January 30th, 2014
The nation’s obsession with thick brows leads to growing interest in surgical treatment.
Thanks to bushy-browed babes Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins, Britain has gone mad for the power brow, and now new statistics reveal that demand for £1,500 eyebrow transplants have increased by 45% since 2010!
According to cosmetic surgery group, Transform, the average age of those enquiring after the pricey treatment is 30, while over 70% admitted over-plucking was the reason why their brows are so sparse.
It is thought the thin and overly plucked brow craze of the 90s – combined with the nation’s growing obsession with the ‘Delevingne effect’ – has contributed to this demand.
It is now common knowledge that constant eyebrow plucking can permanently damage the hair follicles and leave brows looking very sparse or virtually non-existent, yet 20 years ago women gave little thought to the long-term effects of this trend.
So how does an eyebrow transplant treatment work?
Hair transplant surgeon at Transform, Dr Mabroor Bhatty, reveals:
“Eyebrow transplant procedures are performed in the same way as a hair transplant, by taking a strip of hair from the donor site; usually at the back of the head at the lower hair margin, where the hair is finer.
“This strip is divided into single hair follicles before each follicle is individually transplanted to incisions made in the eyebrows.”
Although these hairs will fall out about six weeks following treatment, new hair is expected to grow in their place, eventually creating thick and bushy brows.
For many of us, the thought of spending £1,500 on such treatment is beyond our beauty budgets, but luckily there are make-up alternatives available that will help you achieve model, Cara’s bushy browed look without breaking the bank.
- Gosh brow kit: This compact eyebrow kit has all the essentials you need to sculpt and blend the perfect shades to match and enhance your brows.
- Benefit Gimme Brow: A magic wand for brows. Available in two different shades this innovative brush on fibre gel is designed for precision blending and building thickness.
- Clinique Superfine brow liner: A retractable brow pencil allowing you to draw on the smallest hairs possible to create the most natural looking brows. Available in four shades.
For more information on how to keep your brows looking fabulous, check out our eyes and brows page. There is also the option of semi permanent makeup – advice on which can be found at our semi permanent makeup page.
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January 30th, 2014
Maintain a healthy mane this winter with these simple tips.
Central heating, styling tools and winter storms can all wreak havoc on your hair and sometimes we forget the steps we need to take to keep hair healthy and full of life. If your hair is looking dull, dry and damaged – it’s time to take control! Keep reading for our simple guide to healthy hair:
Have a regular trim
Getting your hair cut is often one of those errands that gets put on the back-burner, but this can lead to split ends and dull looking hair. Ideally we should get our hair trimmed every six to 12 weeks to promote healthy growth and banish damaged ends. Once you’ve found a hairdresser you mesh with, book yourself in for regular appointments to keep your hair in check.
Freshly washed hair feels like a dream – but washing your hair too often could be doing more harm than good. Try to refrain from the constant washing and get into a routine of only doing this every other day (a lot of hairstyles work better with day-old hair anyway!).
Stimulate that scalp
Having a healthy scalp is key when it comes to healthy hair so be sure to take care of it. Stimulate the circulation with gentle massage or by brushing with a soft-bristled hairbrush to encourage blood flow.
Be careful with wet hair
Hair is more prone to damage when it is wet, so avoid harsh brushing and use a wide-toothed comb instead. Instead of vigorously rubbing your hair with a towel to dry it, try to gently squeeze and blot hair dry instead.
Skip the hairdryer
Every now and then try to put down all your heated styling devices and allow your hair to dry au natural. This will save your hair from potential damage caused by excessive styling. If you really can’t live without your straighteners, be sure to use a protective spray.
Do you have any healthy hair tips? Let us know in the comments below.
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January 28th, 2014
Many of us overindulge at Christmas. Whether that means we eat too much bad food, drink too much alcohol or have too many sleepless nights (or in some cases, all of the above…), the resulting effects are usually etched all over our faces.
Hands up if you recognise any of these symptoms:
If this sounds familiar, you could benefit from a beauty detox.
Start from the inside
Rehydration starts from within so make sure you are drinking plenty of water and eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Replacing any lost nutrients with a healthy diet will help you feel more energetic and will help your skin recover.
Treating yourself to a little pampering (whether at home or at the spa) can go a long way in helping you to feel rested and rejuvenated.
