Venus Williams loves to stalk Serena Williams…

Venus Williams loves to stalk Serena Williams…


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In the latest Marie Claire Beauty Bytes special, I make it a Wimbledon special by sitting down with world class tennis star Venus Williams to chat pre-match rituals, cheat meals and the most useful beauty advice I think I’ve ever heard. Not only is she in London to appear in the world’s most famous tennis tournament, but she’s also here to shout about her active wear brand – EleVen by Venus – that’s just launched into Selfridges.

KT: HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORKOUT?

VW: Oh my God, I’ve been working out my whole life. My life is one great, big workout, but I think it’s the best life actually.

KT: YEAH I MEAN THAT’S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE. MUCH MORE THAN ME. YOU’RE OBVIOUSLY A PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER, BUT WHAT ARE THE OTHER WAYS THAT YOU LIKE TO EXERCISE – DO YOU EVER DO YOGA OR DIFFERENT CLASSES?

VW: Because of what I do, my training is very specific, but sometimes I do try to mix it up. I’ve done Bikram yoga, I love Pilates and I actually have a reformer in my house.

KT: OH THAT’S THE DREAM.

VW: Occasionally I’ll swim, but a lot of that is to with injury prevention, which is part of my tennis training.

KT: YEAH, OF COURSE.

VW: And then sometimes I do dance classes, which is cardio for me. I kind of do a bit of everything.

KT: AND IF YOU COULD CHOOSE ONE OUTFIT FROM YOUR LINE TO WORKOUT IN, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

VW: Oh definitely something from the Seamless collection. It’s so soft and buttery – it’s amazing and definitely my favourite collection. It’s extremely comfortable.

KT: AND WOULD IT BE LEGGINGS AND TOP OR A DRESS AND SHORTS?

VW: Leggings and top. There’s actually some Seamless on the stand here at Selfridges. I brought mine with me to London – I wasn’t sure what I should wear today, it was so funny – I was rushing out of the locker room at Wimbledon this morning and didn’t know what to put on.

KT: WELL YOU’RE WEARING THE PIECES THAT ARE EXCLUSIVE TO SELFRIDGES, AND I CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING MORE APPROPRIATE TO WEAR WHILST WALKING AROUND SELFRIDGES.

VW: Yeah, you’re right!

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KT: WHAT DOES WELLNESS MEAN TO YOU?

VW: Wellness is not just body it’s mind and I think it’s just being at peace with yourself and your life. And a lot of that is to do with how you feel. So, moving your body is also wellness and hopefully being able to look how you want is wellness too. So it’s just not physical.

KT: SO IT’S ABOUT FEELING CONFIDENT TO BE WHO YOU ARE AND –

VW: Yes it’s about confidence, but also I think working hard helps you feel accomplished and confident. So if you aren’t feeling confident it doesn’t mean you can’t work to get there.

KT: DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-MATCH RITUALS?

VW: No. I am not superstitious, I’m very much like ‘it’s all the hard work that got me here’ and not crossing my legs on every changeover or anything random like that.

Look familiar right? It's that time…tomorrow..! #wimbledon #tennis

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KT: WHAT ABOUT PRE AND POST EXERCISE MEALS. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT YOU MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALWAYS EAT RIGHT BEFORE WORKING OUT OR AFTERWARDS?

VW: I actually don’t eat a lot when I workout. This morning I had a green smoothie, so that’s like my food before the workout. And post – I love to have like to encourage recovery, so a lot of aminos and Vitamins. So I’ll do a protein powder or take supplements and all that stuff. I just want to be able to recover for the next days of, you know, hardcore training.

KT: HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF YOUR SKIN? CAN YOU TALK US THROUGH YOUR MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINES?

VW: Yes, I am obsessed with skin! I love skin products and I got myself into a routine now that’s quite simple. I just always exfoliate my face – even if it’s just with the towel or a brush, like those electric ones…

KT: LIKE CLARISONIC TYPE THING?

VW: Exactly! And then I use Vitamin C, like an antioxidant serum, during the day, and then some sort of Vitamin A at night. And that’s it – so super simple and it works for me.

KT: WHAT’S THE WORST BEAUTY TREND YOU’VE EVER ATTEMPTED?

VW: Oh Lord. I don’t know if I’ve ever tried anything crazy ‘cause usually you don’t leave the house if you look ridiculous. You have to be honest with yourself – if you look crazy it’s best to just keep it real.

KT: WHAT’S THE BEST BEAUTY PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?

