Welcome to the Daily Beauty Bulletin, showcasing the latest hair, make-up and cool nail art photos to inspire you every day...
Compiled by Sharon Forrester
Beauty bulletin - 13 Dec
In case you didn't already know, the party season has well and truly started. The trouble is, how do you stay looking great for all those events you have planned? Thankfully, Umberto Giannini have come up with seven different hairstyles. Model Tali Lennox rather helpfully has stepped in to showcase the styles, using their product Backcomb in a Bottle. Our favourite is this textured look but see more party-ready 'dos here.
Beauty bulletin - 5 Dec
We going to assume you had and read many Sweet Valley books in your youth. And if you did, then you'll be pleased to know that such as thing as nail art in the style of the original Sweet Valley book covers is available. We're buying them for ourselves and everyone else we know.
Beauty bulletin - 4 Dec
You might not have heard of Deborah Lippmann so allow us to introduce you to her and her products. The professional nail artist has worked with numerous fashion houses, such as Burberry, Valentino and Rodarte and has partnered with celebrities like Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham. Her whole range is named after songs and includes cremes, shimmers, and glitter as well as treatments for hands and feet. The best bit? It's relaunching in the UK this month.
Andrea Garland Lip Balm Hartley Hare Ring Medium - 2 December
Ah, the age old night out conundrum: how much make-up can you realistically fit into your handbag? Well, we're pleased to inform you that at least you won't have to worry about your lipbalm anymore as that's taken care of by this ring, which also has lipbalm when you open it. The fact that it looks like a rabbit's head is just a bonus.
Beauty bulletin - 12 November
Glitter is set to be a popular trend over the coming weeks for obvious reasons - after all, who doesn't love a bit of seasonal sparkle? We've spotted a chic and grown-up way to wear the trend in Chanel's film for the new Nuit Infinie Christmas make-up collection: flashes of iridescence were created on the model's eyes using reflective bronze shades of Illusion D'Ombre paired with Mascara Gel Irisé - a sparkling mascara top coat.
Image source: chanel.com
Beauty bulletin - 8 November
How pretty: American artist, jeweller and perfumer Stephanie Simek is giving away a set of pressed flower temporary tattoos with purchases of her new Grey Garden fragrance, a botanical infusion of rose absolute and bergamot essential oils. $120 (approx £75) for 60ml; available from stephaniesimek.com
Image source: stephaniesimek.com
Beauty bulletin - 7 November
With limited daylight hours and a lack of sun to boot, dull skin and clogged pores are often unfortunate side-effects of the season-change into autumn. Give your skin a hydrating recharge with an old-fashioned DIY steam - all you need is a bowl of hot water and a towel, while this recipe recommends adding fresh herbs or herbal tea bags for an added lift. You're destined to look like a Pretty Woman afterwards!
Image source: Rex
Beauty bulletin - 6 November
We're buying all the way in to Balmain's beauty collection - the latest of which, appearing just a few weeks after the launch of the brand's Nail Couture range, is this new Hair Styling collection. While the sleek vintage-y packaging hits just the right note of Parisian-chic, you can rest assured that the products manage a winning performance too. £60; available exclusively at thisisbeautymart.com
Beauty bulletin - 5 November
Bored of the top knot? Take a tip from Roksanda Ilincic's SS14 show and illuminate a classic ponytail with a statement hair bow. Hairstylist Luke Hersheson used oversized neoprene bows on low understated ponys to match Roksanda's feminine collection theme; the rest of the hair was kept matte and slightly undone to suit the fuss-free vibe.
Image source: instagram.com/roksandailincic
Beauty bulletin - 4 November
If you have your eye on a little strapless or backless number for the approaching party season, make use of the coming weeks and give your back a bit of extra attention. Our backs contain many key lymph nodes, and stimulation of these nodes encourages the production of fresh healthy skin. Book in for the specialist Back Beautifying Detox Treatment by Hydrafacial at Karidis MediSpa in London (£130; karidis.co.uk) for an intensely purifying treat, or do an at-home detox by exfoliating regularly using a long-handled exfoliation brush and a hydrating moisturiser.
Image source: instagram.com/michaelkors
Beauty bulletin - 29 October
Matte skin, berry lips and a dark accentuated cat-eye: this season's big beauty trends or Nancy from The Craft as Halloween make-up inspiration? It's a close call!
Image source: Columbia Pictures/ zimbio.com
Beauty bulletin - 28 October
From Laura Mercier's Caviar Eye Sticks, to Clinique's Chubby Sticks for Eyes and Topshop's new Eye Gleam pots (£9 each, topshop.com) - it seems the new easy-to-apply cream eye colour formulas are putting traditional eyeshadows in the shade. Ideal for trying out this season's bold, glossy eye looks.
