If your skin looks a little lacklustre right now, it might be time to rethink your skincare products. The UK weather can differ dramatically between seasons, from heatwaves in summer to sleet and snow in winter, which is why it’s essential to adapt your products to what your skin needs at any point in time.
If you’ve already read Say Goodbye To Dry Winter Skin, you’ll know that some moisturisers offer better hydration than others and that you’ll only get results when using the right ingredients for your skin. With that in mind, this blog rounds up some of the best skin care products to bring the glow back to your complexion. Nourishing, replenishing and plumping, there’s a moisturiser below for all skin types, so all you have to do is find the one that best meets your needs.
Elizabeth Arden has been a giant in the skincare industry for decades, using effective ingredients to unlock great results. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Moisture Cream is a rich emollient moisturiser for normal-dry skin types. Penetrating deep within the skin, it helps to restore moisture, offering long-lasting hydration when it’s needed most.
Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex has a creamy, luxurious feel with no sticky residue and is perfect for wearing below your makeup. When used day and night, tests show dramatic improvements in skin’s appearance in as little as 2-3 weeks.
From France’s #1 beauty salon brand, Guinot Nutrizone Intensive Nourishing Cream is the intensive face cream for dry skin you’ve been looking for. Combining Omegas 3, 6 and 9 with Ceramides, Vitamins E and F and Shea Butter, the rich cream not only quenches your skin’s thirst but gives it a much-needed boost of nutrients at the same time.
Used day and night, Guinot Nutrizone helps fight the causes of dehydration and premature ageing, protecting it from harsh weather, central heating and air conditioning.
Vegan-friendly REN Clean Skincare boasts a wide range of targeted skin solutions, with Vita Mineral being one of the newest to join the ranks. An all-in-one mineral moisturiser, REN Clean Skincare Vita Mineral Emollient Rescue Cream contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals to help restore your glow.
With ingredients including a multi-mineral complex of Zinc, Magnesium and Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and Omegas 3 and 6, your skin’s moisture barrier is better able to retain hydration, supporting a healthier complexion. Specifically formulated to target flakes and dryness, it’s ideal for reviving dull, dehydrated skin.
A follow-on from the award-winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Ultra Rich is a supercharged version with a creamier formulation for times when your skin needs more support. Created to support dry skin exacerbated by the weather, stress or diet, Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Ultra Rich combines the original anti-ageing formula with additional amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants and seaweeds for hydration that lasts up to 24 hours.
Studies have shown that this powerful moisturiser can improve skin’s firmness and tone and reduce fine lines’ depth in as little as 15 days.
Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturiser combines the remarkable hydrating properties of hyaluronic acid with TEAOXI® Blue Nymph Lily Extract and water from the volcanic island of Jeju to create a super light dose of moisture that lasts for up to 72 hours.
Normal-dry complexions will love this weightless water cream from Glamglow as it gives your skin that extra support as the seasons change without weighing you down.
If your skin is dry at the best of times and is suffering more than usual right now, there are two words that will be music to your ears: Butter. Drench. With a base of creamy, nourishing shea butter and a blend of peptides, ceramides and amino acids, bareMinerals BUTTER DRENCH Restorative Rich Cream soaks deep into parched, dry skin.
In the same way that spritzing yourself with your favourite perfume lifts your mood, a wonderful harmony of fragrance can transform a house into a home. Whether you live alone and want to return to a welcoming scent after a long day, or you have a busy house, complete with all the weird and wonderful smells that brings, a scented candle is a great way to put your stamp on those four walls.
While floral and fruity fragrances have their place, fresh smelling candles are great for making you feel uplifted and energised. So, get ready to come out of hibernation with this selection of refreshing candles and melts.
Plant-based and eco-conscious, WXY. is a brand that you’re going to be hearing a lot more about in 2022. With a range of beautifully presented jars in unique scents, WXY. candles are ideal for giving or for collecting for yourself.
