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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.


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.



nude lip prep

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.

Nude lipstick



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



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.


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.


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!


“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

Mayah Parmenter

Get the red carpet look with the GLAMOUR Beauty Power List box
Tuesday, September 9th, 2014



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If you’ve got an exciting event coming up or you just want to prep for those up-and-coming Christmas parties, the GLAMOUR Beauty Power List box has everything you need to get red carpet ready in no time.

Step 1 – Cleanse
Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is a game changer. The original, multi-award winning cleanser quickly removes all traces of grime to leave your skin looking and feeling clean, soft and totally radiant. Cleanse & Polish is a two phase process; simple massage gently onto dry skin to purify, soften and stimulate circulation. Then rinse the muslin cloth in warm water and wring out before gently polishing off the cream. Voilà – use morning and night for beautiful skin in no time!

Step 2 – Glow
Love an all-year summer glow? No problem thanks to James Read’s Sleep Mask Tan! The genius formula is packed with hydrating, good-for-you skin food with a healthy dose of self-tan. Just apply before you go to sleep and wake up with a subtle, sun-kissed complexion. Easy as that!

Step 3 – Prep
Nothing makes your makeup last longer than a good old foundation primer. We LOVE Laura Mercier’s vitamin-rich, cream gel foundation primer – the result is picture perfect makeup all day (or night) long! Apply after cleansing and moisturising your skin, and before concealer or foundation.

Step 4 – Eyes
This year, it’s all about smouldering eyes and nude lips. We’re talking charcoal eye shadow smudged into the lash line with a little bit of white or silver just in the inner corner. And the most important part of all eye makeup-looks is the mascara; Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde Mascara give 360 degree volume the second it’s applied. The wonder wand ensure clump-free definition and va-va-voom lashes!

Step 5 – Lips
Nude lips are so on trend this season and they work so well with a sultry eye. Prepping your lips first is a must; brush your lips gently with a toothbrush to remove any dead skin and ensure they are hydrated with your favourite moisturiser. Then comes the fun bit, we love Maybelline Nude Colour Sensational Lipstick. Have fun with different shades to create new looks!

Step 6 – Hair
Sleek, shiny, beautiful locks are a must this season. Spritz a bit of hair guru Philip Kingsley’s Daily Damage Defence through damp hair, comb through and style as desired – simple! The anti-breakage, heat-protecting, conditioning formula leaves hair so soft and shiny you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Step 7 – Finish
After a fun night out it can be tempting to dive right under the duvet and get some beauty sleep but take just one second at least to grab Eyeko’s Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover wipes to clear away all traces of makeup and dirt while conditioning and soothing your skin with Olive Oil and Aloe Extract. Perfect!

Get red carpet ready in no time with all of this inside the new Glamour Beauty Power List box at


Hands scrub up well with Rituals and Crabtree & Evelyn
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

A lot of us invest valuable time and money taking care of our faces, and I definitely fall into that category. I may only be in my 20’s, but I already know it’s what I do now that will have my skin thanking me later down the line. It’s funny then that most of us pay little attention to the part of our bodies that go through the most wear and tear throughout our lifetime. That’s right, our hands! Our hands express who we are just as much as our faces, and are the quickest to show the signs of neglect.

Slapping on the occasional bit of cream just doesn’t cut it. If you want to keep the skin on your hands supple and plump, you have to give them the love they deserve. With everything your hands go through during the day, a good routine will do them the world of good. With that in mind, we have a few hand care tips to offer you…


The Essentials

Inspired by ancient Asian beauty rituals, Rituals Miracle Scrub is a must be hands that have been doing the dirty work all day. Enriched with extracts of ginseng and gingko biloba, this scrub will leave your hands feeling soft and rejuvenating. Most scrubs are far too harsh on the delicate skin on your hands, but the Miracle Scrub is gentle enough to use every day if need be. Just massage into dry hands and wash away as a more skin loving alternative to hand wash.

Of course, you can’t do hand care without a good quality hand cream, and Crabtree & Evelyn’s Hand Therapy fits the bill perfectly. The Verbena & Lavender Hand Therapy cream in the BBL Box will whisk you away to the French countryside with it fresh herbal scent . Brimming with nourishing shea butter and macadamia nut oil, this cream doesn’t lack in the moisturising department. On top of that, the antioxidant powers of vitamin C will keep free radicals in check so your hands age gracefully.



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