Spring beauty trends for 2019

Spring beauty trends for 2019

 

As we move slowly into spring, it’s time to start switching up our beauty routines. Not just an excuse for out with the old and in with the new, it’s also the time to get experimental with new trends. For SS19 this means bright colours and glowy, bare skin.

 

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Vibrant eyes


Using bold colour on your eyes can be intimidating, but it’s a stand-out trend for spring and the new season has us reaching for shades of azure blue. Seen on the runway at Erdem and Missoni, Margot Robbie also wore the look at the 2019 BAFTAs proving it’s very wearable when done right. We love the Diorshow On Stage Liner in Pearly Turquoise and the Shiseido Kajal InkArtist in Sumi Sky. Pair with a nude lip to keep it low key, or try an orange lipstick for a more striking combination.



 

Monochromatic pink


For an ultra-feminine look that flatters everyone, try wearing pink tones on both your eyes and cheeks. Channel the SS19 Giorgio Armani girls or Yara Shahidi on the red carpet and finish with natural lips and brows. Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk paired with the Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush will brighten up even the dullest spring day.



 

A barely-there base


At the other end of the spectrum, skin was mostly left looking very natural. It could be the Meghan Markle effect that saw freckles being embraced at Preen, while Badgley Mischka and Altuzarra added a dewy-verging-on-shiny glow. Recreate the look by prioritising your skincare routine and using a lighter base like the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue. Add a little concealer only where truly necessary.

The Beauty Cabinet: best lip products

The Beauty Cabinet: best lip products

These days we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to lipsticks, balms and glosses, so choosing which one deserves a place in our handbag is no mean feat. Thankfully our beauty team has tried more than your average makeup junkie, so when something stays in our rotation, you know it’s truly passed the test. Here’s our pick of the lip products we can’t live without.

 

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ROUGE DIOR ULTRA ROUGE LIPSTICK



 

“Anyone who knows me knows I love a red lipstick. At the moment my favourite is the Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge. It’s both highly-pigmented and moisturising with a semi-matte finish, and best of all, it lasts all day.” - Jamie Adams, Buyer


Dior, Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge, £30

 


LA MER THE LIP BALM



“During winter I always keep this balm to hand as it’s the best product for combating dry lips. It contains La Mer’s nutrient-rich miracle broth which hydrates and strengthens their protective barrier. If I’m wearing a lipstick in the evening, it keeps the colour long-lasting too.” - Sarah Thompson, Buyer


La Mer, The Lip Balm, £52

 


URBAN DECAY HI-FI SHINE LIPGLOSS



 

“This lip gloss only launched recently, but it’s quickly become a go-to in my makeup bag. The hydrating, glossy formula gives the famous Urban Decay Naked range a new spin. I like to swipe this over the top of any nude lipstick to instantly plump and nourish my lips." - Eleanor Spain, Assistant Buyer


Urban Decay, Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss, £15.50

 


YSL ROUGE VOLUPTE SHINE LIPSTICK



“As a busy mum I don’t have a lot of time to put my makeup on. This lipstick gives more colour than a tinted balm, but it’s not heavy enough that I need a mirror to apply it. The best bit is that once it’s finished you can use the case to make a ring (loads of beauty bloggers are doing it!)” - Georgia-May Dayton, Brand Partnerships Manager


Yves Saint Laurent, Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick, £29

 


GIORGIO ARMANI ROUGE MATTE LIPSTICK



"I thought a genuinely hydrating and long-lasting matte lipstick was a myth until I was introduced to this gem by Giorgio Armani. I'm a little bit lipstick obsessed and it's no exaggeration to say that it's a game changer. I wear the shade 102 for a deep nude or 400 for a classic red." - Hollie Brotherton, Content Editor


Giorgio Armani, Rouge Matte Lipstick, £30

 


ESTÉE LAUDER PURE COLOUR MATTE LIPSTICK

Estee Lauder lipstick

“I like my lipsticks to be as low maintenance as possible, so this offering from Estée Lauder is a firm favourite. Long-lasting and durable, it blends easily and gives a lovely smudged finish, which means you don’t have to constantly keep reapplying. ‘Irrepressible’ is my go-to night out vampy red, and I love the dark, pink-tinged rouge of ‘Unattainable’ for winter days.” - Hannah Dunn, Editorial Manager.


