Illamasqua News

Lots happening at Illamasqua these days, with PETA recognition, new #Illaxpress lessons, and recently I refamiliarised myself with their skin bases - Hydra Veil, Matte Veil, and Radiance Veil. But first, the exciting news that Illamasqua are now PETA recognised. Since the brand launched in 2008, they have made a strong commitment to never support or permit animal testing on any of their products, and only work with suppliers who uphold these … [Read more...]

Get Fully Loaded with TIGI Bedhead

VOLUME is where it's at with hair. We all seem to want our hair to be bigger and bigger, and it's not that hard these days with a plethora of volumising and thickening products on offer. The latest I've had a look at is the new Bed Head by TIGI Fully Loaded range. Addressing the growing trend for messy styles with a sense of looseness and rough, textured volume. Designed with the trendsetter in mind, all four products have been designed to give … [Read more...]

Estee Lauder’s Genuine Glow – K-Beauty style

Let's talk about K-Beauty. What is it? Well, it has nothing to do with the Kardashians (for once!), it'a actually Korean-inspired beauty. If you're a beauty fan, you will know, and you will no doubt already be influenced by beauty from the Far East. The Korean beauty aesthetic isn't like ours. They focus on skin health, skin hydration, and a preferred lack of pigment. We tend to focus on being as tanned as possible. But perfect pale skin is a … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Grooming Gifts

Surprise your dad this Father's Day with a grooming gift. He doesn't need a new tool kit, an oversized Toblerone, or another silly slogan T-shirt, does he? But he probably does need some lovely grooming products in his life! I'm right, right? Boots now stock a fab men's beauty brand - Johnny's Chop Shop. Fab packaging, good products with a healthy does of fun, and it's cheap and cheerful. My favourites include ever-popular Beard Oil Beard … [Read more...]

Neom’s Scent To Make You Happy Kit

NEOM are a lovely brand, all about making you feel better, with lots of lovely smelly things for you and your home. Their candles are gorgeous, and their beauty products are really good. You just know they're good for you as well. I particularly love their little Essential Kits. This one, their Essential Mood Lifting Kit is absolutely perfect for me right now, as there's a lot going on in my life. If you're feeling a little bit overwhelmed by … [Read more...]

Master Your Mascara with New CID Cosmetics

We all wear mascara, right? Applying it is like second nature, most likely, but are you making the most of your mascara? Are you applying it properly? You might think you are, but we've asked an expert to give us the mascara masterclass. The low-down on how to get the most from your mascara, from New CID Cosmetics Brand Ambassador, James McKnight. The New CID i- FLUTTER mascara is his mascara of choice, of course, so he's cleverly matched … [Read more...]

Legs, legs, legs – prep for summer

It's officially summer, so that means NO MORE THICK BLACK TIGHTS! Time to put the opaques back in the drawer and get the legs out. And that means facing what the winter, and our cold spring, months have done to our legs. No-one is saying you have to do anything, but who really doesn't want to look after the skin on their body as well as their face? There's no point treating your face with loads of products and leaving your legs as cracked as the … [Read more...]

Jo Malone Charity Candle

Jo Malone London launch another charity candle this year for their charity initiative which sees their gardens across the UK  helping people with mental health issues. There are five existing gardens in the country, with another set to open in London, with charity partner St Mungo's, this year. The Redhall Walled Garden in Edinburgh opened a couple of years ago, in association with the Scottish Association for Mental Heath (SAMH). If you haven't … [Read more...]

Bourjois La Laque Gel NEW polish

BOURJOIS launch a new alternative at-home to gel nails next week, La Laque Gel. GEL nails have to be the most popular nails around. As someone who loves to change her nail colour, I'm not the biggest fan, because being stuck with the same shade for a few weeks does annoy me. However, on the occasions I have indulged, I have loved my Shellac, and the ease of it - and not having to worry about chipping. I have tried a few 'at-home' gel nail kits, … [Read more...]

Origins Dr Andrew Weil Mega-Defense

It's incredible to think that four decades ago, the term SPF had yet to be coined. We used reflectors, we sunbathed too much, and we used no skin protection at all. Now we know that unprotected exposure to UV rays exacerbates skn ageing, and causes cancer, we do all we can to keep the sun off our skin. So, it's no surprise that beauty companies are constantly searching for the next level in suncare, and Origins has found it with the new Dr … [Read more...]