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Bringing The Party To You: Home Festival Hacks

Festivals might be cancelled, but summer definitely isn’t! If you’re missing out on your festival fix this year, we’re here with plenty of tips, ideas and inspiration to get the full experience from the comfort of your home.

If you live alone, party like no-ones watching! Or, if you have kids in tow, get them involved! After all, music education is still education, and what better way to introduce kids to festivals than by throwing one in your own backyard!?

Read on for your total At-Home Festival Guide…


Getting The Look

Festival style is all about the effortless hippie/boho look, so dig out anything tasselled, crocheted or cropped, and live your best life. 

Getting all dressed up is essential for any festival, even if you won’t be leaving your postcode. Embrace all things colour, glitter and fun – kids, in particular, will love joining in for this part. Here’s the list of must-have items for festival fun. 


Sun Protection

It might be tempting to forego the SPF when you know you’ll be dipping in and out of the house, but this should really be a non-negotiable. Protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays is one of the single most important ways you can prevent premature ageing and pigmentation. So, stock up on your summer essentials and stay safe.


Be Bold

Colour, colour, colour. Bright, bold colours take centre stage, so make sure you’ve got everything you need to nail the look. Everyone needs at least one vibrant eyeshadow palette in their collection, precisely for moments like this! If your eyeshadow options err on the side of beige, check out one of these great options…

If you haven’t heard of Jeffree Star, he’s an American makeup artist taking Youtube by storm. Known for his love of bright colours, the Beauty Killer eyeshadow palette will make a great addition to your festival look.

Another fabulous option is the Makeup Addiction Sinful Eyes Palette, which you can pick up with a 36% discount in our Outlet.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Eyes
Beauty Killer Eyeshadow Palette


Highlighter

Whether you’ve had a good dose of summer sun already or have been stuck indoors, highlighter is a great way to get the sunkissed, glowing look that is synonymous with festivals. There are endless Youtube tutorials to help you master the look without looking too shiny. Try the Endless Glow Highlighter by BareMinerals which has just the right amount of shimmer and comes in four awesome shades.

bareMinerals
Endless Glow Highlighter 10g


Festival Hair

Loose, natural waves are popular for good reason, they’re low maintenance, add shape to the face and look gorgeous. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s all about colour when it comes to getting the festival look. 

Try label.m Mini Powder Spray, which includes four stunning colours that spray on and wash off. Ideal for getting the kids involved, or to spice up your own look. Or, if you want something equally fabulous, but a little more glam, take a look at the Affinage Party Mode Pack which includes an anti-frizz mirror shine spray, blow dry cream and, most importantly, a 3 in 1 body glitter kit. Shine, girl! Shine!

Affinage Mode & Beauty
Party Mode Pack


Choose A Festival Fragrance

While it’s by no means a necessity (perfume certainly isn’t the smell you’d associate with sweaty, muddy festivals), why not add an extra element to you event with a boost of something scented. 

We couldn’t leave this perfume off our list, after all, it has “festival” in it’s name – that’s always a good sign! Festival Vibes For Her by Hollister infuses tonka bean, goji berries, quince and bergamot into the ultimate perfume to wear to your at-home festival.

Another great fragrance that is worth a try is Reb’l Fleur by Rihanna. Coconut, vanilla, peach, plum – are you drooling yet? This one is perfect for warm summer days in the sunshine. And after all, is any festival really complete without a bit of Rihanna?

Hollister Festival Vibes For Her
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml

Rihanna Reb’l Fleur
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml


Setting The Scene

Speaking of Rihanna, line up the perfect soundtrack for HomeFest by digging out your old CDs and records, or take a more modern approach with Spotify or by streaming concert footage on Youtube. The best part of holding your own festival is that you choose the tracklist, no filler acts!

Make sure you have some marshmallows, burgers and your drink of choice at the ready to continue the festival vibes through the evening. 

Of course, no festival is complete without a night spent sleeping under canvas, so set up your tent (or create an inside version) and snuggle down for a unique way to end the day. A word to the wise though, if you’re going to indulge in some outdoor camping, you might want to have this set on hand: 

thisworks Gifts
Dream To Sleep


With a little planning and a can-do attitude, there are no limits to how much fun you can have at home. So get out there and make it happen! 

Father’s Day Gift Guide

If you’re feeling the gift buying dread as Father’s Day approaches, we feel your pain. Whether you’re shopping for your dad, husband or another significant man in your life, men can be notoriously difficult to buy for. Unlike mums, who are more likely to have a wishlist at the ready, narrowing down potential gift options for dads can be a tricky task. 

Well, we know you already have enough on your plate, so we’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Below, you’ll find our top picks for various gift categories, including some beautifully packaged gift sets and a high-end candle that will blow his socks off.  

If you’re looking for something a little different, you’ll also find some fantastic fragrance ideas in Top 3 Fragrances For Every Dad, and grooming gift suggestions in Traditional Shaving For The 21st Century.


