This East London pop up will create your own sustainable lipstick in just 15 minutes

This East London pop up will create your own sustainable lipstick in just 15 minutes

We want one in EVERY shade…


AiNSEL was founded by a group of millennial women in the summer of 2017 . Their aim was to create a deliberately small offering of beauty products that simplified women’s make-up bags to only the most wearable items that women actually use. Since then AiNSEL have gained a loyal fan base for their capsule lipstick collection and instantly recognisable clear packaging that’s been popping up all over our Instagram feed.

Now, AiNSEL’s latest project is the launch of their first ever pop-up shop called the Lip Lab. The Lip Lab has been created specifically to challenge the environmental standards of the beauty world and reduce the wastage generated by excessive packaging. Having discovered the shocking information that the industry creates some 120.8 billion units of packaging each year and that personal care and beauty products are estimated to account for 1/3rd of all landfill waste, AiNSEL are directly addressing the issue with their made to order batch production.

Everything you need to know about the AiNSEL Lip Lab

Overproduction within the beauty industry is having big environmental repercussions on the world around us. Whether it’s excessively large production runs that lead to hundreds of products being sent to landfill because they haven’t sold or whether they have gone out of date after sitting on the shelves or in warehouses for too long, the end result is the environment is bearing the brunt of the damage.

To combat this at the AiNSEL Lip Lab there are no ready-made lipsticks, instead all products are made-to-order on demand, reducing the chance of products ending up in landfill.

If you want to create your own sustainable lippy (who wouldn’t?) all you have to do is pick your favourite colour from the menu of seventeen shades (below). The team will then blend your colour, shape the bullet and fit it into your casing. You can watch the whole step-by-step process of your lipstick being made from start to finish too as the speedy operation means that once you’ve placed your order, your new lippy will be ready in less than fifteen minutes.

AiNSEL Lip Lab: why should you visit?

Aside from the fact you’ve been lusting after the idea of having your own bespoke lipstick, you should visit if you want to make a positive, personal environmental decision to pick a brand that is so actively trying to reduce their carbon footprint and wastage. It’s not just a one off either, environmental causes are at the heart of AiNSEL’s brand philosophy.

All products are 100% cruelty free and the clear acrylic they’re housed in is recyclable. Once the pop-up is over you can still take advantage of the brand’s recycling scheme. The programme allows you to post back the acrylic casing for your lipstick once you’ve finished it and order a refill which they’ll inset back into your old case. It’s such a quick and highly effective way of halving the amount of packaging needed. If you’re interested in taking advantage of the service all you have to do is direct message AiNSEL Official on Instagram and they will send you the address to post your empty case too. PLUS you get 20% off the cost of your new refill too.

On top of it’s eco-credentials the East London pop-up is decked out with the work of local London artists with ceiling installations and interactive wall-art so after collecting your new shade we’re sure you’ll enjoy checking out the upcoming designers who’s pieces are displayed there.

AiNSEL Lip Lab: when does it open?

The pop-up opens next Monday 23rd April and is open until Friday 28th April.

AiNSEL Lip Lab: where is it located?

Set in the heart of East London, the pop up is just a five minute walk from Old Street Station. The address is 1-3 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT.




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Lactic acid for skin: The complete guide for beginners

Lactic acid for skin: The complete guide for beginners

When it comes to skincare, not all acid exfoliators are equal…

lactic acid for skin

Like many other chemical exfoliants, lactic acid is an increasingly popular skincare ingredient in many a beauty lover’s regime.

Like glycolic acid, it’s an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), however, it’s far more moisturising to the skin than glycolic, and less likely to cause irritation. It’s therefore an excellent choice for more sensitive complexions.

Naturally present in milk, lactic acid has a larger structure than glycolic acid, and doesn’t affect the thickness of your skin (not that that means you can skip using your best SPF moisturiser in the morning).

Unlike salicylic acid, beta-hydroxy acid that penetrates deep into your pores, AHA sloughs off dead skin cells leaving a more radiant, smooth complexion underneath.

