Thursday, 15 November 2012

Vogue Vs Next Boot Showdown

So Ladies it is officially Autumn here in the UK which means only one thing for our footwear: Boots! I absolutely cannot live without a good pair of boots in the colder months but trying to find the right pair can always be a bit of a mission. Fortunately for us Vogue have released a Boot Guide for Autumn/Winter 2012, showcasing the essential boots you'll need this season. Now just like any girl I do love a bit of Vogue, but the price tag can be a slight problem. But to make it a bit more economically-friendly on the bank I've found some alternatives from the wonderful retailer Next. So keep on reading/drooling for these 48 pairs of boots!



Tabitha Simmons wicked tie-silk and leather boot £934
Proenza Schouler lace-up platform bootie £484
Dolce & Gabbana Gisele low boot £765


Magenta And Leopard Effect Peep Toe Courts £50



Burberry 20mm Rippon equestrian boot £234

Givenchy zipper boot £184
Marc Jacobs 60mm patent quilted boot £168



Silver Lace-Up Snow Boots £68

Patent Low Block Heel Boots £55
Black and Gold Zip Rider Boots £90


Red Valentino shearling-lined ankle boot £359
Moncler Mayrhofen beaver wedge £747
Tatoosh Royal rain boot £184


Taupe Faux Fur Lace-Up Ankle Boots £60
Faux Fur Casual Ankle Boots £58

Over The Knee


Manolo Blahnik Brunchileehi boot £1059

Le Silla embellished heel £722
Alexander Wang Kolfinna boot £750


Over-The-Knee Black Boots £60
Over-The-Knee Tan And Black Rider Boots £105
Black Over-The-Knee Rider Boots £99



Salvatore Ferragamo Tinka flat riding boot £743

Ralph Lauren Sashi Equestrian boot £607
Tommy Hilfiger Women’s Cup riding boot £118


Elastic Rider Boots £68

Animal Rider Boots £110
Tan Buckle Rider Boots £95



Jil Sander color-block-leather knee-high boot £684

L.K. Bennett London cherry-suede lace-up ankle boot £235
Stella McCartney Kickapoo faux-suede ankle boot £286

Black Stud Cuff Wedge Long Boots £95

Tan Front Zip Ankle Wedge Boots £60

Black Studded Microsuede Wedges £55



Jimmy Choo Yule boots £747
Zara studded low-cut boot £105

Marc by Marc Jacobs ankle boot £343


Four Strap Biker Boots £85

Black Heavy Stud Western Boots £100
Black Stud Biker Ankle Boots £85



Yves Saint Laurent Rita suede-and-metal boot £1059

Roger Vivier low boot in leopard-print short-haired fur £579
Maiyet side-zip ankle boot £559


Black Jewelled Flat Long Boots £85
Black Chelsea Flat Boots £60
Davina Chelsea Boot £80

So then guys what are your favourites? What are your essential boots this season?

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Friday, 9 November 2012

How To Clean Your Make Up Brushes

Hi everyone, so today's post is all about how to clean your make up brushes! 

Now depending on how much you spend on your brushes you might not be as bothered as others at keeping them clean and in good condition. But to be honest no matter how expensive they are it is so so sooo important to clean them regularly. Every time you apply your make up bacteria is being transfered from your face onto your brush and it's just going to linger there until it's cleaned. So if you think about it, if you don't clean your brush for two weeks, you're going to have two weeks worth of bacteria on just one brush (ewwww) and it's most likely going to break you out. So in conclusion cleaning your make up brushes is essential to keeping a clean and spot-free face!!!

There are two methods of brush cleaning: 1) Spot Cleaning and 2) Deep Cleaning. Spot cleaning takes litereally thirty seconds a brush and is so easy to do. It tends to be done every one to two days and all you will need is a brush cleanser and some tissue. Deep cleaning is a bit more of a lengthy process and will need to be done the night before in order to allow time for the brushes to dry. This tends to be done weekly or fortnightly and you'll need either a brush shampoo/normal shampoo/soap, a sink and a towel.

Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning your brushes is so quick and simple and requires barely any drying time. I find that that more you spot clean your brushes the longer you can put off deep cleaning. So to do this all you'll need is some tissue and a brush cleanser. You can find a brush cleanser at any beauty company and for example Mac £9.50, Elf £3.75, and Bobbi Brown £15.00.

Step 1: Get your brush cleanser and spray about two pumps onto a piece of tissue

Step 2: Place your brush (bristles face down) onto the tissue where you've just sprayed your cleanser

Step 3:  If its a face brush (like the F84 from Sigma Beauty) and it's rounded then you want to just move it around on the tissue in circular motions. If you are using an eye brush or foundation brush (like the F60) then instead of using circular motions you need to go back and forth on the tissue. So place one side down then flip it over and go back on the other side. This will help to keep the brush in the right shape.

Step 4: Continue step 3 until the tissue is completely clear and your brush is clean. 
In about a minute your brush will be dry and ready to use again.

Deep Cleaning

Like I touched on earlier, this is a much longer process than spot cleaning so you're going to need to allocate a bit of time to do it - preferably the night before to allow time for your brushes to dry. This is a much more thorough method of cleaning your brushes and is the key to keeping your brushes in really good condition. Deep cleaning is simply washing your brushes in the sink with some brush shampoo/soap/normal shampoo and then letting them dry. Sounds easy enough, but trust me it will soon become the bane of your life! Now to make my life easier and to speed up the process I like to spot clean my brushes before I deep clean them. All this means is that there's less product to get out when you're washing them and like I just said,  it will make it a bit quicker. 

Step 1. So you're going to start off with all your brushes and what I like to do is separate them into my face brushes and eye brushes like so:

Step 2. Next you're going to need to go over to your sink and turn the tap on. You're going to want the temperature about luke-warm, definitely not too hot or cold as this is bad for your brushes. 

Step 3. Then take your first face brush and run it under the water. It's really important that you make sure you are holding the brush so it is faced down and that you are not getting the top of the ferrule wet (the ferrule is the metal bit between the bristles and the handle).

Step 4. Squirt some of your soap/shampoo (I'm using some normal hand soap) into your hand to create a lather and then place your brush into your hand and use either circular or back and forth motions (depending on the type of brush) until the water runs clear. If a brush is very dense you may need to repeat this process, adding more soap and water if necessary.

 Step 5. When the water runs clear your brush is all clean. To help with the drying process squeeze your brush gently so that any excess water comes out. Then you want to try and re-shape your brush as best as you can so it will dry in the correct shape. Once you've done this lay it out on a towel so it can dry.

Step 6. Repeat this process until all of your face brushes are clean and then move onto your eye brushes. Once you've finished you will have a complete set of brushes all nice and clean, drying for the next day!

And that's all there is to it. Pretty simple and easy, just a bit repetitive! Hope this was helpful and if you have any questions then leave a comment below :)

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