Tag

help

Browsing

Your Guide To The Ultimate Staycation

Not going out? We’ve got your summer covered with our guide to planning the ultimate staycation. Whether your dream holiday involves trekking up a mountain or indulging in new cuisines, we’ve got tips on how to get the essence of the experience at home. 

Not being able to travel doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some well-deserved downtime this summer. All you need is a can-do attitude, a little forethought and some out-of-the-box ideas. So, grab a cuppa, pull up a chair and let’s make a plan for your 2020 holiday. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:


Tour Your Town

Many of us enjoy a stroll along the cobbled streets of interesting cities during our holidays, exploring the unique sights and sounds of another culture. Well, by embracing a staycation you can do the same thing without leaving your hometown. 

Even in small towns, there’s likely to be streets or suburbs you’ve not explored, so grab a travel cup of your favourite brew (for that Euro city vibe) and go for a walk in an unfamiliar area of your town. 


Visit A Day Spa 

Ok, it might not be the same level of luxury as you’d get from a spa on holiday, but there’s no reason you can’t enjoy a spa during your staycation. With the right supplies, you can feel just as pampered as you would in a Turkish hammam, and all without leaving the house. 

Get your face masks, mani-pedi supplies and body scrub and indulge in some relaxing TLC from the comfort of home.


5* Hotel Treatment

The best part of any holiday is returning to your hotel at the end of the day, falling into crisp white sheets and dialling room service. Am I right? With a little forethought, you can get this same experience at home, albeit with slightly more legwork!

Prepare for your staycation by laundering your best linens and making your bedroom a relaxing haven. A scented candle can completely lift a room, so choose one that you love the sound of and transform your space. 

Neom Organics London Scent To Calm &Relax
Complete Bliss Scented Candle (3 Wicks) 420g

When it comes to room service, it isn’t quite as easy. However, by making sure you have some easy food options in your fridge, you’ll at least not have to worry about making a meal from scratch.


Get Your Body Moving

If you’re one of those rare breeds who enjoy taking part in group aerobics and cardio sessions during your annual vacay, you’re in luck. With the global lockdown, people are increasingly going online to share their skills and talents, allowing you to join in from your living room. 

We all know that Joe Wicks is offering his daily workouts, but there are tons of other options too. Whether you’ve always wanted to try street dance or want your Zumba fix from home, it’s all available online. Just remember, if you’re a bit out of practice, those muscles might not thank you for the workout the next day. Make sure you have relief at the ready.


DIY Yoga Retreat

In a similar vein to our last suggestion, a staycation is an ideal opportunity to attend your own mini yoga retreat. Banish family members into the garden for an hour or two, prepare yourself a large jug of cucumber water and get settled in for some yoga lessons courtesy of Youtube. 

Go a step further by creating a relaxing space in your home with a scented diffuser. A contemporary alternative to incense, we love the L’Occitane Harmony Reed Diffuser.

L’Occitane Home
Source D’harmony Reed Diffuser 100ml 


Get Some Fresh Air

We’re all spending a lot of time indoors, so during your staycation make a conscious effort to get outside and fill your lungs with fresh air. Whatever the weather, pop on your walking shoes and make the most of your natural surroundings. A brisk walk through a local park, a stroll along the coast or a trek up your nearest fell, it all counts. 

Not only is fresh air great for the body, but it helps to reset your mind and lower your stress levels too – just don’t forget your sun protection!


Sleep Under The Stars

With so many of us missing out on our annual festivals this summer, why not recreate the camping experience at home? We’ve already covered how to throw your own festival at home here, but simply spending a night camping in the garden is another great way to embrace the staycation.

Grab your camping gear, pitch a tent and snuggle down to listen to the weird and wonderful sounds of nature. Do take note, with the longer sunlight hours of summer, getting a solid night sleep in a tent is no easy feat. We recommend equipping yourself with the Dream To Sleep pack from thisworks, which includes a sleep mask and pillow spray to help you drift off.


Get Cooking!

