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Japanese Self Care for your Hair: With Shu Uemura Art of Hair

The Ultimate Night In, inspired by Japanese traditions

Having a pampering session is great for helping you relax and unwind, now more than ever it is important to look after yourself and practice self-care. This could be settling in with your new favourite binge-worthy TV show, pouring yourself a cup of tea or putting on a hair-mask. Or why not do all three at once?

Practices of self-care have been ingrained into Japanese culture for centuries. Harmony remains a guiding philosophy in Japan for all aspects of life and is thought to lead to a healthy, happy life. They believe in an integral mind-body connection, taking the time to care for the external will help renew and energise the internal.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair is no different. The Japanese professional haircare and styling brand is dedicated to the artistry of hair, rooted in the creative vision of its founder Shu Uemura, the Japanese master of contemporary beauty. Their hair products are developed combining science and precious natural ingredients, each with a unique formulation suited to your hair type to give it the care it needs. Let’s take a look at how you can restore harmony and balance to your hair through practicing self-care at a time when it’s so important to explore our own well-being and happiness.

Elevate your self-care routine with our healthy-hair solutions for different hair types, whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours. Treat your hair to a spa day with these at-home hair masks and hair treatments that are sure to give your tresses the little bit of extra love that they deserve.


Top Products

Here are our favourite Shu Uemura Art of Hair masques for every hair condition:

Ultimate Reset: For extremely damaged hair

Repair and restore very damaged hair that has undergone frequent bleaching, colouring or heat styling. The intensive hair treatment fortifies the hair fibre from the roots to the tips, promoting stronger, softer tresses. The formula also helps to minimize hair breakage and split ends leaving the hair feeling soft, strengthened, and manageable. Containing Japanese sourced rice extract, which is enriched with minerals, antioxidants, and B and E vitamins. Referred to as “nuka biji”, or “beautiful by the rice” Japanese women cherish rice’s ability to hydrate and protect the hair. 

The result? Damaged hair is stronger, feeling revived and totally renewed.

Colour Lustre: For coloured hair

Instantly restore the hair’s protective layer to delicately preserve hair colour and deeply nourish the hair fibre leaving deeply conditioned, vibrant, shiny hair. Infused with Musk Rose Oil, known for its healing properties, the oil is rich in fatty acids that deeply nourish and strengthen the hair. The formula is also power-packed with antioxidant-rich Goji Berry extract to protect the hair from fading. 

The result? Soft, shiny, intensely conditioned locks that look like you have just left the salon.

*Pro-Tip*

While masks only need 5-10 minutes to do the trick, try leaving them on for a longer amount of time (30-60 min) in order to enhance the results even more!

Urban Moisture: For dry hair

Add intense nourishment and hydration to parched strands. The lightweight formula enters the hair fibre to soften and smooth while protecting against future dryness. Recommended for normal to thick hair, the hair masque leaves dry hair tamed, detangled, and shiny with a healthy glow. 

The result? Intensely nourished and hydrated soft hair with a natural glow and shine.

Muroto Volume: For fine hair

Infuse hair with long-lasting volume, lightweight conditioning, a weightless lift and the nourishment of a deep conditioning hair treatment. It creates a re-balance of natural oils and leaves strands supple with a weightless finish. The hair fibre is fortified, protected against damage and is able to maintain bounce and movement. Enriched with Depsea water drawn from two-hundred meters beneath the seas of Japan, provides hair with ultimate purity and hydration.

The result? Lightweight locks with endless hydration and volume.

*Pro-Tip*

For extra nourishment, use the mask in replace of a conditioner after shampooing once a week.


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How to prolong your hair colour – with Pureology 

We have all asked ourselves the question, how long might it be until our next salon appointment? If you have been wondering how to keep your hair colour lasting longer until your next salon visit, wait no longer. 

From faded roots, to dull looking colour, Pureology has got your back! Maintain your hair colour vibrancy in between salon appointments with these top tips from Pureology expert hair educators.


Choose gentle cleansing formulas

Sulphates can be harsh on the hair and strip the hair causing colour fade. Opt for Zero sulphate products to keep your hair colour looking vibrant. Pureology, the #1 Professional Colour Care brand, uses products that are zero sulphate containing no nasties, using corn, coconut and sugar to gently cleanse the hair without stripping its colour.


