NAILBERRY: innovatieve nagelverzorging

Nailberry is een Brits nagellakmerk dat vijf jaar geleden is opgezet door Sonia Hully. De missie van de Britse is zo ‘clean’ mogelijk lakken, dat wil zeggen lakken zonder chemicals. In 2015 lanceerde Sonia de L’Oxygène nagellak collectie.

Nagellak zonder chemicaliën komen sterk op, voorlopers zijn merken alsSpaRitual, Kure Bazaar, LVX, Lily Lolo en Nailberry. Ze maken hun lak volgens de eight-free of five-free formula dat wil zeggen een lak zonder een bepaald aantal mogelijk schadelijke ingrediënten als kamfer, tolueen en formaldehyde, dat laatste goedje is overigens zowieso al verboden.

De Nailberry lakken zijn dus zo non-toxic mogelijk, en de kunst is dat de lak ook zonder chemicals zolang mogelijk op de nagels blijft zitten. Dat is zeker het geval bij de lakjes van Nailberry dat onlangs een vierdelige nailcare-lijn lanceerde. Slim, want dat nagels snel beschadigen weten we allemaal.

De Nailberry Nailcare, geparfumeerd met roos, is een welkome aanvulling op de al gigantische Nailberry collectie met elke denkbare kleur (baby blauw!) die vaak tot stand komen in samenwerking met modeontwerpers zoals Camilla Wickstead.

Twee nieuwe nagelverzorgingsproducten zijn de Acai Nail Elixer, en 5 in 1 verzorging die nagels versterkt, de groei stimuleert en hydrateert. De Cure Nailhardener is een verharder met plantenextracten en verrijkt met vitamine A en E.

 

Nailberry Lak €20, Nailcare €23. In Nederland bij Retreat, Van Oldebarneveltstraat 123, Rotterdam.

Top Looks of the week

As we go into another season, these talented ladies welcomed Spring in the best way possible. Written by Maria Colina Saab.

As the PLL panel took place this Saturday in Hollywood, Shay Mitchell couldn't help but bring all eyes to her. The brunette bombshell did her hair into soft waves to match her classy outfit. The makeup was even more impressive, with heavy highlighting and contouring, while the eyes were a shimmery smokey mauve degrade complemented by fluffy lashes. Strong eyebrows and lipgloss were the final touch to bring together this ultra feminine look.

As the face for Wonderland magazine’s Spring issue, Hannah Ferguson got to rock some reallycool makeup. The smokey eye was brought to another level with the blackest shade in a cat like shape, and a very heavy under eye blended with the a perfect silver inner corner. Coming to the hair they definitely didn't tone it down, with big golden curls. A matte earthy tone was put in the lips and pointy nails completed this amazing, sensuality charged look.

As she partied in London earlier this week, Rita Ora didn’t miss the chance to, once again, experiment with beauty. The singer went easy on the hair styling as she just kept her blonde locks straight and casual. However, with the makeup it wasn't the same case as the coolest stripe of silver glitter was drawn in the middle of the lid, which she then exaggerated with Twiggy like lower lashes. The rest was very natural, as there was no need of anything else for this super cute and fun look.

PHILOSOPHY: The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash

“Progress is baby steps, small victories and a little bit of momentum…” Written by Rachel Douglass.

It is fascinating to follow a brand that started a hype of philosophical thinking in beauty products, with words of encouragement displayed on their minimalistic packaging. Philosophy is the brand that got our hearts racing with the infamous product, Hope in a Jar, offering renewed skin throughout the day, soon becoming everyone’s usual carry-round purse product. It seems they have done it again, this time mixing up the night time routine with a daily exfoliator providing a 30 second mini peel to rejuvenate tired looking skin. 

With just a small amount needed, I applied the product straight onto damp skin, in circular motions to build up a sweet smelling soapy formula. The micro-exfoliating beads are subtle enough to not feel uncomfortable, yet I could still already feel the difference they were making. Over time I noticed a real change in my skin, with a brighter complexion and the products ability to stop break outs in their track. The daily use even managed to buff away scarring and, as my skin took it in overnight, I could see the change in quality of my face. There are times where I skip a day as I feel my skin is too sensitive to handle an every-night scrubbing, however by using a good moisturiser afterwards you can avoid any dry patches that you fear.

