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5 Reasons Travel Size Makeup and Toiletries Are The Future

Here at allbeauty, we LOVE a travel size beauty product. We certainly don’t need any encouragement to get our hands on the latest mini makeup must-haves. But just in case you’re still sitting on the fence, here are five reasons we go wild for travel size toiletries.


1. Small on size, big on convenience

Whether you’re jetting off on a long haul adventure or spending a weekend at the in-laws, there’s no need to sacrifice convenience this summer. For short holidays of only a few days, our range of products below 30ml is ideal, while if you’re holidaying for a week or more, the “over 30ml” options will keep you well supplied until you return home.

You’d be amazed how many travel size toiletries you can fit into one mini makeup bag. Perfume? Check. Lotion? Check. Shampoo, conditioner, antiperspirant, cleanser, serum, face cream, hand cream, toner, foundation, lipstick, gloss, mascara? CHECK! 

Why force yourself to prioritise the essentials when you can bring it all?

2. They can save you money

Don’t get caught out making last-minute emergency purchases! It pays to be organised and buying toiletries is no exception. A recent investigation into comparative prices between duty free and the high street showed you can often end up paying over the odds for beauty products in airports. 

Instead, save money by ordering everything you need in advance, at allbeauty.

What’s more, for the same amount you’d spend on one large bottle, you can justify buying multiples in travel size. Leave one at work, one in your bag and one at your partner’s apartment – it’s a win/win/win! 

3. Doctor’s orders

You want to be prepared for any situation, whether it be an impromptu meal after work or an unexpected overnight stay. What you don’t want is to lug around all that excess weight. 

The average handbag weighs 3 kilograms, that’s three bags of sugar! It’s no wonder that 63% of women experience regular back pain. Travel size toiletries and mini makeup allow you to scale back the weight of what you keep in your beauty kit, without the need to sacrifice any of your must-have items.

So, whether you’re rocking a changing bag, backpack or slimline purse, free up some room and give your back a break by opting for travel size makeup. Make room for what’s most important.

4. Reduce your holiday waste

Let’s be honest, how many of us have abandoned shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and a host of other toiletries in our hotel at the end of a week away? Do you really want to run the risk of the bottle reopening in your case on the journey home? With travel size products, you bring only what you need, reducing the amount of holiday products which end up in landfill.

Not only that, but those little empty bottles at the end of your holiday still have plenty of life in them. Tried a new lotion and loved it? Buy the full-size version when you get home and decant some into the travel size bottle for your gym bag. 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – Synchronised Recovery Complex II 50ml– Our Price £76.00

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – Synchronized Recovery Complex II 30mlOur Price £55.00 save £3.00 (5%) off RRP

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet – Eau de Toilette Spray 100mlOur Price £63.20 save £15.80 (20%) off RRP

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet – Eau de Toilette Spray 30mlOur Price £37.30  save £6.70 (15%) off RRP

5. Try before you buy

You’ve heard good things about a new perfume but aren’t sure whether to commit. With travel size, you don’t have to! One of the best reasons for buying travel size makeup, perfume or toiletries, is that you get to try new products without having the initial financial outlay. 

Purchasing the mini version of a product you have your eye on allows you to give it a trial run; you can decide later whether the full-size is an investment worth making. 

Those in our office with sensitive skin swear by travel size moisturisers for precisely this reason. There’s nothing worse than buying that new, high-end cream, only to end up having an unfortunate, expensive, breakout. 

Not just that, but many mini beauty products, including lipgloss, perfumes and skincare, also come in collections of a brand’s best selling products. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to try a range of similar shades, scents, or formulations that you may not have picked out otherwise. 

Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum 30ml Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 30ml  Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml Decleor Hydra Floral 24Hr Hydrating Rich Cream 50ml
Our Price £38.20

You save £17.80 (32%) off RRP

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If you’ve been inspired to dip your toes into the world of travel size toiletries, we’ve made the process easy. All of your favourite mini products, in one place, at a great price – browse the range here.

Mienai Oshare; The Unseen Japanese Beauty

You have probably heard of the popular beauty craze K-Beauty from Korea, but did you know there is a different Asian derived beauty trend which was founded before Korean Beauty? So, what is it? J-Beauty.

J-Beauty incorporates beauty, skincare, and regimes in Japan. KBeauty tends to feature a lot more colours in their makeup palettes and quirkiness within their skincare regimen such as bubble masks, whereas J-Beauty likes to keep things a little simpler. You may think that J-Beauty would incorporate the same type of products as K-Beauty, however, Japan has a long history of traditions when it comes to skincare and cosmetics. Below the mystery of Japanese beauty secrets are unravelled:


Timeless Traditions

Japanese minimalist and timeless traditions have been rooted in their culture from as early as 700 AD. When you think of traditional Japanese beauty, what comes to mind? Possibly a Geisha? Women cover their face with a white powder called Oshiroi as a symbol of beauty. Fast-forward to the 1600s and beauty cosmetics in Japan were primarily focused on three colours: white, black and red. White powder was used to lighten the face whilst red lips were painted on top in a smaller shape than the natural lip. Red lipstick was also used to accent the outer corners of their eyes with red. Some Japanese women would colour their teeth black as it was a traditional expression of beauty and grandeur. 


Western Influences

Skip forward to the late 1800s and Western influences were growing ever-stronger in Asia after Japan opened their borders to Dutch merchants. Japanese women started to use a broader range of palettes and colours for their make-up as opposed to the traditional three colours. The 20th century provided face powders and lipsticks in a wider range of shades. Extensive variations of skincare products appeared within the cosmetics industry. After World War II and Japan’s surrender to the United States, Japan’s beauty regimes became heavily influenced by Western media – especially American films, celebrities and print magazines.


