Revlon is opening the first ever 24-hour beauty salon offering free treatments

Revlon is opening the first ever 24-hour beauty salon offering free treatments


Run, don’t walk

revlon 24hour beauty salon

Words by Emma Taylor

Treatments these days can be pretty spenny. What’s better than spending loads of money on a beauty treatment? Spending no money whatsoever on one.

Which incidentally is exactly what you can do at Revlon’s 24 Hour Beauty Salon. Opening it’s doors at 7am on the 19th September, you can get a free beauty treatment at the NOHO Studios in London’s Fitzrovia.

revlon 24hour beauty salon

Yes, you read correctly. If you’ve got big plans, are going for a few drinks with your friends or just fancy a make-over in general, get yourselves down there next Thursday for the ultimate self-renovation.

What treatments are available?

Shade Matching

Trying to find the perfect foundation shade is actually trickier than you’d think, even with the best foundation. But at the salon, you won’t have to worry about that, as there will be people there doing it for you. There are 41 Colorstay 24HR Longwear Foundation shades and make-up artists will be there to find the right one for you. Plus you’ll then be gifted a full sized bottle to take home. Whoop!

revlon 24 hour beauty salon

Make-overs

Want more than your complexion seen to? Professional make-up artists will be on hand to do full on make-overs using all products from the ColorStay range.

Manicures & Pedicures

It doesn’t stop at your face, you can also get a mani and pedi. Therapists will be using the new Revlon x Ashley Graham Lingerie Nail Collection. Choose your favourite nude shade for a classic look.

Hair Styling

Complete the look by walking away from the salon with luscious locks courtesy of the dry styling stations from Revlon Professional.

Revlon have got you covered whether you want a long-lasting makeover for work, a touch up before you head out in the evening and or a fresh mani ready for the weekend.

Everyone loves a freebie, so avoid disappointment and make sure you book yourselves in for this exclusive experience. Treatments come on a first-come-first basis, so book your slot here for guaranteed access.

NOHO Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QA

 

 

 

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Revlon is opening the first ever 24-hour beauty salon offering free treatments

Revlon is opening the first ever 24-hour beauty salon offering free treatments


Run, don’t walk

revlon 24hour beauty salon

Treatments these days can be pretty spenny. What’s better than spending loads of money on a beauty treatment? Spending no money whatsoever on one.

Which incidentally is exactly what you can do at Revlon’s 24 Hour Beauty Salon. Opening it’s doors at 7am on the 19th September, you can get a free beauty treatment at the NOHO Studios in London’s Fitzrovia.

Revlon 24 Hour Beauty Salon

Yes, you read correctly. If you’ve got big plans, are going for a few drinks with your friends or just fancy a make-over in general, get yourselves down there next Thursday for the ultimate self-renovation.

What treatments are available?

Shade Matching

Revlon 24 Hour Beauty Salon

Trying to find the perfect foundation shade is actually trickier than you’d think, even with the best foundation. But at the salon, you won’t have to worry about that, as there will be people there doing it for you. There are 41 Colorstay 24HR Longwear Foundation shades and make-up artists will be there to find the right one for you. Plus you’ll then be gifted a full sized bottle to take home. Whoop!

Make-overs

Want more than your complexion seen to? Professional make-up artists will be on hand to do full on make-overs using all products from the ColorStay range.

Manicures & Pedicures

It doesn’t stop at your face, you can also get a mani and pedi. Therapists will be using the new Revlon x Ashley Graham Lingerie Nail Collection. Choose your favourite nude shade for a classic look.

Hair Styling

Complete the look by walking away from the salon with luscious locks courtesy of the dry styling stations from Revlon Professional.

 

Revlon have got you covered whether you want a long-lasting makeover for work, a touch up before you head out in the evening and or a fresh mani ready for the weekend.

Everyone loves a freebie, so avoid disappointment and make sure you book yourselves in for this exclusive experience. Treatments come on a first-come-first basis, so book your slot here for guaranteed access.

NOHO Studios, 46 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QA

 

 

 

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Set your alarms: Charlotte Tilbury's newest eyeshadow palette will only be available for 24 hours

Set your alarms: Charlotte Tilbury's newest eyeshadow palette will only be available for 24 hours


*Adds to the iCal*

Charlotte tilbury palette

Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeshadow palettes are infamous.

