Makeup Brushes And Their Uses

Makeup Brushes And Their Uses

Have you fallen into the trap of buying more makeup brushes than you know what to do with? Or perhaps you’re in the other camp, and have a couple of tired, worn out brushes that you use for a multitude of uses? Decking out your makeup bag with the right brushes will do more than make it look pretty. They’ll help you to apply makeup in the best way, giving you a polished final look. There are a few clever multipurpose products out there, like Brush Works’ Purple & Black Multi Tasking Brush, which can be used for face, blush and bronzer. But for a fool proof approach, you’ll need the lowdown on what kinds of brushes do what jobs. Here are just a few of the essentials to include in your kit.

Foundation Brushes

For even coverage, a foundation brush is a must. Different brushes work well with alternative types of foundation and concealer, with softer, natural brushes working well with powder-based products, and firmer, synthetic brushes giving you the best effect for liquid foundations. Examples include Body Collection Foundation Brush, and the W7 Foundation Brush.

Blush brushes

Some varieties of blusher brushes are championed by different makeup artists, and there are a huge range on the market, so whittling the choice down can feel tricky. Ultimately, think about how you want your makeup to look, and what you’re comfortable using. For instance, some blush brushes are designed especially for contouring. This might be perfect for you, or you may prefer something that gives a more natural look. ROYAL & LANGNICKEL’s Moda Blush Make Up Brush is ideal in that scenario, whereas Royal Cosmetics’ Pro Angled Blusher Brush will give you more precise control.

Bronzer brushes

Fluffy, loose brushes are perfect for applying a sweep of bronze to your complexion. Look out for powder brushes that have oversized heads, so you can get a smooth arc of bronzer across the cheeks and forehead. Products like the So Eco Bronzer Brush and the Naj Oleari Powder Brush will give you the exact effect you need.



Eyeshadow brushes

Equipping yourself with more than one eyeshadow brush will give you all the tools you need when trying out different looks. If you need to keep to a budget, make sure to treat yourself to at least two eyeshadow brushes, one for looser powders, and a second for working with eyeliners and gel or liquid based products. The clever Brush Works Purple & Black Double Ended Eye Brush gives you two brushes in one. Or, get a narrow-tipped brush like Body Collection’s Large Eyeshadow Brush for precision, and W7 Eyeshadow Brush (04) for sweeping on colour.

Blending brushes

Blending is the key to creating that flawless, finished look! Whether that’s blending eyeshadow, or highlighter, you’ll need a good blending brush in your back pocket. Check out products like the Royal Cosmetics Blending Brush and Technic’s Pro Blending Brush for a silky, professional look.

The Best Scents For Summer

The Best Scents For Summer

The heat is on, hopefully! While we’re all praying for a bit of British sunshine or getting ready for a sunny summer holiday, it’s worth taking stock of your perfume collection. Paring your signature scent to the time of year is one powerful way to boost your mood and feel attuned to the changing seasons. And, what’s better than revisiting a scent that reminds you of a summer holiday later in the year to give you an ultimate mood hit? With that in mind, here’s a collection of some of our favourite scents for this summer.

1. Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Eau Fraiche For Women
We have a huge crush on Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique Eau Fraiche For Women. Just like everything in the Classique collection, it’s big, bold and sexy. But, this perfume is ultra-feminine too, with a marriage of sugary, citrusy scents, paired with vanilla and musk.




2. GIVENCHY Dahlia Divin Initiale
Trust Givenchy to bring us something that’s utterly refined, classic and sensual. GIVENCHY Dahlia Divin Initiale is as fresh as it is sultry. Jasmine, magnolia and rose blend with woody tones for a complex, beautiful perfume.



3. Elie Saab Le Parfum In White
Elie Saab’s Le Parfum In White is a delicious mix of florals, giving you a sense of long, romantic summer days. Inspired by the designer’s bridal range, this gorgeous scent is a fusion of orange blossom, white jasmine and musk. Yummy to the extreme!



4. YSL Mon Paris Couture
Those stylish fashionistas who dare to be different will fall in love with YSL’s Mon Paris Couture perfume. Spirited and energetic, this is an ideal night out perfume, or a great pick-me-up when you’re having a low day. Think citrus, rose, and musk and you’ll be halfway to imagining it’s lusciousness.



5. Calvin Klein CK One Summer
If you’re looking for a scent with a lot of zing and plenty of energy, you can’t go wrong with CK One’s easy-to-wear CK One Summer. The hot tones of saffron blend effortlessly with the cooler scents of lime, citron and cucumber to punchy effect.



