A BUNDLE OF JOY - HAIR TREND FOR SUMMER 2012

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Everyone has one. Miley Cyrus’ even has it’s own twitter… well, until she had it chopped off, but that is a whole different story! The bun is a timeless, effortless and chic look that is being sported by every celeb.

From red carpet, sleek and glam, to a tousled and casual high top knot, it seems ‘the bun’ is a perfect hair trick for the summer. Who wants bundles of hair covering them when the sun is blazing? (or if you live in the UK, who wants bundles of messy, rain-ridden hair covering them!?) Not to mention it’s great for the festival season, when those unwashed locks are starting to lose their ‘rock n roll edge’.

It’s all pretty self-explanatory and all you need is hair band, some pins, a bun ring (if you really want to get technical) and a little bit of hairspray and you’re ready to go!

By Emily Hughes - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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NAIL ART

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I think it is safe to say there is a nail obsession going on nowadays. Nails have become the new fashion accessory and everyone from celebrities to the average girl is showing off their intricate designs for the world to see thanks to the popular app Instagram.

Apparently, we have the London based nail artist Sharmadean Reid to blame for the nail trend. She opened the first WAH Nails salon in Dalston in 2009, after she had another bad experience at a local nail salon. Today WAH nails can be found at two additional locations; in Topshop in Oxford Street and in Stratford. WAH Nails has become the nail salon to go to and they do all kinds of amazing patterns and themes for your nails, with a motto: “Whatever you wanted on your fingertips”.

Sharmadean Reid launched the WAH Nails Book of Nail Art in July 2012, packed with tips and ideas on how to decorate your own nails if you can’t afford the weekly manicure. This certainly is something that will interest the fashionable nail fixated girl - if nail blogs and Instagram pictures are any indication.

This is the time to experiment with nail art - and what better than to start with painting the flag of your nationality on your nails to show loyalty during the Olympic games - or the Olympic rings if you want to be diplomatic?

By Hilde Falck - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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LUSH COSMETICS MAKE UP LAUNCH!

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The over-whelming smell, the blast of colour and lines of lotions and potions can only mean one thing… you’ve just walked past lush! Known nationwide for the bath bombs and crazy looking skin treatments Lush have recently launched their very own make up collection.

The 30 piece Emotional Brilliance collection is cute, fun and super-duper colourful with something for everyone and every occasion. With so much to choose from Lush is allowing us to indulge on make up samples in stores, by implementing a colour wheel in every store that'll help you pick out products and shades depending on your mood. If that hasn’t sold you then maybe the environmentally friendly, recyclable and quirky packaging will!

Surely we can’t pass up the opportunity to try out such environmentally kind and cute makeup? Saving the planet one lipstick at a time…

By Emily Hughes - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT- CAVIAR MANICURE

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Caviar has always been thought as food for the rich, but did you ever imagine it would be a look for your nails? A lot of youtube nail bloggers have come up with different manicure ideas, however the most unique one is the Caviar Manicure. The name has been officially trademarked by UK’s favourite nail company, Ciate.

After the metallic and pastel colours, peel-off and magnetic nail polishes the new nail trend is the Caviar Manicure. The look consists of a normal nail polish coated with matching coloured, tiny beads. If you want to nail the professional look then order or look for Ciate’s latest colour sets. All you have to do is apply the first coat of the nail polish as you normally would. Whilst applying the second coat on each nail, pour the caviar beads on to in when wet. The look gives a great matte finish to your nails and adds a creative touch to your manicure.

If you want to try this at home with your own nail colours, then you can order a matching set of pearls from Amazon or E-bay and use them on top of your pre-owned colours!

By Tatiana Dias - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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DONT TRY THIS AT HOME - TOP BEAUTY MISTAKES

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By no means do I wish to play beauty police once again. However, when I continue to see girls walking down the street, who look like they just raided an ex-Hippy’s closet, I can’t help but believe that certain guidelines need to be set. It has come to my attention that a few girls need to be alerted to some common beauty mistakes. I have outlined what I consider to be the top ten below.

