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Valentine’s Day Gift Giving SOS Guide

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is a national institution. At allbeauty, we’re fairly unanimous in that it’s a nice way to break up the winter doldrums and inject some excitement into what would otherwise be the long slog between Christmas and Easter. 

But, and there is a but, we know that for many people Valentine’s Day can bring with it a fair amount of hair-pulling. The panic shopping that occurs over those 24 hours is a sight to be seen. Ideally from a great distance. If you would rather be shot with an arrow than find yourself desperately trying to rip the price tag off the last bouquet of petrol station flowers, this Gift Giving SOS Guide is for you.


The Newly Besotted

You’re in a new relationship and want to buy your special someone a gift, but don’t know them well enough to narrow down your gift options? We hear you. A gift set may seem like a safe choice, but if chosen well, can be incredibly romantic. Scented shower gels and indulgent lotions can make for an ideal night in for two!

 

For Him

With scents such as Fireside and Whisky and Water, the Noble Isle Warm Cocoon Gift Set is the perfect gift for the new man in your life. Containing three luxury shower gels, he can smell great whether at home, the gym, or staying at your place.

Noble Isle Gift Set
Warm & Spicy Bath and Shower Trio – 3 x 75ml

Our Price: £20.00

 

For Her

Presented in a beautiful gift box, The Ritual of Ayurveda Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set contains four products to balance mind, body and soul. Enriched with sweet almond oil and Indian rose, it offers the ultimate aromatic experience.

Rituals – The Ritual of Ayurveda
Rebalancing Ceremony Extra Large Gift Set
RRP £69.90

Our Price: £62.90


Are We, Aren’t We?

 

If you’re on that awkward middle ground of not knowing whether you’re ‘a thing’ or not, buying Valentine’s gifts can send you into a tailspin.

For Him

Acqua Di Parma
Collezione Barbiere Shaving Cream 125g
RRP £46.00

Our Price: £34.95

For Her

Dior Rouge – Dior Couture Colour
999 Celebrity Red 3.5g
RRP £30.00

Our Price: £27.00


No Gifts This Year…

How many times has this one caught you out? One of you declares that you won’t be buying gifts this year, only to blindside you with something at the last minute. Don’t get caught out this Valentine’s Day, have a little something on standby. The best part? These gifts won’t cost the earth and can easily be gifted later in the year on the off chance your other half stays true to their declaration.

 

For Him

Keep it simple with this beautifully presented set of toiletries by Rituals. The Ritual of Samurai Invigorating Medium Gift Set includes everything he needs to look and smell fabulous for a weekend away, so you could even pair it with the promise of a city break if he really pushes the boat out on your surprise gift this Valentine’s.
Rituals – The Ritual of Samurai
Invigorating Ritual Medium Gift Set
RRP £29.90

Our Price: £26.90

 

For Her

From french beauty giant L’Occitane comes the Collection Voyage, including travel-sized versions of eight of their top-selling products. Rich in ingredients such as shea butter and almond oil, you can buy this with confidence that whatever her skin type, it will be well received.

L’Occitane GIfts
Collection Voyage
RRP £24.00

Our Price: £21.60


Time To Up The Ante

Are you ready to push the boat out on a luxury gift this Valentine’s Day? There’s no better way to say “I Love You” than with the perfect fragrance. But how do you choose from the thousands of options available? While buying a tried and true favourite is a safe option, why not surprise your significant other with one of these top picks?

 

For Him

Winner of a Cosmopolitan Beauty Award, Fragrance Foundation Award and GQ Grooming Award, Tom Ford Fabulous Eau de Parfum is an ideal gift for the discerning gent. Combining the deep scent of leather with notes of lavender, vanilla and almond, this fragrance is sure to be a new favourite.
Tom Ford Fabulous
Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £218.00

Our Price: £185.30

For Her

Designed for the strong, contemporary woman, Yves Saint Laurent Libre Eau de Parfum is a feast for the senses. From its couture bottle to its effortless combination of floral, aromatic and citrus, it’s no surprise that this perfume has gained a cult following. 

Yves Saint Laurent
Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml
RRP £78.00

Our Price: £66.00


To shop all of our incredible Valentine’s Day gifts, visit allbeauty.com or click the image below.  Happy Valentine’s Day, love allbeauty!

How To: Get Date Night Ready

Whether you’re new to a relationship or are trying to bring some romance back into your life, adding date night as a regular fixture in your calendar is a must. But if you’re anything like us, the pressure of getting all dolled up for a meal out with the other half can seem like more effort than it’s worth.

And it’s not just married date night grinches that find the build-up overwhelming. If you’re newly dating, the pressure to look just right, not too overdressed, not too casual, is a minefield.

Here’s a handy guide to getting date night ready with just a few easy tips. 


1. “Be prepared”

Those boy scouts are onto a good thing with this handy motto. If you know it’s date night, leave yourself time to get ready. There is nothing worse than sweatily trying to apply eyeliner as your Uber waits outside. For bonus points, try to get to bed early the night before so you don’t find yourself dozing during the dessert course. A relaxing fragrance, like the Pillow Spray from ThisWorks, can be a great help for encouraging sleep.


2. Defuzz, or don’t

If you play your cards right, date night could easily become date morning. With this in mind it’s worth a last minute defuzz, if that’s the way you usually roll. Whether you epilate, shave or wax, avoid any unwelcome razor rash by applying a good quality moisturiser to the skin post-treatment. Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion with Shea Butter is one fantastic choice.

Au naturale? You’re good to go!


