Best websites for bargain beauty buys

August 15th, 2014

hand-302802_640We list the top online retailers selling your favourite beauty products for less!

Who doesn’t love a good bargain?

When it comes to our appearance us ladies can easily spend a fortune, but there are also times when the purse strings are tight and forking out £40 on a make-up palette seems rather extortionate.

During these periods we may direct our attention to hunting down brilliant bargains so we can satisfy our need to buy without breaking the bank.

Well here at Beauty Resource we’ve done the hard work for you.

Below is a list of some of the best online retailers offering a range of exciting beauty brands for less!

Cosmetics Fairy 

Bringing you a magical world of cheap cosmetics, Cosmetics Fairy is a must for your bookmarks bar! On this fantastic site you will find a library of products made by your favourite brands, as well as a whole host of rare beauty buys that have been discontinued. If you’ve been yearning after that lipstick L’Oreal took off its shelves months ago, you may just find it!

With free delivery worldwide on orders over £10 and a special section dedicated to cosmetics under 99p, you are guaranteed to find a beauty bargain!

All Beauty 

Featuring thousands of products including perfume, cosmetics, tanning lotions, gift sets, accessories, and a huge skincare range, allbeauty.com is a bargain e-tailer to be reckoned with! Here you will find an A-Z list of premium beauty brands such as YSL and Clarins for discounted prices, and you can get free P&P over £15. Check out the special offers section for the best bargains.

Direct Cosmetics 

With 35 years experience selling quality make-up and beauty products for cheap prices, Direct Cosmetics knows the tricks of the trade when it comes to providing the best bargains. There are endless searches to choose from and every page features rows and rows of lust-worthy buys. It will be difficult to leave this site without buying something! Direct Cosmetics also has a blog and newsletter offering tips and tricks to perfect your make-up.

Fragrance Direct 

A British e-tailer, Fragrance Direct is close to home and although specialising in fragrances, offers a vast range of discounted beauty products. Here you will find exciting seasonal offers including a ’3 for £5′ section and ‘Buy 5 and get one free’ on various brands. Navigation is easy on this site and you can choose how to shop depending on your product preferences, interest in new arrivals, bestsellers and latest offers. Delivery is a cheap ‘n’ cheerful £2.50 and you can even have your purchase gift wrapped!

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Make-up tips for glasses wearers

August 13th, 2014

Make-up tips for glasses wearersIf you wear glasses, take a look at our make-up tips to make the most of your features.

Girls with glasses face a lot of make-up quandaries – if you are long-sighted, your glasses will magnify the eye area, while short-sighted ladies are likely to have smaller looking eyes behind the lens.

You also need to think about your frames – are they thick and bright or thin and neutral? How can you provide balance so your features don’t become swamped?

If you are confused about what to do when it comes to your make-up, look no further – we’ve put together some helpful tips to complement your stylish accessory.

Try a bold lip

Adding colour to your lips will bring a bit of balance to your face, as your glasses will naturally draw attention to your eyes. The thicker and more prominent your frames are, the bolder you can go with your lip colour.

Define your eyes

This is especially important for those of us who are short-sighted as the lenses will make your eyes appear smaller. Define your eyes with a liner and don’t be shy with the mascara. Eyelash curlers will help open up the eye area for a more awake look.

Invest in a good concealer

If you are long-sighted, your lenses will magnify your eye area and may highlight dark circles. For this reason, make sure you invest in a good quality concealer that reflects light.

Get your eyebrows done

Your eyebrows frame your face and when you wear glasses, this function is even more important. We recommend getting them shaped professionally either by plucking, waxing or threading.

Don’t forget the blush

Keep your complexion looking bright with a pink or coral coloured blush – this can be especially important if you find dark frames wash you out.

To get a make-up lesson from a pro, search for a beautician near you.

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Beauty Resource features on Sheerluxe.com

August 11th, 2014

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We have some great news to share – Beauty Resource has been featured on leading online lifestyle magazine, Sheerluxe.com!

