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Alcohol-Free Beauty: Should Your Skincare Be Teetotal?

With campaigns like Dry January getting ever more popular and a growing awareness of how too much alcohol can affect your long-term health, alcohol in skincare is now under the spotlight. But is alcohol really as bad for our skin as it can be for our health?


Alcohol in Skincare and Cosmetics 

Far more than just a way to help you unwind after a long week, alcohol is used in many different industries, from medicine to science. Ethanol, one of the best-known alcohols, is used in pharmaceuticals and fuels, as well as for sterilising hospital instruments. It’s also a common ingredient in skincare products and toiletries. 

So should you be concerned about alcohol in beauty products? With the Conscious Beauty skincare revolution in recent years, consumers are becoming more aware of what goes into the products they use in their beauty regime, and it’s true that alcohol can do damage to your skin’s natural layer of sebum. But not all alcohol is bad for your skin – certain alcohols can actually benefit your skin and should remain part of your beauty routine. We break down some of the main alcohols used in skincare and cosmetics.


Ethanol 

Alcohols like Ethanol, Isopropyl alcohol, Alcohol Denat, and Methanol are used to make creams feel lighter, help other ingredients to penetrate your skin, and act as a preservative. The downside is that these alcohols can cause dryness, irritation and breakouts, making them not so skin-friendly.

When used in high concentrations these alcohols wear down your skin’s protective barrier, making it less effective at retaining moisture. This also stimulates oil production, which could lead to breakouts if your skin already makes too much oil. So, you should avoid using lots of products with Ethanol or Ethyl alcohol as the main ingredient – especially if you’re prone to acne.

Products that don’t contain Ethanol, even if they have other kinds of alcohol (Cetyl, Stearyl, Cetearyl, or Lanolin alcohol – fatty alcohols with a different effect on the skin), may be labelled as “alcohol-free.”


Benzyl Alcohol

Although within the EU Benzyl Alcohol is a listed allergen, it’s also a necessary ingredient to keep organic and natural skincare products safe from bacteria. Benzyl Alcohol is found naturally in certain essential oils and is an approved preservative under the COSMOS Organic Certification criteria – because of this, it’s used by many natural and organic beauty brands. When used in the correct, low concentration it’s considered safe, but it’s always a good idea to do a patch test first to check it’s okay for your skin.

Caudalie Masks & Scrubs
Instant Detox Mask 75ml

Our Price: £22.00


 Fatty Alcohols

Fatty alcohols are derived from saturated vegetable fats like coconut oil or palm oil and are known to be beneficial for skin and hair. Commonly used as a thickener in beauty products like liquid foundations and moisturisers, this type of alcohol contains nourishing fatty acids and doesn’t damage the skin. Cetearyl, Stearyl, Cetyl and Behenyl alcohol are the most common fatty alcohols, so if you see these on the label of your skin care product, you should have nothing to worry about. 

Perricone MD Treatments
Cold Plasma Plus Face 59ml
Worth £258

Our Price: £89.95


So can alcohol be good for your skin? 

Put simply, it depends on the type of alcohol. Some alcohols can be harmless or even beneficial for your skin, while others can have negative effects. Different skin types also react differently to varying concentrations of alcohol in beauty products, so it’s always best to do a patch test when using a new product for the first time. 

Some ‘bad’ alcohols can also be acceptable when used in spot treatments such as to dry up an infection, even if it’s not a good idea to use them often or long-term. If you exclude every ingredient that ends in OH, which is the chemical abbreviation for alcohol, you might end up missing out on those alcohols with beneficial properties, like fatty alcohols. The key is to carefully read the label on your skincare products. If you see beauty products with Ethanol or Ethyl alcohol, denatured or SD alcohol, or Isopropyl, you’ll probably want to steer clear of them, to avoid the harmful effects on your skin such as dryness and irritation

Avoid Say Yes!
Ethanol Benzyl
Ethyl Cetearyl
SD Stearyl
Isopropyl Cetyl

Shop our most popular alcohol-free beauty products here. To find out more about Conscious Beauty, why not check out our other blogs?

Retinol

Retinol is the darling of the beauty world, featured in the line-up of all of the best known cosmetic products. If you’ve not yet delved into the world of this must-have skincare ingredient, allow us to give you an overview. Here’s everything you need to know about retinol.  


What Is Retinol?

Often referred to by those in dermatology as the only proven anti-ageing ingredient, retinol boasts a wealth of skin-improving properties. 

Retinol is another name for Vitamin A1, which is the vitamin known for promoting collagen production and skin renewal. The stimulating effect that retinol has on collagen production is one of its most valuable functions. Why? Because our collagen production naturally slows from around the age of 30, leading to an increase in those fine lines and wrinkles synonymous with old age. 