Use a heat protectant

Regular use of heat tools without protection can damage the hair and affect its colour! By using a heat protectant with added colour protection you can maintain colour vibrancy, shine and healthy hair, leaving it looking and feeling better than ever. Try Pureology Pure Volume Style & Care Infusion, apply before blow drying for heat defense, touchable volume, body and discipline all at the same time.


Use hair masks and treatments

Keep your hair looking its best with a deep conditioning treatment to improve condition and colour vibrancy. Use a hair mask once a week so that your locks remain moisturised and hair colour stays bright. Try the Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Deep Conditioning Mask, infused with an exclusive AntiFade Complex, this moisturising hair mask from Pureology is 100% vegan and penetrates strands to instantly restore, protect and strengthen. If your hair feels damaged and broken, reach for Pureology Strength Cure Superfood mask, formulated with keravis, ceramide and arginine to heal and repair damage.


Styling is key

Missing that fresh out of the salon shine? Use styling tools that enhance shine to keep the hair colour looking its best. Using a shine serum on the hair before blow drying can help create that silky and glossy texture you have been missing. Try Pureology Shine Max to create a reflective shine on even the dullest hair.


If all else fails, switch up your style or experiment with your hair parting and accessories! 

Hair accessories are so on trend, and can enhance any hair look! Keep it colourful and experiment with different coloured hairbands or scrunchies for that 90s feel.

If hair accessories aren’t your thing, try changing your parting around, side parting, middle parting or even a zig-zag parting can really switch up your look.


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Hayfever Help!

If you’re reading this article, let me start by saying – solidarity. Nothing is quite as unfair as when the warmer weather and longer days bring with it a curse on the unlucky few. Puffy eyes, itchy skin, uncontrollable sneezing and a nose that drip, drip, drips for days on end – it’s torture! The good news is, the allbeauty team has a few tricks up our collective sleeve to make battling hayfever more manageable. 

Whether your allergies are triggered by grasses, pollens, or one of nature’s other little lovelies, relief is at hand with these top tips.


Create a barrier

The best way to stop hayfever from taking hold is to prevent the allergens from getting into your system in the first place. Airborne allergens like pollen affect your system by getting into your eyes and nose, leading to the body releasing histamines to fight them off. Unfortunately, for some people, these histamines go a little overboard, flooding the body with an inflammatory response which creates the symptoms we associate with hayfever. The best way to prevent this response is to keep the allergens from entering your system in the first place. 

One way to do this is to create a barrier by putting a layer of product around the inner rim of your nostrils and under your eyes. If it’s the right consistency, this will attract the airborne pollen and prevent it from getting into your body. While bog-standard Vaseline will do the trick, Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips is a more skin-friendly product and has 1001 other uses!


Hit the herbs

Nature, despite its inflammatory pollens and grasses, is pretty wonderful. In fact, there are a variety of natural compounds that can even be used to counteract allergic conditions like hayfever. 

The Organic Pharmacy Quercetin and Vitamin C Complex has been designed with allergy sufferers in mind, containing a combination of vitamins and herbs to holistically reduce symptoms. The recommended dose during hayfever season is 3 capsules daily, which contains natural inflammation fighters turmeric, nettle, elderflower, quercetin, bromelain and vitamin C.


Homoeopathy

While it isn’t for everyone, many people swear by the power of homoeopathy. Homoeopathy is an alternative treatment where highly diluted substances are introduced to the body in order for it to heal itself. 

Containing extracts of Allium cepa, Euphrasia Officinalis and Gelsemium sempervirens, Weleda Hayfever Relief is an oral spray that can be used for the symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis. Whether the results are due to placebo or the real deal, if it works, it works!


Pollen-proof your home

Having an allergen-free oasis can make a world of difference during hayfever season, so take steps to create a pollen-free zone in your home. Dry your clothes indoors where possible and change into a clean outfit when getting home for the day – this will stop pollen from hitching a ride indoors on your clothing. Invest in a good air filter, which will be one of those purchases you’ll be grateful you made year after year. I can personally recommend the Vax AP01 Air Purifier for a small space, but other options are available!

