold One.

With so much to choose from, we have pulled together the top three products we are hoping (and hinting) to see under our own trees this year.  We’ve paired the Arctic Gold editions of our favourite products with our how to hair videos, so that you can get amazing salon styling at home.

First on our wish list is the ghd V Artic Gold Styler Gift Set. This gorgeous gift set includes a ghd Arctic Gold V Styler, a protective plate guard and a warm white roll bag, all beautifully packaged in a limited edition gift box. A ghd classic, you can create a range of looks with this amazing styler! Watch the video here for a step by step guide on how to get the perfect super straight look.

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Next up is the ghd Air Artic Gold Hairdryer which can help you create gorgeous looking hair in half the time. You can tailor your blow dry based on your hair type whilst still achieving super-fast drying and a frizz free finish. Our favourite for the party season has to be the curly girl next door look.  So for a sleek and bouncy blow dry, learn how to add volume with the ghd Air Artic Gold Hairdryer and watch our video here.

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Last but not least, we are hinting for the ghd Artic Gold Classic Curl Tong, which helpfully comes as a gift set with roll mat and box! The Classic Curl Tong is designed to tackle curl-drop, giving you shiny, healthy-looking hair that stays that way all day. Simply wrap the hair around the barrel forming a rope like twist, hold for 5-8 seconds and release. You can check out the ghd brandstore for a video on this as well as other looks you’ll love.

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So if leaving Christmas in their hands will only end in tears, head over to Very.co.uk and discover an Arctic Gold Christmas and more. It really is the thought that counts at Christmas, so make sure you’re thinking ghd!

WIN a Gatineau skincare bundle

When life gets hectic and it feels like you don’t seem to have enough time in the day, the last thing on your mind might be your skincare routine. Well here at Very HQ we want to make skincare easy so that you can see results fast and with a minimal amount of effort. Check out our Very Beauty School for all the answers to skincare and everything you will need to know about beauty.  Whether it’s popping on some moisturiser before putting on your makeup or simply exfoliating your face before bed, it is so important to look after your skin and give it the love and attention that it needs. In celebration of our Very Beauty School we are giving 1 lucky winner the opportunity to take skincare to the next level with our prize bundle from the professionals in skincare, Gatineau.

Give your skin the nourishment that it needs with this top skincare bundle from Gatineau. Keep on reading for the low down on all the premium skincare products that are up for grabs. Not only will they improve and transform your skin but your lifestyle too.

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First up we have the Gatineau Aquamemory High Hydration Cream mask. Perfect for all skin types, this cream adds life back into your skin by giving it the moisture that it needs to make it feel and look flawless. It gives the skin a pleasurable hydration boost and that desirable soft feeling that everyone is after. If you want to get rid of dull looking skin and are looking for an intense and effective solution then the Aquamemory High Hydration Cream mask is just what you need. Your skin will instantly look gorgeous with a minimal amount of effort. Pop the mask on before bed and when you wake up your face will be looking plump and dreamy. So bring the glowing look back to your skin with this remarkable product. It is easy as that!

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Next on offer we have the Gatineau Aquamemory Moisture Replenish Cream. This quick fix, refreshing moisturiser is magic to your skin. Its cream-gel like texture is smooth to the touch and transforms your face from dry to velvety soft. Enriched with vitamin E and plant extracts, the Moisture Replenish Cream boosts the skins natural defences and instantly moisturises for deep down hydration that lasts. Your skin will be feeling softer than you have ever imagined, all thanks to this delicate transforming gel. It even has a lovely floral scent that is hard not to love. For the most amazing results then this cream gel needs to be applied both morning and night. It is the ultimate skin saver!

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Finally the Gatineau Collagen Expert Wrinkle Target will give you everything you need and more. This last product in the Gatineau bundle is definitely something that works miracles. Whether you’re wanting to tackle your wrinkles or simply add the youthful look to your face then the Collagen Expert Wrinkle Target will do just that. Designed to target the face, eyes and lips this innovative roller ball delivers powerful ingredients to the wrinkle, to immediately plump and smooth from within. Loaded with nourishing and powerful vitamins it protects and improves your skins hydration levels. It’s a gorgeous product that you can throw in your bag for when you are out and about and in need of adding some extra plump and moisture to your skin.

So if you are looking to jazz up your skincare routine and give your skin some TLC, then all you have to do is enter the competition to be in for a chance to win all of the above. Simply tell us in the comments section below what your favourite part of your skincare routine is? Is it relaxing with a clay face mask on? Or simply just applying your favourite lip balm? Well tell us now as we would love to know! The competition closes on 6th October so hurry and enter to ensure you don’t miss out. Good Luck!

 

WIN a St Tropez bundle with the Very Beauty School

As we head into the autumn months we understand how an added extra glow can be essential for all our beauty fans out there, not only to look fabulous but also feel better as the cold air is upon us. Here at Very we have our own Beauty School full of tips and tricks to help you achieve an amazing tan as well as being full of all things beauty. Check it out here if you are looking to update your beauty cupboard or after some beauty application guidance including everything from skincare to electrical beauty- we have it all.

To celebrate the Very Beauty School we are giving 1 lucky winner the chance to win some amazing products from the hero brand of tanning, St Tropez. From moisturisers to facial oils we have everything you need to get an A* in tanning whether you’re a regular tanner or a first timer. Take a look below for what you can get your hands on in our ultimate St Tropez bundle. It really is tantastic!

