CAROLINA HERRERA BRIDAL SPRING 2016 COLLECTION

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The brides of the world often begin planning their weddings from a year beforehand, at the least! This means that the release of the Carolina Herrerabridal spring 2016 collection is just in time to get the ladies thinking about and ready to take on their nuptial celebrations in the upcoming year, with the warm weather, the pretty flowers, the sprouting trees and cool breeze taken into consideration and foremost in their minds. A bride looks forward to her wedding day since the time she understands the idea of romance as a child, planning her dress, her party, her guests and everything in between for years on end before a poor chap takes the bait and is reeled in, preparing to dish out the dough to give her the fairy tale event of the century, at least in her world. She puts her needs first, and one of the most important needs, if not the most important of all, is that incredible wedding dress that she can be made to feel like a princess at her first ball in.

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2016 Collection

“These brides are romantic…but I want them to be seductive,” stated Carolina Herrera to WWD, as the models milled about wearing gowns from her spring bridal collection. “That’s what they want to be, and that’s what they are, with their beautiful figures.” She really brought the beauty to the brides with ease, using sheer illusion detailing and adding bustiers to pull in the waist and define the sensual nature of the woman walking down the aisle, while still keeping her demure and fresh in the spring breeze.

The slender mermaid silhouettes had their own mesmerizing effect as the models sashayed onto the catwalk in silk Mikado, Chantilly lace and a whole lot of organza. With flower appliques and motifs embroidered by hand in cascading patterns and silk faille gowns setting a rather romantic tone, Herrera’s collection whispered the chic sophistication of a romantic wedding come spring. We saw cinched waists and tulle sleeves, sweetheart necklines and thicker straps over the shoulders. We even spotted a few strapless designs and halter looks, while we found the quality wedding suits to be especially pleasing on the eyes, even if they scream civil partnerships more than the traditional round of celebrations we so love to attend. Perhaps the embroidery at the ends of so many of the veils was what really got us though as we could imagine such beauty and grace felt from within after seeing this piece draped over the head from without. Furthermore, we saw a few lower necklines for the brides daring to bare more skin and tantalize husband, priest an guests alike as she dances throughout the night with abandon.

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2016 Collection

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2016 Collection

The flowers used within the Carolina Herrera spring 2016 bridal collection were jasmine and we can well imagine the flower shops having to stock up on these gorgeous buds. Why jasmine though? “When I was growing up, my bedroom was near the garden next to a jasmine plant,” Herrera explained. “It used to open in the evening, and the smell, I loved it.” And what is not to love about the purple blooms with their sweet scent and the wilderness embodied in their delicate stems. Forget about perfectly positioned pieces in a bouquet; the natural creations from jasmine are all you need come spring 2016.

Carolina Herrera Bridal Spring 2016 Collection

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TIPS FOR FLAWLESS SELF-TANNING ALL YEAR ROUND

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Where once the pale, ivory skin of a porcelain china doll was considered the perfect standard for beauty, the times have change drastically and made an about-face wherein the darker, sun-kissed glow to the skin is what defines a woman’s worth when it comes to looking incredibly amazing. Where once the paleness was testament to prestige and wealth, speaking of the lack of need to work in the fields and be burned up by the sun, today the same coloring would represent a woman who works too hard and has little time for play. On the contrary, the ladies with spare time on their hands spend it lounging under the sun, roasting and toasting their limbs and buns in order to attract that Vitamin D fuelled sparkle. Those who live in areas where the sun is seen less often and walking about in a skimpy bikini just won’t do thus resort to tanning beds and self-tanning techniques that may or may not bring about the same effect. The bronzed beauties are in and a lack of tan at this point would be indicative of lack of health as well it seems.

Tips for Flawless Self-Tanning All Year Round

But how would you be able to get that flawless tan all year round? Nadine Monley, a highly sought after professional makeup artist shares her tips and tricks for turning yourself officially into a revered bronzed beauty, bringing her decades’ worth of experience to the masses. She is certainly a woman who understands the fact that the glowing tan from the summer months should not be confined to those vacation days of yours that you can afford to spend lounging beneath those UV rays. You can also get away with faking your way through the chillier months, pretending that sun-kissed look is a natural to your skin as the hair on your head… or at least those growing roots. According to Monkey, there is absolutely no excuse for orange, patchy tans anymore, a statement we wholeheartedly agree with. The fake tan can be made into a subtle glow instead, playing up on your natural skin tones instead of appearing thoroughly out of place, as has been the case for many years now.

There are a mere four easy steps to follow if you want to obtain that incredibly bronzed beautiful skin without having it appear to be a fake version of a proper summer tan.

