golden baroque aw12
When you’re invited to spend your Sunday at Westfield London recreating the fashion trends of Autumn/Winter 2012 for beauty lovers, you just can’t say no.

When choosing which look to interpret alongside the beauty team at NARS, ‘Golden Baroque‘ seemed like a natural choice. Dolce & Gabbana, Bora Aksu, and Balmain really set the tone for ‘Golden Baroque’ to become an official Autumn/Winter trend and it is a look I adore both sartorially and cosmetically. Think decadent…rich…Rococo…and – if you’re a bit scared – switch out the lips for NARS’ Baroque pencil on its own.

What was used?

Skin:
Multi Action Hydrating Toner
Aqua Gel Moisturiser Oil-Free
Total Replenishing Eye Cream
Optimal Brightening Concentrate
Tinted Moisturiser (my new favourite)
Concealer in Chantilly (under the eyes)
Laguna Bronzer

Eyes:
Pro-Prime Eyeshadow Base
Alhambra eyeshadow duo
Isolde eyeshadow duo
Stylo in Carpates
Volumizing Mascara

Lips:
Train Bleu Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
Baroque Velvet Matte Lip Pencil (lightly over the top)

To enquire about a free make-over at NARS at House of Fraser, call 020 8765 3290 and ask for Kasia!

golden baroque aw12
golden baroque aw12
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Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat

Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat

  • After living in Thailand for eight months, I pretty much consider Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat to be ‘my’ princess as much as Kate Middleton is ‘my’ princess. That’s why I was beyond excited to see the gorgeous Princess of Thailand sitting front row at Christian Dior, Chanel, Lanvin, Balmain and Hermes during Paris Fashion Week. Princess has fashion sense for miles.

  • In a study funded by Procter & Gamble (aka P&G – cosmetics giants), a team of researchers at the Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital fond that women who conform to societal standards of beauty are perceived more positively than women who do not. The experiment was set up by the team showing participants some female faces with no makeup, “natural” style makeup, “professional” makeup, and “glamorous” makeup for varying amounts of time. Variants like race and age were controlled to keep it as precise as possible.

    The study found that a face with any makeup whatsoever is perceived as more likable, competent, and trustworthy than a face sans slap. The only time this trend went off-course was in the ‘trustworthy’ category when it came to women in the “glamourous” category (but they were still perceived to be hotter and more competent!)

    Are these results shocking to anyone? I do wonder how different societies would respond…

  • L’Oreal has just announced that they are successfully on their way to develop a pill that will prevent gray hairs from showing up. (Are we really getting so concerned with aging that our grandmothers will now all have ‘young’ hair?) The company plans to have it available for retail within the next four years.

  • Fashion Week/Month is over! What do we do with ourselves?! Well…apparently we all start to swap fashion houses. In what I consider to be some pretty shocking news, the latest unfortunate soul to lose it’s creative chief is Vionnet! After an amazing Spring/Summer 2012 show, designer Rodolfo Paglialunga has been replaced by Barbara and Lucia Croce. Thankfully, it is not a negative situation, as he is leaving to pursue “other personal and professional paths”. Hands together, and pray – solo line, solo line, solo line
  • Balmain SS12
    Though it is unrealistic to expect that we all will be able to afford the pieces presented, Balmain for Spring/Summer 2012 is going to give fresh, worldwide inspiration to many a fashionista.

    Olivier Rousteing had a lot on stake this season. It was the young (and hot, ahem) designer’s first season at the reigns of the label after working under Christophe Decarnin for two years, and he certainly impressed. With not a raised brow in the room, Balmain’s ferocious rock and roll edge took not a step out of line.

    With Rousteing’s MO being to mix the tailoring of Mexico and the glamour of Vegas without watering Balmain down, he turned out a brilliant, refined collection. With chrome, gold, black and icy white literally sparkling it’s way into view from backstage, we all experienced insta-love over second skin style dresses, beautifully embellished and fringed jackets, as well as enough leather and studs to please the baddest ‘bad girl’ around. View Post

    Balmain Fall Winter 2011
    Balmain was – and still is – missing designer Cristophe Decarnin. Though no-one is sure how much involvement he had in the creation of their Fall/Winter 2011 collection, the brand’s decision to work with new stylist Melanie Ward (replacing Emmanuelle Alt) kept garments in line to be some of Fashion Month’s most coveted. Set in the ballroom at Le Grand Hotel, the show’s location represented a rife, ornate take on their institutional grunge elegance. I couldn’t help but feel a Jem and the Holograms – my original style fixation – homage. See the top five looks below! View Post

    Balmain

    Let’s get straight past the crazy: the industry is gearing up for a Lifetime movie, right? Was I unaware we were involved in some Shakespearean method acting? This has been one of the most bizarre fashion weeks to date. See below:

  • John Galliano (rightly) accepted personal responsibility for his actions.
    – Fired (replacement: Alessandra Facchinetti FTW).
    – Got kicked out of his attempt to appear at Dior.
  • Christophe Decarnin (the designer) was absent for Balmain’s A/W 2011 runway show.
    – Insiders say that he has actually been in a mental hospital since mid-January.
    – Apparently the in-house design team and stylist Melanie Ward (who replaced Emmanuelle Alt after she stepped down to focus on her new role as editor in chief of Vogue Paris) designed it all.
    Balmain say he’s been snoozing.