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Stop Press! It’s National Spa Week

It’s that time of year again. The week where we prioritise self-care, put relaxation before the rat-race and take time to reinvigorate body and mind. 

If you’ve never taken part in National Spa Week, there’s no better time to start. It begins on September 16th, but at allbeauty we believe that practice makes perfect, so we like to get a head-start! The best part? Having a week dedicated to spa treatments needn’t cost you the earth. Whether you want a full-body scrub or a hydrating facial, we’ve got everything you need. 

Seven steps to spa heaven… at home!

1. Scrub

The best place to start your spa week at home is with a good scrub. As well as being a great way to remove dead skin cells and stimulate blood circulation, a body scrub is a symbolic way to wipe your slate clean.

Our customers particularly rate the L’Occitane Exuvberant Verbena Exfoliating Pulp, which is a light, fresh formula that includes menthol as a key ingredient. If you want to step out of the bathroom feeling invigorated, this is the scrub for you!

A personal favourite, this time from French brand Caudalie, the Crushed Cabernet Scrub brings spa-quality luxury right into your own home. As with all Caudalie’s products, grapes are a dominant ingredient, with this scrub containing both grape seed oil for hydration and grape seed powder for exfoliation. 

2. Soak

What’s a spa without a good long soak? After scrubbing all the stress away, the next item on your spa week agenda is to submerge yourself in a hot bath. Now, while the heat alone will do your body good, for a true spa experience there’s nothing like a bath oil or foam to up the luxury factor.

The Aching Muscle Super Soak by Elemis contains antioxidants and works to restore tight and aching muscles. With ingredients including juniper, thyme and rosemary, it smells amazing too.

If you find that your skin needs more attention than your muscles, look no further than The Ritual of Ayurveda Holistic Bath Foam by Rituals. Indian rose and Himilayan honey combine to create a bath foam which not only smells like an exotic summertime garden but nourishes and moisturises dehydrated skin.

3. Candlelight

The lighting within a spa adds to the atmosphere, creating a muted glow which encourages a relaxed state of mind. This is incredibly easy to recreate at home using candles, but seeing as it’s spa week, why not opt for something a little more special? 

Using 100% natural ingredients, the Neom Organics London Scent to Sleep Candle makes an ideal companion during an evening soak. The candle’s oil has been designed to be used on the body, so after you’ve enjoyed the fragrance of English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine, use the warm oil to replenish your skin.

Elemis needs no introduction, and their Life Elixirs Sleep Candle is a firm favourite with allbeauty customers. Combining 12 pure essential oils including patchouli and palmarosa, this candle has been designed to encourage relaxation and aid sleep – the perfect accompaniment for a pre-bed spa treatment.

4. Deep Breathing

Scent has a remarkable impact on your state of mind, so why restrict your spa fragrances to the evening? Whether you want a fragrance tailored to the time of day, or a gentle background perfume to elevate a room, we’ve got just the thing.

Molton Brown are well known for their exquisite hand soaps and luxury bath products, but their diffusers bring fragrance to new areas of the home. The Molton Brown Ylang-Ylang Aroma Reeds create a multi-layered fragrance with elements of ginger, tangerine, vanilla, and of course, spa favourite – ylang-ylang. 

The Neom Organics London Essential Oil Blends contain four bottles of thoughtfully created scents to take you from day to night. The oils can be used in a variety of ways, either through the Neom Wellbeing Diffuser Pod, dropped into a shower or bath, or simply rubbed into the skin. 

5. Face Mask

An at-home facial is an absolute must during National Spa Week. Whatever your skin type, a well-chosen face mask can bring new life to dull, tired skin.

A favourite amongst those with dry, dehydrated or sensitive skin is award-winning Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator by Clinique. This gel textured formula has been designed to use as both an ultra-hydrating moisturiser and a face mask and boasts hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture.

From Bomb Cosmetics comes the French Kiss Clay Mask, a cleansing mask that uses white kaolin clay as the main ingredient. Ideal for all skin types, the light exfoliating nature of clay will leave skin refreshed, while rosemary and geranium essential oils stimulate circulation and tighten the skin.

6. Foot Mask

At this time of year, our feet are often hidden away and shown little love. During National Spa Week celebrate your feet and give them the attention they deserve with an at-home pedicure. 

