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The History of Givenchy Beauty
Thursday, February 19th, 2015


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A brand as recognisable as Givenchy doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes unique vision, creative talent, and not to mention a lot of hard work! The founder of the House of Givenchy, Hubert de Givenchy, had all of those qualities and more. From a young age Givenchy had a flair for architecture and drawing, and covered his school notebooks with sketches. His love of fashion can be traced back to his grandmother, who got him interested in costumes by organising memorable dressing-up sessions.

The Givenchy Couture House – the first in what was to become a long line – was opened in 1952 in Paris where Givenchy presented his first collection on February 3rd. His first creations set the tone for Givenchy’s singular elegance, a very modern style, combining spirited irreverence with timeless chic, classicism with audacity. The Autumn-Winter 1952-53 collection marked the triumph of “Separates,” ensembles of chic, functional, interchangeable blouses and skirts, wearable Couture with comfortable yet refined clothing, Women were now free to create their own style.



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This was only the beginning of Givenchy’s relationship with the liberation of women, which was explored through both the avenues of fashion and beauty. The unwavering friendship between Hubert de Givenchy and the actress Audrey Hepburn sealed the marriage between fashion and film, Paris and Hollywood. In Hepburn, Givenchy saw a new ideal of beauty and elegance. He designed the costumes for her films and turned her into a timeless fashion icon. He dedicated his first fragrance to her, launched in 1957 under the name L’Interdit. Embodying it, Hepburn was the first actress muse in the history of Perfumery.



Naturally, the Couture House soon ventured into the world of cosmetics. Founded in 1989, the Make-up and Skincare lines were the next stepping stones for the brand to become even more intimate with women’s beauty. With it came the creations of some of Givenchy’s most recognisable and innovative products which you will find in the Givenchy Iconic Products Box: The British Beauty Blogger Edit.


Phenomen’Eyes – A revolutionary mascara designed by Nicolas Degennes in 2008 and reinvented in 2015 with a new innovative formula. Phenomen’Eyes offers a high-precision application technique using a round brush, it provides 360° application that captures every lash, even the most difficult to reach. The result is precise, the definition is extreme, with lashes that are fanned-out to infinity. The must have of Givenchy Le Makeup.

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Hydra Sparkling – Since 2009, this range of skincare has made a name for itself by responding to two main women’s concerns – hydration and luminosity – through its effectiveness, glamour and unique techniques. The range utilises the Sparkling Water Complex; an exclusive cocktail of five molecules which initiates the water in the skin cells to activate and boost hydration.


Le Rouge – More than a lipstick. Encased in an elegant silver and genuine leather case, Le Rouge is a rich with luxe pigments that coat the lips with radiant, lasting colour with a single stroke. The lightweight, ultra-smooth, non-sticky texture glides on to softly shape and contour the lips, beautifully. A true Couture accessory.


Gentlemen Only – Launched in 2013, this men’s fragrance range truly represents the 21st century gentlemen. While still attached to personal values, he also lives in the present – today’s vibrant, complex, global era. His natural, refined elegance and sensuality is a reflection of the times. With this range, the House pushed luxury and impertinence to new heights for men.


Dahlia Divin – When Gold meets Fragrance. This recent Givenchy creation is illuminated with a thousand golden threads. Dahlia Divin is an exquisitely refined, sensual fragrance that envelops the skin with a warm, radiance and ethereal luster that like a golden Haute Couture gown, leaves you feeling…divine.


Mayah Parmenter

WIN a full size #BBBGivenchy box worth £250!
Saturday, January 31st, 2015


A huge congratulations to winners Anisha Vas and Wendy Ann Liddle! We hope you enjoy your prize.


Let’s continue to celebrate Givenchy iconic products! For this occasion, Givenchy is giving away two beautiful hampers which will include all the Givenchy essentials selected by British Beauty Blogger…and they’re all full size products!

Feel beautiful with Givenchy by entering the competition for the chance to win one of the two hampers – worth £250 each!



The Prize

– Phenomen’Eyes Mascara

– Le Rouge Lipstick (shade 202 Rose Dressing)

– Teint Couture Fluid Foundation

– Hydra Sparkling Luminescence Moisturizing Cream

– Hydra Sparkling One Minute Glow Powder

– Hydra Sparkling Nude Look BB Cream

– Dahlia Divin

– Gentlemen Only Intense

Total worth – £250

To enter, simply use the widget below. Competition is for 48 HOURS ONLY (opens 31/01/15 at 00.00am and closes 01/02/15 at 11.59pm). Open to UK entrants only.

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To find out more about Givenchy Beauty visit, and to snap up the VERY limited edition Givenchy Iconic Products: The British Beauty Blogger Edit box, click HERE.

