Ong-Oaj Pairam’s collection for SS15 ft Makeup from Bodyshop

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Ong-Oaj Pairam’s collection for SS15 saw BodyShop’s key make-up artist Lan Ngyuyen-Grealis create a look inspired by the geisha traditions of the Far East infused with the 1950s to create a fresh and healthy look to incorporate the designers original stimuli.

Due to the pastel colours of Pairam’s garments, delicate pinks, greens and blues were amalgamated into the faces but intensified with vibrant, neon tones. The overall finished look complimented the fantastic runway show and every model was immaculate.

Sitting front row and very near to the opening of the catwalk, the heat from the lights were horrendously intense and even sitting down awaiting the show to start, I could feel my top start to stick to me. Powdering my nose thereafter, I couldn’t help but notice later that the models were very poised with invisible pores and not a shiny nose in sight. BodyShop’s skin primer, ‘Matte It’, priced at just £12, was used on every model before BB Creams and foundations. Of course it was set with a powder on top but the primer really held the make up together well and upon speaking to one of the models, they said it wasn’t heavy or greasy nor did they feel clogged up with make-up.
In terms of eyes for this look, the Metallic Eye Definer was a key element and the 11 Vibrant Emerald Green, priced at £8, was used to accentuate the models eye area. This bold colour was definitely different from the heavy, smoky eyes many make-up artists get carried away with doing and it completely spoke the words ‘fresh’ and ‘new’ to the audience.

I always have and probably always will be a fan of using a good concealer as a lip base for ombre or even just to help mattify a lipstick and for this look in particular, the Concealer All In One, £6.50, was lightly brushed onto the lips and was then coated on the inner lip, with a Colour Crush in 14 Magenta Be Rouge, £10 for a pop of colour. This fluid use of colour throughout the show reminds me of candy and sweet treats whilst the fashion hints otherwise. Awfully good metallic and detailed prints give a nudge at the ‘good girl gone bad’ story and I don’t think the make-up could help make that anymore clearer.

Written by: Savannah Liu

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New Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

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 Elemis announces the launch of Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm after two years in development.

Ingredients include:  geranium, lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, ho wood, orange, menthol and clove, starflower and elderberry oils, fused with mimosa and rose wax.

Due for release in March 2013 and will be priced at £39.50 for a 105g tub.

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Review: New Absolution Skincare

La Crème du Jour (Day Cream) £49

La Solution + Éclat (radiance) £60

Absolution is the first certified organic unisex, bespoke brand. Whether you have dull, dry or skin that is  simply lacking luster and radiance the Absolution range really will take care of your skincare woes.

The day cream is a light non greasy formula that sets into the skin without leaving any excess moisture. Keeping my skin on form is so important to me, Absolution really is amazing and has helped me to balance out my skin problems that I usually face around my menstrual cycle and during harsh weather changes. An added bonus is the La Solution + Éclat Radiance booster, it works magic on tired, dehydrated and skin that just needs that extra boost and a pick me up.

My 4am working nights seem to have taken their tole on my skin, meaning the Radiance booster gets used everyday in conjunction with the moisturiser. I apply two pumps of the La Solution + Éclat (Radiance booster) to La Crème du Jour (Day Cream) and it really does work wonders, instantly giving you a glow and waking up your dull skin, my skin always feels supple and hydrated after a mix my own little concoction of moisturiser and booster.  I’m not a alcohol drinker but can imagine it would make for a great hangover skin cure.

The airless dispensers used to house the fabulous formulas allow each product to last up to three years by protecting the formulas from light and air without the need for lots of preservatives. <—– I like the sound of that!!! :)

The Absolution range is definitely gets a ‘Wowza Pass’.

 

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Jurlique: New Purely White Skin Brightening Range!


In April 2011 Jurlique Will intro a NATURAL way to brighten the skin!

