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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.

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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!

Moisturise

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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Get party perfect this season…
Monday, November 10th, 2014

As party season rolls around, I find it the perfect excuse to get a little more wild with my look…

For me getting ready for a night out always starts with a little extra attention on my hair in the shower. I don’t have the budget to head over to the salon for a nice wash and blow dry, so I like to bring the salon home! Kerastase are a brand loved by hairdressers and novices alike, and combining their Bain Satin 1 Irisome shampoo and Lait Vital Irisome conditioner makes the perfect special treat for hair. Rich and concentrated, this duo will nourish locks that need looking after without weighing them down. Expect bounce, softness and shine…what else could you ask for to start your perfect party look?

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But the volume doesn’t have to stop with the hair! If you’re going all out in the lashes department, nothing adds the wow factor quite like a good pair of falsies. False lashes don’t have to look fake to add a bit of drama. We’re currently in love with Ardell’s Natural Style Demi Wispie Lashes. They’re great for a length and volume boost whilst still mimicking your natural lash shape. They also make a great base to have a little more fun with your eye look. It’s about about coloured mascara this season, and  Ciate LashLights offer an incredible amount of shades to choose from. Just add a coat to the tips of your lashes for an accent of colour, or apply from root to tip to if you’re feeling more adventurous. Of course no eye look is complete without a finished brow, and we’re currently loving the Eylure Brow Crayon in Mid Brown to do the job. With this soft pencil you can skip the sharpener and simply twist to to get more product; that’s a winner in our books!

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If beauty in 2014 had to be summed up in one trend, it would be contouring. Endless tutorials have popped up across the internet with beauty mavens showcasing their very best makeup skills, but really it can be narrowed down to two key products; bronzer and highlighter. The Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Duo includes both in one palette, making it a great of contouring kit. The two shades compliment each other perfectly and have neutral undertones to making them easily suited to a whole array of skin tones. Both have a slight shimmer which illuminate the skin; the key with contouring is not to overdo it, but accentuate the natural structure of your face by creating light and shadow which is exactly what this duo does.

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With the emphasis on the eyes, keep the lips simple by keeping to a universally flattering pink. Lola Intense Color Lipstick in Strawberry Fields is a great choice with it’s slight iridescent finish which is the perfect way to take pink from day to night. Carrying on with all things shimmery, add a touch of glamour to your talons with a glittery nail varnish. The shade Toggle To The Top from Essie is all deep opaque red which is perfect for this season, but also has an elegant shimmery dimension to it to add that special finishing touch for this party season.

You can find all of these in The British Beauty Blogger Dream Box II!

Mayah Parmenter

The Foil Effect: Makeup Revolution tutorial with Claire Ray
Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Acclaimed makeup artist Claire Ray demonstrates how to create this season’s most popular eye look; metallics.

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Want to try out Claire’s tips? Get your hands on the Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Eye Foils HERE. 

Trend alert: How to prep for a nude lip
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

We’re calling this one, the nude lip is going to be hot for autumn! Much like a bright red, the perfect nude is something every girl needs in her makeup bag, but it’s not always that easy to get right. The biggest problem I’ve always had with nude lipsticks is their tendency to cling to even the smallest amount of dry skin on my lips, and with colder weather around the corner this becomes even more of a problem. Wind, frost and central heating are most definitely not a girl’s best friend. The good news? I’ve devised a simple and easy routine to keep your lips in tip top shape and ready for the nude lip trend about to ensue.

 

HOW TO PREP FOR A NUDE LIP

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Step one:

Exfoliate those kissers! The key here is don’t overdo it, you want to look sultry not sore. Mix up caster sugar with olive oil to create a grainy paste that will tend to flaky lips whilst keeping them nourished. If that’s too much faff for you, a simple scrub with a toothbrush will suffice, but be gentle. The skin on your lips is thin and delicate, so scrubbing too hard will only damage them and lead to more flakiness in the long run.