1) Your face and neck are meant to be the same colour, unless you want to look like you just stuck your head out of the window for hours. As such, be careful when applying bronzer or face powder. Apply it evenly across the face, neck and chest. If you have clear skin, reach for a more natural, light concealer.
2) Super long, fake nails - Come on, girls, how can you get anything done with those? I wouldn’t even be able to text! Having perfect nails is not worth sacrificing your social or work life.
3) Piling on the bronzer. You want to look like you had a good walk in the sun, not like you dipped yourself in a bowl of chocolate.
4) Visible lip liner - Blend, blend and blend!
5) Chipped nail polish - If you only have a spot of red covering the middle of your nail, take it off and reapply. You’re not fifteen anymore.
6) Non-existent eyebrows. Pluck, don’t wax and draw a line back on. Life is not an episode of Desperate Scousewives.
7) Tattoos all over your body. One is cool and original. A tattoo that makes it look like someone graffitied your back, arms or legs is not.
8) Too many piercings - Keep in mind that classy is better than vulgar.
9) Crazy hair colours. Unless you’re planning to join the Muppet Show, avoid dying your hair a bright pink, blue or other such colours.
10) Multicoloured eye make-up. Clowns are scary to most of the population. You don’t want to be associated to them, unless you’re attending a children’s party.

By Aurelia Clavien - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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VAMPY LIPS FOR THE SUMMER?! MAKE UP TREND ALERT!

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It looks like the SS12 lip is a vampy one as dark power lips have been transported from A/W to Summer. Who ever said fashion was straight-forward!?

A-listers were out with all their might at the MET ball rocking dark plum lips on the red carpet. Keeping it super-glam and super-stylish celebs from Kate Bosworth, Camilla Belle and Lana Del Rey found the perfect gothic shade.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different undertones, such as brown, red and purple, to match your complexion and hair colour. Fairer skin tones should stick with berry’s and reds, medium skin tones match perfectly with burgundy and maroon, whilst darker skin tones can pull off browns and wine colours! For an all round effect sleek hair and elegant up-do’s compliment the look without making it too OTT!

Let your lips do the talking this summer and brave a bold, dark lip but remember to keep the rest of the face to a minimum… and keep away from glitter! Too much vamp is not cool!

By Emily Hughes - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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S/S 2012 HOTTEST LIP GLOSS

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Alongside the returns of bright color clothing this summer, a relatively bright color lip gloss is back on the stage, here come with our top three lips colors! Highlighting springtime, coral being one of the top list is a rather smoothie color between orange and pink, perfect with either rough jeans or enchanting floral skirt.

Popular for the past few months, hot pink still one of the hottest choice for top designer’s runway shows. The erotic yet mature hot pink exudes a fetching aroma of a stylish woman, and the dramatic mystery behind the lips.

Last but not least, we have orange for the boldest one to represent their unruliness. Whether a white veil or pink shirt, orange lips could always brings out chemical reaction to adorning your look. Although orange is not a handy color for everyone to carry, it is regarded as the hottest color tone for this summer!

By Jennifer Chan - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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SPRING/SUMMER HAIR TRENDS: PLAITS AND BRAIDS

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There’s always much emphasis on upcoming fashion trends with particular focus on textures, prints and colour. However, don’t forget that it’s also the season to let our hair down. The Valentino (Ready-To-Wear) Spring/Summer collection saw halo and milkmaid braids worn loose and casual. The hairstyles were accompanied with patterned lace set upon soft draping materials to give a romantic and fairytale atmosphere.

Michael Kors’ ‘ropey’ plaits were reminiscent of Disney princess Rapunzel’s style; a modern twist was given to the traditional fishtail braid by teasing sections of hair to emphasise messy volume at the crown of the head. Bouquets of flowers were swapped with leather cords as it intertwined within the braid - a nod to the designer’s clothing collection of Safari-inspired pieces.

