Last week I had the opportunity to visit Umbria, in Italy, with Fresh Cosmetics, and it was one of the most amazing press trips I’ve ever been to – so glad I decided to vlog it to share all these experiences with you!

Fresh is such a special brand and I love so many of their products – the masks, the Soy Face Cleanser, all the lip scrubs and balms… So it was a real treat to be with them in Umbria to learn literally everything about the Umbrian Clay range, from an off road experience to visit the source of the clay to a tour of the facilities where it’s processed to then be turned into products that are such cult classics, know for their purifying and clearing (without making skin dry) properties.

We also had a first glimpse of a limited edition packaging & clay pot for the mask, done in collaboration with Ceramiche Rometti, hang out with Lev and Alina, Fresh founders, and as if this wasn’t enough, had some incredible experiences like going to a spa inside Roman ruins from the first century AD, truffle hunting and even a detour to Rome for gelato on our way to the airport! I hope you like the vlog ;)

The Umbrian Clay range is available here – the limited edition Umbrian Clay Mask is launching in May, if you want to buy it two weeks early email ukcustomerservices@fresh.com to be put on the waiting list!

Don’t miss Estée’s vlog here.

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Beyond Beauty moment – where we went / what I wore:

Borgo dei Conti Resort – our hotel
Nun Spa in Assisi – the amazing spa!
Piazza Grande – restaurant in Nocera Umbra
Malvarina – truffle hunting
Antico Forziere – restaurant in Umbria
Ceramiche Rometti – the ceramic atelier
Ristoro in Campagna – last lunch

And in Rome… Giolitti for gelato!

Day 1
Persol vintage sunglasses
Burberry trench coat
Maria Filó shirt (brazilian brand)
Chanel flats

Zara dress
Lool earrings
Church’s boots

Day 2
J. Crew jacket
Sorel boots
Lapima sunglasses

Day 3
Levi’s jeans
Rails shirt
Cos sweater
Church’s boots
Lapima sunglasses

A peculiar Oscar night, to say the least… But we can always count on the most watched red carpet of the year for some good inspirations for hair and makeup.

I loved Emma Stone’s deep red lipstick (lip liner in Karekare + Audacious lipstick in Mona by Nars), Emily Ratajkowski’s amazing smoky eye, Hailee Steinfeld’s super beautiful neutral smoky eye, Diane Kruger’s short hair with waves…

Photos below – who were your favourites?

{Photos: Getty Images}

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“Weird” lipsticks are definitely a trend – it seems that suddenly everybody got tired of reds, pinks and corals, which are now considered to be basic, and turned to super bold and interesting shades.

Black, blue, grey, purple… Even the nude got its own twisted version, with a touch of grey or purple. The 90s brown, MIA for years, also came back with this new trend. I love that this reminds us we don’t need to stick with the so called normal lipsticks – there is a whole world of shades to be explored! Including the yellow, the green, the white…

This trend went viral mainly because of social media, there’s no denying that – Kylie Jenner with her brand Kylie Cosmetics is one to blame, for sure, but it just spread like wildfire everywhere and now all the brands have their own versions of the “weird” lipsticks, so now they are quite easy to find.

Browse the gallery for inspiration and shop our picks below to be part of the trend!

  • Taupe Violet – Make Up For Ever (here)
  • Hermione – Pausa para Feminices (Brazilian brand)(here)
  • Touch – MAC (here)
  • Stone – MAC (here)
  • Shavasana – Smashbox (here)
  • Montaigne – Dior (here)
  • Sebastian – Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (here)
  • Vice UV-B – Urban Decay (here)
  • Punk Blues – Vult (here)
  • Midnight Blue – Make Up For Ever (here)
  • Freedom – Kylie Cosmetics
  • Skylie – Kylie Cosmetics
  • Lipstick SPF 8 Azul – Natura (here)
  • Matte Marrô – Quem disse, Berenice? (Brazilian brand)(here)
  • Instigator – MAC (here)
  • Poison – Dior (here)
  • Bowl Me Over – MAC (here)
  • Shade 25 – Vult (Brazilian brand)(here)
  • Cisne Negro – Pausa para Feminices (Brazilian brand)(here)
  • Perversion – Urban Decay (here)
  • Deep Rooted – MAC (here)

{Photos: Pinterest and courtesy of the brands}

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Before I start, I must admit that this lipstick was in fact on my wishlist at the time of conceiving the post, but since then I’ve bought it, fallen in love, used several times, etc – it was even featured on the Crazy for red lipstick video. But I decided to share the post anyway, as I figure everyone is always looking for a great new red lipstick to try, right?

So the beautiful Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red went straight to my wishlist when I saw these two photos of both Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Amber Heard wearing it – if they approve of the shade (and look so damn good wearing it), I mean, it’s just instant desire.

This range of pencil-style lipsticks from Nars was already a favourite of mine, they’re just so pigmented, velvety matte (no wonder that’s the name) and easy to apply, and this red is just perfection, deep and warmer than a classic pure red. I bought mine at Space NK in London.

And take note: Nars is launching 10 new shades soon, I’ve previewed some of them and they’re totally lust worthy – will share my favourites in the near future!

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Guido Palau is one of the most iconic, celebrated and adored hairstylists in the industry – and he’s also one of the busiest, especially during the fashion month. Responsible for creating hairstyles of some of the most influential shows of the season (Marc Jacobs, Prada, Dior and Valentino, to name a few) he can easily be considered as a trend setter when it comes to the red caret and street style.

