The Beauty barometer- Art Deco Glam


The 1920s are back in a big way, thanks to the new production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. With most of Hollywood adapting this roaring style, it wasn’t long before the trend filtered through to the wedding world. This month, Wood Salon has created a bridal up-do, which is the
perfect marriage between modern and romantic, the ultimate chic choice for a flapper-inspired affair. 

The bride, Kirsty, has been a regular client at Wood Salon for years. “ I have lived all over the place,” she confesses. “However, Zoe Woods is the only hair stylist who truly understands my hair and she actually listens to what her clients want. My hair is very thick and unruly, but with Zoe’s unique cutting and colouring skills she has actually transformed my mane into something to be proud of.”

When it came to planning her wedding, there wasn’t any doubt in her mind that the team at Woods would be in charge of her bridal hairstyle. Although Zoe would be colouring and cutting Kirsty’s hair before the big day, the up-do was going to be in the hands of the very experienced bridal
hair stylist, Myra.

“It is my job to create a hairstyle that reflects our client’s personality and ties in with the overall look and feel of their day,” explains Myra. “I always ask to see the dress before I start planning anything. Even if it’s just a hairstyle for a night out, I prefer to see the dress. I take into account the texture of the fabric, the style statement the dress is making and then add the client’s personality into the mixture.”

Kirsty has decided on a 1920’s theme and, being a bit of a rebel bride, she wanted to leave her hair down for her big day. “Myra pointed out straight away that if we factored in the heat and how heavy my hair is, having my hair down would be a disaster. Plus once she had seen the dress she was adamant that only an up-do would work. I, of course, listened to her expert advice and left it in her very capable hands.”

“Then, as the hairdresser, this is the point when I take over,” adds Myra. “I know the theme, have seen the dress, so I can now start to plan the look. With the fact that I had to incorporate vintage hair slides and make sure that the antique earrings were also on show, it really was a dream job for me. I loved the process from start to finish.”

The Woods team always creates three looks for a bridal trial however, with Myra nailing the look on the first go, Kirsty didn’t want to see any other options. It was perfect, everything she had hoped for. The final result was a sleek, old Hollywood style, which was seriously swoon-worthy. With loose fingerwaves gently framing her face, Kirsty was soon channeling a 1920s screen siren. The timeless and elegant wedding hairstyle was perfectly complemented by the Art Deco-inspired hairpiece. Myra added a final twist by incorporating a plait into the hairstyle for a more romantic look.

“I have to say, forget the dress - it was my hair which was the talking point on the day,” admits Kirsty. “Even the male guests were commenting on it. My hair was definitely one of my wedding day highlights.” Kirsty rocked her interpretation of a ‘20s style and it was a total roaring success.

Wood Salon 
Tel: 952 771 791/ 645 089 399

The Beauty barometer- Spot of Bother

It doesn’t matter how rich and famous you are, teenage acne doesn’t discriminate. Pop stars Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe are just a few of the young A-Listers who suffer from breakouts. Skincare specialist, Sofia Saide from Pure Skin Beauty clinic shares her expert advice on zapping those zits. 


Pure Skin has a large teenage clientele because...
Acne is a very real problem for teenagers. People tend to see the problem as trivial, but to a teen it can seem like the end of the world and greatly impact their self-esteem. Some teenagers can  be subjected to bullying, whilst others will isolate themselves. The reason more teenagers are coming to us for treatments and using our products is because their parents are already clients and know we deliver visible, longlasting results. Thus, when their children develop skin problems, especially during the teenage years, they trust that our facials and products will produce results.

Our most popular treatment for congested skins is...
The Triple Peel Facial and/or the Quadra Peel facial with infusion of Oxygen Plasma Potion from Ling Skincare New York: this facial works to exfoliate dead cells, thoroughly cleansing and purifying the pores and allowing the skin to breathe again. We also use steam followed by thorough extractions. Oxygen Plasma is then infused to help eliminate acne bacteria and accelerate cellular metabolism to help the skin repair itself. They are both very thorough facials, taking up to an hour and a half. We also offer a shorter version of this facial, which takes about an hour for teenagers who don’t want to spend so long on the treatment couch, but we find most teenagers enjoy the pampering.

