Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Christmas Present ideas: Luxurious New Christmas Crackers From Lancome

                             Cracking Christmas Present Idea From Lancome


This month sees the launch of Lancôme’s Luxury Christmas Crackers. 
Each Luxury Christmas Cracker contains one of Lancôme’s mini beauty products including:
Génifique, 
Lip Lover, 
L’Absolu Rouge, 
Le Crayon Kohl in Black, 
Hypnose Mascara in Black 
Bi–Facil Eye Make-Up Remover
Lancôme Luxury Christmas Crackers are priced at £54 available exclusively at Selfridges
This guarantees a cracker winner fight for sure this Christmas! 
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The Body Shop launches Glazed Apple Bath & Body Collection

New Apple infused collection from The Body Shop

                                                     Apple Bobbing



November 4th sees the launch of a new special edition Glazed Apple Bath & Body Collection from The Body Shop. 
The range consists of Shower Gel (£4), Bonbon Soap (£2.50), Bath Sprinkles (£7), Hand Cream (£3.50), Body Lotion (£8), Bath Jelly (£10), Lip Tin (£4), Body Polish (£10), Body Butter (£13) and Eau De Toilette (£8.50) containing top notes of fresh apple and lemon sugar; heart notes of raspberry blossom and fressia; and a dry-down of musk and vanilla. 
The brand has also launched a Glazed Apple Tin of Treasures (£17) gift set which includes a travel sized body butter, body lotion, shower gel, body polish and bath lily in an exclusive silver apple tin. It's definitely on my Christmas list- I love apple scents! Especially this extra sweet Chrismassy version. 
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Monday, 27 October 2014

New Sleep Mask from Erno Laszlo

Sleep Easy


November sees the launch of new Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask from Erno Laszlo, the brand famously linked with Marilyn Monroe and Hollywood Stars. 
The mask is designed to rebuild skin’s defenses and diminish fine lines and wrinkles, for a newly youthful, revitalised complexion. 
Containing actives created from nature’s most resilient plants, the mask contains prickly pear extract, mugwort and green ginger extracts, winged kelp extract and raspberry and tomato stem cells to stimulate the skin’s own natural processes.
The mask also features a unique texture based on memory foam developed for the NASA space program. The weightless gel cushions the skin, restoring youthful bounce and elasticity overnight. Hydra-Therapy Memory Sleep Mask is available exclusively from Harrods and www.ErnoLaszlo.com from November priced at £95.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Celeb Colourist Jack Howard's Autumn-Winter Hair Colour Guide

Hair Colour Guide from an Expert for Autumn/Winter 14


Jack Howard, International Colour Director at Neville Hair & Beauty and the man at the forefront of bringing Balayage to the UK has created the covetable colours of Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby, currently treading the boards in the sold out run of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Old Vic. Jack is colourist to Poppy Delevingne, Donna Air, Clara Paget, Ola Rudnicka, Chloe Hayward, Ana Beatriz Barros, Georgia Salpa, Hofit Golan, Next Model Management and more.
Swedish White Blonde
This is the runway shade that will continue to storm the catwalks this season - look at the beautiful Ola Rudnicka as your inspiration for this colour. A shade this dramatic isn't for everyone but it looks incredible on super pale skin tones, for that cool, fresh Scandinavian vibe – so perfect for an English winter. An all over blonde like Ola's is a high maintenance look as you need to get the roots coloured every 3-4 weeks, and protection is key for a shade like this; use Kerastase Fibre Architecte and Bain De Force. These products are an absolute must if you want to keep that icy shade as a colour at this level is incredibly delicate and needs lots of care.

Copper Red
I'm seeing copper tones everywhere at the moment; look at stars like Bonnie Wright, Christina Hendricks and Emma Stone as your poster girls for the look. Although the copper tones can vary from a stonewashed shade to a bright copper, this colour is all about a natural shiny looking finish rather than an artificial red. If you're not sure if you'd suit a cool or a warm tone, a great tip is hiding in your jewellery box; simply look at whether you lean towards silver (cool) or gold (warm) accessories as this will give you a great indication of the sort of shade you should be rocking. To keep your colour looking vibrant, I'd suggest investing in Kerastase Masque Chroma Riche – a godsend for coloured hair and it even includes UV and UVA protection. If you want healthy looking colour, you have to have healthy hair so always protect your hair when out in the sun or heat styling.