There are her insane quads that make applying eye makeup a dream thanks to the handy instructions on the back and then there are her limited edition jumbo Instant Eye Palettes that are so popular her 2018 Stars In Your Eyes Palette saw a whopping 40,000 people sign up to the waiting list.

Well guess what?! There’s a new palette dropping tomorrow at 9am and you will have a mere 24 hours to buy it.

The Starry Eyes To Hypnotise palette has four different glowy eye looks that range from rich nudes and husky pinks to subtle khakis and sparkling blues.

Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes To Hypnotise Palette, £60

charlotte tilbury palette

Tilbury will be there once again holding your hand throughout, as each look has a shade for priming, enhancing and smoking.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up to the waiting list now or set your alarm for tomorrow morning, 9am and head straight to charlottetilbury.com to get your hands on a palette.

We promise you won’t regret it.

It’ll serve you well in Autumn and all the way through to Christmas.

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These are the 10 best makeup buys under £10

These are the 10 best makeup buys under £10


Bargain beauty

There are certain things that we are happy to spend the big bucks on – the best perfume, a cream that can quite literally transform your skin – but there are also some products that are both incredibly efficacious and budget friendly. Here is our round up of the best makeup products that will get you change from a tenner.

Rimmel 12 Pan Eyeshadow Palette – Blushed Edition, £8.99 Look Fantastic

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Rimmel’s Magnif’eyes palettes are brilliant – you get 12 super wearable shades (no random neon yellow anywhere, thank goodness) in a mixture of finishes. From smokey eyes to muted nudes, this palette does it all.

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Lottie London Arch Rival Microblade Brow, £6.95 Look Fantastic

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Microblading is an amazing treatment that transforms the look of your brows, however not only does it (and it’s upkeep) cost money, it can also be pretty painful. This Lottie London brow pen won’t ever be able to do the exact same job, but it does bulk things up if you have been a bit tweezer-heavy in the past.

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Rimmel Kate Sculpting Highlighter Palette, £6.99 Look Fantastic

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This right here is our Beauty Editor, Katie’s go-to wedding product. It comes out at every wedding she attends and she has converted many, many friends to it’s magnificence. Why? A) because of how user-friendly it is – hello everyone loves a paint by numbers, and B) because it is the most subtle way she has found of sculpting the face, without looking like a Kardashian.

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Nip + Fab Makeup Highlight Palette, £10 Look Fantastic

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You could use each highlighter individually (keep the bronzed ones on the left for summer and the paler shades on the right for winter), but if you use a big fluffy brush why not combine all four to create that lit-from-within look?!

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Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, £6.25 Feelunique

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Cheap mascaras are the best mascaras in our opinion. More often than not, the wands and formulas are exactly the same as the more expensive ones on the market. This one from Maybelline is exactly what you need for an everyday mascara – it gives you long, luscious and voluminous lashes.

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Medium Coverage Liquid Foundation, £9.99 Feelunique

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This is honestly one of the best foundations out there. It suits all skin types (it’s packed full of hydrating ingredients for drier skin, but is non-comedogenic so won’t clog your pores either); it’s the perfect medium coverage that doesn’t look heavy, but can be built up if you prefer; and is just the right amount of matte to stop any oil slick, but still allows the skin to glow naturally.

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Revlon Photoready Candid Anti-Pollution Concealer, £6.99 Look Fantastic

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Take a moment to look at the price: £6.99. Let us tell you what you get for that price. You get coverage that camouflages dark circles, spots and redness. You get a hit of caffeine that wakes up tired skin. You get protection from pollution, free radicals and blue light from your devices. Now look at that price again and tell us you’re not impressed.

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NYX Professional Makeup Slim Eyeliner Pencil, £3.50 Boots

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In our opinion, the humble eye pencil is the best eyeliner for everyday beauty looks. Sharpen it well and you can draw a thin slick line across your lash line, leave it slightly blunt and it can also be smudged with a fingertip to create a diffused smokey eye. Plus a pencil doesn’t dry out like a liquid or separate like gel, meaning it will last until you physically cannot hold it any more. This ridiculously affordable liner is exactly one of those liners.

