New @superdrug research shows we’re a generation of Selfies!! So we better start buying more make up! #instagram #photo #selfie

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So Snoochers, how many have you taken? I’m talking about selfies, come on now, don’t be shy we’ve all done it…those self-portraits taken on a mobile phone, which is then shared via social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc.

I’m not going to lie, selfies have happened in the weirdest of places, there was recently an article released about the rising population of people taking selfies at funerals! (Not cool people!) and popular personalities from Rihanna to Rosie H-W love taking pictures of themselves posing to model perfection, its even given way to the birth of new TV shows based around the Instagram lives of the rich and famous kids, who love to share pictures of themselves and their wealth!

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Recent research by Superdrug of 2,000 women showed that half of all young women (18 to 24 years) admit to taking selfies, with one in ten admitting to taking them ‘all the time’, taking on average five minutes and 45 seconds to get the perfect “impromptu” shot.

62 per cent of the young women questioned said they used their selfie as their profile picture on social media.  In the battle of the social media big three, Instagram is the top place for posting selfies with 30 per cent, 21 per cent post theirs on Facebook while 13 per cent use Twitter to publicise themselves.

If only they had selfies back in the day!

If only they had selfies back in the day!

Now these are some interesting numbers, but get this…

While it takes on average five minutes and 45 seconds for young women to take the perfect photograph, it takes them a staggering 11 minutes before then to ensure their hair and makeup are perfect. But why is there all the fuss? Well, Superdrug’s Buying Director Simon Comins, may have the answer, he said:  “The rise of mega pixel cameras on phones ensures that today’s young women want to look picture perfect and this means high definition makeup, flawless skin and artfully styled hair.”

So with this in mind, is it any wonder why we’ve seen a huge rise in the purchasing of make up to help us look “picture perfect” just for our very own selfie?!!

Superdrug reports sales of makeup primers have increased by 21 per cent so far in 2013.  Other products highlighted as essential for selfies also on the rise including eyebrow pencils and volume boosting mascaras.

So whats the verdict?! 

Well, these aren’t going to please everyone, some may say that the selfie is an arrogant, immature thing to do from people who want attention; whilst others may applaud it for giving people the confidence to step in front of the camera and feel beautiful enough to take a snap of themselves. Either way its proving to be big business particularly in the area of make up. So whether or not you decide a selfie is a perfect expression of how you’re feeling at that particular “moment in time” or not, remember…its all a bit of fun, right?

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London Fashion Week #LFW may be over but you can keep the style going with @tresorparis #fashion #style

Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 08.28.28Another LFW is over so its time for Cara Delevigne to give her eyebrows a rest and for Anna Wintour to pack her bags and head back to Vogue Towers. But if you’re not all fashioned out, then we have the perfect solution for you, and it comes in the form of Tresor Paris. 

This year, the  UK Jewellery Award winner has once again collaborated with fashion house Fyodor Golan to help put the finishing touches to their SS 2014 collection ‘Electric Children’. Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 08.29.00

Inspired by their pedestrian commute to their studio every day across Waterloo Bridge, the collection focuses on shape, colour and energy. Ceramic Tresor Paris beads were entwined on to bra-let tops and dresses to embellish and define the shape element of the collection, which on the one hand was beautifully fitted and on the other was contrasted with looser bomber-style jackets in fine fabrics.Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 08.27.35

The runners and bikers in particular stimulated the duo to design ‘luxe sport’ inspired pieces, epitomised with insignia FG sweat tops. These were then paired with various geometrical separates which were cut with an aesthetically clean line, such as wide floaty trousers. The ‘Fyodor Golan Tribe’ element is created through the bold splash, embroidery designs and enchanting multi-coloured feathers and pleats protruding from dresses.

Colour schemes range from bright yellow to black which contrasts with the soft pastel tones of mints, baby blues and nudes to create a dazed feeling which is enhanced by the colour splash embroideries, feathers and prints. The snakeskin apparel was also coated in pastel colours to evoke feelings of contemporary sexuality.

This high energy dynamic colouring inspired by the rave movement is visible in the particularly bright pieces adorned with the iconic smiley face.

