Best night cream: 8 must-haves to revitalise your skin overnight

Best night cream: 8 must-haves to revitalise your skin overnight


Searching for the best night cream to add to your evening skincare routine? Look no further as the Marie Claire beauty desk has scoured the land for the best of the best and the best for your skin type.

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Looking for the best night cream to add to your evening skincare routine? And have you ever wondered what makes night cream different from normal moisturisers? It’s all down to the differences in your skin at different times of day.

Our skin’s cycle means that its needs first thing in the morning are very different from its needs overnight – hence why having a totally different moisturiser for night time to the one you use in the morning is so important. In the evening, your skin is more receptive due to its higher temperature, meaning that it absorbs active skincare ingredients more easily – therefore bed time is the best time to apply a highly concentrated cream: Enter, night cream.

During the night, skin’s trans-epidermal water loss is higher, meaning your skin releases more of its moisture while you’re sleeping. This is another reason why it’s important to use a product that’ll keep your face hydrated and the best night creams are designed to do exactly that.

Skin’s cell regeneration is also heightened overnight, and the best night cream will assist with maximising this. Cell regeneration peaks between 11pm and 4am – meaning it’s best to be asleep by 11pm. It’s not called beauty sleep for nothing!

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best night creams for different skin types below. If you want to stop the ageing process in its tracks, allow us to point you in the direction of Caudalíe’s brilliant Reservatrol Lift Night Infusion Cream. It’s thick and indulgent without making your skin feel smothered and smells divine.

Struggling with oily skin but need a good night cream? Try Origins’ oil-free version of their famous Night-A-Mins Renewal Cream, a nutritive treat that’s fortified with vitamins C, E and H.

If it’s dryness you need to combat, we recommend Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Intensive Night Cream. Designed to be thoroughly absorbed into the layers of the skin, the formulation leaves skin seriously hydrated and restored as a result.

So, what are you waiting for? Scroll through our round up to find the best night cream for you.

 

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The best foundation for combination skin to balance oily and dry types

The best foundation for combination skin to balance oily and dry types


Air con might not be your friend, but these foundations are

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Finding the best foundation for combination skin is no easy business.

When it comes to picking a base, you need something that won’t exacerbate oil levels to the point of greasiness, but also won’t make dry patches even worse – all while leaving you with a flawless finish, of course. Doesn’t sound like that much to ask, does it?

Short of mixing both the best foundation for dry and oily skins, it may have seemed like an impossible task for the regular consumer – until now that is.

The ever-evolving world of beauty science has come so far that, fortunately, foundation formulas can (and will) target more than one specific skin concern. There are even formulas that adapt to your skin throughout the day for optimal results, like Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foundation Stick and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic foundation, which took five years to develop.

Read on for our combo skin tested guide to the best foundation for combination skin below.

Best drugstore foundation for combination skin

Revlon ColourStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin, £12.99, Boots

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If your skin is on the oily side of combination, this is a great buy for you, as the velvety finish will really balance out that overactive T-zone. It’s oil free and also contains salicylic acid, a pore-decongesting, anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps with the fight against greasy skin.

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Best full coverage foundation for combination skin

MAC Studio Fix Fluid, £24.50, John Lewis

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Although its main selling points are that it’s oil-free and controls skin’s oil levels, MAC’s Studio Fix foundation is actually suitable for all skin types. The lightweight, matte formula is buildable and blends really easily, meaning you can go as heavy as you like with your coverage. It’s really no wonder it’s well known for being a make-up artist kit bag staple.

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Want even more options for the best foundation for combination skin?

Keep scrolling more of our favourite foundations that get the balance right.

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Superdrug launches controversial in-store botox and fillers services

Superdrug launches controversial in-store botox and fillers services


The Love Island effect?

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Words by Rebecca Fearn

Superdrug has launched its own botox and filler services at flagship stores.

Following the announcement of its in-store piercings, the retailer has taken it one step further with these new  cosmetic services. It is the first high street pharmacy chain to hire in-store nurses to provide cosmetic procedures, following a spike in demand many are linking to Love Island. The services will be available from today at The Strand store, and if successful, will roll out to other stores.

Over 25-year-olds will be able to ring ahead to book an appointment with a nurse, who will carry out a medical assessment prior to treatment. Prices will start at £99 per treatment.

