The Luxe Edit Has Landed

The Luxe Edit Has Landed

The most iconic, luxury brands are here to lend you a much-needed helping hand in the gifting department this season. With incredible, extravagant fragrances and gift sets, prepare to have an iconic shopping experience like never before. Keep reading to take a sneak peak of some of the sparkling bundles of luxuriousness we have on offer… 

Icons For Her

Icons for her offers a luxurious range of must-have gifts for her this season that we know she’ll adore. Explore gorgeous new fragrance heroes and classic icons from incredible brands. Featuring Armani, Lancôme, Ralph Lauren, Valentino and more, here’s a closer look at some of our top luxe picks!

Giorgio Armani Si Eau de Parfum Spray

Giorgio Armani Si Eau De Parfum is a timeless perfume that is whole-hearted and grounded yet turns into a soft trail that lingers. This eau de parfum resembles fresh sheets that have dried outside in the summer air, soft and warm with a hint of sophisticated sweetness. Distinctive, creamy and catches attention, Armani Si is a floral perfume that features fresh and addictive notes of freesia and honey hues of Rose De Mai, making the perfect gift for her this season.

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum Spray 

Discover this stunning signature perfume by Viktor and Rolf. Gift a floral explosion that she’ll adore. This unique fragrance features a beautiful mix of oriental scents including amber and patchouli, bottom notes and fresh floral top notes of bergamot and jasmine. This unmistakable and special scent is guaranteed to make someone smile no matter the occasion.

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum Spray

YSL Libre Eau de Parfum is an attractive, sophisticated choice with notes of orange blossom, vanilla, and blackcurrant. Each spritz inspires confidence, making YSL Libre a perfect scent for nights out or special occasions. In a stunning glass and gold bottle, YSL Libre makes an ideal gift for any fashion follower or a perfect treat for yourself. Whether it’s a gift for them or a treat for yourself, don’t want to miss out on this incredible fragrance! 

Icons For Him

Gift him a new signature scent from the most luxurious brands this season including Armani, Diesel, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Valentino and more. Whether you’ve got special occasions coming up and are searching for the perfect present or you’re in need of a treat for yourself, our luxe edit has got you covered. Let’s take a closer look…

Giorgio Armani Code Eau de Toilette Spray 

Giorgio Armani Code – The Aftershave For Him Timelessly sensual, in a pure and understated way this aftershave for him was the first oriental fragrance created by Giorgio Armani. A combination of citrus and wood for a cologne that strikes the perfect harmony of sophistication and seduction. This eau de toilette is a citron cocktail of bergamot and lemon with soft notes of olive tree blossom, warmed with guaiac wood and tonka bean. Why not treat that special someone in your life to a luxurious fragrance gift?

Diesel Only The Brave Eau de Toilette Spray

Only the Brave is the iconic male fragrance by Diesel, a modern perfume for a self-assured leader who achieves his dreams with conviction. Its emblematic bottle, a clenched fist, conveys the brave values: masculinity, power and self-confidence. This citrus, woody scent pens with the invigorating and energizing freshness of lemon and mandarin contrasted with the herbaceous spicy freshness of coriander, so why not grab the ultimate fresh scent this season!

YSL Y Men Eau de Parfum Spray 

Creative. Doer. Accomplished.This incredible eau de parfum represents the dual personality of those men: clear and bright on the top notes while strong and sensual on the heart and base notes. A white and dark masculine fougere, Y is the scent of freedom to dream, dare and live to be accomplished. The bottle is sharp and minimalist in its construction but keeps a strong creative signature with the surprising Y notch on the back…. 

Head to The Luxe Edit on site for even more luxurious fragrances and incredible gifting ideas!

Everything You Need To Know About Exfoliation

Everything You Need To Know About Exfoliation

Whether you’re getting ready for a summer spray tan or tackling the drying effects of winter weather, exfoliating is an essential step in any skincare routine. Breaking the links that hold onto dead skin cells, exfoliation reveals fresher, more radiant skin. 

Exfoliators tend to fall into one of two categories: physical or molecular. While physical exfoliators use their texture to buff away dead skin cells, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) perform the same action at a molecular level. 

