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


Fresh, Fruity or Floral? The Summer fragrances which inspire us at allbeauty

May marks the start of flower show season, so what better time of year is there to explore and embrace the world of fresh, fruity and floral scents? Read on to discover more about the summer fragrances which inspire us at allbeauty.



Penhaligon’s Blasted BloomCreated as an ode to the British coast and countryside, Penhaligon’s Blasted Bloom is a unique blend of wild berries, eglantine rose, hawthorn, pink pepper, as well as some aquatic notes. It’s the perfect scent for an English rose and a topical fragrance to wear for Summer weddings, garden parties and of course, Chelsea Flower Show.

Looking for a regal floral for men? Try Penhaligon’s Esprit Du Roi for an unusual twist on a summer floral, incorporating tomato, mint and raspberry leaves with clove, jasmine and honeysuckle.



Les Sorbets by Nina Ricci

The new range of limited edition Les Sorbets by Nina Ricci looks so delicious, we couldn’t pick just one to feature! These pastel confections launched earlier this year as part of a collaboration with Amorino ice cream. Each edition has been created by a different perfumer and contain sweet straplines such as Cocktail Frappé, Pear Granita, and Praline Glacé. We think they’d make the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon tea with friends (ice cream optional!)

Did you know? Amorino have released their own raspberry and jasmine sorbet to commemorate the fragrance range (available at selected Amorino ice cream locations until 30 June 2019).

Another exciting fruity launch for Summer 2019 is Paco Rabanne’s irresistible Olympéa Legend, which combines desert-flower and hot sand with salty-vanilla plum. This fragrance for women builds upon the Olympéa range of fragrances and is paired with Invictus Legend, a powerful grapefruit, sea salt and geranium fragrance for men.

Want to discover more? Take your pick of Floral & Fruity Summer fragrances here



Christian Dior - Dior Addict Eau FraicheChristian Dior’s Dior Addict Eau Fraiche, is a favourite at allbeauty, featuring calabrian bergamot, freesia and lily-of-the-valley.

Lily-of-the-valley, also known as Muguet, was a treasured motif of Christian Dior. As well as featuring extensively in his fragrances and designs, he also used to give a sprig of the flower on the 1st May (as per French custom) to wish luck and happiness to all his workforce and clientele for the year ahead!

Perfect for: Paying homage to the stars of Cannes Film Festival – Kirsten Dunst wore a Christian Dior Lily-of-the-valley dress in 2016 when going up the famous Cannes steps.


Light & Airy

Calvin Klein Eternity AirCalvin Klein’s Eternity Air comes in two editions for men and women, both of which are light and citrus, so suitable for those who like a softer fragrance in the summer months. As you can tell by the name, these fragrances are designed to complement each other and are inspired by blue skies and fresh atmospheres. Eternity Air for Women features grapefruit oil, peony and lily of the valley, whilst Eternity Air for Men includes mandarin oil, lavender, green apple and violet.

Marc Jacob’s Daisy Dream Sunshine is a great carefree scent for summer days. Launched in January 2019 as a limited edition, this fragrance features a combination of golden raspberries, orange blossoms and solar musk, which collide together in a sparkling cocktail of whimsical happiness.

Want to float into Summer? Shop all Light & Airy Fragrances here



 Creed Virgin Island WaterStuck at your desk and need to be transported to St Tropez, Portofino or Hawaii? The following fragrances have all been inspired by the feeling of exploration, freedom and azure waters.

The formulation of Creed’s Virgin Island Water was inspired by a sailing trip to the Caribbean – its adventurous and refreshing notes include lime, copra, hibiscus, ylang ylang and ginger. Suitable for both men and women, it really captures the essence of summer and will help you to feel like the sun is shining down on you in a tropical climate!

Moschino Forever Sailing is another ocean favourite – a fragrance designed for men; lemon, grapefruit and ice mint are combined with juniper and patchouli to emphasise fun, excitement and the power of nature.

Want to take the plunge? Shop all Water Fragrances here


Allbeauty’s Top Seasonal Fragrance Tips

  1. Wearing a scent that it is evocative of summer can help you get into the holiday spirit.
  2. Heat & rising temperatures can intensify the sense of smell, which is why switching heavier ‘Winter’ scents for lighter ones can help you feel more energetic
  3. Don’t leave your perfume in the sun (or near hot temperatures – this includes your bathroom), as this can shorten the perfume’s lifespan.
  4. Headed to a festival or on a summer vacation which requires travel? Take a look at allbeauty’s range of Travalo Atomisers, perfect for decanting your favourite fragrance from glass bottles and taking with you on the go.
  5. You can make new fragrance discoveries by using the allbeauty Fragrance Finder to filter perfumes by category.

*details correct at time of publishing

Spring Fragrance: Have You Got Your New Scent?

We may be rolling our eyes at April Showers, but the promise of glorious spring days spent in the sunshine isn’t far away. If you’re looking for a light fragrance to breeze into Spring with, then read on…





Light & Fresh




For even more inspiration to help you find your spring scent visit the Spring Fragrance page on the allbeauty website.


*Prices correct at the time of publishing

Fake Tan Manual – How to Get the Perfect Glow

Fake tan needn’t be tricky. So whether you’d rather not sit out in the sun, or need a bit of colour before you don that new bikini, our manual will guide you to the best home tanning products and help you tan like a Pro!

The secret to a great fake tan is making sure you have the right products. So before we begin, ask yourself two questions:

What kind of tan do I need? – A quick fix for pasty legs, a gentle glow or all-over serious colour?
How much time do I have? – Rushing from work, time to prepare? 

Got your answers? Let’s get stuck in!

Which Is…

Basically colour in a bottle. Smoothed over skin it gives immediate colour but washes off with soap (hoorah, no mitts or gloves!). All you need is a few minutes of drying time and you’re good to go.

Good For?

Office parties, last minute dates, unexpected swimming and “my legs look TERRIBLE” moments. Always have some in your cupboard!


  • Super-fast to apply, instant colour
  • Quick drying
  • Can usually be layered to get deeper colour
  • Needs soap to remove so no rain-related disasters


  •  Very temporary
  • Needs reapplication
  • Looks horrid going down the drain

How To Apply:

Bare hands are fine but a mitt or gloves are useful. Use quick, long strokes and blend by eye.

Benefit Hoola Body Bronzer

We Love: Benefit Hoola Zero Tanlines Body Bronzer

This smooth, non-sticky body bronzer glides on HANDS FREE and blends on instantly & seamlessly for a thoroughly believable bronze. Beachin’ bonus…the 12-hour Hoola Zero Tanlines formula stays on even when your clothes come off.


THE MEDIUM FIX Quick developing tan
Which Is…

Like the classic fake tan, these need time to develop and won’t wash off. However, things have come a long way since you walked around the house naked for 8 hours scared to touch anything – these options dry fast and develop fast.

Good For?

Parties, balls, short breaks – any occasion where you want a proper tan but don’t want to invest much time.


  • Easy to apply, quick drying.
  • Some brands such as St Tropez are coloured so you can see where you’re applying the product.
  • Won’t wash off even with soap so great for any situation.


  • Take time to develop
  • Requires care when applying (you need mitts or gloves and must protect eyebrows/hairline) to avoid orange hands!
  • A little preparation is needed, especially exfoliation and moisturiser around dry areas.

How To Apply:

Definitely use a mitt and/or gloves! Apply in long, sweeping movements for best results. Some products can be showered off so check the product details.

St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

We Love: St Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse 200ml

This easy to use, quick drying and lightweight mousse is specially formulated to absorb quickly into the skin, allowing you to select your shade of tan by choosing when to wash off the tinted guide colour.


The classic full tan
Which Is…

The classic fake tan needs time to develop and won’t wash off. May take several hours to develop, and will need proper preparation for great results.

Good for?

They’re top of the list if you’re going on holiday or need a serious, all-over tan that lasts a solid week before reapplication.


  • Usually coloured so you can see where you’re applying product
  • Won’t wash off even with soap
  • Can usually be topped up with further applications a week or so later to keep the tan going.


  • Take time to develop
  • Requires proper care when applying (mitts or gloves and you must protect eyebrows/hairline).
  • In some cases you can’t get dressed for a short while after application.
  • Preparation is needed for best results – exfoliate and moisturise, preferably the day before.

How To Apply

Application in the usual way with a tanning mitt or gloves.

Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mousse

We Love: Xen-Tan Fresh Tanning Mousse

With its lightweight and smooth texture, Xen-Tan’s Fresh Tanning Mousse provides even and easy application for colour in just 3-4 hours. Packed with natural ingredients including peptides, green tea, ginkgo biloba, aloe vera and vitamins D & E, it provides thorough nourishment and hydration to help keep skin smooth and healthy in addition to wonderfully tanned.



