Friday, 27 August 2010

Summer Fresh - Philosophy Wild Blackberry Blossom Shower Gel

Philosophy have captured the essence of fresh, fragrant wild blackberry blossoms and infused it into two indulgent treats for your body and soul. wild blackberry blossom body lotion is formulated with multiple moisturizing agents, including shea butter, to hydrate and soften skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth to the touch. the lightweight, extra fluffy formula melts easily into skin, while sending your senses into blackberry.
wild blackberry blossom shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath is philosophy's pick for the perfect jumpstart to your day. experience bushels of fun as you lather and enjoy the sweet and tart, blackberry-licious scent
Philosophy’s wild blackberry blossom shower gel is £13.00 and the body lotion is £19.75

Thursday, 26 August 2010

St Tropez Summer Skin SOS

So your summer holiday is over but that doesn’t mean your tan has to be too. Follow these easy top tips from St Tropez tanning expert Tammy Baker to ensure that your tan lasts just as long as your holiday memories…

Once you have returned from your holiday it’s natural to want to make your sun tan last as long as possible so for an immediate colour boost use the St Tropez Tan Intensifier. This unique lotion is infused with rich Mediterranean oils, antioxidant vitamin E, and a specialist mix of tanners to help prolong a golden radiance and finish the skin for maximum impact. This is a hydrating gel based product glides over the skin to provide an instant boost which will then develop over 4-12 hours. Apply Tan Intensifier every 2-3 days when you need that extra boost of colour to make your holiday tan last as long as possible.

To achieve an all year round glow that can rival your holiday tan Tammy suggests using St Tropez Bronzing Mousse ‘my favourite product is Self Tan Bronzing Mousse because it is very quick and easy to apply with the Tan Applicator Mitt and it dries in 60 seconds meaning you can get dressed straight away. The guide colour will provide you with an instantly gorgeous natural tan which develops over 4-12 hours. The tan lasts 3-5 days and is easy to top up when necessary’

For those who prefer a hint of colour on their skin Tammy recommends using Gradual Tan Mousse.

‘Just like Self Tan Bronzing Mousse this is very quick and easy to apply with the Tan Applicator Mitt and it dies in 60 seconds. There is no guide colour this time but you can see from the sheen of the product where you have applied it. This will develop into a natural tan which will provide a subtle boost. You can apply Gradual Tan Mousse anytime you feel you need a colour boost. Allow to develop between 4-12 hours for the best results’

If you maintain your tan correctly you can achieve a healthy glow all year round without anyone even realising you are using a self tan product. ‘ After care is essential for Self Tan maintenance. Use St Tropez Body Polish every 2-3 days. This will gently buff the skin and ensure the tan fades more evenly and revive your skin. Use St Tropez Body Moisturiser or Body Butter daily to keep the skin beautifully hydrated and make the tan last longer. If your skin is dry and dehydrated your tan will fade faster and become uneven’

Friday, 20 August 2010

Fearne Cotton's New Make-Up Range For Boots

Get in the Christmas mood with Boots brand-new make-up range designed by Fashion Queen Fearne!

Just in time for the festive season, Fearne Cotton has designed her first and only make-up range exclusively for Boots. The 17-product range reflects Fearne’s versatile and unique style and will make the perfect gift for every girl who loves to experiment with make-up.

Whether you prefer glamming it up with false lashes and shimmer or toning it down with a slick of mascara and nude lips, Fearne’s range has colours to suit everyone. Fearne was heavily involved in all aspects of the design process from start to finish, creating gorgeous packaging, textures and a colour palette for the range that is both glamorous and fun.

Be Mistletoe Prepared!
With the Christmas party season in full swing, give the gift of a perfectly rouged pout just like Fearne’s. Try It’s All About Vamp Red Lips, £10 which includes red lipstick, lip pencil and lip-gloss, for full on impact or more subtley tinted lips.

