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Check Out The Best BB Creams For Every Skin Type And Concern

Hey Lovelies!

You may have read my recent articles covering the best K-beauty products to achieve the 10-step routine. But what about the days when you just can’t be bothered, but (obviously) still want all of those skincare benefits? A key A/W 2019 trend is skin that looks glowing and healthy with minimal effort and we do not want to disappoint. Don’t panic beauty lovers; we can claim back that valued time and still look and feel amazing. Check out the best BB creams to suit every skin type and concern. They are guaranteed to give you that super-boost of nourishment and enough coverage to see you through your lazy days looking and feeling simply fabulous.

1.For Anti-Aging Benefits Choose Estee Lauder Day Wear Multi-Protection Antioxidant Sheer Tint Release Moisturiser, SPF15, £43 (50ml), www.esteelauder.co.uk

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Okay, when it comes to thwarting those dreaded signs of aging, this BB-like tinted moisturiser has it all. Brimming with essential anti-aging antioxidants, Estee Lauder’s formula effectively banishes free radicals before they get a chance to do any skin-aging damage. After applying your chosen serum, simply add this beautifully lightweight cream. Then, all you have to do is watch the tint gradually appear in a flawless and seamless fashion. The result is smooth and glowing skin. Yay!

2.For Blemish-Prone Skin Opt For No.7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream for Normal/Dry Skin, £22.50, www.amazon.co.uk

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Fancy a BB cream that will: nourish the skin, enhance tone, hide blemishes and prevent future blemishes from rearing their ugly and unwanted heads? Look no further than No.7’s Beautiful Skin BB Cream. Their 3-in-1 formula combines specific nutrients to keep your complexion beautiful and blemish-free. #YAASS!

3.For Dry Skin Try: Dr. Jart+ Premium BB Beauty Balm SPF45, £31 (40ml), www.selfridges.com

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When looking for a BB cream that diminishes dry skin, always search for ingredients like glycerine and hyaluronic acid to attract moisture and also components such as dimethicone and shea butter to maintain the moisture within the skin. For the purposes of hydration, coverage and protection, Dr. Jart’s is a true hero product. Loaded with glycerine and dimethicone to draw in and keep moisture, providing superior coverage that isn’t going to put your dry patches on stage and with an SPF45, I think we have a winner.

4.For Sensitive or Acne-Prone Skin Choose: La Mav Organic BB Cream, $19, www.amazon.com

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This organic BB cream from Australia boasts an array of natural ingredients to hydrate and gently nourish even extremely sensitive skin, as well as those with acne and eczema. Better yet, their lightweight formula achieves good coverage that soaks into the skin with ease. Result. The only downside is that it seems to be available in only two shades – light and medium.

What are your favourite skin nourishing BB creams? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a happy Sunday people xx

 

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Transform Your Skin With The K-Beauty 10-Step System: Part 3

Hey Lovelies!

Here is part 3 of the best K-beauty products and advice. This article features the best eye cream, moisturiser and sunscreen and completes the Korean beauty 10-step system made oh-so-easy. If you missed the previous articles you can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

1.Eye Cream: For Damaged/Dry/Mature Skin Choose Benton Fermentation Eye Cream (10z), £19.04, uk.iherb.com

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The eyes are the window to the soul and as such, we want them looking gorgeously appealing for a s long as possible. No one understands this more than Korean women and one of their favourite is Benton’s Fermentation Eye Cream. So, I took this advice and have been using the eye cream for 2 months and I love how smooth my eye area both looks and feels.

Combining ingredients such as Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, and Ceramides, the cruelty-free formula really makes a difference to those with dry or aging skin. Furthermore, this high-quality and much sought-after eye cream contains macadamia seed oil. This wondrous ingredient combines fatty acids (including Omega 9) to fully moisturise, regenerate and soften the skin. You will love the results!

2.Moisturiser: For Dry Skin Try LJH Dr.’s Care BIO+N Barrier Cream For Oily, Sensitive And Very Dry Skin (Anti-Aging), $15, www.amazon.com

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The rationale behind K-beauty’s 10-step system is that by layering up your products, your skin will truly reap the benefits. Moisturising is the one remaining step in a Korean night-time skincare routine and should you have dry skin, you need to look for a product that not only contains hydrating components, but successfully locks in that much-needed moisture also. Behold the LJH Dr.’s Care BIO+N Barrier Cream. This incredible barrier cream will literally transform your skin, eradicating those pesky dry patches and returning your complexion to one of gorgeous vitality. I LOVE THIS!