Not only that, but retinol is also a great exfoliator, so it encourages the release of old skin cells while stimulating the production of newer, thicker skin. You won’t be surprised to hear that this is making it one of the hottest ingredients in anti-aging skincare.


How Does It Work?

Retinol works by prompting weak and discoloured cells on the skin’s outermost layer to slough off, revealing fresh skin beneath. While this turnover can cause redness and mild peeling, after around six weeks the skin adjusts and looks more radiant, smoother, and even. 


Who Can Benefit From Using Retinol?

Retinol is best used on the skin from the age of 30+, as this is the time that collagen levels begin to fall. In this group, the results speak for themselves, with tens of thousands of people around the world swearing by it for its anti-aging properties. If you have younger skin you may choose to use retinol too, particularly as a preventative solution, though you may not find the visible effects quite as noticeable. 

Because retinol breaks down dead skin cells and unclogs pores, it’s also been found to be particularly useful for people who aren’t getting results from their current acne treatment. If over-the-counter options aren’t having an effect on your acne, it may be worth consulting with a dermatologist to discuss retinol treatments. 

All that being said, there are some people who should steer clear of retinol. If you have eczema, psoriasis or rosacea, it’s best to avoid retinol because your skin’s already weakened moisture barrier will allow retinol to penetrate deeper than it should, resulting in more inflammation. 


What Products Contain Retinol?

The number of products which contain retinol are increasing by the day, but there are a few which our customers swear by. Here are three of the best retinol products, as voted by allbeauty customers. 

 

Indeed Laboratories Retinol Reface

RRP £19.99  Save £4.04 (20%)

Our Price £15.95

“I never run out of this cream it’s my bff.” – 5* review by Miss Wilcock

Containing three types of retinol, Retinol Reface by Indeed Laboratories is a 3-in-1 serum which smoothes, reduces fine lines and improves skin tone. 

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM

RRP £55.50 Save £12.55 (23%)

Our Price £42.95

“Amazing results. Skin gets visibly firmer and tiny wrinkles are all gone!” – 5* review by Marina

Reap the benefits of retinol as well as vitamins C and E with this night-time serum by Peter Thomas Roth. The slow-release formula gets to work as you sleep, so you can wake to a brighter, smoother complexion. 

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules x 30

RRP £42.00 Save £6.30 (15%)

Our Price £35.70

“Love this – have been using the capsules for a week and can see and feel the difference.” – 5* review by Sue

Winner of a 2018 Grazia Beauty Award, these attractive pink capsules provide targeted treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, conveniently pre-measured to reduce product waste.


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Lactic Acid

We’ve 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. Here, 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 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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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


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Sleeptember with Neom

NEOM focus on wellbeing with small steps that make a big difference. From the shower drops that leave you energised and ready to go, to the candle that creates a tranquil calm zone in your busy home. 

September at NEOM becomes Sleeptember with a focus on their 100% natural Tranquillity fragrance – a blend of 19 of the purest possible essential oils including English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine. All expertly blended to help you relax and prepare for sleep.

NEOM Founder, Nicola Elliott, wasn’t always a great sleeper – years ago, when she was a jet setting journalist, working across two time zones (and partying across them too!) – sleep came pretty low down on her priority list.

Nicola slept when she could and, being a lot younger, it took some time for the effects to catch up. But of course, they did. We’re sleeping less than ever, but the fact is we’re living through an unprecedentedly busy digital age.

 


So here are Nicola’s tried & tested tips she keeps in what she calls her ‘Sleep Toolkit’…

1. UNPLUG 

The blue light that tech emits disrupts your sleep cycle. It cues the brain to be wide awake when it should be settling down. Make a promise to yourself to turn off electronic devices at a certain time and light your candles to bring on the cosy factor

2. SOAK IT OFF 

Nicola will happily take ANY excuse for a long hot soak in the tub – but as it helps aid sleep too – it’s a no brainer. A soak in the tub with the potent oils in the Perfect Night’s Sleep Bath & Shower Drops, and we’re on the path to sleep… 

3. MOVE EVERY DAY 

Exercise is a key factor in getting a better night’s sleep – but, the best bit – even exercising in fresh air for just ten minutes is enough to make a difference. A walk is good, but a run is even better – even if it’s short. 

4. MAGIC Mg 

Increasing your magnesium intake has wondrous effects on sleep – it helps deactivate adrenaline. Try out NEOMs Perfect Night’s Sleep Multi Mineral Bath Salts to smarten up your soak. Why not also throw in a few extra magnesium- rich green leafy vegetables, peas, nuts and seeds where you can? 


