December 7th, 2013
Find out what the location of your blemishes mean and how to get rid of them.
Whether you suffer from acne or just get the odd spot from time to time, having a breakout is your skin’s way of telling you something is wrong. With party season now upon us, it is more important than ever to zap spots before they start.
The Eastern tradition of face mapping says there is a correlation between your internal organs and different areas of your face. Considering your skin is actually an organ itself, this idea makes a lot of sense. When it comes to breakouts on the skin, once you identify which area it is in, you can find out more about it’s cause and take action to prevent it happening again.
Of course, there are many unavoidable factors at play when it comes to the skin, but in most cases – there is something you can do to help.
Take a look at the following breakout areas to see what your skin is trying to tell you:
If you suffer from breakouts on the forehead, they could be triggered by stress or lack of sleep. Try to catch up on your Z’s and take time to wind down before bed to lower stress levels.
Above the eyebrows
This area is affected by your immune system, so you may find that you get spots here before you come down with a cold. If you notice spots here, slow down for a couple of days and ensure you’re eating plenty of fruit and veg.
Between the eyebrows
Breakouts here can be down to a food allergy or an overindulgence of unhealthy food. Take a look at your diet and try to cut back on sugar, dairy and alcohol to help your skin clear up.
Your cheeks are linked to your respiratory system, so a breakout here could be caused by smoking or air pollution. Take some time in nature to breathe fresh air, and if you smoke – ask your doctor about quitting!
Spots here are usually linked to hormones and may occur around the time of your period. While there isn’t much you can do to prevent this, if it bothers you speak to your doctor about contraceptive options.
Find out more about the science of skin on our dermatology page.
View and comment on the original Lauren Conrad blog post.
December 5th, 2013
Stila Kitten Glitter Eye Liner
Get on top of the metallic trend early for a sparkling party season.
Models from the Spring/Summer 14 fashion shows were sporting a range of metallic make-up looks that had us yearning for summer sun – but who says we have to wait until the warmer months to try this trend?
With Christmas coming up this month, there is bound to be the odd party invitation just screaming for you to try a bit of glitz and glamour. If you normally stick to classic make-up looks but want to give the metallic trend a go, take a look at our easy how-to guide:
Try a metallic eye
The easiest way to embrace the metallic trend is through a shimmery eye. For a bold look you can try cream-formula eye shadows that pack a glittery punch. For a more subtle take on the trend, apply a light dusting of glitter on the inner corners of your eyes or experiment with metallic eye liners.
Tip: Keep your lips neutral and matte for a sophisticated look.
Opt for heavy metal nails
Another great way to adopt the trend is through a metallic manicure. Rose golds and bronzes are particularly flattering and look great with almost all colours.
Tip: If your party dress is covered in bling, you may want to avoid an overly glittery nail.
Sparkle with a high-shine lip gloss
Adding a clear shimmer to your lips adds a sense of occasion for every day, and if you really want to stand out – a high-shine colour will do the job.
Tip: Bold coloured lips look great with simple 60s-inspired eye liner.
Products we love:
November 30th, 2013
It’s time to get Christmas shopping!
This weekend we will be heading into December and for many of us this signals a mad-dash to the shops! If you have a friend who loves all things beauty, take a look at our top picks and give them a gift they’ll treasure.
Liz Earl Jan Constantine Stocking Collection (£50)
Forget about the chocolate coins or satsumas, this year treat someone you know with a stocking packed with Liz Earle skincare products.
Jo Malone Blue Spruce Deluxe candle (£115)
We’ll admit it, at £115, this is definitely a luxury gift. With chic monochrome stripes, this candle makes for a stylish decoration that will fragrance its surroundings wonderfully.
Marc Jacobs Honey Fragrance gift set (£41.99)
Containing a 50ml bottle of Marc Jacobs Honey Eau de Parfum, a 75ml bottle of shower gel and a 75ml bottle of body lotion, we love this popular fragrance set. This fresh scent has top notes of pear and mandarin with deeper notes of honey, vanilla and smooth woods at the base.
