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Saturday, 28 June 2014

The Writer

Amazing news! My book, The "Ugly" Girl's Guide to Modelling, will be published by New Haven this year!!!

No dismal self-publishing for me! I have an assigned editor and book designer and marketing person and we're all so excited we could pop!! Tuesday was one of the happiest days of my life. I mostly spent it jumping up and down, calling my mum and my best friend, crying, running laps round the house and drinking champage! I'M GOING TO BE A WRITER!

I will keep you updated of when it's out, of course! It will be available globally, so no matter where you are in the world, you can pick up a copy from somewhere. Please subscribe to my blog for free (top of the right column on this page) to be the first to know when it's available to buy. I think it's the first of its kind.

Appropriately, I thought I would share this classical figure nude I shot with 25th Century Quaker in New York earlier this year. I love the rich colours and painterly feel :) I'd love to shoot more classic nudes like this.

^ Click the image for a larger version.
Skincare by +Bareskin Beauty, hair and makeup by me.
I stole the orchids from my afternoon tea at The 21 the day before :p

In other news, I visited Roswell Ivory on her boat this week. It is the cutest thing I ever saw, like something out of The Wind in the Willows! I love the idea of reverting to a simpler, scaled-down way of life closer to nature, believe it or not. I always think I love everything extra decadent but then when I go somewhere more natural and simple I feel so relaxed. I guess there is a lot of material stuff that we think we need to be happy, but really, what do we own that is still making us feel fantastic six months after we bought it?

On that note, go and bid on some of my stuff on eBay. Ha.

Anita xo

Friday, 20 June 2014

Bo Ningen: 'Slider' music video directed by Marie Schuller for NOWNESS!

This may be one of the coolest projects I've been involved with to date:

a combined fashion film/ music video with Bo Ningen, directed by THE Marie Schuller (Head of Fashion Film at Nick Knight's SHOWstudio) for NOWNESS.

There are a few actors in this video, but I'm the only naked one. No change there, then.

My laptop is too crap to play the video smoothly, so I can't take screengrabs for my portfolio, le sigh.

I did manage to steal a couple of stills from Marie's Instagram and NOWNESS' Twitter though, mwah hahahaha.

Many thanks to +Bareskin Beauty for the life-saving skincare.

I love this ^ last still. I look like I'm flying naked on the back of a giant psychedelic butterfly :)

Other news:
  • Met Twiggy at a photo shoot
  • Still working my ass off on le book
  • Back into Pilates and green smoothies after too long drinking coffee over a hot laptop
  • Shooting in London nearly every day
  • Got comped into the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards and had an even better time than expected (Behemoth were particularly good)
  • I miss New York and Singapore
  • Hopefully having a bit of a staycation next week so will be able to catch up on blogging and updating website :)

Friday, 6 June 2014

Blue Ballerina

In case you didn't spot these on Tumblr a while ago, here are some photos I took with Niel Galen in NJ during my springtime trip to the States. Which is your favourite? I really like the butt one :p This skirt made me instantly feel like I was wearing a tutu and being a strange sort of ballerina :)

Many thanks to Lady Allura's Latex for lending me wardrobe for this shoot and to Bareskin Beauty for caring for my skin while travelling!

 And thanks to Fabulously Fetish for lending me these lush shoes! Don't they just complete the outfit? :D

Wishing you a wonderful weekend x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Natural eye cream review: Bareskin Beauty vs Dr. Organic

If you follow my blog, you'll know I'm a big fan of natural, ethical skincare products! And like Oscar Wilde, "I have simple tastes- I only like the best." It's important to me to have bright, youthful eyes for photo shoots and to feel confident at go-sees, so I'm always looking to improve my skincare regimen.

In this blog, I'm going to compare my old eye cream, Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Eye Perfect, with my new eye cream, Bareskin Beauty Illuminating Eye Serum.

 Looks life-size on my screen!

I should declare a potential conflict of interests from the start- I'm sponsored by BsB and so the Eye Serum was a gift- but I will still try to be as honest as possible with my review here. As they say, the proof is in the pudding- if you're not convinced by what I'm about to say, please do put me to the test by trying out the creams yourself! :)

Test 1: Price

Let's cut straight to the chase! Great skincare is never going to be hiding in the 99p bin at Superdrug, sadly, but how much do these eye creams retail at?
  • Bareskin Beauty: £19
  • Dr Organic: £8.99
Winner: Dr Organic, a whole tenner cheaper per 15ml than BsB!

Test 2: Ingredients

It's what's inside that counts! Bareskin Beauty Illuminating Eye Serum has the full ingredients listed on the jar itself:
Aloe Barbensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter*, Glycerine, Glycerine Aqua Sucrose Laurate, Ribes Nigrum, Tocopherols, Mauritia Flexuosa Oil*, Argania Spinosa Oil*, Daucus Carota Fruit Oil, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool
* organically sourced
The full ingredients aren't listed on the Dr Organic Eye Perfect, either on the tube itself or online. Maybe it was on the cardboard packaging it came in, which has long since been recycled. It does say that ingredients include:
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil enriched with Coconut Fruit Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Sea Plankton, Papaya Fruit Extract, Mango Fruit Extract, Cocoa Seed Extract, Mangosteen Fruit Extract, Fig Fruit Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Peel Oil and Vitamin C
Frankly, I don't know which list ought to be superior for eye care as I'm not an expert, but the fact that I am actually able to see everything in the Illuminating Eye Serum makes Bareskin Beauty a clear winner for me.

