How to make your beauty routine more sustainable and eco-friendly

How to make your beauty routine more sustainable and eco-friendly


Plus the brands that are doing their bit for the planet

It’s been a long time coming, but people are finally realising that it’s cool to give a crap about the planet we live on. From ethical fashion brands to upping our recycling, most of us are being a bit more conscious about our lifestyle choices and wastage.

‘As consumers, I think we’d all like to feel as though we’re helping make a change for the better; but sometimes it’s hard to know how to do that, and understand what impact a small change can really make,’ says Jo Chidley, founder of Beauty Kitchen.

‘For me, sustainability is a combination of things. It’s how we consciously develop and formulate products to the long term environmental impact they have.

‘We carefully consider the ethical sourcing, the packaging and the production and how we operate as a fully rounded sustainable business. Consumers want to know that as a sustainable business you truly care about them and the environment.’

With that in mind, keep reading to find out how you can gradually upgrade your skincare to be more planet-friendly.

What are some easy first steps you can take to make your beauty routine more sustainable?

Shop with a brand that follows environmentally friendly practices

From thoughtful packaging to sustainable ingredients, make sure they’ve covered the bases so all you have to do is decide on what products to try.

‘Consumers used to think that natural meant compromising on quality, smell, texture or all three,’ says Jo. But today, our products stand up against their synthetic counterparts and really do perform – proving that effective, natural and sustainable is possible.’

Ensure the brand is cruelty free and against animal testing

‘The leaping bunny is a guarantee that none of the products will have been tested on animals. If you can’t find it on the products, research!’ says Jo. ‘You’ll find brands are very good at telling you about all the work they’re doing to become more sustainable and eco-friendly, so if you still can’t find the answers you’re looking for, ask the brand directly.

‘We love to hear from our customers and will always answer questions and help arm them with the info they want whenever we can.’

Start with one product and take your time!

If you’re used to a certain routine it’s best to swap things out gradually to make your transition into a more sustainable routine all the more smooth. Start by buying just one sustainable product to incorporate into your routine, then gradually build it up.

What easy sustainable ingredient swaps can you make?

‘Understanding that we do not have an infinite resource of ingredients is an important part of the journey,’ Jo explains. ‘Look at Argan Oil – what was once a niche ingredient from Morocco is now a thriving industry. But how long can small communities work to meet demand? Trees and ingredients take time to grow and for us, it’s important to take our time and do things the right way.

‘Swapping from Argan Oil to Abyssinian Oil and using products that have marine extracts and algae in them is a great start. When these ingredients grow they turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and are truly effective on your skin.

‘You’ll get the same enjoyment from the products, but you’ll also be helping to ensure that those ingredients stick around for a lot longer as they’ll become more sustainable – and the cycle then becomes a totally renewable one.’

Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Concentrate, £12.50, Feelunique

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‘Here at Beauty Kitchen, we work tirelessly to ensure we’re doing things as well as we can – from the efficacy of our products, to the way we source ingredients right down to the packaging we use for each and every one of our products,’ Jo continues.

‘Being the most sustainable beauty company in the world is what I’m working towards.’

Other brands doing their green bit

As well as the brilliant Beauty Kitchen, there are other brands below who are working to reduce their ecological footprint, whether through recycling initiatives or using less harmful ingredients. Read more about them below.

REN has pledged to be a zero-waste brand by 2021, working towards 100% recyclable packaging, reusing ocean plastic and offering refillable services. They’ve also teamed up with Surfrider to clean up the world’s beaches, currently touring the UK.

Tata Harper‘s packaging is almost entirely reusable and recyclable glass, and everything is made on their 1,200 acre farm in Vermont, USA.

L’Occitane’s Teracycle Initiative will accept your used beauty products to be recycled (not just L’Occitane ones!). Simply take them to your nearest store and they’ll do the rest – as well as giving you 10% off your next shop.

WE ARE PARADOXX use no plastic in their packaging, instead opting for aluminium which, unlike plastic, can be recycled an infinite number of times. Using recycled aluminium requires only 8% of the energy used to make new aluminium.

