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Ingredient of the Month: Lactic Acid

In our last post, we covered the benefits of using salicylic acid in your skincare regime, but that was only scratching the surface when it comes to acids that are worth being familiar with. This month, we’ll be looking at lactic acid, a lesser-known skincare ingredient that packs a punch.


What Is Lactic Acid? 

An organic alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) lactic acid is found naturally in our bodies, as well as in some food products such as sour milk. Often associated more with running than skincare, lactic acid is the bane of gym bunnies as it’s the compound that, if produced faster than it can be processed, leads to muscle cramps when exercising. 

But there’s so much more to lactic acid than just curdled milk and sore biceps! Like the other better known AHAs and BHAs, a beneficial function of lactic acid is that it can promote softer, smoother skin. 


How Does It Work?

The actions of lactic acid are threefold. It increases cell turnover, improves skin moisturisation and stimulates the production of collagen. 

Like other AHAs and BHAs, lactic acid is naturally exfoliating and breaks down the bonds that hold old skin cells to the surface. For this reason, it’s also a popular ingredient in creams that reduce keratosis pilaris, the condition associated with bumpy “chicken skin” in which a plug of skin cells build up around a hair follicle. 

Not only that, but lactic acid also improves the skin’s own moisture retention capabilities and increases the release of collagen, leading to skin which is better hydrated and has fewer fine lines and wrinkles. 


Who Can Benefit From Using Lactic Acid?

Unlike salicylic acid which is ideal for oily or acne-prone skin, lactic acid is a dream for those with drier complexions. It’s also one of the best options if you have sensitive skin, due to it being gentler than other AHAs. 

Whatever your skin type, if you’re nervous about using an acid exfoliator in your skincare routine, lactic acid is a great place to start. And while it was once predominantly sourced from milk, nowadays lactic acid is often synthetically produced or plant-derived, so it’s also easy to find vegan-friendly products!


What Products Contain Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid isn’t often shouted about on product packaging in the same way that glycolic acid or other organic acids are. Instead, it tends to be combined with other alpha hydroxy acids and marketed as an AHA acid peel or mask. As always, we recommend checking the ingredients list to find out how prominently lactic acid features within a product. 

We offer a range of lactic acid products at allbeauty, but our favourites happen to both be from market-leaders in organic products, REN Clean Skincare.


Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic – REN Clean Skincare

Winner of the 2018 Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, this tonic/toner is high in lactic acid and is a great choice for those with sensitive skin. It’s also 100% vegan and enriched with willow bark extract and citrus oils.

RRP £25.00 Save £3.50 (14%)

Our Price:  £21.50

Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask – REN Clean Skincare

A stronger version of the popular tonic, this mask combines lactic and glycolic acids to help beat lacklustre winter skin. Naturally derived, this bio-active peel resurfaces the skin and reveals a brighter, smoother, more even complexion.

RRP £36.00 Save £13.75 (38%)

Our Price: £22.25

 

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Shoosh or Shine? 

One of the things we love most about our growing silver community is that no two heads of hair are the same. Some of us have an icy halo, others have a chic smattering of salt & pepper, but every single grey is different. For some of us our white hair is finer and thinner and for others it’s more a question of taming the wild grey strands with a mind of their own.  That’s why we’re aware that not everyone needs the same products to care for their hair. 

Grey hair can have a tendency to be coarse and wiry and although everyday care may be similar from person to person, what you need depends on the thickness and length of our hair, our lifestyle and many other factors. I don’t use a conditioner every time I wash because my hair doesn’t need it. I have a ‘messy layered’  crop and for the kind of volume and movement I want in my hair, our Shooshing Creme does the trick. If it feels a touch dry I use our Luminous Conditioner from mid hair to ends as its lustrous formula is great for strengthening and gives your silver added shine.   

Our advice is to not take blanket advice on your hair!  If you don’t need to condition every time, then don’t. If your hair works better a couple of days after a wash, then go with that. A good hair care regime is one that’s flexible and works for you and your hair.  A touch of Lifeshine Oil to smooth stray strands may be all the added moisture you need. A soak in the bath with our 3 minute Intense Lustre Mask may be perfect after a week of swimming in the pool or walking the dog in all weathers.  It’s up to you.

