The best beauty looks from New York Fashion Week – Autumn/Winter 2014

The gothic eye

At Marc by Marc Jacobs, glossy black liner was taken all the way round the eye for a little added intensity. The rest of the face stayed neutral to keep the whole vibe clean and elegant.

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The metallic lip

Rodarte gave rich blackberry lips a hit of pewter shimmer. Try applying a dark lippie before dabbing a little glimmering eyeshadow into the centre of your pout and gently working outwards.

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The side parting

Proenza Schouler proved that an exaggerated side parting is a simple way to give hair a fresh new look. Backstage, Paul Hanlon used Bumble and Bumble Prep to sleek hair before messing it up a little with their Brilliantine cream. Elsewhere, Hugo Boss, Thakoon and Opening Ceremony paired a similar style with both sharp tailoring and sporty attire.

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From left to right: Jane Iredale Liquid Eyeliner in Black; Korres Colour Guava Lipstick in Red Wine; DuWop Crush Lava; Bumble and bumble Prep and Brilliantine.


Happy Birthday Miss Moss – Kate turns 40 and we pick her top 3 looks

Whatever your opinion on Kate Moss there can be no denying the influence she’s had on everything from our wardrobes (a great pair of jeans really will take you anywhere) to our makeup bags (smoky eyeliner? check!). And she’s done it all whilst ignoring trends, fads and the rest of the crowd.

We thought we’d pay tribute by picking three looks to love from one lady who definitely does it HER way.

Early Kate

Right from the start of her career in the limelight, Kate has pioneered a less is more look. Going out doesn’t have to mean layers of makeup and a perfectly coiffed do (thank goodness!). Kate gives us a masterclass in simplicity and elegance.

The original laid-back Kate in 1993 - Photo by Richard Young/REX

Get the look: Shun peplums, ruffles and frou frou and pick a simple silhouette in a classic monochrome palette. This silver Topshop number ticks all the boxes and will look elegant with a simple black jacket if you prefer to keep your arms covered.

Classic Kate

The classic Kate look - Photo by Jonathan Hordle/REX

Miss Moss is a great example of someone who knows what works for them and sticks with it. Her formula for success? Mussy hair, a slick of eyeliner and the merest hint of bronze.

Get the look: Spritz just-washed hair with a texturising spray (try Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray) before blow drying roughly. Boost shine (and help protect against the elements with MoroccanOil’s Glimmer Shine Spray.

Gamine chic

Kate rocks a pixie crop - Photo by JULIAN MAKEY/REX

BUT… she’s not afraid to mix it up a little. Just as she became synonymous with long and tumbling ‘bed head’ locks she mixed it up and went for an elfin crop. And we loved it. Proof that this short and practical style can be chic and easy to wear.

Get the look: Ask your hairdresser to recommend the best crop for your face shape and hair type and tell them how much time you’d ideally like to spend on styling it. There are some gorgeous cuts out there to choose from. We loved Robin Wright’s longer-fringed elegant crop at the Golden Globes and Michelle Williams beautifully demonstrates how to make the transition from uber-short pixie to a soft look with a bit more length.


As for Kate, we can’t wait to see what her next decade brings but we expect her to do it in style!


What’s Hot in January

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel hits the stage and screen.
Wolf Hall – If this massive tome is still gathering dust on your book shelf (yes yes, we know it’s supposed to be brilliant!), take heart! It’s been dramatised for the stage, alongside the Sequel Bring Up the Bodies and is running at the RSC until March 29th. It’s been getting raves but if you miss out on seats at Stratford, don’t worry – we hear rumbles of a television series too.

Verily Magazine advocates not using photoshop - we salute them!

Verily Magazine – We’re incredibly excited by the news that finally a magazine exists featuring real women – so all of us then. At B&U we’re 100% in favour of each and every person being themselves – their non-edited, so-what-if-I-have-a-bit-of-celulite? fabulous selves. Check out Verily’s policy on photoshopping for a really cheering read (freckles, crows feet and curves get the recognition and love they deserve) and treat yourself or a friend to a few issues.

