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Fragrance Gifts Made Easy

The temperature has hit single digits and tinsel is donning supermarket shelves, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to start your Christmas shopping. 

When it comes to buying gifts for our nearest and dearest, there are always some people who are extra tricky to buy for, but nothing beats the feeling of finding that perfect gift. Fragrance can be particularly hard to get right, but there’s no need to panic this festive season. Grab your beverage of choice and sit back as we walk you through these perfect pairings. Trust us, they’ll be the gifts you can’t wait to give. 


The Lovebirds

Whether for a pair of newlyweds or a gift for your loved one that you’ll benefit from too (why shouldn’t you spoil yourself?!), Armani’s ‘With You’ collection offers the ideal pairing. The combination of masculine, Stronger With You, pairs perfectly with the feminine In Love With You. For the ultimate ‘his and hers’ gift this Christmas, Armani has you covered.

Available individually or as gift sets, shop the range.


The Contemporary Woman

Described by some as “a light breath of fresh air”, Yves Saint Laurent Libre embodies freedom, strength and sensuality. With notes of lavender, orange blossom and jasmine, this scent is the perfect everyday fragrance to empower and embolden.

Available in 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and Limited Edition gift packs, shop the range. 


The Rocker

The epitome of glam-rock, YSL Black Opium is a sweet, dark fragrance for the wild and rebellious woman in your life. Aromatic notes of coffee, vanilla and pink pepper create a warming bouquet that is sure to turn heads for all the right reasons.

Available in 30ml, 50ml, 90ml and 150ml, shop the range.


The Dreamer

Struggling to find the perfect gift for the woman in your life that dares to dream? Lancôme Idôle may just be the perfect gift for a strong empowered woman. With notes of pear, rose and white musk, this fragrance is clean and sophisticated – “Because there is an idol in every woman, and because every woman is an idol”

Available in 25ml, 50ml and 75ml, shop the range.


The Young and Young At Heart

A light, warm scent that combines vanilla with blackcurrant and pear, Lancôme Le Vie Est Belle is ideal for women who value the beauty in simplicity. A versatile fragrance that manages to be both effortlessly simple and deep in complexity, this would be equally well suited to a collegiate niece or world-traversing aunt.

Available in a range of sizes and gift packs, shop the range.


The Lad

Designed for the strong, graceful and creative, Only The Brave by Diesel makes buying for the special young man in your life a breeze. Combining citrus top notes of lemon and mandarin with woody cedar, violet and coriander, this fresh scent sits on the right side of mature. 

Available in a range of sizes and gift sets, shop the range.


The Gentleman

Often the hardest group to buy for, Ralph Lauren Polo Red Rush makes it easy to shop for the father figure or significant other in your life. Fruity notes of lemon, red apple and orange flower sit atop musk and cedarwood to create a warm, fresh and balanced scent that compliments any discerning gent. 

Available in 75ml, 125ml and 200ml bottles, shop the range.


The Timeless Woman

An iconic feminine fragrance, award-winning Ralph Lauren, Woman makes a wonderful gift for the elegant woman in your life. Rhubarb, orange blossom and tuberose counterbalance hazelnut and sandalwood to make this effortlessly glamorous scent.

Available in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml bottles, shop the range. 

 

Whoever you’re buying for this Christmas, rest assured that allbeauty is here to make finding the perfect gift easy. 

 

Behind The Scenes Of One Of Prada’s Most Iconic Fragrances

If you love fragrance, you’ll already know that Prada is a giant in the perfume industry, bringing delicately balanced creations from their Italian perfumery into homes around the world. Effortlessly wearable and with an unmistakable aura of luxury, Prada offers the ultimate adventure for the senses. 

We thought this would be a great opportunity to take you behind the scenes of one of Prada’s most acclaimed perfumes, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon. 


The Prada Touch 

From the runaway success of L’Homme Prada to the cult following of Prada Candy, the Prada brand has been synonymous with luxury since the establishment of their fashion house in 1913. 

From beginnings rooted firmly in women’s fashion, Prada has expanded into designer footwear, leather bags, art, architecture and of course, perfume. 