VW:  I don’t know. An eye cream? Or maybe I recommend that for everyone, is an eye cream.

KT: HAS ANYONE IN YOUR FAMILY RECOMMENDED ANYTHING? OR MAYBE A FACIALIST?

*One of her family interjects: ‘Weren’t you the one telling everyone to use NeoCurtis Eye Cream?’*

VW: Yeah, but I don’t know what the best suggestion that’s been given to me is though. Maybe I haven’t been giving any – I don’t have enough nice friends giving me suggestions! Well sometimes people give me suggestions and I’m like ‘that won’t work!’. Oh actually you know, probably best beauty product suggestion I’ve ever had is collagen powder. Yeah. I mean it’s not for the face, but you take it and I don’t know if it works but it makes me feel like you’re at least doing something!

KT: WHAT ABOUT THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE?

VW: Best beauty advice is ‘update, don’t be late.’ My sister Lyn used to say that. You don’t wanna get caught up with the same hairstyle ten years later, or the same clothes… Like you have to update, don’t be late.

KT: I AM OBSESSED WITH THAT; I LOVE THAT PIECE OF ADVICE. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

VW: I don’t have one, there’s too many. I am always onto the next one. What am I reading right now? I’m trying to read this book called Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.

KT: OH YEAH, I THINK THAT’S BEEN TURNED INTO A FILM.

VW: So haven’t quite gotten through it yet, but I love a new adventure.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR CHEAT MEAL?

VW: Doughnuts. I love doughnuts.

KT: GLAZED OR WITH JAM?

Venus: Just a plain glazed doughnut.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TV SHOW TO BINGE-WATCH?

VW: Oh my gosh. I can’t pick one! What do I watch a lot? I watch a lot of How I Met Your Mother. I’ve watched the whole thing way more than twice.

KT: YOU NEED TO FIND A NEW SHOW.

VW: Yeah, I definitely need something else.

KT: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO STALK?

VW: Well if you’re stalking you don’t really want anyone to know right?! So, it’s best I don’t tell…But I do always look at Serena Williams’s account.

KT: OH REALLY?

VW: Yeah. Or maybe Olympia Ohanian. Oh and actually I totally stalk stalk all the comments on EleVen by Venus though.

KT: OH YOU DO?

Venus: Yeah and I respond to everyone and like each comment.

KT: THERE MUST BE SO MANY FOR YOU TO LOOK THROUGH! WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

VW: Definitely crying laughing face and the fist…

KT: AS IN THE FIST BUMP?

VW: No like the threatening ‘you better’. Or probably strong arm and an excited smiley.

KT: THANK YOU SO MUCH VENUS.

VW: THANK YOU.

 

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15% off at Murad

15% off at Murad


Coveting a new skincare arsenal? Our exclusive offer with murad.co.uk means you can treat yourself for less this season…

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To help you get your skin set for summer, this month Marie Claire has teamed up with Murad to offer you a free travel-size award-winning AHA/13HA exfoliating cleanser (3oml)* — an intensive formula that polishes away dullness and impurities while smoothing the skin’s texture to leave it looking soft and supple.

Plus, a fabulous 15 per cent off at Murad.co.uk, where you’ll find an amazing range of products to splurge on.

We’ll be adding the Murad Rapid Age Spot Correcting Serum to our shopping basket, which is powered by NHP3 Technology, a blend of niacinamide, hexyiresorcinol and plankton extract that’s proven to rapidly reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots and hyperpigmentation in just one week. Amazing, we know! Vitamin C, oligopeptides and subtle light-reflecting pearls also help to enhance skin’s radiance and brighten tone. So your skin will literally be glowing this summer. It’s time to start shopping!

How to redeem your offer at Murad

Head over to murad.co.uk and use code MARIECLAIRE for 15% off

Terms & conditions

Offer code entitles the holder to 15 pet cent discount in one transaction only per holder at Murad.co.uk. Discount can apply to any Murad product from, 5 July —8 August 2018. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only one offer code per customer, per transaction. No cash alternative. Offer only valid for orders with on delivery address in the UK. 

*Free cover mount product available at news stands only

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Free Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, worth £10, with August Marie Claire

Free Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, worth £10, with August Marie Claire


Get radiant skin for less this summer with a free, travel-size Murad AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser…

Murad Free Cleanser

Despite our best efforts, we’re all far too familiar with waking up to lackluster, dull skin. This is exactly why we’re so excited to bring you Murad’s key beauty technology. You can find their powerful exfoliating cleanser completely free in the August edition of Marie Claire. Worth £10 this product refines skin to target dehydration or oily excess. It also improves texture and tone to bring a softer, brighter finish even without make-up.