The fabulous Emma Thompson and a hit of pastel with Bumble and bumble spraychalk.
Emma Thompson – We love her for her candour and outspokenness on, well, everything but her attitude to high heels and martinis is excellent. We’re also still loving this fabulous quote (uttered when talking to the Sunday Times Style) which has pride of place on the work fridge, “It’s a rather comforting truth that we all, from time to time, just go, ‘I do not know what I am doing'”. Oh Emma, we hear you!

Pastels – The prettiest way to perk up the drearier months of the year. Fancy a little fondant? Work the look in your wardrobe, your makeup bag, on your nails and even in your hair! Try high colour/low commitment with Bumble and bumble’s Spraychalks.

Party Feet – Probably feeling a little battered after the festive season and gearing themselves up for  the next few months when awards kick off and the red carpets reignite our enthusiasm for sky rocket heels. Indulge your tootsies with a little TLC and try these tips from the brilliant Margaret Dabbs.

Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain give us the mother of all hair dilemmas - to crop or not?
Wearing something nice underneath – Alice Temperley’s Somerset range for John Lewis is one rather lovely way to make sure you feel a little bit glamorous when all your outer layers are about being practical and cosy (admittedly, loveliness of its own kind).

Debating long vs short hair – Oh dear, our 2013 hair resolution was to channel long, flowing locks like Jessica Chastain and just as we were getting there Jennifer Lawrence chops all hers off and looks sensational. Dilemma.



Autumn/Winter Beauty Trends 2013

We take a quick peek at the key Autumn/Winter 2013 beauty looks we’ll be channelling this season.

As seen at: Marc Jacobs & Just Cavalli

Big retro curls

Get the look with: Joico Body Luxe Root Lift

As seen at: Matthew Williamson & Burberry

Bold eyebrows

Get the look with: DuWop Browwow

As seen at: Louis Vuitton & Derek Lam

Berry lips

Get the look with: Korres Colour Guava Lipstick in Red Wine

As seen at: Ralph Lauren & Chloe

Sleek sister pony

Get the look with: Bumble and bumble Shine On (and on) Finishing Spray

 As seen at: Phillip Lim & Christopher Kane

Nude nails

Get the look with: Essie Sand Tropez [Exact colour used on Phillip Lim catwalk]

As seen at: Chloe & Alexander Wang

Perfect base

Get the look with: Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation SPF 30

As seen at: Victoria Beckham & Lanvin

Textured pony

Get the look with: Redken Wool Shake 08

As seen at: Kenzo & Balmain

Grunge rebel

Get the look with: The Balm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette

As seen at: Dolce and Gabbanna & Marni

Ruby red lips

Get the look with: Jane Iredale Puremoist Lipcolour in Carrie

As seen at: Burberry

Wine red manis
Get the look with: Essie Fishnet Stockings

As seen at: Valentino

Pillar box red nails

Get the look with: OPI Big Apple Red


Tips and tricks for hair

Swift and simple tips and tricks from some of the world’s most renowned hair maestros. Have a good hair day on us!

How to fight the frizz

Frizz is caused when hair drinks up moisture from the air, causing the hair shaft to expand and kink. Damn that humidity! Firstly, ‘Always use a hairdryer with a narrow nozzle and direct it down the hair shaft’ advises A-list hair guru Charles Worthington.

If you can splash the cash, go ionic. Ionic hairdryers help to reduce frizz by sealing the hair cuticle to reduce pesky flyaways whilst increasing shine. They also reduce drying time… who doesn’t want an extra 20 minutes in bed?!

Secondly, always style those locks with products that create a moisture resistant barrier – the best being those that contain silicones. But be sparing if you want to avoid oil-slick status. Phyto PhytoLisse Smoothing Serum is specifically formulated to fight pesky frizz, whatever your hair type.

And finally, get your hair trimmed every 6-8 weeks – ‘This will stop split ends from splitting up the hair shaft and causing hair to frizz out’ explains hairstylist Alan Tosler of the Tosler Davis salon in NYC.

How to shine on

Mark Wolley, hair stylist to Olivia Palermo no less, advises that ‘The key to perfecting… shine is to get the hair as smooth as possible. Apply a lightweight prep product through damp hair and make sure you coat every strand from root to tip. Preparing the hair like this ensures that you only use the essentials to get the look you’re after as layering products will only create a heavy and greasy build-up.’

