Karl Lagerfeld is known for many things: being at the helm of Chanel for 35 years, hosting the most fabulous and awe-inspiring fashion shows and his cat Choupette, who has over 110k follower on Instagram. But now in 2018, he will be known for creating the most hilarious light up lipstick.
Launched alongside 49 other products, the Lip Lights Liquid Matte Lipstick, £22, is part of the hugely exciting collaboration between Parisian fashion house Karl Lagerfeld and Australian super-brand ModelCo. It’s a kitsch ‘one-drop’ make-up range available exclusively at Cult Beauty.
But enough about that, let’s chat this lol-tastic lipstick. It comes in a sleek tube with a giant 3D Karl Lagerfeld head, which acts as the lid. It looks like a Darth Vader mask. See…
But that’s not even the best bit about this genius lippie. The best part is that when you twist the lid off, a light comes on underneath Karl’s head. And thanks to the little mirror, placed handily down the side of the tube, you can do your lipstick in the dark. Which is something that women have been crying out for for years. Oh, the formula is pretty decent too.
You’ve got to buy it now though, because one the collection sells out, it’s gone.
You know those times when you think you know someone and then they do something so out of character that it makes you question everything? Well this is like that, sort of. Aesop skincare…it’s a thing.
I love Aesop, I really do. Like most, my first dalliance with Aesop was a meeting in a restroom at an upscale restaurant – the hand wash and hand cream to be precise. The geranium and herbal infused products, lathered, cleansed, moisturizer and fragranced in a way quite that sadly many other products had tried and failed. And, ever since then I was hooked.
If you come over to my house, you’ll find said hand wash and hand cream in my bathroom, but to be totally honest, they’re only there because you are there – their usual hiding place is a cupboard (rationing and all that). And, I often wax lyrical about their fragrances – did you know they did fragrance? There’s Tacit (my favourite) the crisp and green one with a delicate hit of spice, inspired by a classic cologne; Hwyl the smoky and earthy one, inspired by a Japanese forest; Marrakesh the woody and spicy one, inspired by characteristics of it’s namesake city, and they’re all pretty great. But that’s as far as my knowledge of the brand went and thinking that I had everything I needed plodded happily along.
The Aesop fragrance collection. (From L-R) Tacit, Hwyl and Marrakesh
But on a recent trip to the Shoreditch store (81 Rivington Street) instead of just picking up top ups for my cupboard supply (it’s almost barbecue season so we usually have lots of visitors), I ventured into the second room in the store.
I should probably point out that the store has had a recent makeover: the London-grey-hue du jour that covered the walls is no longer there. Instead the most interesting of colours, (Dulux, Delhi Bazaar 2 – should you care) a mustard, yellow ochre, sludgey, swamp like hue now adorns the walls. It’s a bloody good colour and now I’d quite like it to be on my walls at home. Such is the power of a well put-together brand; it’s a lifestyle that you want in on.
Most customers never make it past the first room as the hand wash and hand cream are placed here for ease, but they really ought to. The second room in the store is dedicated to an extensive skincare range and there is a product to suit pretty much every skin woe. Aesop skincare, it’s definitely a thing.
Their approach to customer care is a big priority for them and they want to hear all your needs. Spend 15 minutes chatting to one of the super helpful (and knowledgeable) skin care specialists to discuss your skins particular needs so that you can really tailor the products to get the perfect skincare regime.
These are the best Aesop skincare products
Parsley Seed Facial cleanser
The smallest amount goes a long way so all you need is a teaspoon. Use twice daily and blend the mixture with a few drops of water to form a milky emulsion, which should then be massaged over your damp dace and rinsed off thoroughly.
I used this once a week for a deep clean feel. The fine Quartz and Lactic acid exfoliates therefore leaving skin soft and polished by getting rid of tired cells, while Rosemary and Lavender oil leave the most delicate scent.
Best for combination skin that needs some tlc. Jam packed with hydrating and purifying botanicals (there’s Juniper berry and Jasmine Petal) the Fabulous Face Oil boosts up hydration levels but with that all-important non-greasy finish.
The eye area is one of the most sensitive parts of skin on your body therefore gentle products are generally best. Vitamin C, Blue Chamomile and Aloe Vera gently hydrate, nourish and protect your skin from the elements. Just a two or three drops does the trick.
I like to give it at least 4 weeks when testing out products before making a call on whether it’s working for me or not – unless during week one I encounter an adverse reaction. Hideous breakout avoided and hitting a full stride which this new regime, I can confirm that my skin is hydrated and healthy.
