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Marvellous Minis For Every Occasion

Who doesn’t love a miniature!? Mini eggs, mini quiche, Minnie Mouse… ok, that may be a little too much of a stretch! 

Whether it’s those tiny shampoos from upmarket hotels or designer sets of miniature fragrances, miniature versions of perfumes and cosmetics have always been incredibly popular, and for good reason! Minis are perfect for when you’re on-the-go or just fancy trying something new without too much commitment. Here are some of our top reasons that minis are marvellous for every occasion, complete with a little inspiration to help you on your way.


Little Cosmetics For A Big Night Out

Who knows what will go on during a big night out, it’s best to be prepared! Bring your favourite beauty products out with you, regardless of how slinky your handbag is with miniature versions of fantastic cosmetics. Whether it’s topping up your lippy or pencilling in an eyebrow, minis have you covered.  

With teeny versions of their best-selling products, Benefit are leading the way with their Minis Range. Perfect for topping up your makeup on a night out, try the teeny Benefit Minis Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer or the equally diddy Benefit Minis Roller Liner

Benefit Minis Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer


Whatever You Need For A Weekend Break 

Getting away for an indulgent weekend break? You don’t have to go without OR be weighed down with full-size toiletries. Our range of products below 30ml is the ideal size for a few days of use, keeping your weekend bag light, and you looking gorgeous.

We particularly love the Clinique 3-Step Introduction Set, which includes a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser. If you have trouble drifting off to sleep in an unfamiliar setting, invest in thisworks Super Sleep. The limited-edition, travel-size spray has two options, depending on whether you have a busy weekend of activities ahead, or are catching up on some much-needed downtime.

thisworks Super Sleep


Holidays Without The Hold Luggage

Don’t get caught paying over the odds for overweight luggage. Full-sized toiletries add unwanted heft to your luggage and often end up being left at your hotel to save the spill-risk of transporting half-empty bottles home. Instead, miniatures ensure you have exactly what you need for your holiday – no more, no less. 

Hair gurus, TIGI Bed Head, have the perfect miniature set for holiday hair. The Cleansing And Moisturising Mini Set includes small versions of their Totally Beachin’ Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as their Beach Freak Moisturising Detangling Spray. Small enough to meet hand luggage requirements, the set even comes in a clear ziplock bag, so you can be confident you won’t have any unwanted mess. 

TIGI Bedhead Totally Beachin
Cleansing and Moisturising Mini Set


A Miniature Emergency Supply

Life is unpredictable, which is why it’s a great idea to keep an emergency supply of miniatures with you wherever you go. Small enough to throw in your handbag, with your trusty minis on hand, you’ll be ready for whatever the day throws at you.

While the contents of an emergency kit will vary depending on the person, there are a few core items that the allbeauty team can recommend to all our readers.

Tweezerman Micro Mini Tweezer Set 

With three types of tweezers in a handy carry case, this is a must-have. If you have kids, it’s a lifesaver for those unexpected splinters or bee stings. And don’t let their small size fool you, they’re as effective as regular tweezers too (they’ve plucked many a stray hair from an eyebrow or *ahem* chin).

Antipodes Saviour Skin Balm Mini

Harking from the green shores of New Zealand, this little tube packs a real punch. The natural ingredients include tea tree, grape seed, totara and super-fruit extracts to create a healing balm with a range of uses. The Saviour Skin Balm can be used on grazes, chapped lips, cracked skin, sunburn, sore muscles and more.

Other great options include:

HealGel Intensive

 

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips (and more)

 

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Survival Set


Experiment With A New Look

If you’ve ever been tempted to rock a red lip or play around with a new trend, miniatures are the ideal way to dip your toe in the waters. Instead of paying full-price for something that might not be a keeper, a smaller size allows you to experiment before deciding whether it’s for you. 

With three lip stains and three lip glosses, theBalm Mini Lip Gloss Kit lets you try out a few new colours without paying for six separate products. Less wasted product + more money saved = happy chappy.

theBalm Cosmetics Lips
Plump Your Pucker & TheBalmJour Mini Lip Box Set Vol. 1

Another great kit, again from Benefit (they’re not sponsoring this article, honestly!), is the Snow Doll MakeUp Kit. This set includes small versions of their best-selling beauty products, including a mascara, rose-tinted lip and cheek stain, nude-pink highlighter and brow pencil – everything you need to perfect your look. 


