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

Adventure

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

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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

Get your party hair with BaByliss & Fearne Cotton

Party season is in full swing here at Very HQ as Christmas is ever drawing nearer! Exciting! But if like us, you’ve got the perfect outfits ready for the festive season but are lacking hair inspiration, look no further- we’ve teamed up with our friends at BaByliss to bring you the hottest trend this season and show you just how to achieve the look yourselves!

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This is the perfect time to announce the newest partnership between BaByliss and the beautiful Fearne Cotton. As Fearne said at a recent launch event: “I’m excited about my partnership with BaByliss,” … “It’s a brand I’ve grown up with and trust. When I’m at home I don’t have a makeup and hair stylist at hand so being able to do my own hair is important to me and BaByliss’ collection of tools makes doing that effortless. Most importantly though doing your own hair should be lots of fun!”

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And fun it will be! In her new role as brand ambassador, Fearne is collaborating with BaByliss to produce a series of video tutorials showing you just how to achieve a series of looks using styling tools available right here at VERY.co.uk.

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We’ve been lucky to get a sneak peek behind-the-scenes and are bringing you our favourite look which will dazzle this season – so get your hair party ready!

Soft Curls all Day and Night

Soft curls

You will need:
BaByliss Boutique Salon Soft Waves – available here.

3 Step Tutorial 

Step 3

1. Wash and blow dry your hair until completely dry.
2. Take a small section of hair and starting at starting at eye level wrap the hair around the ceramic barrel, leaving your roots straight. Hold for 5-10 seconds and release. Repeat on the next section of hair – this time wrap the hair in the opposite direction around the barrel (alternating curl directions will give your curls a more natural look). Continue until all your hair is curled.
3. Gently run your fingers through all the curls to loosen them and finish with a spritz of hairspray for a day to night hold.

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Now that we have given you the how to’s to create the lovely Fearnes locks, shop the range and give it a go yourself.  Look glam this Christmas with BaByliss.

Have a fantastic Christmas.

Love the Very Beauty Team x

Stars Step Out In Jumpsuits For Metro Newspaper Party

Metro newspaper hosted a Christmas party in London on what must have been one of the chilliest nights of the year so far. This actually led to an interesting trend among the celebs as most of them wore black and not just black dresses, but black jumpsuits.

There was a whole array of different celebs at the party, and it was great to catch up with them about their Christmas plans, which I’ve revealed below. But it was also an opportunity to get some inspiration about how to dress for a party and keep warm!

Vanessa White

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Vanessa revealed she has just had invisalign braces fitted over her teeth so she has to be careful. That means no sticky candy canes or fruity Christmas pud. She also wants to work out over the Christmas period as she’s signed to Select Models and has work lined up in January. That doesn’t sound fun! But at least she’d getting results already as she showed off an enviable figure in her printed jumpsuit. It reminds me of the Yas Marvel soft jumpsuit at Very.

Tulisa Constavlos

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Tulisa’s back on a roll after her X Factor appearance at Judges Houses earlier this year. Showing off her cleavage but keeping everything else covered up, Tulisa mixed flirty with sophisticated, just like we could all do with the Lipsy VIP Jewel detail jumpsuit and the South short faux fur coat. Tulisa’s planning a holiday over Christmas and New Year but she wouldn’t tell me where. I don’t blame her as she could do with a bit of rest and relaxation without people following her all the time.

Also at the party was Xtra Factor host Sarah Jane Crawford who is looking forward to a romantic Christmas with her boyfriend after working hard since August. She wore a black dress rather than a jumpsuit – I love the midi length!

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What do you prefer – the jumpsuits or the dress? Personally, the dress is pretty but I reckon I would feel more comfortable and therefore happier in a jumpsuit!

Love Zoex

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

Get the Look with the Very Party Edit and Win with BaByliss

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** Here at Very we wouldn’t send you out looking anything less than fabulous, least of all at our favourite time of year.  This party season we are bringing you everything you need to rock the dance floor with top to toe treats guaranteed to add a touch of glam.

That’s right ladies; we’ve got all the mistletoe must haves for the looks that we just love. From the Razzle Dazzle look to Baroque and Roll to the cool sophistication of cocktail hour, we’ve truly got something for everyone.

But while you’re spoilt for choice in terms of this year’s festive wardrobe there really is only one choice when it comes to styling your hair. This season we are all about the Boutique range from BaByliss, which gives you true salon performance for high fashion styling. Cos let’s face it ladies, getting the perfect hair to match your outfit is half the battle when achieving a look that will wow.

For a styler that will take you from day into night we LOVE the Boutique by BaByliss Salon Soft Waves. This little wonder will help you get the relaxed romantic waves that come straight from the Very Party Edit.

Romantic Waves

For true salon performance at home, we’ve got some top tips to help you achieve this winning winter style.

Winter StyleSalon Soft WavesTop Styling Tips

1. Use 3cm wide sections of hair to wrap around the barrel. Hold for 5-10 seconds and release slowly, for a casual wave look.

2. Start the curl on the hair at chin level to give your waves a soft, daytime look.

3. Wrap the hair in alternating directions around the barrel to give more natural looking curls and waves

4. Use your fingers to gently break up the curls (once they’ve cooled) to achieve this relaxed, undone curl look

With the Salon soft waves it really is that easy to get the looks you’ll love.

To celebrate the launch of the Very Party Edit, we are giving one of you lucky ladies the chance to win your choice of 3 stylers from the Boutique by BaByliss range. What an amazing early Christmas present!

You can win your choice of 3 from the  Boutique  Soft WavesBoutique Salon Power Hairdryer, Boutique Salon Control Straighteners, Boutique Deep Waves or the Boutique Salon Ceramic Rollers.

BaByliss Range

To be in with a chance of winning these amazing prizes simply comment below with your answer to the following question.

Who is your celebrity hair crush and which look would you love for the party season?

Looking forward to hearing all your answers and don’t forget to like and share on Facebook.

Good Luck!

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  6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 16.12.14.Prizes: Your choice of three from the following: BaByliss Boutique 2307BQU Soft Waves Item number 4H7P92M, BaByliss Boutique 5534BQU Salon Power Hairdryer Item number 4H7NY33, BaByliss Boutique 2199BQU Salon Control 235 Straighteners Item number 4H7PK33, BaByliss Boutique 2447BQU Deep Waves Item number 4KFAY28,BaByliss Boutique 3133BQU Salon Ceramic Rollers Item number 4H7P32L 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.
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Premium Party Season Scents

Here at Very HQ we are getting super excited for the festive season and all of the upcoming parties. But it’s not just your outfits and party looks that you need to plan; smelling good is every bit as important as looking good! We have picked our top party season scents for Men and Women to help you feel your best this Christmas.

For Her:

For her

Jimmy Choo Flash Eau de Parfum

Jimmy Choo Flash Eau de Parfum

Step into a world of glittering femininity with Jimmy Choo Flash. Glamorous and confident, with a sense of fashion and fun, Flash is intoxicating and dangerously sexy, with a slow, sensual cooldown of addictive powdery woods. The perfect party scent with a showstopping bottle to match. Available in 60ml and 100ml EDP.

