WHAT IS THE SECRET TO SELF GROWTH?
Recently looking like a golden goddess has become such a huge trend and I mean everyone wants to look heavenly and glowy on their holidays. Who doesn’t? Having that perfect golden glow to your skin exentuates every definition and makes you appear so healthy. Especially when the sun light hits your body and you are this shimmering glowing angel. I am guilty of using body glow almost every day, even if its just to pop to Tesco for a cheeky meal deal. Yes I really am that extra. As I’ve been using body glow for years and testing them out before they really became a trend, I would say I’m rather an expert on judging them.
My all time favourite body glow and face glow is the Iconic Illuminator drops, in my opinion nothing can top this one. This illuminator isn’t one of them ones that consist of chunky glitter, its a glowy sheen look. It comes in a range of 4 different colours which then is suitable for all different skin tones, the one in which I use is shade ‘Original’ which is the more gold shade, as this I feel makes my skin pop the most when a fake tan (so thats all the time really). It gives a natural but sheen finish which ultimately gives the appearance like you have a glow from within, and they are blinding. Depending on how blinding you want to be, you can build them up to your own preference, but also tone them down by using moisturiser to apply to the body.
The next favourite is the ICONIC London body and face prep-set and glow mist which retails for £18.50. This is such a quick and easy way to get the beautiful summer glow you want, without it being all chunky and glittery. The best thing about these it that they are easy to apply, you can build them up, they give a beautiful natural sheen and they come in different colours depending on your skin tone! As much as I do love this product, I prefer the ICONIC London illuminator drops, purely because they give more or a sheen due to the fact its liquid and you can build it up more.
Next up is a completely miss, the Fenty Lava Body glow. Despite the fact I think Rhianna looks beautiful in the campaign, the product does not replicate the glow she had on her body in the campaign. Do not bother wasting your money on something that your only paying for the name. I mean £46 bloody quid for a body glow that isn’t a sheen glow, that isn’t glitter but makes you look sweaty? Not worth it in my opinion, especially as it doesn’t set and can basically ruin your clothes. I just think you can buy better body glows than the Rhianna Fenty Laval glow, I think its completely over priced and you are literally paying for the name and the packaging when there are far better on the market! I mean in my opinion I can’t really believe the cheek of Rhianna’s pricing, unless the glow is out of this world I find it comical to charge that much. So save the p’s girls and boys, hopefully this will help ya save up some cash to splash on them cute shoes you always wanted. Because this body glow ain’t the one.
Up next is the golden goddess body shimmer by Cocoa Brown, I mean this one does give a golden goddess glow to your skin but, its just an oil with glitter. I first saw it on the influencer Sarah Ashcroft on instagram and the glow on her body looked insane! I must say, this isn’t a day to day body glow because it is so extra. It’s more for a night time, going out glow. I say that but I’ve worn it to Tesco before. Opps. See I do love this product, but because it gives such a glittery golden tone to the skin, it makes the face look extremely pale and matte, which is not a vibe.
The Met Gala this year completely blew me away, first of all I was absolutely in love with the theme ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’. When I saw this was the theme, I couldn’t wait to see all the enchanting and intricate looks both celebs and designers would come up with. Personally this is my favourite theme out of all of the Met Gala’s as the possibilities are endless and each designer and celeb had the power to create a historical and religious statement through their garments.
One of my top favourite looks for this years Met Gala is Zendaya’s take on Joan of Arc, everything about this clever twist of one of the most famous saints, who symbolises unity and nationalism in France is everything. Ive always had a love for history, so I was over the moon when Zendaya took inspiration from a historical saint who influenced others. This look is so powerful and yet so youthful, I love everything down to the short hair and bangs, to the intricate detailing on the armour but still making her look sexy and youthful. The train of her dress and over sized sleeve balances the dress out by emphasising the elegance.
I was competelty obsessed with Stella Maxwell’s Moschino dress, she Channelled Renaissance Rapunzel. The detailing, embroidery and beading make this dress stand out, capturing the catholic theme to the T. This is by far one of my favourite looks as she kills it with her long Rapunzel hair and her bold turquoise eyeshadow to make the eyes pop.
This is another one of my favourite looks from the Met Gala this year, she literally looks like she stepped out of a painting. This dress is everything. EVERYTHING. It captures not only the theme, but religious art and architecture. The dress was inspired by Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement which is found in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican City of Italy. The purity of this vera wang dress is heavenly and screams elegance. However, as much as I adore this dress, I was some what disappointed with the hair piece and the plainness of the makeup. I just wish the hair and makeup looks were experimented with more as the hair piece takes away attention from the incredible dress.
The Dolce & Gabbana garment inspired by the nativity was definitely capturing the theme of ‘Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, the dress is rather breath taking as the detailing and the boldness of the gold gives a richness to the look. The main focus of the entire look is mainly the head piece, which consists of a nativity inside. Personally, I love the dress however, the head piece in my opinion is slightly comical. I don’t necessarly think the garment and the head piece compliment each other. I can see where the designers were coming from but, personally I didn’t think it worked together.
Some people loved the new parents simplicity and youthful approach to the theme however, I was so disappointed in the plainness of the Alexandra Wang garment. The only part of this look that remotely interests me is Kylie’s shades, the whole look is so boring in my opinion. The slick back bun? The plain black dress that shows off her curves? boring. boring. boring. I mean Kylie’s look from 2017 Met Gala was unreal, she could have done the absolute most and got away with it. This look is disappointing to say the least.
After the lecture about how colour can manipulate a photo, by combining two contrasting colours; I was inspired to use it within makeup. The contrast between a beautiful aqua blue and a rich chocolate brown within fashion photography, further inspired me to create this makeup look.
As we are now approaching summer, it would be almost disrespectful to not incorporate pops of colour within a makeup look. I mean who doesn’t like going all out for summer, especially when going out?
PRODUCTS I USED
PRIMER: BECCA Backlight Priming Filter, NIVEA Post Men Shave Balm
FOUNDATION: Hour Glass Foundation Stick
CONTOUR: Benefit Hola Quickie Contour Stick
LIQUID HIGHLIGHT: Iconic Illuminating Drops (Original)
CONCEALER: Benefit Bo-ing Brightness Concealer (01 fair), Nars Soft Matte Concealer (Custard)
BAKING AND SETTING POWER: Airspun Translucent Powder
BRONZER: MAC Bronzer (Give me sun)
BLUSH: MAC Extra Dimension Blush (Just a pinch)
HIGHLIGHTER: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed Highlighter (Opal)
EYESHADOW: JACYLN HILL X MORPHE PALETTE
CREASE- Silk creme, Creamsilce, Pooter, Hunts, Roxanne
OUTER CORNER: Jacz, Central park
LID: Pool party
LIPS: Anastasia Bevilery Hills (Aston)
SETTING SPRAY: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray