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The Festive Season Glow

The festive season is fast approaching, and in fact, many Christmas parties are already in full swing so if you haven’t yet turned your attention to your tanning, now is your chance. We’ve called on tanning experts Bellamianta to share their professional tips for party perfect skin, in just 4 steps. 

P.S You can get and additional 10% off all our Sun and Tan shop (no minimum spend!) Use Code: TANME until Midnight Friday 25/10/19! ✨


There’s no doubt about it; the perfect party season accessory is always a gorgeous, golden glow. Christmas is all about sparkle, shimmer and shine so it’s time to up the ante when it comes to a skin-loving glow. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’ve got a couple of low-key events in the diary or it’s packed full of glitz and glam extravaganzas, ensure your tan is always on point with these simple, skin perfecting tips. ‘Tis the season to glow, after all.


Step 1: Prep is Key

While it can be easy to reach for your tan straight away, the key to a flawless finish is all about that base. To ensure your skin is in prime condition for tanning, exfoliate using a gentle scrub (such as our Triple Action Glycolic Body Scrub) and mitt thoroughly, 24-hours prior to tanning. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the skin’s outermost layer to help ensure even coverage on application. After exfoliating, moisturise your skin.


Step 2: Apply your tan

If you can, shower 30-minutes before application. This will enable your skin to return to its natural PH balance and allow time for your pores to close. Do not apply body lotion or deodorant before tanning. Make sure your underarms are deodorant free and avoid using any oil based products, as they can leave traces on the skin that can cause streaking.

For a long-lasting glow, our Rapid Self-Tanning Tinted Mousse is a winner, for good reason. The beauty of this tan, is that you are in control of its colour. Simply leave on for 2-hours for a light tan, wash off after 3-hours for a medium glow or for the darkest results, leave on for 6 or more hours. The mousse formula is super easy to use (even for tanning newbies), gliding over the skin and blending perfectly for a fabulous finish.


Step 3: Elevate your look

The Christmas party season definitely calls for next level tanning. Our Flawless Filter Body Make-Up is perfect for those festive nights out. A wash-off body and face makeup, it effortlessly blurs imperfections, while the special tinted formula is designed to bronze and gloss your skin instantly. It gives a HD finish that lasts all day long and looks so flawless that #nofilter is required on those festive photos.

A firm favourite with beauty bloggers and make-up artists, our Skin Perfecting Illuminating Bronzing Powder is unlike anything you have tried before. Just at the name suggests, this Bronzing Power works to perfect your skin while illuminating it for a glow that keeps on giving. The golden bronzing power cleverly reflects light, while offering subtle coverage, to give your skin a gorgeous, natural golden glow. Lightweight, ultra-fine pigments enhance the skin’s natural undertones for a truly unique skin perfecting finish. Plus, it’s suitable for use on both the face and body, making this one of the most versatile beauty products you could ever own!

 


Step 4: Keep the glow alive

Now that you’ve tanned you’ll want to keep the glow alive. Using our Self Tanning Gradual Moisturiser will not only keep your skin super hydrated, but it will deepen your tan and extend its duration too so when those last-minute Christmas catch-ups with friends roll around, you’ll definitely be ready. Plus, like all our Bellamianta products, it is packed full of skin-loving, organic ingredients, keeping it super soft and in tip-top condition.


This festive season, enjoy the greatest gift of all – a gorgeous, golden glow.

Don’t forget that you can get and additional 10% off all our Sun and Tan shop (no minimum spend!)

Use Code: TANME

until Midnight Friday 25/10/19!


Fight The Freeze

The season for weddings, BBQs and outdoor functions may be over, but that doesn’t mean the social butterfly gets to rest its wings. If anything, with the turn in season we have to up our beauty game. It isn’t easy to look glam at those festive parties and candle-lit birthday celebrations when you’ve been wrestling your umbrella and dodging the downpours. 

