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How To Do a Quick Bun

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The bun hairstyle is a firm favourite – quick and easy to do, super-versatile and effortless. Follow these simple steps to find out how to do a quick bun.

The quick bun is the ideal hairstyle for when you’re exercising or when you are out and about.

This easy, topknot hairstyle works best on hair that hasn’t been washed for 24 hours or so.

If your hair is freshly washed, add grip by dusting some texturising powder onto the lengths and scrunching it in with your fingers.

5 Steps to Get a Quick Hair Bun

How to do a quick bun

Step 1 - Brush it Up

Brush your hair back into one hand.

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Step 2 - Ponytail

Tie hair into a high ponytail.

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Step 3 - Twist

Twist the ponytail from top to bottom.


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Step 4 

Wrap your hair around into a bun.

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Step 5 - Secure

Secure the hair with hair grips. Set the look with hairspray.

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All Done!

Enjoy the finished look.

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Makeup Shelf Life

We all want to savor every last drop of our favourite beauty buys, but makeup has a shelf life and while expired products may still appear to be doing their job, they could be causing you harm. Using out of date makeup can result in skin breakouts and irritation… so when should you throw out your makeup? Here’s our guide, which includes makeup expiration dates, to help you know how long your makeup really lasts for...

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How long does mascara last? 2-3 months

When to throw it out: Your mascara will last around 2-3 months before it needs binning, or as as soon as the formula turns clumpy and starts to smell unpleasant.

Top tip: Don’t pump the mascara wand in and out of the container during application. This pushes air into the tube, causing the mascara to dry out more quickly and become flaky. Instead, use gentle circular motions to gather product on the wand.

How long does eyeliner last? 6-12 months

When to throw it out: Eyeliner picks up bacteria easily and since you apply it to such a sensitive area, it’s best not to take any risks. Pencils last longer than liquid liners, but sharpen them regularly, and get rid of them when they become dry and chalky.

Top tip: A white film develops on the tip when the pencil is past its best, making it difficult to sharpen.

black eyeliner

How long does foundation last? 12-24 months

When to throw it out: Liquid foundation should last up to a year once the seal has been broken. After that, you’ll notice the colour will start to change and the formula will separate. Powder foundations will perform better for longer – up to two years.

Top tip: Always wash your hands with an antibacterial soap before using fingers to apply liquid foundation – otherwise you risk spreading germs, which can cause breakouts.


foundation shades

How long do lipstick and gloss last? Up to 2 years

When to throw it out: We’re all guilty of keeping lipstick and gloss for years. Although they’re unlikely to cause too much harm, after two years the texture of lipsticks will become dry, and lip glosses will turn gloopy.

Top tip: Avoid storing in the bathroom as the excess moisture in the air can cause the pigment to break down.

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How long do powder eyeshadow and blush last? At least 2 years

When to throw it out: When the formula becomes dry and chalky, making it tricky to pick it up on your brush, it’s time to throw away your powder eyeshadow and blush.

Top tip: Prolong the life of your powder eyeshadow and blush by leaving your base to dry completely on your face before applying them, using a different brush. Never use your foundation brush to apply powdered products: the oils in liquid foundation can linger and oxidise on their surface, making them unusable.

eyeshadow shimmer shades


How long does nail polish last? 2 years and beyond

When to throw it out: Nail polish isn’t as susceptible to bacteria because the solvents in it kill microorganisms. Eventually, though, the texture will dry out, look thick and clumpy and will be hard to apply.

Top tip: A few drops of nail polish thinner can help revitalise the formula.

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How long does perfume last? 3-5 years

When to throw it out: A perfume’s expiration date is at least three years, but keep an eye on the colour of it. When the fragrance changes in colour, particularly if it turns darker, or if it starts to smell unpleasant, it’s time to bin it.

