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

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


Cleansers

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

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

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

Skincare

Main types: Oil, Serum, Tonic, Balm

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

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


Face

Main types: BB, CC, Tinted Moisturiser, Foundation

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

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


Fragrance

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

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

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


Masks

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

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


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

Cover Up the Cold

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

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

  1. Spending more time indoors.

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

  1. A weak immune system.

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

  1. Stress and lack of sleep.

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

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


Beauty tools to hide a cold.

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

Dry Flaky Skin

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

Chapped Nose

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

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

Cracked Lips 

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

Dull Complexion  

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

Stubborn Red Patches

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

Tired Eyes 

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

Puffy Face

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


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

Feel better soon!

 

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.


Shop our NEOM Collection now


COMPETITION

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.  

allbeauty & The Little Princess Trust

This Autumn, one special member of our allbeauty team has made an inspirational change by donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust. We have had the pleasure to travel with Maggie through her journey and ask all the questions before she takes the chop.

1inch? 2inch? 3inch? Read More…


#1 Tell us a little bit about yourself, what do you do at allbeauty?

My name’s Maggie, I started at allbeauty in 2016 as a Christmas temp in Customer Services, then moved up to Stock Management after nearly a year where I edit product images. 

#2 You’re chopping off your hair and donating it, that’s amazing! Could you share insight on why you are doing this?

It’s a bit of a weird reason as my inspiration was bald before the cancer! My Papa was diagnosed with cancer several years ago and he was always so strong, he didn’t complain once and was always so kind and patient even when you could see him in the worst pain. It got me thinking about how I would handle being in his situation and in all honesty, the thought of losing my hair would be terrifying. Thinking about what he went through happening to a child, and on top of that losing their hair is heartbreaking and I just wanted to help.

#3 How long have you been growing your hair?

About a year and a half!

#4 What products have you been using?

I use a mask about once a week (sometimes every other week if I’m feeling lazy), I love the TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Treatment Mask. I have naturally slightly dry hair and it feels so silky after using this. Every day I use the Macadamia Natural Oil  Healing Oil Treatment, and sometimes if I know I’m washing my hair the next day I’ll slather on a load before bed.

#5 Do you know how much hair you are donating? 

The minimum donation is 7 inches and I should be donating around 10 inches. I would love to grow it again after this and donate even more!

#6 What happens when you donate? 

Donated hair is sent to a special factory it’s hand knotted into a wig base, and a single wig can contain up to 10 different donations. The hair is never coloured or treated, so it is always a high quality finish and they are able to offer a range of different natural colours and lengths so suit every individual. A family can then request a wig and can visit an approved salon to choose a wig and have it styled. 

#7 How do you feel about donating your hair?

I’m excited to be helping someone out there feel a bit better during such a difficult period in their lives, but at the same time it’s so sad that any one has to go through this in the first place. Cutting the hair off itself is the easy bit, I’m totally fine with that!

#8 What hairstyle are you going for next and where will you be getting it cut?

The ultimate trim! Nothing fancy, just chopping it off around the shoulder so that I can grow it again without having to wait for layers to grow out or anything. The allbeauty salon in Guernsey, the staff there are so and I trust them fully with my locks!

#9 What the first thing you are going to do with your new hair style?

Try and learn how to style short hair!

#10 What’s your advice for someone that is thinking about getting their haircut and donating it?

Just do it, it will grow back!


COMING SOON 28th SEPTEMBER:  Maggie takes the chop

 

 

The Cuddle Up

Discover Your New Scent This Autumn

Is there any season more wonderful than Autumn? Cold wind tousling hair and scarves, the crunch of leaves under chunky boots, evenings on the sofa with a glass of Merlot – it’s the beginning of the snuggliest season. 

As the evenings draw in, we’ll spend more time indoors, more time wearing woolly layers. Suddenly those floaty scents of summer will begin to jar with the autumnal atmosphere. Over the next few months, we’ll be spending more time getting cosy and snuggling up with the ones we love, so what better time to invest in a signature Autumn scent?

If you need inspiration, we’re here to guide your sense with our five top-rated fragrances for both men and women.

Autumn Perfumes for Women

  1. Ombre Leather by Tom Ford 100ml
Our Price £97.75 You save £17.25 (15%) off RRP

 

The most popular of our cool-weather ladies fragrances, Ombre Leather has top notes of cardamom, with mid notes of leather and jasmine sambac.

This is a deep, warm perfume which will be a firm favourite through Autumn and Winter. 

