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Conkers About Concealers

Everyday we read or hear about the ‘best’ product or the ‘new hot seller’, but sometimes it’s just best to hear it from the horse’s mouth. This Autumn, you have your say. We have pulled together our top 5 concealers that we are just conkers about….voted by you!


#1 Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector 

Harriet:

This is quite simply the only make up item I would buy if I could only have one. I have quite large, open pores on my nose and feel self conscious not wearing any make up. However, I’m a busy mother and rarely have time to put much make up on. The rest of my skin is OK so I can go without foundation, which means all I have to do is pop a little of this Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector on my nose and a touch of mascara and I’m good to go – perfect for rushed mornings!!

Look smooth and flawless in an instant. Pores seem to disappear leaving a natural looking matte finish that lasts up to 8 hours. Smart technology manages excess oil when and where needed and resists sweat and humidity. Invisible Light for All Skin Types 15ml / 0.5 fl.oz. Our Price £18.90 – You save 10% off RRP


#2 Jane Iredale Active Light Under-Eye Concealer 

Caroline W:

After being a YSL fan for years I finally found a cruelty-free alternative to Touché Eclat and it’s miles BETTER! Wish I’d dared to change years ago. I love Jane Iredale products now and they’re far better value for money.

A light refracting under-eye concealer designed to give sheer to medium coverage and using titanium dioxide and boron nitride to create a soft focus finish while buckwheat seed, white tea leaf, and cucumber fruit extracts sooth, protect, and reduce puffiness of the skin. Our Price £16.95 – You save 32% off RRP


#3 Clinique All About Eyes Concealer

Barbara S:

All About Eyes Light Petal 03 has a thick creamy texture where a little goes a long long way. A small tube will last you at least a year even with regular use. It is highly pigmented and is the best concealer I’ve ever used.

This long-wearing oil-free Concealer helps keep eyes looking healthy and bright. Dark circles are reduced and puffiness is gone. Its moisturising formula ensures hydration throughout the day. Our Price £17.10 – You save 5% off RRP


#4 Guerlain Precious Light

Kat D:

Good coverage and light formula …I am in early fifties and would usually steer clear of shimmer or highlighters but this is perfect and ‘highlights’ the positives without accentuating the negatives !!

Erases the signs of ageing and hides imperfections. This travel-friendly brush awakens the skin’s youthful appearance and glow while erasing traces of fatigue. Contains Gold Radiance Pigments and Precious Rejuvenating Complex, to give the skin the glow of youth, day after day. Suitable for all skin types. Our Price £28.00 – You save 20%


#5 AMAZINGCOSMETICS AMAZINGCONCEALER Corrector

Andrex:

Great idea that you have green one end for redness on cheeks like me, & a peachy colour other end to brighten under eyes – I don’t know anyone with naturally bright under eyes!!!! great product & price at allbeauty.

Vitamin E, an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, helps fight the signs of ageing; Cucumber Fruit Extract depuffs, softens, and soothes; Sodium Hyaluronate plumps and hydrates the skin reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; Ceramide NP which hydrates and boosts skin repair. Our Price £14.45 – You save 42% off RRP


You could have the best concealer in the world, but if you don’t know how to use it…give our top tips a try:

If you want to get involved, our email will be heading your way after your purchase (around a week later) so you can add your thoughts! Keep a look out if you will be featured in our next blog review. 

 

 

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Benefit Cosmetics

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Benefit Cosmetics: Q&A

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and this year allbeauty are celebrating  the women who are bossing the beauty industry! We caught up with one of our favourite  beauty brands putting the girl in girl power… 

Founded in 1976 by twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford, Benefit Cosmetics started life as ‘The Face Place’ – a San Francisco boutique – before expanding into New York department stores, later followed by global success! We caught up with benebabe Anja, who told us what beauty means to her, and why gender balance is so important…

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Who?

Anja Stokic, Benefit Cosmetics Etail Manager.

What does the beauty industry mean to you?

To me, the beauty industry is a community of like-minded women who like to pamper and be the best version of themselves!

What does gender balance mean to you?

Equal representation and treatment of both men and women – regardless of the situation.

What makes a good #girlboss?

Confidence! A girl who is not afraid to chase her dreams and supports others along the way is always inspiring.

What motivates you to succeed?

In my role I am constantly learning! The reward is that ultimate satisfaction when you know you’ve achieved a certain goal that you worked really hard on.

What advice would you give to young women who want to make it within the beauty – or any – industry?

