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Our go-to party mani with LOLA…
Monday, December 15th, 2014

This month I have had the opportunity to try new nail polishes from British-designed make-up brand, LOLA. Created for professional make-up artists, LOLA’s range of densely pigmented, innovative formulas in a huge range of bright and seasonal shades are perfect for creating any look. The two shades inside the Glamour Party Beauty Edit box, Stone Grey and Bluebell, are super on trend for this season and perfect for creating an understated glamour look with their muted, sophisticated tones.

Beauty Director of Glamour, Alessandra Steinherr even said “I love both of these shades, and they are hugely on trend right now. They flatter all skintones, work with any party look, and the long-lasting formula means there’s no worry about constant touch-ups.”

I was dubious of the polishes at first, just because I hadn’t heard of them myself; but I was pleasantly surprised! They have a dense colour (even the lighter shades) and they are super glossy. The removable square lid is great for people that struggle to paint neatly as it gives you a stronger hold.

My mani stayed put for a good 4 days before chipping and for £8 a pop, I’d recommend these to everyone. I also like the look of their make-up range, particularly the lip primer which is the perfect base for a party lip!

 You will need:

Base Coat
LOLA polish in Stone Grey
LOLA polish in Bluebell
Top Coat
Orange stick
Crystals of your choosing


Step one: Prep your nails and apply base coat.

Step two: Apply two coats of Bluebell.


Step three: Holding your brush steadily, paint across the nail with Stone Grey. Fill it the space to create a triangle.

Step four: Using some top coat, dip your orange stick into it to pick up the loose crystals. Apply within the darker triangle or wherever you would like.

Step five: Apply top coat and you are ready to rave it up!



To find out more about LOLA visit – LOLA is stocked exclusively at Marks & Spencers. And of course, don’t forget to grab these two essential shades in Latest in Beauty’s Glamour Party Beauty Edit box!





The ‘do’s & don’ts’ of tanning with XEN-TAN
Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

I don’t think there are many women out there who have never experienced a tanning fail. I will happily hold my hands up and say that I have. A lot!

For those of you who want to know how to get that golden glow, without the panda eyes and those tell-tale dirty hands, I have created a step by step guide for you this party season. The following 7 steps of tanning are fool proof – so you can have tanning confidence this party season.

1. ALWAYS exfoliate – Make sure you shave or wax any areas you need to, and exfoliate using an oil-free product, focusing on drier areas such as elbows, knees and ankles, also moisturise your whole body with an oil-free moisturiser.

2. Choose your tanning product – I have chosen XEN-TAN’s Luminous Gold Gel. This fast drying tan is paraben free (tick) with iridescent gold flecks which sit on the skin so the shimmer doesn’t transfer onto clothes (big tick!) Conveniently there is only one colour, meaning it is suitable for everyone. (The tan contains an ingredient called “Lexorez” which helps the tan so develop over time meaning your tan will last longer).

3. Pre-application prep – Remove any make-up, deodorant, moisturisers or anything that could act as a barrier between your skin and the tanning product, as this can lead to discolouration. Apply a thin layer of oil-free moisturiser to elbows, knees and ankles at this point too, but try and avoid the rest of your body as this could prevent an even finish. Choose the right location at home to apply your tan. Make sure the room is bright and preferably with a large mirror so you can see all angles.

4. Use a mitt – I strongly recommend using a mitt to apply your tan – mitts give a smooth and even application, and help protect your hands from getting stained not to mention I have had some bad experiences using my hands alone! Mitt tip: to keep your mitt in fresh and in premium condition, wash it with soap and warm water immediately after application and leave to air dry.

5. Feet & hands – Use a cotton wool pad or make-up sponge for a smooth finish. To avoid those nasty marks (we’ve all been there) apply lightly between toes and around nails, blending carefully over the heels and towards the bottoms of your feet. Leave your hands until last. Wash them thoroughly with a bar of soap for about a minute (bars work better than liquid soap) and leave them to dry for ten minutes. Like with feet, use a cotton wool pad or make-up sponge to apply a small amount to the backs of the hands and more lightly between the fingers and around the nails and gently work into your skin.

6. The back – If you’ve no one there to help you, which is very often the case, take a piece of cling film approximately 50cm long and fold it in half lengthways, apply three dots of tanner along the strip, and, taking an end in each hand, rub across your back and shoulders. (The same way you’d dry your back with a towel.) Use a mirror to check for any spots you might have missed and reapply if necessary. Genius!

7. Finishing touches & prolonging your tan – Once you have finished applying your tan avoid exercise and swimming, hot baths and don’t exfoliate whilst your tan develops. After showering or bathing pat your skin dry to keep your tan looking flawless. Wear loose, dark clothing after tanning and whilst your tan develops. Exfoliate using an oil-free body scrub a couple of days after tanning, and moisturise with an oil free moisturiser to keep your skin smooth and your tan even.
There you go, 7 steps to the perfect tan. I hope this has helped give you the confidence to give tanning a go – if I can achieve that golden glow you definitely can too! You can check out all of XEN-TAN’s incredible tanning products at

XEN-TAN’s Luminous Gold Gel is in our December ‘Party Prep’ GLAMOUR Beauty Edit.



Perfect party eyes for beginners…
Friday, December 5th, 2014

It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t appreciate the timeless smokey eye, but not all of us are so great with the application. When it comes to the rest of the face I’ve got my make-up application down to a fine art, but my eyes are another story. Anything beyond a lick of mascara is dangerous territory, and too often I’ve stepped back from the mirror to find myself looking more panda than glam.

smokey eyes

Since educating myself in the ways of makeup artists, I now know that keeping it simple is the secret. All you really need to pull off the perfect smokey eye is 2-3 neutral eyeshadows, black eyeliner and your favourite mascara. I prefer my neutral shadows on the more earthy end of the spectrum, and Wild About Beauty have a great selection of these shades. Their Powder Eyeshadows are super versatile and easy to work with – perfect for beginners!

