January, 2013


31
Jan 13

The Benefits of Retro Packaging

Since I first clapped eyes on Benefit High Beam at the tender age of 15 I’ve been hooked on the brand; not only because of its high quality products, but also because of its kitsch packaging. The products themselves are undeniably lovely, but if it weren’t for the retro design I doubt I’d be as inclined as I consistently have been over the past ten years to purchase Benefit products.

Since Benefit Cosmetics first emerged, I think they’ve sparked something of a vintage revival in the beauty industry. Such has been the selling power of Benefit’s trademark packaging that many other brands have followed suit; Soap & Glory being an obvious example, and also MAC Cosmetics’ recent Marilyn Monroe range and NARS’ Andy Warhol collection.

A vintage Maybelline Mascara advert from the 1960s (image: beeskneesdaily.com)

A vintage Maybelline Mascara advert from the 1960s (image: beeskneesdaily.com)

So why are cosmetic companies cashing in on this old-school style, and why do customers lap it up so eagerly? Well, from a personal point of view, I think the type of imagery used by Benefit captures a kind of innocent yet sophisticated glamour which no longer exists; a beauty ideal which dominated the 50s and 60s but which has since been oversexed and adapted to fit in with the TOWIE-tainted days of the 21st century.

I also think Benefit appeals to women because it’s cheery rather than intimidating, and pretty without being depressing. To me, a cartoon of a beautiful flawless female is somehow far less daunting than an image of a stunning airbrushed celebrity. Admittedly both are as unrealistic and unattainable as eachother, but at least with the former you know the image isn’t real – plus it looks far more fun!

Benefit's winning and unique retro style packaging (image: shesaidbeauty.com)

Benefit’s winning and unique retro style packaging (image: shesaidbeauty.com)

Mostly though, Benefit packaging is simply more interesting (and seemingly more positive) than many of its competitors. From the tongue in cheek “punny” slogans to the varying antiquated typeface, everything about the brand’s retro-style transforms makeup into what it should be; namely, good old fashioned fun!

Yesterfacts: Benefit Cosmetics was founded in 1976 by twins Jean and Jane Ford. Benefit was initially founded as a beauty boutique which specialized in quick-fix products for beauty dilemmas. Benefit Cosmetics is now a global brand selling at over 2,000 counters in more than 30 countries. Nice work, Jean and Jane. As the saying goes, two heads are better than one!

To read more about cosmetic advertising, read Yesterface’s article False Eyelashes: False Advertising?

Benefit Advert Yesterface

An old Benefit flyer which I kept purely because of its aesthetic quality (pretty ads do work!) Note how the font and style greatly resemble the old Maybelline ads.

 

 

D.W. Griffith invented false eyelashes for this film in 1916 because he wanted Seena Owen (who plays Attarea, the Princess Beloved, in the film’s Babylonian segment) with lashes luxurious enough to brush her cheeks when she blinked. In collaboration with a wigmaker, who did the actual fabricating, the solution Griffith is credited with involved weaving human hair through a fine strip of gauze, creating false eyelashes.

28
Jan 13

Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Tools (British Museum Collection)

Anyone with an interest in Ancient Egypt, in particular Ancient Egyptian makeup, should make their way over to the British Museum in London as it is absolutely fascinating!

The museum’s Ancient Egypt collection boasts a variety of dainty cosmetic tools, all of which paint a picture of how important beauty was within society as far back as 1350BC.

Ancient Egyptian beauty

“You’re prettier”, “No, YOU’RE prettier”

The cosmetic items on display range from ointment spoons to perfume pots, and each object provides insight into humankind’s longstanding preoccupation with self-image.

The bronze handheld mirror, for example, reflects vanity in one of its oldest forms, whereas the beautifully designed cosmetic boxes encapsulate human beings’ age-old desire to look aesthetically pleasing.

Ancient Egyptian Bronze Mirror and Razor

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the Pharaoh-est of them all?!

Containers for eye-paint and cosmetic oils in Ancient Egypt were lavishly designed using expensive materials such as glass, gold or semi-precious stones. Well, beats cheap lippy and a plastic tube of mascara.