Caris Newson of Superdrug, commented: “This is the first time that we’re launching our own service with our highly qualified Superdrug nurse practitioners”.

“We’re launching this service in response to customer demand for anti-wrinkle and skin rejuvenation treatments”, she continued. “People are telling us they want the reassurance that treatments will be given by nurse practitioners trained to the highest standards.”

However, there is concern this move will normalise cosmetic procedures and experts are reminding patients to be careful when undergoing these services: “While Superdrug may be hiring medically trained nurses, it is crucial members of the public do not treat having Botox and dermal fillers as casual beauty treatments, like brow threading or waxing”, commented a consultant plastic surgeon and spokesperson for BAAPs (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons).

“Administering an injection of any kind is a very serious procedure and requires an experienced and qualified health professional”, they continued.

Would you go to a high street chain for fillers or botox?

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Oily skin? This is how to get beautiful dewy and glowy skin, without the shine

Oily skin? This is how to get beautiful dewy and glowy skin, without the shine


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When you have oily skin, the last thing you want is to look shiny. You spend most of your time trying to mattifying the heck out of your complexion. You use the best moisturiser for oily skin, followed by the best foundation for oily skin and then you keep a pack of blotting papers in your handbag at all times to absorb any irritating oil throughout the day. However, there is nothing more deseriable that super healthy skin that glows. It’s important to know the difference between beautiful-lit-from-within-glow and an shiny, oily sheen. So how do you get glowy skin if you have oily skin?

Caroline Barnes, make-up artist and Max Factor UK Ambassador, gave us her tips on how to get that enviable glow whilst steering clear of grease-town.

How do you get glowy skin, if you have oily skin?

‘The beauty and point of highlighting is that it amplifies your bone structure and makes your face look more beautiful – it lifts everything. And if you’re tired and drained, boosting the glow to your face doesn’t just make you look younger, but also fresher.’

The first step is to use the best primer for your skin type, in this case you’ll want a matte primer and you want to apply it onto your t-zone.

Barnes recommends applying your foundation as normal and then using a powder illuminator, not a creamy texture. ‘Remember, this is important’ Barnes explains, ‘if you have oily skin you should only use powders not creams or oil textures.’ She uses Hourglass Amber Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette on her clients, because it’s the only formulation of powder that looks like a cream and gives the most beautiful glow.

Hourglass Ambient Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette, £59 SpaceNK

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‘You must be very careful to not highlight the entire face,’ Barnes warns. For example, if you’re worried about dull skin and want to use something that helps with radiance, like Mac’s Strobe Cream, then mix it in with your foundation and then mattify with powder on the t-zone to get rid of ugly areas of shine.

Mac Strobe Cream, £25 Look Fantastic

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And that’s it.

That’s how to get glowy skin, if you have oily skin.

 

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Find your new signature scent with the best perfumes for women

Find your new signature scent with the best perfumes for women


It’s easy to find the one with our guide to the best perfume on the market right now

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With millions of perfumes to choose from it can be a daunting, almost impossible, task to find the best perfume for women – let alone ‘the ‘one’ you’ll use as your signature scent’.

You can endlessly spray yourself at perfume counters, but it’’s more likely to leave you with a headache rather than your ultimate scent. So how do you discover the scent that almost seems like its been made for you?

‘You should always be looking for the notes that resonate with you, and only you’’, says fragrance supremo, and founder of the Fragrance Society, Lorna McKay.

‘For instance, if you enjoy the smell of freshly cut flowers, you should look for notes of white flowers. If you prefer something warm, that almost hugs you, try something with amber.’

So before you even start misting fragrances around the room, take time to reflect on the things you enjoy. What have you smelled in the past and loved? What memories resonate with particular aromas?

Once you’’ve got that down, then you can spray – but take your time. Don’t spray several fragrances within close distance to each other. Scents have the ability to travel and so will mix together, resulting in an aroma that’s not even close t’o what you’ll take away when you spray your fragrance on its own. Fragrance combining is a whole different ball game altogether.

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Essentially, you have to take your time before heading to a different fragrance counter. But, perfume is all about appreciation. After all, there’s a few surprising facts about perfume and the ingredients contained in them that everyone should know.

Once you think you’’ve found the one, spray it on a blotter. If it’’s still appealing, spray it on your skin. If it’’s still appealing (and not just something that will ‘do’), you’’ve found the one. It might seem like a long process, but it’’s worth it.