 

 

  1. Miss Dior by Dior 150ml
Our Price £127.80
You save £14.20 (10%) off RRP

A scent that bridges summer and Autumn perfectly, Miss Dior by Dior combines top

notes of Italian mandarin with the heady fragrances of Egyptian jasmine, rose and patchouli.

 

Miss Dior is one of those rare breeds of perfume that has stood the test of time.

 

 

  1. La Panthere by Cartier 50ml

    Our Price £43.50
    You save £44.50 (51%) off RRP

A sensual floral, La Panthere by Cartier is a diverse scent that will take you effortlessly from day to evening.

With notes including gardenia, rhubarb, dried fruit and musk, you’re sure to be impressed with this bouquet.

 

 

  1. Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors 50ml
Our Price £29.95 You save £40.05 (57%) off RRP

An autumnal perfume for those who prefer a fruity fragrance, Sexy Ruby by Michael Kors has main notes of raspberry, apricot and rose.

The base note is cashmere wood, which provides a deeper complexity to the overall scent.

 

 

 

  1. Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria by Guerlain 125ml
Our Price £35.95

A spicy citrus, Aqua Allegoria Bergamote Calabria by Guerlain has top notes of bergamot and petitgrain (the leaves of a bitter orange plant),  with ginger and cardamom mid-notes and a woody, white musk base. 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Perfumes for Men

  1. Oud Wood by Tom Ford

    Our Price £138.70
    You save £23.30 (14%) off RRP

From the Private Blend Collection, Oud Wood by Tom Ford is our top-rated men’s fragrance for Autumn. 

The notes of oud and Brazilian rosewood are joined by sandalwood, cardamom, Sichuan pepper, and vanilla, to create a heavenly combination for cold days.

 

 

  1. He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by Dsquared2

    Our Price £39.95
    You save £28.05 (41%) off RRP

Inspired by the Canadian Rockies, He Wood Rocky Mountain Wood by Dsquared2 is a fragrance that will see you through Autumn, Winter, and even Spring.

With notes of violet, cedar, vetiver and pepper, this is an excellent choice for a signature scent.

 

 

  1. Only The Brave Extreme by Diesel

    Our Price £52.00
    You save £13.00 (20%)

An oriental woody fragrance, Only The Brave Extreme by Diesel is an ideal option for men who prefer to avoid the heavier musks.

Notes of apple, lemon and mandarin orange bring a fruity zest, which is balanced with leather, rose and tonka bean.

 

 

  1. Invictus Legend by Paco Rabanne

    Our Price £63.30
    You save £10.70 (14%) off RRP

For a fragrance that can take you from the waters of the Mediterranean to the ski fields of the Alps, look no further than Invictus Legend by Paco Rabanne. Fresh notes of sea salt, grapefruit and the ocean are juxtaposed with bay leaf, amber and wood.

 

 

 

  1. Eros Flame by Versace

    Our Price £55.25
    You save £9.75 (15%) off RRP

This strong scent is one of contrasts, with citrus, wood, spices and amber all coming into play.

The main notes are mandarin orange, vanilla, tonka bean and rosemary, although black pepper, rose, geranium, lemon, sandalwood and cedar all get a mention too.

 

 


With a vast range of perfumes available at allbeauty, it’s safe to say that your signature scent is only a few clicks away. So, what will you be wearing this Autumn? 

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. 

 

 

An hour a day just for you

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, it will soon be time 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 and wind to contend with. Treat your locks to regular moisturising hair masks to condition and strengthen your strands from root to tip.

Teeth Whitening 

With the cooler weather, we all reach for a comforting tea or coffee a little more often. Don’t let your teeth suffer for it. With the iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Kit, you can have a whiter, brighter smile in just 20 minutes a day. The question is, what will you do with your other 40 minutes of me-time?! 


With such a wide range of ideas for prioritising your wellbeing, be sure to put the October 27th in your diary as the day your new self-care routine begins – you deserve it. 

 

Lancôme Idôle, for women of a new era

The brand-new fragrance from Lancôme may come in one of the slimmest fragrance bottles in the world (just 15mm thick), but its message is far bigger. Empowering women to look to themselves for the inspiration they need and to defy expectations. The brand dedicates the fragrance to;

“Women who dare to dream.

The leaders and innovators of tomorrow…a new generation of icons”.

Meanwhile, the brand itself has taken an inspired leap in its diversification away from tradition with the creation of a new, ‘clean’ accord – a register that has only been minimally explored to date.

