Why stress is skin’s worst nightmare

We’ve all been there, when things look like they can’t get any worse, a cluster of spots spring up from nowhere.But why is it that when life is on a downward spiral, with work, love and home stress, does our skin decide to breakout? It’s all to d…

We’ve all been there, when things look like they can’t get any worse, a cluster of spots spring up from nowhere.

But why is it that when life is on a downward spiral, with work, love and home stress, does our skin decide to breakout? It’s all to do with hormones, celebrity facialist Abigail James tells us.

“We have all suffered from some kind of stress, on whatever level that might be,” Abigail explained. “It’s a modern-day phenomena, I see this weekly in my treatment rooms. A massive part of skin freaking out is increasing stress levels.

“This has a huge impact on our skin. When we are stressed our adrenal glands are going head to the dozen. We might not feel it, we might be firing off the energy that we’re getting, but because the adrenal glands are going, we’re releasing stress hormones, cortisol is one of them. They’ve done research, and found that cortisol actually destroys the telomeres that hold DNA together. It physically ages us when we are stressed.”

And this stress is happening on a daily basis, heightened by the fact that technology now rules our life, which means that before we even get out of bed in the morning we check our email and social media pages.

“Stress also affects our hormones,” Abigail continued. “We give off different hormones and a big chunk of that is they’re connected to the sebum production in our skin, which increases breakouts. Along with that, it really interferes with the barrier function of the skin, the protection of the skin. “And that’s not even mentioning the pollution, which is a stress to the skin.”

So what exactly can we do to combat the effect of stress on our skin? Have some ‘me time’, advises the skin specialist, whose clients include model Arizona Muse and British TV presenter Donna Air.

Treating your skin to a double cleanse when you remove your make-up and a daily facial massage will help to unclog pores and let skin breathe.

Top skincare products to incorporate into your daily routine include Darphin’s new Vetiver Aromatic Care Stress Relief Detox Oil Mask, which is soothing and calming, Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer and multi-purpose balm Egyptian Magic.

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You beauty! Top Australian skincare brands to try

Australia is the home of cute koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, and of course gorgeous actresses Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman.But the land Down Under is also a mecca for top-notch skincare brands, with many companies based there breaki…

Australia is the home of cute koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, and of course gorgeous actresses Margot Robbie, Cate Blanchett and Nicole Kidman.

But the land Down Under is also a mecca for top-notch skincare brands, with many companies based there breaking fresh ground when it comes to innovative formulas and natural ingredients. Here are some of the top products for beautiful skin that Australia has on offer right now.

Cleansers

Need a new daily face wash? Aesop’s Amazing Face Cleanser is a winner for those with oily or combination skin types. Formulated with mandarin rind, ylang ylang, and lavender oil, this cleanser leaves the complexion refreshed and balanced, and also has a delightful scent.

While those with dry or sensitive skin could check out Go-To, a company founded by Australian beauty editor Zoe Foster Blake. Go-To’s Properly Clean is a silky mouse with a low level of willow bark extract that will leave your skin smooth and hydrated. The Millennial pink packaging will look super cute in your bathroom too!

Oils

Superstar Aussie model Miranda Kerr is a big fan of beauty oils and has expanded her KORA Organics range to include several must-try products. KORA Organics’ Noni Glow Face Oil harnesses the power of noni extract, rosehip, pomegranate and sea buckthorn for a rich yet delicate treatment perfect for soothing dry skin. Warm a few drops in the palm of your hands before applying to the face and neck – if it’s good enough for Miranda, it’s good enough for us! Another great option to try is RosehipPLUS’ Australian Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. This 100 per cent pure oil is made from cold pressed seeds of the rosehip berry and features essential fatty acids to keep the skin moisturised and glowing. It can also be used on stretch marks, sun damaged skin and scars.

Moisturisers

With its extreme climate, it’s no wonder Australian beauty brands are experts at creating quality moisturisers. Melbourne company Sukin is all about affordable yet natural skincare, with the Sensitive Facial Moisturiser well worth investigating. Made with rosehip, sesame and jojoba oils, this cream absorbs quickly and leaves just the tiniest hint of floral fragrance behind. Gorgeous!