The new skincare line is made with  VITABRIGHTKX! Formulated with Jurlique’s proprietary complex, VITABRIGHTKX, designed to help reduce the visible appearance of skin discolourations, to even skin tone and increase skin radiance.

hmmm I cant say I’m a fan of skin lightening creams, however this seems to be a natural answer to brightening your skin and helping balance out n even skin tone!! Will have to wait and see what its like!

For more info please go to Jurlique.co.uk

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BeautyWowza’s Winter Saviour Products!

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Liz Earle: New Energising Body Lotion & Wreath Making Event!

After a kind invite from the lovely ladies at Liz Earle I hopped along to the Flagship store in Chelsea for a Wreath making evening in aid of their new addition to the ever so popular energising range. We were greeted with Mulled wine (elder flower for the non drinkers like myself) and minced pies with a display of beautiful wreath making goodies! 

January will see an amazing launch of ‘Energising Body Lotion’, a potent yet silky body cream packed with 19 naturally active ingredients including: Caffeine, ginkgo biloba, chestnut, vitamin E, borage, grapefruit, rosemary, peppermint and many more. This luscious blend will have you picked up from those Winter blues in no time at all! The body lotion comes in a sleek long bottle that’s easy enough to carry with you, the texture of the lotion is lovely and silky and it absorbs into the skin very quickly and of course, the smell is to die for as with every other Liz Earle product!

Here are some pictures from our lovely Wreath making evening!

The lovely table full of Wreath goodness!

Majority of the props used for our wreath’s were in fact the main ingredients which you will find in Energising Body Lotion!

Jennifer doing what she loves best, talking to us about plants :)

Me making a little progress, I think??!!

Fellow Beauty writers/bloggers showing off their finished products.

Emma from Pampered&Polished showing off her lovely Wreath!

Me and Hayley from London Beauty Queen!

Lets Play ‘Rate the Wreath’ :p Below are images of the Wreath made by myself and the one by the Lovely Jennifer from Liz Earle!

Jennifer’s Wreath :)

My Wreath (go easy on me, its my first time :p)

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Liz Earle for holding such a lovely evening!

Energising Body Lotion will be available in January and is priced at £16.50 for 150ml.

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BeautyWowza's Winter Flu Savior's!!

I have just gotten over a terrible bout of Flu and the most awful chest infection one could ask for!! Here are some of my all time Savior products that got me through the torment!!

Les Fluers De Bach Anti-Stress Treating Fragrance Organic – 50ml (£19.50)- This amazing blend of Lavender, sage, bergamont and Eucalyptus essential oils really do put the mind at ease! Even though I was overly bunged up, I would spray this every night all over my bed, pillow, curtains and anything else I could think of at the time! I hate the feeling of being ill and always like having a fresh smelling room and clean fresh sheets!  This anti-stress treatment worked perfectly! Also a great product to help you sleep.

Les Fluer De Bach Anti-Stress Shower Gel – Organic – 200ml (£19)-  This shower gel has an amazing blend of natural mind calming ingredients! I found using this whilst having the Flu very helpful. It really does help to unblock your sinuses and helps out with all the awful aches and pains you have.  I highly recommend! This product is also great for individuals that play sports it really does help to relax the muscles.

Les Fluer De Bach Anti-Stress Body Lotion – Organic – 200ml (£29) – After a nice hot shower I lathered myself in this yummy Body lotion. Infused with organic Shea Butter and Sesame Seed Oil, enriched with Aloe Vera and organic Bach flowers to calm, restore and ease the mind. It left my skin velvety smooth and again helps with all the aches and pains that come with an awful bout of Flu!!

Davina Peace Body Oil (£45) – Since attending the launch of the Davina Peace range im am now a complete convert! The body oil is my nightly ritual and a little really does go a long way. This nourishing body oil is great for the winter months when your skin decides it wants to be naughty because of the climate change. Another reason why I love this body oil is for its healing properties, since using this on my legs every night it has completely healed any shaving bumps and ingrowing hairs that I have. I was also told by Farrah from Makeup It Girl that its great for healing minor burns, My mum had a nasty oil burn the other day and I have given her some of this fabulous oil to use and its healing the burn pretty quickly.

