How to get perfect lipstick for summer

If you’re looking for a versatile, flattering summer lipstick, then you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous new Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors from Revlon. Here are our top tips on how to apply them perfectly for a long-wearing, Instagram-worthy look…

1) Prepping your lips properly is always best practice when it comes to achieving perfect lipstick, especially when you’re using a matte formula. Use a sugar scrub like LUSH Cosmetics Bubblegum Lip Scrub, or for a cheaper option, load up on the Vaseline and exfoliate your lips gently with a clean toothbrush.

2) Follow up with a moisturising lip balm to rehydrate your lips and leave them smooth and ready for lipstick. Leave it for as long as possible to give your balm time to sink in, then pat in any excess so that your lips are dry before applying your chosen colour.

3) Lip liner isn’t just for giving you the perfect lip shape – it can also help your lipstick stay on longer, and stop any feathering or bleeding. For a look that lasts all day, choose a longwear lip pencil like Estee Lauder Doublewear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil, either in a shade that matches your own lips or that matches your chosen lip colour (we like the shade Pink paired with Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Devotion). Use the pencil to carefully outline your lips, overlining if necessary to correct any asymmetry or wonkiness in your natural lip shape, and then fill in the middle for a lip base that stays put.

4) Apply your liquid lipstick. The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors come with a doe-foot applicator like a lipgloss, which makes applying them quick and easy, but if you want a more precise look then try a lip brush like this one from RealTechniques.

5) Carefully blot your lipstick with a tissue, and then reapply another coat for more staying power. If you want a true matte finish, then you can brush translucent powder onto your lips after blotting.

6) Enjoy your gorgeous lipstick look!

You can pick up a full-size Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Devotion in the Glamour Summer Edit, just £20 with FREE P&P!

Win a FOREO LUNA™ 2 Facial Cleansing and Anti-Ageing Device worth £149!

Didn’t get your hands on the brand new FOREO LUNA™ play in our Sheerluxe Summer Box? Not to worry – the lovely lot at FOREO are offering one lucky winner a full-size LUNA™ 2 worth £149!


After achieving global success with the award-winning LUNA™ skincare and anti-ageing device, Sweden-based FOREO are giving you the chance to win a LUNA™ 2 and try out the innovative T-Sonic™ technology for yourself!

The LUNA™ 2 directs 8000 T-Sonic™ pulsations a minute through soft silicone touch-points to gently remove 99.5% of dirt, oil and makeup residue to leave skin clear and refine pores. In its one-of-a-kind Anti-Ageing Mode, the LUNA™ 2 directs lower-frequency pulsations to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles and increase the absorption of your skincare products.

Soft nonabrasive silicone touch-points are up to 35x more hygienic than standard sonic-cleansing brushes and don’t require any replacement brush heads. Gentle enough for everyday use, the LUNA™ 2 has 12 speed intensities for optimum effectiveness and comfort and each full charge lasts up to 450 uses.

Indulge in a daily 2 minute ritual for a more radiant and youthful appearance. Find out more info at, and enter the competition via the widget below…

For your chance to win, simply enter below via the widget. Competition ends 11.59pm 3rd July 2016. Open to UK entrants only.

WIN a FOREO LUNA 2 worth £149!

WIN a trip to Paris with Grounded Body Scrub!

Always wanted to visit the City of Romance? Now you have the chance to with Grounded Body Scrub! All you need to do is to submit a scrubbing selfie to be in with a chance of winning!  Here’s more info from Grounded themselves…


At Grounded Body Scrub we know the true value of great coffee, and as you know we love covering you guys in it. So, where better to scrub with it and drink it than in Paris?

We’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win a dreamy 2 night stay in Paris including flights, accommodation and buffet breakfast worth £1500. So, if you’ve been dreaming of relaxing with a glass of wine up the Eiffel tower, you’re in luck, as you’ll also win a trip up the iconic tower plus dinner for the both of you! It’s not a holiday without Grounded Body Scrub, so you’ll also get a beauty box to pamper yourself during the trip including a coffee body scrub of your choice, a hydrating face scrub, a coconut and lime hair mask, lip balms and our new Peppermint body scrub.

Grounded scrub

To enter our coffee-inspired competition you’ll need to follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook first, then upload your best coffee-faced selfie to using the hashtag #grounded2paris!

Facebook: /groundedbodyscrub
Twitter: @groundedscrub
Instagram: @groundedbodyscrub

Terms and Conditions
Competition ends July 29th. Winner will be announced on the Grounded Body Scrub Facebook Page. There is no limit on the amount of entries per person. Entrants must be residents of the United Kingdom, Isle of Man or Channel Islands and must be aged 18 years or over at the time of entry, unless specified otherwise. The prize excludes all other costs and arrangements not expressly included in the prize (as stated in the interaction information). Additional charges and expenses incurred for goods, services, attractions, facilities, upgrades, activities and events not expressly included in the prize are payable solely by the winner (and where applicable their companion(s)). If you have any questions or queries please contact or by post to 38a Glendale Gardens, Leigh on Sea, Essex, SS9 2AS.

