If, like us, you’re well aware that summer is officially drawing to a close, bear in mind that this means only one thing to us beauty ladies- a new season is just around the corner, which only promises oodles of beauty treats! With Fashion Weeks just around the corner and our make-up bags looking a little less than peachy post summer, we’re definitely taking note of what’s hot right now in the oh-so-wonderful world of beauty. Read on and learn, and get your diaries out girls!
Roja Dove Rediscovers the Fragrance Of Jacobean England
In 1912, an incredible discovery was made deep underground in a cellar on London’s Cheapside- the city’s most exquisite stash of buried treasure. From dazzling Colombian emeralds to sparkling diamonds from India, the collection is made up of 500 unique pieces, and for the first time in 100 years is being exhibited at The Museum Of London. What’s more, to celebrate this momentous occasion, British Master Perfumer Roja Dove has been commissioned to recreate the fragrance of Jacobean London, inspired by the beautiful bejewelled scent bottle found in the Hoard. Perfume expert Roja says, “To capture the spirit of Early Stuart England, it is essential to understand the tastes and attitudes towards perfume at this time. The only two scented floral materials indigenous to Britain were – and still are – lavender and rose, which were often joined with oils from various herbs.” So, what can we expect from Roja’s 17th century fragrance? We reckon it’ll be a heady combination of lavender, frankincense, civet alongside other opulent notes. The scent won’t be available to buy, so hurry on down to the museum this October and get ready to go back in time, ladies…
The bejewelled bottle which inspired Roja Dove's fragrance for the exhibition
Kenzo Presents The FlowerWave
This might not come as a surprise, but when it comes to flowers, us beauty ladies are seriously obsessed. Whether it’s a fresh bouquet of roses (we’d be lucky!) or a gorgeous floral fragrance, we’re sold on the first whiff. So, we were over the moon to hear that Kenzo have launched a clever little floral-based app on Facebook in support of Every Mother Counts, the charity established by former supermodel Christy Turlington Burns. Called ‘Flower Wave’, the app aims to spread the word about the work the charity does to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for all mothers. So what exactly is the app, you ask? Users simply submit a short video of themselves passing along a poppy, which is then added to the Flower Wave film (which already features a few celebs). For each clip received, Kenzo donates $1 to the charity. Not in the mood to make a video? Fear not, as users can also send a virtual poppy to friends on Facebook, only to watch the poppies blooming on an imbedded world map. We’re in flower heaven…
Nails Inc and Colgate Join Forces
Just when you thought toothpaste was the least glamorous thing on your shopping list, think again, ladies, as we’ve got some rather exciting news for you. To celebrate the launch of new Colgate Max White One toothpaste, £3.99, Colgate have teamed up with nail experts Nails Inc to create a gorgeous red varnish in both gloss and metallic, free with the purchase of every tube of toothpaste from Boots nationwide from 2nd September, while stock lasts. There’s something about this collaboration which has got us Grazia ladies rather excited- whether it’s the wave of retro nostalgia or the simple fact of being seriously one of a kind, we just cannot wait to get our hands on a bottle of the red stuff!
Get The Look: Adam Reed On How To Get The Perfect Ballerina Bun
If, like us, you struggle to get the perfect ballerina bun and always end up falling back on your trusty donut then look no further girls- the wait is over! To celebrate the launch of the SP Luxe Oil Range, Adam Reed, Wella’s Style Ambassador has shared his top tips with us to nailing this gorgeous look. “This look is so easy to achieve and screams sophistication,” Adam explains, and we couldn’t agree more! This stunning look is a Grazia beauty desk fave and now the secrets are out! What’s more, the products used to get the look are Adam’s favourites from the brand new Luxe Oil collection and really are amazing, trust. All the products in the collection are light, non-greasy and yet transform the texture of your hair whilst protecting, smoothing and softening hair, leaving it nourished and hydrated. Want in? Watch and learn girls…
Burberry’s Trench Kisses Collection
When Burberry unveiled their Summer Splash collection at the beginning of this month we were beyond excited to restock our make-up bags for our summer hols, and breaking news reaching Grazia HQ now informs us that a new collection is set to launch next week, which is pretty perfect timing for our A/W beauty stash! The new range, which was introduced at the Burberry Prorsum A/W 2013 shows focuses on a fresh golden nude complexion, referencing the golden detailing seen throughout the ready-to-wear and accessories collections. It’s all about a sophisticated, gorgeous glow with gold eyelids, deep black lashes and beautifully illuminated cheeks. We’ve got our eyes on the Effortless Khol Eye Pencil in Stone- beauty heaven!
For more information visit www.burberry.com
Iris Prima- The Scent Of The Ballet
Now that you’re sporting a winning ballerina bun it only makes sense that you smell like a ballerina too, right? All hail Penhaligon’s latest olfactory offering- Iris Prima, the official scent of a true prima ballerina. In a unique partnership with the English National Ballet, Penhaligon’s has set about capturing the very essence of the ballet, with no other than perfumer Alberto Morillas as choreographer. To fully immerse himself in the artistic world of the ballet, Morillas was granted exclusive backstage access to the renowned ballet company and spent months in theatre wings and rehearsal studios to capture the perfect scent. The result is a gorgeously feminine blend of bergamot, iris absolute, jasmine and vetiver. What’s more, we’re loving the glass bottle, complete with a suede embossed label and leather print box meant to reference the dancers’ ballet shoes. The best thing? We've even got a little video for you... Enjoy!
Iris Prima launches in Penhaligon’s stores and online on 9th September 2013, priced £85 for 50ml