Happy Christmas everybody. To capture the festivity of the season, I've gathered seven super fun fashion and beauty items that are Christmas-related! Take a peek through my slideshow and spread the holiday cheer by stuffing these sweet treats in the stocking of someone you love.
Lucky me — I've just seen the items from Paul & Joe's newest Spring 2009 Sparkles Collection. Not to be confused with their Spring 09 Colour Collection, Sparkles is limited edition and it consists of two fabulous shimmery lipsticks (£14 each) and two, three-pan eye shadow palettes (£28 each).
The lipsticks come in Opening Night, a pearlized pale pink and Backstage, a golden beige. They are creamy, sheer and come packaged in funky heavy stock paper with Paul & Joe's chrysanthemum pattern engraved on the product.
The powder eye shadows are available in Ingenue, a natural beige, brown and grey palette and Starlet, a pale pink, grey and deep purple trio. My personal fave is the neutral Ingenue palette since it can so easily take you from day to night, plus, the center shade can also double as a brow filler.
For close-ups shots of the pretty Spring Sparkles Collection, read more
I hope that 2009 brings you a year of health, wealth happiness and all the goodies that your heart desires! After my hours upon hours of time spent Christmas shopping, it was hard not to covet a few items for myself. Browse this slideshow to see some of this years must-have beauty items — enjoy!
I just couldn't resist telling you about this sweetly chic collection. Now while I'm not really a Disney fan, I've completely fallen for Paul & Joe's pretty set. The illustrations of Bambi, Lady and the Tramp and Aristocats have an old-fashioned air that's sure to create more than a touch of nostalgia for the days when all you wanted in life was to be a Disney Princess.
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I know it's only October, but already all the big beauty brands are starting to introduce their Christmas gift packages in stores across the country. I'm head over heels in love with these beautifully feminine gift sets (£35 each) from Paul & Joe. The pretty sets are now available from asos.com, Fenwicks and Harrods.
Paul & Joe's indulgent sets are available in two fragrances. Green Floral comes in a pink box and is a fresh and fruity perfume. It's created from a mix of rose, lily, orange flower and violet with a vanilla and heliotrope base for a sweet scent. Meanwhile the purple set is entitled Exotic Floral and is a mature floral fragrance with gardenia, jasmine and camomile. A white musk and sandalwood base makes for a sophisticated smell.
For my review of the Paul & Joe box sets, just read more
Model Jodie Kidd and pop star Christina Milian have both been spotted mixing it up, lately. Christina has been contrasting very dark and pale colours together as well as different shades of brights.
Meanwhile Jodie has been photographed with four different neon shades on her nails, for a bright lights, bold colour effect.
I'm not sure if this is going to catch on outside of Fashion Week and possibly Shoreditch, but with the latest autumn/winter beauty trends mixing the punk with the polished, it could be fun to literally try and combine trends. Just read more
Nails were darkly metallic, in shades of burnished bronze, glossy crimson, steely silver and shimmering black. After summer's love affair with bright lights, bold colour varnishes – such as canary yellow or bright orange – autumn's mood is more grown-up.
Nails should be slightly longer this season, just peeking over the edge of the finger tips. Keep the shape curved and natural, for a polished effect.
If you only buy one polish, make it Chanel's Le Vernis in Kaleidoscope, (£14.50), it's a perfect metallic shade that suits all skin tones.
I also like Revlon Gold Get 'Em, a pale gold that looks more grown-up than last winter's brassy shades. While, Miss Sporty's Zodiac, (£1.99), at Superdrug, is a cool, metallic beige nude, that works well for a subtle nod to the trend.
I'm smitten by Paul & Joe's smoulderingly, dark metallic shade, 20, as well, for Grecian-style nails. Or try their hard-edged, bright silver Paul & Joe in 21, (£9), to wear with Christopher Kane's oversize sequin-encrusted collection, this fall.
Splitting nails looks messy and is super annoying when you're trying to grow your talons. Look at your diet, if you're not eating enough protein that could be part of the problem. Secondly, make sure you're buffing your nails correctly, and not being overly harsh.
Splitting nails is a common problem that occurs when natural oils have escaped from the nail plate. This can happen for a number of reasons, but is also caused by the nail being stripped of it's natural oils through day-to-day activities such as washing your hands.
Use a treatment oil every morning and night, such as Paul & Joe's, (£10). If possible, slather on the oil before you go to sleep, and then smooth on a specially designed hand cream, such as Dermalogica Multivitamin Hand and Nail Treatment.
For an everyday solution, keep oil levels topped up with Vitamin E Oil Slick Pen, (£10), by Nails Inc. It's very easy to use and non-messy so you can keep it on your desk at work and apply as often as you need to. Solution nailed.
This may seem like a slightly crazy trend but it is definitely a catwalk item that will easily transfer to the High Street. Cat print t-shirts appeared on the catwalk at Paul & Joe (left) as a t-shirt dress but you can get shorter versions on the High Street.
Large t-shirts worn as a dress have an obvious '80s feel although teaming with bright colour sandals makes the look more contemporary. You can wear a big t-shirt over shorts/hot-pants for a more wearable look, also you could clinch the waist with a vintage belt if you find that a large tee drowns you slightly.
The Paul & Joe t-shirt that is pictured will be available from Net-a-Porter for £260, alternatively there are High Street examples listed below.