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First up we have the St Tropez Self Tan Dry Luxe oil which is perfect for a natural looking golden tan all year round. For those who appreciate the finer things in life then this product really does bring a bit of luxury to your skin. This luxurious oil has so many things to shout about including intelligent self-tanning technology, multiple skincare benefits and a quick drying formula. Not only is this product a non-greasy dry oil but it can also last up to 10 days! Once you’re happy with the shade then you can simply wash the oil off to reveal a long-lasting sun-kissed look. You will be sure to look amazing with your radiant golden glow.2

To help maintain your gorgeous tan then the St Tropez Tan Enhancing Moisturiser will do just the job. This moisturiser guarantees gorgeously glowing results as it leaves you with a tan that lasts longer, fades more evenly and keeps your skin feeling velvety soft. It is specially formulated to work hand in hand with St Tropez self-tan to keep your skin looking browner for longer that is as perfect as when you first applied it. It works best used both before applying self-tan as well as afterwards, to really protect your skin from any streaks and patches.

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To ensure your face is looking as fab as your skin then take a look at the St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil. It is specially formulated for the delicate skin on your face without leaving any greasy residue and only a flawless looking glow. Its lightweight formula is soft and moisturising on the skin, containing nourishing essential oils that include Brazil nut oil, lemonbalm and neroli. This facial oil is the most luxurious facial tan yet giving you a healthy and natural tan that can last up to 7 days. Ideal for a quick fix to add some colour to your face.

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For the perfect application using all of the above then you will need the St Tropez Self Tan Applicator Mitt. With the help of this tan applicator mitt you will get a flawless finish with no mess to your bathroom or hands! Within the mitt is a water-resistant barrier so you can be sure that your fingers remain unstained during application. This soft, spongy mitt is easy to use and helps to evenly distribute the tan on your skin for gorgeous results.

So if you are crazy for that bronzed look and love St Tropez as much as we do then simply comment below and tell us what your favourite St Tropez product is and you could win this amazing bundle of products. The competition closes on 5th October so hurry and enter to ensure you don’t miss out. Good Luck!

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  1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.
  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment answering the question.
  3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midday 5th October 2015.
  4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. The draw will be made by the social team from all valid entries after midday on 5th October 2015. Prize bundle includes product numbers 43TMW, 399J7, 66CX3, 2CYUP.
  1. There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner. If you have a Shop Direct Group home shopping account that is in arrears at the time of the draw, you will not be eligible to win.
  2. By entering the draw, entrants agree that their details may be disclosed to anyone requesting a list of prize winners. The winner may be required to take part in any publicity relating to this promotion.
  3. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.
  4. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328
  5. The promoter reserves the right to exclude any entries which it suspects might not be legitimate e.g. multiple entries, entries linked to the creation of multiple or false email accounts, entries originating out of inappropriate solicitations. Maximum of 1 prize per household.

 

EXCLUSIVE ACCESS: INSIDE THE FIRST BEAUTYCON LONDON WITH INTERNATIONAL BEAUTY CELEBS!

Last Saturday, for the first time ever, London hosted BeautyCon; the world’s premiere fashion & beauty destination for influencers, their fans, and many of our favourite beauty brands!  And I had the honour to be Very’s roaming reporter for the day…

I arrived at 9am, with all Platinum ticket holders, which meant we got to be spoilt rotten! Not only with our bulging goodie bags full of makeup but also with having early and unfettered access to all the beauty stands promoting, gifting, and introducing their products!  For instance, I had my picture taken at NYX, shared it on my instagram: @whitneys_wonderland, and as if talking to the great girls on the stand wasn’t fun enough! I was provided the opportunity to pick any makeup products to take home –a pink blusher was my choice!

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It was a gorgeous girly day full of all things perfectly pink!  From the huge BeautyCon balloons to a karaoke space decorated with pink hearts and colourful couches, it was all glittery, girly and gorgeous!  I actually learned a great new beauty tip from the girls at NYX-  I discovered the NYX Jumbo Milk eye pencil which is part of every great makeup artist’s bag!  This versatile pencil is perfect to make your eyes pop and look bigger when used as an eye liner, it also works as a brilliant eyeshadow primer, eyebrow arch highlighter and eye corner brightening…  All in one, I’m sold!

But it was when I heard the excited shouts of elation from many of the young attendees that let me know it was something special just around the corner.  It was the top beauty bloggers not only from London, such as Niomi Smart (photo below), but from the USA who were there to talk about their journeys, their tips, life, and most of all, to meet and greet their fans that had caused the excitement !

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Niomi offered advice in relation to her experience, suggesting all should be selective when choosing which brands to work with!  I couldn’t agree more and we have had selectivity as a watch word at http://www.whitneyswonderland.com/ for some time and believe that it is her selective partner choices that cement her credibility as a thought leader in the beauty world! Several other of our favourite bloggers such as Fleur de Force, Suzie from Hello October, and Essie Button shared their experiences in the different panels that took place throughout the day! And there were so many more than I have the space to mention providing tips and advice!

STYLE STEALS

But of course, this article wouldn’t be complete without our Style Steals of the day –these ladies gave us true outfit adulation and envy!

Carli Bybel

Carli Bybel is such a babe!  She looked gorgeous all in white, so on trend, making a real statement during the hotter months (even better when you get your tan on!) –I especially loved her gladiator style shoes with all the linked straps providing a mix of sexy and cool!  You can get the look with these great value, very similar River Island Strappy Blocked heeled sandals and these awesome French Connection Sunlight Shimmer shorts at Very!

