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Fuss-Free Skincare for Busy Beauties

Friday, 6 September 2013 12:25:20 Europe/London

I don’t know about you, but despite being totally, utterly in love with beauty, when it comes to skincare we really struggle to find the time (and, let’s face it, effort) to really look after our skin properly. There are so many lotions and potions on the market; so many different serums, creams, oils, cleansers and toners that skincare can become a bit overwhelming, so much so that it leaves us tugging for the face wipes at the end of the night, just for a bit of ease and simplicity.

Skincare shouldn’t be a chore, but unfortunately it seems to be becoming more and more of an effort for us ladies. Many of us live fast-paced lives and barely find the time to sit down, let alone preen and pamper ourselves. Some of us travel a lot, or have children to look after, which means looking after ourselves becomes less and less of a priority. Luckily for us, however, there are some simple skincare solutions that will save us time and effort, all the while still looking after our skin.

SPF is a biggy for all of us, but you’d be surprised how many of us actually give it a miss. SPF is so important, even during the winter months, to protect our skin from nasty UV rays which cause premature ageing. If you can’t find the time to apply an SPF, look for a moisturiser or foundation that does the work for you. You’d be surprised how many products out there actually contain SPFs. We’re a big fan of Jane Iredale’s Glow Time BB Cream, which contains an amazing SPF of 25.

Eye cream a big no-no for you? Despite it being ridiculously crucial in combatting the dreaded crow’s feet, still many of us ladies forget to apply it. Luckily, you can get away with using your all-over moisturiser to protect the eye area. Just make sure you’re using an anti-ageing moisturiser that will help smooth out fine lines. Failing that, going to bed earlier and drinking more water will do the world of good for your eye area.

If you suffer with spots, applying endless on-the-spot creams can become a bit tiresome, especially if you’re busy running around doing other things. Luckily, you can incorporate spot-fighting into your makeup regime. Simply choose a concealer with added skincare extras, such as Jane Iredale’s Zap and Hide, which is rich in antiseptic and anti-inflammatory botanicals, and you’re good to go.

Moisturising the skin on your body is another big deal. It’s so important to keep your skin hydrated, as otherwise it’s more prone to dryness, which can lead to prematurely ageing skin. Moisturising your skin day and night really is the best solution, but if that’s too much effort for you, there is another way. Simply invest in some skin-loving supplements from the Advanced Nutrition Programme, and this will help to keep your skin beautifully moisturised from the inside out.

So you see, there are ways around looking after your skin, without all the effort of having a really thorough skincare routine. Whilst we would wholeheartedly say it is a lot better to invest in the right products for your skin to make sure it is in optimum condition, sometimes we just can’t find the time. So for those times, we hope we’ve solved a few of your problems!

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Be Prepared for the Blackout

Thursday, 5 September 2013 17:15:49 Europe/London

A fan of a smokey eye? Well get ready to rock it right up this season with the ultimate blacker-than-black eye look. This look is set to be HUGE for autumn/winter and we couldn’t resist telling you all about it. Be prepared to get blending, smudging and embracing rock chick eyes for the look of the season.

With the party season on the horizon it’s time to get thinking about your ultimate party looks, and this is definitely set to be ours. High-impact, show-stopping and completely gorgeous, oil-slick black smokey eyes will have you scoring all the beauty points. There are tonnes of variations of this look, but the key to getting it right is this; make sure it’s black, make sure it’s bold and make sure it’s smokey.

So, how do you recreate it? Well, the great thing about this look is you don’t have to be an amazing makeup artist to make it work. It’s all about looking messy and undone, so that will definitely work in your favour. Start by priming the eye with a pale shadow or eyeshadow primer, just so that what we put on top will really stick. Next, take a black gel liner (we're a big fan of Youngblood's) and apply it all over the eyelid. Yes, we know it sounds scary, but this will make your blackest ever base and will also work really well when we start to smoke things up. You can blend it outwards using a blending brush, and if you wish, use your fingers to smooth out any harsh lines.

Now it’s time for the fun part. To add dimension to the eye, choose a gunmetal shade to apply either side of the eye, blending slightly outwards. Then follow with a lighter silver colour in the centre of the eye, gently patting it on. Blend these together with a blending brush, and you should see your look really beginning to take shape.

Now, you can leave the look here if you wish, and go on to add liner and lashes, but if you really want to steal the show then we’d suggest adding a touch of glitter to the look. Using a pigment, such as Youngblood’s Lunar Dust in Twilight, lightly dust the shimmery product over the whole eye look, to really make it sparkle.

To complete the look, add a slick of black eyeliner to the lash line, lining on the waterline as well if it’s your preference. Finish the look with ultra-voluminous false lashes, to give your amazing eye look the ultimate wow factor.

We’d recommend leaving the rest of your face clean when doing this eye look, as it can get messy, and then to apply your foundation afterwards. Remember to keep everything else simple, as this look is ALL about the eyes. 

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September Switch-Up: Say Hello to Jewel Tones

Wednesday, 4 September 2013 13:40:23 Europe/London

It’s time to wave goodbye to candy colours, corals and neutrals, and say hello to the trend that’s guaranteed to get your attention this A/W; jewel tones.

Long gone are the baby pinks, the lilacs and the corals; this autumn it’s all about rich, deep tones of aquamarine, amethyst, cobalt blue and silver and gold, combined with ruby red lips. Plain and neutral are nowhere to be seen for the autumn, and instead this season’s palette is all about shout-out-loud colours, to create maximum impact.

Choose creamy shadows in metallic turquoise, purple and blue to add a real colour pop, taking the shadow right up to the eyebrow if you’re feeling brave. Not sure which of these hues is right for you? Amethyst is a universally flattering shade so it’s ideal for all skintones. We think deep, dark violets look amazing on darker skin tones, whilst paler purples can work on almost anyone. If you’re willing to be a bit more daring, try a stunning cobalt blue, which looks great on its own or equally as gorgeous blended together with a creamy silver.

Speaking of which, silver is another key player in this autumn’s colour palette. However, we’re not talking dull, smokey eyes, but bright, true-to-form, light-reflecting silver to really open up the eyes. If you’re really brave, adding silver sequins to the look will bring it bang up-to-date.

The key to rocking this eye trend is to keep liner to a minimum and to make it all about the eyeshadow. Blend the colour outwards and even underneath the socketline if you want to really vamp it up. Eyeshadow not your bag? Stay on trend and choose a slick of jewel-toned eyeliner instead. We love rocking a purple or turquoise liner – our favourite has got to be Youngblood’s Gel Liner in Lagoon.

Overall we’re loving this gemstone-themed trend and cannot wait to rock it with matching jewelled accessories and lashings of velvet. Oh autumn, we’ve missed you! 

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Giving the Illusion of a Thinner Face

Tuesday, 3 September 2013 16:42:02 Europe/London

It’s the burning question we all have on our lips; how can we make ourselves look thinner, without actually having to go through the painful process of, well, getting thinner? Dieting and exercise are important but if you’re looking for a quick-fix to appearing slimmer, or if you’re simply blessed with a rounder face, there are a few sneaky tricks and tips you can follow to slim down your features and give the illusion of a thinner face.

First of all, you want to concentrate on the areas that you feel are most problematic. Do you have a double chin? Rounded cheeks? Or perhaps you want to tone down a large forehead? We run through these areas in detail to let you know just how to fake a thinner face.

Forehead – If you are unfortunate enough to have a large forehead, there are ways to slim it down with the power of a bit of bronzing and contouring. Apply your bronzer lightly along the hairline nad above the temples, adding definition. Make sure you don’t go too dark with bronzer when applying it, as you still want it to look natural. This helps to give the illusion of a thinner forehead.

Nose – Not so confident about your nose? Don’t worry, mastering the art of contouring will help thin the nose significantly. Using a precision brush and a bronzer down either side of the nose will make it appear thinner. Make sure you blend though, as you don’t want a sharp line.

Cheeks – If your cheeks are on the fuller side, then becoming a whizz at contouring and highlighting will make all the difference. Using a matte bronzer and a contour brush, lightly define the cheekbones, adding more definition as you go. Once contoured, you can add your highlighter above the cheekbones and on the brow bone to contrast.

Chin – If you suffer with a double chin, there is a really simple way of getting rid of it with the power of makeup. Using a bronzer a few shades lighter than your foundation, lightly apply it underneath the jawline, giving the illusion of a shadow and therefore adding a more defined look and a sharper chin.

Overall there are lots of options for achieving a thinner looking face, and a matte bronzer really is your best friend when it comes to doing this. We love Youngblood’s Sunshine Mineral Radiance for this. 

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The September Switch-Up: Lipstick

Monday, 2 September 2013 17:28:39 Europe/London

It’s officially September, and we are finally starting to see the first signs of autumn coming through. The thing we’re most excited about, however? The makeup, of course. That’s why we’re devoting the month of September to switching over our summer makeup and making space for those gorgeous A/W hues.

Today we’re talking lips, and the change over from summer to autumn shades couldn’t be more dramatic. Long gone are the Barbie pinks, creamy corals and bright oranges, and instead we’re making way for a plethora of plums, red wine-stained lips and deep mauves. As with eyeliner, this season’s makeup is taking no prisoners when it comes to bold, deep dark lips.

Think gothic glam when it comes to lips this September, and the more creative you can get, the better. Ombre lips were big for summer and they are set to be even bigger for A/W. Start by tracing around the lips with a dark, plummy red, and use a brighter red on the inside of the lips, blending together. This lipstick look is super glam and quirky at the same time. We love it!