Products above can be found at www.davinapeace.com and Les Fluer De Bach

 

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Review: Dr Bronner's Magic Soap's (Guest post)

The magic of Dr. Bronner’s is its affordability and versatility. Famous for its 18 uses from 1 bottle this liquid soap at £4.99 per 236ml bottle is worth a try.

So for me, being more of a lover of shower gels and creams, I was quite dubious whether to try Dr Bronner’s Bottle of Magic. Like many others, soaps have a tendency to leave the skin feeling dry and almost leather like, which is a horrible feeling after a soothing bath, when you should be feeling like silk….but here goes… 

 

Check out Dr Bronner’s “18in1” uses as listed on his products…..Impressive!

  1. Shave
  2. Shampoo
  3. Dental
  4. Soap bath
  5. Peppermint is nature’s own unsurpassed fragrant Deodorant!
  6. A drop is best Mint Toothpaste; brushes Dentures Clean!
  7. A dash in water is the ideal Breath Freshener & Mouth Wash!
  8. Peppermint Oil Soap for Dispensers, Uniforms, Baby, Beach!
  9. Dilute for ideal  Body Rub
  10. Foot Bath
  11. Douche
  12. Hot Towel-Massage the entire body, always towards your heart.
  13. Pets
  14. Silk, wool, washing clothes and dishes
  15. Body tingles head to toe – keeps cool!
  16. 3 dashes in water rinse most Sprays Off fruit & vegetables!
  17. 1/4 oz in qt H2O is Pest Spray!
  18. Dash, no rash Diaper-Soap!

It comes in 8 main varieties, the original being the famous tingly peppermint - followed by Lavender, Eucalyptus, Citrus, Almond, Rose, unscented Baby Mild and Tea Tree which can even be used to treat minor cuts. Dr Bronner’s Pure Magic Soap has NO synthetic foaming agents, thickeners, preservatives, fragrances, dyes or whiteners. The soaps are made with certified Fair Trade and organic ingredients sourced from India and its packaging is completely biodegradable.

So ……with my bottle of the original Dr Bronner’s Peppermint liquid soap in hand, I took to the bathroom to test 2 of its recommended uses!!

Soap bath – standing up and washing at a sink is not my idea of relaxing so I moved this method from the sink to the bath! Adding just 3 drops to hot running water the fresh peppermint scent masked my bathroom! “Breathing deeply” as advised on the bottle I laid back, relaxed, inhaled and exhaled and was instantly relaxed. Almost like a decongestant, Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap opened up the sinuses, and made my nose tingle. This would be great natural product or clearing the mind if you have cold/flu symptoms. But…enough about relaxing and onto the cleaning! This magic liquid soap has a surprisingly rich lather for such a thin and initially watery product due to its very high coconut oil content and again just a few drops of the liquid onto a loofah, sponge or into the palm of your hand is enough for the entire body.  It cleans the skin effortlessly leaving body feeling fresh and tingling. With so many cleaning powers for the body and your home the soap is in no way abrasive as maybe expected. In fact its the complete opposite. Importantly for me it did not leave my skin dry or leathery. I wouldn’t say it was as moisturising as shower creams etc, but for a formula that is a soap and not promoted for its moisturising properties, my skin was surprisingly soft and the tingly sensation lasts once dry.

Shampoo  – I would recommend using Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap as a shampoo for cleanliness only.  It lathers well on hair and cleans just as well as any other shampoo. Being an “18in1” bottle it would be great for those travelling with the need for minimal luggage or those of you who place no emphasis on having silky/shiny hair. But for those who like to replicate that salon feeling, unfortunately I would not recommend this as a shampoo. It did the cleaning job, but it left my hair feeling dry and brittle which was not a good feeling. although my hair smelt fabulous, it was not so fab to touch.

