Thursday, 25 February 2010

Long-lasting lips

Ladies, I am working on the requests from my Happy Friday blog I wrote aaaaaaages ago and am so sorry it’s taken so long; it’s been manic with all the Fashion Weeks everywhere so I’m just catching up now!

I just wanted to do a quick blog as I‘ve been looking for a really good blood red lipstick for ages, but none of the colours have been quite right – either too dark or too red, so, when I was buying my Master Corrector in Apricot from Giorgio Armani cosmetics (amazing for covering dark circles btw), I asked about their lipsticks and found the perfect shade. There are 18 in total, but the Rouge d’Armani shade 403 (RRP £25) was the colour I’d been looking for, so I snapped it up straight away.

I road tested it a couple of days later at a work event which involved a three course meal, lots of wine and went on late into the night, which I personally think is quite a hard test – and I wasn’t disappointed. The colour was so rich, the lipstick really moisturising considering it was so long-lasting and I only had to reapply once! And even then I didn’t really need to, I just wanted to make the colour a bit richer after dinner. It didn’t really leave any mark on the wine glass, there was no smudging at all (including on the teeth) and a vibrant colour all night – amazing! All I would say is that you may want to exfoliate your lips properly before you put this as flaky lips will show up, not a great look.

A little added extra is the cool magnetic lid on the lipstick meaning that it’s safe in your handbag – nothing worse than the lid coming off and staining your bag red!

Secret Beauty Verdict: A-MA-ZING. I was so surprised by this lipstick, lasting through a wine-fuelled 8 hour evening, which included dinner and not having to reapply, what’s not to like?!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Re-create Pixie's waves...

She may not have won any Brits last night - but Pixie Lott's old-school glamorous waves looked gorgeous.

Akin Konizi from hob salons, the current British Hairdresser of the Year (and lovely man to boot) was the man who created this beautiful 40s-inspired look for Pixie. Here he is to tell you how:

"To recreate this look, firstly apply a generous spritz of High Hair Designer Spray by Wella Professionals  (RRP £9.95) to towel dried hair. Once rough dried, I used a finger waving technique at the roots, setting the ends. However, to achieve this look yourself at home, divide hair into 2 inch long by 1 inch wide sections and vertically tong the hair, making sure that all sections are styled in the same direction.

Once all the hair has been worked through, don’t be afraid to brush through and let the waves settle in, applying a serum based product such as High Hair Pure Glamour (RRP £11.95) into your hands and gently run through the hair to eliminate any flyaway hairs and add a glass-like sheen. Finish with Shaper Fierce by Sebastian Professional (RRP £14.95) for hold".

Akin uses Wella Professionals products (which I personally think are fab, and really reasonably priced too), but all you need for this simple style is a bit of practice, a foundation styling product to put on damp hair, some serum and a hairspray to finish - which should all be staple products anyway!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Happy Friday!!

Just a quick there anything specific you'd like me to write about? I'm happy to keep posting as I do, but I'd love to hear what interests you guys whether it's more of an informational piece on skin/hair concerns or product tried and tested groups? I'll be doing spring/summer hair next week from the catwalks but otherwise let me know and I'll see what I can do!

Have a great weekend girlies xxxx

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Replenishing Rose...

I'm a big fan of Weleda in general, and love their homeopathic remedies, so when I was sent a sample of their Wild Rose Night Cream (RRP £11.95), I was really looking forward to trying it, and the results did not disappoint.

I've been using it for a couple of weeks now as I didn't want to blog about it too early, and I have to say that my skin really has improved. It does have a slightly greasy consistency, but you don't need to use too much which means it is sure to last, and in the morning, although I can still feel a slight film on my face, my skin is super soft. I felt the difference after the first night of applying it, but after two weeks my skin has stayed soft and smooth, with not a blemish in sight!

Secret Beauty Verdict: Really great product, my skin has that 'just had a facial' feel when I wake up, and I think it's great value too. This is definitely a product I'll be buying!

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Gorgeous Grammy Hair

Mahogany Hairdressing’s Richard Thompson shares his hair how-tos with The Secret Beauty Blogger…

“Fergie looked stunning with her new darker shade of brown hair. To get this colour if you are naturally lighter, ask for dark, chocolate brown at your hairdressers. This style can be achieved by firstly rubbing a volumising gel through wet hair and using a round brush to blow dry, creating that soft, bouncy look. When hair is fully dry, use large Velcro rollers through the top layer of hair, in the roots, to create that ‘bouffant’ lift. Leave the rollers in for 30 minutes and then secure the style with a spray of hairspray!”

“Katy Perry looked stunning with her black, wavy hair and super-short fringe – perfect for her face shape. Again, volumising gel is the ideal product for this style, as it smoothes hair as well as adding volume. Start blow drying the fringe using a medium-sized vent brush, to get that rounded appearance and a textured finish. Then take a large round brush to dry the remaining hair, lifting the hair at the roots to get as much lift as possible. To finish, use straightening irons to create that loose curl. Put the irons in at the mid-lengths and twist 180degrees like a piece ribbon and pull it down to the ends to make that soft curl. Gorgeous!”

“Taylor Swift is sporting a look reminiscent of the eighties corkscrew perm, with a natural re-growth. Very cute and glossy. This style can be achieved by first drying the hair with a protective, anti-frizz serum and then sectioning the hair from the underneath, working toward the top of the head, ready for the curls. Take 1 inch sections and use a curling tong to get the ringlet effect, holding the tong in place for at least 12 seconds to firmly bend the hair. Taylor’s hair has a beautiful shine which can be achieved by spraying the finished look with a shine spray or rubbing a serum through the hair.”

“BeyoncĂ©’s hair looks glossy and glamorous, with gorgeous honey tones. To achieve BeyoncĂ©’s poker straight look, all those with afro hair would need to have a relaxing treatment in salon which would ease the blow-dry process and help achieve a straighter finish. As afro hair is naturally more delicate, I would recommend a treatment which builds the protein back into the hair and helps maintain a healthy appearance. Following the relaxing treatment I would suggest rubbing a serum through the hair to create a glossy, sleek finish. Start by wrap-drying the roots to gain a natural root-lift and when hair is nearly dry, turn the ends under using a large paddle brush. Using straightening irons, just iron the mid-lengths and ends to achieve a smooth finish.”