Get ready for SS14 beauty

Maartje Verthoef backstage at Christian Dior (photo:

From all directions we are hearing that CC creams are better than BB creams, that one lipstick is more nourishing than another brand and that we should be using face oils rather than moisturisers. 

Inevitably, we fall into a trap. I wander through beauty stores, i incessantly stare at beautifully designed packaging, semi-informative product descriptions and intellectually written product ingredients, and before i know it, i am balancing seven products, huddled in the corner of the store trying to make a decision. This really does happen far too often. 

The fact is, beauty products, as are fashion trends and film-taste, personal to each individual. We all have different skin combinations and have different colour preferences, so when it comes to beauty, it should be personalised. 


My beauty compare  is a platform which serves for a multitude of things. For one, it is a comparison site for both price and product  performance. By filling in a straightforward section about you, including your skin-type, eye-colour and hair-colour, you begin a buoyant and enlightening journey into what the future of your cosmetics bag will contain and what is really best for you. The website is also host to video tutorials, a blog and a forum. 

“ finds the best beauty products for YOUR profile. It combines the world’s premier beauty price comparison site together with your beauty profile to deliver personalised best product matches for YOU.” –

Soap and Glory, Elemental Herbology, Korres, Max Factor and Benefit, are just a minute selection of undoubtedly reputable brands covered by the website, however, with such illustrious brands all in one place, is this not making beauty-buying much harder? In fact no, things got easier. 

Sasha Luss backstage at Giambattista Valli (photo:

This season, the catwalks proved great for SS14 beauty trends, from electric blue eyes, stripy hair and orange lips. Bare faces were a perpetual look, and it is definitely the right time to invest in good skin care right for you. Raw beauty is one of the most covered trends this season, so keeping faces bare is a must, but adding in that gold brow, a lá Christian Dior or painted stripes around the eye as seen at Chanel, the time to start finding the products for you, is now. The blog feature on the website has some great features on skincare which can push you one step further to make-up free faces this Spring.

Backstage hair at Christopher Kane (photo:

Hair was also a big part of the SS14 shows. Disheveled, slicked back, or natural but groomed, getting the perfect hair can be difficult, but with the right products, it can be easy and catwalk-worthy. My beauty compare allows you to look at a range of hair products from Bumble and Bumble, Alterna, Aussie and more. The blog also features a wide range of hair posts including ‘Hollywood Hairstyles-American Hustle’ and ‘2014 Hair Trends From Paris Fashion Week’. They reference both how to achieve the style and what products to use, which is a great way to start applying those SS14 trends. 

Trends i'll be covering this Spring 

Ponytails as seen at Stella McCartney and described as “tight and controlled” by Hairstylist Eugene Souleiman. They didn’t use any products on set, just the tools of the trade, leaving loose ends to fall out. 

Eye-liner and faces with a “liquid” finish as worn at Missoni. 

Hair, as seen at Burberry Prorsum. described backstage, that “hair was a simple affair in the hands of Neil Moodie, who, after blow-drying strands, added Moroccanoil Frizz Control with his fingertips for a bit of natural texture. “I’ll also be attempting Makeup artist Wendy Row’s take on eyes. Petal-pink eye shadow. 

Petal-pink eyes at Burberry Prorsum (photo:



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