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Honest Talk with Tigi – Recreate the salon feeling at home

Hairdressers and educators from the professional haircare brand TIGI are sharing their tips and tricks for keeping your hair healthy, vibrant and full of life while visits to the hairdresser are a no-go. 

TIGI’s three top tips for keeping hair healthy at home:

• Choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type

• Treat your hair once a week 

• Find an effortless product that makes you feel good 

Tips from:

• Piero Gentile, TIGI UK Academy Creative Director

• Aaron Overton, TIGI Regional Education Specialist

• Lucy Hicks, TIGI Regional Education Specialist

• Katie Hartley, TIGI Regional Education Specialist


Choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type

Damaged hair

When hair is damaged, it is best to use a shampoo and conditioner designed specifically to help repair, strengthen and protect your hair.

Top tip for damaged coloured hair: If your hair is damaged, focus on repairing the damage first as unhealthy hair does not hold colour in the same way. First, use a repairing shampoo and conditioner, then move onto colour protection.

The first step to bringing lustre back to hair is ensuring you have the best-suited shampoo and conditioner.  If you use a lot of heat, try Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Shampoo and Conditioner Set – they are infused with repairing properties to help keep the hair strong and shiny.

TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes
Resurrection Tween Set: Shampoo 750ml & Conditioner 750ml


Brunettes and redheads 

While visits to the salon for colour services are not possible, it is important to keep coloured hair nourished and help hair maintain its vibrant colour. 

For those brunettes and redheads out there, Bed Head Colour Goddess is your miracle in a bottle.  Infused with sweet almond oil, coconut oil and vitamin E, the shampoo and conditioner help to keep the hair hydrated, maintain and enhance the colour vibrancy and keep your coloured hair looking salon fresh.

TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess
Tween Set: Shampoo 750ml & Conditioner 750ml

Top tip: make sure your water isn’t too hot when washing coloured hair and not to over-style using heat to maximise colour retention!


Blonde hair

Maintaining blonde hair colour in between salon visits can be tough, so finding a professional purple shampoo that enhances cool tones and banishes brassy and yellow tones is essential. 

Top tip: be sure to use a high-quality, moisturising violet shampoo to avoid dehydrating and over toning hair, making it appear dull.

To properly maintain cooler blonde colours, use a moisturising violet-based shampoo – Catwalk Fashionista Blonde is perfect. With a violet pigment, which neutralises unwanted brassiness and maintains the blonde colour you have, it will not overtone the ends, which can make it difficult for your hairdresser to balance the colour.

TIGI Catwalk Fashionista
Violet Shampoo 750ml

Bed Head Dumb Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner is great for getting specifically blonde hair back to its brilliant best. It is a protein-containing shampoo and conditioner that will help eliminate hair breakage. 

TIGI Bed Head Dumb Blonde
Tween Set: Shampoo 750ml & Reconstructor Conditioner 750ml

Top tip: The blonde conditioner doubles as a reconstructive treatment when left on for 5 minutes once a week


Treat your hair once a week

While haircuts are out of the question, retaining nourished and strong hair is really important. Deep conditioning and repair treatments are great to use once a week for a hair treat!

Treatment for coloured hair

It is important to improve the hair’s ability to hold onto colour from dying. Use the Bed Head Colour Goddess Hair Mask that was designed specifically for coloured hair. Containing a blend of an antioxidant, vitamin and pro-vitamin, this hair mask gives hair intense moisture and deep conditioning which helps hair maintain its electrifying colour. 

TIGI Bed Head Colour Goddess
Miracle Treatment Hair Mask for Coloured Hair 200g


For intensive damage repair

Damaged hair can be caused by chemicals, heat and the environment. To give damaged hair a boost of repair and protection, use the Bed Head Resurrection Hair Mask. The hair mask coats the strands of hair to ensure moisture is kept in and the hair is protected.

TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes
Resurrection Treatment Mask 200g

Top tip: to help prevent frizz and increase shine, rinse off your hair mask with cold water

Prefer a leave-in treatment? Bed Head Ego Boost is a multi-functioning leave-in-conditioner. The deep conditioning treatment, with keratin, leaves the hair structure protected by forming a thin film on the hair, it conditions and moisturises hair, making hair softer and easier to comb through, and it fights frizz.

TIGI Bed Head Smoothing, Frizz Control and Shine
Ego Boost Moisturising Leave-In Conditioner 237ml


Find an effortless product that makes you feel good

Having great-looking hair can really boost your mood, and is excellent for those online video meetings! 

Shiny, smooth, sleek hair

Our ultimate HD READY video call hair saviour is Bed Head Headrush – spray it over the hair for instant high shine and a healthy-looking glow. Headrush is great for highlighting individual colour and tones in the hair!

TIGI Bed Head Smoothing, Frizz Control and Shine
Headrush Shine Hair Spray for Shiny Smooth Hair 200ml

Top tip: to ensure full coverage and maximise glossy locks, tip hair to the side and spray in circular motion. Video Tips Here

Prefer a cream-based product? A simple and easy beauty trick to get effortless shiny and silky hair is Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream! Use after shampoo and conditioner on your towel-dried hair as the ultimate shiny hair product.

TIGI Bed Head Smoothing, Frizz Control and Shine
After Party Smoothing Cream for Shiny Frizz-Free Hair 100ml


Boost your hair, boost your mood
Hair feeling a bit flat and lack-lustre? Recreate a big, bouncy salon blow-dry at home with a bit of help from the Bed Head Volume and Thickening Range!