Topshop Smokey Eye Gift Set (£22)
This cute gift set contains everything you need to create the perfect smokey eye – just in time for New Year’s Eve! The bright pink pouch can double up as a make-up bag too – bonus!
Nails Inc. Christmas Crackers (£29.50)
Far better than a paper crown and a bad joke, these crackers contain a full-sized nail polish and a fabulous fashion quote.
Dolce and Gabbana red lipstick (£27)
Because everybody needs a kick-ass red lipstick for the party season – you can’t go wrong with this statement shade from Dolce and Gabbana.
November 28th, 2013
Find out why oil could save your skin, whatever your skin type.
Facial oils work on all skin types, helping to rebalance the skin and reveal a healthy complexion. If you have dry skin, a hydrating formula will help to restore your skin’s moisture balance for smooth, supple skin. Normal skin types will benefit from the added ingredients designed to revitalise and renew, while oily skin will be normalised by detoxing oils.
Because of their consistency, facial oils also encourage facial massage upon application – and this helps to remove tension from the face while boosting blood flow. Spending time to massage the oil into the skin also helps to push the skin-boosting ingredients further into the epidermis.
So if you want to give facial oils a whirl, take a look at our top picks:
1. SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil (£43)
On contact with water this facial oil with wild rose extract deep cleanses to lift out impurities and smooth the complexion.
2. ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum (£48)
Acting as a serum and skin treatment, this oil contains turmeric, white lupin and sunflower extracts to help brighten and even out skin tone.
3. Origins Plantscription Youth-renewing Face Oil (£38)
Aiming to boost moisture levels and elasticity, this facial oil has a multitude of anti-ageing ingredients.
4. B. Replenished Facial Oil (£9.99)
This facial oil does two jobs in one; injecting moisture for a plump, dewy complexion while antioxidants clear congestion and impurities.
5. Normalising Day Oil by Dr Hauschka (£25)
Just a couple of drops of this facial oil will help to draw out excess sebum to normalise imbalances, ideal for oily skin types.
If you fancy treating yourself to a facial over the winter period you can find out more and search for a therapist in your area here.
November 23rd, 2013
Keep reading for a little refresher on choosing and applying lip colour.
No matter how much we think we know about make-up, it never hurts to get back to basics and refresh ourselves with everyday techniques. In this post, we’ll be looking at lipstick – how to choose the right colour for you, how to apply it and how you can make it last all day and night.
Choosing the right lip colour
Experts say for an everyday lip colour you should aim for no more than a couple of shades darker than your natural lip colour. Orange, brown and coral shades can emphasise yellow teeth, while lipsticks with blue undertones (reds, pinks and berry colours) will downplay any yellow colouring.
When looking at colours in-store, instead of testing the colour on the back of your hand, try using your fingertips, as these are closer to your natural lip colour. For hygiene purposes you should avoid trying lip colours on your actual lips in-store.
What you use to apply your lip colour comes down to personal preference. Some people like to use specialised calligraphy-style brushes, while others dab it on with a finger. Here at Beauty Resource we like a lip brush for dark colour, while a finger or straight from the tube application works well for lighter shades.
We love Mac’s 316 lip brush (£16.50) and No7′s lip brush (£7).
Applying the colour
Now you’re armed and ready – time to apply…
- Prepare the lips with a good scrub and balm – we love Lush’s mint scented scrub (£5.50)
- Line your lips with a lip liner in a similar colour to your lipstick, filling in your lips with the liner will help your colour last longer.
- Apply your lip colour, using your brush to blend with the liner.
- Add a coat of gloss if you want, or blot with a tissue to keep the look matte.
- Pop your index finger in your mouth and pull it out to remove any colour that could transfer onto teeth.
Make the colour last longer by building up the colour and blotting in between applications, alternatively you could try using Lipcote to seal in colour.
To find out more about getting make-up lessons from a professional, take a look at our professional make-up page.
November 21st, 2013
We try out No7′s latest addition to its Christmas collection, the Instant Radiance Highlighter.
We don’t know about you, but when party season rolls around, we look at our make-up collection in a whole new light. We don’t want our make-up to cover and conceal – we want it to enhance and shine. Enter the party season essentials: a glittery nail, dramatic smokey eyes, burgundy lips and a beautiful shimmering complexion.
