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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.

Choosing An Exfoliator

Throughout the year, but particularly during the summer months, exfoliating plays a key role in a skincare routine. Not only does it offer a good old fashioned deep clean of your pores and outer skin layer, but it also buffs off those dead skin cells that can make our skin look dull, textured and unhealthy. 

But with so many types of exfoliators available, how do you know which is the best option for your unique skin? Can a cream exfoliator infused with acids really do the same job as something that physically scrubs the skin’s surface? Are microbeads really all that bad? Spoiler alert: yep, they really are.

In today’s article, we’ll be giving you the lowdown on the main types of exfoliants, how to use them, and what makes them different from the rest. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about exfoliating (and a few things you didn’t)…


The Main Types of Exfoliator

Largely, the most utilised ingredients in exfoliating products are either physical or molecular in nature. Microbeads and pumice are examples of physical exfoliators, while alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) represent the molecular options.

The best option for your skin type will come down to a mixture of personal preference and your areas of concern. For example, sensitive skin types may find that physical exfoliators are too abrasive, while certain acids are gentle enough to be used by all. 

1) Microbead Exfoliators

Let’s rip off the bandaid and get this one out of the way. Microbead exfoliators were all the rage in the early noughties. Those little plastic beads were great for ridding our faces and bodies of rough patches, but that’s not the only thing they were effective at destroying. Millions of these tiny beads were making their way from bathrooms all over the world into drains, waterways, and ultimately, the ocean. 

Microplastics in the world’s oceans are a huge problem, and that’s without the addition of tiny plastic beads literally being poured down the drain. In 2016, the UK banned the use of microbeads in toiletries and cosmetics, and rightly so. 

Luckily for us, as you’ll see in this article, there are lots of other fantastic options for exfoliation which don’t involve harmful ingredients.

2) Pumice Exfoliators

Ideal for those who enjoy a physical scrub and are looking for an alternative to microbeads, pumice has been used around the world for centuries. A light, porous rock formed when the foam of volcanic lava cools, pumice is a sustainable resource which needs minimal processing – this makes it a fantastic green option.

We already know that pumice is a great way to smooth heels, and it’s that same pumice which is used in cream exfoliators. Crushed into smaller particles, it physically helps with the turnover of skin cells.

Best Pumice Exfoliators:

A luxurious facial treatment, Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher combines natural pumice with Hungarian Moor Mud to deeply cleanse and refine the skin. With added copper gluconate, it also helps to regulate sebum production making it a great option for oily and combination skin.

A cleanser and exfoliator in one, Jurlique Radiant Skin Foaming Cleanser uses super-fine pumice to brighten the skin, with natural ingredients adding hydration and a boost of antioxidants.

For the body, Cowshed Dual Action Body Scrub is a fantastic choice, combining a host of other exfoliating ingredients, including peach kernel, with nourishing aloe vera.

3) AHA Exfoliators

Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, represent one of the biggest groups of exfoliators. They work by exfoliating the uppermost layer of skin, revealing brighter, more radiant skin beneath. Found as both peels and leave-on treatments, different alpha hydroxy acids have slightly different properties, and can vary their effects depending on their concentration.

The three main types are glycolic, lactic and citric acids:

  1. Glycolic acid is the most popular AHA and is found naturally in sugar cane. It can improve the skin’s firmness, reduce pigmentation, improve texture and even improve hydration. There are a wide range of glycolic acid exfoliators, but one of our favourites is the Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel Wipes. With 10% glycolic acid, this extra-strength exfoliating treatment can be used 2-3 times per week for best results.

Read more about glycolic acid.

2. Lactic acid is naturally found in milk, although it’s more common for a synthetic version to be used in skincare. Slightly less potent than glycolic acid, lactic acid is a great option for sensitive skin as it’s mild nature makes it less likely to cause a reaction.

Many lactic acid exfoliators include other AHAs, but if you’re looking for a standalone product, try Elemis Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wipes which use lactic acid and probiotics to improve the texture of the skin.

Read more about lactic acid.