For body, volume, thickness and hold all in 1, we love Bed Head Queen For A Day Thickening Spray! The lightweight spray is super easy to apply before a blow-dry – simply spray a small amount through from roots to ends. 

TIGI Bed Head Thickening and Volumizing
Superstar Queen for a Day Volume Thickening Spray 311ml

Top tip: to maximise volume, gently rough dry your hair after applying the thickening spray, then re-apply the products before blow-drying into shape!


Blow-drying at home tips

• Start with the difficult areas first, if you have a fringe, don’t leave it till last. It will dry on its own and will be a struggle to control by the time you have completed the rest of the blow-dry. 

• Don’t try to blow dry using a brush straight from wet hair. Blast at least 70-80% of the moisture out first, take neat sections and try to use a medium heat.

• For smoother styles that don’t require volume, work with a paddle or a cushion brush, brush hair from side to side to create a neutral finish, this is called wrap drying.

• Finish hair with a shot of cool air to seal the result.

DIY Beauty Appointments

With everything going on in the world, many of us have ditched the coiffed hair and perfectly manicured nails in favour of a more low maintenance routine. Realistically, the choice isn’t entirely ours anyway, as getting out to a beauty appointment isn’t something that will be on the cards any time soon.

Whether you’re naturally low maintenance at the best of times, or this is a new development for you, we’ve got everything you need to embrace the lazier days and manage isolation with ease. After all, if you can’t be lazy now, when can you be?!


Fixing Your Roots 

If you’ve never missed an appointment with your colourist, you might be worrying about just what’s hiding underneath your dyed locks. The good news is, colouring your roots at home is super easy. You might not get quite the same finish as a professional, but it’s the next best thing. Of course, you could always just embrace the grey, it’s very on-trend now don’t you know!


Party Lashes 

For those with lash extensions, there’s no way around it – you’ll have to prepare to look a little patchy over the next few weeks. But help is at hand! While we can’t help with infills, we can offer the next best thing. If you love the way that long fluttering lashes look on you, we stock a fabulous range of false lashes and lengthening mascaras, so you don’t have to go without. You might also want to try a lash treatment, giving you a little extra boost to accentuate your natural assets. 


Fall Back In Love With Your Natural Nails 

We love a good gel polish as much as the next woman, but unless you’re kitted out with a UV lamp at home, that’s not on the cards. Instead, why not embrace your natural nails by treating them to a protective, nourishing treatment. Follow up with a coat of a light, subtle shade of polish from Dior or Givenchy to finish the look. With a little bit of TLC, you may just be surprised at how great your nails are au natural. 


Get Your Brows Ready 

When you wake up knowing you won’t be leaving the house, do you really want to spend time drawing on the perfect brow? We didn’t think so. Ditch the brow pencils for now and instead simplify your beauty routine by tweezing out stray hairs as needed and perhaps following with brow wax for a little extra control. You might even surprise yourself with the results!


Your Hair Removal Method 

Let’s face it, your social calendar is depressingly empty for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you have to embrace the fuzz (unless you want to of course!). Hot wax is out, back-to-basics is in. Go for the quick and easy option with a quality ladies shaver, a smoother finish with an epilator, or go for the longer lasting option with an IPL hair removal system. For the best results, follow with a growth inhibiting product designed to slow regrowth. 


Get The Glow 

Tanning beds and professional sprays are out, low-maintenance glow is in. We might be spending less time indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the bronzed look. With a range of instant and gradual self-tanning solutions, you can achieve that sun-kissed glow without leaving the house! And if you find yourself looking washed out on those Zoom conference calls, a facial tanner or touch of bronzer can make the world of difference. 


We hope you’ll agree, not being able to leave the house doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy looking great, without having to put in too much effort. Of course, the lowest maintenance option of all is to forego your beauty regime altogether, but what fun is that?!

 

Making your hair colour last at home – With Shu Uemura

Coloured hair can be tricky to maintain at the best of times, let alone when you can’t schedule a regular maintenance upkeep to avoid unwanted colour fade! 

With salon trips becoming the stuff of daydreams, we’re lucky to have the team from Shu Uemura on hand to  advise us on how to keep that colour going.

 

 

 

 

 


Shu Uemura Art of Hair are experts in the art of making your hair colour last. The ultimate in avant-garde luxury, Shu Uemura Art of Hair fuses unique natural ingredients with trailblazing science, and the experience of the world’s most inspired hairstylists, to offer women everywhere the absolute artistry of beautiful hair.

Their Colour Lustre range is specifically designed to preserve and intensify your hair colour at home, preventing that fade and keeping your colour locked and lasting. 

Explore the Shu Uemura Art of Hair method for prolonging your colour and keeping it vibrant all year round: 


Don’t wash coloured hair too often 

To prevent water from washing away your vibrant colour, the answer is simple: Wash your hair less often. To retain those natural oils that help condition your colour-treated hair, shampoo just two or three times per week, and never more than every other day. This will help your colour last longer and help maintain health in your coloured hair. 

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Dry Cleaner For Colour-Treated Hair 136g

Try Colour Lustre Dry Cleaner for colour treated hair, this 2-in-1 Dry shampoo gently cleanses by absorbing oils and impurities at the roots while moisturising dry lengths and ends. Unlike other dry shampoos, the formula has translucent micro-fine powders that absorb oil without leaving any residue or unwanted texture behind.

