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Our ultimate skin hydration heroes!
Monday, September 21st, 2015

Hydration post

As we come ever closer to winter, it’s time to start thinking about changing up skincare routines to be in harmony with the unavoidable cold weather – something to look forward to! Lower temperatures and the wintery elements can take a real hit on skin, making it drier, duller, and generally in need of more attention.

When it comes to skin that needs a moisture fix, but doesn’t cope with heavy products, it can be difficult to find the right products to strike the balance. The key thing to look for is skin hydration. Whilst some skin types (oily and combination) need to avoid moisturisers with too many emollients and oils, no ones skin can ever be too hydrated. Skin cells are mostly made up of H2O, so making sure there is an abundance is essential for keeping skin in tip top shape; we’re talking plump, radiant and protected. Drinking plenty of water is always a great way to do this, but some external protection and relief is also key to locking all of that precious water in.

For an instant fix, a face mask is always the way to go. Our current love affair is with Indeed Labs’ Hydraluron Moisture Mask; perfect for providing that all important hydration boost. You may be sick of us raving about the wonders of hyaluronic acid, but you really can’t go wrong with this ingredient. The Moisture Mask is packed with this skincare holy-grail, which can hold 1000x its weight in water, and naturally occurs in skin. If there’s one way to lock hydration into your skin, it’s with this! Not only that, but Indeed Labs have found a way to incorporate slow-release technology, so skin is kept plump and hydrated for longer, and not just immediately after use. This is ideal during winter, as you need skincare that continues to work throughout the day.

Of course, looking after your skin during winter also includes the bits that are covered under endless layers! We love Roger & Gallet’s Lait Bois d’Orange Sorbet Body Lotion for a soothing skin treat. Skin drinks up the water-like texture, leaving it feeling smooth and moisturised, but with no residue left behind. A star ingredient within this lotion is aloe vera, which is know for providing effective natural hydration for the skin. The formula also includes olive oil and meadowfoam seed oil, which are help to seal in all that aqua goodness for 24 hours! Where would you be during winter without a hero like this?

Try these hydration boosters now in our Heart Beauty Essentials box!

Mayah Parmenter

Hair problem solvers for all hair types!
Friday, September 11th, 2015

Damaging your hair is dangerously easy. Whether you suffer from oily or dry hair, it’s definitely a good idea to maintain moisture by doing weekly intensive treatments to shield your hair against environmental damage.

The Ultimate Hair Heroes:

Philip and colab

For dry and damaged hair

Just like your nails, your hair is made up of mainly proteins such as keratin. It can become damaged and dry from hot weather as well as cold weather. If you dye your hair like me, you’re at a high risk of having dry and snappy ends! When I go on holiday my highlighted hair really suffers. The heat makes it dry up like straw and sucks every ounce of moisture out of it – very annoying.

However, this is now a thing of the past. I no longer suffer with dry and split hair all thanks to Philip Kingsley’s incredible Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment.


Ever heard of Reverse Shampooing?

Well, now you have. According to many beauty experts reverse shampooing is the key to luscious locks. You just simply apply the conditioner before the shampoo. Personally, I never noticed the difference…until I met Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer.  Described as the world’s first ever pre-shampoo conditioner, the Elasticizer really is a hair hero.

How does it work?

Healthy hair stretches when wet before returning to its original length when dry. However hair in poor condition snaps and breaks when stretched. The intensely moisturising Elasticizer delivers a rush of moisture to the hair’s cuticle; suppleness, elasticity and bounce appear instantly without weighing down or coating the hair. Visible results from one application that improve with continued use. Using the Elasticizer once a week will give you the best results.

For oily hair

Funnily enough, I also suffer with oily hair too, which means I have to wash my hair everyday. To be honest, washing your hair everyday makes it weaker and can damage it further. I knew that for the sake of healthy hair, I shouldn’t be doing it, so I resorted to dry shampoo. I used supermarket own branded ones, which made my hair even worse and it didn’t keep it fresh for long. I thought that was the end of the road for dry shampoo for me-but no; I found a friend in COLAB’s Dry Shampoo. Introducing the new sensation in dry shampoo couture where an instantly revitalised look comes to you straight from the can. Featuring a revolutionary invisible formula, you can kiss goodbye to tell-tale grey roots and that itchy powder-feeling. Just spray through your locks and go!



instantly revives
& refreshes roots



absorbs oil for a
clean hair feel



revolutionary weightless,
transparent finish



leaves a veil of
fashion fragrance

Both available in the LIB Beauty Awards Winner’s Box, maintain healthy hair and more with the beauty heroes inside.


Pamper yourself with Zoella and The Body Shop
Monday, September 7th, 2015

After a long stressful week of work, I always love to have some me time and unwind. It’s so important to keep a balanced lifestyle and to relieve any pent up stress to stop your body from going into overload – never a nice feeling! There’s so many ways to do this including exercising and listening to music, but the ultimate stress reliever for me is simply having a bath. Bathing is a good way to relax your muscles, improve circulation and tone your skin.


Take your tub time from plain old relaxing to ridiculously revitalizing with Zoella’s new soaking remedy. Zoella’s beautifully wrapped Fresh Fizz Bath Fizzer will leave you feeling refreshed and re-energised. The Tutti Fruity scented Bath Fizzer is an adorable treat that will transform your bath into a fragrant and fruity soak. The ingredients in the Bath Fizzer include scents such as linalool from orange peel oil and citronellol from rose oil, which are released when added to the bath. Another ingredient in the Bath Fizzer is glycerin, a commonly used to boost hydration and moisture. These complete the fizz bar’s simple formula. With the winter season approaching, Bath Fizzers like Zoella’s are exactly what you need on a cold winter night.


body shop argan oil

To give your skin the ultimate smooth finish after bathing, look no further than The Body Shop Solid Oil Argan Oil. After getting out of the bath, I always find my skin lacks moisture due to the high temperature. Not only that, but my hair also suffers the consequences. This is where The Body Shop Miracle Solid Argan Oil comes in, and believe me, it really is a miracle. Not only does the multipurpose Oil hydrate and smooth your skin, it treats lacklustre hair giving it instant hydration. It’s rich texture glistens and glides onto skin for an instant glow. Many argan oil based products contain an average 40% pure argan oil. However, The Body Shop’s Solid Oil is enriched with organic community trade argan oil containing a huge 70% of pure argan oil.

