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

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

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

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

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

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

What is thigh chafing?

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

How to stop thigh chafing

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

Anti-chafing cream

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

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

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Bepanthen, £3.30 for 30g – Boots

Anti-chafing balm

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

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

Anti-chafing bands

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

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

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

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

How to heal thigh chafing fast

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

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

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

Thigh chafing? More like BYE chafing.

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How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

As it’s World Oceans Day tomorrow, we want to encourage everyone to do their bit for our seas, not to mention the rest of the planet.

Ever since that final episode of Blue Planet II aired in December 2017, we have known just how horrific the extent of the devastation that plastics has on planet, especially our oceans. According to Global Citizen, by late 2018 88% of those who had seen it had changed their relationship with plastic completely. They went on to call the episode, ‘a key moment sparking the war on plastics.’

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We have certainly noticed more reusable water bottles on our commute and in the office, some people have gone a week completely plastic-free and huge brands like Waitrose are doing their bit to reduce their plastic waste.

So, does this mean that we are nailing our recycling routines? Apparently not, according to research carried out by Garnier 56% of Brits don’t recycle their bathroom products. It’s thought to be partly down to us being used to having two bins in our kitchen, that it’s almost second nature to separate our recyclable goods. But the other issue is the complexity of bathroom products; a hand soap bottle and an eyeshadow palette are slightly more confusing that the plastic container your mushrooms come in. ‘Beauty product packaging is often composed of a variety of types of material,’ explains Stephen Clarke, Head of Communications at TerraCycle Europe. ‘For example — mirrored glass, cardboard sleeves, paper inserts, expanded plastic foam and more have been known to be used in cosmetics packaging– sometimes all in one item.’ This makes recycling them incredibly difficult.

‘120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry,’ explains Clarke. ‘Of these, very few plastic waste items generated in the bathroom are accepted by most public kerbside recycling programmes. Most common beauty products and packaging contribute to the world’s growing plastic waste problem and, without adequate recovery solutions, are tracked for landfills, burned, buried, or simply littered where waste management is insufficient. Many plastic waste items find their way into oceans and waterways, compounding the problem with environmental hazards.’

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We need to make sure that where we can, we are recycling our beauty products properly. Below is our guide to what can be recycled and what should just be thrown in the normal bin. When in doubt, throw it out. This is important, says Clarke, because ‘beauty products and packaging that cannot be recycled through the public system will not only be diverted towards landfill or incineration anyway, they slow down the system and have the potential to contaminate bales of secondary material. This is important because we must improve the system to create a circular economy for plastics.’

How to recycle your beauty products


So many beauty products, like fragrances and new make-up products, come wrapped in cellophane. Annoyingly, this cannot be recycled and should be put in your normal bin.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles, like shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, are accepted by most recycling programmes. However, make sure that you have emptied and cleaned them out first. You can also leave the lids on as these can be recycled, unless it’s a trigger head or a pump. These will need to go in your normal bin. If you haven’t completely finished your conditioner, do NOT pour it down the sink. Instead, get out as much as possible and put it in your normal bin. (The same goes with any product that you have a little left of.)


Yes, hairsprays and deodorants can be recycled in most household collection schemes. But do make sure they’ve been completely finished before recycling them.

Mascara, lipstick, make-up palettes (eye shadow, bronzer, blusher)

Annoyingly, these are too complicated to recycle. However, TerraCycle has partnered with Garnier to create a free recycling programme for beauty packaging, and these can be taken to one of their allocated drop-off locations. Find your nearest one here. They will also take sheets masks and their wrappers, face wipes and their packets, trigger sprays, pumps, pipettes, roll-on deodorants.

Glass jars

Hooray, as long as these have been emptied and cleaned then these are free to be popped in your recycling bin.

Cotton pads

This is an interesting one, as they have come under quite a bit criticism for being as bad for the environment as face wipes, but in actual fact these can be recycled with your food waste. So after taking your make-up off, take them straight into the kitchen to throw away.

Hair tools

If they still work, check with your local charity shop if they’ll take them. If they’re broken, then they can be recycled at a specific centre. To find your local one, click here.

Nail varnish, fragrance bottles, make-up brushes

These can’t be recycled, so should just be placed in the normal waste bin.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Don’t put these in your recycling, there are special drop-off locations (that can be found here) that have been set up by TerraCycle and Colgate.