And don’t worry about being without your favourite fragrance when you’re off on your travels, these best travel fragrance kits will see you through.

To get you started, we’’ve pulled together the best perfume for women on the market right now, along with everything you need to know about them.

Consider the hard work done for you.

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Beauty Bytes: Jourdan Dunn on Beyoncé’s bowel movements, double cleansing and Hollyoaks

Beauty Bytes: Jourdan Dunn on Beyoncé’s bowel movements, double cleansing and Hollyoaks


In this edition of Beauty Bytes, Jourdan Dunn – the British model and brand partner for smartwater in the UK – chatted to me about her love of hot chicken wings, Oprah and Hollyoaks. Three things I never thought would appear in the same sentence as each other.

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

JD: Ooh worst beauty trend, I mean I didn’t try it personally but there was a trend for a while in fashion where they were bleaching eyebrows. I never understood it, plus when you bleach my eyebrows they look like orange. That’s not a good look for anyone unless you’re gonna have orange or red hair and I don’t know it was very weird, alien like, so I never got the whole bleaching your eyebrow thing.

KT: BUT YOU NEVER TRIED IT YOURSELF.

JD: Hell no.

KT: GOOD SHOUT. WHAT IS THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?

JD: I was reading something from this Korean beauty guru and she said, ‘however much time you spend getting ready, like putting makeup on etc, that’s the same amount of time you should take taking it off.’ So like if you spend like half an hour then should spend half an hour taking it off. I despise face wipes, I think that’s just disgusting and I feel like you really need to like you know cleanse your face properly and get rid of every bit of dirt and makeup grime.

KT: EXACTLY, AND TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN.

JD: Yes, so basically, making sure you take your makeup off before you go to bed is important. 

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

JD: Sunday Riley Good Genes. You can use it as a mask, but I actually use it as a serum, because it helps get rid of dark pigmentation. It helps get rid of dark spots. Genuinely. I had two dark spots, then I used it for a month and they completely disappeared. It’s amazing.

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KT: IF THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE, WHAT ONE THING WOULD YOU GRAB?

JD: Oh my Yeezys!

KT: OH REALLY?! WHAT IS YOUR BEAUTY SECRET? IF YOU’VE GOT ONE?

JD: My beauty secret would be, see these secret questions really throw me off guard.

KT: IT IS QUITE A LOADED ONE, SHALL I MOVE ON AND GO BACK TO SECRET AT THE END?

JD: It’s supposed to be a secret! But I use coconut oil for everything from cooking and taking off my makeup, to moisturising my skin and hydrating my hair.

KT: SO YOU LIVE IN COCONUT.

JD: I just live and breathe in it. Oh and I sleep on a silk pillowcase. I’m obsessed with it. I even take it with me on the plane, to hotels, everywhere. Because it’s silk, it’s not harsh like cotton on your skin and your hair. And drink loads of smartwater. You have to stay hydrated.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR TOP THREE BEAUTY BRANDS?

JD: Ooh okay NeoStrata, because I use basically their whole range on my skin, Sunday Riley, and DCL.

KT: BRILLIANT. IF I TOOK A PEEK IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD I FIND?

JD: Ooh okay so right now there’s the Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel and Brow Wiz. I really love to look after my brows.

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Oh and I actually got sent some of Karl Lagerfeld’s collaboration with Model Co and the lip gloss is amazing – it lights up and has a mirror.

KT: I’VE WRITTEN ABOUT THAT!

JD: It’s so good, yeah like I just thought it was going to be a gimmick and actually rubbish, but the lip glosses are really good and it’s super cute packaging. Plus when you take it out and everyone sees the light, everyone’s like oooh.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR MORNING AND EVENING SKINCARE ROUTINES LIKE?

JD: I’m a skincare freak, so I devote a lot of time to it. I used to follow a 14-step skincare regime in the evening, but I’ve like narrowed that down now I just keep things simple make sure that I use the right products. If I’m wearing makeup during the day, especially from a shoot, I’ll do a double cleanse, I’ll use an oil cleanser and then I’ll use a cream or a foam cleanser and then I use a rose water and aloe vera spritz, which I’ll just make up myself.

KT: YOU MAKE IT YOURSELF?

JD: Yeah.

KT: THAT’S A BEAUTY SECRET.

