“I would rather go naked than wear high street”
We’ve all seen the press – the high street mascara that exceeds the results of even the priciest department store brand. The face cream that costs less than half its luxury rival, yet has a waiting list. So do we really need to pay out for designer beauty products? The truth is that there are good and bad products in all price categories. Here are our tips on where to splurge and where to save on makeup.
Skincare products such as foundation, concealers and primers are where you should invest your money. The more expensive products may have certain ingredients in them, such as sunscreen, vitamins and added antioxidants, all of which raise the price of makeup. Luxury brand foundation lines are formulated with finely milled ingredients, and this results in a smoother, more even application on your skin. You’ll use less product because high-end foundations generally offer more coverage than their less expensive counterparts. We recommend Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Ultra-Light Skin Perfecting Makeup and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk.
Mascara has the shortest lifespan - only two to three months. Much of its quality degrades due to frequent exposure to air, which causes its formula to dry and crust. As much as we love YSL Faux Effect, when it starts to clump after three weeks it is literally money down the drain. Cheapie mascaras that work and won’t put as big a dent in your wallet are Loreal Voluminous Mascara, Maybelline Falsies Mascara and Rimmel London Volume Flash Bold Curves Mascara.
The fine art of a luxury powder lies in the degree to which it’s been pulverized. The finest will allow you to layer and layer without ever looking like a clown. High street blushers tend to be too powdery with little pigment. They are filled with a lot of talc, meaning you have to use a lot of product to get the desired effect. Invest in Dior Rosy Glow Awakening Blush.
While pigmentation plays a big part in choosing whether to opt for designer or drugstore cosmetics, makeup’s spoiling cycle should do too. Eye shadows are recommended for a maximum lifespan of only three months. Drugstores have really stepped up their game when it comes to eye shadows by improving their colour payoff and pigmentation. Sleek palettes should go straight onto your must-have list, Bourjois shadows are very pigmented and Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo stay on forever and blend beautifully.
Save and spend. Go cheap for trendy colours that will only be hot this season. If you like to wear one classic shade all the time, you might want to spend more for a richer lipstick that will last longer without drying out your lips. High street hotties are L’Oréal Paris Colour Juice Sheer Juicy Lip Gloss, Revlon Super Lustrous Crème Lipstick and Avon Ultra Colour Rich Mega Impact Lipstick. Oh, and don’t overlook good old Vaseline. This multi-tasking product acts as a lip balm or gloss and can also be used to create wet look shadow or a highlighter sheen.
Investing in good quality makeup brushes and tools will not only help to give you a flawless makeup look, but you’ll actually save money in the long run. You can extend the use of your foundation by applying it with a pro foundation brush - it will create an airbrushed look, and you’ll use less product than if you used your fingers. Tom Ford Smoky Eye Brush, Giorgio Armani Blender Brush and Chanel Concealer Brush #10 are a few of our favourites.
Hollywood starlet Jennifer Lopez is best known for her signature bronzed “lit from within” look. Nicola McGeorge shows you how to recreate this red carpet look.
Apply Oskia Get Up & Glow, a serum which doubles as an illuminator, leaving skin looking revitalized, healthier and smoother with a youthful, radiant glow. Perfect for this dewy bronzed look.
Using a foundation brush, layer on Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Foundation Primer, which creates a perfect canvas for foundation application. Next, move onto the brows and fill in gaps with the MAC Brow Pencil then add definition with HiBrow shadow using a slanted brow brush.
Dab Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over the lids to keep everything in place. Next, using a cream shadow, brush pat Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Initiation all over the lid to just above the crease. Buff this out and then, using the same brush, apply Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Beach Bronze over the lid. The shimmer from the Chanel shadow will still shine through. Work Chanel Illusion D’Ombre in Fatal into the crease and the outer corner of the eye, winging it out slightly. Finally apply a tiny amount of MAC Pigment ‘Vanilla’ in the inner corner of the eye to brighten the area and pull the eyes apart, also highlight under the brow bone with the same shade; blend, blend, blend.
Line the lower rim with Dior Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof in Intense Brown. Really work this into the lower lashes with a smudger brush. Just under this line apply Urban Decay Snakebite shadow to build up the golden effect. With a flat liner brush apply MAC Pigment ‘Vanilla’ to the inner rim.
