This natural deodorant has a waiting list of THIRTEEN THOUSAND people

This natural deodorant has a waiting list of THIRTEEN THOUSAND people


Credit: Megababe Instagram

By Rebecca Fearn.

We’re used to beauty products racking up waiting lists. From Frank Body’s glitter scrub years ago, to Charlotte Tilbury‘s newest concealer, the hottest products of the moment can certainly attract attention.

But we were a little surprised to hear that the latest product to garner a long list of avid beauty fans was… a deodorant.

Megababe’s Rosy Pits – made by the same people who did the Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick, which nearly broke Instagram due to its popularity – has become so popular it’s attracted an impressive 12,000-strong waiting list. Refinery29 first reported back in July that the product had 5000 on the wait list, and now the brand’s Instagram is claiming the number has risen to over double the amount.

So you might be thinking, what’s all the fuss about? Well, it sounds as though the deodorant has become so lusted-over because it’s a natural formula that actually works: a rarity in beauty (trust me, I’ve done the legwork). It has no aluminium, alcohol or baking soda, and instead contains a dreamy concoction of coconut, green tea, vitamin E, sage and sandalwood. The deo also has the coolest, Instagram-friendly packaging.

The reviews about the product speak for themselves (head over to the website to have a read) and are overwhelmingly positive. The only thing they do point out is that there is a bit of an adjustment period when switching from anti-perspirant traditional formulas to Rosy Pits, but it sounds as though it’s worth the wait.

So where can you buy this wondrous natural product? Well, right now, as mentioned there is a pretty hefty waiting list. Before selling out Rosy Pits was available on J.Crew U.K, so we suggest keeping an eye out for its long-awaited return…

You might want to follow the brand’s Instagram page too at @megababe

We’re hoping for updates soon!

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The ethical beauty trailblazers you need to know about now

The ethical beauty trailblazers you need to know about now

The brands and products changing the face of the industry…

Eco initiatives are having their moment, with forward thinking brands setting a new benchmark for the sustainable beauty movement.

Below we’ve rounded up the beauty brands and their hero products that are doing it best. Who knew saving the planet could look so good?


Aveda Thickening Tonic, £21


The Ethical Pioneer Hero

Who knew that you could create earth-friendly plastic from sugar cane? Aveda did- back in 2002. Since Aveda was founded in 1978 by pioneer of holistic beauty, Horst Rechelbacher, Aveda has been mindful of its environmental footprint and today the figures speak for themselves. Some 85 per cent of its skin and haircare products, such as Aveda’s Thickening Tonic, are housed in PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles and jars made from 100 per cent post consumer recycled materials (think milk bottles). #Avedacleanwater is another of its major philanthropic missions and since 2007, Aveda has raised more than $44 million (about £34m) to support the cause. For instance, every April, during Earth Month, it donates the full RRP less VAT from its Light The Way Candle to the Global Greengrants Fund. Together they have helped 1,137,428 people in 88 countries access clean water. Its use of plant-based and organic ingredients, such as turmeric and amla, has led to 104,900 acres of land being devoted to sustainable agriculture. Throw in the fact that it was the first beauty company to manufacture products with 100% wind power and there’s no question that Aveda is leading the charge when it comes to giving back.

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Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream, £20

The Home-Grown Hero

This British brand nixes every rumour you’ve ever heard about botanical skincare not being as effective as its chemical counterparts, while keeping its carbon footprint low too. ‘Balance Me manufactures all its products in the UK and our warehouse is still in East London to ensure our carbon footprint is lower than any brand that manufactures abroad and flies or ships in its merchandise,’ says co-founder Rebecca Hopkins. What’s more Balance Me consciously uses only natural actives and, for complete transparency, lists the natural percentage of each product on the front of its packaging. ‘We’ve created luxury formulations at supermarket prices as we absolutely believe that ethical beauty should be inclusive. To that end, we source natural botanicals from all over the world, but we’re also lucky that we can sustainably harvest many ingredients such as borage oil, cucumber extract and carrot tissue oil right here in the UK.’

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The Organic Pharmacy Hydrating Foundation, £45

The Botanical Beauty Hero

Botanical beauty is a growing market, thanks to switched-on consumers demanding greater transparency on the origin of ingredients.  But while the industry plays catch-up, brands that have long championed this philosophy are taking centre stage. The Organic Pharmacy first launched organic makeup in 2006. Fast forward 12 years and botanical tech has moved on so much that founder Margo Marrone has re-formulated her entire colour range. ‘Everyone is talking about clean makeup with skincare benefits but that has been at the core of our DNA since we launched,’ she says. ‘We had to work hard to make sure the colour range was performing but now I’ve upped the ante with natural ingredients.’ The Organic Pharmacy Hydrating Foundation, £45 for instance, contains stem cells, hyaluronic acid and vitamins that work with your skin to strengthen it, and the highly micronised pigments are colour-adapting natural pigments that blend perfectly with the skin, meaning the sheer formula will adapt to any tone for a fresh-faced glow. Plant extracts have also come on leaps and bounds. “Before, you would put plant colour into a product and it would disappear after a few hours,’ says Marrone. ‘Now we’ve sourced plants with a punchy hue that are stable even in sunlight.’ The added bonus is that the majority of the vitamins are infused in the pigment, so you reap the antioxidant benefits at the same time as a gorgeous colour payoff.