Lucent Sunshine & Cedar is an uplifting fragrance that smells like an orchard on a sunny day. With notes of grapefruit, cedar, sunshine and woods, this scented candle is sure to brighten up even the darkest of days.
The WoodWick Trilogy range is a firm favourite among Fragrance Direct customers, and for good reason. With its stunning elliptical glass jar and layered wax, it’s sure to look gorgeous in any room, and with three fragrances in one, there’s no chance of going “nose blind” and no longer noticing the scent.
Mountain Trail boasts three aromatic fragrances: Evergreen, Wood Smoke & Frasier Fir. Complimentary but each with its own distinctive scent, these woody notes will make your home feel cosy in the cooler months and fresh when the sun is shining – making it a great candle to enjoy year-round.
Soaring to success in 2021, Sassy Shop shows no signs of slowing down with a huge following of melt-lovers singing its praises. If you prefer the “little and often” approach of fragrancing your home, this collection of wax melts is the perfect choice.
Featuring three of the best-selling scents from the Sassy Shop Clean Collection, you’ll receive one each of Soft Towels, Strawberry Lily and Bedtime Baby. Each melt uses subtle white floral notes to create a cosy, relaxing atmosphere in your living or bedroom.
Making hand-poured candles from plant-derived soy wax and 100% pure essential oils, AromaWorks London brings the aromatherapy experience into your home. Ideal for giving you a boost on those dark and dreary winter mornings, but equally well-suited to a fresh Spring day, is the AromaWorks Lemongrass & Bergamot Candle.
The combination of bergamot and lemongrass uplifts and refreshes, energising you and improving your mood, while earthy galbanum is added to ease tension. The ultimate pick-me-up candle.
A detox for your senses, WXY. Juiced Avocado & Cucumber Water, is a super fresh, zesty fragrance that will make any area of your home feel cleaner and more vibrant. With notes of zingy lime, refreshing cucumber and cleansing avocado, this scent is ideal for a bathroom, but we also love it for a home office.
This candle is a must on days you need to brighten up, feel great, and be at the top of your game. And, with 3% of all profits going to MIND charity, it’ll make you feel good in more ways than one.
Sit back, relax and dream of warmer days with WoodWick At The Beach Large Jar Candle. In a classic pillar shape, the large jar candle is one of our best-selling ranges and is sure to look fabulous on your mantle, sideboard or dresser. The wooden lid helps lock in the fragrance between uses and doubles as a heat-resistant mat to protect your surfaces.
At The Beach is a decadent summery scent, rich with notes of juicy citrus, creamy coconut and fresh sea air. And with up to 175 hours of burn time, you can enjoy it time and time again throughout Spring and Summer.
If you’ve tried time and time again to stick to a skincare routine, you’ll know how easy it is to fail. Now that you’re a few months into 2022, you’re likely to fall into one of two camps: either your New Year’s resolution is becoming second nature, or it’s a distant memory. But don’t beat yourself up, you’re in good company.
It’s estimated that around 84% of us don’t see our resolutions through. It’s no secret that creating a new routine can feel like an uphill battle, but why is it so difficult to stick to, and what can we do to set ourselves up for success?
Read on for insight on creating habits and tips to create a 2022 skincare routine you can stick to.
Why Is It So Hard Sticking To A Routine?
Forming one new habit is hard, so it’s no wonder that skincare routines (which usually involve multiple steps) can be incredibly difficult to commit to. As creatures of habit, we tend to default to what we know. So, if you’re used to brushing your teeth and falling into bed at the end of the day, it’s not going to be easy to add a new skincare regime into the mix.
Research has found that it takes, on average, 66 days before a new habit becomes automatic. While that means there is hope in sight, it also means you need to push through those first weeks and months until it starts to become easier.
How To Create Good Habits
Thankfully, when it comes to sticking to a skincare routine and creating good habits, you don’t have to figure it out for yourself. In fact, there are a few tried and tested ways to set yourself up for success.
#1. Keep your skincare simple.
