Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign October 2011 #BCAUK

Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.
1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer in their lifetime.

I have had two serious scares myself, I have one friend in the middle of treatment and having her operation TODAY (we love you Amica) and  my oldest and best friend has just completed her treatment for breast cancer diagnosed earlier this year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and there are a number of things you can do to show your support.

Sitting nicely alongside #BCAUK, tomorrow sees the annual Look Good Feel Better Beauty Editors Day  in Selfridges Beauty Hall from 12pm through to 7pm. For £20 - the entire proceeds of which go to LGFB - you can meet a top beauty editor, seek advice, pick their brain or just ask endless questions (take a list!), get a mini-makeover and a goodie bag - there are still spaces available - call 0800 138 8140 for appointments.

At 12pm over on the Estee Lauder counter Elizabeth Hurley, long-established Lauder spokeswoman and Breast Cancer Awareness Ambassador, will be making an appearance meeting customers and signing purchases from the Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon Collection  (so don't rock up with an Austin Powers DVD please).
Busy day all round for Ms Hurley as she's popping back at 8pm to turn Selfridges Pink in the Estee Lauder tradition which last year, broke the Guinness World Record for 'Most Landmarks Illuminated for a Cause in 24 Hours'. Impressive. Actually beyond impressive - pretty phenomenal.

Niagara Falls

Empire State

They even turned Jesus pink.
In the 19 years since Evelyn Lauder started the Estee Lauder Companies' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign they have given away nearly 110 million pink ribbons worldwide and by the end of this October will have donated nearly $50 million to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

This year's campaign is:
TOGETHER. Connect. Communicate. Conquer. For A Future Free of Breast Cancer.
Evelyn Lauder says, “Together we are stronger. Together we can do more. Together we can find a cure.


I will be posting more about available products and other events through the next few days but in the meantime - a reminder to all - applications open online tomorrow morning at 9am for next year's Moonwalk.
Spaces fill up very quickly and next year I'll be doing my first Moonwalk - WITH my best friend. So stand by to be hit up for sponsorship and gratuitious pictures of us in our bras.

Whatevs: it WAS the 80's!
More information on the Moonwalk here. I hope to see you there.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

bareMinerals Skincare Van pitching up IN Selfridges, Oxford Street

To celebrate the nationwide launch of their skincare the bareMinerals van is parking up INSIDE Selfridges, Oxford Street tomorrow and Saturday. As you do.

The team will be on hand giving skin consultations on the range, which includes their trademarked 'ActiveSoil Complex' designed to improve cell turnover, reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles and give you a fabulous glow - as well as offering guests complimentary smoothies. Nom.

More information on bareMinerals skincare

Ojon Trade-in Day

Quick heads-up! Ojon are offering a trade-in at their John Lewis counters next Thursday 29th September. Simply bring an empty shampoo or conditioner from any brand and they will exchange it for a full size SET of Damage Reverse Shampoo and Conditioner.

Not only are they giving us the opportunity to try the shampoo and conditioner at no cost - they have also committed to recycling all of our old packaging.  How cool is that?

If you've always wanted to try Ojon this is the perfect opportunity.

Nice one Ojon!

For more information on Ojon
While stocks last.
One set per customer.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Limited Edition Jimmy Choo fragrance and Tamara Mellon on tumblr.

If you love the original Jimmy Choo fragrance and have a slight penchant for a Limited may want to get your orders in now for this little beauty....

No on-counter date yet but it will retail at £98.00 for 40ml. Forewarned is forearmed.
In the meantime Tamara Mellon has a new 'pop-up' tumblr. account showcasing her inspirations behind the company's first fragrance.

She is posting daily from today through till 5th October. Expect fashion inspirations, style tips, beauty secrets and travel advice.
Today's post is all about her musical inspirations and includes one of my favourite pictures of my favourite artists....

You were expecting Simon Le Bon weren't you?
Tamara's tumblr account can be found here.
Beauty Mouth tumblr is here.
Jimmy Choo fragrance is available nationwide.

Product of the Week - SUPER Sweet Clean

To celebrate the launch this week of Dr Perricone's SUPER range the Product of the Week is the one I have used the most from the range so far - Sweet Clean. Yes it's the cleanser. No surprises there. Obsessed much?

