Saturday, 28 February 2009

Cosmetics and Beauty News February 2009

A little help from Bobbi Brown
Never mind a little help from your friends - how about a little help from one of the greatest makeup experts around?! Bobbi Brown's new book, the Makeup Manual, comes with step-by-step makeup lessons and over 200 colour photographs to help you along. A classic coffee-table hardback, it covers just about everything from skincare basics to the application of gel eyeliner. Out now, it's available for a mere €17/$21 (courtesy of Amazon).

Cosmopolitan debuts its Fragrance Awards
With its beauty awards already established, this mainstay publication has decided to push the boat out with its inaugural Fragrance Awards this October. There will be 21 categories, including Sexiest Scent and Best Celebrity Fragrance. Justine Southall, Cosmopolitan's publishing director, attributes the genesis of the awards to the exponential growth of the fragrance market, and readers will be able to vote both in the August issue and online.

MAC promises to make you into a sex kitten...
...with its latest partnership with Hello Kitty. Following recent alliances with Dame Edna Everidge and Emanuel Ungaro, it appears that the brand's latest scheme relies on the popular and kitsch kitten. With the collection looking slightly more Gothic than their previous collaborations, strong pinks, oranges and blues feature in the concept, covering lips, eyes, face, nails, and accessories. It's already available Stateside and online, and is set to hit European outlets in March.

Holy water
Dior's latest fragrance, Miss Dior Chérie de L'eau, launches as an exclusive in Harrods on April 6th (two days before my birthday - woohoo!). Costing €59+, it's perhaps an expensive bet, but a must for Dior fans (the unusual slightly off-green bottle is certainly tempting and pretty). Notes include bigarade orange, white musk, and gardenia.

Truly eyeluring
False lash brand, Eyelure, has signed a deal with Girls Aloud to create a whole range of lashes centred around the popular girl band. The lashes will be designed by the girls themselves, hitting the shops in early April. This is all part of a long alliance between the two, with Eyelure providing the false lashes for Girls Aloud's Tangled Up tour last year, so get set to lash it up in truly authentic Girls Aloud style.

In yet more collaboration news...
For a truly smoking combination, Benefit and GHD have teamed up to create the limited edition 'Radiance Set', which is available in all sizes of hair styler (medium GHD, mini GHD, and GHD Salon Styler) and also contains a Benefit 'Justine Case' and a heat protection pouch for your hair styler. Prices range from £111.94 at to £129 from the official GHD site.

Start spring in style
Finally, kick off spring bang on trend with all of the new spring cosmetics available. Of particular note are the Body Shop's new range (see below) and, on a slightly higher budget, Guerlain's (see right). The former embraces Ungaro-esque floral pinks, while the latter goes bright and shimmery, so that you can start spring in any style you choose. Prices start from £16 (Guerlain) and £10 (Body Shop).

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