2017 June

MEET ALISON YAU, FOR THE VERY 1st “ALISON’S ADVENTURES IN BEAUTYLAND”

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I’m super excited to announce the very first post from my friend and former colleague Alison Yau ( lots of loud clapping and cheering here please!!). Alison is a beauty writer, and we first met when she came to work for my company Windle and Moodie, fresh out of college about 7 years ago. Alison created the Windle and Moodie blog and other social media outlets for us,  and in the process gained a huge following. She’s since gone on to bigger things but I’ve persuaded her to come back and write for me,( YAY!!)  to give you an honest insight into the beauty world and all it’s offerings.

Being a beauty junkie it only seemed fitting that she would write about her first love, so say hello to the very first of “Alison’s Adventures in Beautyland!”  It’s a (mostly) monthly trip around the world looking at cult beauty products, trying them out and celebrating the good ones (and some of the not-so-good).

So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,

I give you Alison Yau! 

Hi all! For my first post, we’re off to Hungary! To kick things off on a positive note, I’ve decided to begin with a product I’m super into and have been since the first time I used it. It’s the Omorovicza Ultra Moor Mud Mask.

A pot of pure joy

 

Quick little bit of background info for context: Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is known as a spa city. This isn’t just a thing people say, it’s an official title that it’s held for 80 years. But the city’s beauty credentials actually go back further than that: the powers of the thermal waters were discovered over 2000 years ago and, according to records, there were even 14 thermal baths in the city at that time. It’s safe to say that the Hungarians know a thing or two about the benefits of thermal water and it’s something that Omorovicza have harnessed in all of their products.

So now that we’ve swotted up on Budapest and the brand, let’s talk about the actual product. First things first, it’s full of nourishing Hungarian moor mud (in case you didn’t catch that from the name), which works to firm and smooth as well as clarify and brighten. It’s also particularly great for oily/combination skin like mine as it detoxifies (marvellously), as well exfoliating and going deep to cleanse those pesky pores. All sounding good so far?

Gorgeous grey mud GET ON MY FACE NOW

 

Even slapping it on is a treat. I skip the spatula that I’m sure it came with (and that I’m sure I lost) and slather it on with my fingers. The dark grey mud is instantly cooling on skin, which will be thanks to the sage, chamomile, rosemary and rose geranium essential oils. 15 minutes later and the dark grey is now light grey and dry, signalling rinse off time and my favourite part: the big reveal of gorgeous, glowy skin!

Now, full disclaimer here: my skin is hard to please. It’s not at all sensitive to the point where it doesn’t really react to anything. Good or bad. So when I saw brighter skin immediately after washing it off, I was REALLY excited. For once, something worked! Actual results in the mirror! This never happens!

Masks always look a bit friendlier with a filter

Having worked as a beauty journalist, I’ve listened to a lot of hype over products. A LOT of it. Claims, promises, seductive little whispers of everything a miraculous product says it will do… I’ll admit that I’m easily excitable and would often take a product home to try it, only to be left disappointed when sweet f-all happened. A little like when you’re single and browsing for a new suitor online/Tinder/whichever app is currently in, to meet in person and find that they fall short of your expectations – literally and figuratively. In short, it’s a bummer.

But this, I’m happy to say, was not the case with this mud mask. From the first time I slapped it on my face and washed it off to reveal the glowing skin I’ve been chasing after, it’s been true love. We’re inseparable. Bad day at work? It perks me up. Important event? It gives the little boost my skin needs. Total HG product and for damn good reasons too.

No makeup. Zero filters. Glowing skin, my own.

 

Omorovicza Ultramoor Mud Mask, £65 for 50ml, available online, at Cult Beauty, SpaceNK and John Lewis.

 

Rating: ♡♡♡♡♡ – Holy Grail

 

Beautyland Rating:
♡♡♡♡♡ – Holy Grail
♡♡♡♡ – Repurchase
♡♡♡ – Alright
♡♡ – Not a fan
♡ – No, never again, nope

Next up: we’re heading to Japan!

EDITORS NOTE: I’d like to give a huge thanks to Alison and if there’s any products from around the world you like her to review then do let us know.

