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11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; edible cosmetics inspired by Gluttony

If you think your lover is good enough to eat, or if you have an insatiable appetite for dark chocolate, or both, then indulge your gluttonous side this Valentine’s eve by decorating your object of affection with edible massage oil.

Bijoux Kissable Massage Oil‘s dark chocolate flavour has sharp, citrusy notes and tastes like a luxurious version of Cadbury Roses’ Tangy Orange Creme. “Forente”, a subcategory of the sin gluttony, means “to eat wildly”, and there’s no way you’ll fail to commit this cardinal crime with this product to hand. Available from cuckooland.com for £26.95 (reduced from £34).

For more seductive products, read the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.

Bijoux Edible Massage Oil

Bijoux Edible Massage Oil


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; green cosmetics inspired by Envy

We’ve all experienced irrational pangs of envy and, as the saying goes, jealousy is an ugly trait. Turn your green-eyed monster into emerald-eyed beauty this Valentine’s Day with Artdeco’s Soft Kajal Liner in Fir Tree, £7.25 from JCmakeup.com.

It looks great when applied along your lower eyeline and the shade is bang on trend; you need only take a look at the dresses which appeared on the Grammy Awards Red Carpet this year to know that the colour green is de rigueur at the moment.

Artdeco eyeliner in Fir Tree

Artdeco eyeliner in Fir Tree

For more seductive products, read the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.


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!


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; products inspired by Wrath

Ever since Fifty Shades of Grey seemingly became every woman on the planet’s favourite book, adult toy sales have sky-rocketed. If you’d like to unleash your wrath this Valentine’s Day with some dom/sub roleplay à la Anastasia Steele, then get your hands on Lelo’s Adore Me Pleasure Set. I’d avoid calling your boyfriend ‘Mr Grey’ during your evening together though as it’ll probably turn him off / make him retch.

The set includes a silk blindfold, silk and suede chainlink handcuffs and Lelo’s iconic Mia 2 self-massager. The stylish lipstick-shaped vibe has a built-in USB port for charging (very clever) and boasts six settings, making it far better than your average battery-operated vibrator.

The kit is available to buy from lelo.com for £89 (reduced from £109) and is very likely to give you and your partner a good night. Alternatively, you can always use the kit solo; the blindfold would make a comfortable sleeping mask at the end of a relaxing night!

Lelo Adore Me Pleasure Set

Lelo Adore Me Pleasure Set (image: lelo.com)

If, however, your wrath is directed at a douchebag ex or love itself this Valentine’s Day, then I suggest you blow off some steam in the tub with a Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic, available to buy from LUSH for £3.20.

Described by LUSH as ‘a love spell’, the pretty heart-shaped bath bomb includes geranium, jasmine, lemon oil and seven rosebuds with which you can ‘count your way to a budding romance’. Failing all that, why not go out and paint the town red with a few rouge cosmetics from the “Lust” section of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide?

Tosty Bath Ballistic LUSH

Tisty Tosty Bath Ballistic LUSH

 


11
Feb 13

Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide; opulent fragrances inspired by Greed

A gift isn’t a measure of how much somebody loves you. Ah who am I kidding, a good gift says it all, so if you’re feeling greedy and want a present this Valentine’s Day, why not ask for an alluring scent? My favourite fragrances at the moment are Rosie by Orla Kiely, Neon by Superdry, and Sparkle in Paris by Oriflame, all of which come in very cool bottles.

Rosie, a 100ml limited edition Eau De Toilette by Orla Kiely, combines notes of natural rose, coriander and mandarin with black pepper, nutmeg and cedarwood. It has a rich, woody scent which smells truly irresistible once it’s settled on your skin. Available for £42 at orlakiely.com.

Orla Kiely and Superdry Neon fragrances

Orla Kiely Rosie and Superdry Neon fragrances

Neon by Superdry has a sharper, zestier scent and includes ingredients such as fresh figs, green leaves, lily of the valley, coconut, and musks. Available to buy for £35 from superdry.com. For beauty on a budget though, I thoroughly recommend Sparkle in Paris by Oriflame.

You’d be easily forgiven for mistaking this luxurious scent for something far more expensive, but it only costs £10.95 from gb.oriflame.com (currently reduced from £15.95). I’ve worked my way through one bottle already, and every time I’ve worn the Eau de Toilette I’ve received compliments on its scent! A real beauty bargain that’s not to be missed.

For more seductive products, read the rest of Yesterface’s Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide as inspired by the Seven Deadly Sins.

