Neon nails are always a good idea

essie nail polish in serial shopper

Essie Nail Colour in Serial Shopper, £7.99

You know, sometimes a nail colour comes along that steals the limelight from the rest of the new launches and this summer, Essie’s Nail Colour in Serial Shopper, £7.99, is the ONE.

How do I know this? Well, I’ve been wearing it constantly since I got my hands on it about a month ago (it looked great in Ibiza) and in the past week I’ve come into contact with five different people wearing my nail polish. Which I think you’ll agree is unusual, considering how many nail colours have launched this summer.

I can’t explain what is about this shade that captures the vibe of summer 2014, but what I do know is that like Ibiza, neon is always a good idea.

The teen beauty drama

Let’s talk about spots. Miss T has recently been suffering from quite a few breakouts, now we’re not talking acne but bad enough for her to feel conscious of them – it’s allowed, she’s in year nine.

Over the last couple of years Miss T has tried a lot of spot treatment products, some very expensive some really affordable, but no matter what she used she still kept breaking out and nothing, apart from a very strong range with retinol in which I stopped her using when I realised how strong it was, seemed to stop them.

However, this last breakout I actually sat down and got her to talk through her skincare routine with me, it turns out she wasn’t cleansing her skin at night she was just getting the make up off with wipes and then using a normal face wash in the morning.

Ok, time to step up the spot fighting action, So, being a little bit obsessed about sticking to a skincare routine myself, I planned one for Miss T which included products with the spot fighting ingredient Salicylic acid in them. Here goes…

1 At night take your make-up off with Bioderma Sebium H20 Michelle Solution, £14.80.

2 Then wash your face using Clean & Clear Advantage Clear & Soothe Daily Scrub, £4.99

3 In the morning use Clean & Clear Advantage Clear & Soothe Foaming Wash, £4.99, then moisturise skin.

And, so far it’s working. After two weeks of sticking to the routine, Miss T’s spots are clearing up, no new ones have appeared and her skin looks healthier than it’s looked for a while. I’m impressed with the new clear & soothe range as it clearly fights spots but is also gentle enough for teenage skin.

The best new season nude lipstick

If the new beauty season has taught me anything it’s that no matter how many trend reports tell me that a deep burgundy lipstick will be my AW/13 must have, if Kate Moss and Cara Delvingne go out wearing a nude lip look – that’s going to be my new choice of lippy shade.

However, we all know finding a nude lipstick that doesn’t make you look as washed out as all those poor fashionistas going to NYFW/LFW/MFL/PFW without a break, is harder than getting on the FROW.

Aah, to save you the hard work I have actually found the perfect nude lipstick. It’s a kinda peachy, beige with a tiny hint of orange, that has got loads of pigment so gives amazing coverage, say hello to Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Isola Bella, £17.70.

Promise it’ll give you that nude lip look that everyone has been wearing both on and off the catwalks – you can thank me later!

How to extend your tan

When I say how to extend your tan what I actually mean is, this is my favourite after-a-day-on-the-beach product EVER and I think you need to know about it. What is it? Lancaster Legendary Tan Nourishing Oil, £30.

It probably hasn’t gone unnoticed that it’s another Lancaster product, well that’s because I am obsessed with their sun care and have been since I first started using it on beauty shoots in places like Miami and Barbados in the late nineties (did I just admit that).

Up until this year I religiously used the iconic Lancaster Tan Maximiser, £22. Admittedly you pretty much need to use a bottle a week on holiday, but it works and is the only product I’ve found that does what it does and that’s extend your tan without fake tan. Until now!

Oh yes, this year saw the launch of the oil version which I was sceptical about using at first but it delivers the same Tan Activator Complex as Tan Maximiser. How does it work? When you apply it after being in the sun it helps to intensify melanin production and prolongs your tan.

I’ve just used it on holiday and I can report that it worked and my tan has definitely stayed glowy for longer and what’s more a bottle of this lasts about four times as long as a bottle of the original.