For the delicate skin on your face, molecular exfoliators represent the best choice, while for the tougher skin on your body, nothing beats a good scrub. Read on to learn more about what to look out for when choosing an exfoliator.

Exfoliating Your Face

When choosing a face exfoliator, the two groups of ingredients to be aware of are AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids). AHAs are the biggest groups of exfoliators and work by exfoliating the outer layer of skin to reveal the more radiant skin beneath. Different AHAs can suit different skin types, and their effects will depend on their concentration. 

BHAs are the heavy hitters in the acid world, oil-soluble; they can penetrate deep into pores, making them an excellent option for oily skin. However, this makes them less suitable for sensitive and dry skin.

Here is a run-down on the primary exfoliating acids you’ll encounter:

  • Glycolic acid is an AHA that can improve the skin’s firmness, reduce pigmentation, improve texture and even improve hydration.
  • Lactic acid is an AHA that improves skin texture and tone. As it’s less potent than glycolic acid, it is ideal for sensitive skin.
  • Citric acid is an AHA that is much gentler than other acids, so it is often used in combination with other ingredients to exfoliate the skin. 
  • Salicylic acid is a BHA and a powerful exfoliator for resurfacing and retexturing oily skin, dissolving the debris which clogs pores.

If you want to experience the full effects of AHAs and BHAs combined, Glamglow Supertoner Exfoliating Acid Solution is the place to start. Expertly combining six super-concentrated acids, activated charcoal and vitamin E, it cleans deep within pores to improve even the most problematic skin. 

Using a combination of enzymes and salicylic acid, The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Exfoliating Cleanser increases cell turnover and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Diamond powder gives skin a boost of brightness and radiance.

Dermalogica AGE Smart Daily Superfoliant is unusual in its formula as it’s a dry powder that you active with water. With ingredients including AHAs, niacinamide and activated charcoal, skin is resurfaced, detoxified and given additional protection against environmental pollution.

Exfoliating Your Body

A good body exfoliator is designed to tackle it all, from the thicker skin on your knees, elbows, and feet to the thinner skin on your back, tummy, and legs. While facial exfoliators usually use acids to slough off dead skin cells, body exfoliators take a tougher approach, using more abrasive ingredients like pumice to reveal smooth, fresh skin. 

Of course, there are exceptions to this. Gatineau Hydrate & Exfoliate Body Collection is a great example of an AHA based exfoliating body polish that uses acid to break down the “glue” holding dead skin cells to the body and a textured mitt to finish the job. It’s also enriched with shea butter, so you can exfoliate and moisturise in one easy step. Still, you’ll find that most exfoliators designed for the body opt for a more physical approach.

One such physical exfoliator is Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub For Smooth Skin. Using the buffing effects of natural bamboo powder, the scrub removes flaky surface cells and impurities for smoother, softer skin.

When you want to achieve that body scrub spa experience at home, AromaWorks Body Brilliance Exfoliate is an ideal choice. The texture is created by Himalayan sea salt, which exfoliates, detoxifies and regenerates the skin with nourishing mango butter to replace moisture.

The only question is, which will you try first?

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Autumn Hair Trends To Have On Your Radar

Autumn Hair Trends To Have On Your Radar

Keen to find out what’s in store for our strands as we head through autumn? Look no further and read on to find out the Autumn hair trends to have on your radar this season!

Blunt Bobs

Blunt bobs are back and here to stay! If you’re brave enough to go for the big chop this season then look no further than the blunt bob. One great thing about the bob is that it works wonders for thin hair – it creates the illusion of more volume, whereas layers take away from fullness, a defined edge will remove any wispy-looking thin ends. 

If you’re trying to achieve this look then here’s a product that can help you with achieving maximum volume in your hair. The Shu Uemura Volume Mousse helps to build volume and body by using a long-lasting mousse that doesn’t leave your hair feeling crunchy or dry. Transform your fine, flat hair and create endless volume and natural shine now! To use: Apply generously on towel-dried hair and style or let air dry for a silky, smooth finish. 

Modern Mullets

The Modern Mullet: Miley Cyrus is rocking it – it’s stylish, fun and the hottest new hair trend right now. The mullet has made its comeback and is no longer a distant memory from the 70s and 80s. Not only are mullets seriously practical (keeps your neck warm) they’re super stylish too. There’s no better time than now to try it out, after all, it’s business in the front, and party in the back for a reason! 

Pair your fresh new look with the Joico Style & Finish Texture Boost Dry Spray Wax. This incredible product adds effortless moveable texture to your hair, leaving it looking and feeling great! To use: Apply a small amount to your hair and massage through the roots. 

Pumpkin Locks

Who wouldn’t love a pumpkin-inspired hair-do? We know we sure would! This is your sign to hop on this fab new trend and treat your hair to a seasonal autumn switch up. Dye your hair using strong tones of fiery reds and orange sensations – we promise it’s the perfect look if you’re after a fresh new look!

Pair your pumpkin-inspired locks with the Kerastase Elixir Ultime Hair Oil. This intense, luxurious oil ensures your new locks will be left feeling soft and nourished. To use: Apply a generous amount for maximum shine or add a small amount before applying heat to your hair.

Seventies Inspired 

From clothing to beauty, the seventies have been a big inspiration throughout the year of 2021. This season why not give a seventies-inspired haircut a go – big bouncy volume, shaggy fringes or relaxed waves? At your next salon appointment, be sure to ask for shorter, more visible layers, this will help to enhance natural movement and texture.

For the seventies-inspired looks, you’ll need a product that can hold your hair in place all day. Behold the Redken Iron Shape, this lightweight formula will protect your hair from the damaging effects of heat styling whilst locking in your style so your hair stays looking fabulous around the clock. To use: Apply liberally through your locks. 

Intricate Braids 

Get creative with your braids and explore new ways you can style your locks this season. Whether you’re in the office, at school, in the gym or even a wedding, there’s a braided hairstyle that’s ideal for you!

Pair your locks with the Biolage Raw Smoothing Styling Milk. Achieve a mirror-like shine with this intense formula that leaves locks enviably soft and nourished. This styling milk utilises a hair-loving blend of honey and oat, which strengthens and conditions the fibre, whilst increasing softness too!

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Trending Autumn Nails We’re Loving Right Now

Trending Autumn Nails We’re Loving Right Now

Many people think of autumn as a season of brown leaves and grey skies, but nothing could be further from the truth. From the vibrant orange of Halloween pumpkins to the explosion of mustard and red tones that adorn the trees, there’s no shortage of colour this season. And, with so much inspiration to draw from, there are some fabulous autumn nail styles trending right now. 

Here’s a round-up of the best of the best, from the subtle to the standout, the practical to the impractical – there’s sure to be something you love. 

So, get scrolling and get inspired.

Nude Tones

Too often, nude tones can be seen as a bit… well, boring. While nude nails absolutely have their place, there are some fantastic ways to jazz them up a bit, and one of the most simplistic, but effective is to mix and match your nude tones. 

Achieve an ombre effect by taking different shades of nude and applying one to each finger. Not only does this break up all that beige, but it adds much more interest and incorporates some of the deeper autumn browns.

Try the look at home with the Nails Inc Keep It Tonal Quad

Autumnal Leaves

Keeping the same theme of using a different colour on each finger to elevate your nails without too much effort, this next look opts for bolder, autumnal colours. Bringing those shades that are so synonymous with the season into a manicure isn’t just super cute, it also means your nails will complement all your fave fall outfits. 

And, if you’re feeling a little adventurous, adding a little nail art is a great way to elevate your nails to the next level.

Don’t have the right selection of colours to try the look? Bluesky Lucky 3 Collection has everything you need. 

Inspired By Pucci

Emilio Pucci was an Italian fashion designer renowned for his loud prints and bold colour choices. Whether or not you’re daring enough to wear one of his dresses, the Pucci-inspired nail trend is something we’re living for. 

Kylie Jenner has been showing off some incredibly intricate Pucci designs on her Instagram, but you can get the same effect without a Hollywood manicurist on staff. Pucci was known for using bright palettes of clashing colours, so grab a handful of polish shades that make your heart sing and get creative.

Channel Your Dark Side

If bright colours aren’t your thing, you’re in luck. Dark, sultry nails are back in a big way this season, with grey, black and inky blue all making an appearance. Nothing quite compares to a classic black nail, but if you’re not ready to take the plunge, why not experiment with black falsies?

For a slightly more subtle, but equally moody look, try Bluesky Shades Of Grey Mini Trio. The set contains three gorgeous grey gel polishes, including Shiny Asphalt, a graphite grey with a glimmer of glitter.

Witchy Vibes

Tis the season for trick or treating, so lean into the Halloween theme with spooky nail designs. From purple and green Frankenstein’s monster combos, to the classic black and white Jack Skellington look, this is your chance to get creative.

Your only limit is your imagination, so whether you go all out with something show-stopping, or keep it understated with a spooky take on french tips, you can create a Halloween-inspired look you’ll love. 

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How To Care For Your Lips During The Colder Months

How To Care For Your Lips During The Colder Months

Are your lips already showing the first signs that autumn has arrived? Chapped, cracked, flaky lips come out in full force at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean they need to stay. While synthetic supermarket balms can leave your lips thirsty for hydration, the right lip balm can go a long way to keeping your lips soft, supple and smooth. 

In this article, we’ll cover the key things to look for and recommend some of the best-selling lip balms in each category; these lip saviours are sure to leave you smiling.

Daily Moisturising

If you want to keep on top of the health and condition of your lips, you simply can’t take a day off. Daily care is essential during the colder month, and a good lip balm will lock in moisture and provide a layer of protection from the elements. 

Madara Immu Lip Protection Balm comes in a handy stick design that means you don’t need to worry about sanitising your hands in order to apply it, making it an ideal choice when you’re out and about. 99% natural origin and 35% organic, it’s enriched with nourishing oils and botanical antibacterial extracts to soothe and hydrate damaged lips.

Protection From The Elements

Wind, rain and central heating all wreak havoc on our delicate facial skin, but the most visible impacts are on our lips. Whether you work in a heated office environment or get tousled by the wind on your daily commute, protecting your lips from the elements will ensure they don’t bear the brunt. 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm has long been a best-selling lip balm, and for a good reason. The deeply conditioning formula not only intensely hydrates the lips but helps strengthen the moisture barrier and forms a protective shield using shea butter and beeswax.

Skin-Friendly Ingredients

While many lip balms rely on mineral oil in the form of petroleum jelly as their core ingredient, this is not the best option for delicate skin. Natural oils like shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax and cocoa butter offer a skin-friendly alternative to petroleum jelly. These natural oils moisturise the skin and are kinder to the planet.

From Parisienne beauty experts, NUXE Reve de Miel We Love Bees Lip Balm harnesses the power of bees, combining honey, propolis and botanical oils into one creamy formula. The addition of grapefruit extract is the pièce de résistance, giving the rich balm a delicious scent.

Another recommendation that indulges the senses, AromaWorks Rejuvenate Lip Balm, combines jojoba wax, shea butter and castor oil with rose and frankincense essential oils. The bioactive ingredients and antioxidants nourish skin and improve its texture.

Rehydrate Overnight

Our body does most of its healing as we sleep, so give it a helping hand by using an overnight lip treatment. While you could use your go-to daily lip balm for this purpose, why not invest in a product created with repair in mind?

Dermalogica AGE Smart Nightly Lip Treatment contains a rich overnight formula that includes Indian gentian extract, sesame seed extract and shea butter. Using volumizing technology, the treatment reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on and around the lips. 

Indulge In A Lip Mask

In the same way that a face mask restores and rejuvenates your skin after a long week, a lip mask can wipe the slate clean and get your pout back on point. The ingredients in regular face masks are often too powerful for the delicate skin around your lips and eyes, which is why a specific lip mask is a must. 

With plant-derived phyto-retinol and hyaluronic acid, bareMinerals AGELESS Phyto-Retinol Lip Mask is no ordinary lip product. The vegan formula nourishes and replenishes moisture, while papaya enzymes boost lip radiance. Suitable for daily use, integrate it into your evening skincare routine for smoother, softer lips. 

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