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If there’a any colours that works for every skin tone, it’s gold. Whether you are fair-skinned or tan, there’s always a shade that will look dazzling. Cold gold tones often works best for fair skin, and warm colours look stunning on tan, but remember there are no rules you have to follow. Who care if it’s not the weekend, go for it!

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Skin Care Series: 1 – Know Your Skin Type

Having clear and healthy-looking skin is something we all aim for and is for some harder to achieve than others. I’m definitely one of the others. At some point during my teens my skin decided to massively mess around (yes, we’re talking acne and all that loveliness) and ever since it has insisted on strict care to be kept at bay. Sadly there are so super-product that works as a quick fix (despite what commercials may tell you). Thing is, the skin needs to be balanced and to do that you need to use good products that work against you skin issues and neutralize them. It’s all a bit scientific, really. But to find the products to improve your unbalanced skin you need to identify what type of skin you have to work with. Quite obvious, right?

After researching and reading about this for the past 4-5 years I feel like I’ve gained a fair amount of knowledge regarding skin types, skin care and products, so what kind of person would I be if I didn’t share it with you? It also genuinely pains me how people spend a fortune at the drugstore, but buy the wrong product and just mess the skin up even more. That’s why I’m going to take you through the very confusing and frustrating process of understanding your skin and finding the right products for you – step by step.

There are five main skin types: normal, oily, dry, combination and sensitive.

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Normal:
This is basically what everyone aims for. Normal skin is well balanced as well as appearing smooth, clear and healthy. It also has no oily or dry areas and few/none pronounced pores and lines. Av even skin tone and good elasticity is also a sign of having a normal skin type.

Oily:
Also called problem skin. Your skin appears greasy and shiny due to your skin producing too much oil as well as large pores. Those with oily skin tend to have lots of blemishes, blackheads and spots, and the skin often appears plump because the dead cells do not shed as quickly.

Dry:
Dry skin on the other hand, doesn’t produce enough oil which causes tight, flaky, fragile skin. The lack of oil also reduces the skin’s ability to act as a protective barrier meaning it’s much more vulnerable to UV radiation, pollution and weather conditions. Small pores are also a sign of dry skin.

Combination:
(Raises hand up with sadness) Those with combination skin have both oily and dry areas – typically oily in the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and dry on the cheeks and around the eyes. This is probably the most tricky one as the different areas on your skin require different treatment.

Sensitive:
(One again raises hand up, this time with defeat) This is the most fragile skin type. People with sensitive skin burn easily and is prone to redness and irritation when using products with harsh ingredients.

But what determine what kind of skin type we have?
There’s a lot of factors that contribute to having a certain skin type, the biggest contributor being heredity. By this I mean biological predisposition, genes, to a particular type of skin. Still, climate and weather changes, what you eat (never underestimate how what you eat affect your body), hormonal change (oh those teen years…), allergies, pregnancy, health problems, medications, smoking and last but definitely not least sun exposure plays a part in how your skin appears. Don’t listen to those saying sun dries out your spots. It’s like peeing on yourself because you’re cold (excuse the phrase) – it’ll do the job for a short moment, but on a long-term basis it doesn’t exactly do you any favors. The condition of your skin will actually be a lot worse, so always use at least SPF 30 when exposing the skin to sunlight.

Hopefully this makes you a bit wiser. And of course, if you have any questions or want any further guidance – comment and I’m more than happy to help!

I’ll post the next post in the series, How to Treat Your Skin Type, around the same time next week.

xx

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Oscars 2014: Red Carpet Fashion Favourites

It’s Award time again! This time, Hollywood gathered to celebrate the 86th Academy Awards, AKA the Oscars, and we obviously have an opinion about every dress that walked on any red carpet on that night. From the Academy Awards Ceremony to everyone and their mum’s after parties – here are the best looks of the night, in no specific order.

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There’s something particularly sexy about a dress that works in the back. It’s just effortlessly chic, and Margot Robbie has the look perfectly styled.

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It’s so refreshing to see a man hit the red carpet in something a little more edgy than we’re used to. Michael B. Jordan definitely made us take notice when he showed up in this Givenchy tux and shoes combo. Also, I’m loving the collar chain which adds a nice personal touch, as well as complimenting the gold plated shoes. 251e34fe-56c7-4658-9f1d-212d52484a74-1140x2040 Jared Leto went for a rather unique look, and to be honest, I really, really love it. I know it’s wrong, but there’s something about the white Laurent suit and red bow tie that just perfectly compliments his ombré hair. Which I’m kind of jealous of to be honest, I mean he’s got the perfect gentle wave.