And that cold rinse that granny always swore by? It really DOES add shine according to Redken’s Creative Consultant Guido Palau. He also reassures us that bleached, coarse and curly textures CAN be glossy! Hoorah! ‘Instead of mousse, use oils and serums regularly to keep hair nourished and hydrated.’ Bumble and bumble’s Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil is a multi-tasking miracle for all hair types.

Gorgeous shine by Redken on the Sonia Rykiel catwalk

Gorgeous shine by Redken on the Sonia Rykiel catwalk

How to de-grease

Excess oil and product buildup can make locks less sexy senorita and more chip-pan chic. According to trichologist Philip Kingsley (who tended to Audrey Hepburn’s tresses), ‘Contrary to popular belief, daily shampooing does not cause your scalp to produce more oil, it actually encourages hair and scalp health.’ The best way to deal with an oil slick situation? Don’t have your shower too hot! And use a daily scalp toner – it will help to soak up excess sebum. Philip Kingsley’s bestselling version also stimulates hair growth. Freshen up lank locks throughout the day with grease guzzling Alterna Caviar Dry Shampoo; it’s also perfect for adding a little ‘grip’ to hairstyles.

How to eat yourself glossy

‘A good fish oil can literally turn back time, especially on fine or ageing hair. But you have to commit. You need to wait three months to see a difference, and stick with them long-term to reap ongoing benefits’ says editorial hair darling Harry Josh.

Perricone MD

Perricone MD Omega 3 Dietary Supplement

Here’s the science-y bit. The living parts of your tresses are the follicles – tiny hair-making machines under your scalp. The protein in your diet nourishes and carbohydrates provide them with energy. Essential fatty acids hydrate these little machines whilst vitamins B6, B12, and biotin, help strengthen your hair’s outer layer, called the cuticle.  “Iron is also essential because it stimulates hair turnover and replenishment,” says Neil Sadick, M.D., a New York based dermatologist.

So, chow down on hair loving lean proteins, eggs, dark leafy greens, avocados, nuts, seeds, oily fish, bananas and soy.

How to stop being so darn dull

Product buildup, dulling sulphates and hard-water can all leave hair with a certain lack of enthusiasm. To reclaim its joie de vivre, your best bet is to thoroughly cleanse the hair once a week (only!) with an industrial strength shampoo such as Kevin Murphy’s Maxi Wash. Want a cheap and cheerful anti-buildup alternative? ‘Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into shampoo’ advises hairstylist to the stars Ted Gibson.



My favourite gifts… for myself!

Ok, ok, let’s just get it out in the open… for every gift I buy for others this Christmas, I will probably buy one for myself too.

I. Just. Can’t. Help. It.

Being a buyer here at Bath & Unwind HQ, I start ordering gifts from our suppliers for the website from February. While everyone else is sunning themselves in August, my head is stuck in Christmas sales forecasting and pondering how our deliveries will be affected if it snows. By this point, at the end of November, I’ve been listening to Now That’s What I Call Christmas for months, have most of my shopping done and can’t wait for everyone else to catch up!  So when all the fantastic offers, promotions and gift sets from my favourite brands appear at this time of year, it’s usually myself I buy them for.

Below are a few of my favourite gifts that I will be buying for myself this year. If you have the strength to part with them, I take my hat off to you and I’m sure your loved ones will be more than appreciative.

Bumble and bumble Stylist Editions Set

  • Bumble & bumble Stylist Editions Set – This is a fantastic collection of Bumble & bumbles‘ bestselling styling products, as used by hairdressers, models and celebrities world wide – great for those who like to experiment with their hair and for the perfect party style.

Ole Henriksen Ultimate Eye Lift Kit

Ruby & Ed Cerise Snuggle Ballerina


Lollia In Love & Relax Petite Perfumed Luminaries


Laqa & Co. Whip It Gift Box

  • Laqa & Co. Whip It Gift Box – There is always an excuse to increase my nail lacquer collection, and these Laqa & Co. nail polish pens not only come in the most eye-popping shades, but come beautifully packaged and make chic looking nails on the go easy peasy. I’ll definitely be keeping at least one of these in my office drawer for last minute manicures before I dash to all those festive parties!

Need gift suggestions? Why not call or email our customer services team who would be more than happy to help, or even just post a message below for my personal suggestions.

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