Neil X

JUST ANOTHER MOODIE MONDAY – RAY OF LIGHT by MADONNA

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I WAS LISTENING TO THE RADIO OVER THE WEEKEND AND MADONNA CAME ON.

I love all of Madonna’s earlier stuff up until the album Hard Candy in 2008 when it all started going a bit array for me. My four favourite albums of hers previous to that were Madonna ( 1983), Like A Prayer ( 1989)  Ray of Light ( 1998) and  Confessions On A Dance Floor (2005). We all have our favourite albums and favourite Madonna tracks but one that really gets me going when I hear it is the title track from Ray Of Light also of the same name.

 

 

 

 

The album was produced by the British producer William Orbit and he perfectly captured a moment in time with this album. It’s pop meets electronica meets dance, & techno-pop.  The album incorporates several genres, including ambient, trip hop and house music. Madonna sings with greater breadth and a fuller tone on this album than she’d ever done before. She recorded this album after giving birth to her first child and it was noted as being her most mature and adventurous at the time.

All pictures of Madonna by Mario testing for the Ray Of Light Campaign, 

So without further ado, don your dancing shoes and lets get going  quicker than a ray of light…… Happy Monday everyone!!!!

HOW TO DESCRIBE A MENS HAIRCUT TO YOUR STYLIST/BARBER

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BOYS, WITHOUT WANTING YOU TO FEEL LEFT OUT IN ANY WAY, I’M ALWAYS BEING ASKED BY THE LADIES, WHAT THEY SHOULD ASK FOR WHEN THEY GET THEIR HAIR DONE.

WITH MENS GROOMING NOW IN ANOTHER LEAGUE OF ITS OWN, I THOUGHT IT WAS TIME FOR ME TO GIVE YOU A HAND IN HOW TO DESCRIBE WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TOO.

Don’t get me wrong. I think many men are pretty clued up these days, but having noticed that my product company’s most popular viewed Youtube tutorial videos are by far the mens, it’s made me realise that men are desperate for more hair info.

I was searching around the inter-web a few weeks ago and came across an amazing comprehensive article called “Haircut Names For Men” on a website called MHT ( Mens Hairstyles Today)

An illustrated mens hair shoot I did for Shortlist Magazine with Illustrator Nuno De Costa. 

I feel that they’ve explained everything in great detail, so rather than trying to copy or try and do better,  I’m giving you a direct link to their site.  It’s a great site with many other mens haircut and style ideas, so take a perusal around .

Click here to go to the “Haircut Names For Men” article

BELOW ARE THE WINDLE AND MOODIE MENS GROOMING VIDEOS I CREATED IF YOU FANCE HAVING A WATCH……. 

 

ALISON MOYET’S NEW ALBUM “OTHER” IS OUT NOW

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ANYONE THAT KNOWS ME KNOWS I’M

A HUGE ALISON MOYET FAN.

FOR THOSE WHO DON’T KNOW, ALISON IS OF 80’S ELECTRONIC DUET YAZOO AND SOLO FAME WITH OVER 23 MILLION SOLO ALBUMS SOLD, 3 BRIT AWARDS, A GRAMMY NOMINEE AND WAS HONOURED WITH THE ICON AWARD AT THE NORDORFF ROBBINS SLIVER CLEF AWARDS.

After reaching No 5 in the UK official album chart 3 years ago with her 2013 outing, The Minutes, and on 21 September 2015 she performed at the Burberry Prorsum Show at London Fashion Week.  Her set was released as a digital EP, Live for Burberry on 23 September.  Alison released “Other” on June 16 last Friday through label Cooking Vinyl. It’s a collection of songs that even she and her publicist admit “isn’t quite as immediate” as its predecessor. The title track Other is a broody ballad about living on the outside looking in, but its not fully representative of the rest of the album which is a collection of poems ( as Alison describes) musically put together in other ways. I think it’s a wonderfully intelligent collection of songs/poems with a nod to her electronica roots as was The Minutes, but with a darker side, almost latter Depeche Mode-esque in places.