The more complicated your skincare routine is, the less likely you are to stick to it. Instead of diving straight into the deep end with an 8+ step Korean beauty regime, keep your skincare simple with a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturiser. These staple products give your skin the core support it needs, so you should soon see a difference in your complexion.
When selecting your products, find options that are specifically tailored to your skin type. For oily, blemish-prone skin, you may want to choose a cleanser that uses BHAs like salicylic acid to give your pores a thorough cleanse. Or, for dry skin types, a serum that contains hydrating hyaluronic acid is a great choice.
Once you’ve established your routine, you can start to add in new elements one product at a time.
#2. Don’t skip two days in a row.
As you may have noticed, forming a new habit is entirely psychological, which is why this next tip is so important: never skip two days in a row. Miss one day of your skincare routine and you can bounce back, but miss two and the chances are low you’ll pick it back up.
The solution? If you miss a day, don’t beat yourself up but make absolutely sure that you get back on track the next day.
#3. Link good habits.
Another great way to prompt yourself into following your skincare routine is to multi-task. Let’s face it, sometimes cleansing can be a bit dull and moisturising a chore, so why not link them to things you do automatically every day?
Try cleansing your face while you’re taking a shower, and keeping your serum next to your toothbrush. Better yet, use multi-tasking products that take the effort out of skincare, like Elemis Superfood Night Cream which restores hydration as you sleep, repairing the skin’s lipid barrier and feeding it with prebiotics.
#4. Track your progress.
Last but not least, set clear, achievable goals for yourself and track your progress as you go. Most skincare regimens take anywhere from four to eight weeks before you’ll see results, but take pictures every few weeks and look for signs that you’re getting closer to your goal, whether that’s to reduce fine lines, dark circles or pigmentation. These regular check-ins can give you a much-needed motivation boost and spur you toward your goal.
With a little preparation and a lot of determination, you can do anything you set your mind to, so set yourself a skincare goal for 2022 and make it happen.
How are you settling into 2022? Is the grey, dreary February weather starting to bring you down? Maybe it’s time to inject a little fun back into your life with one of this year’s top hair trends.
Inspired by Milan, Paris, and of course, online influencers, a new wave of hair trends are already turning heads this year. Updating styles from previous decades with a uniquely 2022 twist, these are the five trends you’ll be seeing everywhere this year, from social media to the catwalk. Are you daring enough to give one a go?
The bob needs no introduction, all clean lines and straight angles; this short hairstyle has been worn by women every decade since its heyday in the 1920s. So, 100 years on, it’s no surprise that it’s seeing (yet another) update.
The Textured Bob takes the original look, complete with blunt ends and jaw-length cut, but swaps the sleek and polished finish for a natural, air-dried texture. For naturally straight styles, try tousling your hair with a salt styling spray to give it a little extra movement.
The Textured Bob isn’t the only hair trend embracing volume in 2022. In fact, natural texture is one of the main takeaway features from this years’ styles – so ditch the straighteners and let your hair do its thing.
In a similar vein to the Textured Bob, another hot hair trend this year is a cut that creates ample volume. Inspired by afro styles from the 60s and 70s, the circular shape draws attention to the face and is ideal for curly hair. This style involves creating a halo of hair with plenty of volume in all directions, working with your hair’s natural texture.
Ladies with type 3 or 4 curls will find this style the easiest to wear as your hair has greater volume, but 2c types can get that extra oomph needed to get the right shape with curl-friendly products. The key is to keep your hair short, with a cut that sits above the shoulders to allow that coveted spherical shape to be created.
Another look inspired by the seventies, but this time from the punk subculture, the Matte Buzzcut is a hair trend we can’t get enough of this year. Defined by a super short cut all over, buzzcuts are the ideal post-pandemic, low-maintenance haircut but not one for the faint of heart.
One of the most popular ways to wear the Matte Buzzcut is with the addition of a pastel hair colour, pink and purple being top choices. With a buzzcut, your bleach goes a long way, so the look is much easier to achieve than it would be on longer hair. And of course, the final piece to this look is the matte finish, courtesy of styling wax.