3. Citric acid is another popular AHA which is found, unsurprisingly, in citrus fruits. While less effective than many other AHAs, it is often used in exfoliating cleansers. One in particular that we love is the REN Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, which uses a combination of oils to cleanse and soothe.

4) BHA Exfoliators

If AHAs are the best all-rounder, BHA wins the title in the heavyweight category. Oil-soluble, beta hydroxy acids are able to penetrate deep into the pores, making them a great choice for those with oily or acne-prone skin. However, these same factors make BHAs unsuitable for dry or sensitive skin as they’re simply too harsh.

The main BHA which is used in skincare is salicylic acid.

Salicylic acid is a compound which was first derived from willow bark, another common ingredient in skincare. It is a powerful exfoliator, dissolving the debris which clogs pores and leads to acne. One of our favourite salicylic exfoliators is by French beauty titan Darphin. The Darphin Resurfacing Peel is a weekly treatment which can dramatically change the health and texture of your skin.

Read more about salicylic acid.


An Important Note On Exfoliators

No article that covers AHA and BHA exfoliants would be complete without mentioning how important sun protection is. Following exfoliation, your skin is particularly susceptible to sun damage, so it’s incredibly important to wear a high SPF sunscreen before stepping foot outside.

Enjoy your summer skin, safely. 

Choosing A Summer Moisturiser

As the weather heats up and we spend more time outdoors (albeit, mostly in our gardens), it’s crucial to our skin’s health that we’re using the right moisturiser. 

A quality moisturiser helps to hydrate the skin’s outermost layers while targeting any underlying issues. It can also help to restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier in dry skin, or prevent pore blockages in oily and acne-prone skin. But, and this is a big ‘but’, your moisturiser is only as good as the way you use it. Even the most celebrated, high-end moisturiser can create more issues than it cures, if used in the wrong season. 

If you’ve already transitioned your skincare routine as the seasons change, you’re a step ahead of the game! If not, we’ve got you covered.



Why Should You Change Your Moisturiser?

All moisturisers are not created equal. When the weather is particularly cold and windy, a rich cream moisturiser gives the skin the extra hydration and protection it needs. However, this same formulation can sit far too heavily on the skin in warm weather, giving it a greasy feeling and often resulting in sweaty, clogged pores. Instead, opt for a lightweight moisturiser such as a lotion or gel.


With SPF, or Without?

For most of the year, using a moisturiser that includes SPF protection is a great choice. It offers better protection from UV rays than no SPF at all, and can adequately protect you on cloudy and overcast days. However, during the hotter months when the sun is at its hottest and we’re spending time outside, it’s better to separate your moisturiser from your sunscreen

Using two separate products ensures that you’re able to get full coverage where you need it, and allows you to top up your SPF as needed during the day. Look for an SPF30+ for your face, which will help to reduce sun damage and premature ageing.



Best Summer Moisturisers For Normal/Combination Skin

Keeping the skin hydrated without exacerbating oily patches is the aim of any moisturiser targetted at normal and combination skin. This is even more important during the summer months when the sweat and oil glands are more active. 

While the polar opposite ends of dry and oily skin are well catered for, finding a good middle-spectrum option can take some searching. But much like it’s important to tailor your moisturiser to the season, finding a product that suits your skin type is a must.  3 favourites; 

 

  1. A great option for daily wear is Clarins Multi-Active Jour Antioxidant Day Cream-Gel, which has a lovely light texture. Packed with beneficial antioxidants, it helps to prevent premature ageing and improves radiance.

 

 

2. Thalgo Hydra-Marine 24 Hour Gel-Cream. This light Gel- cream hydrates the skin with a delicate, non-oily freshness. perfect for normal to combination skin types.

 

 

 

 

3. Darphin Hydraskin Light Gel Cream  A refreshing, lightweight cream-gel hydrator for normal to combination skin types which moisturises the skin to keep it smooth and supple. Gives long-lasting relief from dehydration.

