Friday, 28 January 2011

Bridal Beauty- Getting Your Blusher Right

For your big day a nice natural blush effect is best, you do not need to apply a great deal more than you would normally feel comfortable wearing as at the end of the day you are creating a natural day make-up. Using a light highlighter along with your blusher just above the cheekbone, working towards the brow bone will give a nice subtle glow & will add more definition to your cheek bones. Cream blushers give a nice natural effect & can create a barely there make-up look but still give you a 'flush' of colour on your cheeks. If you decide to opt for this wear a primer underneath & apply to an un-powdered finish then lightly powder afterwards to set, this will make the blusher last longer. If opting for a powder use a large brush & sweepgently across the cheek. For a youthful & natural look, apply blusher to the apples of the cheeks, these are the fleshy part of your cheeks when you smile. Remember that you only need to take the colour up slightly in order to see it in the photos, the flash of the camera can strip some of the colour away, but if you opt for a high quality blusher such as Mac then the pigments will still show through & give you a nice finish for the photos.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

New Spring Season With No17 - Vintage Pastels & Photo Flawless!

17’s new spring ‘Vintage Love’ Limited Edition Collection. With spring on its way, it’s time to banish dark winter shades and embrace the change in season. It is the perfect time to experiment with a fresh, feminine and flirty new look. 17’s new quaint ‘Vintage Love’ Collection is made up of a selection of romantic pastel shades, perfect to give you a soft and subtle spring look, ideal to keep you on trend and capture the whimsical spirit of the new season.
Pastel Perfection
17 Vintage Love Eye Palettes, £5.49, in Metallic Nude and Pretty Pastels - Available from 28th January 2011
You’ll be sure to fall in love with these two new must have ‘Vintage Love’ Eye Palettes designed to make your heart skip a beat and your eyes sparkle. With their beautiful vintage inspired packaging, these muted pastel palettes are going to become must-haves this season. Metallic Nude, a range of sophisticated natural browns and golds will go with any outfit, whereas on-trend Pretty Pastels references the catwalk looks from cult designers such as Preen and Donna Karen. These charming palettes have been designed to wear alone or together to create a gorgeous, fanciful look.

Nail it this season
17 Vintage Love Nail Colours, £2.99
Available from 28th January 2011
Make sure your nails are bang on trend with this beautiful collection of nail polishes. Inject a spring feel to your hands by wiping away those dark winter colours and brighten your nails with an array of sugary dreamy shades perfect to complement this season’s fashion. There’s a pastel to suit all outfits and moods!

“To wear the Pretty Pastels palette in the day, choose two colours like pink and green or pink and brown and blend them together with a soft brush. The texture of this product will brighten your eye and give a gorgeous lift ideal for sunny spring days. To make a transition into night-time add grey on the outer and the bottom lid of your eye, creating a chic and soft smoky look, the luminosity of those colours will give you a very sophisticated finish.”
Finish off both of these looks with a few coats of 17 Photo Flawless Mascara to accentuate the colour of your eyes.”
Vanesa Guallar, 17 make-up artist

Vanesa Guallar, 17 make-up artist Vanesa Guallar, who has over ten years experience in the make-up industry, having trained with some of the finest talent in the world, comments, “These palettes will help you achieve the essential subtle feminine look key this spring season. Perfect to brighten up your make-up after the cold winter, the hint of colours in these palettes will add warmth and glow at the same time.”
“They are fantastic for achieving the perfect day to night look. Use the light colours during the day and for night-time get a soft smoky look with the dark browns or greys.”
“The best way to use the Metallic Nude palette during the day is by blending the gold and the soft brown together on the top of your eyelid creating a classic glowy spring look. For night-time, apply the soft pink from the Pretty Pastels palette on the inner corner of the eye and define your eyebone and bottom lid with the dark brown, creating a soft and elegant smoky eye.”

