Getting your body into shape for summer exposure needn’t be an arduous struggle. Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics has a whole host of natural, animal and environmentally friendly products to help you look good in those little summer dresses and feel happy to bare all!
Seeing as it’s summer – why not go naked?! Packaging is kept to a minimum at Lush, out of respect for the environment, in fact Lush solid products are actually naked … you can’t get less packaging than that! Choose one of Lush’s super moisturising body butters to prime skin for exposure. The skin exfoliating and toning Buffy (£5.25 for 90g or £9.45 for 200g) will help you get the perfect beach bum. A favourite of Kylie Minogue, it’s packed with ground rice, aduki beans and almonds to gently scrub away any dry skin and cellulite, helping to firm up limbs. Helen Ambrosen, Lush Product Creator & Co-Founder, recommends keeping skin stimulated to achieve that toned look, “One of the most important things to do is to keep your skin gently stimulated and maintain a healthy circulation. By doing this you’ll encourage the elimination of toxins, ensure a healthy turnover of cells and stimulate muscle tone”.
A good moisturiser is essential for your summer beauty routine, in order to combat dry skin. When skin is tanned it instinctively wants to dry out and shed the dead skin – as tanned skin is fundamentally a response to sun damage. So choose moisturisers that are highly emollient, to lock-in moisture and help prevent peeling. Dream Cream (£10.25 for 240g) is a Lush best seller and the ultimate soothing moisturiser, using olive oil as a rich emollient that seriously softens the skin. According to Helen “There is evidence that keeping the skin softened helps maintain its barrier function helping to prevent moisture-loss”. This, in turn, also helps to maintain a suntan!
Alternately, if you don’t have a beach holiday booked and are worried about facing summer with pale and pasty winter skin, Lush has just the thing for you … apply some Charlotte Island body tint (£5.25 for 100g / £10.50 for 250g) for an instant holiday glow. Especially good for covering any unsightly blemishes or thread veins on legs and giving you the confidence to wear those short summer skirts without tights. This is also ideal for those who have overdone it in the sun and have a bit of a patchy, red tan … smooth into skin to even out skin tone and allow the aloe vera to soothe and calm redness and the cocoa butter to moisturise, hopefully avoiding any peeling.
Tired of waiting for your brushes to dry after washing them? Wait no more! Introducing the revolutionary Sigma Beauty Dry’n Shape system! The Dry’n Shape was designed to completely dry and shape your most dense brushes within 4 to 6 hours, guaranteed.
The Dry’n Shape provides the necessary pressure to bristles to quickly and efficiently remove water from every fibre. The fabric used to shape the bristles was specially engineered to accelerate water evaporation, resulting in a faster drying time for your brushes.
The Dry’n Shape is an easy, quick, and effective way to quickly dry and shape your makeup brushes. Follow these three easy steps for best results:
Wash your brushes using a mild shampoo or brush cleanser.
Gently press the bristles to remove any excess water. Place the clean, damp brushes into the Dry’n Shape using the smallest band the brush will fit into. Make sure that all bristles are firmly compressed.
Wait 4 to 6 hours and your brushes will be completely dry and ready to use! In addition to being completely dry, the bristles will be reshaped to their original form. Your brushes will be perfect for your makeup application!
You now have a convenient option to wash and use your brushes as often as you’d like!
Zoya Touch CollectionZoya Nail Polish presents 3 new, full coverage nude creams – softly kissed with a bit of metallic to make them ultra wearable. Zoya is the new color of fashion… The Zoya TOUCH collection was designed to recreate the custom looks developed for and inspired by the runways of New York Fashion Week – Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter 2011 collections.
A few highlights and special guest appearances for this Friday, May 27th:
Hourglass at Sephora Times Square, 1-7 pm:
· Blush & Bronze Express Service
Enjoy a special guest appearance by Hourglass Artistic Director and celebrity makeup artist Gina Brooke, and learn how to play up your natural glamour by focusing on your cheeks. The combination of blush and bronze tones is like a light switch for your face.
Anastasia at Sephora Columbus Circle, 2- 8 pm:
- Brow Know How Express Service
Achieving Anastasia’s signature brow is easy when experts teach you how to create a strong brow as the focal point of your face.
Sultra at Sephora Soho, 1-7 pm:
- Bombshell Express Service
Using the clip-less Bombshell iron, let the hair experts at Sultra teach you how to create 3 different looks with their amazing tool. Choose from Rockin’ Ringlets, Wild Waves and Hippie Chic bohemian waves.
Cover FX at Sephora 86th & Lexington, 1-7pm:
- Treat & Conceal Express Service
Learn how to achieve a flawless face with the pro’s from Cover FX with just four easy steps – prep, cover, blend and set!
Stila at Sephora Flatiron, 2-8 pm:
- Blushing Bronzed Beauties, Sultry & Smoky Eye & Kiss & Tell Express Services
Get the ultimate beauty indulgence with any one of these THREE looks from the beauty buffs at Stila. Leave with a gorgeous sun kissed glow, sexy smoky eye or kissable pout for any weekend occasion!
LUSH introduce their newest Knot-Wrap just in time for summer!
The Beach Ball Knot-Wrap Bag (£4.95) is here for a very British summer and just in time for the warmer weather! The newest addition to Lush’s environmentally friendly Knot-Wrap range is designed to look just like a beach ball when it's wrapped up and can be used to carry your summer essentials about while you head to the beach and enjoy the summer sunshine.
Inspired by bright and colourful beach balls, as well as a bag, this oversized scarf can be also be used as a neck scarf, a bandana or just something dry to sit on when you're picnicking. Limited edition until the end of August 2011, make sure you don't leave home without it!
Lush introduced their successful Knot-Wrap range in 2009, offering vintage scarves as a means of gift-wrapping in-store to encourage customers to save on paper usage. Our Knot-wrapping with vintage scarves has proved so popular that we decided to print scarves of our own design too! Using techniques similar to origami, the idea originated from Japanese culture where it promotes caring for the environment and reducing waste. All of the beautiful scarves are reusable and multipurpose.
Glamorous LA hair is the must have style right now as demonstrated by none other than Cheryl Cole herself. Ensure you hair is big, bold and large enough to make an entrance just like Cheryl’s, with these fabulous products from Lush..
BIG Shampoo (£10.45 for 330g)... does exactly what it says on the tub. Made with sea salt to install volume and shine, lemon and lime juice to make hair super clean and toothed wrack seaweed to ensure hair is supremely soft, hair will be larger than life, achieving statement locks that turn heads.
Maintain that glamorous bouffant with Lush’s recently launched Dirty Hair Styling Cream (£5.95 for 100g). With cocoa butter to soften and coat the hair and rosemary to calm the scalp, rub this super smooth holding cream through your hair from root to tip and ensure hair maintains both style and flexibility.