November 14th, 2014
Boost your inner glow with these skin care solutions for all budgets.
This time of year can make us all feel a little gloomy, especially when our skin starts to look dull and lifeless. The change in temperature and exposure to the elements can make skin appear grey, dry and congested. To help you bring back your inner glow, use a product that boosts radiance and renews the skin.
While many of the products with rave reviews are obscenely expensive, you don’t have to spend a fortune. Take a look at the following products covering any budget:
If you’re looking to spend your hard earned cash on a skin care product, you can’t go wrong with the Gene Expression Lifting Serum at £190. The cooling serum is inspired by the science of how our genes can affect ageing and how we can protect our cells with the right ingredients. With a faint rose scent, the product plumps, lifts and hydrates.
If you have a moderate budget, go for something around the £25-£30 mark. We love ‘in transit camera close-up’ from This Works (£30) as it is a primer, moisturiser and mask all in one. Helping to even skin tone, boost hydration and fight signs of fatigue, this multi-tasking serum will revitalise skin instantly.
If you don’t have too much to spend, look for an energising mask you can use as and when your skin needs it. We recommend the No 7 Beautiful Skin Energising Mask (£12.50) as it helps to brighten, rehydrate and revitalise your complexion. Use it whenever your skin is looking a little dull.
If you really want to treat yourself, indulge in a facial. Find out more about this treatment on our facials page.
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November 11th, 2014
Been a little overenthusiastic with the tweezers in the past? Don’t worry – we have some tips to help promote re-growth for fuller brows.
We recently blogged about a new product that mimics the appearance of eyebrow hair to give you fuller looking brows, but how can you go about actually re-growing your eyebrow hair after over-tweezing?
The key is to nourish from the inside, give nature a helping hand and above all, be patient.
1. Put the tweezers down
We all know how tempting it is to pluck any stray hairs to keep your eyebrows looking neat, but if you are trying to grow them out it is important to give your brows a break from tweezing. During this in-between stage, use an eyebrow pencil to help enhance definition.
2. Eat well
Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals will help to promote overall health and hair regrowth. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables known for their antioxidant content and if in doubt, go for brightly coloured fruit and veg.
When left untreated, stress can actually lead to hair loss. Counteract this by dealing with your stress in a healthy way. Gentle exercise like yoga can be especially beneficial, in fact the Times of India say there are certain postures that benefit hair growth as it boosts circulation of blood to the head.
4. Stimulate hair growth
Try to get in the habit of conditioning your brows every night before you go to bed. Using circular motions, massage an oil rich in hair-healthy ingredients like vitamin E and coconut oil into the brows themselves, focusing on sparse areas.
The final step is to be patient and wait for your brows to grow. If you pluck your brows it can take up to two months for the delicate hair to grow back, but the results will be worth waiting for.
Once your eyebrows have grown back in you can use Beauty Resource to help you find someone to shape them – just use the advanced search tool.
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November 7th, 2014
Take advantage of the longer evenings by treating yourself to a pampering wind-down at the end of the day.
Now the clocks have gone back, the evenings are getting longer, which usually means more time spent indoors. Rather than sulk and mourn the loss of summer, we see it as an opportunity to really pamper yourself. Ease stress and wind-down ready for a good night’s sleep with the following routine:
Light a candle
Nothing says relax like the scent of a luxury candle. There are plenty of brands to choose from, but we recommend treating yourself to a quality soy candle rather than opting for a cheaper, synthetic one. Once you’ve picked your candle, light it and set it in the bathroom, ready for the next step.
Try: Ecoya Sweet Pea & Jasmine Candle (£37)
Run a bath
Use a bath oil rather than your standard bubble bath for a truly decadent experience. Try to find one that is loaded with soothing scents and essential oils such as sandalwood and lavender.
Try: Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil (£40)
Have a scrub
Slough off dead and dry skin with a body scrub that both exfoliates and nourishes. Use this with your hands, using circular motions and paying particular attention to dry areas such as your knees and elbows.