Makeup containers and equipment were also decorated with luxurious status symbols which were often shaped as delicate animals and young women; images which represented rebirth and regeneration.

Ancient Egyptian Ivory Cosmetic Box in the shape of a duck carrying her ducklings

Ancient Egyptian Ivory Cosmetic Box in the shape of a duck carrying her ducklings

These symbols aren’t a far cry from the imagery used in modern day media, where young females with lithe limbs, glossy manes and long-lashed doe eyes reign supreme. Which begs the question as to whether society’s current obsession with youth and weight is in fact a recent phenomenon at all.

As is the case in modern society, in Ancient Egypt the wealthy were keen to look young and beautiful, and rank and status were displayed through beautification, distinctive clothing and the use of luxury products.

Cosmetic pots Ancient Egypt

Cosmetic pots Ancient Egypt

The wealthy in Ancient Egypt also had access to perfumed oils, many of which were often imported from abroad, and they painted their eyes with kohl.

Not only was kohl used to create the sultry winged design that’s still very much in vogue today, but it was also used to deter flies, prevent infection and deflect the sun’s glare. Now that’s multi-purpose makeup for you!

Cosmetic Pots Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Pots

Visit the British Museum to find out more about the cultural significance of beauty in Ancient Egypt and to see the rest of the museum’s wonderful display.

Entry is free so it’s well worth a visit, plus you’ll get to see some very well-preserved mummies (forget No 7, those Egyptians had anti-ageing techniques down to a tee).

Ancient Egyptian duck cosmetic box

Ancient Egyptian duck cosmetic box

To see more ancient Egyptian makeup tools, check out Yesterface‘s article on the Ancient Egypt section at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Alternatively, head to Yesterface‘s Egyptian Makeup Tutorial for a full, step by step guide on how to recreate the ancient look!

Ancient Egyptian Ointment Spoons

Ancient Egyptian Ointment Spoons (British Museum)

A big thank you to the British Museum for letting me use these images of the collection.


25
Jan 13

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

A cat may have nine lives, but the cat eye makeup trend has survived for decades, and I doubt very much that this feline style will ever die out.

The look has been favoured by a variety of beauty icons over the years including Sophia Loren and Angelina Jolie. It’s simple yet seductive, and has the ability to transform a plain set of peepers into a pair of striking, smouldering gems.

There are endless variations on the classic cat eye; some are subtle, some are outrageous, but if it’s a sparkling and dramatic night-time look you’re after, read on for my Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial!

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 1: Apply black eyeliner to your upper eyelid

Begin from the inner corner of your eye and guide the pencil along your eyeline until you reach the outer corner. I like to use Sparkle in Paris eyeliner in Black Sparkle by Oriflame, £3.45 from oriflame.com.

Its shimmery finish is perfect for a night out, and its soft nib means it glides along your skin without snagging or looking too severe. The pencil is easy to apply with precision, but its soft texture also enables you to create a thick and smudgy effect, which I think is more appropriate for a night out. So layer up and apply liberally!

Step 2: Create a feline flick

The length of the flick is entirely up to you, but if you’re having a night on the town I think you can afford to be a little dramatic. As for the shape, draw a gentle curve starting from the outer corner of your eye and guide the pencil towards the end of your brow.

Stop drawing at about halfway between the outer corner of your eye and your eyebrow, then lighten the pressure of your grip and finish off the flick with curvy precision.

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Cat Eye Makeup Tutorial

Step 3: Apply eyeliner to your lower eyeline

Black eyeliner is sometimes too harsh and can make your skin look washed out. A dark green shade, on the other hand, will make your eyes look sultry without making your complexion pale in comparison. I personally like Artdeco’s Soft Kajal Liner in Fir Tree (87), £7.25 from JCmakeup.com, as it boasts a rich, shimmery hue.

Step 4: Create texture and inject colour

I applied the Artdeco eyeliner over the black liner which really emphasised the shape and gave it some depth. I then applied LCN’s Dark Midnight Glow eyeshadow, £11.45 from beautyconcepts.co.uk, to my eyelids.