Ombre lips not for you? The perhaps you could opt for a glossy deep red stained lip, like Jane Iredale’s stunning shade ‘Hannah’, fresh from her new collection of fantastic PureMoist lip colours. Pop a gloss over the top to really vamp up the look.

When it comes to your choice of shade, there are a few important things to remember. Blue-based hues will make your teeth look brighter and whiter, whilst brown-based shades add a sense of depth that is bang on trend for this season. Lip liner will complete your rouge lip and stop it from staining – which is necessary for this trend as it is all about the perfectly polished pout.

We’re obsessed with the new season’s deep dark range of colours, and we’re really excited about the transition from summer to autumn. Are you ready for the new lipstick trends?

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All About Eyeliner

Friday, 30 August 2013 15:29:57 Europe/London

Love it or loathe it, eyeliner is back with a vengeance for Autumn/Winter 2013. Whilst summer was all about bare-faced beauty, fluttery lashes and not a flick of liner in sight, this Autumn sees the return of the eyeliner, in full-force.

This season it’s time to up the ante and get creative with your liner. If you’re an eyeliner newbie, it’s time to really do your homework as eyeliner is set to be HUGE for Autumn, and we’re not just talking a simply cat-eye flick. Think thick fierce graphic shapes, sultry smoked-out rock ‘n’ roll eyes, and everything in between. This season’s eyeliner is most definitely not for the faint-hearted, but it means that you can throw the rule book away and really get creative with different shapes and techniques.

If you want to try your hand at really graphic, in-your-face eyeliner, but aren’t that confident with application, opt for a simple straight angled eyeliner flick which you can gradually extend and make bigger, like the image seen on the top right. If that’s not your bag, choose a simple-yet-effective lower lashline look. All you need to do for this is to apply a slick of kohl eyeliner under your lash line, not worrying if it looks a tad messy. Remember not to smoke it out though as nobody wants to look like they’ve got a black eye!

If you feel you’re a pro when it comes to basic eyeliner, then it’s definitely time to put your liner skills to the test. We’re all over the sixties trend, and cannot get enough of applying a defined line over the socket line, flicking it out at the end – this look is amazing with white eyeshadow to contrast. If you want to fake super thick lashes without a falsie in sight, cleverly dotting along your lower lash line is a great way to give the illusion of super-thick bottom lashes. Want to achieve that sultry smokey look? We swear by Jane Iredale’s Mystikol Eyeliner for a super easy smokey lined look.

Wherever you look, it’s clear to see liner is going to be taking over the limelight this season. We recommend investing in a few different tools to get your eyeliner looks looking perfect – a gel liner, liquid liner, pen liner and classic kohl all make up an amazing eyeliner kit. Now it’s just time to get experimenting! 

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What is your skin trying to tell you?

Thursday, 29 August 2013 16:11:19 Europe/London

Whilst you may sometimes take your skin for granted, perhaps when it dries out or a dreaded pimple decides to sprout its head, your skin really is a vital organ that protects your body from bacteria, as well as regulating body temperature, and of course, keeping you all together. The largest organ on your body, your skin is actually a very clever device for showing signs of problems going on within your body. Thinking of it rather like a mirror, your skin generally reflects what is going on on the inside, so it’s important to pay attention to what your skin is telling you.

So, what are the signs to look out for? Well, different aspects of your skin are generally there to display different warning signs. In terms of acne and pimples, there is a very clear way of telling why they’re there and what it means. Each different area of the face represents a different reasoning behind why you’re getting spots. Ever notice spots appearing around your chin when you’re on your period? This is likely down to the fact that spots around the chin area usually indicate hormonal imbalances. If you find spots directly in the middle of your chin, it could be down to bad diet. Spots on your forehead are also often linked to bad diet. Spots on your cheeks are widely associated with the respiratory system, so if you’re a smoker you may find you get spots in those areas more often than not, although spots can also occur here thanks to lack of fresh air. It is also said that spots on your neck indicate illness, so be very aware if you find yourself getting pimples around the neck area.

It’s not only spots and pimples that indicate if there are underlying problems, however. Your skin can work in a variety of different ways to warn you that there is something wrong. Have you been feeling stressed lately? When you’re stressed your skin will often become prone to acne and psoriasis, as well as becoming dull, and encouraging the ageing process. What you eat can also make a huge difference in the appearance of your skin. Fast foods and white carbohydrates can leave your skin looking tired, dull and lacklustre, whereas vitamin-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables will liven up your skin and leave it looking fresh and bright. If you live in a city, it’s probably worth taking the effects of pollution into consideration too. The toxic chemicals omitted by vehicles can block pores and kill skin cells and collagen, causing the skin to age more quickly.

One of the main signs of damage that displays itself in your skin is that of UV rays and sun damage. UV radiation accelerates the ageing process, leading to deep wrinkles, age spots and pigmentation. It is absolutely imperative to wear an adequate SPF when in the sun, of at least 15 or 25. Sunburn in itself, as well as tanning, is literally sun damage, so whilst it might be nice having a golden glow on the beach, be aware that ultimately, it is damaging your skin.

It’s important to keep in check of what your skin is telling you to ensure you don’t let certain things pass you by. Healthy looking skin means a healthy body on the inside! 

 

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Get Taylor's Glam VMA Look

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:49:19 Europe/London

Over the weekend MTV’S highly anticipated Video Music Awards took place, and with it came the onslaught of stunningly beautified stars. Any rewards ceremony is an excuse for the celebs to glam up, but the VMAs in particular see the A-listers pulling out all the stops to get themselves on the best-dressed lists. We love a good awards ceremony for checking out just how well some of the stars scrub up, and this year’s show was no different. Whilst almost all the stars upped the ante in the glam stakes, there was one clear winner when it came to hair and makeup; the one and only, Taylor Swift.

Channelling fifties screen siren, Taylor looked every inch the glamour puss as she strutted her stuff in a stunning sapphire blue gown, completely wowing the on-looking press. Despite Taylor’s dress being utterly breath-taking, it was her beautiful hair and makeup that really stole the show. Want to recreate Taylor’s gorgeously glam makeup look? Read on to find out how….

Taylor takes it back to the old-school with retro pin-curls and decidedly decadent makeup. Flawlessly matte skin, ruby red lips and a sultry smokey eye complete this truly classic look. To get the look for yourself, choose a full-coverage foundation and seal it with a mattifying powder, to recreate Taylor’s perfect matte skin. We love Jane Iredale’s Beyond Matte Powder, for the ultimate in mattifying the skin. Taylor keeps her brows subtle and natural, with no high-definition brows in sight, but a simple blonde brow look. We’d use Jane Iredale’s Bitty Brow Kit in Blonde to get this look.

Keeping her skin and brows as simple as possible, with little to no sign of blush or bronzer, Taylor lets her sultry eyes and scarlet lips do the talking. A novice when it comes to smokey eyes? Never fear. We swear by Jane Iredale’s Mystikol Eyeliners for creating a gorgeous smokey eye, the simple way. The Mystikol liner in Onyx is perfect for recreating Taylor’s beautiful smokey eye.

For her beautiful ruby red lips, we adore Youngblood’s Lipstick in Vixen. This stunning deep red lipstick is the perfect shade to match Taylor’s rouge lips. If you want to add a little extra shine, pop a bit of Jane Iredale’s PureGloss in Red Currant over the top to complete the look.

Overall we are completely loving Taylor’s look and will be most definitely trying it out at our next big event. What do you think to Taylor’s stunning Hollywood glam look? 

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Your Guide to Barely-There Makeup

Friday, 23 August 2013 12:05:34 Europe/London

It’s the makeup look that we all lust after over the summer months – the ‘natural’ look, ‘barely there makeup’ and ‘bare-faced beauty’. Of course, we know fine well that achieving the look of hardly wearing any makeup, whilst looking absolutely flawless, is no mean feat, and actually requires rather a lot of makeup to achieve. Of course, this doesn’t bother us, as avid makeup fans the more products we get to use, the happier we are.

Whenever we give this look a go, it always comes with the inevitable, ‘You look so pretty with less makeup on!’ comments, when actually, we’ve probably piled on more than we usually would. Nevertheless, we love the effect this makeup look gives and so we thought we’d run through some tips on recreating the beautiful barely-there makeup look, so you can try it for yourself.

Now, when creating this look you still want to give the effect of a flawless base, so it’s simply a matter of making sure it doesn’t look too made up. If you have naturally good skin, a tinted moisturiser like Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint should give you a gorgeous, glowy look that highlights all your best features. If you suffer with blemished or acne-prone skin, we’d suggest opting for a light layer of Jane Iredale’s BB cream, as this is high-coverage but with a lovely, natural dewy finish.

Once your base is done, it’s time to work on your eyes. We suggest choosing neutral shadows, so beiges and browns, but not going too dark. A light beige all over the lid brightens the eyes whilst still keeping them natural and pretty. After this, a sweep of mascara is all you need. We wouldn’t recommend using any eyeliner for this look – it’s got to be natural, afterall. If you want to brighten the eyes further, a touch of white eyeliner in the socket line will make your eyes appear all the more bigger and brighter, whilst still looking natural. Use Youngblood’s Brow Artiste palette to lightly shape the brows, but remember not to go too dark or thick as you want the look to stay as natural as possible.

