October 26th, 2013
Whether you consider them a skin care necessity or an indulgent treat – we give you some tips to get the most out of your face mask.
As more and more of us are coming to realise, a good skincare routine is essential for clear and beautiful skin. Many of us are already well versed in skin types, cleansers, exfoliators and moisturisers – but what about face masks?
To keep skin in tip-top condition, treat yourself to a mask that caters to your skin type at least once a week. This is an easy way to give your skin a boost, and you can easily tailor your routine to fit in with your skin’s current mood – for example in the winter months, you may want to treat yourself to a more nourishing, moisturising mask.
Tips to make the most of your face mask
- First of all, ensure you’re using the right face mask for your skin type and bear in mind you can use different masks for different areas of your face – i.e. if you have combination skin only use a clarifying, decongestant mask on your T-zone, or if you have particularly dry areas, use a moisture boosting mask there.
- Use your mask after a warm bath or shower, as your pores will be open and more receptive to the goodness of the mask.
- Ensure you take a good 10 minutes to really kick back, relax and allow your treatment to work. We love using a face mask while painting our nails or applying a hair treatment for an indulgent, pampering evening.
- Use a muslin cloth soaked in warm water to remove your mask. This will give you the added benefit of exfoliation while being gentle on your skin.
- After your mini-treatment be sure to slather your skin with moisturiser, serum or overnight treatment cream for an extra boost.
- Get a good night’s sleep to let your skin process the nutrients so you wake up looking fresh faced.
Face masks we love:
Want to leave it to the professionals? Take a look at our facials page.
October 24th, 2013
If black lipstick, plastic fangs and a dash of fake blood are as creative as your make-up efforts get for Halloween, check out our top tips and favourite YouTube how-to videos to make sure you give even yourself the heebie-jeebies when you catch a glimpse of your reflection.
For those of you who love to play around with different make-up looks, Halloween is really an opportunity to get creative and have fun! See below for our top tips on how to create and apply your own Halloween look:
- Find inspiration
Before you start shelling out all your pennies on liquid latex, we would advise you to scour the Internet for some inspiration. Sites like Pinterest and Instagram are fantastic for finding ideas which you can then alter to suit your own personal style and vision. Once you’ve found some ideas you like, try sketching out an image of your face and what you want to go where. This doesn’t need to be a masterpiece, it will just help to guide you when it comes to the final application.
- Practice makes perfect
Avoid any disasters or unforeseen issues by practising your look a couple of times.
Before you go out and purchase lots of new products, shop your stash and see if you have anything you can recycle. Eyelash glue for example, is perfect for creating scars and slashes when topped with ripped toilet roll for texture. Simply pop some glue onto your skin before arranging the paper over the top. Once dry, cover well with face-paint or your base of choice for a realistic textured look. In addition, if your look requires whiting out your brows in order to draw on a totally different shape, running a little Pritt Stick over them will fix the hairs down for a smooth base.
Our top three YouTube tutorials
See below for our top three ghoulish tutorials:
Halloween Witch Make-up by Pixiwoo
Corpse Bride Halloween Make-up Look by dope2111
Lady Gaga Born This Way Skeleton Make-up by EffieStardust
Still not convinced? – leave it to the professionals
If you really don’t feel confident with make-up, don’t forget there is always the option to visit your favourite counter to have your desired look applied professionally. Whether it’s just lashes and lipstick to enhance your outfit or a full-on Bride of Frankenstein look, chat to the resident artists to see if they are offering Halloween sessions. Last year, selected MAC, Benefit and Illamasqua counters were all offering to spook up your make-up, and will provide that professional and artful edge that can be difficult to achieve on your own. If you don’t want anything too off the wall, you could opt for a super smokey eye with blood red lips instead.
October 19th, 2013
Cold winter air, central heating and windy weather can be a disastrous combination for those with dry skin. Find out how to pump the moisture back in for healthy looking skin.
Even those of us who don’t normally suffer from dry skin can feel the effects in winter. As brilliant as central heating is, it has a tendency to dry out the air around you, which in turn sucks the moisture from the skin. Combine this with the UK’s inevitable cold, windy weather and you have the perfect formula for dried out skin.
So, what steps can you take to keep your skin hydrated and healthy?
1. Steer clear of hot showers
Our immediate reaction to colder weather is to immerse ourselves in hot baths or steamy showers, but this hot water strips your body of its natural oil barrier that normally helps to trap moisture and keep your skin smooth and moist. Instead, cool it down and try to stick to warm showers that last no longer than 10 minutes.