Great for second-day hairstyles, post-gym touch-ups and workweek refreshes.

To use: Create a part on dry hair. Shake well before use. Spray dry shampoo 8-10 inches from roots. Repeat on multiple sections as desired. Brush or use fingers to distribute product evenly.


Protect against Heat 

Everyday heat styling causes structural damage to the protein of the hair and denaturing occurs. What that means is that the proteins open up, opening the proteins weakens the core structure of hair which is why applying heat protectant is so important, try Colour Lustre Brilliant Glaze Thermomilk, highly concentrated in Refining Lipids, this lightweight, nourishing leave-in milk for colour-treated hair provides guilt-free heat styling and all-day shape memory while protecting from colour fade. Imparts a vibrant, glazed shine and a polished touch.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Brilliant Glaze Thermomilk 150ml

To use: On towel-dried hair, apply a small amount evenly from mid-lengths to ends. Comb through for even distribution. Section hair and blow-dry section by section from roots to ends. Do not rinse.


Preserve Colour 

Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Shampoo transforms into a rich, abundant foam that lathers quickly and offers easy rinsing while protecting from colour washout and respecting the balance of the scalp. Prevents colour from fading, protects the hair fibre and balances the scalp’s natural oils. The shampoo’s refining lipids mimic the hair’s natural protective varnish to insulate the cortex from water and other external stress factors. Contains Musk Rose Oil known for its inherent healing properties and Goji Berry Extract which helps protect the hair from oxidation and colour fade.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Brilliant Glaze Shampoo 300ml


Nourish Your Hair

Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner provides lightweight conditioning with a glazed touch and polished shine from mid-lengths to ends while preserving the hair colour. The conditioner’s refining lipids mimic the hair’s natural protective varnish to insulate the cortex from water and other external stress factors. Resulting in the restoration of hair’s natural varnish, colour preservation and added vibrant polished shine. Formulated for daily use.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Brilliant Glaze Conditioner 250ml

To use: After shampooing, massage into damp hair and rinse thoroughly.


Reverse the Damage 

For hair that feels damaged through colour treatments and heat damage use Colour Lustre Brilliant Glaze Masque. This rich cream masque instantly restores the hair’s protective varnish to preserve hair colour and deeply nourishes the hair fibre. Provides a glazed touch from mid-lengths to ends with a vibrant, polished shine. Musk rose oil with inherent healing properties the oil is rich in fatty acids that deeply nourish the hair fibre and protect the hair from discolouring.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre
Brilliant Glaze Masque 200ml

To use: After shampooing, massage into damp hair. After 5-10 minutes, rinse out. For finer hair, use as a weekly treatment. For thicker hair, use daily in replace of conditioner.

Pro Tip: If you have extremely damaged hair, use both the Colour Lustre Shampoo and Mask together to protect and restore that vibrant shade. 


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Ask allbeauty: Top Tips for Restful Sleep

Sleep. We all need it, but most of us aren’t getting enough of it. Whether you’re partial to a late-night Netflix binge, struggle to switch off from social media, or live with tiny people who don’t understand the concept of sleeping through the night, getting a full night of restful sleep can be the stuff of daydreams.

With that in mind, the allbeauty team is here to tackle some of your sleep complaints and help you to sleep deeper, longer, and more peacefully.


“My husband feels refreshed after six hours of sleep, but I still feel drained after eight! How much sleep do I really need?”

The amount of sleep each of us needs can vary, depending on a number of circumstances. Our age, health and how active we are during the day all play a part in our sleep habits. Not to mention, we’re all unique and so are our individual sleep needs. All that being said though, the average healthy adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. Head to bed an hour earlier for a solid week and see if it makes a difference to your energy levels.


“No matter what time I go to bed, I struggle to switch my brain off and end up tossing and turning. What can I do to help tune it out?”

This is one of the biggest issues facing our readers. You do all the right things, go to bed early, but end up fretting over every little thing your brain throws at you. For busy minds, a two-pronged approach is best. Aroma plays a powerful role in relaxation, so invest in a scented candle, oil or pillow spray to get to work on your subconscious. Our favourites are the Neom Scent to Sleep Diffuser and the thisworks Sleep Plus Pillow Spray. Trying some mindfulness exercises can also be incredibly helpful, so it’s well worth having one or two in your arsenal. 

Neom Organics London 
Scent To Sleep Tranquillity Reed Diffuser 100ml

“I know certain scents can encourage sleep, but I don’t enjoy the smell of lavender. Do you have any other suggestions for scents I could try?

There are a handful of scents that are particularly conducive to sleep and yes, lavender is the most widely used. As a hardy plant that grows well in many climates, it’s a popular addition to sleep products. However, there are still a few great options if you’re avoiding lavender. Chamomile is a popular choice, but also vanilla, geranium and jasmine.

The Organic Pharmacy Cleanse
Rose & Chamomile Cleansing Milk 100ml


“My kids have trouble settling down to sleep and wake multiple times before midnight. How can I encourage them to sleep so I can get to bed earlier?”

Why is it that we spend the first decade of our lives fighting sleep, and the rest of our lives trying to get more of it? Routine can play a big part in helping kids to settle to sleep, so try to create a relaxing nightly routine for them. Scent aids relaxation, so a warm bath with lavender and a calming bedtime story can help signal that its sleep time.


