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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Cheryl Cole (reportedly) dropped as American X Factor judge

TMZ - celebrity gossip, which is renown to be the first to break entertainment news, is reporting that the Girls Aloud singer has been dropped from the judging panel and is to be replaced by much loved Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Nicole was originally announced as co-presenter alongside Brit Steve Jones, however she is now allegedly to replace Cole on the prestigious panel. 
Confirmation of TMZ’s report will follow in the hours to come as to whether any truth lies in this story. To me, I’m shocked - I never thought they’d drop her this quick. Although it was reported that bosses had required her to agree to a ‘drop-out’ clause if American audience didn’t warm to her, but what was it that (allegedly) made them kick out Cole? Team chemistry? Ratings? Struggling to adapt to her accent? Who knows. Tomorrow things shall be a lot clearer!

To read TMZ's break of the story, click here.
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Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Please form an orderly queue...

...On the other hand, go crazy and crash fashion retailer website Reiss! That's what women across the globe have been doing after coveting Kate's £175 beige Shola dress from the brand. The demand for the fitted bandage inspired piece has led to the website issuing the following statement:



Kate looked every inch a fitting princess in the the ensemble which complemented her new golden tan after returning from her honeymoon with Prince William. The newly-weds were present to greet President Obama and The First Lady to London, flying in late last night to avoid the current emerging disruption with volcanic ash cloud.

But as she takes the place as Britain's newly favourite princess, she has the added pressure of style icon to inherit. And with fans being able to get the real deal from high-street retails, website crashes such as these might become a regular occurrence!


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What I Wore: Camel

For those of you who read my blog, you'll probably be aware that I had quite a spectacle ordering the following coat as not only was it a FANTASIC price in the sale - £12.99 – it was also a gorgeous coat so by law, everyone wanted one. If you want to read more about the story click hereand here . But back to the fashion...today I teamed my lovely coat with a simple black ensemble – black vest, black skinny jeans and black heels – although from the photos, all that stands out is the coat.






(Coat: H&M, Top: Primark, Jeans: New Look)



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Monday, 23 May 2011

Hair today, Gone tomorrow! Princess Beatrice's quirky hat sells for over £80,000


How much are you willing to spend on a hat? A tenner? £50? Maybe even £100 for a special occasion? Well, how about £81,100.01? What do you get for that price? A piece of unusual and structural art and oh, did I mention the previous owner was only Princess Beatrice and happened to showcase the headpiece at THE wedding of the year?!

But it's all for fantastic causes. After ten days of crazy E-bay bidding, the piece designed by Philip Treacy reached the eye-watering heights of over £80K. The funds of which are to be split evenly between UNICEF and Children in Crisis - both great charities that help vulnerable children. The hat's unusual design sparked an immediate division of fashion opinions following the Royal Wedding but it seems the Princess has laughed off the catty criticisms and turned fashion into finance.

On Children in Crisis official website, she commented: “I cannot believe the amazing response to the hat, it has its own personality, and I am so happy that we have raised the most incredible amount of money and can make an even bigger change for the lives of some of the most vulnerable children across the world. I am so grateful to all those who have taken the time to participate in the auction, I know that with all their support we are going to make a real difference in providing education, health and support to children who are most in need. This has been such a wonderful project to be a part of, working with Children in Crisis and UNICEF has been fantastic." (Comment sourced from: http://www.childrenincrisis.org/news/royal-hat)


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Beauty Review: Red lipstick - Under a fiver Vs. Under a tenner

Now, where most experts will tell you to go for a red lipstick that suits your skin tone, I instead completely dismiss that and go for a colour that I want. I am, afterall, going to be the one who is wearing it. And anyway, if you’re too pale for a particular shade – apply fake tan, bronzer or wear a darker shade of foundation/powder.

For those who know me, they know that not a day goes by when I’m not donning a Snow White lip as I feel it completes any outfit and I generally feel more confident wearing it. I’ve used a fair few different brands in the past, but I tend to nowadays flip between two – Rimmel and Collection 2000. Review time? I think so...