Top tip: Lighter-based citrus scents are evaporate quicker than others, so for a longer lasting fragrance, opt for oriental or woody notes.

perfume bottles lined up on glass shelf

Did you know? If you’re in doubt about your makeup’s expiration date, check the container for an open-pot symbol, also known as the ‘period after opening’ sign. It will have a number followed by the letter M, which indicates the number of months the product will last once opened.



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SugarBaby: Coffee and Coconut Scrubs for Skin

SugarBaby has arrived at Superdrug and the mouthwatering packaging with palm trees and coconuts will leave you pining for the beach.

The vegan friendly collection boasts two gorgeous body scrubs, a coconut beauty bar, moisture hair mask and body oil.

The multi-tasking ingredients have stimulating benefits from coffee, to coconut oil and coconut milk which work the natural exfoliator hard to leave your skin feeling smooth, clean and super soft.

They also reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, scarring and help combat cases of eczema and psoriasis too.

Here's everything you need to know about the exclusive range...



Vita+Skin Body Scrubs

Perfect to detox and exfoliate the whole body whilst the aroma of coffee awakens your senses and the coconut refreshes your mind. They remove dead skin cells to reveal fresh soft skin - whilst Himalayan sea salt acts as a second exfoliator to leave you polished and ready for summer.


Coconut Beauty Bar

This gorgeous de-luxe beauty bar is made from coconut oil and milk which are high in fatty acids and Vitamin E. The ingredients mixed with both Shea Butter and Aloe Vera will cleanse, nourish and heal the skin.


Organic Body Oil

This luxurious body oil is perfect for pretty much everywhere – body, face, nails and hair



Coconut Hair Masque

Treat your hair to 5 minute of pampering with this hydrating Coconut hair mask, it provides pure and immediate hydration, it’s ultra-nourishing and best of all,  suitable for all hair types.

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How to Backcomb Your Hair

How to backcomb hair

Take your hair to new heights with a bit of backcombing. It's a simple 5 minute trick that gives lifeless hair a bit of bounce - and much cheaper than a salon blow dry! Here’s our guide on how to give flat hair volume, and all the tips and kit you need to get started ...

How to Backcomb, Step by Step

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Step One

Start with either day old hair (that will naturally hold better), or hair that's been freshly washed with a volumising shampoo and conditioner.

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Step Two

Section the front of your hair at either side, leaving the crown and the back loose - this is where you'll be adding volume.

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Step Three

Take the top section of loose hair, brush through so it's smooth (you want to get rid of any existing snags and tangles) and pull up until it is taut.

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Step Four

Using a comb or backcombing brush, tease hair backwards from towards the root. Don’t backcomb the whole length, as you only want volume at the roots.

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Step Five

Repeat on the remaining loose hair.  Hold all of your backcombed hair in one hand, adding sections as you go - if you let go of backcombed sections you can quickly end up with a bird's nest!

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Step Six

Once you're happy with the amount of volume created, part the backcombed section back to your natural parting.  Unclip the sides of your hair and lightly comb the top to create a smooth finish,

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The Full Effect

And voila!  From flat to fab in just 5 minutes.  Fix with hairspray and pop a comb in your handbag for touch ups during the day.

Tip: If you have very straight hair, adding a few curls in the front will stop the back combed section looking too harsh.

how to backcomb hair final look from the front


For a slightly different look using backcombed hair, repeat steps 1-5 and then follow these simple steps to achieve a backcombed up-do: 


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Looking After Backcombed Hair

1. Regularly backcombing hair damages it, so it’s important to use a moisturising shampoo and conditioner that will help repair hair and prevent split ends.

2. Don’t sleep in backcombed hairstyles – instead, brush it out before you go to bed. Work in small sections, starting at the ends and combing out tangles before moving upwards. Doing it this way is less painful and will cause less damage than if you try to drag a brush straight through it.

