Lancôme: Advanced Génifique Campaign

Lancôme release their new campaign for  Advanced Génifique anti-ageing serum which was first released in 2013. The new campaign features Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o and Lily Collins Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott Kate Winslet and Lily Collins makeup by Lisa Eldridge

Elizabeth Arden: Polly Osmond Q&A

Polly Osmond, celebrity make up artist, has teamed up with Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour® Cream to give the nation an insight into 8 hours of her life. Via the window of social media Polly and 7 other inspirational women, all from different professions and backgrounds, will each take us through their 8 hour day and the UK are welcome to follow this and join in with their own personal stories through the hashtag #My8Hours. By doing this Eight Hour® Cream aims to celebrate inspirational femininity and the diversity of strong women around the nation in 2015.

Polly Osmond is one of the fashion world’s most sought after makeup artists. Her work has graced the pages of top international publications such as Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair and Vogue. An artistic ingénue, Polly has worked for over a decade reaching the far corners of the world, constantly finding inspiration from her ever-changing surroundings.

 Q1) What drew you to the campaign and why did you decide to take part in #My8Hours?

I wanted to take part in the #My8Hours campaign because Eight Hour Cream is an iconic product and one that I use every day! There aren’t many of these products around and I feel people should know how good it really is.

 Q2) What was captured within your 8 hours that encapsulates your lifestyle the most?

My days can be really different but I hope my 8 hour footage conveys how much I enjoy myself on a daily basis, whether I am at work or at home.

 Q3) In a short sentence, how would you describe your #My8Hour experience? 

The #My8Hour experience has been really interesting for me. It’s showed me how much of my day is filled with doing things without thinking about them. It’s been very revealing for me to observe myself over the day.

 Q4) If you were given an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it?

I love gardening, so if I had an extra hour in my day I would most likely spend it weeding in my garden.

 Q5) What would be your perfect 8 hours

My perfect 8 hour day would be my ideal day. I would walk my dogs, go shopping, have lunch with a friend, get my nails done, have a massage, eat my favourite dinner and then fall asleep with a movie on.

 Q6) Who introduced you to Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant? When and where were you when you discovered it?

 My Aunty Ann! She used it when I was a child. It would sit on her dressing table and the smell still reminds me of her today (that and Elnet)! Every time I would fall over or bang myself she would then pull out Eight Hour Cream to help me “heal”. She swore by it!

 Q7) What’s your best Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant beauty secret?


I love to use Eight Hour Cream on flights as I find my skin can become really irritated and dehydrated when flying.  I also use it when dying my eyebrows. If you put the cream around the eyebrow it acts as a barrier between the dye and your skin, I know hairdressers who swear by this trick when applying dye to the hairline too.

 Q8) Why are you a fan of the Eight Hour Cream/range? How long have you been a fan?

I have been a fan of Eight hour Cream from the first time I became a makeup artist, it’s been a staple product in my kit for 20 years!  For shine and highlighting there is nothing else that does the job as well as Eight Hour Cream. I also use it personally for protecting my own skin, especially when travelling.

 Q9) Which product do you most use within the Eight Hour range? Why is this?

I mostly use the original Eight Hour Cream and the night cream in the range. It protects my skin against irritation and the night cream makes my skin feel so soft in the morning.

 Q10) Who has inspired your career and driven you to achieve what you have? 

My art teacher at school really pushed me into going to art school. I probably have a lot to thank her for as it gave me the foundation I needed to become a make up artist.

Everything that I do, I always strive to be as good as I can, otherwise there is no point in doing it.

 Q11) What has been your career highlight?

My career highlight has to be when I met David Bowie at a shoot. I was on a job with Steven Klein for L’Uomo Vogue. Although I wasn’t David’s make- up artist he came and said hello. I didn’t know what to say and probably stood there with a stupid look on my face! David Bowie’s look has certainly inspired many looks I have created throughout the years on shoots since.

Q12) What strong women do you find inspirational? Who are you most inspired by?


Dolly Parton is a strong woman I find inspiring! I think she is amazing! She has the ability to mock herself whilst remaining graceful and humble. Other than Dolly my mother is a real inspiration to me. She has been through so much in life and remains a rock of support.

I would say I find women who make a difference, even under extreme circumstances, most inspiring. Sometimes it’s just a smile to send their children off to school.

 Q13) If you could pass on one skincare tip to our fans, what would it be? 

My favourite skincare tip is to apply Eight Hour Cream directly to the lids of my eyes. Not only do I feel does it nourish and protect the delicate skin on the lids but it also works as a natural highlighter, making the eyes look extra sparkly.

 Q14) What is the best make-up tip you have ever received?

The best make-up tip I have ever received has to be re-defining the lips. As I’ve got older my lip-line is fading, so a natural liner around the lips helps them look bigger.


Q15) Please talk us through your top 8 must have products in your make-up bag, and why they are your favourite?

 1. I use the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant – it’s the only product I can use in my kit to achieve the perfect shine and personally I also use it to protect my skin from external environmental factors.

2. I use Suqqu Face Protector SPF 50 as I find you really can’t see it on the face, which is unusual for such a high SPF factor.

3. I like to use Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream on my non-foundation days, as I find it gives me a nice light coverage when I don’t want to overload my skin.

4. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift & Firm Makeup SPF 15 in Vanilla Shell  is my perfect base, it makes my skin look flawless without being too heavy.

5. I enjoy using Christian Dior Rose Lip Balm, I think the packaging is beautiful and it keeps my lips moisturised.

6. Stila Mascara is a product to that I like to use in my eyebrows! The name of the colour has rubbed off I have had it so long! But it’s a perfect taupe and makes my brows look more defined without using a brow pencil.

7.  Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara really make my lashes look full and long.

8.  Shu Uemura Lash Curler – It really is the best one and gives my lashes an extra curl.


The Coterie: Sam McKnight

Sam McKnight is the star guest at a special gathering of Creative HEAD’s The Coterie, taking place in Edinburgh on Tuesday 13 July, 2015.

 Sam will share highlights of his exceptional 30-year career, including his creative collaborations with names such as Patrick Demarchelier, Nick Knight and Mario Testino, plus countless covers and editorial stories of Kate Moss and all the supermodels. He will also discuss his longstanding relationship with the fashion house of Chanel.

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