Alison in Yazoo with Vince Clarke ( Yaz in the US)

She’s made the album with producer Guy Sigsworth again and I read recently how she describes working with him:

“We’ve got like wordless communication. And that, for me, is such a rare thing to happen. It’s just really brilliantly guided, because he just gets me. He’s not trying to push me into a corner of something that’s going to be themed mainstream for a middle-aged woman. He accepts me as an artist, and he treats me as one”  – Quote taken from website www.watermarkonline.com

Use this link to read Alison’s Q&A at Watermark: http://www.watermarkonline.com/2017/06/15/pop-pioneer-alison-moyet-returns-new-record-new-tour-recognizable-sense-aesthetic-transcendence-attitude/

For a woman of 56 in an industry, that tried to force her to make the music she didn’t want to, Alison has come up trumps again with an original piece of work that will retain her current fan base and most probably gain more as she embarks on her first world tour in 30 years in September. Her management company are the same managers of pop sensations Little Mix, Olly Murs, One Direction and Niall Horan amongst others,  but they’re happy to allow Alison to go in the direction that feels right for her at her age. That’s so rare in a world of heightened commercialism,  so enjoy this amazing woman’s latest glory moment. She’s one of those amazing artists who just gets better and better with each outing.

Alison performing solo in the 80’s 

Her new album is available at ITunes, Amazon, Spotify and all your other  musical outlets, plus on Alison’s own website www.alisonmoyet.com of course!!

Watch the video below to see the tour trailer. I do have tickets already, but be quick, I believe there’s not a huge amount left….. She’s also playing Glastonbury this Saturday night…..

Below are a couple of tracks from Alison’s new album if you want to get a taste before you purchase 

Below is a recent recording of Alison on BBC Radio 2  Live singing a George Michael track –

“Jesus To A Child” 

MOODS COMEDY MONDAY – VICTORIA WOOD, ITALIAN RESTAURANT

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HAPPY MONDAY PEOPLE AND ALL YOU GEMINIS……

I only know this because it’s my Mums birthday today ( Happy Birthday Mrs Moodie!!!!)

Anyway, enough of that! Recently the BBC have been celebrating the work of the writer and comedienne Victoria Wood who died last year, with a series of 6 shows, each one hosted by a close friend of Victoria’s and focusing on certain topics that she wrote about.   Victoria became a national treasure in Britain with her take on British life and people, and one of her biggest fans was her closest friend Julie Walters who Victoria wrote many great characters for.  Between the 2 of them they created comedy genius. Many said that Victoria generously gave Julie some of the best lines she ever wrote, because she believed Julie could deliver them so well, and she was right.

She wrote some of the funniest observational comedy I’ve ever seen, so I thought what better than to start  this week off with an old sketch starring these 2 stars called Italian Restaurant.

Enjoy and have a great week……….

 

CHECK OUT MY LATEST POST ON WENDY ROWE’S WEBSITE – Healthy Hairrrrrrrrrrrr

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Ph: Jem Mitchell for Vogue China 2016. Hair : Me using Windle and Moodie product M-UP WN323                                    mlmml

HI EVERYONE…… HAPPY SATURDAY!

Did I mention that I’m now writing regular hair blog posts for Make-up extraordinaire Wendy Rowe’s website. They’re mainly about how to solve hair problems.

This week just gone, my post was about my 5 tips to getting healthy hair.

“The rules of getting great hair with 

NEIL MOODIE

Guest expert, Top Celebrity Hair Stylist and Creative Director, Neil Moodie gives us his top 5 rules for getting great hair…” 

Check it out and get the hair that you dreamed of ….. well hopefully!!!

Click on the picture of Wendy and I below to take you to the blog post………..

LAST THURSDAY NIGHTS MOSCHINO RESORT SHOW IN LA- 8TH JUNE 2017

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HI ALL,

LAST NIGHT MY TEAM AND I WORKED ON THE HAIR FOR THE AMAZING MOSCHINO SS18 RESORT SHOW IN LOS ANGELES. YES, I’M CURRENTLY STATE SIDE IN CALI,  THE SUNSHINE STATE.

AND WHAT A SHOW IT WAS!!

