Posts Tagged ‘beauty’
A woman’s weakness, to fall for the beauty of the product, reason fading away. The precise grain of the packaging, that radiance, beige, a Burberry signature, down to the Tartan taking on a metallic touch, the straight rectangular design of the bottle, the nail varnish as precious as a nectar…
Burberry nail varnish - Nude Beige #100 & Storm Grey #203
My level of energy and cheerfulness is proportional to the amount of sunshine. On a sunny day, you’ll find me outside with my cup of tea, radiant, sighing happily. I could spend my life in tropical countries, just to enjoy the vibrant light, the way it makes the colours stand out so beautifully.
Of course, I pay for it. My skin dries instantly. The rich, comforting cream I use against the cold does not match summer temperatures. Fancy lightness, a soft touch too? Try Melvita‘s new rose beauty mist. Refreshing, like the caress of a butterfly’s wing, gentle, an appeasing scented dew. Even better, it is enriched with antioxidants to help your skin fight the first signs of ageing. My tip? Use it as a tonic after cleansing the makeup.
There isn’t a Tom Ford fragrance that does not seem born of magic to me. Crystal pure voluptuous notes. If Santal Blush first offers a comforting amber, musky note, rich and creamy, dancing on spices, sandalwood and oud… it opens suddenly onto an entire universe. Sharper, jasmin and rose, returning to exotism for a second. I thought I had caught freshly grated coconut but it swirled into ylang-ylang. Burning bright, as if inflamed by a ray of brilliant sunshine.
Sunshine in a bottle. You can imagine it on skin still warm from a day out… An explosion of fruity notes mixed with citrus, peach and lemon, bergamot and tangerine, amber and musk. Energetic, memories of running through a wild-flower meadow, laughing. And then comes the Eclipse, dancing softly, opening on a more feminine, seductive side. A heart of freesia, lotus flower, sweet rose. This brand new perfume by Ghost evolves constantly, playing on the facettes of your personality, always ready for a new adventure. Like a sunset, the transition between two worlds.
For this new range, Melvita has chosen a magical bloom, the wild rose. To survive the harsh climate in the mountain, it plunges its roots deep and fills itself with minerals. Pulpe de Rose combines the hydrating virtues of its petals with the vitamin C stored in its fruit. 30 times more than in an orange, how impressive is that? Add natural sugars, antioxidants and the blood circulation is boosted. Meaning you look much less tired; re-energised. Great way to fight those first wrinkles too.
Our two favourite products in the collection? The Plumping Radiance Duo is an amazing bi-phase formula (oil and water so do shake that bottle as if it were a cocktail) first refreshing then super-nourishing, leaving your skin nicely supple. Oh, and with the romantic fragrance of Muscat roses. Massage it slowly on the face, neck and shoulders. A better way to start the day than a cup of coffee!
Match it to the Plumping Radiance Cream. Powerful but still light in texture thanks to rose water. It gives the skin its natural cushioned feeling and seems to erase tiredness. A little like having been on a week’s holiday, pink cheeks and all…
Girls always need sample sizes in their handbag. For everyday life or for travelling – we’re experts at finding a cabin size range… Burt’s Bees is a great classic. Did you know the story behind it? In the 80s, Burt Shavitz, a beekeeper with an iconic beard was selling his honey on the side of the road. He met Roxanne Quimby, an incredible artist. Love. They stayed together. She made candles from the unused beeswax. It was a hit. Later came the famous lip balm. Then a whole beauty range. It is now a discreet empire with an impressive 180 products, 99 to 100% natural. Because, they say, the best solutions are from nature.
If you do not know Burt’s Bees yet, why not start with the Essential Body Kit? It’s all in the name. Things you are sure to need and use. The hand balm is brilliant, a best-seller, rich in beeswax, botanical oils and herbs, pure salvation for skin damaged by gardening and cleaning products. Same goes for the lip products, best ever in winter and perfect for desiccating plane trips.
There are lighter, more fluid creams too. First is the cleanser, soft foam, chamomile and aloe refreshing nicely. Works on make up too. For more cocooning, there is a body milk, fragrant with comforting honey, sweet, almost a dessert. Have a few more minutes? Indulge in a foot massage – the coconut cream is divine, with a surprising cooling touch, rosemary and peppermint oil. A few minutes for yourself, no one else. Those stolen moments, commuting, or finally arriving at the hotel, with no cleaning nor ironing to do… See? The perfect suitcase kit!
There is so much mention, in the beauty world, of free radicals. We nod, yes, sure, the free radicals. Wait a second. What is this exactly? Well, we are made of atoms. The free radicals are, let’s say, unstable ones, missing an electron and trying to get one. In most cases, oxygen atoms.
