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Menstrual Cup Myths – Debunked, with Organicup

Menstrual cups, we’ve all heard of them, right? But how often do we think about the choice out there? Feminine hygiene and sanitary products are still somewhat a ‘taboo’ subject for a lot of us, but they shouldn’t have to be. There’s been little change in the way sanitary products are produced and discreetly marketed to us since the 50’s! 

Time moves on and things need to change, double award-winning Organicup is here to make that change. Founded in Denmark in 2012, we interviewed Organicup in an effort to debunk all the questions you may have about menstrual cups and why they are the smart choice for the future of sanitary care. 

Since founding in 2012, it has always been about more than cups. 

“We believe no one should be held back by their body. We believe period products should not contain harmful chemicals nor absorb natural bodily secretions, resulting in infections. Periods should not be the cause of major pollution. And they should never, ever be a source of shame.”

Question Time

What exactly is a menstrual cup? 

A menstrual cup is a Feminine Hygiene device, its purpose is to collect menstrual fluid and prevent it leaking onto clothes. Organicup is made from 100% soft, medical-grade silicone from the USA. Organicup is registered with the Vegan Society, meaning it’s cruelty free and also the only cup brand in the world AllergyCertified.

Will it leak?

If correctly inserted, the Organicup will not leak. Scroll down for directions on correct insertion. OrganiCup works really well for women with heavy periods or menorrhagia, since it can contain 3 times more than a XL tampon.

In the beginning while you’re getting to know your cup and flow, we recommend you empty the cup more frequently to see how quickly it fills up. If you have a heavier flow, you might have to empty your cup more often than twice a day.

Are they difficult to use? 

If the menstrual cup is completely new to you it will take time to get used to the process. Organicup has an excellent video with a step by step instruction guide to help you get familiar with how to use your Organicup.

Does one size fit all? 

Organicup recognises that we are all unique, so ‘one size fits all’ is not an option. Which is why they offer 3 sizes with a fitting guide for each. 

  • Size Mini: For teens or those who need a smaller size
  • Size A: For those who have not given birth vaginally
  • Size B: For those who have given birth vaginally

The difference between size A and B is very small (size A is 0.4 cm smaller than size B) but still it is very important to use the proper size to prevent leakage.

Are they expensive? 

Nope, the Organicup is available from £21, which may be slightly more than you pay for your monthly supply of feminine hygiene products, however, the menstrual cup lasts for years not just a few hours, unlike disposable tampons and pads. That amounts to a vast saving over time.

Is it hygienic? 

Absolutely, you first sterilize your menstrual cup in boiling water, instructions are detailed in the video guide. Once inserted correctly you create an internal vacuum, this stops any menstrual blood coming into contact with the air, which means no odors, it’s ultra hygienic and anti-bacterial.

To compare, around 1/4 of fluids collected by tampons are natural and necessary secretions, Organicup only collects, thus eliminating irritation and dryness while ensuring the natural pH balance is kept intact.

Will it get lost or stuck? 

First of all, the cup can’t disappear inside you, but it can move up slightly.

The menstrual cup can’t get lost in the vagina; it will ultimately slip down by force of gravity.

If you have problems reaching the cup, the first thing to do is relax and breathe. If the menstrual cup has worked its way higher inside the vagina, it’s important to relax the muscles as tensing up will only make removing it more difficult.

Try squatting or putting one leg up on the toilet so you have better reach. Pull down gently on the stem until you can reach the bottom of the cup and grasp it with your fingers and pinch it to release the suction, and gently ease it out.

Can you pee whilst using a menstrual cup? 

Yes you can! 

The menstrual cup doesn’t collect your urine. The cup is inserted into the vagina and your urine comes from the urethra so the two do not interfere and you don’t have to remove the cup when you pee.

Unlike tampons, which have a string that can end up soaking up unwanted fluids, you can go to the bathroom without a worry.

How long do they last? 

The menstrual cup is reusable for years. After a while of usage, the cup might get slightly stained or discolored – and that’s completely fine. Even if you replace your cup every third year, you’ll be spending way less money than you would on disposable period products and you’ll save the environment for a great deal of waste!

Why Switch from my current product? 

There are so many reasons to switch, be it cost effectiveness, environmental friendly consciousness or for personal comfort and hygiene. 

You will be doing the environment a massive favour, did you know that 4.6 million disposable period products are flushed down the toilet every day in the UK alone! It can also take up to 500 years for tampons and pads to degrade.