Innovation Of Cleansing 

So, what is the main focus when it comes to J-Beauty skincare?

Primarily, J-Beauty is all about simplicity, freshness, velvet-like skin and enhancing natural beauty. Did you know that Japanese women introduced us to the concept of double-cleansing? Protecting the skin from the sun is important within the J-Beauty trend, so expect a lot of products to contain SPF. Having clean, moisturised skin is important so products such as serums, facemasks, cleansers and oils are popular, with lighter textures such as milks, gels and emulsions being favoured over thicker creams. Japanese Beauty prioritises taking care of the skin with respect and creating products with the intention of making the skin look and feel its absolute best by offering long-term benefits as a result of preventative care. Why don’t you give Sensai’s 2 Step Cleanse & Purify range a go? Let the results do the talking:

SENSAI Silky Purifying Step 1 Remove & Reveal Cleansing Gel with Scrub. Our Price £34.95 – save £6.05 (15%) off RRP

SENSAI Silky Purifying Step 2 Cleanse & Purify Mud Soap (Wash & Mask). Our Price £34.95- save £6.05 (15%) off RRP


Genuine Ingredients

How does a J-Beauty skincare regime differ? Japanese beauty products tend to avoid ingredients with a high percentage of alcohol or the use of harsh chemicals which can irritate the skin. J-Beauty makes use of natural ingredients which derives from the Japanese tradition of using fruits/vegetables, leaves and other organic ingredients in their skincare products. A few examples of popular ingredients used include collagen, pearls, seaweed and green tea extracts. These all-natural ingredients have provided Japanese women with a number of benefits for the skin for centuries, such as softer skin with more elasticity.


Creating Circles

Here’s another Japanese beauty secret for you – as well as being mindful about what is being put on the skin, J Beauty also considers the method of application. Japanese tradition considers the beauty regime as a sign of self-love with the philosophy that skincare should be like a marathon rather than a sprint. Being delicate and applying lotions in a circular motion instead of rubbing are examples of this.  Have you tried SENSAI Silky Purifying Sponge

Shop now to avoid causing any irritation or stress to the skin for just £9.90


Time Is Of The Essence

So, if you are looking for skincare and beauty products which prioritise creating healthy skin and natural ingredients, J Beauty would be perfect for you! Do you want to know how to start your own J-Beauty routine?

#1 Use products with a high percentage of natural ingredients, and a low percentage of alcohol and harsh chemicals.

#2 Double-cleanse and use light textured products such as gels, emulsions and milks.

#3 Always use an SPF to protect your skin from UV rays.

#4 Take your time with your new skincare regime and think of it as an act of self-love and self-care. 


Shop Now for our hand picked Japanese beauty range;

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream 

Our Price £44.75 – save £13.25 (23%) off RRP

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Masque 

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Shiseido Protection Urban Environment UV Cream  SPF50 For Face & Body

Our Price £23.50 – save £10.50 (31%) off RRP

 

SENSAI Cellular Performance Standard Series Emulsion II 

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ISSEY MIYAKE L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray  Gift Set

Our Price £48.95 – save £14.05 (22%) off RRP


Shop the full range here: Japanese Beauty Secrets

Summer Sunshine Safety

Summer’s not over just yet- there’s still time to have fun in the sun and soak up the rays.  We want to make the most of every moment in the sunshine (as it doesn’t come around very often!) and we don’t want to be hiding away; let’s be safe and not sorry. You may associate SPF (Sun Protection Factor) with sun prevention products to use whilst you’re chilling by the pool or beach, however it is an acronym that is appearing increasingly on skincare bottles and vials for everyday use.  So whether you’re planning on a summer mini break to the city, packing your bags for a long haul vacation, or simply planning to spend more time outdoors in your garden soaking up the summer sun, read on to find out more about why you should consider using SPF products in your skincare routine.


Here comes the sun…    

SPF comes in different factors, ranging from 2 – 50+. According to the NHS, Sun creams and lotions should be at least SPF15, however, factors 30-50 are most effective when it comes to preventing your skin from over exposure to UVA & B rays. It is possible to experience skin damage on a cloudy or overcast day, so it is important to make sure your skin is protected when you are spending long periods of time outdoors.        

Shop our best seller Estée Lauder  DayWearMulti Protection Anti Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF15 50ml for just £40.50 – saving 10% off RRP.


What is the difference between UVA and B rays?   

UV B rays are responsible for causing sunburn. Whilst sunburn can be soothed with after sun products, it’s crucial to note that UVA rays can also cause irreversible skin damage in the long term as they can penetrate through several layers of the skin, causing sun spots, signs of aging and elevating the risk of skin cancer. SPF specifically relates to prevention against UV B rays

Shop our Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Tanning Milk for Body SPF30 400ml for just £19.95 –  saving 38% off RRP.


How can I incorporate SPF products into my skincare routine?

If you’re a city dweller, Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Hydrating Shield SPF50 is a moisturising lotion which can be used as the last step in your skincare regimen to strengthen and protect skin. It offers tinted protection against UV rays, meaning that it can also be used in place of foundation. The Prevage range is especially designed to prevent ageing and also fights against environmental stresses, such as pollution, making it ideal for those with a commute.  

Fans of French Brand Caudalie will be familiar with the brand’s exciting origins from the vineyards of Bordeaux. But did you know that their famous grape vines can be combined with SPF? Caudalie’s Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare has SPF50 incorporated within its formula containing organic grape water and antioxidants. Formulated without traces of oxybenzone or octinoxate, this product is a great addition to skincare routines for fans of natural beauty & ocean swimming as it is free of chemicals suspected to cause damage to the marine ecosystem (coral reefs included).  Bonus – as well as being lightweight, the product is delightfully fragranced with notes of Frangipani flowers in addition to providing SPF protection. Apply generously to the face before exposure to the sun – avoiding the eye contour. Shop Caudalie’s Whole Suncare Range here.

Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF50 for Face & Body 50ml can be used as a base for your foundation and should be applied daily after your usual skincare routine. We love that this cream is for Face and Body – it can be applied to the neck and décolletage to protect against ageing and damage in these oft-neglected areas!  Shop now for £23.50- saving 31% off RRP.

Further details on our favourite SPF moisturisers can be found within our Summer Beauty Inspiration pages.


allbeauty’s Sun Protection FABULOUS tips     

Pay attention to expiry dates, replenishing products that have expired to ensure that you are maximising their effectiveness and making the most of your skincare routine.    

Re-apply SPF products frequently throughout the day (before heading out on your lunch break, after swimming, half an hour before gardening) to ensure that you are always protected from over exposure! The NHS recommend that you apply SPF products half an hour before being outside for extended periods, as well as immediately before you go out.  Our Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Touch Face Cream SPF30 50ml + Free Gift is perfect protection at just £14. 

Fan of acids and toners? When these are used in your skincare routine, your skin can be more sensitive to sunlight, which is why you should always consider using SPF skincare products to help protect against sensitivity.   

Have you tried UltraSun Face Brightening, Anti-Spot & Anti-Pollution Fluid?Shop  for just £23.80 – saving 15% off RRP


Fake It, Don’t Bake it

Sun tanning is not a safe activity – if you’re interested in products that can help you develop a sunless tan, then check out our range of fake tan products here . Avoid the risk of sun burn with our loved St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse .

Shop now for £18.20 – saving 45% off RRP .


The one word we don’t like: Sunburn

We don’t welcome sunburn but sometimes it arrives unexpectedly. What to do when it all goes wrong? We believe that the best way to combat sunburn is through prevention but you need to know what to do if you find your skin irritated and an unfortunate shade of lobster. If you experience burnt skin as a result of overexposure, it is important to treat this as quickly as possible – make sure you also drink water to prevent dehydration and always consult a doctor if you experience severe signs of sunburn.  Our two favourite picks:

Moisturisers and balms containing aloe vera, such as Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe, can help to soothe and cool irritated areas of skin, 150ml for just £19. Lierac Sunissme SOS Repairing Serum,  contains witch hazel and omega 3 and 9s can help repair skin from intense exposure from the sun helping to refresh, soothe and prolong tanning results, 30ml for £21.95 saving 51% off RRP

allbeauty has a range of products which can be used to soothe sunburn or to maximise your tan. We recommend that you always apply moisturiser after exposure to the sun – but remember, when it comes to sunburn, prevention is better than a cure!

Shop After Sun here.


All of our summer beauty can be found here. Don’t hide from the sun but ensure that you are protected and enjoy! 

*information correct at the time of publishing

The Power of Charcoal: Novex’s tips for healthier hair

We were intrigued by Novex’s new Powerful Charcoal Range. We’ve seen activated charcoal make a grand entrance into the teeth whitening category, and wanted to know more about how it can be used to improve our hair. We caught up with Novex to find out exactly how it works…

Why do I need to detox my hair?

On a daily basis, our hair comes in contact with all the impurities and toxins present in the atmosphere, especially in urban areas where there is more pollution. These toxins and pollutant impurities, such as particles, are deposited in the hair and scalp. They accumulate and end up clogging the root and capillary fiber, which impairs the absorption of nutrients and the growth of the strands.

These polluting impurities need to be removed effectively and without harming the strands as well as leaving them protected against external aggressions caused by pollution.

What do the charcoal products look like? Are they black?

All the products from Novex The Powerful Charcoal line have a standard white look and feel. The mask and the conditioner have a creamy and consistent appearance, which allows the strands to be well coated. The shampoo has a liquid consistency so that the product spreads well through the scalp. The spray also has a creamy consistency, so as to protect the conditioned strands.

Where does the charcoal come from?

Activated charcoal, rather than ordinary charcoal, is charcoal especially obtained from the burning of certain woods, cork or fruit peels (e.g. coconut) under very specific conditions. Burning must be at high temperatures (8000 °C – 10000 °C) and low in oxygen. This specific firing gives activated charcoal unique properties such antipollution and detoxification.

How often do I need to use them?

The Powerful Charcoal products are a daily care range and have been developed specifically to be part of the daily routine of capillary care (regular use).

What are the three biggest mistakes people make in hair care and how can they be avoided?

  1. Blow-drying your hair without heat protection
    •  Spraying a heat protector on your hair proactively protects hair from heat damage, plus it seals in shine, calms frizz, and keeps hair from becoming dry.
  2. Not using a conditioner
    • If you’re avoiding using conditioner for fear that your hair will become too flat, think again, you can achieve volume with the right conditioner. Just like your face, your scalp needs moisture too.
  3. Forgetting to moisturize and nourish your hair
    • Hair loses moisture quickly. You can use special hair masks according to your hair type to address this problem. Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your strands, so it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs.

Like the rest of our body, our hair reacts to the world around us which is why detoxing, protecting, conditioning and nourishing your hair is important if it’s going to look its best.

