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5 Reasons Travel Size Makeup and Toiletries Are The Future

Here at allbeauty, we LOVE a travel size beauty product. We certainly don’t need any encouragement to get our hands on the latest mini makeup must-haves. But just in case you’re still sitting on the fence, here are five reasons we go wild for travel size toiletries.


1. Small on size, big on convenience

Whether you’re jetting off on a long haul adventure or spending a weekend at the in-laws, there’s no need to sacrifice convenience this summer. For short holidays of only a few days, our range of products below 30ml is ideal, while if you’re holidaying for a week or more, the “over 30ml” options will keep you well supplied until you return home.

You’d be amazed how many travel size toiletries you can fit into one mini makeup bag. Perfume? Check. Lotion? Check. Shampoo, conditioner, antiperspirant, cleanser, serum, face cream, hand cream, toner, foundation, lipstick, gloss, mascara? CHECK! 

Why force yourself to prioritise the essentials when you can bring it all?

2. They can save you money

Don’t get caught out making last-minute emergency purchases! It pays to be organised and buying toiletries is no exception. A recent investigation into comparative prices between duty free and the high street showed you can often end up paying over the odds for beauty products in airports. 

Instead, save money by ordering everything you need in advance, at allbeauty.

What’s more, for the same amount you’d spend on one large bottle, you can justify buying multiples in travel size. Leave one at work, one in your bag and one at your partner’s apartment – it’s a win/win/win! 

3. Doctor’s orders

You want to be prepared for any situation, whether it be an impromptu meal after work or an unexpected overnight stay. What you don’t want is to lug around all that excess weight. 

The average handbag weighs 3 kilograms, that’s three bags of sugar! It’s no wonder that 63% of women experience regular back pain. Travel size toiletries and mini makeup allow you to scale back the weight of what you keep in your beauty kit, without the need to sacrifice any of your must-have items.

So, whether you’re rocking a changing bag, backpack or slimline purse, free up some room and give your back a break by opting for travel size makeup. Make room for what’s most important.

4. Reduce your holiday waste

Let’s be honest, how many of us have abandoned shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and a host of other toiletries in our hotel at the end of a week away? Do you really want to run the risk of the bottle reopening in your case on the journey home? With travel size products, you bring only what you need, reducing the amount of holiday products which end up in landfill.

Not only that, but those little empty bottles at the end of your holiday still have plenty of life in them. Tried a new lotion and loved it? Buy the full-size version when you get home and decant some into the travel size bottle for your gym bag. 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – Synchronised Recovery Complex II 50ml– Our Price £76.00

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – Synchronized Recovery Complex II 30mlOur Price £55.00 save £3.00 (5%) off RRP

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet – Eau de Toilette Spray 100mlOur Price £63.20 save £15.80 (20%) off RRP

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet – Eau de Toilette Spray 30mlOur Price £37.30  save £6.70 (15%) off RRP

5. Try before you buy

You’ve heard good things about a new perfume but aren’t sure whether to commit. With travel size, you don’t have to! One of the best reasons for buying travel size makeup, perfume or toiletries, is that you get to try new products without having the initial financial outlay. 

Purchasing the mini version of a product you have your eye on allows you to give it a trial run; you can decide later whether the full-size is an investment worth making. 

Those in our office with sensitive skin swear by travel size moisturisers for precisely this reason. There’s nothing worse than buying that new, high-end cream, only to end up having an unfortunate, expensive, breakout. 

Not just that, but many mini beauty products, including lipgloss, perfumes and skincare, also come in collections of a brand’s best selling products. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to try a range of similar shades, scents, or formulations that you may not have picked out otherwise. 

Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum 30ml Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 30ml  Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml Decleor Hydra Floral 24Hr Hydrating Rich Cream 50ml
Our Price £38.20

You save £17.80 (32%) off RRP

Our Price £51.00

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Our Price £59.95

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Our Price £28.95

You save £16.05 (36%) off RRP


If you’ve been inspired to dip your toes into the world of travel size toiletries, we’ve made the process easy. All of your favourite mini products, in one place, at a great price – browse the range here.

Lancôme Idôle, for women of a new era

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

“Women who dare to dream.

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

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

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

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

 Node breakdown:

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

 Then there’s the bottle.

