Beauty Tips

Beauty benefits of Coconut Oil

There has been much written in the press lately about the benefits of using coconut oil to make you look and feel healthier.  Many hair and beauty products on the market use coconut oil as one of the major ingredients in their products, so it makes sense that coconut oil must have something unique.  We thought we’d check out these benefits for ourselves to see if coconut oil really can do some magic in the hair and beauty department.

Here are some of the beauty benefits of using coconut oil:

1.  Using coconut oil as a moisturizer!  Not only does coconut oil make you smell great, but it also really does make your skin feel softer and more hydrated.

2.  Using coconut oil as a hair conditioning treatment again will make your hair smell amazing, but more importantly, if left on for a while before washing, your hair will be smooth and silky – and its much cheaper than all the expensive hair treatments on the market.

3.  Using coconut oil as a hand cream! At this time of year, our hands need a good moisturizer, and coconut oil seems to do the job better than the shop bought ones, and again, it will save you money.

4.    Using coconut oil as an eye makeup remover! By putting a little coconut oil on some cotton wool and removing your eye makeup as you do normally, not only does the job, but it also leaves the skin around your eyes feeling very soft and hydrated.  It also means there is no need to purchase any more expensive eye makeup removers anymore!

5.  Using coconut oil as a massage oil! This is perfect to unwind from a busy day, or to give your partner a treat.  It isn’t expensive, and it also leaves your skin smelling great!

6.  Using coconut oil as a shaving cream!  This is a great tip, as it can be used on sensitive skin, being all-natural.  Again, it will leave your skin smelling amazing, and isn’t expensive!

7.  Using coconut oil as a hair balm! By rubbing a small amount of coconut oil to the ends of your hair, will leave it looking shiny, smooth and professionally styled.

8.  Using coconut oil as a cheekbone highlighter! You would never have thought that coconut oil could be used to substitute makeup, but it really does work! That’s a bit more money saved!

 

If you'd like somewhere to store your coconut oil, why not check out our range of beauty case.

 



Hold on to that Summer holiday feeling for longer!

So the dark nights are drawing in, its getting colder in the mornings going out to work, and the central heating has been switched on, so what can we do to help us keep our summer holiday feeling?

 First of all, invest in some new Autumn outfits.  This will instantly make your feel good about yourself, and there are some gorgeous outfits out there for the season.

Secondly, keep your tan! You’ve spent all that money on a holiday to a warm, sunny place, not just for you to get back home and have it fade away; so keep your tan with plenty of moisturising; the gradual tan moisturisers are great at keeping your tan too.  If you are one of the unlucky people who’s tan fades straight away, then why not get yourself booked into a beauty salon for a spray tan to give you an instant sun kissed look.  Why not store your tanning products in one of our beauty trolleys.

Thirdly, relax! This sounds obvious, but all too often we return from our holiday and go back to work and the children go book to school and we get stuck in a rut and don’t seem to stop and relax once in a while.  Even if its just to take a nice hot bath with your favourite bubble bath in there and read a book for half an hour, it will do you the world of good.

Finally, start looking at holiday brochures for next year’s summer trip!  You may think its too early to start looking, but prices tend to be lower if you get in there earlier, and once your holiday is booked, its something for the whole family to look forward to for next year.



Keep your skin in tip-top condition this winter!

With winter on its way, it’s important to protect our skin from the cold and wind to keep it looking soft and smooth.  We’ve searched around for the best tips to keep your skin in tip-top condition this winter.

First of all, make sure you moisturise regularly.  You probably did this during the summer months as well to keep any sun tan you might have got, but in winter, its just as (or if not more) important to prevent skin from getting dry.  We’re not just talking about your face either; make sure you stock up on hand cream too, as well as a rich body moisturiser.

You may want to use a moisturising face mask once or twice a week to keep your skin feeling fresh and supple too.  It’s also always nice to give yourself a bit of pampering!

Wear gloves in cold weather!  This probably sounds obvious, but this will help prevent your hands from becoming dryer than they need to be.

Maintain a healthy diet and drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated, and perhaps introduce some vitamin supplements to your diet if you’re not a massive fan of fruit and vegetables!  Almost every beauty aspect has something to do with what you put into your body, whether it be your skin, hair or nails, a healthy diet is essential to make the best of what you have.

