Archive for December, 2010

Award winning makeup artist of influence and inspirational style icon of colour Mary Greenwell talks to BeautyWowza about her new Fragrance PLUM, her favourite products and shares some of her top tips to achieving your perfect look!

Mary is an iconic figure within the makeup industry, she has worked with Royality- ‘Princess Diana’,  A list Celebs – ‘Cate Blanchett’, Fashion Houses – ‘Karl Lagerfeld’ and some of the most influential photographers of all time including: ‘Annie Leibowitz’‘David Bailey’, ‘Rankin’ to name a few! Mary has also left a stroke of her brush on many magazines including:  Allure, Elle, Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, Mademoiselle, Marie Claire, Numéro, Vanity Fair, Vogue (British, French, Italian, and American) and W Magazine.

Your fragrance Plum launched in Oct! How involved were you with the process in terms of choosing the scents and working with Perfume houses etc.

Mary Greenwell (MG) – I was 100% Involved, it’s important that all decisions were shared and discussed thoroughly.

How would you describe the ideal woman who wears your fragrance?

MG – I would say a timeless, ageless woman!  She’s whatever and whoever she wants to be, the fragrance is completely delicious and is for all women! There is no specifics, it’s a fragrance designed for all.

You have worked with many inspirational people throughout your career, who would you say inspired you the most?

MG – Queen Rania of Jordan, Princess Diana, Cate Blanchett , Uma Thurman and Christy Turlington. All amazing inspiring individuals!

If you could design a fragrance for one of your many clients who would it be and why?

MG – I have covered it with my signature fragrance PLUM. It’s an intoxicating scent which is enjoyed by all. I’m passionate about scents, and there are no comparisons with fragrance – either you like it or you don’t!

Why did you choose to bring out a fragrance? Why not your own makeup line?

 MG – A fragrance is much more intimate and is a way to reach out to people on a more personal note. There are so many amazing makeup lines out there so it’s black and white with a fragrance! You can’t be judged on your first fragrance and it’s very rewarding when you can give someone something so personal.

You are known for re-styling the late Princess Diana’s look, what did you change and how does it feel to hold that status?

MG – When I first met Princess Diana she was very young and a newlywed! The first thing I did was get rid of her blue eyeliner. Blue makeup on Blue eyes is really not a good look as it takes away the intensity of your eye colour, She had such beautiful Blue eyes I wanted to  really make them stand out. I created a softer and subtle look which bought out her natural beauty. If I am credited for re-styling her then I’m honoured!

Off the top of your head, what are your top makeup/beauty products?

  •       Elizabeth Arden Smoky eye’s Powder pencils in Black and Brown.
  •       Chanel Silhouette Lipstick.
  •       Suqqu Cream Foundation
  •       Dior  Show 360 Mascara
  •       Chanel Imprevu Powder Blush
  •       La Prairie Luxe Caviar Cream
  •       Sisley Hand Cream
  •       Eve Lom Face Wash
  •       Sisley Radiant Glow Mask
  •       Tweezer man tweezers
  •       Armani Blush     
  •       Trish McEvoy Concealer     
  •       Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser
  •       Trish McEvoy Brushes

Mary Greenwell signature makeup tips!

MG – I’m a firm believer in the natural look! Do not use eye makeup that matches your eye colour as it does not enhance the intensity in your eyes. Natural colours that work best are the Taupe’s, Fawn’s and Brown’s. Always use colours that compliment your skin. Cheryl Cole wears her make up perfectly, it is always matched to her skin tone and her eye makeup really makes the Brown of her eyes pop!! Use her for inspiration.

What is your Favourite Makeup trend of all time?

MG –  I’d have to say the smoky eye, it’s a timeless trend that is always making a come back. There are so many different ways of doing a smoky eye. It’s brilliant for women on the go as a smoky eye can be achieved by using your fingers! It’s important to find a style that suits you and not to follow trends all the time. The best trend of all time is finding a way to enhance your own beauty!

An Ideal day off in the World of Mary Greenwell would be?

Spending time in Africa in my home in Lamu with my 13 god children!

I’d like to say a big thank you to Mary for allowing me to interview her!