Pasta making in Tuscany, curry classes in Thailand – the world is a pretty delicious place! While we aren’t able to experience culinary delights on foreign shores, it couldn’t be easier to bring those delicacies to you!

Dust off those recipe books and create a menu for the week based around an area of the world. Kids love getting involved in the kitchen, so get them involved too. You’ll be covering math, science, home economics, geography and social sciences all in one task!

Support your local Asian grocers by going straight to the source. You’ll be amazed at the wide range of ingredients. A few, in particular, are fantastic for your body, so try to include:

  • Turmeric – Popular in Indian cooking, this yellow spice has been shown to reduce inflammation and boost your immune system.
  • Cinnamon – As well as being delicious, cinnamon has more antioxidant value than half a cup of blueberries!
  • Garlic – We all know garlic is good for our immunity, but did you know it’s also great for your hair? It boosts collagen production which stimulates hair growth.
  • Peppers – Chilli, paprika, cayenne, and jalapeño are not only great for your metabolism, but they’re also high in vitamins A and C.

The world might be changing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your creature comforts. What does your staycation have in store for you?

Pour Yourself A Beauty Cocktail, You’ve Earned It

It’s summer baby! And while we might still not be going out much, that doesn’t mean we have to forego the summertime vibes. 

We’re bringing the best of fresh, fruity beauty cocktail ingredients straight to your door with these tropical-inspired beauty must-haves.


Pina Colada

Is there anything more uniquely tropical than the scent of coconut? Close your eyes and let yourself drift away to a deserted beach, lying under a palm tree, toes in the sand, pina colada in hand – *sigh*.

From skincare to haircare, there’s a huge range of coconut-infused products for all your beauty needs. Here are a few we know you’ll love…

Too Cool For School Coconut Pure Soothing Gel

While the brand may sound better suited to your teenage niece, we assure you, this product is all grown up. Too Cool For School Coconut Pure Soothing Gel is a staple for those days you’ve soaked up a little too much sun. Free of alcohols, this gel uses ingredients including algae extract, coconut water and hyaluronic acid to cool and soothe the skin.

Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub

Suffolk-based natural skincare brand Odylique offers a huge range of products which are good enough to eat, and this one is fast on its way to becoming a summer staple. The Odylique Coconut Candy Scrub combines exfoliating cane sugar and poppy seeds with virgin coconut and cocoa bean butters to hydrate the skin. It’s heaven in a tub.

Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Spray

Summer is all about easy, breezy beauty, and that’s one of the reasons we love the Biolage All-In-One Coconut Infusion Spray. Use it wet or dry, and on hair which is curly or straight, thick or thin. This great smelling spray detangles, reduces frizz, adds shine and protects the hair from heat and breakage. One little bottle packs a whole lot of punch!


Daiquiri

Ooooh yes, who doesn’t love the sweet, icy hit of a daiquiri?! Melon or berry – how do you like yours? Well, we’ve got something for every taste at The allbeauty Cocktail Bar, so pull up a chair and sample the range.

Philosophy Melon Daiquiri Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath

If you make one new addition to your bathroom this summer, this is a brilliant choice. We do love a good multi-functional product, especially one that smells as heavenly as this! Lather it up or have a soak for a deliciously indulgent treat.

Elemental Herbology Watermelon Cucumber Body Moisturiser

We all need a lightweight body moisturiser to keep our summer skin hydrated, and this one perfectly fits the bill. With watermelon and cucumber to tone and hydrate, plus the added benefit of nourishing argan and macadamia oils, you’ll be glowing all summer long.

GlamGlow BerryGlow Probiotic Recovery Mask

With more sun exposure, sweat and SPF, the delicate skin on our face can take a hammering during the hotter months. BerryGlow to the rescue! Rich in probiotics, hyaluronic acid and jojoba oil, and with an antioxidant boost from blueberry, cranberry and wolfberry, your skin will be plumper and brighter in no time.


