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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. 

 

 

An hour a day just for you

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, it will soon be time to set our clocks back an hour. A tradition dating back to 1916 in the UK, resetting the time allowed farmers to get a headstart on the day, making the most of the limited daylight hours. But it isn’t only farmers who should get to reap the benefits of that extra hour, you can too. 

At allbeauty we believe in the importance of “me time”, those all too often infrequent moments when we prioritise our own mental wellbeing over the humdrum of daily life.

This Autumn, we challenge you to make the most of gaining an hour by adding self-care to your daily routine. One hour a day, just for you. 

It may sound like a pipe-dream, but taking an hour a day to show yourself some love is a habit that simply takes commitment on your part. It may be going to bed an hour early to enjoy a morning lie-in, or an early start to allow you to begin the day with a face mask and pedicure. Small changes can make a big difference to the quality of your daily life. 


Need inspiration? Here are some of the allbeauty team’s top suggestions for how to spend your power-hour:

Sleep

It may not be the most indulgent or glamorous option on our list, but sleep tops the charts for one of the most beneficial ways to spend an extra hour. Whether it means preparing your lunch and outfit the evening before, or hitting the hay earlier, getting an additional hour of sleep will leave you feeling rested, refreshed, and ready to face the day.

Encourage the sandman with these sleep-inducing secret weapons.

Smile Makers 

Ooh-er! Taking some time for self-discovery between the sheets is a fantastic way to prioritise your wellbeing. An orgasm releases oxytocin and dopamine, so you’ll not only be feeling great physically but will also reduce stress, relieve pain and boost your confidence. What better way to start the day?! Evening me-time comes with the added bonus of getting a better night’s sleep too! Win/win!

Pelvic Floor Trainer

It may not seem like the most thrilling way to indulge in self-care (especially after the previous suggestion), but taking time out of your day to do pelvic floor exercises is an investment in your future self. An estimated 3-6 million people in the UK experience urinary incontinence, minimise your risk with targeted pelvic floor training.

Candle and a Bath 

The ultimate in relaxation, a steaming bath paired with a fragrant candle is an ideal way to end the day. Let the heat of the tub soothe your muscles and soften your skin, while an aromatic candle indulges your senses and promotes relaxation. Perfection!

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Face Mask 

We lead busy lives and our skin bears the brunt of that. Sensitivity, dehydration, sun-damage and exposure to pollution are all common factors that lead to lack lustre skin. With a range of face masks designed to target the full spectrum of dermatological complaints, treat yourself at least once a week, preferably in the company of a good book.

Foot mask / Pedicure

Feet are one of the most hardworking parts of our body but are rarely shown the care they deserve, particularly once the sandals have been packed away for the year. Show your tootsies some love with a weekly pedicure and foot mask available at allbeauty

Hair Treatments

As the clocks go back and Autumn arrives, our hair has a season of woolly hats, rain and wind to contend with. Treat your locks to regular moisturising hair masks to condition and strengthen your strands from root to tip.

Teeth Whitening 

With the cooler weather, we all reach for a comforting tea or coffee a little more often. Don’t let your teeth suffer for it. With the iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Kit, you can have a whiter, brighter smile in just 20 minutes a day. The question is, what will you do with your other 40 minutes of me-time?! 


With such a wide range of ideas for prioritising your wellbeing, be sure to put the October 27th in your diary as the day your new self-care routine begins – you deserve it. 

 

REVIEW; Sun Protection

We’d like to introduce to you, Antonia!

Antonia is a blogger & shares the things that she loves and indulges in the details that make life special. We asked Antonia about her favourite products when it comes to summer, find which multitasking product from Clarins is a must have…


HOLIDAY SUN PROTECTION

I’ve arrived in Menorca for my yearly summer break with my family and this post is a very quick roundup of the sun protection I’ve been using since I got here.

allbeauty have kindly partnered with me for this trip so the items I’ve listed are my picks from their holiday selection. I focused only on sun protection because this is a very relaxed break and I rarely get dressed up or wear any makeup when I am here so looking after my skin is my main concern.

FACE PROTECTION

You may know from following me on social media or reading other blog posts that I suffer with pigmentation. The minute the sun comes out, my face gets covered in uneven brown patches. I always use skincare products and makeup with an SPF but it makes little difference but yet battle on.

An exciting recent discovery is Ultrasun’s eye cream with an SPF of 30 which is also waterproof. I cannot recommend this enough, it’s not greasy at all and your crows’ feet will thank you for it. This is my hero product of the summer

For my face I chose Clinique’s mineral sunscreen, it reminds me a lot of this other one by Clarins It’s really lightweight, you barely notice you are wearing it and it’s great for days out and about, although you might want something more heavy-duty for long days at the beach. 

