Thursday, 26 January 2012

Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture

My favourite designer Elie Saab has just showed his new Spring 2012 Couture collection which, as usual, is  phenomenal! His designs are always just so elegant and beautiful it's no wonder his name is becoming more and more common on the red carpet.
Models including Kati Nescher and Karlie Kloss strutted down the runway in slim evening gowns, full-skirted party frocks and the occasional cape in a variety of sparkly pastel shades. His latest creations were sectioned off according to colours such as pink, peach, yellow, mint green and baby blue.

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2012 Couture

With such an amazing Spring Couture collection last year, I had very high hopes and expectations for this years.
I think it's pretty obvious that this collection was a tribute to the late Amy Winehouse with the messy beehive hairstyles, heavy black winged eyeliner and her signature beauty mark. The outfits were even named after lyrics from some of Amy's songs who Gaultier referred to as a "fashion icon". 
The French designer sent his models down the runway in an array of curve-hugging skirts, slouchy pants, sky-high shoes, lace trenches and sculptural corsets. 


Sunday, 22 January 2012

Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012

I know that my last post was also on a Pre-Fall collection, but I honestly couldn't resist not blogging about this one as well as I absolutely adore it!
Inspired by the Victorian Era, head designer Sarah Burton, recently released the new Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall 2012 collection. A bit of 1950's couture was also snuck in with many of the pieces having nipped-in waists, which is featured in many McQueen collections.
While many designers have been considering full skirts for this season, Sarah Burton made them the entire centrepiece of her collection. 
Also featured in this collection are a number of tulip sleeves and ethereal gowns in the usual autumn colours dark wines and black.
Truly amazing pieces of work from the House of Lee Alexander.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Christian Dior Pre-Fall 2012

 Christian Dior's new head designer, Bill Gaytten, kept the Pre-Fall 2012 collection very classic - as always! The pieces were found in a variety of colours including the usual fall colours such as dark wines and black. The collection has a number of peplum jackets, round-collar capes and pencil skirts which reached below the knee.

Also - sorry for the lack of posts lately as my internet has been broken. I'm actually at my nana's house writing this one at the moment!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Golden Globes 2012 - Best Dressed

As the Golden Globed originally aired around 2am on a Sunday night here in Ireland, I raced home from school in order to watch the award show as quickly as I could. And more importantly, to see what the celebs were wearing on the red carpet. So I obviously couldn't wait to get this post up!

Although I had many favourites, my Best Dressed Golden Globes winner this year is definitely Sarah Hyland, closely followed by Emma Stone. I thought that she looked absolutely stunning in her vintage Dolce & Gobanna dress and Casadei heels. To complete her outfit, she added Lorraine Schwartz jewels and a Miladi clutch with a Swarovki bow clasp. Even though the zipper on her dress broke in the middle of the red carpet she still carried on with grace and continued to look flawless.

Sarah Hyland in Dolce & Gobanna

Salma Hayek in Gucci, Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang, Mila Kunis in Dior, Kate Winslet in Jenny Parkham

Shailene Woodley in Marchesa, Emma Stone in Lanvin, Angelina Jolie in Atelier Versace, Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen

Helen Mirren in Badglay Mischka, Jessica Alba in Gucci, Charlize Theron in Dior Couture, Sarah Hyland in D&G

Kate Beckinsale in Roberto Cavalli, Nicole Kidman in Versace, Evan Rachel Wood in Gucci, Maria Menounos in Blumarine

Who was your favourite of the night?

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette - Review, Swatches & Comparison

Two weeks after it's original intended release date in Ireland, I finally got my hands on the long awaited, NAKED2 palette from Urban Decay!
 It was supposed to be available in Debenhams from the first of this month, but they extended the release date another week. When that day finally arrived, the Debenhams in my county didn't have it and they still don't, so I had to order it online. It seemed like a real pain at the time but I was really just over reacting, oh well.
The package arrived at my house yesterday, which was surprising because the last time I ordered anything from them online, it took three weeks.
I got my original NAKED palette around March of last year, so instead of the double-ended eyeliner, I received the brush. 

And now onto the review.

When I first got my NAKED palette, my one and only problem with it was it's packaging. It wasn't a huge deal to me, but I didn't like the fabric on the outside of it. It got dirty very easily and the writing has started to chip away of mine. So when I saw that the NAKED2 palette came in a hard metal case, I was delighted! It's quite heavier than the original but that's expected with a sturdier case.
The NAKED2 has a much bigger mirror than NAKED does, which I absolutely love! The NAKED2's mirror takes up it's entire lid whereas NAKED's mirror barely takes up any of it.
The one fault I have with its packaging is that I can't really fold it over like I do with my NAKED palette and when I do, it feels as though I'm about to break it.  Also, since the lid is rather heavy, when you put it down, it usually flips backwards which is quite annoying. Although that's nothing major at all.
Both palettes are pretty much the same size as each other.

The eyeshadows in this palette, just like in NAKED, are absolutely amazing. They're incredibly pigmented and creamy.
The first colour, Foxy, is very similar to my skin tone so it's practically invisible when I put it on. It'd be amazing on darker skin tones, however. I have the same problem with the colour Bootycall as well, but not as much.
NAKED2's eyeshadows are more taupe colours, whereas NAKED's eyeshadows are much more bronze. NAKED also offers more darker shades. Really, the only dark shades in NAKED2 are Blackout and Busted. I find that it's easier to create completely different looks with NAKED because of it's darker colours than it is with NAKED2.
There is only one shade that is included in both palettes which is Half Baked. I do love the colour, however, I really do think they should have put the colour Naked in both palettes obviously because of its name. It's not really a Naked palette without Naked.

The back of the packaging the palette came in.
Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper

Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol

Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

The Brush
As most of you know, when NAKED first came out, there was a double-ended eyeliner that accompanied it. However, since they took too long to make and the palette was selling out so quickly, they decided to change it to an eyeshadow brush. So of course they did it again this time! Except with this palette it's a double-ended brush which comes with it, which I find will be much easier for people who travel.
On one end, there is a big, fluffy blending brush which I think is an essential for everyone, and on the other side there is a small, flat brush. The flat brush is very similar to the one that came out with NAKED. It's very good for applying eyeshadow to concentrated areas of your eye. Some people also like to use it for applying eyeshadow to your upper and lower lashes, but I prefer using an angle brush for that.

The Lipgloss
Unlike NAKED, which came with a mini Primer Potion, NAKED2 came with a mini Lip Junkie in the colour Naked, of course. I've seen plenty of people complaining about this online, about how Urban Decay should have put in another Primer Potion in with it. I quite like it the idea of it though. You get mini Primer Potions with every palette, so it's a nice change I think. I've never tried Lip Junkie's before and this is a good way of making people more aware of them and seeing if they like them or not.
On the packaging, it says that it cools and plumps, which it does a very good job of. It also smells a lot like the Pout plumping lip gloss.
I don't usually like wearing lip glosses, as I find them quite sticky, but I can see myself getting some use of of this as I love the colour!

Comparison Photos

I absolutely love the NAKED2 palette and I definitely do not regret buying it. I'll get amazing use of out it, just like I have with the original. I think for €40 it's a great buy for any make up lover. You get twelve beautiful shades which will last you absolutely ages
However, if I was to only recommend one of the palettes, I'd still go with the original NAKED palette as you get more of a variety of colour shades in it. 

NAKED2 is now available from the Urban Decay site, Debenhams and Sephora.