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Bloggers Suzie from Hello October and Emma Pickles looked cool casual in their laid back outfits!  Suzie was all about being girly and comfy while Emma had that urban grunge look that works so well on her!  I found Suzie’s exact Fearne Cotton round neck lace dress on Very, which you can easily dress down for a day out walking in town like she did or dress it up with a pair of heels and some bling for summer cocktails at a fancy rooftop soiree!

Distressed denim couldn’t be more in right now, you can’t walk down the street without seeing many girls who have adopted the look in the black jeans with rips on both knees! However these Glamorous Ripped Denim shorts have the distressed effect while still being flattering thanks to the high waisted cut (legs for days…!) and they are not quite as ubiquitous as their previously mentioned counterparts!  Complete the look for spring with this versatile River Island checked shirt, that goes with anything from denim to big circle skirts and heels!

Leanne Lim Walker

If there is a tonal palette that is seeing a bit of a revival it has to be the browns!  From cream, camel, to dark brown, these colours have 70’s written all over them…  And the 70s are back!  A light blazer, cape, or trench coat like the one the gorgeous, dreamy mermaid hair coloured Leanne sported last Saturday is the perfect cover up for spring.   I’m loving the nude tone (same as Leanne’s) of this Lavish Alice cape plus, well, it’s a cape!  And what’s cooler than that?!

Speaking about ripped denim, if you want to get Leanne’s cool girl jeans, I found an exact pair from Love Label here!

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Yes, cute lace feel and effect dresses are in!  But my very fave version of the cute white dress was Fleur de Force’s lace cut details, so chic!  I love this pic I took with her and one of her army of adoring fans as their dresses complement each other and they both look so happy and gorgeous!  Get their sweet look with this South Broiderie dress, all you need now is some sunshine!

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Jennie from Beauty by JJ is wearing a beautiful scuba dress with a cut that is flattering to all body types as a dress like this one will always accentuate the waist and therefore create the flattering hourglass figure!  I’m loving this neon coral tone from Sam Faiers’ scuba seamed dress, such a great colour for summer!  Draw the attention to your tiny waist with this thick waist belt.  Oh and a pair of killer heels like these lace up caged heeled sandals from Myleene Klass can’t hurt to complete your chic summer look!

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And last but not least, what I wore!!  I can’t even count how many compliments I received on my outfit!  Everyone absolutely adored the dress and shoes!!  And my hair was beautifully blown dry the day before at the glam Duck & Dry in Chelsea!  This dress is so flattering as well, I love everything about it:  The fabric, print, cut, fit…   Guess where I got it?  Very, of course!!

I can’t recommend enough this Ted Baker Tropical Toucan Bodycon dress  and the gorgeous Miss KG posey two part sandals to complete the look this summer!  Be it a wedding, a night out, or a hip event in town, I can assure you of catching everyone’s eye!  Complete the look with a dark lipstick such as the Max Factor Mulberry Elixir lipstick and IllaMasqua Charisma nail varnish that really pops with the details of the dress.

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 The event went on till early evening allowing all the girls to meet and chat to their beauty icons, get their inner Taylor Swift on in the karaoke, and have all their hair and makeup done by some uber talented guys and girls, it was a  fantastically  successful event for both the exhibitors and the girls lucky enough to attend…now that’s a fun Saturday!

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Who do you think rocked their look best?  Who is your beauty icon and why?

Oh, and don’t forget to share with us what’s your No.1 beauty tip!!

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WIN a Beauty Bundle Worth Over £600!

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** It’s that time again ladies! Here at Very we can’t wait for summer and we’ve got everything you need to Fuse by Preen, buff and tan your way to pre-summer perfection. As usual, we are bringing you the very best savings including up to 50% off selected fragrance, beauty and electrical’s plus the brands you love and trust.

We’re so excited for the beautiful summer ahead that we are celebrating with the chance to win an amazing beauty bundle worth over £600. Brought to you in association with Rimmel, St Tropez, Bourjois, Remington, Philips and BaByliss, we’ve got some of this season’s hottest products up for grabs, including celebrity scents from Beyonce and our main man David Beckham.

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Get set to glow with our amazing St Tropez range including the classic St Tropez self-tanning mousse, lightweight and velvety to the touch for a golden, ultra-even tan. Remember to always moisturise elbows, ankles and knees before tan to avoid build up.

St Tropez

For that stunning summer smile, we’ve got the Philips Sonicare diamond clean in pink. Proven to improve oral health, this electric toothbrush provides optimal cleaning between teeth and along the gumline for improved gum health in just 2 weeks.

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Sticking with the summer electricals, we’ve also got the Diamond Radiance range from BaByliss for instant radiance and flawless shine. Our favourite is the Diamond Radiance Straighteners with their active ions which help reduce frizz for a wonderfully smooth result.  Meanwhile, men will be pleased with the Remington Wet Tech AQ7, perfect for a clean shave and 100% waterproof.

Rita Ora

That’s not forgetting the great range of makeup you’ll find in this big beauty bundle. From Rimmel you’ll just love the Rita Ora Oh My Gloss lipgloss for intensely shiny lips. It comes in a variety of vibrant shades ideal for day or night time wear. Match this with a smokey eye look which you can achieve from the Bourjois range of smokey eye trios. We recommend the Bourjois trios gris dandy with three gorgeous hues, ranging from a deep charcoal to a shimmering silver for a show stopping look.