We only have 6 products in our range because we don’t think you need dozens.  We don’t make hairspray because I’m not prepared to ditch my favourite Elnett and I won’t create a product just for the sake of it.  I’m a Glorious Shampoo and Shooshing Creme woman with an occasional dabble in our other products depending on what I’m doing. Go your own way. “

Jayne

Founder- White Hot

How to Deal with Frizzy Hair   

Contrary to popular belief, no hair type or texture is immune to having to deal with frizz. But don’t worry: We’ve got you covered with these helpful hair smoothing tips and tricks, plus the best hair product picks.

What Causes Frizz?

Dry hair and frizzy hair go hand and hand. When your hair is dry, moisture in the air penetrates the hair cuticle, causing the hair to swell and expand, and get frizzy and fluffy. It’s a basic law of science that moisture will always move from areas of high concentration to low concentration—which is also why muggy, humid weather can mean major frizz.

Start in the Shower

It’s not just styling products that can help you manage frizz; using the right system of shampoo and conditioner makes a huge difference. The more moisturising the better. Try Frizz Dismiss Shampoo and Frizz Dismiss Conditioner, which provides humidity protection and hair smoothing.

How You Dry Your Hair Matters

Step one: Swap your usual towel for a microfiber one or even a cotton T-shirt; both are softer and gentler on the hair, and will help keep the cuticle smooth and closed. (A closed cuticle means less moisture can get in and your hair is more likely to stay smoother looking.) Step two: Be gentle, instead of aggressively rubbing it all over your head, think of blotting or lightly squeezing out the water. The less you can rough up the cuticle during the drying process, the better. And the same applies once you reach for your blow-dryer. Avoid flipping your head upside down or working your fingers throughout your hair. Lightly comb or brush your hair downward as you blow-dry, and finish with a shot of cool air to help seal the cuticle. Go slowly and take your time, and ultimately, your result will be hair that appears less frizzy for longer.

 Layer Products for the Best Results

Cocktailing the right frizz-fighting products is the best hair smoothing secret. Frizz Dismiss offers options for all kinds of textures; try the Frizz Dismiss Anti Static Oil Mist Spray if you have fine hair, the Instant Deflate Leave-In Smoothing Serum if you have medium hair, or the Rebel Tame Leave-In Smoothing Control Cream if you have coarse hair. Either way, keep them  near your shower and apply right after you get out. The drier your hair gets the harder it becomes to change the style. So, if you get dressed or put on makeup first, by the time you finally get back to your hair, it may have already started to frizz. Once your hair is dry, look for a finishing product to add extra shine. Diamond Oil Glow Dry Oil or the smoothing and heat-protecting Iron Shape Thermal Holding Spray.

Shop the range here.

Ingredient of the Month: Salicylic Acid

The beauty industry has seen a huge increase in the use of acids in skincare formulations over the last few years, and one of the biggest names in the arena is salicylic acid. It may sound like something you squirted from a pipette in science class, but salicylic acid is a skin-friendly compound that is revolutionising the exfoliation game. Here’s what you need to know…


What Is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), one of a group of organic acids in which a  carboxylic acid functional group and hydroxy functional group are separated by two atoms. Unless you have a love of molecular chemistry, this might not mean much to you, but ultimately this structure allows BHAs to unblock pores and break down unpleasant build-up on the surface of the skin.


How Does It Work?

The reason that salicylic acid is used in beauty and skincare products is the way that it functions when applied to the skin. The acid dissolves bonds which form between cells on the skin’s surface, helping to break down dry patches and exfoliate deeply. This same function also works on clogged pores, as the acid penetrates deep enough into the pore to break any bonds which have caused clogging. 

As an additional benefit to skin health, the cleansing action of salicylic acid can reduce the production of sebum. This can lead to clearer skin for those prone to acne and makes it a great tool against blemishes. 

As if that weren’t enough, salicylic acid is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial – a veritable powerhouse of benefits!


Who Can Benefit From Using Salicylic Acid? 

With such a wealth of deep cleaning functions, it’s no surprise that salicylic acid is ideal for those who suffer from oily skin and/or acne breakouts. Regularly using salicylic acid as part of your cleansing routine will clear the oily surface layer of the skin, remove any buildup from pores, reduce sebum, help to reduce blackheads and whiteheads, and provide your skin with antibacterial properties to reduce the risk of further breakouts. 