Mimosa 

The zesty, punchy hit of citrus fruits are a perfect match for summer weather. Grapefruit, orange, lemon or lime, we have something for every taste. Why not try one of these citrus-scented faves…

Grace Cole Nectarine Blossom & Grapefruit Handcare Set

Take the chore out of handwashing with this luxe set from Grace Cole. With grapefruit, mandarin and nectarine, this fruity set is balanced with warming vanilla. A well-balanced fragrance that will compliment any home.

The Natural Deodorant Co Orange & Bergamot Clean Deodorant Balm

Forget traditional deodorants filled with toxic compounds and metals – The Natural Deodorant Co are shaking up the industry. With a base of coconut oil and shea butter, this balm nourishes your underarms while eliminating odours.

Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie

Spending more time in the garden with all this lovely weather? Protect your hard-working hands from the elements by hydrating them with Odylique Lemon Butter Hand Smoothie. With coconut, cocoa, aloe, calendula, and of course, lemon, this hand cream is the perfect gift for you, or someone you love. 


Mojito

Mint makes a fantastic ingredient in any haircare range. Not only does it smell great, but it actually stimulates hair follicles, leading to increased growth and a healthier scalp. If you’re not already including mint in your hair care routine, now is the time to start! Here are a few of our favourites to get you going…

Aveda Rosemary Mint Weightless Conditioner

Rosemary and mint – it’s a scent sensation! Green and earthy, sweet and savoury, it’s a perfectly balanced bouquet. With spearmint, peppermint, rosemary and white vinegar, your hair will be squeaky clean and summer-ready. 

milk_shake Sensorial Mint Shampoo

A gentle, cleansing shampoo that can be used daily, milk_shake Sensorial Mint Shampoo is a great addition to your hair care regime. With active ingredients including mint, sage, and extracts of raspberry, blackberry, papaya and mango, this shampoo will become your go-to favourite.

Paul Mitchell Lavender Mint Moisturizing Conditioner

Last, but certainly not least, this moisturising conditioner by Paul Mitchell combines invigorating mint with calming lavender and soothing tea tree. The perfect quencher for dry or dehydrated summer hair. 


So, throw on your bikini, get your beauty shopping list at the ready and prepare for a summer to remember with allbeauty.

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.


Shop All  Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Masques Now

 

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.


Explore the full Pureology range

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

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?

French Beauty

Discover the secret ways that French women look tres chic while playing up their best assets.

The only thing more beautiful than France’s language are the people who call the country home. Looking effortlessly glamorous, no country better represents ‘chic’ than the French- they invented the word after all!

We’ve uncovered the tips and tricks that Parisien women use to achieve that effortless-yet-put-together look. Better yet, it’s all deceptively simple, and can be easily introduced into your own routine. Intrigued? It all begins with skincare.


A Great Base

The French have a proverb, “mieux vaut prévenir que guérir”, which roughly translates as “prevention is better than cure”. This couldn’t be more true when it comes to the way they approach skincare. 

Skin health is prioritised far above makeup, with the thought process being that it’s better to have a great base than to have to cover up bad skin. This means that a focused skincare routine takes centre stage, using a day moisturiser and addressing any problem areas. French beauty brand Filorga is an example of this approach, with specific products addressing different skin complaints, from pigmentation to fine lines.

It goes without saying that protecting against future damage is equally important in French-Beauty, with sun protection being a key tool to prevent ageing. There’s certainly no shortage of French skincare enriched with SPF, with brands such as Decleor and Caudalie offering great options with an SPF of 50+.


Balance Over Perfection

With a focus on a naturally beautiful complexion, it’s no surprise that full coverage makeup isn’t the look- du- jour. Instead, the preference is to play up your best feature, whether that be your eyes or lips. 

Eyes may be rimmed with eyeliner, like the much loved Givenchy Khol, but paired with a bare face and lip. For another option, light mascara might be contrasted with a bold lip colour (for the perfect Parisien lip, we love Dior Addict Stellar Shine in Diorfinity). Another clever way you can achieve the french contrast of looking both put together and effortless, is by playing down flawless makeup with a messy up-do.