3.Sunscreen: Try Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+/PA ++++, £9.89, www.amazon.co.uk

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We want a sunscreen to fully protect and boy, does this do a good job. Providing optimal protection against UV rays and being sweat and water-proof, the lightweight watery formula doesn’t feel like the sticky mess that is sun cream; thus, it melts straight into the skin and stays put!

Additionally, this amazing formula contains skin-loving hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract and citrus mix – making it an unbelievable skincare product to boot!

I have been using this sunscreen for some considerable time and I have no intention of EVER running out!

Have you tried any K-beauty products and which ones do you rate? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

Can LED Light Therapy Actually Turn Back The Clock?

Hey Lovelies!

Today I am sharing my knowledge of LED Light Therapy – the Hollywood craze that most celebs are currently pursuing.

As a beauty editor I am totally obsessed with products and treatments that actually deliver rejuvenation, diminishing lines and wrinkles and tightening the skin wherever possible, to achieve that much sought-after youthful appearance. Sadly, they don’t all work. It is my job to filter the good from the bad and share this with the world. Light therapies are supposed to be the latest rejuvenating trend that work little miracles and can be done in minutes. The questions on everyone’s’ lips: Does it really work; is it painful, and is it better than spending our hard-earned cash on Botox and fillers? Read on:

About LED Treatments:

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LED treatments are referred to as blue light, red light and yellow. Blue light is mostly used for reducing acne and acne scars, red is the go-to anti-aging treatment and yellow is often used to optimise skin health. The chosen treatment will vary from short to long wavelengths and much depends on the individual’s needs. Harvey Nichols’ Light Salon offer bespoke LED facials of which you can review here.

How Does It Work?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode of which produces therapeutic wavelengths (long and short) of light energy. Once received by the dermal cells, it is converted into ATP (an essential component for cells to produce collagen and elastin). This is proven to be extremely effective, with the skin’s response acting as it would do in your twenties. The result is a plump and rejuvenation complexion (YAAASS)!

So, if you are sick of Botox not getting all of those pesky lines and wrinkles and paying through the nose for the 3-monthly disappointment, you should definitely consider giving this a treatment a chance. Furthermore, LED is a fantastic method for dealing with unsightly pores, to even skin tone and awaken dry and dull complexions.

How Long Does An LED Light Therapy Facial Take And Is It Obvious You Have Had it?

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The bonus about this little star treatment is you cannot tell you have had anything done and you can be in and out within half an hour. LED light therapy gives your skin a warm sensation, but nothing else. Phew!

Now For The Downside… (Because There Had To Be One)

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It is usually advised for customers to repeat their treatment twice each week for 4-6 weeks. This works out to be a tad pricey (but in my view it’s totally worth it).  Treatment prices range from anywhere between £40-£300 (depending on their needs and choice of clinic).

For those with deeper lines, have enjoyed the sun a little too much or who have smoked for some considerable time, it will take longer to achieve good results but stick with it and you will be pleased.

More Upside…

Once you have had the course of treatments, you may only need one or two treatments each year to maintain results.

Are There Any Contraindications?

In short, no. This is one treatment that has no contraindications and it can be used on all skin types. However, as with any treatment (and particularly if you are using an at-home device) always follow the instructions.

Should I Invest In an At-Home Device?

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If going to a salon for continued treatment seems a little daunting and costly, it may be worth considering investing in an at-home device. You should know that these will undoubtedly be weaker than the professional devices, but you can achieve good results (it will just take a little longer). The other point to make is that when opting for this treatment, to guarantee success, you must endeavour to include it within your daily skincare routine. The best devices I have come across is the LightStim priced at £159.99 at Amazon and the Omnilux Clear-U, priced at £347 at Amazon.

Have you had experience of LED light therapy and what do are your thoughts. Please leave your comments below. xx

 

The Best At-Home Gadgets worth Their Weight In Gold

Hey Lovelies!

