Refresh your beauty basics with this little lot…. just in time for the new season ahead.
How long have you had your make-up brushes? If, like me, you have your failsafe go-to brushes that have served you a lifetime, then it may be time to get rid and start anew.
This set of anti-bacterial brushes, £35, from Look Good Feel Better is just the thing for a beauty tool overhaul. The collection includes four pink handled brushes in a protective pouch. Each brush head has been treated with a non-toxic, hypoallergenic compound that will help keep harmful bacteria at bay. Having clean brushes is often overlooked but is important as bacteria can accumulate from products, dead skin cells, dirt from hands and the surfaces your brushes are placed on… in short they can be a perfect breeding ground for bacteria which can cause skin problems.
Included is a large Multi-Tasking Brush, a round Foundation Brush, an Eye Shading Brush and a Lip Brush. As well as doing yourself a favour, by replacing your potentially germ-ridden brushes, you’ll also be doing a wider good. Look Good Feel Better is actually a charity beauty brand and the only one that specifically deals with the visible side-effects of cancer treatment. Finding out you have cancer is life-changing and the added stress of the appearance related side-effects can feel overwhelming. LGFB’s free confidence-boosting skincare and make up workshops and masterclasses are held all over the UK and teach women skills such as how to draw on missing eyebrows and eyelashes. This brush range has been developed to support their invaluable services and for every brush or set sold 10% will be donated to Look Good Feel Better, enabling them to expand their reach and support even more women.
In addition to utilising the latest antimicrobial technology to help eradicate harmful bacteria and keep your bristles hygienically clean, the brushes are super soft, giving a flawless finish. Hand-made, they are also cruelty free. Available at M&S Beauty, www.marksandspencer.com
While we are on the subject of cleanliness, why not also look at revamping your skincare routine?
Vichy’s Normaderm Beautifying Anti-Imperfection Care is just the thing for keeping skin clear and fresh-looking. The range of products has been developed to care for problem skin, a rising problem for women aged 25 and over and contain a cocktail of ingredients to tackle the needs of adult skin while treating hormonal blemishes, providing 24 hour hydration.
The Normaderm 3-in-1 Micellar Solution, £11, is a favourite. It is suitable for blemish-prone and sensitive skin and easily removes make- up and impurities without thinned for rubbing or rinsing, leaving skin perfectly clean, with no discomfort.
For something harder working, this creamy multitasking Scrub + Cleanser + Mask, £11, contains soothing agents and clay, and works in three key ways: it can be used as a cleansing cream, to eliminate sebum and impurities, as a scrub to unclog pores, and as a mask, to mattify the skin and clarify the complexion.
After cleaning, use this Beautifying Anti-Blemish Care 24H Hydration, £14.50. This moisturiser reduces skin imperfections, gives long-lasting hydration and mattifies skin, giving it a ‘soft-focus’ by reducing pores. It also contains an anti-bacterial ingredient which exfoliates and helps to even skin tone and reduce pigmentation. Salicylic Acid is one of the most sought after ingredients for treating skin. Penetrating deep, it is especially effective in targeting blackhead forming acne.
Finally theNormaderm Night Detox, £15, helps to control the production of sebum to purify the skin overnight. Blemishes appear reduced, pores look less visible, complexion looks radiant and skin feels clean and purified. Available at www.boots.com. For more information visit: www.vichy.co.uk
Finally, for the ultimate quick skin fix, integrate this face wash by Origins into your morning and weekly routine. As you might have guessed from its name, this By All Greens, Foaming Deep Cleansing Mask, £32, is actually a mask which has the unique USP that it can also double up as a daily cleanser. It also takes our current foodie penchant for all things green and translates this into a beauty product packed with goodness.
The light green gel has a creamy clay consistency which transforms into a self-activating foam cleanser. You gently massage it in in circular motions to remove dirt, pollution and toxins and it foams up on application. For a deeper cleanse, apply it as a mask. It unclogs pores to detoxify without stripping skin. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it’s packed with nutrient-rich Spirulina, Spinach and Green Tea—all known to for their detox power. Plus Coconut derived cleansers and Kaolin Clay help remove skin-damaging dirt, pollution and pesky pore-cloggers. This is one of those wonder products that is really appealing to use and, best of all, it really works – leaving the complexion cool, clear and totally refreshed. Ideal in fact, for a spring clean out. www.origins.co.uk