Origins recycle their empties at counters, meaning consumers can take their empty Origins containers and the brand will ensure they are recycled. They also never use Styrofoam packaging or PVCs and  avoid using cartons where possible, but any that are used are FSC certified, post-consumer recycled fibre and made using wind and and hydro power. Cosmetic bags are made from 100% recycled materials, while shopping bags are 100% craft paper that is itself recyclable. Not bad, eh?

bareMinerals products are all free from chemical sunscreen, coal tar, formaldehyde, mineral oil, palm oil, parabens, peanuts, propylene glycol, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulfate, triclocarban, and triclosan.

Beauty just got a whole lot cleaner.

For more tips and tricks head to our Hair & Beauty section

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How to squeeze your spots, according to Dr Pimple Popper

How to squeeze your spots, according to Dr Pimple Popper


Because if you’re going to do it, you need to do it right

How to pop a pimple
Lily Donaldson backstage

We all know dermatologists and skin experts say not to pop pimples. But how many of us actually adhere to their advice? If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit that there’s been more than one occasion where you’ve popped a pimple at home.

Thing is, there are a few things you should know before you pinch your fingers over that blemish. Which is why we sat down with the famous Dr Pimple Popper to find out exactly how to pop a pimple at home, safely.

Got a few pimple questions that need answering? Read on…

What’s the golden rule to popping pimples at home?

‘Let me start off by saying, that I don’t recommend that you pop your own pimples. However, I know that most of you won’t follow this recommendation. So I instead insist, “Know when to POP, and know when to STOP”.

‘If you really MUST, you shouldn’t pop anything on your face unless it has come to a white/yellow “head”’, she went on. ‘If the pimple has a head, at that point it is the easiest to extract, with the least risk of scarring because the bump is very superficial to the surface of the skin.’

What is the gunk? And why does it manifest?

‘Pus is composed of skin cells, bacteria, and inflammatory cells which are sent there by your immune system to fight off this localised bacterial infection in the skin. It’s also a protein-rich fluid called liquor puris that is usually whitish-yellow, yellow, or sometimes a little yellow brown in colour.’

Ok, but what are you meant to do once you’ve squeezed it? Should you dab with tissue? Leave to dry?

‘Clean the area with alcohol and leave the area alone, don’t keep squeezing it. You may want to apply a cool compress to help minimise the redness and irritation or use an over the counter topical steroid to minimise redness and inflammation.  Usually you know that a pimple has been completely drained if no more pus can be expressed, so if you see a little blood, stop squeezing!

Once a pimple has been popped, be sure to keep the area clean and let it heal properly to avoid scarring. It will sting a little, but you can disinfect the area with rubbing alcohol after popping.’

Why does clear fluid come out if you squeeze a pimple too much?

‘Clear fluid is just edema, fluid that accumulates in the area due to redness and swelling of the area. It is not pus, it’s not infection.’

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Is there anything we should be aware of while popping pimples?

‘If you have a red pimple that hurts to touch, and is deep under the skin, it’s pretty impossible to pop it at that point. Usually if the pimple doesn’t have a head yet and is still under the skin, trying to extract it can not only be very painful, but you can cause irritation and even infection that will make it harder for the pimple to heal. Worse yet, if you really traumatize the skin, you risk scarring and that is likely permanent.’

How can I tell the difference between a cyst and a pimple?

‘Depends on what type of cyst we’re talking about. There is the cystic form of acne, which is a more severe form of acne vulgaris, and this type of acne created deeper, larger, more painful pimples under the skin that have a higher potential for scarring.

‘The cysts that you see me remove on my YouTube channel, are more commonly other kinds of cysts, such as epidermoid cysts, pilar cysts, steatocystomas. There are many types of cysts, and these are very different from pimples, and each other.

‘Cysts in general should not be squeezed because squeezing won’t resolve them, and in fact, can really cause many problems, like inflammation, infection, scarring.  Cysts should be evaluated by your physician and you may likely need a surgeon to remove them entirely.’

Why do you get clusters of pimples in certain places?

‘Pimples tend to occur in oily areas of the skin, which is why we commonly see breakouts in the “T-zone”. Also, hormones can trigger breakouts in certain areas, which is why for example, people with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome who have increased hormone levels (androgens), get more breakouts in the “beard distribution” of the face.’

Why do some pimples return in the same spot?

