Monday, 12 June 2017

The Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide

Father's Day is less than a week away, so if you haven't already planned what gifts you're getting your dad, I'm hoping my suggestions may help you out. After all, most of them can arrive on your doorstep the day after you order them....

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Win An Exclusive Antipodes Skincare Set

Antipodes is one of my favourite skincare brands. Not just because its organic products feel and smell amazing on my skin, but because they provide amazing results. This is actually what makes Antipodes different from other natural and organic skincare brands; its products have been scientifically proven to give outstanding results, particularly in anti-ageing. Every Antipodes product is tested in a controlled laboratory, with a small fraction of the final product being placed on human skin cells to closely monitor its effects. My favourite product, the Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream, has been found to boost collagen production by up to 92%. What's more, Antipodes use a large number of ingredients native to New Zealand in its products, including manuka honey, mamaku black fern, kawakawa and Waiwera water.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Doug Talks... Father's Day Gifts For Gay Dads

Greetings, or should I say Konichiwa (yes I have just got back from Japan). I’m here to speak to a very niche set of you all - the children of gay dads. Gay men have an enhanced knowledge of style, luxury and the higher state of things, and just because they’ve procreated, it doesn’t mean they lost their sheer fabulousness. And before you accuse me of stereotyping, I should warn you that I’m writing this while wearing a kimono and a face-mask, so it’s pretty much a lost cause. Go and complain to Russell Tovey about why we can’t all be straight-acting or something. Anyway, enough about me and my edgy politics...

Children - you are all terrible. You take away the joy and youth from your father with all your incessant partying and wrecking of his Kelly Hoppen garden furniture. So the least you can do is restore it with some rather lovely grooming products this Father's Day.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Must Have Face Masks

I love a good face mask. They perk up your skin (and your spirit) and help treat any imperfections in time for a holiday, date or big event. I've been on a mask mission for the past couple of months, trying a wide range of different product, with a variety of price points and skin promises. Here are my current favourites...

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Weekly Worship: Smith & Cult SS17

As a self-proclaimed nail polish addict, I love trying out new nail colours and trends. One of my favourite nail polish brands is Smith & Cult, as whatever the colour, each polish is smooth af and dries with a brilliant shine. Without stating the obvious, the Smith & Cult bottles are also the most beautiful bottles in the game...why wouldn't you want them in your beauty cabinet?!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Review: Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear


The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear foundation promises long lasting, full coverage without the cake. Lancome recently hooked me up with this newbie and I've been putting it through its paces for the past month. I'm glad I did...because I love it.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Review: YSL Eyebrow Collection


I'm a big fan of YSL Beauty and slightly brow obsessed, so I was pumped when the brand launched the new Couture Brow Marker. This YSL newbie marks the fourth product in the brand's eyebrow range - a collection that houses all the products you need to get your brows looking beauté...

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Review: Bumble & bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Cleansing Oil Creme Duo

Bumble & bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Cleansing Oil Creme Duo is a product I couldn't wait to review. It promises to gently remove dirt from the hair, whilst injecting it with moisture at the same time - ideal for my dry and dull ends.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Review: Ouli's Ointment


Ouli’s Ointment is a multi-purpose skin saviour that was created by a makeup artist that drew inpiration from her grandmother's natural remedies and her family's olive groves that lay on the beautiful Greek island of Zakynthos.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

The Power of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is considered to be one of the best skincare ingredients in the anti-aging arena. It is an antioxidant-rich power player that works well with all skin types - brightening and tightening and improving skin texture.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Interview: Poppy King | Founder of Lipstick Queen

Poppy King is a serious beauty boss. She is an Australian entrepreneur who entered the industry at just 18, launching what was one of Australia's biggest cosmetic brands. Her journey eventually led to the creation of Lipstick Queen, what I consider to be one of the best and most innovative lipstick brands on earth.

Poppy Kings is not just a ballsy business women, but a champion of natural beauty, inner confidence and individualism - which couldn't be more refreshing in a world where 'Instagram Face' is now the go-to makeup look. I recently got the chance to grill Poppy on all things beauty, both inside and out. Here's how it went down...