Use a good lip balm! There’s nothing worse than having dry, sore, chapped lips.  They don’t look good, and they certainly don’t feel good so for the sake of putting on a bit of moisturising lip balm regularly to prevent this from happening, it’s well worth it.

Keep all your winter skin beauty essentials, like face masks and lip balms, in one of our stylish beauty trolleys - or treat someone special to one for the perfect gift this Christmas!

 



Ways to keep your summer tan!

With Autumn looking like its on its way, we thought we’d explore the best ways to keep your summer tan, to keep you feeling and looking healthier for as long as possible.

The most obvious way to keep that summer glow for as long as possible, is to moisturise.  We should moisturise daily anyway, but for many of us our lives are so busy that we often skip moisturising when we’re rushing around to get ready for work.  By moisturising every morning and night, your tan will stay there for longer; it’s as simple as that. 

There are tricks you can play with various cosmetic products as well.  Firstly, by using highlighters on the bridge of your nose and on your cheek bones can make your skin glow without adding a lot of colour.  You can use highlighters with or without foundation and they provide a natural look.

Bronzers are a great way of adding (or keeping) that summer glow, particularly gel bronzers; these can be used alone, or you can mix them with foundation and they give you more of a subtle hint of colour.  Powder bronzers tend to be heavier and need to only be applied where the sun would naturally hit your face.

Body shimmers are also available, and these help enhance the tan that you already have.  You can apply highlighter so bony areas such as your shoulders and across the bones in your chest to give you that sunkissed look.

You can also do your tan justice by wearing the right colours that suit your skin tone.  For example, if you wear a pale colour, this will automatically make your skin look warmer, especially if you do still have some of your tan left, and use the above makeup tips as well!

If your tan is still fading fast, then maybe you should simply fake it and opt for the variety of fake tans on the market, or even the moisturisers with a hint of tanning agent in them.  These could also help in prolonging your existing tan as they will gradually build up colour, whilst your existing one is fading, and therefore providing a more natural look.

Whatever products you decide to use to help keep your summer tan for longer; make sure you have a great place to store them, such as a cosmetic case or cosmetic trolley - with various sections and compartments, they are perfect for storing everything you need.



DIY Manicure

If you’re struggling to justify spending money on visiting a nail salon after your holidays, why not give yourself a manicure at home with these handy tips:

1.    Remove any existing nail polish with a conditioning nail polish remover, ensuring every trace of old polish is removed.

2.    File your nails into the shape of your choice.  This is down to personal preference, but if you tend to have nails that break easily, it may be best to go for a shorter length with rounded corners, as this shape tends to be more robust.

3.    Wash your hands in warm soapy water.  Not only to clean them, but this will also soften your nail cuticles.

4.    Apply a cuticle cream to your cuticles (widely available) and rub this in, then use an orange stick to push your cuticles back gently, ensuring you don’t cut your skin (this can cause infection, and it doesn’t look very nice).

5.    Apply a decent base coat to your nails and allow this to dry according to your product’s instructions.

6.    Choose your favourite colour.  This can be a difficult decision at the moment as there are so many shades and even different textures of polish out there.  Usually most nail polish brands recommend applying at least two coats, but it depends on the colour as well; some lighter ones may need an extra coat.

7.    Apply nail art if you’re feeling creative.  Whether you want to add some glitter to your tips, or gem stones to the bottom of your nails; obviously, if you need stones etc. to stick you would need to do this before your nail polish dries.

8.    Apply a topcoat.  This will seal your polish and secure any nail art to make your manicure last longer.

If you try out these tips, and are looking for somewhere to keep all your nail art goodies and nail polish collections, why not invest in a nail polish case or makeup case to store them in?!  Available online whilst stocks last!



Makeup tips for the summer season!

 

Summer is here, and we’ve had some decent weather recently in the UK – we hope it continues!  With the weather being kind to us lately, we felt we’d look in to how to get the best from your makeup during the summer – this means, light, quick and easy – especially if you’re off on holiday somewhere warm as well; this will save you having to pack loads of unnecessary products, and will help you get ready quickly for your nights out!

1.    Lighter is better! If there’s one rule to follow this summer, please follow this one.  Don’t cake your face with heavy foundation.  There really is no need for it in summer.  Simply use a concealer if you need to cover dark circles and any spots or blemishes, and then apply a tinted moisturiser all over, preferably containing a factor protection in there as sunscreen slows down the aging process caused by the sun.

