THE HAIR & BEAUTY LOUNGE BEAUTY TIP OF THE WEEK…

Shave With Conditioner

If you’re out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. The conditioner will soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave (and it will leave your skin feeling extra silky).

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FIVE OF THE TOP BENEFITS OF HAVING A PEDICURE…

  1. When you have a pedicure, you receive a relaxing massage of the feet. This helps to improve blood circulation and improves mobility for the joints. 
  2. With pedicures, the chances of your nails developing fungi and other infections are reduced.
  3. We all know that body massages are a great way to relax and rejuvenate your nerves, but sometimes all it takes to relax is a foot massage.
  4. With regular pedicures during it can help to keep your skin and nails smooth and soft despite the exposure to the harsh elements.
  5. Using Reflexology movement a therapist may massage your big toe and ankle to calm your endocrine and reproductive system, helping relieve PMS or menopausal symptoms.

SIX MAKE-UP HACKS FOR SPRING 2018…

  1. Try a sweep of nude kohl pencil inside the lash line to neutralise pink tones and make eyes seem brighter. A great reasonable pencil for this is Barry M Kohl Pencil in Due £3.99
  2. Add a drop of face oil to your foundation to give your skin a healthy glow. A great face oil is the Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil £30.00
  3. Sweep blush across the tops of your cheeks, over the bridge of your nose and lightly around your hairline which mimics the flush you get from the first rays of the sun and gives you a spring face.
  4. Have a face exfoliation to give your face a healthy spring glow.
  5. If your skin gets a bit unpredictable between seasons, prone to sensitivity or spring-time allergies, a serum which helps strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function is the way to go.
  6. Frame your face with perfect brows. There is nothing like a good brow tidy and tint to make your face come to life.

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR SKIN…

According to Prima regular exfoliation is the key to a healthy glow, and the best way to get this is with an acid toner.

It’s less scary that they sound as they work at dissolving the dead cells, and are often kinder than particle-packed face scrubs.

The latest version are designed to be swept on daily but it is advised to start with a few times a week.

Prima’s top two are Ren Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic which is £25, – Formulated with the health of the skin in mind, REN Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic helps the natural exfoliating process in the skin while instantly boosting radiance and smoothing the skin texture. A tonic lotion for a luminous and renewed complexion
smoothes, energises, and perfects the skin all in one step, Very gentle towards the skin, it can be used day and night. Targetslack of radiance, uneven skin tone, congestion.
enlarged pores, dry and rough skin.

Glossier Solution at £19. – Unlike physical exfoliators that scrape off the surface of your skin, Solution gently sloughs dead cells away through chemical exfoliation, dissolving the bonds gluing problematic dead cells to the healthy skin beneath. With daily use, expect a reduction in the appearance of redness, blemishes, and pore size. Skin’s texture will be smoother and softer, and the fabled glow of balanced, healthy skin will be in full force. Solution contains a particular 10% blend of three acid actives for maximum efficacy: Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA). Acids are your friend.

SPRING CLEAN YOUR SKIN WITH TEA BAGS…

After a long harsh winter, our skins need to be brought back to life again with a scrub using natural exfoliants.

Try these two mixtures from Prima Magazine...

Mix together half the contents of a rose and vanilla tea bag, with 20ml borage oil and 2 drops each rose, frankincense and geranium essential oils.

Apply to your face and other areas of your body that need exfoliating like your elbows, knees, backs and arms. Rinse off in the shower. Only use half the quantity if you are only doing your face.

Pukka Womankind Tea Bags with rose £2.50 for 20 sachets.

Mix together half the contents of a camomile flower tea bag with 20 ml of jojoba oil, plus 2 drops each camomile, yarrow and mandarin essential oils. Apply to your face and areas of your body that need exfoliating like above. Exfoliate with gentle circular motions. Rinse off in the shower.

Teapigs sell Chamomile Flower Tea Bags, £3.99 for 15 bags.

 

 

INDULGENT TREATMENTS FOR YOUR SKIN…

Our award-winning range of Tropic products include some indulgent weekly treatments for your face.

 

Clear Skin is a blemish-fighting mask to control sebum levels and prevent breakouts. It contains willow bark and ginger extracts which kill blemish-causing bacteria and green clay and spirulina to draw out the toxins and tighten pores and charcoal and goji berry extracts to reduce redness and calm skin. 50ml £16

Face Lift is a brightening tightening mask. An intensely tightening, age-defying mask to firm and brighten your skin with agave nectar and sea buckthorn extract which hydrate and nourish as well as turmeric and clay to promote a brighter, lighter complexion and electric daisy extract which works to tighten fine lines. 50ml £16

Deep Hydration soothing mask. A creamy gel mask to instantly hydrate and soothe irritated or dry skin. Specially formulated with antioxidant-rich wild Australian superberries and resurrection flower extract which deeply hydrates and restores skin vitality and with anti-inflammatory allantoin and bisabolol. 50ml £16

Go on, pop in and treat yourself…

#COSMOS TOP 14 NAIL POLISHES FOR SPRING…

Cosmopolitan’s choice of top nail polishes for this Spring.

Ciate London Pure Pots in Iced Frappe, £10 
Essie sparkle on Top Holographic Glitter Nail Polish, £7.99 
Tom Ford Nail Polish in Scarlet Chinois, £29 
CND Vinylux Weekly Polish in Wisteria Haze, £10.95 
Barry M Liquid Chrome Nail Paint in Razzle Dazzle, £3.99 
Deborah Lippmann Genie in a Bottle Base Coat, £18 
Kure Bazaar nail polish in Kelly, £8.50 
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer in Ladies Night, £16 
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ Nail Colour in Little Peony, £7 
Nails Inc Gel Effect Nail Polish in Hyde Park, £15 
Nailberry L’oxygéné Breathable Nail Polish in Star Dust, £7.25 
Christian Louboutin Beauty in Rouge Louboutin, £38 
Smith & Cult Nail Polish in Beat Street, £19 
Nails inc The Mindful Manicure And Breathe Nail Polish, £15