Happy (look) Good Friday!

 

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No work on any Friday, let alone Good Friday, could only mean one thing for me this morning… grooming!

I’ve gone for teal and gold look for an early dinner with the boyf…

Nails

I actually get excited when I realise I’ve got a nail polish stashed away that perfectly matches an outfit. It’s the first time I’ve worn this marina hued teal polish from a M&S set (they do some really cute sets all year round). I slicked a coat of Rimmel clear top and base coat polish to for shine.

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Hair

This was surprisingly quick and easy! I blow dried it (after using my go to styling products) then used my Andrew Barton I Love Curls curling iron to roll it up and loosely pin with bobby pins. I gave it a light spritz with Superdrug‘s own hairspray and allowed to cool (about 15mins). Then released and ran my fingers, not through it, but over it, then spritzed again with hairspray. Voila!

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Makeup

I mixed Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ivory with Rimmel Lating Finish 25 hour foundation in beige to get the right colour match and coverage (this stuff’s gotta last today!). My favourite concealer when I’m feeling a bit puffy eyes is always Garnier Tinted Eye Roll On. For a rosy cheek I applied Rimmel Stay Blushed in Sunkissed Cherry to the fleshy part of the cheeks. It gives a nice dewy finish that that most powder blushes don’t. I based my lips with a really tiny blob of concealer then used Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Caramel Daisey.

 

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Outfit

This is my bargain buy dress from MissGuided Sweat Deal section. They have some fantastic discounts on allover Easter weekend by the way girls! I love the deep teal colour and comfy yet clingy fabric. I paired it with an asymmetric gold ring and necklace from good old Primani – gotta high five Primark for costume jewellery. With the sun shining I can finally welcome my New Look wedges back into my life (I picked them up last summer but think they’re pretty timeless as far as wedges go).

Perfume

With such a low cost look it’s nice to linger in the sophisticated scent of Jimmy Choo! This stuff smells like class and going the extra mile when used with the Jimmy Choo body lotion. A christmas gift from my lovely fella : )

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Have a fantastic Friday and a lovely Easter weekend beauts!

 

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Beauty Spotter… it’s app-solutely fabulous!

BeautySpotter App

If, like me, you have a bit of an Instagram and Pinterest addiction (lunch breaks disappear as you swoon over gorgeous hair, makeup and nail trends you vow to try), brace yourself for Beauty Spotter. The UK’s first mobile app for hair and beauty salon discovery launched in App Store just last week- I’ve been totally hooked ever since.

To celebrate, BeautySpotter held a fab five day pop up event at BOXPARK, Shoreditch, with complimentary makeovers.

Me with the gorgeous Gemma Bellman (CEO of BS) and Ross McLaughlan (celeb hairstylist at Jones & Payne)

 Getting made-over with the gorgeous Gemma Bellman (CEO of BS) and Ross McLaughlan (celeb hairstylist at Jones & Payne) at BoxPark

But, don’t worry if you missed it this time, as Beauty Spotter will soon be spreading nationwide with pop up salons cropping up in cities up and down the UK.

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I was lucky enough to head over and meet Gemma Bellman, Founder and CEO of Beauty Spotter.
Gembels (Bellman’s BS profile name) came up with the fantastic concept when preparing for her own wedding day. “None of my friends were married yet, so I couldn’t really ask around”, explains Gemma. “Wadding through Google Images and individual websites looking for wedding makeup and hairstyles, seemed to be my only option. Starting with nothing is really hard.”

2. BeautySpotter. _ Ellie @WAH Nails

What makes the Beauty Spotter app unique is that you can window-shop your favourite ‘look’ and then actually ‘book’, as the app connects you directly with the salon and stylist who posted it. Beauty Spotter lets us search by style, occasion, trend, area, brand and name so the perfect ‘look’ is in reach. Genius!

My Beauty Spotter Style:

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Hair – Sleek waves, created by the lovely Ross McLaughlan, stylist at Jones and Payne, (who styled locks at the Brit Awards this year) using Unite Max Control Spray and Unite Session Whip Mouse.
Ross’s top tips – Use a playing card to stop those manky heat infused hair clip indents. And, spray hairsray into your hands instead of directly to hair for subtle hold. (He had to keep telling me to ‘stop touching it’, as the curls might drop… oops). Thanks, Ross!photo

Nails – Courtesy of Glossin Nails’ Jessica Thompson, using OPI Light My Sapphire polish (which Jessica also used on Jourdan Dunn’s nails a few nights earlier for the ElleUK Style Awards!)

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