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Katie Holmes and Bobbi Brown are teaming up to launch Bobbi & Katie, a palette for women with little time for an extensive beauty regime.

Katie Holmes, 34, has been the face of make-up brand Bobbi Brown since September.

Bobbi & Katie make-up line will feature eye shadows, Pot Rouges and eye pencils in nudes and natural colors for busy women who want a “quick fix”.

“Nobody wants to look like they’ve been getting ready for hours,” Katie Holmes told WWD.

“It’s all about the effortless chic.”

The collection will feature a $65 brush set, a set of eight eye shadows for $68, two Pot Rouges and an eye pencil.

The colors in the palette were apparently inspired by an old pink and brown journal owned by Katie Holmes.

Katie Holmes and Bobbi Brown teamed up to launch Bobbi & Katie palette for busy women

Katie Holmes and Bobbi Brown teamed up to launch Bobbi & Katie palette for busy women

“It felt very girly, but at the same time masculine in a way,” Katie Holmes explained, adding that Bobbi Brown was “very open” to using the journal as inspiration for the make-up and packaging.

Katie Holmes and Bobbi Brown also took cues from their own busy lifestyles, aiming to create an easy collection for women with similar schedules.

“I’m busy, Bobbi’s busy,” said Katie Holmes, adding: “I don’t know a woman who isn’t busy, and you need that quick fix.”

Katie Holmes explained that women can apply the cosmetics “in the back of a cab. . . in your bathroom at home. . . [or] in the parking lot at your child’s soccer game”.

One of the more effortlessly chic items in the line is the Pot Rouge, which acts as a two-in-one product for cheeks and lips.

“It feels like it’s a little secret and it has all of your tricks inside,” the actress said of the collection.

“You can quickly get yourself looking the best you could look and then put it back into your bag.

“It makes you feel good, and we all want to feel good,” she added.

Katie Holmes and Bobbi Brown first began working together last September, when the actress was tapped as the face of the make-up brand.

The experience was apparently a positive one, since Katie Holmes and Bobbi Brown are now calling themselves business partners.

While Katie Holmes gushed that Bobbi Brown is “so creative and so smart”, the make-up artist said of the actress: “She really has a feel for what women want and need. She has a great eye for color and design.”

This isn’t Katie Holmes’ first foray into fashion; in January, the actress signed on as the spokesman for eco-conscious haircare brand Alterna.

The Bobbi & Katie make-up collection will launch in select stores in September, and will be followed by a skincare line.


Kelly Brook has given fans a slight insight into how she keeps herself looking stunning in a new video clip.

Kelly Brook, 33, took to Keek – the popular video sharing site – on Friday to show a quick stream of her beauty regime.

With the assistance of her trusted make-up artist, she gave fans a first-hand glimpse of her having her smokey eyes created.

Sitting back in her make-up chair, Kelly Brook relaxed as an artist carefully added mascara and eyeshadow to her big brown eyes.

Holding her camera impressively still as the team got to work, the Celebrity Juice babe looked delighted with the outcome.

Kelly Brook playfully sang as she had her features enhanced and chatted cheerfully to her entourage.

Kelly Brook gave fans a first-hand glimpse of her having her smokey eyes created

Kelly Brook gave fans a first-hand glimpse of her having her smokey eyes created

Her hair was also pinned up during the make-up process as she underwent a full beauty transformation.

Not content with being pampered by her beauty team, cheeky Kelly Brook also managed to get a foot rub after revealing her Louboutin’s had been pinching.

“My Loubis hurt my feet…” Kelly Brook said in an earlier Keek before receiving the soothing treatment.

The presenter has just completed a hugely successful stint as a guest team captain on hilarious ITV2 comedy game-show Celebrity Juice.

Kelly Brook was drafted in to keep Fearne Cotton’s seat warm after she temporarily left the show to give birth to her first son, Rex, in February.

Having taken over during Fearne Cotton’s maternity leave, Kelly Brook has proved a hit with fellow panelist, Holly Willoughby and the show’s host, Keith Lemon – as well as being a new favorite for fans of the show at home.

With her last appearance on the show airing last Thursday, Kelly Brook has not wasted time in finding further work.

“Guest judging on @shop_aholic_ today with the lovely @Brixsmithstart @officialJasonG @hollycandy pics to Follow 😉 x” she tweeted earlier on Friday, leading to her make-up sharing keeks.


