Fake tan like a pro

April 19th, 2014

Fake tan like a proWith summer just around the corner, now is the time to learn the basics to a sexy, smooth, streak-free fake tan.

Fake tan has evolved tremendously over the past decade, and now we are blessed with highly efficient streak-free products that leave our bodies looking beautifully sun-kissed in a matter of hours.

Despite the advancement in tanning products however, rocking a fabulous fake tan requires expert technique to ensure it looks completely natural and stays on for as long as possible.

So take a look at our guide below to learn how to apply fake take like a pro.

How does fake tan work?

Fake tan colours the surface of the skin using a chemical reaction. Most tanning products contain the active ingredient, dihydroxyacetone (DHA), which is a naturally-occurring sugar that is found in the bark of a chestnut tree. This ingredient reacts with keratin in the skin, causing a brown pigment to form. The intensity of your fake tan depends on how much DHA is in your tanning product.

What tanning products should you use?

There are so many different tanning products available these days that it can be difficult pin-pointing a great one that works well for you. Essentially though, you need to make sure that you are choosing the right shade for your skin tone. While pale skinned beauties should opt for lighter shades that give a subtle glow, medium to dark skin tones will benefit more from darker shades that aim to enhance naturally tanned skin. For quick and easy fake tanning products that cater for all skin tones, we love the he-shi range.

You should also consider investing in a good quality fake tan remover which can be used after application to remove any unwanted tan. St Tropez Tan Remover is particularly good for any mistakes made on fingers and palms.  

What’s the best way to apply fake tan?

  • Prep – First things first, you need to set your base. Exfoliating the night before you apply your fake tan can help to get rid of dead skin cells and patches of dry skin that can prevent you from getting an even colour. Any shaving or waxing should be done at least 24 hours before you apply fake tan.
  • Moisturise – The night before should also be spent moisturising to ensure your skin is as silky as possible. Remember to concentrate on problem areas such as the knees, elbows, wrists, hands and ankles.
  • Application – You may want to consider putting on a pair of latex gloves or an applicator mitt to keep your palms tan-free. Make sure your skin is clean and dry, and then simply sweep the fake tan on – ensuring you are covered all over. Gentle smoothing is best as rubbing will leave the fake tan looking uneven.
  • Leave to set – Every fake tanning product will recommend a time that you need to leave your tan to set. Your tan won’t get deeper the longer you leave it, although if you desire a deeper tan, you can always re-apply the product on successive days (i.e. two or three days in a row). If your fake tan takes a day to set, make sure you wear dark, loose-fitting clothing to allow it to sink in without staining your clothes.
  • Keep your glow – On average, fake tan usually lasts around four to six days, as the skin naturally exfoliates itself and sheds layers. You can however prolong the smooth and even look of your tan by moisturising, which helps to ensure your colour fades evenly. 

If you’d prefer to get your fake tan done professionally, you may want to check out our tanning page. Here you can find out what spray tanning treatments are available and what they involve. 

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Time-saving beauty tips

April 17th, 2014

Time saving beauty tipsNo time? No problem! Keep reading for some speedy make-up tricks.

Working long hours and dealing with an increasing number of responsibilities can leave us girls with little time for beauty – but even those with just five minutes to spare can look their best. So if you find yourself with less time than you would like in the mornings, don’t worry – help is at hand with the following time-saving beauty tips.

Wash your face properly

To ensure your skin looks its best in the morning, it is important to ensure you are cleansing properly at night. Thoroughly cleansing will help your skin be clearer so you need less make-up in the morning. Try to avoid using a face-wipe at night and take some time to properly remove make-up.

Try: Soap & Glory’s Peaches and Clean 3-in-1 Deep Purifying Cleanser (£8)

Use the right beauty tools

When morning does roll around, using the right tools can be a real time saver. If you’re short on time and need to apply foundation for example, using an egg-shaped sponge can give you a flawless look in minutes.

Try: Real Technique’s Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99)

Target facial areas

Most of us don’t need a full face of foundation every day, but we tend to fall into the habit. Instead, target facial areas to cover – perhaps your T-zone – and focus your work here before blending out. Not only will this save you time, you’ll be using less product so you will save money too.