Meanwhile, Mecca Cosmetica’s Hydrating Moisturiser is ideal for combination-to-dry skins and is fast becoming a beauty favourite, as it uses shea butter, amino acids, and plant polypeptides to reduce the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

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Go green this January


January is all about going green, but we’re not talking about kale and spinach. We’re all for a 2018 health kick when it comes to our diet, but what’s even more fun is some green goodies to fulfil our beauty needs.

Read on for our top green …

January is all about going green, but we’re not talking about kale and spinach. We’re all for a 2018 health kick when it comes to our diet, but what’s even more fun is some green goodies to fulfil our beauty needs.



Read on for our top green picks this January.

Mugler Aura


Encased in the most gorgeous of green bottles, Mugler’s latest perfume Aura is a delight for the nose and eyes. The green heart-shaped bottle reflects the smell of the perfume, which is fresh and vibrant, mixing together rhubarb leaf, tiger liana, orange blossom, bourbon vanilla and wolfwood notes. At the quite literal heart of this perfume is the celebration of women, and it makes for the ideal new signature scent.


Schwarzkopf Beology


Beology is the first customizable premium line from Schwarzkopf, with the experts at the haircare giant inspired by the potent power of nature when creating the products. Enriched with Deep Sea Extract and Anti Ox Algae, Beology is just the thing your tresses need to start the New Year right, Choose from repairing, moisturising & smoothing, and feed your hair this January.

Cocunat Micellar Water 3-in-1


Natural and toxic-free beauty brand Cocunat shuns harsh sulphates, artificial colours and parabens, meaning your skin is only getting the best of the best. We love the aloe vera and lavender infused Micellar Water to remove the day’s dirt and grime.


Coco & Eve Like a Virgin


Ethical Balinese haircare brand Coco & Eve has recently launched in the U.K., much to the delight of vegans and devotees of cruelty-free products. This five in one hair treatment, made with raw virgin Balinese coconuts and figs, helps to rejuvenate and revive parched hair which has been damaged by styling, heat, dyes and the environment.


Jane Iredale cruelty-free make-up brushes


If you’re looking to become more animal conscious in 2018, then Jane Iredale has the perfect products for you. The brand is rolling out a whole range of cruelty-free make-up brushes, made from soft, synthetic brush hairs. There are more than 25 new brushes launching, with the Blending Contour Brush and Contour Brush the first to hit shelves.


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2018 make-up predictions

With a new year comes a host of new make-up trends. From glowing skin, as seen at the Golden Globe Awards, to graphic eyes, we spoke to Denise Rabor, International Make-up Artist and Founder of WOW Beauty, for the lowdown on the trends to expect in 201…

With a new year comes a host of new make-up trends. From glowing skin, as seen at the Golden Globe Awards, to graphic eyes, we spoke to Denise Rabor, International Make-up Artist and Founder of WOW Beauty, for the lowdown on the trends to expect in 2018.


Glowing skin


Mandy Moore, Alison Brie and Gal Gadot were among the beauties who boasted luminous skin at the star-studded awards ceremony, and it’s a look that’s not to difficult to recreate. “To perfect this look, ensure your skin is in good condition well cleansed and moisturised,” Denise told us. “This look is very minimalistic so don’t go overboard with the foundation and try to stick to a foundation with a lighter coverage or no foundation at all!”


Highlight


To continue the luminous skin theme, grab a highlighting stick.”Highlight is super on trend for the season – use it in the areas of your face you want to accentuate the most, whether it be the nose, cheekbones etc. and also use it in the inner corner of your eyes to make them really pop!” Denise explained.


Graphic eye make-up


“Graphic eye makeup has been seen all over the catwalks for S/S 2018. Use a liquid eyeliner and create a graphic, sharp, edgy liner to create this look or take inspiration from the iconic Amy Winehouse, create an overdrawn, graphic, feline flick,” Denise smiled.


Bold, brushed up brows


Take inspiration from stars like Cara Delevingne for this trend. “Use an eyebrow powder or pencil to give your brows some definition and then use an eyebrow spoolie (mascara brush) to brush through the brows and give the appearance of more fullness,” she said.