For feet that need a total reset, these Exfoliation Socks from Iroha Nature are a godsend. Wear for 90-120 minutes and within a week the calloused outermost layer of skin will peel off to reveal baby-soft feet.

The key to keeping your feet in good shape is regular hydration and the Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure from Seoulista Beauty provides just that. Infused with rose oil, aloe vera and beeswax, this 3-pack of pedicure booties will nourish your feet to keep them soft, supple and sandal-ready. 

*Please note: DO NOT hydrate your feet during the treatment days, even if they are dry. It would slow the exfoliation process. After 5-10 days the dead skin will begin peeling off, don’t remove skin harshly, it will gradually fall off itself*

7. Massage

Whether you have an in-house masseuse (we’re looking at you Mr. allbeauty) or not, indulging in a little massage is the perfect way to wind down after a long day. If you don’t have someone on hand to provide a back massage, get into a comfy position and give your legs a deep rub. Not only does massage relax your muscles, it stimulates circulation and improves the texture of your skin.

We’re all about products that have more than one use, so you won’t be surprised that the Neom Organics London Scent to Sleep Candle gets another mention on our list. Using ingredients such as soybean oil and cocoa butter, after 30 minutes of burning and two of cooling, the oil is ready to be poured over the skin. Fragrant and deeply nourishing, this is the ideal addition to any massage.

For a massage oil that is ready the moment you need it, this Huile Prodigieuse from Nuxe Paris comes in a handy spray bottle for easy use. Multi-award winning and with a host of 5* reviews from allbeauty customers, this comes highly recommended as a low-mess body oil option.


Shop our limited edition National Spa Week Edit now

For even more tips on how to prepare for a great night’s sleep, read our interview with Neom celebrating ‘Sleeptember‘.


National Spa Week Competitions

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**Full T&C: Spa Day T&C: All entries close 11:59PM 22/09/2019, UK only. 21 winners will be chosen at random from all entries received via the allbeautyHQ blog page. The first prize winner will receive vouchers for a Spa Day for two people, courtesy of Iroha Nature and My Spa Pass. Prize can be claimed at any UK Macdonald Hotels Ltd Spa, subject to availability. Prize valid for six months from date of winner announcement.  Spa day and treatment times must be booked directly with a qualifying Macdonald Hotels Ltd Spa. 20 runners up will receive Annual ‘My Spa’ Passes, entitling them to discounts from some of the UK’s most popular spas, hotels, treatment specialists and online retailers via https://myspapass.com . Valid for 12 months from date of winner announcement. All prizes are non-transferable and non-refundable.  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 email and postal 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.

Conkers About Concealers

Everyday we read or hear about the ‘best’ product or the ‘new hot seller’, but sometimes it’s just best to hear it from the horse’s mouth. This Autumn, you have your say. We have pulled together our top 5 concealers that we are just conkers about….voted by you!


#1 Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector 

Harriet:

This is quite simply the only make up item I would buy if I could only have one. I have quite large, open pores on my nose and feel self conscious not wearing any make up. However, I’m a busy mother and rarely have time to put much make up on. The rest of my skin is OK so I can go without foundation, which means all I have to do is pop a little of this Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector on my nose and a touch of mascara and I’m good to go – perfect for rushed mornings!!

Look smooth and flawless in an instant. Pores seem to disappear leaving a natural looking matte finish that lasts up to 8 hours. Smart technology manages excess oil when and where needed and resists sweat and humidity. Invisible Light for All Skin Types 15ml / 0.5 fl.oz. Our Price £18.90 – You save 10% off RRP


#2 Jane Iredale Active Light Under-Eye Concealer 

Caroline W:

After being a YSL fan for years I finally found a cruelty-free alternative to Touché Eclat and it’s miles BETTER! Wish I’d dared to change years ago. I love Jane Iredale products now and they’re far better value for money.

A light refracting under-eye concealer designed to give sheer to medium coverage and using titanium dioxide and boron nitride to create a soft focus finish while buckwheat seed, white tea leaf, and cucumber fruit extracts sooth, protect, and reduce puffiness of the skin. Our Price £16.95 – You save 32% off RRP


#3 Clinique All About Eyes Concealer

Barbara S:

All About Eyes Light Petal 03 has a thick creamy texture where a little goes a long long way. A small tube will last you at least a year even with regular use. It is highly pigmented and is the best concealer I’ve ever used.

