Some wise words on YOUTH from Ole Henriksen- wkend post 17/5/13
Beauty recently caught up with, youth & feel-good guru, Ole Henriksen, when he came into London from LA to speak about his products and beauty. Ole Heriksen tells Beauty to share with all of you the following fundamental rules on keeping youthful & beautiful:
1. When it comes to a skincare routine- Keep things SIMPLE
2. Nothing is instant-Everything is over a Lifetime so…
3. Stay FIT & Healthy & Do it Faithfully. Remember Beauty is Inside Out!
Beauty Says: A Big Kiss & THANK YOU to Ole Henriksen for sharing his wisdom on the secrets of Youth! You know that indeed there is truth not just in his serums and creams but in his advice. Ole Henriksen has incredible vitality and energy too! (Check out his physique! We want that strength too!)
My MUST HAVE from Ole Henriksen at the moment are TRUTH to Go Wipes. The only wipes that gives that squeaky clean and firms at the same time. (£6-£15) Stay tuned for more Ole Henriksen product features coming soon! Ole Henriksen products are available at John Lewis www.johnlewis.com
When it comes to cleansing….say YES! To SENSAI - wkend update 17/5/13
Beauty Says: Nobody knows the art of cleansing like the Japanese-in particular, the art of the double cleansing technique. SENSAI, by Kanebo, is championing this ritual with two products that will not only purify but indeed beautify. You will be so impressed you will bow to SENSAI, in thanks for your new face!
Step 1 is the Cleansing Balm, a non-drip, balm cleanser, that locks in moisture while removing all oil-based grime & make-up. This cleanser, not only contains almond and orange oil, that makes it smell divine, but Koishimaru silk extract from tiny Koishimaru cocoons to add an exquisite silky texture making it unparallel to any other known cleanser on the market. This particular silk also has super anti-aging strength as it restores hyrulonic acid where it is needed in the skin cells.
Step 2 is a rich Foam Cleanser that not only has exfoliating and cell renewing abilities, but gives the complexion a most translucent appearance. Its secret weapon is ginseng which not only helps to moisturise but also gives the skin the skin a moist dewy fresh finish.
SENSAI Cleansing Balm & Foam Cleanser are both £40 each and available at: www.harrods.com
Follow SENSEI & Beauty to the Art of Cleansing
Beauty Says: Ladies, this is not an episode of the Karate Kid, so please do not simply waxing on and off these cleansers! Remember, that cleansing is the opening stage of the time honoured ritual of Japanese women. Do this ritual with grace and take time to enjoy it.
My top tip: is after you have massaged in the Cleansing Balm, to leave it on for a few minutes like a mask-breathe in the lovely aromas, and gently remove with a cleansing cloth or sponge. Follow through with the Foam Cleanser. Massage Foam Cleanser on in quick circular motions. Remove with splashes of warm water. Pat dry, the skin, and follow through with normal skincare regimen. (For best results also follow the art of moisturising, by first using a lotion and then a cream-to first hydrate, and then nourish.)
A true love gives: HerClutterBox- Beauty LOVES this Knight in Shining Armour!
Beauty Says: So you’re a beauty product junkie are you? Where do you stash all the goods? Probably like most girls out there, you’re storing it in make-up bags, old chocolate or gift boxes, shoe boxes…and no doubt loads of bottles and tubes are all over the dresser, the bathroom shelves inside and out. I’m told by numerous gents that it is pet peeve #1 to live with a woman who own too much product and have them all over the place. Well ladies, I’ve just met the brainchild behind ‘Her Clutter Box’….an answer to our beauty product organising prayers….and have our men saying ‘Hallelujah’!
