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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@superdrug stands out from the crowd this Autumn with its newest offerings! @goshuk @blowpro_ny #beauty #hair

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So last month the Snoochie Boochies team headed off to an amazing press event from Superdrug, where we were shown just what makes this high street store stand out from the crowd and deliver in terms of good quality, affordable beauty products. And we can tell you now we weren’t disappointed!

The range that Superdrug has to offer, particularly this Autumn is mind blowing, so whether its a quick beauty fix before a night out or a new bit of ‘ju-juing’ you want to try to give your hair that added lift then this is the place to go for something that wont break the bank.

First and foremost, we were staggered to learn of all the new beauty brands that are expanding or debuting in the store. From Bourgois rolling out a new range of nail care kits and manicure bars in certain stores to new technology to help the health and hydration of your skin and of course Superdrug’s own beauty brands; its  pretty clear to see that this shop quickly positioning itself as much more than a chemist/convenience store, its starting a beauty revolution and here are some of our tried and tested favourites! Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 12.19.28

GOSH DARLING LASHES – £7.99 

One of the hardest beauty buys is a good mascara, and having given this one a whirl, we can tell you, you wont be disappointed. With a twisted wire brush which has been designed to give lashes an instant, extreme boost, adding maximum volume to each individual lash. Thaks to the wide gaps in the brush’s bristles, lashes are separated and defined for an ultra-feminie wide-eyed baby doll look. So bring back the sixties, get yourself some fuller lashes ready for the party season. This little number joins the rest of the Gosh mascara range, so if you’re already a fan of them, its time to add to your collection, and if you’re new to it all, then this is definitely one beauty product worth taking a chance on, you wont be disappointed!

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BLOW PRO TEXTSTYLE SPRAY – IN STORE SOON

Blow the very first blow dry bar has come a long way since its Manhattan Meat Packing District start up in 2005. Now gracing British shores the leader and innovator of the booming blow dry industry has teamed up with Superdrug to help bring a little NYC glamour to all of our hair care rituals. What we particularly loved more than anything is the Textstyle dry texture hair spray which provides dramatic separation to instantly texturize limp locks. Now this is just a preview as its not on sale in stores just yet, but will be in the coming months, and its going to be a definite must have product for the party season. Whether your hair is thin and dry and lacking a little bit of lustre, or luscious and long, then this spray can definitely transform it into something completely different and fabulous, so make sure you look out for it asap! Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 12.48.56

GOSH PRIME N’ REFRESH EYE ROLL-ON – £7.99 (OUT IN OCTOBER)

So it definitely takes some toll on us all going from party to party, however, you can always ‘look’ like you’re fresh from the Summer and ready to party all night long thanks to this little number from Gosh. Its the ultimate first aid tool for tired eyes. The roll on Primer nourishes and brightens the delicate eye area, concealing fine lines, dark circles and puffiness, giving an instant effect thanks to special ingredients including SpectraFlex, Matrixyl 3000 and extracts of Kigelia from the African Kigelia fruit! So what are you waiting for, get this top of your list as your new best friend for the 2013 party season! Screen Shot 2013-10-13 at 12.47.57

So there you go guys, get yourselves to Superdrug as your new one stop shop for everything beauty and fabulous this season, there’s so much to choose from we’ll be doing further recommendations over the next couple of months, but for now, keep a look out for these fabulous products and get partying!!!

Give a little back and get in the Halloween spirit with @NCS as they Bite Back! #halloween #film #ncsyes

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Calling all young people!!!

If you’ve ever fancied yourself in front of the camera or are interested working behind the scenes on a film shoot, now’s your chance to win a role in the making of NCS’s Zombie film, due to air this autumn.

Getting into the Halloween spirit in full force, the National Citizen Service is giving a little back and celebrating all the amazing hours of community action provided by NCS Graduates this summer.

So if you fancy yourself as a ghoulishly glorious Halloween character then get involved the NCS is inviting young people from across England to be part of NCS Bites Back!

