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Fresher’s Week Survival Guide

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What do you get when you put a bunch of fresh-faced students together, throw in some fancy dress and add a whole load of alcohol to the mix? That’s right everyone, we’re talking about Fresher’s Week.

For thousands of young people across the country, it’s not just the extra studying that will take some getting used to - it will also means being away from home the first time, fending for yourself, meeting new people and making a great first impression.

To help you make the very best of your first year at uni, read our handy Fresher's Week Survival Guide for top tips on how to ensure you are living your very best life.

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1. Stay Safe

Be Cab Wise

During Fresher’s Week, there will be lots of parties to choose from and a great chance to mingle and make new friends. Remember to stay safe while you’re out and about, get party-ready with your friends and arrive together. Avoid travelling around on your own late at night, cabs can be ordered at a click of a button so remember to charge up your phone before a big night out.

Watch Your Bag and Drink

You’re going out to have fun so the last thing on your mind is worrying about where your bag, jacket or drink is. Stay savvy, stay aware and use a bottle stopper if you ever get worried.

2. Be Sex Safe

If a hot guy or girl catches your eye, remember you don't have to make any hasty decisions! However, if one thing does lead to another and you decide to go home with someone - remember to practise safe sex. Carry around condoms to protect yourself from STIs and pregnancy.

There are many different methods to choose from when it comes to contraception, so if you’re unsure about which is best for you then speak to your local doctor or pharmacist or refer to our sexual health services.

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3. Stay Hydrated

Yes, we may be starting to sound a lot like your mum, but staying hydrated isn't something which will naturally cross your mind when you're going from party to party during Fresher's Week.  While you’re out, sip water between drinks and be aware of your limits.

Don't fancy drinking one night? That's fine! Do not feel pressured into drinking when you don't want to. However, this doesn't mean you have to stay in when everyone else is going out - bars and clubs will all offer soft drink and mocktails to ensure you're not greeted with a headache in the morning!

4. Don't Forget These Post-Party Essentials

Partying doesn't just take its toll on your head but it can play havoc with your skin too! If your skin is feeling dry and unhealthy, quench it regularly with a hydrating facial cream and treat yourself to a weekly face mask to replenish some of the lost moisture.

Oh, and invest in an eye mask and a good pair of ear plugs – you might be ready to end the party but if you’re living in shared accommodation and your flatmates are a noisy bunch these items will be essential to getting some rest.

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5. Take Away's Are Not The Only Option

Living on a diet of takeaways, pizzas and pot noodles may seem like a tempting avenue to go down now that mum and dad are not around but believe us, it will not give you the energy you need to study all day and party all night!

It’s okay to treat yourself and order in foods like burgers and chips every now and again, but remember to maintain a healthy balance by getting your five-a-day. Snack on fresh fruit and vegetables such as apples, carrots and grapes – they’ll keep you full without making you feel bloated and sluggish.

Also, never underestimate how vital a good breakfast is to getting you set up for the day. Uni schedules can often be long, so before you head out take some time to fill up. Eggs, toast and fresh fruit are all quick, easy and purse friendly options to get you through Fresher’s Week feeling healthy and happy.

Omlette with fresh fruit

6. Be Aware of Your Mental Health

Aside from enjoying yourself and making new mates during Fresher's Week, ultimately you’ve signed up to study and learn something new.

Make sure you keep this in mind at all times and don’t leave your essays and coursework until the very last minute – this could lead to stress and worry (not to mention poor grades.) Your mental wellbeing is extremely important, so try to stay organised with your work and give yourself plenty of time to complete any assignments.

If you are starting to feel the pressure though, exercising is a fantastic stress-buster and can naturally boosts endorphins to improve your mood and help you stay focused. Take a long walk, go to the gym, do some gentle exercise at home, sign up to a dance class or consider getting involved with your uni sports teams.

7. Enjoy Yourself! 

Most people will only ever experience Fresher's Week once, so make the most of it!

Go to your Freshers' Fair, make an effort with the people in your halls of residence, explore your new surroundings, sign up to a club or society and remember to attend your lectures (the first ones are always packed with essential information you will need all year!)