I mentioned earlier that I suffer with pigmentation and to that end, I am road testing an anti-dark spot fluid from Nuxe. It’s too soon to tell whether this will help but I expect it to come into its own once I am back home in the UK.

HAIR AND BODY

Clarins has come up trumps with a multitasking product to protect both your skin and unruly locks from sun damage. It’s the sun care oil mist which is a dry oil with an SPF of 30. Multitasking products are worth their weight in gold and never more so than when luggage allowances are tight. My supply is going down quickly as I’m spraying it liberally. It gives your skin a nice glow and my hair a much-needed boost of moisture throughout the day. I doubt it will last the duration of the holiday but it’s a goodie all the same.

Where hair is concerned, I’ve been keeping my coloured and heat damaged hair in check with Swimcap from Philip Kingsley. It’s said to be excellent for blondes as it stops hair from going green in chlorinated water. The product was originally developed for the US Synchronised Swimming Team so you know it must be good.

It would be great to hear about the holiday skincare products you swear by so please let me know in the comments below!

Antonia x

All words and opinions are my own, thanks to allbeauty who gifted the products to me.


A massive thank you to Antonia for this great review, all products can be purchased here.

 

 

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

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

 

Floral

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

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

 

Fruity

Les Sorbets by Nina Ricci

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

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

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

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

 

Fresh

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

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

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

 

Light & Airy

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

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

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

 

Water

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

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

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

Want to take the plunge? Shop all Water Fragrances here

 

Allbeauty’s Top Seasonal Fragrance Tips

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

*details correct at time of publishing

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Dr. Hauschka

Celebrating International Women’s Day With Dr. Hauschka: 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… 

Elisabeth Sigmund Dr Hauschka allbauty blogBorn in 1914, co-founder of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care and developer of the Dr. Hauschka treatments, Elisabeth Sigmund had always been fascinated by cosmetics and the powers of medicinal plant extracts. After founding her own cosmetics institute in 1952 with the blessing of the Swedish King, Elisabeth received a letter from Dr. Rudolf Hauschka inviting her to share her ideas for a new, ‘very special’ approach to skincare, and in 1967 Dr. Hauschka – or Dr. Hauschka Healing Skin Care By Elizabeth Sigmund’ was launched.

We caught up with  Dr. Hauschka’s Katie Holmes, who talked to us about how Elizabeth Sigmund inspires her, her favourite products and what advice she’d give to young women today…

Who?

Katie Holmes, Head of Sales and Education at Dr. Hauschka.

Why does the beauty industry mean to you?

The beauty industry has been my home for over 25 years and it is both liberating and fulfilling. There are not many industries that enable you to make such a difference to people’s lives through interaction, product and environment. I have been privileged to work in many areas of this industry and the warmth and generosity from those I have encountered has shaped me today.

What does gender balance mean to you?

Fairness to all. Working with Dr. Hauschka, gender isn’t a word we use to define who should be using which product. Instead, we look at conditions of the skin to define the regime.

What makes a good #girlboss?

The ability to listen, be fair, to see the big picture and to conduct your business with the greatest of respects for others and yourself.

What motivates you to succeed?

My daughter! She amazes me every day, and I always try to do better than yesterday in order for me to become her inspiration to succeed in her life’s journey

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

DO IT! Don’t hold back. Know and research your business, execute with excellence and always smile! This industry can be fierce so stand tall and be confident in yourself and your abilities.

Who inspires you?

Professionally, Elizabeth Sigmund – one of the co-founders of Dr. Hauschka Skin Care. She was a woman beyond her years with future-proof ideas and ideals. In a male-orientated environment she educated herself and was dynamic in her cause.

What are you favourite Dr Hauschka products?

Our beautiful Rose Day Cream has to be top of my list! Not only does this exquisite product tell the story of our brand, its unwavering scent of the damask rose radiates my skin to give me an all day glow, as well as a long term solution to my skincare needs – no quick fixes here!

I am also a huge fan of our NEW Eye Make-up Remover. Like all of our products, it is 100% natural and works wonderfully to remove even the most stubborn eye make-up. It’s become and essential in my skin care routine.

