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Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
It was announced a little while ago that Katy Perry had been signed as the new face of ghd hair stylers, and now the first images have been released.
Shot by renowned photographer David LaChapelle, the three images represent what ghd consider to be three Iconic Eras of Style, and show how the styler (don’t call it a straightnener!) can be used to recreate the looks.
Special gift sets containing the ghd gold classic styler, a bag designed to compliment the style and various other products have been created to match each of the eras. There are also step-by-step guides for how to create each of Katy’s looks. First up (above) is Glamour, a 50s inspired look. Keep reading for more…
[via My Daily. All photos: ghd/David LaChapelle]
Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
Betty Hula is a natural beauty brand offering a small collection of handmade products with a sweet Hawaiian twist. Tubs emblazoned with retro hula girls hold thick, whipped shea butter body moisturisers with enticing scents like ‘Champagne and Spice’ and ‘Rum & Blackcurrant’.
As body moisturisers go, these are pretty much what I’ve come to expect from small natural-based brands. The creams are incredibly thick and rich, and melt beautifully into the skin as you apply. But they’re heavy, and you are left with an oily residue for a short while though, but that’s often the case with product loaded with shea butter and coconut oil. It’s not necessarily a bad thing (if it’s rich and oily, you know it’s going to tackle even the driest patches of skin) but a product like this is for pampering, not a quick slapdash application before you rush out the door. If you like your beauty regime to be quick and fuss-free, you might not want to indulge in something as rich as this.
If, like me, you love the feeling of your skin being properly pampered and are perfectly happy to spend a bit of time rubbing it in, there’s nothing better than a good shea butter based moisturiser. The Rum & Blackcurrant comes out on top for me – a bit fruitier and more tropical than the subtler Champagne and Spice, but if you prefer slightly more subtle scents, the latter is the way to go. I was glad to discover that Betty Hula don’t overscent their products – it’s nice to have a fragrance but sometimes you don’t want an overpowering mix of essential oils.
Betty Hula Shea Butter Moisturising Creams are £14.99 at Bettyhula.co.uk
Monday, April 11th, 2011
They may still seem small and friendly when you go into a store, but Lush are actually a global brand with shops all over the world. They have a whopping 145 shops across Japan, so it’s no surprise that the Lush family wanted to do something to help there, following the horrific earthquake and tsunami.
So they’ve created Japanese Aid, a special soap made to look like the Japanese flag, scented with the bestselling ‘I Should Coco’ sweet coconut fragrance. All the money from sales of the soap (minus the VAT) will go to Peace Boat, who Lush say are “organising teams of volunteers, transporting aid goods and cooking hot meals in the disaster zone.”
The soap is limited edition and costs £5 for 100g. Obviously this is more expensive than most Lush soaps, but you’re helping a very worth cause indeed.
Lush Japanese Aid £5 for 100g
Monday, April 11th, 2011
By now you’ll know how much I rate e.l.f for absolute bargain cosmetics that deliver at least what they promise, if not more. The Luscious Liquid Lipstick is no exception. For only £1.50 you get a nicely textured lip colour that won’t dry out your lips, with a surprisingly heavy pigment and decent lasting power. It’s not the best lip product I’ve tried in my life, but it’s definitely better than a lot that are double or triple the price.
I tried the strawberry shade, which as you can see in the pic above, looks like a semi-transparent pink. It’s actually a bit darker and richer in real life – more of a red than a pink and it actually goes on quite thickly with a strong colour. It’s a lovely shade though, and the texture is quite gloss-like, so you get lots of shine and it doesn’t feel heavy.
It’s scented with ‘vanilla mint’, which is very nice, but I would have loved for it to be scented after its name – it’s got a ‘juicy’ feel to it so a strawberry fragrance would have worked perfectly. No complaints though, the fact it even has a scent is a bonus considering how cheap it is!
Finally, I must give props for the packaging. It’s got a spongy nib which you twist the product into – I really rate these applicators (for lip or eye products) because they seem to dispense just the right amount of product in each click so there’s no wastage.
All in all, I can’t really fault this and will definitely be getting some of the other colours. I think they’ll make great Summer lip colours – a bit more long-lasting than a gloss, but far lighter than a proper lipstick.
