Fenty Beauty

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There is nothing that Robyn Fenty can’t do. She’s a pop star, fashion icon/muse, sock designer and now, a beauty mogul.

Her new cosmetics line ‘Fenty Beauty’ has an all-inclusive ethos and so there is something for everyone, no matter his or her skin colour or type. There are 40 shades of Fenty foundation to pick from, the tones ranging from very pale to very dark with tonnes of in-between shades that often get left out. The brand also offers bespoke colour matching, so if you can’t find your shade, they’ll mix it up for you.

Asides from the impressive range of tones within the PRO FILT’R foundations, they are also very light on the skin, creating a smooth almost matte glow. Similarly, the Match Stix Matte Skinstick comes in 20 shades and provides fuller coverage due to its creamier, thicker consistency. Both choices of foundation sit lightly on the skin and remain incredibly breathable even when layered to build up coverage. The exuberant and youthful glow present within her range comes from Rih Rih’s own tried and tested makeup routine, each product was then engineered to accompany the creation of the ‘Fenty Face’. Additionally, the hexagonal shapes of her compacts as well as her tubular products are not only cute but also practical; the magnetic packaging clips together in a way that is truly satisfying.

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The highlighters, in my opinion, are gag worthy! Trophy Wife is a golden hue that when brushed onto the skin illuminates one’s cheekbones and brows with a plethora of golden sparkles. Seeing is definitely, believing and I had to try it for myself to truly appreciate the magnitude of the magna-gold. Another favourite was the duo highlighter Ginger Binge/Moscow Mule – a beautiful cinnamon crimson sheen that dazzles on any skin tone.

One thing I have never really been interested by has been blush sticks or any sort of shimmer stick – to me they’ve always, kind of been a shtick. But that was before I met Yatch Life. The shimmer stick glides effortlessly onto the skin, dispensing just the right amount of product that you can always double up on if you need more. It’s super blendable, which is always a great thing but the colour – an almost pale baby pink – is manipulated on the skin and takes on a pink gold sheen that could easily be used anywhere. And I do mean anywhere. Be it brow bones, cheekbones, cupid bows, the inner corner of your eye, the whole of your eyelid. The options are limitless. The other shades in the Shimmer Stick range were just as enticing, Confetti – a beautiful light blue purple sheen with navy sparkles was a second favourite of mine and the colours Rum and Ridiiic were just as smoky and fun as their names.

Rih Rih has done us proud with the tonal inclusivity of her range – not that we might have expected any less. The products are fun and exciting to use, as she asserted ahead of the launch “Makeup is there for you to have fun with. It should never feel like a pressure. It should never feel like a uniform. Feel free to take chances, and take risks, and dare to do something new or different.”

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AFROPUNK 2K17

 

A few weeks ago I attended the Afropunk festival and I’ve never been to a music festival or anything comparatively festival like before so it was a new (and not at all daunting) experience. One I’m really glad to have had as there is much historical and cultural significance backing this festival that it doesn’t seem like a festival. It’s more of a celebration. Of African culture and its assimilation within the cities that they hold this event in. People rock up in garments that pays ode to their cultural lineage all whilst giving a nod to their own creative influences within contemporary culture. It’s pretty sick ass and I thought I’d just give a little historical summary on the festival, its foundings and the like in order to truly capture the soul of it.
The Afropunk festival was inspired by a documentary by James Spooner that explored the lives of black punk kids living within a predominantly white punk subculture. The documentary invoked the question of race and what it meant to be black within a predominantly white music world. Spooner’s documentary considered issues of loneliness, exile, inter-racial dating, and the double lives people of colour led within a predominantly white sub-cultured community.
A few years down the line, Afropunk – the festival, was born.
The festival, which started out as safe place for black punks to express themselves and love for the subculture through creation of a community has now extended its reaches from beyond the boundary of punk to include soul/neo-soul, as well as any form of art, culture and musical talent that is representative/represented by people of colour. It is a celebration of community, art, cultural lineage and love and care for your fellow human beings.
And although, London first put on the festival last year, the turn out for its second year was in no way insignificant or paltry. I met so many incredible people at this festival and there were so many looks servedddddd, some of which I was able to take pictures of (S/O to all of these beautiful people!)
Events are always built around the people that attend them and the creation of community at Afropunk is one of the core principles that it has excelled at. I have made friends, contacts and just had a great time in general. I  honestly can’t wait to attend next year, perhaps Paris will be the next city on my horizon.

