Take a deep breath
Squeeze 6-8 drops of essential oil into your palms, then rub them together to activate the oil.
Take long, slow, deep breaths as you press your palms from the chest area upwards, working in slow circular motions up to the forehead and back to your chin. Add more oil if needed.
This bottle of tea tree essential oil can help to hydrate your skin[/caption]
Give your chin a lift
Using your index finger above your jaw and thumb below, pinch firmly and slide along to your ears.
Repeat along the jaw six times to get the blood pumping and to encourage the skin around your jawline to lift.
Lift the skin along your jawline by pinching and sliding along to your ears[/caption]
Firm up a saggy jawline
To fight sagging, loose skin, press your palms over your cheekbones, then sweep outwards and upwards towards the hairline while applying firm pressure.
Repeat six times.
Slide your hands along your forehead to help relax those wrinkles[/caption]
Relax your wrinkles
Slide up to the forehead and move your palms from the centre out, with pressure. Repeat six times.
Spread your first three fingers over your brows (index at the end of the brow and ring finger at the start), press and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat three times.
Contour the cheeks
Bring your hands down to your cheekbones. Place your knuckles under your cheekbones, then press inwards and upwards, hold for 10 seconds and repeat three times.
And then relax!
Finish your facial massage by tapping the face all over with your fingers, then finally slide your hands down your neck to the chest.
Sweep upwards and outwards moving towards your shoulders.
You should now feel relaxed and pampered![/caption]
Using an oil at night not only hydrates deeper than a cream, but it improves skin cell rejuvenation and relaxes your mind with its scent. Try Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegnerate Oil, £22. Rosehip is known for its healing properties, plus it’s high in omega 3,6,7 and 9 which helps repair visible damage and protect skin from environmental stressors.
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Aldi is relaunching its sell-out Lacura make-up range which is priced from £2.99… but you’d better be quick
BUDGET supermarket Aldi is bringing back its sell-out make-up range due to popular demand – but you’ll have to be quick to snap up the bargains. The Lacura range, which includes highlighters, powder and correcting stick which are priced from £2.99, flew off shelves when it was released as a purse-friendly alternative to luxury brands. […]
BUDGET supermarket Aldi is bringing back its sell-out make-up range due to popular demand – but you’ll have to be quick to snap up the bargains.
The Lacura range, which includes highlighters, powder and correcting stick which are priced from £2.99, flew off shelves when it was released as a purse-friendly alternative to luxury brands.
The Aldi £4.99 set has been compared to Max Factor’s £9.99 alternative[/caption]
It is now back in stores and online and is sure to be popular with savvy shoppers.
The beauty is inspired by YSL, Max Factor, L’Oréal and Garnier and includes concealer, corrector pens, powder, mascaras, BB cream and a brand-new lip gloss.
Included in the batch is Aldi’s Lacura CC Colour Correcting Stick Set, which is on sale for £4.99, and includes three sticks for tackling blemishes.
These include a concealer stick, which provides light coverage to give an even complexion, a green stick to reduce redness and small vein visibility and a rose stick, which balances out dark shadows on the face and under the eyes.
It is described as being a cheaper alternative to Max Factor’s correcting pens, which cost £9.99 each.
The £2.99 concealer pen by inspired by YSL’s £25 Touche Éclat Highlighting Pen[/caption]
The £2.99 cream is is 70 per cent cheaper than Garnier’s £9.99 BB Cream[/caption]
To complete your look add a coat of Aldi’s new Lacura Cushion Lip Gloss, which costs £2.99 and is available in brick, nude and neutral shades, and is enriched with shea butter and macadamia nut oil.
Finally there are three mascaras in Aldi’s range, Lacura 3D-effect Mascara, Lacura XXL Extreme Lashes Mascara and Lacura Volume Sensational Mascara, which are all a steal at £2.49 each.
You can snap up the entire collection, and transform your make-up bag within minutes, for just £20.94.
Aldi’s popular Lacura Caviar Illumination range, which flew off the shelves when it was first launched, is touted as a bargain priced alternative of the La Prairie Skin Caviar Collection.
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Our four-week skincare guide to help you beat the hormone blues — and beauty tricks to make you feel better
WE all dread that time of the month. Our skin dries up, our face breaks out in spots and make-up just won’t help. But there are beauty tricks to help us look and feel much better – and not just for the time we are on our period. The whole monthly cycle sees our hormones […]
WE all dread that time of the month. Our skin dries up, our face breaks out in spots and make-up just won’t help.
But there are beauty tricks to help us look and feel much better – and not just for the time we are on our period.
The whole monthly cycle sees our hormones fluctuate and our mood differ.
Here, JENNY FRANCIS has a beauty guide to match your monthly cycle, from fem-care subscription boxes Pink Parcel . . .