Well, in true allbeauty style, we’re here to make your life easy. Today we’ll be highlighting a few key products that will prove to be your greatest allies during the upcoming party season. So, without further ado…

Best Waterproof Makeup Products for Winter

Between the rain, hail, sleet and snow, winter can quickly turn you from a Glamazon into a drowned raccoon. If you want to look your best whatever the weather, you need to have the right tools on hand, but which waterproof products should be a must in your beauty kit? 

Eyes

  • Waterproof mascara, like the High Impact Waterproof Mascara from Clinique, is an absolute beauty essential for winter, ensuring that those lashes stay where they’re meant to throughout the day. But waterproof eye makeup doesn’t stop at just mascara!
  • For those evenings when you want a bold look, why not try magnetic lashes? Unlike traditional fake lashes which rely on glue, these Eylure Baroque corner lashes simply attach to lids using a magnetic applicator which comes included. No risk of your lashes sliding down your face with these!
  • To finish off the look, the Clarins Waterproof Eye Pencil is ideal for creating a smoky eye on a winter’s night out, this is one eye liner that really stands it’s ground! And if you want to avoid wayward brows, you won’t find better than Wunderbrow 1-Step Brow Gel by Wunder2.

Face

It’s all very well having perfect eye makeup, but that’s no help if your foundation is pooling around your collar.

  • With Estee Lauder’s Double Wear range, you can be confident that whatever winter throws at you, your face can handle it. With over 20 shades of foundation and even water-proof concealers in the range, these are the winter must-haves.
  • For a touch of colour, you can’t go wrong with Dior Addict Lip Tattoo, which provides lasting coverage unlike any other – up to 10 hours in fact. And for continuing the rosy cheeked look indoors and out, award-winning Benefit Benetint is a fantastic stain that can be used on both cheeks and lips.
  • Lastly, finish your makeup with a light spray of Glamglow Glowsetter. Not only will it keep your face in place, but as it’s infused with caffeine and tea extracts it will hydrate and invigorate your skin too. Result!

Best Windproof Hair Products for Winter

There’s a time and a place for that windswept look, and as luck would have it, it is usually neither here nor now. Whether you have fine hair which falls flat at the first sign of a breeze, or curly hair which gets a little over-excited with humidity, there’s a product to help balance your hair this winter. 

  • Caught out by a sudden shower? Keep Frizz Dismiss by Redken in your office drawer to tame your hair, whatever the weather. This serum can be used on dry or wet hair and instantly reduces frizz.
  • For fine, flat hair, Kerastase Bouffant Styling Mousse is a godsend, amping up the volume from roots to tips. With built in heat protection and good hold, this is a must for using in conjunction with your curling tongs or rollers.
  • Curly ladies, we got you. You’ve got naturally voluminous hair, but, like cashmere, you’ve got to protect those delicate locks from the elements. Joico Humidity Blocker Hairspray does just that, creating a light protective barrier around each strand which blocks humidity and keeps your curls looking their best.


Which of these products will you be incorporating into your winter beauty regime this year? We’d love to hear what’s working for you.

Inside a Winter Scent

Our sense of smell is inextricably linked to memory. Whether it’s freshly cooked biscuits like mum used to make, that sweet smell of a baby’s head, or the combination of orange and clove at Christmas, one of the ways we reminisce is through aroma. It makes sense then, that people search for their ‘signature scent’, that cologne which becomes so synonymous with its wearer that one is reminded of them at the smallest sniff.

Whether you’re still searching out your signature fragrance or have one you wear year-round, this post is for you. 

Why one signature fragrance isn’t enough.

Summer perfumes, with their fresh and citrus notes, are best worn when the days are warm as their lighter notes are projected by the heat in the air; these subtle elements are too easily muted by cold weather. Conversely, winter fragrances typically include heavier notes and larger molecules, allowing them to better project off the skin and carry beyond those thick winter scarves. 

If you try to make a summer fragrance perform over winter, you’re fighting a losing battle. 


How to find your winter scent.