Keep pushing and don’t give up! It is a very competitive industry but your persistence will pay off one day. And always be kind along the way! 🙂

Who inspires you?

It is nice to look up to celebrities and famous individuals, but it might be even more inspiring if we pick someone from everyday life. My mum will always be my ultimate inspiration and #girlboss ❤

What are you favourite Benefit products?

I CANNOT imagine a day without Gimme Brow, Roller Lash and Hoola!

You can shop Benefit makeup and skincare products at allbeauty. To find out more about International Women’s Day, head to www.internationalwomensday.com

Find Your Mascara Match With Benefit Cosmetics

Find Your Mascara Match With Benefit Cosmetics + Your Chance To Win!

Small in size, big in beauty! Meet your Benefit Cosmetics mascara match…

Whether you want volume, curl or length, Benefit have got your lashes covered this Galentine’s day! Choose from BADgal Bang, They’re Real! and Roller Lash – aka the UK’s Number 1, 2 and 3 best-selling prestige mascaras* – to make your eyes look WOW! And, for a limited time only you’ll recieve a gorgeous mini mascara, absolutely free!

Find your perfect matchThey’re Real! Lengthening Mascara

Swipe on sexy lashes! This lengthening mascara’s longwearing formula is smudge-proof, budge-proof and super long lasting.  Nothing faux about it… They’re Real! lengthens, curls, volumises, lifts and separates while the custom-dome brush reveals lashes you never knew you had! Shop They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara and get a They’re Real mini FREE for a limited time only.  allbeauty price:  £19.80, RRP: £22.00

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Why we love it:

  • #1 Best-selling Benefit lengthening mascara
  • 94%* saw dramatic lenght & volume
  • 94%* saw visible lift
  • 100%* saw lomg-wearing results

*self-evaluation by 31 women after 2 weeks

 

BADgal Bang Volumising Mascara

Get more BANG for your buck! BADgal Bang creates massive volume that lasts 36 hours* without weighing down lashes.  Gravity-defying volume, smudge-proof, flake-free and water-resistant forumla features aero-particles. The Big Slimpact! brush is streamlined to reach root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper & lower lashes.  Shop BADgal Bang Volumising Mascara and get a BADgal Bang mini FREE for a limited time only.  allbeauty price:  £19.80, RRP: £22.00

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Why we love it:

  • #1 Best-selling Benefit volumising mascara
  • 36 hours* of volume
  • Made with space technology
  • Water-resistant

*instrumental test on 21 women

 

Roller Lash Super-Curling Mascara

Curl power! Roller Lash  separates, lifts and curls lahes for a lash-ting impression. The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs lashes, while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours. With provitamin B5 and serin – aka ingredients known for their lash-conditioning benefits. Amaze! Shop Roller Lash Curling Mascara and get a Roller Lash mini FREE for a limited time only.  allbeauty price:  £19.80, RRP: £22.00

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Why we love it:

  • #1 Best-selling Benefit super-curling mascara
  • 87%* said it gives long-lasting curl
  • With vitamin B5
  • Water-resistant

*instrumental test on 21 women

You can shop all Benefit cosmetics at allbeauty.com.

Mascara duo packs limited edition, while stocks last. Prices correct at the time of publishing. 

Benefit Cosmetics Halloween How-To

Benefit Cosmetics Halloween How-To: Pretty Petrifying Pierott

Stuck for ideas this halloween? We can’t get enough of this look from benefit cosmetics!

‘Fortnite’ ‘Harley Quinn’ and unicorns might be the leading searches for halloween costumes in 2018, but we’re *obsessed* with this Pierott look from Amy-Lou Faulkner, event co-ordintator and make up artist at benefit!

The perfect balance of pretty and creepy, it’s also simple enough to recreate without needing your bestie to help you, and best of all? ZERO pore-clogging facepaint required! Here’s how to get the look:

 

Pretty Petrifying Pierott – get the look:

Step 1: Start by applying Porefessional Pearl all over your face – your base needs to last through trick AND treat!

Step 2: Next, apply Hello Happy foudndation  in shade one (the lighter the better to create that ghostly glow!), and Boiing Airbrush Concealer in shade one to build  fiendishly flawless coverage.

Step 3: Using Gimme Brow+ Eyebrow Gel, gently fill in brows to add a soft definition to your brow’s arches. Then, to open the eyes out,  sweep High Brow highlighter pencil under the arch and blend.