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L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Shine Lipstick, £8.99 ASOS

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We keep a few of these lipsticks all over the place – in our handbag, on our desk, in our bathroom, basically anywhere within reach. The reason we do this is because the formula is as moisturising as a balm, it adds just the right amount of colour to the lips and (most importantly) it costs under £9. You wouldn’t be able to do that with one worth £28 would you?!

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Essie Nail Polish in Sugar Daddy, £7.99 ASOS

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We’re huge fans of an Essie nail lacquer and in particular the shade, Sugar Daddy. It’s the dream pink colour that looks like your natural nail, but SO much better. It’s the perfect shade to apply in between manicures. Plus because of how sheer it is, you won’t have any of that unsightly chipping or wear and tear.

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See, you don’t need to spend more than a tenner on really good makeup.
See this as your shopping list.

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How to wash your hair (because you've probably been getting it wrong this whole time)

How to wash your hair (because you've probably been getting it wrong this whole time)


Lather, rinse, repeat. Right?????

how to wash your hair

Washing our hair is something that we all do, all the time. It’s something that we’ve been doing regularly since we were showed how at an early age. So the idea of being told how to wash your hair seems silly right?

Well perhaps not. For example, surely someone with drier curly hair should wash their hair completely differently to someone with poker straight hair that errs on the side of greasy? Or what about what you use to to wash your hair? The one that you consider the best shampoo for you might not work for the next person.

So really there must be more to it. The Hair Bros – two of London’s most promising hair stylists Nick Latham and Sean Nother, who can be found at the Knightsbridge outpost of Hershesons in Harvey Nichols (arguably one of the best hair salons in London) – say there’s much more to washing your hair than you originally thought: ‘In terms of washing hair, one thing we have learnt over time is that there is no “right” way to wash your hair. That’s not to say there are not some simple guidelines and principles to follow, but just because your blonde soft straight hair tends to prefer a wash every day, doesn’t mean your curly haired friend should do the same.’

how to wash your hair

How to wash your hair properly

‘In essence, hair type, lifestyle (and a smidge of vanity) all play a part in influencing your hair wash routine,’ say The Hair Bros.

However, there is always one thing to remember: always shampoo twice and condition only the ends.

Shampooing twice is similar to double cleansing your skin, ‘Double cleansing has been happening at every salon backwash for years and years. It’s the only way to effectively remove dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and so on. The first shampoo never lathers as well, and usually takes the dirt out. The second shampoo will really foam up and clean the scalp. Your hair begins at the scalp, so be gentle when washing at the root. Avoid using your nails or being too aggressive, and apply minimum pressure. Two rounds of gentle massaging of the scalp – the first to remove build up and the second to ensure your scalp is throughly clean. Rinse until the hair squeaks when your fingers rub it. A cold water rinse does help seal the cuticle and deep clean the follicles. It’s also good for blood flow and waking you up.’

The hair at your root is new, virgin hair so doesn’t need conditioner like your ends do. These are bits that are damaged, dry and need that extra bit of TLC.

Is it bad to wash your hair every day?

No, if you have particularly greasy hair that needs to be cleaned every day, then crack on. But if you do wash your hair everyday, then you don’t need to “double cleanse” say The Hair Bros. ‘You will just end up stripping the scalp of all moisture and in return your natural oils will double in order to compensate this.’

However, most people don’t need to wash their hair that regularly. ‘Not washing your hair nearly as often as you’d think is the best way to go. We find that people are wash their hair way too much – three times a week is more than enough.’

Does your hair type determine how to wash your hair?

Yes certain hair types should wash their hair in a certain way…

Curly hair:

‘Avoid scrubbing excessively,’ say The Hair Bros. ‘If you wash your hair on Monday, use conditioner or a co-wash only on Wednesday. A small amount of sulphates in the conditioner will remove any dirt. Try and comb the conditioner through in the shower. Go back to shampoo on Friday.’

Thin hair:

‘Avoid heavily scented, paraben-rich shampoos and conditioners. All of this stuff builds up in the hair and makes it look lank. Try not to use too much conditioner either – natural oils will do the job of the conditioner. Too many heavy things build up in the hair and make thin hair look worse.’

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How to deal with thigh chafing now that the summer is (finally) here


Because the inner-thigh rub is real. And it hurts.