What else can you do?

  • TerraCycle has also paired with brands like Kiehl’s, L’Occitane and The Body Shop. Theses brands are accepting old beauty containers and will recycle them on your behalf. There are often freebies and discounts if you do it this way.
  • Get your hands on a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box – they send an empty box to your house, you fill it with your beauty empties (shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, non-pressurised hair spray bottles, hair paste plastic jars and caps, lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, lotion bottles, lotion tubes, lotion dispensers and jars, non-pressurised shaving foam tubes, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye liner pencils and cases, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes and sticks) and then send it back to them to recycle it all.
  • Buy products that are packaged in highly recycled materials, like PET bottles
  • Buy from brands that offer a refillable service or reusable packaging

Brands doing their bit

Ren Skincare

Ren has a company-wide goal of being completely zero waste by 2021. That’s only two years away. It currently has 100% recyclable packaging, refillable solutions and bottles made from reclaimed ocean plastic.


In their most recent beauty campaign, Liberty launched Conscious Beauty. Throughout, there has been a drop-off point, where you could take your packaging to be collected and recycled. They also championed all of their brands that are doing what they can to be more sustainable.

Neal’s Yard

From tomorrow until 2nd July, Neal’s Yard will have an in-house recycling scheme. You will be able to take some of the trickiest items to recycle to one of their stores, this will include sample sachets, superfood pouches, facial wipe packages, pumps and atomisers. You will then receive 10% off their next purchase.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop, renowned for its ethical trading initiatives, has teamed up with tech business Plastics For Change and Hasiru Dala, a local Indian NGO and social enterprise, to buy 250 tonnes of plastic collected by waste pickers in Bangalore this year, which will rise to 500 tonnes in 2020. This  recycled plastic will be used to create the bottle of their haircare ranges. There are also recycling points in store.


L’Occitane have had TerraCycle collection points in their stores and have sponsored beach cleans all over the UK, from Brighton to Edinburgh.


Yesterday saw the launch of Selfridges Project Ocean Beauty Booth, which sees them pledge to ensure that at least 50% of their products are better for humans and the planet by 2022. As part of the initiative, they will have people on hand to help teach customers how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste in their bathrooms.

If that wasn’t enough, here are some products to get your hands on that are ……..

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How to grow your nails and stop them from splitting and peeling

How to grow your nails and stop them from splitting and peeling

We’ve left no stone unturned in the quest for healthier nails

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Nails are a lot more complicated than you think. What you see on the surface has actually been in the works for quite a while. So if you’re looking for how to grow your nails, you’ve come to the right place.

If you’re not looking after them from the inside out, it’s likely to lead to your nails splitting and peeling. Unsure of how to stop it from happening? Here are five easy steps you can follow for healthier and stronger nails.

How to grow your nails in five simple steps

Use oils

We’ve been extolling the values of using oil on our hair, skin, even our even gums for ages, so why not use the magic elixir on your nails too? Whether your nails are brittle due to one too many Shellac manicures, or they’re relatively healthy and you just want to give them a boost, it’s worth investing in a cuticle oil.

Try Cowshed’s Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil, £8 at Fabled. It contains pure essential oils and botanical extracts that nourish your nails from inside out.

File in one direction

If the file is particularly coarse, only file in one direction to avoid splitting the nail. If you can, invest in a crystal file. They seal the nail as you go, so you don’t end up with any small splits. Try Leighton Denny Small Crystal Nail File, £12.50 at Boots. It’s bascially the Rolls Royce of nail files.

Wear gloves

Fingernails become softer and more likely to split, break, and peel when they’re exposed to water and dried frequently. Wear rubber gloves when you wash up dishes, mop your floor or do other household chores that require putting your hands in water.

Moisturise your hands

One of the biggest causes for your nails splitting and peeling is lack of moisture. Especially after you wash your hands and dry them. Use a hand cream that contains vitamin E to replenish any hydration lost. Keep a bottle of Floris Cefiro Luxury Hand Lotion, £22 at Fabled, next to your bathroom sink, and a small tube of L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, £8 at Fabled, in your handbag.

