The Top Ten Strange Beauty Trends of 2010

Posted by admin on Dec 12, 2010 in beauty, lists


We’re used to the beauty world being a tad out there (hey, we embraced Lady GaGa with open arms), but we tend to err on the side of accessibility when it comes to our products. We may like our mascaras innovative, but we want to actually be able to USE them, so having a wand that was 2cm high would be pretty useless. Well, that’s what you’d think anyway- but 2010 has proved the exception to this beauty rule. Welcome to a world where products are so pretty you can’t use them, and where hairdressing goes virtual. Here’s my guide to the top ten strangest beauty trends of 2010.

Lipsticks you can’t actually use

Makeup has always been considered an art form, with many people collecting new releases with the fervour they once assigned to the sticker books of their youth. Even though you may treasure those limited edition palettes, they still get some use- and then along came the new Paul and Joe lipsticks, Available in three shades (and a not to be sniffed at £16 from ASOS) they are so pretty and artistic that they stop being functional. Do you have it in your heart to destroy that cute kitty head? I don’t.. so that’s my money wasted then.  Makeup is beautiful but it should also be functional, so let’s see a return to that- please?

models-own-gold-rushNail Varnishes you can’t afford

There’s a certain luxury element to a lot of beauty purchases, with many brands deliberately setting a high price point so seem more aspirational. You have expensive though- and then you get ridiculous. Models Own, a brand known for their wallet friendly nail range joined d=forces with Frost of London ( a posh Bond Street store) to create a Gold Leaf polish that costs £83,000. Yes, all those zeroes were correct. The varnish is made to order, so they don’t have loads of bottles sitting around, and they’ve released it as a bit of a PR stunt- pushing you towards the £5 ready to wear version of this expensive bottle. Still, you have to wonder, is this going to be a trend we see more of? I really hope not. Read more…

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Ten Unmissable activities to do in Thailand : Part One

Posted by admin on Mar 2, 2010 in beauty, lists, travel

Thailand is fondly referred to as the land of smiles, and three weeks travelling through its sunlit shores was enough to convince me that the smiles are genuine. Whenever you travel abroad there are always going to be areas set up for tourists, with people pushing to sell you their wares and persuade you that their shop/bar/museum is the best, but in Thailand they tend to take refusals with good grace and smiling faces.

I was a complete newbie to the East and though I arrived armed with a Lonely Planet and heaps of advice from some great sources, till you experience it for yourself, everything else is just words on a piece of paper. Here are my top ten unmissable experiences that I strongly suggest you add to your itinerary.

Co Van Kessel Cycling Tour in Bangkok


Chinatown is a weird winding mess of crazy side streets, narrow alleys and men frying fish whilst juggling cans of condensed milk. It’s crammed to the rafters with all sorts of visitors, from locals doing their weekly shops to tourists trying to barter over jewellery. Add the sounds of motorbikes, mandolins and distant temple bells and you have a cacophony of colour and confusion. This was what I had to cycle through, manoeuvring my road bike in and out of people’s shopping bags, and the random escaped menageries that adorned the narrow paths. Bright colours, strange scents, it was strange to be whizzing past this vital thriving community on a bike, but my guide was insistent and we passed though this chaos to start exploring the hidden backstreets. Some roads were so narrow that both shoulders grazed the wall, whilst other paths meant near-fatal collisions with accelerating mopeds. Every forty minutes or so we stopped for water (provided) and there were many stops for pictures, which were happily taken by our guide. The tour of Bangkok involved two boat trips (depending which tour you opted for) and we took a ferry across the waterways to western Bangkok and spent an hour cycling through lush shrubbery.

It was humbling to view the variety of housing people lived in, from ramshackle shanty style buildings to palatial European marble houses, and seeing them built next to each other spoke volumes about the structure of society in Thailand. Lunch was held aboard a floating restaurant, a delicious mixture of rice with a variety of dishes, and there was fresh fruit for dessert. You couldn’t help but admire the guides dedication, as she spoke flawless English and had a huge wealth of knowledge on the surrounding area. ‘I did a degree in health and tourism’, she told us. ‘This is how I save for my training’. Read more…

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