Winter Beauty Essentials

Winter Beauty Essentials

The winter air can play havoc with your skin there’s no doubt about it. The changing temperatures between a freezing cold commute and then blasting the central heating leaves your skin dry, lack lustre and in need of a bit of TLC.
Carry on reading for our top beauty essentials to get you through these winter months with ease’


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream ‘ if you don’t already have this cult product in your beauty arsenal, then why not? It’s the best multipurpose product that beauty obsessives rave about. You can use it for chapped lips, as a rich day cream to keep your skin hydrated under makeup or pop some on your cheek bones to give you a healthy sheen throughout the day.

Dermalogica Barrier Repair ‘ this is a great product that helps protect your skin from the elements. It helps fortify sensitive skin and improve any damaged barriers. Use after toner both morning and night and this will do your skin wonders throughout the winter months.

Clarins HydraQuench Tinted Moisturiser ‘ in the winter months your skin needs all the hydration it can get. So why not switch up your base by using a tinted moisturiser instead of your normal foundation. This Clarins tinted moisturiser gives you a long-lasting hydrating radiance and a healthy glow!


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Trilogy Makeup Be Gone Cleansing Balm ‘ a luxurious cleansing balm is a great addition to your skincare regime in the winter months. Rather than lighter formulas, this Trilogy balm will melt away makeup and nourish the skin leaving it calm, smooth and hydrated. It even removes long wear and waterproof formulas!


Macadamia Healing Oil Spray ‘ in the winter months your hair can also suffer, it becomes dry, brittle and fly away. Give it a helping hand with this Macadamia Oil Spray. It is a lightweight formula that you spray on to help restore hair to its natural texture by restoring nourishment and adding protection to the hair. Don’t be put off by the fact it says ‘oil’ in the name, it won’t leave you with greasy locks!

James Read Gradual Tan ‘ this gradual tanner has some great skincare benefits that helps to deliver a golden tan. We still want to look glowing even in the depths of winter so this gradual tanner is the perfect product to help lack lustre skin. Use as your daily body moisturiser to keep your skin hydrated and sun kissed.

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Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm ‘ there is nothing worse than dry, chapped and cracked lips in the winter months. Keep your lips moisturised and smooth with the Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm, it’s handbag friendly so you can carry it around everywhere with you.

C.A.K.E Cosmetics Sheer Glow Highlighter ‘ if your skin is still looking a bit dull and needs a boost, apply a glowy liquid highlighter all over your face before you apply foundation. Or you can mix it in with your foundation too! The C.A.K.E Cosmetics highlighter is perfect to dabbing on your cheekbones or wearing alone to give you a radiant glow.

Cowshed Rose Replenishing Night Cream ‘ your skin does its best work at night when you’re asleep, this is when it replenishes, restores and repairs. Make sure you’re using a good night cream that encourages cell regeneration. This one from Cowshed is super luxurious that will hydrate your skin throughout the night.

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Secret Santa Gifts

Secret Santa Gifts

Everyone loves Secret Santa, but finding a gift for the person you’ve drawn can be a tricky business. If you don’t know them well, or you’ve got someone who’s hard to buy for, a little gift inspiration can help pull you out your funk. So, read on and see what we have in store for under £20, so you can surprise people with top gift ideas in your Secret Santa.

Fragrances
Whether you’re close to the person you’re buying for well or not, you can easily find a gorgeous perfume to impress. If you’re a little unsure of their taste, go for an all-time favourite, like Laurelle Parfums Femme Eau de Parfum , or Nino Cerruti 1881 Eau de Toilette Spray. You can find top fragrances like this for anywhere between £5 and £20, so there’s something for every budget.

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For men
Gifts for men can be particularly difficult to pin down, but a popular fragrance can be a great option. You can pick out top-selling aftershaves and colognes for your budget too. If they’re younger, something like Calvin Klein In2U Him Eau de Toilette Spray, or Joop Go Eau de Toilette Spray can work a treat. Or if they’re mature, modern types there’s best-sellers like Laurelle Parfums Executive Man Aqua EDT Spray, and Nino Cerruti 1881 Homme Eau de Toilette Spray.

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Beauty treats
The winter season is the time to take extra care of your skin, and beauty Christmas gifts will always be well received. Balance Vitamin C Power Serum will boost a tired complexion, and Anatomicals It’s Alcatraz For Spots Purifying Face Mask is the perfect post-party antidote. For men, pick out items like the clever L’OrǸal Men Expert Cool Power Anti-Perspirant.


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Makeup and more
Looking lovely is top priority over the Christmas period, and you can help a friend out by buying some makeup treats for their Secret Santa present. Calvin Klein’s CK One Volumising Mascara will give eyelashes a pick-me-up, and Bourjois Aqua Blush is a perfect handbag essential. Or, other Christmas gifts for her a gift set like NYX Intense Butter Lip Gloss Set is a great all-in-one present.


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Christmas Gifts for Mum’s

Christmas Gifts for Mum’s

What does every mum want for Christmas? We can tell you that a little bit of pampering will always go down well. Our selection of gift sets, bath and body treats, and candles will earn you serious Brownie points on Christmas Day. And if you’re not sure where to start, you can find some inspiration right here. Here’s just a few of our ultimate Christmas gift ideas that mums will love.

Lovely gift sets
If you’re short on time or money, you can still find a thoughtful gift for your mum. Shopping by budget always helps when you’re in a pinch. Or, you can seek out her favourite perfume if there’s something that she’ll really appreciate. Gift sets are popular gifts for her, with a sumptuous duo of fragrance and beauty products, making it feel just a little more special. Elie Saab’s Rose Couture gift set has a perfume and body lotion combo for starters. You can also find Gucci’s Bamboo fragrance and body lotion gift set, and the Calvin Klein Eternity shower gel and perfume duo.