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

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


The Rose of Idôle

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

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

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


Rose Petal of Isparta, Turkey

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

 


Super infusion of Jasmin Grandiflorum from India

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


 Shop Idôle now

Mienai Oshare; The Unseen Japanese Beauty

You have probably heard of the popular beauty craze K-Beauty from Korea, but did you know there is a different Asian derived beauty trend which was founded before Korean Beauty? So, what is it? J-Beauty.

J-Beauty incorporates beauty, skincare, and regimes in Japan. KBeauty tends to feature a lot more colours in their makeup palettes and quirkiness within their skincare regimen such as bubble masks, whereas J-Beauty likes to keep things a little simpler. You may think that J-Beauty would incorporate the same type of products as K-Beauty, however, Japan has a long history of traditions when it comes to skincare and cosmetics. Below the mystery of Japanese beauty secrets are unravelled:


Timeless Traditions

Japanese minimalist and timeless traditions have been rooted in their culture from as early as 700 AD. When you think of traditional Japanese beauty, what comes to mind? Possibly a Geisha? Women cover their face with a white powder called Oshiroi as a symbol of beauty. Fast-forward to the 1600s and beauty cosmetics in Japan were primarily focused on three colours: white, black and red. White powder was used to lighten the face whilst red lips were painted on top in a smaller shape than the natural lip. Red lipstick was also used to accent the outer corners of their eyes with red. Some Japanese women would colour their teeth black as it was a traditional expression of beauty and grandeur. 


Western Influences

Skip forward to the late 1800s and Western influences were growing ever-stronger in Asia after Japan opened their borders to Dutch merchants. Japanese women started to use a broader range of palettes and colours for their make-up as opposed to the traditional three colours. The 20th century provided face powders and lipsticks in a wider range of shades. Extensive variations of skincare products appeared within the cosmetics industry. After World War II and Japan’s surrender to the United States, Japan’s beauty regimes became heavily influenced by Western media – especially American films, celebrities and print magazines.


Innovation Of Cleansing 

So, what is the main focus when it comes to J-Beauty skincare?

Primarily, J-Beauty is all about simplicity, freshness, velvet-like skin and enhancing natural beauty. Did you know that Japanese women introduced us to the concept of double-cleansing? Protecting the skin from the sun is important within the J-Beauty trend, so expect a lot of products to contain SPF. Having clean, moisturised skin is important so products such as serums, facemasks, cleansers and oils are popular, with lighter textures such as milks, gels and emulsions being favoured over thicker creams. Japanese Beauty prioritises taking care of the skin with respect and creating products with the intention of making the skin look and feel its absolute best by offering long-term benefits as a result of preventative care. Why don’t you give Sensai’s 2 Step Cleanse & Purify range a go? Let the results do the talking:

SENSAI Silky Purifying Step 1 Remove & Reveal Cleansing Gel with Scrub. Our Price £34.95 – save £6.05 (15%) off RRP

SENSAI Silky Purifying Step 2 Cleanse & Purify Mud Soap (Wash & Mask). Our Price £34.95- save £6.05 (15%) off RRP


Genuine Ingredients

How does a J-Beauty skincare regime differ? Japanese beauty products tend to avoid ingredients with a high percentage of alcohol or the use of harsh chemicals which can irritate the skin. J-Beauty makes use of natural ingredients which derives from the Japanese tradition of using fruits/vegetables, leaves and other organic ingredients in their skincare products. A few examples of popular ingredients used include collagen, pearls, seaweed and green tea extracts. These all-natural ingredients have provided Japanese women with a number of benefits for the skin for centuries, such as softer skin with more elasticity.


Creating Circles

Here’s another Japanese beauty secret for you – as well as being mindful about what is being put on the skin, J Beauty also considers the method of application. Japanese tradition considers the beauty regime as a sign of self-love with the philosophy that skincare should be like a marathon rather than a sprint. Being delicate and applying lotions in a circular motion instead of rubbing are examples of this.  Have you tried SENSAI Silky Purifying Sponge

Shop now to avoid causing any irritation or stress to the skin for just £9.90


Time Is Of The Essence

So, if you are looking for skincare and beauty products which prioritise creating healthy skin and natural ingredients, J Beauty would be perfect for you! Do you want to know how to start your own J-Beauty routine?