The Sweet Clean cleanser is packed with acai - considered the most powerful antioxidant in the world.  It also contains DMAE - the anti-ageing ingredient Perricone is most known for, tamanu oil, cocoa seed butter and, wait for it: blueberry, apple, raspberry, vanilla, apricot, blackberry and grape.  The texture is more that of a thin face mask than a milk enabling it to stay put on the skin allowing you to build some friction - perfect for cleansing. I use it as my second cleanse step in the evening and on its own in the morning. Leaves the skin soft, smooth and not in the slightest bit tight. Lush.

SUPER is available in Boots nationwide and and is priced at £25.50.

Anne Semonin Facial Offer at Liberty

I've raved about Anne Semonin facials before - and this week you have the perfect opportunity to try the facials out for yourself in the beautiful Liberty Queen Mary room (if you were a Queen you'd have your own private shopping room wouldn't you?)

Excuse the visual - I was about to have a facial. Giddyness. See that hot towel caddy? Bliss.
If you have always wanted to try Anne Semonin products and need a facial these opportunities are made for you. For £50.00 - redeemable against any two products, you get a 60 minute fully customised facial. And it's a bloody good facial. A real facial. Readers of this blog will know what a fussy cow I am. So go. And if you can't make time this week - they're doing two other weeks on the following dates:
Sunday 20th - Saturday 26th November
Sunday 8th - Saturday 14th January 

If you're a lover of potions and lotions and creams and oils get thee to Liberty stat.
Call 0207 734 1234 for appointments.

More info on Anne Semonin

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Product of the Week - Decleor Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk

Ooh I love a little Decleor. Actually I love a lot of Decleor. One of my 'go-to' products when I'm having a little flare up is their Aromessence Baume de nuit Ylang Ylang.

I'm not one of those people (numpties) that say you should wash your face and then go to bed without putting anything on it to replenish it. I'm all for oils and balms - non-mineral oil obviously...

The Ylang Ylang verison is designed for combination skin and is the perfect blend of basil, tea tree, tonka bean and ylang ylang in a base of jojoba, maize and hazelnut oils. It absorbs beautifully, smells out of this world and as a little goes a really long way, it lasts months. And months.

I digress.
The Gradual Glow was chosen as POTW because it has helped this pale-seen-no-sun-not-been-on-holiday-skin get through the summer without looking like a member of the Cullen family. I love it when a product does what it say on the box, as you may have noticed - and this delivers - and then some.

  • It contains vanilla extract, narcissus bulb extract, meadowfoam oil and my fave that you don't see in products often - magnolia oil. 
  • It's light, but really hydrating
  • It gives a gradual colour - like it says
  • It's white - it doesn't stain and you can get dressed straight away
  • It smells divine
  • It comes in a perfectly-shaped-for-the-hand bottle - may not seem important but I could write an entire post on inappropriate style-over-customer comfort-packaging (maybe I will)
  • It dispenses the perfect amount 
  • Perfect for extending the life of your tan - if you were lucky enough to get one *grits teeth*
  • It fades evenly and does not go patchy
I use it on my arms and decollete every 2nd or 3rd day and have done for most of the summer and I'm not even halfway down.
Gradual Glow is available on the Decleor website and is priced at £30.50. It's easily 9-12 months worth (depending on where you use it).
The Baume de nuit is available here and is priced at £31.50. This will last me about 2 years. Minimum.

Absolutely bloody gorgeous.

*Mixture of purchases and press samples

Elemis' Think Pink Beauty Kit

October is almost upon us once again and having lived through the diagnosis, treatment and subsequent all-clear this year of my oldest and bestest friend, I am going to be all over Breast Cancer Awareness month like a Durannie on SLB (frequent readers will understand).

I love the team at Elemis. In the old days of donkeys and carts - well, almost - when I was a SpaceNK Manager, they carried Elemis. One day the front door to the shop opened and Noella Gabriel burst through like a friendly bat out of hell: 'JesusMaryandJoseph you've no bread and butter!'  Noella is Irish, actually she's Oirish - if you know what I mean - and in Noella speak that meant we had run low on stock of basics, cleansers, toners and moisturisers etc... I knew there and then that this was a woman to hang with.

Elemis have always put their money where their mouth is and have 'given back.'
This year for Breast Cancer Awareness month they are pledging £10,000 to the cause. £10,000! Take that in for a minute - it doesn't mean - 'here's a product and 5% of the sales (after costs) are going to the charity'. It means they are GIVING £10,000 to BCC.