What’s happening? Your period has officially started, oestrogen and progesterone levels in your body are falling and your temperature drops too.
Your skin and hair become drier, making fine lines more apparent and leaving skin looking dull and tired.
Your body is also producing prostaglandin, increasing sensitivity to pain.
Beauty prescription: Dr Terry Loong, an aesthetic doctor specialising in hormonal acne, suggests focusing on products which nourish and calm.
Apply a few drops of hyaluronic acid to your face morning and night before creams.
She says: “Avoid exfoliation during this period and instead add extra hydrating products to your regime.
“Those containing hyaluronic acid are great for intense hydration as well as sensitivity.”
Try the Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 (£6, ASOS).
– Before bed, pop this hydrating face mask on for a deep moisture kick. Oh K! Cucumber Sheet Mask (£6, ASOS).
– Switch your normal razor for a Dorco EVE 6 (£5.09, razorsbydorco.co.uk).
It has a moisturising band with aloe, vitamin E and lavender to soothe and protect sensitive skin.
– Pink Parcel’s dietician Dr Linda Booth adds: “Eat healthy fats such as oily fish and avocado. These will help combat skin dryness from the inside out.”
What’s happening? You are officially mid-cycle so your skin will be reaping the benefits of a surge in oestrogen – think silky hair and radiant skin.
At this time of the month, you will be able to get away with less make-up and experience fewer issues with your skin.
Beauty prescription: Make-up artist Liz Hudson says: “During week two, you should exfoliate once a day to remove dead skin cells that can make your complexion look dull.
“Keep in mind that as your body heads towards ovulation, roughly in the middle of your cycle, your body will produce more melanin, so remember to wear sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin too.”
– Start your evening ritual with nspa’s Hot Cloth Polish (£7, Asda).
This muslin cloth is an exfoliating cleanser and polisher that will remove dead skin cells and impurities.
– Use a tinted, non-chemical, mineral-based cream with an SPF 30 to protect skin. We love BareMineral’s Complexion Rescue (£27, Boots and selected department stores nationwide).
– Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell adds: “Remember to include plenty of dark green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, red veg and fruit like tomatoes and orange veg and fruit like carrots and apricots to boost antioxidant pigments that accumulate in your skin.”
What’s happening? As you hit ovulation, you are having the best few days of your cycle. Oestrogen is at its highest so not only will you look amazing, you will feel it.
Collagen production has also increased so your skin will naturally look plumper.
After ovulation, your core body temperature rises slightly, so you might be having trouble getting some shut-eye.
Beauty prescription: Dr Loong says: “Focus on anti-ageing products to keep skin looking its best and ensure you’re still wearing sunscreen.
“To help combat sleep issues, try incorporating a pillow mist or sleepy tea into your night-time routine and try overnight masks to prevent waking up to dark circles.”
– Keep eyes hydrated to avoid any signs of tiredness with Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask (£10, department stores nationwide).
– Apply a heavy day cream like Lacura Caviar Anti-Ageing Day Cream (£6.90, Aldi).
– Sip your way to hydrated skin and a good night’s sleep with lavender-infused tea. Try Sleep Tea (£16, uk.yourtea.com).
– Sun nutritionist Amanda Ursell adds: “Avoid caffeine after 3pm to help you sleep better and try snacks like banana or hot low-fat milk.”
What’s happening? You are about to start your period.
Your hormones have been going haywire and oestrogen starts to fall as testosterone rises, leading to a mass production of oil.
Your pores look larger and your skin is producing more sebum, raising the risk of acne.
Hair looks greasier in this week of your cycle and stress levels are up.
Beauty prescription: Dr Loong says: “Increase the frequency of exfoliation to two or three times a week to remove dirt.
“Choose a cleansing product with ingredients that reduce excessive oil, such as salicylic acid, to prevent closed pores and spots.
“Combat greasy hair with a clarifying shampoo and try a spritz of dry shampoo to absorb unwanted moisture.”
– Purify pores and remove traces of dirt and oil with a non-drying cleanser.
We love Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Blemish Cleanser with salicylic acid (£19.50, House of Fraser).
– Restore hair and repair damage while enjoying a deep clean with Joico K-Pak Clarifying Shampoo (£11.55, lookfantastic.com).
– It’s been proven that having a massage reduces stress, boosts immunity and even relieves PMS, so book into your beautician this week for a pamper.
– Dietitian Dr Linda Booth adds: “Incorporate zinc-rich food and vitamins C and E into your diet – they help skin to repair itself.
“This means opting for foods such as brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds and lean red meat for zinc, peppers, kiwi and oranges for vitamin C and wholegrains, almonds and small amounts of sunflower oil for vitamin E.”