‘The pimple likely never completely resolved. When we have changes in hormone levels on a monthly basis, an increase in hormones can trigger increased oil production, increased risk of bacterial infection, and re-irritation of that pimple again.

‘Sometimes these reoccurring pimples are cystic and come back because they never form a head to be extracted. The pore is clogged under the surface of your skin and can enlarge and appear on the surface of your skin when your body is producing more oil.’

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What can you do about under the surface pimples? How can you treat them at home? 

‘Pustules and inflammatory papules are white bumps with a red base, and they can often be painful to touch. When you have a pustule this means there are purulent contents inside, meaning localised infection… bacteria is involved and has a hand in creating this type of bump.

‘To treat them at home, always be sure to follow directions on the product or as directed by your dermatologist. It’s important to pay attention to your skin and if you notice drying or irritation, reduce how often you are using the product.

‘You can use acne products to treat current breakouts AND prevent future breakouts, so it’s usually OK to continue using them even after a breakout has improved and some people may opt for a spot treatment if they have specific areas that they are more prone to acne and breakouts.’

Dr Pimple Popper’s 6-step guide on how to pop a pimple

1. Sterilise the area and be sure to have clean tools, hands, and environment.

2. You’ll want to make sure you wash your face before with warm water, or better yet, take a steamy shower, to really open up the pores.

3. Use your fingers or a comedone extractor as I most often use in my videos, to place pressure on the skin immediately surrounding the whitehead, to push the contents out. If using fingers, increase traction by wrapping clean tissue paper around the fingers applying pressure.

4. A whitehead should come out pretty easily if it is ready, but if the pimple is not popping, there’s definitely a time to give up because forcing it and continually pushing and squeezing will only irritate your skin cause increased swelling, redness, and pain, and certainly increase your risk for local infection and scarring.

5. To finish I would recommend applying a topical corticosteroid and /or a topical acne spot treatment that likely contains benzoyl peroxide or an antibiotic, cool compresses if desired, or just try to leave the area alone.

6. See a dermatologist or skincare professional to help you get these extracted. In short, Know When To POP and Know When To Stop!

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A guide to Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products

A guide to Meghan Markle’s favourite beauty products


When it comes to hair and make-up, the Duchess of Sussex has excellent taste

There’s no denying that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is pretty darn beautiful. From her perfect hair to that jawline, the woman looks great whatever the weather.

You may not have been blessed with her genes, but fortunately you can get a slice of the Markle lifestyle by shopping some of her favourite beauty products.

Read on for the make-up, hair and skincare favourites of the soon-to-be mum.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara, £8.99, Boots

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Meghan’s former make-up artist touted a high street buy as the mum-to-be’s go-to mascara. ‘Meghan actually introduced me to a drugstore mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara,’ she told HELLO!. ‘I keep it stocked in my kit now at all times thanks to her!

‘[It] really helps to amplify your lashes and polish off the entire look. It’s great for full volume and lengthening, the formula is super hydrating. I love how it builds and that price point is accessible for all budgets.’

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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Very Victoria, £24, John Lewis

Inspired by Victoria Beckham, no less, Meghan’s go-to lipstick shade was created by beauty mogul, Charlotte Tilbury. The perfect balance of pink and brown nude, it’s reportedly the shade she wore for the royal engagement photocall, and is now surely at least as popular as the iconic Pillow Talk shade.

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Laura Mercier Illuminating Foundation Primer, £30, John Lewis

‘I don’t wear foundation unless I’m filming so this is what I put on every day after moisturiser to give my skin a dewy glow. It’s not sparkly, it’s true to its name… “Illuminating”, she told Beauty Banter. The primer comes in two shades, a slightly pink pearlescent formula and bronze for a summery glow.

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NARS Orgasm Blush, £24, Fabled

In a recently resurfaced interview with Beauty Banter, Meghan tipped NARS’ Orgasm as one of her five can’t-live-without products due to its ‘perfect rosy flush tone that brightens the face.’ The pinky, peachy blush with golden undertones is one of the most universally flattering blush shades on the market, so it’s really no wonder Ms Markle is a fan.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £42, John Lewis

Meghan favours a glowy, healthy formula and has one specific foundation rule. ‘Every time I’d do her make-up, she’d say “Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a ton of foundation,” her former MUA Lydia Sellers told Refinery 29.

