Think Pink!

This month I’m supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and will be buying beauty brands who demonstrate loyalty through generous donations to the good cause.

Ethical Aveda will give £4.00 from all sales from their Hand Relief hand cream toward the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Limited edition Hand Relief (£22, 150ml) featuring the calming shampure aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences is positvely invigorating.


Lovers of Rose will adore the Red Roses scent by Jo Malone. Inspired by a voluptuous blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses. With crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon, it unfolds like a bouquet of freshly cut flowers.

For each Red Roses (£86) 100ml Cologne sold throughout October within the UK, Jo Malone London will donate £20.00 to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®.


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This week I’m loving . . . .

Gucci Bamboo is a red carpet favourite and for me an enchanting autumnal mood booster.  Bursts of flirty Sandalwood, Casablanca Lily, feminine Orange Blossom and delicate Ylang Ylang help me to kick off the new season in style – its divine!

Gucci Bamboo Eau de Parfum 75ml £70 is available to buy nationwide.


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The Celebrity Facialist: Caroline Hitchcock



She has over 25 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of an array of skin concerns ranging from hormonal acne, to age defying treatments. Anti-ageing facialist Caroline Hitchcock cares for many famous faces and this week talks to the Celebrity Beauty Stalker.


1. What is your skincare philosophy?

My Main skincare philosophy is: “CLEANSE, NOURISH & PROTECT”


2. Have you ever suffered from a skin complaint?

No, nothing major, apart from the odd minor irritation.


3.What do you use on your own skin?

I am constantly ‘test-running’ new products for efficacy but my daily routine will consist of a facial cleanser, an eye cream, followed by an antioxidant serum, then a moisturiser containing active ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid, to maintain hydration levels throughout the day, followed by a finishing layer, a tinted CC cream with SPF, like the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler CC Cream with SPF 15,  (priced at£28, 50ml) for an even tone and protection.


4. What is your ultimate skincare tip?

My ultimate skincare tip would be to start looking after your skin from your teens upwards to prevent future aging from pollution and photo-damage. A good hot cloth cleanse in the morning and night time especially, followed by a protective moisturiser is a good starting point, progressing to more active ingredients from the 30s onwards.

Also consult a reputable Facialist to improve your complexion and for advice on the right homecare regime to suit your skin’s needs, as these are constantly changing.


5. How did you start as a beauty guru?

I began my career by Training at the Steiner Beauty School in London’s Grosvenor St, over 25 years ago,  where candidates were given strict training in deportment, etiquette and personal grooming as well as excellent beauty training in all aspects of Beauty Therapy and human biology theory. Upon Graduation, I worked in London, Dubai and the U.S, gaining experience and further knowledge from various mentors already established in the industry.


6. You’re a renowned anti-ageing facialist. Why did you choose to specialise only on skin?

In the nineties I took a role as Senior facialist in a French Beauty/skincare clinic based in Dubai, where I learned to treat a vast array of skincare conditions, from different types of acne, pigmentation to severely sun damaged skin, within a very cosmopolitan society.  In the early days of my career only basic skincare products and treatments were available but in the last decade or so science has advanced so much, with the development of cutting edge, Biomimetic ingredients such as peptides, antioxidants and Hyaluronic Acid means that we really can repair, replace and even reverse the effects of aging skin, avoiding surgically invasive procedures. As a Facialist, who is passionate about skin, it’s a very exciting challenge to be able to improve and perfect clients’ complexions and see the results month on month. With a combination of manual and machine based techniques, coupled with the application of active ingredients great results can be achieved.


7. Tell us about your at- home anti-ageing regime and the products you suggest?

I practise what I preach so I will use an oil based cleanser in the evening and remove with hot damp sponges, followed by either an antioxidant oil such as Nubo Bien Etre, or a Hyaluronic Acid night cream such as the Eucerin Hyaluron-Filler Night Cream (£26.00, 50ml) which has a wonderful rich consistency, perfect for a really intense overnight hydration and protection from ‘sleep wrinkles’. During the day I will start with a face wash, an  eye cream, then an active serum with vit C & E plus peptides, or an HA based serum concentrate, followed by a light moisturiser containing actives, I like Eucerin H(£26, 50ml) for normal or combination skin as it keeps my skin hydrated all day without feeling oily or alternatively I will use the Eucerin CC Cream.  I don’t wear foundation but will use a bit of concealer (red diffuser by super cover) .

Once a week I will exfoliate with my own homemade concoction of organic coconut oil and some other secret ingredients! I will always use a factor 50 on face, neck and décolleté area when in the sun.


8. Do you have any celebrity clients?

Over the long span of my career I have worked on the skins of many high profile celebrities, aristocracy and regular people alike but I think they would prefer to remain anonymous unless of course they choose to compliment me with a testimonial!


9. Do you believe we are what we eat?

Absolutely! I tend to apply logic to most things.

If you have a bad diet of processed foods, excess sugar, starch, saturated fats and alcohol it will definitely catch up with you and your skin will display signs of this. Clean, lean unprocessed foods and lots of water is best. The 80/20 rule can work well for a good balance.


10. What is the one beauty product that you can’t live without and why?

I always get asked this question and find it impossible to answer being a product junkie!  One needs to cleanse, nourish and protect so there are 3, but I guess if it has to be one it would be an antioxidant, oil based cleanser that left your skin both clean and hydrated in one.

To book an appointment with Caroline email –

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The Celebrity Facialist: Chelseé Lewis



Celebrity Beauty Stalker, Alice Howard, talks to celebrity beauty guru Chelseé Lewis, about her life and work.

1. What is your skincare philosophy?

I believe we must all try and look after our skin as much as possible by having a fantastic cleansing routine and using products which work for you. Using SPF, having a healthy balanced diet, lots of water and exercise and regular beauty treatments to help purify, detoxify and balance the mind and body. Lifestyle and diet have a big impact on our skin.

