This weekâ€™s shoot is another from my absolute favâ€™, Miles Aldridge. Miles has a gift for finding the eerie â€œStepfordâ€ in beauty and this shoot for Vogue Beauty, with model Caroline Trentini is no exception.
I have a book on the history of beauty products. Every so often, when Iâ€™m wanting a good scare, Iâ€™ll read one of the horror stories inside. Seriously, it gets so bad that even Stephen King would find it a step too far! Itâ€™s an unfortunate fact that we girls put ourselves through some pretty ridiculous â€œexquisiteâ€ torture for our looks. But, sometimes the best way to treat your body and subsequently your beauty, is to do a little Beauty-It-Yourself, and whip up some of these homebrew recipes.
Cucumbers â€“ Itâ€™s become quite the pop-culture reference nowadays – Cruella De Vil like women trying to hold onto their youth with slices of cucumber over their eyes. But the science behind this little wonder-fruit, shows that it contains a mild-astringent that can help with those puffy eyes. Yep, TV really can teach you something!
Coffee â€“ Caffeine is a great lip irritant and subsequently is used as an ingredient in a lot of lip plumpers out there. But what you may not know is that caffeine is amazing for cellulite too! Mix coffee grounds (no decaf, people) with a little olive oil to form a paste, and rub it vigorously into the areas you want to reduce cellulite. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse off before you smell too much like your local Starbucks!
Coconut oil â€“ I love Coconut oil. I cook with it (it gives everything a hint of coconut flavor!), and I use it in my daily beauty routine. You may shake your head at using cooking oil on your face, but coconut oil is a whole different beast. Its small molecular structure promotes fast absorption into the skin and it is extremely high in antioxidants. Asian cultures have sworn by it for centuries, and Iâ€™m here to tell you I do too.
Olive Oil â€“ Having trouble getting your makeup off? Just head into the kitchen! Olive Oil makes a great eye-makeup remover and takes off waterproof mascara in a flash. Just put a tiny dab on a cotton-round and gently sweep the area clean. Make sure to wipe away any leftover residue as you donâ€™t want an oily pillow!
Avocado face mask â€“ To achieve soft, youthful skin you canâ€™t go wrong with a good avocado facial. Avocadoâ€™s contains lots of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins E and A, which is all good stuff for your face. All you need to do is mash the avocados like you are making Guacamole. Add a dash of sweet almond oil and apply to the face. Leave it on as long as you feel comfortable and voila, a revitalized face!
Beer Bath â€“ The vitamins in the beer bath are said to rejuvenate your pores and relieve tension in your muscles (although drinking it helps with that too). Itâ€™s also great for your hair; yeast and hops help to swell the hair shaft and plump the cuticle, adding volume. The acidity of the beer helps remove product build-up. In the shower, pour a bottle of beer over your hair after you shampooâ€“just be sure to rinse with clean water so that you donâ€™t end up smelling like a frat boy!