Another great way to keep allergens out of your home is to keep your windows closed. You might miss out on that Spring breeze, but you’ll thank yourself for it when your allergies aren’t running amok. And to make yourself feel better about losing out on the breeze, treat yourself to something equally fragrant. The Neom Calm and Relax range is available in a diffuser, candles and an essential oil blend and not only does it smell great, but it helps with hayfever symptoms too!


#alltheantihistamines

Yes, yes, we all want to pursue the most natural option and avoid having to hit the pharmacy shelves, but sometimes you have to bring in the big guns. When all else fails, antihistamines can provide some much-needed relief. It’s worth noting that there are a few types of antihistamines, all which work differently. 

Cetirizine and Loratadine are available over-the-counter and are both non-drowsy antihistamines. They work by blocking the H1 receptor from intrusion by histamines, preventing an allergic reaction. Many people find one or the other works better for their symptoms, so it is worth trying each for a set period to find out which is the best fit for you.

Fexofenadine is generally considered a stronger antihistamine, but it is still a non-drowsy formulation. It can be purchased over-the-counter but is more expensive than other options. For those suffering from severe hayfever, it may also be available on prescription.

Antihistamine nasal spray and eye drops can also be great tools for controlling the symptoms of hayfever where they are at their most severe. 

Here are our Hayfever Help top picks.

Biotherm Homme
Aquapower Dynamic Hydration 75ml


Whatever options you try to get you through this hayfever season, we hope you find some relief from your symptoms and manage to enjoy the warmer, brighter weather. If you have a top tip that you’d love to share with our readers, leave it in the comments section below! Shop All Spring Beauty Now

Making The Most Of The Sunshine

We’ve all been treated to some unexpectedly fine weather of late, which has come as a very welcome addition to the millions of us who are stuck at home. If recent events have taught us anything, it’s to enjoy the little things in life that we too often take for granted. With that in mind, we’ve put together our top tips for making the most of the sunshine and enhancing your outdoor (and indoor) space to make it work for you.

Whether you’re a sun worshipper or prefer the shade, getting your daily dose of Vit D is great for both body and mind, but the key to enjoying the clear blue skies is being able to do it in comfort. Here’s how to create little spots of sunny heaven at home:

A Basking Spot

If you adore the sun, the chances are you’ve already located the perfect spot in your garden to soak up the rays. If not, now is the time! 

But please folks, don’t forget that the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. UV rays are one of the main causes of premature ageing, so before heading outdoors, make sure you’ve got all the right tools on hand to keep your skin safe while you’re sunbathing. Don’t hit your basking spot without a water bottle in hand, a hat on your head, and a good layer of SPF cream on both your body and your face

We also swear by the top trick of keeping a bottle of hydrating mist on hand, especially on those days that there’s no breeze. A quick shot of hydration helps to cool you down and puts some much-needed moisture back into the skin.

A Reading Nook

With longer days and nowhere to be, it’s the perfect time to start working your way through those unread books on your shelf, with a sunshine twist. Create a comfortable nook that becomes your go-to spot for reading, either a semi-shaded spot in the garden, or simply by moving an armchair near a south-facing window. You’ll not only get to soak up some sunshine, but also enjoy the perfect light levels for reading.

When you’ve got your head buried in a book, hours can easily fly by without you knowing it, so remember to protect the parts of your body that are being exposed to the sun. Wear an SPF designed for the face, concentrating on your nose and forehead where the sun hits. 

It’s also a great idea at this time of year to upgrade your lip balm to one that includes SPF, if it doesn’t already. We particularly love the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defence Stick – its a whopping SPF50 and is slightly larger than a lip balm as it’s designed to be used on other areas too, like your nose and ears.

Vino Corner

 Never has there been more need for a dedicated sunny spot for drinking wine (responsibly, of course). With everything going on in the world, you may be indulging in the sav blanc a little more often, so why not do it in style?

Scope out the part of your garden that gets the last of the afternoon/evening sun and designate it “vino corner” complete with comfy chairs and a small table for nibbles. In general, we don’t spend enough time outdoors, but dusk is a fantastic time to be in the garden, especially at this time of year. Enjoy the birdsong and stillness as you unwind with a chilled glass of something delicious.