100% Festive Fabulous
If you want to splash out on a special someone (or yourself!), the Fearne Favourites Hat Box, £40 includes all the Christmas make-up essentials such as four mini lip-glosses, mascara, powder puff, a stunning tonal eye palette and much more.

For the perfect party look, Fearne believes you should “Mix modern and vintage looks, like smoky eyes with a sparkly lip gloss”. Whichever pieces from the range you chose, the beautifully designed floral and animal print packaging makes Fearne’s make-up range the ideal gift.

Fearne added “Creating this range has completed a childhood dream. Make-up has played a big part in my life; from glamming up to gothing up, covering tears and getting ready for a big TV show - I couldn’t live without it. It’s been magical creating my dream line of make-up packaged to include my love of vintage, skulls and tattoos in a delicate way. I hope everyone loves it!”

The full range is available in-store from the end of September, and all products in the range are available as part of the Boots Christmas 3 for 2 offer.

Make-Up Brushes - Steal Vs Spree!

Cosmopolitan TM Perfect Finish Powder Brush (RRP £5.95) OR M.A.C TM 150 Large Powder Brush (RRP £30)
Application perfection is just a sweep away with Cosmopolitan’sTM fabulous new and improved powder brush.
Keep your make-up looking fresh all day long with this desirable, ultra soft brush, suitable for all types of powder. Its beautifully soft bristles are made with natural hair, helping you to achieve a truly flawless finish. Created by a team of beauty experts from the world’s number one glossy magazine, Cosmopolitan’s Perfect Finish Powder Brush is a must have for every make-up bag!

With designer doubles like this, why pay five times the price?

The Cosmopolitan™ Beauty Accessories range includes 21 products covering make-up brushes, false nails, make-up sponges and beauty essentials. Stockists: Superdrug, Tesco and Debenhams. For more information visit

Monday, 16 August 2010

NARS Behind The Scenes Fashion Week Videos!

Go backstage with NARS Cosmetics and witness the excitement of putting together a show at Fashion Week. Interviews with designers, including Phillip Lim and Thakoon Panichgul, bring to life the decadence and creativity reflected in the makeup looks created by lead artists.
From the first touch of concealer to the last step off the catwalk, NARS brings you up close to the fun, frenzy and frills of New York Fashion Week. Visit their your tube channel Nars Media

Lead Artist: François Nars, Founder & Creative Director, for NARS Cosmetics

Key Products Used:
NARS Enchanted Cream Blush, NARS D. Gorgeous Eyeshadow, NARS Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo, NARS Black Moon Eyeliner Pencil, NARS Barbarella Lipstick.

"This look is what you would see on a girl from the East Village or St. Germain des Pres-an existentialist with a modern twist," said François Nars (Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics) whose application technique included using his fingers to achieve the faded effect. "These girls are sexy and cool. Their makeup looks dirty and worn out as if it has been on all night but still translates beautifully on the runway."
Check out the video here - Here

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Cheryl Cole Make-Up Tips

Check out this cute video, it's basically an overview on a recent book that has been published in honour of the nation's sweet heart, none other than delectable Cheryl Cole! A must see to pick up some fab make-up & beauty tips!

Being Cheryl
Discover all the secrets behind being the nation’s sweetheart
Learn Cheryl’s fashion and beauty secrets, where she holidays and shops, how she mentors, what she does behind closed doors, how she stays in shape and whom she admires in this lavishly illustrated and unique book.

Beauty Brand Pixi To Launch In Boots

Recent news to be announced is that boutique beauty brand Pixi will be launching in 20 nationwide boots stores throughout the UK.
This new partnership is part of the brand’s strategy to strengthen their presence in the UK. It is a very exciting addition to their existing stockists, Fouberts Place, and and really puts them on the map as an authorative make-up brand!
Pixi originally launched 10 years ago in London’s Soho by Petra Strand; Pixi has grown significantly over the last 10 years and are now in a proud position for expansion and growth. The creative force behind Pixi, is Swedish make-up artist Petra Strand, who has over 20 years of makeup artistry experience.
Pixi says themselves - "Boots is the perfect partner for Pixi; it is an innovative retailer that is inclusive to all. We have launched in 20 key Boots stores with a “boutique collection” of the best-of the best from Pixi. With this nationwide distribution we will have the UK looking rested and glowing in no time!"

