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5 Secrets Professional Makeup Artists Don’t Want You To Know!

We all feel the same exasperation when it comes to our makeup, we try so hard, but we still don’t ever look like Angelina Jolie. You can spend forever surfing Pinterest looking for the perfect smokey eye, only to replicate it and look like you have been given two black eyes. You may have gotten to the point where you just think ‘it’s me that’s the problem. Practising in front of my mirror in my bedroom just doesn’t cut it, I will never get that professional look.’ Well, that’s where you’re wrong. I have found these tricks that the experts use! Here are the secrets that makeup artists are keeping to themselves.

  1. Work To Your Face Shape

This is so important! We are all individuals, and what works for one person definitely will not for the next. Beauty comes in many different forms, and the makeup artists know this! The huge beauty trend right now is contouring. But you can’t just copy how Kim Kardashian has done hers, as she most likely has a very different face to yours. Contouring is all about exaggerating your best bits. Scour Google for a girl contouring with your face shape, and copy her instead!

  1. Mix Your Foundation Color

Again, everyone is different. It’s impossible for cosmetic companies to cater for everyone, meaning the majority of us have to compromise. The professionals, however, would do no such thing! They mix different shades together to match their client perfectly. So why don’t we do this too! Using products like skin illustrator makeup, we can mix shades together to match our own shade of skin. No more embarrassing lines!

  1. Primer Is Your Best Friend

Primer is a very underrated piece of kit. We should be applying primer before beginning our makeup so it lasts longer. But do we ever bother? Do you ever see us bloggers reviewing the latest primer? No! But we should be. Primer should be applied all over your face to give your makeup some durability. You should also get a separate primer for eyeshadow. Industry experts recommend this to be applied right up to our eyebrows, so they hold their shape and color too.


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  1. Stock Up On Tools

Tools are an absolute must for any makeup lover! You may think that your one lonely eyeshadow brush has got you covered, but you are wrong. Ideally, for eyes you should have at the very least small brush to apply the eyeshadow, and a larger fluffy one to blend shades. Lip brushes are another must, as a lipstick just isn’t accurate enough to give that professional finish. Other tools such as eyelash curlers and eyebrow brushes are other must-haves if you want your makeup to have the edge on everyone else.

  1. Learn Your Color Matches

This part does need some research. It is very important to match the colors you are applying with your face. Eyeshadow, blush, and lip color should all have this consideration. Your tone of skin, hair color and eye color will all determine this. One general rule of makeup artists is to play with opposites when it comes to your eyeshadow color. Go for a shade opposite to your own eyes on the color wheel. So for example, if you had green eyes you should consider reddish eyeshadow according to the experts!

So what do you think? Could any of these expert secrets help you to sort out your slap? Let me know!


Why You Should Worry About Ageing Now

Taking care of your looks may be easy when you’re young. But as we get older, those little signs of ageing start creeping in. And they can turn up sooner than you think! Look after your body while you are young. It’s thought to contribute greatly to how well your appearance holds up through your thirties and your forties.

If you’ve already gone through that ‘horror’ moment of finding a grey hair, then now could be the time to make changes to your lifestyle. A lot of girls have found a grey hair on their head by the time they are twenty-five. It’s rare that you find more than that all in one go, but it is a sign that you’re not going to stay young forever.

Most people will tell you that prevention is better than cure. This could be true. Taking care of your body is important to prevent illness and excess weight. It is thought that a healthy diet and plenty of activity and exercise is the best way to prevent being overweight. Eating the right nutrition can help your immune system fight off germs and viruses.

There are also a few ‘superfoods’ out there that are thought to have extra benefits. Some are good for the immune system. Others are good for your skin. There are some fruits and vegetables that can form part of a detox juice when you want an internal cleanse. Including fruits and vegetables in your everyday diet can help keep you looking and feeling young.

Life does have a habit of throwing curveballs at us, though. Things change, and routines get interrupted. Your priorities might change as well. This is especially true when you have a family. One day you might look in the mirror and be confronted with a set of fine lines and wrinkles. If you’re determined to stay young or die trying you can always turn to cosmetic treatments to help improve the appearance of wrinkles.