#1 Use products with a high percentage of natural ingredients, and a low percentage of alcohol and harsh chemicals.

#2 Double-cleanse and use light textured products such as gels, emulsions and milks.

#3 Always use an SPF to protect your skin from UV rays.

#4 Take your time with your new skincare regime and think of it as an act of self-love and self-care. 


Shop Now for our hand picked Japanese beauty range;

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream 

Our Price £44.75 – save £13.25 (23%) off RRP

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Masque 

Our Price £31.95save £13.95 (30%) off RRP

Shiseido Protection Urban Environment UV Cream  SPF50 For Face & Body

Our Price £23.50 – save £10.50 (31%) off RRP

 

SENSAI Cellular Performance Standard Series Emulsion II 

Our Price £67.50save £14.50 (18%) off RRP

ISSEY MIYAKE L’Eau D’Issey Pour Homme Eau de Toilette Spray  Gift Set

Our Price £48.95 – save £14.05 (22%) off RRP


Shop the full range here: Japanese Beauty Secrets

Summer Sunshine Safety

Summer’s not over just yet- there’s still time to have fun in the sun and soak up the rays.  We want to make the most of every moment in the sunshine (as it doesn’t come around very often!) and we don’t want to be hiding away; let’s be safe and not sorry. You may associate SPF (Sun Protection Factor) with sun prevention products to use whilst you’re chilling by the pool or beach, however it is an acronym that is appearing increasingly on skincare bottles and vials for everyday use.  So whether you’re planning on a summer mini break to the city, packing your bags for a long haul vacation, or simply planning to spend more time outdoors in your garden soaking up the summer sun, read on to find out more about why you should consider using SPF products in your skincare routine.


Here comes the sun…    

SPF comes in different factors, ranging from 2 – 50+. According to the NHS, Sun creams and lotions should be at least SPF15, however, factors 30-50 are most effective when it comes to preventing your skin from over exposure to UVA & B rays. It is possible to experience skin damage on a cloudy or overcast day, so it is important to make sure your skin is protected when you are spending long periods of time outdoors.        

Shop our best seller Estée Lauder  DayWearMulti Protection Anti Oxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser SPF15 50ml for just £40.50 – saving 10% off RRP.


What is the difference between UVA and B rays?   

UV B rays are responsible for causing sunburn. Whilst sunburn can be soothed with after sun products, it’s crucial to note that UVA rays can also cause irreversible skin damage in the long term as they can penetrate through several layers of the skin, causing sun spots, signs of aging and elevating the risk of skin cancer. SPF specifically relates to prevention against UV B rays

Shop our Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Tanning Milk for Body SPF30 400ml for just £19.95 –  saving 38% off RRP.


How can I incorporate SPF products into my skincare routine?

If you’re a city dweller, Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Hydrating Shield SPF50 is a moisturising lotion which can be used as the last step in your skincare regimen to strengthen and protect skin. It offers tinted protection against UV rays, meaning that it can also be used in place of foundation. The Prevage range is especially designed to prevent ageing and also fights against environmental stresses, such as pollution, making it ideal for those with a commute.  

Fans of French Brand Caudalie will be familiar with the brand’s exciting origins from the vineyards of Bordeaux. But did you know that their famous grape vines can be combined with SPF? Caudalie’s Anti-Wrinkle Face Suncare has SPF50 incorporated within its formula containing organic grape water and antioxidants. Formulated without traces of oxybenzone or octinoxate, this product is a great addition to skincare routines for fans of natural beauty & ocean swimming as it is free of chemicals suspected to cause damage to the marine ecosystem (coral reefs included).  Bonus – as well as being lightweight, the product is delightfully fragranced with notes of Frangipani flowers in addition to providing SPF protection. Apply generously to the face before exposure to the sun – avoiding the eye contour. Shop Caudalie’s Whole Suncare Range here.

Shiseido Urban Environment UV Protection Cream Plus SPF50 for Face & Body 50ml can be used as a base for your foundation and should be applied daily after your usual skincare routine. We love that this cream is for Face and Body – it can be applied to the neck and décolletage to protect against ageing and damage in these oft-neglected areas!  Shop now for £23.50- saving 31% off RRP.