Although she doesn’t wear loads and loads of the stuff, Armani Luminous Silk was always Sellers’ go-to to perfect Meghan’s skin. Well-loved in the celebrity world, this one counts the likes of Kim Kardashian, Cate Blanchett and Rashida Jones as its fans. A medium thickness liquid formula, it leaves skin with a healthy glow and has buildable coverage.

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YSL Touche Éclat Complexion Highlighter, £25, Fabled

Six of these iconic pens are sold every minute (or one every ten seconds), so it’s not a huge surprise Meghan Markle is also a fan. ‘It blends, it’s compact and if you’ve worked a 17-hour day and have nothing else on, you will still look relatively alive. Relatively,’ she told Beauty Banter.

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Diorshow Iconic High Definition Lash Curler Mascara, £27, Boots

‘My favourite mascara is Diorshow Iconic,’ Meghan told Allure back in 2014, noting that she first discovered a lot of her favourite products on the set of Suits. This one is great for super lifted, eye-catching jet black lashes to really make your peepers pop.

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Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner, £22, Boots

‘I use Chanel Cassis Eyeliner on my upper lash line and water line, and the touch of shimmer powder adds a brightness and sparkle,’ Meghan said in her Beauty Banter interview. ‘Even if I have no make-up on, I am likely to apply concealer and a bit of shimmer in the corners of my eye.’ Cassis is a rich purple liner, as Meghan rightly recommends, is great for tightlining and defining the eye.

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Make-Up For Ever HD Powder, £26, Feelunique

A photo-ready look requires a photo finish powder, and Meghan says she loves Make-Up For Ever’s – ‘It lets your skin look shiny and fresh, but not greasy-shiny,’ she told Allure.

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Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm, £9 Boots

meghan markle beauty products

Daniel Martin, Meghan’s friend and make-up artist who created her wedding make-up look, has said that the way to creating a natural, healthy glow (which MM does VERY well) it starts with before make-up. ‘A lot of my highlighting is done with skin-care,’ he explains. ‘Before highlighters, you would do highlighting with Aquaphor, it will give you that same texture, especially in a photo when applied to the high points of the face.’

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Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment, £21.50, John Lewis

‘I have searched high and low and tried every kind of lip balm but this is the very best. Soft, kissable, buttery lips. I swear by it,’ she told Beauty Banter. And we have to agree – the smooth balm comes in a range of gorgeous tints and has the added benefit of SPF. Not too sticky, not too matte.

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Meghan Markle skincare

Kate Somerville Quench Hydrating Serum, £63, Space NK

Meghan Markle beauty products

When asked what she moisturised her face with, Meghan touted Kate Somerville’s Quench serum as her fave. ‘I’ve been going to Kate’s clinic in LA for facials for years, and now that I live in Toronto for work, I still use the products to maintain that glow that her products give,’ she said in the Beauty Banter interview. Considering she’s always glowing, we reckon the duchess is still a fan.

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Nivea Body Q10 Firming Lotion, £4.79, Boots

‘I use this religiously,’ the former Suits star told Beauty Banter. ‘It’s honestly my favourite lotion on the market, it’s so affordable, and makes my skin look and feel amazing. I would buy a case of this at a time if I could find it,’ she added.

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Dr Bronner Organic Lavender Castile Liquid Soap, £7.69, Fabled

Meghan Markle beauty products

Dr Bronner’s 18-in-1 ‘magic soaps’ are loved by beauty addicts all over – including the Duchess of Sussex. ‘I love the smell and it lasts for such a long time. (The almond scent is quite nice too if your prefer something warm and sweet). I alternate between the two,’ she told Beauty Banter.

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Meghan Markle hair products

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, £41, Space NK

Meghan’s hair never looks limp or lifeless; it’s always bouncy, and that’s probably down to this guy. ‘When my hair is feeling a little weighted, Suanne, my hair artist on set, has me bend forward and she sprays a little Oribe Dry Texurizing Spray, and then has me “flip back hard” to give my hair a little extra bounce,’ she said in an inteivew with Birchbox.