Shop the Powerful Charcoal range now on the allbeauty website

 

*Information correct at the time of publishing

 

How To Get Rainbow Hair – EVERYTHING You Need To Know

Want Rainbow Hair, but don’t know where to start? We asked Rainbow Hair pioneer Anya Goy, those all-important questions…

rainbow hair anya goyIt feels like a new trend, but rainbow hair isn’t new – rewind back to the days of Scene Kids, Emo and even Punk and you’ll find plenty of examples. But over the last few years rainbow, galaxy, pastel and unicorn hair has taken the art to new levels and it’s firmly here to stay. Professional hair artist, author and educator Anya Goy was one of the pioneers of the modern-day rainbow look, beginning around 14  years ago (alongside fellow artists Ursula Goff and Melanie Dawn Harter). Anya trained with Vidal Sassoon and L’Oreal and worked extensively in the UK & Australia, including time with Wella and Toni & Guy, and it’s very likely you’ve already seen, pinned, liked and shared some of her own creations. Currently working with allbeauty, we took the chance to ask her everything we were dying to know (pun intended) about how to achieve rainbow hair….

Is rainbow hair suitable for everyone? Of any age?

rainbow hair guy

Absolutely! I’ve done young kids all the way to grandmas. The only criteria for wearing colourful hair is confidence and a sense of fun!

Is it harder to achieve on dark hair? Any hair colours that don’t respond well?

rainbow hair galaxy

These rainbow hair colours show up best on blonde hair. This is why usually, we need to pre-bleach the hair first to create a clean, blonde, blank canvas. If you are naturally darker, it can take longer to do this pre-lighten step, but you can still achieve your desired results. However if you have dyed dark hair, especially box black colour you have done at home, it will not be possible to get a clean blonde canvas. That’s not to say you can’t have some fun with it! You will simply be looking at a more limited colour palette. You would be able to achieve sunset designs, reds, burgundy wine tones, dark purples, oranges, sometimes even dark pinks and neon yellows are possible!

Isn’t rainbow hair really high maintenance?

rainbow hair fade

Not at all! It can often be less maintenance than natural colours. I have some clients who only need to visit me 2-3 times a year! Following the proper home hair care routine is what makes a massive difference. With all my colourful creations I give personal aftercare and maintenance advice. Just as a handmade designer garment comes with washing instructions, so do these unique hair designs. My clients have excellent long-lasting results with beautiful transitions to pastel shades as it fades.

What should I ask for at my stylist consultation / should I bring pictures?

Finding the right colourist is more important than what you should ask for. Not all hairdressers are experienced with rainbow hair, some may not even stock the colours. Do your research, look before you book. It’s a good sign if a salon stocks colour brands like Pulp Riot, Manic Panic, Directions, Pravana or Goldwell Elumen products, and uses bond builders like Olaplex. It’s also worth checking out their work on social media so make sure you like it. Go in for a full consultation and quote before you book. Finding the right hair artist is like finding the right tattoo artist. If you like their style, you will be able to trust them to create something you will love. Yes bring pictures, but also bring an open mind.

Which is easier to achieve: lighter pastels or dark colours, and can I get a contrast with both?

rainbow hair blonde

Totally depends on your current hair colour. For example, if you already have been having highlights for a while, pastel colours are super easy to achieve. But if you have naturally dark Hispanic or Asian hair, pastels will be harder to achieve. It’s best to discuss your goals in a consultation with your colourist. Of course you can get a contrast with both pastel and deeper tones, but again it’s best to discuss your desired colour palette with a professional who understands what colours are ‘friends’ and what colours won’t work together.

Will it destroy my hair’s health?!

If I felt the pre-lightening step would destroy a client’s hair, I would not even consider colouring it. In some cases, I’ve even had clients say their hair feel better after colour than it did before, especially when mixing a bond builder such as Olaplex or Smart Bond into every step. The hair’s health should always come first, no matter if it’s rainbow or even classic natural colours. If you have any concerns about the condition of your hair discuss it with your colourist before you book.

If I decide to go back to my normal hair colour, is it easy to re-colour rainbow hair?

Once you go rainbow you never want to go back! 😉 That said, if you needed to go back to natural of course you can. Some rainbow colour brands are much more highly pigmented and long-lasting than others, as such removing them can be challenging. Others are very easy to remove, and some brands will simply wash out with time. It’s important to discuss with your colourist how long you want your rainbows to last. It also depends what your normal hair colour is. Going back to brown is much easier than going back to a natural blonde.

How long (roughly!) does it take to get rainbow hair – is it a lengthy process?

rainbow hair dark

Works of art take time. A full head rainbow hair design on long hair can take between 4 and 6 hours, so bring a good book and some lunch or snack food. However, a small rainbow panel in short blonde hair can take less than 30min to apply! The more complicated the design, the longer the hair, the more challenging the starting colour… the longer it takes.

How harsh are the dyes that are used, for instance, are they vegan?

The bright rainbow colours are vegetable based dyes, no ammonia, no peroxide, highly conditioning and gradually fade from the hair. There are over 30 different brands on the market, and a lot of them are vegan. If you are vegan, check with your colourist to find out if they stock one of the vegan brands.

Anya: any question you wished clients asked (but usually don’t!)

Client: “What do you like better, Costa Coffee or M&S Choc Chip cookies? Never mind I’ll just bring you both!” 😉

Many thanks to Anya for her fabulous expert advice – you can learn more about rainbow hair at RainbowHairColour.com or by following Anya on Instagram.

You’re Engaged! Now To Plan The Perfect Wedding…

Wondering how to plan the perfect wedding? We asked an expert…

plan the perfect wedding Emma Louise Longden Even Angels FallWe asked professional wedding planner and blogger Emma Louise Longden from Even Angels Fall to share her tips on how to plan the perfect wedding. Here are her 7 easy steps to the day of your dreams…

Shop everything from wedding makeup to scent and bridesmaid gifts online at allbeauty.

1. Decide On A Budget (& Aim To Stick To It)

plan the perfect wedding (2)The very first thing I always suggest couples do once the initial excitement of the engagement has subsided is to sit down and discuss what it is they both want from their wedding day. Perhaps you want a big elaborate fairytale day in a castle, or maybe a more intimate registry office affair is more to your taste.

