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How do you detox in January? The LIB team tell all…
Wednesday, January 14th, 2015


Whether you over indulged over the holidays or are just looking to make a fresh start in the new year, most of us are ‘detoxing’ in one way or another. We’re no different over here at LIB, and today we’re sharing what we’re doing to start 2015 the right way…



I’ve cut out refined sugars to detox from the overload of chocolate/sweets galore in December. Already noticing the difference of reduced sugar reliance, especially in the afternoon!

- Charlotte, Business Development Manager



I read that if you can’t imagine Kate Middleton eating it, then don’t have it! Seriously she wouldn’t exactly be seen in Burger King. Also prepare everything for the day ahead so you can’t deviate or waste what you have prepared.

- Grace, Business Development Manager



Swap a regular builders brew for green tea (I just can’t give up that morning cuppa though). Plus, amp up your exercise routine – I’m heading to the gym 4 times a week!

- Fiona, eCommerce Manager



I didn’t do much over indulging over Christmas, but I did have far too many lie-ins! Get back into your routine with early nights, which will also stop you feeling groggy in the mornings and reaching for caffeine or sugar.

- Mayah, Social Media & Content Executive



I am not smoking for January (can’t face a dry January I’m afraid) and am upping my intake of water to flush out toxins. Make sure you aim for 8 glasses a day.

- Clem, Accounts & Brand Manager


I am trying to cut down my consumption of red wine, and I am finding it very hard! I have noticed that light bodied wines made of Pinot Noir or Gamay are less calorific, so have been sticking to those for my one glass a day.

- Thomas, Marketing Manager


How have you been getting healthy this January?

Tweet us @latestinbeauty with your #DetoxTip or best post-holiday advice!


Pump up the volume with L’Oreal Elnett Volume Excess Hairspray!
Monday, January 5th, 2015

The holiday season can be one of excess, but there’s one thing we’re not ready to give up, and that’s excessive volume! L’Oreal’s Elnett Volume Excess Hairspray creates volume from the roots by texturising the hair. When the day is done, it disappears at the stroke of a brush.

Take your hair to new heights whilst still keeping it safe for work with these tutorials from top stylist Stéphane Lancien.








For more Elnett style tips and inspiration, visit, plus get your hands on the L’Oreal Elnett Volume Excess Hairspray in our Glamour Party Beauty Edit box alongside 12 more beautiful products now!

Keep hair healthy this party season…
Monday, January 5th, 2015

party hair

Whenever we’re having a good hair day here at Latest in Beauty, you can be sure it’s not because we just woke up like that. Looking good takes effort, and most of the time takes its toll on your hair too. That’s why we’re always on the hunt for the best way to keep damage to a minimum, especially with the teased and structured do’s that we all opt for during party season. Luckily, we’ve found the perfect tag team!

Styling is always best done on hair that hasn’t been freshly washed, but oily roots isn’t exactly ideal either. If you’re planning for a big night out, then only wash it the day before with a regime that will cleanse your scalp without stripping it. Shampoo that’s too harsh will cause your scalp to over produce oil. Keep it balanced by using the Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Shampoo followed by the Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner. This gentle duo leave hair feeling clean and infused with moisture – not an easy combination to come by! Also, the inclusion of wheat protein in the formula is ideal for pre-styling, as it makes the hair stronger and more manageable.

The most essential piece of party hair kit (beyond your straighteners and curling tongs) is hairspray, but finding the best one is another matter. It’s easy to overdo it – your hair can quickly start to feel more on the crispy side without the right spray. Not only can this damage your hair, but it’s a nightmare to fix once it’s happened. With the L’Oreal Elnett Satin Volume Excess hairspray, you can keep your style firmly in place without making it rock hard. The nozzle disperses a fine spray, giving you much more control over how much you need to apply. Even once it’s been sprayed on, it’s easy to manipulate without having to rewash and pull a detangling comb through your hair. Simply keep a bristle brush to hand to gently brush through it during styling or at the end of the night. The cherry on top is that the Volume Excess edition gives the hair a lifted backcomb effect so you can avoid backcombing altogether – we all know how bad that habit is for our hair! No wonder this Elnett Satin hairsprays are a cult classic!

Top tip: The Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner can also be used as a hair mask! Perfect for some post-party treatment.

You can pick up all three of these products in our NEW Glamour Party Beauty Edit, along with a box full of plenty party treats.

Mayah Parmenter


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.



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