I love the changing seasons and the new fashions that they bring.
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Friday, 28 March 2014


NATorigin's cosmetics and skincare products are made from natural, gentle ingredients.  In addition to their excellent Pencil Eye Liner and Lengthening Mascara, they have now introduced a new product - NATorigin Powder Eye Shadow.

This is a really soft and gentle eye shadow, made with ultra-micronised shells of organic argan nuts from the Tree of Life and extracts of pomegranate.

Currently, it comes in 7 shades: 
Silver (81), Light Blue (84), Brown (89), Mauve (92),
Bronze (93), Golden (97) and Vanilla (98). I was given the opportunity to try the eye shadow in a couple of shades and I chose Bronze and Golden. Bronze and gold eye shadows have been used frequently on models in recent designer fashion shows.

NATorigin Eye Shadow - Bronze
NATorigin Eye Shadow - Golden

These are both lovely, glinting shades.

Taking my inspiration from the very effective but simple beauty look at the Dior Spring/Summer haute couture show, I will accent my eyelids with the Bronze eye shadow, add a little Black mascara (NATorigin's Lengthening Mascara of course) and paint my lips bright red.

The Golden eye shadow is perfect as a highlighter below the eyebrow and in the inner corner of the eye and is very beautiful when blended with a smokey eye shadow.

NATorigin eye shadows are made from 100% naturally sourced ingredients, are certified organic by Ecocert Greenlife and are approved by Allergy UK.  Ingredients are as follows:
 Mica, Talc, Organic Argania Spinosa Shell Powder, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Octyldodecanol, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, p-Anisic Acid, Tocopherol, Stearic Acid, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Aqua (Water)

May Contain ±: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77007 (Ultramarines)

(Ingredients subject to change)

For further details, visit the NATorigin website (www.natorigin.co.uk)

Thursday, 20 March 2014


Today is the March or SPRING EQUINOX, which marks the official beginning of SPRING.

Recently, I've heard it said a few times in the fashion world that a key piece for this season is the SWEATSHIRT.  In fact, last Spring, the Topshop sweatshirt I bought then turned out to be a keypiece! Sporty pieces like sweatshirts and trainers tend now to be wardrobe essentials.  At recent fashion shows, trainers were much in evidence both in the Front Rows and on the models wearing couture dresses.  

This time round I've found a black, cropped, textured sweatshirt from the H&M Divided range.

The cropped style, bulky shoulders and bobble pattern texture give this sweatshirt a modern twist.

Bright lighting for the photograph below makes the black sweatshirt look grey but shows up the detail of the pattern and texture.

Sporty Style Note: Today, Topshop launches its new Topshop X Adidas Originals collection.

Sunday, 9 March 2014


Currently, the sunshine, blue sky and seasonal flowers hint that perhaps Spring is not far away.

Meanwhile, across the Channel there's been Paris Fashion Week, where designers presented their Autumn/Winter 2014/15 ready-to-wear collections.

Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton were my favourite collections.  Both were in a 1960's mood, but differently interpreted.

In his first collection for Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière combined Sixties silhouettes with the frequent use of different leathers and textures on clothes, shoes and bags, emphasizing the Louis Vuitton legend of beautiful leather goods. 

At Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane's collection was evocative of London's Swinging Sixties. Little mini dresses (some sparkling with sequins), little coats and capes, were all worn with black opaque tights and knee-length kinky boots or Mary Jane shoes. The models wore makeup in the same mood - lots of black eyeliner, false eyelashes and mascara.  Hair was loose and swingy with fringes.

The fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris are all over and I'm left dreaming of those lovely Autumn looks from Dolce and Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Saint Lauren,

but now, for the moment, it's time to think

             S P R I N G !!!