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18
Dec 12

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

Christmas is only a few days away, so here are some last-minute ideas on which male grooming products to buy for your guy mates. Whether he’s sporty, macho or metrosexual, there’s guaranteed to be something in this list that suits him!

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

What to buy for…

Your metrosexual mate

Fake Tan

Snow may be falling, but that doesn’t mean your metro mate is succumbing to the ‘pale and interesting’ look. If your friend likes to sport sun-kissed skin all year round (and if he’s desperately looking for a ray of sunshine amidst this dark and gloomy weather) then treat him to Fake Bake Unisex Bronzing Gel. He’ll be delighted to find such a sunny surprise under his Christmas tree! Available from fakebake.co.uk for £25.

Fake Bake Unisex Self-Tan

Fake Bake Unisex Self-Tan

Straighteners

If your BFF loves styling his hair, why not get him a pair of Toni & Guy’s Slim Definer Straighteners this Christmas? At 15mm, they’re much slimmer than your average straighteners and as as result are easier to use. The straighteners have Ceramic Tourmaline Plates which reach a maxium of 200C. And the best news? They’re only £20!

Toni & Guy Slim Definer

Toni & Guy Slim Definer

Heat Protection Spray

If your friend often uses hair appliances, then there’s a good chance he’s on the lookout for good heat protection products. Enter Guard by Neal & Wolf, a heat protection spray suitable for all hair types. The spray is light and doesn’t leave any sticky residue. It also has an opulent, musky scent which I absolutely love.

I used the spray just before straightening my hair and received so many compliments afterwards on how silky my mane looked! It fended off the scorching effects of my GHDs and left my hair feeling seriously smooth. The Guard Heat Protection Spray costs £10.95, which may sound a little steep, but it’s definitely worth it.

Neal & Wolf Guard Heat Protection Spray

Neal & Wolf Guard Heat Protection Spray

Your manly mate

Washbag

If your best guy mate is strong, protective yet gentle too, then the Bulldog Washbag would make a great gift. The washbag contains a moisturiser, face wash and face scrub, all of which contain essential oils and a range of refreshing ingredients including green tea, green algae, and coconut shell. Available to buy at Boots for £15.

Bull Dog washbag

Bull Dog washbag

Your sporty mate

Washbag

The name says it all when it comes to this washbag set, so if you have a sporty friend, “The Man is Feeling Competitive” could be right up his street. Or lane. Or swimming aisle. The washbag contains Body Spray and Hair and Body Wash, both of which have a fresh, lemon-like scent. The products are packaged in sleek black bottles and boast a masculine blend of ingredients such as spice, cedar, musk and sandalwood. Available to buy at Boots for £16.

FCUK male washbag

FCUK male washbag


18
Dec 12

What to buy him this Christmas… (Male Grooming Gift Guide 2012)

A few decades ago, the average man might have expected to find some Vaseline hair tonic and a bottle of Old Spice aftershave in his Christmas stocking. But as we all know, man has since evolved – and so have male grooming products!

Gone is the cosmetically-challenged male of yesteryear whose vanity case consisted of a few basic items, and in his place now is the 21st century metrosexual, whose washbag is bursting at its stylish seams with more products than a fella from the 50s could have possibly imagined.

Men nowadays are taking an increasing interest in their appearance, and the market for male cosmetics is now vaster and far more varied than it’s ever been. So, this Christmas, why not treat your favourite chaps to some nice male-grooming products?

Vintage Vaseline Hair Tonic advert (image: pomade-shop.eu)

There are tons of male cosmetics to choose from these days, but if you’re unsure of which products to pick, fear not! Because here at Yesterface I’ve done all the hard work for you by putting together a long list of cosmetic goodies, all of which are bound to fill the modern-day man (and his stocking) with joy!

So, whether you’re looking to find something for your boyfriend or your brother, your old man or an old friend, don’t worry - this list has it covered. All you need to do now is relax, stick on some Christmas tunes, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and click through the links below. Who knows, with the miracle of online shopping, you may sort all your man-gifts in one sitting!