Paco Rabanne Lady Million Absolutely Gold Eau De Parfum

Paco Rabanne Lady Million Absolutely Gold Eau De Parfum

Just when you think Lady Million couldn’t get any better, Paco Rabanne bring us Absolutely Gold – a grand interpretation of the original Lady Million fragrance enriched with rare precious ingredients in exceptional concentration. A real evening fragrance, this long lasting scent will lead you through the party season and beyond. Available in 80ml EDP.

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Toilette

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Toilette

Treat your senses with the Flowerbomb by Viktor and Rolf. This full-bodied fragrance smells like a floral explosion, showering your skin with a profusion of flowers that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face and keep you dancing all night long! Available in 50ml EDT.

 Tom Ford Sahara Noir Eau de Parfum

Tom Ford Sahara Noir Eau de Parfum

For all out glamour and luxury this party season, wear Tom Ford Sahara Noir. Inspired by the mystery , beauty and luxury of the Middle East, Tom Ford creates a stunning new fragrance story around a historical Arabian ingredient to create spellbinding and sumptuous new perfumery tale. Available in 50ml EDP.

Juicy Couture Gold Eau de Parfum

Juicy Couture Gold Eau de Parfum

The ultimate party girl fragrance with a fun and feminine bottle to match, Juicy Couture Gold is described as a decadent rendition of the original Viva la Juicy that indulges the senses with luscious wild berries, a kiss of honeysuckle and a luxurious elixir of golden amber, melted caramel and vanilla. Available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml EDP.

For Him:

For him

Armani Code Eau de Toilette

Armani Code Eau de Toilette

Armani Code is a sexy and stylish fragrance blend for the contemporary man in the know. It combines a citron cocktail of bergamot and lemon with soft notes of olive tree blossom, warmed with guaiac wood and tonka bean. This long lasting and popular fragrance is the perfect scent for a stylish man. Available in 50ml EDT.

Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette

Paco Rabanne Invictus Eau de Toilette

A luxurious and premium fragrance, inhale the scent of victory with Invictus by Paco Rabanne. This sensually fresh scent sets a modern vision of masculinity and will compliment your party style perfectly. Available in 100ml, 150ml and as a gift set EDT.

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Eau de Toilette

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme Eau de Toilette

Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini sums up the inspiration behind the stylish scent as “Everyone is in love with the Gucci Guilty man.” A perfect scent for the evening, Gucci Guilty is available in a 30ml gift set here so you can get this fresh smelling scent all over.

Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette

Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb Eau de Toilette

We are massive fans of Viktor and Rolf fragrances and Spicebomb is no exception. This is the perfect party fragrance for men; unique, bold and distinctly premium. It offers a highly addictive explosion of spices, built on a balmy, woody vetiver trail, and the bottle is just as impressive! Available in a 50ml gift set so you can get the scent all over.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Terrible Eau de Toilette

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Terrible Eau de Toilette

It doesn’t get more masculine than JPG Le Male Terrible! The original Le Male is one of the most popular male fragrances on the market due to its instantly recognisable and unique scent. This new olfactory interpretation of the original is more suited as an evening scent and is described as having a Terribly fresh top notes, a terribly masculine heart, on a terribly sexy and RAW dry down; ideal for the festive season and beyond. Available in 75ml and 125ml.

Which will you choose?

Love the Very Beauty Team x

Top Celebrity Fragrance Christmas Gifts

With the festive season fast approaching its time to get buying those all important Christmas pressies for your loved ones. Celebrity fragrances are one of the top selling scents in the market today and with some of the hottest launches of this year available at Very.co.uk there is no better gift to give. Here are our top celebrity fragrance picks for Christmas 2014.

For Her:

 La Bella by Samantha Faiers

“La Bella” by Samantha Faiers

TOWIE star Sam Faiers released her debut fragrance “La Bella” earlier this year and its not just us who have fallen in love with this beautiful feminine scent; La Bella won Best New Fragrance at the Pure Beauty Awards earlier this month. TOWIE star Sam has created a sophisticated fragrance with an addictive mix of delicious sweet vanilla, elegant iris flower and glamorous musk laced with a luscious caramel. It comes in a stylish heavyweight bottle designed to add a touch of glamour to any dressing table, with it’s diamond cut top, wrapped in a textured cream and gold package. Available in single 100ml EDP or as a 100ml EDP gift set, La Bella is a classic fragrance suitable for ladies of any age.

Cheryl StormFlower

“Stormflower” by Cheryl

Cheryl  released her eagerly anticipated debut fragrance “Stormflower” this year and it certainly does not disappoint. “Stormflower” has been created with the aim of powerfully capturing the many facets of Cheryl’s personality. With a sleek design, rose gold detail and decorative flower stopper that is nearly as pretty as Cheryl herself, this bottle is definitely one for the dressing table. A great fragrance for day or night, we think this makes the perfect pressie for any girl this Christmas. Available in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml EDP.

Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid

“Heat – Wild Orchid” by Beyonce

Queen B is back with a revamped release of the original “Heat” fragrance. Wild Orchid is described as a seductive, tempting, captivating, intoxicating and sensuous fragrance that is perfect for evening wear. With a sleek and pretty pink bottle, this will sit beautifully under your Christmas tree this year. Available in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml EDP.

Lady Gaga Eau De Gaga

“Eau de Gaga” by Lady Gaga

Pop sensation Lady Gaga is back with her new fragrance “Eau de Gaga” and whether you are a Little Monster or not there is no doubt you will love this fragrance. An enigmatic fragrance, uniting Masculine and Feminine scents with the ambiguous personality of a daring hermaphrodite flower, this beautiful perfume is unique just like the lady herself. Available in 30ml, 50ml or 75ml EDP.

 One Direction You & I

“You & I” by One Direction

The new fragrance by One Direction is a mix of flirty fun paired with opulence. Inspired by their latest single You & I, this floral, fruity musk fragrance is a must have for any Directioner! Available in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml EDP.

For Him:

 Beckham Intimately Him

“Intimately Him” by Beckham Man

This magnetic scent embodies David Beckham’s masculinity and celebrates his sporting talents. With a smooth blend of confidence and effortless cool, it’s the perfect scent for a man who knows his style. Available as 30ml EDT gift set or single 50ml EDT.

Enrique Iglesias Adrenaline for Men

“Adrenaline” by Enrique Iglesias

Adrenaline, the first fragrance by Enrique Iglesias is without a doubt one of our favourite male fragrances. Inspired by the Singer’s appetite for experience, Enrique Iglesias Adrenaline represents his search for more for more excitement, more pleasure, and more freedom. This premium smelling fragrance includes top notes of Mandarin Italy Orpur and Violet Leaves, middle notes of Saffron and a base of Cedarwood and Suede. Available in 30ml, 50ml or 100ml EDT and as a great value gift set.

