This spring make up is more glamorous and flawless and the complexion to aim toward
peaches and cream skin.
Pale pre Raphaelite creamy flawless make up looks, paler lips and apricot to
peachy pink rather than to rose pink
blush, complement the sixties revival clothes ranges. Blush is back in
fashion shades in fabrics and it's also back on the cheeks. Try for soft
blush tones such as Dior's Fresh pink 809 to a warmer Sheer Blush no 10 by
The Geisha influence creates Oriental Fusion looks in make up with the
palest of skins and understated eyes (see
Selfridges below), but boldly painted red lips, and a
move toward bolder corals for lips in the red range. A look
that will surely appeal to Goths.
Along with these
flawless looks of perfect skins, tattoo body ornamentation has lost ground.
Lips & Eyes
Look out for the May launch of Chanel's newest small accessory to be seen
about town with - the luxury lipstick Rouge Allure.
Red is back so in the meantime try Chanel Rouge Hydrabase in a classic red
called Fire. You may also like an intense pillar box red from Christian Dior
Rouge lip colours in Indian Red at £15.50. YSL have a pure shine
lipstick in colour 17 that is bold and powerfully red. There'll
be strong competition in the Luxe packaged ranges from Tom Ford's
new lipstick designed for an Estee Lauder range. For all day staying
power Max Factor Lipfinity is impossible to beat.
Fashionable make up colours for spring eyes include light lavenders and
violet eyes shades. Choose from Dior addict 591 gloss at £14.50 or Lancôme
Petite Nymphe Juicy Tube at£12.50/
This season eyes will shimmer just as much as fabrics. Shu
Uemura have a new eye jelly in gold which gives a glimmer of gold shimmer to
the eye lid. Stila have a pale gold eyeshadow pot at £14 and if
silver tones are more you try L'Oreal Paris Colour appeal platinum eye
shadow in real silver. Lancôme too have a bronze eyeliner Le
Crayon Kohl Waterproof 10 Gold with a metallic shimmer that will brighten
day or evening looks.
Eyelash extensions are the latest beauty buzz must have accessory.
Experts first demanded we had
professional brow plucking, now the next craze is professional eyelash extensions. At
around £80-100 an application this is a new competitor for salon fake tan
treatments and botox injections. I'd go for the eyelashes any
day. But watch you keep the eyebrows bold with a Brooke Shield strong
brow shape. Brow templates are useful to achieve new brow looks.
Good Beauty Products
Good beauty items seem to find their way to most loving homes!
Getting our make up off not only quickly, but effectively is what we all
want. Good products to have in your bathroom for speedy easy and effective
cleansing, include Eve Lom Cleanser at £45, Lancôme Bi-Facil Eye Make up remover
to the somewhat less expensive Neutrogena
Facial Wipes at £3.99. The latter wipes are very effective after a
hard night out when you just need all the 'instant' help you can get to make
the job easy.
For a skin boost try Champneys Spa Skin Care Chamomile
and Rose Moisture Miracle Mask. This mask is wonderful for hydrating
soothing and revitalising super dry skin over a 24 hour span. Most of
all after using it your face is scented lightly with the aroma of a fresh
summer rose and it will feel peachy silk smooth. The smell of this one
is just delightful and leaves you feeling pampered and special.
Hands are often neglected until you get ready to go out and suddenly
realised that you have been doing too many quick household chores without
reaching for latex gloves. For hands that need an instant pamper try
shea butter based La Source Hand Recovery at £12.50 or Hand and Nail
Treatment cream by Clarins. This is also shea butter rich. From the
Anew range by Avon order over the internet the Ultimate Hand and Nail cream
at £8. For everyday maintenace keep up a routine with Neutrogena
Norwegian Formula hand cream or L'Occitane shea butter hand creams.
This Spring Summer, look no further for all the latest new beauty products
than the largest beauty hall in Europe at
From surgical skincare that doesn’t require a knife, to customised beauty
products plus the newest fabulous fragrances first, Selfridges is the one
stop beauty shop.
sleek hairstyle almost reinforces the neatness of this crisp preppy style
from River Island making the whole look work well together. Note the
accessorizing of long rows of bead, chains and pearls all very late 60s and
the nice contrast of the red bag against the clean lines of the navy and
Image left is courtesy of
Women's Wear Spring Summer 2006
NAVY TANK TOP £16.99 / €28.50
STRIPE SHIRT £24.99 / €42.00
PENCIL SKIRT £24.99 / €42.00
STUDDED BAG £19.99 / €33.50
PEARL NECKLACES FROM £9.99 to £12.99 / €16.50 to €22.00
Asymmetric bob styles look classy in a modern way and the asymmetric cut of
substantially longer hair cut on one side than the other has taken off.