Fragrances can be classified into one of eight families: Aromatic, Chypre, Citrus, Floral, Fougère, Leather, Oriental And Woody. Each category can be further split into multiple sub-families and with such a broad range of fragrances, there’s a scent for every season. 

If you’re searching for your winter signature scent and are overwhelmed by the options, you may want to pinpoint a subfamily and start from there.  Two of our favourite options for a winter fragrance are Woody Musk and Spicy Oriental. 

Woody Musks can be either floral or fruity and may have notes of sandalwood, pine, patchouli, vetiver or cedarwood.

Spicy Oriental Ambers combines spices like cinnamon and cloves with woods including sandalwood and atlas cedar.

Other notes that lend themselves fabulously to a winter perfume are ginger, nutmeg, star anise, vanilla, amber, myrrh and resin.

If all of this information is making your head spin – the allbeauty team has you covered.

Our favourite winter scents…

Shopping for a new fragrance needn’t be an arduous task. If you want a short shortlist, why not try one of these top picks.

For Women

#1 With fruity top notes of apricot and pomegranate, this may not immediately seem like a winter perfume, however, the base notes of Diesel’s Loverdose Red Kiss provide a heavy base that offsets the lighter notes perfectly. With patchouli, vanilla and sandalwood, you’re sure to love this sensuous scent.

#2 Award-winning and a firm favourite with allbeauty customers, Modern Muse Nuit by Estee Lauder combines florals with creamy woods to create a seductive fragrance that you’ll adore. Vanilla and tonka bean dominate the base notes, while chamomile and jasmine balance out the top notes.

#3 A more winter-friendly version of their classic Lady Million perfume, Lady Million Prive by Paco Rabanne is a delightful combination of woody notes, sweetened with honey, cacao, vanilla, and a touch of raspberry. Good enough to eat!

#4  A truly glamorous fragrance, Roberto Cavalli’s Nero Assoluto is a velvety scent which features orchid, vanilla and citrus juxtaposed against wood and ebony base notes.


For Men

#1 Wanted by Azzaro is an award-winning fragrance for men that combines fresh top notes of lemon and ginger with heavier middle and base notes. The scents of cardamom, vetiver and tonka bean make this a great winter scent.

#2 Another fantastic fragrance, this time from Boucheron, Quatre Absolu De Nuit Pour Homme sits within the spicy wood family and has notes of clary sage, lavender, nutmeg, black pepper, atlas cedar and vanilla.

#4 Boss brings us Boss Bottled Oud Saffron, a sensuous scent that features saffron, rose, and oud – some consider this to be unisex due it’s effortless combination of masculine depths with warm florals. 

#5 Award-winning L’eau D’issey Pour Homme by Issey Miyake is a classic scent that is incredibly versatile. A woody aquatic, it features top notes of juniper and bergamot with sage, vetiver, nutmeg, moss, cedar and sandalwood.


Still not sure where to start? Our Fragrance Finder for Him or Her makes choosing your next signature scent a breeze. Try one out!

Cover Up the Cold

It’s cold and flu season once again, and for most of us that means finding ways to hide the fact we’re feeling rough. We all know that winter is the time of year that we’re more susceptible to getting ill, but why? 

Contrary to what your grandma may have told you, colds and flu aren’t caused by going out without your winter coat. The three main causes are:

  1. Spending more time indoors.

With windows closed, poor ventilation and other people in close proximity who may be carrying the virus.

  1. A weak immune system.

We all know some people who have the worst luck when it comes to catching every bug and germ that’s circulating – thank the immune system.

  1. Stress and lack of sleep.

Believe it or not, stress and lack of sleep aren’t just bad for your mental wellbeing, they take their toll on your body too and can impact your immune system.

So, we know what factors can make you more likely to get a cold, but what about dealing with the symptoms once you have one? We can’t help you to get better, but we can help you to look better than you feel, and that’s half the battle.


Beauty tools to hide a cold.

Just because you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus doesn’t mean you need to look that way. Whether you’ve got an important business meeting or a big date, life doesn’t stop for a cold. Here are our top beauty tools for masking a cold:

Dry Flaky Skin

Even without a cold, winter plays havoc with our skin. While a good moisturising routine is essential, all products are not created equal. DS Emulsion by Uriage Eau Thermale was created to not only moisturise but to target the microorganisms that create flaky skin and irritation.

Chapped Nose

It’s not glamorous, but it’s a standard sign that you’re suffering from a cold. No matter how kitten-belly soft those tissues are, getting a chapped nose is a likelihood. 

Try to keep the area free of foundations and concealers as they’ll only cling to flakes and make your nose appear 10x worse. Instead, apply a thin layer of a heavy-duty balm like the Tree of Life Barm from Elemental Herbology

Cracked Lips 

Dry, cracked lips are usually caused by a combination of dehydration and your immune system being down. To combat dehydration, keep a bottle of water handy and sip at it throughout the day. For pout restoration, opt for a lip balm that nourishes your lips – this Weleda Skin Food Lip Balm Duo comes highly recommended. 

Dull Complexion  

When you’re feeling a bit ‘blah’, giving yourself an at-home facial is a fantastic way to brighten up your day, and your skin. Infused with Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids, the Seoulista Beauty Brightening Instant Facial evens your skin tone and soothes the skin.

Stubborn Red Patches

If your immune system is struggling, you’ll often find that your skin is more susceptible to inflammation and sensitivity. Nip it in the bud by nourishing and protecting your problem areas with a thick barrier cream. We’ve previously mentioned Dr Lipp’s Original Nipple Balm because it works so well for soothing chapped skin – it’s one that’s well worth having in your makeup kit

Tired Eyes 

Sunken dark circles? Puffy red bags? Your eyes give so much away about how you’re feeling inside, so they’re a key area to address if you want to hide a cold. Thisworks Light Time Open Eyes cream contains a blend of natural ingredients such as soothing aloe vera and rich argan oil, working together to revive the appearance of tired eyes. 

Puffy Face

Not only have you woken up with a horrific cold, but your face has ballooned overnight! Help is at hand if you have a cooling gel at hand, such as the Cucumber De-Tox Bouncy Hydrating Gel from Peter Thomas Roth. Store it in the refrigerator for ultimate soothing power. 


Although many of us would prefer to snuggle down under the covers at the first sign of a cold, that isn’t usually an option. When life has to carry on, these tips can help. 

Feel better soon!

 

Why Looking After Your Feet Should Be Your Top Priority

Why looking after your feet should be your top priority this winter

With a change in season fast approaching and temperatures starting to drop, it’s even more important to step up our beauty routines, and that applies to foot-care too!

And just because our feet go into hiding in Autumn and Winter, doesn’t mean we should forget about them. In fact, feet tend to needeven more care and care during the colder months thanks to the colder air, central heating, and closed and often tighter-wearing shoes. It’s time ramp up the foot pampering now more than ever!

Why is it important to care for your feet?

Research has shown that the blood supply in the feet is hugely affected by the fluctuating temperature. So when the temperature drops and your feet become cold, your heels can become incredibly hard and crack.

Did you know? Tights and socks can restrict your foot’s blood supply, causing cold, dry feet”

How to prevent dry, cracked soles:

In order to keep the soles of your feet healthy and happy for this season and beyond, it’s important to exfoliate and moisturise them regularly to prevent the build up of hard skin.  For beautifully soft feet all-year round, we’d recommend the best-selling Exfoliation Foot Peel andwith the newly launched Extra Rich Foot Cream from Baby Foot. 

What makes Baby Foot so special?

Described as ‘weird’, ‘gross’ and the ‘best thing ever’, Baby Foot is Japan’s no.1 selling foot peel.  A total foot care package for the feet, the Exfoliation Foot Peel takes just 60-minutes to get to work on dead skin build up. Formulated with 17 types of natural extracts which both exfoliate and moisturise at the same time, it works harder than any pedicure can achieve. The principal ingredient in the Exfoliation Foot Peel is fruit acid; a super gentle ingredient when compared with other acids.

Baby foot how it works allbeauty blog

How does Baby foot work?

The unique fruit acid formula penetrates the layers of dead skin cells and breaks down the desmosomes which holds the layers together. With this process, the skin is un-damaged and peels away from the fresh layers beneath; with no pain experienced at all!

When the peeling is all done (which is usually around the 10-day mark), your feet will look and feel as though they’re reborn and softer than you could ever achieve with the typical pedicure tools available.

How can I maximise the results of Baby Foot?

The Extra Rich Foot Cream is the essential aftercare care product to the Exfoliation Foot Peel. This rich and hydrating cream is enriched with Shea butter and provides your feet with exactly what they need post-peel; intense much-needed moisture! It’s just really important to remember that the Extra Rich Foot Cream should only to be applied once the peeling process is completely finished.

Exfoliation and moisturising your feet really do go hand-in-hand. After-all, it’s hard for moisturiser to penetrate the skin deeply if hard skin is there; highlighting the need for both products for the absolute maximum results.

You can shop Baby foot at allbeauty.com 

How To Hygge Your Home In Time For Autumn

How to hygge your home in time for Autumn

With the days getting shorter and the long nights drawing in, it’s time to embrace the Danish concept of hygge – aka the cosiest feeling ever. But what exactly *is* hygge? And more importantly: how do you say it?!

The Winter Weather Lip Guide

It’s cold, it’s windy and our lips aren’t happy! Here’s the winter weather lip guide you need to read.

  • Our winter weather lip guide ensures perfect lips in the lead up to Valentine’s Day!
  • Fun fact: Our lips have only 6 layers of skin, compared to 16 on the rest of the body!
    Bonus fun fact: our lips have no sweat glands and can’t keep themselves moist, hence their tendency to dry out.

Keep Balm & Carry On

What was the first beauty product you ever owned? We’re staking everything we have* it was lip balm. Lip balm is almost lipstick and there isn’t a school rule in sight that says you can’t apply it vigorously during double maths. But then you discovered lipstick and lip balm seemed a bit meh. The good news is lip balm has grown up (hooray!) and is now a must in your beauty capsule kit.

There are basically 2 kinds of lip balm: 

1. The twisty, tube kind that goes on before you head out / when you leave the gym / when your lips crack and hurt because you forgot… These are your go-to products when you have poorly, chapped lips or if you’re out in bad weather to prevent damage. We rather like these ones

The Winter Weather Lip GuideThe Winter Weather Lip Guide

2. The almost-lipstick kind that add colour while also moisturising and defending the skin. With ingredients such as Shea Butter or 8 Hour Cream, these are great multi-tasking lip treatments that hide the fact your lips aren’t on point, and repair and defend against damage. Here are some favourites of ours although an honourable mention is deserved for Clinique’s Chubby Sticks:

The Winter Weather Lip Guide

We aren’t finished – there’s something else to consider: exfoliation. Lips genuinely do need exfoliating to keep them soft and smooth, but those 6 little layers need something gentle so put down that peach pumice scrub. Professional treatments include this lovely multi-tasker from Clinique, all about lips that not only exfoliates but also softens, primes and heals.

The Winter Weather Lip Guide

For those on a super-tight budget we recommend a simple at-home weekly lip treatment as follows:

  • Mix half a teaspoon of fine caster sugar with a few drops of jojoba, olive or coconut oil
  • Apply to the lips and using gentle motion exfoliate away any loose flakes
  • You can also use an old toothbrush with softened bristles instead of sugar, a good solution if you’re traveling.

Lip balms and lip treatments are available from allbeauty.com, with free UK delivery available using the Royal Mail 48hr Tracked service. 

*not really, besides you probably have clutter of your own without owning ours as well.