Monday, 7 March 2011


How's this for dedication to the craft eh? Besides juggling shoots and work, I attended 2 evenings of launches for various skincare companies. Exhausting but anyone who knows me and the way I work will know that I am a huge, huge fan of skincare! My ethos is that if you look after your skin well, you will get better makeup results! One thing I will stress is that skincare is really subjective so what works best for me and my work might not be the the best for you. It's definitely a case of try and test! Here's what I went to see and try.

I was lucky enough to be the first one to try some new additions to this much favoured skincare brand of mine. Improved and much researched reformulations bring Clear Skin Daily Face Wash, a zingy, intoxicating light-foaming facial wash with a blend of eucalyptus, thyme & tea tree. Clear Skin Blemish Control Gel, an on-the-spot treatment gel consisting of wild oregano, eucalyptus, tea tree and salicylic acid to treat spots but yet respect the surrounding skin. Gentle Daily Exfoliant i approached with little interest but was proven so wrong! I always cleanse skin with a muslin which yields a thorough but gentle buffing. So to see if the exfoliant worked, i cleansed without one which left my skin still feeling slightly rough and sticky. 1 tsp of the exfoliant mixed with water activated the freeze-dried enzymes and lightly massaged into skin to reveal shiny, soft and smooth skin! Shocking I must admit but best of all, so gentle and non abrasive!

This isn't a new product but a new formulation that I felt the need to introduce again. Essential Hydration Cream is a beautiful, light moisturiser with ylang ylang and arnica. I have lost count of how many times models and clients have asked to keep this product after I used it on them. The gentle but intoxicating smells I found both relaxed my subjects and gave a beautifully moisturised base for me to work on.

I first came across this brand just before leaving Asia to relocate to Europe and didn't know much about it. An evening with fellow bloggers and Jeff Murad, Vice-President of Murad Skincare to answer many questions of the huge range took care of that problem. There's something for everyone here and it was actually really good to see the involvement of supplements as a nod towards internal health as well. 

Noteworthy products were ones from the Anti-Ageing Blemish line to target acne or blemish problems of the late 20s, 30s and 40s, who find that teenage skincare ranges not working for them.

Other lines include Resurgence (hormonally troubled skin), Environmental Shield (sun protection) and Age Reform (ageing skin) are a few of the ranges available to custom treat our problems and address various issues across the board. I was very impressed and look forward to actually having a play on these products by sending my clients to give it a try.

Burt's Bees
A humble range that first started with the humble bee is now highly popular amongst us makeup artists with our clients' growing concerns of allergens and perfumes. Throughout my 17 year career, I've always at some point carried a Burt's Bees product. Usually a lip balm. So it came as no surprise when I first got to try the full range that I immediately sent some over to my niece who suffers from eczema to which she's had good results from using the products.

I'm quite a fan of their Radiance Body Lotion on shoots as there's mica which gives the skin a luminosity in photos so the model always looks great! The new and improved 24 Hour Body Lotion Collection boasts 4 new additions to target Normal to Dry, Sensitive and Dry skins and an additional fragrance-free one. I was treated to a demo by their creator, the lovely Abina Antwi who took us through how she makes the lotions with nourishing ingredients good enough to eat! So if it's good enough to eat, it's definitely good enough to go on the skin! 

LP Skin Therapy
Psychodermatology? What's that you say? It's all new to me too! It does however makes sense what with aromatherapy being around for years that a happier, more relaxed state of mind should and could generate better well being and thus better skin. Fronted by Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist and her team of cosmetic scientists, this new and might I add beautifully packaged range addresses skincare needs via one simple philosophy - a healthy mind means healthy skin. 

The 8 product range boasts familiar scents of Dr. L's homeland Cyprus, orange blossom, pomegranate and Cyprus lemons. First impressions were intoxicating! I left the presentation feeling all sleepy and happy. I've always been a fan of aromatherapy and it's affects on people's moods. 

Stand out products for me were Refining Lip Exfoliator with jojoba pearls to polish and exfoliate the lip area. Uplifting Facial Water,  fragranced with orange blossom water to lift the spirits and also to tone and refresh makeup throughout the day.  Untired Eye Cream has diamond powder which gives the light cream a gorgeous luminescence that colour corrects the dark areas under the eye! 

Fans of non scented products might want to give this a miss but if you're a fan of gorgeous scents and candles, you might want to check this range out. I felt like I was in the middle of a Mediterranean garden with all it's heady scents of blossoms, fruits and gorgeous things we only smell on holidays abroad!

This launches in Harrods and QVC mid 2011.

So there we have it, the newest skincare launches in the week. As customers grow more savvy with their spending power, there really isn't a better time to buy skincare. From the affordable to the ultra luxurious, from the natural to the highly scientific, consumers are really spoilt for choice!


  1. ooh, not much that grabs me there but the LP stuff sounds amazing but you've also piqued my interest with the Murad range for spots in older skins because it's long been a moan of mine that I don't want teenage skincare when I'm having a break out, it is invariably highly astringent and drying so will be watching out for that!

    Thanks as always!

  2. I specifically asked about that at that presentation for you and other friend! It respects the surrounding areas and doesn't dry and agitate it which is important! Check it out! xx

  3. Ooh you are a star! I am off to google quickly before bed, thank you! xx

  4. Thank you so much as always for taking the time to give us this insight into new skincare products. It was a very enjoyable and interesting read for me.
    Catherine xx

  5. Thanks Catherine, I really do appreciate you alwasy taking the time to read my mutterings! If there's anything you'd like to read about, I'd love to hear your suggestions! XX

  6. Ooo I was unable to attend a couple of these so its great to read about them :) Thanks- love your blog xx

  7. Hey Computergirl! Thanks for the lovely comment. Thanks for the encouragement as well! XX

  8. Never heard of LP skin therapy- gosh there's so many products out now days! I cant keep up!

  9. I know right beautyWowza?! I think it's amazing as the more variety consumers have, the more choice and higher standards as companies will naturally be doing the best they can to get sales. All good! Thanks for commenting x

  10. Great post, Kenneth! Love a bit of magic skincare!

    Where can you get the Alpha H range over in the UK? I love the sound of the Essential Hydration Cream as it sounds like something my skin would benefit from as well as being popular with clients : )

    Amanda x

  11. Hi Amanda, thanks for showing me some love! Hehe. Right you'll love the Essential Hydration Cream! You can get in the UK from either QVC, Cult Beauty or HQhair. Please let me know how you get on and if you need any help with the range, just give me a shout. You can find my contact on here. xx

  12. You're very welcome, I love reading the variety of posts!
    Aww, thanks so much. I'll definitely let you know how I get on once I get my hands on it - it's sold out on HQHair! : )

    Thank you,

    Amanda x x

  13. Great post I read with interest. Skincare interests me especially as a smoker I'm going to suffer BADLY :-(

    I'm going to give up though. Honest x

  14. Thanks Kelly! Me too! In fact, due to give up before next birthday in May so we can support each other k? You're like Mdm Determination! Thanks for the comment lady! xx

  15. great post on such a great blog! I'm sat here spritzing the LP Skin Therapy at my desk and it really is calming and uplifting. Such an interesting perspective to hear the skin care products used on a shoot - great feedback X

  16. Thanks Lynda! I'm spritzing myself and model too! Love love the scent and also using the eyecream with diamond dust today on shoot! Genius! Thanks for the lovely lovely comment! x