Image source: topshop.com
Beauty bulletin - 24 October
Grungy berry lips may be everywhere this season, but Chanel is putting classic red back in the spotlight with the launch of its exclusive space dedicated to Le Rouge lipstick at Chanel Covent Garden. You could let the brand's experts help you find the perfect shade of red, pink or nude, OR you could instead use the super-fun Chanel Le Rouge photo booth, where your lips in the black and white photo are transformed thanks to a flash of highlighting colour. We've used a Chanel photo booth before and they are particularly flattering so it's definitely worth giving it a go! Available until mid-November. £25 redeemable against any purchases; call 0207 240 2001 for more info and to book
Beauty bulletin - 23 October
Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury has gone all Willy Wonka on us. Not only has she introduced an exquisite Bar of Gold Skin Gilding Highlighter brick into her eponymous make-up collection - perfect for adding a lustrous glow to dull light-deprived skin - but Charlotte is also giving Bar of Gold purchasers the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime makeover with her. Talk about a golden ticket! Head to charlottetilbury.com for more information and to purchase the Bar of Gold Skin Gilding Highlighter, priced £30.
Beauty bulletin - 22 October
In case you've ever wondered what on earth to do with your hair when you're wearing a cosy cashmere cardigan or a Heattech jumper from Uniqlo, the Japanese brand has come up with a fun solution: a menu of suggested hairstyles to pair with new season Uniqlo pieces. The Uniqlo HairDo features do-it-yourself hairstyles accompanied by easy step-by-step hair tutorials - from an intricate twist braid, to a classic high ponytail or a chic chignon. Check out all 16 looks here.
Image source: uniqlo.com
Beauty bulletin - 21 October
A mix of brown, russet and yellow, tortoiseshell is the perfect autumn shade. So, it's happy news that Leighton Denny has released a step-by-step video tutorial of how to recreate the tortoiseshell nails featured at the House of Holland autumn/winter 2013 fashion show for ourselves - see the film here.
Beauty bulletin - 18 October
Amazingly inventive make-up artist Tal Peleg's literal take on the cat eye is brilliant inspiration for Halloween!
'''Image source: Tal Peleg
Beauty bulletin - 17 October
Red wine and dark berry shades are everywhere from nails to lips this season – but how to wear them without looking a bit Morticia Addams? Take a softly-softly approach with tinted textures and sheer washes of colour, like ILIA's hydrating Tinted Lip Conditioners in Lust For Life and Arabian Knights (£20; available from thisisbeautymart.com).
Image source: iliabeauty.com
Beauty bulletin - 16 October
Go a little crazy over Guerlain's new La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy perfume, from its limited edition 'Crazy Paris' Christmas collection inspired by the city of light. Squeeze the old-fashioned bulb to release a rush of scent as well as a halo of glittering shimmer - perfect for dressing up bare skin or even your hair. £51; available exclusively from House of Fraser.
Image source: blog.houseoffraser.co.uk
Beauty bulletin - 15 October
LA-based nail stylist Stephanie Stone went for a literal take on the word digits - meaning fingers - when she gave skin care expert Renée Rouleau a recent manicure; Stone used NCLA's Not So Sweet pinky-nude nail colour as a base before painting on fun chalkboard-black numbers.
Image source: instagram.com/byrdiebeauty
Beauty bulletin - 14 October
Always envied the Olsen twins' hair? Well it turns out their glossy A-list locks are easier to achieve than one would expect (sort of). Speaking to thecoveteur.com, celebrity hairstylist Mark Townsend revealed a (now, not-so) secret hair conditioner recipe that we can copy too: "I recently made up a conditioner for the girls to take with them on their vacations... it was coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E. All things I picked up at the health food store! They use it a couple times a week and leave it in for up to an hour."
Image source: instagram.com/marktownsend1
Beauty bulletin – 11 October
‘Spray today, gone tomorrow’ is the snappy tagline for Bumble and bumble’s new Spray Chalk Hair Powders: four limited edition pastel shades - Blush, Cobalt, Lavender and Mint – that deliver a quick-dry hair tint (hopefully) minus the mess of using traditional chalks.
Image source: bumbleandbumble.com
Beauty bulletin – 10 October
Get in a lather over L’Occitane’s new limited edition Rose Tenderness Solidarity Soap, created to mark World Sight Day today. Like its tender name suggests, the ultra-gentle soap features a comforting blend of Shea Butter and essential rose oil to nourish and protect. A charming stocking filler, 100% of sale profits will go to NGOs specialising in the treatment and prevention of sight loss across the world. £3.50; available from http://uk.loccitane.com
Beauty bulletin – 9 October
Beauty bulletin – 9 October
Take inspiration from Nail Rock’s collaboration with fashion brand Ellery at Paris Fashion Week and add a fresh twist to simple nails using texture. Helmed by celebrity manicurist Zoe Pocock, the Nail Rock team embossed models’ nails with a delicate velvet powder to complement Ellery’s spring/summer collection theme, inspired by 70s interiors.
Image source: Nail Rock
Beauty bulletin - 7 October
We’re looking out for beauty notes in Salvatore Ferragamo’s new Walking Stories short film series, which goes live today. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, who also directed Tilda Swinton in I Am Love, the slightly surreal romantic comedy stars ex-Skins actress Kaya Scodelario and Lauren Hutton who plays her aunt (amazing!). Filmed on location in LA, Florence and Shanghai, we’ve already spotted Kaya with a pretty halo braid, so here’s hoping there’s a new beauty look for each destination.
Image source: WWD/Salvatore Ferragamo
Beauty bulletin - 7 October
Here's one to add to your Christmas list: Chanel is launching a new limited edition bath range fragranced with its iconic Chanel No.5 perfume. Scent yourself from head-to-toe with the seven-piece collection, which includes a No.5 Hair Mist, Spray Deodorant and Cleansing Cream, as well as a No.5 Body Lotion, Foaming Bath formula and a wonderfully moisturising No.5 Intense Bath Oil - a perfect indulgent treat at the end of a long winter's day. Prices start at £21; available from November 1 from chanel.com or call 020 7493 3836 for stockists.
Beauty bulletin - 4 October
Exciting news reaches us this week as MAC Cosmetics has announced it will be collaborating with fashion brand Proenza Schouler on a limited edition make-up line launching next spring. The award-winning fashion label, renowned for its innovative use of digital prints, will be debuting a full make-up collection including ombré face powders, lipsticks and lip pencils, Pro-Longwear eye liners and nail lacquers. We can't wait.
Image source: MAC Cosmetics
Beauty bulletin - 3 October
Once again Chantecaille is using beauty as a force for change, this time highlighting the global decline in honey bee populations around the globe with the launch of its Save Our Bees eye palette for spring 2014. While the pretty quartet of soft pastel shades (which includes an eye-brightening, sheeny blue hue called Sky which opens up the peepers when used on the inner corners of the eyes), drew audible murmurs of approval when we were introduced to it today by Chantecaille founder Sylvie Chantecaille, the golden-bee-embellished palette is also intended as an everyday reminder of just how precious honey bees are to the world. Proceeds from the Save Our Bees palette will go to bee conservation initiatives. Find out more about Chantecaille's Charitable Efforts at chantecaille.com
Beauty bulletin - 2 October
As autumn commences take a tip from tanning expert James Read, who interpreted this season's punk fashion trend into tanning terms: skin should look 'real' and 'raw' yet still 'beautifully flawless' - as seen at Todd Lynn's AW13 show (pictured). So, how to that translate the look into real life? After prepping skin with a light coat of gradual tan, buffed in with a tanning mitt, James recommends a strategic application of highlighter (for LFW he created an exclusive Tan Top Coat formula): "For the finishing touch, press...onto the arms, legs and tops of cheekbones for hyper-real shine." Pale becomes interesting. Shop James Read's products online at jamesreadtan.com
Image source: Getty
Beauty bulletin - 1 October
While trends in nail art are turning against OTT designs, manicurist Sophie Harris-Greenslade (aka The Illustrated Nail) proves that it is possible to keep things simple and still make an impact. Using a classic ham and mustard colour clash (i.e. pink base with yellow on top), she created this bold neon dot design for a shoot featured in Teen Tatler.
Image source: instagram.com/theillustratednail
Beauty bulletin - 30 September
Daniel Hersheson is putting haircuts back on the agenda after seasons of the non-haircut haircut (e.g. those glossy, tumbling locks sported by countless celebrities). Taking inspiration from decades past, the Hersheson team have come up with a menu of eight great cuts. From a gamine schoolboy cut, to Stevie Nicks-style 'artfully hacked-up layers', and a modern Mod-inspired look (pictured), each strong cut serves a base to be tweaked and perfected to fit the wearer. Let's cut to the chase; what better way to redefine yourself and your wardrobe for the new season than with a sharp new cut? Snip, snip. See the full Eight Cuts menu and for more information, visit danielhersheson.com
Image source: hershesons.com/blog
Beauty bulletin - 27 September
Although it's getting increasingly difficult to get up in the mornings (it's so dark already!), getting some proper shut-eye during a busy week seems to be equally as taxing. There's been a new focus on the skincare benefits of getting a proper, undisturbed night's sleep of late - which makes Neom's 3-step Tranquility Package a worthy investment (individually priced; from £15 at neomorganics.com). Light the lavender-scented candle a couple of hours before bed; take a relaxing Tranquility Bath-infused soak, then spritz your room and bedding with the Tranquility Mist. Ahh, we're drifting off already...
Beauty bulletin - 26 September
WAH Nails has put its own unique stamp on this weekend's celebrations to mark what would have been the 30th birthday of Amy Winehouse. To help raise funds for the Amy Winehouse Foundation charity - which works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people - WAH has created these super-cool nail art designs inspired by Amy's music and trademark tattoos. Head to the WAH Nails pop-up at Collective in Camden (see more details here) to get your #Amys30 nails done by the team.
Image source: instagram.com/wahnails
Beauty bulletin - 25 September
It's a week for new beauty trends it seems, as word reaches us that ombré or dip-dye hair colour is out and tortoiseshell, or the new Ecaille treatment from top hair colourist Jo Hansford, is in. Already spotted on celebs such as Jessica Alba (pictured rocking the style below), Scarlett Johansson and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Ecaille (or le ecaille, which means tortoiseshell in French), is a softer take on ombré that works with your natural hair colour and skintone to leave your mane glossy and your face brightened. Just what the (hair) doctor ordered as we head into autumn. Find out more at johansford.com
Image source: Jo Hansford
Beauty bulletin - 24 September
If you're one of those that loves to spa but hates all the enforced relaxation and padding around in massive terry-cloth robes, perhaps the new spa trend is for you. Traditional Russian banya spas have been singled out as one of the top spa and wellness trends for 2013. But you can forget about the camomile tea - treatments include getting lightly thwacked with aromatic oak or birch leaves to help improve blood circulation! The Banya No 1 spa in London is currently leading the way, although we're definitely excited about this Russian invasion.
Image source: facebook.com/GoBanya
Beauty bulletin - 23 September
Knowing how quickly we've taken Scandinavian food, fashion and television into our hearts, it seems those canny Scandis are hoping that there's room enough for their beauty brands too, as luxury Swedish skincare brand, Verso, launched this week. The line boasts a potent Retinol 8 formula, which includes in its ingredients a new Vitamin A derivative (the first to be available without prescription), that can help to stimulate the production of collagen - essential for maintaining youthful skin. While Retinol can often cause irritation and cannot be worn in sunlight, Verso aims to change all that with its new five-piece line. Prices start from £32; available at selfridges.com.
Beauty bulletin - 20 September
Inspired by autumn/winter's dark florals fashion trend, our favourite new lip colour combo is Aveda's Red Petal Lip Liner paired with the brand's Redwood Lipstick. Take a tip from Aveda and smooth on Redwood before finishing with Red Petals for a warm, red-rose lip look that's perfect for autumn days. From £13; available at aveda.co.uk from October 2013.
Beauty bulletin - 19 September
We've heard the whispers but make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury gave a definitive nod to the return of lip liner. She used MAC's What A Blast Lip Liner paired with the brand's Morange lipstick to create the crisply-lined, 50s-inspired red lips seen at DSquared2's spring/summer 2014 Milan Fashion Week show.
Image source: instagram.com/ctilburymakeup
Beauty bulletin - 18 September
Skin looking tired and pasty rather than fresh and perky? Take a tip from Shiseido's creative director Dick Page, who has a hilarious way of saying skip the concealer and reach for blusher instead: "If you think you look like sh*t, put on blush. Don’t sweat the concealer," Page told Style.com. "There is this mythology that if you’re not dark under the eyes, you’ll look well—you won’t, that’s just not how it works. You want to look like you’ve been shagged, or you’ve had a run, or something good is going on in your life, which concealer doesn’t do." Try Guerlain's new illuminating Madame Rougit 4-colours Blush (£42; available at selfridges.com) for that 'good time' glow.
Beauty bulletin - 17 September
While the past few seasons have been a hotbed of big blousy blooms, it seems spring/summer 2014 will be the turn for timid little flowers: fashion designer Christopher Kane focused on buttercups and carnations for his SS14 collection, and both Odile Gilbert at Zac Posen and James Pecis at Honor (pictured) used small, but perfectly formed, floral decorations to adorn models' hair.
Image source: Getty
Beauty bulletin - 16 September
The models were treated to 3D butterfly nail art at the Sophia Webster London Fashion Week show. Created by Revlon UK nail ambassador Jenny Longworth, she used a "mixture of feminine pastels and iridescent [nail polish] shades to compliment the ‘insect slumber party’ theme that inspired the collection."
Image source: Courtesy of Revlon
Beauty bulletin - 13 September
Lending her good (girl gone bad) looks to the ad campaign, Rihanna shows off the latest instalment of her new make-up collection with MAC Cosmetics. Chiming with autumn's trend for deep plum lips combined with a sooty brown eye, the new limited edition range is sure to be as big a hit as Rihanna's records. Available at MAC stores and maccosmetics.co.uk from October.
Beauty bulletin - 12 September
Gothic romance was the inspiration behind the beauty look at the Marchesa New York Fashion Week show - and we can tell. Make-up artist Gucci Westman and celeb manicurist Jin Soon Choi paired deep berry lips with a pretty lavender nail polish (Jin used Revlon Nail Enamel in Charming; £6.49 at superdrug.com). While this look was made for spring/summer 2014, this dark meets light combination could also be a great transeasonal look for now too.
Image source: Courtesy of Revlon
Beauty bulletin - 11 September
Today we're coveting Essie's deep plum nail polish, Luxedo (£10.95; available from liberty.co.uk). Right on the money for autumn, wear it with long nails for a vampy look or with short for an on-trend grunge style.
Beauty bulletin - 10 September
Bumble and bumble hairstylist Jimmy Paul took a fresh approach to this summer's pastel hair colour trend, creating this graphic blush-pink design for the Ohne Titel New York Fashion Week show.
Image source: instagram.com/bumbleandbumble
Beauty bulletin - 9 September
Nail art has come over all web 2.0 thanks to Nails Inc.'s new Monogram Manicure set (£20; available to pre-order at nailsinc.com), which contains 150 letters and characters for you to, literally, make a statement with your nails. The set even has its own hashtag: #MonogramMani, for all those inevitable Instagram/Twitter pics it. How very #meta.
Image source: instagram.com/nailsinclondon
Beauty bulletin - 6 September
With the weather on the turn, it'll soon be time to put away the coral lipstick and bronzer in favour of darker make-up styles - like this glossy-eyed, post-gig-inspired beauty look from the Company of Strangers catwalk show.
Image source: maccosmetics.tumblr.com
Beauty bulletin - 5 September
Black mascara is pretty standard in most of our make-up bags, but, according to Lancôme's handy Eye Beauty Atelier tips, coloured mascara can be key to making eyes pop. The number one rule? Choose a colour that does not appear in your iris: 'If your iris is brown (a warm shade), choose a navy blue mascara (a cool shade), and vice versa for blue eyes. If your iris is green, choose a burgundy mascara as burgundy contains red pigments, and red complements green.' And to really enhance the eyes, co-ordinate your eyeliner or eyeshadow with your mascara colour for maximum impact.
Image source: pinterest.com/asos
Beauty bulletin - 4 September
A dip into the archives revealed this little gem: Rachel McAdams rocking pastel pink streaks and an awesome, chin-grazing swingy bob at the Screen Actors Guild Awards way back in 2007 (she was still dating Ryan Gosling!). Having been photographed a couple of weeks before the event with mid-shoulder length hair, Rachel's decision to go for the chop is what really gives this look its trend-setting appeal.
Image source: Getty
Beauty bulletin - 3 September
From colour-blocking two shades of taupe on one nail to playing a gradient scale of neutral colours across the rest - add a twist to this season's nude nails micro-trend by wearing a mix of different neutral shades all at once.
Image source: photo.nail-common.com
Beauty bulletin - 2 September
It's Organic September: the month in which the Soil Association challenges us to make a small change in our everyday lives, in order to make a big difference in food and farming. Just as supermarket shelves are filling up with organic alternatives, so too have effective organic beauty products become more readily available (look for the Soil Association or EcoCert labels). Stick with the SA's ethos of making a small change, and switch the products you use the most, or which cover the largest area, to organic. Think: shower gels, lip balms, face creams, body lotions and scrubs, or hand creams - like Neom's uplifting Moroccan Blush Rose Organic Hand Lotion (£18; available at neomorganics.com), made with organic ingredients.
Beauty bulletin - 29 August
Back to the US Open once again (Brit Laura Robson is ripping up a storm!), and under discussion: is the braid, specifically the double braid, the best way to wear your hair during a workout? Hairstylist Julien Farel, who has a salon located exclusively at the Open, thinks so. Well at least for this season: "We’ve done braids before, but this [season] I really liked it," Farel told Style.com. "For the Met Ball, I styled a couple of people [where I incorporated a plait into a] mohawk, and I thought it would be a great look for the US Open, especially for [players] that have shorter hair or layered hair, because you can fit everything in and lock it." Like Farel, hairstylist and Herbal Essences ambassador Charles Baker Strahan advises doubling up: "Braiding the top makes the tail move as one solid piece rather than swinging in front of your face." And, finally, leave a portion of the hair loose at the end, like Ana Ivanovic (pictured) to make hair look thick and luscious.
Image source: Getty
Beauty bulletin - 28 August
Sports fans, the US Open has kicked off in fine style (although not for the UK's Heather Watson who was unfortunately knocked out in the first round *sad face*). Yet as much as we enjoy watching the games, we're also on the look-out for beauty pointers too - like this tonal pink braid (and matching nails) sported by former number one Venus Williams following her match against Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens. Yes, she's more than just great hair; but what great hair.
Image source: Getty
Beauty bulletin - 27 August
Revlon's new ColourBurst lip glosses - available in Embellished, Adorned and Bejewelled (pictured, left to right) - have fast become a favourite with us, thanks to their highly-pigmented pops of colour that are glossy without being overly sticky. Often seen as the less sophisticated cousin of proper lipstick - how best to make lip gloss grown-up rather than girlish? It's all about the skin, says Gucci Westman, Revlon's Global Artistic Director. "It’s all about keeping the skin very sheer, luminous, and fresh looking - don’t use a lot of powder or foundation, " advises Westman. "[Leave] the skin super fresh and natural. The contrast needs to be there." Revlon ColourBurst LipGloss, £7.99 each; available at boots.com.
Beauty bulletin - 22 August
We're sure Lily Collins is probably exhausted - she's been ping-ponging around the globe promoting her new film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - yet every day she takes her turn on the red carpet with an amazing new hair look. Ignore Jamie Campbell Bower and focus instead on her elegant low bun accessorised with a large 80s-style bow - it's one of our favourites. Slow claps please for Lily's hairstylist Mara Roszak who has consistently proved just how versatile a long bob can be.
Image source: Rex
Beauty bulletin - 21 August
After reading recently about an eye cream formulated specifically to target the upper eyelid, it seems the beauty world is revving up to help us sort out those forgotten areas - like, for example, our armpits. Sure, we have deodorants, body sprays and the like, but new from Thai beauty brand Erb (currently installed at Harrods' Thailand: A Celebration of Colour & Light pop-up until 24 August), is their Up In Arms Underarm Deodorant Mask (and complementary Underarm Skin Toner) which uses a combination of guava leaf, tamarind, white clay and organic peppermint to rid the armpits of toxins and impurities and unblock follicles for a fresh feeling. £17 for 75g; available from Harrods and online soon at www.erbasia.com/uk.
Beauty bulletin - 20 August
We're currently crushing on rose-gold nail polish. Sitting somewhere in the middle between summer bronzer and autumnal leaves, a rich rose-gold - like Essie's Penny Talk, pictured, or Sally Hansen's forthcoming Gold Roses - is surely the most perfect transeasonal hue.
Image source: apolishaddict.com
Beauty bulletin - 19 August
While Jason Wu's new Lancôme make-up line is currently only available in the States (boo!), we can take a tip from the fashion designer when it comes to his choice of mascara colour for the collection: "Who doesn’t want navy mascara?" he remarked in an interview with Style.com. "Navy is a colour that looks good on everyone, and I use it all the time [for my runway collections]. To me, it’s the chicer cousin to black. It just felt like something women would want and all the girls I work with will want. It’s a really interesting twist on a classic." Let's get twisting!
Image source: maccosmetics.tumblr.com
Beauty bulletin - 16 August
What's this we spy from Rad Nails? The US firm, beloved by nail art enthusiast Zooey Deschanel, has come up with a whole new nail art concept: cuticle art! Rad Nails BEYOND is a new collection of easy-to-apply, temporary cuticle tattoos for accenting your nails or nail art - the concept is so new, the brand have even come up with a how-to guide. Rad or what?!
Image source: pinterest.com/radnails
Beauty bulletin - 15 August
With a film retrospective coming up at the BFI and a new exhibition of her letters and diaries at the Victoria & Albert Museum, we fully expect actress Vivien Leigh to become the icon du jour over the next couple of months. Her beauty secrets? Besides her regular facials from legendary skincare doyenne Madame Lubatti, Leigh - worried about her bottom lip being too thin - always drew her lipliner much lower than her natural lip line to create the illusion of fuller lips.
Image source: Rex
Beauty bulletin - 14 August
Elevate the classic cats-eye to a gold standard make-up look by pairing with glistening yellow-gold eyeshadow, as seen backstage at the Zazo & Brull catwalk show during Barcelona Fashion Week.
Image source: maccosmetics.tumblr.com
Beauty bulletin - 13 August
We've fallen hard for the gorgeous blown-out hair created by top hairstylist Orlando Pita for American Vogue's 'In Our Time' fashion shoot, starring Dree Hemingway recreating "the windswept Floridian style of her great-grandfather Ernest". If this is the 'legacy look' - count us in.
Credits: American Vogue, June 2013. Photographer: Bruce Weber. Stylist: Camilla Nickerson. Makeup: Aaron de Mey. Hair: Orlando Pita.
Image source: byrdie.com
Beauty bulletin - 12 August
We're adding Lily Collin's beautiful modern reworking of a classic 60s look - complete with frosted pink lips and a chunky velvet hairband - to our beauty look book.
Image source: Rex
Beauty bulletin - Friday 9 August
Ooh, we're loving Beyoncé's new sun-kissed pixie cut which she debuted on her Instagram account yesterday. Equally as surprised as the rest of the world though was Bey's go-to hairstylist, Kim Kimble, who had a retro-inspired look planned for a weekend video shoot with the singer. “I had a whole plan laid out... I wanted to do a retro 50s type of hair," Kimble told People. "I feel like there’s going to be a meeting soon! It won’t be the long, wavy, typical hair, but I’m really excited to do something different. No matter what, she knows I’ll give her what she wants!" We can't wait to see it.
Image source: instagram.com/beyonce
Beauty bulletin - 8 August
Looking like something you'd find in a stationery shop rather than the make-up aisle, L'Oreal's new Super Liner Black Buster eye marker pen (£6.99, available at boots.com) is ideal for drawing on bold eye lines. Rachel Bilson's recent punky cat-eye look is a good place to start - check out her make-up artist's step-by-step guide.
Image source: Rex
Beauty bulletin - 7 August
Smooth the transition from nail art to next season's nude nail trend with this modern twist on the classic French. Hollywood nail artist Stephanie Stone created the look using Zoya's 'three-free' nail polish in Natty (£10.50; available at nailcareclub.com) on the tips.
Image source: instagram.com/stephstonenails
Beauty bulletin - 6 August
Assuaging our guilt over using hairbands (the damage done makes our hairdresser weep) is our latest discovery: the Twistband. Not only are the super-soft strips of elastic perfect for tying up hair with minimal damage, but the bands also come in a range of trend-led patterns and designs, so that when you let your hair down, they also look pretty darn cool on the wrist too! Even our hairdresser would agree, surely? Available in the UK from Birchbox; £10 for pack of 6.
Image source: instagram.com/thetwistband
Beauty bulletin - 5 August
While it may not be for everyone, the current trend for cartilage piercing has certainly opened up a world of possibilities for ear adornment; why wear one earring when you can have seven? Take some ear bling inspiration from the Studded Hearts blogger Yenny who favours a pretty mix of delicate studs and small earrings.
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Beauty bulletin - 2 August
Has the nail art backlash has begun? According to reports on fashion industry bible WWD this week, the growth of nail art sales has slowed considerably, while influential tastemakers, such as fashion designer Marc Jacobs - who has declared 'clear' his favourite polish colour - are taking a hiatus from distracting nail art designs. Case in point, Peter Philips choose to go with clear nails at Chanel Couture's a/w '13 show (pictured) to off the brand's spectacular rings.
Image source: GoRunway
Beauty bulletin - Thursday 1 August
More hair news this week comes courtesy of Bleach London: apparently the, erm, 'downstairs dye' is now big news. "We put it on the menu for a bit of fun but it’s getting to be quite popular, especially because of the summer," explained owner Alex Brownsell to nymag.com. Adding: "We’ve done multi-colour [downstairs dyes], pink and blue hearts — hearts are very popular — tie-dye, and leopard print." To find out more or book at bleachlondon.co.uk.
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Beauty bulletin - 31 July
Ok, so we may be old enough to remember the 90s (very clearly) the first time around, but we couldn't help but let out a squeal of girlish delight at seeing these new Charmsies hair decorations, hot from LA! Available now at BeautyMART (£9.50 per pack; thisisbeautymart.com), choose from gold hearts, silver pyramids or hot pink stars. Scatter throughout the hair for a sweet touch, as seen on Nashville star Hayden Panettierre, or use to adorn top knots, ponytails and braided 'dos. How charming.
Image source: thisisbeautymart.com
Beauty bulletin - 30 July
Easy, natural hair may be the look du jour but Oscar de la Renta's autumn/winter 2013 campaign has us lusting after a 'done' 'do complete with beautiful blingy hair jewellery. Happily, ASOS is currently carrying a selection of pretty hair brooches to help us achieve the look - minus the designer price tag.
Image source: instagram.com/oscarprgirl
Beauty bulletin - 29 July
Lady Gaga chose an artistic, smeared make-up look for the artwork of her new single, Applause (out 19 August), shot by photography duo Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. However, it's unsurprising Gaga chose to base the look on the famous Pierrot clown: since the 19th-century, the Pierrot has become symbolic of the alter-ego of the alienated or misunderstood artist. How apt.
Image source: twitter.com/ladygaga
Beauty bulletin - 26 July
Getting our hands on the new Marc Jacobs beauty line may involve a trip to New York, but we can at least take some beauty inspiration from Sephora's teaser picture for the August 9th on-sale date, which features Edie Campbell modelling an intensely colourful look.
Image source: sephora.com
Beauty bulletin - 25 July
Some women love their perfume to linger long after they've left the room; for others, subtlety is key. If you like a softly, softly approach to perfume wearing, take a tip from Olivia Chantecaille, creative director of Chantecaille Cosmetics, who revealed to Style.com that she was initiated into the world of fragrance by her French mother and grandmother: "They showed me how to lightly spritz it on the back of my neck, right under my hair, so it would never be overwhelming. That way, the fragrance transforms and becomes your own, never smelling the same on two different people." Sometime less is indeed more.
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Beauty bulletin - 24 July
Summer hair inspiration comes courtesy of TIGI's International Creative Director, Nick Irwin, who created this Indian-inspired, decorative hair look for the Mara Hoffman catwalk show during Miami Swim Fashion Week. Here's how to perfect the look yourself: spritz dry hair with Catwalk by TIGI Your Highness Weightless Shine Spray and straighten flat. Then, create a slick centre-parting using Catwalk by TIGI Sessions Series Wet Look Gel to add shine and smooth flyaways. After securing a low-ponytail at the back of the head, plait in a tight fishtail braid, then finish with hairspray. Embellish with pom-poms and raffia twists.
Image source: TIGI
Beauty bulletin - 23 July
Getting into the spirit of things at this year's Comic-Con, Hailee Steinfeld extended her promo duties into her beauty routine: the starlet sported Pop Art-style nails inspired by her new film Enders Game at the movie's Comic-Con press conference.
Image source: instagram.com/haileesteinfeld
Beauty bulletin - 22 July
Dr Who star Karen Gillan showed her commitment to her latest project by shaving off her trademark red hair. The actress will be playing bald super-villain Nebula in Marvel's forthcoming, Guardians of the Galaxy film.
Beauty bulletin - 19 July
If ever there was a model defined by her hair colour it's rebellious Californian Chloe Nørgaard, who bleaches and dyes her own hair in colours ranging anywhere from blue to a fire-inspired mix of red, orange and yellow. We're loving this rainbow-hued look she sports in the current Benetton campaign.
Image source: Benetton
Beauty bulletin - 18 July
While the trend for two-in-one wash 'n' go shampoos has pretty much died a death, it appears there's at least one place a no-rinse shampoo comes in pretty handy: in space. Yes, thanks to this unique video featured on the Guardian today, we can find out just how Expedition 36 crew member Karen Nyberg washes her hair in zero gravity! Watch the video here.
Image source: guardian.co.uk
Beauty bulletin - 17 July
Summer is a great time to be brave and try out bright eye colours. Coloured liners are an easy way to experiment, while using a liner brush dipped in an eye gel or shadow is ideal for creating a bold look. For a really strong eye, celeb make-up artist Louise Young recommends using the 'double line' trick: "One tip for an intense look is to 'double line' - go very close to the lashes with a fine black liner first then overlay the pop colour with a thicker line. This will give a deeper colour on the lash line and brighter one above. Wear with a nude lip, minimal makeup and a flawless complexion."
Image source: Lela Rose/Style.com
Beauty bulletin - 16 July
Forget anti-ageing face creams, according to beautician Kristie Streicher, who tends the brows of Julia Roberts, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz among others, a youthful visage is all in the eyebrows: "I found most women in my chair wanted to look younger and less tired," Streicher told Style.com. "I began seeing a significant change in the face when the eyebrows were fuller, stronger, and more abundant." Most interestingly of all, Kristie uses tweezers rather than waxing to create her signature Feathered Brow technique: "Tweezing is gentler on the skin, especially around the sensitive eye area." She advises getting a good pair of tweezers with sharp slanted edges (pictured: Tweezerman Cynthia Rowley Tweezers; £22.95 at beautybay.com) and avoiding tweezing in magnifying mirrors: "If you can’t see the hair in a regular mirror then neither can anyone else".
Beauty bulletin - 15 July
After telling her fans on Instagram that she had a surprise in store, Rita Ora hit T in the Park this weekend rocking dip-dyed blue tips. But all was not as it seemed, as she later Instagrammed a snap of her stylist with the same hairstyle - it turns out she was wearing a wig.
Image source: Rex
Beauty bulletin - 12 July
The recent hot weather has made us want to minimise our usual make-up routine. Instead, we're taking inspiration from this Jonathan Saunders AW12 catwalk show look, and making the most of our high-summer glow by adding a touch of illuminator (Revlon's PhotoReady Skinlights is a new fave) to our usual foundation; (bravely) skipping the mascara, and then just finishing with a bold lip for a modern twist.
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Beauty bulletin - 10 July
Hair suffering in the heat? One Arizona hair salon has come up with an ingenious way to cool down when the mercury rises: ice shampoos. Inspired by a similar treatment used in Japan, the Snip Barber Shop in Glendale, Arizona has been cultivating its own ice shampoo method, applying a mix of crushed ice, mint and shampoo to customers' hair for an ultra-cooling hair and scalp treatment. Brr- illiant.
Image source: GHD Hair
Beauty bulletin - 9 July
News reaches us of a new Aussie skincare line called Sin-Care, which, rather than pursuing the usual anti-ageing issues caused by genetics, tackles lifestyle ageing instead. Aimed at the 'sinful' among us, Sin-Care offers a range of targeted skin-booster serums for each of your 'beauty sins', from smoking and drinking to city living, and even your Haribo addiction. Each serum is packed full of nourishing essential acids and natural ingredients. Let's just say they're like guardian angels for your face. Find out more about the range at sincare.com.au
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Beauty bulletin - 4 July
It seems there's only one way to dress your hair these days: with a length of black ribbon. As seen recently on Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman, work it into an artfully dishevelled up 'do or braid it into a fishtail plait.
Image source: Getty
Beauty bulletin - 3 July
Remember the high flat-top Will Smith sported back in his Fresh Prince of Bel-Air days? Well it seems the 'do has been given a high-fashion makeover thanks to hairstylist Sam McKnight, who gave the models at the Chanel Couture show his own version of the look (he Instagrammed a close-up birds-eye view, pictured) which was inspired by Grace Jones and Fifties rockabilly.
Image source: Sam McKnight
Beauty bulletin - 2 July
After being shown an image of Man Ray's iconic Tears photograph by Donatella Versace, make-up artist Pat McGrath created a look that was all about the lashes for Versace's Couture collection show: "[Donatella] was saying it’s all about a fresh version of [Tears]," McGrath told WWD. "[She] was obsessed with top and bottom lashes." The rest of the look was left natural, with McGrath just dabbing on a touch of lip balm and grooming the models' eyebrows.
Image source: GoRunway
Beauty bulletin – 1 July
Hip label Carven is helping us sound a new note on Monday mornings, thanks to the launch of its new four-piece perfumed Body Line collection, which is fragranced with an elegant mix of light florals and precious woody scents. From £24; available in-store and at harrods.com and debenhams.com.
Beauty bulletin – 28 June
Beauty bulletin – 27 June
With Glastonbury kicking off today, what better time than now to try out a spot of creative hand painting – it’s an easy way to add a unique feel to your festival look if you’re paring back the make-up.
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Beauty bulletin - 26 June
Noted: eye-popping bright blue nails and toenails at the Alexis Mabille resort 2014 show. We'll be using Nails Inc's Kensington Park Road nail polish to recreate the look. £11; available at nailsinc.com
Image source: Alexis Mabille
Beauty bulletin - 24 June
Make-up artist Evelyne Noraz took inspiration from Sixties snaps of Raquel Welch, and Jean-Luc Godard's muse Anna Karina, to create this beautiful showgirl look for Jessica Alba on the set of her new film, Dear Eleanor.
Image source: Evelyne Noraz/instagram.com/danielledidit
Beauty bulletin - 20 June
Spotted: this girly, twisted braid look - featuring a plait that wrapped around the crown and around the ponytail of the model - at the Karen Walker resort 2014 show.
Image source: facebook.com/pages/Karen-Walker
Beauty bulletin - 19 June
Already renowned for their highly-pigmented colours, MAC Cosmetics are aiming to make our eyes pop all over again with the launch of their new Veluxe Pearl Fusion eyeshadow collection. Each of the six palettes in the range features five complementary shades that can be applied wet or dry. The result? True, brilliant colour with a glamorous metallic finish. £30 each; available from maccosmetics.co.uk
Image source: MAC Cosmetics