In case you’re still clueless, these are the acids that an expert says you should have in your skincare routine

In case you’re still clueless, these are the acids that an expert says you should have in your skincare routine

Let the pro do the talking

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

Hello, I’m Paula Begoun, founder of the skincare line Paula’s Choice, and I’m back with my next column as the Marie Claire Skincare Master. In my columns I will de-bunk skin myths, let you in on skincare secrets and tell you exactly which ingredients the skincare industry is currently obsessed with and why.

In the world of skincare, ingredients that have “acid” in the name shouldn’t be considered scary. Decades of research has shown that regular use of acidic ingredients like glycolic, lactic or salicylic acid make a remarkable difference for common skincare concerns like acne, wrinkles, dryness, oiliness, and clogged pores.

There are many special, skin-compatible acids used in skincare products, but these are the ones with the most established research. Once you understand what they can do and begin using them, you will notice a change for the better in your skin, possibly overnight.

Glycolic Acid

  • Glycolic acid is a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Among the AHAs, it’s considered the gold standard because it has the most research and the best track record of impressive results for all ages and skin types.
  • What makes glycolic acid so special is its size and ability to penetrate the uppermost layers of built-up skin to reveal the fresh new skin hiding beneath. It also has a natural ability to hydrate skin, “teaching” it to become better at retaining its own moisture.
  • Glycolic acid, at concentrations of 5% and above, helps enhance skin’s firmness and resilience while reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Generally, a leave-on exfoliant with glycolic acid is best for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin. It can be a trickier choice for those with extra-sensitive skin.

Lactic Acid

  • Lactic acid does everything glycolic acid does, but just a bit slower because it’s a larger molecule. Lactic acid in concentrations of 2% and above can hydrate skin; it begins working as an exfoliant at a 5% concentration, with amounts between 5% and 10% considered ideal for skincare products meant to exfoliate.
  • Just as with glycolic acid, lactic acid is best for normal to dry, sun-damaged skin. Those with extra-sensitive skin may find lactic acid stings upon application, but many formulas contain soothing ingredients to counter this.

Salicylic Acid

  • Salicylic acid, also known as beta hydroxy acid or BHA, works on the uppermost layers of skin’s surface and inside the pore lining, making it ideal for those with normal to oily, clog-prone or milia-prone skin of any age.
  • Salicylic acid also has natural anti-inflammatory properties due to its relationship to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). This makes BHA preferred for sensitive, redness-prone skin, including rosacea.
  • Salicylic acid is also mildly antibacterial, another reason it’s perfect for acne-prone skin, both teenage and adult acne.
  • A 2% concentration of salicylic acid is considered ideal for routine exfoliation.

Azelaic Acid

  • This is a unique type of acid that can work wonders on all skin types in concentration of 10% or more. Researchers aren’t quite sure how azelaic acid works; they suspect it has radar-like ability to target various pathways in skin that correct brown patches, post-blemish marks, dull skin tone, and redness. Misbehaving elements in skin “hear” the message azelaic acid sends and respond favorably, so skin looks remarkably better.
  • Although azelaic acid can exfoliate skin when properly formulated, it doesn’t exfoliate the same way or with the same level of effectiveness as glycolic, lactic or salicylic acids.
  • On the other hand, azelaic acid offers benefits these ingredients lack, like improving a markedly uneven skin tone and brown spots. I recommend using both if you’re struggling with breakouts and discolorations.

Paula’s Picks:

Peter Thomas Roth 10% Glycolic Solutions Moisturiser, £43.50 Cult Beauty

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Paula’s Choice RESIST Skin-Transforming Multi-Correction Treatment 10% Azelaic Acid, £37

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Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, £26

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So repeat after us: sulphuric acid, bad. Salicylic acid, good.

That’s better.

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Waterproof mascara that’ll stay put through rain, sweat and tears

Waterproof mascara that’ll stay put through rain, sweat and tears

Not all waterproof mascaras are created equal, but rest assured that these are the best

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I love mascara. In a toss up against good eyebrow products, it would probably come out on top as my favourite make-up bag product. And when it comes to waterproof mascara I won’t go on holiday, brave a funeral or step foot in a gym without it.

These days, the best waterproof mascara is just as good (if not better) than your run-of-the-mill smudgeable one. While waterproof formulas of days gone by didn’t always make your lashes look anything exceptional, in 2018 they can lengthen, curl and volumise just as well as the best mascara.

Lash tinting is another great option for holidays but waterproof mascara is much more affordable, so rifle through our hand-picked favourites below to find the right one for you. You might never look back.

Rimmel Day 2 Night Waterproof Mascara, £7.99, Boots

Waterproof Mascara Rimmel

Everyone loves an offer. I mean BOGOF gives us life, no? Well check this one out – two mascaras for the price of one. One for daytime that lengthens and one for the night that volumises. And both of them are waterproof. Mic. Drop.

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MAC In Extreme Dimension Waterproof Mascara, £20, John Lewis

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Who better to ask for a formula that’s good enough for make-up artists than Make-up Art Cosmetics themselves? Think In Extreme Dimension mascara, but waterproof: expert definition that withstands the smudging effects of day-to-day life in an ultra-black, eye-enhancing formula. Cheers, MAC.

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Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara, £8.20, Feelunique

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We love Max Factor False Lash Effect, you love Max Factor False Lash Effect, we all love Max Factor False Lash Effect. Guess what: you’re gonna love the waterproof version too.

