If you are suffering from clogged pores and/or acne, one of the reasons could be that the face cream that you’re using is the culprit. Lots of skincare products contain oils that might be excellent for dry skin, but if your skin is combination, oily or even normal, you might want to look into gel moisturisers, which are water based and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy.

Gel moisturisers have lots of hydration power, so they can now be used all year round, not just in summer. Here’s a selection of our favourites to add to your skincare routine.


Sothys Hydra 3Ha Hydrating Gel-Cream (50ml, £45.00, available at select spas across the UK)  contains a patented natural extract from a wild Boletus mushroom, which activates the genes responsible for the management of the skins water resources helping the skin to regulate and maintain its own moisture content to maximum efficiency. Coupled with high molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid, this gel-cream is perfect for dehydrated normal or combination skin. If you are after a lightweight yet deeply hydrating moisturiser with luxe ingredients, you will love it. Try using with Sothys Hydra 3Ha Intensive Hydrating Serum for maximum effect.

Skin79 Aragospa Aqua Gel Cream  (90ml, £25.90, lookfantastic.com)  features a revitalising, creamy formula that imbues skin with instant freshness and hydration with Aragonite Thermal Water sourced from Jeju Island (known as the Hawaii of Asia). This gel cream from a cult Korean brand Skin79 ensures long lasting water retention, while natural extracts of Vitamin-C rich Neem Tree help support collagen synthesis to smooth the look of fine lines and imperfections. The formula is hypoallergenic, perfect for dry and combination skin types.


HEALGEL Face (50ml, £48, Net-A-Porter) targets the visible signs of ageing for a firmer, smoother, replenished complexion. A triple phase hyaluronic acid complex provides an instant firming and plumping effect. The formula of this gel moisturiser is lightweight, has a cooling effect and is lightly fragranced. Created by a world-renowned team of cosmetic and aesthetic surgeons together with a highly acclaimed and multi award-winning dermatological bio-chemist, HEALGEL’s Face will work on any skin type.



Proto-col Moisturising Facial Gel (50ml, £21.95, proto-col.com) has a feather light texture, which absorbs into the skin effortlessly, supporting your skin against all elements of life.  With over 20 amino acids and vitamins, this moisturising facial gel combines these forces to reduce the appearance of fine lines and promote fresh, smooth skin and releases hydration throughout the day.



Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion (40ml, £22, Boots) ensures optimum moisturising and a long lasting matte effect. The skin drinks in its natural moisturising factors, and the product fixes the moisture (a sugar derivative that acts like a micro-sponge) and tones the skin with apricot oil. Embryolisse Hydra-Mat Emulsion absorbs excess sebum and reduces shininess as well as penetrates the skin, leaving it soft, smooth and matte all day long.




Skin Revivals Age-Defying Hydro Creme-Gel (50ml, £14, beautynaturals.com )is an ultra-light, luscious creme gel melts away on your skin and provides intense hydration and lasting comfort. The cocktail of replenishing ingredients includes extracts of pomegranate and aloe vera to help revitalise and soothe redness. Also bursting with sodium hyaluronate which acts as a sponge for dry skin cells, moisturising with up to 1,000 times its weight in water, resulting in a supple and plumped up skin.


Exuviance Age Reverse HydraFirm  (50ml, £59.50, facethefuture.co.uk) is a luxurious moisturiser that targets all visible signs of ageing leaving your skin smoother, firmer, brighter and more hydrated. Key Ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid, NeoGlucosamine, Prodew and Peptides. Hyaluronic Acid instantly quenches dryness. Prodew infuses skin with amino acid building blocks restoring deep reservoirs of youthful plumping moisture. NeoGlucosamine and Peptides boost collagen. Apply daily in the evening for a youthful and plumped complexion.


Dead Sea Spa Magik Oil-Free Facial Gel (50ml, £17.95, Holland & Barrett) is designed specifically to provide superior sun protection without causing breakouts. Perfect to use on your face, this satin soft gel has an incredibly lightweight, smooth texture that leaves a flawless, matte finish allowing the skin to breathe. Ideal to use under makeup, SunSafe Oil-Free Gel is non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, water resistant and perfect for all skin types.