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Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense for Thick Hair, £31.70, Lookfantastic

According to Beauty Banter, Meghan says that she ‘religiously’ uses both ‘Masquintense and the Oleo Relax line’. The Masquintense treatment mask comes in two separate versions for both thick and fine hair (we reckon Meg uses the former), for when your locks need a repairing deep moisture boost.

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Needless to say, Meghan Markle’s beauty judgments are pretty solid.

We wonder if her beauty routine will change much once she’s given birth?

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The best beauty looks from New York Fashion Week AW19

The best beauty looks from New York Fashion Week AW19


Gemstones, glitter and glam squads galore

When it comes to beauty, the fashion month catwalks are the place to scoop the biggest make-up and hair trends 2019 will see, so we’ve hand picked the best of the best from this season’s shows.

No make-up make-up is without a doubt one of the trickiest looks to perfect – just ask any make-up artist – but here we’re focusing on those that are really creative, eye-catching and ‘out there’.

Kicking off a month of fashion, NYFW AW19 has thankfully not disappointed. There’s been glitter, graphic liner and gemstones galore, all feeding into the 2019 make-up trends that’ll define the year ahead.

The key takeaway trend from the shows this season has been self-expression – being as bold and creative as you like with make-up. (That is, after all, half the fun of it.) Shows have been inspired by the fun and frivolities of stage musicals, iconic TV and film moments and decades gone by.

Ready to see some serious make-up inspo?

Keep scrolling for the best and most beautiful beauty looks to grace the Big Apple’s catwalk this season.

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The best lip stains: for colour that won’t budge even if you eat a burger

The best lip stains: for colour that won’t budge even if you eat a burger


You can even snog like a horny teenager

best lip stains

There are times in life when you need your lips to pack a proper punch – with the colour and the staying power. In such instances, even the best lipstick or best lip gloss just won’t cut it. What you need is a product that provides long-lasting colour that won’t budge no matter what you throw at it – drinking, eating, even snogging. What you need is one of the best lip stains the beauty industry has to offer.

You would be forgiven for thinking that lip stains and lip tints are the same thing, but friends you would be wrong. Let us enlighten you – a lip tint gives more of a wash of colour, whereas a lip stain looks and acts very much like your favourite lipstick, you just don’t have to top it up as often. So in a way it’s a pretty handy money-saver.

What lips stains have in common with the best lip tints is that you really have to prep your lips before applying your stain.

The best lip stains: pre-application tips

Whenever applying colour to your lips it’s important to have a good base. Central heating, cold and windy weather conditions can leave our lips looking and feeling dry, cracked, flaky and rough.

Combat this by using a gentle lip scrub such as Laura Gellar Lip Strip Smoothing Sugar Scrub, £13 Fabled or splash out on the By Terry Baume de Rose Lip Scrub, £26 Fabled.

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After you’ve done that coat your lips in the best lip balm, to give your lips a much needed moisture-boost and wait at least 15 minutes before applying your lip stain.

We’ve done the reseach, trialled them all and these are by far the best lip stains on the market. So what are you waiting for? Scroll to find your favourite…

 

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Warn your bank manager: you can now buy Drunk Elephant in the UK

Warn your bank manager: you can now buy Drunk Elephant in the UK


These are the products you need to snap up, stat

Drunk Elephant UK
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Drunk Elephant – the brand that’s been on the radar of Brit beauty experts for the past couple of years has finally launched into the UK. From today you can get your hands on one of Sephora’s bestselling brands that amassed a huge waiting list on Cult Beauty. It has been one of the most anticipated launches in a long while. Probably since the UK launch of Glossier.

The Marula-infused brand is available at both Space NK and Cult Beauty.

If you’re new to the Drunk Elephant life, allow us to give you a little bit of background. Founded by Tiffany Masterson in New York, the products are all born and raised (that’s designed, tested and made) in the States.

The brand does not contain any of, what they refer to as, the ‘suspicious six’ – that’s essential oils, chemical sunscreens, fragrances or dyes, SLS, silicones, and drying alcohols. It calls itself a biocompatible brand, as it focuses on whether an ingredient is compatible with the skin rather than its natural or synthetic status. It doesn’t align itself with skintypes as Masterson believes that as long as a product is free from the suspicious six, it should work with everyone’s skin. Her ethos seems to be paying off – it’s won countless industry awards and everyone wants a piece of the Drunk Elephant.