If being in front of the camera isn’t for you, then you can still work behind the scenes gaining some valuable experience as the make-up artist, camera or production assistant on set…so what are you waiting for?! 

The shoot is taking place on the 12th of October, so make sure you’re free!

For your chance to get involved, all you need to do is enter here 

What is the NCS?

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 16 to 17 year olds across England.  It is a unique programme, lasting up to three weeks, plus 30 hours committed to a community project, focused around fun and discovery that benefits both young people and society.

Want to learn more about what the NCS has to offer? Then watch this:

To find out more about NCS, watch: 

 

 

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!

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!!

Beautiful textile designs that make amazing home furnishings! @nicolephillipse #homeware #buybritish

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Last week the Snoochie Boochies team headed over to the Spirit of Summer exhibition at Olympia to find out what would be on offer to make you and your home fabulous and ready for Summer! 

We found some fantastic British designers covering all different areas from furniture to food and make up to accessories. Its well worth a visit when it comes around again, but first and foremost, we wanted to release a few posts over the coming weeks from some of the exhibitors we felt stood out at the show. 

First up is Nicole Phillips England. 

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Nicole Phillips England is a new British-­‐based textile design company that is just launching their first range of textiles for the home.

rhubarb-and-custard-tea-towelDesigned and created by artist, Nicole Phillips, the unique, beautiful and slightly quirky range of home furnishings and accessories have been manufactured here in the UK. The result is a distinctive collection that appeals to both town and country.

The range highlights Nicole’s hand-­‐painted watercolour designs printed on quality fabrics, all of which are offset with a trademark twist of humour – very British!

Taking inspiration from the natural world, Nicole’s artwork features quirky coastal characters, culinary delights and classic botanical details that are transferred onto carefully selected fabrics to create a product range that include tea towels, aprons, hob covers, oven gloves, napkins and cushions. The lovely fabric designs will also be available to buy by the metre.

nicole_phillips-7083All products are available in various colours and offers a refreshing new take on the country chic trend, and its something very original that will appeal to a lot of people, so certainly gets the thumbs up from us!

Products start from £12 for tea towels and all pieces are available to buy online here where you can also find more information about the company and the Nicole Phillips England blog.

Definitely worth checking out if you fancy sprucing up some of your homeware, and of course supporting a brilliant British Brand!

Happy Homeware Shopping!

All the glamour you need to become The Great Gatsby #cannes2013 #film #fashion #book

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So the full line up of the Cannes Film Festival has been announced today, and amidst all of the excitement, we thought we’d take a quick look at the Festival’s opening film – The Great Gatsby.

Rather excitingly there have been oodles of music talents signing up to become part of the party, including Jay-Z, Lana Del Ray and Will I.AM. and to get you all in the mood of what they’re offering to the film, why not check out this cool music sampler…

In addition to this you have a stellar line up of actors including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Carey Mulligan. But what’s it all about?

The Story

“The Great Gatsby” follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks.  Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan.  It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.  As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

The Vision

From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.  The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before…

The Fashion

Well, whenever there’s a period piece shown on such a scale as this, its bound to have an effect on fashion darling – so whats in store for us fashionistas?

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Well it looks like sleek and sexy is the way to go, perfect for those summer parties. Lots of pastel colours, floaty hemlines and daring cleavage dresses! We LOVE! Don’t forget to team all this up with some elegant jewellery, top it off with a gorgeous head dress and some killer heels! Perfect!

The Make Up!

Your Gatsby look wouldn’t be complete without a make up , so its all about shimmering eyes and dark luscious lips, and we found a fab tutorial to help you achieve that amazing Daisy Buchanan inspired look:

The Parties

If you’re the queen of hosting, then why not try something a little different. We loved the idea of an elegant speakeasy dinner party:

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But if you fancied something a little more fun and on a larger scale, you could try something like this:

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It wasn’t called the Roaring Twenties for no reason you know!

Let us know how your summer parties and fashion get on, we’d love to share what you’re up to as well!

Happy Partying!