Try: Revlon’s Colorstay Concealer (£6.99)

Make a statement

Even if all you have is two minutes, a bold lip colour will ensure you look great. Use your sponge to apply foundation/concealer on your target areas, set with powder and use mascara to enhance your eyes. Finish off with a coat of pink lippy for a fresh look.

Try: Collection’s Lasting Colour Lipstick in Pink Shock (£2.99)

If you want some expert help when it comes to your make-up, why not have a make-up lesson? Find out more on our professional make-up page.

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Cellulite – what it is and how to fight it

April 11th, 2014

We take a look at the causes behind the dreaded orange-peel and how to go about banishing it from your body. 

Cellulite is a force to be reckoned with – an often confidence-destroying aspect of life many women have to deal with. But what exactly is it and how can we go about reducing it?

What is it? 

Cellulite refers to the dimpled, lumpy appearance of the skin that can occur on the hips, thighs, stomach, buttocks and backs of the arms. Also known as ‘orange-peel’, cellulite is formed by fat pushing against connective tissue underneath the skin in areas of poor blood and lymphatic circulation.

Around 90% of women are thought to suffer from it, but while some may have very slight dimpling that occurs spontaneously, others may have permanently visible problem areas. Common causes include genetics, hormones, dehydration, lack of exercise, drinking caffeine, smoking and poor diet.

How do you fight it? 

Massage 

Regular massaging helps to increase circulation and break down pockets of fluid retention. Try body brushing and smoothing in a cellulite-based cream into problem areas on a regular basis. Body brushing in particular can reduce minor symptoms of cellulite by removing dead skin cells and promoting movement of lymph vessels.

We recommend Bliss’s Slimulator (£16.50).

Use toning ingredients 

Cellulite creams that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), such as citric or glycolic acids, are considered among the best ingredients for improving the appearance of cellulite. These slough off the top layer of skin cells and increase the thickness of deeper skin layers to give a smoother, firmer appearance. Caffeine-based products such as Etat Pur Pure Active A90 (£11.70) in particular can help stimulate blood flow and tighten the skin.

We recommend applying the cream twice daily, and preferably after a warm shower when your pores are open to ensure deep penetration.

Get physical 

Exercise is a guaranteed way to reduce cellulite as it helps to burn fat. Combining aerobic exercise such as running and swimming with resistance training (concentrating on problem areas) will help to increase blood circulation and create toned muscles to help bumpy areas look more even.

Ditch the fatty foods 

It’s a no brainer – decreasing fatty deposits under the skin means decreasing fatty food intake. Swap refined carbohydrates, white bread and pasta for wholegrain options and opt for leaner white meats such as turkey and chicken instead of beef and lamb.

Endermologie cellulite treatment

Endermologie treatment reduces orange peel by mechanical means – using massages, rolling and manipulation of the tissues. Although it cannot completely get rid of cellulite, it can massively improve the appearance of those lumps and bumps. To find out more about the treatment and where to find a beautician near you who offers it, check out our endermologie (cellulite treatment) page.

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Five ways to stay shine-free

April 10th, 2014

Five ways to stay shine-free Banish excess shine with these simple tips.

If you have oily or combination skin, you may find yourself fighting a battle against shine on a daily basis. Constantly touching up with powder not only clogs pores, it can give your skin a cakey, mask-like appearance. Instead, tackle the problem by adjusting your skincare routine and investing in some clever shine minimising products.

Take a look at the following five ways to eliminate shine:

1. Use an oil-regulating cleanser

Your first line of defence when it comes to being shine-free is your cleanser, so start your day right with one that is oil-controlling. Look for ingredients like purifying clay and salicylic acid to help clear pores.

Try: Dermal Clay Cleanser – by Dermalogica (£27.70) Contains oil-absorbing Kaolin clay and refreshing menthol to revitalise tired skin.

2. Moisturise and mattify

Yes, oily skin needs moisture too – just be smart about the moisturiser you choose and look for one that helps to control shine.

