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Your summer body essentials from Nuxe
Monday, July 25th, 2016

NUXE summer body essentials

We all love a bit of sun, sea, and sand, but a day on the beach can leave your hair and skin feeling a little worse for wear. UV rays, salt water, and sand all cause dehydration, resulting in dry frizzy hair, and tight parched skin – not ideal!

Luckily, French pharmaceutical brand NUXE are here to help, with two new products specifically designed to combat the less desirable effects of your summer holiday. Plus, they’ve added a new addition to their iconic Huile Prodigieuse® collection, with a scented body lotion that’s perfect for locking in that tan after a long sunny day. Here are our top picks from NUXE to get you all set for summer…

NUXE Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil for Hair

Moisturising Protective Milky Oil for Hair, £12

This three-in-one protect, repair, and beautify hair oil is an absolute must for your summer holidays. Made with three sunscreens and a Rice Protein extract, it protects the hair and scalp from the harmful effects of UV rays, salt and chlorine. Coconut oil and Kau Pe Flowers work to nourish and repair, whilst the lightweight formula leaves hair silky smooth without weighing it down. Can be used on dry or wet hair, before and during sun exposure.

NUXE Sun After-Sun Hair & Body Shampoo

After-Sun Hair and Body Shampoo, £10

After a beach day, it’s not just your hair that needs some attention. Sand and salt residue have an amazing ability to stick to your skin even after you think you’ve washed it all off. Avoid finding sand in your bed for the next week, and treat yourself to an all over cleanse with NUXE’s After-Sun Hair and Body Shampoo. The creamy texture removes salt, sand, and chlorine without drying out the skin, and also leaves hair feeling beautifully supple and soft.

NUXE Prodigieux Body Lotion

Prodigieux® Scented Body Lotion, £16.50

This luxurious body lotion is made with 6 precious botanical oils – Camellia, Argan, Sweet Almond, Macadamia, Hazlenut, and Borage – to lock in moisture for a long-lasting effect. The velvety texture is fast-absorbing and slightly pearlescent, which is perfect for bringing out that summer tan. Plus, the lotion is infused with the irresistible signature scent of Huile Prodigieuse®, combining notes of Orange Blossom, Magnolia, and Vanilla. Summer in a bottle!

NUXE Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse

Shimmering Dry Oil Huile Prodigieuse® OR, £34

We had to include NUXE’s bestselling dry oil in our summer holiday essentials as it’s such a versatile product, and this shimmer version is just perfect for summer! Apply on its own to your face, body, and hair to enhance your natural radiance, or mix a small amount with your foundation to create a subtly iridescent finish. A little goes a long way with this, so it’s great value at £34 for 100ml.

NUXE Prodigieuse® Shower Oil

Prodigieux® Shower Oil, £10

We couldn’t miss out the gorgeous Prodigieuse® Shower Oil from our summer body roundup, as it’s one of our favourite NUXE products. Scented with the standout Prodigieuse® fragrance, this subtly shimmering shower oil will instantly transport you back to summer holidays every time you cleanse with it. Its moisturising properties will leave you feeling satin soft and looking smooth too – ideal for when you want to show a bit of skin in warmer weather! Why not try a deluxe sample size in the Glamour Summer Edit?

5 of the best sheet masks
Monday, July 18th, 2016

We all know we should be doing more for our skin, but not all of us have time for a supermodel-esque 7-step daily skincare regime. Enter sheet masks, the newest beauty favourite from South Korea, here to restore radiance and vitality to tired dull skin. The mask is essentially a cloth or paper infused with a medley of powerful skin-enhancing ingredients, which you leave on your face for around 15-20 minutes until all the goodness is absorbed by your skin. Less messy than a traditional face mask, and less expensive than a facial, we’re certain that sheet masks are here to stay. Read on for our top five picks…

TonyMoly Red Wine sheet mask

TONYMOLY I’m Real Mask in Red Wine

Combining two of our favourite things – wine and pampering – how could this sheet mask not be a winner?! Saturated with red wine, green tea, jasmine and rosemary extracts, the mask specifically targets problem skin by purifying, hydrating and shrinking enlarged pores. Red wine is definitely good for your health in this case!

