Teeth and toothpaste myths busted

As well as brushing, flossing and mouth washing, there are countless other products you can use that supposedly keep teeth in tip-top condition. But which ones are actually worth the money? We investigate the teeth tools to pick up, and the ones to lea…

As well as brushing, flossing and mouth washing, there are countless other products you can use that supposedly keep teeth in tip-top condition. But which ones are actually worth the money? We investigate the teeth tools to pick up, and the ones to leave on the shelf.

Whitening toothpastes

Whitening toothpastes are effective at removing stains, but they can’t actually make teeth bright white. Although they contain abrasive ingredients such as hydrated silica, mica, sodium bicarbonate, the quantity of bleaching agent hydrogen peroxide is only available in tiny amounts in over the counter whiteners, just 0.1 per cent, whereas dentists can give up to 6 per cent.

Sensitive toothpastes

On the other hand, toothpastes marketed for sensitive teeth do work. And it doesn’t matter if you reach for a pricey or own brand version, as long as it has the active ingredient potassium nitrate in it, which blocks the microscopic tubes that lead to nerves within the tooth, forming a protective layer. It physically fills the exposed areas on the tooth’s surface meaning less sensitivity.

To rinse or not to rinse?

After cleaning your teeth don’t wash your mouth out with water. Keeping some of the toothpaste residue sitting on your teeth after brushing will protect them overnight and by not rinsing, it improves the effectiveness of toothpaste.

Cheese is good for teeth

Cheese really is good for our pearly whites, even if your waistlines don’t agree. The dairy produce acts as a buffer and neutralises the acid in your mouth. So if you eat something very sugary or acidic, eating some cheese after will calm down the length of time the attack happens on your teeth.

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Get the look: Miley Cyrus’ classic Hollywood waves

She’s most famous for sticking her tongue out and sporting sexy ensembles. But Miley Cyrus went for a completely different look as she attended the recent Grammy Awards, with her retro hair waves perfectly complementing her elegantly sexy outfit.We s…

She’s most famous for sticking her tongue out and sporting sexy ensembles. But Miley Cyrus went for a completely different look as she attended the recent Grammy Awards, with her retro hair waves perfectly complementing her elegantly sexy outfit.

We spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hair experts for their tips on how to get this classic look at home.

Dean Jones, owner of Dean Jones Hair, told us that the key to this look begins in the hair preparation, and to ensure that “hair is clean and well conditioned prior to styling”.

“Using a deep conditioning treatment works well to smooth dry ends and create a smooth base for the waves,” he added. “Dry your hair into a low side parting and try to keep your hair smooth and flat at the roots. Use a large barrel curling tong and curl your hair away from your face making sure that each section of hair is of equal size and flowing in the same direction.”

Once your hair is entirely curled, Dean advises sweeping through the curls with a paddle brush to create the stunning wave effect Miley sported. “Smoothing some oil through the ends is also a great way to add shine and reduce flyaways,” Dean smiled.

If you don’t have curling tongs, then you can use hot rollers.

“Hot rollers are great to create retro waves and hairstyles that require lots of body and volume and will provide hold to allow your hairstyle to last all night long,” Karen Brown, owner of Hair by JFK, told us. “Leave your hot rollers in as long as possible for the best results and until they have completely cooled down and then finish with a strong hold, volumising hairspray to give hair that extra oomph.”

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Keep your make-up brushes clean

We all use make-up brushes every day, but few of us clean them regularly.Not cleaning your brushes can mean you harbour bacteria, and this can be a massive issue if you suffer with problem skin. We spoke to award winning make-up artist Stacey Whittaker…

We all use make-up brushes every day, but few of us clean them regularly.

Not cleaning your brushes can mean you harbour bacteria, and this can be a massive issue if you suffer with problem skin. We spoke to award winning make-up artist Stacey Whittaker for her tips on keeping your brushes spick and span.

“Cleaning your make-up brushes regularly and correctly is so important for both your skin’s wellbeing and your make-up application,” Stacey told us. “You should aim to wash them once per week, this is especially essential with face brushes that you use for foundation, concealer etc.”

Stacey advises using water that’s “just warm and not too hot”, otherwise it might damage the brushes’ delicate bristles.

“Make sure that you hold the brushes facing downwards so the water runs off the bristles instead of running into them,” she added.

Stacey is a fan of brush cleansers, citing the MAC option as her favourite, but if your budget won’t stretch, you can use a gentle liquid soap or facial cleanser.

“Add a small amount of the cleanser to the damp brush and create a lather to remove the build up of product then rinse – thoroughly!” she explained. “Repeat this step if necessary and then gently dry the brush off with a soft cloth or tissue and leave to dry. This may be time consuming but it is crucial and will ensure your make-up application is more smooth and flawless.”