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Are you a firm believer that you’re as young as you feel, and age is just a number? As the body gets older, the joints can become achier, and the muscles are less flexible. To maintain good mobility you need to make sure your body is stretched and moved daily. Office jobs leave us prone to sitting in one position for hours every day. This is bad for the circulation and bad for your body. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Try to fit in activity and exercise every day.

Smoking, drinking and drugs are known to age the body. They each can cause damage to the body at the cellular level. If you are a smoker, you may be shortening your life by years. This may not be something you’re thinking about in your early twenties. But many smokers can look much older than their years by the time they reach their mid-thirties.

Now may be the time in your life when you want to have fun and even go wild. But your actions now might have an effect on your body that you won’t see for many years. Take care of the future you.


Tips for a Beautiful Evening Makeup Look!

Evening makeup is so much fun to do. It’s nice to wear natural makeup from time to time, but I always have the most fun experimenting with my evening look. You can get away with so much more if you’re going out! With that in mind, here are some of my favourite tips for a beautiful evening makeup look:

Focus on Achieving a Flawless Base

If you’re going out for the evening, chances are people will take pictures. If you want to look your best in them, a flawless base is a must. There’s nothing worse than thinking your makeup is perfect, only to look back at pictures and see a horrible tidemark. To get a flawless base, you need a product that suits your skintone. You also need a product that suits your skin type, so you’ll need to shop for the perfect product! I like to apply my base with a wet sponge!

Pick an Eyeshadow to Make Your Eyes Pop

Take a look at eyeshadow colours to suit your eye colour and you’ll make a huge impact! You don’t need to go for anything too crazy; there are lots of neutral colours that will suit your eyes. If you feel confident, you can create a smoky look with a bold colour! I love experimenting with my eyes when I have a special event coming up.


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Apply False Lashes

False lashes open up the eyes and add some instant glamour. One thing I can’t stand though, is really fake looking lashes that reach up to your eyebrows. Go for something more natural and you’ll still make an impact. You definitely don’t want to risk looking like a drag queen!

Apply Lipstick with a Brush

When I apply lipstick with a brush, I find it goes on so much smoother. I can also really define my cupids bow, helping it to look perfect with no bleeding whatsoever! Your lipstick will last a lot longer, especially if you use one with a formulation from a place like

Take Your Face Shape Into Account

Different makeup looks suit different face shapes. Something that suits somebody with a round face wouldn’t suit somebody with a square face. Make sure you learn your face shape and then look this up to find things that look best on you!

Define Your Brows the Right Way

Defined brows are a must for an evening look, but you need to get it right. I like to use a special brush, and this basically takes all the work out of it for me. A good product helps too, but it isn’t essential. Make sure you use a light hand, as you can always go back in with more colour if you need it. Afterwards, you can brush them through to help them appear more natural!

Ready to get your makeup on for your evening out? Have fun with it, but remember to keep it looking natural. The goal isn’t to get as much on your face as possible. See you next time!

For the love of Paris

There are many people who simply write Paris Hilton off as a rich kid, famous for being famous.

But there’s more to Paris than meets the eye. She set fashion trends before we even knew there was something to follow. She was America’s first Top Model, a fashion icon and the leader of the pack.



Now, as she says, she’s ready to quietly build her brand, settle down and raise a family.

But she’ll never lose her sense of fun. A high-profile fan of casinos – she once won $30,000 at a Las Vegas blackjack table – she’s just become the face of online bingo games at

She’s not the only glamour gal who enjoys bingo. Fellow super-model Kate Moss and her designer pal, Sadie Frost, like to swap a night out on the tiles for a night in with the kids and a spot of bingo fun.

And Catherine Zeta-Jones took her childhood love of the game across the pond when she married Michael Douglas. She brings out a homemade version of the game every Christmas, although the Hollywood actor admits to being baffled by it!