 

 

Buenos Dias

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(All Alternatives)

Dog Emblem T-Shirt –  Rebels Market/Etsy (Mostly Pugs)

Long shirt/Overcoat – ASOS1/ASOS2

Under the Knee Socks – Boohoo1/Boohoo2

Flatforms – Ebay

I tried to get alternatives as close to the original items as I could but it was pretty difficult considering all that this style savvy girl had on was from Buenos Aires. I loved midnight blue overcoat and really hope I come across something similar to it soon, it would be perfect to layer with… although I really should cut back on the layering with it being summer and all that. I found the under the knee socks interesting seeing as they’re normally worn over the knee by most people but I think it accommodates one’s height and looks pretty fetch either way. (Yes. Fetch is a thing!)

The t-shirt, to me, was reminiscent of a much tamer version of Givenchy’s bulldog emblem and I dug the vibe the outfit as a whole gave off. Pretty groovy, pretty different. And that my loves, is what I aim to showcase on this blog – although I did start to forget the point of it recently but ayyy, I’m back now.

Also Portugal got knocked out in the group stages although we did win our last game (thank God for little mercies)! However my team Germany is still in it to win it which it probably will. My bets between Germany and Netherlands although it would be nice to see Brazil win. I think it would be really uplifting for its population and the economic crisis they’re in. Part of me (most of me) does disapprove of the brazilian government for bypassing the needs of its citizens in favour of hosting the World Cup but sigh… this is just the way in which the world works.

Sorry for getting so downcast towards the end of that, hope you all have a great week ahead!

XO

Tu aime ça?

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Woman:

White Blazer – Zara

Grey T-shirt – Zara

Black Mini alternatives – PrettyLittleThing/Boohoo

Black Buckled Boots with Straps – Alternatives – Ebay/London Rebel/Zara

Man:

Leather Jacket Alternatives – All Saints/H&M

Printed T-Shirt Alternatives – ASOS

Jeans Alternatives – ASOS

Black Plimsolls – Topman

This couple pretty much made my day and I may have, mayyy have (maybe have) followed up after first seeing them in order to take this picture for ModainLondres (I pretty much stalked them why lie). They just corresponded so well with one other both in terms of appearance and style. I love how smart casual the girl was dressed whereas her boyfriend was just exceedingly casual. They were such a good looking couple too! I think the man might have been French which makes him even more so attractive. Those damn French accents ugh.

So I haven’t been blogging regularly as some of you might have noticed but I do have my reasons, the main being exams which have thus led to all my energy being spent on revision leaving me quite lethargic at the end of the day. Only a few more weeks to go and then I’ll be back and better for it since it will be summer. Finally.

Hope y’all have a great weekend and coming week and to anyone else facing finals, Good Luck!

Nailah XO

Bad boyZ Bad BoyZ

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Rabbit Hole London Bottoms

American Apparel Top – Alternatives – RH1 & RH2

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This man’s street style was so on point. From the leather sleeve panelled hooded sweatshirt to his brogue detailed Dr Martens. The two piece shorts + pants combo from Rabbit Hole London was a piece I knew all too well, having borrowed quite a lot of their apparel for a shoot last year. Sadly the site is down for maintenance right now so the links, although they will direct you to designated page may not allow you to check out the items at this current moment. Never fear, I’m sure it will be up soon enough!

There’s not a lot I can about this look apart from the fact that it was very well put together and very minimalist – all black, all day, every day. The style of the top/bottoms are one that a lot of up and coming london street wear brands are promoting as part of their collections lately so finding alternatives shouldn’t be a problem if need be.