But with all that said, those of us suffering from dry skin may find relief from the use of salicylic acid too! Whether you struggle with flaky patches or have combination skin, you may well find that the exfoliation properties of an acid cleanser can help. However, due to the potential for salicylic acid to dry out the skin, it’s important to monitor yours closely to ascertain how it reacts. 


What Products Contain Salicylic Acid?  

Thanks to it’s natural exfoliating and cleansing properties you’ll find salicylic acid in everything from anti-dandruff products to high-end acne treatments. 

When choosing a product which includes salicylic acid, it is worth noting that concentrations will vary, from only containing trace amounts at the low end, to 2% at the high end. Check the ingredients list of your chosen product to see where in the list salicylic acid is mentioned, the higher it features on the list, the more is present in the product.

Want to give it a try? Here are a few of our favourite products which utilise the qualities of salyclic acid.


Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser 

A gentle formula which includes essential oils and organic rose water, this cleanser by Caudalie is a great way to experiment with salicylic acid if you have sensitive, dry or combination skin. 

Shop now for £16.00


Darphin Resurfacing Peel

If you’re looking for a product that has a bit more oomph, this peel from Darphin is a great choice. It’s a low-level peel which includes botanicals for total skin-renewal and has the bonus of including other organic acids too. 

RRP £50.00  Save £12.50 (25%)

Shop now for £37.50


Peter Thomas Roth Acne Face and Body Scrub

If your acne struggle isn’t contained solely to your face, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find products that can help. This scrub by Peter Thomas Roth is a fantastic addition to your skincare routine as it has been designed to target both areas. With 1% salicylic acid you’ll see results in no time.

Shop now for £17.95


To shop the whole Salicylic Acid range click HERE and enjoy our Ingredient of the month! 

The Festive Season Glow

The festive season is fast approaching, and in fact, many Christmas parties are already in full swing so if you haven’t yet turned your attention to your tanning, now is your chance. We’ve called on tanning experts Bellamianta to share their professional tips for party perfect skin, in just 4 steps. 

P.S You can get and additional 10% off all our Sun and Tan shop (no minimum spend!) Use Code: TANME until Midnight Friday 25/10/19! ✨


There’s no doubt about it; the perfect party season accessory is always a gorgeous, golden glow. Christmas is all about sparkle, shimmer and shine so it’s time to up the ante when it comes to a skin-loving glow. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’ve got a couple of low-key events in the diary or it’s packed full of glitz and glam extravaganzas, ensure your tan is always on point with these simple, skin perfecting tips. ‘Tis the season to glow, after all.


Step 1: Prep is Key

While it can be easy to reach for your tan straight away, the key to a flawless finish is all about that base. To ensure your skin is in prime condition for tanning, exfoliate using a gentle scrub (such as our Triple Action Glycolic Body Scrub) and mitt thoroughly, 24-hours prior to tanning. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the skin’s outermost layer to help ensure even coverage on application. After exfoliating, moisturise your skin.


Step 2: Apply your tan

If you can, shower 30-minutes before application. This will enable your skin to return to its natural PH balance and allow time for your pores to close. Do not apply body lotion or deodorant before tanning. Make sure your underarms are deodorant free and avoid using any oil based products, as they can leave traces on the skin that can cause streaking.

For a long-lasting glow, our Rapid Self-Tanning Tinted Mousse is a winner, for good reason. The beauty of this tan, is that you are in control of its colour. Simply leave on for 2-hours for a light tan, wash off after 3-hours for a medium glow or for the darkest results, leave on for 6 or more hours. The mousse formula is super easy to use (even for tanning newbies), gliding over the skin and blending perfectly for a fabulous finish.


Step 3: Elevate your look

The Christmas party season definitely calls for next level tanning. Our Flawless Filter Body Make-Up is perfect for those festive nights out. A wash-off body and face makeup, it effortlessly blurs imperfections, while the special tinted formula is designed to bronze and gloss your skin instantly. It gives a HD finish that lasts all day long and looks so flawless that #nofilter is required on those festive photos.