Paris’ endorsement of BGO is possibly the most glamorous pairing of recent times. Cheeky cockney Barbara Windsor fronts up Jackpotjoy while Ricky Tomlinson, most famous for his role in the Royle Family, has been linked with Celebrity Bingo.

Paris’ status as a style icon may be in some dispute. But her fashion genius is finally being recognised because now we can view it in retrospective.

Take the “naked dress”. It’s been all over the red carpet this season gracing the figures of J-Lo, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian (a one-time Paris stylist, of course).

But Paris was rocking this look more than ten years ago when she attended the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in floor-length feathered gown by Zuhair Murad. The low-cut, low-waist bodice was totally sheer but for a few strategically positioned rhinestones and sequins.

Then there’s the whole Rihanna look. Very urban, very street, very now. Yet Paris was rocking that look before Rhianna ever even needed an umbrella. Years ago she was spotted in a skin-tight leopard catsuit slashed to the naval which she accessorized with a diamond-studded collar.

She was the first to wear Lucite clear heels. The first to sport wedged trainers. And the first to declare her love of High Street brands like Top Shop and H&M.

Paris never apologises for being Paris. You’ll never see her cringing over her turn-of-the-century style or wishing she hadn’t embraced Juicy Couture with such a passion. She’s confident that those were fashions of their time and have a place in her own personal style history.

With a successful business behind her and a bright future ahead of her, Paris must be admired.

Lady Rebecca

Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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Fashion gifts for your boyfriend


Birthday, Valentine’s Day and similar occasions are great opportunity to demonstrate just how much you care about your significant other. So, why not use this special occasion to make your boyfriend happy with a perfectly handpicked fashion gift. Your choices are many and it all comes down to his personal preference. This is your opportunity to shine since in the end, who knows him better than you do?

A wrist watch

Probably the most traditional of all fashion gifts there are but still a gift with which you cannot go wrong with. Because this is such a universal gift, the watch industry has an enormous specter, meaning that the number of watches for you to choose from is great indeed. Still, having too much choice can sometimes be as limiting as not having enough. Luckily for you there are some general parameters, such as size, design or mechanism, which may help you select a perfect wrist watch for your boyfriend.

Personalized shirt

For a gift to truly mean and represent something it has to be personalized. It is not about what the gift is, but what it is to the person that it is gifted to that counts. Why not make your boyfriend happy with one of the amazing custom dress shirts. Select the design that you believe will fit him the best and further enrich it with an inspirational quote, a line from his favorite movie or a logo of his favorite band or football team. Your only limitations here are your own creativity and imagination.

Designer tie

The gift of a designer tie can sometimes be pricy but it is always worth it no matter the cost. As the popular proverb states, you can never get a second chance to make great first impression and a first impression improvement is exactly what well-chosen Alexander McQueen silk tie can do. It is almost amazing just how big of an impact on someone’s opinion can something as small as a tie make. The gift of this tie will also make sure that your man has a perfect attire for any future formal social encounter.

Briefcase computer bag

Who said that a fashion gift cannot be practical? A briefcase computer bag is something that your boyfriend desperately needs but would probably never get on his own. However, not all computer bags are the same, there are various designs that would look perfect on him. As always you are the person that know him the best so try to envision what each bag would look across his shoulder before you make a purchase. Just remember, there is nothing that can make a man look as professional as the choice of the right bag for his laptop.

Personalized wallet

Similarly to the situation with the watch, a wallet is one of the safest and most fail-proof gifts there are. This does not mean that a gift like this won’t allow you to express your creative side and your deep knowledge about your partner and his preferences. Have your partner’s name, initials or favorite quote (same as with the shirt) engraved on the wallet and thus transform it into a perfect and unique gift.

There are so many good gifts out there but when it comes to picking a gift for your soul mate good is not good enough, it has to be perfect. Because of this, the best piece of advice is probably to take your time and chose carefully. Try to put yourself in his shoes and pick a perfect gift not for you, but for him. This way, you simply cannot fail.