Sparkle in Paris by Oriflame

Sparkle in Paris by Oriflame


31
Jan 13

The Benefits of Retro Packaging

Since I first clapped eyes on Benefit High Beam at the tender age of 15 I’ve been hooked on the brand; not only because of its high quality products, but also because of its kitsch packaging. The products themselves are undeniably lovely, but if it weren’t for the retro design I doubt I’d be as inclined as I consistently have been over the past ten years to purchase Benefit products.

Since Benefit Cosmetics first emerged, I think they’ve sparked something of a vintage revival in the beauty industry. Such has been the selling power of Benefit’s trademark packaging that many other brands have followed suit; Soap & Glory being an obvious example, and also MAC Cosmetics’ recent Marilyn Monroe range and NARS’ Andy Warhol collection.

A vintage Maybelline Mascara advert from the 1960s (image: beeskneesdaily.com)

A vintage Maybelline Mascara advert from the 1960s (image: beeskneesdaily.com)

So why are cosmetic companies cashing in on this old-school style, and why do customers lap it up so eagerly? Well, from a personal point of view, I think the type of imagery used by Benefit captures a kind of innocent yet sophisticated glamour which no longer exists; a beauty ideal which dominated the 50s and 60s but which has since been oversexed and adapted to fit in with the TOWIE-tainted days of the 21st century.

I also think Benefit appeals to women because it’s cheery rather than intimidating, and pretty without being depressing. To me, a cartoon of a beautiful flawless female is somehow far less daunting than an image of a stunning airbrushed celebrity. Admittedly both are as unrealistic and unattainable as eachother, but at least with the former you know the image isn’t real – plus it looks far more fun!

Benefit's winning and unique retro style packaging (image: shesaidbeauty.com)

Benefit’s winning and unique retro style packaging (image: shesaidbeauty.com)

Mostly though, Benefit packaging is simply more interesting (and seemingly more positive) than many of its competitors. From the tongue in cheek “punny” slogans to the varying antiquated typeface, everything about the brand’s retro-style transforms makeup into what it should be; namely, good old fashioned fun!

Yesterfacts: Benefit Cosmetics was founded in 1976 by twins Jean and Jane Ford. Benefit was initially founded as a beauty boutique which specialized in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas. Benefit Cosmetics is now a global brand selling at over 2,000 counters in more than 30 countries. Nice work, Jean and Jane. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one!

To read more about cosmetic advertising, read Yesterface’s article False Eyelashes: False Advertising?

Benefit Advert Yesterface

An old Benefit flyer which I kept purely because of its aesthetic quality (pretty ads do work!) Note how the font and style greatly resemble the old Maybelline ads.

 

 

D.W. Griffith invented false eyelashes for this film in 1916 because he wanted Seena Owen (who plays Attarea, the Princess Beloved, in the film’s Babylonian segment) with lashes luxurious enough to brush her cheeks when she blinked. In collaboration with a wigmaker, who did the actual fabricating, the solution Griffith is credited with involved weaving human hair through a fine strip of gauze, creating false eyelashes.

28
Jan 13

Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Tools (British Museum Collection)

Anyone with an interest in Ancient Egypt, in particular Ancient Egyptian makeup, should make their way over to the British Museum in London as it is absolutely fascinating!

The museum’s Ancient Egypt collection boasts a variety of dainty cosmetic tools, all of which paint a picture of how important beauty was within society as far back as 1350BC.

Ancient Egyptian beauty

“You’re prettier”, “No, YOU’RE prettier”

The cosmetic items on display range from ointment spoons to perfume pots, and each object provides insight into humankind’s longstanding preoccupation with self-image.

The bronze handheld mirror, for example, reflects vanity in one of its oldest forms, whereas the beautifully designed cosmetic boxes encapsulate human beings’ age-old desire to look aesthetically pleasing.

Ancient Egyptian Bronze Mirror and Razor

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the Pharaoh-est of them all?!

Containers for eye-paint and cosmetic oils in Ancient Egypt were lavishly designed using expensive materials such as glass, gold or semi-precious stones. Well, beats cheap lippy and a plastic tube of mascara.

Makeup containers and equipment were also decorated with luxurious status symbols which were often shaped as delicate animals and young women; images which represented rebirth and regeneration.

Ancient Egyptian Ivory Cosmetic Box in the shape of a duck carrying her ducklings

Ancient Egyptian Ivory Cosmetic Box in the shape of a duck carrying her ducklings

These symbols aren’t a far cry from the imagery used in modern day media, where young females with lithe limbs, glossy manes and long-lashed doe eyes reign supreme. Which begs the question as to whether society’s current obsession with youth and weight is in fact a recent phenomenon at all.