For extremely dry, brittle nails lather them in hand cream or Vaseline, £1.50 at Boots. Then, cover them in cling film for 10 minutes to allow the petroleum jelly to sink in.

Get a manicure

Manis are a nice way to relax, unwind and make your nails look good. But, they’re also very beneficial for the health of your nails and your hands. All of the techniques that they employ will keep your nails soft, which will in turn stop them from splitting as they grow.

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Watch: How to do the perfect cat eye with Iris Law

Watch: How to do the perfect cat eye with Iris Law

It’s one of the most Googled make-up questions ever – not just because it’s cool but because it’s one of the trickiest looks to get right. In the first of our series of ‘Feeling Beauty’ films, Iris Law shows us how she wears hers…

When the camera pans to Iris Law she is a cat stalking her prey, becoming more and more transfixed by the bird’s feathery flutters. Her eyes deepen and in the moment before she pounces, the camera zones in on her lashes, which go from sparse and poker-straight to long and luscious.

Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara, £24, is behind the magic here, a brilliant all-rounder that makes even short lashes look dramatically thicker, thanks to a brush that gets all the way down to the root, lifting and fanning out the hairs as it goes. You can even swipe a second coat on to still-wet lashes without clumping – it’s that good.

Oh and ditch the lash primer – you don’t need it with this formula and it stays put all day without depositing so much as a smudge or flake under the eyes.

‘I avoid heavy make-up with too much coverage and like to keep the focus on my cheekbones and eyes,’ says Iris of her favourite feline-like beauty look. ‘I use lots of blush and Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara on my top and bottom lashes to give a little lift and make my eyes pop in a cat-like way.’

How to get that feline shape

Director Jason Hetherington at Serlin Associates, Beauty and Concept Director Lisa Oxenham, Makeup Artist Gina Kane at Caren Agency using Burberry Beauty, Hair Stylist David Wadlow, Junior Beauty Writer and Producer Sarah Barnes

1. Using the tail end of your brow as a reference point, draw a thin, diagonal line from the outer to the inner corner of your eye with Burberry Effortless Kohl Eyeliner, £18.50

2. Draw another line below the original and start to connect it to the lower lash line.

3. Fill in the triangle of space between your top lash line and your lower line, pushing the formula down in between the lashes, making sure there’s no skin peeking through.

4. Repeat that same process on your other eye and make sure both lines are symmetrical. Follow with multiple coats of Burberry Cat Lashes Ultra Black Mascara, £24, and pull the wand out to the side to create a cat-eye flick.

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Everything I learnt from my evening with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s makeup artist

Everything I learnt from my evening with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s makeup artist

Which means I should start looking like her right? Right?

If you asked me what my favourite part about being a beauty editor is, I would tell you it’s getting to test out some of the most incredible skincare products and nailing my skincare routine. For I am a skincare junkie, not a makeup one.

However, I’ve recently started experimenting more and am desperate to change my ways. I want to go from someone who whacks on some concealer, mascara and blusher then heads out the door to applying two shades of eyeshadow, followed by a pop of glitter and a statement red lip.

I’m all ears when it comes to makeup tips at the moment. And if you’re going to take makeup tips from someone, who better than the woman who makes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look like this…?

Nikki DeRoest, bareMinerals Global Makeup Artist, is a complete glow-genius. So when I found out I was to spend an evening with her in a makeup masterclass, I was sure to take notes.

These are the tips and tricks that I learnt…

Where to apply your highlighter

We all know that the best highlighter can transform a look, but knowing exactly where to put it and how much to use can sometimes be tricky.

We’re often told to apply it to the high points of our face – the cheekbones and the bridge of our nose – and DeRoest agrees with this, but she also recommends popping it on to the end of your nose: ‘selfies tend to be taken side-on, so highlight the sides of your nostrils.’

She also takes her highlighter just south of your under eye: ‘I like to go pretty far under the eyes, because I really like to reflect the light under the eyes. It’s really brightening.’ An excellent tip if you have really dark circles.

She prefers to use a liquid highlighter, for its natural look, and uses her fingers to press it into the skin to ensure it properly sinks in.

How to fake fuller lips

We’re not all blessed with lips like Rosie, however DeRoest says that we musn’t worry about that, because there is a simple trick to fake full, voluptuous lips.