Super Dark, Glossy Brunette
This colour is super sultry, giving that old school Hollywood siren feel to your look (think Kim Kardashian's luxe locks) and its popularity goes to show that not everybody wants to be blonde! A shade this dark looks incredible on olive complexions or those with a deep tan – just pair with a bright red lipstick or a smokey eye for that seductive finish. If you're naturally pale, steer clear of a colour this dark as it can wash you out completely… With darker hair, you'll naturally get that maximum shine but to keep it in optimum condition use Shu Uemura Art of Hair Full Shimmer Shampoo and Conditioner.

The Caramel
Bronde is still the IT Girl's hottest shade as we move into A/W. The fusion of blonde and brunette is perfect for brunettes struggling with orange-toned highlights or blondes looking to give their colour a fresh spin (think Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba and Victoria's Secret models), the secret is to stay within three shades of your natural colour. If hair jargon confuses you and you can't tell the difference between your dip-dye and your bronde, here's a handy guide: Dip Dye gives you a straight line between shades, Ombre creates a shadow between your chosen colours, giving you a subtle finish, Balayage is a natural looking highlight (Poppy Delevingne' s natural looking colour). Bronde is the hybrid of Ombre and Balayage which looks incredible on anyone whose colour falls between a dark blonde to a dark brunette. As the colour is not applied at the root, it's perfect for those who like a low maintenance colour, as there's minimal regrowth to deal with. To keep your colour looking gorgeous I suggest having a quick glaze treatment when your pop into the salon for a trim as this will help keep your colour looking A-list.

Jack is at Neville Hair & Beauty, 5 Pont Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 9EJ; The Bulgari Spa 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW, and Neville Salon St Barth, Taiwana Hotel, 97133 Saint Barthelemy, French West Indies.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Jane Iredale Launches City Nights Make-Up Collection

New Make-up from Jane Iredale



The new City Nights Collection from jane iredale – THE SKIN CARE MAKEUP delivers radiant autumn makeup inspired by the glamour and energy of a night out on the town. For eyes, a trio of matte pearl, shimmery port wine and toasted caramel shadows and gel eyeliners in flirtatious jewel tones; for lips, a nourishing lipstick and gloss in pigmented shades of plum.
 
Liven up the night with the Celebrate Limited Edition Eye Shadow Trio Palette £35 RRP, with three captivating shadows that may be worn alone or together to take any look from natural to dramatic. Contained in an elegant rose gold mirrored compact with a sponge-tipped applicator, the shades are sized to fit recommended application proportionally, so it's clear which shadows should be applied as the base versus complimenting shades.  The generous base shade, Mist, a matte pearl, is complemented with perfectly-sized detail shades Port, a shimmery port wine and Toast, a toasted caramel.  The highly pigmented shadows are simple to blend, sensitivity-tested and stay put for gorgeous, crease-free, long-lasting eye colour. 
 
The soft and creamy Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliners in Purple, a matte deep violet and Green, a shimmery golden olive £19.95 RRP, create the rich, captivating look of kohl, but in a natural formula free of chemicals and irritants. Packaged in a compact pod, each Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner provides long-wearing, water-resistant colour that glides on smoothly for a defined or smudgeable line that stays just where you want it. Highly pigmented, Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliners provide inky, saturated colour. The Angle Eyeliner Brush is recommended for precise application on the lash line.
 
Dress up the lips with PureMoist Lipstick in Katerina £19 RRP, a new matte mahogany rose shade that delivers high-impact colour and sumptuous depth while providing soothing properties of moringa oil to saturate the lips with vitamins A and C. Its vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal-soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing. 
 
Complete the look with PureGloss Lip Gloss in Kir Royale £19.95, a shimmery red plum that delivers a sheer tint of colour and an ultra-glossy finish without feeling tacky. The soothing and hydrating formula has a base of organic oils including moringa butter, lotus flower wax and orange peel wax, and blackberry and pomegranate extracts provide a pleasant flavor and protect lips with antioxidants Vitamins C and E.  The contoured doe foot applicator is designed for precise application.
 
The new products are available individually now from beauty salons, make-up specialists and selected online outlets.  For more information and stockists, go to
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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas from Organic Cornish Beauty Company

Cornish Company Spiezia Have Some Great Beauty Presents Available:


Spiezia Organics has created magical gifts for everyone on the Christmas list, from stocking fillers for under £10 to the ultimate spoil for someone very special for over £100. 100% organic skincare SPA products and gifts from Cornwall - what's not to love about Spiezia's Christmas ideas!