The tale of ‘Her Clutter Box’ (a true story) reads like a love story….and will bring a tear to any beauty junkie's eye:
Once Upon a Time, there was a gent named Colin, who had a girlfriend that loved beauty products. She had so much product there was nowhere to store everything in a neat and tidy manner. Hence, she created a lot of ‘clutter’ around the living space that they shared. Eventually, poor Colin had enough, and was searching on the internet for a solution to his and her clutter woes. He found acrylic make-up boxes in Australia and America but couldn’t get around the expensive shipping costs. Having product design behind him, Colin, decided to take matters in his own hands, and created the first HerClutterBox as a gift to his beloved…and HerClutterBox was born!
The acrylic boxes come in three different sizes: 4 drawer, 5 drawer & 6 drawer. (4 drawer: height 20cm, width: 30cm, depth: 25cm; 5 drawer: h: 33cm, w: 37cm, d: 25cm; 6 drawer: h: 50cm, w: 45cm, d: 30cm) The five drawer and six drawer versions are fantastic for any beauty tools like curling irons or straighteners, and perhaps taller bottles.
When you surf the internet you will find that there are similar versions, but none as sleek, and a complete unit as this one. Most likely, if you search for similar type of storage units, you will find that the number one suggestion on forums or blogs will be MUJI storage boxes. Take note ladies, that the 6 drawer HerClutterBox is the largest acrylic make-up organiser available on the web! (Impressive, and you heard the 411 here first.) Best yet, the company and all the products are designed and handmade in Ireland. I nominate Colin to be the Beauty World’s HERO (or beauty products’ knight in shining armour!) for creating this more than obvious and needed solution. And of course, the ending to this tale is: ‘Happily Ever After’…beautiful isn’t it? 4,5, & 6 drawer HerClutterBoxes are available NOW from 125 Euros – 189 Euros at www.herclutterbox.com
CULT CLASSIC: PEEL OFF MASKS
Beauty Says: Nothing beats my all time favourite cult classic beauty product Peel Off Masks. Nostalgic feelings run down my spine as I speak of these masks- they were the first I had ever used at the age of 12. There is something special about waiting for it to dry so that you can finally peel it off to reveal a revitalised and brand new skin. (I think maybe it is because you get to peel them off that you feel they do indeed give bonifide results.) Sadly, peel-offs are now rare, but I’ve managed to dig deep, and found a few of the best brands on the market…..get ready to stay in with these new classic treasures….
Minus -417 Mineral Peel-Off Mask: This mineral peel-off mask from Minus -417 is tingly on the skin as it sets to dry. It’s most potent ingredient comes from the Dead Sea’s Mineral Rich waters which are known to treat skin’s ailments from acne to psoriasis to any redness and irritations. High in magnesium this mask goes to give the skin a hydrating bath and results that are not just glowing but luxuriously luminous! I’ve found this to be a great gentle exfoliating product as well. It’s also great as a follow-up for after sun or on holidays to prevent de-hydration from travelling. I can’t stop touching the skin afterwards! This comes mighty close to treatment products that can give instant fountain of youth! Try it today £25 www.cultbeauty.co.uk
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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Peel & Reveal: I like to call this my pot of strawberry jam-the sweetest treat for the skin! It not only smells delicious, but gives the most fantastic results. The first time I used this, I couldn’t believe the glowing face was mine. It was as if I had just come home from a professional facial! It also doubles up as an exfoliating product as well. My top tip for using this is to use the mini spatula provided and to practice and perfect the layer of mask. If you spread this too thick it will start to drip, but too thin, it will be harder to peel. For gorgeous skin as beautiful as silver screen icons you have to Peel & Reveal…£25 www.johnlewis.com
Rodial Glamoxy Snake Mask: Don’t let this mask fool you to think that it’s a clay mask that doesn’t peel off like the others just because it’s not translucent. This jet black mask doubles up as a deep cleansing mask as it contains French clay. Also containing Syn-ake a peptide from the Temple Viper’s venom, this mask is super to help relax expression lines and bring back a more youthful you. Star product alert! This mask tops most wanted in South East Asia where Snake venom products are HOT! As you peel back the mask you will be surprised to have shed away a tired you, and reveal a bright new you! £68 www.rodial.co.uk
Beauty gets CC’d In this Spring/Summer 2013 on Colour Correctors
Beauty Says: Last spring saw so many of us jump on the bandwagon of BB (Beauty Balms) creams, and it seems that we’ve not looked back to any better options when it comes to a fast base option with an ALL ‘natural glow’. This season sees BB creams other half, CC creams-or known as Colour Correctors or Colour Control Creams. Now, you’re going to ask, is this product necessary? BB creams were hailed to be: ‘there’s nothing it can’t do’ in one tube.
