How To Finally Master The Perfect Makeup Base

How To Finally Master The Perfect Makeup Base

Flawless makeup? Yes, please! Do you dream of achieving that magic, silky, nourished base that would just be perfect for blending your foundation, concealers and loose powders on top of? We’ve done the work for you and have rounded up our top skin care products for you to finally master the perfect makeup base in just five simple steps…

Step 1: Cleanse Away

Garnier Skin Active Natural Rose Water Botanical Milk 200ml, £3.25

To begin your journey to a clearer, fresher makeup base, a morning cleanse if the perfect place to start. Garnier’s cleansing milk is made with natural ingredients such as Rose Flower which is known for its nourishing properties. This cleansing milk gently, yet efficiently removes makeup and impurities while leaving the skin feeling nourished and perfectly comfortable. Using a cleanser day and night works wonders at keeping blemish-causing bacteria at bay!

Step 2: Mask Up

YOUTH LAB Thirst Relief Mask 50ml, £16.50

A nourishing face mask is great for makeup preparation. If you’re getting ready for evening plans, popping on a mask while you’re putting together your outfit or having your dinner is one of the best ways to multitask. YOUTH LAB’s Thirst Relief is a rich creamy face-mask which hydrates your skin in just 10 minutes! It strengthens the epidermal barrier while restoring elasticity, for even and plump skin while restoring smoothness and elasticity for a healthier and youthful look.

Step 3: Smooth Over

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream, £14.95

You can never be too moisturised! A good layer of nourishment is key for ensuring the smoothest makeup application possible. There’s no better feeling than when you’re blending in your foundation and everything glides on so effortlessly. We recommend Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour skin protectant cream. In addition to providing dreamy moisture, it soothes minor skin irritations and is a great treatment for chapping, peeling or flaking.

Step 4: Banish Darkness

Super Facialist Dark Circles Eye Cream 15ml, £10.99

If you’re a lover of brightening concealers and baking under your eyes, pre-makeup eye treatments are great for giving you the silkiest base. Super Facialist’s high potency Vitamin C Dark Circles Eye Cream has been boosted with light diffusers to target dark circles under the eye area. Skin brightening Vitamin C, stimulating Caffeine and a proven anti-dark circle peptide combine in this eye cream to help reduce the look of dark circles and the appearance of fine lines.

Step 5: Colour Correct

Gatineau Perfection Ultime Anti-Ageing Complexion Cream 30ml, £37.99

Finally, the last step to master the perfect makeup base is a little bit of CC cream. Gatineau’s lightweight, intensive tinted moisturiser hydrates and protects the skin while leaving a sun-kissed glow. With Gatineau’s Perfection Ultime Anti-Ageing Complex Cream you can achieve healthy, youthful-looking skin with all-day SPF protection when you wear this gorgeous cream.

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Find Your Signature Scent With Elie Saab

Find Your Signature Scent With Elie Saab

Designed for the everyday princess within you, Elie Saab deals only in the sumptuous and the extravagant. This high fashion brand creates the most beautifully feminine fragrances featuring dreamy, soft and addictive notes. From refreshing Turkish Rose to invigorating Mandarin Essence, your new favourite, signature scent is here and waiting…

Each Elie Saab perfume bottle is finished with the iconic, signature lid and is set to give you a taste for haute couture. You’ll be injecting a bit of high fashion into our wardrobes and vanity cupboards in the no time. So have a scroll and browse some of our favourite, luxurious scents from Elie Saab to begin your journey of finding your new signature scent.

Elie Saab Le Parfum Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml, £41.95

Radiant, voluptuous and addictive. It’s the original Le Parfum with top notes opening up sun-kissed, radiant orange blossom, as an ode to light. The middle notes develop into a jasmine absolute, a legendary flower in perfumery, revealing voluptuousness and elegance. It combines with a pure, modern patchouli heart. The base note unfolds into a cedar woody accord adding character and a lingering trail, while the honey rose envelops the composition in a beautifully addictive note.

Elie Saab Le Parfum Essentiel Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml, £59.95

Through Le Parfum Essentiel, Elie Saab welcomes a new interpretation of its signature perfume, Le Parfum, for the woman who truly values what’s essential. The fragrance evokes a sense of beautiful escape; away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and into a journey to discover her roots, values, and self. Experience a reinvention of the trademark orange flower and patchouli of Elie Saab’s perfumes. Within the sparkling Mandarin Accord, notes of Gardenia Flower flourish to express the quintessence of femininity. At the base, a note of Cedarwood gives strength to its wearer. The luxurious bottle is adorned with the calligraphed seal of the Elie Saab Fashion House. Inside, the subtle pink of the fragrance lends itself to complete the experience of Le Parfum Essential, a perfume that is truly emblematic of femininity itself.

Elie Saab Le Parfum Royal Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml, £54.95

Bold, powerful, and ultra-feminine, it’s Elie Saab, Le Parfum Royal, the new scent of royalty. An ambery floral chypre fragrance fit for a queen of modern times. On top, her crown glitters with Mandarin Essence, shedding its light on a radiant accord. Her noble heart unveils two facets of the queen of flowers – Turkish Rose Absolute and Bulgarian Rose – with precious Lebanese Neroli. Her regal trail of Patchouli and Sandalwood Essence blends with Amber and Vanilla into a majestic, long-lasting silage.

Elie Saab Girl Of Now Forever Eau de Parfum 50ml, £38.95

Experience a colourful & joyful adventure infused with good vibes for a delicious fruity addiction with Girl Of Now Forever. As the notes infuse, a new story begins: fresher, more colourful, and more fun! Its bold optimism merges thanks to intertwining Lemon Zest and Raspberry notes. Its elegant and joyful femininity is expressed by the Rosa Cassia, the new and unique Rose-Blackcurrant co-distillate, unprecedented in perfumery and infinitely desirable. Its unforgettable Patchouli trail nestles within sensual Cashmeran and Vanilla. More than a fragrance, it’s an ode to youth, to friendship, to life! For this variation, the original elegant bottle has been adorned with a new Coral flower design at its neck that pairs beautifully with the colour of the juice. More pop, more fun, but just as couture!

Elie Saab Girl Of Now Shine Eau de Parfum 50ml, £52.99

The radiant spirit of the Girl of Now in a fragrance… Girl Of Now Shine is a new solar and addictive variation on the original Eau de Parfum Girl of Now. A floral addiction, enhancing the Elie Saab signature of orange blossom & patchouli, with the star ingredient, Almond. The precious glass bottle of Girl Of Now Shine is adorned by a shimmering velvety gold flower at the top.

Elie Saab Girl Of Now Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml, £39.95

Capture the spirit of the Girl of Now in Elie Saab’s original fragrance that kickstarted the gorgeous fragrance series.. A distinctive gourmand floral Eau de Parfum where addictive notes of Almond, textured with Orange Blossom and Patchouli formed the brand’s iconic signature. Inspired by Lebanese delights, the fragrance opens with Roasted Pistachio and sparkling Pear for an addictive top. In the heart, Essence of Bitter Almond and Orange Blossom Absolute assembled together to create the exclusive note the Ormond Flower, which reveals precious and gourmand facets. Tonka Bean and Almond Milk blended together leave a final Almond trail while Patchouli reinforces the ultimate Elie Saab signature.

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Breathe Happy, Live Smart

Breathe Happy, Live Smart

Breathe Happy and live smart. Discover the world’s first reusable face mask today that not only protects you and others but is cost-effective and eco-friendly! From the EVERYDAY 95 for general wear, while shopping and walking to the COMMUTER 98 for higher density interaction, these safe, affordable, comfortable and recyclable masks are incredibly innovative. Simply, change your disposable filter every seven days and you can Breathe Happy.

Why use Breathe Happy Face Masks?

Each filter for these masks can last for 7 days which is much more environmentally friendly resulting in 59 times less impact than the disposable paper ones. They’re recyclable and you can also customise your mask with so many cool, unique designs. Breathe Happy are using one of the latest innovations in mask technology using spectacle that will not fog up unlike with disposable masks. They form a good seal around the nose, mouth and face too.

You Can Help Our Health Services

By investing in a reusable mask, therefore, using less material that is instead long-lasting, this frees up materials for health services. With superior filtration, this results increased protection and lessening the spread of Covid-19.

What’s the difference between the Everyday 95 and the Commuter 98?

Breathe Happy EVERYDAY 95 Reusable Mask, £19.99

The EVERYDAY 95 is for general wear while going shopping or walking around public spaces with low-density interaction. This includes 95% filtration with 5 replaceable filters providing a 35-day supply.

Breathe Happy COMMUTER 98 Reusable Face Mask, £24.99

The COMMUTER 98 is for commuting and walking around areas with high-density interaction such as on public transport and in busy city centres. This includes 98% filtration with 5 replaceable filters providing a 35-day supply.

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Retinol Treatments That Actually Work

Retinol Treatments That Actually Work

When it comes to this power-house skincare ingredient, it’s probably safe to say we’re all in need of a retinol rulebook. It’s that one ingredient you hear about that has something to do with anti-ageing but you’re just not sure. Today, you can wave goodbye to all confusion because we’re telling you everything you need to know!

Most importantly, you have to build up a tolerance. It’s an intense ingredient to produce visible anti-ageing benefits but increasing cell turnover, stimulating collagen and producing more elastin. All of these will help you on your journey to firmer, smoother and more even skin.

It’s Never Too Early

Your 20’s is the best time to start using retinol especially if you suffer from breakouts or pigmentation. As retinol is all about cell turnover, you should use retinol products for three months and then take a three-month break.

There Are Some Side Effects

Like any other skincare product, retinol doesn’t work for everyone. If you suffer from rosacea, eczema or psoriasis, it’s likely to be too powerful for your skin and may increase inflammation. The best way to find out whether any retinol product will work for you is to start out with a low strength. After doing so, it’s best to seal it all in with a moisturiser to soothe the skin.

Wondering When And Where To Apply It?

Gradually introduce retinol into your skincare routine and limit your use of it to once or twice a week to begin with. Then you can slowly increase your intake depending on how well you tolerate it. A small amount at nighttime to clean, dry skin while avoiding the eye area is ideal, and a half an hour wait before applying other skincare products will make for optimal results.

Wondering what products are out there and where to start?

Look no further, we’ve done the searching for you…

Dermalogica AGE Smart Multivitamin Power Firm 15ml, £37.99

This powerful, firming complex helps combat lines around the delicate eye area. With this product, you can accelerate your skin’s natural repair process with AGE Smart® Vitamin A (Retinol) as antioxidant vitamins C and E improve elasticity while scavenging free radicals. Silicones shield vulnerable skin, acting as a protective barrier against further assault.

The Organic Pharmacy The Expert Serums Value Set, £88.95

If you’re looking to try out a few different serums including retinol, this Expert Serums set contains: Four Acid Peel Serum 30ml Hyaluronic Acid Serum 30ml Retinol Night Serum 30ml Stabilised Vitamin C Serum 30ml. What better way to find out what works for you than to try out a few different pieces of kit?

Philosophy Miracle Worker Retinol Pads 60pc, £54.95

Introducing the ultimate retinol miracle, where the power of science meets nature. Philosophy has combined the power of pure retinol with nourishing superfood oils for an efficacious formula designed to comfort the skin. Featuring pure retinol and a retinol-like complex powered by alfalfa extract to help strengthen skin’s natural renewal process. Comforting superfood oils including pomegranate, olive, argan and amazonian sacha inchi oils, known to be rich in fatty acids, help counteract the typical irritation and dryness of retinol. Plus a healthy dose of antioxidants: potent forms of vitamins C and E help protect skin from damaging free radicals.

Super Facialist Retinol Anti-Ageing Night Cream 50ml, £16.99

This unique anti-ageing treatment cream is designed to work through the night – when the skin is believed to be the most receptive. The cream is enriched with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and proven collagen-boosting active to target wrinkles and lines.

Retinol 15 Minute Mask (x5), £6.99

Are you more of a mask-er? This Retinol Anti-Aging Sheet Mask is an intensive, vitamin-enriched treatment that improves the look of skin’s firmness and tone while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This saturated custom mask adheres to the face for targeted treatment and visible results.

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Keep Calm And Love Your Skin With Gatineau

Keep Calm And Love Your Skin With Gatineau

Do you suffer from breakouts, dryness, redness, ageing or inflammation? Today, Gatineau are here to provide all the skincare solution goodies and more along with real advice that will help you to combat some of these issues we know all too well!

Our skin is the largest organ of our body and sadly it reacts to stress in a number of different ways due to the surge and fluctuations in the hormone cortisol, creating multiple problems. When cortisol levels go up it prompts the skin to produce excess sebum, clogging the pores and provoking skin breakouts and acne flare-ups. Cortisol also increases blood flow leading to extended capillaries and skin flushing whilst at the same time breaking down the skin’s ability to retain water leading to skin dryness and dehydration. On top of this the lack of exposure to sunlight means our skin isn’t getting as much Vitamin D.  This important Vitamin boosts the skin’s immune system and low levels of it can be associated with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. 

For skin breakouts:  Clear and Perfect Tonimasque

If you do get a spot or pimple avoid touching it as you can spread bacteria. Instead treat it with the Clear & Perfect Tonimasque that uses natural clay to boost absorbent properties in the skin and tighten pores. Enriched with menthol to refresh the skin, this mask leaves the complexion clear and shine-free.

For skin dryness:  Aquamemory High Hydration Cream Mask  

Moisture is critical to stop flaky uncomfortable and rough skin and this mask speaks volumes when it comes to flooding the skin with all important water to elevate hydration levels.  Think of it like you are giving your skin 8 glasses of water to drink and what I love is that this mask is effortless as it does all the hard work whilst you sleep!  Apply a thick layer of this indulgent soufflé-like mask all over the face, neck, décolleté and eyes and leave on whilst you get that all important 8 hours of shut eye.  You will wake up to a baby-like soft, smooth and radiant complexion and no mask left on the skin to be seen.   

For skin redness:  Alkessence IonActive Alkaline Soothing Mist

This weightless Mist is charged with negative ions and not only dramatically injects some much-needed moisture into cells but it rebalances out of whack pH levels which can trigger inflammation. A simple way to preserve the health and well-being of your complexion and undetectable once misted over the face, neck and décolleté.  Apply morning and evening after cleansing and pat gently into the skin.

For skin ageing: Melatogenine Morphobiotique Cream

The skin’s microbiome plays a pivotal role as the first line of defence against the harmful environmental aggressions which cause accelerated ageing.  With a powerful Morphobiotic complex together with bundles of antioxidants, this superior lightweight moisturiser tackles crinkles, wrinkles and frankly anything else to bestow a smooth and youthful complexion.  

For skin inflammation: Perfection Ultime Skin Perfecting Cream-Serum

This incredible feather light cream-serum boasts high levels of anti-inflammatory goodness and is an ancient healing wonder discovered centuries ago.  Packed with Centella Asiatica, White tea and Wild Indigo Extract (which is proven to reduce cortisol levels in skin cells) this serum is a game-changer when it comes to extinguishing any kind of inflammation and redness on the skin.

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