Made For Radiant Skin
This Christmas Gift Set contains a complete set of 100% organic products to perform the classic cleanse, tone and moisturise routine as well as an additional 10ml face scrub and an organic cotton flannel (all contained within a branded wash bags) £69.95
- Facial Cleanser 50ml
- Floral Skin Toner 100ml
- Nourishing Moisturiser 50ml
- Rose and Chamomile Face Scrub 10ml
- Organic Cotton Flannel
Made For a Beautiful Body A lovely gift that will keep skin looking and feeling smooth and radiant throughout the winter months (all contained within a branded wash bags) £39.95 - Luxurious Body Scrub 200g
- Body Softening Oil 100ml
- Soothing Leg and Foot Balm 10ml
Made For Him
A Christmas Gift Set Made For Him is specially designed for Men and contains 100% organic products (all contained within a branded wash bags) £41.95
- Men's Body Oil 100ml
- Men's Shaving Oil 50ml
- Nourishing Face Balm 10ml
Made For a Gentle Touch
This Christmas Gift Set contains everything you need to give someone or yourself a 100% organic manicure (all contained within a branded wash bags) £29.95
- Moisturising Hand Balm 50ml
- Cuticle Oil 30ml
- Spiezia Emery Board
Made For Life Beauty Classics
This wonderful set contains a cleanser and three moisturisers to keep the skin nourished throughout the winter months (all contained within a branded wash bags) £88.95
- Facial Cleanser 100ml
- Rose and Vanilla Face Oil 50ml
- Nourishing Moisturiser 50ml
- Intensive Moisturiser 10ml
- Organic Cotton Flannel

Made For Someone Very Special
This ultimate Christmas Gift Set contains a range of best selling products from both the facial and body range (all contained within a Made For Life Jute Bags) £136.75
You can shop here for the gift sets:


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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Rimmel Partner With Singer Kate Nash for New Campaign



New Rimmel Make-up looks for Kate Nash
Style Icon and British singer songwriter Kate Nash has partnered with Rimmel London and legendary stylist Rachel Zoe's The Zoe Report to create three makeup looks. The recently blonde star, often deemed London's 'Indie Queen,' works with the team to achieve a Date Night Look, A Night Out With The Girls Look and a Performance Look.

The platinum selling performer says of the performance look, "It's just really in your face and just looking in the mirror makes me feel like I'm powerful." She goes on to say, "On stage is the most confident I ever feel. There's something really liberating about it. The more that I've performed, the freer I've felt, and fashion is a huge part of that." 
Kate Nash is a platinum-selling artist and hailed as a global style icon. She is a recurring face in glossy magazines and a model for clothing companies on both sides of the Atlantic.
Kate released her first single in 2007 and was crowned 'Best Female Artist' at the 2008 BRIT Awards. Kate launched her third studio album in 2013 and is currently based in LA where she is working on her fourth album, as well as writing for Broadway musical, 'Only Gold.'
www.katenash.com 

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Friday, 17 October 2014

OPI Chasing Rainbows nail polish review.

OPI Sparkle Nail colour review

This is a great new supa dupa sparkle coat from OPI. Perfect for the party season, Chasing Rainbows contains pigments of pink, blue, green, purple, orange, yellow, silver and gold flecks which is a combo I haven't seen before. 
The nail polish glides easily and you can break up the glitter easily with the brush as the particles are so small to distribute evenly. 
The polish dries quite quickly in five minutes. I used the polish over a pink gel polish to give it a speckled barbie sparkle effect. I love this polish and can't wait to try it with other background polishes. 
Great for the party season! 



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Barbara Daly Make-up Gets A New Name

BD Barbara Daly Make-Up relaunches as BD Trade Secrets

If like me you love Barbara Daly make-up at Tesco then you will be plead to know that the brand is back with a new launch called BD Trade Secrets.

BD Barbara Daly Make-Up at Tesco has relaunched as BD Trade Secrets. With a new name, new look and whole new feel, for the first time since launch the whole range has been totally revamped with new formulas, and all still with an affordable price tag. 

Launched in 1998 by make-up artist Barbara Daly, prestige make-up artist, Abby Ireland, has since worked with Tesco to develop new and improved products that have been created in Paris and Milan. Products include Light Effect Concealer Pen (£7.99), Velvet Cream Lipstick (£5.99) and Finishing Powder (£5.99).
www.tesco.com
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NEW Honey Vaseline Lip Balm out this Autumn

Vaseline unveils Limited Edition Lip Therapy Queen Bee
Vaseline has announced the launch of Queen Bee this month. Vaseline Queen Bee (£3.99) contains a light honey scent and is the fourth Limited Edition Lip Therapy designed to heal and care for dry lips.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

FREE PARALLAX ART FAIR IN CHELSEA 24-25TH OF OCTOBER

Photographer with Creative Flame at Parallax Art Fair

Gas-masked Artist Poses with Burning Umbrella to Create the Perfect Shot for Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, October 24-25.

