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Facts about your period

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It’s the bane of every girl’s life. It causes you pain, pumps up your stress levels to the max and always seems to come at the wrong time – no, we’re not talking about your ex. Good ol’ Mother Nature (aka your period) is problematic enough without all the myths surrounding it, which stress you out even more. That’s why we asked Superdrug sexpert Alix Fox to give us the facts about Aunt Flo. So whether you’re worried about having hanky-panky or wondering what the jeff to do if your tampon gets stuck, nothing about your period needs to be a code red.

Can I have sex during my period?

Yep! There’s nothing wrong with having sex during your period, as long as it’s what you want to do. With all the fluctuating hormones, you might be feeling a lil more lustful anyway… or quite the opposite. Cramps, PMS and mood swings aren’t the best fuel for getting frisky, so you might find that your period turns you off completely.

Can I get pregnant if I have sex during my period?

This one is a big fat yes, too. Sperm lives in your body for several days, so having sex during your period won’t stop you getting pregnant. A word to the wise… if you don’t want a baby, use contraception.

Can I catch an STI if I have period sex?

Another yes – and a big one, too. You’re more likely to catch an STI if you have sex during your period. During menstruation, your cervix is lower in your body than usual and is more open, which frees up the flow of bodily fluids. Speaking of fluids, there are more involved when you’re on your period, and as STIs are transferred from person to person through fluids, you’re at a higher risk of catching one. Bottom line? ALWAYS use a condom.

Is period poo a thing?

I’m glad you asked… it is indeed. Lots of women find that their bowels are baking a different kinda brownie when they’re having their period. Fact is, your hormones can wreak havoc on your digestive system, which can mess up your pooping pattern. Your uterus is also a lot plumper, which puts pressure on your intestines, causing you to feel that urge ‘to go’ a little more than usual. Finally, our eating patterns can change when we’re menstruating, and we may eat food that we wouldn’t normally choose. This change in diet can cause your colon trouble.

Should I shower more during my period?

No, there’s nothing dirty about your period, so you don’t need to shower any more than usual. You might feel comfortable washing more often, in which case go ahead. But don’t wash your delicate lady bits too much or use harsh shower gels and detergents. Your coochie is a self-cleaning machine and has a lot going on to keep the right pH levels and bacteria balances in place. Over-washing can upset that harmony and lead to problems like thrush.

Can a tampon get lost?

No, hun, don’t worry! Your vagina is a cul-de-sac, not a black hole… there’s nowhere a tampon can go. Chances are you’ve just lost the string – so don’t panic. Getting stressed about it will just make your muscles tense and removal more difficult. Squatting down as if you’re going to do a poo might be helpful, but if you still can’t find it, just see your GP, who’ll be able to sort it out. And don’t be embarrassed… they’ve seen it all before.

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How to combat dehydrated skin

DARE magazine's editor talking through dehydrated skin

Loads of us moan about dry skin and try to combat it by loading up our faces with thick, greasy moisturisers, which don’t seem to help that much. What’s more likely to be the case is that your skin is dehydrated. Dry skin lacks oil so can appear red and feel itchy, whereas dehydrated skin lacks moisture, which is what causes that uncomfy tight feeling and makes our faces appear flaky and dull. Sound familiar? To help us understand our skin a little more, we asked DARE magazine’s editor Tory Frost for her top tips on how to combat dehydrated skin.

Do you have it

Understanding your skin can sometimes feel like trying to learn a new language – impossible and, at times, unnecessarily painful *headache sets in*. So how can you know if your skin is dehydrated instead of just dry? Well, there are five signs that your face is thirsty, and if any of these sounds familiar, you could have a case of dehydrated dermis.

  1. Your skin often feels tight and uncomfortable.
  2. It’s dry and rough to the touch.
  3. Sometimes your skin looks a little sad and grey.
  4. Your complexion is dull and seems to lack a youthful, fresh-faced appearance.
  5. Fine lines show up quite easily.