2. Use gentle cleansers
Make sure you use a gentle, soapless cleanser when you shower, as products with antibacterial additives can be harsh on skin. If you can, try to find a cleanser containing ceramides as these help your skin to maintain moisture.
3. Be smart with your shaving
Shaving body hair can irritate dry skin as you tend to scrape away natural oils from your skin. Be sure to shave after you shower or bathe as your hairs will be softer and more pliable. Always use a shaving gel/cream and be sure to shave in the direction the hair is growing to protect your skin.
4. Layer up
When it comes to dressing in winter, opt for light layers you can remove. This will prevent you from overheating and perspiring – both things that can irritate dry skin.
Probably the most obvious step, but an important one nonetheless. Often the simplest formulas are the best, so opt for something unperfumed and rich in ceramides, stearic acid or glycerin. Keep your moisturising routine consistent and be liberal in particularly dry areas.
For an expert’s opinion, you may want to seek help from a dermatologist. Find out more over on our Dermatology page.
View and comment on the original WebMD article.
October 17th, 2013
Clockwise from top, Mac Plum Foolery blush, Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Metallic Pomegranate, Bourjous Shine Edition lipstick in Mauve, Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencil in Violet Voltage.
With autumn well and truly in full swing, it’s time to wave bye-bye to beachy corals and barely there make-up so we can make room for deeper shades that channel sultry sex appeal.
If you’re in the process of updating your make-up bag to include some key items for autumn/winter, below we run you through some of our favourite plum-hued picks:
Maybelline EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Metallic Pomegranate – £4.99
This long lasting cream shadow looks gorgeous when smudged across the lid for a hint of everyday plum, or it can be used as a base for a deep plum-toned smokey eye.
Max Factor Liquid Effect Pencil in Violet Voltage – £4.99
If you find black liner too harsh along your waterline for everyday, this is a great alternative that will add depth to the eyes without closing them up and making them look small. We personally love to use this smudged lightly along the lower lash line for an everyday look, or used in the upper waterline to add extra depth and definition to a plum smokey eye.
Mac Plum Foolery Blush – £18
A faintly plum coloured powder blush that will give an English rose flush to the cheeks.
Bourjous Paris Shine Edition lipstick in Mauve – £5.99
This lipstick is the perfect starter shade for those who are new to deeper lip tones. While this lipstick offers a great plummy colour payoff, the formulation is sheer so makes it extremely wearable for everyday.
Revlon Nail Enamel in Plum Attraction – £4.49
This polish offers a glossy iridescent plum shade that will have everyone asking what’s on your nails. Finish with a topcoat to ramp up the shine and make your polish last longer.
Do you like wearing deep plummy tones throughout autumn/winter? We would love to hear your recommendations!
October 12th, 2013
Time to ditch the neon brights and embrace a more muted pallet.
Over summer nail art went mainstream and, for many of us, neon hues were the only colours to grace our nails. Now we’re in October and autumn is in full swing, the beauty world is turning to a more neutral colour pallet.
Instead of bright, glossy colours, the fashion world seems to be favouring nude colours with matte finishes. Taupe, beige and mushroom coloured nail varnishes offer a more subtle and more chic appearance, looking great wrapped around a mug of tea or poking out from a cosy knit. On the darker end of the spectrum, wintery red wine hues and gothic blacks offer a smarter look for those nights out on the town.
So what about nail art – has the trend died? Not exactly, it’s just gotten much simpler. Think single black dots in the middle of a nude nail, or burgundy half-moon manicures that leave the half-moon bare. Minimalists will also be pleased to hear that monochrome colour is the ultimate in chic this season.
Here at Beauty Resource we decided to give the autumn nail trend a whirl using a varnish from Barry M’s Classic Matte collection. A world away from our summer love affair with the brand’s glossy pastel coloured ‘Gellys’, the Classic Matte collection is a sophisticated affair full of neutral varnishes that dry matte.
We’ll admit it – we were sceptical at first, but after a couple hours of wear and seeing the beautiful sheen that exudes from the ‘Vanilla’ nail varnish we picked, we were won over. We used two coats and no top coat (to keep that matte look) and three days in, we are yet to see even a hint of a chip.
