MUA Luxe from Makeup Academy has a brand new collection of Glitter Nail Polish to dazzle and sparkle your way through summer days and into those party nights. There are six fabulous colours and all of them contain different sized pieces and colours of glitter that make a fabulous sparkly impact in your nails. On their own they’re amazing, but try painting them over the top of your favourite shade to make them really WOW!
Pixie, Nixie & Odile have glitters with emerald and turquoise in them – they’re perfect for summer and look stunning with summer brights on the beach. I love the bright strong green glitter diamonds and triangles in Pixie!
Luna, Laila & Tatiana have undertones of silver or black so these work well into the evening, and again look fabulous over a solid shade, lifting the glitter and dazzling the effect on your nails. Tatiana with its pink and silver base wins my ‘Stamp of Approval’
So get sparkling and shimmering with your manicures and pedicures girls, these are just superb!
There’re available exclusively from Superdrug and MUA Store and only £3 each
Did you see my latest feature in Meade Magazine?
I reviewed the new technology skin care treatment from WrinkleMD
Hyaluronic Acid Infusion patches that work with an activator pod to read your skin and work on reducing fine lines. You can read it here:
This is well worth investing in, and again gets the ‘Stamp of Approval’
I was always going to be intrigued hearing about a makeup remover accessory that works with JUST WATER!
Walking past the Glov stand at BeautyWorld Middle East in Dubai in May, my interest was instant so I had to stop and see this for myself. I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t really think it would work that well, doubting that it could even remove lipstick and waterproof mascara, with just water and a cloth.
I watched the girl demo how the makeup remover works. She applied eye shadow, black mascara and lipstick to the back of her hand, and using a ‘cloth’ wetted with only water, she gently removed the lot without any scrubbing or residue!
This solution is fabulous! It’s on my list of brilliant products, in my own travel bag and bathroom, and I’ve already told a number of people about it, who’ve been shopping on the website to buy their own Glov. I can absolutely recommend this.
So what is it and how does it work?
Glov Hydro Demaquillage, using its full name, has been developed by Phenicoptere – a leading innovative company in the global cosmetics industry. And they’ve won awards for this product too – I get why!
The fibres that make up the Glov products are 100 times thinner than a human hair, and 30 times thinner than a cotton pad. Each fibre is star shaped, rather than the cylindrical shape of a normal fibre, so they work as a magnet attracting the dirt and makeup from your skin, activated by water! That’s the technical part.
I am a complete convert to this 100% hypoallergenic, eco friendly product, that’s so gentle on my skin.
My face is clean, and not irritated; even waterproof eyeliner and mascara comes off and it’s significantly reduced the contents of my travel bag. I just need the travel size Glov – forgetting all the lotions and cleansers.
There are two options to choose from, a travel size mitt and a larger size cloth. All easy to find and buy direct from their website – www.glov.me
This product gets the ‘Stamp of Approval’ from me and I’ll be buying more as I need to.
I’m definitely a gloss or lip balm girl, usually preferring to keep the colour natural, but got to say, I’m really loving the matte lip look!
At first I wasn’t sure that colour on your lips would work, without a shine or gloss finish, but I’ve been trying out some great lipsticks and lip paints on the market. One I really loved is the new range of Luxury Lipstick from Ten Image Professional – they’re good.
They’ve brought out a range of seven matte, velvety and High Definition (HD) quality colours that last for hours. The pigment is fabulous and because it’s so adhesive, it glides on smoothly. It also, as Ten Image say “improves imperfections”. I like it!
And with this summer’s trend of coral lips, their Coral lipstick, with its matte long lasting finish, is just what I need to take me all day from the beach parties into the warm summer evenings.
Ten Image Professional is made by Cazcarra Image Group from Barcelona, Spain. Carmen Cazcarra, the name behind the company has dedicated her life to the development of the expression of beauty and art. Maintaining a splendid public image and the exposure of the inner beauty is the focus of her product line. Her personal grooming institution, Cazcarra Image Group is always considered to be the best in the industry and it is from the success of this institution that the professional makeup products Ten Image Professional line came into existence.
These lipsticks and Ten Image Professional Makeup is available from their execlusive UK supplier, Seventa Image. Seventa Image provide makeup artistry services and also many other creative professional services across the beauty, fashion, film and music industries.
Beautyworld – Middle East
I just visited Dubai for a holiday and, as a very pleasant surprise, my trip got combined with a ticket to Dubai’s Beautyworld Exhibition at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, UAE. Held from 27-29 May 2014, my access pass was organised for by my friend and fellow makeup artist, Dubai based Eirini Hannah.
