my #lfw diary: on the catwalk with mark fast ss13

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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On the catwalk with Mark Fast at London Fashion Week SS13
Courtesy of Glaceau Vitamin Water - The official soft drink supplier to London Fashion Week

You can't go about a metre during London Fashion Week without bumping into a vending machine supplying copious amounts of Vitamin Water, and it's quite the staple for the fashionista! I personally love the pink one a million times over, and found myself running for the machines to grab one as soon as I got to LFW each day to keep me going.. woo hooo free Vitamin Water for all! So when Vitamin Water asked me if i'd like tickets to some of the shows at LFW to report on the trends I spotted, I jumped at the chance.

Mark Fast's show opened with the booming sound of Salt n Pepa's Push It blaring through the catwalk space. I know right? Everyone clapped immediately and quite a lot of chair bobbing style dancing was happening! *does the Carlton dance* The show was a mix of textures and patterns, but all seemed to flow together through the unique look of socks with stilettos. Louboutins, in fact.

There were pastel shades from pink to blue and soft turquoise, but also bright pinks and blacks and lots of gold and jewellery detailing. There were body con dresses and skirts galore but I loved the whole look of the show. The silky tassel detail just completely glided down the catwalk. The models looked normal and some of them were curvier, showing the clothes on a more fuller figured model, which I thought was awesome.

Throughout the whole thing, I could just see the clothes translating on to the high street so well, with the colours and the style looking like it would prove popular next spring/summer. I definitely think we'll be seeing some of these looks on and around our streets especially in our high street stores next year!

What do you think of Mark Fast? Do you like this show? Do you think the clothes look like clothes you'd buy next S/S? What do you think of Vitamin Water? Aaaahhh.. push it! Dooo doo doo doo..
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: I was invited to the show as a guest of Vitamin Water and all the photographs above are completely my own and should not be republished without prior consent.

autumn/winter launches at space nk

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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Autumn/Winter launches at Space NK

Earlier this month I popped down to the beautiful Space NK store in Soho to check out what they've got coming up for us in Autumn/Winter and a sneaky peek at a couple of their Christmas gifts. First up, there are three new brands at Space NK this season, African Botanics, GlamGlow and Eyeko. Having rebranded as an upmarket brand, Eyeko fits in perfectly with the makeup brands in Space NK. I really love the look of their mascaras and I have one to try so I can't wait to let you know how I get on with it!

They also have a whole bunch of really cute Christmas gifts, including the amazing Lipstick Queen Five Minutes of Fame kit which is photographed above and contains five little lipgloss pens. It's only £10 and I love it! It's a bit more classier/unique than those Boots gift sets you get, and is about the same price if not cheaper. I know i'd love to get this as a gift. The cute black and white bag next to the Lipstick Queen is by Mor, and contains a soap, a hand cream and one of their classic Lip Macarons! There's loads on offer from Space NK for Christmas and loads of it is more affordable than you think.

There was also new launches from By Terry and Rococo on offer, including Rococo's Metallic collection, and their amazing Gold Leaf nail varnish. By Terry have a whole look, with dark vampy lips or nude lips to try as well as their amazing luxe eye look which includes a purple mascara! They also have some new eye crayons that work perfectly as a base for eyeshadow and some gorgeous shades of lipstick from dark reds through to dark purples and then the gorgeous nude as tried on Lily at the event.

As always I love looking around Space NK, it's such a joy to shop in there. The layout is so clean and fresh and easy to shop and it's great to look at the makeup properly as the lighting is softer than most department store lighting. I'm really excited by their Autumn/Winter launches and can't wait to see the store begin transformation as we move toward Christmas!

What do you think of the new brands Space NK has taken on? Do you think Eyeko is a good fit? Do you like shopping in Space NK? Anything here caught your eye?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: I was invited along to the event as a guest of Space NK by their PR.

my #lfw diary: backstage & catwalk felder & felder ss13

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
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Backstage and Catwalk at Felder & Felder London Fashion Week SS13
Hair by Adam Reed for Sebastian Professional Haircare, Makeup by Sharon Dowsett for Maybelline

Felder & Felder is a new brand to me, one I hadn't previously been familiar with. I can't ever pretend that i've heard of some of these designers y'know, I mean like some of the ones I saw at LFW I had - Henry Holland/Giles Deacon etc - but Felder & Felder I hadn't. So I went in to this show really excited as to what wonders would await me, as I simply had absolutely no idea! Wonderful. For this show, hair was being done by Sebastian Professional Haircare, again another brand I haven't tried. The idea was strong, powerful, sleek and sexy hair that had nods to the 70s (see this is going to be a trend next Spring/Summer as most shows have gone for 70s hair influence) and was created using straighteners. The idea of the hair was that it would fall simply into a panel style look, with three different sections around the head. They all had a center parting and the hair simply swept down the catwalk with the girls as they walked. They were using a new technique to me to tame flyaway hairs, and that was to attach playing cards using grips at the top of the hair! Adam Reed was also using a toothbrush to comb away any strays - he even posed for a picture holding the toothbrush but I thought the one of him smiling was nicer (I am kind.) Sebastian Professional Haircare looks and smells amazing.

Makeup was by Sharon for Maybelline (it got to the point this season where she was like.. aha..you again.) and she said it was Maybelline's first time with Felder & Felder. The girls were a little difficult to persuade, one wanted matte, one wanted shiny. Sharon had her work cut out pleasing them both but managed to by creating just a perfect luminous complexion with no powder - as one of the Felder girls had a memory of their mum running after her with powder trying to pat her down! It was a fresh, Spring glow - the kind of sunshine look that reveals skin and it's inner radiance. Again they used the Dream Fresh BB Cream with the Fit Me Concealer for any girls that needed touch ups, and the eyeliner was navy and black, which edges slightly in to colour. (This complimented the catwalk perfectly.) The models were doing their own mascara, which was Colossal, and Sharon even gave them each their own mascara to take home - a lovely touch. They used a Super 14hr Lipstick called Beige for Good which had nods to a 70s black and white photo lip look, and there was no blush used.