The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash €26 iciparisxl.nl or £23.00 philosophyskincare.co.uk

For Men Only SA.AL&Co: Apothecary Frenzy

SA.AL&Co is the newly introduced organic and sustainable skincare for men who have been around the world and know what good skincare entails. Written by Wes Viana Ferreiro

According to founder Istvan Laszloffy the main idea behind SA.AL&Co is to marry the idea of premium natural skincare and a masculine design to create a line of essential products for men. Laszloffy from Hungarian-Armenian descent, formerly an investment banker, decided to focus his creative energy into creating a new skincare brand that is sustainable, has clear purpose and fulfils his aesthetic beliefs. Coming from a family of artisan shoe- and glove makers Laszloffy left the financial sector to create a product from a scratch - just like his ancestors did.

The collection includes a hair & body wash, shaving creme, light moisturiser & after shave, intense moisturiser and deodorant. The products have a fresh, subtle fragrance that reminisces of old-fashioned apothecaries created by ingredients such as macadamia oil, shea butter, green tea extract and herbs that can be found in the Alps. The collection is made in small batches to guarantee span-new formulas of the best quality.

 011 Hair and Body Wash €22, 021 Shaving Creme €24, 031 Light Moisturiser and Shave Balm €32, 041 Intense Moisturiser €32, 051 Deodorant €22.  SA.AL&Co is available in Skins stores and on skins.nl

Top Looks of the week

As we step into March, Paris Fashion Week takes over and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Written by Maria Colina Saab.

Leaving the Vogue Fashion Fund Cocktail Party this past Friday, Emily Ratajkowski couldn’t look more stunning. The model decided to flaunt her amazing collarbones in a black off the shoulder gown with her hair tied on a low bun. A very defined, but delicate cat eye was mixed with shimmery champagne and a smoked lower lash line making an amazing classy eye look, perfectly complemented by full nude lips and blushed cheekbones.

 

Paris being Paris, of course, didn’t cease to impress us as Maison Margiela delivered the most fun beauty of this season. In the hands of legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, shocking bright colors took over the models eyelids, lashes and even brows creating winged, asymmetric exquisiteness. While the rest of the face was bare and glossy, hairstylist Eugene Souleiman took it to the next level with these frizzy vibrant hairdos to finish up the bird-like the look in the best way.

In a Chanel Couture gown, Jessica Chastain attended the Miss Sloane premiere red carpet. Soft curls framed the actresses’s face as she went for a messy-classy hairstyle. As dark red lips and a subtle smoke eye were combined, just a bit of blush was the perfect choice to seal the tender vibe of the look. 

The Best of London Fashion Week

Wether it is through dark apocalyptic views or fantasy dreamlands, we can feel these politically heavy times making their impact on fashion, and what better place than London to bring the street into art.

Gareth Pugh’s idea of dystopia was certainly the perfect inspiration to give birth to this beautifully dark vision. The models graced the runway with the blackest plastic looking lids matched crazy long upper and lower eyelashes, resembling a blackhole. Soft coral gloss and blue were the choice for the lips, while the hairstyles were a mix between head pieces, a lot of gel and messy, creating the perfect melodramatic punk aura.

Mary Katrantzou took a completelydifferent influence as she dived into Disney’s Fantasia to puttogether her last collection. Perfectly clean and bare skin was the look, as they didn’t even cover the models’s eye bags and the lips were kept with the lightest touch of pink. Brush stokes of pastels were used randomly enough to give color to the face, making the look a smooth interpretation of gentle fairytales.

Versace

Versace

Taking an opposite direction to the previous shows, Preen decided to bet it all on the lips for theirFall Winter 2017 collection. Early eighties romance was taken to the extreme with bright red spreading all over and beyond the lips and voluminous side fringes framing the face. Dead like eyes were the seal for this nostalgically feminine look that without a doubt stood out from the crowd.

