Repechage Biolight
I am one of the lucky ones with easy to care for skin. While I definitely ‘suffer’ from sensitivity, it’s nothing more than avoiding abrasive products to stay fresh-faced with clear skin.

While I don’t take it for granted, I definitely don’t maintain a specific skincare regime. I’m a relentless tester of new products and tend to use something whatever cleanser, exfoliant and moisturiser is nearest in the morning.

After trying Repechage’s Biolight products, I have changed things. The system boasts breakthrough technology in the treatment of hyper-pigmentation and uneven skin tone using ground-breaking peptide and marine technology (without the typical inflammation and irritation of the skin associated with this genre of skincare).

The products – suitable for all ages, skin types and ethnicities – combine some of the best skincare ingredients (ie anti-inflammatories, brighteners, collagen-boosters) on the market and utilise them in a completely new way. We’re talking Goto Kola, Hexapeptide-2, Liquorice Root, Bellis Daisy, and Willow Bark Extract. While I don’t nessecarily need any of these things for my skin, using the system for just two days made my skin brighter, softer, and more touchable than ever before.

Kleenex Cleansing Wipes
In combination with Repechage’s Biolight, I have welcomed Kleenex‘s brand new facial cleansing range into my regime!

I know what you’re thinking, but you might be intrigued to find out that Kleenex actually started in skincare and moved onto their reliable tissues later on. Basically, they have used four great products to get back to their roots.

Eye Makeup Removal Wipes:
“These soft, quilted wipes contain natural fibres to provide a gentle and effective cleanse, removing your “mask” at the end of the day. They are suitable even for sensitive skin and the Eye Makeup Removal Wipes effectively remove stubborn waterproof mascaras. RRP* £2.99 for 24 wipes.”

The only make-up I can’t part with is mascara, meaning my eye area is always the most annoying to cleanse. These work beautifully, quickly, and thoroughly.

Facial Cloths:
“These gentle, quilted, soft sheets made from natural fibres are not only larger but also softer than cotton wool. They are soft and strong when wet or dry so you can use them not only while applying cleanser and toner, but also while removing face masks and even nail varnish. RRP* £1.99 for 30 cloths.”

I use these at the end of the day when I don’t want to use my whole skincare system but want a clean face for sleep-time. I also use them to help work the Biolight cleanser into my skin come morning time, which makes it squeaky clean!

Shine Absorbing Sheets:
“An essential for every busy woman’s handbag, the Shine Absorbing Sheets provide an efficient and discreet way of blotting excess shine caused by oil that builds up on your skin during the day. The sheets remove the shine without disturbing your makeup so are fantastic for quick touch-ups to keep you looking immaculate. RRP* £2.99 for 50 sheets”.

I don’t get shiny, but to test these out I layered an oil-based moisturiser over some liquid foundation, and these sheets took the ‘sheen’ away without taking colour product off!

Gossip Girl

  • Ever heard of Romeo & Juliet Couture? No? Me either. Surprisingly, they just won themselves a collaboration that will keep their name on everyone’s lips. They are partnering with The CW on a Gossip Girl clothing line! (Finally). The collection is set to include embellished tops, bottoms, novelty sweaters, outerwear and draped chiffon dresses with touches of leather, pleats and prints. Every item in the collection will be inspired by one of the characters on Gossip Girl (I want Chuck’s clothing!). I’m guessing this will mean lots of body-conscious, partially mis-matched items (Serena), lots of prim/classic/bow-embellishments (Blair) and then, the funky’ selection (Vanessa). The line will retail for $80-$200 and will be sold in stores such as Kitson, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue come Fall.

  • Six-year-old Toddlers and Tiaras “celebrity” Eden Wood had a tantrum at the Allure Fashion Week Lounge. Not your typical toddler tantrum, either. She was simply distraught after being told that she was too young to use their GLO Brilliant teeth-whitening device.

  • For fashions Fall/Winter 2012 collections, New York Fashion Week has been scheduled to begin one week later than usual, which has ruffled some feathers in Milan. Mario Boselli, the Italian Chamber of Fashion head, called the schedule change “arrogant”, in fear that Milan Fashion Week will be “squeezed” between London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week.

  • Behnaz Sarafpour, one of the fashion designers who decided against showing a collection this season, does not believe she ever will again. She expressed feelings that it will continue to be “a lot” for her small company to produce three collections a year and will focus on showing two stronger collections, instead (either Spring and Fall or Fall and Resort).

