[BEAUTY] How To Work London Fashion Week Beauty Looks

ss15 make up looks at lfw

As London Fashion Week draws to a close and fashion editors and bloggers and photographers and everyone else heads to Paris for round three of the Fashion Week “circus”, we thought it was time to review the styles and beauty seen on the catwalks in the British capital.

Boots have helpfully sent over their top tips for achieving a few of their favourite beauty looks from the shows. This month they’ve launched their Give It A Go campaign and to support this they have added a load of “how to” videos to their site here. We’ve picked out three of our favourite looks that will work now, for autumn, as well as see you through into spring/summer next year:

1. Buff nails:

First up on the beauty trends from LFW for Spring Summer 2015 is buff nails. At Sugar & Spice we love to mix up our nail looks. The models at Matthew Williamson (left image but nails not seen!) earlier this week were spotted with buff and simple nude nails.

Mike Pocock, an independent nail manicurist told Boots:

“There is beauty in simplicity, so never underestimate the impact of natural, healthy looking, buff nails. Buffing is a technique that can be mastered from home. It’s all about filing the nail to the desired shape, smoothing out any ridges and using a strengthening base coat before applying a natural colour of choice.”

We’ve been trying out Boots No7 Matte Top Coat. It’s great for creating the look of buffed nails if you’ve not got the time to do it properly. We simply filed our nails into a neat short shape and then added a coat of the matte polish.

no7 matte lip crayons

2. Berry lips:

Deep red and berry lips were seen at Antonio Berardi’s show (above right) this week – and this is one look that will work right now and beyond into spring next year.

Vanesa Guallar, Make-up Artist and SEVENTEEN Ambassador advises:

“Berry lips are set to become this autumn’s statement look. Be brave and try out this look by experimenting with a range of berry colours – go for a deep matte berry shade or opt for a brighter berry colour!”

No7’s new Matte Lip Crayons are the perfect product for creating this berry look. I’m still trying to get used to the dark lips look on me but I am going to keep trying as this look is hot right now.

3. Dewy skin:

Fresh dewy skin was sported by the models on the catwalk at LFW for SS15 (above left at Matthew Williamson).

SEVENTEEN Ambassador and Make-up Artist, Vanesa Guallar, recommends:

“Fresh, dewy, and youthful, this autumn it’s all about naturally beautiful make-up! A CC Cream smoothes skin and helps correct imperfections – apply with a face brush to give a soft airbrushed finish to the skin. For a natural glow, use apply blush on the apples of the cheeks and blend well.”

We’re totally using No7 Radiance Highlighter Stick to add a dewy glow to cheekbones. Just swipe the stick along the top of cheeks bones and blend with your fingers.

Have you seen any looks that you’ll be repeating for autumn right now?

Top image via (l-r): Matthew Williamson SS15; and Antonio Berardi SS15

[BEAUTY] Bourjois at London Fashion Week

The fabulous and stylish chaos that is Fashion Week has moved on once more, from the cobbles of Somerset House to the flora and fauna of the Tuileries. This season I took things fairly easy and missed the shows. I still soaked up the Fashion Week fun at Handpicked Media’s LFW suite at the deluxe One Aldwych hotel right off The Strand.

The suite was, as ever season, a wonderland of hair and beauty demonstrations and treatments, awaiting for wearing fashion folk to relax.

Last season I discovered Bourjois (a little late to the game, I realise!) and last weekend I was pleased to find them at the suite again – straight from backstage at Zoe Jordan’s catwalk show where they’d been doing the make-up!

They were happy to share all the details about their newest beauty launches. The most exciting launch is the nail dotting tool which helps nail art novices to create cute patterns really easily.


They showed me just how easy it was by jazzing up my thumb nails (and my sister’s too). I love how easy it is and yet just how pretty the result is. Everyone keeps commenting on them too.


Next up is their newly re-released Poudre de Riz de Java. Originally launched in the late nineteenth Century, it was an international success and has been re-released to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary.


According to the blurb: “This scented, ultra-fine, delicately pink and pearly loose powder lights up and smooth’s the complexion in one single step. Suitable for all skin tones, its radiant and velvety finish immediately creates a healthy and glowing effect.” In reality? It works beautifully over my Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation to create a slightly matt glow – if that makes sense? I love the dewy and highlighted look but without the shiny and oily feel – so this works perfectly.