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Credit: Laurence Mouton / Getty

Summer is finally coming and now that it’s actually warming up there’s no excuse not to add some of these game-changing summer dresses to your sartorial wish list. From those sizzling off-the-shoulder numbers to gorgeous floral dresses, our wardrobes are so prepared for the British heatwave.

While we get excited about the prospect of sashaying in the sunshine during our lunch hour, we are far less amused by that itchy side effect of hot weather – thigh chafing.

Oh yes. When the temperature soars and you’ve ditched your jeans in place of an easy breezy summer dress there’s no getting away from it. It’s itchy, it’s sore, it can leave you with red raw patches between your legs – and it’s not pleasant. Waddling might relieve it for a bit, as can subtly trying to tuck your dress between your legs and hoping no one notices.

But if you’re not keen on wincing as you slow walk home, then here’s how to avoid thigh chafing forever.

What is thigh chafing?

Thigh chafing is the result of the skin between your legs consistently rubbing, which can cause irritation. During the hotter months, we sweat more and therefore it makes the friction between your thighs even worse. Some people experience some slight discomfort, others find they get rashes, but the repeated rub can also cause the skin to break and make it feel painfully raw.

How to stop thigh chafing

There are a few foolproof ways to prevent thigh chafing, most commonly in the form of either a cream, balm, or a garment that acts as a barrier. So there’s no need to bin all your summer dresses just yet.

Anti-chafing cream

One of the best ways to prevent thigh chafing is to apply a cream or ointment between your legs before you head out. Any creams, gels or balms that offer lubrication will reduce the friction and also soothe the skin.

Try Bepanthen, a well-known nappy rash cream. It’s an ointment that’s created for babies (so you know it’s super soft and gentle), and it works to reduce and recover irritated skin. It contains no fragrance or preservatives and creates a moisturising barrier between the rubbing skin. You only need a dab of it on the chafing hotspots in the morning and it will protect you all day, so a small tube should see you through the summer.

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Bepanthen, £3.30 for 30g – Boots

Anti-chafing balm

If you’re looking for a stick that quite literally glides on and protects your thighs all day, give the Body Glide Unisex Body Original Anti Chafe Balm Stick a go. While it is a little pricey compared to Bepanthen, it does provide protection from the dreaded rubbing and doesn’t need to be reapplied during the day. No matter how sweaty and clammy you get, the balm will keep chafing at bay and is made with allergen free, plant-derived ingredients. It also doesn’t leave you feeling sticky and you don’t have to wait for it to dry – just glide and go.

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Body Glide Unisex Body Original Anti Chafe Balm Stick, £17.49 for 22g – Amazon

Anti-chafing bands

If creams or balms aren’t your thing, then fear not – there are a couple of different items you can wear under your dress or skirt that will keep the skin separated and no one will be any the wiser.

These anti chafing shorts will act as a thigh barrier, leaving chafing at the door. They include cool comfort technology which will keep you feeling fresh and free all day. They come in three colours – black, white and almond – and are a bargain at only £12 a pair.

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Anti-Chafing Shorts with Cool Comfort, £12 – M&S

If you’re looking for a thigh barrier alternative, you could also get a pair of regular tights and cut them at the knee. You’ll end up with breathable and light tights-shorts that you can wear under your clothes.

How to heal thigh chafing fast

First you need to make sure you gently clean the area with water and ensure it’s dry before applying any products to the affected skin to reduce risk of infection if the skin is broken.

You can use Bepanthen to heal thigh chafing quickly, as it is full of pro-vitamin B5 which helps recover irritated or sore skin. You can also use a soothing aloe vera gel, or if you prefer a homemade remedy then soaked and refrigerated chamomile tea bags reportedly do the trick.

So there you have it – your legs need never give you summer-induced pain again.

Thigh chafing? More like BYE chafing.

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Are you *really* being sun safe? 5 SPF myths debunked by a top dermatologist

Are you *really* being sun safe? 5 SPF myths debunked by a top dermatologist


Please wear your SPF. Every. Single. Day.

SPF myths

Fact: the best sun cream and best SPF mositurisers are essential to reduce your risk of skin cancer and also to prevent visible signs of ageing.

Sadly, there are a lot of SPF myths that over time have been ingrained into us as fact. Sun cream is only for summer, right? Actually, wrong…

For a clear-cut picture, we asked Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist at London’s Cadogan Clinic and author of The Skincare Bible, to set a few things straight.

