Bold Metals by Real Techniques

The luxe brushes in Bold Metals by Real Techniques offer high performance and infinite possibilities for every artist. Softer than ever bristles feature shed-resistant properties + advanced pick-up and release of makeup. Handles are weighted for optimal control and comfort. The brushes are engineered for perfect weight distribution when tipped toward the face for use. Refined artistry cuts offer high performance for ultimate application of makeup.

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100 Arched Powder £25.00 The domed cut sweeps perfectly across theface for flawless application of pressed or loose powders.
101 Triangle Foundation  £22.00 This brush is dual function: flat edge covers large areas of the face and angled edges contour around eyes and nose.
101 Triangle Foundation £22.00
This brush is dual function: flat edge covers large areas of the face and angled edges contour around eyes and nose.
200 Oval Shadow £15 The full, round shape allows for all-over lid application and seamless blending.
200 Oval Shadow £15
The full, round shape allows for all-over
lid application and seamless blending.
201 Pointed Crease £12 The densely packed, tapered bristles apply eye shadow for smokey effect.
201 Pointed Crease £12
The densely packed, tapered bristles apply eye shadow for smokey effect.
202 Angled Liner £10 The firm, slanted head fits close to lash line for smooth, even application of eye liner.
202 Angled Liner £10
The firm, slanted head fits close to lash line for smooth, even application of eye liner.
300 Tapered Blush £24 The specially-designed tip highlights and sculpts across cheeks for seamless finish.
300 Tapered Blush £24
The specially-designed tip highlights and sculpts across cheeks for seamless finish.
301 Flat Contour £22 A dense head creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up favourite features.
301 Flat Contour £22
A dense head creates shadows and highlights on targeted areas of face to play up favourite features.

About Real Techniques

Reveal your inner expert with high-tech brushes + online tutorials. Designed with professional makeup artists and top-rated YouTube beauty gurus Sam and Nic Chapman, Real Techniques brushes feature a color-coded system corresponding to the key steps of makeup application so you can create a flawless base, enhanced eyes and the perfect finish like a pro. Each brush is hand cut with ultra-plush synthetic bristles that help create flawless, high- definition results. For more information, visit realtechniques.com.

Available exclusively at Boots in January.

Coachella 2015

Who else had social media feeds full of sunny, happy Coachella 2015 revellers while they were stuck working in our mediocre semi-sunny climes? Well, we have a few more for you… But they’re all for the greater good! We’ve sought out some of the most fabulous styling details seen at Coachella to inspire your forth-coming summer wardrobe…

What a brave stylista we have here, in her flesh-coloured American Apparel bodysuit. Not a look I will be trying anytime in this lifetime, but if you have the body confidence, then why not? The element I’m loving here is her body harness. These are a fabulous way to jazz up any outfit – I wear my little Primark number with a Topshop T-shirt dress and blazer, but these babies look fab over a vest with jeans, a body con dress, or  some summer swimwear. Claudia Pink has an amazing range of body chains, harnesses and plates. Each one is hand-made in her studio, and she is always happy to make custom designed orders. How beautiful is this body chain with the jewelled centre piece? As well as what is available on her website, she posts lots of sneaky previews of what’s coming on her Instagram, which is well worth a follow (claudiapink).

Ooh, who is this familiar face? It’s only Hollywood hottie Kate Bosworth. A staple guest at all of the best summer festivals, Bosworth never looks anything less than the total cool girl she is. Rocking a light, bright look in white and neutrals with a hint of aztec detailing, this is the girl we all want to dress like. This little jacket is just gorgeous. The cropped sleeves and waistband are the perfect proportions for summers, and I love the beautiful lace detailing. Isabel Marant always rocks this vibe so well for Spring/Summer, and this white denim jacket from her Etoile collection is gorgeous. Just roll up the sleeves for that relaxed, insouciant attitude. I don’t know about you lot, but whenever I’m looking for a good cover up, Zara is always my first stop. Not always the most purse-friendly high street option, but for diversity they have it all! This broderie anglaise jacket is brilliant festival fare (as long as you’re not too precious about keeping it pristine), or for a bit more colour and fluidity, how about this folk-inspired kimono ? This is going straight onto my wish list (along with a holiday to somewhere exotic).

Now, it ain’t a festival without a good floral crown. I have a serious headwear obsession – flowers, feathers, flowers AND feathers, cat ears, rabbit ears… I want them all! This girl gives us the perfect example of how to brighten up a simple, monochrome outfit with a bit of colourful headwear. Crown and Glory are my one-stop shop for all things floral – they have everything, from huge outlandish crowns (hello Oversized Rococo Crown), to delicate flower-embellished headbands, in pastels, brights, glitter, and even a bit of goth. If feathers are more your thing, then head over to Rouge Pony’s Etsy shop for the most fantastical selection of headpieces (as well as some amazing feathered shoulder and neckpieces). I might not be going to any festivals this year, but I intend to rock this tribal headdress at my local beer garden on any sunny day I can catch.

