Tuesday, 29 September 2015


I had one of the loveliest weekends I've had in a long while. On Saturday, I paid a visit to the London College of Fashion in Lime Grove for their Fashion Journalism course open day. I fell in love with the place, I seriously hope that in the near future I will have the privilege of studying there.

It was great to be in such a creative and buzzy environment where everyone shared the same passion and I can't wait to just get started on the course. The open day was very informative and useful, with information ranging from how to be a successful applicant to what the course involves. Click below to read more!


Friday, 25 September 2015


I always adore the makeup Wendy Rowe, Burberry's Artistic Consultant, creates for the shows. The looks always compliment the outfits, without overpowering or ruining the aesthetic. This year, it was all about the lip. Incorporating Burberry’s iconic Oxblood shade, Rowe turned towards “honest” make-up, for the confident, British girl. The lady who reaches into her backpack and pulls out a dark red lipstick and applies it in her own way. It is wearable, not entirely perfect, soft around the edges, refined but not precise. The way that every normal woman would wear it. The dark lip just provides the “embellishment for the face.” Many people considered the makeup (and indeed the collection) to be rather autumnal, but in London summer never really arrives!

All in all, the makeup was simply stunning and recreating their looks has somewhat become a theme of mine. Take a look at previous Burberry makeup tutorials I've created here. As per usual, I've offered drugstore alternatives to the actual products used, making this look accessible to everyone. Without further ado, here's the look!

The look began with cream contouring, before any foundation or concealer. This is because Rowe wanted the makeup to be as natural and fresh as possible. However, I was wearing a little foundation before I began as I was using powder to contour. I used Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation.

In the Sephora Livestream of the makeup, Rowe stated that "the skin was all about highlight and shadows falling in to the shape of your face". To contour, I used Benefit Hoola Bronzer, blending in thoroughly and buffing with what was left on my foundation brush. This gave definition and structure to the face. 

To further enhance "the art of glow and shadow" as stated by Rowe, was to highlight. Here I'm using Benefit High Beam. This pearlescent liquid highlighter provides the perfect dewy glow to cheekbones, without being obvious or unatural. Pop this down the center of the nose, cupid's bow, cheekbones and on the tear-ducts.

The face was very open this year - a first for Burberry. The usual 'Burberry Girl' is very mysterious and cool, usually hiding behind her bedhead hair. The hair stylists pushed the hair behind the ear for an open, youthful and confident appeal which related to both the makeup and the clothing designs.

Next, Rowe applied foundation. However as I previously mentioned, I already applied mine.

Then, it was time for concealer. I used the Maybelline Age Eraser to cover any dark circles and blemishes.

A nude eyesadow was applied on the eyes. I used M.A.C Eyeshadow in Omega and sweeped this all over the eyelid. Wendy stated this natural shadowing gave a "slightly androgynous" appeal to the makeup. Be sure to blend this under the eye for a 'lived-in' feel.

Mascara was not used for the show as the focus was on the lip. However, Wendy did use the product in the Sephora tutorial and confessed that "I know loads of ladies like mascara". On reflection, I wish I hadn't of used mascara as I feel this gave a more modern approach, however when creating the look I wanted it to be as wearable as possible. I used Benefit Roller Lash. As you can tell, I'm really loving Benefit makeup lately!

Time to groom the brows. These were kept, once again, very natural. Wendy advises that "the eyebrow shouldn't be solid, you should be able to see the skin underneath". Therefore, apply your chosen brow product in light feathery strokes. I used Soap & Glory Archery Pencil.

Now for the star of the show: the lips. Many of the models had a nude lip, so if you wanted, you can stop the tutorial here. However, Wendy said that the oxblood lip was applied on some models as the Burberry Girl "might've been out all day; she's going to a concert at night with her backpack and she pulls out a lipstick and pops it on". Effortless, confident and nonchalant. 

The bold lip, the embellishment of the makeup, related to the heavily embellished designs used in the collection, therefore mirroring and complimenting one another. 

Rowe used the Burberry Lip Liner in Oxblood to line the lips; however, I didn't have a lipliner in this shade so I went straight in with the Clinique Chubby Stick in Grandest Grape. This product is slightly more plummy in shade to the colour Burberry used, which was deeper and more brown-toned. Nonetheless, it still works perfectly. I also swiped on a little of M.A.C Lipstick in Plumful for an extra glossy finish. 

The oxblood is an iconic Burberry shade; first featuring in their scarves and in the lining of the trench coats alongside the beige and black. Rowe says that the dark lip was "Gothic, but in a modern way" which related to the "musical influences" of early Britain. Burberry is always influenced by music, with musical accompaniments performing every season.

The lipstick was blended and smudged around the edges with a cotton bud/ Q-tip. This made the lip easier to wear, and created a soft, lived-in feel as opposed to a dark lip conventionally appearing strict, harsh or mean.

I highly recommend watching the Sephora Livestream of the makeup, which was filmed live straight after the runway show.

