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10 Of The Best Celebrity Perfumes

A right of passage for all top celebrities, releasing a fragrance cements their position in the hall of fame. Admittedly, some celebrity perfumes offer no more than a pretty bottle and named brand, but there are many more that have rightly earned their place as best sellers. In no particular order, here are 10 celebrity perfumes that we love:


Nude, Rihanna

The third fragrance by Rihanna, Nude is an easy-to-wear floral-fruity scent. Top notes of guava and pear are offset against white floral mid-notes, including gardenia and orange blossom. Base notes of musk, sandalwood and vanilla orchid round the fragrance off.


Promise, Jennifer Lopez

This new fragrance from Jennifer Lopez is sure to be a hit. The bottle is reminiscent of that Versace dress from the 2000 Grammy Awards, and wouldn’t look out of place among other luxury fragrances. Promise starts with fruity pineapple, Italian orange and Sicilian lemon, and is balanced with peony, violet, caramel and tonka bean. Good enough to eat!


Thank U Next, Ariana Grande 

New in from Ariana Grande, Thank U Next is the epitome of a pretty-in-pink fragrance. If you love fruity-floral perfumes but aren’t a fan of the heavier woody scents that they so often contain, you’re in for a treat. This simple yet effective fragrance contains only six notes: raspberry, pear, pink rose, coconut, musk and macarons. This is a perfect scent for Spring/Summer.


Christina Aguilera, Christina Aguilera

A sensual, sophisticated scent, Christina Aguilera’s self-titled perfume isn’t as “young” as others on our list. Blackcurrant and plum are paired with peony and jasmine, while base notes of vanilla and musk balance the fruity-floral fragrance.


Love and White Diamonds, Elizabeth Taylor 

If you’re looking for a perfume that is floral without being too sweet, you have to try Love and White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor. Neroli and petitgrain offer a green, floral introduction, quickly followed by Turkish rose, tuberose and gardenia. Base notes of cedar, sandalwood and musk add staying power and ground the fragrance.


Stash Prive, Sarah Jessica Parker 

New in, Stash Prive is an updated version of SJP’s popular Stash perfume. Inspired by her time in Moscow, this ultra-clean fragrance leads with top notes of quince, grapefruit and pink pepper. Sage and orange blossom follow as mid-notes, and aromatic woods of birch and Haitian vetiver create the base. 


Signature, Shawn Mendes 

A unisex scent that leans toward the feminine, Signature by Shawn Mendes is soft and sweet without being cloying. Of the nine notes, the easiest to pick out are dulce de leche, maple sap and pineapple. For a similarly unisex scent which is slightly more masculine, give Signature II a try.


Midnight Fantasy, Britney Spears 

An oldy but a goody, Midnight Fantasy was released in 2007 to the excitement of millions of teenage girls. Perhaps surprisingly, this perfume outdid all expectations, becoming a top-seller which is still loved today. While the bottle won’t be winning any awards, the fragrance is top-notch, with notes of sour cherry and plum balancing freesia, iris, orchid and amber.


Meow, Katy Perry

Another bottle that is best suited for deep at the back of a drawer, Meow by Katy Perry is a great example of why not to judge a book by its cover. A sweet, cosy scent, the takeaway notes are vanilla, pear, tangerine and amber. White florals in the form of gardenia, honeysuckle and jasmine add sophistication.


Heat, Beyonce

Last but certainly not least is Heat by Beyonce. A warm, heady fragrance suited to evenings and cooler days and not for wallflowers. Of this decadent perfume, the standout notes are peach, almond, orchid and macarons, with a base of tonka bean, amber and sequoia.


With so many impressive celebrity perfumes on the market, there’s never been a better time to try one. Which of our list has piqued your interest? View the full range of celebrity perfumes here.

Could a new toothbrush make you look younger?

We all know that good dental hygiene is key to a bright, white smile, but are you getting the best results from your regular toothbrush? 

Studies show that whiter teeth can make you look 5 years younger and as much as 20% more attractive! No wonder celebrities line up to pay thousands of pounds for high-cost dental procedures! But there’s an easier way to achieve a fresher smile, and it comes without a high-maintenance routine or costly upkeep. It could be as simple as switching your toothbrush.


The Evolution of Brushing

For the best results, manual toothbrushing requires you to brush all possible surfaces of your teeth using multiple directions of action to thoroughly clean the enamel. Many of us simply aren’t cleaning our teeth well enough to prevent decay and remove staining.

But while manual toothbrushes rely entirely on technique, the newest electric toothbrush in the Philips Sonicare range makes it easy to get a fresh, white smile. Featuring an adaptive brush head, it is able to remove up to 10x more plaque from those hard-to-reach places. 

