Everything you need to know about looking and feeling your best on your wedding day!
British indie beauty brand Q+A launch one of their most innovative skincare products yet – the Vitamin A.C.E. Warming Gel Mask, £8.50. Quite literally a healthy fruit salad for the skin, this antioxidant rich, ultra-nourishing, radiance boosting mask, is bursting with a special blend of active ingredients to feed the skin and instantly renew the complexion. Q+A founder Freddy Furber has worked with his team of chemists for over a year to develop the formula. Faye Purcell, development chemist and skincare expert at Q+A says "It's the perfect vitamin hit. We've combined over 10 superfruits like cherry and acai along with avocado and algae to really pack a punch. Our micro-algae dunaliella salina is a salt-loving organism which has been developed to survive harsh conditions. One such development is its high-level of beta-carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which the body can convert into retinol. When you use a product with retinoids, they are either synthetic or animal-derived, so by using a plant-derived carotenoid like dunaliella salina, you are still getting the skin health and healing benefits of traditional retinol, but without sacrificing naturals. The other unique thing about this mask is that its anhydrous. Most masks contain water but ours is oil-based making it extremely rich and nourishing"
Posted: 16 July 2021
Did you know that 80 per cent of people suffer from digital eye strain? After a day spent staring at a screen, it's no wonder our eyes feel overworked and exhausted. The human eye isn't used to handling the artificial blue light and the effects are starting to show. Our eyes store up the energy absorbed from screens and release it at night, resulting in oxidative damage to the delicate eye tissue. Day after day, our eyesight becomes damaged. Early signs of eye damage include dryness and irritation; take care of your eyes and you won't regret it.
Posted: 14 July 2021
Karen Lee-Thompson, founder of Wo, talks innovative skincare
Karen Lee-Thompson, founder of Wo, an innovative holistic skincare company disrupting the beauty industry, tells us why the team behind the brand is so passionate about what they do.Tell us a bit about why you founded Wo. I have over 20 years of experience within skincare innovation, working for numerous big names in the industry. However, I felt there was something missing, especially surrounding holistic and inclusive skincare. One day I noticed my daughter's skin started to change as she grew older – at first her skin was like mine, sometimes oily and easy to tan. Then she started developing freckles similar to her English Grandpa. At that point, I decided to find out more. Scientific research shows that ethnic heritage is the genetic canvas that influences the behaviour of our skin. As well as this our overall physical, mental health and lifestyle are also important. This is why our Skin Diagnostic considers all these aspects and why our products are suitable for all skin.
Posted: 12 July 2021
Hot on the heels of Heaven Skincare's award-winning Nettle Venom collection is the latest vegan must-have for sensitive skin. Brand founder Deborah Mitchell has launched her restorative Dock Cream to quickly calm irritation, even-out tone and tackle sensitivity issues, all using ingredients gifted by nature.This plant-powered skin saviour uses a clever combination of yellow and green dock leaves, collected on Deborah's doorstep in the Shropshire countryside, as well as vitamin E, a natural anti-oxidant. It works by harnessing the power of our own interferons – proteins that are produced by a variety of cells – to reinforce skin from the inside out, soothing breakouts, irritation, rosacea and eczema.
Posted: 9 July 2021
Nail the 90s look with Urban Retreat's mineral make-up range
From lilac lids, to glossy glitter lips, have fun experimenting with Urban Retreats, kind to skin and planet, products that will make you look and feel your very best whilst nailing the 90s make-up trend.The Urban Retreat's vegan Skin-Sync Mineral Makeup range is designed to not only make your skin look good but actually do good to your skin too. It contains no nasties and boasts a wealth of botanical and good-for-skin ingredients in each product. Make-up so pure, you'll forget you're wearing any at all!
Posted: 7 July 2021
Choose the perfect wedding scent
Deciding on a wedding scent can be a personal journey for everyone and a single smell of your wedding fragrance can transport you back to the big day in years to come. Fragrance expert Elizabeth Edwards from The Perfume Shop at Bluewater shares her tips on how to select the perfect scent for your big day. Elizabeth says, "Fragrance will play an important part in your wedding day; as scents are renowned for triggering memories, it will serve as a reminder of your special day for years to come. You may already have a 'signature' scent and couldn't imagine wearing anything else, but for those who want a unique memory of their day, there's always the option to choose something special and completely new."
Posted: 5 July 2021
Summer suncare for your skin's every need
Summer is upon us and we've already had some scorching hot days. So, make sure you stock up on your sun protection. If you want to know where to start check out Bioderma's targeted suncare products.Bioderma's Photoderm suncare range is formulated with the Cellular Bioprotection® patent, which protects the skin's cells and DNA against the damages of UVA/UVB, whilst helping to prevent inflammation. Whether you're concerned with hyperpigmentation, photo-aging, blemishes, redness or even if you're allergic to chemical filters, there's a Bioderma suncare option to suit you!Head over to www.lookfantastic.com, www.feelunique.com, www.escentual.com or www.naos-store.co.uk where you can shop the range.
Posted: 30 June 2021
Monochromatic Peach Look by Sculpted by Aimee
Embrace the monochromatic make-up trend with Sculpted by Aimee Connolly's new Cream Luxe blushers. Available in soft Peach Pop and romantic Pink Supreme, this easily blendable cream can be used as a glowing blusher, a striking wash of colour on the eyelids or as a finishing touch on the lips – one look housed in one multitasking compact! Watch the tutorial video below for more expert tips on creating this fab look. All products in tutorial from the cruelty-free Sculpted By Aimee range, available at www.boots.com and www.sculptedbyaimee.com
Posted: 21 June 2021
Introducing Brush Soap by Joy Adenuga
Professional make-up artist and melanin specialist Joy Adenuga is extending her award-winning, vegan beauty line! For those who've loved her recently-launched brushes, get ready to pair them with the all-new By Joy Adenuga Brush Soap. A vegan cleansing soap bar, it comes with a brush cleaning mat designed to be inserted into the lid to achieve a deeper cleanse. Sporting black and gold tins, the Brush Soap is infused with vitamin C, olive fruit oil, shea oil and Chinese licorice to soothe the skin.
Posted: 18 June 2021
Check out these wedding hair and make-up trends for spring/summer 21
With lockdown restrictions easing and brides and grooms across the UK gearing up to celebrate their weddings, Suzanne Smith, Head of Content and Trends at Sally Beauty comments on the latest hair and beauty trends for brides tying the knot this summer. Hollywood waves "If you're a bride that has always longed for that touch of vintage glamour in your wedding then the Hollywood wave is one of the biggest trends you'll see this season. Flattering
Posted: 18 June 2021
Naomi Smart, conscious living content creator and found of eco-friendly, all natural and vegan skincare brand Smart Skin has offered her top tips for nurturing your skin as we exit lockdown and head back out into the real world.Get outside as much as possible. Enjoy the fresh air and lap up the sunshine that we have missed for so long. It's an instant mood booster being outside. Make a conscious effort to take in your surroundings - look up at the trees, smell the flowers, listen to the birds singing, and feel that glorious sunshine kiss your skin.
Posted: 16 June 2021