Natralus Ultra Skin Repair Pure Hydrating Gel (75ml, £12.95, avernaco.com) is a hydrating and healing gel that can be used to nourish and repair extremely dry skin, wind burn, minor burns and skin rashes. Combining the healing benefits of Paw Paw (Papaya) with cooling Aloe Vera and soothing Vitamin E, this gel from Nastralus, Australian skincare brand, soothes and restores the appearance of dry, damaged skin and is alcohol, fragrance, colour and paraben free.


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We may gain an extra hour in bed as the clocks go back this autumn, but cold dark mornings make it harder than ever to look and feel awake upon the sound of the dreaded alarm.

With so many passing fads, and weird and wonderful beauty trends (vampire facial anyone?), you might be surprised to hear that beauty sleep isn’t just a myth.  Most of the body’s tissues show increased cell production and a slower breakdown of proteins during sleep. Since proteins are needed for cell growth and for repair, getting at least 7 hours sleep is essential for the skin, body, and mind.

MINTD Box founder Cheryl Botchway shares her top skincare tips for tired looking skin: 

“Not only does autumn bring with it dark mornings, but the cold can really impact your skin, making it look and feel tired, dry and dull. Natural ingredients such as avocado, chia and grape seed oil are restorative and hydrating for the skin – helping to plump and brighten tired eyes. What’s more, essential oils are proven to reduce anxiety and stress after a long day, so using these just before you go to bed, may help you to get a more restful night’s sleep, which will in turn, benefit the skin”

MINTD Box has launched its own beauty sleep box – the ‘Sleep Beauty Edit’ this October, containing a range of beauty products to help you feel more relaxed at night, and look more awake in the mornings.

October’s ‘Sleep Beauty Edit’ box is available at www.mintdbox.com, from 1st October at £65 and contains products to the value of £166 including:


Marissa Carter, Founder of leading tanning brand Cocoa Brown, shares the common tanning mistakes that people make and how best to avoid them & achieve a gorgeous glow with a flawless finish all year round:

1)  Applying a tan which is too dark for your skin: Embrace your natural complexion by wearing a tan to suit your skin tone. The Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter 1 HOUR TAN MOUSSE comes in three shades to suit all, and can be developed for one, two, or three hours dependent on the depth of colour you wish to achieve.

2)  Not using a tanning mitt: Tan stained hands is a huge giveaway that your tan may not be real, so using a good quality mitt is a must. You can also add a small amount of petroleum jelly through your eyebrows to prevent the tan from discolouring them too.

3)  Forgetting to apply a moisturiser to typically dry areas: Use an oil-free moisturiser such as Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Chocolate Whip Oil-Free Body Moisturiser on your feet, ankles, knees, elbows and hands to ensure a totally smooth application.

4)  Over applying: Preparation is key! Many people forget to exfoliate before reapplying their tan which can lead to patchy skin and discoloration. Using the Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter TOUGH STUFF 3 in 1 Body Scrub 24 hours prior to application will prevent this.

5)  Drinking or brushing your teeth after applying tan to the face: Let your tan dry before having a drink or brushing your teeth as accidental drips may wash away the colour. This also applies to tanning with wet hair!

6)  Forgetting to enhance your tan: Products like the Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil will add an illuminating glow to your bronzed skin.

7)  Staining your nails: Apply a coat of nail polish to your nails on your hands and feet, as this will prevent tan from staining the nail plate.

8)  Exaggerating dark circles around your eyes: Again, a little bit of petroleum jelly will stop the tan from further darkening the area – no one likes panda eyes!

9)  Wearing tight clothing immediately after tanning: Wear loose, dark clothing while the tan is developing and avoid contact with water as this will minimise any transfer.

10)  Exfoliating too soon after tanning: The first time you shower after you’ve applied your tan, use shower gel but don’t exfoliate your skin.

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter tanning products can be found at numerous UK stockists including Superdrug, TESCO and Primark.

www.cocoabrown.ie | @CocoaBrownTan | @CarterMarissa


by Dean Jones, Dean Jones Hairdressing

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Kate Middleton’s signature bouncy curls have been popular ever since she came into the public eye and you can actually re-create this gorgeous look at home by following these simple steps.

