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13
Feb 13

Red Carpet Beauty round-up 2013

It may only be February, but we’ve already seen a wealth of Red Carpet Beauty this year thanks to numerous awards ceremonies including the Golden Globes, the Grammys and the BAFTAs. We’ve still got the Oscars to go at the end of the month as well!

Just like Marilyn Monroe stole the show all those years ago at the Golden Globes, when it comes to beauty, some stars have shone brighter than others on the red carpet at this year’s ceremonies. Read on to find out my favourite Red Carpet Beauty moments so far…

Marilyn Monroe won three Golden Globes between 1953 - 1962

Marilyn Monroe won three Golden Globes between 1953 – 1962

BAFTAs

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is gorgeous. Jennifer Lawrence is also chums with Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender. Jennifer Lawrence is hereby the source of all my envy. Seriously though, I do love a bit of Jen; she’s great as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and she also seems to have a pretty grounded attitude towards Hollywood and all its silliness. Plus she looked awesome at this year’s BAFTAs.

Slicked-back hair is an unconventional and risky look for the red carpet, but the actress definitely pulled it off. Jennifer’s dark, sooty eyes looked very alluring, and given they were teamed with wet-look hair, they completed her just-out-of-the-shower, smudgy-eyed vibe. For eyes like Jennifer’s apply LCN’s Dark Midnight Glow eyeshadow, £11.45 from beautyconcepts.co.uk.

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 BAFTAs

Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 BAFTAs

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker’s beauty and fashion sense have always been unconventional, and equally out of the ordinary is her down to earth personality. Unlike typical showbiz prima donnas, SJP always comes across as warm, charismatic, and genuine – qualities which she displayed during her speech at the BAFTAs.

When the actress stepped on stage in her Elie Saab jumpsuit, I was struck by how amazing she looked. It’s been years since SATC came to an end, but SJP is looking remarkably youthful – and not in a surgically-enhanced kinda way, either. After all, the Sex and the City star has long been averse to plastic surgery.

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2013 BAFTAs

Sarah Jessica Parker at the 2013 BAFTAs

“People used to tell me to do my nose all the time—all the time,” she told Allure in 2000. “I’m not a big fan of collagen and Botox for actresses because I think it ruins a very expressive part of our faces. I kinda dig that I’m so flawed.” Well, she may love imperfections, but SJP’s hair at the BAFTAs was absolutely flawless thanks to Charles Worthington, who worked his mane-magic on the actress before she hit the red carpet.

To achieve hair like SJP’s, the stylist recommends using Charles Worthington Instant Volume Amplifying Volume Treatment, £14.99, before running straightening irons through your hair. My favourite straighteners at the moment are Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners, Like SJP, my hair is naturally thick and curly, but these slim straighteners and their super-hot, titanium ceramic plates do a great job of taming my locks. Available to buy from TheRankTank.com for a reduced price of £34.99.

Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners

Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners

Grammys

Rihanna

It was her first official outing with Chris Brown as a couple since he assaulted her at the 2009 Grammys - a reunion which by many is seen as a controversial move on Rihanna’s part – so it was fitting that the singer opted for a bold look at this year’s awards ceremony. Speaking about her newly rekindled relationship, Rihanna said: ”If it’s a mistake, then it’s my mistake”.

Just like her defiant attitude, Rihanna’s scarlet dress. rouge lips and matching nails were fiery if not downright daring. Her long wavy hair, on the other hand, softened the overall look (which might have otherwise seemed too harsh) and reminded us that Rihanna is still a young and at times vulnerable woman. Here’s hoping Chris Brown treats her right this time.

Find out which red nail polishes and red lipsticks I like best at the moment by visiting Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide!

Rihanna at the 2013 Grammys

Rihanna at the 2013 Grammys

Golden Globes

Claire Danes

Not only did Claire Danes pick up the gong for Best Actress at this year’s Golden Globes, but she came up trumps on the red carpet too.