JD: Oh yeah, that is a beauty secret as well! Yeah, so I spritz that on, put on a serum, then a moisturiser. Then in the morning it’s pretty much the same thing except for the serum and I make sure that I put on sunscreen, which is super important, especially women of colour. People think that women of colour don’t need to put on sunscreen, but that’s a myth we actually really do, so I would advise that everyone put sunscreen on. 

KT: THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS WELL?

JD: Throughout the day, yeah, yeah.

KT: BEST MAKEUP TIP A PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP ARTIST HAS EVER GIVEN YOU?

JD: I remember when I first started doing shows, this makeup artist, Renee Garnes, who I still work with, got her credit card and put it behind my eyelashes. She then got the mascara and started to apply it against the card. It made such a difference, it looked like I had falsies on.

KT: SO YOU JUST PUT A CARD BEHIND YOUR LASHES, ON YOUR EYELID AND BRUSH IT UP TO IT?

JD: Yeah.

KT: DO YOU DO THE SAME UNDERNEATH OR NO?

JD: You can do.

KT: I’M GOING TO TRY THAT THIS EVENING.

JD: Honestly, so good.

KT: UM HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORK OUT AND WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FORMS OF EXERCISE?

JD: So the thing with me, I’m not typically consistent. This week I’ve worked out three times, next week will probably be once or twice.  I love doing Kobox and training with my brother. And I’ve just discovered this class called Define London.

Ayo J…. *Joker voice* Why soooo serious?! 😂 Yes ! Today has been a mental day ! And it hasn't finished yet. Had a press event down at @kobox with me and my #ROD @jourdandunn hosting a class and when I mean it went off ! Everyone who attended knows exactly what I'm on about! I want to give a huge shout out to everyone that took part in class and supported me (tagging you all is a myth 🤕 lol) Thanks to everyone at @kobox the team is stronger than cement! Everyone everyone everyone thank you This is just the start of something great, you're gonna see my face EVERYWHERE 😈😈 Starting with my article about the event >>> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-4245176/Jourdan-Dunn-attends-event-fitness-trainer-brother.html <<< Listen I'm going to stay and remain winning my g 😎 #Kobox #KoboxCity #KoboxLondon #ADunnFitness

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KT: IS THAT BARRE?

JD: Yeah, I’m obsessed with barre. It’s small movements, but they’re so effective and you’re using muscles that you didn’t even know existed. It’s intense, but effective and afterwards you feel like fucking Super Woman; you feel like you can take on the world.

KT: I AGREE, I DID DEFINE LIKE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO.

JD: Did you like it?

KT: YEAH I LOVED IT BUT I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE I WAS DOING MUCH AT THE TIME AND THEN THE NEXT DAY I LITERALLY COULDN’T PICK UP MY PHONE, I WAS JUST LIKE URRRRGH.

JD: Yeah, exactly.

KT: UM DO YOU HAVE A SIGNATURE FRAGRANCE?

JD: Yes, Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium. I use it daytime, evening, holiday, Summer, Autumn, Winter; every time. That’s my scent.

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KT: HAS IT BEEN LIKE YOU SCENT FOREVER?

JD: Yeah, for like a good four years. Yeah, I don’t think I’m gonna change, I’m a loyal, I’m loyal.

KT: ALRIGHT GEORGIA.

JD: Yeah, I’m loyal babe.

KT: WHAT ARE YOUR THREE MOST USED EMOJIS?

JD: Let me check my Whatsapp actually. Ok the smirk, the rolling the eyes and the shrug.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE BOOK?

JD: Ooh my favourite book. I mean the one that I continuously go back to is Oprah Winfrey’s The Wisdom of Sundays – Life-Changing Insights and Inspirational Conversations. You can go to any page and it will have a chapter on gratitude, on love, on forgiveness, it’s just needed throughout your life. That’s my go to.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR CHEAT MEAL?

JD: Hot wings. Actually yesterday I was so annoyed and I wanted to order 10 hot wings from KFC. And then I was like no I’ll regret it, so I just had mushrooms, noodles and asparagus, which was quite fulfilling.

KT: THAT’S STILL NICE.

JD: It was quite nice, I felt good about myself after having it, but I really was craving hot wings.

KT: YEAH IT’S NO HOT WINGS.

JD: Yeah, I do love hot wings.

KT: YOU SAID YOU REALLY LIKE SPICY FOOD, DIDN’T YOU?