Bourjois

To be in with a chance to win all this and more, simply comment below with your answer to the following question.

What summer look are you excited to try out this season and why?

Our beauty experts will choose their favourite answer. Hurry, competition ends 28th May. Good luck.

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  1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.
  2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment answering the question.
  3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight 28thMay 2015.
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  5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 29th May 2015. Prize: Philips Pink Diamond Clean, Philips Pink Airfloss, Remington Wet Tech AQ7, Remington PG6030, BaByliss 2098BDU Diamond Radiance Straighteners, BaByliss 6421BDU Diamond Radiance Salon Dryer, BaByliss 2309BDU Diamond Radiance Wand, Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse,  Self Tan Luxe Facial Oil, Tan Enhancing Body Polish, Tan Enhancing Body Moisturiser, Applicator Mitt, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss Snog, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss My eternity, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss Rebel Red, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss Crystal Clear, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss Twinkle Twinkle, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss Ooh La La, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss Purrr…Glossy Cat, Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss Cosmic, BECKHAM CLASSIC BLUE 90ML EDT, Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid 100ml,Bourjois Smoky Eye Trios – Gris Dandy
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Give your skin that True Glow

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** With every ray of sunshine that pokes through the clouds, we can’t but think of how excited we are for summer to finally arrive! Our woolly knits have had their fair share of wear and we’re ready for our crop tops, peep-toe sandals and healthier looking, sun kissed glowing skin.

Like many, we too have somewhat neglected our skin over the cold, winter months, but now’s the perfect time to get back on track and prep our skin so it is summer ready. We all want radiant, bright skin and the key to this is removing all the dead skin cells just sitting on our skin – which are the culprits of our dull, dry, flat looking complexion – and not just on our face…but body too!

We’ve got our scrubs and loofas on standby for daily maintenance, but our latest obsession is with sonic technology cleansing system – True Glow Exfoliator brush.

9950U True Glow Sonic Facial Brush GROUP REFLECTION

This cordless brush is designed to gently exfoliate your skin, whilst removing impurities, make-up and unclogging your pores – it leaves our skin feeling very fresh and smooth indeed; like having a mini facial in 60 seconds!

With the brush oscillation at 300/second, it’s no surprise that the True Glow cleansing system is 2x as effective as any of our thorough, but manual daily cleansing routines.

To use:

 

  • Simply apply a cleansing cream or gel onto the skin, and using circular motions, work your way around the face using the “time beeps” as a guide.
  • There are 3 different speed settings too, so you have absolutely total control of your mini facial.
    And there is more…
  • The True Glow set comes complete with not only 2 different face brushes – a normal brush and a sensitive brush for the more delicate complexions; but there is also a body brush to help exfoliate and leave your whole body feeling regenerated and refreshed. The True Glow exfoliator is completely waterproof so you won’t even need to prolong your daily routine – just use in the shower – simple as that.
  • Use the True Glow exfoliating brush regularly and you’ll definitely start seeing a brighter, smoother complexion in as little as 2 weeks.

 

To help you get your skin summer ready – we’ve teamed up with BaByliss and have 2x True Glow Sonic Technology Cleansing Systems up for grabs for 2 lucky readers. To be in with a chance of winning, simply comment below and tell us what you love most about summer?

See you soon summer! Good Luck!

Love the Very Beauty Team x

Want perfect hair for any occasion then we have the “Curl” Secret…

More Than Just #TheDress

The social mediasphere may have gone crazy about #TheDress, but here at Very HQ we know that there is a lot more to your perfect outfit than just the dress! You’ve got to pick the perfect shoes, the bag, the accessories and most importantly the perfect hair!

With spring just around the corner no doubt the prom dress, wedding dress or special occasion dress hunt has begun and things might get a little bit stressful! So, to help you along the way (no we can’t conjure up your fairy-tale dress unfortunately), we’ve pulled together some of our favourite hairstyles which we’re currently crushing over – and showing you just how to create these glamorous dos from the comfort of your own room.

It’s a Curl Thing

There’s just something so elegant about beautifully structured, but undone curls. The catwalks love them, the fashion magazines love them and we can’t get enough of them.

You’ve got your perfect dress and are keen to pair your outfit with some wonderful curls, but like many of us have two left hands when it comes to wands and tongs –

Curl Secret is your answer. BaByliss have solved all our curling dramas and now, within minutes, you can have a head full of beautiful, even, perfect curls. It may look a little daunting, but it’s the easiest thing to use and actually quite fast – perfect for creating curls for your up, down and half-half hair do’s.

Curl Secret

How to Get the Look:

  • Prep your hair ensuring it’s clean, without styling products, dry and brushed through thoroughly.
  • Section you hair using clips into section no wider than approximately 3cm.
  • Taking the first section, insert the hair into the styler with the open part of the curl chamber facing towards the head and firmly close the handles. Let go of the hair and it will be gently drawn into the secret curl chamber*
  • Keep the handles closed firmly and hold the styler still so you do not apply tension to the hair. Once all the hair is drawn in you will hear 3 slow beeps…. And lastly a series of quick beeps together. Tada your curl is ready!
  • Making sure the handles are fully open, slowly release the hair from the chamber revealing your beautiful curl.
  • Repeat until all hair is curled.
  • To finish, ruffle the curls from the underside which will blend them and give them this beautiful undone finish; then spritz on some hairspray and you’re ready to go party!