Indulge The Senses

French perfume has a reputation for being well formulated and exquisitely fragrant. France also has the highest international perfume sales, so it’s no surprise that perfume makes it onto our list of essential beauty secrets. Many women wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without a quick spritz of their favourite fragrance!

While a signature scent will stand the test of time, having options certainly makes picking the day’s fragrance more enjoyable. And with so many iconic perfumeries, you couldn’t possibly settle for just one bottle anyway; Chanel, Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent and Givenchy being just a small selection of the many brands that call Paris home. 

Parisiens in the know have a core group of favourite perfumes, and choose which to wear based on the events their day has ahead of them, and their mood. Bright and playful? Powerful and bold? Matching fragrance to your day is the equivalent of lining up the perfect playlist for your commute.


Embrace The Waves

In general, women in France shun straighteners and salon blow-drying. Instead, they embrace their hair’s natural style and take steps to make sure it’s the best it can be. Foregoing the cheap and cheerful hair products of the supermarket, they opt for a quality shampoo and conditioner from a brand such as Kerastase, and invest in hydration with regular hair masks

Choosing the right hair product for your hair is key to getting the best results, which is why French haircare brand Leonor Greyl offers specific formulations for various hair types and problem areas.


Multi-Purpose Products

The last on our list of French-Beauty tips is to invest in products that have multiple uses. Not only does this make your beauty routine faster and easier, but more of you gets to benefit from high-quality ingredients.

A great multi-purpose oil can be used in all manner of ways. Tame flyaways and dry ends, apply under your moisturiser at night for extra hydration, or mix a little into your skin cream for day-wear in winter. Nuxe Huile is a shining example of this, with its rave reviews giving it an acclaimed title as an allbeauty Hero. This multipurpose oil is a blend of six plant oils, enriched with Vitamin E and can be used to nourish your hair, face and body. C’est bon!


When it comes to being chic, the French certainly know their stuff. Will you be taking a page from their book, or following one of our other Global Beauty routines?

Australian Beauty

The epitome of sun-kissed, natural beauty, Australians know what’s important when it comes to skincare. 

The land of sand, surf and sunshine, Australia has a reputation for it’s glamorous and carefree inhabitants. If you’ve ever wondered how to get that effortless beachy look, keep reading to find out the secrets of Aussie-Beauty.


Daily SPF, Always

It’s no secret that Australia has more than its fair share of sunshine. In summer, temperatures can get as high as 40℃, and have even been as high as 50℃! With that in mind, effective skin protection is an absolute must. 

Most Aussie women attribute their age-defying complexion to their commitment to using a high SPF skin cream separate from their moisturiser every day, regardless of how bright the sun is shining. For the face, SPF50+ is required, both to avoid ageing and the dreaded sunglasses tan line! And in general, before leaving the house it’s ingrained in Australians to apply sun protection to all exposed skin, using a sunscreen lotion of at least SPF30 to avoid the risk of long-term skin damage. 

While we might not be blessed with the same climate as Australia, protecting our skin is just as important. In fact, we have the same number of daylight hours in summer as many areas of Australia – albeit with quite a few degrees difference in temperature!

And of course, with the need for a daily dose of SPF, good cleansing is a must…


A Thorough Cleansing Routine

With the combination of salt air, SPF, makeup and sweat, giving your skin a thorough cleanse at the end of each day is a core part of the Aussie-Beauty skincare routine. For most, a hot cloth cleansing is the technique of choice, using a muslin cloth to help buff away any dead skin and dirt. A fantastic product for this is the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm, which includes a dual-sided muslin and microfibre cloth to both cleanse and exfoliate.

An alternative method favoured by many Australian women is to use coconut oil in place of a cleansing balm. This moisturising oil removes makeup with ease and nourishes the skin at the same time. However, it is important to bear in mind that coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it can clog pores, so we suggest using with care, particularly if you are prone to acne.


Natural Ingredients

Coconut oil is only one of a host of natural ingredients found in Aussie-Beauty skincare. The aboriginal people of Australia have been using the country’s native plants for centuries for their healing and moisturising properties. Eucalyptus and tea tree are two common ingredients, both growing wild all over Australia. 

