graphic linerRecently I’ve been thinking (never ends well) about beauty trends which are on the catwalk every season, and the one which always stays in my mind is Graphic Liner. Models pull off over extended lines and zig zags while strutting up and down looking ab fab, but can the real woman pull it off?

Being the kind little lady that I am, I decided to give it a go to save you making a monkey of yourself. And the result? I actually really like it…

It’s not one for nipping to ASDA, and it might make the postie do a double take but for a night out, dinner or drinks this look gives a modern take on the fifties cut crease. It’s sharp edges are on trend whilst still working to define the eye.

To create the easiest graphic liner look ever I used my trusty Maybelline Gel Liner in Black and a Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush. I did the usual cat eye flick with a slightly finer line than usual and then extended the flick upwards, tipped my head back slightly and followed the natural shadow of my eye back in about half way. I can imagine this would look great if you used an electric blue liner or added some glitter for the festive season.

Would you try this?

For the final instalment of my London fashion weekend coverage, I’m bringing four trends straight from the catwalk to your screens. This season screams pattern and texture with a sprinkling of metallics thrown in for good measure. 

The first trend is hyper florals; which translates to bold floral patterns, with bright colours and statement prints. Gone are the days of garden pansies, think colour, tropics and trees. This trend can be taken through to summer with ease.

Shimmer and shine is right up my street, subtle metallics are grown up glitter; and we all know how happy a bit of sparkle can make you feel. From daytime glamour to evening chic, I’ll be making the most of this one.

Make it monochrome is a people pleaser, doing exactly what it says on the tin. Fortunately my wardrobe already fits this to a t. Stock up on black and white basics, adding in grid print and houndstooth for that je ne sais quoi.

The seventies have been up and coming since just before Christmas, and this spring it’s their time all over again. Add texture with fringing, suede and denim, oversized buttons and flared, floaty shapes. I love.

So that’s the rundown from the runway. How will you wear the trends? 

I’ve shown you the bag and I’ve shown you the outfit, it’s only fair that my snaps from the catwalk show follow on. 

I really enjoyed my first real catwalk experience and looked on from the second row (can SROW be a thing?) in envy of the perfectly structured models strutting along with such elegance. While there’s no way I’ll ever make it onto the runway, I can sure as hell buy all of the garms and let my self believe I look that damn good in them. Do they come in petite? 

All of the models were made up by Maybelline, given slick hair by Toni and guy and dressed courtesy of the As for the trends? I’m keeping those secret until tomorrow’s post. *evil laugh*

I was so excited to recieve my first ever goodie bag from the fashion and beauty industry, and boy was it a good one. Filled with beauty treats and sweet temptations this was far better than my childhood experiences of squashed birthday cake and a packet of crayons. The goodie bag in question is the one from this seasons London fashion weekend event which I was able to attend. The event is basically for people who want to go to London fashion week but aren’t Victoria Beckham so instead attend the consumers version, enjoy catwalks and pick up hot off the runway garments at discount prices. 

The goodie bag itself was created by Scottish brand Pringle, in celebration of their 200th birthday and was adorned with knitted print and the signature fashion week logo. Inside, we were treated to this months edition of Hello fashion, something which I’ve only recently spotted on the shelves of my local shop and therefore something I’m guessing is quite new? Either way it’s a great read and has lovely pictures for style inspiration. We also received some food bits including a £25 hello fresh voucher, some strawberry snacks from urban fruit, a Baileys chocolate bar and a bag of Lavazza coffee. Beauty wise the bag came containing the Maybelline colossal volume express mascara in the cat eye edition (excited), Essie nail polish in ruffles and feathers, a Label M protein hair spray, some Garnier facial wipes and a packet of Kleenex tissues.

I feel like my birthday came early and I can’t wait to try out the beauty bits and consume the tasty snacks. Reviews will of course be up soon.