Indeed Hydraluron sheet mask

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask

From one of our fave cosmeceutical brands, Indeed Labs, comes this deeply hydrating facial treatment. Using fancy 3D timed release hyaluronic acid, the mask boosts the skin’s moisture retention for up to 24 hours. With each use skin becomes softer, smoother and noticeably more radiant. They’re also great value at £19.99 for 4 masks!

StarSkin After Party sheet mask

StarSkin After Party Bio-Cellulose Brightening Face Mask

We’ve all been there – regretting those hours of missed sleep now that your eye bags are the most prominent feature on your face. Thankfully, StarSkin might just have the answer with their After Party Brightening Face Mask. Formulated with vitamin-rich coconut juice, Vitamin C and healing herbal medley, this sheet mask visibly reduces dark spots and helps to even skin tone. You’ll look as glamorous as your pre-party self, even if you don’t quite feel it.

Shiseido Benefiance sheet mask

Shiseido Benefiance Pure Retinol Intensive Revitalizing Face Mask

This option from Japanese brand Shiseido is a touch more expensive, but if you feel like a bit of luxury, look no further. The mask uses Shiseido’s original Pure Liquid Retinol Delivery system to penetrate the skin deeply and combat wrinkles, dryness, and dullness. Plus, it contains high-technology amino acids to promote suppleness and improve firmness of the skin. Shiseido claim you’ll see dramatic improvements with just one application.

WOW Mask

WOW Mask

Last but not least, WOW Mask, as featured in our very own Glamour Summer Edit beauty box. The mask combines a carefully balanced blend of active ingredients to target all areas of skin imperfection. Powerful peptides boost firmness, WOW’s own age-defying collagen matrix reduces fine lines and wrinkles, whilst plant extracts increase the skin’s natural luminosity. Apply to clean skin and leave for 20-40 minutes (the longer the better), and remove to reveal WOW-worthy skin.

3 ways to give your hair more texture
Monday, July 4th, 2016

Whether you love beachy waves, a wet-look pony or voluminous curls, we’re all looking to give our hair a little more life and texture this summer – luckily, the haircare masterminds at Oribe have just the thing to help! Here they are to tell you more…

Oribe haircare

If you haven’t already joined us, welcome to the wonderful world of Oribe – where have you been all our life? If you’re already #ORIBEOBSESSED then hello there and thank you for choosing Oribe – we are sure your hair loves us as much as you do.

Recently, Oribe super stylist Joey George spotted a gap, not just in the Oribe family but in the whole haircare and styling market. And what do you do if you can’t find the products you want? Make them of course! So, we created our brand new Modern Texturisers to help you achieve a new kind of texture this season…

To get this look…

Beachy waves


A texture lotion like no other. Joey says ‘The inspiration came from that coveted day-at- the-beach hair. Generally companies provide a salt spray that is wet and sticky on your neck but this is different; it’s a mattifying, beach-wave lotion that is easy to use. The products is easy to apply and, of course, has that amazing Oribe signature scent’.

This medium hold lotion coaxes matte-textured pieciness out of even the finest of hair, adding grip to styles and a beachy allure. One of the great things about Oribe products is that almost all of the products can be layered and they don’t weigh hair down. For example, use Matte Waves with your Dry Texturising Spray for added grip or if you want very loose un-done waves or textured braids.

To get this look…

Smooth bun


A unique gel-wax formula which allows you to create texture that shines. Slick back your ponytail, add glossy smoothness to piecey waves or charm flyaways with non-greasy brilliance and medium hold – the possibilities are endless.

Joey says; ‘Star Glow Styling Wax is great for edge control, especially if you have a resilient hairstyle and are trying to achieve a smoother finish. It’s also great when creating updos, braids and ponytails.’

To get this look…

Relaxed curls


Creates soft, flexible texture and a moisturising satin finish – an elegant shortcut to ‘next-day hair’. Subdues frizz and can be reworked until the next day actually comes. This whipped-crème confection is good enough to eat!*

Joey says ‘A lot of people will like Air Style because it is a styling whip that is super lightweight and great for finer hair. It is re-workable so you can adjust your style throughout the day and avoid product build up.’

*Disclaimer: please do not actually eat this product 

And what’s also great about all of these products, as if you needed any more reason to fall in love with Oribe, all of the range is vegan friendly, cruelty free and gluten free. Watch this space for more additions to the Oribe family, including colour-protecting treatments for brunettes and blondes, an addition to the ‘Dry’ family and beauty…

(…did someone say beauty? Sshh, you didn’t hear it from us!)