What to buy for…

1. Your boyfriend

2. Your dad

3. Your brother

4. Your guy mate

5. Your granddad


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!


24
Nov 12

Dr LeWinn’s Radiance Booster: review

Winter is fast approaching and, as we all know, grim weather can play havoc with one’s skin!

Cold temperatures and harsh winds can leave your complexion feeling dry and looking dull, but a good beauty product can help fend off the effects of bad weather, so this year why not pop Dr LeWinn’s Instant Beauty Radiance Booster onto your Christmas list?

This product does exactly what it says on the tin; it brightens your complexion immediately upon application and gives your skin a well-hydrated appearance. Part of Dr LeWinn’s Private Formula range, the radiance booster contains over 70% aloe vera, has a soft texture, and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

It can be used alone, as a pre-makeup base or as a masque, and its fresh scent is remniscent of a luxurious bar of soap. At £26 per 50G, this product is packaged in a slim white bottle and - in my opinion – would make a lovely little stocking filler!

Yesterface fact: Dr LeWinn’s was one of the world’s most distinguished plastic surgeons and his skincare range has been named as the Top Performing Premium Skincare brand in Australia for the past eleven years!


5
Nov 12

All that glitters… dazzling makeup for Bonfire Night!

Remember, remember, the 5th of November… and remember, Guy Fawkes Night is the perfect excuse to wear dazzling make-up!

From sooty eyeshadows to shimmering powders (that’s face powder by the way, not gunpowder) get ready for some Bonfire beauty with these smokin’ hot products…

For toffee-glazed lips, try Mii Shimmering Lip Sheen in Tantalize 05; this sugary-tasting gloss makes your mouth look good enough to eat. Or, create an explosive red pout with MAC’s Marilyn Monroe lipstick in Scarlet Ibis. Its orange hue is bound to give your lips a fiery edge.

Hervana blusher by Benefit (image: benefitcosmetics.com)

Hervana blusher by Benefit (image: benefitcosmetics.com)

Rosy cheeks are synonymous with chilly nights and cosy flames, so for a gentle burn, choose Hervana blusher by Benefit, £23.50. The product, whose palette resembles a swirling Catherine Wheel, is a top-seller and comes in a charming blend of four different colours. As the blusher’s tagline goes, ‘What comes around goes around!’

Fireworks aren’t the only things that need light up the sky this evening. Set your eyes ablaze with Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour Eyeshadow in Sizzling Copper Metallic, £16.50. Alternatively, make your eyes smoulder with a coal-like eyeshadow. My go-to shade for smokey eyes is Estee Lauder’s Pure Color Eyeshadow in Black Crystals Metallic, £16.50.

If you’re after a warm glow, brighten your brow bones with Benefit’s Sun Beam, a golden bronze highlighter costing £18.50. For a shimmery finish, sweep Soap and Glory’s Glow All Out Luminizing Face Powder, £11 across your cheekbones.

Glitter Nail Paint - Jewel Britannia

Jewel Britannia by Barry M (image: barrym.com)

Oh and if you’re not too keen on playing with sparklers, adorn your nails with one of Barry M’s Glitter Nail Paints. It’s a surefire way to make your hands sparkle without running the risk of burning your fingers.

My favourites are the luxurious looking Gold Glitter, the ultra-shimmery Hologram Hexograms, and the iridescent Jewel Britannia – all a mere £2.99 each!

Happy Bonfire Night everyone, and remember – don’t step too close to the flames. You wouldn’t want your make up to melt now, would you?!


1
Nov 12

Fabulous Pharaos: Gisele Bündchen & Heidi Klum steal Cleopatra’s style!

It’s been two thousand years since her existence yet Cleopatra is still in vogue, as proven by the fact that both Heidi Klum and Gisele Bündchen stole her style this Halloween!

Heidi recently posted a sneak preview of her glamorous Cleopatra costume on her website but is yet to showcase the outfit properly. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the former Victoria’s Secret model has postponed her 13th annual Halloween bash until nearer Christmas so unfortunately we won’t be seeing her in costume until then.

