Sunday, 30 November 2008

Cosmetic and Beauty News (November 2008)

The final piece of the puzzle
Jigsaw has expanded its product lines to include an organic bath and bodycare range, whose ten items include lip balm, hand cream and body scrub. Seventy per cent of the ingredients are Soil Association certified and the whole range is handmade in Devon, UK. With its black-ribbon Victoriana style packaging and credit-crunch-beating prices, they make excellent stocking fillers as well as nice treats for you.

Time for a trip to fragrance landAgain, many new fragrances this month in time for the Christmas season, from a variety of retailers and labels including Moschino, Calvin Klein and L'Occitane. Another already established brand extending their fame into fragrances comes in the form of former model Melinda Messenger, who is launching her first fragrance, Delightful. Describing it as the perfect all-day perfume, the lady herself describes it as a fragrance she wouldn't want to be without.

land of Soap and Glory
The already popular brand Soap and Glory is responding to Christmas by releasing its first facial skincare line. With its usual tongue-in-cheek wordplay, the range consists of eleven products with names to make you smile, including Glow Job moisturiser and Off Your Face makeup wipes. Boots is also introducing new skincare products this season with its Original Beauty Formula, and renowned psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos has just brought out her latest range, Psyderma, which employs the use of vitamins and essential oils across its entire range, tackling damage caused by sun damage and free radicals as well as damage caused from within by stress and anxiety. The range is reasonably priced (the set pictured here is just £24), and would make a classy gift for any woman in need of a little time for herself.

Celebrity endorsements
Following her departure after 11 years on legendary children's show Blue Peter, it appears that Huq is beginning to scale even glossier heights. Intelligence, good looks and fame together are an attractive combination that often equals success, and perhaps consequently, Huq has been quick to secure a lucrative deal whereby she will serve as the new face (or hair) of Alberto Balsam. Similarly, Myleene Klass has recently signed as the face of Pantene Pro-V's Volume and Body range.

Ariane Poole launches makeup range
Securing a high-profile spot at Errol Douglas' London salon will certainly help to propel makeup artist Ariane Poole even further into the public eye, with her flexible makeup range aimed at being suited to all skin types and colours. The Ariane Poole section of the makeup bar will offer everything from free 5-minute retouches to bridal makeup and masterclasses with the lady herself. On a more mainstream level, L'Oréal was among the winners at the recent Pure Beauty Awards, winning both the best new hair range trophy for L'Oréal Re-Nutrition and the best hair colouring launch for Paris Excell10. Finally, the company scored an awards hat-trick by winning the gong for best anti-ageing launch with Age Re-Perfect Age Restoring Eye-Lip Cream. Try and say all that in one go if you can!

A touch of ooh la la
French makeup brand Elysambre has finally made it across the water to Britain. Its aim to embody mutual respect between people, animals and nature makes it an intriguing addition to Britain's beauty coffret, and with it offering organic everything from nail varnish to cream foundation from just £6.80, you can just start wishing yourself a very organic Christmas.

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