Step 4: Using the Vanity Flare eyeshadow palette,  sweep the shade ‘Ripe Plum’ over the lids to add hollow contour to the eye. This needs serious smoking and blending – the bigger the better! Follow by using They’re Real Push Up Liner in black to line the top and  water line.

Step 5: Finish off the eyes by applying a BADgal Bang mascara to top and bottom lashes

Step 6: Next, grab BadGal Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil – this is for your lips!  I used the joker as inspiration for this and over lined to create devilishly devine pout. Once you’re happy with the shape, fill it in and add a little lip balm to create a sheen.

Step 7: Go Go Tint time! Perfect for creating the pink nose, Go Go is waterproof so will stay in place all night long.

Step 8: Finish the whole look by lightly contouring your cheekbones with Hoola Contour Stick, and sweeping Dandelion Twinkle across the forehead and down the nose for a bootiful glow! I added stick on craft gems to complete the look.

Pumpkins and Pout,

Amy-Lou xo
@musingsofamermaid

NEW Benefit Brow Contour Pro

NEW Benefit Brow Contour Pro! The 4-in-1 contour pencil for creating professional looking brows

Do your brows like a pro! 

Define and higlight your brows with NEW 4-in-1 Benefit Brow Contour Pro pencil! A multi-tasking brow pencil that features a lighter brow shade, darker brow shade, edge definer and arch highlighter to create clean, shaped brows with depth and dimension.

Turn shapeless, flat brows into defined, contoured brows in an instant!

benefit brow contour pro allbeauty blogAvailable in five shades to suit a wide range of hair colours and skin tones for:

  • Easy brow contouring
  • 4-in-1 brow pencil
  • Blendable forumla
  • 24-hour longwear*
  • Waterproof**

How to apply: click and contour!

Start by pressing down the lighter shade tab and twist until you see product. Fill in brows with the lighter shade from start to arch. To switch shades, simply press down the tab of the selected shade unril it clicks in place and twist for product.

Next, fill in brows with the deeper shade from arch to end. Use the definer shade below and above the brow, and gently blend. Finally, use the highlighter beneath the arch and blend outward – voila!

Top tip: use the Benefit dua-ended Brow Blender for ultra clean edges and tamed brows!

You can shop Benefit Brow Contour Pro – and all other Benefit cosmetics – at allbeauty.com 

Valentine’s Date Night – 3 Key Makeup Looks

Getting ready’s half the fun! allbeauty picks 3 key make-up looks to inspire your Valentine’s date night.

A couple’s night out or celebrating singledom – Valentine’s date night is the perfect excuse to dig out the entire contents of your makeup bag!

If you’re planning a Valentine’s date night, now’s the time to think about your look. So to help you, we’ve picked 3 template looks you can adapt to suit you.

  • Classic is a traditionally soft and romantic look and this is great for makeup lovers who like to show off their skills.
  • Drama is a smoky, dramatic look and perfect for lovers of false lashes, gel liner, and Insta-brows.
  • Natural is a clean, less-is-more look and ideal for those who go makeup free by day yet want a special look for night.

1. Classic Date Night: Oh So Pretty

A soft yet glam look that’s right for any event, so soft waves, sleek and polished hair or an updo will all work with this look. Yes  it may be February but think soft blush, rosy lips and highlighter.

Key products we love to get this look:

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain

Guerlain Meteorites Powder Compact

2. Add Some Drama: The Smoky Eye

An evening look that just has to go with an LBD! You’ll want to team with a classic red lip for maximum drama or keep lips nude so it’s all on the eyes. Classic Hollywood waves or a chic updo are your go-to hairstyles.


Key products we love to get this look:

thisworks In Transit Camera Closeup Primer benefit They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara Profusion Cosmetics Pro Face Tin Night

3. Keep It Natural: The Soft ‘Daytime’ Look

If your date’s outdoors or you don’t usually wear make-up, keep it soft yet polished. For your hair, this look works well with soft waves or a casual side-pony. Keep it soft with heatless curls – see how here.


Key products we love to get this look:

Jane Iredale Amazing Base Mineral Powder benefit CORAlista Face Powder Absolute New York Eyeshadow Palette Nude

Remember to tag us #allbeautyHQ if you’re posting Valentine’s date night pics on Instagram. Comment below and tell us the look you’re going for this Valentine’s Day!

Her First Makeup Routine – Our Advice for Tweens to Teenagers

A first makeup routine doesn’t need to be scary! Share the experience and make it a fun learning curve – here’s our advice on products and skincare, age-appropriate for younger skin.

A first makeup routine should aim to enhance rather than change her looks.