But remember, while a glass of vino is great for relaxing at the end of a tense day, it does have a tendency to dry out your skin and increase redness. Make sure you’re including a night moisturiser and/or serum in your bedtime routine to keep the signs of ageing at bay. For bonus points, continue the vineyard theme by using a Caudalie product, like the Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil which contains nourishing grape seed oil.

Invest In Greenery

There’s something incredibly relaxing about getting stuck into gardening, whether you’re naturally green-fingered or not. Plants improve the look and feel of your outside space, and can provide everything from food to fragrance. 

In a previous blog, we delved into the ways gardening can reduce stress and enhance your mental health, but it also just makes your garden a much nicer place to be. Make the most of all that sun by adding some greenery into thoughtful spaces of your garden. Climbing sweet peas are easy to grow and smell amazing, injecting colour into boring spaces with their bright blooms. Or, start growing fruit on your patio, with cherries, raspberries and strawberries all being great options for even the smallest areas.

You’ll find some of the key items in your gardening toolkit in this blog, but the TLDR version is to make sure you’ve got a great hand soap, as you’ll be washing your hands even more than usual. The allbeauty favourite this week is Molton Brown Rhubarb Rose, it smells as good as it sounds!

Bring The Outside In

There’s no better way to celebrate the sunny weather than by improving your home’s indoor-outdoor flow. Doors can be thrown open to the garden, letting the smell of green grass and fresh blooms filter indoors. Windowsills can become suntraps for growing your own herbs, filling your kitchen with the aroma of fresh basil and rosemary. Your home will never smell so good!

Of course, not everyone has the time or inclination to grow plants indoors, or perhaps you suffer from seasonal allergies and are avoiding “bringing the outside in” at all costs! The good news is, you can still enjoy the scent of Spring without the plant or pollen factor. 

Whether you’re gardening or not, hand washing is a regular feature of everyone’s day, so opt for soaps infused with aromatics. Replace your boring kitchen hand wash with L’Occitane Shea Butter Citrus & Rosemary Duo, and in the bathroom, add a bar of Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin Soap

For added fragrance, use a diffuser in the main traffic area of your home. We love Noble Isle Willow Song which is a floaty green floral that blends rose petal, ivy and watermelon. If you have pollen allergies, we’d highly recommend trying Neom Organics Scent to Calm & Relax. Not only does it smell amazing – with notes of Moroccan blush rose, lime and black pepper – but it can also help to alleviate the symptoms of hayfever.


However you choose to celebrate the arrival of sunshine, allbeauty has got you covered. Discover the full Spring Beauty Edit.

Multi-Use Favourites That Don’t Cost The Earth

With the world in a spin, self-care is as important as ever, but many of us are having to tighten the purse strings and be more selective when it comes to making new purchases. If this applies to you, we know that you’ll be looking for products that offer value for money and pack a lot into a small package. Well, at allbeauty there is certainly no shortage of products that fit that description! Here is a selection of the best multi-use buys that offer the most bang for their buck:


Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

Don’t let the name put you off, this balm is for much more than just nipples and lips! In a handy, pocket-sized tube, Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips is a medical-grade, 100% natural product that can be used to smooth flyaways, prime skin, treat chapped lips, heal burns and abrasions, hydrate dry patches and of course, soothe sore nipples from breastfeeding. This is a must-have item for every home.


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

This multi-award-winning dry oil is a favourite in France, where women enjoy easy-use products that enhance their natural beauty. Containing 30% plant oils, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse has been formulated for use on the face, hair and body, repairing, hydrating and softening. The subtle natural shimmer brightens skin and hair, making you look fresher and more radiant in a single step.


Phyto Treatments Baobab Oil for Hair and Body

With a unique blend of some of nature’s most nourishing oils, including that of Africa’s ancient Baobab tree, Phyto Treatments offers another great all-round product for hair and body. Use as a hair treatment, a leave-in, a sun protectant, or rub into dry skin for instant hydration.


Neom Organics London Intensive Skin Treatment Candle

It’s a candle. It’s a nourishing skin treatment. It smells amazing. What’s not to love!?