Winner of the ‘Gold Pure Beauty Awards 2019’, the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean Edition toothbrush is the most elegant model to date. It whitens teeth 2x better than a manual toothbrush in and removes up to 100% more stains, for whiter teeth in as little as one week. Stylish and affordable, the electric brush comes with a handy charging travel case, hygienic brush cap, and is available in four colours: classic white, modern black, feminine pink, or our personal favourite, rose gold.


Why Gum Health Matters

Our gums play a huge role in the health of our teeth – even with the best brushing regime, if the gums are neglected your teeth won’t have the base they need to stay strong and healthy. The tissue of your gums forms a tight seal around each tooth, supporting the bones and providing a barrier against bacteria. Not to mention, a good flossing routine prevents plaque buildup between the teeth and reduces the risk of decay. This is why dentists encourage daily flossing as part of our dental routine. 

Whether you’re an avid flosser, or know you could be doing better, Philips have again provided the ideal solution for making our lives easier. 

Clinically proven to be as effective as single-use floss, the AirFloss Pro Flosser was designed for inconsistent flossers and those who wish to simplify the process. The system uses unique air and micro-droplet technology to send a burst of pressurised air and liquid between your teeth and can be used with water or mouthwash for the ultimate clean.

With a one-touch activation button, flossing has never been so easy. Remove up to 99.9% of plaque from treated areas at the click of a switch. The AirFloss Pro Flosser comes with two nozzles and a mouthwash, so it’s ready to use straight out of the box.


Say Hello To A Brighter Smile

We all want a smile to be proud of. One that isn’t hidden under a self-conscious hand or shielded by pursed lips. Whiter, brighter teeth can help to unlock your inner confidence, so you can spread the joy of a smile wherever you go. 

And the best part? With the combined power of the AirFloss Pro Flosser and Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Deep Clean Edition, you’ll have everything you need to simplify your dental routine from home, at a fraction of the cost of professional treatments. 


Turn back the hands of time and unlock a more youthful smile with Philips. Discover the range today.

Meet the Brand: Odylique

Like any company who wants to truly make a difference Odylique has a great story… 

A sensitive issue

It started with Margaret. Thirty years ago, Margaret Weeds – Nottingham native, and qualified in herbal medicine and aromatherapy – was suffering with very, very sensitive skin. She wasn’t alone: eczema ran in her family and she and her children were all plagued with sore, dry, itchy patches. It being the late 80s, conventional cosmetics or prescription skincare were the only real option available. These were often packed with petroleum, artificial additives and other skin irritants which simply didn’t suit her allergy-prone skin.

A natural solution

Confident that she could find answers through natural ingredients, Margaret began tinkering with skin-friendly concoctions. Armed with her exceptional herbal knowledge and belief in the capabilities of nature, she started experimenting using only organic herbs, plant oils and natural active ingredients that were kind to super-sensitive skin. The result was a small range of gentle, effective, delightfully caring formulas that worked wonders on the family’s collective skin complaints. On the strength of these results, Margaret and her daughter Abi launched Essential Care in 2003, a company with a passion for the power of genuine natural skincare.

Keeping it in the family

“Essential Care” was going well, but Margaret and Abi knew they could do more. By 2014, after a decade of bringing certified organic skincare and (the world’s first) Fair Trade make-up to the world, they re-christened themselves “Odylique”. Pronounced “Oh-dih-leek” (for those who struggle with their French linguistics!), the name is derived from a phrase that means “power of nature” and it suits perfectly. They’re still a family-owned company run by Margaret’s daughter Abi and a dedicated team of skin-loving experts. Odylique found its home amidst the rolling fields of Suffolk, where visitors are welcome to enjoy the botanical gardens. Every single one of Odylique’s products is handmade there. This makes them fairly unique in the skincare world and able to promise the highest quality and freshness for everything they make. It’s a haven for those seeking care for their sensitive skin.

They love your skin (and the planet)

Odylique was one of the first companies to create certified organic cosmetics and formulate the purest cosmetics possible. 

Each and every one of their ingredients has therapeutic credentials. There are a few ways in which Odylique makes this happen: 

  • By using actives – herbs and essential oils – in therapeutic concentrations.
  • Plant oils must be virgin and cold-pressed so that they have their full antioxidant vitamin-content intact (this more actively nourishes the skin and protects it from premature ageing).
  • They don’t do synthetic chemicals. Ever.
  • Everything is certified to strict Soil Association organic standards (those guys are strict, trust us)
  • They leave out lanolin, wheat, dairy & soya derivatives, salicylic acid, peanut oil, common allergen tree nut oils and more…all the things that can upset sensitive skin.
  • They NEVER test on animals. Instead, we test on human volunteers who have sensitive and allergy-prone skin. 