You can shop the Dr. Hauschka range at allbeauty. To find out more about International Women’s Day, head to www.internationalwomensday.com

Moroccanoil Exclusive: Carmen Tal Q&A

Celebrating International Women’s Day: An Exclusive Interview With Moroccanoil Co-founder Carmen Tal

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and allbeauty are celebrating the women bossing it in the beauty industry! We talk to Moroccanoil co-founder Carmen Tal about what motivates her to succeed, the women that inspire her and her must-have Moroccanoil products…

10 years ago, Carmen Tal found herself away from home with dry, colour-damaged hair when she discovered the amazing benefits of argan oil for her hair.  Inspired by the Mediterranean landscape, sea and culture, her goal has been to share the transformative powers of argan oil-infused products with women across the world to help them feel empowered.

Carmen Tal moroccanoil founder allbeauty blogWho?

Carmen Tal, Moroccanoil Co-Founder

What does the beauty industry mean to you?

Like most things, the beauty industry is constantly evolving. For example, over the last decade the beauty business has changed significantly based on ever-changing consumer demands. Today, accessibility and convenience are more important than ever. For us, we strive to continue to expand our offerings as a complete lifestyle beauty brand across all of today’s key consumer touchpoints to fulfil the needs of the modern customer. Nowadays, consumers are also much more educated in their purchases so as a company, transparency is becoming increasingly important.

My greatest inspiration was to listen to the inspiration around me… and to listen to the women around me, for whom I created Moroccanoil – Carmen Tal

What does gender balance mean to you?

I truly believe that being successful in your career or business is independent of whether you are a man or woman – we are equally capable of achieving anything we set our minds to. I am grateful for the fact that my parents raised my brothers and I to believe that anything is possible and did not treat us any differently based on our gender. They encouraged us to tap into our individual creativity and taught us the importance of a strong work ethic. Women and men alike making their way up the ladder should make it a priority to stay constantly informed and always be ready for change – in business today, it’s all about adapting to the constantly changing needs of the marketplace.

What makes a good #girlboss?

I think female business leaders today have an important responsibility to lead and inspire others by example. To me, inspiration is the vehicle for empowerment to pursue one’s dreams, and when you empower women, the sky’s the limit! It truly only takes one moment of inspiration to ignite positive change – the Moroccanoil brand was created from an inspired moment! Additionally, it’s so important for women to support one other – together, we can make an even more profound impact on the world around us.

What motivates you to succeed?

Women who inspire other women to follow their dreams and who are committed to making change for others. I feel most inspired when I meet amazing women who have genuine passion and love for what they do, and aren’t afraid to take risks! I find that passion is contagious, and I think it’s so important to be passionate about whatever it is that you do.

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

I believe the key to success it to have a strong worth ethic  and staying continually focused on your goals. Trust and follow your instincts.

Who inspires you?

I have always had great admiration for Oprah. The countless lives she has touched and the difference she has made in the world is truly remarkable! I think she is one of the most influential, inspirational women in the world today.

What are you favourite Moroccanoil products?

Moroccanoil original treatment allbeauty blogMy ultimate must-have is Moroccanoil Treatment – I have it with me at all times! I also love to treat my hair to one of the Moroccanoil Hydrating Masks, such as Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask once a week. One of my ultimate skincare secrets is to always add a few drops of our Moroccanoil Pure Argan Oil into all of my skin creams. It’s rich with moisturizing and anti-aging properties, and makes my skin glow!

You can shop the full Moroccanoil range at allbeauty. To find out more about International Women’s Day, head to www.internationalwomensday.com

Neom Exclusive: Nicola Elliott Q&A

Celebrating International Women’s Day: An Exclusive Interview With Neom Founder Nicola Elliot

In this exclusive interview, Neom Organics founder Nicola Elliott reveals what inspired her to walk away from a hectic life as a fashion editor and start her own award-winning wellbeing business…

After noticing her wellbeing had taken a dive for the worst, former Glamour Magazine Editor Nicola Elliott gave it all up to train as an aromatherapist and nutritionist. She founded Neom Organics in 2005, running it from her two-bedroom Islington flat.  Twelve years later, Neom is one of the most recognisable and best-selling wellness brands in the UK.

We caught up with Nicola to see what inspired her to start her own business and how she balances family and work life…

Nicola elliott interview allbeauty blogWhat inspired you to start NEOM?

I suffered from anxiety and started creating 100% natural blends to help. They worked! I then followed on with a sleep blend for my sister who was suffering with insomnia, then my husband to boost his energy… when he left the house with 32 bottles for the football team I thought then we may be on to something!

Who are the women that inspire you?

There’s so many… my Mum, Sister, best friends, and our customers!

How do you juggle family and work life?

I have a great husband, Dave, who I tag team with. I couldn’t do it solo!  We do 50/50 around the home and with the kids.