It is really important to always start by prepping your hair, I like to use the Wella Professional Velvet Amplifier. A few pumps of this velvety primer distributed through damp hair will make your hair much more manageable and allow your hair to hold its style all day. When blow drying your hair, you need to add as much volume as possible. It’s best to dry your hair away from your face to add lots of lift, you can even blow-dry your hair upside down for extra oomph.

Once your hair is dry, grab your curling iron to tong your hair section at a time, add some Wella Professional Thermal Image before styling to nourish your hair and protect it against the heat. As Kate’s curls are always bouncy, a curling tong with a bigger barrel tends to work best. Start from the top of your head and work towards your neck, making sure you curl your hair away from your face and remember not to touch the curls at this point.

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With all of your hair tonged, take a pea sized amount of Wella Professional’s Luminous Smoothening Oil and work it through the ends of your hair to tame any flyaways and add that mirror shine that Kate Middleton wears so well. Whilst applying the oil to your ends, use your fingers to separate the curls and allow your hair to fall naturally.

As Kate’s hair looks smooth and glossy, you don’t want to add to much hairspray. To add just the right amount of hold, spray just a fine mist of Wella Professional’s Flexible Finish to hold your style without altering your finished look.


Many of us suffer with oily skin, resorting to the use of blotting sheets in a desperate attempt to hide an unwanted shiny appearance. But how can we combat this? Consultant Dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong (www.drsharonwong.com ) discusses what causes oily skin.

Why do I have oily skin?

Oily skin is due to the over-production of the skin’s natural oils known as sebum. This is mainly a genetic trait but is also heavily influenced by hormone changes that increase the amount of male hormones (androgens) in the system, such as during puberty and in the condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome. Androgens stimulate the grease glands in the skin resulting in excess production of sebum.

Other external factors that may aggravate the problem include changes in climate and also using products that disturb the oil balance on the skin, such as certain makeup and beauty products which can trigger over production of oils.

What are the effects of having oily skin?

Oily skin creates a shiny appearance to the skin which results in makeup not lasting for long periods of time.  Together with debris and dead skin cells, the sebum on the skin can clog the pores also making it prone to breakouts of acne.

How can I treat/deal with my oily skin?

I would recommend you follow the below simple six steps to deal with oily skin:

  1. Master your skincare routine: Wash your face twice a day, in the morning and evening only and ensure all makeup is removed before going to bed. Beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) such as salicylic acid in face washes can help to cut through grease but also effectively unclogs the pores and ensures a deep cleanse. Oily skin has nothing to do with poor hygiene so washing more frequently is not necessary and if anything doing this can dry out your skin too much and actually trigger even more sebum production. Toners are not a necessity. In fact, many toners contain alcohols, which can damage the barrier function of the skin making it more sensitive and irritated.
  2. Make sure you moisturise: Although the skin is overproducing grease it still requires hydration to maintain a healthy skin barrier. Many anti-acne products dry out skin so it is important to rehydrate the skin to prevent it from producing more sebum to combat the dryness. Avoid heavy moisturisers and opt for oil free creams or serums instead.
  3. Exfoliate but don’t over-do it: Exfoliation encourages healthy skin turnover. It also helps to remove surface dead skin cells and prevent blocking of pores but again being overaggressive with exfoliation can leave your skin sensitive but can also cause a breakout.
  4. Treat your skin: Using a retinoid (Vitamin A) based product at night and have regular light chemical peels (e.g. glycolic acid, lactic acid or salicylic acid peels). These can reduce the oiliness of the skin and prevent breakouts of acne.
  5. Carefully select your make-up: Avoid heavy foundations and look for key words like matt-effect, oil-free and non-comedogenic when choosing your makeup. Oil control blotting paper or pads can be helpful on-the-go for those greasy areas that break through in the middle of the day.
  6. Watch your diet: Cutting out refined sugars, highly processed foods and saturated fats can help in some individuals to reduce sebum production.

CREDIT: Consultant Dermatologist Dr Sharon Wong www.drsharonwong.com


Survey shows 75% of people think women look better with no or less makeup.