3. Treat hair to an intensive repair treatment or hair mask weekly to help restore moisture.

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How to Braid Hair Step by Step

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Braided hairstyles are simple to do and can be adapted for any occasion, smart or casual. Follow our simple step-by-step guides on how to plait hair…

The fishtail braid

1. Spritz the lengths of your hair with a texturising spray for a tousled effect. Pull your hair back into a high ponytail on the crown of your head, then scrunch the length of the ponytail to add volume.

2. Begin the fishtail braid by separating your pony into two loose sections. Take a small part of hair from the outside of the left section, cross it over the entire left section and add it to the right section of hair, then pull tight.

3. Now take hair strands from the outside of the right section and cross over to the left. Repeat this process down the length of the pony, pulling tight each time.

4. When you reach the end of your ponytail, secure with a hair band and pin any stray hairs in place with hairgrips. Finish by teasing the braid a little with your fingers so it doesn’t look too ‘done’.

fishtail plait

The half-up-half-down French plaits

1. Split your hair in two from ear to ear so you have a top and bottom section. Spray volumising dry shampoo on the underneath section to give extra body.

2. Start the first of two French braids by taking a section of hair from one side of the top section of hair. Start a classic three-strand plait, then turn it into a French braid by adding a small section of hair into the plait every time you cross a strand over. Continue to do this every time until your braid reaches the middle of the back of your head. Secure in place with a hairgrip.

3. Repeat step two on the other side of your head. When the two braids meet in the middle, secure in place with a hair band.

4. Tease the braids a little to give the style a more relaxed vibe. Finish with hairspray to set in place.


The braided up-do

1. Start by curling your hair to give added volume and texture. Use a heat-protection spray and curl sections using heated curling tongs.

2. Starting from just above your ear, take a section of hair and part it into three. Begin with a classic three-strand plait, then turn it into a French braid by adding a small section of hair into the plait every time you cross a strand over.

3. Plait hair from the ear down towards the nape of the neck. When you reach the middle of your head, secure in place with a hairgrip. Don’t pull the braids too tightly, though – you want to keep them loose so the finished look is elegant but undone.

4. Repeat steps two and three on the opposite side of your head.

5. If you have any extra hair when you’ve finished plaited, tuck it underneath at the back.

6. Gently tease to loosen hair slightly before using hairspray to fix in place.


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The Ultimate Guide to Long-Lasting Lipstick

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Whether you like to use lipsticks, lip stains or liquid lipsticks, here’s how apply them for smudge-proof, long-lasting colour that will take you from day to night…

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Exfoliating your lips

A weekly exfoliation will help to prevent lips chapping and keep them smooth. It’s especially important if you’re going to be applying a matte lipstick, which tends to be more drying and is likely to cling to any dry patches on your lips.

To exfoliate lips, use a toothbrush with soft bristles – a child’s one works well – then apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the bristles and gently rub over your lips using circular motions. The skin on your lips is delicate, so be firm but not too rough. Apply a nourishing vitamin-E enriched balm morning and night to keep lips hydrated.

Priming your lips

To get the best results from your lipstick, prime your lips first. Simply dab a small amount of your normal liquid concealer all over your lips, making sure you blend it right to the outer edges, for a neutral, even base. Not only will this help your lipstick to stay put all day it will also help prevent your lipstick "feathering". 

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Girl applying lip liner

Using lip liner

Applying lip liner will help make your lipstick look neater, create a smooth, precise edge and give your lipstick something to stick to. You can use a liner that’s either a couple of shades lighter than your chosen lipstick, or one that matches the natural colour of your lips.

Start by lining the Cupid’s bow – the curved part in the middle of your top lip –then line the rest of your top and bottom lip. Step back from the mirror and check you’re happy with the shape before filling in your lips with lipstick.

How to apply lipstick

The classic tube lipsticks offer the widest range of colours, so there’s something for everyone. Although hydrating, the wax/oil base can cause the product to disappear, meaning you’ll need to reapply regularly throughout the day, especially after eating and drinking.

For a longer-lasting finish, apply the first coat with a lip brush, which will give you more control and make the application more precise. Blot with a tissue, then use the lip brush again to apply a second coat.