Step two:

After a good descaling it’s time to rehydrate. If you opted for the olive oil scrub, your lips should already be feeling super soft, but a little extra moisture never hurt anyone. Whilst most people will use a lip balm at this stage, I prefer to use moisturiser.  Lip balms are great for protecting your lips and adding extra shine, but as a base for lipstick it’s a different story. It’s more difficult to get even coverage as your lipgloss slides over the balm rather than your lips. Moisturiser on the other hand, sinks in to the skin whilst still sorting out any dryness.

Step three:

Everyone’s bare lips are naturally different colours, so the same lipstick would look different on all of us. If you have particularly dark or red lips, prep with a nude liner first. Low on nude liner? Pat concealer around the edge of your lips to soften the outline. Be careful not to go too far into the center of the lip as you’ll end up with the dreaded white line once your lipstick starts to wear. Wallah, you now have a blank canvas!

Step four:

Break out the nude lipstick! It’s best to go for one that isn’t overly heavy and matte, which is why we love the Maybelline Nude Color Sensational Lipstick. The formula is rich, creamy, and highly pigmented to give just enough coverage for the perfect nude without going the full hog into foundation lips. With 5 shades to choose from, you can find the perfect fit to your skin tone, or mix and match between them.

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Now it’s time to put the plan into practice! Grab your Maybelline Nude Color Sensational Lipstick in the Glamour Beauty Power List Box alongside all of our other hero products this season. For more Maybelline beauty goodness head to www.maybelline.co.uk

 

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London Fashion Week: What we’ve learnt…
Thursday, September 25th, 2014

London Fashion Week 2014 came and went like a whirlwind, but it’s definitely left a lasting impression with us. Lucky for us, we got to take part of this year’s fun with Schwarzkopf by attending the Felder + Felder S/S15 show. Being a whole season ahead is always the most challenging thing for us when it comes to LFW, but Felder + Felder transported us ahead to spring without a hitch.

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Felder + Felder designs are a prime example that high fashion doesn’t mean unwearable. Whilst we watched the show we eagerly pointed and picked out all of the pieces we would kill to have in our spring summer wardrobe; the collection felt very feminine and without being overly so. Amongst the romance of the more flowing fabrics were more structured leather numbers which added the perfect amount of edge to the collection. My personal favourite touch which ran throughout the collection were the all american classic cowboy boots. There’s just something about a good pair of boots paired with a summer outfit that is just so effortlessly stylish.

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Whilst we fawned over the clothes, we couldn’t help but notice some seriously 60’s inspired hair and makeup. The look tied in very much with the new wave of bohemian trends which are set to be big next season, with makeup kept to the obligatory 60’s flick and a sweep for bronzer for that sunkissed complexion. The ‘do all of the models sported was the creation of none other than Schwarzkopf’s resident hair genius Armin Morbach, who used a young Bridget Bardot as his muse. We were invited backstage to see Armin demonstrate exactly how he created the look. Naturally, we had our notebooks at the ready!

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“My inspiration for this look is a young Brigitte Bardot. It’s glamorous with a little bit of a hippy feeling, which I love. I used the Schwarzkopf got2b Powder’ful Volumizing powder to the roots to add volume, then backcombed it and secured it in place using Schwarzkopf got2b Rise ’n Shine hairspray close to the roots. The key to creating the loose waves is to gently curl the hair from the middle parting. To provide extra bounce and vitality I used the Schwarzkopf essence ULTIME Omega Repair BB Beauty Balm, which also helped to tame any fly-away hair before the models went out on to the catwalk.” – Armin

We love how this look not only translates beautifully on the catwalk but is wearable as part of an everyday look for all kinds of face shapes. Armin demonstrated just how easy it is to recreate with a helping hand from some of Schwarzkopf’s hair heroes – it’s fair to say we won’t be holding out til spring to try this one at home!

To find out more about Schwarzkopf and the products used in the look, visit www.schwarzkopf.co.uk

Mayah Parmenter

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