Kerryn Grady

70s Fashion

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (or just not reading fashion magazines) for the past few months, you’ll be well aware the ‘70s trend is a pretty ‘big thing’ right now. I’m not going to lie, this isn’t my favourite trend of the moment, but I find TV presenter Martha Ward’s more subtle approach rather favourable.

The light, bright wash (also known as Dream Wash) of her denim A-line MIH skirt with the button down front is the big nod to ‘70s styling. I’ve never been a big fan of denim skirts, but this is a super flattering cut and length, skimming over curves, and revealing the slimmest part of the leg (essential points for a curvy girl like myself). If curves aren’t your issue, the fuller A-line cut will give a boyish figure a bit more shape. This particular skirt retails for a whopping £235. If you’re not that much of a die-hard denim fan but want to dip your toe into the look, then head over to Zara (like you even needed an excuse) and check out their range of denim skirts. This one is the perfect alternative to the MIH design, but they also have full length and mini cuts to choose from.

I love a good jumper. In fact, all I do when I’m shopping these days is head straight for the knitwear. So what if summer is just poking its head around the corner, I love me some cosy knits. So I’m completely on board with this lovely little fisherman-style jumper. Lighter weight than its traditional winter counterpart, its fitted, shorter cut is perfect for spring (and, let’s be honest, parts of the British summer). I love this jumper from BZR at ASOS.com, which is currently in the sale for a nifty £47. If you are after some out of season knitwear, now is the perfect time before everyone switches to full on summer mode – check out online sales while there’s still some good’uns left!

How gorgeous is that little satchel?? I love the bright, contrasting colours, which work beautiful with the whole look, and the neat little boxy shape. I’ve always loved Sophie Hulme for the chunky metal hardware embellishments on her bags, but I’ve absolutely fallen in love with her bold, tropical S/S15 range, with palm leaf block coloured appliqué and laser cut designs, in juicy yellow and jewel-toned blue and turquoise. However, as is often the case with beautiful to-die-for luxury leather, Sophie Hulme designs are just a tad out of my budget. Lucky for you lot, The Leather Satchel Company have a massive selection of – you guessed it – satchels! My favourites are the Pixie bags, which come in three sizes (Small, Medium and large), and make a great alternative to a clutch bag for evening. I love this Medium Pixie in Coral Reef  , that perfect colour for summer.  As well as their existing designs online, you can custom order any style in any of their colours, so if two-tone is your thing drop them an e-mail and see what they can do for you.

Kerryn Grady

VOODOU to be a part OF NEW TELEVISION SHOW

In the hopes of addressing all things Liverpool, Voodou is set to host a new television series entitled Scouse Proud.

The award winning salon, which has four outlets across the city, will work alongside Bay TV to interview Liverpool locals whilst they ‘sit in the chair’.

Managing Director of Voodou Rob Webb said: “We’re all really excited for the launch of the four part series, which will be aired on Bay TV this summer.

“Voodou has been open for nearly four decades so the television show is a great way to celebrate both our heritage and longstanding relationship with our clients from across the city and beyond. We are extremely grateful to have continued custom from some of the same clients who have been walking through our doors since day one.

“To tie into the show’s ‘Scouse Proud’ central theme, we will be encouraging clients to share their own personal stories based on topics including the ‘Scouse signature look’, the city’s history and the ever-expanding cultural diversity that has helped to put Liverpool on the map.”

Scouse Proud will give viewers the opportunity to discover more about Liverpool’s past by showcasing a diverse array of personal encounters. Each episode will be themed to a decade working from the 1970’s right through to the 2010’s.

Bay TV producer Andy Johnson added: “We know Voodou is an iconic Liverpool business and that all members of staff no matter where they hail from, become honorary Scousers. We’re delighted that the salon is supporting the idea and you can expect the show to be engaging, probing as well as entertaining. The documentary will be looking at what it means to be Liverpudlian in 2015 and how the recent decades have shaped what a Scouser is. Voodou has always reflected what’s going on in our city and clients tell their hairdressers all their secrets so we’re looking forward to hearing their responses while being interviewed ‘in the chair’.”

