Archive for the ‘Beauty Tips and How-to’s’ Category
Sunday, May 8th, 2016
The sunshine is finally here, and like the smell of suncream, cocktails and freshly-cut grass, there’s nothing quite like a beautiful perfume to instantly get you in the mood for Summer. We’ve picked out some of our favourite perfumes that are perfect for warm weather – whether they’re full-on holiday scents or just something a little lighter and fresher for Spring, we promise that one spritz of these babies will have you feeling those sunny vibes…
Marc Jacobs Cucumber Splash Eau de Toilette
Marc Jacobs first released their super-light Splash collection ten years ago in 2006, and this refreshing number made its way onto the scene in 2007. Now Cucumber Splash is back for 2016, and it’s as gorgeous as ever, with crisp notes of fresh cucumber, lotus leaf and cactus flower.
Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraiche Skinscent
This classic Summer scent from Estee Lauder is released this time every year, and we fall in love with it a little more each time! If you’re looking for a sexy, grown-up warm weather perfume, then you need to try this – with notes including coconut, vanilla, jasmine and bergamot, Bronze Goddess smells like a chic beach holiday in a bottle.
Clarins Eau de Jardins
If you prefer your Summer perfumes to smell more like an English country garden than a Hawaiian beach, then this beautifully delicate fragrance from Clarins is one of our top picks for warm weather florals. Its fresh and sparkling citrus notes combine with a heart of wild rose and mint to create a perfume that smells like stepping into a sunny garden. Try it!
No 4711 Nouveau Cologne
This refreshing, unisex scent is a lighter twist on the original and iconic No 4711 Eau de Cologne, and blends fresh lychee, blackcurrant and yuzu fruit notes with a warm tonka bean, peony and sandalwood base. It’s a beautifully light fragrance that’s ideal for spritzing liberally on hot days – and the price means you won’t break the bank doing it.
Jo Malone Nashi Blossom
Jo Malone’s latest new cologne couldn’t be timed any better – this sharp, fun floral is an ideal fragrance to wear during the tricky transition from cool Spring to hot Summer. As well as pretty nashi blossom, this limited edition scent combines citrusy lemon top notes with a white musk base for a fresh yet long-lasting hit of florals.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
When it comes to red carpet events, there’s beauty – and then there’s Met Gala beauty. The annual Met Gala is always a great opportunity for our fave celebs to really push the boat out when it comes to their hair and beauty looks, and this year’s event (with a tongue-twisting theme of ‘Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology’) was no exception! From the truly wacky to the subtly statement, the red carpet was full of beauty looks that we can’t wait to try out – if only for fun! Here’s how you can get the look on a budget…
Image by Larry Busacca/Getty
Kristen Stewart’s silver eyes
Thanks to the ‘man versus machine’ theme of this year’s Met Gala, there was a LOT of metallic on the red carpet – and Kristen Stewart rose to the occasion beautifully with a graphic silver eye. We love the statement shape, which packs a punch but still looks feminine.
Get the look: Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Eye Foils in Pure Platinum, £4
Image by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty
Katy Perry’s blue lashes
Katy got a lot of flack on social media for her out-there look, but there’s no denying that it makes a statement! Coloured lashes are also one of this summer’s hottest trends, so she scores extra points for that – maybe just leave out the dark lip and bleached eyebrows when you’re trying this at home.
Get the look: IsaDora Waterproof Mascara Extreme Volume in Ocean Blue, £13.95
Image by Larry Busacca/Getty
Taylor Swift’s vampy lips
This year saw a lot of deep, dark and generally bold lips, but we think Taylor pulled it off better than most – not least because we’re used to seeing this pop princess in her signature red! Combined with her new platinum locks, this deep blackberry colour really made a statement.
Get the look: NYX Full Throttle lipstick in Loaded, £5.50
Image by Getty
Beyonce’s winged shadow
After the release of her latest album Lemonade, all eyes were on Queen B for this event, so it’s no surprise that she went for a fierce beauty look. Smokey eyes and nude lips are a classic, but we love the more graphic twist on dark shadow and the deep jade colour, which is more flattering than black. Slay Bey, slay.
Get the look: KIKO Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in Anthracite, £6.90
Image by Getty
Poppy Delevingne’s glossy locks
Poppy may have achieved her high-glamour look with the help of some platinum extensions, but there’s no denying that super-straight, glossy hair paired with a deep lip is a chic take on red carpet glamour. Try it at your next Summer event!
Get the look: Toni&Guy Glamour Serum Drops, £4.99
Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Shopping cruelty-free can be an ethical minefield, especially when it comes to our beloved beauty products. Although all brands sold in the EU abide by strict animal testing laws, the same can’t be said in China, where any cosmetics sold must by Chinese law be tested in their labs. Unfortunately, that means that some of our favourite mainstream beauty brands can’t be classed as cruelty-free, and many of them are very vague about their involvement with animal testing.
It’s not all bad news though, as some brilliant brands are sticking to their guns when it comes to keeping their makeup cruelty-free. Here are six of our favourites…
1) Urban Decay
You’ll be pleased to hear that you can wear your Naked palettes guilt-free, as Urban Decay has pulled out of the Chinese market until non-animal-testing methods are accepted there. This is great news for every who loves UD’s inimitable mix of wearable neutrals, bold glittery brights and signature setting sprays. (It is worth noting, however, that UD are owned by L’Oreal, who as a company do comply with Chinese animal testing laws.)
Hero product: The Naked palettes
This bold brand is all about colourful self-expression, so we’re pleased to see that they’re also vocal when it comes to animal testing. Their website states that Illamasqua has never and will never test on animals, and as such they’re refraining from the Chinese market until a cruelty-free solution is found – which means that we can stock up on their brilliant new Metamorph collection.