 

 


Best Summer Moisturisers For Dry/Dehydrated Skin

Changes in seasons can be unforgiving for those of us with dry or dehydrated skin. While the cooler months bring out flaking and exacerbate dryness, the warmer months make it difficult to keep skin hydrated. If you have dry skin, you’ll already know that heavy-duty winter moisturisers are not compatible with summer temperatures – claggy, sweaty, cloying skin isn’t a fair trade-off for fewer flakes. 

Thankfully, there is no shortage of fantastic summer moisturisers designed for dry and dehydrated skin. Look for gel formulations, which offer more hydration than a liquid, but a lighter texture than a cream. 3 favourites;

 

  1. Our favourite is Clinique Moisture Surge 72 Hour Auto Replenishing Hydrator, which sits beautifully on the skin yet packs enough power to keep dryness at bay.

 

 

2. Payot Paris Hydra 24+ Gel-Creme Sorbet. An ultra-sensory, fresh and silky melt-in gel-cream that is light and non-greasy and procures an immediate sensation of freshness.

 

 

3. Biotherm Aquasource Intense Regenerating Moisturizing Gel 50ml. Skin is left with a renewed complexion that glows. Even the most dehydrated skin is cared for.

 


Best Summer Moisturisers For Oily Skin

Thinking of going without moisturiser during summer because your skin won’t need the hydration? Think again. With increased sweat and oil production, more exposure to dirt and air pollution, and of course the addition of full SPF coverage, your skin will rely on thorough cleansing more than ever. And with more cleansing, comes an upset in your skin’s natural oil balance. 

A light moisturiser that has been formulated for oily skin will help keep your oils in check while offering mattifying properties and hydration. 3 favourites;

 

1. Our top pick for oily skin is Estée Lauder DayWear Matte, which does all of the above and more, controlling oil for up to eight hours, and enriching the skin with antioxidants.

 

 

2. Clinique Pep-Start Hydroblur Moisturizer. This lightweight moisturiser is perfect alone or with makeup, reducing surface shine of the skin and helping to reduce the appearance of pores and dry lines.

 

 

3. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Skin is strengthened and moisture balance restored with no greasy residue left behind.


Best Summer Moisturisers For Mature Skin

For ageing skin, you want a moisturiser that does more than one job. Mature skin is thinner and lacks the same levels of elastin as it did earlier in life, making fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation all more likely. While there’s no one product that can completely reverse the signs of ageing (we wish, right?!), it can certainly help to make sure each step of your skincare routine is targeting the same issues. 3 favourites;

 

1. For a great all-rounder, you can’t beat Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, an allbeauty best-seller. A silky, non-greasy cream which absorbs easily into the skin, it visibly improves fine lines and wrinkles, while offering a much-needed boost of summer hydration.

 

2. Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference. Hyaluronic acid manages to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, tree mushroom extract tightens pores and Vitamin E both softens and protects the skin.

 

 

3. Clarins Extra Firming Day Cream. With added SPF protection, this moisturising day cream protects against the harmful effects of UV rays.

 

But remember readers, there’s no point investing in a fantastic summer moisturiser if you aren’t protecting your skin from further damage. Make sure your skincare routine includes a good covering of SPF face cream to keep those harmful UV rays at bay.


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Cubid CBD skincare for dry hands

We’re finally out of those cold winter months, summer is in sight and that harsh dry skin we’ve all been suffering from should be long gone. Then an unforeseen pandemic got its grip on the world and we’ve found ourselves washing our hands more frequently than ever. When hand washing isn’t an option, more and more of us are relying on alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Suddenly, those dry winter hands didn’t seem that bad at all, because now we’re suffering from extremely dry, chapped hands and brittle nails.


What causes dry skin?

The more we wash our hands, the more we strip away moisture. Whatever natural protective oils are left on the skin’s surface are washed down the drain when we combine water and soap. Not only does this leave the hands exposed, it can also cause further irritation. This can lead to inflamed and raw looking skin.


How might CBD help my dry skin?

One of the main benefits of CBD to the human body is its anti-inflammatory properties, which have been identified in several studies to aid in fighting skin inflammation. It’s this benefit which can help prevent dry and inflamed skin, as well as aid in the repair process. 

