FFG Beauty: Best Bronzers steal vs. splurge

posted on: Monday, 6 July 2015

I've been in Los Angeles now for a total of four days and I swear I've been saved by two products, both bronzers. Yes, my pasty white self has come over for seven days of sun while I work and, for fear of looking like a complete fish out of water, I've relied on saviours like self tanners and great bronzers that allow me to blend in with the tanned masses. 

This all got me thinking about bronzers in general and a post was born - a post about the best bronzers out there at the moment. 

Over the past few years, I've relied on one bronzer to see me through with contouring a tanned and structured appearance- the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder. The compact itself is absolutely massive and it's just one of those beauty items that feels essential and glamourous, from the tortoiseshell-like container to the massive bronze brush that is contained within. The product itself does exactly what it promises - with great staying power. You are indeed a bronzed goddess with this tool in your bag of tricks and I can safely say I'll never leave home without it - and haven't for the past two years at least.

Now, that all being said, I have been introduced this year to a bronzer that is definitely a splurge, but that I actually use in conjunction with my Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. Tom Ford's Bronzing Powder requires a bit of a thicker wallet for purchase (it's nearly double the price of the Bronze Goddess), but it's a bronzer that is definitely worth a look. Tom Ford gives us a bronzer that not only tans, but also adds sparkle, with a light gold dust that's left behind on the cheeks to give a sunlit sheen. So I throw on my Estee Lauder as a bit of a bronzer base and use Tom Ford to enhance with a gold dusting and added chiseling. 

There you have it, folks - two bronzers, one splurge, one steal, both part of a well balanced beauty diet! 

Style Update: Temperley to my toes in Venice

posted on: Saturday, 4 July 2015

Maxi dresses are incredibly difficult for someone who stands 6’2. That’s just the facts, folks. Dresses aren’t that long. They just don’t exist in a normal world. Call it my freakish figure but finding a good maxi dress is akin to seeking out the Holy Grail. That being said, there are designers that offer up a close to impossible solution to the problem and bring the world dresses that are long, flowing and ready for summer nights. Queue my ode to Alice Temperley and this gorgeous maxi dress I found in her collection last summer. It wasn’t a collection piece found on the floor of her London shop. Oh no, this bad boy required a pilgrimage to Bicester Village, where it was waiting for me in all its lengthy glory. I walked into the shop and it screamed “ long.” Oh how right Ms. Temperley gets it! Needless to say, I can’t recommend her fit enough if you’re looking for something to work with endless legs.

As far as the rest, you’re looking at staples from the FFG collection. A necklace purchased in Sri Lanka, wrist beads from Wallis and a Ralph Lauren Ricky, all accessorize this ensemble for a more island feel. Hey, it was the grand opening party of the JW Marriott Venice. I wanted to look nice, but not too black tie. I think it came together without a hitch… except for the fact that I kept loosing my strap!