Next time I head into store, I’ll be there mainly for my Aesop skincare top-ups – oh, and not to forget, a bottle of hand cream and hand wash, because it’s just so good.
OK, so it’s now warm enough for us to forgo tights and opt for shorter hemlines if we so desire, but there’s a big issue that comes with this new freedom. Legs that have seen better days. You see it isn’t just bears and small rodents that go into hibernation over the winter months, so to do regular tans and strict hair-removal regimes. What’s needed is an easy step-by-step of how to get legs summer-ready. Luckily, that’s exactly what we’ve created here for you.
With the help of leg-expert Kate Shapland, creator of Legology – the beauty brand created as a high performance solution to cellulite and heavy legs – we’ve come up with the simple way to ensure that you won’t get caught out on sunny days this summer.
‘Skin which has been covered for months doesn’t look its best,’ Shapland explains. ‘Legs are usually a bit dry and dull, and even if you’ve religiously exfoliated and moisturised throughout winter, the expanse of bare skin from ankle to knee can demand an extra dollop of confidence to pull off.’ And so the first step is to buff away any dead skin. Not only will this create a clean, smooth surface, it will help boost circulation and get rid of any dullness. Dullness comes because dead skin can’t reflect light, do you want to get rid asap. ‘You need a power buffer – something super-crunchy that will send a rush of nutrient-rich blood to the skin’s surface to give it tone and colour, and plants plenty of suppleness back in there.’ You can beat Sanctuary Spa’s Salt Scrub, but we also love Espa’s Invigorating Salt Scrub, £38. If you don’t think either of these are for you, you could choose the best body scrub for your skin type.
This is one of those things that we, as beauty editors, repeatedly tell people to do because the benefits are phenomenal. But this is also one of those things, that in all honesty not many people can be arsed to do. However, we are going to preach about it again in the hope that this time you will take note and segue it into your routine. In a recent BBC documentary, The Truth About…Looking Good, it was revealed that the best way to treat and get rid of cellulite is dry body brushing. Brushing from the ankles upwards in the direction of the heart in quick, swift motions boosts circulation and helps lymphatic drainage. Trapped fluid emphasizes cellulite and makes legs feel heavy, but by brushing twice a day you decrease fluid retention and toxins are drained away. This Mio Body Brush has additional nodules, which help to massage on a deeper level.
If you want supple and smooth legs, you have to moisturise and you have to do it on the reg. This is not a step you want to skip. Nothing will leave legs in a better condition that super duper hydrated skin. Shapland recommends steering clear of oils, because not only do they sit on top of skin and don’t sink in as well as a moisturiser, but they’re also unflattering. ‘It’s the shine – the only acceptable area for sheen on your legs is a line down the shins because it helps make this area look longer and narrower. All over shine gives you barrel legs in the same way that gloss volumises a lip.’ Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a cult classic. It’s been around for years and it just does the job so well. It also sinks in quickly, so you don’t have to wait around for long before putting your clothes on.
The thing about hair removal is a person typically falls into one of a few camps – laser, epilating, waxing or shaving. Laser can be pricey, epilating could be compared to a Medieval torture technique and waxing is for those with a high pain threshold. Which leaves shaving. Shaving is simple, pain-free and more importantly, purse-friendly. You really can’t go wrong with a Venus razor. They’ve been reliable since we were teenagers and they just keep getting better – this razor has two moisture bars either side of the three blades meaning that whilst you get a closer shave, your skin is treated to a nourishing boost of shea butter. Sometimes the most simple options are the best.
‘Cellulite is not a life sentence,’ says Martine de Richeville, creator of the body treatment Remodelage, which helps to detox, refine and tone. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a relaxing-you-might-fall-asleep-during massage. It’s not. It’s a deep-tissue technique that incorporates the specially created 8 shaped motion and it pinches. Like a lot. But don’t be put off, because the therapist needs to get down into the lower levels to reach the older fat deposits. By doing this, it allows for better circulation to the area, which in turn reduces excess fat in the tissue. Not only does it tone the silhouette (which is excellent if you suffer from saddlebags at the top of your thighs), but it rather cleverly helps to filter the metabolic waste and flushes out toxins, so your digestion improves too. Shapland completely agrees that massage is vital to getting killer legs, ‘If it’s good, it won’t be comfortable, but your legs will look less puffy & feel lighter; so book a course of sessions.’