“I love to catch up on my favourite shows in bed, but I’ve heard it can impact my sleep. Any ideas?”

You’ve heard right, the blue light emitted from your TV, tablet or phone can trick your brain into thinking it’s daytime, which makes it more difficult to drift off to sleep. In fact, it’s recommended to avoid screens for at least an hour before bed. Instead, why not listen to a podcast? Equally entertaining when you feel like you’re not yet ready to surrender to sleep, a good podcast can satisfy your TV cravings without any negative after-effects. For a particularly sleepy podcast, we love Sleep With Me.


“I struggle to wind down after a day at work. How can I create an evening that’s more conducive to sleep?”

Along with the other tips we’ve discussed, such as avoiding screens an hour before bed, you may want to consider taking a long bath on the nights you most struggle to unwind. The heat of a bath can relax your muscles, reduce stress and give your brain a chance to process the day. Make the most of your soak by using sleep-supporting scented bath oil, such as Weleda Lavender Relaxing Bath Milk.


Whatever hurdles stand in your way of a good night’s sleep, we’ve got the tools you need to overcome them. Check out our full range of sleep products here.

Cellulite: The Lowdown on Orange Peel

Ah, cellulite. That dimply, dappled effect that dons the legs, bums, tums and arms of 90% of women. First of all, let that statistic sink in. 90% of women suffer from cellulite, so if you’ve spent years battling the dreaded orange peel, you’re in very good company. 

Whether you’re working toward embracing and accepting your lumpy bits, or are looking for ways to banish them, here you’ll find everything you need to know.


Myths About Cellulite

Women of different ethnicity's showing their cellulite

Let’s start by covering some of the untruths many people believe about cellulite. 

Cellulite only affects you if you’re overweight

Cellulite is one of those things that strikes indiscriminately. Despite what many may think, weight isn’t always a factor. While a larger surface area can certainly make cellulite more obvious, being overweight isn’t a precursor for cellulite. Many of us will vouch for that fact. 

Cellulite is genetic.

While there can be a genetic element to cellulite, our biology is rather complicated so it isn’t quite as straightforward as that. One sister within a family may inherit her mother’s dimply bottom, while her sibling may not. If ever there was a trigger for sibling rivalry! 

When it comes to hereditary cellulite, it’s luck of the draw.

Men don’t get cellulite.

Blokes aren’t passed over in the genetic lottery either I’m afraid. Cellulite does affect women in a greater proportion due to our typical fat distribution and connective tissue, but it also affects an estimated 10% of men. However, men do have the benefit of being able to wear their hairy thighs with pride to take the focus off those lumps and bumps. If only!

There’s nothing you can do about cellulite.

Time for hard truths. There’s nothing you can do to rid yourself of cellulite completely. We know, we know. It hurts to hear it. If there was a magical treatment that blasted those bumps into oblivion, we’d be first in the queue. Sadly, that’s just not the way it works. BUT, and this is a big but, you can reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. So, for those of us who would rather eradicate than embrace, there’s hope in sight. 


So, What Causes Cellulite?

Without going too far into the science, cellulite is the term for the bumps and dimples created on the skin by underlying fat. When the fat pushes through connective tissue it can make the skin above pucker or bulge, creating cellulite. Women have vertical connective tissue, making us more susceptible to this effect, while men have a criss-cross structure that makes cellulite less likely. 

Woman showing her Cellulite

Your genetics play a role in determining your connective tissue, but lifestyle factors can also play a role. If you smoke, have a diet low in fibre, or live a sedentary lifestyle, you’re more at risk of exacerbating cellulite. 

Unfortunately, age also plays a factor, as those connective tissues weaken over time. From around the age of 30, our bodies naturally produce less collagen, the substance which gives our skin its elasticity. The combination of these two age-related factors makes cellulite more likely to form.


Types of Cellulite

Did you realise there was more than one type of cellulite? You’re not alone! There are in fact three types of cellulite of different severities which are grouped based on their visual appearance.

Grade 1, mild cellulite:

Typically “orange-peel” in appearance. Mild cellulite is categorised as having between 1 and 4 superficial depressions and slight sagging to the skin. 

Grade 2, moderate cellulite:

Typically “cottage cheese” in appearance. Moderate cellulite is categorised as having between 5 and 9 medium-depth depressions and moderate sagging.

Grade 3, severe cellulite:

Typically has a “mattress” appearance. Severe cellulite is categorised as having 10 or more deep depressions and severe sagging.


How to Get Rid of Cellulite

As we learned in #4 of the cellulite myths, you can’t get rid of cellulite, but that’s not to say you have to be happy with the status quo. So, if you can’t wave a magic wand and reveal a silky smooth bum, tum and thighs, what can you do?

Embrace Those Curves

Life’s too short to spend hiding behind sarongs, knee-length shorts and drapey kaftans. Throw off those excess layers and stride to the sand or poolside with confidence. 

Ok, if you’re reading this article then chances are you’re not quite at that point. But next time you’re at the beach or pool, instead of worrying what your body looks like, take a moment to look around. People come in every shape and size. That woman with the glorious legs is probably self-conscious about her small breasts, the one with the pert bum may have crooked teeth she spends her life trying to hide. 

We all have our imperfections, so why not just accept and embrace them? 

Give Your Skin A Fighting Chance

While there are a lot of factors that can’t be changed, there are a few things you can do to help your body. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables which are high in fibre, and reduce the salt and saturated fats you consume. Staying hydrated will also help your skin retain some of its moisture, reducing the appearance of cellulite. 