Taking inspiration from our summer press release, Sheerluxe have created a special beauty feature entitled ’12 Summer Beauty Fixes’ which covers the top three summer beauty problems as voted by Beauty Resource visitors.

Our recommended quick-fix solutions to greasy, shiny skin, painful sunburn and melting make-up, have been partnered with a range of great seasonal beauty products which will help you on your way to a summer of effortless skincare.

Check out ’12 Summer Beauty Fixes’ today and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Revolutionary make-up – the products that shaped the beauty business

August 8th, 2014

We take a look at some of the most iconic beauty products that changed the way we do our make-up.

Over the years the make-up industry has boomed and it is now the fourth largest market in the EU.

Millions of women all over the world love spending their money on the latest cosmetic marvels – and there have certainly been some truly amazing products to come our way over the years.

In this blog we take a look at some of the most iconic beauty products that have gone on to change the way women apply their make-up forever. If these revolutionary beauty buys aren’t in your make-up bag, now’s your chance to stock up!

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey 

Although it was launched in the 1970s, it was two decades later that this berry shade of sheer lipstick really took off. Thanks to the female cast of Saved by the Bell, Black Honey gained major prestige and people fell in love with its unmistakable texture, which lies between a lip balm and a glossy lipstick. In 2012 Clinique launched a limited edition of seven new shades, but only Black Honey lives on.

Buy now for £17.50.

Benefit Benetint

Benefit founders, Jean and Jane Ford changed the course of rouge make-up with the introduction of Benetint – a delicate rose tinted stain for naturally flushed lips and cheeks. The huge success of this product saw the Ford sisters introduce three other tints, including Lollitint, ChaChatint and Posietint, which have all gone on to become leading products of the much-loved beauty brand.

Buy now for £24.50.

Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat

Two decades after its launch, this under-eye concealer continues to be YSL’s most purchased product in the beauty category – with one touché éclat pen sold every 10 seconds across the globe. Used by an endless list of celebrities including Madonna and Naomi Campbell, it truly is a reigning, revolutionary beauty product.

Buy now for £25.

NARS The Multiple

Another product from the 1990s, NARS The Multiple is a creamy, shimmery highlighter stick that can be used on eyes, cheeks and lips. It gained steam after founder, Francois Nars used it to create a dewy glow on model Corolyn Murphy at a 90s photoshoot, and today it continues to be a beauty staple among make-up artists and non-pros alike.

Buy now for £30.

MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo

MAC’s number one selling lipstick is a unique shade of eye-popping red that is loved so much by pop star, Rihanna, she created her own version called RiRi Woo when she collaborated with the beauty brand last year. Launched in the late 1990s, Ruby Woo continues to be found on ‘best red lipstick’ lists all over the world.

Buy now for £15.50.

If you love make-up but find it difficult creating the perfect look, you might want to consider getting a professional makeover - ideal for special events and celebrations.

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Beauty boosting holiday kit

August 6th, 2014

Beauty boosting holiday kitWe look at some essential beauty boosters for summer.

Whether you are staying at home and enjoying the surprisingly sunny weather in the UK this summer, or you plan to jet off abroad – there are certain products that will become saviours in the heat. Take a look at our list of summer beauty boosters:

Do-it-all oil

A multi-purpose oil is incredibly handy when you’re on holiday and this summer it is all about coconut oil. Use it to moisturise dry, sun-soaked skin or on dry hair as a deep conditioning treatment. You could also try mixing the oil with brown sugar and use as a body scrub.

Try: Boots Ingredients Coconut Oil (£2.54)

Body scrub

After a long journey, treating yourself with a rich body scrub will make your skin feel firmer and more revived. Keeping your skin free from dry skin will help it stay in good condition and will retain your tan for longer.

Try: Massage Bliss Blood Orange and White Pepper Sugar Scrub (£30)

Faux glow

Rather than sitting and baking yourself in the sun to get a tan – save your skin and fake it instead. Before you head off on holiday, use a gradual tanner to build up colour.