Myth 1: You only need to wear sunscreen in summer, or when the sun is out

‘Even if you can’t see any blue sky, a significant amount of UV rays can still get through the clouds,’ explains Dr Anjali Mahto. ‘It’s best to apply sunscreen if you’re out and about.’

SPF myths

Myth 2: Darker skin tones don’t need to use SPF

‘Those with olive or pigmented skin often think they don’t need sunscreen, but skin of colour is also sensitive to damage caused by UV and requires protection,’ the doctor explains.

‘Darker skin is relatively more protected from sun damage with a natural SPF of around 13.4, compared to its fairer counterparts which have an average of 3.4. But while this does mean the onset of sun damage (wrinkles, skin laxity and sagging, to name a few) are less common in dark skin, compared to an age equivalent individual of white skin, dark skin types are still vulnerable to sun damage.’

Myth 3: Every sun cream protects against all kinds of damage from the sun

‘When choosing a sunscreen look for a high protection SPF (30 or more), to protect against UVB, and the UVA circle logo and/or 4 or 5 UVA stars to protect against UVA,’ explains Dr Anjali.

‘IR-A appears to induce free radical formation and penetrate the skin, causing damage that can potentially lead to skin ageing. Traditional sun creams do not generally have IR-A protection, we need to seek out products that offers triple protection, that protect against IR-A rays, too.

Heliocare 360 Gel Oil-free SPF 50, which protects against UVB, UVA, Infrared­‐A (IR-‐A) and high energy visible light, is a great option. If someone is concerned about skin ageing, by all means look for a sunscreen with IR-A protection, but UVB and UVA protection are still by far most important.’

SPF myths

Myth 4: You only need to apply sunscreen once to be protected all day

‘Despite what the packaging promises, swimming, sweating, rubbing, or towelling down means you will end up removing the sunscreen from your body,’ Dr Anjali says. ‘Always reapply after sporting activity, or at least every two hours.’

Myth 5: The SPF scale is linear

There is a massive difference between no SPF and the protection offered by an SPF of as little as 15. ‘SPF 30 does not offer twice the protection as SPF 15, even though it offers a higher level of protection, so don’t be fooled,’ says Dr Anjali. ‘Similarly, factor 20 is not twice as good as factor 10 – an SPF 15 blocks about 93 per cent of UVB rays, while an SPF 30 blocks 97 per cent and SPF 50 blocks 98 per cent. No sunscreen offers 100 per cent protection.’

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Are neck creams worth it? Not according to these two skin experts

Are neck creams worth it? Not according to these two skin experts


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Just when you thought you had nailed your skincare routine, suddenly there’s an additional cream meant for a specific part of your body. We present to you: neck creams. In the past, we thought using our normal serum, day cream and SPF on our necks would be fine. But now there’s a whole subcategory of products aimed solely at the neck.
With this in mind, we sat down with two of London’s go-to skin experts, Kate Kerr – Clinical Facialist – and Dr Maryam Zamani – Aesthetic Doctor – to ask them whether neck creams are worth investing in or whether it’s something that you can firmly leave off your list.

Let’s chat about the skin on our neck…

First of all, we wanted to know how the skin on your neck differs from the skin on the rest of your face. ‘The skin on your neck is thinner and has fewer sebaceous glands,’ explains Kate Kerr. ‘It’s often a neglected area, which is prone to more sun damage.’ Both Kerr and Dr Zamani highlighted the newest issue facing women, which is ‘tech-neck’. ‘Recently, there has been an increase in the number of younger patients complaining of premature ageing of the neck,’ Dr Zamani says. ‘This is perhaps because of the tendency to tilt the head downward, looking down at gadgets. The skin on the neck is more extensible and elastic, so is significantly influenced by constant movement, weight and sun exposure.’ She goes on to say that as the skin on the neck is also much thinner than that on the rest of the face, that it is much more likely to get wrinkly.

How do you take care of the skin on your neck?

So what does this mean for maintenance? How should we be caring for our necks? Dr Zamani says a combination of ‘SPF, retinol creams and serums to improve tone and increase collagen production, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, ceramides and peptides to lock in moisture and vitamin c’ is ideal, which Kerr agrees with: ‘growth factors and peptides that will stimulate collagen, vitamin c to help with pigmentation, strengthen the capillaries and then an SPF50 sunscreen.’