Unlike the bright colours from summer, this varnish goes with every single outfit and looks great with the fine gold jewellery that’s recently taken over the high street. After experiencing the sheer simplicity and beauty of matte nail varnish, it’s honestly hard to imagine life without it.
So it’s safe to say, we’ll be trying out the rest of Barry M’s Classic Matte collection and embracing the more grown up sensibility fashion has in mind for autumn/winter.
Fancy getting some advice from an expert? Take a look at our Manicures page to find a manicurist in your area.
October 10th, 2013
Hydraluron Moisture Booster – three words that have been all over the lips (and hopefully the face) of almost every beauty blogger in the webosphere of late. Why? Because it’s so darn good.
Hydraluron Moisture booster is a hydration serum that takes inspiration from injectable treatments used in Swiss clinics to administer hyaluronic acid to the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is the body’s hydrating molecule – it’s reservoir if you will – able to absorb up to 1000 times its own weight in water (impressive we think you’ll agree) and responsible for keeping the skin smooth, plump and supple.
So if hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body, why do we need more of it?
Unfortunately, as with most of the things we’d like to keep until we depart this life (e.g. the colour pigment in our hair, our teeth), our natural levels deplete as we age and thus those fine lines begin to make an appearance.
Thankfully, hyaluronic acid is now present in a range of beauty products, Hydraluron Moisture Booster included.
How does it work?
The hyaluronic acid present in hydraluron acts as a moisture magnet for anything that you layer atop of it. For example, the directions state that you should apply the serum before your moisturiser. This way it can hold onto that moisturiser, slowing down the process of it evaporating off surface of the skin.
Over time, the hydraluron will increase your skins ability to retain moisture over time, reducing the need for topical moisturisers that we often need to keep topped up in order to maintain the level of desired hydration.
How to use
Morning and night, underneath your standard moisturiser. Simple.
Will it suit my skin type?
Hydraluron Moisture Booster isn’t just designed for those with dry and dehydrated skin. It will also work wonders for combination and even oily skin. By helping the skin to retain moisture more effectively, elasticity will also improve and thus your overall complexion will appear more supple and even.
Where can I get me some?
Hydraluron Moisture Booster is currently being sold exclusively at Boots at a cost of £24.99 for 30ml.
October 5th, 2013
Choosing to go organic with your skincare products can be a confusing business, read on to find out how to navigate the market and the best organic brands to try.
The organic movement has not only hit the supermarkets – it’s hit the beauty industry too. The market for natural, organic skincare has become somewhat saturated, with many brands keen to jump on the cultural bandwagon. The issue with this is that many brands are more concerned with the ‘organic’ label than the actual efficiency of the product.
Guidelines within the industry are of little help here and as yet there are no legal regulations in place. Technically any product is able to call itself organic if 1% of its ingredients are certified as organically produced.
General guidelines include no pesticides, no parabens, ethically harvested crops and environmentally friendly packaging – however these aren’t enforceable in any real way.
If you are looking to go organic, you are advised to read labels carefully and if possible, check for certification from the Soil Association – a membership charity that campaigns for planet-friendly organic food and farming.
To get you started, why not try some of the following ranges:
- Pai Skincare (from £7) – Vegan-friendly lotions and potions that meet the highest organic standards.
- Neal’s Yard (from £3) – In most of this range, 70% of the content is organic. If it isn’t, it’s because the brand refuses to compromise on effectiveness.
- Botanics Organic (from £3.33) – The exact percentage of organic ingredients is clearly displayed and prices are reasonable.
- Sophyto (from £13) – Another vegan-friendly brand that contains no artificial colours, scents or parabens.
Want to find out more about keeping skin healthy? Take a look at our Dermatology page.
October 2nd, 2013
Molton Brown, usually found by the sinks in five star hotels, gentlemen’s clubs and expensive restaurants, has recently launched a new collection of wash products in bright pink.
The 40-year-old bath and body care brand is an icon of London luxury. Originating in Mayfair, 1973 the brand has a longstanding reputation with city slickers.
With pink packaging and pink in the name, it would seem Molton Brown is opening its shelves to a wider audience. But fear not – none of the understated sophistication is lost.
Despite the cutesie name, the scent of these products isn’t as sweet as you might expect, described as ‘sultry’, ‘humid’ and ‘spicy’. It’s been created with a blend of pink pepperpod with spicy ginger and sweet patchouli undertones.