REN Clean Skincare Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatique Body Wash, £22

The Ocean-Saving Hero

The tides are – quite literally – changing in the world of skincare packaging. And it’s about time: by 2050 it’s estimated there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. That’s why, as part of the brand’s Clean to Planet initiative, Ren Clean Skincare will be one of the first skincare brands to offer products in a 100% recycled bottle containing 20% plastic reclaimed from the eight million tonnes that enter the oceans, beaches and rivers every year (this is the highest amount that can be safely used with current recycling technology). ‘We decided to take any plastic,’ explains CEO Arnaud Meysselle, ‘and almost the entire bottle can be recycled a second time.’ It’s the latest step in the brand’s pledge to becoming Zero Waste by 2021 and even more fitting considering the product inside. The cult Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Body Wash is formulated with actives such as kelp and plankton sustainably sourced from the eastern coast of Canada. ‘The strong tides bring in a lot of nutrients that are lost in other coastal regions,’ says Meysselle. ‘All harvesters are trained in marine life and use specialised tools that won’t disrupt the ecosystem.’

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The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, £17

The People and the Planet Hero

Growing up, who didn’t wear their The Body Shop Born Lippy strawberry lip balm as a badge of honour? It said ‘I’m against animal testing’ (right now the brand is calling on the UN to adopt a worldwide ban on animal testing for cosmetics and ingredients) and “I support fair trade and going greener’. All this in the late 70s and 80s when lifting the lid on eco issues and unfair farming practices wasn’t a dinner party conversation. That commitment to being a force for good hasn’t changed. In fact, by 2020, as part of its Enrich Not Exploit Commitment, The Body Shop aims to protect a whopping 10,000 hectacres of forest; regenerate 75 million square metres of habitat to help communities live more sustainably and double its community trade ingredients from 19 to 40, helping those in rural areas around the world. The Body Shop was the first to use hemp in beauty products 20 years ago, helping farmers make a living from more diverse crops. Today, the Hemp Hand Protector is one of the bestselling products- not surprising when you consider hemp’s highly moisturising properties. And because it’s a naturally resilient plant, there’s no need for pesticides, which is kinder to the environment. Win-win- all of which proves it’s worth staying loyal to our first beauty love.

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Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo, £8.99

The Animal-Loving Hero

Thankfully, our options for cruelty-free beauty products have grown considerably over the past decade. However, finding products that are also vegan? Now that’s a grey area. To be clear: it’s illegal to test cosmetics on animals in the UK but just because a company is cruelty-free doesn’t mean it’s also vegan. That’s why the Maui Moisture range of shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments, deserves bragging rights. Since its launch in 2016, Maui Moisture has never tested its products on animals and, better still, it doesn’t use any animal ingredients or by-products. ‘Many hair products contain honey, beeswax and the animal-derived protein keratin,’ explains Jaime Kontz, Associate Director of Research & Development. ‘Our mission was to find effective plant-based ingredients so that we didn’t have to use anything derived from an animal. Our free-from formulas start with aloe vera juice and coconut water, instead of chemically treated de-ionised water, and are packed with 100% vegan botanicals that have the added benefit of being naturally rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help repair and hydrate strands and scalp.’

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Voya Angelicus Serratus Nourishing Body Oil, £34

The Sustainable Seaweed Hero

Seaweed gives kale a run for its money in the nutrient stakes as it’s packed full of magnesium, calcium, copper, iodine, iron, potassium, phosphorus and zinc as well as vitamins, A, B, C, D and E- all proven to boost immunity, improve heart health and regulate hormones. it does wonders for the skin, too- detoxifying, hydrating and locking in nutrients. That’s why industry favourite Voya, an Irish brand that uses hand-harvested seaweed, is doing its best to protect the algae. Environmentally, seaweed operations must show that they maintain sustainable wild populations and actively minimise their impact on the surrounding natural environment. Voya’s seaweed is grown organically and harvested by a specialist local team on the reefs of Ireland’s north-west shoreline ‘It is essential that our seaweed is harvested in a way that allows both communities and the environment to thrive,’ says Emma Roberts, head of business development. ‘We work closely with environmental organisation World Land Trust and offset carbon-dioxide emissions associated with Voya’s general operations’ And to give something back to the oceans Voya also adopts seals. You can’t get any more caring than that!

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Lush Ginger Bath Oil, £2.50


Microbeads, now thankfully banned, used to be the nemesis of our sea life. Today, it seems they have been replaced by minuscule particles of glittery plastic, which find their way into oceans and our watery supply. Luckily, we’re not the only ones who think the only shimmery things in the sea should be a shell’s natural mother-of-pearl finish. Lush has replaced plastic glitter with eco-safe synthetic mica. ‘Even though the mica is synthesised in a lab, it is made of natural minerals, so you don’t end up with the problem of micro plastics,’ says creative buyer Gabbi Loedolff. ‘Another benefit is that unlike natural mica, which has jagged edges, synthetic mica is very smooth so we can use much bigger particles, create bolder colours and more reflective products’. All of which gives the environment a shinier future, too.