No matter what colour lipstick you plan to apply, grab a nude lip liner that’s a slightly darker than your skintone. Use it to trace your natural lip line, but overline it ever so slightly at the corners of your mouth. This will give the illusion that you’ve got a perfect pillowy pout.

Follow this up with any colour, even the best red lipstick, for a polished, but not harsh look.

Where you should actually start to fill your brows

It seems pretty obvious, but DeRoest says the part of your brow that needs filling the most is the area that has the least amount of hairs. So, whichever brow product you use – for there are so many of the best brow makeup products out there – ‘start by filling in the tails on the outer corners, then brush in the same direction using a spoolie as you go.’

Once you’ve done this, looks at your brows and judge whether you need to add any more to the bit closest to your nose. Nobody wants tadpole-esque eyebrows, what you’re aiming for is textured, brushed up brows.

So there we have it. Three really simple tips from the woman who repeatedly makes Rosie Huntington-Whiteley look glowier than the sun.


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How to dye your own hair at home – because so much can go wrong

How to dye your own hair at home – because so much can go wrong

These tips and tricks will make sure it looks like you’ve just come from the salon, every time

Not everyone has the time to visit the hair salon, let alone sit in the stylists hair for a good three to four hours whilst you get your hair dyed. Sometimes colour in a box is the only option, which is why it’s super important to know how to dye your own hair properly.

Whether you’re after dip dyeombre hair, balayage or a full head of colour, there are rules to follow.

There’s a reason why being a ‘hair colourist’ is an actual profession – it’s all about getting the right formula to get the exact shade you want – so if you are thinking about drastically changing your colour, we’d recommend visiting a specialist with a few hair colour ideas in hand.

But, if you’re thinking about covering up your greys, going a few shades darker or adding blonde highlights to frame your face, here a few tips and tricks will help you get salon results at home.

How to dye your own hair at home

1. Buy two boxes.

Imagine getting halfway and realising you’ve run out. If your hair is past your shoulders, or short and thick, we recommend you will need two boxes to cover your full head.

2. Do a patch test.

You have no idea whether you’re skin is going to react to the chemicals from the hair dye or not, so you must always do a patch test. It’s better to find out now, rather than later…

3. Do a strand test

We know you’re excited about change, but you need to do this properly. You need to check that your current hair colour reacts well with the formula, because if the change resembles something more like swamp water, you won’t be so happy. (Keep scrolling with our tips on exactly how to do both a patch and strand test.)

3. Keep your hairline clean.

Swipe some lip balm along your hairline where you don’t want any dye to go. This will stop it from dying your skin, which can take days to get off. It’s one of the biggest tips on how to dye your hair.

4. Brush your hair.

Make sure your hair is untangled before you begin, even the smallest knot can cause a big problem.

5. Section your hair.

Professionals always section hair into four parts – down the middle, and then from ear to ear across the crown. Dye the front sections first because these are the most visible, so need the full processing time.

6. Don’t use the bottle.

Yes, that’s what’s normally provided in the box, but squeezing dye straight onto your hair won’t give you a salon finish. Instead, play colourist and use a mixing bowl and a colour brush to apply the dye.

7. Use a toothbrush.

If you just want to add some highlights, use a clean toothbrush or mascara wand and apply where the sun would normally lighten your hair (i.e, around your face and on the tips). This will give you natural looking highlights.

8. Start from the top.

Always start at your roots when dyeing your whole head a different colour – this area will need longer to develop the colour – then comb through to the ends.

9. Wash your hair properly.

Don’t shampoo immediately after dyeing your hair, just rinse out with water initially. When you do shampoo your hair, make sure it’s sulphate-free Sulphates cause your hair shaft to swell and encourage the colour to leach out.

The best hair dye

Josh Wood Colour Permanent Hair Dye, £10, Boots

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Hair connoisseur Josh Wood released his own line of professional haircare for consumers to use at-home. The range includes shampoos, conditioners, root touch-up brushes and a ‘colour shot’ toning mask. The hair dye is exceptional, easily blending through your whole head of hair to cover all outgrown roots without painstakingly combing through paper-thin layers. It’s easy to use, with the results you’d get in the chair. Going that one step further, you can pop onto his website, answer a few questions about your hair’s needs and you’ll be directed to the products that you need. And you can even pop onto YouTube for extra tips and tricks from the man himself.