Try: Templespa Sugar Buff Mediterranean (£26)
To really lock moisture in after a long bath, use a moisturising oil for smooth, supple skin. Cocooning your body in gorgeous smelling oil will also help you feel more relaxed – why not give yourself a DIY massage at the same time?
Try: Neom Real Luxury Body Oil in Lavender, Jasmine and Brazilian Rosewood (£32)
By now, you should be feeling just about ready for bed. To help you slip effortlessly into a deep sleep, try a pillow spray designed to promote sleep.
Try: This Works Sleep+ Pillow Spray (£25)
If you are finding it hard to wind down, why not visit a professional for a de-stressing massage? Find out more on our massage page.
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November 4th, 2014
Find out why treating yourself to a facial massage could do wonders for your skin.
Our faces are full of nerves and pleasure points, making a facial massage a truly pampering experience. As well as making you feel relaxed, facial massage is also fantastic for your skin and overall health. Take a look at the following benefits of facial massage:
When we are stressed, our muscles become tense. This can lead to lines forming on the face, otherwise known as wrinkles. A gentle facial massage regularly can help to relax tense muscles, decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. To help fight against ageing even more, try a DIY massage when you apply your moisturiser, this will keep your skin hydrated to minimise lines and dryness.
When you have sinus congestion, a build-up of mucus can result in pressure, puffiness and headaches. One way you can help counteract these symptoms is through facial massage. Gentle manipulation of the facial muscles helps to mobilise secretions, improving drainage and relieving congestion. If you suspect you have a more serious sinus issue, such as an infection, be sure to visit your doctor.
Facial massage stimulates the lymphatic vessels, helping to promote toxin elimination. Our lymphatic system plays an important role in our health as it carries toxins away from our body. Muscle movement is needed to push the lymph fluid through the body and a lack of movement can result in a build-up of toxins. There are several lymph notes scattered throughout the face, especially along the edge of the chin and jaw, so facial massage can be extremely beneficial.
To book yourself a massage, please browse your directory to find a beautician near you.
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October 31st, 2014
Make the most of this spooky holiday with some gothic make-up purchases.
Whether you’re going all out in a costume, or simply want to add a gothic touch to your usual look, Halloween is the perfect excuse to experiment with your make-up. Keep reading to find out what products to buy for instant Halloween chic.
Nothing says Halloween like a good smokey eye. Try a pallet with different hues to play with the traditional grey smokey look. Urban Decay do a pallet called Smoked, which is perfect for this.
Crushed velvet nails
Plush, matte nail varnishes are a great way to add a gothic touch to your everyday look for Halloween. Try the new Rimmel Velvet Matte range which dries matte in seconds, no top coat required. We love the Purple Opulence shade for gothic glamour.
When it comes to Halloween lip colour – go bold or go home. We love Nars’ range of velvet lip liners as they offer fantastic colour with a rich matte finish. Try the Train Bleu shade – it’s a deep berry colour that will make quite the statement.
For a Vampire-like flush, try Topshop’s cheek jelly in Museum. Dip your finger in the jelly-like formula and apply to your cheekbones for a sheer, subtle colour.
If you want to be festive without wearing a costume – why not experiment with some spooky eyelashes instead? Eyelure have two limited-edition false lash kits out for Halloween – ‘Spooky’ and ‘Batwing’. Batwing is the bolder of the two, while Spooky offers a more delicate take on the trend.
To learn more about make-up from the pros, why not book yourself a lesson? Find out more on our professional make-up page.
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October 28th, 2014
Find out how you can use humble sea salt to power up your skin care regime.
Our bodies have the same concentration of minerals and nutrients as sea water, so it is unsurprising that sea salt is our natural ally when it comes to protecting and restoring balance for our skin. Compared to regular salt, sea salt is packed with minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium – all of which play an important role in our skin’s health.