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Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, £19.50, Fabled

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Clinique is renowned for excellent mascaras (bottom lash, anyone?) and their waterproof one also has a brilliant reputation; it’s the go-to in my family for funerals, which says it all really. It won’t flake down your face and it’s available in brown if you prefer a softer colour than black.

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Benefit BADgal Waterproof Mascara, £19.50, Cult Beauty

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Our favourite Benefit BADgal mascara also has a waterproof counterpart, and it’’s long-wearing, smudge-proof and volumising. What more could you ask for, really?

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Dior DIORSHOW Waterproof Mascara, £27, John Lewis

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A couple of coats of DIORSHOW mascara gives bold, glossy and dramatic lashes. The waterproof version is just as amazing and lasts all day if you’re hitting up the beach, spending the day in the pool or your own wedding. Naturally, there’s a blacker-than-black shade but there’s also very wearable rich brown that looks super natural.

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Lancôme Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara, £21, Feelunique

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If you’ve tried Lancôme’s new Monsieur Big mascara and loved it – fat, volumised lashes that pack a punch – then we’ve got some good news for you: It’s also available in an equally punchy waterproof version. Hurrah!

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Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara, £25, John Lewis

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This one is cited by many as their every day mascara because it’s particularly good for slightly sensitive watery eyes. It amps up lashes so well that you wouldn’t know it’s waterproof, but it really does work wonders when it comes to withstanding water, sweat, tears… etc.

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Waterproof mascara remover

Last but not least, you’ll need something that actually has the power to remove these moisture-resistant formulae, because warm water ain’t gonna cut it. Our two top buys are Lancôme Bi-Facil, £21.50 at Fabled, or La Roche-Posay Respectissime for Sensitive Eyes, £11 at Boots. No waterproof mascara is a match for these potent potions. If you’re looking for something with a smaller price tag though, try out Simple’s Kind to Eyes Eye Make-up Remover, £3.80 at Boots.

We defy you not to find a waterproof mascara you’ll fall in love with in our pick above.

Words by Lucy Abbersteen and Katie Thomas

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ASOS just launched cute AF Halloween make-up kits to solve your last minute woes

ASOS just launched cute AF Halloween make-up kits to solve your last minute woes

White Walkers, but make it *fashion*

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Halloween’s one of those holidays I love, but always seems to creep up on me out of nowhere. As my friends can attest, I’m not somebody who’s great at planning in advance and you’ll usually find me frantically tearing through Primark mere hours before a Halloween party — trying to pull together a cheap last minute outfit. This year though, ASOS has solved all my fancy dress woes as they’ve just released a set of all-in-one Halloween make-up kits I’m obsessed with.

The kits have just launched online and there’s three of them, depending on what kind of look you’re going for. For those who still can’t get over Pennywise in It, there’s a clown kit aptly named ‘foolish’ which will take the creepy look into cute AF territory with glitter and face gems.

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ASOS DESIGN Makeup Halloween Kit – foolish

asos halloween

Priced at £15, available at ASOS

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Coco stans will also be sorted with the ‘haunted’ set, which includes a black and white face crayon for you to perfect any finnicky skeletal details. (Sometimes a make-up brush just doesn’t do the job.) And for an extra dash of glitz, they’ve also thrown in some amber face gems to bring a splash of colour to your look.

asos halloween

ASOS DESIGN Makeup Halloween Kit – haunted

asos halloween

Priced at £15, available at ASOS

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And finally if you just can’t wait for Game of Thrones series eight to drop next year, there’s a very White Walker ‘glacial’ set which is full of frosty blues and whites. I’m personally in love with the fact that the set includes white eyelashes, which will have you looking like you’ve just stepped in from a snowstorm and nails the look.

asos halloween

ASOS DESIGN Makeup Halloween Kit – glacial

asos halloween

Priced at £15, available at ASOS

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Also bear in mind, those are just my own suggestions for where those kits could take you. The ‘glacial’ set could veer very easily into Frozen territory, while the colour palette in the ‘foolish’ set has everything you need for a glam Princess Mononoke.

If you’re still stumped on ideas for October 31, we’ve put together a list of amazing Halloween makeup ideas and our team has also pulled together some Halloween makeup tutorials that are easy enough to master. And if you’re less of a makeup girl and want to commit to a major costume look, we’ve also compiled the best Halloween costume ideas from the celebs to sort you out.

ASOS’ makeup kits are priced at £15, which might sound steep at first but they’re made up of eight beauty products; including goodies from ASOS’ makeup line. Including face gems, liquid highlighter, face crayons, primer and glitter, you won’t have to go rooting around in your make-up bag or ruin your good stuff trying drawing on red lipstick noses and eyeliner skulls. It’s all there and it’s just easier TBH, plus it’s all vegan-friendly so extra props on that front ASOS.

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Warn your bank manager: you can now buy Drunk Elephant in the UK

Warn your bank manager: you can now buy Drunk Elephant in the UK

These are the products you need to snap up, stat

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Drunk Elephant – the brand that’s been on the radar of Brit beauty experts for the past couple of years has finally launched into the UK. From today you can get your hands on one of Sephora’s bestselling brands that amassed a huge waiting list on Cult Beauty. It has been one of the most anticipated launches in a long while. Probably since the UK launch of Glossier.

The Marula-infused brand is available at both Space NK and Cult Beauty.

