Back to basics – Facial serum

September 19th, 2014

hEverything you ever wanted to know about facial serum, including the skincare benefits and how to use it!

Over the past few years serums have become one of the most lusted-after skincare products of the 21st century.

Despite this, many of us are still clueless about what a serum actually is, what it does and why such pricey little bottles of liquid have become so popular.

What is a serum?

Serums are typically water-based with a splash of silicone to help them glide over your skin. They contain high concentrations of active ingredients designed to help treat many different skincare complaints.

Ingredients to look for include:

  • Vitamin C – UV damage protection and great for brightening the skin. Also helps to reduce the appearance of age spots.
  • Hyaluronic acid – to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Salicylic acid – to penetrate deep into pores for the treatment and prevention of breakouts. 

How does a serum work?

While moisturisers are designed to keep the skin hydrated by forming a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, serums are formulated with small molecules to penetrate the pores and pop ingredients deep into the skin.

How do you use serum? 

Serums should be applied after cleansing and when your skin is still slightly moist. Many people prefer to apply theirs before bed as serums can create a greasy shine. Leaving your serum to soak in overnight will provide maximum benefits.

All you need is a drop of serum no bigger than the size of a 10 pence piece for your product to work its magic, so although serum may be pricey it will definitely go the distance.

What product should I buy?

You should choose a serum that best matches your skin tone. Our recommendations are:

To find out more about how to enhance your complexion and tackle skincare woes, please see our facials page. 

Top nail trends for autumn

September 17th, 2014

Top nail trends for autumnFind out what nail trends you’ll be coveting this autumn.

Here at Beauty Resource we’ve already covered which big make-up trends are coming your way this autumn, so now we want to look at the finer details – nail trends. So far this year, dramatic nails were superseded by more subtle designs, with nude nails proving to be a huge trend over summer.

As we move into autumn this trend continues, with chic understated nails taking centre stage alongside more directional designs. Take a look at the trends we’ll be trying this season:

Nude nails

Transitioning from summer to autumn, the nude nail trend is still going strong. Try a sheer wash of nude colour or go even more minimal with a gloss of clear varnish. This look works best on shorter nails, so give them a good file beforehand.

Dark reds

Deep mahoganies and wine tones are the perfect way to do statement nails this season. Darker colours really show up when they chip so remember to layer the colour and add a protective top coat.

Geometric lines

Either parallel to the cuticle or diagonal across the nail, geometric lines were rife on the catwalks for autumn/winter. Try this in metallic hues for a more dramatic take on the trend.

Bright white

Working as a fantastic contrast to dark autumnal clothing, white nails add a modern touch. If pure white is too clinical for you, try something off-white and creamy.

Negative space

One of the more edgier trends this season, using negative space on your nail is inherently cool. Just leave part of the nail naked – paint a diagonal half or just the tips for a sleek and fashion-forward look.

Subtle nail art

Limit your nail art to just one finger (on the catwalks designers favoured the ring finger) for a subtle yet elegant feel. Sparkling half-moons, tiny polka-dots and minimalist lines are among some of our favourites.

Get your hands and nails in tip-top condition before tackling these trends by booking yourself in for a manicure.

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How to wear make-up over acne

September 11th, 2014

Heavy make-up and problem How to wear make-up over acneskin do not mix, but we have some great tips to help you cover up like a pro. 

A bad skin day is like the worst day. Breakouts are not only unattractive and annoying, but they are also very difficult to hide.

Although thick foundations and concealers may seem the best option for concealing problem skin, they can actually make it worse.

So to help you change your relationship with make-up and achieve a cover up that doesn’t make your acne worse, we have some great tips:

Preparation is key 

You wouldn’t expect a great dress to look good with ill-fitting underwear, so you can’t expect your complexion to look good without first prepping your base. To achieve the perfect canvas before concealing, wash your face thoroughly using a special cleanser that aims to restore balance to oily skin. Then apply a non-greasy moisturiser to lock in moisture without making your skin greasy.

Best buys: Aveda’s Outer Peace Foaming Cleanser (£19) and Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment (£19).

Clever coverage

To cover uneven blemishes, raised pimples and acne scars, we recommend applying a silicone primer. This will not only help to smooth your skin but will maximise the staying power of your foundation. Aim to apply only a small amount all over your face, and then follow with a lightweight foundation that doesn’t block pores or encourage blemishes.

To cover specific pimples, choose a concealer that is a bit lighter than your skin tone and mix with a blob of your foundation. Then gently tap the formula onto your blemish until well blended.

Best buys: Smashbox Photo Finish primer (£28) and Revlon Colorstay foundation (£12.49).

Finishing touches

To distract from your problem skin, embrace your ‘good’ skin areas by highlighting them with blushers, illuminating liquids, and bold colours on your lips and eyes. Dusting your face with a setting powder will also help to hide any shiny patches and seal your make-up.