The groomed bob look is a fashion hairstyle has returned with a vengeance.
The current most fashionable
bob to have is the stylish cut that Sharon Osbourne
has adopted. Add a former no no - just a little backcombing for a fuller
more bouffant bob look, or opt
to use jumbo rollers to give the look lift if you don't have time to get it
blow dried at the hairdresser.
Choose a fringe as in the great healthy looking bobbed hair cut shown in
this image from River Island.
I love my bob cut as it is so easy to manage and if I caught in the rain in still looks good as my hair is
basically straight. If your hair frizzes easily this may be more of a
secret of sleek bob is a great cut and youcan also use products like John
Frieda's Frizz Ease to help smooth the hair cuticles so the hairs lie more
parallel. My advice is find a hairdresser who knows how to cut a
hair well, Ask around perhaps in a good designer shop in your local
town, or ask a woman wearing a really good bob cut where she had
her hair styled. Voila. You too can instantly update your fashion image.
Personally I prefer my bob with a more asymmetric look, but
many people such as Erin O'Connor have a great dramatic bob cut with a
fringe. The latter works especially well for brunettes.
Now blonde is
so back in fashion that even Erin O'Connor has said she may go blonde.
I like her fine as she is.
Please note the Croydon facelift where a ponytail is scraped back hard
and cruelly strained is a chav look, again well past its moment of glory.
Another pampering item I like which I have not used particularly for the
inch loss effect, but simply as an aid to making my body skin feel nicer,
fresher and relaxed is the Shape Changers' Detox Wrap Kit. Again being
a fan of pure scents of heady Bulgarian Roses I especially like the Shape
Changers' Aromawrap Rose Damascena detox clay version. The orange
scented and original clay wraps also have good fragrance and are not at all
A Shape Changer's Detox kit is a good way to buy this if you don't want to
visit a salon for a treatment. I have had this treatment done locally
at a salon previously, but I investigated the kit for readers to discuss its
availability and contents.
The kit I bought from QVC cost around £34 and came with a DVD explaining
exactly how the detox was used. The kit price compares well with
the price of a one off salon treatment. Vanessa Feltz has raved about
this treatment and her resultant inch loss. I did measure before and
after and did notice some small inch loss, but felt the most benefit was the
therapeutic pampering effect it had on me.
The kit contained 10 sachets of clay in 3 aromas and also had 4 large
clinging crepe style wide bandages. The Shape Changer's detox kit was
described as enough for 10 partial treatments. Yes, it is enough for
10 treatments if you do either your abdominal area or your thighs. If
you choose to do both then the kit is only enough for 5 treatments.
Even so it is good value at around £6 each for 5 full treatments as you can
do it easily in the privacy of your home. Once you are wrapped in the
clay impregnated bandages you just need to relax and stay warm for an hour
resting, reading a book or watching TV whilst the clay takes effect.
Some people are using these clay detox kits for girly evenings and hen
parties when female friends help each other out with salon style treatments
such as waxing and spray tans. Such treatments often require a helping hand.
I'm not sure though how a glass of Champagne would affect the inch loss
Selfridges beauty hall sells more beauty products than any other beauty hall
in the western world and it is the third most successful beauty hall in the
world. Selfridges houses one of the world's largest selection of
beauty products - from big name brands to niche ranges and also world
exclusive brands - Yves Saint Lauren, Decleor, Miss Dior, MAC, Bliss,
Prescriptives, Benefit, Stila, Origins, Jemma Kidd all sell more products in
Selfridges than anywhere else in the world.
Here are some new ideas from Selfridges for this season for Spring Summer
LipFusion – a breakthrough phenomenon in lip enhancement that uses a
patented technology that delivers a revolutionary collagen ‘injection’ that
is absorbed into the lip tissue. The result is a remarkably full
sexier mouth and all the beauty boosting benefits of collagen minus the
injection. Available at prices that start at £18.50.
