As we head into 2019 it is only right, we start off with the January sales. This is a chance to pick up anything you wanted, and your partner didn’t quite get the hint. The good thing is it will now be massively discounted compared to when it first caught your eye so there’s no guilt factor. This year there has been a few favourites in the sale so here is a list of a few we have picked out for you to have a look through.
One brand you can never go wrong with is Elizabeth Arden and the Visible Difference Moisture Cream is now heavily discounted. This cream, if you haven’t tried it before, is a rich emollient moisturizing cream that penetrates deep into the skin. This product is ideal for dry skins and will reduce the appearance of fine lines dramatically improving your appearance.
The TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Twin Set is one to try while the weather is still harsh on our hair. This formula with acacia honey, wheat protein and vitamin E, helps to smooth dry hair acting as a comfort food leaving your hair soft and silky. Perfect for restoring some health after all the heat styling over the festive period.
For men the American Crew hair products are one of the best, they have a shampoo and conditioner which would balance hair leaving it soft while washing away any excess build-up of any styling products from the day.
The Max Factor Miracle Foundation is a steal in this year’s sale transforming your skin with the perfect shade match giving you a healthy-looking finish, imperfection coverage and leaving you with a dewy complexion. A great opportunity to try something new.
If you are looking at gift sets for gents, the Prada Luna Black Rossa Black Gift Set including a spray and shower gel is the latest in the in the line of sophisticated fragrances. This Eau De Parfum is the combination of raw and refined, with top notes of bergamot and base notes of amber, musk, coumarin.
The Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Gift Set is fabulous for a lady. It is a feminine, intimate scent with heart notes of honey and gardenia and with its unique bottle and packaging it makes this set extremely desirable.
If you are thinking of spring and inspiration for your 2019 spring summer look there are some great lipsticks in the sale such as the Revlon Super Lustrous Colour Change Lipstick or the Lustrous Matter version both formulated with microfine pigments for long lasting high colour impact.
One last favourite would be the Marc Jacobs Daisy limited edition Eau De Toilette 100ml this classic pure fragrance is signature Marc Jacobs and charmingly simple. The top notes are infused with succulent wild berries and soft violets leaving you with a fresh and radiant scent on the skin. This is one not to be missed.
January can be a hard month post-Christmas but that is why we have put together some of the best reductions that won’t break the bank.
Why are we obsessed with Vitamin C? Well we traditionally get Vitamin C from super foods such as spinach and kale and in fruits such as oranges and strawberries, but it can now be found in serums and facial creams too. These products are the holy grail in the skincare world, with numerous benefits to the skin that we don’t want you to miss out on, so here are some of the reasons you should give it a try.
The benefits of Vitamin C are that it boosts your immune system and helps battle health conditions such as high blood pressure, but the real magic is in what it can do for your skin! Vitamin C boosts collagen levels slowing down the anti-aging process by smoothing out uneven skin. It hydrates the skin, decreasing transepidermal water loss allowing skin to retain moisture which will plump the skin and reduce eye under circles. Not only that, it brightens the skin, reducing dullness as it fades pigmentation and due to the ingredients, it is suitable for most skin types giving it an excellent high safety profile. As you can see this product combats many troubles you may be suffering from, even sun damage or wound healing. So, if you need a little TLC give some of these products a try!
Our second choice would be the Avalon Organics Intense Defence Vitamin C Rejuvenating Moisturiser. Its daily benefits are to repair and renew the skin for firmer more radiant appearance and energize your complexion with improved circulation, clarity, tone and texture. This is a great product if you don’t want to break the bank but want to see the benefits.
Our third choice would be the Gatineau RENEW 7Detox Purifying Serum 7 Day Cure as it gives the skin superb radiance. Gatineau products are highly recommended miracle workers in skincare with their aqua coloured serum which is suitable for all skin types. If you suffer from dullness and uneven skin textures it will brighten up your complexion and stimulate the skins natural systems. If you are a smoker and feel you need to revitalise your skin this would the perfect solution.