Try: Posay Effaclar Mat – by La Roche (£13.50) Zinc PCA neutralises sebum production, while Posay Thermal Spring Water soothes and softens the skin.

3. Have a weekly facemask

Help clear skin and shrink pores with a weekly detoxifying mask. Look for one with oil-absorbing ingredients that don’t dry out the skin.

Try: Shine Away Iconic Clay Mask - by Botanics (£4.66) Rich in minerals, this mask helps to draw out impurities to absorb excess oil and detoxify the skin.

4. Use a shine-controlling primer

Use a primer under your foundation that helps to control shine. Try to find one that doesn’t over-dry your skin or you could end up with a flaky complexion.

Try: Stay Perfect Shine Free Primer – by No7 (£12.50) Oil absorbing Biopol helps to minimise blemishes, while light reflecting particles disguise fine lines and flaws.

5. Use blotting papers

Keep a stash of blotting papers to hand so that when shine strikes you are prepared. These are ideal as they won’t disrupt your make up and won’t overload your skin with product.

Try: Oil Absorbing Sheets – by Skin Clear (£1.99) Impregnated with salicylic acid, these blotting sheets help to prevent breakouts.

If you think your skin could do with some help from a professional, take a look at our dermatology page.

Go organic with your skincare this year

April 4th, 2014

We take a look at three of the best organic beauty brands to try in 2014. 

Beauty enthusiasts everywhere are starting to discover the benefits of using natural organic skincare and make-up products.

As well as being completely chemical free and devoid of the synthetic ingredients that can irritate the skin and cause allergies, organic products are thought to help improve the natural health of your skin, leaving it looking brighter and younger.

Organic products are also fresher and are kinder to the environment. If you are tempted to dabble with products that take their ingredients as seriously as their efficacy, take a look at these fabulous organic skincare lines that are beauty must-haves for 2014 – going green has never been easier!

roseeeKora Organics

Brought to you by the gorgeously, fresh-faced supermodel, Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics are a collection of products that complement each other as part of a skincare regime.

They contain only the purest, premium-quality, certified organic ingredients, formulated in accordance with Eco-Cert’s and OFC’s strict certification guidelines. Miranda also qualified as a holistic health practitioner in order to launch the brand.

Why not try the Kora Organics Luxurious Rosehip Oil (£35)

Orico London 

Orico London is an award-winning British brand of organic skincare designed especially for skin that faces the everyday effects of city life – pollution, air conditioning, heating and stress. Infused with anti-ageing bioactives and natural aromatherapy scents, these lightweight formulas can protect, cleanse and revitalise.

Take a look at the Orico London Marine Radiance Serum (£34)

Estelle & Thild estelle

Estelle & Thild is the best-selling certified organic skincare range from Sweden. Each product contains gentle and effective ingredients that can be used on the most sensitive of skin – including vitamin-rich oils and plant extracts that are good for skin vitality.

We love Estelle & Thild Neroli Face Cream (£29.50)

Have you fallen in love with any organic skincare products recently? Or do you have a long-term favourite brand that you swear by? Let us in on your secrets in the comments section below. 

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Top four micellar waters

April 3rd, 2014

Find out more about the cleansing water from France and which products to try.

Make-up artists and beauty bloggers alike sing the praises of micellar water for its gentle yet thorough cleansing. Hailing from France, the cleansing water has been a skincare staple in French women’s beauty regimes for years. Now the product has crossed the channel to the UK and plenty of brands are offering the cult cleanser.

If you want to give micellar water a try – take a look at the following products to see which one would suit you best:

B. Pure1. Pure Micellar Water – by B. (£2.47)

Cleansing, toning and refreshing, this three-in-one product is perfect for those after a multi-tasking cleanser that is gentle enough for sensitive skin. Be aware that if you have heavy eye make-up, you may need a little extra help getting it off.

2. Sensibio H2O – by Bioderma (£4.50 for 100ml)

Easily dissolving stubborn make-up, this is one of the more hardworking micellar water products out there. Leaves skin looking fresh and clear, the only downside of Sensibio H2O is that outside of France it can be difficult to track down.

