Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Budget Beauty

SS14 is upon us and a key trend for the world of beauty is a natural glow to your complexion. Here's our inexpensive way of achieving a youthful base without the need for makeup trickery... avocado and honey face mask.

 After being told as children not to play with our food or smoosh it all over our faces, it felt somewhat unnatural plastering our faces with avocado in the name of beauty but it really does work. Avocados aren't just there for your side order of guacamole - they are packed with vitamin A, which clears off any dead skin cells and cleanses your skin, as well as vitamin E, which improves your skin's health and gives you that 'my skin is always like this' glow. The added honey helps for an extra dose of hydration and to lock down moisture.

 You will need
1/2 ripe avocado
Generous dollop of runny honey

Here's how...

1  Avocado in hand - carefully halve and de-pip. 

2 Carve out one half of the avocado into a bowl.

3 Mash with a fork. 

4 Add a dollop of honey - don't be shy! 

5 Whisk a little more. Try to get a smooth consistency as lumps can be harder to apply onto your face. The honey will stop the mask slipping off.

6 Scoop into a container so you can keep hold of any extra.

7 Slather generously onto your face and leave to 'set' for 10 minutes. 

8 Remove with a warm, damp cloth and see the results for yourself! 

Words And Photography by Emily Smith

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Picasso to Warhol

Well the weather outside is frightful but inside the Fashion and Textiles museum is a rather delightful display of artist’s textiles. This new exhibition traces the history of art in textiles throughout the 20th century, showcasing examples of work from Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol. The result is a dazzling display of colourful, intriguing and inspiring textile design.

 There are cute lipsticks from Zandra Rhodes, simple bullfighting illustrations from Picasso, bugs from Andy Warhol and every pattern in between proving that impressive art doesn’t just have to hang on the walls of imposing museums. Textiles are often overlooked in the world of art but this collection rightly demonstrates that an artist’s talent and eye for detail is just as strong in fabric form. This bright and clever exhibition is certain to brighten up a drab and dreary afternoon. 

 Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol is on at the Fashion and Textiles Museum from 31 January – 17 May

By Amy Peck