Their ability to transcend the trendy and reinterpret the status quo has resulted in a global brand which focuses on quality over quantity. Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is another in Prada’s long line of iconic additions to the world of fashion and beauty, here’s everything you need to know. 


Prada Luna Rossa, When Substance Matters 

The official fragrance of the America’s Cup, Prada Luna Rossa was inspired by CEO Patrizio Bertelli’s love of sailing. In fact, so passionate about sailing is Mr Bertelli that in 1997 ‘Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team’ entered the race for the America’s Cup and in 2017 it was announced that Prada will be the hosting sponsor of the 2021 America’s Cup event held in New Zealand. 

Unsurprisingly, the classic Prada Luna Rossa fragrance is inspired by all things nautical, from sailing boats to marine flora. Since the release of the first Prada Luna Rossa fragrance in 2012, there have been a handful of further interpretations of the scent, each with a different 

twist. While each of the award-winning Prada Luna Rossa range is unique, they are all connected by their fresh, organic, sensual subtlety. 

The classic Prada Luna Rossa has top notes of lavender and bitter orange, while ‘Prada Luna Rossa Sport’ is a warmer variant including ginger and juniper. ‘Prada Luna Rossa Blackoffers a heavier fragrance with amber and bergamot, while ‘Prada Luna Rossa Carbon’ sets itself apart for introducing a more engineered, high-tech element to the scent. 

Having quickly garnered a global following, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon has become a best-selling fragrance and is a firm allbeauty favourite. 


Prada Luna Rossa Carbon – Your New Signature Scent? 

Intrigued by the newest Prada Luna Rossa fragrance? Here’s everything you need to know to decide if it’s the perfect signature scent for you (spoiler alert: it probably is. 

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon has a complex list of notes which combine to create a fougère fragrance which is spicy and aromatic. The notes which are most pronounced are ambroxan, lavender and metal – which dry down to a light, refreshing scent that is equally reminiscent of nature and industry. 

Top Notes: Bergamot, Pepper

Mid Notes: Lavender, Soil, Water, Metal, Coal

Base Notes: Patchouli, Ambroxan 

Unlike many other masculine fragrances which fall squarely into either formal or casual, Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is serious enough for business but light enough for pleasure. It’s a fragrance guaranteed to send compliments in your direction. 

Prada’s Luna Rossa Carbon has rightly earned its place as a prestige fragrance, appealing to men from all walks of life. It’s refined, modern take on classic perfumery makes it an incredibly versatile fragrance, capable of taking you from the boardroom to Sunday brunch, and everywhere in between. 

Prada Luna Rossa Carbon is available in 50ml and 150ml bottles.

Shop the full Prada Luna Rossa range HERE. 

Lactic Acid

We’ve covered the benefits of using salicylic acid in your skincare regime, but that was only scratching the surface when it comes to acids that are worth being familiar with. Here, we’ll be looking at lactic acid, a lesser-known skincare ingredient that packs a punch.


What Is Lactic Acid

An organic alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) lactic acid is found naturally in our bodies, as well as in some food products such as sour milk. Often associated more with running than skincare, lactic acid is the bane of gym bunnies as it’s the compound that, if produced faster than it can be processed, leads to muscle cramps when exercising. 

But there’s so much more to lactic acid than just curdled milk and sore biceps! Like the other better known AHAs and BHAs, a beneficial function of lactic acid is that it can promote softer, smoother skin. 


How Does It Work?

The actions of lactic acid are threefold. It increases cell turnover, improves skin moisturisation and stimulates the production of collagen. 

Like other AHAs and BHAs, lactic acid is naturally exfoliating and breaks down the bonds that hold old skin cells to the surface. For this reason, it’s also a popular ingredient in creams that reduce keratosis pilaris, the condition associated with bumpy “chicken skin” in which a plug of skin cells build up around a hair follicle. 

Not only that, but lactic acid also improves the skin’s own moisture retention capabilities and increases the release of collagen, leading to skin which is better hydrated and has fewer fine lines and wrinkles. 


Who Can Benefit From Using Lactic Acid?