CC creams are a bit different as they were developed with more skincare benefits in mind- the key factor here, being that it nourish the skin. They give more effective skin coverage than BB creams, and blend in better than BB’s which sometimes may be a bit white on various skin tones. CC creams also contain a high SPF to protect from UVA & UVB and have a less oily or dewy finishing than BB’s. (Keep in mind that not all of them contain a shade or colour either.) I’ve discovered the magic of using both together, and CC creams underneath various foundations. Come along with me, and get your face CC’d in!
To receive the benefits from a CC cream, you first have to determine what your concerns are, as there are many CC creams popping up on the market that target different needs. My advice is to take the same approach to them as you would with any skincare product or creams. Some will have the benefits of targeting dark spots or age spots, and redness, while others will give optimum hydration and moisture while also having other anti-aging benefits. I’m introducing some of the newest and best ones on the market (some of which will be available very shortly) to illustrate how they vary to suit different skin types, different skin needs, and different skin tones.
Ole Henriksen:-Perfect Truth CC Crème SPF 30: This CC cream is recommended for those who are looking for a multi-tasking anti-aging product, and particularly one which will target age or sun spots. It contains a broad spectrum of SPF 30 and ferulic acid to protect and prevent radical damage; and like its counterparts in Henriksen’s “Truth” Collection, contains 5 sources of vitamin C-these help in two main ways: to brighten, and to boost collagen production. It also contains Tripeptide5 to target lines and wrinkles and has excellent hydrating properties as it contains sodium hyaluronate and ceramides. I’m now, going to highlight the latter, of ceramides, as it’s one of my all time favourite ingredients to plump out the skin, not to mention that it retains water or moisture. This in turn, tells you that this will keep moisture levels up for long periods or for hours at a time.
I have found this CC cream particular good for day use(I trailed and tested this whilst away on holidays in Barcelona), as
it gives more than enough hydration, and moisture. Usually, I layer it underneath my BB cream, but I’ve also found it exceptional underneath a more sheer coverage foundation. It also magically makes
any redness on the skin disappear! This has definitely become one of my all time essentials and must haves. And for those who are looking for the equivalent of a corrector for the under eye area, it
also has a partnering eye cream: Perfect Truth CC Eye Crème. How’s that for EYE was CC’d in it?? Perfect Truth CC Crème, comes in 2 shades: light & dark £29/30ml, Perfect Truth CC Eye Crème comes
in one natural shade for all, 7ml/£20. Available exclusively & launching at the end of May 2013 at John Lewis www.johnlewis.com
Omorovicza-Complexion Corrector SPF 20: For those who are looking for similar anti-aging benefits as Ole Henriksens’s Truth CC Crème, but do not want colour in it, look no further than Hungarian Spa expert: Omorovicza. Their Complexion Corrector SPF20 contains, no colour, as is a white cream that sorts out uneven tone of the skin, redness, and hyper-pigmentation. Containing vitamin c, vitamin B3, and watercress extract these ingredients go to inhibit the production of tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is an enzyme that causes the production of melanin; hence, this is a superior product for age or sun spots. All of Omorovicza’s products are powered by the healing waters of Budapest, and contain skin benefitting copper, zinc, calcium and magnesium. All of these mainly go to protect the skin from UVA & UVB which cause the skin to age. Its secret weapon to keep moisture levels at the top is hyaluronic acid- which reduces moisture loss and provides lasting hydration. Finally, precious ruby crystals are used as an optical diffuser, that give sheen and glow even angels will envy. I recommend this to those who want to gain the benefits of a CC product, but want to use it alongside their regular foundation (mainly due to already achieving true match in colour for their foundation or base). I have tested this even with some heavier foundations, and found it to sit absolutely perfect, with no oily residue or feel. Perfect for day or night, it is the new beacon of light for the face! 30ml/£82 available www.omorovicza.com