Odylique are big on doing the planet as many favours as possible. As such, they make sure that their raw materials suppliers and all of their distributors follow the no-testing-on-animals rule, and they go out of their way to adhere to Fair Trade standards and use responsible, sustainable packaging.


Odylique’s Top 3…ok, 4 must-haves

  • Creamy Coconut Cleanserthis organic face cleanser is gentle but highly effective. The skin-conditioning creamy blend of extra virgin olive & coconut oils gently but thoroughly lifts away make-up, skin impurities and airborne dirt. Organic rose water and a subtle trio of pure essential oils calm sensitive skin and complete a thorough natural cleanse. This is a non-comedogenic cleanser, detergent-free and soothing for sensitive skin, dry skin, oily skin, normal or mature skin types! It is often used on skin prone to rosacea.
  • Superfruit Concentratethis organic face oil is a blend of super-strength 100% organic rosehip oil, sea buckthorn and pomegranate, giving an exceptional synergy of 5 omega fatty acids, plus antioxidant vitamins and nature’s miracle phytosterols, to target dry skin and all aspects of skin ageing. Use this super serum daily or as needed to boost moisture, cell renewal and collagen synthesis for smooth, instantly radiant skin.
  • Gentle Herb Shampoothis herbal shampoo will bring shine and vitality back naturally to even the most sensitive scalp. A 100% natural, certified organic, vegan shampoo – the first shampoo that ever achieved Soil Association approval.

 

 

 

 

 

It is free from all sulphates (including SLS, ALS, sodium coco sulphate), silicone, salt, fragrance and artificial preservatives.

  • Black Eye Linerthis organic eyeliner is the first eye pencil certified to Soil Association AND Fairtrade standards! Intensely rich mineral eye-liner pencil colour combines with organic jojoba, sunflower, shea butter and calendula for a rich, smooth texture that glides on effortlessly to define and nourish the delicate eye area, without tugging or pulling.

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Hayfever Help!

If you’re reading this article, let me start by saying – solidarity. Nothing is quite as unfair as when the warmer weather and longer days bring with it a curse on the unlucky few. Puffy eyes, itchy skin, uncontrollable sneezing and a nose that drip, drip, drips for days on end – it’s torture! The good news is, the allbeauty team has a few tricks up our collective sleeve to make battling hayfever more manageable. 

Whether your allergies are triggered by grasses, pollens, or one of nature’s other little lovelies, relief is at hand with these top tips.


Create a barrier

The best way to stop hayfever from taking hold is to prevent the allergens from getting into your system in the first place. Airborne allergens like pollen affect your system by getting into your eyes and nose, leading to the body releasing histamines to fight them off. Unfortunately, for some people, these histamines go a little overboard, flooding the body with an inflammatory response which creates the symptoms we associate with hayfever. The best way to prevent this response is to keep the allergens from entering your system in the first place. 

One way to do this is to create a barrier by putting a layer of product around the inner rim of your nostrils and under your eyes. If it’s the right consistency, this will attract the airborne pollen and prevent it from getting into your body. While bog-standard Vaseline will do the trick, Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips is a more skin-friendly product and has 1001 other uses!


Hit the herbs

Nature, despite its inflammatory pollens and grasses, is pretty wonderful. In fact, there are a variety of natural compounds that can even be used to counteract allergic conditions like hayfever. 

The Organic Pharmacy Quercetin and Vitamin C Complex has been designed with allergy sufferers in mind, containing a combination of vitamins and herbs to holistically reduce symptoms. The recommended dose during hayfever season is 3 capsules daily, which contains natural inflammation fighters turmeric, nettle, elderflower, quercetin, bromelain and vitamin C.


Homoeopathy

While it isn’t for everyone, many people swear by the power of homoeopathy. Homoeopathy is an alternative treatment where highly diluted substances are introduced to the body in order for it to heal itself. 

Containing extracts of Allium cepa, Euphrasia Officinalis and Gelsemium sempervirens, Weleda Hayfever Relief is an oral spray that can be used for the symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis. Whether the results are due to placebo or the real deal, if it works, it works!


Pollen-proof your home

Having an allergen-free oasis can make a world of difference during hayfever season, so take steps to create a pollen-free zone in your home. Dry your clothes indoors where possible and change into a clean outfit when getting home for the day – this will stop pollen from hitching a ride indoors on your clothing. Invest in a good air filter, which will be one of those purchases you’ll be grateful you made year after year. I can personally recommend the Vax AP01 Air Purifier for a small space, but other options are available!

