Friday, 29 January 2016

Ingredients 101: Niacinamide


WTF: Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3, which is found in different kinds of foods, such as milk, eggs, fish, beans, green vegetables, meat and cereal grains.

Niacinamide is one powerful ingredient with serious skincare benefits. It is perfect in the fight against ageing, as it improves skin elasticity, reduces pigmentation and age spots and improves skin texture. There is also evidence to suggest that niacinamide stimulates cells in the dermis to produce more collagen (the protein that supports skin and gives it its firmness). Niacinamide is also perfect at treating excessive dryness as it helps to increase the production of ceramides (lipids in the outer layer of the epidermis) that help to protect skin against moisture loss, as well as shield it from bacteria and environmental damage. Ceramides form a protective barrier against water loss, so - to keep skin moist and supple - it is important to replace those ceramides lost through aging and skin damage.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

The Tuesday Tip: Reverse Hair Washing


When someone once told me about reverse hair washing, I called BS. However when TRESemmé recently launched a reverse washing collection, I knew this shit was for realsies.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Interview: Su-Man Hsu


What inspired you to work in the beauty industry? And how did your career journey begin?

I am not a beautician or a therapist. All my experience and skills come from being a dancer, shiatsu practitioner and pilates instructor. Merging these experiences together made me who I am as a facialist. It's a craft and it took me 10 years to perfect, so I see myself as a skin artist. I’ve always had a passion for the body and a desire to maintain beauty. It was only when I created my skincare brand, Su-Man, that I realised the beauty industry is a totally different world to what I was used to! There were so many hurdles and difficulties that I had not expected, especially regarding the business side of it. Luckily my husband, who is also my business partner, is a creative with great business skills and he helped me navigate my way through the commercial pressures without compromising my creative instincts.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Review: Skinbreeze Microdermabrasion Facial

The Promise: "Skin is smoother, fresher and clearer after just one treatment. Lines and wrinkles are reduced. Scars, acne scars, pock marks and stretch marks are eliminated. Instant results, that actually improve over time"

The Price: £150.00 per 60 minute treatment

The Place: Premier Laser Clinic, Suite 7, 116 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5EW

The Treatment: My Skinbreeze Facial began with orbital microdermabrasion and LED light therapy that exfoliates the skin and removes unwanted imperfections and dead skin cells. It involved a small, handheld device - featuring a rotating abrasive pad - being worked around my face and neck. Although 'abrasive' sounds a little rough, I promise you this treatment isn't; I just experienced a vibrating sensation that was surprisingly relaxing. In addition, unlike most other microdermabrasion treatments, Skinbreeze doesn’t use harsh crystals which can damage the skin. As the device exfoliated my face, it also omitted pulses of red light, which are designed to neutralise bacteria, reduce redness, boost circulation and stimulate new tissue production.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Tuesday Tip: Make Your Foundation Glow


Achieving gorgeous glowing skin is on every girl's wishlist but, luckily, you can create it by adding a small step to your makeup routine. This extra step just requires a mosituriser, liquid foundation and liquid illuminator...

Monday, 18 January 2016

Weekly Worship: Cult51 Night Cream


Price: £125.00 / $215.00 50ml

Stockists: /

I've always struggled holding down a nighttime skincare routine as, after a long day, I usually want to just crawl into bed and sleep. However I've been using a night cream so amazing that I can't wait to go to bed, just so I can apply this beaut beforehand!

It is the Cult51 Night Cream, a rich and ultra-nourishing skin saviour that feels absolutely divine on the skin. But don't misunderstand me, this isn't just one of those creams that feels luxurious but doesn't do a goddamn thing, it does a lot of goddamn things...

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Health: Foods That Keep You Looking Beautiful


2016 will see more health-focused features on After all, a healthy body helps to keep you looking beautiful. So to kick off, I am starting a short series on healthy eating. There are so many great foods out there that not only taste great but do wonders for our body, skin, hair and nails. So over the next few weeks I'll be spilling on which foods will keep you fabulous....

Monday, 11 January 2016

Review: Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer


Promise: "Blur fine lines and pores, hydrate and brighten for naturally-flawless skin. This lightweight, non-greasy primer minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and imparts a silky-smooth, luminous finish to skin."

Price: £38.00 / $46.00 22ml

Stockist: Selfridges / ULTA

Application: The Hydrablur Primer has a surprisingly creamy texture that begins to feel more like a traditional primer when blended into the skin. It applies really easily, however I do find I have to use a little more product than directed. It sets within a few seconds of making contact with the skin, so you don't have to wait a long before applying foundation. It doesn't feel at all greasy, works well with all skin types and is scentless, which I love.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Review: Pestle & Mortar Hydrate + Giveaway!


Promise: "Blended with a mixture of patented peptides, this anti-ageing cream dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Naturally moisturising ingredients, including jojoba and squalane will instantly make your skin softer and firmer while powerful antioxidants pomegranate, green tea and vitamin E help fight free radicals".

Price: £38.00 50ml


Application: Before I even get into applying the cream, I need to discuss Hydrate's amazing packaging. Pestle & Mortar's latest skin saviour comes in an airless container and is dispensed by pushing down on the top of it; clean and oh-so-simple. You only have to push the top down once to dispense the required amount of cream, no more and no less.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The Tuesday Tip: Perfect Foundation Application


Liquid foundation can arguably be applied any number of ways, however there is one method that reigns supreme. It doesn't come down to the type of foundation you wear or the tools you use; it all rests on where you begin applying it...

Monday, 4 January 2016

Ask TBI: Dark Patches On My Face During Pregnancy


Question: I am four months pregnant and have just started developing dark patches under my eyes and around my mouth. What are they? How can I remove them? - Hannah, Belfast.

Answer: I think what you're describing is chloasma, a skin discolouration that is very common during pregnancy. The symptoms of chloasma are exactly as you described; patches of darkened skin that can appear on the face.
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