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NIP + FAB- CC Cream SPF 30 & CC Eye Fix: NIP + FAB’s CC cream and CC Eye Fix are incredibly accessible for CC newbies in more ways than one. I would recommend it for those in their 20s-30s and great for dehydrated skin types. With only one application, the moisture it provides can last up to 24 hours! (Great for flights, so those going on holidays or festivals take note.) Their secret power hydrator is soline, an ingredient from wild sunflowers that moisturise and soothe. It also gives the skin an incredible tone, so those who are lazy at the toning step in their cleansing regime will like this. The oat extract in it provides that smoothness, and tone, while light diffusers, softens, brightens, and illuminates the skin. Surprisingly, it also contains hyaluronic acid, to retain moisture levels, and the moisture barrier, and hence, exceptional for its value in price point.
It comes in two great shades, and also has an eye counterpart: CC Eye Fix. For more youthful skin, I would recommend to use this on its own, as it highlights natural youth that is already there. It’s great underneath a BB cream, and most foundations, but my top tip is to try wearing this alone with just a light dusting of powder or bronzer on the top. (Take note, that CC creams are different to BB’s in the sense that the even out any blurs, and are meant to be underneath things. By doing so, you are not interfering with any dewy or natural glow, as it will be enhanced or come through.) NIP these CC products fast to be absolutely FAB-YOU darlings! Light Medium & Dark shades for face and eyes, CC Cream, £14.95, Eye Fix £9.95 available now at www.nipandfab.com
Pur Minerals- Correcting Primers: Don’t let the name confuse or fool you ladies, as Pur Minerals’ Correcting Primers are very much a CC product in its own right. These are more for those who have problems with visible pores, oily skin types, and trouble of making their make-up look absolutely smooth. It should be considered to be ‘make-up insurance’ as it not only reduces pores, but also firms, brightens, and just sits beautifully under any base you’re already using. The colour coding of them tells you that they’re a bit different, as green is for those who want to reduce redness, peach for those who want to balance out their colour or tone, and neutral for those who want to create a flawless make-up canvass. Ideal for any skin types, but be sure to moisturise or use a base with plenty of hydrating properties. Otherwise, for those who want more hydration within this range, try the hydrate primer which contains pentavitin-an ingredient that can give and hold 72 hrs of hydration or moisture. (It’s a record breaker in this category!) Correcting primers & Hydrating Primer £22.50 available only at your M&S! www.marksandspencer.com
ALORÉE Chlorocosmetic-CC Cream Second Life: For those who prefer natural or eco-skincare products, French brand ALORÉE champions in providing super protection in their products. Why? Well, because all their products have one super common denominator: Chlorophyll-which protects the skin from the sun. This CC cream has an SPF 6 PA+ and only comes in one universal nude shade to suit all as it adapts to skin tone. It has super moisture, but for those who are looking for a matte finish this is it! It gives the smoothest matte finish ever, and smells of natural rose, as if it was just plucked from the garden. (Suitable for all skin types & sensitive skin too.) You can only get this in one place at the moment: EXCLUSIVELY at WHOLEFOODS, 40ml got £31.99.
So now you’ve been CC’d in….or maybe if you’re using BB with CC, BCC’d isn’t it time you pass this message along to everyone you know in an e-mail and tell them all?