Jennifer Lopez Deseo For Men

“Deseo for Men” by Jennifer Lopez

As one of the first celebrities to release a fragrance way back in 2002, JLo has perfected her fragrance range to include beautiful scents for both men and women. The aromatic fragrance of Deseo for Men by Jennifer Lopez is sensual and spicy and a sure fire hit as a Christmas gift. Available in 50ml EDT.

Which will you choose?

The Very Beauty Team.

Rock Star Chic Rules At The Q Awards

The Q Awards are like the Brit Awards but with 10 times more attitude. They’re the event attended by people who make music rather than just sing it and people who are likely to have long-lasting careers so it’s always interesting to attend to find out who’s doing what.

As there are so many indie bands fronted by men – Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, The Smiths etc – the girls are always under-represented but it was definitely quantity over quality this year. First of all, I caught up with Foxes. She’s a 25-year-old British singer who won a Grammy for her part on Zedd’s dance single clarity and had a top five with her album Glorious.

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She presented the Best Newcomer award to Sam Smith and I can tell it won’t be long before she wins more awards herself as she’s so hard-working! She exclusively revealed to me she’s renting a cottage in the countryside for Christmas for her family, which will be the first time she’s had a break since last Christmas. In the past year she’s acted in Dr Who, recorded in LA, released her album and toured the festival circuit. She’s a strong woman and she didn’t feel the need to confirm to a typical awards ceremony tradition of wearing a dress. I liked her smart co-ordinates. What do you think? I almost felt a bit boring in my white dress!

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Now onto Ella Eyre, who was nominated for Best Newcomer.

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With her curly hair and smart tailored suit, Ella reminds me of a cross between Beyonce and Rihanna. She had a joint number one with Rudimental on their song Waiting All Night and that won a Brit so she knows what it’s like to attend awards ceremonies. However, she’s not used to relaxing at them. When I asked her what she was up to she revealed: ‘Right now, I’m off to the MOBO Awards as I’m performing and then tomorrow I’m in the studio.’ I’d like to know where she gets her energy from. I was so glad to hear that she went on to win Best Newcomer at the MOBOs.

St Vincent is one of the more obscure female artists on the scene but we can expect a lot more from her as she just won Q’s Maverick Award.

 

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After that I had to go and talk to her and found out she plays the guitar, bass, organ, piano and theremin. (A theremin is an electrical musical instrument that detect where the users hands are). Looking gorgeous in a black dress with black stilletos – and an enviable selection of rings on her fingers, she said she gets her fashion inspiration from nature and using her eyes to look at whatever’s around her. The key is to slow down and appreciate life. Hmmmmm, maybe we should all take more notice of this?

And the winners are:

Q Best New Act

Sam Smith

Q Maverick

St Vincent

Q Best Track

Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky

Q Best Solo Artist

Ed Sheeran

Q Songwriter

Andy Partridge

Q Best Album

Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Q Best Video

Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

Q Best Live Act

Kasabian

Q Hero

The Charlatans

Q Outstanding Contribution To Music

XL Recordings, collected by Richard Russell

Q Inspiration

Simple Minds

Gibson Les Paul Award

Johnny Marr

Q Classic Album

Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon

Q Innovation In Sound

Jean Michel Jarre

Q Icon

Wilko Johnson

Q Idol

Culture Club

Q Best Act In The World Today

Kasabian

Love Zoex

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Lindsay Lohan And Guests Sparkle At Stage Debut

Lindsay Lohan is officially a West End theatre actress with her new play Speed The Plow open to the public at London’s Playhouse Theatre. Early previews of the show didn’t receive the best reviews from critics but after more rehearsals before the press night she learned her lines and practised delivery and the critics were more favourable. With her reputation, she will always get negative comments but at least she proved some people wrong when the show opened.

What’s more, I like the fact that she wasn’t prepared to be a shrinking violet as she dressed in gold to make everyone take notice. It’s her party and she’s proud of that!

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It seems like sequins are in now as Amber le Bon also worked a sequin black dress. It may be a bit too early to start thinking about Christmas parties but it’s never too early to start thinking about how to look gorgeous. I love how Amber accessorises with silver shoes too.

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Even the reality stars ar getting in on the act with TOWIE’s Jamsin Walia looking stunning in silver. Her exact dress is the Motel Virgo metallic dress and is available at Very. I love it because it shows off her long legs but it’s sophisticated on top. What do you think?

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Maybe it’s about time we put a bit more shine into Autumn? Just because the sun’s going in, it doesn’t mean it’s time to wear dark colours just yet, we can still have some fun.

Love Zoex

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The Best New York, Milan and Paris Catwalk Looks

As the Fashion Week circus is almost over with the last of the models swishing down the catwalks in Paris, it’s time to look at what has happened in the month of September that will set the trend for SS15. It started in New York, moved onto London and then hit Milan and Paris and there’s been almost 500 fashion shows.

I have done a round-up of what happened at London Fashion Week but I think it’s only right to see what’s happened around the world. Fashion buyers follow the catwalks around the world so what comes down the catwalk in Milan and Paris will influence what we see in the shops next year and I don’t know about you, but I like to be ahead of the trends.

I’ve picked two key looks from each country:

New York

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Oscar De La Renta’s main look was monochrome check, which was similar to what I noticed in London. Very’s Glamorous monochrome check shift dress is a great place to start with this look – you can dress it up or down.

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Ralph Lauren had a mix of earthy colours – greens and yellows. There are some gorgeous khaki coats at Very and the Love Label double layer midi skirt is similar to the Ralph Lauren one!

Milan

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Versace sent models in Monochrome print down the catwalk, which is another look we saw a lot of in London. Try the Little Mistress embellished shift dress or the Ted Baker Josa bow swing dress

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Gucci brought Boho back and gave it a 70s twist! I particular love the faux fur. The River Island PU sleeve fur jacket is a statement way of copying this look right now, there’s so much fur!

Paris

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Chloe also had a boho vibe, but the key to this look was maxi dresses and gladiator sandals. Maxi dresses are really flattering so I’m happy about this one.

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Cotton and linen were key at Celine, hinting that blouses will be popular come Spring. Every wardrobe needs a crisp white blouse because it’s really versatile. Have you got one?

So that’s it for now…until February 2015! I hope it’s given you as much fashion inpsiration as it’s given me.

Love Zoex

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StormFlower by Cheryl

New album, new surname, new Saturday night TV slot and now a brand new fragrance – our ultimate girl crush Cheryl is back, and with her debut fragrance “Stormflower” launching online at Very this week, we could not be more excited!

Here at Very HQ, we are massive fans of Cheryl and have eagerly anticipated her fragrance launch, and this beautiful new scent certainly does not disappoint.

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“Stormflower” has been created with the aim of powerfully capturing the many facets of Cheryl’s personality. Opening with sparkling top notes of luscious Mandarin and Nectarine, StormFlower has a vibrant floral heart of delicate Freesia and Peach Blossom that is modern yet truly feminine. Vanilla, White Musk and precious Sandalwood, form a warm and sensual base to this signature scent that is enticing and utterly captivating.

With a sleek design, rose gold detail and decorative flower stopper that is nearly as pretty as Cheryl herself, this bottle is definitely one for the dressing table.