If you’re new to the Drunk Elephant life, allow us to give you a little bit of background. Founded by Tiffany Masterson in New York, the products are all born and raised (that’s designed, tested and made) in the States.

The brand does not contain any of, what they refer to as, the ‘suspicious six’ – that’s essential oils, chemical sunscreens, fragrances or dyes, SLS, silicones, and drying alcohols. It calls itself a biocompatible brand, as it focuses on whether an ingredient is compatible with the skin rather than its natural or synthetic status. It doesn’t align itself with skintypes as Masterson believes that as long as a product is free from the suspicious six, it should work with everyone’s skin. Her ethos seems to be paying off – it’s won countless industry awards and everyone wants a piece of the Drunk Elephant.

Speaking of Drunk Elephants – where does the name come from? Legend has it that when elephant’s eat the fermented Marula fruit, they end up quite tipsy. ‘I wanted to have a little fun with the name,’ Masterson explains.

Not well-acquainted with the brand just yet? Keep scrolling for the best Drunk Elephant products we think you should snap up now…

Drunk Elephant The Littles, £90 Cult Beauty

Drunk Elephant Littles

Don’t fancy spending a ton of money on a new brand, or can’t afford to? We hear you. If you’re desperate to try the brand though, it’s worth saving up your pennies for The Littles, a set of travel minis that enable you to try the brand’s hero products in miniature form – Marula Oil, C-Firma, Framboos, the works.

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Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum, £80 Space NK

Drunk Elephant Vitamin C

Packed with Vitamin C, the C-Firma Day Serum is a seriously potent and active formula that’s loaded with antioxidants, fruit enzymes and essential nutrients for healthy skin. As with all good vitamin C formulae, it can help to reduce the visibility of skin pigmentation (like dark spots) and the signs of ageing.

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Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil, from £40 Cult Beauty

Founder Tiffany believes that the virgin oil – ‘straight from the pip’ – is superior to any other she’s tried, which is why you’ll find it throughout the line. The oil itself is rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and has anti-microbial properties, making it great for minimsing fine lines, redness and improving elasticity to name but a few of its benefits.

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Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, from £90 SpaceNK

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The Framboos serum is formulated with the ‘dream team’ blend of lactic, tartaric, citric, salicylic and glycolic acid, at a concentrate of 12%. The clever gel formula refines your complexion while you sleep, banishing dead skin cells by dissolving the glue binding them to the surface of your skin. A one-way ticket to luminous skin come morning.

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Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum, £60 Cult Beauty

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A silky formula that doesn’t have the heaviness of an eye cream, the Shaba Complex blends black tea and copper peptides to turn back the clock on your under-eye area – even working to slow the signs of ageing before they appear. If you suffer with puffy, tired-looking eyes, this is the skincare product for you.

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Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream, £68 Space NK

Drunk Elephant Protini Cream

Who says protein is just for shakes? Described as ‘the Megamino protein-powered get-sh*t-done cream’, this anti-ageing cream is packed with peptides, amino acids and pygmy waterlily to improve skin’s firmness, tone and texture. With continued use, skin is promised to look revived and more youthful.

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Drunk Elephant – the products you can’t buy *SAD FACE*

For the brand’s biggest fans, you’ll be disappointed to hear that the below products have not made it over to UK shores. Mainly because of US v UK ingredient regulations.

TLC Sukari Baby Facial

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial

Probably the brand’s most famous product – a resurfacing AHA/BHA facial, that’s like baby skin in a bottle, hence the name. It’s a potent cocktail of acids, blending tartaric, lactic, citric, glycolic AND salicylic acid to gently exfoliate pores and blitz dead skin cells, leaving a smoother, brighter skin finish. To quote Drunk Elephant themselves, ‘it’ll knock your cells off’.

Umbra Sheer Physical Sunscreen

A broad spectrum sunscreen (meaning it protects against UVA and UVB rays) should be an essential part of everybody’s skincare routine, and this clear SPF 30 formula also protects against oxidative and free radical damage. There’s also a tinted version, should you want a little coverage in your SPF, aptly named Umbre Tinte.

Even without the above, you’ll fall in love with the brand. So what are you waiting for? Ready? Set? Add to basket!

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Your favourite cleanser just got a very exciting update and we’re losing our shit about it

Your favourite cleanser just got a very exciting update and we’re losing our shit about it


liz earle cleanse & polish

One tube of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish is sold every 15 seconds, it’s won over 125 awards and every year, since the QVC Customer Awards launched, it has been voted the best face cleanser. It’s safe to say that everybody bloody loves it. Including us. It’s definitely one of the most popular beauty products in the country.

Well get excited, because there’s now a version for your body.

Just as the original cleanser can transform your face, this body cleanser will keep the skin on your bod moisturised for 48 hours because of the same high content of plant oils. ‘Rice bran oil, apricot kernel oil and sunflower seed oil are amazing for your skin,’ explains James Wong, Liz Earle’s in-house botanist.

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Body with Gentle Mitt Cleanser, £19 Boots

liz earle cleanse & polish

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Whilst some body washes can actually dry your skin out, this thick lather soothes and supports the skin’s natural barrier. Once you’ve worked it in all over, grab the mitt (which is super similar to the muslin that you get with the face cleanser) and work it in some more for a touch of gentle exfoliation.

During their testing, the brand found that 90% of people who used the body cleanser said that their skin felt soft straight away. 87% said that their skin looked smoother too.