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Dyson Pure Cool Purifying Fan, £399.99

The Pollution-Busting Hero

By now we should all be well- versed in pollution from smog and exhaust fumes. But household pollution? Not so much. And yet the combined effects of outdoor and indoor toxins cause more than 550,000 premature deaths every year in Europe, according to the World Heath Organisation. ‘Simply closing our front doors to a busy road doesn’t prevent ultra-fine and potentially harmful particles getting trapped inside our homes,’ says Paul Dawson, Vice President of health and beauty at Dyson. ‘There are also fumes released from new furniture, cleaning solvents and gasses from cooking, which is all the more worrying considering we spend 90 per cent of our time indoors and a resting adult inhales around 7-8 litres of air every minute’. To offset the damage, Dyson have created a filter system to remove 99.95 per cent of indoor pollution particles and allergens as small as o.1 microns from the air, as well as feeding real-time air quality back to you (try the Pure Cool Purifying Fan, from £399.99). Pretty clever, no?

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Drunk Elephant’s UK launch date has finally been confirmed

Drunk Elephant’s UK launch date has finally been confirmed

These are the products you need to snap up, stat

Drunk Elephant UK
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Drunk Elephant. The name already has drawn you in, hasn’t it? One of Sephora’s bestselling brands has long been on the radar of Brit beauty enthusiasts, and for what feels like years we’ve been asking the question: When is a Drunk Elephant UK launch going to happen?

Fortunately for you, we now finally (finally) have an answer: the Marula-infused brand will be foraying into UK stockists Space NK and Cult Beauty on the 3rd of October this year.

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.

Not well-acquainted with the brand just yet? Keep scrolling for the best Drunk Elephant products you should definitely snap up as soon as it hits UK stores.

TLC Sukari Baby Facial

Drunk Elephant Baby Facial


A resurfacing AHA/BHA facial, this one is 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’.

C-Firma™ Day Serum

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.

Virgin Marula Oil

The Marula fruit is in fact where the brand gets its name from – there’s a long-standing myth that elephants love eating the fruit that falls from Marula trees because it ferments in their stomachs, making them drunk. 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.

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.

Framboos Glycolic Night Serum

Similar to Babyfacial, the Framboos serum is formulated with the ‘dream team’ blend of lactic, tartaric, citric, salicylic and glycolic acid, but at the lower 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.

Shaba Complex Eye Serum

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.

Protini Polypeptide Cream

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.

The Littles

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.

As well as the bumper set, there are several other miniature duos available at much less of a price, so you can choose the two products that are best suited to your skin type – without breaking the bank.

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Beauty advent calendars that are 100x better than chocolate

Beauty advent calendars that are 100x better than chocolate

Skincare > confectionery

beauty advent calendars

As far as the beauty desk is concerned, beauty advent calendars are the best bit about Christmas.

Getting a make-up or skincare treat every day of December is the best way to get us in the festive spirit (along with scoffing all of the mince pies, of course).

So before you resort to buying another standard chocolate advent calendar, give your taste buds a rest and scope out the best beauty offerings here.

Keep checking back for the latest updates and be sure to mark the launch dates in your calendars, because these are all guaranteed to sell out.

M&S Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars M&S

The M&S beauty hall is one of the unsung heroes of the beauty world, featuring a treasure trove of brands such as Skyn Iceland, Pixi, Philip Kingsley and more, and so their beauty advent calendar is a thing to behold. You’ll find all of the best brands stocked at M&S, handpicked by their beauty team. It’s no surprise that, year after year, this is one of the most Googled advent calendars out there.

How much is it?


When is it available?

6th November 2018

Harrods Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Harrods 2018

Having only launched its first last year, Harrods is already one of the most popular beauty advent calendars out there. This year the brand has more than doubled the amount of beautifully illustrated calendars available, so you’re much more likely to be in with a chance to get your hands on the coveted beauty hall ahead of Christmas. Think Sunday Riley, NARS, Tata Harper, 111Skin and more…

How much is it?


When is it available?

1st October

Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Liberty

Searches for the 2018 Liberty beauty advent calendar began as far back as the 25th of January, so it’s without a doubt one of the most popular calendars on the beauty market. This year’s is packed with treats you’ll find lining the beauty halls of Liberty London, including Lixir, Hair by Sam McKnight, Surratt and Votary. And for the first time, the calendar is being made available to USA customers too – meaning there’s all the more reason to shop it quickly come October.

How much is it?


When is it available?

25th October

Selfridges Beauty Lovers Selection Box Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendar Selfridges

From Lime Crime to Illamasqua, Caudalie and Ouai, this beauty box is crammed with all sorts of make-up, skincare and hair products that you’d find lining the walls of Selfridge’s impressive beauty hall. And considering it’s worth £245, you’re getting some serious bang for your buck here.

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No7 Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars No7

One of the most hotly anticipated annual beauty advent calendars is No7, and this year’s could possibly be their best offering yet. Containing a capsule collection of mini anti-ageing beauty products, nail polishes, make-up and beauty tools, this is serious value for money.

How much is it?


When is it available?

19th October; join the waiting list now

The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendars 2018

beauty advent calendar Body Shop

‘Freddie’ Advent Calendar

The Body Shop is back with three different advent calendars for 2018; Freddie (above), Dani, £65 for £121 worth of products, and Olivia, £45 for £85 worth of product. As well as the advent calendars, this year there’s also a Vegan ‘Count Down To New Year’, with little gifts for each day between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We’ll take any excuse to make the advent calendar fun last as long as possible.

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L’Occitane Beauty Advent Calendars 2018

beauty advent calendars L'Occitane

Straight out of Provence, L’Occitane’s gifts will put a smile on any skincare lover’s face every day of December; there are two available, the classic, above, and the luxury version priced at £89. Joyeux Noël.

How much is it?


When is it available?