First up is Rimmel's 'Colour Show off Lipstick'



(Apologies for the battered packaging...it's fair to say I've got my use out of this lipstick!)


Price: £6.29 at Boots (Prices correct of 23/05/2011) = 3/5
Packaging: Glossy, eye-catching with the traditional Rimmel crown logo reminding you of the brand reliability. Hot pink colour very attractive and easy to find in a busy handbag. = 5/5
Colour: #230 Hot Fever – Deep,  rich red which appeared very flattering to skintones, even my complexion which is naturally quite pale. = 4/5
Fragrance: Hard to explain but quite a floral/fruity smell which was lovely to wear as most lipsticks don’t come with this added benefit. = 5/5
Overall: 17/20
Overall this is a lovely well-rounded product with a price that won’t break the bank. With a brand name like Rimmel, you know you’re getting a good product and for me, the quality of packaging will sell itself. Rimmel often do 3 for 2 at Boots so if this lipstick may be slightly more than you’d be willing to pay – wait for events like this to stock up!



And in corner B is Collection 2000's 'Volume Sensation Lipstick'







Price: £2.99 at Boots (Prices correct of 23/05/2011) *Offer* 2 for £5 on selected Collection 2000 = 5/5
Packaging: Not very exciting, black and simplistic and would be quite hard to find in a full handbag. But maybe this has had an effect on the low price. = 2/5
Colour: #8 Cherry Pop – Again, a lovely rich ruby red shade that instantly perked up my complexion. Exactly the shade of red I’ve been looking for which is why I award this full marks = 5/5
Fragrance: Minimal fragrance that doesn’t really stand out, but again this could  be reflected in the price. = 2/5
Overall: 14/20
Overall this product is excellent value for money. The packaging or fragrance may not be that amazing but for under £3, you get what you pay for. Afterall, you buy a lipstick for the colour right? So if you were basing it on that factor alone then this lipstick is for you! Boots currently have a 2 for £5 offer on selected Collection 2000 products so why don’t you treat yourself to a few new shades?


 Left - Rimmel
Right - Collection 2000

 Left - Rimmel
Right - Collection 2000
I wore the Rimmel lipstick on my left (camera right) and the Collection 2000 lipstick on my right (camera left) - but as you can see the shades are that close that you can't really tell. (I increased the contrast on the photos so the colours were as vivid and visible as possible).


Now normally, the product with the highest score would win right? But in my case the winner is Collection 2000. Although I do like Rimmel’s lipstick, as I wear red lipstick practically every day, I can’t rationalise having to spend over £6 every month or so. That’s not to say I won’t buy Rimmel’s lipstick again as I will, but I tend to use it for special events where the fragrance is more important. Whereas I’ll use Collection 2000’s for every day use as I can afford to re-purchase that one more. So, that’s what this review comes down to – consumer habits. For overall quality – Rimmel wins, but depending on your personal budget and use, decide from that.


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Top 5 Style Crushes - #3 Olivia Palermo


Socialite Olivia Palermo grabs for my no.3 spot for her ability to work any trend with ease. Flicking from masculine to feminine and colour blocking to magical monchrome, Miss P makes girls green with envy with her lady-like flair. Can she do no wrong?
L-R
Top

Purple flock pattern teamed with a staple black blazer; Feeling the fabrics in a chiffon white pussybow blouse and camel flares @ a MANGO event; Taking the art of tailoring to a whole new level in head to toe monochrome; Who knew a camel cardi could look so chic?; Dreamy cream and black ensemble


Bottom

Leading the military movement in a Khaki jacket and riding boots out and about in the city. Earning extra style kudos  for the seatbelt clinch at the waist; Making a statement in mint complimented by an elegant chignon; Simplicity in shorts and ankle boots; Summer's staple colours of electric blue and tan teamed with beach waves; Leading the LBD way into the limelight with this 'less is more' piece @ a Lancome event





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