Selasa, 30 November 2010

Omorovicza Copper Peel Review



This two phase mineral laden mask is extremely impressive for making your skin look and feel ultra-soft. You start with the blue tube, rich in copper which is known to help support collagen and elastin in the skin, and using circular motions with your fingers rub it over your face. It goes from being fairly fluid to a stiffer consistency, which you then leave for two minutes. Once your time is up, you add the clear tube (actually I only used half a tube of each and it was more than adequate) which contains lactic acid activator. Again, you rub in circular motions over the copper mix - it foams slightly. After the two minutes is up - and you may feels some slight prickling as the deep exfoliation occurs - you simply rinse away. Once patted dry, my skin felt so soft - kind of post-facial soft, when someone's been massaging your face with oils for an hour - it looked glowy and smooth, and didn't feel at all dry; in fact, it felt beautifully hydrated. At £80 a pack, this works out at about £10 per go (if you use half a tube of each per go) so it is a true pamper...but my goodness, it delivers. Well, so it should at that price, but as we all know, price and performance don't always match so it's great to find something that does.

Senin, 29 November 2010

It's A Bling Thing....Juicy Couture Fragrance Ring


Totally loving this over the top ring, filled with the Juicy Couture Couture solid fragrance (succulent pink grape frolicking in a field of natural orange flower and mandarin, ahem, I am told!). I spotted it on the Selfridges web site for £35.


Philosophy Christmas


Nobody does the Christmas goodies like Philosophy, but a quick scoot around beauty cyberworld tells me the best of it is to be had on QVC. For some reason, QVC manage to nab exclusives such as Snow Angel and Melting Marshmallow collections as well as the Three Piece Sweet Shoppe and the Snow Mittens and Shoes (for hands and feet) sets. It's all a little bit foodie for me, but can't help loving Gingerbread Girl - perfect for a hot bath while the snow swirls around outside.

Exclusive Short Updo Hairstyle with Side Swept Layers - Celebrity Karen Duffy

Karen Duffey is a famous actress who always changes her styles very often. At the premiere for The Tillman Story, Karen Duffy pulled back her dark locks in this updo hairstyle. Karen Duffy left out a long layer which was swept to the side as a finishing touch.
Exclusive Short Updo Hairstyle with Side Swept Layers - Celebrity Karen Duffy

Short Updo Hairstyle with Side Swept Layers - Karen DuffyExclusive Short Updo Hairstyle with Side Swept Layers - Celebrity Karen Duffy
Karen Duffy matched her pink, glossy lips with her flowery dress to create a fresh, summer style. So, girls go for this short updo haircut this summer 2010 to look more sexy and for easily carrying your hair in this scorchy heat.

Exclusive Short Updo Hairstyle with Side Swept Layers - Celebrity Karen Duffy

Karen Duffey is a famous actress who always changes her styles very often. At the premiere for The Tillman Story, Karen Duffy pulled back her dark locks in this updo hairstyle. Karen Duffy left out a long layer which was swept to the side as a finishing touch.
Exclusive Short Updo Hairstyle with Side Swept Layers - Celebrity Karen Duffy

Short Updo Hairstyle with Side Swept Layers - Karen DuffyExclusive Short Updo Hairstyle with Side Swept Layers - Celebrity Karen Duffy
Karen Duffy matched her pink, glossy lips with her flowery dress to create a fresh, summer style. So, girls go for this short updo haircut this summer 2010 to look more sexy and for easily carrying your hair in this scorchy heat.

Minggu, 28 November 2010

Make Up Is Art Book




If you're searching for a gift for the make up girl or boy who has everything (and has a secret desire to get into make up artistry), this book is pure inspiration and packed with ultra-glamorous, glossy pictures. MUA Jana Ririnui and Lan Nguyen MUA and Creative Director inconjunction with The Academy of Freelance Make Upuse a team of industry professionals to create fantastic looks, turning cosmetics into art. It's absolutely gorgeous and the perfect ideas factory to get experimenting. Part tutorial and part pictorial, there are lots of familiar names (check the credits list for PR's you'll know and recognise!) and plenty of Q&A's on how to get into the world of make up artistry (and I notice, a massive plug for Dermalogica!). Its cover price is £25, but I've spotted it for less on Amazon.