Amongst other new releases is the Blush Exclusif which is a cream-powder blush that contains pH reactive pigments and creates a bespoke pink shade in reaction to your skin’s pH. On me, it’s a pretty pale dusky pink. Their newest mascara offering is the Twist up the Volume Mascara with a brand new brush concept. The brush features an innovative twist mechanism so you basically get 2 brushes in 1 for different results – length and oversized volume.

I’ll be writing a full review of the mascara soon. I’ll also be writing a piece about the dotting tool and how to use it. So make sure to check back for those soon (make sure you never miss another post on Sugar & Spice by following us on Bloglovin’, Twitter, or Facebook).

Have you tried Bourjois’s products? Which is your favourite?

[AW13] Ashley Williams at Fashion East for Autumn Winter 2013

Fashion East Ashley Williams AW13

Whilst perusing the Autumn Winter 2013 show photos on Elle.com I happened upon the Fashion East shots and these from Ashley Williams’ collection. University of Westminster fashion graduate, Ashley Williams made her debut at London Fashion Week at Fashion East earlier this month. Williams’ graduate collection made headlines with her Texan-inspired looks which were modelled by Pixie Geldof and Alice Dellal. Williams presented a kitsch take on Americana.

Williams’ “all-American” staples have already been worn on stage by Rihanna and have been featured in such titles as Vogue UK, The Independent, Nylon and ELLE.

Finalists were chosen by Fashion East’s panel of industry experts, which includes Sarah Mower (Contributing Editor, Vogue US & Style.com) and Hugo Scott (Head of European Operations, Marc Jacobs).

Fashion East’s director, Lulu Kennedy MBE said prior to this years show:

“Ashley’s fresh and confident aesthetic is the perfect addition to our line-up!” Continue reading


Happy weekend! Hope you’re having a wonderful and relaxing time. I am spending my weekend with family which has been truly lovely.

A week on from London Fashion Week and the blogosphere* has been filled with much lively discussion following Suzy Menkes’ T Magazine article The Circus of Fashion. As a precursor to those posts I have picked out for this week’s Lovely Links, this line has probably caused the most outrage:

“the celebrity circus of people who are famous for being famous. They are known mainly by their Facebook pages, their blogs and the fact that the street photographer Scott Schuman has immortalized them on his Sartorialist Web site”.

However, the responses from a number of bloggers have been measured, carefully and coherently written and, to an extent, have partically agreed with some of what Menkes has written in her piece:

As for my own opinion? I had considered leaving it up to you to decide after these articles but I think I might add my own thoughts to the mix too, before allowing you the opportunity to offer your thoughts. Continue reading

[LFW AW13] Orla Kiely AW13

In an old warehouse just off Denmark Street in the centre of London’s bustling shopping district, Orla Kiely had set up a 1960’s office complete with prettily dressed secretaries busily typing away on old type writers in lines. The Autumn Winter 2013 collection is quintessentially Orla Kiely. The prints, the fabrics, the decade. It is a consistency which keeps fans and admirers hooked season after season.

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The collection featured a revolving line of girls coming in and out of the “office” in ’60s shift dresses in classic Orla Kiely prints, cable knits with A-line skirts, twin sets and beehive hair styles.

The attention to detail is evident throughout, not only the beautifully constructed collars and accessories but also through the entire “office” which had been created for the purpose of the presentation. Continue reading

[LFW AW13] Jasper Conran AW13

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The thing about seeing the autumn winter shows in February when it’s still cold outside, is that I start to wish it were autumn again. Yes, I long for balmy summer nights and hot summer days and wearing little in a vain attempt to keep cool. But when I’m already cold and have been wearing the same things for weeks on end, the newness of the autumn collections somehow makes more sense. And so it was with Jasper Conran’s collection: A line of girls sashayed down the catwalk in easy-to-wear shift dresses in bright autumnal tones and rich warm fabrics.

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Perfectly cut skirt suits with boxy jackets were followed by a riot of colours and textures: From hot pinks to neon oranges, and furs and velvets to soft camel leathers.

Oversized boxy cloch-style hats will be keeping heads warm come Autumn Winter 2013. Of course, plus points go to the pretty patent pointed flats that graced the models’ feet.

Do you find yourself wishing the seasons away? What about Jasper Conran’s AW13 offering? A hit?