Victoria Beckham has revealed her secret beauty weapon to achieve a perfectly smooth skin: a body moisturizer by Weleda.

Speaking to HELLO! magazine about her beauty regime, Victoria Beckham said: “The body cream I use is a really simple, inexpensive body moisturizer by Weleda.

“It’s really, really thick, and I slather it on.”

First introduced in 1926, Skin Food is designed to aid skin battered by daily stresses from poor diet to pollution.

Skin Food by Weleda is designed to aid skin battered by daily stresses from poor diet to pollution

Skin Food by Weleda is designed to aid skin battered by daily stresses from poor diet to pollution

Victoria Beckham isn’t alone in her love of Skin Food by Weleda.

Adele, Alexa Chung, Rihanna, Peaches Geldof, Helena Christiensen, and Erin O’Connor are also fans of the $10 beauty product.

Adele explained her reason for using Skin Food: “Because I wear a lot of makeup when I’m working, I like to use Skin Food by Weleda because it makes my skin feel really replenished.”

Erin O’Connor said: “I massage this into the heels of my feet, toes and elbows before a fashion shoot. It works really well to soften the skin.”


With a month to go before Christmas, there is still time to make sure you look and feel fabulous this festive season.

See experts’ recommendations here:

GOAL: Radiant, glowing skin

Expert: Sarah Chapman, whose High Definition Facial is almost as famous as her client list, which includes Queen Rania of Jordan, Naomi Watts and Jemma Kidd.

Recommendation: Facial massage every other day is unbeatable for getting an instant glow. Use your knuckles (held in loose fists) and finger tips to roll, knead and drum life back into your skin.

These movements stimulate lymphatic drainage on puffy complexions and boost the vital supply of oxygen and nutrients to the skin. Massage used in combination with your skincare products increases their performance.

Once a week, try a mask (Skinesis Instant Miracle Mask, SpaceNK) to brighten, clarify and lift skin.

Layering a serum underneath a face mask packs an added punch.

You can make your own nourishing mask using a mixture of honey, a dash of olive oil and natural yogurt or avocado.

Or mix together some yogurt and large oatmeal flakes for an exfoliating at-home peel.

Best tip: For a cooling, de-puffing and revitalizing treatment straight from your kitchen, pour a small amount of water into a balloon, leave in your freezer and simply wrap in a cloth and roll all over the face before you apply your make-up.

It ends up looking like a giant ice cube sausage. This mini treatment will de-puff and bring an instant rosy glow.

GOAL: Shiny, healthy hair

Expert: Daniel Galvin Junior, an award-winning colorist whose clients include Kelly Brook, Holly Valance and Amanda Holden.

Recommendation: The most important things to focus on are detoxifying and nourishing the hair.

You can do an at-home hair detox treatment by mixing a quarter of a tablespoon of vitamin C powder, the same amount of cider vinegar and half a cup of hot water to freshly washed hair for a deep cleanse.

You can also deep condition your hair at home with a detox mask (try Daniel Galvin Junior Organics Hair Repair & Gloss, dgjorganics.com).

When applying a hair mask at home, gently warm a hand towel in the microwave and wrap it around the hair for 20 minutes – the heat intensifies the treatment, helping it last around three weeks.

Remember, if you’re planning a haircut or color before Christmas, book appointments now before salons get booked up.

Best tip: If you are going to try an up-do over the party season, start practicing a week before and go through “dry runs” to figure out how long it will take and to avoid any pitfalls.

With a month to go before Christmas, there is still time to make sure you look and feel fabulous this festive season

With a month to go before Christmas, there is still time to make sure you look and feel fabulous this festive season

GOAL: A smoother décolletage

Expert: Skincare specialist Nichola Joss, whose A-list clients include Zoe Ball, Elle Macpherson and Tilda Swinton.

Recommendation: The skin on your décolletage is really delicate, so be gentle with it. You don’t need special products for that area; use the same ones you use on your face.

Cleanse, tone and moisturize your face twice a day and include your neck and chest.

Using facial toner on the area really helps tighten the skin. Always apply plenty of moisturizer with an SPF during the day – even in the winter months.

Before bedtime, substitute facial oil for moisturizer, which will hydrate more deeply (try The Sanctuary Active Reverse Lipid Recovery Facial Oil, Boots).