This long-wearing oil-free Concealer helps keep eyes looking healthy and bright. Dark circles are reduced and puffiness is gone. Its moisturising formula ensures hydration throughout the day. Our Price £17.10 – You save 5% off RRP


#4 Guerlain Precious Light

Kat D:

Good coverage and light formula …I am in early fifties and would usually steer clear of shimmer or highlighters but this is perfect and ‘highlights’ the positives without accentuating the negatives !!

Erases the signs of ageing and hides imperfections. This travel-friendly brush awakens the skin’s youthful appearance and glow while erasing traces of fatigue. Contains Gold Radiance Pigments and Precious Rejuvenating Complex, to give the skin the glow of youth, day after day. Suitable for all skin types. Our Price £28.00 – You save 20%


#5 AMAZINGCOSMETICS AMAZINGCONCEALER Corrector

Andrex:

Great idea that you have green one end for redness on cheeks like me, & a peachy colour other end to brighten under eyes – I don’t know anyone with naturally bright under eyes!!!! great product & price at allbeauty.

Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, helps fight the signs of ageing; Cucumber Fruit Extract depuffs, softens, and soothes; Sodium Hyaluronate plumps and hydrates the skin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; Ceramide NP which hydrates and boosts skin repair. Our Price £14.45 – You save 42% off RRP


You could have the best concealer in the world, but if you don’t know how to use it…give our top tips a try:

If you want to get involved, our email will be heading your way after your purchase (around a week later) so you can add your thoughts! Keep a look out if you will be featured in our next blog review. 

 

 

REVIEW; Sun Protection

We’d like to introduce to you, Antonia!

Antonia is a blogger & shares the things that she loves and indulges in the details that make life special. We asked Antonia about her favourite products when it comes to summer, find which multitasking product from Clarins is a must have…


HOLIDAY SUN PROTECTION

I’ve arrived in Menorca for my yearly summer break with my family and this post is a very quick roundup of the sun protection I’ve been using since I got here.

allbeauty have kindly partnered with me for this trip so the items I’ve listed are my picks from their holiday selection. I focused only on sun protection because this is a very relaxed break and I rarely get dressed up or wear any makeup when I am here so looking after my skin is my main concern.

FACE PROTECTION

You may know from following me on social media or reading other blog posts that I suffer with pigmentation. The minute the sun comes out, my face gets covered in uneven brown patches. I always use skincare products and makeup with an SPF but it makes little difference but yet battle on.

An exciting recent discovery is Ultrasun’s eye cream with an SPF of 30 which is also waterproof. I cannot recommend this enough, it’s not greasy at all and your crows’ feet will thank you for it. This is my hero product of the summer

For my face I chose Clinique’s mineral sunscreen, it reminds me a lot of this other one by Clarins It’s really lightweight, you barely notice you are wearing it and it’s great for days out and about, although you might want something more heavy-duty for long days at the beach. 

I mentioned earlier that I suffer with pigmentation and to that end, I am road testing an anti-dark spot fluid from Nuxe. It’s too soon to tell whether this will help but I expect it to come into its own once I am back home in the UK.

HAIR AND BODY

Clarins has come up trumps with a multitasking product to protect both your skin and unruly locks from sun damage. It’s the sun care oil mist which is a dry oil with an SPF of 30. Multitasking products are worth their weight in gold and never more so than when luggage allowances are tight. My supply is going down quickly as I’m spraying it liberally. It gives your skin a nice glow and my hair a much-needed boost of moisture throughout the day. I doubt it will last the duration of the holiday but it’s a goodie all the same.

Where hair is concerned, I’ve been keeping my coloured and heat damaged hair in check with Swimcap from Philip Kingsley. It’s said to be excellent for blondes as it stops hair from going green in chlorinated water. The product was originally developed for the US Synchronised Swimming Team so you know it must be good.

It would be great to hear about the holiday skincare products you swear by so please let me know in the comments below!

Antonia x

All words and opinions are my own, thanks to allbeauty who gifted the products to me.


A massive thank you to Antonia for this great review, all products can be purchased here.

 

 

Summer Sunshine Safety

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


Here comes the sun…    

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

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


What is the difference between UVA and B rays?   

