Summer’s here, and it’s likely to be a scorcher! Luckily, our Beauty Advisor Hannah has hand-picked the best beauty products for avoiding the dreaded makeup melt. Watch the video to see how you can keep looking fabulous in the summer heat.
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If you try one new beauty trend this summer, this is the one to try! Our Beauty Advisor Samantha shows us how to rock the monochromatic highlighting trend coined as “chroming”. It’ll give your eyes, cheeks and lips a luminous glow, all using Youngblood’s gorgeous Luminous Crème Blush in Champagne Life!
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Spring can be a frustrating time for seasonal allergy sufferers: watery eyes make your mascara run, your nose is constantly red from blowing your nose, and your skin feels irritated and puffy. While allergy medications can help to ease symptoms, there are also some easy ways to adjust your beauty routine during allergy season that will help to combat those tell-tale signs. Our Beauty Advisors recommend compiling your very own allergy survival kit with these beauty essentials, so you’re prepared when symptoms arise.
Skincare for Sensitive Skin
Before applying anything else to your face, start with skincare that will help to calm your irritated skin. Bioderma has a whole line of products for sensitive and redness-prone skin called Sensibio. Apply their Sensibio AR Anti-Redness Care cream to a clean face before makeup application to soothe the skin and prevent and reduce the intensity of blotchy redness. When taking off makeup at the end of the night, make sure to use their Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution, which is also formulated for sensitive skin.
De-Puffing Eye Cream
The all-natural instantly cooling formula of Youngblood’s Eye Impact Quick Recovery Eye Cream will be your new best friend, if puffy eyes are a side-effect of your seasonal allergies. Apply first thing in the morning, last thing at night or at any time during the day for an extra bit of soothing and de-puffing.
An ill-timed sneeze or watery eyes can cause mascara to smudge and run. If you don’t usually use a waterproof mascara, it’s time to switch! A waterproof formula like Almay’s One Coat Multi-Benefit Mascara in Waterproof Black will stay put all day, even if your allergy symptoms persist. Almay’s products are also gently formulated with pure, hypo allergenic ingredients and are ophthalmologist tested, so your eyes will be irritation-free.
Kohl Waterproof Eyeliner
It can be hard to avoid rubbing your eyes when they’re itchy and watery, and it can end up making your eyeliner look more like ‘raccoon eyes’. To stop the smudging, a waterproof eyeliner is a must. An even better option is a kohl eyeliner, like Annabelle’s Stay Sharp Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner. The kohl formula is ophthalmologist tested and safe for use in the waterline, plus is smudgeproof for up to 12 hours.
Sneezing and using tissues constantly can leave your nose raw and red. Before applying any concealer or foundation, use the green shade from NYX Cosmetics’ Colour Correcting Palette to target areas of redness on the face: it will effectively neutralize the red colour. If the redness has spread further than just your nose, consider switching from a clear primer to this Green Colour Correcting Liquid Primer from NYX, and apply all over the face.
A stuffed up nose can cause you to breathe more through your mouth, which in turn can make your lips very dry and chapped. Keep a tube of RoC’s Enydrial Repairing Lip Care Balm on-hand to help protect and moisturize throughout the day. The balm is also formulated to minimise the risk of allergies, so your already sensitive lips won’t become further irritated.
Instead of slathering on moisturizer throughout the day, use a refreshing mist like Youngblood’s Minerals in the Mist in Relax to soothe allergy flare-ups. The calming blend of lavender and vanilla infused with mineral nutrients and vitamins will refresh, protect and hydrate the skin for a healthy, radiant complexion.
Your mom is amazing. She loves you, supports you, and always puts you first. She deserves a little ‘me’ time, and Mother’s Day is the perfect chance for you to spoil and pamper her. Our Beauty Advisors, many of whom are moms too, are sharing their favourite products for indulging in a little rest and relaxation, so you can find the perfect gift for you own mom this Mother’s Day.
Mom shouldn’t just be pampered once a year. This paraffin bath from Revlon will treat her hands, elbows and feet to some TLC whenever she needs it. The warm bath uses thermal heat to ease stiff and aching joints, while removing dull dry surface skin to leave skin soft and beautiful.
Gift mom everything she needs for the perfect pedicure. The Amope Pedi Perfect Pedicure Set comes with a rechargeable foot file, charging station, moisturizing foot cream, custom fit suction shower hook, and an Amope & Veet coupon booklet.
Pick out one of Essie’s new Gel Couture Nail Polishes in mom’s favourite colour, and pair it with a bottle of their Gel Couture Top Coat. The high performance nail polish comes in 42 beautiful shades and lasts for up to 14 days. Best of all, there’s no lamp needed: just apply the couture colour and top coat for impeccable gel-like shine.
This luxurious and sudsy body wash and bubble bath from Bliss is just what mom needs for some downtime. Attach a DIY coupon for a few hours of ‘me time’ so she can enjoy a little relaxation all to herself.
These super hydrating Beauty Rest’ore sheet masks from MaskerAide are infused with Argan Oil, Super Fruit Extracts, Green Algae and Vitamin E, and will go to work right away restoring, regenerating and repairing the skin. Choose a selection of different MaskerAide masks to create your own special Mother’s Day gift basket, specialized depending on her skin’s needs.
Not sure what fragrance mom will like? Our Beauty Advisors recommend Giorgio Armani’s Acqua di Gioia. It’s a fresh aquatic scent that isn’t overpowering, and is ideal for the warm season ahead. Other Beauty Advisor favourites include Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium, Calvin Klein Deep Euphoria, and Lancôme Trésor.
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If you notice mom has been a little stressed lately, this serum-in-mask from Lancôme is the best way to treat her. Let her forget the stress, tension and fatigue built up over the course of the day with this dose of overnight intense facial hydration. The formula reduces the visible signs of stress and will give her skin a boost of radiance overnight.
This facial mineral mist from Youngblood will give mom an instant feeling of relaxation, no matter where she is. Youngblood’s signature mineral blend with lavender, vanilla, ginger and lotus instantly rejuvenates, protects and hydrates the skin. She can use it after cleansing, after makeup application to set foundation, or any time for a refreshing pick-me-up.
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.