Monthly Archives: October 2011

Revamped Pantene

Calling all hair lovers…November 1 sees the total relaunch of haircare brand Pantene. The revamped product line is seven years in the making and new technologies including the NASA microscope have been used to develop the new formulas. The products, packaging and fragrances have undergone a complete change, with tailored formulas developed to suit different hair structures. Line up, line up!


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Au Naturale

So far I would have to say that the best part of being on the beauty team at Harper’s Bazaar has been listening to people throw around their favourite natural home made remedies. My favourites were the brown sugar body scrub, lemon nail cleaner and the oatmeal face mask.

Normally I use brown sugar as a sweetening touch to my porridge, but after reading about the benefits it can add to your skin, I’ll be buying two packs in my grocery shops! Did you know that the tiny particles of brown sugar are the perfect size to remove dead cells without tearing the skin, helping to not only cleanse but tighten your pores. It contains glycolic acid which helps your skin to retain its natural moisture balance while also extracting toxins from the body (much like a pinch of brown sugar in your pasta tomatoe sauce extracts the acidity).

Everyone knows that the avocado is a super food with a wealth of benefits for your well-being, so you can imagine how good avocado oil is! It contains twenty per cent essential unsaturated fatty acids and is rich in vitamins A, D and E, lecithin and potassium… aka, ‘the youth mineral’. It’s known to be high in sterolins which are reputed to reduce age spots and heal skin damage, it also significantly increases the amount of collagen for the skin and is easily absorbed into the deep tissue thanks to its wonderful emollient properties, not to mention that there are too many nourishing compounds to list, so just know that it’s amazing for the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin. Phew! So finally, here is the super easy recipe – simply one part avocado oil to two parts brown sugar. Simple!

Moving on to the BEST way to clean your nails. Forget picking under them. Ewww! No-one wants to watch you flicking away at the dirt you’ve picked up touching things. Simply grab a lemon, cut into wedge and softly scrub under and on top of the nails for 10 minutes, as though you are using a nail brush. Lemons are naturally rich with fruit acids, which means you will be naturally bleaching your tips to a whiter shade and the anti-oxidants found in lemon juice are transferred directly into your nails, leaving them stronger.

Personally, after breaking out due to the weather change, I was in desperate need of something natural for my skin. Dermalogica and Dr Lewins still remain close friends of my bathroom cabinet, but my skin felt like it was missing something organic. So when I overheard Katy Young talking about the benefits of oatmeal, I just had to try for myself and what a result!

Oatmeal has long been used to flush out dead skin cells, enhance texture and get rid of acne. But my skin problems lay more in the area of dryness, so as an extra little tip, I was told to replace the water element with soy milk for a nourishing alternative. So here is one of the famous and somewhat delicious recipes for you to try at home.

1 ounce of purified mineral water (or soy milk)

3 tbs plain organis oatmeal (grinded in a coffe grinder for easy application)

1 tbsp honey

Combine all ingredients and mix into a thick paste, add more milk if needed, as the end result should be a smooth paste.

Voila! There is your natural body over-haul.

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It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas…

Toys in every store…. well, if you’re a big kid like me and consider beauty products to be your dream version of toys! This year I’ll be sending Santa a long list of the latest Christmas Collections for my stocking.

BareMinerals has released their festive season goodies in four fabulous sets available to buy from Bare Escentuals Boutiques and select department stores, spas and salons. With names as cute as Things That Make You Glow (£59), And Away We Glow (£45), Strike It Rich (£26) and The Golden Touch Mini Brush Collection (£26), you’ll be spoilt for choice and gift inspiration.

If it’s your hair you treasure most, why not wish for one of the travel kits from award winning haircare brand, Moroccan Oil? Customers can choose from five limited edition sets, launching in November, including volumising (£37.25), nourishing (£38.25) and hydrating (£43.25) gift sets, containing full size products or two travel sets (£33.85 each).

But… if your guilty pleasure lies in all things fashion, you’ll squeal if you find this under your tree. Fashion designer, Giles DEacon has teamed up with label.m to create a limited edition  print for their Christmas Collection. The print features on an exclusive clutch bag, which comes free with the festive stocking filler giftbox (£12) or runway giftbox (£17.50). Peruse the full label.m collection at Toni&Guy.

bareMinerals Christmas Collection


Moroccan Oil Travel Kit


Giles Deacon for label.m


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Nicki Minaj at your fingertips

credit: OPI

Super bass Superstar Nicki Minaj has teamed up with OPI to launch her new nail polish collection named after songs from her debut album, Pink Friday.

Following hot on the heels of OPI collaborations with fellow songstress, Katy Perry, tennis Ace, Serena Williams and teenage heart throb, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj’s collection will be available from January in professional salons and OPI outlets.