At the spa
New Year – New You! Tips from the Beauty Resource team:
Jen Frogatt, Customer service executive:
“The first thing I do after Christmas is give my make-up brushes and make-up bag a thorough clean to get rid of any bacteria and grime. I’ve also started to use a homemade lip scrub once a week – mix Vaseline with some sugar and honey, then using a soft toothbrush massage into the lips for a couple of minutes. This tastes delicious and works really well as an exfoliator to keep dry lips at bay.”
Emma Hilton, Content team leader:
“My skincare tip is to be selective about the number of products and brands you use at once. I received lots of new skincare items at Christmas but am trying to hold off on using them all at once because it then becomes difficult to identify and isolate what is working and what is not (e.g. if you have a breakout).”
Claire Vince, Office manager:
“Treat yourself to a spa day! Nothing makes you feel refreshed like a bit of pampering – I’m going this weekend. I’m also planning on dying my own eyebrows and eyelashes to save a little money as sometimes I feel the pinch in January (having spent all my spare cash and some in December).”
Kat Nicholls, Content writer/blogger:
“I’m a big advocate of face masks so I recommend getting into a routine of applying one at least once a week to help skin rebalance after a hectic Christmas. Another tip would be to get your eyebrows threaded – it’ll help you feel more put-together physically, even if you don’t feel it mentally just yet!”
For further information or to arrange an interview with a beauty therapist please contact Katherine Nicholls:
Tel: 01276 301230
January 24th, 2014
It’s time to get naked, again! Urban Decay’s new eyeshadow palette is the must have beauty secret for 2014.
Urban decay is famed for its luxurious eye colour kits, and the Naked 3 – which launched just last month – does not disappoint! This hugely anticipated follow-up to Urban Decay’s best-selling Naked and Naked 2 palettes features 12 never-seen-before shades, and they are set to make your beauty look of 2014 one of your best yet!
Why go naked?
Naked 3 joins a family of gorgeous, best-selling natural eye shadow palettes that have been at the centre of Urban Decay’s success. The first – Naked – was launched in June 2010 and went on to become the brand’s best-selling product in its 15-year history. Featuring a collection of 12 shimmering bronze and neutral hues, Naked is designed to complement all skin colours and tones, and achieve effortless beauty looks to suit all seasons.
Following on from Naked’s success, Naked 2 – a collection of taupe, greige neutral eyeshadows – arrived on the scene a year later and sold out immediately. This palette too possesses the versatility and sophistication of Naked that has won over beauty lovers everywhere. Proving just as reliable as it is experimental, Naked 2 eyeshadows feature Urban Decay’s recognisable deep pigmentation, serious staying power and unique blendability.
Hello Naked 3
Ranging from peachy shimmery pinks and glossy pearls, to warm bronzes and a deep black, Naked 3 is a glamorous version of its predecessors.
With smooth sultry textures and subtle rosy undertones, the luscious looking ensemble of neutral colours are perfect for contouring and adding depth to your eyes. Their intensity and blendability is enhanced by the addition of Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, which also ensures maximum staying power and impact.
Kooky names including ‘buzz’, ‘blackheart’, ‘burnout’ and ‘mugshot’ add personality and charm, while the inclusion of a new double-ended eye shadow blending brush makes application and shading ever easier.
Similarly to Naked and Naked 2, Naked 3 eyeshadows are encased in a compact rectangular tin, but its design is glossier and rose-gold in colour. You’ll never want to leave the house without this stunning new beauty accessory to show off.
Get your hands on the new Urban Decay Naked 3 palette now and receive a week’s worth of free primer samples.
You can also check out our tips and tricks for brighter eyes to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles.
January 23rd, 2014
Forget acid brights and bold statement nails, this spring/summer is all about subtlety.
Yes, we know it is still January and that we are still in the depths of winter, but in the eyes of the fashion and beauty world, we are hurtling towards spring. One of our favourite trends picked up from the spring/summer 14 shows was the nude mani.
Last year summer was all about bold and cheery colours, graphic nail art and crazy colour combinations. This year however, nails have taken on a more classic appearance. Manicures were short, chic and nude – following on from winter’s love affair with all things taupe.
The favoured colour on the catwalks was a sheer pink, reflecting the look of a healthy nail bed. Classic French manicures with whitened tips were also a big hit, so reacquaint yourself with this technique asap.
While some fashion houses opted for glossy nails, others kept the look stripped back with a matte finish. We think having a matte nail adds another depth to a nude manicure and keeps things minimal and sophisticated – so give it a go before you label yourself a gloss-a-holic.
Products to pick-up
- Mac’s nail lacquer in Faint of Heart is a frosted shade of cream that has a sheer finish, perfect on its own or layered over taupes.