First: Exfoliation is the Most Important Part of the Process

The same way you would prime a canvas or the walls before painting on a beautiful piece of artwork, you must do this for your skin as well. Your body follows the same principle as you are trying to create something out of what nature essentially bestowed on you. Use a body scrub applied onto a body mitt and gently rub in round circles all over your limbs, paying special attention to the rough areas around the knees and elbows. This is extremely important if you want to achieve an even tan without any strange appearing areas. Doing this on a weekly basis ensures you rid yourself of the dead layers on top, leaving the skin underneath feeling like it has been to a very expensive spa treatment, pampered and feeling perfectly soft. You can also add coconut oil to the mitt instead and pat yourself dry at the end so as to not to wipe off the oil itself. This gives you more moisture, a more natural manner by which to achieve the look and keeps the skin from chapping in the winter.

Second: Keep that Skin As Hydrated As Possible

We all know that hydrated skin gives off a healthy glow. Drinking lots of water ensures there is lamination from underneath and washing your face every morning with lukewarm water adds softness to your visage that no amount of product may on its own. For a tan that will last a long time, it is essential that the skin is kept moisturized at all times, particularly knowing that the summer months always bring more humidity to the body. You want to have the plump and Vitamin D kissed look to last 12 months instead of 4. Avoid the wind as much as possible and keep your showers lukewarm and short instead of hot and long, no matter how comforting it may feel. Both elements can serve in shortening the lifespan of your tan. Rich creams and body oils are a great way to replenish the moisture lost to the environment around you, particularly getting into the creases and caressing into the elbows, heels, hands, knees and toes. This will smooth out imperfections and blend in your not so real tan much better.

Third: Blend, Blend and Just Keep on Blending

When actually applying the self-tanning products, there is one important rule to ensure that it looks as real as possible: Blend! No manner how much effort you put into this, it is not enough as you keep having to blend in the tan; make sure you start with your face and blend down the neck, using the color sparingly. You can add more if needed, but less is more certainly comes into play here. Work your way down your body, limb by limb, doing your hands and your feet last for optimal results. Once you are done, wash your hands and clean out your nails, over and under, to ensure there is no undue staining.

Finally: Remember to Always Be Kind to Your Skin

Your skin is rather important, so do not use any harsh products on it that might cause damage, produce a rash or cut at your delicate membrane. You can also add a second round of moisturizer over the tan so that it has even more of a naturally glowing look to it, blending the color in better and keeping it all nice and hydrated. Regularly applying creams that are soft on the skin and full of moisture will prolong the lifespan of your tan so that you may enjoy the role of bronzed beauty for many more weeks and months. Natural plant and fruit-based oils actually come in the handiest for that super glowing complexion, leaving you looking refreshed and revitalized. Oil on cuticles, hair, lips and general skin, particularly during the winter months, is very important. It is always preferable to use natural and organic versions of the tanning products without any harsh parabens or other ingredients that your skin would hate you for.

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DEEP PURPLE SMOKEY EYE MAKEUP TUTORIAL

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Purple smokey eye makeup is one of those versatile and timeless looks that can easily go from day to night, from a wedding party to the prom night. We love the feminine look this sophisticated color can create every time being used on our peepers. Blend it well with matching lighter and darker shades of lilac, pink and purple and you’ll get a smoldering makeup look that will make you the queen of the night. With the warm season upon us, some of us are looking for a pretty prom makeup tutorial, while those cutie brides-to-be are on the hunt for a sensual bridal makeup look. This deep purple smokey eye makeup tutorialwill help you get ready for any summer party, so get your makeup tools and follow the steps to copy the look!

Deep Purple Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

That’s a well-known makeup rule that you should keep the rest of your face as soft and natural as you can when wearing smokey eye makeup. It helps you create a well-balanced look, putting the focus on your beautiful eyes, which get nicely complemented with the warm accents placed on the rest of your features. In this look as well, we have tried to stick to this rule pairing this deep purple eye makeup with a nude lipstick color and a warm peach blush added to the cheekbones. Keep your hair loose and straight to hit the party of the season or go for a lovely updo when wearing it on your Big day.

What you’ll need to do this makeup is:

• Makeup base, foundation, concealer
• Peach blush
• Eyebrow kit
• Eye primer
• Brown eye pencil
• Eyeshadows in purple tones
• Glittery purple pigment
• Black gel eyeliner
• Black mascara
• False eyelashes
• Nude lipstick and a lip-gloss
• Makeup brushes

Deep Purple Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Whether it’s your prom party, wedding day or a date night, your primary goal is to create the illusion of the perfect skin, even if you normally have some small blemishes that irritate you. Wash you face, apply a toner and after a few minutes apply the makeup base. Next, apply a high-coverage foundation blending it well and making your way to the neckline as well to create a uniform look. Use concealer on the problem areas and finally set your makeup applying a loose powder. Define your beautiful facial features using a soft peach blush on your cheekbones and you’re done with the basic and most important step.