2.    Use a waterproof mascara.  There’s nothing worse than being out in the sun all day, and then returning home to find that you have ‘panda eyes’.  A good waterproof mascara will help you with this.  If you’re not a fan of waterproof mascara, trying putting a coat of clear mascara over your regular one, as this will help seal it and stop the panda look.

3.    Use a good bronzer to suit your shade.  There are many different bronzers out there, each depends on your natural skin tone as to which you go for.  If you tan easily in the sunshine, obviously you could get away with a darker one, usually peachy tones suit most skin colours.

4.    Multi-use makeup is useful.  To save space in your suitcase if you’re going away, why not try using makeup that can work as a lipstick and a bronzer for example?  This is an easy way to save money as well buying all different products for different tasks.

5.    Use a lighter lipstick, or even a lip gloss.  You don’t need a heavy deep red or pink lipstick during the summer.  Lip glossescan often be lighter than lipsticks, and with the sheen they tend to go with the sunkissed look.

6.    Go for coppery coloured eyes to complete the sunkissed look.  Use a light eyeshadow and avoid those that streak and clump up when its hot – choose a longer lasting one.  Ones with a cream base tend to be lighter for summer.

To complete your summer makeup collection, view our range of makeup cases and makeup trolleys and store your cosmetics in style!



Give your feet the perfect pedicure for summer!

Summer is here, and its time to get those flip flops out, but first, make sure your feet are nicely pedicured and ready to show off to the world by following our tips below:

1.    Take off any existing nail polish with an acetone remover, and let your feet soak for 10 minutes in a tub of hot water (feel free to add bath oils too).  This will help to soften your feet and cuticles for when you need to remove dead skin, and it will also get rid of any unwanted dirt.

2.    Cut and file your nails using nail clippers and a nail file.  You should cut your nails in a square shape (rounded toe nails promote ingrowing ones) and then file off any sharp edges with the nail file (you should try to file in the same direction to prevent damaging and split nails).

3.    Prepare your cuticles.  This is essential to make your polish last longer.  Using a cuticle stick, push down the cuticles so that they are as far down as possible, and trim any excess skin as required.  Its also useful to rub on a little cuticle oil too for added moisture.

4.    Smooth out the tops of your nails using a buffing pad.  You should pay special attention to the areas you have just cut and filed to ensure they are smooth.

5.    Clean up and soften your skin.  Now it’s time to move onto your actual feet. Use your pumice stone to scrub down the calluses on the heel and ball of your foot. You can scrub pretty roughly in these areas, because the skin is often very thick and dulled to pain. When you’ve removed any dried skin or calluses, you can use a scrubbing brush to clean up your entire foot. Use the brush between your toes and all over the bridge of your foot, adding soap if you’d like a bit of an extra clean.

6.    Dry off, add your base coat, nail polish, and topcoat, (add some nail art if you want to make things a little more interesting for summer!) and voila, you have your perfect pedicure.  Why not purchase a beauty case to store all your pedicure supplies in?

 



Get faking it this summer!

If the weather isn’t good enough here to get a real tan this summer, or if you’re cautious about sun damage on your skin, then take at look at these fake tanning tips so you can still achieve that sun kissed look, even if it snows this summer!  Fake tanning is all about the preparation…

First of all, beauty on the outside starts from within.  To keep your skin healthy, drink lots of water and keep to a sensible balanced diet.  In addition to this, moisturise on a daily basis before you go to bed, or when you come out of the bath or shower, this will keep your skin in the best condition it can before you apply a fake tan.

Secondly, make sure you exfoliate well before you apply fake tan.  If you fail to do this, you will have dead skin cells on the surface, which will create tan patches and this is where many people go wrong when self tanning, which puts many people off using it.

Make sure you moisturise before applying fake tan, paying special attention to areas that may be prone to dry skin like your knees and elbows.  You need to ensure that the moisturiser has soaked in completely before applying the fake tan.

Use latex gloves.  Simple, but so many people fail to do this and you can usually spot straight away when someone has fake tanned just by looking at their hands.  Latex gloves are cheap and there are no excuses not to use them!

Finally, apply your fake tan.  There are many products out there on the market today, make sure you get the right strength of tan for your skin tone.  Wear dark clothes afterwards so you don’t get caught out.  Good luck!

Why not get yourself one of our beauty cases to store your fake tanning products in?!

 



What do your eyebrows say about you?

