New Look Autumn/ Winter 14 Collection Preview

Although it feels like it barely passed, AW is upon us again and summer is very nearly over. It’s my favourite time of year for fashion and I’m so excited for the brand new array of coats, boots and evening outfits to hit shop floors this September. I was lucky enough to attend the Autumn Winter 2014 New Look Press Event back in May and am so excited to show you some exclusive pictures of their new collection and key trends for this Autumn/Winter.

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The peep toe trend has officially come full circle. From being a trend synonymous with the 1940’s, it has made its way through the designer circle and slipped down in to the high street stores, with New Look taking it under their wing, displaying some lovely peep toe options. The cut out detailing and the buckle make this peep toe boot rather biker-ish, and the simpler sleek mules, reference a SS14 Whistles pair, at a much more affordable price. Both can be easily teamed with skinny jeans and a casual top for a stylish day time outfit.

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Similar to the Topshop jumpsuit we have all seen this season, which comes in black, pink and white – New Look have done their own (and hopefully slightly cheaper) version. Again symbolising a classic Whistle’s design from the SS14 season, the jumpsuit is strapless, fitted and with a straight leg. On the back there is also an oval cut out shape, but avoids the no bra dilemma by still keeping a band on the back.

Fotor090713491 - CopyIf you fell in love with the 90’s this season, like I definitely did with Iggy Azeala’s Fancy video and Kylie Jenner’s make up, then there is something for you here. This shoe and bag combo screams the 90’s. The low chunky heel and pointy top is something you’ll definitely see on the feet of the women in the films Sliding Doors or American Beauty! And the check detailing of course relating to Iggy’s take on the Clueless outfit.

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Just because winter is here, it doesn’t mean you have to throw your pastels away and move to dark reds and purples. By combining some texture, New Look has created the winter pastels. I’m not sure how confident I would be carrying the pink fluffy tote bag just yet, but can see a more stylish person carrying it off perfectly. The suede texture on the shoes and the leather crocodile skin effect on the bag also make this pastel blue a staple winter edition.

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Do you have your eye on anything in this collection? I know I do…

 

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Devastating or pioneering?

After the news broke of Company discontinuing their printed magazine and moving solely online, tweets flooded in to the magazine’s Twitter and their staff writers, explaining how sad they are and that it was such devastating news.

…But is it?

We all continue to say how much we love settling down with a cuppa and a mag, but how often do we actually do this anymore? If you compare how often you sit down to read a magazine, to how often you open links to articles on Twitter, or go direct to the website – I think we all know what would come out on top.

I love print magazines myself, finding out who the monthly cover star is, the intricate designs of the page that surround the feature and the smell (who doesn’t love the smell of a new mag?) But with the rise of bloggers and social media over the past few years, it has been hard to ignore the decline in urge to pick up a mag these days.

Remember Never Underdressed? The completely online magazine from ShortList Media, filled with witty articles and GIFS was my favourite. I know what you’re thinking – why are you comparing Company’s future with an online magazine that has recently closed down? Well hear me out. Never Underdressed was brand new and just like new bloggers, it had to build up a fan base. Company already has a strong fan base, it already has the Twitter followers and it already has people who will repeatedly come back and support them.

Company’s editorial tone of voice will relish and only excel with the use of GIFS, emoji’s and other online features, such as interactive adverts and competitions to gain revenue. I see nothing but a bright future for Company magazine.

What do you think?

makingup xo

NEWS: Birchbox Opens Store

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If I were to open a shop, it would be exactly like this one…

Beauty box subscription company Birchbox have officially taken a leap of faith and opened a physical store in the one and only, New York City. Focusing on making beauty shopping a slightly different experience, Birchbox recognise that when you go make-up shopping, you usually go shopping for a specific product; be that a lip liner, a foundation or an eye shadow – rather than shopping for just one brand. That’s why they have separated their stands by product, rather than brand, differentiating themselves from what you find in department stores. This means you can walk in, have a selection of lip liners in red, compare, and then pick your fave right there and then! Sounds a dream, huh? Well if it can’t get any better than that, (and perhaps I’m just too over excited as that has always been a dream of mine), they also have group beauty classes that you can attend and a place for you to get your hair and make-up done. Now it really can’t get much better than that, can it? If only I lived in NYC…

 

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Introducing Kim Kardashian West..

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Kim Kardashian West’s wedding looked spectacular but did we really expect anything less with Kanye West as her partner? The Givenchy Couture dress, the trail and the extravagant wall of flowers were classic and classy. I love these photos but I am also really eager to see a classic Kim selfie from her wedding day, so I can get a better look of her make up and hair!

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My Benefit Audition Experience

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Before I attended my Benefit audition, I searched all over the internet for advice and tips, to be faced with a range of horrible experiences, which made me feel vulnerable and nervous. Before I go into my experience, I will answer the question that I’m sure is on your minds, did I get the job? Well, the answer unfortunately is no I didn’t, and I’m ok with that! A lot of posts I have read seem to be infused with bitterness and anger, perhaps because they didn’t get the job, but I relatively enjoyed the whole Benefit audition experience.

I turned up a good 45 minutes early to the Benefit audition, and browsed Debenhams (where my Benefit audition was being held) for most of that time, to avoid looking too keen. I went to the Benefit counter 15 minutes prior to my interview. There were 5 of us altogether, and we were greeted by a lovely Benefit Cosmetics regional manager who was very chatty and welcoming and automatically put all our nerves at ease.

