Now that the warmer weather has well and truly passed, it’s time to think about how you’ll be styling your hair in the coming months. On those dark weekday mornings, the last thing you want to have to do is tousle with the curlers, and the good news is that this season’s styles are as low maintenance as they come.
After three lockdowns, working from home and now being faced with an awfully cold winter, it’s no surprise that the must-have hairstyles for this season are fuss-free. No complex up-dos or faffing around with plaits this winter, instead it’s all about getting the right cut for your face shape.
Take a look at five of the most popular hairstyles for winter and book in with your friendly local stylist pronto.
Fringe It Up
A great fringe (or bangs, as they call them over the pond), is a look you’ll be seeing a lot of over the coming months and an easy one to try yourself. Of course, not literally by yourself – step away from those scissors unless you’re hoping to go viral on YouTube.
Winter is a great season to try out a fringe as there’s less of that sweaty forehead, stringy hair fiasco to deal with. And, unlike previous years, the trend is to keep a bit of texture in your fringe, so there’s no need to flat iron it into oblivion.
Top tip: try using a powder foundation or setting powder on your forehead if you have naturally oily skin. This will prevent any excess oil from being absorbed by your fab new fringe.
The shag is coming back in a big way and is one of the ultimate low maintenance styles, particularly if you have unruly hair. This edgy style consists of a thick fringe and blunt, choppy layers, cut as high as you dare. Go full eighties shag (bordering on a mullet) with the shortest layers positioned above your ears, or keep it more modern by layering only the bottom few inches.
Texture is key with a shag haircut, which is what makes it such a versatile style for those with curly or wavy hair. However, even those with pin-straight hair can rock a shag by using a quality salt spray or texturiser.
Is the Shag a little too much of a style leap for you to get behind? Don’t fret. Bob’s got your back. Blunt bobs are très chic right now, with a welcome low-maintenance twist. In previous years, a stylish bob cut consisted of razor straight edges and shiny, perfectly straight hair. Not this season, Satan.
The AW21 version is the same general shape as bobs of old, but with added texture through layers or waves. What this means for you is that the cut itself does the vast majority of the work, keeping daily styling to an absolute minimum.
When your hair is still wet, apply a texturising mousse, flip your head upside down and scrunch your hair up toward your roots. Voila, the perfect wavy bob.
90’s Layers aka “The Rachel”
With Friends back on our screens, a whole new generation are being introduced to those nineties starlets for the first time. And with that, comes the reintroduction of a hairstyle you may have thought was passé – think again. “The Rachel” is back with a vengeance, with celebrities such as Selena Gomez making it their own.
The modern Rachel cut features choppy, face-framing flicks, achieved with a blow dryer, barrel brush and curlers. If you think that sounds like the opposite of a low maintenance hair routine, you’d be right. But if you didn’t get an opportunity to try “The Rachel” in the nineties, now might be your last chance.
Last on our list is another style that takes a little more time but is worth it for the glamorous results. Channel your inner seventies badass with big, bouncy waves a la Farah Fawcett. Long, loose curls that are swept back from the face are hot this season, and again, have a little more room for imperfection than the original look.
This year’s blow out focuses on creating a more natural look by using your fingers to break up the curls, instead of aiming for perfectly coiffed spirals. Use large curlers or a blow dryer to achieve loose curls, then set them in place with a strong hairspray.
We’re all adjusting to the shorter, darker days and cooler temperatures as winter envelops the country, but there’s another change you may have noticed. As the days get colder, our skin loses moisture, turning it red, dry, and irritated.
The reason for our dry skin in winter is that the amount of moisture in the air decreases, making the water in your skin evaporate more quickly. In fact, throughout the winter, your skin’s ability to retain moisture might drop by as much as 25%. And, even those who spend most of their time indoors can find that winter leaves their skin chapped and flaky, as indoor heating is equally drying.
Thankfully, dry winter skin isn’t as inevitable as it might sound. With a few proactive steps, you can prevent the loss of moisture and keep your skin looking dewy and healthy throughout the festive season.
When your face is already showing signs of dryness, the last thing you want to do is use irritating, drying astringents on your skin. Instead, use the natural power of Vitamin C to break the bonds holding onto those flakes, and reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.
