Paint it red

On Monday, I was invited to the launch of new beauty brand, All For Eve. I don’t cover beauty much on here but I wanted to go as two of my favourite beauty buddies were involved. All For Eve is a not-for-profit brand launched by George Hammer to raise money for gynaecological cancer research. It launched its first capsule collection to the public on Monday but has already won four industry gongs at the CEW Awards (the CEW Awards are voted for by industry insiders).

The launch gave us the opportunity to try out the two make-up products, Daniel Sanders’ red lipstick and Sophy Robson’s red nail polish. Sophy is one of the UK’s most innovative nail artists with a client list to die for – French Vogue! Chanel! Tom Ford! Nancy Del’Olio! She’s also a top blogger and tweeter – her tweets are like juicy little nuggets of insider trend forecasting. I couldn’t resist the offer of having my nails done by Sophy’s assistant Zaida. I find it really therapeutic watching my nails being painted and Sophy has created a beautiful, clear red with a great, smooth consistency.

I am slightly obsessed with red lipstick at the moment. In my teens I used my mum’s Revlon Love That Red and it became something of a trademark. Rediscovering it recently, it looked all wrong, giving my skin a not-chic porridgy hue. Ugh. Daniel Sandler’s tip for those having trouble finding their perfect red is to ‘custom blend’ it over your usual lipstick to give your colour more depth and he asserts, “when you find the perfect red, you don’t need any other type of make-up.” (Watch his red lipstick tutorial on Daniel has to be one of the loveliest make-up artists around, we have known each other for years and he didn’t mind one bit when I plonked my champagne glass on top of a display case, obscuring his CEW award – oops. (BTW, don’t you just love that Daniel is surrounded by a Ready Brek glow in this photo?)

The All For Eve range is slowly being rolled out to the best-known retailers in the country. So far, the lipstick is available from and launches at Harrods on 1st May, followed by Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Fenwick and Fortnum & Mason from mid-May. The nail polish is available from mid-June and there’s a chance to win one on Sophy’s blog.

UPDATE: The nail polish goes onsale from 15th June from

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The beauty pages

I’m having a makeup moment. To look at me you’d never guess – my make-up arsenal consists of cheek-coloured blush, Carmex cherry lipbalm, barely-there lipgloss and a blot of powder but that’s not the point. It’s make-up imagery I’m talking about. When it comes to photography, it’s the fashion imagery that tends to get all the love while beauty is the neglected sister in the attic – ridiculed or ignored. One of my friends who is something high up on a UK glossy openly sneers at the beauty pages. During our regular magazine critiques this contributing editor will skim past with a dismissive hand-wave, ‘Ew, beauty pages – nobody reads those.’ Er, excuse me, I do!

In particular, I adore a product-heavy still life page – smears of eyeshadow, great shiny blobs of lipgloss and scribbles of eyeliner will stop me in my tracks on my way to the horoscope page – especially when supersized to heroic proportions. And sitting in on a beauty editor’s meeting is the best thing ever – all the products are arrayed in front of you while decisions are made on how to shoot lipsticks – ‘shall we do slices or smudges?’.

Harper’s Bazaar are currently doing the best still life beauty pages – they’re like artists’ paint palettes. Actually, the face shots aren’t bad either…

[Pics: Harper’s Bazaar]

Rings and things

Psst, don’t tell anyone but I have never got the fuss about diamonds. If anyone ever tried to give me a diamond ring, I think I’d much rather have the cash.

But I know not everyone’s like me.

Ritz Fine Jewellery has a cute little bonus if you buy your sparkler (actually any ring, including cocktail, engagement or wedding) from their shop at the Ritz Hotel. Once you have bought your ring, you can get a free manicure there and then from The Ritz Beauty salon. And if it’s an engagement ring, they throw in dinner at The Ritz as well.