Monday, 15 May 2017

Weekly Worship: Carthusia Gelsomini di Capri


A week ago I discovered a new fragrance house, Carthusia. By new, I mean new for me, because its entire fragrance collection is based on ancient monastic perfume recipes, formulated by Carthusian monks in 1380...

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Behind The Brand: OPI

Date of Birth: 1981

Founder: George Schaeffer

History: OPI was originally named Odontorium Products Inc and started off as a small dental supply company. The company was purchased by George Schaeffer in 1981, with Suzi Weiss-Fischmann joining as Executive Vice President and Artistic Director shortly after.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Laying The Right Foundations


When it comes to applying makeup, my main focus is creating the kind of skin that looks like it's been snatched from the face of a porcelain doll.

A solid skincare routine and quality products are the best starting point, of course. However there are many other products I depend on to keep my foundation flawless and imma lay them out for you...

Friday, 5 May 2017

Review: Dior Hydra Life Deep Sorbet Water Essence & Fresh Hydration Sorbet Cream

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I've always been a big fan of Dior makeup but when it came to the brand's skincare, I'm was a straight virgin. However I recently popped my cherry and tried two of the brand's newest skincare launches, the Hydra Life Deep Sorbet Water Essence and Hydra Life Fresh Hydration Sorbet Cream (aka the perfect skincare partnership)...

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Interview: Kala Kilshaw | Founder of EGO Professional

Kala Kilshaw is the female founder of EGO Professional, a haircare brand born from a desire to create a range of premium quality styling tools designed by hairdressers, for both professionals and consumers to use.

I recently got the chance to grill Kala on all things hair and beauty. Here's how it went down...

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Review: Spectrum The Glam Clam

You only have to scroll your Instagram feed for a few minutes before spotting Spectrum beauty brushes. They are bold, beautiful and very beneficial, so it's no surprise everyone has got in on the action...

Friday, 28 April 2017

Models Own X Sofly


If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I try and keep my nail game strong. I'm obsessed with nail art and nail when I found out SoFly, one of my favourite nail artists, has done a nail polish collaboration with Models Own, I wanted in.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Review: Editions de Parfums Musc Ravageur Hair & Body Oil


If you are a self-proclaimed fragrance fan who hasn't heard of Editions de Parfums, you need to remove your title immediately. Editions de Parfums is the fragrance house to end all fragrance houses and, without it, the world of scents would be one basic bitch.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Behind The Brand: Indeed Laboratories


Date of Birth: 2011

Founding Father: Brandon Truaxe

History: Indeed Laboratories is a Canadian beauty brand that was born from a desire to help skin stand proud in front of a HD camera lens. The idea came to Dia Foley, now Vice President of Sales & Business Development, in 2009 when she was getting ready for a TV appearance. She started thinking about high definition and how it really emphasises all skin imperfections. She looked at herself in the camera and was not pleased with how it maximised her skin problems. As far as she was concerned, this shit had to be handled...

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Interview: Dominika Minarovic and Elsie Rutterford | Founders of Clean Beauty Co.

Dominika and Elsie are the two gorgeous women behind Clean Beauty Co, a non-toxic beauty brand that launched in 2016. They are also hosts of their own host interactive beauty workshops and the authors of Clean Beauty - a new book packed full of recipes to manage your beauty routine naturally.

I recently got the chance to grill the gals on all things beauty. Here's how it went down...

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Review: Aveda Wedding Masque


I'm not getting married in the morning, but ding dong I want my skin to shine.

Cue the new launch from Aveda, an overnight Wedding Masque (£48.00 / $65.00 designed to bless you with the kind of luminous skin you'd kill for on your wedding day. It claims to not only provide instant radiance but give you brighter, firmer and more-even toned skin over time.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Review: YSL The Shock Mascara


For those that know me well, you'll understand my obsession YSL Beauty. The Touche Éclat Le Teint foundation is my favourite foundation of all time, I own too many lip colours to mention and I go into melt down every time I misplace my Couture Brow Palette! So when the brand recently launched its new mascara, The Shock, it was only right I hooked up my eyelashes.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Review: MDMflow Supreme Liquid Lipstick


MDMflow is a relatively new beauty brand inspired by 90s-00s glamour that comes from the hip hop culture - can I get a fucking yas kween? The brand offer lipsticks, liquid matte lipsticks and a mascara, with more products to come soon I'm sure. Earlier this year I finally had the opportunity to try an MDMflow product - the Supreme Liquid Matte Lipstick - and I finally understood what the fuss was all about. This liquid lipstick is fucking bomb...

