Beauty brands including Pantene, Olay, Max Factor, Braun, Urban Decay, Garnier and Clinique have got involved with the 2012 Olympics by signing up Team GB athletes as ambassadors. Makeup, haircare, skincare, sun protection and hair removal ranges are represented by cyclist Victoria Pendleton, heptathlete Jessica Ennis, swimmers Keri-Anne Payne and Jenna Randall, diver Tonia Couch, runner Hannah England, and beach volleyball players Denise Johns and Lucy Boulton. Take a look at the ad campaigns here and shop the products!
The latest 2012 Olympics beauty brand ambassador has been announced, with Team GB diver Tonia Couch promoting Urban Decay's waterproof makeup collection. Tonia, the UK's number one female 10m platform diver, said: "I love wearing make-up but need products that stay put whilst I'm competing, which is why I never leave the changing room without Urban Decay's waterproof and long-lasting make-up." Urban Decay's waterproof range includes Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Glide-On 24/7 Glide On Pencils and Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara.
Tonia is the latest in a line of Team GB members to team up with beauty brands — swimmer Kerri-Anne Payne is representing Max Factor False Lash Effect Gold Mascara, synchronised swimmer Jenna Randall is the face (and legs) of Braun's Silk-épil Xpressive Pro Epilator, heptathlete Jessica Ennis is working with Olay Essentials and cyclist Victoria Pendleton is the ambassador for Pantene Pro-V's Smooth & Sleek range. Shop Urban Decay's line below.
Last night in London, Keira Knightley walked the red carpet looking more flawless than ever. Donning a burgundy Burberry custom-made bow-enhanced gown, not only was her dress and ensemble stunning, but her retro 60s-style hair was impeccable along with her impressive, pink, black and brown makeup. With just a hint of champagne highlighter in the corners of her eyes, the kohl liner, heavy mascara and false lashes are spellbinding. Paired with smooth skin and flushed pink cheeks and lips, this is one of those rare red carpet makeup moments that has really wowed me. What do you make of Keira's makeup style here?
How do you follow up on the best-selling eye shadow palette of all time? With a beautiful sequel, of course. Today, Urban Decay unveils Naked 2, the follow-up to the flattering Naked palette. Housed in a taupe tin case, these 12 neutral shadows can be used to create a natural look, a dramatic evening eye, or anything in between — it's that versatile. Get the first look at this palette in our video, then head to our Facebook page for some close-up photos.
Makeup palettes always make a wonderful gift for any special lady in your life, because they are so versatile and they can also be quite pricey. Offer a lip palette to your coworker, a book of shadows to your sister, a face palette to your bestie, and a luxury brand to your mum. I've got my eye on a few of these, the hardest part is going to be whom to give what to! Browse through these palettes to find the perfect prezzie!
When I first discovered this Jurlique Moistursing Hand Sanitiser (£5), it knocked my socks off. The practicality of a hand disinfectant mixed with the pampering qualities of a luxury beauty product really perked my ears up, and I couldn't wait to find more products like this to share with you. Check out five of these pragmatic beauty buys that you won't have a hard time trying to justify spending money on at the till.
It's hard to believe, but with the end of Summer bank holiday upon us. We are actually beginning to phase out of this season and move into Autumn. Here are five helpful tips that you can use as a little cheat sheet to transition your Summer makeup into Fall.
Groom Your Brows: Say goodbye to the bleached-brow look that we saw on the runways last year. This season is all about a strong, well-groomed, full brow — and the thicker the better! Try one of these amazing brow pens to make filling them in easier.
Update Your Eyes: Swap out your usual black shadows and liners for an earthy-brown tone instead. The colour of the season on the catwalk was Groundwork Paint Pot shadow from MAC (£13.50) as seen at Aquascutum, Acne, and Taka Naka. Play with your browns, and choose something dark, bronze, or champagne coloured.
Brown Out Your Pout: Choose a dark brown, cranberry, or russet lip shade for Fall. The nudey brown-tinged ones that I have my eye on are Nars Pago Pago (£17.50), Estee Lauder in Sensuous Nude (£20) and Bobbi Brown Uber Beige (£18).
Get Cheeky: Pretty pink flushed cheeked over an even-toned face that matches your skin tone is hot for this season.
Flash Your Lashes: Don't be afraid to apply that third coat of mascara to your eyes this Autumn. A bright, full lash is back with a vengeance and everything from falsies to lash extensions and dare I say clumps (eesh) are fair game!
Strong, clean, and full brows are back in style from what we've learnt watching the umpteen Fall/Winter shows. These five products are easy to use for anyone that's a novice at brow maintenance, and they are also the perfect fix for anyone who has overtweezed or has naturally light or thin brows. Take a look through these five brow pens, and let me know which one you're most interested in checking out and if you'd be keen on using a pen over a powder or wax.
It's a banner year for beauty brands, with many of them celebrating anniversaries spanning over 10 decades. That's a whole lot of lipstick. So join in on the festivities and see what fun facts you may know about the history of a few well-known cosmetics companies.
Source: What Do You Know About These Milestone-Anniversary Beauty Brands?
When I find a special product that I love, old or new, I feel like it's my duty to tell you about it. In case you've passed over the eyeliners from Urban Decay called 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, I urge you to stop and shop the next time you're at Boots.
When it comes to eyeliner pencils I want to know two things: Will they run and do they go on without skipping? The answer my friends is no, they don't run. They actually stay put all day. It definitely helps that they are waterproof, but also, when it comes time to take your eye makeup off, with the right soap and some elbow grease, there are no traces left behind to soil your pillowcase. And, they absolutely go on smooth without skipping, which in my opinion is tops, because there is nothing worse than having to go over the line you just drew three or four times to get it even. Urban Decay understands that you don't have all day, and for that, they deserve snaps.
Lastly, they are available in a wide range of colours and the brand is always running cute packaging promotions where you can buy a bulk together. One pencil costs £13, and it will last you a good year. The 24/7 product line also extends to concealers, lip pencils and they always come inside of their shadow boxes. I prefer the liners, best, but have no real complaints about the other products in the range. What's hiding in your makeup bag that you can share with the rest of us?