Aside from fake tan products, there are a host of complementary items to help you get the look. For even application a tanning mitt is a must. Body exfoliation will create the perfect base, but try a specialist one such as St Tropez Body Polish. Proper exfoliation after you apply your fake tan will help it to fade more evenly. It also creates a base for re-application if you want to keep your fake tan going all summer. Fake tan products are unisex but men may like Clinique Face Tinted Lotion.

Which fake tan brand is your favourite? Is this summer your first wearing fake tan? Let us know!

This post updated: 28th June 2018.

The allbeauty Guide To Wearing Perfume

At some point you’ve probably been told to apply perfume everywhere on your body. But where should you spritz and why? Here’s the allbeauty guide to wearing perfume.

You may have been wearing perfume for years, but you can still teach an old dog new tricks! wearing perfume

Pulse Points
A pulse point is a place on the body where the veins are closest to the skin. This means they’re warm areas and warmth means one thing: your fragrance will project (aha so that’s why!) The best pulse points for wearing perfume are:

  • Wrists
  • Behind the ears
  • Inside the elbows
  • Back of the knees

Fragrance is perfectly safe to spray on clothing. We repeat, perfectly safe! You’ll only need to be careful of very luxurious fabrics such as silk or cashmere and we wouldn’t advise spraying leather. Otherwise it’s absolutely fine to be wearing perfume on your clothing. Here’s a tip we learned from a parfumier a long time ago: spritz your scent into the air just higher than your head, then walk though the drops as they fall. It’s a great way to get an all-over effect and won’t damage your clothing.

Go easy here because perfume is drying to the hair. There are plenty of brands who make bespoke hair fragrance ( J’Adore Hair Mist is one of our faves!) but if you’re dead set on applying your signature scent to your hair then mist it over your hairbrush before lightly brushing your hair. Never spray it directly!

The Bath
We know, technically you can’t wear perfume in the bath. However you can apply it there and wear it all over! A few sprays of your favourite scent into the bathwater will leave a gentle aroma so don’t rule it out. For the best overall effect though you should always ‘layer’ scent. This means bathing in the gel, using the scented lotion, buffing on the after-bath powder and finishing with the spray. Layering scents is really the best way to get that natural, all-over fragrance that moves with you. If you have an event coming up such as a wedding or prom, we really advise you to treat yourself to complementary products that go with your scent.

Over To You
Tell us where you like wearing perfume. Do you have any family secrets handed down the female line that you’d like to share? Comment below and tell us, we’d really love to hear!

Shop theBalm Cosmetics, New Brand @allbeauty

If you’re in the UK and looking to shop thebalm Cosmetics it’s time to rejoice! Meet the latest brand at allbeauty.com

Get ready to shop theBalm Cosmetics, the fun, flirty makeup range you’re about to fall in love with!

Paraben free, cruelty free and with blushes and shadows that are talc-free. And then there’s the packaging! Our newest addition for August 2016 is a brand you’re going to love. Born in the US in 2004, theBalm Cosmetics offer a complete range of makeup for on-the-go gals who like their makeup fun and effective.

She’s got attitude(s) 💁🏼💁🏽💁🏻💁🏾 #NudeTude #eyeshadow #palette #theBalm

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With products such as Mary-Lou Manizer, Nude Dude Palette, Bahama Mama Bronzer and timeBalm Foundation, you’ll enjoy the chance to gift and shop theBalm Cosmetics!

She’s a glow-getter ✨ #MaryLouManizer #MaryLou #highlighter #theBalm

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Best-selling Mary-Lou Manizer is a 3 in 1 highlighter and luminizer that helps to refine the complexion and leave you looking softer, younger and glowing.

Просто магически Черный💫 #schwingeyeliner Цена 6700 т.

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Schwing eyeliner has a precise felt tip point that gets you results like these – impressed? We are!

You can shop theBalm cosmetics range at allbeauty HERE
Are you excited or already a fan? Comment below and tell us!

Jimmy Choo Scents – a guide to the range

Hard to believe that Jimmy Choo launched their first fragrance as recently as 2011! Here’s the allbeauty guide to the world of Jimmy Choo perfume and aftershave.

🎄 CHRISTMAS UPDATE: Looking to gift Jimmy Choo perfume or aftershave? Scroll to the end of this post, for tips on which fragrance to choose.

Jimmy Choo Eau de ToiletteThe iconic fragrance, Jimmy Choo Eau de Parfum, was an overnight success in 2011 and lead to the creation of Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette the following year. In a bottle designed by Jimmy Choo Co-Founder Tamara Mellon, inspired by her love of Murano glass, the idea was to create something that looks perfectly in place on a bedside table.

Since then we’ve been blessed with new creations every year including Flash (in 2013), Exotic (in 2013), Stars (in 2014) and their first fragrance for men, Jimmy Choo Man, in 2014, followed by  2016’s Man Intense and 2017’s Jimmy Choo Man Ice.

Jimmy ChooFronted by Game of Thrones star Kit Harington, Jimmy Choo Man is a surprisingly woody scent with top notes of lavender and mandarin mixed with honeydew melon, pink pepper, geranium and pineapple leaf. Finally the fragrance leaves a lasting scent of patchouli, suede and ambery wood. Since its debut the scent has won numerous awards and is available with complementary products including deodorant and aftershave balm.

Jimmy Choo Man Intense Eau de Toilette Spray 100mlJimmy Choo Man Intense

Released in 2016,  and favourably compared with Bleu de Chanel, Intense is a great day to night fragrance. With top notes of mandarin orange, melon and lavender, middle notes of geranium, black pepper and Artemisia and base notes of patchouli, tonka bean and lavender.

Jimmy Choo Man Ice – The Latest Creation

In 2017 Jimmy Choo announced new Man Ice, a woody aromatic with notes of mandarin, cedar and moss. Already a winner in the Men’s Health Grooming Awards 2017 who called it “light enough to wear year-round but complex enough to keep people guessing. Perfect for date night”.


Famous Jimmy Choo Fans – these celebs wore Jimmy Choo at defining moments of their careers:

  • 2002 Halle Berry accepting her Oscar
  • 2006 Keira Knightley at the Golden Globes
  • 2009 Michelle Obama at the presidential inauguration
  • 2009 Sandra Bullock accepting her Oscar
  • 2009 Rihanna winning a Grammy
  • 2011 Natalie Portman accepting her Oscar
  • 2012 Meryl Streep accepting her BAFTA
  • 2013 Beyoncé winning a Grammy

EDP & EDT – There is a difference!
One thing that often catches people out is the difference between Jimmy Choo EDP and EDT. They are quite different scents, when generally the only difference between an Eau de Parfum and an Eau de Toilette is the strength. Most people are strongly one or the other! Here’s the difference:

  • Jimmy Choo EDP is a fruity scent with notes of tiger orchid, sweet toffee caramel and Indonesian patchouli.
  • EDT on the other hand contains exotic tiger orchid blended with tea rose on a woody base. Unlike the debut it does not contain patchouli, instead it contains cedar.

Did You Know? Jimmy Choo Creative Director Sandra Choi created a slipper especially for the launch of Disney’s live action Cinderella. Who better to create the most iconic shoe in the world?

Jimmy Choo Fragrance GuideThe latest women’s offering from this design powerhouse is Jimmy Choo Blossom, which was released in 2015 alongside Jimmy Choo Illicit. Blossom is a glorious mix of red berries and citrus cocktail with a heart of sweet pea and rose and complemented by a base of white musk and sandalwood. Illicit on the other hand is a fiery mix of bitter orange and ginger over a base of warm amber.

Gift Buying: Both Jimmy Choo Flash and Jimmy Choo Illicit are aimed at a younger, party loving, confident female and are great for those in their teens to early 30s. The iconic Jimmy Choo EDP and EDT are suitable for all ages – choose the Eau de Toilette if in doubt as it’s a little lighter and doesn’t contain patchouli which can divide opinion. Blossom is also suitable for any age but targeted at more sophisticated party goers who love cocktails and dancing with the girls. Jimmy Choo Man is for the refined, urban gent with a rebellious spirit and will appeal to those who don’t enjoy heavy, spicy scents. Jimmy Choo Man Ice, the latest fragrance, is a lighter-weight scent that’s ideal for the office and will appeal to most men.

Jimmy Choo allbeautyHQ Fans: Both Jimmy Choo EDT and EDP are immensely popular here at allbeautyHQ (it’s probably our go-to scent!) In fact, allbeautyHQ CRM Manager Trinny chose Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette as her Spring 2017 wedding scent. Trinny told us it’s her all-time favourite perfume: glamorous and feminine and perfect for her special day.


Jimmy Choo continue to excite us with new launches each year – we can’t wait to discover their next move!

Jimmy Choo Fragrances are available at allbeauty at prices to suit everyone!
Prices correct at the time of publish.

L’Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber: your step by step guide

L’Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber is the brand new treatment to reduce the appearance of damaged hair. Here’s our guide to find your level of hair damage and choose the correct products for your hair type.

