English Rose Complexion – Hot Summer Look (for Men!)

June 7th, 2017

Image: Topman SS17

In grooming, we look to the runways for inspiration.  Sometimes, they steer us in the right direction.  Men around the globe have fully embraced trends like extra-long hair and subtle contouring.  But sometimes, the runways get a little unrealistic and send us into dangerous territory.  Last year, and even early this year, men’s catwalks have been populated by men with dirty faces and unwashed hair.  Dubbed anti-grooming by fashion critics, the trend is reminiscent of punk culture and not fully applicable to everyday life-especially for professional men.  However, a big grooming trend this summer seems to offer hope that the fashion community to taking us to great new heights.  Say hello to the English rose complexion.

The English rose complexion is the look guys have after a long afternoon on the beach.  When you finally make your way back indoors, your skin looks flushed.  It’s either pink or red on your cheeks and forehead.  Typically, it’s an indication that sunburn isn’t too far behind. For guys who are fair-skinned, they probably end up rocking the English rose without intending to.  Feeling embarrassed or even feeling exhausted after a great workout can lead to rosy cheeks.

The English rose is, unlike many of the most popular runway grooming trends, a naturally occurring look.  However, the trend isn’t just about wearing your natural, rosy complexion.  If you already have fair skin, it’s about exaggerating the redness.  For those with darker skin, it’s about creating a red tint that’s not usually there.

Image: Mashable

It was first noted as a trend by Mashable after Topman’s Spring/Summer 2017 show.  During that show, almost every model floated down the catwalk with a red-tinted face.  Though they were well-dressed and even appeared to be freshly groomed, their faces seemed sunburnt.  The fair-skinned models and dark-skinned models alike all had the same rosy complexion. And it wasn’t just Topman.  British label Sibling accessorized its boldly colored swimwear and streetwear with rosy cheeks and foreheads.  Even fashion show attendees on the streets were seen rocking the look despite the stark contrast of cold weather outdoors.

Once upon a time, it was considered embarrassing to have a rosy complexion.  But now, fashion is telling us it’s cool to look blushed.  So, does this mean you should abandon sunscreen and sunbathe without a care?  Not quite.  As a word of caution, spending days at the beach without protecting your skin puts you at risk for skin cancer, sun damage and early-onset wrinkles.  Even if you want to be on trend, you still have a duty to protect your skin.  The men who are wearing this look are doing so artificially.

As it turns out, the English rose complexion isn’t as new as it seems.  The fairer sex has been mastering this look for ages.  The women’s version plays up rosy cheeks, but instead of a bright red forehead, the look is balanced by bold red lips, accompanied by bright, white teeth.  Their look is achieved with an arsenal of products: blush, lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner.

For men, you won’t need nearly as many things.  Your eyes aren’t part of the equation here.  But you’ll still need some makeup.  It’s time to get acquainted with powder blush and tint sticks. Powder blush is powdered makeup that comes in a variety of colors.  It’s easy to find in red and can be applied with a brush.  It’s often used by women for contouring their cheeks but your focus isn’t contouring.  Just a few strokes of the brush across your cheeks will leave bright red accents that echo the freshly sunburnt style of the runway.

If the thought of buying or applying powder blush is frightening, a tint stick is a little more discreet.  It looks like a permanent marker, but it discharges makeup in the desired shade.  A rose-colored tint stick can be rubbed over your cheeks to get the same effect as the blush. For guys who are already fair skinned, you might not need any enhancements for this look.  Yet, if you decide to use some artificial assistance, take it easy.  It won’t require much for you to go overboard and end up with a dramatic (and obviously fake) English rose look.

With each fashion season, women’s grooming seems to influence men’s grooming in greater ways.  Men’s designers are focused on communicating their message not just through clothing but through the entire package inclusive of hair and skin.  Some designers have looked to temporary tattoos, glitter (a la David Bowie) and dramatic makeup as ways to stand out.  While those trends likely won’t catch on any time soon, the English rose complexion is the way to go this summer.

Music Festival Chic

June 16th, 2010

Summer is here and with it music festivals galore. You can never be sure about the English weather, so you need to pack for every eventuality. We can’t all be pop stars, but we can try to add a little festival glam into our lives.

Let’s work from top to toe.


No hair dryer or straighteners mixed with rain and mud equals looking like some sort of scarecrow. Not a good look. Now some festivals have boutique hairdressing tents, with the option of a fully wash and blow dry, and GHD have also infiltrated some of the big festivals, much to our delight!