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Luxurious bath and body products
Some quality me-time is the way to revitalise any busy mum. Bath and body gifts can give your mum the excuse to indulge in a bit of pampering. The good news is that you can find just the thing in good time for Christmas Day. Baylis and Harding have gorgeous bath and body gift sets, like their Sweet Mandarin & Grapefruit Bath Tub Set, with a shower crÇùme and body butter packaged in a cute mini bathtub. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Caribbean Island Wild Flower set includes a body wash, body lotion, and hand cream all in one box. Then there’s the lovely range from Scottish Fine Soaps, with products like their Au Lait Bath Care Box with hand lotion, shower gel, shower gel soap and moisturiser.

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Mood boosting candles and diffusers
For something a little different, a candle or diffuser can be the perfect, thoughtful gift. Often, these are the treats people don’t buy for themselves, and they are a nice little stocking filler too. A luxury brand will make more unusual gifts too, like Anatomicals‘ delicious A Real Wick Pleaser Orange & Cedar Candle, or Plum & Ashby’s candle and diffusers include a Honey and Amber Diffuser, and their Christmassy themed Advent Candle.


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Electrical Gifts

Electrical Gifts

If you’re running low on inspiration, our selection of fancy electricals can jazz up your Christmas gifts this year. Whether you’re buying for her or him, there’s a smart electrical item to suit. From hair, to face, body, beards and teeth, you can give your friends and family presents to primp, preen and polish with the touch of a button. Sound fun? Then read on to see what we have in store.

Getting body beautiful
The days of having to work extra hard to exfoliate, polish and pumice are long gone, thanks to a raft of smart electricals. From head to toe, brands like Babyliss, Beurer, Elvie and Remington have it all tied up. You can find the likes of the Remington Reveal Heated Eyelash Curler & Tweezers, Beurer Relaxing Aroma Therapy Foot Bath, and the Babyliss True Smooth Pedicure, all of which make great Christmas presents.


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Hair wonders
Styling your hair is easy with the right tools, and they make perfect gifts for women. Cool electricals like Tresemme’s Keratin Smooth Wand can tame even the unruliest locks, while Braun’s Satin Hair 7 Iontec Brush Black gives you a shine injection when your hair is feeling dull and lifeless. Essentials like Diva Rapida 3700 Pro Hair Dryer are fun and functional.

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For facing the day
If you want to give your loved one a salon-worthy gift to use at home, anytime, look no further. Top electricals targeting the face include the Magnitone BareFaced Vibra-Sonic Daily Cleansing Brush, and the Beurer Facial Sauna. Other products to tackle uneven complexions include the Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner.


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Men’s electricals
Electricals are a good way of nailing it when it comes to hard-to-buy-for men. And they’re not just for extra beauty-conscious males. These kinds of products are now big news across all ages, so you can be sure they’ll make great gifts for men. You can browse products like the Braun Series 3 Proskin Wet & Dry Electric Shaver, Remington’s Quick Cut Clipper, and the Beurer Ultra-Portable Daylight Lamp.

5 Steps to Party Proof Your Makeup

5 Steps to Party Proof Your Makeup



Well we’re heading full pelt for Party Season, a lethal combination of drunk dancing, late nights and changing temperatures! Now for such occasions you need your make up to last, without smudging, slipping or totally disappearing. Luckily for you we’ve researched some of the best products for making sure all the hard work you’ve put into your face stays put and lasts all night!

1. Use a primer! This is probably the single most important step and trust us your face will thank you for it. Select a primer that will smooth out your skin, minimize pores and just grip onto your makeup for dear life. We love the W7 Porefection Face Primer or if you want to add a glow to your skin try the Hylamide Glow Radiance Booster.

2. Layers. You might be tempted to go full, heavy coverage which is fine but try to build up light layers, that way your base is much more likely to stay put rather than breaking down. Give each layer enough time to dry down and set properly before applying the next. Also a great tip is to spray your brush or sponge with a fixing spray. Tip: A matte foundation is going to stay put much better than a dewy finish.

3. Sweat proof your eye makeup! Now we all know there’s nothing worse that mascara that smudges halfway down your face. This also goes for eyeliner as that can often be the culprit for panda eyes. Use this opportunity to wow everyone with the perfect flick and focus on using a waterproof liquid liner on your top lids as well as waterproof mascara. We recommend the Maybelline Colossal Volume Waterproof Mascara and the Glo & Ray Longwear Precision Liquid Liner (this one has a super fine tip that is perfect for creating a sharp flick).


4. Stick to transfer proof lip products. Read: matte, liquid lipsticks are your best friend. Touching up your lipstick is such a faff when you’re trying to enjoy your night. Make sure you use a lip liner before applying your lip colour, this will really help your lipstick stay put. Then choose a formula that is long lasting (road test a few days before!). The NYX Matte Lipstick set has some gorgeous shades and really has that staying power. If you want a glossy finish, just pop a gloss over the top. Tip: use a straw all night!

5. Set it down! Make sure you apply a setting spray before you step foot outside. Fixing or setting sprays honestly make such a difference to the longevity of your makeup. It will save all make up meltdowns and keep you looking flawless all night long. We love the Lily Lolo Makeup Mist.

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be set for the night and can avoid those embarrassing Instagram posts of a mascara moustache! We’re totally not speaking from experience here’


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