Archive for September, 2012
yeast is yeast
Add a burst of colour to your bathroom with Shu Uemura’s ß-G Emulsion, £45. The full-on neon packaging houses a great gel-cum-serum that’s loaded with ß-glucan, a yeast extract known to boost immunity. This is the first time it’s been used in skincare, and it promises to strengthen skin, work on its resilience and tackle signs of ageing.
Destined to become this summer’s make-up bag staple, Michael Kors’ ingenious solid perfume, £45, shimmers and sparkles in its sleek compact. It’s all you’ll need to adorn your neck, shoulders and décolleté.
If you want to rebel against this season’s passion for curls, invest in Denman’s Thermo-Straightening Brush, £8. The two aluminium plates heat up with the force of your hairdryer to guarantee poker-straight locks.
I defy anyone not to dive straight into Molton Brown’s Skin Gloss compacts, with their mirror-like pools of sheer colour. With three shades in the range— First Rush is a must—the formulation is designed to enhance and illuminate skin and can be used virtual) anywhere on the body. £19 each.
Cacharel is shedding its “teen girl’s first scent” image with Gloria— a chia seeds benefits fragrance that is more rock chick than first kiss. There are four products in the line, from eau de toilette to bath and body oil. Each boasts a different overall scent, but all have notes of hibiscus and vanilla. From £16.
Deliciously pretty summer cosmetics are guaranteed to bring out your girlie, flirty side. Enter Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Crystal Nail Lacquers. £10 each a sugary mix of pinks and corals, each one infused with a delicate golden shimmer. Need I say more?
L’Occitae’s Immortelle range is named after its key ingredient— a plant with incredible anti-ageing properties. The Precious Cream, £29, is a real find.
The flush of love or the effect of an afternoon in the fresh air — whatever the cause, this season’s blushing cheeks suggest a naivety and girliness. Achieved by generously applying one of the latest high-tech products — be it a gel, powder, grease or cream — with your fingers, this wildly attractive look will take you back to the innocence of your youth.
Molton Brown could claim to be the first designer brand of make-up and haircare products. Launched 25 years ago, its pioneering shampoos and conditioners were blended by hand and infused with herbs at a time when over-processing and psychedelic colour were the norm. Its make-up palette offered subtle shades of brown, beige and nude for lips and eyes. Started as a back-room operation by Caroline Collis of Browns, Molton Brown is now a multimillion pound business —with an updated look. Some of the products are still made by hand under the guidance of Dale Daxon Bowers, the company’s technical director. Still innovative and holistic in its philosophy, the range is constantly evolving and now uses Chinese ingredients newly available to the Western cosmetics market. Daxon Bowers, a chemistry graduate, became interested in Chinese ingredients after she watched the beneficial effects of cranial osteopathy on her dyslexic son. “I realised that energy channels are where it’s at now,” she says. “The Chinese have always believed that balancing one’s energy is the route to health and wellbeing, and they have always used herbs for healing and regenerating.” The first and most obvious ingredient she has used in Molton Brown products is ginseng— a well-known energiser. Now she has introduced Bai Ji, a herb known to reduce bleeding, making it great for shaving and skin products like the UltraLight Hydrator for Men.