Lolly Brights Collection by Butter LONDON

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FAST GLAMOUR Watch out for these super hot, tropical bright & high shine lips and nails (plus eye pencils too) from the new Butter London Lolly Brights summer ’14 collection: easy wear go sheer for day on the beach or in the city, then layer up for a bolder, more opaque finish over cocktails.

Butter London Lippy Lip Gloss, £15 each, three shades; Nail Lacquer, £12 each, six shades; Wink Eye Pencil, £14 each three shades – all out in UK in June at www.butterlondon.co.uk

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Devilishly beautiful: Angelina Jolie in MAC Cosmetics Maleficient Disney collection

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We haven’t seen Angelina Jolie in a role like this – EVER! Devilishly beautiful as Maleficient - Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty” – with cheekbones to die for (using MAC Sculpting Powder in Sculpt, a soft matte taupe with a touch of MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Bright Forecast on the very top of the cheekbones); a nod to an A/W14 inspired super defined thick black eye line (using MAC Penultimate Eye Liner in Rapidblack); and the prerequisite red lip as worn by every siren and seductress throughout history (using MAC PRO Longwear Lipglass in Anthurium, as shown, worn either as a matte stain or super gloss). This limited edition collection also includes a four Maleficient colour eyeshadow palette, as shown, red nails and false lashes too. Out May in Selfridges & selfridges.com – sign up now online at maccosmetics.co.uk to be one of the first to shop the look! Oh I’m feeling kinda naughty!

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BODY SHAPING UP? LOOK WHY I’VE NOT BEEN AROUND!

Apologies to all new and existing readers of my blog! I generally prefer more beautiful imagery on my blog – but …

It’s been a ghastly six weeks after trialling a body firming fat reduction treatment called Vanquish by BTL Aesthetics, for a magazine article, that left significant blisters on my abdomen that are only now, after six weeks and a course of antibiotics, beginning to heal. So, here is a taster of the damage done 24 hours after the treatment was carried out: believe me I do not bare my pale Celtic tummy lightly! Forewarned is forearmed!

SEE HERE THE RESULT OF BURNS FROM THIS VANQUISH BODY TREATMENT BY BTL AESTHETICS

SEE HERE THE RESULT OF BURNS FROM THIS VANQUISH BODY TREATMENT BY BTL AESTHETICS

 

WATCH OUT FOR THE FULL STORY IN A FUTURE POST - PLEASE BE AWARE: THERE WAS NO MEDICAL SUPERVISION AT THE HIGHLY REPUTABLE SALON WHERE I WAS TESTING OUT THIS TREATMENT AS A JOURNALIST FOR POTENTIAL REVIEW.  THIS KIND OF SUPPOSEDLY ‘NON-INVASIVE’ TREATMENT, (ALONG WITH LASERS AND MANY OTHER BEAUTY TREATMENTS) SHOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ANY BEAUTY SALON WITHOUT MEDICAL STAFF ON THE PREMISES. IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED ANYTHING I WOULD DEARLY LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU. THE UK MUST FIGHT HARDER FOR STRICT LEGISLATION – IF A READER HAD PAID FOR VANQUISH AFTER MY RECOMMENDATION IN AN ARTICLE I WOULD NEVER HAVE FORGIVEN MYSELF. I SINCERELY CARE ABOUT EVERYTHING I REVIEW & RECOMMEND IN THE PAGES I WRITE, WHETHER IN PRINT OR ONLINE AND NO PAYMENT IS RECEIVED.

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ALICIA KEYS IS THE LATEST FACE OF PARFUMS Givenchy

Alicia KeysMulti-Grammy award-winner Alicia Keys, super singer/songwriter and a powerful presence in the philanthropic global fight to cure HIV and AIDS, is to follow along the line of celebrity beauties for Parfum Givenchy including Amanda Seyfreid (Very Irresistible) and Liv Tyler. “Givenchy has long been one of the world’s most iconic luxury fashion houses, and a personal favourite of mine,” says Alicia. “To be a part of their prestige and elegance is a thrilling moment. I’m honoured to introduce the world to the newest scent by Givenchy” Out September – more to follow!

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Love These Lippies! Barry M Cosmetics ‘Loud Mouth’

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LASTING LIPPIES…

Intense, majorly pigmented and uber long-lasting, I love every one of these new Loud Mouth Extreme Lip Colours by Barry M – and just £3.99 each!

Out in June – perfect for summer, super lasting & a tiny blob goes a long way; wear them as they are, applied just with your fingertips, or blend together with a brush to create more shades.

My fave colour? Am totally torn between Tell-Tale (bottom right) – your perfect nude lip; and Screamer (top right) a vibrant coral.

PSST!…I even popped the residue from my fingers onto my cheeks! Sssh! ;-)

 

 

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Teen Queen Beauty

 

My teen daughters having a facial selfie together xx

My teen daughters having a facial selfie together xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confused about what skincare best suits your teen? From my experience it’s as hard for our kids as it is for us to find a regime we truly suit day in – day out. My advice?

Take it easy. Pure, young skin needs very little to keep it looking its best – even if or when hormonally challenged.

+ CLEAN IT Go for the simplest cleansers – low on sulphates (such as SLS) that often strip delicate skin too much. Once the balance of your skin’s natural protective oil barrier is disrupted through harsh cleansing (very typical in oily, blackhead prone teens – AND adults alike) then angry spots, redness and patchy dryness may well become more of an issue than if you simply cleanse once a day, just in the evening to rid the skin of the day’s grime. Choose cleansers by Elemis FreshSkin (the only facial wipes I ever give to Liv to use), Balance Me and Emma Hardie if prone to redness; or if spotty, try Philosophy, Clinique and Dr Nick Lowe.

+ TREAT IT For a skin clearing treatment: a clay mask is a natural skin purifier that gently but effectively draws out dirt from blocked pores and helps to clear blackheads. Favourites as used by my youngest Phoebe, are Korres Cinnamon & Natural Clay Deep Cleansing Mask super cooling mask that takes just 5 minutes; or Ole Henriksen Blemish Attack Purifying Mask with oil controlling salicylic acid to clear pores and help control breakouts. But do give it time as it needs to stay on your skin for up to 30 minutes.  

+ SOOTHE IT Always great to have on hand to calm redness, any mild irritation or even a minor rash is Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Calming Mist, with refreshing cucumber and soothing chamomile. And time after time, I always trust Clarins Skin Beauty Repair Concentrate, rich in balancing soothing lavender oil, which I have always treated all of my children with the pure essential oil whenever they had a cut knee; or 4 drops as a soothing bath additive at the end of a day with nothing else in the water.  Equally, dilute a small basin of warm water with 2 drops of lavender oil and one drop of chamomile oil, and use with a clean muslin as a calming, soothing face compress.

 

 

 

 

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Looks Like Summer!

imageI’m sitting in the garden right now & it’s so beautifully hot it feels like summer! Even more so as my arms and legs are super sun- kissed – coated in self tan bronzers and all things gleaming!

So here is my new little collection of sunshine beauty – especially for those days when we least expect it! Now we can all be prepared!!!

For the body: bare legs and arms and a tantalising cleavage? Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector is a fabulous, non-transfer wash off cream you buff in (quickly with a mitt) and it just stays in place, leaving skin looking incredibly soft and beautiful until you wash it off! While the same must be said for the incredible Calze Spray ‘Spray on Tight’ by Diego Dalla Palma, a spray on tinted body foundation that gives amazing cover to veins and blotchy skin, while making you look quite beautifully tinted and glowy – my new body must-have & I am no big selfie-tan fan!

For the face: Lancôme SPF50 Soleil Bronzer Sun BB Cream is like your ultimate flawless, tinted, complexion perfector! And believe me, I am Mrs Pasty – but today I am a sun goddess in this! Apply with fingers for a divine sun-kissed look, you can also apply throughout the day – unlike when you’re wearing such a high SPF under a foundation – it’s almost impossible to reapply sunscreen in the day! Alternatively, try mixing a little Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster in the palm of your hand with a blob of your face cream! Every day for 3-4 days, this builds up to such a pretty golden tan that looks very natural. Next, contour cheekbones and make them pop with a bit of this sheer shaping Bronzing Skin Perfector by Becca. Just sweep with a foundation brush or fingertips, under the cheekbones and up into the hairline at the temples – think Raquel Welch meets Gisele. I find pursing my lips as I go really highlights where my cheekbones are!

Finish With: A tantalising spritz of Autograph Shimmer Bronzing Dust will add a gleam to the collarbone, length of the arms and along the skins; then two coats of the must-have orange coral for 2014: Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Mirabella – perfect with a tan!

Gotta go! The sun’s still out – come join me!

 

 

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Oscar 14 Hair: a side parting & quick tong…

photo[1]…matched with a nude lip and a smoky defined eye: the best award-winning Red Carpet look for  2014…goes to (from top left) Olivia Wilde, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett (Best Actress) and Julia Roberts

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All Matte at Marc Jacobs AW’14 by Francois Nars

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“The makeup look was really inspired by the collection, which is very MATTE,” says Francois Nars. “The models look like mannequins. There’s nothing too silky and I wanted that to translate to the makeup: the eyelid is a pale neutral grey and we made it look bigger by foregoing mascara. The lips have a touch of frosted metallic silver. We used a lot of powder for a matte, porcelain finish.”

HELLO CHEEKBONES!

FACE: Francois used,

 EYES: Francois used,

LIPS: Francois used,

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Is This The Ultimate Lipstick for Valentine’s Day? YES!

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“We’ve put the ‘stick’ back into lipstick

So says Anne Carullo, Estee Lauder’s Senior Vice President of Global Product Development about Lauder’s fabulous new Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick – my “hot handbag favourite” that has the power of a lip crayon – i.e. long-lasting and richly pigmented - but the tenderness of a creamy lipstick.

Housed in the first new lipstick case by Lauder in 22 years, it was the brilliant Jane Lauder (who is key behind the revival of much in Estee Lauder these days) who insisted that the classic ridged gold packaging had to go. ”When you think about cosmetics, the icon of beauty is the lipstick,” says Anne. “It’s all due to the emotional component: you always have an early memory of lipstick whether it’s of your aunt, your mother… for me it was a wedding photo of my mother’s reflection in which she was doing her lipstick in a mirror.”

“Lipsticks are very complicated,” says Anne, “and not as easy as people might think to create. We did a blindfolded ‘sensorial’ – to find out what women around the world really think about lipstick. From Paris to Italy, Spain, Korea, Japan, China, we took many existing formulations, and it was interesting to see how even huge best-sellers with iconic intials embossed in the product were found to be drying and not that nice once no name was revealed. It highlighted what branding really can do to hype the quality of a product. We found what we know intuitively about what women want from their lipstick They want it to last, to feel good on their lips and they want a nice lustre. Not a big surprise – you might say, but the ones selling millions weren’t any of these things…”

Lipstick is an emotional thing – it matters! Only look at how vital lipstick becomes to any woman undergoing surgery or chemotherapy, or anything that affects their self-esteem and mindful wellbeing. It matters to our inner psyche to feel prettier – and lipstick is the fastest way (well mascara too – but another day).  ”Lipstick is a ritual,” says Anne. “It dates back to the Egyptian times when women tattooed their lips to attract men in certain tribes by staining their lips with blackberry juice, to be more attractive and sensual.

“a mouth that is billowing and full figured is more attractive than a mouth that is not.” (Survival of the Prettiest by Nancy Etcoff  www.amazon.co.uk)

Lipstick is  designed to do something that goes beyond fashion: it finishes the way you look. ”It’s more emotive than we give it credit,” says Anne. “The concept of creating a lipstick that has a sensual, seductive component was how we started developing Pure Color Envy, and designed it from the idea of sculpting, so we are able to chisel, sculpt and curve the lips as we apply, so they can look more full and voluptuous.” The way to do that was by formula development: most lipsticks today are wax-free and gel-based. “The implication is that the lipstick is going to be softer and creamier, which if it is they then tend to break and crumble on impact; and while the creamier is great, these lipsticks then don’t wear well. You can’t have everything! And then one of our brilliant chemists said ‘why don’t we ‘fuse’ some of our modern day technologies in pigments and coatings with old school wax development. (Lipsticks of the past were hard and matte but the structure was like a brick house) So we want a lipstick, like a crayon, that strong so I can draw with it – and hence we put the stick back in lipstick“.

And so then Anne & I proceeded to draw lips all over our arms in pinks and reds and oranges – and I walked away wearing a Pure Color Envy lip – even in a neutral shade – that just wears how you want a lipstick to wear – comfortably & immaculately – for hours on end!

AND IN TERMS OF COLOURS? “There’s no shine! Shine is an illusion: you don’t usually get colour & staying power with shine. We took the colour pigment (usually round to give full colour effect) and we cut it so that when the light hits it, much like a diamond, it reflects shiny as an illusion but it really isn’t.”

YET IT’S NOT DRYING? “Taking from our skincare expertise, we took hyaluronic acid (the skin’s natural moisture molecule) and encapsulated it to keep it feeling soft all day long, every time the another molecule breaks on your lips – all day long and as often as you apply.

So – they don’t transfer, the colour stays solid and stays put so you get the wear you want, in the texture you want, in vibrant colours thanks to new synthetic waxes that replicate traditional waxes that were yellow.

SUPER HOT VALENTINE TIP!! 

Try THIS! Anne Carullo, had me in hysterics as we practised!

“Put on a beautiful shade of red lipstick, and when you’re sitting across the bar and glance at someone you find attractive, you should whisper to yourself the word ‘vacuum cleaner’. The way it makes your lips look is so seductive!” but it has to be red, obviously. Make mine Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Envious www.esteelauder.co.uk

TOP TIP I love neutral lipsticks, but Anne recommends “these may make the bottom of your face look like its erased, which is fine if that’s the look you’re after – and as long as you work up your eyes to suit.” Check out my nude favourite Intense Nude

“Lip colour is the one transformative thing you can do for yourself that’s not going to make or break anything, coz you can just wipe it off, right? It’s different from eye make-up. I do think that it needs to change as we get older, many of us stay with the things we did 10 years sgo but lipstick is easy. It’s just something to play with and have fun.” And if it’s not right wipe – or kiss it off! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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