CBD is a natural fit in our skincare routines because it’s full of fatty acids and antioxidants, like omega 3 and 6, which help promote moisturised skin and maintain elasticity.

Research shows CBD extracts can contain more effective antioxidants than Vitamin E and C. These antioxidant properties in CBD help to protect the skin from free radicals and pollution which can damage healthy skin cells and cause premature aging.


The Endocannabinoid System

CBD works with the endocannabinoid system in the body. This is a microscopic chain of receptors all living beings possess. The body produces these cannabinoid receptors (there are two types, CB1 and CB2) which interact with CBD when it is introduced to our systems. 

When taken orally, the endocannabinoid system can treat inflammation from the inside. But on the surface of the skin, CBD has also proven effective in treating localised inflammation through the endocannabinoid system. Meanwhile the antioxidants and fatty acids present help soothe irritation and restore moisture.

The reason this is allowed to happen in the skin is all down to the widespread presence of the two types of cannabinoid receptors in the body which tend to show up near our organs. And with the skin being our largest organ, it responds well to CBD with these receptors carrying out their work. 

The next key element is hydration. Excessive hand washing and regular use of alcohol-rich hand sanitisers often leads to dehydrated skin. CBD-infused creams can help improve hydration levels in our skin

In some extreme cases of dry skin, often skin diseases, dermatologists may prescribe topical steroid creams, which act as anti-inflammatory medicines. For people that like to avoid using steroid ointments, some doctors suggest CBD could be used as a non-steroidal alternative. While CBD works as an anti-inflammatory, the emollient nature of hemp oil, the base of every CUBID CBD product, works as a barrier to help protect the skin to allow it a chance to heal.


How to use CBD for dry hands

The easiest way to treat dry skin with CBD is with a hand cream.  

Choosing good quality CBD skincare is a must. The key is investing in a seriously hydrating moisturiser with high quality CBD. Re:new Hand & Nail Cream by CUBID CBD is made with 250mg of broad spectrum hemp oil containing 66% CBD and other cannabinoids, perfect for intensively re-hydrating dry hands. 

The next step is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. In the same way we must regularly wash our hands, it’s vital to be regularly applying your moisturiser. We recommend applying a coin-sized amount a minimum of twice a day, or whenever you feel your hands and nails need some extra care.



 

 

 

 


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10 Of The Best Celebrity Perfumes

A right of passage for all top celebrities, releasing a fragrance cements their position in the hall of fame. Admittedly, some celebrity perfumes offer no more than a pretty bottle and named brand, but there are many more that have rightly earned their place as best sellers. In no particular order, here are 10 celebrity perfumes that we love:


Nude, Rihanna

The third fragrance by Rihanna, Nude is an easy-to-wear floral-fruity scent. Top notes of guava and pear are offset against white floral mid-notes, including gardenia and orange blossom. Base notes of musk, sandalwood and vanilla orchid round the fragrance off.


Promise, Jennifer Lopez

This new fragrance from Jennifer Lopez is sure to be a hit. The bottle is reminiscent of that Versace dress from the 2000 Grammy Awards, and wouldn’t look out of place among other luxury fragrances. Promise starts with fruity pineapple, Italian orange and Sicilian lemon, and is balanced with peony, violet, caramel and tonka bean. Good enough to eat!


Thank U Next, Ariana Grande 

New in from Ariana Grande, Thank U Next is the epitome of a pretty-in-pink fragrance. If you love fruity-floral perfumes but aren’t a fan of the heavier woody scents that they so often contain, you’re in for a treat. This simple yet effective fragrance contains only six notes: raspberry, pear, pink rose, coconut, musk and macarons. This is a perfect scent for Spring/Summer.


Christina Aguilera, Christina Aguilera

A sensual, sophisticated scent, Christina Aguilera’s self-titled perfume isn’t as “young” as others on our list. Blackcurrant and plum are paired with peony and jasmine, while base notes of vanilla and musk balance the fruity-floral fragrance.