Next it’s back on to skin. With natural-looking makeup, adding blush and bronzer is where the real fun begins. We recommend using a matte bronzer to add a little contouring, but nothing too drastic to sharp as the look wants to remain natural. Think about the areas where the sun would naturally hit the face and stick to those. Then, add a touch of your favourite blush – we love shimmery blushes like Jane Iredale’s Whisper, a beautiful shimmering coral. If you suffer with oily skin, we’d probably suggest popping a slight dusting of powder over the skin at this point, to keep any excess oil at bay.

Finally, finish the look with a lip colour. To keep things as natural as we can, we love Jane Iredale’s Forever Pink Lip Stain, which adapts to the colour of your skin, leaving a gorgeous natural warm pink shade. This is ideal for finishing off our natural makeup look, as it enhances your natural colouring.

And there you have it – a gorgeous natural makeup look that is ideal for the summer months. We’ll definitely be working this look over the Bank Holiday weekend! 

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Pearly White Teeth in 30 Minutes? Count us in!

Thursday, 22 August 2013 14:18:02 Europe/London

Are you lusting after pearly whites? It’s seems nowadays everyone is looking for a way to brighten up their smile. Afterall, a smile can be the most beautiful thing about a person, so you can’t blame us for wanting it to look perfect, right?!

With more and more celebrities investing in bright, white, perfectly-formed teeth, our desire for a bright white smile has become all the more prominent. Unfortunately, with more people drinking coffee and smoking, more of us are seeing our teeth turn to a dull yellow colour – definitely not a good look –and so are searching for ways to contact this.

For years wanting whiter-than-white teeth has meant having to fork out on expensive dental whitening treatments, which can be painful and often take several procedures. Luckily, however, the recent surge in teeth whitening popularity has meant that more and more companies are recognising their customers want whiter teeth, and so have released at-home whitening treatments, which are both affordable and easy-to-use.

At Beauty Time Therapies, we are big fans of Botanical White’s Teeth Whitening kits. Botanical White is one of the UK’s first non-peroxide teeth whitening kits, therefore it both strengthens and significantly lightens your teeth, with no sensitive whatsoever. Teeth whitening products that contain peroxide are the reason so many users experience heightened sensitivity when using the products. With Botanical White however, many of the ingredients are natural and so there is nothing to worry about whatsoever. It also contains absolutely no fluoride, making it the safest at-home teeth whitening kit on the market today.

Not used an at-home teeth whitening kit before? Luckily for you, Botanical White is extremely easy to use and delivers tremendous results, fast. In a simple three steps you’ll be on your way to a healthy white smile. Simply boil some water to drop the trays in so that they can form a mould around your mouth, apply whitening gel into the tray and place the tray onto your teeth for around 30 minutes. Then sit back and relax as Botanical White works its magic.

Many people see significant results after one use, but you can reuse the tray etc. as necessary. We absolutely love this fuss-free way of whitening our teeth, especially as we know it is both safe and reliable. Have you tried teeth whitening at home before? Let us know how you got on!

The Botanical White kits are available in Standard and Ultimate.

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First Date Makeup

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 12:07:26 Europe/London

First dates; we all have them. They can be nerve-wracking, exciting, mind-blowing, disastrous…. But they’re something we all go through. The thing that really gets us worked up about first dates, however, is not the conversation, or the place he’s taking us, but the age-old debate over what we wear, how we do our hair and most importantly, how we do our makeup.

First impressions are everything, so they say, in which case we want to look our very best. But what is our very best? Depending on the date, we maybe don’t want to opt for an all-over smokey eye, falsies and bright pink lips, even if that is our usual calling. Despite the objections of, ‘But I want him to see the real me!’, the thing with men is, makeup scares them. Most men say they prefer their ladies makeup-free, and whilst we’re by no means suggesting you go bare faced, we think the key to a successful date makeup look is to keep things simple and toned-down. After all, if all goes well, you’ll have more than enough opportunities to show him a variety of your different makeup looks.

So, what do we suggest is the perfect makeup recipe for your impending date? Keep things minimal, but don’t forget to inject a little bit of your own personality into the look. Go for a flawless base and make sure your makeup doesn’t look heavy, but has a natural-finish. Keep eyes neutral with some pretty golds and bronzes or taupes, depending on which colours compliment your eyes. False eyelashes are perhaps a little too much for a first date, although if you wear them religiously perhaps choose a more natural-looking pair for the date. Don’t go too heavy on the brows, despite the ‘power brow’ popularity at the minute, but try and stick to your natural brow line. Opt for a matte bronzer to contour your face and add dimension, but again, keep it light and minimal. If you want to add a touch of colour to the occasion add a shimmery pink blush, to give a romantic feel without looking too full-on. For lips, you don’t want to opt for a gloss as they can be pretty tricky if you do get lucky enough for a kiss, so instead stick with a nude lipstick. Brights are an absolute no-go I’m afraid; there is nothing more off-putting for a guy than to kiss a girl to find himself covered in her bright red lipstick. Keep it nude and it’s more likely you’ll get that kiss at the end of the date!

The key to successful first date makeup is to keep it fuss-free, and make sure you look approachable. Bright lips, heavy liner and over-the-top false lashes are out, and toned-down, pretty-yet-subtle makeup is key. Of course, you are more than welcome to do your makeup however you please, but we hope these tips give you a little bit of help in the nerves department, at least. The best bit of advice we can give? Smile. There is nothing prettier!

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The Importance of Exfoliation

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:50:11 Europe/London

When it comes to skincare routines, a lot of people tend to overlook the crucial step of exfoliation. ‘It’s too harsh for my skin’, some will claim, or ‘It’s really not necessary is it?’ Well, actually, it is. Exfoliation is imperative if you want to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Exfoliating renews your skin and allows it to breathe, leaving it glowing and smooth. Whilst we don’t suggest exfoliating every single day, an exfoliation treatment once a week is advised, at the absolute minimum.

But why is exfoliation so important? Well, over time your skin becomes built up with dirt, grime and dead skin cells. Whilst cleansing helps to remove some of these, remnants still remain. This is where exfoliation comes in. Gently exfoliating the skin helps to buff away dead skin cells, dirt and grime, whilst encouraging the skin to renew itself. Not only does exfoliating help to blast away blackheads, minimise pores and clear the skin, but it encourages renewal and so helps with uneven skin tone, scars and wrinkles. Encouraging the skin to renew itself means that collagen production is encouraged and skin left feeling firm and plump – ideal for ageing skin.

So, whether you have blemish-prone skin and want to smooth and refine the texture of your skin, or your skin is beginning to age and you want to improve wrinkles and delay the process, exfoliating is for you. There are a wealth of different exfoliators out there to choose from, so there really is something for everyone. We swear by Elemis’ Skin Buff exfoliator, as its fine micro-granules are perfect for really finely buffing the skin and leaving it smooth and soft. It is fantastic as it really helps to brighten dull skin, leaving it looking calm and refreshed. It’s currently only £20.80 too!

Of course remember that, like most things, exfoliating your skin TOO much can actually be really bad for it, as it can dry out skin, causing extra sebum to be produced. If you are new to exfoliating, try it once a week and build up to twice if your skin feels ready. Using an exfoliating scrub once or twice a week can help to improve your skin dramatically, so make sure exfoliating becomes a firm part of your skincare routine. After all, who doesn’t want flawless, glowing skin? 

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Feeding your Skin from Within

Friday, 16 August 2013 10:41:56 Europe/London

When it comes to good skin, you can be using all the beauty products under the sun, but if what you're putting in your body isn't up to scratch, your skin won't be either. As much as skincare lotions and potions can have a superficial effect on your skin, it's important to remember that ultimately, you are what you eat. If you're eating over-processed, sugary foods with very little nutritional value, this will most certainly show on your skin. 

Ever notice those health-savvy, clean-eating types who never appear to age and have constantly healthy-looking, glowing skin? Chances are they know a thing or two about nutrition and healthy diet, and this reflects in their skin. Now, we're not telling you to embark on a near-impossible 'clean-eating' diet, or to read every nutrition book out there, but there are some simple measures you can take to ensure your skin is looking it's very best, on the inside and out. 

Firstly, it might be worth keeping a food diary to see if there are any certain foods that your skin simply doesn't get on with. More often than not, certain foods can trigger  bad skin, so it's a good idea to be aware of which foods your skin does and doesn't like. Once you work out which foods your skin doesn't get along with, you'll know which ones to attempt to elliminate from your diet, which should then lead you to seeing a big difference in your skin, almost straight away. Some people find gluten-rich foods play havoc on their skin, whilst others believe sugary foods like chocolate and fizzy drinks leave their skin looking dull and congested. It's also important to bare in mind that you may be intolerant to certain foods, which you should determine when doing your food diary.

Now that you're up-to-speed with which foods you and your skin don't get along with, it's time to start thinking about the foods that can really benefit your skin. Drinks-wise, we're talking lots and lots of water to flush out toxins and green tea for its anti-inflammatory properties. Fruits, in particular blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and plums, are excellent for the skin thanks to their antioxidant content. Dairy products, as long as they are fairly low-fat, are also excellent for the skin, as they are rich in vitamin A. Foods containing essential fatty acids are also crucial in achieving healthy skin. These include healthy oils, walnut, flaxseed and salmon. Selenium is another ingredient that has a highly positive effect on your skin. Lots of foods contain this ingredient, including whole-wheat bread, cereals and muffins, as well as tuna, turkey and brazil nuts.