Nothing will prep your legs for summer better than exercise. We know, snooze. But Shapland suggests we embrace exercise: ‘Get up and cross the office to speak to someone instead of
emailing them, take the stairs at a run, do a handstand – anything that promotes circulation and maintains flow.’ Whilst a HIIT session or a spin class is a brilliant full body workout, there are now more and more classes that are specifically aimed at toning. From your classic Legs, Bums and Tums class to Barre-style workouts that combine traditional ballet positions with repetitive movements from Pilates, you’ll find something similar in most gyms. Virgin Active just launched a new Barre class that’s said to strengthen, lengthen, tone and tighten. If that isn’t incentive, we don’t know what is. GymBox has a hilarious class called Thunder, which don’t worry, does the opposite to giving you thunder thighs. It’s a class that uses the old 90s Thigh Masters (remember them?!) to work on toning quads and glutes. There’s plenty out there, so there’s really no excuse.
Legology Sun-Lite Sheer Lingerie for Legs, £38 Space NK
‘One of the biggest mistakes women make with their legs through the summer is with self-tan, because inevitably it’s too dark,’ explains Shapland. ‘Too many of us make this mistake at the start of the summer when we’re desperate to improve the look of skin too quickly.’ Even if you have the best fake tan or follow our fake tan tips, it should still be incredibly subtle. Still unsure? ‘You’re aiming for the kind of sun kissed shade skin develops after a long hot weekend, when skin has just ‘turned’, not full on tropical tan.’ For those with pale skin, something like the Legology’s Sheer Lingerie For Legs will work perfectly. Think of it as like the best cc cream – it makes your legs look better, rather than completely changing their colour. If you can’t give up the darker shade, then we recommend leg make-up products like Becca Luminous Body Perfecting Mousse and Vita Liberata tktktktktkt
Organic skincare that’s good for you (and the environment)
The UK’s organic beauty sector, including organic make up, is booming, and considering that your skin is your largest organ, it’s no surprise people are thinking more about what they’re actually putting on it.
Soil Association‘s latest market report reveals the UK organic market is now worth a whopping £2.2 billion, the most its ever been. Organic now accounts for 1.5% of the total UK food and drink market.
Non-toxic ingredients and brands are on the rise, thanks to people’s awareness of the ingredients they’re consuming, and what they can do to your body and to the earth. For example, this cult organic beauty product was out of stock for the longest time and we’re sure a few are going to work their way into our Black Friday beauty deals page.
So if natural beauty is your thing, this is how to differentiate between ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ and everything in-between. Remember, if you’re after strictly organic products, make sure to keep a look out for the Soil Association logo which will tell you the exact percentage of organic ingredients in that specific product
Health and Beauty Business Development Manager Lauren Bartley from the Soil Association Certification tells us exactly what ‘organic’ means:
No toxic chemicals
No synthetic fragrances
No nano particles
No animal testing
And when you buy organic products, you’re supporting organic or natural ingredients, sustainably sourced ingredients, sustainable manufacturing processes (no harsh processes used to create products), biodegradable packaging and protection of wildlife and the environment.
Although ‘natural’ has sadly become an unregulated term in the market, it should technically mean that the product is not made of synthetic ingredients – so basically that none of the ingredients were born in a lab. But, this term isn’t as regulated as organic so it’s important to use brands you can trust actually are natural.
And, genuine natural and organic beauty (namely skincare) doesn’t need to be boring or expensive, so we’ve rounded up the best natural and organic products to add to your beauty bag from the multi-purpose balm that can be a moisturiser and a highlighter to the night mask that’s perfect to put on before a flight.
If you follow a fair amount of beauty accounts on Instagram, chances are you have come across the silk pillowcases and sleep masks by Slip. The brand is a hit on social media – favoured by the likes of Jen Atkin, Charlotte Tilbury and Cindy Crawford – and while the Instagram-worthiness of the products definitely contributes to the success, it’s also no secret that sleeping on silk pillowcases is beneficial to your skin.
The natural fibre absorbs less of your night creams and serums than cotton, locking in the skin’s moisture, and provides a smoother surface for your face while sleeping, reducing the chance at sleep creases while slowing down the ageing process. In addition to this, silk also helps to keep your locks healthy – nourishing bedhead, frizz and split ends.
Why is silk better for your hair?
Sleeping on abrasive bed linen can cause friction. As a result, your hair follicles are weaker and more likely to break. If you swap your cotton bed sheets for soft silk covers, your hair will ‘glide’ over the pillow instead of rubbing against it – protecting your hair from nightly damage by strengthening and thickening your locks.
What do silk hair wraps do for your hair?