As a beauty editor I have to test all of the latest beauty devices, so I thought I’d share with you the best at-home gadgets that truly are worth their weight in gold. Read on:

1.For Acne/Blemishes Try Tria Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light, £179 (Was £199), www.triabeauty.co.uk

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There’s no need to suffer from acne – this awesome device delivers acne-destroying blue light that targets pores and eradicates the bacteria lurking underneath the surface of the skin. Also combined is a cleanser and spot treatment to further address the problem. What’s so great about this product is that you know you are effectively treating the problem without causing irritation or hurting your skin with harsh chemicals used in other acne-reducing products.

2.For Cleansing Try The Foreo Luna 2, £169, wwwforeo.com

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I absolutely love this device. The Foreo LUNA 2 doubles up as an outstanding cleanser and anti-aging tool in one. It’s brush head is 50% larger, thus achieving super-fast cleansing, and offers 8000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute. This amazing gadget makes quick work of ridding your skin of impurities, whilst simultaneously targeting and treating fine lines and wrinkles. There’s no messing about with the LUNA 2 – it delivers on its promise and you will notice a significant improvement in your skin (and the compliments you receive). Furthermore, one charge enables up to 450 uses, so there is very little faffing around.

3.For Hair Removal Try The SmoothSkin Muse, £319 Was £399), www.smoothskin.com

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Known as the intelligent IPL for good reason – it works. I have to say this product goes far and beyond my expectations of any at-home IPL device. This Gold Winner of the Beauty Awards, 2017 is the answer to your hair removal woes. Fast, effective and virtually painless, the gadget makes light work of breaking the hair cycle and preventing regrowth so problematic stubble becomes a distant memory. Yay!

Have you tried these products? What are your thoughts? Leave your thoughts below xx

Eye Bags – What Might They Be?

Hey lovelies!

I hope you’ve all had an awesome weekend. At 3am this morning I realised it didn’t matter how much antioxidant packed cream I slathered on my eye bag riddled face, there wouldn’t be a cat in hell’s chance (weird saying, I know) of looking anything like a fresh daisy today; I was right. Appearing radiant and refreshed required some serious sleep time – or maybe not. Cue the following incredible (and simple) hacks to banish those eye bags forever.

 1.Cool Cucumber

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Finally, a good use for cucumber! This age-old hack is one of the best treatments for a savage attack of puffy eyes and eye bags. Slice two pieces of refrigerated cucumber, place them over your eyes and take half an hour’s rest. Within seconds, you literally will feel their magic work. This amazing fruit offers ascorbic and caffeic acid that greatly reduces water retention and thus diminishes puffiness and swelling. Furthermore, it provides a skin lightening effect, making you look more radiant and refreshed. #Lifegoals! #Phew!

 2.Egg Whites

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Egg whites are another fantastic treatment for dreaded eye bags. They combine proteins and the skin nurturing vitamin E that work in unison to firm and tighten the delicate skin under the eyes. I have not used this method for long enough to confirm, but it is reported that over time this treatment can offer a long-lasting improvement for sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as reducing pigmentation. Hooray!

 3.Tea Bags

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Should you be running late and need a quick fix, try the tea bag trick. The idea here is to wet the tea bag in ice cold water then rest over your eyes for 10 minutes. The powerful astringent qualities of tannin are highly beneficial in cooling, soothing, diminishing water retention and unsightly pores as well as tightening the skin. The result is a fast and significant reduction in swelling, puffiness and people gently asking if you are ok!

 4.H20

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This hack is cheap, simple, works like a dream and yet is so often overlooked. Drink plenty of water and you will be amazed at the difference it will make to your complexion! Begone pitiful eye bags!

Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

Thanks for reading xx

 

Overnight Sleep Masks Are Here And Life Is Officially Awesome!