Lactic acid peel

Max-strength chemical peels are performed by a professional, but it’s possible to buy slightly weaker AHA peels you can perform in the comfort of your own home. Kate Somerville’s Exfolikate Treatment, for example, is a mega tingling formula that sloughs all the dead skin cells from your face, leaving you positively glowing.

Don’t fancy the fuss of applying a peel and sitting around waiting for it to do its thing? Peel pads, like those made by Skyn Iceland are an easy way to exfoliate fuss-free both morning and night.

Lactic acid serum and cream

These are leave-on formulas enirched with AHA exfoliating prowess; for example, Sunday Riley’s Good Genes serum can be left on overnight to smooth out the skin, or a thicker layer can be applied as a 10-15 minute wash-off treatment.

Similarly, lactic acid cream gently resurfaces the skin while you moisturise for a smoother finish to your complexion over time. If you have sensitive skin, higher concentrations of lactic acid may still cause your skin to become irritated, so always do a product patch test beforehand.

Keep scrolling for team Marie Claire‘s top five favourite lactic acid skincare products you can shop now. Happy peeling!

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Scalp treatments that’ll give you your healthiest hair yet

Scalp treatments that’ll give you your healthiest hair yet

Because all good hair actually starts with a healthy scalp

scalp treatments

Despite popular beliefs saying otherwise, scalp treatments aren’t just reserved for those with dandruff or a sore, itchy scalp.

In actual fact good scalp health is essential for having good hair; whatever condition your locks are in, your scalp is at the root of the problem (see what we did there?).

‘The scalp is the bedrock for the hair follicle,’ says trichologist Anabel Kingsley, ‘If it is not in good condition, the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase significantly. Research has proven that a flaky, itchy scalp can cause and or worsen hair loss in certain individuals.’

Treating your scalp is all in the hair’s structure, which is why you need deep scalp treatments with active ingredients. ‘The hair is comprised of two parts,’ explains José Ginestar, scientific director at Sisley Paris. ‘The hair bulb, the living part situated at dermis level, and the hair fibre, the visible part greatly exposed to environmental damage.

‘At scalp level, the hair bulb is the hair producing entity, where the cells responsible for the formation of hair fibre and its colour are concentrated. By bringing dedicated active ingredients to the scalp, the cellular mechanisms of the hair are going to be boosted.’

Regardless of whether your scalp is normal, dry, oily or itchy, your hair’s health all starts with looking after it. ‘Special care of the scalp is needed, as the condition of the hair directly depends on its health; the hair will be stronger and denser, shinier and radiant with vitality,’ José adds.

Giving your scalp a refresh is important to remove product build-up, and a sore, flaking scalp can be treated with an exfoliating mask or tonic. ‘It is also crucial to massage the scalp in addition to the formulas,’ explains José. ‘Massaging the hair helps improve blood circulation and allows a better penetration of th eactive ingredients. It’s also better to use sulphate free shampoos as these are harsh on the scalp.’

José adds that, although the results are a long-term solution, you’ll see a difference after a few weeks if you follow the above steps to care for your scalp.

With all this in mind, read on to discover the scalp treatments that your haircare regime needs…

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This is why you should never skip SPF before a flight

This is why you should never skip SPF before a flight

It’s pretty frightening, actually…

While sheet masks and drinking lots of water may not be the biggest travel beauty secrets ever, we bet you’d never considered needing SPF while you fly.

A 2015 study published in JAMA Dermatology found that pilots who flew for just under an hour at 30,000 received the same amount of radiation as a 20-minute session on a sunbed, Byrdie reports.


Although very few of you reading are likely to be airline pilots, if you’re sitting in a window seat while you fly you could experience the same amount of exposure; UVA rays, harmful rays from the sun, aren’t blocked by plane windows.

These rays are responsible for causing wrinkles, ageing and damage to cells in the deepest layers of the skin – something which can cause cancer.

Even more terrifying? More light is reflected if you fly over clouds or snow, which could worsen the effects.

So if you’d rather not fly with the blind closed for the entire flight duration, the solution is to slather yourself with the best sun cream you can get your hands on.

A good sun cream will ensure that you’re protected from both UVA and UVB rays, preventing sun damage while you fly. Be sure to cover every area exposed – not just your face!