Think about what is most important to you both and then discuss a realistic budget for your day. Want the fairytale but on a tight budget? It’s still possible but you may need to settle for a long engagement whilst you save up, or it may be worth compromising on some areas to ensure you still get the day you want without breaking the bank.

Look into rough costs and write down estimates for everything you want. Don’t forget to add in the little things, which all add up, like favours for your wedding guests, gifts for your bridal party and thank you cards for after the day itself. Remember to add on the costs for your honeymoon, if you are wanting to go away following the wedding.

Once you’ve decided on a budget, try to stick to it. It can feel a bit deflating looking at the costs racking up, but it’s never advisable to start married life in debt – I’ve known couples who set a budget of £5,000 but then spent £10,000. Hopefully, by having it all down in black and white, you can keep your spending on track during the planning stage.

2. Pick A Date

plan the perfect wedding date

This is fairly important. Once you have decided on a budget, look realistically at how long it will take you to come up with the money you need for your wedding.

Think of the time of year you would like to get married – do you picture yourselves saying your vows on a frosty winter’s day or are you hoping for an outdoor summer’s wedding? Be aware of any local events going on, for example, in Bournemouth where I live the air show is usually on the last weekend of August so it is very loud and congested in the town and many venues avoid booking weddings in at this time.

It is also worth remembering that some dates are more popular than others and can get booked up in advance. If you aren’t that bothered about a specific date, have a look at off-peak prices and you may be surprised by the discounts that are available. Remember that the day of the week also has an impact on price, although Fridays are no longer considered off-peak and are often just as popular as Saturday dates.

Think about whether your guests will need to take time off work if you go for a midweek wedding, and remember to have a backup plan if you have your heart set on an outdoor wedding as the UK is known for its unpredictable weather.

If you are planning a wedding abroad, do your research on your destination and remember that flight prices tend to increase dramatically in the school holidays.

3. Look Around Venues

plan the perfect weddingOnce you have decided on your date, start booking in viewings at local venues. More often than not these will be available on a Saturday, but as this is the most popular day to go, they will likely get booked up quickly so call ahead rather than simply turning up to ensure you will be able to speak with their wedding team.

Have a think before you go about what you want from your wedding day, the approximate number of guests you anticipate coming, the kind of food you would like (a sit down meal, buffet or something a little different like a barbecue, hog roast or afternoon tea) and whether you are looking at having a civil ceremony on site or if you are going to have a religious ceremony elsewhere beforehand. It is also a good idea to write down a list of any questions you might have for your venue – whether they allow fireworks and/or sparklers, whether you can have any outside catering on site, whether they have limitations on numbers and, if they are a hotel, whether they offer a discount on accommodation for you and your guests. The more prepared you are, the more you will get from the meeting. It is advisable to visit as many venues as possible so you can be sure you find the right one for you both.

Once you’ve visited several and have information for them, whittle your list down to your top two or three venues and arrange a second visit to ask further questions and ensure it is the right fit for your day. Some venues will offer to place your date on hold for a week or two. Take them up on this offer whilst you make your final decision, but make sure you let the venues you don’t choose know once you’ve made up your minds so they can release the date.

If you are having a religious ceremony or a civil ceremony elsewhere, make sure you also check the date and book this venue at the same time! For civil ceremonies onsite you will more often than not still need to contact your local registry office to book your ceremony so make sure this is done before signing on the dotted line.

4. Book Your Suppliers

plan the perfect weddingThere’s a lot of mixed advice out there on whether you should book your suppliers early on or wait and see whether you can get a better deal. I would always recommend looking as soon as possible once you’ve decided on a venue.

Local wedding fairs are brilliant for finding and talking to a range of suppliers all in one go. Some are free, and some involve an entry charge. Chargeable events usually have a goody bag, although it is worth noting that more often than not this is mainly made up of flyers from those exhibiting so make sure the event is worth the cost.

Wedding venues will also often host smaller showcase events with their own recommended suppliers. I would suggest attending a showcase at your chosen venue as they might be able to offer a discount for their couples. Unsure whether you should book a supplier or not? From my experience, you’ll know when you’ve found the perfect one, they’ll just feel right for you.

It is worth remembering that some suppliers, such as hair & makeup artists, photographers, florists and bands tend to book up far in advance, so if you find somebody you love make sure you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. There is usually the option to pay a deposit at the time of booking and the remaining balance a month before the wedding. If you have the money upfront, find out whether they offer any incentives or discounts to pay in full when booking but make sure you’ve taken out suitable wedding insurance just in case!

5. Hold Off Choosing Your Bridal Party

plan the perfect weddingIt may be tempting to ask those close to you to be in your bridal party straight away, but if you are planning a lengthy engagement, hold off for a bit. Believe me, I have spoken to so many brides (and grooms for that matter) who have rushed this decision and later regretted it when friendships have fallen apart or other relationships have strengthened over time. Planning a wedding tends to bring out the best, and worst, in friends and family so it is a good idea to wait a little while and ask once you are certain you’ve made the right choice.

Having said this, it is worth having an idea of how many people you want up there with you on your day when looking into details for the wedding such as transport to the venue and bouquets and buttonholes.

6. Choose A Colour Scheme And/Or Theme

plan the perfect wedding schemeAlthough it isn’t necessary to have a theme for your wedding, it may be something you would like to think about. Perhaps you and your partner have a favourite television programme or a hobby you both really love and you’d like to incorporate this into your special day?

You don’t have to overdo it, subtle touches here and there can help make your wedding more personal and unique. Some of the best weddings I’ve worked on have had a theme personal to the couple – my favourite was the Game of Thrones wedding with each table named after a house and an iron throne wedding cake.