Low Cost, High Impact Gifts

For many of us, the budget is already stretched pretty thin at the moment without the added pressure of gift-buying. Thankfully, there are plenty of low-cost gifts that don’t scrimp on quality. If you’re looking for a Father’s Day present that won’t break the bank, here are a few fabulous options:

Rituals, The Ritual Of Samurai Refreshing Treat Gift Set
A much classier twist on the traditional toiletry set, Rituals have packed four of their most popular men’s products into a sophisticated gift box. The Foaming Shower Gel, 2-in-1 Shampoo & Shower Gel, Shaving Cream and Deodorant are inspired by the traditions of ancient Japanese samurai. 

Noble Isle Fragrance Sampler Gift Set
Inspired by the British Isles and using only the finest ingredients, this collection of four luxury bath and shower gels is sure to please. With scents including Whiskey & Water, which uses ingredients sourced from Scotland, and Golden Harvest, from the North Downs of Kent, it’s a feast for the senses.


Smell Amazing Gifts

If you know his signature scent, a fragrance gift set makes an ideal gift, but for something a little different, why not buy him a miniature set which includes a variety of fragrances. He’ll love either of these highly praised collections…

Versace Dylan Blue Gift Set
Italian cologne connoisseurs Versace have been making high-end fragrances for decades, much to the delight of perfume lovers everywhere. Whether the man in your life sees himself as a Versace wearer or not, it would be a crime not to try these beautiful, high-end colognes. The Dylan Blue Gift Set includes a 50ml Eau de Toilette Spray, 50ml Shower Gel and 50ml Aftershave Balm.

Hugo Boss, Boss Bottled Trio Gift Set
Hugo Boss is synonymous with quality men’s fragrances, making this Trio Gift Set a great choice. The included BOSS BOTTLED, BOSS BOTTLED TONIC and BOSS BOTTLED INFINITE are each their own unique fragrance, so he’s sure to discover something he loves. 


Well Groomed Gifts

Buying for a man who takes a lot of pride in his appearance? We’ve got just the thing! Check out these options for hair and skincare gifts that offer the ultimate in luxury for the special guy in your life. 

Sachajuan Haircare Ocean Mist Collection
If you’re buying a Father’s Day gift for a man who’s still boasting a full head of hair, he’s guaranteed to love this collection. From Swedish brand Sachajuan, this trio of volumising products from their Ocean Mist range uses proteins and minerals to give shine, lift and bounce. 

Shiseido Men Total Revitalizer Set
When it comes to skincare, Japanese brand Shiseido are heavy hitters, having been in the industry for over 100 years. The Total Revitalizer Set for Men includes their nourishing Cleansing Foam, Total Revitalizer Eye Cream, Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate and Total Revitalizer Cream


Home Fragrance Gifts

If he’s not much of a beauty guy, consider treating dad to a scented candle, with a masculine twist. Ideal for the den, man cave, office, or simply for any man who wants to make his home smell wonderful, these home fragrances are just the ticket.

Noble Isle Lightening Oak Candle
Another entry from Noble Isle, the Lightening Oak candle is beautifully boxed ready for gifting and has a rich, warming scent. Described as a “handsome fragrance balancing smoky wood aromas with modern notes of crushed pink pepper and bergamot”, it’s an incredibly popular choice.  Alternatively, try Whisky & Water, for a spicier masculine scent.

Acqua di Parma Colonia Oud Candle Cube
You’d be hard-pressed to find a candle that looks as sophisticated as this. With around 60 hours of burning time and a scent that truly lasts, the Oud Candle Cube blends citrus, agarwood and coriander with heavier base notes of cedar, sandalwood, musk and leather. 


Impossible To Buy For?

Even with all the suggestions we’ve covered in this and other articles, you may still be struggling to find the right fit for the significant man in your life. We get it. Some people are just impossible to buy for. Well, for those people, you can’t go wrong with a gift voucher

Grab a funny card, add a heartfelt message and pop a gift voucher inside – you’ll show that you care, but can let them handpick something that they’ll truly enjoy. 

Phew! Job done for another year. Although… it’s only 6 months until Christmas. *sigh*

Top 3 Fragrances for Every Dad

Fragrances are the ultimate gift, and with Father’s Day coming up, now is a great time to start looking at your options. But, it’s difficult enough choosing a fragrance for yourself, let alone someone else! 

With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of the Top 3 Fragrances for every type of dad. So, whether the dad you’re buying for is a sporty or sensitive type, choosing a great scent for them will be a breeze. Here, we’ll list our top suggestions for each dad, and give you a brief explanation of the main notes (as identified by other customers) to help with your decision making. 


Sporty Dad

You could be forgiven for thinking that the football-loving, racecar-watching dads out there wouldn’t be well catered for when it comes to fragrance. Boy oh boy, you’d be wrong! So popular are fragrances aimed at the sporty (or sport appreciating) man, that there’s a whole genre dedicated to that audience. Sports fragrances tend to be very clean, with citrus or oceanic notes. Here are our top three recommendations:

Prada Luna Rossa Sport
A fresh, bright fragrance, Luna Rossa Sport is as sophisticated as the bottle it comes in. With only five notes, it’s simple yet perfectly balanced: lavender, vanilla, tonka bean, juniper berries and ginger – this is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme
A warm, clean scent, Issey Miyake is renowned for creating modern fashions and this scent stays true to the brand. Dominant notes in this fragrance are yuzu (a Japanese citrus), lemon, blue lotus, Tahitian vetiver, bergamot and nutmeg.