Eau Micellaire Douceur3. Physiological Micellar Solution – by La Roche Posay (£11.50)

Another gentle cleanser, the Physiological Micellar Solution is ideal for skin types that get easily irritated. A favourite of top make-up artist Lisa Eldridge, this product may be more pricey than other brands but it has the results to back it up.

4. Eau Micellaire Douceur – by Lancôme (£21)

Leaves skin feeling wonderfully hydrated and soft, this formula is great for dry skin types. The dispense pump also makes using the cleanser a pleasure, not a chore. The price tag may put some people off, but skincare is the one place we don’t recommend scrimping on.

Need some professional help with your skin? Take a look at our dermatology page.

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How to make the most of your ‘beauty sleep’

March 28th, 2014

Why not indulge in some overnight pampering to really make the most of bedtime beauty?

There’s a very good reason why we call it ‘beauty sleep’ – when we turn in at night, our whole body goes into repair mode. Skin renews itself and key hormonal and metabolic changes occur, leaving us looking brighter and healthier in the morning.

So why not make the most of this beauty sleep and give your skin and hair a bit of a boost during this time of renewal and replenishment? Here at Beauty Resource we have found some simple beauty tricks to help you make the most of your slumber:

Prevent puffiness

No one likes waking up looking puffy-faced, so try sleeping on your back with your head resting on an extra pillow to prevent this. The added height and sleep position is thought to help drain excess fluids from your face and reduce swelling. You may also want to consider investing in a cooling eye cream formula to apply to your eyes at night. We love Origins No Puffery cooling mask (£24).

Intensive moisture

Night time is perfect for slathering on thick creams and oils to hydrate parched, stressed out skin. The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil (£12) is a soothing, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly into the skin and provides intense hydration. Mix a few drops with your moisturiser and apply using gentle, circular hand movements.

Treat feet

Dry, cracked heels are an unattractive feature during the summer months, so start giving them some TLC on a regular basis before getting into bed. A great tip is to melt a couple of drops of petroleum jelly in the microwave to create a liquid consistency. Add a drop of soothing lavender essential oil then apply generously to your feet. Finish by putting on a pair of cotton socks to lock in the moisture for an intensive overnight treatment.

Take care to condition

Many of us never find the time to deeply condition our locks, so why not apply an overnight conditioning treatment instead? KeraCare Overnight Moisturising Treatment (£10.95) is a luxurious mask that leaves hair silky, shiny and tangle-free come morning. Alternatively, hair oils are becoming increasingly popular and a great option for overnight care is L’Oreal’s Extraordinary Oil (£9.99). Apply liberally to dry hair before bed, paying particular attention to your mid-lengths and ends, then wash out in the morning.

If you’re keen to do more to look after your skin, why not consider getting a facial? Find out more about the popular beauty treatment on our facials page. 

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Spring beauty trends

March 27th, 2014

Spring beauty trendsAlong with the spring sunshine, we’re welcoming some new spring beauty trends.

The few scattered days of sunshine we’ve had in the UK have us excited for the new season and alongside the promise of warmer days ahead, we are met with some brand new beauty trends. The overriding theme from the catwalks was simplicity, i.e. stick to one trend at a time.

So, without further ado – let’s take a look at our favourite trends for spring…

Perfect base

All the looks on the catwalk this season began with perfect looking skin. Opt for a foundation that gives enough coverage without looking cakey, and then add touches of radiance with a highlighter.

Try: Clarins Ever Matte Foundation (£27)

Feline flicks vs slept-in liner

In terms of eyeliner, fashion houses fell into one of two camps – 60s inspired feline flicks, or a grunge-inspired under-eye smudge. Whether you prefer the precise look or a more carefree approach, pick a liner that will last all day long.

Try: L’Oreal Paris Infallible eyeliner (£5.19)

Bold blues

Adding a swipe of electric blue to the eyes is an easy and fun way to instantly update your look. Go bold with a full lid, or play it safe with navy liner.

Try: Body Shop Colour Crush eyeshadows in Something Blue (£7)

Bright lips

Fruit-coloured lips are big news for spring, so embrace pops of orange for a fun spring look. Tone the colour down with lip balm and keep the rest of your face fresh and natural looking.

