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MOODS COMEDY MONDAY – CATHERINE TATE, FRIGHTENED WOMAN

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Catherine Tate as herself

MOODS COMEDY MONDAY

I’ve always been a huge fan of actress/comedienne Catherine Tate. The other day, myself and a friend of mine were talking about how great she was and we miss her show, The Catherine Tate show. We were talking about various sketches that she did and characters she created and my friend was saying how he used to love Margaret,  frightened woman.

We went onto youtube to get up the videos and we found this compilation of  the character Margaret.  We laughed for hours as we watched this compilation. The thing that made me laugh the most was how she’d geniusly created the character around phrases that people say in everyday life.  When I was young and still living at home, my mother would constantly say “Its like Piccadilly Circus here”  when we were somewhere busy or noisy, which Catherine quotes in the very first sketch. Catherine always amazed me with her observations of people and their sayings, and so here is the compilation of her “frightened woman” character. I hope it makes you laugh and cheers up your Monday as much as it made myself and friend laugh the other week.

ALISON’S ADVENTURES IN BEAUTYLAND: TODAY IS JAPAN

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For today’s post/review, Alison’s heading to Japan!

The land of kawaii, delicious food and amazing beauty products. I think we’ll be spending some time here so sit back, get comfy, we’re kicking off this trip with a review of LuLuLun sheet masks!

I’ve been obsessed with sheet masks for some time. Perfect for pampering, slapping one on is the only time that I feel like I truly have “me” time that isn’t in front of a screen (TV/phone/computer) or done half-heartedly (there’s no multitasking to be done with one of these babies on your face. I’ve tried.) So in a Googling craze, which happens when I become obsessed with something very quickly, I found some great reviews about LuLuLun sheet masks. People loved them, the packaging was cute (I’m easily pleased) and best of all, they were cheap! When my mum told me she was going to Japan in late 2016, I asked her to pick me up a box in white for the brightening effect (my go-to “flavour”).

Sunglasses = bright = brightening effect (translation, all my own)

 

Let me tell you now, dear readers: it did not start well. Firstly, I opened the box wrong. I know what you’re thinking, “how can you OPEN A BOX wrong?!” Well, it happens months after you first started Googling the product. See, by then, you’ve forgotten everything and when your mum asks if she can have some masks too, you go ahead and try and open the packet like you would a pack of crisps. And there’s some kind of outer-packaging that stops you from realising that there’s an resealable flap at the top. So you’re opening this sheet mask box like a pack of crisps and then you’re confused because you feel essence seeping out onto your fingers. You peer in. And you see: a plastic tray filled with neatly packed sheet masks. And then you remember: it’s a daily sheet mask pack and they are all stacked together, not individually sealed like you had thought. FAIL.

 

All my embarrasing fails aside (bet you’ll remember not to do that now, right?), I was looking forward to trying these masks. There’s 32 sheet masks in a box, and you can also purchase a travel pack with a ziploc seal that comes with 7 masks that’s great for travelling. (Sidenote: did you know that sheet masks don’t count towards your liquids when going through security? All the more reason to stock up when flying!) As much as I love sheet masks, I tend to only use them once a week on average, sometimes more, often times less. I liked the idea of doing a mask daily so I saw this as a challenge.

 

Day One of the LuLuLun sheet mask challenge started off okay. I slapped it on, left it for 10 minutes and took it off. It was fine… a little bit of a sticky residue, which I wasn’t used to but nothing bad. The fit was on the small side – the holes are tiny and I say this as a person with small eyes! I have quite full lips so there wasn’t much wiggle room for them either. Essence-wise, it was, again, fine, but not as drenched as the individual packs of masks I’ve used before. This is probably due to having a whole stack of fabric masks and only a certain amount of essence to go round. Overall, an alright experience, nothing to write home about, but I was looking forward to hopefully seeing a bright complexion at the end of the box.

Even a nice filter can’t help this mask

 

I did well for 2-3 weeks. Then it all went downhill. Sheet masking, which was once such a treat was now a chore. I felt like I didn’t have the option to skip a night since I was afraid of 1) the sheet masks drying out and 2) the longer I left them, the more bacteria would have a chance to get on them (should note that this is not actual science but the science in my head). Towards the end of the box I dreaded sheet masking. While no one forced me to continue, I detest waste so I felt like I had to and it wasn’t as if my skin was reacting badly to it so why not? Unfortunately, I don’t think this was worth it in the end. Although there was a bit of a glow, I’ve had better glows with less effort and time. It simply did not live up to the hype for me.