 TIPS:

  • The Curl Secret has variable heat and time settings for different hair and curl types. To achieve this undone look, opt for a slightly lower temperature, or a shorter time than usual – this will make the curls you create looser and more free flowing.
  • The Curl Secret can be used on short and long hair ( not recommended for hair below bust length). To allow for the hair to fit in the curling chamber, longer hair lengths may require thinner sections of hair, or you can start the curl lower down the hair. But don’t worry – if your section of hair is ever too big – the Curl Secret will tell you and will gently release the hair! Genius!

 

Free-flowing, Dreamy Waves

If it’s a half-half do you’re looking to pair with your dress; free-flowing waves full of volume will add a touch of glamour to your look in an instant – and it’s a lot easier to achieve than you may think. For this look we turn to our trusted TRESemmé Salon Shine Waves Wand. Whilst it may take a few goes to get the hang of using a wand, it’ll soon enough be your go-to product for adding gentle movement and bounce to your hair.

TRESemme 2804KU Salon Shines Waves Wand

How to get The Look:

  • Prep your hair ensuring it’s clean, dry and brushed through thoroughly. For added protection, gently mist your hair with heat protection spray.
  • Using clips, divide your hair in to even sections, approximately 2 inches wide.
  • Ensuring your Salon Shine Waves wand is at the correct temperature* take the first section of hair at the bottom and wrap the hair around the barrel. For this look, we suggest starting the curl about 5 inches down the hair for a more undone look.
  • Carry on curling the hair sections until all the hair is done. Gently spritz on some medium- strong hold hairspray and allow to set.
  • To finish, using your fingers, comb through the curls from the underside of the hair to allow the curls to blend.
  • To style, starting at ear level, pull the top half of the hair back gently and secure with a grip or a pretty clip – a beautiful half up/ half down do for your special event.

 TIP:

  • The TRESemmé Salon Shine Waves wand has 3 heat settings, adjustable for different hair types

 

Messy Bun – but not as you know it.

You may associate the “messy bun” with unruly second or third day hair that you just pop up on to the crown of our head when running late or lounging at home. But a relaxed, non-doughnut-ring stuffed bun with a little bit of texture can look ever so pretty and we love it!

BaByliss Diamond Wand

How to get The Look:

Texture is the key to this ever-so-easy look and to achieve this we suggest using the BaByliss Diamond Waves Wand. This wand is perfect for achieving more spiralled curls and the great thing about this look is that both the curling and pinning up doesn’t need to be precise – making it super simple and super glamorous.

 To curl the hair:

  • Prep your hair ensuring it’s clean, dry and brushed through thoroughly.
  • Section your hair to manageable sections. They do not need to be even, but no wider than 2 inches.
  • Starting from the bottom sections, take the Diamond Waves wand and wrap the first section of hair around the barrel; hold for 5-10 seconds (depending on your hair type), and release.
  • Continue curling your hair sections until all the hair is fully curled and gently mist with some hairspray to secure.
  • Using your fingers, ruffle the curls from the underneath and run your fingers through the curls to blend them together a little.

The bun.

  • Part your hair where desired and then gently ease the hair back into a low back or side ponytail – ensuring you don’t pull the hair (which would flatten the curls and texture you’ve just created). -Holding the base of the ponytail, gently wrap the remainder of the hair around the base and secure with hair grips so it stays in place.
  • It doesn’t matter if there are a few flyaway curls in the bun, nor if a few front strands of hair have come loose-it all adds to the beautiful effect of this messy but elegant bun.

Now we hope we’ve covered all bases for the look you may want to acheieve, whatever the occassion.  Make sure your hair is looking perfect.

Love the Very Beauty Team x

 

Very Teams With Cosmopolitan Magazine For A Lingerie Fashion Show

I love lingerie! I like the feel of something silky next to my skin, I like the way good underwear improves my shape so clothes hang better and most of all, I love the confidence I get from knowing I have something fabulous on underneath everything.

If you’re like me then get ready for some inspiration! Cosmopolitan Magazine came up with the best idea ever to host a night specifically devoted to lingerie and I went along to check out the upcoming trends and see what seductive smalls we may be able to get our hands on soon. The event had a 50 Shades of Grey theme, to mark the fact that the film starring Jamie Dornan is released in cinemas on 13 February, but if anything I’d say the theme should have been 50 shades of fabulousness! There were so many beautiful pieces on display and many are available at Very straight away. Very had its own booth at the event so we were able to get close and touch it too, and trust me these feel as good as they look.

Have a look at my photo highlights and get inspired:

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Navy blue is a colour I don’t have enough of in my underwear drawer but looking at what came down the catwalk, I’m totally changing that. It’s dark so its flattering but less stark than black.

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I really liked a purple set that came down the catwalk. It’s similar to a sexy red but less obvious.

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White is the colour of romance so if you’re looking for something for Valentine’s Day that’s flirty and teasing, consider white lingerie.

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Light blue can be just as beautiful as dark and this one is great for girly girls. It reminds me of the Fantasie Julie lingerie set.

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Black suddenly got a lot more interesting this season with the addition of some twists, quite literally. If you want to blow His mind with the structure of your bra then check out something with a bit of added ribbon like the super sexy Myleene Klass feathers embroidered plunge half padded bra.

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I love pink but it’s the cover up that really makes this. Check out the Sorbet Boutique ribbon trim mesh babydoll at Very to blow everyone’s mind.