As is the case in modern society, in Ancient Egypt the wealthy were keen to look young and beautiful, and rank and status were displayed through beautification, distinctive clothing and the use of luxury products.

Cosmetic pots Ancient Egypt

Cosmetic pots Ancient Egypt

The wealthy in Ancient Egypt also had access to perfumed oils, many of which were often imported from abroad, and they painted their eyes with kohl.

Not only was kohl used to create the sultry winged design that’s still very much in vogue today, but it was also used to deter flies, prevent infection and deflect the sun’s glare. Now that’s multi-purpose makeup for you!

Cosmetic Pots Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Pots

Visit the British Museum to find out more about the cultural significance of beauty in Ancient Egypt and to see the rest of the museum’s wonderful display.

Entry is free so it’s well worth a visit, plus you’ll get to see some very well-preserved mummies (forget No 7, those Egyptians had anti-ageing techniques down to a tee).

Ancient Egyptian duck cosmetic box

Ancient Egyptian duck cosmetic box

To see more ancient Egyptian makeup tools, check out Yesterface‘s article on the Ancient Egypt section at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Alternatively, head to Yesterface‘s Egyptian Makeup Tutorial for a full, step by step guide on how to recreate the ancient look!

Ancient Egyptian Ointment Spoons

Ancient Egyptian Ointment Spoons (British Museum)

A big thank you to the British Museum for letting me use these images of the collection.


25
Jan 13

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

A cat may have nine lives, but the cat eye makeup trend has survived for decades, and I doubt very much that this feline style will ever die out.

The look has been favoured by a variety of beauty icons over the years including Sophia Loren and Angelina Jolie. It’s simple yet seductive, and has the ability to transform a plain set of peepers into a pair of striking, smouldering gems.

There are endless variations on the classic cat eye; some are subtle, some are outrageous, but if it’s a sparkling and dramatic night-time look you’re after, read on for my Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial!

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply black eyeliner to your upper eyelid

Begin from the inner corner of your eye and guide the pencil along your eyeline until you reach the outer corner. I like to use Sparkle in Paris eyeliner in Black Sparkle by Oriflame, £3.45 from oriflame.com.

Its shimmery finish is perfect for a night out, and its soft nib means it glides along your skin without snagging or looking too severe. The pencil is easy to apply with precision, but its soft texture also enables you to create a thick and smudgy effect, which I think is more appropriate for a night out. So layer up and apply liberally!

Step 2: Create a feline flick

The length of the flick is entirely up to you, but if you’re having a night on the town I think you can afford to be a little dramatic. As for the shape, draw a gentle curve starting from the outer corner of your eye and guide the pencil towards the end of your brow.

Stop drawing at about halfway between the outer corner of your eye and your eyebrow, then lighten the pressure of your grip and finish off the flick with curvy precision.

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 3: Apply eyeliner to your lower eyeline

Black eyeliner is sometimes too harsh and can make your skin look washed out. A dark green shade, on the other hand, will make your eyes look sultry without making your complexion pale in comparison. I personally like Artdeco’s Soft Kajal Liner in Fir Tree (87), £7.25 from JCmakeup.com, as it boasts a rich, shimmery hue.

Step 4: Create texture and inject colour

I applied the Artdeco eyeliner over the black liner which really emphasised the shape and gave it some depth. I then applied LCN’s Dark Midnight Glow eyeshadow, £11.45 from beautyconcepts.co.uk, to my eyelids.

The eyeshadow contains iridescent sparkles which catch the light beautifully. It has a substantial yet silky texture, and rather than congealing or flaking off, it stays in place for ages. The applicator brush makes it very easy to apply, too.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 5: Repeat Step 1-4 on your other eye

Don’t worry about trying to attain an absolutely perfect match, just have fun with it. You can easily improve symmetry and correct any mistakes with a damp cotton wool bud later on.

Step 6: Shape your eyebrows

If you want your cat eye makeup to stand out, it’s essential you attain a pair of purr-fectly (sorry) shaped brows. When giving yourself a feline makeover, you’ll want your eyebrows to resemble a fancy cat. In other words: poised, arched and groomed to perfection! Tweeze any straggly hairs and groom your brows with the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel. Then, define the shape and fill in any gaps with some colour.

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Rather than a pencil, I much prefer to use Bobbi Brown’s Pastel Eyeshadow palette. It’s a neat trick which I recently discovered while experimenting with the palette. All you need to do is take the liner end of the Dual Ended eyeshadow / eyeliner brush, softly dip it into the mahogany eyeshadow, then use the edge of the brush to apply the shadow to your brows with soft, thin strokes in the direction of your hair growth. Finally, gently sweep along your brows with the flat side of the brush.

