With only one night to spend in Madrid, I wanted to be tucked away somewhere in the centre; and of course,I always have a double agenda, which is to be in close proximity to Velarde Street and it's vintage boutiques where I can window shop for shoes for hours. For foodies, this area also just happens to be a tapas heaven!Read More
However, in amongst the five-star pile there is one property that is really raising the bar for chic urban luxury in the capital. Standing out from the crowd for its unique character, which merges seamlessly with the understated boutique opulence of the Campbell Gray brand, Le Gray Beirut is the place to see and be seen.Read More
ts the fifth year, that the municipality of San Mateo in Gran Canaria has organised a 'Couture Catwalk'. A village more renown for its culinary delights it's quite amazing that they pulled in designers, such as Juan Carlos Armas and Disenos Amarca, more used to strutting the Catwalks of Madrid then a local town hall. But therein lies the excitement and mystique of fashion... and the hard work and vision of one man and his team, Alessi.Read More
It is always with some trepidation that I go and try out a new beauty product. Is it just me or are they notorious for almost always not being as good as their extravagant and tempting promises? And if they are THAT good, then they’re usually break-the-bank expensive!Well I’ve found an exception to the rule. The Bounce Back To Youth Beauty Mask by The Body Shop states that it is for use on long-haul flights to help avoid skin dehydration, for use on sunny holidays to replenish skin at night and for use in cold temperatures to lock in, and maintain the skin’s natural hydration. With a list of specific uses like those, you can see why I felt this mask was made for me! Even better, the tub is only £22, and it actually works! But how I hear you ask....
Well, first of all the texture is smooth and bouncy and literally makes you want to role in it like Cleopatra! It smells and feels expensive. When you put it on, it doesn't lump up but instead slides on easily and then gets absorbed by your skin overnight! When you wake up in the morning the next day, the effects are stupendous! My face looked fresh, with soft, glowing and stress free skin. Apparently after using the mask for only seven days you will see even better results - WOW,!
The only drawback? I want that travel version pronto for long dehydrating flights! For all you beauty product non-believers, here is a tip for morning freshness from The Body Shop’s global expert, Dr. Terry that has nothing to do with lotions and creams, and everything to do with the way you sleep! TIP: The best position to sleep in is on your back so that there is no pressure or creasing on your face. However, if you do sleep on your side or front, invest in a good silk pillowcase to avoid any crease marks.
Now, I never was a great lover of pageants or beauty contests, firstly I used to think they were a bit naff and outdated, and secondly, I couldn’t help feel they were also a little exploitative. However, I have recently had to review my opinion on the matter. After having spoken to a number of contestants over the past few years, including Miss America I have come to realise the benefits of such events. The people taking part tend to be all-rounders who have gained great strength and confidence from the experience, as well as, in some cases jobs and careers. Needless to say, with my new positive outlook, having been invited to the Caballeros de Tenerife men’s beauty pageant, I was very happy to grab my notepad and photographer and head out to Hotel Suite Villa Maria, to watch the 22 young semi-finalists (chosen out of a whopping 500) battle it out for the winning position.
The venue was jam packed with nervous friends, family and supporters, and the event was hugely successful with prizes and musical entertainment included. I even took the Mother who promptly declared that the men were all FAR too slim and not nearly a match on the men from her era! Well, each to their own! Catching up with winner Michele Morales and the event organisers later on, I managed to ask them some of my all-important burning questions.
What does it feel like to win this title? First of all joy and great satisfaction. Like my colleagues, I worked very hard to get to this point. Although there is only one winner, we were all in it together. We all shared many moments together, from visiting our sponsor companies, to rehearsals and photographic session. I will never forget the day that I applied, it all seemed so far away and unattainable, then I got more into it, and when I was in the contest I just didn't want it to end. Now I will always have great memories of the event without forgetting that there is more to come to prepare myself for Caballero España 2016.
Is this the first time you have entered a beauty contest? Yes and I don't regret it one bit. At the beginning it took me a while to really get into it. I never thought of getting involved with anything to do with fashion as my hobby is surfing. But as I said, once you're selected and you're in the contest you really get into it. And you don't regret it. I have experienced lots of emotions throughout this procedure. I would recommend it to anyone. Photographs Antoinette Castro