Red lips


Another trend more than evident at the Golden Globes was that of the classic red lip. “Be sure to use a lip liner in a similar shade to your red lipstick first and apply this around the lips and to fill in your lips to keep the colour lasting longer,” Denise advised.


Long lashes


It’s worth investing in a decent mascara for this trend. “Apply an extra layer or two of mascara on your lashes or alternatively, apply fake eyelashes on the top and bottom of your eyes to create a ‘doll like’ look,” Denise grinned.

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Get Jessica Biel’s subtle bronzed look

Jessica Biel graced the red carpet in a black Dior Haute Couture tulle gown in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement at last week’s Golden Globe Awards. But it wasn’t just her stunning attire or her date – husband Justin Timberlake – that grab…

Jessica Biel graced the red carpet in a black Dior Haute Couture tulle gown in solidarity with the Time’s Up movement at last week’s Golden Globe Awards. But it wasn’t just her stunning attire or her date – husband Justin Timberlake – that grabbed the attention.

While her dress was unstated, Jessica looked every inch a winner with a subtle Globes glow created for her by make-up artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua.

While we may not all be able to splurge on a couture gown, Kara has shared her tips on how to recreate the gorgeous, gleaming glow she gave The Sinner star using St. Tropez products.

First, Kara used St. Tropez Tan Enhancing Body Polish to prep and exfoliate the skin. Then using the Applicator Mitt, she swept a layer of Instant Tan Finishing Gloss onto the shoulders, arms and decolletage to give the body a subtle, bronzed sheen perfect or reflecting the flurry of flashbulbs on the red carpet.

Then Kara applied an extra layer of Finishing Gloss to Jessica’s sculpted collarbone and blended some more down her arm to highlight the Golden Globe’s nominee’s toned figure, giving her a more radiant glow.

As well as her shimmering appearance, Jessica opted for an old Hollywood make-up look, using Chanel make-up to create an elongated cat eye and defined matte poppy pink lip, pressed on using the company’s La Diva lipstick. Kara also used for a brown taupe pencil to lengthen and soften the cat eye on the star. A perfect look for a glamorous night out!

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Get the look: Smooth hair

Smooth hair is one of those trends that’s definitely not going anywhere.  Regardless of the season, your face shape or hairstyle, smooth tresses look good on just about anybody. We spoke to some of the U.K.’s top experts about how to get smooth a…

Smooth hair is one of those trends that’s definitely not going anywhere.  

Regardless of the season, your face shape or hairstyle, smooth tresses look good on just about anybody. We spoke to some of the U.K.’s top experts about how to get smooth and healthy-looking locks.  

“To achieve soft, smooth hair try to restrict combing or brushing your hair, as this will cause friction and make your hair frizzy,” Leah Durrant, Owner of Leah Durrant Hair Salon and Beauty Re:Treat, told us. “Wet hair is more prone to breakage, therefore, try to avoid brushing the hair when it’s wet and instead, comb the hair with a wide-toothed comb before going for a shower to get rid of tangles.”  

Leah also advises taking a break from heated styling tools to help the hair look and feel smoother. “If you do need to dry your hair with a hairdryer, use a diffuser and point the nozzle down so that the cuticle stays flat, and then finish by blasting the hair with the hairdryer on its cool setting for a quick way of achieving smooth, shiny hair,” she explained.  

Jason Hogan, Creative Colour Director at Tommy Guns Soho, has a slightly different approach, explaining: “To achieve perfectly looking smooth hair, I always advise to blow-dry the hair straight using a round brush and then use straighteners to flatten the hairs cuticle and give it an even sleeker look.”  

He advises getting regular trims to keep hair in its best condition, while also using hair masks to keep the locks hydrated and looking soft, smooth and shiny.  

“Another quick fix to achieving smooth hair is to sleep on a satin pillowcase, which will avoid frizz and breakage,” he smiled.  

When it comes to washing the hair, Dylan Brittain, International Artistic Director, Owner of Rainbow Room George Square, suggests rinsing the locks with cold water after having a shower.  

“Warm water will open the hair cuticle, whereas cold water will close it, so having a cold-water rinse after you have washed your hair will enable your hair strands to stay flat and smooth,” he said.  

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Hello, hibiscus! 