The Philosophy Microdelivery Vitamin C Peel Kit 2pc contains everything you need to say goodbye to dry winter skin. Used once per week, the peptides and Vitamin C rapidly resurface and replenish your complexion, using organic acid to encourage the turnover of dead skin cells. Try it for yourself and experience the award-winning properties of this two-step peel.
Anyone who knows about the transformational properties of Vitamin C won’t be surprised to find another skin product containing this wonder ingredient on our list. The Dermalogica Age Smart Biolumin C Moisturiser is a brightening gel that delivers weightless hydration to your skin.
Biolumin C is an ultra-stable complex that enhances the bioavailability of Vitamin C to the skin. It’s combined with squalene and hyaluronic acid to attract moisture and draw it deep within the dermis. Together, your complexion will be more hydrated, radiant and healthier.
Refine and smooth your skin with the combined properties of volcanic pumice, kaolin clay and green tea extract. Designed to resurface your skin in as little as 10 minutes, Glamglow Youthmud Glow Stimulating Treatment is a quick and easy way to remove impurities and improve the skin’s texture without stripping its natural oils.
Rich in antioxidants that protect against free radicals and oxidative stress, skin is left brighter, tighter and more youthful. Of 105 women surveyed, 95% reported their skin was glowing and 97% said their skin looked and felt smoother after just one use.
In collaboration with beauty journalist and diversity advocate, Ateh Jewel, The Organic Pharmacy have released this fabulous Glow Serum, a perfect addition to your winter skincare regimen.
The Organic Pharmacy Ateh x Glow Serum includes hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to the skin, Vitamin C to brighten and resurface, and aloe vera to soothe, hydrate and protect. With its subtle shimmer, you’ll enjoy that all-important glow factor, putting an end to dull winter skin. Apply a few drops in the morning before your moisturiser for a plump, hydrated complexion.
When the weather cools, your blood vessels contract and tighten, reducing the flow of blood to your skin. Then, when you return indoors to normal temperatures, the vessels expand, leaving your skin looking plump and flushed. It’s this effect that the Luxur Berlin Synch Neck Massager utilises to encourage healthy blood circulation to your neck and other areas of your body.
Using smart vibration technology and variable temperature settings up to 45℃, the handheld device dilates blood vessels, allowing blood to flow freely to the skin’s surface. The result? Smoother, silkier skin and a brighter more radiant complexion.
Use the powers of nature and technology to reverse winter skin damage and reveal a more youthful, healthy you.
Lancôme is synonymous with luxury fragrances and cosmetics and boasts some of the most popular women’s perfumes of all time. This universal appeal makes a Lancôme gift set a great choice for the wonderful women in your life, particularly at Christmas. Whether you’re looking for that perfect gift for your mum, sister, daughter or friend, there’s sure to be a Lancôme fragrance with her name on it.
Read on to discover more about some of the best-selling Lancome gifts this year, and who it’s best suited to.
Did you know that a perfume’s scent changes depending on your body chemistry and the climate? This is one of the reasons you might fall out of love with the way a particular fragrance smells as the seasons change and is why it’s a good idea to have a selection of scents to alternate throughout the year. This Christmas gift set from Lancôme includes scents for all seasons and includes:
La Vie Est Belle 4ml – a sweet, fruity fragrance that shines in the cooler months.
La Nuit Trésor 5ml – a decadent perfume for the evening, with praline and caramel.
Miracle 5ml – a floral scent with spicy notes, ideal for spring and summer.
Idôle 5ml – a warming fragrance with rose and musk notes to wear year-round.
Trésor 5ml – a complex blend of fruity and floral notes for autumn and winter.
Buy it for: that notoriously difficult-to-buy-for person on your gift list, a younger relative who hasn’t yet identified the types of fragrance they prefer, or yourself!
One of Lancome’s best-selling fragrances, La Vie Est Belle, is a sweet, delicate perfume inspired by an appreciation for the simple pleasures in life. The fragrance opens with fruity notes of pear and black currant, then develops a beautiful floral complexity thanks to notes of jasmine and iris. The base is a smooth gourmand combination of tonka bean, praline and vanilla, with a woody edge courtesy of patchouli.
The Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Gift Setincludes a 50ml bottle of La Vie Est Belle Eau de Parfum, as well as a miniature bottle for the handbag, office, or to gift onward. You’ll also receive a 50ml of La Vie Est Belle body lotion, which, when used in combination with the perfume, helps extend the scent’s duration.
Buy it for: a confident, elegant woman who would pick chocolates over flowers on Valentine’s Day.
A fragrance that is feminine without being dainty, wearing Lancome Idole is reminiscent of eating a juicy pear in a garden of jasmine. Fresh and fragrant with an unmistakable touch of warmth, it’s equally well suited to the peak of summer and the depths of winter. The fragrance opens with notes of pear and bergamot before deepening into richer floral notes of Turkish rose and Indian jasmine. The base of the fragrance is a warming blend of white musk and vanilla.
Within the Lancôme Idole Gift Set you’ll find a 50ml bottle of Idôle Eau de Parfum, 50ml Idôle La Power Creme and a miniature-sized Lash Idôle Mascara for lash touch ups on the go.
Buy it for: an iconic woman who leads, innovates and inspires. The woman who doesn’t stand shyly in the corner when there’s work to be done or change to be made.
For a date night scent, look no further than La Nuit Tresor. The epitome of a sultry, smouldering perfume, it balances juicy fruits including lychee, strawberry and pear with a dark smoky base to create a rich fragrance that will get noticed for all the right reasons. The bewitching blend of black rose, praline, vanilla, incense coffee and patchouli might make La Nuit Tresor a no-go for summer days, but it’s as cosy as a cashmere scarf when the temperature (and lights) go down.
Included within the beautifully packaged Lancôme La Nuit Tresor Gift Setis a 50ml bottle of Lancôme La Nuit Trésor Eau de Parfum, as well as 50ml bottles of matching body lotion and shower gel.
Buy it for: the seductive woman who is hot on the dating scene and needs a perfume as alluring as she is.
Newly released in 2021, La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal is a flanker to La Vie Est Belle and offers a fresh take on the original. Unlike its predecessor, which is best for cooler weather due to its rich gourmand notes, Soleil Cristal is ideally suited to summertime.
The citrus notes bring an effervescent, refreshing element to the fragrance with a sparkling fruit opening of mandarin and bergamot. The sunkissed floral heart features tropical ylang-ylang and iris atop a warming base of Madagascan vanilla and coconut. If you were to bottle the scent of your skin after you’ve soaked up the afternoon sun in the lush garden of an island paradise, it would bear a striking resemblance to Lancôme La Vie Est Belle Soleil Cristal EDP.
Buy it for: the easy-going, vibrant woman who radiates sunshine everywhere she goes.
In today’s fast-paced world, there’s a lot of importance placed on “busyness” and little put on the healing properties of stillness. It’s easy to feel as if there simply arent enough hours in the day to spend time being, instead of doing. But, as anyone who practices mindfulness will tell you, you can incorporate it into any part of your day.
From brushing your teeth to boiling the kettle, these small moments are opportunities to reconnect with your inner self and bring your full attention to the here and now. This Christmas, treat yourself or a loved one to a gift that can be used in tandem with mindful practices to reset body and mind.
Experts suggest that you find a quiet, dim space to practice mindfulness, especially if you’re new to the practice. While it’s a nice idea in theory, the reality is that many of us struggle to find a room in our home that fits the bill. With the Millefiori Milano Glass Hydro Diffuser, you can turn any space into a zone for switching off and unwinding.
This beautiful glass diffuser uses water to disperse your chosen fragrance into the room, while the inbuilt lighting produces a relaxing effect that is ideal for helping you tune out your surroundings without having to sit in the dark.
As much as we appreciate the importance of embracing a slower pace, it’s always a nice bonus if you can kill two birds with one stone. This is one of the reasons that incorporating mindfulness into your skincare is such a no-brainer. While you could theoretically use whatever moisturiser or serum you have lying about, there’s something a little more satisfying about giving yourself a mindful facial with a luxury cream, which is where The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Skincare Kit comes in.
Using a combination of diamond powder, Persian silk tree extract and rose extract, this hydrating formulation increases elasticity to plump fine lines and wrinkles. The kit includes a Rose Diamond Exfoliating Cleanser, Face Cream, Eye Cream and Night Lotion, along with an organic muslin cloth. Challenge yourself to mindfully carry out one step of your skincare routine, then increase to two steps as you gain experience.