JD: Yeah, spicy things.

KT: WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST PICK UP LINE YOU’VE EVER HEARD OR RECEIVED?

JD: I haven’t had any original picks ups to be fair, which is a shame.

KT: YOU’D LIKE SOME.

JD: Yeah I would.

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

JD: Hollyoaks, which every time I say that, everyone’s like ‘you still watch Hollyoaks?!’ I’m like yes don’t judge me, that’s the one thing when I’ve been away and I go home and watch three hours worth.

KT: LOADS OF OMNIBUSES.

JD: Yeah, and then Love Island.

KT: JACK AND DANI FOR THE WIN.

JD: I liked Jack and Dani, but then I wouldn’t have minded if Kaz and Josh had won.

KT: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT TO STALK?

JD: It’s a really bad one. It’s called the ‘The Shade Room’, it’s really really bad. I only go on it to look at the comments, because people are crazy, but yeah I try not to go on it because it’s actually really, really bad.

KT: IN WHAT WAY?

JD: It’s just drama and people shading people, that’s why it’s called The Shade Room.

KT: BUT YOU JUST READ THE COMMENTS.

JD: Yeah I just read the comments.

KT: WHO WERE YOU MOST STAR STRUCK MEETING?

JD: My mum’s always said to me ‘Jourdan, they’re just people. They shit just like you, it comes out the same way.’ Which is true, but I feel like Beyonce shits differently to everybody else. So when I first met her, I got really star struck. She came over to me and I lost my shit.

KT: I THINK THAT’S FAIR ENOUGH.

JD: Yeah exactly.

KT: THANK YOU SO MUCH!

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Everything you need to know before taking the plunge and getting a bikini wax

Everything you need to know before taking the plunge and getting a bikini wax


From salon FAQs to the best at-home kits, we asked the questions you were too afraid to ask

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Getting a bikini wax is about as appealing as going to the dentist, if not much worse.

Should you try and master bikini waxing at home? Or visit a salon, lay back and think of England?

To help put your mind at rest, we’ve scouted out some of the best at-home waxing kits, and spoken to a top waxing professional about everything you need to know before booking a waxing appointment.

Sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin…

Mastering the at-home bikini wax with a shop-bought kit isn’t easy. But once you’ve done it, you’ll be able to neaten up at home any time, or even touch up next to your tan lines on holiday.

The most important thing to remember when waxing at home is to always work on clean, dry skin. So shower first, and thoroughly dry the area, adding a little baby powder (unperfumed to avoid irritation) before you start.

You should also always work against the hair growth, so smooth strips or hot wax downwards in line with the direction of hair growth and rip away as quickly as possible in the opposite direction, as opposed to straight upwards (ouch).

Hot wax kits are great once you’ve found your waxing groove, but to get started, try a wax strips kit for ease – we love Veet Bikini & Underarm EasyGrip Ready-to-Use Wax Strips, £4.90, Boots.

And if you’d like to give hot wax a go, we recommend Rio Total Body Waxing Hair Removal Kit, £39.99, Lookfantastic.

If you’re new to waxing, we’d recommend going to a professional for your first time. We quizzed the brilliant therapists at Benefit for waxing tips and what to expect at your first appointment…

What prep should you do before getting a wax?

‘Nothing! No hair removal or trimming. We’ll take care of that for you. Just wear some comfortable underwear to put back on after the service for ultimate comfort.

‘We’ll provide you with body wipes and a body fragrance too so you can freshen up before your service starts.’

What is the most popular bikini wax?

Hollywood wax is the most requested wax of the four Intimate Services we offer. This popular wax removes all of the hair in the intimate area from front to back! But don’t worry everyone’s modesty is kept and protected with our disposable underwear.

‘If removing all of the hair isn’t your cup of tea then choose from any of the other Intimate Waxing Services we offer; Bikini, G-String or Brazilian.’

How much will a bikini wax hurt?

‘The more you wax the less painful the experience. The first wax isn’t everyone’s favourite, but once you’ve done it, it’s totally worth it and it’ll gets much easier. Waxing is a form of semi-permanent hair removal that removes the hair from the root meaning each removal weakens the hair growth cycle.

‘Plus, at Benefit we recommend a Hot Wax rather than Strip Wax. Hot Wax coats the hairs being removed and doesn’t stick to the skin, meaning the removal is a lot softer and kinder on the skin and therefore less painful.’