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Curl about town

In a sea of loose, sexy waves, why not buck the trend and opt for a tighter curl, like Hailee Steinfeld at the recent Pitch Perfect 3 premiere?Although going for a more full-on curl rather than your normal beachy waves may seem intimidating, the hair e…

In a sea of loose, sexy waves, why not buck the trend and opt for a tighter curl, like Hailee Steinfeld at the recent Pitch Perfect 3 premiere?

Although going for a more full-on curl rather than your normal beachy waves may seem intimidating, the hair experts at Schwarzkopf assured us there’s nothing to be scared of.

“Get the hair and be firmer with the tongs than if you were just creating a wave,” the hair pros said. “Hold the tong in place and wait. Then take section by section, one on top of the other, and brush it through so they all sit on top of each other and it has a nice wave.

“And if you’re being fancy, you can do the finger wave by flattening hair down with flat clips.”

Curls work especially well for brides too, though for a wedding look it’s best to revert back to looser, more undone curls.

“I love undone curls for a bride,” our expert beamed. “And even if I do an up do, I always curl all the hair then put it up, because when you see through the roots, the hair you can see an underneath has texture.”

Whether you’ve opted for a sparkly wedding gown, or top to toe satin elegance, waves can work with any dress style.

“Loose curls are perfect for brides. When you have something too ‘done’, you won’t look yourself for your big day. A simple, not too done hairstyle works best with a beautiful dress,” the Schwarzkopf style master said.

“Brides can be uncomfortable with overly complicated hairstyles, but with waves, you can put your fingers through your hair and shake your head around and see the beauty of the natural hair.

“And the doll look isn’t in any more.”

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Tried and tested: SAG Awards beauty

As well as lusting over Margot Robbie’s feather embellished Miu Miu dress and Susan Sarandon’s plunging sequinned number from Alberta Feretti at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards, we were also taking note of the A-lists’ make-up looks.Recreat…

As well as lusting over Margot Robbie’s feather embellished Miu Miu dress and Susan Sarandon’s plunging sequinned number from Alberta Feretti at the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards, we were also taking note of the A-lists’ make-up looks.

Recreate the top trends with these must-have beauty products.

MAC Lipstick – Matte, Velvet Teddy

Margot Robbie slayed it in the beauty stakes, and we’ve found the perfect lipstick match in this MAC shade. Although it’s matte, Velvet Teddy is non drying and SUPER long lasting. Perfect for day and night, this MAC classic is a real beauty winner.

Mary Kay Mineral Eye Colour in Rose Gold – 4/5

Halle Berry made sure her eyes did all the talking on the big night, with bronze shadow on her lids and lash line, and an added pop of intensity with some clever inner-eye strobing. Mary Kay’s eyeshadow in Rose Gold is a great copycat shade, that lasts for hours. Apply over primer to make sure the powder has real staying power, but be careful of stray pigments that fall onto the cheek during application. Add more layers if you’re after a bolder hue.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro – 3/5

Madeline Brewer made a real style statement at the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards in a nude Reem Acra gown which she complemented with a swipe of orange-red lipstick. To emulate the warm hue, Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Tesoro is a good option, as it offers a very flattering red based orange. It features a creamy-matte finish, and nourishing vitamin E and avocado oil, but it isn’t entirely budge-proof and requires re-application every couple of hours.

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How to get a Hollywood smile on a budget

Many of us hate the colour of our teeth and it even stops some of us from smiling.It doesn’t help that along with their extensive glam squad budgets, celebrities have plenty of resources to get the perfect smile, and so brilliant white teeth have bec…

Many of us hate the colour of our teeth and it even stops some of us from smiling.

It doesn’t help that along with their extensive glam squad budgets, celebrities have plenty of resources to get the perfect smile, and so brilliant white teeth have become much more associated with looking good.

But teeth whitening, which was once an expensive upgrade requiring a trip to the dentist, has become a lot more accessible to us mere mortals, and it’s no longer necessary to spend hundreds of pounds to improve your smile.

“We recently did some research in the UK and found that 77 per cent of British people aren’t happy with the colour of their teeth and for over a quarter (26 per cent) this even stops them from smiling,” Jordan Kirk, White Glo’s dental expert, tells us. “It’s surprising when there are effective methods available on the high street which really do work.”

Now you can choose from teeth whitening toothpastes, toothbrushes, kits, strips, or even activated charcoal to give your smile a makeover.

“Everyone is going to have different preferences when it comes to their favourite products,” Jordan continues. “Depending on whether you’re looking for instant results or you would prefer to see a gradual shade improvement with longer lasting results, there are so many products to choose from, it won’t be difficult to find one which suits you.”