Unlike salicylic acid which is ideal for oily or acne-prone skin, lactic acid is a dream for those with drier complexions. It’s also one of the best options if you have sensitive skin, due to it being gentler than other AHAs. 

Whatever your skin type, if you’re nervous about using an acid exfoliator in your skincare routine, lactic acid is a great place to start. And while it was once predominantly sourced from milk, nowadays lactic acid is often synthetically produced or plant-derived, so it’s also easy to find vegan-friendly products!


What Products Contain Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid isn’t often shouted about on product packaging in the same way that glycolic acid or other organic acids are. Instead, it tends to be combined with other alpha hydroxy acids and marketed as an AHA acid peel or mask. As always, we recommend checking the ingredients list to find out how prominently lactic acid features within a product. 

We offer a range of lactic acid products at allbeauty, but our favourites happen to both be from market-leaders in organic products, REN Clean Skincare.


Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic – REN Clean Skincare

Winner of the 2018 Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, this tonic/toner is high in lactic acid and is a great choice for those with sensitive skin. It’s also 100% vegan and enriched with willow bark extract and citrus oils.

RRP £25.00 Save £3.50 (14%)

Our Price:  £21.50

Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask – REN Clean Skincare

A stronger version of the popular tonic, this mask combines lactic and glycolic acids to help beat lacklustre skin. Naturally derived, this bio-active peel resurfaces the skin and reveals a brighter, smoother, more even complexion.

RRP £36.00 Save £13.75 (38%)

Our Price: £22.25


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Salicylic Acid

The beauty industry has seen a huge increase in the use of acids in skincare formulations over the last few years, and one of the biggest names in the arena is salicylic acid. It may sound like something you squirted from a pipette in science class, but salicylic acid is a skin-friendly compound that is revolutionising the exfoliation game. Here’s what you need to know…


What Is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA), one of a group of organic acids in which a  carboxylic acid functional group and hydroxy functional group are separated by two atoms. Unless you have a love of molecular chemistry, this might not mean much to you, but ultimately this structure allows BHAs to unblock pores and break down unpleasant build-up on the surface of the skin.


How Does It Work?

The reason that salicylic acid is used in beauty and skincare products is the way that it functions when applied to the skin. The acid dissolves bonds which form between cells on the skin’s surface, helping to break down dry patches and exfoliate deeply. This same function also works on clogged pores, as the acid penetrates deep enough into the pore to break any bonds which have caused clogging. 

As an additional benefit to skin health, the cleansing action of salicylic acid can reduce the production of sebum. This can lead to clearer skin for those prone to acne and makes it a great tool against blemishes

As if that weren’t enough, salicylic acid is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial – a veritable powerhouse of benefits!


Who Can Benefit From Using Salicylic Acid

With such a wealth of deep cleaning functions, it’s no surprise that salicylic acid is ideal for those who suffer from oily skin and/or acne breakouts. Regularly using salicylic acid as part of your cleansing routine will clear the oily surface layer of the skin, remove any buildup from pores, reduce sebum, help to reduce blackheads and whiteheads, and provide your skin with antibacterial properties to reduce the risk of further breakouts. 

But with all that said, those of us suffering from dry skin may find relief from the use of salicylic acid too! Whether you struggle with flaky patches or have combination skin, you may well find that the exfoliation properties of an acid cleanser can help. However, due to the potential for salicylic acid to dry out the skin, it’s important to monitor yours closely to ascertain how it reacts. 


What Products Contain Salicylic Acid?  

Thanks to it’s natural exfoliating and cleansing properties you’ll find salicylic acid in everything from anti-dandruff products to high-end acne treatments. 

When choosing a product which includes salicylic acid, it is worth noting that concentrations will vary, from only containing trace amounts at the low end, to 2% at the high end. Check the ingredients list of your chosen product to see where in the list salicylic acid is mentioned, the higher it features on the list, the more is present in the product.

Want to give it a try? Here are a few of our favourite products which utilise the qualities of salyclic acid.


Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser 

A gentle formula which includes essential oils and organic rose water, this cleanser by Caudalie is a great way to experiment with salicylic acid if you have sensitive, dry or combination skin

Shop now for £16.00


Darphin Resurfacing Peel

If you’re looking for a product that has a bit more oomph, this peel from Darphin is a great choice. It’s a low-level peel which includes botanicals for total skin-renewal and has the bonus of including other organic acids too. 

RRP £50.00  Save £12.50 (25%)

Shop now for £37.50


Peter Thomas Roth Acne Face and Body Scrub

If your acne struggle isn’t contained solely to your face, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find products that can help. This scrub by Peter Thomas Roth is a fantastic addition to your skincare routine as it has been designed to target both areas. With 1% salicylic acid you’ll see results in no time.

Shop now for £17.95


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The Festive Season Glow

The festive season is fast approaching, and in fact, many Christmas parties are already in full swing so if you haven’t yet turned your attention to your tanning, now is your chance. We’ve called on tanning experts Bellamianta to share their professional tips for party perfect skin, in just 4 steps. 

P.S You can get and additional 10% off all our Sun and Tan shop (no minimum spend!) Use Code: TANME until Midnight Friday 25/10/19! ✨


There’s no doubt about it; the perfect party season accessory is always a gorgeous, golden glow. Christmas is all about sparkle, shimmer and shine so it’s time to up the ante when it comes to a skin-loving glow. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’ve got a couple of low-key events in the diary or it’s packed full of glitz and glam extravaganzas, ensure your tan is always on point with these simple, skin perfecting tips. ‘Tis the season to glow, after all.


Step 1: Prep is Key

While it can be easy to reach for your tan straight away, the key to a flawless finish is all about that base. To ensure your skin is in prime condition for tanning, exfoliate using a gentle scrub (such as our Triple Action Glycolic Body Scrub) and mitt thoroughly, 24-hours prior to tanning. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the skin’s outermost layer to help ensure even coverage on application. After exfoliating, moisturise your skin.


Step 2: Apply your tan

If you can, shower 30-minutes before application. This will enable your skin to return to its natural PH balance and allow time for your pores to close. Do not apply body lotion or deodorant before tanning. Make sure your underarms are deodorant free and avoid using any oil based products, as they can leave traces on the skin that can cause streaking.

For a long-lasting glow, our Rapid Self-Tanning Tinted Mousse is a winner, for good reason. The beauty of this tan, is that you are in control of its colour. Simply leave on for 2-hours for a light tan, wash off after 3-hours for a medium glow or for the darkest results, leave on for 6 or more hours. The mousse formula is super easy to use (even for tanning newbies), gliding over the skin and blending perfectly for a fabulous finish.


Step 3: Elevate your look

The Christmas party season definitely calls for next level tanning. Our Flawless Filter Body Make-Up is perfect for those festive nights out. A wash-off body and face makeup, it effortlessly blurs imperfections, while the special tinted formula is designed to bronze and gloss your skin instantly. It gives a HD finish that lasts all day long and looks so flawless that #nofilter is required on those festive photos.

A firm favourite with beauty bloggers and make-up artists, our Skin Perfecting Illuminating Bronzing Powder is unlike anything you have tried before. Just at the name suggests, this Bronzing Power works to perfect your skin while illuminating it for a glow that keeps on giving. The golden bronzing power cleverly reflects light, while offering subtle coverage, to give your skin a gorgeous, natural golden glow. Lightweight, ultra-fine pigments enhance the skin’s natural undertones for a truly unique skin perfecting finish. Plus, it’s suitable for use on both the face and body, making this one of the most versatile beauty products you could ever own!

 


Step 4: Keep the glow alive

Now that you’ve tanned you’ll want to keep the glow alive. Using our Self Tanning Gradual Moisturiser will not only keep your skin super hydrated, but it will deepen your tan and extend its duration too so when those last-minute Christmas catch-ups with friends roll around, you’ll definitely be ready. Plus, like all our Bellamianta products, it is packed full of skin-loving, organic ingredients, keeping it super soft and in tip-top condition.


This festive season, enjoy the greatest gift of all – a gorgeous, golden glow.