If this option is not available you have a couple of choices, either use dry hair shampoo spray or get a fashionable hat to hide the horror. A trilby should do the trick.


You need to remember to bring wipes for cleansing, moisturizer and sun screen. These items are very important. Along with that a basic make-up bag: waterproof mascara, under eye concealer (for the day after the night before) and a good lip gloss. Oversized sunglasses will also hide the multitude of sins while still making you look chic.


Denim shorts are a festival favourite, they look great teamed with boots or sandals. Playsuits are cute and bang on trend, although navigating portaloos could be a bit tricky.

For cooler days or nights add knee socks or change into jeans. Vintage t-shirts and a few long sleeve tops are great for layering while a dress is certain to impress in the dance tent. Another essential item would be a rain mac.


Wellington boots are pretty much a staple of the UK festival, with Hunter Wellies being the celeb choice. You may be trudging around in mud but you can look cool doing so, with a host of colours and patterns to choose from. If the sun does decide to shine, a pair of gladiator sandals would be perfect.

Whatever the weather you can too can be a festival goddess!

Sunbathing or Burning?

June 9th, 2010

Sunny Girl

We’ve all seen them, and most of us have been them, the lobsters on the beach desperate, after a long English winter, to soak up every ray of sun without a thought for the UV damage.

The problem is, after months of hardly seeing the sun, and certainly no strong sun, our skin isn’t ready for the real thing.

Those who rush to the beach or pool side immediately after disembarking from the plane and sunbathe for 5 hours straight all too often end up looking like a flaky lobster for the rest of the holiday.

Pain, blisters, difficulty moving, cancelling tours due to the discomfort are the all too common symptoms of the desperate English holiday maker. And the worst part is the tan doesn’t stick. In fact, there is no tan!!!

This seems to be something that people too often forget. If you burn badly you simply peel. It won’t miraculously turn into a tan, it’ll just be red, painful, itchy and flaky. And by the time you get home you’re either patchy or pasty white again.

So what can you do???

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Fashion Tips for Every Occasion – For Men

March 9th, 2010

For men, it’s often harder to come up with fashionable ensembles for different occasions than it is for women. If you’re a man seeking ways to look pulled together, perhaps even stylish, for any occasion, then read on! If you’re a woman trying to encourage your man to dress a little more stylishly, then these tips can help you too.

Start with a clean shave. No matter how fashionable the clothes you’re wearing are, you’re not going to look pulled together if you’re in need of a haircut or shave. Although men’s hairstyles and facial hair choices are certainly more creative than they used to be, it’s important to project a well-groomed image. A scraggly beard is not designer stubble.

Don’t be afraid of patterns. Patterns are perfect for men’s wear for formal or casual events, if you wear them in the right way. Start small, with a patterned necktie. Or go with neutral slacks, solid blazer, solid tie, but patterned shirt. There are many different ways to work eye-catching patterns into your wardrobe without looking like a clown.

Colour is another thing you need to feel comfortable with. Try a colourful tie if you’re shy with bright’s, and keep the rest of your ensemble neutral. To look polished in a hurry, match your tie to your shirt for a stylish monochromatic look. Try deep wine, royal blue, or hunter green.
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Choosing the Right Hairstyle

January 12th, 2010

Beautiful redhead womanYour hairstyle can make or break your entire look. The right hairstyle can enhance your beauty and make you feel great! If you’re stuck with a dated style and want something new, take your facial shape into consideration. Long hair can help lengthen a round face, while short hair helps take focus off a heart shaped face. Length is another consideration when choosing a hairstyle. Here are some ideas for both long and short hair:

Hairstyles for Long Hair

If you’ve got long hair, then there are a wide variety of choices available to you. Keep your length yet add bounce and structure with long layers or a razored cut. Go with an easy updo by pulling your hair into a ponytail, twisting the ponytail, then securing with a clip and tucking stray ends under the twist. For a sporty look, try two long braids. To soften the look, pull some wispy tendrils out and let them fall around your face.

For more ideas on how to style your long hair, check out some celebrity hairstyles. Great celebrity hairstyles for long-haired girls include those sported by Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Hairstyles for Short Hair
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Vintage is the new Black

November 13th, 2009

The craze for yesteryear clothing is going full throttle, we want, need, must have that 1950′s top, 20′ dress or 70′s pair of boots. What your mam threw away we are all fighting over, out bidding each other for or stampeding towards. There are lots of Vintage shops around, areas like London’s Brick lane doesn’t seem to have many shops selling new clothes anymore; you’re literally tripping over vintage wear.