Skin in this area is too sensitive for exfoliation, but to make skin look plumper and more radiant, apply a firming mask twice a week.

Best tip: Disguising crepey skin with deep lines on your chest area is difficult.

Don’t apply foundation to the area – it will simply sit in the grooves, which can be ageing. Instead, try using an illuminator (St Tropez Gold Skin Illuminator, johnlewis.com) mixed in with your day cream. It gives the impression of more radiant skin.

GOAL: Fewer wrinkles

Expert: Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Veronique Simon, whose clients include actresses Charlotte Rampling and Catherine Deneuve.

Recommendation: If you are considering Botox (where small injections are applied locally to facial muscles and temporarily paralyze them to reduce fine lines and wrinkles) or fillers (where substances like hyaluronic acid are injected into deeper lines to plump them out) before Christmas, this is the best time to have them, as you may need at least a one-week healing period after these treatments.

To aid healing, I recommend Arnica Cream – try Nelsons Arnica Cream, (Holland & Barrett), which minimizes any light bruising.

As a rejuvenating treatment, I recommend mesotherapy. This involves several small injections to the face that contain a cocktail of youth-boosting vitamins and plumping hyaluronic acid to improve the quality of the skin.

The effects can be seen after one treatment, but have a couple of sessions two to three weeks apart for best results.

Best tip: I always recommend my clients follow three rules: peel – I prefer micropeel, which is deep peeling to eliminate dead skin and promote collagen production (Simontherapie Gold Acid Free Micropeel, simontherapie.com); hydrate – choose something extremely hydrating such as Nivea Creme (Superdrug); and protect – guard the skin against free radicals with a good dose of antioxidants from a diet rich in fruit and vegetables.


If you want to roll back the years, forget expensive lotions and potions and instead reach for something more natural and cheap: a bag of watercress.

The old adage of beauty coming from within has been borne out by a new study in which 10 out of 11 female volunteers experienced visible improvements to their skin after just four weeks of adding one bag of watercress a day to their diet.

One woman even managed to reduce her facial wrinkles by an incredible 39%.

The women, who ranged in age from 23 to 58, began the trial by having their faces photographed using a VISIA complexion analysis system which gives a subsurface reading of an individual’s skin and focuses on wrinkles, texture (the balance between oily and dry areas) pores, UV spots, brown spots, red areas (any underlying redness, inflammation, sensitivity or thinner skin) and porphyrins (levels of bacteria on the skin).

After four weeks of eating 80 g of watercress a day the volunteers had their skin reassessed by the VISIA camera, and the results were extremely positive.

The majority of women also reported increased energy levels.

During the trial the volunteers made no other changes to their usual health and beauty regime.

They were allowed to eat their daily quota of watercress in any way they chose – in salads, sandwiches, whizzed into smoothies or wilted into pasta, however it was not allowed to be cooked.

Ten out of 11 female volunteers experienced visible improvements to their skin after just 4 weeks of adding one bag of watercress a day to their diet

Ten out of 11 female volunteers experienced visible improvements to their skin after just 4 weeks of adding one bag of watercress a day to their diet

One of the success stories of the study was Ruth McKechnie, 54, a theatre training teacher from Cambridge who saw a 39% improvement in her wrinkles, 13% improvement in her skin texture, 5% reduction in brown spots and 18% improvement in her levels of bacteria.

She said: “I’m absolutely thrilled with the results of the trial and astounded at how my skin has improved in almost every aspect.

“It feels smoother to touch, looks plumper and best of all my wrinkles have reduced! I had a particularly stressful few weeks at work and thought it would have a negative effect on my skin so to see such an improvement really is impressive.

“I have also felt more energized and generally healthier which has helped me deal with the stress. Watercress will certainly be top of my shopping list from now onwards.”

Throughout history, eminent philosophers and doctors have revered the health boosting properties of watercress from the pharaohs in Egypt and the ancient Greeks, to the Romans and Anglo-Saxons.

Now, sophisticated science techniques have confirmed folklore beliefs.

Dr. Sarah Schenker, a leading nutritionist and dietician who oversaw the study, said: “Watercress is a rich source of beta carotene needed to quench free radicals, which can cause damage to skin cells.

“However, in order to work properly a high concentration of Vitamin C is also needed to complete this process and watercress again has this in abundance.

