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Why Lupita Nyong’o is our newest beauty crush

Aaah Lupita. Truly a goddess in Le Blow’s eyes. She rocked the red carpet throughout awards season, sporting undeniably amazing block colours that stood out amongst a sea of nude embellished gowns and…

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Christmas gift ideas 2013 // For the beauty addict in your life

For those who know me, It’s a truth universally agknowledged that I’m obsessed with anything beauty related or that will promise to make me look like a Victoria’s Secret model. So for anyone…

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We’re dyeing to try Bleach London’s new range at Boots

Hands up who’s had a DIY hair dyeing disaster? Yep, us too. Almost all of us had an unfortunate encounter with Sun-In in the 90s. With recent trends including dip dyeing and pretty…

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10 beauty trends of the 80s and 90s // Remember any of these?

Nostalgia hit me this week when I stumbled across my old crimpers in my parents house, and I started to have dreamy flash backs on all the crazes (and now cringes) I went…

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Seven of the best natural beauty products // That don’t smell like a hippy’s flip-flop

Funny how being ill can really give you the kick-up-the-arse needed to re-evaluate your lifestyle, eh? Having been pretty under-the-weather, to say the least, of late I’ve had to give my daily routine…

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How to do the 90s lip // Le Blow pays lip service to the dark side…

Note: Always try to do this in a mirror unless you want to look like a Girl’s World doll after a sleepover. Try to keep the rest of the face fresh so the…

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How to fake it // The Holy Grail of self tanning (by an actual Essex Girl)

I love fake tan and I’m an Essex girl. There, I said it. I love the way fake tan smoothes out skin tones, gives you a glow and for me, disguises stretch-marks and…

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Blow Out (and about) // WAH Nails pop-up in BOXPARK

What: WAH Nails pop-up When: April 11th – July 4th 2013 Where: Unit 26 @ BOXPARK, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY Getting there: Nearest tube: Shoreditch High Street After taking their…

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Pretty winter pastels // Candy coloured makeup inspired by French macarons (yummers)

It’s that time of year where we’re all SERIOUSLY BROKE (it’s not just me, surely) and payday seems to be taking two steps foward, followed by TWO FUCKING MASSIVE STEPS BACK (we come…

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New hair trends in an instant // AKA The Lazy Girl’s Guide to 5 minute hairstyles

Wind, rain and giving yourself five minutes to get out the door can sometimes result in a few 9-5 style fails. For anyone who’s ever winced at their reflection by the time they…

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Wax works // Le Blow reviews: STRIP Wax Bar & Boutique

If you’re going to pay someone to rip the bejesus out of your nether regions, you might as well make the experience as rock and roll as possible. And whilst a bikini wax…

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Wax on, wax off: Brazilians Vs Hollywoods and the right undies to wear // We speak to STRIP about bikini waxes

Caught by the fuzz? Is the sunshine and ensuing unveiling of pasty, maybe hairy *gasp* legs and impending holidays making you think about the dreaded bikini wax? Tis the season to be hair…

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Beauty products fit for a Queen // Diamond Jubilee inspired beauty buys

It’s the Diamond Jubilee next weekend – oh, hooray! Hurrah! Yes, I hear you all – cheering and ‘whooping’ (pronounced wu-hooping) from the London rooftops, waving your little Union Flags and eating your…

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Our obsession with rainbow coloured hair // We blame the toys of the 1980s

When I saw Lady Gaga arriving at Tokyo airport (I mean, I saw a photo of her; I wasn’t there with all the crazed super fans, or anything), my first thought was not,…

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Headmaster // Vidal Sassoon: a cut above the rest

It’s been a crap week for losing cool, creative people: first Beastie Boys rapper and film maker MCA, then author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, and now the legendary hairstylist, Vidal Sassoon, who sadly…

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Hey Sailor! // Nautical and VERY nice makeup from MAC

Well I tried to tell you so (yes, I did). But I guess you didn’t know. As I said the story goes. Baby, now I got the flow. Sorry! Whenever I write about…

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Going DOWN on the fashion-o-meter // Has the dip dyed hair trend… died?

I read this week about the decline of the ballet pump. The decline of the ballet pump in fashion terms that is. Stores are shifting more of them than ever but in the…

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Getting botox for the first time // Is it still “frowned” upon?

The tide has turned against botox over the last year or so as former celebrity fans of the procedure such as the Minogue sisters have opted for a more natural look. Kylie recently…

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Le Blow beauty review // Benefit’s Boo Boo Zap is BACK!