One of my favourites is Beyond Retro, on Cheshire Street, many a Saturday afternoon has been well spent trawling through retro hats, shoes and dresses. I recently bought a red 50′s nightie which I’m now in love with, not for bed of course, for nights out.

On a weekend in Brighton I found some great items as well, they were begging me to take them home; of course I needed that feather covered hat with the berries on top. Odd to think that I would run from a second hand store, afraid of kooties, but join the throngs of women in trying out retro boots that have been worn by someone thirty years ago. There are countless online Vintage shops that you can peruse at your leisure, so get bookmarking.
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Winter Make Up

November 10th, 2009

What’s new in makeup this season? It’s grey outside and on the railings of all the shops, but what does that mean for our faces?

You’ve probably given your skin a good old makeover, but now is the time to start chucking out all of last seasons half used cosmetics and give your bathroom cabinet and face an over-haul. Since the sun has gone on holiday you can’t rely on your tan and minimal make up to look great anymore. You need to look more glamorous and more polished during this season. Velvety shades are the way to go for the winter woman.

Matte understated shades such as coffee, chocolate and smoky shades for eyes and berry tones for lips and cheeks replace the fresh summer face. And YAY! Gloss is back in again and so are our beloved fruity and spicy tones of cosmetics.

Here are some tips you can use this season:
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It’s All About Boots

November 2nd, 2009

I love the winter, really I do. It’s not Christmas, it’s not the snowflakes, it’s not the January sales. It’s my passion for one thing – Boots! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the sandals of the summer just as much as the next girl, but come August, I’m pretty fed up with blisters, painting my toenails, making sure my feet have been shaved (urgh) and I’m ready to slip my tanned feet into some sexual boots.

Now I am a shoe lover of gargantuous proportions. From New look to Mui Mui, I don’t have a favourite brand – I just love shoes! In fact it wasn’t until I had to move house that I got found out for my addiction. When the removal men dropped one of my 15 boxes labeled ‘Scientific Equipment’ and ‘Clever Books’ and 18 little boxes slid out… not revealing more boxes like a Russian doll, but yep, you guessed it. SHOES!!

So what boots am I excited about this winter? Well, boots are still very tall this season, and by tall, I mean long up the leg, knee skimming, even over the knee is definitely in. Pirate is fading away as are over complicated boots, tassles, ties and so forth are taking a back seat, although minimal use is still ok. Cowboys, thank you Jesus, they are still here in a full force. As is wearing your boots over your jeans, which is the best trend to ever hit this side of the Atlantic with our rainy weather… No more going home with jeans sodden up to the thigh as if you’ve been on a fishing trip.
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The Shopping Site I Want to Marry

October 5th, 2009

Is it possible to be a little bit in love with a shopping website?


If so, then this is the one I’m going to marry. I have bought so many of their gorgeous items, my cupboards keep complaining. When this site was down over Xmas, I emailed begging for updates. OK, enough gushing.

As Seen on Screen is exactly what it says on the tin. The gorgeous clothes you see on celebrities can be yours at a fraction of the price.

They email you love letters, I mean newsletters, which if you are wise you will delete straight away so you’re not tempted by the newest and most glamorous of items as seen on the red carpet or on stars gadding about town looking ab-so-lutely and effortlessly amazing.

Not that any of us want to look like Kate or Sienna (er, well actually I do). This site is easy to use, has fab sales all the time, and is generally marvellous.

Shoe Trends to Die For (Literally?)

September 20th, 2009

For the last couple of seasons, footwear fashion has been kind to us. We’ve had ugg boots which were as comfortable as slippers, pirate boots which you could wear for days without taking off, pumps which you can dance all night in without the need for gel inserts, and roman sandals that never blistered.

Well, it’s payback time! Shoes are calling out for blood and they want it now. It’s the return of the skyscraper heel.

Remember when spike heels came back in? They made us look leaner and sophisticated and we swore blindly that we would never wear another wedge heel. Wedges were dirty, reminded us of the spice girls, and gave us a clunky almost clumsy look. Oh, what a difference a couple of seasons makes. Wedges are firmly back in the stores and back onto our precious feet. Read the rest of this entry »