Thursday, 26 February 2009
It also helps to hydrate and nourish skin with shea butter and protects skin from free radical damage with the inclusion of vitamin E and grape seed extract. Plus, the Arcona ethos of using natural ingredients always is firmly in place.
Who says you need a trip to St Lucia to covet a healthy glow?
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
They're also free from possibly harmful agents DBP Toluene, Formaldehyde, Camphor and Phthalic acid and contain no perfume - just lots of pigment for hard-wearing, quick-drying colour.
Who says happiness can't be found in a credit crunch?
Radiant in John Galliano, Pinto’s hair is divided into three parts and twisted back into an architectural, couture flower shape on the right side of the head. “This look has a beautiful architecture; hair is twisted back into a youthful, feminine flower shape that complements Frieda’s face shape and stunning Galliano gown.”
Here’s how to get Pinto’s look:
Start with Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Conditioner.
Mix a cocktail of Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam and Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip. Work the product into wet hair to add texture and volume. “When creating an updo, it’s important to use products that give thickness and body,” said Paul. “Pinto’s hair already has a lot of shine. The cocktail of Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam and Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip provided just the right amount of hold, body and texture without weighing hair down.”
Blow dry hair back to add lift and height at the roots.
Create a left side part and divide hair into three sections: three quarters of hair in one section on the right and the remaining hair into two smaller sections. Pull the right section of hair back into a low ponytail just behind the right ear above the nape of the neck.
Twist the ponytail, working Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip into hair. Wrap the ponytail around the base, creating a flower shape. Secure in place with pins.
Work Aveda Light Elements Defining Whip into each of the remaining sections and twist back and around the flower shape, creating a layered, rose-like effect. “The three twists flow together for beautiful movement,” said Paul.
Finish the look with Aveda Air Control Hair Spray. Lastly, shake the head a bit to loosen up the look and provide a sense of natural movement.
Eh voila, red carpet ready... time to hit, er, the local disco...
Monday, 23 February 2009
Think happy, healthy, protected skin. Visit www.lizearle.com.
The result is glowing, healthy skin whatever your age or skin type. And all without subjecting yourself to harsh treatments or the surgeon’s knife.
I have the Basic Five (ARCONA’s recommended foundation programme) to giveaway to one lucky reader (RRP £110). By following this programme, your skin’s natural balance will be restored, and premature aging combated.
The products – which include fruit-enzyme cleansers/exfoliators, light hydrating gels, and balancing serums – achieve this by enhancing and speeding the skin’s own renewal cycle from 30 to an incredible 7 days. Surface layers of dead skin continuously dissolve, the dermis (the deepest layer of skin tissue), becomes highly stimulated and production of collagen and elastin increase.
To be in with a chance of winning, simply email me the name of one of ARCONA's celebrity users together with your name and full address details to email@example.com.
My latest interview 'victim' is Georgie Wolfinden, Editor and Founder of wellbeing and natural beauty website www.glowgetter.co.uk. I urge you to visit the site and trust me, once you've clicked, there's no going back. The products that Georgie stocks are all divine and all natural, so you won't feel any guilt when you tap in your credit card details (ehem, don't tell your boyfriend I said that!)
Over to Georgie:
Who are you and what do you do?
I am the founder of wellbeing website www.glowgetter.co.uk. I scour the world for the most exciting and high performing natural beauty and wellbeing products.
How did you get into the business?
I have been in the wellbeing space for 10 years. I was the marketing director of triyoga and then went on to set up my own health and beauty PR business. I’ve always has a passion for natural alternatives to health and beauty. I think making your passion your job helps you enjoy every day.
Why did you decide to launch your own website?
I was always recommending my clients to take on products that I loved and they did. They always seemed to sell well so it made me think maybe I should be doing more of this. Even when I travelled I’d find myself in the local pharmacy and health food shops. So, it seemed like a natural progression to set up glowgetter.
All of the products that you sell are wellbeing and natural beauty related… why have you decided to focus on this area of the market?
I believe that if a product works without the chemicals then that makes the most sense. I have PCOS and over the last 10 years have worked hard to make myself healthy and keep the PCOS symptoms at bay. The doctors all wanted me to try out drugs or go on the pill. I opted for yoga, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and having a no chemicals policy in my home and bathroom cabinet. Today my hormones are balanced and I know I am doing the best I can for my health by not ingesting chemicals through products.
Who else do you admire in the industry?
I admire people who are innovative and are not scared to take chances. People who are honest and make try to communicate in a gracefully. The people behind new centre Alchemy do just this. They offer great yoga classes, treatments and wonderful workshops with some very interesting people in the wellbeing space. All of this and in a gorgeous space, I always relax as soon as I step through the door. Their café is fab too.
Any exciting new developments in the Glowgetter world?
Yes, we are going to be launching glowgetter TV and also getting a new US make up brand in March. I can’t say more than that at the moment. Both I am really excited about both things.
What are your ‘can’t live without’ beauty/wellbeing products/treatments/exercise?
I love the ARCONA range as it's natural but results driven. It seems to keep spots at bay whilst also being very anti ageing. I do yoga at home with the lovely Panilla Marott who keeps me sane and stops my mind whirling and I run in the woods with Julia Bishop my friend and founder of move your butt personal training. And, if I really want to treat myself I book a session with Ra at Alchemy – I feel like she refreshes my mental hard drive.
What are your thoughts on the move towards organic skincare?
I think it’s important to thinking about what we put on our skin. Our skin absorbs everything we put on it so it is good to be mindful. I think there are lots of organic skincare ranges popping up but even if they say organic they can still contain chemicals. So it’s important to read the label.
What advice would you give to any entrepreneur looking to set up in business?
Research your space, have courage, work hard, surround yourself with inspiring people and don’t forget to have fun.
What are your hopes for the future?
To keep on working with brands that are doing exciting things and to support the charity child action Nepal. The lady who runs it is one of the most inspiring women I have ever met and we are very proud that glowgetter allows us to support her charity. We hope glowgetter continues to support children in forgotten countries through child action Nepal.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Fresh from New York Fashion Week, where she created the make-up looks for Cynthia Rowley, Jason Wu and Rag & Bone to name a but a few, Gucci Westman, Global Artistic Director for Revlon and world renowned make-up artist, will be backstage at Luella, creating a no-doubt covetable look.
Luella will be showing at Covent Garden Piazza on Monday 23 Feb at 10am...Watch this space to see what she and Gucci create...
How much do you love the glossy, dark cherry lips? Wowsers.
Enjoy the vid, I certainly did.
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
“THE LOOK IS INSPIRED BY THE LATE 50’S – SHE IS A MODERN TAKE ON
A PUNKY 50’S SCHOOL GIRL.” – CHARLOTTE TILBURY
EYES: BLACK BLACK CHROMALINE – LINING THE TOP LASHLINE IN A THICK RECTANGULAR SHAPE EXTENDED OUT PAST THE OUTER CORNER OF THE EYES. EBONY EYE PENCIL – APPLIED TO THE WATERLINE. BLACK PROLASH MASCARA –APPLIED TO TOP LASHES ONLY. FLING EYEBROWS – DRAWN INTO BROWS TO SLIGHTLY DEFINE THE SHAPE AND ADD A BIT OF AN ARCH.
FACE: FACE AND BODY FOUNDATION – SMOOTHED ON TO EVEN OUT SKIN TONE IN A SHEER APPLICATION. BLOT POWDER – BRUSHED OVER THE T-ZONE TO DIMINISH EXTRA SHINE. LAID BACK BLUSHCREME – BLENDED HIGH ON THE CHEEK BONES.
LIPS: LAID BACK BLUSHCREME – PATTED ON TO LIPS FOR A SHEER STAIN.
No excuses not to look model-tastic now girls!
“ITS A LITTLE 40’S, A LITTLE 30’S, WITH A RAWNESS TO IT.” – LUC BOUCHARD.
EYES: COQUETTE AND OMEGA EYESHADOWS – BLENDED OVER EYELIDS THROUGH THE CREASE AND ALONG THE LOWER LASH LINE FOR A SOFT CONCRETE SHADE. MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL IN MEDIUM DARK –APPLIED TO THE CREASE OF THE EYELIDS.PRO PALE YELLOW PENCIL – DRAWN ALONG THE WATERLINES OF THE EYES.LINGERING BROW PENCIL – APPLIED TO SHAPE AND FILL IN BROWS.CLEAR BROW SET – BRUSHED THROUGH BROWS. FACE: SCULPT AND SHAPE FOUNDATION – APPLIED TO THE FACE IN A SHEER LAYER.
MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL IN MEDIUM DEEP AND DARK TO SCULPT CHEEKBONES.
INVISIBLE SET POWDER – DUSTED OVER THE FACE TO SET THE FOUNDATION. IRIDESCENT POWDER IN SILVER DUSK – APPLIED TO TOPS OF CHEEKBONES AND ABOVE EYEBROWS TO HIGHLIGHT.
LIPS: LIP CONDITIONER – BLOTTED ONTO LIPS AS A BASE.CHESTNUT AND NIGHTMOTH LIP PENCILS – PRESSED ONTO LIPS WITH FINGERS TO STAIN LIPS.
EYES: SOBA EYE SHADOW – BLENDED OVER LIDS, UP PAST CREASE, OUT TOWARD TEMPLES AND ALONG LOWER LASHLINE. PEARL CREAM COLOUR BASE – TO HIGHLIGHT THE INNER CORNER OF THE EYES. PRO BARELASH –FOUNDATION TONED PRODUCT APPLIED WITH A MASCARA WAND COMBED THROUGH BROWS TO DIMINISH NATURAL HAIR COLOUR.
FACE: STUDIO SCULPT SPF 15 FOUNDATION – APPLIED AS A MINIMAL BASE TO THE FACE. PRO SCULPTING POWDER – BLENDED UNDER CHEEK BONES AND UP TOWARD TEMPLES TO CONTOUR. PEARL CREAM COLOUR BASE – TOUCHED ON THE HIGH PLANE OF THE CHEEK BONE FOR HIGHLIGHT.
LIPS: LIP ERASE – APPLIED IN A SHEER LAYER TO PALE DOWN THE LIPS. SCULPT AND SHAPE IN BONE BEIGE – APPLIED WITH A LIP BRUSH TO LINE THE MOUTH.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Eylure has been working closely with Girls Aloud to design a limited edition lash for each of the girls based on their style and personality. So now you can decide which girl's lashes you fancy wearing. Would it be boring to say Cheryl? Come on though, her lashes are divine.
No details on price or what the lashes look like yet but you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be there to test them come April when they're set to launch.
This week I am seriously thrilled to be talking to this lady, Trish Rubin, Brand Manager of Bath Junkie. Trish and I crossed paths while I was perusing in downtown NY in late 2008, and stumbled across the heavenly Bath Junkie. I was immediately made to feel one of the family and I couldn't believe what a remarkable brand I'd discovered...by accident! Trish and the team made understanding their brand easy, and I really wanted to know (and buy) more!
I’m a business development consultant specialising in promoting businesses and individuals in brand development, engagement and leveraged networking worldwide.
2. What is your background and how did you get involved with Bath Junkie?
I’m a longtime educator and trainer and have travelled worldwide developing programmes for school organisations. I chose to use my networking skills as a foundation of a business career. I wrote a successful book on networking that launched the fun. My degrees are varied…education and organizational. I have two Masters degrees, one in Education…and an Ivy league degree in Governmental Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.
3. Explain Bath Junkie’s concept and philosophy...
Bath junkie is bath stuff designed by You… 4 U, by U…simple! We offer 40 base products including, lotions, oils, body washes, shampoos for custom blending of 203 scents. The bath junkie experience knows no bound and fits into any culture where people want to treat themselves to affordable luxury within an experienced based destination! YOU decide how the product is made.
4. Describe a day in your life…
A day is NEVER the same for me. I meet with clients and “brainbang”, I give presentations, I produce events like Morning Networking SINGS, I spend time in bath junkie meeting people and planning and executing all sorts of gatherings, I write…and I play in NYCall, all the while promoting bath junkie and my other clients…an esthetic dentist named Bob Sorin, who has a wonderful brand…Health Comfort and Beauty…the Washington Square Hotel… Jaffe Estate Wineries... See me on www.sobelmedia.com, www.trnewyorkminute.com and You tube! I work tirelessly to strategically partner my cients with each other and with the outside world. I am now talking to a UK concern…aromahome.com about becoming my next client! They have awesome products and they are in LONDON! I combine work and socialising to create buzz for myself and my clients!
5. What are some of the hero products in the Bath Junkie line?
Our Exfoliating Salt Scrub and matching Body Dessert are the signature products. Our fortune cookie soaps are adorable.
6. Who else do you admire in the beauty world?
In this environment, I’d say we are all in it together…I learn from all of our colleagues in the Beauty Biz.
7. Does Bath Junkie sell products that are not just for bathing?
Our products lend themselves to showering…great in NYC where some people don’t have room for tubs! We also carry fun bath accessories, robes, towels...
8. Are you planning to open in the UK soon?
We’d very much like to talk with people. Having a connection to Aroma Hme is a great step!We’ve had interest in the UK from people here in NYC since we are largely a franchise concern we are happy to spread the joy! We are opening stores in Denmark next however…I plan to be in London in April AND LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING AS MANY PEOPLE AS I CAN TO SPREAD THE WORD!
9. What is Bath Junkie’s policy on recycling and ‘being green’?
Bath junkie has a complete green programme featured online @www.bathjunkie.com.
10. Hopes for the future of the brand?
Worldwide domination LOL! Our mission is to cover the world with “smelly goodness”, according to our President!
Yes, another inspiring lady, and brand to get the entrepreneurial juices flowing, huh? Let's hope we'll get to experience Bath Junkie in the UK very soon.
Sunday, 15 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Remember, bikini season isn't that for off.
Get in line.
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
bareMinerals Liner Shadow (in Grape - which is a purple hue)
How can you possibly resist?
Read on to find out more.
1.Who are you and what do you do?
I am a working mother that is very blessed to have a supportive husband and three daughters that have believed in me and believed in what drives me. That is to exceed our customer’s expectations in product performance, results and affordability, 'the very essence of what Alpha-H means'.
2.What is your background and how did you begin your work with Alpha-H?
For me, a simple introduction to Alpha-H became a remarkable and life-changing story... Having searched for many years for a product that would make a difference to my demoralising skin condition I was sceptical but a little intrigued when introduced to a simple '2 step' skincare programme that promised to improve my skin in a very short period of time. After only a few days I experienced a dramatic change in the appearance and texture of my skin.Whilst it seemed too good to be true it set me on a path of 'spreading the news' and working tirelessly to bridge the gap between traditional (sensory feel good, no action brands) with a range that combined nature and science. Alpha-H is code for great skin.
3. Describe a day in your life?
My day generally starts at around 5.30am when I power walk with one of my three daughters, it’s a time for me to plan what lay’s ahead of me and find balance with my family.
On arriving at Alpha-H headquarters I always greet all members of our wonderful team as more often than not I may have been away overseas or interstate serving, educating and guiding our customers on the elements of Alpha-H.
Meet with our creative and marketing peeps to ensure our message is consistent and true with our brands philosophy.
Discuss with my husband (Head of New Development and researching new ingredients) that we are addressing our customer’s needs and expectations: that we continue to find new ways to deliver the ultimate in skin health.We believe each of our products is born of a commitment to real genuine results.
Meet with daughters and husband in lunch room and sort out the dinner menu, who's in, who's out. All three daughters are involved with Alpha-H. It is a true family affair, they believe in Alpha-H and see the difference it makes to people looking for 'change' and 'honesty' when choosing our range.
4.What are some of the hero products in the Alpha-H line?
Liquid Gold is our hero. What else can exert its profound magic overnight to re-code the skin's cell renewal system, increase true skin firmness and bolster new collagen formation? People love to see and feel change, they love revealing a younger, fresher looking skin. Ok, that's for starters. Liquid Gold will correct and improve but what makes Alpha-H exciting and stimulating is what we do to the skin after.
5. What new developments are you seeing in the world of skincare?
Customers becoming increasingly confused with Dr Brands and Celebrity endorsed products. Companies buying a range of skincare products (i.e. private label) off the shelf and selling to unaware consumers. Alpha-H has a heartbeat and true pulse, it's where creation is meaningful and true. We never change our identity to follow a trend or fad. My team of cosmetic scientists research ingredients and develop trusted formulations to ensure a consistently high standard.
I loved Mary Quant, I thought she was the style queen of my teenage years (black nail polish much to my parents horror.) She brought colour with flair and I loved her quirky packaging.
7.What elements do you think make up a good skincare routine?
Products that can multi-task are very important in today’s economic climate. The fundamentals are, of course, important but choosing a range that meet our skin's ever-changing conditions. Look for value, affordability and true results.
8.Any tips for fighting anti-ageing?
SUN PROTECTION ON A DAILY BASIS - Did you know that most sun damage accumulates with incidental visits out side (hanging washing, visits to corner store, collecting children from school) when we are oblivious to the damaging rays penetrating the cloud layers.
9.What are your thoughts on organic/paraben free skincare?
Organic seems to me to be trend and a bit of a fad. I have yet to see any dramatic results in the war against anti-ageing or addressing specific skin conditions. However each to their own.
Parabens - for many years the debate has raged over the use of parabens in topical skincare products. Used in cosmetic preparations since ancient roman times we believe this ingredient, in minuscule portions, preserves the life of the products whilst maintaining the integrity of the skin. Many leading skincare specialists have campaigned hard to deliver the message that such ingredients are not harmful to the skin.
10.Hopes for the future of the brand?
To survive in the 21st century our beauty brand Alpha-H has to be available through multi channels.Consumers research their beauty needs through an ever-changing variety of media sources and the internet, direct marketing, shopping TV, salon specialized retailing has become the new library and directories.
‘Information equals education and awareness’ - consumers no longer want to invest in just a brand, they want ownership and they want to be educated and empowered enough to make the right choices for their skin. Our service and product will continue to provide a vital connection to consumers alike who want honest, assured and effective products.
What a woman...and a brand.
Friday, 6 February 2009
That's right, my favourite Parisian pâtisserie Ladurée (housed in Harrods and more recently in Burlington Arcade) has launched a beauty line, Ladurée Beauté.
The calorie-free line is something that will make the vintage fans amongst us very happy. Think bath milks, scented bath and body products and traditionally milled soaps. The product above is the Poudre Scintillante, a violet scented powder which will help you feel like you've suddenly stepped back in time.
Is that Edith Piaf I can hear in the background?
Available from Ladurée, Burlington Arcade, London.
It's also my tea of choice when I have my chums round for an afternoon 'sip and bitch' session.
Available from Tesco.
4. Workabililty - There's so much talk in the press of anti-ageing skincare products not actually doing much for your skin but I for one won't be giving up just yet. Anything that feels good, makes my skin soft and velvety, moisturises my parched visage and offers me a good SPF protection cannot be sniffed at. On top of that here's some more science info which will help you decide,
"Inspired by cutting-edge Sirtuin activation technology and anti-glycation science, the new patent-pending treatment is described as a comprehensive anti-ageing skin care product that helps enable skin to both prevent and repair the visible signs of ageing. Sirtuins (also known as “longevity genes”) are vital in helping extend the function and life of cells. Sirtuins are naturally occurring, youth-extending agents found in the skin, which help maintain the healthy equilibrium of cells.
Youth Surge SPF15 Age Decelerating Moisturizer uses a unique-to-Clinique molecule, Isonicotinamide, which is claimed to help reduce the appearance of ageing, optimise natural repair; and restore a youthful look to ageing skin. It is part of a Sirtuin-activating complex that also contains Luteolin and NADH."
Try it for yourself.
I know how he likes to save his pennies on occasion so he'll be pleased to read that this set is reduced by £7 to a very reasonable £22.
A snip for a sweet girl like me.
The Beauty Scoop has 5 Ormonde Jayne candles to give away (worth £36 each).To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer this question:
Which Ormonde Jayne candle scent is perfect to spice up Valentine's Day?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer. All entries to be received before Thursday 12th February.
I know it's the credit crunch and all that but sometimes a girl needs a treat. The Lip Balm from Crème de la Mer is my most recent indulgence and it's providing me with the moisturisation my lips desperately need.
As well as plumping and smoothing my lips it also contains Marine Anti-Freeze Protein (MAP), an essential protein found in arctic marine life that helps keep them from freezing. Here comes the science, "Within The Lip Balm, MAP enhances the lip skin barrier and helps protect lips from even extreme conditions and Mint, which helps to soothe lip discomfort. The addition of Crème de la Mer’s unique mineral complex, helps ensure that the finished formula is constantly working to help protect delicate lip skin."
Couldn't have said it better myself.
T: 0870 034 2566
Thursday, 5 February 2009
The solution - a trip to www.manukalife.com who are purveyors of the best yoga and pilates wear anywhere on the web. Stretchy, comfortable, roomy, fashionable and ethically sourced, I'm looking and feeling good as I go about my new exercise addiction.
Now all I have to do is shift the excess pounds!
Cool, cute and definitely collectable.
£19.56 for 30ml
Available from Superdrug