OPI Katy Perry Collaboration

Two coats of Teenage Dream

One coat of Black Shatter

Glossed over with Lumos High Speed Top Coat
I was so sure I wouldn't like this range that launches in January, but in fact, it turned out quite the opposite. I've seen crackle effect nail polishes before and didn't like them all that much mainly because I'm not mad about matt effect polishes. So, using the super sparkly pink Teenage Dream polish as a base (it needed two coats at least), I applied OPI Black Shatter over the top, and then over the top of that, I applied the very shiny Lumos High Speed Top Coat to give a glossed effect and get rid of the flatness of the matt black. Black Shatter disperses extremely effectively over the nail - it's a little bit difficult at first to judge the amount you need to get the right look - too little and it shatters into tiny fragments, too much and it's a little bit chunky, so I'd suggest you practice a couple of times first to get the effect you like. The other colours in the KP range aren't quite so sparkly - Last Friday Night isa bright blue sparkle, but for some reason doesn't shimmer as much as the pink Teenage Dream and I think you do need a mega-sparkle behind the black. Anyway, here are the results, which, despite reservations, I absolutely love!

Sabtu, 27 November 2010

Visit To The Boots Factory in Nottingham

Yesterday I went up to a very chilly Nottingham to the Boots factory where I had an unexpectedly fabulous time. The Boots plant is vast - basically, it's like BootsLand, with hundreds of different units all housing various components of the business from Customer Services to Archives to the actual factory itself and a myriad of road networks within the site to connect everything up. Boots have never taken bloggers (I had the good fortune to be with http://www.cosmeticcandy.com/) round the factory or units before so it was a bit of learning curve on both sides. We kicked the day off with skin scientific advisor Mike Bell (who, I am happy to report has exceptionally good skin himself) with a presentation and heated chat about SPFs and Vitamin D. My theory is that we are now reporting in the UK huge levels of vitamin D deficiency and I feel it is partly because we are scared to go in the sun without SPF50 slathered all over. I think (and I'm no scientist, remember) that a certain amount of sun directly on the skin each day is essential to maintain Vitamin D and wellbeing. (I don't advocate basking on a rock at mid-day with no sunscreen though.). Mike has played a key role in developing SPFs for Boots and of course, the famous Protect & Perfect (which I spent the entire day inexplicably being unable to pronounce without fluffing it).  Anyway, Mike went through how skin reacts in the sun and the radical difference between skin that has been sun protected and skin that hasn't - let's just say it involved a nun, a sun worshipper and his favourite gadget, the 'Cutometer' which to my disappointment doesn't measure how cute you are, but how bouncy your skin is. Mike is also an advocate of letting skin get 'incidental' sun and the use of SPF15 as adequate protection to still absorb optimum levels of Vitamin D. After that, it was a whistle-stop tour of a beauty addict's dream!
The Boots Lab where Protect & Perfect was conceived.

A personal batch of Protect & Perfect being made.

Eek...that's what it looks like until it's been whisked!     
The stop after Protect & Perfect HQ was the make up room, where batches of eye-shadows, lipsticks, foundations and any other make up you can think of are made before being sent on to the factory to be made in bulk.


A foundation base at inital stages..

Shop floor conditions (including heat and light) replicated to test for longevity.

The 'Cutometer'! (My skin was above average bouncy for its age - or maybe they lied).  

Boots have thousands of testers who come in voluntarily to test everything from false lashes to skincare. Testing is a serious business, with products tested to the nth degree.
Inside the factory.

This is where toothpaste is made - it smelled very minty!