Start with a base of a medium shade slightly darker than your skin tone. For me Fern is a great starting point as it’s not overpowering but still brings some warmth to the look. Apply this all over the lid – I prefer synthetic brushes such a Lily Lolo’s – and line the bottom of the eye all the way across. For the next step you’ll need a darker shade. I love the chocolate brown tones of Alana to add some depth and compliment my slightly olive complexion. Carefully apply this to the outer corner of your eye and blend inwards into the socket. Build up the colour according to the strength you want, and finally use a fine tipped brush to line along the top lash line and the outer corner of the bottom one. If you’re feeling confident that you’re starting to get the hang of it, bring a third colour into the mix! This will be the lightest shade which you can use to highlight the inner corner of the eye, and Aine with it’s slight shimmer is perfect for that.

Of course no smokey eye is complete without eyeliner, and to get a truly smoldering effect Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner is a great option. Line the top lash line and then gently smudge with a fine tipped brush, sweeping outwards towards the brow bone. For the bottom lash line apply the eyeliner in the outer corners only. To avoid harsh lines skip using the eyeliner directly on the skin and just smudge a small amount onto the fine tipped brush. Finish off the look with a lengthening mascara – the Collection Lengthening Mascara is a great choice, giving lashes defined length and an inky black hue.


Get yours in our Glamour Party Beauty Edit box, along with a Wild About Beauty Powder Eyeshadow and Stila Eyeliner!


Mayah Parmenter

Post-party skincare in three simple steps
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014


We’ve all been there; you have one too many glasses of wine and party a little bit too hard only to awake the next morning and not only feel rough, but look it too. As long as it’s in moderation, it’s all in good fun and these tips can help you and your skin recover in no time.

1. Drink plenty of water

This is must. Drink water in between drinks while you’re out and drink a nice large pint of water before bed. The next day, keep drinking it to flush out any toxins and rehydrate your body. Try some coconut water too, it works wonders! It can be tempting to eat a nice and easy take-away – after all, your body does need the salt! – but try and incorporate water rich foods too. I’m talking about a nice fruit salad and plenty of veg. I promise, you’ll start to feel better in no time.

2. Skincare

After a night out, your skin can look a little worse for wear. Always remember to remove all your makeup before bed. I love Vichy Purete Thermale 3-in-1 one step cleanser; it’s perfect for sensitive skin, removes all traces of makeup, dirt and grime and you can keep it by your bedside for super quick and easy use – exactly what you need. I then would always recommend using a serum for that added hydration. Vichy Idealia Life Serum is perfect, it leaves skin looking youthful, radiant and most importantly, healthy.

3. It’s all in the eyes…

A big tell tale sign of having a bit too much fun the night before is tired eyes. Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels are a lifesaver, simply place the cooling gels under your eyes while you go about your business and then remove after 10 minutes. Your eyes will be revived, soothed and rejuvenated in absolutely no time.

The fantastic products mentioned in this post are available to try inside the GLAMOUR Party Beauty Edit.


Top tips to get your skin through the winter…
Friday, November 21st, 2014

During the colder weather your skin is exposed to many stresses; outside you have the skin drying winds and freezing cold temperatures while indoors you have dehydrating heaters. Keeping your skin in tip-top condition can be a challenge, especially if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema. That’s why we’ve come up with these tip to keep your skin looking radiant and healthy throughout the winter season.

winter skincare

Avoid boiling hot baths and showers

Sure, soaking in a burning hot bath feels great after frolicking out in the cold but it can actually do more harm than good and completely dry out your skin. Stick to warm baths and showers for a shorter amount of time to ensure skin doesn’t get too dry, and don’t forget to moisturise straight after too!

Wear sun cream

It may seem odd to wear sun cream during the winter, but UVA rays (the ageing rays) are just as powerful all year round. Keep your skin protected with a broad spectrum sun cream on your face and hands (and anywhere else that’s exposed too!).

Use an oil

Oils not only give your skin an extra boost of hydration, but feed your skin too. I love NUDE ProGenius™ Treatment Oil. Rich in omega 3, 6, 7 & 9, this pure and active oil provides a precisely balanced diet for the skin and is instantly absorbed. You can use it on its own or blend into your regular moisturiser or foundation. Simple!


I think moisturising is one of the most important skin care steps, and what worked in the spring and summer, may not be as effective during the winter. Harsh winds and the colder weather can make skin more sensitive than usual. Look for ingredients such as Glycerin and Hyaluronic acid to rehydrate your skin and prevent moisture loss. I am loving Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light Cream – it gives long-lasting, soothing hydration.

Eat well

It’s all well and good to hydrate your skin from the outside, but the big difference is going to come from the inside. Long ago I learnt about the 80/20 rule: 20% of your skin is in the epidermis, reachable by topical products, while 80% of the skin is the dermis, treatable by what you ingest. Make sure you are eating plenty of water rich foods such as cucumber and broccoli, cold water fish for Essential Fatty Acids, and eggs are full of lecithin, a vital nutritional component that your body needs to repair tissues because it allows the body to build healthy new cells with strong cell membranes.

Look after your lips

I don’t know about you but my lips take a battering during winter, and nothing is more unattractive than dry, sore lips. That’s why I don’t go anywhere without Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15 in my handbag – this stuff is a lifesaver! Not only is it great to keep your lips hydrated, the packaging is gorgeous too!



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