Monday, 1 October 2012

Lordship Park with Miss Aniela, Photography by Kevin Thornhill

About a month ago I was involved with the Fashion Shoot Experience organised by the hugely talented photographer Miss Aniela, which offers amateur photographers the experience of doing a fashion shoot without the pressure of having a client. Here are the first batch of images, by photographer Kevin Thornhill. The location was Lordship Park in Stoke Newington. 

Photography: Kevin Thornhill
Styling: Lucy Ansa-Addo
Hair: Stefano Chahid Mazzoleni
Makeup: Rhiannon Chalmers

The Best Mascara In The World Ever

While I was working at Lush, I had the pleasure of working with celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Howe on the Emotional Brilliance launch. Charlotte always has amazing and incredibly long lashes, and so on her recommendation I went out and purchased Maxfactor's 2000 Calorie Mascara. And you know what? I love it! It makes my lashes incredibly long without clumping and can be layered for a more volumised look. It's waterproof enough, (I don't know if it is officially waterproof) but I've got in the shower with this before and its been fine. Its basically a really good all-rounder and does anything that you would expect a quality mascara to do, for around £8, which is a bit of a bargain for what you get. I've tried so many mascaras over the years in the bid to find The One (a bit like finding perfect jeans, isn't it?) and I think I may have succeeded. Thanks Charlotte!

For best results, curl your lashes first. Before I apply 2000 Calorie, I apply a layer of Eyes Right from Lush to condition my lashes and help them grow. And then I layer it on thick.

Milan Fashion Week 2013


So Milan Fashion Week has come and gone, and I have once again collected my favourite beauty trends from the catwalk for S/S 2013. I was looking forward to seeing the return of Jil Sander to her eponymous label, personally one of my favourite fashion houses. Sander did not disappoint; the collection was a beautiful marriage of simplicity and elegance; but I would just like to take a second here to appreciate the hair and makeup:

How beautiful!! Who would have thought a low ponytail and flawless skin could look SO GOOD!!

One of my other favourite looks from Milan was Gianfranco Ferre. Sleek hair is looking like a big trend but I love how it’s been worked differently here with the double parting. The metallic eyes also look striking, and a toned-down version would make a very wearable summer look and would suit most skin tones.

Gucci also had sleek hair re-worked, this time with hair extensions so rigid they looked like shards of glass when wrapped around a more traditional chignon bun.

Headscarves, the holiday favourite, made a return at Milan as well, featured at both Dolce and Gabbana and MaxMara. For, D&G, think Riviera with neat updos, whilst MaxMara’s utilitarian take on the trend was more safari appropriate.

Dolce and Gabbana


Red lips stood out at Prada. Can I also just say that I loved the geisha inspired footwear? Edgy but cute, I want some.

Red lips also made an appearance on the runways of Missoni and Moschino, in a bright coral-orange that popped against flawless skin. The 60’s trend continued at Moschino, with the collection strongly influenced by both Mods and Flower Power, something which I think will definitely be echoed in beauty trends. 



With Twiggy-esque Mod style already being seen a lot in fashion and beauty for the coming season, the more hippy-chic flipside of the 60s and 70s has had less of a look in, and I loved that Versace embraced that trend. The collection was somewhat reminiscent of 70s California, the long flowing locks fitting this aesthetic, with the smoky eye giving the look a more contemporary twist.