As we move into the (hopefully) fiery heat of summer, we want to be able to wear less and less makeup for a natural, effortless effect. We also want to stop sweating foundation. This is why we turn to Murad exfoliating cleanser. Used once or twice a week, the cleanser fixes dry and uneven skin, giving us the confidence for a lighter application. It’s quick and easy to use, as you only need a small amount to work up a rich, creamy lather that’s massaged into the skin before being rinsed off. This lets us get out of the house quicker and thus into the warm weather. It leaves us feeling rejuvenated and looking awake. It’s also a great way to remove makeup swiftly and confidently before getting into bed, after a long summer evening out.

Even better? The bottle you can get free with our next issue is a deluxe travel size (30ml). You’ll be hooked right before a sunny, summer holiday and have the perfect size bottle to take away with you.

Don’t miss out on the clever application of salicylic, lactic and glycolic acids, which dissolve dead skin cells. Or, the Jojoba beads which polish and smooth the surface of the skin. All of these make this product a summer essential. So what are you waiting for? Go and get your free cleanser with the August Marie Claire ASAP.

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Peptides: what are these super smart ingredients?

Peptides: what are these super smart ingredients?


They’re not just amazing, they’re essential

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Welcome to our Marie Claire Masters series, a new regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT – Digital Beauty Editor

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and today I start my role as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will be de-bunking skin myths, letting you in on skincare secrets and telling you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

We start with an ingredient that’s having somewhat of a moment: peptides.

What are peptides?

Peptides are found naturally in skin. They are composed of a vast range of tiny fragments of amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and proteins are a fundamental building block of skin. On their own, peptides are part of the body’s complex communication system that tells different aspects of skin to do a better job.

What do peptides do?

Peptides are an absolutely fascinating group of ingredients that ongoing research has proven can benefit several age related (mostly from sun damage) skin concerns. Whether you’re struggling with wrinkles, loss of firmness, discolouration, dehydration, dullness, and so on, there are specific peptides that can make a difference for each one. However, it really takes a range of peptides to help fight multiple skin problems, there isn’t one that does everything.

While peptides are a natural component of skin, in their natural form they are very fragile, unstable ingredients. To stabilise and create peptides that can actually be absorbed into skin, remain intact, and therefore be able to positively impact skin, they are lab-engineered. When science figured out how to do this, the possibilities and number of peptides available exploded.

Each “designer” peptide can be created to specifically activate a youthful element of skin, for example a peptide to make more collagen, or deactivate a problem in skin, like stop making so much abnormal melanin.

Here are a few peptides names to look out for on ingredient lists on the backs of products:

Types of peptides

  • Tripeptide-1 helps with firmness
  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-12 these smooth wrinkles and enhance hydration by strengthening the skin’s barrier
  • Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16 and Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17 help minimise redness
  • Hexanoyl Dipeptide-3 Norleucine Acetate improves how skin cells function
  • Azelaoyl Bis-Dipeptide-10 diminishes the appearance of forms of pigmentation, like brown spots

Anyone from teenagers to pensioners can benefit from applying products with peptides, just like they can from other healthy skin ingredients, like niacinamide, vitamin C, antioxidants and omega fatty acids etc. For younger people, it will help stave off the appearance of ageing and for those who are a little older, they can improve the skin look and feel.

Although peptides are an exciting advancement in skincare they have limitations. Any great anti-ageing skincare routine should contain a healthy mix of skin-replenishing ingredients, antioxidants, and other a healthy dose of other anti-ageing ingredients and the best ones do.

Here are a few products with peptides that I recommend

1. Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, from £56.70 Fabled

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Why not add one of these to your basket and let us know how you get on? Remember to give a product around a good eight weeks of testing.

See you next month!

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When it comes to liquid lipstick, this one really does not budge

When it comes to liquid lipstick, this one really does not budge


‘Every time I have a sip of coffee, I’m amazed that some hasn’t come off’

A love of the best lipstick can be tricky to manage, namely because it takes several reapplications throughout the day to sustain the colour.

Sure, that’s not the end of the world, but it’s definitely one of the main reasons most of us avoid bold shades like a classic red on a day-to-day basis.

Fortunately, it’s 2018, and lipstick’s staying power is better than ever before.

Allow me to introduce you to my favourite, colour-rich liquid formula. It’s incredibly pigmented and dries down nicely, without making your lips look dry and horrible, and doesn’t feel chalky while you’re wearing it.

