Posts Tagged ‘beauty’
London fashion brand Lipsy had already seduced us with their voluptuous clothes collections subliming curves, making them (and you in the process) even more irresistible, giving you the confidence to rule the world. And for the perfect match, this last touch to make you unforgettable, they have even designed a fragrance – it’s all in the name. Glam. Says it all. A gorgeous box marrying pink snakeskin and gold, diamond bottle, each facette mirroring the light differently, a scent made to madden the senses. Sweet and spicy: honey and saffron, juicy apricot followed bu a floral heat of orchid, jasmine, peony and concluding on incense. Spell binding.
For Christmas, why not give the gift kit with this jewelled perfume and the body lotion, a shimmery one?
Remember Seascape? I was telling you recently about the superb Kids range this organic brand has designed. Made in Jersey, local products and essential oils – so, so good for your skin. They also have a product for each of your moods. And if like me your days seem to be an endless marathon, you really want the Uplift one in your life. Its vibrant scents of eucalyptus, lime and lavender just recharge your batteries within seconds. And such a luxurious lather! My tip? Always have a sample in your handbag…
We all have a friend who should get a superwoman medal. One of those admirable people who juggle with daily challenges with an amazing panache. Maybe a mum, a career girl who remembers to have a heart of gold, a discreet soul that is always there when we need to talk or someone who, whatever the day is like, will find the right words for everyone. Or maybe someone even more exceptional that will combine all these options. We never say thank you enough to those pearls and Christmas is coming. Why not just tell them, in a symbolic way, that in our eyes, they simply are divine? Caudalie has put together the perfect gift set of their signature beauty products to exemplify that sublime natural beauty: Divine scrub (ah, this unforgettable aroma!), Divine oil (such a luxurious bottle – to be used on hair or skin to make both super silky) and the Divine legs gel (for this “just back from holiday” touch). For once, let’s be the one adding a little sunshine in their life.
If you have ever been to Nice, this perfume will be a very special Madeleine de Proust - Fragonard’s ode to the city’s flower market. Just like walking from one stall to another, from scents of jasmine to blackcurrant, sweet peas to vineyard peach, of orange blossom to lily in the valley, a bouquet filled with sunshine… To me, it is a fragrance singing of weekend escapes and, ah, this last touch of musk that makes you feel like following it through the streets…
Women would never settle for one single trend nor fashion. We like to play. Clothes, make-up, hair colour will match our mood or the chapters of our lives. So when a hint of white appears, it’s a natural – almost familiar – step for us to think of colouring. As for men ? It’s still a big step to take. It looks so complicated and slightly messy to them when we go through it at home. It seems to take way too long. And what if it goes wrong? What if this wasn’t the colour you wanted? And so, very often, they step back, give up. After all, girls love the salt and pepper touch of George Clooney’s, they find it seducing, don’t they…? They sigh and try to forget they just wanted to erase these little touches of silver…
That’s where Just for Men AutoStop comes in. It’s simple. It’s quick. It’s fool proof. It can’t go wrong. Four shades are available: light brown, medium brown, dark brown and real black. The set is straightforward to assemble : a tube and a unique comb-in applicator so no mixing, therefore no mess. Press lightly, let the liquid come through then simply brush through the hair – either in light touches if you just have a few areas to match, or through the whole hair if you prefer. Sincerely? A kid can do it. We actually asked our 8 year-old to try on her dad and yes, he remained confident through the process.
Why is it revolutionary ? First, it only targets grey hair. The product also uses an Oxygen Activated technology which means the colour will shut off when it reaches its target tint. It will not go a darker shade than planned, even if you wait longer than the 10 recommended minutes… Rinse and that’s it. The result is absolutely perfect – the hair is super soft, the colour really natural. So what did the man of the house think? It definitely made him feel years younger. It matches so closely his original tint that although friends and colleagues could note a difference, they were not able to place it (is it a new shirt? Vitamins? Ah!). Bonus points: the product does not contain any ammonia nor peroxide so there is no annoying chemical fragrance, just the one of his usual shampoo. Such an easy fix that gave him his elegance back and boosted his ego at the same time!
Go on. Give the Just for Men AutoStop challenge a try. You’ll find this at Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda & Waitrose. Oh and they’re only £8.99…
Seascape, poetic combination of Sea and Escape. behind this magical name, an organic brand made in Jersey. Island apothecary, what a splendid vocation! Local products, aromatic herbs, milk, honey, essential oil… Inspired its appeasing beauty, the products reinvent its beauty, simply, elegantly, playing with the always different sides of the place, matching them to your mood: soothe, uplift, revive, unwind.