It might not seem like an activity you’d associate with mental wellness, but brushing your teeth can be an excellent opportunity to bring mindfulness into your daily routine. As you brush, bring attention to the taste and smell of the toothpaste, the way the bristles feel in your mouth and all the minute details that are so often overlooked as you get lost in thoughts about your day’s to-do list.
The Spotlight Oral Care Rose Gold Sonic Toothbrush makes mindful brushing a breeze, as its high-frequency oscillation deeply cleans your teeth, leaving you free to pay attention to your senses. And, with all that brushing power, your pearly whites will be as clean and clear as your mind.
Inspired by Scandinavian quality and ideals, gruum is a bath and body company started by four Manchester friends and has quickly made its name in the UK skincare scene. The gender-neutral products are suitable for people from all walks of life, with clean natural ingredients that are specifically chosen for their nourishing properties.
The gruum Relaxing Pamper Gift Set uses lavender and chamomile to encourage restfulness, with a selection of products to help you indulge both your body and mind. The gift set includes älska Pink Clay Mask, blöta Lavender & Chamomile Bath Salt, sömn Relaxing Sleep Mist and a muslin face cloth, all within a wash bag crafted out of salvaged ocean plastic. Good for you, good for the planet.
Ending your day with mindfulness practice isn’t just good for your wellbeing, but it also encourages more restful sleep. But, if you’re in the habit of staying up until the early hours scrolling through your social feeds, you might benefit from a little extra help.
Balance Me Beauty Sleep Gift Set contains four holistic products to help you recalibrate at the end of the day. Before falling into bed, apply age-defying Bakuchiol Soothing Serum and Super Moisturising Hand Cream to give your skin the boost it needs, before applying Beauty Sleep CBD Concentrate to your pulse points. The rollerball releases a relaxing fragrance that helps you fall into a blissful sleep. Use in tandem with Beauty Sleep Hyaluronic Mist, a scented spray that hydrates your skin for a plumper, healthier complexion overnight. You’ll wake refreshed and ready to face a new day with a positive outlook.
Start 2022 as you mean to go on, taking small steps toward a more mindful life. “Our life is shaped by our mind, for we become what we think.” – Buddha.
Since the beginning of time, women have always had a lot on their plates. But it’s nothing a tall latte and some concealer cant cope with… right? The hard truth is that all those late nights and early starts have invisible (and not so invisible) effects on your body and could be reversing the effort you put into your skincare routine.
How much sleep do you need?
As a general rule, most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per day. Some people can thrive on as little as six, and others need as many as ten, but the vast majority fall somewhere in between. And, if you’re totally honest with yourself, you probably have a good idea of how much sleep you need to perform at your best.
There are several reasons you may not be getting enough sleep, some of which are avoidable, and others aren’t. While it’s easy for others to suggest you “get an early night”, if you’re a parent to a newborn (or, let’s face it, any child under the age of 5), that’s easier said than done. And, even if you’re not up multiple times in the night, many of us stay up late trying to claw back some “me” time in the evening. This leads to one of the main reasons we’re not getting enough sleep – revenge bedtime procrastination.
What is revenge bedtime procrastination? And are you guilty of it?
Revenge nighttime procrastination is a psychological phenomenon introduced in 2014, in which people stay up longer than they want in an attempt to gain control over the night after feeling powerless over elements of their day. Instead of sleeping, you stay up late to do those things that you don’t have time for, like binging the hot new Netflix series or scrolling your social feeds. It’s enjoyable while it lasts, but you ultimately pay the price the next day.
How sleep affects your skin
Adequate sleep is essential for the overall health of your skin as your body releases growth hormones that aid in cell and tissue regeneration and skin restoration. When you don’t get enough sleep, your cortisol levels can also become elevated, triggering inflammation. Inflammation breaks down the proteins that maintain a smooth and bright complexion. Ultimately, lack of sleep results in dull, unhealthy skin, which is more susceptible to breakouts and sensitivity.
And, let’s face it, not getting enough sleep is often a symptom of other things going on. Whether it’s deadlines at work, an upcoming exam, or not having enough time to yourself during the day, it’s best to address the cause as well as the symptom.