Further details on our favourite SPF moisturisers can be found within our Summer Beauty Inspiration pages.


allbeauty’s Sun Protection FABULOUS tips     

Pay attention to expiry dates, replenishing products that have expired to ensure that you are maximising their effectiveness and making the most of your skincare routine.    

Re-apply SPF products frequently throughout the day (before heading out on your lunch break, after swimming, half an hour before gardening) to ensure that you are always protected from over exposure! The NHS recommend that you apply SPF products half an hour before being outside for extended periods, as well as immediately before you go out.  Our Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Touch Face Cream SPF30 50ml + Free Gift is perfect protection at just £14. 

Fan of acids and toners? When these are used in your skincare routine, your skin can be more sensitive to sunlight, which is why you should always consider using SPF skincare products to help protect against sensitivity.   

Have you tried UltraSun Face Brightening, Anti-Spot & Anti-Pollution Fluid?Shop  for just £23.80 – saving 15% off RRP


Fake It, Don’t Bake it

Sun tanning is not a safe activity – if you’re interested in products that can help you develop a sunless tan, then check out our range of fake tan products here . Avoid the risk of sun burn with our loved St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse .

Shop now for £18.20 – saving 45% off RRP .


The one word we don’t like: Sunburn

We don’t welcome sunburn but sometimes it arrives unexpectedly. What to do when it all goes wrong? We believe that the best way to combat sunburn is through prevention but you need to know what to do if you find your skin irritated and an unfortunate shade of lobster. If you experience burnt skin as a result of overexposure, it is important to treat this as quickly as possible – make sure you also drink water to prevent dehydration and always consult a doctor if you experience severe signs of sunburn.  Our two favourite picks:

Moisturisers and balms containing aloe vera, such as Clinique After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe, can help to soothe and cool irritated areas of skin, 150ml for just £19. Lierac Sunissme SOS Repairing Serum,  contains witch hazel and omega 3 and 9s can help repair skin from intense exposure from the sun helping to refresh, soothe and prolong tanning results, 30ml for £21.95 saving 51% off RRP

allbeauty has a range of products which can be used to soothe sunburn or to maximise your tan. We recommend that you always apply moisturiser after exposure to the sun – but remember, when it comes to sunburn, prevention is better than a cure!

Shop After Sun here.


All of our summer beauty can be found here. Don’t hide from the sun but ensure that you are protected and enjoy! 

*information correct at the time of publishing

Smooth & Buffed: Summer Bodycare Tips

From festival days to beach rays, here are our top products for ensuring that your summer body care routine leaves you feeling at ease – whatever the weather.

Self Tanning & Fake Tan – products to ensure an even and beautiful skin tone!

Albeauty carries a wide range of self tanning products, which can assist you in the quest to get that elusive sun-kissed glow from tip to toe whilst treating your skin to some sweet summer scents. Don’t forget to apply SPF in addition though – more on that below!

allbeauty loves:

Getting Silky Satin Smooth: Indulging in Cocoa:
Gatineau Body Basics Tan Accelerating Lotion 400mlGatineau Body Basics Tan Accelerating Lotion 400ml
RRP: £49.00
Our Price: £28.45
Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream with Unsaponiflables of Cocoa 150ml

Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream with Unsaponiflables of Cocoa 150ml
RRP: £26.00
Our Price: £22.75

Beautifying the complexion with Pansy & Chestnut: Soothing with Magnolia Essential Oil & Vanilla:
Sisley Self Tan Hydrating Facial Skincare 60mlSisley Self Tan Hydrating Facial Skincare 60ml
RRP: £97.00
Our Price: £67.50
Decléor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk 250ml

Decléor Aroma Confort Systeme Corps Gradual Glow Hydrating Body Milk 250ml
RRP: £35.00
Our Price: £18.95

Want to fake a tan, but feeling a bit cautious? We understand. For years, there has been a great divide between those who can apply product to look like they’ve just spent the summer in the Bahamas sunning with cocktails on tap and those who have been, for want of a better word, tangoed. However, formulas have changed over the years and with the importance of SPF becoming more and more widely known, you never know, 2019 may just see you becoming a fan of the fake tan. Check out our product recommendations!

allbeauty loves:

