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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…


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


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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

 

 


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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

 

 


15
Dec 12

Decorate your nails this Christmas with Nail Art by NPW

If you want fingernails that twinkle like fairy lights, glitter like tinsel and shimmer like a big fat bauble, then this Christmas I suggest you decorate your fingers with Nail Art!

The Nail Art range boasts a variety of colours, tools, textures and gems, all of which work together to create eye-catching 3D effects that will quite literally make your nails stand out. The full range costs between £2.50 and £9.95, and can be bought from Topshop, Selfridges, River Island, Accessorize, New Look and NPW.

If, like me, you’re a fan of doodling then you’ll delight with the Nail Art Party Pack. The kit contains a sparkly nail file, three glittery nail varnishes with built-in micro-nibs which you can use to design your own patterns, and a GEM WHEEL! (Yes, that actually excites me).

Nail Art Party Pack

Nail Art Party Pack

Using Nail Art reminds me of waking up one Christmas morning when I was a kid to find three pots of sparkly nail varnish in my stocking, with which I then proceeded to decorate my nails in the most garish manner possible. Thankfully that nail varnish has long worn off, but the novelty of painting my nails hasn’t, and if the same is true for you then you’ll love Nail Art products.

As can be seen below, I’ve been experimenting with the Nail Art Party Pack (£9.95), the Nail Art Glam Glitter Pens (£9.95) and the Nail Art Gem Wheel (£2.95). Though I should point out, the pink shade is by OPI (“I’m Indi-a mood for Love”), the caviar effect was created using Lilac Nail Candy by LCN, and beneath the mountain of blue hearts on my index finger is a fab multi-coloured, multi-layered nail lacquer by China Glaze (“It’s a trap-eze!”).

Nail Art OPI China Glaze

Nail Art, OPI, and China Glaze nail products

Despite the less than immaculate finish (in my defence, this was my first go) the Nail Art micro-nibs are really easy to use. I applied the gems with my fingers, but I suggest you use a pair of tweezers as this will ensure precision and reduce potential mess.

Also, as you can probably see, too many jewels can make your nails look gaudy, so use sparingly otherwise it’ll look as if a fairy’s exploded all over your hands. I think the Nail Art Party Pack would make a lovely gift this Christmas for your little sister, your arty friend, or even for yourself! So, what are you waiting for? Get decorating!

The Nail Art Gem Wheel from NPW

The Nail Art Gem Wheel from NPW

Yesterfact: Nail polish originated in China around 3000 BC and it’s thought that people in India started decorating their nails with henna around the same time. There’s also evidence that manicures took place in southern Babylonia as far back as 4000 years ago!


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Dec 12

Delicious Christmas Beauty Products (they’re almost good enough to eat!)

When I think of Christmas, a range of culinary treats spring to mind: cranberry sauce, fresh green sprouts, tender pink meats, sweet tangerines, dark chocolate truffles, crisp golden potatoes…. The list, as Santa knows, goes on.

Throughout December, kitchens everywhere are bursting with a vibrant mix of colours, flavours and aromas. Just as beauty counters everywhere are brimming with the latest eyeshadows, lipsticks and perfumes!

It’s hardly surprising then that Christmas, a holiday dominated by lovely grub and pretty gifts, should remind me of food’s relationship with beauty. Cosmetics and food share many common traits; from irresistible smells to striking colours, unusual textures to scrumptious tastes.

Evie Orange Mini Lipstick by Frontcover

Evie Orange Mini Lipstick by Frontcover

For centuries, humans have used edible ingredients to decorate, nourish and pamper their bodies in a bid to appear more beautiful. At the start of the middle ages, for example, women made lip rouge out of sheep fat and mashed up red roots. Yummy!

And even to this day, many beauty products are made with ingredients like castor oil. So, to celebrate food and beauty’s long, interrelated history, here are my top ten food-inspired beauty products this Christmas…

1. Evie Orange Mini Lipstick by Frontcover (£4.00)

If you’re after a dainty but delectable lippy, then look no further than Frontcover’s gorgeous range of mini lipsticks. The range boasts several stunning shades, most of which are named after food items! So whether it’s Salmon Roe or Buttered Popcorn, Apricot Candy or Cajun Pepper, you’re bound to find a colour to suit your taste…

Evie Orange lipstick by Frontcover

Evie Orange lipstick by Frontcover

While each shade is lovely in its own right, I recommend keeping your eyes peeled for Evie Orange - a small lipstick with a big personality. This lipstick’s tangy hue delivers a vibrant punch, and looks lovely when accompanied with minimal or matching eye makeup; I personally like to team it with a subtle blend of Frontcover’s “Tempura”, “Fawn Skip” and “Choc Chip” eyeshadows for a tangerine-dream vibe. Have a look…

Evie Orange Mini Lipstick by Frontcover

Evie Orange Mini Lipstick by Frontcover

2. Cherry Burst Mini Lipstick by Frontcover (£4.00)

Another favourite of mine from Frontcover’s range of mini lipsticks is the explosive Cherry Burst. It may be little, but this lippy is guaranteed to make a bold impression. The colour is pretty and playful, but it’s also downright daring. Indeed, Cherry Burst is not for the faint-hearted, but if it’s a seductive, fruit-stained pout you want, then this is definitely the shade for you.