The tagline reads ‘Enliven your home with holiday heat’ – so expect a romantic, exotic scent that transports you via your nose to some luxury hut in Tahiti. Our favourite products in the Pink Pepperpod range include…
Keep this 300ml squeezy bottle in your shower to impress guests. At £18 a pop, you might want to reserve it for special occasions.
This Molton Brown exfoliator contains unique ingredients including bamboo stem particles and African ginger for an extra thorough all-over polish for £29.
If you’re looking for some professional pamper time, why not take a look at our Body Treatment page?
September 28th, 2013
Elizabeth Arden Intensive Lip Repair, £20 available from Boots
Keep lips soft, plump and kissable with these four easy steps.
Now we are officially in autumn (sob!) many of us are starting to see the effects that cooler outside air and central heating are having on our lips. If you’re keen to avoid sore, chapped lips – try these four steps to keep lips smooth, soft and full:
1. Choose your lip balm carefully
With so many lip balms on the market these days, it can be hard to know which one is best for our lips. Be sure to read the labels and check for the following things:
- If you want protection from the sun, be sure to pick a balm with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- If you have sensitive skin, avoid parabens and fragrance, which can be irritating.
- If you get chapped lips, avoid menthol balms and super-aromatic ingredients as these can actually dry your lips more.
- Look for the following ingredients for supreme moisture, for example: glycerin, mineral oil, lanolin and beeswax.
Many of us already exfoliate our faces and bodies – but you need to exfoliate your lips too if you want to keep them smooth and flake free. Try using a dab of sugar and honey rubbed gently in small circles on your lips to slough away dead skin. Not only will this eliminate flakes, exfoliating can help stimulate new collagen which keeps your lips looking plump and youthful.
3. Pump up the volume
If you want a long-term action plan to increase the volume of your lips, you will need to speak to a dermatologist. A combination therapy that involves fillers and Botox can make for a more natural-looking result.
Alternatively if you’re looking for something less extreme, try a lip-plumping gloss or balm that contains active ingredients to boost circulation for fuller looking lips.
4. Quit smoking!
Aside from the obvious health benefits that come with quitting smoking, it will improve the look of your lips too. Smoking accelerates skin cell damage, leading to thinner, more lined lips; so next time you go to light up – skip the ciggie and apply a layer of balm instead.
September 25th, 2013
Gucci stormed the AW13 catwalks at Milan Fashion Week with stunning copper eyes – now we show you where to get the model look on any budget.
What could say ’autumn’ more than rusty hues in copper and bronze? As we move into those crisp cold days, it’s time to emulate our surroundings with dusky, warm make-up pallets.
In Milan make-up artist Pat McGrath had Gucci models sporting a gorgeous copper eye-shadow on the lid and beneath the lower lash-line. The look was fresh, dewy and modern.
You can team copper eye-shadow with a thick, dark mascara for an easy wearable look, or you can go edgy by leaving your eyelashes natural just as Lady Gaga’s been doing recently. This accentuates the eye’s almond shape and gives a very distinctive look.
Of course, you don’t have to be a supermodel or a world famous pop-star to rock this look. You’ll find a variety of eye-shadows in different copper shades hitting the shelves over the next few weeks. Here’s our top three to get you started…
All you need is £3.95 to showcase a dramatic copper look. The Accessorize Merged Eye-Shadow in Molten Copper offers two different looks depending on your mood:
- Apply dry – If you’re going for the soft, natural style apply this gorgeous baked shadow dry. The powder can be easily blended with earthy tones such as brown or beige – ideal for those more conservative occasions such as job interviews and meetings.
- Apply wet – Dip your make-up brush into a pot of water and get ready to create art. With water the baked powder adopts a thicker consistency which creates a bold, vivid look perfect for nights out.
For something more middle-of-the-range, try No 7 Stay Perfect Eye-Shadow. This trio is subdued but versatile, with an option to build and blend colour to add definition. Apply the lightest shade as a highlighter over the whole lid right to the brow. On top of this apply the middle shade over the lid right up to the crease, then use the darkest shade on the top and bottom lash lines like a liner.
For an upmarket copper that’s as sophisticated as it is sassy, try the Elizabeth Arden In Bloom Eye-Shadow Trio which offers a demure combination of dark grey, silver and copper. These can be mixed and matched for a huge range of looks suitable for the office as well as the bar later on.
Interested in how to adopt all of the latest make-up trends for the coming season? Find out more about Professional Make-Up here.