Another great way to keep allergens out of your home is to keep your windows closed. You might miss out on that Spring breeze, but you’ll thank yourself for it when your allergies aren’t running amok. And to make yourself feel better about losing out on the breeze, treat yourself to something equally fragrant. The Neom Calm and Relax range is available in a diffuser, candles and an essential oil blend and not only does it smell great, but it helps with hayfever symptoms too!


#alltheantihistamines

Yes, yes, we all want to pursue the most natural option and avoid having to hit the pharmacy shelves, but sometimes you have to bring in the big guns. When all else fails, antihistamines can provide some much-needed relief. It’s worth noting that there are a few types of antihistamines, all which work differently. 

Cetirizine and Loratadine are available over-the-counter and are both non-drowsy antihistamines. They work by blocking the H1 receptor from intrusion by histamines, preventing an allergic reaction. Many people find one or the other works better for their symptoms, so it is worth trying each for a set period to find out which is the best fit for you.

Fexofenadine is generally considered a stronger antihistamine, but it is still a non-drowsy formulation. It can be purchased over-the-counter but is more expensive than other options. For those suffering from severe hayfever, it may also be available on prescription.

Antihistamine nasal spray and eye drops can also be great tools for controlling the symptoms of hayfever where they are at their most severe. 

Here are our Hayfever Help top picks.

Biotherm Homme
Aquapower Dynamic Hydration 75ml


Whatever options you try to get you through this hayfever season, we hope you find some relief from your symptoms and manage to enjoy the warmer, brighter weather. If you have a top tip that you’d love to share with our readers, leave it in the comments section below! Shop All Spring Beauty Now

Day and Night Skincare by PRAI Beauty

PRAI Beauty, known as the ‘Neck-Xperts’, have developed a range of serums focusing on firming and tightening, along with hydrating and lifting cremes for the delicate neck and décolletage areas. 

This often forgotten part of the body requires targeted skincare to protect it against the harsh daytime demands and to smooth and replenish it during the recovery night-time hours. The skin on the neck is rather like the skin around the eye area and can age up to 20 times faster than the skin on the face. It is supported by very little muscle, has very few oil glands, little or no sweat glands and is tissue-thin. To help maintain the skin in this delicate area we have created a targeted collection that has specific actions to tighten, lift, firm and brighten.


Why is it important to have a day and night routine?

During the day, the skin on our neck and décolletage needs protecting against loss of moisture. It also needs feeding with necessary ingredients to help it stay hydrated, supple and soft, with added benefits of ‘holding’ it in place whilst we stretch it, twist it, pull it up and down in many different directions. Night-time is the ideal opportunity to allow our skin to renew and repair, without being disturbed by factors including weather, makeup and pollution.


What makes day and night products different?

Ingredients in day-time skincare vary to those for a night-time routine. Throat and Décolletage Day Creme has active ingredients like Shea Butter to soften, Hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate, Sepilift which acts like a stretchy elastic veil on the skin, plus grape seed extracts and squalene to brighten. Throat and Décolletage Night contains two types of Retinol for overnight skin renewal as well as Sepilift and Wellagyl which increases the skin’s hydration, firmness, radiance and helps diminish the look of ageing.


When is the best time to start my nightly routine?

PRAI Beauty believes in prevention, not reaction. The sooner you can get into the habit of looking after your neck and décolletage the better. The results later in life will be worth it!


What makes PRAI Day and Night Duo so effective?

A combination of very different ingredients for day and night-time use.


How long before I can expect to see results?

PRAI prides itself on quoting results in 7 days. The greater the damage to the skin, the better the results.


Do I have to use both cremes to see results? 

Using both gives a better result overall, however using one or other of the cremes will give great results alone. Remember, the Day Creme can be used day or night, but the night creme, as it contains retinol, can only be used at night. For slightly younger skin, with little damage or wrinkles the night creme with retinol is an excellent single option to start with as retinol encourages cell renewal and stimulation. For more mature skin or skin with more sun damage and wrinkles the day option, used morning and night is a great starting place.


In which order should I apply serum and creme?

The Ageless Serum has been designed to layer underneath both the Throat & Decolletage Day and Night cremes. It has a clever rollerball applicator to help stimulate the skin for easy absorption as well as acting as a gentle massager. This powerful serum contains Hematite to help boost collagen production and Goldenrod to shield the skin from free radicals and aggressors. It can be used alone, but in combination with the throat cremes it powers up the effectiveness of both day and night.