Designed to be a fragrant addition to your pre-bedtime routine, the Neom Skin Treatment Candle contains a combination of six oils which are whipped together with 24 essential oils. After enjoying the scented candle, pour the melted oil onto your skin for the ultimate in indulgence.


Chi Olive Organics Hair and Body Conditioner

Unleash the nourishing powers of olive oil with Chi Olive Organics Hair and Body Conditioner. Your all-in-one shower companion, it can be used to condition your hair, locking in moisture and smoothing each strand, or apply to your body before rinsing for soft, supple skin.


Canabidol CBD Rescue Cream

Moisturising, healing and soothing, Canabidol CBD Rescue Cream is a must for all your skincare needs. Rich in fatty acids, the formula deeply hydrates the skin, while the combination of CBD and terpenes reduce inflammation and pain. Perfect for skin that is prone to dryness and sensitivity, or for those post-workout aches.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

When it comes to skincare, you can’t look beyond Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. The multi-award-winning skin cream has gained cult status thanks to its ultra-rich formulation which hydrates and protects skin for up to – you guessed it – eight hours. Use to deeply moisturise dry hands and feet, soothe chapped lips or even to shape brows and add shine to cheeks. It’s truly an all-in-one wonder cream.

Bonus: Like the concept of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream but looking for something a little lighter? You’ll love the Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil. With all the power of its predecessor, this lightweight oil makes a great alternative.


We’re sure you’ll agree, these products prove you can get the best of beauty, without it having to cost the earth.

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Family-Friendly Lockdown Activities

Undoubtedly one of the biggest disruptions to daily life during this pandemic is having children in the home while you try to balance working and your sanity. While older kids are a little more self-sufficient, keeping younger ones entertained is no easy task, especially if you’re trying to reduce the reliance on “screen time”. 

Well, the great news is that coming up with quality activities to do with your kids needn’t be complicated, and if you choose well, it might even be fun for all the family. We’ve compiled some of our favourite lockdown activities that get bonus points for being easy to set-up and effective. 

Mini-Manicures

Something as simple as applying nail polish can provide hours of entertainment for little ones. Cut out a hand shape from cardboard and let them practice applying polish to their “customer”. After they’ve honed their skills on cardboard, they may even be ready to try the real thing, giving mummy a DIY manicure (check out our new shades from Givenchy for an added treat).

Not only is this a fun activity, but kids will also be improving their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.

Hairdresser For A Day

Following the same theme of letting children explore “grown up” jobs, creating an in-home salon couldn’t be easier. Draw a head on a sheet of cardboard and thread wool through holes to create hair. Then, let your little one go wild with hair clips, bobbles, and even scissors (under supervision) to create their own follicular masterpiece!

Facials For Two

It’s never too early to teach children about the importance of self-care and mental wellbeing. While it can be hard convincing children to sit in one place for any amount of time, the intrigue of having a facial treatment is a great tool. While mummy and mini indulge in a bit of TLC, you can use the opportunity to practice mindfulness together, creating a quiet environment and listening to the sounds around you. 

When choosing a facial treatment, opt for a natural product for children’s skin, which will be gentler and better suited to sensitivity. Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm and Caudalie Moisturizing Mask are two perfect examples which use natural ingredients and nourishing oils to hydrate all skin types.

Ignite The Imagination

Kids love to use their imagination and creativity, which is why allowing them to play with makeup makes a great lockdown activity. Whether they create a smoky eye with elements of Bobo the clown, or channel their inner Joker courtesy of a red lip, kids love this take on face paint with “grown up” materials. 

Of course, it’s not ideal to encourage the kids to raid your makeup drawer, so consider helping them create their own mini-kit, complete with eyeshadow and lipstick. We love the Sleek Makeup i-Divine palette for an affordable, super-pigmented option.

Shaving Foam Paints

Last on our list is an activity that you’ll definitely want to do either outside, or in a wipe-clean environment. Kids (and adults) love to explore textures, which is why this recipe for shaving foam paint is so popular. Simply squirt some foam into each portion of a muffin tray, add a few drops of food colouring and stir to combine. If you don’t already have shaving foam in the house, snap up this Collistar bargain which is reduced to clear. 

Be warned, the foam paint will make a mess – one solution is to pop the kids in an empty bath for this activity, ready to wash mucky hands and bodies immediately afterwards.


