Feel Good Factor - The New Hair Rules


Pick of the crop

Short hairstyles are very much having a moment. Nothing generates headlines like a celebrity chopping off their hair and the pixie crops debuted by Jennifer Lawrence, Pamela Anderson, Beyoncé and Rihanna were no exception. It takes courage to undergo such a drastic transformation. But would you do it? When actress Emma Watson had her shoulder-length hair cut off she described it as “liberating.” A crop is a powerful look for a strong, independent woman.

A splash of colour

Judging by client requests and everything I’ve seen on the red carpet and runways, the ‘it’ colour of 2014 is going to be platinum with a capital blonde. Celebrities like Elle Fanning, Miley Cyrus and even Kim Kardashian are the lightest they’ve ever been. Virgin blonde will also be a key trend, an ashy, soft-beige blonde that looks like the hair that you were born with, i.e. silky, uncoloured, naturally perfect.

There will be a new, darker take on brunette, perfectly in sync with this season’s moody hue and like bitter chocolate with a hint of black. It needs to have warmth in it too, to ensure that it’s flattering and wearable.

Last year’s rich, warm copper has been brightened for 2014. It’s not cherry red or mahogany, but a more subtle, warm auburn with a twist. Think of cinnamon sticks with a slight hint of ochre.

Long hair will never go out of fashion, of course and extensions are more popular than ever. Block colour with flashes of a brighter hue are the perfect way to update long locks this year. If you are blonde, opt for flashes of a pretty pastel shade, reds can go for blonde and brunettes look great with cerise or reds coming through. Colour flashes add depth and tone to any look.

Smooth operator

The latest interpretations of the ponytail will be super sleek, super shiny, and always falling from the area below the nape of the neck. Even at Vera Wang, a higher ponytail received the newest styling, being coiled into a sculptural loop before threading through a headband and forming its length down the back.

Crowning Achievement

Braids won’t be as big a story as they have been in the past few seasons, but they won’t vanish entirely. My favourite interpretations? Coiled about the head to create a look fit for a queen.

The final touch Hair accessories were all over the catwalks: Dolce & Gabbana’s crowns were showstopping, while Vivienne Westwood and Louis Vuitton’s statement mesh and feathered headpieces made a serious impact. Hair accessories for 2014 will range from gold barrettes to sprinklings of stars, while the use of leather evokes a mix of old-world elegance and modern toughness. Headbands and leather ties are a key statement to make for the season, allowing that little something extra to be added to any hairstyle.

Going, going, gone

While it seems ombré isn’t completely over, it is definitely transitioning. Obvious ombré with hard lines and defined rings of lightness is definitely a no-no. Modern ombré is about having depth at the roots that fade into lighter tips, with subtle gradations and a soft haze between shades.

Wood Salon
Tel: + 34 952 771 791/ +34 645 089 399

Feel Good Factor - The invisible line of alcoholism


One glass of wine at lunch. A beer after work. Meeting up with some friends for a night out. For most people, drinking is an opportunity to relax, have a good time, while the biggest reward is the feeling of freedom from any worry or troubles. At this stage, drinks mean conviviality, companionship, pleasure and fun. This person is in control of his/her alcohol use.

Something very different happens when the invisible line between controllable drinking and alcoholism is crossed. Crossing the line means a fundamental change in the relationship. Alcohol is now seen differently, as a way to bridge the difference between you and yourself, you and the world. It has the power to change how the person feels and functions: it is used as self-medication, to escape from emotions and reality. At this stage, there is no control over the consumption of alcohol. The craving is overpowering, alongside the mental obsession. In metaphorical terms, imagine having a radio tuned only to one station – the “alcohol station.” The station plays only the drinking song and transmits instructions like, “You need a drink”, “Only a drink can alleviate this agony.” In fact, the person who has the radio stuck on this channel feels completely powerless. They did not request that song and have no idea how to change the channel. Every time they try to listen to another tune the result is the same, no matter how hard they try: they hear only the drink song, which leads to another drink. He/she is trapped, has no control and sees no way out but to carry on drinking. The dilemma is that alcohol, even though it stops the song temporarily, makes the problem worse, so much so that it will take more drinks to stop the song, as the situation progresses over time. Such is the nature of the disease of alcoholism.

Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease. It rests upon the pathological changes in the brain, which are longlasting and leave a scar on the systems that regulate both the drive to obtain natural rewards (food, sex, social interactions) and the drive to obtain alcohol and addictive drugs. From a clinical standpoint, the core features of the syndrome of alcoholism are coupled with reduced motivation to respond to the biological stimuli that ensure survival.

It is strikingly ironic that alcoholics start to pursue alcohol because they want to feel free, because when the line is crossed and addiction takes over, this freedom disappears and the individual loses control over their behaviour; they see themselves trapped in a cycle in which they can no longer exercise their will.

The New Year is always a difficult time for someone suffering from an addiction. Many will make the resolution not to drink again, as they do not yet realise that it is no longer a choice for them. The only ‘choice’ for them is recovery, to get help and learn to understand their addiction.

This is why Cortijo Care is running a sixweek Drug and Alcohol Addiction Group at the end of January. This group will help people who are in denial or those who think they have an issue but have no idea what to do about it. The sessions would not only benefit anyone suffering from an addiction but also the family members or co-dependents of an addict. Alcoholism is often a family disease, meaning its effects are not self-contained or isolated to just the affected person. In fact, for every individual living with alcoholism six or more people are also impacted by the disease. Loved ones can join the group and learn more about the disease, how to help, seek advice or simply air any concerns. Remember you don’t have to wait until you hit rock bottom; you can make a change at any time and Cortijo Care can help you take your first step in the right direction.

Cortijo Care Marbella
C/ Joaquin Turina, Cortijo Blanco, San
Pedro de Alcantara, Marbella.
Tel. 952 780 181
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Cortijo Care would like to invite you to join us for a sixweek Drug and Alcohol Addiction Group starting on Thursday 30th January: Recovery and How to Live a Fulfilling Life without Drugs and/or Alcohol.

The group will be led by Addiction Specialists Gemma Wood and Alex Madureira.

The group will run for 1.5 hours starting at 6pm. The full cost of the six-week Group will be 330 Euros payable upon reservation (that is, 55 Euros per group).

Please note that any enquiries made are always treated in strictest confidence.

The Makeup Master Class

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Since my last diary entry I have finished the theory section; now that was hard work. I can just about explain the functions of the skin, but if you want me to name the bones in the human skull, forget it. I currently have a skull diagram taped to my bathroom mirror which I study while cleaning my teeth. I know - not really what you want to see first thing in the morning but, fingers crossed, something will sink in before the final exams.

I have also started the practical side of the C.I.B.T.A.C Fashion & Photographic Makeup Level 3 course, meaning the one super group of students has been split up into their specialised subjects. There are five students in my class and four teachers, Liza Mayne (makeup), Maria Arana (airbrushing), Alex Maloney (hairstyling) and our head teacher Faye Kilcourse, who has a BA in makeup and prosthetics from the London College of Fashion under her belt. Faye is everything that you would want from a teacher. She is passionate, inspires her students to spread their wings creatively and pushes us to think outside the box. She is also a little scary, quite surprising really, as on first impressions you think she is this beautiful tiny little china doll but, believe me, you wouldn’t want to forget to do your homework. I have seen the outcome and it’s not pretty.

Faye started our first lesson by outlining what we would be learning about, everything from ageing the face to high fashion makeup and from cuts and bruises to prosthetics. We will have to present a final portfolio to the examiner which will contain the following looks: period, fantasy, high fashion, catwalk, bridal, commercial, day look and basic fashion look. Alongside that we will be judged on our mood boards and research.

My best ideas come to me in the middle of the night, so as usual I was up at 3am scribbling away. I have decided to run a theme throughout my portfolio. All the looks will be linked by the Seven Deadly Sins. For example, for the bridal look, the model may be looking in the mirror (Pride) however, for the fantasy look I could go all out with Wrath. This has got me super excited and I cannot wait to get started on it.

