Look great the morning after the night before

October 1st, 2014

Look great the morning after the night beforeWe offer some tips to help you look and feel better after a night out.

Of course living a healthy lifestyle, avoiding alcohol and getting early nights is the best thing you can do to keep yourself looking fresh – but we understand that every now and then a night out on the town is needed.

So, if you had one too many glasses of wine with the girls and you need to look bright eyed and bushy tailed the following day – try these helpful tips:

Take your make-up off before bed

Yes, we know you don’t feel like it – but trust us, your skin will thank you. Even if all you do is use a make-up wipe quickly before bed, removing your make-up will ensure your pores don’t get blocked.

Drink water before you go to sleep

Not only will this make you feel a lot better the next day, drinking a glass of water will help your skin from being too dehydrated. Keep a large glass of water by your bed so you can drink some when you wake up too.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise

Enjoy a warm shower to wake you up the next morning and follow up with a good layer of moisturiser. Alcohol dehydrates skin, so this is a key step – especially for your face.

Eliminate puffy eyes

If you have time, treat your eyes with some cold tea bags or cold teaspoons to help reduce puffiness. If you have any cooling eye gel or cream, now is the time to apply it.

Keep make-up simple and hydrating

While you may be tempted to apply lots of make-up when you’re feeling a little worse for wear, try to keep things simple. Instead of your usual foundation, try a moisturising BB cream with a dewy blush and a bright lip.

Open up your eyes

If your eyes are looking a little tired, open them up by curling your eyelashes and applying a couple of coats of mascara. Some white eyeliner on your waterline will also help your eyes look more open and awake.

Eat something nutritious for breakfast

Finally to ensure you feel as good as you look, fill up with something nutritious for breakfast. If you can face it, try to include some fruits and veggies and avoid the greasy fry up.

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Your guide to perfect brows

September 26th, 2014

Your guide to perfect browsA simple guide to shaping and grooming your eyebrows.

Thanks to a certain Cara Delevingne, eyebrows are big news in the beauty world – and with good reason. When shaped well, eyebrows can sculpt your face and open up the eye area. If your brows are in need of some TLC, take at look at our definitive guide to all things eyebrows:

Have eyebrows shaped by a professional

When it comes to eyebrow grooming, shaping them well is an essential first step. For many of us, this means visiting a professional. There are several options you can take here, you could get them tweezed, waxed or threaded. Here at Beauty Resource, our favourite method is threading as it is incredibly precise. Once you have the right shape in place you can maintain your brows at home – visit a professional now and again though just to keep them in check.

Which brow shape should I go for?

When it comes to choosing a brow shape, consider your face shape.

  • Round faces look best with angled brows with a high arch as this makes the face look longer.
  • Long faces look more balanced with low-arched brows.
  • Square faces suit thick, bold eyebrows perfectly.

Maintain at home

Most of us opt for tweezing or waxing at home to remove stray hairs and keep brows looking tidy. If you do tweeze, ensure you are using a pair of tweezers that are sharp and slanted. Another tip is to wait until after a hot shower or bath before tweezing or waxing as your pores will be more open (this should make it less painful!).

Add some definition

Whether you have overplucked or have naturally fair hair, using a touch of make-up can really help define your brows. There are hundreds of products out there especially designed to boost your brow – one of our favourites is the Shavata brow perfector (£19.50).

To find a professional offering eyebrow services near you, please use our advanced search tool.

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Get crafty with paper make-up

September 23rd, 2014

Mai Couture’s new paper make-up is the latest beauty trend you need to know about. MAi-couture

Did you know, you can now buy make-up made of paper?

Introducing a range of foundation, highlighter and blush papiers, innovative beauty brand Mai Couture have found a simpler and revolutionary way to apply your make-up!

Forget fussing over blending with your brushes, these light-weight pigmented papers are all about super smooth, convenient coverage and contouring.

They are also talc and paraben-free, making them ideal for all skin tones.

What we love most is the sophisticated, handbag-sized notebook in which the papiers are contained. They can easily be slotted into zip pockets or even your phone case.

As for application, applying make-up has never been simpler!

All you need to do is tear a sheet from the booklet – there’s 50 papiers in each – and press it gently against your skin before rubbing the coloured side in a semi-circular motion. For enhanced depth of colour, repeat this step with added pressure.

Celebrity make-up artist, Mikey Phillips told the Daily Mail: “This trend won’t do away with brushes but it definitely makes make-up on the go and public transport a whole lot easier and quicker.”

Another benefit of Mai Couture’s papiers is that they soak up any oil and dirt, which can leave your skin tone looking uneven throughout the day.

Phillips advises on making sure you choose the right colours – especially for your base – to provide the best results.

If you’d like to try Mai Couture’s paper make-up, you can find a range of products, accessories and gift sets available here.

Would you like to find out more on how to improve your make-up techniques? Check out our Back to Basics blog roll. 

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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