Wednesday, November 28, 2012
VICE Magazine is 10 years old giveaway
So, legendary East London magazine VICE is ten years old this week and to celebrate it's foray into being a young teenager, i've managed to nab some swag from them for the ultimate VICE themed giveaway. Yay!
VICE has been at the forefront of unique and daring journalism for the last ten years and has created some of the most innovative and groundbreaking articles and campaigns. Up there for me is the constant support for M.I.A - noticing her before most press - the launch of Dalston Superstars - the alternative reality tv show and also recently Noisey creating the incredible new video for Die Antwoord.
So if you wanna get your hands on some sweet VICE books and DVDs as shown above, as well as a wicked Black Lips vinyl, all you need to do is leave me a comment below telling me what your favourite VICE article is from the last ten years.
Here's some ts and cs:
- UK only
- You must be following this blog by GFC
- Comment below to enter
- You must leave your Twitter handle otherwise I can't contact you if you win!
- Competition ends 30th November at midnight.
Good luck, and Happy Birthday VICE Magazine!
Disclaimer: The gifts were provided for me from VICE.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
An evening inside ASOS HQ and becoming a #beautyinsider
I remember the very first time I stumbled across ASOS, and the very first thing I bought. It was a denim skirt, with pleats, and it had a studded leather black belt attached to it. I was fifteen, I bought it for my first ever gig I went to down at the local rugby club in my hometown. I wanted to look super good, I knew there would be boys in bands there and being a young teenage girl image was everything. (This was only the very start of a long delve into musicians, one i'm still hooked on eight years later, but that's another story. I'm not blaming the skirt, ASOS.) Back then, ASOS was all about copying celebrity style, and you could get their cheaper versions of hot celebrity spots easily and quickly to your door. I remember thinking it was amazing. ASOS actually launched back in 2000, and has grown by leaps and bounds ever since. It's now a huge store in it's own right, dominating the online sales for women and mens clothing. It's expanded far beyond it's original niche, and caters for beauty, hair, clothes, shoes, accessories and now even one off vintage pieces and indie sellers in it's very own Marketplace.
I was absolutely thrilled to be invited down for a very intimate evening with ASOS last week, at their very swanky head offices in Camden. (Yes, in the middle of all that punk, therein lies ASOS.) The task at hand was to check out all their amazing products for a Christmas in Beauty - of course what we girlies do best - and to be inspired and intregued by what ASOS have in store for us this Christmas. I also got to see the room where just like us beauty bloggers, ASOS set up little light boxes and shoot all their beauty products as well as take a walk down the infamous ASOS catwalk myself. Hopefully the little video of this is on it's way so you can check me out stumbling in my flats down the catwalk with Lily.
Emma, Lily and I had so much fun poking about with all the beauty products - they'd given us teeny little bottles of champagne to drink from and cake pops so we felt well and truly spoiled. There's so much to explore, from Nails Inc and Ciate to Lacqa & Co and Illamasqua. There's gifts from Cowshed and Benefit, and luxury makeup kits from NARS and OPI. Of course ASOS have some bangin' exclusives too, my favourite was that beautiful little mini kit from Benefit above.
I absolutely loved my time at ASOS last week, it was incredible to see it all in the flesh. It really makes you realise how much of a big company they are, and when you can put faces and names of real people to real jobs it makes you really appreciate everything they do more. Everyone was so lovely and really made me Lily and Emma feel really welcome. I suggest you pop on down to the ASOS Beauty section and too become your own #beautyinsider.
What do you think of ASOS HQ? Does it look like you thought? Is it much bigger than you thought? Anything here caught your beauty lovin' eye for Christmas? How silly do I look on that catwalk?!
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this feature on ASOS, but felt rather priviledged indeed for the invitation into ASOS's little world, I thank them muchly for the evening and for letting me photograph it! Squeeee!