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If you can’t decide between white or black then do both! The detail will draw the eye to the underwear itself, taking attention away from your figure if you weren’t feeling confident before you put it on. Look at the lovely Ann Summers Victoria plunge bra at Very for a monochrome set like this.

Here’s a snap of some of the lingerie I saw (and felt) in Very’s booth which was just a selection of all the gorgeous lingerie available at Very right now..

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And there was also an important message for the evening thanks to the Breast Cancer charity Coppafeel. They also had a stand at the booth, highlighting in a fun way the need for us girls to check our breasts regularly. Coppafeel’s messages to check our breasts are also sewn into Very’s lingerie by the sizing label – a gentle reminder for us all to take charge of our health.

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What colour was your favourite? Are you excited about Valentine’s Day? Whatever you do, have a love-ly one!

Love Zoex
PS For more fashion and celebrity gossip check out my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like A VIP.

BAFTA Award Winners And Fashion Favourites

The BAFTA awards 2015 have shown LA that the Brits know how to do awards shows. The red carpet was a never ending Conga of A’list celebrities – as soon as one passed, another equally famous person followed in their wake. As for the award winners themselves – the Brits cleaned up!

It’s no surprise that Eddie Redmayne won again, adding to his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards and making an Oscar almost guaranteed. But I’ve got the full list of winners at the end of this blog post so let’s get on with the glamorous business of seeing who wore what. It’s always inspiring to see what works well in a formal environment and then we can try to copy it for our next big events. Personally, I like to try something new and I’m constantly looking at the celebs for ideas. These are my top 10:

(1) Amy Adams

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A full length white evening dress always looks fabulous and draws attention, plus its so flattering for most skin tones.

(2) Bond girl Lea Seydoux

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I have to admit I didn’t know much about Lea before this, except that she’s starring in the next James Bond film, but something tells me we’ll get to know her soon. I love this yellow dress on her!

(3) Keira Knightley

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Keira Knightey disguised her baby bump in a monochrome midi dress – it was all about the texture!

(4) Reese Witherspoon

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Reese opted for a brave colour choice as there was nobody else wearing deep purple, but she pulled it off. The shape was very flattering – in at the waist and allowing her to show off her hourglass curves.

(5) Rosamund Pike

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Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike kept it really simple in a black maxi dress and looked effortlessly cool and composed.

(6) Julianne Moore

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Julianne was a woman in red as she presented an award during the ceremony. The long sleeves must have come in useful as it was freezing that night.

(7) Felicity Jones

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It looked like Felicity was having a Cinderella moment on the red carpet in her fantasy inspired dress with 3D flowers. It must have been a Cinderella year for her too after so many award ceremonies in which her film always wins and good on her for not going too fishtail nor too Hollywood with her style of dress.

(8) Hannah Bagshawe (Eddie’s off-screen wife)

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But talking of Hollywood, Eddie Redmayne’s wife looks to have made the transformation. She looked stunning in a silver maxi dress, holding her own against all the A’listers.

(9) Dianne Argon (Quinn in Glee)

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Dianna’s strapless red dress really suited her as if you look at her skin it’s flawless. Dressing well on the red carpet is all about knowing your best features and accentuating them.

(10) Natalie Dormer

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Natalie is the latest celebrity – after Amal Clooney – to wear gloves on the red carpet. I wasn’t entirely sure of them at first but the blue colour makes them more interesting. They’re definitely a talking point!

What was your favourite look?

And the winners are:

BEST FILM
BOYHOOD
Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

LEADING ACTRESS
JULIANNE MOORE
Still Alice

LEADING ACTOR
EDDIE REDMAYNE
The Theory of Everything

DIRECTOR
BOYHOOD
Richard Linklater

EE RISING STAR
Jack O’Connell

COSTUME DESIGN
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

CINEMATOGRAPHY
BIRDMAN

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
PATRICIA ARQUETTE

SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K. SIMMONS

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
INTERSTELLAR
Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter

ANIMATED FILM
THE LEGO MOVIE

SOUND
WHIPLASH

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

Love Zoex

PS For more fashion and celebrity gossip check out my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP

3 Ideas for Valentine’s Dates, Outfits, Hair & Makeup

As the shops continue to push their pink fluffy handcuffs and tacky “BE MINE” bears in our faces, it’s becoming more apparent that V-day is fast approaching. Whether you love it or hate it, your Facebook feed will soon be swamped with “love my gorgeous chick loads” and “my man is the best in the world. Love you bbz” statuses <– while this kind of stuff makes me feel icky, I do love a good Valentine’s spectacle as much as the next romantic. So, I’ve rounded up my top three date scenarios and my idea of the perfect fashion, hair and makeup ensembles to go with them…

Date Idea 1: The Cosy Night In

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Tell me I’m massively old-fashioned, but I think we should make a fuss of each other all year-round, not just on Feb 14th. That’s why snuggling up with that special someone in a blanket with some yummy food, a bottle of bubbly and a good film or box set is one of my favourite date night plans – and it works just as well on Valentine’s Day if you want to escape from the hype and do something low-key. For this, your hair and makeup can be equally as low-key – perfect!

Makeup: Bare-faced Chic

Obviously, there’s no point pattering around the house with a face full of makeup and if you’re anything like me, there won’t be so much as a trace of mascara on your lashes by tea time. Bra and makeup off, hair up and comfies on <– that’s my ‘just got home from work’ routine. For a night in with the boy though, I do like to feel fresh-faced and polished, so I might opt for a barely-there makeup look with BB cream and a little bit of tinted lip balm.