 

After: happy that it’s over

 

 

LuLuLun Sheet Mask Box in White (Fresh Clear/Brightening), £37, Amazon / £27.23 YesStyle, $25.99, BBCosmetic.

 

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

WINDLE AND MOODIE ARE LAUNCHING IN THE USA : AUG 27-30 2017

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WINDLE AND MOODIE ARE LAUNCHING IN THE USA, AND WE’RE SUPER EXCITED!!!!!

ALREADY SOFT LAUNCHED IN THE AMAZING BEAUTY BOUTIQUE STORE VIOLET GREY IN MELROSE PLACE LOS ANGELES 1 YEAR AGO,  WE’RE NOW PLANNING A BIGGER LAUNCH, AT THE END OF AUGUST IN 2 LOCATIONS.

THE FIRST IS AT KUT HAUS SALON IN CLAREMONT AND THE SECOND AT LOFT 647 SALON IN WEST HOLLYWOOD.

Paul & I will be in LA together with some of the Windle and Moodie team, demoing their British take on editorial hair, fashion and style.

 

Take a look at the video below giving you a preview of whats to come at the events.

We will be in California AUG 27-30th 2017 

Contact windleandmoodie.us@gmail.com for more details and info about tickets. 

ME, WINDLE AND MOODIE, VIOLET GREY & TUTORIAL VIDEOS.

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Photos by Anthony Goblé

VIOLET GREY IS CURRENTLY WINDLE & MOODIE’S ONLY RETAIL STOCKIST IN THE USA.

BASED IN LOS ANGELES AT 8452 MELROSE PLACE, THE COMPANY HAS A HUGE FOLLOWING THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE.

As stockists of some of the Windle & Moodie line, they invited me to do some tutorial videos for them and, they’ve just released them on their website.

The 3 videos are about making everyday hair just that little bit cooler.

Check them out below,  and Also Violet Grey’s website by clicking the link below.

https://www.violetgrey.com/violet-files/industry-experts/neil-moodie-three-styling-tutorials

 

THE HEPBURN PONYTAIL

“It took a few weeks, but my bangs and I are finally getting used to each other’s company,” says Business Development Associate Alison Hutchinson of her recent foray into fringe. A new hairstyle necessitates a new approach to styling, so Hutchinson turned to Moodie for guidance. Using a “modern version” of Audrey Hepburn as an inspiration, Moodie delivered a polished, bouncy version of a high ponytail. After spritzing the bangs with Windle & Moodie Foundation Spray to lend strands hold and precision, he sectioned the rest of the hair and gently ran a straightener through each piece for uniform smoothness. Next, Moodie used a bristle brush—coated with hairspray—to gather the hair into a high ponytail before using his fingers to tease a bit of height at the crown and loosen a few pieces for face-framing softness “so it doesn’t feel too severe.”

 

THE LO-FI BOMBSHELL

“It’s a kind of editorial, effortless wave—the kind of hair women want to wake up with,” says Moodie of the tousled ‘do he did on Office Manager Maribel Garcia. He started by adding a quarter-sized dollop of Invisible Cream—“it’s quite weightless, your hair drinks it”—to Garcia’s hair with his fingers, and coating the ends with Foundation Spray. Moodie then used a sock diffuser to mimic an air-dry effect while concentrating heat at the roots. After the hair had dried, he took large pieces (“the sections I take are quite random, they’re not uniform—that’s the trick to make it look more natural,” he explains) and wrapped them down the barrel of a curling iron. Moodie worked quickly, cautioning that holding tresses for too long on the curling iron could lead to “forced waves.” Once he finished with the iron, Moodie offered a simple mantra: “No brushes. No combs. Only fingers.” Accordingly, he completed the look by gently mussing the hair with his fingertips.

 

THE SNAKE BRAID

For the slightly wavy hair of Beauty Editor Jayme Cyk, Moodie proposed a Snake Braid, an S-shaped update on the classic three-part plait. “It looks quite intricate and people are always wowed by it, but it’s actually quite quick and easy to do,” says Moodie. After prepping the hair with Windle & Moodie Invisible Day & Night Cream—to add piece-y-ness and eliminate flyaways—Moodie loosely braided a section near the face. Then, while gripping the center of the braid, he used his fingers to nudge the two outer pieces back towards the root. He repeated the process on the other side, and secured both braids at the back of the head with a clear elastic band.