Speaking of Drunk Elephants – where does the name come from? Legend has it that when elephant’s eat the fermented Marula fruit, they end up quite tipsy. ‘I wanted to have a little fun with the name,’ Masterson explains.

Not well-acquainted with the brand just yet? Keep scrolling for the best Drunk Elephant products we think you should snap up now…

Drunk Elephant The Littles, £90 Cult Beauty

Drunk Elephant Littles

Don’t fancy spending a ton of money on a new brand, or can’t afford to? We hear you. If you’re desperate to try the brand though, it’s worth saving up your pennies for The Littles, a set of travel minis that enable you to try the brand’s hero products in miniature form – Marula Oil, C-Firma, Framboos, the works.

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum, £80 Space NK

Drunk Elephant Vitamin C

Packed with Vitamin C, the C-Firma Day Serum is a seriously potent and active formula that’s loaded with antioxidants, fruit enzymes and essential nutrients for healthy skin. As with all good vitamin C formulae, it can help to reduce the visibility of skin pigmentation (like dark spots) and the signs of ageing.

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Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil, from £40 Cult Beauty

Founder Tiffany believes that the virgin oil – ‘straight from the pip’ – is superior to any other she’s tried, which is why you’ll find it throughout the line. The oil itself is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and has anti-microbial properties, making it great for minimsing fine lines, redness and improving elasticity to name but a few of its benefits.

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Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, from £90 SpaceNK

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The Framboos serum is formulated with the ‘dream team’ blend of lactic, tartaric, citric, salicylic and glycolic acid, at a concentrate of 12%. The clever gel formula refines your complexion while you sleep, banishing dead skin cells by dissolving the glue binding them to the surface of your skin. A one-way ticket to luminous skin come morning.

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Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum, £60 Cult Beauty

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A silky formula that doesn’t have the heaviness of an eye cream, the Shaba Complex blends black tea and copper peptides to turn back the clock on your under-eye area – even working to slow the signs of ageing before they appear. If you suffer with puffy, tired-looking eyes, this is the skincare product for you.

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Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, £68 Space NK

Drunk Elephant Protini Cream

Who says protein is just for shakes? Described as ‘the Megamino protein-powered get-sh*t-done cream’, this anti-ageing cream is packed with peptides, amino acids and pygmy waterlily to improve skin’s firmness, tone and texture. With continued use, skin is promised to look revived and more youthful.

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Drunk Elephant – the products you can’t buy *SAD FACE*

For the brand’s biggest fans, you’ll be disappointed to hear that the below products have not made it over to UK shores. Mainly because of US v UK ingredient regulations.

TLC Sukari Baby Facial

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial

Probably the brand’s most famous product – a resurfacing AHA/BHA facial, that’s like baby skin in a bottle, hence the name. It’s a potent cocktail of acids, blending tartaric, lactic, citric, glycolic AND salicylic acid to gently exfoliate pores and blitz dead skin cells, leaving a smoother, brighter skin finish. To quote Drunk Elephant themselves, ‘it’ll knock your cells off’.

Umbra Sheer Physical Sunscreen

A broad spectrum sunscreen (meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays) should be an essential part of everybody’s skincare routine, and this clear SPF 30 formula also protects against oxidative and free radical damage. There’s also a tinted version, should you want a little coverage in your SPF, aptly named Umbre Tinte.

Even without the above, you’ll fall in love with the brand. So what are you waiting for? Ready? Set? Add to basket!

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Microblading: What you need to know before getting the treatment

Microblading: What you need to know before getting the treatment


The ever-popular brow fix is your one-way ticket to thicker, fuller looking arches

microblading eyebrows

Gone are the days of super-thin, fine brows. These days the thicker the better and, along with the best brow products, microblading is one of the most popular ways to amp up your arches.

But unless you’re clued-in on the latest beauty treatments, you might not know exactly how the process works (or, more importantly, if it’s for you). That’s where we come in.

To get the low down on microblading for eyebrows, we caught up with brow expert and Browhaus founder, Cynthia Chua, to answer all of your burning questions about the procedure.

What is microblading?

‘Microblading is a new and updated semi-permanent make-up technique where, through manual process of inserting pigment into the upper layers of skin, we create the desired fullness and shape of the eyebrows,’ Cynthia explains.

