Friday, 6 September 2019

Venomous Beauty | The Benefits of Syn-Ake

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Syn-Ake, also known as dipeptide diaminobutyroyl benzylamide diacetate, is one of the most famous neuromodulating peptides. It replicates the effects of Waglerin-1, a biologically active peptide found in the venom of the Temple Viper, a poisonous snake native to southeast Asia. We call it faux poison.
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Thursday, 22 August 2019

Ingredients 101 | Aloe Vera

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Aloe vera (aka the 'wonder plant'), is a short-stemmed shrub that produces two substances, gel and latex. It is cultivated all over the world, largely in the Caribbean and Southern USA.

Aloe vera has been used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century, thanks to its healing properties. It is also a popular skincare ingredient - named Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract - because it's able to treat a multitude of skin issues, ranging from dry skin to sunburn.
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Friday, 16 August 2019

Review: Transformulas Flawless PhotoGlow Daily Skin Radiance SPF30+

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The Transformulas Flawless PhotoGlow is a cream like no other, so much so that it's deserving of a post singing its praises. It describes itself as a multi-tasking treatment cream that transforms complexions, working "like magic to instantly nourish and restore radiance while correcting imperfections".
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Monday, 12 August 2019

Review: L'Occitane Radiance Scrub

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A few months ago, L'Occitane launched a number of products inspired by food. The collection is made up of face masks, scrubs, and lip care that boasts deliciously scented formulas with fresh ingredients. The L'Occitane Radiance Scrub is one of the newbies and I wanted to give it a little review...
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Friday, 26 July 2019

The Summer's Best Self Tanners


He-Shi One Day Tan

If you don't want to commit to being bronzed all week, He-Shi's One Day Tan (£15.50 feelunique.com) is the perfect solution. Designed for both men and women, the face and body tinted bronzing gel provides an immediate glow sans streaks! It has an impressive hydrating formula that glides across the skin easily and - importantly - evenly. There is no stickiness and also no scent. Other than a gorgeous glow, the only thing the One Day Tan leaves behind is long lasting moisture.

I'm not usually a fan of wash-off self-tans as - spoiler alert - they wash off easily, leaving you compromised if the rain comes or you get a little sweaty. However, this He-Shi version stays strong against a little water and sweat, so it's quite the safe bet!
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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Body Guard | The Best Body SPFs

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I recently discussed some of the best facial SPFs on the market, so now it's time to focus on the body. People are very picky when it comes to sunscreens for the bod. Some prefer gels, while other prefer creams or mists. Below are some recommendations that should - hopefully - suit a wide range of sun care shoppers.
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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Save Face: The Best Facial SPFs


We all know that a quality SPF is one of the most important skincare products you can own, and that applying one is one is an essential step in any skincare routine. SPF not only protects the skin from short and long term damage, it also helps prevent premature aging. The problem is, as crucial as SPF is, slapping any old SPF on your face isn't always the answer.

As with face masks, serums, and face creams, we need to ensure we're using the right SPF based on our skin type or skin concerns. Below is a selection of great SPFs that should (hopefully) tick somebody's skincare box.
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Monday, 1 July 2019

Review: Redken Nature + Science All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner

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Redken has combined the hair benefits provided by both nature and science to create a haircare range as natural as possible. Aptly named Nature + Science, the range is currently made up of three shampoos and three conditioners, one duo for colour treated hair, one for distressed hair, and one for dry and brittle hair. I've been trialing the All Soft duo, as I want my hair to shine for the Gods...
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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

What's The Beau(Tee)? | Lancôme x Chiara Ferragni Lands


Chiara Ferragni, one of the elders in the influencer industry, who started her career as the Blonde Salad, and now has a jaw dropping following of 16 million on Instagram, has become Lancôme's Global Muse. With this appointment comes a collaborative makeup capsule collection to die for...
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Friday, 21 June 2019

Review: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF25 Foundation Stick

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The bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating SPF25 Foundation Stick is not your typical foundation stick. It claims to be the first clean, water-based liquid foundation in stick form, so I had to review it...
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Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Viva La Cica! | The Skin Benefits of Centella Asiatica

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Some call it Cica, others call it Gotu Kola, but one thing is certain – Centella Asiatica is one of nature’s most powerful skin healers and it deserves a place in every beauty cabinet...
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Friday, 7 June 2019

Father's Day: The Last Minute Gift Guide


If you're anything like me (aka disorganised), Father's Day creeps up on you unexpectedly every year, leaving you very little time to get a gift. For those struggling to think of what to get - with very little time to get it - I've provided some recommendations to help you out. Luckily, they are all available with next day delivery. Thank you, internet!
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Sunday, 2 June 2019

Review: 001 London CRYOpress

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The 001 London CRYOpress is a handheld facial roller device that sustains a temperature of -8 to 2.5°C, to provide an ice-cold lymphatic facial. It is one of the newest at-home facial tools on the market and, unless I'm mistaken, is one of the very few ice-cold devices on the market too.
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Thursday, 30 May 2019

Review: Living Proof Full


Full is one of Living Proof's most popular ranges and, as you'd expect, it is designed to transform fine and flat hair into locks that feel and look naturally thicker. The range boasts cleansing and styling products and I manage to get my hands on some of them for testing!
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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Review: Murad Revitalixir™ Recovery Serum


When it comes to skincare products, if I see the world 'recovery' imma be interested. Skin health is always a top priority and, now spring is in full effect, if I want to go makeup free, I need a little complexion confidence.

