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SPRING 2013 beauty has gone back to the future with space age metallic lids, as seen on the catwalks of Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Versace. The make-up may seem reminiscent of Alien vs. Predator, but who can’t turn down a shimmering silver smokey eye?

If you can’t resist looking like It girl of the moment Cara Delevingne, then The Live Scene’s version of Chanel’s ultra-modern trend will make sure you’ll reach Top Model status in no time.

Apply 17’s BB cream for flawless skin – the added SPF 15 will also give you protection against the sun (or lack of it)! Now onto the brows! This season strong eyebrows are the go-to, with celebs such as Lily Collins, Camille Belle and The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev all leading the bushy brow brigade. Fill in your brows with Benefit’s Brow zing to get clean, smooth brows – but don’t go overboard, we don’t want to look like the cast of Desperate Scousewives!

Once you’re all browed out, sweep Daniel Sandler’s silver eye shadow across your lids, and up to the base of your eyebrows. Build up the colour until it turns into a dark metallic tone. To make yourself look more awake, try placing the shadow on the inner corners of your eyes. Then line them with Rimmel’s soft kohl pencil in Jet Black to make your peepers stand out. Finish your futuristic eyes off with two coats of Rimmel’s Volume Flash Scandal’Eyes mascara.

Even though it’s Spring, the cold weather can wreak havoc on your lips. Banish dry, chapped lips with Lancôme’s Juicy Tubes in Fraise. Check out my Lancôme juicy tube review here.

Will you be joining the space-age tribe this season?

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So you’ve drank the last of the mulled wine, opened up all your presents, and you’re stuffed with Christmas dinner. But wait, it’s that time ladies… it’s the Boxing Day sale!

You may think sale items are the High Street’s way of saying ‘this isn’t on trend anymore’, and whilst these items may have been popular this Autumn/Winter, they are also going to be HUGE next season, and here’s why!

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1. Brown Leopard Print Shorts £10, Black Lashes of London Black Sequin Dress £25 & Cream Pearl Collar Jacket £30.

Designers are going animal print crazy next Spring/Summer with Erdem’s tribute to snake skin and Issa taking us through jungle paradise. So why not get ahead of the fashion pack and bag yourself these luscious leopard print shorts – hey they’re only a tenner!

 If you’re looking for that perfect NYE party dress, than look no further than this £25 scuba sequin dress! Embellishment is bigger and better than ever next season – think Viktor & Rolf, Balmain and Giles. Wear your new sequin number with MAC lipstick in ‘Cockney’ and these perfect peep-toe shoe boots from River Island, and you’ll enter 2013 in style!

It may be minimalistic, but cream and white colours were everywhere during S/S Fashion Week! From Jil Sander’s exaggerated hipline dresses to Missoni’s sleeveless shift dresses – they showed us that white can never be boring! If white is too much for you, then buy this cream pearl collar jacket – at £30 it may be expensive, but you can wear it with anything! Well, apart from white…

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1.Moto Sparkle Yoko Crop Jacket £22, Illusion Pencil Dress £20 & Trace Lace Up Trainers £12.

Topshop has surprisingly some cheap sale items this Boxing Day, and what better way to nail two trends in one, than putting this denim crop jacket into your virtual shopping basket? Cropped jackets was a favourite trend with Chanel and Balenciaga, and denim was all the rage at See by Chloe and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Just wear it with a cute pink lace dress for a cool daytime look.

What’s black and white? Moschino’s sixties coats? Marc Jacob’s referee stripes? Or what about Jonathan Saunders leather chevron dresses? All of these top designers showed us that next season you can mix up the monochrome trend, and this £20 Topshop dress seems to do just that! The black side panels create a slim silhouette, whilst the dress itself is a Bodycon number, so your curves will stick out in just the right places. Just pair it with a vibrant lippy and you’ve got yourself the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit!

Whoever thought that trainers weren’t fashionable, bow down now. Ashish and Moschino Cheap and Chic went against the fash pack and stormed the runways with their models in Reebok Classics and Nike Air Max trainers! So what are you waiting for? Get ahead of the average fashionista and click ‘Buy’ on these Topshop lace up trainers now!

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1. Flower Bomber Jacket £10, Leopard Print Mesh Crop Vest £2 & Neon Pink Jumper £12.

Bomber jackets are going to be huge next Spring/Summer with the likes of Stella McCartney and Jonathan Saunders including this look into their S/S collections. Make like Loewe and wear a floral bomber with a cute bralet and a simple skirt, or if you’re the grungy type, pair it with these River Island leather jeggings, printed H&M tee and black leather buckle boots from Office.

Bra tops may have been huge last season, but they are still heating up next Spring/Summer! Take inspiration from Jason Wu and Versace! This £2 – yes £2 – leopard print mesh vest hits all the right trend buttons! Just remember to keep the outfit classy ladies!

Everyone loves a bit of neon right? Just look at Simone Rocha, Matthew Williamson and Louis Vuitton. Make like these designers and wave your neon flag with this vibrant pink jumper! Team it with American Apparel’s famous disco pants in Black and you’ll be oozing the classic casual look!

Are you heading out this Boxing Day to grab yourself a bargain? Or are you going online and shop in front of the festive fire?

(Note: All items were picked on Christmas Eve, so there might be reductions or even sold out!)

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Better late than never! This month’s Glossybox finally arrived in the post today, and boy, it was worth the wait!


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From Top to Bottom: Glossybox packaging, inside the box, ‘Vanitas’ by Versace perfume, Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Body Butter, Révive intensité crème lustre, Clarins Extra-Firming Body Cream and Lancôme Juicy Tubes in ‘Toffee’.