Our next recommendation would be the Elemis Advanced Brightening Even Tone Serum because it perfects and renews the skins surface and is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation in 28 days. The product is a life saver for dull, pigmented skin.
Lastly Dermalogica Biolumin- C Serum is an advanced bio-technology that fuses ultra-stable Vitamin C and palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 which dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermalogica work wonders for many and this product won editors women’s health choice award, so definitely one to add to the wish list.
January, the first month of the new year, a time many of us try and make a change. Whether it is joining the gym or starting guitar lessons, the start of the year inspires us to try new things. Since 2014 people have been adopting Veganuary which is the practising of veganism the first month of the year. Whatever your motive is to do Veganuary, we have a huge range of products to make it easy for you. So here are some of our recommended skincare, makeup, hair products and body and body that are completely vegan friendly.
Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleaners will prepare the skin for optimum performance removing dirt and impurities leaving your skin beautifully cleaned and energized.
Dermalogica’s active moist moisturiser is an easy to apply formula that will improve texture and combat dehydration for those who suffer with dry skin like many especially through winter.
Dr Paw Paw’s Shea Butter Balm is one of our favourite lip balms for healing cracked dry lips, especially while the weather is still harsh it is a great one to always have in your handbag.
The Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Facial Primer is perfect for an effortless ‘makeup free’ look. It completely preps the skin giving it dewy glow, a must have product for any makeup enthusiasts.
The NYX full coverage concealer hides dark circles and blemishes that we all can suffer with. Especially if we are still recovering from the festive activities.
The Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Long Lash Mineral Mascara is 100% vegan and fabulous for your lashes. The nourishing formula will lengthen and strengthen your lashes while keeping them hydrated.
Balance Me Protect and Shine Shampoo and conditioner are super shine enhancing sulphate free products that will perfectly cleanse, smooth and protect the hair and scalp. In 2015 Red Magazine awarded it the best of beauty product.
Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Shampoo is designed to revitalise dry and brittle hair but also if you have been struggling with a flakiness then this will smooth irritated scalps. This product features aloe Vera gel and sea algae extracts to plump the hair fibre and protect it from heat styling.
Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner nourishes the hair with its weightless formula. Suitable for all hair types this leave in conditioner utilises botanicals to moisturize and detangle hair.
REN Clean Skincare Anti-Fatigue Exfoliating Body Scrub is a balm designed to polish and smooth for a healthy glow. Formulated to replenish moisture and de-stress the mind, this scrub stimulates skins natural cell renewal process.
Elemental Herbology Fire Bath and Body Oil antibacterial formulations in the Oil control range will help purify and calm skin. Perfect to use in the bath or shower to hydrate dry areas.
Avalon Organics Hand and Body Lotion tackles environmental, dietary, stress, weather and lack of sleep effects on the skin. Their lotions restore natural moistures and support the skins overall well-being. All their products contain no synthetic colours or fragrances, harsh sulphates or preservatives, parabens, phthalates or animal testing.
All these products are 100% vegan so while it is Veganuary take the opportunity to try some new products without falling short of your target.
As we bid farewell to 2018, many of us set our new year’s resolutions… Every year most of us attempt to change our ways but often fail, sometimes even before the end of January. We all like to think we will earn more money or reach our goal weight and who’s guilty of setting the same resolutions every year? On a more positive note there are easier, everyday resolutions we can set and be more likely to achieve and carry on throughout the year! Keep reading for some inspiration and add them to your list…
Staying committed to a skin care routine – This is a biggy. If you read any skincare article their biggest advice is finding and sticking to a good skin care routine. We all know that feeling before bed when sometimes you use a makeup wipe instead of a proper cleanser or when you alternate your moisturizer as you use whatever is closest to hand. But if you want to improve your skin, you must give your skin time to properly adjust and benefit from the products. It takes a few extra minutes of your day to properly cleanse, tone and moisturize but in the long run is can slow down aging, improve health and appearance, giving you that extra confidence boost! We would recommend trying REN clean skincare products, such as their gentle foaming cleanser. This cleanser is designed to remove dirt and make up without stripping the good oils from your skin and will leave you feeling refreshed and revived when cleansing with it. Often people like a toner to give your skin that fresh finish, so try the Revlon Gentle Toner, it is a nice one to leave your skin silky soft.
To stop biting your nails – Most of us grow out of it but for a lot of people it is impossible to fully stop. Biting your nails can not only be painful as you can end up with redness and swelling, you also increase the risk of catching colds or other illnesses as you’re putting your unwashed hands in your mouth. For whatever reason you want to stop, whether appearance or health we have some tips to help you out. If you use a building coat this will deter you from biting them as it strengthens and doesn’t taste great. The results are visible quickly so give Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails a try.
Use the makeup you already own – Everyone can relate. Treating yourself to a recommended eye shadow palette and end up using three shades of the twelve. People stick to what they like for example the classic smokey eye and don’t experiment. Well this resolution is to experiment and use all the make up you have before buying more. Now we’re in the New Year why not push yourself out of your comfort zone!
Completing Dry January – This one for many is an annual thing but if you haven’t yet tried it here is a few reasons why you should give Dry Jan a go. Alcohol is metabolised into an acetaldehyde compound making your body’s blood vessels relax which causes dehydration. Dehydration causes the skin to appear duller with lines and wrinkles becoming more prominent. Adding to that the huge sugar levels that are in wine and cocktails cause insulin spikes which can result in breakouts. So, give yourself a break for a month and reap the rewards. One tip we would recommend for an extra boost is to look for products with hyaluronic acid, this gel-like water-holding molecule helps retain over 1,000 times its weight within the cells of the skin keeping your skin from drying out. The Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Booster is great and will work to the best of its ability if you are taking part in Dry January. This product is a fluid concentrated to help revitalise skin, restore moisture balance and hydrate tissues to smooth skin.
Now that we are heading into the new year after giving 2018 a mighty send off, it’s now time to attempt those new year resolutions. One for many people, is to get back in the gym and fulfil that happy healthy lifestyle we all strive for.
Going to the gym pre and post work is hard… You don’t want to go and sit in your office after a hard-core work out with the risk of being sweaty and with your makeup running down your face. And then you also don’t want to work out in full face of make up because it can clog up your pores and cause breakouts. So we’re going to recommend some amazing products that are suitable for the gym and wont make you feel like you’re in full glam while sweating it out on the treadmill.
First up we have primer, if you want to keep your makeup from slipping down your face then this is a must have, it will help your make up stay on evenly and give you an even base to work from. The Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer is a great option, when you apply it gives a gorgeous fresh and dewy glow.
Next up is the base. There are plenty of great tinted moisturisers and BB creams out there that will be super lightweight on your face that are perfect for when you’re working out. Neutrogena’s New Visibly Clear Correct and Perfect CC Cream is an oil free cream which will cover spots, scars and breakouts while correcting them. The formula and ingredients make sure it gives you a flawless finish, meaning no dreaded patchiness after leaving the gym.
A concealer will brighten up your eyes, (hide the pain) and cover any blemishes. CK One Mouse Concealer is a game changer, the air whipped mouse delivers full coverage for a natural look along with a seamless finish and comfortable long-wear.
If you tend you get a bit oily and like to use a translucent powder it will help give you the matte finish and high coverage throughout the day. It can even be applied over your favourite moisturiser if you want on minimal make up look. The Mayfair Feather Finish Pressed Powder is suitable for all skin types and dusted on with a large powder brush.
Adding a touch of bronze or blush will give you a subtle hint of colour in your cheeks (maybe skip this step if you plan on getting super hot and red faced!). This W7 Bronzer Diva Bronzing Powder is great to keep in your handbag, even if your joining someone for a drink after the gym just to touch up your glow.
Waterproof mascaras are helpful if to wear on gym day, because they help prevent any running or smudging. The last thing you want when your working out is to be worrying about if you look like a panda. The Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara is a great mascara whether you wear the waterproof or not. But if you want to maintain those fabulous lashes will working out this is highly recommended.
A heavy lipstick isn’t good if you are at the gym, but a tinted lip looks natural and healthy. The Rimmel’s Oh My Gloss Lip Oil Tint is a non-sticky, lightweight products which would be suitable for the gym. The Argan oil and vitamin E will nourish and protect your lips while it is still cold weather, and the colour is long lasting, so you can take on the day without having to top up.
Finally, add a setting spray to prolong the wear of your makeup and keep the skin hydrated. The Clarins Fix Make up Refreshing Mist provides instant freshness and well-being to your appearance.
So, there you go, there is nothing holding you back from making 2019 your year and keeping up those resolutions! Check out some of the FD employees New Year’s Resolutions here.
You can’t beat a good skiing vacay, us brits love it! Surrounded by breath taking scenery and often a lot of alcohol, 1.1 million of us enjoy a holiday on the slopes each year. So, are you off skiing this winter?
We’re sure all your thinking about when skiing is which run to tackle next and which apres ski bar to hit up, however skiing can have a detrimental effect on your skin. We’re just going to highlight some key things to remember while out and about on the slopes and advise you on how to prevent any damage caused by all that fun.
The main thing to try and prevent while you are skiing is sun damage, the sun is particularly harmful up on the slopes. Sunburn can be extremely painful and cause severe long-term health conditions. Sunburn is caused by the UV rays reflecting off the snow onto your face. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommend that you wear at least SPF 30 when skiing and to reapply regularly, not forgetting under your chin!
After a couple of days of skiing your skin will start to see the repercussions whether it is due to central heating and extreme outdoor temperature or down to those post-ski drinks, dehydration and breakouts may occur. Therefore, using an exfoliator, cleanser and moisturizer will really sooth your skin and keep it fresh. Not forgetting your lips! Your lips are extremely sensitive to the climate around you and the weather can cause them to chap, crack and tighten, and then become very sore.
Other conditions can harm your skin such as wind burn this is caused by the friction of cold air. It can be extremely painful on your face, so you must wear the correct protection. Your eyes and the surrounding skin are extremely sensitive to the strong UV rays so make sure you wear all the correct gear. Your goggles should block out 99-100% of UV rays and covering your face it is an alternative to products for protection.
Taking all those factors into consideration here is our survival kit for your holiday on the slopes:
Piz Buin Long Lasting Sun Lotion would be a go-to sun cream it has SPF30 and can last up to 6 hours. The vitamin E in this product will help to neutralise free radicals which cause premature skin ageing, whilst also keep the skin soft and supple.
To counteract extreme changes in temperature a sensitive skin cleanser such as Dermalogica Ultra Calming Cleanser will work wonders. It contains no artificial fragrance or colour so is ideal for those with dry or sensitive skin.
The Clinque Moisture Surge Intense Skin Fortifying Hydrator is a highly recommended product, a rich and oil- free cream gel instantly hydrates your skin. Helps fortify and repair skins moisture barrier which will be affected by the harsh weather.
If you are out and about drinking having a tinted moisturizer or foundation with SPF will help protect your skin as well as adding a bit of coverage and colour. These products is also very good value for money.
The Burts Bees Beewax Lip Balm Tube is a good hang bag/ coat pocket essential for your lips. Perfect for sealing and protecting them throughout your holiday. It also is a natural emulsifier that adds a wonderful smell and colour for a little bonus!
We hope you have a wonderful times on the slopes but don’t let your skin pay the price!