Pieces will be available from Harvey Nicholls www.harverynicholls.com and Then & Now and www.thenandnowshop.com

Get yourself top of the Glam List with @lip_smacker @Barrymcosmetics @GloMineralsUK @styloko #beauty #makeup #shopping

Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 09.03.27So every girl loves the opportunity to play around with the newest and hottest make up trends. There’s a never ending flow of amazing products coming our way, so its hard to try and find the best of the best. Well, fear not Snoochers as we’ve done it all for you…From eyes to lips to foundation, we’ve picked our top two  make up brands to show off some of their latest trends and then introduce you Styloko a whole new shopping experience that will help you finish up that ultimate glamour puss look!
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First up, the most fun make up brand Lip Smacker is back with a whole new collection ready for the Autumn//Winter season. From cleverly allowing you to channel your inner Disney princess with its fun Lip Smacker Disney Collection, you’ll feel more like Beauty than the Beast in no time.Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.50.27
 And priced at a super affordable £2.50 you’ll be rushing to Debenhams to grab the full princess line up! 
Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 09.06.08Launching on the 25th September, well known beauty brand Barry M has some incredible new buys which will give you everything you need to party this Winter. Another very affordable buy, these products range from £3.99 upwards, which wont break the bank for your own purchases before you start spending on everyone else this festive season…so go on, spoil yourselves! 
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  • Palettles- A first from Barry M these eye and cheek palettes can you give you party glamour or daytime beauty in an instant. Complete with 6 eyeshadow shades that compliment each-other, a blusher, a large mirror and  two brushes- these palettes will become your go-to for eye and cheek colour every time! – £6.49Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.54.57
  • Matte Nails – A/W13’s must have nail look, available in matte Nude, Berry, Black and Brown you can have this seasons hottest grunge nails for just £3.99 .

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If you need something a little bit more sensitive for your skin, then look no further than Glo minerals which offers a naturally nourishing array of products and beauty tools suitable for all skin types. Screen Shot 2013-09-12 at 08.58.01

From bronzers, foundations and concealers to mascaras, eye shadows and lipsticks – The range’s pharmaceutical-grade ingredients with high-pigment minerals, and exclusive combination of Vitamins A, C, E and green tea extract heighten the skins natural lustre. glō minerals also offers broad-spectrum UV protection to maintain the health of the skin while protecting it from further damage. 

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And finally, if you need more than just make up in a hurry this party season, then online site Styloko promises to slash the search time for online shoppers. 

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Having just re-launched, Styloko is offering a brand new online shopping experience connecting people to the products they love quickly. The new-look site is based around personally curated virtual boutiques, which contain only the brands and items users love and want to shop.

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On Styloko you can add products to your very own virtual boutique either from Styloko’s own website, which aggregates almost 700,000 products from nearly every major UK retailer, or from any other site across the web – simply by using their browser button.

And if you want to tell everyone about it, you can then share your boutique, comment on items, follow other stylish users and shop from other peoples’ boutiques. And, (BARGAIN ALERT!) when an item in your boutique falls in price, you’ll get an instant notification by email – so you will never miss a sale again.

So there you have it – dont get down in the dumps about the impending winter ahead its time to get prepped for the party season in a big way!! Enjoy!

Forget the doom of winter and keep on shopping! @tjc_uk @opOceanPacific @shimlajewellery @lucetmundi

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Yes the days are getting shorter, the mornings are getting longer and night time approaches quicker. But don’t get all doom and gloom about the pending winter months because we’ve found some last minute Summer specials for the family and also a few bits and bobs to get you looking forward to Oct, Nov, Dec…basically we just found a whole load of cool stuff from some amazeball brands which we think would suit you lot a treat… enjoy and let us know if you buy any of these treats!

The Jewellery Channel isn’t just a TV show it’s a way of looking gorgeous and glam!

The Jewellery Channel is an online store that stocks over 16,000 pieces ranging from £2.99 to £5,000 so there’s literally something for everyone!  In addition to being known for their diverse range of stunning items, TJC is also well known (and respected) for doing everything possible to undercut normal retail prices so that jewellery is made more affordable. So if you’re after a bargain, this is the place to be, and here are a couple of our favourite pieces currently on offer!

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Get the kids still remembering their summer holidays with Ocean Pacific!

If you’re still planning a holiday with the kids, then we recommend you make them look like the coolest kids on tour with these cute swimming trunks from Californian surf lifestyle brand OP (Ocean Pacific), sold exclusively at Sports Direct. OP launched this Summer and is one of the leading lifestyle brands in the US, even Twilight star Kellan Lutz has been seen rocking a pair of board shorts!