Eucalyptus is an anti-inflammatory, decongestant and deodorant, it also possesses antiseptic qualities. 

Tea tree oil is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and has antifungal properties.

Together, these multifaceted ingredients are used in everything from acne treatments, to dandruff shampoos. There is also the acclaimed Australian Pink Clay, which is a combination of red and white clays and is rich in silica. This clay is another ingredient which has been used for hundreds of years, thanks to its detoxifying and hydrating properties.


Beach Bum Vibes

Australian women have that sun-kissed-sea-tousled look down to an art. After all, swimming in the ocean is a national pastime and one which naturally results in that beachy look. Many women go so far as to fill up a spray bottle with seawater so they can spritz their hair at home and have just-stepped-off-the-beach hair any day of the week. 

While taking a dip in the English sea may not be high on your to-do list, you can achieve that same look at home with a sea spray hair product designed to replicate those tousled waves. For bronzed skin at any time of year, our range of self-tanning solutions will make sure you look sun-kissed, not tangoed.


Hair and Skin Hydration 

All that sunshine and seawater can be incredibly drying for both skin and hair, so hydration is the secret to maintaining a healthy glow. 

After spending time at the beach, a nourishing hair mask brings oils back into the hair, stopping it from becoming dehydrated and splitting. Better yet, Australia’s warm sun means that you can sit outside to make the most of the heat, which gives the hair mask even better results. At home, you can replicate this by combining your favourite hair mask with a blast of the hairdryer, using the heat to speed up absorption and hydration.

For the skin, an Aussie-Beauty tip is to apply a rich moisturiser overnight, so that you wake up with a plump, nourished complexion. Particularly during summer, when the skin is at more risk of dehydration, a weekly face mask is also used to prevent chapping or dryness.


Whether you’d looking for a night cream to wake-up looking refreshed, or want to try a leave-in conditioner that Australians swear by, you’ll find everything you need at allbeauty. As stockists of the A’kin range of Australian skin and hair care, we have all your Aussie-Beauty needs covered.

Cancelled Beauty Appointment?

With everything going on in the world, many of us have ditched the coiffed hair and perfectly manicured nails in favour of a more low maintenance routine. Realistically, the choice isn’t entirely ours anyway, as getting out to a beauty appointment isn’t something that will be on the cards any time soon.

Whether you’re naturally low maintenance at the best of times, or this is a new development for you, we’ve got everything you need to embrace the lazier days and manage isolation with ease. After all, if you can’t be lazy now, when can you be?!


Fixing Your Roots 

If you’ve never missed an appointment with your colourist, you might be worrying about just what’s hiding underneath your dyed locks. The good news is, colouring your roots at home is super easy. You might not get quite the same finish as a professional, but it’s the next best thing. Of course, you could always just embrace the grey, it’s very on-trend now don’t you know!


Party Lashes 

For those with lash extensions, there’s no way around it – you’ll have to prepare to look a little patchy over the next few weeks. But help is at hand! While we can’t help with infills, we can offer the next best thing. If you love the way that long fluttering lashes look on you, we stock a fabulous range of false lashes and lengthening mascaras, so you don’t have to go without. You might also want to try a lash treatment, giving you a little extra boost to accentuate your natural assets. 


Fall Back In Love With Your Natural Nails 

We love a good gel polish as much as the next woman, but unless you’re kitted out with a UV lamp at home, that’s not on the cards. Instead, why not embrace your natural nails by treating them to a protective, nourishing treatment. Follow up with a coat of a light, subtle shade of polish from Dior or Givenchy to finish the look. With a little bit of TLC, you may just be surprised at how great your nails are au natural. 


Get Your Brows Ready 

When you wake up knowing you won’t be leaving the house, do you really want to spend time drawing on the perfect brow? We didn’t think so. Ditch the brow pencils for now and instead simplify your beauty routine by tweezing out stray hairs as needed and perhaps following with brow wax for a little extra control. You might even surprise yourself with the results!