2. Have you ever suffered from a skin complaint?

When I was a teenager I suffered from severe acne and my mother took me to a doctor on Harley Street where I had few treatments which helped my skin tremendously. My heart always goes out to anyone who has acne as a skin complaint as it’s our face and it’s very hard to cover up. Acne can really knock your confidence, so I will always do my best to try to treat this skin condition and if I can’t  then I will refer the client to a facialist who can.

3. What do you use on your own skin?

I use , Yon-Ka , Decleor and Eve Lom products which I highly rate and have used over the past 10 years.

4. What is your ultimate skin tip?

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! My devoted clients call me ‘The Exfoliating Queen’ and I just love doing this. Obviously in moderation once or twice a week. I love the way your skin looks so clear, even more fresher and it just glows!

5. How did you start as a beauty guru?

20 years ago I started my career working for Regis in the Debenhams store in Oxford Street which was a busy hair and beauty location. It was a rewarding time and I built so much experience, knowledge and worked with some very interesting people. Following this I worked with many of the well-known product houses including high-end beauty clinics.

6. You are a renowned facialist. Why did you choose to specialise only on skin?

I found my niche whilst working for a London clinic that specialised in facial treatments and i grew into becoming a dedicated and intuitive facialist. I love my work and to me it’s not like a job! I get to meet some fantastic people helping them to feel good and most of all to look good too! It is also important to educate clients on how to look after their skin. There are so many people that still don’t know how to look after their skin. And there are plenty of Women and Men  who have injectable procedures to look young but are not looking after their skin. My clients always receive a little skin education at each salon appointment and thank me when they see the visible results!

7. Tell us about your signature treatment.

My signature facial is Le Visage. It is a treatment which is tailor-made to the clients concerns and their individual needs. Included in this facial is my signature massage which is a lymph drainage and working on the pressure points of the face. This is one of the most important part of the treatment as it brings oxygen and nutrients to the skin and also detoxifies. I would always adapt the treatment to the clients skin concern on the day and they may have a micro peel incorporated in the treatment or Aqua Microdermabrasion. This facial is results driven treatment but also extremely luxurious and pampering.

8. How much do you charge and do you have any celebrity clients?

The cost of the Le Visage treatment is £120 and I am grateful for all my clients custom and In my eyes ALL my clients are stars! Yes, I can include; Stella McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow, Erin O’Connor, Sadie Frost, Anna Friel and Jeremy Piven, to name but a few, visit me to take care for their skin, when they can.

9.What makes you stand out from the crowd?

I am just doing me. I think always stay true to yourself and being a nice person goes a long way.

10. How long is your waiting list?

At the moment if a client calls at the beginning of the week I will always try and fit them in.

11. Who has been your biggest influence in your career?

My family. My mother and my sister have always supported me in all my decisions and encouraged me along the way. And I was always told to follow your dreams and ‘You’ can be and do what ever you want to, just go for it!

12. You are such a busy lady; tell Celebrity Beauty Stalker readers how you relax.

I relax by watching DVDs and movies, exercising, relaxing dinners with a glass of wine. And having body massages  and acupuncture.

I also like to relax with meditation and also practice mindfulness.

Chelseé Lewis is based at the Nicky Clarke Mayfair salon,11 Carlos Place, London W1K 3AX

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BEHIND THE SCENES – Top 5 Celebrity Beauty Secrets

Check out five celebrity backstage beauty secrets and tricks from the people in the know at fashion week.

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One of the easiest ways to cheat a youthful look is to draw on freckles. Makeup artist, Lynsey Alexander says that Kate Moss always asks for a smattering of freckles, “It gives you that youthful freshness and glow, the trick is to use your brow pencil and dot randomly before smudging it with your finger, so it looks like skin rather than make-up”.

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You can achieve fashion lashes with Queen of Lashes Sue Marsh. London lash queen Sue who counts supermodel Naomi Campbell as a client has created a unique formula from the salon to the catwalk using her Eye Boutique lashes range. These fabulous falsies are infused with four colours and two lengths and applying them is easy with Sue’s illuminated magnifying mirror and unique lash holder. Sue Marsh Eye Boutique Lashes, £8, Lash Holder, £15, Magnifying Eye-Mirror £10, and Hypoallergenic Adhesive, £8 from and  

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Eyebrows are in for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t been blessed with Delevingne eyebrows, Terry de Gunzburg, founder of ByTerry says: “Apply a nourishing balm to your eyebrows before going to bed. This will guarantee extra strength and growth—thicker eyebrows in two weeks.”


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Matte foundations can settle on the skin and often exaggerate pores and wrinkles. Joanna Czech, Uma Thurman’s facialist, says: “Skin looks younger and fresher when you can see it through your foundation, unlike water-based versions, they won’t highlight enlarged pores and fine lines.”

Czech also says: “Make your own by mixing your favourite serum or facial oil in with your regular foundation.”

Mixing serum into your foundation is a great way to ensure your skin stays hydrated all day.

Skincare expert at What Skin Needs, Sonja Dymalovski, recommends using a serum that includes natural oils as they reduce the chance of breakouts.

Sonja says: “Hydration is the key to young looking skin, and adding a serum to your foundation is a great way to get that youthful dewy look. I would go for a serum with oils that have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties like Jojoba oil and Plantolin. Try Hydrating Facial Serum by What Skin Needs, £17.99.

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Who knew that you could find a great conditioner tucked away in your fridge! Blake Lively told Brydie: “My mom taught me this really great beauty tip. She used to put oil or mayonnaise on the bottom half of her hair before she would shower. That way, when she would shampoo, the soap wouldn’t strip the bottom of the hair and dry it out making it brittle.

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