Curl lashes with the Shu Uemura eyelash curler, holding down for 30 seconds and apply Christian Dior DiorShow Blackout Waterproof Mascara. Use Sephora Targeted Eye Remover Swabs to remove any shadow, which might have dropped onto the under-eye area, leaving it ready for concealing.
With a Beauty Blender Sponge apply Chanel Vitalumiere, a creamy and luxuriously lightweight foundation, which blends effortlessly for perfectly smooth, even-toned, radiant skin. Next conceal any remaining imperfections with Chanel Correcteur Perfection. To diminish under-eye shadows work Clinique Airbrush Concealer onto any dark areas, then set with MUFE HD powder.
Using a slanted face brush, work MAC Trace Gold, a sheer shimmer tone blush under the cheekbones. Next, using a sponge, dab Benefit Moonbeam, a golden highlighter, on the places that would naturally catch the light; top of the cheek bones, bridge of the nose, cupid’s bow. Finish this with a dusting of MUFE HD Powder along the t-zone.
Line lips, define and accentuate with MAC Spice, then fill lips in with Kiko Lip Pencil 08. Spray MAC Fix+ to set makeup and add radiance.
Apply NUXE Huile Prodigieuse, a shimmery, multi-usage golden dry oil over arms and décolleté to make body glisten.
Now come on! You didn’t think I would do a Hollywood beauty special without mentioning the infamous Hollywood Wax did you? If you don’t know what that is, thenwhich rock have you been hiding under for the past decade?
Gone are the days when just a little trim would do it’s now all about extreme waxing. Hailed as the beauty treatment of the past 10 years, it has been referenced numerous times in Sex And The City and even Mrs Beckham thinks that it ought to be compulsory once you hit 15. Actress Eva Longoria was also quoted as saying that, “Every woman should try it once. And then the sex they have afterward will make them keep coming back.”
So are you a Brazilian or a Hollywood type of girl? Before I get technical, I just want to mention that in London extreme waxing is offered by most salons, however I was surprised to find this was not the case in Spain. When I did eventually find a salon that could provide this service, either the price was extortionate or the treatment wasn’t performed correctly.
After many painful experiences a friend recommended that I pay a visit to Solange, the Queen of Waxing (a title she rightly deserves) and I haven’t missed my monthly appointment since. Not only is she damn good at her job, her prices are fantastic. A treatment with Sol takes place in the boutique style Natural Beauty Studio in the Cristimar Center, Puerto Banús, where hairdressing and nail services are also on offer. Sol immediately puts you at ease with her matter of fact manner and dry sense of humour (very necessary during this treatment.) She offers all types of waxing (using strips or hot wax.) A large portion of her clientele is male but, thankfully for Sol, the ‘back, sack and crack’ wax trend hasn’t caught on here yet.
So down to the nitty-gritty:
Brazilian waxing - Leaves a small strip, triangle or oval shape piece of hair at the front.
Hollywood waxing - The total removal of hair. So the question now is - do you dare to go bare?
Bikini Wax €10
Brazillian/Hollywood Wax €20
All other wax treatments are available.
Natural Beauty Studio
C.C Cristimar 1st Floor, Local 3
Tel +34 619 457 064
I cannot tell you how much I have been looking forward to trying out the new Ling treatment. Personally, when it comes to facials I like a treatment that incorporates state-of-the-art technology. There is only so much that lotions, potions and massaging can do. So when Sofia Saide, the owner of Pure Skin Beauty, called me to explain the benefits of her latest treatment I practically sprinted down to the salon. This innovative facial and body wellness treatment utilizes the extraordinary properties of Tourmaline, a semi-precious gemstone also referred to as the ‘magic’ tone. Energy Lift combines the infusion of far-infrared rays and Asian health principles, to stimulate the body’s selfhealing and rejuvenation properties for increased wellness of the mind, body and face.
What can you expect?