As we make our way into winter, this will make the ideal shower companion. In the colder months, the skin on your body can look a little blue and a little meh, that’s because it needs TLC. Using this every day in the shower or bath will get rid of the top layers of dead skin that can give it that dull appearance. Using the mitt will bring blood flow to the top of skin as well making it look more pink and less grey.

Happy skin awaits.

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The best eyebrow makeup to fill, tame and accentuate your arches

The best eyebrow makeup to fill, tame and accentuate your arches

How to go from fine to full in a matter of minutes

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Our brow preferences couldn’t have changed more over the last decade. Gone are the super-sparse brows of the nineties; instead, we’re beefing them up using the best eyebrow makeup money can buy.

But not everyone was blessed with thick, full, Delevingne-esque eyebrows and, sadly, the majority of us have to fake it in the brow department.

While microblading treatments have rapidly gained popularity over the last few years, we wouldn’t blame you if you’re reluctant to spend a few hundred quid on getting your brows filled in. The best eyebrow makeup is a much cheaper solution when looking how to get thicker eyebrows.

From velvety soft pencils that’ll fill your eyebrows in stroke-by-stroke, to thickening pomades and growth-enhancing serums, the world’s your oyster when it comes to formulas and shades.

So where do you start when choosing the best brow makeup?

If you like a thick, dark and defined brow shape, choose a pomade like Anastasia Beverley Hills Dip Brow Pomade. It’s a bestseller for a reason, it’s long lasting and gives you perfectly shaped arches.

If you prefer a more natural look, try a clear brow gel (we, like the rest of the world, love Glossier). These will fix your brows in place without it looking like your wearing any product at all.

When choosing a colour, the key is to always go for a duskier, earthier shade of your hair colour – very warm or orange-toned brows look too ‘done’ and unnatural-looking. And ideally, stay within a two shade range – no more than one shade lighter or darker than your current hair colour.

Once you’re clued up on the best eyebrow shapes for your face shape, read on for the Marie Claire approved eyebrow products you can find on UK beauty shelves.

How to fill in eyebrows

Brow beginners may be unsure of how to fill in your eyebrows without them looking too obvious. ‘I map out the brows with three dots and then fill in to create the perfect shape,’ says Tonya Crookes, celebrity brow artist and founder of The Browgal. ‘To find the point at which your brows should start, draw an imaginary line from the corner of your nose, directly upwards.

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Courtesy of The Browgal

‘Next, draw a line from the corner of the nose, through the pupil to find the highest point of the brow. The end of the brow should fall in line with the corner of the nose and the outside edge of the eye. Your pencil should be sharp to create hair-like strokes.’

Eyebrow kit

Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brows Palette, £29.75 John Lewis

best eyebrow makeup Clarins

This kit has everything you could need for perfectly perky brows – three different shades, so that the colour won’t look flat, a wax for shaping, a highlighting powder for the brow bone, a brush, a spoolie and that all important pair of mini tweezers.

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Eyebrow pencil

Tom Ford Brow Sculptor, £36 House of Fraser

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There’s a reason so many people love this brow pencil – the formula is slightly waxy so not only does it fill in colour, but the angled tip shapes brows as you draw. Comes in four colours that suit all hair colours.

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Eyebrow gel

Lime Crime Bushy Brow Gel, £18 Beauty Bay

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If you love bushy, bushy brows – think Cara Deleveigne and the Olsen twins – then you must introduce this into your arsenal immediately. The spoolie is super fine, meaning it attaches to every hair making the bushiness look really natural. It also stays in place in all day. Also, the shades (like most brand offerings) are done by hair colour, but this is the first brand we’ve seen do a proper redhead one

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Eyebrow powder

Benefit Foolproof Eyebrow Powder, £20.50 Boots

best eyebrow makeup Benefit

Benefit are the queens of the brow. When they saw a gap in the market – they didn’t just launch a brow product, they launched a whole collection dedicated to the little sliver of hair above our eyes. This eyebrow powder is exactly what it says on the tin – foolproof. Where do your apply the lighter shade? Well just take a look at the handy guide…

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These brow products are your one-way ticket to the perfect arches – because, as the saying goes, if your eyes really are the window to your soul, then your brows are surely the frame…

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The best facials in London for relaxation or complexion perfection

The best facials in London for relaxation or complexion perfection

best facials London

Whether you’re living and working in the city full time, or are need of a bit of downtime, the best facials in London are a must to have on your radar.

They’re a great way to take things up a gear from your best face masks for more intensive results, so we’ve scoured the city from east to west to bring you the definitive guide to the top facialists and treatment options in the city.

For several weeks I’ve made it my life’s mission to find the best facials in London, whether the end goal is clearer skin, a brighter and firmer complexion, or simply de-stressing the mind. But a girl only has one face and one skin type, so I enlisted the help of the most reliable guinea pigs I know – the MC digital team.

Getting monthly facials would be the dream, but in reality it’s a treat you save up for. So consider these the ones worth stashing your pennies away for when it’s time to treat yo-self. You deserve it.

ESPA Optimal Skin Health Facial

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‘The first thing you need to know about this seriously relaxing facial – and boy, is it a good one – is that included in the price is an an hour of chill in the  ESPA Life at Corinthia facilities beforehand.  That’s steam room, sauna, chill, the works. I had to double check that my booking confirmation email wasn’t too good to be true. As someone who really struggles to switch off, this alone makes it incredibly good value as you’re already significantly calmed going in to the facial. I could just pack up and end the review there, but I won’t.