If you’d rather not have a theme, a colour scheme helps to bring everything together and can look fantastic in your wedding photos. Some people like to have their bridal party in matching colours, but in recent years couples have opted for a mixture of shades and rainbow-hued weddings have grown in popularity.

7. Send Out ‘Save The Dates’ Or Invites

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Depending on how far in advance you’ve booked your wedding, it’s a good idea to let guests know the date you have booked to ensure they are available on the day. Some people may need to book time off work, or arrange childcare around your big day so it’s always a good idea to send your invites out in plenty of time.

I always advise couples that if your wedding is over a year away, save the dates are a quick and simple way of earmarking the date. There are some brilliant options out there including fridge magnets, which work well as a visual reminder of your wedding date or if you’d rather keep costs down e-cards are a quick and free way to let guests know when your wedding will be ahead of time.

And one last thing, don’t forget to book the DJ (trust me)!

Thanks so much to Emma Louise for her fantastic advice – here’s how you can follow her online:

Bridal Beauty Countdown – Your Checklist To Aisle-Ready

There’s so much to do to plan your special day— with a task list as long as your wedding veil, who’s got time to think of beauty? Luckily, we do! Here’s your bridal beauty countdown to a more beautiful aisle-ready you.

The National Wedding ShowOur bridal beauty countdown is from our wedding expert Hayley. 

Bridal Beauty Countdown > 12 months Before Your Wedding

There’s still a while to go, but now’s the time to hydrate your skin! Drink plenty of H2O and use water-based moisturising products to help skin repair itself naturally. Prevention is better than cure – better to create good skin now than try to solve a problem with weeks to go.

Bridal Beauty CountdownHydrate Your Skin
We love La Roche-Posay Hydraphase – with products for all skin types, it contains Hyaluronic Acid for intense hydration. If you’re worried about swapping products don’t be, 12 months is a long enough window to try a new product.

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Give your skin some extra TLC and start taking vitamins tailored to achieve beautiful glowing skin. This ALPHA-H Skin Loving Vitamins Kit is a unique way to add vitamins to the skin, by applying them directly in serum form.

 Bridal Beauty Countdown > 8 – 7 Months Before Your Wedding

Bridal Beauty CountdownNow’s the time to start making any dramatic changes to your hair – if you don’t like the results you’ll have plenty of time to grow them out or dye it back! Start a  regular care regime for your hair,  and shampoo only every other day.  Give your hair a rest from the straighteners and curling irons to let your hair heal, and remember to use a moisturising hair treatment weekly. Don’t forget sun protection too if you’re heading away, the sun really can damage the hair fibres. We love the MOROCCANOIL treatment masks, with one for every hair type.

Let it grow – we all want beautiful flowing locks for our wedding day, so use a product that encourages healthy hair growth while volumising and plumping your hair like Nanogen Hair Growth Factor Treatment Mask 30ml.

Bridal Beauty Countdown > 6 – 5 Months Before Your Wedding

bridal beauty countdownPamper your hands – improve the condition and use an exfoliator scrub
recipe to gently massage the back of your hands. Use a hydrating hand
cream and if you have cotton gloves, slip them on before bed.

Here are three products we really love:

  • Clinique Hand & Body Sparkle Exfoliating Cream 250ml – SHOP HERE
  • thisworks Perfect Hands Intense Moisture 75ml – SHOP HERE
  • Sensai Cellular Performance Body Care Gloves – SHOP HERE

This is also the time to get any salon facials such as microdermabrasion. Treatments can bring out deep-rooted congestion, so best to tackle it now and maintain the results. Never have anything stronger than a relaxing facial later than 6 weeks before the big day.

Try a fitness routine that’s fun and suits your goals. Whether that’s losing weight or toning up – start a private Pinterest or Instagram board to keep track of videos or ideas you like.

Bridal Beauty Countdown > 4 Months Before Your Wedding

Bridal Beauty CountdownNow is the time to plan your makeup. Research the look you want for the big day and purchase the products that suit your skin type and the look you want to achieve. Practice makes perfect! Start with our Pinterest board for inspiration and narrow it down to around 5 looks you really love. For a glowy, glamorous, red-carpet look, consider mineral makeup as it really does stand out from the crowd. We adore Jane Iredale mineral makeup (left).

Want to add a little warmth? Start testing out different tanning solutions to find the one that does the best job for you. Your glow should last between five and seven days so plan this into your beauty regime allowing the right time to top it up before the big day.

Bridal Beauty Countdown > 1 Month Before Your Wedding

Bridal Beauty CountdownBeautiful brows to frame your eyes –  abandon all methods of hair removal and plucking and let your brows grow back for as long as possible (yes we’re serious!!). Once they’ve fully grown you can define the shape you want. If you’re shaping your brows yourself then use a professional set such as Brush Works HD Combination Tweezer Set to get to all those hairs.

To maintain great skin, a salon inspired facial treatment is a great idea but be sure to test it on your skin at least 8 weeks before the event. We love Alpha H Speciality Solution Instant Facial 100ml.

You’ll also want to have a hair rehearsal booked for this time as it’s unlikely your hair will change much before the big day.  Get your hair colour topped up if needed and those split ends trimmed and commit to a look that you love. Yes there are a million great ideas out there but stick to just one and don’t be tempted to change at the last minute!

Bridal Beauty Countdown > One Week Before Your Wedding

The final preparations – it’s time to relax and pamper yourself, top up  your tan and give yourself a manicure. When it comes to nails think groomed, polished and natural for the best results. A French manicure or shell pink always works well. Take a look at our range of nail colours here.