I know what my new holiday must-have product is!

Love Jessie J’s V Festival make up


Jessie J at V Festival

Jessie J stormed the stage at this year’s V Festival and not one to let us down on setting some style trends (oh how we’ve missed that) she wowed Staffordshire with a fashion-forward AW/13 make up look.

Oh yes, you may have seen her red lippy look splashed all over the papers but I’ve tracked down a picture of Jessie J’s make up look for her Sunday performance – just take a look it’s stunning.

What I love most about Jessie J’s look is the contrast between her flawless face and the pop of burgundy matte lipstick she’s slicked on.

Now, I don’t know what lipstick Jessie is wearing but I just love MAC’s Pro Lip Palette/6 Select Plums, £35, and you’ll be able to create the perfect copycat look to suit you with the choice of tonal colours that come in the palette – trust me these lipstick shades will be all you need to take you through from now to next Spring.

The teen beauty drama

Miss T doesn’t take much notice of beauty TV adverts but she loves this one and has even followed the steps to recreate the style. Take note beauty brands – it takes more than a celebrity face and pretty packaging to capture the attention of teens!

My top 5 holiday empties


My holiday empties

Just in case you can’t guess from my arty pool picture, I call it the floating beauty empties, I’ve just got back from a very hot – nearly two weeks – in Majorca.

And, rather than give you the lowdown of the new AW/13 beauty trends, I thought you might be interested in what sun care products my little family used and finished every last drop of on holiday. Here goes…

1 Nivea Sun Protect & Refresh SPF30, £8.49, the OH and myself used this from stepping off the plane and we didn’t burn once.

2 Soltan’s Once Kids 8 Hour Play Suncare Lotion, SPF50, £15.99 currently £7.99, applied on the kids and on my heat rash before we hit the beach everyday and the protection lasted pretty much till the second long stint in the sea.

3 Lancaster Sun For Kids Invisible Mist Wet Skin SPF50, £21, perfect for spritzing on the kids while on the beach as it works even if they’re still wet and it dries in seconds. Quick – tick. Clear – tick. Posh – tick.

4 Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick SPF50 High Protection, £15, a total unsung beauty hero as this little stick makes it easy to cover vulnerable areas and does not melt or crumble in the heat, which trust me, a lot of other sun care sticks do, do!

5 Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Advanced Face & Body After Sun, £9.99, don’t be put off by the ‘Sensitive’ tag as this after sun is amazing and can be used by the whole family. How can I tell? Erm, this was the one holiday product that you had to fight to get your hands on!

Say goodbye to frizzy hair

I know I try and hide the fact that I’ve got naturally frizzy, oh I mean curly, hair but the reality is it’s a daily battle to tame my mane. Especially in this weather!

Truth-be-known I am a bit of a DIY mixologist when it comes to my hair products, because through experience I’ve realised that no one product gives me the results I want for my hair.

You see to make my curls look even slightly groomed I like the hold of a mousse but the gloss of a serum, currently I’m using a mix of Sebastian Whipped Creme, £16.50 and Mark Hill Magic Drops Rescue and Repair Serum, £4.33 . You may think it’s quite easy mixing your own products – trust me, it’s not as too much mousse can make curls go crispy and too much serum can make it look greasy. I know curly girls will be with me on this.

Which is why I’m constantly switching and mixing products as I’ve never found something that ticks all the boxes. But, I have just discovered a good, well, primer (stay with me, it’s the only way I can think to describe it) for my hair.

Say hello to the new John Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Enhancing Oil, £9.99, which is incredibly lightweight for an oil based hair product. You have to shake the bottle to mix up the dual solution then I apply it to my freshly washed hair, before using my other styling products as usual.

I was a bit sceptical about adding another step to my hair routine but this is well worth the effort as it makes my hair feel soft and silky and gives me frizz-free curls.

If your hair is acting up at the moment this is well worth a try.