Saturday, 12 March 2011

Cosmetics & Beauty News March 2011

Hempz treats: what your body's been craving
One of the USA's best-selling ranges of lotions has now hit the UK, and with hemp seed oil used as the foundation to enrich your body, you're bound to want to put it all over for the dramatic long-term hydration it provides. In addition to the range of body lotions and lip balm being full of natural vitamins (E, C, B1, B2, B3, B6), Omega-3, Omega-6, and antioxidants, hemp is also a sustainable and eco-friendly resource, so that you can indulge guilt-free. Furthermore, with the body moisturisers starting at just £4.99 and the corresponding lip balms starting at £9.99, your wallet won't mind too much either. Retails at

 Feel the rush
With Christmas and Valentine's Day over, there is always a slight lull in the perfume market that has to be compensated for. Beyoncé fans, and others, need look no further with the introduction of Beyoncé's Heat Rush by Coty, which seems set to prepare everyone for a sultry summer with its attention-capturing notes of yellow tiger orchid, mango blossom and orange hibiscus. Inspired by Brazilian sunsets and also incorporating teak, amber and musk, it's sure to bring your summer on even faster - and starting at just £19.99, it's affordable too.
In other fragrance news, House of Fraser is now offering Jimmy Choo's first fragrance, which also uses the tiger orchid, but blends it with chypre, sweet toffee, and patchouli. The packaging features Jimmy Choo's standard snakeskin design in pink, and, out now, the perfume retails from £39.99, its goal being to embody confident, sexual and thoroughly modern women all over. If you really want to blow the budget, feel free to go for Lanvin's peach-themed La Plume, which, with its notes of apricot, pear, orange, freesia and rose, comes in at £49 for 100ml.

Hot off the presses
Boots' first roaring success of 2011 has come in the shape of the First Aid Beauty (FAB) Detox Eye Roller, which sold out online in under two hours and now has over 1000 people on its waiting list. Said to relieve puffiness and detract from under-eye circles, its formula, which contains caffeine, witch hazel, and sodium hyaluronate, is said to be a favourite with Jennifer Aniston, and, given its dermatologist-recommended, allergy-tested and fragrance-free qualities, this Stateside gem is set to become a hot favourite over here too - especially at its affordable price of just £18.
Further success could come for Boots this year in the form of Poppy King's new range of lipsticks and lip glosses, which start at just £11 and whose range of classic colours and dotty designs inject a bit of early twentieth century glamour into the shop. With seven shades - one for each reason why women wear lipstick (history, power, glamour, confidence, allure, seduction, and intrigue), there's bound to be one for you.

Celebrating a mother's love
While it's of course something we should be appreciating all year round, it's always nice to buy our mummies something to say thanks for all they do, and there's plenty out there to choose from. Get a gift that gives to charity too with OPI and Ovacome's joint venture, the Teal Tips campaign, which supports the ovarian cancer charity with every purchase of OPI's new blue nail varnish, Ski Teal We Drop, which can be bought from Liz Earle has also put together an exclusive Mother's Day gift this year - a pack containing generous travel sizes of the Superskin Moisturiser, Superskin Concentrate, Superskin Body Cream, and Superskin Eye and Lip Treatment, which is available now for £30 (a saving of £12.90).
Further to this, treat Mum from the inside as well, with Simple nutritionist Fiona Hunter's beautiful breakfast in bed: kiwi, mint and melon smoothie for vitamin C (which helps produce extra collagen, dontcha know), blood orange, pistachio and pomegranate salad (for lycopene, which helps to prevent damage from UV radiation), and blueberry and oat muffins (for antioxidants which help to fight ageing).

Drinking your way to the perfect derrière
I'm not talking about falling out of A&E after a few too many sambucas...oh no. While we already know that herbal teas can help to calm us spiritually and to detox our systems, I'm not sure that any of us thought that throwing back the hot fruity stuff could give you a better figure. Irish beauty and pop songstress Havana is also already known in her hometown of Cork for her blends, and has now come up with a new concoction made from fennel, citrus fruits and pomegranate, which allegedly perks up the rear in preparation for all those bikinis we're going to have to wear. While I'm not sure where the science is in all this, I suppose we've nothing to lose by trying, and with a bit of luck Havana's blog may even in future be a little bit more forthcoming with information on this secret blending prowess of hers.

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