Try: Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion Gradual Tan (£34.50)

Leg reviver

Travelling can make your legs feel swollen, heavy and tired all round. Combat this with a massage using a cooling treatment as soon as you touch down. This will boost circulation and revive tired pins.

Try: Kiko Light Legs Crackling Mousse (£9)

Skin soother

Summer can be hard on our skin – sunburn, insect bites and heat rashes can leave us hot and irritated. Try using some aloe vera straight from the fridge or a skin soothing spritz.

Try: Clayspray Comfort H2O with Green Water (£17.50)

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Under-eye circles – causes and fixes

August 1st, 2014

Under-eye circles - causes and fixes

Dark circles under the eyes are a common concern, and while concealer can do a good job of covering them up, understanding the cause is key. There are many different causes for dark circles, here we list some of the most common causes and what you can do to get rid of them.

It could be hereditary

Take a look at your family; do your parents have dark circles? What about your grandparents? If they do, chances are your dark circles are there due to genetics. While sadly there is little you can do to change this, you can follow the advice listed below to help improve their appearance.

You aren’t getting enough sleep

The most common reason behind dark circles is lack of sleep. When we don’t get enough sleep our skin gets paler, making blood vessels more visible under the skin. Ensure you are getting enough sleep and if it becomes a problem, consider changing your lifestyle.

You aren’t drinking enough water

Dehydration affects skin in a number of ways and it can make dark circles appear more visible. Monitor your water intake and ensure you are getting at least eight glasses a day.

You are stressed

Being overly stressed can really show in your skin, leading to outbreaks and, yep – you guessed it, dark circles. Try to dedicate some time every day to relaxing, whether you do this by meditating, reading or just enjoying a long bath.

You could have an iron deficiency

In some cases, dark circles can be a sign of anemia – meaning that you don’t get enough iron. If you suspect this as a reason, do consult your doctor. You can increase your iron intake by eating iron-rich foods like leafy green veg.

Quick fixes

If you struggle with dark circles and there is no medical reason behind them, the following quick-fixes may help:

  • Always remove your make-up before you go to bed. Leaving it on will clog your pores and can make puffy eyes and dark circles more prominent.
  • Use chilled tea bags on your eyes in the morning. You could also try cold teaspoons or cucumber slices to help reduce puffiness and boost circulation.
  • Apply sweet almond oil as an overnight treatment under your eyes – this will moisturise and help lighten the skin.

If you feel you need a little extra help, speak to a beautician about eye treatments. Find a beautician near you using our advanced search tool.

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Beauty Resource provides quick-fix solutions to the most common summer beauty problems.

July 30th, 2014

With the warmer weather bringing a whole host of skin hang-ups, Beauty Resource explores the biggest summer beauty problems as voted for by visitors, and the quick-fix solutions to help you enjoy the sunshine without a care in the world.

As the temperature rises, we are showered with new and exciting beauty products promising us colourful lips, sultry eyes and bronzed complexions.

For many the summer season represents a perfect opportunity to experiment and try out the latest beauty trends, but frustratingly there are several beauty problems we are often completely unprepared for.

Greasy, shiny skin

Securing 32% of the vote, greasy, shiny skin is considered the biggest summer beauty problem. It can be one of the hardest skincare woes to keep under control and can ruin your glamorous summertime selfie.

Why does it happen?       

Greasy skin is caused by sebum – an oil that is secreted from sebaceous glands under the epidermis that helps protect the skin from dehydration. In warmer weather this oil melts and turns into a liquid, which makes it more obvious and slippery-looking. For people with naturally oily skin this can be particularly troublesome.

Quick fix

To stamp out shine, start with your beauty routine. Choose products with liquid absorbing ingredients like sulphur and exfoliate on a weekly basis to ensure your pores are cleansed and dead skin cells are removed. This will help to keep your skin balanced and prevent breakouts, which can occur when the greasiness sets in. Finally, make sure your sun cream is an oil-free mattifying solution.

