Met Gala Style 2015

Last night’s Met Gala was a busy time in the fashion world! I woke up to images of hundreds of dresses that graced the red carpet and overall, I was pretty impressed with them! The theme for this years event was ‘China: Through The Looking Glass’ and overall I think the theme was interpreted well into stylish, beautiful gowns, dresses and outfits that were seen.

The most talked about was Rihanna in Guo Pei. I mean, come on, how can this NOT be the most talked about outfit from the night. I’d expect nothing less from Rihanna, and while the colour and feather trim were not to my taste, she rocked the red carpet.

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The other statement outfits came from Karen Elson in Dolce and Gabbana, Sarah Jessica Parker (sorry, but she’s lost it) in custom H&M and a Philip Treacy hat, Lady Gaga in Balenciaga and Kerry Washington in Prada. Overall the only one that impressed was Karen Elson, appearing regal in gold and red.

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Speaking of red, there was LOADS of it on the red carpet, a little too much for my taste. I adore a beautiful red dress at an event like this (see here for my Oscars review) but I would have liked a little more originality. Kendall Jenner in her jade Calvin Klein gown was sublime, as was Joan Smalls in Roberto Cavalli.

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Some of my favourite red’s were from Poppy Delevigne in divine Marchesa, Sienna Miller in Thakoon, Alison Williams in Giambattista Valli and Gigi Hadid in stunning Diane von Furstenburg.

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The second round of reds include Helen Mirren in Dolce and Gabbana (future goals), Jaime King showing her gorgeous bump off in this simple Hugo Boss gown, Rita Ora in Tom Ford and Reese Witherspoon doing her thing in Jason Wu.

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The last round of reds are a little disappointing, and don’t pop on the carpet like the others. Vanessa Hudgens in H&M, Hailee Steinfeld in Michael Kors, Karolina Kurkova in Tommy Hilfiger and Amal Clooney in ruffled Maison Margiela. I’m probably being unfair to Amal to be honest, the more I look at her dress, the more I like it.

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One of the beauty trends on this years red carpet were the dark lips, as rocked by these beauties. An extreme look that lent itself really well to this years theme. Pictured is Adriana Lima, Carey Mulligan, Claire Danes, Lily Aldrige and my fave, Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Beautiful.

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The other ladies who were on point with their interpretation of the theme were Anne Hathaway in this STUNNING gold hooded Ralph Lauren gown, Kate Mara in this elegant Diane von Furstenberg dress, Lily Collins nailed it in this classic Chanel outfit and Cara Delevignes edgy temporary body art showed that fashion is not just material. Loved them.

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Now for the other most talked about dresses, the booty shots. These nude/crystal/feathered delights worn by the most bootilicious women in the world…but whose was best? I’m going to have to say…Kim K.

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Beyonce’s Givenchy see through is beautiful, and she has the body to show it off, but her make up aged her and she looked a bit tired and a bit fed up to be honest. Jennifer Lopez wore Versace Atelier but that side angle shows just an inch too much skin. Kim Kardashian’s Roberto Cavalli dress had the nude in all the right places, and she looked the most comfortable in her dress, and the feathered train is sublime.

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My other favourites were the gold dresses worn by Jessica Chastain in Givenchy (her complexion!), Kate Beckinsale in Diane von Furstenberg and Kate Hudson in impressive Michael Kors.

Of course Rosie Huntington-Whitely is divine in this Versace Atelier one shouldered dress, Sofia Vergara sticking to her glamourous style in Marchesa and Sophie Turner is killing it in this Burberry dress. I’m surprised she wasn’t featured more in some of the style reviews I’ve read so far.

Now for the not so goods, and there are a few. These outfits say it all, I love ladies pushing the envelope in terms of style on a red carpet but some of these are just, no.

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Chloe Sevigny fails again, while Zac Posen has done Katie Holmes no justice in this dress, even a dramatic hair cut can’t save it. Emily Blunt gives me horrid 90’s flashbacks in this satin dress, and Katy Perry’s Moschino gown is a little last season. That colour dress and those gloves on Olivia Wilde are a let down from Michael Kors.

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These dresses definitely fit into the ‘What were you thinking?’ category. Zendaya, Solange, Chloe Grace Moretz, Lisa Bonet and Karolina Kurkova miss the point completely.

What were your favourites from the red carpet at this years event?

Suzy Signature

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Estée Lauder brought me back to life!

My daughter has just turned one and now I’m a working mother, life is so busy. I have barely any time to put my face on but I try to make the effort, every day, to put on some make up, even if I only have five minutes to do it!

During the nine months of my Maternity Leave, I wore far less make up than I used to but I’m proud of myself for rarely leaving the house without a bit of slap on! Some people are confident without make up but I’m not one of them – mascara and a touch of lippy at the very least makes me feel better.

I used to always wear Benefit’s BADgal liner, buying the same product for years. It used to go on beautifully, looking like liquid liner and staying put almost as long but going on easily, like a pencil. I loved it. For some reason, all of a sudden, it didn’t work the same. It was smudgy and would leave me looking like I’d had a really rough day.

I had similar issues with my eye shadow – my usual colour seemed to reflect the bags under the eyes making me look worse! In the end, I would only wear mascara on my eyes and I was so desperate to look fresh and awake, I used FOUR different mascaras at a time!! It didn’t work.

I was left feeling like I’d lost my ability to put my make up on and I felt like I wasn’t myself anymore. It is silly but you experience such a physical change through pregnancy and the months afterwards, it can have a huge impact on how you feel about yourself.