For our first hands-on experience, Faye gave us the task of painting a skull on each other’s faces. I can hear you thinking, “Erm…okay!” Don’t worry there was a method to her madness. In order to paint the skull we had to explore the structure of the face with our fingertips; where it was hollow we had to apply black and any areas which were prominent or raised had to be painted white. This makes you think about the person’s face shape, contouring and highlighting. Yes, this is exactly how a makeup artist would create their base but using foundations, bronzers etc.

I have to admit my final effort totally sucked. Poor Ali, who had drawn the short straw by being partnered with me, looked like she had been attacked by a five yearold with face paints. I ran out of time and left feeling very disheartened and doubting whether I actually had any talent at all.

Faye sent us away with two assignments. First she gave us a list of products and tools we needed for our kit. Now this is MY kind of homework. To cheer myself up, I ran around El Corte Inglés like a child in a candy store. I bought out most of MAC, Make Up For Ever, Benefit and YSL, before bounding upstairs and attacking the art section. This shopping spree lifted my spirit for a few days, until I got my credit card bill. Thanks Faye! The second part of my homework was to study face shapes, skin types and collect ideas for natural makeup looks.

After my skull disaster I decided to get stuck in and thoroughly prepare myself for the next lesson. I was totally unimpressed to find out that I have a ‘square shaped face.’ All these years I have been happily floating around thinking I was ‘r ound’ and now I find out I am Spongebob Squarepants.

For the natural makeup lesson, Faye brought in a beautiful model for her demonstration and we got to see her work her magic. It’s like watching an artist painting a blank canvas. This time I was paired with Katie. I had supermodel Gisele pinned to the mirror for inspiration, my new products and brushes in my hand and I set to work. This time I was delighted with the final result. Obviously I won’t be getting booked by Vogue just yet, but for only my second lesson, I was pleased with my work.

The downside to learning all of Faye’s tricks is it now takes me twice as long to get ready as I am constantly practising on myself. I am consistently in the other half’s bad books because I am late for everything - and just wait till my new SIGMA makeup brushes arrive and he sees how much I have spent. I think I am just going to blame everything on Faye from now on.

Marbella Beauty Academy
Locales 2 and 3, Aloha Mirasierra,
Avenida Valle del Golf, Aloha,
Nueva Andalucia
Tel: +34 952 817 632/ +34 693 507 267

Feel Good Factor - Lose Weight The Easy Way


Hollywood actress Jessica Alba is the latest A-lister to join the i-lipo fan club. This celebrity endorsed, state-of-the-art treatment offers inch loss, body shaping and contouring for men and women with no pain, no needles and no down time and is now available at Costa Cosmetica Beauty.

A staggering 87 per cent of women hate their thighs

It’s a new year and, for many of us, losing weight is the number one resolution, especially after one too many mince pieces during the holidays. Making this your goal is easy - the hard part is actually doing it. You could diet but, frankly, for most of us it’s hard enough work staying the size we already are. Exercise? Many people hate it and find running depressing or boring as hell. Classes and gym memberships can be expensive and time consuming. So what other option is left? We may have the answer; i-lipo caters to the busy individual who needs quick results yet can’t have down time. It is the latest body contouring system manufactured in the United Kingdom and is the European leader and winner of the prestigious ‘Victoire de la Beaute Award, Slimming Treatment of the Year, Paris’.

Christelle Thuillier, a fully qualified beauty therapist and the beauty manager at Costa Cosmetica Beauty, trained with i-lipo in London. Fluent in Spanish, French and English she is passionate about the results that can be achieved with this award winning machine. “It is the secret behind many celebrity bodies,” Christelle reveals. “Instantly the skin looks incredibly taut and there is no downtime, which is why it is so popular before the Oscars. This is a fat busting device that can help dissolve unseemly belly bulges, love handles and back fat. Clients literally urinate out the metabolised fat.”