PLUM is available at House Of Fraser and is priced at £90 for 100ml and £60 50ml. www.marygreenwell.com

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It seem’s that ORLY are really on top of their game at the moment! After the amazing ‘Tis the Season’ collection the new year will see this amazing collection to add a little spice to the beginning of the year!! I love that there is a colour for everyone, whether you like nudes, pastels or darks… it’s all here in this collection!

Available from Jan 2011

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If you haven’t heard of Lanidor then you must really be living under a ROCK!! Lanidor is a Portuguese brand very similar to Zara who launched recently in the U.K!

Made from the softest fawn suede and camel leather, lace up with stack heels…£109 at www.lanidor.com

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I’ll be getting up close and personal with Beauty Blogger Amrita from The 6 Inch Stilettos, here’s how she did after I interrogated her :p

1- What made you start your blog?

Boredom. I’ve always been someone who read blogs for reviews of products and one evening, when I was bored, I thought I might as well too so I made my blog and Twitter account on the same day and haven’t looked back since

2- If you were stranded on a desert Island what 5 must have products would you need?

A moisturiser with SPF, face spritz, waterproof mascara, face wipes and lip balm.
3- Who would be the one inspirational figure within the beauty industry that you would love to meet and why?

Umm… That’s a tough one… I need to think about that and I’ll come back to you!

4- Off the top of your head, what is your current favorite: Nail Polish, Lipstick, Blusher, Face cream, face cleanser and one hero product you cannot live without and why?

Nailpolish: Essie ‘Body Language
Lipstick: MAC Viva Glam Gaga or MAC Full Fuchsia
Blusher: Illamasqua ‘Tweak’
Face Cream: Nivea Soft (You can’t go wrong with the basics!!)
Face Cleanser: Lancome Baume Eclat
Hero Product: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Fresh – Disguises the grease ballness of a night out! LOL
5- How do you feel about new bloggers? I have noticed a lot of tweets mentioning how new bloggers have no clue of how its done, whats your take on this?

Good luck to ’em. We were all new bloggers once and trying to find our own flair and style so I understand how hard it is. It’s probably harder for new bloggers now because blogging has become so much more competitive but my question is… What the hell is the prize?!
6- Your Top 10 favorite blogs at the moment and why?

You just couldn’t make this easy, could you!?! I don’t have a top 10 because there are too many to choose from but I can tell you what blogs I have been reading lately.. Beauty-Fulfilled.com, VexintheCity.com, HellCandy.com, TheGlossGoss.com, Bubblegarm.blogspot.com, HollyYM.com, BeautyandtheBlog23.blogspot.com, Makeuptrialsandtribulations.blogspot.com, makeupsavvy.co.uk, beautywowza.wordpress.com, makeupitgirl.blogspot.com – I COULD GO ON!!!!

The Wowza says: I love how she put my blog in there 🙂 he he he!

7- If you could compare yourself to any Celeb who would it be and why?

None. These 2 bit ‘celebs’ aint got nothing on me. LOL.
8 – Whats your favorite brand of all time, a brand you think remains consistent in all they do? (You can name a few if you wish)

Lancome, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Maybelline & Revlon
9 – Your blogging pet peeve?

Watermarking photos! It’s the most irritating part of blogging, ever!
10 – An ideal day all to yourself would include?

Wake up late, eat, blog, shop, eat, shop, drink, sleep 🙂
11- Best Holiday you have ever been on and why?

Probably when I when I done the Disney theme parks in Florida when I was a kid. Life was so simple back then 🙂
12 – Your favorite fashion designer/s and why?

I’m not big on labels and fashion designers as much as I used to be but if I had to choose… Sass & Bide and Marc by Marc Jacobs – The clothes are wearable, stylish and not insanely priced. Oh and Wildfox – Love that!

The Wowza says: I love that Amrita chose Sass & Bide, a very chique yet elegant designer! Also im a major Wildfox fan.. I love their t-shirts!
13 – Favorite Hight street label?

H&M, Mango and Primark. I’m not a big fan of Topshop at all. The clothes are way overpriced for what they are.
14- What are your top 5 Favorite pair’s of shoes? 

I have over 100 pairs of shoes. This could take a looooong time!!! I can show you two pairs…. 