I’ve become accustomed to seeing Danes sport a pair of manic, tired-looking eyes in her (brilliantly acted) role as CIA officer Carrie Mathison in Homeland, so it was a welcome surprise to see her all dolled up at the Globes.

Danes complimented her natural beauty with an ample dose of eyeliner and this smokey, feline look was beyond seductive; it made the actress’ electric blue eyes sizzle even more than usual. Her hair do was a total win, too. Tousled, long, glossy and voluminous, it was as far cry from the short, unassuming style worn by her character Carrie. Bravo, Claire!

Claire Danes at the 2013 Golden Globes

Claire Danes at the 2013 Golden Globes

Jessica Alba

When it comes to style, this woman can do no wrong. Her look at the Globes was not only immaculate, but had an earthy and vibrant edge too.

Her sun-kissed California skin, burnt orange lips, subtle contouring and simple eyemakeup all worked together in perfect harmony to create a stunning overall look. Jessica Alba, I salute you. If you want lips like Jessica’s, I suggest using Sundown Mini Lipstick by Frontcover (£4.00).

Jessica Alba at the 2013 Golden Globes

Jessica Alba at the 2013 Golden Globes

Next up, the Oscars! Keep your eyes peeled for my special Oscars post, where I’ll be looking at a history of Red Carpet Beauty…


12
Feb 13

What to buy him for Valentine’s Day: Male Grooming Products

If you happen to have a significant chap in your life, it may be that he’s in desperate need of some male grooming products. In which case might I suggest giving him the Braun Series 3 Wet & Dry Shaver this Valentine’s Day.

I really rate Braun products (their epilators are brilliant) which is why I think this shaver would make a good gift. Of course it depends on your budget, but the shaver is currently reduced from £139.99 to £93.32 at Boots.

So, what makes this shaver so special? Well, firstly it has three independently moving cutting elements which adapt to facial contours, so it’s really effective at cutting both long and short hairs. It also causes less irritation than regular shavers, meaning your boyfriend will have soft kissable skin for Valentine’s Day.

Braun Series 3 Shaver: 380s Wet & Dry

Braun Series 3 Shaver: 380s Wet & Dry

This model boasts a sleek, black and blue design and has comfortable rubber grips which make it easy to hold. It’s size, shape and weight are all ideal. The shaver also comes with a charger, dock and hard black zip-up case. My boyfriend will definitely be getting this for Valentine’s Day (here’s hoping he’s not reading).

Two other products which I’d definitely recommend getting your man this year are Natural Empathy’s Clean & Mean Hair & Body Wash, £12.95, and Natural Empathy’s Care & Repair Moisturiser for Men, £29.99, both of which are worth their individual price tags.

These high quality products are free of parabens and contain pure essential oils. They also contain ingredients such as cedarwood and lavender, all of which combine to create a woody scent that smells absolutely divine. Available to buy from crystalspring.co.uk.

Natural Empathy Male Grooming Products

Natural Empathy Male Grooming Products

Another option is to buy your boyfriend a sophisticated smelling Cologne. My older brother is a massive fan of Steel by Superdry, a refreshing fragrance with top notes of lime and bergamot and rich base notes of cedarwood and moss. Steel costs £29.50 per 40ml and is available to buy at all Superdry stores and superdry.com.

One last product which I think would make a nice gift this Valentine’s is the Artamis 8 Piece Manicure Set, available to buy for £17.50 from il2l.com. It’ll be sure to keep your boyfriend’s talons and monobrow in check.

With all these products, your other half will be groomed to perfection in time for your next romantic dinner! For more Valentine’s Day cosmetics, read Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.

Superdry Steel Cologne and Artamis Nail Kit

Superdry Steel Cologne and Artamis Nail Kit


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide: as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins

Whether you consider Valentine’s Day to be a romantic occasion or just another commercial calendar date, chances are you’ll be celebrating it somehow anyway; either with your lover, your friends or yourself! After all, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to some TLC.

