Botox – The BEST Treatment For Stomach Cancer?

According to scientists from New York and Norway, Botulinum toxin (Botox) could be used as new treatment for stomach cancer as it has been discovered that the anti-wrinkle treatment slows tumour growth.

Botox is most commonly used to improve facial aesthetics, and is often applied to wrinkles.

The study, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, found that using Botox on nerves in the stomach had very positive effects on stomach cancers, which has the second highest mortality rate.

The teams at Columbia University Medical Centre in New York and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim found that disrupting the nerve that runs from the brain to the digestive system helped to slow the growth of tumours or make them more responsive to chemotherapy.

Dr Timothy Wang, professor of medicine at Columbia who headed up the research team, said, “We found that blocking the new signals makes the cancer cells more vulnerable – it removes one of the key factors that regulate their growth.”

Co-author Professor Duan Chen, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said: ‘The anti-cancer effects were remarkable, especially with local vagotomy or by injecting Botox.

‘It actually surprised us. The finding that Botox was highly effective was particularly exciting.’

He added: ‘We believe this treatment is a good treatment because it can be used locally and it targets the cancer stem cells.

This could be more effective than either surgery or Botox in more invasive cancers, since it would seek out cells that have broken away from the main tumour.

Other solid tumours, such as prostate cancer, may have their growth stimulated by similar nerve signals, say the scientists.

But more research was needed to identify the nerves involved, which were expected to vary between different organs and tumour types.

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Image credit: Ask Dr Graf

Gucci Goes For (Colour Cosmetics) Gold

Gucci has launched its first cosmetics line choosing Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco and a long-standing Gucci muse, to front the campaign.

The new collection includes eye, lip, nail and face make-up as well as brushes and skin preparation products, and will be produced alongside P&G Prestige, the company behind key fragrances such as Gucci Guilty and Gucci Première.

Creative Director Frida Giannini consulted with Pat McGrath – Creative Design Director of P&G’s beauty division, to develop the range of 183 ultimate quality, design and luxury products.

The line will be available in the US later this month, with a UK launch date yet TBC.

Image credit: Beauty Blitz

Image credit: Beauty Blitz

Introducing Topshop Beauty’s ‘The Face’

Having made its mark in colour cosmetics, Topshop Beauty is turning its attention to facial make-up.

The Face, Topshop Beauty’s facial beauty collection has been 18 months in the making and has been developed to provide the most natural finish possible.

At the centre of the line is The Foundation (£16), which is described as “liquid velvet for the skin”; a silicone-gel formula, it encapsulates tone-adjusting pigment for true-to-skin-tone colour. It also includes two primers: The Airbrush Primer (£12), a skin refiner which blurs imperfections; and The Colour Correcting Primer (£12), which contains oil-absorbing powders and anti-inflammatory ingredients to reduce redness. In addition to The Concealer (£10), a lightweight liquid concealer which builds a breathable, high-coverage film, The Face’s line-up includes The Concealer Palette (£12), which brings together Colour Correcting Concealer, Under Eye Concealer, Blemish Concealer and Setting Powder.

The Face will be available in stores and online from September.

Rihanna vs. MAC – Round Two

Rihanna has taken to Twitter to unveil her second Viva Glam MAC collaboration, with all profits going towards ‘helping women and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.’

As MAC revealed on their website, they’ve partnered with the Barbadian-beauty on a frosted metallic mauve lipstick and lipgloss for the collaboration.

The lipstick for Viva Glam Rihanna II will come in warm mauve with silver frost, while the lipgloss will be a cool mauve with red frost.

The new line of colour cosmetics products will be available for purchase online on September 8 and in stores on September 11. They will be available through to February 2015.

Image credit: MAC Cosmetics

Image credit: MAC Cosmetics

Are You Ready for Christian Louboutin Beauté?

‘Beauty is a boat that is meant to sail alone, but one that sails alongside the shoes,’ says Christian Louboutin, as he unveils his new nail lacquer collection – Rouge Louboutin.

The story of the soles goes that 20 years ago, Louboutin, looking for the perfect finishing touch for a prototype he had just created, spontaneously grabbed a pillar box nail polish from his assistant – mid-manicure nearby – and painted the soles with the shade which would become his signature.

This week, he unveils his new nail colour, Rouge Louboutin, as the first step in Christian Louboutin Beauté and what he describes as his “beauty adventure”.

“It’s a natural extension for someone like me, who likes to empower women and to be a part of creating beauty seems like the right next step” explains the Frenchman.

