So Macadamia Nut Oil’ it can be a bit of weird concept to think about putting nut oils on our skin and hair but they have huge benefits! The right kind of skincare oils work better than oil free products to normalise oil production, reduce the signs of ageing and refine the skin’s texture.
If you have naturally oily or congested skin don’t be put off by the thought of using products with natural oils as the main ingredient! These natural oils do not cause oily skin or clog the pores. While all skin types may react differently to skincare oils, macadamia nut oil tends to be highly tolerated by the vast majority of people.
The sciencey stuff’
Macadamia Nuts contain approximately 80% monounsaturated fats, including oleic acid, which protects your heart from disease and reduces cholesterol levels. The oil is also a rich source of palmitoleic acid, which is a power antioxidant that supports healthy cell membranes, hydrates skin and supports skin healing. The oil can minimise skin conditions such as dandruff, dry skin, dry hair and brittle nails.
These are the main benefits of using Macadamia Nut Oil in your skin care and on your hair:
‘½ It won’t break you out, it will actually help the healing of breakouts and acne scars.
‘½ Keeps your skin moisturised whilst also helping to balance oil production.
‘½ It absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue.
‘½ Applied on the hair it will leave your locks shiny, silky and moisturised.
Speaking of hair care’
The rich acid content of macadamia nut oil makes it super beneficial for your hair; missed into shampoo or using Macadamia specific shampoos can help to increase the shine and health of your hair, strengthen the follicles and reduce hair loss.
These are some of our favourite products that contain Macadamia Nut Oil:
Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment
This oil treatment for your hair helps to improve the appearance and condition of your hair. It’s super beneficial for dry, damaged hair to help restore a smooth and shiny appearance as well as reducing the drying time significantly. It is made from a lightweight, non-greasy formula which is a blend of Macadamia and Argan Oil.
Macadamia Nourishing Moisture Shampoo
This shampoo is perfect for medium to coarse hair textures. It offers rich hydration to help strengthen and repair the natural follicles of the hair. A blend of Macadamia, Argan, Avocado and Hazelnut oils nourish and lock in moisture.
Macadamia Taming Curling Cream
This is a defining cream for curly or wavy hair, it helps define full-bodied, touchable curls. It also tames flyaways, unruly curls for a flawless look.
Organix Macadamia Oil Conditioner
Drench your locks in a ultra moisturising conditioner infused with nutrient rich macadamia oils to instantly hydrate and smooth parched, dry hair while sugar cane extract and bamboo extract soften and help reduce the appearance of split ends.
Spring is officially the start of wedding season, and if your big day is looming, you’ll already be getting into the detail of the day. But, have you thought about your perfume?
It’s common for brides to wear something a little different on their wedding day, rather than sticking to tried and tested favourites. That means researching and buying the right fragrance for you. As it’s the spring months, something floral and feminine will never go amiss. Here are some top picks to get you started.
Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey Pure Nectar Eau de Parfum
There’s nothing quite as sweetly sophisticated as Issey Miyake’s new Pure Nectar perfume. Because it’s a parfum, the concentration of oils is higher, meaning you’ll need just a few dabs for true staying power. This in itself is a godsend on one of the busiest days of your life. Plus, its lovely teardrop shaped bottle is a cinch to sneak into a friend’s handbag.
The fragrance blends natural flavours of flowers and fruits for a lush blossom of scent. What more could you ask for when it comes to the ideal springtime wedding perfume?
BOSS The Scent For Her EDT
Nothing about BOSS The Scent For Her is understated, but it is still a truly feminine scent. Plus, it has all those gorgeous fair-weather tones, with spring-like florals and fruits. Paired with the masculine The Scent For Men aftershave, this is one great option if you want to coordinate with the groom.
Delicate but seductively irresistible, the perfume mixes honeyed peach with freesia, and has a smooth cocoa base. It’s just the thing for blushing spring brides everywhere!
Givenchy Live Irresistible Blossom Crush EDP
What’s not to love about the new Givenchy Live Irresistible Blossom Crush? Just as the name suggests, it’s passionate, alluring and energetic. Still capturing those ultra-feminine tones, it straddles the line between delicacy and a pure celebration of life. That’s what also makes it an ideal wedding scent.
The fragrance plays with freshly cut roses and peonies and the bittersweet cocoa bean. This gives you a joyous, lively springtime scent.
Kenzo World EDT
Light hearted and liberated, the brand new Kenzo World EDT is one of our firm favourites when it comes to fragrances for spring brides. Perfect for youthful, spontaneous women, this perfume gives you a sense of fun and freedom, and a big burst of springtime scents. Combining sparkling pear, peony, almond blossom and orris, this delightfully floral, fruity fragrance is sure to make you feel dazzling, bold and brimming with joy.