A firm favourite with beauty bloggers and make-up artists, our Skin Perfecting Illuminating Bronzing Powder is unlike anything you have tried before. Just at the name suggests, this Bronzing Power works to perfect your skin while illuminating it for a glow that keeps on giving. The golden bronzing power cleverly reflects light, while offering subtle coverage, to give your skin a gorgeous, natural golden glow. Lightweight, ultra-fine pigments enhance the skin’s natural undertones for a truly unique skin perfecting finish. Plus, it’s suitable for use on both the face and body, making this one of the most versatile beauty products you could ever own!

 


Step 4: Keep the glow alive

Now that you’ve tanned you’ll want to keep the glow alive. Using our Self Tanning Gradual Moisturiser will not only keep your skin super hydrated, but it will deepen your tan and extend its duration too so when those last-minute Christmas catch-ups with friends roll around, you’ll definitely be ready. Plus, like all our Bellamianta products, it is packed full of skin-loving, organic ingredients, keeping it super soft and in tip-top condition.


This festive season, enjoy the greatest gift of all – a gorgeous, golden glow.

Don’t forget that you can get and additional 10% off all our Sun and Tan shop (no minimum spend!)

Use Code: TANME

until Midnight Friday 25/10/19!


Fight The Freeze

The season for weddings, BBQs and outdoor functions may be over, but that doesn’t mean the social butterfly gets to rest its wings. If anything, with the turn in season we have to up our beauty game. It isn’t easy to look glam at those festive parties and candle-lit birthday celebrations when you’ve been wrestling your umbrella and dodging the downpours. 

Well, in true allbeauty style, we’re here to make your life easy. Today we’ll be highlighting a few key products that will prove to be your greatest allies during the upcoming party season. So, without further ado…

Best Waterproof Makeup Products for Winter

Between the rain, hail, sleet and snow, winter can quickly turn you from a Glamazon into a drowned raccoon. If you want to look your best whatever the weather, you need to have the right tools on hand, but which waterproof products should be a must in your beauty kit? 

Eyes

  • Waterproof mascara, like the High Impact Waterproof Mascara from Clinique, is an absolute beauty essential for winter, ensuring that those lashes stay where they’re meant to throughout the day. But waterproof eye makeup doesn’t stop at just mascara!
  • For those evenings when you want a bold look, why not try magnetic lashes? Unlike traditional fake lashes which rely on glue, these Eylure Baroque corner lashes simply attach to lids using a magnetic applicator which comes included. No risk of your lashes sliding down your face with these!
  • To finish off the look, the Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil is ideal for creating a smoky eye on a winter’s night out, this is one eye liner that really stands it’s ground! And if you want to avoid wayward brows, you won’t find better than Wunderbrow 1-Step Brow Gel by Wunder2.

Face

It’s all very well having perfect eye makeup, but that’s no help if your foundation is pooling around your collar.

  • With Estee Lauder’s Double Wear range, you can be confident that whatever winter throws at you, your face can handle it. With over 20 shades of foundation and even water-proof concealers in the range, these are the winter must-haves.
  • For a touch of colour, you can’t go wrong with Dior Addict Lip Tattoo, which provides lasting coverage unlike any other – up to 10 hours in fact. And for continuing the rosy cheeked look indoors and out, award-winning Benefit Benetint is a fantastic stain that can be used on both cheeks and lips.
  • Lastly, finish your makeup with a light spray of Glamglow Glowsetter. Not only will it keep your face in place, but as it’s infused with caffeine and tea extracts it will hydrate and invigorate your skin too. Result!

Best Windproof Hair Products for Winter

There’s a time and a place for that windswept look, and as luck would have it, it is usually neither here nor now. Whether you have fine hair which falls flat at the first sign of a breeze, or curly hair which gets a little over-excited with humidity, there’s a product to help balance your hair this winter. 

  • Caught out by a sudden shower? Keep Frizz Dismiss by Redken in your office drawer to tame your hair, whatever the weather. This serum can be used on dry or wet hair and instantly reduces frizz.
  • For fine, flat hair, Kerastase Bouffant Styling Mousse is a godsend, amping up the volume from roots to tips. With built in heat protection and good hold, this is a must for using in conjunction with your curling tongs or rollers.
  • Curly ladies, we got you. You’ve got naturally voluminous hair, but, like cashmere, you’ve got to protect those delicate locks from the elements. Joico Humidity Blocker Hairspray does just that, creating a light protective barrier around each strand which blocks humidity and keeps your curls looking their best.


Which of these products will you be incorporating into your winter beauty regime this year? We’d love to hear what’s working for you.

What’s The Difference?

We love a bit of jargon busting at allbeauty, so today’s blog is one we’ve been looking forward to writing for a while. The beauty industry can be a daunting place if you don’t know your CC from your BB and your serums from your tonics – but it needn’t be as confusing as it seems.

If you’ve ever found yourself staring blankly at a row of similar looking products wondering what on earth makes them different, you’re in the right place.


Cleansers

Main types: Cream, Gel, Foam, Water, Milk

A cleanser is a cleanser, right? Wrong. Sort of. While all cleansers do the same basic job, their different consistencies affect how they work on your skin.

  • While the heavier cream and gel cleansers are better suited for removing makeup and SPF from your skin, the lighter cleansers are best used for a second cleanse to remove any final traces.
  • Cleansing water or milk is also better suited for sensitive skin as they tend to be developed to be gentler on the skin. Technically, you could use cleansing milk to take off your makeup and SPF, but it’s going to have to work much harder than a cream cleanser would.
  • You certainly don’t need one of every variety of cleanser, but ideally, you’d have both a heavy and light cleanser in your bathroom cabinet to cover your bases.

Skincare

Main types: Oil, Serum, Tonic, Balm

Skincare is one of those categories which come with a diverse range of language. Along with the usual list of lotions and creams, come tonics, balms, oils and serums. What’s what when it comes to skincare?

  • Oil may seem like an odd thing to use on your skin, particularly if you’re of an oily disposition, but a good quality natural beauty oil can be your skin’s best friend. Hydrating and moisturising, oil not only absorbs easily into dry skin, but can also help to regulate oil production. Use in place of, or underneath, moisturiser for a hydration boost.
  • Serum’s are designed to target specific skin complaints. Rosacea? Dehydration? Fine-lines? There’s a serum for that. Lighter than a cream and easily absorbed into the skin, they’re best applied after cleansing and before moisturising.
  • Tonic is essentially the same as toner. Now, there are sometimes subtle differences between the two, but these are changeable between brands and formulas. A tonic or toner is used post-cleansing and pre-moisturising to minimise pores and get your skin squeaky clean. If you’re using a toner already, you don’t need to rush out and purchase a tonic. 
  • Balm is the heavy-duty alternative to moisturiser for when a light cream just won’t cut it. Often formulated with dominant ingredients of oil and beeswax, balms offer a heavier layer than other skincare products. Best used overnight or as a 30-minute mask, balms nourish your skin deeply but are too heavy for daily wear except on those problematic dry patches.


Face

Main types: BB, CC, Tinted Moisturiser, Foundation

There are so many options for skin coverage that it can be hard to keep up with the terminology. To best understand how the main types of makeup differ, let’s start at full coverage and work our way backwards.

  • Foundation is a pigmented cream used to even out skin tone and provide a flawless base of colour. While foundation itself comes in different levels of coverage, for the sake of our article, we’ll say that foundation is at the top end of the spectrum. 
  • CC Cream is a step down from foundation in terms of coverage. It balances skin tone and reduces redness like a foundation, but will often include other skincare benefits, such as hydration and an SPF. While all CC creams will have different pigments, in general they are less pigmented than foundation.
  • BB Cream combines skincare with light coverage. Essentially, wearing BB cream is like putting on an SPF, a serum, and a moisturiser, while getting the benefits of a more even complexion. They’re a great option for days you can’t be bothered with make-up, or for the woman who feels self-conscious in full foundation.
  • Tinted Moisturiser is considered by many to be a dying breed. Less coverage than a BB cream, and lacking in the additional skincare benefits, tinted moisturiser simply gives you hydration with a sheer cover.


Fragrance

Main types: Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum, Parfum

All fragrances are created by combining concentrated oils with an alcohol and water base. The stronger the ratio of oils, the stronger the scent. 