When your skin’s mineral balance is off, you may experience symptoms such as dullness, dryness or irritation. This can be especially true as the weather becomes colder and dryer. To take advantage of sea salt’s skin-boosting properties, try the following:
1. Balancing facemask
Sea salt has anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe the skin and calm any irritation, making it an ideal ingredient in facemasks. Adding honey will boost the anti-inflammatory properties even more while adding a boost of moisture.
Recipe: Mix two teaspoons of finely ground sea salt with four teaspoons of raw honey and apply to clean, dry skin (be sure to avoid the eye area). Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes and lay a warm washcloth on your face for 30 seconds. Use your fingers to gently exfoliate the skin while rinsing off the mask with tepid water.
2. Softening body scrub
Salt is a natural exfoliate that helps to slough off dead skin cells. On top of this it has minerals that help to soften the skin and restore healthy moisture levels.
Recipe: Mix half a cup of olive oil or softened coconut oil with a quarter cup of salt. If you want, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Apply is the shower, gently scrubbing your skin in a circular motion.
3. Salt bath
Salt naturally draws out toxins while protecting the skin’s moisture barrier, so it is a great addition to your bath.
Recipe: Add one-third cup of salt to a tub of warm water and swish around to dissolve the salt – again, feel free to add a few drops of essential oil.
If you need expert advice when it comes to your skin, you may find it useful to visit a dermatologist. Find one in your local area using our advanced search.
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October 24th, 2014
We look at some common skin care myths and tell you why they aren’t true.
When it comes to skin care, there is so much hype offered up by the media and popular culture, that it can be difficult to know fact from fiction. In an attempt to uncover the truth, we look at some common skin care myths:
Myth 1: You don’t have to wear sunscreen when it’s cloudy
For many of us (especially those of us living in the UK) it is easy to think our skin doesn’t need protection from the sun unless it is the height of summer. The truth of the matter is that the harmful UVA and UVB rays can penetrate clouds and can damage your skin if you fail to use protection.
For this reason, you are advised to apply a product with sun protection every day – even when it’s not sunny. We recommend using a moisturiser with SPF to ensure you are always covered.
Myth 2: Popping your spots will get rid of them
Using force to pop acne spots is the worst thing you can do to your skin. Doing this leads to irritation and can even cause scarring. Furthermore, acne spots usually have deep roots in the dermis, meaning that even though you’ve popped the surface, the inflammation travels deeper into your skin and can spread infection.
Myth 3: Expensive products are best
While of course, there are some products with a hefty price tag that work brilliantly; you shouldn’t expect a product to work just because it is expensive. Try a variety of products to see what suits your skin – ranging from cheaper brands to more expensive ones. You may find that the simpler, less expensive products suit your skin type best.
If you are struggling with problem skin and don’t know why, you could benefit from seeing a dermatologist. Find one in your local area using our advanced search tool.
View and comment on the original Mind Body Green article.
October 21st, 2014
We take a closer look at a new product that claims to give you ‘eyebrows in a bottle’.
As most of us are now well aware, thicker, fuller eyebrows are all the rage at the moment. This may be great news for those with naturally bushy brows, but what about those of us who used to be a little over-enthusiastic with the tweezers?
Thankfully, there are plenty of products to help you fake it, from eyebrow pencils to powders. The latest creation to help fake the appearance of thicker brows is a revolutionary powder called Silk Fibre Enhancer. This powder contains hundreds of tiny fibres that mimic real hair.
The fibres are made from nylon and come in four different shades. The way the product works is by clinging onto the existing hair or skin, thickening up sparse brows and offering a more natural look than other powders/pencils.
What sets this product apart is the fact that you don’t need any hairs at all for it to work. This means that those with no hair (for example those with alopecia or undergoing cancer treatment) can use it to create eyebrows.
The fibres are suspended in a very fine powder which is waterproof and lasts up to 12 hours. It can be applied every day and washes off just like regular make up.
Fibre Brow Enhancer was launched in Australia last year and is already a best-seller. This reaction is expected here in the UK when it launches later on this month at £19.99 per 4g bottle (around 120 applications).