Read on for our tips for a mouth makeover.

Whitening toothpaste

An everyday whitening toothpaste like White Glo Professional Whitening Toothpaste is the first step to whiter teeth as they usually contain mild abrasives such as calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate, which help remove surface stains. Jordan suggests choosing a toothpaste which has low levels of hydrogen peroxide, as it will provide similar results to what dentists achieve.

Whitening kit

Whitening kits add an additional boost to a standard whitening toothpaste, but do choose one which is going to be safe and give good results. Hydrogen peroxide is ok in an everyday toothpaste, but it’s best avoided when using products which are going to be in contact with your teeth for a prolonged period of time. White Glo’s Diamond Series kits are peroxide free and offer results within a week.

Activated charcoal

Activated charcoal is a celebrity favourite well worth the hype thanks to its natural ability to draw out stubborn stains and detoxify the mouth. Incorporating charcoal will trap colour particles and help whiten teeth enamel. Diamond Whites’ Black Edition range features toothpaste, polish and mouthwash.

Whitening strips

Teeth whitening strips are for those short on time and looking for a quick boost before a party or social event. Hydrogen peroxide is a key ingredient as the strips are on your teeth for such a short time. Make sure to choose a product with no more than 6 per cent of it, otherwise it can become damaging to the mouth. White Glo’s Bright Nights strips have 5.5 per cent hydrogen peroxide and dissolve within minutes to leave a sparkling set of teeth.

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Get the look: Hair bows

She might only be 13, but Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown knows a thing or two about trendsetting.At the recent Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, the teenager opted to wear her brunette hair in “space buns”, with black ribbons wrapped around th…

She might only be 13, but Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown knows a thing or two about trendsetting.

At the recent Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, the teenager opted to wear her brunette hair in “space buns”, with black ribbons wrapped around them.

Hair bows are going to be one of the biggest trends of 2018, and we spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hairstylists for their tips on how to properly embrace this look.

“Millie gave her space buns a very girly, pretty touch by adding black satin bows,” Mathew Watt, Owner and Director of Mathew Watt Hair & Nail Bar, told us. “Bows are one of this year’s biggest hair accessories and have been seen all over the red carpet, with celebrities incorporating them into many different looks from ponytails to buns and half up half down hairstyles.”

Whether you opt for a ribbon, velvet or leather bow, these hair accessories are the perfect finishing touch for any look. To emulate Millie’s style, Mathew suggests using a comb to create the perfect middle parting, before separating the hair into two ponytails at each side of the head.

“Taking one ponytail at a time, twist the hair up, rolling it into a bun, and secure with a hair tie,” he added. “Once you have done this on each side, finish by adding two bows – created using ribbon – to the top of each of your buns. To keep the hair looking neat and tidy, as well as free from flyaways, use a finishing spray, serum or oil, which will also give the hair a gorgeous shine.”

Dean Jones, Owner of Dean Jones Hair, is also a fan of this trend but advises using coloured bows if you’re feeling a bit braver.

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Six of the best kiss-proof lipsticks

A long-wearing, smudge-proof lipstick that survives all night is pretty much the holy grail when it comes to lipstick.Unless you’re deliberately planning to recreate the smudged lip look that permeated the Autumn/Winter 17 catwalks, with Valentine’s …

A long-wearing, smudge-proof lipstick that survives all night is pretty much the holy grail when it comes to lipstick.

Unless you’re deliberately planning to recreate the smudged lip look that permeated the Autumn/Winter 17 catwalks, with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, a long-lasting lip bullet will be your best friend if you have plans to pucker up.

While some long-wear formulas can leave lips feeling dry and flaky, these picks will guarantee a kissable pout for hours. It is however, best to prep your lips before a potential encounter with a good base like Blistex Lip Serum, which works instantly to hydrate lips and create softness. It immediately absorbs into lips and creates a smoothing primer to grip whatever shade you put on top. And for a super soft pout, try Skyn ICELAND Plumping Lip Gels, a 10-minute plumping gel patch designed to improve the look, fullness and overall health of lips.

Read on for the best lippies for puckering up.

Pat McGrath MatteTrance in Elson

The fashion world’s most in demand make-up artist has created her own make-up line, including this richly-pigmented deep red with blue undertones. It goes on opaque for a mesmerizingly modern matte finish.

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Liquid Lip Crayon in How Rouge

A lip crayon is perfect for a relaxed day time date, helping you to achieve full, kissable lips in one swipe. Jacobs’ 16 hour built in wear means you can go in fearlessly for plenty of smudge-proof smooching.

YSL Tatouage Couture Matte Stain in 10 Carmin Statement

This liquid lipstick offers a lightweight finish with a bold colour pay-off, making you easily forget you’re even wearing lipstick. Despite that, it has remarkable staying power and won’t disappear like those glasses of wine.