Sleek MakeUP is launching a new global campaign with the aim of tackling makeup shaming. The campaign, My face. My rules. has been created to positively recognise and stand up for everyone’s right to define their individual beauty, without boundaries. My face. My rules. is a celebration of individualism and uniqueness, with a true love for makeup at its core. The campaign stars Sleek MakeUP’s own consumers, the majority of whom were cast via social media, and showcases their incredible skills and amazing responses to the judgement they face in the world.

To highlight these issues, Sleek MakeUP has joined forces with Ditch The Label, an international anti-bullying charity providing online support and empowering young people to overcome bullying, to commission a makeup shaming survey and the results are in: Over a quarter of those surveyed, have felt judged for wearing makeup.

“We hope that this research will contribute to the growing discussion against makeup shaming and will bring us a step closer to our vision of a world that is fair, equal and free from all types of bullying.” Liam Hackett, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Ditch The Label.

Alongside the launch of this boundary-breaking campaign, Sleek MakeUP has released their My face. My rules. manifesto – with the aim of driving the conversation around representation of makeup lovers in the beauty industry:

1. We will be truly representative of all makeup junkies, especially those often ignored in the beauty industry

2. We will stand up to makeup shaming and support our consumers in their passion for makeup

3. We will continue to showcase our consumers and their amazing looks and skills in our campaigns, in the way they want to be seen

4. We will be brave and bold in challenging beauty industry norms

Founded over 25 years ago to cater for those often ignored by the mainstream beauty industry, Sleek MakeUP, has always been a brand with diversity and individuality at its core. This campaign is the culmination of everything we’ve been passionate about as a brand for the last 25 years.

To view the full My face. My rules. campaign video starring Sleek’s very own consumers, visit this link: http://bit.ly/2xf86gg


Last night Rihanna celebrated the September 8 launch of her beauty brand, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna in Paris. Rihanna hosted a second international launch event in the iconic Tuileries Gardens, celebrating her iconic beauty brand launch with press, makeup influencers and artists.

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Offering a unique experience with the Fenty Beauty brand, the event was held in a private crystal tent in the famous gardens. Her iconic launch collection was on full display to swatch and play with, while guests received personalized Fenty Face makeup consultations from the Fenty Beauty Global Artistry Team, including Hector Espinal (Global Artist) and James Kaliardos (Resident Artist).

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Rihanna arrived after the gardens had been closed for the evening, surprising guests by unveiling an exclusive sneak preview of her Holiday 2017 Galaxy Collection, which will be available beginning October 13th.

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Fenty Beauty by Rihanna launched globally across 17 countries with 40 Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation shades, covering an extensive shade range. The launch collection also includes a Universal Primer, Gloss Bomb, matte and shimmer Match Stix, Killawatt Freestyle Highlighters, Invisimatte Blotting Powder and Paper, and precision tools to perfect the look.


Quotes from Michelle Paterson, Hair Manager at Pouts & Pinups

When it comes to having a trial run for your bridal hairstyle, it’s always a good idea to book this the same day as your dress fitting and makeup trial. The reason for this is that it gives the bride the chance to see their overall look there and then, rather than on the wedding day where she may not feel it looks right and it’s too late, as most often the stylist has left before the bride puts on their dress.

One of my favourite on trend bridal hairstyles for AW17 is the low ponytail. This look is chic and elegant and looks especially great when hair has been styled into loose waves before being put into a pony, giving it a more romantic look. Ponytails are great as there are styles to suit everyone, whether you want to have a textured ponytail or a more sleek style. Hair accessories are great for completing the look. The ribbon is one of the most on trend bridal accessories for the season and they perfectly with this look to secure the ponytail together and give it an extra bit of edge.

Buns and chignons are also popular bridal hairstyles for AW17. The chignon is a classic and looks great when worn low, whereas a bun can be worn low with some sections of hair left out for a relaxed look or can be worn high for a more sleek look. Again, these looks can be paired with on trend accessories such as embellished headbands and bejeweled brooches.

Big bouncy curls that have been popular with brides in previous years have been replaced with more relaxed, effortless waves for AW17. This is a very romantic look, which can be achieved either by using product, such as a texturising spray in natural hair, or by using flat irons or curlers. I’d always recommend brushing the hair out after using flat irons or curlers to give it a softer finish.