Don’t forget that you can get and additional 10% off all our Sun and Tan shop (no minimum spend!)

Use Code: TANME

until Midnight Friday 25/10/19!


Fight The Freeze

The season for weddings, BBQs and outdoor functions may be over, but that doesn’t mean the social butterfly gets to rest its wings. If anything, with the turn in season we have to up our beauty game. It isn’t easy to look glam at those festive parties and candle-lit birthday celebrations when you’ve been wrestling your umbrella and dodging the downpours. 

Well, in true allbeauty style, we’re here to make your life easy. Today we’ll be highlighting a few key products that will prove to be your greatest allies during the upcoming party season. So, without further ado…

Best Waterproof Makeup Products for Winter

Between the rain, hail, sleet and snow, winter can quickly turn you from a Glamazon into a drowned raccoon. If you want to look your best whatever the weather, you need to have the right tools on hand, but which waterproof products should be a must in your beauty kit? 

Eyes

  • Waterproof mascara, like the High Impact Waterproof Mascara from Clinique, is an absolute beauty essential for winter, ensuring that those lashes stay where they’re meant to throughout the day. But waterproof eye makeup doesn’t stop at just mascara!
  • For those evenings when you want a bold look, why not try magnetic lashes? Unlike traditional fake lashes which rely on glue, these Eylure Baroque corner lashes simply attach to lids using a magnetic applicator which comes included. No risk of your lashes sliding down your face with these!
  • To finish off the look, the Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil is ideal for creating a smoky eye on a winter’s night out, this is one eye liner that really stands it’s ground! And if you want to avoid wayward brows, you won’t find better than Wunderbrow 1-Step Brow Gel by Wunder2.

Face

It’s all very well having perfect eye makeup, but that’s no help if your foundation is pooling around your collar.

  • With Estee Lauder’s Double Wear range, you can be confident that whatever winter throws at you, your face can handle it. With over 20 shades of foundation and even water-proof concealers in the range, these are the winter must-haves.
  • For a touch of colour, you can’t go wrong with Dior Addict Lip Tattoo, which provides lasting coverage unlike any other – up to 10 hours in fact. And for continuing the rosy cheeked look indoors and out, award-winning Benefit Benetint is a fantastic stain that can be used on both cheeks and lips.
  • Lastly, finish your makeup with a light spray of Glamglow Glowsetter. Not only will it keep your face in place, but as it’s infused with caffeine and tea extracts it will hydrate and invigorate your skin too. Result!

Best Windproof Hair Products for Winter

There’s a time and a place for that windswept look, and as luck would have it, it is usually neither here nor now. Whether you have fine hair which falls flat at the first sign of a breeze, or curly hair which gets a little over-excited with humidity, there’s a product to help balance your hair this winter. 

  • Caught out by a sudden shower? Keep Frizz Dismiss by Redken in your office drawer to tame your hair, whatever the weather. This serum can be used on dry or wet hair and instantly reduces frizz.
  • For fine, flat hair, Kerastase Bouffant Styling Mousse is a godsend, amping up the volume from roots to tips. With built in heat protection and good hold, this is a must for using in conjunction with your curling tongs or rollers.
  • Curly ladies, we got you. You’ve got naturally voluminous hair, but, like cashmere, you’ve got to protect those delicate locks from the elements. Joico Humidity Blocker Hairspray does just that, creating a light protective barrier around each strand which blocks humidity and keeps your curls looking their best.


Which of these products will you be incorporating into your winter beauty regime this year? We’d love to hear what’s working for you.

What’s The Difference?

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

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


Cleansers

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

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

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

Skincare

Main types: Oil, Serum, Tonic, Balm

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

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


Face

Main types: BB, CC, Tinted Moisturiser, Foundation

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

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


Fragrance

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

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

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


Masks

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

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


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

A Reason To Smile #WorldSmileDay

Smile Makers: Meet the Brand

Beauty, health, nutrition and wellness no longer standing in isolation rather, a more holistic approach to beauty considers skin, body and mind as a whole entity.  An important element of this includes sexual wellbeing; something that Smile Makers have been dedicated to since launching in 2013. 