20th September 2018

Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendar Lookfantastic

Beauty e-tailer Lookfantastic stocks some of the biggest names in beauty, so it’s no surprise that their advent calendar contains some killer brands. From Caudalie to ESPA, This Works and Aromatherapy Associates, you’ll be well stocked up in beauty for the winter. What’s more, the box can be reused as a vanity unit to store your beloved beauty products so it’s for life, not just for Christmas.

How much is it?


When is it available?

1st October; available to pre-order from 7th September

ELEMIS 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Elemis

Worth over £345, ELEMIS’ seasonal offering contains 25 drawers of skincare treats, from old favourites to new skincare saviours. Plus, on Christmas morning, you’ll get a full size of their Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, one of the best moisturisers on the beauty market. What’s more, you can sign up for early access to ensure you’re one of the first to get your hands on it.

How much is it?


When is it available?

1st October 2018, exclusively to

Feelunique The Little Beauty Parcel

beauty advent calendars Feelunique

Beauty e-tailers always get it right, and 2018’s offering from Feelunique is no different; packed with top beauty brands like REN, Make Up For Ever, KMS and Sol de Janiero, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to opening 24 doors all the way up to Christmas.

How much is it?


When is it available?

15th October 2018


bareMinerals Out of This World Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendar bareMinerals

Known as one of the best clean beauty brands in the business, this year’s bareMinerals calendar really is out of this world. Containing some of their best mineral products, from loose powder eyeshadows to blush, mascara and lip colours, you’re well kitted out for the new season.

How much is it?


When is it available?

September, exclusive to bareMinerals boutiques and website

Jo Loves Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Jo Loves

Fans of Jo Malone herself will be thrilled to hear that this year Jo Loves is launching their first ever advent calendar – and it’s a. After discovering the Jo Loves fragrances, on Christmas day you’ll unwrap a ticket that’s redeemable towards a full-size fragrance of your choice.

How much is it?


When is it available?

23rd October

Kiehl’s Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Kiehls

With a black and gold colour scheme, this couldn’t look more festive if it tried and makes a great addition to any home for December. Packed with much-loved Kiehl’s goodies, this one is a real treat for fans of Creme de Corps or Midnight Recovery Concentrate.

How much is it?


When is it available?

1st October, exclusive to Selfridges

Fenwick Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

Pakced with a whopping £475 worth of product, this one is, frankly, a steal. There’s classic favourites, like a single-wick Neom candle and NARS Orgasm Blush, plus new bits like Pixi’s Retinol Tonic, this is the perfect mix of old and new for a beauty lover. The box is complete with a beautiful festive illustration by designer Brett Ryder, making it a perfect home accessory too.

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John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars John Lewis

Department store beauty calendars are always a win as, instead of just one brand, you get to test out several. Brimming with the very best finds from the beauty counters, you’ll find the likes of Charlotte Tilbury, Lancôme and Acqua di Parma. But it doesn’t stop there, folks: There’s also a 15-minute bespoke facial at ELEMIS and massage/aroma experience at Aveda for you to enjoy, too. What more could you ask for this Christmas?

How much is it?


When is it available?

Week beginning 4th September 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Beauty Universe Calendar

beauty advent calendar Charlotte Tilbury

After the success of last year’s Naughty and Nice magic box, Charlotte Tilbury is back with another jam-packed box of festive treats for 2018. In her classic wine-red and rose gold packaging, this one’s sure to be a sell out.

How much is it?


When is it available?

4th October 2018

Diptyque Calandrier de L’Avent

beauty advent calendars Diptyque

A discovery of the brand’s hero products, Diptyque’s advent calendar is the best gift for the scent-lover in your life (or, you know, for yourself). Any boujie fragrance fan would be thrilled to receive this ahead of the festive season; expect a Christmas home fragrance bundle of joy.

How much is it?


When is it available?

15th October 2018

24 Days of Clinique

beauty advent calendars Clinique

A whole host of miniature Clinique fun lies behind the doors of the 24 Days calendar, including long-time heroes like the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion and relative newcomers like the Pep-Start moisturiser. What’s not to love?

How much is it?


When is it available?

14th September, exclusive to Selfridges

Molton Brown Opulent Infusions Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Molton Brown


How much is it?


When is it available?

21st October 2018

Decléor Breathtaking Countdown Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Decleor

You’ll find them in spas all over the country, so you know Decléor is a real treat for anyone who needs a bit of skincare and TLC during the festive season. With 24 miniature products, you’ll be able to reset your skin, body and mind this December.

How much is it?


When is it available?

September 2018

Liz Earle’s 12 Days of Christmas

beauty advent calendars Liz Earle

Liz Earle is one of those universally-loved skincare brands that will go down a treat in just about any skincare lover’s home at Christmastime. Featuring 12 mini-sized versions of the brand’s best sellers, they’re great for travel or for testing out products before you buy the full size.

How much is it?


When is it available?

End of September

Soap & Glory Advent Calendars

beauty advent calendars Boots Soap and Glory

If it’s fun, vintage vibes you’re after with your advent calendar, Soap & Glory is the way to go. Snap up 24 mini products, including classics like Hand Food and Scrub of Your Life, all for just £40. Totally worth it.

How much is it?


When is it available?

17th September 2018

Susanne Kaufmann Advent Calendar

beauty advent calendars Susanne Kaufmann

From bath oils to body products, salts and even festive teas, Susanne Kaufmann’s 24-day advent calendar is a treat for both the eyes and the senses. An all-gold version will also be available exclusive to Net-a-Porter for £160, should you be feeling a little more fancy.