Best buy: Maybelline Fit Me Powder Flawless (£5.99).

Many people with problem skin find it beneficial to see a dermatologist – a skin expert who examines and treats all kinds of skin conditions. To find out more about dermatology and how it can help you, please see our dermatology page. 

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Seasonal skincare changes for a glowing complexion

September 9th, 2014

iStock_000030006488Large 2As we wave goodbye to summer, we need to prepare our skin for the colder temps and harsher weather.

The cold, windy climate of autumn is marvellous if you love layering and bold winter jackets, but if you have sensitive skin it can be a nightmare.

For those who spend summer battling the elements of heat, sweat, and sunburn, the colder months can bring dryness, dullness and irritation.

But fear not, we have some savvy skincare tips you can try to take care of your complexion as we move from summer to autumn.

Protect your skin from the elements

Covering up in a cosy scarf and hat will not only keep you warm but will help to protect your skin from the wind. Cold dry weather can cause dehydration and irritation so prevent exposure as much as possible.

Change your skincare like your wardrobe

Just like flip-flops are designed for the warmer weather, so are light-weight skincare products. Therefore, as the cooler months roll in, ditch your sweat-sensitive creams and light make-up products for rich, nourishing moisturisers and matte make-up and foundations that will help protect your skin.

We love No.7 Beautifully Matte Foundation (£13.50) available in 14 shades and The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Intense Moisture cream (£13).

Refresh and revitalise 

Start the new season with refreshed skin by investing in a body brush and a trusty exfoliating scrub. Sticking to a regular exfoliating routine helps to eliminate toxins and keeps your skin in tip top condition. You can even make your own exfoliating treatment using sugar and olive oil, which softens as well as revitalises.

Alternatively, you may want to check out Frank’s selection of Body Scrubs which have become a huge hit on Instagram for helping to improve the skin tones of women all over the world. Cellulite, eczema, blemishes, stretch marks – whatever the problem Frank has it sorted! (We love the Cocount and Grapeseed combo best).

Hydrate

For those with extremely sensitive skin, the dryness of the colder months can cause havoc. Using a hydration mask once a week can do wonders to keep your complexion glowing and your skin fresh. Apply a generous layer of No. 7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask to your skin before bed and leave to soak overnight.

Another great way to boost your complexion as the seasons change is by getting a facial. These relaxing treatments can help to soothe all kinds of skin complaints. To find out more, please see our facials page. 

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In-flight beauty tricks

September 5th, 2014

Skincare and flying doesn’t usually mix, but we have some great tips to ensure your trip in the air is beautifully smooth. iStock_000004251038Large

Going on holiday or setting off on a new travelling adventure is always super exciting.

Many will spend weeks preparing, stocking up on holiday skincare essentials and beauty basics, but often skincare in the air is completely forgotten about.

You see, in-flight beauty is vital for battling the elements of increased humidity, dehydration and cramped space that you are faced with on a plane.

In order to make sure your plane travel rivals that of a glamorous megastar taking a long-haul flight to LA, we have some top beauty tricks to consider.

Before boarding 

Cleanse, tone and moisturise! Prep your skin by removing your make-up and cleansing with a micellar solution and apply a super rich face cream to lock in moisture. We love Garnier’s Moisture Match Ultra-Hydrating Rich Cream followed by a nourishing eye gel to treat your peepers. 

If you’d rather wear make-up while flying, consider swapping your trusty foundation for a lighter BB or CC cream which will increase your skin’s hydration whilst adding a dewy glow and concealing imperfections. Don’t forget SPF is essential, and if you are travelling to a sunny destination aim to pack a small portion of suncream in your hand luggage so you can apply some straight away when you touch down in warmer climates.

In-flight essentials

  • Face spray - Botanics 100% Organic Rose Water Toning Spritz is the perfect face mist for flying. Airplanes can be very dehydrating so a refreshing moisturising spray can help to keep your skin supple and will also revive dull make-up.
  • Hand wipes - If you’re touching the TV monitor, putting food in your mouth and applying creams to your face, wipes will come in handy for a quick clean and refresh. We recommend easy to pack WetOnes singles and travel wipes.
  • Facial mask - More and more women are using their flight time to pop on a facemask and enjoy a mini spa experience in the air. Sheet masks are the easiest for application and are rich in moisture so your skin will feel instantly refreshed and hydrated. Dr Lewinn’s Line Smoothing Complex High Potency Treatment Mask is pricey, but infused with super luxurious ingredients your skin will love.
  • Lip balm - Keep your lips luscious by stocking up on a lip balm such as Sephora’s Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment which nourishes, plumps, soothes and repairs dry lips.