Stock up on beauty goodies and call your friends round for a pamper evening with movies and popcorn, we can’t think of anything better than planning a girl’s night in! It’s also a great way to de-stress and reconnect with friends for tips, advice and laughter.

Bridal Beauty Countdown > Congratulations it’s your Wedding Day!

All your hard work has paid off! You look and feel great so relax and have a healthy breakfast but include a little bubbly with your maids – go on it’s your wedding day!

For more wedding advice visit www.allbeauty.com

End of Term Gifting – What To Buy Teachers

We pick easy wins for end of term gifting. Fab suggestions on what to buy teachers (male or female) at prices you’ll love.

End of term gifting doesn’t need to be a last minute panic. First make a list of everyone you want to shop for, then head for the allbeauty Christmas shop or pick from our suggestions below. Want to buy home fragrance? See our separate post here.

End of Term Gifting – What To Buy Teachers

We’re not being rude, but it’s fair to say that unless it’s a special year (eg last year of school) or you have extra reason to thank them, teacher presents are on a budget! We think that’s ok, but it’s also nice to surprise them. So stay away from chocolate this year and pick one of these (click any image to buy):

FOR HER
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MOROCCANOIL
Original Limited Edition 25ml A Christmas-themed edition of the classic, luxury hair treatment. Can be used as a mask, for styling or finishing. If she has lovely locks, she’ll love this.
Our price: £13.45
L’Occitane
Aromachologie Relaxing Pillow Mist 100ml 
Being a teacher is stressful. This pillow mist features a 100% natural scent, with essential oils of lavender, bergamot, mandarin, sweet orange and geranium to promote relaxation and well-being.
Our Price: £14.00
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Weleda Mindfulness Body Wash Gift Set This relaxing body wash collection includes a selection of five different 50ml tubes of body wash and a grown up colouring book!
Our Price: £14.95

Perfume Atomisers Want something small? Our perfume atomisers are an easy way to decant a favourite fragrance and take it with you – perfect for a staff room pick-me-up! Available alone or in gift-sets.
From: £5.50

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Ghost Captivating
Eau de Toilette Spray 30ml & Body Lotion 50ml If you’re set on buying a fragrance, go for Ghost. It’s soft and sophisticated. It’s feminine but not horribly floral or twee. We’ve never found anyone who doesn’t love it! This set contains the 30ml EDT & a 50ml body lotion.
Our Price: £19.95
Molton Brown, Pomegranate & Ginger (Hand Wash 300ml) A luxury handwash is a joy, this hydrating hand wash from Molton Brown is fragranced with a spicy kick of ginger, a sweet heart of lily-of-the-valley and a smoky base of vetiver. Leaves hands fresh, clean and intoxicatingly aromatic – plus it’s a chunky size.
Our Price: £16.95

 

FOR HIM
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TIGI Bed Head Christmas Gift Sets – Man On We really like this for a younger teacher. Containing shampoo, conditioner and wax, in fabulous Christmas packaging, this is a whopper of a set and very impressive!
Our Price: £14.95
Noble Isle, Gift Sets (Fragranced Shower Gel Gift Set 4 x 30ml) A traditional gift but a luxury one at a great price, and doesn’t even need to be wrapped! Containing four sample sizes of Bath & Shower Gels.
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Noble Isle, Hand Wash (Whisky & Water Hand Wash 250ml) It’s handwash, but not as you know it! Nothing girly here, this liquid gold wash is redolent of the finest oak-aged single malt with warm vanilla and cedarwood on the nose and skin-calming extract of Scottish malted barley.
Our Price: £18.00
Decleor Christmas 2016
Grooming Party From pre and post shave care to full body shower gel, this all-in-one set will leave skin looking fresh and energised.  Decléor is a luxury brand he’ll really appreciate, suitable for men of any age.
Our Price: £17.10
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Geoffrey Beene, Grey Flannel (Eau de Toilette Spray 120ml & Aftershave Lotion 120ml) Great for a classic or older teacher, Grey Flannel is a woody fragrance. Its fragrant nature explores essences of lemon, geranium and cedar wood, blended with notes of musk, bergamot, oak moss, sandalwood, violet and sage. You cannot go wrong!
Our Price: £19.95
Paul Smith, Extreme Man (Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml) There are a lot of great male fragrances out there, at affordable prices, so by all means choose one as a gift. We love Paul Smith Extreme Man. It’s woody, spicy, and unexpected. A heart of incense, enhanced by floral hints of geranium and rosewood with modern musks and mellow tonka beans. Great for any age and the 50ml is a nice size for gifting.
Our Price: £14.95

If you’re end of term gifting let us know what you bought! Leave us a message on our Facebook page or tag us in your Insta pics @allbeautyhq.

Party Season Tanning with TanOrganic plus competition

Get the glow this party season with a gorgeous (fake!) tan. We spoke to all-natural tanning experts TanOrganic for their key tips. **Plus win a complete set of party season tanning products.

Meet TanOrganic, created in 2010 by Noelle O’Connor and quickly established in over 500 beauty salons. This party season get the glow with their range of award-winning, cruelty free self tan products.

party season tanningTan Organic Self Tan Lotion (pictured left) is an anti-ageing Aloe Vera based formula that’s intensely moisturising. With no synthetic ingredients (no parabens, colours or fragrances) it’s fully Eco-Certified and develops with no unpleasant aroma. Perfect for all skin types (even sensitive), the handy guide colour allows you to apply with ease, to develop a glowing, caramel shade. Want to go darker? Simple, just add a second layer. Each bottle contains enough for 5-6 applications and is suitable for anyone, including pregnant women.

