Monday, 30 March 2009

Fake Tan vs Pale Skin

So, I recently purchased a whole bunch of Fake Bake products, that were for my course but I have started off by trying them on myself (totally wise, huh?)

I have found the Fake Bake products fairly easy to use, in comparison to other self tanners. The prep products are excellent; thats the Passion Fruit Body Polish and the Oil Free Moisturiser.

I tried both the Fair and the Original products, and have had much better results from the Fair than I expected. Have a look at these photos and see what you reckon...I used the Fair on my face and the Original on my legs:




I think they both give a pretty natural looking tan, but it was still tricky to get it even in a lot of places, and there were so many places it was difficult to get to.

Fake Bake is good, but I think that a spray tan is far better, and easier. Unless of course you want a golden glow all year round, and not for a one off. In which case, Fake Bake might be the way forward. Oh, and you can buy it from http://www.feelunique.com/ for a really good price, with free delivery to most parts of the world!

Sunday, 29 March 2009

London Style

So I went to London yesterday evening, and oh my word! I love London so much...I wish I lived there.

Me and my family went to Garbo's, a Swedish restaurant that serves amazing food! I had avocado and prawns to start, followed by Swedish salmon with dill potatoes. Yum! We had a Princessetorte for dessert, its the most tasty birthday cake ever...it has layers of sponge, with cream between....its probably more cream than anything else actually :) it has marzipan topping, and this one had marzipan roses on too!

I always find it difficult to decide on what to wear to London, so I just wore a grey dress I had from Gap, a green wrap cardigan from Topshop, leggings (again from Topshop) and some cute flat petrol suede boots from Clarks.

I kind of wish I had worn something more dressy, but at least I was comfortable! Turns out we didn't even walk that much, so I could've worn heels, but never mind.

We drove past so many amazing stores, which I so wish I could have gone in. Plus, a whole bunch of places that I have never properly visited. Like Big Ben, the Palace, Hyde Park...and I wish I could stay at the Dorchester one time (it is at its cheapest £215 per night, and thats without tax too).

It was not so exciting to go to London when there were so many tourists, as the style ratings drop way down. Its goodbye to the super heights of couture and hello jeans, trainers and pac-a-macs.

Well, at least the views didn't disappoint. The view from Waterloo Bridge is incredible! I wish the taxi had been going slower so I could have properly looked at it. I think I need to spend a week in London to do everything I haven't done yet (it's going to be a lot of fun deciding on outfits to take with me for that!)

Anyways, if you haven't been for a while, then just go. There's such an amazing vibe there, it is truly worth every moment of your time!

Friday, 27 March 2009

Olive Oil Eye Makeup Remover

I always thought that this was a joke, a stupid thing that only strange people did. But I could not be more wrong.

Not only have I discovered that some stylish celebrities, beautiful bloggers and popular Youtubers do this. But I have discovered that it actually works. If you haven't tried it yet, then have a go, there's no harm in it!

So, if you are still wondering what I am talking about that is so fantastic, you will be pleased to hear that its an idea for saving money....on eye make-up remover.

All you need to remove all your eye makeup, and I mean ALL, is some cotton wool and some olive oil (it doesn't matter which kind, as long as its not infused with anything).

Simply, take a small amount of olive oil and put it on the cotton wool, so its half saturated. Then wipe over your lids, and magically your eye make up will disappear!

Don't be scared if your eyes get a bit blurry or your lids get heavy, its just because your lids are laid-down with oil. So, either pop yourself straight into bed and give in to the fact that your eyes want to shut, or use a lighter olive oil, or take excess oil off with some rose water.

The great things about taking makeup off this way:
- its cheap, seriously cheap
- its natural, no bad stuff in there, purity all the way!
- its conditioning and moisturising for your eyes, i swear in the long run your lashes will be longer, thicker and your eyes brighter
- you don't need to waste your time finding your HG eye makeup remover, when we all know its sitting on your kitchen shelf

Thursday, 26 March 2009

ASOS bags....and a bit of Lulu.

I am loving the bags you can buy on Asos at the moment, so this is an ode to them. There are many, many , many gorgeous bags on there, so check them out....

Bags are an important part of any outfit. At the moment I am carrying a Marks and Spencer grey quilted tote, which gets so many compliments and goes with absolutely every outfit. I only seem to change my bag every time I buy a new one, or need one in a different size. The bags are usually BIG, but I do have a small saddle bag (again from M&S!) and some cute clutches.


My latest bag purchase - apart from the grey marksies one - is an absolutely fabulous Lulu Guinness clutch, which was an absolute bargain.




Thursday, 19 March 2009

What's In My Bag...