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

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


How can I incorporate SPF products into my skincare routine?

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

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

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

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


allbeauty’s Sun Protection FABULOUS tips     

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

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

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

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


Fake It, Don’t Bake it

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

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


The one word we don’t like: Sunburn

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

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

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

Shop After Sun here.


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

*information correct at the time of publishing

Everything You Need To Know About Clinique

How a simple Vogue article revolutionised skincare and led to the creation of Clinique products…

Did you know that the idea for Clinique came from a Vogue editor?

The year is 1967, and the question on everybody’s lips is: Can great skin be created?  Norman Orentreich, a New York dermatologist, is advising his patients to use a 3-step skincare system of his own creation: cleanse, exfoliate, moisturise, when he meets Vogue Beauty Editor Carol Phillips.  Tired of seeing the same one-size-fits-all creams in stores, together they create a trailblazing Vogue article and the rest, they say is history!

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The creation of ‘Clinique’

In a leading article in the August 1967 edition of Vogue magazine – aka THE article – Dr Orentreich explained how great skin can be created. It was a fascinating article, and one that was also read by Evelyn Laude –  daughter in law of Estée. A meeting was promptly set up between Carol Phillips, Dr Orentreich and Estée Lauder, and ‘Clinique’ was born.

The idea that great skin could be created with the righ products marked a new era in skincare, and in 1968 the world famous 3-Step Skin Care System was introduced. Barely a year later, Clinique opened its first UK beauty counter, and  has since become on of the most trusted prestige beauty brands in the world.

The science behind the brand

The first ever dermatologist-developed prestige beauty brand, all of clinique’s skincare products are 100% fragrance-free and allergy tested. They debuted with 117 products, of which, the 3-Step System – cleansing with facial soap, exfoliating dead skin cells with the clarifying lotion, hydrating and balancing the skin with moisturiser – will forever be the star of the lineup.

Cult Clinique products

Every prestigious beauty brand has it’s cult favourites, and none more so than Clinique. Here’s our star buys:

clinique mild liquid facial soapClinique Liquid Facial Soap

Step one of the 3-Step System, it gently cleanses skin and leaves it ready for exfoliating without harming the skin. Allergy tested and 100% fragrance free – use twice daily for best results. allbeauty price: £14.75

 

Clinique clarifying lotionClinique Clarifying Lotion

Step two of the 3-Step System, this award-winning exfoliator leaves skin looking and feeling healthier, reduces excess oil and pores are unclogged. Simpyl apply with a cotton ball twice daily after cleansing and before moisturising. allbeauty price: £22.95

 

Clinique dramaticall different moisturizing lotionClinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+

Step three of the 3-Step System, this lightweight moisturiser is easily absorbed to help keep skin hydrated and looking healthy.  Easily their best-seller, one of these is sold in the world every 3.7 seconds. allbeauty price: £26.35

Clinique HappyClinique Happy

Launched in 1988, Clinique Happy is a cool, modern, floral scent that contains top notes of apple, blood grapefruit, plum, bergamot, Indian mandarin and orange. Middle notes of rose, lily-of-the-valley, freesia and orchid, and base notes of musk, amber, magnolia, lily and mimosa.
allbeauty price: £38.45

 

Clinique take the day off cleansing balmClinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

This award-winning soft-solid cleansing balm melts into a soothing, lightweight oil upon application, gently dissolving eye makeup, dirt, oil, suncreen and impurities.
allbeauty price: £19.95

 

Shop Clinique at allbeauty.com now 

Spotted By allbeauty – Lily James in October’s Marie Claire

Actress Lily James was spotted by allbeauty in this month’s Marie Claire, talking about her beauty favourites.

Actress Lily James, currently starring in Romeo and Juliet, is best known for TV dramas Downton Abbey and War and Peace; her beauty faves were spotted by allbeauty in the October 2016 edition of Marie Claire magazine.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

As a teenager Lily suffered from serious acne (we were surprised too!) These days she likes to take care of her skin with Elemis Marine Cream and Elemis Toner. Although Marine Cream is primarily an anti-ageing treatment, it does provide hydration and supports collagen. Both great news for anyone dealing with acne scarring!