The collection also has designed a range for children. My kids fell in love with it as soon as they saw the packaging, adored the flower-seahorse. The sweet drawing triggered their imagination – a name was chosen, a story, adventures invented. Followed a mountain of bubbles – trust me, this is crucial – and silky skin. Such a pleasure for once to forget bottles picturing cartoon heros, flashy colours, artificial scents! Such a lovely occasion to make them smell honey, lavender chamomile, make them imagine a landscape, a place they could really travel too, next summer, why not? Such a natural product it is perfect for baby skins too.
Seascape, Les Petits
The collection counts a bubble bath, a body lotion and a hair and body wash, the latter with an irresistible hint of mandarin
Beauty Elixir. Dancing, singing words that bring a happy smile.
The Caudalie was inspired by a favourite youth elixir of Queen Isabelle of Hungary – a little royal luxury to be added to your life…
In this bottle, they have married grape, orange blossom, rose, mint balm, rosemary. It has a cristal quality, a sharp, perfect aroma, reminding me of leaves of peppery mint bruised as you walk through a garden. Such a scent! No wonder the founder, Mathilde Thomas, worked in Grasse – the region where perfumes are born.
Like a summer mist, a vitamin caress for the skin, it makes it radiant, smoothed, moisturised. Use it as a toner – it is ideal just before make-up to fix it better or just in your handbag for a refreshing pause in the day, a way to escape everything for a few seconds.
And to highlight the fantastic dynamism of this iconic Caudalie product, the bottle has just been reinvented by American designer L’Wren Scott. Already working with ideas from Klimt’s mosaics, she used these to give it an extraordinary corset, voluptuous curves, glamorous and elegant, interwoven vine shoots… A beauty elixir in a work of art!
Sometimes, the beauty routine become slightly dull. It’s all in that name – routine. And so we change products, textures constantly. Ah, women, always butterflying from one thought to another! It makes us so very fascinating yet so very difficult to follow… Back to basics – I love, love roll ons. It changes everything with no effort at all: an appeasing massage effect. A lifting ice cube one if you keep them in the fridge. In the morning when your skin is tired, slightly puffy from sleep, it’s heavenly.
If your skin is super-sensitive and reacts to well, everything, do try Simple. It’s the favourite brand on the market – no added perfume or colour, as natural as they can keep it. Light, neutral but rich in vitamin B5, extract of cucumber, glycerine, lupin. Nice bouquet and very refreshing.
Oh, and for once in the beauty world, a tiny price for a little more tenderness in your day.
In this season, my energy level simply seems to crash. A constant urge to hibernate, wake up in spring. Mind always slightly fuzzy, complexion a bit paler, hair a little duller. And of course, I should shake myself up, go running or cycling more, start a healthy or at least balanced diet, focus on 5 a day, re-energise. But then the good will clashes with the endless to-do lists, the files to finish in time, the kids to be picked up, the shopping, the tidying… Well, given that very few of us can afford a private coach, how about putting all the chances on our side and indulge in the stylish Inner Me packs? After all, they say beauty comes from within…
I tried the Energise Me – little capsules with great powers. One a day for a fabulous cocktail of 8 B vitamins, no less, Folic Acid, Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin D and C, Iron, Chromium, Co-Enzyme and Creatine. Did you know that Vitamins B6 and B12 help converting food to energy? That Magnesium actually reduces tiredness? You’ll feel so much better in no time. In just a week, without changing the way I eat, I could already feel a difference.
Or how about Lustrous Locks? What a wonderful promise…The secret is in the selenium, zinc and the B vitamin biotin which are all involved in the growth of our cells and so contribute to growing healthy hair. Hop, naturally fortifying nutrients and therefore maintaining more beautiful hair.
Another great one – Super Strength Omega 3. Oh, we all know about those, fish, nuts, avocado for a better heart, joints, a sharper brain function (and gorgeous skin by the way). But these give you 750mg total Omega 3 compared to the average 300mg in a normal capsule.
Just what you need to feel a little bit more like a super-woman…
BB Cream – the secret weapon of any make-up set. Once you’ve tried it, you simply can’t live without it! No matter how pale you look, how short the night was: a hazelnut is enough to rebalance and illuminate the skin. Even better, it smooths all the little imperfections. You look awake, ready to take on the day. Well, physically, usually the mind has not had enough time to react and could really do with that espresso shot…
Each brand has its own – This is, of course, an automatic best seller. Melvita has just launched its own but with a more, how could I say? Because it is so fragrant, it feels less commercial and more caring. And it’s organic and that’s enough already for me to love it already. Now, this one is enriched in Rose floral water and a Wild Rose petal extract which, apart from the wonderful aroma, hydrate the skin (24 hour promise!) and improves the circulation of water in the epidermis.
We loved… its fluid texture, easy to use, great coverage, perfect if you apply it with a brush and need just a drop. Weightless – Literally a second but better, flawless skin. And no sticky feeling either. Just a smile on your lips.