Applying red lipstick using lip brush

The benefits of liquid lipsticks

Liquid lipsticks are good for dry lips as they combine the pigment of a lipstick with a moisturising, velvety formula that glides on like a gloss. If a high-shine finish isn’t your thing, you can use a liquid lipstick that dries matte.


The benefits of lip stains

Lip stains work by staining lips rather than coating them in colour. They’re designed to enhance the natural colour of your lips, rather than change it, and are usually available only in variations of red, pink and peach colours. The result is a long-lasting smudge-proof colour. Lip stain is removed with petroleum jelly – simply apply it on the stain, leave it for a few minutes, then gently rub it off with a tissue. It’s worth noting that most stains contain alcohol, which can make lips dry, so using them regularly means you may need to exfoliate and condition more often.


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Zoella: Sweet Inspirations

Zoella sweet inspirations range
Zoella sweet inspirations range


The latest range from Youtube sensation and all round girl-next-door Zoe Sugg, the Zoella: Sweet Inspirations range has just hit our shelves - hooray! It's been a year in the making, and we're already obsessed - we just can't get enough of the French-patisserie-inspired packaging and the gorgeous, girly scents.  Here's the lowdown on all the different products in the collection...


Body Fondant Shimmer Balm

Why we love it:

Perfect for giving a gorgeous healthy glow to natural skin or a little added POW! to sunkissed complexions, this shimmery balm is sweet, subtle and scented - what's not to love?

Zoella says: 

"I was most excited about this... I'm just obsessed, it's so soft.  Plus it also smells so lovely"

Sweet inspirations Body Mist

Why we love it: 

The perfect warm-weather alternative to perfume which can be a bit overpowering in the heat, or a simple post shower spritz.  However you wear it, this body mist has a delectable scent and comes in a gorgeous Twenties inspired glass bottle.

Zoella says: 

"Look how beautiful this packaging is... I wish you had smell-o-vision so you could smell it"

Zoella Sweet Inspirations Body Mist

Zoella Sweet Inspirations Le Fizz

Le Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer

Why we love it:

Make bath time fun again with a few squares of this delicious looking bath fizzer bar. With the same sweet almond base as the rest of the collection, you can escape to bathtime bliss surrounding in a beautiful haze of scent.

Zoella says: 

"I fricking love it!"

Double Crème Body Cream

Why we love it:

Enriched with honey, cacao and sweet almond oil, this silky smooth lotion is a real treat for the skin. A little goes a long way, so your bottle will last for ages, too.

Zoella says:

"So many of you love the body lotion that I for sure had to bring it back with this scent"

Zoella Double Creme Body Lotion

Zoella sweet inspirations bath latte

Bath Latté Bath & Shower Milk

Why we love it:

It's versatile - this smooth, creamy lotion cleanser can be used in the bath or shower, and leaves your skin feeling deeply moisturised.  And the cute retro milk bottle inspired design means it looks great on your bathroom shelf, too!

Zoella says: 

"Super obsessed - it creates the best bubbles and leaves your skin feeling super smooth"

Make Up Bags: Life is Sweet & Candy Stripes

Zoella life is sweet make up bag

Why we love them: 

The small scalloped purse is great for little bits and bobs like hair clips and loose change, while the candy stripe clutch when unfolded is huge - ideal for even the biggest make up hoarders.

Zoella says:

"You can use this for anything... a night out, make up or skin care"

Zoella candy stripe make up bag

 If you haven't already left to snap up the complete set, what are you waiting for?

Ready, set... SHOP!

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How to Get Longer Eyelashes

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Long, luscious lashes are the secret of a super-stylish look. Follow our guide for everything from quick-fix makeup tricks to growing your own natural lashes.

Getting longer eyelashes with make-up

If you’re not blessed with naturally long lashes, makeup can help transform your lashes into voluminous, curled and long lashes in just a few simple steps.