Last October, right after the Spring Summer 17 shows were over, I sat down to Guido, who is also Redken’s creative director, to discuss the most relevant and memorable moments of the season. It was, as always, such an inspirational and lovely chat and I hope you like it too.

. Trickiest hair
Marc Jacobs – it took a long time to organise the styles and the colours… We had the hair made and then had it coloured which took a month to put together.

. Most used product of the season
Redken’s Full Force 23 hairspray. The last few days I have been using a lot of spray, for Givenchy, Sacai and McQueen. It’s always one of the most used products in my kit, but this season I used it more for styling than holding, not to set, but to create the hair.

. Most used tool
My hands… We had a combination of a lot of natural as well as sculptural styles. I’ve been cutting a lot of hairs as well, so perhaps scissors too. Alex Wang, Coach, Prada, Versace, Valentino, Sacai… Some were very radical, like Prada, but luckily the models don’t go crazy – they don’t seem to be so bothered!

. The biggest comeback
Versace’s stick straight hair was something I haven’t done in a long time. It was interesting to work with straight hair, I used Satin Wear to blow dry then ironed and filled the sides with some layers. It was interesting to use the straightening iron again, having not used it in fashion for… I don’t know, a while! That was a comeback.

. The surprising miss
There was a bit of everything, romance, hard, natural and hair cuts… One thing I didn’t use was hair extensions. There was a time when they were everywhere and it was a nightmare! Now it doesn’t seem to be a trend.

. Current dream hair
I like the very simplistic bobs I cut at Prada, the “classic-ness” of them, the simplicity, it felt very refreshing and effortlessly chic.

. The icon of the season
Each show had a different icon, there wasn’t a particular woman that was showing all the time. Each house was very true to themselves, the house was it’s own image. There wasn’t a “Brigitte Bardot everywhere” this season. I loved the styles at Prada and McQueen, when you get through them and it works and the designer is happy, you like them!

. The hair that’s going to be a hit on the streets
Prada. It was the cut that everybody liked, but also the ponytails were very simple, minimalistic and had a lot of style, I think people will be watching the ponytail again – of course it’s always there in a way, but I’m talking about a very high fashion context. Prada makes people really look at things again. The simplicity of something groomed, how it can be very stylish. It goes against the natural in a way.
{Vic says: my guess is the Dior braided knot} Yes there was definitely some appeal to it, people loved it backstage. There’s some appeal to having the braid and the knot – thats something Maria Grazia is very good at, touching women sensibilities…

. The hair you will be doing a lot for the campaigns
You never know what’s going to happen, sometimes they want to replicate the look from the show, sometimes not… We have to wait and see.

. Any interesting backstage moment you can recall?
I had a really nice backstage moment yesterday, doing the hair of a very good friend of mine’s daughter, Elfie. Rosemary Ferguson, her mom, was a model, we lived together in NY in the 90’s and I was doing Elfie’s hair at McQueen. Rosemary was there and I was like… How did this happen? Elfie is now 17 so it’s crazy… It was a very tender and sweet moment, I have a lot of affection for them, the mother was super proud.

{Special thanks to Guido & Redken for this interview}

On @diadebeaute Instagram I share inspiring photos of hair and makeup. In case you missed it or want to save your favourites… Here is the weekly summary

 

On @diadebeaute Instagram I share inspiring photos of hair and makeup. In case you missed it or want to save your favourites… Here is the weekly summary

Back with another English video! One of the perks of being a beauty editor is being able to try products before they are launched, and that was the case with By Terry’s new Rouge Expert Click Stick lipsticks – you may have noticed that I have a thing for lipsticks… So it’s always a treat to discover new favourites.

Rouge Expert has a really cool drop shape, which makes it so easy and precise to apply, and a great soft texture with a velvet matte finish and great lasting power.

Now that they’re finally out, here is a video review showing some of my favourite shades, plus some of my favourite By Terry products. There are also some highlights from the Paris launch event, that I had the opportunity to attend this week – the main one was definitely meeting Terry herself, one of my all time beauty idols!

Hope you enjoy the video ;)

Ah – Rouge Expert is exclusive to Space NK for the launch, use the code VIC16 to get free delivery if you’re shopping from the UK here.

Products:

  • Cellularose Brightening CC Serum – By Terry (here)
  • Light-Expert Click Brush Foundation in 4 – By Terry (here)
  • Sun Designer Palette in 1 – By Terry (here)
  • Ombre Blackstar in Blond Opal – By Terry (here)
  • Ligne Expert – By Terry (here)
  • Terrybly Mascara – By Terry (here)
  • Touche Veloutee Concealer in 1 – By Terry (here)
  • Ombre Blackstar in Ombre Mercure – By Terry (here)
  • Rouge-Expert Click Stick – By Terry (here)
    4 Rose Ease
    5 Flamingo Kiss
    6 Rosy Flush
    3 Bare Me
    16 Rouge Intention
    17 My Red
    18 Be Mine
    22 Pink Pong
    23 Play Plum

Wearing:
Nail polish in 30 – Kiko Milano (here)
Studio Cocoon ring (Brazilian brand)
Zara shirt

{Video edition: Renata G. Corrêa}