We caught up with the brand for National Smile Day and spoke with them about the health benefits of their products, their mission and got some top tips for choosing the right Smile Maker.

Sexual wellness and overall health

The wellness benefits of sexual activities reach far beyond plumped skin and flushed cheeks. From better intimate hygiene to pain relief, quality of sleep and self-confidence, solo sex and couple sex help us live happier and healthier lives. 

Yet, despite these benefits and the changes brought about by the sexual revolution, the topic remains often taboo and has been preempted by the shady adult industry. It’s time we create spaces out of the shadow, and in broad daylight to start an open and respectful conversation about it!

Enter Smile Makers…
For a joyful and educated sexuality

Smile Makers has been created to normalize the perception of female sexuality and invite women to explore and enjoy their sexuality. They do so by developing quality sexual products for women: friendly vibrators and premium lubricants that you can now find on allbeauty

Firm believers that sex is a normal part of life and an important component of our well-being, Smile Makers sell their products exclusively in health, beauty and fashion stores. Never in sex shops. They also believe that to change mindsets around female sexuality, education is key. That’s why their work with experts of female sexuality to develop a reliable sex education called Vulva Talks. They embed this knowledge in their products to bring you the best possible experience! 

 

Interested to start a journey of self-exploration? Here are their tips…

Things to consider to buy your first vibrator

First and foremost, when it comes to sex, nobody knows better than you what you like and want. But sometimes, we don’t even ask ourselves that question. Start there. Without prejudice or social pressure. It’s only you with yourself, and nobody will judge you! If you need a little help for that, take our quiz to get a personalized recommendation based on your preferences. 100% anonymous!

Other things to keep in mind:

 – What is it made of? The whole point of a sensual toy is to give yourself a great sensorial experience. So, it’s worth paying attention to the material used. Smile Makers vibrators are made of a silicone that undergoes a unique polishing process, making it incredibly smooth. 

– Choose a body-safe product. Smile Makers are made out of super food-grade silicone, which means they are as safe for the human body as baby kitchenware.

– Don’t let the buzz ruin the mood. Bullet vibrators can be loud. Like really loud. Besides the fact that you might want to keep your me-time activities to yourself, it’s also quite annoying. With less than 40dB sound level, Smile Makers vibrators know how to keep a low profile. 

Take the quiz now to find the Smile Maker for you!

Squalane Oil

We’re taking a look at one of the lesser-known plant-derived ingredients in beauty, Squalane Oil. If you’ve not heard of this unique skincare powerhouse before, read on to get a brief explanation of what it is, how it works, and who it’s for. 

What is Squalane Oil?

Our bodies naturally produce a compound called squalene in the sebaceous glands. Squalene enhances the integrity of cells and reduces moisture loss, as well as being believed to have a host of potential medical benefits. Unfortunately, as we get older, the level of squalene produced by the body decreases, which is where squalane oil comes in.

The hydrogenated version of squalene, squalane oil has all the same benefits and can be applied directly to the skin. Because our bodies understand its chemical composition, it is absorbed and used easily, without irritation. 

The oil itself is silky and glides on like as you’d expect from an oil, but absorbs quickly, leaving no greasy residue. Lightweight and incredibly hydrating, it can be used as part of your morning or evening moisturising routine. 

Squalane oil can also be used on the face, body and hair.

 


Where Does it Come From?

Squalane oil has been used in eastern medicine for centuries. Originally harvested from the liver of sharks, today’s squalane oil comes from much more ethical sources. 

Rice bran, amaranth seed, wheat germ, olives and sugarcane can all be used to produce a renewable, sustainable source of squalane oil. Thanks, science!


Who Can Benefit From Squalane Oil?

Squalane oil is one of those rare products that can genuinely benefit all skin types. It isn’t often that a skincare product is equally as well suited to sensitive dry skin as it is to acne-prone skin, yet squalane oil can claim both. 

Dry and Dehydrated Skin

If you suffer from tight, scaly, dry skin which turns red if you so much as look at it the wrong way, squalane oil is a fantastic tool to have in your arsenal. 