  • Parfum has the highest concentration, boasting around 30% fragrance – this makes it the most expensive fragrance option, but also the longest lasting. Parfums are fairly rare in most fragrance circles, with the majority of women preferring something easier to wear.
  • Eau de Parfum is what most people think of when they consider women’s perfume. At around 15% oil, the scent of an Eau de Parfum will last upwards of 4 hours, making it ideal for an evening out.
  • Eau de Toilette is a weaker concentration still, which makes it fantastic for day-wear, especially if you don’t mind topping it up as needed. Eau de Toilette sits lighter on the skin, making it easier to wear if you prefer subtlety over statement. 


Masks

Whether homemade or store-bought, a mask is a great way to indulge in a little pampering, making them a staple product for any girls’ night in. But what makes a mask different from any other product? 

  • Sheet masks are everywhere right now. They’ve been a favourite amongst beauty bloggers and product reviewers throughout 2019 and are showing no signs of stopping. A Korean phenomenon, sheet masks come in a face-shaped delivery system, pre-loaded with skin-nourishing ingredients. Self-care doesn’t get much easier than this.
  • Face masks have been kicked from the top position by sheet masks, but offer similar benefits. The product is applied manually to your face and usually either washed or peeled off after a set time. Face masks can be exfoliating, hydrating, or clarifying – there’s something for everyone.
  • Hair masks are a must for anyone with dry, damaged, coarse, curly or frizzy hair. Similar to a heavy-duty conditioner, hair masks are packed with smoothing, nourishing and hydrating properties, with additional ingredients based on specific hair type. Adding a weekly hair mask into your routine can make a huge difference to distressed locks. 
  • Foot masks are a perfect addition to the at-home pedicure. Available as a scrub, lotion or sheet mask, they provide exfoliation and moisturisation to the hardest working part of your body. The sheet-style foot masks are particularly popular at the moment and come in the form of a pair of pre-loaded booties; slip them on for the ultimate in easy pampering.


There we have it, you’re now equipped to browse the latest beauty products with ease. Are there any products we haven’t covered that still have you scratching your head? Let us know in the comments. 

Inside a Winter Scent

Our sense of smell is inextricably linked to memory. Whether it’s freshly cooked biscuits like mum used to make, that sweet smell of a baby’s head, or the combination of orange and clove at Christmas, one of the ways we reminisce is through aroma. It makes sense then, that people search for their ‘signature scent’, that cologne which becomes so synonymous with its wearer that one is reminded of them at the smallest sniff.

Whether you’re still searching out your signature fragrance or have one you wear year-round, this post is for you. 

Why one signature fragrance isn’t enough.

Summer perfumes, with their fresh and citrus notes, are best worn when the days are warm as their lighter notes are projected by the heat in the air; these subtle elements are too easily muted by cold weather. Conversely, winter fragrances typically include heavier notes and larger molecules, allowing them to better project off the skin and carry beyond those thick winter scarves. 

If you try to make a summer fragrance perform over winter, you’re fighting a losing battle. 


How to find your winter scent.

Fragrances can be classified into one of eight families: Aromatic, Chypre, Citrus, Floral, Fougère, Leather, Oriental And Woody. Each category can be further split into multiple sub-families and with such a broad range of fragrances, there’s a scent for every season. 

If you’re searching for your winter signature scent and are overwhelmed by the options, you may want to pinpoint a subfamily and start from there.  Two of our favourite options for a winter fragrance are Woody Musk and Spicy Oriental. 

Woody Musks can be either floral or fruity and may have notes of sandalwood, pine, patchouli, vetiver or cedarwood.

Spicy Oriental Ambers combines spices like cinnamon and cloves with woods including sandalwood and atlas cedar.

Other notes that lend themselves fabulously to a winter perfume are ginger, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla, amber, myrrh and resin.

If all of this information is making your head spin – the allbeauty team has you covered.

Our favourite winter scents…

Shopping for a new fragrance needn’t be an arduous task. If you want a short shortlist, why not try one of these top picks.

For Women

#1 With fruity top notes of apricot and pomegranate, this may not immediately seem like a winter perfume, however, the base notes of Diesel’s Loverdose Red Kiss provide a heavy base that offsets the lighter notes perfectly. With patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood, you’re sure to love this sensuous scent.