Buy now

If you’re feeling adventurous and, rather than muted brunette, you would rather bright yellow or punchy blue tresses, then there really is no other brand to consider. Bleach London are the kings & queens of alternative colour and their completely vegan range is available in Boots for the deliciously low price of £tktkt. Incidentally, these are the colours that are used in their salons as well. With names like Awkward Peach, The Big Pink and Washed Up Mermaid these colours aren’t for the feint-harted, but you might just be tempted once you take a look at their Instagram…

Bleach London Washed Up Mermaid Super Cool Colour, £6 Boots

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How to do a patch test

Here are Josh Wood’s tips on how to do a patch test:

1. Mix a coin-sized amount of the colour activator and the colour together in a bowl.

2. Use a cotton bud to apply a small amount behind your ear.

3. Leave it on for 48 hours, you shouldn’t even notice it’s there. Try not to wash it off within this time frame.

4. Tip: It’s very important to fasten the caps on the bottles tightly after you have opened them for the patch test. If you do not, the products may oxidise, and the active ingredients will not work.

5. If you have any signs of reaction to the patch test, wash it off immediately and do not use the colour.

6. If you show no signs of reaction to the dye, go ahead and use the colour as instructed.

How to do a strand test

You may have heard of a strand test, but still be asking yourself, what the heck is it? A strand test is a preliminary test of the hair. It determines its suitability for processing, aka dyeing. Here’s how to do a strand test:

Do a strand test on a section of hair about 1/4 inch thick (choose from underneath so you can hide it) to see if your hair will pick up the colour you’re aiming for.

1. Put on protective gloves.

2. Choose a strand of hair to test.

3. Separate the rest of your hair away using plastic clips so that the strand does not touch the rest of the hair after the hair colour is applied. Then dye that strand.

4. Wait 24 hours to make sure you are happy with the hair colour results.

5. If you are happy with the colour, go forth and dye away.

How to dye your hair blonde

It’s a lot easier to go a darker colour because you’re adding pigment to your hair.; with blonde, it’s more difficult because you’re taking pigment out. Firstly, you should have an idea of the blonde hairstyles you like the look of. Secondly, read up on everything you need to know about going blonde.

The key to getting a great blonde shade is to work with the natural colour on the parting to allow for an organic texture that doesn’t look stripy. If your hair is naturally a more ashy tone, go for an ashy blonde. Similarly if your roots have a touch of redness, go for a champagne hue.

And remember, you might have to dye your hair more than once to get the blonde you want. The best thing you can do for your hair is have an Olaplex hair treatment to improve the quality of hair in between these sessions, as this will stop it form going brittle, and to use one of the best purple shampoos when washing your hair.

How to dye your hair silver

Many of the same rules apply to dyeing your hair silver, or any other lighter colours like pink and blue. The key is to ensure your hair is bleached beforehand. Once this is done, you can then apply your silver rinse.

First, don’t wash your hair for 48 hours. The natural oil will help protect your scalp against any bleaching irritation. Apply a purple toner first to take out any yellowness from your bleached hair. Then, apply your dye as per the steps above. Once you have the desired colour, maintain it by shampooing with the best sulphate-free shampoo.


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How to remove fake tan (probably the most important life lesson of all)

How to remove fake tan (probably the most important life lesson of all)

Because it can go wrong SO easily

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We’ve all had to remove fake tan before. Whether it be a tanning disaster – obvious tell-tale lines on your wrists, stripes that make you look like a tiger or fingers that are so multi-tonal you consider wearing gloves to work (in July). Or you might just need to get rid of a patchy four-day-old tan. The art of fake tan removal is something that everyone should know.

Even if you’ve invested in the best fake tan out there, and you’ve swotted up on all the fake tan tips we could possibly give you, chances are you’re not going to get it right 100% of the time. But don’t worry you are not alone.

Luckily there are ways to remove a terracotta disaster and give yourself a more naturally sun-kissed glow. We spoke to Jules Von Hep, fake tan guru and founder of Isle of Paradise, who gave us all the tips and tricks on how to remove fake tan.

How to remove fake tan

‘Don’t panic scrub. You’ll end up taking the tan off in patches and it’ll become a snowballing effect,’ Jules warns.