Friday, November 23, 2012
Pixi Store - Carnaby Street
Makeup shopping should be fun and enjoyable. Not torturous or nerve-wracking. Or even difficult. You should be able to walk into a store, feel at ease and leave happy. That is exactly what you get when you pop into the Pixi store on Carnaby Street, as I found out visiting for the first time last week. The store was choc-a-bloc full of bloggers to learn about their newest Holiday Collection (which i'll be reporting on later in the month) but as the evening wore on and the store thinned out, I actually got a chance to shop the shop and customers were even coming in and picking up their Pixi must-haves too. Photobombing me in the pic above is Lily and the gorgeously painted talons modelling the new Pixi glitters is Leanne. The store is quite small to shop, but it's really nicely laid out and everything is all open so you can really get to grips with it and play with it before trying.
They have cute little stands where the product is laid out by collection and in the walls there are little cubby holes filled with Pixi treats. It feels like a cutesy little candy store, and in parts reminded me of my recent visit to Disneyland, and the little shops they have inside the park. Everyone in the store was so friendly and so welcoming, and I immediately felt at ease.
There's a whole bunch of new exciting things from Pixi this Holiday (check out that palette for one!) so I suggest you pop on down to Carnaby to have a little gander at it in real life yourself. There's some absolutely gorgeous glitter polishes as you can see, which I will be teaming with my cute Christmas dresses this season for sure! I promise you will love browsing their adorable makeup an wont feel pushed, rushed or even stressed about approaching the makeup girls. Stay tuned for much more info on Pixi!
What do you think of Pixi? Did you know they had a store on Carnaby? Do you think you'll pop in? What do you make of the store layout? Sorry there's no outside pic - it was chucking it down!
Disclaimer: I was invited to the Pixi store for a blogging event. This post contains sponsored links.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Power to Generation M - Canon - Sophie Beresiner
I have had the pleasure of meeting Sophie Beresiner a few times in my time beauty blogging, and she is incredibly skilled at what she does. Meticulous, classy and always knowledgeable, her eye for beauty brings joy to the pages of LOOK magazine every single week. You've probably seen a few of these Power to Generation M photos and videos kicking about recently, and they are a pleasure to watch. This one from Sophie immediately resonated with me because it's all about finding the joy in beauty and her simple yet effective shots look amazing. There's also something about the way the Canon shoots video that always makes me immediately get goosebumps all over. In this video, Sophie takes a break from her usual methods and creates a unique beauty installation.
I shoot with a Canon myself, and have worked photographing anything from Biffy Clyro to MAC Cosmetics with the brand for years. My Canon has been by my side since day one of The London Lipgloss and without it I wouldn't be blogging today. I wouldn't ever go anywhere else to buy an SLR and everyone that knows me knows that. I'd like to think that I too, bring Power to Generation M.
Head over to vice.com now and watch the rest of the Generation M videos.
What do you think of Canon? Do you shoot on a Canon? Do you like these videos about bringing Power to Generation M? Let me know what you think! Cameras are so important to blogging.
Disclaimer: This post contains paid for content but I have chosen to feature Sophie as I loved the video.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Revlon Red, Cherries In The Snow & Vixen
I dislike a lot of things about Winter. Actually that's a blatant lie. I like Winter, I think I just really dislike being cold. I really do. I don't like being hot much either (so British) but when I think of Winter I think of being cold. Brrrrr. However, one of my favourite things about Winter is jazzing up a potentially dull outfit with some amazing pretty wintery nails. I've got here three awesome picks from vintage nail favourite Revlon which should cater to all winter nail tastes!
First up is a classic. A favourite of many beauty junkies alike and that is Revlon Red. This is one of their ultimate signature shades and has been loved for years. It's a true pillarbox red, designed for class and elegance and to ensure it stays classic and true to form. One of the most perfect nail shades for winter, red is so Christmassy and warm and elegant that all ladies should definitely be sporting a bold red at some point this winter! With that little LBD, to add some vibe to that grey coat and when it's misty and snowy - to stand out and catch eyes.
The second is somewhat of a cult classic. Loved for nearly 60 years now, Cherries In The Snow is a really unique feminine shade. It's unique because it's so red yet so bright pink at the same time and seems to change and mould with it's surroundings. I loved this so much I popped it on my nails as soon as it got particularly nippy out and oh my, j'adore.