How much is it?


When is it available?

October 2018

Birchbox Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars Birchbox

Known for being a great way to discover and test out new beauty brands, Birchbox’s advent calendar is no different. Because why not grab yourself some Benefit, Rituals and OPI ahead of Christmas day?

How much is it?


When is it available?

3rd October 2018

NYX Advent Calendar 2018

beauty advent calendars NYX

Drugstore make-up addicts will love getting their hands on this NYX number, jam-packed with beauty gifts galore and complete with quirky illustrations for a fun take on the Christmas period. We need it.

How much is it?


When is it available?

10th October 2018

One thing’s for sure, December will be a beauty-packed month with these beauty advent calendars on the scene…

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THIS is how much the average woman spends on beauty products she never uses

THIS is how much the average woman spends on beauty products she never uses


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By Rebecca Fearn.

We’re all guilty of buying an extra lipstick we don’t really need, or a new limited edition highlighter palette when we already have about 10 choices at home. But we had no idea just how much money goes towards beauty products that end up sitting on our shelves un-used.

Research quoted on The Daily Mail suggests the average woman spends an eye-watering £180,000 on beauty products she never even uses in a lifetime.

This equates to 5,856 products and means we actually only use around 10% of what we buy. Woah.

As a beauty writer, I have to admit I don’t buy many beauty products as I am lucky enough to be sent things to try. That said, I do still buy things that catch my eye – things that I DEFINITELY do not need to add to my ever-growing, ridiculous collection and that largely go un-used. It’s actually incredibly rare for me to finish something, and I completely understand the buzz of buying new beauty bits because we want them, not because we need them.

The best way to manage the size of your beauty collection is to keep an eye on the expiry dates of everything. Our handy guide breaks down how to do this effectively.

Mascara, for example, has one of the shortest shelf-lives after opening due to the large amount of bacteria which attaches itself to the brush. Lipstick, on the other hand, can be kept up to 18 months.

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Roaccutane: What you need to know before taking the acne treatment

Roaccutane: What you need to know before taking the acne treatment

The drug is considered to be pretty controversial, so we spoke to a doctor to get the lowdown


If you have or have had acne in the past, you’ve no doubt heard of Roaccutane, even if you’ve never taken it.

Both teen and adult acne are very common, but they can make you feel extremely self conscious and want to get rid of it.

Although an acne vaccination is being developed, taking Roaccutane is currently one of the most powerful treatment options on the market. If all other options – creams, antibiotics, lotions and potions – have failed you, the drug may have been suggested to you as the next step.

But you no doubt have some questions, so we spoke to Doctify-rated GP Dr Lisa Anderson to find out everything you need to know before taking it.

What is Roaccutane?

Roaccutane or Accutane, the colloquial and brand names for Isotretinoin, is a prescription drug and one of the most common acne treatments; many celebrities, like Chloe Grace Moretz and Bella Thorne, have discussed taking it in the past.

‘It’s a form of Vitamin A that is used to treat severe, scarring acne after other treatments (topical creams and lotions and a prolonged course of antibiotics) have been tried without success,’ explains Dr Anderson.

‘It is only prescribed by a dermatologist and not available for your GP to prescribe. It’s also not to be confused with the milder Retin-A gel that can be used.’

‘Is it suitable for everyone?

‘Roaccutane is not a suitable treatment for everyone and careful assessment is needed before prescribing. You cannot take Roaccutane if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have had an allergic reaction to Isotretinoin,’ the doctor explains.

‘Extreme caution is needed in those people who have had depression or other mental illness, liver or kidney disease, high cholesterol and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis). And as the capsules contain fructose, it should not be prescribed if there is an intolerance to this.

‘Roaccutane is not licensed for children under the age of 12, or those who have not entered puberty. You should not be taking any vitamins that contain Vitamin A.’

The NHS notes that the capsules also contain soya, so you cannot take these if you suffer from an allergy to soya.

Chloe Grace Moretz told Allure that she ‘tried changing my diet and my beauty products before going on Accutane’

What are the side effects of Roaccutane?

‘There are lots of potential side effects that can occur, and these can be serious,’ Dr Anderson says. ‘Common side effects are:

  • Sensitivity of the skin to sunlight, leading to redness and dry skin
  • Dry eyes and throat
  • Nosebleed
  • Headaches
  • General aches and pains.

‘Serious side effects may include:

  • Mood changes: anxiety, depression
  • A blistering skin rash
  • Jaundice
  • Severe headaches, making you feel nauseous or even vomit
  • Pancreatitis
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Visual disturbances
  • Fever and chills.’

If you notice anything out of the ordinary while taking Roaccutane, speak to your doctor immediately. This is not an exhaustive list; if you are prescribed the drug, the full list of side effects will be on the information leaflet inside the pack.

How does Roaccutane work?

‘The drug reduces the amount of sebum made by the glands in the skin and also shrinks the glands, therefore reducing the bacteria and inflammation and opening the blocked pores of the skin,’ our doctor says.

‘It’s important to take as directed and if you miss a dose, you usually would not make this dose up.’


Bella Thorne has taken Accutane in the past, but told Refinery 29 it did not work for her: ‘They said nine out of 10 people never have a pimple again. So, I’m like, ‘Well, fuck me, I guess I’m just that 10%, aren’t I?’

What are the results?

While most people do see a dramatic improvement in their skin with no recurrence, this treatment is not a fail-safe cure and isn’t guaranteed to get rid of your acne. That said, the majority of cases are successful.