The “Stormflower” launch coincides with Cheryl’s new music and return to the X-Factor, and like everything else Cheryl does, there is no doubt that Stormflower will be one of the most successful celeb fragrances yet. Available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml, get yours online here.

Fearne Cotton Hosts Spectacular Circus Themed Fashion Show

Fearne Cotton constantly sets trends and breaks boundaries with her clothes and now she has finally done the same with her fashion show. I have never been to a fashion show that had fire so close to the outfits but Fearne’s Spring Summer 15 show had a circus theme, which meant fire jugglers! There were also hula hoop girls, and, as she came on stage to take her bow a canon of gold sparkly tickets erupted, showering the audience in sparkles. It was magical!

Because Fearne is super well-connected lots of her famous friends were in the audience. Gok Wan, Lucy Watson from Made in Chelsea, Fearne’s husband Jesse Wood, his sister Leah and mum Jo and the wives of all the McFly boys (Giovanna Fletcher, Izzy Judd and Georgia Horsley) all sat FROW. Let’s start with the most important photos – the hottest new looks – and then have a look at some of the celebs.

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Gok Wan – above left- and Zoe Hardman liked the look of this attention grabbing yellow outfit!

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Prints were a big thing and I particularly liked this retro top and skirt look.

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Then when the hula hoopers came out the party really got started! The flower printed shirt dress above was so pretty.

 

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My heart stopped when I saw a black and white coat as I wanted it so much! I want it to be cold in 2015 just so I can wear it.

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Fearne had something to offer all tastes. The sport luxe look above is slightly different to what we normally see from her but just as fabulous.

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An almost transparent black crop top and skirt looked like something a pop star would wear.

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But it wasn’t all about eveningwear as the photo above demonstrates – I do love a printed dress that can be worn from day to night, don’t you?

And to prove there was flames, here they are:

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What outfit did you think looked the best from the above? They will all be online in January, which should help to lift the post-Christmas blues!

Now let’s look at the celebs:

Lucy Watson and Stephanie Pratt

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The Made In Chelsea stars co-ordinated in differnet shades of blue, both showing off their toes in open-toe shoes.

The McFly WAGs

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Cute and feminine is the motto of these lovely ladies. They keep it classy too, opting for prints and denim rather than flashing too much flesh.

What an amazing night!

Love Zoex

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Get your luscious lash look with Tanya Burr #verylusciouslashes

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** #WIN all of the make-up used in this video >> http://youtu.be/n1kqd1pDxV8 

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1 x Eylure False Eyelashes Texture Number 177, 1 x Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Emerge, 1 x Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush, 1 x Rimmel Scanaleyes Mascara in Extreme Black, 1 x Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner in Infinity.

All you have to do is recreate this look, take a selfie post it on your Instagram account and tag @veryuk #verylusciouslashes or upload to Twitter and tag @verynetwork #verylusciouslashes and we will pick one lucky winner!

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Tanya wears the Ted Baker Arwyn panelled dress, get yours here >> http://goo.gl/EgMZwc

Don’t forget to subscribe to our Very channel for this and more beauty tutorials, trends and fashion updates!

Good luck!

The Very team & Tanya Burr x

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.

2. This competition is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who tags a selfie with the look mentioned above, with the relevant hashtag and copying the relevant social handle in (Twitter @verynetwork or Instagram @veryuk with #verylusciouslashes)

3. Employees of Shop Direct Group and anyone else involved in the operation of the competition are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight Wednesday 24th September.

4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.

5. The winner will selected from those people who take a selfie photograph and post it on Instagram @veryuk or Twitter @verynetwork using the hashtag #verylusciouslashes and tag @veryuk, between 11th September  –  24th September.  The winner will be selected as the one that copied Tanya’s look most successfully. The winner will be selected personally by Tanya Burr or her agent if she is unavailable on 25th September 2014. Prize:  1 x Eylure False Eyelashes Texture Number 177, 1 x Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Emerge, 1 x Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush, 1 x Rimmel Scanaleyes Mascara in Extreme Black, 1 x Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner in Infinity.

6. 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. 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 competition, you will not be eligible to win.

7. By entering the competition, you agree that your details may be used in future marketing activity and that if you are the winner, we may disclose your details (name and town) to anyone requesting details of the prize winner. The winner may be required to take part in publicity relating to this promotion.

8. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.

9. The winner’s details (name and town) will be available by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: “Get ready with….luscious lashes”, Second Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB

10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328

11. 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.

Weekly Wins with Destination Beauty

Here at Very we are thrilled to announce the launch of Destination Beauty, bringing you the brands we love to help you get the latest looks! We have teamed up with Babyliss, Bourjois, Elizabeth Arden, Max Factor, St Tropez and Rimmel; and we are offering you the chance to win branded beauty bundles with Destination Beauty.

We’ve checked in with the experts, including top beauty buyer Michelle, our assistant buyer Danielle and personal care expert Christine, to hear all about the Very best in beauty and help select the prizes you can win each week!

From Babyliss, Christine recommends the revolutionary Curl Secret Hair Styler, which effortlessly creates beautiful, free-flowing curls without the salon price tag. This styler comes with 2 heat settings, along with 3 timer settings so you can create loose waves or tight curls with ease;plus ensure a  natural finish every time. Watch the video below for a step by step tutorial and get the look at home.

For Bourjois, why not try the NEW Delice de Poudre Duo? “Bourjois have re-invented their classic Delice de Poudre bronzer, meaning you can now sculpt and highlight in two easy steps” says Michelle. For best results apply the natural bronzing powder lightly all over the face, concentrating on the lower cheekbones, before applying the highlighter to the upper cheekbones.  Our beauty buyers recommend lightly dusting over your nose and chin with the highlighter to help achieve an iridescent glow.

If skin care is your number one concern, what better brand to buy into than Elizabeth Arden?  With 100 years of Spa Science behind them, Elizabeth Arden have introduced their Flawless Future range, powered by Ceramide to target the first signs of ageing and the effects of stress on skin. Keep checking our Very Facebook page for your chance to win the Flawless Future collection, worth over £120!

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Want clump free volume and definition mascara? Our buyers recommend Rimmel’s new Wonder’full Mascara with moisturising argan oil. The ultra-flex brush gives ultimate definition with full lashes revealed. Wonder’full mascara is the secret weapon to full volume without clumps, with the argan oil formula leaving lashes feeling smooth and conditioned. Rimmel are offering one reader the chance to win with Destination Beauty in the coming weeks so make sure you stay tuned.

And, for a tan that really lasts, Danielle recommends the stunning St Tropez range. As the UK’s No.1 tanning brand their wardrobe of choice has something for everyone, whether it’s a light sunkissed glow or a deep, dark bronze you’re looking for.

All of their products deliver a natural looking, streak-free tan that’s easy to apply and quick drying. We’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win a St Tropez goody bag worth over £150, so again, keep checking in on our Very Facebook page for your chance to win!