How to:

1. Start by grooming your lashes with an eyelash comb, this will make sure they’re neat and evenly spaced.

Girl with long natural eyelashes

2. Next, shape lashes into the perfect curl with an eyelash curler. You should use a curler on clean, dry lashes. Open the curler and place it over your upper lashes, positioning it as close to your eyelid as you can - that way you’ll be curling all the way from the root to the tip. Once you’re happy with the position, gently clamp the curlers down, applying gentle pressure for around 10 seconds. You can pump the curlers while they’re in position too if needed, and then repeat on the other eye.

3. Line the inner bottom lids with a nude eyeliner, which will open up the eyes and put the focus on your super-black lashes.

4. A cocktail of different mascaras is key to achieving show-stopping lashes. Start with a lengthening formula with a small wand to coat even the shortest and finest of lashes in the inner corner of your eye. Follow with a voluminous mascara to make the lashes appear thicker. Finish with a curling mascara for the ultimate lustrous lashes.

5. For even more impact, apply false strip lashes, too – or individual lashes in the outer corners of the eyes.

How to grow eyelashes

Treat your lashes to a nourishing mask by applying them with a petroleum jelly or a natural oil (like coconut oil). Both these products will moisturise and strengthen lashes, preventing premature breakage and encouraging growth.

How to:

Start by removing all your makeup and completing your night-time skincare routine, then gently coat lashes in a natural oil or petroleum jelly and leave overnight. Use your fingers to do this. Alternatively, warm the product between your (clean) fingers and then roll a clean mascara wand over the warmed petroleum jelly to coat the brush, before combing through the lashes.

Wash off in the morning – thoroughly, yet gently – and repeat every night until you start to notice your lashes growing longer and stronger. The length of time it takes to see an improvement varies, but lashes should look healthier after up to four weeks of continuous use.

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The ultimate guide to at-home hair removal

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Want to defuzz without beelining straight for the beautician? Luckily there are plenty of ways you can get rid of unwanted hair in the comfort of your own home and you can switch it up depending on your time frame, hair growth and pain-threshold. From age-old methods (like shaving) to newer advances in technology (like laser removal) we’ve rounded up all the favourites to help you decide which one is right for you.

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How to prepare the skin before hair removal

Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate

You get the gist. If you know that you want to shave/wax/pluck etc in advance then exfoliate the exact areas you wish to de-fuzz 24 hours before you plan to carry out any treatment. This will remove any dead skin cells, make for a cleaner removal and help to prevent ingrown hairs.

Moisturiser-free zone

Make sure skin is clean and free from any moisturiser or oil at the time of hair removal. You want there to be a bit of grip to make the experience as pain-free as possible. 

Skin test

Before introducing a new product/method into your regime, always perform a skin-patch test so you’re extra certain there won’t be any nasty side effects.

Hair Removal Methods

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Best for: Legs and underarms.

Shaving pros: If you’re in a rush or short on time then this is the technique for you (you can also double up shower time with shaving time!). And unlike other methods, you don’t need to wait around for an optimum amount of hair growth, you can shave at any length.

Shaving cons: One word – stubble. Once hair has been shaved, it can grow back thicker, darker and coarser than the natural growth. There's also a teeny, tiny risk of cutting yourself while shaving so always take extra care even when you're in a hurry and over those awkwardly shaped spots (like ankles and knees).

Tips for shaving:

  • Always shave in the bath or shower. No matter how tempting it may be, dry shaving can irritate the skin so avoid at all costs.
  • You can use any kind of razor to shave, but for the smoothest shave use a razor with multiple-blazes or one with a water-activated moisturising bar. Also, make sure your razor is sharp enough and clean. The older the razor, the blunter it will be, and the more likely you are to cut yourself, so replace regularly.
  • Don’t skip the shaving gel!
  • Run the razor over the area you want to defuzz as gently as possible and avoid going over the same section again and again as this may cause irritation.
  • Apply a fragrance-free body moisturiser to soothe and rehydrate skin after shaving.
Waxing hair removal


Best for: Larger areas like arms, legs, back as well as smaller areas like upper lip, brows, bikini line. And the list goes on...