Simple but tousled side plaits were worn with dynamic floral prints at Ashish. The playful hairstyle went hand-in-hand with the paper bag waisted trousers, botanical slouchy jumpers, and brick printed vests to give gardening a stylish look. The side plait wasn’t just featured in fashion shows, Victoria Beckham tweeted a photo of herself sporting the style with the caption ‘baggy braid in Beijing!’ yesterday. The designer is currently on tour in China on a series of promotional events after the recent launch of her clothing collection, and the ‘baby’ Range Rover.  Following the release of The Hunger Games, the heroine Katniss Everdeen’s signature side braid has also been continuously recreated. Versatility is key with this style as it offers sophisticated chic but also an effortless and natural look for a series of events and occasions.

Are there any hair trends you’ll be trying this season? Let us know!

By Shu-Shi Lin - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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ALL TIED UP: SPRING/SUMMER HAIR TREND

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With clothing trends ticked off the fashion list and comfortably sitting in our wardrobes, it’s time to look at what we are going to do with our hair.

Our luscious locks are the ultimate accessory to finish off any look and if the runways are anything to go by, it would seem accessorized up-dos are back on the agenda with the models of Gucci, Phillip Lim, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jason Wu and Yves Saint Laurent leading the way!

Vary your accessories to either dress your look up or down. For a casual theme try a fabric head tie or band like our Multi-Functional Bendy Floral Headband/ Neck-Wrist-Hair Tie priced at just £3.99 and available in a range of colours to nail the look.

For a more dressed up, formal occasion try some glitzy clips or a key statement piece like the models showcasing Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring Summer 2012 collection.

By Hayley Killoran - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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ITS TIME FOR A MARC JACOBS MAKE UP LINE

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"Anything to me that is part of the joy, the ritual, of getting dressed - things that women enjoy like handbags, shoes, fragrance, clothes, make-up - that’s what fashion’s about for me,” revealed Marc Jacobs to the Independent Woman.

The American designer who has already launched his own line of accessories in the past has recently announced collaboration with Sephora to launch a cosmetic line too. No date has been set yet but we are expecting it in 2013.

Like any other creation, the American designer will ensure quality, a unique line of product with the brand’s signature.

Whether it’s a fabulous dress, a fun cover for our Iphones, or a delicious lipstick, Marc Jacobs is constantly surprising us with new products awakening our fashion senses day after day and perfecting the Jacobs look.

Marc Jacobs also added in an interview for the Independent Woman: “I see make-up, fragrance - everything, really - as an opportunity. The idea of choosing a color for your lip, or an eyeliner - it’s just such a delight. The ritual of waking up and making those choices is something people really enjoy,”

For all Marc Jacobs fan, get ready for a surprise hitting the stores in the upcoming months, a new product completing our wardrobes and adding some more glamour in our daily lives.

By Nathalie Akkaoui - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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SPRING IS SO LAST SEASON... AUTUMN/WINTER 2012-13 MAKE UP TRENDS

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I think it’s pretty clear we have spring sorted. We know what to wear and how to do our hair, so like true fashionistas lets plan ahead. Spring is sooooo last season (well, in the fashion world). The Autumn/Winter 2012-13 catwalks saw some of the biggest make-up trends yet and it was all about the eyes! (with the occasional bold lip or brow, something for everyone!)

A/W will see the smoky eye being reinvented with, surprise surprise, colour! Roberto Cavalli’s models had the mixture of a purple, green and bronze smoky eye, whilst Burberry and Jason Wu stuck to bronze and green. If a smoky eye is too time consuming, then try out wearing a block colour on your eyelids. Fun and playful bright winged liner or mascara was sported at Anna Sui and Stella McCartney!