Be Camera Ready All Day With 17 - New Photo Flawless - Released January 28th
We’ve all looked back at pictures of ourselves wishing for a flawless photo finish complexion like Alexa Chung or dreamt of having stand-out lashes like Cheryl Cole. Now with 17’s fabulous new trio of Photo Flawless Primer, Photo Flawless Foundation and Photo Flawless Mascara you don’t have to be a celebrity to get that photo finished look. Use these new products to help you feel sassy and confident under the lens and you’ll find there really will be no need to detag your photos on Facebook!!

All products are available at
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Monday, 24 January 2011

Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt & top model Jodie Kidd join Marks & Spencer to support BUAV Campaign to End Animal Testing in Europe

Pussycat Doll Kimberley Wyatt and top model Jodie Kidd, along with British actress Jenny Seagrove and designer Meg Matthews, are among the first celebrities to support the BUAV in saying NO to cruel cosmetics. They are joined by companies that do not test their cosmetics on animals, including high street giants Marks & Spencer, male grooming brand Bulldog and Kimberly Wyatt’s new make-up range BM Beauty in supporting BUAV’s campaignto end the sale of cosmetics in the EU that have been cruelly tested on animals.

The EU is due to ban the sale of all new cosmetics and toiletries that have been tested on animals outside the EU from 2013. However, officials are now considering extending this deadline. This is despite massive public opposition to animal tested cosmetics and an existing ban on conducting animal tests for cosmetics inside the EU. The 2013 ban on sales could be delayed for 10 more years during which thousands of animals will be injected, gassed, force-fed and killed for cosmetics on sale in the EU.
Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business at Marks & Spencer stated “We know that animal testing is a significant concern for our customers, and that great products can be manufactured safely without the use of animal tests. All our beauty products carry the BUAV leaping bunny symbol and we fully support the BUAV's campaign to ensure the 2013 deadline is implemented.”

Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt said “My make-up range BM Beauty is approved free from animal testing by BUAV proving that there is no need to test beauty products on animals. Don’t delay the ban on selling cruel beauty products in the EU any longer. Say NO to Cruel Cosmetics.”

Simon Duffy, Co-Founder of Bulldog said: "At Bulldog, we believe that testing cosmetics and toiletries on animals is cruel and unnecessary, which is why our products carry the Leaping Bunny as independently approved by the BUAV. We urge everybody to sign the BUAV's petition and say NO to cruel cosmetics in Europe."

Jenny Seagrove stated: "Testing toiletries and cosmetics on animals is cruel and unnecessary and must be stopped as soon as possible. Please sign the BUAV's No Cruel Cosmetics petition calling on the EU to uphold its ban for 2013 on the sale of these cruel products.”

BUAV runs the internationally recognised scheme that enables consumers to identify and purchase cruelty-free products. In the UK this scheme, the Humane Cosmetic Standard, is identified by the Leaping Bunny Logo. Marks & Spencer, Bulldog and BM Beauty all carry the BUAV Leaping Bunny logo.

Friday, 21 January 2011


Pastel toned makeup is set to be a huge beauty trend this spring and screen icons like Claire Danes and Lea Michelle are already setting the pink standard. . .

For the perfect pink pout, artistic director of myface cosmetics, Kabuki says . . .

“Always outline and fill in the entire lips using a lipliner in a matching colour to your lipstick. If you don't want to sport a full on lipstick effect try applying as a soft stain. Simply pat on lipstick like the myface cosmetics gigabite lipstick in sweet dreams (£9.99, Boots) using your finger for the best result. Dab a tissue to your lips after the first application and then reapply a second time to make the colour last and last".

Newly appointed artistic director of myface cosmetics, Kabuki is the master of high-fashion fantasy and real-world beauty, which has made him a favourite of pop-icons Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani and Madonna as well as Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker. In fact, SJP's signature Sex & The City dewy complexion, soft pink cheeks and glittering eyes were all part of Kabuki's magic.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Company Magazine to be based at Heathrow Terminal 5 this week!

Company magazine, the glossy monthly women’s title published by the National Magazine Company, will this week be editing the March issue of the magazine at Heathrow Terminal 5 – a world first for the magazine industry.