So if you’ve got all this going on, what exactly can you do about it? Tory explains how certain skincare ingredients work for dehydrated skin and tell you about the products that have got her 10-out-of-10 stamp of approval…

Hyaluronic acid

This is an acid that occurs naturally in the skin, but that you might not have a lot of if you’re suffering with a dehydrated face. These acids are like super sponges and can hold about 1,000 times their own weight in moisture. Any product that contains hyaluronic acid is a great first step in your skincare regime – it’ll draw in all the good stuff from other products and leave your skin looking full, plump and healthy. 

Spritz

A spritz is a great way to get those key ingredients onto your skin without layering up thick products, and if you’re after a hit of hyaluronic, the B. Confident Hyaluronic Acid Facial Spritz is just the thing. Use it after cleansing to combat that uncomfortable tightness you might experience. It’ll lay down a solid base of hydrating goodness before you do your makeup. You can also use this throughout the day if you need a moisture boost.

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Serum

If you haven’t jumped on the serum wagon yet, get your running shoes on and chase it down because you don’t want to be left behind. Serums are great for dehydrated skin because they’re super-lightweight and are backed with concentrated levels of all those stellar ‘skingredients’. Tory’s first serum pick for dehydrated skin is Superdrug Simply Pure Hydrating Serum. It’s really light and soaks into the skin quickly, and it’s jam-packed with hyaluronic acid, which will give you all the moisture-locking power you need. Next up is Superdrug Calm Skin Hydrating 2-in-1 Serum & Moisturiser. If you’re after a moisturiser without the greasy after effects, this is the one for you – oh and makeup goes on a treat over the top of it.

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Glycerine

Glycerine is a humectant, an ingredient that holds on to moisture. It’ll also make your skin feel soft and supple – what’s not to like? Tory recommends using a face wash containing glycerine, to lock in moisture.

Face Wash

The B. Clean Sparkling Water Cleanser is great to use both as a morning cleanser and the second part of a more-thorough double cleanse. It’s a lightweight face wash that’ll get rid of any dirt and oils and leave your skin looking fresh ’n’ flawless.

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Moisturiser

When it comes to moisturisers for dry skin, Tory’s pick is B. Relaxed Comforting Moisture Cream. It’s not gloopy and thick, so it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. Its lightweight, satin-soft formula means it will glide onto your skin like a dream and soak in easily. Also, you won’t have problems applying makeup over this, which makes it the perfect morning moisturiser. Alternatively, you could use it before bed after applying a serum and leave it to lock in moisture overnight. You can kiss goodbye to that tight-skinned feeling you have in the mornings!

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Glycolic acid

There’s a lot of talk about acids here and, although they might sound scary, trust us – they’re not. Glycolic acid is actually an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), which is found in all kinds of fruits. See… completely harmless. These little fruit acids react with the top layer of the skin, evenly exfoliating your face by stripping away any dead skin cells, so you can say hello to brighter, smoother-looking skin.

Face pads

Tory suggests giving your face a once-over with Naturally Radiant Glycolic Acid Pads, which come soaked in this miracle-working, skin-saving ingredient. Use in the evenings on clean skin, then apply your serum and moisturiser on top. The exfoliating properties of glycolic acid mean all those other products will sink into your skin more quickly and easily, making glycolic a must-have ingredient in your skincare routine.

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Your Guide To Holiday Health

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Vaccinations

Before flying abroad, especially when travelling to the Far East and Asia, check which vaccinations you’ll need to have to protect you against any diseases you might not have come across before. 

  • Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus (combined booster)
  • Hepatitis A – including when combined with Typhoid or Hepatitis B.
  • Cholera

Specialist travel clinics will also other these vaccinations as well as others including Yellow Fever, Rabies and Typhoid.

Book your holiday vaccinations online with Superdrug.

On The Plane

The air in an aircraft cabin is far drier than when on the ground so your face and body is likely to become dehydrated quicker. If you can face the flight without makeup it will do your skin the world of good. Alternatively if you can't go bare faced swap your foundation for a tinted moisturiser, BB or CC cream or consider a hydrating facial spritz that can be sprayed over makeup for a boost of moisture.