Too daring I hear you say? Well, don’t worry it’s not a case of going hard or going home for A/W, it’s a case of going hard or going bare! From London to New York designers kept eye make-up to a minimum, with an occasional flash of white on the lids at Giambattista Valli. The statement that got everybody talking was the lips! The conventional bold, red lip was spotted at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Rick Owens and Zac Posen shows and worn with minimal makeup to make the biggest impact!

Brows were a BIG thing on the catwalk. Bold, dark brows were sported at Vera Wang and Missoni. Of course, there’s always one to make a show of things. Chanel rocked jewelled brows, eyebrows full of jewels and sequins… (not a look I expect to catch on!)

For the rest of the face, less is more! Plain was interesting and the only colour we seen was a flush of pink on the cheeks at Micheal Kors, a lovely, rosy A/W glow.

Once again we see two extremes... Bold and bright or light and flirty. Which one will you go for?

By Emily Hughes - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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HAIR TREND ALERT: SIDE-SWEPT HAIR

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This spring there is no easier way to reinvent your look. Simply part your hair to the side using bobby pins, get an undercut or simply do it the au-natural way for the hairstyle of the A-listers.

Rihanna, Lana Del Rey and January Jones are just some of the many side sweeping this spring, and, trust us - the simple style will look just as amazing on you as it does on them. Simply sweep your hair to the side, tucking the leftover hair behind your ears, as Elle writes: “A look reminiscent of Jerry Hall in the seventies.”

The hairstyle works on both long and short hair, and it is up to you whether you want to go all-out with an undercut or tone it down by simply tucking the hair back.

The au-natural look goes great with our Black Hermes Birkin Style Lightweight Holdall at just £19.99 for work or an evening out.

Either way you choose to do it, the look is guaranteed you to be the simplest, yet tremendously stylish, hairstyle of 2012.

By Therese Doksheim - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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SPRING 2012: HAIR TRENDS

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Outfit: Check!. Make-up: Check! Hair: UH-OH! We’ve got the outfits nailed but what are we supposed to do with our hair to complete the look this season!? It seems fashion and beauty remains consistent for S/S2012 as it’s very much a ’roll out of bed and stick your hair up’ kind of job! (Well, that’s what it looks like… it actually takes a few hours of grooming those wild locks!)

First on the list is the fishtail plait. Sophisticated braids and twists are a hit with celebs and on the catwalk this season. The effortlessly chic look is perfect for spring and summer, and can be easily transferable from day to night! And apparently, it’s easy to do! Check out Kendall Jenner’s fishtail plait being rocked on the red carpet. Don’t worry, if you’re not a dab-hand with ye olde hairbrush… a normal plait will do!

If you don’t want your hair up then soft, urban waves are the way forward. Hair with laid back body and beachy waves were certainly a hit with the likes of Calvin Klein and Givenchy. It may not seem a lot but the barely there curls are easy to achieve, try using a salt-spray, and are bang-on trend this season!

There are some hairstyles that may require a little more primping. Following fashion, the minimalist approach has made its way onto our heads! Super Sleek hair, preferably in high ponytails, were sported by models at Donna Karen and Marc Jacobs, but did the slick look ever really go out of fashion?! 

One trend that seemed to be cropping up everywhere was ‘glistening hair’ or in everyday terms, ‘wet hair’. Whether it’s damp at the roots or  the’ just got out of the shower’ look, designers from Diesel to BCBG were going for it. So, if you ever run out of time in the morning then wet hair is now officially acceptable!

By Emily Hughes - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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SMOKING HOT: SPRING/SUMMER 2012 BEAUTY TREND

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From glistening silvers to gleaming golds, it’s in with metallics and smoky eyes for Spring/Summer 2012 beauty trends. Seen on the models of Emilio Pucci, Fendi and Giorgio Armani, this smoking hot trend is one with a statement to make! James Kaliardos for NARS also created this look to compliment the clothing of Rodarte.