Step 7: Contour

Michelle Pfeiffer, in my mind, was the ultimate catwoman largely thanks to her razor sharp bone structure. After applying foundation, suck in your cheeks and sweep bronzing powder directly underneath and along your cheekbones with a medium-sized makeup brush. I recommend St Moriz Bronzing Powder in Light, £4.99, as it adds definition and gives your complexion a nice sheen.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 8: Finishing touches

Unless you want to look like a drag queen, with eyes this dramatic you’ll want to keep your lips fairly basic. I used Natorigin’s Tolerance Extreme Lipstick in Papaye, available to buy for £16.25 from Natorigin.co.uk. For a flawless complexion, I used a mixture of Airbase Perfecting Primer, £44.95 from airbasemakeup.com and Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Age Defying Foundation in Natural Beige, £13.95 from oriflame.com. Highlight your browbones with Billion Dollar Brows’ Brow Duo Pencil.

I haven’t actually used any mascara in these pictures, but my favourite at the moment is Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara, £14.35 from greenpeople.co.uk. Oh and, contrary to the messy ‘do I’m sporting in some of these pics, I suggest teaming your cat eye makeup with a sleek style. For straight, glossy hair, use Neal & Wolf’s Guard Heat Protection Spray, £10.95 and Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners, available to buy from TheRankTank.com for £34.99 instead of the usual RRP of £79.99.

Now, go forth and slink into the night a la catwoman!

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial


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


15
Jan 13

Bath Products for a Relaxing Night In

In the folklore of India and the Orient, the scented bath has been used to attract good spirits, new lovers and to obtain and preserve happiness. Whether you believe in that or not, there’s no denying that a nice bath can lift your spirits, be a great way to relax with your lover, and has the ability to make you feel calm and happy.

The joy of soaking in a hot tub is further heightened when bath salts are thrown into the mix. My favourite kind at the moment are the Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts, which include frankincense and rose petals. These bath salts have a delicious aroma and make for a truly invigorating bathing experience. I used the salts while I had the flu and felt my chest felt much clearer afterwards! Available for £6.59 from Boots.

Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts

During Tudor Times, Mary Queen of Scots bathed in wine, and while it’s probably not advisable to bathe in a tub of merlot these days, you can still emulate old Mary by adding a cup of cider or wine vinegar to your bath as it helps soothe dry skin. Just avoid adding any other spirits, otherwise you’ll bring a whole new meaning to the term gin-soaked.

Speaking of boozy bathing, in 2012 The Cadogan Hotel in London launched its Champagne Bath Menu which invites uber-rich guests to submerge themselves in 84 litres of champagne. Yummy! Forget bubble baths, a bath of bubbly sounds far more luxurious.

Having said that, the price ranges from £4,000 to £25,000 per bath depending on the amount and brand of champagne used. So, unless you have wads of money to burn, a champagne bath is probably off the menu.

In which case I recommend replacing Dom Pérignon Vintage with Forever’s Relaxation Bath Salts which include Lavender, Dead Sea Salt and other essential oils to soften your skin. Follow up with Forever’s Relaxation Massage Lotion to complete your relaxing bathing experience. Both products can be bought separately or as part of Forever’s Aroma Spa Collection from foreverliving.com.

Forever Aroma Spa Kit

Forever Aroma Spa Kit

Another nice bath product is Rejuvenate Bath Oil by BFAromatherapy. Part of the SplashTherapy range, the product contains Sweet Almond Oil and pure essential oils of Geranium, Juniperberry, Lime, Rosemary and Peppermint. Available from bfaromatherapy.com for £15.00. And while you’re zenning out in the tub, why not apply a face mask? Cosmecology Paris’ Mask Hydra contains sweet-smelling raspberry extract and, after leaving on for ten minutes, makes your skin look radiant and luminous.

You can also make your own scented bath using home ingredients; just add a few drops of perfume and unfragranced baby oil, or alternatively you can add a cup of powdered skimmed milk to your bath. It’s said that Cleopatra enjoyed the softening and whitening properties of milk. Well, if it’s good enough for a pharaoh…

However you decide to bathe, try and take some time out to relax in the tub this month. Lock the bathroom door, grab a good book, light a scented candle, and let your anxieties melt away. Sure, you’ll be a bathing cliché, but you’ll look and feel so much better for it!

Elizabeth Taylor portraying Cleopatra in a milk bath

Elizabeth Taylor portraying Cleopatra in a milk bath (image: fanpop.com)

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