Waxing pros: If you want soft-as-a-baby’s-bottom skin then waxing will do just the trick. As it removes hair from the root, the results can be long-lasting too so perfect for prepping pins pre-holiday or if you want a low-maintenance routine. Also, if you’re a regular waxer the hair won’t grow back as thick so it’s great for playing the long game.

Waxing cons: We’re not going to sugar coat it, it can be painful. And sometimes if you’re waxing sensitive areas (read: your bikini line) you might want to get a little help pulling the strip off or you may chicken out altogether. But, luckily the more you wax the less it should hurt. Also, you can’t wax when you have stubbly bits, you need the hair to be long enough to grip on to the strip.

Tips for waxing:

  • Hold the skin taut and pull the strip away against the direction of the hair growth in a sharp, quick motion – pulling too slowly will cause bits of wax to remain on the skin and no one wants that!
  • If you have fine hairs and don’t have a waxing machine, then you can try pre-coated waxing strips. You can find these in various sizes, depending on which area you want to wax.
  • When using hot wax it can get a little bit messy, so lay down some towels and clean up any wax spillages sooner rather than later.
  • Don’t wax the same area twice. Waxing removes the top layer of skin, leaving it slightly sore. Any stray hairs left after waxing should be removed with tweezers.
  • Apply pressure to the area you have just waxed with the palm of your hand to soothe your skin.
  • Wait 24 hours before applying a moisturiser to avoid irritating the skin, and choose one with cooling ingredients, like aloe vera.
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Best for: Legs, arms, bikini line, underarms.

Epilating pros: Those who have an epilator tend to swear by them for good reason. This device removes hair from the root in a plucking movement, so it’s able to grab on to even the shortest hairs.

Epilating cons: Similar to waxing, you might find epilating a tad painful as it removes hairs one-by-one. But the good news is, more often you epilate, the more you’ll get used to the feeling and eventually it will feel less painful.

Tips for epilating:

  • Combine shaving with epilating for a smoother experience. By shaving a couple of days beforehand, the short stubble is easier to epilate.
  • Pull your skin taut and use against the direction of your natural hair growth, as this will help minimise the pain.
  • Don’t start using one until you read our guide on how to use an epilator. 
  • If you’re new to the world of epilating then schedule your defuzzing sessions in the evening (before bed) as your skin may be red for a few hours afterwards.
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Hair removal/depilatory cream

Best for: Legs, arms, underarms, face and bikini line.

Hair removal cream pros: There is no pulling of skin or plucking of the hair, which means a big bonus of this technique is the lack of ouch! It’s also convenient too, especially if you invest in a cream that gets to work while you’re in the shower.

Hair removal cream cons: If you’re in a massive rush then this may slow you down, as you need to wait for the ingredients in the cream to get to work (up to 10 minutes) before removing. It’s not advised for smaller target areas, eg eyebrows!

Tips for using hair removal cream:

  • The spray-on in-shower cream gives a quick, mess-free application. It’s also easier to apply to those hard-to-reach areas like the backs of your legs.
  • Keep an eye on the clock – if you leave the cream on for longer than is recommended, it could potentially burn or irritate the skin.

At-home laser hair removal

Best for: Anywhere you don’t want hair to EVER grow back!

Laser hair removal pros: 
Do you want to zap the hair now and forever? Then this is the route for you. The way that laser removal works, is that the device targets the hair’s pigment and over time the heat damages the follicle at its root which prevents regrowth.

Laser hair removal cons: First up, you have to see this method as an investment as at-home laser removal systems can cost a lot more than your average shaver. Also, it works better on different hair colours and skin tones because of the way the device targets melanin. If you have lighter-coloured hair (blonde, grey) then you might not get as effective results. It’s also not recommended for dark skin tones as it can cause permanent depigmentation. 