‘The effects can last up to 12-24 months, depending on skin types, after which the pigment fades leaving the skin and your natural brows exactly as they were. The results are very natural and lifelike, giving the brows a natural, fuller look.’

How much does microblading cost?

Wherever you go for microblading, you’re looking at spending at least a couple of hundred quid for the procedure.

‘At Browhaus we charge £550 for the microblading procedure and an additional cost of £73 for the aftercare, which we highly recommend to protect your newly-shaped brows,’ says Cynthia.

Microblading before and after:

We get it: what you really want to know is what the results actually look like.

As you can see from the image below, microblading makes the brows appear thicker and fuller without looking too ‘done’ or over-filled.

Microblading before and after

Courtesy: Browhaus

What does microblading aftercare entail?

‘For the next 10 days after the procedure, you need to keep the brows as dry as possible. No water is allowed around the brow area, as this can result in the ink being washed out of the skin.

‘We also suggest avoiding any hot holidays, which will cause you to over-sweat and push the ink out of the skin, as well as activities such as the gym or saunas.

Are there any microblading side effects?

‘In your first session, it’s very common for your body to try to reject the ink, so you may experience up to 60-80% rejection.

‘After your 10 days of healing, I would then suggest exfoliating over the area twice a week to help reduce the pigment.’

When should you get a microblading touch up?

Top-ups depend completely on your own personal preference. ‘If you’ve had just one session we would encourage you to re-book between six to eight weeks to ensure all lines and colour have taken, as well as giving you a chance to make minor changes such as extra strokes,’ advises Cynthia.

‘Once both sessions are complete, clients can re-book anywhere between three months to two years. It all comes down to preference when needing a top-up.’

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‘I tried one of Meghan Markle’s go-to facials to get her signature glow’

‘I tried one of Meghan Markle’s go-to facials to get her signature glow’


Spoilers: It DELIVERED

Meghan Markle Dermalux

Ever wondered how Meghan Markle gets her glowy, glowy skin?

As well as her favourite beauty products, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that she is partial to a facial from time to time.

Sarah Chapman is reportedly Meghan’s go-to facialist in the UK (not surprising, seeing as her clinic offers some of the best facials in London).

The Duchess of Sussex is thought to have had Dermalux LED treatments as part of her facials during her prep for the royal wedding, so we caught up with the go-to celebrity facialist to find out how it all works.

How does Dermalux work?

Meghan Markle Dermalux

Sarah Chapman’s clinic in Sloane Square, London

Combining different types of LED light, the treatment helps with blemishes and skin irritation, fights the signs of ageing and can reduce inflammation, all at once.

‘Dermalux LED light therapy uses three clinically proven wavelengths of light to target the skin in different ways,’ explains Sarah. ‘Non-invasive red LED light rejuvenates and heals the skin, simultaneously boosting fibroblast activity for an increase in collagen production.

‘Infrared light increases cell energy and reduces inflammation to counteract ageing and skin damage; and anti-bacterial blue LED helps destroy the p-acnes bacteria in acne-prone skin. Dermalux is one of the only devices that can operate all these lights at once.’

Impressive stuff.

Who is Dermalux best for?

The good news is that anyone is a good candidate for the treatment. ‘Dermalux is suitable for everyone and we use it in most of our facials,’ Sarah tells us. ‘It is perfect for those who have a big event approaching and want a photo-ready complexion, which is why it is a firm favourite with celebrity clients.

‘It is also used as a treatment programme when looking for ultimate results on problem skins and rejuvenation.’

How often should you have appointments?

‘I would recommend a course of six treatments with weekly intervals for optimal results, particularly if there are skin issues,’ Sarah says. ‘The treatment time is 20 minutes and the glowing skin results are visible instantly, however it is also great as a one-off and incorporated into a facial treatments.’

Each session costs £40, so a course of six treatments will set you back £240.

Dermalux before and after

Image courtesy of Dermalux

The images above were taken just three weeks apart after eight Dermalux sessions to treat a patch of irritated skin and scarring – it goes without saying that the results achieved are pretty incredible.

What happens during the treatment?

Before the treatment itself, your face is cleansed to remove make-up and impurities from the skin.