Try: Maybelline Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick in Electric Orange (£7.19)

Dipped nails

Adding a little sparkle to the nude nail trend, add a touch of glitter to the tips for a modern Midas touch.

Try: Essie Nail Polish Luxe Effects in Jazzy Jubilant (£7.99)

Which trends will you be trying? Let us know on our Facebook page.

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How do you tame yours? Beauty Resource reveal the top ways to maintain and enhance your brows

March 24th, 2014

With eyebrows set to remain one of the hottest trends for the year ahead, Beauty Resource – an online directory of beauticians – looks at the most popular brow taming and enhancing services as voted for by visitors, and provides a rundown on choosing the perfect technique for your brow maintenance.

Eyebrows are huge news in beauty, with the big, the bushy and the natural continuing to inspire throughout 2014. Today, eyebrows are considered to be one of a woman’s most treasured and coveted accessories – with many going to great lengths to nurture theirs back to natural glory after the overzealous ‘power arch’ plucking of the late nineties/early noughties.

Today, Beauty Resource look at the most popular taming techniques and provide some helpful tips and info to help you decide which technique is the best way to maintain your set of face framers:

Plucking

Winning 38% of the vote, Beauty Resource visitors voted plucking the number one method for brow maintenance – perhaps largely down to the fact it is the most cost effective of the polled techniques i.e. free (for DIY). Read the rest of this entry »

Go easy on the cleansing wipes

March 21st, 2014

They may be a popular beauty essential, but cleansing wipes could be causing skin problems and premature ageing. 

Cleansing wipes are quick, cheap and effective – making them the busy woman’s go-to product for make-up removal at the end of a long day.

New reports suggest sales have doubled in the past year, but experts warn cleansing wipes could pose dangers to our skin, causing everything from spots to wrinkles. This is because rather than efficiently cleaning your skin, they simply smear dirt and make-up across it.

In order to ensure your cleansing wipe routine is not playing havoc with your skin, take a look at our quick and easy skincare-cleansing guide:

Be gentle to your eyes

Trying to remove stubborn eye make-up is a tedious chore, and that’s why many of us reach for easy cleansing wipes. Unfortunately however, cleansing wipes are not specifically designed for this, and many of us will rub and pull at our skin just to have some effect. This can cause premature ageing.

If you must use a wipe for make-up removal, consider investing in ones that are formulated for delicate skin such as Marks & Spencer Formula Daily Care Eye Make-up Remover Pads For Sensitive Skin. Leave the pad on the eye for a few seconds before wiping.

Use with other products

Research conducted by Olay and L’Oreal found that not cleansing skin thoroughly means a barrier of dead skin and dirt is left hanging around. Cleansing wipes are considered ineffective at removing all traces of dirt, so always use cleansing lotions and toners afterwards to get your skin squeaky clean. This will ensure your moisturiser is effectively absorbed, and all the anti-ageing and complexion boosting ingredients get to where they need to be in the skin.

Be careful if you have spot prone skin

If you are prone to spots or acne, using a cleansing wipe could make your skin worse. A good cleansing regime is essential, and a cleansing wipe only risks the transferring of bacteria around the face rather than washing it off. In some cases, the cleansing fluid in your wipe may be poorly formulated, and this could clog pores and trigger breakouts.

If you must use a wipe, try one that contains salicylic acid. This stops pores getting clogged and helps to break down blackheads. Why not try Clearasil Daily Clear Deep Cleansing Pads?

Beware of allergic reactions

Because packs of wipes are moist environments, they are prone to breeding bacteria. This is why high percentages of preservatives are used in many brands, but these can have a damaging effect on your skin. Sensitive skin in particular may become irritated and experience an allergic reaction.

Worryingly, the preservative methylisothiazolinone, or MI, which can cause blistering, red rashes and swelling, is common in wipes. If you must use a wipe, stick to fragrance and MI free varieties such as Simple’s Kind To Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes.

Have you discovered any skin-friendly alternatives to cleansing wipes? Share your secrets in the comments section below. 

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