Silk hair wraps are even more effective. Encouraging the natural oils to spread evenly from root to tip, they also help prevent greasy hair – making those dry shampoo sprays in between washes unnecessary. And while the idea of a hair wrap might not appeal to you at first, there are some fun designs out there (like the silk hair wraps by Silke London) that will change your mind.
When going frizz-free, the most important thing to remember is that only 100% pure silk will offer anti-bedhead benefits. Stay away from poly-silk blends or other satin-like synthetic fibres and splurge on high-quality silk – it will be worth it when you wake up in the morning with healthy hair.
Proof that you can get salon results in the comfort of your own home
Summer is (almost) here and for a lot of us, that means turning to hair removal methods like waxing for smooth pins and a hairless bikini line.
Waxing may not be the least painful option, but it is quick and yields longer-lasting results than your razor will.
Read on to master the art of at-home waxing, from lower leg to full-on Brazilian.
Using wax strips at home
‘Making sure you have time, tools and the correct preparation are essential,’ says Nair‘s Beauty Expert Nichola Joss.
‘Nair Japanese Cherry Blossom Wax Strips require no external heating so you can simply place the strip on your legs and achieve smooth skin effortlessly.
Nichola adds that the number one thing you should remember while waxing yourself is not to rush it. ‘Take the time, make sure you have all the tools you need and prep the skin.
‘Cleansing and exfoliating can help to ensure the skin is prepared for waxing, giving you better results. If you need to exfoliate the skin do this 24 hours before.
So, what do you need to do to ensure a fuss-free DIY waxing session at home?
‘On the day, cleanse the skin with a fragrance free non oily product and ensure your skin is dry,’ Nichola advises. ‘Take your time and do one strip at a time, ensuring you gently apply to the skin. Remember to remove as instructed.’
Waxing strips need to be pulled from the skin in a single, quick move – peeling them off will be uncomfortable and won’t remove the hair effectively.
‘After you have waxed the desired area, gently apply an oil and lightly massage into skin,’ Nichola adds. ‘Wait 24hrs before applying any self-tan.’
Leg waxing and eyebrow waxing are both pretty self explanatory, but some hair removal procedures using wax have slightly more ambiguous names.
This kind of waxing involves removing ALL the hair; bikini line, vulva, butt crack, the works.
It’s not an easy one to do DIY so, we’re calling it: you’d have to be mad to do your own Hollywood wax at home. The logistics of removing all hair from your nether regions without causing yourself injury just isn’t worth it.
Brazillian waxes are very similar to Hollywood, except usually a small, visible strip of hair is left on the vulva (the external part of your lady garden). Again, unless you’re a pro, we don’t really recommend you try this one at home.
Removing hair from your bikini line, on the other hand, is pretty straightforward.
For a successful DIY bikini wax, pull the skin taut, apply the wax strip, press firmly and use the warmth of your hands to soften the wax if necessary.
After that, it’s a case of just gritting your teeth and pulling away quickly.
If you’re on Instagram, you know Glossier, the millennial pink make-up and skincare brand loved by, well, millennials.
The bubble wrap bags and zeitgeist-y packaging have been dominating our feeds since forever, so the UK launch sent us all into a bit of a frenzy.
While Boy Brow, Cloud Paint and Body Hero are all cult staples in the beauty lover’s bathroom cabinet, the one thing that’s long been missing from their line is a mascara.
But no more. Enter: Lash Slick.
A tubing mascara in millennial pink casing (naturally), the formula coats your lashes with tiny fibres to lengthen and vegan biotin to strengthen your lashes over time. We’d go as far as to say it’s even more exciting than their last launch.
The end result is long and natural-looking lashes that make your eyes pop – so if you don’t like tons of volume or looking like you’re “wearing mascara”, this one is for you.
This is without a doubt one of the Glossier team’s biggest launches to date; the brand spent 18 months developing Lash Slick, and tested 248 different formulations. That’s a lot of mascara…
But we’re here to discuss the make-up looks – and what a night it was for red carpet beauty.
While the red eyeshadow trend certainly made some headway, glitter under, over and around the eyes was one of the biggest trends for the day.
The bronze goddess look was another key player for the night, with golden hued eye make-up, rose gold highlighter and shimmery skin all reigning supreme (Kerry Washington and Emily Ratajkowski, we’re looking at you).
And, as ever, many celebrity faces opted for a timeless classic with their beauty looks in the form of an iconic red lip.
Keep scrolling for the Marie Claire edit of 20 of our favoruite beauty looks from this year’s Met Gala celebrations, plus the exact products the top MUAs used on your favourite A-listers’ faces.