Laura Mercier Velour Lovers Lipstick in Temptation

The ever reliable Laura Mercier’s Velour lipstick will stay in place through dinner and beyond (wink) so you can enjoy the food you love without worrying about losing your vibrant lip colour.

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Just What I Needed

NARS’ liquid lipstick dries to a smooth matte finish that won’t move or crack on your lips. Intense colour coverage is combined with ultra-flexible long-wear that applies like an ink on lips for a night out with no worries of smudging.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

If you’re particularly conscious about lipstick transfer with a bold red, or perky pink, a pout-enhancing nude shade, like MAC’s Velvet Teddy will give you peace of mind, and it will stay in place all night.

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Simple tricks to keep skin looking young

To age as gracefully as possible is the goal of people everywhere.But with all the complicated products and celebrity-endorsed beauty regimes out there, it can be confusing to know exactly what to do in order to take care of your skin and hair.Stuart M…

To age as gracefully as possible is the goal of people everywhere.

But with all the complicated products and celebrity-endorsed beauty regimes out there, it can be confusing to know exactly what to do in order to take care of your skin and hair.

Stuart Miles, the U.K.’s leading anti-ageing expert and founder of MilesYounger.com, doesn’t believe it is necessary to spend lots of money on treatments, and has shared his top tips for looking young regardless of how many candles are on your birthday cake.

Wear sunglasses while driving

Always sport dark glasses when driving in the sun, as UVA rays, the major cause of skin ageing, can even penetrate the car windscreen. “Even on a sunny winter’s day with the sun low in the sky, put on a pair of shades when driving to protect the delicate skin around the eyes,” he said.

Drinks lots of water in the morning

Put down those fancy moisturising creams and instead gulp back a big glass of water as soon as you get up. Your skin will benefit immediately, as the water will help de-puff your face by giving your lymphatic drainage system a boost.

Try a simple facial

A simple hot and cold facial can help decongest your skin and rid it of toxins. It will also trap moisture in the deeper layers of your skin so it looks fresher, brighter and altogether younger.

“Simply lay a steaming hot cloth on the face for a minute followed by one that is rinsed in ice cold water for a further minute and repeat,” advised Stuart.

Raid kitchen cupboards for easy beauty treatments

Next time your skin is feeling dry, head to your kitchen cupboard for an easy remedy. Coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil all make fantastic moisturisers for the body and offer intensive nighttime hydration for the face, depending on your skin type. And never throw leftover cucumber away! Simply slice up cold cucumber and place the pieces on your eyes for two minutes – it will instantly calm the eye area.

Or indulge in a milk bath. “Simply add milk to your bath. The lactic acid in milk helps clean and soften the skin preventing future dryness, so it’s perfect if you have any dry or eczema-prone areas,” the expert added.

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Brighten your complexion with colour-correcting concealers

There’s nothing like a flick of electric blue eyeliner or a bold red lip to add a fun edge to an otherwise everyday make-up look.While a pop of colour can work wonders when it comes to enhancing your features, most of us would steer clear of adding vib…

There’s nothing like a flick of electric blue eyeliner or a bold red lip to add a fun edge to an otherwise everyday make-up look.

While a pop of colour can work wonders when it comes to enhancing your features, most of us would steer clear of adding vibrant tones anywhere other than the eyes or mouth. However, colour correction is a phenomenon that when applied correctly, can give your face a flawless finish.

Before you worry that painting the rainbow may leave you looking more circus performer than skin sensation, cast your mind back to your primary school art lessons and you’ll realise that it all makes perfect sense. Shades positioned opposite each other on a colour wheel cancel each other out. Apply that concept to make-up and a smear of green works to neutralise any redness in your face, while purples can mute all yellow undertones.

A great starter kit is MUA’s Pro-Base Prime & Conceal Correcting Wheel. This palette is made up of eight blendable creams, including orange, to offset dark circles, and blue, to neutralise sallow tones.

“Dab the concealer onto discolourations, dark areas, or skin imperfections with a clean finger, brush or sponge and gently blend out until there are no apparent lines or demarcation between the concealer and your skin or foundation,” instructed MUA brand ambassador and professional make-up artist Karla Powell.

A more luxurious option is the CHADO Monts & Merveilles sculpting palette, with added plant stem cells for an anti-ageing bonus.

“Blend a mix of the three to find your perfect match,” advised celebrity make-up artist Danielle Hudson. “Add concealer over the whole area from under the eye, down to the cheekbones, and sweep right up to the top of the eye socket and corners.

Danielle also suggested applying the creams with your fingers, as the warmth will melt the product smoothly into your skin.

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