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.
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!
We all like to look and feel good, but sometimes spending hours in front of the mirror in the morning can be a real drain on our time and energy.
However, if you apply a couple of beauty hacks to your skincare, makeup, and hair care routine, you can make sure you look and feel ready to take on the day without sacrificing hours of your time.
Take a look at our top beauty hacks for men and women that can save you both time and money.
1. Fixing Spray
We promise you, spending a few pounds on a fixing spray can save you so much time and money you’ll wonder why you’ve only just discovered this ‘best-kept secret’ product.
Fixing sprays keep your makeup in place for hours and hours, and are lightweight and comfortable. They work hard to combat weather, sweat and heat, so they’re perfect for outdoors people, or those of us who regularly find ourselves dancing into the small hours.
With sprays like W7 Fixer Make Up Face Spray and Technic Makeup Setting Spray both coming in at less than £2, a setting spray is a great value beauty hack, and can save you from having to touch-up your look throughout the day.
2. Go for brows
Getting ready in the morning can be a difficult process at the best of times, and it’s even more of a chore when you’ve missed your alarm and you’re running half an hour behind.
If you find you have no time for your makeup routine, simply style your eyebrows. The eyebrows are one of the most important features on your face, and if you style them properly they will frame your face, helping you look well rested and well put together (even if you don’t feel it!).
Marco By Design Complete Brow Kit is all you need when you’re in a rush. For an even easier morning, Colorsport Diva 30 Day Brow Tint Dark Brown will let you temporarily dye your eyebrows darker – you won’t even need to fill them in.
3. Dry shampoo is your best friend
Dry shampoo is a beauty hack that many beauty lovers know about already, but there are ways you can make it work even harder for you.
Make sure you only spray it onto your roots (where it’s needed most), whilst using a bristle brush to spread it through the rest of your hair. We also recommend letting it sit in your hair for 5-10 minutes before you touch or brush your hair to massage it in.
If you have a feeling that you’re going to wake up with greasy hair but simply don’t have time to wash it, you can apply some dry shampoo to your roots and leave it to absorb overnight. This will help it get rid of excess oils and sweat produced through the night.
If you have dark hair with grey or light roots, Schwarzkopf Got2b Fresh It Up Dry Shampoo Dark Brown is a great temporary solution to hide them, or if you have very dry hair, Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk will help both nourish and refresh your hair.
4. Use serum
We all know the importance of the three-step cleanse, tone and moisturise process as part of a daily skincare routine. But there’s another stage that you can add that can leave your skin looking and feeling better than ever: serum!
Applying serum to your skin is a great beauty hack because it can offer you a solution to a number of different skin issues. Balance Active Formula Dragons Blood Eye Serum is the perfect formula for those suffering from aged skin or dark bags around their eyes. Yves Rocher Botanical Native Cells Complete Anti-Aging Serum has a penetrating formula that leaves the skin looking younger and fights the signs of ageing. DECLÉOR Anti-Blemish Oil Serum suits those with oily, blemish-prone skin, while Elemis Hydra-Boost Serum helps rehydrate dry skin.
Whatever your skin problem, we have a serum to help!
For the boys
1. Always condition your beard in the shower
So, hopefully, you’re washing your beard each time you take a shower. But to keep it soft and reduce itchiness, you should be conditioning it too.
You can buy special two-in-one products specifically for your beard, like Woody’s Grooming Beard 2 In 1 Conditioner or Clinique For Men 2 in 1 Beard Conditioner.
Don’t forget your beard oil to top off your look!
2. Get a good moisturiser
Maybe you don’t wear makeup, and feel like the three-step cleanse, tone and moisturise process isn’t for you. Well, think again!
Impurities can get onto your skin in a number of different ways, not just from makeup, so you should always make the effort to cleanse your face and keep it looking fresh and healthy with the right kind of moisturiser (especially after shaving).
Investing in a good moisturiser now can save you so much time and money in the long run. Fade Out Brightening Moisturiser For Men has added SPF 25 to protect your skin from sun-damage with minimum effort, and targets discolouration and dark spots. Yves Rocher Energie Homme Anti-Aging Face Care has been designed to meet the specific needs of men’s skin, with fatigue fighting and anti-ageing actions.
Look after your skin now, and you’ll be thanking us later!
3. Don’t be afraid of a good face mask
The right face mask can nourish and help minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, under eye shadows and dryness, and promote a youthful appearance.
BARBER PRO Under Eye Mask With Activated Charcoal has been designed for men with tired, puffy eyes, so can help you look like you had eight hours sleep even if you rolled in at 5am the night before. What’s not to love?
For more time-saving hacks, discover how to create a 15-minute morning skincare routine, or treat yourself to some of the best products and trends of 2018 and get your routine nailed down.