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Dame Joan Collins to headline Made Up Leeds beauty festival



The legend that is Joan Collins is coming to Leeds to share her beauty tips. Stephanie Smith reports.

Dame Joan Collins will headline a prestigious make-up and beauty festival in Leeds later this month.

Joan in Leeds in 1974.

The legendary actress, author and beauty icon will be in conversation with her make-up artist Alyn Waterman at Victoria Leeds during the two-day event, which takes place over the weekend of October 26 and 27.

Dame Joan, a Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated actress whose novels and memoirs have sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, will be at the Victoria Quarter from 3pm-4.30pm on Saturday, October 26.

Her love of make-up started when watching her glamorous mother and aunts. She went on to work with Allan “Whitey” Snyder (Marilyn Monroe’s make-up artist) who introduced her to Hollywood make-up. As well as her own beauty products, she is currently one of the faces of the latest Charlotte Tilbury campaign.

Dame Joan has been a frequent visitor to the city in the course of her stellar, eclectic and long-standing career. In 1979, aged, 46, she rode into Leeds in a white Rolls Royce to talk about her latest (and 50th) film, The Bitch. An article celebrating the appearance in the Yorkshire Evening Post read: “Actress, philosopher and undisputed queen of the unclad, is in Leeds to talk about her latest film.

Joan Collins pictured at the Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheon at the Queens Hotel, Leeds in 2002.

Joan Collins pictured at the Yorkshire Post Literary Luncheon at the Queens Hotel, Leeds in 2002.

“She sips the champagne and extracts a long cigarette from a leather case with almost indecent elegance.”

“You’ve got to look after yourself,“ quipped Joan at the time. Her Joan Collins’s Beauty Book, a practical guide with pictures of her exercising and applying make up, was due to be published the following year.

Born on May 23, 1933, Dame Joan grew up during the Second World War and made her stage debut at the age of nine. At 22, she went to Hollywood and starred in a number of films, including The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing (1955), and provided cameos in Star Trek and other series. In 2015, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity.

The Joan Collins Timeless Beauty range is sold via her own website and at Marks & Spencer.

Also appearing at Made Up Leeds will be the inspirational Katie Piper, who will also appear on Saturday, October 26.

Influencer Reuben de Maid will tell all about his work and success and do a meet and greet at Trinity Leeds on the Sunday.

The Beauty Space on Briggate will return with Harvey Nichols and John Lewis and Partners both hosting beauty pop-ups throughout the weekend.

On Saturday, also in The Beauty Space, Premier Model Management will host a live model casting from 2pm.

Made Up Leeds is an inclusive event going beyond beauty, covering make-up in all its forms for all people. The inaugural festival from LeedsBID last year included demos, makeovers, speakers and 100+ offers from the city’s biggest cosmetic brands. Made Up Leeds won the CIPR Excellence Award for Best Integrated Campaign 2019 and was shortlisted for The Holmes Report SABRE’s EMEA and PR Moments Awards 2019.

Championing possibilities for self-expression, beauty lovers will be able to immerse themselves in a host of activities taking place in stores across the city all over the weekend. For event tickets, exclusive discounts and offers from a range of retailers, sign up for a Beauty Passport at

More speakers and events will be announced over the next two weeks. See @madeupleeds


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Weight loss product ads on celebrity Instagram accounts banned




Ads for weight loss brands that appeared on the Instagram accounts of celebrities Lauren Goodger, Katie Price and Georgia Harrison have been banned for being irresponsible.

Posts for BoomBod, which appeared on the firm’s own Instagram page in March as well as those for Goodger and Price, read: “BoomBod weight loss in a week. Clinically Proven. Stop Cravings. No Laxatives. Tasty 10 Calorie Shots.”

A post on Goodger’s Instagram account included an image of her standing by a fireplace in athletic clothes holding BoomBod packaging with the text: “Can’t believe these amazing results I’ve gotten with @boombod’s 7 Day Achiever. It works so well to decrease bloating and get rid of those late night cravings. This difference I’ve noticed from using this stuff is amazing.”