Oribe is available at and an elite group of salons nationwide.

How to get perfect lipstick for summer
Monday, June 27th, 2016

If you’re looking for a versatile, flattering summer lipstick, then you can’t go wrong with the gorgeous new Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors from Revlon. Here are our top tips on how to apply them perfectly for a long-wearing, Instagram-worthy look…

1) Prepping your lips properly is always best practice when it comes to achieving perfect lipstick, especially when you’re using a matte formula. Use a sugar scrub like LUSH Cosmetics Bubblegum Lip Scrub, or for a cheaper option, load up on the Vaseline and exfoliate your lips gently with a clean toothbrush.

2) Follow up with a moisturising lip balm to rehydrate your lips and leave them smooth and ready for lipstick. Leave it for as long as possible to give your balm time to sink in, then pat in any excess so that your lips are dry before applying your chosen colour.

3) Lip liner isn’t just for giving you the perfect lip shape – it can also help your lipstick stay on longer, and stop any feathering or bleeding. For a look that lasts all day, choose a longwear lip pencil like Estee Lauder Doublewear Stay-in-Place Lip Pencil, either in a shade that matches your own lips or that matches your chosen lip colour (we like the shade Pink paired with Revlon’s Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Devotion). Use the pencil to carefully outline your lips, overlining if necessary to correct any asymmetry or wonkiness in your natural lip shape, and then fill in the middle for a lip base that stays put.

4) Apply your liquid lipstick. The Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolors come with a doe-foot applicator like a lipgloss, which makes applying them quick and easy, but if you want a more precise look then try a lip brush like this one from RealTechniques.

5) Carefully blot your lipstick with a tissue, and then reapply another coat for more staying power. If you want a true matte finish, then you can brush translucent powder onto your lips after blotting.

6) Enjoy your gorgeous lipstick look!

You can pick up a full-size Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Devotion in the Glamour Summer Edit, just £20 with FREE P&P!

7 Build Your Own Box beauty products that are perfect for festivals
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Festival beauty

Glastonbury is this weekend, which means that the festival season is well and truly underway! If you’re hitting a festival this season, whether it be quirky Bestival, rowdy Reading or sunny Isle of Wight, these handy picks from our Build Your Own Box selection will see you through muddy fields and warm cider galore…

CoLab Dry Shampoo

Colab Dry Shampoo in Paris

The festival staple, no summer rucksack should be complete without a handy can of dry shampoo. We love this one from Colab – it doesn’t leave any white residue, and smells fabulously floral (which is ideal if you’re feeling less than fresh).

Dirty Works Face Wipes

Dirty Works 4-in-1 Face Wipes

Another festival must-have, face wipes are a multi-tasking camping essential. These ones from Dirty Works are perfect for cleaning festival grime and makeup off your face after a long, hard day of partying!

Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Halo Eye Make-up Remover Pads

If you’re at a fancy dress festival, or you just tend to go overboard with the glitter at these things, then you can always do with a little more help when it comes to removing eye makeup. These Halo pads are handbag-sized and super gentle.


Popbands Hairties

If there’s one thing you shouldn’t be in short supply of at a festival, it’s hairbands. Popbands won’t break, won’t damage your hair, and look right at home next to your festival wrist bands.

Eyeko Midnight Blue Mascara

Eyeko Magic Mascara in Midnight Blue

Festivals are the perfect place to experiment with your makeup a little bit, and a coloured mascara is a great trend to try when you’re pushing the boat out. This deep blue mascara from Eyeko even makes your eyes look brighter, which is always a plus!

Loreal Lip Colour

L’Oreal Infallible 24h Lip Colour in Flawless Fuschia

When you’re on the go all day, you’re not going to have time to keep reapplying lippie. This hot pink shade stays put come hell or high water, so it makes a great addition to your festival kit.

Eucerin Sun Spray


Eucerin Transparent Sun Spray SPF30

Okay, we might be being a little optimistic here, but if the sun DOES make an appearance, then you’re going to need protection. Getting burnt at a festival is a singularly unpleasant experience, so spritz on this transparent sunscreen from Eucerin to keep your skin glowing, not grilled.

You can find all these products and more in our Build Your Own Box selection at!

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