Get BBBeautiful at a Givenchy counter
Friday, January 30th, 2015

Many of us will whizz straight through the beauty section in department stores; not because we’re not interested, but sometimes they can feel a little intimidating when you’re not looking to buy a specific product. You might be surprised to realise that actually, a beauty hall is one of the best places to sample cosmetics without necessarily having to make a purchase. That is of course thanks to the beauty counter makeover; a service that is complementary at any Givenchy counter. Not only do you get to try before you buy, but you can learn the best makeup application tips and tricks from the experts!

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Jane, aka British Beauty Blogger, went for her very own makeover at the Givenchy counter at House of Fraser in Oxford Street to put her makeover experience to the test…

“Literally, as soon as I saw the makeup artist, Shadia, I asked for her makeup exactly. It was kind of a fusion of smoky nudes that really looked flawless, but the twist was using a very pale eye Ombre Couture shadow that I would never have thought to pick up. It was such a nice shake-up of a traditional smoky nude that I’m genuinely going to repeat the look.

Shadia took a lot of care to prep my skin first with serums and moisturisers – something I am very lax about doing at home so it was a good reminder at least that slacking off initial prep doesn’t pay! She took so much time and care over it, focussing first on the base and then doing a trick with bronzer that turned my January face into a much healthier looking version with the lightest of sweeps.”

You can read British Beauty Blogger’s full review here. It’s a great idea to pop in for a makeover if you’re heading out for a special occasion, need advice on which colours suit you most, or even just to try the latest Givenchy makeup launches. Givenchy even have a makeover menu, so they can tailor your experience to fit you.


The Givenchy Makeover Menu

Quick secrets and tricks to refresh your look!
A step-by-step tutorial to help magnify and define your eyes.
Make-up bag must-haves, on-the-go smart essentials.
Discover the latest trends and colours of this season.
Achieve the ideal trends and colours of this season.
A tailor made tutorial focusing on complexion, eyes, lips and cheeks. Covering basic tips to advanced application techniques.


To get yourself a complimentary makeover, find your nearest Givenchy beauty counter with our lists of stockists here, and to find out more about Givenchy Beauty, visit

Which Givenchy makeover will you choose? Let us know on twitter @latestinbeauty with the hashtag #GivenchyBeauty


Mayah Parmenter

Bottled bargains? M&S take high-end perfumes as ‘inspiration’
Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Creating budget alternatives to high-end perfumes is no new idea. We’ve all seen those market stalls flogging DKMY, Channel No.5, OKOne or whatever else for £6 a bottle, and we all know the liquid inside is more likely to smell like loo cleaner than the perfume it’s been ‘inspired’ by.

But who knew that good old M&S was getting in on the act too? This time, it’s not so much about the scent itself, but the packaging. Someone in product design is clearly having a field day ‘designing’ these bottles…

Cheeky, isn’t it? None of the bottles are identical, so they’re not really doing anything wrong, but no perfume fan could miss the obvious inspirations – just look at those butterflies, tacked on in the exact same way as Marc Jacobs’ daisies!

Scent-wise, there’d have to be a sniff-test to compare properly, but I don’t think these are direct homages in that area. Take Marks and Spencer’s ‘Simply Divine‘. It’s described thus: “elegant fusion of tuberose and jasmine top notes are combined with sweet plum and mandarin and given a warm depth with amber and musk.” Very Hollywood Michael Kors, its big sis, meanwhile “makes its debut with shimmering jewels of mandarin and iced bergamot. Scene-stealing gardenia follows suit with a decadent performance of award-worthy glamour.” So they share the mandarin, but little else.

Have you tried any of the M&S fragrances and found them to be similar to their inspirations? Let us know!

New Year Honours List Nominees: Skincare Products
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Today we want to know what your skincare faves are from a list of new products from the last 12 months recommended by our beauty blogging experts. Take the poll and show your love for some of the best in the biz! Here’s the shortlist…

No 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Day Creama new addition to the beloved range
Soap and Glory Bright Here, Bright NowPrettily packaged miracle brightening cream
BIOEffect EGF SerumIcelandic skin serum with Epidermal Growth Factor
Givenchy Clean to Sublime Cleanserinnovative cleasing in serum form
L’Oreal Youth Code Moisturiseraffordable but effective anti-ageing skincare

If you can’t see the poll, click here to vote!

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With thanks to everyone who helped us with the shortlist: Kiss and Makeup, Lipglossiping, Almost Zara, Beauty Swot, Beauty Bottled, The Beauty Quest, Oxford Jasmine, Fur Coat, No Knickers & HJI, DINKY London, OSOblog and Catwalk Queen.

And don’t forget you can still cast your votes for all the other nominees too!

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