Painful sunburn

Sore and itchy sunburn was voted by 29% of Beauty Resource visitors as their biggest summer beauty problem. Unexpected sunburn can be very painful and uncomfortable, and in severe cases can lead to chills and nausea.

Why does it happen?

We all know that exposure to the sun for long periods of time can cause sunburn, and sun protection is essential for keeping skin safe from harmful rays. Unfortunately many of us do not apply enough sun cream or we go without it completely.

Quick fix

The first means of tackling sunburn is to take some Ibuprofen and apply an aftersun product. Aloe Vera gels can soothe inflammation and reduce heat. Also, make sure you drink lots of water to prevent symptoms of nausea and get plenty of rest. When you go outside stay in the shade and aim to apply sun cream regularly throughout the day.

Melting make-up

In third place, melting make-up was voted by 15% of visitors as the biggest summer beauty problem. The warmer weather means your favourite beauty products are very likely to start slipping and sliding before midday, but that doesn’t have to mean giving up make-up completely.

Why does it happen?

Due to a combination of oily skin and sweat, make-up is bound to start melting in warmer temperatures, and as a result starts to smudge and becomes sticky. This is not a good look and can make your skin look uneven and blotchy.

Quick fix

Swap your foundation for a two-in-one moisturiser that provides a hint of colour and a generous amount of SPF. These products are designed to stay put and some even contain a gradual self-tanner. Stock up on waterproof essentials such as cream blushers and lip stains rather than powdery products which will slip away in the heat. If it’s a fancy summertime event you’re attending, you could always book yourself in for a professional makeover. A skilled beautician will know all the tricks of the trade to ensure your make-up stays flawless in the heat for hours.

References

Results based on a survey of 34 visitors to Beauty Resource during July 2014.

How to deal with dandruff

July 29th, 2014

How to deal with dandruff Dandruff is for many a frustrating and embarrassing skin condition, but there are simple ways to battle the flakes.

Dandruff (also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii) is a skin condition that causes the scalp to shed skin cells at an abnormal rate.

As a result, sufferers will find pesky white flakes dotted through their hair and sometimes on their shoulders, which can be very embarrassing – and very obvious if they happen to be wearing black.

Although it is unknown what specifically causes dandruff, it is thought stress, a weak immune system and some forms of dermatitis can contribute to its development. Daily habits such as washing your hair too much or too little, or using harsh products can also play a part.

Whatever the reason behind it, dandruff can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing to live with, but there are natural, simple ways to treat it and keep the pesky flakes at bay.

  • Brush your hair regularly – This will aid the process of shedding skin cells, helping to prevent the build-up of flakes in your hair.
  • Olive oil – Slathering warm olive oil onto your hair, gently massaging into your roots and leaving for a few hours before washing out will help to soothe dry skin and ease shedding.
  • Wash with lukewarm water – Blasting your hair with hot or cold water will affect the moisture barrier of your scalp, leading to irritation and inflammation.
  • Add baking soda to your shampoo - This is the secret ingredient of most anti-dandruff shampoos, but rather than forking out for special products make your own.
  • Aloe Vera juice - While washing your hair, massage in some Aloe Vera juice to your roots and leave for ten minutes. Aloe Vera is another common ingredient of most anti-dandruff products as it contains antifungal and antibacterial properties.
  • Get plenty of sunlight - The link between sunlight and reduced dandruff is unknown, but lack of exposure to the sun’s rays can make dandruff worse. Research suggests just 15 minutes of sunlight can make a big difference.
  • Exfoliate with salt - Rub a handful of table salt into your scalp while your hair is damp to remove dry, flaky skin and improve blood supply.

If your skin is constantly irritated, dry and sensitive, you may want to consider visiting a beauty professional specialising in dermatology. To find out more, please see our dermatology page. 

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How to cope with combination skin

July 25th, 2014

How to cope with combination skin What is it, why do we have it and how can you deal with it? We put combination skin under the microscope. 

Combination skin is basically skin with a split personality.