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Can’t we just use our normal skincare?

So are our face creams ok to use on our necks? Or can we use our run-of-mill body moisturiser? Dr Zamani says no to the body cream, ‘but I always recommend using all face skincare on the neck and décolletage.’ Kate Kerr agrees, ‘Continue your face skincare routine down your neck and along your décolletage. Those two areas get a lot of sun and they’re also on show and if you’re using a lot of active ingredients on your face but neglecting your neck and décolletage then you can get a bit of disparity between the two, and the neck and décolletage can look older or in less good condition.’

Neck creams – are they worth it?

So if this is the case, why are there neck creams? As Kerr puts it: ‘I don’t think there’s a lot of difference to be honest, it’s purely marketing and making money for the cosmetic market. Skin is skin and as an anti-ageing product it’s going to have the same ingredients as your face cream. It might be slightly more rich, because the neck has fewer sebaceous glands, so it might be slightly dryer. but they really are unnecessary.’ You basically want to hydrate, protect, stimulate collagen and elastin production, which you can do with your skincare regimen.

So what have we learnt? The skin on your neck is slightly different from the rest of your face, but as long as your are using products that stimulate the collagen, contain antioxidants to protect against environmental aggressors and are using a high SPF, then you’re sorted.

Keep the money you were going to spend on the neck cream and save it for one of these designer handbags worth the investment.

You are most welcome.
Spend your money elsewhere.

 

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The best foundations for acne prone skin

The best foundations for acne prone skin


Don’t aggravate the situation. Use these skin-friendly formulas instead…

best foundation for acne prone skin

Covering up spots can be a bit of a conundrum, but our list of the best foundations for acne prone skin is here to help. We get that you want to cover up your blemishes, so that they’re invisible to everyone. But, on the other hand, you want to let your skin breathe, so you don’t aggravate the situation.

Dr Ross Perry, cosmetic doctor and managing director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics, has words of caution when it comes to pairing oily and acne-prone skin with make-up: ‘The temptation is to cover up oily skin with make-up, especially if there are blemishes as well. However, getting make-up to stay in place can be quite tricky and choosing the wrong regime or products can make your skin worse too.’

Luckily enough, there are some fantastic foundations on the market that help to actively treat acne while covering it, which is definitely multi-tasking at its finest. Look for salicylic acid on the ingredients list – the magic ingredient has spot-busting superpowers, and will help clear excess oil. We’ve already rounded up the best foundations for oily skin, so head over there for formulas to help keep you matte all day long – but there are also some pretty great oil-free foundations on this list that won’t clog your pores and cause breakouts.

As much as you can cover acne with foundation and concealer, it’s crucial to understand what’s causing it in the first place. We’ve already debunked the myth that foundation causes acne, so we can keep our beloved bottles and tubes. You may also need our favourite spot treatments in your arsenal to layer under your makeup, so they can get to work throughout the day.

With the latest formulations on the market, you can have the best of both worlds. Find the best foundation for your skin below…

Best foundation for acne prone skin

Oxygenetix ACNE Control Foundation, £55, Face the Future

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It comes with a bit of a hefty price tag, but this foundation was initially created for doctors to prescribe to their patients. Luckily for us, it’s now a mainstream product and available over the counter. Infused with a supercharged oxygen complex called Ceravitae, this innovative formula optimises skin cell oxygenation, to encourage your cells’ repair and renewal processes, diminish scarring, combat dehydration, reduce redness and create the ultimate environment for healthy cells to thrive. Available in 14 different shades, it’s also water resistant for up to 90 minutes and contains SPF 20 for that all important bit of sun protection.

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Best foundation for acne skin with full coverage

Estée Lauder Double Wear SPF 10, £34, Fabled

best foundation for acne Estee Lauder Double Wear

You can find a bottle of Double Wear inside many a beauty lover’s make-up bag (especially those who like their coverage full), and for good reason. The formula sinks into skin and disguises any dark spots, scarring or active blemishes while still looking skin-like. What’s more, it lasts all day long – no joke. A little goes a long way, and you can even mix it with your moisturiser on a good skin day and still look flawless. It’s now available in a whopping 60+ shades, too.