The treatment begins face down (strange I know, but bear with me.) Sofia used the Energy Lift wellness on my back, spinal area, neck and shoulders to open the meridian channels for proper ‘chi’ energy movement and lymphatic drainage, spending more time on the areas where I hold tension. After 20 minutes of this I was so relaxed that Sofia had to ask me three times to turn around. Wiping the drool off my face, I lay back down and let Sofia get to work on a much needed deep cleansing, steam, thorough extraction and a divine facial massage to get the blood circulation going. Next up was the papaya peel designed to exfoliate dead and unhealthy skin cells, unclog pores and smooth skin texture; this was followed by the Ginseng Collagen Infusion mask. Key ingredients are saturated into a luxurious cotton mask to infuse vital nutrients into the skin for immediate benefits. Formulated with Panax Ginseng to revive and tone, collagen to firm and Hyaluronic Acid to soothe and hydrate, results are immediate.
It was nearly time for the Energy Lifting, but before we could start Sofia applied Apple Stem Cellular Energy, an age-defying youth boosting solution, which is highly effective in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet. This was paired with the DNA DoNotAge Cellular Youth Extension, where Renovage™ (Teprenone) is infused with peptides to create an innovative and potent anti-aging formula to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Now drum roll please - it was finally time to experience the Holy Grail in facials. The Energy Lift Therapy feels like a warm stone being massaged across your face. It can feel quite hot at certain points but not enough to make you ncomfortable,
quite the opposite in fact. Sofia applied it to my acupressure points before performing one of the most relaxing experiences of my life. She used the Energy Lift in a series of sweeping movements over my skin, which I never wanted to end. A state of bliss would be an understatement. After the treatment had ended I was jabbering away to Sofia for about ten minutes before I actually looked in the mirror.
I couldn’t believe it. My eyebrows had lifted to where they were in my 20s and the new lines on my forehead (I have had a stressful year) had actually disappeared. Sofia laughed at my shocked expression. All I could say was, “How often can I have this done?” Believe me when I say you have to try this for yourself and see the results; you can thank me afterwards.
Now I couldn’t do a red carpet special without mentioning Pure Skin’s other red carpet treatment. Align yourself with the Hollywood A-list and try Intraceuticals oxygen facials. Jessica Biel recently admitted that her glowing skin on Oscars’ night was down to this facial. Perfect for any skin type, you will see instant visible results during this cooling, calming treatment. Your skin will look and feel years younger, visibly lifted, toned and hydrated. I try to book in twice a month as the results are incredible. I only have to put on the minimal amount of makeup the following day and, since I usually coat myself in the stuff, the difference it makes is clearly visible. And voila! With the help of Sofia and her team your skin will be smooth, supple and ready for its close-up. Energy Lift Therapy and Intraceuticals Oxygen treatments are available at:
Pure Skin Beauty
Tel. + 34 951 134 983 at The Wellness
Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club
Self-harming has recently been thrust into the limelight again, after it was revealed that fashion designer and long-term partner of Mick Jagger, L’Wren Scott, had been self-harming in the weeks before she committed suicide. Other famous self-harmers include Hollywood actor Johnny Depp: “My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself.” The English comedian Russell Brand opened up about self-harming as a teen saying, “I get fixated when I am bleeding. When I cut myself, the drama of it calms me down.”
So what is self-harm?
It is a way of expressing very deep distress. Often people do not know why they do it. It’s a means of communicating what can’t be put into words or even into thoughts and has been described as an inner scream. Many people associate self-harm with cutting. It is actually a much broader term. People may injure or poison themselves by scratching, cutting or burning their skin, hit themselves against objects, pull out their hair, take a drug overdose or swallow/put things inside themselves. It may also take on a less obvious form, including taking unnecessary risks, staying in an abusive relationship, developing an eating disorder or addiction to drugs/alcohol or simply someone not looking after their own emotional or physical needs. These responses may help someone to cope with feelings that overwhelm them; painful emotions, such as rage, sadness, emptiness, grief, self-hatred, fear, loneliness and guilt. These feelings can build up inside, until they become unbearable and the only way to find relief is to self-harm, distracting from the emotional pain by concentrating on a physical one. But, if the underlying emotional issues are not dealt with, each episode may only provide temporary relief. Remember, self-injury is a sign of distress not madness.
Why do people harm themselves?
Self-harm may serve a number of purposes at the same time. You may selfinjure to punish yourself if you feel you have done something wrong or because you feel you have not measured up in some way to your own standards. You may self-injure to tell others how you feel or it may even be a way to communicate to someone close to you about your suffering. It can also happen when you feel disconnected from others or yourself; it may be used to make you feel something. If you have suicidal thoughts or urges, you may self-injure to avoid acting on these.