The Flawless Faker The Award Winner
Fake Bake Instant Flawless Self Tan Liquid 170ml & Professional Mitt

Fake Bake Instant Flawless Self Tan Liquid 170ml & Professional Mitt
RRP: £24.95
Our Price: £16.35

St Tropez Gradual Everyday Tinted Body Lotion 200ml,St Tropez Gradual Everyday Tinted Body Lotion 200ml,
RRP: £15.00
Our Price: £12.00
 

The Bronzer

 

The Hydration Booster

MineTan Hydrate Base Tans Coconut Foam with Coconut Water 200ml & Tanning MittElemis Sunwise Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser for Face 50ml
RRP: £32.50
Our Price: £19.95
MineTan Hydrate Base Tans Coconut Foam with Coconut Water 200ml & Tanning MittMineTan Hydrate Base Tans Coconut Foam with Coconut Water 200ml & Tanning Mitt
Our Price: £11.95

Top tip : Fake tan debutantes – make sure that you are well moisturised in advance to avoid a streaky look.

 

SPF (Sun Protection Factor):

We can’t stress this enough, whilst it’s important to ensure that your skin gets its daily dose of Vitamin D from outdoor exposure, applying products with Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is crucial for the protection of your skin against UV B rays. It is highly recommended that SPF is worn in summer with a minimum factor of 15 to ensure that your skin is protected – even on those overcast days.

Water Resistant Wonders
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Confort Cream SPF 50+ 50mlLa Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Confort Cream SPF 50+ 50ml
RRP: £16.50
Our Price: £12.35
Shiseido Aging Protection Lotion Plus SPF50+ 100mlShiseido Aging Protection Lotion Plus SPF50+ 100ml
RRP: £34.00
Our Price: £27.20
Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Tanning Milk for Body SPF30 400ml

Lancaster Sun Beauty Velvet Tanning Milk for Body SPF30 400ml
RRP: £32.00
Our Price: £17.95

Caudalie Beautifying Suncare Oil SPF30 150mlCaudalie Beautifying Suncare Oil SPF30 150ml
Our Price: £21.00


Hair Removal

Whether you embrace it, tolerate it or loathe it, controlling hair growth in the summer can be time-consuming and repetitive. If you’re fed up of choosing between a myriad of neon disposable razors, expensive salon trips or shaving subscriptions, then this section is for you. From epilation to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), handheld devices can provide more permanent solutions to your hair removal issues. Consider it a Summer Beauty investment!

What is IPL?

IPL uses light pulses to tackle hair pigmentation, which targets hair follicles at the root, discouraging growth. It can take between 6-8 sessions to be completely hairfree, but it offers you less maintenance in the long term.
IPL can reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. Double check that IPL is suitable for your hair and skin type, as pigmentation and melanin can impact product use.

Exploring Epilation:

Epilation is the act of removing multiple hairs at once using an electrical device (referred to as an Epilator). The Braun range of epilators catches even the smallest of hairs, meaning that it is a good alternative to waxing, where you have to allow for hair growth in between sessions.

We recommend exfoliating first to reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. To allow for an easier and more comfortable epilation, you can use the devices in the shower or bath.

allbeauty loves:

Philips IPL Lumea Prestigage Cordless BRI950/00
RRP: £520.00
Our Price: £299.95

Braun Silk-épil 9-561 Epilator
RRP: £149.99
Our Price: £99.95

Braun Silk-épil SensoSmart 7/880 Cordless Epilator
RRP: £164.99
Our Price: £74.95

Braun Silk-Expert 5 IPL
RRP: £399.99
Our Price: £229.95

Feet

Have your feet had a winter of hibernation in socks and tights? Now is the time to air those toes and schedule in a bit of pampering – especially if you’re planning on donning your best summer footwear. Let’s face it, summer is when you are most likely to try out those super impractical but oh so fancy wedges or go on an impromptu hike (let’s hope not in conjunction but, hey, we’ve all been there), so it’s a good time to make sure your feet are adequately cared for.

allbeauty loves:

 

The Refresher

Masque B.A.R Intensive Moisturising Foot Mask x 2
RRP: £9.99
Our Price: £8.95

The Comforter

Nuxe Rêve de Miel Foot Cream 75ml
RRP: £11:00
Our Price: £9.90

Bring The Beach To You

Ahava  Deadsea Water Mineral Footcream 100ml
Our Price: £17:00

The Ultimate Foot Peel

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel
RRP: £19.99
Our Price: £14.90

For further summer beauty inspiration visit our Summer Beauty shop at www.allbeauty.com/summer

*Information correct at time of publishing

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

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

Why do I need to detox my hair?