Poor sleep, stress, low energy and mood swings. This kick-started my own wellbeing journey”

What advice do you have for starting a business?

See if you get traction whilst working your day job first… find a partner with different skills to you and prepare for it to take longer than you think. Hire the best people you can afford as soon as you can. Then… have fun!

What are your top wellbeing tips?

Create your own wellbeing toolkit – what works for one person won’t work for the next! It’s about finding those few things that you enjoy otherwise it becomes a chore, so whether that’s getting 5 minutes of fresh air at lunch time, meeting with friends, a yoga class once a week or a run; there really are small steps that we can take to feel our best every day. I always see time for myself as necessity not a luxury and it’s a work in progress, but I try not to sweat the small stuff!

You can’t look good if you don’t feel good! – Nicola Elliott, Neom founder

You can shop the full Neom range at allbeauty. To find out more about International Women’s Day, head to www.internationalwomensday.com

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

Kérastase Meets Megan Hess

Kérastase Meets International Fashion Artist Megan Hess

We find out more about her work, her love for Kérastase haircare and just how she became a global Instagram success in the world of fashion illustration…

Megan Hess allbeauty blogInternational fashion artist Megan Hess has worked with some of the most prestigious fashion designers and luxury brands around the world, including Dior, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany and Co. to name just  a few!

Her work has appeared on the bottom of luxury swimming pools in Dubai to bespoke homes in Paris and New York and on the walls of the most coveted fashion houses around the world. Megan is the author of 4 best selling books and she illustrates all of her work with a bespoke Montblanc pen, who she affectionately calls Monty.

How did you start illustrating? What is your background?

I studied Graphic Design because it felt like a ‘real’ job in the art world, but I really always wanted to be a Fashion Illustrator – I just never knew back then that it was a possible career choice! After working as an Art Director in ad agencies for several years I packed everything up and moved to London. It was in London that I worked in a million different creative jobs and in my final job there I realized that I had a burning desire to be an artist. At this time I’d became the Art Director for Liberty Department Store. Whist I loved art-directing fashion I loved illustrating it more. I started to do very small illustrations for Liberty and from this art directors saw my work and little commissions began to follow. After about a year I found myself with non-stop illustration work and I knew I was going to do this forever.

Megan Hess Kerastase illustration allbeauty blog

As my clients got bigger and better I was able to be a little more selective and just work on briefs that I knew had a great creative opportunity. Then in 2006 I got a call in the middle of the night from Candace Bushnell’s publisher asking if I would illustrate the cover of ‘Sex and the City’. This really was my big break and suddenly my work was seen on a global stage. After this was released I was contacted by TIME magazine in New York to create portraits for them.. Following this, I began illustrating for Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Dior, Cartier, Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, Bergdorf Goodman, Versace, Prada and Ferragamo….. Ironically, at the same time as my work finally took off I had my first baby!! Its funny, I always tell people that I haven’t really slept since 2006!!

How has Instagram helped to shape your career?

When I first started posting on social media it was purely just a creative outlet for me and I never saw it as part of my business. As things grew and my followers really increased I realised how powerful it was – suddenly I could post an image of a new print collection and the whole collection could sell out in 20 minutes! What I love most about social media though, is that it’s almost like your own edited magazine and I love that I have complete control of the content. You can essentially show your world through your own eyes.

Kérastase was the first hair care brand that you collaborated with, why Kérastase?

Kérastase is the best haircare in the world and I always knew that if I was going to collaborate with a brand in that category it had to be Kérastase. It’s also a brand that I have been using on my own hair since I was a teenager. The products that I’ve used within the brand have changed as my hair has changed over time. Initially it was all about gaining volume – now it’s the opposite and it’s all about calming and counteracting the frizz! It’s nice to work with a brand that you admire and trust.

What does the Kérastase woman represent?

I see the Kérastase woman as someone who is successful and positive in the way she leads her life. She wants to look her best but she also wants her beauty and hair rituals to be a natural part of her life. I see her travelling, working, creating the life she wants to lead. She is someone who is selective about the products she chooses.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere! I seem to find it when I’m least expecting it. I love beautiful photography books, travelling and just getting out of the studio and seeing other exciting things that are happening in the world. In terms of subject matter, I find people and all their differences and quirks the most inspiring. I love seeing how other people dress, live and create. I’m an observer and I love all the little details that make people interesting. I also think travel has a huge influence on me and provides endless inspiration.

How is your work different to other fashion illustrations? How did you find your signature style?