The Think Pink Beauty Kit is available now and contains a 15ml Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust 'Boob Tube', a 30ml special pink edition of their No.1 selling Pro-Collagen Marine Cream and a 50ml Skin Nourishing Shower Cream. Not to mention the patent pink bag that should have 'Caroline' printed on the front. It will retail for £29.90 but is worth a whopping £59.80.

Go get your groove on. And while your at it get your hands all over your boobs. Take care of yourself Ladies. Elemis have so far raised over £50,000 for Breast Cancer Care - Elemis, I salute you.

Liberty GWP - The Ultimate Beauty Gift

I know a LOT about GWP's. And THIS, my friends, is a Gift. With. Purchase.
I've waxed lyrical about my love for Liberty before - and with their recent relaunch and extension of their Beauty Hall it has only made my obsession worse.

Starting Wednesday 21st September the above luxury Liberty print makeup bag filled with all 13 products pictured - worth over £150.00 - is your gift with every purchase over £90.00.

I don't normally write about GWP's - they have, recently, become a little 'same-old' - Selfridges don't even offer them anymore (offers are there to be found - but they're not called GWP's - it's a GWP by any other name) - but this is a good one.

Maybe next week is when I finally buy my Frederic Malle Lys Mediterranee?

Available in Liberty stores and online at the above while stocks last.

*contents of the bag may vary slightly

Monday, 12 September 2011

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick and Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum

Last week I was invited to see Caroline Barnes discuss Max Factor's new launches for Autumn.

I've worked with many make-up artists in my career and Caroline is the Gold Standard that the others should aim for. Down-to-earth, approachable, friendly, excellent at what she does - and most astonishingly - no diva-like behaviour. At all. Ditto. Others take note.

It's always nice to see someone at the top of their game discussing what they love and this was no exception.

Max Factor's Colour Elixir Lipsticks contain green tea, shea, avocado and aloe butters and are designed to give a smoother surface to the lip thus making the colour 'pop' more.
Ruby Tuesday
They come in 15 shades and are £7.99. Nice to see sensible pricing in the world of £35.00 and up lipsticks. (Don't get me started.) I've enjoyed rediscovering a good lippie lately and have used Ruby Tuesday and Mulberry so far. Both feel good on the lip - I hate that chalky feeling you get from some lipsticks - you know when you can really 'feel' that you're wearing it? Not so with this. Smooth and soft - like it says on the box.

Bewitching Coral
Mulberry - my favourite so far
Launching at the same time is Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum.

Aimed at the woman who needs anti-ageing benefits it contains niacinamide (a big tick from me), green tea, Vitamin E and SPF15. As someone who gets her SPF from make-up only - that part is key.  As my skin is still prone to breakouts I'm waiting till the colder weather to give this one a go and so will review properly further along the Autumn. It comes in 6 shades and retails at £12.99.

Both products are on counter now.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Product of the Week - Beauty Works West - CLEANSE

OK - I've made my feelings clear on cleansing wipes in the past. Strong feelings. However, if someone takes the initiative to take something and do it really well - I'll always pay attention.

Beauty Works West is a gorgeous medispa in Notting Hill and where I happen to have popped for a pedicure this week (which was BLOODY AMAZING by the way). It's the kind of place where as a therapist, it ticks every box - clean, crisp, comforting, luxurious and most importantly, great staff - from the receptionists to the therapists themselves. Anyway, I digress.

Paying at the till I saw these on the side and reading the pack out of the corner of my eye instinctively picked them up. Why? I confess to keeping wipes in my bag through the whole of the Summer - when you've got small children they are a must-have - and refusing to put synthetic, alcohol-laden crap all over my babies faces I have struggled to find some I was happy with.

So bearing that in mind - this is what I read at the till:
  • Soil Association Emblem
  • organic cotton
  • organic aloe vera
  • organic pomegranate
  • colour and fragrance free
  • paraben free
  • not tested on animals
  • no harsh or synthetic materials
  • no synthetic laureth sulphate
  • no formaldehyde
You can see why I picked them up. So my question is: If wipes can be done in this way - why isn't everyone doing them? Beauty Works West - I salute you.

CLEANSE cleansing cloths are priced at £6.99 and are available here.