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Make the most of Destination Beauty this autumn and ensure that you are in it to win it. With a chance to bag the bundles above, PLUS a very special Max Factor giveaway you’d be a fool not to enter.

Hurry though, event ends October 2nd, so good luck, from all of us at Very! x

Get your day to night look with Tanya Burr #verydaytonight

***Competition now closed – Thank you for entering*** #WIN all of the make-up used in this video: http://youtu.be/GObhJ2eueKw

Recreate the look with this make-up

1x Rimmel London Gel Liner by Kate Moss in Emerald, 1x Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush, 1x NYX Liquid Illuminator in 02 Gleam, 1x Max Factor Crème Puff Pressed Powder, 1x Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Rosepout, 1x Max Factor Masterpiece High Definition Mascara and 1x Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Stick By Kate Moss in Pure Turqoise.

All you have to do is recreate this look, take a selfie post it on your Instagram account and tag @veryuk #verydaytonight or upload to Twitter and tag @verynetwork #verydaytonight and we will pick one lucky winner!

Tanya Burrs Day To Night Look

Tanya wears the Myleene Klass dandelion print skater dress >> http://goo.gl/sQYFW8

Don’t forget to subscribe to our Very channel for this and more beauty tutorials, trends and fashion updates!

Good luck!

The Very team & Tanya Burr x

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.

2. This competition is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who tags a selfie with the look mentioned above, with the relevant hashtag and copying the relevant social handle in (Twitter @verynetwork or Instagram @veryuk with #verydaytonight)

3. Employees of Shop Direct Group and anyone else involved in the operation of the competition are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight Wednesday 17th September.

4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.

5. The winner will selected from those people who take a selfie photograph and post it on Instagram @veryuk or Twitter @verynetwork using the hashtag #verydaytonight and tag @veryuk, between 4th September – 17th September.  The winner will be selected as the one that copied Tanya’s look most successfully. The winner will be selected personally by Tanya Burr or her agent if she is unavailable on 18th September 2014. Prize: 1x Rimmel London Gel Liner by Kate Moss in Emerald, 1x Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush, 1x NYX Liquid Illuminator in 02 Gleam, 1x Max Factor Crème Puff Pressed Powder, 1x Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Rosepout, 1x Max Factor Masterpiece High Definition Mascara and 1x Rimmel ScandalEyes Shadow Stick By Kate Moss in Pure Turqoise.

6. 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. 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 competition, you will not be eligible to win.

7. By entering the competition, you agree that your details may be used in future marketing activity and that if you are the winner, we may disclose your details (name and town) to anyone requesting details of the prize winner. The winner may be required to take part in publicity relating to this promotion.

8. The competition can be withdrawn at any time and Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited does not accept liability for any cancelled events.

9. The winner’s details (name and town) will be available by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: “Get ready with…. Very day to night”, Second Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB

10. Promoter: Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, First Floor, Skyways House, Speke Road, Speke, Liverpool, L70 1AB. Registered No 466328

11. 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.

Get The Look: Off Duty Ballerina #verybeautytour

Looking for a perfectly polished look that looks just as good in the day as it does at night?

Well look no more Off Duty Ballerina is here to be your new go to look! The Very Beauty Team were lucky enough to go behind the scenes of a recent photo shoot and get all the insider info on how to create this gorgeous look.

For the perfet natural complexion start by applying a layer of Rimmel 25 Hour Nude Foundation. This foundation not only offers a total natural appearance on the skin, it doesn’t budge meaning you can go from day to night without having to worry. For anyone who still worries about shine try dusting over some Nyx Finishing Powder, its translucent so it show on your skin but it keeps you shine free for hours.

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Moving onto the eyes, the MUA on the shoot used the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Eye Shadow Quad Plum Palette. The palette features 4 long wearing shadows that smooth, brighten and lift the look of your eyes with buildable, high pigmented colours. The MUA blended the pink shade all across the lid, placing the most colours closest to the lash and blending the colour out up towards the eye socket. Another great thing about this palette is that it’s compact enough to pop in your bag for touch ups on the go. For a super girly look lashes where applied to open up the eye and add subtle drama. Eylure Texture Lash 117 are perfect for this as they add depth to your lashes and give a romantic feel to the look.

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For cheeks a subtle contour was applied, Bourjois Delice De Poudre Duo is perfect for this as the colour is buildable and contains both your bronzer and highlighter! *TOP TIP* To find where to apply your dark contour (bronzer) either bite your teeth together or suck you cheeks in apply your bronzer in the indents. Follow up by applying your highlighter to the tops of your cheek bones and the apples of your cheeks simply smile and apply.

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Now on to the lips, to create the perfect nude shade lips where coloured in using a lip pencil and followed with a satin finish lipstick. Illamasqua Colouring Pencil in Fantasy followed by the new Illasmaqua Glamore Nude Lipstick in Cherub is the perfect combo for this look.

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And now to the ever so simple but effective finishing touches. Using a paddle brush, brush hair into a pony tail, twist hair and wrap around bobble to create a loose bun securing with hair grips. *TOP TIP* For extra volume and texture lightly backcomb with a dressing brush sections of the hair whilst its in the pony before you twist!.

Last but by no means least the manicurist applied 2 coats of Nails Inc Eaton Terrace from the Nude Collection. Not only is this a fabulous neutral shade it contains a strengthening complex that helps your nails as you wear it. Treatment and colour…. We thought you could only dream of these things!

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And there you have it Off Duty Ballerina in a few simple steps. Whether you’re having a girly lunch or an evening date this look lets you look perfectly polished in a natural way. What’s best is that it suits everyone!

Why not recreate this look for yourself at home? If you do we would love to see it! Simply share it with us at @VeryNetwork & @Very_BeautyTeam on Twitter or @VeryUK on Instagram x

What’s Your Beauty Regime?

With desks stacked high with latest samples and a team full of beauty enthusiasts I thought I’d do a little investigating into Team Very’s beauty regime. I hoped to find secret tips and tricks and some superstar product recommendations, I ended up feeling really rather guilty for not spending enough time on my own beauty upkeep! Thankfully Very stocks some top notch beauty brands and so, one hefty order later, I’m feeling a lot better about my pretty prospects.

The Very team seem to fall into one of three categories, the get-up-very-early-and-arrive-looking-immaculate girls, the get-up-with-enough-time-to-put-on-a-decent-face girls and the sleep-as-late-as-possible-and-hope-for-the-best girls. I fall comfortably into the second group, read on to find out where you are…

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Jennifer, beauty buyer:

I start by cleansing with Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cleanser , then use Garnier Micellar Water to refresh. I use various moisturisers depending on my skin, as I have combination skin – I then follow with my trusted makeup favourites:

Daniel Sandler Retexturising Primer, Elizabeth Arden Perfectly Nude Flawless Finish Foundation, MAC Mineralize Face Powder, Illamasqua Bronzing Duo in Glint and Burnish, Bourjois Healthy Glow Crème Blusher, Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara

Danielle, beauty buyer:

My top tip is to double cleanse (Japanese skin specialists say it’s a must). I start with a quick wipe of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (miracle product!) followed by Murad Pore Reform Daily Cleansing Foam. I then exfoliate with Dermalogica Microfilant, followed by Vichy Toner For Normal/Combination Skin. Followed with a layer of Murad Pore Reform Refining serum. My moisturiser changes depending on my skin – I use everything from Murad to Loreal Skin Perfect.