What is Prai Extract? 

PRAI Extract is an amber liquid that has been used for centuries as a skin healer.  Harvested sustainably in Thailand from a ginger like botanical root, PRAI Oil Extract also acts as a super skin softener across the whole PRAI range. It was originally reserved exclusively for the Thai Royal family but is now more widely available in its raw form for commercial use.


PRAI Beauty specialises in creating targeted skincare for forgotten areas on the face and body. We never test our products on animals and are proud to be cruelty free, giving a percentage of all PRAI proceeds worldwide to animal foundations around the globe.  

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Multi-Use Favourites That Don’t Cost The Earth

With the world in a spin, self-care is as important as ever, but many of us are having to tighten the purse strings and be more selective when it comes to making new purchases. If this applies to you, we know that you’ll be looking for products that offer value for money and pack a lot into a small package. Well, at allbeauty there is certainly no shortage of products that fit that description! Here is a selection of the best multi-use buys that offer the most bang for their buck:


Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

Don’t let the name put you off, this balm is for much more than just nipples and lips! In a handy, pocket-sized tube, Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips is a medical-grade, 100% natural product that can be used to smooth flyaways, prime skin, treat chapped lips, heal burns and abrasions, hydrate dry patches and of course, soothe sore nipples from breastfeeding. This is a must-have item for every home.


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

This multi-award-winning dry oil is a favourite in France, where women enjoy easy-use products that enhance their natural beauty. Containing 30% plant oils, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse has been formulated for use on the face, hair and body, repairing, hydrating and softening. The subtle natural shimmer brightens skin and hair, making you look fresher and more radiant in a single step.


Phyto Treatments Baobab Oil for Hair and Body

With a unique blend of some of nature’s most nourishing oils, including that of Africa’s ancient Baobab tree, Phyto Treatments offers another great all-round product for hair and body. Use as a hair treatment, a leave-in, a sun protectant, or rub into dry skin for instant hydration.


Neom Organics London Intensive Skin Treatment Candle

It’s a candle. It’s a nourishing skin treatment. It smells amazing. What’s not to love!?

Designed to be a fragrant addition to your pre-bedtime routine, the Neom Skin Treatment Candle contains a combination of six oils which are whipped together with 24 essential oils. After enjoying the scented candle, pour the melted oil onto your skin for the ultimate in indulgence.


Chi Olive Organics Hair and Body Conditioner

Unleash the nourishing powers of olive oil with Chi Olive Organics Hair and Body Conditioner. Your all-in-one shower companion, it can be used to condition your hair, locking in moisture and smoothing each strand, or apply to your body before rinsing for soft, supple skin.


Canabidol CBD Rescue Cream

Moisturising, healing and soothing, Canabidol CBD Rescue Cream is a must for all your skincare needs. Rich in fatty acids, the formula deeply hydrates the skin, while the combination of CBD and terpenes reduce inflammation and pain. Perfect for skin that is prone to dryness and sensitivity, or for those post-workout aches.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

When it comes to skincare, you can’t look beyond Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. The multi-award-winning skin cream has gained cult status thanks to its ultra-rich formulation which hydrates and protects skin for up to – you guessed it – eight hours. Use to deeply moisturise dry hands and feet, soothe chapped lips or even to shape brows and add shine to cheeks. It’s truly an all-in-one wonder cream.

Bonus: Like the concept of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream but looking for something a little lighter? You’ll love the Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil. With all the power of its predecessor, this lightweight oil makes a great alternative.


We’re sure you’ll agree, these products prove you can get the best of beauty, without it having to cost the earth.

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How Many Household Names Are Homegrown?

It’s time to celebrate some of the UK’s fantastic beauty brands! Take a look at some of the great companies that began on UK shores, you may be surprised with just how many household names are homegrown. 


Elemis

Created in London in 1990, Elemis quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the world of beauty. Currently, the UK’s #1 luxury British skincare brand, Elemis not only have an array of award-winning products, but they also work with a number of spas to provide high-end treatments.

Our pick: try the multi-award-winning Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm. Rich and nourishing, this balm is ideal for deeply cleansing all skin types. 


Molton Brown

Influencing the most renowned London noses since 1971, Molton Brown is the darling of Britains fragrance world. Their bath and body ranges can be found in homes across the globe, with limited edition fragrances keeping customers wrapt in attention. 

Our pick: for a fan favourite, try Molton Brown’s signature fragrance, the Orange and Bergamot Hand Wash. After all, no bathroom is complete without a “good soap” for those times you have guests pop over. 