There are so many fashionable Youtubers out there who are sharing the contents of their bag with you! It so interesting to see what other people have in their bag, and although sometimes it seems like bragging, it is genuinely intriguing to find out what things others use on a day to day basis.



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Summer Sandal Dilemma

Hiya readers,

So, the new Next directory for Summer 2009 has come online, and so as a dutiful shopper, I browsed through the entire selection.

There's so much stuff in there that I want this season, I am torn between two pairs of almost identical black skinny jeans, one pair are ankle grazers (am not sure if being nearly 6" means that the cropped look should look amazing or hideous?!)

The next question is between all of the different pretty sandals they have in stock. All totally gorgeous, and given I am travelling to both Greece and Italy in about two months time, I need to be prepared. As well as taking my Birkenstocks and some Accessorize black flip-flops - the only place to buy flip flops from in my opinion - I thought some pretty sandals might be in order.

But...which ones to buy?




There are the incredibly cute gold T-bar strapped ones, which would glam anything up, wouldn't they?

And then, there's the white pair of patent jewelled sandals, which just seem to say stylish, chic and WEAR ME!

Go onto the Next website to see about a million other pairs of shoes which are all fabulous, and the heels this season are incredible as well!

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

My Skincare Routine

Yes, this is me! These are the products I love to use in my skin care routine. If you want to see more of my Youtube videos check out my channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/alissaevelyn

Monday, 16 March 2009

Deep Cleansing Facials

Having a facial is one of the most delicious treatments you can ever have at a spa or a salon. Its so relaxing, as well as stimulating.

The massage is my favourite part. Its relaxing as well as being the most important part of the facial. It encourages the skin to heal, and smooth out.

It's of huge importance to try to incorporate some massage in your daily skin care routine, as this encourages the lymphatic system (the dustbin men for your skin, they remove toxins and waste) as well as blood circulation. The more active you keep your skin, the better toned it will become and the healthier it will look.

Make sure you only ever massage your skin after cleansing and toning, otherwise you would be massaging in dirt and grime, which is not going to help at all! Use some gorgeous oil, or just smooth in your regular moisturiser. You will be astonished at the difference it will make to your skin.

The other gorgeous part about facials, is the masks. Make sure your skin is warm before applying any mask, just after a hot shower or steamy bath will be perfect as the pores are open.
Use a clay mask to draw out impurities. You can make your own by mixing powdered clay with some rose water and essential oils.

Spread it on, leave it for about 10 minutes, aand then remove with some clean damp facial sponges. Depending on the mask you use, it may be appropriate to use some toner, or just put moisturiser on top.

The one huge benefit of going to a beauty therapist for a facial is to relax. There is nothing that will take away tension like a facial, as you are massaged from your shoulders to your face. And its nice to have to not worry about your skin for a change.

Plus, its fab to use some different products on your face, that have been specifically chosen for you. Ones that you wouldn't normally buy. And its great to have some advice on what you should be using and pick up some tips from your esthetician/facialist.

So go and book yourself a facial and relax...

Friday, 13 March 2009

Asos Charm Necklace

This is totally gorgeous, and will go with any outfit. Super stylish and very uptown. Perfect to pair with a very minimal outfit, something monochrome, or just one simple block colour. Its so cute, it would probably go with anything. I love Asos for lots of unique finds, for different clothing styles too.




Teaming it with a black jumpsuit would be so on trend. As well as some chunky black heels, in mock croc. Or how about mixing it with a black wrap dress and big leather boots for winter, as well as a pair of cable knit wrist warmers (I got mine from Jack Wills, preppy and a sexy colour).

Don't forget some light day makeup, as this bold statement necklace needs some definite contouring and defining. A little bit of kohl eyeliner, some foundation, Nars blush and glossy lip balm.

Marie Claire and Neals Yard

This months copy of Marie Claire has the most gorgeous freebie...a tube of Neals Yard Frankincense Hydrating Cream. Its 25ml which is loads, and it retails for just under £10, so a total bargain.

I tried it out last night and this morning, and its so smoothing and hydrating, totally gorgeous. Its important for skin at this time of year to have a moisturiser that is hydrating, as skin is often drier because of cold winds and central heating.

Skin that is dehydrated can look rough and bumpy, as well as being slightly oily on the t-zone and dry on the cheeks. But, with morning and night moisturising, as well as making sure that skin is completely clean by cleansing and toning before popping on the gorgeous cream.

Its 91% organic too, full off essential oil extracts and skin plumping ingredients. I love this product so much!

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Taylor Momsen Celeb Style

I keep seeing pictures everywhere of Gossip Girl's Taylor Momsen looking super trendy.