Lady Rebecca

Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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Avoid Looking Like a Hot Mess on Prom Night


When it comes to prom season, there’s no doubt that every girl wants to look red-carpet sensational. But even the best laid plans can go awry.  Here’s how you can avoid looking like a disaster on your prom night.

1. Avoid going to a hairdresser you’ve never been to before

If you want to get your hair done professionally, be sure to try your hairdo out way ahead of time so you don’t end up looking like an over styled mess. Even better, do your hair just the way you love it so you feel comfortable all night.

2. Easy Does it with the Hair Products

Is there seriously anything worse than touching someone’s hair only to find it crunchy, sticky, and smelling like granny’s beauty parlor? Rather choose a soft, natural hair style that doesn’t require much product.

3. You Don’t Want to Look Like a Drag Queen

In your quest to look amazing, don’t overdo your makeup with a lot of eye drama and bright red lipstick. Makeup should make you look flawless, but naturally. If you have acne, make use of products that won’t aggravate your skin such as oil-free, hypoallergenic makeup.

4. Don’t go to Prom Looking Orange – Avoid Spray Tans the Day Before

Spray tans can look incredible if you’ve been to a spray tanning salon previously and the technician knows the right shade to spray you with. But, you should only apply spray tan at least two days before prom night so you don’t end up smelling like chemicals or, possibly worse, staining that perfect dress you’ve just picked up from the 2016 prom dresses online store –

Test the color out a couple of weeks prior to prom so you don’t end up streaky and orange. Keep in mind that spray tans applied at home only look good if they are even. A bad spray tan could leave you with stripes on your arms and face.

5. Have Your Hair Done First, Then Your Makeup

If you do your makeup first and then have your hair washed, you may well end up with makeup running down your face and having start from scratch.

6. Start with Eye Makeup and Choose Fake Lashes

Opt for fake lashes over mascara so you won’t have to end up looking like a panda in the early hours of the morning. By doing eye makeup before the rest of the face, you can correct any errors without having to redo everything.

7. Don’t Forget to Pack Makeup Remover Tissues

This is so you can remove any caked makeup under your eyes during the night.

8. Doesn’t Hurt to Take Extra Shoes Either

While you probably took your time picking out a stunning pair of shoes, after a few hours on the dance floor you might find yourself in blister-agony. Break in your new shoes well before prom night but take along a pair of comfy flats just in case your feet hurt.

9. Light Lipstick is the Way to Go

Prom is a long evening. If you start the night off with a dark lipstick, it can end up staining around your lips. Go for sheer, light colors and glosses that are easy to reapply and won’t stain.

10. Pick a Dress You’re Not Going to Fall Out Of

While strapless dresses are to die for, wardrobe malfunctions are an embarrassing reality. Your prom dress should hold everything in place snugly. If you have a larger chest, go for spaghetti straps and a bra that will hold you in place all night.


The most important thing on prom night is to have fun and create amazing memories. These days everyone has a camera on their phone and you don’t want to end up on social media the next day looking like a celebrity on an extraordinarily bad night.

Lady Rebecca

Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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How To Plump Up Your Lips: Easy Tips

If you lust after voluptuous, full lips, you can achieve them. Not everyone has lips that are plump, but you can do something about that. Having an incredible pout can change the way you look. There are many ways you can get the look you want! No, I am not talking about the Kylie Jenner method of lip enhancement. We all know that using a suction cup to get full lips is a silly idea. Instead, there are some safe ways you can make your mouth look fantastic. Read my easy tips and let’s get started.

Get filler for your lips

One of the easiest ways to get the results you want is to get a filler for your lips. If you wish to know a little about this treatment, you can talk to a specialist from Medical Spa. Once you have all the information you need, you can decide whether this option is for you. Most lip fillers are temporary, but they can give you a perfect pout in no time at all. Make sure that you do your research before you make a decision. There is a broad range of treatments out there, and you need to find the greatest one.