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How far in advance of a holiday should you get a wax?

‘A lot of people wax only a few days before going on their holiday, but if you’re not a regular waxer, then this can mean the hairs grow back quicker and that’s not something you want when you’re in your best bikini.

‘We recommend seeing you for at least three Waxing Services before your holiday to ensure all of the hairs are growing at the same stage and removed at the best time. Depending on the speed of the hair growth, we’d suggest 3 months prior to your holiday.’

How often should you get a wax?

‘When you become a regular waxer, you can be hair free for 2-3 weeks on average. Then you need at least ½ cm in length for us to give you a Super Smooth Finish. If the hair is too long, the hair will detach itself form the root and another hair will start growing, so the results won’t last as long.

‘Your Benefit Body Expert will be able to book your monthly follow up appointments to give you the best results for longer.’

What to avoid when getting a bikini wax

‘Don’t shave. I know it may sound like a given, but don’t feel like you need to tame any hairs, we’ll take care of everything for you. Don’t think you’ll need to strip down to nothing and sit on all fours either… At Benefit we want you to have the best experience possible, so your modesty is our priority.

‘You may find you are more heat and pain sensitive when it’s that certain time of the month, so we’d recommend for your comfort to book in when you’re back to feeling your normal self. If you’re headed for the sun/sunbed after your wax, give at least 24-48 hours. Heat on heat can cause redness and the skin to feel sore and can even burn.’

Anything else important we should know?

‘The first trimester of pregnancy is a no-no. At this time, you’re hyper sensitive and lots of hormonal changes are taking place! Get through those key 12 weeks and let’s get you booked straight in after.’

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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

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.

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I go through a pot of this about every three months, which means my corrector useage works out as 21p a day – a pretty 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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I finally cleared up my acne and these are the must-have ingredients that did it

I finally cleared up my acne and these are the must-have ingredients that did it


One woman recounts her journey from heavily blemished 27-year-old to a fresh-faced, acne-free woman who no longer feels the need to wear foundation,,,

Words by Lamya Tilmatine

I was staring at my reflection in the bathroom mirror with a face riddled with pimples and scars. This was no regular breakout – I had acne.

The pimples, some red and swollen others with white heads, were angry and quite painful, particularly to look at. At the time I was a 26-year-old teacher in Dubai, literally living the dream. Only, my skin had completely hijacked my life.

I couldn’t wear make-up without it caking around my spots, evenings out were ruined by my low self-esteem and feeling self-conscious and the heat only seemed to make it worse.

To top it off, I spent hundreds trying excessive amounts of high-street branded skincare with big names, bigger promises and a long ingredient list, which later I learned made my acne much worse.

Nothing was working and I started to hate going out – I didn’t even want my husband to look at me for long periods of time during conversation.

I decided it was time to take back control of my skin.

What I did first (and what didn’t work)

The first thing I did was research the best acne treatments that had worked for others, but they were either too expensive or completely unfounded – like the use of apple cider vinegar.

Sudocrem helped with inflammation and reduced the swelling of some pimples, but that’s it. However I did find plenty of information on key ingredients that help with acne – salicylic acid being the main one.

I popped down to the local shop and bought a generic face wash with matching moisturiser that had salicylic acid listed in the ocean of ingredients printed on the back.

After a week, it seemed to have made my skin worse.

I then tried Tea Tree oil, the holy grail of essential oils that claims to help fight acne – it had some effect but after months of using it as a toner, wash and spot treatment my skin became dry, flaky and immune to its extreme antibacterial properties.

I ended up having dark patches of dry skin around my chin and mouth so I dialled it down to only using it as a toner.

Call the doctor

After months of practicing my new skincare routine, little had changed and  so I booked an appointment with my doctor.

She prescribed antibiotics, which I wasn’t too pleased with about as I wanted something I could sustain long term; I didn’t want to have to rely on antibiotics for clearer skin.

After two weeks it did help with one or two pimples, but it couldn’t keep up with the rate at which my pimples were forming. In a day, I could easily have two new pimples to join the pimple party that I had on my face.

It was time to try something else.

What causes acne?

‘I commonly see the following cycle – girl breaks out, girl panics, girl applies heavy-duty makeup to conceal blemishes… the acne worsens so she applies more make-up,’ says Dr Sam Bunting, a lead dermatologist and skincare expert, summing up my life with acne.