In the training room, we first had to introduce ourselves and say a little bit about ourselves. This mainly included what you were studying at the moment and past relative experience, but it’s really not that formal, she just wanted to know our names. Secondly, we received a demonstration of how to traffic stop. Using the line ‘Hello, how are you today? Have you heard of benefit cosmetics before?’ And, understanding that whether the customer said yes or no, you were then to say, ‘Come with me and I’ll try out some products on you!’ The key thing the regional manager drummed into us, is to remember not to actually ask them. As weird and as rude as that may sound, they encourage strongly that you almost tell them to follow you.

We then went through different objections customers may have, whether that’s a time issue, picking the kids up soon, meeting a friend… Whatever they say, you had to turn it around and make sure they come over. After role playing between the five of us and practising our lines on each other, we were then taught how to apply six key products. These products were the Benefit Eye Cream, POREfessional, You Rebel, High beam, Benetint and They’re Real mascara. All pretty easy products to apply. We had a go on each other and it would be at this point I would advise you to wear natural foundation, as you will have make up applied to you and you don’t want to look too cakey. Also make sure you bring some of your own make up with you just in case the other girl messes up!

We then made our way to the shop floor. No matter how nervous you are feeling at this point, you really have to put on a confident and smiley front. We were left to our own devices and told to approach customers in the way we were taught, and this is where a key mistake I believe I made comes in…

After being told we could go anywhere in the store, I thought that it would be better if I ventured away from the beauty counter, thinking I would have more chance getting people to sit down, who had not already been approached by the other girls. I didn’t realise until after, but this is probably a last resort and not one I would advise to you. It is much easier to grab someone as they stroll past the counter or in the surrounding areas, and get them to sit down then it is to get them down a flight of stairs..

After around 30 minutes of asking everyone I saw and not getting anyone to sit down, I knew my time was up. A couple of the other girls had already got 2 people to sit down, so it wasn’t a surprise when the regional manager approached me telling me that I hadn’t been successful. She was lovely, and explained this role was hands on and required a lot of approaching people and getting people to sit down. And instead of saying I wasn’t right for the job; she implied that the job itself wasn’t right for me. She was probably right.

She thanked me a lot for coming to the audition, asked me about my future plans, wished me all the best for the future and gave me a 15% off voucher to use on any Benefit cosmetic products. Despite not getting the job, it was a great experience and the girls I met were lovely! Anything you do in life, bad or good is an experience and you will learn from it, so don’t feel disheartened if you also do not get the job.

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Top Benefit Audition Tips:

Smile a lot! Remember Benefit emphasise that laughter is the best cosmetic..

Try and be as confident as you can

Stay relatively close to the counter

Approach every person you can

Don’t let ‘no’s’ knock your confidence

Don’t be bitter if you don’t get the job, it just wasn’t right for you!

 

 

makingup xo

MY BEAUTY COMPARE | beauty junkie heaven

The world of the blogosphere has grown more than ever these past few years and has given beauty bloggers like myself a chance to explore all different kinds of products that are tried and tested by unbiased and real people – but the problem is, one product that works on one person may not work for you oryour skin tone and type –  simply how do you know without wasting your money?

So, what if I told you that a website has been launched to revolutionise the way you search for products online – as it searches and compares over 200,000 products especially for you. That’s right – newly launched website mybeautycompare.com keeps you from being overwhelmed with product reviews that aren’t right for you by refining your search based on the information you give.

 I set up a free account with My Beauty Comapare to see if it really did work and to see if it was more than just a gimmick – so below I recorded my steps to show you how you can too. After entering the basics, for example, your skin complexion, type, concerns etc.. this website gives you a chance to provide even more information that affects the type of skin you have – some things I didn’t even think of! (See screen shot 2)

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As you can see My Beauty Compare takes into consideration your diet, water intake, amount of sleep you get and your occupation. This definitely gives a more personal feel when you get your recommendations, because it is much more than saying – ‘she has dry skin, give her a moisturising foundation’  – this website is really tailoring your wants and needs into the perfect product matches. After a really quick and easy joining process, I was ready to go!

Foundation is something that I find really hard to buy, as I have fair skin that also has a lot of redness, so I was really interested to see what product matches they had for me. I was really impressed with their selections, when I clicked on the #1 foundation, it’s description states that it contains a 15 SPF,  that its suitable for fair skin tones, and skin with imperfections. Powder foundations are never something I have looked at for myself properly before, but the product description fits perfectly so I will definitely be trying it out.

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Overall I think My Beauty Compare is a great website that all beauty lovers should use and will love, as it refines its searches especially for you and allows you to search across 1500 brands and 200,000 products whilst giving you unbiased reviews by people with the same or similar skin type.

Give mybeautycompare.com a go and tell me what you think?

Sorry if you cannot see everything in the screen shots – I tried my best to get it up to the greatest quality. Best thing to do is try it for yourself!

THE BEST BEAUTY CHRISTMAS GIFT SET OF 2013

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So every year I like to treat my Mum at Christmas (as we all do) and so for one of her main presents, I bought her this amazing Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Gift Set. I was so excited to give it to her as it has the award winning Forever Youth Liberator, Volume Effect Mascara and the absolute classic, Touche Éclat.

……..but what an anti-climax.

Obviously she appreciated YSL brand, but when she said ‘so what’s this?’ *picking up the touché elcat* I wanted to walk out, lock myself in a room and scream into a pillow. I think I would have cried if I got this gift as I can no way afford these products, but she just didn’t understand the wow factor of it. So I thought I shall share this gift set with my fellow beauty junkies and hopefully feel like my money was well spent…

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 For an amazing £48.50, the gift set included all full sized products and came with a classic black and gold make up bag. This was definitely my best beauty Christmas gift sets of 2013, but it was closely followed by Benefits range, who I think really pulled out all the stops to impress with their gift sets.

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What was your best beauty buy this year? Let me know!