Step 2: Defining your eyebrows is the next important step to creating a picture-perfect look. Use the best eyebrow kit for you and fill in your eyebrows giving a nice shape to them. We have used Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, which is one of the best products in the beauty industry for creating beautiful eyebrows.

Step 3: Prime your lids (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) to prepare them for the eye makeup. Define the outer V of your eye with a brown eye pencil and gently smudge the line for a softer look. Apply different shades of purple eyeshadow over the line your have drawn starting with the darker color and ending with the lightest shade.

Step 4: On the mobile lid apply a purple eyeshadow as a base (ABH Opaline Eyeshadow). Then apply a glitter primer over the purple shade and a glittery purple pigment over this.

Deep Purple Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 5: Accentuate your lower lid applying the same purple eyeshadow you have used on the mobile lid. To add more drama to your purple smokey eye makeup, apply black gel eyeliner to your waterline (Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner 77).

Step 6: Apply a few coats of black mascara and go for false eyelashes to make your look even more smouldering. Last but not least, finish your makeup with a nude lipstick and a transparent lip-gloss applied over it.

Creating smokey eye looks is quite easy even though this particular look might seem a little complicated at first sight. You simply need to stick to the correct color coordination, blending the shades well for a uniform look. When deciding to copy this makeup for important events, make sure you practice a little in advance to make it perfect when the day arrives!

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MANGO’S SURF GIRL SUMMER 2015 COLLECTION

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So you want to be a surfer girl? With the summer season not too far off and the spring breeze giving way to more swim-worthy weather, it is about time to think about your surfer girl wardrobe. You will be hitting the beach, you will be grabbing your board and you shall be conquering the waves. Yet, to do so you first need the perfect outfit, that sexy ensemble that is both alluring and corresponding to your needs, one that shows off enough without the risk of exposing too much should the surf hit from the wring side. What you need is to look through the latest Mango Surf Girl summer 2015 catalogue, where you will find only the best in surfer girl ensembles, complete with some layering for added protection. Add some denim, a sweater thrown over when the breeze picks up and a scarf to protect your throat while still looking stylish and you have a collection of garments that are more than just bikinis to get that perfect beach style.

Mango's Surf Girl Summer 2015 Collection

A clothing design and manufacturing retailer, Mango was founded in Barcelona, Catalonia by brothers Isak Andic and Nahman Andic. In fall 2011, Kate Moss was Mango’s muse but has since been replaced with Miranda Kerr. We must state that even royalty loves Mango, as attested to by Princess Letizia of Asturias’ visit to the company headquarters wearing the Mango products back in 2011. Mango has a large fashion empire and not about to give up its stakes.

White denim makes us very happy, whether it appears as a pair of shorts, pants or jackets. Layering it over the triangle bra bikini set that comes in a black and white sailor stripe patterning has us eyeing that look from a mile away. Beach hair, a touch of waterproof eye makeup and healthy glowing skin are beautifully reflected through this look.

With the white pair of cut offs, perfectly cuffed at the hem and sitting at a comfortable height on the mid area of the waist, and a white sweatshirt with a slight bit of embellishments and fun, any wardrobe looks incredible. You can wear these over your bikini sets so that you beach look is both warm and comforting as well as ideally sexy.

One of the biggest looks for this season is the overalls with their retro feel and the modern touches. Add a thick strapped plunging neckline shirt underneath, worn over your bikini or single piece swimwear, have the overalls in a light blue denim wash with pockets at the hips and add comfortable sailor shoes with a flat sole for the optimal good look when it comes to wowing the spectators at the beach. Rounded blue-lensed sunglasses will also come in very hands as your sun streak waves blow about in the wind.

Mango's Surf Girl Summer 2015 Collection

Simple sundresses also come in handy, particularly if they are of a lacier or embroidered type. The Mango Surf Girl summer 2015 collection offers navy blue version that skim the thighs, with half sleeves and a billowing loose body to wrap itself around your silhouette. Add some golden accessories on your wrists and throw a scarf around your neck for the most stylish of beach looks around.

Mango's Surf Girl Summer 2015 Collection

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ASOS Gets Us Ready for the Beach Season!

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We have spent the better part of the last 2 months living and reliving the Fashion Week moments and fashion trends, embroiled in a world of our own. However, we have not forgotten about all the other brands that are also equally if not more intriguing, such as the lovely ASOS. It is rather exciting to see the new ASOS beach and pool 2015 collection that the company has unveiled, bringing nothing but sun and surf to mind. It is a gorgeous line-up of only the best in fun beach garments, taking its inspirations from coconuts and pina coladas. Bikinis and the smell of summer in air are enough to have us planning our vacations that will definitely take place three to four months from now.

