Cowshed at Shoreditch House

New Cowshed Spa opens at Shoreditch House

Since launching at Babington House in 1998, Cowshed Spas have joined the ranks of some of the world’s most recognized pampering retreats. April 2010 will see the launch of Cowshed’s third London spa alongside Shoreditch House.

The new, upgraded spa is open to all, offering Cowshed’s trademark social grooming in it’s signature ‘lived-in country’ style surroundings. The space is home to comfy manicure / pedicure stations, three multi purpose treatment rooms as well as a café style area serving bakery offerings and drinks. Cowshed’s own product ranges, which include organic, wild-crafted and fair trade botanicals from around the world, will be retailed in the Spa, so you can stock up on your favourite products whilst you’re there.

“As with all Cowshed Spas, we have based the look and feel around Babington’s original lived- in country style while incorporating key elements to compliment the uniqueness of our new east-end location and Shoreditch house. Now open to the public as well as our private members we look forward to welcoming clients old and new”
Christina Russillo, Cowshed Director

To celebrate the launch Cowshed are introducing their limited edition ‘Morning After’ package. The treatment has been developed specifically for those who have ‘over indulged’ the night before and will ensure you arrive at your morning’s destination looking and feeling as if you’d had a full night’s sleep.

The Morning After Package includes;
– The Morning After Facial – A relaxing facial treatment focusing on the delicate (and telling) eye area, incorporating
lymphatic drainage and your choice of facial oil
– A shot of espresso
– A breakfast pastry or muffin
Price £32

The Cowshed spa is located right next door to Shoreditch House and is open to all:
Monday to Friday 8:30am – 9pm
Saturday 9am – 8pm
Sunday 10am to 7pm

For booking treatments please contact the Cowshed team on +44 (0)20 7749 4531.

Whatever you need there is a treatment to indulge, relax and enhance your mood.

To learn more about Cowshed products and the stand alone spas and shops, or to buy online visit:

Barry M Ice Creams

Ice Cool Ice Cream Colours from Barry M

Add a touch of cool to your Spring/Summer wardrobe and accessorise with the NEW Ice Cream Nail Paints from Barry M; available in 4 must-have pastel shades of the season…

Berry Ice Cream: for nails that look good enough to eat, this soft shade of purple will make your nails look berry nice indeed!

Lemon Ice Cream: pale but striking yellow for noticeable nails…just the ticket for sunkissed hands.

Strawberry Ice Cream: ultra feminine pastel shade for nails that are pretty in pink.

Blueberry Ice Cream: – a soft touch of blue – THE colour of the moment for blue-tiful fingertips!

And don’t forget Barry M’s best selling Mint Green Nail Paint for fun, flirty fingertips.

With the whole collection available for under £12 you can afford to indulge in every Ice Cream shade this Spring/Summer and have a colour to complement any outfit. So show off your fingertips with the hottest colours of this season from Barry M.

Available from Superdrug, larger Boots stores and at

Lush Earth Day

Environmental awareness may only just be creeping into the consciousness of the beauty industry, but there’s one company who has been pioneering in this field since its inception – LUSH fresh, handmade cosmetics. April 22nd 2010 will mark the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day, when 20 million Americans protested against the damage being done to the planet. 2010 also marks Lush’s 15th anniversary and they are as committed today to ethical trading and sustainability as they were all those years ago.

Being green and environmentally aware doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune, or give up all your favourite luxury products. When you buy from Lush you are guaranteed the most beautiful, fresh, effective products possible … you can also be happy in the knowledge that the company does all it can to help preserve our planet the way it is.

Lush especially likes being naked and encourage you to do the same! Their innovative range of solid products allow minimal or no preservatives and packaging, which means less waste heading to landfill. 67% of the current product range is ‘naked’ and in 2009, in the UK alone, over 5.9 million naked items were sold. 200,000 of those items were shampoo bars, meaning that 15 tonnes of plastic was avoided.

Lush shampoo bars are small, convenient, easy to carry and easy to use. Use them just like soap to effectively clean the hair of everyday dirt and grime. Each bar lasts for over 80 washes, the equivalent of 3 bottles of 250g shampoo, which is both kinder for the environment and your wallet. Choose from ten varieties, including Squeaky Green (£4.65) or Godiva shampoo and conditioning bar (£5.50).

Lush’s other solid products include bath ballistics, bubble bars, body butters, massage bars, cleansers, shower jellies, sugar scrubs and soap. Lush soaps have a base that’s palm oil free, which means a reduction in their annual palm use by approximately 250,000 kg. It’s imperative other businesses do the same, as until global levels of palm use are cut dramatically, and plans to use palm oil as a biofuel are scrapped entirely, there is little hope for a workable sustainable palm oil industry, and the future of the forests, animals and people of Indonesia and Malaysia is bleak. By choosing products not containing palm oil, like Lush soap, you are doing your bit to help preserve the only remaining habitat of the Orangutan, as if things continue as they are then they will be extinct within 10 years.

