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London Fashion Week: What we’ve learnt…
Thursday, September 25th, 2014

London Fashion Week 2014 came and went like a whirlwind, but it’s definitely left a lasting impression with us. Lucky for us, we got to take part of this year’s fun with Schwarzkopf by attending the Felder + Felder S/S15 show. Being a whole season ahead is always the most challenging thing for us when it comes to LFW, but Felder + Felder transported us ahead to spring without a hitch.


Felder + Felder designs are a prime example that high fashion doesn’t mean unwearable. Whilst we watched the show we eagerly pointed and picked out all of the pieces we would kill to have in our spring summer wardrobe; the collection felt very feminine and without being overly so. Amongst the romance of the more flowing fabrics were more structured leather numbers which added the perfect amount of edge to the collection. My personal favourite touch which ran throughout the collection were the all american classic cowboy boots. There’s just something about a good pair of boots paired with a summer outfit that is just so effortlessly stylish.


Whilst we fawned over the clothes, we couldn’t help but notice some seriously 60’s inspired hair and makeup. The look tied in very much with the new wave of bohemian trends which are set to be big next season, with makeup kept to the obligatory 60’s flick and a sweep for bronzer for that sunkissed complexion. The ‘do all of the models sported was the creation of none other than Schwarzkopf’s resident hair genius Armin Morbach, who used a young Bridget Bardot as his muse. We were invited backstage to see Armin demonstrate exactly how he created the look. Naturally, we had our notebooks at the ready!


“My inspiration for this look is a young Brigitte Bardot. It’s glamorous with a little bit of a hippy feeling, which I love. I used the Schwarzkopf got2b Powder’ful Volumizing powder to the roots to add volume, then backcombed it and secured it in place using Schwarzkopf got2b Rise ’n Shine hairspray close to the roots. The key to creating the loose waves is to gently curl the hair from the middle parting. To provide extra bounce and vitality I used the Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Omega Repair BB Beauty Balm, which also helped to tame any fly-away hair before the models went out on to the catwalk.” – Armin

We love how this look not only translates beautifully on the catwalk but is wearable as part of an everyday look for all kinds of face shapes. Armin demonstrated just how easy it is to recreate with a helping hand from some of Schwarzkopf’s hair heroes – it’s fair to say we won’t be holding out til spring to try this one at home!

To find out more about Schwarzkopf and the products used in the look, visit

Mayah Parmenter

Get the red carpet look with the GLAMOUR Beauty Power List box
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014



Image source: RexFeatures

If you’ve got an exciting event coming up or you just want to prep for those up-and-coming Christmas parties, the GLAMOUR Beauty Power List box has everything you need to get red carpet ready in no time.

Step 1 – Cleanse
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is a game changer. The original, multi-award winning cleanser quickly removes all traces of grime to leave your skin looking and feeling clean, soft and totally radiant. Cleanse & Polish is a two phase process; simple massage gently onto dry skin to purify, soften and stimulate circulation. Then rinse the muslin cloth in warm water and wring out before gently polishing off the cream. Voilà – use morning and night for beautiful skin in no time!

Step 2 – Glow
Love an all-year summer glow? No problem thanks to James Read’s Sleep Mask Tan! The genius formula is packed with hydrating, good-for-you skin food with a healthy dose of self-tan. Just apply before you go to sleep and wake up with a subtle, sun-kissed complexion. Easy as that!

Step 3 – Prep
Nothing makes your makeup last longer than a good old foundation primer. We LOVE Laura Mercier’s vitamin-rich, cream gel foundation primer – the result is picture perfect makeup all day (or night) long! Apply after cleansing and moisturising your skin, and before concealer or foundation.

Step 4 – Eyes
This year, it’s all about smouldering eyes and nude lips. We’re talking charcoal eye shadow smudged into the lash line with a little bit of white or silver just in the inner corner. And the most important part of all eye makeup-looks is the mascara; Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara give 360 degree volume the second it’s applied. The wonder wand ensure clump-free definition and va-va-voom lashes!

Step 5 – Lips
Nude lips are so on trend this season and they work so well with a sultry eye. Prepping your lips first is a must; brush your lips gently with a toothbrush to remove any dead skin and ensure they are hydrated with your favourite moisturiser. Then comes the fun bit, we love Maybelline Nude Colour Sensational Lipstick. Have fun with different shades to create new looks!

Step 6 – Hair
Sleek, shiny, beautiful locks are a must this season. Spritz a bit of hair guru Philip Kingsley’s Daily Damage Defence through damp hair, comb through and style as desired – simple! The anti-breakage, heat-protecting, conditioning formula leaves hair so soft and shiny you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Step 7 – Finish
After a fun night out it can be tempting to dive right under the duvet and get some beauty sleep but take just one second at least to grab Eyeko’s Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover wipes to clear away all traces of makeup and dirt while conditioning and soothing your skin with Olive Oil and Aloe Extract. Perfect!