For us, this means a good quality highlighter is a must. In the past, we’ve been fans of liquid formulas, dabbing spots in all the right places for a subtle sheen – but when No7 got in touch about their latest stick applicator highlighter, we were intrigued.
Having used the brand’s skincare range previously – we were aware that No7 (Boots’ own brand) know their stuff when it comes to the complexion.
And indeed, this knowledge shines through with this highlighter (if you’ll excuse the pun). When we tried out the Instant Radiance Highlighter the first thing that struck us was the ease of application. The twist-top applicator offers just the right amount of shimmer and barely needs any blending to look natural.
The sheen itself is light and dewy, making it ideal for those after a more subtle look – and for those occasions when you really want to shine, layering up the highlighter with multiple swipes works a treat. The compact size also makes it easy to pop in your clutch for touch-ups during the night – and with a solid formula, you don’t risk a bag-ruining spillage, bonus! Other items in the Christmas Collection include a silver shimmery eyeshadow, a radiance blush palette and some party-ready nail varnishes.
The highlighter costs a wallet-friendly £9.95 and can be purchased here or in Boots stores.
November 16th, 2013
Take a look at our tips to help shake up your make-up.
Getting stuck in a beauty rut is easily done – routine takes over and before we know it we are applying the same tried and tested look every single day. While sometimes this makes for a great time-saver and helps to evade any potential beauty disasters, we think it’s important to shake-up your routine every now and then.
Mixing it up from time to time helps you to discover new products and allows you to find out which colours look best on you. New colours and textures can add a fresh dimension to your look and help to ensure that applying make-up remains a pleasure and not a chore.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s shake up that make-up:
If you stick to brown or black eyeliner…
Try a jewel-toned liner instead – we love plum, navy and olive green for autumn. This subtle injection of colour will make irises appear more vivid without looking too over the top.
If you wear nude eye shadow…
Step outside your comfort zone with some shimmery shades of khaki. This new texture will add interest to the eye without being too bright for everyday. If you don’t want the entire lid to be shimmery, use it as an accent instead.
If you’re attached to your bronzer…
Give cream blusher a go in a peach or tawny shade. Cream formulas will add some much needed moisture to skin in dry winter months, and a peach shade will look more natural than deep bronzers.
If you rely on a red lippy…
Change things up by trying a burgundy lip stain. A burgundy hue will add a bit of drama while the stain formula will look a little subtler for the office.
If you want to start from scratch and reassess your whole make-up routine, why not get some help from a professional? Take a look at our professional make-up page to find out more.
View and comment on the original Women’s Health magazine.
November 14th, 2013
Babyliss Curl Secret
With Christmas party season fast approaching, we present to you our top three styling tools for creating glamourous curls:
Babyliss Curl Secret – £120
For naturally straight haired ladies with locks that refuse to take to curls, this product could be a game changer. This slick black tool makes curling a breeze. No more burning your hands on scorching wands and ceramic plates, no more getting tangled in wires as you twist arms trying to achieve the perfect ringlet. Curl Secret literally does all the work for you. Simply pop a small section of your hair into the barrel, the device will slurp it up, do it’s magic and will then beep at you to indicate your curl is ready to be released.
This device is so clever that it can even be automatically programmed to ensure each curl is set in the opposite direction to the last, providing movement and separation. In addition, its anti-tangle technology can leave you feeling rest assured that once your hair is sucked into the barrel, you know you’ll see it once again.
Curl Secret may come at a high price, but when you consider how much a pair of ceramic hair straighters or a middle of the range curling wand will set you back – suddenly it doesn’t seem quite so expensive. A wonderful investment in our view. Check out the video below to see Babyliss Curl Secret in action:
Sleep-in Velcro Rollers – £19.50
At the opposite end of the spectrum to the highly advanced technology of the Babyliss Curl Secret is a classic set of sleep-in rollers. We love these mega bounce rollers, which won’t provide tight curls but will provide a super-glam and voluminous look which is perfect for the party season. Unlike many modern sets of rollers which are now hollow at the centre, these are super squishy so that you can comfortably go to bed with these in your hair.