Instead, try using a light body polish (choose from the best body scrubs) mixed with a tiny amount of bath or massage oil and repeat this a couple of times for an even all-over fade. (Oil breaks down the DHA in tanning fluid – a good thing to remember if you’ve just had a cracking spray tan. Don’t moisturise your body with anything containing oils, use a body cream instead.)

Alternatively, make a trip down to your local swimming pool if you don’t mind being a bit stripey in public (yes, really). ‘Go swimming,’ Jules recommends. ‘The chlorine will break down the tan. In the showers afterwards, take a pair of exfoliating gloves and work in circular motions. Steam rooms and saunas will soften the tan, too.’

Buy Now: Boots Exfoliating Gloves, £3

If it’s all gone to pot and you need to get rid of your tan straight away, then look no further than Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser. When this super product first launched it sold out in three hours which goes to show how many of us want to know how to remove fake tan. It can be used on old tans or freshly applied bronze. Simply pump onto skin, smooth over the area you want to diffuse, leave for five minutes, then wipe away with a damp cloth. It’s that easy.

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Buy Now: Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser, £14.99 Boots

How to remove fake tan streaks

If your self-tanning session has turned into a streaky mess, don’t panic. The easiest way to wave goodbye to mismatched colours on your limbs is to run a bath and fill it up with a bath oil, which will soften the tan. Whilst you’re in there, use a remover mitt in circular motions – it will ensure that any stubborn patches are evenly removed.

How to remove fake tan from hands and feet

Orange, patchy hands and blotchy feet are often the biggest giveaway that you’ve been hitting bottle, but luckily there’s a kitchen cupboard staple could be the answer to your prayers.

Add two tablespoons of baking soda to some water and mix to create a paste. Then rub this it over your hands or feet, leaving it on for a few minutes and ensuring you haven’t missed any particularly bad creases before washing it off.

How to remove fake tan patches before applying more

If you’re a regular, self-confessed tanning addict who can’t go a day without a bit of colour, then it’s actually so important that you are removing your old tan before applying your new one. Jules, being the clever chap that he is, created Isle of Paradise Over It Magic Self-Tan Eraser, which works best on three-day old tan. It contains glycolic acid to exfoliate skin. Mist your entire body, until skin is saturated, wait five minutes, then jump in the shower and buff it off with a sponge or a flannel.

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How to remove fake tan quickly

Vaguely remember hearing something about lemons and brushing it off as an old wives tale? Turns out there’s something in it. ‘The old faithful combination of lemons and sugar mixed together will work to an extent but you really need a mitt or glove to get deeper,’ Jules advises.

It’s also worth investing in ModelCo’s Exfoliate Double Sided Body Wipes – they’re an essential item in the at-home tanning kit. First you use the granulated exfoliating side, which breaks down the tan, then the smooth side for the final bit of removal.

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How to remove fake tan from clothes

Getting fake tan stains on your favourite, goes-with-everything, white shirt or your super spenny The White Company bedsheets can be an absolute nightmare. You need to try and remove the stain while it is still wet.

Reversing the fabric and running it under cold water will help to loosen the product, but try not to rub it as you could end up smearing it and making it far worse. Instead, mix warm water and some detergent and sponge onto the affected area, repeating until the stain has disappeared.

So there we have it. We have just solved all future fake tan disasters from happening.

Well perhaps not all. There’ll always be one…

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Google’s 2018 most searched beauty questions include queries about magnetic lashes & cat eyes

Google’s 2018 most searched beauty questions include queries about magnetic lashes & cat eyes



By Rebecca Fearn.

Google has unveiled its 2018 trending topics that have been most searched for – and the beauty searches are pretty revealing.

This year, it’s been all about lashes. Google’s top three beauty-related searches all refer to lashes, from magnetic styles to removing individual falsies.

Also in the top ten are other questions about makeup, from how to do cat eye makeup to finding the right concealer and avoiding cakey makeup.

Skincare-wise, Google searchers are looking for answers about aloe vera and how to remove makeup without the dreaded makeup wipes.

