Experience A New World With Viktor&Rolf Fragrances

Experience A New World With Viktor&Rolf Fragrances

Fashion duo Viktor&Rolf hit the fragrance scene in 2005. Since then, Viktor&Rolf’s collection of fragrances has been expanding, bringing unique and enchanting fragrances across their iconic Flowerbomb, Spicebomb and Bonbon ranges for all of us to enjoy – AKA become slowly but surely addicted to.

If you’re a Viktor&Rolf fragrance newbie, you’re in for a treat. Today, we’re showcasing our favourite perfumes and aftershaves from this iconic brand diving into the notes, the stories behind him and just why they smell so good.

Flowerbomb

When working on the Flowerbomb fragrance, Viktor&Rolf wanted to create something new. They dreamt of a fragrance that had the power to spread a positive message. A profusion of flowers to spread the world with beauty and fantasy and to transform the negative into positive. A bouquet of tens of cattleyas, hundreds of sambac jasmine, thousands of freesia, and millions of rose petals enriched by an addictive scent of patchouli and vanilla. This now iconic fragrance was created by the perfumers Olivier Polge, Carlos Benaim and Domitille Berthier.

Shop the range: Flowerbomb, Flowerbomb Bloom, Flowerbomb Nectar, Flowerbomb Midnight

Flowerbomb Dew

Embrace a new floral lightness with Flowerbomb Dew Eau De Parfum, the floriental perfume for women by Viktor&Rolf. Flowerbomb Dew encapsulates a new vision of Flowerbomb fragrances: one that is soft, delicate, and feminine. Be enveloped by the light floral perfume of Living Rose Lace: a hydroponic rose, growing only in water and infused with a transparent dew, for a scent that melts like water on your skin. Fresh and juicy top notes of Bergamot, Pear Accord, and Ambrette blend effortlessly with heart notes of Essential Rose, Living Rose Lace, and Orris. This dries down to delicate, sensual base notes of Heliotrope Accord, Cashmeran, and Musks, leaving a trail of unforgettable femininity. The iconic Flowerbomb diamond grenade bottle is reimagined as a vision of purity, in white glass with a pearly veil. Endlessly fresh and inimitably modern, discover a new floral sensation that feels as light as second skin.

Shop the fragrance: Flowerbomb Dew

Spicebomb

Spicebomb is an explosive concentrate of masculine sensuality, a burst of spices tamed by an enveloping freshness. Viktor&Rolf’s male fragrance is born of the mix between two accords: the first is a heart of incandescent spices – chilli and saffron – with the all-masculine roundness of leather and tobacco, along with the distinguished strength of vetiver. The second is explosive, fusing fresh zesty notes of bergamot and grapefruit, while cold spices – elemi and pink pepper – leave the mark of their icy bite. The ultimate detail: the fragrance is released by pulling the pin, which has been revisited with the Viktor&Rolf seal.

Shop the range: Spicebomb, Spicebomb Extreme

Spicebomb Night Vision

ARE YOU READY TO TURN OFF THE LIGHTS? Meet Viktor&Rolf’s explosive men’s fragrance, Spicebomb Night Vision Eau de Toilette. More mysterious, more daring, more provocative . . . yet just as addictive as the original Spicebomb. Night Vision is an explosive contrast of green freshness fused with addictive black spices. Dial up the intensity with an electric combination of hot spices and vibrant citruses. Be engulfed by the fresh perfume of Bergamot, Cardamom, and Grapefruit, which develop into a masculine heart of Clary Sage, Geranium, and Lavandin. This blast of freshness fuses with a dark trail of strong Tonka Bean, Patchouli, and warm woods. Unleash your inner voyeur with Spicebomb Night Vision . . . because the best things happen after dark. #LIGHTSOFFGAMEON

Shop the fragrance: Spicebomb Night Vision

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How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Ah, blackheads. We all know them, and let’s face it, we all hate them. If you’re on a mission to clear your skin of blackheads and restore a smooth, even tone, you’re in the right place.