Designed by the amazing Jeremy Scott and styled by the legend that is Carlene Cerf De Dudzeele with make-up by Isamaya French and manicures by Miss Pop Nails.

The inspiration for the show was based on road trips that Jeremy made from LA to  Las Vegas and back on the famous Route 66.

We based the hair, make up and nails on off duty Vegas show girls, whether they be pre or post show, so there were various hair looks, and a variant of make up & nail colours used.

Below are all the images from bts, the show and more……. and together with my team we were using all Windle and Moodie products  of course.

I hope you enjoy

Neil xx

Jasmine Sanders 

Staz Lindes

HoYeon Chung

Windle & Moodie Products all laid out brand new and ready to go 

W&M Oceanic Spray 

W&M Products

W&M Invisible Day & Night Cream

W&M Foundation Spray

Stella Maxwell with Kristen Stewart

Mitchell Slaggert with Presley Gerber

Kaia and Presley Gerber

Matthew Noszka & Mitchell Slaggert

The Set 

and below are some of the key looks from the show itself…..

JUST ANOTHER MOODIE MONDAY……. A “NEW YORK” TUNE (or 2) TO START THE WEEK.

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JUST ANOTHER MOODIE MONDAY IS BACK….. 

with a tune or two that I think will cheer me up, and hopefully you,  for the rest of the week!!  

I’ve just arrived in New York  after a week in LA and I always think about this song when I come here….. and no it’s not the Frank Sinatra classic.

Its this little upbeat ditty by Gerard Kenny from 1979

Who is Gerard Kenny I hear you cry… well after moving to England in 1978  he wrote his first hit single with New York New York ( So good they named it twice)  an ode to his hometown, which spent two months in the UK singles charts and featured on his album,  “Made It Through The Rain” going Top 20 the following year. Another single “Fantasy” proved to be also a hit in 1980, and in the same year, he released an album, Living On Music. 

and if that isn’t enough for you… check out this little dance number below from 1977. A hit from Patsy Gallant who is a Canadian pop singer and musical theatre actress.

Her greatest pop success came when she teamed up with producer and manager Ian Robertson for the 1976 album, Are You Ready For Love.

“From New York to L.A.” was Gallant’s only recording to attract notice outside Canada; it became a hit in many other countries such as the UK (#6 ) in August 1977, Ireland (#5), Australia (#10), the Netherlands (#15), Norway (#7), South Africa (#5) and Sweden (#17).  “Sugar Daddy” and the album’s title song, “Are You Ready for Love”, were also Top 20 Canadian hits that helped Gallant to win A Juno Award for Best Female Vocalist in 1976 and 1977. Although overlooked by radio in the U.S., “From New York to L.A.” and “Sugar Daddy” were played in American discos. Gallant followed up in 1977 with her French album Besoin d’amour, which includes a French rendition of “Sugar Daddy”. That year she won a Juno Award as best female vocalist.

So here it is: her performance on British TOTP “From New York to LA”

A- Z OF HAIR: A is for ARGAN OIL

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the kernels which are used to create the oil……. 

MOODIE’S A-Z OF HAIR

So it’s here, the very first of my new blog posts that features an A-Z of hair, based on my personal knowledge and research.   Along the way I’ve spoken to a few experts to try and get a scientific take on things, plus I have done some internet research for bonafide information. Although I have so many years under my belt in the hair industry, I can’t claim to know everything as the facts are always changing due to research, but I’m attempting to let you know what I’m aware of right now.

 

As it’s the A-Z, then lets start with A (a very good place to start) 

“You’ve probably heard a lot about Argan oil but what is it?” 

 

WHAT IS ARGAN OIL?

Argan oil comes from the kernels of the Argan tree, which is native to Morocco. The trees have deep roots which help provide soil stabilization by absorbing water and protect the local environment from desertification. Extracting the Argan oil is a labour-intensive process, which is why pure and certified Argan oil commands a high price point. Between 2007 and 2011, demand for Argan oil within the cosmetic industry increased and now is widely available in a range of products.

HOW DO YOU USE ARGAN OIL?