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From Marilyn Monroe’s red lips, Kate Middleton’s flawless skin to Audrey Hepburn’s cat eye — here’s how you can create these classic beauty looks
SOME things never go out of style – and movie bombshell Marilyn Monroe proves it. Fifty-five years after her death, the Hollywood pin-up’s make-up has been voted the most popular celebrity look. Second in the style stakes was screen legend Audrey Hepburn, according to the poll by The Beauty Quarter shopping precinct in London’s Covent […]
SOME things never go out of style – and movie bombshell Marilyn Monroe proves it.
Fifty-five years after her death, the Hollywood pin-up’s make-up has been voted the most popular celebrity look.
A proper red pout and full lashes makes Marilyn Monroe’s look one of the most sought-after[/caption]
Second in the style stakes was screen legend Audrey Hepburn, according to the poll by The Beauty Quarter shopping precinct in London’s Covent Garden.
Singer Beyonce was in third spot, with the Duchess of Cambridge fourth.
Here, celebrity make-up artist LISA SLONEEM gives her tips to help you recreate the look of these fashion icons.
WITH her winged liner, lashes, contouring and that perfect red pout, it’s no surprise that Marilyn’s look was voted No1. After all, we have been copying the big-screen icon’s style for decades.
Face: Marilyn favoured a fresh, youthful glow, which was contoured and highlighted to accentuate her best features and make her nose look smaller.
Using a dark concealer, draw dark stripes of colour on both sides of your nose, use a lighter colour down the centre and softly blend to slim the appearance of your nose.
A shimmery pale eyeshadow will add sparkle to your look[/caption]
Recreate Marilyn’s famous beauty spot by using a brown cream eyeliner with a fine-point brush, to draw attention to your mouth.
Eyes: Arched brows and a pale, shimmery eyeshadow on your lids adds a little va-va-voom to the face.
Marilyn’s signature flick was actually a dark brown, so use the same gel liner as you did for the beauty spot. Draw very close to the lashline and make the line slightly thicker towards the outer corner of the eye, to give a perfect almond shape.
False lashes that get longer towards the outer eye will give essential Hollywood glamour to the look.
Lips: To add a further dimension to glossy red lips and highlight your mouth in the sexiest way, pat a tiny amount of a pale, shimmery eyeshadow on to the centre of your lips.
Update the classic Audrey Hepburn look for a modern day wearable style[/caption]
FILM great Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of sophisticated style. Her make-up was classic and beautiful – and is still so wearable for a modern make-up queen.
Face: Use a foundation with a dewy finish, and a natural flush on the cheeks, to give a healthy youthful glow to the skin that looks flawless.
Eyes: Audrey wore a thick, black liquid liner and short, dense false lashes, but her bold block brows were the main focus and are an essential part of recreating her look.
Film star Audrey Hepburn was the epitome of sophisticated style[/caption]
Use a flat angled brush to get precise eyebrow shape[/caption]
Use a cream eyebrow product or mid-brown eyeshadow with a flat angled brush to give control and precision to shape the brows.
Lips: A peach-toned lipstick with satin sheen will finish off the look perfectly.
Just add diamonds for the ultimate Audrey touch.
Nail Beyonce's look by creating a smokey eye with a touch of bronze on the lids[/caption]
MAKE-UP muse Beyonce is a beauty chameleon. The singer can pull off any look, but the look one that is most celebrated is a strong, smoky “metallic” eye such as she showcased at this year’s Grammy Awards.
Beyonce's Grammy Awards look is all about the eyes[/caption]
Face: A flawless matte finish on the skin, with contoured cheekbones, creates the perfect base layer for this look.
Draw a diagonal line just under the cheekbone and blend with your finger or a buffing brush.
Eyes: Beyonce’s look is all about the eyes. Use strong, dark browns on the outer corners of the eye, blended into bronze on the lids and smudged underneath the eye for a dramatic smoky effect.
A black kohl liner on the waterline, and lashings of black mascara, will intensify the eyes.
Use a glitter just in the centre of the lid for a sparkly highlight that oozes diva.
Lips: To finish the look, shape your lips with a nude brown lip pencil and fill in to the centre of the lip.
Blend with a lipstick in a similar colour, with a matte finish.
Royal flush: Copy Kate Middleton's look by doing a blush on the cheeks and a neutral lip[/caption]
Face: Keep to a natural base and rosy flush on the apples of the cheeks to start off Kate’s make-up.
Kate's timeless style showcases her eyes[/caption]
Eyes: Use a soft grey eyeshadow blend across the lids and up to the socket line.
A darker shade of grey eyeshadow can be mixed with water and applied with an angled brush to create a more solid liner on the lashline and underneath the eye.
Blend dark and light grey eyeshadow to create the look[/caption]
Lips: Kate’s look is soft and natural so wear a tinted rose coloured balm on the lips that is neither too much nor too little.
Using your fingers, blend onto the cheekbone to get Kate’s glowing skin.
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