‘What comes next in one of the treatment pods is a thorough skin analysis under a UV lamp, then a delicous-smelling combination of triple cleanse, steaming and extraction (that you barely even notice because you are too zen), followed by a treatment mask. It’s a facial, so there’s facial massage and lymphatic drainage involved, but you’re also treated a bit of massage on the head, neck, shoulders, arms and hands, as well as exfoliation of the latter two.

You know when you remember having the facial, but you were so relaxed that you sort of don’t at the same time, because you were off floating on a cloud somewhere? Yeah. That. I’m already experiencing ESPA Life withdrawal syndrome and I desperately need to go back for another fix.’ – Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

How much is it?

£140 for 60 minutes, or £190 for 90 minutes, at Corinthia London

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Sisley Signature Facial

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‘I had always heard excellent things about Sisley Paris, so when an opportunity arose to try out their signature facial at Claridge’s, I leapt at the chance. I’d recommend arriving a little early in order to make the most of the stunning changing room (it’s literally an Instagram gold mine) and to spend some time reclining with a coffee in your fluffy robe and plush slippers. But that was nothing compared to the 60 minutes of pure relaxation that followed. I’m generally quite an uptight person, but this treatment switched me off in seconds.

‘Sisley is renowned for its scientific approach, using only the finest natural ingredients, and after deciding that my treatment should focus on hydration, my facialist went about choosing the right plant extracts and essential oils for my skin. Then came my signature facial, catered specifically to my skin and its needs. Lavender, rosemary, sage, geranium – you name an essential oil, it went on my skin in the form of gentle cleansers, serums and scrubs.

‘The highlight was the nourishing mask – which was quite literally bandaged to my face – and while it sunk in, I was treated to a surprise foot massage. It was pure luxury and I left the spa considerably more relaxed, not to mention, my skin was GLOWING.

‘For me, this kind of facial is ideal. It wasn’t hugely informative and it wasn’t a skin consultation; but that’s not why I went, nor is it what I personally look for in a facial. I don’t need someone to tell me about my skin, I just need to relax and feel pampered, something it offers in spades. If you want to know the ins and the outs of your complexion or try off the wall methods and violent extractions, this isn’t the treatment for you. But if like me, you want to lie on a warm bed and switch off for an hour as an expert facialist calms your senses and nourishes your skin with the most luxurious oils, look no further. Can I go and have another one now?’ – Jenny Proudfoot, Junior Digital News Editor

How much is it?

£120 for 60 minutes, or £165 for 90 minutes, at Claridge’s

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Omorovicza Illuminating Facial

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For the uninitiated, Omorovicza are skincare Dons. Conceived in Budapest, and harnessing the infamous ‘healing’ powers of Hungary’s thermal waters, Omorovicza’s products and facials (I’m looking at you Elemental Emulsion and your everlasting wait list…) have been a mainstay in my otherwise ever-evolving beauty routine. They look great, smell great, work great and never once have they made my unruly skin breakout.

Tucked away in the heart of the Liberty store, the Omorovicza Treatment Rooms act like little slices of Budapest; they’re peaceful, dimly lit (no one wants a facial with a side order of fluorescent strip lighting) and smell incredible thanks to the unique blends that subtly flood the air.

After an initial skin consultation (I wanted hydration and glow), I opted for the Illumination facial, which all sounded very Harry Potter so I was there for it. I was so thoroughly relaxed, that the many varied elements of the facial merged into one hour of facial bliss, but the signature element consists of a gentle copper peel (don’t be alarmed by the slight tingle, my skin showed no sign of redness after it finished) and an energising facial massage that I was convinced made my skin more buoyant. And of course, plentiful spritzes of the cult Queen of Hungary Mist in-between.

After a quick hit of SPF for the journey home, the facial was over. My skin looked dewy, plumped and yes, GLOWY. With no sign of irritation or redness, this facial is a goer for pre-event skin boosting. Omorovicza, I bow down. – Holly Rains, Digital Editor

How much is it?

£125 for 60 minutes at Liberty London, redeemable against Omorovicza products on the day

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Kate Kerr Advanced Brightening Facial

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Facial legend Kate Kerr and her right-hand woman Michelle (who I met with) are based out of Mondrian London, overlooking the Thames. It should be noted from the get-go that this is a thorough skincare session, so if you are looking purely for relaxation there is much more to this facial than that. Michelle and I discussed my complexion in great depth, and then she got stuck in. After serious deep cleansing, she hand picked treatment masks to target my skin’s congestion and brighten the overall tone. She then got down to business, really paying attention to every area of my face when it came to extraction, not just the nose and chin.

‘The treatment rooms are very chic and minimal, and there’s zen music playing for the whole duration of your treatment – not too tinny, not too over the top and not too ‘pinky-plonky’ – which I find really helps me to zone out while someone is sorting out my face. If you want your skin thoroughly analysed, complexion cleaned up to look healthier and brighter, and a bespoke skincare routine at the end of it to boot, this one is for you. You’ll understand your skin so much more when you leave and I can’t recommend Michelle enough, both as a facialist and to chat to!’ – Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

How much is it?