If you are looking for an unusual and experimental art show to visit this month  then Parallax is a must see visit for you this month. 

An artist exhibiting in the upcoming eleventh edition of Parallax Art Fair in October came close to setting himself on fire in the process of making one of his creations for the event. Darren Bailey LRPS, a member of the Royal Photographic Society, posed with an umbrella in flames to capture his image, “Environmental Annihilation”. He coated the outside of the umbrella with fire-retardant,  sticky felt pads, and the inside with tin foil. “The foil,” he explained, “served for safety and to reflect light from the six Manfrotto LED lights that were fixed on the underside to give the desired lighting for the shot. A small container fashioned from a Kinder Egg toy holder was attached to the underside of the umbrella in which I put the flu tester when it was ignited. This created the smoke in the picture.” Asked about the risk, he explained, “My creations all take time, effort, planning, research and thought to bring to life!”

Along with Bailey, Parallax Art Fair will uniquely exhibit almost 200 international makers and over 3000 pieces of fine, decorative and applied arts. All the exhibitors are self-representing makers selling in the £200-£10,000 price bracket. 
Most have substantial exhibiting experience. Countries represented in October will include: Africa, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, UAE and UK. Alongside painting, sculpture and printmaking, there will be jewellery, photography, ceramics, textiles and even furniture. “One of things that we try to communicate to the visitor,” said Dr Chris Barlow, one of the founders, “is that we are interpreting these objects as objects. I cannot think of anything more detrimental to art making in the last 100 years than the gradual anthropomorphisation of art. It is one of the core implicit questions that we want the viewer to consider when visiting.”

There are benefits for all types of visitors to the fair in October though. For those wishing to purchase work by new or mature exhibitors, most with exhibiting and commercial business experience, PAF has proved to be one of the best wholesale markets.  

Some of the artworks: 
Seaside- Grant Legas

Carrot Head- Jake Oliver Fishman 

Walk- Petr Malina


Buyers can take advantage of the same expertise, yet with lower prices than can be offered by galleries and other fairs due to its low exhibition overheads, 0% commission fee, free entrance, and makers central to the selling process. Some exhibitors are also tax free, saving thousands of pounds for buyers. The range of work is often higher and more varied than can be found in some galleries, which is probably why dealers are increasingly taking advantage of the low-price situation themselves. "I was unsure what to expect when I visited,” one London gallerist recently explained, “but I spotted a sculpture near the entrance. I chatted briefly to the artist, but did not mention who I was. I decided to run images past my clients. I sold one for £10,000 and then a further three more. I decided to commission the artist for more pieces."

The exhibition is free to the public and further information is available at www.parallaxaf.co

There is also a competition running in which you can win one of two £50 vouchers if you email London@parallaxaf.com before the 17th of October, quoting your THE GLAMOURCAT BLOG name in the subject line. Parallax only runs for two days (24th & 25th) so you must do this before then.

Parallax Art Fair opening details:
Thursday 23rd October: Private View, 7.30-9.30pm
Doors open to the Public:
Friday 24th October 1pm – 6pm
Saturday 25th October 11am- 5pm

Venue: Chelsea Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE
Entrance – Free.

Visit Parallax AF – http://parallaxaf.co
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Urinetown Musical- Special Charity Performance

THE SPLASH HIT & MULTI TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL 
URINETOWN
DIRECTED BY JAMIE LLOYD

ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL CHARITY PERFORMANCE GALA


ON 20 OCTOBER 2014

The splash hit and multi Tony award-winning musical Urinetown directed by Jamie Lloyd is proud to announce a special charity performance gala to support Water.org on Monday 20 October in London. In conjunction with Urinetown’s West End transfer, the gala will introduce this new collaboration with Water.org to raise awareness of the global water crisis.


Urinetown is an hilarious and satirical musical set in a futuristic, dystopian society where the Earth's water supply has been depleted, therefore making private toilets unthinkable and against the law. Through this new collaboration with Water.org, Urinetown aims to raise awareness about the real global water crisis that the world’s population is facing today.

Water Crisis Facts:

·      780 million people in the world lack access to safe water. 2.5 billion lack improved sanitation.
·      1 in 9 people don’t have safe water to drink. 1 in 4 doesn’t have a toilet.
·      Every minute at least one child dies due to a water-related illness.
·      More people in the world have access to a mobile phone than a toilet.

