The Best Face Masks for Glowing Skin

The Best Face Masks for Glowing Skin

A good face mask can work wonders when your skin is looking a little dull. The ravages of daily life can leave you feeling like you’ve lost that healthy glow, not to mention the effects the winter months can have on our complexion. Finding the right face mask for you will change depending on all these factors, as well as your own particular skin type. To troubleshoot your problem areas, all you need is a targeted mask that can give you a boost. Read on to hear about some of our favourites.

Ultra-hydrating masks
Central heating, cold winter weather and festive partying can all leave your skin feeling a bit dry. If you’re in your 30’s or above, you may also need to top up moisture levels to keep your skin looking supple and smooth. Lucky for you, there’s a range of deliciously hydrating masks on the market. The Purederm Deep Cleansing Peel Off Cucumber Mask gives you a cooling hit of moisture to soothe stressed, dried out skin. And Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask combines manuka honey, which powerfully draw moisture to your skin to hydrate it intensely.


Super Exfoliators and Polishers
Regular exfoliation is a must for anyone looking for a bright, clear complexion. It’s important to choose an exfoliating mask that will suit your particular dilemma, so you don’t dry out or stress your skin more. Check out products like Once Upon a Time Anti-Wrinkle Exfoliating Mask, made to rejuvenate and brighten. Or, for a gentler option, try out AA Skincare’s Vanilla & Honey Skin Polish Face Mask.


Purifying treatments
A good purifying face mask will rebalance your skin, making it the perfect choice for anyone with oily or combination complexions. Purederm’s Deep Purifying O2 Bubble Sheet Mask Charcoal uses O2 bubbles and charcoal powder to remove toxins and dead skin cells for a clear, fresh appearance. Or, you can try the clever, reinvigorating Charcoal Rescue Masque from Dermalogica, with its fast-acting, easy-to-wash-off formula.


FD’s Beauty Resolutions

FD’s Beauty Resolutions

So we’re all back at work now and fully in ‘January Mode’ but how many of you have made New Year’s resolutions? I mean there’s so much pressure to make life changing transformations but after chatting with the people in the office I realised a lot of them have made beauty specific resolutions for this year. If you’re still struggling for inspirations on what to focus on in the beauty department then keep reading and see if any of these take your fancy’

Anna ‘ Graphic Designer
I got a Magnitone Cleansing Brush for Christmas and I’m determined to use it regularly to help improve my skin’s texture and tone. I never used to use a proper cleanser to clean my skin at night, just relying on micellar water to remove makeup. So this year I’m stepping up the cleansing game to hopefully reveal fresh, glowing skin!

Amy ‘ Assistant Buyer
I am 100% going to focus on cleaning my makeup brushes more often. We are all guilty of give them a quick clean every now and again but for this year I’m going to make it a focus to clean them once a week. There are so many products available now that make it easier (and quicker) to clean your brushes so I’m hoping it won’t slip!

Lauren ‘ Product Marketing Executive
Having a proper cleansing routine. I used to be so good at cleansing, toning and moisturising everyday but I’ve just got out of the habit! I tend to just remove my makeup at night and slap on some moisturiser but I really want to get back into using proper cleansers and toning too. So for this year that is going to be something I focus on to try and make sure my skin is super healthy.

Jenni ‘ E-commerce Content
Using vitamins for hair and nail growth. I really want to improve the condition and strength of my nails this year. I often just put nail varnish on but find them quite weak and brittle. So I’m going to start using conditioning treatments on them to help give them a bit more moisture and also try the Yves Rocher Hair and Nail Food Supplements as I’ve heard great things about them.

Beth ‘ Social Media Executive
This year I’m going to strip back my skincare routine to products I know work for my skin. I am guilty of trying new products all the time and don’t give my skin enough time to get used to something before I’m on to the next. I’m going to try and stick to the cleanser, toner and moisturisers I know work well for my dry skin. And then adding in a serum or a mask when I feel is needed.

Julian ‘ Trading Director
This year is all about focusing on my beard! I have recently started to grow a beard and am going to focus on keeping it in the best condition possible. So I’m going to use beard serums and conditioners to keep it in top condition!

Kyle ‘ Online Marketing Executive
At the end of last year I decided to go vegetarian so am really focusing on organic products which will hopefully help with my skin as well.

Johnny ‘ Email Marketing Executive
I don’t really have any proper beauty resolutions but I really want to focus on getting active this year by drinking more water and doing more exercise, generally keeping fitter. So more to do with wellbeing than beauty.

Keep Your Hair Healthy This Winter

Keep Your Hair Healthy This Winter

So we’re definitely in that time of year when it’s cold, miserable and a bit grim. When we’re talking about hair we often discuss sun damage, dry ends or frizz which are all problems in the summer’ however winter can bring its own set of problems for your tresses! When you’re thinking about a haircare routine that works for the winter months you need to consider the elements. The dry and dreary weather makes it difficult for your hair to retain moisture, making it prone to breakage and brittleness. But worry not, we have some top tips to keep your hair as healthy as possible through till May!

1. Control frizz. Static is an absolute nightmare in the winter months, usually down to the fabrics we wear. Jumpers, scarves, gloves and hats are all definitely not your hair’s best friend! The best way to tackle frizz and try to reduce the tangled mess is to use a leave in conditioner after washing. The vitamins in leave in conditioners will help keep your hair smooth and manageable but also protect it from other elements. We love the Alba Botanica Leave In Conditioner as it’s rich in coconut oil and natural plant proteins!

2. Itchy and Flaky Scalp. Your scalp can become drier and itchier than normal due to the colder weather and the lack of moisture in the air. This can lead to issues of dandruff and scalp irritation which will also affect the condition of your locks. This problem is super manageable though (hallelujah!) and the best option is to go natural. A couple of tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil rubbed onto your scalp before bed will work wonders over night and then you can just wash it out in the morning. Alternatively, there are plenty of dandruff specific shampoos that can be used daily that are super gentle on your scalp, try the Avalon Organics Medicated Anti Dandruff Shampoo.

3. Commit to a weekly treatment to keep hair hydrated. I know we keep going on about hydration but it really is the key for everything, skin, hair, body, mind and soul! Using a weekly treatment will give your hair the hydration boost it’s definitely lacking in the winter. Slather on a hair mask and sit back and relax for at least 30 minutes, this gives it chance to really absorb into the strands. We obsessed with the Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Mask, it’s packed with amazing ingredients like argan oil, tea tree and chamomile.

4. Cut down on heat styling. Excessive use of heat styling is not going to do your hair any favours in the colder weather. All the heat and dryness will just result in breakage, split ends and frizz. If you can cut down on curling, straightening and blow drying it will do your hair no end of good! How about cutting down to just using styling products at the weekend? Seems like a good new year’s resolution to me’

5. Darker hair over platinum locks. Thinking about switching up your colour? Then the winter months are a great time to do this! Platinum or very light colour can be incredibly damaging on your hair. Paired with the colder weather, the hair has no way to get any moisture into it. Using darker colours on your hair are much kinder to your locks and make it super shiny and soft. We’re all about that super platinum look but maybe save it for warmer weather!


Grooming Tips for Men

Grooming Tips for Men

Nicks, scrapes and blemishes are easily avoided with the help of a few well-chosen shaving products. To get started, you need to consider both pre-shave and post-shave to make sure your skin is cared for. Depending on whether you’re clean-shaven, with a full beard, or somewhere in between, there’s a whole range of finely tuned products out there. But don’t forget to also take your skin type into account. Each of these little elements will help define your choice.

Pre-shave conditioning
Prepping your skin is a top priority before setting that razor to your skin. Pre-shave oils and moisturisers will hydrate your face, giving the blade a smooth surface to glide across, avoiding unsightly post-shave bumps. Lush products include the ultra-nourishing Dear Barber Shave Oil, and GENTLEMEN’S TONIC Pre-Shave Oil. For the shave itself, choose a cream or foam that’ll keep your skin supple, like Rogue Lubricious Shave Cream.


Post-shave soothing
Soothing your skin post-shave can reduce redness and irritation, and replenish lost moisture. All important points if you want to side-step that blotchy, red-faced look. Great post-shave products include the BOSS BOTTLED. Aftershave Balm with a zingy, fresh scent. Jack Black’s Post Shave Cooling Gel is soothing and alcohol-free if you need something for sensitive skin, and The Bluebeards Revenge Cooling Moisturiser is hydrating with a masculine scent.


Razor sharp blades
Ditching old blades is one of the biggest shaving tips you can rely on. Sharp, clean razors are the key to a smooth shave. Your budget and skin type with help you choose the right products. On-the-go, Gillette’s Blue 3 Disposables Razors come in handy. The patented King Of Shaves Hyperglide System Razor is great for a close shave, and the Edwin Jagger Chrome Lined Long DE Razor is ideal for experienced wet shavers.


Looking after your beard
If you’re a proud bearded type, keeping your whiskers shiny, conditioned and fresh is a must. Luckily, you have a huge selection of products to choose between. Just like American Crew’s Beard Serum, Woody’s Grooming Stache Wax, and U.S Apothecary‘s super-smoothing Juniper Geranium Beard Balm.


New Year, New Me!

New Year, New Me!

Staying on top of your skincare and makeup regime will help you look and feel at your best. The new year is a perfect time to consider caring for your skin, or revamping up your look. Fashions change, as does your complexion. Freshening up your look and your skin will give you a bit of a boost in the dreary month of January.

Clear your complexion
Whether you feel like detoxing in those first weeks of the new year, or replenishing your skin after partying hard, the right products can make all the difference. A fresh, clear complexion comes down to picking skincare treats that suit you and your lifestyle. If you’re suffering from blemishes, check out Yves Rocher’s clever Zero Blemish Gel Cream. Their Anti Redness Moisturising Cream is another great buy for stressed out skin. Or the clever Balance Me Congested Skin Serum can be used as an on-the-spot treatment, or as an all-over cream to soothe inflammation.


Boost moisture
The winter months can play havoc with your skin, especially if you’re prone to dryness. Decking out your skincare selection with some hydrating treatments is a smart way to keep your complexion glowing. DECLÇ?OR Aromessence Marjolaine Night Balm is perfectly designed for dry and very dry skin. Or, you can find lush products like Elemis’s luxurious Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask, and their Hydra-Boost Sensitive Day Cream.


Update your look
Once you’ve got your new year skincare regime in hand, you can start playing around with your look. There’s never a better excuse to update your makeup collection, and 2018 has some exciting trends to watch out for. Luckily, you won’t have to completely ditch the glittery party makeup from December. Eye brightening products like Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow will complete both a day and night time look. The Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector will help even out any post-festive blemishes, and NYC’s Quick Dry Nail Polish will add to a flawless look.