Get Pixi Gorgeous with these make up essentials!

Wake Up Kit: This kit is the fantastic value compact that celebrates 10 years of Pixi, it encapsulates the best sellers for eyes, cheeks & lips with fantastic skin treating ingredients: Vitamin E, Aloe Vera & jojoba Price:£26.00

Eye Beauty kit: A compact of 8 perfectly toning shades with a mini double ended brush, these kits are perfect for the “Make up to Wake up” look- eyes look brighter and revitalised shadows contain: Aloe Vera & Vitamin E Price: £18.00

Rose Lip Treat: A nourishing tinted balm that has a subtle colour pay off, treats lips with a slick of moisture and a natural finish that perfects any pout. Contains: Aloe Vera, Pure rose extract and Vitamin E.
Price: £10.00

Available in the following stores -

London: Oxford Street, Kensington High Street, Piccadilly & Brent Cross
South: Brighton, Bluewater, Southampton, Reading Midlands: Leicester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes
North: Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds, Stockport Wales: Cardiff, Northern Ireland: Sprucefield,
Scotland: Glasgow

Friday, 6 August 2010

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick and A/W2010 Trends

The NARS Pure Matte campaign, photographed by Creative Director and Founder François Nars, features Canadian model Heather Marks. Under Nars’s direction, makeup artist Diane Kendal designed a makeup look that emphasized a bold and matte lip. The end result is audacious, sultry and sophisticated.

Kendal began by applying Siberia Sheer Matte Foundation to the center of the face and blended outward. Vanilla Concealer masked imperfections. Snow Loose Powder was pressed into skin and the Botan Brush buffed away excess powder. Using the Yachiyo Brush, she applied Desire Blush to the apples of the cheeks and blended up towards the temples. For the eyes, Abyssinia Single Eyeshadow was brushed onto the lids with the Eyeshader Brush, followed by Blondie Single Eyeshadow into the crease with the Large Dome Brush to achieve depth. The inner corners were highlighted with the left side of All About Eve Duo Eyeshadow using the Eye Contour Brush. Iceberg Eyeliner Pencil lined the inner membrane of the lower lash line and Nuits Blanches Eyeliner Stylo created an impactful upper lash line. Brows were defined by applying Blondie Single Eyeshadow with the Brow Brush. To complete the look, two coats of Larger than Life Lengthening Mascara were applied to the lashes. Jungle Red Lipliner Pencil was used to define the shape of the lips.
To create the luscious matte hue, Vesuvio Pure Matte Lipstick was swiped directly onto the lips.
Over 15 years ago, François Nars created a collection of 12 perfectly edited lipsticks. Since then, the brand has created many iconic products; however, Nars’s passion for lipstick never wavered. Introducing Pure Matte – the newest
addition to the NARS lip category. This innovative, matte lipstick has intense, stay-true color, so lips look lush and vibrant. This exquisitely blended formula strikes the perfect harmony between optimal color, an ultra-matte finish and a hydrating lip treatment.
Pure Matte’s luxuriously rich texture glides on effortlessly, without drag, cakiness or resistance. Defying the traditional challenge of long-wearing lipsticks, it won’t dry out lips. Rich in antioxidants, including Vitamin E and Acai Oil, Pure Matte nourishes and conditions lips. Wild Mango Butter’s advanced moisturizing properties work to repair lips from dryness and scaling, leaving lips feeling supple and soft. Six deeply pigmented colors go on soft and creamy for an audacious pout: Volga (Deep Aubergine), Bangkok (Soft Rose), Tonkin (Cinnamon Plum), Terre De Feu (Black Cherry), Tashkent (Nude Beige),
Vesuvio (Full Bodied Red). Each shade takes only one swipe to build the perfect kissable opacity.
Pure Matte is distinguished by a soft-touch, modern, sleek slim stick component, delivering convenient application. When used alone or with other NARS lip products, it provides a high-drama payoff. Apply directly to lips or with the Retractable Lip Brush.
Pure Matte Lipstick - £18 Available in Six Shades
AVAILABLE September 1, 2010 at Selfridges