Scouse Proud will be aired on Bay TV this summer. Bay TV is available on Freeview channel 8 and Virgin Media 159 and can also be streamed online at www.baytvliverpool.com

 For more information about Voodou visit www.voodou.co.uk

Laura Comolli in Moschino

Laura Comolli in Moschino

I’m loving fashion blogger Laura Comolli’s comfy get up. Slouchy trousers, oversized boyfriend jacket, and a large tee that looks totally bed time-ready! She’s really bought into Moschino’s Special Capsule Collection, accessorising her top with the matching bag and phone case, keeping the look kitsch and humorous. And what has the makings of a slick and sleek outfit is turned into something much more low key and relaxed by wearing everything oversized. My kinda gal!

Stella McCartney’s tailored wide-leg Lionel Trousers are the perfect leg-lengthening design, with the flattering high waist and wide leg cut. Styled with heels, they look uber chic, but dressed down with trainers, like Ms Comolli, will give them a more laid back slouchy effect. Pair them with this gorgeous crepe Zara blazer. Despite it’s longline boyfriend cut, it has a more tailored vibe than Comolli’s, making it a bit more flattering for a wider range of body shapes. This jacket will also take you right through to the summer months. Breezy white is the perfect cover-up for sundresses, and a lovely way to dress up a classic jeans and tee combo. At £69.99 this will be your best high street buy of the season.

Moschino’s adorable teddy bear capsule collection is available from their website, with a host of bear motif items, including jumpers, dresses and bags. Our streetstyler’s t-shirt and phone case are both online and up for grabs. If your budget for novelty fashion doesn’t stretch to Moschino heights, I love Etsy for it’s huge range of independent designers and quirky designs. Search for cartoon print T-shirts and you’ve got a good 12 pages of options (admittedly some are a bit questionable, but there are some gems on there!). I’m currently a bit in love with this furry little guy for my iPhone .

Kerryn Grady

Tokyo Fashion Week

It might not be the biggest event in the fashion calendar, but you can guarantee the cool kids of Japan will be out in force for Tokyo Fashion Week, showing us how you really pull an outfit together!

How adorably petulant does this duo look? Quirky dye jobs, thrown together styling and perfectly grumpy little pouts, all present and correct. Both dressed in a mish-mash of vintage and thrift store finds, each girl is rocking her own distinctive style. On the left we’ve got a glam grunge vibe going on, which I absolutely love. I’m a sucker for some good layering, and this combination of the oversized boyfriend tee layered over the sheer lace maxi skirt with that lovely fluted hem, and the faded camo bomber is perfection. Carhartt are the kings of utility wear, and this floral print jacket has a lovely feminine twist on a traditional camouflage print, without being too overtly girly. Buy it a size up for a boyfriend fit. Pair with this gorgeous DKNY delicate lace skirt. Not cheap, but not quite bank-breaking in the grand scheme of designer wear, this skirt can be kept casual with biker boots or converse with a V-neck cotton t-shirt tucked in at the waist, or dressed up to the max with a silk cami and strappy sandals. It’s a real fashion all-rounder – this, my friends, is what you call an investment piece…

Missy on the right here has gone a bit more prim in an oh-so-demure knee-length pencil skirt and blouse combo, adding some clashing colour with her sequinned bomber, and a cutesy edge with her Chloe Sevigny booties. I’ve had this tinsel-embellished bomber sitting in my Saved list for weeks, and it’s currently reduced on ASOS.com to a bargainous £22.50. If you’re a die-hard sequin fanatic then this mermaid effect design by Jaded London will have you swooning like a 13-year-old at a One Direction concert. This houndstooth pencil skirt is a little gem from Baum Und Pferdgarten at ASOS, featuring the classic print with a lovely new graphic element. Follow this stylista’s lead by styling with a simple silk blouse, like this beauty by Vince , or throw an extra print in the mix with this stunning top by Proenza Schouler, whose long-line design will work perfectly with the fitted pencil skirt. Wearing the same tonal colours will prevent the look being too garish, although the clashing bomber will give an edge our little street styler would be proud of.

Kerryn Grady

 

PARIS WOMENSWEAR SS15

New designer to watch: PARIS WOMENSWEAR SS15 limited collection.

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The emerging label’s aim is to produce limited demi-couture collections giving its customers a sense of exclusivity by allowing only 20 items per style to be sold per stockist.

Versailles and the Queen of France Marie Antoinette inspired the Spring Summer 2015 collection, which is a blend of sophistication and elegance with its simplistic silhouettes. Dresses and shirts feature hand pleated details and beaded embellishments, while classic and innovative materials are mixed: cotton and silk alternate with neoprene. This is all set to a neutral colour palette of fresh white and shades of ecru. Femininity, elegance and craftsmanship are at the heart of the brands aesthetic, and all items are made in Britain.

“I wanted to keep the colour palette clean and let the garments take centre stage” – said Paris.

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Prices from £650
All items are made to order
Items can be ordered via www.pariswomenswear.com