The trend can be achieved by blending varied metallic shades of your choice and complimenting this with a liquid eyeliner to create an extra impression. If you choose darker shades, blend a thicker line with assistance from an eye liner pencil. The eyes are the stand out element in this trend, so lip colour should be kept to a more neutral look.

However, the statement need not end with the eyes. Try pairing the look with some bold jewellery or a handbag. Get this look nailed with the Gold Metallic Small Handheld Clutch Bag now priced at just £6.99.

This heavy metal trend is also ideal for nights out and would look sensational with an LBD. Make yourself the stand out statement before your clothing by nailing the look with this understated yet classy Black Satin and Diamonte Hard Back Clutch Bag for only £12.

By Hayley Killoran - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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LET YOUR NAILS DO THE TALKING

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If you think that it is only hair, shoes and clothes that have trends, think again! One must pay attention to detail! This week will focus on nails. Long ones, short ones, round ones, square ones, we all have them. Some are painted, some aren’t. I may venture to say that some outfits suit a chipped look. Last year saw the rise of the three-dimensional nail- nails served as the blank canvas for stuck-on gems, letters and 3D cartoon characters and motifs. Perhaps not the most practical designs, but show-stopping and cute nonetheless. What is comforting to know is that if 3D isn’t your style, there are many ways to personalise your manicure without having to take a trip to the salon!

Nail Art pens are readily available online and in good chemists, allowing you to practice and perfect simply yet effective designs on yourself. Instead of a brush, the pen keeps fine detail so there’s no mess! Kits usually come with glitter, gems and templates to stem your creativity. In a rainbow of colours, you can keep your designs as neutral or as bold as you like, and choose to match or clash your outfit. 2012’s S/S Nail trends display inverted French manicures, two-tone effects and abstract detail, but it is evident that the key idea is to experiment!

By Almass Badat - Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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NAIL COLOUR TRENDS FOR A/W

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As the new season is upon us and Fashion Week brings about new colour inspiration, lets not forget that our nails also require attention! Read on as I give you the low-down on must-have nail colours and trends to rock now.

1) Chanel: £17.50 - Vernis in Peridot, Quartz and Graphite
With metallic and shimmering shades, these three new colours were inspired by material effects. The colours of greeny-gold, graphite and quartz are simply stunning.

2) Estee Lauder: £14.00 - Pure Colour Nail Lacquer in Metallic Sage
Velvet colours are bang on trend for A/W 2011 and this soft, shimmery shade is a godsend from Estèe Lauder.

3) O.P.I.: £10.50 - The Muppets in Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Warm and Fozzie, Gone Gonzo and Gettin’ Miss Piggy With
With Christmas just round the corner this set of colours is Christmas inspired with the Muppets nail colours! The names are just as fun as the products themselves which have a high-sheen glitter effect. Fab!

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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NAIL VARNISH TAKES THE BEAUTY WORLD BY STORM

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There is one area of beauty which almost all women can relate to, and that is grooming their nails. Would you believe that nail polish sales have grown to over double the rate over the last five years of other colour cosmetics! This shows how strong the British nail obsession is – a quick splash of nail colour is the quickest way to be on-trend – and without breaking the bank.

Nail colour trends are constantly changing – practically ever week! And Chanel’s lush colours are often at the top of the charts. The colour you choose to rock represents how aware you are of the fashion landscape. In today’s world, its no longer just a colour to match your handbag!

Be on trend by wearing the hottest shades right now – summers “it” shades include bright yellow, aqua and raspberry.

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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MAKE-UP TRENDS FOR SPRING 2011

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With spring now in full swing we see new make-up trends emerge. Bolder hues with a rainbow bright colour palette and shimmering skin tones are the looks to wear now. Read on as I take you though the top 4 new looks:

1) Dazzling Drama – Think of the 70’s discos and glitter ball which has created this look. This look is intoxicating and is about everything mixed together. Create the look with mixed eye shadow shades in rainbow colours. Add glitter on top of your lip colour for extra sparkle. This was a look seen at Louis Vuitton, Giles and Marc Jacobs.