Before we start our L’Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber guide, let’s take a look at the video below showing how easy and effective this treatment is. If you’re not starting the treatment in a salon don’t worry, you can still use the home products and see a change in your hair:

To begin, determine your level of hair damage with the Pro Fiber hair strand test. Here’s how:

L'Oreal Pro Fiber Strand Test
  • Take a small section of hair between your fingers and pull it as you work your way down the strand.
  • Where the hair starts to feel rough to the touch is where the hair is damaged.
  • Pay attention to the thickness of your hair (fine, medium or thick) and the feeling of roughness or pulling as you drag your fingers down the strand. These factors will help determine which Pro Fiber range is right for you.

Decide which of these statements you agree with to determine the level of damage you have (1, 2 or 3):

  1. My hair texture is quite dry, It lacks shine and the ends are thinning (1)
  2. My hair texture is quite rough, the brightness has dulled and my ends are split (2)
  3. The texture of my hair is rough, it is prone to breakage, it lacks shine and my ends are split (3)
L'Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber

DAMAGE LEVEL 1 – Use Pro Fiber Revive

My hair texture is quite dry, It lacks shine and the ends are thinning

A lightweight texture for fine to medium, normal to slightly damaged hair caused by frequent heat styling or general daily abrasions. This vibrant fragrance is a mixture of lemon and honey.

DAMAGE LEVEL 2 – Use Pro Fiber Restore
My hair texture is quite rough, the brightness has dulled and my ends are split

A smooth and creamy texture for medium to thick hair damaged by frequent styling and straightening with cuticle damage.  A sandal milk fragrance with spice and floral notes.

DAMAGE LEVEL 3 – Use Pro Fiber Recover
The texture of my hair is rough, it is prone to breakage, it lacks shine and my ends are split

This beauty balm is the richest in texture within the range for thick, very damaged hair that has been subjected to multiple and aggressive processes. The deep fragrance is filled with dried black vanilla.


About Pro Fiber
Pro Fiber is based on cutting edge technology using the innovative Aptyl 100 molecular complex. Pro Fiber grips like a magnet to the hair, for a long-lasting resurfacing effect which improves the appearance of damage. The Pro-Fiber range has 3 tiers: Revive for slightly damaged hair, Restore for damaged hair and Recover for VERY damaged hair.


L’Oréal Pro Fiber has completely transformed the look and feel of my hair. It feels soft, smooth and silky and has even boosted the colour – it feels like I’ve just got a brand new cut.
Hellana, customer

My hair looks healthier and it feels stronger… because my hair looks more beautiful I feel more beautiful.
Bethan, customer

“The result was super shiny, bouncy and healthy looking hair that I was astounded by. Pro Fiber left me pretty much opened mouthed.”

London Beauty Queen

allbeauty have been around since 2004 and are fully authorised retailers of L’Oréal Professionnel haircare. Free UK P&P is available, see site for details.

The Insider’s Secret To Shiny, Frizz-Free, Healthy Hair: the boar bristle hairbrush

As celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward reveals the secret to Kate Middleton’s shiny locks, allbeauty looks at why a boar bristle hairbrush is so good for the hair.

It’s long been known that boar bristles are supreme when it comes to hair and scalp health – the classic Mason Pearson boar bristle hairbrush was invented in London in 1885 and earlier versions were around even before then.

Top 10 Benefits Of A Boar Bristle Hairbrush:

  1. Creates shine by moving natural oils down the shaft
  2. Seals the cuticle
  3. Reduces frizz and static
  4. Gentle on the hair
  5. Minimises breakage
  6. Stimulates blood flow
  7. With repeated use leads to shinier, healthier hair
  8. Long lasting tool
  9. Reduces washing frequency
  10. Soothing feel

Suitable for all hair types including African hair, think of them as a conditioning treatment rather than just a styling tool. That said, a round boar bristle hairbrush is ideal for blow drying as it safely grips the hair and minimises breakage, whilst reducing frizz and giving you shine to die for. Some people claim the regular use of a boar hairbrush means less washing and although the thought of regular brushing may fill you with horror (as you envisage greasy, limp hair…) boar bristles actually remove build-up from the hair and distribute oils evenly.

Tips for using a boar brush:

  • Brush dry hair you want to distribute the hair oils and also avoid breakage
  • Brush from root to tip in long, even sweeps
  • Brush regularly make this a daily routine
  • Brush in sections to ensure even coverage

If you’re gifting then these premium brushes by Mason Pearson are perfect.
allbeauty stock a range of premium and entry-level boar bristle hair brushes. Worldwide delivery available. This post last updated April 2018.