Hey Lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but the defiant lazy girl in me is always on the lookout for the easiest and fastest answer to, well, pretty much everything – and skincare is no different. We all know sleep is the time our skin warriors come to life to repair the damage of daily life, making night creams big news for all the beauty savvy out there. Now, ladies (and gents) rejoice in the world of overnight sleep masks; the ultimate in our beauty sleep arsenal. Check out some of the best around:

1.The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, £25, thebodyshop.com

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Some days, it just doesn’t matter what the hell I pile on my skin, or how many layers of concealer and corrector I reach for in the day, my ‘distressed’ complexion remains as constant as Putin’s realm over Russia. The Body Shop’s Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask is here to put a stop to those self-pitying, resign myself to looking crap days. Loaded with highly beneficial skin-loving and anti-aging ingredients such as edelweiss stem cells, sea holly and babassu oil, this gorgeous gel-cream gets to spend the entire night working little miracles on your skin. You will awaken to discover a more plump, rejuvenated and renewed complexion – and one less bad skin day.

2.Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, £29, kiehls.co.uk

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Step outside into weather so cold you half expect to see a penguin on the corner, then go home and crank up the heating until you feel your face dry like a prune IRL. There’s never been a better time to buy that overnight mask –  forget the Easter eggs (well, maybe a couple); Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is at the top of my Easter wish list. This incredible masque is all you need to reverse the nightmare that is currently UK weather.

3.Lancôme Absolute Precious Cells Revitalizing Night Ritual Mask, £95, Selfridges

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Lancôme’s utterly luxurious mask feels like little drops of sweet heaven on your skin. Effectively dealing with and diminishing fine lines, whilst reversing the look of tired skin, this mask is a truly selfish but totally worth-it investment. There’s no denying it – here you will find the pampered blissful effects of the best night’s sleep, EVER – even if, by 3 a.m. you’re still awake and enjoying the hideous harmony of your fella’s snores.

Have you got a favourite sleep mask? Let me know below, and have a lovely Wednesday xx

 

 

5 Kick-Ass Liquid Exfoliants

Hey Lovelies!

Exfoliation is a vital part of maintaining good skincare and realistically we should try to exfoliate twice weekly to ensure our skin stays clear, pores are refined and our complexion remains one of radiant luminosity. However, which type of exfoliator to choose? AHAs can have huge merit, but with so much availability, do you have the right product for your skincare needs?

Today I have rounded up the best liquid exfoliators on the market; all of which will guarantee you keep your beautiful skin looking its best.

1.Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA 2% Liquid Exfoliant, £26, www.paulaschoice.co.uk

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Should your skin concern be predominately blemish or pore related, this is the kitty for you! Tackling enlarged pores, acne, blemishes and imperfections with warrior-like abilities, this awesome exfoliator will literally feel like a dream discovery. Your complexion will be clear, hydrated, toned and beautiful.

2.Sunday Riley Good Genes, £85

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Including lactic acid and patented NG-5 Ageless Complex to fight and minimise fine lines and wrinkles ensures this is an incredible anti-aging product. However, this exfoliator has a few more tricks up its sleeve – it greatly improves circulation, elasticity and skin tone, whilst simultaneously fighting free radical damage. One point to remember is that being such an intensive treatment makes it unsuitable for those with sensitive skin.

3.Alpha H Liquid Gold, £33, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Alpha-H Liquid Gold is a must-have for treating those with damaged or aging skin. This fab exfoliator effectively refines pores, reduces pigmentation and fine lines and is extremely popular amongst us beauty editors. Once you try it, you will see why! N.B. Again, those with very sensitive skin should opt for the Alpha H starter kit (skin Solution for dry/sensitive skin. (£39.99)

4.Elemis Gentle Rose EXFOLIATOR, £31, Elemis

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I used to have skin that could take the harshest of products, but these days it takes the slightest drop of something considered ‘average strength’ and my face breaks out in an ugly red rash! This is where Elemis comes in: combining the superior beneficial properties of rose, this gentle exfoliator will feel like a velvet glove on the most sensitive of skin, revealing a beautiful clear and gorgeous complexion you will love!

5. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £48, dermalogica.co.uk

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The good news is that this exfoliant is gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Although this comes in powder form, you add water until you reach the desired consistency. This incredible product combines highly researched and proven ingredients such as papaya, rice enzymes, salicylic acid and their Skin Brightening Complex that work in perfect harmony on your skin to reveal a luminous and youthful complexion fit for any princess (that’s us!)

Have you tried any of these exfoliators or do you have a fave exfoliator? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Have a great day xx

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