Friday, March 20, 2015

The Sweetest Haircare for Curls: Boucleme




















I think every girl out there who has a curly-top has, over her life-time, become frustrated with their uncontrollable nature. I might have just found the cure…

Today, I’m here to talk to all of y’all about my FAV new products: Boucléme. This new range launched for people with wavy/curly hair and I thought, ‘I gotta try this!’ Not only are they full to the brim of beauty goodness like aloe vera, argan oil, virgin coconut oil (personal love) and honey, they actually encourage hair growth. Good for a silly girl like me who dyes her hair WAY too much.

The collection which is made up of a trio of goodies (curl cleanser, curl conditioner and curl defining gel) was brought to life by founder Michele Scott-Lynch – who, can I just add, is a babe! After having this massive interest in trailing the products, Michele got in contact and gave me a hair prescription; think every girl ever needs one of these.

From asking a few simple questions about the relationship I have with my hair, Michele gave me in-depth advice on how to bring my hair back to life. She talked me through how to use all the Boucléme products and even shed some expertise on the best approach for dying my hair in the future.

My big aim was: I was born with wild and free curly hair. With years of peroxide in my past, my curls had fallen into limp waves. I was looking for a product to revitalise my hair and help bring back the natural bounce…..

Guys, I feel like I’ve been touched by Athena – it worked! From just two weeks of throwing out my usual shampoos/ conditioners/ hair masks/ gels/ mousses and really giving the product full reign on my hair, I cannot really express how happy I am that bounce is returning to my hair – and, just in time for summer.
I add in GHD-done curls at the ends for extra glamour, but the volume is all Boucléme's work ;)
 
The curl defining gel has to be my no1 product at the moment, I regularly get asked what I use on my hair for a) appearance and b) smell. The gel literally smells incredible.

So, one last thing to say - GET BUYING!

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Lil' Spice

The chosen lipshade of the mo' comes from MAC (where else?!).

The lip-liner in shade, 'Spice', with a super thin amount of 'So Chaud' blotted on top creates a nice brown/orange colour; best for a day-time look. 

Also super obsessed with Lipcote; slather on top and you'll feel a light burn (weirdly enjoyable) and it keeps the smackers perfecto for hours.

I had my hair did at a new salon, and wasn't uber happy with the result. I got highlights, but they went a kinda' copper colour I wasn't really feeling.

So, out my huge drawer of hair products I pulled out a tub of Bleach hair dye in shade 'Rose'. It went this super-cute colour which matched my fav lip colour - RESULT!

The blush I'm wearing (also matching my lips, but a more pale version) is a mix of 'Hoola' bronzer by Benefit and 'Haute Pink' blusher by Revlon. Hoola is a bit on the hefty side price wise, but it lasts for AGES and gives amazing results.

Final thing to comment on is the fedora hat... I had been in search of the perfect one for what seemed like 35,000 years and came across this beaut' at Ascot. Its by Mu Du and its fab quality - totally wearable and totally my bestestest hat atm.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Strawberry Hill House Twilight Tour Preview


We were the luckiest gals to have the opportunity to take the twilight tour of Horace Walpole’s gothic castle in Strawberry Hill. We attended last night before the press release tour taking place today – feelin’ pretty kwllll.

We learned a shed-load about the incredible history of Strawberry Hill House, about Horace Walpole himself and walked the reimagined hallways with sacks of stories hidden in the walls. This house is in fact what the 'first' gothic novel The Castle of Otranto is based on.

Our fav part was when the tour-guide showed us the replica of a statue that sat in Horace’s grand entrance. He called it ‘his saint’ even though the back of the statue had indentations telling historians that it was in fact an angel. Horace wasn’t actually a religious man, but he was infatuated by the idea of it; he and his friends would dress as monks and walk the estate with candles – gr8 story, sounds like something we would do!
Another cool as hell story was that a specialist recreated the actual paint used on the walls. The blue colour in one of our pics was made by storing copper underground for several months and mixing with resin, rabbit skin (ew) and other bits'n'bobs and had to be applied to the walls whilst hot - it took 6 coats to recreate the bedroom walls, and the paint cost a whoppin' £300 quid a litre, eat your heart out Dior.