It is really important to understand what type of acne you have and how it is caused. With acne, the skin’s sebaceous glands are over producing oil (sebum), which clogs our pores, causing them to become infected and resulting in acne.

Acne can be ‘small red bumps – papules, red bumps with a white head – pustules or deeper, tender more lumps lesions – nodules and cysts’, explains Dr Bunting. These spots develop from blocked pores, too much oil and clogging of follicles with dead skin cells and grime from the day.

The little bumps found on our skin are sometimes open to air (blackheads), Dr Bunting explains, which the P. acnes bacteria thrives on if clogged and oily.

Sugar, dairy and acne

I then looked at changing my lifestyle in the hope of pinpointing a trigger.

I began by drinking more water, cutting out all processed food including genetically modified meat and dairy, as it ‘contains male-like hormones (androgens) and triggers our sebaceous glands into clogging up,’ Dr Bunting explains. ‘It’s much like the effect of our androgens in the week before our period.’

There’s also a link between high refined sugar intake and acne (goodbye chocolate), ‘as it increases insulin-like growth factor… this has been shown in some studies to increase acne lesion count, especially in women.’

After a few weeks of watching my diary and sugar intake I noticed my skins texture improved and my skin was less volatile; my adult acne seemed to have been brought on by a change in either my hormones or stress level and evidently my diet too.

What finally worked

Limiting your dairy and sugar intake is an essential first step with a proper skincare routine to beating acne.

Dr Bunting also stresses that ‘the right skincare and make-up make a huge different’ and ‘the key is to use non-comedogenic products’ – meaning they won’t aggravate blemish-prone skin by further clogging your pores.

The game-changing ingredients that should be included in your skincare routine are salicylic acid and glycolic acid. ‘Inflammatory acne is best treated with topical agents like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid’ and ‘non-inflammatory lesions [aka whiteheads and blackheads] are best treated with retinoids’ – a powerful acne fighting ingredient and scar healer says Dr Bunting.

I used Barbara Sturm’s Cleanser, £40, Space NK, which contains salicylic acid and was extremely gentle to the skin. The acid helps to unclog the pores and sloshes away build-up of dirt and dead skin cells, which prevents pores and blackheads from becoming infected.

I’d also recommend La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel, £12, Boots, as it’s ideal for calming and minimising inflamed pimples. Glycolic acid, also known as AHA (alpha-hydroxy-acid), offers a deeper clean as it penetrates further into the skin due to its smaller molecules.

I used Proactiv’s Glycolic Mark Fading Pads, £22.99, Amazon, as a toner treatment and SkinCeuticals Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight, £80, Lookfantastic, as a peel for extensive exfoliation of dead skin cells.

Lixir Skin’s Night Switch PHA/AHA 10%, £20, Liberty, offers a great alternative, a small bottle but a potent product which you can add to your face oils or moisturisers for an overnight treatment. Another overnight treatment is Retinol product Bioelements Oil Control Sleepwear – it helps with redness, inflammation and helps clear clogged pores.

To treat those testy pimples head on I used another salicylic acid product, Mario Badescu’s Drying Lotion, £16, Beauty Bay – I used this by dotting on each of my pimples. It packed a punch and stung slightly but it was working as pimples were visibly smaller due to the anti-inflammatory properties of zinc and calamine lotion.

To moisturise? Oils! You literally fight oil with oil and I cannot stress this enough. Try and stay away from mineral oils and incorporate acne friendly ingredients like rosehip oil and jojoba oil.

Products that help treat acne and blemish-prone skin which I found safe to use were Rå’s Eternal Radiance Oil, £65, Cult Beauty, and Herbivore Lapis Balancing Facial Oil, £60, Space NK, which contains hero ingredient azulene that fights bacteria and is anti-inflammatory.

Trilogy’s Rosehip Oil, £34.50, John Lewis, is another great facial oil, high in fatty acids, it leaves skin feeling silky smooth, refined with a slight healthy glow. If you prefer a cream, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+, £16, Boots, is a winner for hydrating, correcting and reducing inflammation.