First, let’s take a look at what causes blackheads. Understanding the cause of any skin problem, whether it’s mild acne or something more serious, is an essential first step in dealing with it.

What are blackheads?

Blackheads are a mild type of acne. They appear when hair follicles get clogged with excess oil, or ‘sebum’. In the skincare world, these clogs are called ‘plugs’.

Sebum is useful for keeping your skin soft, but when too much of it builds up, sometimes combining with dead skin cells, it forms a bump under the skin. If the buildup stays underneath a layer of skin, it’s called a whitehead. You know the type. If the follicle opens, the top layer of the plug will be exposed to oxygen in the air and turn black. Enter, blackhead.

These pesky spots usually appear on the face, particularly around the nose, forehead, and chin, although they can also appear on the:

  • Back
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Arms
  • Shoulders

Because of their dark brown or black colour, this type of acne is usually easy to spot on the skin. Unlike other bacterial pimples, blackheads aren’t painful, inflamed, or red around the edges.

Who gets blackheads?

Some people are more likely to suffer from blackheads than others. You might get blackheads more often if you:

  • Have naturally oily skin
  • Are prone to acne
  • Are undergoing hormonal changes like puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, or because of birth control
  • Are taking certain medications

Some research suggests that acne, and therefore blackheads, can be linked to food intolerances. This might include dairy, gluten, and other common intolerants. However, this hasn’t been proven, and lots of scientists doubt the connection.

How to get rid of blackheads

Blackheads aren’t harmful, although lots of people don’t like the way they look and want to reduce or remove them as soon as possible. Luckily, there are a few straightforward ways to manage blackheads when they do appear. If you’re prone to blackheads, it can be a good idea to find a treatment that works for you and stay on top of your blockages as part of your regular routine.

Over-the-counter blackhead treatments

There are lots of acne medications available, and you can find some good ones at a pharmacy or health shop. These include creams, gels, and liquids which you apply directly onto your skin to help remove blackheads. This type of treatment works by fighting bacteria and drying up excess oil.

Prescription acne medications

If your acne is bothering you and over-the-counter treatments don’t seem to be working, your doctor can prescribe something more robust. Prescription blackhead treatments can stop blockages from forming in hair follicles and promote quicker cell turnover. These medications will be applied directly to your skin.

Manual blackhead extraction

Head to Instagram if you aren’t sure what this is. The internet is bursting with videos of dermatologists squeezing blackheads out of patients, which can make it seem more straightforward than it actually is.

An expert dermatologist will create a small opening in the blockage, which means the blackhead buildup will slip out when pressure is applied. Don’t try this at home. With the wrong tools and technique, you might end up making your breakout worse.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion involves using a rough instrument to remove dead cells from the top layer of your skin. This helps bring blackheads to the surface to remove the plug. Visit a professional for this one.

How to prevent blackheads

It’s one thing knowing how to get rid of blackheads once they’ve appeared, but wouldn’t it be better if we could stop them from appearing altogether? While there’s always a chance of new blackheads forming, there are some ways you can minimise your chances of getting them.

Keep your face clean

The first and most obvious way to prevent blackheads is to keep your face clean. Wash regularly with a gentle cleanser to prevent oil building up in pores and hair follicles. Harsh soaps and exfoliants can irritate and dry out your skin, which might make acne worse. So always be gentle and choose a product that’s right for you.

Stay away from oils

While these products can be excellent for some people, if you suffer from blackheads, chances are you don’t need and extra oils in your routine. Consider choosing oil-free or water-based products to keep your skin clear.

Exfoliate

Exfoliate once or twice a week to help remove blockages from pores and hair follicles. Don’t be too rough! You should aim to gently remove oil buildup, not to scrub away an entire layer of skin.

Discover our complete collection of facial treatments for lots of ways to prevent and treat blackheads. Whatever way you manage your skin care, we’re sure you’ll be feeling great in no time.

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3 Must-Have Maskne Survival Essentials

3 Must-Have Maskne Survival Essentials

With face masks more essential than ever before, while they’re working away to protect us, they aren’t doing too many wonders for our skin. Face coverings trap warmth and moisture which aggravates the skin causing it to produce excess oil and bacteria which can clog up pores causing breakouts, aka Maskne!