We saw painted glass that dates back to 1503, we drank prosecco (yum), played with our new Fujifilm polaroid cameras and in turn discovered that we have a long way to go before 1) mastering the perfect polaroid shot (we certainly wasted a few, and damn the film is expen£ive) and 2) before we can afford a castle like this – we keep dreaming.

We have been invited back to visit the ridiculously photogenic house (so many photo ops) on more sunny day to see the magic of the painted glass reflecting on the interiors. So right now, we advise giving the house a visit and if you’re too far away, just read some stuff on Horace Walpole – he was a frickin’ cool dude!
P.S. Gothicism is our favourite cup'a'tea
P.P.S You should be seeing GKlife style begin to get more of a life these days - with an increased interest in becoming culturally wholesome and blogging princesses.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

London Fashion Week Picks – AW15


Pavane

The emerald green shade which featured in a number of the looks in Pavane’s Autumn/Winter 2015 was worthy of Loki’s Enchantress (so blates loved it). The wool coats took us back to 1950’s military days - think Testament of Youth costume design. Not sold on the yellow heels which popped up, not hot to trot, but the collection as a whole was an array of pleating, fringing, dazzling garmentry that we would like to slink ourselves into.

The music was super-basey, spacy-electronic with sporadic swearing – ‘Stay the f*uck out of my way’.
Okay so, we were totally digging the ultra-bouncy 1920’s roller-waves; errrrrr teach us how to master that plz. There was also this bohemian mermaid kinda vibe going on (yeah, sounds cool right?). Some of the dresses had super detailed mini-scale-like panels with beading and embroidery detail –see Vogue’s pic.
A load of see-through panelling in nude/skin tones featured – not a massive fan and being the totes honest gals we are, just got to comment quickly that if some of the dresses with the skinny-cut-outs looked unflattering on the size 0-6 models, what would it be like on us? Reminder why we aren’t/ will never be mod-elles. There were also a few slips and some super-slow-walkers on the catwalk – is that still awks these days?

The music was an almost 50’s-wartime-trumpet-tune mixed into an electro-dub track – pretty impressive [we feel a 50’s military trend coming… do you?!] it melted into a Misstress Barbara remix of Leonard Cohens ‘Dance Me To The End Of Love’ – getting downloaded like now.
We fancied the knee-high booties that collab’d with many of the dresses, the boobs that featured on many of the models chests and the finale ‘enchantment gown’ worn by Isil Recber (tv presenter or something) – p.s. she got some heads turning with her big boobs and 90’s arm-band tattoo, oh fashion-bitches not every model gracing LFW has to be a size zer0 clone.
The models in this show gave us a right smile; it took us back to the original Victoria Secret models: boobs and butts. Hurrah!
The notes we scribbled down during the presentation amount to this: ‘hot evil witch in a forest of secrets’ and ‘21st century wicked Disney QUEEN’ and ‘spider-webby graffiti princess’ and  ‘versus a new innocence’ and ‘the fairy godmother/ good witch sparkle’. Boom! We were clearly head-over-heels for this collection.

The music was an arrangement of  twinkly electro sparkly tunes.
Here's some super art-house vids of the shows, taken by us (obvs gona be future directors - loljk!)
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fifty Shades of Grey UK Premiere








































We were lucky enough to attend the UK Premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey. In attendance were Dakota Johnson, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (so many Johnson’s for a film about … johnsons – cheeky!), Jamie Dornan and the author, E.L. James.

Edith Bowman presented the evening, with short interviews with the director, cast and author which was live streamed into the cinema and online. We got some Lindt choccies and bottled water (not that the 1679 seats in ODEON Leicester Square needed wetting any more… soz). The pure atmosphere of the largest cinema auditorium in the country being packed out, was certainly a factor that contributed to our enjoyment of the film… which, BTW was so flippin cringe-worthy.