Do you like the makeup look Burberry chose? Tag or tweet me in any pics if you recreate the look! Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


Every year Burberry showcase another spectacular collection, filled with trench coats, bustling bloggers and marvellous music. This year, of course, was no exception. On the face of it, it was the usual fanfare at the Burberry Prorsum show in Hyde Park. Even, the same familiar front row: Burberry girls, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse, and Jourdan Dunn, in addition to Sienna Miller, Paloma Faith, and Benedict Cumberbatch. But this season the British brand used technology to further enhance their mass following; the collection, pretty much in its entirety, was unveiled on Snapchat as of 7pm Sunday evening. Trust Burberry to come up with a first. And another: Sephora streamed the first ever live runway beauty tutorial on YouTube. No one can say Burberry is behind on the digital front.

Along with every Burberry show, there is a beautiful musical accompaniment. Previous entertainment has included Jake Bugg, Tom Odell and James Bay. This year, however, featured 54-year-old Alison Moyet and a 32-piece orchestra. The Burberry chief creative director, Christopher Bailey, boyishly ran out to Moyet and embraced her at the end of the performance. Click below to read more! 


In my opinion, London has the best street style. Street versions of Cara Delevigne strut their cool and nonchalant selves in designer gear down the sidewalk, as everyone else gazes in awe. I believe that for every Fashion Week capital there's one word that sums up the style uniformed to that city. For New York: sophisticated, Paris: minimalistic, Milan: flamboyant. But for London, it's modern. There's something so fresh and current about British style that makes it so endlessly confident, effortless and edgy.

My favourite street style photographer is Sara from Collage Vintage. She captures moments; often the subject appears unaware that she is even taking the photograph. Sara has amazing street style coverage from all of the fashion shows, but being the biased Brit I am, I could not deny sharing with you all her London snaps.

Which city street style do you most like?


Friday, 18 September 2015

I'm Doing Blogmas!

A special announcement tonight - although you've probably guessed from the title - I'm doing Blogmas again this year! For those of you who are unaware of what Blogmas is, I will be blogging everyday throughout December (so you'll have to wait a little while, but it will be round before you know it!). Posts will include Christmas gift guides, festive makeup ideas and winter fashion inspiration. I thoroughly enjoyed it last year, so it only seemed suitable to do it again this year!

I've already jotted down a few ideas but let me know if you have any requests!

Thanks for reading xo

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

All Things Denim:

Don't just pass this 90's cult fabric as a summer staple, it can easily work in autumn too. Team with a white shirt, black blazer and black pointed pumps a la Parisienne, or an oversized knitted jumper and sneakers for a cosy cool look.

Friday, 11 September 2015

Why I'm Over Contouring

Kardashian-style contouring is not a trend born off the catwalk, but rather a result from too many social media selfies, Youtube tutorials and a universal desire to posses perfectly chiseled cheeks. It's one the most Googled beauty searches of all time. But plastering on swathes of bronzer and highlighter to enhance or somewhat change the structure of the face is becoming a slight craze that I'm not quite a fan of.

Don't get me wrong, I'm the first to say that a little bronzer, blusher and highlighter never hurt no one, but over the past couple of years I feel the trend is starting to get out of hand. 17-year-old Kylie Jenner contouring her chest in hope for larger looking breasts - is that not totally absurd to you? And of course, her 34.9 million followers on instagram soon copied, sporting the undeniably inappropriate, pointless and laughable trend in everyday life.

Perhaps this hatred for excess contouring stems from my love of natural makeup, with the likes of Alexa Chung, Marine Vacth and Olivia Palermo as my ultimate beauty icons. However, isn't contouring just suggesting that there is something totally wrong with our face shapes? That we should all have these chiseled, sucked-in cheekbones? I'm a firm believer that makeup should enhance our faces; covering what we don't want to be seen such as blemishes and redness, and instead highlight our features. Certainly not manipulate our faces or change the way we look, which only results in us feeling worse about our looks without makeup.

On a more positive note, I for one am loving the new 'strobing' version of contouring. This focuses less on defining cheekbones through a hot mess of grey/brown dirt smeared on our faces, and instead concentrates on leaving a dewy gleam on top of the cheekbones like highlighter. It's much prettier, more natural, cleaner, fresher, uses less makeup, time...and, do you need any more convincing?

All in all I just think contouring has had it's time. A natural and fresh makeup look, as seen on all the catwalks last season, has a much more modern and current feel. Therefore, let's all embrace our naturally beautiful face shapes and perfectly plump cheeks - contouring is just so last season, like jheez, where have you been?

What are your thoughts? Leave it in the comments below!

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Starting Sixth Form? Here's Your Wardrobe Sorted...

Finally getting to wear your own clothes to school everyday is an exciting thrill, but it can be hard one. There's often dress codes from short skirts, to blazers to jeans which all depend on the school you are at - nonetheless, I've curated your perfect capsule sixth form wardrobe below.

Shirt // Skirt // Blazer // Jumper // Trousers

Top // Boots // Loafers // Bag // Dungaree Dress

Monday, 7 September 2015

What's On My Face #24:

Since I missed Friday's blog post (by accident, woops!), I thought I'd make it up for it by another What's On My Face. Usually these appear every other Monday, but today - here's a special makeup treat. A nude peach lip, brown smokey eyes and fresh skin; this look is perfect for the transitional switch to autumn. Let's take a look at the products used...



What's your favourite lip product at the moment?

Tuesday, 1 September 2015