The truth is everyone can be at risk from self-harming at some point in their life. Popular culture would have you believe that predominantly young girls self-harm, however the majority of my patients who self-harm are actually both male and female adults. Any difficult experience can cause someone to self-harm. Common causes include:
* Pressures at school or work
* Money worries
* Sexual, physical or emotional abuse
* Confusion about sexuality
* Breakdown of relationships
* Difficult feelings, such as depression, anxiety, anger or numbness, experienced as part of a mental health problem.
Self-harm in adolescents
This is quite commonly seen in boarding schools where competitiveness could apply not only to academic work, appearance or popularity but also to self-harm. When working with teens it is important to look at the child’s history to see if he or she is susceptible to further mental illness. For some, it is simply an experimental part of their lives, for others it is something much deeper.
Self-injury is not a life-sentence, and people can and do stop self-injuring. The important thing is to start talking to someone you trust; it could be a friend, family member or an expert. Remember, it takes time for people to learn that their feelings won’t destroy them. The most helpful treatment for people who selfharm is any form of talking therapy.
Cortijo Care Marbella
C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco,
San Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella.
Tel. 952 780 181
Nicola McGeorge reviews the Shrinking Violet Body Wrap treatment at Golden Tarts in Puerto Banús. This new inch loss wrap, which is loved by celebs, is a painless, effortless process that can successfully remove fat in problem areas such as thighs, buttocks and abdomen.
Since Golden Tarts opened in La Cala in 2010, I have been secretly stalking them on Facebook. I was instantly intrigued by their unique, tongue-in-cheek concept. With a slogan of ‘Improving what your Mama gave ya’ and each member of staff being given their own nickname, from Tartan Tart to Man Tart, a ride aboard the aptly named Tart-tanic was definitely going to be a unique experience.
As the years went by their following continued to grow, exploding after they featured on TOWIE. Clients have since ranged from Saudi royalty to American soap stars. Then came the launch of their second salon, this time located in Puerto Banús. With many companies struggling to keep their heads above water, the tarts were not only surviving, they were now taking over the port.
So, FINALLY I decided to see what the fuss was all about. I opted to try out the Shrinking Violet body wrap; even though I am not overweight, no matter how much I diet or exercise there are certain areas of my body that just won’t budge, hence I wanted to see if this treatment could shift those last stubborn inches.
Upon arrival I was offered a drink by the charming Man Tart before being introduced to my therapist Dorret, AKA Fit Tart, and taken into a sumptuously decorated treatment room. A personal trainer with 25 years experience under her belt, you couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable therapist on the topic of inch loss than Dorret. Following a consultation, Dorret took my measurements and then began dry-body brushing my skin to stimulate blood circulation and the lymphatic system. The Shrinking Violet lotion was then expertly massaged into my skin and a unique heat- inducing wrap wrapped around my body.
The active ingredient is phospholipid fraction, which is pre-blended with essential oils, which contain a cellulite aromatherapy blend. The lights were turned down low and I was left to relax while having a delicious hand and foot massage. After an hour I was done, unwrapped and re-measured. Even Dorret was shocked. I had lost on all areas including a whopping 1.5 inches on my love handles. As a series of six wraps are recommended, I signed up there and then. On top of all this Dorret showed me a series of bespoke exercises to help work on my problem areas. What more could I ask for?
After my treatment, I sat down with co owner Sarah or Golden Tart as she is fondly known. “I had never run a salon before,” she admitted when I asked her about the salon’s success. “But I knew the key to its success would lie in creating a community. I also feel very strongly about retaining the same staff. Clients want to see familiar faces. The one misconception that we do get is that people think we just cater for young clients. This couldn’t be further from the truth. At our La Cala salon our main clientele is 35 plus.”
“We want to be more than just another salon on the Coast. For example we are also academy training beauticians in the Shrinking Violet Body wrap, manicures and pedicures, with more treatments to be added later this year.”
My experience was all that I had hoped for. Fun, informative, glamorous and most importantly I got the results I was after. I am just wondering if they will take me on as honorary tart - now what could my name be?
Puerto Banús - T: 952 811 820
22-23 Calle Jesus Puente, Puerto Banús
La Cala - T: 952 493 768
Nº4 Jardin Botánico, La Cala De Mijas