Discover below Nicolas top picks from NEOMs best selling Sleep range:

Perfect Nights Sleep Pillow Mist: One spritz of this bestselling bottle of natural goodness on your pillow and the dreamy potent oils of lavender, patchouli & chamomile plus 11 other essential oils get to work – helping you to feel relaxed and prepared for a great night’s sleep. Spritz your pillow, lay back and breathe in the pure essential oils, enjoy a deep night’s sleep and look forward to a fresh tomorrow.

Perfect Nights Sleep Cleansing Balm: A deep cleansing balm that removes makeup and daily grime. The ultimate night time cleanser which is an expert blend of vitamin-rich, skin- loving oils including rose oil, cherry blossom, peony and elderflower extract – plus 13 of the purest possible relaxing essential oils. Leave skin cleansed, deeply nourished and prepared for sleep. Massage a pea-sized amount into damp skin using circular motions to melt away makeup and daily grime. 

Tranquillity Scented Candle: The dreamy fragrance of lavender, sweet basil & jasmine plus 16 other essential oils is expertly blended to help you sleep. Hand-poured 100% natural wax, with up to 40mls of therapeutic essential oils offering a therapeutic treatment as they burn. Light up and release the essential oils into the air. Inhale and relax. Burn for 2-4 hours each time.

Perfect Nights Sleep Body Oil:  Soothe and deeply nourish skin with the seriously good natural ingredients and oils of safflower, jojoba, a blend of natural extracts like rose and elderberry, plus added vitamin A and rosehip oil. This body oil is ultra-nourishing and works throughout the night to improve skin health and help support the immune function. Apply directly the skin and massage in for an amazing skin soothing treat.

Perfect Nights Sleep Face Oil: Your skin always looks its best after a great night’s sleep. Fresh, glowing and rested. So imagine a 100% natural face oil that not only leaves your skin deeply nourished and hydrated, but helps it get the absolute most out of those midnight hours. This incredibly powerful formula of antioxidants, omega complex and oils rich in vitamins works hand in hand with 100% natural Neom Tranquillity fragrance, to help give you the best possible night’s sleep, whilst working hard to restore skin overnight. Massage 2-3 drops into your skin using circular motions.

Nourish Breathe &  Sleep Hand Balm: This deeply restful hand balm hydrates and protects your hands with nourishing, rich cocoa butter and softening, skin-loving shea butter, while inhaling 14 of the purest possible essential oils to help you relax and prepare for sleep.


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Win the Neom Sleeptember Heaven package worth £124!

Pillow Mist 
– 1 wick Tranquillity candle 
– Magnesium Body Butter 
– Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle 

T&Cs : Entries close midnight 30/09/2019, UK only. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries via the allbeautyHQ Blog page. Winners will receive x1 Pillow Mist, x1 1 wick Tranquillity candle, x1 Magnesium Body Butter and x1 Tranquillity Intensive Skin Treatment Candle from NEOM’s Scent to Sleep Range. In the event of loss of prize in the post, we regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days. Please note that the winner’s address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.  

Keep Your Summer Skin Glowing

Ah, the great British summer, heatwave one moment, downpours the next. As the sun once again becomes a stranger, many of us at allbeauty are ruing not making the most of that warm weather while it lasted. Whether you were lucky enough to get sun-kissed, or missed the narrow window, it isn’t too late to create, or maintain, a bronzed body throughout Autumn. 

While there’s no argument that pale skin can look absolutely gorgeous (we’re looking at you Audrey Hepburn), it’s no secret that many of us feel more radiant with that summertime glow. So, whether you’re a tanning aficionado or just dipping your toe in the water, here are our top-rated essentials for getting that holiday look, year-round.


Best Body Exfoliators

The key to an even tan is skin which has been properly exfoliated. By scrubbing those dry areas around your knees and elbows, you’ll avoid that patchy tan we all live in fear of. Here are our best body exfoliators, as rated by you.

#1 Tonic Body Polisher – Clarins

The exfoliator most highly rated by our valued customers, the Tonic Body Polisher with Essential Oils by the UK’s top luxury skincare brand, Clarins, not only feels wonderful, it smells heavenly too.  

Our Price £26.95 – save 18% off RRP

#2 1000 Grain Body Exfoliator – Decleor 

Our Price £19.95- save 50% off RRP

#3 Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish – REN Clean Skincare

Our Price £22.95 –  save 34% off RRP


Best Body Moisturisers

It doesn’t matter how great a tanning product is, if you don’t keep that gloriously glowing skin moisturised, you can say goodbye to an even, all over tan. All body moisturisers aren’t created equal, but you can forego the trial and error with these top rated options.