Of course, there are other options as well as what you eat and drink that you can take into account when thinking about healthy skin. For example, there are many vitamins and supplements you can take that specifically target achieving healthy skin. The Advanced Nutrition Programme includes several products that concentrate on achieving clear and healthy skin, including their targeted skincare range and Skin Accumax, which is specifically for acne-prone skin. 

Overall there are lots of different things to be aware of when it comes to keeping your skin looking healthy, not just the products you put on your skin, but the things you eat and drink too.

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Get Ready for the Glitterati

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:08:18 Europe/London

It's the month of festivals, partying in Ibiza and soaking up the sun, and the makeup trend sprinkling its way into the spotlight has got to be glitter. It's time to get creative and sparkle in the sunshine with a big dose of glitz, metal and bling.

That's right, don't think glitter and metalics are just reserved for the festive months - glittery makeup is all the rage in Ibiza and the UK festival scene, with celebs and festival-goers alike working face glitter, metallic eyes and even sequin-clad lips. We're swooning over the gorgeous golden glitter looks seen taken right up to the brow, which look amazing sparkling in the sunlight, whilst we can't get enough of silver and gold metallic nails to add a real space-age vibe.

Not for the faint-hearted, festival-goers have been seen working the metallic lip, as well as spritzing glitter spray on their locks for the ultimate in glittery hair styling. And don't even get us started on some of the amazing sequin makeup creations we've seen - we're talking multi-coloured sequin lips and disco-ball eyeliner. 

If all-out bling isn't your thing, choose some subtle sequin stars on the cheekbone for a quirky-cool look, or stick with the metallics and choose a simple gold or silver eye look. Use Jane Iredale's 24K Gold Dust to up the shimmer ante, with a plethora of stunning shades available here

Worried about getting all of this dramatic makeup off at the end of the night? We tested out Elemis' White Flowers Eye and Lip makeup remover and it removed our makeup beautifully, and was totally fuss-free. Get yours here at an amazing price. 

Will you be going for all-out glitter and sparkle this August? Let us know! 

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Our Pick of the Highlighters

Friday, 9 August 2013 14:28:48 Europe/London

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When it comes to summer makeup, the product we get most excited about has got to be highlighter. Summer means everyone is after that gorgeous sunkissed glow, and highlighter is the perfect product to recreate this look. Using a highlighter along the cheekbone, the browbone, and even the cupid's bow makes a beautiful shimmering effect that opens up the face and gives a gorgeous healthy glow. Using a shimmery highlighter alongside a matte bronzer can create the ultimate bronzed goddess look. 

We thought we would run through some of our absolute favourite highlighters, to give you some idea about their different uses and techniques....

Jane Iredale 24K Dust in Silver - Jane Iredale's 24K Dusts are absolutely stunning products, which are highly pigmented and packed with shimmer. Not for the faint hearted, the shade Silver makes a beautiful glittery highlight that looks amazing on the inner corners of the eyes, as well as used on the usual highlighting areas. As it's a loose pigment you may get some fall-out, but for the pigment this product gives it's completely worth it. 

Jane Iredale Moonglow - Although this is marketed as a bronzer, as it's a quad filled with four different shades, all of which are beautiful and shimmery, we chose it as one of our favourite highlighters. Two of the shades in Moonglow are ideal for highlighting, and don't give the mess that loose pigments do. There is a pink-based highlight and a paler highlight included, as well as, of course, your gorgeous bronzing shades.

Jane Iredale Highlighter Pencil - Jane Iredale's Pink/White Highlighter Pencil is ideal for creating really precise highlights. It's perfect for using on the cupid's bow, the browbone and the inner corners of the eyes, and is double ended with two beautifully creamy highlighting colours, one in pink and one in white. A must for every highlight lover's makeup bag.

Youngblood Lunar Dust in Twilight - Similarly to Jane Iredale's 24K Dust, Youngblood's Lunar Dust is a loose pigment packed with incredible shimmer. Twilight is a stunning bright white shade, which is amazing for using as a highlight on the cheekbone. It completely opens up the face and gives a really ethereal effect. 

We can't get enough of highlighters at the minute, and will most definitely be wearing them a lot over the summer! Are you a fan of highlighting? Let us know! 

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Your Guide to Banishing Blackheads

Wednesday, 7 August 2013 13:24:43 Europe/London

Blackheads are one of those incessantly annoying things that never seem to want to go away, no matter how hard you try. Whereas whiteheads are easily taken care of, blackheads are stubborn and can often take a great deal of time to improve. The majority of blackheads appear deep in the skin and are almost impossible to remove, which can be extremely frustrating, especially when you know that they will eventually turn into a whitehead and reap havoc on your skin.

Because blackheads are becoming increasingly infuriating for many people on the quest for flawless, poreless skin, we decided to put together a list of tried-and-tested tricks for you to use in the hope of removing your blackheads for good. Whilst we can’t promise miracles, we do believe that if you follow the list below you should definitely see a significant improvement in your skin.

1. Exfoliate – Exfoliating and scrubbing the skin is a brilliant way of buffing away dead skin cells and therefore removing built-up dirt and grime from within the pores. Using an exfoliating scrub a couple of times a week will help release the dirt and unclog the pores, thus removing the blackheads. We recommend using Elemis’ Skin Buff as it has fine exfoliating granules which will thoroughly buff away dead skin cells and help to significantly remove blackheads.

2. Mask – Using a clarifying mask on blackhead-prone skin is another fantastic way of getting rid of blackheads, as they draw out impurities and bring blackheads to the surface, making them easy to eliminate. A clay-based mask is the best to opt for as it will help to clear and detox the skin. We love Environ’s Sebumasque as it helps to clear impurities and fight blemishes thanks to a mix of spot-fighting ingredients including Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil and Penthenon.

3. Extract – Extracting is a really effective way of removing blackheads, as long as it is done properly. Use a steamer or place a warm cloth over the skin to open up the pores before you begin. This is essential as it will help bring blackheads to the surface and prevent scarring. Take an extracting tool and gently press it over the blackhead, until thick white goop appears. If you don’t have an extracting tool, use your fingers as if you’re squeezing a spot, but remember to keep your hands clean and don’t apply too much pressure. If you don’t feel confident doing this at home, you can go to your local salon to get an extraction done, usually as part of a facial.

4. Go bare-faced – Although the thought of steering clear of makeup for a few days fills most women with dread, it can help to significantly improve your skin. Many foundations block pores which in turn leads to blackheads appearing,  so giving your skin a rest from makeup where possible should provide you with significant results.

5. Airbrush them away – Not so keen on the no makeup idea? Luckily, there is a way of concealing blackheads and enlarged pores, and even airbrushing them away. Using a soft-focus primer will help to blur pores and reduce their appearance, thus making blackheads appear to vanish.

Follow the above steps and you’ll be sure to see an improvement in your skin. Following the skincare steps described regularly will also help prevent further blackheads from appearing, leaving you with clear, flawless-looking skin.

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Concealing in Three Easy Steps

Monday, 29 July 2013 09:38:29 Europe/London

Concealing is one of the most important steps in makeup application. You can have the most immaculate looking makeup, yet if blemishes and dark circles are still visible it can drastically take away from the entire look. Concealing is simple once you know how, but it can easily go wrong if not done properly. I’ve put together a ‘how-to’ guide to concealing, perfect for those of you who are new to makeup, or if you simply need some help in the cover up department. Read on for flawless skin, in just a few steps…

1. Obviously, you’ll need to invest in a few decent concealers. That’s right, a few. Unfortunately an all-singing, all-dancing concealer hasn’t yet been invented, which means you will need two to deal with both your under eye circles, and any blemishes or redness you have. We’ll start with under-eye concealers; you’ll need a creamy, hydrating concealer that won’t sink into lines, but will help smooth out dark circles and puffiness. It will need to be yellow-based to help mask any purple under your eyes, and preferably a shade lighter than your skin tone (this helps to brighten the skin). For blemishes and scars, you’ll need a heavier coverage, concealer pan stick or liquid concealer. It’s really down to preference, but there are tonnes of blemish-hiding concealers on the market, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Some contain spot-fighting ingredients as well as covering up, whilst other have incredible coverage, perfect for concealing scars. If you have really bad redness, it might be worth investing in a green concealer. As odd as it sounds, green will cancel out any redness, so you can pop that on first and then conceal further if you wish.

2. Once you’ve got your concealers at hand, you’ll need to prep the skin with your usual moisturiser and primer. Once this is done, it’s up to you to decide if you want to do concealer first, or conceal after you’ve applied foundation. In my opinion it is much better to apply concealer first, to stop any tell-tale concealer marks from sitting on top of your foundation. Then it’s time to apply your concealer. I usually start with my under-eye circles. You can use a brush for this, but you’ll get a much smoother finish if you use your ring finger to blend the concealer in. Apply it from the inner corner of the eye outwards, and gently blend it into the skin. If you’re not happy with the coverage, be sure to reapply following the same method. It’s usually better to apply a little more than you think you’d need for under eye circles, as they can be really stubborn to conceal. Once you’ve finished concealing and you are happy with how your under eyes look, gently pat some powder over the conceal to set it.

3. Now your eyes are looking gorgeous and brightened, it’s time to cover up any pesky blemishes or scars. Using a concealer brush, gently apply the concealer (which should be an exact match to your skin tone) to any blemishes by patting it around the blemished area, slowly dabbing it onto the spot. If you find it difficult using a brush, you can always use your finger, but just be sure to wash your hands afterwards to avoid spreading bacteria. Again, once you’ve done this, lock the concealer in place with some powder.

