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It’s fair to say I can never keep up with the pace of London Fashion Week. Twice a year, the fashionably challenged descend upon the capital, some queuing up to see what the designers have in store for the next season and some simply crawling out of the woodworks in the most attention seeking get-ups. Or their arse cheeks hanging out.
I, on the other hand, popped in after work to catch two shows so the best I could muster up was a neon coloured neck piece and a hot pink lipstick. I also went from sleek, poker straight hair to a frazzled,bird nest of a barnet from the rain storm that greeted me at the exit of Leicester Square tube station. And still nobody asked to take my photo.
For the sixth consecutive year running, The Body Shop were proudly sponsoring Fashion Scout and I was fortunate to have an impressive view of Pam Hogg‘s and ‘FROW’ (darling) for Ping He‘s autumn/winter 2014 shows with the jaw-dropping beautiful Daisy Lowe opposite and a few more familiar faces either side of her.
With the schedule running late, I wasn’t able to go backstage to see the make-up artists in action which is where the fun really is with London Fashion Week.
First up was Pam Hogg but before things kicked off, I was entertained with spotting Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie mosey on over to his seat in the front row. And DJ and record producer Mark Moore. I’m also sure I spotted Alec Baldwin dressed up as Dennis Dupree from Rock of Ages.
I decided to record some footage of the shows for my YouTube channel. Sadly my Pam Hogg coverage was marred by one or two dozy twonks standing up in the second row like a meerkat every 30 seconds. Pam’s stuff is bonkers and by the sound of the elated crowd this collection was proper batshit crazy. It was apparent why some of her audience were from the music scene. Not quite Pete Tong, more like Ziggy Stardust on acid.
Ping He, in contrast, had a very wearable collection (though maybe I would not wear the clear PVC affair). Between the two, it was the show I loved the most. I think Leanne sums up Ping He beautifully in her post with a beeline for the eye-catching footwear. Here are some pictures from the show with the video at the end.
I’m eagerly awaiting what the next season will bring for Spring/Summer 2015. I should also make an effort with my outfit next time as well.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to a special preview of the Body Shop’s exciting new skincare product – their Vitamin E Overnight Serum-in-Oil. It WAS special for the queen of skincare, Caroline Hirons was ready and waiting to scrutinise my every pore. I’ve known Caroline for a few years thanks to blogging but if I’m honest, I was terrified to the core for this examination because I’ve never met Caroline in a professional capacity and there was no running away when the door was slammed shut.
…aaaaaaaand it was alright. Thank God. My cheeks are dehydrated (which I knew) but the rest of my face is fine bar the odd blemish and spot. However, I must invest in a quality exfoliating toner (in fact I should not skip using a toner) and bin a face wash that foams up (and I know these are a no-no in the Book of Hirons but like a sugar addiction, I thought I could get away with it).
Here’s a picture of Caroline in action, prodding my wife Leanne’s face (she of Do Not Refreeze just in case you need reminding):
As I was due to board a plane for a long haul flight two days later, Caroline advised me to spritz the Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist on my face every hour to keep my skin hydrated (which helped massively, might have got a few odd looks from the passengers seated next to me though). It’s a 100ml bottle so within the allowance for taking liquids on board and it smells gorgeous thanks to the rose water scent.
But let’s get back to the new serum from the vitamin E family. The Body Shop’s vitamin E collection was something I embraced during my A Levels, notably the moisturiser. For a student, it was affordable and I loved the results. I passed on my recommendations to my mum and my best friend at school, who for someone cautious of beauty products messing with her skin, got on superbly with vitamin E – and still does.
I am genuinely excited about this serum, which completes this family. Why? It combines a serum with an oil to lock in moisture to give your skin the equivalent of the 8 hour sleep it craves and it works.
It’s also accessible for all. I can’t skip using a serum in my skincare routine – it’s improved the condition of my skin hugely and if I forget to use it for one day, the absence feels and looks obvious. A serum provides an extra layer of protection and preserves my skin’s elasticity, keeping it supple and soft. However, my favourite serums are somewhat pricey (around £40-60 mark but could be more and I know there are more expensive ones). While I will argue a drop every day goes a very long way, paying a large sum up front is a big commitment which I suspect some would be reluctant to buy.
Praise be to The Body Shop for their efforts in creating this potion. It’s a clear, non-greasy serum that absorbs into the skin leaving you with baby soft skin the following morning. I started to see results within a few days and have been using it with the vitamin E night moisturiser to maximise its benefits.
A bottle of this will set you back just £12 – £12!!! How could you say no to this? And at the moment, there is a voucher code flying around online for 40% off all orders but it expires on 17th February so buy now. NOW!
Also, you may want to peruse this helpful skin care guide from Caroline on The Body Shop’s beauty blog.
The Body Shop is like a magician – always pulling something out of its sleeve to wow us. The Camomile collection that dropped last year has quickly cemented its place in the hearts and minds of Body Shop lovers. For me it is a pretty outstanding set and very affordable.
My favourite is the cleansing butter, housed in a slim circular tin. I adore how melts from the warmth of your hand. Along with its texture, it reminds me very much of coconut oil from Indian shops that have solidified from the cold weather.
A small scoop is more than adequate and after I’ve massaged it into my skin with a bit of water, I will wipe it off with a damp hot flannel and not rinse it off as it instructs. Maybe I am thinking about my chemistry classes too much but I am not convinced the element of oil (or what feels like an oily wax) is going to be easy to take off from splashing water on the face.
I’m probably not even a quarter of the way through my sample but I’ve already bought a replacement before that runs out.
I’m also going to take this with me when I go away later this month. The packaging is lightweight and I’ve got no fears about it leaking or dripping in transit.
The Body Shop’s Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is £12 and is suitable for all skin types.