Tips for at-home laser removal:

  • You need to remove hair before using a laser removal device but DO NOT opt for any methods that remove the hair at the root (waxing/epilating). The root – due to the melanin within it – needs to be present to attract the laser energy. So, stick to shaving if possible!
  • Stay out of the sun during laser treatment, and always wear an SPF after you’ve used a laser.
  • If skin feels hot to the touch, use an ice pack or cold flannel/towel to cool the area after treatment.
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Best for: Arms, upper lip, chin, lower back and stomach.

Bleaching pros: While this method doesn’t technically remove hair, it does help disguise hairs which makes them less noticeable. It can be done easily at home, and it’s painless, making it perfect for sensitive areas (we’re looking at you upper lip hair!).

Bleaching cons: If the hair is particularly thick and coarse, it will still be visible, despite being lighter. In this case, it may be better to wax. Also, there is a small risk of irritation if you don’t follow the instructions properly or patch test beforehand.

Bleaching tips:

  • Don’t leave the bleach on for longer than stated on the packet as it may end up bleaching the skin at best, and causing a bad reaction at worst.
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How to Sculpt Your Face

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Face sculpting, also known as contouring, is a technique that was once only used on photoshoots, but in recent years it has become part of most people’s daily makeup routine. It adds subtle definition to your face and can be done with bronzer or by using specialist contouring kits.

Which contour kit should I choose?

Most contouring kits come in light or dark shades, so choose the one that complements your skin tone. They’re available in cream or powder forms, so those with an oily skin should go for a powder formula, while the cream formula is best for those with dry skin. The key to successful contouring is to blend the product well – contouring shouldn’t be noticeable.

If your skin is fair, it’s best to opt for products that are fairly sheer but have warm beige undertones that’ll work to add warmth and naturally illuminate your complexion. Don’t use any products that are too dark as they will look unnatural and will be hard to blend.

full face highlighter

If you’ve got olive tones in your skin, use soft bronze shades to add natural-looking definition to your face, while darker skin tones should avoid using anything too dark as it can look too much. Instead, a bronze-coloured highlighter will sculpt while also adding a natural glow.


What’s included in a contour kit?

A specialist face contouring kit usually comes with one or two brown shades, designed to add shadow along the hairline, beneath the cheekbones, along the jawline and down your nose, which will give your face more definition.

Some kits also come with a pearlescent highlighter which should be applied to the places on your face where the light naturally hits: the tops of your cheekbones, the bridge on your nose, your brow bone and your cupid’s bow. If the highligher is a cream formula use your finger to gently dab it on top of your foundation. If it’s powder, use a soft, fluffy brush to apply in the desired places.


What type of bronzer should I use to contour?

If you’d rather use bronzer to contour that’s totally fine. It’s important to make sure you use a blendable, matte bronzer though. Avoid using anything with shimmer in, as it’ll reflect the light, therefore highlighting the area, creating the opposite of what you’re trying to achieve. Use a shade that’s suitable for your skin tone – if you’re pale don’t use anything too dark, but if your skin is medium-toned or olive, don’t use anything that’s too light.


How to contour your face

The same rules apply whether you’re using a kit of bronzer and you should use an angled contour or blusher brush to apply product – they will offer precise application, and tapered bristles make it easier to follow the natural shape of your face.

Step 1

Suck in your cheeks so you can clearly see the hollows of your cheeks.

Step 2

Lightly apply the brown contour shade or bronzer into those hollows, taking it up to the top of your cheekbones and as far as your temples.

Step 3

Next, work the bronzer into the temples and underneath the chin to create natural shadows.

Step 4

Throughout the application, use soft, circular motions to buff, and gradually build up intensity for a flawless, natural finish.

Once you’re happy with your look, apply highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones and along your brow bones, in the places where the light would naturally hit your face. This will add more definition to your face, too.


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