I think all illustrators have their own style. I always think of my work as capturing an imaginary world of chic women in amazing locations. I always want my work to inspire or bring a smile to the viewer. When students ask me how they can find ‘their style?’ I always say… ‘just keep drawing and your style will find you!’

Why do you think women connect with you?

I think they connect with me because we share a common love of beautiful things. I love to draw and create beautiful images that are inspiring and I think we can all do with injecting a little beauty and inspiration into our lives.

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With thanks to Kérastase and Megan Hess for this interview. This interview first appeared on www.kerastase.co.uk, and has been duplicated with permission from Kérastase representitives, The rights of the images featured within blog post belong to Kérastase or Megan Hess and should not be reproduced without permission. 

These Are The LFW Hair Trends You Need To Know About

These Are The 2019 London Fashion Week Hair Trends You NEED To Know About

We’ve teamed up with Official Haircare Product Providers label.m to bring you some of our favourite hair trends from London Fashion Week 2019! 

Proffessional haircare brand label.m is THE Official Haircare Provider of London Fashion Week, so we’ve teamed up with the experts to bring you our top three looks from this year’s LFW runway, PLUS all you need to know to recreate the looks at home. Who says fashion stays on the runway?! Check out our favourite looks below:

1. The Messy Bun Is Back

Not that it ever really left, but with all its variations it’s been a while since we’ve seen a messy bun that wasn’t teamed with PJS and a lazy Sunday morning… The perfect compliment to the  colourful beading and embroidery seen at Tata Naka, International Artistic Director and British Hairdresser of the Year nominee Cos Sakkas was inspired by the styles of 60s and 80s supermodels to create these messy yet eloquent buns.

Tata Naka LFW label m messy bun
Image courtesy of Toni & Guy and Tata Naka

Get the look:

To create this look, Cos used label.m Texturising Volume Spray to create height, followed by label.m Hairspray to set the look:

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Step 1: Gather hair into a high ponytail and use label.m Texturizing Volume Spray around the surface and edge

Step 2: Pull the ponytail upwards and loosely secure with elastic, then drop down towards the crown to create texture and pin in place.

Step 3: Structure the hair to form a messy bun and pull out strands around the hair line and nape of the neck to create texture.

2. Top Knots Are Top Of The List

Another look usually associated with lounging around on the sofa watching Netflix on the sofa, the top knot has had a utilitarianupgrade from stylist Indira Schauwecker where natural twisted knots complimented Paul Costelloe’s striking military-inspired looks.

Paul costelloe LFW 2019 label m
Image courtesy of Paul Costelloe and Toni & Guy

Get the look:

To create this look, Indira used a combination of volumising, shine and setting products from label.m:

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Step 1: Depending on hair texture apply Extra Strong Mousse  throughout hair in sections and blow dry upwards using a grooming brush to smooth.

Step 2: Combing the hair up to the top of the head brushing through to smooth ponytail. Apply hairspray for grip and using a fine comb to create shape but not to make perfect giving a really effortess look.

Step 3: Tie elastic firmly to secure the ponytail. Using a tail end comb to loosen so making the silhouette more natural looking and enhancing texture around hairline.

Step 4: Spray label.m Texturising Volume Spray into ponytail and wrap around the top of head deliberately leaving the ends out. Pin to secure and add a small amount of label.m Hairspray to finish.

3. Soft Waves Are All The Rage

With the the designer’s approach to minimalism in mind, Indira and the TONI&GUY session team created soft, miminalist waves for the fifth season i-am-chen runway show. Romantic yet effortless, soft waves offer an elegantly classic base for colourful hair accessories featured  to bring fun and a light-heated spirit to the audience.

Image courtesy of Zhi Chen and Toni & Guy

Get the look:

To create this look, Indira used a combination of volumising, shine and setting products from label.m:

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Step 1: Apply label.m Extra Strong Mousse and blow-dry smooth section-by-section with a grooming brush.

Step 2: Use  hairspray and take wider sections for the creation of deep waves. Taking a small tong on each section – wrap the hair tightly around the barrel for up to eight – 10 seconds. Release – then hold in place with section clips.

Step 3: Gently brush back the hair section by section – pushing in one direction, and then using the tong to almost indent the waves with the comb held parallel to form the deep waves. Apply a little label.m Shine Mist along the length of the hair as you go.

Step 4: In contrast to the dry texture of the waves – liberally spritz the top only with Shine Mist for a distinct high shine appearance. Set with Hairspray.

What was your favourite look from LFW 2019? Comment down below! You can shop all label.m products at allbeauty.com