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Hair Serums - love or hate them?

Mon, 04/28/2008 - 7:35AM by the cat 0 Comments -

Hair serums often fall into that love them or hate them category. The worst ones are greasy and sticky, leaving your locks looking oily and unwashed, while a good serum will add a much-needed moisture boost and help to define your style. Until recently the only one I ever recommended was John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum - not only is it cheap, but it adds a noticeable shine to your hair. But only, and I repeat, only if you just use a teeny tiny amount and never ever on dry or even towel dry hair - just almost-soacking wet hair. Anymore and you'll cross the line from shiny to greasy. As someone with very dry, curly hair the temptation was always there to add more serum leading to many a bad hair day.

But this was before... dum dum dum... I tried the new Shu Uemura Silk Oil Camellia Smoothing Fluid. It has the texture of a serum, without being sticky and you apply it to towel-dried hair before styling. But, and here's the miracle part, you can also use it sparingly to add to the ends of your hair once it's dried. It smells delicious and leaves your hair super-soft. I'm hooked. Although am not sure about using it to re-create the rolls of hair at the shows in this pic!
But tell me what you think - hair serums - good idea or bad idea?


Do Your Own Flirty Work: Soap & Glory

Fri, 04/18/2008 - 1:46PM by the cat 0 Comments -

Now that we can't take proper size cosmetic bottles in our hand-luggage, I'm on a constant search for the perfect miniatures that look pretty and most of all, aren't too mini. (I'm sorry but I need at least 100ml of body lotion on a weekend trip!) So I am thrilled by the gorgeous, retro brand Soap & Glory's selection of travel-size products. These cute pink tubs and bottles, with titles inspired by the British tabloid headlines (The Scrub Of Your Life and Clean On Me) are by Marcia Kilgore, the brains behind the hugely successful Bliss spas.

Most of the small bottles are 100ml (but no less, thank goodness!) meaning you won't have any trouble smuggling them onto a flight. There’s The Scrub of Your Life (an exfoliator with strawberry, bergamot, mandarin and vanilla) the zesty Foam Call (an aloe vera shower mousse),Clean On Me (a lovely, creamy rich shower gel with built-in body lotion) and The Righteous Butter (a creamy body butter that has an expensive-feeling consistency) My favourite though, has to be the Flirtigo body spritz (sub titled - do you own flirty work). A spray-on moisturising mist that smells delightful and is ideal for when you don't have time to apply a cream body lotion. The pump doesn't work when the bottle is upside down though, but that's my only niggle.

It's not all about getting clean though, for dirty stop-outs, or a post-flight pick-me-up, try the One Night Tanned - a sun-glow spray that works instantly to pep up pasty, morning-after skin. soap & glorysoap & glory

Talk about scrubbing up well.

Soap & Glory is available at Boots and Harvey Nichols in the UK

Soap & Glory The Righteous ButterSoap & Glory The Righteous Butter


Scarlett Johansson - Get The Look Beauty Blog

Fri, 04/18/2008 - 10:19AM by the cat 0 Comments -

Scarlett always has that classic Hollywood glamour down to a tee. Here she combines a peachy shadow, with dark liner and her trademark red lips. To keep her ultra-bright lip gloss from being too traffic-stopping she's pulled off one of my fave tricks of layering lipliner and gloss in contrasting colours. Sounds scary?Scarlett JohanssonScarlett JohanssonNot at all, just line lips in a dark brown pencil and shade. Then add a sticky, bright red gloss (try Mac or Lancome juicy tubes) It looks dramatic and flattering without being too overdone.


Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ceremony

Fri, 04/18/2008 - 8:00AM by the cat 0 Comments -

Because it's almost the weekend, a girl's thoughts turn to her hair. Straight or curly for a night out with the girls? Well, actually my hair was looking in so much need of a little TLC after our crazy British weather this month of scorching sun, gale-force winds and those typical April showers, that I just got back from an appointment at the new Daniel Hersheson salon in Harvey Nichols.

I tried one of the fantastically named Shu Uemura Art of Hair Beauty Ceremonies. They're inspired by the ritualistic aspects of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and you even get to sip calming green tea whilst your locks are being transformed. Expect a professional Shiatsu based scalp massage followed by a bespoke hair masque, which is applied to the hair with a brush so that each strand is evenly coated. You have to pay extra for a blow dry but it felt like such a treat and my brittle, dry hair is looking much healthier and shinier. My boyfriend's sister is getting married next month so I'm planning on booking her in for some pre-wedding beautifying. Shu Uemura Art of Hair CeremonyShu Uemura Art of Hair Ceremony

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Beauty Ceremony available at the Daniel Hersheson salon in Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1


Cool like Chloe

Thu, 04/17/2008 - 12:45PM by the cat 0 Comments -

Now normally I am faithful to my beloved Chanel Allure perfume but when I was sent the new Chloé scent I couldn't resist. Touted as the 'perfume of the Chloe eau de parfumChloe eau de parfummoment by the cool Chloe Sevigny, it's perfect for those occasions when you want to be subtly seductive, without knocking him out with your perfume - think first dates, basically. It has a lovely feminine air, with a classic rose scent layered over amber and cedarwood base notes which gives it an exotic edge. Somehow, it manages to smell both young and sophisticated - exactly how a wannabe Chloe-alike should smell.