#2 Award-winning and a firm favourite with allbeauty customers, Modern Muse Nuit by Estee Lauder combines florals with creamy woods to create a seductive fragrance that you’ll adore. Vanilla and tonka bean dominate the base notes, while chamomile and jasmine balance out the top notes.

#3 A more winter-friendly version of their classic Lady Million perfume, Lady Million Prive by Paco Rabanne is a delightful combination of woody notes, sweetened with honey, cacao, vanilla, and a touch of raspberry. Good enough to eat!

#4  A truly glamorous fragrance, Roberto Cavalli’s Nero Assoluto is a velvety scent which features orchid, vanilla and citrus juxtaposed against wood and ebony base notes.


For Men

#1 Wanted by Azzaro is an award-winning fragrance for men that combines fresh top notes of lemon and ginger with heavier middle and base notes. The scents of cardamom, vetiver and tonka bean make this a great winter scent.

#2 Another fantastic fragrance, this time from Boucheron, Quatre Absolu De Nuit Pour Homme sits within the spicy wood family and has notes of clary sage, lavender, nutmeg, black pepper, atlas cedar and vanilla.

#4 Boss brings us Boss Bottled Oud Saffron, a sensuous scent that features saffron, rose, and oud – some consider this to be unisex due it’s effortless combination of masculine depths with warm florals. 

#5 Award-winning L’eau D’issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake is a classic scent that is incredibly versatile. A woody aquatic, it features top notes of juniper and bergamot with sage, vetiver, nutmeg, moss, cedar and sandalwood.


Still not sure where to start? Our Fragrance Finder for Him or Her makes choosing your next signature scent a breeze. Try one out!

The Bounce Back

Start 2020 Right!

Christmas, a time for reflection, time spent with loved ones, and cheese… so much cheese. 

If healthy eating and drinking in moderation didn’t feature high on your priority list over Christmas (solidarity), your skin is probably not looking its best. 

Whether the festive period gifted you dull skin, dryness or fine lines that definitely weren’t there in November, we’ve got the solutions to help you start the year looking fresh-faced. 

1. Cleanse, cleanse and cleanse some more.

Ok, three times might be overkill, but cleansing your face twice every night, aka ‘double cleansing’ is a super important part of any skincare routine. The first cleanse removes the layer of makeup, moisturiser and SPF, while the second cleanse addresses the skin itself. Without thorough cleansing, those expensive serums and moisturisers won’t be half as effective as much of it will stay above the surface of the skin. 

Unsurprisingly, there are different cleansers designed for each stage of the process, with hard-working cream cleansers removing oil-based products, and gel or foam cleansers removing water-soluble dirt on the skin. 

If you’re still using a single product to remove makeup and clean your skin, try one of these products for the second stage of your nightly cleanse.

 

2. Hydrate those skin cells!

Winter plays havoc with skin. Cold blasts from wind and rain, significant changes in temperature and dry central heating all play a part in creating a dehydrated complexion. Add too many glasses of wine or cups of tea into the mix (both are diuretics, expelling water and salt from your system), and you’re in for trouble.

The good news is, if you feel like you’ve suddenly aged overnight, it’s probably just dehydration. Make sure you have hyaluronic acid on hand to quickly replenish those skin cells to help banish fine lines and patchy skin.

3. Swap the moisturiser for a facial oil.

Another key way to combat winter dryness is by regularly feeding the skin with a facial oil. It might seem counterintuitive, but water dries out the skin, and its presence in winter cosmetics can severely impact your complexion especially if the temperature drops below zero. By using a facial oil a few times a week in place of your regular moisturiser, you’ll help to seal in moisture, plump the skin and protect it from environmental damage – all while keeping those flaky patches at bay.

With extracts of rosewood and patchouli, the Blue Orchid Treatment Oil by Clarins is sure to become a winter favourite. 

4. Use an acid toner.

To buff away those dead cells and resurface your skin, there’s no better product than a chemical exfoliator. After cleansing, apply a few drops to a cotton wool pad and run it over your face to let the acid work it’s magic. Just be sure to wear an SPF under your makeup the following day as that newly exposed, baby-soft skin is more susceptible to sun damage. 

