Category: I spy
Eco-friendly nail polish, nail wraps and lip tar
Nail polish is great fun but can ruin your nails and is not recommended if you are pregnant. Why? Because they contain toxic ingredients like formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), toluene and camphor. Luckily there are now brands whose formula don’t contain the above mentioned ingredients. Enter Priti, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Ten over Ten, Kure, RGB and NCLA. NCLA also do really cool nail wraps and Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has the infamous Lip Tar which is pure pigmented liquid colour fun.
Treat your skin like silk
One of my favourite blogs intothegloss has put up this great little cleansing video featuring french skin expert & facialist in new york Isabelle Bellis. It features great tips like massaging your face endless and treating your skin just like silk. If only we all had her gorgeous cheekbones..!
Frida is one of my style heroes. I visited her house in Mexico many years ago and was mesmerized by her use of colour, style, originality and her tearing love story with husband and freedom fighter Diego.
My little brother gave me a market bag with Frida on it which I carry around a lot. I love it.
Whilst browsing Pinterest I found many like minded people who have been inspired by her style and are real Frida aficionado’s. I definately belong in their camp and adore Frida. My love for the combination of hot pink (pantone 226C) and turquoise probably comes from her. Viva Frida!
Last week I met the inspiring founder of Aurelia skincare, Claire Vero. Her passion and enthusiasm for the brand she set up herself was completely infectious. Being a beauty industry insider myself I know how hard it is to set up a new brand, so my respect goes out to her. Also great to see a newcomer in a market which is basically dominated by the big players like Unilever, L’Oreal, P&G and Beiersdorf who own the majority of the skin brands you see in store. In luxury skincare there is more brand diversity but it is still a very competitive market to enter.
Claire saw the effects dermatology can have on improving peoples lives first hand, when she worked at GSK. Her idea was to incorporate science & botanical ingrdients to get the most effective products. Probiotics on one side and botanics (sourced from Africa) on the other side provide the ingredients of the range.
I tried the antioxidant and omega-rich cell repair night oil and was pleasantly surprised. The fragrance relaxed me with essential oils of neroli, lavender, rose and mandarin. The next morning my skin felt hydrated, fresh and not a bit greasy. Happy skin equals good morning vibes so I have been happily applying this every day and night.
Dream away with the little video below Aurelia did to highlight their african ingredients.
Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil
Shop it at aurelia.com and at net-a-porter.com.
Two tone lips
Best of Mascara
I often get asked what the best mascara is out there. Honestly there are so many good ones out there I think there is one that fits any bill. The great thing is that you use mascara so often it means you have to rebuy a lot, which makes for lots of testing… Another trip to the beauty store – YAY! A good mascara is the combination of an excellent formula (ie not too wet or dry and highly pigmented with carbon black) and an excellent brush. Eyeko do a little set called the Macara Wardrobe which is one formula with three brushes. Clever.
At the AW13 shows make up artists were using mascara fan brushes on which they deposited mascara formula and brushed this through the lashes creating natural looking slightly thickened lashes, without the usual va va voom fake lash effect. I’m personally going to ignore this ‘no mascara look’ that a lot of designers are featuring at the moment – I simply adore mascara, it makes me feel better. Falsies are also an excellent option too, especially individual ones which you can deposit on the outer corners only, just to give teeny bit of cats eye effect.
So here goes:
1 – Topshop Carbon Copy Mascara & Dior Show Mascara – great for lengthening
2 – Maybelline Rocket Mascara & L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes – for FAT lashes
3- Chanel Inimitable Waterproof – best waterproof I have found and it really separates each lash too.
Into the move
Photographer Mathieu Fortin takes her inspiration from dance and acting. The viewer gets drawn into the picture by the movement and the way she plays with the sense of space. Mathieu is represented by L’Eloi.
Liberty launched a beauty magazine this week with the 4 key trends this SS13:
eye gloss & perfect skin – sixties eyes – bright pink eyes – two tone lips
Because magazine are into Geeks. Make up artist Georgina Graham and hair stylist Colin Gold go for non-functional make up. A mix of the 80’s, litte bit of 90’s and lots of contemporary cool. The freckles, bright green mascara and pale lippy remind me of our cool nanny who used to come with us on holiday. She would show me how to do make up which at the time in the 80’s was frosted pink lips and bright blue mascara. As she was lightyears older than me everything she did was cool with a capital C. Happy memories! Wonder where I can score a frosted lippy now?
Charlotte highlights the inspiration behind the film on her website: The character came from looking at the films including “Welcome to the Doll House”, Margot Tenenbaum from the Royal Tenenbaums (the character that Gwyneth Paltrow plays) and also the cartoon Daria as well as pictures of Tavi and her Rookie manual. But this is a new type of sexy geek. We found this amazing picture of Chloe Sevigny where on first glance she appears demure but actually behind her eyes you can see she’s not really innocent at all.
I really love freckles. Everyone looks so cute and sweet with them and it’s a really youthful look. It’s so easy to do: we used an eyebrow pencil and drew a smattering across the bridge of the nose, the forehead, and on the cheeks and then powder to set it.
I think blue mascara is a very fun look. Even if you’re scared of blue eye shadow, you might be able to indulge in a bit of blue mascara. It’s a very fun way you can apply some colour to your face and still look really beautiful. Blue mascara has had a bit of a bad rep. It was thought of as very 80s, either a bit Essex or a bit of a young Lady Di. It wasn’t seen as something chic or glamorous. I think that you have to curl your lashes with it and do loads of layers so you get that really 70s separated clumpy lash. If you’re going to do it then it’s like “Go on, have the balls and really do it!”
When you’re a teenager, your first lipstick is usually a frosted twist-up stick of lip balm that you buy in a chemist. Everyone’s scared of the frosted lip! So I thought I’d bring it back. You can experiment with the colour and I really love a frosted plum lip on a darker skin tone, it’s absolutely beautiful. We used a very pink YSL lipstick and then a took a pigment by MAC, which is a frosted pink powder, and patted it over the top. The pigment helps to set it because frosted lipstick can seem to disappear in a heartbeat. When I’m doing editorial work, I’m not really thinking about whether something is specifically for an eye or a lip, it’s more “How do I get the effect that I want?”
For the nails we did a clean foundation nail in a warm pink skin tone. We kept the shape oval and fairly short, something we actually call “model short” at the shows and on shoots. It’s versatile classic length, not too short, not too long: if you look at the palm of your hand, you can just see the tip of the nail at the end of the finger.” geek chic – because magazine