‘Roaccutane starts to work after around seven to ten days and the course is usually around four to six months,’ explains Dr Anderson. ‘Around 80% of people will see skin improvement after four months.

‘The majority of people treated with Roaccutane will go into complete remission, while some will get a recurrence over time and may be considered for second round of treatment,’ she adds.

Note that the purpose of this feature is to inform, not replace one-to-one medical consultations. For advice tailored specifically to you, always discuss your health with a doctor.

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These are the must-have skincare items you need for good skin

These are the must-have skincare items you need for good skin

A simple step-by-step

skincare routine

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.

Knowing the right products to use and putting together a brilliant skincare routine can be a daunting task. The sheer number of options, figuring out what you need for daytime versus nighttime, determining order of application, and how many products you should be using is just confusing. I’ve done the hard work for you. I’ve compiled the list for you. These are the products you need to use to achieve beautiful short and long-term results no matter your age or skin type.

Skincare routine in order of application

Step 1: Cleanser

Everyone needs to start with a gentle, water-soluble cleanser. If you wear heavy makeup and sunscreen, use a makeup remover and follow with your gentle cleanser.

Step 2: Exfoliator

Next, apply a leave-on AHA (5% to 10%) or BHA exfoliant (0.5 %to 2%) every day or every other day based on how your skin responds. This is a game-changing step to resurface and smooth skin in ways no other product can.

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Step 3: Moisturiser with SPF

Every morning, the last step is a daytime moisturiser with an SPF 30 or greater. Sunscream is not optional. You cannot prevent aging or have even-toned, radiant skin without protecting it year-round from sun damage, which is really about daylight damage.

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4. In the evening, after repeating steps one and two (cleansing and exfoliating), apply a nighttime moisturiser loaded with skin-restoring ingredients and antioxidants. It can even be use around your eyes.

Skincare routine for your skin type:

It’s so important that the texture of your products suits your skin type.

Skincare routine for oily skin

If you have oily, blemish-prone skin, only use products with a liquid, gel, or light serum texture to nourish and repair skin and prevent clogged pores.

Skincare routine for dry skin

If you have dry skin use richer, softening creams.

Skincare routine for combination skin

If you have normal to combination skin use thin lotions or light creams.

You also might want to add products to the above routine depending on your skincare concerns. For example, if you have acne, rosacea, extremely dry or oily skin, advanced signs of sun damage such as skin pigmentation, a rough uneven dull surface etc. This is fine, as long as the basis of the skincare routine follows the above steps.

If the skin around your eyes is drier the skin on your face, add an eye cream. If you’re using liquid or light serums on your face they might not be soothing enough if your eye area is very dry. During the day don’t forget to apply suncream around your eyes and wear sunglasses when outdoors.

Skincare routine – things to avoid

Jar packaging

Well formulated products should contain lots of antioxidants, replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients. Almost all of these vitally important ingredients break down with ongoing exposure to air. Every time you use a product in a jar, you take the lid off and expose it.

Fragrances products

Whether the fragrance is from plant extracts, essential oils or it’s synthetic, fragrance causes irritation, which is awful for your skin. Scary, but true. Even if you don’t see or feel the irritation on skin’s surface, the damage is silently occurring below and will lead to skin problems and signs of aging in the years ahead.

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Harsh or abrasive scrubs

These are your really rough facial scrubs. They cause micro-tears in skin and breakdown the skin’s surface protection, making skin more susceptible to environmental damage. Stick to you fruit enzymes and chemical exfoliants.

Stick to this routine and watch your skin go from strength to strength.


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Back acne – what it is, why it happens and how to get rid of it

Back acne – what it is, why it happens and how to get rid of it

Bacne, be gone.

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Let us begin by saying that there is absolutely no shame in having back acne. It’s perfectly normal and you’re not alone if you do.

But it’s totally understandable if having it makes you feel self conscious and, as a result, you want to get rid of it.

We caught up with a skin expert Consultant Dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk, to find out everything you need to know about managing back acne.

What causes back acne?

‘The reasons for acne appearing on our backs are similar to the reasons acne appears elsewhere,’ explains Dr Kluk. ‘Firstly, excess sebum production; sebum is the natural oil produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin. These glands are particularly sensitive to hormones known as androgens, even at normal levels.

‘Secondly, a build-up of dead skin cells. These dead skin cells mix with the sebum and get trapped in our pores. The skin on our backs is extremely thick, so the potential for blocked pores is very high.

‘Thirdly, bacteria. In those who are prone to spots, the accumulation of oil and dead skin cells in our pores creates an ideal environment for a particular bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) to thrive. Exercise and heat are good examples of this because the bacteria that cause acne thrive in sweaty, moist conditions.

‘Inappropriate skin or hair care products can also contribute if left in contact with the skin of the upper back for extended periods.’

Back Acne how to get rid of it

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to work the backless trend in no time

Back acne treatments

It might feel like having back acne is largely out of your hands, but there are several things you can try to help take back control of your skin in terms of acne treatments.

Below, Dr Kluk explains five lifestyle changes you can make to help manage bacne.

Shower gel

‘Cleanse your skin thoroughly in the shower every day. Use a body wash containing ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid and lactic acid to prevent dead skin cells from building up and blocking your pores.