From £150, or £230 with Kate Kerr herself, Mondrian London

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Eve Lom Ultimate Cleanse Facial

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‘If blackheads are your biggest skin woe, this treatment is one of the big guns when it comes to giving skin a deep-clean. My now-husband’s nose REALLY needed clearing before our wedding day, so he was the perfect candidate to put Eve Lom’s Ultimate Cleanse to the test. It’s pretty unique as the treatment involves applying hot paraffin wax onto the skin to heat the skin, which in turn really opens up your pores, so that the therapist can get all of the built-up gunk out. And they really, really layer the wax on. At first, it feels pretty peculiar, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before, but the warmth from is calming and therepeutic. The wax is essentially painted on with a brush in rhythmic motions and it feels like pure heaven.

‘Once your skin is ready (aka warmed to perfection) your pores are basically the most open they’ll ever be, which means the therapist has easy access to all the nastiness. If you think about how much pressure you usually have to apply to remove blackheads, it’s the opposite after the wax – next to no pressure is needed. To ensure the skin stays warm, the therapist rips the wax off bit by bit, only working on small areas at a time. It’s called the ultimate cleanse and it’s exactly that. If anyone needs a full on skin clean (and those men who don’t do anything to their skin really do), this is IT.’ – Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

How much is it?

£100 for 60 minutes, Sanderson London

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Decléor Anti-Pollution Facial

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‘As with all Decleor treatments, this facial started with a back diagnostic (bear with me). This involves the therapist looking at your back to reveal why your skin is behaving in a certain way, by gently stimulating pressure and reflex points. This revealed that I was stressed and hormonal, as my lower back was quite hot (I was in fact about to come on my period). I honestly found it fascinating as I believe the way to great skin is understanding how it behaves. This was followed by cleansing, a lymphatic drainage massage to remove toxins and pollution and replenish moisture. The rest is tailored to your skin concerns, and as mine was congested, I had a purifying mask and scrub to remove dead skin cells.

‘My skin obviously felt amazing afterwards – glowing and smooth – but what I loved is that it’s an overall super relaxing experience. Whilst Decleor products are working hard tonight the damaging effects of pollution, the therapist massages everything from my face to my shoulders and limbs, really releasing tension. Because how can your face glow if the rest of your body is strained?’ – Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor

How much is it?

£75 for 75 minutes at the Decléor Day Boutique and Day Spa, also nationwide

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Elemis BIOTEC Radiance Renew Facial

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‘After chatting with my ELEMIS therapist about my skin woes over a piping hot cup of tea, she sat me down in front of a machine that scanned and analysed my face to discover what my problem issues were. Once she had a better idea of what my skin needed, she then told me that the Biotec Radiance Renew Facial was the ideal one as it was designed to even out your skin tone, restore radiance and reduce dark circles (all things that were issues I flagged in our consultation). It included a facial massage, ultrasonic peeling technology – this electronic spatula that weirdly feels like they’re shaving your face, but miraculously does away with any dead skin – and their radiance activator packed with anti-oxidants, hyaluronic acid and peptides that had me glowing for days afterwards. The entire session finished off with a cooling gel mask.

‘Although it was of course super relaxing, I really loved that the main focus was on helping me get the best skin I could – both during the session and in the future once I’d left. It really felt like a mixture between a pampering session and a consultation with a skin expert, so it’s perfect for those who want to get serious and nail their skincare routine. Also the ultrasonic peeling was kind of intimidating at first (it hums like crazy and stings a little) but it did absolute wonders.

‘I literally have never glowed like that in my life and I was coming off a pretty dark, hungover weekend. I really loved that they not only took my issues into consideration, my therapist really took the time to help me boost my at-home regimen – as I had relatively dry skin, she recommended I start oil cleansing and then gave me a small card at the end with a proposed skincare routine moving forwards. Just so great.’ – Megan C. Hills, Digital Lifestyle Writer

How much is it?

£110 for 60 minutes, or £160 for 90 minutes, at the House of Elemis

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Sunday Riley Ice Lift Facial

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‘There are three reasons why you should go and get a Sunday Riley facial at Hershesons salon. 1) Because you walk out with skin so happy, bouncy and glowy that it’s practically singing. 2) Because this is the only place in the world (yah huh) where you can get a Sunday Riley treatment. 3) Because of Iris.

‘It’s not often that I tell people to go for a facial because of the therapist. Typically, my recommendations are results-based. Don’t get me wrong this facial gives good – no, GREAT – results, but I have to tell you that Iris had me at hello. She asked me about every product that I use, wanted to know the brand name, how often I use them and when. She does this because she wants to know what your skin is used to and what it can and can’t handle.

‘The facial itself is part relaxation – the cleansing, the mask, the lymphatic facial massage, the hilarious chatter with Iris, and part punch – a combination of red light LED and cryotherapy. Don’t worry at all about the LED, which boosts collagen – you can’t feel a thing, and while that’s going on Iris is at the bottom of the giant bed relieving all of the tension from your toes.

‘But the cryotherapy, the cryotherapy took my breath away. Not because it was painful, because it’s so damn cold and my body does this funny thing when it’s super cold – it’s like it’s confused and forgets how to work. I’ve done cryotherapy chambers before and the same thing happened then, I couldn’t regulate my breath. I had to close my eyes and tell myself to breathe in and breathe out. But don’t panic, because Iris is there the whole time making you laugh and making you feel so comfortable.

‘Once she’s finished blasting your face with sub–zero air, give your face a little touch, you won’t believe how cold it is. But that chilliness fights signs of inflammation, so it’s all good. Iris then applies your favourite Sunday Riley products and you’re good to go. When you sit up, you’ll notice the change. You’re a little pinker (in a good way) and a little tighter. And you’ll be smiling, because Iris is by your side.’ – Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

How much is it?

