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What I Wore..

Wearing this gorgeous Carla Zampatti dress… my hair actually done; jewellery chosen specifically for my outfit; heels on my feet and not reconsidered at the last minute; and an actual handbag {not a baby nappy bag}… was the first time since mid-pregnancy I felt like myself again {in a fashion sense that is}.

To pin point this, I think it was a feeling of ‘put together’… as each element had been given thought and carefully considered. A sense of composure and confidence in knowing I looked how I wanted to look at that moment.

For me glamour and even more so innate style, is all about the finer details. The tender care that is placed into finding the right earring or those extra minutes taken to ensure your make up is just so. Because for me, style is a delicate combination of elegance and confidence with a splash of je ne sais quo {or something special you cannot quite place}.
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A Cult Beauty Christmas

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year, so I was beyond excited when asked to create the 2013 Christmas campaign artwork for UK brand, Cult Beauty.

Using bold black lines and a beautiful colour palette of gold, green and red– the campaign artwork had to exude the elegance of the Cult Beauty brand while still evoking the frivolity of the festive season.

Many of the artwork pieces feature the signature Cult Beauty Christmas gift wrap – the elegant black and gold fern print coming together perfectly with the luxurious black ribbon and delicate line detailing.

The Christmas artwork will be featured across the Cult Beauty website throughout the holiday season {i.e. particularly the ‘Give & Get Gorgeous’ Ultimate Gift Edit} as well as appearing on affiliate banners around the web.

More of my artwork for the Cult Beauty Christmas Campaign…

Cara xx

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Editor’s Letter

My Top 5 Beauty & Make-Up Must Haves…

I have had a couple of people ask me about my beauty routine and the products I simply cannot live without. While I try to keep my routine simple and really rather effortless {I have a tendency to run late in the morning}, here are my top 5 beauty product must-haves…

1. BareMinerals Foundation

 My make-up routine begins every morning with BareMinerals. I have very sensitive skin, so I choose BareMinerals as it is formulated without preservatives to promote clear, healthy skin.  First I use BareMinerals Primer – to even out my complexion and create a smooth texture for my foundation coverage. I then apply BareMinerals Foundation (which looks like a powder yet feels like a cream); followed by their Mineral Veil for my skin finale (to absorb oil and soften the complexion).

2. Chanel Mascara

If your eyes are the windows to your soul, then Mascara is the curtains. Widening and intensifying the eyes, mascara is one of my absolute favourite beauty products. Chanel ‘Inimitable Intense’ Mascara is voluminous and lengthening. It adds an instant bold glamour to your look. Simply lash magnifique!

3. Lancome Lipstick

I am a ‘statement lip’ kinda-girl. I forgo sexy smoky eye trends and sultry cat eyeliners in favour of bold, dramatic colour for lovely luscious lips. Shopping for lipsticks is a favourite past time of mine and I recently discovered how truly brilliant Lancome lipsticks are. One I absolutely adore is the ‘Rouge In Love’ collection in shade 34 (Rose Boudoir) – an eye-popping tone perfect for cocktail hour. Je t’aime Lancome Lips!

4. Pretty Perfumes

Coco Chanel believed that women should wear perfume wherever they wanted to be kissed. Perfume is a very personal statement. Your signature scent is an extension of your personality and character. Two of my favourites are: Chanel ‘Coco Mademoiselle’ and Chloé ‘L’Eau de Chloé’. Spray your perfume lightly on pulse points morning and evening.

5. Moisturising Moments

I moisturise my hands a couple of times a day and I love Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop. A simple yet classic product, the creamy texture and divine Summery fragrance are uplifting every time you apply it.

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What are your top 5 must-have beauty products? xx

Photos from chanel.com /  lancome-usa.com / bareescentuals.com / chloe.com / allthingsbeautyuk.blogspot.com

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