And there you have it – your skin should now look blemish and bag-free and ready to apply foundation on top. It really is as simple as that!

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Basic Makeup Application: A Guide

Thursday, 25 July 2013 13:40:57 Europe/London

If you’re a newbie to the world of makeup, then the idea of applying a full-face of the stuff probably fills you with dread. Makeup is a wonderful thing; it can change your look all-together, lift your mood and improve your confidence, all in a few easy steps. As with a lot of things, the way you apply makeup varies from person to person, but there are some basic rules of makeup application that are important to stick to. If you’re struggling to get to grips with your makeup brushes and products, and don’t have the first clue on how to start using them, then read our step-by-step guide to basic makeup application, and get practicing!

First things first when it comes to makeup; you need to know what kind of skin you’re dealing with, what colours will compliment your skin tone and which shades of eye shadow will suit your eye colour. This might sound a bit daunting to begin with, but it’s actually really simple. Chances are, you’ll know exactly what your skin type is and so you’ll know which type of products you’re looking for. It’s simple – oily/combination skin needs an oil-free foundation, whilst dry skin needs something more dewy and hydrating. In terms of colours, make sure you test out several foundation shades or get yourself matched up at a makeup counter before biting the bullet and purchasing. Bear in mind fake tan – if you’re a fan of tanning chances are you’ll need a couple of foundation shades to get your look right. In the case of eye shadow shades, it really is up to you. Brown and gold hues go well with blue eyes, whilst brown eyes have more of a choice, with both green and blue shades being complimentary, as well as gold. There aren’t really any rules when it comes to eye shadow colours however, these are just the colours that will compliment your eyes.

If that hasn’t completely blown your mind, then you’re well on your way to creating the perfect makeup look. Now, let’s run through each step to get you looking gorgeously made-up….

1. Prep your skin – Making sure your skin is nice and clean, you’ll need to apply a moisturiser to really prep your skin for foundation. Again, it depends on your skin type as to which moisturiser you’ll choose; mattifying for oily skins and hydrating for dry. Apply it all over the face and give it a minute or two to sink in. Once done, I’d recommend popping a primer on to really ease your foundation application and to create a perfect base. Again, smooth this all over the face.

2. Once you are all primed and ready to go, it’s time for concealer and foundation. Now, it’s up to you which order you decide to do these in, but I’d recommend applying your concealer first, and then foundation, to prevent any patchiness. If you suffer with dark circles, gently smooth a hydrating under-eye concealer under the eye area with your ring finger, blending in. If you have any pimples or blemishes, use a slightly heavier coverage concealer to dab onto the affected areas. Don’t worry if you don’t blend the concealer in too well – the foundation will cover this up.

3. Foundation can be a very tricky process, but if you have all the right tools and you’ve prepped your skin well, you should find it fairly achievable. The kind of foundation you are using will determine the kind of method you use to apply your foundation, but I’m going to discuss the most popular type – liquid. Using a buffing brush, apply a tiny bit of foundation and work into the skin. It’s best to start with less and build up to avoid the makeup looking caked-on. As you apply it to the skin, make sure that you are blending continuously. The key to great makeup application is always this; blend, blend, blend. You want your makeup to look flawless and beautiful, not patchy and dull, so make sure you really work the product into the skin. Depending on the coverage of your foundation and the coverage you’re aiming for, you can add more to build up.

4. Once your foundation is done, you’ll need to set it with a powder. Don’t get too heavy-handed, even if you suffer with oily skin, as this will lead to your makeup looking chalky – not a good look. If your skin is quite dry a light dusting over the face should be sufficient, but if you’re of an oily skin type then make sure you pat the powder into the skin, helping to minimise pores.

5. Your base is now done and can work as a blank canvas to add colour and texture to. Of course, what you do next depends entirely on the look you’re going for, but we’re going to run through the basic things; eyes, cheeks and lips. First up; eyes. Choose a couple of eye shadows that complement one another; one light and one dark, (this could be a gold and a bronze, or a beige and a brown etc.) and use these to build up your eye look. Use the lightest shade first, all over the lid to work as your base. Use an eye shadow brush to pat the product onto the lid and blend outwards. Next up, take your darker shade and a blending brush, and apply it to the outer corner of the lid, blending the two colours together. Again, the key here is to blend, blend, blend.

6. Once your eye shadow is done, it’s time to line the eyes. Whilst this isn’t mandatory in makeup application, knowing how to line your eyes is a great skill to have. Now, for a beginner, I would recommend investing in a felt-tip type eyeliner pen, as these are the easiest to use and will make applying eyeliner a breeze. Gently pull your eye taut and use the pen in small steps, lining the eye from the inside out. Don’t attempt to line it all in one movement; the key to good eyeliner is to take your time and apply small strips at a time. You can finish with a liner flick or leave it as is, depending on the look you’re after.

7. Next up – mascara. If you’re going for natural-looking lashes, a quick curl of the lashes followed by an application of mascara to the upper and lower lashes should do the trick, but if you want fuller, voluminous lashes, then it’s going to take a little longer. Make sure you don’t pump the mascara wand, but swirl it in the tube to get out the product, and lightly apply it onto the upper lashes in an upward sweeping motion. Wiggle the mascara wand left-to-right whilst applying to build up volume, and you can keep reapplying the mascara a couple of times to make your lashes longer and thicker. Don’t go over the top though – too much mascara will lead to clumpy lashes – definitely not what you want!

8. For your brows, there are a couple of different methods of application you can opt for. If you’re a brow novice, it’s probably best to attempt using a brow pencil first, as this is a lot easier than the brush method. Make sure your pencil is sharpened but slightly blunt on the end, to get a cleaner line. Lightly work the pencil through the brow, filling in where any hairs are sparse and extending slightly at the end if you feel the need. You can set with a wax if you wish, although it’s not necessary.

9. Phew! Now that eyes are done, it’s time to put the focus back on the skin. You’ll need a bronzer, blush and highlighter to get your skin looking amazing and glowy. It’s probably best to go for powder products for these as they’re a lot easier to work with. First up; bronzer. Now, as I said with foundation, the key here is less is more – remember that you can always add more product, but it cannot be taken away. So, pop some bronzer on a kabuki or an angled brush if you’re wanting a more contoured look, dust it off and lightly apply it to the cheekbones, sucking in your cheeks if you want a really contoured look. If you want to go a bit darker, simply add a tad more product, but remember to blend this into the skin. Once bronzer is done, you can add highlighter to the areas that need it – so the brow bone, and just above the cheekbone. This can be tricky so it might be best to skip this step if you’re not feeling too confident. For blush, get your blush brush, dust a little bit of product onto it, dust off and lightly apply to the apples of the cheeks. Again, add a little to begin with and build if you wish – even the best makeup artists are sometimes guilty of getting a little too heavy-handed with the blusher, so make sure you don’t get too carried away.

10. You should see your look really coming together now, and so it’s time for the finishing touch – the lips. If it’s sheer, glossy lips you’re after, opt for a lipgloss, or if you want a more pigmented shade then lippy is your best bet. Take your time with application, slowly applying the product to the lips, and don’t worry if you make a mistake – you can touch this up with a cotton bud at the end. Pat your lips together to make sure the product is applied evenly, and touch up any mistakes.

Voila! Your makeup is finished and by now you should be looking well and truly made-up. Don’t worry if it didn’t go as well as you’d planned – the key with makeup, like a lot of things in life, is practice makes perfect. The more you do it, the more you’ll get the hang of it and teach yourself useful tips and tricks. So, now your makeup is looking beautiful, all you need to do is pop your lipstick and powder into your bag for touch-ups throughout the day, and you are good to go. 

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Pampering Products for Mums-to-Be and New Mums

Tuesday, 23 July 2013 10:55:54 Europe/London

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With the birth of the new prince breaking the news yesterday, we thought it was time we had a look at the perfect pampering products for all those mums-to-be and new mums out there. The perfect brand for such products? Why, Elemis, the ultimate spa brand of course. We run through five of the top products for making you feel gorgeous whilst pregnant, and post-pregancy. 

Elemis Skin Nourishing Body Lotion - This body lotion is absolutely beautiful to apply, and leaves you skin feeling so soft and smooth. Ideal for treating any dry areas, or perfect if you just need a bit of a pamper. 

Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath - Similarly to the body lotion, this milk bath is super indulgent and leaves your skin feeling soft and dreamy. Described as a 'food for the skin', this milk bath ideal for both mother and baby as a skin softening treatment. It can actually be used neat on localised dry and irritated areas, thus making it an ideal solution for cradle cap and nappy rash. The ultimate indulgent bath treat. 

Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil Blend - The most gorgeous massage solution, this delicious-smelling oil blend is perfect for both pregnanct and baby massage. It is amazing at hydrating the skin and preventing stretchmarks, which are a big problem during pregnancy for many women. This is a fab multi-tasking product as it can be used on skin, hair and nails. Ideal for getting you looking and feeling great during and after your pregnancy. 

Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream - Pregnancy can well and truly take its toll on your feet, so make sure you take time to treat them to an intense nourishing treatment. Perhaps get your other half to massage this gorgeous softening foot cream into any dry areas on your feet and you'll be amazed at the results. 

