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  • Beauty: Boxed

    Beauty: Boxed

    You can't have failed to notice that the Christmas countdown has begun and with it, a plethora of boxed beauty gifts.

    The beauty selection box model has underpinned seasonal sales for as long as I can remember, but this year, it seems as if boxes are ticking all the, er, boxes. Easy to wrap, guaranteed to please - what's not to love?


  • Let it Blow, Let it Blow, Let it Blow.

    Let it Blow, Let it Blow, Let it Blow.

    The blow dry bar concept, pioneered in the UK by Hershesons six years ago with a pop-up in Topshop, and in the US by Dry Bar, has turned into a global business model. Now, we wouldn't know what to do without fast-track, walk-in, swish out hair and grooming services (waxing, brows, mani/pedi, make-up). They've proved a profitable niche and one that mainstream salons have been aware of all along, but the concept of blow bars, of which there are an increasing number, in undeniably a clever and alluring packaging idea that's making a pretty profit.  {...}

  • The Name Game with Tom Ford et al

    The Name Game with Tom Ford et al

    Tom Ford has just launched a range of lipsticks named after men. Not fashion divas or Hollywood sirens, men, so now you can have Michael, James, Rafael, or some other guy you fancy, on your lips (for one day only, exclusively at Selfridges.)

    Trust Ford to play the counterintuitive game. At a time when make-up brands are scrabbling around to register product names that will resonate with customers - sorry, Marilyn's already taken by MAC - Ford turns the whole game on its head and goes all male on us.


  • Winter Skincare Swap

    Winter Skincare Swap

    Two weeks ago, when it got properly cold, I did my biannual clothing switch over, putting away summer stuff and bringing out the winter wardrobe. Then the other night, (at 10pm, after watching The Fall and not wanting to go to bed with that in my head) I decided that I needed to do a winter skincare swap.

    Two hours later (I have a lot of products) and lo and behold, a bathroom cabinet full of things I will use for the next six months that I won't have to dig around for, scrabbling to get past the neon orange nail polish, SPF50 sunscreen and dark self tan.


  • Older Part 3: India Knight, In Her Prime

    Older Part 3: India Knight, In Her Prime

    I wrote earlier this year about how older women were having a bit of a moment and now bestselling author and Sunday Times columnist, India Knight has published an honest and entertaining guide book for those of us in their 50s - In Your Prime: Older, Wiser, Happier (Fig Tree).


  • Hyper Japan

    Hyper Japan

    I've just got back from Hyper Japan, a weekend long celebration of everything Japanese at Olympia that starts today. There's a whole section of the exhibition dedicated to Kawaii - Japanese for cute - with lots of girls dressed up Kawaii style. From Hello Kitty merchandise to everything you can think of featuring pandas, lambs and llamas (basically anything cute and fluffy), gaming, food and traditional products, Hyper Japan is a microcosm of all of the most fascinating aspects of Japanese culture and commerce.



  • Indie Perfumes

    Indie Perfumes

    It's been a hell of a week for independent fragrance brands Frederic Malle and Le Labo. They were both acquired by Estee Lauder Companies, as part of a supersize beauty shopping spree that also included Rodin Olio Lusso, the US brand founded by former model Linda Rodin, that's known for its jasmine-scented oils for hair, body and face.

    It's interesting but perhaps not surprising that Lauder have chosen to boost their fragrance portfolio (which includes Tom Ford, Jo Malone and Marni as well as Michael Kors, Coach, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger and Tory Burch), with these renegade marques.


  • TOP 10!

    TOP 10!

    Forgive us for bragging but we're number 1, according to Time Out magazine who listed BeautyMART Boxpark as one of the best of 10 great places in London to shop for beauty. Now this really is bragging (can't help it!) but we are listed alongside Space NK, Liberty, Blow Ltd and M.A.C and I promise you, we didn't bribe anyone to steal the number 1 slot.

    We're not only number one, in keeping with our disruptive retail approach and our rebellious natures we were first with other things too:

    *First to bring French pharmacy products to the UK: you can thank us for saving you from having to buy Bioderma (who stopped supplying us as they prefer to sell in pharmacies) Embryolisse, Homeoplasmine, Eau Precieuse and Coup de'Eclat in France.

    *First to make the Japanese brand DHC available at retail and to launch unusual Korean and Chinese products such Magic Peeling Mitt. {...}

  • House of Glam Dolls

    House of Glam Dolls

    I went to see an old friend the other day, the divine David Horne, make-up artist extraordinaire and educator, formerly of Illamasqua, previously of M.A.C. and - back in the day - Miss Selfridge, when they sold a brilliant beauty range called Kiss and Make-Up. His Twitter handle is Yoda of Cosmetics and it describes him perfectly - with nearly a quarter of a century in make-up, his knowledge runs deep.


  • Freckles? In Winter? Hell Yes!

    Freckles? In Winter? Hell Yes!