So how does it work?
i-Lipo targets specific problem areas. Laser pads are positioned on the targeted areas such as the upper arms, chin, abdomen, or thighs. Instead of exercise reducing overall body fat, i-Lipo can reshape individual problem areas. The low level laser used in i-lipo creates a photobiomodulation effect, altering the cells’ chemistry and triggering a release of a lipase enzyme that can break down triglyceride molecules into fatty acids and glycerol molecules. This process now makes them small enough to exit through your pores and be used as fuel by your metabolism. Naturally, your lymphatic system carries the cell contents and removes them. i-lipo maximizes the body’s lymphatic flow through stimulation of the nodes in your treatment area. Exercise is recommended following treatment in order to metabolize the newly released fatty acids and glycerol in order to remove them completely from your body.

The course of treatment should be eight sessions, performed twice a week so body reshaping can be complete in four weeks. Only one area is treated per day in order to maximize the burning off of the contents; results can be seen immediately following treatment. Typical results are a two to four centimetre loss in abdomen circumference after every treatment. Once a patient has completed a course of treatments they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle to maintain their shape.

“When a client asks me how long the results last I tell them it is like any type of weight loss; it lasts for as long as you decide to keep it off. If you stick to a healthy diet and increase the amount you exercise, you will remain the same size. If you decide to run off with your newly slim stomach and binge-eat at McDonalds all day, you’ll start to gain weight once more. The choice is up to you. In short, i-Lipo is a great way to shift a small to medium amount of weight in record time. And, when used in conjunction with a healthy diet, you’ll lose weight even faster.”

So whether you’re looking to kick-start a slimming plan or target a few stubborn inches you can rely on i-lipo to deliver instant results that will keep friends and family wondering how you did it.

1 session = 80 euros
8 sessions = 500 euros

Costa Cosmetica Beauty
+ 34 951 703 304

The Beauty Barometer - The Makeup MASTER CLASS

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Each month Nicola McGeorge takes you behind the scenes at one of the leading fashion and photographic make-up courses in Spain.

I am going to call this the ugly makeup month. Why? Because each week we seem to be leaving the class looking worse than the week before.

Fellow student, Katie, actually whispered to me, (while I was removing her eyebrows), that it would be nice maybe, just once, to walk out of the academy looking better than when we arrived, only for our teacher Faye to tell us that the next class was ageing makeup. I can hear you thinking, “Isn’t the point of makeup to make you look more attractive?” Well, yes - unless you have been studying the art of special effects! FX has been my favourite part of the course so far and I have loved every minute of it. However, I have found it much more challenging than the fashion or beauty makeup.

Working with any kind of special effect needs a completely different range of tools and products from our usual kit. This is how professional makeup brand Kryolan has become my new best friend.

We dipped our toes into the special effects genre by blocking out eyebrows. This method is used for creating Geisha and period makeup or simply to change the position of the brow. After gluing down our brows with spirit gum and rolling them with a pin comb to flatten the hairs (quite a relaxing experience actually), we then covered them in moulding wax or soap. The result wasn’t pretty. Having no eyebrows makes you look like an alien or, in my case, a worm.

The ageing makeup class was incredible. Faye started off with her usual showstopping demonstration; the final result was so realistic it reduced the model to tears, as she whimpered that she didn’t want to get old. Gulp! I have cried at every birthday since I hit 21, how was I going to deal with being faced with my future aged self?

Following Faye’s directions I asked my model to pull a variety of amusing facial positions, which she held while I covered that area in greasepaint from Kryolan, aptly named Death Wheel, to create the sallow appearance of aged skin. Once the model relaxed her face, a series of deep lines appeared and this was the basis for the deepset wrinkles. After making each of the wrinkles more prominent, I moved on to the contouring, which was basically the opposite of what you would do for beauty makeup, as you are trying to make everything look sunken.

Then it was simply a case of adding on any of the particular traits of ageing skin, broken capillaries with a stipple sponge, liver spots, white hair, lashes and brows with white grease paint, thin blue-tinged lips and we even got to create a hairy mole. Alix got very excited when using the fake hair that she ended up sticking it all over poor Elna, who even had it coming out of her nose and ears. Well they do say hairs sprout out of everywhere when you get old, don’t they?