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I am a massive Jennifer Lawrence fan, but her look just didn’t do it for me. So why is there a picture of her, you ask. I just want to point out how much I love a necklace that goes down your back instead of your chest. I want to do this forever.

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When I saw Crystal Renn in this beautiful Zac Posen creation, my jaw unhinged and dropped to my waist and I almost fell off my chair. I mean, is it even legal to look this good? The look is perfectly old Hollywood glamour, but Renn still looks like the definition of sex on legs. I have no words, except for “I will forever try to channel my inner Crystal Renn”.

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Ok, ok – I know everyone loves to hate the Kardashians, but Kim and Khloe look absolutely stunning in their red dresses. Kim looks like such a classic beauty (who knew she could?) despite the rather revealing cleavage, and oh my, Khloe looks like a real life Jessica Rabbit in her mermaid velvet number.

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I am an absolute fool for anything emerald green, and Evan Rachel Wood pulls off this Elie Saab dress so well. It screams Old Hollywood, though a different era than Crystal Renn’s, but the pared down accessories keeps it from looking like a costume. Love it!Lupita-Nyongo-in-Prada-February-2014-BellaNaija-Style-2014-Academy-Awards-Oscars-BellaNaija-0186th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals

Last but not least of the best dressed; The girl that stole the night – both at the awards and on the red carpet. Lupita Nyong’o looks absolutely stunning in her custom Prada dress. The pale turquoise compliments her perfectly and makes her skin look positively luminating. Can we also appreciate how the dress is cut to show just the right amount of rib cage? It might be a strange thing to say – but we find a bit of cage and/or slight side boob pretty sexy.

 

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Oscars 2014: Red Carpet Beauty

Still no Oscar for Leonardo DiCaprio, huh?

The red carpet is the perfect place for designers, make-up artists and actors/actresses to shine, and this year’s Oscars didn’t disappoint. Hair and make-up can easily require just as much time as designers use on their dresses, and it seems like, after this year’s BAFTAs, Golden Globes, Brits and Grammys, that there is a clear trend of smokey eyes and bold lips going on this year. Here’s my favourite red carpet looks, hair and make-up wise, at this years Oscars:

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Smokey eyes, long lashes and nude lips paired up with loose soft curls definitely worked for Angelina Jolie. I’m loving the subtle sixties thing she’s got going on.

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Seems like Margot Robbie can pull of brunette hair just as well as blonde. Her forties-style curls, natural eyes and an amazing purple lip looked stunning!

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Emma Watson: the young woman who seems to be able to pull anything off – no exception. The textures up-do with a side-swept fringe worked so well and was a fantastic opposite to her classic beauty look with glowing skin, matt red lips and generous coat of mascara.

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Lupita Nyong’o looks so beautiful with the glossy berry lips. Also loving the Cinderella princess touch that is her headband.

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“World, tell her her hair looks sexy pushed back” (irresistable Mean Girls quote). Jennifer Lawrence’s hair is full of volume and looks completely and utterly flawless – having a pixie cut doesn’t mean you no longer have options when it comes to your hair. Subtle cat eyes and soft lips works so well with it.

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Side swept Hollywood curls, metallic smokey eyes and nude lips make up a classic glamorous beauty look for Sandra Bullock. Totes beauts (yes, I went there).

There’s so much inspiration from this year’s red carpets and I love it! I’m going to go all Oscar beauty from here on out, it’s just about adapting the look to a more subtle and less glamorous level – or not for a night out.

Xx

 

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Women of the World Festival 2014

Hi, there! Yeah, no, I’m still alive. I’ve just been spending the past week in Norway shoveling two meters of snow off our cabin roof and discussing what cross-country ski wax is appropriate for the day’s weather with strangers and – you know, being all Norwegian and that. It’s still a few days left before I head back to London, and today I got some great news that make me even more excited to go back!

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I’ve been selected to take part in the Women of the World festival next weekend in Southbank, London – the UK’s largest arts centre! The festival celebrates the incredible achievements of women and girls and looks at the most potent topics for women today. The festival is made up of keynotes, debates, talks, performances, gigs, free music, workshops, exhibitions and so much more! People of all kinds come together to not only talk about women’s great achievements, but also to examine the obstacles that prevent them from achieving their full potential. This year’s speakers includes young activist Malala Yousafzai and fashion designer and human rights campaigner Vivienne Westwood (I’m beyond thrilled). There are themes such as Louboutins and Landfill: How to be a sustainable fashionista?, The Personal is still Political: Will you occupy your body? and The Butch Monologues: Repositioning the socially threatening concept of female masculinity.