For every day makeup I prefer a tinted moisturiser usually Laura Mercier, but I also like Smash Box BB. If I need more coverage I go with either Illamasqua Skin Base or Elizabeth Arden Perfectly Nude Flawless Finish. Next up are my eyebrows where I use a real techniques brow brush and Illamasuqa Brow Cake – I then apply a swirl of illamasqua bronzing duo to the tops of my cheeks and a blush to the apples. The highlighter is mixed in so it makes you look a lot more polished with hardly any effort. I use Benefit They’re Real, or Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara for my lashes – followed by a sweep of black kohl to the lower lash line. For my hair I add in beauty works clip in extensions- really easy to add instant volumne and length. Finally I spritz a floral based perfume but this changes day to day and then I’m ready to go.

Michelle, beauty buyer:

I cleanse with Murad Essential C Cleanser before using Phillips diamond clean for a healthy white smile! I tone with Garnier Micellar Water and moisturise with Murad Essential C Day Moisturiser which includes SPF 30, so perfect protection against any harmful sun rays!

My foundation depends on the day and how many meeting I have. Either Nars tinted Moisturiser or if I know I’m going to need something a bit more long lasting and durable, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, applied with the Real Techniques foundation brush and buffed over with the Real Techniques Stippling brush, to blend in and give  a natural, non caked finish. I then brighten – touching up any under eye bags with my number 1 make up bag must have – YSL Touche Eclat (can also be used as an under brow arch highlighter). If I’m feeling a little bit dull, a sweep of Bourjois bronzing primer will perks my skin up – set with a loose powder.  My go to blushers -Nars angelica, a beautiful shimmery pink, or Illamasqua promise, a cream pink blusher. The benefit brow bar keeps my eyebrows defined and I use Chanel Le Volume mascara (if I’m feeling flush!) or Max Factor Masterpiece. I love the waterproof Mac Factor Colour Expert Liquid Liner as it lasts all day. I spritz a light and fresh perfume, like Beyonce Wild Orchid.

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Aimee, beauty writer: 

I think my morning regime would best be termed as low maintenance… I’m lucky enough to have skin that co-operates with my minimalist approach too, so I just wash my face with warm water and then use primer and possibly a light foundation if I’m looking a bit sleep deprived. I use mascara, eyebrow pencil and more often than not I’ll add a slick of lipstick for instant confidence!
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Roanna, fashion writer: 
I cleanse with my trusty Kiehls blue gel before toning with apple cider vinegar and moisturing with either coconut oil at night or Kiehls Ultra Facial Cream in the morning. I then use Smashbox BB Cream, Seventeen Brow Set and No7 eyeshadow primer before doing a quick eye look with my Naked Palette and Benefit They’re Real. I throw on a final flourish of Clinique bronzer, blusher and highlighter before running into some perfume on my way out.

Sarah, interiors writer: 

My morning routine varies fairly wildly depending on how early or late I get up, but on a successful alarm clock day it’s moisturiser and then some primer followed by BB cream. A very quick dab of highlighter under my eyes to make it look like I got my full 8-10 hours and then spot of cream blusher. Mascara, my eyebrow kit and some lip balm then allow me to keep up the illusion of being awake until I actually am! (On an unsuccessful alarm clock day it’s more like primer, mascara, go!)

Gemma, kidswear writer: 

I moisturise with Nivea Daily Essentials sensitive day cream as my skin is prone to be being dull and dry. Then I use a BB foundation from Maybelline – an inexpensive gem that covers up and conceals any imperfections. I fill in my brows with Benefit Brow Zings, it’s the best brow powder out there as it’s smudge-proof and easy to apply. I quickly curl my lashes and apply Maxfactor False Lash Effect. I have long eyelashes but they need some help when it comes to curling and this mascara is the only one that keeps them long, full and fluttery all day long (and I’ve tried many brands!). Lastly I enhance my eyes with Chanel Waterproof Eyeliner. I have watery and weepy eyes, so investing in good eye make-up is essential – this one is panda-eye proof and lasts all day.

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Lauren, fashion writer: 

I use whichever face wash/scrub I have on rotation that morning. I then moisturise using a cream from Avène. Afterwards I use foundation from Bobbi Brown as it is really lightweight. A bit of mascara (Dior or Maybelline whichever I can find that morning) and lip balm! My hair may get a brush if it is looking particularly unkempt and I’m afraid… that is about it! 

Laura, fashion writer 

I cleanse, tone and moisturise with either Simple or Ponds cream (if using Ponds I use my Simple toner) before applying my Clinique foundation with my fingers for light coverage and my trusty Chanel mascara – it’s a deep purple hue that apparently is perfect for making my blue eyes pop (according to the woman working on the counter!). Oh and I always take my makeup off with Simple wipes too.
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Is anyone else surprised by the amount of Micallear water users? I’m clearly missing a trick! After reading through all the different regimes it’s great to see how many people mix high end with High St brands – with makeup bags full of Clinique and Dior jostling for space with Maybelline and Simple it seems even the experts love a good bargain.
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We would love to hear your beauty regime, tweet us or find us on Facebook and share your favourite products!
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Love, Roanna x
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Get The Look: Metallics #verybeautytour

There’s nothing quite like making an impact than with a flawless make up look. Here at Very HQ were currently obsessing over the Metallic trend seen all over the catwalks of AW14 shows and on many celebs red carpet debuts. We were lucky enough to go behind the scenes of a recent photo shoot and get all the insider info on how to create this gorgeous look.

First of all to create the perfect base the make up artist applied a layer of Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Perfect Nude Foundation all over the face in a light circular buffing motion. Starting from the inside of the face and working your way out allows for an even coverage and stops you having a build up of foundation around your hair line. For an extra flawless look try adding the Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Primer underneath and apply your foundation with the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

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After perfecting the base the MUA moved on to the models eyes, using the Illamasqua Liquid Metal Palette the gold shade was blended across the models lid and winged out at the sides and underneath. *Top Tip* For the perfect winged out eye shadow use this guide line. Place one end of a make up brush at the end edge of your nose; place the other end of the brush at the most outer part of your eyebrow. That line is where your shadow should end; keep checking as you blend outwards. If you go too far it’s always easy to clean up with some Micellar Water. To finish the eye area apply a few layers of Mascara, and apply Rimmel Brow This Way to the brows keeping them groomed but natural.