Better make sure you carry a travel size bottle in your hand luggage, too…

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Curly hair types – the definitive guide to textured hair

Curly hair types – the definitive guide to textured hair

It’s time to get a good understanding of your curls, once and for all

curly hair types

If you were blessed with curls atop your head, styling your hair can feel like a constant game of trial and error. Not anymore: enter our guide to all of the the different curly hair types out there.

Broadly speaking, curls may be wavy, curly or coily, each broken down into three sub types. We spoke to Lizzie (?), founder of Only Curls, for a more comprehensive break down of the different types of curly hair.

Armed with this guide to curly hair types and the right curly hair products, you’ll be the master of your hair’s texture in no time. Because who said straight-haired people should have it so easy?

Curly hair type 2: Wavy

‘Wavy hair lies somewhere between straight and curly in loose S shapes,’ explains Lizzie. ‘It has less sheen than straight hair and is more prone to frizz.

‘It needs some extra hydration, but not too much as it’ll quickly weigh the hair down – avoid heavy leave-in conditioners and creams; a styling gel or mousse works well for enhancing and holding gorgeous waves.’

(You guessed it – we’ve jumped straight in with type 2 because type 1 is reserved for straight hair.)

Type 2A

Curly hair types 2A Sienna Miller

‘These are tousled, beachy waves that sit close to the head, with little volume.’

Type 2B

Curly Hair Types 2B Salma Hayek

‘These waves are more defined, but begin a few inches down from the root with slight volume.’

Type 2C

Curly Hair Types 2C Shakira

‘Waves begin at the root with a much more defined “S” shape throughout the hair, with more body and volume. Hair texture is usually varied, with some true curls in the mix.’

Curly hair type 3: Curly

‘Curly hair strands clump together and wind around in a spiral shape, forming ringlets,’ says Lizzie. ‘This hair type can be dry, as the natural oil from the root struggles to make its way down the spiral strands; I recommend using one of the best sulphate free shampoos to avoid stripping the hair of its natural moisture.

‘Curly hair should be brushed when wet, as combing or brushing dry curls will break them up and cause frizz. Curl creme and gel can be used to enhance and maintain curl definition.’

Type 3A

Curly Hair Types 3A Jess Glynne

‘These are defined loops about the size and width of the cork from a wine bottle.’

Type 3B

Curly hair types 3B Ella Eyre

‘Springy ringlets about the size of your index finger, but with more volume than 3a curls.’

Type 3C

Curly Hair Types 3C Fleur East

‘These are tight, corkscrew curls about the circumference of a straw with lots of volume.’

Curly hair type 4: Coily

‘Coily or kinky curls range from a very tightly coiled S-shape to a Z-shape kinky pattern. The hair an appear shorter than it actually is due to the tightness of the curl, known as shrinkage, and can feel soft and fine or coarse and wiry depending on the hair thickness.

Type 4 curls are prone to breakage, dryness and tangles – lots of hydrating products, oils and deep conditioning treatments are required to avoid this.

Type 4A

Curly Hair Types 4A Amandla Stenberg

‘Tightly coiled, S-shaped corkscrews about the size of a crochet needle, the coils are compact and dense but a visible curl pattern.’

Type 4B

Curly hair types 4B Solange

‘Bends in angles into a Z-shaped, less defined pattern. 4B curls are very tightly coiled, a bit like the spring in a pen.’

Type 4C

curly hair types 4C Lupita Nyongo

‘The tightest of the curly hair types, these are shaped like 4B curls, but are tighter and denser due to shrinkage.’

Consider yourself now an expert in curls…

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The best eyeliners that your make-up bag needs, stat

The best eyeliners that your make-up bag needs, stat

Because they’re an absolute essential for a cat eye or smokey shadow look

best eyeliners

Few beauty products hold cult status in the same way that the best eyeliners do.

From Brigitte Bardot to Audrey Hepburn, just about every beauty muse from recent history wore eyeliner as part of their signature look.

It’s a make-up bag staple all over the world and, combined with the best eyeshadow palettes, is essential in creating red carpet-worthy eye make-up looks.