That’s right, scarlet pimpernel sorts – Benefit’s medicated acne treatment, Boo Boo Zap! is set to make a welcome return into the lives of spot sufferers everywhere. Having been *shock, horror* discontinued late…

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Just peachy // Sleek MakeUP: the lazy girl’s guide to cheating glowing skin

Let’s face it, most of us look and feel a darn sight perkier with a little bit of blush or bronzer on the cheeks. I know that I look pretty deathly without a…

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BB creams are the b-b-best! // Boots’ 17 BB Blemish Balm hits the beauty spot

WTF is a BB cream? I pondered, when I first heard about them, late last summer. I assumed the Big Brother franchise had brought out a range of cosmetics and didn’t think much…

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Must-dash out and buys for Movember // Girls can get in on the act, too

Jude, you must be the first person to ever spend their lunch break making moustache head pieces Said one of my colleagues last year as I cut paisley shapes out of fabric. I…

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How to get rid of spots // The honest answer…

Zits. Pimples. Blemishes – as if anyone uses that word outside of a Clearasil advert – even the different names for spots are horrible. ‘Zits’; it’s too similar to ‘nits’ or even… well,…

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Oh Lola! Oh Marc! Oh dear… // Your new perfume ad’s a bit saucy, ain’t it?

Marc, Marc, Marc. We LOVE you for providing lipstick pens and heart mirrors that cost us sub £10 and make our not-so-whiley friends think we are WELL rich, WELL chic, and WELL boffing…

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Nanoblur // from Old Hag to Potential Slag*

Nanoblur! The latest wonder product to hit UK shores and by God is it good. You might be slightly disgusted by the politically incorrect title of this post but please bear with me…

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Five pretend celebrity perfumes we really wish were true

Justin Beiber’s got one. Snooki’s developing one as we speak, and Britney’s got too many to count… The celebrity perfume – a surefire sign that you’ve truly hit the big time (or made a…

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Claridges on a BMX? // Expensive beauty products: discuss…

Let’s talk about expense. As in , why we would buy an expensive eyeshadow over a cheap, Barry M version? Or why we lust after a Guerlain bronzer when, in all honesty, the…

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Getting scentimental // Finding my perfume soul mate

In the brilliant novel Perfume by Patrick Suskind,  the main character, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a man born with the greatest sense of smell in the history of humanity, becomes so enamoured with the scent…

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Best beauty products of all time. But are they?

There are loads of beauty awards going on at the moment – I’m on the judging panel of two myself: the Cosmopolitan Beauty Awards and also the Look Fantastic Awards. All very exciting…

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Royal appreciation society // Kate Middleton’s eyebrows

A British Royal Wedding took place last Friday. I know, right? If you blinked, you may well have missed it. Memo to the monarchy: a bit of PR certainly wouldn’t have gone amiss,…

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The Dirty Stop-Out Kit // four things to have about your person

There are very few things that a Dirty Stop-Out (DSO) really needs in her emergency kit. If she’s a hardened DSO then she’ll have seen (and done) it all. At this point I’d…

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Your beauty editor has landed!

Where to start, where to start? Well firstly, may I apologise for the tardiness of this introduction? I was supposed to have written it weeks and weeks ago but life, as they say,…

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How to… look like you’re NOT hungover at work (when really you are)

Last night is all a haze of air guitar, sambuca shots and impromptu bus karaoke. You’ve woken up late for work, totally confused, still dressed and smelling something like Pete Doherty after a…

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Seven scents of a woman: from Impulse to Exclamation through to Charlie. Oh yes.

A regular Tube journey smells like warm halitosis, damp farts or vom-inducing body odour, but occasionally you’ll catch a whiff of a scent that takes you back to years gone by. Not last…

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How to… make hair extensions look good (not scraggly and shit)

We all see them. Those girls walking around town, with scraggly, rat tail, Britney-esque hair extensions (sorry Brit, I still love you, but your hair is rank). They personally offend me and give…

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We saw Katy Perry’s actual face. And we liked it…

So the marriage of Katy Perry and Russell “have-we-fucked-perchance?” Brand is already in trouble. I’m ‘shocked’ to my very core. Turns out old Russ posted a photo of Katy sans her glam slap…

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Bore off beauty industry, with your bullshit slogans!

[sarcasm] A week or so back, I had to buy some new mineral foundation. Try as I might, I couldn’t find one with the new ingredient that enhances you, post production. I’d sort…

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