Love is blind

Love is blind

However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day this year, there’s no doubt that beauty products will be involved. Enter Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; here you’ll find a variety of products, all of which are designed to make you look and feel good this Valentine’s Day.

Each item has been handpicked and tested by yours truly, and each correlates with one of the Seven Deadly Sins. After all, love is a complex emotion which has the ability to evoke darker feelings such as lust and envy. So, read on and find out which products suit which sin…

  1. Lust   2. Gluttony   3. Greed   4. Sloth   5. Wrath   6. Envy   7. Pride

 


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; red-hot products as inspired by Pride

Pride may be regarded as a sin, but there’s nothing wrong with taking pride in your appearance, which is why I’ve put together a selection of products that will help you look your most smokin’ hot self this Valentine’s Day.

A few rouge items which will really compliment your look this V Day are the nail products below. Bella Pierre nail color in Fire Red, £10 from bellapierre.co.uk, and China Glaze nail lacquer in Igniting Love, £6.95, are great choices if it’s a bright red nail polish you want. For a quick fix though, opt for imPRESS stick-on manicure nails in Tweetheart; they’ll enable you to type your Valentine a loving Tweet in style! Ah, the beauty of modern-day romance.

Nicole Scherzinger, the Brand Ambassador for ImPRESS nails, reckons this shade ‘would be perfect to team up with a simple LBD and a classic red lip”. In addition to Scherzinger, ImPRESS nails are worn by the likes of Rihanna and Katy Perry, and I can see why; they’re very easy to apply and come in a range of lovely colours and designs. Available to buy from Boots for £7.99.

Red nails for Valentines

Red nails for Valentines

Without wanting to succumb to the anti-feminist cliché of advising that you ‘dress up in nice underwear’, I’m going to advise that you, erm, dress up in nice underwear. Why? Because this lovely red number by Playtex has recently caught my eye.

The Red Flower Lace Bra is made of luxurious, non-scratchy material which sculpts, supports, and feels comfortable against your bust. Plus it looks gorgeous. Available to buy from Debenhams for £25.50 (matching midi briefs also available for £11).

Playtex Red Bra

Playtex Red Bra

For more sinfully satisfying products, check out the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide, as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins!


15
Jan 13

LCN Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener

Marilyn Monroe preferred to wear clear nail polish, and who could blame her? Clear polish is a lovely way to give your nails a subtle, elegant finish. It’s glamorous without being gaudy, and understated without being dull.

Marilyn Monroe preferred to wear clear nail polish

Marilyn Monroe clear nail polish (image: slodive.com)

My go-to nail polish at the moment is LCN’s Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener. Just one, thin layer of this polish brightens your nails and gives them a healthy sheen. Make sure not to apply too much though as it’ll end up looking milky and congealed. Remember, less is more!

LCN’s Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener contains green tea extract and can also be used as a base coat. Available to buy for £4.35 from beautyconcepts.co.uk.

LCN Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener

LCN Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener


6
Jan 13

Limited Edition Pink Glitter Nails by Elegant Touch (Review)

If you want a quick and easy way to make your hands look party-perfect, then I suggest you purchase some false nails by Elegant Touch, in particular their Limited Edition Pink Glitter Nails.

Glittery pink nails may sound horrendous on paper, but while this design is “girly” it somehow isn’t garish. The pink hue is pretty and the glittery effect adds a subtle sparkle to your fingertips.

It’s true that fake nails can often resemble talons, however these nails are short in length and have a nice shape, meaning they look both realistic and sophisticated. And, rather than glue, the set comes with super adhesive tabs which keep the nails firmly in place.

My advice? Get your claws into this Limited Edition set while you can! Available to buy from Boots for £7.10.