“In addition watercress contains Vitamin E which is also important for skin health. It is this powerhouse of nutrients and the chain reaction in which they work together which is so important for maintaining good skin.”

Dr. Sarah Schenker added: “This study confirms that diet is an important aspect of beauty. Eating plenty of plant foods including watercress cannot only help to slow down the ageing of our skin, but may actually reverse some of the effects of damage.”

Watercress Alliance member Dr. Steve Rothwell, who holds a PhD in watercress explained: “There have been a whole host of scientific studies that have shown that B Carotene can help reduce the ageing of skin, so we were encouraged to carry out our own small pilot study using fresh watercress.

“We were delighted with the results of the new pilot study which may now be used to secure funding for a larger scale university research programme, as the findings have proved so conclusive.”

Study results:

• 10 out of 11 volunteers saw a positive improvement in their skin

• 7 out of 11 saw an improvement in their wrinkles

• 8 out of 11 saw an improvement in the texture of their skin

• 9 out of 11 saw an improvement in their pores

• 5 out of 11 saw an improvement in their red areas

• 8 out of 11 saw an improvement in the levels of porphyrins

• 5 out of 11 saw an improvement in their brown spots

• 3 out of 11 saw an improvement in their UV spots


Gram for gram, watercress contains more vitamin C than oranges, four times more beta-carotene and vitamin A than apples, tomatoes and broccoli, more vitamin E than broccoli, more calcium than whole milk and more iron than spinach.

It also contains lutein and zeaxanthin (45 times that of tomatoes and more than triple the amount in broccoli).

It is also the richest dietary source of PEITC (phenylethyl isothiocyanate) which research suggests can fight cancer.



Kim Kardashian has made a career out of looking good and admits that her beauty regime is a full-time job.

Kim Kardashian, 31, loves to treat her 15 million Twitter followers to daily snaps of her working out, being pampered and generally looking hot in not very many clothes.

And now the cost of looking like Kim Kardashian has been revealed as a staggering $100,000 a year.

And that’s without all the freebies the star gets for endorsing armfuls of products including OPI polish, Illumifill line-filling make-up and QuickTrim diet supplement.

According to Heat magazine the star splashes out on $8,500 of treatments every month, spending over 180 hours beautifying herself.

24-carat gold facials, tequila body scrubs and weekly eyelash appointments are the norm for the reality star, and she also recently admitted to chat show host Oprah that she has had “everything lasered”.

But don’t think it’s all fun being Kim Kardashian, the reality star says that she also works hard to maintain her money-making curves.

Kim Kardashian makes sure she stays a trim 8 and a half stone with daily gym sessions, and has even been spotted working out on her Hawaii holiday this week with beau Kanye West.

Kim Kardashian has made a career out of looking good and admits that her beauty regime is a full-time job

Kim Kardashian has made a career out of looking good and admits that her beauty regime is a full-time job




Fortnightly $1,250 facials at Beverly Hills salon Bailey’s as well as a monthly 24-carat gold UMO facial and twice weekly anti-ageing glycolic face peels.

Kim Kardashian is a huge fan of permanent eyelash extensions and has a weekly appointment to fix any strays and keep them topped up.

Regular blasts of Fraxel cosmetic laser treatment, costing up to $3,200 a time keep her complexion peachy.


Twice monthly spa days at the five star Four Seasons hotel keep Kim Kardashian’s body in top condition. Her favorite treatments include $175 body scrubs made with tequila, tangerine and sunflower oil.

She has admitted to having laser cellulite removal on various parts of her body.

Two detoxifying mud wraps per month keep her skin flawless.

Kim Kardashian spends a hour a day on either a massage, skin and nail treatments. A nail session at Bevery Hills Nail Design sets her back $150 a time.


Kim Kardashian goes to celebrity stylist Philip Wolff at the Shades salon in Beverly Hills for $800 styling sessions to keep her sew-in weft extensions in tip top condition.

Kim Kardashian also treats them at home with an hour long treatment.


The size 10 star works out every day with celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson who says: “Kim is an incredibly hard worker. She comes right from the airport to the gym and is no stranger to 6:00 a.m. workouts.”


As well as the “sex diet” that she credits with help her losing seven pounds in seven days recently, Kim Kardashian cuts out gluten, dairy and sugar from her diet and has all her food delivered in special freezer bags ready to refrigerate.