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Melvita makes skincare easy on the go
Friday, July 18th, 2014

Whether you’re off to a tropical island this summer or setting up camp at a muddy festival, one thing stays the same; the need to take care of your skin.

It’s easy to get carried away and fill your suitcase with your beauty essentials and emergency fixes, but a summer break is the perfect opportunity to simplify your beauty regime – especially when there are more important things to think about, like ice cream at the beach.

Melvita have made this simple as pie with two of their hero products, the Rose Extraordinary Water and Argan Oil.


Step 1 – After removing makeup, cleanse and tone with the Rose Extraordinary Water using a cotton wool pad. Your face will be left feeling soothed and hydrated, especially after a long day out in the sun. Rose water is known for being especially great for mature skin with it’s wealth of antioxidants and minerals, but it’s also perfect for oily skin as it tightens pores and gently balances the skin. No harsh stripping alcohol here, just pure sweet skin food!

Step 2 – Whilst your skin is still damp to the touch from the Rose water, apply 2-3 drops (depending on your skin type) of the 100% pure Argan Oil. The high amounts of vitamin E will work to repair skin, including any sun damage. Let’s face it, that’s bound to happen this summer! Applying this in the morning will actually help protect your skin against the sun as oil has natural UV blocking properties. Sun aside, it’s the perfect all-rounder and will leave any face happy and nourished. You don’t have to keep this one all to your face either. Your skin will lap it up all over, whilst hands especially benefit from this cult oil; regularly massaging it into nails and cuticles will keep them looking well groomed and grow stronger.


Top tip: The Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water makes for an amazing refresher on a hot day. Just pop some into a small clean spritzer bottle and you’re set!

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Top 5 hair tips from Harley Street Trichologist Sara Allison
Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Archia hair

We all want beautiful, glossy hair that’s easy to manage however achieving that can feel impossible at times. That’s why we went to Harley Street Trichologist, Sara Allison, to get some top tips from one of the experts, and it turns out achieving beautiful hair isn’t as difficult as it seems…

1. Hair is a great marker for your overall health and well being, therefore if you are concerned that the condition or density of your hair has changed then you should see your GP for appropriate blood tests.

2. Be mindful of your hair styling and minimise damage by reducing the use of heat, ie straightens and blow drying on high heat, also be careful of over use of hair extensions as long term they could cause irreversible Traction Alopecia.

3. Nutrition is of paramount importance and in particular the hair shaft is approx 80- 90 % protein, therefore to have good strong hair, always ensure you eat good quality protein at each meal time and eat 3 meals a day!

4. In addition to eating well, I also advise taking a good quality multi vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure optimum levels. In my opinion Archeia Minerals for Hair, Skin & Nails is the best on the market and contains everything you would from a multi all in 1 box.

5. Increase your fluid intake to assist with more luxurious hair, aim for between 2-3 litres total fluid daily. As the other major component of hair is water and most people just don’t drink enough.

Try Archeia Minerals for Hair, Skin & Nails inside the Hip & Healthy Summer Glow box here.


A salon finish without the salon price tag
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

I don’t know about you, but I can never get my hair to look as good as when I leave the hairdressers. How do they do it?! It all comes down to technique, and yes you guessed it, the products you use. Who better to turn to than Toni & Guy.  With award winning salons nationwide, you can feel reassured that these guys know their hair, especially when it comes to that coveted salon finish.

The Toni & Guy Volume Plumping Whip isn’t your usual volumiser, and comes in the form of an intriguing whipped cream consistency.  The lightweight texture is the perfect companion for flat, fine hair that needs a little vavavoom, and it can all be done at home without a pricey trip to the salon.



Step 1 - Once out of the shower, towel dry your hair so it remains wet but not dripping.

Step 2 - Scoop out a walnut sized amount of the Volume Plumping Whip and apply it evenly to the roots. You might find this easier by separating your hair into sections so you can reach all of the roots in your hair. A little oil or serum at the ends of the hair will also help to create that smooth salon finish. Make sure not to skip your heat protection spray as the next step is all blow dryers blazing!

Step 3 - Time to grab the blow dryer! Rough dry your hair with your blow dryer on a low setting, so that your hair is still slightly damp but not yet completely dry. Doing this with your head tilted downward will help lift the roots and give you a head start in creating that all important volume. Use a detangling comb to work out any knots; don’t be tempted to do this beforehand as hair is more prone to breakage when wet.