Love and White Diamonds, Elizabeth Taylor 

If you’re looking for a perfume that is floral without being too sweet, you have to try Love and White Diamonds by Elizabeth Taylor. Neroli and petitgrain offer a green, floral introduction, quickly followed by Turkish rose, tuberose and gardenia. Base notes of cedar, sandalwood and musk add staying power and ground the fragrance.


Stash Prive, Sarah Jessica Parker 

New in, Stash Prive is an updated version of SJP’s popular Stash perfume. Inspired by her time in Moscow, this ultra-clean fragrance leads with top notes of quince, grapefruit and pink pepper. Sage and orange blossom follow as mid-notes, and aromatic woods of birch and Haitian vetiver create the base. 


Signature, Shawn Mendes 

A unisex scent that leans toward the feminine, Signature by Shawn Mendes is soft and sweet without being cloying. Of the nine notes, the easiest to pick out are dulce de leche, maple sap and pineapple. For a similarly unisex scent which is slightly more masculine, give Signature II a try.


Midnight Fantasy, Britney Spears 

An oldy but a goody, Midnight Fantasy was released in 2007 to the excitement of millions of teenage girls. Perhaps surprisingly, this perfume outdid all expectations, becoming a top-seller which is still loved today. While the bottle won’t be winning any awards, the fragrance is top-notch, with notes of sour cherry and plum balancing freesia, iris, orchid and amber.


Meow, Katy Perry

Another bottle that is best suited for deep at the back of a drawer, Meow by Katy Perry is a great example of why not to judge a book by its cover. A sweet, cosy scent, the takeaway notes are vanilla, pear, tangerine and amber. White florals in the form of gardenia, honeysuckle and jasmine add sophistication.


Heat, Beyonce

Last but certainly not least is Heat by Beyonce. A warm, heady fragrance suited to evenings and cooler days and not for wallflowers. Of this decadent perfume, the standout notes are peach, almond, orchid and macarons, with a base of tonka bean, amber and sequoia.


With so many impressive celebrity perfumes on the market, there’s never been a better time to try one. Which of our list has piqued your interest? View the full range of celebrity perfumes here.

Meet Antipodes – Connecting you with New Zealand’s Nature

An island nation deep in the South Pacific and the closest nation to Antarctica, New Zealand’s unique and pristine environment is like nowhere else on Earth. Untouched by humans until just a thousand years ago, their pristine flora is bursting with potent anti-blemish, anti-fungal and antioxidant-rich properties.

Antipodes is a highly innovative scientific organic beauty brand. Its visionary New Zealand founder and director, Elizabeth Barbalich, has built her skincare and makeup company on a cutting-edge combination of the highest quality ingredients from New Zealand nature and raw super-fruit extracts, their clean, certified vegetarian skincare delivers outstanding results for helping support production of collagen, elastin and antioxidant activity. 

Ingredients from nature

Whatever you add to your skin is ingested, so ensuring it is as clean and non-toxic as possible will help you achieve a beautiful healthy complexion – and has the dual bonus of being kinder to the earth too.

Experience the skin-enhancing power of sustainable, wild-harvested extracts from New Zealand rainforests. These are bioactive extracts from New Zealand’s plant species that have evolved in geographic isolation over tens of millions of years:

  • Golden kowhai for high antioxidant bioactivity. Natural antimicrobial properties halt the growth of microorganisms like bacteria or fungi, making it the perfect cleansing and moisturising agent.
  • Mamaku black fern for cell renewal. Firms and protects your skin, and generates fresh cell growth. Mamaku is a stunning rainforest tree fern, and the spiral shape of its unfurling frond is a strong symbol of new life in New Zealand. 
  • Crimson pohutukawa for skin conditioning. The bioactive extract from the flowers of New Zealand’s iconic pohutukawa is conditioning, deeply moisturising, antioxidant-packed and antiseptic. It also promotes cell regeneration and soft, youthful skin.
  • Health-generating totara: The mighty totara is a native New Zealand hardwood tree that is extremely durable. Totara extract imparts this strength to your skin, neutralising the free radicals linked to skin ageing. It also has powerful antimicrobial and anti-blemish qualities, meaning you can achieve super-clean skin.
  • Omega-rich harakeke New Zealand flax: our native flax yields an oil that deeply moisturises skin. We hold in adoration its high levels of omega – an essential fatty acid for truly healthy skin.