And remember folks, we’re all just muddling through doing the best we can. Regardless of what your new normal looks like, you’re doing a great job. Stay home, stay safe, stay sane.

The Garden Guide

We don’t know about you, but having neglected our humble outdoor space for years, over the last few weeks it’s suddenly become a haven. With limited options and cabin fever setting in, time spent in the garden is quickly becoming the day’s highlight. 

Whether you have sprawling country grounds or a tower block balcony, tending a green patch is great for your mental wellbeing. If you’ve never dug your fingers into the soil before, now is a great time to start, and we’re here to help set you up for success.

Seasoned gardener? We may not be able to teach you anything you don’t already know, but we do have some essential items to add to your toolkit. 

Why Garden?

Need a little convincing that getting your hands dirty is worthwhile? We completely understand. For many of us, it’s only the uncertainty of the last few weeks that has made us realise how valuable growing your own fresh food could be. And as luck would have it, this is the perfect time of year to get started on your gardening journey.

Not only can gardening provide food for your family without having to venture to the supermarket, but it can also do wonders for your mental health. Nurturing something from seed to plant, connecting with the earth and letting go of ‘perfection’ is all part and parcel of becoming a gardener. 

“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn

Not green-fingered? Give gardening a try anyway. Best case scenario, you’ll end up with some beautiful homegrown fresh food. Worst case scenario, you’ll have spent more time outside in the fresh air and have a welcome distraction for a few weeks.

Gardening with Kids

If you have children at home, gardening is a great activity to involve them in. Allocate a special area that they’re in charge of, whether that’s a raised bed, or a paper cup on a windowsill – work with what you have. You’ll want to make sure you’re both equipped with sunhats and high SPF protection, as it’s easy to get so swept up in gardening you don’t notice how long you’ve been in the sunshine.

Gardening on a Budget

If gardening has never been your “thing” in the past, you’re probably hesitant to throw money at this potential new hobby – we get it. But it’s entirely possible to garden on a budget, using no additional materials than what you already have lying around. Take the seeds from your supermarket fruit and vegetables, keep them damp by placing them on wet cotton wool or a paper towel and pop them in a sunny spot to germinate.

Gardening Skincare Toolkit

The one downside to gardening is the battering your hands will take. Dirt pulls moisture from your skin, so between spending time handling soil and all the extra washing, your hands might take a beating. That’s where we come in.

1) Choose the right hand wash

When it comes to washing the soil from your hands, choosing the correct hand soap can make a big difference to your skin. Opt for an exfoliating variety to cut down the amount of time it takes to get your hands clean and remove every last trace of dirt. 

One of our favourite soaps for gardening is Cowshed Restore Exfoliating Hand Wash. Fine grains of pumice uncover smooth, clean skin, while the sweet orange and peppermint oils bring the fresh fragrance of the garden into your home.

2) Lock in the moisture

If 2020 has shown us anything, it’s that the only thing as important as hand washing is following up with lotion. Owners of dry, chapped hands around the world are currently nodding their heads in agreement. Placing a pump bottle of hand lotion in your bathroom will ensure you remember to put some much-needed moisture back into your hands after washing. 

By now, you’ve probably already discovered our range of hand lotions, but if you’re still on the hunt, here are a few of our favourites:

3) Protect and maintain skin health

Regular maintenance is the best way to prevent chapped, cracked hands. One way to do this is by giving your hands a little boost as and when needed. If you find your hands are getting a little rough, use L’Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub once or twice a week to buff away calluses. It gently exfoliates with shea nut husks, and replaces moisturise with a combination of shea butter and apricot oil.

If your hands are particularly dry from gardening, it’s also worth investing in occasional hand treatments. Before bed, slather on a good layer of a thick, nourishing cream like Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Cream or Weleda Skin Food. Getting to work as you sleep, both deeply hydrate your skin with a unique blend of nourishing ingredients.

4) Deal with any niggles as they appear

If all the extra kneeling and bending is taking a toll on your joints, nip those twinges in the bud straight away. A small ache can lead to other muscles overcompensating and create a wider issue, so if you start to feel pain, treat it at the source. The Organic Pharmacy Capsicum, Devil’s Claw & Ginger Cream uses natural ingredients to provide warming, nourishing relief from joint pain and smells amazing. Or, try new Cubid CBD Rejuvenate Stay Active Cream which reduces inflammation on a cellular level.