We have a selection of acid toners available at allbeauty, but the one we’re in love with at the moment is The Organic Pharmacy Rose Diamond Exfoliating Cleanser. 

5. Netflix and chill. 

Now I don’t know about you, but to me, ‘Netflix and chill’ involves fleece pyjamas, a cosy blanket, the largest block of chocolate I can find, and a glass of vino. In these post-Christmas months we’re all trying to reduce our spending, so why not indulge in some at-home indulgence by adding a face mask to your Netflix binge sessions?

We love the Recovery Powerfoil Mask by Estee Lauder, and as it comes in a 4-pack, you could even invite a friend… if you don’t mind sharing your snacks of course.


There we are readers, everything you need to bounce back from Christmas and meet 2020 head-on. Bring it!

 

Cover Up the Cold

It’s cold and flu season once again, and for most of us that means finding ways to hide the fact we’re feeling rough. We all know that winter is the time of year that we’re more susceptible to getting ill, but why? 

Contrary to what your grandma may have told you, colds and flu aren’t caused by going out without your winter coat. The three main causes are:

  1. Spending more time indoors.

With windows closed, poor ventilation and other people in close proximity who may be carrying the virus.

  1. A weak immune system.

We all know some people who have the worst luck when it comes to catching every bug and germ that’s circulating – thank the immune system.

  1. Stress and lack of sleep.

Believe it or not, stress and lack of sleep aren’t just bad for your mental wellbeing, they take their toll on your body too and can impact your immune system.

So, we know what factors can make you more likely to get a cold, but what about dealing with the symptoms once you have one? We can’t help you to get better, but we can help you to look better than you feel, and that’s half the battle.


Beauty tools to hide a cold.

Just because you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus doesn’t mean you need to look that way. Whether you’ve got an important business meeting or a big date, life doesn’t stop for a cold. Here are our top beauty tools for masking a cold:

Dry Flaky Skin

Even without a cold, winter plays havoc with our skin. While a good moisturising routine is essential, all products are not created equal. DS Emulsion by Uriage Eau Thermale was created to not only moisturise but to target the microorganisms that create flaky skin and irritation.

Chapped Nose

It’s not glamorous, but it’s a standard sign that you’re suffering from a cold. No matter how kitten-belly soft those tissues are, getting a chapped nose is a likelihood. 

Try to keep the area free of foundations and concealers as they’ll only cling to flakes and make your nose appear 10x worse. Instead, apply a thin layer of a heavy-duty balm like the Tree of Life Barm from Elemental Herbology

Cracked Lips 

Dry, cracked lips are usually caused by a combination of dehydration and your immune system being down. To combat dehydration, keep a bottle of water handy and sip at it throughout the day. For pout restoration, opt for a lip balm that nourishes your lips – this Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm Duo comes highly recommended. 

Dull Complexion  

When you’re feeling a bit ‘blah’, giving yourself an at-home facial is a fantastic way to brighten up your day, and your skin. Infused with Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, the Seoulista Beauty Brightening Instant Facial evens your skin tone and soothes the skin.

Stubborn Red Patches

If your immune system is struggling, you’ll often find that your skin is more susceptible to inflammation and sensitivity. Nip it in the bud by nourishing and protecting your problem areas with a thick barrier cream. We’ve previously mentioned Dr Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm because it works so well for soothing chapped skin – it’s one that’s well worth having in your makeup kit

Tired Eyes 

Sunken dark circles? Puffy red bags? Your eyes give so much away about how you’re feeling inside, so they’re a key area to address if you want to hide a cold. Thisworks Light Time Open Eyes cream contains a blend of natural ingredients such as soothing aloe vera and rich argan oil, working together to revive the appearance of tired eyes. 

Puffy Face

Not only have you woken up with a horrific cold, but your face has ballooned overnight! Help is at hand if you have a cooling gel at hand, such as the Cucumber De-Tox Bouncy Hydrating Gel from Peter Thomas Roth. Store it in the refrigerator for ultimate soothing power. 


Although many of us would prefer to snuggle down under the covers at the first sign of a cold, that isn’t usually an option. When life has to carry on, these tips can help. 

Feel better soon!