So, what did I look like as old lady? Well I think I actually looked like The Emperor from Star Wars. I decided to keep the makeup on and surprise the other half. He completely freaked out and then told me I looked like my Nan. Humph.

Saving the best till last, our final FX class was casualty makeup. I SO wish we had been taught this before Halloween because it was a total blood and gore fest. Cuts, bruises, burns, open wounds and blood running everywhere. This was also the first time we got our hands on latex. I have to admit I was rather slow during this class (I need to stop talking so much), so I only managed to finish a few of the effects. I started off by giving my model Zoe a black eye using only Supracolour greasepaint. It really doesn’t take long to make someone look like they have had a good bashing. I then moved on to creating a large gash on Zoe’s head using moulding wax. This stuff gets stuck everywhere (I even had to call Faye that evening to ask how to remove it from my hair – oops!) After applying flesh coloured greasepaint, I used a spatula to slice the wax down the middle, peeling back the edges before filling it with wound filler and finally adding a few drops of liquid blood to run out from the wound. Wanting to take it one step further, I attached cotton thread to create the effect of stitches and then pierced the end of the wax/ gash with a needle, so that it looked like I was sewing up the wound. Zoe totally panicked when I came at her with the needle, but then spent the rest of the lesson quite happily walking around with it stuck in her head. The girls really pulled out the stops during this class and I think the photos speak for themselves.

December finished on a total high when I was given the chance to create the makeup looks for CONFETI Magazine’s bridal fashion spread. I was thrown in at the deep end and at one point had to do an hour’s worth of makeup in half the time, but it was an amazing experience. Please check it out in the Spring issue – due out mid February 2014 - and let me know what you think.

Marbella Beauty Academy
Tel. 952 817 632/ 693 507 267

Let your finger do the Talking


The Nail Place is the most established nail salon in Marbella, frequented by many celebrity clients over the years, including supermodel Naomi Campbell this summer.

Now under new management, ultra glamorous salon owner Samira Khoshnou, who boasts a degree in business management and is fluent in, Spanish, Swedish, Farsi and English, is using her business expertise to modernise the brand. “We have had a complete refurbishment and the salon is now a contemporary and stylish haven for customers to relax and enjoy the finest beauty services,” she explains. “There is a new dedicated spray tan room and we have widened the list of treatments available. We also want to keep our clients updated with the latest trends, treatments and offers, so we will be using Facebook to showcase our promotions and, of course, to exhibit our work. For example, our Christian Louboutin inspired nails, black on the top and red underneath, are currently going down a storm on Facebook.”

All technicians are fully qualified, with many years experience. Eeva, a 2006 European award winner, hails from Finland, and whilst speaking fluent English and Spanish, brings a Scandinavian touch to the salon. Caroline, is a talented nail therapist whose pedicures are legendary, while Rachael, the queen of nail art, also offers lash extensions and spray tans.

The salon offers a full range of nail treatments, including manicures, nail extensions (acrylic, gel, silk and fibre), pedicures (including toenail extensions,) 3D nail art and the brand spanking new additions of Diva spray tanning, Amazing Smile Teeth Whitening, HD Brows, waxing and semi permanent lashes. Botox and fillers treatments will also be available, administered by dental surgeons from the renowned Mark Dental Clinic.

Product wise they opt for the fabulous Jessica range for natural nails. With over 170 nail polishes, including the latest A/W collection, I always drive the girls mad chopping and changing between my colour choices; I am totally LOVING Opening Night at the moment, a rich plum-fuchsia glass fleck polish and, to make a mani-statement, I have a stripe of diamantes running down the middle of my ring finger.

If I am going away and want something a little longer lasting I opt for the world famous Jessica GELeration. A hybrid between gel and polish, it doesn’t chip or peel and dries in seconds, great for those of us who are always on the go. Again with over 5O colours you are guaranteed to find something that tickles your fancy and it can even be used on your toes.

Whatever they turn their hand to they are guaranteed to Nail It.

The Nail Place
Tel. 952 818 636

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