Gardening has always been an English pastime, and there’s no time like the present to become a part of the movement. We’d love to see snaps of your home garden, tag us on Instagram @allbeautyhq

South American Beauty

Get ready for carnival with these little-known ingredients and beauty secrets, straight from the rainforests of South America.

What do Sofia Vergara, Shakira and Gisele Bündchen all have in common – other than being drop-dead gorgeous? They all hail from South America. A continent rich in diversity, it encompasses twelve countries and an additional two territories, each with its own unique culture, traditions and of course, beauty secrets. 

We’ve collated the best of these tips into one handy place, so you can discover what elements of a beauty routine are most important to women in South America, and what ingredients they use to get that gorgeous Amazonian look.


Natural Ingredients

Whether in bustling Rio de Janeiro or in rural Guyana, natural ingredients are at the heart of South American hair and skincare. Being home to some of the largest expanses of rainforest in the world, it’s hardly a surprise! The continent has an abundance of exotic fruits and seeds, many of which are used to create natural hair masks or applied to skin for hydration. The best part? Some brands you already know and love have begun to include these ingredients in their products, so you can try them for yourself!

Buriti oil is derived from the fruit of the moriche palm tree or “tree of life”, which grows in Brazilian rainforests. It is used for nourishing and repairing skin and hair, including treating skin conditions and burns. 

Sacha Inchi oil comes from the seeds of the star-shaped sacha inchi fruit which have been grown by the indigenous people of Peru for thousands of years. High in omega-3 and containing vitamins E and A, sacha inchi oil is used to hydrate and protect skin and hair.

Amazonian white clay is harvested near the mouth of the Amazon River in Brazil and has been used for centuries due to its exfoliating and detoxifying properties.

Avocados grow all over South America (envious!) and are often used in DIY hair treatments or skin masks. Don’t fancy getting messy? Check out our favourite avocado beauty products below.


Haircare

When it comes to South American beauty, women take their hair very seriously. Thick, luscious hair is a crown to wear proudly, and they use the nourishing ingredients that grow locally to enhance what nature gave them. 

Using a hair mask at least once a week delivers moisture back into the hair, protecting it from the elements, taming frizz and adding shine. Buriti oil can also be used to this effect, and Aveda’s Dry Remedy range includes it as an active ingredient, so you can try it at home. Alternatively, the All Soft Mega range from Redken uses sachi inchi oil to hydrate dry and damaged hair.  

Don’t have naturally straight hair but want to get those flawless South American locks? Most salons now offer the famous “Brazilian Blowout” treatment which combines keratin and heat to smooth hair and calm curls. But if you don’t want to pay salon prices, Novex has you covered. Their Brazilian Keratin range includes Brazilian keratin protein, so you can achieve the same look at a fraction of the price.


Skincare

Skincare plays a key part of the average beauty routine as women in South American tend to spend a lot of time outdoors and enjoy a warm climate for much of the year. Top priorities include moisturising skin products and SPF face creams. While we certainly have no shortage of either of those at allbeauty, here are a few skincare solutions that include one or more of the fantastic natural ingredients we highlighted earlier. 

Nuxe Paris, Super Skin Repair Balm includes buriti oil, honey and five other botanical oils to improve complexion and reduce tight, dry skin.

Elemental Herbology, Cell Plumping Facial Moisturiser is a nourishing cream for dry and ageing skin which includes antioxidants and sacha inchi oil, among others, to deeply hydrate.

Lab Series for Men, Oil Control Clearing Solution includes Amazonian white clay in its ingredients, helping to reduce oily skin and keep blemishes at bay. 

Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream combines the rich moisturising properties of avocado and shea butter to restore moisture to hands.


Makeup

In general, things are kept super simple where makeup is concerned. With flowing hair and bronzed, flawless skin, the need for makeup falls by the wayside! Instead, most South American women swear by all-in-one products such as a good quality BB cream, a hydrating lip balm and a dark, elongating mascara.

