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Are You Prepping Your Skin Properly? Here's Some Advice

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11 November 2019

How to properly prep your skin

Long gone are the days when we’d remove our make-up with a wipe, slap on the closest moisturiser and call it a day.

Now, many of us pay close attention to our skincare regime, experimenting with different ways of keeping our skin aglow and plump.

And as the weather gets colder, dry skin becomes an increasing problem, making us even keener on moisturisers and serums that work properly, to keep the skin as hydrated as possible.

The key? Skin prep – which can also help with wearing make-up, as products are likely to apply more smoothly and last longer.

How to Master a Matte Red Lip in 3 Easy Steps

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11 November 2019

How to do a matte red lip

The matte red lip is making a comeback this season.

While make-up trends often push things forward with crazy colours and avant-garde designs, at the AW19 shows, there was a renewed focus on classic techniques, and what could be more classic than matte red lips?

“A bold red lipstick is a classic look that started its real journey in the early 1900s and since then, has always been seen as a powerful, dominant look,” says Sascha Jackson, lead make-up artist at Stila.

Should We All Be Using Vegan Beauty Products?

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5 November 2019

Should We All Be Using Vegan Beauty Products?

It’s World Vegan Day, which kicks off a month-long celebration of all things plant-based.

Maybe you’ve been considering going vegan, or maybe you’ve already started cutting down on the amount of meat and dairy products you eat, whether it’s for environmental or animal cruelty reasons.

But have you considered that it’s not just your diet that needs attention if you want to avoid animal-derived products?

Your bathroom shelf or make-up bag could be full of animal ingredients you didn’t even know about.

4 Easy Ways to Create Perfect Smoky Eyes

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5 November 2019

4 Easy Ways to Create Perfect Smoky Eyes

The ‘smoky eye’ is a modern beauty classic – and with good reason.

The perfect shade of eyeshadow, expertly applied and blended can transform your look, giving the illusion of bigger eyes and really making your peepers pop.

But with ‘how to apply eyeshadow’ in the top ten most googled questions last year, it’s clear a lot of us still need some guidance when it comes to adorning our eyelids.

5 Autumn/Winter Nail Trends You’ll Actually Want to Wear

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21 October 2019

5 Autumn/Winter Nail Trends You’ll Actually Want to Wear

Surveying the AW19 backstage beauty trends, when it comes to nails, there were some bonkers – but brilliant – designs on show.

From curved, two-inch talons at Rick Owens to shiny golden fingertips at Lanvin, these lavish creations are not exactly ideal if you need to use your phone, rummage in your bag or make it through the day without harming yourself or others.

4 Best Natural Homemade Hair Masks for Dry Hair

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17 October 2019

Natural homemade hair masks

Dry hair - everybody hates it.

The sheer level of irritation that it causes and the way it ruins our look is enough to push us over the edge. So much so, that we girls have spent years trying to find a way to cure and prevent our strands from drying out.

From medicines to natural hacks, expensive shampoos and conditions, and curling tools, we've tried everything to make dry hair - the thorn in our scalp - go away.

But it needn't be painful, or irritating. In fact, there's a better way of doing things instead of battling with your hair.

What is Hair Toner? An Expert Answers the Most Googled Beauty Question

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13 October 2019

What is Hair Toner? An Expert Answers the Most Googled Beauty Question

What would we do without Google?

From sourcing recipes and restaurants to settling arguments about what year a song came out, and satisfying that most irritating of feelings when you can’t identify where you’ve seen a certain actor before, the search engine has been helping us out with life’s questions, big and small, for 21 years now.

When it comes to beauty queries we’re hair-obsessed, it seems.

This is How to Stop Blonde Hair from Turning Brassy

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13 October 2019

This is How to Stop Blonde Hair from Turning Brassy

Every blonde knows, that of all the hair disasters likely to strike between salon appointments, developing unwanted brassy locks might just be the worst.

Even if you shell out a small fortune getting the perfect creamy colour at the hairdressers, just a few short weeks later, your hair can often turn an undesired shade as your icy tone fades fast.

Fortunately, there are several things you can do to both prevent and fix an attack of the brassy blondes. Here’s what the experts have to say…

These Are The Skincare Steps You Should Never Skip

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10 October 2019

These Are The Skincare Steps You Should Never Skip

Ever since the K-beauty boom happened a few years ago, we’ve seen a flood of new skincare products on the market inspired by the infamous 12-step routine that many Korean women are said to diligently complete twice a day.

Essences, ampoules, sheet masks and lotions (nope, not the body kind) are just a few of the words we’ve had to add to our beauty lexicon, with brands claiming that adding these extra steps will give us the skin we’ve always wanted.

7 Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During Autumn

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10 October 2019

7 Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy During Autumn

When it comes to hair, every season has its challenges. In summer, you’re dealing with the sun and sea or swimming pool water, in winter it’s freezing temperatures and dry air that you have to contend with.

Autumn, being so changeable, is particularly tricky, because you’ve some got humidity and frequent downpours, but also drier, colder days, which can leave our strands, well, stranded.

So what can done to counteract the autumn onslaught? We asked hair experts and here’s what they had to say…