Step 4 - Separate your hair into manageable sections not bigger than your round brush. Leave the bottom sections of your hair undone as that’s where you want to start.

Step 5 - This is where you really put your hair dryer to work! Using your round brush (one with natural bristles is best), pull through your hair lifting at the roots and keeping tension all the way to the tip whilst blasting it with a high heat. Make sure you attach the nozzle to your blow dryer, don’t put it too close to your hair, and point downwards so it smooths the hair cuticles and doesn’t create frizz. Repeat this from section to section moving up your head and finishing off at the hair that frames your face. You may want to switch to a smaller round brush at this point if you want to create a more defined look. Whallah! Salon perfect hair all from the comfort of your home.

Top tip: Skip the shampoo and use dry shampoo to prolong your blowout for a few days.



How to rock cream blush with Bourjois Paris…
Monday, July 14th, 2014

When we think of blusher, what usually comes to mind is a big fluffy brush and beautiful pressed powder, but today we’re talking about cream blush. Before I delved into the world of cream blush, I always assumed blending it into my base would be a chore, and somehow it just wouldn’t look right. Oh how wrong I was!

The Bourjois Paris Cream Blush is the perfect place to start for beginners, although cream blush die-hards still go weak at the knees for it too. This cute little compact comes with a convenient mirror inside, and is easy to carry around without the risk of smashing in your makeup bag that comes with conventional blushes. To top it all off, the magnetic lid stops any grime getting inside! The cream to powder texture means you get ease of application with a flawless finish every time. I love the pretty coral shade 02 as my go to cheek colour for this summer as it’s light, playful and adds a healthy glow.




The best way to apply this is to skip the brush all together and just use your fingers. Once you’ve applied your base (i.e foundation, concealer, tinted moisturiser) dot the cream on your cheeks, concentrating most of the product at the apples, and blend outwards towards the ear. Important note – do this before applying any powdered products! It might look like a lot when you first put it on, but it soon settles and blends seamlessly with the skin to a natural looking flush.


To complete the look for summer, pair with a flick of blue eyeliner and peach lips! Are you a cream blush convert?



Foolproof tanning with Rimmel and Velvotan…
Monday, July 14th, 2014

We all love a good tan during the summer, but being in the know about the damage UV rays can do to your skin means a lot of us now reach for a bottle of the good stuff; fake tan. If you’re new to the faking it club, then the fear of looking like an oompa loompa can be all too real.  But with the Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector and The Velvotan Self Tan Applicator Mitt, you can perfect the bronzed goddess look without going overboard.


Step 1 – Shower and exfoliate

One of the most important steps to a flawless tan is exfoliating. Any dry flaky skin will soak up more colour leaving your tan looking patchy; we’ve all seen that! Use your favourite body scrub along with exfoliating gloves to give your skin a good polish without being too rough. Finally, finish your shower with a blast of cold water to close your pores.

Step 2 – Prepare

Dry your skin by patting down with a towel, and resist the urge to moisturise! The creamy formula of the Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB means you don’t just get a tan, but silky smooth skin with added coverage so you can skip your usual moisturiser. However, you do want to moisturise the naturally drier areas of your body, such as your elbows, knees and ankles to stop them from turning darker than the rest of your skin. I personally love a nice rich body balm for this step!

Step 3 – It’s time to tan!

Grab your Velvotan Mitt and go! Apply a pea-sized amount of the Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB to the mitt and massage into the skin in a circular motion. It’s always better to start off with a little a then build the depth of the tan as you go along to avoid any mistakes. The Velvotan Mitt is my absolute favourite tanning mitt as it is flexible, making it easy to apply the tan evenly in every nook and cranny without having to get your hands involved. After all, orange palms are never a good look!

Step 4 – Try, try and try again

The beauty of the Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan is that you can wash it off just as quickly as you can put it on, so any mistakes you make don’t have to be permanent! Simply pat down the problem area with a damp cloth, or jump in the shower if you need to start afresh.

Step 5 – Show off your new glow!


The Rimmel Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB Skin Perfector comes in two shades, light and medium, but both are buildable to create the desired depth of your glow. As you can see, I had a little bit of a tan beforehand, so I could get away with using the Medium shade. The bonus? There’s no tell-tale fake tan smell and no need to hang around for it to dry, so you can be straight out of the door for that fabulous night out!


Top tip: To wash your Velvotan tanning mitt, either wash it in the machine at 30C, or you can simply take it into the shower with you when you wash off the tan and remove any stain with soap and water. Here’s my mitt after washing and it’s as good as new!



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