3. Keep your makeup simple

First of all, let me preface this by saying if you enjoy putting on a full face of makeup before you go out, you do you girl! We are not here to tell you the ‘right’ way to get ready for date night, simply how to make the whole process as easy and breezy as possible.

With that in mind,  keeping your makeup simple is a great choice. A good mascara and bright lip (preferably kiss-proof) can go a long way, and take seconds to apply. Unless you have time to kill, date night is not the time to experiment with new eyeshadow techniques or to try out contouring. Play it safe, keep it simple and stay you,  your last-minute jitters will thank you. 


4. Let your crown shine

Your hair is your crowning glory, make sure it’s looked after. Again, simplicity is key on date night, particularly if you have a small window to get ready in. A quick squirt of antifrizz or volumising spray will ensure you look great the whole night through, finished with a shot of setting hairspray depending on whether you plan on breaking some moves on the dance floor.


5. Pack the essentials

Finding the balance when it comes to packing a handbag is an intricate art that can take decades to master. However, a few tips for date night: you probably don’t need your entire purse complete with 4 different coffee rewards cards, but you probably do need gum (because garlic bread shouldn’t stand between you and your sweetheart), that new lipstick, your phone, and, ahem, any relevant protection, aka umbrella.


6. Treat every sense

We’ve saved this one until last because it’s too often forgotten. Smell is an incredibly powerful sense but can often be overlooked when it comes to romance. Before you head out the door, make sure you smell great, but don’t overdo it. When it comes to perfume, less is more. Which fragrance is best for date night? One that fills you with confidence. If you’re not sure where to start, check out our list of favourites below, shop all our fragrance by clicking here or try our fragrance finder to help you be date night ready.

Stella McCartney Stella
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml
RRP £78.00 (Save 53%)

Our Price: £36.95
Jimmy Choo
Eau de Parfum Spray 100ml
RRP £79.00 (Save 51%)

Our Price: £38.75
Calvin Klein CK One
Eau de Toilette Spray 200ml
RRP £59.00 (Save 56%)

Our Price: £25.95
Cerruti 1881 Pour Femme
Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml
RRP £52.00 (Save 58%)

Our Price: £21.95


While all of our tips will hep you be prepared for the big day the most important thing to remember is to enjoy yourself! To shop all of our Valentines Day products click the image below or go to allbeauty.com.

Rosalique: Changing Skin Routines… And Lives!

Skin sensitivity and red skin are very real problems for many people. Rosalique is an innovative dermo-cosmetic that aims to make sensitive and red facial skin a thing of the past – its bio-scientific formula uses a triple action effect to instantly conceal, gently treat and provide long term protection from common red skin issues such as Rosacea, Couperose and Keratosis Pilaris. Rosalique’s 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF 25 has recently been shortlisted as Pure Beauty’s Best New Skincare Product 2018. 

As a 2-in-1 face cream that instantly improves and evens out skin discolouration and red sensitive skin, Rosalique can be used in two key ways. Firstly, It can be used as a concealer or foundation – as well as a base or primer under daily makeup. Secondly, It can be used as an active cosmetic offering an alternative to harsher medical products.

Its clinically proven ingredients actively work with skin to effectively reduce the intensity of the skin’s redness whilst it is one of the only creams available to use a triple action effect to not only conceal and treat, but also protect skin. 


The impact of Rosalique can be seen on the following case studies below: 

Samantha Franks, 48, Cleethorpes – Red skin 

‘I was sceptical at first trying this product. I have had red areas around my nose, cheeks and chin for a long time. Concealers I have used in the past have covered these areas but only for a short period of time so when I was asked to try this product I thought, oh well I have nothing to lose. I cannot believe just one application lasted the whole day. I did not have to apply any makeup afterwards. My skin looked radiant! Almost everyone I met that day commented on how fresh and flawless my skin looked which made my confidence go through the roof! I wear this product daily and will never buy another concealer ever’ 

Ann-Marie Wilson, 41, Grimsby – Red Skin

‘I love it! I’ve been using it as a primer under my foundation, which I hardly need much of now. It really evens out my skin tone. I’ve also found putting it on with a makeup sponge minimises the green fingers!’ 

Sarah Johnson, 48, Grimsby – Rosacia

‘I use the cream most days under my normal make up. I wouldn’t be without it, it’s made a massive impact on my life. It’s fab as a primer and redness corrector.’ 


Rosalique Skincare

3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF25 30ml

£30.00


Supported by science, Rosalique is both dermatologically and clinically tested – the unique formula has been created to be the fastest, safest and most effective solution for facial redness. The instant effect of Rosalique boosts confidence by concealing the affected areas – simply apply Rosalique daily and massage into skin to see the difference! 


To find out more and shop Rosalique Skincare visit allbeauty.com

Create the perfect wishlist

All I want for Christmas is…

The perfect gift

We need your help…this Christmas, our favourites will be voted by you! For anyone has that the Christmas shopping fear, the worry ends here. Here we are voting for our top gift in each category and we will share the winners in a desired wishlist. You can then share this with friends, partners, colleagues and drop that subtle hint that will make your Christmas that little bit better.


Fragrance

Make Up

Body & Pamper

Haircare

Skincare


If you can’t wait until Christmas, find all the Christmas Gifts on this page here.

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…

Anja Stokic benefit allbeauty blog

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

They're Real! benefit mascara allbeauty blog

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

Badgal bang benefit mascara allbeauty blog

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

Roller Lash benefit mascara allbeauty blog

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!