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Delve into some Dutch Delights this Winter with Barts!

Or if you’re properly preparing for winter there is nothing nicer than these winter warmers from Dutch brand Barts!  Far beyond the selection we have to show you today, the collection has woven scarves in linen, viscose and cotton, which are designed using a pallet of beautiful basic colors as well as radiants, checks, stripes and flower- and other beautiful prints.

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Get in touch with your spiritual side with Shimla’s gorgeous jewellery! 

And if you’ve ever felt like you just needed some jewellery with some secret hidden powers to give you that va va voom in life then look no further than Shimla!

Named after the picturesque Shimla Valley in the Himalayas, Shimla’s shamballa style bracelets are highly detailed, interwoven with sparkling fireball crystals, semi-precious stones, stainless steel beads and beautifully crafted charms. This Autumn/Winter collection sees a range of beautiful hand-made bracelets adorned with charms said to ward off bad luck, including Hamsa or the “Hand of Fatima,” a palm-shaped amulet recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the Om symbol, a sacred and important mantra and mystical Sanskrit sound of Hindu origin, and the Evil Eye symbol, said to protect the wearer from evil spirits.

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Make money look fabulous with Lucet Mundi!

And finally, we’ve got a celebrity special for you! Lucet Mundi is an elite jewellery brand famous for its iconic interchangeable coin necklaces and earrings designed in a stunning array of metals including Rhodium Silver Plated, Rose Gold Plated and Gold Plated, Lucet Mundi have taken the market place by storm and are now stocked across the globe in leading jewellery retailers including Ernest Jones and Goldsmiths. Whats more here’s just a few of the long list of celebrities who just love to wear it! Peter Andre, Maria Fowler, Lauren Goodger, Robbie Savage, Nicola Mclean, JLS and Emma Rigby.

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So what are you waiting for, stock up on yourselves before you start blowing your hard earned cash on everyone else for Christmas!!!

Happy Monday snoochers!

Add a little comfort to your life with @thepyjamastore #fashion #nightwear @dollzteam @timoteidavid

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Would’t it be amazing if there was a place where all of the worlds comfiest pyjamas went to live and you could just browse between the 1D onesies and sleek silkie numbers. Well, there really is… and its called The Pyjama store!

Snoochie Boochies was lucky enough to be invited to a very special event for the store in the heart of swanky Mayfair. We found bed wear from the extravagant to the affordable, from the slinky to the sophisticated and basically everything for men, women and children.

The Pyjama Store was born in 2010 due to the frustrations of poor online choices for good quality men’s pyjamas and robes it initially housed four brands and within 18 months grew to incorporate women’s wear with five more women’s specialist designers. By 2013, The Pyjama Store had amassed a great selection of cool, younger brands with fresh and exciting new designs including Cyberjammies and by popular request, kid’s jim jams!

So we thought, we’d run through three of our top pickings from The Pyjama store and give you a flavour for what it has to offer:

The Charlie McLeod Nordic Zippy

Prices starting at £79.00

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This is where guys become honorary members of 1 Direction who love chilling out in nothing more than a onesie. The superstar of comfort is made of super soft cotton rich fabric which makes you feel like you want to curl up and just take life easy. Throw into the mix our very generous sizing and you could lounge all day.

The soft feeling hood has natural coloured drawcords which match those great zip pullers, the front pouch pocket has an internal phone/mp3 pocket with a small hole so your wires can be fed up the inside of the Zippy, and the cuffs have the all important thumb holes.

After a day on the slopes, work or studying you only need to reach for one item of clothing. The Nordic Zippy with its bright white print, this is the real deal. Perfect for lounging, perfect for our modern life.

The MaybeBlu Collection

Currently on sale starting at £18.00

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As featured in Star magazine’s Lust List! For those who prefer a classic yet sexy look, this night dress offers a chic alternative to the pyjamas, though still giving you the comfort of 100% cotton, while allowing you to reveal your feminine side.

Turquaz Kids Pyjamas

Prices starting at £22.00

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Exclusive to The Pyjama Store, a range of sleepwear for children with gorgeous designs which look super whether your little ones are playing, resting or sleeping. A peaceful night’s sleep is (almost) guaranteed!

What there’s more? 

