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!
Monthly Archives: October 2011
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.
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.
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).