2) Perfect Radiance – Inviting, light reflecting skin is the theme for this look. This is a look which relies on good skin. Make sure you use a nourishing moisturiser and plenty of it, then add a light blusher which is cream based to create a natural glow. This flawless look was seen at MaxMara and Christopher Kane.

3) Pop Art – Colour rich lip colour is key here. Deep, intense shades such as fuchsia pink or orange work well, as does royal red. You can even mix shades – use a darker shade around the outside of your lips and dab a warmer shade on the inside. As seen at Jill Sander and DVF.

4) Golden Rose – Rich golden tones across eyes and cheeks is what this trend is about. Look for shades high in pigmentation to catch the light. Dazzling metallic’s in cream, gold, beige or rose shades look amazing for a sun-kissed look. As seen at Moschino.

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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TREND UPDATE: BALLET FORMS INSPIRATIONAL FASHION AND BEAUTY TRENDS

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Its not just the film world that has been captivated by ballet which films such as the recent Black Swan, featuring Natalie Portman as a troubled ballet dancer. This phenomenon of creative art is influencing our wider cultural landscape.

In the fashion world take note from designers such as Chloe, David Koma and Lanvin who have drawn inspiration from ballet in their S/S 2011 collections.

The ballet inspiration has also transferred onto beauty counters too with an infusion of pastel pinks and pretty pearl tones. Try YSL’s limited edition face highlighter called Palette Pink which has been launched exclusively for Spring 2011. Chanel’s Spring collection includes a sheer delicate pink nail colour called Peche Narcee, whilst Lancome has launched 3 new shades to match this trend.

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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BEAUTY TREND - ORANGE LIPSTICK

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This season is all about bold and neon colours. And the same goes for lipstick colours; the catwalks for this season’s trend were flooded with models strutting their stuff in bold hues to make you look twice.

One shade which was unexpected but hugely popular was… you’ve guessed it, bright orange. Designers such as Fendi, Marc Jacobs and Gucci to name but a few, had models rocking blazing orange lips.

I’ve put together my top three picks for hot orange lipstick shades. Don’t be put off the shade straight way - it may seem daunting at first but you never know until you try! And hey, make up is all about experimenting!

First choice: Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting lipstick in shade Mandarin, £29.50: Powerful shade with the added benefit of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Calendula.

Second choice: Givenchy Rouge Interdit lipstick in Candide Tangerine, £19.50: This shade is warm and spontaneous with rich pigments.

Third choice: Maybelline New York lipstick in Coral Fever, £7.19: A more affordable lipstick for us recession busting fashionistas. A fab easy to wear and on-trend shade. Easy to apply and great texture.

If you are still unsure and can’t brave the full orange shade just yet, then create a bold yet understated look by dabbing the lipstick shade onto your fingers first and then onto your lips. Finish off with some clear lip gloss for extra wow factor. Pout!

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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TOP THREE HAND CREAMS UNDER GBP 20.00

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Thank god for lush hand creams, even at this time of the year! Cold weather, central heating and even the likes of every day washing up can leave our hands in poor state with dry, chapped skin. They say that the sight of our hands can give away our age, so it’s about time (if you haven’t already) that you look after your hands with a bit of TLC and invest in a great hand cream.

My hands are a sucker at showing my age and I admit I am the worst culprit! However, over the last two weeks I’ve put a few of the best known hand creams to the test and boiled it down to my favourite three.

Number Three - Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Anti-Ageing Hand Cream SPF 25, £4.49: Used morning and night this cream left my hands soft and smooth. It has a non-greasy formula and has a wonderful fresh smell. The price alone is a bonus!

Number Two - Clinique Deep Comfort Hand Cream, £15.00: This hand and cuticle cream absorbs into the skin really easily without being greasy. A little of it seems to go a long way! The only downside is that it doesn’t have much of a scent to it. I like a bit of luxury!