#1 Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter For Dry Skin– Clarins

For skin hydration that goes on and on, Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion is the ultimate in skincare. Apply in the morning for day-long relief from dryness.  

Our Price £39.10 – save 15% off RRP

#2 Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Honey Drops Body Cream

Our customers say “Amazing product.it smells and feels very nice on the skin.”

Our Price £12.30save 35% off RRP

#3 Decleor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Moisturising Body Milk

Our Price £23.50 –  save 48% off RRP


Best Natural Tan Boosters

Last-minute opportunity to catch the sun? Want to make the most of the last of summer’s rays? A natural tan booster encourages your skin to turn the right shade of sought-after-sienna in a shorter amount of time, while encouraging the skin’s natural self-protection function.

#1 Self Tanning Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face – Clarins

Explore the depth of your tan with just a couple of drops of Clarins, Self Tanning Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster for Face.  Our customers say “This is an excellent product – you just need a drop mixed with your moisturiser so really easy to apply and colour is very natural” 

Our Price £17.60 save 12% off RRP

#2 Body Basics Tan Accelerating Lotion – Gatineau

Our Price £32.80-  save 33% off RRP

#3 Aftersun Tan Booster – Ultrasun

Our Price £19.95 save 17% off RRP


Best Gradual Tan

If you like the idea of fake tan but don’t want to make a drastic change, gradual tan is the ideal choice. Build up to your preferred shade over time, ensuring that you get a perfect glow, tailored to you.

#1 Total Effects 7-in-1 Touch of Sunshine Gradual Sunless Tanner – Olay 

From one of the most well-known brands comes this all-singing, all-dancing moisturiser – Total Effects 7-in-1 Touch of Sunshine Gradual Sunless Tanner. Olay pride themselves on their deep hydration and anti-aging skincare, so you know you’re getting the full package with this cream. 

Our Price £11.95 save 20% off RRP

#2 Elemis Sunwise Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion

Our customers say “The best gradual tanning product on the market!”

Our Price £25.95- save 31% off RRP

#3 St Tropez Gradual Everyday Body Lotion Medium/Dark 

Our Price £11.60 save 20% off RRP


Best Instant Tan

Whether for a special occasion or just to keep the winter blues away, instant tan gives you the colour you need, when you need it. There are literally hundreds of products available, but real customer reviews separate the awesome from the average.

#1 Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse – St Tropez

St Tropez is one of the most respected self-tanning brands, and the reviews for their Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse speak volumes.

Our Price £18.20save 45% off RRP

#2 Tan Organic Self Tanning Certified Organic Oil

Our customers say “Brilliant! No mess no after smell lovely even false tan. Does not stain hands after application.”

Our Price £22.40save 10% off RRP

#3 Clarins Self Tanning Milky Lotion

Our Price £17.85 save 15% off RRP


Best Applicators

The right applicator can be the difference between a good tan and a great tan. Even coverage is much more achievable when using one of our top reviewed tanning applicators.

#1 Self Tanning Application Mitt – Tan Organic

The best tanning applicator as voted by you, this mitt by Tan Organic will help to ensure you get a flawless tan. Even better? It’s one of the most competitively priced too!

Our Price £6.00

#2 Self Tan Back Applicator – ModelCo Tanning

Our Price £8.00

#3 Instant Flawless Self Tan Liquid – Fake Bake

Our Price £15.50save 38% off RRP


There we have it, everything you need to keep that summer glow going all year long. Ready to get your tan on? Head over to take a look at the range of tanning products on allbeauty.com

5 Reasons Travel Size Makeup and Toiletries Are The Future

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


1. Small on size, big on convenience

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

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

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

2. They can save you money

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

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

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

3. Doctor’s orders

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

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

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

4. Reduce your holiday waste

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

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

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

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

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

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

5. Try before you buy

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

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

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

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

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

You save £17.80 (32%) off RRP

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Our Price £59.95

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

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Benefit Cosmetics

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Benefit Cosmetics: Q&A

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and this year allbeauty are celebrating  the women who are bossing the beauty industry! We caught up with one of our favourite  beauty brands putting the girl in girl power… 

Founded in 1976 by twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford, Benefit Cosmetics started life as ‘The Face Place’ – a San Francisco boutique – before expanding into New York department stores, later followed by global success! We caught up with benebabe Anja, who told us what beauty means to her, and why gender balance is so important…

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Who?

Anja Stokic, Benefit Cosmetics Etail Manager.

What does the beauty industry mean to you?

To me, the beauty industry is a community of like-minded women who like to pamper and be the best version of themselves!