And wanting to share the love - Beauty Works West have offered 5 packets of CLEANSE to BM readers. See? Told you they were nice peeps. Especially after seeing what I have previously said about wipes on this blog! (That still stands by the way if you're talking about something that costs a quid from a chemist)

As before, just leave your twitter id or email in the comments below. And try them. They're lush.

Product of the Week - Giveaway Winners - Collin and Tigi

Two birds - one stone. Actually on reflection that's just mean. I like birds.

Moving on! I had the cheek to attempt a couple of days away last week thus I'm announcing the winners of the last two weeks 'Product of the Week' giveaways together.

First up is the Collin Regenerating Collagen Gel.

The three winners as chosen by Collin are:

The Cosmetic Crave
Jo - Beautylicious
Love Audrey

Congratulations Ladies! Collin will be contacting you directly to organise your prizes.

Next up is Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Conditioner..

The two winners as decided by are:

Samantha - Cinderzxx

Again congratulations Ladies - we'll be in touch!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

NARS Limited Editions for Fashion's Night Out

Visual courtesy of NARS and Guy Bourdin
I love a little NARS (ok a LOT). And I love a Limited Edition. And I love photography.
So I'm definitely hot-footing it to Selfridges to pick up these two limited editions available exclusively for Fashion's Night Out between 8th and 10th September.
Space Odyssey Nail Polish - aluminum - £13.50
Both gorgeous metallic silvers - these Limited Editions are being celebrated with a huge visual by Guy Bourdin which is on display at the NARS flagship in NYC. Bourdin is a renowned fashion photographer and one of Francois Nars' favourites.
Via Crispi Larger Than Life Long -wear Eyeliner - silver - £17.00
See? Gorgeous.

Available exclusively from Selfridges between 8th and 10th September.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Cheat Sheet - Beauty Industry Jargon

This one has brewing for a long time, but reading the Top 100 beauty products in a 'top' magazine yesterday sent me over the edge. My love for the beauty business is well-documented. I love the beauty industry.

However, a business it IS - and there is not much I hate more than 'corporate' trying to rip off the consumer - whether it's badly-priced 2for1's on pies in a supermarket (how rude) or the constant spew of CRAP that gets shoved down the average female consumer's throat.

On that note - look at men's products next time you're in a store - men don't buy into jargon - they want to know what it is, what it does, and how much it is. End of. Think of ANY tool in Homebase. 'Power Saw', 'Hedge Trimmer' - products aimed at men say 'Shower Gel', 'Shave Cream'.

Products aimed at us girls go into detail about how the leaves were picked when the flowers were at their optimum at dusk/dawn and how the female workers weren't allowed to pick the flowers when they were on their period due to the 'negative energy'. Please make it stop.

I have been asked at one point or another about all of the below at some point in the last few months...