I really do need to be putting up a lot more menswear posts for all the fashionable men out there (as well as the women that like to look at them). The moment I saw this man I had a sense of de-ja vu as I was certain I had seen him before – perhaps he’s a model? My friend almost melted when he took a drag of his cigarette for the photo and I couldn’t help but smile at how comfortable he seemed posing for the camera.

Alors I have a bit of sad news though, I will be away for two weeks come this Sunday and so there won’t be any posts up for quite some time. However I do have a few ventures I’m looking into for future posts while away and will be ecstatic to share them with you all as soon as I am back!

Don’t forget about me my lovelies!

Love,

Nailah

Listras Namorado

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Tartan CoatUrban Outfitters 

Alternative Men’s Striped ShirtNext 

Jacquard Embossed Slim TrousersTopshop 

ShoesASOS (Sold Out)

I loved the colour play in this outfit so much! Literally skulked around Oxford Street/Bond Street/God knows where for over an hour and a half before I came across this stylish woman. The first thing I noticed about her were her shoes, it’s odd but you can really tell a lot about a person through their choice of footwear – after seeing those contrast coloured heeled shoes however, I just knew that I had to take her photo!

Rain or shine, Tartan will always be in it’s prime. (I’m a poet at heart guys). Needless to say I adored the calf length tartan coat – been looking for one similar to it for months now myself! And the straight leg red trousers + her boyfriend’s striped shirt certainly complemented the overall outfit. How amazing is her hair by the way? I’ve always, always had a thing for afro’s! Could have had one if my mother didn’t relax my hair so much as a child (I was constantly breaking hair brushes in it). This woman also told me that she’s a blogger herself, not surprising at all because of her great style!

I was in a real rush and wasn’t able to talk to her much if at all – which I do feel guilty about – I just hope I didn’t come off rude! But hopefully she’ll be able to find my blog and we can reconnect 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone!

Bjs Nailah **

Platinum Ice & Recreation

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Striped Shirt – H&M – AlternativeForever 21/DhGate

Cropped black sweater  – Asos

Velvet LeggingsBoohoo.com

Brown faux fur Vintage Coat alternativesASOS/H&M/Ebay

ASOS shoesOut of Stock 

First off, how striking is this woman? I love the colour of her hair so much, the platinum blonde sheen instantly reminded me of Khaleesi from Game of Thrones (I’ve recently started watching the series and it’s safe to say I am completely hooked!)

Most of the pieces she was wearing were vintage and so finding close enough alternatives for some of them was pretty hard but I did my best. Recently I’ve been on Ebay a lot (losing at bidding wars mostly) and have noticed how much great stuff there is on it – especially vintage clothing sold abroad from America! (Fingers crossed I win on my most recent bidding war for an amazing pair of printed palazzo pants from the late 70’s!)

Also I thought I’d share a look that I styled recently for a concert with you all 🙂

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 Vogue Beanie – Choies

Kikita Greek Print T-shirt Dress – Missguided

Ribbon Long Line Biker Jacket – BANK Fashion (On sale now for £25!!!)

Wet look faux leather leggings – Ebay

Clare Lace Up Boots (my faves!) – BANK Fashion (Out of Stock)

This look was 100% inspired by Abel Tesfaye’s music (The Weeknd<3). I put it together in the hope of standing out from the rest of the crowd and maybe catching his eye when he peered out at the masses of fans at the O2 Arena the Tuesday before last. I’m pretty sure the only reason I failed to do so was because the guy closest to the barriers I was behind was too tall and blocked me from view half of the time. But I’m sure that he did see me and we shared a few smiles and wonderful moments, that Tuesday I also realised I was more of an avid fan girl that I originally thought (oops)

I did love my whole outfit though, it was edgier that most of what I usually wear and I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmingly confident and hood worthy in it all. That day I felt that I had undeniable (dare I say it? Yes I do) ‘swag’.

Hope everyone has a good week

XO