What does gender balance mean to you?

Equal representation and treatment of both men and women – regardless of the situation.

What makes a good #girlboss?

Confidence! A girl who is not afraid to chase her dreams and supports others along the way is always inspiring.

What motivates you to succeed?

In my role I am constantly learning! The reward is that ultimate satisfaction when you know you’ve achieved a certain goal that you worked really hard on.

What advice would you give to young women who want to make it within the beauty – or any – industry?

Keep pushing and don’t give up! It is a very competitive industry but your persistence will pay off one day. And always be kind along the way! 🙂

Who inspires you?

It is nice to look up to celebrities and famous individuals, but it might be even more inspiring if we pick someone from everyday life. My mum will always be my ultimate inspiration and #girlboss ❤

What are you favourite Benefit products?

I CANNOT imagine a day without Gimme Brow, Roller Lash and Hoola!

You can shop Benefit makeup and skincare products at allbeauty. To find out more about International Women’s Day, head to www.internationalwomensday.com

Find Your Mascara Match With Benefit Cosmetics

Find Your Mascara Match With Benefit Cosmetics + Your Chance To Win!

Small in size, big in beauty! Meet your Benefit Cosmetics mascara match…

Whether you want volume, curl or length, Benefit have got your lashes covered this Galentine’s day! Choose from BADgal Bang, They’re Real! and Roller Lash – aka the UK’s Number 1, 2 and 3 best-selling prestige mascaras* – to make your eyes look WOW! And, for a limited time only you’ll recieve a gorgeous mini mascara, absolutely free!

Find your perfect matchThey’re Real! Lengthening Mascara

Swipe on sexy lashes! This lengthening mascara’s longwearing formula is smudge-proof, budge-proof and super long lasting.  Nothing faux about it… They’re Real! lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and separates while the custom-dome brush reveals lashes you never knew you had! Shop They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara and get a They’re Real mini FREE for a limited time only.  allbeauty price:  £19.80, RRP: £22.00

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Why we love it:

  • #1 Best-selling Benefit lengthening mascara
  • 94%* saw dramatic lenght & volume
  • 94%* saw visible lift
  • 100%* saw lomg-wearing results

*self-evaluation by 31 women after 2 weeks

 

BADgal Bang Volumising Mascara

Get more BANG for your buck! BADgal Bang creates massive volume that lasts 36 hours* without weighing down lashes.  Gravity-defying volume, smudge-proof, flake-free and water-resistant forumla features aero-particles. The Big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes.  Shop BADgal Bang Volumising Mascara and get a BADgal Bang mini FREE for a limited time only.  allbeauty price:  £19.80, RRP: £22.00

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Why we love it:

  • #1 Best-selling Benefit volumising mascara
  • 36 hours* of volume
  • Made with space technology
  • Water-resistant

*instrumental test on 21 women

 

Roller Lash Super-Curling Mascara

Curl power! Roller Lash  separates, lifts and curls lahes for a lash-ting impression. The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs lashes, while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. With provitamin B5 and serin – aka ingredients known for their lash-conditioning benefits. Amaze! Shop Roller Lash Curling Mascara and get a Roller Lash mini FREE for a limited time only.  allbeauty price:  £19.80, RRP: £22.00

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Why we love it:

  • #1 Best-selling Benefit super-curling mascara
  • 87%* said it gives long-lasting curl
  • With vitamin B5
  • Water-resistant

*instrumental test on 21 women

You can shop all Benefit cosmetics at allbeauty.com.

Mascara duo packs limited edition, while stocks last. Prices correct at the time of publishing. 

Get The Look: Valentine’s Date Night With Benefit Cosmetics

Get The Look: Valentine’s Date Night, With Benefit Cosmetics

This look is all about giving your make up that little Valentine’s glow… after all: there’s no such thing as too much pink! Check out our video with Benefit Make-Up Artist Amy-Louise to see how it’s done: 

Get The Look:

Step one:

Start with a finished base (foundation, concealer). Apply They’re Real! Mascara to top and bottom lashes, wiggling the wand from the base upward. Use the ball to seperate lashes for an even more dramatic look!

Step two:

To create a rosy glow, sweep Rockateur Cheek Powder across the apples of your cheeks for a romantic look.

Step three:

For cheekbones that glisten in the candlelight, apply Watt’s Up! Highlighter to cheek bones, nose and Cupid’s bow and blend to create a subtle, glowy look.

Step four:

To finish the look  and create gorgeous, fuller lips, sweep They’re Real! Double The Lip 2-in1 lip liner and lipstick to lips. Mwah!

You can shop the entire Roller range from Benefit Costmetics at allbeauty.com!