Get the look:

– Cleanse your skin with a hydrating face wash (the ‘Gentle Hydrating’ one by Elizabeth Arden is a good pick) before slathering it in a rich, creamy moisturiser. Again, Elizabeth Arden is a skincare saviour when it comes to hydration and her Eight Hour Cream is a popular choice.

– Pop on a light layer of BB cream, such as the Dream Fresh one by Maybelline. I wear this for work and my skin always feels fresh throughout the day. It’s more breathable and much nicer for daily wear than a foundation.

– Finish with a coat of mascara and your favourite tinted lip balm et voilà!

Hairstyle: Tousled Tresses

Perfectly tousled, sexy bed hair is perfect for achieving that sultry Victoria’s Secret model look and it’s a pretty easy style to create, particularly if your hair has a natural wave to it.

Get the look:

– Apply a hydrating hair oil to the tips of your tresses and then sweep it all into a bun a few hours prior to your night in. If your hair is naturally quite wavy, it’s likely to have a tousled look when you take it down later on. Just add salt spray for definition and an extra mussed-up look.

– If you have super straight locks naturally, you might need a little helping hand from a curling iron. If you don’t own one already, Very have lots to choose from – my favourite are the curling wands. Once you’ve curled your locks, brush them through to create a looser look, more laid-back look and then spritz with hairspray for extra hold.

Outfit: Comfy Chic with a Sexy Twist

For a cosy night in, you obviously don’t want to be sat around in your tightest bodycon dress and your tallest skyscrapers, so make sure your V-day outfit is comfortable for this date night scenario. Either wear laid-back casuals, or slip into your favourite jarmies!

Get the look:

– I love the nightwear pieces from Sorbet and this sexy-meets-sweet little satin teddy is spot-on

– Lacy lingerie underneath forms the pièce de résistance of your night-in number. As  a writer for Very, I’m often tempted by the lingerie on the site and again, Sorbet is my favourite so I treated myself to this (ace value) two-pack of satin and lace bras recently. They have matching knickers, too, so you can create a polished look :).

Date Idea 2: The Daytime Dream

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Cocktails and lunch in the city during the the daytime is the dream for me – it’s one of my favourite things to do. In fact, I wrote about my perfect Saturday with my bestie over on my personal blog and it pretty much sums up what I’d like to do for Valentine’s day, too – a day out in Manchester with cocktails and food from Turtle Bay. So, what do we have for this kind of date?

Makeup: Pretty in Pink

For me, a sweet makeup look that incorporates just-bitten reds and flushed pinks is the epitome of Valentine’s beauty. Think sugary pinks on the cheeks and rich hues on the lips.

Get the look:

– Start by priming your clean skin to create a lovely silky base for your makeup. Again, I’m not a massive fan of foundation for the day time so I’ll use either BB cream or a mix of BB cream and foundation for this look. Add concealer if you feel you need it and then set with the Stay Matte powder (after trying out a load of high-end and high-street powders, I can honestly say this is the best – and amazingly cheap!).

– Add a pink-toned eyeshadow – glitter optional – such as this Bourjois one in the shade ‘Petale de Glace’ and a sweep of sugary pink blush. Your romantic makeup look is finished in the swipe of a rich pink lipstick. 

Hairstyle: Romantic Curls

Tumbling, romantic curls complement your pretty-in-pink makeup look, creating a softness around your face and adding texture to your overall look.

Get the look:

– Brush your clean hair and add a little oil to the ends to keep them moisturised, then spritz some dry shampoo at your roots and gently backcomb it to add a little height.

– After applying a heat protection spray, use a curling wand to create big, romantic curls. For a natural look, start curling from half way down your locks.

– Run some serum through the ends for a glossy finish and spritz with hairspray to hold your look in place.

Outfit: Daytime Glam

Even though it’s the daytime, Saint V’s celebrations call for something a little more fancy than your day-to-day gear. A cute dress, tights, heels and slouchy bag always go down well for this kind of occasion.

Get the look:

I really like this cute co-ord effect dress, teamed with this monochrome tote and these gorgeous block heels.

Date Idea 3: An Amorous Adventure

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Dates might be synonymous with candlelit dinners, but going for a picnic in the countryside or a long muddy dog walk sounds just as good to me!  If you are going to venture into nature for your date, you’ll want to strike the right balance between protecting yourself from the elements and looking gorgeous for your valentine (and don’t forget to pack a picnic).

Makeup: The Natural Beauty

Tune into the colours of nature when you’re creating your outdoor date makeup. Think autumnal colours – rich brown hues to create a smoky eye, a neutral lip and flushed pink cheeks.

Get the look:

– It’s all about that base. When you’re up to something outdoors, the chances are you’ll be pretty active and will need to prime your skin up so your makeup lasts all day. The Illamasqua Matt Primer is a fail-proof option, while the Fix and Perfect Pro by Rimmel London offers a cheaper alternative. Apply foundation and set with powder.

– Sweep some blusher over your cheekbones for a flush of colour.

– Finally, line your eyes with a black or brown kohl eyeliner, add a sweep of rich brown eyeshadow and finish with mascara.

Hairstyle: The Fancy French Braid

When I want to gather up loose locks to keep them out of my face, a French braid is my go-to. I think this is the prettiest way to keep your hair in place. If your locks aren’t long enough for a full braid braid, try a boho-inspired braid to the side of your head for a look that’s equally as chic.