Recently, eyebrows have come into fashion in a big way.  With celebrities sporting well sculpted brows, and more salons offering eyebrow treatments on the high street, there are many ways that you can maintain your eyebrows either by having a professional do them for you, or by maintaining them yourself at home.

No longer is the ‘thin and drawn on’ eyebrow in fashion; now it’s all about full eyebrows that frame your face, and suit your facial shape.  We have researched some of the methods of eyebrow treatments and maintenance here for you, to save you having to do it yourself!

Threading: This is believed to have originated in India, and is where a piece of cotton is doubled over and then twisted to enable several hairs to be moved at once, unlike tweezing, where single hairs are removed.  Threading is painful, however it gives good results, and this treatment is relatively cheap in salons if you’re on a budget.

Waxing: Warm, cream waxes are best used for the eyebrow area, as they are gentler on the skin and give longer lasting results.  Waxing is readily available and quick to have done in salons; you can do it yourself at home, however, it can be tricky, and if you do get it wrong, these results could last for weeks so you need to be careful!

Tweezing: Easy and safe to do, slanted tweezers are best to use for eyebrows, and you can use an eyebrow stencil as well, and mark on the shape that you are going for, and you can then tweeze the hairs that don’t fit into the template you’re working to.  Tweezing is by far the cheapest method, however, it isn’t as quick as going to a salon, and the results don’t seem to last as long.

HD Brows: High Definition brows are the latest craze that has taken the world by storm, and is where several steps are taken to give you the perfect eyebrow shape for your facial shape.  HD Brows involve, waxing, trimming, threading, tinting tweezing and using a powder to correct areas that lack hair, to give you perfect eyebrow.  Many celebrities swear by HD Brows, and although they look great, and you can maintain them at home when you have had your initial treatment; if you continue to go to your salon for maintenance, it can add up financially.  In saying that, this seems to be the best treatment with greater lasting results.

Whatever method you decide to use to groom your eyebrows, why not purchase a makeup case to store your tools in?



How to achieve a flawless matte finish for perfect dewy skin!

 

The matte makeup look has been all over the catwalks recently, and is perfect for taking your look from daytime to night, without bringing your full makeup kit along with you! This look is also ideal to take you from Spring to Summer, as it can be light; preventing caking, and it can also stop your skin from looking shiny and oily as the temperatures rise.

Give your makeup a 'solid' base

First of all, to perfect the matte look, it is essential that you take care of your skin to provide a ‘solid’ base for your makeup.  So start off by cleansing, toning and moisturising to give your skin that clean feeling (this will also help prevent your skin from getting oily and causing spots).  Once you have done this, you’re ready to start priming!

Not everyone uses a primer on their face, but it does in fact keep your makeup in place for longer, and it therefore comes in useful if you are getting ready to go out straight after work, or if you are out all day and want to keep your makeup looking fresh.  It also smoothes out your skin to give a better base for your foundation.  There are dozens of primers available on the market to suit all kinds of budgets and they are readily available in high street shops.

Which foundation is right for you?

The next step is to get yourself a light weight, matte foundation.  Many of us aren’t fond of matte foundations as they can sometimes highlight dry, patchy areas on our skin, however, this can be prevented by exfoliating 2-3 times per week, and moisurising daily.  When choosing your matte foundation, make sure you match the colour correctly to your skin tone by testing a small amount along your jaw line down to your neck – its not a good look to have an orange face!  Also, be sure to get a foundation with the right coverage; if its too light, it will show any skin imperfections like dark or red patches, and if its too heavy it can look ‘cakey’ and stage makeup-esque! 

If your skin is on the oily, a pressed powder can work wonders.  If you just press some into your oil-prone areas, this will keep your skin looking fresher for longer.  If your skin is on the dry side, its better to just add some pressed powder to your T-zone to stop your look from looking cakey.

Get the right finish!

To make the best of your new matte look, make sure you finish it with the correct eye and lip makeup.  Its best not to go for all matte products; for example, if you want to use a matte eye shadow, it looks better to pair this with a satin lip stick or lip gloss, and if you have a shimmery eye shadow, ideally this will look better with a matte lipstick.  This is the same rule of thumb for bright colours.  If you are going out straight from work, why not simply add a bright, satin lipstick for the evening; this can totally change your look in an instant, providing a flattering, timeless finish.  By following these tips, people with any skin type, and of all ages, can look good with a matte makeup finish.