The exhibition, the 19th one held, is put together annually by Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH, one of the world’s leading trade show organisers. It was huge, with over 1300 exhibitors, covering everything from manufacturing, beauty packaging, well being, spa, fragrances, general beauty products, cosmetics, hair styling and nails. A number of stands were offering treatments at special exhibition rates, or for demo purposes. You could have a manicure, a pedicure, get your teeth whitened and have your hair styled, all as onlookers walked by, watching the talents of the beauticians and specialists conducting their treatments. To be honest, it’s exactly what you would expect to find at this type of event.
Visiting the exhibition, I saw that there are differences in the beauty industry in the Middle East, compared to the UK. I guess I hadn’t given it consideration before, but the number of men in the industry, visiting and working on the stands was far higher than that of similar beauty exhibitions held in the UK. The number of buyers (again mostly male) attending actual booked meetings with exhibitors was very popular too. These could be organised by an online registration and booking system, which I had a look at before attending the exhibition. An appointment was simple to arrange and meant that you could have pre arranged meetings with companies you wanted to see, and not waste precious time during your day.
Being held in the Middle East, not surprisingly, the majority of stands exhibiting were Asian, significantly outnumbering the European and American beauty brands. That wasn’t a bad thing for a UK makeup artist, beauty product reviewer and writer! Not knowing the vast number of companies there meant that I got to try lots of new and unknown brands that I probably wouldn’t have ever discovered. I met some talented and experienced personnel from these companies and I got to try some great products from a completely different market.
Afrina Cosmetics had the biggest range of powder eye shadows and blushers, making up bespoke palettes for you. With superb prices and fabulous pigments, my friend bought a refillable palette of 15 colours – 5 blushers, 5 matte natural shades from beige to brown to black and 5 shimmery eye shadows. A great purchase from a UAE based firm, local and previously unknown to her.
One of the other makeup brands, Paese Cosmetics, had a gorgeous illuminating makeup primer that I fell in love with, as well as a range of long lasting lipsticks and eye shadows and some great foundations, for a variety of skin types. Once I persuaded them to actually allow me to buy some stock from their shelves (because I was visiting Dubai and wouldn’t be able to visit their store), I invested in the primer and one of their shimmery eye shadows too.
‘Not selling’ wasn’t unusual for the stands, many of them were there just for an awareness campaign and weren’t selling anything despite having fully stocked shelves! But more disappointing was that some staff working on their stands didn’t even know the prices for their products, when they were launching and when they would be available to buy in Dubai, or elsewhere in the world for that matter. I won’t name the stands that I encountered this with, but I will say that wasn’t very impressive!
GHD made its debut at Beautyworld this year, with ‘Hair Education’; the creative team presented 9 shows daily on the stand, and just walking past you could get a great feel for their top styling techniques and tips. OPI also had an enormous stand, with nail technicians competing over the three days to win free trips to OPI USA. The Dermalogica stand gave them a presence, and we easily found them, but blink and you’d miss the small St Tropez stand tucked away in one of the more dominated fragrance and perfume halls. They were there with exhibition prices for their products, including their brilliant new tanning product, Luxe Dry Oil. Whilst you may nearly have missed their stand, don’t miss this new product!
It was also great to see some UK cosmetics firms there too. I spent time with the team from Stargazer who were making their usual trip to Beautyworld and had an amazing array of UV ‘glow in the dark’ face and body makeup and hair products. I even got to try out their UV hair chalk too, but I’ll write about that separately. We then had a demo from Chelsea Boutique on their exceptionally easy to use brow shaping kits, and bought some of their stunning real hair lashes – these are well worth investing in, the quality of the lashes is outstanding.
We also went and said hi to the team working the Atelier Paris Makeup Stand, who were happily demo’ing and selling their products. Twenty minutes later, and a hand covered in testers, I had a new waterproof liquid foundation to add to my kit!
Overall it was a really good experience, meeting and seeing other beauty products from across the world. It’s opened my eyes to try new global brands and I’ll be reviewing some of the products I tried and bought during my visit. I’ll post more product reviews online, so please come back and read about them.
It’s an essential in my own makeup bag!
Who doesn’t feel better when they’ve got a bit of colour on their skin, a warm glow from that summer sunshine? Bronzers are fabulous for helping with a healthy summer sun kissed glow on your skin ! And I love this one – Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons (03 Sheer Brunettes)
“The perfect gradation of caramelised hues, these four shades can be endlessly combined and layered, depending on your desire, skin tone and the season, for an authentic tan and an incredibly natural result.”
It’s a gorgeous smelling matte powder which has four shades in each compact so you can swirl them all together and blend the colours, or you can use particular shades depending on the time of year. I apply it lightly with a brush to my forehead and cheeks – the areas that the sun catches, for warmth and colour to my skin. You can also use it on your shoulders and décolletage too. Just fab!
Available from – Guerlain