‘Using a special shower gel that contains aplha or beta hydroxy acid can help reduce bacne as part of a treatment regime. I also like the BHA sprays and lotions that you can apply post-shower too; examples include Paula’s Choice Clear 2% BHA Body Spray (£24, Lookfantastic) and Murad Clarifying Body Spray (£29.75, Fabled).’


‘If you get lots of under the skin spots or blackheads, using a scrub a couple of times a week in the shower may be effective. Be gentle and don’t rub your skin raw as this can increase inflammation.’

Use a body cream for back acne

‘Apply a moisturiser to soothe and repair your skin barrier, but make sure that any products you leave on your skin are labelled “non-comedogenic”, meaning that they won’t clog your pores.’

Shower after sweaty activities

‘The bacteria responsible for causing acne thrives on sweaty skin so it’s very important to remove your gym clothes and shower as soon as possible after a workout,’ Dr Kluk explains.

The same applies if your job involves manual labour and or working in a hot and sweaty environment, so try to shower as soon as you get in from work.

Avoid back acne scarring

‘Whatever you do, don’t pick, squeeze or scratch your spots. This can introduce infection and lead to scarring. Apply a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid gel to spots instead. I like Medik8’s Blemish SOS Gel (£19) with azelaic and salicylic acid, or Acnecide Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Gel (£9.99, Boots).’

What happens if this doesn’t help?

‘If you’ve tried all of the at-home self care tips and skincare products and you are still struggling to get on top of your back breakouts, or are aware of developing cysts, nodules, post-inflammatory pigmentation or scars, a consultant dermatologist can talk you through the various prescription treatment options to bring your acne under control definitively.’

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The best Australian beauty brands

The best Australian beauty brands

Charting the rise of A-beauty

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By Rebecca Fearn

With K-beauty leading the industry for several years now, it’s been difficult to imagine any other continent shaking up beauty in a big way. However, with an influx of exciting new brands and the staying power of several long-standing heroes, Australian beauty brands are doing just that.

I have to be honest and say I may be a little biased: my boyfriend is Aussie, I’m currently planning a two-week trip there in October and I’ve always been fascinated by the country. But the popularity of this trend speaks for itself, and it seems like it’s not just me who’s into it. A keyword search shows the term “Australian Beauty Brands” is up 86% year on year, while the number of beauty insiders talking about brands from the land down under has skyrocketed.

Australian brands, too have began to understand their new appeal. Stephanie Michel, co-founder of Insta-famous Aussie skincare brand Sand & Sky, explains:

“Customers are more and more conscious of what they put on their skin and they now know that natural skincare products can deliver on promises if they are made of the best ingredients. Australia is a powerhouse of amazing and unique botanical ingredients, all at our fingertips here”.

Her co-founder Sarah Hamilton agrees that “Australian beauty is really taking off, and it’s all down to the amazing Australian environment which produces incredibly powerful ingredients”.

The Australian attitude to beauty is increasingly relevant to us Brits, too. “The secret to beauty from an Australian perspective is take care of yourself by using the right products for you and as natural as possible”, says Sarah. With the rising demand for clean, free-from products, A-beauty is meeting our modern needs.

From Dr Roebuck’s and Sand & Sky to Aesop and Becca, the relaxed yet results-driven Aussie approach to beauty has never been cooler. Keep scrolling for the coolest A-brands around…

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What’s in our makeup bags? Team Marie Claire reveal their beauty must-haves

What’s in our makeup bags? Team Marie Claire reveal their beauty must-haves

Top picks from inside our handbags.

By Rebecca Fearn.

Inspired by Into The Gloss’ foray into its own staff’s daily makeup bags, we asked Marie Claire digital staffers to bring in their everyday makeup bags (the ones they carry with them in their handbags) to take a peek inside. Prepare for a beauty shopping list as long as your forearm…

Holly Rains, Digital Editor

“I would like to say my makeup bag is full of essentials that can get me from DESK TO DANCE FLOOR, but that would be a lie. I would need a bigger bag. A way bigger bag. Instead, this is a compilation of things I think might come in useful for my face at some point and more importantly, look shiny when I take them out to use on the tube. Such as the new Hourglass Extreme Lash Mascara that is great for fluttery lashes and my YSL powder foundation which is is in fact a necessity because I’m shiny as hell all year round.

Other hero products that lie within are… my Maybelline Brow Satin Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown that if discontinued, will make me weep from my eyebrow-less eyes, my Byredo Elevator Music Perfume Pour Cheveux (hair perfume), my Mavala Nailactan Cream that is legit THE best product for getting your nails to grow. Not in shot, a rogue piece of chewing gum that will definitely get an outing before the year is out”.

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Jenny Proudfoot, Digital Junior News Editor

“I don’t usually have time to do my make-up before work as the news needs to be up first thing, so I tend to carry my essential beauty products around with me in case I get a spare couple of minutes to beautify. Foundation, blusher, bronzer, mascara, lip balm and a brow powder are my necessities, although I misplaced a couple of them before the photo was taken! The out of shot staples that I always carry are a MAC eyeshadow in Brown Down, a Chanel Kabuki brush and a Pawpaw balm, and for perfume, I’ve been carrying around the Jo Malone Basil and Neroli mini cologne spray for the past few weeks – I’m obsessed with it. Maybe more golden than them all though, is my can of Caudalie grape water spray – from those hungover commutes to needing a pre-meeting wake up, it’s a dream.

But as a secret curly girl, my Jenny Proudfoot hero product has to be hair cream, with my invisible day and night cream by Windle & Moodie saving my life every day – especially given the recent humidity! It is the only thing that has stopped me from looking like Monica from Friends in the episode when they go to Barbados”.