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Best foundation for acne prone skin with large pores

Surratt Beauty Surreal Real Skin Foundation Wand, £62, Space NK

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Sometimes a super matte formula can dry up and collect around pores, enhancing rather than minimising them, but this handy brush pen delivers a soft matte finish that manages to make pores unnoticeable, and the rest of your face look flawless.

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Best foundation for acne prone oily skin

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Liquid Make-Up, £28.50, Fabled

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This oil-free foundation, conceals, neutralises the appearance of redness and does a formidable job of keeping oily shine in check. Although it can’t treat acne by itself (you’ll need other products for this), the amount of salicylic acid can help to prevent future breakouts, by ensuring your pores don’t clog. It’s lightweight, which makes it an absolute dream to glide over bumps and you can build it up to a moderate coverage to hide blemishes without looking like you’re wearing anything at all.

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Best liquid foundation for acne prone skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur, £16.50, Boots

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OK, so this one’s technically not a foundation, but you won’t even care when you try out this guy. It keeps oily skin matte, lasts all day, and fights acne, but the mousse-like formula won’t offer as much coverage as you might hope. We love popping this under a light layer of your normal foundation – especially as it only comes in two shades.

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Best powder foundation for acne prone skin

BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Mineral Powder Foundation, £27, Fabled

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bareMinerals’ formula tackles acne-causing bacteria to keep breakouts at bay, while covering redness and scars to perfection. Your skin will feel like it can actually breathe, although a light layer of one of the best concealers might just be needed on those days where your skin needs a helping hand.

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If you'd like to smell completely f***ing glorious this summer, please apply within

If you'd like to smell completely f***ing glorious this summer, please apply within


Make way for the scent of the summer

There was a time, long ago, when I wished to be a one-scented woman. I dreamt of walking along a corridor, leaving a trail of my signature fragrance behind me that would be picked up by someone and they would exclaim, ‘Oh Katie was here not long ago.’

But alas, this never happened. At current count, I am a 27-scented woman. Turns out, I am a perfume whore. Which isn’t exactly what I was going for. The trouble is I just fall in love with fragrances so easily. I let them flirt with me, I allow them to lull me into feeling of determined longing and then whoops, I’ve just added another notch to my metaphorical-fragrance bedpost.

And so I find myself infatuated on a regular basis. This week’s squeeze is Diptyque’s Essences Insensées 2019 scent, Tiaré Flower.

I know what you’re all thinking, ‘come on, it’s ridiculously easy to fall in love with a Diptyque fragrance. Anyone would.’ And you would be right. It is. I already have two in my 27-strong collection. But this one, as so many have in the past, has sucked me in.

Diptyque’s Essences Insensées scents are really quite magical. Each year they closely observe their floral crops and dependent on weather and soil, one in particular will have a stellar year. (Think of this flower as the prefect of the botany world.) Diptyque then bottles this special flower as a limited edition summer fragrance.

Diptyque’s Essences Insensées Tiaré Flower, £170 

Diptyque ESSENCES INSENSÉES Tiaré Flower

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This year’s prefect is the Tiaré Flower – the national flower of Tahiti. It’s a white flower, which I’m afraid to admit is my kryptonite when it comes to fragrances. I get one whiff and I’m weak at the knees.

It’s been brewed alongside frangipani, vanilla and pink peppercorn and the results are magnificent. At first spray, I won’t lie I thought it smelt medicinal, but as soon as it dried down onto the skin I was hooked. The scent is rich and velvety, whilst simultaneously managing to be super fresh and green. It reminds me of the smell of warm bodies at around 8pm on a beach holiday. Does that make sense? No? Well then you’ll just have to buy it yourself.

Also, can we take a moment to appreciate how smart this bottle is?! Even if you hated the juice (which would be an impossibility) you would happily display this beautiful piece of cut glass in your home. Maybe it has something to do with the squeeze bulb? Whenever I use one, I instantly feel like one of those fabulous characters straight out of a Poirot novel.

I urge you to go out and buy it, for it truly is one of the best summer perfumes. I plan on wearing it everyday and smelling divine until the end of the season. (Well until another fragrance comes along and catches me under its spell. Which should be in about four hours.)

Don’t hate me for the price. Hate me for the fact that you’ll want to purchase two.

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