Your Hair Removal Method 

Let’s face it, your social calendar is depressingly empty for the foreseeable future, but that doesn’t mean you have to embrace the fuzz (unless you want to of course!). Hot wax is out, back-to-basics is in. Go for the quick and easy option with a quality ladies shaver, a smoother finish with an epilator, or go for the longer lasting option with an IPL hair removal system. For the best results, follow with a growth inhibiting product designed to slow regrowth. 


Get The Glow 

Tanning beds and professional sprays are out, low-maintenance glow is in. We might be spending less time indoors, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego the bronzed look. With a range of instant and gradual self-tanning solutions, you can achieve that sun-kissed glow without leaving the house! And if you find yourself looking washed out on those Zoom conference calls, a facial tanner or touch of bronzer can make the world of difference. 


We hope you’ll agree, not being able to leave the house doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy looking great, without having to put in too much effort. Of course, the lowest maintenance option of all is to forego your beauty regime altogether, but what fun is that?!

Beauty Essentials you can’t live without

We could all do with a bit of extra TLC and self-care at the moment, so this latest prize draw couldn’t come at a better time! We’ve rounded up a fantastic selection of must-have beauty essentials and put together some top tips to get the most from each of them. The best part? You have a chance to win it all, worth £193! Enter below:


Hot & Nude palette, Dramatise 106, Individual lashes, Lash Lovers set.

Hot palette – Worth £9.99

Featuring 12 must-have, amber-hued neutrals – including warm browns, burnt oranges, and deep red eyeshadows to impress the girls, even if it is on Facetime! Create the hottest looks from a super smokey matte eye with a glimmering copper lid, to a blown out, all over intense bronze. 

Top tip: when applying the shimmer shades, apply with your finger for the most pigment payoff, spraying your eyeshadow brush with setting spray before applying to your eyelid.

Nude palette – Worth £9.99

An exclusive mix of neutral and pinky mattes, shimmers and glitters which adhere easily to the eyes, giving a soft-focus effect, blending smoothly and evenly across the eyes, lips, and cheeks. These rich textures can be used wet or dry for added intensity. With combinations of shimmering rose and metallic pinks start getting creative and achieve that perfect, neutral smokey eye.

Top tip: when applying the shimmer shades, apply with your finger for the most pigment payoff, spraying your eyeshadow brush with setting spray before applying to your eyelid.

Dramatise 106 lashes – Worth £5.49

Eye Candy False Eyelashes Dramatise 106 is a set of highly dramatic silk lashes which include a free lash glue. For the dramatic party look for your eyes, Eye Candy Dramatise wispy lashes create an intense look that will enhance your eyes. 

Top tip: cut your lashes to fit your lash line, cutting from the outside edge inwards. Use the Eye Candy Hold Tight lash adhesive and leave to go tacky for a minute before applying to your lashes.

Individual Lashes – Worth £5.49

 

Eye Candy Individual Lashes are a range of short, medium and long lash flares. The three lengths allow you to customise your look and get creative. The black silk individual lashes are cruelty-free and vegan-friendly professional lashes which will last up to 3-4 weeks.

Top Tip: apply the longer lashes to the outer edge of the eye to create a wispy effect, using the glue provided, dip the end of the lash into the glue and apply as close to your natural lash line as possible.

Lash Lovers Set – Worth £14.00

Ready, prep, go! Our Lash Lovers Set has everything you need for your lash application and brow prep. Including a Lash Curler, Lash Applicator Tool, and x2 different Tweezers, you can leave your bad lash days behind.


Makeover Brush Set, Complexion Sponge, Brush foam, Travel brush set.

Make Over Brush Set – Worth £19.99

Four brushes to define, contour, blend and set. This set includes every brush you’ll need for a flawless base and eye look. Including a Powder Blush Brush, Stippling Duo Fibre Brush, Tapered Blending Brush, and Precision Rounded Brush.

Top tip – use the stippling brush to blend out cream contour flawlessly, as well as using the precision rounded brush for concealing under the eyes.