Ralph Lauren Polo Sport
An oldie but a goodie, Ralph Lauren Polo Sport has been incredibly popular since its release in 1994. The main notes that shine through in this fragrance are mint, aldehydes (fresh, clean scent), lavender, seagrass and bergamot.


Suited Dad

For men who work in an office setting, finding the right fragrance can be a balancing act. Powerful, without being overbearing. Confident, without being arrogant. Warm, without being sensual. See what we mean?! Thankfully, there’s no shortage of fantastic fragrances aimed at the professional man. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Floris No.89
A name synonymous with James Bond thanks to writer Ian Fleming’s adoration of all things Floris, this quintessentially English fragrance has notes of lavender, rose, orange, bergamot, neroli and geranium. 

Trussardi Riflesso
An easy-to-wear Italian fragrance, Riflesso’s main notes are tonka bean, green apple, leather, violet leaves and lavender. Ideal for a man who doesn’t like woody fragrances, this is free of the woody base notes so often used in men’s fragrances. 

Guerlain Homme
A fresh and warm fragrance, Guerlain Homme consists of spicy mint, lime and rum notes layered over a floral, cedar and vetiver base. Warm and soft from day to night.


Sensitive Dad

Not all men want to smell stereotypically masculine and musky. In fact, many of them would much prefer lighter, floral notes offset against a fragrant wood such as cedar or oak. Finding a well-balanced fragrance for the sensitive man can be like finding a needle in a haystack – but we’ve narrowed down our favourites.

Evody Parfums Rêve D’Anthala
Inspired by Madagascan beaches, Rêve D’Anthala is a sweet, sensual unisex fragrance. Orchid, caramel, vanilla and amberwood provide the warmth, while petitgrain and yellow mandarin keep it fresh. You’ll be wanting to steal this one for yourself!

Escentric Molecules Molecule 01
An incredibly popular unisex fragrance, Molecule 01 is a tad difficult to describe! It’s categorised as a Woody Floral Musk, but only contains one note: Iso E Super. This synthetic compound is clean, light and airy and smells slightly different depending on the wearer.

Miller Harris Lumière Dorée
A unisex fragrance, Lumière Dorée is floral without being sweet. Neroli, bitter orange and petitgrain hit you first, with amber, vetiver, white musk and cashmere wood rounding off the base.   


Intrepid Dad

When he’s not planning to climb up the nearest mountain, he’s researching destinations abroad. The Intrepid Dad appreciates global cuisines, cultures and the varied sights, sounds and smells that he experiences along the way. With interesting notes not found in run-of-the-mill fragrances, the following options are perfectly suited.

Montblanc Explorer
Not only does Montblanc Explorer smell fantastic, but the bottle is absolutely gorgeous too. Bergamot and pink pepper take the top notes, while leather, ambroxan and akigalawood anchor the fragrance.

Paco Rabanne Invictus Aqua
The perfect fragrance for Spring/Summer, Invictus Aqua is a reimagined version of the popular 2016 edition of the same name. Drawing inspiration from both land and sea, Invictus Aqua has dominant violet, grapefruit, violet leaf and sea notes, with a thoroughly woody base.

Davidoff Adventure
Exotic and spicy, Davidoff Adventure is inspired by the wilderness. With notes of pimento, black pepper, vetiver, cedar and sesame, it wouldn’t be out of place on a lumberjack (in a good way).


Classic Dad

For older gents or men who don’t often experiment with their fragrance, finding a suitable gift can be a tad tricky. Instead of opting for anything too modern, stick with brands and fragrances that have stood the test of time. You won’t go wrong with any of the three following options.

Creed Aventus
An “old school” fragrance, Creed Aventus ranks highly in the most praised men’s perfumes on the market. Though classic, it’s far from boring, with prominent notes including pineapple, birch, musk, blackcurrant and oakmoss.

Versace The Dreamer
Another highly popular fragrance among those with refined tastes, The Dreamer by Versace balances floral and herbal notes. Iris, juniper, flax, lily and tarragon rest on a base of amber and tobacco blossom.

Yves Saint Laurent La Nuit de l’Homme
You can’t go wrong with Yves Saint Laurent, and La Nuit de l’Homme is no exception. A warm and spicy, powdery fragrance, cardamom is the first scent you’ll notice, followed by lavender, cedar, bergamot, caraway and vetiver.


Will you be treating someone special to a new fragrance this Father’s Day? Does it feature on our list? If not, let us know what you’re purchasing in the comments!

10 Of The Best Celebrity Perfumes

A right of passage for all top celebrities, releasing a fragrance cements their position in the hall of fame. Admittedly, some celebrity perfumes offer no more than a pretty bottle and named brand, but there are many more that have rightly earned their place as best sellers. In no particular order, here are 10 celebrity perfumes that we love:


Nude, Rihanna

The third fragrance by Rihanna, Nude is an easy-to-wear floral-fruity scent. Top notes of guava and pear are offset against white floral mid-notes, including gardenia and orange blossom. Base notes of musk, sandalwood and vanilla orchid round the fragrance off.


Promise, Jennifer Lopez

This new fragrance from Jennifer Lopez is sure to be a hit. The bottle is reminiscent of that Versace dress from the 2000 Grammy Awards, and wouldn’t look out of place among other luxury fragrances. Promise starts with fruity pineapple, Italian orange and Sicilian lemon, and is balanced with peony, violet, caramel and tonka bean. Good enough to eat!