Neal’s Yard Remedies

With their unmistakable blue glass bottles, Neal’s Yard has been turning heads since 1981. Selling aromatherapy and skincare products from their Covent Garden store, the business quickly expanded and now has more than 60 stores worldwide.

Our pick: allbeauty customers rave about the Neal’s Yard Frankincense Intense Lift Cream for its ability to hydrate and tone the skin. Containing omega fatty acids and hyaluronic acids, it’s perfect for mature skin.


Cowshed

From the emergence of their first spa in 1998, Cowshed has gone from strength to strength, bringing a touch of country calm to the lives of its busy customers. Animal-friendly and free of silicones, parabens and mineral oils, their products make the perfect gift for practically anyone. 

Our pick: find out what the hype is about and try a range of the best-selling favourites with the Cowshed Hand & Body Set. With hand cream, hand wash, body lotion and shower gel, you’ll be treated to the full Cowshed experience at home.


thisworks

Founded by health and beauty guru Kathy Phillips in 2003, thisworks was created to offer everyday skincare and sleep solutions to the British public. Their range of products uses aromatherapy to invoice the senses and contribute to wellbeing, with their pillow sprays in particular gaining worldwide attention.

Our pick: for the best thisworks experience, you have to try their Deep Sleep Pillow Talk Set. Featuring their best-selling Pillow Spray and a daytime roll-on, this set has everything you need for the ultimate in relaxation.


Noble Isle

Creators of luxury bath and body products, Noble Isle is one of the newest brands to make it big on UK shores. Established in 2011, the company uses local ingredients to showcase the best that our isle has to offer. With ten fragrance collections, you’re sure to find something you love.

Our pick: with the Heavenly Hamper Gift Set you can experience five of Noble Isle’s fragrances, including Tea Rose and Fireside.


So, next time you’re shopping for yourself or a loved one, why not invest in Britain and buy local. Purchasing from UK brands not only helps to support local talent, but it also invests in local jobs and the growth of our economy. 

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South American Beauty

Get ready for carnival with these little-known ingredients and beauty secrets, straight from the rainforests of South America.

What do Sofia Vergara, Shakira and Gisele Bündchen all have in common – other than being drop-dead gorgeous? They all hail from South America. A continent rich in diversity, it encompasses twelve countries and an additional two territories, each with its own unique culture, traditions and of course, beauty secrets. 

We’ve collated the best of these tips into one handy place, so you can discover what elements of a beauty routine are most important to women in South America, and what ingredients they use to get that gorgeous Amazonian look.


Natural Ingredients

Whether in bustling Rio de Janeiro or in rural Guyana, natural ingredients are at the heart of South American hair and skincare. Being home to some of the largest expanses of rainforest in the world, it’s hardly a surprise! The continent has an abundance of exotic fruits and seeds, many of which are used to create natural hair masks or applied to skin for hydration. The best part? Some brands you already know and love have begun to include these ingredients in their products, so you can try them for yourself!

Buriti oil is derived from the fruit of the moriche palm tree or “tree of life”, which grows in Brazilian rainforests. It is used for nourishing and repairing skin and hair, including treating skin conditions and burns. 

Sacha Inchi oil comes from the seeds of the star-shaped sacha inchi fruit which have been grown by the indigenous people of Peru for thousands of years. High in omega-3 and containing vitamins E and A, sacha inchi oil is used to hydrate and protect skin and hair.

Amazonian white clay is harvested near the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil and has been used for centuries due to its exfoliating and detoxifying properties.

Avocados grow all over South America (envious!) and are often used in DIY hair treatments or skin masks. Don’t fancy getting messy? Check out our favourite avocado beauty products below.


Haircare

When it comes to South American beauty, women take their hair very seriously. Thick, luscious hair is a crown to wear proudly, and they use the nourishing ingredients that grow locally to enhance what nature gave them. 

Using a hair mask at least once a week delivers moisture back into the hair, protecting it from the elements, taming frizz and adding shine. Buriti oil can also be used to this effect, and Aveda’s Dry Remedy range includes it as an active ingredient, so you can try it at home. Alternatively, the All Soft Mega range from Redken uses sachi inchi oil to hydrate dry and damaged hair.  

Don’t have naturally straight hair but want to get those flawless South American locks? Most salons now offer the famous “Brazilian Blowout” treatment which combines keratin and heat to smooth hair and calm curls. But if you don’t want to pay salon prices, Novex has you covered. Their Brazilian Keratin range includes Brazilian keratin protein, so you can achieve the same look at a fraction of the price.