WHEN WORK DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER – PHARRELL, WIMBLEDON & HAAGEN DAZS.

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MOODS COMEDY MONDAY – Everyday Made Extraordinary

Sometimes my job can be the weirdest thing. Not that this is weird necessarily, but fashion photographer Tom Munro was asked to direct the new Summer 2017 Haagen Dazs commercials as they wanted a more fashion feel to them, and not have their typical “sex sells”  theme. The idea is Everyday Made Extraordinary.

Richard Williams, UK marketing director of the brand’s owner General Mills, said: “The Häagen-Dazs of the Nineties was provocative and sexy which worked for Generation X at the time. But our research today has shown that the definition of what is ‘extraordinary’, ‘surprising’ or ‘provocative’ within culture now has vastly changed.

“Millennials want immersive experiences they can take part in, not glossy materialism they view from afar, so the Häagen-Dazs of the future will be subtle and rooted in authentic experiences, and just as importantly these experiences need to look good on Instagram, giving them social currency”

Naturally Tom Munro brought in a fashion team to work on it, and so we spent 3 days creating these fun, mini films with models, ice cream and a Pharrell tune.

The results are below.  I’ve posted the all TV commercials with all the films together but my favourite is most definitely the tennis one! ( Not that I’m biased, but as you know I do love tennis and Wimbledon, plus it was a giggle tomato because the girls found it hard to keep a straight face. Especially Eve in the pink!!! LOL )

Haagen Dazs Strawberry’s and Cream for Wimbledon.

Calm bubble, Cinema and Shopping

Ice cream bars

Extraordinary Day

CREDITS 

Director – Tom Munro 

Creative Director – Scott Bradley

Art Buyer Erika Moore

Producer- Nicola Kenney 

Models – Eve Delf , Rossy, Rosie Tapner, Ollie, Rebecca, Grace & Guy. 

Hair – Me Using Windle & Moodie 

Make-up – Wendy Rowe 

Styling – Victoria Young 

Mani – Trish Lomax 

MUSIC- PHARRELL

 

EDITORIAL ARCHIVE – BRITISH VOGUE JULY 2001 BY CORINNE DAY

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WITH TODAY’S EDITORIAL ARCHIVE,

I’M TAKING YOU BACK TO JULY 2001.

This shoot was done in Jamaica with the gorgeous 90’s/00’s supermodel  Angela Lindvall. Shot by my late friend Corinne Day, the shoot is called Castaway and shows off all the delicate, intricate clothing that was around at the time.

One of the images we shot as a cover try but wasn’t used, however it did make it inside ( phew) which I’m really happy about as it is a beautiful image.

 

Cover try that ended up not being a cover. 

Angela was born in Midwest City, Oklahoma and was discovered by an IMG scout, modeling in a fashion
show in Kansas City, when she was just 14 years old. She signed with IMG in New York but didn’t really being her modelling career until she was 17 years old. She featured on the cover of Italian Vogue in 1997, photographed by Steven Meisel and has featured on so many magazine covers since. In 2010, she left IMG and signed with the model agency Women Management. She is now back with IMG in NYC, London, Paris & Milan.

 

 

PROTECT YOUR HAIR IN THE SUN, WITH WINDLE AND MOODIE.

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PROTECT YOUR HAIR IN THE SUN.

FOR YEARS WE’VE ALL BEEN TOLD THAT WE MUST PROTECT OUR SKIN IN THE SUN. I THINK THESE DAYS PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN HEED OF THE ADVICE AND THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE MUCH MORE CONSCIOUS ABOUT PROTECTING THEIR SKIN.

BUT WHAT ABOUT OUR HAIR???????

Unlike skin, which normally darkens, browns, or goes red in the sun, hair lightens!!

 UV in sunlight oxidizes melanin into a colourless compound.  Melanin is the pigment that gives your hair its colour. Melanin helps protect our skin and hair by filtering out potentially harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Spending time outside exposing it to bright sunlight sun makes you’re hair more susceptible to lightening.  Realistically, blonde hair is really just colourless hair or hair with very little melanin in it.