Flawless Complexion Sponge – Worth £5.99

expertly apply any liquid or powder product with our versatile Complexion Sponge. Designed to deliver a flawless finish. The rounded side is perfect to hug the contour of the face, whilst the smaller, precision tip is great for the harder to reach areas such as around the eyes or nose. This sponge can be used damp or dry, dependent on if you are looking to create that dewy glow or an airbrushed finish.

Brush Sanitiser Foam – Worth £8.99

The Look Good Feel Better Anti-Bacterial Brush Sanitiser Foam is This alcohol-free brush sanitising foam is effective against the Norovirus and kills up to 99.9% of bacteria with lasting protection for up to 4 hours.

Top Tip – Use in conjunction with a brush cleanser or on its own for immediate protection.

Travel Brush Set – £14.99

Combined for ease of use, this professional and durable Travel Brush Set includes a Powder Blush Brush, Shading and Concealer Brush and a Foundation Brush. With shorter brush handles and full-sized heads, this set is perfect for any trip away. With ultra-soft, versatile bristles, create a variety of looks from sun-kissed complexion to an airbrushed glow.

Top Tip –

• Powder Blush Brush: The Powder Blush Brush is the perfect tool for dusting loose or pressed powder over the face.
• Foundation Brush: Evenly apply liquid or cream foundation for a faultless, smooth makeup base.
• Shading and Concealer Brush: Shaped and cut to blend around the eye, this brush allows you to apply concealer or eyeshadow to achieve expert results! Ideal for that perfect cut crease or covering any dark eye circles.


Detangling Hairbrush, Duo sponge set, Exfoliating gloves, Face Kit, Konjac sponge.

Detangling Hair Brush – Worth £9.00

Your hair is just as delicate as your skin, use our So Eco Detangling Bush to tame hair and avoid damage and breakage. This brush is loved by hairstylists alike and is perfect for being soft on hair extensions whilst brushing out your blow-dry for soft, smooth waves!

Top Tip –

Use on wet or dry hair to smooth out knots with ease.

Duo Sponge Set – Worth £10.00

The new So Eco Complexion Sponge evenly blends makeup for a flawless, enhanced finish. This sponge is ultra-soft, non-sensitive, flake resistant and long-wearing. The sponge works both damp and dry, expanding with water making blending effortless and absorbing less makeup.

Multi-purpose and covering all different aspects of your makeup, from blending base products to baking under your eyes, this duo set has everything you need for your daily routine.

Exfoliating Gloves – Worth £5.00

Buff away dry and dead skin cells to prep skin before your tan application, for a glowy and fresh-looking complexion.

Top Tip –

Use in the shower after shaving, alongside your favourite body scrub for the smoothest possible complexion.

Face Kit – Worth £20.00

So Eco Face Kit is a four-piece collection of vegan-friendly makeup brushes and tools, essential for any makeup bag, here are the main uses for each brush:

Angled Contour Brush – The contouring brush of our range is perfect for creating defined and sculpted looks for the base of your makeup, whether the product is cream or powder.

Tapered Blending Brush – The Tapered Blending Brush is ideal for powdered products. The tapered bristles make this brush easy to blend your powder, contour or apply highlighter to the cheekbones.

Round Foundation Brush – A medium brush ideal with liquid or cream products. This brush is targeted for those hard to reach areas and precise application of concealers and cream contour.

Lip Brush – A small precision lip brush, ideal for lining, filling and creating a buildable coverage. This brush will help you to create a neat and expert looking edge.

Charcoal Konjac Sponge – Worth £7.00

So Eco Charcoal Face Sponge is the perfect cleaner that can be used on both the face and body. The sponge helps to eliminate any dirt or leftover makeup, helping to keep the skin exfoliated. Ideal for those with oily, spot-prone skin. With added charcoal, the sponge works to leave skin feeling revitalised after use.