In terms of lifestyle, step away from the cigarettes and try to move more. Exercising won’t get rid of cellulite, but it does help to improve the muscle tone beneath the fatty layer of cellulite. Blood circulation to the affected area can also play an important role in cellulite, so avoid sitting for long periods of time, or wearing clothing that may limit blood flow.

How Can You Smooth The Appearance Of Cellulite?

If you’ve tackled the lifestyle aspects of cellulite but still aren’t seeing the results you want, it may be time to enlist some expert help. There are a variety of techniques and ingredients which can tackle cellulite, but here are a few of the products rated highest by other allbeauty customers.

 

Guinot Minceur Rapide Fast Action Slimming Gel

Guinot Minceur Rapide Fast Action Slimming Gel - Cellulite

If you have a special event and need smoother skin in a flash, look no further than the Fast Action Slimming Gel by Guinot. Stimulating circulation and encouraging the draining of excess fluid from tissue, cellulite is visibly reduced. 

“Very happy with the purchase, price, delivery and quality of the product.”

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Collistar Anticellulite Caffeine Capsules

Collistar Anticellulite Caffeine Capsules - Cellulite

Caffeine has been shown to stimulate circulation and burn fat, making these oil capsules a great way to shift your dimples.

“Impressed with the results already, easy to apply. Would highly recommend.”

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush

Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush - Cellulite

Stimulating blood flow to those problem areas can help to plump skin and reduce the appearance of orange peel skin. Incorporate a dry scrub into your daily routine with this Body Detox Skin Brush from Elemis.

“Introduced to this product on a cruise. Bought 4 more for Christmas presents says it all!”

5* review from allbeauty customer

 

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil

Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil - Cellulite

Rich in natural plant extracts, the Cellulite Oil by Weleda firms and improves the appearance of cellulite. Use in tandem with the Elemis Body Detox Skin Brush for best results.

“This oil is amazing, it has completely changed how I feel about my back thighs. It has reduced the cellulite dramatically with help from using a body brush. I highly recommend this product!!!”

5* review from allbeauty customer


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Talking Winter Beauty & Maskne With The allbeauty Salon

allbeauty is privileged to have two highly experienced salon teams based in Guernsey and Southampton. So when thinking about Winter Beauty (and especially on tips for how to deal with the dreaded Maskne) we knew exactly where to go for some guidance!

We sat down with Rachel, Manager of the Southampton Salon to get the lowdown on her top tips for Winter Beauty.

Rachel, tell us a bit more about yourself!

“I’m the Store and Salon Manager of allbeauty Southampton where I manage a team of four therapists.

We sell a large range of fragrance, from well known brands to exclusive niche ranges. We also sell skincare products, nail care and make up. I believe that our well-being is hugely important (especially in these times) and beauty and fragrance can have a huge impact on this. To this end, I love being able to provide care and advice to customers in store.

I am trained with The Fragrance Foundation and hold The Fragrance Foundation Diploma with Honours.

I really love the whole story and science of fragrance and how effective and important the whole olfactory experience is.

In my spare time I design and sew my own clothes – from making the patterns to the final stitch. Definitely my happy place!”

Speaking about what makes you happy, what are your favourite things about Winter? Are there any beauty challenges you typically face?

“Winter is fast approaching and I can’t wait!

My favourite things about winter are bundling up in cosy, warm clothes and going for long walks on crisp, bright winter days. Followed by large mugs of steaming hot chocolate! Or glasses of red, sitting by the fire in a country pub!

But, the Autumn and Winter months mean our skins are assaulted by colder, windy and rainy weather and by going from heated cars to centrally heated homes, workplaces and shops. It’s a lot for our faces to deal with – especially with the added requirement of wearing a face covering.“

What’s your top recommendation for keeping skin hydrated?

“My Must-Have for keeping my skin hydrated and radiant throughout the colder months is Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil.

This beautiful golden oil is perfect for adding a glow to dehydrated, lacklustre skin (and don’t forget, ANY skin type can be dehydrated!) Just apply a few drops to damp skin after cleansing every evening to revitalise, rehydrate and soften your skin.

I love this because it does exactly what it says … and it smells gorgeous! A real treat every evening!”

Speaking of scent… what’s your top Winter fragrance?

“My perfect winter fragrance has got to be Tom Ford Black Orchid Eau De Parfum.

This is an oriental floral fragrance – rich, creamy and luxurious – that envelops you in it’s warmth.

It contains notes of incense, amber, vanilla, dark chocolate and vetiver, with a woody base of patchouli and sandalwood. A true Winter scent!”

Rachel’s Tips on Maskne

We all need to be wearing face masks to protect ourselves and others during this pandemic, but the skin irritation, or ‘Maskne’, they can cause is definitely an unwanted side-effect! And with the added stress of winter on its way, here are some tips to help minimise these problems:
• Try not to wear foundation! This can lead to clogged pores when you are wearing a face mask. If you like some coverage, choose a very light base such as a tinted moisturiser – Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 is a good choice.

• Go one step further than just washing your face. Always double cleanse at the end of the day to prevent blocked pores – Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm is perfect for this and importantly comes with its own cleansing cloth! Massage the balm into dry skin thoroughly then remove with a warm damp flannel or the cleansing cloth that comes with the balm, rinse the flannel then repeat the whole routine once more.