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Best eyeshadow for your eye colour

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The eyes have it – and don’t we know it. Want to smoulder? Let your eyes flirt your way to a guaranteed second date with a smokey eye. Want to look totes profesh? Make those peepers pop with lighter, matte hues. Want to prove you’re creative? You’ll want to get playful with that colour palette. Yes, there are many ways you can experiment with eye makeup. But, we also know that some colours may complement your natural aesthetic more than others *gasp*. We know, game-changer! Here’s what you need to know…

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Eyeshadow for blue eyes

You know that colour chart wheel that you can sometimes spot in a super swanky interiors shop? Well, it’s not just there to help pick out paint samples – it is also used to show you which colours can work well together. And the general rule of thumb is that if you partner two opposite colours on the wheel, you’ve got yourself a match made in heaven.   

Blue is a naturally cool colour and can come in many different variations from ocean-deep to icy grey. The easiest way to enhance your natural shade is to visit (you guessed it!) the opposite side of the colour wheel.

So, for blue eyes this is warmer earthy tones. Layering light shades of neutral browns, orange and peach is the perfect backdrop to your blue eyes as it makes them pop. By day, choose matte colours for a subtler enhancement and by night add a little more drama by going for shimmery golds and bronze.

eyeshadow colours that work with blue eyes

eyeshadow colours that work with green eyes

Eyeshadow For green eyes

As green eyes are naturally bright, you may find you don’t need to contrast them too heavily with vibrant colours for a dramatic effect. Instead, by day go for soft palettes of shimmery brown, charcoal grey and forest green eyeshadows. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even experiment with mixing some of these colours together to create a slightly richer finish.

Sweep a hint of gold across your eyelids and on the inner corners to highlight any yellow specks in green eyes – although this popular make-up hack works on most eye colours, it’s especially effective at complementing green eyes. Not to mention gold is wearable across all seasons.

For evening soirées for high contrast, try eyeshadow colours such as muted purple, pastel pink, wine red and rose gold.

Eyeshadow for brown eyes

Brown-eyed beauties can play with a whole host of hues across the colour wheel without worrying about a colour clash.

For best results, cool blue, plum and green tones tend to do a great job of balancing out the warmth of brown eyes and are completely wearable during the day. But, if using brighter colours isn’t your style then neutral shades of nude and salmon can also work wonders.

If you want to lift your dark-coloured eyes, opulent eyeshadows in violet and silver or those with a metallic lustre can really stand out for all the right reasons. Press your favourite shade along the lower lash line as well as across your lids for best results.


eyeshadow colours that work with brown eyes

eyeshadow colours that work with hazel eyes

Eyeshadow for hazel eyes

Hazel irises contain different coloured flecks of brown, gold and green, so if you’re lucky enough to have this eye colour then you can experiment with a number of eyeshadows depending on your mood and which flecks you feel like illuminating.

As with blue eyes, dark, smokey eyeshadows can be slightly overpowering next to a hazel iris, so for daytime choose rich, autumnal colours like warm browns, golds and greens to match the changeable tones of your eyes. To really bring out their natural sparkle, dab gold or bronze on the inner corners and centre of your eyelids.

For highlighting any green flecks or to create a look that’s more party-ready, add a touch of purple, wine red or dusty pink eyeshadow to your eyelids, or rim your lashes with dark green shades to add real depth to your look.

Top eyeshadow tips

Now you’ve got the ultimate colour palette know-how, you're ready to become an eye makeup master. But, all that expert knowledge can let you down if you don’t apply it like a pro…

  • Once you’ve found an eyeshadow that suits you, remember the key to making it look good is also very much down to how you apply it and blend it. Whether you’re using pale or dark shades, be sure not to cake on the pigment in one area and drag it across your eye – take some time with it and lightly layer on the eyeshadow to ensure you get even coverage.
  • If you’re feeling creative and want to try wearing a few different colours together – primer and blending tools are your best friends. Applying primer (or even a concealer as a base) will not only help your eyeshadow stay in place, but also help you to blend the colours together more easily.
  • Always blend out your eyeshadow! Unless, of course, you’re deliberately trying to get a blocky finish or jagged edge. Otherwise, use eyeshadow brushes for perfect application and blending.
  • Try mixing up your finishes. If you layer on too much shimmer eyeshadow, you might get an ultra-glam look that isn’t work-appropriate. Equally, being too generous with a matte eyeshadow may make your look fall a bit flat. A mixture of shimmer and matte is the ideal combination to add dimension and keep your peepers looking pretty.

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Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Sleep

Mindfulness is a thought process that allows us to see clearly what is happening in our lives and focus on the present moment without worrying about the past or future. Although it takes practice, special mindfulness techniques such as meditation and awareness exercises can even help you sleep and switch off from all your internal noise.

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How Can Mindfulness Help Me Sleep?

