REVIEW: THE BODY SHOP OILS OF LIFE INTENSELY REVITALISING GEL CREAM

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Nice and snappy title there, not. However I do have to say that this moisturiser is the BOMB. I never, ever would’ve thought that I would like an oily product for my skin, having such naturally oily skin anyway. First of all, I’ll say that this smells DIVINE. I won’t go into describing the scent, because I don’t think that really ever works, however if you do one thing this week, go into The Body Shop and smell this line of products!

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I’d been wanting to try the moisturiser from this range for a little while now, and in the end I decided on the ‘gel cream’ version, as the consistency was slightly lighter and more fitting to my oily skin. One of the worries I had was that this would make my skin totally oily and repulsive to apply makeup onto, but the opposite is actually true.

With a very slight ‘pearly’ sheen, the moisturiser is very glowy, without being oily, and definitely makes my makeup-free skin look refreshed. Makeup looks great on top of this, I still have a matte face when I’ve used this, I don’t notice a difference with my face becoming any oilier throughout the day or anything like that.

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The packaging is great, it feels like a luxury item, a heavy glass jar – although impossible to travel with. Priced slightly higher than the other ranges, the Oils of Life range is priced from £15-£45, with this moisturiser priced at £25. Overall I really like this product and I would highly recommend it to anyone with similar skin traits to me. If you are oily/combination, like to have a glow but not shiny/oily, like to feel moisturised but not slick, then this might just be your next favourite moisturiser. Definitely worth the £25 price tag, and i would definitely purchase again!

THOM BROWNE A/W14

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Now this is the kind of theatrics that I miss from fashion week. Overexaggerated everything, fabrics to die for and hair and makeup fit for a queen (Elizabeth I would be proud). With the church as inspiration, the intricacies of the cuts showing pure craftsmanship, Brown has taken his detailing to religious new heights, both in literal and physical senses.

RACHEL ROY A/W14

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First of all I’d just like to say that royal/electric blue is my favourite colour at the moment. This therefore means that you must be warned that I will love anything in those hues. Having said that, I don’t think my judgement is clouded when it comes to Rachel Roy’s latest collection for Fall. Yes, she has used my favourite colour (can we just spare a moment to fawn over those gloves?!!) but I am absolutely loving the lace inserts and paneling in this collection. Roy has somehow managed to make tweed and lace edgy by pairing them with metallic leathers and unfinished trims.

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PRABAL GURUNG A/W14

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Deconstructed tailored suits paired with almost sportswear-esque jersey, silk and feathers in a mashed-up collection of loveliness was what Prabal Gurung offered us to wear for Fall 2014 and who wouldn’t want to partake? I’m really liking the complicated shapes and over exaggerated lines that he’s created using his deconstruction techniques. All of this paired with simple hair and makeup and shoes sets everything in motion for a glamorously casual Fall.

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NICHOLAS K A/W14

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Now this is the kind of look I love. Cool, but not overly cool. The unconventional tailoring paired with wells and shorn black wigs gives off the kind of vibe that I would want to give off every day. Every single piece in this collection is easy to wear, comfortable, beautifully made and definitely cool. It’s cool okay? I want to be this cool.

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HERVE LEGER A/W14

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Fierce sex appeal was basically the running theme of the Herve Leger by Max Azria show this week. Slicked back ponytails, geometric panels and thigh-high peep toe boots were all that mattered on a chilly Saturday in New York. Bandage-designed corsetry, asymmetric shapes with fringing and pleats to boot were all key aspects to the mood unto which creative director Lubov Azria sees the upcoming Winter period. Intricate beading and feather trims accessorised with bare legs provided the ever-present glitz and glam.

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NOTES FROM FLORENCE.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend I know what I’m talking about when it comes to perfumes, because I don’t. What I DO know though, is that I like what I like and I have a very distinctive taste in perfume. A perfume doesn’t really grow on me, I either like it straight off or I hate it for life. My favourite, favourite, favourite ever fragrance EVER is Serpentine by Roberto Cavalli, but I’ve run out of it right now and can’t bring myself to cough up for more of it, being a high end expensive brand. 

I never really used to turn to the high street for perfume because, rather snobbishly, I used to think that the only people that bought high street “shop’s own brand” perfumes were 13 year old girls saturating themselves in the gym changing rooms at school with the sickly sweet smell of cheap perfume. But I am here to admit that I was wrong and that I’ve since found a few high street perfumes that I love. The only difference about high street perfumes vs High end perfumes is that they really don’t last as long; but then at a fraction of the cost you wouldn’t really expect anything incredible in terms of quality would you?

A perfume I bought this week was Florence by Next. Here is how Next describe the fragrance:

A warm floriental with lily and red rose on a sensuous base of amber, sandalwood and white musk.

 

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It’s a very fresh smell, clean and light, perfect for a summer’s day. It is an eau de parfum so should last longer on the skin, I’m not sure how much I would vouch for that but I’m not too bothered, the 50ml bottle is small enough for me to carry round in my handbag to freshen up with. Costing only £8 for the 50ml and £15 for the 100ml, this fragrance is an amazing price for the expensive-smelling product, I would definitely re-purchase this! Although in the four-fragrance collection consisting of “London”, “Milan”, “New York” and of course “Florence” the one I’d like to try next is London, the other two seemed a bit heavy for me.

Overall, I like this perfume, it’s easy to wear for day or night, is not too heavy so that it gives you a headache after a while like some EDP’s do and it’s fresh, light and clean.

 

FASHION WEEK: ANTONIO BERARDI S/S13

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What I love about Antonio Berardi is that you can always tell when a piece is his, without dispute. Impeccable tailoring, exquisite detailing and the elegant demeanour of his looks are all why I always love his catwalk shows. Berardi’s S/S13 show was as delightful as expected, no less. With his usual mix of glitzy-but-not-overdone cocktail dresses and clean lines with tailored pieces, the collection really is a Berardi-special.

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My particular favourites are the sequin-infested numbers which are cut to flatter any shape and bound to make anyone feel a million dollars, if its good enough for Nicole Kidman at this years’s EMMY awards, then it’s good enough for me!

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