This special gala performance celebrates the beginning of a long-term fundraising collaboration between Urinetown and Water.org. Urinetown will be donating proceeds from the gala to the nonprofit organization, as well as providing ongoing support in conjunction with its West End run.

Water.org welcomes Urinetown’s support to share our vision of a world where everyone has access to safe drinking water and can experience the dignity of a toilet,” says Water.org co-founder Gary White. 

“The best sort of theatre engages directly with the world.  It may be great fun, but it should also be vital and apposite, and perhaps, instigate a broader discussion.  Urinetown’s dystopian future does not have to be a prediction unless we make it so.  We are delighted that the production can assist the mission of Water.org whilst keeping its audience laughing along the way.”  Jamie Lloyd, Director, Urinetown.

ABOUT WATER.ORG
For more than two decades, Water.org has been at the forefront of developing and delivering solutions to the water crisis. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, community-driven and market-based initiatives to ensure all people have access to safe water and sanitation -- giving women hope, children health and communities a future. To date, Water.org has positively transformed the lives of more than a million individuals around the world, ensuring a better life for generations ahead. Learn more at http://water.org and www.facebook.com/water.

ABOUT URINETOWN 
Urinetown is a sharp-witted rampant riot of a show that tells the tale of a town fit to burst; spending a penny can prove problematic in a place where the privilege to pee has become a punishable offence. There is no such thing as rent free relief until our young hero, Bobby Strong, appears – with more than a good set of pipes – and starts a revolution!

Sometimes all you need is a drop of a hope to change the world.




Director Jamie Lloyd’s critically acclaimed, sell-out production of Urinetown The Musical, with music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and lyrics by Greg Kotis, will transfer to the Apollo Theatre from 29 September 2014. Richard Fitch is the Associate Director.

Full casting includes the Olivier Award winning Jenna Russell (Penelope Pennywise), star of the RSC, Jonathan Slinger (Officer Lockstock), EastEnders’ Marc Elliott (Mr. McQueen), critically acclaimed actor and playwright Simon Paisley Day (Caldwell B. Cladwell), rising star Matthew Seadon-Young (Bobby Strong), BBC’s The Voice star Nathan Amzi (Officer Barrel), Chris Bennett (Swing), Katie Bernstein (Little Becky Two Shoes/Mrs. Millennium), Alasdair Buchan (Swing), Cory English (Old Man Strong/Hot Blades Harry), Madeleine Harland (Soupy Sue), Rosanna Hyland (Hope Cladwell), Karis Jack (Little Sally), Julie Jupp (Old Woman/ Josephine Strong), Aaron Lee Lambert (Billy Boy Bill/ UGC Executive), Mark Meadows (Senator Fipp), Christina Modestou (Swing), Joel Montague (Swing), Jeff Nicholson (Tiny Tom/ Dr. Billeaux), Kane Oliver Parry (Robbie The Stockfish) and Vicki Lee Taylor (Swing).


The production is designed by Evening Standard award winner Soutra Gilmour with choreography by Ann Yee, lighting design by Adam Silverman, sound design by Terry Jardine & Nick Lidster, casting by David Grindrod Associates, wig & hair design by Richard Mawbey, fight direction by Kate Waters, orchestrations by Bruce Coughlin and musical supervision & direction by Alan Williams.

URINETOWN The Musical is produced by JULIAN STONEMAN ASSOCIATES & THE ARACA GROUP, along with Jenifer Evans, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Greenleaf Productions, in association with Flora Suk Hwa Yoon, Los Foleys, Olympus Theatricals, Deborah Negri, Richard Winkler, Manal Morrar.

URINETOWN The Musical originally ran on Broadway to great acclaim from 2001 until 2004 and was nominated for ten Tony Awards, and won for Best BookBest Score and Best Direction.  In addition, it also won three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, two Obie Awards and the Drama League Award for Best Musical.

LISTINGS

URINETOWN The Musical
APOLLO THEATRE
FROM 29 SEPTEMBER 2014
GALA PERFORMANCE MONDAY, 20 OCTOBER AT 7.30pm


Performances:                                    Monday to Saturday at 7.45pm
Thursday & Saturday at 3.00pm

See the website for full Christmas listings

Running Time:                                    2hrs 20mins Including Interval

GALA Ticket Prices:                            £29.50 - £85.00 
                                                            £125 for Premium Gala Tickets and Afterparty

Address:                                              Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES

Box Office:                                          0844 482 9671 

Website:                                             www.urinetown.co.uk

Facebook:                                           www.facebook.com/UrinetownUK

Twitter:                                               @UrinetownUK

Instagram:                                          UrinetownUK

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