The Beauty barometer- In the know

Sex appeal is fifty percent what you’ve got and fifty percent what people think you’ve got... - Sophia Loren

in the KNOW

Stock up your make-up bag and beauty cabinet with beauty expert, Nicola McGeorge’s must have, trend-savvy products.



Oh I love it when I discover a new talent! I am totally obsessed with eyeliner flicks and have been known to spend over half an hour (much to the annoyance of my other half) creating the perfect line. So, you can imagine my delight when I came across the über-talented makeup artist, Mily Serebrenik, who has launched a unique range of amazing stick-on, ready-to-go instant makeup. These include Les Classiques de Mily which are normal liners, in either black or five fab colours in a variety of styles. This means you can create a full-on 50s look in under a minute. For the more daring out there the Mily mini eye flashes are a total look on their own – wear without makeup for a modern look. All products are reusable and water-resistant and no makeup remover is needed, simply peel off. If you head to the website, Mily has even uploaded videos showing you how to apply them. This gal really has thought of everything to make our lives a little easier. She is going to be BIG news. Happy sticking!


As it has been too hot to wear my hair down I have been  experimenting with up-dos. With grunge being bang on trend I have enjoyed played around with different variations of quiffs. To get this look right it’s all about the products; I recommend spraying TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive in the area that you have sectioned for the quiff.

To get this look right it’s all about the products; I recommend spraying TIGI Bed Head Oh Bee Hive in the area that you have sectioned for
the quiff. This is an innovative matte dry shampoo that provides lift and hold. Throw in a little backcombing and pin in place. A quiff looks best set against slickedback hair and TIGI Bed Head Up Front Rocking Gel Pomade creates the sleek look that I am after, without the stickiness.


This is an I am forever losing my makeup sharpener and consequently I am left with a load of blunt kohl eyeliners. Thankfully the ingenious team atSmashbox have managed to solve my little dilemma. Their ‘Always Sharp’ Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner self-sharpens every time you twist the cap off.  Inspired by Smashbox pros who sharpen before every use on set, this first-of-its-kind pencil has a sharpener built right into the cap for a perfect tip, so you’ll always get a precise line. Pretty clever, huh?


Now that I have a little colour, I thought I would try out Dior’s Skin Nude Tan BB Creme SPF15. As my face tends to be several shades of pale lighter than my body, I need something that makes my face and body look connected whilst also giving me a slight glow; this product does just that. Basically it leaves me looking like I’ve had a little sun on my face and evens out my complexion. An ultra-natural makeup result with a slightly velvety finish, I will say, it is VERY important not to use too much - unless you want to look like Donatella Versace, that is.


This autumn it seems brown is the new black. Make-up brand, Bobbi Brown has unveiled its new Rich Chocolate collection. My top pick is the Rich Chocolate Eye Palette, which offers a selection of eight brown shades in matte, shimmer and sparkle finishes. The shadows are designed to be worn alone, or layered for a smouldering look. Better than a box of truffles? Nearly, but my sweet tooth is always going to win.

The Beauty barometer- Getting to the bottom of it

Recently voted the world’s most beautiful woman by People magazine, 40-year old Gwyneth Paltrow has admitted that it’s taken plenty of hard work to get herself into the best shape of her life.

“I work out five days a week with TraceyAnderson (the well-known Personal Trainerof the rich and famous). I’ve made it such a habit, it’s like brushing my teeth”.

The Beauty barometer- The cutting edge

The cutting edge by Wood hairdressing

inthecuttingbeforeSanne Simonis wanted a major change, so she turned to the pros at Wood Hairdressing Salon to change her long, limp locks from drab to fab.

You’re itching to get out of your hair rut -- same colour, same cut for years -- and into a dramatic new do. However, hair makeovers need to be given a lot of thought. This is because while good hair makeovers can make you feel a million dollars, a bad one can potentially seriously damage your confidence. If you are thinking about an extreme style change, it is always best to bring in the experts.

Home Couture- La piece de resistance

Interior design and architecture are about the planning of space and achieving the concept and décor that you love and feel well in. Furthermore, detail is the vital component for creating a well-rounded and unique design that interprets who you are.This month I’d like to put emphasis on pieces that are dear to you, that speak to you, that breathe passion, that create impact, that piece that you love. La piece de resistance. 

The Beauty barometer- Looking younger...

beauty-barometer-youthWe all want it: fewer wrinkles, a more youthful face, quick recovery timeand all at a reasonable price; wishful thinking? Maybe not. The renownedMarbella Vein and Beauty Clinic has now added Endymed RadiofrequencySkin Tightening to their ever expanding list of non-surgical, physicianadministeredaesthetic treatments. This procedure offers amazing results,less downtime and a smaller price tag. Sometimes wishes can come true.

The beauty barometer- In the know

Stock up your make-up bag and beauty cabinet with beauty expert, Nicola McGeorge’s must have, trend-savvy products.

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