Lush’s Charity Pot project (where all proceeds of the product, minus the VAT, go to charities) also enables fantastic support for grass root causes in areas such as conservation, transport, environmental issues, animal rescue and protection and human rights. Sales of the Charity Pot hand and body lotion (£12.50) has gone to groups such as the Sumatran Orangutan Society; Plane Stupid; Reprieve; Sea Shepherd; The Animal Protection Agency and The Fresh Start Foundation. The Fresh Start Foundation is a charity that helps orphaned and other vulnerable children in Gambia, West Africa, through support of a local school and clinic. Not only did Lush donate through the Charity Pot, but a group of volunteers went over to help paint the school; plant their vegetable garden and organise their school library.

Lush has a very strong commitment to the communities and areas from which they buy their ingredients. “We feel that all ingredients should be bought in a respectful way and that we tread as lightly on the planet as possible. In order to understand the impact of our purchasing decisions, for many years we have had a policy of trying to eliminate the ‘middle man’ wherever possible and going straight to the growers and processors in order to learn the true story of each ingredient. This also enables us to check the impact our buying has”.

To pick up lots of ethical, cruelty free cosmetics visit Lush shops nationwide. For shop details and mail order, please call 01202 668 545, or order on-line at

Keri Hilson for Avon?

Avon Taps Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Keri Hilson to Serve as the Face of Imari and Avon Color. Well who’d have thought it?!

Avon Products, Inc. announced a partnership with award-winning singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, the talent behind the chart-topping Gold certified album “In A Perfect World…” Hilson will serve as the face of Imari, Imari Seduction and Avon’s flagship Color brand. Tapped for her magnetic appeal, singular talent and classic beauty, Hilson represents the modern Avon woman.

“I’m so excited and honored to be Avon’s newest face,” says Hilson. “Avon has always been dedicated to empowering women through beauty. I’ve always strived to do the same with my music. To be a part of that experience means a tremendous amount to me.”

“Keri embodies everything the Avon woman aspires to be — beauty, grace, confidence and success,” says Bob Briddon, Group Vice President, Marketing, Avon North America. “We are thrilled to have her on board as the face of Imari and our Color collection.”

Hilson will appear in the pages of Avon’s brochure for Imari beginning in August 2010 and for Color throughout the remainder of the year. Her first official appearance on behalf of the brand will be performing at Avon’s annual sales conference this month.

Hilson is the most recent star to join Avon’s roster of celebrity partners, including Fergie, Courteney Cox, Patrick Dempsey, Zoe Saldana, Reese Witherspoon and Derek Jeter.

Now I might have a gander at the brochure next time it comes through the door!

Noir Mascara by Nouveau Lashes

Introducing Noir Mascara from Nouveau Lashes – Nouveau Lashes debut their Exciting New Cosmetic Line.

Nouveau Lashes are the industry experts when it comes to glamorous, show-stopping lashes, so it was only a matter of time before they turned their talents to developing a cosmetic line. Introducing the first product from the new range, Noir Mascara.

Summer’s a nightmare for mascara lovers. As soon as the heat arrives the mascara does a runner, and panda eyes are never a good look on anyone. But not this summer – because there’s a dramatic new arrival from the industry expert’s favourite lash brand Nouveau Lashes, which changes everything.

Noir Mascara has been carefully developed to not only look incredible, it’s also designed to stay that way come rain or come shine – we’re crossing our fingers for the latter!

Noir Mascara gives you gorgeous, jet black, luscious lashes in no time. Just one coat of the new quick-drying formula is enough for a fantastic false lash effect. And once you’ve achieved your perfect lashes, they stay perfect – all day long. So now you can fall asleep on the beach, or watch the sun come up at that fantastic summer festival, or even shed a tear or two and know that you’ll still look fabulous afterwards.

But big lashes and big staying power are not the only things that are going to make Noir Mascara this summer’s must-have makeup item. The Nouveau Lashes experts have been looking at the many ways they can improve on normal mascaras. This waterproof mascara has a unique formula that is quick drying and completely free from flaking. One surprising innovation has been to make the tube larger so it’s much easer to find in your handbag or beach bag.

There is no need to forgo healthy, conditioned lashes for supersized style; Noir Mascara contains vitamin E and collagen to improve the strength and condition of lashes.

For eye beauty that lasts and lasts this summer, ask your salon about Noir Mascara, or visit to find your local stockist. Alternatively to purchase Noir Mascara please telephone: +44 (0)845 644 3994 ext 32.

Noir Mascara RRP – £15.99

Thanks to Noir Mascara, big, beautiful lashes are hot for Summer 2010.