These two products are ideal for the perfect pamper evening! Snap them up now in our LIB Beauty Awards Winner’s Box.


Perfume explained, from top to bottom…
Friday, September 4th, 2015

Perfume explained

If you’ve ever browsed the fragrance counters and been completed lost when it comes to reading the labels, then get in line. Perfumes are unlike any other beauty products. Creating them is considered a craft, an art form…it can take many years to hone your skills as a perfume maker, not to mention a fine nose. It thanks to this, that fragrance has a whole language of its own, which can at times make knowing your neroli from your bergamot seem a little challenging. Get your notebooks out, we’ll start from the top!



These are the individual fragrance compounds that have been put together to create the final scent. Every perfume is composed of top/head , middle/heart and base notes. Top notes are what make up the very first impression of a perfume; these are often fruity, fresh and sharp, and evaporate quickly to reveal the middle notes. This can also be referred to as the heart of the scent. These notes come through as mellow, working in harmony with the stronger, more grounded base notes. Base notes are much longer lasting, so if you’ve ever picked up an old scarf and can still smell the perfume on it, these will be the notes you are predominantly smelling.


Eau de what?

Many of us will only understand the difference between these according to price points. But why are Eau de Parfums more expensive than Eau de Toilettes? It all comes down to concentration – and not the kind you need to sit an exam! The later contains just 3-8% of a perfume formula, whilst Eau de Parfums typically contain 10-15%, which is why they tend to be more a statement scent. However, the weaker scents of Eau de Toilettes make for great daytime wear if you prefer something more on the subtle side. If neither are your cup of tea, and you want a single note, strong perfume, look no further than Absolutes. These are the strongest extracts taken from plants, and often can be worn alone in small amounts.



There are endless amounts of scent compounds, which is what makes the fragrance world so diverse. However, there are a handful that are so key to perfumery, that they are constantly used and can be hard to beat. A famous and staple compound within the perfume world is musk, highly prized for its ability to prolong the wear of a scent. If you think this ingredient sounds slightly animalistic, you’d be right. This compound comes from the glands of Musk deer, but is now mostly produced synthetically. Another bizarre, traditional perfume ingredients which are now created synthetically also include Ambergris, a digestive secretion from sperm whales. However, many compounds also come from natural sources, such as plants and spices. Popular floral compounds include rose, neroli, and jasmine. Also common in many perfumes are warm, sweet compounds such as vanilla, tonka bean and benzoin, whilst the woodsy element of a perfume may be made up of notes of vetiver, cedar or sandalwood.


Fragrance Families

Often perfumes are described by their fragrance family, which never really makes things any clearer for perfume beginners. You can think of these different families as you would personalities…just because two of your friends are outgoing doesn’t mean they are exactly the same, but they have similar traits. Examples of these families include fresh, floral, oriental, gourmand, chypre, woody and fougère. This is quite useful when you begin to discover what type of scents your nose leans towards most, making it easier to find new perfumes within the same family.


Find your nose for fragrance with The Perfume Society fragrance collections, Little Treasures, Designer Discoveries and Florals and Florientals.

Mayah Parmenter

Blemish Busters feat Burt’s Bees and La Roche-Posay
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Do you suffer with oily,dry or combination skin? Fear not! I know just the products for your skincare solutions.

Everybody’s skin is different. Usually it takes many times of trial and error to discover what products work for your skin – well, I know it did for me! In our LIB Awards box, you voted for some of the best blemish busters out there. Even so, if you don’t suffer with blemishes, we have a product which suits ANY skin type. Introducing Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream!

burts beesThis Soap Bark and Chamomile skin remedy created by the experts at Burt’s Bees is described as a cleanser that’s ‘all bark and no bite’. Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream is a rich, sulfate-free facial is a gentle, yet effective plant-based cleansing complex featuring quillaja saponaria (soap) bark extract and witch hazel. Luxurious lather foams away excess dirt, oil and make-up leaving skin feeling clean and refreshed. Extracts of chamomile, echinacea and aloe help calm skin, while glycerin and cocoa butter provide a touch of moisture for naturally fresh, healthy skin. The ultra calming properties of Chamomile make Burt’s Bees cleanser ideal for all skin types; particularly blemish prone skin with Chamomile holding natural anti-inflammatory properties.

To be honest, almost everybody suffers with spots here and there, and if you don’t you’re very lucky! After using the Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream, you can apply La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ anti-blemish cream, specifically formulated to target the key signs of oily, blemish-prone skin. Clinically tested to correct the appearance of blemishes, unclog pores and refine skin texture. This daily skincare solution is suitable even for sensitive skin.

la roche posaySo how does it work?

Effaclar Duo definitely earns its skincare stripes, containing an effective amount of the topical disinfectant benzoyl peroxide in a fragrance-free lotion formula that contains the antioxidant vitamin E and anti-irritants to help reduce redness. It draws out the impurities in the skin to quickly clear your pores and clears breakouts without leaving skin dry or flaky.

This tempting twosome was chosen by you to feature in the LIB Beauty Awards Winners Box and the combination of the two will have your skin clear and glowing in a matter of days!


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