Friday, 14 April 2017

Get Me Bodied

Y'all know I have fine hair and hate it. It has zero body and zero fucking thickness. I depend on dry shampoo to give it texture and have tried numerous supplements in the past to make my dream a reality...unsuccessfully of course. However around a month ago, I started using a combination of products that have really turned things around. Now these products haven't made my hair naturally thicker but they have delivered thicker looking hair...and that's all a bitch can ask for at this point.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Interview: Howard Murad M.D | Founder Of Murad

Murad is a name all true beauty lovers should know. However, for those that don't, Howard Murad M.D. is a board certified dermatologist, trained pharmacist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. He has personally treated over 50,000 patients, which helped him to create the solution-driven skincare brand we know today, Murad.

I recently got the chance to grill Howard Murad on all things beauty. Here's how it went down...

Monday, 10 April 2017

Behind The Brand: Smashbox Cosmetics

Date of Birth: 1996

Founding Fathers: Dean and Davis Factor

History: Smashbox cosmetics is the brainchild of Dean and Davis Factor, great-grandsons of makeup legend Max Factor. Born out of the infamous Smashbox Studios in LA, the cosmetics brand launched in 1996, offering customers long-lasting products that stay intact even in the toughest conditions. The cutting-edge brand, loved by some of the most beautiful Hollywood stars, was acquired by Estée Lauder Companies in 2010.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Weekly Worship: Nakin Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex


I love skincare, I love natural beauty products that actually work and I really fucking hate ageing. So when I heard that new brand Nakin had released a natural anti-ageing eye cream, I had to try it...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Shaving Face

Women shave their legs, under arms, top lip and even their pussies, so why don't we shave our faces? And, for those of us who do, why are we so fucking secretive?! There are so many benefits to picking up the razor, so let's stop saving face about shaving face....

Monday, 13 March 2017

Spring Scents


Spring is coming...ish and with it comes my seasonal scent planning. I'm a fragrance fan girl that always wants to smell good...even if I'm at home in food-stained sweat pants, wearing no makeup and rocking a Britney-esque topknot. There are hundreds of fragrance launches each year, so creating the perfect scent edit can get a little tricky. However I've managed to find a few favourites...

Friday, 10 March 2017

Weekly Worship: YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer

I'm a big fan of primers and I'm an even bigger fan of YSL Beauty, so you can imagine how much I lost my shit when the brand announced it would be dropping its first primer, the Touche Éclat Blur Primer.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Interview: Caroline Barnes | MUA

Caroline Barnes is a makeup artist veteran who has worked with everyone from Emma Watson and Tori Kelly to Pixie Lott and Kylie Minogue. She has worked in the industry for 20 years, working with some of the best magazines and brands on the fucking planet. She is currently brand ambassador for Max know, the makeup of makeup artists!

I recently got the chance to grill Caroline on all things beauty. Here's how it went down...

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Do You Swallow?


When it comes to keeping pretty, we douse ourselves in skincare and layer on the makeup. But in the quest for perfect beauty, did we ever think to swallow?

Digestible beauty is going to be big business in 2017, with more edible beauty brands emerging and a wider variety of supplements hitting the shelves. There will be something for everyone, so let the eating commence!

Friday, 10 February 2017

Grooming: Gucci Guilty Absolute Review

Men of the world listen up. A new fragrance has dropped that you need to get acquainted with. It is the Gucci Guilty Absolute...

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Probiotic Skincare

Probiotic skincare is one of the big beauty trends of 2017. Although several probiotic skincare products exist, it's an ingredient I've known little about...until now.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Interview: Laura Geller | MUA

Laura Geller is a veteran makeup artist who has worked with some of Hollywood's elite (Audrey Hepburn and Ginger Rogers and Paul Newman to name but a few). Her talent and experience lead her to create the much-loved makeup brand, Laura Geller.