Get red carpet ready in no time with all of this inside the new Glamour Beauty Power List box at


Hands scrub up well with Rituals and Crabtree & Evelyn
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A lot of us invest valuable time and money taking care of our faces, and I definitely fall into that category. I may only be in my 20’s, but I already know it’s what I do now that will have my skin thanking me later down the line. It’s funny then that most of us pay little attention to the part of our bodies that go through the most wear and tear throughout our lifetime. That’s right, our hands! Our hands express who we are just as much as our faces, and are the quickest to show the signs of neglect.

Slapping on the occasional bit of cream just doesn’t cut it. If you want to keep the skin on your hands supple and plump, you have to give them the love they deserve. With everything your hands go through during the day, a good routine will do them the world of good. With that in mind, we have a few hand care tips to offer you…


The Essentials

Inspired by ancient Asian beauty rituals, Rituals Miracle Scrub is a must be hands that have been doing the dirty work all day. Enriched with extracts of ginseng and gingko biloba, this scrub will leave your hands feeling soft and rejuvenating. Most scrubs are far too harsh on the delicate skin on your hands, but the Miracle Scrub is gentle enough to use every day if need be. Just massage into dry hands and wash away as a more skin loving alternative to hand wash.

Of course, you can’t do hand care without a good quality hand cream, and Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hand Therapy fits the bill perfectly. The Verbena & Lavender Hand Therapy cream in the BBL Box will whisk you away to the French countryside with it fresh herbal scent . Brimming with nourishing shea butter and macadamia nut oil, this cream doesn’t lack in the moisturising department. On top of that, the antioxidant powers of vitamin C will keep free radicals in check so your hands age gracefully.



Cosy up for a night of skincare…
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The idea of a perfect night in is different for everyone; for me, it involves dusting off the skincare and getting down to some beauty business. Once a week I amp things up a little beyond my usual regime to refresh my skin and more importantly – relax!

skincare night 2

I love Essential Care’s Creamy Coconut Cleanser as a gentle but effective detoxifier. It may be coconut by name, but it’s citrusy by nature with it’s light lemony scent being my go to refresher after a long day. I splash a little water on my face and massage a penny sized dollop into my skin in circular motions making sure to reach every little cranny, not forgetting my neck. High in coconut and olive oil, it dissolves all surface grime without leaving your skin feeling dry and stripped, not to mention incredibly soothed from a generous dose of rose water. I usually remove this with a soft muslin cloth, but it can easily be rinsed away with water too.

It wouldn’t be a true night in for me without a face mask. With face masks coming in all kinds of formulas these days – cream, gel and clay to name a few – one of my favourite options is a mud mask. Dr Organic offer an impressive version with their Bio Plasma Mud Mask. What makes this mask special is both the Dead Sea mud and mineral salt. The Dead Sea is a unique place with the mud and salt being equally unique in their composition. The concentration and diversity of minerals they contain is found nowhere else in the world and offer hugely therapeutic benefits. Research has demonstrated that they are particularly good for skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis by reducing inflammation, as well as Dead Sea Salt water soak reducing skin wrinkling by 40% when compared to tap water. That’s definitely something I want on my face! You only need to apply a thin layer of this mask and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. As I have quite sensitive skin I feel a slight tingling sensation and look a little flushed, but this is only due to the increase in circulation to the surface of my skin which quickly subsided. And there’s no reason why you have to stop at your face! Every now and again I’ll use this on my back to draw out toxins as my skin there is far from perfect.

I personally do this once a week, but everyone’s skin is different. Both the Essential Care Creamy Coconut Cleanser and Dr Organic Bio Plasma Mud Mask are part of our BBL Box! How about that for a skin treat?


Top 4 tips from natural skincare expert Dr. Rachel Grant
Monday, August 4th, 2014


Achieving perfect skin is every girls dream, and we often find ourselves going through lotions and potions as if they’re going to work some kind of miracle. Whilst investing in a good skincare regime will certainly help, there are some very basic things that make the world of difference when it comes to getting your skin in tip top condition. Don’t just take our word for it, Dr. Rachel Grant of Archeia knows this too, and is sharing some of her simplest, but best tips.

1. Drink at least 2 litres of water per day – most of us are constantly dehydrated and drinking water is the cheapest and easiest thing we can do to dramatically improve skin in just a few days. Also limit the intake of dehydrating drinks like alcohol and strong coffee as well as very salty food. Green tea is a good drink to take the place of coffee and alcohol.

2. Do not smoke – every cigarette deepens wrinkles and ages your skin. Cigarettes cut of the vital oxygen supply to the cells.

3. Use a good sunscreen – ultraviolet light is well known for its damaging effects on skin. Eating certain fruits and vegetables can help your skin resist ultraviolet rays, as can a good anti-ageing food supplement. If you do get sunburned, use a cream with lavender essential oils to soothe and heal your skin.

4. Eat plenty of red, green and purple fruits and vegetables which contain lutein, anthocyanin and lycopene. These protect your skin from damage caused by age, pollutants and the sun. Or look for a good anti-ageing supplement which contains these ingredients such as Archeia Minerals. Make sure your intake of the essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Vitamin C are high.


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