Plus, it’s got serious staying power: Every time I have a sip of coffee, I’m amazed that some hasn’t come off, and it’ll last right the way through dinner and drinks without the need for touch-ups in between.

Promising hours of long wear, it’s NARS’ reasonably new Powermatte Lip Pigment.

Nars Powermatte Pigment, £23, Fabled

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One of my favourites is a rich, slightly purple-toned nude, ‘American Woman’, but to be honest it’s hard to pick just one stand out from the 20-shade line-up.

I’ve tried a lot of great lipsticks, but these are perfect for long days or nights you need your colour to stay in place.

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So what’s in the new Lush egg foundation?

So what’s in the new Lush egg foundation?


It’s not as scary as it sounds…

The Slap Stick from Lush is completely plastic free

Words by Katherine Benson 

 You can now get your perfect foundation match with the latest environmentally friendly, vegan foundation sticks from Lush.

The new ‘egg’ foundation – The Slap Stick – is the latest beauty trial to come to Lush. But don’t worry, the egg-shape is purely aesthetical as the product is 100% vegan!

The Slap Stick is cruelty-free, packaged in wax instead of harmful plastic and comes with its own recyclable cardboard box that can be re-sealed to protect your product in-between uses.

Following in the steps of Fenty Beauty, Lush is expanding the variety of inclusive beauty products. The Slap Stick will come in forty different shades – including warm, cool and neutral undertones. Each ’egg’ is also packed with a combination of skin loving ingredients – amazingly 45% Indonesian coconut oil, and Moroccan argan oil to provide glowing moisture that blends effortlessly.

The handy solid ‘egg’ form means a little goes a long way. It can be built up for your desired coverage. Or, for a lighter feel it can be applied with sponges or fingers for any blemishes. The ingredients are rich but the result isn’t heavy, making it perfect for every day use.

But the best part is that Lush is giving 10% of its profits from the coconut oil to funding literary classes and a dentist on the island of Nias in Indonesia. The argan oil it uses is also harvested by a women’s co-operative in Morocco. So you can apply your makeup guilt free!

Rowena Bird, Lush Co-founder and product inventor, explained the motivations for this environmentally friendly product, ‘Making foundation, a staple in many people’s daily routine, solid, is a major leap forward to reducing plastic packaging without compromising on quality or effect’.

The sticks are set to launch on June 29, but you’ll need to grab them quick! The range will only be available to purchase online in the space of a one-month bracket at £16.95.

Be right back – off to form an orderly queue.

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This corrector is the only product that will hide my dark circles

This corrector is the only product that will hide my dark circles


‘I’ve relied on the same corrector for over 10 years’

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had dark circles under my eyes.

The whole surrounding area is slightly darker than the rest of my face, and there is a fingerprint’s worth of purplish shadow under each eye. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve had three or 12 hours of sleep, they’re always there.

As my natural skin tone is very fair (my specialist subject is the best foundation for pale skin), my dark circles stand out all the more against such a light backdrop.

Alright, so there are worse problems to have – but it does mean I look tired all the time IRL. That’s why I’ve relied on the same corrector for over 10 years.

I do my make-up on the train to work every day, and am often asked for the name of the magical product I’m using under my eyes; my favourite was the woman who described it as ‘the thing that made you look so awake just now’.

The product in question is Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Corrector, described by the brand as one of her ‘secrets of the universe’ (I’ll say). If I was allowed to wear only one make-up item for the rest of my life, it’d be this.

The shade-matched formula has a hint of pink or peach, depending on your skin’s undertones, to neutralise and correct any darker blue or purple patches.

And with a huge spectrum of more than 20 shades on offer, both very fair and dark skin tones are catered for.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector, £19.50, Fabled

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The brand recommends you follow up with their concealer to cover up the pink pigment, but there is so little in the fairest shade that I usually skip it. Skin tones darker than mine should probably follow this step, though.

I go through a pot of this about every three months, which means my corrector useage works out as 21p a day, so this is truly a worthwhile investment if you have dark circles like mine.

Other correctors are out there, but I’m yet to find one that’s tempted me to stray.

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Three simple at-home exercises that will trim your waist and tone your arse

Three simple at-home exercises that will trim your waist and tone your arse


No excuses.