- Barry M’s nail paint in nude is affordable, sheer and works well as a base coat for the ultimate naked nail.
If you fancy treating yourself to a professional manicure, take a look at our manicure page to find a therapist near you.
January 18th, 2014
Health and beauty companies are told to ‘stick to the facts’ when it comes to advertising Botox.
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has banned two campaigns and warns the industry to clean up its act. The rulings from the banned campaigns are being used to highlight exactly what is expected from advertisers promoting treatments such as Botox.
The companies in question promoted Botox as being a ‘revolutionary treatment’ that produces ‘astonishing results’. They also said that the treatment could ‘erase lines’ and leaves you looking younger.
A spokeswoman from the ASA has said the following:
“Any company referring to Botox must stick to the facts and avoid any promotional language. We’ll be communicating this requirement to the sector and providing help and advice so they get their ads right.”
Currently Botox is only available on prescription and under the UK advertising code health and beauty companies are not allowed to market Botox in a promotional way, for example referring to its benefits as a beauty treatment.
Back in 2007 several ad campaigns were banned due to the use of false eyelashes and more recently the ASA launched a crackdown on airbrushed images in advertisements.
It seems as though the beauty industry is being forced to be more truthful, especially when it comes to advertising. This shift in perception will hopefully lead to a more trustworthy industry.
If you are considering Botox, it is important to know all the facts and to speak to someone qualified to carry out the procedure. You can find out more by visiting our Botox page.
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January 16th, 2014
Get back to basics and master the art of the perfect base.
Foundation is a staple make-up product for most of us, but it can be easy to get stuck in a rut of buying your usual brand/shade, slapping it on like your moisturiser and hoping for the best. This is why we felt it was time for a little refresher course.
Here we’ll talk you through picking the right shade and consistency, how best to prepare your skin and the art of perfect application.
Choosing the right foundation
The first step of course is to choose the right foundation for you. To ensure you’re getting the right shade, aim to test products on your jawline; if this isn’t possible, test on your wrist. Ensure you go out into natural light before assessing the colour as fluorescent shop lighting can make colours look very different.
The next thing you’ll need to consider is the finish you want. Do you want a mattifying foundation or one with a dewy finish? Consider your skin type and choose a formula accordingly – if you are prone to oily skin a product that combats shine is a must, while dryer types will benefit from creamy formulas.
Many people just use their fingers to apply foundation, but it is worth considering brushes if you want a more professional finish. Using a brush can help you blend more effectively and gives you greater control in terms of coverage.
Tip: We love Real Technique’s angled foundation brush.
Before you start experimenting with your new foundation and tools, it is important to prepare your skin well. First of all, use a high-quality cleanser to get rid of any old make-up or grime. Next, we always recommend applying some moisturiser to keep skin feeling supple and to help foundation glide on. Finally, we like to add some primer to help make foundation last.
Tip: Check out our blog post on our top six pore minimisers.
- Squeeze a small amount of foundation into the palm of your hand to warm it up slightly and dip your brush to load up with product.
- Start at your nose and work your way out to the edges of your face, working in a star-like pattern, blending as you go.
- Ensure you blend the foundation down your neck to avoid any jaw-line tide lines.
Tip: Fancy getting a lesson from a pro? Find out more on our professional make-up page.
January 11th, 2014
Take a look at our pick of the best beauty bargains this January.
Now Christmas is officially over, it’s time to enjoy our second favourite time of year – sale season! As usual, all of our favourite beauty brands have started slashing their prices, so now is the time to stock up.
Sale season is the ideal time to experiment with new brands or get your hands on that luxury product you normally can’t afford. Do your research before you head to the shops and make a list of what you want. Doing this will keep you focused and will (hopefully) prevent you from getting distracted by pretty packaging and empty promises.
Need some inspiration to get you started? Take a look at our top sale beauty picks:
White Clarisonic Plus Cleansing System
Was £284 – Now £142
OK, so we know over £100 on a beauty product doesn’t sound like much of a bargain, but hear us out! The Clarisonic Cleansing System will take your skincare routine up a notch. Cleansing six times better than manual methods, the brush works with the skin’s natural elasticity to remove impurities, leaving you with smoother, healthier looking skin. This model can also be used on your body for an all-over cleanse – so really, that’s like two products in one. Sounds like a bargain to us!