Next up is how to create that fantastic pout! Purple shades work great on all skin tones and are great for Autumn & Winter beauty looks. Start by applying Bourjois Rouge Edition Shine Mauve Tabloid Lipstick all over lips. *Top Tip* For extra precision apply lipstick with a lip brush (@Very_BeautyTeam loves this Illamasqua Brush). Simply brush the bristles over your lipstick and apply as normal. You can then build the colour up slowly for a look that can be as dramatic as you please. Once the lipstick was applied the MUA took Elizabeth Arden’s latest gloss in Intriguing Violet and applied it all over the lips. The gloss gives an amazing shine without any stickiness; containing Maxi-Lip™ it helps support natural collagen for plumper, fuller looking lips. If you’re still a bit to scared to go for a full purple pout why not try the gloss by itself first, helping you to trial the trend before you fully commit.

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As this look has strong eyes and lips, you need to keep everything else simple. When it came to cheeks the MUA simply sweeped a dusting of the latest Bourjois Bronzer across the models cheek bones, temples, hair line & chin. The new Bourjois Delice De Poudre Gold is the same as the original but with a touch of gold shimmer; this compliments the gold of the eyes perfectly without looking overdone.

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Now onto the finishing touches! Hair was curled using ghds and then brushed out to give a beachy rock chick look. To keep the look in place a spritz of finishing spray was used. Nails need to be kept simple so the manicurist applied 2 coats of Metallic polish that helped the whole look pop! OPI Midnight in Moscow is our favourite metallic shade.

Once your nails are dried your ready to go. This look really will take you through the whole of next season. Why not recreate this look for yourself at home? If you do we would love to see it! Simply share it with us at @VeryNetwork & @Very_BeautyTeam on Twitter or @VeryUK on Instagram x

7-Day Nails…with Nails Inc

OK so it’s Sunday and you’re recovering from the weekend’s antics. It’s time to get out from under your duvet, take Saturday night’s nail polish off and prepare your nails ready for the week!

Take a look at our 7-day nails chart for some fun ideas and a look at our new Nails Inc collection…

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If you’re like me and love a good nail polish then it’s important to take the time to care for your nails too.

Nails Inc have come up with their cool new Kale collection designed to help strengthen and brighten nails…what better place to start?

Monday

 

It’s Monday, the start of the week, which makes most of us a little blue (except if you’re working at the Very HQ)!

Choose from their collection of new blues for a cute pop of colour that’s guaranteed to lighten your mood and get your week off to a fun start.

I love Old Burlington Street and the electric Old Bond Street – they definitely cheer me up!

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OK so it’s Tuesday, you’re a little more awake now and are ready for the week. Make Tuesday colour pop day and opt for the bold and bright red hues that Nails Inc’s latest collection has to offer! My fave is West End – you can never go wrong with a beautiful bold red in my opinion!

 Feeling a little creative? Why not paint the tips a contrast colour for a style that’ll wow in meetings!

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Give the midweek hump a lovely lace lift with the Nails Inc Alexa Lace polish. Using the latest red matte particles in different sizes creates the delicate detail of lace, which looks gorgeous over your favourite Nails Inc nude polish – I love Porchester Square as a base!

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The countdown to the weekend begins and who says it’s just about your wardrobe? Try something glittery to get you in the party mood. I love Alexa’s Camo polish which blends green and nude metallics for an innovative camouflage effect.

Not green with envy with Camo? Then Exhibition Road is just the ticket for giving your nails the party treatment.

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Weekends are meant to be enjoyed so you’ll need a polish with staying power and endless possibilities…

Choose from the new collection of Nails Inc Gels…my favourite is New Oxford Street in a rich purple hue that’s simply stunning and perfect for dinner dates as well as parties!

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Your gel nails will be in super cute condition so all you’ll need is a slick of glitter to the tips or all-over to add some Saturday Night fever to your look!

 Try Alexa’s Sequins polish – it’s like a disco for your nails with its clash of black and gold metallic glitters.

 

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Choose an accent nail (I always go for my ring finger) to paint with glitter and leave the rest painted with Gel for more impact!

For more nail polish tips and inspiration check out my nail art posts at imakemyownfashion.com but be warned, I’m a bit of an addict!

 

Get The Look: Colour Flash #verybeautytour

Let the lips do the talking! That’s exactly what our colour pop is all about simple make up with pops of vibrant colours. Great no matter what season or the occasion! The Very Beauty Team were lucky enough to go behind the scenes of a recent photo shoot and get all the insider info on how to create this gorgeous look.

This look is all about letting our Lips and Manicure Pop, so when it came to applying the models base the MUA wanted a natural flawless finish to let the other products stand out. For this look Max Factor Facefinity All Day Foundation and Bourjois Blush Crème Tropic Coral work wonderfully together, giving just enough highlight without distracting from everything else. A quick swipe of eye brow gel was taken through the brows to add some definition; Rimmel Brow Gel is great for touch ups on the go.

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For the eyes you need a simple statement eyeliner flick. If your new to applying eyeliner start from the centre of your eye and wing out, as you become more confident you can start moving towards your inner eye. Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner is perfect for this look; its super pigmented and doesn’t budge. Next up its time for lashing of mascara, Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara is great for opening the eye and making normal lashes super.

Now on to the colour pops! For a popping pout take a vibrant matte lipstick and apply all over the lips. *TOP TIP For extra precision and an even stronger look you might want to line the lips in a similar colour first, this not only makes the look more dramatic you can see where you need to fill in. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Pink Pong is great for this look, as it has the ease of a lip gloss but the finish of a lipstick. For the nails the manicurist used the cult classic, Nails Inc Baker Street. Not only does this make an amazing contrast to the pink lipstick, Beyoncé has been caught wearing Baker Street too!

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The extra glam factor from this look comes from the hair, were talking big volumous curls! If this is the look you want to achieve we recommend you use Babyliss products (the stylist on the day did). Depending on what kind of product you prefer we would advise using either the Babyliss Curl Secret or the Babyliss Big Hair. *TOP TIP* Apply a light spritz of shine spray once you have curled your hair, making hair look healthier and glossy.

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And that’s all you need to create this colour pop look. Don’t be scared to experiment with this trend, you can even try different colours. Just remember to keep everything else natural and focus on the key areas you want to pop. Why not recreate this look for yourself at home? If you do we would love to see it! Simply share it with us at @VeryNetwork & @Very_BeautyTeam on Twitter or @VeryUK on Instagram x

Lets get beautiful… #verybeautytour

Here at Very HQ we love a good makeover and we know you guys do too! So that’s why we’re treating you to some serious pampering courtesy of the #VeryBeautyTour. Packed with fabulous products from your favourite brands, It’ll be heading across the country to help you get your nails primed, give your hair some serious va-va-voom and ensure you feel completely fabulous from head to toe. Look out for it at the following spots from 10am – 8pm:


  • Liverpool Williamson Square: 23rd and 24th August
  • Leeds Albion Street: 30th August
  • Birmingham Victoria Square: 6th September

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I’ve already managed to sneak aboard and sample some of the treatments on offer and I can safely say my nails have never looked so lovely! Here’s a bit more about the beautiful brands coming to your town soon…

Illamasqua

This make up brand is all about strong, statement looks. Their latest nude collection shows that beige doesn’t have to be boring and the #verybeautytour will be showcasing some of their best loved products, alongside this latest offering, to give you lessons in how to contour like Kim and get a Selfie worthy pout!