The eyeshadow contains iridescent sparkles which catch the light beautifully. It has a substantial yet silky texture, and rather than congealing or flaking off, it stays in place for ages. The applicator brush makes it very easy to apply, too.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 5: Repeat Step 1-4 on your other eye

Don’t worry about trying to attain an absolutely perfect match, just have fun with it. You can easily improve symmetry and correct any mistakes with a damp cotton wool bud later on.

Step 6: Shape your eyebrows

If you want your cat eye makeup to stand out, it’s essential you attain a pair of purr-fectly (sorry) shaped brows. When giving yourself a feline makeover, you’ll want your eyebrows to resemble a fancy cat. In other words: poised, arched and groomed to perfection! Tweeze any straggly hairs and groom your brows with the Billion Dollar Brows Brow Gel. Then, define the shape and fill in any gaps with some colour.

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Bobbi Brown Pastel Eye Shadow Palette

Rather than a pencil, I much prefer to use Bobbi Brown’s Pastel Eyeshadow palette. It’s a neat trick which I recently discovered while experimenting with the palette. All you need to do is take the liner end of the Dual Ended eyeshadow / eyeliner brush, softly dip it into the mahogany eyeshadow, then use the edge of the brush to apply the shadow to your brows with soft, thin strokes in the direction of your hair growth. Finally, gently sweep along your brows with the flat side of the brush.

Step 7: Contour

Michelle Pfeiffer, in my mind, was the ultimate catwoman largely thanks to her razor sharp bone structure. After applying foundation, suck in your cheeks and sweep bronzing powder directly underneath and along your cheekbones with a medium-sized makeup brush. I recommend St Moriz Bronzing Powder in Light, £4.99, as it adds definition and gives your complexion a nice sheen.

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Step 8: Finishing touches

Unless you want to look like a drag queen, with eyes this dramatic you’ll want to keep your lips fairly basic. I used Natorigin’s Tolerance Extreme Lipstick in Papaye, available to buy for £16.25 from Natorigin.co.uk. For a flawless complexion, I used a mixture of Airbase Perfecting Primer, £44.95 from airbasemakeup.com and Oriflame’s Giordani Gold Age Defying Foundation in Natural Beige, £13.95 from oriflame.com. Highlight your browbones with Billion Dollar Brows’ Brow Duo Pencil.

I haven’t actually used any mascara in these pictures, but my favourite at the moment is Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara, £14.35 from greenpeople.co.uk. Oh and, contrary to the messy ‘do I’m sporting in some of these pics, I suggest teaming your cat eye makeup with a sleek style. For straight, glossy hair, use Neal & Wolf’s Guard Heat Protection Spray, £10.95 and Babyliss’ 2098bu Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners, available to buy from TheRankTank.com for £34.99 instead of the usual RRP of £79.99.

Now, go forth and slink into the night a la catwoman!

Cat eye makeup tutorial

Cat eye makeup tutorial


16
Jan 13

Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara (Review)

Green People Organic Lifestyle Mascara is genuinely one of the nicest and most effective mascaras I’ve ever tried, and I promise that’s not just hyperbole.

The mascara comes in simple, sleek black packaging and boasts a specialist brush whose numerous, closely-assembled bristles considerably lengthen lashes without causing any clumping.

Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara

Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara (image: greenpeople.co.uk)

Audrey Hepburn‘s makeup artist used to separate each of her eyelashes with a pin after applying mascara. Thanks to the fine bristles on this mascara brush, you’ll be able to achieve defined lashes just like Hepburn’s without having to run the risk of poking your eye out.

The mascara is long lasting and has caused me absolutely no irritations, probably due to the fact that it’s made with 98% natural ingredients and doesn’t include Mercury, Parabens or Synthetic Colourants. Basically, there’s no nasties. Excellent!

Green People Organic Lifestyle Mascara contains natural conditioning oils and Vitamin E, and is available to buy in either black or brown from greenpeople.co.uk for £14.35.

Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara

An image of my eye after using Green People Organic Lifestyle Volumising Mascara. Check out how defined they look!


15
Jan 13

Billion Dollar Brows

Cecil Beaton said of Marlene Dietrich, ‘Instead of eyebrows, she has limned butterflies’ antennae on her forehead.’ It’s common knowledge that eyebrows frame the face, so if you want perfect arches like Dietrich’s, then maintenance is key.