Your nose, forehead and chin are donning big pores, lots of shine and like to show off a few spots every now and then, whilst your cheeks and the skin under your eyes tend to look flaky, dry and dull.

Thought to be the most common skin type, there are many of us battling combination skin, but fear not because there are plenty of ways to tackle it. Below we take a look at what it really means to have combination skin and how to work with it, rather than against it.

What is combination skin? 

Self-explanatory, combination skin is a bit of everything. You will have fine lines and wrinkles as well as breakouts and greasiness. This can make skincare rather complex.

What causes combination skin?

You can blame your parents for this one. Skin type – whether oily, dry or combination – is considered to be largely genetic. Just like you inherit your hair colour, eye colour and body type, your skin type will be a family affair.

Having an oily T-zone means you will have inherited overactive oil glands in these particular areas, while your dryer patches will have less. In some cases however using the wrong type of product can lead to the overproduction of oil or could cause your skin to dry out and look dull.

What can I do to look after combination skin? 

First and foremost you need to buy the right products. Avoid harsh cleansers with ingredients such as alcohol and soap, which can strip your skin of natural oils. Fragrance free and hypoallergenic products will help to prevent irritation while providing just the right amount of moisture for oily patches. We love Garnier’s Moisture Match Shine Be Gone mattifying day cream (£5.99).

Secondly you need to master the art of exfoliation. This is essential for cleansing pores and removing dead skin cells, but the trick is to apply selectively. Spread your exfoliator lightly over dry patches where sensitivity is increased and focus more on your oily spots. Make sure you use a product that does the job gently and without irritating the skin, such as The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Cream Exfoliator (£10).

Finally, make sure your make-up is specially designed for your skin type. Some products will clog pores and make your oily T-zone worse, so opt for a lightweight foundation like Clinique’s Pore Refining Solutions (£24), which provides excellent coverage without penetrating your skin too deeply.

Why not give your skin some tender loving care by treating yourself to a professional facial? For more information on the benefits of this pampering skincare treatment, please see our facials page. 

Six ways to heal dry feet and cracked heels

July 23rd, 2014

Six ways to heal dry feet and cracked heelsHome remedies for improving dry skin and cracked heels.

With sandal season now well and truly upon us – more attention must be paid to our feet. If you suffer from cracked heels, you’ll know that not only are they unsightly, they can be painful too.

Luckily, there are plenty of home remedies you can try to help nourish your feet and heal cracked skin:

1. Stay hydrated

One reason for dry skin is dehydration. To ensure you are staying hydrated from the inside out, make sure you are drinking plenty of water – especially during hot summer months. Remember you can get water from your food too, so eat plenty of water-rich snacks like cucumber and watermelon.

2. Soak feet in warm water and use a pumice stone

An easy home remedy for dry skin on your feet is to soak them in warm water with a pinch of salt. This will help to soften the skin and prepare it for exfoliation. Use a pumice stone to slough off dead skin and follow up with a rich moisturiser.

3. Try Shea butter

A great moisturiser for feet is Shea butter – a nut butter that nourishes and protects skin. Massage a generous amount of the butter into your skin and cover with clean socks before you go to bed. When you wake up your feet should feel smooth and soft.

4. Use a banana and avocado treatment

Another easy treatment to try is a home-made mask using banana and avocado. Mash up one ripe avocado and one ripe banana and apply to your feet and heels. Leave the mixture on your feet for around 20 minutes before washing off. Repeat this regularly to get the best results.

5. Moisturise with olive oil

Olive oil isn’t just for cooking – it has moisturising properties that work well for dry heels. Massage some into your feet and leave for an hour before rinsing with warm water. Again, doing this regularly will help your feet to heal.

6. Exfoliate regularly

To keep your feet soft once you have tackled your cracked heels, make sure you exfoliate regularly and use a nourishing moisturiser. Don’t neglect your feet once the sun disappears either, otherwise you’ll leave yourself with another big job next summer!

If you want some professional help with your feet, you can search for a pedicure specialist using our advanced search.

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