A full range of supporting products are available, including dry oil to prep and maintain skin, self-tan oil for those wanting a more subtle tan, bronzer, tanning mitt and exfoliating glove. A beautiful, glowing tan can be achieved by using only TanOrganic products from start to finish, with no need to reach for any other brand.


party season glowWe spoke to Amanda @TanOrganic and posed 5 of your most asked party season tanning questions. **Keep reading for your chance to win a complete set of products!
 Q. I have a big event coming up – when do I need to start thinking about my tan?  A. You need to begin prepping your skin at the beginning of the week – with light exfoliation followed by moisturising. It is really important to have smooth skin before application, not only for a silky finish but to allow the product to last as long as possible too with a really nice fade off period.
 Q. What kind of preparation should I make? Does winter skin need a different approach?  A. Exfoliation is key. It involves the removal of the oldest skin cells that lie on skin’s outermost surface. It leaves the skin supple and soft for moisturising and tanning. The same routine can be used all year round and the beauty of using TanOrganic products is the natural elements meaning there are no parabens, synthetics or drying agents that damage your skin – TanOrganic’s products actively nourish and moisturise your skin.
 Q. Should I aim for the same depth of colour as a summer tan? A. The depth of the colour will depend on your skin tone and your preference. TanOrganic aims to provide a natural sun kissed glow. A lot of users like adding one layer during the week, with an additional layer for the weekend or an occasion. The key to using our products is all in the layering – you can add up to three layers if a deeper colour is desired BUT less is more when it comes to using our products so layer lightly each time.
 Q. I use a lot of skin creams in the winter to repair summer damage. Will these affect my tan? A. Skin creams might affect your tan depending on the ingredients, that’s why we felt the need to add a Multi Use Dry Oil to our range to ensure the correct prep before tanning and correct moisturising during tanning to prolong the colour and afterwards. If using products we would always recommend natural products to avoid drying your skin further.
 Q. How can I keep my tan going for the whole party season? A. You can keep your tan going strong by following a really good routine – prepping, applying, enhancing and maintaining 😄
 Q. I’m having a professional spray tan but I’m hoping to keep the glow – can I use a home product to top up?  A. Of course, this is the most important aspect of tanning – maintaining a good glow even after having a professional spray! At home products can almost be better because you get to choose the colour you desire. Sometimes salon sprays can be quite dark – they’ve provided us with endless funny stories and photos over the year, not to mention scared some people into never tanning again!

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**WIN**
How would you like to win a complete set of winter tanning products, courtesy of TanOrganic?
To enter our competition, just enter your details below.

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Her First Makeup Routine – Our Advice for Tweens to Teenagers

A first makeup routine doesn’t need to be scary! Share the experience and make it a fun learning curve – here’s our advice on products and skincare, age-appropriate for younger skin.

A first makeup routine should aim to enhance rather than change her looks.

Our Top Tips For A First Makeup Routine

*   Pick products for young skin – if possible, look for natural brands that don’t include parabens or fragrance. Brands for sensitive skin are a great choice for Tweens to Teenagers
*   Encourage her to use brushes and sponges for good hygiene
*   If she’s being stubborn, go to a department store and ask for a free makeover – the makeup artist’s advice will usually be accepted quicker than Mum’s!
*   Include a good makeup remover in her kit and a moisturiser if she’s a Teenager
*   Stay clear of waterproof mascara, it can be very hard to remove…
*   Foundation that comes in a pump means just the right about is dispensed

 

first makeup routine Start Small…
Yes she follows artists on Insta who cake on the layers and contour like mad. But the look you’re aiming for is natural enhancement. Mascara and lip gloss keeps most 10 to 12 year olds happy – they’re both easy to apply and sufficiently grown up. If you go down this route, make sure you change her mascara every 3 months and insist she never ever ever shares it with friends. If she needs convincing, this recent story about a model who ended up with an eye infection should make the point!
We like Mavala mascara for sensitive eyes and Lancome Juicy Shakers.
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Get The Basics
Makeup remover has to be top of your list, it’s easier to get into good habits than to break bad ones. These Manuka Doctor purifying wipes are cleanser, toner and moisturiser all in one and contain antibacterial qualities – ideal for young skin. Moisturiser is a must if she’s wearing foundation though it may feel too much for some Teens. ThisWorks In Transit Camera Close Up is a splurge, but it’s also primer, moisturiser and face mask all in one. It’ll hold makeup and create the perfect base, so we say it’s worth the spend.

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Keep It Natural
If she’s ready for foundation, consider tinted moisturiser. It’s easier to apply and harder to make mistakes. If acne is a problem though, foundation is a fabulous way to build up her confidence. We love Vichy Dermablend, a high coverage foundation with a lightweight, natural finish. There are 2 types, one for all skin types (and with an SPF of 25) or one specifically for oily, acne-prone skin. Incidentally, we all know about blending the jawline, but you might want to take a look at our post on 6 areas you miss most when applying foundation. Dermablend also has a range of matching concealers if extra coverage is needed. Can you wear concealer on its own? Of course! If she’s only getting the odd spot, then consider buying just the concealer.

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Tools
We’ve already said that brushes are a great way to start – keep fingers out of it as much as possible! The Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set contains a brush for foundation, blush, highlighter, concealer and eyes. For foundation though, the easiest tool in the world is a beautyblender. Just moisten the sponge, squeeze it out and you’re good to go.

We love this video by makeup artist Kandee Johnson, showing you all the ways you can use the BB:

 first makeup routine Multi-taskers = Best Friends!
The last thing anyone needs in a first makeup routine is a heavy bag of products, so look for multi-tasking palettes. This one by theBalm Cosmetics contains a blush, a highlighter and basic eye shadows (that can also double as brow powder). An optional extra would be bronzer in the summer.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any tips for a first makeup routine. And tell us how old you were when you first wore serious makeup – any makeup no-nos you regret?!