Use plumper lip gloss

If you don’t want to get filler, there are other options for you. Why not get a lip gloss that makes your lips look larger than they are. Plumper glosses tingle a little when you first use them, but they do the trick. Of course, you will need to use this product on a regular basis to achieve the results you want. You should check out the finest glosses on the market before you choose one for you.

Fake it with makeup

If you just want to fake it, it’s not as hard as you might imagine. To do so, you will need a quality lip liner and lipstick. You can fake it with makeup. You should draw the outline of your lips first. Remember, you don’t want to go over the top here. The last thing you want is to end up looking like a clown! You should draw the line a little higher than your natural lip line. That way, the difference will be subtle, yet effective. Next, use your lipstick to complete the look. Again, I can’t stress how crucial it is that you don’t try to make your lips look too large this way. It could be a real beauty faux pas.

Get a sugar rub for them

Finally, you can get sugar rubs to make your lips look big and beautiful. When you rub sugar on your lips, it exfoliates them. That means that it gets rid of any dead cells there. This tip should help your lips to look pouty and full. You can get loads of sugar rubs online, and so you’d better start looking for one now.

Do you like my tips? I know that a lot of ladies out there want fuller looking lips than they have. I hope that these ideas help you to look gorgeous.



Love your skin: by making it beautiful


Loving the skin you’re in is pretty difficult when it’s covered in blackheads and pimples. It’s like asking someone to appreciate the view of a tropical island when they’re boiling to death in a volcano.

The skin is a delicate instrument, and even the slightest change in your diet can turn it from smooth and supple to outright awry. Even a few too many choccy biccies could produce an outbreak of spots that’ll take weeks to remove.

Yet those people in beauty adverts always have flawless skin, as though wind had never brushed their cheeks. How do they manage it?

Ignoring photographic tricks, these preening pore perfectors have found the balance between exercise and diet to gain an ideal visage.

So what can you do to emulate them and love the skin you’re in?


Gaining clear pores feels like an impossible dream for some. But cast aside the snake oil they sell on the high street. Those lotions and potions promising “miraculous effects”, “overnight results” and a thousand more platitudes are (as a rule) about as likely to help your skin as sandpaper.

But some cleansing rituals are a cut above the rest. If you can find the cream of the crop (ha!) many of your skin troubles will be over. So shop around – who knows what will work for your skin.

Night time cleanse

In the night, your skin will become drier and less able to cope with the elements as you sleep – so it’s time to figure out how to fix yourself up.

First off, remove all your makeup before you head to your kip. That way, the cosmetics that could agitate your skin will be long gone. You won’t wakeup with extra spots.

Next, moisturise thoroughly. This should preferably be all of your body, but your face is the most important area. After all, it’ll be the only part of your body not covered.

Once you’ve completed your regime, you’ll be ready to hop into bed without worrying about waking up with skin like an arid desert.

Literal beauty sleep

People have been discussing beauty sleep since it was in fairy tales, and with good reason.

Scientists have found that the opposite sex will find you markedly less attractive without your average eight hours. Moreover, a lack of sleep dries up the pores and leaves you with flaky skin.

To help yourself nod off, avoid your phone, laptop or the telly a few hours before bed. Crack open a book instead and you’ll head for the land of nod in no time.

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7 Ways You Can Look Beautiful for Longer

Looking beautiful is one thing, but making sure you look beautiful for longer is a totally different ball game. Looking beautiful in the long run takes commitment and consistency. Use these 7 methods if you think you’ve got what it takes to make your beauty regime stand the test of time:

Have Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is one of the best treatments you can give your skin. It helps to brighten and smooth the surface, giving you a radiant glow. It increases blood flow and circulation to the area, which helps it to look younger and healthier. Not only that, it can reduce wrinkles after a course of treatments. It’s one of the best ways you can keep yourself looking young without surgery. It isn’t painful either!


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Take Care of Your Nails

Broken nails that are all odd lengths and shapes aren’t any good to anybody. Take care of your nails so that they look naturally healthy and pretty. They don’t necessarily need to be long, just the same shape and length. Buff them regularly to give them shine and encourage growth. Apply a protective polish to help strengthen and protect from the elements too.