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A girl can never have enough make up, so Bourjois will also be onboard the tour with a collection of their classics including their must-have shimmering blushes and a huge host of mascaras, lipsticks and primers to get your feeling gorgeous.

Nail Inc

My all time favourite! These guys really know how to do a manicure and the bus will be showcasing their latest gel effect collection that features some of their most popular hues with a gorgeous, high shine finish. They’ll also have polishes from their collection with Alexa Chung, all with a fabric inspired theme from cashmere to silk to add instant luxury to your look. I opted for Bruton Mews from their new Kale collection. Supercharged with Kale extract, it has a beautiful green finish that I’m a little bit in love with!

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BaByliss

When it comes to curls, waves or silky smooth tresses, BaByliss have got you covered. Our lovely Very lot will be on hand to help you create the perfect look using their clever tricks and tools. Then once you’ve got your hair style just right…

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… the #verybeautytour will have plenty of Percy and Reed products on hand to smooth any fly away hairs and set your curls to ensure your hair stays looking salon worthy for as long as possible!

Murad

Anyone looking for some serious pampering can hit the Murad table for a well deserved facial. There’s also the chance to have a skin consultation and try some of their products. Specialising in spot and acne prone skin, Murad uses scientific  principles to put together the perfect treatments for skin in need of a little love!

And as if that wasn’t enough, the lovely ladies will also be giving away goodie bags and prizes too, so remember to snap some selfies and add the hashtag #verybeautytour to be in with a chance of winning an amazing £1000 beauty bundle… Aren’t you a lucky lot?!

See you there!

Love Aimee x

Trends And Tips From Inside Very’s Beauty Evening

Is it getting to that stage of the year when you fall into a bit of a make-up rut? I always start the year with good intentions but when the seasons change from hot summer to early Autumn I start to wonder if it’s time for a change and worry about what to do. Fortunately, we can now make sure we’re on trend with more confidence as Very teamed up with three of my fave magazines – Company, Cosmopolitan and Reveal – for an evening of beauty where  hair stylists, make-up artists, skincare gurus and self tan experts gave me their hottest tips.

Let’s start with the make-up:

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Bourjois was the first stand I stopped by and when I say stopped, I meant sat down and got made up. It was bliss! As the lovely make-up artist Lisa put on my face she told me two interesting things. One was that the smoky eyes look is coming back but with light, silvery grey eyeshadow instead of dark brown / dark grey. Secondly, the lip trend is a cross between a matte and a gloss and she used a lovely  Bourjois Velvet lipstick, which really brightened up my face and felt really moisturising.

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Illamasqua also had a stand with make-up consultations so I was interested to see if they had similar advice. They did when it came to the lips, telling me their new products are nude lipsticks, which are also moisturising. They’re great if you want to focus on the eyes and just have a subtle colour on the lips.

 

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For hair, BaByliss and ghd were on hand to demonstrate the trends. It was loose curls from BaByliss with their Soft Waves tong from the Boutique range . These give old school movie star glamour.

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Loose waves were the look from ghd too. The stylists told me curls work better if the temperature of a straightening iron is higher as it needs to glide through the hair effortlessly and that’s why ghd straighteners are good for waves and curls. To get a wave rather than a curl, hold the straighteners at an angle.

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Murad skincare was very interesting as they demonstrated mini facials. With air conditioning and central heating our skin doesn’t always get the moisture it needs and the Murad brand has a collection specifically tailored to hydrate skin.

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Also, there is no doubt a natural looking tan helps our skin to glow. St Tropez has some lovely mousses, which I find simple to apply. There’s a new travel size one too, which I would use on the first day of my holiday before getting my swimwear on!

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To sum up, we’re looking at:

Loose wavy hair, Light silver grey smoky eyes, Moisturised lips (a lipstick / gloss mix), Hydrated skin and Naturally glowing skin from St Tropez tan.

Do you agree?

Love Zoex

PS For more fashion, beauty and celebrity news check out my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP

How To Get Nails Like Alexa Chung

I’m always looking at what celebrities are wearing and I’ve recently noticed that one thing is constant throughout the world of Showbiz – everyone accessorises their look with nail polish. The right shade of colour on the nails can take an outfit from wow to WOW!

Alexa Chung has spotted this and she’s just become an ambassador for Nails Inc. This means that we can pretend we can copy a part of the rock chick babe’s style through her nails, which is just about fine for me. Men in bands lust after her and she’s  gone from dating Alex Turner from The Arctic Monkeys to a new guy, Matt Hitt. He’s a hot male model who’s in a band called The Drowners and they make one gorgeous couple. Alexa seemd to be in good spirits at a Nails Inc event in London.

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The exact shade that she’s wearing in the above photo is available at Very, which makes me very happy. Check out the Nails Inc fabric effect nail varnish in black silk.

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But if you’re not a black nail varnish girl, Alexa’s collaboration has glitter shades, reds and pinks and even a camouflage green and yellow shade. As Alexa is really fashion forward she’s put the same creativity into her nail polish and the result means there is a shade for all occasions.

Personally, I like a pink, just like Alexa’s pink dress, and Nails Inc have lots of options for this. However, keeping to Alexa’s range there’s a lovely shade of baby pink in this polish, which she calls Cashmere. It’s so pretty!

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Now, the question is, what shade do I try first? I’m guessing it would be a bit weird to wear a different one on every finger?

Love Zoex

PS For more celebrity and fashion news see my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like A VIP

The Expendables 3 Premiere: Glamour And Gossip

The premiere of The Expendables 3 was one of the hottest tickets in town! Starring Sylvester Stallone, Kellan Lutz and Jason Statham, the men go to it to admire the action shots and the girls go to admire the actors. So when it came to the red carpet, there were a lot of gorgeous female faces.

Here’s a roundup of the hottest goss:

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Laura Whitmore looked lovely in a black jumpsuit. She’s back on MTV. If you look in her hand you can see a matching black microphone. She got up close and personal with all the stars in the name of TV. Lucky girl!

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Made In Chelsea stars Olivia and Fran Newman Young showed it’s not just the Hollywood stars that can do high glamour. They’ve just got back from New York, where they spent two months filming the next series so maybe that influenced their style. The show stars again on E4 on Sunday 10 August.

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Their former Made In Chelsea co-star Kimberley Garner got her legs out in a maxi dress with a side split. If I had legs like that I would get them out all the time. She’s just got back from a holiday in St Tropez. Jealous!

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Casey Batchelor looked regal in a black maxi dress. She’s lost a stone in weight since being in the Celebrity Big Brother house due to a combination of healthy eating and seeing a personal trainer.

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Tamara Ecclestone also looked super slim in her co-ordinating top and skirt. I love the cut of it and white is the perfect colour for summer! Tamara’s daughter is now six months old – it’s pretty incredible she looks like that.

The film itself is just what you’d expect in terms of lots of men running round fighting. If you liked the previous two Expendables films then it’s worth a watch. It’s in UK cinemas from 13 August.

Love Zoex

PS For more fashion and celebrity news see my daily showbiz lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP