Beauty News Round-up

This week’s round-up – starting with…

  • Stop the Press! Next Friday – 10th, Emma Watson – Hermione herself, is doing a P.A. in Selfridges as part of her role as Lancome Ambassador and Face of the brand. She’s there to launch her new collection of lipsticks and nail polishes called Rouge in Love and Vernis in Love respectively. Prepare to be squashed to death by screaming Harry Potter fans.
    Selfridges Oxford Street – 4.30pm. Friday 10th February.

  • Origins launch Youthtopia Lift today. Designed to help skins affected by stress, age, fatigue and lack of hyaluronic acid (moi) – it uses Commiphora Mukul – a key plant ingredient used in ayurvedic medicine for over 3000 years. 92% of their testers said their skin was ‘lifted and firmer’. That’ll do.
    My favourite part of Origins packaging? This bit:

    Origins products are formulated WITHOUT:

    Parabens  ● Phthalates  ● Propylene Glycol  ● Mineral Oil  ● PABA  ● Petrolatum

    Paraffin ● DEA ● Animal Ingredients (except cruelty-free honey and beeswax)

    Doesn’t it look nice to see that? Youthtopia is £48.00.

  • Deborah Mitchell launches her Eye version of her infamous Bee Venom Mask exclusively through NutriBeauty this week, priced at £55.00. A natural alternative to botox – she has taken the ‘sting’ part of the mask and added river silt – rich in  minerals, enzymes and marine collagen to feed, firm, tighten and rejuvenate. I kinda need that all over.

  • The stunning cologne 4711 is sponsoring Matthew Williamson at LFW 2012. Frankly it’s about time this unisex cult classic was put in front of people in a more pro-active manner. Never smelt it? It’s citrus-y, think James Bond wears Aqua di Parma.
    Interesting sidebar: this is the first time I’ve linked to a wikipedia page for a product. Told you it was a classic.

  • Also launching is Wild – a bright, bold and fresh initiative proving that Fair Trade doesn’t have to be brown, dull and drab. Taking oils directly from ethically sourced and sustained suppliers from Africa, they have beautiful body butters and soaps that won’t break the bank and make great gifts.

  • Speaking of Africa – this week pureDKNY launch their latest collaboration with CARE International – an organisation that aims to empower and lift women out of global poverty. *stands up, claps*
    A Drop Of Verbena not only donates £1.00 per bottle to CARE, it sources the verbena directly from farmers in Togo to help sustain the local community. Can I get an AMEN?
    Watch this video featuring the face of DKNY Angela Lindvall for more info about the work DKNY are doing with CARE.

Good work DK peeps.

  • Fast on the heels of RapidLash comes RapidBrow – the gift from the Gods for over-pluckers everywhere.

  • Your eyebrows are the coat hangers for your face – if yours look like old wire hangers from the dry cleaners instead of sturdy fabulous wooden ones from Peter Jones haberdashery department (trust me), you may wanna look this up. Exclusive to Boots – £37.00

  • Dove Spa have launched their Real Local Beauty campaign. Open to all ages and sizes you can nominate a friend or enter yourself if you fancy your chances. Prizes of up to £250 are on offer along with the chance to appear in their advertising campaigns and in the windows of Dove Spas across the country.  To enter email Entries close 17th Feb.

  • Can we all take a minute to bow before the altar of NARS and these gorgeous previously-exclusive-to-Selfridges-now-in-SpaceNK new glosses?  He’s basically giving us a super-pigmented-crack-version of his original glosses in THE most amazing, bright, beautiful colours. I suggest you go now and investigate Norma – pictured above. No I don’t suggest, I HIGHLY suggest. £19.00

  • Speaking of bowing, my old favourite Doctor P as usual, is at the forefront of his game and has released a Hypoallergenic Collection for those of us with sensitive skin – for whatever reason. I love this man and I trust him implicitly. No he’s not cheap, but if you want cheap I suggest you go and use something for £2.00 on 3 for 2 in Boots and come back to me when your face is falling off. Yeah. That’s what I thought.
    Starting with a cleanser, eye cream, peptide complex and moisturiser it is priced between £34 and £80 and is available online and on Perricone counters. Review to follow.

  • Coach launched its latest fragrance – Poppy this week. Fruity and floral, it’s the perfect escape as we get SNOW forecast. Priced from £29.00 at Debenhams, Harrods and selected stockists.

  • Balance Me launch their skincare Try-Me kit on QVC on Sunday 5th at 6pm and 10pm. Priced at £22.50 it contains trial sizes of both cleansers, Radiance Face Oil, Moisture-Rich Face Cream, Wonder Eye Cream and Stellar Face Balm. Tune in at 6pm – it’s bound to sell out.

  • And finally – be careful what you wish for. Stila launching online with SpaceNK in March. HELL YEAH!