• Tone and freshen skin after cleansing, night and morning – Caudalie Vinopure Clear Skin Purifying Toner will do the trick beautifully in the morning and evening. It really leaves your skin feeling beautifully fresh!

• Moisturise at night after cleansing to replenish, using a dedicated night cream like Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift firming night cream.

• This mini Caudalie Beauty Elixir is ideal for spritzing on your face throughout the day and comes in a convenient size for when you’re on the go.

• Once a week, try a mini facial treatment at home by following the above cleansing routine. Set aside some extra time to really give your skin a good facial massage, followed by the use of a deep cleansing clay mask such as the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Purifying Pink Clay Detox Mask to target any blemishes. Emma Hardie’s mask contains Australian Pink Clay to improve the skin’s levels of moisture and Moringa Seed Oil, rich in vitamins C and E to provide your skin with antioxidants.

• Try to minimise how often you touch your mask and face throughout the day.
• Wash hands thoroughly before and after removal of your mask – and regularly throughout the day!
• Change and wash your mask frequently! Enough said!

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An hour a day just for you

With the days getting shorter and the nights longer, the time has come to set our clocks back an hour. A tradition dating back to 1916 in the UK, resetting the time allowed farmers to get a headstart on the day, making the most of the limited daylight hours. But it isn’t only farmers who should get to reap the benefits of that extra hour, you can too.

At allbeauty we believe in the importance of “me time”, those all too often infrequent moments when we prioritise our own mental wellbeing over the humdrum of daily life.

This Autumn, we challenge you to make the most of gaining an hour by adding self-care to your daily routine. One hour a day, just for you.

It may sound like a pipe-dream, but taking an hour a day to show yourself some love is a habit that simply takes commitment on your part. It may be going to bed an hour early to enjoy a morning lie-in, or an early start to allow you to begin the day with a face mask and pedicure. Small changes can make a big difference to the quality of your daily life.

Need inspiration? Here are some of the allbeauty team’s top suggestions for how to spend your power-hour:

Sleep

It may not be the most indulgent or glamorous option on our list, but sleep tops the charts for one of the most beneficial ways to spend an extra hour. Whether it means preparing your lunch and outfit the evening before, or hitting the hay earlier, getting an additional hour of sleep will leave you feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to face the day.

Encourage the sandman with these sleep-inducing secret weapons.

Smile Makers

Ooh-er! Taking some time for self-discovery between the sheets is a fantastic way to prioritise your wellbeing. An orgasm releases oxytocin and dopamine, so you’ll not only be feeling great physically but will also reduce stress, relieve pain and boost your confidence. What better way to start the day?! Evening me-time comes with the added bonus of getting a better night’s sleep too! Win/win!

Pelvic Floor Trainer

It may not seem like the most thrilling way to indulge in self-care (especially after the previous suggestion), but taking time out of your day to do pelvic floor exercises is an investment in your future self. An estimated 3-6 million people in the UK experience urinary incontinence, minimise your risk with targeted pelvic floor training.

Candle and a Bath

The ultimate in relaxation, a steaming bath paired with a fragrant candle is an ideal way to end the day. Let the heat of the tub soothe your muscles and soften your skin, while an aromatic candle indulges your senses and promotes relaxation. Perfection!

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Face Mask

We lead busy lives and our skin bears the brunt of that. Sensitivity, dehydration, sun-damage and exposure to pollution are all common factors that lead to lack lustre skin. With a range of face masks designed to target the full spectrum of dermatological complaints, treat yourself at least once a week, preferably in the company of a good book.

Foot mask / Pedicure

Feet are one of the most hardworking parts of our body but are rarely shown the care they deserve, particularly once the sandals have been packed away for the year. Show your tootsies some love with a weekly pedicure and foot mask available at allbeauty.

Hair Treatments

As the clocks go back and Autumn arrives, our hair has a season of woolly hats, rain, wind and central heating to contend with. Treat your locks to regular moisturising hair masks to condition and strengthen your strands from root to tip.

With such a wide range of ideas for prioritising your wellbeing, be sure to put the 25th October in your diary as the day your new self-care routine begins – you deserve it.

Counting down to Christmas 2020 with benefit Kits

‘Tis the season of giving and whether you are a beauty junkie or makeup newbie, our pals over at benefit cosmetics have got your Christmas gifting needs covered!

We have pulled together some of our fave make up kits and gift sets from benefit along with some incredible savings that we know you will love.

Time to treat your mum, your bestie or maybe even yourself! Why not… we won’t tell anyone!

Brow Raising Lineup – Worth £36.00

Solve your biggest brow dilemmas instantly with this mini trio of Benefit best sellers.

Featuring mini versions of benefit’s easy filling pencil, smudge proof cream-gel and volumizing microfiber gel, you can create your perfect brow look by using products individually or teaming them up.

How To Apply:

• Create fluffy brows by brushing the Gimme Brow+ brush tip along your brow to define shape, then brush through to blend & build.
• To fill & define brows, use the wide part of the tip of the Goof Proof brow pencil to fill & shape brows. Use a couple of strokes to build colour. Then use the pointed edge to define the outer ‘tail’ end of your brow.  Make sure to blend with the spoolie in upward, outward motions.
• For bold brows, use Ka-brow’s brush (hidden in the cap) and lightly glide across the eyebrow cream-gel. Stroke a tiny amount onto brows for a natural look.

