Tuesday, 16 September 2014

No Makeup Makeup | LFW SS15

photo by Kris Atomic 

No makeup makeup - NMM for short - I feel goes hand in hand with terms including effortless chic and beachy waves - all of which convey a life beyond fashion and beauty routines but secretly - whisper it - take some effort. This London Fashion Week I had my first turn at NMM, a look inspired by the catwalks of Victoria Beckham (stateside), Jonathan Saunders and Mary Katrantzou (home turf).

When I was working in TV earlier this year, we had a steady stream of models in need of prep per each episode of our show. On set we had two makeup artists for every girl. NB: To clarify the models went in turn, there weren't literally hundreds of MUAs! But yep, there were still TWO of them. And one of them was entirely for creating the perfect luminous NMM base. If I've learnt anything - it's that a no makeup makeup look is an ART. Fortunately, one we can all learn . . . read on my friends.  
L: Mary Katrantzou SS15 | R: Jonathan Saunders SS15 | Photos Via  
photo by Kris Atomic 

This London Fashion Week I was treated to my own makeup masterclass when I visited Max Factor’s Skin Luminizer suite at the St Martin Lane Hotel. Max Factor ambassador, and celebrity makeup artist, Caroline Barnes, took me through the ways in which I could perfect my skin, whilst leaving it glowing, and importantly setting it for a whole day of LFW. Caroline first applied moisturiser, and then a little primer around my nose, cheek bones and chin areas - this was to smooth out imperfections. Caroline then used a green-tinted makeup crayon to counteract any redness in my skin. We then used two shades of Max Factor Luminzer foundation - one tan and one porcelain - to get my exact shade. Having just returned from Menorca my skin in darker than normal so it was great to see how easy it is to create a custom shade using two foundations. As I get fairer through Autumn I can mix the ratios - a little more porcelain, a little less tan. One of Caroline’s top tips was to look at the skin colour of your chest, and use this as a guide for the colour of foundation on your face - mix your colour and work from your neck upwards. This way you get an even colour from top to toe. GENIUS. Previously I have definitely fallen for having too tanned of a face when my body is paler in the Winter. Never again! Finally, Caroline use a highlighter crayon to illuminate my cheekbones, brow bone and the centre of my nose. No Makeup Makeup - the Max Factor way. 

As for the finishing touches - eyes, brows and lips, one of Caroline’s lovely colleagues gave me the Victoria Beckham SS15 runway look on my request. We went for a strong brow, copper eyeshadow and a nude glossy lip. 

Having had my makeup done first thing in the morning, I ran off to my first appointments of LFW . . .  and yep my NMM look stayed put the whole day. 

Luminous skin is the perfect start for any beauty look. Whether you opt to keep it as bare as I did, or use it as a base to build a more dramatic eye or lip, it is definitely worth experimenting with with No Makeup Makeup. Max Factor’s skin Luminizer is a great high street foundation to get you on your merry NMM way. 

The question now remains - do YOU dare to bare?! 

Today's the last day of LFW for me! I have been having THE most awesome time, this season has definitely been my favourite ever, ever - what a way to break in my first full working LFW! 

Tomorrow I will definitely probably be putting my feet up, but whilst they're still in heels see my #FWIS on Instagram!

Have an awesome day all!


MB x

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Menorca Travel Diary | Part 2

crystal clear waters on the hike from Cala Galdana to Macarella beach

Hello you gorgeous lot! Happy WEEKEND! I was hoping to put up part two of my Menorca travel diary yesterday but the first day of London Fashion Week had me pooped by 5pm! Today I'm taking it fairly easy ahead of an LFW party this evening, so YAY, that means I get to catchup on Menorca. Right here. Right now. Writing from bed. 


Back to Menorca . . . 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Menorca Travel Diary | Part 1

Macarella beach, Menorca - accessible by a short hike from Cala Galdana

Hey guys! How're you all doing? Technically I'm back at work after returning from Menorca, but my mind is totally still on holiday! Do you get that too when you return from a trip? It's like "I'll crack open a beer with that lunch thank you very much" (FYI I didn't, but you know the temptation was real!) and I'm reaching for frayed shorts, flip flops and a wicker bag for my meetings. It feels kinda good.

Confusing, but good. 

Before we run into the Fashion Week roundups, outfits and news, I am sharing Part 1 of my Menorca Travel Diary with you guys today, and the other half tomorrow. As many of you know, my family and I have an apartment on the island so Menorca really is a home away from home. This trip was extra doubly special as I was travelling with my sister Marietta for our first ever sisters-only holiday. It was AWESOME. Having the time away with my little Sis was the best remedy to a year of hard work. It is so special to spend time with our loved ones; if I've learnt anything from our trip it is that we should all take as much time as possible to do so and really be present when we do. I really limited my e-mail checking and social media over the time too which I think played a massive part in me feeling fully relaxed over the holiday.
Read on for a tonne more pics . . . 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

WIN 2 Tickets To Notte By Marchesa At LFWE

Notte by Marchesa is available at Net-A-Porter  

Well HELLO there strangers! How are you all doing? First day back on UK soil and I have to say there's something in the air . . . maybe it's LONDON FASHION WEEK I see lurking round the corner?! Whilst myself and many others, both in person and virtually will be checking into the shows, street style and fun that fashion week holds, there's another occasion which one and ALL can join in with - London Fashion Weekend. When I was a fashion mad, magazine GEEK of a teenager my Mum, and later my Dad (yes we roped him in too), sister and I used to attend London Fashion Weekend religiously season after season - a little window in to the magical work of the full on Fashion Weeks. LFWE has evolved since the sample sale-esque guise it once held, into an educational, stylish, inspiring occasion all of its own. The official blurb (because they always sum it up best) now reads: 

"For four days, the magnificent Somerset House plays host to Britain’s biggest biannual consumer fashion showcase. Vodafone London Fashion Weekend is your chance to experience first-hand insider knowledge and style advice from London Fashion Week’s most famous British brands. Expect designer shopping, catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair & beauty and educational panels from leading industry experts."

And here's the GREAT news - those catwalk shows they mention? Yep YOU can go to them. And better than that even, I have two tickets to give away to the Notte by Marchesa show.


In order to be in with a chance of winning the tickets, simply drop me an e-mail between now and midnight on Sunday September 14th (GMT) stating your interest, and I'll select a winner at random. The tickets are for Saturday September 20th, at Somerset House, London. The winner must be able to make their own way to the occasion. Entry is from 1.30pm and from then on you'll have access to London Fashion Weekend for the whole day! What a WIN. 

I'll be at the show too, so hopefully I'll get to see some of your gorgeous faces. 

This evening I am so looking forward to catching up with Ols and friends - I have been a laptop cyborg all day. 

Have an awesome evening all!


MB x

P.S. I can't wait to share all of my Menorca pics and news with you guys; I'm hoping I'll get to before LFW. In the mean time, there are some sunny snaps right here


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