Trend alert! A new nail-art look is about to be everywhere... A nude nailbed with tip dipped in colour is what you need to start practising now, so here’s a simple way to try it at home. Pick a nude that best matches your skin tone and another vibrant shade: red or navy looks great! Now, paint the entire nail with two coats of the nude and allow to dry. Get an eye-shadow sponge applicator, dip into the colour and lightly press the polish onto the tips of the nails. The look isn’t supposed to be too perfect so if the edges are a little blurred, you’re doing it right! If you prefer a metallic tip, dampen the sponge with a little polish remover and use a sparkly shadow to press onto the nail. Finish with a coat of clear polish to keep it chip-free. Regular readers will remember my recent update on the rapidly expanding demand for BB (Beauty Balm) creams, leading to new CC (Colour Corrector) creams with better coverage appearing in Asia. BB growth is as strong in the East as it is in the West: we all love the moisture, oil control and sun protection in the creams. But it is on this side of the world that the DD (Daily Defence) cream has popped up. In the UK, there are a number of products ready to hit shelves that are like heavy-duty body and foot creams — one includes a self-tanning agent, It looks as if hair gel will be making the leap from your boyfriend’s wash bag to your cosmetic case! In the coming weeks, we’ll be examining the SS13 trends, and already the androgynous look is set to be a big one: either long and dishevelled like an early Kate Moss, or slicked back casually with an obvious dose of gel. Whatever your feelings, gel is a tricky hair product to wear well; it can make fair hair look darker and dark hair look wet, neither of which sounds all that appealing. Maybe we’ll wait and see what other SS13 trends seem sexier!
Such an interesting concept here from Pukka, this is a ‘dry’ exfoliator. In the jar is a blend of freshly ground almond and organic bilberry, which can be used in combination with a number of products depending on your skin type: with water for oily skin, cleanser/toner for dull, or combination or an oil for dry. A versatile, ingenious beauty item! Caudalie are a unique French brand that use organic grape water for a lot of their natural beauty products. This water, much like thermal water, contains naturally occurring minerals and antioxidants that improve skin health. The tea, part of their body range, supplements their detox products with a blend of red vine, cinnamon, blueberry, cassis and sweet orange zest to promote toxin elimination.
PUKKA AYURVEDA NOURISHING BRIGHTENER €16; visit pukkaherbs.com for
CAUDALIE DRAINING HERBAL TEA
€11; visit uk.caudalie.com for stockists