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Welcome to the first of our Marie Claire Masters series, a new regular beauty franchise that celebrates and utilizes the expertise of women who are bossing it in their fields. Each month these Masters will educate, demonstrate and impart some of their industry wisdom to you the dedicated Marie Claire reader. From current trends and hot topics to how tos and how not tos, these beauty whizz kids are at our beckon call. So get reading, you never know what you tips you might pick up. KT

 

I’m Catie Miller, owner and founder of Xtend Barre’s London flagship studio, where we offer classes that combine dance, ballet and Pilates. I understand that not everyone has the time or money to attend regular exercise classes, and so in my new role as the Marie Claire Fitness Master, each month I will creating simple at home exercises based on the workouts at Xtend Barre.

These exercises are designed to sculpt your muscles through dynamic stretching and increase your heart rate for that cardio burn. You can do these workout moves anywhere, anytime. All you need is a chair and a set of ½ kilo dumbbells (if you don’t have any, use two 50cl water bottles).

At home exercises

The basic positions

Within the sequences, I mention various ballet positions. Don’t worry if you don’t know them, previous dance experience isn’t needed. Here are the basic positions…

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First exercise: Knee Lifts

Muscle Focus: Hamstrings/quadriceps/lower abdominals

Step 1:

Standing center of the floor, feet hip width distance apart and arms out in front in 1st position with dumbbells in hand. Brush the right leg out in front of you bringing the thigh towards your chest, not the chest to the leg. Keeping the back straight and arms strong continue this movement alternating leg lifts with fluidity and strength. (8 reps for each set—up to 2 sets).

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Step 2: Make it a bit harder

Continue the leg lifts for another 2 sets with added arm movements to challenge the core. Swing opposite arms to legs. Arms should move in a controlled swing reaching to the sky and to the floor.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Add a little hop with each leg lift and swing. I love to make hearts race.

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Second exercise: Curtsy Plies

Muscle Focus: hamstrings/quadriceps/core

Step 1:

Standing centre of the floor with your legs open to a wide 2nd position. Make sure feet are turned out and the arms are stretched out to the side from the shoulders. Step one leg from 2nd to curtsy (cross foot behind), plié down in each position. The working leg is moving as the supporting leg is still. Arms open from 2nd (when the legs are in 2nd) and 1st (when the legs are in curtsy). 8-16 reps

at home exercises

 

Step 2: Make it a bit harder

Continue for another 8-16 reps. Curtsy the right leg as the right arm reaches towards the floor and the left arm extends up at a high diagonal. Step right foot to tendu side as arms come back to 1st.

Tip: Keep a proud chest, square shoulders and hips and even placement between both feet.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

To finish take your curtsy straight to a passé adding a hop at the top before you place it back down into curtsy. Feel the hamstring and quadriceps burn.

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Third exercise: Hug and Carriage

Muscle Focus: deltoids and pectoralis major (with advancement quadriceps)

Step 1:

Standing center of the floor begin with your feet in 1st position (heels together, toes turned out) with a soft bend at the knees and arms in 1st position. Begin with arms in front of body (1st), step legs and arms to 2nd, close legs and arms to 1st, step again to 2nd. 8 reps in each direction.

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Step 2: Make it harder

Repeat the above but on the last one, extend your inside leg to tendu and sweep arms through 2nd to high 5th. 8-16 reps each direction.

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Step 3: Cardio challenge

Continue with the hug and carriage movement for another 8-16 reps adding in a little hop as you take the leg out to tendu.

Tips: Maintain soft knees throughout series. Move gracefully with control and resistance. Remember to pull your abs in and up.

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It really is as easy as that. Repeat these moves three times a week, until I’m back next month with more easy to do at home exercises.

See you then!

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Everything I’ve learnt about beauty from this year’s Love Island

Everything I’ve learnt about beauty from this year’s Love Island


Every day’s a school day

Love Island 2018

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Victoria Beckham just gave us the best beauty tip

Victoria Beckham just gave us the best beauty tip


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Victoria Beckham beauty tip

Victoria Beckham is a well travelled lady. She has houses all over the world and her fashion label takes her from continent to continent. In our eyes, this makes her a reliable source when it comes to travel advice. Her latest tip is how to cope with jetlagged skin.

Her answer? A sheet mask. Not just any sheet mask though – Suqqu’s Face Stretch Mask.

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The mask is perfect for dehydrated skin that has been on planes for far too long. It provides nourishment, helps boost your skin’s moisture levels and improves skin tone. Each sheet contains 33ml of serum – which is a bloody lot – and has these super handy wings that lift the jaw area and fit firmly onto the face. It’s also great at tightening skin and sharpening the jaw line, if you’re worried about that.

Suqqu Face Stretch Mask, £72 for six masks, Selfridges

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I mean if VB says it’s good, who are we to argue?

Place your order now.

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