Acne prone skin should only be treated by a skin specialist because...
If a facial is performed by a qualified therapist who knows how to extract the skin properly and skilfully and recommend the correct home care products then it is beneficial to younger skin. However, if a therapist is not highly skilled and knowledgeable, then a facial at any age can be detrimental by further irritating the skin.

I would advise teenagers to...
Be diligent in properly cleansing and exfoliating the skin and using products that balance the oil glands by making the skin comfortable. According to Ling from Ling skincare New York’s philosophy, it’s important to use products that work to hydrate and balance the skin, so that oil glands don’t overproduce oil to clog pores and allow acne bacteria to build up. Remember also to change your pillowcase regularly and keep your hair clean, but my biggest tip would be - hands off! Constantly touching and prodding spots will cause them to become more inflamed and the infection will spread further.

Our latest success story is...
My client’s 15 year-old daughter, who was suffering from bad acne: she had become very self-conscious and her self-esteem was at an all time low. She came in for a facial every three to four weeks, as our normal skin cycle is 28 days. The Ling Triple Peel Facial helped clean out her skin so that pimples could clear up quicker. A proper and thorough extraction of an infected pimple will speed up the recovery time. If a pimple is deeply infected and is not extracted, the infected dark blood will remain as an unsightly blemish for many months. With consistent Ling facials and a proper home care regimen to soothe the skin, her skin cleared up and she regained her confidence. 

A personal skin care tip to treat and prevent acne is...
To use the Ling Spotlight Papaya Peel five times a week. Use it as a mask for 10 to 15 minutes; the papain enzymes work well to soften the skin, oil oxidation prevents clogged pores and helps to keep skin clear from blemishes. Follow with Ling Ginseng Therapy Moisture Mask, storing in the fridge for a cooling effect to moisturise the skin, thus calming the oil glands. You can even leave this on when you sleep. 

Call Sofia and Clare at Pure Skin Beauty + 34 951 134 983 / + 34 661 279 575 at The Wellness Studio Los Naranjos Golf Club

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- Designer Makeup

DESIGNER MAKEUP at bargain basement prices

Want gold standard results for budget prices? Of course, we all do! Costa Cosmetica, the multi-dimensional hair, beauty and department store in San Pedro Alcántara, offers cult products at irresistible prices. Here are this month’s top five picks.

1. Sex in the City Love EDP 100ml Spray - 10€ (PVP: 15€)


Perfect for teenies, the floral smell in this SITC perfume makes you feel as if you are in a blooming world of flowers. The citrus/fruity touch refreshes the senses, while the aquatic tinge in the fragrance revitalizes them. Overall, a well-made, inexpensive perfume, which is light enough to top up throughout the day and makes it an excellent value product.

2. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hours Cream 50ml - 19.95€ (PVP: 35€)


The 8-hour cream is a makeup staple for the Society Marbella team. The ultimate multi-tasking product, we use it as lip-gloss, face mask, eyelid gloss, hair serum, cuticle cream and the list goes on. This skin-care classic soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin. What made it so effective is a combination of petrolatum, a skin-soothing beta-hydroxy in one of its first cosmetic uses, and vitamin E. A total MUST HAVE product, but you had better be quick as we will be stocking up and taking advantage of this jaw dropping deal. See you there!

3. Alien gift set: EDP 30ml & Shower Gel 30ml & Body Cream 15ml - 42€ (PVP: 70€)


Alien is a pretty simplistic composition, but it just plain works, which is why it’s a best seller. Distinctive and mysterious, yet comforting and soft, Alien by Thierry Mugler conveys passion, sensuality and the essence of absolute femininity. A rich floral woody amber containing jasmine sambac, cashmeran wood and white amber it is a fragrance which awakens your emotions. A scent like no other, it is irresistibly appealing and totally out of this world This is definitely not a perfume for shy, retiring types.