Colorlab – a customer blend line of make up bringing the cosmetic lab
to the counter where hand-crafted, custom blended, fresh-made cosmetics are
created. The range includes foundations, lipsticks and eye shadows.
All products are botanically infused and are mineral based. Available
Scott Barnes Cosmetics – Celebrity make-up artist Scott Barnes brings
his unique vision of natural beauty to every woman with his first make-up
line exclusively at Selfridges from May 2006. The range will include
treatment products and unique colour cosmetics including the star of the
range, a shimmering body bronzer called Body Bling, Eye Ice, a shimmering
loose powder eye shadow, gel like lip liners, a lip slick and Flossy Glossy
lip glosses as well as cream foundations, pressed powders and a chic
palette, a unique three colour- in-one blush compact.
Ice-Source – A revolutionary skincare system brings the Ice-Source
cream’s temperature close to zero degrees in under two minutes. The
temperature drop leaves your face visibly enhanced, radiant and younger
looking – primed and ready for make-up. Price £125.00.
StriVectin – a powerful anti-ageing facial cream with highly
performing ingredients. Available from £10.
Floris Natural Benefits – a combination of naturally derived
ingredients carefully blended to create a beautifully luxurious range of
skincare products for everyday use. The range includes an energising
body wash, a soothing skin balm, a nourishing hand and nail cream, gentle
cleansing hand-wash, an invigorating body polish and a shine boosting
conditioning shampoo. Available from Selfridges in London prices start at
Zelens – an advanced line of cosmeceuticals formulated by leading
expert in skin cancer and ageing issues, Dr Marko Lens, with packaging
designed by Anouska Hempel. Zelens skincare range contains key
ingredient Fullerene C60, a carbon molecule whose discovery was awarded a
Nobel prize. Available now with day cream priced at £135 and night
cream at £150.
Malin & Goetz – a new skin and hair care range for both men and
women. The formulations are extremely kind to the skin, perfect for very
sensitive skin and suited to all skin types. Available now with prices
starting at £8.
Makebelieve - a revolutionary new product that allows a uniquely
indulgent self tanning experience. A truly beautifully presented
premium product, it offers skincare benefits together with the desired self
tanning properties all this and a dreamy fragrance. Available from mid-March
with prices starting at £25 for the face cream.
Also find this season’s fragrance-firsts from Burberry London, Marc Jacobs
Splash, McQueen Kingdom Summer, Stella Summer and Missoni in the beauty hall
The launch of Memoirs of a Geisha has increased the interest the West has
with Geisha Girls and Japanese tradition. With their combination of beauty,
style and pose, the Geisha girl style is set to become the vogue.
Yohan Sigfusson make-up artist for Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido at
Selfridges has studied the Geisha look and recommends the following
Pale and interesting – bow down to the greatness of the Geisha look -
the pale faced look is perfect for January in Britain. Just add a
layer of Shiseido Sheer Enhancer Base in White £22.50 for a radiant liquid
base that will great a translucent finish, and then apply the Accentuating
Colour Stick Blush S4 £21.00 to cheek bones to soften the look.
Oriental eyes – With celebrities such as Charlotte Church opting for
liquid lined eyes, the Geisha girl eye lined look is set to be the top style
for the season. Try the Shiseido Liquid Eyeliner in Caviar Black
£17.50 and the Hydro Powder Eye shadow in White £14.50 to add a glaze of
intense colour to eye lids.
Budding looks – if the Geisha tradition of flower arranging isn’t to
your fancy then instead opt for rose bud lips, try the Shiseido Perfecting
Lipstick in Real Red £15.00 and Lip Pencil in Red £11.50.
An Oriental Air – for a finishing touch to give a truly authentic
aura add a spritz of Kenzo Oriental Flower £37.50 for 50ml. For a
truly oriental treat try the SK-II eye and facial treatment masks launching
6th March exclusively at Selfridges. Developed by a Japanese Monk who
recognized the powerful skin benefits of 'Pitera', a nutrient-rich liquid,
the latest additions to the range will help preparing the skin for a clear
almost translucent complexion. Sk-II Box of 14 Signs Eye Masks
£45, SK-II Box of 6 Facial Treatment Masks £45
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