£120 for 1 hour at Hershesons London

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Su-Man’s Signature Facial

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‘Su-Mans facial is legendary’ – that’s the opening line on the about section of Su-Man’s website. Punchy? Yes. Hyperbole? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s  impossible not to verge on hyperbole territory when talking about this facial. ‘This was a life changing experience,’ ‘Su-Man has magical hands/is a wizard’ – all words that have left my mouth after having this treatment.

That’s it for me now. I keep thinking, ‘How will I ever go to a “normal” facial ever again?’ I’m truly done for. I now refer to time BS and AS (before Su-Man and after Su-Man). It’s 2018 AS, and I worship at the altar of Su-Man.

Su-Man’s background is in Shiatsu, dance and pilates. So as you’d imagine, the facial is peppered with targeted massage and relaxation tailored to your individual needs. After my neck and shoulders were worked on  – all the tension builds up to your neck and jawline – my ears were massaged to stimulate lymphatic drainage, using the most beautiful products. From the watermelon-based gel cleanser to the mask that made me crave chocolate cake, it was all divine.

Su-Man gives you a mirror to marvel at the results yourself. It’s like time stops still. And, if you’re anything like me and hate looking in the mirror, you’ll take the mirror with reservation. But anyway, there you sit, mirror in hand and you really look at yourself. Like, REALLY look at yourself. Part of the Su-Man philosophy is not only looking good but FEELING good. Maybe it was her super calming and caring nature rubbing off on me, or maybe it was because she told me my skin is great, but looking in the mirror I think, okay, I look alright. Actually, scratch that, I look good.

On the day of my great awakening, I did a double take after walking past my bathroom mirror. Hang on, does my jaw look more defined? I stroke my jawline to make sure it’s real.

Later I’m sitting at the dinner table and my hand grazes my chin. ‘What has she done to my face?’, I think to myself. ‘Maybe she IS a wizard?’

Can a facial be a life changing experience? I think so… – Sunil Makan, Associate Editor

How much is it?

£250 at Agua Spa, Sanderson London; call 020 7300 1414 to book now

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How to work the ancient Ayurvedic wellness trend into your beauty routine

How to work the ancient Ayurvedic wellness trend into your beauty routine

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Words by Rebecca Fearn.

If you often feel out of balance, you’re not alone. This time of year during the changing of seasons, we can experience an imbalance when it comes to our mental state, emotional and physical wellbeing. We get it – life can feel stressful and overwhelming, and sometimes a simple session of ‘Netflix and chill’ isn’t enough to save us. But fear not, keep reading to discover the best ways to re-balance yourself using the age-old practice of Ayurveda.

What is Ayurveda?

Wellness and beauty have never been more connected, and one of the most talked-about trends of the moment is the Ayurvedic system.  This ancient wisdom originates from India, and focuses on helping us to re-balance our lifestyle through improving health and well-being. The practice aims to cleanse and nourish your energy to make you feel better and less stressed. Ranges such as Rituals’ the Ritual of Ayurveda are committed to helping you live more of a balanced life and prove it’s possible to do so through your beauty routine.

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Find your dosha

The first step in improving your lifestyle through Ayurvedic practices is to discover your dosha. It is essentially your mind-body type, and it’s important to find out which one you are in order to find out how to re-balance yourself and feel healthier and in tune with the world around you.

There are three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Although you will ultimately relate to one the most, we all have a little of each within us. Vatas are associated with the air element and tend to be creative and sensitive, yet when imbalanced they can be fearful or anxious. Pittas are most aligned with the element of fire and are usually intelligent, understanding people. However, if they are off-centre, they can act in frustration and anger. Kaphas are associated with water and earth as they are cohesive and level-headed. Imbalanced Kaphas suffer from greediness, possessiveness and stubbornness. Discover your mind-body type by taking this short Rituals’ test and take first steps towards a more balanced living.

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Take time to re-balance your life

Once you’ve established which dosha you most relate to, it’s time to discover how to re-balance things (phew). Traditionally, the Ayurveda principle recommends reconnecting with the elements. If you are a Vata for example (who are air elements), get outside into nature and take a moment to just breathe and rest. Pittas are best to quite literally cool off if they get angry and fiery, either by being in water or eating and drinking cool, water-rich foods. Kaphas are encouraged to kick-start their routine and get active while also taking time to look after themselves.

Taking care of yourself is actually crucial for all doshas in order to reduce stress, stay balanced and feel better. Rituals’ the Ritual of Ayurveda acknowledges that in order to re-balance, we all need to take a second to chill out with a bit of self-care – and this is easily done through your beauty routine. Their Ayurveda-inspired range features luxurious, soothing products to help balance your dosha through relaxation.

Follow our 3-step pamper guide to feel more relaxed instantly:

  1. Take an evening to yourself and start by brewing a cup of Rituals’ Rose Wisdom tea. The Indian rose and Himalaya honey in the blend help to re-balance and soothe from the offset.
  2. After drinking your tea, pop on a candle (we like the Ritual of Ayurveda Scented Candle, which features sweet almond oil and smells AMAZING) hop into the shower and lather on the brand’s Foaming Shower Gel, or alternatively, the Body Scrub. Both contain Indian rose and sweet almond oil, so be sure to take in a few deep breaths before you wash away.
  3. Step out of the shower and slowly massage in a layer of the Ritual of Ayurveda Dry Oil (choose the one that matches your dosha) before climbing into bed with a good book and some cosy pjs. We feel more balanced just thinking about it…

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Drop everything: Huda Beauty just announced a new eyeshadow palette

Drop everything: Huda Beauty just announced a new eyeshadow palette


Words by Rebecca Fearn.