We’ve picked out 3 essentials for helping prevent and treat all cases of maskne. Staying protected is worth it but so are these handy heroes for keeping your skin as clear and clean as possible.

NUXE Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel, £11.99

Maskne Survival Essential 1: A refreshing exfoliator

Achieve fresh-faced results with the Nuxe Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel, a soap-free, daily use cleanser for combination skin. Part of the balancing Aquabella skincare collection, this ultra-gentle, crystalline gel is infused with botanical blue micro-beads that smooth areas of uneven texture whilst eliminating impurities and excess sebum. A good exfoliator is essential for helping acne-prone skin and with this one you just can’t go wrong.

YOUTH LAB Cleansing Radiance Mask, £2.95

Maskne Survival Essential 2: A deeply cleansing mask

This Cleansing Radiance Mask is a creamy mask which will refresh your skin in just 10 to 15 minutes! It provides deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation while activating cell renewal. It draws out impurities, oil and toxins that clog pores while leaving your skin smooth and vibrant. It regulates sebum production, minimizes enlarged pores and prevents acne bursts which is great for our new mask-wearing lifestyle.

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel, £4.95

Maskne Survival Essential 3: A supercharged anti-bacterial moisturiser

Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel supports the healing of acne and increases the moisture-binding capacity of the skin. Irritated, rough scaly skin is soothed and its pH 5.5 value of healthy skin supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin’s acid mantle. It’s well-suited for all types of skin especially if you’re on the oiler or more acne-prone side.

Now we’ve got the products on lockdown – pun intended – here are a few FAQ’s with helpful answers to give you even more information of Maskne and other things you can do to help look after your skin in this new lifestyle moving forwards!

Should I still wear makeup?

You don’t need to worry! Wearing makeup is fine as long as you aren’t working with too many base layers. One thing that almost isn’t worth it, however, is lip gloss. Masks + lip gloss definitely weren’t meant to be. Makeup stains may limit the ability to reuse your mask so it’s just worth noting that regular washing of them may be in order too.

Do certain fabrics cause maskne?

Lightweight fabrics are definitely better for your skin but of course they don’t offer the same level of protection as others. While lighter fabrics are cooler and usually easier to breathe in, tight weave fabrics with several layers are the best protection.

How do I treat maskne?

Using cleansers daily are great for helping to keep your skin clean and calm. If you already suffer from acne-prone skin lookout for the ingredient, salicylic acid. Rogue but allegedly effective, dandruff shampoos have been found to help calm the skin and remove excess yeast build-up especially around the nose and mouth thanks to the ingredients ketoconazole or selenium sulfide.

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Everything You Need To Know About L’Oréal Paris

Everything You Need To Know About L’Oréal Paris

They’re one of the biggest beauty and cosmetics companies in the world offering just about every type of beauty product imaginable. From long-lasting makeup goodies to handy hair styling products and superpowered skincare, L’Oréal Paris products just keep on getting better with a true must-have royalty status.

L’Oréal True Match Super Blendable Foundation, £7.99

This cult-favourite product was L’Oréal’s first foundation to perfectly match the colour and texture of your skin. If you’re a lover of natural-looking, skin-true colour without tide-marks and with outstanding coverage without the caking, you’re going to want to try this one!

L’Oréal Stylista The Sleek Hair Styling Serum, £4.50

Gone are the days of fly-aways! Bring discipline to your hair with Stylista The Sleek Heat Protector Hair Styling Serum from L’Oréal Paris. Enriched with Acai Fruit Extract, this easy-to-use serum is perfect for straightening your hair with heat of up to 230C. If you’re a fan of sleek hairstyles in general too, from ponytails to poker-straight hair, this silicone-free formula instantly eliminates up to 95% frizz giving you up to 24-hour humidity protection.

L’Oréal Revitalift Anti Wrinkle Firming Day Cream, £7.99

As skin ages, facial tissues weaken, our skin loses its firmness and our wrinkles become more prominent. Enter: L’Oréal Revitalift Anti Wrinkle and Firming Day Cream containing pro-retinol A and fibre-elastyl to plump and nourish skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines! As a result of this advanced L’Oréal research facial contours become more defined and skin feels firmer, fuller and smoother. The luxuriously light texture is quickly absorbed without leaving any sticky residue and is ideal as a base under make up.

L’Oréal Paris Colorista Washout Semi-Permanent Hair Dye, £5.50

Switch up your hair colour whenever you want with L’Oréal Colorista Washout Semi-Permanent Hair Dye. It lasts for 5-15 shampoos so you can get experimenting without the commitment. With Chroma-Cream technology in a nourishing hair-mask base, it colours your hair while conditioning your strands at the same time which is perfect for keeping your hair in tip-top condition.

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L’Oréal Paris Infallible Loose Powder, £6.99

On the lookout for a new powder? This Magic Loose Powder helps to achieve a longer-lasting, flawless base to keep unwanted shine at bay. However, don’t be scared of the colour – it contains blue-toned brightening pigments for all-day radiance with a micro-fine texture for undetectable results leaving you with a soft, velvety finish. How dreamy!

L’Oréal Smooth Sugar Clear Kiwi Face And Lip Scrub, £7.95

Discover the first sugar scrub with treating actives in gentle textures for deep, yet gentle, exfoliation of the skin. This Smooth Sugar Clear Kiwi scrub for your face and lips is formulated with exfoliants of 100% natural origin also including lemongrass and peppermint essential oils. This product is great for tackling blackheads with 3 sugars working together to deliver visible results. White sugar melts onto the skin while gently buffing away impurities.

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5 Game-Changing Conditioners For Dry Hair

5 Game-Changing Conditioners For Dry Hair

If you’re tired of using the same products over and over again, bored of the same scents or feel like your hair just isn’t truly benefiting from your trusty old conditioner anymore, it’s time to get a new one. It’s out with the old and in with the new. We’ve rounded up 5 game-changing conditioners for dry hair so you can inject a new lease of life into your haircare routine in no time!

Alteya Organics Quince Citrus Revitalising Conditioner, £10.95

This invigorating light conditioning treatment helps hydrate, smooth and detangle, making hair more manageable over time. It is formulated with cupacu butter to help protect hair from pollution and other environmental stressors. The quince citrus conditioning complex energises hair, providing essential nourishment and shine, without weighing it down.

Australian Bodycare Hair Care Conditioner, £8.95

Australian Bodycare’s conditioner combines the deep-cleansing properties of pure tea tree oil with panthenol, shea butter extract, and Tasmanian pepper. Tea tree oil is known for its cleansing, soothing, and antibacterial properties; it removes unwanted bacteria from the skin, which can otherwise lead to skin problems and irritation. This is why it’s been used down the years in topical medicines for damaged, broken, or infected skin, and also why it has been increasingly added to skin care products and cosmetics in recent years!

L’Oreal Paris Elvive Rapid Reviver Long Hair Conditioner, £4.50

Introducing the Rapid Reviver Power Conditioner from Elvive Dream Lengths. Need more than a regular conditioner? Discover the power of this intense conditioning formula, infused with an Amino Acid and Castor Oil. The formula leaves hair feeling intensely nourished and reinforced. Contains twice more conditioning ingredients versus a classic conditioner and it helps to reduce breakage from brushing.

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Conditioner, £8.99

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner instantly softens and detangles while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab are blended into a rich formulation of restorative oils to nourish and condition dry, brittle hair, helping to restore manageability. Antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig helps boost hydration while protecting hair from environmental influences. Leaves hair soft, shiny and easy to style!

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Elevating Conditioner, £14.50

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Elevating Conditioner creates fullness and shine, leaving your hair soft and full of body. A deep moisturising conditioner that will coat each and every strand of your hair with weightless nourishment topped with the aroma of Lavender, Violet, Wisteria and Jasmine!

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