Pink Glitter Nails Elegant Touch

Pink Glitter Nails by Elegant Touch

 


4
Jan 13

Razzle Dazzle ‘em with the Sparkler set by Frontcover Cosmetics

If you thought glitter was the domain of five year old girls or adults with a fetish for fairy dust, then think again. Sparkly stuff has become de rigieur of late, and if applied correctly, glittery makeup can transform your look from dull to dazzling in no time.

After all, when it comes to a snazzy party, a retro disco or a big night out, average-looking makeup just doesn’t cut it anymore. So, if you have a glitzy event to attend, I suggest you try out Sparkler by Frontcover Cosmetics.

Sparkler Set by Frontcover Cosmetics

Sparkler Set by Frontcover Cosmetics

The set includes a tube of iridescent glitter gel, a double ended brush and three small pots containing black glitter, gold glitter and gold sequins. The materials are easy to apply and the lilac-hued gel has a nice consistency; not too sticky, but it holds the materials firmly in place.

Frontcover Glitter and Sequins

Frontcover Glitter and Sequins

As is the case with all Frontcover sets, the Sparkler kit is inspired by recent catwalk trends and includes instructions on how to use the products in order to create certain looks. There are three ‘looks’ in total; Mirror Ball, Black Wing and Twinkling Eyes & Nails, but you can experiment to your heart’s content. I certainly did!

The set also includes three shimmery, long-lasting nail varnishes; I like to apply Galaxy Bound to my fingernails followed by a strip of Vinaceous down the centre of each nail for an edgy finish. The Sparkler set is currently reduced from £16 to £11.20 at frontcovercosmetics.com.

Frontcover Sparkle sequins

Frontcover Sparkle sequins

 

 


20
Dec 12

bareMinerals and OPI Nail & Lip Duo

bareMinerals and OPI, a brand favoured by nail-art lover Serena Williams, have partnered together this Christmas to create a gorgeous duo of matching lip and nail colours.

The duo, which was launched on QVC this December, is available in four colours: Classic Red, Shocking Pink, Naturally Nude or Sugary Pink. Priced at £20.50, I think it would make a great Christmas gift for your sister, mum or best friend!

OPI bareMinerals range

OPI bareMinerals Nail & Lip duo range

My personal favourite is the Shocking Pink option as I love bareMinerals’ Pretty Amazing lip colour, called “Ambition”. As the name suggests, the shade is not for the timid type, but if it’s statement lips you want, then this is definitely the colour for you.

bareMinerals European Make-up Artist, Sarah-Jane Froom suggests you use the point of the Pretty Amazing applicator to line the lips, then fill lips using the flat of the wand.

OPI Bare Minerals LCN

OPI & bareMinerals duo, and LCN Nail Candy

The name of the OPI nail lacquer, “I’m INDI-a Mood for Love”, aptly reflects its vibrant hue. As can be seen in the photos, I like to team this nail lacquer with some stunning Lilac Nail Candy by LCN, which is available to buy for £5.70 from beautyconcepts.co.uk.

“Always apply 2 coats of OPI nail lacquer to nails to see the shade’s true depth of colour,” says Lisa Bennett, director of Lena White Ltd. “OPI’s pro-wide brush gives you control with your application for a professional finish, every time.”

Hurry, there’s still time to order before Christmas!

OPI nail varnish and LCN nail candy

OPI Shocking Pink Nail Varnish teamed with LCN nail candy

 

 


20
Dec 12

Myleene Klass Nails: That’s a Wrap!

I’m always dubious when it comes to celebrity-endorsed products because I’m doubtful as to how much actual creative input the celebrity has, but when I was recently sent a set of Myleene Klass Nail Stickers I chose not to regard it with my usual cynicism.

Why? Because I once met Myleene Klass on a photoshoot while I was working as a lowly intern for a big women’s magazine and, erm, she complimented me on my hair. Yes, I really am that shallow. And yes, any excuse to shoehorn that experience into an article.

Anyway, being the sucker for compliments enthusiastic beauty writer that I am, once I received the Myleene Klass Nail Stickers I vowed I’d try them out. And, as can be seen below, that’s exactly what I’ve just done.