I know, I know – hardly the most tragic outcome of Frankenstorm. But still, in the absence of Heidi’s Egyptian getup, I was glad to see Gisele unveil her own Cleopatra-inspired makeover! Gisele, who is also a former Victoria’s Secret model, posted a picture on her official Facebook fanpage on Hallow’s eve. Have a look:

Gisele Bündchen dresses up as Cleopatra for Halloween 2012 (image: facebook.com)

Gisele Bündchen dresses up as Cleopatra for Halloween 2012 (image: facebook.com)

With aqua blue eyeshadow, thick eyeliner and beaded braids, I think Gisele looked every inch the beautiful pharaoh. Needless to say her vibrant makeup was also informed by Elizabeth Taylor’s look in the 1963 film Cleopatra.

Speaking of Cleopatra’s surviving style, I’m fascinated by the way Egyptian makeup has evolved over the centuries yet retained its original character.

It’s a testament to the Egyptians’ fashion sense that their ancient style has withstood the test of time; you still see it everywhere, permeating society in the subtle shape of winged eyeliner, thick eyebrows, lustrous highlighters and luxurious eyeshadows.

And at Halloween, it comes back to haunt us in its full, dramatic form, with ladies all over the world (Victoria’s Secret models included) donning gorgeous Cleopatra costumes! 

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra (image: portable.tv)

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra (image: portable.tv)

Yesterface fact: Kohl was used to protect the Egyptians’ eyes from infection, deter flies and deflect the sun’s glare!

For more facts about ancient Egyptian makeup and for tips on how to look like Cleopatra, check out Yesterface’s Egyptian Makeup TutorialTo see what cosmetic tools the ancient Egyptians used, see Yesterface’s post on the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

 


31
Oct 12

Halloween Make-Up (it’s eek-chic!)

Halloween is upon us pumpkins, meaning it’s time to treat yourself to a bewitching makeover with some key make-up!

Choosing a Halloween costume is no easy task, which is why, when trying to decide on an outfit, I often turn to film stars for inspiration.

Over the years a huge variety of hauntingly beautiful characters have graced our cinema screens; from Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra to Christina Ricci’s Wednesday Addams, Natalie Portman’s Black Swan to Rooney Mara’s Lisbeth Salander.

And speaking of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, it’s worth pointing out that gothic glam is all the rage right now. In case you hadn’t noticed, netted skirts, studded leather jackets and spiky jewellery are infiltrating the high street.

Witching Hour by Topshop (image: topshop.com)

Witching Hour by Topshop (image: topshop.com)

Topshop, for example, has just released its new, gothic-inspired A/W collection, Witching Hour, in addition to its equally vampy make-up range, Dark Side of Nude

In fact, many beauty brands seem to have taken an eerie turn of late.There are myriad cosmetic treats on the market at the moment, many of which would make stylish additions to any chic halloween outfit…

If you’re looking to create a vampish, blood-stained pout, opt for Tom Ford’s Black Orchid Lipstick along with a touch of Dolce & Gabanna Ultra Shine Lip Gloss for a lustrous glaze.

Black Orchid lipstick by Tom Ford (image: style.com)

For smokey, feline eyes, try Carine Roitfeld jungle camouflage palette by MAC, £37 (available at Selfridges).

Define the cat-like look with Rimmel’s Exaggerate liquid eye liner and Rimmel’s extreme black volume mascara flash – the latter is brilliant at elongating lashes (somebody once asked me if I was wearing falsies!)

(image: selfridges.com)

Another product to get your claws into this Autumn is Nails in Panther by Topshop. Part of the new beauty range, Dark Side of Nude, the jet black nail varnish has a gorgeous, glittery finish that’ll make your nails sparkle!

Nails in Panther by Topshop (image: topshop.com)

And finally, though not strictly makeup, a beauty product that’s also caught my eye this halloween is The Enchanter.