6. Bulgari Omnia Pink Sapphire
Seductive and summery, Bulgari’s beautiful Omnia Pink Sapphire will leave you feeling goddess-like. This bold, confident scent is an exquisitely balanced mix of frangipani, pink pomelo and vanilla musk, making you feel good enough to eat.




7. Issey Miyake L’Eau D’issey Summer
Putting some exotic spice into your summer is as easy as spritzing on Issey Miyake’s delectable L’Eau D’issey Summer. A perfection of balanced flavours, this perfume combines passionfruit with litchi, grapefruit and a woody musk at the base.



8. Valentino Donna Rosa Verde
A Valentino perfume always gets us excited, and Valentino Donna Rosa Verde is no exception. Fresh and floral, this sophisticated scent plays with alluring aromas like green rose, mate tea, bergamot, ginger and magnolia.



9. YSL Black Opium Floral Shock
For those who refuse to play it safe, YSL Black Opium Floral Shock is your ideal summer scent. This seductive perfume brings together big-hitting fragrances like gardenia and orange blossom, mixed with Opium’s signature coffee and vanilla accord.



10. Marc Jacobs Daisy Kiss
Romantic types, get ready to swoon at Marc Jacobs’ Daisy Kiss. Like everything in the Daisy collection, this fragrance is feminine, fun and flirty. Pomelo nectar runs into peony and rose, before finishing with a smooth cedarwood. Delicious!

Hair Removal Tips

Hair Removal Tips

To remove hair or not to remove hair! For women in particular, hair removal can be a contentious issue. Culturally, the expectation is on to keep our skin looking smooth and hair free across most parts of the body. Whether you choose to regularly remove hair, and how much of it you take off, is completely your choice. But if you do want smoother legs, bikini line, or underarms, there are a few options. Some methods will feel more comfortable and will work better for you. So, here’s the lowdown on the top ways to remove hair at home.

Shaving

The biggest benefit of shaving is that it’s cheap and quick. The downside is the potential for unsightly, painful nicks and razor burn. Ouch. Being up-to-speed on the best way to shave will help minimise these factors. When it comes to your legs, use smooth strokes, and pull your skin taught around your less-firm bikini area. For your underarms, be sure to shave in multiple directions to capture all hair growth.


You’ll also need to prep your skin before shaving and take care of it post-shave. Your legs will need a bigger boost of moisture than your bikini or underarms after shaving. When it comes to products, use shave creams and gels to moisturise the area, allowing your razor to glide over the skin. Using a good razor is key too. Electric razors like the Braun Silk And Soft Rechargeable Body Shaver or the Remington Ultimate Bikini Kit trim and shave without nicks and cuts.



Waxing

Waxing is a flexible solution that can be used on any area, from your legs and bikini to your face. Plus, unlike shaving, it will give you longer-lasting effects, meaning you can get your hair removal done in one hit and forget about it for a few weeks. There is a pain-level factor to waxing which can put some off, but with the right technique and care, you can minimise the distress to your skin.

Always exfoliate before you wax, and make sure the hairs are long enough to pull out. Choose products that are designed for more delicate areas, like your face too, such as Smooth Appeal’s Facial Hair Remover Wax. For other body areas, buy a wax, like Surgi Wax’s For Bikini Body and Legs. Post-wax lotions like Strictly Professional’s After Wax Oil are an essential too, to soothe and condition.




Epilating

Epilators have become increasingly popular in recent years, but there’s no denying that they can be more than a little painful to begin with. Advocates will tell you that this does get better the more you use them however, and they do give you long-lasting hair removal. The trick is to exfoliate first, just like waxing. Often, it’s good to do this a day before, rather than on the day. And try a wet exfoliator in a warm shower to reduce pain.

Some versatile products include Braun’s Silk-Ǹpil 9 Wet & Dry Epilator, and Remington’s 4 In 1 Epilator. Post epilation, always apply a good moisturiser. Ones with aloe or witch hazel work best to soothe skin.



Hair removal creams


The great thing about hair removal creams is that they’re just as quick as shaving and they’re pain-free. Although they’re not as long lasting as waxing or epilating, they can give you two or three days of smooth skin without the chance of shaving nicks and cuts.

The best approach is to test a small area of skin first, to ensure the product won’t react badly with your skin. Always go in the shower too, to avoid mess. Products include Veet’s Hair Removal Cream for Sensitive Skin, and Silkia’s Hair Removal Cream. Afterwards, your skin should be silky-smooth, and a good slathering of moisturiser will help you look and feel great.


Read more about the latest trends with Body Hair in our Body Hair, Who Cares post!