Your mind will often end up racing for hours when you’re laid awake at night, worrying about issues related to work, school, family or relationships. This mind racing causes you to ask yourself further questions without coming to any resolve, making you feel really stressed and anxious. And this is where mindfulness kicks in.

Unlike your brain’s usual ‘doing’ mode, mindfulness encourages your brain to take a very different approach – the ‘being’ mode. Instead of allowing yourself to dig up old memories or get carried away with worrying about the future, mindfulness forces you to think about the present moment and become fully aware of your body and surroundings.

Two of these techniques are meditation exercises, including a breathing exercise and body scan relaxation, which ideally you should aim to practice for at least 10-20 minutes every night. Make sure you’re sat upright or lying down comfortably, dim the lights and close your eyes.

Breathing Exercise

Breathing isn’t something we generally think too much about – our bodies breathe in and out automatically – but next time you’re having trouble sleeping at night because you’re too busy worrying about that all-important job interview or how you’re going to get your college essay in on time, try using the breathing awareness technique.

As you inhale and exhale, notice what is happening to your body. Feel your chest rise and fall as your lungs slowly fill up with air. Smell and taste the air as it passes through your mouth and the tips of your nostrils and become aware of what your body is touching all around you (most likely your fluffy soft duvet).

You might find yourself getting distracted occasionally and your mind might want to start thinking about all your worries again – this is normal. Don’t get disheartened if this happens, just continue focusing on your breathing and gradually you’ll start to feel more relaxed and sleepy.

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Beautiful blonde woman is meditating on bed in her bedroom.

Body Scan Relaxation

To begin, breathe deeply for a few minutes to unwind as much as possible. Then starting at your feet, imagine that your mind is slowly travelling upwards through your toes and feet into your calves, knees and thighs. Each time your mind stops at a new muscle, tense it for a few seconds and then release that tension before moving on to the next muscle.

Once you’ve finished scanning your legs, continue the technique through your hands and arms as well as your back, shoulders, chest and face. If you’re still feeling alert, repeat the process a few times until your body has completely sunk into your mattress. Before you know it, you’ll be in a ‘meditative’ state and should drift off much more easily.

To really help yourself switch off, try combining the breathing and body scan exercises for a truly deep and restful sleep.


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The Ultimate Guide to Fragrance


When you start looking for a new scent, the feeling can be a little overwhelming. There's so much to choose from! Do you go with oriental or citrus? Fruity or floral? What's a base note? Where do I spray my perfume for it to last longest? The questions are seemingly endless... but we're here to simplify.

To help you on your quest to find your scented soulmate for any occasion, follow our ultimate fragrance guide - with sweet smelling tips and advice to make your decision easier.

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Name That Note - Top, Heart or Base?

In the world of fragrance, ‘notes’ are used by experts to describe different layers in a single fragrance. The magic formula of a fragrance should always include the perfect balance of ‘top’, ‘middle’ and ‘base’ notes – each adding its own unique blend to the final product.

But what do they mean?

Top Notes

Think: citrus, light fruits and herbs.

Fresh and light, these notes
are the layer of aroma you
would smell first. They tend to evaporate fairly quickly after
you’ve applied your perfume
or aftershave and are often considered the selling point
of a particular blend.

Heart Notes

Think: rose, lavender, geranium and neroli.

Unlike top notes, this layer
of the blend is the heart of
your scent and becomes
more apparent once the
top note has evaporated.

Base Notes

Think: vanilla, cedarwood, sandalwood and musk.

This layer of a fragrance is what
you can smell once the middle
note has worn off. These notes
last the longest and add real
depth to your scent. They are often considered the most memorable note in the scent.

Now you know there are three different layers, and ultimately three different experiences to a perfume, next time you are testing one out in a shop - let it sit on the skin for a while. Spray it onto a pulse point, and go for a walk. After time, the scent will develop and you will get a better understanding of what amazing smells the perfume contains.

Where to Apply Your Fragrance

Applying perfume should be pleasant and relaxing; a true "me moment". Follow our guide on where to spray your fragrance to get the optimum scent every single time. Once you've tried them all out, you can pick a few that work for you.


Neck and Collarbone: Spritz your neck and collarbone lightly, making sure your bottle is at least 30 cm away from your skin. This is to make sure the alcohol content in the perfume doesn't dry out your skin.


Behind Your Ears: Spray the perfume on each side behind your ears and on the side of your neck. This is where you will find your pulse points. Your blood is warmer in these places, so the scent will last longer.