Here’s what made the top ten list:

1. How to apply magnetic lashes

2. What is a lash lift

3. How to remove individual eyelashes

4. What hair color looks best on me

5. How to do a cat eye

6. How to take off makeup without makeup wipes

7. How to apply aloe vera

8. How to glue down eyebrows

9. How to fix cakey makeup

10. What concealer to use

Which beauty questions do you search for most? Tweet us at @marieclaireuk

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High spec hair: The new-gen styles for 2019

High spec hair: The new-gen styles for 2019

From Glossy Afro Curls to the latest ‘glass’ hair trend, here’s our pick of the best hair ideas and innovations

Cutting edge

‘Glass hair’, like K-beauty’s glass skin, is a term coined to describe a razor sharp cut – usually a bob – coupled with a mega-watt, reflective gleam. A clarifying wash is key to remove grease, dirt and any last remnants of product residue that can create a dull veil over strands. Then ramp up hydration with OGX Hydrate + Marula Oil Conditioner, £6.99. You can only really achieve a look like this with heat, so mist on SHOW Beauty’s Sheer Thermal Protect spray, £35, before blasting straight with the Babyliss Rose Blush 2200 hairdryer, £45.

Take your shine to the next level by smoothing down cuticles with the cool air setting- simultaneously, pull hair from the roots if pouffy ends are a problem. Then, smooth flyaways with the new ghd Platinum+ Styler, £175, sweeping it through your locks twice. Finish with a light-weight lotion like Colour Wow Dream Coat, £24, to keep your ‘do’ slick for the duration.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Big bounce

It’s hard enough for any of us to achieve the hair we really want, but battling straggly strands and naturally limp roots too? It can feel like an impossible task. That is, until this year’s raft of styling products promising sky-high volume and one much-hyped power tool came along. Green People Clarifying Vitamin Shampoo, £13, nixes oily roots and build-up that weighs skinny strands down – but by using gentle botanicals, not harsh foaming agents. Then, apply L’Oreal Professional Source Essentielle Nourishing Cleansing Infusion Nourishing Balm, £22, through the ends.

Sprayed on to wet strands, Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Booster Spray, £40, reboots hair that is not as abundant as it used to be with protective ingredients that make it feel fuller. For limp roots, try Living Proof’s Full Dry Volume Blast, £25, to hoik everything up. Cost aside, Dyson’s Airwrap Styler, £399.99, attracts and wraps hair around the barrel, curling it for you and adding body. Seriously: tool of the year.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

The new blow dry

Full-bodied, swishy hair (NOT an 80s ‘power’ blowdry) is considered de rigueur these days. Better still, you can master it at home. Thickening sprays and mousses give the illusion of bulk. Both contain polymers that coat the hair and make it seem bigger, but also protect it and ensure the style lasts. For straight hair, go for a spray formula- distribute the Aveda Thickening Tonic, £22, evenly through damp hair from roots to ends. Or, rake an egg-sized dollop of mousse through it if you’re adding waves or curls – we rate Evo’s Macgyver Multi-Use Mousse, £17.50.

Need height? Wrap each section around a large round brush and aim your hairdryer at the roots. Finally, apply a light mist of hairspray. Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, £38, does more than simply lock your style in place; it contains panthenol to swell the hair shaft. Plus, you can brush it out as you go so you’ll get lift but without any stickiness.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Skincare for hair

More often than not when we talk about shiny hair, we’re really talking about straight hair – light-reflecting strands that hang in sleek curtains around the face. So it follows that the same moisturising steps we take to make our skin look dewy can also ramp up the sheen on poker-straight locks. Start with a hair serum. In the same way that a face serum targets specific concerns and absorbs beyond just the top layer, Pureology Style + Protect Shine Bright Taming Serum, £23.50, locks in frizz-fighting coriander seed oil while Virtue’s Perfect Ending Split End Serum, £19, seals down frayed cuticles.

Then layer hair oil on top, as it’s powered by some of the same nourishing ingredients normally found in face oils. New natural Japanese import Uka Hair Oil Windy Lady, £29.50, is non-greasy so ideal for fine hair while Kerastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Rose, £41.40, contains a hydrating trio of marula, camellia and argan oils.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Get kinky

Afro hair is making waves in fashion and beauty spaces – and frankly it’s about time. But more importantly, this once-marginalised hair type is set to become one of the most influential – so much so that the US market for black hair is estimated to reach approximately $2.5 billion (around £1.9 billion) in 2019. Cue haircare that specifically targets the needs of tight coils, which are the most porous and more damage-prone.