The last is Vixen, which is a plummy red and has this wonderful slight transparency to it which means it looks like gorgeous gel nails and is also dark but not too in your face. I love this kind of shade in the winter, it's pretty yet still bold and it warms up even the coldest of hands. I think this one will definitely be more of the more mature ladies' style this winter too, as it's really flattering on the nail.
Revlon polishes apply really well, stay chip free for a good few days and have a lovely brush. Don't forget to finish with Revlon Speedy Top Coat too - this is a great product! They retail at £6.49 each from Boots and can be found online here.
What do you think of Revlon polishes? Do you like these classic signature shades for winter? What kind of colour do you wear on your nails in winter? Let me know!
Disclaimer: All three polishes were sent to me free for consideration from PR.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Some things to bear in mind when dip dying hair and how I dip dye mine!
Okay so one of the most asked things I always get is how I dip dye my hair. Seeing as I told all of you to bite the bullet and give it a go in last months sporadic honest post about appearance, I still firmly believe this but understand a lot of you would maybe be stumped on where to start and this is where I can most certainly help as it's almost second nature to me now! Yesterdays post was all about dip dye at home and I want to continue the theme today as it's very close to me.
Fast forward back nearly the entire year and this is when my dip dye adventure began. I started by having mine done for the very first time at Lisa Shephard Salon in Soho, London (but it's a chain all over the UK.) I can really highly recommend this as the bleach job was first done properly and I learnt a lot of tips from the stylist and also had it done perfectly to begin with so all I'd need to do at home was top it up. However, it can be pricey and it is so easily accessible to do at home now, and for the last 12 months I have been doing mine all myself at home so here is my ultimate at home dip dye lowdown, as asked by you. So, over to you and your questions!
What hair colours do you use and which is the best?
Okay so I have used pretty much every single brand and there isn't really a right or wrong answer to this one because it's down to personal preference. I wouldn't recommend Stargazer, as in my hair it washed out very, very quickly (we're talking two days) and I wouldn't recommend Manic Panic simply because it's very pricey and hard to source in the UK (but if you can get hold of it, it is fabulous.) The two hair dye brands I live and dye by are both found in Sallys and they are Crazy Color and La Riche Directions. I use Directions Turquoise and Crazy Color Baby Blue.
How many times do you have to bleach your hair?
Again, please assess your hair first and work out which is the right time for you, but for me my hair is very dark and it takes about two bleach sessions to get it white. Do not do this one after the other unless you want frazzled, dry, disgusting hair! Do one bleach session, then do the next about two months later. Dye the colour on it in the meantime (as long as it's not properly properly yellow) but please for the love of god leave a good time between bleaching. I cannot stress this enough. A great thing to do is to invest in a lilac toner, this will tone the blonde hair white.
How often do you have to re-do it?
This really depends on the colour you dye it. When I had pink it was once a week, as pink is one of the colours that washes out very quickly. The new turquoise and blue shades are usually once every three weeks now.
Which colours last in the hair longer?
Again, I am only speaking from experience but in my experience ones that last well for longer are, green, blue, turquoise, dark purple, black and plum. Ones that wash out very quickly are red, orange, pink, light purple/fuchsia and yellow (goes blonde quickly.)
How do you make a colour pastel rather than bright?
To get a pastel colour, you should get a little plastic bowl with a plastic brush (don't use metal) and mix a very little of the dye with a lot of conditioner. Do not ever mix bleach with colour, I repeat do not ever do this. It will just result in bleached hair, bleach and colour do not mix. Alternatively, dye your hair really bright first then wash it vigorously the next day - this creates a faded shade.
How do you stop it looking like a block colour?
Okay, doing a dip dye and doing an ombre are a little different - if your hair is quite soft brown you can get away with just rubbing the bleach into your hair with your hands. But with darker hair and also colourful dip dye, it can look a bit blocky/home done if you do it like this. What I do, is i take a fine toothed comb and section off the hair. I very gently backcomb the hair so it creates a bit of a knot halfway up my head. I do this lots of times for lots of different sections before rubbing in the bleach and the colour. By doing this it doesn't create a block line and has more of a blended/mixed up effect which looks better in the end.
How do you do a double dip dye?
This is a little difficult, and it does take a lot of patience and time. Do the first bit of hair as instructed above but leave a gap at the bottom of the hair. Then rub the second colour into the tips making sure you really really blend the bit in the middle where they meet. I think this does generally look better with two colours that blend into each other, i'm really happy with my turquoise to baby aqua blue mixture now, i think it looks better than it did when i first did it with purple on the tips.
Help! I've got dip dye on my clothes/face/carpet! What removes it?
Okay firstly, I use a creamy cleanser and rub it all around my neck and hairline before I do any dying. This should stop it going on your face. I do always usually end up with a green neck though, and the best thing to do is scrub at it with makeup remover, I use my Bioderma and it works a treat. Also exfoliating that bit of skin helps. As for your clothes, try vanish or a really good wash. I do often get green collars when I wear a white shirt, but a good wash gets it straight out. Your carpet, my secret tip is to use hairspray! I discovered this back when I was renting flats and I got dye in the carpet. Spray hairspray liberally to the carpet then scrub - it lifts right out, promise!
So wait, I shouldn't use hairspray?
Honestly, I do try and avoid it wherever possible. Especially when my hair was pink. Hairspray clings to the dye in the hair and helps it lift out quicker. If you can, avoid using it. I use things like salt sprays and volume boosters at the roots to help keep my style. Or use a much softer hairspray, not one of those super freeze hold ones.
Can you go swimming with dip dye hair? Or go running in the rain?
I have been caught in the rain before and turquoise has ended up on my coat. Like I said, it does wash out, but after a fresh dye it can still be easy to get it out so i'd recommend carrying a brolly! As for swimming, you most certainly can't go with your hair down, it will all run out in the pool around you and probably result in you being kicked out! (Unless its your pool.) I put mine really high up in a tight top knot. If you're feeling really brave, get a swimming cap. But top knots are totally fine, just no deep sea diving for you!
How do you look after it once it's been dip dyed?
I cannot stress to you enough the importance of a great mask or conditioner. I have gone through several in my hair routine, from TREsemme to Tommy Guns to L'Oreal to all sorts. You must must must do a hair mask at least twice a week otherwise your hair will go to straw. Your other best friend is a hair oil, I use a few from Mythic Oil to Moroccan Oil to L'Oreal Elvive. This is a great product and will really, really help. Also do not even think about blowdrying without heat protection. Try to use as little heat as possible, I usually blow dry my hair on the lukewarm and then coldest setting.
I don't want dip dyed hair anymore, help me get it out/it's gone wrong?
Don't panic if it goes wrong. I always keep a box of dark brown hair dye in my house just incase of hair errors. Invest in this when you buy your colour. If the bleach has gone wrong, try toning it and see if it goes less orange/yellow. If it still hasn't, either try work with it for a couple weeks then bleach again, but if you really can't stand it, dye your hair brown with a red toned brown. Do not use an ash coloured brown, it will go grey. Stick to red based browns. When you bleached you stripped all the red out of your hair so you need to put it back in again. I wouldn't recommend "Colour B4" because it in my experience doesn't work on brightly coloured hair. It just made my hair go really really green when I tried it once before!
I think I have covered everything! Please leave a comment letting me know if I missed anything off and please tweet me any pics of your dip dyed hair if it's already dip dyed or if you're doing it after seeing this post! I love seeing coloured hair, i'll probably get hair envy! @londonlipgloss.
Disclaimer: Please remember that what works for me may not work for you, i'm also not a trained hairdresser but i've been home dying my hair for over ten years (I know, I have a really good set of parents to let me do that!) Please do embrace it, it's just hair, it will go back/can be fixed. x
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Schwarzkopf LIVE Color XXL Ultra Brights range and a trip to the Academy!
Last week I went down (in the pouring rain, sob) to the Schwarzkopf Academy to learn about their brand new at home hair dyeing range – LIVE Color XXL Ultra Brights. The range consists of three new semi-permanent hair colours (Pillar Box Red, Raspberry Rebel, Fiery Copper) that are bright and bold and designed to give ultimate wow factor. Upon arrival at the Academy, we were sat down and listened to their stylist Katie talk through three key looks for the dip dye and bright hair trends. The first look was a double dye look, which involved putting the red all over the roots and the top of the hair but only gently leaving it through the bottom. Then the orange was applied to the tips of the hair and blended softly into where the red went down to. This created the most beautiful fiery red flame looking tips all over the head and was really insanely eye-catching! I loved this look the most.
Another technique that was really interesting was one where Katie plaited the hair before rubbing dye through the plait. This created a much more uneven, natural, unique looking dip dye that looked really great on bright blonde hair but also on mousey brown hair too. This worked the best with the pink/fuchsia shade but it also looks nice with the orange shade. I’d actually recommend this method of dip dyeing your hair to avoid that really liney ‘block’ colour application look.
Katie also talked through doing a simple block shade and some tips for application. She says its better to section off your hair starting with the underneath layer first to ensure you don’t miss any bits, and then rub the remaining dye through the top and sides. She recommended applying on to wet hair rather than dry hair for these semi-permanent colours and also ensuring you leave your dye on for the correct time. She also recommended pre-lightening the hair with LIVE Color XXL 00A Absolute Platinum, which is actually the dye I have used for years and years at home to bleach my hair blonde.
The new Ultra Brights range has an RRP of £5.49 and is available from Boots, Superdrug, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Savers, Bodycare and Independent Chemists nationwide.
What do you think of Schwarzkopf’s new at home offering? Do you like the three shades on sale? Do you think you’d give them a go and try a little bit of at home colouring?
Disclaimer: I was invited down to Schwarzkopf by PR.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Photography by Emily Jordan Wilson - featuring Beats By Dre
top - workshop | shorts - h&m | jacket - the ragged priest | shoes - converse | headphones - beats by dre | necklace - new look | lipstick - clinique chubby stick intense in mightiest maraschino
Ok, I would first like to point out that I am no headphone connoisseur, neither would I ever like to give the impression I am. All I knows is what I hear and if i likes it, i likes it. And I know how important it is for the tunes to sound epic when using them to dj! That said, I really like these Beats By Dre headphones. Come on, you know the one? I've seen fakes all over Camden Market. They're the coolest new accessory and everyone seems to be sporting a pair in some way. I have the classic black Studio pair and i've been roadtesting them out and about for the last month and a half to see how they compare to regular headphones and also to my old over ear headphones (which were by Hed Kandi, just as a reference.)
But first, lets talk fashion. In this shoot by the super amazing babe Emily Jordan Wilson, who shoots on a vintage Pentax (it takes batteries it's so old school!) just off Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch (right outside my work at VICE magazine!) I'm wearing quite an accurate representation of my day to day style. The jacket is my new favourite thing ever and it's by newly found Topshop favourites The Ragged Priest - it's gorgeous! My statement necklace is by New Look and I simply finished the look using my galaxy Workshop tee and some pleather H&M shorts. You should know by now I live and die in my Converse so those aren't exactly a new feature here on TLL!
I think the sound through the Beats by Dre headphones are awesome. This particular make are the Studio ones, which are cited as being the classic headphones that launched the Dr Dre range. The ear parts fold in to make them really easy to carry about and they don't look or feel too clunky on my head. They completely cover my ears and are so cushty! I can wear these ones for hours and not get uncomfortable. They're designed for optimum bass pounding, so obviously heavy rock tracks and thrashy hip hop sound the best through them, but they do a lot of my ipod indie faves justice. They are a pricey purchase, but I do feel I wont need any other headphones for a very long while! Perfect for my DJing antics too, just need to get a regular bar slot now...
Beats By Dre Studio headphones retail at £269 from the official Beats by Dre store.
Why not test your vinyl skills while you're at it?
What do you think of Beats by Dre? Do you think you'd invest in a pair or are they a little pricey for you? Do you like the way they look? What do you think of my statement Ragged Priest jacket style?
Disclaimer: I was gifted the Beats by Dre headphones and I feel very lucky for this! I really hope I can spin some tunes DJing again really soon cause these babies need an outing further than my walk into the office! I was gifted these in exchange for a link share inside this blog post.
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