Dec 12

Beauty Icon: Eartha Kitt

Yesterface was inspired by my fascination with beauty’s rich history and all its glamorous icons, including singer, actress and cabaret star Eartha Kitt who sang the enduring 1953 Christmas smash hit (and one of my favourite singles of all time) Santa Baby.

Eartha Kitt Santa Baby

Eartha Kitt Santa Baby (image: blackbookmag.com)

From her feline features to her striking name, everything about Eartha Kitt oozed charm, beauty and charisma. Kitt embodied a type of glamour specific to the 50s, where female Hollywood screenstars were feminine, dough-eyed and softly-spoken yet had an abundance of sass, humour and sex appeal too - Marilyn Monroe being an obvious example.

Kitt, who was actually conceived of rape, was of African-American descent on her mother’s side and German on her father’s. She spoke four languages, sang in seven, and was politically outspoken; her anti-war statements were met with extreme divided opinion in America.

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt (image: amalgama-lab.com)

When asked about the Vietnam War at a White House Luncheon, Kitt remarked to President Johnson’s wife: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.” What a gal. She also became a vocal advocate for homosexual rights and publicly supported same-sex marriage. Cool just does not cover it when it comes to Kitt.

Before marrying, Kitt dated cosmetics magnate Charles Revson, who created and managed Revlon for five decades, and a banking heir (apt choices for someone who sang about wanting sables, yachts and Tiffany decorations). It was also alleged that Kitt had an affair in 1957 with Orson Welles who once called her “the most exciting woman in the world”, but she categorically denied this in a 2001 interview with Vanity Fair.

Eartha Kitt Catwoman

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman (image: pelicansandparrots.com)

Kitt eventually married real estate associate John William Mcdonald, with whom she had her only child, Kitt Mcdonald, but they divorced in 1965 and Kitt went on to have other lovers. During her long and successful career, the self-proclaimed sex kitten played the role of Catwoman and was also the spokesperson for MAC Cosmetics’ Smoke Signals collection in 2007, for which she re-recorded “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”.

Eartha Kitt died from colon cancer on Christmas Day in 2008 at her home in Conneticut, a fitting date perhaps for somebody who sang one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. But while she may be gone, every Christmas when Santa Baby comes on the radio I’m reminded of her unique voice, remarkable character and unforgettable beauty.

Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt (image: guardian.co.uk)




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



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)


Dec 12

Voluminous Hair! (T.H.X. Pump Up the Volume Diffuser Dryer Review)

Over the past few decades a range of female icons have sported big bouffants, and some of those huge hairstyles have become as famous as the heads upon which they grew; Brigitte Bardot‘s beehive and Farah Fawcett‘s windswept mane both being prime examples.

At times, certain starlets have become overshadowed by their massive locks, both literally and figuratively speaking. Who could forget Jennifer Aniston’s ’90s ‘do in the smash-hit comedy Friends? Such was the popularity of Jen An’s old hairstyle that women everywhere were going into salons and asking for “The Rachel”.


Years after the show came to an end, Jennifer Aniston revealed how she thought it was “the ugliest haircut” she’d ever seen. Speaking of her longtime hairstylist Chris McMillan, who invented the cut, Jennifer said: “I love Chris but he’s the bane of my existence because he started that damn ‘Rachel’, which was not my best look.”  Well, whether she likes it or not, Jennifer Aniston will forever be associated with that hairstyle.

At the risk of furthering Jen An’s dismay, it would appear that blowdrys are still de rigueur, as proven by Cheryl Cole‘s L’Oreal ads and Miranda Kerr‘s recent 80s power blowout. Big hair, it seems, will always be in vogue. So what better time to channel this eternally fashionable trend than during the festive period? The biggest and most glamorous parties tend to take place around Christmas and NYE, so it’s only fitting that you have big, glam hair to match.

Miranda Kerr Mango Campaign big hair

Miranda Kerr, the new face of Mango, sports huge hair (image:tagroom.com)

Enter Pump Up the Volume Diffuser Dryer by T.H.X, which promises “statement curls that hold their shape without a hint of frizz”. Now, I think I’m fairly well placed to judge on this matter given that my hair is thick, wavy (bordering on curly) and at times downright unruly. From personal experience, I know that big hair can be hard to handle, and so as is custom here at Yesterface, I’ll only give my honest opinion on this product.

When I first saw the Diffuser Dryer I was surprised at its sheer size in comparison to my little old dryer. The hairdryer is quite large, meaning it’s not travel-friendly, and it can get a bit tiring to hold when the diffuser nozzle is attached. This is especially true if you’re drying your hair upside down while using a low setting! First world problems, eh? Having said that, the hairdryer is able to emit a 2000w blast, meaning you can dry your hair really quickly if you use the concentrator nozzle and put the heat setting on full.

THXPump up the Volume Diffuser Dryer

Pump up the Volume Diffuser Dryer by T.H.X.

Speaking of settings, in addition to a bright fuschia ‘cool shot’ button, there are two curved switches built into the handle; one switch controls the heat, and the other switch controls the fan speed. Both switches have cute purple detailing and are designed in such a way that your fingers easily grip around them. The handle also boasts soft, rubbery and sleek materials which feel luxurious to hold.

The diffuser nozzle is a bit of a beast, but in a good way; when paired together, both the dryer and diffuser are able to tackle large amounts of hair in one go. After using the Diffuser Dryer, I found that my hair felt softer and less frizzy than it usually does after blowdrying. I also felt as if my roots had been given a slight lift and that my hair had extra bounce.

Total Hair Experts Pump Up the Volume Diffuser Dryer

Total Hair Experts Pump Up the Volume Diffuser Dryer


I like using the concentrator nozzle too as it’s a fast, effective tool for creating straight yet voluminous hair.  I’m due for a trim at the moment, but even so, when I blow-dryed my hair using the concentrator nozzle, a big round brush and Guard heat-protection spray by Neal & Wolf, I was able to achieve a really great shape.

Overall, I think the Diffuser Dryer is a great, stylish product that’s definitely worth its (very reasonable) £34.94 price tag. If you fancy getting your hands on one, the THX range is currently available exclusively at Tescos.

Just remember, when using the hairdryer, if you want ’80s volume but none of that ’80s frizz, make sure you use a good heat-protection spray, otherwise you may end up looking like this…

horrendous 80s hair

Honey, I’m home.


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

Dec 12

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

December 25th is fast approaching, so here are some last-minute ideas on which male grooming products to buy for your brother this Christmas - whatever his age may be!

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

What to buy for…

Your little brother

Pacman Washbag

Chances are your tween brother’s social diary is currently filled with sleepovers and schooltrips, in which case I think the Pacman Washbag would make an amazing gift. The washbag boasts a cute retro design and a fun ‘soap on a rope’ accessory. Available at Sainsburys for £12.

PAC MAN Wash Bag & Soap on a Rope

PAC MAN Wash Bag & Soap on a Rope

Bench Gift Set

If your brother is on the brink of his teenage years, this Bench Gift Set would make a great present. The set includes a lovely deoderant and a stylish wallet. The wallet is fun yet masculine, making it the perfect place for your brother to keep all of his hard-earned pocket money! Available to buy at Boots for £18.


Bench wallet and bodyspray gift set

Bench Gift Set: Bodyspray and Wallet


Your teenage brother

Nicky Clarke Hair Clay

If your brother is a hormone-riddled, image-conscious teenage boy, then he might like some “grown-up” hair products to experiment with this Christmas. If so, I recommend getting him Nicky Clarke’s Runway Hold Matte Texturizing Clay.

Nicky Clarke hair wax

Nicky Clarke hair wax

The clay, which costs £14, has a neutral smell and is easy to apply. It also has a thick, sticky texture which lasts ages, meaning your brother can experiment to his heart’s content! Just remind him to use sparingly, otherwise he’ll end up looking like Ross Geller from Friends during his wet-head phase.

Superdry Cologne

Another thing which teenage boys are (sometimes overly) concerned with is the way they smell. I vividly recall the days where I’d walk into the 6th form common room and feel as if my nostrils were under attack.

If your little brother is starting to smell like a tub of cheap aftershave, steer him in the right direction this Christmas with more refined scents such as Superdry’s new range of stylish colognes. There are four in total, read on to find out what they are…


Superdry Cologne

Superdry Cologne

1. Superdry Black, a rich mixture of ingredients such as coriander, incense and leather.

2. Superdry Steel, a refreshing fragrance with notes of lime and bergamot.

3. Superdry Blue, a cool mixture of ingredients including pear and moss.

4. Superdry Orange, a spicy scent containing black pepper and frankincense.

Each cologne costs £29.50 per 40ml and £39 per 75ml, and can be bought from a variety of major retailers including House of Fraser, Debenhams, Boots, Superdry and superdry.com.

Topman Washbag

This grey, medium-sized Topman washbag contains two products: a refreshing Bodyspray containing seaweed extract, and a Hair and Body Wash containing angelica root extract. Available at Boots for £15. Perfect for your style-conscious teen brother.

Topman Gift Set

Topman Gift Set

Your big brother

Hydra Energetic Booster by L’Oreal

If your older brother seems to live by the mantra ‘work hard, play hard’, then he’ll appreciate Men Expert Hydra Energetic Booster by L’Oreal this Christmas. The product contains Vitamin C, has a zesty scent and feels refreshing when massaged into the skin.

L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Booster

L’Oreal Men Expert Hydra Energetic Booster

It also has a light, serum-like texture which, as L’Oreal rightly claims, is “non-greasy”, “non-sticky” and “quickly absorbed”. Just a small amount of this stuff immediately perks up dry and tired-looking skin! Currently available from Amazon for only £8.84 (RRP: £14.29).

Fat Face Washbag Gift Set

Maybe you had an unkind nickname for your brother while you two were growing up. Maybe it was fat face. If so, what better present to get him than the Fat Face Washbag Gift Set! The set contains Body Spray, Hair and Body Wash, and a soap on a rope. A lovely gift to buy your brother, even if your nickname for him wasn’t that cruel (or, indeed, that kind). Available to buy at Boots for only £10.

Fat Face Soap Gift Set

Fat Face Soap Gift Set

Dec 12

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

Christmas day is on its way, so here are some last-minute male grooming gift ideas for your granddad!

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

Joules for Men Gift Set

The Wake and Wash gift set by Joules For Men contains a 250ml “Hare and Body Wash” (which, by the way, smells truly divine), a 150ml “Fantastic Face Wash”, and a 118g bar of “Sensational Soap”, all of which come in a lovely washbag. The latter is made of soft, high quality material and has a pretty hare-print lining. Available to buy at Boots for £20.


Joules gift set

Joules gift set

Ted Baker Gift Set

When I think of my granddad (or ‘taid’, as we say in Welsh) I imagine him pottering around in the back garden with his various tools. And if he were still here today, I think he would have loved Ted Baker’s “Made to Measure” Gift Set.

Part of Ted Baker’s “The Right Tools” range, the set includes Hair & Body Wash and Bodyspray, both of which contain an outdoorsy blend of bergamot, sandalwood and musk. The set also has a quirky ruler-shaped soap! So cute. Available to buy at Boots for just £10.

Ted Baker The Right Tools gift set

Ted Baker The Right Tools gift set

Failing all that, you could always get him a bottle of Old Spice and a pot of Vaseline, just for nostalgia’s sake…

Dec 12

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

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Eau de Toilette

If you’re still stuck on what to buy your boyfriend this Christmas, here are some last-minute male grooming gift ideas!

For more suggestions on what to buy your dad, brother, granddad or guy pals, just have a look at Yesterface’s Male Grooming Gift Guide.

Eau de Toilette by Jean Paul Gaultier

Le Male Eau de Toilette is a lovely, clean smelling fragrance by Jean Paul Gaultier which comes in the brand’s trademark sailor-inspired, torso-shaped bottle. Le Male has notes of mint, lavender and vanilla, all of which blend together in a sexy but sophisticated manner. The Eau de Toilette is in no way overpowering, but that’s not to say it’s lacking in strength or character.

Much like its lean, defined and gorgeous blue container, Le Male has a subtle, distinctive and attractive aroma. Amazon is currently selling Le Male for a mere £25.49 per 75ml (RRP: £39.99), so if your boyfriend is looking for a light but refined scent then I strongly recommend getting him this Eau de Toilette!

[3D]Mension Gift Set by Schwarzkopf

Schwarzkopf’s new [3D]MENSION gift set comprises a trio of lovely hair products which can be used in three simple steps. Step 1 is the Hair & Body Shampoo (100ml), step 2 is the Grooming Fluid (100ml), and step 3 is the Strong Hold Gel (75ml).

3DMension Schwarzkopf

3DMension by Schwarzkopf

The shampoo has a nice, refreshing scent and leaves hair feeling soft and smooth, the Grooming Fluid (100ml) contains Provitamin B5 which helps hydrate dry hair (great for the winter months), and the Strong Hold Gel, as you may have already guessed, does exactly what it says on the proverbial tin! The set costs £13.95 and is available from selected Schwarzkopf partner salons. T: 01296 314000.

Shaving Products by Rehab London

For the stubbly fellow in your life, might I suggest Men’s Calm Balm, £14.95 and Men’s Cold Turkey Shaving Gel, £8.95 by Rehab London. The Calm Balm contains rockweed extract and hawaiian water algae, and the shaving gel contains several soothing ingredients such as argan oil, cucumber, aloe vera and witch hazel. Available to buy from rehablondon.co.uk.

Rehab Shaving Products

Rehab Shaving Products

Dove Men+Care Christmas Gift Pack

You can never go wrong with Dove, but the Dove Men+Care Christmas Gift Pack is particularly lovely. The set contains Sensitive+ Face Wash and Hydrate+ Moisturiser and is available to buy exclusively at Boots for £13.99.


Dove skincare for men

Dove skincare for men


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


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


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


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

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

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