Sadly, there are too many things that effect skin health; sun exposure, hormones, pollution, weather, aesthetic treatments, and (always surprisingly) stress. So I believe that having a few skin healers in your beauty cabinet couldn't be more important. One of the newest(ish) on the market is the Murad Revitalixir™ Recovery Serum...
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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

What The F*** Is Bakuchiol?!


You may have heard of bakuchiol. Dubbed the natural alternative to retinol, bakuchiol is a relatively new compound that has fast become the new star in skincare...
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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Stop The Self-Tan Streaks


Streaky self-tan is the absolute devil, however it can happen to the best of us. The truth is, when your self-tan gets streaky, there is no perfect quick fix. However there are things you can do to help radically improve the situation. Some people swear by washing up liquid but I've always found a lemon juice and baking soda combo to be the best form of self-help...
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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Fight The Blue Light | Protective Skincare


Blue light, also referred to as high-energy visible or HEV light, is known to have an impact on our health; it disrupts our sleep-wake cycle, affects melatonin production, and causes eye strain. Blue light is also linked to increased risk of eye disease, Blue light, also referred to as high-energy visible or HEV light, is known to have an impact on our health; it disrupts our sleep-wake cycle, affects melatonin production, and causes eye strain. Blue light is also linked to increased risk of eye disease, as well as increased risk of diseases such as diabetes and cancer. However, exposure to blue light can also have a harmful effect on our skin.
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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Review: Lipstick Queen Rear View Mirror Lip Lacquer

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Rear View Mirror Lip Lacquer in shade Berry Tacoma
Lipstick Queen knows how to make a great lip product. I've loved the brand for years and can vouch for the performance and quality of each of its lipsticks. The Aussie brand recently launched a new lacquer range and I've been loving it. It is called Rear View Mirror and it is designed to emulate the same reflective surface of a shiny new car. Ambitious.
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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Nip & Tuck | Harley Injectables


Harley Injectables is a Marylebone clinic that offers a range of health, skincare and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.

It is owned by the beyond beautiful boss, Nurse Alice. A leader in non surgical injectables and enhancements, Alice has upgraded over 12,000 patients with treatments including Thermage®, Pelleve®, IntraCel®, Ulthera®, and UltraCel®. Alice has a strong passion for aesthetics and the perfect bedside manner.
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Monday, 22 April 2019

Review: The Merchant of Venice Mystic Incense

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Representing the Art of Perfumery of Venice, the The Merchant of Venice fragrance house draws attention to the everlasting role of the Italian city as an essential force in the perfumery tradition throughout the world.

The luxe fragrance house is behind some of the most unique perfumes ever created. Its new Mystic Incense is one of them...
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Monday, 15 April 2019

Review: OPI Tokyo Collection

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I'm a nail polish addict - my current collection stands at just under 200 bottles and continues to grow. So I'm always excited to see a new nail polish collection drop. However I do have one small issue with most collections - they are either made up of very similar shades or contain a few wild card shades that I could never wear (unless I'm going to a costume party or experiencing a quarter-life crisis). However OPI recently launched its SS19 collection and every single shade is gorgeous.
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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Tackling Tech Neck


If you regularly find yourself staring down at your phone, endlessly scrolling your Insta feed, you could soon become a victim of tech neck.

The first-world beauty problem known as tech neck occurs when a repetitive motion, such as consistently looking down at your phone or laptop screen, creates persistent folding of the skin. And with the average woman checking her phone at least 85 times a day, it’s no wonder the creases keep increasing...
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Monday, 8 April 2019

What's The Beau(Tee)? | ESPA Launch Microbiome-Friendly Skincare Range


ESPA has got on the microbiome-friendly beauty bandwagon, with the launch of the Tri-Active™ ProBiome Advanced Range...
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Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Review: Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15

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Full disclosure - the Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 isn't new, it was released early last year. However the shade range has been extended. And now, with 43 colours to choose from, I've finally found a shade perfect for me. So the time has come to review it...
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Saturday, 23 March 2019

Mother's Day Gift Guide


Mother's Day is a week away, so it's time to get gifting.

Now there are a million different types of gifts you can get your Mum, ranging from experiences (think afternoon tea and theatre tickets), to books, flowers, and chocolates. However, I don't think you can ever go wrong with a beauty buy. So, I have rounded up a few of my favourite mum-friendly beauty buys to give you a little inspiration...
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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

New Hair Heroes


2019 must be the year of haircare, as many new products and brands have launched in the last few months alone. I've been luckily enough to try some of these new launches and I wanted to share my favourites, starting with shampoos...
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Friday, 15 March 2019

What The f**k Are Peptides?