UV, pollution, stress… ages the skin. By oxidising atoms, turning them into free radicals. If the body has a natural defence system, sadly, it is less efficient with time. The skins dries up, wrinkles appear.
One solution, to support the epidermis, is to boost it with anti-oxidants. Simple.
Caudalie succeeded to stabilise polyphenols in grapes, the brand signature. Why the cheerfulness? Because these are 100% anti-oxidant and 10,000 times more efficient than Vitamin E (which protects the collagen level and from sun disasters). The result? A brand new range, Polyphenol [C15], to correct those little wrinkles that annoy us so much. Polyphenol and Vitamin C, double power!
To promote it, Caudalie has produced a trial version, the Polyphenol C15 box. Inside, the 3 key products. The Anti-Wrinkle Defense Serum (10ml), enriched with hyaluronic acid and olive squalane, a super efficient shot to plump up. Kind of a super-hero. The Protect Fluid (15ml) is your smoothing shield for the day, with extra filters against UVA and UVB rays. The Anti-Wrinkle Eye and Lip Cream (5ml) is enriched with Matrixyl 3000 along with fern, horse chestnut, liquorice and witch hazel extracts to tighten and moisturise more fragile contours.
There are some extra goodies too, a stress ball, limited edition ribbon bracelet, a super-healthy recipe… Let’s erase some of those wrinkles, shall we?
You already knew Daisy by Marc Jacobs, crowned with its now iconic flower. This, my friends, is the new déclinaison, Eau So Fresh. A spring fragrance par excellence, all senses. A bouquet of wild roses, just-picked raspberries, violets, grapefruit on a base of cedarwood and musk. It dances on your skin in elegant, light touches, just like a butterfly…
My hair refuses to be tamed. Each morning brings a fight. And anti-frizz serum. Another one to make it smooth. There is a lot of sighing.
A hairdresser recently whispered to me “Sometimes, it’s all about the brush…”. Point taken. To be fair, having a 8 year old in the house meant a huge collection of Hello Kitty ones. I’m not even sure where they all came from. I can only remember buying one. The one I’m mainly using. It’s bright pink, the first I see when I am still on autopilot in the morning. If you’re a mum, you know. Some details you happily forget when you haven’t had a coffee yet.
Time to go hunting for a high tech adult version. Luckily, Ecotools, my beloved make-up brushes brand, has just launched a new range. Yes, you guessed right – 5 beautiful hairbrushes, each with a different skill. You’re sure to find the perfect one!
Why fall for these? Because they’re light but offer a good grasp, thanks to their ergonomic bamboo handle. Because the brand is eco-conscious (renewable bamboo forest, recycled and recyclable paper for packaging…) and yes, this is compatible with beauty. But also because they are equipped with an aerodynamic Eco-Vent system that dries hair 20% faster. Really? Yes. I have tried it and on still damp hair, do not even need a hair dryer any more. It’s brilliant!
Which one to choose? Depends on what you need. In order of appearance on the pictures… Styler and Smoother if you love styling your hair. Sleek and Shine finisher, ideal for longer hair, distributing the natural moisturisers nicely. For a brushing, two sizes of round ones: Quick and full volume styler. The first is better for short to medium hair, the other for more volume in the curls. And the magic touch, Smoothing Detangler, will make your hair knot free without tears.
The bonus point? Ecotools has created a synthetic versions of boars’ hair. Cruelty free but wow, what a shine!
Actress. Author. Glamour Icon. Goddess. This woman has it all!
Joan Collins has just launched her first collection – Timeless Beauty. Because true Hollywood beauty is eternal, age defying. You could call it a lifestyle… It’s all about lining, framing a natural charm and giving that exceptional shine. I love, love her make up range, inspired by art deco design. One of those accessories you always have in your handbag: first because it fits you perfectly (some would call it a life saver), second because it catches everyone’s attention (and maybe a little jealousy too. Can’t hurt). Almost like wearing a beautiful jewel, it complements a lovely dress, perfect manicure. Look at this compact as dazzling as it is practical! Nice matte finish powder to light up your foundation, magnetic closure, a creamy rouge that hydrates deeply while brightening your smile… The names of the colours were chosen from the characters played by the stars. And yes, you can get the matching nail varnish.
Lots to discover. I have put on my wishlist, the divine rose lotion, Rose Optimise, rebalancing the skin pH. And the sumptuous night cream that erases tiredness. There also is a perfume, I am woman, quintessence of feminity, peach, bergamot, mandarin on a base of musk, tonka, vanilla… Just in case you want to put a spell on anyone on your way!