For years, those of us with sensitive skin have had little choice when it comes to fragranced bathing products. The majority of mainstream sensitive skin products have avoided fragrances all together, providing less of a pampering experience. So where’s the treat in that?
Imperial Leather believes that people with sensitive skin deserve to get the same result from their beauty products as everyone else. This Spring, the brand launched SkinKind, a new hypoallergenic range. Developed in conjunction with its own in-house fragrance experts, SkinKind is specifically designed to provide a fragranced yet allergen free option for the most sensitive of skins.
The new formulation provides a balanced cleanser that is in tune with your skin and doesn’t strip or harm it with harsh chemicals. The range also contains natural moisturising ingredients giving you soft, smooth, skin from every wash. Dermatologically approved, the SkinKind family of products includes shower body washes and bath creams for both men and women.
Caroline Reynolds, senior brand manager for Imperial Leather explains: “We want to offer anyone with sensitive skin the opportunity to have an enjoyable fragrant shower without the fear of irritation.
“Traditionally there has not been much choice in the mainstream market and sufferers have been frustrated and had to make do with fragrance free products. There was no relaxing sense of luxury when it came to products for sensitive skin.
“At Imperial Leather, fine fragrance is a unique and essential component in the development of all our products. The new SkinKind range is no different and the allergen free fragrance is a fundamental ingredient that exudes luxury. A product for sensitive skin that smells good.”
The SkinKind range is made with light, natural moisturising ingredients and allergen free fragrances* to enable those with sensitive skin to indulge freely, knowing that their skin is clean, healthy and cared for.
The SkinKind range of products includes two Body Washes for women; hydrate, a creamy luxurious wash with cotton extract and oat milk and refresh, a light invigorating wash made using cucumber and aloe vera. The hair and body wash variant developed especially for men is restore with ingredients including vitamin b5 and marine extracts. The range is priced at £1.80 and will be available at all good supermarkets.

ARK Skincare - Nude Is The New Black

This year, a key A/W beauty trend is MINAMILISM; stripped back beauty is en vogue and due to be a big hit! While natural nudes made big news at London Fashion Week, it’s not just the catwalk models that are going back to basics!
ARK Age Aware Skincare has launched a remove pre-skin cleanse to really destroy the dirt, leaving you bare-faced and beautiful! The multi-fruit lipid blend gently yet efficiently removes make-up, daily debris and excess sebum whilst softening and nourishing the skin. The pre-skin cleanse also reduces dryness with deep moisturisation, preparing the surface for cleansing using high-potency active ingredients including:

- Fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and 9
- Antibacterial Margosa Leaf
- Zi Cao – An Ayurvedic herb to soothe sensitive skin

ARK Age Aware Skincare is a British beauty brand that introduces a revolutionary way to look at your skin with its innovative formulas and supplements appropriate to your age rather than skin type. Shula Starkey, skincare expert and founder of ARK says:

“If you don’t cleanse, you haven’t got clean skin which allows the build up of bacteria, resulting in skin break outs. What’s more, if you don’t cleanse properly or thoroughly this can often be the start of any future skin problems. Cleanse and moisturise at the very least, but I would recommend also using a pre-cleanse oil to take off surface debris before continuing with the rest of your skincare routine.”

Apply ARK remove pre-skin cleanse with dry hands on to dry skin before cleansing. Massage in gently all over the face before adding water to form a thin liquid emulsion. Continue massaging, and then rise off with warm water.
ARK remove pre-skin cleanse 125ml - £22.75
Ark has an ever-growing celebrity fan base including Dannii Minogue, Nikki Chapman and Katie Melua.