Your Hair: Again, very gently, hold the perfume bottle at least 30 cm away from your hair, to prevent the alcohol content from drying it out.


Your Wrists: Back to the pulse points, gentle spray perfume to your wrists. If you opt for this area, do not rub your wrists together after -  as this can dull the scent - simply dab them together.


Back of Your Knees: This is especially great for summer when you can dare to bare when it comes to legs. The back of your knees is an area where the veins are close to the skin, therefore the blood is warmer and the skin is softer, emitting the scent more intensely.


Ankles and Feet: Again, a summer favourite - spritzing your ankles and feet will let the scent gently follow you wherever you go.

When To Wear Fragrances

Whether you’re going to work, the beach or dressing up for a birthday or wedding, the wide selection of fragrance families offer something for everyone. Fragrance families each complement certain seasons, moods or even outfits, so it’s worth thinking about which scent is suitable for each occasion. Here are a few examples of when you might wear a fragrance and their most popular notes.

Perfume At Work

We spend a lot of our time at work, so it’s essential to pick a scent that matches our work environment. Go for light, fresh and delicate fragrances from the floral or fruity families for example apple, green tea, mint and citrus, as these won’t come across as too overpowering during the day – and take care not to overspray at work.

For A Special Occasion

Whether you’re heading to a wedding, a first date or a night out, you want your scent to reflect your mood and surroundings. For formal occasions, light perfumes and aftershaves from the wooden families are a popular choice, with notes such as amber, musk and patchouli.

If you’re feeling flirty or romantic, scents from the floral and oriental fragrance families like orange blossom, jasmine and rose are an excellent choice as they give off a much richer and deeper aroma.

Scents For The Season

Summer: During the hotter months, opt for a scent with zesty, wooden or grassy notes to reflect the chilled out vibe. Fresh, aquatic notes from the marine family are also an excellent choice.

Spring: Everything feels a little fresher in the spring, so your scent should match the bright nature of the season! Think light, floral notes such as freesia, rose and geranium to put the spring back into your step.

Autumn: Embrace the change of the season by switching up your summer scents with woody, earthier fragrances to match the falling leaves bought on by autumn!

Winter: Shake off the winter blues and get ready for party season with a scent that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Think notes of blackberry, coffee and wintery amber accord to see you through the colder month.

Aftershave, Colgolne, EDT, EDP... Help! What's the difference? 

When purchasing a new fragrance, you have a few options to choose from. Not sure what all the acronyms mean? Well, here's the low-down:

Aftershave: Formulated to be used after shaving, an aftershave contains a small amount of alcohol designed to heal cuts or to close pores which have enlarged during shaving. It comes with a charming scent, but the fragrant concentration is very small -  so it's not designed to last very long.

Cologne: A light concentration of fragrance which contains around 2-5% essential oils which will usually last around 2 hours on the skin. Also known as EDC.

Eau de Toilette: A popular choice for both men and women to wear throughout the day, you will usually find an EDT to contain around 10% essential oil and to last around 4 hours. It's best to keep this in your bag for mid-day top ups if you want to enjoy the aroma all day long.

Eau de Parfum: With around 15-20% essential oil content., an EDP provides a longer-lasting, richer scent. You will not need to top this up as much as an EDT or EDC, as it as a longevity of around 5-6 hours when sprayed on the skin.

Parfum: The purest option of them all, a parfum is a truly luxurious options with between 20 and 30% essential oil content. There is no need to top this up throughout the day!


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The Ultimate Guide to Colour Correcting Concealers

From pink and green to yellow and orange, each colour correcting concealer works in a slightly different way to provide your skin with the coverage it needs and enhance your features. Read our ultimate guide below to discover more about the various colour correcting concealers that are available. When it comes to using one, it’s all about looking at your face and identifying where you need to correct, what you need to correct and the right shades for the areas of your face - and for your skin tone too.


As green is the opposite of red on the colour wheel, using this type of concealer over troublesome areas will help to neutralise any spots or discolouration. Green hues can range from light mint right through to darker green. The intensity of the green that is right for you will depend on your skin shade and tone - whether it is warm or cold.

Use a green concealer sparingly and don’t cake it on – only apply it to the areas that need it most. For best results, take care to blend the concealer well and then add a layer of natural coloured foundation over the top.

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Purple concealer is another great item you might want to add to your makeup kit to brighten a dull complexion. As purple is the opposite of yellow on the colour chart, it’s fabulous at cancelling out any unwanted yellow undertones.