Melanin isn’t the only protein in your hair thats taking a battering from the sun. There is a chemical group on hair called a thiol. When thiols are unoxidized, the hairs slide easily across each other. When the sun oxidizes those thiols, it is a whole different story.When a thiol group is oxidized to a sulfonic acid, the hairs tend to stick together more. So you get tangling that can’t really be repaired.  This makes your hair feel more dry.  ( This quote on thiols is taken from Stanford Tech Website about understanding genetics. – click here to read more in depth info:  http://genetics.thetech.org/ask/ask180)

Salt water from the sea and chlorine from pools  also affect the keratin in your hair, making your natural hair lighter also.

Since hair is dead, your hair will stay lighter until new hair grows through.

So what can we do about it? Well, theres few solutions.

a) Always wear a hat in the sun.

b) Don’t go in the sun ( but thats a bit boring)

c) Wear a swimming cap or do-rag

d) After going in the sea, rinse your hair thoroughly and straight away with clean water

or theres the most important :  e)

And that is to use products with UV Protector in them. and guess what, there’s 4 styling products and 1 care product within my range ( Windle and Moodie) that have what we call HPF ( Hair Protection Factor.

And here they are:

1) Invisible Day & Night Cream- A daily hair moisturiser that is 100% Vegan & Gluten Free)  £21.00

Click here to purchase http://www.windleandmoodie.com/hairproducts/shop/invisible-day-and-night-cream/

2) Shine and Smoothing Oil – A blend of oils to smooth frizz or give extra shine. 100% Vegan & Gluten free:  £23.00

Click here to purchase: http://www.windleandmoodie.com/hairproducts/shop/shine-smoothing-oil/

3) Curl Enhancer – Creates definition and separation for perfectly formed curls 100% Vegan & Gluten free: £15.00

Click here to purchase: http://www.windleandmoodie.com/hairproducts/shop/curl-enhancer/

4) Thickening Cream – A multi-purpose cream for volume, lift and thickness 100% Vegan & Gluten free: £15.00

Click here to purchase: http://www.windleandmoodie.com/hairproducts/shop/thickening-cream/

5) Cream Sheen- A dual purpose cream with oils to add sheen and definition 100% Vegan & Gluten free: £17.00

Click here to purchase: http://www.windleandmoodie.com/hairproducts/shop/cream-sheen/

HAPPY SUMMER……!!!!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

JUST ANOTHER MOODIE MONDAY – BURNING UP, MADONNA

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I’M IN AMSTERDAM AND I WENT FOR A JOG THIS MORNING BEFORE I WENT TO WORK.

I TOOK MY PHONE WITH ME AND CHOSE A PLAYLIST FOR RUNNING TO AND THE FIRST SONG THAT CAME ON WAS “BURNING UP” BY MADONNA.

What a great track that I’d completely forgotten about. “Burning Up” was written and recorded by Madonna for her first ever studio album in 1983. Released as the album’s second single on March 9, 1983, in some countries it was a double-A side single with “Physical Attraction”, another song from the album.

The lyrics talk of the singer’s lack of shame in declaring her passion for her lover.

I’ll say no more and give you the video. Have a dance, a jog or just a sing-a-long. Either way I’m sure it will cheer up the start of the week for you. It did for me, so much so that I changed what the original song was for this post – I’ll give you that track another time instead.

 

NEW WORK: RALPH LAUREN CRAFTED FOR WIMBLEDON 2017

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BEING A HUGE TENNIS FAN, YOU CAN IMAGINE THE DELIGHT ON MY FACE WHEN I WAS BOOKED TO DO A SHOOT FOR POLO RALPH LAUREN FOR THEIR LATEST WIMBLEDON COLLECTION.

THE LEGENDARY RAPLH LAUREN BRAND HAVE BEEN APPOINTED AS ONE OF THE OFFICIAL  OUTFITTERS FOR WIMBLEDON 2017.

And so a few weeks before the Wimbledon tournament started, we headed off to SW17 to shoot Polo’s latest collection there, and what a treat it was.   We were able to wonder the grounds and even go into centre court, although we were under no circumstances allowed to go onto the grass as it was going through its final preparations for the opening match of the tournament.

And so guys, below is the results of the shoot. I hope you like and enjoy, especially the short film we made too.

 

 

SHOOT CREDITS:  POLO RALPH LAUREN CRAFTED FOR WIMBLEDON 2017 

PH/DIR: JOHN BALSOM

CLOTHES: POLO, RALPH LAUREN

HAIR: ME

MAKE-UP: LUCY BURT

MODELS: TOM WEBB, KIT BUTLER, KIKI BOREELL, KASJA MOHAMMAR, MARKETA S, SPENCER H