Thank U Next, Ariana Grande 

New in from Ariana Grande, Thank U Next is the epitome of a pretty-in-pink fragrance. If you love fruity-floral perfumes but aren’t a fan of the heavier woody scents that they so often contain, you’re in for a treat. This simple yet effective fragrance contains only six notes: raspberry, pear, pink rose, coconut, musk and macarons. This is a perfect scent for Spring/Summer.


Christina Aguilera, Christina Aguilera

A sensual, sophisticated scent, Christina Aguilera’s self-titled perfume isn’t as “young” as others on our list. Blackcurrant and plum are paired with peony and jasmine, while base notes of vanilla and musk balance the fruity-floral fragrance.


Love and White Diamonds, Elizabeth Taylor 

If you’re looking for a perfume that is floral without being too sweet, you have to try Love and White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor. Neroli and petitgrain offer a green, floral introduction, quickly followed by Turkish rose, tuberose and gardenia. Base notes of cedar, sandalwood and musk add staying power and ground the fragrance.


Stash Prive, Sarah Jessica Parker 

New in, Stash Prive is an updated version of SJP’s popular Stash perfume. Inspired by her time in Moscow, this ultra-clean fragrance leads with top notes of quince, grapefruit and pink pepper. Sage and orange blossom follow as mid-notes, and aromatic woods of birch and Haitian vetiver create the base. 


Signature, Shawn Mendes 

A unisex scent that leans toward the feminine, Signature by Shawn Mendes is soft and sweet without being cloying. Of the nine notes, the easiest to pick out are dulce de leche, maple sap and pineapple. For a similarly unisex scent which is slightly more masculine, give Signature II a try.


Midnight Fantasy, Britney Spears 

An oldy but a goody, Midnight Fantasy was released in 2007 to the excitement of millions of teenage girls. Perhaps surprisingly, this perfume outdid all expectations, becoming a top-seller which is still loved today. While the bottle won’t be winning any awards, the fragrance is top-notch, with notes of sour cherry and plum balancing freesia, iris, orchid and amber.


Meow, Katy Perry

Another bottle that is best suited for deep at the back of a drawer, Meow by Katy Perry is a great example of why not to judge a book by its cover. A sweet, cosy scent, the takeaway notes are vanilla, pear, tangerine and amber. White florals in the form of gardenia, honeysuckle and jasmine add sophistication.


Heat, Beyonce

Last but certainly not least is Heat by Beyonce. A warm, heady fragrance suited to evenings and cooler days and not for wallflowers. Of this decadent perfume, the standout notes are peach, almond, orchid and macarons, with a base of tonka bean, amber and sequoia.


With so many impressive celebrity perfumes on the market, there’s never been a better time to try one. Which of our list has piqued your interest? View the full range of celebrity perfumes here.

USA Beauty

Sparkling smiles and suntanned skin are the epitome of the American aesthetic, and are easily achieved with just a few simple tips.

Is it just us, or have you noticed that even everyday, average Americans seem to be, on-the-whole, a pretty attractive bunch? White teeth, healthy skin, bouncy hair – it’s as if they just roll out of bed looking fabulous. 

Well, that I-just-woke-up-like-this look is no accident. With an abundance of inspiration in the form of the annual Awards Season, US-Beauty takes its lead from the Oscars and Grammys, and from the many fashionable actresses, models and musicians that call the US home. 

Here’s everything you need to know to nail the look.


Skincare 

The Californian surfer vibe was synonymous with how most of the world saw Americans for decades. Carefree, bronzed and athletic, it was a look that much of the western world wanted to replicate. 

Traditionally, the best way to go about achieving this was by baking in the sun, allowing nature to do its work and providing an all-over tan. Considering many Americans spend plenty of time outdoors socialising and playing sports, the bronzed look has never been difficult to achieve, but it doesn’t come without its risks.

While a high SPF sunscreen is a staple in many countries, in the US less than 30% of women use it regularly. As sun protection isn’t the norm, fine lines and wrinkles are more of an issue, which is one reason that anti-ageing creams are such a popular product. However, a growing number of women, particularly those of the younger generations, are now turning to skin-safe alternatives, such as bronzers and self-tanning products. This allows them to achieve that same healthy, sun-kissed look, without the risk of skin damage or premature ageing.

When it comes to keeping skin looking hydrated and plump, it’s all about easy all-in-one products that offer bang for their buck. American brands have created fantastic skincare solutions, such as Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, or Olay with their world-famous Total Effects cream, a beauty staple that moisturises, evens skin tone, smoothes lines, minimises pores and restores firmness. Or, for women who prefer skin products dedicated to specific skin concerns, Clinique is also a well-loved choice.


America, The Home of Makeup

Boasting quality homegrown brands such as M.A.C and Estée Lauder, it’s hardly a surprise that makeup plays a huge role in most women’s daily routines. In fact, most women will wear makeup of some description daily, whether inside the house or out. 

After a primer is applied to create a smooth base, concealer is applied to hide imperfections. Multi-award-winning Estée Lauder Double-Wear Concealer is perfect for covering even the most stubborn redness or dark circles. Next, a foundation or CC cream offers an even, glowing complexion.