Get the look:

–  Give your hair a good brush. I use my trusty Tangle Teezer on my fine, candyfloss hair to get the 3492049302 knots out of it.

– Apply a little oil to the ends and then work your magic with the braid.

– Secure the plait at the bottom with an elastic band (my little sister’s loom bands were so handy for this.) You can leave it as it is, or twist the bottom of the braid into a side bun and secure it with a sparkly clip :).

 Outfit: Countryside Chic

Your outfit obviously depends on what you’re getting up to. Let’s pretend it’s a walk with the dogs, followed by a picnic – a cute dress paired with tights and wellies and an oversized coat is the perfect pick, yes?

Get the look: 

For this look, I’m loving these plum-coloured Hunter wellies and this cosy oversized coat with a hood.

What are we thinking?

♥ Laura x

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Her

Valentine’s Day is on the way and whether you’re going all out or keeping it simple we have just the thing for you!

Novelty Gifts

If you are all about the soppy-ness then get fully involved with loved up novelty and quirky gifts! We girls all love chocolates so you can’t go wrong there! Or if you’re on a budget check out these novelty Tea Lights or get a cute mug.

Our fave item is definitely a cute teddy from Me To You!

 NoveltyMe To You Bear, Thorntons Personalised TrufflesHeart Hot Chocolate Mug.

The Cliche 

A perfect safe gifting idea!  Whether its  Flowers, Candles, Chocolates or Champagne …maybe even both, you know these options make a great fail-safe Valentine’s present!

Cliche

MOET & CHANDON Champagne in Limited Edition Bubbles Gift Box 75clValentines Chocolates in Heart BoxMe To You Set of 3 Candles.

Get Personal

You can also get personal with our Personalised Gifts or Jewellery – so whether it is a heart necklace or personalised candle you’ll find something perfect here.

Lets get personal

 

Personalised Love Cushion CoverPersonalised Sterling Silver Padlock Heart PendantMe To You Personalised Valentines Mug

The Usual Suspects

We know you go in to the nearest store and ask the assistant what perfume to buy without any thought in the matter – online it may appear harder for you because you can’t smell it and you might not want to trawl through the reviews, so we’ve been kind and listed the top 5 fragrances & beauty products she’d love…(your welcome!).

  1. BaByliss 2667U Curl Secret Hair Styler – this has been a big hit since it first came out guaranteed to get you in the good books
  2. ghd Rose Gold Deluxe Gift Set – if she hasn’t got a pair of ghd’s she will thank you for this gift, they have remained popular since they were released
  3. Skin Care – Murad is a favourite amongst celebrities and you can find some lovely products in this range
  4. Nail Polish – OPI and Nails Inc – If she likes Nail Polish she will definitely love these brands
  5. Make Up – Illamasqua would be your best bet

Lingerie & Dress Up

Whether she’s girly, flirty or a little bit more daring we have over 800 lingerie lines to choose from including Ann Summers, Curvy Kate, Freya, Wonderbra and more.

Here are some of our fave’s:

Lace detail

 If you like lace, check out the Pour Moi Boudoir & the Ann Summers Marlena range.

 If you want something more daring – we absolutely LOVE the Pour Moi Addicted range in Red, Black & White:

Pour Moi

If you’d like to add a pop of colour then we love these:

Colour pop

Pour Moi Tease, Lepel Fiore, Cleo Marcie.

Understated and cute:

Understated and cute

Freya Eden Underwired Plunge Balcony Bra, Curvy Kate Dreamcatcher, Panache Andorra in Powder.

If she likes to dress up, you’ll love these:

Dress up

Ann Summers Student Nurse & Ann Summers French Fancy Maid

Get the right size and she’ll love you forever…get the wrong size and you’re in the dog house, so approach this gifting idea with caution.

Find all our lingerie by clicking here.

 

The Romantic Gifts

You want something a little bit different or unique?  Well have a look at some of our suggestions here…

Experience Days

Watch

The Proposal perhaps?

If you’re thinking about popping the question this Valentine’s Day you’re in luck! – Not only are most of our Engagement Rings on offer (and ethically sourced) but our new collection has just landed so we have something to suit every budget and taste.

Our fave White Gold rings include:

White Gold

1. Everlasting Diamonds 18 Carat White Gold 1 Carat Solitaire Ring 2. Everlasting Diamonds 18 Carat White Gold 75 Point Halo Cluster Ring
3. The Astral Diamond 9 Carat White Gold 43 Point Solitaire Ring with Stone Set Shoulders 4. 9 Carat White Gold, 1 Carat Large Cluster Ring with Shoulders
5. Everlasting Diamonds 18 Carat White Gold 20 Point Halo Cluster Ring

Our fave Gold rings include:

Gold Rings

1. The Astral Diamond 9 Carat Yellow Gold 28 Point Cluster Ring With Stone Set Shoulders 2. The Astral Diamond 9 Carat Yellow Gold 25 Point Cluster Ring
3. Moissanite 9 Carat Yellow Gold 1 Carat Trilogy Ring 4. 9 Carat Yellow Gold 33 Point Diamond Baguette and Brilliant Cut Cluster Ring
5. The Astral Diamond 9 Carat Yellow Gold 15 Point Solitaire Ring With Stone Set Shoulders

We hope you found this blog useful and found something perfect for your Valentine.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love Kate