To create a note consistent with the rose flower in its natural state, two essences, rose absolute and rose water, come together to form the heart of the new formula. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, as the rose has been central to the brand ever since it was chosen as its emblem.  The fragrance is then lightly enhanced with a touch of jasmine whilst a trace of patchouli and an assembly of white musks form a white chypre base that brings Idôle its full elegance.

Whilst most Chypre fragrances tend to be warm and dry, almost all are built around a woody, mossy accord of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli and labdanum (from the rock rose plant). Elements of flowers, fruits or woodiness are sometimes exaggerated in chypre fragrances, keeping this category interesting – Idôle’s new ‘cleaner’ scent is certainly no exception.

 Node breakdown:

  • Top: Bergamot essence
  • Heart: Rose essence, rose absolute and rose water, jasmine infusion and jasmine absolute
  • Base: Patchouli heart essence, cedar essence, vanilla extract

 Then there’s the bottle.

The glass surfaces of the bottles are so thin that the fragrance appears to be holding itself in the palm of your hand. Lancôme state;

Powerful in its simplicity, Idôle’s faceted bottle radiates light. So sleek is its design that it appears to almost fuse with the hand. A reminder that endless possibilities are within reach.”  


The Rose of Idôle

Lancôme claims both the transparency and traceability of the ingredients within its formulas.

As part of L’Oréal’s socially productive purchasing program, “Solidarity Sourcing”, Lancôme benefits from exclusive raw materials, custom-crafted for its fragrances through sustainable supply chains or those currently awaiting certification by an independent organization. One of these, the Rose, essential to the fragrance signature of Idôle, is also the subject of a development project supported by Lancôme of which the objective is to improve the positive impact of the supply chain on a social, economic and environmental scale.

We refuse to compromise between the fragrance quality of our creations and the protection of the natural resources and people who produce them.”


Rose Petal of Isparta, Turkey

Cultivated in Turkey, this essence, exclusively made for Lancôme, is obtained from hand-harvested roses and enriched with concentrated rose water. It intensifies the refreshing, verdant facets of the flower, contributing to the sparkling natural expression of Idôle. Lancôme supports this family-based industry by helping to improve agricultural practices and work conditions and by assisting in the obtainment of a “fair trade” certification. The project also helps the women working in its production to be recognized for their contributions.

 


Super infusion of Jasmin Grandiflorum from India

Made for Lancôme using flowers harvested by hand in the Indian province of Tamil Nadu, this infusion is produced thanks to the exclusive development of an extraction process that makes it possible to attain the best the flower has to offer. Revealing fruity petal facets with an underlying clean, intense creamy softness, it reveals the flower in a bright, modern way.


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The Power of Charcoal: Novex’s tips for healthier hair

We were intrigued by Novex’s new Powerful Charcoal Range. We’ve seen activated charcoal make a grand entrance into the teeth whitening category, and wanted to know more about how it can be used to improve our hair. We caught up with Novex to find out exactly how it works…

Why do I need to detox my hair?

On a daily basis, our hair comes in contact with all the impurities and toxins present in the atmosphere, especially in urban areas where there is more pollution. These toxins and pollutant impurities, such as particles, are deposited in the hair and scalp. They accumulate and end up clogging the root and capillary fiber, which impairs the absorption of nutrients and the growth of the strands.

These polluting impurities need to be removed effectively and without harming the strands as well as leaving them protected against external aggressions caused by pollution.

What do the charcoal products look like? Are they black?

All the products from Novex The Powerful Charcoal line have a standard white look and feel. The mask and the conditioner have a creamy and consistent appearance, which allows the strands to be well coated. The shampoo has a liquid consistency so that the product spreads well through the scalp. The spray also has a creamy consistency, so as to protect the conditioned strands.

Where does the charcoal come from?

Activated charcoal, rather than ordinary charcoal, is charcoal especially obtained from the burning of certain woods, cork or fruit peels (e.g. coconut) under very specific conditions. Burning must be at high temperatures (8000 °C – 10000 °C) and low in oxygen. This specific firing gives activated charcoal unique properties such antipollution and detoxification.

How often do I need to use them?

The Powerful Charcoal products are a daily care range and have been developed specifically to be part of the daily routine of capillary care (regular use).

What are the three biggest mistakes people make in hair care and how can they be avoided?

  1. Blow-drying your hair without heat protection
    •  Spraying a heat protector on your hair proactively protects hair from heat damage, plus it seals in shine, calms frizz, and keeps hair from becoming dry.
  2. Not using a conditioner
    • If you’re avoiding using conditioner for fear that your hair will become too flat, think again, you can achieve volume with the right conditioner. Just like your face, your scalp needs moisture too.
  3. Forgetting to moisturize and nourish your hair
    • Hair loses moisture quickly. You can use special hair masks according to your hair type to address this problem. Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your strands, so it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs.