Mascara and hydrating lip balm are at the centre of any US-Beauty makeup look, providing the subtle beauty that many women opt for as a daily look. However, eyeshadow palettes are also making huge waves in the US-Beauty industry and come in every colour of the rainbow. If ever there was a time to go bold with colour, this is it!

Another makeup trend that American women are embracing, following the lead of glamorous socialites, is the use of contouring to define the cheekbones and sculpt the face. Originally used in Hollywood to give depth to the face when filming, contouring experienced a revival in the 90s on the supermodel scene, before becoming amongst online makeup content creators and the likes of the Kardashians. 

While it can take some practice to get right, contouring can revolutionise your makeup game. Highlighter is applied to the parts of the face that the sun touches, such as the tip and bridge of the nose, the cheekbones and chin. Meanwhile, a darker contouring powder is used to create the illusion of shadow under the cheekbones, under the jawline and around the hairline. The end result is a more defined face that has shape in all the right places. To start experimenting with contouring at home, try a highlighter by BECCA, experts in all things contouring.


Shiny, Healthy Hair

Whether complementing full makeup or contrasting a simple look, having bouncy, shiny hair is the perfect accompaniment. Americans prefer volume and body over sleek locks, and achieve this by choosing the right products for their hair type. 

Volumising shampoo and conditioner ensure hair has plenty of natural movement, while a protecting serum coats the hair, ready for styling. Blow drying is part and parcel of normal US-Beauty haircare, and results in full, straight hair that can either be curled or further styled.

And of course, no article on US-Beauty would be complete without mentioning the importance of hair colour for those who want to maintain a youthful appearance and cover areas of greying hair. Revlon Professional, Bumble and Bumble, Redken and Keratherapy being just a few of the popular American brands we stock here at allbeauty. 


Say Cheese!

A straight, white smile is an aesthetic prized in US-Beauty, with American’s taking their dental hygiene seriously. Brushing, flossing and using mouthwash twice per day is standard practice, while regular dental appointments and braces are also par for the course – and it doesn’t end there! At-home whitening treatments and brightening toothpaste are essential for removing any staining and to maintain a bright smile.


Perfume 

Although Americans don’t cherish perfume to the same extent as France, they still produce some of the world’s best fragrances. Amongst their top name perfume brands are world-renowned fashion designers including:

Calvin Klein

• Dolce & Gabbana

• Elizabeth Arden

• Marc Jacobs

• Estée Lauder

• Vera Wang

• Tommy Hilfiger

• Tom Ford

Of our top-selling fragrances, Marc Jacobs Decadence, Elizabeth Arden Red Door, Clinique Aromatics Elixir and Calvin Klein Eternity Moment rank in the Top 10. Meanwhile, celebrity fragrances are also increasing in demand amongst American women, with Britney Spears, Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian all having their own highly popular lines of perfume.

You can view the full range of best-selling fragrances our customers love here.


We think you’ll agree that achieving the fresh-face and bright smile that are synonymous with US-Beauty are achievable even for those of us across the pond. Will you be incorporating any of these tips, techniques or products into your routine? Let us know what you’ll be trying!

Spring Fragrance Guide: Perfume Notes

As we enter SS20, it’s time to retire the heavy, warm fragrances of winter and turn to something that puts a hop in our step. At allbeauty, we stock thousands of decadent perfumes, and we know that narrowing down your options to a shortlist can be a tricky task! So, to help put you one step closer to finding your perfect signature scent, we’ve created this Spring Fragrance notes guide.


Choosing a Perfume Group

Entire collections of books have been written about the different olfactory groups, and many authorities have their own classification of subgroups, but we’ll endeavour to keep this as simple as possible! In general, there are four main perfume groups; floral, fresh, woody and oriental. For a Spring scent, we recommend opting for either floral or fresh and looking for additional woody base notes if you want a more masculine scent.

From here, we can look at subgroups to further narrow down the genre of fragrance. This will help to determine the notes you’re looking for in your perfume.


Refining Your Selection

Each scent family can be split down into more specific categories, some of which are heavier and some lighter. Lighter fragrances are best for Spring; so take a look at the description of each to see which appeals to you the most.


Floral 

Nothing quite says “spring” like the smell of freshly cut flowers. Floral perfumes are the core group when it comes to fragrances for this time of year.
Common notes: rose, jasmine, peony, hyacinth

Our Favourite: In Love Again by YSL

Another combination of fruit and floral, In Love Again has mandarin and blackcurrant top notes, peony and rose mid notes and a base of musk and blackberry. Good enough to eat!

Shop all our Floral Fragrances from just £9.25


Fruity

Adding a sweet twist to traditional floral fragrances, fruity florals are a great choice for anyone looking for a refreshing, light perfume.
Common notes: apple, pear, peach, melon

Our Favourite: J’Adore Injoy by Dior

A fruity floral, Dior J’Adore Injoy has a top note of gourmet salt ‘Fleur de Sel’, mid notes of sambac jasmine, neroli, tuberose and ylang-ylang, and a base of ripe peaches. A delectable scent that will see you through the warm months.