I took a day off work and headed to Selfridges. I’d heard good things about the Estée Lauder Double Wear range and went to speak to Erin. She was amazing. It was a Tuesday morning so it was nice and quiet and so she could offer me a good half an hour or so. She listened to what I had to say about how I was feeling and sat me down in the chair. I’m not ashamed to say she gave me a little emotional support as well as practical advice!

First, she advised me about foundation. Double Wear is designed to last but because I wanted decent coverage without looking like I’ve got loads of make up on, Erin advised me to go for the Double Wear Light range of foundation (RRP £29.50). It goes on beautifully and I would describe it as medium coverage. It does sit looking quite wet for a short time but be patient as it dries ‘sheer-medium’.

Next she introduced me to Double Wear Stay-in-Place Gel Eyeliner (RRP £19). I was advised to try ‘Stay Coffee’ (brown), rather than ‘Stay Onyx’ (black), to create a more natural look.

It is a little pot of gel eyeliner with a tiny little brush. It’s amazing!! It goes on beautifully and you can achieve a ‘flick’ with ease. After an early start getting a toddler ready and off to nursery, followed by a full and busy day at work, my eyeliner was still on at bedtime, looking as good as when I put it on that morning. Looking in the mirror and seeing my trademark eyeliner back on my face was such a relief!! The only improvement would be to have a little case to put the brush in so it doesn’t collect dust but giving it a wipe before use seems to be sorting that out.

This is my happy little face after my makeover – forgive the quality of the photograph!

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Erin heard about my overuse of multiple mascaras and gave me a tester of Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara (RRP £21). Ive been using it ever since and not only has the tester still not run out, I am back to using just one mascara – as normal people do!!

After feeling like I looked old, tired and haggard, it’s such a relief to look at my face and to see the old me again, without having spent a fortune. Thank you Estée Lauder.

Clare xx

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Confession: I have an eyebrow obsession

In early 2014 I decided I needed to jump on the bushier eyebrow bandwagon. This did coincide ever so slightly with my burgeoning Cara Delevingne obsession, so it was no surprise when I announced to my husband ‘I’m gonna grow my eyebrows!’.

I’d noticed the distinct lack of eyebrows initially on my wedding photos, and after years of plucking them to within an inch of their life it was time for a change.

I did a bit of research, and the honest advice I received was….you want bigger eyebrows? Put down the tweezers.

So I did, I stopped plucking my eyebrows in January 2014 and tried to let them grow as much as I could. In the following months, I noticed myself excusing my eyebrows whenever I met with friends, or had my hair done. As much as I wanted the look, I needed help. I looked into HD Brows after seeing a ton of posts about them on Instagram and found my local HD Brow specialist – Zena Fox. I got an appointment after a couple of weeks wait – these treatments are in demand!

Here’s my before and after – it does have to be said I was pulling a ridiculously surprised expression in the top picture!

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I met with Zena and she explained the treatment to me in detail. HD Brows follows a 7 step process of:

Consultation – Zena talked through what kind of look I wanted to achieve and how she thought I would be able to achieve it. She was pleased I’d already started on growing my brows and stopped plucking, so she recommended I purchase the Lash & Brow Booster to help stimulate more growth in my brows. Because of overplucking, the follicles close and stop producing new hairs, and the serum would help with that. I was to apply it every day, and the cost was £35. (RRP is now £39.50).

Tinting – Zena then set about tinting my fair brows to achieve an overall depth of colour which would help my brows look thicker more naturally.

She then aligned by brows and tails with my face and pencilled in the shape we wanted to achieve, checking I was happy with what she was suggesting. Then followed the next steps of waxing, trimming, threading and tweezing.

After care and makeup application – Zena then used an printed eyebrow aftercare sheet to show me where I needed to focus on applying my brow liner to ensure even coverage and shape. She showed me how to apply the brow liner and to use light feathery motions, to imitate the brow hairs as much as I could.

Before & After

You can see how much thicker my brows look already without looking like a Crayola Face!

She recommended I leave the next treatment for 8 weeks to give the serum a good chance to start working – she said it would take 6 weeks before I saw any real results. Off I went, and I did as she asked applying the serum daily and staying away from those tweezers. I bought a new brow pencil and practised my application till I had it perfected. And perfect it I did….not a day went by without me asking my husband how my brows were looking!

For my second session, she was very pleased with the change in my natural brows, as was I.

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This time, Zena had just received a new product, the Brow Colourfix. She was raving about it and as I’d mentioned I’d been getting through my brow pencils quite a bit, she recommended I get some as it was much more longer lasting. We decided on the darker colour, 003 Vamp as the lighter colours seemed to show my brow hairs more, rather than blending in. The cost was £22. She showed me how to apply again, suggesting I buy a thin slant edged make up brush to apply it with. I bought this one from Mac.

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I was so pleased with the outcome! The serum and the colourfix were working so well for me! I found the colourfix easy to apply, and 2 months down the line it’s still going strong.

So my obsession was paying off, and even my dear husband had grasped what I was trying to achieve with this…his response to my endless brow questions was always…’They look big and bushy babes’!

Between the second and third sessions I plucked a measly 3 hairs from my brows, just unruly ones and sadly one grey hair *sob*.

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Here’s my brows looking natural and after I’ve applied my make up, I don’t use the colourfix every day but I have definitely mastered the art of eyebrows! If only I’d listened to my mum……she told me not to overpluck my eyebrows, when I was just 16 *sigh*.

It’s safe to say, 2014 has been the year of the BROW.

Suzy xx

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