From Monday January 17 to Friday January 21, as part of Company’s ‘Hello World’ campaign, the 30-strong editorial team will be writing the magazine at a relocated Company office in the middle of the Terminal 5 departures space. ‘Hello World’ is a 12-month campaign to encourage, inform and advise young women on all aspects of worldwide travel.

Travellers at Terminal 5 will be able to watch the Company team at work as they create content for the magazine around their ‘Hello World’ campaign, featuring interviews with airline staff, real-life airport fashion spotting, and a 15-page fashion feature shot inside the terminal itself. Also in the issue will be a shoot with Total Wipeout’s globe-trotting presenter Amanda Byram, and the man behind the ‘Gap Yah’ YouTube sensation, Matt Lacey. In addition, the Company fashion team will be executing another ‘first’ for Heathrow, by shooting part of their fashion feature out on the airfield.

Victoria White, Editor, Company magazine, says: “As a world-first, editing a magazine at an airport terminal is something we’re incredibly excited about here at Company. It’s a perfect fit with our Hello World campaign, which will hopefully highlight the benefits of world travel for young women, whether they be students, professionals or just fancy holidaying somewhere different! The logistics of doing an entire 8-page fashion shoot using only liquids less than 100ml will be a challenge, though – we’re going to have to pack carefully!”

Meribeth Parker, Group Publishing Director, Company magazine, says: “Editing an issue of a monthly glossy magazine from inside an airport terminal is typical of Company’s can-do attitude! It’s a brave move by the editorial team to put together fashion shoots, interviews and features amongst the bustle of an international airport, but if anyone can do it, they can.”

Malcolm Robertson of Heathrow says: “We’re delighted to be working with Company in this world first – and to support the magazine’s campaign to encourage more young women to go out and see the world. The office will add a unique and unexpected dimension to the journeys of the five million people expected to fly through Terminal 5 during Company’s residency. Passengers will be able to enjoy the live theatre of watching the Company team putting together the magazine and the chance to potentially appear in one of the UK’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazines.”

For live updates from the Company team at Heathrow, follow

The Global Issue, featuring all the content from Company’s week at Terminal 5, will appear in the March issue, on sale February 12.

Fringe Trend Alert - Sandra Bullock At The Golden Globes


Lee Stafford says . . .
“To recreate this style like Sandra you will need to get a really straight, blunt fringe. When styling, aim a hairdryer with a diffuser sock (to combat frizz), like my Featherlight Stormforce Hairdryer (£49.99) down the hair shaft but don’t move the hair too much as this will create body. If you want a flick, use a round brush and roll into the hair going backwards. Put the heat of the hair dryer on it, then let the round brush cool down a little before you take it out. To finish the look, spritz my light Poker Straight Dehumidifier (£5.71) over hair for a fuss and frizz free fringe with subtle shine.”

If you are desperate to trim your own fringe between trips to the salon it’s important to know that you must cut slowly and UPWARDS into your fringe. simply cutting straight across your fringe will result in a line that will be too blunt and difficult to correct later on

Lee Stafford haircare is available exclusively at Boots nationwide and

Red Carpet Glamour At The Golden Globes - Get The Look!

The most star-studded soiree of the year to date, it was wall-to-wall A-listers at the glittering event and Olivia Wilde did it again. Dressed in a stunning Marchesa gown, with a warm and gently smokey-eye. Le Métier de Beauté’s Mikey Castillo shows us how to get Olivia Wilde’s striking look:

Get the Look -

To create this flawless complexion use Classic Finish Foundation in Shade #7 with Pressed Powder #4 and Traviata Blush/Bronzer to gently highlight.

Use Champagne eye pencil smudged on lid, rimmed inside the water-eyeline and underneath the lower eyelashes to create a soft base. Then layer Spicy Eyeshadow, Corinthian Eyeshadow and Thunder Eyeshadow blended on the eyelid and gently smoked underneath the eye to intensify mystery. Finish off with Presision Eyeliner in Noir on upper lash line, with two coats of Blackish-Brown Anamorphic Mascara.