Explore the Antipodes Range:

Baptise H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel

The superstar new product from Antipodes, will help keep your skin intensely hydrated with the use of potent, natural ingredients including world-famous New Zealand manuka honey and harakeke gel, from the roots of the native New Zealand flax bush. 

It features a weightless, intensive formulation that immerses thirsty skin in pure, natural moisture. Deeply thirst-quenching without heaviness or oiliness, the formula is easily absorbed yet powerfully hydrates skin, all day and night. Adding to its powerful effects is Baptise’s uplifting pure plant fragrance of fresh rose, guaranteed to raise anyone’s spirits.

How to apply: Baptise should be applied reverently at dawn and dusk to your face, neck and décolletage. It is suited to most skin conditions, especially dry, and is certified vegetarian by the UK Vegetarian Society, a globally respected organisation for the assessment of vegetarian status.

Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream 

A sublime combination of pure plant oils means that essential Omegas 3, 6 and 9 unite in a ratio that your skin recognises and easily absorbs. An excellent dose of Vitamins A, C and E provides the ultimate daily nutritional skin boost. Immerse your spirit in the jubilant aroma inspired by exotic feijoa and wild blackcurrant.

To use: Apply generously to your hands and body to relieve excessive dryness. Suited to most skin conditions, especially dry.

Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask

Mud-paint your face to deeply deliver skin-brightening extracts for instant light and lift. Improve your skin’s appearance with antioxidant compound Vinanza Grape & Kiwi, clinically shown to lighten skin by targeting melanin production*. Prized peony also contributes to a bright and luminous visage by addressing uneven tone. Detox your skin with mineral-blessed volcanic mud from geothermal New Zealand, revered for its regenerative brilliance.

To use: Lavish a thick layer of this creamy mask over your cleansed face and neck, avoiding your eye area. Leave for 15 minutes, and rinse away thoroughly with warm water. Use twice a week religiously.

Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum

Defend cells against the oxidative stress that can lead to your skin’s early ageing with a daily dose of healthy antioxidants that help combat free radical damage. This supreme organic skin booster features New Zealand grown superfruits blessed with some of Nature’s highest concentrations of anti-ageing antioxidants: boysenberry, blackcurrant and kiwifruit, plus revolutionary antioxidant Vinanza Grape.

To use: Worship your face, neck and décolletage daily by dispensing onto your fingertips and gently rubbing in to skin before moisturising. Suited to most skin conditions, especially oily.


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How to prolong your hair colour – with Pureology 

We have all asked ourselves the question, how long might it be until our next salon appointment? If you have been wondering how to keep your hair colour lasting longer until your next salon visit, wait no longer. 

From faded roots, to dull looking colour, Pureology has got your back! Maintain your hair colour vibrancy in between salon appointments with these top tips from Pureology expert hair educators.


Choose gentle cleansing formulas

Sulphates can be harsh on the hair and strip the hair causing colour fade. Opt for Zero sulphate products to keep your hair colour looking vibrant. Pureology, the #1 Professional Colour Care brand, uses products that are zero sulphate containing no nasties, using corn, coconut and sugar to gently cleanse the hair without stripping its colour.


Use a heat protectant

Regular use of heat tools without protection can damage the hair and affect its colour! By using a heat protectant with added colour protection you can maintain colour vibrancy, shine and healthy hair, leaving it looking and feeling better than ever. Try Pureology Pure Volume Style & Care Infusion, apply before blow drying for heat defense, touchable volume, body and discipline all at the same time.