Check out Dr Bronner’s magic Soaps at www.drbronner.com There is a wide range of goodies to buy! Feel free to contact me on Deeheartsnutri@gmail.com Twitter: DeeHeartsNutri

Dionne

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BeautyWowza's Makeup Must Haves!

 A list of current products you will find in my makeup bag!! If you haven’t got these in your life…. you NEED them!! Simples!!

Dr Perricone No Foundation Foundation (yes it is actually called that) $50- Best foundation ive used so far! I hate the caked, dry, orange look! This formula gives you a dewy flawless look and provides translucent coverage, corrects skin undertones, instantly smooths fine lines and boosts skin’s natural moisture throughout the day, all the while delivering antioxidant benefits. Magic stuff indeed!

Inika Organic Eyeliner Pencil £10 (approx) - Fab formula, easy on the eyes and love that the lid has a sharpener!

NARS Downtown Lipgloss (2010 Holiday Collection) £17 - Love this entire Holiday collection! Fabulous sheer lip colour, glides on well and very this season!! Mucho Love!!!

NARS Estruque Eyeshadow (2010 Holiday Collection) £16- Gotta love a vintage gold eyeshadow. Long wearing, crease resistant and you can wear this wet or dry!!

NARS Little Darling Lipstick (2010 Holiday Collection) £17 – Gotta love a good natural lippy! I love natural lips.. this lippy is fabulous! Moisturising and dewy, wear it alone or add a clear gloss on top to make your lips really pop!

NARS Sex Appeal Blush (2010 Holiday Collection) £19.50 – ‘sex appeal… you either have it or.. you don’t! In terms of this fabulous blush… I have it’  With this seasons colours being so bold this peachy blush is just enough to highlight your cheeks without being waaaayyy over the top.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick £18- Matte but moisturising, I totally cannot live without my pure matte lippy!

PIXI Endless Silky Pen Price £11- Glides on like butter and is water proof! What more could you want! Comes in lots of fabulous colours too.

TooFaced Cosmetics leopard Love Complexion Perfection kit $30- Love a good bronzer.. this give you 3 different choices depending on what mood you’re in!

Shu Uemura Pro Concealer £16.50 –  Provides a high but natural coverage! Great for under circles and balancing out skin un even skin tone! Can be used alone or underneath your normal concealer!

What are your faves?

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Review: iRejuvenate Forest Secrets Skincare

  

Dr Barbara Olioso brings us the first and only personalised skincare system. The personalization works when you blend iRejuvenate Step 1 and Step 2 to your skins needs as advised.

The highly concentrated mixture which contains 19 active plant ingredients in step 1 and 11 in step 2 can be used as a morning and night moisturiser as well and a neck and eye cream, iRejevenate really listens to your skins needs and allows you to feed it accordingly.

The system is very easy to use, by simply blending the 2 steps on the palm of the hand:

  • Start with a 1:1 ratio of step 1 and 2 i.e 2 drops of each
  • If the skin feels dry or the weather is cold increase the step 1 drops
  • If the skin feels oily or the weather is hot decrease step 1 or only use at night

This tailored skincare system really allows you to listen to your skin and what it needs throughout the year, Dr Barbara Olioso products gives us the flexibility to do so.  Our skin is forever changing and so should our skincare regime but without the hassle of changing the products we use entirely.

I have been using this system for a few weeks now, It’s a little daunting at first but the great thing is if you get it wrong it’s not going to harm your skin as the ingredients are organic. The gels are brilliant, non greasy and very cooling on the face. I have played around with a few different systems of using step 1 and step 2. As the Winter months have quickly arrived I have noticed a change in my skin, winter always seems to strip and dry out my skin so I have upped step 1 and it has worked brilliantly. The system is amazing for all skin types and extremely good as an anti-aging system. I recommend you all give it a go. If your fed up of having to change your skincare regime throughout the year to tailor to your skins needs why not give this a try??

 iRejuvenate cane be bought online at www.forestskincaresecrets.com and is approved by the Vegan Society.

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