If you’re on a long haul flight, travel socks are recommended as they’ll help to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and leg discomfort during the fight. Put them on as soon as you sit down on the plane or even when you’re waiting at your gate to board your flight. It’s also important to keep yourself moving throughout the flight. Take frequent walks up and down the aisle every hour to help circulation.

Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the flight to keep you hydrated. Did you know that one alcoholic drink will affect your body exactly the same as two or three drinks on the ground? So be mindful with the booze and drink lots of water in between snacks and meals.

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In The Sun

Whether you’re jetting away to somewhere exotic or having a lovely staycation in the UK, having the right sun protection is always important. Even if you’re sitting under a sun umbrella on the beach or sitting under a tree in a park, the ultraviolet radiation is still able to reflect off surfaces such as sand, water, grass and bounce onto your skin.

Layering up with SPF with a factor of 15 or higher is recommended as SPFs do a great job of protecting against UV rays and preventing sun burn. Sun protection creams or sprays last around an hour on the skin, as UV rays begin to break down the ingredients in SPFs which is why it’s important to top up on sun protection regularly. A good lip balm with SPF 15 or more is recommended to protect and nourish your lips from the effects of the sun.

It’s not just skin you should protect from the sun. Your eyes need protection too as sun damage to the eyes can occur anytime. Wear sunglasses that block UV rays and hats that will shade your face from the sun.

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Mosquito Bites

Mosquitos are difficult to avoid when visiting a hot and humid country but there are ways to prevent being bitten repeatedly.

An insect repellent which is made to last up to 12 hours is highly recommended. Spray all over your body before getting dressed.

If you happen to get bitten whilst away, apply antihistamine cream to the affected areas as this will calm the reaction down, allowing you to feel comfortable and enabling you to continue enjoying your holiday.

Food Poisoning

The last thing you need is for your holiday to be ruined by sickness. Always wash your hands with soap and water before eating or drinking anything, to kill any bacteria that your hands may have picked up from outside. A good antibacterial hand sanitizer is always handy to carry in your handbag too.

Avoid drinking tap water in other countries, stick to bottled water instead. This goes for ice in drinks too, avoid it. With foods, opt for freshly cooked dishes that have been served steaming hot. These simple precautions will help to prevent any illness whilst away, allowing you to enjoy your holiday to the max.

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What is Paraben?

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Paraben is featured in a gazillion health and beauty products – think body lotions, mascara, conditioners and deodorants – you name it, it’s in it! It’s also found in beer, soft drinks, jam, and all sorts of other food too. So, it’s not surprising that this ingredient has left many beauty-lovers scratching their heads. Throw in the term ‘paraben-free’ and it can be even more confusing. Well, fear not – there’s a very simple explanation…

what is paraben

What is it?

Right, so paraben can be used in your favourite cat-eye-on-fleek eyeliner AND your go-to Sunday brunch pancake syrup? Say what?  Let’s start with this. Whether this ingredient is in your food or makeup, you’d rather have it in there than not. Paraben is a common antimicrobial preservative used to stop nasty bacteria from infecting our everyday products.

Why is it used?

Paraben is used in products like toners, lotions, blushes and foundations to stop them from being a breeding ground for mould and fungus. And the same goes for long-life food products too, which is why it can be found in the makeup aisle and the food aisle.

How can you tell if something contains paraben?

Simply look towards the end of the list of ingredients and you’ll see it. Bear in mind, it’s probably hiding behind a scientific name, like ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben or propylparaben. It’s also good to know that by EU law, only a teeny-tiny amount can be used – 0.4% of a product’s total volume, to be precise. Hardly anything, but it does the trick.

OK, so why use paraben-free products?

If you prefer to go down the au naturel route, then you can find products that are paraben-free. Also, if you have sensitive skin, then cutting paraben out of your daily routine could be the thing for you. Paraben has been known to increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV rays (especially methylparaben), so look out for paraben-free products that will give you peace of mind when catching those rays.