Expand Your Range

Have you stumbled across an amazing perfume or skincare product and want to try more of the range? Forget the hassle of finding a brick and mortar store that is willing to let you try their items (complete with side-eye from impatient sales assistants). Instead, try a miniature collection of the range you’re interested in. Not only does this allow you to get a better feel for each product, it allows you to incorporate them into your daily routine, so you get a better idea if they work for you.

When it comes to perfume, miniatures are a fantastic way to play around with new fragrances. As scents can differ from day to night and summer to winter, having a mini bottle allows you to experiment without committing to a full bottle. Try five Versace perfumes for less than the price of one regular bottle with the great value Versace Mini Gift Set. Similarly, the popular Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum Mini Set includes four 10ml fragrances and is an absolute steal.

Versace Mini Gift Set


Give Great Gifts

Stuck trying to find a gift for someone who is notoriously difficult to buy for? Skincare products are universally well-received but can be tricky if you don’t know the person well. Miniatures make present buying a breeze as you can gift a collection of smaller items instead of putting all your eggs in one basket. 

With a huge range of beautifully packaged gift sets, it’s fair to say that our miniature skincare offers maximum value. For the ultimate in presentation, you can’t go wrong with Decleor or REN, both of which would be appreciated by even the most difficult-to-shop-for recipient. 


Whether for yourself or others, miniatures are a fantastic option. They’re cuter, more affordable, more convenient and ensure you’re never caught short or weighed down. Marvellous miniatures, get yours today.

Traditional Shaving for the 21st Century

With Father’s Day approaching, it’s high time to delve deeper into the world of men’s grooming. Handlebar, walrus, goatee or clean-shaven, a man’s facial hair says a lot about him. It’s estimated that the average man in the UK will spend around 45 days of his life shaving. What a chore! 

The good news is that by investing in the right equipment, you can turn a job into a joy. In today’s article, we’ll explore the good, bad and ugly of traditional shaving methods and how modern methods stack up. We’ll also be sharing our best buys for Father’s Day, so you can treat that special man to something that will brighten his day.


Shaving: The Tools

The tools used to get the perfect shave have changed rather a lot over the last few centuries! Traditionally, the best shave came from lathered soap and a straight, or “cut-throat”, razor dragged at an angle over the skin’s surface. Understandably, this undertaking was best performed with a second set of hands, hence the importance of the local barber! 

Over time, new variations were introduced which could be done from the comfort of home, such as the safety razor which added a physical barrier to protect the face from any accidents or injuries. Still, shaving was labour intensive, required regular changing of blades (often after every use) and irritated the skin.

Since then, times have changed rather dramatically. Take, for example, Gillette Mach 3 Razor Blades, one of the top-selling razor cartridges in the world. Not only does one cartridge have three incredibly sharp blades, but it also has a gel strip to help the blade glide over the skin, and a skin guard which stretches out the skin to provide a closer shave. It’s little wonder that Gillette claims their razors leave you “feeling better after the 10th shave than a new disposable does on the first”.


What’s In Your Soap?

Old fashioned soap used for shaving has also evolved over the years. Traditional soap was made of fat and lye from wood ashes. The issue with this is that lye can be very irritating to the skin, not to mention drying. To this day, anything labelled as a ‘soap’ must follow a similar formulation to the traditional method, albeit honed to be less likely to cause skin irritation. However, many of the soaps that you find in the supermarket are created completely differently. 

The majority of products that we consider ‘soap’ are actually detergents, using ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) to provide their cleansing properties. Unfortunately, SLS strips the skin’s natural oils, making it less than ideal for shaving. 

Look instead, at the example of one of our best-selling shaving gels, Elemis Ice-Cool Foaming Shave Gel. Infused with fruit extracts and witch hazel, a naturally occurring ingredient that aids skin health. Not only is it free of stripping detergents, but it has additional skin-friendly ingredients such as glycerin, which is incredibly hydrating. 


