These Are A Few Of My Favourite Trends

The weather here in Southern California has been a bit inclimate, albeit, lovely just the same.  The fluctuations have certainly kept us on our toes, having to don jackets while enduring heat-waves, all in the matter of a week.  For some reason I am starting to feel like Spring is definitely on the verge of kicking in full swing.  For this Spring/Summer I challenged myself with including more brights in my wardrobe, since they were all over the runways for Fashion Week, however, this lasted all of two weeks.  I’m simply not one for bright colours, I prefer rich earth tones, which is the reason Fall is my favourite season for fashion.  Nevertheless, in lieu of bright colours, there are three trends I’ve incorporated into my wardrobe, and have been loving.

COBALT BLUE

This colour has truly given my wardrobe a lift, and it isn’t terribly overpowering, but more of a jewel-toned splash of colour to create just the right amount of balance with all the neutrals I own.

Photos: Style.com (runway detail), Net-a-Porter.com (bag), MyTheresa.com (shoes)

ETHNIC PRINTS

I have had a great time mixing ethnic prints with others in my wardrobe, so reminiscent of my bohemian days, but done with much more sophistication and elegance.

Photos: MyTheresa.com (blouse), Net-a-Porter.com (bag), Shopbop.com (shoe), Mango.com (earrings)

FLORAL PRINTS

I have never been one for florals, even as a little girl, they always seemed much too cutesy for my taste.  Well, plenty has changed, florals have evolved to a great place, where I am happy to don them every now and again.  The look is edgy and fierce yet feminine.  Accessorizing is key when it comes to florals, the fusion of leather, geek chic frames or bold jewelry,  for example, surely help to deliver plenty of swag.

Photos:  Net-a-Porter.com (bag, earrings), Nordstrom.com (perfume), MyTheresa.com (shoes)

Meishoku Detclear Facial Peeling Gel With AHA & BHA

Eureka!  I have been eager to review this product since using it for the first time, subsequent to receiving it a few weeks ago, however, I held off so I’d be able to give valid feedback.  Meishoku Detclear Facial Peeling Gel has quickly made its way to my list of favourites.  It is made from fruit AHA and plant BHA, and is highly effective at sloughing off dead skin cells, and other impurities which sit on the skin’s surface.  After cleansing the skin, 2-3 pumps of the Detclear Facial Peeling Gel is applied and massaged into the skin, as this is done the product forms into little balls.  As a result, the skin is being gently exfoliated.  It’s almost like a mini microdermabrasion in a pump, the outcome is very impressive, leaving the skin silky smooth and prepared for the products which follow.

This product may not be for everyone, the consistency is quite different, it is somewhat watery and light in texture.  it seems completely ineffective when I am using it, I prefer a richer products, however, the results are quite evident immediately afterwards.   My skin is noticeably softer and smoother, I also have brighter since using this product a few weeks ago and the price point is quite reasonable.  The Meishoku Detclear Facial Peeling Gel is available through amazon.com and Mitsuwa market and definitely worthy of 5 stars!

$16.99- $21.99

Mod Makeup, A Fresh Approach To A Timeless Classic

When it comes to makeup, my aesthetic has always been soft, fresh application whether for day or night.  When applied properly makeup should segue easily from brunch, to an upscale dinner party, if necessary.  One of my favourite makeup looks to attain this end, is mod.

Twiggy, the first supermodel to surface in the 60’s, pioneered mod makeup.  This look is the quintessential soft, fresh makeup look perfect for day into night, and application is super easy.  The main difference is in both the shadow and lip consistencies.  The shadow should be more of a shimmer versus a frost of the past, while the lips should be more of a soft, matte rather than the heavy chalky matte of the 60’s, resulting in more of a moist look.

To achieve a modern approach on this classic:

  • Start with Chanel’s d’eau fluid iridescent eyeshadow in cascade, which is a soft white or MAC’s prep & prime.  Although Chanel’s fluid iridescent is marketed as an eyeshadow, I prefer to use it as a shadow base.  It is waterproof, and will most certainly allow your shadow to stay put all day.  It is part of my personal makeup routine, and I wouldn’t be without it for long shoots or wedding makeup.  The liquid shadow has plenty of shimmer and sheen, which is a beautiful modern take on the frosts of the 60’s.  MAC’s prep & prime is an acceptable substitute, and also has great staying power.
  • Next, set the base  with a soft powder shadow in a subtle white shade.
  • Add, a black liquid liner, which will stay wet looking even once it’s dry, Smashbox and L’Oreal offer great options, and a great final touch is a white eyeliner on the inner rim of the bottom lash line to open the eyes.
  • Fill in the brows with a shade slightly darker than your natural brow colour for a defined look, and add lots of black mascara on the top, and a bit of the excess on the bottom.
  • Foundation should be slightly dewy or moist looking with a soft blush shade added on the apples of the cheeks and swept diagonally up toward the hairline.
  • Finally, finish with a soft matte lipcolour whether light or medium in colour.

There you have it, a fresh approach to a timeless classic.