The first of his lacquers are expected to promptly sell out – you’ll be pleased to hear the fashion house worked hard to create 30 colours in total, due to follow suit with a September launch date (and exclusively in Selfridges from August 25). Made up of noirs, nudes and brights, Louboutin and his team worked with leather and fabric samples unique to the brand to create the full palette. Once chosen, his shades were then reworked to complement different skin tones, and later named after an iconic Louboutin shoe (you’ll find a plum Lady Page, and rich red Very Privé and Batignolles in the collection).

We cannot WAIT for the collection.


Our FABULOUS New Look…

Here at Veblen International, we are very aware of the ever-changing industries of fashion and beauty. To coincide with the fast-paced environment of the markets we operate within, we have recently selected an array of fabulous new images to adorn our website!

Not only that, but we have refreshed our content, giving you a clearer, more informative insight in to exactly what it is we can offer you. Click here, to view our new-look website now.

Don’t forget, the Veblen website is fully responsive and can be viewed on all devices, so please visit us regularly to keep abreast of news and business activity from within the Luxury, Fashion, Beauty and Medical Aesthetics industries.

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International Sales Director – Luxury Skincare

The complex, cosmeceutical brand heritage of our client meant that finding the right profile to represent the brand and take business to the next level, would require a very specific level of experience.

Understanding the product proposition and the markets our client’s brand already successfully retailed in, proved to impact the direction of the search.

The focus was to initially look at developing the European markets; however, after much investigation in to this, we mutually agreed that the right candidate would require experience with a much greater geographical reach.

Following a full scale international search and after a very thorough and collaborative interview process, the right candidate for the International Sales Director role was selected.

New Restylane Formula Approved

Valeant Pharmaceuticals has received FDA clearance for a new Restylane formulation to smooth lines around the mouth and enhance lips.

Restylane Silk is a clear injectable gel composed of a non-animal-based formulation of hyaluronic acid and 0.3% lidocaine – added to reduce the discomfort associated with the treatment.

“We are pleased to have received marketing clearance from the FDA for Restylane Silk so quickly after the approval of Jublia,” said chairman and CEO of Valeant, J. Michael Pearson.

“Our R&D team is hitting on all cylinders and demonstrating that Valeant has a successful, output-focused R&D model that concentrates on areas of expertise where we are confident that our investments will pay off.”

A clinical study found that 98%, of 221 mostly female participants, noticed improvement in their lip fullness 14 days after injection and 76% had lip improvements six months after their injection.

The volunteers did report some bruising, redness and swelling, however these were tolerable and most were resolved within two weeks.


Pearl Perfume – The Next Big Thing?

Luxury goods brand, Essential Oils of Tasmania (EOT), a subsidiary of Atlas Pearls and Perfumes, has received a $1.1 million grant from Commercialisation Australia to support the commercialisation of EOT’s proprietary extraction technology and the production of fragrance ingredients, derived from Australian indigenous botanicals, marine (pearls and seaweed) and fungal products.

Atlas’ perfume Ayu, a salty, floral fragrance, was designed by Parisian master Michel Roudnitska, whose father Edmond was the legendary creator of some of the world’s most famous fragrances, including Dior’s Eau Sauvage.

Atlas chairman, Stephen Birkbeck believes the company’s new plant in Tasmania, which will also extract fragrances from truffles and boronia flowers, will kick-start new income streams and export markets.

The company operates pearl farms across the Indonesian archipelago, including Bali, Flores and West Papua. In 2013 it acquired EOT and is currently developing a range of proprietary products including pearl powder, pearl proteins, pearl volatiles and fire tree for the luxury market.

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Photo credit: muffet68

Leighton Denny Awarded MBE!

Nail and beauty guru Leighton Denny has been named in the latest Queens Honours list and has been awarded an MBE for Contributions and Success in the Nail and Beauty Industry.

Leighton will be awarded the title for his achievements within the nail and beauty industry, in which he possesses a star-studded client list that includes Kate Moss, Penelope Cruz and Adele.

Beginning his professional life as a forklift truck driver, Leighton took a trip to the US where he discovered his passion for the nail industry. On his return home he noticed a gap in the UK market, which he was keen to fill and Leighton quickly became a leader in the nail and beauty industry.

After opening his first boutique salon in Bradford, he moved to London and opened various luxury salons around the city. In 2005, he began producing his own line of nail lacquers and treatments, which have quickly become cult favourites amongst beauty professionals and customers alike.

This award will kick-start an exciting chapter for Leighton, as he prepares to release his autobiography, ‘How I Nailed It’ and announce his first Eau De Parfum, ‘Light and Dark’.

“It was on my actual 40th Birthday when I received the e-mail from the Cabinet Office; and I thought someone was pulling my leg,” said Denny.

“I am truly honoured and humbled to be recognised by Her Majesty The Queen.”