In super simple terms, peptides are small chains of amino acids - the building blocks of the proteins within your skin. Peptides are present in every living cell and they play a crucial role in the physiological and biochemical functions of life.
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Monday, 11 March 2019

Review: Eucerin Urea Repair Replenishing Face Cream


I've always believed in the need to have a skin repairing product in your beauty cabinet at all times. Whether it's sunburn, reaction inflammation, or a bad retinol OD, your skin can find itself in need of emergency care at any moment.

One of my all-time favourite skin repairers is the iS Clinical Sheald. However, I was recently contacted about the Eucerin Urea Repair Replenishing Face Cream and was so intrigued, I had to try it.

Eucerin Urea Repair is lightweight, with a texture that sits between a lotion and a cream. Because of this, a little goes a long way, making that 50ml stretch! It is scentless and absorbs fully in a few minutes, leaving behind a ultra-soft skin texture. Designed for dry and damaged skin, Urea Repair is formulated with urea and lactate - two natural compounds that hydrate the skin and lock-in moisture.

I had a skin flare up recently and - with hesitation - reached for this over my usual iS Clinical Sheald. It quickly soothed my skin, added much needed hydration and, in around five days of continual use, returned by skin back to its normal healthy state. I was well and truly proven wrong. However, if I had to make a choice, I would still opt for Sheald in a skin emergency, but Urea Repair is a close second and - importantly - over 70% cheaper!

Damaged skin aside, I would recommend this cream to anyone with dry skin. Regular use keeps skin hydrated, plump, and smooth to the touch. For just £11, it really is a great skincare product. 


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Thursday, 7 March 2019

What's The Beau(Tee)? | Haircuts4Homeless


I love anyone in the beauty community that gives back - whether that's a brand, professional, or journalist. I recently heard of a group that is giving back in a great way and I just had to share it. It is Haircuts4Homeless, a community group of skilled hairdressers that donate their time to provide haircuts for homeless people in Britain. The group was set up by veteran hairdresser, Stewart Roberts, in Havering in November 2014. To date, the group has 600 volunteers, divided across 49 sites nationwide. Impressively, Haircuts4Homeless has delivered over 35,000 free haircuts since it started.
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Got wood!? A skincare ingredient that'll get you going...


For years we’ve looked to plants to protect, repair, and improve our skin – utilising flowers, leaves, and fruits for their various beauty benefits. But there is one part of a plant that rarely gets the attention it deserves… bark.
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Friday, 22 February 2019

Review: Su-Man Chi Flow Contour Facial @ The Away Spa London


A couple of week's ago, I was luckily enough to experience a Su-Man facial, with Su-Man herself.

Now, for those who don't know, Su-Man is a leading celebrity facialist and skincare pioneer with a unique beauty ethos born of a life-long passion for wellness. She is celebrated for her non-invasive high performance facials, so when I heard she had a contouring facial at the W Hotel in London, I had to test it out...
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Sunday, 10 February 2019

What The f**k Are Probiotics?

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In super simple terms, probiotics are strains of friendly bacteria that are naturally found in the body. Although probiotics are found naturally, they are also found in certain foods and supplements. They are celebrated for their ability to maintain great gut health and a strong immune system. Now, you will often hear the word prebiotic alongside probiotics - making the whole thing even more confusing. However, prebiotics are just carbohydrates (mostly fibre) that feed probiotics, enabling them to go about their business and keep your body healthy AF. I will do a post on prebiotic skincare soon, don't worry, girl...
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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

V-Day Lips, B*tch

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Whether you're spending Valentine's Day with bae, or just looking for a bae for the day (or night 😉), you need to make sure your lips are looking sexy, plump, and as juicy as Biggie's 1994 banger...
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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

What's The Beau(Tee)? | Meder Beauty Science Launches Home Care


Swiss cosmeceutical skincare brand, Meder Beauty Science, has launched a range of home care products to complement its cutting-edge professional treatments.

Meder Beauty Science was founded in 2009 by Dr Tiina Meder, a dermatologist and cardiovascular doctor who wanted to create a no-nonsense, strictly scientific skincare brand with a focus on natural-looking, pain-free skincare solutions.
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Sunday, 20 January 2019

Review: Gatineau Floracil Gentle Eye Make-up Remover


It was the top selling eye make-up remover on QVC and the best-selling Gatineau product of all time, until it disappeared from skincare shelves three years ago. However, after endless demand from loyal fans, Gatineau’s iconic Floracil Gentle Eye Make-up Remover is back on the beauty scene.
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Monday, 7 January 2019

Grooming: Tom Ford Noir Review


When it comes to male fragrances, Tom Ford Noir is a modern classic and worthy of having its moment in the spotlight recycled, many times over.
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