Purple hues range from lilac to mauve – each working their magic to give your skin that sought-after healthy appearance. As with green concealers, the paler variety tends to be a better match for fair skin, while richer purples suit dark skin.

To apply, use a small amount as and when it’s needed before setting with a natural coloured foundation or powder.


The citrus member of the colour correcting family, orange concealers are your go-to if you want to add warm hues and a healthy glow to dull skin with naturally cooler tones.

They’re also great for covering up under-eye circles or age spots on olive and darker skin tones, providing a more natural finish than say a white or light concealer.

Don’t panic about wearing orange concealer though – far from being a bright orange tanning disaster, when it comes to concealer, you can find subtle shades of peach and salmon. And what’s more, if you mix a small amount of green concealer with orange, it helps to fade out blue-green veins and even tattoos.

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Orange colour concealer


Consider investing in a pink concealer if you’re looking to combat dark circles under your eyes or cancel out dark shadows around your mouth.

The opposite of green on the colour wheel, it makes perfect sense to use pink makeup on areas of the skin with greeny-looking blemishes or veins. However, if your dark shadows appear blue or purple in colour, it might be best to steer clear of pink concealer to avoid accentuating them further. If you still want to experiment, you could opt for a natural shade of concealer with subtle hints of pink instead – the last thing you want is a makeup disaster!

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Feeling tired all the time and want to hide the evidence? Yellow concealer could be just the thing you need. A popular choice with the stars, this complexion-brightening corrector adds warmth to your skin and helps you achieve a natural, healthy glow.

As yellow concealer includes red and orange hues – the complementary colours of purple and green on the colour wheel – it not only provides good general coverage, it’s also a great way of hiding blue bruises or dark under-eye circles.

Unlike other coloured concealers, you don’t necessarily need to go for a lighter shade of yellow just because you have fair skin. Many makeup experts buy yellow concealers as a palette, which gives you a wider range of hues to mix and experiment with.

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White and Neutral

Many of you will already be familiar with white concealers as they double up as highlighters. Although they can still hide the odd blemish and brighten dark circles, we recommend using these mainly as a highlighter.

Neutral concealers are an essential item in your beauty kit as not only do they work well on their own to combat blemishes and red patches, they’re also great for mixing with brightly-coloured correctors such as purple and green to blend them in and give you a more natural finish.

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Zoella: New Lifestyle Range

We’re all excited here at Superdrug as the queen of vlogging is back again with her brand new Lifestyle range. From cute stationary and sweet-smelling candles to cosy companions for chilly winter days, we introduce the very latest collection from Zoella. 

Zoella Lifestyle

Write on Point

If you like to scribble down all your thoughts and to-do lists each day, Zoella’s pretty pencil sets will help you make your mark – sculpted with a beautiful sign off they even allow you to draw a little smile to brighten up your day!

To keep on top of things the stationary book provides a gorgeous edit of stationary essentials, while the girlie peach-coloured journal is the perfect place to write from the heart and comes complete with some of Zoella’s favourite quotes to keep you motivated.



Home is Where the Heart is

Zoella found her fame from the comfort of her own home – and now she wants to share that with you too.

When you get home, cut out endless rummaging around in your handbag for house keys with Zoella’s cute keyring. Once you step inside, the decorative storage pot duo and dream maker cushion will let you stay organised and inspired as well as adding a touch of fun style to your interior.

Fun Fragrance

If you’re a fan of this blue-eyed beauty, you’ll know from her videos that she loves to keep her room looking and smelling great – and that’s why she’s designed a whole range of her own scented products.

Transport yourself to a summer’s day with wildflowers and luscious green grass with Zoella’s Daisy Picking candle or set your home aglow with the spicy warmth of the Gingerbread Village reed diffuser.

Whether you prefer the smell of musky vanilla, calm notes of fresh linen and cotton, garden aromas with fresh roses and jasmine or even fresh air and ocean mist to take you back to your favourite seaside stroll, these gorgeous individual and duo sets are must-haves in your shopping basket.

Keep it Cosy

Feeling the winter chill? Snuggle up with Zoella’s beautifully-soft socks and candle duo or go for the super-comforting travel mug and fingerless gloves set. These are perfect for giving away as gifts but we bet you can’t resist getting your own, too!

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Guide to Body Scrubs

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If you’re starting to feel like your skin could do with a bit of love, body scrubs are the way forward. Designed to exfoliate and cleanse, this effective body treatment is a great way to keep your skin looking both healthy and beautiful.

