I was on a shoot on Friday & the make up artist, Lyz Marsden painted Chanel’s (ltd edition & sadly sold out in 2007) Holographic nail varnish on the model’s talons - which gave them a vibrant metallic sheen that I was mesmerised by.
After a bit of research I have found Nails Inc. do a holographic top coat, so you can paint it over your favourite colour to give a gorgeous galactic effect.
Or if you really want to, hit up eBay and pay a ridiculously high price for the real deal.
LIP LOVERS EVERYWHERE
Get your chops round these Business lip products:
Chanel Rouge Allure Collection - simply the most beautiful collection of colours, textures and luxurious packaging to cater for each and every one of the female species.
YSL lip gloss - the hottest lip product I’ve come across in ages. A shiny but not sticky gloss, which stains the lips, so even if the gloss budges (which it doesn’t), the colour stays all day. Like I said, The Business.
Dior Addict Lipstick - my favourite for adding a lick of colour to an outfit. Very wearable. A handbag staple.
Mac Lipstick - 7 different finishes from Amplified to Frost in a myriad of colours to suit the bold and the not so brave.
I should add that the Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss and their Levres Scintillantes pack a glossy punch too (used in the photo above). Check out the rest of my Chanel Beauty story in the Autumn / Kiss & Tell issue of SLEEK magazine.
Do. Not. Rush. It.
You’ll only regret it in the morning.
I was lucky enough to have been taught by the experts at St Tropez before I did the above tan for Stylist magazine’s swimwear story.
The rules are simple;
1. Take a shower and exfoliate your whole body, taking care to give your knees, feet and ankles a good going over.
2. Moisturise dry areas - feet, ankles, knees and the inner side of your arms (you never tan as much there and it makes it look more authentic).
3. Use a decent brand. I highly recommend St Tropez and XenTan products. They’re reliable and both have a great lasting colour, if applied carefully.
4. Use a mit. It will make the job so much easier, as they’ll be no brown hands and it makes blending a doddle.
5. Start from the bottom up, above the ankle (we’ll come back to the feet last).
Put one pump of product onto the mit and squeeze your hand together inside to spread the cream or foam around. You can always come back for more, but it’s easier to work with less to start with.
Do the bottom half of one leg first, followed by the other side. Then tackle the thighs, one at a time, taking care to blend the colour gently over the knees. Then do your stomach, lower back and chest. If you’re flexible, do your own upper back, or use a back applicator, or better still, get someone else to do it.
Next up is your arms and neck, leaving your face, hands and feet.
I use whatever is left on the MIT for wiping over the top of the feet, blend a bit of product up the neck and then remove the MIT for the final stages. Mix a bit of your face cream with a small amount of product and apply to the face, making sure not to miss out your top lip. Wash your hands now.
Lastly, the hands. Worth doing last thing at night I always think. Get all the washing up and teeth brushing done, then moisturizer the hands and put a pea sized amount of product on the top of one hand. Rub the tops of the hands together, spreading the fingers and working a little bit of tan into the gaps between.
You should wake with a body that looks like it’s been away for a good few days.
Feel free to double coat, but let the layers dry in between.
Once you’ve done it a few times, this should all take about 10 minutes max.
Ever tried fitting all of your favourite beauty products into a small sandwich bag? Welcome to the world of air travel.
I keep a little box of product samples at home, so I know I can have some of them with me on the plane, and when I land, just in case my luggage goes awol. Taking sample sachets also means I’ve got room to take other bigger, travel specific products onboard.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream: It’s a classic. And there’s a reason why it’s so popular. It has so many uses; lip balm, cuticle cream, hand and foot balm, added moisturiser for around the eye during flight or for an overnight treat, and a great rescue balm for sunburn too.
I tend to pat a little dab around my eye area on take off, to avoid that tight feeling when you land. It also comes in smaller travel sizes, so makes it perfect for your handbag.
Facial Spray: Dr Hauschka Facial Spray is my current favourite. This is one product that it’s definitely worth decanting into a little bottle for taking onboard. It helps keep your skin hydrated and refreshes you after sleeping, and/or on arrival. Avene’s Thermal Water Spray is great too and comes in a travel size.
Lavender Essential Oil: a natural antiseptic, and one of the most relaxing essential oil’s. Can be used to treat spots and cold sores too. Dab it on pulse points once on the plane for a restful sleep. And directly on the tingle at the first signs of a coldsore or spot.
Facial Moisturiser: Chanel Le Lift is my current favourite. Rich, nourishing and as smooth as silk.
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil: great for removing all traces of make up, and protecting the skin’s natural barrier.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm: a handy little silver tube of super silky goodness. Light, yet rich and great for both eye and lip areas.
That’s your lot really as far as space goes. I also usually pack a bronzing powder too, just in case I wake up/arrive looking exhausted.