However, that’s not to say that it’s a totally low-maintenance look. The one area where time and money is most definitely spent, is on nail care. Most women will see a nail technician regularly and invest in bold colours, nail extensions and eye-catching nail art. We all love to include a pop of personality in our beauty routine after all!


From oils from the deepest corners of the rainforest, to clay from the banks of the Amazon, South America holds a wealth of beauty secrets within its borders. Give one a try and see what you’ve been missing out on.

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!

Scandinavian Beauty

What keeps Scandinavian women looking effortlessly beautiful and age-defyingly graceful? A simple skincare routine.

Scandinavian people are well-known for the way they prioritise contentment and wellness. In fact, they even have a word for it “hygge”. The hygge mindset has received a lot of attention over the last few years, particularly in home and lifestyle magazines, as we all look for ways to make our lives cosier and more comfortable. But hygge extends far beyond home decor, it’s a way of life for Scandinavians, even down to their pared-back beauty routines.

The norm when it comes to beauty revolves around functionality and results. Beauty regimes value quality over quantity and less is most certainly more. If you’ve ever wondered how those women from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark and Iceland get their hair and skin looking quite so effortlessly flawless, read on for the inside secrets.


Hydration, Hydration, Hydration

With average winter temperatures often dropping below freezing, keeping skin hydrated plays a key role in Scandi-Beauty routines. Moisture can quickly be lost in harsh winds and freezing temperatures, so to prevent dehydrated and chapped skin, Scandinavian women have adopted an effective yet simple skincare routine.

A targetted serum is applied daily to hydrate the skin at a cellular level. Next, a rich, nourishing day cream is used to lock in moisture and protect against the elements. Throughout the day, many women will also top up their skin with a hydrating mist to prevent any additional dryness. And during winter, sheet masks become a twice-weekly investment in that dewy, youthful skin we all so admire.


Quality Ingredients

Most of us would love a skincare routine that includes as few steps as possible, but the Scandinavians have it down to an art. Prioritising quality ingredients, they achieve the best results from the least possible products. Scandinavian skin and hair products will often include glacier water, cloudberries or omega oils. These three ingredients are highly valued for their beneficial properties.

Glacier water is believed to be the cleanest water in the world. Along with it being one of the main sources of drinking water, many skincare products also use it in their formulation. 

Omega oils are a popular addition to skincare, but are also an integral part of the typical diet which is naturally high in fish. 

Cloudberries are a rare berry found predominantly in Scandinavia. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E, one cloudberry contains around 4x more vitamin C than an orange. 

The Finnish brand Lumene utilises many of these ingredients, why not try them for yourself?


Keeping it Cool

One Scandi-Beauty tip that you can easily integrate into your own routine is the power of cold water. While heat is great for opening your pores – that’s where the sauna comes into its own – it’s important to close them again. Coldwater restricts your pores and blood vessels, making it the perfect final step when cleansing. After finishing giving skin a thorough cleanse with a Swedish Foreo cleansing brush, many Scandinavians will regularly finish their shower or face cleanse with a burst of cold water.


Healthy Hair

While cold water in the shower may not be everyone’s idea of fun, there is an alternative when it comes to achieving shiny, healthy hair. Sachajuan is a Swedish haircare company loved by Scandinavians thanks to their range of highly effective hair products. With each product tailored specifically for the complex needs of different hair types, you’re sure to find something you love. 


Beauty That Radiates

Many women from Nordic countries explain that the secret to their complexion is a love of the great outdoors. Those who live in Scandinavian countries traditionally spend a lot more time outside than their British counterparts and its believed that the fresh air and exercise plays a part in their healthy appearance. In summer, the daylight hours are long, so a good SPF facial cream of at least 50 is vital in skincare.


Minimalist Makeup

The passion for quality over quantity comes back into play when we look at typical Scandinavian makeup. For daily wear, most women opt for a simple lined eye and a pop of lip colour. Foundation is often dismissed as instead, there is a preference for a more natural look.


Whether you’re ready to take a leaf from the Scandi-Beauty book and ditch the foundation, or are ready to brave the cold water at the end of your shower, there’s something we can all learn from our nordic neighbours. Why not browse our full range of Scandinavian products and see what works for you?