Beyonce Lace Wig
On the hair envy front, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, Ciara, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton and Tyra Banks could all be categorized into a box I would happily label, “Give me your damn hair“.

Makes it quite shocking to know that their hair isn’t real, doesn’t it? No, I’m not talking about extensions (which are all so common now I have spotted tracks on 12-year-olds), but lace wigs.

A lace wig is one of the most natural looking ‘hair systems’ on the market. This isn’t your 10-dollar party wig (the kind designed to last 5 minutes…tops). Basically, a lace wig is made by using a fine lace material as the base/scalp, then tying individual human hairs onto the lace. The term ‘full lace’ denotes that the base cap is made fully of lace, while ‘lace front’ wigs have lace in front and different materials at the back of the cap. Once custom-made, the wig is then attached with a special glue (strong, but harmless), pins, clips, or special tape. No damage!

The reason celebrities wear them? The easygoing luxury of it all! Not only can you get top-quality hair the second you wake up, but you can change colour, length and texture without any damage to your own strands! The versatility is astounding. Also, with your “cheap wigs” you often get shedding and no ability to tie your hair up or expose the nape of your neck without seeing the wig. Lace technology makes it look no different to a normal hairline. Undetectable.

I found out about lace wigs through my close friend’s Mom, who recently launched a lace wig store. The amazing thing is, I have adored both my friend and her mother’s hair for some time and have never doubted that so much as an extension had gone into their hair! They are just the sort of beautiful, polished women who seem as though they’ve just stepped off of a movie set every day. I suggest you take a look at their new website for inspiration and more of an insight into the world of celebrity-perfect hair! Be ahead of the trend.

Artistic Colour Gloss
I have no time for traditional nail polish. In a hands-on career, a simple 30-minute application turns into daily touch ups, and the minute a nail is snagged on a zipper or pin it is all over.

Thankfully, I have just been introduced to the nail treatment favoured by the likes of J-Lo, Victoria Beckham, Beyonce, and Cameron Diaz – Tom Bachik’s Artistic Colour Gloss – an everlasting soak-off gel polish.

I went to Harrods‘ nail loft in Urban Retreat once I heard about the chip-free manicure that lasts 3 weeks. With 22 new shades just released for Fall/Winter 2011, I chose Artistic Colour Gloss’ white polish, shimmer coat and glitter tip from a total of their 66 colours (though hugely tempted by their new neon orange shade!)

Thanks to a lamp that cures the nail dry in 30 seconds, I was completely finished in 30 minutes total with not a smudge to be had. 3 weeks of flawless nail art for 30 minutes? Win. I think I’m addicted. View Post

Make Up Glow
Want that bright and not-shiny glow without pounding on excessive sparkle and bronzer? Get the natural-looking how-to below with some of the greatest new products in Beauty Town!

  • Rub SkinMedica’s Redness Relief CalmPlex in every area except your natural ‘blush’ area.
  • Use Priori‘s CoffeeBerry Brightening Facial Complex for a wake-up call infused with soothing and moisturising botanicals and antioxidants. It smells like the most sumptuous, creamy vanilla and gets rid of any and all pigmentation.
  • Swipe Susan Posnick‘s ColorFlo Shimmer all over your face. Designed as a highlighter, it actually works brilliantly as a light-as-air mineral powder for European skintones. The soft shimmer also reflects light brilliantly, giving you a flawless complexion. (See: un-retouched photo above!)
  • Use Susan Posnick‘s Gold ColorEyeDefine pencil to line your upper lash line and inner corners. On the other end of the pencil, use the blendable mineral eye shadow over your liner for staying power. This isn’t about blending shadows, it is all about brightening the eye area.
  • Use RevitaLash‘s Mascara in Raven. It is flawlessly clump-free and perfect for creating defined, long eyelashes that look completely natural.
  • Illamasqua‘s Lipstick. Look at the colour of your cheeks and choose a similar, creamy colour to dab on the lips and then rub in with your finger. This will create a soft stain without the drying feel that lipstains often cause.

Stockist info: Get SkinMedica, RevitaLash and Susan Posnick from www.skinbrands.co.uk.
Get the Priori CoffeeBerry at www.cosmeceuticals.co.uk.

NIVEA Feeling Closer
There is something to be said for the power of the Internet. While it brings you and I together (whether I’ve been in London, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, Penang, Rayong, or Koh Samui), research has also found that the seeming anonymity of online communication makes us feel closer and more confident with ‘real life’ relations.

The result of Facebook, Skype, texts, and similar efforts is faster and deeper-formed friendships than ever before. While I am known to raise both eyebrows at  new research, I simply couldn’t agree more. As a transatlantic stylist/editor/god-knows-my-real-job-title, my social network keeps me grounded and sane. My two best friends – Tiffani and Hannah – live thousands of miles away, yet post Tumblr/Facebook/Skype love notes to me constantly. What takes microseconds to receive now would have taken weeks before. That is invaluable.

On a psychological level, scientists have actually found that the sharing of personal information – ranging from status updates to photo sharing – is as beneficial to our social health as a face-to-face catch up. The interactivity of social networking is also a must-have when it comes to the development of positive regard and mutual understanding, the two core building blocks of intimacy.

Celebrating these findings in e-closeness, NIVEA have just launched a new campaign, “A Million Moments of Closeness“. With 100 prizes worth £100 to give away, they are asking you to upload ‘cosy moments’ – with anyone from your friend to your child – to facebook.com/niveauk. They are also holding road shows, throughout the UK, where picture-perfect pairings can jump into a photo booth and have their picture instantly uploaded. Every day, a “picture of the day” will be selected by psychologist Professor Geoff Beattie, giving you 100 chances to win those prizes!

If you do, however, disagree that technology is bringing us closer than ever, there is a debate going on at their Facebook page, as well!

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Pat McGrath

Make-up by Pat McGrath


Hold on to your Forever 21 hauls, Youtubers. Make-up tutorials just got serious.

While the phenomenon of beauty gurus and how-to tutorials have gained popularity mostly through the bedrooms of teenage girls, the popular and time-crunching hobby of females worldwide has just turned very professional.

CoverGirl Global Creative Design Director and the indubitabous Queen of Make-up, Pat McGrath, has decided to team up with the gorgeous Jessica Stam to shoot “major how-to videos” for CoverGirl. Yesterday, @COVERGIRL, @Jess_Stam, and @patmcgrathreal engaged in a Twitter love fest, also hinting that the collaboration will expand beyond how-to videos.

Smart move, CoverGirl.