Skincare

Skincare plays a key part of the average beauty routine as women in South American tend to spend a lot of time outdoors and enjoy a warm climate for much of the year. Top priorities include moisturising skin products and SPF face creams. While we certainly have no shortage of either of those at allbeauty, here are a few skincare solutions that include one or more of the fantastic natural ingredients we highlighted earlier. 

Nuxe Paris, Super Skin Repair Balm includes buriti oil, honey and five other botanical oils to improve complexion and reduce tight, dry skin.

Elemental Herbology, Cell Plumping Facial Moisturiser is a nourishing cream for dry and ageing skin which includes antioxidants and sacha inchi oil, among others, to deeply hydrate.

Lab Series for Men, Oil Control Clearing Solution includes Amazonian white clay in its ingredients, helping to reduce oily skin and keep blemishes at bay. 

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream combines the rich moisturising properties of avocado and shea butter to restore moisture to hands.


Makeup

In general, things are kept super simple where makeup is concerned. With flowing hair and bronzed, flawless skin, the need for makeup falls by the wayside! Instead, most South American women swear by all-in-one products such as a good quality BB cream, a hydrating lip balm and a dark, elongating mascara.

However, that’s not to say that it’s a totally low-maintenance look. The one area where time and money is most definitely spent, is on nail care. Most women will see a nail technician regularly and invest in bold colours, nail extensions and eye-catching nail art. We all love to include a pop of personality in our beauty routine after all!


From oils from the deepest corners of the rainforest, to clay from the banks of the Amazon, South America holds a wealth of beauty secrets within its borders. Give one a try and see what you’ve been missing out on.

USA Beauty

Sparkling smiles and suntanned skin are the epitome of the American aesthetic, and are easily achieved with just a few simple tips.

Is it just us, or have you noticed that even everyday, average Americans seem to be, on-the-whole, a pretty attractive bunch? White teeth, healthy skin, bouncy hair – it’s as if they just roll out of bed looking fabulous. 

Well, that I-just-woke-up-like-this look is no accident. With an abundance of inspiration in the form of the annual Awards Season, US-Beauty takes its lead from the Oscars and Grammys, and from the many fashionable actresses, models and musicians that call the US home. 

Here’s everything you need to know to nail the look.


Skincare 

The Californian surfer vibe was synonymous with how most of the world saw Americans for decades. Carefree, bronzed and athletic, it was a look that much of the western world wanted to replicate. 

Traditionally, the best way to go about achieving this was by baking in the sun, allowing nature to do its work and providing an all-over tan. Considering many Americans spend plenty of time outdoors socialising and playing sports, the bronzed look has never been difficult to achieve, but it doesn’t come without its risks.

While a high SPF sunscreen is a staple in many countries, in the US less than 30% of women use it regularly. As sun protection isn’t the norm, fine lines and wrinkles are more of an issue, which is one reason that anti-ageing creams are such a popular product. However, a growing number of women, particularly those of the younger generations, are now turning to skin-safe alternatives, such as bronzers and self-tanning products. This allows them to achieve that same healthy, sun-kissed look, without the risk of skin damage or premature ageing.

When it comes to keeping skin looking hydrated and plump, it’s all about easy all-in-one products that offer bang for their buck. American brands have created fantastic skincare solutions, such as Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, or Olay with their world-famous Total Effects cream, a beauty staple that moisturises, evens skin tone, smoothes lines, minimises pores and restores firmness. Or, for women who prefer skin products dedicated to specific skin concerns, Clinique is also a well-loved choice.


America, The Home of Makeup

Boasting quality homegrown brands such as M.A.C and Estée Lauder, it’s hardly a surprise that makeup plays a huge role in most women’s daily routines. In fact, most women will wear makeup of some description daily, whether inside the house or out. 

After a primer is applied to create a smooth base, concealer is applied to hide imperfections. Multi-award-winning Estée Lauder Double-Wear Concealer is perfect for covering even the most stubborn redness or dark circles. Next, a foundation or CC cream offers an even, glowing complexion.

Mascara and hydrating lip balm are at the centre of any US-Beauty makeup look, providing the subtle beauty that many women opt for as a daily look. However, eyeshadow palettes are also making huge waves in the US-Beauty industry and come in every colour of the rainbow. If ever there was a time to go bold with colour, this is it!

Another makeup trend that American women are embracing, following the lead of glamorous socialites, is the use of contouring to define the cheekbones and sculpt the face. Originally used in Hollywood to give depth to the face when filming, contouring experienced a revival in the 90s on the supermodel scene, before becoming amongst online makeup content creators and the likes of the Kardashians. 