Around the globe, hibiscus is held in pretty high regard.  It’s the national flower of Haiti, with other versions also representing South Korea and Malaysia, and in Hinduism, red hibiscus is the flower of the goddess Kali.  While in Hawaii, where…

Around the globe, hibiscus is held in pretty high regard.  

It’s the national flower of Haiti, with other versions also representing South Korea and Malaysia, and in Hinduism, red hibiscus is the flower of the goddess Kali.  

While in Hawaii, where the hibiscus is the state flower, the pretty bloom can be worn to show if a woman is single or not; placed behind the left ear, it shows a lady is married or on a relationship, while wearing it behind the right represents being single.  

In Chinese medicine, it is revered for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and emollient properties, which also makes the flower a powerful player in beauty and skincare. If you’re not already familiar with it, now is the time to say hello to hibiscus!  

Also known as Rose Mallow, more and more beauty brands are turning to it thanks to hibiscus being a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), a hero product when it comes to exfoliating, reducing wrinkles and curbing the visible effects of ageing on the skin. Plenty of popular skincare brands use chemical forms of AHAs, though these can often be too harsh for some complexions, whereas the natural form is much gentler.  

Eminence Organic Skincare tapped into the visage boosting power of the flower with its Hibiscus range, which includes the Instant Line Filler, Ultra Lift Eye Cream, and Ultra Neck Cream because the ingredient increases elasticity. These products are moisture rich and truly keep skin hydrated and supple.  

Similarly, the high vitamin E, antioxidant and omega content of the flower is what inspired Aurelia Probiotic Skincare to use it in the botanical rich Restorative Cream Body Cleanser, and new British brand Nakin have included Hydrolyzed Hibiscus Extract in the Anti-Ageing Performance Face Serum and Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex, calling it “natural Botox”.  

No7’s brand new Lift & Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation chose to use hibiscus extract, taken from the seed of Hibiscus Abelmoschus because it’s rich in peptides and amino acids, which helps to support collagen production and makes skin look and feel smoother.  

And Jimmy Choo has zoned in on the delicate scent of hibiscus for the L’Eau perfume, as has fun new brand Being, from the makers of Sanctuary Spa, using it for one of its signature fragrances, pairing it with coconut water for a nine-piece range of bathroom goodies, including a body butter, shower gel and hand cream.  

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Tried and tested: Golden Globes make-up

The Golden Globes kicked off the 2018 awards season with a beauty bang, and among the sea of black dresses, the A-list added touches of colour when it came to their cosmetics.We’ve rounded up the products you can use to recreate their looks.Clinique …

The Golden Globes kicked off the 2018 awards season with a beauty bang, and among the sea of black dresses, the A-list added touches of colour when it came to their cosmetics.

We’ve rounded up the products you can use to recreate their looks.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes in 09 Lavish Lilac – 4/5

Colourful eyeshadow is a great way to add a pop of colour to any outfit, as Lena Headey proved at the 2018 Golden Globes. The Game of Thrones star sported amethyst purple eyeshadow on her lids, with her make-up artist Rachel Goodwin using products from Nars. To recreate the look, Clinque’s Shadow Tint for Eyes in Lavish Lilac is a good substitute. Layer on this grey-based mauve for a more dramatic effect or a light swipe for everyday wear – just be aware that the sheer formula means it’s not entirely budge-proof.

Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matt Lipstick in Control – 5/5

The new lip sticks from Laura Mercier are the perfect mix of pencil, crayon and lipstick, and mean you can cleverly line and fill in your lips with the same product. To copy Claire Foy’s statement red lips pick up the Control shade, and gently paint on to your pout. It’s super long lasting, and survives both food and drink consumption.

Illamasqua Radiance Veil Primer – 4/5

Jennifer Aniston always has a radiant complexion, and the addition of highlighter for her Golden Globes look meant her skin was totally illuminated. Radiance Veil by Illamasqua is part primer, part illuminator and is a true wonder product. Either use as a primer, mix in with foundation or dab on top of make-up to bring a real lit from within glow that lasts for hours.

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Rock red eye make-up like Emily Ratajkowski

When it comes to making a style statement, it’s hard to go past a red dress or bold red lip.But more and more celebrities are rejecting classic red lipstick in favour of trying bright colours on their eyes, with Emily Ratajkowski stepping out at the re…

When it comes to making a style statement, it’s hard to go past a red dress or bold red lip.