  • Now that New York Fashion Week‘s Spring/Summer 2012 slot is over, a shot-for-shot video remake of Lanvin‘s fall campaign video has been released featuring some models, stylists, bloggers, and fashionistas around the Lincoln Center! Created by videographer David Sherman, the remake is just as charming as the original. See below!

  • Kim Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian

    So, I recently got thinking about plastic surgery. Not about getting any, but about the general social reaction and taboo around it.

    We all know that, as women, it is easy to get quite caught up in the practice of staying as ‘fashionable‘ and ‘beautiful‘ as possible. In fact, for a lot of women, this practice amounts to something of a hobby which can be time consuming, prioritized and fun. On a personal level, I think my involvement is pretty inflated as I have created a career for myself that revolves around beauty, fashion and creativity.

    But it’s not just those of us ‘in the industry’, is it? Generally, most of you will be involved in keeping tabs on the latest and greatest in fashion, and keeping pace with different styles and trends in both fashion and beauty. If you are one of these women, you probably know what it is like to keep your eye on the runway, fashion magazines, fashion blogs (etc), and you may even follow certain celebrities to see how they are dressing and doing their make-up. Pretty normal, I would say.

    After the ‘basic’ interest, we all know that a number of women are also beginning to turn to other methods – besides clothing and makeup – to achieve a type of beauty they desire, and ‘keep up’ with the models, celebrities, Kardashians et al.

    Plastic surgery. As you can see on any plastic surgery website (I’ve been looking at, the industry of cosmetic surgery now offers a huge variety of simple and precise procedures that are both effective and difficult to ‘notice’. Of course, for some women, the idea of surgically altering a physical appearance simply isn’t an option, because they just don’t want to go ‘that far’. However, it is important to at least realize that the term “plastic surgery” can apply to slight, delicate procedures just as easily as more drastic ones.

    One example of a plastic surgery which might not be what it seems at first mention is liposuction. Because it is often referred to somewhat negatively, and is often joked about, liposuction seems at times to be a drastic method reserved only for extremely overweight people who need to lose a lot of weight. However, you do not have to be dramatically overweight to undergo a liposuction procedure. Many people use these procedures to, for example, get rid of leftover weight following a pregnancy, or shave off a small number of pounds as they grow older and find it harder to lose weight naturally.

    There are numerous other procedures that are far from drastic, and which can help women to maintain a youthful and beautiful appearance to the specific ways they might desire; things like minor tummy tucks, to facelifts, and even collagen injections are technically considered “plastic surgery,” but can be used to improve someone’s appearance in small steps.

    With the ‘obvious’ being a hold back for many, with improvements in surgical methods and experienced doctors, most of these procedures are also subtle enough that the effects will improve your appearance without making you appear fake or contrived. Sure, there will be those that take it too far, but that also happens with the overuse of make-up, tanning, hair colour, etc.

    Most of us alter ourselves in some way every day – even a blow dry is not ‘natural’. While I have nothing I’d like to change about myself (except maybe more manageable hair!), I completely empathise with those who do, and believe that plastic surgery can be done in effective ways that could help someone’s self-esteem as long as they account for the mental effects, as well.

    What do you think? Have you/Would you ever undergo plastic surgery?

    Bora Aksu SS12
    Welcome to Spring/Summer 2012 at London Fashion Week! First off, Bora Aksu. The collection, “The Unknown”, was inspired by five handwritten Edwardian postcards, and kicked off exactly in that light; heavy violins and strobe lighting for a minute for a minute or two, then a rise of the lights that presented a group of models in garments that were obviously inspired by the early 1900s – hooped underskirts, thick pleating, and gorgeous layers of silk.

    Every piece came out with a raw, opulent feel, with serious attention to detail and wild texture. To top it off, every leg in the show was covered with striking tights that were partially comprised of fishnet material, and partially of lyrca. The tights created a spider web effect that spiralled around their legs, and added a seductive feel to the otherwise prim silhouettes. View Post

    Fashion Week Street Style
    Well, the title says it all doesn’t it? New York Fashion Week‘s Spring/Summer 2012 season showing is done and dusted. After seeing about 5000 street style photos over the past nine days, I have picked some of my favourites to share with and inspire you. Let me know if you’d like to see a “Best Dressed” list for the next three cities, as well!

    Now…London Fashion Week begins!
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