The bottle is truly beautiful with fluted glass, plated silver and a sweetly chic beige bow, to add a touch of boudoir to your dressing table. Plus the box is the exact colour of eau-de-nil nude that we're all supposedly going to be wearing this summer. Now all we need is the fake tan...
(BTW - I love Guerlain Terracotta Tan Booster Active Bronzing Powder. It's great and fool-proof for tan virgins)
Guerlain Terracotta Tan Booster Active Bronzing PowderGuerlain Terracotta Tan Booster Active Bronzing Powder


Sadie shops and glows - FrostFrench store opens with in-house facialist

Thu, 04/17/2008 - 12:20PM by the cat 0 Comments -

When I heard the news that my fave label FrostFrench were combining my two favourite activities - shopping and pampering, I couldn't resist getting a sneak peak. Brit rock girl and Jude Law's Ex Sadie Frost and London Girl About Town, Jemima French are the uber-cool girls behind the covetable FrostFrench label. This month they've just opened their King’s Road store which boasts it's very own, celebrity in-house facialist. Leading skin expert, Anastasia Achilleous is now offering a bespoke skincare service, including her renowned facial lifting and drainage techniques, in a secluded room within the shop.
Anastasia , is, as you'd expect, stunningly beautiful and also super friendly - she regularly works with celebrities and models, and is the only person Sadie and Jemima trust to do their own facials. I went along to trial it and ended up doing a little shopping on the side (whoops!). But now I have a gorgeously print frock and glowing skin (in fact one of my best friends asked if I was love! Oh yes I am - with Anastasia!!) Happy days, indeed.

FrostFrench, 310 King’s Road, SW3. www.frostfrench.com
Sadie Frost and Jemima FrenchSadie Frost and Jemima French


Your clothes are all made by Balmain...

Mon, 04/14/2008 - 9:44AM by the cat 0 Comments -

This is the cute Peter Sarstedt ballad 'Where do you go to (my lovely)' from the amazing film The Darjeeling Limited. I have been searching for this song since I watched this funny, quirky, stylish film. Natalie Portman looks typically lovely. But I like to think of this song as being about a Catherine Deneuve-type in Paris in the 60's keeping her racehorse (just for fun) with her qualifications at the Sorbonne.

The Darjeeling LimitedThe Darjeeling Limited


Candyfloss hair - whip up a treat

Mon, 04/14/2008 - 6:37AM by the cat 0 Comments -

Amy Winehouse, Elizabth Taylor and the Dior shows


Candyfloss hair - whip up a treat

Mon, 04/14/2008 - 6:30AM by the cat 0 Comments -

Shelve the straightening irons girls! The new hair trend on the block is all about matte texture and huge, cartoon proportions. The Spring catwalks featured hair-do’s that were big and backcombed - from dishevelled up-do’s at Roberto Cavalli and Marc Jacobs to whispy knots and exaggerated piles of hair at Moschino and Peter Jensen. See

http://www.vogue.co.uk/shows/photos/Default.aspx?ShowID=5063 and http://www.vogue.co.uk/shows/photos/Default.aspx?ShowID=5351

Admittedly, this is not the easiest look to pull off – but think Amy Winehouse with her trademark bee hive or cool girl about town Peaches Geldof with her masses of matte bleach blonde hair. Even the Olsen twins have been spotted working this messy, slightly grungy style. For how to get the look read more…

The mantra:
We’re so used to seeing shiny, glossy straight hair as beautiful this can be a bit of a learning curve. But it’s a fantastic way to experiment with your look without chopping or colouring. “The idea is to challenge what people think beautiful hair is.” Says celebrity hair stylist Guido who has created beautiful do’s for the likes of Kylie and Sophie Dahl. “The shapes are classic, yet the texture is matte”.

Get the look:

1 – Start by working a volume-infused mousse into damp hair, getting your fingers into the roots and shaking your hair as you blow-dry. This will give you a super-volumised look. Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam (£11) is great for adding bulk without weighting down the hair.
2 – Once hair is about 90% dry, add a generous amount of texturising product, such as L’Oreal Professionnel Paris techni.art Texture Spray (£8).
3 - Tease the hair out from the roots and gently back comb. The Goody tail comb (£1.50) is ideal.

4 – Use kirby grips and bobby pins (from £2 at Boots) to pin sections of hair to the scalp. Don’t be too precious about it – keep it messy.
5– For extra fuzz, rough up the surface a little with your palms for a modern, dusty finish.

6 – Spray in a little James Brown London Hairspray – the man behind Kate Moss’ hairdresser and best friend. It gives a firm hold without being sticky.

7– As an easy alternative, pull hair into a simple top knot, and pull out random strands with the sharp end of a comb.

Sugar spin sisters - our Bella Donna inspiration:

Amy Winehouse
Brigitte Bardot
Helena Bonham Carter
Elizabeth Taylor
Debbie Harry
The Olsen twins
Virginia Woolf

What do you think? Scary hair or uber-cool? Is this a move away from super-polished hair styles or just a BIG mistake?

(note I have used UK prices and brands but you can get most of these in the U.S too)

Amy Winehouse's trademark beehive kick starts the trend for Candyfloss HairAmy Winehouse's trademark beehive kick starts the trend for Candyfloss Hair


the cat loves bella sugar

Wed, 04/09/2008 - 8:47AM by the cat 0 Comments -

I am so loving this site - adore it! And also just wanted to drop yall a line about my latest beauty obsession. Dr Hauschka. This German brand is ultra-natural and smells gorgeous too. I just bought the cult Rose Day cream when I was in Berlin and the texture is perfect - really rich but not cloying. They have a lighter version too in case you hate a rich cream or have oily skin.
All the German girls I saw had amazing skin - like 30 year olds with the skin of 12 year olds, so it's worth a try! They hardly wear any make-up though apart from the ultra-cool, Cabaret-style ones who look like Dita Von Teese.
Ich liebe Dr Hauschka