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Shiny gets styling with M&S!

Here’s what happened when Shiny Style were asked to help style competition winner Alec for a celebratory dinner in store at M&S…   Alec told us he wasn’t exactly a fashion fan, but as soon as we clocked his height and posture, we knew he’d be a dream to dress. We were tempted to steer […]...More

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Shiny Gets Styling With M&S – Part One

At Shiny, we love a challenge – and to be honest, the usual ones we undertake are of the “I bet you can’t eat all these sausages!” variety. So we were thrilled when M&S asked us to undertake a proper, grown up challenge – being given a budget to style someone up in the best […]...More

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10 trends to get you excited about Autumn/Winter 2013

All good things must come to an end, and that means summer. But it’s ok, because autumn is waiting in the wings and by golly, is she well dressed… I’ve always felt that September is the real New Year. It’s that back-to-school feeling. Every summer I planned to arrive back for the autumn term transformed […]...More

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Fake tan without the smell: is it possible?

Smells like teen spirit? That’ll be the DHA… Lauren Bravo investigates exactly what makes fake tan stink I remember when I finally worked out exactly what fake tan smells of. It came to me in a flash, like a song from childhood or someone’s name on the way home when you’ve spent an hour avoiding […]...More

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Sleeves of the week! ASOS tartan shirt dress, £35

Autumn will be here before you can say ‘pac-a-mac’, so embrace the new season’s bonniest print now… As I was sat yesterday, watching rain sheet down the office windows like the deluge from a less-fun log flume, I had a pang. A pang for autumn. “In only a couple of short months,” I thought quietly […]...More

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The ultimate oils, scrubs and moisturisers – get thighs like Maria’s circa 1999!

I am still obsessed with Mariah Carey for these three reasons: 1. All I Want For Christmas. The huskies, the sled, the red velvet cape that was cute and winsome and in no way suggestive of a festive prostitute doing a photo shoot for a December special offer. 2. Cribs. Tommy Mottola era Mariah’s shoe room was […]...More

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Behind The Bag: The Cath Kidston Nappy Bag

“I will never be that dude, dude,” is what Carolyn said to Alexa the first time they went to Mothercare together. They planned to embrace parenthood on their own terms – Hackney baby raves, A.P.C. baby clothes, and absolutely no free Pret Babyccinos. Twee was the enemy – and after their distressingly modern friends Lara [&he...More

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Happy Royal Baby!

An approximation of what may or may not  happened in the Lindo Wing yesterday, based on several press releases I have received “Mmmmm,” murmured Kate, looking around the room sleepily and reflectively. “I’d really like some chips. Really greasy ones, with loads of vinegar.” “Sure thing, Duchess,” grinned W...More

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A guide to New York style, by someone who hasn’t been there yet

I’m going to New York! I’m going to New York! Bring on the marching band! Pour me a chocolate malted and put a bagel in my face! But what in the name of Gunther do I wear? I have never been to New York before. I’ve never been to America, in fact. I’ve only got […]...More

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The ultimate guide to skin primers

The fabulous Lottie O’Connor is an arts editor extraordinaire over at but she also knows aaaaaall about stopping foundation from sliding off one’s face… The Cheat’s Guide to Skin Nirvana In theory, I am currently basking in that magical, brief in-between stage: too old for teenage spots, too young for the dreaded ...More

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Sleeves of the week! Neon animal tunic dress, £38 Topshop

Nightshirts are the new minidresses, it seems. But they have sleeves and look foxy so that’s a-ok by us Every time I’ve been into Topshop recently, I have touched this dress and gone, “ooh!”. Sometimes I pick it up. Once I even made it as far as the changing room, before the sight of my […]...More

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The rookie’s guide to liquid eyeliner (by a long-term lover)

Eyeliner was introduced to the Western world in the 1920s with the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and we’ve been getting in a tizzy over it ever since… Here’s how to do kitten flicks without looking like a dog’s dinner I am in a make up rut. I am the Marge Simpson of cosmetics – just […]...More

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Fashion’s biggest myths: the summer special

Summertime, and the dressing ain’t easy… so the last thing you need is false information. Lauren Bravo blasts the myths of hot weather dressing.     There is such a thing as a ‘summer work wardrobe’ There really isn’t. As far as we’ve been able to discern, summer workwear as a concept was invented for […]...More

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Confessions of a beauty editor

I’m not quite sure what peptides are. I keep telling people to use Bumble and Bumble Sea Salt Spray as if it has magical and or spiritual properties. It’s a good product, but it is just a product. However, Kerastase Elixir Ultime really does have magical and or spiritual properties. I have been putting my […]...More

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Introducing our Shiny Man! Owen Jones reviews skincare solutions for boys

At Shiny, we have an equal opportunities, open to all comers, love, peace and Kerastase approach to beauty. We’re mostly women, the industry is mostly geared at women, but this is changing. There are more products for men than ever, and more men than ever who want to use those products, so it is with […]...More

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