Paco Rabanne Olympea Aqua EDP
Our wedding perfume picks wouldn’t be complete without Paco Rabanne’s new Olympea Aqua. For those keen on coordinating with the groom on all things, this is beautiful pairing with Paco Rabanne’s Invictus aftershave. And when it comes to verve and power, this perfume hits all the right notes while remaining beautifully feminine.
A zesty cocktail of Calabrian bergamot, ginger, vanilla and cashmere are mixed with fresh aquatic notes, giving you a tidal wave of evocative, enlivening flavours.
Escada Sorbetto Rosso EDT
Spirted, sunny and sassy, our final wedding scent pick has to be the gorgeous Sorbetto Rosso. It’s little wonder that this fragrance was inspired by the sunlit Amalfi Coast. It has all the Italian class and grace you could ask for, but it’s easy to wear, fresh, and fun.
The scent blends watermelon with zingy sea salt and fruity tones of sunny Mediterranean orchards. This all comes together to give you one thrillingly feminine perfume.
Our Spring Sale is here! We have a huge range of fragrances, skincare products, make up items, gifts and plenty more with amazing discounts. Why not treat yourself, a new signature scent maybe? Or why not stock up on gifts for the year and make the most of the savings! Keep reading for our favourite products on sale and the biggest savers’
1. Marc Jacobs Eau So Decadent 50ml £31.95
This gorgeous fragrance from Marc Jacobs has a whopping saving of £32.05 off the RRP! Perfect for day or night, Eau So Decadent is beautifully light, fresh and elegant. With notes of juicy fruits and radiant florals it is an enticing feminine fragrance that is hypnotic.
2. Calvin Klein CK One 200ml £27.95
Arguably Calvin Klein’s most recognised fragrance, CK One is a true classic! With £31.05 off the RRP this is a huge saving! CK One is a combination of fruity top notes including pineapple, papaya, lemon and apple, floral middle notes of jasmine, rose and lily of valley and an earthy base of musk, sandalwood, cedar and amber.
3. NYX Velvet Matte Lipstick Set £3.95
The special edition Velvet Matte Lipstick sets have a huge £12.95 off the RRP! Featuring a trio of standout shades, these sets are an amazing gift for all the beauty junkies in your life. Shades include Disorderly, Unicorn Fur and Miami Nights.
4. Bellapierre 12 Colour Pro Natural Eye Palette £25.95
This gorgeous palette has 12 shades of natural eye shadows that are perfect for creating a huge range of eye looks! These shadows are super pigmented and give long lasting effects so with a saving of £14.05 you’re definitely getting a bargain!
5. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Mask £33.95
We have plenty of amazing Elemis products in the sale but this mask is one of our favourites! With £15.55 off the RRP you better snap this up quick! The Pro-Collagen mask is a luxurious cream mask that instantly uplift and hydrate the skin.
6. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Gift Set £12.95
Say Yes to the most decadent detoxifying experience with this gorgeous skincare gift set! The natural mud draws out impurities with charcoal, treats and prevents blemishes with salicylic acid, and conditions with a botanical blend of tomatoes. With a saving of £16.05 you can be sure you’re getting a bargain!
7. Piz Buin Instant Glow Lotion SPF 15 £5.95
If you’re heading off to sunnier climates then make sure you check out all the sun protection products we have on sale! This Piz Buin Instant Glow lotion is infused with delicate light reflecting pearls and instantly illuminates your skin with a subtle golden shimmer. In the sale you’re saving £7.04 off the RRP!
8. Rimmel London Sun Shimmer Instant Tan £3.45
Achieve a flawless natural sun kissed look with this Sun Shimmer Instant Tan from Rimmel! It’s the perfect tan for a quick boost of colour and with a saving of £3.54 you can be a golden goddess at the fraction of the price!
9. Sexy Hair Long Sexy Hair Colour Safe Luxurious Shampoo 300ml £5.95
Sexy Hair caters for all hair types and we have plenty of products in the sale! This gentle shampoo cleanses while helping provide softness, shine and hydration to extensions and long hair. With £7.00 off the RRP you best stock up quick and make the most of the savings!
10. Paco Rabanne 1 Million Gift Set 50ml £39.95
Stock up on a true classic from Paco Rabanne. This 1 Million Gift Set comes with a 50ml bottle and a 10ml travel spray that is perfect for on the go. Opening with top notes of blood mandarin and peppermint, blending with heart notes of rose and musk and finally rounding off with a base of amber and leather. Shop now and save £7.05!