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Although Lily wears My Burberry Black (coming soon to allbeauty.com) the classic My Burberry Eau de Toilette isn’t a world away in scent. The fragrance contains notes of sweet pea, rose, freesia and patchouli. It’s described as “a London garden after rain” – how lovely!!

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Daily sunblock is essential, even in winter, to prevent premature ageing, sunspots and skin damage. Lily is a fan of Clinique City Block which is an oil-free formula for daily urban use. Perfect for on-the-go use and easy to pop in a bag.


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Not a natural blonde, Lily’s suffered terrible hair damage from years of bleaching. Hardly surprising that she looks to products like Kérastase Elixir Ultime to restore the hair and shield it from external aggressors.

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To tone her skin, Lily likes to use Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner
This alcohol-free toner is suitable for delicate, sensitive skin and can even be used as a soothing eye treatment when applied to cotton buds.

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Lily is also a fan of scented candles – we think she’d love the range by bespoke parfumiers Penhaligon’s! Our favourite is this Neroli candle – it’s a luxury splurge but just divine.

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You can see Lily in the October 2016 edition of Marie Claire magazine, on-sale at time of writing.

Our Pick Of The Best Full Coverage Foundation

Many foundations currently on the market are sheer and lightweight and finding the best full coverage foundation can be tricky. We’ve rounded up our favourite foundations that give full coverage, available at allbeauty.

Tracking down the best full coverage foundation can be frustrating, especially if you’re suffering from breakouts, redness or have a special event that needs a flawless finish.

Why Full Coverage Foundation? Let’s be honest, there are times when “luminous”, “sheer” and “lightweight” just aren’t words we want to read! Unexpected breakouts happen to all of us. Or maybe you’ve been ill and need some extra help to look your best. And for formal occasions like a prom or wedding, a full cover look is top of our list.  Plus don’t forget the added benefit of full cover foundation: protection from the elements and pollution!

best full coverage foundation1. Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation Fluid

Dermablend has been on the market for so long now, it’s completely tried and tested. Dermablend is the absolute go-to foundation for blemished skin or skin with birthmarks, port wine stains, scars, rosacea or acne. Available in several formulas, this one is oil free so it’s perfect for acne-prone or oily skin. Promising to last up to 16 hours, it also contains SPF 25 for added sun protection. You can see the whole range here.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #1 Dilute heavy foundation with primer or liquid highlighter for days when you want lighter cover

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2. Clinique Even Better Foundation SPF 15

Containing SPF 15 this oil-free formula contains active ingredients that treat skin over time. Combat hyper-pigmentation and see brighter skin both immediately and with continued use. The finish on this is really natural thanks to a mineral blend. Plus the finish can be moderate to heavy depending on how much you apply. 

 

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #2 Mix with day cream to make tinted moisturiser

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3. Sisley Phyto-Teint Expert Foundation

Beautifully mask imperfections with a smooth, natural finish. Containing a combination of ultra-pure pigments and soft focus powders, this oil-free formula from Sisley offers gorgeous colour. In addition, ingredients including frangipani, cucumber and gingko provide moisture and a circulation boost.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #3 Mix leftover base with body butter and apply to legs for an instant glow that covers imperfections!


best full coverage foundation4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF10

With up to 15 hours of staying power, Double Wear by Estee Lauder is a bestseller the world over. Through heat, humidity and activity, this foundation won’t let you down. A natural look with a semi-matte finish, it promises not to change colour, smudge after application or come off on clothes. The matching powder is also available and can be worn over the foundation for a full-coverage effect.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #4 From Autumn consider switching to fingers or a sponge to apply foundation. Brushes can scratch at dry skin and exfoliate top layers

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5Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation and Concealer
If a powder foundation is your thing, then you’ll really love Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation and Concealer in one. Application is with the sponge provided and the finish is smooth, oil-free and high-coverage. Pores are minimised and skin can breathe even through sweat and humidity. To see this product in action, take a look at this amazing YouTube demonstration:

 

Do you have a favourite full cover foundation? Comment below and tell us which brand you love plus any you’d like to see at allbeauty

Men’s Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners

An easy to follow men’s daily skincare routine, for beginners and the clueless! What to use and when to use it, with products that won’t break the bank.

Men’s grooming has come a long way in a short time, so we decided to come up with a men’s daily skincare routine for beginners and the clueless. Questions, comments or tips? Leave them below!

