Beauty Bites: Matthew Williamson For Benefit PLUS Bumble and Bumble Expand The Thickening Family

07 May 2013 by

If, like us, you’re finding it a little tricky to ease yourself back into the swing of things after a particularly wonderful Bank Holiday weekend then don’t fret- go and make a cuppa, take some deep breaths and look on the bright side- it’s already Wednesday tomorrow! What’s more, this week has some pretty amazing launches lined up which might just render you that little bit more excited about life right now. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

Crème de la Mer Introduces a Unique Collaboration with Monica Vinader

If you thought Crème de La Mer couldn’t get any more decadent then think again. The luxurious skincare brand has joined forces with renowned jewellery designer Monica Vinader to create a limited edition spatula to accompany the iconic Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream. The silver hammered tool sparkles with a pale blue-green chrysoprase stone embedded on the top and looks more suited to a trinket box than the bathroom cabinet. This unique treat is gifted exclusively at Harrods from 1st June 2013 with the purchase of the 500ml Moisturizing Cream alongside a 30ml decanting jar that is perfect for travelling. We can’t wait to get our hands on one!

Instant Lash- Extensions Without The Hassle!

In hot pursuit of longer, thicker, luscious lashes but can’t be bothered with the hassle of lash extensions? Yep, we totally understand, which is why we want to share a little beauty secret with you- Instant Lash by Freezeframe. Already the number-one selling lash product in Australia, this clever little wand can add between 4-8mm of length to lashes instantly, guaranteeing some seriously perky peepers without the bother of fiddly lash extensions. Just apply to the tip of lashes and you’re good to go!

Freeze Frame Instant Lash Extensions are available from Boots priced £27.99

Selfridges' Summer Beauty Event

If you’re longing for something fun to brighten up your week, take a look at the Summer Beauty Events that will be making their way to a Selfridges store near you. At a mere £10 a ticket (which incidentally is redeemable) it’s cheaper than a cinema trip, and there’s far more than popcorn and pick ‘n mix on offer! Think vodka snowcones, candy floss and Miss Ballooniverse (this girl can make anything out of balloons!). What’s more, you can undergo a little revamp whilst you stop by. Whether you opt for a Dior manicure, a mini facial at RMK, a custom blend of Banana Banana Hair Shake by LA Stylist Tina Cassaday or any of the other delectable treats on offer at the beauty counters, you’re sure to leave primped, preened and polished. Why not pop by with the girls before heading out to show off your recent pampering? Now that’s an idea.

Manchester Exchange – Wednesday 15 May (6-9pm)

London – Thursday 16 May (6-9pm)

Manchester Trafford – Thursday 23 May (6-10pm)

To book tickets call 0800123400 and specify which event you are interested in. It couldn’t be simpler...

Matthew Williamson and Benefit Join Forces

Now, now, what do we have here? We’ve been massive fans of Mr Williamson’s work ever since we set our eyes on the noughties-boho Sienna Miller, so to hear that one of our fave Brit designers is making his first foray in to the beauty world is almost more than we can deal with! To celebrate his 15th anniversary of life in the fash-lane, Matthew Williamson has collaborated with Benefit to create a limited-edition makeup kit, The Rich Is Back. Inspired by the 1970’s, this palette really does pack a punch filled with some serious Benefit booty. “This is high-octane glam makeup for dressing up to look fabulous and dance the night away,” says Matthew.

The Rich Is Back, £26.50 will be available from 15th June

Have A Personalised Beauty Regime With SKI-II Skin Analysis Technology

Ever wanted to know what is actually happening under the surface of your skin? Or to find out how it's likely to age? Well the folks at luxury skincare brand SK-II have come up with an answer with their skin analysis device, the magic ring which is available exclusively at Harrods. A small camera is placed against the face and takes a picture of the skin, and then analyses it's quality. The skin is assessed on five factors - texture refinement, firmness power, wrinkle resilience, spot control and radiance enhancement. The camera is connected to a computer which then calculates a mark out of 100 for each category. This is then compared against scores of women of the same age, so that you can learn how your skin is faring for your age. Using the results you are then prescribes a personalised skincare routine based on the results, as the computer works out a regime designed to target the skin’s real needs.

Soap & Glory’s 2 Minute Rinse

Did you know that the average 5-minute shower uses 35 litres of water- 70% of our recommended daily water use? According to a recent survey, water shortage is the Earth’s most imminent ecological disaster, and seeing as we spend a lot of time in the shower/bath/bathroom testing all sorts of lotions and potions, we’re uber-excited to try out Soap & Glory’s new challenge- the 2 Minute Rinse. Armed with a little S&G timer, the beauty brand claim it is possible to lather up hair and body and get squeaky clean with just 2 minutes of running water. Log your showering skills on their Facebook page and you could win a prize for being the ‘best rinser’!

Bumble and Bumble Extend Their ‘Thickening’ Family!

Bumble and Bumble’s Thickening Hairspray has been a cult beauty buy for years (since its debut in 1989, to be precise), the ultimate go-to for fine hair, always delivering the perfect amount of bounce and control without feeling gummy or sticky. Now, just in time for summer, hair gurus B&B are extending the range with Full Form Mousse and Crème Contour, ideal for that big, sexy hair that always seems impossible to achieve. Housed in gorgeous periwinkle-blue packaging, the new products are designed to lift, sculpt, shape and contour, taking fullness to a whole new level!

Georgia Louise’s Red Carpet Facial

Whilst we love anyone who will make our skin look good, we are particularly head over heels for skincare-savvy supreme Georgia Louise. Her facials are some of the best we’ve ever tried, so you can imagine how excited we were when we heard that her products will be available to buy in Space NK from June onwards. What’s more, Georgia Louise was the official Met Gala facialist this year, responsible for bestowing a dewy glow on the likes of Katy Perry, Cameron Diaz and Linda Evangelista. When we caught up with Georgia Louise about last night, she said, “I did a 90-minute facial that was custom made to their skin. My facial was all about cheekbones and glowing skin for the event. I used micro-currents, lots of vitamins and hyaluronic acid followed by a ‘power house’ 20-min lift and sculpt massage to accentuate cheek bones.”   

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