Body scrubs tend to contain three key ingredients – an exfoliant (such as salt, sugar, apricot kernels or jojoba beads), some type of oil to ensure that the mixture stays in place (macadamia or sweet almond oil), and fragrance to add a touch of luxe.

While body scrub treatments are usually available at your nearest spa or salon and applied by a beauty therapist, there are plenty of at-home body scrubs that work just as well. Read on to find out more about body scrubs, how you should use them and the different types that are available.

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When to use a Body Scrub

If you have normal skin or live and work in a location that’s dusty or polluted, ideally you should aim to exfoliate at least twice a week. This will help you to get rid of any dead skin cells, unclog your pores and give your skin a much fresher and even appearance.

If you have sensitive skin, be gentle when you’re scrubbing and only use body scrubs every now and again to avoid flaring up with unwanted symptoms such as redness and irritation.

To rejuvenate oily skin, remove a skin tan or deal with dryness from living in a warm climate, you can afford to exfoliate more than twice a week as the body scrub will soothe and provide your skin with extra nutrients.

The scrubbing action during a body scrub treatment actually stimulates the circulation in your body and skin, contributing to its healthy appearance, so they’re great for toning too. However, remember not to use body scrubs on the delicate skin of your face as they’re only meant for tough areas.

How to use a Body Scrub

Before you start scrubbing away, it’s important to follow a few simple steps to make sure you get the very best results.

First, it’s time to soak. Take a shower to wet your skin – warm-to-hot is the ideal temperature. If you’re having a shower, let it run for around 5-10 minutes over your skin to get it feeling super soft and ready for the treatment. Once you’re done, turn off the water while you exfoliate.

Alternatively, you can use the body scrub while having a bath.

To Exfoliate:

  1. The idea behind a body scrub is to remove dead skin, so target specific areas of the body that are prone to dryness, such as your back, the backs of your arms, legs and feet.
  2. Apply the body scrub in a circular motion, remembering not to scrub too hard. Be gentle and your skin won’t turn bright red afterwards.
  3. Scrub all over for around 5-10 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
  4. Complete your treatment with a soothing moisturiser to leave your skin feeling hydrated and baby soft.

Different Types of Body Scrubs

Now that you’ve learnt how to carry out your treatment, it’s worth exploring the different types of body scrubs available. If you suffer from allergies or are prone to sensitive skin, always be sure to check the ingredients of a scrub before use. Here are some of the most popular options:

  • Salt Scrubs: Also known as ‘salt glows’, a salt scrub is made with sea salt and is fantastic for healing and pulling out all the toxins from your skin. This is a great treatment for those of you with oily skin, but take care if you’re prone to dryness and consider adding essential oils to the mix. Most essential oils have a wonderful aroma too, so you can’t go wrong.
  • Sugar Scrubs: Sweet by name and sweet by nature, these tend to be the most popular of body scrubs. Made with brown or white sugar, the rough texture of the sugar exfoliates but more gently than a salt scrub, so this is preferable for those of you with sensitive skin.
  • Coffee Scrubs: If you’re a coffee addict or love the smell of coffee beans, this one’s for you. When used in a scrub, this natural stimulant is not only good for restoring your healthy glow but also ideal for firming the skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite due to its high level of antioxidants. Add ingredients such as vanilla or chocolate for a truly enjoyable experience.
  • Moisturising Scrubs: Suffering from a lack of moisture and need to give your skin a boost? Pick a moisturising scrub. These tend to contain oatmeal or ground almonds with cooling yoghurt, aloe vera or avocado that will help nourish the skin and restore lost moisture.
  • Herb Scrubs: Mixed with a whole range of dried herbs such as lavender and aromatic essential oils, heavenly herb scrubs offer a softer alternative for exfoliating in comparison to the harsher texture of some of the other scrubs and can be used on a daily basis.
  • Loofas and sponges: A slightly different treatment to the rest, loofas and sponges are less about the mixture itself and more about the product used for doing the scrubbing. Simply buy a loofa or bath sponge and combine it with your favourite body wash or scrub to get perfectly preened skin.

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Haircare Tips for Blondes

Are you planning on dyeing your hair a lighter shade or have you recently gone blonde? If so, you will probably know that keeping blonde locks healthy and shiny requires a lot of care and attention. The good news is that it’s not as high-maintenance as you may think. Here are some of our top haircare tips for blondes.

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Are You Protecting Your Blonde Hair from the Sun?