Treat Your Hair

Treat your hair to intensive conditioning masks every now and again. This will help to lock in moisture, shine, and colour. You should also apply a heat defense spray to keep it healthy and stop it from breaking.

Have Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal can result in permanently smooth skin, no stubble to be seen! You’ll never have to bother shaving or waxing ever again, and can enjoy smooth skin forever more. You just need to make sure you avoid any snake oil salesmen and go to a reputable clinic, or you could end up with disastrous results!

Eat Well

Eating well is probably the best thing you can do if you want to look beautiful for longer. You can try all of the beauty products and potions you like, but eating well will make you beautiful from the inside out. Aim to eat mostly natural foods, and keep your consumption of sugary foods under control.


Exercise has so many benefits! You’ll stay looking younger right into old age, for a start. You’ll maintain your weight, and you may even find that your body shape changes. You’ll feel happier, and be so much healthier too. You really can’t beat it! It isn’t all about doing hours of cardio either. You can make exercise fun by doing classes and resistance training. Forget the treadmill! Simply keep up a routine 3 times a week and you’ll notice a big difference. It should only take 3 weeks for you to make a habit out of it.

Always Apply an SPF

Using an SPF is a must if you want to protect your skin from sun damage. You can’t always see sun damage, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to combat it. With an SPF, you’ll also fight premature wrinkles.

With these tips, you’ll keep your skin looking youthful, and everything else healthy and beautiful!


Is investment changing high street fashion?


Today, consumers from China to Australia and India to Finland are ready to hit their local high street stores expecting to find off-the-peg versions of the new season’s designs from the world’s most famous fashion houses.

In the past, high street fashion stores tended to be made up of a mix of independently owned shops operating in one or just a small number of towns and cities, or national chains with outlets across a specific country. In more recent times, however, multinationals, stocking a combination of regional as well as global fashions, began to appear on high streets and in shopping malls.

More recently still, entrepreneurial investors have come to recognise the opportunities offered by the fashion industry, which is worth some £6bn in the UK alone and around US$1.5tn globally. As a result, some of the most iconic brands and fashion houses are no longer independent but are owned and controlled by wealthy capital investment companies. It is frequently the case that both established fashion houses and individual designers concentrate on the creative aspects of their business whilst neglecting financial and administrative tasks. As a result, despite being lauded for the clothes they produce, their business tends to be inefficient and less profitable than it could be. There is, therefore, an opportunity for astute investors, especially those with a knowledge of the industry, to step in and work alongside these highly creative individuals to improve profitability, maximise market share and grow their business.

For any partnership between investor and designer to work as effectively as possible, it is essential to develop an in-depth understanding of how to get the best out of a team of designers and how to provide an environment in which they will become as creative as possible. By minimising distractions and pressures, such as giving them unrealistic deadlines or asking them to design items using sub-standard materials in order to cut costs, and bringing in new ideas from outside the industry, everyone benefits. The designers are provided with a set of broad guidelines within which to operate; the brand has a unique range of styles that customers come to recognise and appreciate, and it will have a target age group.

A good example of how an investor can improve the efficiency of a high street fashion brand by implementing best business practices is provided by M1 Group, which, in partnership with L Capital Asia, recently completed the purchase of Pepe Jeans (a brand originally founded in 1973 by three brothers on a market stall in London’s Portobello Road) for a reported €900m. M1 Group, which is based in Beirut, already owns a number of fashion-related companies, including Hackett, the British menswear brand, and Façonnable, the high-end French tailors. Taha Mikati and his brother Najib, former Prime Minister of Lebanon, established M1 Group in 2007; Azmi Miktai, a Columbia graduate is now CEO and continues to successfully run M1 Group.

Investors from the Middle East have been quick to recognise the potential for growth in the high street fashion sector as the global economy finally begins to recover from the recession. As the emerging middle classes in countries such as China and India, along with fast-developing nations in Africa and South America, find their disposable incomes growing, demand for the latest fashions is sure to increase.

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Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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