Monday, April 11th, 2011
Chances are you’ve tried Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor at some point. With dozens of awards under its belt, it’s a cult beauty product that very much deserves its place in the haircare hall of fame. When your hair is screaming out for moisture and TLC, there’s nothing better, easier and more affordable than 3 Minute Miracle for a quick fix.
There’s really very little wrong with this product. It’s cheap, it smells delicious and it really does what it claims to do, deep-conditioning dry or damaged hair to leave it soft and silky, without the fuss of having to leave it on for ages. In the time it takes you to wash your body and shave your legs, this baby will had done the job and be ready to rinse, so there’s no standing around in the shower watching the clock, or turning pruney in the bath!
What I love the most about this product is that the price has stayed more or less static ever since I bought my first bottle. With all its accolades, they could easily bump it up a few quid and still sell loads, but it remains under a fiver, an affordable treat for damaged hair, which I really respect given that a lot of newer dry hair products (Moroccanoil etc) are ridiculously overpriced and impossible to justify on most budgets.
Pah! Who needs ‘em when Aussie deliver the goods for less? Their serum’s awesome too!
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor £4.69 at Boots
Friday, April 8th, 2011
Twelve shades of Pixi lip gloss for £6.99! I don’t really think I need to say much more than that, do I? Ah, well, here I go anyway…
If you’re looking for a way to boost your makeup bag with without spending too much, this set is perfect. For £6.99 you can nab yourself six gloss duos from Pixi, which is one of my best-kept-secret makeup faves. I have a few of their lip products from days gone by, and they’re all gorgeous, so for me this bargain set is no-brainer.
The original RRP was a whopping £84 so £7 is an absolute steal! Grab it before it goes at Direct Cosmetics.
Friday, April 8th, 2011
I’ve never met a NARS eyeshadow I didn’t like, and Nouveau Monde is no exception. An intriguing mix of two of my favourite shadow shades, silver-lilac and olive green, I’ve had my beady eye on this gorgeous duo ever since I saw Sarah’s EOTD over on The London Beauty Review. It just looks effortlessly pretty, and though the colours aren’t an obvious pairing, they look gorgeous together when worn the right way.
The colour of the green shadow is almost identical to the colour of my eyes, and while I know you’re not meant to wear the same shadow as your eye colour, I’ve always been partial to a bit of shimmering khaki because it makes my eyes look more glistening green and less slimy pond. I’m definitely adding this to the wishlist, though at £23.50 for the two, it may remain just a dream for the time being…
NARS Limited Edition Spring 2011 Nouveau Monde Eyeshadow Duo £23.50 at ASOS
Friday, April 8th, 2011
If you have older or drier skin that could do with some pepping up, now is the time to get onto the main Latest in Beauty site and order your skincare samples!
We’ve just added two products from Lavera’s beautiful Faces Organic Wild Rose skincare range, which is designed specifically to target wrinkes and pamper older skin. You can try either the Moisturising Cream, which is deliciously rich and smells absolutely amazing, or the matching Eye Gel.
With both options, you’ll get a generous four sachets (which contain about two applications each) so you’ll have plenty of time to see how the product works on your skin and decide if it’s right for you.
I’ve tried both products and am absolutely obsessed with the sweet rose fragrance. The moisturiser smells a bit like jammie dodgers or jelly sweets, but with a sophisticated twist! It’s beautiful worn under liquid foundation to help keep skin soft and hydrated, or used when skin is feeling a bit parched after a big night out. Though created for older skins, I think these products would be a lovely treat for anyone who suffers from dryness, but they’ll also help tackle wrinkles too.
The products are available now – just login or register on our site. If your skin is oilier, perhaps give these a miss and try our Murad samples instead.
Thursday, April 7th, 2011
I have The Body Shop shimmer cubes in just about every colourway they’ve ever done. Even the limited edition one with the pistachio green that made me want to puke until Body Shop makeup artist Chase Aston put it on my face and proved that it can actually look quite nice if you know what you’re doing!
The permanent versions of these little chunky cubes of colour are brilliant for creating smoky eye looks, or enhancing a tan with lots of bronze. Used dry, they have enough pigment to get a subtle look, but used wet they’re amazing, really rich and shimmery and amazing for night-time glam.
At £16 for a set of four they seem expensive, but the entire cube is colour, so they last forever. I’ve barely made a dent in any of my despite using them pretty frequently!
Shimmer Cubes £16 at The Body Shop