Pop these in your hair when still slightly damp and work from the front to the back of your head, securing each roller into position with a kirby grip. When you wake up in the morning, remove the rollers starting from the back and use a dressing out brush to lightly comb out the curls. Once you’re happy with the style, spritz all over with your favourite setting spray.
Keratin Therapy Pro Curl by Remington – £29.99
This is a very affordable tool which creates curls whilst still being kind to the hair. The barrel is infused with Keratin Micro Conditioners that transfer onto your locks as you style, creating shine whilst helping to keep the hair healthy and soft. This set of tongs also come with multiple heat settings, so you can control your curl according to your personal stye. Use a higher heat for tighter curls and a lower heat for a more relaxed style.
Happy curling everyone, and please do share your top curling tools with us in the comments below.
November 9th, 2013
Dark circles and puffy eyes are common problems – find out what you can do to help improve their appearance.
A recent study by Adonia Organics has revealed that women with dark circles/puffy eyes are perceived to look up to five years older than they really are. The same study concluded that the under eye area looks significantly darker during colder months. With winter just around the corner, these make for rather concerning statistics; if you suffer from dark circles/puffy eyes – don’t worry, there are ways to improve their appearance.
1. Ensure you get plenty of sleep – an obvious tip, but important nonetheless!
2. Green tea bags soaked in warm water and placed over the eyes can help reduce any swelling.
3. Slices of cucumber and teaspoons from the freezer will help reduce puffiness, be sure to apply an eye cream after using.
4. Massage cooled aloe vera gel around the eyes, this provides a lymphatic massage and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
5. Avoid salty food if you have a big event coming up and use an extra pillow at night to reduce fluid build up.
1. Filorga Eye Recover (£45) is a mask treatment that uses liquorice to target dark circles and swelling.
2. Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector (£29) has a cooling applicator tip which helps reduce puffiness.
3. Garnier Caffeine Anti-Dark Circles 2-in-1 Roll-On (£10.49) hydrates the area while covering dark circles.
If you’re after a more permanent solution, there is a range of treatments available including fillers and laser treatments. Find out more on our dermatology page.
View and comment on the original Express article.
November 7th, 2013
Clockwise from top, Benefit Brow Zings, Real Techniques Eyebrow Brush, Maybelline Brow Drama, Mac 212 Flat Definer Brush (travel edition).
From bushy and unkempt through to perfectly preened and tattooed – brows are the feature of the moment. Let’s be honest though, even the keenest of brow advocates finds it difficult to get excited over a clear gel or a brown angled pencil. So, if you’re in the market for some eyebrow staples, see our list of lovingly collated must-haves below:
Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills £15.50
This might be the most expensive pencil you ever buy, but we are telling you it will be worth it. If you’re a low-maintenance kind of girl who wants a one-product wonder then this is for you. This pencil allows you to apply light feathery natural looking strokes that can be brushed through with the spoolie on the other end if needed. The shade range is also excellent, with specific pencils designed for those with auburn and silver hair.
Benefit Brow Zings £23.50
If you are looking to add shape and definition to your brows and prefer to have the option of building up the product for a stronger look, this handbag wonder is excellent. The kit contains a pigmented wax for shaping, a powder for setting, a mini pair of tweezers, a hard angled brush and a blending brush. Available in three shades: light, medium and deep.
Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara £4.99
For everyday subtle definition, this subtly coloured gel is a fantastic multipurpose product that grooms, sets and adds colour in just one sweep. The domed brush also makes application a pleasure even for a brow shaping newbie.
Body Shop Clear Brow and Lash Gel £10
If you are lucky enough to have full and well-defined brows then you may prefer to keep things simple. Work with what God gave you and instead of piling on the colour just sweep through a slick of this clear gel to fix the eyebrows into place.
For information on brow enhancing treatments, see our eyebrow tinting, waxing, threading and HD Brows pages to find out more.
What are your must-have brow grooming and styling products? Please leave any suggestions in the comments below.