Kate Shapland’s January Beauty Essentials

Thursday 15th January 2015, 9.16




Beauty Writer and creator of Legology Air-Lite for Legs Kate Shapland shares the essential products to get you through January.

Kate Shapland

Award-winning beauty journalist Kate is not only a celebrated writer, but also a firm fixture in the Liberty Beauty Hall thanks to her pioneering product, Air-Lite for Legs. We asked Kate to share the January essentials she swears by; whatever your beauty dilemma, these must-try products will have you glowing from top to toe.

SKIN – Rodin Face Olio Lusso

Rodin Oil

This is an incredibly special oil because it’s so clean – honestly it feels like liquid satin and melts into your skin. Sometimes I’ll apply it with a dot of regular night cream, but generally I like to smooth it on in the bath after cleansing, then just pat my face with a towel when I get out. It gives your complexion a lovely dewy flush, you look revitalised – like you’ve had a lovely weekend on the coast. I also admire Linda Rodin, the creator behind this range, enormously – she has a very strong and recognisable personal style, and her exquisite brand is almost iconic in its simplicity. Clever lady.

HAIR – Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Philip Kingsley is the saviour of all girls with sad hair, and I could not live without this product – so yes, I’ll have another jar thank you and add it to my stockpile. I use it fairly regularly, once or twice a week, and what I love about it is that while it doesn’t necessarily give my hair the thickness and body it once had, it does make it as soft and shiny as it was ten years ago. May I take this opportunity to thank Mr Kingsley for this small joy in my life.

BODY – Legology Air-Lite For Legs

Legology Air Lite

OBV… How could it be anything else? The sad fact of the matter is that these days I have to ask my husband for a free jar because he holds the keys to the stock cupboard in our office. I made this product because in 25 years of writing about beauty I never found it. So it’s 100% what I would expect from a leg care product – body even, as you can apply it from head to toe if you like. Just one thing I ask: enjoy applying it – don’t rush, and as you massage it in, breathe in the revitalising scent of Amalfi lemons and remember the joy of your last summer holiday. It will put you in a positive mood all day!

MAKEUP – Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo

Hourglass Femme Nude

Can all six shades of this count as one product? No one has perfected the nude lip with so much style as founder Carisa Janes. She has a matchless eye for detail and a perfectionist approach, and that is exactly what it takes to produce a makeup range of such beauty and efficiency as Hourglass. Every nuance in the Lip Stylo brand is perfect.

WELLBEING – Susanne Kaufman Acid Alkalising Tea

Susanne Kaufmann Tea

I’ll have a box of this please. What a great way to combat stress-induced acidity in the system. It tastes nice too. And that’s key because as we know, if you want to reap benefits from a product you have to use it regularly. And how often do you forget to take supplements after a late night/quick breakfast? Ta-dah! Here’s your morning cuppa. Genius.

Read Kate Shapland’s tips for perfect legs

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Just In: Lily and Lionel Wash Bags Exclusive to Liberty

Tuesday 13th January 2015, 11.32






This week Lily and Lionel launched two exclusive wash bags at Liberty.

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British designers Lily and Lionel are best known for their beautifully crafted scarves, adorned with stunning illustrations, worn all over the world.

This week, Liberty are celebrating the launch of Lily and Lionel’s exclusive new wash bags in two iconic patterns: Sirena, an elegant and feminine floral; and Cleo, classic leopard print with a vintage edge.

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These wash bags are perfect for travellers and for everyday use, the ideal complement to any dressing table. In two different sizes – a large wash bag and smaller make-up bag – you can now keep all beauty essentials stylishly accessible.

Shop these beautiful new designs from Lily and Lionel in-store and online at Liberty.co.uk.

Explore our collection of Lily and Lionel scarves and see why they have become the covetable brand they are today.

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Aduna Recipes: Baobab Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Tuesday 13th January 2015, 10.00






Naturally Sassy’s Saskia Gregson-Williams, former Food Editor of Hip & Healthy and Aduna feel-good chef shows you how to kick-start your day with ‘tree of life’ baobab.

baobab smoothie

Make this morning’s breakfast your healthiest yet with this innovative, tasty recipe. Adding Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder to fruit and nuts gives an extra boost of antioxidants and vitamins, while the coconut and berry base makes it a super-tasty, filling way to set you up for the day.

Saskia Gregson-Williams explains:

I love baobab because of the wonderful effect it has on my body. It’s not only delicious but is an incredible energy booster. It contains an amazing wealth of antioxidants which prevent illness and keep me feeling awesome! I love using it in my smoothies and as a sweetener in raw cakes.

Smoothie bowls are an incredible way to start the day, they’re packed with energising vitamins & minerals and brimming with immune boosting antioxidants. The balance of berries and protein, in this case the cashew nuts, combines to make an incredibly satisfying meal or snack.

Serves 2

Ingredients
• 2 tsp Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder
• 1 banana
• 1 cup blueberries
• ½ cup strawberries
• ½ cup raspberries
• 1/3 cup cashew nuts
• Coconut water to blend

Method

Simply add all ingredients to your blender and blend – depending on how thick you like it you can use between 1/4 cup and 1 cup of coconut water. Optional: sprinkle nuts and berries on top to serve.