Natural preservatives, like benzyl alcohol, are a great alternative to paraben, and boast the same benefits. These preservatives are usually found in plants, tea leaves and essential oils like jasmine. If this is more your thing, we’re huge fans of Yes To’s wide range of paraben-free, natural beauty products.

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Fat Burning Food: Truth or Myth?

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If you think there are foods out there that’ll magically eat away at your wobbly bits we have bad news for you. Eating certain types of food alone has never and will never lead to fat loss. Fat burning only occurs when you have a calorie deficit, that’s when you burn more calories than you consume. Once this happens, your body prefers to break down fat in order to meet its caloric needs. And on that note, we think it’s time to bust a few more fat burning myths…

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Fat Burning Myths

Myth 1: Low carb diet

We’ve all heard it: cutting carbs is a quick and easy way to lose fat. This is only true if you’re cutting carbs loaded with butter, cream or gravy. Carbs without the added nasties, especially complex carbs like brown rice, wholemeal bread or pulses, are great at regulating our bodies. Cutting them out entirely can lead to a build-up of ‘ketones’, which leads to tiredness and dehydration.

Myth 2: Food that speeds up your metabolism

Green tea, black coffee, spicy food and guacamole have all been said to work metabolic miracles. In actual fact, the impact of these foods on your metabolic rate are so small, it’s not worth putting too much thought into it. The sad truth is, there isn’t a sure-fire way to speed up your metabolism. It’s affected by age, body size and genetics - not the food you eat.

Ever blamed your body fat on a slow metabolism? Most of the time, this isn’t the case. It’s actually because we’re eating unhealthy snacks throughout the day, without realising how they stack up. So, next time you get a craving for a packet of crisps or a chocolate bar, swap this out for a low-calorie and nutritious snack instead.

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Myth 3: Crash diet

One week it’s all about juicing and the next it’s all about no carbs. Stop the nonsense of fad diets, now! You may notice short-term fat loss, but you’re not going to help yourself in the long-term. It’s hard to maintain, you miss out on essential nutrients and you end up craving fatty, sugary food instead. Now, we’re not saying you can’t eat less. If that’s what you’re looking for, simply swap your regular dinner plate for a slightly smaller one.

Fat Burning Tips

Tip 1: Don’t skip breakfast

Did you know that almost half of the UK skips breakfast? We’re not exactly role models. But when we say it’s the most important meal of the day, we mean it. Even if it’s just a slice of toast or a small bowl of porridge, eating breakfast kicks off your metabolism for the day.

And for those using the old ‘I have no time in the morning’ excuse, we have the solution - prep this delicious porridge overnight.

Tip 2: Measure your water intake

If you want the ultimate diet tweak staying hydrated throughout the day can make all the difference.  Water contains no calories, no sugars, and drinking before meals can help reduce your appetite. Try for the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. This sounds simple, but it can be easy to lose track.

Tip 3: Good old exercise

Arguably the oldest trick in the book for fat burning. You don’t need to do anything too radical. All we recommend is 2 and a half hours of physical activity a week. This can be anything from taking the stairs more often to an intense spinning sesh.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

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He may make you cringe from time to time or always thinks he knows best (trust us, he's probably right) but what are dads for, right? Whether he's your go-to guru for all matters of life problems, your shoulder to cry on or your late night taxi when you miss the last train home -  he deserves to be celebrated on Father's Day - quirks and all!

Discover a gift idea that'll put a smile on his face on Sunday 16th June with our handy guide plus find out all about your free gift with purchase for your Dad with B. Men at the end!

 

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Keep it Classic Dad

Dad washes his car on a Saturday never a Sunday. Classic dad. He has a signature dish that he loves rustling up on special occasions. Classic dad.  He wears the same tie to work every Monday. Classic Dad.

If your Dad is so set in his ways its unreal, in this situation its best to play it safe. Treat him to something he will love to use time and time again, such as a bottle of his favourite aftershave.