Marlene Dietrich eyebrows (image: leninimports.com)

Marlene Dietrich eyebrows (image: leninimports.com)

As someone who’s been endowed with a pair of big ‘uns (eyebrows that is), I know how challenging taming unruly brows can be. Sure it’s not fire-fighting or climbing Everest, but the constant battle against bushy brows can be a difficult one.

Which is why I’m a massive fan of the Billion Dollar Brows range, in particular their stainless steel tweezers. Billion Dollar Brows’ specially coated tweezers are slim, solid, and enable you to shape your eyebrows with precision and ease. They’re also brilliant at yanking out short hairs!

Billion Dollar Brows

Billion Dollar Brows Tweezers, Brow Gel and Brow Duo Pencil

I can’t get enough of their Brow Gel either. It’s a great tool for moulding your brows into the shape you want and gives your eyebrows a soft, polished and groomed look that lasts for hours. The gel has a lovely texture too which makes your brows look glossy rather than crusty!

Another favourite of mine from the range is the Brow Duo Pencil which you can use to further define your eyebrow area. The highlighter accentuates your browbone and the concealer is great at covering skin blemishes or tiny hairs that are just too short to tweeze.

Try out some products from Billion Dollar Brows and you’ll soon have eyebrows to rival Jane Russell’s… or even Marlene Dietrich’s! Available to buy from billiondollarbrows-uk.com.

Jane Russell striking eyebrows

Jane Russell had a striking pair of eyebrows (image: photobucket.com)

 


15
Jan 13

LCN Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener

Marilyn Monroe preferred to wear clear nail polish, and who could blame her? Clear polish is a lovely way to give your nails a subtle, elegant finish. It’s glamorous without being gaudy, and understated without being dull.

Marilyn Monroe preferred to wear clear nail polish

Marilyn Monroe clear nail polish (image: slodive.com)

My go-to nail polish at the moment is LCN’s Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener. Just one, thin layer of this polish brightens your nails and gives them a healthy sheen. Make sure not to apply too much though as it’ll end up looking milky and congealed. Remember, less is more!

LCN’s Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener contains green tea extract and can also be used as a base coat. Available to buy for £4.35 from beautyconcepts.co.uk.

LCN Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener

LCN Sensitive Guard Nail Whitener


15
Jan 13

Good for the SOLE! Treat your Feet with these Pampering Products

Ridding your feet of calloused skin is the most gross yet satisfying activity EVER! If you fancy treating your feet to a home pampering session, I recommend using either the PediPro Deluxe by JML or the MicroPedi by Emjoi.

PediPro Deluxe

PediPro Deluxe by JML

The PediPro Deluxe, which costs £19.99 from JMLdirect.co.uk, is a relatively small electronic device whose curvy design and cute, rubbery pink hide make it comfortable to hold. The device comes with a soft pink carry pouch, a cleaning brush, buffing pads and two different heads including a stainless steel blade and a buffing disc. The latter is designed to create a ‘flawless finish’, and I have to say it does a brilliant job of smoothing out rough, tough and stubborn skin.

However, given it’s so effective, it’s important you don’t use the buffing disc for too long otherwise your skin will become raw and tender. To make sure you don’t overdo it, the PediPro Deluxe has three different speed settings, so you can always switch it to the lowest one. If you do end up over-buffing, dab a little bit of Carnation’s Cracked Heel Cream onto affected areas. It only costs £3.05 from firstaidfast.co.uk and contains refreshing peppermint.

PediPro Deluxe buffer and metal plate

PediPro Deluxe buffer and metal plate

While the PediPro Deluxe is good, I much prefer the MicroPedi by Emjoi. Available for £39.99 from Boots, the MicroPedi is a little steep but definitely worth it. It’s true that the PediPro Deluxe is less messy as it contains a built-in storage tray, but I must admit I get a kick out of seeing how much dead skin the MicroPedi gets rid of! Don’t judge me. It’s amazing. Although I do realize I sound like Goldmember from Austin Powers (“Datsh a keeper!”).