ASOS Summer 2015 Swimwear

ASOS is a British fashion and beauty store that operates online and aims its marketing towards young adults. Selling over 850 different brands as well as its own line of clothing and accessories, ASOS has really managed to soar high. Founded back in June 2000 by Nick Robertson and Quentin Griffiths, the store has over 50,000 branded and unbranded product lines across the board, including womenswear, menswear, footwear, accessories, jewellery and beauty products. It also ships to most countries in the world, number around 240, and has over 21.3 million unique visitors a month. It is interesting to see new businesses thrive thus and we are more than happy to know that ASOS will only keep expanding its operations.

The ASOS beachwear 2015 collection includes a whole lot of bursting bright colors and sleek designs, perfect for any outdoor activity undertaken under the sun. From the strapless to the typical bikini, the bodysuits with the low cut V necklines, everything we see here simply appeals to our sun-starves senses.

Strapless aqua green bikinis with black bands bringing a touch of sexy to the looks make for a rather fun way to enjoy the surf. They are made to stay put no matter the pressure of the water, though we certainly do suggest being careful if you don’t want an accidental nip slip. Otherwise, between the colors and the cut, we positively love this option.

Black bikini sets with multiple straps and a partial halter top design catch our attention with ease as we look at the slightly innocently sexy looks combined with the aesthetically pleasing while still perfectly functional swimming garments which fully encase the most important parts of the body but leave the back bare for the most part and sit low on the hips. The studs and rivets on the pieces, both the top and the bottom, bring a pinch of sensuality into play while also revealing a unique character that utilizes the latest 2015 swimwear trends.

ASOS Summer 2015 Swimwear

Within the ASOS 2015 swimwear collection we find low rise bottoms and twisted bikini tops as well, while those big bug eyed sunglasses grace the faces of the ladies donning ASOS pieces, their feet clad in colorful flat soled sandals that are all about the comfort. Throw on some backpacks for added effect and you have a collection of well-suited collectibles to throw into a single ensemble.

Possibly our very favourite among the latest collection is the banana yellow one piece swimsuit with the plunging neckline that opens up the chest down to the abdomen, the high cut along the tops of the thighs and the simple way in which the garment wraps itself around the woman wearing it. Large circular lenses are the highlight of those fun rimmed sunglasses, while we imagine ourselves floating about on one of those tubes as well. This is possibly the trendiest of looks among the line-up presented for the beach by ASOS.

ASOS Summer 2015 Swimwear

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Anja Rubik With Husband Presenting Massimo Dutti’s Spring 2015 Designs

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Polish beauty Anja Rubik poses with her husband Sasha Knezevich for our favorite Spanish clothing retailer to showcases the latest Massimo Dutti spring 2015 fashions, which are all about the season’s trending Seventies inspired bohemian style. It’s a romantic story of love and beautiful life spiced up with the elegant and bohemian aesthetic of the renowned Spanish brand, which never ceases to win our admiration with its effortless designs. Loose silhouettes and a gentle color palette mainly comprising pure whites form a flabbergasting summer ready style that is so easy to copy without trying too hard.

Anja Rubik for Massimo Dutti Spring 2015

Looking through the dazzling photos of the newest Massimo Dutti lookbook, one can feel the sun caressing the skin with all its warmth, arousing the desire to start a fashionable cruise to the most paradise-like island. And, of course, a real stylish fashioniser plans her outfits in advance, whether it’s the beginning of a new season or some new adventure with her beloved one. With these Massimo Dutti clothing pieces and accessories, you are sure to create a myriad of show-stopping looks that scream femininity, elegance and a charming bohemian allure. It’s high time to take off all those heavy knits and say good-bye to the gloomy colors, as all-white breezy looks are here to add freshness to your new season wardrobes!

While white is the protagonist color in the entire Massimo Dutti spring 2015 collection, we can also see subtle earth tones and our favorite blues, as well as a series of printed designs that come to add interest to the monochrome pieces. There are sailor stripes and ethnic-inspired paisley patterns, which look so fresh and delicate on the background of white. Then, we have also a stylish fringed sleeveless vest that can top a look featuring elegant tailored white shorts and a simple white top, adding charisma to the overall image.

Anja Rubik for Massimo Dutti Spring 2015

Anja Rubik for Massimo Dutti Spring 2015

Anja Rubik for Massimo Dutti Spring 2015

Simple white shirt-dresses, oversized pants matched with easy tees, lovely printed mini dresses, all-time favorite shite shirts and a plethora of tailored shorts are some of the wanna-have pieces you can find in the latest Massimo Dutti line. Then, you also have the season’s trending Roman sandals, sunglasses, belts, printed swimsuits, oversized handbags and elegant clutches to style your summer looks as creatively as possible. We love the effortless style of Anja Rubik in these photos and it’s so easy to emulate her style, as far as these gorgeous designs are still available for purchase online and at international Massimo Dutti stores!

Anja Rubik for Massimo Dutti Spring 2015

Anja Rubik for Massimo Dutti Spring 2015

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