If you want to try and update his old-fashioned ways, remember baby steps is all it takes! On this occasion, why not encourage him to swap his trusty 3-blade razer for a snazzy new electric one?

 

 

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Sports Mad Dad

Are you most likely to find your dad screaming at the telly watching his fave team? Or on the sidelines, come rain or shine, cheering them on? Perhaps he's the first to pull on his hiking boots to drag, sorry invite, the family out for a long Sunday walk? If this sounds familiar -  you defo have a sports mad dad!

Find a gift that matches his on-the-go persona, that works just as hard as he does at his passion and hobbies! How about a zesty- fragrance to accompany him to a football match? Or a sweat-proof kit for the days he hits the gym?

And for extra brownie points, why not make him an IOU voucher (from you or from your kids, if your shopping on behalf of the little ones) for a group session of his favourite sport? The extra thoughtful touch is sure to go down a treat!

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Dapper Dad

If suave and sophisticated are two words that come to mind when describing your Dad then he deserves the ‘dapper’ label.

Perhaps he spends more time in the bathroom than you do? Or there is never a hair out of place in his perfectly pristine beard? Whatever the case, he clearly appreciates the finer things in life and would love a gift to match!

Think pampering skincare, decadent deodorants and beard trimmers to help him keep up with his grooming routine.

 

 

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Fancy a free gift? 

Of course you do! Or more like, of course your Dad will!

This Father's Day, receive a FREE B. Men skincare duo when you add 3 B. Men's products to your basket from Wednesday 22nd May -  it's as simple as that!

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When and what travel vaccinations do I need?

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If you're planning on travelling outside of the UK anytime soon, you may want to push pause on the fun plans and start researching the serious stuff. Yes, we're talking about travel vaccinations! Those pesky medical things that have a tendency to be forgotten about until the last min. Well, plan properly and get yourself protected way for utter peace of mind.  

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When should I get my vaccinations?

Not all vaccines have the same timeline. Some kick in quite quickly, while others need time to start working. Start seeking advice at least eight weeks before you travel and ask your pharmacist, doctor or nurse about the best times you should get your jabs done. 

Find out what vaccines are recommended for the country you’re headed to, and your Superdrug Pharmacist or nurse will be able to advise on the best options and timelines for you, taking into consideration your vaccination and medical history.

Not sure what vaccinations you need? Our handy guide is here to help you find what vaccines to consider for each country. If you have any questions, you can also visit one of our Travel Clinics. Click here to book an appointment.

Are travel vaccines free?

Yes and no. The following vaccines are sometimes free on the NHS:

  • Diphtheria, Polio and Tetanus (combined booster)
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A – including when combined with typhoid or hepatitis B
  • Cholera

If you're unable to get these vaccinations for free with your GP, or they are unavailable (or have a long waiting list), you can book an appointment in selected Superdrug stores.

You are likely to have to pay for all other vaccinations required, so it’s best to add this expense into your holiday budget to avoid disappointment. These vaccinations include:

  • Yellow Fever
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Meningitis
  • Tick Borne Encephalitis

You may also need malaria tablets. 

These vaccinations are available in some Superdrug stores and appointments can be made online.

What to think about before you travel

The country:

Well, duh, of course, you know the country you're going to. But what we mean is really sit and consider/research the country. But, just because you got a vaccination last year for your holiday doesn't automatically mean it will cover you for your upcoming holiday so always do research on the country you are about to visit. Some diseases are more prevalent in certain countries but not in others. Make sure you are confident that you've got all of the necessary vaccines for the country you're going to.

Previous travel vaccinations:

Perhaps you vaguely remember a few shots you had at school? Or from your travels a few years back? Request your medical history or consult you previous documentation to check what you are current;t covered for. You may already be protected and not need any further vaccinations or you may need a booster dosage. 

When you're travelling:

Some diseases are more likely to spread during certain seasons, for example monsoon or rainy season, so always do your research before you travel.

How long will you be travelling for:

The longer you are abroad, the more chance you have of catching a bug, so this also plays a part. 