Shaving: The Technique

While there was once a clear ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ way to shave, the latter of which could result in serious injury, things are a tad more simple these days. Even the traditional advice of shaving with the grain, instead of against, is redundant thanks to advances in pre and post-shaving products and the evolution of razors. 

It’s still advisable to open up your skin with a hot towel or shower prior to shaving – perhaps one of the only things that hasn’t changed over the course of history! This allows for a closer shave and makes it easier for the blade to move through the hair. 

But perhaps the biggest impact on the shaving experience comes from the leaps and bounds in product development. Shave oils can be applied pre-shave to safeguard the skin from irritation, while post-shave, soothing lotions and balms ensure that those who shave daily don’t have to sacrifice the condition of their skin.


Father’s Day Best Buys

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for the special man in your life, we’re here to guide you in the right direction. Here are a few fantastic products for a range of men:

Best For The Clean Shaven

Men who prefer to be clean-shaven need to undergo regular upkeep, which can increase their risk of redness and sensitivity. Thankfully, there is a wide range of sensitive skincare products designed to ease the struggle. REN Tamanu High-Glide Shaving Oil is infused with tamanu oil, which is both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.

Best For Bushy Beards

We know that a big beard often requires more work, not less. Acqua Di Parma Collezione Barbiere Beard Wash gently cleanses impurities from the beard and leaves it soft and silky.  

 

Best For The Moustachioed

Nothing quite beats a spectacularly coiffed moustache, which is why the TIGI Bed Head Mo Rider Moustache Crafter is a must for any discerning gent. With ingredients including beeswax, coconut and sunflower seed oil, it offers a great hold and nourishing properties.

 

Best For The Traditional

Aftershaves have largely fallen out of favour with the modern man, but traditionalists maintain it as an important step in any shaving regime. Although we have no shortage of fantastic aftershaves, Montblanc Legend makes our list due to its great scent, its stunning bottle and its fitting name for Father’s Day.

 

Best For The WOW Factor

If you’re looking for an outstanding gift for an outstanding man, you can’t go past the Braun Series 9 Wet & Dry Shaver. Our top of the line model, this is the world’s most efficient electric shaver. With five shaving elements, a titanium coating, and a leather travel case, this is a gift that is built to last.

Top 3 Fragrances for Every Dad

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

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


Sporty Dad

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

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

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

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


Suited Dad

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

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

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

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


Sensitive Dad

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

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

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

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


Intrepid Dad

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

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

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

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


Classic Dad

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

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

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

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


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

Why SPF Matters And What You Need To Know

If you read any of our articles over spring and summer, you’ll know we harp on a lot about the importance of SPF. But let’s face it, while most of us know that we should be using an SPF product, we don’t really know the ins and outs of why.

Well, it’s time for all that to change. By understanding how SPF is determined and what it actually means, we can all make sure we’re making the right decisions to protect our skin in both the short and long-term. Let’s unravel some of the mystery around SPF products.

If you’re interested in sun protection, you may also want to read our article on Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide.


What is SPF?

SPF is an acronym for Sun Protection Factor – it’s the way that your protection from ultraviolet rays is measured. It’s important to note here that the SPF only takes into account UVB rays, but we’ll discuss why this matters in more detail a bit later. 

The SPF rating is a universal measurement that all sunscreen products are ranked against to give more clarity to consumers as to how much UVB protection they can expect from their purchase. 

Broadly speaking, an SPF 15 sunscreen allows you to have 15x longer sun exposure without the risk of burning. So, if under normal conditions the time taken to burn is 10 minutes, an SPF 15 would extend this to 2.5 hours. 

Of course, this should never be taken as a certainty, as many elements can reduce this time. Your skin colour, genetic makeup, global location and weather conditions can all impact how quickly you will burn, so SPF should only serve as a guideline.


How Is SPF Measured?

The SPF rating of a sunscreen product helps us to identify how much more protected our skin is than if we were wearing no sunscreen at all. If used exactly as directed, an SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays, an SPF 30 blocks 97% and an SPF 50 blocks 98%. On the face of it, this might seem like a negligible difference, but let’s look at those figures a little closer.