I recently got the chance to grill Laura on all things beauty. Here's how it went down...

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Review: Benefit They're Real Double The Lip


The makeup masters at Benefit have created a new product that I couldn't wait to review. It's called the They're Real Double The Lip, a lipstick and lip liner combo that helps bless you with fuller-looking lips.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Interview: Sara Hill | MUA

Sara Hill is one bad bitch. She is a an award-winning makeup, magazine editor and brand founder who has worked with some incredible designers, magazines and celebs (Kanye West, Emeli Sande and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley to name a few). She is the Editor of HOPE ST, an independent fashion and culture magazine, and she is the woman behind the Academy of Makeup - a school offering a selection of accredited make-up artistry and hair styling courses. However, if that wasn't enough life accomplishments for one gyal, Sara also founded Sara Hill, a fresh new Independent make-up brand you have to get acquainted with.

I recently got the chance to grill Sara on all things beauty. Here's how it went down...

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Pussy Power Pt. 1


Kegal exercises. We've all heard of them and, if y'all are anything like me, you probably do them....when you remember.

Kegel exercises help to strengthen pelvic floor muscles by developing long-lasting core strength from the inside out. They reduce lower back pain but - more importantly - improve your sex life and take your pussy from basic to bomb...

Friday, 27 January 2017

The Beauty Benefits Of Hayo'u

Hayo'u is a new British wellness brand designed to help you tackle your toxic stress levels, as well as make you look younger, feel stronger and become more energised. Being a beauty obsessed bitch, I'm all over the 'look younger' part and - lucky - Hayo'u makes good on its promise.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Brush Yourself Beautiful


Every year new beauty trends emerge that shake up our beauty routines. Sometimes for the worst and sometimes for the fucking better. The big skincare trend for 2017 isn't actually new, but instead part of an ancient Indian practice known as Ayurveda. The trend is facial brushing (or Garshana, to be precise) and it's bomb.

Friday, 20 January 2017

The Beauty Myth: Preparation H Reduces Puffy Eyes

This beauty myth has been debated for years. Some people think it's BS whilst others - makeup artists included - swear by it. Eye puffiness (aka red, swollen skin under the eyes) is a nightmare to treat, so I can understand why this myth gets so much attention. There is some truth to it however the benefits are temporary, the dangers great and more is a hemorrhoid cream for use on your a**hole! Ewwww!

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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

The Tuesday Tip: Plump That Pout

Want a plumper pout? If you're scared of injections or just too fucking broke for fillers, there is a quick tip to help give you (temporarily) get fuller-looking lips...

Friday, 13 January 2017

Interview: Charlotte Tilbury | MUA

There is not a beauty fan around that hasn't heard of Charlotte Tilbury. If there is, I expect them to hand in their title immediately.

Charlotte Tilbury is a world renowned makeup artist who is queen of the smoky eye and owner of one of the world's hottest beauty brands, Charlotte Tilbury. She has beautified the likes of Kate Moss, Rihanna, Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Lopez and has worked with Vogue, Vanity Fair and V to name but a few. If that wasn't enough, Charlotte Tilbury has also worked on high-profile fashion shows such as Tom Ford, Donna Karan, Missoni and Michael Kors.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd get the opportunity to interview Queen Tilbury but I did! Here's how it went down...

Monday, 9 January 2017

Weekly Worship: Regenerate Enamel Science Boosting Serum Kit


I've always been a little obsessed with teeth. I like mine to be squeaky clean and look as white as possible. As a result, I invest in the best toothpaste, toothbrush and hygiene products to try and keep them on point. I was recently introduced to a product that isn't focused on making teeth look better but on improving their overall health...I was interested af. The product is Regenerate's Enamel Science Boosting Serum Kit (£30.00 and it is designed to restore mineral content and micro hardness to tooth enamel. Impressive, huh?

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

The Tuesday Tip: Make Your Polish Pop!

Have you ever purchased a nail polish (usually neon or sheer) that looks amazing in the bottle but far from amazing on your nails? Well I have a quick tip that will ensure these type of polishes stay vibrant and true to their bottle colour!
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