Looking for a sweet and sultry makeup look? Beauty YouTuber Allana is sharing an easy step-by-step tutorial for a dramatic purple smokey eye that’s perfect for your next date night, girls’ night out, or even for prom!
A twist on the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look this season is the gym skin trend. The look gives a natural flush to cheeks and a fresh dewy texture to the skin, similar to a post-workout glow. It’s the perfect minimal makeup routine for the upcoming summer months. Fashion and beauty blogger Brittany of Life Set Sail shows you how to achieve the look with some key application tips and products!
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The season of music festivals is upon us! If you’ve managed to snag tickets and are now in the process of planning your outfits, hair and makeup, our Beauty Advisors have some tips for what to bring – aside from floral crowns, combat boots and crochet crop tops.
Access to electricity may not be widely available during the festival, so having wireless hair tools is key. The wireless battery-operated Conair Infiniti Pro Ultimate Brush tames static and frizzy hair using ion technology, so you can keep fly-aways at bay.
Let’s be honest, access to showers at festivals is a luxury. Use Fekkai’s Blowout Hair Refresher Dry Shampoo to skip a wash and give your hair an instant refresh. The dry shampoo will absorb dirt and oil so your hair will look and smell freshly done!
With back-to-back concerts and parties, your makeup will be put to the test. To avoid the dreaded melting mascara, swipe Marcelle’s Waterproofing Mascara Topcoat over your favourite regular mascara once dry.
A lightweight coverage BB cream is the best way to give your face natural looking coverage that won’t get cakey and melt in the sun. La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar BB Blur not only gives light coverage, but it also minimizes excess shine and offers SPF 24 to protect your face from the sun throughout the day.
Spending all day under the hot sun with little to no shade means you’ll need to re-apply sunscreen every couple hours to stay protected. Vichy’s Idéal Soleil XL Sunscreen Cream has a fast-drying non-sticky texture that can be applied on face and body, offering both UVA and UVB protection.
Don’t forget to protect your lips with SPF too. A tinted lip balm with SPF, like e.l.f.’s Studio Lip Balm will give your lips a flush of natural-looking colour, while also soothing and protecting them from harmful sun rays.
You’ll look like a bronzed festival goddess all day long with Cargo’s Swimmables Water Resistant Bronzer. The longwearing formula withstands perspiration, so you can rock a healthy summer glow without having to fuss with re-application throughout the day.
Long days with little sleep and lots of sun mean your skin will likely be begging for a pick-me-up. Give your face a quick spritz of Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist Refresh to soothe tired skin and give a refreshing boost of moisture to your face.
These makeup wipes from Bioderma are non-rinse: perfect for quickly wiping off makeup & cleansing skin after a long festival day, especially when you don’t have easy access to running water.
Spring is here, and fashion and beauty blogger Melanie of Born Lippy is showing us her new colourful favourites from Cargo Cosmetics! They have lots of great products for spring and summer travel, days at the beach, and for adding a nice pop of colour to transition your look to match the sunny weather. Follow along while Melanie shows you swatches of her favourites, along with her first impressions!
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By far one of the hottest makeup trends to hit the runway for Spring/Summer 2016 has been the electric blue eyeliner. It’s the perfect way to add a pop of colour to your look, and best of all, you can create it with mineral makeup products that are gentle on your skin!
From contour to cat-eye, Beauty Editor Britta creates this trendy look using Youngblood Cosmetics, a range of mineral makeup that is free of talc, parabens, oil and fragrance. If you experience rosacea, acne, discoloration, or are recovering from a laser or chemical peel, Youngblood’s non-irritating formulas will give you a healthy glow. Don’t worry about sacrificing colour payoff though, Youngblood’s products, like their vegan and paraben free liquid liner pens, have the intensely rich colour payoff you’ve been looking for!