Buy Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder online or in-store in Beauty Must-Haves on the ground floor. Making the smoothie bowl? Share the results @LibertyLondon with #LibertyBeauty.

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Men’s London Collections: A Moment with Ben Andrew

Monday 12th January 2015, 9.00





The bi-annual London Collections: Men event has arrived for AW15 and will run this weekend, Friday 9 – Monday 12 January. Showcasing the creative and commercial significance of British designers and emerging talent, the breadth of fashion talent and innovation from up-and-coming designers and global brands will be demonstrated. LCM continues to cement the notion of the UK as a global hub of men’s fashion. Liberty is sending four key players to LCM to source the best new men’s fashion designers and trends for the Liberty customer.

We chat with one of our top Menswear Buyers, Ben Andrew, about his role at the LCM weekend, what shows he is keen to see and his go-to accessories. The AW15 LCM event is a key period for menswear buyers, ensuring they have locked in fashion’s new season pick of the crop.

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What will you be wearing to the shows?

I’m into anything slightly oversized or relaxed at the moment. There was a real shift away from the skinny silhouette for SS15 and this was particularly apparent in trousers, so I will definitely be wearing a wide leg pant. Grandad shirts continue to be key and is a trend I can really get on board with. I will probably wear these with a deconstructed blazer or overcoat.

What are your essentials for the weekend?

My Cote et Ciel backpack gets me through the week. It’s crazy that the backpack has only had a resurgence in the last few years – it’s like we forgot how functional they are! Perfect for carrying show tickets and the look books you get from brands, as well as my laptop and camera for buying appointments over the week. People on the tube aren’t so keen on it though.

What shows are you most looking forward to?

London is known for its creative approach to fashion, and rightly so. From this view point I look forward to seeing the emerging avant garde talents such as Craig Green, as well as more experienced designers like Lou Dalton. Just as exciting for me though is seeing really well put together collections, with great product that I know will translate commercially to our customer in store – Oliver Spencer and YMC have done a brilliant job of this in recent seasons so I look forward to these too.

What is your role during LCM?

My role is to represent Liberty at the fashions shows and presentations, as well as visit the LCM showrooms where a lot of smaller brands have stands showcasing their product. Attending the fashion shows is important to see new season’s collections and make sure we are not missing anything that our customer could like. London is also the first fashion week of the season so we will start to see the emergence of new trends here that we need to be abreast of. The LCM showroom is more intimate where I will meet with brands face to face and see the product. If something is right for the store then we would potentially make a product selection and order here.

What’s your favourite thing about LCM?

As I said, London is the first fashion week of the season so there’s always a great a buzz and air of excitement about what’s coming, which is great to be a part of. Seeing the new season’s product is what we are there for so this is the main highlight. Trying to sneak in a nice lunch in between shows runs a close second.

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Men’s London Collections: A Moment with Kate Brindley

Sunday 11th January 2015, 11.00





The bi-annual London Collections: Men event has arrived for AW15 and will run this weekend, Friday 9 – Monday 12 January. Showcasing the creative and commercial significance of British designers and emerging talent, the breadth of fashion talent and innovation from up-and-coming designers and global brands will be demonstrated. LCM continues to cement the notion of the UK as a global hub of men’s fashion. Liberty is sending four key players to LCM to source the best new men’s fashion designers and trends for the Liberty customer.

We interview Kate Brindley, Head of Press and Marketing, about her upcoming weekend at LCM, seeing what designers she has her eye on and will be wearing, and what her unofficial role is…

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What will you be wearing to the shows?

I hate to admit it but I will be wearing a mid-heel… verging on the sensible! After years of skipping round shows (or not as the case may be) in a vertiginous heel I’m facing up to the reality of it all and realising I need a shoe I can walk from place to place in. I will be in a Nicholas Kirkwood mid-heel though… Clothing wise I’m LOVING all the new Roksanda that’s just been delivered at Liberty so I will be pouring myself in to that and whirling round showing off in it all.

What are your essentials for the weekend?

My Liberty London Iphis pochette is my LCM essential as you can store your show tickets, phone, Troy Surratt lipstick and a wad of cash easily. What else does a girl need really? Another LCM essential for me is a travel size bottle of my favourite scent; Carnal Flower by Frederic Malle. There isn’t always much time between the shows and the parties in the evening so a spritz of perfume is a great instant mood enhancer.

What shows are you most looking forward to?

I’m most excited about Christopher Shannon’s show. He won the inaugural GQ BFC menswear fund in 2014 so there is a lot of expectation on him to smash it this season which I’m sure he will live up to. Lou Dalton and Oliver Spencer are also perennial LCM favourites of mine, they both manage to deliver something interesting each season while staying true to their signature aesthetic.

What is your role during LCM?

My role is to coordinate everyone and make sure there is a ‘Liberty’ presence at everything that happens. My unofficial role is chief coat and bag holder for Sophie Pate while she is being buffeted by the street style photographers desperate for snaps of whatever she is wearing that day. If it’s raining I also hold an umbrella over her until the very last second so her hair looks good in all the pictures.

What’s your favourite thing about LCM?

My favourite thing about LCM is spending time with the buying team to see what’s on their radar for the season (and the street-cast male models also make for a lovely bonus)!

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