The collection that celebrates natural beauty is back
What is it about Chanel that sends the most sane person into such a tizz? Those two little Cs do something to a person. I’m no different. As soon as that black paper bag with white lettering lands on my desk, I’m drunk with excitement.
And that’s exactly what happened last week when Chanel’s latest launch arrived. The postman had barely set it down, before I was ripping into it. Very neatly I’m hasten to add. Literally ripping a Chanel bag would be madness.
Inside was the 2018 Les Beiges collection and it’s every bit as chic and heavenly as you could imagine. If you don’t know what Les Beiges is, it’s a makeup collection, from base products to lipsticks, that celebrates natural beauty. You won’t find any crazy-ass eye shadow colours or weird textures, only those that compliment the natural shades of your own complexion. This year’s collection is all about that ‘Healthy Glow’ that we all strive for.
We can’t all afford Chanel couture, but there are easier ways to wear the designer – their make-up collection.
Come summer, it’s natural to reach for a nourishing lip balm over a thick, cloying lipstick. And who wouldn’t want to that lip balm to be Chanel?! Not only does this one hydrate and plump lips, it also gives them a subtle wash of colour.
Each of the three bronzer palettes (deep, medium and light) is made up of a combination of rich and fair shades. This means that You don’t have to match your skintone to the palette, go wild and pick the one that’ll give you the colour you want.
Remember this: creamy textures mimic the skin much better than powders. So if you want to fake a healthy, perky, natural glow then products like this work wonders. Don’t be scared of the colour – pop a few little dots onto the apples of the cheeks and use your fingers to blend. It’s one of the best cream blushers we’ve tried in a while.
Not a garish shade in sight. Hooray! The best thing about this palette is that if you’re a nervy eye shadow wearer, then you can use each one separately, but if you find the courage to experiment it won’t matter if you bugger it up. The colours work seamlessly together and actually work best when blended.
Good god this is a beautiful product. It’s a sheer formula, which is good because no one really wants a thick heavy base when you’re sweating like a pig on the tube. It also means that your skin’s natural texture can be seen. The elusive no make-up make-up look just got easier.
Because happiness is beauty products being delivered straight to your door
We challenge you to find anything that is more happy-making than getting a little box filled with sample beauty products delivered directly to your door. Plus everyone loves a travel mini (something about small objects just gets the blood going), including the best travel fragrance minis. In the past couple of years there has been a huge increase in the number of monthly beauty subscription boxes available in the UK, making it tricky to find the best beauty boxes. As ever, Marie Claire is here to help.
Glossybox stands out because their subscription offers start as cheaply as £10 a month. That’s five super duper beauty products sent directly to your door every month. They pride themselves in introducing their customers to niche brands and we cannot get enough.
If you don’t fancy signing up to a monthly subscription box, then Powder’s on-off boxes are the ONE. You can either opt for their mixed boxes, filled with fab beauty products from brands like Darphin, Elemis, St. Tropez, Nails Inc and Eyeko or their limited edition collaborations, from £35. Their Marc Jacobs and Nars boxes flew off the proverbial shelves.
This is luxury in a box. Much more expensive that the other beauty boxes on this list, at £35 a month, but with good reason. It features your more luxe brands, like Huda Beauty, Marc Jacobs, Lancome and Sunday Riley to name but a few. The value of the box it typically over £100 and we dare you not to get addicted.
Birchbox is the original beauty subscription box. The big difference between Birchbox and other beauty subscription boxes is if you fall in love with one of the minis from your beauty box, you can then pop onto their website (or to one of their standalone stores in NY and London) and buy the full sized products. Subscriptions start at £12.95 per month. Look out for their limited edition To Have & To Hold wedding box, £32, which comes out on the 16th May to coincide with the Royal Wedding.
Every dentist will tell you that using an electric toothbrush is better for your teeth. But the whizziest ones are also super spenny. However, the starter pack for Ordo’s toothbrush subscription boxes are only £30. This gets you the toothbrush, batteries, travel cap, toothpaste, travel toothpaste and a stand for your bathroom shelf. Then every two months they send you replacement brush head, batteries, a new travel cap and more toothpaste. All for £10 every two months.
How often do you change your razor? We can tell you that it probably won’t be often enough. You should be changing it every single week. *Cue shocked faces.* (Read more on how you’ve been shaving your legs wrong.) Which is why this beauty box is completely genius, because you don’t even have to think about it. You choose your sleek and chic razor (either rose gold silver or pink) for £9 and then every month FFS sends you four replacement blades.