4. Burberry Body Mist 60ml Spray 35€ (PVP: 54€)

Introducing body mist to the Burberry Body range, a lighter version of the iconic Burberry Body fragrance. The bottle has been designed by Christopher Bailey and the frosted glass bottle reflects the soft, light nature of the scent.  Top notes of fresh green absinthe, illuminating elegant peach and refined freesia. Floral bouquet of natural rose absolute and iris blends gently with subtle warm tones of sandalwood to form the heart notes. Woody cashmeran, creamy vanilla, sensual amber and musk comprise the base. Can be used on the hair and the body.

5. Elizabeth Arden Fifth Avenue EDP 125ml - 39.90€ (PVP: 72€)

5th Avenue is a world-famous street; it is a symbol of wealth and imagination that has turned into reality. This is a fragrance for a woman who possesses a sense of style, a woman who is intelligent, successful, elegant, and moves comfortably between luxurious locations while feeling good in her own skin. The top notes are lilac, linden blossom, dewy magnolia, mandarin and bergamot. The heart notes are Bulgarian pink violet, ylang-ylang, jasmine, Indian tuberose, peach, carnation and nutmeg. The base is composed of amber, Tibetan musk, sandalwood, iris and vanilla.

Costa Cosmetica
C/Marqués del Duero, nº 68
San Pedro Alcantara
+ 34 951 703 304



When Kate Middleton showed the world her post-baby bump, she probably had no idea that she had instantly inspired new confidence in women around the world. Here was one of the most famous and photographed females on the planet saying ´here I am, this is how it is´. Far from covering her body in a tent-like smock, Kate empowered women the world over by so confidently and obviously revealing her true self.

Let’s face it, just 24 hours after giving birth to another human being weighing nearly 9 lbs, a mother´s body is still going to have its share of lumps and bumps, but it was the fearless demonstration of nature at play that really amazed many of us  watching on TV at home.

Of course, it’s natural for any new mum to want to get back into shape after giving birth. Many are often surprised and horrified at the change in appearance and feel of their body in the weeks that follow a birth, not surprisingly around the stomach area.

Although exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do while adjusting to life as a mum, it does have benefits. For starters, it can boost your mood by increasing the levels of endorphins in your brain, protect you from aches and pains, give you more energy and improve your strength and stamina, which should make looking after your newborn easier. Importantly, if you do not do corrective exercise post-pregnancy then you have a very high chance of developing lower back and hip pain, in addition to finding it harder to shift that baby tummy. 

Of course, exercise will help you to lose weight and regain your pre-baby figure. Start with short walks of about 10 minutes, building to 20 minutes as soon as you feel up to it. Your lower stomach muscle is the most important Image courtesy of solarpix.xom one to exercise after you have had a baby. It works with your pelvic floor muscles to support your back and  pelvis, crucial in helping to improve posture.

There are 3 easy exercises that new mums can try at home: Activate your TVA (Transverse Abdominal) muscle from a four-point kneeling position, slowly drawing your belly button up towards your spine, holding for 3-5 breaths then relaxing your tummy. Repeat this exercise 3-5 times twice or three times a day. Side Leg Raises – lying stretched out on your side, remember to keep your hipbones vertical as you lift your leg. Hip Extensions – Lie on the floor with knees bent. Place your body weight on your heels, push through your heels and lift your hips up and then slowly lower back to the floor. Unless you have had a ‘C’ section, you should be able to start these exercises within 4-5 days of giving birth, and it’s not unreasonable to suggest that a 12-week post pregnancy exercise programme could save you a fortune in physiotherapist and doctors’ fees! For further advice and information, please contact Paul Isaacs Personal Training on 691 468 106 or visit 

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. 

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