Tampons, pads and panty liners along with their packaging and individual wrapping generate more than 200,000 tonnes of waste per year, and typically all contain plastic. This waste mostly ends up in landfills, sewages, on our beaches and in our oceans.

While the actual products contribute largely to the environmental issue, their life-cycle is just as damaging – from the raw material extraction, which typically involves the production of cotton and the use of pesticides and insecticides, to the fact that most pads contain polyethylene plastic (the adhesive that’s used to make the pad stick to your underwear) and most tampons also contain chemicals such as dioxin, chlorine and rayon. While the products sit in landfills, these chemicals get soaked up by the earth and are released as pollution into the groundwater and air.

Organicup is 100% Medical grade Silicone, which is derived from quartz, a type of sand, which is the second most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust and not hazardous to the environment. Additionally, the OrganiCup is not colored, avoiding any additives.

In terms of savings, as an example, a 26 year old woman who uses pads could save roughly £1,037 and 51lbs of waste from switching now up until menopause. If using tampons you could save roughly £686 but an enormous 95lbs of waste if they switch now up to menopause.


Top Tips for beginners

Tip 1: Wear a panty liner 

Until you feel 100% comfortable with your menstrual cup, you might want to wear a panty liner so you don’t have to worry about leaking.

Tip 2: Try to locate your cervix

We all have differently positioned cervixes and the cup should be placed below the cervix, if not, it will most likely leak. Try to locate your cervix with your finger, you should feel for a slightly firmer area of tissue and position your cup under it.

 Tip 3: Trim the stem of the cup

If you can feel the stem and find it uncomfortable after a couple of tries, you can cut it shorter. However, do not trim the stem while the menstrual cup is inserted!

Tip 4: Practice before your period

No one expects you to be an instant menstrual cup pro, so we recommend you practice inserting and removing your cup before you get your period. 

 Tip 5: Use lubrication

You can use water or a water-based lubricant to make insertion easier.


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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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Beauty Essentials you can’t live without

We could all do with a bit of extra TLC and self-care at the moment, so this latest prize draw couldn’t come at a better time! We’ve rounded up a fantastic selection of must-have beauty essentials and put together some top tips to get the most from each of them. The best part? You have a chance to win it all, worth £193! Enter below:


Hot & Nude palette, Dramatise 106, Individual lashes, Lash Lovers set.

Hot palette – Worth £9.99

Featuring 12 must-have, amber-hued neutrals – including warm browns, burnt oranges, and deep red eyeshadows to impress the girls, even if it is on Facetime! Create the hottest looks from a super smokey matte eye with a glimmering copper lid, to a blown out, all over intense bronze. 

Top tip: when applying the shimmer shades, apply with your finger for the most pigment payoff, spraying your eyeshadow brush with setting spray before applying to your eyelid.

Nude palette – Worth £9.99

An exclusive mix of neutral and pinky mattes, shimmers and glitters which adhere easily to the eyes, giving a soft-focus effect, blending smoothly and evenly across the eyes, lips, and cheeks. These rich textures can be used wet or dry for added intensity. With combinations of shimmering rose and metallic pinks start getting creative and achieve that perfect, neutral smokey eye.

Top tip: when applying the shimmer shades, apply with your finger for the most pigment payoff, spraying your eyeshadow brush with setting spray before applying to your eyelid.

Dramatise 106 lashes – Worth £5.49

Eye Candy False Eyelashes Dramatise 106 is a set of highly dramatic silk lashes which include a free lash glue. For the dramatic party look for your eyes, Eye Candy Dramatise wispy lashes create an intense look that will enhance your eyes. 

Top tip: cut your lashes to fit your lash line, cutting from the outside edge inwards. Use the Eye Candy Hold Tight lash adhesive and leave to go tacky for a minute before applying to your lashes.

Individual Lashes – Worth £5.49

 

Eye Candy Individual Lashes are a range of short, medium and long lash flares. The three lengths allow you to customise your look and get creative. The black silk individual lashes are cruelty-free and vegan-friendly professional lashes which will last up to 3-4 weeks.

Top Tip: apply the longer lashes to the outer edge of the eye to create a wispy effect, using the glue provided, dip the end of the lash into the glue and apply as close to your natural lash line as possible.

Lash Lovers Set – Worth £14.00

Ready, prep, go! Our Lash Lovers Set has everything you need for your lash application and brow prep. Including a Lash Curler, Lash Applicator Tool, and x2 different Tweezers, you can leave your bad lash days behind.


Makeover Brush Set, Complexion Sponge, Brush foam, Travel brush set.

Make Over Brush Set – Worth £19.99

Four brushes to define, contour, blend and set. This set includes every brush you’ll need for a flawless base and eye look. Including a Powder Blush Brush, Stippling Duo Fibre Brush, Tapered Blending Brush, and Precision Rounded Brush.

Top tip – use the stippling brush to blend out cream contour flawlessly, as well as using the precision rounded brush for concealing under the eyes.

Flawless Complexion Sponge – Worth £5.99

expertly apply any liquid or powder product with our versatile Complexion Sponge. Designed to deliver a flawless finish. The rounded side is perfect to hug the contour of the face, whilst the smaller, precision tip is great for the harder to reach areas such as around the eyes or nose. This sponge can be used damp or dry, dependent on if you are looking to create that dewy glow or an airbrushed finish.

Brush Sanitiser Foam – Worth £8.99

The Look Good Feel Better Anti-Bacterial Brush Sanitiser Foam is This alcohol-free brush sanitising foam is effective against the Norovirus and kills up to 99.9% of bacteria with lasting protection for up to 4 hours.

Top Tip – Use in conjunction with a brush cleanser or on its own for immediate protection.

Travel Brush Set – £14.99

Combined for ease of use, this professional and durable Travel Brush Set includes a Powder Blush Brush, Shading and Concealer Brush and a Foundation Brush. With shorter brush handles and full-sized heads, this set is perfect for any trip away. With ultra-soft, versatile bristles, create a variety of looks from sun-kissed complexion to an airbrushed glow.

Top Tip –

• Powder Blush Brush: The Powder Blush Brush is the perfect tool for dusting loose or pressed powder over the face.
• Foundation Brush: Evenly apply liquid or cream foundation for a faultless, smooth makeup base.
• Shading and Concealer Brush: Shaped and cut to blend around the eye, this brush allows you to apply concealer or eyeshadow to achieve expert results! Ideal for that perfect cut crease or covering any dark eye circles.


Detangling Hairbrush, Duo sponge set, Exfoliating gloves, Face Kit, Konjac sponge.

Detangling Hair Brush – Worth £9.00

Your hair is just as delicate as your skin, use our So Eco Detangling Bush to tame hair and avoid damage and breakage. This brush is loved by hairstylists alike and is perfect for being soft on hair extensions whilst brushing out your blow-dry for soft, smooth waves!

Top Tip –

Use on wet or dry hair to smooth out knots with ease.

Duo Sponge Set – Worth £10.00

The new So Eco Complexion Sponge evenly blends makeup for a flawless, enhanced finish. This sponge is ultra-soft, non-sensitive, flake resistant and long-wearing. The sponge works both damp and dry, expanding with water making blending effortless and absorbing less makeup.

Multi-purpose and covering all different aspects of your makeup, from blending base products to baking under your eyes, this duo set has everything you need for your daily routine.

Exfoliating Gloves – Worth £5.00

Buff away dry and dead skin cells to prep skin before your tan application, for a glowy and fresh-looking complexion.

Top Tip –

Use in the shower after shaving, alongside your favourite body scrub for the smoothest possible complexion.

Face Kit – Worth £20.00

So Eco Face Kit is a four-piece collection of vegan-friendly makeup brushes and tools, essential for any makeup bag, here are the main uses for each brush:

Angled Contour Brush – The contouring brush of our range is perfect for creating defined and sculpted looks for the base of your makeup, whether the product is cream or powder.

Tapered Blending Brush – The Tapered Blending Brush is ideal for powdered products. The tapered bristles make this brush easy to blend your powder, contour or apply highlighter to the cheekbones.

Round Foundation Brush – A medium brush ideal with liquid or cream products. This brush is targeted for those hard to reach areas and precise application of concealers and cream contour.

Lip Brush – A small precision lip brush, ideal for lining, filling and creating a buildable coverage. This brush will help you to create a neat and expert looking edge.

Charcoal Konjac Sponge – Worth £7.00

So Eco Charcoal Face Sponge is the perfect cleaner that can be used on both the face and body. The sponge helps to eliminate any dirt or leftover makeup, helping to keep the skin exfoliated. Ideal for those with oily, spot-prone skin. With added charcoal, the sponge works to leave skin feeling revitalised after use.


Honey comb brush, HD Face Set (Purple), Blending Sponge Set, Jade Roller

Honey Comb Brush – Worth £7.99

Our large paddle brush is designed to keep your hair sleek & tangle-free. Designed with a unique honeycomb structure to allow faster, controlled blow-drying. The honeycomb design makes the brush softer and more forgiving on the scalp. Using the latest technologies, this brush works effortlessly with fine, thick, curly or straight hair. The honeycomb paddles flexibility enables pain-free detangling while the FLEXI SOFT tapered bristles massage the scalp to stimulate circulation at the follicle. Our Tri-length Bristles are firm enough to comb through knots, whilst also preventing breakage or snapping.

HD Complete Face Set – Worth £19.99

Our HD face set contains a selection of 4 essential brushes. Created to apply, blend, highlight, contour & define your face. This indispensable collection will allow you to create natural or dramatic looks with ease and precision.

Buffing Brush
Perfect for the application of powder, liquid or cream products to flat areas of the face. Achieve a perfect, natural finish by buffing product onto your skin with the soft, rounded fibres for an ultra-smooth HD finish.

Tapered Contour & Highlighter Brush
Designed to suit many areas of the face, including the cheek and brow bones. This brush offers control for delicate highlighting and contouring but is flexible enough to blend out the product effortlessly. Use with a highlighter for an illuminating glow, helping to sculpt and contour the face.

Flat Foundation Brush
Densely tapered to suit liquid or cream products, helping you to achieve even, streak-free makeup. The flat design easily applies product to areas of the face that are hard to reach and can also be used for stippling concealer or colour-correction.

Precision Detailer & Concealer Brush
A small flat brush that is perfect for covering spots, scars, and discoloured areas. Great for adding detail to the corners of the eye, bridge of the nose and cupids bow.

 Blending Sponge Set – Worth £9.99

The Brushworks HD Complete Blender Sponge Set is a versatile set that can be used to apply foundation, cover dark circles & eliminate harsh lines flawlessly. The Micro sponges are perfect for those small, hard to reach areas of the face and the larger sponge helps to apply makeup quickly and effectively. The set evenly blends makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish.

The latex-free hydrophilic sponges are ultra-soft, non-sensitive, flake resistant and long-wearing. The sponges expand with water to make blending easier and absorb less product to hold only what is absolutely necessary. The material is ideal for applying all foundation formulas, as well as blush and powder.

The Brushworks HD Complete Blender Sponge Set is easy to clean, 100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan Friendly.

Jade Roller – Worth £9.99

Made from jade minerals, our Jade Roller cools and soothes skin, helping to reduce puffiness, plump skin and increase circulation. Great for on the go and great to use with sheet masks, moisturisers, and oils.

Top tip –  Place in the fridge before use for extra cooling effects, gliding in an upwards motion across your cheeks, jawline, and forehead, using the smaller end for the under eyes.


From the perfect micro-sponge to stunning eyeshadow palettes, these are the essentials every beauty buff needs in their collection. And with such a comprehensive selection of essentials, the winner of our prize draw will have everything they need to create beautiful makeup looks at home. So, what are you waiting for?! 


Enter the giveaway below to be in with a chance of winning £193 worth of prizes!

T&C’s: All entries close 11:59PM 27/04/2020, UK only.
1 winner will be chosen at random from all entries received via the Woobox sweep stake. The winner will receive x1 eye candy hot palette, x1 eye candy nude palette, x1 eye candy dramatise 106 lashes, x1 eye candy individual lashes, x1 eye candy lash lovers set, x1 look good feel better make over brush set, x1 look good feel better flawless complexion sponge, x1 look good feel better brush sanitiser foam, x1 look good feel better travel brush set, x1 so eco detangling hair brush, x1 so eco duo sponge set, x1 so eco exfoliating gloves, x1 so eco face kit, x1 so eco charcoal konjac sponge, x1 brushworks honey comb brush, x1 brushworks HD complete face set, x1 brushworks blending sponge set and x1 brushworksjade roller.
In the event of loss of prize in the post, we regret no alternative is available. We reserve the right to re-draw a winner if we do not hear from you within 3 working days.
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Please note that the winner’s address may be passed on to a third party supplier of the prize for the purpose of dispatching the prize only. No details will be retained by allbeauty or the supplier.

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. 

 

 

30 Days of Guinot: Here’s What Happened

Our Beauty Editor took the Guinot challenge and used only Guinot skincare products for 30 days. Here’s what happened…

Double CleansingWhen it comes to skincare I’ll confess I’m fickle. At any one time my skincare (micellar water, cleanser, moisturiser, toner etc.) is all from different brands. And although cherry picking products can be the best of all worlds, I do wonder if there’s a benefit from using products created to work in sync with each other. To test this theory I set myself the task of using only skincare by one brand for 30 days. And since Guinot is one of my favourite skincare brands I decided on the ‘Guinot challenge’.

Guinot Challenge – Products I Used

Here are the only skincare products I used for the 30 days of the challenge. I used all products in this order, morning and night.

Makeup remover: Eau Demaquillante Micellaire
I always double cleanse so start with makeup removal. This micellar water has a soft, floral fragrance and easily removes makeup with just a few wipes on cotton wool. My bottle lasted about 8 weeks and I promise I was using it liberally! I wear contact lenses and this was 100% comfortable. My verdict: one of the best micellars I’ve used, 8/10

Cleanser: Lait Hydra Confort
Next was this thick and creamy cleanser – just apply to the face then rinse with water. With a soft rose scent it was a dream to use. I still have half the bottle left and I’ve been using it twice a day for over 8 weeks. In fact it’s become my go-to cleanser and I plan to stick with it! My verdict: absolutely LOVE, it feels like a treat each time I use it, 9/10

Toner: Lotion Hydra Confort
This toner for dry skin has a soft and fruity, floral scent. One of the main ingredients is glycerin which makes it super moisturising. Absorbs very quickly and given the high glycerin content makes a great pre-makeup primer. One bottle lasts around 12 weeks. My verdict: one of my favourite products and my skin loved it, 8/10

Pigmentation Serum: Concentre Anti-Taches
Pigmentation is one of my bugbears so I added in this step. Only a 15ml tube but you need a tiny amount so a little goes a long way. Still lots left and the tiny nozzle means you can target problem areas. My verdict: pigmentation is a marathon not a sprint, but areas of light pigmentation have already gone (yay!), I’ll continue to use, 7/10

Moisturiser: Creme Riche Fermete Lift
Guinot has a large range of moisturisers so I chose this one for dry skin with firming action. Super-rich and creamy with a soft scent, you only need a 5p sized piece for the whole face. My tube lasted about 10 weeks. My verdict: I really like this, it made my skin look plumped and healthy, absorbed well and was great under makeup, 8/10

Eye Cream: Age Logic Yeux
This eye cream from Guinot is a splurge, but I really wanted to give my eyes some extra support. The cream manages to be thick yet absorbs really fast. Best of all you need a teeny tiny amount for both eyes (use any extra on your lips). My verdict: I really liked this, it didn’t irritate my eyes at all, absorbed well and helped reduce fine lines, 8/10

Guinot Challenge – My Results

Guinot Challenge Empties
My Guinot ‘Empties’!

So did I notice anything using the same brand for 30 days? Well firstly my skincare felt more structured. I had a neat row of bottles and products that matched, instead of my usual mish-mash. And the texture and scent of each product worked so well with the next. Even though I was following a 6 step system, it seemed to work quickly – I can’t say why for sure, but it just flowed. The whole process took around 5 minutes from start to finish. My skin looked great and my dry patches vanished, which is testament to the great job that Guinot does. And although I have other favourite brands, there are products I loved that will definitely stay in my routine, such as the fabulous creamy cleanser.

Guinot Challenge – Shop Guinot

If you’d like to take the Guinot challenge you can shop all Guinot at allbeauty. And if the products I used aren’t quite right for you, Guinot has a large range of skincare for all skin types.

Sweeten Up Your Haircare With Paul Mitchell Neon®

It’s the exclusively Generation Z hair care range: we review Paul Mitchell Neon®

Paul Mitchell Neon®  is a full range of hair care for ‘Generation Z’ (that’s anyone born this century). Infused with natural sugar, Paul Mitchell Neon® is a little sassy and a little sweet, setting the standard for emerging trends. And, made primarily for Generation Z, Neon® focuses on inclusiveness, individuality and building self-esteem. With six products in the range, Neon® is fully equipped to give you any style you want…

Paul Mitchell Neon® Review

We asked allbeauty fan Elysia to try the Paul Mitchell Neon range!

Paul Mitchell NeonI’m not usually one to fuss about what brand of hair product I use and  tend to just use any ol’ shampoo and conditioner in the shower at the time. However, after using the Paul Mitchell Sugar Cleanse Shampoo and Conditioner my hair definitely thanked me for it! 

The products have a sweet, sugary scent (hence the name) which leaves hair smelling so delicious. I couldn’t believe it, even after the first time of using them my hair already felt softer, smoother and super silky. My favourite thing about all of these products is that my hair was left feeling like I’djust walked out of the hairdressers: aka the best feeling ever!

The Sugar Twist Tousle Cream works wonders. My hair is the awkward, ‘in-between’ type where it’s neither curly nor straight, so I use heat on my hair almost every day. The tousle cream has literally changed my life, it’s so quick and easy to create more defined waves which don’t look like I’ve just rolled out of bed in the morning. The product also gives so much texture which helps form the perfect messy bun!

The Sugar Cream is amazing for creating  flawless braids, making hair that little bit smoother yet adding the control you need to do the braid. It even prevents  those annoying pieces of hair from sticking out (most frustrating thing ever!) which is a miracle.

Paul Mitchell NeonLast but not least my favourite one out of them all, the ‘Hold + Control’ Spray. I’m never usually picky when it comes to what hairspray I use however this one is by far the best. I’ve recently been wearing my hair in a slicked back high pony and I used this spray to hold all of the wispy pieces of hair that don’t quite tie up in place. I love it! It doesn’t leave your hair hard and crispy but it’s sure to hold your hair in place all day. It also smells incredible!

I would 10/10 recommend Paul Mitchell Neon® to a friend purely on how amazing they smell and how they have made my hair look and feel SO much healthier.

Bonus! When you use Neon®, you’re helping to support anti-bullying organisations, such as The Diana Award and Stand Up To Bullying. Kindness is the mission. Together let’s create a world where everyone can be themselves and shine! Shop the Paul Mitchell Neon® range at allbeauty.com

Benefit BADgal BANG! Review

Our Benefit BADgal BANG! review has the first look at the newest launch in beauty!

Read on to see our Benefit BADgal BANG! review with before and after pics. You can shop BADgal BANG! online at allbeauty.

benefit badgal bang reviewIt’s the newest release from Benefit and BIG BIG news in the world of mascara. Hot on the heels of the legendary ‘They’re Real‘ mascara, comes BADgal BANG!, the next generation of BADgal mascara. Promising 36 hour, BIGGER, BADDER full-blast volume, this is a launch with SERIOUS impact!

We gave allbeauty Editor Claire the task of trying new BADgal BANG! and giving us her verdict…

Benefit BADgal BANG! Review – Before & After

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A volumising mascara that lasts 36 hours, doesn’t smudge and you can layer? Music to my ears!! I’ve tried a lot of mascaras over the years but only a handful made it to my beauty bag. So boy was I thrilled to be trying new Benefit BADgal BANG! mascara… In addition to the volume claims, Benefit told me the mascara is water-resistant (meaning no smudging or flaking) and since panda eyes are my bete-noire, that went down as a major tick. It also contains ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness and strength – are there any downsides to this product?! – and has a streamlined brush with a 360 degree reach, which covers root-to-tip, corner-to-corner, upper and lower lashes. Best of all (I LOVE this fact!) it contains something called Aero-particles – they’re one of the lightest known materials and derived from actual space technology (seriously, they’re used in astronaut spacesuits!!)

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On the left BADgal BANG! (2 coats) On the right, no mascara…

So on to the testing. The packaging has that wonderful matt-rubber feel, with a chunky lid that clicks tight shut. I could tell immediately I opened it this was going to be good – the product comes out on the wand with absolutely no clumping. There’s no wiping off excess on the lid or plunging the wand up and down, there’s enough on the wand and that’s it. Brilliant. I slicked it onto my lashes and YES it was instant volume as you can see from my before and after pics.

 

 

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The full effect on both eyes (2 coats of BADgal BANG!)

The wand does exactly what it promises, it’s super-easy to reach all lashes, upper and lower. Now I LOVE LOVE to layer my mascara and the number one complaint I have is that many brands can’t do this. They clump and flake and you have to give up. Not so BADgal BANG! – give it 30 seconds or so and then apply a second coat and it goes on perfectly. Give it another 30 seconds and you’re good to go again. I’ve left it at two coats, but I’m willing to bet you could keep going with this product.

 

 

My Verdict: 9/10, it’s staying in my bag for good (I knocked off one star because surely nothing’s perfect…) 

Don’t just take my word for it, here’s what others thought on trying new BADgal BANG!

  • 90% saw dramatic volume
  • 94% said it instantly lifted lashes
  • 92% said it lengthened lashes

(self evaluation by 102 women after 1 week)

You can shop Benefit BADgal BANG! online right now at allbeauty (UK only).

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Review

It’s loved the world over, so we decided to put it to the test! Our Philip Kingsley Elasticizer review reveals all…

Elasticizer_reviewElasticizer Review – What Is It?

You’ve almost certainly heard of it – it’s loved by celebs, hair professionals and hardcore fans. And it was created for Audrey Hepburn back in 1974! But what exactly is Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and why is it so great for your hair?  Let’s explain: healthy hair stretches when wet but returns to its original length once it’s dry. Not the case for hair in poor health, which snaps when stretched. Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment that floods the hair cuticle with moisture. The result is supple hair with greater elasticity and bounce, but without a heavy feel. It’s super popular in the summer when hair is exposed to sun, chlorine and salt water. It’s also popular in the winter, when the hair can dry out from exposure to wind and central heating. If you’re noticing that you hair is dry and brittle, keep reading!

Jo Freeman JosBeautyDiaries Elasticizer reviewWe asked model, makeup artist and beauty blogger Jo Freeman to try Elasticizer for the first time and tell us what she thought.

Jo told us although she’d used Philip Kingsley products before, she was yet to try this famous hero. After a summer spent abroad, her hair was in desperate need!

Here’s what Jo told us:

 

After a summer in various hot climates (I’m not complaining but my hair is!) and a botched colour job a few months ago, plus various salon visits to rectify, my hair was crying out for an intensive hair treatment. Having tried several professional ones to use at home not to mention 2 courses of in salon treatment Olaplex my hair was in no better state. It was dry and frizzy despite the serums and smoothing creams I was using and obviously it’s a vicious circle of using straighteners to smooth down as this leads to more damage.

Since using Philip Kingsley Elasticizer for the past month or so my hair has felt much more hydrated, softer and looks healthy and glossy and repaired. A little goes a long way and you only need a small amount especially with fine hair, mine is medium to fine and I use the size of a five pence piece. It is very nourishing but doesn’t weigh the hair down like some intensive hair masks. I would highly recommend it to keep hair healthy, and in great condition.

Elasticizer reviewPromising visible results from the first application, here’s how to use Elasticizer:

1. Simply wet the hair and apply the product from roots to tip.

2. Cover with the plastic cap provided for 10 – 20 minutes.

3. Rinse out and continue with your usual haircare routine.

 

Here’s when to use Elasticizer:

Unprocessed hair:
For Fine & Medium Textured hair, use once or twice a month
For Coarse, Wavy, Curly or Frizzy hair, use once a week

Processed hair:
For Fine & Medium Textured hair, use once a week
For Coarse, Wavy, Curly or Frizzy hair, use twice a week

Sounds right for you? You can shop Philip Kingsley Elasticizer online here. And you can shop all Philip Kingsley online at allbeauty.

The Complete Guide To Calvin Klein Obsessed

Calvin Klein Obsessed is a reinvention of the iconic fragrance for him and her. Here’s your complete guide to the newest scent.

Calvin Klein Obsessed

Echoing the original CK Obsession, but reblended for men and women today, comes the evocative Calvin Klein Obsessed.

Deeply based in memory, Obsessed is once again as much about the incredible scent as the iconic advertising campaign for Obsession, featuring an 18 year old Kate Moss and photographed by her 20  year old boyfriend Mario Sorrenti. It’s fair to say, few fragrances before or since have matched Obsession, both in terms of worldwide fame, inspiring emotion and creating eternally loyal fans.

We bring you the complete story behind Calvin Klein Obsessed for men and women, new for 2017.

CK Obsessed: The Campaign

Calvin Klein Obsessed Mario Sorrenti

Many of us remember the original campaign in 1993 and the stir it created. Yet few of us know the astonishing story behind it. Real-life couple Kate and Mario were sent to the Virgin Islands, alone, with no crew, no stylists, no team. There, Mario shot over 250 images of Kate, alongside hours of video footage.  Mario recalls that the shoot felt more like a vacation than work and describes it as ‘personal and intimate’. The resulting pictures have been described as personal, honest, and real, major factors in their enduring appeal.

 

I was so passionate about photography, and Kate and I were in love… I loved photographing her. We were young, and I was never again so obsessed or so in love with photographing one person.” Mario Sorrenti – Photographer, OBSESSED and OBSESSION campaigns

The campaign for Calvin Klein Obsessed draws on unseen footage from the original shoot and is focussed on bringing back the images as memories.

Calvin Klein Obsessed: The Packaging

Calvin Klein Obsessed For Women

Understated, contemporary yet sensuous. The new Obsessed bottles echo the original Obsession, to become almost a memory in themselves. Clear, crisp yet sensual. Obsessed is the first fragrance to be released by Calvin Klein, since the appointment of Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons, the Chief Creative Officer at Calvin Klein. The almost stripped-back bottles reflect his desire to return to the sensual heart of the house and its iconic fragrances, with a modern, fresh twist.

 

Calvin Klein Obsessed – The Re-Invention

If one thing summed up CALVIN KLEIN for us visually, it was Mario Sorrenti’s OBSESSION campaign with Kate Moss… We thought about a scent that could reflect such an idea of memory and desire for today. Of male and female, of the memory of somebody else on your skin – RAF SIMONS, Chief Creative Officer CALVIN KLEIN

Calvin Klein Obsessed For WomenObsessed for Women
An Oriental Aromatic Green. A masculine Fougère structure is contrasted with feminine warmth; the fragrance is formed around a base of White Lavender, while creamy Musks envelope and sensually soften. The tension of the aromatic top notes with the smooth creaminess of the back, further explores the tension between the masculine and the feminine.

  • Top Notes: Sacred Citrus, Neroli Essence, Elemi
  • Mid Notes: Violet Leaf, White Lavender, Purple Sage
  • Base Notes: Musk Helvetolide, Ambrette, MuscenonePerfumer Annick Menardo
    Master Perfumer Honorine Blanc

Calvin Klein Obsessed for Men

Obsessed for Men
An Oriental Woody Amber. A compelling heart of Black Vanilla is sophisticatedly structured with dark, dimensional woods, providing the tension between a feminine melodiousness and masculine strength. Ambrox elegantly cuts through all, lending a sleek and contemporaneous edge.

 

  • Top Notes: Oro Blanco, Grapefruit, Sichuan Pepper, Black Cardamom
  • Mid Notes: Cedar Leaves, Labdanum Firnat, Blonde Leather
  • Base Notes: Patchouli Cœur, Black Vanilla Infusion,  Ambrox Super

Perfumer Ilias Ermenidis
Perfumer Christophe Raynaud

To shop all Calvin Klein Obsessed at allbeauty, please click here.
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Stay Dench Fragrance: The New Men’s Scent We LOVE!

It’s the newest release from the music world, that took us by surprise. Stay Dench fragrance for men is a fruity, woody delight – here’s why we love it.

The brand new Stay Dench fragrance for men is available to buy online at allbeauty. A straw poll of the Marketing Team at allbeautyHQ came back with a 100% thumbs up from everyone (and we’re a hard bunch to please!)

A short while ago a new men’s fragrance landed on our desk. From the brand Stay Dench (founded by rapper Lethal Bizzle) comes a new Eau de Toilette for men. Affordably priced at just £20 for the 100ml bottle, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a forgettable scent but hold on! Because far from being that, Stay Dench is a super stylish men’s fragrance that would sit well with other well-known scents. A mix of fresh and fruity notes, with a base of Suede and Wood, Stay Dench is a perfect day-to-night fragrance. Add in the top note of Pink Pepper and you get a spicy kick that adds warmth and vitality.

Stay Dench Fragrance Notes

  • Top Notes: Pink Pepper, Pineapple, Melon
  • Middle Note: Mint, Geranium
  • Base Notes: Suede, Woody Accord

Stay Dench Fragrance: The Packaging

Stay Dench EDT

The heavy matte-black glass bottle features reflective silver lettering. The lid is a chunky silver affair (which reminds us of Viktor and Rolf Spicebomb). Each bottle comes with a metal ‘Dench’ tag around the bottle neck.

The fragrance is spray-on and, with great sillage, a couple of sprays goes a very long way.

Stay Dench Fragrance: Celeb Fans

A chicken and fragrance party hosted by Lethal Bizzle was the setting for the Stay Dench EDT launch in August 2017! In attendance were fellow celebs including Skepta, Tinchy Strider and Lisa Mafia. The Stay Dench brand launched back in 2012 with a line of clothing based on the Rapper’s famous sayings (“stay dench” meaning to stay cool) and went on to appear in Selfridges, Foot Asylum and more. Famous fans now include Ed Sheeran (seen below with the new Stay Dench EDT).

Ed approves @teddysphotos ❤️😁

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Stay Dench Fragrance: Dame Judi

Oh yes, we couldn’t finish our post on Stay Dench without mentioning the great lady herself. Because believe it or not, Dame Judi Dench is a fan of the Stay Dench brand! Introduced to the brand by Radio 1’s Greg James, Dame Judi became a superfan and recently rapped with Lethal Bizzle (seriously, it’s amazing and a must-watch). She’s even given a set of ‘Dench Gang’ t-shirts to her family, making her officially the coolest Gran in the country.

@denchfragrance out now 😈

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You can shop Stay Dench Eau de Toilette for men online at allbeauty, with free UK P&P.