Set Includes:

• Goof Proof brow pencil | mini 0.17g
• Ka-Brow cream-gel brow colour | mini 1.5g
• Gimme Brow+ volumizing fiber gel | mini 1.5g

Complexionista – Worth £44.32

This is the ultimate must-have palette for achieving a perfect complexion! Why, we hear you cry? Well, it contains everything you need to conceal, contour, highlight & bronze.

Hide imperfections with the Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, warm up your complexion with Hoola Lite and bronze & contour with the award winning original Hoola.

Make sure to add some glow with Dandelion Twinkle powder highlighter and Watt’s Up cream-to-powder highlighter!

Palette Includes:

• Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer shade 01 | 1.2ml
• Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer shade 02 | 1.2ml
• Hoola matte bronzer | 2.8g
• Hoola Lite matte bronzer | 2.8g
• Dandelion Twinkle highlighter | 0.85g
• Watt’s Up! Highlighter | 2.5g
• Built in mirror

Badgals Finish First – Worth £79.50

Get ahead of the game with the ultimate ‘above mask look’ kit.

Get 3 full size bester sellers with Badgal Bang mascara for 36 hour *out of this world* volumized lashes.

Use Precisely my Brow pencil for natural looking brows and Gimme Brow+ microfiber gel to volumize, tame & tint. This set contains an added bonus – another mini mascara to pop in your bag for your on-the-go volume touch ups!

How To Apply:

• Create natural looking, hair-like strokes with the ultra-fine Precisely, My Brow, then brush tip of Gimme Brow+ along the brow for volume.
• Swipe Badgal Bang mascara on lashes from root to tip, layering for massive volume.

Set includes:

• Badgal Bang volumizing mascara | full size 8.5g
• Badgal Bang volumizing mascara | mini 4g
• Precisely, My Brow defining pencil in shade 3 | full size 0.08g
• Gimme Brow+ volumizing microfiber gel in shade 3| full size 3g

Goof Proof Brow Deal! – Worth £34.50

Our easy use brow pencil gives you full & natural-looking brows fast. The soft, glide-on colour is waterproof and lasts 12 hours. Best of all this kit contains a full size and a free mini!

How To Apply:

• Use the wide tip for filling and the pointed end for defining.
• Glide pencil along brow to fill & shape, using a few strokes to build colour.
• Then blend with the spoolie in upward, outward motions.

Set includes :

• Goof Proof eyebrow pencil | full-size 0.34g
• Goof Proof eyebrow pencil | mini 0.17g

Cheek Party – Worth £72.50

Time to get your cheek on! Mingle, mix & match Benefit’s best selling blushes & iconic bronzer in one cheeky set. A blush for every situation with golden peach, rosy bronze, sunny golden-pink & brightening baby-pink shade PLUS fan fave matte bronzer.

This set features 5 gorgeous portable minis perfect for adding some colour anytime, anywhere!

Set Includes :

• Hoola matte bronzing powder | mini clamshell
• Georgia golden peach blush | mini clamshell
• Dallas rosy bronze blush | mini clamshell
• Dandelion baby-pink brightening face powder | mini clamshell
• GALifornia sunny golden-pink blush | mini clamshell

How To Apply :

• Sweep Hoola all over the face for a matte, natural-looking “tan” or for a contoured approach, swoop in a figure of 3 across each side of the face to define and sculpt features.
• Mix Dallas & Georgia on apples of cheeks to create a custom peachy-bronze blush.
or
• Swirl together Dandelion & GALifornia and sweep on a pop of sunny-pink sweetness.

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Achieving the perfect Blonde – With MOROCCANOIL

Unlock the secret to achieving the Perfect Blonde with Moroccanoil’s Perfecting Blonde Shampoo For Blonde, Lightened or Grey Hair.

Moroccanoil co-founder Carmen Tal was miles from home when, after a routine colour service gone awry, she experienced the powerful Moroccanoil Treatment. It was this incredible transformation of her hair going from damaged to instantly revitalised – shiny, smooth and manageable – that inspired her quest to share the magic of argan oil hair treatment with women across the globe.

Moroccanoil Blonde

Memorable and exotic, the signature Moroccanoil scent is an iconic juxtaposition of notes that transport the senses, conjuring up imagery of relaxing beach-side vacations and luxurious spa days. Spicy amber aromas merge with sweet florals, capping the sensorial journey to the perfect blonde with a soothing experience to remember.

You can bring out the best in your hair colour with Moroccanoil Blonde Perfecting Purple  Shampoo, specially designed for the unique needs of blonde, lightened (including brunette) or grey hair. 

Transitioning to blonde hair can expose underlying yellow tones, just as lightening dark bases can expose unwanted orange tones. Even grey hair is prone to yellowness due to pollution, environmental factors and medication. In these cases, the exposure of underlying pigments may lead to unwanted brassiness and harsh tones.

Moroccanoil Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo

Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo is a sulfate-free, tone-correcting shampoo that gently cleanses hair, while depositing violet pigments to counteract yellow and orange hues. The result: brassiness is neutralised and colour is restored to its intended appearance.

Featuring ArganID* technology, the shampoo contains positively charged micro-capsules that are attracted to the negatively charged hair fiber, infusing the antioxidant powers of argan oil into the cortex of the hair while simultaneously helping to repair and seal the cuticle.