Our Top Tips For A First Makeup Routine

*   Pick products for young skin – if possible, look for natural brands that don’t include parabens or fragrance. Brands for sensitive skin are a great choice for Tweens to Teenagers
*   Encourage her to use brushes and sponges for good hygiene
*   If she’s being stubborn, go to a department store and ask for a free makeover – the makeup artist’s advice will usually be accepted quicker than Mum’s!
*   Include a good makeup remover in her kit and a moisturiser if she’s a Teenager
*   Stay clear of waterproof mascara, it can be very hard to remove…
*   Foundation that comes in a pump means just the right about is dispensed

 

first makeup routine Start Small…
Yes she follows artists on Insta who cake on the layers and contour like mad. But the look you’re aiming for is natural enhancement. Mascara and lip gloss keeps most 10 to 12 year olds happy – they’re both easy to apply and sufficiently grown up. If you go down this route, make sure you change her mascara every 3 months and insist she never ever ever shares it with friends. If she needs convincing, this recent story about a model who ended up with an eye infection should make the point!
We like Mavala mascara for sensitive eyes and Lancome Juicy Shakers.
 first makeup routine  

Get The Basics
Makeup remover has to be top of your list, it’s easier to get into good habits than to break bad ones. These Manuka Doctor purifying wipes are cleanser, toner and moisturiser all in one and contain antibacterial qualities – ideal for young skin. Moisturiser is a must if she’s wearing foundation though it may feel too much for some Teens. ThisWorks In Transit Camera Close Up is a splurge, but it’s also primer, moisturiser and face mask all in one. It’ll hold makeup and create the perfect base, so we say it’s worth the spend.

 first makeup routine  

Keep It Natural
If she’s ready for foundation, consider tinted moisturiser. It’s easier to apply and harder to make mistakes. If acne is a problem though, foundation is a fabulous way to build up her confidence. We love Vichy Dermablend, a high coverage foundation with a lightweight, natural finish. There are 2 types, one for all skin types (and with an SPF of 25) or one specifically for oily, acne-prone skin. Incidentally, we all know about blending the jawline, but you might want to take a look at our post on 6 areas you miss most when applying foundation. Dermablend also has a range of matching concealers if extra coverage is needed. Can you wear concealer on its own? Of course! If she’s only getting the odd spot, then consider buying just the concealer.

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Tools
We’ve already said that brushes are a great way to start – keep fingers out of it as much as possible! The Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set contains a brush for foundation, blush, highlighter, concealer and eyes. For foundation though, the easiest tool in the world is a beautyblender. Just moisten the sponge, squeeze it out and you’re good to go.

We love this video by makeup artist Kandee Johnson, showing you all the ways you can use the BB:

 first makeup routine Multi-taskers = Best Friends!
The last thing anyone needs in a first makeup routine is a heavy bag of products, so look for multi-tasking palettes. This one by theBalm Cosmetics contains a blush, a highlighter and basic eye shadows (that can also double as brow powder). An optional extra would be bronzer in the summer.

Let us know in the comments below if you have any tips for a first makeup routine. And tell us how old you were when you first wore serious makeup – any makeup no-nos you regret?!

Halloween 2016 Makeup Looks We LOVE!

As we head towards Halloween 2016 we pick out makeup looks we love. Whether you’re going out or staying home with your family, here are some easy-to-tricky ideas for you to try.

Halloween 2016 is all about mermaids, glitter, Disney, and Harley Quinn. If you’re dressing up, don’t forget to tag us in your social posts!

These pumpkin lips actually look achievable (yes??!) – and a great idea if you have kids. To get the intense black we’d go for a waterproof gel liner pen. For the orange you could either use face paints, apricot lip colour or mix an orange eyeshadow with primer.

 

This tribute to David Bowie is probably best for the brave, but we love it anyway!

 

 

The mermaid look is super popular this year, but we LOVE this look on the same colour scheme. To get the stars twinkling, we recommend using liquid silver liner. The rest of the look should be easy to achieve with eye palette colours and blush.

 

Halloween 2016

 

To achieve these Halloween 2016 nails, you’ll need a very fine brush and a steady hand. How simple yet effective though!

 

Halloween 2016

If in doubt, Wednesday Addams is an easy but striking look to pull off. This YouTube tutorial shows you how, with products you should easily find:

Halloween 2016

For mermaid makeup, Harley Quinn and more, check our Pinterest board.
You can tag us on Instagram @allbeautyHQ or on Facebook @allbeautynews.