Using a UV protective hair spray is a must for those with golden locks. While the sun can lighten natural hair, it can damage dyed hair and make blondes go brassy. To prevent this, simply go for a hair spray or spritz with SPF filters. If you are planning to go somewhere sunny on holiday, grab a sun hat with you. Doing so will help further protect your tresses.

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Say no to Brassy Tones

If your hair is starting to look brassy or yellow, don’t panic. Blondes have to use certain products to help them maintain their beautiful shade in-between visits to the salon. If you want to lighten your hair significantly, go for a toner which will help bring out your desired blonde hue.

For general maintenance, consider getting a purple shampoo and conditioner. It may seem odd at first, but purple shampoo gets rid of the brassy shade, bringing back your platinum, ice or ash-blonde tone.

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Blondes at the Pool

Did you know that blondes – as well as some darker haired beauties – may see their hair going green if they swim in the pool for too long? The reason for this is copper compounds and chlorine in the water chemically reacting with the hair. This is more likely to happen if you spend a lot of time in the pool without dampening your hair first.

Showering first will help stop your hair soaking up the copper as well as chlorine and avoid getting that frightening green tone. The other solution is putting your swimming cap on. Pool water strips away natural oils and moisture from your hair, leaving you with dry and damage-prone tresses.

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How to Prolong Dyed Blonde Hair

There are a few ways that can help to ensure your hair colour stays vibrant for as long as possible:

  • Don’t wash your hair every day. The chemicals within shampoos that help to clean your scalp also strip away the colour. Use dry shampoo in-between washes to make your locks look fresh and bouncy, eliminating the need to wash your hair too often.
  • While many of us like having hot showers, our hair certainly doesn’t. Hot water dries both our skin and tresses, making the hair colour go dull quicker. It’s best to shower in warm water or to opt for a cold rinse after. This will add natural volume and shine to your locks as it will stimulate the hair at the roots to grow faster, be shinier and healthier.
  • Don’t underestimate the power of a colour appropriate shampoo and conditioner. These have been specially designed to support and prolong your hair hue. Go for purple shampoo and conditioner once a week, and use blonde shampoo in between.
  • Make sure the ends of your hair are moisturised. Loss of moisture can make your golden locks go dull quicker. You can easily do this using hair masks and treatments made specifically to help preserve colour for blondes.
  • Always go for heat protecting products when using straighteners, hair dryer or curlers. Dyed blonde locks are drier than any other hair type because of harsh bleaching. Heat protectors help to prevent further dryness and breakage.


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Just Landed: Oval Makeup Brushes

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Looking for a new set of makeup brushes to see you through morning till night? Then look no further as we introduce our fabulous new range of Oval brushes.

Whether you’re looking for eye makeup brushes to help you create that perfect smokey eye look or brushes to help with shape precision and contouring, Oval brushes are just what you need.

If you want to learn how to use them (as well as some cheeky tips and tricks), don't miss our tutorial on how to use oval brushes.


Want pretty peepers? The Oval eye makeup brushes are must-haves in your shopping basket.
The ideal choice for eyeshadow and eyeliner enthusiasts, these brushes allow for precise and flawless application with flexible movement to give you enviable eyes each and every time.

Whether you prefer to use powder or cream eyeshadows, the brushes blend both to perfection quickly and smoothly, while their narrow shape and firm hold allow you to create your favourite look easily.


Blend, blend, blend! If you’re a fan of shading and highlighting the smaller areas of your face or want a makeup brush that works well with concealer, Oval face brushes do just the trick.

With their flexible movement, you can adapt them to the shape of your face for truly quick and flawless application.

For those of you that enjoy contouring or regularly wear bronzer, foundation, blusher and finishing powder, they work fabulously with those products too.


Want perfectly sculpted cheekbones? The cheek precision makeup brush in the range adapts to the shape of your face to keep your cheeks looking gorgeous all day long.

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Made with the finest synthetic hair, the superb set of rounded brushes is ideal for creating a whole range of looks on your eyes. Expertly designed, they provide you with the perfect solution for flawless application as well as helping with precision.

Looking for a new contour kit? Give the Oval three-piece set of rounded contour brushes a try. Complete with titled tips and a firm grip, you can be sure to contour to perfection.

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The Right Oil For Your Skin Type

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From nourishing your skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles to doubling up as a makeup primer and shrinking enlarged pores, essential oils can provide you with a whole host of benefits when included as part of your skincare regime. 

Oils typically include ingredients derived from natural plant sources, such as rosehip-seed, argan and coconut, which all work in their own unique way to improve the appearance of your skin. You might think that slathering your face in oil would cause your skin to breakout, but since oil combats oil, these ingredients can actually help to combat any existing residue on your face.

