Tag Archives: Health and Beauty

The beauty of black magic

Double, double, toil and trouble. The latest trend to hit the beauty industry is black magic –dark, gothic colours, medieval alchemy and religious symbols.

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Fountain of youth

Can you drink your way to great skin? Apparently so. ‘Fountain: The Beauty Molecule’ is a new supplement which contains resveratrol, an antioxidant found in red wine and grapes.

Several studies have found that resveratrol has visible effects on ageing. Research published in Science magazine by Harvard Medical School revealed ‘conclusive evidence that the compound resveratrol directly activates a protein that promotes health and longevity’.

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Breathing new life into cosmetics

From acne cream to wrinkle cream… without a break. Shiseido is now targeting a younger audience – women aged 25-35 – with a new skincare line that tackles the stresses of modern life.

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By Gum

Gone are the days of men simply running their fingers through their hair before leaving the house. Gum salon is the latest brand to launch a collection of male hair styling products – with everything from a thickening shampoo to conditioning treatments.

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Flower power

Simple on the inside, simple on the outside. Italian organic haircare treatment brand BIO A+O.E, which uses plant-based alternatives to chemicals in its organic haircare line, has created new packaging to reflects its natural credentials.

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A quick break

Japanese city dwellers are inundated with ‘zero’ products of all varieties, as they strive to lose a few pounds and get in better shape in the midst of a ‘metabo’ slump (Japan’s metabolic law to fend off increasing health costs). Since beverages and snacks are part of office life, much has been done in these areas.

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Mon Shu Girl

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has created a fictional character called ‘Mon Shu Girl’ to promote his forthcoming collaboration with Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura. The character recently starred a video to promote the forthcoming capsule collection.

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Transparent beauty

Introducing the Naturalis toolkit: a home micro-factory that bridges the gap between the cosmetics industry and DIY products.

Created for Rowenta by French industrial designers Eliumstudio, Naturalis uses helical emulsion technology (a process widely used in the cosmetics industry) to enable consumers to agitate ingredients at high speed to create cleansers, moisturisers and skin-nourishing lotions.

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Beard beauty

As the fashion of rugged refinement grips the menswear scene, grooming products have had to accommodate a new cosmetic: beard oil (one especially for Fitzrovian hipsters Oli and Nile.) Part cologne, part conditioner, beard oil has become a popular alternative to cream-based conditioners, adding just the right amount of shine and musky fragrance to manly mugs.

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Close to the bone

A new company called Dollar Shave Club has captured the internet’s attention with a low-cost, viral ad laced with deadpan humour. (Cheers, Tet.)

The company’s CEO, Michael Dubin, promises to deliver $1 razors (plus $2 for shipping and handling) to people every month. The video, called ‘Our Blades Are F***ing Great’ features a debonair Dubin strutting through an office and warehouse, making a case for the novelty concept. ‘Do you like spending $20 a month on razors? $19 goes to Roger Federer,’ Dubin asks, knocking Gillette’s famous-athlete promos.

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