Monday, 28 April 2008

Gucci goes Mass Market

Having risen through the ranks to beauty big-time as Lancome’s International Artistic Director, Gucci Westman has now moved on. She will take up the role of Revlon’s Global Artistic Director.

An interesting shift – from prestige to mass market, not one I was expecting. In saying that, she will reach a much wider audience and possibly help reshape Revlon into a savvier, more sophisticated brand.

Gucci joins other Revlon stable mates including Halle Berry, Jessica Alba & the new Elle Macpherson.


Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Zoe Foster heads up new beauty destination

IDMCo is working on an online format to rival the mags they recently sold to News Limited. First up will be a website dedicated to beauty and the word is that Zoe Foster will be heading it up.

Zoe is the former Beauty Director of Harpers Bazaar and former Beauty Editor of Cosmopolitan. She currently writes the Fruity Beauty blog which keeps this author entertained with her wit on a weekly basis.

We think this will be an awesome choice as Zoe is refreshingly different from the norm with a more conversational approach to writing. She is the only one who could write a poem about Cate Blanchett & SKII and it not seem naff, well funnily naff if that is possible.

EDIT: head on over to Primped and read the possibly not quite true beauty ‘facts’ until the site goes live in July.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Eleven Common Cosmetics Chemicals You’re Better Off Avoiding

Common cosmetic ingredients can age the skin, affect your health and damage the environment. So now you know what you’ve been paying for…

1. Sodium Lauryl and Laureth Sulphate (SLS/SLES) - Easily penetrates human skin, builds up in the body, can cause eye irritation, skin rashes, hair loss, flaking skin and mouth ulceration. Capable of combining with other chemical used in product formulas to form carcinogenic nitrosamines.

2. Propylene Glycol - A petroleum by-product. This toxic synthetic ingredient causes many allergic reactions, and via skin contact can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Read on for more by Stem Organics


Monday, 7 April 2008

Foundation made easy

When watching Greys Anatomy last night (favourite show ever), I saw an ad for Australis Perfection Brush On Foundation:

Now, I haven't used Australis since I was about 16, but this has really got me curious. I love the way foundation looks when it is applied with a foundation brush, nothing looks more professional and gives a better finish, so this sounds like a possible winning combination.

I also like the idea of not having to touch my face and unlike spray on foundations which require you to spray on your hand and then blend into your face, this one tells you to simply apply in ' short, blending strokes starting at the centre of the face and working outwards'.

Have you tried it? I might have to duck out at lunch and get me a tube. Stay tuned!