    The December issue of Vogue features two versions of Kate Moss. One is au naturel, with freckles. She looks so fresh and young and the freckles have a lot to do with that.

    Charlotte Tilbury did Kate's make-up for this cover and it looks as if she repeated the freckle trick she used for Kate's wedding pictures for US Vogue where the delicate smattering of freckles across Lila (Kate's daughter's nose) were replicated on mummy Moss. {...}

  • 40 Years of Blondie

    40 Years of Blondie

    It's a lifetime ago, and yet the images taken by Chris Stein, Debbie Harry's boyfriend, Blondie band mate and photographer that appear in his exhibition Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie and the Advent of Punk, that's just opened at Somerset House, look as fresh as if they were taken yesterday.

    As intimate records of the New York scene of the early 70s, Stein's photographs prove just how influential Blondie was at the time. {...}

  • The Power of Three

    The Power of Three

    The best things come in threes: triple cooked chips; Celine's Trio bag; cleanse, tone moisturise; EOS Christmas limited edition lip balms; sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll.

    There's more: Mai Couture's Trio Papier Poudre, a mini booklet of power-infused bronzer, highlighter and blush papers that are great for a quick make-up fix; Nailmatic's cult and collectible nail polish trios of on trend shades; Bubble T Bath Infusions trio; and Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Shupette Eyeshadow Trios. {...}

  • The French Pharmacy Products Beauty Editors Love

    Three British beauty mavens, three French pharmacy fans. We asked which products they can't live without.

    Nicola Moulton, beauty and health director, Vogue.

    "For me, it's Homeoplasmine all the way. I'm always a bit suspicious when people talk about 'wonder products' that serve a multitude of purposes but this innocuous-looking cream (be careful you don't mistake it for toothpaste on a bleary-eyed morning) is definitely one of those for me. I'm prone to the odd mild eczema-ish flare-up and when redness strikes, this is always the thing I reach for. It has a similarly miraculous effect on flaky, wind-ravaged winter skin. {...}

  • Sophy Robson Creates Bewitching Halloween Nails

    Nail artist Sophy Robson shows you how to make witchy and wonderful Halloween nails, on Allure magazine's Insiders beauty channel.


  • Meet: Make-up Artist Daniel Sandler and Anna-Marie Solowij at Look Good Feel Better

    The beauty industry charity Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) is dedicated to providing free services to women and teenagers suffering from the visible side effects of cancer treatment. The charity celebrates its 20th anniversary this year: that's 20 years of running workshops in over 75 specialist hospitals and cancer support centres across the UK, 20 years of awareness raising events and 20 years of using the power of make-up to help women and girls to face the challenge of cancer treatment. {...}

  • Back to Base

    Back to Base

    It's autumn, our summer tans have faded and it's tights time. It's also the season for foundation, especially as once summer skin begins to retreat back to its wintry hue, all sorts of cover-up requirements emerge - spots of pigmentation that weren't visible before, redness, broken veins, and dullness that looks worse under a cloudy sky. Cue foundation - or base, as it seems to be called these days - the one-stop-shop to cheat natural-looking, radiant skin.


  • One Woman 100 Faces

    One Woman 100 Faces

    Behind the faces of some of the world's most famous names - Beyoncé, Madonna, Kate Moss, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Jackson - is make-up artist Francesca Tolot who truly understands the transformative power of make-up.

    As an industry legend - she's been working since the early 80s - her latest oeuvre is a book, One Woman 100 Faces featuring model Mitzi Martin for whom Tolot has created the one hundred transformations that are featured. There's also a foreword from Beyoncé (the pair have worked together since Tolot did the Crazy in Love video) naming Tolot as 'the most extraordinary make-up artist of our time' and certainly, as a piece of work, it's a tour de force.


  • Emma Pickles Halloween

    Emma Pickles Halloween

    Emma Pickles, will you be our best friend, please? We love your videos, especially the Pop Art face, inspired by Roy Lichtenstein, complete with red Benday dot complexion - spots never looked so good! We are also trying out your Edward Scissorhands look for Halloween and wish that we were half as talented as you are.    
  • Hair Art in Paris

    Hair Art in Paris

    On a quick trip to Paris last week I came across a wonderful hair salon in the Marais called Studio Marisol. This gallery-meets-salon has shop windows showcasing the creative talent of owner Marisol Suarez, ex artistic director of Toni & Guy who used to assist leading session stylists Peter Gray and Alain Pichon. Marisol is known for her creative approach to hair and, judging by the salon, her wild styled wigs.


  • Talking Relationships

    Talking Relationships

    I sometimes get asked to speak about the beauty industry or my career in journalism and in this case, for Talk PR, an international public relations and marketing agency, about the importance of relationships in business.

    I was in good company, featured along with designer Anya Hindmarch, editor of GQ Dylan Jones, Jane Shepherdson of Whistles and Condé Nast's Nicholas Coleridge, colourist and Wella Global Ambassador Josh Wood, celebrity photographer Richard Young and celebrity hairdresser Ben Cooke, among others.


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