While it can take some practice to get right, contouring can revolutionise your makeup game. Highlighter is applied to the parts of the face that the sun touches, such as the tip and bridge of the nose, the cheekbones and chin. Meanwhile, a darker contouring powder is used to create the illusion of shadow under the cheekbones, under the jawline and around the hairline. The end result is a more defined face that has shape in all the right places. To start experimenting with contouring at home, try a highlighter by BECCA, experts in all things contouring.


Shiny, Healthy Hair

Whether complementing full makeup or contrasting a simple look, having bouncy, shiny hair is the perfect accompaniment. Americans prefer volume and body over sleek locks, and achieve this by choosing the right products for their hair type. 

Volumising shampoo and conditioner ensure hair has plenty of natural movement, while a protecting serum coats the hair, ready for styling. Blow drying is part and parcel of normal US-Beauty haircare, and results in full, straight hair that can either be curled or further styled.

And of course, no article on US-Beauty would be complete without mentioning the importance of hair colour for those who want to maintain a youthful appearance and cover areas of greying hair. Revlon Professional, Bumble and Bumble, Redken and Keratherapy being just a few of the popular American brands we stock here at allbeauty. 


Say Cheese!

A straight, white smile is an aesthetic prized in US-Beauty, with American’s taking their dental hygiene seriously. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash twice per day is standard practice, while regular dental appointments and braces are also par for the course – and it doesn’t end there! At-home whitening treatments and brightening toothpaste are essential for removing any staining and to maintain a bright smile.


Perfume 

Although Americans don’t cherish perfume to the same extent as France, they still produce some of the world’s best fragrances. Amongst their top name perfume brands are world-renowned fashion designers including:

Calvin Klein

• Dolce & Gabbana

• Elizabeth Arden

• Marc Jacobs

• Estée Lauder

• Vera Wang

• Tommy Hilfiger

• Tom Ford

Of our top-selling fragrances, Marc Jacobs Decadence, Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Clinique Aromatics Elixir and Calvin Klein Eternity Moment rank in the Top 10. Meanwhile, celebrity fragrances are also increasing in demand amongst American women, with Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian all having their own highly popular lines of perfume.

You can view the full range of best-selling fragrances our customers love here.


We think you’ll agree that achieving the fresh-face and bright smile that are synonymous with US-Beauty are achievable even for those of us across the pond. Will you be incorporating any of these tips, techniques or products into your routine? Let us know what you’ll be trying!

Global Beauty Introduction

It’s a big world out there, and one which is brimming with unique cultures, traditions, and values. While we might not be able to bring the world to you, we can certainly take you on a trip of our favourite products from around the world of beauty!

Global beauty is a vast field – even within one country, the ingredients and techniques used can be diverse. But in our series of blogs, we embrace this diversity, exploring how different parts of the world approach beauty, from unique local ingredients to fascinating techniques.

You’ll see the world like you’ve ever seen it before, complete with a range of tips and products from destinations all over the globe. Who knows where the inspiration will take you! You might adopt a Swiss approach to spa centres or perhaps begin a Chinese system of skin cleansing, the world truly is your oyster. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all.

Here’s just a selection of what we’ll be covering:


Global Ingredients

We’ll learn about the range of plant extracts which have been used by indigenous people for thousands of years, such as South American sacha inchi oil, or Australian eucalyptus. We’ll explore how these ingredients are used and who can benefit from them, and then discover which products you can try from the comfort of home that contains these very ingredients. It’s like a round-the-world trip without even having to step out the door!


Cult Favourites

Curious to see what products line the cosmetic drawers of Korean women? Ever wondered what skincare products give Australians their flawless bronzed glow? From French Nuxe Huile Dry Oil to Norwegian Sachajuan Shampoo, we’ll share cult beauty products from around the world, so you can discover the next big thing before everyone else catches on. 


Techniques

Women all over the world use skin, hair and makeup tips passed down from their mothers and grandmothers. Discover the techniques, tricks and tips used to give French women their effortless glamour, and Chinese women their youthful appearance. Small changes can make a big difference to your appearance, and may even save you time and money.


Makeup

Whether it’s the perfect red lip or the secret to achieving the no-makeup-makeup look, women around the world have embraced particular beauty products and makeup styles that work for them. If you feel like the UK makeup trends just aren’t doing you justice, why not influence your look with contouring à la US-Beauty, or take a page from Scandi-Beauty and go with a nude face approach. There’s no wrong or right in the world of makeup!


With so many parts of the world to explore, there’s never been a better time to start your adventure. Ready to see where the journey takes you? Get inspired by Global Beauty.