Already incredibly popular in Japan and Korea, The Octopus cut has made its way to UK shores and is a great style for long, straight hair. Despite its slightly off-putting name, The Octopus is an incredibly flattering cut that consists of shorter outer layers and longer layers underneath, which, when styled, look like the tentacles of an octopus.
The combination of layers and some slight curling to the ends are what define this look, so try blow-drying your ends using a round brush to get that “flick”. Pinterest is full of women all over the world already rocking this style, so get inspired and try it for yourself.
Last but certainly not least, The Mixie is the epitome of a futuristic hairstyle, making it the perfect addition to this 2022 line-up. So, what is The Mixie? It can best be described as the lovechild of a pixie cut and a mullet. A short pixie cut, but with longer ends, it’s a Bowie-esque look that straddles retro and futuristic genres to create something altogether new.
The Mixie can look great on curly, wavy or straight hair, and no two look the same. If you’re ready to take the leap and get a cut that is entirely your own, this is undoubtedly the one for you.
Say goodbye to scraped back hair and simple ponytails, step into a new generation of hair. Explore the range.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, it’s time to start thinking about getting those nails on point for date night. Whether you’re looking for bold nail art and themed designs or a subtle twist on a classic, you’ll find the best Valentine’s nail inspiration in this line-up.
From Pinterest to TikTok, Cosmo to the catwalks, there are thousands of ideas for Valentine’s Day nail makeovers. Browse some of the top picks below and book in to see your technician pronto; she’s going to be busy this year.
#5. LOVE Nail Art
One for those who want to combine brains and beauty, this style is a fabulous way to bring Valentine’s inspiration into your look, particularly if you’re not a fan of reds and pinks. Using either transfers or a very steady hand, paint the letters and corresponding Scrabble scores to each nail before sealing with top coat.
This certainly isn’t one to try at home, so find a local nail tech who specialises in intricate designs as opposed to regular shape and polish.
#4. Red and Pink Ombre
You just can’t beat an ombre nail, so why not get inspired by the Day Of Love and opt for ombre nails in a colour synonymous with the season. Take a quick look online at “ombre nails”, and you’ll soon see how versatile this look is – matte or gloss, glitter, metallics, tips in every shape; your only limit is your imagination.
Red ombre is a notoriously difficult gradient for even the best nail techs to achieve, but pink works particularly well in an ombre look and is much easier. However you do your ombre, it’s sure to be a knockout look for Valentine’s Day.
#3. Sultry Coffin Tips
Valentine’s just got naughty. There’s something super seductive about red coffin tip nails. Whether it’s the shape of the nail itself or the deep shade of red, one thing’s for sure; there’s nothing sweet and innocent about this look.
Another great style if gems and nail art just aren’t your thing, this look is all about the flattened tip and finding that perfect hue of red. Pillarbox red just won’t work here, instead look for a deep, sultry shade that works for your skin tone.
You’ll look cute as a button with this Valentine’s Day take on the classic French tip. So simple you can do them at home, “heart tips” are an easy way to bring subtle seasonality into your nail care, without the need for additional tools, jewellery or effort.
To achieve the look, after shaping your nails paint one half of the heart in a solid brushstroke, then the other half. Finish with a top coat, and you’re done.
While the design itself is fairly straightforward, there are some truly awful #nailedit issues that can arise from this style. To avoid a DIY disaster, keep these tips in mind:
This style only works on pointed tips. Rounded or square nails will make your hearts look more like trotters – you’ve been warned.
Use a rounded nail brush for the easiest application.
#1. French Manicure With A Twist
A look that’s so symbolic of romance and femininity it gets two places on this list, French tips are a great way to look pulled together and elegant. But this is Valentine’s Day, so ordinary nails simply won’t do. Instead, combine your French manicure with a little seasonal flair, courtesy of a well placed red heart.
You’ll find various versions of this look, ranging from a single heart on one finger to hearts of all shapes and sizes. Tailor it to your personal preference, but make sure to keep the underlying manicure the star of the show.