The lip-biting, the dodgy American/Irish accent, the gasps, the pubic hair, the romanticism and the DEFOS-not-enough-BDSM are all reasons the reviews of Fifty Shades of Grey are pretty much in the shitter. But, for us, two young-n-free gals, it was a great night out.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

February Film Favourites




















Firsty, happy valentines day to all you internet-surfing-blog-reading babes. Today we find ourselves off for some beauty appointments (new highlighted hair on its way) and then a long date night with Palo Alto, Map To The Stars and Dracula Untold - when John Lennon sang 'All you need is love', he was 100% talking about movies. The one true love of GKlifestyle. 
 
So, in honour of not only our multiple boyfriends (cinema/Sky Movies/ DVDs/ Netflix) but, the awards season too, us film fanatics would like to point out the movies that are unmissable this month:

Inherent Vice has already solidified itself on our top-films-o’-the-year list. Being completely wacko jacko, in more than one sense, the key to the enjoyment of this film, is NOT to try to follow it. Let your eyes be dazzled by the retro LA sights, let your ears absorb the seventies slag – watch out for Doc exclaiming, ‘Fucking Zoinks!’, certainly one of our highlights – and, let your mind be well and truly fucked!

Rating: Rad.

Jupiter Ascending – IMAX 3D if possible. As the rumours go, this flick was pushed back as the original make was so terrible, it needed rewriting/filming – so awks. Best part, in our opinion, is that this film is still so effin’ looney-bin we were left wondering what on earth the film was like pre-remake. If you’re into the ‘so-bad-its-good’ film genre, this is not to be missed. The one thing they did get right was the CGI, it’s a pretty… pretty film.

Rating: *Upon leaving the theatre* I’m not even sure what just happened.
 
The Interview – so, we haven’t actually managed to catch this film (what with being working gals and all that) but, from all the controversy it caused over in the States, it’s certainly on our hit-list *no pun intended ;). From reviews, it’s been slated, but don’t expect too much from the famous pair of aging stoners, and we’re pretty sure it’ll be a watchable watch.
 
Rating: still gota view and review.


 

Fifty Shades of Grey; highly anticipated. Having just attended the premiere for this film at ODEON Leicester Square, we aren’t sure whether we were consumed by the atmosphere, or fancied Mr. Grey a lil’ too much, but the film was overall pretty satisfying. The prediction for the increased sales of rope and chains from B&Q isn’t far off  point – we might even take ourselves to the DIY store for some supplies *cough*.
 
Rating: Don’t watch with the parents.
 
 
Cake - nope, not the edible type. So, this movie is not out on UK release yet, but from the trailer, it’s certainly got our attention. We are freekin’ excited to see Jen Aniston doing something other than playing the sprite bimbo. Her acting talent seems to be so legit in this movie, and we cannot wait for the release date: 20.02.15.
 
Rating: Can’t wait to bite!




 


Others to look for, but potentially will end up being future Sky Movies watches: Selma, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Project Almanac, It Follows, Blackhat (we actually love the hacker-sphere so naturally will be catching it in-cinema) and The Boy Next Door (we are attending a press screening next week, so will report the findings). 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

MARVELous







































Now this is a story all about how... a make-up sponge can blow your mind (soz about that guys, when Will Smith wants to be let loose, you let him loose). Anywayyyy, we are actually here to tell all'a'ya'll about how you can have it FOUR ways!

This super cute, super swaggy - yeah we went there - device (?) is actually a make-up brush that is a four-in-one. The intelligently designed (must have been by a female - girl POWER!) sponge is easy to use, and even re-usable (just pop in the wash). 

But, how is it four-in-one? I hear you ask. Well, it can be used for liquid, cream and mineral-based make-up AND wet-dry powders... BOOM! Now there is no more need to carry them four MAC make-up brushes round: don't throw them away though, they were £20+ each, remember? On that note, this Nanshy sponge is only £5.95 - redonk!

Some more quick facts: latex free (stop thinking of condoms, you dirty devils), non allergenic and odour free. If this was a baseball, it would be a whole-in-one.