Shop all our Fruity Fragrances from just £7.95


Citrus

Ideal for Spring, the citrus subgroup is zesty and tangy, ranging from sweeter notes of mandarin to earthier bergamot.
Common notes: lemon, orange, grapefruit, bergamot, mandarin

Our Favourite: CK One by Calvin Klein

The epitome of a unisex Spring fragrance, CK One combines green and citrus notes to create an award-winning perfume. Top notes include pineapple, papaya and bergamot, middle notes include jasmine, freesia and violet, while at its base are oakmoss, green tea and sandalwood.

Shop all our Citrus Fragrances from just £15.00


Once you’ve narrowed down the subgroup you’re looking for, you’ll be ready to start the hunt for your ideal Spring fragrance. 

Valentine’s Day Gift Giving SOS Guide

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a national institution. At allbeauty, we’re fairly unanimous in that it’s a nice way to break up the winter doldrums and inject some excitement into what would otherwise be the long slog between Christmas and Easter. 

But, and there is a but, we know that for many people Valentine’s Day can bring with it a fair amount of hair-pulling. The panic shopping that occurs over those 24 hours is a sight to be seen. Ideally from a great distance. If you would rather be shot with an arrow than find yourself desperately trying to rip the price tag off the last bouquet of petrol station flowers, this Gift Giving SOS Guide is for you.


The Newly Besotted

You’re in a new relationship and want to buy your special someone a gift, but don’t know them well enough to narrow down your gift options? We hear you. A gift set may seem like a safe choice, but if chosen well, can be incredibly romantic. Scented shower gels and indulgent lotions can make for an ideal night in for two!

 

For Him

With scents such as Fireside and Whisky and Water, the Noble Isle Warm Cocoon Gift Set is the perfect gift for the new man in your life. Containing three luxury shower gels, he can smell great whether at home, the gym, or staying at your place.

Noble Isle Gift Set
Warm & Spicy Bath and Shower Trio – 3 x 75ml

Our Price: £20.00

 

For Her

Presented in a beautiful gift box, The Ritual of Ayurveda Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set contains four products to balance mind, body and soul. Enriched with sweet almond oil and Indian rose, it offers the ultimate aromatic experience.

Rituals – The Ritual of Ayurveda
Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set
RRP £69.90

Our Price: £62.90


Are We, Aren’t We?

 

If you’re on that awkward middle ground of not knowing whether you’re ‘a thing’ or not, buying Valentine’s gifts can send you into a tailspin.

For Him

Acqua Di Parma
Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream 125g
RRP £46.00

Our Price: £34.95

For Her

Dior Rouge – Dior Couture Colour
999 Celebrity Red 3.5g
RRP £30.00

Our Price: £27.00


No Gifts This Year…

How many times has this one caught you out? One of you declares that you won’t be buying gifts this year, only to blindside you with something at the last minute. Don’t get caught out this Valentine’s Day, have a little something on standby. The best part? These gifts won’t cost the earth and can easily be gifted later in the year on the off chance your other half stays true to their declaration.

 

For Him

Keep it simple with this beautifully presented set of toiletries by Rituals. The Ritual of Samurai Invigorating Medium Gift Set includes everything he needs to look and smell fabulous for a weekend away, so you could even pair it with the promise of a city break if he really pushes the boat out on your surprise gift this Valentine’s.
Rituals – The Ritual of Samurai
Invigorating Ritual Medium Gift Set
RRP £29.90

Our Price: £26.90

 

For Her

From french beauty giant L’Occitane comes the Collection Voyage, including travel-sized versions of eight of their top-selling products. Rich in ingredients such as shea butter and almond oil, you can buy this with confidence that whatever her skin type, it will be well received.

L’Occitane GIfts
Collection Voyage
RRP £24.00

Our Price: £21.60


Time To Up The Ante

Are you ready to push the boat out on a luxury gift this Valentine’s Day? There’s no better way to say “I Love You” than with the perfect fragrance. But how do you choose from the thousands of options available? While buying a tried and true favourite is a safe option, why not surprise your significant other with one of these top picks?

 

For Him

Winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, Fragrance Foundation Award and GQ Grooming Award, Tom Ford Fabulous Eau de Parfum is an ideal gift for the discerning gent. Combining the deep scent of leather with notes of lavender, vanilla and almond, this fragrance is sure to be a new favourite.
Tom Ford Fabulous
Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £218.00

Our Price: £185.30

For Her

Designed for the strong, contemporary woman, Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum is a feast for the senses. From its couture bottle to its effortless combination of floral, aromatic and citrus, it’s no surprise that this perfume has gained a cult following. 

Yves Saint Laurent
Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £78.00

Our Price: £66.00


Treat Yourself

Whilst buying gifts for others is rewarding, why not treat yourself to a new signature fragrance at the same time? The new fragrance Daisy Daze Eau de Toilette by Marc Jacobs is the perfect way to gift yourself this Valentines Day!

Marc Jacobs Daisy Daze
Eau de Toilette Spray 50ml
RRP £59.00

Our Price: £50.15


To shop all of our incredible Valentine’s Day gifts, visit allbeauty.com or click the image below.  Happy Valentine’s Day, love allbeauty!