Eyebrows: A Blend of Fawn and Brunette Eyebrow Pencils

Lips: Create the soft nude lip with a touch of coral with Les Artistes Lip Kaleidoscope Palette with the Nudite Lip Pencil.

Anne Hathaway's look was bang on. Her metallic bronze Armani Privénumber was heavily embellished with Swarovski crystals and fell to the floor. Again Le Métier de Beauté’s Mikey Castillo shows us how to get her Flawless complexion, smokey eye and flattering metallic lip.

Get the Look -

Prep the skin with Peau Vierge anti-aging Complexe to give a luminous glow to the skin. Use classic flawless finish foundation to even out the skin and finish with flawless finish concealer in No2 around the eye area to brighten and conceal. Finally layer Sunkissed bronzer and whisper blush used to sculpt the cheek with warmth and glow and create the perfect complexion.

To create the soft smokey eye use dualistic eye pencil in Tamarac to create a natural base and rim the water line. Layer sequoia, taramac, milan and peachy keen using the signature couches de coleur technique to give depth and elegance and create the perfect smokey eye. Finally use the Precision liquid liner in noir on the upper lash line to define the eye area with two coats of Midnight blue anamorphic lash mascara for an elegant and deep gloss effect.

To create this gentle metallic lip, first define the lips with nudite pencil and then fill the lips with metallic crème fraise gloss for a gentle sheen.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Cat Deeley At People's Choice Awards - Get The look!

Celebrity Stylist, Danilo, shows you how to get Cat Deeley’s ‘Lady Like’ Curls from the 2011 People’s Choice Awards, LA

Celebrity Stylist, Danilo’s, Step by Step Guide to Get the Look -

Step 1:
This look demands lightness and bounce so wash and condition hair with Pantene Pro-V Colour Protect & Volume Shampoo and Conditioner to give hair body from the start.

Step 2:
Part your hair in the middle and apply a heat protection spray for added nourishment. Then blow-dry, using a large, round brush, drying hair away from the face to achieve a little root lift.

Step 3
Set hair by using large-sized curling tongs, pin in place and leave to completely cool for 5 – 10 minutes. Then gently release to reveal gorgeous curls.

Step 4:
To finish the look, brush out gently to achieve more of a natural wave and apply Pantene Pro-V Colour Protect Nourishing Shine Spray to add gloss and give hair that red carpet touch.

· Pantene Pro-V Colour Protect & Volume Shampoo, RRP. £2.19 (250ml), £3.69 (500ml)
· Pantene Pro-V Colour Protect & Volume Conditioner, RRP. £2.19 (200ml), £3.69 (400ml)
· Pantene Pro-V Colour Protect Colour Seal Concentrate, RRP. £3.99 (58ml)
· Pantene Pro-V Colour Protect Instant Nourishing Shine Spray, RRP. £3.99 (150ml)

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

New Season's Colour Trend For Nails With Myface Cosmetics.


Finding it hard to justify £17 on a nail polish, it’s the Lil’ things that help you save the most. myface cosmetics have a budget alternative in metallic, shimmering black to fulfil the trend fix. Oh and the best bit? Lil’ Bling in Black Ice is priced at a wallet friendly £5.99.

Lil’ Bling in Black Ice dries quickly and is easy to apply, so you can reinvent your look on the go – without breaking the bank. Nails look professionally painted and no one need know that you didn’t really spend the £17 to create what’s set to be the most coveted colour trend . . . !

Monday, 10 January 2011

Victoria Beckham's Happy Baby News & The New Vogue Front Cover!

