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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
The ever-popular brow fix is your one-way ticket to thicker, fuller looking arches
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.
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.’
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?
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.’
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.
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).
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.
I am a beauty editor, so you would think that I am all clued up about all things beauty, however this season’s Love Island has reminded me and taught me a few important lessons.
1. Matching your eyebrows to your hair colour is not always the right move
Megan, the beauty who came in just last week and is partnered up with Eyal (or Eyore as I have so fondly named him), is rocking the dark brow, bleached-blonde hair look. And I for one, applaud it. You are normally encouraged to colour match your locks to your brows, but here is a prime example of why some beauty rules are there to be broken. Yes Megan!
2. Pigmentation is not a joke
We’re all guilty of spending a little too long in the sun and most of us will end up a little burnt (please see point 5), but some of us will end up suffering from pigmentation, taking various forms, including freckles. Laura has been spotted showing off her freckled face, before she’s applied her foundation, and whilst they do look quite sweet they are a tell-tale sign of someone who has spent a lot of time exposed to the sun’s dangerous rays. It’s a very big reminder to us all to look after your skin in the sun and afterwards. This means always using the best SPF moisturiser, during the day – every single day – and treat pigmentation with exfoliation and antioxidants, like a vitamin C serum.
3. Hairdryers really can dry all hair
In one of the first episodes, Dani (who incidentally is my current favourite; Dani & Jack for the win!) confused the nation when she grabbed one of the Dyson hairdryers, which are available for the Islanders to use in the dressing room, and a teeny tiny little brush and began to blowdry her lashes. Many took to Twitter to express how baffled they were by Danny Dyer’s daughter’s actions. However, this is in fact a bloody good beauty hack. If, like Dani herself, you have recently had a lash extension treatment, then this is exactly how you should look after them. Exposure to water – from the shower or that pool that they never go in – can cause the lashes to go a big ske-whiff, so lash technicians actually encourage you to brush and dry them to make sure they stay fluffy and full.
4. We should go natural more often
Don’t get me wrong, I love make-up. I love that it hides my dark circles, I’m obsessed with the way that a slick of red lipstick transforms my normally tiny mouth into something more voluptuous and also it’s my bread and butter, so it helps pay my mortgage. But I do think that there are times when going completely bare-faced is the way forward and I actually think that Rosie should go bare more often. Look at how beautiful Rosie looks without make-up and her false eyelashes.
5. Sun cream is the most important product in your beauty arsenal
People look good with a tan there’s no denying it, but not taking the sun’s power seriously is a big mistake. You would think that our darling Alex, the doctor, would know better, however since he appeared on our screens just over two weeks ago he has been every shade of pink you could imagine: blancmange, beetroot, lobster. Whatever you’re doing this summer or wherever you’re going, be sure to use the best sun cream. Pink ain’t cool kids.
So there we have it, the five things I’ve learnt from sitting on my sofa for an hour, in front of my TV at 9pm every night. Except Saturdays.
I’ll be sure to update this list if I find myself being schooled again.
Hyaluronic acid is one of those ingredients that you see plastered all over product packaging and hear dermatologists wax lyrical about. And with very good reason – there’s pretty much nothing else out there that can help boost moisture levels more than hyaluronic acid. Also don’t be put off by the word acid – it’s a common misconception that acids for skin are going to strip and cause irritation, when actually they are key to good to a top notch complexion.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural component of your body’s connective tissue that maintains skin’s strength and elasticity. 50% of it is found in our skin. Everyone sings its praises because, hyaluronic acid can retain over a 1000 times its weight in water, so it’s super-hydrating and helps to give you a bright appearance by keeping cells plumped and strong.
As we age, the natural hyaluronic acid levels in our skin decrease. Mostly found in the best anti-ageing beauty products for mature skin, hyaluronic acid is quickly becoming a preventative treatment and skin staple for younger people looking to stave off the effects of ageing for as long as possible. Continuous use of hyaluronic acid ensures you retain moisture and elasticity in your skin, which will help if you’re worried about fine lines or dull skin. Hyaluronic acid can also be injected directly, in what’s known as dermal fillers, into the skin to help fill and plump. (N.B This is very different to Botox.)
Hyaluronic acid serum
One of the best face serum you should use is the hyaluronic acid serum. Hyaluronic acid serums are hero products because of their higher concentration of HA. Each one tends to be a clear sticky liquid that absorbs super fast and creates a beautiful base for make-up. Because they are so lightweight as well, all skin types will benefit from introducing one into their routines and you can use one in conjunction with another targeted serum.
Here’s our roundup of the best products containing hyaluronic acid…
When it was announced earlier this year that Claire’s Accessories had filed for bankruptcy, we wept at the thought of losing the place where we had bought our first necklaces with the pocket money we had so diligently saved up. But then another thought crossed our mind: where would people go to get their ears pierced now?
Everyone gets their ears pierced at Claire’s; it’s like an unwritten rule. Where would little girls go now when their mums finally let them take the plunge? Scary tattoo parlours? Unlikely. Thank goodness then for Superdrug, the high street stalwart that has just launched its own in-store piercing. Superdrug’s Commercial Director, Simon Comins, said of the launch “We love being able to offer our customers in-store beauty services at affordable prices and the new ear and nose piercing service is an exciting addition to our portfolio.”
Superdrug already has brow and lash treatments at over 300 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland and 68 Orly Nail Bars, as well as waxing and spray tanning at selected stores. These beauty services offer customers a more affordable option to traditional salons.
Piercing is already in 50 stores nationwide, with the plan is to open up more throughout 2018. Prices start from £10 for a single piercing, up to £34 for a double piercing – dependent on jewellery – and £15 for a nose piercing.
There’s no need to book an appointment, just show up and wait your turn. I am the proud owner of two more holes and I’d completely forgotten how easy and pain-free it actually is.
Two new beauties for the collection. Gotta catch ’em all.
Hello my name is Katie and I am a Glossier-aholic. (Hi, Katie.)
I try desperately to fight it, but I keep getting pulled back in. The trouble is Glossier keep feeding my addiction. I go through periods of thinking that I’ve finally beat it and then they drop six eye shadows and a new mascara. And I’m back to square one.
And now, a mere five weeks since I applied my first coat of Lash Slick, they’ve brought out two new shades of Cloud Paint. And of course I want them both.
Dawn and Storm, the two new shades that launch today, take the Cloud Paint collection up to six.
Dawn is a ‘sunny coral, like you spent a restful weekend on a yacht.’ Coral was exacty what was missing – this colour looks stunning on darker skin tones. It will make your cheeks pop.
Storm is a ‘warm rose shade that leaves a flushed-from-the-cold look on cheeks.’ You know that look when you’ve been on a long hike in Autumn, and you come in from the cold, catch yourself in the mirror and think ‘Damn, I am looking really bloody healthy right now.’ Yeah, this is that in a tube.
I want both, of course I do, because if my name is Katie and I am a Glossier-aholic.