Don’t forget, tinting your eyelashes and getting a manicure can make holiday beauty and skincare even easier. Please see our eyelash tinting and manicure pages to find out more. 

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Beauty trends for autumn

September 3rd, 2014

Beauty trends for autumn/winterWe look to the catwalks for beauty inspiration for the new season.

Now the weather is beginning to turn it is time to say goodbye to the last days of summer. While we will of course mourn the warm weather and sun-filled afternoons, a new season means a new start for beauty fans.

Autumn is perhaps the most exciting season for make-up lovers – we no longer have to worry about melting make-up and dewy textures, we can embrace bold colours and more dramatic looks. This year, all eyes were on, well… the eyes. While lipstick has its place, it appears fashion has reignited a passion for eye make-up. Let’s have a look at the key trends:

Light and shade

Highlighters, shading and contouring were rife on the catwalk, emphasising the face’s natural light and shade. A subtle hint of illumination is a great way to develop a neutral make-up palette – experiment with highlighters and dark grey tones around the eyes.

Luscious lashes

Extra-long false lashes offered doll-like prettiness to models at Rochas, Gucci and Versace, while clogged, spider-like lashes rebelled at Prada and Topshop Unique. While these are perhaps extreme examples, you can take inspiration and up your lash game this season – why not try eyelash extensions?

Flash of colour

Blue was a key colour in summer beauty and it has returned for autumn. This season sees it in rich sapphire colours paired with nude lips. Other colours taking the spotlight were deep purples, bronzes and khaki.

Metallics galore

Always a popular trend for autumn, we were pleased to see models adorned with bronze, silver and gold on the catwalks. Try this trend in a unique way with bronze lips or glittery eyes.

Sports luxe

One for the minimalists among you, this ‘no make-up make-up’ look saw glowing healthy skin take centre stage while neat brows and no-fuss hair signalled a more sporty take on the trend. To ensure this look stays groomed, get your eyebrows shaped by a professional.

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Say goodbye to stretch marks

August 29th, 2014

Say goodbye to stretch marksAlmost all women have stretch marks, but while it’s easy getting them, it’s not so easy getting rid of them. We explore the best remedies.

Stretch marks can wreak havoc on our confidence levels and self-esteem – and their unsightly appearance is enough to put many women off wearing a bikini for life.

Caused as a result of hormonal changes or the rapid stretching of the skin – usually linked to growth or weight fluctuations – stretch marks can appear out of nowhere, but unfortunately tend to last a lifetime.

If you notice signs of stretch marks emerging, do not panic! There are plenty of treatments and products out there that can help to improve and correct the appearance of stretch marks.

There are also some nifty D.I.Y tricks you can try to further reduce annoying scars and blemishes.

See below for our top tips to tackle stretch marks: 

Exfoliation

Regular exfoliation is essential for removing dead skin cells, which make your skin look dull and feel rough. Removing these cells by using a body scrub once a week and body brushing daily will increase skin cell turnover which will speed up the disappearance of stretch marks.

Moisturising

Moisturising daily will not only help to reduce the appearance of stretch marks but can also help to prevent new ones from forming. Hence why many women massage their tummies with oils during pregnancy. Make sure you pay extra attention to your hips and thighs while moisturising as these are areas where stretch marks are most likely to appear.

Massage 

Massage can help to boost the skin’s natural healing process and removes toxins responsible for cellulite and other imperfections such as stretch marks. For a D.I.Y massage at home use almond oil. This is rich in Vitamin E, which is essential for helping the skin to develop collagen and elastin – the key ingredients for skin repair.

Skin camouflage 

For those with stretch marks affecting large areas of the body, skin camouflage can be highly beneficial. This temporary treatment is a highly pigmented substance used to conceal skin conditions and scars. It is water resistant and is very handy for one-off occasions such as nights out and public events.

Semi-permanent make-up

You can further reduce the appearance of stretch marks by using semi-permanent body make-up. Body make-up tends to be thicker than products designed for the face and more durable, so it is worth investing in quality brands if your stretch marks are really bugging you. Alternatively, you may want to consider semi-permanent make-up treatments which are becoming increasingly popular for transforming the appearance of scars and other imperfections.

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Beauty lessons to learn before 30

August 27th, 2014

Beauty lessons to learn before 30We look at some of the most important beauty lessons to learn before you hit 30.

Experimenting with beauty and make-up is fun no matter what age you are; however, as we grow older there are certain beauty lessons that we should really learn.

Take a look at our list of essential beauty lessons to learn before you leave your 20s and turn 30.

Invest in skincare

The first thing many of us come to realise as we grow older is the importance of good skincare. Rather than using a cheap lotion from the supermarket like you did when you were a teenager, now is the time to invest some time and, yes, money into your skin. Do some research and try out a few well-known skincare brands to find a routine that works for you.