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

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

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

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

Where does the charcoal come from?

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

How often do I need to use them?

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

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

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

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

Shop the Powerful Charcoal range now on the allbeauty website

 

*Information correct at the time of publishing

 

Father’s Day 2019 Gifting Inspiration

Father’s Day

With Father’s Day just around the corner , we’ve taken a look at gifting ideas for the most important men in your life. Whether you are buying for a partner from your children, gifting for a father figure or older gentleman, we have considered your needs from all angles!

Looking for even more great gift ideas? Take a look at our Father’s Day Shop
*Information correct at the time of publishing

Summer Strand Struggles: Our Guide To Heatwave Hair

Summer ushers in the promise of long hazy nights and sunny days languishing on sandy shores with perfect mermaid hair.

However, we all know that the summer sun can bring in a whole new wave of issues when it comes to taking your hair from the beach to the club, dealing with humidity on the commute or even the joys of office air con.

From frizzy hair problems to dry ends and lack of volume, our cheat guide to Heatwave Hair is going to unpack the main ways in which you can combat summer strand struggles and maintain a tousled je ne sais quoi about your coiffure. Move over swamp monster from the deep and hello Brigitte Bardot!

Hair Mists, Sprays & Perfumes

There’s such a wide range of hair mists, sprays and perfumes on the market that it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for the season below.

Looking for bounce and volume?

Reach for a Hair Mist! Hair mists contain a variety of different minerals and vitamins designed to strengthen and enrich your hair. Italian brand Davines uses turnip extract in it’s Volu mist to provide hair with vitamins A, B and C.
Davines - Volu Hair MistTo use, spray Davines Volu (RRP £25.15 Our Price £22.45) onto towel dried hair to add volume and shine. This product can be used on all hair types but is especially effective on fine or limp hair

Looking to add texture?

Maybe you should try a hair salt spray! Salt Sprays are great for adding waves and movement to your hair for that tousled beach siren look.

Alterna Caviar Style  Sea Salt Spray  (RRP £29.50 Our Price £17.95) can be used when air drying your hair and helps to protect hair from heat.
Alterna Caviar Style Sea Salt SprayDead Sea Salt adds body and waves whilst Caviar extracts help to add shine and prevent dryness. Use on damp hair.

Looking to scent your hair?

Are you a classic beauty who is fond of spritzing your favourite fragrance on your hair? You could be doing yourself a disservice due to the higher alcohol content in perfumes which have the potential to dry out your hair. Hair perfumes, sometimes also referred to as mists, are especially formulated for hair, meaning that you can protect and hydrate your hair whilst also smelling fabulous – something to consider if you suffer from dehydrated locks. Sachajuan’s protective hair perfume 50ml helps protect against static and uses ocean silk technology to provide UV protection. It’s also great for when you want to freshen up your hair without reaching for the dry shampoo. Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Mugler have also formulated hair-friendly versions of some of their cult scents.

allbeauty loves:

Aquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume 100mlAquolina Pink Sugar Hair Perfume 100ml
RRP £34.00
Our Price £9.95
Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume 50ml

Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume 50ml
Our Price: £40.00

Dior J’Adore Hair Mist 40ml

Dior J’Adore Hair Mist 40ml
RRP £41.00
Our Price £36.90

YSL Mon Paris Hair Mist 30m

YSL Mon Paris Hair Mist 30ml
RRP £35.00
Our Price £31.50

Hair Oils

Hair oils are great for hydrating dry strands, controlling frizz and preventing split ends from forming. Kérastase’s new Soleil Huile Sirene (literally translated as sunshine mermaid oil) is a beach bi-phase oil mist which offers softness, subtle scent and shine for hair exposed to sun, salt and UV rays. Been on a speedboat or on a summer hike? Use hair oil sparingly to smooth over any stray hairs to refine your look and add a bit of shine.

allbeauty loves:

Kérastase Soleil Huile Sirene 150ml

Kérastase Soleil
Huile Sirene 150ml
RRP: £23.80
Our Price: £17.85

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil Spray 100ml

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
Multi Purpose Dry Oil Spray 100ml
RRP: £29.50
Our Price: £18.40

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté Natural Beautifying Oil 95ml

Leonor Greyl Huile Secret de Beauté
Natural Beautifying Oil 95ml
RRP: £42.20
Our Price £31.65

Kérastase Ultime Rose Hair Oil 100ml

Kérastase  Ultime Rose Hair Oil 100ml
RRP: £43.00
Our Price: £29.95

Dry Shampoo

Of course, there are some moments in life when you need to get rid of excess oil in a hurry. Dry Shampoo is a key product to pack with you for festivals and glamping or even when you need an extra bit of volume for hair flattened by humidity . A spritz of dry shampoo at the roots goes a long way – just spray and massage into your scalp for sneaky styling on the go.

allbeauty loves:

 Bumble and bumble Dry Shampoo 40ml

Bumble and bumble Dry Shampoo 40ml
RRP: £12.00
Our Price: £10.20

Sexy Hair Big Dry Shampoo 150ml

Sexy Hair Big Dry Shampoo 150ml
RRP: £16.95
Our Price £9.95

label.m Dry Shampoo 200ml

label.m Dry Shampoo 200ml
RRP: £14.50
Our Price £6.95

A’kin Dry Shampoo 150ml

A’kin Dry Shampoo 150ml
RRP: £12.00
Our Price £9.70

Masks & Shampoos for weekend repair

Is your hair showing signs of water damage from chlorine or seawater? Deep recovery and cleansing treatments can help to replenish hydration – we recommend masks enriched with coconut (vitamin B and potassium) for hydration and cleansing the scalp of product and environmental build up.

allbeauty loves:

Kérastase Soleil Masque Après-Soleil 200mlKérastase Soleil Masque Après-Soleil 200ml
RRP: £32.99
Our Price: £24.75
Novex Coconut Oil Deep  Hair Mask 400gNovex Coconut Oil Deep  Hair Mask 400g
RRP: £8.40
Our Price: £7.25
TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo 250ml

TIGI Bed Head Totally Beachin Shampoo 250ml
RRP: £12.50
Our Price: £6.25

Revlon Professional Uniq One Coconut Hair Treatment 150ml & Conditioning Hair & Super 10R Hair Mask 300mlRevlon Professional Uniq One Coconut Hair Treatment 150ml & Conditioning Hair & Super 10R Hair Mask 300ml
Our Price: £14.95

Travel Sizes

Like the brands that you’ve read about but going on your holidays? Check out the following Travel Sizes for when you’re on the move:

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 50ml

Sachajuan Ocean Mist 50ml
Our Price £9.00

Kérastase Aura Botanica Travel Size Gift Set

Kérastase Aura Botanica Travel Size Gift Set 
RRP: £29.50
Our Price: £22.95

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo 50ml

label.m Brunette Dry Shampoo 50ml
Our Price £4.95

 

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 25ml

Moroccanoil Treatment Light 25ml
Our Price £13.45

Explore our full range of Summer Beauty products at www.allbeauty.com/summer

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Fresh, Fruity or Floral? The Summer fragrances which inspire us at allbeauty

May marks the start of flower show season, so what better time of year is there to explore and embrace the world of fresh, fruity and floral scents? Read on to discover more about the summer fragrances which inspire us at allbeauty.

 

Floral

Penhaligon’s Blasted BloomCreated as an ode to the British coast and countryside, Penhaligon’s Blasted Bloom is a unique blend of wild berries, eglantine rose, hawthorn, pink pepper, as well as some aquatic notes. It’s the perfect scent for an English rose and a topical fragrance to wear for Summer weddings, garden parties and of course, Chelsea Flower Show.

Looking for a regal floral for men? Try Penhaligon’s Esprit Du Roi for an unusual twist on a summer floral, incorporating tomato, mint and raspberry leaves with clove, jasmine and honeysuckle.