Spring is in the air, and now’s the time to update your makeup collection. If the catwalks are anything to go by, this season is set to be an explosion of colour and glitter when it comes to makeup trends. But, for a day-to-day look, there are more than a few lovely tips to add to our usual makeup routine to embrace the warmer months! It’s all about paying homage to the dewy, colourful springtime, and lightening up that heavy winter makeup.
Hello bright eyes
Statement eyes are big this season. Electric blue eyeshadow was one firm fixture on the catwalks, so if you’re looking to really shake things up, get swotting up on the best ways to wear it. Most looks include a generous sweep of blue across the whole lid. Products like NYX’s Primal Colours Pigment in Hot Blue are just what you need to recreate it.
For those of you who like to stick to a sweep of classic eyeliner, you won’t look out of place either. Big and bold is the way to wear it if you dare. The W7 Thick And Thin Eyeliner Pen is perfect for creating mega lines. Or, get out your best glittery eyeshadow and add a bit of sparkle. Check out products like Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Onyx for a wearable day to night look.
Flawless, ethereal complexions are hot this spring, and they’re the perfect way to embrace the new season with confidence. Toning down heavy foundation and getting that healthy glow is within reach, thanks to some clever products.
Primers, especially those with a purplish tint are great for brightening up your skin tone, like W7’s Glow Guru Face Illuminator. And highlighters dabbed generously over your face, rather than strobed over certain areas, is the best way to look fresh. Gold highlighters are big news in particular, so check out products like Rimmel’s Good To Glow Highlighter.
The colour pops don’t end with your eyes this season. Bright red lips are another catwalk favourite, and extra easy to recreate at home. If you prefer to tone down your eyes and draw attention to your lips, this is the ideal trend for you. And the best part is, it doesn’t take more than a couple of minutes to apply and look gorgeous.
Lovely products include MAC’s Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger, and Clinique’s High Impact Lip Colour Rouge Impact in Red-y To Wear.
To complete that feminine, fresh faced look, opt for a soft blush. Keep the highlighter to a minimum with this look but add as much eyeshadow or lipstick as you like. To really make it work for you, go natural though, and keep the focus on your blushing cheeks.
Baggable products include the Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua, with its clever micro pearls of colour that add a sun-kissed glow to your cheekbones.
As those warmer months swing around, you might be thinking about bearing a bit more flesh. Self-tanners are the ultimate cheat when it comes to getting that sun-kissed glow, minus the sunny weather. Despite months of cloud and rain, you can step out with your legs or arms on show, and not feel like a ghost. We’ve all seen a bad self-tan job in the past, so to avoid falling into that same trap, read up on our top tips for getting a smooth, even tan.
Always exfoliate first
Quite literally, rule #1 for self-tanning is to exfoliate before you do anything else. This will take off any dead skin and give you a nice smooth surface to work from. Why is this important? Because you won’t get those unsightly uneven patches at the end.
You can take your pick when it comes to exfoliators, but some lovely products include Kaeso’s Pomegranate Sugar Body Scrub, and Anatomicals The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub.
Next up, you’ll need to moisturise! Go for an oil-free moisturiser to avoid creating a barrier on your skin, giving your tanning product chance to absorb fully. Get moisturising all over your body and our face, paying particular attention to hands, knees and elbows. It’s worth noting that you’ll need to forgo deodorant until your tan has developed.
You may even want to use an oil-based moisturiser on just those drier areas, to avoid that tell-tale self-tan misstep. Look at products like Vaseline’s Intensive Care Advanced Repair Body Lotion, and Clinique’s Deep Comfort Body Lotion.
Use the right tools
You won’t get far without the right equipment when it comes to getting the perfect self-tan. Mitts are one essential. Something like the St Moriz Self Tan Applicator Mitt will do the trick. Professional standard mitts like this have a lotion proof barrier, so you won’t get nasty orange stains on your hands post-tan.
Choose your self-tanner
Picking the right self-tan for you depends on how deep you want the tan to look, and what kind of product feels more natural for you to apply. You can find mousses, lotions and sprays. The deeper you want to go, the more layers you apply.
Our favourites include St Moriz Instant Self-Tanning Mousse in dark, which works with all skin types. St Tropez’s Self Tan Sensitive Bronzing Body Lotion is ideal if you want to sleep on it, as there’s no instant colour to rub off on sheets and clothing. It’s also great for sensitive skin. Then there’s products like James Read’s Gradual Tan Day Tan Body which can be applied every couple of days for natural looking glow.
Blow dry your skin
Final step not to be missed, is the drying of your skin. Your hair dryer on a low heat will do the job perfectly. Make sure to dry all areas, including those tricky bits like behind your knees, and keep on moisturising after your tan settles to prolong it as much as possible.