How To: Get Date Night Ready

Whether you’re new to a relationship or are trying to bring some romance back into your life, adding date night as a regular fixture in your calendar is a must. But if you’re anything like us, the pressure of getting all dolled up for a meal out with the other half can seem like more effort than it’s worth.

And it’s not just married date night grinches that find the build-up overwhelming. If you’re newly dating, the pressure to look just right, not too overdressed, not too casual, is a minefield.

Here’s a handy guide to getting date night ready with just a few easy tips. 


1. “Be prepared”

Those boy scouts are onto a good thing with this handy motto. If you know it’s date night, leave yourself time to get ready. There is nothing worse than sweatily trying to apply eyeliner as your Uber waits outside. For bonus points, try to get to bed early the night before so you don’t find yourself dozing during the dessert course. A relaxing fragrance, like the Pillow Spray from ThisWorks, can be a great help for encouraging sleep.


2. Defuzz, or don’t

If you play your cards right, date night could easily become date morning. With this in mind it’s worth a last minute defuzz, if that’s the way you usually roll. Whether you epilate, shave or wax, avoid any unwelcome razor rash by applying a good quality moisturiser to the skin post-treatment. Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter is one fantastic choice.

Au naturale? You’re good to go!


3. Keep your makeup simple

First of all, let me preface this by saying if you enjoy putting on a full face of makeup before you go out, you do you girl! We are not here to tell you the ‘right’ way to get ready for date night, simply how to make the whole process as easy and breezy as possible.

With that in mind,  keeping your makeup simple is a great choice. A good mascara and bright lip (preferably kiss-proof) can go a long way, and take seconds to apply. Unless you have time to kill, date night is not the time to experiment with new eyeshadow techniques or to try out contouring. Play it safe, keep it simple and stay you,  your last-minute jitters will thank you. 


4. Let your crown shine

Your hair is your crowning glory, make sure it’s looked after. Again, simplicity is key on date night, particularly if you have a small window to get ready in. A quick squirt of antifrizz or volumising spray will ensure you look great the whole night through, finished with a shot of setting hairspray depending on whether you plan on breaking some moves on the dance floor.


5. Pack the essentials

Finding the balance when it comes to packing a handbag is an intricate art that can take decades to master. However, a few tips for date night: you probably don’t need your entire purse complete with 4 different coffee rewards cards, but you probably do need gum (because garlic bread shouldn’t stand between you and your sweetheart), that new lipstick, your phone, and, ahem, any relevant protection, aka umbrella.


6. Treat every sense

We’ve saved this one until last because it’s too often forgotten. Smell is an incredibly powerful sense but can often be overlooked when it comes to romance. Before you head out the door, make sure you smell great, but don’t overdo it. When it comes to perfume, less is more. Which fragrance is best for date night? One that fills you with confidence. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our list of favourites below, shop all our fragrance by clicking here or try our fragrance finder to help you be date night ready.

Stella McCartney Stella
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml
RRP £78.00 (Save 53%)

Our Price: £36.95
Jimmy Choo
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml
RRP £79.00 (Save 51%)

Our Price: £38.75
Calvin Klein CK One
Eau de Toilette Spray 200ml
RRP £59.00 (Save 56%)

Our Price: £25.95
Cerruti 1881 Pour Femme
Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml
RRP £52.00 (Save 58%)

Our Price: £21.95


While all of our tips will hep you be prepared for the big day the most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself! To shop all of our Valentines Day products click the image below or go to allbeauty.com.

Living With Rosacea

If you suffer from rosacea, the chances are that you’ve already spent hours of your life researching everything you can about how to avoid flares and know more about the quirks of your particular variety of rosacea than your own GP does. If this is the case, feel free to skip to the next section.

However, if you’ve recently been diagnosed, or are trying to support a loved one with the condition, it’s helpful to have an overview of what rosacea is and how it can best be dealt with.

Rosacea is a common skin condition which is still poorly understood. It can come and go, with “flushing” being spread across the cheeks, forehead and chin, generally avoiding the eye and mouth area. It can also result in a stinging sensation, spots, visible blood vessels and/or permanent redness. 

While we don’t know what causes rosacea, there are triggers which have been identified as making a flare more likely. They are:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sun exposure
  • Spicy foods
  • Hot drinks
  • Hot/cold weather

Living With Rosacea

There are a few things you can do to make living with rosacea more manageable. First of all, avoid the factors which trigger flare-ups. If you haven’t yet identified what your triggers are, keep a diary for a few weeks to help spot patterns – it’s mundane, but it can be incredibly helpful at pinpointing which events most upset your skin.

Woman writing in diary - Rosacea

Next, make sure you’re protecting your skin from the sun by using a sunscreen of at least SPF30. Even on cloudy days, the sun’s rays may harm your skin, so it’s best to get into the routine of wearing an SPF daily to completely eliminate the risk. You can find many sun-protection products which have been specifically designed for sensitive skin and redness, such as Uriage’s SPF30 Eau Thermale Anti-Redness Cream.

Being gentle with your skin is key when it comes to rosacea, whether that means protecting it from the elements or using ultra-mild cleansers. Men may also find that using an electric razor rather than a blade is less irritating for the skin.