The anticipation was rife when rumours of what might be in this month’s ‘Mystery Box’ had been circulating all over the blogosphere in February. And when the first of many spoilers revealed that March’s edition was in fact a special Harrods beauty box, many bloggers couldn’t contain their excitement – including me! Luxury samples are what most of us paid for when we clicked the ‘subscribe’ button on the Glossybox website all those months ago, and this Harrods edition is perfect for those of us who are unsure whether to  ‘take the leap’ and buy an expensive product without having sampling it first.

So what’s my verdict? Well, most of these samples are ideal for what I am looking for in a beauty box – designer perfume, lip-gloss, body butter, intensive moisturiser and extra firming body cream all fit the bill perfectly. Let’s just hope I feel the same after I test and review them for you guys! I have to say, having had a whiff of the Versace perfume, I’m being won over already! It’s deliciously flowery and fresh! Who knows, it might replace my beloved Loverdose!

What are your thoughts on this month’s Glossybox?

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Christmas is coming, and that could only mean one thing – time to dig out your best party dress!

One trend which has been storming the party dress world this season is jewel-toned colours. Yes, that’s right, from ruby to amethyst, to silver and sapphire, the fashion wolves are howling away if you don’t invest in one of these huge trend babies!

Jewel-toned dresses were huge on the catwalks of Gucci, Versace and Christian Dior, who all included them in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections. Take inspiration from fashion power-house Versace, and invest in this sexy sapphire number from ASOS, or if you’re feeling a lighter shade of blue, then bag this Gucci-inspired Quiz dress.

(Images sourced from Vogue UK)

Fashion designers were not the only ones who have spear-headed this trend. Celebrities such as Stacy Keibler, Mila Kunis and BBC Radio 1 presenter, Fearne Cotton, have sported a range of dresses across the jewel-toned spectrum. If you’re not lucky enough to be able to afford Stacy Keibler’s Maria Lucia Hohan number, then don’t worry, as Select have a sequin mesh amethyst dress just for you!  Going for gold? Then hit Topshop and invest in this one-shoulder dress, and you’ll be ready to hit the Christmas parties Fearne Cotton style!

Here are some of my favourite jewel-toned party dresses:

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My must-have pick of the bunch is the River Island pink Grecian dress! This dress is not only perfect for a night out with the girls, but it is also practical for special occasions too!

Now all you need is your killer party heels, and you’ll be walking in a winter wonderland before you know it!

What jewel-toned dresses are you currently coveting at the moment?

With winter arriving it’s time to get all glamorous and glitzy with The Live Scene, as I pick out the must have party shoes for this season.

Every girl needs a pair of party shoes in their wardrobe – from studded stilettos, to metallics heels and two-tone platforms – the more sparkly and ‘out there’ the shoe is, the better!

Still need convincing? Well, statement shoes were big on the catwalks of famous designers such as Alexander McQueen , Jonathan Saunders and Vivienne Westwood, to name a few. It seems that this season, you cannot create a bold winter look without a stand-out shoe involved.  Just take inspiration from the designers below!

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And if you’re like me, and you can’t afford to splash out on designer gear, then don’t fret! Help is at hand. Here is a collection of the best shoes that the high street has to offer, to meet your all of your budgeting needs!

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ASOS have a huge sale going on at the moment, and you would be a fool to miss out on what they have to offer for the party season! Channel your inner Chanel with these dogtooth/bright blue combos, or bag some Haider Ackermann-a-like silver metallics, or if you’re feeling all starry-eyed check out the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired star printed heels – ALL of which are currently in the sale!

From L-R: PATCHI Cylindrical Heel Platform Shoes [SALE] £36, Miss KG Dancer Glitter Pointed Court Shoe  [SALE] £56 & ALDO Hafen Mirrored Star Platform Court [SALE] £64.

Miss Selfridge
Miss Selfridge is the store for you, if you want a designer-inspired shoe for less! Make like Jason Wu by incorporating some textures into your look, with these feathery cuffed and studded sandals. Or if you want to achieve Vivienne Westwood’s look for less, then bag these gold glitter heels. And finally, jewel-toned colours are not just for dresses this season! Bag these Versace-esque purple boots and you’ll be top of the fashion pack this winter!

From L-R: HONEY Black Feather Cuff Heel £70, SASSY Gold Glitter Court £40 & BLINKY Purple Heeled Boot £50.

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Office have a large range of expensive  party heels to choose from, so if you’re looking to splash out your savings on some investment pieces, then check these babies out!

From L-R: Jeffrey Campbell Tick Stud Wedge Shoe Boot £130, A Starry Night Heel £80 & Jeffrey Campbell Lita Platform Ankle Boot £120.

River Island
River Island has some superb statement shoes to satisfy your party needs! From studded heels with faux fur detailing to metallic gold wedges, River Island is the must-go-to store, if you need that all important statement shoe.  All you need now is your killer party dress and you’ll be ready for walking in a winter wonderland!

Here is my best pick of the bunch:

From L-R: Black Faux Fur Studded Sandals £65, Gold Peep Toe Wedges £70 & Orange Diamante Detailed Sandals £55.

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This Topshop season, it’s all about animal print, two-toned platforms and plenty of glitter! The shoes may be expensive, but it is safe to say that Topshop is one of the best high-street stores, which in terms of investment, will give you value for money. You can wear these party heels over and over again, and in seasons to come!

From L-R: STRUT Glitter Heel Platforms £65, Mary Jane Ribbon Shoes by UNIQUE £100 & SCAR Cut Out Platforms £65.

There you go! These shoes are my pick of the high-street bunch for this party season. What are your favourites? Do you have any must-have party shoes that you’re currently coveting?