Hero product: Precision Ink Eyeliner (which is also vegan) – you can find it in the Glamour Spring Edit
3) Barry M
Hurrah! One of our favourite high street brands, Barry M has been committed to the cruelty-free movement ever since the company was started in 1982. In fact, they even actively campaign to end animal testing by supported the Be Cruelty-Free campaign – which means that when you buy from Barry M, you can feel good about your bank balance AND your conscience!
Hero product: Nail Paint
Mineral makeup lovers, rejoice! bareMinerals and their parent company Bare Escentuals don’t test on animals or sell in China, so feel free to take advantage of their incredible range of mineral bases and beautiful skincare. (As with Urban Decay, Bare Escentuals are owned by Shiseido, who do sell in China.)
Hero product: bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation – try it in the Glamour Spring Edit
5) Charlotte Tilbury
Everyone’s favourite new British beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury are fighting the good fight by remaining cruelty-free and not stocking in mainland China. We hope it stays this way, as they’re some of the most luxurious cruelty-free makeup and skincare products available on the market today. Don’t ever change, Charlotte!
Hero product: Matte Revolution lipsticks
6) MUA Cosmetics
Our beloved MUA Cosmetics are happily cruelty-free as well as extremely affordable. Their new collections have been fantastic lately (Velvet Lip Lacquers, anyone?), so we’re glad that this budget-friendly brand can be used guilt-free.
Hero product: The MUA Luxe Palettes – get your own in the Glamour Spring Edit
Thursday, April 21st, 2016
There’s nothing better than the feeling of having soft, Summer-ready skin – and luckily, we have a box to give you just that! Our Soft Skin Box is filled with 9 face and body products to give you perfectly smooth, hydrated skin, and has a worth of over £77! Here’s how we’d use our box to get the best results…
1) Before you do anything, you’ll need to pop your Anne Semonin Express Radiance Ice Cube in the freezer. It takes a minimum of 3 hours to freeze, so make sure you take this into account!
2) Wash your face using the philosophy purity made simple 3-in-1 cleanser. This super-gentle formula is suitable for removing makeup even around the delicate eye area, so go to town and make sure you’ve thoroughly cleansed.
If you feel like your skin needs a little extra brightening, then you can always integrate the Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish into your cleansing routine. It’ll give you that little extra hit of exfoliation and help your kincare products to absorb quicker – but make sure you limit use to a couple of times a week to avoid over-exfoliating.
3) Follow up your cleansing with a final freshening sweep of the Urban Veda Reviving Hydrating Toner on a cotton wool pad. It’ll help to remove any traces of makeup still left behind, and will help balance your skin for the next stage.
4) Apply your Hydraluron moisture-boosting mask. Press the sheet mask down gently with your fingertips, and then leave for at least 15 minute to get the best effects.
5) Remove the mask, and massage in any excess serum left on the skin. Now it’s time to use your Anne Semonin Ice Cube! Take it out of the freezer, pop it out of the packaging. and wrap it in a clean muslin cloth. Then, sweep it lightly around the eye contour in a circular motion, then under the eye area to the nose, to give your undereye area a refreshing boost.
6) Apply your Studio 10 Miracle Effect Priming Serum. Its anti-ageing formula has an immediate effect on fine lines and wrinkles, while its anti-inflammatory properties will help soothe and prevent breakouts in the long run.
7) Finally, moisturise with the Elemental Herbology Cell Plumping Facial Hydrator. It’s especially effective on dry and mature skins, but is lightweight enough for everyday use. Now your face should be beautifully smooth and soft!
8) Give your body a little TLC with the REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion. One of REN’s best-sellers, this body cream has a divine rose scent and absorbs quickly into skin to leave it immediately softer.
9) Finally, apply Dr Lipp Miracle Balm to any extra dry areas that may need help, such as cuticles, lips, rough elbows or hands.
Now you’re super soft and ready for Spring! You can find the Soft Skin Box for just £20 at latestinbeauty.com – plus you can get a unique free delivery code for a limited time only!
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Spring is here! You know what that means – time to ditch the heavy foundations, powders and concealers of Winter and embrace glowing skin for the new season. Follow these base and skincare rules for a fresh take on SS16 skin…
Rule 1) Replace your Winter foundation for something with a lighter formula and more lightweight coverage. Even if you’re worried about imperfections, these can always be covered with a blendable concealer, so go as light as you dare. Try a CC or BB cream, tinted moisturiser or lightweight foundation for Spring – or, if you’re confident in your skin, skip the foundation all together! If you don’t want a full switch, simply mix a small amount of moisturiser with your current foundation to create a lighter base.
Rule 2) Instead of using a flat foundation brush or dense buffing brush to apply your foundation, get a more sheer, natural finish by using your fingers, a damp Beauty Blender or a stippling brush. One expert trick is to apply your moisturiser using your chosen brush first, then use the same brush to apply your foundation – it’ll stop you from overloading your skin with product.
Rule 3) Change your finish. Generally speaking, matte, powdered skin is in during Autumn and Winter, while dewy finish foundation comes into its own during Spring and Summer. If your usual base is usually a dewy or satin finish, then simply skip using powder on top, and instead use a fixing spray to set your makeup. If you have oily skin and can’t bear to part with your powder, then use something super lightweight just on the T-zone to keep excess shine at bay.
Rule 4) Don’t skimp on the SPF! If you don’t usually wear an SPF during Winter (naughty), then now is the time to incorporate one into your makeup routine. Ideally you’d use a dedicated SPF, but if you’re struggling to get the coverage, then incorporate one into your moisturiser and foundation. Choose something with a minimum of SPF20 to protect your skin from the Spring sunshine. We recommend the bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, which is ultra lightweight, non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, and includes an SPF too!