Katie Thomas, Digital Beauty Editor

“I don’t wear much make-up, at least I always say I don’t wear a lot of make-up, as I prefer the natural look. But when looking at what I use every day – maybe I actually do wear a lot. Huh. Once I’ve done my skincare, I’ll cover my skin in Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Skin Tone Optimiser – not only does it give my usually pale skin a boost of colour, but it has a slight sheen to it, which makes me look glowy. I am so aware of the dark circles under my eyes – no amount of eye cream or sleep will change them, they’re hereditary – so using my ring finger I tap in Vichy Dermablend Hello Colour Corrector to take down the blueness. I then apply my Clarins Instant Concealer with the iT Cosmetics Airbrush Concealer Brush. Fun fact: in all my years in the beauty industry I am yet to find a concealer better than this one. I challenge a brand to try and come between me and this little bottle of joy.

If I’m feeling up to it, I’ll use these nudey-pink Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks on my eyes, but that’s really only if I can be arsed. Otherwise it’s lashings of Givenchy Base Mascara Perfecto, followed by Max Factor MasterpieceMax Mascara – the best I’ve tried in a long time. I fill my brows in slightly with Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Brow Pencil, then top it off with Givenchy’s Mister Brow Groom in Transparent. Once that’s done, I’ll take down any shine under my eyes, around my nose and on my forehead with Glossier Wowder. I recently discovered Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in Soft Copper and it has changed my life. Using my fingertips, I apply it to the tops of my cheekbones. It melts into my dry skin. I finish off with a dusting of Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Luminous Multi–Colour Powder on my temples and jawline. It takes a lot to look this natural”.

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Rebecca Fearn, Freelance Contributor

“Do I have too much stuff in my daily beauty bag? Absolutely, it contributes to my bad back and weird angled shoulders most. But I would always rather be overstocked than short of something in time of need – plus, I work in the beauty industry, so I just can’t help myself.

I always make sure I have practical things like my Slip Silk Hair Bands which are great for a last minute Psycle class or if I decide to stay at my boyfriend’s and want to keep my hair looking OK the next morning. I love a mist (hence why I have two from Tatcha and La Mer) and have a penchant for mini brushes, as you can probably tell. My three in this shot are by Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury and Chanel. My Aesop hand cream and Omorovicza lip balm (the best in the world) come with me everywhere, and I always try to have a nude and red lipstick handy. I know that sounds boujee, but I never know what I’ll be wearing/how I’ll be feeling. The two here are Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk and Tom Ford’s Wild Ginger. Other noteworthy inclusions: my Trinny London stack, Tilbury palette, Jillian Dempsey tint, Malin + Goetz Neroli oil (my favourite neroli of all time) and Ouai hair companions. Phew”.

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Lucy Abbersteen, Digital Beauty Writer

“Although I rarely re-apply, I do my make-up in about 10 minutes on the train to work, so the Glossier pink pouch is pretty much always in my bag. (I have tried getting up earlier to apply it, but girl loves as much time in bed as possible in the mornings). The contents chop and change as I’m always testing new things for work, but there are some products that are a constant for me. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara is my ride or die – I like to have a lot of length and volume, but I can’t stand when a mascara clumps all my lashes together. This separates out each one and makes them really black and noticeable, so it’s an every day use for me as my lashes are so fair. Then for a long-lasting liner I’ll often use a SUQQU gel or Elizabeth Arden Smoky pencil.

I hate the expression, but NARS Powermatte Pigments were a game-changer for me. I can’t keep lipstick on but even these stay put for most of the day without any fade so I almost always have one in my bag. I love a Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution for rich colour pay off, too. Need I say anything about Glossier Boy Brow? It just doesn’t make my brows look “over done” and full of product, but it does hold them in place and make them look fuller (which I need as I’m still recovering from the over-plucking era).

In terms of base, Bobbi Brown Corrector is another everyday use (I wrote about how much I love it here). It gets rid of my dark dark circles and instantly makes me look more awake to the point that I don’t really need foundation. If I do, I’m obsessed with Armani Luminous Silk. I’m also loving Tom Ford’s Sheer Cheek duo for that subtle wash of colour, while RMS Magic Luminizer is one of the best highlighters I’ve ever come across. And lastly Benefit’s Hoola Light is great at adding warmth to fair skin tones like me”.

Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor

“I probably don’t have that much in my make-up bag compared to most people, but that’s because I’ve really whittled it down to the absolute basics. I’ve tried many beauty trends but in the end I always go back to my tried-and-tested formula. From start to finish, it takes me about two minutes in total to apply (and I leave my bag at home, I hate carrying make-up with me!). There is the foundation, YSL Touche Eclat which transforms my skin in what I’d like it to be naturally: dewy and glowing. It’s very lightweight but easily buildable on those days you need more coverage.

At the moment I’m using Laura Mercier bronzer as I’ma  bit more tanned, then a touch of NARS Orgasm blush – I’ve used this for years and it really is the most flattering shade. Bobbi Brown’s eyebrow gel is the only one I’ve found that doesn’t cake your brows WAG style. Then the two final essentials, a fine eyeliner (I use Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire) and black mascara, though I’m not precious about the last one, I usually use whatever I have in the cupboard”.

Follow Penny on Instagram for polished outfit pics & style tips.

Consider your make-up inspo fix, fixed.

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