The catwalk itsself was beautiful. Really soft and feminine and very floaty - it just seemed to glide down the catwalk. The surprise of the night came from a live performance from Kate Nash, who kicked and screamed her way through the show (for lack of nicer way to put it.) Her new style did seem to compliment the whole hi-fashion theme nicely though, and I did find myself nodding along in parts. I just wouldn't buy her record. Ha. There were some really beautiful dresses including the black one i've shown above, as well as little nods to animal and leopard prints. The shoes were amazing... need!

So that's the complete 411 on Felder & Felder, two designers I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for in the future! What do you think of the poker straight hair? So do-able at home! Do you like the simple makeup look or do you long for a little more coverage than BB Cream? Do you rate Kate?
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: I was invited backstage and seated catwalk access thanks to Felder & Felder's PR.

7 ways to wear: plum & purple lips

Monday, September 24, 2012
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My favourite 7 ways to wear plum and purple toned lips

It's now pretty much officially autumn, and as the nights draw closer, the wind gets colder and we all snuggle up in duvets and blankets it's time to embrace those autumn/winter trends that we've been chatting about for months. Fashion week for A/W seemed like years ago now but there's one trend we saw that i've been really looking forward to working this autumn - plummy toned lips. Gorge! So i've rummaged through my stash and picked out my favourite 7 ways to wear the plum lip trend, whether you prefer it a bit more pink, a bit more red toned, or even fancy trying out my wildcard choice... read on!

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MUA | Lip Boom | It's A Situation | £3

First up is budget friendly MUA's Lip Boom in It's A Situation. This is a red toned plum shade with slightly purple undertones. It applies nicely but it was the least pigmented out of all my choices, it needed a lot of swipes to build the colour up. Also be aware that if you use the glittery end too, glitter is quite chunky and also ends up on your lips for ages! I love the overall look of this one though, by applying the glitter to the middle of the lips it definitely makes them look bigger. This is perfect for trying the plum trend without splashing loads of cash!

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Clarins | Rouge Prodige | Orchid Pink | £17.50

Clarins Orchid Pink is a new one to my collection, having just launched as part of their new True Colour Hold & Shine collection. It's so creamy and soft and also surprisingly pigmented in one swipe! I like this one because it's quite plum toned but not too dark, and it's really soft and easy to wear. I can see a lot of people liking this one, especially those of you wanting to try plum lips without committing to something really dark or intense!

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VIVO | Lipstick | Crushed Amethyst | £1.99
Illamasqua | Intense Lipgloss | Boost | £14

This duo combination is both soft and feminine. The VIVO lipstick is soft, and is a beautiful tone of purple with blue duochrome shimmer. Thats why I paired it with Boost, because Boost is a bright purple with blue shimmer running through it. Together they glisten and sparkle and create a pinky plummy purple lip! It's one of my favourite things to rock at the moment.

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Topshop | Lip Marker | Get Lippy | £8

This is a far more of a pink toned plum, and in these shots it actually comes across more pink than it is. I'd probably describe it as more of a fuchsia really rather than plummy but ahh pfft I loved it anyway. I'm really into lip stains at the moment and having tried the Topshop Lip Marker for a bit I would really recommend these. Firstly, they taste amazing. They taste like icing! I keep licking my lips when i'm wearing it! Also its soft, easy to apply and lasts for hours.

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YSL | Rouge Pur Couture | 42 | £23.50

YSL'S Rouge Pur Couture lippies are fabulous. They're super soft and moisturising and I really like that they mostly have a little shimmer to them. This is shade 42 and in the pan it looks really plummy but on the lips it actually comes out a little more tan toned. I think this would definitely suit darker skinned ladies a bit better than it does me, but I included it because I think it's a great hybrid colour that isn't a full on plum. Potentially better for older ladies wanting to try a new shade!

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Rimmel | Kate Moss Matte | 107 | £6.49

This lipstick is such a bizarre one. In the pan it looks plummy, swatched it looks cherry, and on the lips it looks red! I find it really confusing but, absolutely beautiful. It's so creamy and soft and lasts a long time. Like I mentioned when I reviewed these lippies before, they're matte but still have a little sheen to them so they don't dry out the lips, which is perfect. I reckon this one doesn't really fall under the plum category but it's still really autumnal and a right beaut!

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Illamasqua | Lipstick | Kontrol | £16

This is my wildcard choice! It's definitely not plum, but it's as purple as it gets. This is Kontrol by Illamasqua and it's a proper full on blue purple. It's definitely not for everyone but until recently I was scared of it. Since the whole hair thing and the yeaaah lets change my look and be experimental thing happened I picked it up and finally embraced it and I really like it. It's unique, it's bold and it's wintery! I'm not saying jump into this lipstick but purple lips are definitely to be tried!

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The perfect lip liner is GOSH's Wild Cherry and will add that perfect touch of plum to the lips whilst keeping the lipsticks in place.

What do you think of plum/purple lips? Quite a lot of these are actually really pink/red and really wearable, just in a slightly different tone to the brights we've been rocking all summer. Do you think you'll give them a go? Which is your favourite? Let me know what you think of plum/purple lips!
Love, Zozo
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Disclaimer: All products featured apart from Topshop's Lip Marker were gifted to me from the brands free for consideration.