Winner: Bareskin Beauty, simply because Dr Organic don't provide a comprehensive ingredients list, for some reason.

Test 3: Packaging

... seeing as I mentioned packaging in the last paragraph! Here's that picture again so you don't have to scroll up.

  • Bareskin Beauty: Recyclable glass jar with white plastic lid. The lid has a cardboard seal inside, so the cream never actually comes into contact with plastic, and has a soft pink and white Bareskin Beauty sticker on it, with the cherry blossom logo. Clean design, quite simple but pretty, and reasonably environmentally friendly. The jar could also be upcycled into a "small things" storage facility if you washed it once it was empty (I think mine might become a travel antihistamines pot, boo hayfever). If I blob a bit too much out onto my finger, I can scrape it back off into the jar, and I can wipe every last drop out with my finger, so there's no wastage.
  • Dr Organic: Non-recyclable plastic tube which came in recyclable but unnecessary throwaway cardboard packaging. The shape is convenient for storing in the tooth mug if bathroom shelf space is severely limited with all your other products, but unfortunately means that if you accidentally squeeze too much out, you can't get it back in again, and you can't get the last of it out unless you cut the whole thing up with scissors, making the tube run out faster than it probably should do. The shiny silver lid was pretty initially (shiny shiny!) but rubbed off over time, so it looked a bit scruffy:

Winner: Bareskin Beauty. Jars are better than tubes!

4. Scent & appearance
  • Bareskin Beauty: natural creamy colour cream with a slippery texture, leaving a soft oiliness on the skin after being rubbed in. My sense of smell admittedly isn't great, but I would call it fragrance-free.
  • Dr Organic: bright ice white cream with a slippery texture, becoming slightly sticky after being rubbed in. Smells of coconut, which is always a plus, in my book!
Winner: Bareskin Beauty. Might not smell of much, but looks and feels more inviting.

5.  Efficacy

Which one was better for filling out my fine lines?
  • Bareskin Beauty: slight results visible immediately, improving with twice daily use.
  • Dr Organic: I will probably always have a soft spot for Dr Organic because it was the first natural skincare product I ever bought. I bought the eye cream to replace evil Clinique, and sadly, the results just weren't as good as evil Clinique, much as I wanted them to be :(
Winner: Bareskin Beauty. It seems you get what you pay for.


Bareskin Beauty Illuminating Eye Serum is the overall winner for me, beating Dr Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Eye Perfect with four advantages to one. I love a bargain as much as the next girl, but even for £8.99, I think you could possibly get a better eye cream than Dr Organic.

Bareskin Beauty might be a well-kept secret among models and celebrities atm but I would rather spend the extra £10 every other month (or however long it takes you to completely use up a whole tub of eye cream) and get something that actually works, not to mention the detox aspect of the cream not coming into contact with plastic, and the environmental impact of less wastage.

Where to go from here?

To learn how to eat for bright, beautiful eyes, I recommend reading Kimberly Snyder's new book, The Beauty Detox Foods, and booking a holistic facial with Juliette Scarfe at Bareskin Beauty, London.

Stay beautiful!

Anita x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

#WardrobeWednesday with Damian McGillicuddy, Olympus & Bareskin Beauty!

Hi everyone!

I'm writing this on my sofa, in a peach robe, with Lilith purring in it, and drinking almond cappuccino with cinnamon sprinkles from a big china mug. Apparently people like to know these things.


Check out this new photo shot in Finland last month with Damian McGillicuddy using Olympus! I borrowed my boyfriend's tie for this shoot.

I'm quite impressed by just how much you can see my nipple through that blouse. I don't know if it actually looked like that at the time or was enhanced in Photoshop. I did the hair and makeup, skincare is by Bareskin Beauty :) The hair was super easy, I just used coconut oil to slick it down.

Bought some new makeup online today, in fact; I'm gradually converting from MAC to organic pure mineral products. Less talc = less spots. I recently got a bunch of new BsB natural products and my skin looked better immediately after using the Clay Mask and Antioxidant Toner, which inspired me to think, "what else can I do? Improve my makeup case!"

Yesterday's lips =
BsB lip balm + Rimmel Dynamite pencil + MAC Girl About Town applied with MAC lip brush

Here's a little video of me visiting the BsB kitchen in London last weekend, in case you didn't already see it on Vine:

Full day shoot yesterday, spa mineral bath with Thornton's Champagne truffles courtesy of boyfy last night, and full day's domestic goddess activities today. I've already done last night's washing up, three loads of laundry, scratch-made two kinds of soup (Kim Snyder's detox vegan Thai soup, and my own vegan Italian tomato & Chanteray carrot), baked preservative-free vegan wholemeal with coconut oil and BsB Himalayan pink salt, and assembled a huge pile of clothes for mending. I feel super-efficient. Now to see if I can remember how to thread up my digital sewing machine!

 Oh and guess what?

I've officially been modelling for EIGHT YEARS this month.

UNBELIEVABLE!!! Cheers everyone!

PS, does anyone know where I can buy a pair of these in the UK??? They are actually my perfect pair of sunglasses. I think I could handle paying 250 bucks for them if I had prescription lenses put in and wore them forever.