Cherry Burst lipstick by Frontcover

Cherry Burst lipstick by Frontcover

3. Merry Berry Nail Lacquer by China Glaze (£8.95)

This nail lacquer has one fruity character! Like all China Glaze lacquers, Merry Berry contains China Clay as a nail hardener, which is ‘the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish’. As a result, the lacquer doesn’t run, it doesn’t clump, and it doesn’t chip easily. It also comes with a thin, angular brush which makes it easy to apply. (thebeautypartnership.com)

Merry Berry nail lacquer by China Glaze

Merry Berry nail lacquer by China Glaze

4. Champagne Kisses Nail Lacquer by China Glaze (£8.95)

Like a fine bottle of bubbly, Champagne Kisses is light, golden and sparkling. It dries evenly, catches the light beautifully, and (unlike many glittery nail varnishes) doesn’t look gaudy. Instead it looks soft, shimmery and delicate. Champagne Kisses looks great on your fingernails – especially while you’re holding a glass of moët! (thebeautypartnership.com)

Champagne Kisses nail lacquer by China Glaze

Champagne Kisses nail lacquer by China Glaze

 

5. Berry Season Nail Lacquer by Art Deco (£9.50)

This lacquer is rich, elegant and absolutely gorgeous. It’s one of the loveliest nail varnishes I’ve ever tried. Berry Season is guaranteed to add a touch of sophistication to your look, and I think it’d make the perfect addition to any Christmas outfit.

Berry Season Nail Lacquer ArtDeco

Berry Season Nail Lacquer by ArtDeco

6. Berry Red High Performance Lipstick by Art Deco (£15.00)

With its vampish shade, Berry Red is the perfect way to give yourself a dark but feminine edge. This lip shade looks quite dramatic against pale skin, which is why I usually wear it during the evening. I do like to wear it in the daytime as well though - in which case I just reduce the severity of the look by limiting the amount I apply. Simples!

Berry Red lipstick by Artdeco

Berry Red lipstick by Artdeco

7. Million Dollar Sugar Scrub by Organic Surge (£32.00 / 400g)

I love this scrub for several reasons. Firstly, it’s enriched with pure orange and bergamot essential oils, meaning it smells divine. When I first opened the jar, I thought it smelled like Christmas! Secondly, the scrub has a soft but sugary texture which feels lovely when massaged into your skin.

Million Dollar Brown Sugar Body Polish by Organic Surge

Million Dollar Brown Sugar Body Polish by Organic Surge

And thirdly, the scrub is packed with pure plant extracts and organic brown sugar crystals, two ingredients which do a fantastic job of ridding your body of dead skin cells. After using this luxurious scrub just once my skin felt incredibly smooth - I think it’d be a great product to use when prepping your skin for fake-tan.

Million Dollar Sugar Scrub by Organic Surge

Million Dollar Sugar Scrub by Organic Surge

8. Nourishing Night Cream by Pukka Ayurveda, made with Avocado (£28.00 / 50ml)

I tried out Nourishing Night Cream by Pukka Ayurveda just before going to bed the other evening. My skin quickly absorbed the cream and, as the aroma settled, I soon began to feel a mild, tightening sensation across my face. After sleeping on it, the next morning I woke up to find my skin in better condition!

Nourishing Night Cream by Pukka Ayurveda

Nourishing Night Cream by Pukka Ayurveda

My complexion felt softer and smoother, and I noticed a visible reduction in the fine lines across my forehead, which appeared to have ironed out. In addition to frankincense and pomegranate, this night cream also contains avocado – something which South American and Mexican women have used to moisturize their skin for the past 400 years. No wonder it worked so well!

9. Hair Shampoo for Dry Hair by Cosmecology Paris, made with shea oil (£5.80)

I suffer from psoriasis but after just one use of this shampoo I noticed an improvement in the condition of my scalp. The shampoo has a lovely scent and leaves your hair feeling soft and looking silky, especially when followed up with Cosmecology’s Instant Hair Repair conditioner. (cosmecology.com, stockist number: 0800590094)

Hair Shampoo for Dry Hair by Cosmecology

Hair Shampoo for Dry Hair by Cosmecology

10.  Peel Skin Exfoliator by Cosmecology Paris, made with apricot and papaya (£6.70)

I adore this exfoliator! The apricot and papaya ingredients smell lovely and rid your face of dead skin cells – my face looked clearer and softer after use. Remember though, don’t use too much exfoliator when the weather’s cold as it can leave your skin exposed to the effects of harsh weather. Apply gently a couple of times each week for a bright complexion.

Peel Skin by Cosmecology

Peel Skin by Cosmecology

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