Myleene Klass Nail Stickers

Myleene Klass Nail Stickers

Sycophantic silliness aside, I always give my honest opinon on products here at Yesterface, and I can genuinely say that I’m impressed with this set. Despite the fact that nail stickers have recently become de rigeur, especially among celebrities like Rihanna, I’ve never tried them before; and although this was my first go, I found them extremely easy to use!

Applying the nail stickers took almost no time at all. Unlike nail varnish they don’t smudge or create any mess, and their detailed prints create an intricate and elegant finish that you simply can’t achieve by just using nail polish. I love this particular pattern, too. Very Klassy (geddit?).

The set includes 24 nail stickers, all of which come in different shapes and sizes, and a nail file which you can use to trim and perfect the stickers in order to suit the shape of your nails. In short, a fab product which would make a great gift, personal treat or stocking filler this Christmas. If I ever meet Myleene  Klass again I’ll be sure to compliment her on her nails…

Myleene Klass Nail Stickers are available to buy from JMLdirect.com and Debenhams for £5.99

Myleene Klass Nail Stickers

Anybody seen my nail file? (image: jmldirect.com)

 


18
Dec 12

Male Grooming Products for your Dad (Christmas Gift Guide 2012)

Molton Brown Atlas Gift Set

Molton Brown Atlas Gift Set

Christmas day is fast approaching, so here are some last-minute ideas on which male grooming products to buy your dad this year!

For more suggestions on which cosmetics to buy for your boyfriend, brother, guy mates or granddad, check out the rest of Yesterface’s Male Grooming Gift Guide.

Molton Brown Gift Set

Molton Brown products always seem to go down well with dads, which is why I’ll be getting my old man the Atlas Set this Christmas (dad, I hope you’re not reading this!). The set comes pre gift-wrapped in a lovely, festive box and contains six 100ml versions of Molton Brown‘s bestselling bodywashes. Read on to find out what they are!

Molton Brown Atlas Gift Set Bodywashes review

Molton Brown Atlas Gift Set Bodywashes

1. Vitalising Vitamin AB+C Bath and Shower Gel boasts strong, refreshing notes of lemon.

2. Fresh Bushukan Citrus Bodywash has a delicious, tangy scent and contains bilberry juice.

3. Recharge Black Pepper Body Wash is sweet but not too saccarine; it has a spicy kick and is my personal favourite!

4. Cool Bushu Bodywash has a calming, spa-like scent and subtle notes of mint.

5. Invigorating Suma Ginseng Bath and Shower is a soothing yet energizing bodywash containing ingredients such as cinnamon, juniper berry and geranium.

6. Warming Eucalyptus Bath and Shower Therapy has a luxurious aroma reminiscent of olbas oil.

The Atlas Gift Set is available to buy from nivenandjoshua.com for £36.

Champneys Grooming Kit

I’m a big fan of Champneys, which is why I’m recommending the Champneys Grooming Kit for Men. This luxurious kit includes Hair & Body Wash (200ml), Deodorant (150ml) and a four-piece manicure set. The latter is guaranteed to keep your dad’s bushy brows and unkempt nails in order! Available to buy at Boots for £18.

Champneys Gift Set

Champneys Gift Set

Stylfile Toenail Clippers

Remember Tom Pellereau? Aka. the adorable genius who won the Apprentice last year? Aka. the one who looked like he could have been Professor Weetos’ son? Know who I mean? Good, because said genius has just added a new product to his Stylfile range called the S-Clipper, and I for one am genuinely impressed!

Unlike regular clippers, the S-Clipper has “curved, scissor-like” blades which splice through stubborn toenails. It’s larger than your average clipper, but it’s easy to use and very effective. The S-Clipper is available to buy from Amazon and Sainsburys for £8.99, and will help your dad sort out his unruly talons in no time!

The S-Clipper from Stylfile

The S-Clipper from Stylfile

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