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I’m very happy (and slightly honored) to be chosen as a part of their student blogger team. I’ll be reporting and writing articles about the various events for Southbank Centre as well as being given other reporter privileges (yay!). I’m really excited and certain it will be so very, very interesting and a fun experience. Of course I will blog a bit about it here too.

Grab a 3-days-pass (£30) for this amazing festival by clicking here. It’s also possible to buy a day pass at wow.southbankcentre.co.uk for £12.

xx

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Weekend Inspo

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A tiny look at things I find visually appealing.

I’m currently in the middle of a creative block, and nothing seems to really break it, which is very annoying when you have deadlines… If anyone has any tips to get those creative thoughts going, please feel free to share!

Marie xx

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Kale is the new black

As you know I’ve been doing my internship for the last month, and between working and commuting, there wasn’t much time left of the day to spend in the kitchen. I’d usually just have a bowl of pasta for supper and some crisps for snacking to my series of choice. Eventually fashion week came around and with work to do and places to be, eating was not really a priority anymore, and I’d just grab anything that seemed tasty at the time. This all ended in really bad habits of eating sporadically and having a lot of junk/processed foods.
Now that I am back at uni, I’m trying to get back to better habits again – but no matter how healthy I try to be, a girl needs a snack to her TV shows.
So to the point of the day: The easiest, healthiest (and surprisingly tasty) crisps you’ve ever had! Kale is all the rage right now and I fell in love with kale crisps when my dad (believe it or not!) cooked up a batch last summer.

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You need nothing more than a bag of kale, 1 – 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and a drizzle of salt.

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Get your kale cleaned and dried, then tear it into bite size pieces. Be aware that kale shrinks quite a lot in the oven, so don’t go completely crazy. Then put it in your zip lock bag, make sure to leave a little wiggle room, and add the olive oil. Close it up, grab it with both hands and shake it like a polaroid picture!

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Put them on a tray, drizzle with sea salt and pop in the oven, preheated to 180 C. Leave them in there for ten to fifteen minutes, but make sure to keep an eye on them! They’re fragile little buggers, and will burn in a blink. They should be crispy and golden on the edges, but not brown. Obviously I left mine too long this time!

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Enjoy your crisps with a clear conscience! If you don’t already know, kale is propped full of vitamins and antioxidants, so you can snack away all you want (well, everything in moderation of course). I’m always a sceptic when it comes to changing my treats for healthier options, and this was no exception. The nice thing about kale, in addition the health benefits of course, is that it doesn’t taste very much. Which means it’s kind of just a healthy vessel for your sea salt, and you can add all sorts of flavours to them!

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Style Crush: Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards

I’m always looking for inspiration when it comes to fashion and style. Over the last couple of months I’ve been very fond of the grungy, casual, cool yet sophisticated style Perrie Edwards has been sporting lately. There’s something about the mix of leather harnesses, feminine pieces, cheeky bodysuits and effortless casualness – it just works! I never thought I would feel the need to buy a leather harness, you know? I honestly need one. And don’t get me started on Perrie’s hair and beauty looks. My admiration is beyond words.

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I love how she so often rocks high street fashion brand such as Topshop and River Island as well as affordable online brand like Missguided (one of my personal favourite brands that I’ve just recently discovered) and ASOS.

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I am overly addicted to crop tops (sadly also Domino’s…), sandal heels, white shirts within whatever I can manage to put them within at the moment, and I love how Perrie’s style inspires work my addictions in new ways.

Want to rock fashion the PE style, but not sure where to begin? I have, as the Grabble addicted person I am, collected the perfect Perrie Edwards items to make a style guide for you. So many wants it’s painful. I honestly consider using the rest of my student loan on a fair amount of these pieces. Who need food anyways. I already have enough penne in my cupboard to last me a lifetime.

For more check the rest of the Perrie Little Mix wants.

Xx

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London Fashion Week

So we’ve been neglecting the blog for a bit. If you follow our instagram, you know that Ingelin’s been chilling out in Dublin and I’ve been working – AKA been going to LFW. In a perfect world I would show you pictures from everything that’s happened, but I’m just too exhausted to try and do a proper post right now. So let’s do a quick catch up instead! Here are some snaps from the best parts so far!

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Craft Central “Fashioned” Showcase

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LCF MA Graduates Exhibition

 

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I have so many pictures to show you, it’s absolutely ridiculous. Let’s keep it short and sweet and I’ll just keep ‘em coming! If you want to keep up - follow our instagram here!

Marie xx

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