A BoomBod ad from Katie Price’s Instagram page. (ASA/PA)

A post on Price’s Instagram account in April included a before and after image of her, and the text: “Getting loads of questions about the @boombod program and how I like it, and it’s no secret. I can’t get enough of it! Quick & Easy weight loss is great, but doing it in a healthy way is key. These shots have a bunch of vitamins, use a clinically proved natural fibre, contain zero laxatives and most importantly… they give results every time!”

Four people complained that the posts made health claims that were not EU-authorised, referred to a rate or amount of weight loss which was banned under advertising rules and promoted a dieting product in an irresponsible manner.

BoomBod said it would remove the ads and liaise with Goodger and Price to rectify the issue.

Goodger told the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that she did not state that she had lost weight because of the product, but that it helped with bloating and hunger, adding that her post did not advise using the product for a long time.

Price said that the caption in her post “communicated her thoughts on the product”.

Upholding the complaints, the ASA said the ads breached rules around health claims and promoted a dieting product in an irresponsible manner.

It added: “We were also concerned that the photo of Lauren Goodger appeared to have been edited to make her waist look artificially thin with the result that the images were not representative of her real body shape.

We considered that was particularly irresponsible in the context of an ad for an appetite suppressant that presented her as an aspirational figure.”

In a separate ruling, the ASA banned posts on the Instagram pages of firm Teamv24 and television personality Georgia Harrison promoting weight loss ‘gummies’.

The V24 ad. (ASA/PA)
The V24 ad. (ASA/PA)

A post on Harrison’s Instagram page stated: “Paid partnership with v24team … V24 Gummies are great at helping you loose [sic] weight … V24 Gummies made dieting so much easier. They’re delicious and when taken with water they suppress your hunger cravings … They contain glucomannan which is clinically proven to help with weight loss.”

Protein Revolution, the brand’s owner, said the claim “Glucomannan in the context of an energy restricted diet contributes to weight loss” was an authorised claim on the EU Register.

All Star Entertainment, on behalf of Harrison, acknowledged the complaint but did not provide a substantive response, the ASA said.

The ASA said: “We considered that the health claims in the ad did not communicate the same information as the authorised health claim.

“We considered that consumers would take from the ads that Georgia Harrison had taken the products over a long period of time in order to maintain her slim figure. It was clear from the ads that Georgia Harrison did not need to lose weight in order to achieve a healthy weight.

“We considered that the overall message of the ads was that she nevertheless used the product on an ongoing basis to help her limit her calorie intake. We were concerned that this created the impression that it was necessary or advisable for those who aspired to her body shape and lifestyle to use products that suppressed their appetite.

“We were also concerned that the photos of Georgia Harrison in both ads appeared to have been edited to make her waist look artificially thin with the result that the images were not representative of her real body shape. We considered that was particularly irresponsible in the context of an ad for an appetite suppressant that presented her as an aspirational figure.

“For those reasons, we concluded that the ads promoted a diet product in an irresponsible way and breached the Code.”

Protein Revolution director Ciaran Greenwood said: “Upon receipt of a complaint from ASA, we amended/removed content that was deemed to be in breach of their guidelines.”

An Instagram spokeswoman said: “Misleading adverts are not allowed on Instagram.

“In addition, last month we introduced a new policy to restrict organic posts promoting the use of diet products which would likely include those flagged by the ASA.”

NHS medical director Professor Steve Powis said: “The NHS sees first-hand the impact damaging social media ads have on young and vulnerable people – peddling diet pills with promises too good to be true, idealised body image and misleading health ‘advice’ – so action from social media giants to act on NHS calls to prevent completely avoidable harm are a necessary first step to keeping children safe online, while the NHS Long Term Plan will continue to ramp up mental health support for millions more people.”