She seems to love a rock chic kind of look, mixing flirty with hardcore. A bit of leather with a bit of chiffon. She has gorgeous hair too, which is why she always looks totally up-to-date. If you want such a chic look, get a good edgy haircut with a fab colour. Oh, and don't forget the eyeliner and some nude lip gloss which are her staple makeup essentials it seems!



Janet Mayer/PR Photos

This outfit that she wore to the Fall 2009 Fashion Week in NYC was amazing. The shoe boots are awesome, and I love that she is always out with her gorgeous pale skin, not wearing loads of fake tan like some celebs. I would be so worried about wearing this dress though, not only is it super expensive, but its white...a recipe for disaster. Well done Taylor for not ruining your dress!

The fashion week front row were all amazingly styled and preened this year. Its great that its always cold at Fashion Week so they can layer up, and have so many more style options to choose from. I am completely in love with winter generally, as its such a chance for hats, gloves, coats, cardigans, and my favorite thing ever...boots!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

The Body Shop's Blackhead Remover

This is a little bit gross, but for those of you who don't mind a little hands-on treatment and are on the search for flawless skin, this kinda brings you a step closer. I have used this for years, after having worked at Body Shop. Its cheap and effective...but don't get carried away with it.

This is a great option for people with enlarged, blocked pores. You can use it after a long, steamy bath, or after popping your face over a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. Its a simple and hygienic way of extracting blackheads.

It has two ends as well which means it can extract other larger blemishes as well as small blackheads. This is a quick way of unclogging your pores, but could cause scarring if you are too harsh with it.

Beware: the area around the blackhead should never stay red, this is a sign that you are putting too much pressure on your skin. This could force the dirt in further and cause permanent damage to the tissue of your skin.

Monday, 9 March 2009

Current Loves

These Marni sandals are so gorgeous that they needed their own set. These trendy shoes are my total love of the moment, and paired with a vintage print dress and an up-town pussybow coat, I think these shoes get what they deserve...style. Wowee, this outfit is expensive, but you can totally recreate this look from the highstreet, just keep an eye out for slinky fabrics and clever prints that look more expensive than they are!


current loves

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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Sudocrem!

I just had to share with you all my new skincare find as it's so amazing! Best find ever!



Sudocrem is actually a barrier cream for babies, but it works really well as an overnight mask facial treatment too. Its antiseptic as well as being a moisturiser, but it sits on top of your skin rather than clogging it, so its good for oily skin. It actually says on the packaging that it is suitable for treating acne...awesome!


So, what I now do each week is to cleanse my face completely, with skincare wipes and then rose water on some cotton wool. Then I put on the Sudocrem, which takes a bit of massaging to actually work it into the skin, and still leaves you with a ghostly white face at night. Then I tie my long hair back, and head for bed. I wake up the next morning, when its disappeared, and cleanse and tone to remove any traces of the product.


Its good for sensitive skin, as its for babies, and therefore doesn't contain anything that the company seems unsuitable for little ones, which is comforting. Plus its a really well established company, who have been around for years, so they stand the test of time.

Its a brilliant anti-inflammatory too, healing the skin from redness, which is great if your face is breaking out, or has just broken out and feels irritated.

You can buy it in loads of places, its pretty commonly found in the baby section of superstores, next to baby wipes (which are also good makeup removers).


Plus, the best thing is that its super cheap too!

But, I wouldn't recommend using it all the time, as skin seems to build up a tolerance to some ingredients, and stop working effectively. Perhaps once or twice a week is perfect, but it will depend on you and your skin type.

Have fun trying this product!

Thursday, 5 March 2009

My Manoush

My-Wardrobe are a serious favorite of mine, and they just got in stock this gorgeous dress by Manoush. The Jardin de Eden print is fun, and timeless. I love the way they styled in simply with some gold flat sandals and some aviators. It gives this girly look a bit of sophistication and serious style power.
I can't wait to try this on, and take it with me on holiday as the perfect cover up, city seeing outfit.

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

First Fashion

Hi readers!

Its great to be starting a new fashion blog, I can't wait to post regularly and keep you updated with my favorite trends. I will be posting some great pictures and videos hopefully, including some images of my favourite clothes, new purchases and key looks for different seasons.

In my spare time I write for different websites and publishers, as well as shopping and travelling, of course!

I hope you like my posts, and you get inspired by them.

xoxo

Natural Skincare Routine

Its amazing how good Lauren's skin looks in the video, its certainly worth trying out some of her tips and homemade cosmetic recipes.

I tried out her almond meal scrub and it totally made my skin soft and dewy. It was a little bit tricky to apply, but if you make sure to do it over a sink or something, it will be fine. I added a little bit of neroli water to make a paste, which was gorgeous.