Anyway, the MicroPedi only requires two batteries, and its light body and ergonomically designed handle means it’s really easy to use and is also very portable. The MicroPedi boasts a unique, micro mineral roller which spins at 360º at an amazing 30 times a second! With consistent use, the MicroPedi smooths your soles and leaves your skin feeling super soft. Unlike scrubbing your feet with a pumice stone, using the MicroPedi isn’t a chore, and all you need to do is lightly glide the roller across the surface of your feet for it to do its job.

MicroPedi

MicroPedi by Emjoi

To keep your feet in soft condition, I suggest using a Foot Scrub once a week. Carnation’s Exfoliating Foot Scrub costs just £3.36 and contains an envigorating mix of apricot seed, walnut shell and mineral oil. After treating your feet with JML’s PediPro Deluxe or the MicroPedi by Emjoi, make sure you pop your feet into a pair of comfy slippers like the Chinese-inspired bad boys below, designed by iconic international designer Vivienne Tam. The sensation of soft skin nuzzling into plush material will make your feet feel brand spanking new!

Vivienne Tam Hilton slippers

Vivienne Tam Limited Edition Hilton Slippers

The limited-edition Vivienne Tam slippers have been designed exclusively for Hilton Hotels & Resorts and are available to buy from The Waldorf Hilton, London or on hiltontohome.com for £17.50 a pair.


15
Jan 13

Bath Products for a Relaxing Night In

In the folklore of India and the Orient, the scented bath has been used to attract good spirits, new lovers and to obtain and preserve happiness. Whether you believe in that or not, there’s no denying that a nice bath can lift your spirits, be a great way to relax with your lover, and has the ability to make you feel calm and happy.

The joy of soaking in a hot tub is further heightened when bath salts are thrown into the mix. My favourite kind at the moment are the Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts, which include frankincense and rose petals. These bath salts have a delicious aroma and make for a truly invigorating bathing experience. I used the salts while I had the flu and felt my chest felt much clearer afterwards! Available for £6.59 from Boots.

Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts

Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts

During Tudor Times, Mary Queen of Scots bathed in wine, and while it’s probably not advisable to bathe in a tub of merlot these days, you can still emulate old Mary by adding a cup of cider or wine vinegar to your bath as it helps soothe dry skin. Just avoid adding any other spirits, otherwise you’ll bring a whole new meaning to the term gin-soaked.

Speaking of boozy bathing, in 2012 The Cadogan Hotel in London launched its Champagne Bath Menu which invites uber-rich guests to submerge themselves in 84 litres of champagne. Yummy! Forget bubble baths, a bath of bubbly sounds far more luxurious.

Having said that, the price ranges from £4,000 to £25,000 per bath depending on the amount and brand of champagne used. So, unless you have wads of money to burn, a champagne bath is probably off the menu.

In which case I recommend replacing Dom Pérignon Vintage with Forever’s Relaxation Bath Salts which include Lavender, Dead Sea Salt and other essential oils to soften your skin. Follow up with Forever’s Relaxation Massage Lotion to complete your relaxing bathing experience. Both products can be bought separately or as part of Forever’s Aroma Spa Collection from foreverliving.com.

Forever Aroma Spa Kit

Forever Aroma Spa Kit

Another nice bath product is Rejuvenate Bath Oil by BFAromatherapy. Part of the SplashTherapy range, the product contains Sweet Almond Oil and pure essential oils of Geranium, Juniperberry, Lime, Rosemary and Peppermint. Available from bfaromatherapy.com for £15.00. And while you’re zenning out in the tub, why not apply a face mask? Cosmecology Paris’ Mask Hydra contains sweet-smelling raspberry extract and, after leaving on for ten minutes, makes your skin look radiant and luminous.

You can also make your own scented bath using home ingredients; just add a few drops of perfume and unfragranced baby oil, or alternatively you can add a cup of powdered skimmed milk to your bath. It’s said that Cleopatra enjoyed the softening and whitening properties of milk. Well, if it’s good enough for a pharaoh…

However you decide to bathe, try and take some time out to relax in the tub this month. Lock the bathroom door, grab a good book, light a scented candle, and let your anxieties melt away. Sure, you’ll be a bathing cliché, but you’ll look and feel so much better for it!