If you are struggling to tame your brows, you may find it helpful to see a professional. Take a look at your options on our eyes and brows page.
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October 17th, 2014
This season it’s all about budget beauty and stocking up on versatile products.
Let’s kick-off with a nosey question: How many items of make-up do you own?
If you’re a keen beauty enthusiast you’re probably always stocking up on the latest must-have lipsticks and seasonal hues, but this could mean you spend ages getting ready because you have to wade through your overflowing make-up kit.
If this is you then it could be time to start investing in 2-in-1 make-up products, which will save not only space and time, but also hard earned cash.
So allow us to introduce you to the beauty products that have taken multitasking to a whole new level:
Clever concealing – Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer
This high definition foundation cum concealer is just the ticket to smooth, picture-perfect skin. With a built-in spatula, Stila’s unique foundation brush and a mini mirror, wherever you are this is the go-to product for easy application.
Eye opener – Eyeko Me & My Shadow
As Alexa Chung’s go-to eye make-up product, this little gem from Eyeko features an easy to use waterproof eyeliner pen and eyeshadow that twists up in one swift movement. It is the perfect product for travelling – especially as the formula is crease-resistant and super easy to blend. Available to buy in three sultry colours.
Pucker up perfect – Yves St Laurent Kiss and Blush Lip & Cheek Stain
This delicious-looking air whipped formula for lips and cheeks provides a silky, luminous touch of colour that oozes sophistication and glamour. Using the dainty applicator, all you need to do is dot lightly on lips and cheeks and blend to create a soft, matte sheen. With 12 colour-pop shades, you can mix and match to your heart’s desire.
Handy helper - Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream
This savvy cream is infused with super-moisturising hints of aloe vera and lanolin, as well as an antibacterial ‘liquid glove’ that instantly kills 99.9% of bacteria! This is the perfect travel-sized companion for super smooth hands protected from the elements.
Creative compact – Aerin’s Kaleidolight Palette
This beautiful compact has everything you need for an instant make-over. Featuring five light-enhancing shades including bronze, pink and lavender, you can touch up your eyes and cheeks in a simple sweep of colour.
If you want the perfect make-up look for an upcoming event or celebration, we recommend booking in a professional make-over with a local make-up artist for flawless coverage and exceptional contouring. To find out more about this service, please see our professional make-up page.
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October 15th, 2014
Indulge in richer, headier fragrances this season.
When autumn comes around most of us take the opportunity to change up our wardrobes and our make-up pallet, but one area that often gets overlooked is our fragrance.
Warm weather calls for fresh, light scents and us girls tend to favour citrus or floral perfumes over summer. When the seasons change however, we become enticed by the dark side. This year autumn fragrances are full of depth, taking inspiration from the earthly elements. Take a look at the following new releases for inspiration:
Mojave Ghost by Byredo Parfums (£88 for 50ml)
This scent was inspired by the ghost flower, a flower that blooms in spite of extreme conditions in America’s Mojave Desert. Top notes of Jamaican nesberry and amberette give way to middle notes of sandalwood and magnolia before revealing a base of amber and cedar wood.
Reveal by Calvin Klein (£52 for 50ml)
A woody scent contrasted against a salt note, Reveal aims to replicate the scent of the skin. Pink, white and black pepper make up the top notes with cashmeran woods and musk undertones.
Narciso by Narciso Rodriguez (£58 for 50ml)
Created with the aim of tapping into a woman’s sensuality, Narciso transformed the traditionally masculine vetiver into something truly feminine. The scent comprises of delicate rose and gardenia top notes, a heart of musk and a strong cedar base.
Wood Sage & Sea Salt by Jo Malone London (£40 for 30ml)
An English brand through and through, Jo Malone looked to the British coastline when designing its Wood Sage & Sea Salt fragrance. Bringing images of a rugged coastline and salty sea-air, this scent combines sage, sea salt and sage with punchier notes of grapefruit and red algae.
What scents will you be wearing this autumn? Let us know on Facebook or give us a tweet.
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