Thursday, 5 July 2012

Beauty round-up

New from Rituals, Urban Chic is a richly pigmented mineral make-up collection comprising baked eye shadow palettes, nail colour, lip shine and mascara. Information from the brand informs me the range also includes gemstones among the ingredients – ruby, amethyst and sapphire to be exact.

I was privileged to be invited to view the collection and other beauty products by Rituals at a hotel in London last week. It’s not a brand I knew much about before, but a comprehensive introduction to the company and the ethos behind what it does, as well as meeting Rituals’ founder Raymond Cloosterman, means I’m now totally clued up.

I love the way they match their products to a story or ritual. That comes first then the product evolves afterwards, so for example the Hammam steam bath ritual and the Ayurveda ritual are just two that have provided inspiration in the past.

Back to Urban Chic. The eye shadow palette comes in muted grey with a deep purple, or deep blue and iridescent pastels, and there’s three new nail colours – sea green, freezed fantasy and skyline.  The mascara is available in black only and the lip shine comes in Sandy Sheer, Sun Down and Night Fall. I’m still waiting for images, but as soon as I have them I’ll post them. The limited edition range is in shops now until October. 

Hemp Green Tea Soap is the latest product from Dr Bronner’s. The pure Castile soap has 18 different uses and can clean anything from your body to your vegetables, even your teeth (though I haven’t tried that!) It contains organic oils and antioxidant green tea extracts; the ingredients are also Fair Trade. Free from preservatives, fragrances, whiteners, dyes and synthetic foaming agents, this soap is totally biodegradable and comes n recycled packaging.

Take a trip back in time to the Art Deco days of The Great Gatsby, with the help of No7’s new Deco Darling Collection. The packaging is beautiful to look at and the products are just as lovely. The loose powder highlighter gives a luminous glow and the eye palette colours are the basis of that sultry style so popular in that era. Nails are covered with the grey/silver/blue Speakeasy varnish, while Daisy Darling is a clear lacquer containing lots of pink sparkly glitter bits. A dramatic black liquid eye liner and lipsticks in Love Red and Modesty, complete the collection.

Lisa Eldridge, creative director for Boots and celebrity make-up artist, created Deco Darling. She explains: “The collection channels the chic and beautiful style of the 1920s and there’s a look for every woman. Whether you want to opt for a dramatic eye or add a subtle touch of shimmer to your cheekbones, the No7 Deco Darling Collection will leave you looking and feeling as elegant as scenes from the Great Gatsby.”


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