As well as increasing hydration and retaining the skin’s moisture, squalene oil is very lightweight. If you’re tired of heavy, greasy emollients, you might be surprised at how a few drops of this silky oil compares.

Oily and Acne-Prone Skin

Gone are the days when oil was considered a no-no for acne-prone skin. Many of the products used to dry out acne are astringents, which strip the skin of its naturally beneficial oils. Your skin then goes into overdrive to replenish the oils, and so the cycle continues. 

Squalane oil not only anti-inflammatory but is non-comedogenic and hydrates the skin without creating a skin barrier. This allows the skin to breathe, reducing the risk of blocked pores and breakouts.

Combination Skin 

In the endless battle to suit the needs of both oily and dry areas of skin, many of our allbeauty readers find that they have to prioritise one complaint over another. 

The use of squalane oil helps to regulate excess oil production while still hydrating skin at a cellular level. Unlike many other moisturisers, squalane oil is able to promote hydration without creating an external skin barrier. This avoids the risk of blocking pores in oilier zones, making it ideal for combination skin. 

Ageing and Sun-Damaged Skin

Whether due to age or environmental factors, most of us will eventually experience fine lines and wrinkles. While it may not be able to turn back the hands of time, squalane oil can certainly improve the skin’s appearance.

Skin cell hydration is one of the key ways that squalane oil helps ageing or sun-damaged skin, as plump skin show lines less readily. Containing antioxidants, the skin is also protected against free radicals and oxidisation – both of which speed of the ageing process. 


If you’re interested in trying squalane oil for yourself, why not give Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil or Indeed Laboratories Squalane Facial Oil a try?  To view all of our Ingredients and read the full articles go to allbeauty.com

Kérastase Scalp Scrub

If you haven’t introduced scalp scrubs into your haircare routine yet, what are you waiting for? In the same way that your skin needs regular exfoliation to clear away the bad stuff, your scalp needs it too. A scalp scrub is an essential treatment that your scalp and strands will love. 


What’s a hair scrub?

When it comes to your skincare routine, you may know exactly what your skin is calling out for, such as a helpful dose of hydration, a good cleanse, or deep exfoliation. The same needs apply to your scalp, after all, under all that hair, there’s skin there that needs attention too.

A scalp scrub is a perfect way to ensure that your scalp is looked after. It’s designed to clear away styling products, pollution, dead cells and other impurities that have the tendency to collect on your scalp. Remember: you can’t grow beautiful hair if you don’t create the right conditions for it to thrive. That’s why starting with the scalp is so important. 


What’s the best hair scrub for me? 

Normal to Oily

Enriched with gentle exfoliants like sea salt minerals the Kérastase Fusio-Scrub Energisant is designed to care for normal to oily scalp conditions to help exfoliate the deeply-ingrained impurities found within the hair and scalp. Made with Salicylic acid and Vitamin B5, the formula improves skin comfort whilst helping to nourish your locks and prevent dryness. It helps to instantly reinject up to 72% more volume & up to 6x more shine after one application.

Normal to Sensitive

For those with normal to sensitive scalps, try Kérastase Fusio-Scrub  Apaisant, enriched with Jojoba Seeds and Sweet Orange Peel to gently cleanse your scalp to remove dead cells and dirt particles, therefore, helping improve skin comfort and prevent dryness. 


How do I incorporate a scalp scrub into my haircare routine?

The key here is moderation. Just as you shouldn’t be deeply exfoliating your face every day, the same rule applies to your scalp. Too much exfoliation can leave the skin sensitive, and clear away the essential oils your hair needs to thrive. It’s therefore recommended that you incorporate a scalp scrub once/twice a week into your current haircare routine. Replace your routine shampoo and apply your Kérastase Fusio-Scrub to wet hair, emulsify into the scalp and hair to gently remove all impurities from your scalp and hair. Then let it work its magic, proceed as normal to conditioning. Your hair will have had an ultimate deep cleanse for boosted volume and shine. It’s as easy as that. 


Reinject volume back into your hair while gently exfoliating your locks, all with a scalp scrub designed for your specific haircare needs- try it today! Shop all Kérastase Now: