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REVIEW; Sun Protection

We’d like to introduce to you, Antonia!

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


HOLIDAY SUN PROTECTION

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

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

FACE PROTECTION

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

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

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

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

HAIR AND BODY

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

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

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

Antonia x

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


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

 

 

5 Reasons Travel Size Makeup and Toiletries Are The Future

Here at allbeauty, we LOVE a travel size beauty product. We certainly don’t need any encouragement to get our hands on the latest mini makeup must-haves. But just in case you’re still sitting on the fence, here are five reasons we go wild for travel size toiletries.


1. Small on size, big on convenience

Whether you’re jetting off on a long haul adventure or spending a weekend at the in-laws, there’s no need to sacrifice convenience this summer. For short holidays of only a few days, our range of products below 30ml is ideal, while if you’re holidaying for a week or more, the “over 30ml” options will keep you well supplied until you return home.

You’d be amazed how many travel size toiletries you can fit into one mini makeup bag. Perfume? Check. Lotion? Check. Shampoo, conditioner, antiperspirant, cleanser, serum, face cream, hand cream, toner, foundation, lipstick, gloss, mascara? CHECK! 

Why force yourself to prioritise the essentials when you can bring it all?

2. They can save you money

Don’t get caught out making last-minute emergency purchases! It pays to be organised and buying toiletries is no exception. A recent investigation into comparative prices between duty free and the high street showed you can often end up paying over the odds for beauty products in airports. 

Instead, save money by ordering everything you need in advance, at allbeauty.

What’s more, for the same amount you’d spend on one large bottle, you can justify buying multiples in travel size. Leave one at work, one in your bag and one at your partner’s apartment – it’s a win/win/win! 

3. Doctor’s orders

You want to be prepared for any situation, whether it be an impromptu meal after work or an unexpected overnight stay. What you don’t want is to lug around all that excess weight. 

The average handbag weighs 3 kilograms, that’s three bags of sugar! It’s no wonder that 63% of women experience regular back pain. Travel size toiletries and mini makeup allow you to scale back the weight of what you keep in your beauty kit, without the need to sacrifice any of your must-have items.

So, whether you’re rocking a changing bag, backpack or slimline purse, free up some room and give your back a break by opting for travel size makeup. Make room for what’s most important.

4. Reduce your holiday waste

Let’s be honest, how many of us have abandoned shower gel, shampoo, conditioner and a host of other toiletries in our hotel at the end of a week away? Do you really want to run the risk of the bottle reopening in your case on the journey home? With travel size products, you bring only what you need, reducing the amount of holiday products which end up in landfill.

Not only that, but those little empty bottles at the end of your holiday still have plenty of life in them. Tried a new lotion and loved it? Buy the full-size version when you get home and decant some into the travel size bottle for your gym bag. 

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – Synchronised Recovery Complex II 50ml– Our Price £76.00

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair – Synchronized Recovery Complex II 30mlOur Price £55.00 save £3.00 (5%) off RRP

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet – Eau de Toilette Spray 100mlOur Price £63.20 save £15.80 (20%) off RRP

Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet – Eau de Toilette Spray 30mlOur Price £37.30  save £6.70 (15%) off RRP

5. Try before you buy

You’ve heard good things about a new perfume but aren’t sure whether to commit. With travel size, you don’t have to! One of the best reasons for buying travel size makeup, perfume or toiletries, is that you get to try new products without having the initial financial outlay. 

Purchasing the mini version of a product you have your eye on allows you to give it a trial run; you can decide later whether the full-size is an investment worth making. 

Those in our office with sensitive skin swear by travel size moisturisers for precisely this reason. There’s nothing worse than buying that new, high-end cream, only to end up having an unfortunate, expensive, breakout. 

Not just that, but many mini beauty products, including lipgloss, perfumes and skincare, also come in collections of a brand’s best selling products. This gives you a fantastic opportunity to try a range of similar shades, scents, or formulations that you may not have picked out otherwise. 

Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum 30ml Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Control Concentrate 30ml  Tom Ford White Patchouli Eau de Parfum Spray 50ml Decleor Hydra Floral 24Hr Hydrating Rich Cream 50ml
Our Price £38.20

You save £17.80 (32%) off RRP

Our Price £51.00

You save £7.00 (12%) off RRP

Our Price £59.95

You save £22.05 (27%) off RRP

Our Price £28.95

You save £16.05 (36%) off RRP


If you’ve been inspired to dip your toes into the world of travel size toiletries, we’ve made the process easy. All of your favourite mini products, in one place, at a great price – browse the range here.

NEW From The Curl Company: Curlplex Travel Set + Your Chance To Win

NEW From The Curl Company: Curlplex Travel Set + Your Chance To Win

Keep your curls looking glam on-the-go with the NEW Curlplex travel set from The Curl Company

The Curl Company is a dedicated curl brand encouraging women to embrace their natural curls. Specifically developed with a blend of ingredients to enhance and define curls, waves and coils, their unique Professional Curlplex formula is a combination of moringa and meadowfoam seed oil to help prevent flyaways and keep your curls defined.

Known as ‘the tree of life’, moringa oil is considered one of the most nutrient-dense oils on the planet. Together with meadowfoam seed oil, these ingredients help to nourish the hair and scalp, as well as smooth hair and improve manageability. A cutting-edge blend to  smooth out frizz and define curls, Professional Curlplex also helps protect against environmental damage and is colour safe.

NEW Curl Set contains the Enhance & Perfect Curl Cream (50ml), Shape & Define Styling Crème-Gel (50ml) and the Curl Defining Leave-In Conditioner (50ml) – all formulated Professional Curlplex to enhance and define your curls. Perfect for keeping in your handbag for when you’re on-the-go, taking away on mini breaks (did someone say Christmas staycation?!), or simply trying out the Curl Company’s product range, you can shop the Curlplex travel set at allbeauty.com 

Best Dry Shampoos: 5 Favourites On Site Right Now

Summer means festivals, camping and acceptable bed head. It also means hair that doesn’t last til lunch… We’ve rounded up 5 of the best dry shampoos on the site right now.

The best dry shampoos clean the hair without drying or leaving grey residue. Extra points go to any that don’t need overly brushing out! We also love a dry shampoo to add texture and volume to the hair. For best results, try to apply at night before you go to bed. Then leave in the product overnight and simply brush through in the morning. We’ll be honest, dry shampoo is pretty much keeping us going RN!

best dry shampoos label m

label.m Dry Shampoo
Contains natural rich starch to refresh hair and also works brilliantly as a texturiser. Our customers love this product and rated it 5 stars at allbeauty.

 

product imageA’Kin Dry Shampoo 150ml
We love A’Kin – it’s a vegan brand with no nasties and enriched with botanical extracts. Their dry shampoo contains bamboo powder and natural argan oil, to both cleanse the hair and leave it shiny and refreshed.

 

best dry shampoos MOROCCANOILAlso available in a formula for dark hair, this dry shampoo for light tones from MOROCCANOIL contains ultra-fine rice starch as well as argan oil and UV-protectants. At the luxury end of the dry shampoo scale, but well worth the spend.

 

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre for Colour-Treated Hairbest dry shampoos Shu Uemura
Especially for coloured hair, this dry shampoo absorbs oils but also moisturises hair. Simply apply then use fingers to distribute or brush through.

 

product imageLiving Proof Perfect hair Day (PhD) 92ml
Not only absorbs excess oil and sweat but also deals with odour. With very little residue, this dry shampoo works on all hair colours and is silicone-free.

 

You can shop more dry shampoo here at allbeauty – tell us your favourite dry shampoo and why you love it!