Colours will include Pink Friday (pink), Metallic 4 Life (charcoal), Save Me (silver-rainbow glitter), Fly (aqua), Did It on ‘Em (lime green) and Super Bass Shatter (purple).

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The Glam of Goth

When I think of Gothics I imagine spikey hair, spikey boots, spikey collars, just spikes spikes spikes… but oh how wrong I am. Gothic fashion and makeup is of course mysteriously beautiful and thankfully last year’s Gucci Autumn/Winter 2011 show and recently Ashish’s London Spring/Summer 2012 showed that the glam can be found in the Goth.

Opt for Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Black Raspberry (£18 from Selfridges) for a dramatic effect. Perfect for this season’s fetish look – just don’t be rocking leather with it.

A deep plum (Paul & Joe Lipstick in Gotham £16 from will give you a more elegant look, think 70s high fashion.

While the Nars pure matte lipstick in Volga (£18.50 from Space.NK) I’m wearing will give you a little edge, without pushing you over the top.

Eyes can either be left looking fresh, clean and glowing for a more innocent vibe, or can be popping with a thin slick of eyeliner and mascara. Naturally darker shades will make your lips seem smaller, so I like to dab a bit of MAC Clear Lipglass (£11.50 form Selfridges) on the centre of my lips to give my pout a bit of extra oomph.


Gucci AW11





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Silver Screen Siren

Everyone is going mental for the 1940s and although I had my moment a few months ago (see earlier post about the rise of the 1940s look), I’m still rocking the makeup. Nothing will ever scream GLAMOUR more than perfectly painted red lips, liquid black eyeliner and curled black fat lashes.

Generally the rule of thumb in everyday beauty is that if you wear a bright or dark lipstick, you avoid detail on the eyes and vice versa. However, to get the true 40s sleek siren look, you must give attention to the doors of your soul. I use Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (£15.50, Selfridges), Diorshow Maximiser Lash Plumping Serum (£22, Selfridges) for my eyelash base-coat and Max Factor Masterpiece (£8.99, Selfridges) for long-lasting, clog free lashes. The key is to ensure that the line is seemless, immaculate and not too thick. Start in the centre of your eyelid and move out, finishing the inside of your eye last. By doing this you will avoid having a big blob of liquid eyeliner on the inner corner of your eye. And remember… you are thinking 1940s, not 1960s, so forget the big Bridget Bardot flick!

For the perfect pout, lipliner is a must! My favourite combination is Clinique’s Defining Liner for Lips in Ready or not (£13, Selfridges) and Tom Ford’s Lip Colour in Wild Ginger (£36). I like to colour in my whole lip before smoothing over the lipstick as it not only gives me great coverage, it also gives me a colour I haven’t been able to find yet without combining these two.  Some people really struggle with lipstick and I guess the only thing I can say to that is it all comes down to practice, practice, pratice. I can gloss on a red lippie in 30 seconds, in a cab going over speed bumps with the window reflection as my mirror. Learn whatever technique works for you and continue to use it, you will notice how talented you become.

The final touch is definitely in the blusher. It gives that warmness of grace to your face, but beware, putting too much on and brushing it too far down on your cheeks will age you years. Keep it light, fresh and high. I like to use YSL Creme de Blush in 6 (£28, selfridges). This range has shades that are updated seasonally and don’t disappear within the hour of application.

January Jones


Angelina Jolie


Sienna Miller

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Budding lips

New York fashion week had many highs but one thing I couldn’t help but be magnetically drawn to was the Prabel Gurung show where Charlotte Tilbury worked her magic and created an enchanting image of flower blooming lips. Bold magenta pink with a splash of deep purple made for an exotic twist to the faces of the models strutting their stuff on the catwalk.

Never one to shy away from trying out the latest trends in beauty and fashion, I quickly found myself on the tube heading to Selfridges to buy a bright Armani Rouge d’Armani HOT in 520 (£23) and a MAC Burgundy Lipmix (£9.50) to dab in the centre. Considering the ‘flower lip’ is such a grand feature on it’s own, I kept the rest of my face simple with only a lick of mascara and my hair swept up into a top knot. The question was… could I pull it off or not?

As I looked in the mirror I felt reminiscent of the days when I was young and used to suck on purple and blue icy-poles that left my mouth looking much the same. The several quirky looks that I got when I stepped onto the street had me feeling a little nervous, but when I finally met my friends for a drink and they oohh-ed and ahh-ed over the unique look, my confidence soared. I had a fabulous evening out at a concert, feeling like quite the rocker… the only down side was my husband’s refusal to kiss me. He never really has liked the taste of flowers.

Prabel Gurung NYC 2012




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