Elizabeth Taylor portraying Cleopatra in a milk bath

Elizabeth Taylor portraying Cleopatra in a milk bath (image: fanpop.com)


9
Jan 13

Top Hair Removal Products 2013 (razors, epilators and waxing kits)

We humans have been concerned with hair-removal for thousands of years. The Ancient Egyptians, for example, used razors made of flint and bronze, and a method of depilatory called sugaring which is similar to modern-day waxing.

Thankfully hair-removal tools have developed a fair bit since then, but given the amount of choice there is on the market it can sometimes be difficult to know which products to choose. Which is why I’ve put together a list of five great hair-removal tools!

All of the following have been tried and tested by yours truly (yes, even the painful ones) so you’ll only be getting my honest opinion…

Ancient Egyptians also shaved and waxed! (image: sheknows.com)

Ancient Egyptians also shaved and waxed! (image: sheknows.com)

1. Venus ProSkin Sensitive

As someone with very sensitive skin, I know how much of a nightmare shaving can be. De-fuzzing is a pain at the best of times, but when it’s followed by days of painful skin irritations which leave you slapping on sudocrem and talcum powder a la Ross and the leather pants scenario in Friends, that’s when shaving becomes particularly annoying.

Which is why I was pleasantly surprised and genuinely impressed when I used Venus’ ProSkin Senstive razor. It caused me absolutely no irritation, even in sensitive areas such as my underarms and bikini line, and left my legs feeling super silky! The razor has five separate yet closely-positioned blades and comes with a showerpod. Available to buy from Boots for £9.99.

Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor

Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor

2. Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor

Equally good is Wilkinson Sword’s Hydro Silk Razor. After using this razor I noticed that my skin was soft and free of irritation, and remained that way for days. The razor has water-activated moisturising serum containing shea butter and marine extract and is the only razor to moisturize your skin for up to two hours after use, which probably explains the calming effect it had on my skin.

The razor has five “curve-sensing” blades which ensure a close shave, and the skin guards reduce the risk of cutting your skin. The razor usually costs £9.99, although the price has recently been slashed (no pun intended) to £4.99 at Boots. Venus’s ProSkin Sensitive Razor and Wilkinson Sword’s Hydro Silk Razor are two of the best razors I’ve ever used, and that’s no exaggeration!

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor

Wilkinson Sword Hydro Silk Razor

3. Braun Silk Epil 7

I won’t lie to you, this epilator isn’t painless, but boy does it do the job. The epilator head contains forty tweezers and comes with a variety of different caps (I realize I’m making it sound like a torture device, but read on). The caps are suitable for different bodyparts including your bikini line, underarms, face and legs. The product also comes with a shaver head so you can use it as a fully-fledged dry shaver!

Braun Silk Epil 7

Braun Silk Epil 7

The epilator is brilliant at removing the absolute shortest of hairs (as little as 0.5mm) and can be used both in dry and wet conditions. You can even use it under running water! It has a high-frequency massage system, a smartlight to illuminate the finest of hairs, and a pivoting feature which adapts to your body contours. Using the epilator is a bit painful at first as your skin is particularly sensitive, but the more you use it the less it hurts. Available from Boots for £129.99.

Braun Silk Epil 7 heads

Braun Silk Epil 7 heads

4. JML Beauty Wand

Small, compact and effective, the JML Beauty Wand will make a handy little addition to your handbag for any on-the-go hair emergencies. The JML Beauty Wand does a great job of trimming straggly brows, furry fingers, hobbit toes or an untamed tash! It has a built-in LED light, an angled head and comes in a soft black pouch. Available to buy from jmldirect.com for £9.99.

JML Beauty Wand

JML Beauty Wand

5. Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll On

Home-waxing kits are messy and often ineffective, however Veet’s electrical Roll On is tidier than your average kit and actually mimics salon results! The kit includes one roll on applicator, waxing strips, wipes, one charger, one dock and a refillable cartridge of wax which is suitable for sensitive skin as it’s formulated with beeswax. As mentioned previously, my skin is sensitive, but I experienced no irritation after using the roll on.

Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll On

Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll On

The instruction leaflet recommends you heat the cartridge for 20 minutes before use, but I found it took closer to 45 minutes. However, after the wax heated up, the applicator was easy to use. The wax itself was far less sticky than I expected, and ripping the strips off wasn’t half as painful as I’d imagined! In fact, the actual waxing process was relatively pain-free, and unlike cold waxing kits (which often leave residue behind) all of the Veet wax came off – and took my leg hair with it! This is the best home-waxing kit I’ve tried to date, which is why I’d say it’s worth its £29.99 price tag.

Veet Easy Wax Roll On

Veet Easy Wax Roll On


7
Jan 13

Battle the Winter Weather with Soothing Skincare Products

January’s cold temperatures and biting winds can be unkind to your skin, which is why it’s important you take extra measures to look after your complexion at this time of year. After all, your skin is your biggest organ, so it makes sense to take care of it!

If, like me, you already have a dry and sensitive complexion, then I suggest you fend off the winter weather with a few of the products below - they’ll do a great job of protecting, soothing and nourishing your skin during the winter months.

Winter Care skin products

Protect and nourish your skin this winter

Body Wash & Lotion

  • E45 Silky Radiance Body Lotion. E45 products help soothe dry skin and ailments such as eczema. This light lotion is absorbed quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. Available to buy from Boots for £3.99.
  • Dove Winter Care Nourishing Body Lotion and Winter Care Cream (Limited Edition). Both these products do a great job of soothing rough and dry skin. I applied the cream to my psoriasis and it actually helped! The lotion costs £3.99, the cream costs £3.29, and both are available to buy from Boots.
  • Dove Creme Mousse Body Wash. As the name suggests, this body wash has a thick, foamy texture that feels luxurious when massaged into your skin. Available from Boots for £3.71.
Dove Winter Care Cream

Dove Winter Care Cream

Face Cream

  • Cosmecology Paris Nutri Skin Nourishing Facial Cream. This cream has a nice consistency and contains shea butter, an ingredient which really helps nourish dry skin.
  • Equally good is Cosmecology Paris’ Hydra Skin Hydrating Face Cream containing aloe vera. Find out more about eco-beauty brand Cosmecology Paris and all its products at cosmecology.com. (Stockist: 0800590094)
  • Tara Walker’s Dream Radiance Enhancing Creme. A light substance with a firming effect, this creme gives your complexion an instant touch of radiance. It settles well, brightens your skin and makes the surface of your face look matte rather than shiny.I like it’s cute pink packaging, too! The creme is available to buy from tarawalkersdream.com for £59 per 50ml.
Tara Walker's Dream Radiance Enhancing Dream Creme

Tara Walker’s Dream Radiance Enhancing Dream Creme

Lip Balm

  • Guinot Baume Levres Confort Lip Balm. Tis the season for chapped lips, so make sure you apply plenty of this lip balm before facing the elements. Based on shea butter, the balm contains avocado extract and is available to buy for £12.15 from guinot.co.uk.
  • Blistex’ Moisture Max is another nice. pocket-friendly lip balm. It contains deliciously soft melting moisture beads and is available at Boots for only £2.49.
  • Murad Soothing Skin Lip and Cuticle Care. This multi-purpose product will make a nifty little addition to your handbag. I like the fact that you can use it on your cuticles too as mine always get chapped and sore at this time of year. I’ve used the product on my cuticles just twice and they already feel noticeably softer and smoother.
Murad Soothing Lip and Cuticle Care

Murad Soothing Lip and Cuticle Care

Hand cream

  • Australian Bush Flowers Love System Intensive Hand Cream is handbag friendly, non-greasy and super soothing. The hand cream contains a variety of flower essences including sundew and fringed violet. Available to buy from ausflowers.com.
  • LCN Sensitive Guard Hand Cream contains extracts from the prickly pear and vitamins A, E and F, all of which help prevent skin irritations and sooth irritated skin. Available for £8.10 from beautyconcepts.co.uk.
  • Natio Meditate Hand Cream is gorgeous! It contains extracts of Aloe, Sweet Almond, Jojoba and Jasmine Attar. Its sumptuous size means it isn’t portable, but it’ll sit nicely in your showerroom. Available from Tesco for £10.50.
Natio Meditate Hand Cream

Natio Meditate Hand Cream

 

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