Use hair masks and treatments

Keep your hair looking its best with a deep conditioning treatment to improve condition and colour vibrancy. Use a hair mask once a week so that your locks remain moisturised and hair colour stays bright. Try the Pureology Colour Fanatic Instant Deep Conditioning Mask, infused with an exclusive AntiFade Complex, this moisturising hair mask from Pureology is 100% vegan and penetrates strands to instantly restore, protect and strengthen. If your hair feels damaged and broken, reach for Pureology Strength Cure Superfood mask, formulated with keravis, ceramide and arginine to heal and repair damage.


Styling is key

Missing that fresh out of the salon shine? Use styling tools that enhance shine to keep the hair colour looking its best. Using a shine serum on the hair before blow drying can help create that silky and glossy texture you have been missing. Try Pureology Shine Max to create a reflective shine on even the dullest hair.


If all else fails, switch up your style or experiment with your hair parting and accessories! 

Hair accessories are so on trend, and can enhance any hair look! Keep it colourful and experiment with different coloured hairbands or scrunchies for that 90s feel.

If hair accessories aren’t your thing, try changing your parting around, side parting, middle parting or even a zig-zag parting can really switch up your look.


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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

Multi-Use Favourites That Don’t Cost The Earth

With the world in a spin, self-care is as important as ever, but many of us are having to tighten the purse strings and be more selective when it comes to making new purchases. If this applies to you, we know that you’ll be looking for products that offer value for money and pack a lot into a small package. Well, at allbeauty there is certainly no shortage of products that fit that description! Here is a selection of the best multi-use buys that offer the most bang for their buck:


Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

Don’t let the name put you off, this balm is for much more than just nipples and lips! In a handy, pocket-sized tube, Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips is a medical-grade, 100% natural product that can be used to smooth flyaways, prime skin, treat chapped lips, heal burns and abrasions, hydrate dry patches and of course, soothe sore nipples from breastfeeding. This is a must-have item for every home.


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil

This multi-award-winning dry oil is a favourite in France, where women enjoy easy-use products that enhance their natural beauty. Containing 30% plant oils, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse has been formulated for use on the face, hair and body, repairing, hydrating and softening. The subtle natural shimmer brightens skin and hair, making you look fresher and more radiant in a single step.


Phyto Treatments Baobab Oil for Hair and Body

With a unique blend of some of nature’s most nourishing oils, including that of Africa’s ancient Baobab tree, Phyto Treatments offers another great all-round product for hair and body. Use as a hair treatment, a leave-in, a sun protectant, or rub into dry skin for instant hydration.


Neom Organics London Intensive Skin Treatment Candle

It’s a candle. It’s a nourishing skin treatment. It smells amazing. What’s not to love!?

Designed to be a fragrant addition to your pre-bedtime routine, the Neom Skin Treatment Candle contains a combination of six oils which are whipped together with 24 essential oils. After enjoying the scented candle, pour the melted oil onto your skin for the ultimate in indulgence.


Chi Olive Organics Hair and Body Conditioner

Unleash the nourishing powers of olive oil with Chi Olive Organics Hair and Body Conditioner. Your all-in-one shower companion, it can be used to condition your hair, locking in moisture and smoothing each strand, or apply to your body before rinsing for soft, supple skin.


Canabidol CBD Rescue Cream

Moisturising, healing and soothing, Canabidol CBD Rescue Cream is a must for all your skincare needs. Rich in fatty acids, the formula deeply hydrates the skin, while the combination of CBD and terpenes reduce inflammation and pain. Perfect for skin that is prone to dryness and sensitivity, or for those post-workout aches.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

When it comes to skincare, you can’t look beyond Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. The multi-award-winning skin cream has gained cult status thanks to its ultra-rich formulation which hydrates and protects skin for up to – you guessed it – eight hours. Use to deeply moisturise dry hands and feet, soothe chapped lips or even to shape brows and add shine to cheeks. It’s truly an all-in-one wonder cream.

Bonus: Like the concept of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream but looking for something a little lighter? You’ll love the Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil. With all the power of its predecessor, this lightweight oil makes a great alternative.


We’re sure you’ll agree, these products prove you can get the best of beauty, without it having to cost the earth.

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