Keep scrolling to shop our edit of the best liquid, pencil, gel and pens formulas below. Your liner collection never looked so good…

Best drugstore eyeliners

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer, £3.99, Fabled

best eyeliners Rimmel Exaggerate Wateproof

Considering this eyeliner is just four quid, it’s a total steal for how good it is. The colour is a true, inky black and it doesn’t budge easily, and the smudge end is great for an on the go smokey eye. For a twist on your regular jet black, try starlit, speckled with tiny flecks of glitter for an even more eye-catching look.

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Best pencil eyeliners

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Smokey Pencil, £17, Amazon

best eyeliners pencil Elizabeth Arden Smokey Pencil

The super soft, powder formula and built-in smudger makes Elizabeth Arden’s pencils super easy to apply and blend out for the ultimate evening eye. Call it smokey eye in pencil form, if you will.

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Best waterproof eyeliners

NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner, £19, Fabled

best eyeliners NARS

Described as ‘budge proof’, NARS’ Long Wear liner is exactly that. Each of the pencils is richly pigmented for a true colour pay off that lasts a whole working day or night out (none of this watery, transparent business). If you’re fed up of reapplying eyeliner to your waterline a few times a day, this one is for you.

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Best pen eyeliner

 Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, £14.50, Fabled

best eyeliners

Smudge proof, sweat proof, heck, we’d go as far as to say that Stila’s waterproof liner is actually life proof, and without a doubt one of the best liquid eyeliner formulas ever made. Inky, dense black and with a super sharp felt tip,you’ll find no smudging or printing on to your upper lids here.

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Best gel eyeliner

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £19.50, Fabled

best eyeliners Bobbi Brown Gel

Fun fact: Bobbi Brown first decided to create a gel liner when she had none to hand ahead of a photo shoot; instead, she applied waterproof mascara using a cotton bud without the fuzzy head. It did not budge one bit, and so the idea for Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner was born. Today it’s still one of the brand’s best sellers with a velvety finish, and is available in all sorts of shades as well as classic black.

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Want to shop even more of the best eyeliners? We’ve charted five more hero buys below.

Happy smokey eye-ing…

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Win £200 to spend at Marie Claire Sport and £200 worth of Lola’s Apothecary goodies

Win £200 to spend at Marie Claire Sport and £200 worth of Lola’s Apothecary goodies

We’ve teamed up with Lola’s Apothecary for an amazing self-love and self-care giveaway…

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Marie Claire Sport and Lola’s Apothecary teaming up for a competition? What could be better!

Here at Marie Claire we’ve just launched Marie Claire Sport – a supercharged new athleisure range which we want you to enjoy! Designed for your day to day lifestyle or for a hardcore work out, this range has it all. It focuses on comfort and style while also supporting an active lifestyle.

As Spring unfolds around us and the beautiful blooms unfurl from their winter sleep it’s time for our bodies to also awaken with renewed energy and purpose.

This is the perfect time to re-connect with your body through exercise, which is exactly why we have teamed up with our lovely friends at Lola’s Apothecary for an amazing self-love and self-care giveaway.

Lola’s Apothecary is all about body wellness. Selling ethically sourced body products that are 100% natural and vegan friendly! Their customers believe in self-love and being kind to themselves and their products have been on the beauty shortlist awards across the country. So why would you miss out on this competition?

One lucky winner will receive a £200 to spend with Marie Claire Sport plus over £200 worth of goodies from Lola’s Apothecary! This includes some our favourites from Lola’s Apothecary ‘Breath of Clarity Uplifting’ range, which is perfect for active bodies;

Breath of clarity uplifting range

Breath of Clarity Naturally Fragrant Candle,


Bath & Shower Oil,


Body & Massage Oil,

Body Polish,

The iconic Delicate Romance Body & Massage Oil.

How to enter

To enter all you need to do to enter is follow both @lolasapothecary and @marieclairesport on Instagram and tag two friends in a comment below each competition on each account. So what are you waiting for?

Giveaway open until the 16th April extra entries will be awarded for reposting and for entering on Facebook and Twitter as well. Entries open globally. 


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