A plant oil with many uses, including as a beauty treatment or in a similar way to an olive oil drizzled over cous cous, pasta or as a dip with bread. As a beauty treatment, Moroccans traditionally use the unroasted oil to treat skin issues such as acne and flaking of the skin and it can also be used to the nourish hair.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ARGAN OIL?

When used on hair, Argan oil has many benefits. In addition to being moisturising and nourishing, it can also be used to aid in styling hair. It can often be found in shampoos and conditioners to hydrate and act as an anti-oxidant, and also in styling products to give sheen and fortify hair. Full of antioxidants and vitamin E, the oil has been praised as having conditioning and anti-aging properties that benefit hair and skin.

WHAT IS THE BEST ARGAN OIL TO USE?

Chemist and skincare specialist Barbara Olioso, who helped to develop the Windle & Moodie care range, shared with us her knowledge of Argan oil:

“In essence there is a lot of adulteration in the industry. The demand for it is high and supply is limited as it only grows in Morocco. Many cosmetics manufacturers buy the cheapest Argan oil, and they do not question its price as it fits their budget. Authentic Argan oil can cost around the £40/kg, which is not super expensive, however compared to sunflower oil selling at a round £2/kg it is a big difference. Some oil suppliers can sell “Argan” oil at £20/kg or even less – who is going to check it is authentic?”

To reap the full benefits of Argan oil, it’s safe to say you’ll probably want one that hasn’t been bulked out with other ingredients. Barbara has devised a test for Argan oil, which can be done at home too. Check out her link here: http://www.thegreenchemistconsultancy.com/authentic-argan-oil-avoid-bogus-cosmetic-oils/

HOW TO CHOOSE AN ARGAN OIL?

These days many products claim to feature Argan oil as the star ingredient but a way to verify this is by seeing where Argan oil is on the INCI listing. This is the list of ingredients on the side or back of a bottle or box, which go in decreasing order of their concentration by weight. The higher up on the list, the more there is of it. At the end? That means there’s very little. If Argan oil is featured further down on the list, then the percentage of the oil in the product is extremely low!

Don’t be fooled by names created just for marketing and always check the ingredients!

And if you’re wondering just what an argan tree looks like in its natural habitat, it looks like this (and yes, those are goats!)

And so there you have it. A low down on Argan oil. I hope that’s helped, and just so you know,  a couple of Windle and Moodie products contain small amounts of Argan Oil which includes our Nourishing Treatment Shampoo and the Shine and Smoothing oil

Click HERE to go straight to the Windle and Moodie product page on the website.

THE NEW WINDLE AND MOODIE SS17 CAMPAIGN

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I’M EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE NEW

WINDLE AND MOODIE SS17 CAMPAIGN

AS HISTORY TENDS TO REPEAT ITSELF, SO DOES FASHION. THE W&M SS17 CAMPAIGN HAS DONE JUST THAT AND MORE.

I REVISITED THE 90’S AND COLLATED BASED ON IMAGES FROM WHEN INDIE ROCK WAS AT ITS PEAK.

Re-examining the prevalence of pioneering 90’s hair, I’ve brought back to life Grunge hairstyles that evoke inevitable charisma. Never overstyled and staying true to that era, these images show off various natural textures, exposing countless great haircuts and styles without shying behind any trickery or gimmicks.

With strikingly sharp black and white photography, these simple and occasionally punk looking styles, embody a slight “at home haircut” feel to uncover authentic personalities and amplify the overall look.

My press quote on the shoot – “I bought sixteen year old schoolboy uniforms from John Lewis, an old Corinne Day and stylist Melanie Ward trick from the grunge days, and asked the models to come wearing old t-shirts. Some of the t-shirts I provided – no joke”

CREDITS 

PHOTO: NIK HARTLEY 

HAIR AND ART DIRECTION: NEIL MOODIE 

MAKE- UP: CELINE BOPP

MODELS: ADAM, HAMDA, IZZY, NINOUK, ISOBEL, LAIS, ELLIE AND BRITT

HAIR ASSISTANTS: ROGER CHO & VALENTIN MASSONET

THANKS TO LOVE RETOUCH, THE SQUAD MANAGEMENT & WILHELMINA MODEL MANAGEMENT