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
Was £39.50 – Now £27.65
This super-cleansing balm is already being hailed as the next Elemis hero product – dissolving daily grime and make-up to leave you with clean and sumptuously soft skin. The balm is made with a 100% active base of natural oils grown in the UK and combines starflower, elderberry and optimega™ oils with mimosa and rose waxes, along with anti-ageing padina pavonica.
This Works Dream Believers kit
Was £20 – Now £10
Containing the brand’s Deep Sleep Dream Cream and Sleep Balm, this calming duo will melt stress away and help you float off to a peaceful sleep. Massage the cream into hands, feet or anywhere on the body when you’re feeling tense and apply the balm onto pulse points before bed. The soothing essential oils will wrap you up in a cocoon of calm – ready for bed.
What will you be buying in the sales? Let us know in the comments below.
January 9th, 2014
Bring your skin back to life after party season while you snooze.
Over Christmas and New Year many of us socialise more than normal, meaning we are out later and subsequently get less sleep. Top this off with excess alcohol (probably) and fatty foods (definitely) and chances are your skin won’t be looking its best.
One of the best ways to repair any damage you have done is by ensuring your get plenty of sleep. As you sleep your skin eliminates toxins, repairs and rejuvenates, helping your skin to look radiant and full of life.
If you want to give nature a helping hand there are plenty of products designed to maximise the benefits of sleep by acting overnight. Night creams are typically heavier than everyday moisturisers and are designed to nourish and replenish the skin with any vitamins they may have lost.
You can also get overnight masks and serums that do different jobs according to your needs and skin type. When looking for products to use while you sleep, keep an eye out for ingredients such as vitamin B complex which helps to boost micro-circulation and can even help to banish dark circles.
The following nighttime products are our current favourites:
Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel £40.30
This treatment is especially helpful for those with congested skin as its formula calms inflammation and prevents breakouts by eliminating bacteria. Containing no artificial fragrance or colour, this brand is ideal for those with sensitive skin.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate £36
Replenishing the skin with moisture, this product has 99.8% naturally derived ingredients and is paraben-free. Made by one of our favourite brands, we love the fact that the bottle and packaging are also 100% recyclable.
This Works No Wrinkle Midnight Moisture £46
This overnight moisturiser helps to accelerate the skins repairing process, leaving the skin smooth and revitalised. The natural silk tree extract in the formula also supports the natural detoxification of the skin, while anti-ageing Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid plumps up the skin for a youthful appearance.
Indeed Labs Retinol Reface Retinol Skin Resurfacer Serum £19.99
Using a cutting-edge formula this product has three different types of retinol to target wrinkles and make skin appear smoother. The wallet-friendly price of this product makes it a favourite here at Beauty Resource.
If you feel you need a little professional help to help your skin recover, take a look at our dermatology page to find a therapist near your.
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January 3rd, 2014
Keep reading to find out what the beauty world has in store for us in the New Year.
A recent study has predicted what will be hot news in the world of beauty this year. The results showed that the biggest demand will be for fat-melting procedures and chin implants. Non-surgical treatments are also set to be coveted, as more people want the results without the pain or recovery time of surgery. Take a look at the following list of treatments that will be in high demand this year…
Toxin-free wrinkle busters:
A popular way to blast wrinkles is to use a neurotoxin injectable such as Botox. While this treatment is considered safe, many people are wary of injecting themselves with toxins and other chemicals. Solving this problem is a new anti-ageing treatment called lovera. The 15-minute procedure uses liquid nitrous oxide which temporarily freezes the nerves that move the facial muscles, helping to smooth any lines or wrinkles. The treatment will cost from £250 upwards and effects last around four months.
Officially known as cryolipolysis, this technique uses cold rather than heat to break down fat cells. While it has been around for a few years, latest developments have made the process more effective and pain-free.
The latest facials are using every kind of non-surgical technology available to help skin look younger and more supple. TV’s Anthea Turner says it was a six-week programme developed by top facialist Jill Zander. Anthea chose to combine the Hydra Facial (which refines and brightens), Exilis Face and Neck Treatment (which tightens the skin) and Dermalux LED, a light therapy that helps to boost skin renewal.
As we mentioned in a previous post, facial oils are set to be the next big thing. Nourishing oils will soon include a host of anti-ageing properties too, helping to restore balance and refine lines. Keep an eye out for oil based cleansers especially, chances are you’ll be wanting one soon.
High-tech anti-ageing treatments:
An exciting development in the fight against ageing is the use of growth factors to protect skin’s DNA and rejuvenate cells. This makes our skin act the way it did when we were younger – clever stuff.
To find a beauty therapist in your area, please use our search tool.
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