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The Beatles Classic Paul McCartney Wrote in the Lovin’ Spoonful Style




When Beatles fans call Revolver their favorite album, they have plenty to support the pick. From the heavy George Harrison opener “Taxman” to Paul McCartney’s “Here, There and Everywhere” and John Lennon’s “I’m Only Sleeping,” the band was at or near its peak on this record.

In terms of subject matter, though, it’s among the Beatles’ darkest. If John wasn’t singing about “what it’s like to be dead,” George was offering advice “for those who die” or Paul was getting his hands dirty burying Eleanor Rigby. Weren’t these the lads who just wanted to hold your hand?

Well, Paul was still that guy in a lot of ways. He brought the sweet and innocent “Yellow Submarine” to the Revolver sessions. And he recorded the gorgeous “Here, There and Everywhere” on that record, too.

But the bounciest, most upbeat Revolver track has to be “Good Day Sunshine.” And Paul said he wrote that with the Lovin’ Spoonful track, “Daydream” in mind.

Paul had ‘Daydream’ on his mind while writing ‘Good Day Sunshine’

“The Beatles” pose for a portrait holding their instruments in 1965. | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

While The Lovin’ Spoonful might not be a household name these days, the New York-based band had several big hits in the mid-1960s that remain popular on the radio (and in TV commercials). The band’s run began with “Do You Believe in Magic,” a track from summer ’65 that hit No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The following year, the group had a No. 1 single in “Summer in the City.” By that point, The Lovin’ Spoonful could count The Beatles among their fans. And Paul said “Good Day Sunshine” came about because he’d admired “Daydream,” which the group had released in February ’66.

“It was really very much a nod to The Lovin’ Spoonful’s ‘Daydream.’ The same traditional, almost trad-jazz feel,” Paul said in Many Years From Now. “That was our favorite record of theirs. ‘Good Day Sunshine’ was me trying to write something similar to ‘Daydream.’”

Indeed, in an album full of distorted guitars (and rocking tracks in general), “Good Day Sunshine” stands out because it doesn’t feature any guitars at all. As Paul noted, it’s very much like a jazz trio of piano, bass, and drums.

Producer George Martin played more on this track than John Lennon

1966: Paul McCartney plays on stage during The Beatles’ last tour. Drummer Ringo Starr plays in the background. | Getty Images/Getty Images

On such a stripped-down Beatles track, there wasn’t an instrument for John to play. Ringo was on drums, Paul took the main piano part on “Good Day Sunshine,” and most sources list George on bass guitar.

As for the barroom-style piano solo on the track, that came from producer George Martin. (Martin, the best piano player on hand, also took the solos on “In My Life” and “Lovely Rita” the following year.)

So that means John sat this one out, as far as musical instruments go. However, he did contribute backing vocals and handclaps. And, as always, you couldn’t keep John from making a bit of mischief.

After Paul sings, “She feels good” in the third verse, you can hear John repeat, “She feels good” in a hilariously deep voice. It sounds like Paul nearly breaks out laughing, but — ever the pro — he finished the take.

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Black Tampa Fashion Week opens with Friday night masquerade ball





Get ready for a three-day extravaganza celebrating Black fashion, art and music. Black Tampa Fashion Week hosts its masquerade ball on Friday (6:30-10 p.m.), Soulful Expressions art event on Saturday (3:45-8 p.m.), and rounds out the weekend with a #BTFW fashion and hair show featuring new and veteran fashion designers including #PrettyGoons Clothing & Accessories, The American Lion Association Clothing, GDE Mafia Clothing & Apparel, Moets Goodies & Gifts African Clothing, Only HERZ Collections Boutique and FINAO Clothing (6:45-10:45 p.m.). The family-friendly event is also packed with live entertainment including guest speakers, singers and dancers. 

Tickets start at $10. A Level Up Rental Hall, 9029 Copeland Rd., Tampa. INFO.

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