Nothing sends beauty fans into a frenzy quite like a new Huda Beauty drop – and it sounds as though we don’t have long to wait until the next one arrives.

Huda Kattan announced yesterday that a new palette called ‘New Nude’ would be on the way very soon.

The makeup mogul shared the following teaser video on her official Instagram page, which revealed the new palette’s outside and inner packaging:

She also enticed us even more with a black & white picture of the palette’s shades. Kind of agonising…

Speaking to Popsugar about the new palette, Huda commented:

“When we [were coming up with] the idea, I thought about how I feel when my makeup is done, I have my favourite outfit on, and I feel super confident,”

“I feel really sexy in that moment, but it’s not for anyone — it’s for me. Wearing makeup isn’t about impressing anyone or trying to be attractive for anyone but myself, and I really wanted to capture that feeling with this palette.”

Kattan also revealed to the publication that New Nude will feature a ‘colour-changing formula with shimmering pearl flecks’:

“It’s honestly game-changing,” she said. “The New Nude is one of my favourites yet – the colours are so beautiful and includes a never-before-seen formula, exclusive to Huda Beauty.”

Huda is set to release more info on 1 October, so hang on in there.

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The breast cancer awareness month products to shop this October

The breast cancer awareness month products to shop this October

Think pink this month

October is a pivotal month in the calendar – it marks the start of Autumn, the approach of Halloween, but more importantly it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Breast cancer is still the most common cancer in the UK. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed in their lifetime and around 11,500 of those will lose their lives to this devastating disease. So showing your support this October is as vital as ever. Getting a cancer diagnosis is hard, but this initiative is all in aid of raising money for vital scientific research and support for those affected.

From the familiar fuschia ribbon – the symbol of the campaign – to limited edition beauty products from some of the industry’s best-loved brands, October is all about the colour pink.

There are plenty of ways for you to get involved, show support and help raise funds. Want to do your bit? We’ve rounded up the (mostly pink) products that are donating to breast cancer charities during October.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm

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The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is quite literally the best cleanser on the planet – the thick balm removes every trace of make-up from your face. The new rose scented one makes it even better. If that’s even possible?! And of course with rose, comes the colour pink. Sales from the pink-packaged pot will go towards a £25,000 target donation from ELEMIS to Breast Cancer Care – the charity they have supported for 18 years.

Shop now: ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm, £68

Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo and Conditioner

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A little known fact is that Philip Kingsley first created the No Scent No Colour shampoo and conditioner for his wife, Joan, after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. The hair specialist saw first hand how difficult it was for those undergoing cancer treatment to find the right shampoo and conditioner; Joan couldn’t use any products containing perfumes or colours, but still wanted to use products that made her feel good about herself.

He then created No Scent No Colour specifically for her, and it’s now available others having chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

For every 75ml bottle sold, 25p will go to breast cancer charity Look Good Feel Better, who work to support the well-being and confidence of those undergoing cancer treatment. And 50p from sales of every 250ml bottle will also be donated to the charity. Going that one step further, these donations happen throughout the year, not just October.

Shop now: Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Shampoo, from £19

Shop now: Philip Kingsley No Scent No Colour Conditioner, from £22

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Hair Mask

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This hair mask is pretty darn good. The combination of coconut and fig helps to restore dry, damaged, dyed (basically really sad hair) back to it’s virginal state – hence the name. 20% of the profits from sales of their hair mask in October go to Coppafeel – the charity that helps to educate females about the signs and symptoms of the disease and to encourage regular self-checking. Along with the mask, you get a Tangle Teaser, which is worth £11. Winning all around really.

Buy Now: Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Hair Mask, £34.90

Sand & Sky Charity Robe

breast cancer awareness ‘I’m the Tits’ – the slogan that’s emblazoned on Sand & Sky’s slinky pink robe. Why? Because they believe every woman should feel like they’re the tits. *Orders one for every female friend* 30% of profits made on the robe, £24.95, or the robe and Sand & Sky Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment combo, £49.90 go towards Look Good Feel Better.

Buy Now: Sand & Sky Charity Robe & Flash Perfection Exfoliating Treatment

Invisibobble Slim Time To Pink Hair Tie – Limited Edition Breast Cancer Edition

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You always need a hair tie. Always. So why not make it one that does good? Throughout September, Invisibobble fans have been voting for an initiative closest to their hearts (you still have until Sunday to have your say) that will receive 25% of the earnings made from the sales of the above hair ties.

Buy Now: Invisibobble Slim Time To Pink Hair Tie – Limited Edition Breast Cancer Edition, £5.99 Look Fantastic

RevitaLash Advanced Limited Edition Eternally Pink Lash Kit

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Having watched his wife courageously battle with breast cancer, RevitaLash C.E.O Michael Brinkenhoff M.D honours his wife’s memory by raising money from sales of the lash kits for research initiatives, including City of Hope organisation.

Buy Now: RevitaLash Advanced Limited Edition Eternally Pink Lash Kit

Here’s to pink replacing orange as the go-to colour for October.

Do your bit.


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