 

Men's Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners Cleanse

 

Step one of your daily routine is of course to cleanse. Choose either a liquid cleanser such as Clarins Mens Active Face Wash or a face soap. If you prefer soap, make sure it’s really a dedicated face cleanser such as Clinique Mens Face Soap as normal soap is too harsh for the face, stripping away natural oils. This leads to over-production of oil, spots and premature ageing. If you suffer from oily or spot-prone skin, a fragrance-free cleanser like the Baxter of California Daily Face Wash is perfect.
When To Use: Use cleanser first thing in the morning (in the shower is fine) and before bed.
How To Choose? Think about your main skin concern eg spotty, oily, ageing. Find a cleanser dedicated to your main concern, or one for normal skin if you’re happy with your skin.

 

Men's Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners Moisturiser

 

Step two of our men’s daily skincare routine is to moisturise. Now there’s a whole world of moisturiser out there so let’s make it super simple: choose a moisturiser based on your budget and your main skin concern. Why do you need this? Quite simply, it puts moisture into the skin. This makes it look great and protects it from ageing. If you have skin concerns (such as oily skin) a dedicated moisturiser will control oil for you and combat inflammation. Using moisturiser every day is a great way to stay looking young!
When To Use: Use moisturiser after you cleanse. Use it morning and evening unless you want to spend a bit more and use a special night time cream.
How To Choose? Think about your main skin concern eg spotty, oily, ageing, dryness. Find a moisturiser dedicated to your main concern (or one for normal skin if you’ve no main concern) and one that’s within your budget.

 

Men's Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners Exfoliate

 

On to step three: exfoliate (yes you have to do the Dalek voice). Do you really need to do this? Yes. Do you need to do it every day? Not necessarily. Let’s explain: exfoliation is the part where you get rid of dead skin cells, clear out your pores and unplug the gunky bits. It’s basically a deep clean (and helps keep you looking young!) If you have acne-prone skin or your skin looks dull and lifeless this is your friend. But for everyone else it’s a once a week thing for maintenance.
When To Use: Use a daily exfoliating fluid like Clinique Mens Exfoliating Tonic if you have dull, congested, acne-prone skin. Use it right after you cleanse and before you apply moisturiser.
If you just want a boost use a traditional exfoliator that you massage around the face for several minutes. Use this once or twice a week, at night, after you cleanse.
How To Choose? Think about your main skin concern eg acne-prone, blackheads, dullness. Think about how urgent it is for you to address that. Major concern? Buy a daily exfoliator. Just need a boost? Buy a weekly one such as Biotherm Homme Facial Exfoliator.

 

Men's Daily Skincare Routine For Beginners Treat

 

The last step in our men’s daily skincare routine is to treat. Another step?! Yes but one you can leave out if you’re a) under 30 with good, clear skin or b) want to keep things simple for now. Treatment is the part where you address ageing, oily skin, spots etc. Basically the things that bother you about your skin. If ageing is your concern, look for an anti-ageing serum for men. Dark spot correctors will help with pigmentation marks and under-eye serums are ideal for crow’s feet. Spot-prone? An antibacterial gel or lotion is your friend, though keep away from anything with salicylic acid, it can be too harsh.
When To Use: This depends on the product, so check the label. A good anti-ageing serum is Clarins Men Line Control Balm. For spot-prone skin try Biotherm Homme T-Pur Gel. For crow’s feet you may like Lab Series Instant Eye Lift for a quick cheat!
How To Choose? Think about your main skin concern eg acne-prone, ageing, dryness. Buy based on your budget and how much time you want to dedicate to this.

So what did we leave out from our men’s daily skincare routine? Well we didn’t mention sunscreen – super important if you’re outside, both for skin health and anti-ageing (the sun ages you faster than anything else). We didn’t talk about face masks or toners, but those are added extras so don’t sweat them. And we didn’t talk about night balms. If you want to buy a special night time face balm you’ll certainly see better results. But feel free to use your daily moisturiser morning and evening. As long as your skin is kept clean and hydrated it’ll be happy.

Men-only skincare brands we REALLY love: Biotherm Homme, Clarins Men, Clinique For Men.
If you’re struggling with adult acne or acne scarring, check our dedicated blog posts.

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