Shimmer Shadow Trending for Spring

Shimmer Shadow Trending for Spring

We really hope you’re ready for glowy, glittery and shimmery makeup looks this spring because Shimmer Eyeshadows are going nowhere! From the S/S catwalks to all the gorgeous Instagram makeup looks we’re seeing, there’s definitely some golds, bronzes, glitter glosses!

Golds

We’re seeing gold highlighter everywhere (thanks Rihanna) and it’s not just used on the high points of the cheeks. Experiment with using a gorgeous yellow gold shadow on your lids, inner corners, cupid’s bow to get that gorgeous glow all over your face! I mean you can never have too much highlighter’ We love the NYX Baked Eyeshadow in Ghetto Gold.


Highlighter

Highlighters are just as popular as ever for this spring and you should definitely invest in a liquid version to layer under a powder. The statement and payoff are totally worth it. The Sleek Barekissed Illuminator gives you a gorgeous glow to the skin that looks super natural, and then layered with a powder highlighter like the Marco By Design 6 Shade Highlighter Palette you will make sure that glow is seen from space!



Metallic

Metallic makeup was a big trend on the catwalks this season, it was used on the eyes, the lips, the brows and even the collar bones. We obsessed with the LaRoc 35 Colour Eyeshadow Palette in 04, it has so many bright shades to choose from and plenty of shimmers to help you create the perfect metallic eyeshadow look. Make sure you don’t forget to add a sweep of shimmery lip gloss over your lipstick to finish the look! The L’Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss is a great one to have in your make up bag.

Updated Glitter


Glitter is a huge trend that we’ve been seeing more and more over the last couple of seasons, now this is getting bigger! Not only in popularity but also the type of glitter! We’re seeing rhinestones, sequins, gems and glitter liner. These supersized glitters are adhered to the bottom of the lash line, under the brow bone and on the lips. This look is perfect for festival season so get yourself glittered up!

There are no rules with this gorgeous shimmery trend so go wild and add in into your makeup wherever you can!


Skincare Tips for Men

Skincare Tips for Men

It only takes a few tweaks to refine your skincare routine, even if you’re a man on-the-go. By looking after your skin, you’ll look better and feel healthier. The good news is that you don’t need a cabinet full of cosmetics to get that youthful glow either. The trick is picking the right products for you and sticking to a routine that works with your skin and your lifestyle.

Cleanse

Washing your face daily, especially after exercise, will cleanse your skin of pollutants, dirt and sweat. Rather than opting for harsh soaps and hot showers, make sure to go for a cleanser that’s gentle enough for daily use. Your skin type will dictate what sort of cleanser will suit you too. Jack Black’s Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser is a perfect addition to your shower caddy, or if you want something for a deeper clean, check out products like Elemis’s Men Deep Cleanse Facial Wash.




Have a shaving routine

With the right shaving accessories, you’ll be able to keep your grooming technique in order, and your skin fresh and razor-burn free. Avoid cheap disposable razors at all costs and swot up on shaving techniques before you put a blade to your skin. All this will help you avoid unsightly lumps and bumps post-shave. Depending on your style, there are clever electricals like the BaByliss For Men i-Stubble 3, and the Braun Series 3 Style n Shave 3 In 1 Shaver. Pre-shave products like foams and shave soaps will help razors glide over your skin, and post-shave balms and lotions, like American Crew’s Post Shave Cooling Lotion, will soothe and protect.



Moisturise

Whether you’re a man who shaves every day or not, moisturising is an essential if you want to look younger and keep your skin healthy. Think of ‘cleanse and moisturise’ as part of your immovable daily routine, and you can’t go wrong. Again, look for a moisturiser that works with your skin type. If you’re unsure what that is, check out typical traits for different skin types and familiarise yourself with what you need. Great moisturising products include the NUXE Men Moisturising Multi Purpose Gel, and Jack Black’s Clean Break Oil Free Moisturiser.



Use SPF creams


Sun damage is one of those things that can really add years to your face. More importantly, protecting your delicate skin from harmful UV rays is just common sense. Even during the gloomier months, it’s good practice to add a little SPF to your skin. Look for higher factors for better protection, like Ultrasun’s Face Anti Ageing Sun Protection Sensitive with SPF30.



Get the odd pamper product


Who’s to say men can’t have a bit of pampering at times too? There are plenty of great products designed for men’s skin that enable you to indulge every once in a while. BARBER PRO’s Under Eye Mask With Activated Charcoal reduces puffiness and calms irritated skin, and little treats like NUXE’s Merveillance Expert Lifting Eye Cream are a simple, luxurious addition to your daily routine.