The Dove By You Exhibition has launched exclusively for Facebook fans to showcase what the beauty brand means to them. Viewable on Facebook.com/Dove, the iconic bird image is incorporated within creative designs in ways that have emotional resonance for fans. Running throughout July, those taking part in the exhibition will be provided with a design toolkit all incorporating the iconic Dove logo. Have a look and see what you think!
Men's fragrance in the driving seat
Mercedes' first fragrance for men is out now at Harrods. Retailing from £48, the bottle features the classic Mercedes logo. Containing notes of Italian mandarin, violet, cascalone, and galbanum to name just a few, encased in an elegant black and glass canister, it makes a perfect gift for the man in your life.
Women's fragrance news: Yves Rocher, Burberry, Impulse
Women's fragrance news: Yves Rocher, Burberry, Impulse
The woman's fragrance market abounds with island-style scents at this time of year. Included in this is Yves Rocher's Monoi Eau des Vahinés Tiaré, which contains coconut, lily, tuberose, and frangipani. Priced at £27 per 100ml, it's available for purchase now. Also coming out this July is the eau de toilette version of Burberry Body. Already known for its unique combination of fruits, flowers, absinthe, incense, tea and cashmeran, it's available in 3 sizes, starting from 35ml. Finally, Impulse is releasing its Love Puzzle, which promises freshness and confidence. A sister fragrance to Loving Words, which was also launched in 2012, it features fruit and floral notes alike, harmonising peony, lilac, pear and plum among others. Retailing at a wallet-busting price of £1.99 it's available for purchase now - and feel free to check out www.facebook.com/ImpulseDiaries for more.
Making it over
With summer fragrances come summer colours for women's faces in this Olympic and Jubilee summer. FrontCover Cosmetics mimics the big brands with its Givenchy-style Sunlit Metals Palette, and for £12, it's a real bargain: you get 12 colours for your eyes, cheeks and lips, plus a metallic pouch. Their Pencils and Polish pack offers equally excellent value, as for £16 you get four pencils and four nail polishes in tropical colours, as well as an accompanying pencil sharpener. As well as Bobbi Brown-style eyeshadow collections, you can also plump for their Colour of the Season palette: for £16, you get 3 lip glosses, a kohl pencil, a lip liner, a blusher, a nail polish, a cheek brush, and a double-ended eye brush - all in pink. Exclusively sold via www.frontcovercosmetics.com, you'll be set for summer in no time.
Like Front Cover, BD is also taking on the big boys' designs with their latest eyeshadows. Being sold only at Tesco, the Satin Swirls eyeshadows (available in 10 metallic shades) closely resemble MAC's Extra Dimension eyeshadows for half the price (£8 vs. MAC's £16.50). Looks-wise at least, see if you can spot the difference:
MAC Havana, £16.50; BD Gold Dust, £8
Equally handy is Urban Decay's waterproof makeup range. Sponsored by Tonia Couch, the UK's #1 platform diver, the brand offers Glide On 24/7 pencils, a waterproof eyeshadow primer potion, and Cannonball ultra waterproof mascara, to name but a few. You can find my review of the 24/7 pencils here.
Also for eyes is Barry M's new range of eye makeup, which is joining Tesco's beauty range online and in store. With new colours of Dazzle Dust out for under £5, you'll be the coolest kid on the seafront. But it's not all about eyes: try their bold new nail paints, lip gloss or lipstick too, which all retail at wallet-friendly prices.
But we know that not everyone is lucky enough to just sustain themselves with a flick of lip gloss before hitting the beach. Some of us still need concealer or primer, and to me it sounds like Cover FX has the perfect product for summer. Its Conceal FX primer is £23, but as well as priming, it covers and repairs blemishes too. Available in 6 shades from Harvey Nichols and House of Fraser, it's also waterproof - so great for the beach.
Looking good, taking care
In spite of the news above, summer isn't just about looking good: you also have to take care of your skin, perhaps at this time of year more than ever. With luck, the sun should be beating down (overseas, at least, if not in the UK - here's hoping for good fortune for all the 'staycationers' out there!), and for that, we need sunscreen. A good starting point is Aethic's organic sunscreen, named Sôvée (pronounced so-vay). Containing Vitamin E, UVA/UVB filters and organic beeswax, it's eco-compatible too: unlike biodegradable products (which may decompose and dilute in the water, triggering normally dormant viruses in marine life forms), this is kind to coral as well as skin. Rochelle Ballard, one of the world's leading surfers, is already using Sôvée and confirms it works as well in extreme surfing conditions as it does for sunbathing. She reports that it "smells good, feels good, and works well". Available in SPFs 15, 25 and 40, Sôvée is the world's first certified Marine Positive sunscreen and is available now from Aethic's website, with prices starting at £40.
You can also take care of your skin by using organic skincare all year round. Mary Kay's new range of skincare, Botanical Effects, was launched in April with two formulations (Normal/Dry and Combination/Oily), with each skin type having four products to choose from - Cleanse, Freshen, Hydrate, and Mask. The Normal/Dry formula contains flaxseed and sea kelp to deliver a rich source of vitamins, while the Combination/Oily products contain kanuka and guava to purify and soothe. The products promise to cleanse without stripping, balance and revitalize skin, and remove impurities, as well as fighting ageing and promoting healthy skin. At around £15 per product, these are affordable treats that make excellent gifts.
A slightly pricier option comes in the form of
A concern that comes with sun exposure is the problem of how to reduce the effects of the sun's ageing properties. Regular, year-round use of sunscreen helps for sure, as does moisturisation of your whole body and face (with any moisturiser; it doesn't have to be specifically anti-ageing). And now in the field of multi-tasking products comes another way to fight against the ravages of age: Renouve is not only a hand sanitizing lotion but also contains collagen-stimulating peptides. The world's first product to fulfil both of these requirements, Renouve's non-oil based, alcohol-free and 95% natural formula contains the antibacterial bitter orange peel extract as well as palmitoyl tripeptide-5, which is designed to stimulate and produce collagen while actively firming and moisturising the skin. Available now from Renouve.com, the beautifully-packaged hand sanitizer retails at £22 for 30ml.
Fit Skin For Life
The biggest beauty news of all
For Christmas 2012, Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld is launching a makeup collection in conjunction with Shu Uemura. Karl already uses the eyeshadows to sketch, praising Shu Uemura's sheer range of colours. This new collaboration is sure to take beauty counters by storm this festive season. Keep your eyes peeled, and remember - you heard it here first!