7 Build Your Own Box beauty products that are perfect for festivals

Festival beauty

Glastonbury is this weekend, which means that the festival season is well and truly underway! If you’re hitting a festival this season, whether it be quirky Bestival, rowdy Reading or sunny Isle of Wight, these handy picks from our Build Your Own Box selection will see you through muddy fields and warm cider galore…

CoLab Dry Shampoo

Colab Dry Shampoo in Paris

The festival staple, no summer rucksack should be complete without a handy can of dry shampoo. We love this one from Colab – it doesn’t leave any white residue, and smells fabulously floral (which is ideal if you’re feeling less than fresh).

Dirty Works Face Wipes

Dirty Works 4-in-1 Face Wipes

Another festival must-have, face wipes are a multi-tasking camping essential. These ones from Dirty Works are perfect for cleaning festival grime and makeup off your face after a long, hard day of partying!

Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Halo Eye Make-up Remover Pads

If you’re at a fancy dress festival, or you just tend to go overboard with the glitter at these things, then you can always do with a little more help when it comes to removing eye makeup. These Halo pads are handbag-sized and super gentle.


Popbands Hairties

If there’s one thing you shouldn’t be in short supply of at a festival, it’s hairbands. Popbands won’t break, won’t damage your hair, and look right at home next to your festival wrist bands.

Eyeko Midnight Blue Mascara

Eyeko Magic Mascara in Midnight Blue

Festivals are the perfect place to experiment with your makeup a little bit, and a coloured mascara is a great trend to try when you’re pushing the boat out. This deep blue mascara from Eyeko even makes your eyes look brighter, which is always a plus!

Loreal Lip Colour

L’Oreal Infallible 24h Lip Colour in Flawless Fuschia

When you’re on the go all day, you’re not going to have time to keep reapplying lippie. This hot pink shade stays put come hell or high water, so it makes a great addition to your festival kit.

Eucerin Sun Spray


Eucerin Transparent Sun Spray SPF30

Okay, we might be being a little optimistic here, but if the sun DOES make an appearance, then you’re going to need protection. Getting burnt at a festival is a singularly unpleasant experience, so spritz on this transparent sunscreen from Eucerin to keep your skin glowing, not grilled.

You can find all these products and more in our Build Your Own Box selection at!

4 fruity body products that you NEED in your Summer routine

Summer is the best time to get a fruity body product in your routine, as there’s nothing better than having silky smooth skin AND smelling delicious when the sunshine rolls around. Our favourite new UK brand Grounded Body Scrub have some of the best all-natural body products around this year, with gorgeous ingredients including coconut, lime, grapefruit and sweet orange oils. Here are four products you just have to try – and don’t forget to use the discount code at the bottom of the article to get £5 off your first order…

Chocolate Orange Body Scrub

Chocolate Orange Body Scrub, £15

This sweet-smelling coffee body scrub is good enough to eat! Made with ground Robusta coffee beans, brown sugar and Himalayan rock salt, it’ll exfoliate away any dry skin or rough patches in a jiffy, while the vitamin E, sweet almond and cacao oils help to hydrate and moisturise for super soft skin. (Psst – you can get a deluxe sample size of this scrub in the new Glamour Summer Edit!)

Coconut and Lime Hair Mask

Coconut and Lime Hair Mask, £12.50

For a hair treatment that smells more like a tropical cocktail, you have to try this Coconut and Lime Hair Mask! It’s packed with extra virgin coconut, macadamia and avocado oils to help repair and restore dry tresses, as well as coffee oils to give your hair extra shine and lime oil for that signature refreshing scent.

Lemon Tea Tree Face Scrub

Tea Tree and Lemon Face Scrub, £8.95

If your skin is misbehaving, treat it to this extra finely ground coffee powder scrub. Much gentler than the body scrubs, this little packet is ideal for a weekly exfoliating treatment, and contains witch hazel and antibacterial tea tree oil to help keep blemishes at bay.


Grapefruit Lip Balm, £3.25

This tropical lip balm is 100% natural, and 100% delicious! Cocoa butter and shea butter will help soften and hydrate, while grapefruit essential oil and coconut oil give your lips a hit of vitamin C that will leave them kissably smooth.


Get £5 OFF your first order at Simply use the code GetGrounded at the checkout!

Minimum spend £30. Offer valid until 11.59pm 30th September 2016.

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