But more and more celebrities are rejecting classic red lipstick in favour of trying bright colours on their eyes, with Emily Ratajkowski stepping out at the recent Golden Globes InStyle party with scarlet eyeshadow on her lids.

To create the fun look, make-up artist Hung Vanngo first prepped her skin with Marc Jacobs’ Genius Gel Foundation in Golden Deep and dusted on a layer of Perfection Powder in Golden Fawn for a matte finish.

He then amped up the star’s eyes by lining her eyes with Marc Jacobs’ Matte Highliner Gel Pencil in Finewine, a deep burgundy-based red, and gently washed her lids with some of the berry-pink pigment from the Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Longwear Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust.

Keen to try out the red eye trend for yourself? Here are some great products to check out.

Eyeliner

Highlight or add drama to classic eye make-up by adding a few dashes of Zoeva’s Graphic Eyes Pencil in Opulence, a pearly cranberry red. This extra smooth eyeliner is not only waterproof, but ultra-pigmented to deliver some serious colour. Or seek out NYC Professional Makeup’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Rust, a metallic red hue. The pencil glides onto the lid effortlessly and allows for foolproof application.

Eyeshadow

The idea of red eyeshadow may be daunting for some. But just a little touch of dark red pigment can really lift a simple smoky eye. MAC’s Eyeshadow in Cranberry is a versatile product, with the red-plum hue featuring a flattering hint of pink shimmer. While Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette in Vintage Vamp includes a quad of purple-red tones, such as a ruddy plum and deep burgundy, which work especially well with pearl and gold make-up shades.

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Top hair trends for 2018

When it comes to hair, it’s usually a case of a new week, and a new trend to follow.The landscape can be hard to navigate for anyone who isn’t a supermodel, so we spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hair experts for their predictions on the biggest t…

When it comes to hair, it’s usually a case of a new week, and a new trend to follow.

The landscape can be hard to navigate for anyone who isn’t a supermodel, so we spoke to some of the U.K.’s top hair experts for their predictions on the biggest trends for tresses in 2018.

Super sleek

“Super sleek hair with a middle parting or deep side parting is the ultimate glamorous, effortless look, which I predict will remain huge for 2018,” Neil Barton, Goldwell Ambassador and Owner of Neil Barton Hairdressing, told us. “Having hair parted low on one side with an ultra-sleek poker straight style will be sure to match any outfit.” Look to stars such as Kendall Jenner for inspiration when it comes to this ‘do.

Bright colours

“The top hair colours for 2018 are all about bright, bold crazy colours with Ultraviolet being the Pantone colour of the year,” Suzie McGill, International Artistic Director and Owner of Rainbow Room International’s Uddingston Salon, explained. “I am a huge fan of Palace Blue, it works especially well on dark hair and can help to create shine and a petrol-like effect – this is a great colour to add movement to the hair.”

Go bright blonde

If you aren’t feeling brave enough to try ultraviolet or blue locks this year, then why not follow the trend for brightening up your blonde? “Take your blonde a bit lighter and freshen it up for 2018. If you’re too scared to go a couple of shades lighter, or platinum, think about adding baby lights to your blonde hair to give it dimension and a shimmer of colour!” Karen Thomson, Owner of KAM Hair and Body Spa, advised.

Bobs and bangs

“The bob has always been popular, but 2018 will see bobs with fringes everywhere. Uniform length with little layering and a choppy fringe is going to be huge and it is super easy to work with at home,” Ross Charles, Owner of Ross Charles Hairdressing, smiled. “If your hair is ultra-thick or curly you can have the ends slightly softened to break it up, opting for a relaxed fringe is also best if your hair is thicker.”

XXL length

If you’re a fan of Kim Kardashian’s super-long locks, then this could be the trend for you. “XXL length is set to stick around in 2018. Celebrities like Kim and Nicki Minaj have been rocking waist length hair, and it seems like super long locks are here to stay,” Jay Birmingham, Celebrity Stylist, Master Extentionist and Custom Wig Designer, shared. “The key to this style is keeping your hair straight and sleek and using extensions or even wigs.”

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