Now this event wasn’t all about Pyjamas, as a special treat the The Dollz team was on hand to do amazing make overs and Game of Thrones hair stylist Timothy David was on hand to give some style advice and add some ‘ju-ju’ to our hair to make us look FABULOUS!

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So we thought we’d end on his three words of advice for beautiful fabulous hair…

1) Make sure you have good hair products which are correctly diagnosed by a stylist

2) Always go to a good hair stylist

3) Regular visits to the hair dresser are a must!

Have a great weekend Snoochers and get yourself looking glam for day and night time!

Put on a Hunger Games Party in 3 steps and may the odds be ever in your favour! #hungergames

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Well if you weren’t already super excited about the next installment of The Hunger Games hitting cinema screens in November, you can get the reaping started with your very own Hunger Games themed party!

We attended a very special Hunger Games event day last week which gave us all the inspiration we needed to bring a little bit of Capitol into our lives for the end of the Summer. So forget the BBQ’s and go all out with stupendous style and the odds will ever be in your favour!

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Step 1: Bake the Book!

No not literally, but we absolutely LOVED the Hunger Games cup cakes at the event day, and felt that no Hunger Games party would be complete without them. So here’s a really helpful video from across the pond, which will inevitably get your mouth watering for what is an essential party piece… the Mockingjay cupcake!

 

Step 2: Get the Look! 

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Who would have thought the Capitol would have been so on trend in the real world. Well, as we found out there are two major fashion go-go’s coming out of The Hunger Games and one is Capitol party style and the other is Tribute tracksuits!

For the Capitol party style you can look no further than your local fashion retailer for some fantastic bits. It doesn’t have to cost your district to get Captiol fashion and there’s so much out there…

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And if you want to shuffle along like Effie Trinket, then how about these Chinese Laundry China Doll Heeled Shoes… you’ll need to splash out a little bit more, but once again they’re on sale at ASOS.com for £62.00 (RRP £120.00)

 But if you’re feeling more in tune with one of the Tributes, then you might want to spend your cash on the futuristic exercise range from Lucas Hugh London. Having never provided products for movies before, its Creative Director Anjhe Mule was sought out and hand picked by Catching Fire Costume Designer Trish Summerville to help provide some of the amazing outfits for the films key stars.

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Step 3: Top up Trinket Style

No party look would be complete without an Effie Trinket make over and the amazing make up artist who took care of Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth at the UK premiere told us that the key to Effie Trinket’s looks is clashing colours, blended together on the eyes and hyper real pale skin! Think Alexander McQueen with strong bold eyes and Geisha lips.Screen Shot 2013-08-19 at 18.29.30

She also mentioned that since The Hunger Games hit our cinema screens, people have really realized that make up can be much more fun, and that there really aren’t any rules, so maybe there’s a little bit of Capitol in this capital city after all!

So what are you waiting for, you have the food, the clothes and the make up to make a very Happy Hunger Games! Enjoy!!

Create your own unique style with @ClaireaBellaLtd #fashion #highstreet #trend

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Ever fancied yourself as a fashion trend setter? Well thats exactly what mum of five Claire Barratt did and she landed herself with popular brand ClaireaBella. You may have seen the bags, jumpers etc, modelled by the likes of Lisa Snowdon and Corrie favourite Michelle Keegan – ring a bell? Oh yeah!

Its quickly becoming all the rage as these products allow you to look ever so uniquely stylish as you can personalise bags, mugs, notepads and so much more to your hearts content! Then it’s mixed with one of the Claireabella’s (Bratz like) images, and tah-dah you can be shopping or festival chic!

So if you want to steal Michelle Keegan’s effortless style, want to look chic whilst sight-seeing like Lisa Snowdon or simply want to travel in style like Michelle Heaton, then make sure you have what every fashion-loving celebrity has – their very own aBella character!

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So how do you go about it all?

Using ClaireaBella’s incredible BuildaBella App you can add your very own character and name to a whole host of stunning products such as classic jute bags, cotton tote bags, hoodies, t-shirts, pyjamas, phone cases, diaries, notepads, candles and even chocolate bars – the list really is endless!

An ideal and personal gift for birthdays and weddings or if you just want to treat yourself, add a dash of glitter and sprinkle some sparkle in your life with one of ClaireaBella’s exclusive products available from here

What are you waiting for? Happy step ahead of the trend!

Happy Shopping fashionistas!