3 tips for more restful sleep
There are a few simple things you can do to improve your quality of sleep, so you wake feeling (and looking) well-rested.
Get off screens at least an hour before you go to bed. Screens emit a blue light that our body interprets as daylight, throwing off our inner sleep cycle. Stepping away from your screen also helps put an end to revenge bedtime procrastination.
Create a sleepy routine. Give your brain good clues that it’s time to start winding down. Moisturise your body mindfully, have a cup of calming chamomile tea, light a relaxing scented candle – anything that helps signal to your brain that you’re getting ready to sleep. You may not feel it working at first, but give it a try for three weeks, and your brain will soon start playing ball.
Reset your sleep cycle. Circadian rhythm is your internal clock that regulates the sleep-wake cycle over a 24 hour period. If you’re used to falling into bed at midnight, your circadian rhythm will be set to this schedule. Reset your internal clock by waking at the same time every day, even during the weekend, until your body finds its natural balance.
When it comes to the festive season, those of us in the northern hemisphere drew the short straw. Sure, we get magical white Christmases, mulled wine and snowmen, but we also get stuck wearing party dresses in subzero temperatures. This year, as always, we’ll put on a brave face, slip on an outfit that’s designed for warmer climes, and of course, invest in the ultimate accessory to any Christmas party outfit. Golden, glowing skin.
Achieving the perfect fake tan isn’t always easy, but the products you use can make a world of difference. A quality self-tanning skin care product will hydrate and nourish your skin, leaving it smooth, bronzed and more even. Whether you’re entirely new to tanning or are a seasoned professional, the collection below includes everything you need to get ready for the festive season.
Gradual or instant? Face or body? Dark or light? Check out these five standout products for an all-over glow that puts Rudolph’s to shame.
Nip + Fab have gained a loyal following of beauty enthusiasts over the years thanks to their award-winning range of targeted skincare products. So, it will come as no surprise that their faux tan serum is the must-have item this festive season.
With a lightweight texture that can be used on either your body or face, Nip + Fab Faux Tan Luminize Body Serum contains moisturising ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. These compounds plump and smooth for more youthful, hydrated skin and, in just eight hours, leave you with an even golden tan.
Gradual tanner is the perfect way to introduce yourself to the world of tanning. Designed to deepen in colour the more you apply it, the formulation minimises the risk of going overboard. While other products can transition your skin from ivory to mahogany in one sitting, Skinny Tan Gradual Tanner gives you full control over your desired result.
The vegan-friendly body butter is made with 99% naturally derived ingredients which nourish and condition your skin while giving it a healthy glow. Apply daily to build the perfect depth of tan with no streaks or patchiness.
Gradual tanning products are great when you’ve got the luxury of time, but sometimes you need results and you need them now. When time is of the essence, Cocoa Brown Original 1 Hour Tan Mousse is the answer to your prayers. Rapid tanning ingredients accelerate the development of a gorgeous bronzed glow in as little as one hour.
With its Tahitian gardenia scent, natural shade and vegetable derived formulation, this rapid-tanning mousse is easy to apply and suitable for even sensitive skin. Let it develop for one hour for a dark bronzed glow, or three hours for an intense result. Then, enjoy until the results fade in 5-7 days.
If applying your tan with a mitt often ends in disaster, L’Oreal has just the thing for you. L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tan Express Mist Spray is an easy-to-apply self-tan with a revolutionary application system that eliminates the need for endless rubbing.
The secret to streak-free results comes from the ultra-wide spray applicator which uniformly expels micro-fine tanning particles over the skin. These particles dry instantly, without the need for rubbing. So, if you’re a bit of a butterfingers, or just want a fool-proof way to achieve flawless results, this is the tanning solution for you.
In summer you can get away with ditching the foundation in favour of natural, sun-kissed skin, but in winter it’s a different ballgame. Pale, lacklustre skin leaves you looking washed out, but now there’s an alternative to full-face makeup.
SOSU by SJ Dripping Gold Wonder Water Tanning Face Mist is a facial tanner designed to give you a boost of radiance throughout the winter. The hydrating mist is infused with vitamin E and gives your face a filter-like golden glow in 4-8 hours. Allow the spray to dry before applying makeup or going to sleep, then enjoy your natural bronzed glow.
From party season to family selfies, this list has all your tanning needs covered.