What conditions you’re staying in:

Your accommodation and any activities you're planning can mean you're more vulnerable to certain illnesses. For example, if you're going on a camping trip you may come into contact with more animals than you would say at an all-inclusive hotel. So double check what the red flags are depending on your exact location (as well as the country). 

Your health and immune system:

Some of us are naturally more susceptible to diseases, and certain medical conditions might prevent you from being able to get a vaccine. Always speak to your doctor, and be prepared to alter your travel plans if necessary.

Family planning:

If you're pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding, always speak to a doctor before making travelling arrangements to countries that require vaccinations or are known to have certain diseases. And this isn't just limited to the ladies! Men, should also check before they travel too. 

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How to hide signs from the night before

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Although our Insta icons may look as if they wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed every day, they don’t. No one does. We’re only human, and boozy evenings and sleepless nights will happen every now and again, but there’s no reason to look like the walking dead when they do. Whether you’re meeting your mamma for brunch or doing a presentation at work, we all have times when we need to fake a fresh face – and it’s easily done in four simple steps.

Rehydrate skin

There’s a reason Berocca is packed with vitamin C – it’s the ultimate hangover cure for your insides but can also lend a helping hand on the outside. The Superdrug Vitamin C Orange Peel Jam Mask is the perfect skin fix in situs like this. Apply a thin layer, leave for 5-10 minutes and rinse off for instantly hydrated, brighter-looking skin.


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Deflate puffy eyes

You’ve woken up and your eyes look as if they’ve been tapping plastic with all those bags. You need a fix and fast! Lack of sleep can cause fluid to build up around the eyes, making them look puffy and tired. Beat this beauty buzzkill with a cooling eye mask, which will help reduce the swelling.


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Cover dark circles

Panda eyes are never a good look, but you’ll have dark under-eye circles if you’ve left your makeup on all night or scrubbed at it with a less than delicate hand at 3am. To fix this, apply a colour corrector before your base, to help neutralise any purple tones. Once you’ve corrected, use a concealer with good coverage, like the B. Flawless Concealer Duo in a shade that’s just a little bit lighter than your skin tone.


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Disguise dullness

Now you’ve given your skin some TLC, there are a couple of makeup hacks you can use to bring back your usual bright complexion. Steer clear of powder bases as these will make your face look flat. Instead, lift your features and give your face definition (as well as a whole lotta glow!) by mixing a little liquid highlighter into your foundation. We recommend the B. Cassie Lomas Sheer Liquid Illuminator Highlighter. A pump or two of this in your base and you’ll be radiant as anything – hangover, who?


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Six youth-boosting tricks you need to know

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There’s merit in growing older gracefully – of course – but sometimes you want to inject a little youth back into your look, and, no, it doesn’t involve cosmetic surgery. This is all about enhancing your natural beauty as you get older. We asked celebrity makeup artist Cassie Lomas for her top six makeup tricks that’ll leave any woman looking more youthful. They’re quick, they’re easy – and they’ll give you that extra boost when you need it…

Trick 1: Use a primer

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For a flawless base, you need to prepare your skin for makeup. As we get older, our skin starts to wrinkle and pores can appear larger. Combat this by using a primer, which will fill in imperfections and give a smooth finish. Cassie recommends B. Priming Souffle mixed with a little B. Cassie Lomas Sheer Liquid Illuminator to add dewiness to the skin. Apply it with a duo-fibre brush to give a lighter finish and ensure that your skin isn’t overloaded with product. You now have the perfect base for your foundation.


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Customer Nao25 says: ‘This little gem is my new favourite so light sits really well on my skin and seems to brightening the look of my skin and hides my pores too. Will be getting some more when I have ran out! Love that B. is a vegan friendly and cruelty free makeup range.’

Customer Beauty fan says: ‘Great product easy to apply and gave a great shine, which you can build up depending on how much glow you want. Can be applied under makeup or mixed in with your foundation. Will be using it every day.’