Honey comb brush, HD Face Set (Purple), Blending Sponge Set, Jade Roller

Honey Comb Brush – Worth £7.99

Our large paddle brush is designed to keep your hair sleek & tangle-free. Designed with a unique honeycomb structure to allow faster, controlled blow-drying. The honeycomb design makes the brush softer and more forgiving on the scalp. Using the latest technologies, this brush works effortlessly with fine, thick, curly or straight hair. The honeycomb paddles flexibility enables pain-free detangling while the FLEXI SOFT tapered bristles massage the scalp to stimulate circulation at the follicle. Our Tri-length Bristles are firm enough to comb through knots, whilst also preventing breakage or snapping.

HD Complete Face Set – Worth £19.99

Our HD face set contains a selection of 4 essential brushes. Created to apply, blend, highlight, contour & define your face. This indispensable collection will allow you to create natural or dramatic looks with ease and precision.

Buffing Brush
Perfect for the application of powder, liquid or cream products to flat areas of the face. Achieve a perfect, natural finish by buffing product onto your skin with the soft, rounded fibres for an ultra-smooth HD finish.

Tapered Contour & Highlighter Brush
Designed to suit many areas of the face, including the cheek and brow bones. This brush offers control for delicate highlighting and contouring but is flexible enough to blend out the product effortlessly. Use with a highlighter for an illuminating glow, helping to sculpt and contour the face.

Flat Foundation Brush
Densely tapered to suit liquid or cream products, helping you to achieve even, streak-free makeup. The flat design easily applies product to areas of the face that are hard to reach and can also be used for stippling concealer or colour-correction.

Precision Detailer & Concealer Brush
A small flat brush that is perfect for covering spots, scars, and discoloured areas. Great for adding detail to the corners of the eye, bridge of the nose and cupids bow.

 Blending Sponge Set – Worth £9.99

The Brushworks HD Complete Blender Sponge Set is a versatile set that can be used to apply foundation, cover dark circles & eliminate harsh lines flawlessly. The Micro sponges are perfect for those small, hard to reach areas of the face and the larger sponge helps to apply makeup quickly and effectively. The set evenly blends makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish.

The latex-free hydrophilic sponges are ultra-soft, non-sensitive, flake resistant and long-wearing. The sponges expand with water to make blending easier and absorb less product to hold only what is absolutely necessary. The material is ideal for applying all foundation formulas, as well as blush and powder.

The Brushworks HD Complete Blender Sponge Set is easy to clean, 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan Friendly.

Jade Roller – Worth £9.99

Made from jade minerals, our Jade Roller cools and soothes skin, helping to reduce puffiness, plump skin and increase circulation. Great for on the go and great to use with sheet masks, moisturisers, and oils.

Top tip –  Place in the fridge before use for extra cooling effects, gliding in an upwards motion across your cheeks, jawline, and forehead, using the smaller end for the under eyes.


From the perfect micro-sponge to stunning eyeshadow palettes, these are the essentials every beauty buff needs in their collection. And with such a comprehensive selection of essentials, the winner of our prize draw will have everything they need to create beautiful makeup looks at home. So, what are you waiting for?! 


Enter the giveaway below to be in with a chance of winning £193 worth of prizes!

T&C’s: All entries close 11:59PM 27/04/2020, UK only.
1 winner will be chosen at random from all entries received via the Woobox sweep stake. The winner will receive x1 eye candy hot palette, x1 eye candy nude palette, x1 eye candy dramatise 106 lashes, x1 eye candy individual lashes, x1 eye candy lash lovers set, x1 look good feel better make over brush set, x1 look good feel better flawless complexion sponge, x1 look good feel better brush sanitiser foam, x1 look good feel better travel brush set, x1 so eco detangling hair brush, x1 so eco duo sponge set, x1 so eco exfoliating gloves, x1 so eco face kit, x1 so eco charcoal konjac sponge, x1 brushworks honey comb brush, x1 brushworks HD complete face set, x1 brushworks blending sponge set and x1 brushworksjade roller.
In the event of loss of prize in the post, we regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days.
This competition is in no way associated with Facebook or Instagram.
Please note that the winner’s address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.