Elemis Quiet Mind Relaxing Bath Elixir - Once baby is born, it's highly likely you'll be low on sleep and in desperate need of relaxation. Elemis' Relaxing Bath Elixir is incredible at easing your mind, inducing a sense of peace and serenity. It is packed full of aromatic oils, making it a real treat for the senses.

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Beauty Products to Help You Keep Your Cool This Summer

Tuesday, 16 July 2013 11:18:54 Europe/London

We are well and truly in the depths of summer right now and the heat looks like it’s set to stick around. With temperatures rising to around thirty degrees some days, it’s easy to see how the heat can quickly become unbearable. These hot temperatures rival those of most holiday destinations, and without a luxury swimming pool to cool down in we’ve been on the hunt for some quick-fix cooling products to help us beat the heat this summer. Whether you’re hitting the beach, chilling in the garden or simply sweating it up at your desk at work (ick!), there are dozens of fabulous beauty products which will help keep you cool and hydrated over the coming months. From spritzes to sprays, cooling gels to blotting powders; we’ve got it covered.

Jane Iredale Pommist Facial Spritz – This super refreshing and hydrating facial spritz is ideal for the current weather we’re experiencing. Packed full of skin-loving ingredients, including Pomegranate Extract, White Tea Extract and Sodium PCA, this spritz aims to calm and nourish the skin whilst absorbing excess oil, and even protecting against skin cancer. In terms of keeping you cool, the Jane Iredale Pommist Facial Spritz is on the money. The specialised formula quenches thirsty skin, keeping it cool and hydrated throughout the day.

Youngblood Minerals in the Mist in Refresh – If the hot weather is leaving your skin thirsty and tired, Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist in Refresh is the ideal product to thoroughly revive the skin, brightening and refreshing it. With tangerine and grapefruit to really invigorate the skin, this mist will leave your skin feeling cool, awake and revived. It also works brilliantly at setting foundation and preventing it from melting off in this unfathomable heat!

Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner – Although this isn’t a conventional cooling spritz, Elemis’ Soothing Apricot Toner actually makes for a really fantastic cooling and refreshing spray. Packed with extracts of fragrant apricot, this toner helps to soothe and harmonise the skin, leaving it looking and feeling fresh and radiant.

Jane Iredale Facial Blotting Papers – If you can feeling your skin’s oils building up throughout the day and causing you to look shiny and hot and bothered, Jane Iredale’s Facial Blotting Papers are great at getting rid of any shine as they contain organic flax seed, which is proven to be more absorbent than rice and linen. Ideal If you need a quick blot.

Elemis Fresh Skin Cleansing Wipes – Some days it can get so hot the only answer to cooling you down are the traditional cleansing wipes solution. Elemis’ Fresh Skin Cleansing Wipes are brilliant at refreshing and revitalising the skin and are enriched with elderflower extract and camomile to calm and nourish the skin, whilst sweeping away impurities. Not ideal if you’re wearing makeup, but perfect to take with you to the beach for a quick-fix cool down.

There you have it – some key products for helping you keep cool, calm and collected over what looks to be one hell of a hot summer. Do you have any go-to products for keeping cool in this heat? Let us know!

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Looking After Sunburnt Skin

Friday, 12 July 2013 10:32:10 Europe/London

Have you spent a little too long sunning yourself in the garden? Maybe you spent the day shopping in the sunshine and didn’t realise you got burnt – but once sunburn is there, it’s pretty hard to ignore. With the weather being as beautiful (and hot!) as it has been lately, it’s time to start thinking about upping your suncare routine and preparing for those days when you do spend too long in the sun. Although the best thing to do to prevent sunburn is to use adequate sun protection, if you find yourself getting burnt it’s best to be prepared to care for that sunburnt skin, to avoid peeling and to soothe and calm the burn. We take a look at the best remedies for treating sunburnt skin, without breaking the bank.

1. Moisturise your skin – Using a rich moisturiser or soothing aftersun lotion, it’s really important to keep your skin moisturised to prevent dryness and peeling. Keep reapplying moisturiser every few hours to keep your skin hydrated. 

2. Cool it down – Keep your skin cool by taking a cold bath, but not ice cold as it will only make things worse. Only stay in for twenty minutes maximum. You could also try dampening a flannel with cold water and applying it to the affected areas, or even lie down on a cold damp towel to help ease the burn.

3. Drink water – It is imperative that you drink plenty of water to keep your skin and body hydrated and to prevent sunstroke. Remember that sunburn dehydrates the body so drink as much water as you possibly can to keep hydrated.

4. Take painkillers – If you find the pain is getting unbearable, painkillers may well be your answer to helping calm the pain of severe sunburn. Aspirin or Ibuprofen are your best bet for easing the pain.

5. Don’t peel it – As tempting as it might be, if your skin starts to peel the best thing to do is leave it be. If you have a large amount of skin flaking off, do not tug on it, but take a pair of scissors and carefully cut the dead skin away. Apply an antibacterial cream or lotion afterwards to prevent any infection.

6. Stay inside – As obvious as this may be, staying inside, away from the sun is the best idea if your sunburn is extremely bad. If you continue to stay out in the sun the burn will only get worse, even with suncream, so it’s best to stay inside and concentrate on calming and soothing the burn. If you have to go outside, keep your burn covered up as much as possible.

7. Use mineral makeup – If you have sunburn on your face, in all honesty it is probably best to steer clear of makeup as there is the chance it may aggravate the skin and encourage peeling. If you feel you have to wear makeup, opt for mineral makeup as it is kind and gentle on the skin and shouldn’t cause irritation.

If you follow these steps you should find your sunburn improves and the pain starts to ease. Unfortunately it can be a case of being patient and waiting for the burn to heal, which can be frustrating but is better for you in the long-run. Ideally we hope you don’t have to follow these rules, as if you use the correct sun protection and top-up throughout the day you shouldn’t get burnt. Read our tips on staying safe in the sun here.

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Get in Shape for Summer

Tuesday, 9 July 2013 10:32:24 Europe/London

It’s that time of year when we’re all becoming conscious of the upcoming bikini-season, and inevitably beginning to worry about whether or not our bodies are bikini-ready yet. If you have a holiday booked for over the summer, it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll be getting in a spin about the prospect of bearing all on the beach. You needn’t worry however – we have some fab tips and tricks for getting yourself in shape for summer – the easy way.

Drink more water – A super easy way of flushing out your system and helping lose weight is to drink more water. Aim for eight glasses a day to keep your skin hydrated whilst cutting down on unnecessary calories.

Walk everywhere – Nowadays we rely so much on our cars and public transport that sometimes for even the shortest of distances we opt to use transport rather than walk. Walking is a great cardio exercise that helps increase your heart-rate and burn calories. Things as simple as taking the dog for a walk around the block or a quick ten minute power-walk in the morning can make all the difference.

Invest in Toning and Firming Creams – Okay, so they’re not going to make you go from a size sixteen to a ten, but toning and firming creams and gels are brilliant at firming the skin and helping it look more toned, disguising cellulite and therefore making your body look slimmer and healthier. Environ’s Body Profile Toning Gel is our first choice when it comes to toning gels.

Try a slimming supplement – Slimming pills and supplements can be a good helping hand in losing weight if you have previously been struggling. If you have a couple of months to go before your holiday, it’s worth giving slimming supplements or diet pills a go to help encourage your weight loss. Superfruit Slim Diet Pills are receiving fantastic reviews and are scientifically proven to improve weight loss and encourage detoxification.

Fake a glow – If you’re looking for the ultimate quick-fix cheat for looking slimmer this summer, then fake tan is a fab option. Fake tan is your best friend during the summer months, and it is also fantastic at making you appear slimmer. Invest in Jane Iredale’s Tantasia if you want to build up a natural gradual tan, perfect for taking away on holiday with you. Fake tan definitely makes those first days in the sun all the more bearable!

So there you have it – there are tonnes of different ways of helping you look fantastic in your bikini this summer. It’s ideal to start a couple of months before your upcoming holiday to achieve the best results, but if you do leave things until the last minute, there are some quick-fix options for looking great this summer.

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Stay Safe in the Sun

Friday, 5 July 2013 10:59:28 Europe/London

During the summer months it is imperative that looking after your skin is high on your list of priorities. Young or old, the sun can take its toll on the skin, and therefore making sure you defend and protect your skin as best you can is so important. As much as you may love sunbathing and soaking up the sun during summer, it is crucial that you wear the correct sun protection and stay sun savvy at all times. We’ve listed the top ways to keep your skin protected this summer.

1. Wear an SPF – This is a given really. Even if it might not seem that hot, appearances can be deceiving and so be aware that UV rays are always around, so keep your skin protected with the right SPF is a must. SPF is in sunscreen, as well as lots of moisturisers and foundation, so you might already be protecting your skin without knowing it. Remember; the higher the SPF, the better the protection. HydroPeptide’s SPF 30 Skin Enhancing UV Protection is a wonder product when it comes to keeping skin protected.

2. Don’t forget to top up – It’s easy to forget to keep topping up your sun protection as the day goes by, but it is so important to do so. Throughout the day the sunscreen you applied in the morning will gradually come off and therefore be much less effective, so keep on top of your re-application, particularly if you’re on holiday or your skin is very exposed.

3. Cover up – Sometimes the easiest thing to do when looking after your skin during the summer is to keep it covered. Okay, so it’s not ideal, particularly in the hot weather and if you want to wear dresses etc., but covering up can mean simply wearing a hat, putting your sunglasses on to stop premature ageing around the eyes, and yes, particularly in the case of children, it is a good idea to keep them covered to prevent sunburn.

4. Fake it – As much as you may want to, slathering your skin in oil or forcing it to endure the heat of a sunbed is the absolute worst thing to do to your skin. It will encourage premature ageing, create sun spots and in many cases, cause skin cancer. If you are a little insecure about stepping out in a bikini on the first few days of summer sans tan, then fake your glow by applying some false tan. Fake tan is now so readily available, you really have no excuse.

5. Aftercare – If you are unfortunate enough to get sunburnt over the summer, remember it is crucial to soothe your skin as much as possible, making aftersun and chamomile creams a must. They will help ease the pain of the sunburn and help your skin from drying out, as well as cooling and soothing the skin. Make sure you keep your skin hydrated by applying moisturiser and drinking lots of water.

Overall there are lots of different ways to keep your skin nice and safe over the summer months. Remember, a tan might be your goal for summer, but remember the consequences unsafe sunbathing can have.

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Pre-Party Pampering Tips

Tuesday, 2 July 2013 10:17:00 Europe/London

As summer steadily moves its way forwards, we’re all starting to think about our upcoming summer parties and weddings, and the inevitable preparation they ensue. It can feel more like a chore than something to look forward to, but we have some top tips to make your pre-party prep feel like the ultimate pamper session.

Plan your outfit/hair/nails: Make sure you know exactly how you want your outfit, hair and nails to look, well before the day of the event, so that you are as prepared as possible. Try on your outfit with your hair to get a feel for what it looks like, and to stop any last-minute outfit malfunctions. Decide what nail colour you’d like to wear in advance, so that you are as prepared as you possibly can be. This saves stress when the big day arrives.

Time your Tan: If you’re planning on fake-tanning, make sure you plan your spray tan or home fake tan for the right time. Ideally a couple of days before the event is perfect to ensure your tan is looking fresh and glowing, but not too dark. Make sure you follow all the usual tanning tips; exfoliation and moisturisation are key, as well as using a tanning mitt to keep things looking nice and neat.

Take a long soak: It’s important to take your time with party prep, as rushing to get ready a mere few hours before your event is a recipe for disaster, so we recommend taking a nice long soak in the tub. Invest in some rich pampering products to make you feel truly relaxed –the Elemis Spa@Home range is perfect for recreating that spa-like relaxation feeling at home. Use a deep treatment hair mask to leave your hair feeling gorgeous and silky, and pop a face mask on to freshen up your skin whilst you soak. Dermaquest do a fabulous range of intensive face masks for different skin types. Once out, use a nourishing body oil to give you that luxe smoothing feeling and keep your skin nice and moisturised.

Make it Fun: When it comes down to the day of the event, if you’ve followed the above tips you should be feeling prepared, pampered, relaxed and looking forward to the upcoming event. The ‘getting ready’ part can be the most stressful, so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time and don’t rush. Give yourself several hours before you need to be ready to start glamming yourself up – start with hair and makeup, taking your time and perfecting your look. Listen to some party tunes to get you in the spirit for going out, and to help you relax. It’s nice to grab a glass of wine whilst you’re getting ready, but don’t end up getting tipsy before your makeup is done – drunk makeup is never a good look! If you’re wearing falsies for the first time, take your time or get someone to help if you’re a bit unsure of what to do. Use tweezers and remember to trim the lashes down if necessary. Once done, pop your outfit on and you’re good to go – now that wasn’t stressful, was it?! 

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Why Mineral Makeup?

Friday, 28 June 2013 11:41:59 Europe/London

If you’re the type of person who forgets to take their makeup off before going to sleep at night, who hates the heavy feeling of foundation on their skin, or are looking for a light-feeling makeup for over the summer, it’s definitely high time you thought about trying mineral makeup.

Many people are hesitant to try mineral makeup because they believe it won’t achieve the look and coverage that ‘normal’ makeup does. However, this is not the case. Mineral makeup can be surprisingly full-coverage, yet still feel silky-smooth and light on the skin.

So, why mineral makeup? Well, there are a plethora of benefits for using mineral makeup. Unlike oily foundations and other makeup products, mineral makeup actually looks after your skin from the outside in, providing natural sun protection and encouraging skin’s health and youthfulness.

As the name suggests, mineral makeup is made up of completely natural, powder-based minerals and pigments and therefore feels extremely different to ‘normal’ makeup. Some people struggle to get on with mineral makeup at all, whereas others swear by it and refuse to use anything else. We take a look at the benefits of mineral makeup to help you decide if they are right for you.

1. Mineral makeup can take some getting used to, particularly if you are used to heavy, liquid foundation. What is great about mineral makeup is that it is buildable on the skin yet still feels really light and silky, unlike liquid foundations which can feel sticky and greasy on the skin. If you are not familiar with loose foundations, the application of loose mineral foundations can be difficult at first, but with time it will come naturally.

2. Mineral makeup is ideal if you suffer with oily or acne-prone skin, which makes it perfect for teenagers. It is the perfect ‘first foundation’ for teenagers as it does not aggravate the skin and can actually be quite soothing, as well as the fact it does not contain any of the harsh chemicals used in other, non-mineral foundations. As it is quite light and can be built up, it really does make a great starter foundation for someone just getting started in makeup.

3. All though those with ageing skin may be put off using powder foundations, mineral foundations are actually fantastic at smoothing fine lines and wrinkles due to their light-reflecting elements. Add in their sun protecting agents and they are the obvious solution if you are concerned about ageing skin.

4. If you are lazy when it comes to makeup removal, then mineral makeup is probably for you. The great thing about mineral makeup is that it is so pure you can sleep in it – literally. Minerals do not harm your skin like other ‘toxic’ foundations do, so there is really no need to worry if you accidentally forget to take it off.

5. The colour pay-off of mineral pigments and eyeshadows is actually phenomenal. As they are pure pigments, they are amazingly pigmented and as minerals are brilliant at reflecting light they can pack a serious punch when it comes to shimmer. They are completely perfect for creating glam looks for nights out, and we particularly love the 24k Gold Dusts by Jane Iredale.

Overall it is clear to see that there are a wide range of benefits for using mineral makeup. Now the only decision is, which product do you buy first?!

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Beauty Travel Essentials

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 11:46:14 Europe/London

It’s the time of year where everyone is looking at going away; the summer holidays are nearing, the sun is starting to shine and the shops are decked out with an array of bikinis and flip-flops. With the anticipation of a holiday comes the inevitable panic over what to pack, however, and the chaos that ensues can sometimes put a dampener on the whole holiday. We decided to put together a list of the travel beauty essentials you absolutely must remember when going away, along with some tips on keeping packing as stress-free as possible.

1. Sun Cream – This is an absolute must for going away. Make sure you look into which SPF is right for you and check the weather for the country you’re going to so you know how strong your sun protection needs to be. It’s worth investing in a good SPF moisturiser as well as topping up on your sun cream as the day goes on. Holidays also mean lots of getting in the pool, so make sure you pick up a waterproof sun cream, although it is still imperative you keep topping up your sun cream regularly.

2. Cleanser, Toner & Moisturiser – Although you might just want to chuck some wipes into your suitcase for when you go away, your skin seriously won’t thank you for it. Whether you’re away for a weekend or a fortnight, looking after your skin is crucial, so don’t let your skincare routine fall by the wayside just because you’re on holiday. It’s okay to resort to wipes a couple of times, but if you use them throughout the whole of your stay your skin will start looking dull and it’s more than likely your skin will break out. Remember to cleanse, tone and moisturise to keep your skin looking as healthy and radiant as possible.

3. Mineral Makeup – When on holiday, it’s pretty much a given that 80% of the time your skin will be makeup-free, but when you do decide to pop some foundation on to give you a bit of extra coverage, make sure it is a light, mineral-based foundation. Thick makeup in the sun is always a recipe for disaster and so light mineral makeup is your best bet when abroad as it looks after your skin, feels nice and light and doesn’t clog pores.

4. Lip Balm – Lips can become really chapped and dry in the sun, so invest in a nourishing, repairing lip balm with SPF to keep your lips looking smooth and healthy.

5. After Sun – Don’t forget your after care products when it comes to sun creams etc. – after sun is extremely important in soothing sun-damaged skin and keeping you comfortable in the heat. Chamomile lotion also works really well.

6. Body Lotion/Moisturiser – Moisturising your skin is so important on holiday. The sun can dry it out completely so keep your skin feeling smooth and nourished with a rich hydrating moisturiser. It will also help with peeling skin from sunburn. You could also try a tinted moisturiser if you’re a little apprehensive about being pale on the beach, particularly in the first few days of your holiday.

Remember to check your baggage allowance and see what the rules are regarding liquids in your hand luggage etc, to make sure you don't get caught out. To keep on top of what things you need to take, make sure you write a list a few weeks before your holiday so you're completely organised when the big day arrives. Oh, and don't forget your sunnies!

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Dermarollers: A Guide

Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:37:07 Europe/London

Dermarollers are becoming increasingly popular in the beauty industry, with more and more women looking to them to solve a variety of skin problems. Dermarollers are fantastic multi-tasking products as they can be used for a variety of different skincare concerns, from acne scars to wrinkles, stretch marks to cellulite. If you haven't heard about the buzz surrounding Dermarollers, then where have you been?! 

Dermarollers, or microneedlers as they are also known, are made up of tiny needles which lightly pierce the skin, leaving microscopic needle holes in the dermis. They aren't visible to the naked eye and the needling process actually encourages cell renewal, allowing the skin to regenerate and stimulating the skin to repair itself. This therefore makes the skin thicker and gradually repaired, meaning that wrinkles are plumped, scars are faded and skin is renewed. 

As well as renewing skin and encouraging the removal of scars and wrinkles, Dermarollers also increase the absorption of skincare products, making them work more effectively than they would on non-dermarolled skin. 

Dermarollers can achieve really amazing results, but you have to know exactly how to use them to get these results. First of all, determine the size of the Dermaroller you will need. For using on the face, it is recommended not to go too deep and so 0.25mm or 0.5mm Dermarollers should suffice. For use on other areas of the body, for example if you are using the Dermaroller to remove stretchmarks, a deeper Dermaroller would be neccessary, usually around 1.5mm. This is as the skin is a lot thicker and thus stretchmarks and scars are much deeper. 

Before using your Dermaroller, it is imperitive you make sure your skin is acclimatised to high levels of Vitamin A and C, so for example if you are using Environ Skincare, you must be at AVST Level 3 before starting to use Dermarollers. If you are using Dermarollers purely for stretchmarks or scars on the body, make sure you use a Vitamin A moisturiser or oil afterwards. In terms of how often you can use Dermarollers, again, it depends on the length of the needles. For the 0.25mm and 0.5mm Dermarollers you are fine to use them once a week, but for the longer lengths it is advised to use them less often. 

Used correctly, Dermarollers can achieve seriously amazing results. If you are feeling disheartened about your skin for one of the reasons mentioned above, and you feel as though you have tried everything to no avail, it is definitely worth giving Dermarollers ago. We stock our own brand Dermarollers on Beauty Time Therapies for only £19.99, available in sizes 0.25mm and 0.5mm. 

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Elemis Cleansing Duos

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 14:23:36 Europe/London

 

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As we are currently offering an amazing 15% off ALL Elemis products, applied at the checkout, as well as giving you massive savings with our Cleansing Duos, we thought we would run through the duos for you to let you know which is best for your skin. Starting at £21.99, you can save £21 by purchasing one of the two Elemis duos, complete with cleanser and toner. These are going quick! We run through the benefits of both sets...

 

Elemis Balance and Purify Cleansing Duo - £21.99

The Balance and Purify Cleansing Duo is ideal for combination skin as it aims to balance out the skin as well as deeply cleansing. Ideal for younger skins or those who suffer with acne or breakouts, this duo thoroughly removes impurities, leaving skin looking and feeling clean and balanced. The Lime Blossom Cleanser helps to normalise the skin, removing impurities and gently dissolving makeup, whilst the Lavendar Toner is infused with Sweet Betty, a natural cleansing and foaming ingredient which takes the place of any harsh chemicals. This toner soothes and heals the skin, reducing inflammation caused by acne or environmental factors. 

 

Elemis Brighten and Resurface Cleansing Duo - £29.99

The Brighten and Resurface Cleansing Duo is the perfect partnership for sensitive, tired, dull or hormonal skin. It aims to smooth and resurface the skin, leaving it looking rejuvenated and brightened. The Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Cleansing Wash is the star of this pairing; it buffs away dead skin cells that dull the complexion whilst increasing the cell renewal process. This also makes it ideal for anyone with pigmentation or scarring on their skin, as it encourages new skin to shine through. The Sootheing Apricot Toner is the perfect product to follow the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Cleansing Wash as it thoroughly soothes and calms the skin, leaving it feeling super soft, whilst also brightening and illuminating the skin. 

 

These Cleansing Duos are fantastic value for money and would make ideal gifts, as they come complete with a bag. Remember we are currently offering 15% off ALL Elemis products too, making the price for these fabulous Duos even more desirable. You do not want to miss out! 

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HydroPeptide Polish & Plump Peel AND Mask - Special Offer Set 

Experience an indulgent spa treatment in the comfort of your own home with the amazing HydroPeptide Polish & Plump Peel AND Treatment Mask for the incredible price of £65.00. 

For a limited time, we are offering you the chance to get your hands on HydroPeptide's supremely popular Polish & Plump Peel along with the Treatment Mask, to give you the ultimate spa-like facial. The award-winning HydroPeptide products guarantee to give you impressive results, and the Polish & Plump Peel kit is a triple-action, salon-strength two-step system that delivers the spa-like results of microdermabrasion and facial peels. Vitamin C Crystals gently polish away fine lines and wrinkles, whilst peptides plump and firm the skin, leaving you with a healthy youthful glow. The Treatment Mask makes this the perfect partnership, as it is a fabulous multi-tasking product which literally does it all; hydrates, exfoliates, rejuvenates, firms and brightens all in one simple step. Its 'hybrid-mask' formula means that it provides both the hydration of a gel mask and the pore-cleansing properties of a clay mask. 

Are you a fan of facials and peels, but perhaps looking to get the same results at home? Or maybe you're sick of forking out £60 every 6 weeks for a facial? Then this little beauty is the ideal kit for you. For £65 you have all the products for months and months worth of amazing peels and facials, from a high-quality brand that promises proven results, all in the comfort of your own home. What more could you ask for?!

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Elemis Hero Products

Friday, 31 May 2013 12:10:01 Europe/London

As the amazing brand Elemis is our latest addition to Beauty Time Therapies, we thought it only right to introduce you to some of Elemis’ Hero Products, to let you get to know the brand better and of course, to learn about the fantastic products we are now stocking.

 

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1. Pro-Collagen Marine Cream – The ultimate hero product to-end-all of hero products, the Holy Grail anti-ageing product, the highly-coveted, cult beauty product more buzzed about than any other; yes, we’re talking about Elemis’ Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Winner of multiple prestigious awards, this little pot of magic is now so popular one is sold every minute around the world. This supremely powerful anti-ageing product is packed with age-fighting ingredients such as marine algae Padina Pavonica, Rose and Mimosa Absolutes, and Gingko Biloba Liposomes. It delivers proven results in just over two weeks, and in clinical trials it was proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkle depth by 78%. Need we say anymore? We are currently selling the Limited Edition marine-blue jar with silver embossed lid Pro-Collagen Marine Cream for the bargain price of £99, worth £158.

2. Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Cleanser – Another multiple award winner, the Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Cleanser is one of Elemis’ most popular cleansing products, and is acclaimed for providing amazing results. It stimulates the skin’s natural cell renewal cycle, thus smoothing and refining the skin, sloughing away dead skin cells and leaving the skin feeling super soft and renewed. Brilliant for acne-prone skin or if you suffer with any scarring or dark spots, as this cleanser encourages renewal and so improves the appearance of marks on the face. The cleanser is £29 to buy, but we are currently including a Soothing Apricot Toner free when you buy this product, worth £21. Another fantastic offer!

3. Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal – The Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal from Elemis is a fabulous anti-ageing eye cream, another of Elemis’ products to receive outstanding reviews from both the public and the press. It aims to smooth and improve wrinkles surrounding the delicate eye area using a regenerative formula to leave the skin around the eyes looking youthful and bright. In just under a month 60% of volunteers saw an improvement in smoothness, whilst 67% experienced a significant restructuring effect. The Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal Cream is available from Beauty Time Therapies for £59.50.

4. Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm – Another favourite with both the press and public, the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm gently dissolves dirt, grime and makeup, leaving skin looking and feeling clean and fresh. It is infused with a natural base of 100% natural oils, making it a truly luxurious product to use. It is a brilliant multi-tasking product as it can also be used as a treatment mask, when smoothed over the face and left for ten minutes. It helps promote a glowing complexion whilst cleansing and caring for the skin. Those who took part in clinical trials of the product saw significant improvements in just two weeks – completely astounding. The Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is £39.50 and comes with a cotton wash cloth.

5. Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm – This fantastic hybrid-moisturiser is the ultimate multi-tasking skincare product. It has only recently been released but is already causing a stir in the beauty world, with dozens of rave reviews already being published for it. Formulated with a powerful vitamin complex, it aims to moisturise and prime the skin, whilst leaving it illuminated and brightened. Like the other products mentioned, it achieved amazing results in clinical trials, with 89% of testers claiming it improved skin’s brightness and radiance instantly. It also helps to defend against the early signs of skin ageing – what more could you need?! It is £28.16 at Beauty Time Therapies.

Remember, we're also giving away a fabulous Elemis Beautiful Skin set with every Elemis order over £60. This amazing gift contains two of the hero products mentioned above!

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Create the perfect Valentine's Day Look

Wednesday, 6 February 2013 15:47:48 Europe/London

 

This natural yet glamourous look is perfect if you're doing something special this Valentine's day. We've created this look using a range of Jane Iredale products.


First apply your base foundation, followed by a touch of bronzer for that sunkissed glow. We then added Dubbonet Blush for a splash of colour to the cheeks.

Working on the eyes, we have created this subtle smokey eye effect using 'Bone' in the inner eyes and around the brows to highlight the eye area followed by 'Taupe' across the whole lid. Finish your eyes by blending 'Dark Suede' to the crease and outer edges of the eye. For that extra glam look add a touch of your favourite mascara to lift those lashes!

We then finished this look with Jane Iredale's Lip Fixation in Cherish for that added sparkle and high shine finish!

If you're feeling a bit daring why not try Jane Iredale's Lip Plumper in Venice for a deep red finish to your lips. Perfect for kissable lips this Valentine's day!

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