Protect & Perfect Jars being filled.
The factory was fascinating: we had to don hairnets (argh), protective glasses and white coats. The building is vast (it is now a protected building because of its historical value), and there are lines and lines of bottles being lined, filled, labelled and packed. Boots makes for other brands, such as Aussie shampoo (apparantly one of the most complicated products to perfect), Soap & Glory and D&G Fragrance, and for popular products, the lines literally work 24/7 pumping out tube after tube after tube. It is difficult to describe just how vast this place is and the sense of industry is almost overwhelming. In one corner a production line might be producing shampoo, in another, mouthwash, and in another eye cream. Each vast batch of ingredients has to be correctly calibrated to produce exactly the consistency required (small batches are made in-lab, but translating it to bulk batches is a whole other area of expertise). I was pleased to see that Boots hasn't given everything to the machines; there were plenty of people milling about, but disappointed that gift sets where items are made singly in the UK are sent to the Far East to be bundled together and packaged and then sent all the way back to the UK to be sold. That's a lot of air miles - and I'm not even someone who is overly concerned about carbon footprints.

Our last stop was the Archive centre:


A vintage Boots gift box.

Hmm, you'd never catch Tyra giving an up the nose view.

Oh yes, the 70's and Mr Pearl Diver!
A Pre-1920's Boots Vanity Case
OMG! A face mask for 54p from the 70's.
This *rouge* is from the 20's or 30's..it is still as vibrant today as it was then.
A gorgeous lipstick set embossed with stars from 75 years ago.

So, where do all these old products come from? Mainly, members of the public find them and are kind enough to send them back to Boots. They've got thousands and thousands of products dating back many, many years, including old signage, hat stands, wooden chairs, magazines for sales assistants, skin care, tins of talc - you name it, they have it.

I really wondered what a visit to the home of Boots could possibly bring, but I must say that seeing industry in action, the care for heritage and the sheer vastness of the Boots empire has opened my eyes and brought it to life in a way that a visit to my high street branch never could.

It's impossible without creating the world longest blog post to tell you everything we saw and did, but if you have any questions, please ask away!

Exclusive Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010

Alyssa Milano is a brunette beauty with deep brown eyes and she has a light to tanned complexion can wear extreme short haircuts or feminine long hairstyles with luscious waves. Alyssa Milano’s clothing she Sometimes prefers a casual to elegant style and looks best in natural, earthy colors, greens, yellows. But she also has a fairly well defined heart shaped face with a prominent chin. Milano’s cheeks are full and her forehead is much wider than her lower face allowing her to try out these great looking hairstyles for summer 2010.


Exclusive Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010 for Heart Shaped Faces
Alyssa Milano Short Crop Haircuts for Heart Shaped Faces
Exclusive Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010 for Heart Shaped Faces
Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010 for Heart Shaped Faces
Exclusive Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010 for Heart Shaped Faces

Exclusive Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010

Alyssa Milano is a brunette beauty with deep brown eyes and she has a light to tanned complexion can wear extreme short haircuts or feminine long hairstyles with luscious waves. Alyssa Milano’s clothing she Sometimes prefers a casual to elegant style and looks best in natural, earthy colors, greens, yellows. But she also has a fairly well defined heart shaped face with a prominent chin. Milano’s cheeks are full and her forehead is much wider than her lower face allowing her to try out these great looking hairstyles for summer 2010.


Exclusive Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010 for Heart Shaped Faces
Alyssa Milano Short Crop Haircuts for Heart Shaped Faces
Exclusive Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010 for Heart Shaped Faces
Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010 for Heart Shaped Faces
Exclusive Alyssa Milano Long Hairstyles 2010 for Heart Shaped Faces

Kamis, 25 November 2010

The Advertising Standards Authority and Rimmel

Rimmel has been given a roasting by the ASA for using lash inserts on Georgia May Jagger in their ads for Rimmel (owned by Coty) Mascara. Both magazine and TV ads show Georgia with lashes getting progressively longer. Ultimately the ASA felt that the ads were misleading, and although Rimmel had run a very tiny disclaimer saying they were 'shot with inserts', the ASA felt because the ad showed GMJ in three separate shots with lashes getting progressively bigger and longer (thanks to longer inserts), it didn't reflect the mascara correctly. The ads can't appear again in their current form, although this may mean that something as simple as re-sizing the disclaimer to make it acceptable.

So, two things. It's crazy in the first instance that mascara brands can even think of using lash inserts on models to pretend that's how your lashes will look after using the mascara. It's simply misleading from the very beginning and deliberately so. It's absolutely not fair to 'pretend' to potential consumers they might look better than they actually will and the beauty industry is one of the worst offenders for skewing the truth when it comes to advertising. In the days before lash inserts were available, models would spend a very dull few hours having their lashes dyed, mascara'd and then separated individually with a pin by a make up artist before the shots were taken. But, at least if you were prepared to get your pin cushion out you stood a tiny chance of replicating the look. With lash insert ads, unless you've spotted the small print, it's just not going to happen for you.