Violet Pigments impart colour and visual effect, enhancing depth, dimension and provide a natural-looking sheen. These rich, iridescent pigments also have a satin luster and superior coverage properties.

Product Benefits

– Neutralizes brassiness
– For blonde, lightened inc balayage & highlights or grey hair
– Colour-safe
– Use once or twice a week as desired

How to Use Blonde Perfecting Shampoo

#1      Massage through wet hair and scalp.

#2      Leave on for 3–5 minutes.

#3      Rinse well.

 #4  Follow with your favourite Moroccanoil conditioner.

Don’t forget that overwashing can strip your hair of its natural oils and cause unnecessary dryness, to keep your hair looking fresh apply Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo Light Tones. It contains ultra-fine rice starch that absorbs oil, buildup and odor, leaving hair instantly cleansed and refreshed. UV-protecting, argan oil-infused formula contains subtle violet undertones to balance brassiness in blonde hair and bring out the best in light tones.

Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo

Indulge your senses and experience the transformative power of Argan Oil – Shop the full Moroccanoil range


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World Wellbeing Week Toolkit with Neom

Now in its second year, World WellBeing Week provides the perfect opportunity to reflect on our overall awareness for the many aspects of wellbeing including social, physical, emotional, financial, career, community and environmental wellbeing. With this year bringing events that we could not have planned, it is important now, more than ever, that we are equipped with the tools to cope so that our wellbeing can thrive.


We have caught up with Neom Organics founder and Creative Director, Nicola Elliott, to talk us through finding your own personal toolkit:

“Wow, where do I start? I am not a calm person, I wish I was. I’m a full-on ball of energy, with a default state of super busy. It has gotten me into big trouble and I started to get anxiety. After spending seven hectic years working 60 hour weeks as an editor for Glamour magazine, I noticed my own wellbeing, and that of my close friends, was being affected by the stress and demands of modern-day busy life. 

Other offenders? Poor sleep, stress, low energy and mood swings. This kick-started my own wellbeing journey so I trained as an aromatherapist and nutritionist. My wellbeing was a big part of launching NEOM because I found that essential oils (and our particular blend called Real Luxury which I created) can be a massive help for me and my wellbeing. 

I place a high priority on taking care of myself. After all, we need to be healthy and happy ourselves to be able to take care of others. I try to take a little time out for myself each day, whether that’s a quick run in the morning, or a relaxing bath in the evening, just having that time to switch off from being a mum/wife/boss is super important for me. 

At NEOM our mantra is “Small Steps Big Difference” – if you can do just one small thing each day, it can make a huge difference to your wellbeing in the long term. Wellbeing doesn’t have to be about perfect green smoothies (although cool if you like them) or crazy exercise/dieting, it can be a walk round the park with your kids, a glass of wine with your friends that boosts your mood, grabbing a deeply relaxing bath that works hard to prepare you for a perfect night’s sleep, lighting up a candle at home and creating a calm zone or it might be a yoga class or a long run – whatever your version of wellbeing is, is cool, but let’s keep it real! 


 My small steps to Wellbeing…

Mornings start with a power shower
An easy way to start your day with a mood lift is to use
Great Day Body Wash, followed by the Body Lotion and a drop of Great Day Face Oil with the zingy essential oils of mint and mandarin.

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Happy
Great Day Body & Hand Wash 250ml

 

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Happy
Great Day Body & Hand Lotion 250ml

 

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Happy
Great Day Glow Face Oil 28ml


Move your body
Find what works best for you. Yoga? A walk – I like to run outdoors – a double whammy if you can get fresh air (and Vitamin D) at the same time.Meditate –  (I like the Calm App). This can be tricky for me, but something little each day works a treat for busy/overloaded minds.


Essential Oils & The Breath
Essential Oils are an excellent tool to de-stress and take yourself out of the moment, there is a blend for every mood and feeling, whether you are looking for
sleep, calm, energy or happiness-boosting. There are multiple ways to reap the benefits of essential oil, you can inhale them, either through a humidifier or diffuser. Add them to a carrier oil such as coconut, jojoba or almond oil and apply to your skin. I burn the 3 wick candle daily and also use the super-smart Real Luxury Magnesium Body Butter with skin-nourishing ingredients and a shot of magnesium – a wonder mineral which up to 80% of us are deficient in and is brilliant for so many things including helping with better sleep, less stress and boosting your mood.

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep
Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Neom Organics London Scent To Calm & Relax
Complete Bliss Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Neom Organics London Scent To Boost Your Energy
Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Happy
Feel Good Vibes Essential Oil Blend 10ml

 

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress
Real Luxury Candle (3 Wicks) 420g

 

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress
Real Luxury Magnesium Body Butter 200ml


Unplug
It’s not the device itself as much as that ‘always on’ feeling it creates. Ping! Oh is that my boss? Ping! What’s the matter now? Ping! They might need me immediately….you get the gist it’s just a relentless ‘turned on’ feeling that just needs turning OFF for a few hours.


Baths
In 10 mins I can create a calm zone in my bathroom and I honestly emerge feeling like I’ve done a personal reboot. I switch on The Wellbeing Pod (with a little sleepy essential oil blend) and add a glug of
Bedtime Hero Bath Foam and relax.

Neom Organics London Scent To Make You Feel Good
Wellbeing Pod Essential Oil Diffuser

 

Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep
Bedtime Hero Bath Foam 200ml


Take the time to find out what wellbeing toolkit can work for you. Explore the full Neom range.