All over the news today of course is Victoria Beckham announcing her fourth pregnancy via twitter yesterday, a due date hasn't been confirmed as yet but her people have said the baby is expected this summer. Excited mum of 3 wrote back on twitter to thank her fans today for all their good luck wishes 'Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful messages!!! We are all so happy and very excited!!!!!!x vb x'.
The announcement coincides with Victoria's Vogue front cover this month, her exclusive interview with them includes a rather coy answer on the baby issue "Maybe one day another baby but at this stage I think the chances of a girl are quite slim"
Anyway the cover shot as always is stunning & takes on a very natural make-up look, with her signature smokey eyes gone, replaced with a lick of golden/bronze shadow with nude tones & subtle eyeliner. Could this be a new 2011 look for the soon to mum of four!?

Taylor Swift At The People's Choice Awards 2011 - Get The Look!

Loving Taylor swifts' look at the People's Choice Awards last week, a great way to kick off the awards season this year, you can't beat beautiful vibrant lip colour on the red carpet, definitely true hollywood glamour!
Opting for a J. Mendel 2011 peach pleated cocktail dress with Prada shoes, her look is perfect for the new season & matching her lip colour with the peach could have been a little risky but I think the shade works perfectly creating a stunning statement look! The basics to getting this look is choosing the right shade of red (which can be tricky!), usually for somebody with Taylor's fair complexion you would go with a 'blue-toned' red to compliment the skin tone but as she is wearing this gorgeous warm peach dress then her make-up artists has opted for a warmer orange tone to compliment her full ensemble. It works well though with a little peach blush & subtle bronzer her complexion looks radiant! With the eyes, the liner is focused mainly on the top lash line with black liquid liner, then matched with a softer brown underneath, still dramatic but not over powering with the lip colour.

Main items to grab to create this is the red lippy, try Lip Stick Queen's Sinners-Opaque Lipstick in Red, it has a warm soft orange tone through it & to create that beautiful warm complexion on even the fairest of skin tones try Bobbi Brown's Nectar Shimmer Brick with soft coral & peach shades.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

New Year Quick Fix Detox Kicks!

The annual New Year Detox ritual is here, but with so many treatments and so little time, how is a girl to choose? To find the right one to suit you we’ve rounded up a handful of the hottest spa trends and latest innovations in detox from spa guru From magical machines to heated tiger clam shells, these are sure-fire ways to kick-start your New Year cleanse and get you back on track…..quickly!


1) Hydrocolonic treatment at hydrohealing (from £80) – Detox and cleanse with a hydrocolonic treatment at hydrohealing - experts in preventative health solutions and colonic hydrotherapy in Notting Hill. You will be left feeling refreshed and revived after the treatment which exercises, tones and rinses the bowel, aiding the removal of build-up waste and detoxifying the region. Ideal for treating toxic overload and IBS. Hydrohealing also has a variety of Urban Detox programmes to suit a multitude of modern demands, with one day detoxes kick-starting with colonic hydrotherapy and tailored meals, as well as 3, 5 and 7 day options for optimum results.

2) Inch Loss Trial Session at London Beauty and Tanning (£10 - 50% off) – Rid yourself of those pesky pounds with the Inch Loss Trial at London Beauty and Tanning – an inch loss system that instantly firms and tones in only 17 minutes! Not a single sit up is required; the Arasys machine does all the work for you, stimulating your muscles and providing the same benefits as a strenuous workout. Toned stomach, thighs, hips, buttocks and waist at no effort! Where do we sign?

3) Lava Shells Tummy Massage (from £50) – using recycled, polished tiger clam shells from the Philippines that heat internally thanks to a sachet of dried sea kelp and algae, this variation of the lava shells body massage that focuses on the stomach will leave you less bloated, acting as a natural colonic cleanse in helping to move uncomfortable build ups in the digestive system. Handily available nationwide.


3 day Juice Detox programme at NOSH (from £102.50 - 20% off) – Have your detox delivered direct to your door with the NOSH detoxification juice programme. Consisting of 4 bottles of crushed, blended pure fruit and vegetables daily, and 2 litres of juice per day, the three day detox is designed to reduce nausea and release toxins effortlessly. Not only will the NOSH juice detox programme having you looking fresh and healthy, but you will receive a 20% discount when booking through Wahanda!