Trick 2: Blusher

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Adding some colour to your cheeks can boost your complexion and give you a youthful glow. B. Radiance Powder in Peachy is a great option as it’s not wildly pigmented, so won’t leave you with a clown-like finish. It’s soft in colour and has a little shimmer, which will make you look as if you’re glowing from within. Sweep it over the apples of your cheeks and up onto your cheekbones for a boost of radiance. 


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Customer Reenabkhan says: ‘Nice subtle sheen. I really like the product . Happy with purchase’

Trick 3: Lift your brows

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You don’t realise how important brows are until they start to get sparser and less defined. Give them a lift using a pomade – try B. Longwear Eyebrow Pomade Cream. Take the product on a small angled brow brush and apply it in thin, hair-like brush strokes to any sparse areas of your brows. This will give you a lifted, more defined brow shape.


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Customer Helen100 says: ‘This is great, I am a convert after using Benefit brow stuff for years this is just as good/ better and so much cheaper. And not tested on animals either.’

Trick 4: Give your eyes a pop

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Using matte shadows on your eyelids can make them appear sunken and tired, so try something with a shimmer – Cassie recommends B. Cassie Lomas Glitter Pigment in Supermodel Sheen. When the light hits this product, it gives skin the illusion of a flatter surface and makes your eyes appear more youthful. Apply the pigment to your eyelids and blend outwards for a finish that’ll make your eyes pop.


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Trick 5: Don’t forget your lashes

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Mascara always helps. It gives your lashes colour and makes your eyes look more defined. Use a smudge-proof product like B. Lengthening Mascara, moving the wand from root to tip. This will add volume to your lashes, make them appear longer and give a gorgeous fanned-out effect.


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Customer Louisem94 says: ‘This is great, I am a convert after using benefit brow stuff for years this is just as good/ better and so much cheaper. And not tested on animals either.’

Trick 6: Lastly, lips

Makeup artist applying lip and cheek tint to older woman's lips

Adding colour to your lips will instantly brighten your look and give you a more youthful appearance. Cassie recommends B. Lip & Cheek Tint in Bashful, which gives a light wash of colour (just enough to lift your look), and has a smooth balm-like consistency for a plumped-up finish.


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How to get younger-looking brows

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When we get older, our brow shape can change… quite a bit. Mature skin loses its elasticity, which causes brows to look droopy, and the hairs become sparser over time. Both of which can mean your brows start to lack definition. But with a few simple tricks and a quick brow routine, you can get younger-looking brows in no time.

Measure up

Measuring your brows will help you get the right shape to complement your face. Using the natural shape of your brow as a guide (this technique will help you see where it should start, arch and end), mark the following points to give you the perfect finish.

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Brow starts:

Hold your B. Eyebrow Groomer vertically at the side of your nose so it lines up with the inner corner of your eye.

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Brow arch: 

Keeping the base of your brush at the side of your nose, swivel it outwards slightly so that it lines up with the outer rim of your iris (the coloured part of the eye).

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Brow ends: 

Finally, tilt the brush outwards even more so that it’s still touching the side of your nose but aligns with the outer corner of your eye.


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Pick the right product

You can find you’re using about five different products on your brows, so a brow palette can help make the process easier and cheaper. The B. Pro Contour Brow Kit comes with two shades of powder, a wax and a highlighter.


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1. Wax

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Take some of the product on the angled brush of your brow groomer and sweep it through your brows. This provides a surface for the powder to stick to and helps you shape the natural hairs.

2. Powder

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Dab your angled brush into the two powder shades to get the mix that suits your hair and skin colour. Press the brush on the side of your hand to remove any excess and flatten it, to ensure precise hair-like strokes. Apply to your brows in small strokes. This is where you can reintroduce the arch and fill in any sparse areas, using the measuring process as your guide.

3. Brush through

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Use the spoolie on the other end of your brow groomer to brush through your brows. This will soften the powder and blend it in with the hairs, giving you a natural-looking finish.

4. Highlight

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Dust a little highlighter on the browbone just underneath your brow, to add definition and make your brows appear lifted.

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