If the sun puts out 100 photons (particle of radiation), this is how the various SPFs would stack up:

No SPF, 0% protection – 100 photos reach the skin

SPF 15, 93% protection – 7 photons reach the skin

SPF 30, 97% protection – 3 photons reach the skin

SPF 50, 98% protection – 2 photons reach the skin

So, using an SPF 30 product is twice as effective as an SPF 15, letting half as many photons reach the skin, while an SPF 50 is three times more effective as an SPF 15, letting only a third reach the skin. Considering that every particle of radiation can cause immense damage to your skin, this really matters.

Unfortunately, there is an unexpected risk to using a high SPF compared to a lower SPF. For some people, using a high SPF sunscreen produces a false sense of security, leading them to spend longer in the sun, not reapplying regularly and not seeking shade. This can result in more sun damage than if they had used a lower SPF and taken more care.  

So, while a high SPF does offer better protection, your own actions can have just as significant an impact on your skin’s protection.


UVA vs UVB Rays

Another thing to be aware of when thinking about sun protection is that the SPF rating of a product only refers to its protection against UVB rays, not UVA. The sun actually creates three different types of radioactive ultraviolet ray, UVA, UVB and UVC.

UVB rays are what sunscreen protects against, and what the SPF label relates to. While most UVB is filtered by the atmosphere, what does reach the Earth damages the superficial, outermost layer of our skin. UVB rays cause sunburn and significantly increase the risk of skin cancers.

UVA rays account for roughly 95% of the UV rays that reach the Earth. While they were once considered harmless, we now know that UVA penetrates deeper into the skin than UVB rays, causing ageing of the skin and wrinkling. UVA rays are also what creates a suntan, which is actually our skin trying (poorly) to defend itself against damage. Recent studies have also indicated that UVA rays may create further risk of skin cancers. 

While UVC rays are the most harmful form of radiation emitted by the sun, it is filtered through the atmosphere and doesn’t reach the Earth’s surface. 

As you can see from the information above, it isn’t only UVB we need to worry about, UVA rays are just as much cause for concern. For this reason, it’s important to look for sunscreens which are labelled as “broad spectrum” or “full-spectrum”. These products include ingredients designed to deflect UVA rays as well as UVB.


How Often Should You Reapply?

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends opting for broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreens with an SPF of 30+ for any extended time spent outdoors. Irrespective on the SPF, the correct application is key. The average adult should apply about a shot glass worth, or two tablespoons, 30 minutes before going outside. The sunscreen should then be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently if sweating or swimming.


What Types Of SPF Products Are There?

Any area of your body that is exposed to sunlight would ideally be protected from UV rays. While this can be achieved by wearing long clothing, a hat and seeking shade, most of us are likely to, at some point, want to enjoy full sunshine without additional layers – that’s where SPF protection comes in. 

There are five main categories of SPF: Hair, Lips, Face, Body, Child.

 

Hair

Believe it or not, the UV rays and heat from the sun affects our hair as well as our skin. Though it doesn’t cause the same health concerns, UV damage to hair can leave it dry, frizzy and untameable.
Shop SPF Hair Protection

Lips

The skin on our lips is only 3 to 5 layers thick, compared to around 16 layers on the rest of the body. This makes our lips much more susceptible to burning. Using a lip balm or lipstick with SPF protection is an absolute must for this reason.
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Face

Our face is exposed to more sunshine than most other areas of our body, but it’s also the area of the body that is most susceptible to sensitivity, dryness, acne or other skin complaints. For this reason, complexion specific sunscreens are a great choice.
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Body

Providing overall coverage on all areas that are exposed to the sun, body sunscreens are designed with a range of activities in mind. With SPFs ranging from 15 to 50+ and in a range of textures, there’s something for everybody.
Shop SPF Body Sunscreens

Child

SPF sunscreen for children is designed using gentler formulations that prioritise sensitivity. For this reason, it is often also recommended for adults with particularly sensitive skin, such as those suffering from eczema or dermatitis.
Shop SPF Child Sunscreens


Are you all set for the warmer weather? You can browse our full Sun & Tan range here.

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.

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

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

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?