Dermalux is then delivered via a machine containing the three different types of LED light, beamed towards the face for a 20-minute period. You simply sit back in a comfy chair with an eye mask and relax while the machine does the hard work.

The good news is that, thanks to the eye goggles, you don’t feel horrendously claustrophobic with the machine so close, nor do you see the machine advancing towards your face (which I thought sounded pretty terrifying myself). The machine feels slightly warm, but not too hot or uncomfortable.

The whole experience is, surprisingly, very relaxing as it forces you to sit still and do nothing. When you’re done, your therapist will then apply a serum followed by an SPF.

Afterwards, I definitely had more of a glow about my skin – but it was the next day that I saw the real results. My skin was smoother, more even-toned and just looked generally better, and I skipped foundation for the rest of the week.

At £40 a pop, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment in better skin, even just as a one-off before big events.

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New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month

New make-up, skincare and hair products we’re loving this month


We’ve tested all the new launches to bring you the best of the best

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The life of a beauty addict is rarely ever dull thanks to dozens of brand new makeup, skin and hair products launching every single week.

New launches always bring with them a lot of hype, and so it can be hard to tell whether that hype is actually warranted; nobody wants to splash the cash on something they’ll end up hating.

Fortunately for you, the Marie Claire online beauty team gets to test the lot of them way before they hit the shops, from the best mascara to the best moisturisers for dry skin.

We’ll be bringing you a break down of the best new releases you should be fighting to get your hands on before they sell out – which, trust us, they will do.

So, what’s good this month?

It wouldn’t be summer without stocking up on the best fake tan, and we’re loving the new launches from bronze intelligence St Tropez. As well as our favourite, the new Purity Bronzing Water Mousse, the brand has also launched a self-tanning face mist that’s perfect for building up your complexion while you sleep.

Meanwhile Chanel is taking centre stage when it comes to beauty innovations, having launched a mascara with the first ever 3D printed wand. The formula itself is also pretty genius, as it doesn’t require you to keep topping up the brush with more product.

And Estée Lauder has brought out its annual Bronze Goddess collection, containing everything you need to look, smell and feel like summer personified. From a Cooling Body Mist to their summer colour palettes, they’ve got you covered when it comes to seasonal beauty.

Keep scrolling for our curated edit of the best new makeup launches and hype-worthy skincare drops (and wave goodbye to your healthy bank balance in the process).

It’s time for a big beauty haul.

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FaceGym: Can a facial really give you a more sculpted face?

FaceGym: Can a facial really give you a more sculpted face?


We tested it for ourselves to see if the workout really works

It sounds too good to be true: a non-invasive facial that results in plumper skin and a sculpted jawline and cheekbones. But that’s exactly what FaceGym promises.

Given that Meghan Markle is a reported fan of anti ageing facial exercises and face yoga, it’s no surprise that they’ve surged in popularity recently.

With this in mind, I visited the Selfridges counter to put one of their workouts to the test.

The treatment: FaceGym’s Signature Electricalworkout

After a gentle cleanser to remove any make-up and impurities from the skin, the treatment begins with a gentle shoulder and neck massage to reduce tension.

Your face is then treated to the Signature workout, a vigorous combination of rhythmic pushes and slaps to stimulate the facial muscles before a brief derma rolling of the skin.

The next part is a pretty weird experience, but it’s where the real work is done. Using the FaceGym Pro device, your facial muscles are stimulated with an electrical current, causing them to contract – cue particularly strong spasms around the eye and lip area.

The end result is a firmer face overall, and while I wasn’t sure how dramatic the results would be after just one treatment, the difference after the first half of my face was finished made my jaw drop. As someone with quite deep lines around the mouth, the one on the left side of my face was noticeably softened.

Depending on your skin concern, your therapist will also apply one of the Training Serums, the base of which is like a protein shake for your face; with a base of olive squalane, coffee bean oil,

The most unexpected thing about the experience is how relaxing it actually is; by the end of the treatment I was half-asleep in the chair, despite having my face slapped and electrically pulsated for the best part of an hour.

Although you’ll need a few sessions if you want longer lasting results, but it’s a great pre-party fix if you want your complexion to look its best.

FaceGym is located on King’s Road and within Selfridges, and treatment pricing starts at £50. To book visit facegym.com.

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