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09 October 2015
Since its launch in 2000, Ren has become a cult favourite amongst beauty editors and consumers alike. It's now available in department stores, pharmacies and spas in over fifty countries around the world, making it a serious player in the skincare category. Not only does the brand provide groundbreaking product formulations, the latest hi-tech actives, rigorous product testing and clinically proven results, but they use only 100% plant and mineral derived actives and all their formulas are free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients. This is not airy fairy skincare - this is a brand that provides results, without relying on ingredients that have the potential to irritate. Although I've used a few products over the years, it's a brand I've often passed by in favour of a more well known name; but things are a changing in my bathroom, as I've finally discovered the brilliant formulas and incredible aspirations of a home-grown British brand that I know you'll love as much as me. If you're a little confused as to where to start with their plethora of products, here are three of my favourites to get you on the right track and ensure you kick off your Ren relationship with a bang.
08 October 2015
For some reason Benefit's new Air Patrol BB Lid Primer hasn't been a big launch in the UK; it's trickled out to stores with not much buzz or focus from the brand, which is disappointing considering it's actually really rather good. Yes, eyelid primers are nothing really new (we've had Urban Decay's original Primer Potion for the best part of a decade,) but this little tube taps into the trend of defending against environmental stresses - as well as being a perfect product for those of us starting to see the signs of ageing around the eyes. This lightweight formula dries to leave a natural matte finish that doesn't interfere with the performance or result of makeup, but does help guard your delicate eyelids against sun, smoke and pollutants.
07 October 2015
Six bottles of Bioderma Micellar Water are now sold every second across the globe. The trend for micellar waters may have started as a makeup artist and industry secret, but the magic bottles of liquid were soon adopted by bloggers and beauty enthusiasts - creating such a demand that Bioderma was launched in the UK to rapturous applause. I'm a big fan of micellar waters, not only because they're easy and effective, but because they don't strip the skin or leave it feeling irritated. Although many friends and readers know that micellar water provides a gentle option for their skin, few really understand how they work or how they should be used. To clear the issue up once and for all, here's the truth about micellar waters - and why they're not the one-stop-shop cleansing solution you think they may be.
06 October 2015
One of the things I get asked the most, as a makeup artist, by people who are hitting their thirties is "why do I look so old all of a sudden?" The truth is, they don't - but their skin is usually showing the signs of a complexion crying out for something new. Just because we have hit the 30, 40, 50 plus age bracket, it doesn't mean we don't want to look the best we can while keeping up with current trends. Using that harsh, stripping scrub we have re-purchased for the last ten years, and not having an eye cream firmly in our morning and nightly skincare routine, just isn't going to cut it anymore. It’s no different when it comes to makeup - often softening eye makeup and lip colours will do wonders for achieving a more youthful look; the black rimmed eyes that served us so well during our angsty teen haze does absolutely nothing for us now. Now is the time for more investment in our skincare and a little less, but cleverly placed, makeup. We need to adjust the way we do things as our skin changes, not only with gravity (damn my hooded eyelids) but in texture, elasticity and overall brightness. Here are my top tips for getting out of a beauty rut and ensuring you're always looking your best.
05 October 2015
Getting My Beauty Sleep (With A Little Help From Olay Regenerist Age Defying Night Cream) #OLAYSWITCHOFF
Living the busy life I do, combined with late nights working and never ending social media at arms reach, getting my beauty sleep is incredibly important. It's hard to switch off and get the eight hours sleep I really need to look my best the next day, but I'm increasingly turning to nighttime rituals to get me in the right frame of mind. With a plethora of lotions, potions and oils on my bedside table, it's often hard to know what to choose when I don't have the time for a complex and time consuming routine. In the interests of keeping it simple, for a number of weeks I've been using Olay's new Regenerist 3 Point Age Defying Night Cream - which works each night to re-energise your skin’s appearance cell by cell. Its unique Skin Energising Technology accelerates the skin's surface turnover, gently exfoliating away the dull and dry surface cells for much fresher looking skin by morning. Not only does it help to tackle fine lines while intensely hydrating, but it helps provide a radiant glow and re-energised complexion that looks like you've had a great night's sleep - even when you've not!
02 October 2015
I'm so late to this party it's not even funny, but over the last month or two I've started applying my makeup in a slightly different way. Encouraged by the contouring trend and need for great blending, I started reaching for a mini Beauty Blender (which has been sitting unused in my makeup box for blooming ages.) It started with a little blending of my foundation around the jawline, quickly evolving into a tool that helped blur the lines between bronzer and highlighter, finally ending up as the perfect way to conceal those pesky under-eye circles. The texture and size of the little foam wonder may be slightly confusing and intimidating, but don't let the odd shape put you off; it really is a great help and ensures an effortless glowing complexion that looks like you've had the best nights sleep ever.
01 October 2015
Over 50,000 women and around 350 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, making it the most common cancer in the UK. One woman in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, with around 12,000 women and 80 men dying from breast cancer each year. Although more people are surviving breast cancer than ever before, it's still the second biggest cause of death from cancer in women. It's estimated that over 80% of breast cancer sufferers survive five years after diagnosis, but 40 years ago the five year survival rate was around 50%. Although that's an improvement and has had a huge impact on thousands of women (and their families,) we can do better. People are surviving longer thanks to advances in research new treatments, earlier diagnosis, breast screening and breast cancer awareness, but without essential fundraising this simply wouldn't be possible. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and hundreds of brands are jumping on the pink bandwagon in an attempt to both raise awareness and funds for the UK's charities, support networks and research facilities. However, every year Clinique are one of the ones that do it perfectly - launching desirable and practical products that help raise essential funds simultaneously. Here's the lowdown on 2015's offering and why you need to pink up some pink this October.
30 September 2015
Our beauty shelves and bathrooms are awash with products labelled with the phrase 'dermatologically tested.' On some unconscious level this may put our mind at ease and help file them away in the 'good for my skin' category; it's easy to believe that a product that's been effectively tested isn't going to irritate our skin or cause unnecessary tightness. However, do we really know what this means and are we being mislead into believing any product adorned with this statement is better for us? What does 'dermatologically tested' really mean and why should we take any such claim with a pinch of salt?
29 September 2015
Whether you're fighting blemishes or covering dark circles, concealers really are a true beauty hero. I think most of us would agree that concealer is a big player in our makeup bags, as it helps to hide all manner of skin imperfections. But what about correctors? Concealer correctors really are having a 'moment' in the beauty world; over the past few years more and more brands are launching their concealer corrector palettes to combat a multitude of skin perfections. From the higher ended Bobbi Brown and MAC offerings, to the more affordable Makeup Revolution (£6.00) number below, everyone is getting in on the act. So what is a concealer corrector palette and why do you need one in your life?
28 September 2015
Dr PawPaw: The Multi-Functional Balm Every Woman Needs (PLUS Take Advantage Of A Very Special QVC Offer!)
Since its launch in November 2013, Dr.PAWPAW has become a go-to product for beauty enthusiasts, busy mums and those suffering with annoying dry patches on their bodies. The only PawPaw based balm that's made in the UK, Dr.PAWPAW has seen huge success in a short space of time - gaining fans in the likes of Jo Whiley, Rochelle Humes, Lucy Mecklenburgh and Glamour’s beauty editor Alessandra Steinherr. This multi-purpose soothing balm offers antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it more than just another Eight Hour Cream substitute. The formula features the soothing properties of fermented Pawpaw, the nutrient-rich Papaya (which is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to aid skin repair,) anti-inflammatory Olive Fruit Oil and Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice (an excellent ingredient to promote skin regeneration and restore moisture.)
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