Made by LUSH, the citrusy bath bomb costs £3.20, includes ‘Frankincense’ (and no, that’s not just a halloween pun, it’s an aromatic resin), and looks like a lovely way to turn your bath into a fizzing cauldron!

The Enchanter bath bomb by LUSH (image: lush.co.uk)

The Enchanter bath bomb by LUSH (image: lush.co.uk)

If you’d like some makeover ideas and product recommendations, check out Yesterface’s Cleopatra and Black Swan makeup tutorials.

Other than that, I hope you all have a very ghoulish (and very glamorous) halloween!

 


18
Oct 12

NARS releases Andy Warhol Collection!

Decorating your wall with a Warhol print? So passé, darling. Decorating your face with Warhol-inspired makeup? SO on trend!

In case you hadn’t heard already, Andy Warhol is about to have his fifteen minutes of fame in the beauty industry thanks to NARS. who on 1 November will release a limited-edition Andy Warhol Collection. Currently available online, NARS’ new range offers a variety of delectable products, all of which are inspired by the late artist’s iconic pop art.

Each beauty product looks divine, but I’d particularly like to dip my makeup brush into one of the eyeshadow palettes (£39.50), which look like miniature, powdery replicas of Warhol’s screen prints – including his Self Portrait.

(Image: narscosmetics.co.uk)

The palettes come in a range of vibrant shades reminiscent of the psychedelic hues found in Warhol’s work. The colour combinations are punchy, pretty, and bound to make your eyes pop! I’m a big Blondie fan too, so the Debbie Harry inspired palette is already a personal favourite.

I also like the look of the “Satellite of Love” Highlighting Blush (£21) in Sparkling Gold Sand, along with the Soft Touch Shadow Pencils (£17). I’ve particularly  taken to the Vivid Purple pencil, aptly named “Trash”, just because it’s so punk-chic!

The deep teal “Superstar” nail lacquer (£14) and raspberry-coloured “Penny Arcade” lipgloss (£19) both look stunning, too. In fact, I want the entire collection delivered to my doorstep immediately – if not sooner!

(Image: narscosmetics.co.uk)


12
Oct 12

Marilyn Monroe by MAC

Marilyn Monroe was never on time, which is apt, given that her image has become timeless.

It’s been fifty years since her death, yet Marilyn’s beauty still prevails. We all know her iconic look too well; platinum hair, sultry eyes, scarlet lips, that beauty spot. Indeed, she’s the epitome of old Hollywood glamour, and I sincerely doubt she’ll ever go out of fashion.

So, it comes as no great surprise to me that MAC cosmetics‘ latest collection is dedicated to and inspired by the late actress. Simply named Marilyn Monroe by MAC, the limited-edition collection was released on October 4th and includes a rich variety of beauty products, all of which are in keeping with Marilyn’s signature style.

Marilyn Monroe by MAC

Marilyn Monroe by MAC Cosmetics

A few products have already caught my eye, in particular the Marilyn Monroe Lipstick which comes in a range of bold shades. Each shade channels Marilyn’s red-hot appeal, and serves as a keen reminder of her luscious, megawatt smile. The eye products look rather dreamy too; I bet the False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara and Penultimate Eyeliner both do a fine job of recreating Marilyn’s sleepy, feline eyes.

The entire collection looks gorgeous,  but what I particularly like about it (aside from the kitsch packaging, of course) is the fact that each shade has been given its own quaint, Marilyn-themed name. My personal favourites are: “Vintage Vamp”, “Rich, rich, rich”, and “Charmed I’m sure”. How very Marilyn!

I’m determined to get my hands on at least one Marilyn Monroe by MAC product before the collection is discontinued. Though this may prove to be a challenge; such is Marilyn’s everlasting appeal that half of the products on MAC’s website are already sold out!

For more on Marilyn Monroe by Yesterface, have a look at this article and my Marilyn Monroe makeup tutorial.

Marilyn Monroe by MAC

Marilyn Monroe by MAC Cosmetics

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