How To Deal With Rosacea (Without Making It Worse)

When flares do happen, it can be tempting to reach for the heavy artillery, but dermatologists recommend avoiding steroid cream unless you’ve been instructed to use it by your doctor. While steroids are wonderful for targeting inflammation, they can thin your skin, which can ultimately make your rosacea worse, so they must be used only as needed. 

If you want to use make-up to camouflage your rosacea, dermatologists also advise that you avoid anything water-proof or oil-based. Instead, opt for water-based skincare products where possible. We highlight some of the best options further below in the blog.

If your rosacea is proving particularly challenging and is significantly affecting your day-to-day life or mental health, there are other options you may wish to explore. UK based charity, Changing Faces, helps people with a range of conditions related to their physical appearance and can provide camouflage makeup to rosacea sufferers. If you’d like to explore this service you’ll need a referral, so make an appointment with your GP to discuss this further. 


Clinical Treatments for Rosacea

While there isn’t any cure for rosacea, many people find that clinical intervention can help to control their condition or reduce the occurrence of flare-ups. 

Prescription gels and creams are available from your GP or dermatologist. These are applied directly to the affected area to lessen redness and spots.

Female doctor speaking to red haired patient - Rosacea

Oral medications can also be prescribed by your medical professional, such as antibiotics. These are usually only used for severe rosacea over a short period of time.   

Alternative procedures such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser treatment have been found to help some sufferers of rosacea. These treatments are offered privately at many cosmetic clinics without a referral.


Rosacea and Blepharitis

It’s incredibly common for people who suffer from skin inflammation, such as rosacea and eczema to periodically develop blepharitis too. Blepharitis can come and go and is characterised by itchy, sore, red eyelids and flakes along your lash line. 

The good news is that blepharitis is much easier to get rid of than rosacea. Wash your eyelids each day using a warm, wet flannel. It can help to leave the flannel on your eyes for 10 minutes to loosen up and flakes and then massage the skin around your lashes to remove the buildup. By doing this frequently, your eyes will soon be clear. 


The Best Skincare Routine for Rosacea

As we’ve mentioned before, the most important factor when it comes to dealing with rosacea is a ‘softly softly’ approach. It doesn’t take much to irritate rosacea-prone skin, so opt for gentle products wherever possible.

Cleansing

We recommend cleansing your skin twice daily using a gentle, soap-free cleanser. Look for cleansers which have a neutral pH, and avoid anything that lists fragrances or alcohol among its ingredients*. A suitable example is the Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water, or if you prefer a slightly creamier cleanser, the Manuka Doctor Anti-Redness Cream Cleanser is another great option.

 

Darphin Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water - Rosacea

After cleansing, rinse your face with warm water and pat dry, ensuring the skin is completely dry before applying any topical medications. 

While we recommend avoiding the use of toners for rosacea-prone skin, you should particularly be wary of any which contain astringent ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate, lanolin, witch hazel, menthol, camphor, peppermint and clove oil. 

*Some alcohols are not drying, but are instead used to stop products from separating, such as cetearyl alcohol.

 

Moisturising

If your skin feels tight or sore, using a moisturiser can provide much-needed relief. Choose a product which is targeted at sensitive skin; it will usually be noted as being fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Simply being ‘dermatologically-tested’ won’t cut it for skin that is prone to rosacea.

We recommend the 100% natural Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil which contains a host of nourishing oils and has been formulated specifically for sensitive, reactive and dry skin. You may also want to pair this with a heavier cream on top, such as Dermaskin from Salcura’s Bioskin range. Containing Omega’s 3 and 6, as well as Vitamin C, E and a combination of natural oils, Dermaskin gives skin a rich protective base. 

 

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil - Rosacea

 

Night-time Moisturising

At night, you may wish to pair your Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil with something even heavier, to work on repairing your skin as you sleep. Love CBD Balm is a thick base of shea and coconut butter, infused with grapeseed oil, rosemary and CBD oil. Making waves in the scientific community for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is one of the fastest-growing ingredients in skincare. 

 

Balance Me Rose Otto Face Oil and Love CBD balm - Rosacea

 

Make-Up For Rosacea

When it comes to choosing a foundation to cover your rosacea there are a few key features to look for. A good foundation needs to have the ability to build layers – this will allow you to get the right coverage without that full-face ‘caked’ look. Your foundation should also have ingredients that actively help your rosacea, not just cover it up. It should also be free of any potential irritants to ensure it doesn’t do more harm than good. 

A few of our favourite foundations that tick all the above boxes are:

Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation SPF15 has been designed by skincare experts to reduce redness while using probiotic technology to enhance skin health. Not only does it give great coverage, its formulation actually helps to improve the appearance of your rosacea from the inside out.  

 

Clinique Redness Solutions Foundation SPF15 - Rosacea

 

Using a combination of minerals and pigments, Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum SPF30’s ‘one-tone’ foundation is buildable with a semi-matte finish. The neuropeptides contained in the product can help with inflammation, while the SPF30 will give you total peace of mind. 

Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation Serum SPF30 - Rosacea

 

If you prefer a truly natural foundation, bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15 may be just the product for you. This original formula uses just five minerals to give buildable coverage in a wide range of colours. 

bareMinerals Original Foundation SPF15 - Rosacea

 

Have you had success with any of the products on our list? Or perhaps you swear by something we haven’t listed? Let other readers know your top tips for dealing with rosacea in the comments below.


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