 

Fruity

Les Sorbets by Nina Ricci

The new range of limited edition Les Sorbets by Nina Ricci looks so delicious, we couldn’t pick just one to feature! These pastel confections launched earlier this year as part of a collaboration with Amorino ice cream. Each edition has been created by a different perfumer and contain sweet straplines such as Cocktail Frappé, Pear Granita, and Praline Glacé. We think they’d make the perfect accompaniment to an afternoon tea with friends (ice cream optional!)

Did you know? Amorino have released their own raspberry and jasmine sorbet to commemorate the fragrance range (available at selected Amorino ice cream locations until 30 June 2019).

Another exciting fruity launch for Summer 2019 is Paco Rabanne’s irresistible Olympéa Legend, which combines desert-flower and hot sand with salty-vanilla plum. This fragrance for women builds upon the Olympéa range of fragrances and is paired with Invictus Legend, a powerful grapefruit, sea salt and geranium fragrance for men.

Want to discover more? Take your pick of Floral & Fruity Summer fragrances here

 

Fresh

Christian Dior - Dior Addict Eau FraicheChristian Dior’s Dior Addict Eau Fraiche, is a favourite at allbeauty, featuring calabrian bergamot, freesia and lily-of-the-valley.

Lily-of-the-valley, also known as Muguet, was a treasured motif of Christian Dior. As well as featuring extensively in his fragrances and designs, he also used to give a sprig of the flower on the 1st May (as per French custom) to wish luck and happiness to all his workforce and clientele for the year ahead!

Perfect for: Paying homage to the stars of Cannes Film Festival – Kirsten Dunst wore a Christian Dior Lily-of-the-valley dress in 2016 when going up the famous Cannes steps.

 

Light & Airy

Calvin Klein Eternity AirCalvin Klein’s Eternity Air comes in two editions for men and women, both of which are light and citrus, so suitable for those who like a softer fragrance in the summer months. As you can tell by the name, these fragrances are designed to complement each other and are inspired by blue skies and fresh atmospheres. Eternity Air for Women features grapefruit oil, peony and lily of the valley, whilst Eternity Air for Men includes mandarin oil, lavender, green apple and violet.

Marc Jacob’s Daisy Dream Sunshine is a great carefree scent for summer days. Launched in January 2019 as a limited edition, this fragrance features a combination of golden raspberries, orange blossoms and solar musk, which collide together in a sparkling cocktail of whimsical happiness.

Want to float into Summer? Shop all Light & Airy Fragrances here

 

Water

 Creed Virgin Island WaterStuck at your desk and need to be transported to St Tropez, Portofino or Hawaii? The following fragrances have all been inspired by the feeling of exploration, freedom and azure waters.

The formulation of Creed’s Virgin Island Water was inspired by a sailing trip to the Caribbean – its adventurous and refreshing notes include lime, copra, hibiscus, ylang ylang and ginger. Suitable for both men and women, it really captures the essence of summer and will help you to feel like the sun is shining down on you in a tropical climate!

Moschino Forever Sailing is another ocean favourite – a fragrance designed for men; lemon, grapefruit and ice mint are combined with juniper and patchouli to emphasise fun, excitement and the power of nature.

Want to take the plunge? Shop all Water Fragrances here

 

Allbeauty’s Top Seasonal Fragrance Tips

  1. Wearing a scent that it is evocative of summer can help you get into the holiday spirit.
  2. Heat & rising temperatures can intensify the sense of smell, which is why switching heavier ‘Winter’ scents for lighter ones can help you feel more energetic
  3. Don’t leave your perfume in the sun (or near hot temperatures – this includes your bathroom), as this can shorten the perfume’s lifespan.
  4. Headed to a festival or on a summer vacation which requires travel? Take a look at allbeauty’s range of Travalo Atomisers, perfect for decanting your favourite fragrance from glass bottles and taking with you on the go.
  5. You can make new fragrance discoveries by using the allbeauty Fragrance Finder to filter perfumes by category.

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Haircare: Multi Step Routines

The transition from cold winter air to the humidity of summer means that Spring is a key period for ensuring that your hair maintains top condition from root to tip…

A time for renewal, this spring we’ve come up with a list of product suggestions to give your mane a new lease of life.

For even more inspiration to maintain your hair in top condition from root to tip visiting the Spring Haircare section on the allbeauty website

*Prices correct at the time of publishing