Estée Lauder, Pure Colour Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick, £27

Gym bag beauty saviours

Gym bag beauty saviours

Skincare
While we would normally recommend using a proper cleanser, there’s nothing wrong with reaching for a wipe before and after the gym. Pack a hydrating face mist to keep you cool, and don’t forget to follow your workout with a moisturiser to compensate for everything you’ve just sweated out.


Makeup
Ideally it’s best to remove your makeup before the gym, but sometimes we want to cover up (or simply won’t have time to remove it) and that’s ok. Switching a heavy-coverage liquid foundation for a powder or tinted moisturiser will limit any breakouts. The BareMinerals Original Foundation is our favourite for low-maintenance flawless skin – it claims to be so pure you could sleep in it. If you can’t live without eye makeup, save time after class by sticking to waterproof formulas.


Haircare
Post-gym hair isn’t always pretty, but there are a few steps you can take to reduce the damage. Firstly, keep it off your face during exercise. Dry shampoo is everyone’s best friend and we love Aveda Shampure to absorb any excess oil when you’re done. Finish with a quick spritz of hair mist like Gucci Bloom, and you’re ready to go.

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Chinese New Year beauty buys you need

Chinese New Year Beauty buys you need

February 5th marks the beginning of Chinese New Year and this means limited-edition beauty buys that we just can’t talk ourselves out of. From Guerlain to Givenchy, some of our favourite brands are joining the celebrations, so scroll down for our pick of the best makeup, skincare and fragrance to bring in The Year of the Pig.

 

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GUERLAIN EDC IMPERIALE



 

Impériale was the very first Eau de Cologne created by Guerlain in 1853 and it’s stood the test of time. Both floral and citrus, the iconic scent is one to add to every fragrance collection. We can’t wait to get this limited-edition red bottle on our dressing table.


Guerlain, Eau de Cologne Impériale, £75

 


GIVENCHY LE ROUGE LIP COLOUR



Inspired by Clare Waight Keller’s first collection as creative director at Givenchy, this case is adorned with her beautiful clover print in a one-off red and gold design. The lipstick itself comes in the shade 325 Rouge Fétiche, an intense red with a semi-matte finish.


Givenchy, Le Rouge Lip Colour, £29

 


ARMANI HIGHLIGHTING FACE PALETTE



 

A true Chinese New Year keepsake, this packaging is decorated with a gold fortune symbol for serendipity and success in the year ahead. The powder comes in one shade to suit every skin tone and illuminates your complexion for a natural-looking healthy glow.


Giorgio Armani, Highlighting Face Palette, £60

 


ACQUA DI PARMA COLONIA MINATURES



Cased in a special red and gold box to bring in Chinese New Year, this is a luxe take on the classic Colonia miniatures collection. Inside you’ll find a Colonia, Colonia Pura, Colonia Essenza, Colonia Club and Colonia Intensa. A fresh and sophisticated fragrance for every spring occasion.


Acqua di Parma Colonia Minature Chinese New Year Set, £48

 


BENEFIT FORTUNE, FUN AND FAVOURITES!



We can always count on Benefit to bring the fun. Not just a very giftable gold piggy bank, you’ll find three of their best-selling products inside. The POREfessional face primer will prep skin for makeup, Gimme Brow+ creates fuller-looking brows and GALifornia is the perfect peach blush.


Benefit, Fun, Fortune and Favourites! Gift Set, £26.50

 


GUERLAIN KISSKISS LIPSTICK



Guerlain’s KissKiss lipstick already has one of our favourite formulas, and to celebrate Chinese New Year it’s been redesigned with a metallic red case that we can’t wait for an excuse to show off. Enriched with mango butter and hyaluronic acid spheres, it’s super-hydrating and gives the illusion of fuller lips.


Guerlain, KissKiss Limited Edition Lipstick, £29.50

Summer Fragrances

6 new fragrances for summer

There's nothing quite like a beach day or a balmy summer night, and neither is complete without the perfect scent. From Marc Jacobs Daisy Love to Acqua Di Parma Chinotto di Liguria, here are our favourite new fragrances to spritz this summer.

 

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Marc Jacobs Daisy Love EDT

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love

 

A beachy twist on the iconic Daisy fragrance. With notes of sweet cloudberries, daisy tree petals, cashmere musk and gourmand, the latest Marc Jacobs creation is feminine and carefree.


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GUCCI Bloom Acqua Di Fiori EDT

GUCCI Bloom Acqua Di Fiori Eau De Toilette

 

Not just a shelfie-worthy bottle, this scent is youthful, fresh and uplifting. A reimagination of the classic Gucci Bloom, it includes gorgeous top notes of Galbanum and Blackcurrant bud.


GUCCI Bloom Acqua Di Fiori Eau De Toilette 50ml

 


Tom Ford Soliel Blanc EDP

Tom Ford Soliel Blanc Eau De Parfum

 

Tom Ford's new Private Blends creation is an addictive, sultry summer fragrance. With notes of bergamot, jasmine, ylang ylang and icy coconut milk, it’s like a private island in a bottle.


Tom Ford Soleil Blanc Eau De Parfum 50ml

 


Cartier La Panthère EDP

Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum

 

Mysterious and elegant, this summery fragrance is made up of gardenia, jasmine, bergamot, and grapefruit. Look closely and you'll see the bottle is also in the shape of a panther's face. So luxe.


Cartier La Panthère Eau de Parfum 75ml

 


Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess EDP

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum

 

Every year we eagerly anticipate the new Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection. The new fragrance is a blend of bergamot, warm amber, tiare blossom and vanilla bathed in creamy coconut. Perfect for sun-drenched summer nights.


Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau de Parfum 100ml

 


Acqua Di Parma Chinotto di Liguria EDT

Acqua Di Parma Chinotto di Liguria Eau De Toilette

 

Fancy spending your summer on a yacht in the Mediterranean? With this fragrance, you're halfway there. Including notes of mandarin, jasmine, geranium, and patchouli, this scent will transport you straight to Italy. Bellissimo.


Acqua Di Parma Chinotto di Liguria Eau de Toilette 150ml

Festival makeup ideas

FESTIVAL MAKEUP IDEAS

 

 

Festival makeup

 

Festival season is almost upon us, and with it comes the chance to step out of your beauty comfort zone. From bold colours (think vibrant blues and yellows) to excessive glitter and glossy lids, throw out your usual skincare routine and let yourself have a little fun this summer.

ALL THAT GLITTERS

Glitter dominated the runway this season and it’s forever a mainstay at festivals. You don’t have to go full Giambattista Valli (although that's always encouraged), but applied around your eyes, on your cheekbones or even on your lips, you’ll look suitably disco. Keep loose glitter in place using a liquid highlighter, or go more subtle with a shimmer stick.

GET GLOSSY

There’s a fine line between dewy and greasy, but this blurs where festivals are concerned. Matte is out, so emulate that sun-kissed festival glow with plenty of highlight, lip gloss and eye gloss. Yes, you read that right. Add a glossy top coat to your eyes for a high shine finish.

ELECTRO EYES

When it comes to your eyes, the bolder the better. From vibrant blue to pastel pink to bright yellow, anything goes. Sweep one highly-pigmented shade over your lids to create an intense block of colour, or try experimenting with graphic eye liner.


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How to bend the beauty rules

HOW TO BEND THE BEAUTY RULES

From what eye colour we can pull off to whether it's acceptable to wear makeup at all, conventional beauty rules are subconsciously drilled into us from an early age. Thankfully, boundaries are being broken down and our only rule is, we make our own. Here are three to forget about immediately...

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Rule #1: Makeup should be worn to enhance your natural features

Yes, makeup does an amazing job of covering imperfections, sculpting our faces and perfecting our pouts, but it can also be a lot of fun. Embrace the graphic liner, colour block with bright eyeshadow and throw on a statement lip if you feel like it. Want to go bold with both your eyes and lips? We salute you. More can be more.


Rule #2: Avoid shiny skin

Where do you draw the line between a dewy glow and a shiny complexion? You don’t have to. Luminosity looks healthy, so even if your complexion is on the oily side, don't feel confined to using every mattifying product out there. Highlighter also lifts your features and looks killer on everyone.


Rule #3: Men can't wear makeup

In the last few years we've seen a growing number of men upping their grooming game by adding makeup to their morning routine. From concealer and bronzer to brow and lip products, anything goes. Remember, some of the best makeup artists in the world are men.

MAXIMALIST MAKEUP

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10 foundations for glowing skin

10 foundations for glowing skin

Looking for a foundation that will moisturise and nourish tired skin? Whether it's the inclusion of light-diffusing particles or an injection of H2O, these glow-giving foundations hold the secret to radiant, luminous skin.

 

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YSL Touche Éclat All-In-One Glow

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-In-One Glow Foundation

 

The season's must-try foundation? This groundbreaking cream-to-water formula from YSL. Easily buildable and formulated with up to 50% water and hydrating agents, expect a flawless medium coverage with a supercharged glow.


Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat All-In-One Glow Foundation, £33.50

 


NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundations

Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundations

 

There's no need to forgo coverage in favour of glow. The latest foundation launch from Nars combines serious coverage with infusions of raspberry, apple, and watermelon extracts for all-day hydration and radiance.


Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundations, £35

 


Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation

 

A combination of radiant pearl mica, purified water and lightweight oils make this foundation from Laura Mercier one of the most-coveted foundations amongst glow-getters. Skin is left hydrated, warm and, most importantly, flawless.


Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation, £35

 


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

 

Lightweight, buildable and blurring, Luminous Silk is often regarded as the crème de la crème. Expect medium to full-coverage that brightens and smooths, but still allows the best bits of your skin to shine through.


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42

 


Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation

 

Unlike others in this roundup, Urban Decay's Naked Skin isn't as obviously glowy as you might expect. With a demi-matte finish and light-diffusing spheres, Naked delivers less shine and more luminosity.


Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation, £28.50

 


Lancôme Teint Miracle

Lancôme Teint Miracle

 

Again formulated with an exceptionally high concentration of water, this makeup bag staple from Lancôme contains pearlescent pigments to deliver radiance that packs an extra punch. The best bit? It's incredibly long-lasting with up to 12 hours of wear.


Lancôme Teint Miracle, £32

 


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation

 

This cult base from Bobbi Brown is a firm favourite amongst those that need a very hydrating formula. It creates an even skin tone, minimises the appearance of pores and leaves skin looking bright and radiant.


Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, £34

 


Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation

 

This serum foundation from Stila proves that the secret to glowing skin is more than surface-deep. Formulated with a complex of ionized water, advanced Hyaluronic Acid and essential minerals, skin is left nourished, hydrated and glowing.


Stila Aqua Glow Serum Foundation, £34.50

 


Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Liquid Foundation

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Liquid Foundation

 

Formulated with pseudo-ceramides to keep skin hydrated, and a botanical alternative to retinol to help fight wrinkles, you can build this lightweight foundation from Charlotte Tilbury to achieve whatever level of coverage you desire.


Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Liquid Foundation, £32

 


Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup

Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup

 

The presence of Vitamin C in this formula has created a foundation/moisturiser hybrid that encourages skin to glow on its own after prolonged wear. Combined with luminising pigments, it will leave your skin looking dewy and radiant.


Clinique Even Better Glow Light Reflecting Makeup, £28

Beauty while you sleep

Skincare products to cheat a good night's sleep

Beauty sleep is no myth. Not only does getting eight hours of shut-eye give your cells a chance to repair themselves, your skin also absorbs higher levels of nutrients while your body is resting. With this in mind, here’s our edit of the best products to use in your night-time routine to leave your skin glowing.

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SERUMS

A serum is the first product that should be applied after cleansing. The ingredients are potent with smaller molecules, which means they're more easily and deeply absorbed by your skin. This makes them perfect for tackling specific problems such as wrinkles or dark spots.


MOISTURISERS

Next up, slather on a moisturiser to help seal your serum into the skin. It'll also work hard to improve your skin’s moisture levels (essential for both oily and dry skin types) and strengthen its natural protective barrier.


MASKS

From Charlotte Tilbury's Overnight Bronze and Glow Mask, which promises to leave skin looking sun-kissed, to Lancôme's ultra-hydrating Hydra Zen Hydrating Overnight Jelly Face mask, they cater to a whole range of skincare needs.


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Cruelty-free & vegan makeup

The clean beauty products you need to try

We all try our best to live ethically, but when it comes to beauty, it can become a bit of a minefield. To make things simpler, we've created a guide to our favourite products which are vegan, cruelty-free or both. Clean beauty brands, we salute you.

 

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1. Aveda Feed My Lips Lipstick

Aveda Lipstick

 

Nourishing? Check. Long-lasting? Check. A highly pigmented colour? Check. The new Aveda lipstick range has everything we look for in a lippy and they're cruelty-free.


Aveda Feed My Lips Pure Nourish-mint Lipstick, £17

 


2. BYBI Supercharge Serum

BYBI Supercharge Serum

 

BYBI is the latest brand to take over the clean beauty scene. It's 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free. This serum is a powerhouse of antioxidants designed to encourage skin cell rejuvenation, and despite its lightweight formula, it's intensely hydrating.


BYBI Supercharge Serum, £32

 


3. STARSKIN Red Carpet Face Mask

STARSKIN Red Carpet Ready Hydrating Sheet Face Mask

 

Korean skincare brand STARSKIN has been certified vegan-friendly and cruelty-free by PETA. This mask is perfect for prepping skin before a special occasion, taking your complexion from dull to dewy. It's also infused with a conditioning blend of Amino Acids and Brown Algae for anti-ageing benefits.


STARSKIN Red Carpet Ready Hydrating Sheet Face Mask, £8.50

 


4. BAREMINERALS Original Foundation

BAREMINERALS Original Foundation

 

BareMinerals never test on animals and none of their products include preservatives or damaging chemicals. This foundation has been going strong for over 20 years and we can see why. It's a lightweight mineral base that contains just five ingredients and claims to be so pure you could sleep in it.


BAREMINERALS Original Foundation, £27

 


5. ULTRASUN 30SPF Family

ULTRASUN 30SPF Family

 

Stay safe and ethical this summer with Ultrasun's range of SPF products, which are all vegan and cruelty-free. This fast-absorbing, non-greasy and water-resistant forumla provides high UVA and UVB protection.


ULTRASUN 30SPF Family, £25

 


6. ELEMIS Pro-collagen Marine Cream

ELEMIS Pro-collagen Marine Cream

 

Elemis never test their products on animals and their best-selling anti-ageing cream delivers results too. The SPF30 Marine Cream blends powerful ingredients such as Padina Pavonica and Ginkgo Biloba to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


ELEMIS Pro-collagen Marine Cream, £82

 


7. Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow

 

Charlotte Tilbury products are all cruelty-free and the majority are vegan, too. Wonderglow ticks both boxes, and it's one of our favourite primers for glowing, radiant skin.


Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow, £38

 


8. Urban Decay Backtalk Palette

Urban Decay Backtalk Palette

 

Urban Decay is Leaping Bunny-certified, which means none of their products have been tested on animals. The brand new Backtalk palette is exlusive to House of Fraser, and contains both cheek and eye shades based on the cult lipstick colour.


Urban Decay Backtalk Palette, £39.50

Best foundations for dry skin

Best foundations for dry skin

As the weather starts getting colder, biting winds and blasting heating can cause even the least tempermental complexions to feel dry, flakey and dehydrated. Allow us to introduce you to the best foundations for dry skin, aka your new beauty saviours.

 

 


La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear 

La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation

 

Packed with La Mer's iconic Miracle Broth, this is a super hydrating skincare-foundation hybrid. It's full coverage too, so you don't have to compromise on flawless looking skin.


La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation, £90

 


NARS Sheer Glow 

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

 

Blogger favourite Sheer Glow will give dull complexions a serious dose of radiance. It has a natural, buildable coverage and is water-based, which means no clinging to dry patches.


NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, £33

 


Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum 

Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation

 

Who wouldn't want all of the benefits of a hydrating serum with the coverage of a classic Bobbi Brown foundation? This is also formulated with Lychee, Bamboo Grass and Cordyceps Mushroom extracts for a firmer, more lifted complexion.


Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation, £48

 


Sisley Le Teint Anti-Aging 

Sisley Sisleya Le Teint Anti-Aging Foundation

 

Perfect for mature skin, this foundation is everything you'd expect from a French skincare brand. It contains key anti-ageing ingredients such as Persian Acacia extract to promote cellular production and keep your skin looking luminous through winter.


Sisley Sisleya Le Teint Anti-Aging Foundation, £104.50

 


BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

 

New on the beauty scene, this sheer foundation is designed to combat even the most dehydrated complexions. Formulated with glycerin and trehalose, it's nourishing, weightless and natural, with added SPF to protect from any winter rays.


BareMinerals Complexion Rescue, £28

 


Charlotte Tilbury Magic

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation

 

This full-coverage foundation lives up to its name as it nourishes while covering any discoloration or imperfections. It uses antioxidants to rejuvenate your skin from within, even on the dullest of winter days.


Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £32

 


The Ordinary Serum

The Ordinary Serum Foundation

 

Remember the foundation with the 25,000 person waiting list? This is it. Affordable skincare brand The Ordinary branched out to foundations last year, and they're a dream. This is lightweight and best suited to dry skin.


The Ordinary Serum Foundation, £6

 


Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum

Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum

 

This silky tinted serum has a formula that dry skin will drink up. It's glowy and ultra-light to give a natural-looking 'your skin but better' appearance.


Dior Diorskin Nude Air Serum, £35

10 mascaras to transform your lashes

10 mascaras that will transform your lashes

Looking for the perfect mascara? We've handpicked ten of the best eyelash products, which will do everything from lengthen, thicken and darken your lashes.

 

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Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara

 

Formulated with super-light aero-particles, derived from space technology, this brand new mascara is the go-to for intergalatic lashes.


Shop Benefit BADgal Bang Mascara, £21.50

 


Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

 

Say hello to the lashes of your dreams thanks to this volumising mascara from Lancome, which promises not to smudge.


Shop Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara, £21

 


3. Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara

 

Volumising? Yes. Lengthening? Yes. Curling? Yes. What more do you need from a mascara?


Shop Urban Decay Troublemaker Mascara, £19.50

 


4. YSL Luxurious Mascara 

YSL Luxurious Mascara for Instant False Lash Effect

 

This remastered formula promises a false lash effect in one single stroke. Yes, really.


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5. Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes

 

Quite possibly the perfect formula, this 5-in-1 mascara promises to curl, seperate, thicken, lengthen and add all the drama you need.


Shop Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes, £23

 


6. Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Mascara

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara

 

The hybrid brush on this mascara allows you to create different lash looks, depending on your mood. Extra points for the contained conditioning oil to keep lashes super soft.


Shop Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Lash Multi Effects Mascara, £25.50

 


7. Shiseido Full Lash Multi Dimension Mascara

Shiseido Full Lash Multi Dimension Mascara

 

We love the brush on this one, which is bendable so you can catch those hard to reach corner lashes for the best finish.


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8. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Lengthening Mascara

 

Get the precision of a makeup artist with this brush; long bristles on one side and short bristles on the other to cover from root to tip.


Shop Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Lengthening Mascara, £30

 


9. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire

 

The benefits of this mascara are endless. The specially developed brush and formula work together to thicken and separate lashes.


Shop Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Mascara, £22.50

 


10. Benefit They're Real Mascara

Benefit They're Real Mascara

 

Your mascara prayers have been answered. If you're looking for luxurious, silky lashes that won't smudge or clump, this is the one for you.


Shop Benefit They're Real Mascara, £20.50

How to melt-proof your makeup

How to melt-proof your makeup

 

The UK so rarely gets a heatwave, it seems criminal to complain, but is anything more frustrating than feeling your carefully-applied makeup slide away? Here's our edit of the best sweat-proof beauty products to keep your face perfectly in place...

 

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A moment in prime

 


A moment in prime

Primer is arguably one of the most underrated beauty products, and summer is its time to shine (by doing a stellar job of eliminating yours). A mattifying, oil-controlling formula is perfect for hot weather. Use a small amount and apply with your fingers for an even coverage.

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Lock it down

If you're not using a product designed to set your makeup in place, prepare to re-apply your look by lunchtime. Setting sprays and powders are game-changers all year round, but in the summer they're essential. As well as controlling oily skin, they help to prevent colour from running or fading.

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The eyes have it

 


The eyes have it

Now your base won't budge, but don't forget to choose the right formulas for your eye makeup. Whether it's caused by hayfever or humidity, in the summer it will be streaming in no time. Always go for products that are water-resistant and long-lasting.

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Mother's Day Beauty Gift Guide

Mother's Day Beauty Gift Guide

Don’t want to gift the usual chocolates and flowers this Mother’s Day? Instead, treat her to her favourite beauty buys and place yourself firmly in her good books. From delicious new fragrances, to luxury skincare and must-have makeup palettes, these Mother’s Day gifts will last a whole lot longer than your standard five days.

 

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LA MER THE CONCENTRATE



 

If your mum is interested in skincare, she definitely has La Mer on her wishlist. A serum for healthy, glowing skin, her daily application of The Concentrate will be as much of a treat as its impressive results.


La Mer, The Concentrate, £280

 


JO MALONE THE COLOGNE COLLECTION



You can’t go wrong with Jo Malone, and this selection of her most-loved perfume is sure to please even the fussiest fragrance lover. From Lime, Basil and Mandarin to English Pear and Freesia, these scents can be worn alone or layered together..


Jo Malone, Cologne Collection, £75

 


TOM FORD LUMINERE LIP



 

You’d be hard pressed to find a woman who wouldn’t be happy to unwrap a Tom Ford lipstick on Mother’s Day. The new Lumière Lip softens and moisturises while adding a hint of colour for nourished, healthy lips.


Tom Ford, Lumière Lip, £36

3 steps to glowing skin

3 steps to glowing skin

 

Suffering with a serious case of January face? You're not alone. After a month of drinking, eating and plenty of merriment now is the time to reboot your skincare routine. From exfoliating to moisturising, follow our three simple steps to get glowing, radiant skin.

 

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Skincare

 

Step One: Exfoliate

Before you do anything else, invest in a skincare product containing Glycolic Acid. Dead cells = dull skin and this popular AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) gently exfoliates your skin’s surface layer, speeding up the cell renewal process. These products come in the form of cleansers, toners and masks, so play around until you find which one works best for you.


Step Two: Hydrate

Regardless of whether you have a dry or an oily complexion, your skin needs hydrating, especially during the winter months. Applying a moisturiser twice a day will keep you glowing as well as creating a barrier between your skin and the outside elements. We love applying Charlotte’s Magic Cream in the morning before primer, and La Mer’s The Moisturizing Cream at night after serum.


Step Three: Prime

A good primer will keep your makeup in place and leave your foundation looking flawless. Choose one designed to illuminate and you can achieve that highly-coveted lit-from-within glow. If you prefer a more natural look, these can also be worn alone to even out skin tone and add a boost of radiance.



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New fragrances for spring

New Fragrances For Spring

Looking for a fresher, lighter perfume for spring? Luckily there are eight delicious new fragrances that fit the bill. From the latest Marc Jacobs offering to your new staple from Gucci, get ready to update your fragrance wardrobe with the season's newest scents.

 

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AGENT PROVOCATEUR MISS AP EDP




 

With notes of rose and ylang-ylang, this fragrance was made to seduce. Bold and sensual, it’s not your typical spring day scent, but you’ll be reaching for it come date night.


Agent Provocateur, Miss AP EDP, £69

 


TIFFANY SHEER EDT




 

This is a delicate, more subtle version of the original, best-selling Tiffany perfume. With notes of rose, black currant and ylang-ylang, it’s both citrus and floral.


Tiffany, Sheer EDT, £65