That said, there are a wide range of products available and each one will give you slightly different results depending on which oils are included in the ingredients, so it’s important to make the right selection for your skin type. If you’re prone to sensitive skin or have any allergies, always remember to check with your dermatologist before experimenting with oils.

To help you find your perfect match and achieve radiant-looking skin, read on as we describe some of the most popular oils around and explore their many benefits.

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Marula Oil

Derived from the South African marula fruit and pale yellow-orange in colour, this light and nutty-smelling oil is growing in popularity with skincare enthusiasts – and for very good reason.

Not only is it ultra-hydrating and super soothing on the skin, it offers great anti-ageing properties to keep your skin looking youthful. Containing a high level of antioxidants and essential fatty acids such as omegas-6 and -9, marula oil can even protect your skin from the harsh effects of the elements. Dryness from windy weather, be gone.

Products that include this oil tend to be fast-absorbing when applied to the skin as the molecules in marula oil are small and will penetrate much deeper than other, thicker oils that simply sit on the surface to lock in moisture.

This is very good news for those of you that suffer with acne as marula oil won’t clog your pores. It also includes antimicrobial properties, helping to fight off bacteria and combat breakouts.

Rosehip Seed Oil

Aside from keeping skin silky smooth, rosehips were originally used as a remedy by the ancient Egyptians and Native Americans for healing wounds as it’s packed with vitamins A, C, D and E.

Got any scars that need healing? Then rosehip oil is the one for you. Derived from a specific variety of rose – Rosa Rubiginosa – this dark amber oil is harvested mainly from the seeds of rose bushes in Chile and contains essential fatty acids that regenerate tissue and reduce scars, making it a good choice for anyone with acne or eczema.

High in antioxidants, this super light and non-greasy oil also helps to defy the effects of time, improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Seriously, what’s not to love? It even works wonders on your skin tone as it hydrates and protects against discolouration caused by the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Argan Oil

A firm favourite amongst beauty experts and often called ‘liquid gold’ owing to its glowing appearance, this oil finds its home mainly in Morocco and is produced from the kernals of the Argan tree. It’s especially suited to anyone looking to treat dry skin.

Just like marula and rosehip seed oil, it’s a fabulous anti-ager and hydrates the skin beautifully but also promotes youthful radiance and restores elasticity. If your skin is starting to feel like it needs a bit of pampering to get it feeling soft and plump again, give this one a go.

Whether you’re suffering with sore, itchy or dry and flaky skin, argan oil will be your best friend every time as it soothes and prevents against further dryness and inflammation.

Unlike many other products, this particular type of oil can be used safely in its pure form and even doubles up as an effective treatment for hair and nails. Sounds good to us.

Coconut Oil

Also known as copra oil, coconut oil is extracted from the kernel of mature coconuts and being an excellent all-rounder for pretty much all skin types – fair, dark, dry or oily – it’s definitely a must-have item on your shopping list.

When stored, coconut oil looks quite solid and feels waxy to the touch, but it quickly melts into butter-soft oil as soon as it’s warmed up between your hands and applied to skin.

Combining rich antioxidants with its delicious texture, coconut oil is the perfect daily moisturiser and effectively combats both wrinkles and skin irritation.

Not to mention it magically removes makeup (who would have thought?), and works wonders as an under-eye cream, shaving cream, body scrub and cuticle softener. Miracle product in a tub.


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Grape Seed Oil

And last but not least, we thought we’d give grape seed oil a mention. As well as being a healthy snack and the mastermind behind your evening glass of wine, grapes also offer a number of distinct beauty benefits for us to enjoy.

When the seeds of grapes are pressed, grape seed oil is made. Light and gentle in texture, it’s often endorsed by holistic skincare experts as it helps to regulate your natural oil production. This is great news if you get lots of spots and blemishes.

Jam-packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, this fruity oil will tighten your skin, close up enlarged pores, naturally relieve dark circles below your eyes and unlike some cream moisturises, hydrates without causing any blockage.

Top Tips for Using Oils on Your Skin

  • For best results, apply oil to your skin both morning and night.
  • Try to get into the habit of using oils after showering to lock in moisture.
  • To apply oils to your face, gently massage a few drops into your face and neck in an upwards motion.
  • When applying to the body, use small amounts at a time and wait a few minutes before dressing.
  • Feeling creative? Try mixing a few different oils together to really pamper your skin.


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