Like the rest of our body, our hair reacts to the world around us which is why detoxing, protecting, conditioning and nourishing your hair is important if it’s going to look its best.

Shop the Powerful Charcoal range now on the allbeauty website

 

*Information correct at the time of publishing

 

How To Use: Elemis Superfood Regimen

NEW from Elemis, the Superfood Skincare System range that contains pre-biotics for healthy, glowing skin.

Ever popped into Wholefoods for a green juice in the hope that it would make you healthier and transform your skin overnight? Formulated with plant-based, nutrient-dense superfoods and prebiotics, the Elemis Superfood Skincare System does just that!

Formulated with nutrient-dense, plant-based superfoods, the Elemis Superfood Skincare System is made from a variety of grains, greens, fruits, seeds and oils, including ginger, kale, broccoli, avocado, matcha and flax seeds. Designed to help replenish, nourish and hydrate skin, the Superfood System feeds your skin from the outside in.

Introducing The Super Squad!

These award-winning skincare savaiours will make any skincare routine SUPER:

Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

Step 1: Elemis Superfood Facial Wash

Loaded with nutrients and an active sugar-based prebiotic, this gel cleanser helps keep skin looking clean, healthy and feeling refreshed throughout the day. RRP £25.00allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Mix in your palms with water and apply morning and evening by gently massaging over the face. Rinse off and gently pat dry.

 

Elemis Superfood Blackcurrent Jelly Exfoliator

Step 2: Blackcurrant Jelly Exfoliator

NEW Superfood Blackcurrent Jelly is jam-packed with anti-oxident rich extracts, including Nordic Bilberry and Black Tea, to help remove the build-up of dead skin cells and leave skin feeling soft and smooth, and looking radiant. RRP: £28.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply to a  dampened face using light, circulr motions. Add worted to transform into a milky scrub and remove with a wet flannel.

 

Elemis Anti-ageing superfood oilStep 3: Anti-ageing Superfood Facial Oil

This award-winning, nourishing facial oil has been designed to re-energise and hydrate skin. Enriched with the power of concentrated antioxidants, omega 3s, vitamins B and E, it leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and supple. RRP: £45.00, allbeauty price: £32.60

To use: Apply 3-4 drops every mmorning tocleansed face and neck. Massages over the skin before or instead of your daily moisturiser.

 

What is good for your body is also good for the skin, and this nutritional oil – packed with superfood ingredients and rich in antioxidants – is the key to a glowing, radiant complexion’ – Georgia Louise, Elemis consulting facialis

Elemis superfood day cream

 

Step 4: Elemis Superfood Day Cream

This nourishing day cream instantly hydrates your skin with a combination of  ginger, matcha and goji berry, leqaving skin looking plumped, refreshed and replenished. Promoting dewy radiance, the softening cream will revive a luminous complexion while balancing and protecting against the environment. RRP: £42.00, allbeauty price: £32.95

To use: Apply in the morning to cleansed skin after Superfood Facial Oil and Serum.

Step 5: Elemis Superfood Night Cream Elemis Superfood Night Cream

This cream works throughout the night to keep skin healthy by supplying it with a superfood grain complex and an active pre-biotic. In the morning skin will be healthy and restored with a fresh new look. RRP: £46.00, allbeauty price: £29.95

To use: Apply in the evening to cleansed, dry skin. Rinse thoroughly if in contact with eyes.

 

Superfood Vital Veggie MaskStep 6: Vital Veggie Mask

Nourish, hydrate and brighen skin with NEW prebiotic face mask. Packed with supergreens and radiance-boosting fruits including vitamin C, omega-rich avocado, wheatgrass and nettle extract.  RRP £30.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply a generous amount to to clean, dry skin twice weekly. A slight-tingling may occur while it works its magic. After 10 minutes, remove with a damp cloth.

 

Step 7: Berry Boost Mask

Mattify, balance and purify skin with NEW smoothie-inspired face mask. Packed with omega-rich SuperBerry Complex, Brazillian purple clay to help draw out impurities, gentyl exfoliate and mattify the T-zone.  RRP £30.00, allbeauty price: £19.95

To use: Apply a generous amount to to clean, dry skin twice weekly. A slight-tingling may occur while it works its magic. After 10 minutes, remove with a damp cloth.

Shop Elemis online at www.allbeauty.com 
Prices correct at the time of publishing