03
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


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!


05
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?!


01
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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