Dr Sam Bunting’s acne tips:

  • Stress can trigger our sebaceous glands to produce more oil, so chill.
  • The sun thickens up our skin’s protective outer layer which makes it susceptible to clogging. SPF is essential.
  • The wrong skincare can cause acne – using anti-ageing ingredients is ‘poorly formulated for blemish-prone skin’.
  • Stay away from heavy-coverage long-wear foundations.
  • Powders are prone to clogging pores
  • Eating a diet rich in plant-based foods with micronutrients like nuts, spices and omega 3 fatty acids helps maintain an anti-inflammatory diet.
  • PCOS is a common condition that affects women and will often trigger acne as well as hair loss and excess facial/body hair. If this a concern, please see your doctor.

I have spent an entire year scouring the planet for ingredients that are affordable, which you can use at home and for those that don’t want to spend a shed load on clinical treatments.

I hope that my journey to acne-free skin helps you along yours – good luck!

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The best purple shampoo for every shade of blonde out there

The best purple shampoo for every shade of blonde out there


They say that blondes have more fun, but there’s nothing fun about brassy tones

Best purple shampoo
Jennifer Lawrence

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful blonde mane. Which is why brassy tones are the devil. Brassiness dulls the hair, when really what you want is bright vibrant colour that sparkles in the sun. If you’re not sure if you fall into this camp or not, take a look in the mirror and if your blonde is quite yellow and buttery, then you need to get your hands on the best purple shampoo comes. Considering peroxide-mania has no sign of slowing down, the only way to keep your hair colour in check is by washing it with a great purple or silver shampoo. Nothing brightens the hair like it.

What is purple shampoo?

Think of the colour wheel from art lessons.

best purple shampoo

Just like you would counteract ruddiness in your skin tones with a green colour corrector, that rule applies here as well. Why? Because they’’re opposite to each other on the colour wheel. Yellow and purple are also opposites on the colour wheel, so a cool toned violet shampoo will counteract any warm gold tones that start to shine through dyed blonde or bleached hair after a while.

When you wash with this particular shade of shampoo, it deposits purple pigment into your hair, negating brassiness and brightening the silver tones throughout your hair. Don’t believe us? Have you seen the results of the Redken Blondage Shampoo?

The best part? You only have to use it once or twice a week for maintenance. So one bottle will last you until you visit your hairstylist for a colour top up. Be careful not to let the shampoo sit on your hair for too long, as it can turn the hair slightly violet. Which actually looks pretty amazing, if you’re game for it. Be sure to use a the best shampoo for dry hair in between uses as purple shampoo can be a little drying.

Purple shampoo vs silver shampoo

Purple shampoos are often called silver shampoos, and the two are pretty much the same – in fact, most products labelled ‘silver’ are actually purple in pigment.

We’ve pulled together the cream of the crop to help you find the best purple shampoo. And there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for the best shampoo for oily hair or one that will give you more grit for styling. And that’s not all. We’ve also pulled together some natural options, so if you have a sensitive scalp, you’re in luck.

Best purple shampoo for blonde hair

Aveda Blue Malva Shampoo, £32.40, Fabled

A few weeks after you’ve been to the salon your hair can start looking a little dull. But the best purple shampoo will keep the colour fresh – whether you’ve had a full head of hightlights, balayage or a few bleached strands. Try Aveda’s Blue Malva shampoo to tone down any brassy shades and brighten up lost shine. Blonde hair back to its full glory. It’s not the strongest of formulas and so isn’t too harsh on your hair, meaning you avoid damaging it in the long run.

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Best purple shampoo for brassy hair

LUSH Daddy O Purple Shampoo, £6.25, lush.com

When you’ve forked out goodness knows how much for a blonde ‘do, you want to keep it looking its best for as long as possible. For a fresh and uplifting choice, try Lush’s Daddy O purple shampoo, enriched with lemon for zingy-smelling hair. It will counter that yellow, golden tone that’s far from modern.

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Best purple shampoo for platinum hair

Sachajuan Silver Shampoo, £20, Fabled

If you’ve gone for platinum blonde à la Jennifer Lawrence or, more recently, Cara Delevingne, then no doubt you want to keep your hair’s silvery look fresh in between getting your roots done. Sachajuan’s Silver Shampoo not only works in the same way as your regular purple shampoo by neutralising brassiness, but it adds silvery, ashy tones for the perfect peroxide blonde. An absolute must-buy if you’re all about the bleached look.

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Scroll through our list to find the best purple shampoo for your bottle.

Bye-bye, brassy blonde…

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