Glossary of Terms - Beauty Industry:
  • Hypo-allergenic
    Pretty pointless. No industry or legal standard. Different standards in USA and the EU. Lip service. What is an extreme allergen to you may be perfectly fine to me.
  • Non-comedogenic
    Literally means 'does not block pores'. Where to start? Unproven. Untested scientifically. All evidence is anecdotal. Meaning case-by-case. Pure naturally derived lanolin is supposed to be a 'non-comedogenic' alternative to synthetic lanolin. I put any lanolin anywhere near my face it will be covered in huge whiteheads within hours.
  • Silky smooth
    Loaded with silicone - check the inci label - anything ending in 'cone' or 'one' is a silicone - I actually don't mind silicones at all - but let's be clear why the product is silky smooth.
  • Velvety soft
    See above
  • Shrinks pores
    I'll say it again: Pores are not doors - they do not open and close.
    Nothing opens and closes pores. NOTHING. Well, except glue and sellotape perhaps. There is a difference between saying 'closes pores' and 'minimises the appearance of pores'.
    A big fat difference. One is rubbish and the other is a possibility.
  • Absorbs immediately
    Full of synthetic pushers that force the product into the skin - basically most serums that aren't completely natural (really natural) or organic. Think about it - your skin is highly intelligent - it's not going to absorb anything in a hurry in case it's harmful to you. If it did, we wouldn't need patches for things like HRT and injections for insulin - you know - things that actual DOCTORS recommend? If it absorbs straight away - it's not natural. Which brings me to....
  • Natural
    The most over-used and abused word in the industry - causes apoplectic rage in me in the middle of stores..The truth? I could take a cup of glue, a sip of aloe vera juice, spit the aloe vera juice into the glue, label it 'natural' and sell it as a beauty product. There is no legal guideline or industry standard AT ALL. So seeing something win 'best natural product' in an awards when anyone with a PULSE and the ability of sight can read the inci and see that it is about as natural as Katie Price's boobs/lips/hair/tan (no offence to KP intended) - drives me insane to the point of irrational blogging on a Sunday morning when I should be making a fry-up about now. It's all about marketing. If a product is labelled 'natural' you think you're doing yourself some good. Read the label. Educate yourself. There are of course excellent 'natural' brands out there. There are also some heinous ones. And word to the wise - it's worse on baby products. Outrageous.
  • Organic
    This is marginally better as at least there are SOME standards in place - however, the Soil Association, Ecocert and all the others have different standards between them. You'd need to go directly to their websites to see if your standards match theirs.
  • Animal Testing
    Poor animal lovers. Talk about a minefield. If a product does not categorically state: against animal testing OR no animal testing - assume it may sell in China and that animal testing is, therefore, a possibility. The Chinese government reserve the right to test any incoming goods on animals. They are slow to catch up with the rest of the World, but I think they will get there.
    That is the easiest way to steer clear if the issue is important to you. Also - just because a brand doesn't test its final product on animals - it doesn't mean that all of the ingredients weren't tested on animals in the past. Being clear: animal testing is banned in the EU - sticklers will point to China and say they won't support a brand because the product is sold in China. That is obviously your call, but nothing you put on your face in the UK was tested on an animal in order for you to use it. If you want to know categorically where a brand stands you need to ask their PR department: 'Are your ingredients tested on animals at their source?' and 'Do you retail in China?' If they don't know - assume they are. A brand that cares about animal testing will ensure its standards are met from the very beginning and shout it from the rooftops.
  • Waiting List
    How on earth does a brand/store have 30,000 people on a waiting list before something has launched? Answer - it doesn't. The brand will have orders in place for 30,000 ready to be sent to retailers (if they are very lucky and mass market). You could also say that Sainsbury's has a waiting list for 2000 bunches of bananas. It does, because they have ordered them. Individual stores may have waiting lists for certain things when they go out of stock or a list of preferred customers who get first dibs when a new product launches - but there are not 30,000 women clinging to their mobiles waiting for a phone call from a store telling them that their product has arrived - ever.
  • As used by
    The biggest load of bollocks in the industry. Fake/phony and infuriating. Here's the difference:
    1. Victoria Beckham tweets that she has used Elemis Camellia Oil to prevent stretchmarks through all her pregnancies and that it's brilliant. That is PR you cannot buy. Elemis are now perfectly entitled to use the words 'as recommended/used by Victoria Beckham' when talking about that product. Elemis however, are a class act and haven't shoved it down our throats. You have to look at the product page on their website to find it in small print.
    2. A beauty editor uses a picture of Kim Kardashian when recommending Bum Lift by Rodial (as you would). Rodial then take that clipping and it to their website under the heinous 'Celeb Secrets' section and give the impression that KK uses that product - thus endorses it. Bollocks does she. Interestingly, you can't actually read the article that the site links to - it just pops up a picture of KK. *eyebrow*
Feel free to add your own to the comments section - this is just the tip of the iceberg...

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Product of the Week - Tigi Bed Head Colour Goddess Conditioner

Surprise to myself this one - I never used to be big on spending that much money on haircare - I go through so much of it that it seemed 'wasteful'. Idiotic really when I take into account how much I spend on colour and highlights etc every month.

I'll keep this one simple: it's a conditioner that does what it says on the box. It helps protect from fading, keeps my hair bright and very shiny without feeling like it's coated in silicone, it keeps it conditioned and importantly for me, doesn't aggravate my scalp like so many others. It's also sulfate-free and it doesn't affect my highlights in a negative way.
I like the shampoo and the leave-in conditioner that are part of this range too - but the conditioner is my favourite - and it's called Product of the Week. Not 'Group of Products of the Week.'

Tigi have very kindly offered up 2 sets of shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner to Beauty Mouth readers.
Simply leave your email or a valid twitter id in the comments section below. Good luck! And thank you Tigi.

Tigi stockist information is available here and on 0844 844 90944. The conditioner is priced at £11.15.

* PR samples.
    I realise that POTW overran last week - blame the Bank Holiday and my lack of understanding on scheduled posts.