Our Pick Of The Best Full Coverage Foundation

Many foundations currently on the market are sheer and lightweight and finding the best full coverage foundation can be tricky. We’ve rounded up our favourite foundations that give full coverage, available at allbeauty.

Tracking down the best full coverage foundation can be frustrating, especially if you’re suffering from breakouts, redness or have a special event that needs a flawless finish.

Why Full Coverage Foundation? Let’s be honest, there are times when “luminous”, “sheer” and “lightweight” just aren’t words we want to read! Unexpected breakouts happen to all of us. Or maybe you’ve been ill and need some extra help to look your best. And for formal occasions like a prom or wedding, a full cover look is top of our list.  Plus don’t forget the added benefit of full cover foundation: protection from the elements and pollution!

best full coverage foundation1. Vichy Dermablend 3D Correction Foundation Fluid

Dermablend has been on the market for so long now, it’s completely tried and tested. Dermablend is the absolute go-to foundation for blemished skin or skin with birthmarks, port wine stains, scars, rosacea or acne. Available in several formulas, this one is oil free so it’s perfect for acne-prone or oily skin. Promising to last up to 16 hours, it also contains SPF 25 for added sun protection. You can see the whole range here.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #1 Dilute heavy foundation with primer or liquid highlighter for days when you want lighter cover

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2. Clinique Even Better Foundation SPF 15

Containing SPF 15 this oil-free formula contains active ingredients that treat skin over time. Combat hyper-pigmentation and see brighter skin both immediately and with continued use. The finish on this is really natural thanks to a mineral blend. Plus the finish can be moderate to heavy depending on how much you apply. 

 

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #2 Mix with day cream to make tinted moisturiser

best full coverage foundation

3. Sisley Phyto-Teint Expert Foundation

Beautifully mask imperfections with a smooth, natural finish. Containing a combination of ultra-pure pigments and soft focus powders, this oil-free formula from Sisley offers gorgeous colour. In addition, ingredients including frangipani, cucumber and gingko provide moisture and a circulation boost.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #3 Mix leftover base with body butter and apply to legs for an instant glow that covers imperfections!


best full coverage foundation4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup SPF10

With up to 15 hours of staying power, Double Wear by Estee Lauder is a bestseller the world over. Through heat, humidity and activity, this foundation won’t let you down. A natural look with a semi-matte finish, it promises not to change colour, smudge after application or come off on clothes. The matching powder is also available and can be worn over the foundation for a full-coverage effect.

Full Coverage Foundation Tip #4 From Autumn consider switching to fingers or a sponge to apply foundation. Brushes can scratch at dry skin and exfoliate top layers

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5Clinique Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation and Concealer
If a powder foundation is your thing, then you’ll really love Clinique’s Beyond Perfecting Powder Foundation and Concealer in one. Application is with the sponge provided and the finish is smooth, oil-free and high-coverage. Pores are minimised and skin can breathe even through sweat and humidity. To see this product in action, take a look at this amazing YouTube demonstration:

 

Do you have a favourite full cover foundation? Comment below and tell us which brand you love plus any you’d like to see at allbeauty

Shop theBalm Cosmetics, New Brand @allbeauty

If you’re in the UK and looking to shop thebalm Cosmetics it’s time to rejoice! Meet the latest brand at allbeauty.com

Get ready to shop theBalm Cosmetics, the fun, flirty makeup range you’re about to fall in love with!

Paraben free, cruelty free and with blushes and shadows that are talc-free. And then there’s the packaging! Our newest addition for August 2016 is a brand you’re going to love. Born in the US in 2004, theBalm Cosmetics offer a complete range of makeup for on-the-go gals who like their makeup fun and effective.

She’s got attitude(s) 💁🏼💁🏽💁🏻💁🏾 #NudeTude #eyeshadow #palette #theBalm

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With products such as Mary-Lou Manizer, Nude Dude Palette, Bahama Mama Bronzer and timeBalm Foundation, you’ll enjoy the chance to gift and shop theBalm Cosmetics!

She’s a glow-getter ✨ #MaryLouManizer #MaryLou #highlighter #theBalm

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Best-selling Mary-Lou Manizer is a 3 in 1 highlighter and luminizer that helps to refine the complexion and leave you looking softer, younger and glowing.

Просто магически Черный💫 #schwingeyeliner Цена 6700 т.

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Schwing eyeliner has a precise felt tip point that gets you results like these – impressed? We are!

You can shop theBalm cosmetics range at allbeauty HERE
Are you excited or already a fan? Comment below and tell us!