Beverly Hills Hotel…..

Tropical trees, pink hues and swimming pools are ticking every box this week. Not only are we pining over the super cool wallpaper, but as this week’s soaring temperatures continue we’ve found ourselves fantasising over splashes of turquoise water, plush deck chairs and cocktails. Oh, if only we could all be at the Beverly Hills Hotel right now, so this week we’ve brought a little bit of this iconic gem to our studio on The Kings Road. We have some exciting new props coming up to make for an amazing summer studio shoot. Take in some of our inspiration and feel free to join us in our day dream…..

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Lipstick Lady, paperman crazy…

Our lovely graphics man Patrick, recently introduced me to “Paperman” a 2012 black and white animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and directed by John Kahrs. The short blends traditional animation and computer animation. The short has received a nominate for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards. Not only is it a super sweet story with a brilliant aesthetic it also ties in beautifully with our  beauty piece for the week ….Finding your perfect shade lipstick…

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For those days that require a bit of pizzaz the perfect raspberry red, pretty plum or radiant ruby shades can add that something special to an otherwise ordinary LBD, shirtdress or simple white-T.

The trick to finding out exactly which shade suits you best is by knowing whether you’re a warm or cool undertone and by obtaining this simple yet life changing knowledge you will be able to open your eyes to a whole new world of beauty possibilities, plus it’s an economical way to update your favorite outfit.

In the pursuit to finding your ultimate lipstick colour we asked our fabulous beauty team to recommend their favourites for cooler skin tones and warmer ones and here’s what they said:

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 “For paler, lighter and cooler skin tones we suggest plum, wine, or blue-red lipstick shades to suit you best, on porcelain skin, coral lips bloom just like spring flowers. See below for my personal favourites:

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Holly Fulton fall ’10, image via Style.comRimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Coral Queen, available at ASOS; Backstage at Max Azria fall ’10, image via Style.comGivenchy Lipstick in Fruity Orange, available at Sephora.

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True reds on cooler skin tones look incredible…

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Top three true reds for cooler, paler skin tones:

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Outside the tents at Bryant Park, photo by Lianna Tarantin; Cover Girl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Hot, available at CVSMake Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #45, available at SephoraTom Ford Private Blend Lip Color in Cherry Lush, available at Neiman Marcus.

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 For those with warmer skin tones: rich, deep pinks, deep reds, rich caramel shades, medium brown with yellow or pink undertones, and creamy coffee colored brown lipsticks look best.

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YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks-for a dreamy peachy coral!

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The top three red’s for warmer skin tones:

From left: Cynthia Rowley Spring 2011 runway;Make Up Forever Rouge Artist Intense Lipstick in #42, available atSephoraMaybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Sweet Nectar, available at TargetHourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Raven, available at Sephora.

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Tips for figuring out whether you’re a warm or cool undertone :

1.Which suits you better, gold or silver jewellery? Whichever lights up your complexion best reveals whether you have warm or cool skin tones. Gold looks great on warm skin, while silver enhances cool skin.

2. According to makeup artist Lisa Eldridge, the inside of your arm can be revealing. If the skin is pale and your veins look bright blue, you’re a cool skin tone. In warmer skin veins are less obvious.

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Splish, splash I was taking a bath…..

Bath tubs are brilliant and that’s a fact!

From their familiar oval shapes and decorative accessories shiny taps, vintage legs, vanillary-cream colourings and then there’s the fact that you can fill them up with bubbles, petals even glitter! Heck why stop at just that?

Pure bliss springs to mind with the mere thought of them!

And then there’s bathtubs used as fashion props and well let’s face it… how could you not appreciate the beauty these two references bring out of each other?

With an almost melancholy yet romantic feel, images can either appear light hearted or subtly sad. It’s a wonderful contradiction that works every time!

Yes, yes…bath tubs are brilliant and that’s a fact!

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Toot-toot ahhh beep-beep……

Today the sad news of Donna Summer’s death reached the world and I just couldn’t believe it.

I don’t know many people who didn’t have a shimmy on the dance floor to one of her many Disco hits. I instantaneously smile whenever I hear her voice and what a voice it is to hear!

Today tributes were payed to the wonderful late singer, by many a famous face and I  have to say that completely agree with what Obama had said-

“Her voice was unforgettable,” said the US leader. “The music industry has lost a legend far too soon.”

Donna Summer- you will forever put a smile on my face and be a trusty source of rhythm and melody to shake a tale feather to.

We will forever miss you!

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The ultimate Disco queen!

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Donna and Arnold

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Think Pink…..

Let’s face it –

it’s been a gloomy few weeks weather wise, so we thought what better way to cheer ourselves up than to catalog a few of our favorite images that move or inspire us in one way or the other.

This weeks inspiration consists mostly of a animals, destinations, design and fashion.

All of which are carefully depicted in a dreamy candy-floss hue, it instantly perked the office up- see for yourselves and let us know if it put a smile of your face!

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An instant “mood-lift”, if you will!

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May’s Beauty Muse…..

Girls the world over admire and adore Audrey Hepburn.

A combination of elfin beauty, doe eyed charm and quite possibly the most fun and enjoyable person to have been around…what’s not to like?

For this reason and so many more -we have decide that for May Audrey is our beauty muse and really who could blame us?

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Oh, Miss Holly Golightly you will forever remain a style icon to many, many girls!

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The beauty team have kindly recommended the following products for any of you wishing to recreate this look.

When recreating the “Audrey look” the key is to focus on hair and makeup with equal amounts of attention.

Don’t we all wish we had a little Audrey in us!

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To achieve the doe-eyed look The Face London’s beauty team recommend using shades or brown, dark blue or grey with focus on eyelashes and eyeliner being key.

Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour has soft-sparkle effects that glisten and captivates (breathtaking)

The deep-impact shades can be swept over eyes softly for a stunning day look, or applied with more intensity for evening glamour.

The perfect tool in creating those deep doe-like eyes is this nifty “All over eye colour brush” from Laura Mercier, which is the ideal large flat head brush with a beveled edge for a smooth, perfect application of base shades.

When choosing your colour palette, which we’ve based on the recommendation of our brilliant beauty team, we found the Laura Mercier Riviera Eye Colours is an eye shadow palette containing four ‘of the moment’ shades which are perfect for creating those Audrey eyes!

To achieve those lovely fresh apple cheeks that Audrey sports so well, we recommend Chantecaille’s Poudre de Perle blush, The smart formula replaces traditional talc particles with weightless, silky and translucent optics that ensure skin clarity and luminosity. Our Beauty teams choice product for the month and once you give it a try you will soon find out exactly why!

For all over coverage that looks and feel natural we recommend Liz Earls sheer skin tint that is sure to leave your skin feeling and looking satin soft and stunningly fresh for Spring!

For lips the Beauty team recommend a matt peachy pink we chose MAC’s colour plus texture in “Please me.”

For the final and most important touch, our beauty experts insist that when it comes to bold, voluminous eyelashes Stila’s Glamoureyes mascara is the one and only!

This next generation of mascara perfectly adheres to each lash and instantly lengthens, volumises and curls for your softest, plushest lashes ever. Finnish with a flick of Chantecaille gel liner pencil on the lids, and there you have it!

An awe-inspiring Audry look, that is set to stun a few passers-by!!

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Shall we take in some super street style….?

TGIF!!! We hope you have all had a fab week thus far and if you like ourselves are planning a lovely, relaxed or fun weekend and need some outfit inspiration- why not take in some of these awe inspiring ensembles.

enjoy!

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“Swoon”

This is one amazing top by Roksanda Ilincic- we want, no wait ..we need!!

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Cropped cashmere turtle neck jumper, we think YES!!!

Once again the beautiful and elegant photographer that is Candice Lake ticks every box with an uber chic choice!

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Inject a bit of colour to your outfit this weekend and whilst you’re at it why not add some “sass” with a touch of metallic- hello perfection!

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The wonder stylist Caroline Sieber…Need I say more?

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I have never before wanted to emmulate someone as much as I do her, simply breathtaking and effortless at the same time….Hello Sunday brunch outfit!

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The words, YES, YES and Yes spring to mind!

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Carine Roitfeld’s prodeje – Editor and fashion stylist Melanie Huynh.

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Creative director of J Crew,Jenna Lyons in Derek Lam!!

A personal style icon of mine, I do so adore this woman’s style choices!

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Denim, jumpers and leather?

Yes please!!!

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1.) Blue Chanel (check)

2.) Eemerald over-sized clutch (check)

and lastly 3.) one amazing leather jacket (check)

Should we even mention those perfect studded cuffs and bracelets?

Jealous?

….Just a bit!

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Obsession…

We have a serious case of the Karen’s, Karen Walker that is.

The sunshine this week has triggered our summer accessory cravings and first on our list of disirables are the Karen Walker sunglasses along with their exquisite jewelry line.

But most of all- I am completely smitten with their add campaigns and cotton candy-esque images.

Karen Walker we ♥ you!

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Even last Season’s collection is amazing, I want them all please!

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These Bunny sunnies are perfection! How cute?

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Pair a floral dress, T-shit and jeans or little black number with either of these sweet robot necklaces from Karen Walker, the perfect finish to any ensembles!

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I need these necklaces in my life!

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Yes, we are going balistic for gold bumble bee charms and silver and rose gold acorn charms to!

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Beauty muse….

Jane Birkin we adore you!

From the perfectly executed fringe to her effortless style, we just can’t get enough of Jane Birkin’s timeless elegance!

The beauty team at The Face London adore 60’s makeup-especially when it’s understated and not as obvious and contrived as we have seen it in the past.

The 60’s era has always been a personal favourite of mine- the mini dresses, the square heeled shoes and the doll-like hairstyles and eye makeup!

It’s easy to see why we have chosen Jane Birkin as our beauty muse for the month.

If there’s any particular era you would like to emulate on your next visit to our studio, please do let us know as our team of experts would love nothing more than to make your vision a reality.

Our beauty team encourage all clients to try something new and when you have a team as good as ours at your disposal, why the heck not?

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The beauty team have kindly recommended the following products -should you wish to recreate this look (personally I think it’s a hit for spring)

Above for the eyes the team have chosen to use Bobbi Brown smoky Topaz and Cool lilac and for adding definition to the creases and close to the eyelashes use Benefit’s Big beautiful eyes

This little kit is all you need to line, define and contour your eyes like a pro.

This kit contains: boi-ing medium, industrial-strength concealer, alabaster pink base shadow, cocoa shimmer contour shadow, rich chocolate-brown liner shadow, two brushes for easy application and an illustrated, step-by-step professional makeup lesson.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil which is formulated specifically for lining the inside of the eyelid and the base of the lashes team up with  Laura Mercier Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara which dramatically thickens, lengthens, curls and sculpts lashes with each stroke. The lightweight, nutrient-infused formula leaves lashes super-shiny, soft and clump-free all day long, perfect for recreating Jane Birkin’s doe eyes!

Frame the face by defining your brows beautiful with Bobbi Brown’s angled brush head, to expertly shape and define natural-looking brows.

For dewy, fresh even toned skin such a Jane’s pictured above-our beauty team recommend using Bobbi Brown’s Luminous moisturizing foundation, add  youthful rosy cheeks by using dandelion blusher from Benefit.

For lips and nails we recommend MAC nail lacquer in midsummers dream (a high gloss nail varnish that gives a chic and smooth finnish to any manicure) Viva glam Nicki lipstick in a peachy coral, creates the perfect Birkin pout!

If you prefer a more natural subtle effect on your lips opt for a lip tint from Benefit in Cha Cha tint colour, this to can be used as a peachy blusher to!

A few other products that need to be brought to everyone’s attention….

1.Laura Mercier’s new La petite patisserie trio (new limited edition-almond milk-Guilt-free and calorie-free, indulge in Laura Mercier’s La Petite Patisserie Trio in Almond Coconut Milk. Evoking memories of the islands with seductive notes of coconut, almond, milk and vanilla combined with heliotrope and musk for a rich and alluring experience. Each trio treat includes cleansing Crème Body Wash, whipped Soufflé Body Crème and refreshing Eau de Toilette.

2. Laura Mercier Tightline Activator offers a convenient way to apply Tightline Cake Eye Liner with a liquid ‘activator.’ Perfect for on the go, eyeliner flicks-very 60’s and instantly awakes ones eyes!

3. Benefit’s ooh la lift- this legendary under-eye brightening boost is like an instant eyelift! Contains raspberry extracts and light-reflecting pigments to instantly perk up tired eyes. This delicate pink balm can be applied on bare skin or over makeup. (The beauty teams favourite pick!)

4. Benefit’s Watts up- This soft focus highlighter turns on “watt” ya got with a delicate champagne glow that’s gorgeous. With a cream-to-powder finish…it’s a switch on “wow” for all complexions. You’ll adore the smooth applicator & luminous sheen.

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Be bold with bows!

High-ponytails, lowpony-tails, side-ponytails and half-ponytails; whatever the case the sweet girlish yet sassy staple is granted a little oomph- thanks to the return of the bow!

Previously mentioned on our blog-the hair accessory has made a major comeback and “the trend” spead like wild fire during fashion week.

Now here to put the trend into practice are some carefully selected hairspiration pics for all our clients and readers.

A simple black satin ribbon is the perfect accessory to add a fun and flirty twist to any look!

Go on, get your girlish charm on!

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The origional dolly-do!

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Brigette Bardot

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Natalie Portman for Dior

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Tom Ford’s irresistible eyewear campaign had us all gagging for these glasses and bow clip!

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A perfect combination of laidback cool -why not team your favourite sweatshirt with a fresh powder-pink cotton bow!

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Who can resist a punk’d up beaded Givenchy bow?

Certainly not me!

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