Top Looks of the Week

As February comes to a close, there’s no better to say goodbye than with a some of the coolest red carpet season looks. Written by Maria Colina Saab.

As the Cesar Awards happened in Paris this past friday, the ever beautiful Lily Rose Depp didn’t miss the chance to stun. The young model opted for a Chanel short dress showing a bit of cleavage and matched it with a simple messy ponytail and a soft makeup. Her amazing cheekbones were highlighted while a dramatic cat eye mixed with bronze shadows brought her eyes out, completing the look perfectly.

The pregnant Amal Clooney also graced the Cesar Awards red carpet, in a breathtaking Atelier Versace gown. The mom to be went for an old Hollywood wavy hair parted to the side, perfect to showcase the amazing jewelry. Dark red lips were matched with soft blush and shimmery brown eyeshadow shades, making her steal the red carpet for the night.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards had this badass attending in a multicolored Chanel mini dress. As if Naomi Harris wasn’t already stunning, her styling brought it to the next level. Sleek straight hair and natural lips were perfect to leave all the attention on her eyes, which were beautifully painted with rose shades and just the right amount of mascara.  

TOPSHOP UNIQUE: AW 2017 Beauty

“The AW17 TOPSHOP look takes inspiration from nineties grunge and race scenes. Pared back skin is the right side of radiant whilst clumpy lashes and a blurred, stained lip recall party anti-perfection,” says Lynsey Alexander, using TOPSHOP Beauty.

THE LIPS:
“Stained terracotta lips are ‘just-bitten’ and worn, painted onto lips with Lip Paint in Crazy Beautiful and topped with Mattifier for a muted, mate finish.Colour is accentuated and solid at the centre whilst edges are blurred with a cotton bud for a feathered, imperfect pout.”

TOPSHOP beauty, Lip Kit in Crazy Beautiful (available from 16th March)

TOPSHOP beauty, Lip Kit in Crazy Beautiful (available from 16th March)

This Week Top Beauty Looks

The holiday season has now officially begun and while everyone is going home to their families and loved ones, these badass women are still stunning around the world. Written by Maria Colina Saab.

As the always stylish Emma Stone graced the Critic’s Choice Awards red carpet, she couldn’t help turning heads. The actress rocked a black Ronald Mouret gown with sequins and cutouts, Cartier accessories and kept her red locks in a simple straight bob. Thankfully that red lip and glittery eye gave it the necessary edge to put together a classic but modern look, making her the star of the red carpet.

Earlier in the week, Bella Hadid attended the launch party of her new cover for PAPER magazine, and what a better way to celebrate than with this look. The model kept it comfortable in a crop top and almost bare faced, just a bit of eyeliner and subtle contour, letting her big hoops and her braids for days make the sexy attitude of the look.

As her new movie Passengers is been released around the globe, JLaw has taken it as an opportunity to look stunning in every single one of the premieres. This blonde beauty went for everything this time at the LA red carpet, accentuating her high cheeks with lots of blush, red lips and of course heavy eyeliner. Her hair was kept back in a low bun, keeping it off her shoulders to show off her Dior gown, complemented by Christian Louboutin heels. 

Top Beauty Looks of the week

Coming to the end of October, these ladies really managed the coolest way to say goodbye to the scariest month of the year. Written by Maria Collina Saab.

Model Adwoa Aboah and her signature bleached brows attended Edward Enninful’s OBE party, looking totally badass in her pink Dilara Findikoglu suit. Naturally, since you don’t need that much makeup when you have that killer face structure, she looked thrilling by just matching it with glossy lips and soft bronze eyes.

Camilla Belle arrived to the CFDA Fashion Fund Show with a Kate Spade New York button up dress. She didn’t take risks going for thick eyebrows and slightly dewy skin. What made the look pop was matte bubblegum pink on her lips; which played it cool with her slightly silvery white eyelids. A true vision of subtle charm. 

Gigi Hadid was a breathtaking presence for the launch of her collaboration with Stuart Weitzman. The supermodel took some of the biggest current trends, arriving with a corset over her long shirt and amazing wet hair. Barely highlighting her eyes while keeping the lips natural and the cheekbones warm.