The wowza Says: A girl after my own heart… GOTTA LOVE a huge shoe collection!

15 – How many Lipsticks do you own?

Last time I counted… About 30.
16 – Your thoughts on a no makeup day, is makeup so important that you can’t leave the house without it?

Gosh, you clearly haven’t seen me on a Sunday! Lol. Sundays are my no makeup day (unless I’m going to a party or something). I think it’s always good to have a no makeup day to let your skin breathe.

The Wowza says: Good on you, Gotta have makeup free days, if you look after your skin makeup less days are not so daunting!
17 – What are your thoughts on Plastic surgery?

There’s no harm in it. If someone isn’t comfortable with their body or their looks, then fix it. It’s all up to personal preference really. I wouldn’t go down that route but ask me again in about 30 years… 😉
18 – If you could go on a girls blogger holiday, where would you go and who would you take?

Miami 🙂 Sun, sea, shopping and a whole lot of eye candy. Lol. Who would I take? Everyone. The more the merrier!
19 – TV programs you absolutely love

Good ol’ Eastenders, Gossip Girl, Desperate Housewives, Two & A Half Men, Friends and Grey’s Anatomy.

20- Tell us either a little secret that no one knows or a bad beauty habit you have!

A bad beauty habit? I get lazy and don’t always spot clean my brushes after every use. It’s not major but it is a bad habit!

Huge Thank you to Amrita for taking the time to answer some questions for me, make sure you all swing by her blog and spend some time!!

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TEXTILE by Elizabeth and James Eleanor Cocoon cable-knit cardigan – £595 Net-a-porter

Vince Cropped wool-blend cable-knit sweater- $285 Net-a-porter

Bird Print Curved Hem Sweat – $60 Topshop (Im guessing UK stores have it too)

WELLINGTON £420 – kurtgeiger.com

House of Harlow 1960 14ct Gold Large Key Cocktail Ring $67 – asos.com

VIKTOR & ROLF FLocked DRESS $1,075 – ssense.com

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Patricia catapulted into fame during and post the huge success of the sex and the city phenomenon. This exclusive collection is due to launch in the London flagship store, mid December 20101 How exciting.. I so need to see this collection so I can get all upfront and personal with it! :p

Patricia has kept this collection quirky with only a hint of SATC style! I’m loving the mixture of colours and textures and I so want one the bag that Theodora is wearing!

What do you think you? Yay or nay to this Limited edition collection!!

(Images provided by PR and shold not be used under any circumstances)

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After a kind invite from the lovely ladies at Liz Earle I hopped along to the Flagship store in Chelsea for a Wreath making evening in aid of their new addition to the ever so popular energising range. We were greeted with Mulled wine (elder flower for the non drinkers like myself) and minced pies with a display of beautiful wreath making goodies! 

January will see an amazing launch of ‘Energising Body Lotion’, a potent yet silky body cream packed with 19 naturally active ingredients including: Caffeine, ginkgo biloba, chestnut, vitamin E, borage, grapefruit, rosemary, peppermint and many more. This luscious blend will have you picked up from those Winter blues in no time at all! The body lotion comes in a sleek long bottle that’s easy enough to carry with you, the texture of the lotion is lovely and silky and it absorbs into the skin very quickly and of course, the smell is to die for as with every other Liz Earle product!

Here are some pictures from our lovely Wreath making evening!

The lovely table full of Wreath goodness!

Majority of the props used for our wreath’s were in fact the main ingredients which you will find in Energising Body Lotion!

Jennifer doing what she loves best, talking to us about plants 🙂

Me making a little progress, I think??!!

Fellow Beauty writers/bloggers showing off their finished products.

Emma from Pampered&Polished showing off her lovely Wreath!

Me and Hayley from London Beauty Queen!

Lets Play ‘Rate the Wreath’ :p Below are images of the Wreath made by myself and the one by the Lovely Jennifer from Liz Earle!

Jennifer’s Wreath 🙂

My Wreath (go easy on me, its my first time :p)

Thanks to the lovely ladies at Liz Earle for holding such a lovely evening!

Energising Body Lotion will be available in January and is priced at £16.50 for 150ml.

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