Number One - Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, £17.36: Although a bit pricey this was my favourite hand cream. The scent is so fresh and the texture rich and creamy. That said it was super absorbent and banished my dry skin within 2 days. A winner!

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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HAIR STYLING TRICKS OF THE TRADE

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The condition and style of your hair can totally transform you from looking great to looking fantastic. I’ve come across some professional tricks to acquiring perfect hair for all hair types and the best part is that you don’t have to spend ages to achieve them! To achieve fab hair at home take note:

For flat hair: Wait until your roots are almost dry then spray with a volumising spray. Use a heated round bristle brush with a metal barrel to lift at the roots and style as desired. When your hair is dry wrap around the brush for 10 seconds for extra volume.

For fine hair: Start blowdrying your hair then when around 80% dry apply a large amount of volumising mousse and finish blowdrying. This really makes such a difference and delivers a full, soft finish.

For frizzy hair: Mix together flattening cream with mousse on damp hair. Then use a serum on the ends. Now blowdry and see the difference!

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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NEW LIPSTICK SHADES TO HIT THE SHELVES -WHICH ONE IS FOR YOU?

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Lipstick is one beauty product I feel incomplete without. According to scientists at Manchester university, men prefer a woman’s lips to her eyes when it comes to attraction. And this is apparently enhanced even more if she is wearing lipstick! Five great new shades of lipstick and gloss have recently hit the shops, why not test them out to find the perfect shade for you:

1) L’oreal Colour Riche Boosting Serum Lipstick in TrueRed, £8.69: This deep red shade glides on super smooth and is good for dry lips.

2) Estee Lauder Pure Colour Gloss in Garnet Desire, £15: The high shine finish provides excellent colour that does not fade throughout wear or bleed.

3) MyFace Fair Gigabite Lipstick in Cherry Bomb, £9.99: Stay put lipstick, the perfect red shade for paler skin tones.

4) Clinique Smoothie Kisses Lip Gloss Set, £22.50: You get four lush shades in this set which is available now as limited edition. Pumped with vitamin C.

5) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice, £7.29: This glides on with a super smooth texture and is the nicest coral red shade.

Enjoy!

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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TRIED AND TESTED BEAUTY PRODUCT - FACIAL OILS

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One of my ultimate favourite products to use at this time of the year is a facial oil. Not a huge amount of women wear it – probably because they don’t know so much about the products or the benefits – but I find a good facial oil to be a great beauty product to recover from the harsh winter weather and to perfect skin for the coming warmer months.

In simple terms, facial oils are used to seal in moisture to the skin, smooth out lines and help prevent dryness. I have tested quite a few of them but here are my top 2 picks:

The Body Shop Vitamin E Facial Oil, £10: This was a fab, not too greasy product. The dry patches across my cheeks healed and lines around my eyes not as noticeable. It also sank into my skin quickly.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil, £16: Although slightly pricier this is my favourite oil. It was quite oily on my skin, however worked wonders as a night oil. My skin looked glowy and plump, and you can also use this on your lips, hands and neck. Result!

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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BLUSHER - THE MAKE UP WONDER TO KNOCK OFF YEARS

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The right blusher to match your complexion can take years off you, according to top make up artists. Cream based blusher is shown to be much easier than powder to apply, and provides a radiant, dewy glow. Check out my top picks to match your skin tones:

Fair: To brighten your skin look for a rosy pink. I recommend Maybelline Dream Mousse Blush, £5.99, in Dolly Pink.

Medium: Peach to tan tones compliment medium skin tones best. Try Miracle Touch Creamy Blush by Max Factor, £6.99, in Soft Candy.

Dark: Corals and deep pinks create a warm effortless glow. I love Bobbi Browns’ Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks, £16.50, in Pink Truffle. You’ll never look back!

By Liz Conrad - Beauty and Fashion Features writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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