Embrace lipstick

Another nice thing about leaving your teen years and early 20s behind is gaining the confidence to try bolder looks. Find your ideal red lippy and have fun with bright colours. If you previously steered away from lipstick, you might find our back to basics post on lipstick useful.

Shake it up

Once you find a product or make-up look that works for you it can be tough to introduce anything new. While it is tempting to stay in the confines of what you know, it is worth shaking up your routine from time to time. Read some reviews online and try a new product, or watch a video tutorial and try a new make-up look.

Wash your make-up brushes

Dirty make-up brushes breed bacteria and can make your skin dull and congested. Make a pact with yourself that you’ll keep them clean and give them a good wash once a week. You may be surprised at how much better your skin looks by making this simple change.

Throw out old make-up

Do you have drawers stacked full of old make-up? While you may want to keep hold of them ‘just incase’, you should really check the use-by date. Make-up does go off and again, can become a breeding ground for nasty stuff. Have a clean out once a month and throw away anything that you have never used or is out of date.

Get professional help

There are some areas in life where we benefit from professional helping hands. Getting your brows threaded, having a wax or indulging in a facial are just a few examples of where an expert’s touch is greatly appreciated.

To find a beautician in your area, please use our search tool.

Embarrassing beauty blunders sorted

August 22nd, 2014

Embarrassing beauty blunders sorted! We’ve all suffered a beauty blunder, but we have an expert guide to help you keep your biggest woes at bay.   

Cold sores, bad breath, skin problems and warts – there’s a bundle of beauty blunders we’d rather not have to deal with, but unfortunately there are times when we may be faced with such devils.

There are however some simple steps you can take to ensure these can be dealt with quickly and expertly and we have every single one covered. You’re welcome!

Cold sores

These pesky things can be so ugly and irritating, but rather than freaking out if you spot one forming, act fast. If you get regular cold sores you’ll need to visit your doctor for a medication that you can apply when that tell-tale tingling feeling starts. If you have run out at the last minute, use an OTC cream instead, such as Abreva and apply to the area using a cotton bud to avoid spreading the infection.

Dandruff

“Is it snowing?” “No it’s just my dandruff.” No one on this planet wants to have such a conversation, but unfortunately dandruff is a beauty complaint many people have to deal with. Luckily for you, we have a separate guide to tackling this problem, which you can read here.

Buttne

Sounds funny, but getting pimples on your bum is no laughing matter. Although this beauty blunder cannot be cured, it can be prevented with medicated cleansers and creams such as Quinoderm 10. Also aim to exfoliate regularly to shift dead skin cells, but take care to choose products that don’t irritate the skin. 

Bad breath 

Halitosis sounds as bad as it smells. Fact. Bad breath is caused by a number of things including poor hygiene, bacteria or genetics. Flossing and regular brushing is essential for keeping your breath fresh, and ensure you drink lots of water throughout the day as a dry mouth can be whiffy. Also aim to avoid the obvious bad breath culprits, including onions, garlic and coffee.

Warts 

Argh, warts! These can be picked up anywhere thanks to the human papilloma virus (HPV), which is contagious and can get embedded in the skin. Over-the-counter treatments are usually very effective at getting rid of these devil spots but this process requires dedication. Seeing a dermatologist can help as they will be able to freeze, burn and zap the wart using special medicated solutions. Find out more on our dermatology page.

Five simple hair hacks

August 20th, 2014

Five simple hair hacksSometimes life is just too busy to spend hours on your hair – when this happens, turn to the following hair hacks.

Whether you are just a little bit lazy when it comes to hair styling, or you are simply too busy to dedicate half of your morning to your hair, the following hair hacks will simplify your mornings:

1. Use dry shampoo before you go to bed

If you know you won’t get a chance to wash your hair in the morning, but still want that clean-hair look, invest in some dry shampoo. Apply the powder before you go to bed and it will work its way through the hair as you sleep. When you wake up, give your hair a quick brush and you should have voluminous, clean hair.

2. Put some bounce into your ponytail

An easy way to make your ponytail stand out is to place two bobby pins through your hair tie, starting above the tie and pointing down to your neck. This will push your pony up giving it height and bounce.

3. Get wavy hair quickly

Don’t have the time or inclination to curl your hair? For a quicker solution, simply braid your hair in a few plaits and use your hair straighteners to heat them. When you take out the plaits, you will have beautifully wavy hair.

4. Tame frizzy hair with hairspray

To ensure your hair behaves when it’s prone to frizz, spray some hairspray into your hands and smooth over your hair. This will hold the style and keep flyaway hairs at bay without looking overly stiff.

5. Blow hot and cold for a lasting style

When blow-drying your hair, you can help the style last longer by alternating between hot and cold air. This will dry the hair quicker too, saving you precious minutes.

Do you have any great hair hacks? Let us know in the comment section below.

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