Knowing that Afro hair is more likely to drink up potentially drying chemicals, Boucleme only uses plant derived ingredients. The Curl Conditioner, £17, for example, is packed with omegas 3, 6 and 9 plus virgin coconut and argan oils to prevent breakage. Additionally, haircare founder Vernon Francois, whose clients include actress Lupita Nyong’o, has this tip for using his Pure-Fro Shampoo, £19.50: ‘Part hair into four sections and apply the shampoo on to dry hair as this ensures your scalp is cleansed but not dehydrated.’

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Blonde ambition

It’s official: Brits prefer blonde. Last year 42% of women who coloured their hair transformed their tresses to blonde, with 18% opting to go platinum. But as anyone who has gone to the light side will tell you, the biggest bugbear is unwanted brassy and yellow streaks.

The minerals and metals in hard water are the main culprits. Dyed blonde hair is more porous so high levels of copper, in particular, can kill your shade – one reason Clairol has included technology in its hair colours that encapsulates copper and prevents it from reacting with water and other free radicals. Think long-lasting colour and mirrorball shiny highlights.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

Play it safe

Sometimes you want to switch things up by changing your colour. Unless, of course, you fall into the rare one per cent of the world’s population who suffers from an allergy called paraphenylenediamine, or PPD, a chemical used in most commercial hair dyes. Clairol have come to the rescue with an innovative molecule called ME+ that reduces the risk of a reaction for those without an existing allergy.

Photography by Jason Hetherington

How? The ME+ molecule in the Clairol Nice’N Easy Permanent Colour range, £6.49, has a new shape that is harder for your immune system to recognise. ‘This molecule doesn’t fit so easily into the protective cells that can trigger an immune response,’ explains Dr. Casten Goebel, COTY’s toxicology expert. Expect the same glossy finish as your regular dye – minus the risk.

Pick up a copy of the January issue of Marie Claire on newstands now.

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Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read

Your essential five day party hair guide for the festive season: a must-read

Essential reading

‘Tis the season of the party. Yes there are presents to be wrapped and carols to be sung, but there are also many, many parties to be attended. Which means that you your party makeup and party hairstyles need to be on point. However, this can prove tricky when you have an event every night of the week.

Thankfully, Adam Reed – ghd brand ambassador and co-founder of one of the best hair salons in London Percy & Reed – has come up with a five-day hair plan to get you from party to party. ‘If you’re partying all five nights of the working week, you’ll want a different look for every night without having to spend much time styling your hair,’ he explains. ‘Your hair plan is just as important as your outfits.’

Day 1 – Get a blowdry

Reed suggests getting a blowdry to set the foundation for the week ahead. ‘Starting the week with a good blowdry will create a base that will last all week as you won’t have time to wash and blowdry your hair mid-week and those extra 30 minutes in bed each day can take priority.’ Book in on your lunch break, or on your way to your first party.

Day 2 – Tong your hair

On the second day, your blowdry should still be going strong, so you’ll just need to joozh. Reed recommends adding in a few loose waves, ‘Tong sections of your hair using the ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong. I would wrap your hair around the tong, facing away from the face, then massage the roots and brush through the curls using your fingers.’

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Day 3 – Texturise

You’re about halfway through now, so your hair will most likely be a little flat, so it’s time to refresh. You want to add texture and volume to the roots, so spritz around the crown with a texturising spray. ‘This will add instant glamorous volume and a more beachy texture than the day before.’

Percy & Reed Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray, £15 John Lewis

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Day 4 – Straighten

You’re on event four, your hair is most likely looking a bit greasy now, so Reed says don’t fight it, work with what you’ve got: ‘disguise greasy roots by creating a super sleek, straight look with a statement centre parting. Straighten you hair, then tuck behind ears and smooth down.’

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Day 5 – Pop in a ponytail

You’re on the final day, so you’re either falling asleep as you walk or dangerously hungover. Make things easy for yourself and go for a simple ponytail. Reed says, ‘This strong party look actually holds better on hair that isn’t super clean.’ Pull hair into a high, tight ponytail, then tie it off with a pretty ribbon. This will draw focus and attention away from the front of your hair.

So there we have it, your five-day party hair plan. On the sixth day we recommend binge-watching Xmas films on your sofa.

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