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The summer heat can take a toll, causing your make-up to melt away and your hair to frizz in the humidity. These beauty products, hand-picked by London Drugs Beauty Advisors, will help keep your summer look fresh, even as the temperature climbs:
This natural mineral water facial spray is the easiest way to moisturize and refresh your skin on-the-go. Throw it in your purse and give your face a quick spritz to keep your skin looking fresh: even in the hottest heat wave. ($14.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
The heat can melt your mascara, leaving dark shadows underneath your eyes. Instead of foregoing your favourite regular mascara for a waterproof mascara, apply two swipes of the NYX Waterproof Mascara Top Coat. The top coat will make any mascara waterproof. ($10.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Once you’re finished applying makeup, use this lightweight setting spray from NYX to make your makeup stay put. While it comes in both dewy finish and matte finish formulations, the matte finish setting spray is your best bet for fighting off shine during a heat wave. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Heat and humidity can really do a number on your hair in the summertime, causing it to look frizzy. The Conair Ultimate Brush is powered with an anti-frizz ionic generator that releases ions directly into the hair to remove static and smooth the cuticle. The result is frizz free hair that’s beautifully shiny! The brush is wireless, which makes it perfect for tossing in your bag for frizz control on-the-go. ($39.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
In the summer heat, eyeshadows crease more easily and eyeliners tend to smudge. Start off with the right eye make-up base by applying e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer to the eyelids; this will set your eyeshadow so it won’t bleed or crease. You can even turn your favourite eyeshadow into a waterproof, smudge-proof liquid liner with the built-in felt tip precision eyeliner brush! ($3.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
To prevent the cakiness that can occur with powdered make-up, switch out your powder blush for a cream blush during summer. This cream-textured blush from Youngblood combines a shimmering glow with sheer, long-wearing colour that is perfect for outlasting the summer heat. The oil free formula even contains Vitamins C and E, Allantoin and Jojoba Esters that blend together to moisturize and protect the skin. ($32.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Opt for a lip tint in summer to give your lips a nice flushed colour that is more comfortable than sticky glosses or heavy lipsticks. As an added bonus, the L’Oréal Colour Rich Balm also has SPF 15 to help protect your lips while you’re out in the sun. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
When temperatures rise, it’s time to put aside the heavy foundations and try a lightweight BB cream instead. You’ll find it far more comfortable throughout the day, and this La Roche-Posay BB Cream will also help moisturize, soothe and protect your skin. Your complexion will look unified, even and fresh! ($29.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
The newest trend in beauty right now is all about giving a boost to the products you already have. Product enhancers aim to add additional features to your favourite products – like making your favourite mascara waterproof, mattifying your choice lip stain and even instantly turning your most beloved body cream into a self-tanning cream.
London Drugs Beauty Advisors have picked the best product enhancers that will take your favourite products to the next level, just in time for summer.
This amazing clear lipstick top coat gives any lip colour a chic matte effect! Take your favourite glossy finish lipstick and mattify it to add a touch of sophistication to any makeup look. This top coat will expand your lipstick collection using only one product! ($24.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Just add a few drops to your favourite moisturizer for a made-to-measure self -tan! Don’t sacrifice the moisturizing, anti-wrinkle and firming benefits of your daily skin care products; the Golden Glow Booster will give you the self-tanning effect in addition to the benefits of your favourite day and night creams. ($30.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Turn any eyeshadow into a super long-lasting eyeliner with this liquid transformer. It’s a great way to avoid creasing eyeshadows, and will instantaneously multiply the range of eyeliners at your fingertips! Just dip your eyeliner brush into a drop of Metamorfix, and let slip on the eyeshadow. ($15.00 at LondonDrugs.com)
Waterproof mascara is a must if you’re going pool-side, but it can be tough to find a waterproof mascara that also has all the favourite qualities of your usual mascara. Marcelle’s Waterproofing Mascara works as a clear water-resistant top coat, while maintaining the look and feel of your regular mascara. ($9.99 at LondonDrugs.com)
Transform your neutral lippies with a swipe of NYX’s wicked V’Amped Up Lip Top Coat. Infused with shea butter and Vitamin E, this glossy pencil moisturizes while turning your light lip colours to deep, vampy shades. ($8.89 at LondonDrugs.com)