Veganuary – Vegan Friendly Beauty Products

Veganuary – Vegan Friendly Beauty Products

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.

New Year’s Beauty Resolutions

New Year’s Beauty Resolutions

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.

Gym Proof Your Makeup

Gym Proof Your Makeup

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.

How To Protect Your Skin On The Slopes

How To Protect Your Skin On The Slopes

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!

New Year’s Eve Makeup Ideas

New Year’s Eve Makeup Ideas

The party season is officially here, just in case we didn’t have enough reasons to get all glammed up. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have plenty of outfits already lined up and ready to go.

But, what about makeup? The festive season is a great opportunity to go big on the glamour and maybe even try something a little different. If you’re thinking about mixing it up, then we’ve got your back. Here are some ideas we’ve been mulling over – get ready to stun at your New Year’s celebration!

1. Glitter, Glitter and More Glitter!

New Year’s Eve is the perfect chance to make a dazzling impression, and if you want to be as sparkling as the fireworks when the bell rings midnight, glitter is the answer.

Whether you want to stun with sparkly eyes, courtesy of the Technic The Glitz Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow, or show off those luscious lips with the cream soda-scented Prima Makeup Cream Soda Glitter Buff Sparkling Lip Scrub, there’s plenty of amazing ways you can bring glitter into the party.

If you’re new to glitter, and you’re looking for the perfect way to add a little sparkle, then makeup glitter pastes are an instant win. The Prima Makeup Chameleon Collection Glitter Paste comes in a variety of colours and smells of prosecco and clementine – festive!

2. Up in Smoke

Planning on wearing your little black dress? Pair it with the ultimate smokey eyes and make an instant impression.

With a selection of 12 different shades, the W7 In The Night Up In Smoke Eye Colour Palette is the perfect companion for anyone wanting to create an easy smokey eye that will last all night. The Calvin Klein CK One Liquid Eyeliner is fantastic for precise, intense graphic lines, while the Rimmel Exaggerate Smoke N Shine Eye Pencil is designed specifically for the ultimate, easy-to-apply smokey eye look.

3. Highlight the Night

Yes, it’s winter, and we haven’t seen the sun for what feels like forever. If you want to give yourself a little extra glow this season, highlighter is the product for you.

From the Sunkissed Let It Glow Baked Highlighter Palette to the Sleek Brow Intensity Mascara & Highlighter, there’s plenty available to help you get your glow on. The Rimmel Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil promises to make your brows pop, while the W7 Strobe and Go! Strobing Stick is great for adding an instant flush and definition to your cheekbones.

Liquid highlighters have been popular this year; the W7 Taxi Highlight & Illuminate Drops are super-easy to apply and can even be blended into your foundation.

4. Long and Dramatic

Steal the show with long and dramatic eyelashes – they’re guaranteed to make a statement!

If you’re after false eyelashes to elevate your look, then the Ardell Faux Mink 811 Lashes will give you a definition like no other. Meanwhile, the Wispy Lashes – WL-16 will help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking, fuller lashes.

If you want to add emphasis without the falsies, Calvin Klein CK One Volumizing Mascara or Bourjois Push Up Volume Glamour Mascara will give you the irresistible volume you want without the hassle or maintenance.

5. Shiny and Bright Lips

The festive season is a great opportunity to mix things up and try something bolder or brighter than usual. Making a statement with your lips may feel like a small change, but it can have a big impact if done right.

The Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Guest List Red is festive and bold and can be used year-round, while the Clarins Rouge Shine offers nine different colours from cherry to red fuschia, all of which will give you an intense and sensual look that’s perfect for New Year’s Eve.

Looking for something a little glossier? The L’Oreal Infallible Lip Gloss offers a high level of shine and is available in a variety of colours, as does the W7 Velvet Secret Matte Lip Colour. If you’re after something that’s bold, the Calvin Klein CK One Lip Gloss Wand is a perfect choice.

You can discover more festive inspiration by reading about our Christmas Party Makeup Trends. If you want to prep yourself early, take a look at our 15 Minute Morning Skincare Routine and get the basics down.

Best Beauty Trends & Products of 2018

Best Beauty Trends & Products of 2018

2018 has been an impressive year for fashion and beauty. We’ve seen new products by Givenchy and Armani fly off the shelves, while growing trends in skin rejuvenation and therapeutic lotions have shown that the desire to look after our minds as well as our bodies is stronger than ever.

If you feel like the year has been a bit of a blur (and who can blame you?), then allow us to run through some of our favourite trends and the best beauty products of 2018, along with our best-selling new scents that aren’t too late to be added to your Christmas list.

1. Making room for me time
It’s safe to say our working days are getting longer and our chilled-out evenings are becoming rarer, which probably explains the growing trend in relaxation products.

As more people become comfortable with the idea of at-home massaging, massage balms, such as the Kaeso Velvet Touch Aloe Vera Cuticle Massage Cream, are showing that you can get salon-quality products at a reasonable price. Interest in aromatherapy products has continued to grow too, with bath salts, aura sprays, and body lotions amongst our best-selling.

Meanwhile, our candles and home products have seen a massive 235% increase in popularity. From room sprays to reed diffusers, such as the Orla Kiely Fig Tree Scented Diffuser, it’s just as important to look after your home as it is your body.

2. Get your glitter on
Want to take things up a notch without the risk of looking excessive? A little glitter is the key.

Glitter has always been there to add a touch of glam to our lives. It’s really taken off this year and can be found in many different products, whether you want to let your eyes sparkle with the W7 Pressed to Impress Glitter Palette and L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Top Coat Mascara, or steal the limelight with glistening nails courtesy of Manhattan Last & Shine Nail Polish

There’s even the chance to soak in all of the glitter with the luxurious Style & Grace Bubble Boutique Bath Sprinkles Glitter Set. The choices are endless!

3. Facetime
Face masks continue to interest us as we seek a natural remedy for softer and smoother skin. It seems that the more unusual the ingredients, the more desperately we all want to try them.

The CB&CO Hemp Face Mask uses hemp seed oil to nourish and refresh, while the Cougar Beauty Caviar & Gold Face Mask features both luxurious ingredients for their anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

4. Skin refreshed
Skin products have seen a big growth this past twelve months, as revitalisation products no longer come with a hefty price tag. From eyecare, such as the Elemis Absolute Eye Serum, to DIY kits, there’s plenty to feel refreshed about.

The Dermalogica Normal/Oily Skin Kit is not only a top-grade product, but it’s a real lifesaver when it comes to having great skin. Meanwhile, the DECLÉOR Hydrating Discovery Kit is another must-have for when your skin calls out for a bit of rejuvenation.

5. Bright lights, brighter impressions
When done right, bright neon colours can make a real impact. Neon variants of our favourite products continue to sell well, and that’s why they’ve remained a beauty trend of the past year.

Collection Work The Colour Nail Polish really adds the colour to proceedings with its vast stand-out collection, while Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick is an elegant and sleek must-have.

6. Fifty shades of yellow
Speaking of brightness, yellow has seen an incredible resurgence recently. With so many different shades to choose from, it’s a versatile choice. Fashion trends indicate that the nicknamed ‘Gen-Z yellow’ will continue to be popular amongst trendsetters next year, so it’s only fair that your beauty products match up too.

The yellow MAC Eye Shadow Matte provides an even blend that will stun without ever looking too much while the Naj Oleari Colour Emotion Classic Effect Nail Polish in Giallo will have you glowing even in the coldest of months.

Our best-sellers of the year
As we’re nearing the end of the year, we thought it would only be fair to let you in on a few little secrets regarding our best-sellers.

1. Our best-selling new product of the year was, by far, the Givency L’Interdit Eau de Parfum Spray. The scent is an invitation to defy convention and embrace femininity, so it’s no surprise that it’s 2018’s biggest sell.

2. The warm, glowing tones of Marc Jacobs Daisy Love have been popular with those wanting something a little vibrant.

3. Paco Rabanne Pure XS For Her Eau de Parfum Spray offers a provocative floral oriental scent that’s proven hard to resist.

4. Caroline Herrera Good Girl Eau de Parfum Spray is a sophisticated blend of amber notes, praline, jasmine sambac, and sandalwood.

5. Rounding out our top five new scents to fly off the shelves, Armani Si Passione is a daringly bold scent exuding with confidence.

Looking for some more beauty inspiration? Why not read our tips for professional DIY facials at home or learn about the perfect skincare routine for oily skin.