Secondly thing: it just takes one person to complain - and apparantly in this instance it was one person that complained about the GMJ ad - for the ASA to act. And so I wonder whether it's now the norm for people to assume that lash inserts are used (actually part of Rimmel's defence) in mascara ads (and extentions in hair ads etc) so now that it is a commonplace occurence, nobody complains any more. Since when did we not mind that what we are being sold on TV and in print beauty ads isn't actually what we are getting?

Jonathan Ward Deluxe Tealights

If you are around the Kensington area, Wholefoods are currently the only stockists of these gorgeous scented glass tea lights from one of my favourite fragranced candle makers, Jonathan Ward. They come in four different scents, Cherrywood Falls, Nightingale's Jasmine, Kiss In Rio or Dance in Summer Rain. At under £20, they're a great way to introduce yourself to the brand.

Beautiful and Sexy Brunette Hairstyle

Hair, 2010 Hairstyles
Beautiful and Sexy Brunette Hairstyle

Wavy Hairstyles 2010

Wavy Hairstyles 2010
Wavy Hairstyles 2010
 Wavy Hairstyles 2010

Wavy Hairstyles 2010

Wavy Hairstyles 2010
Wavy Hairstyles 2010
 Wavy Hairstyles 2010

Rabu, 24 November 2010

SOS at Eleven Hair

Co-Founder Christian's Bull Dog Relaxing At Eleven Hair!

My lovely friend Lauren got into a pickle with a home hair dye kit, transforming her gorgeous blond locks into a shade more associated with carrot soup. You try finding someone who can do an emergency hair recovery in the middle of London during the run up to Christmas...but Eleven Hair stepped into the breach to return her hair to it's former glory and stop the tears. I'm always impressed when people go out of their way to help, so a big thank you to Jason.

Here's Lauren's story:

"Some people are known for their style, some for their looks…for me, it’s my blonde hair. So when I tried a home dye to boost my blonde it’s safe to say I was far from ecstatic when I looked more Ginger Spice than Marilyn Monroe.I should have known better than to think a home dye could’ve lightened up my roots and given it a good condition... So, frazzled hair and ginger roots in tow I trotted off to Eleven Hair, tucked away just off Oxford Street, for them to work their magic.

Jason Welch, Head of Colour, got to work correcting the colour. First he explained how my hair was really stressed after a load of bleaching so rather than my usual ‘pack in as many foils as possible’ he advised to put in a foam colour to lift the root’s colour, but only enough to reveal the raw undertones of my hair. To banish the red, he gave me ‘reverse lights’, to give me a more natural look and re-balance the colour - taking the glare off my accidental colour and covering it up, genius! Jason finished off my hair with an all over gloss to give me a much needed condition.

After a lovely shampoo (during which I struggled not to fall asleep!) I had a Redken Chemistry Treatment to retstore the nutrients in my hair and give it that ‘just walked out of a salon’ shine. I was absolutely thrilled by the results, my hair was better than it was before the dye-disaster and it meant I was able to bin the hats and headscarves that I’d been donning! My faith in hair colouring has been restored…although I will definitely be leaving it to be professionals next time!"

Happ & Stanhns Fragrance





It's almost not about the fragrance with this brand that is a new Anthropologie 'own label' because the packaging is so beautiful. Inspired by young women of the 19th century on their 'grand tour' the first scent to launch is 1842 Rosa Alba, £50. If you love roses, it's quite a true rose fragrance with a backdrop of Darjeeling, lily and cashmere musk amongst other notes. The bottle shown comes with a pincushion lid and detailed hat pins. Alternatively, the long bottles - inspired by Victorian tear catchers - come in a beautiful box with floral bag (although I could not get the cap off mine!), £24.

Updo Red Hairstyle by Rihanna

Hair, 2010 Hairstyles
Updo Red Hairstyle by Rihanna

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