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Beautipedia by Superdrug

Ever confused by the vast and complex world of beauty that we love so much? Then do not fear! At Superdrug we have put together an encyclopedic dictionary of all the health and beauty terms, phrases and brands that you need to know. From mascaras to hair products, vitamins to nail art, browse our Beautipedia to get you up to date on your beauty knowledge pronto!



Acetone is the active ingredient in nail varnish remover.

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Antiperspirant deodorants minimise the size of pores to stop moisture, i.e. sweat, developing underarms and prevent body odor.

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Argan Oil

Argan Oil has quickly become a beauty essential due to its versatility and nutritious benefit. The natural oil produced from Morocco’s Argan tree is ideal for softening skin and nourishing tired hair. Argan Oil is suitable to use as bath oil, directly on dry skin patches and split ends or even as a daily moisturiser. Argan Oil is suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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The perils of spending too long in the sun are well recognized; Aftersun is used to soothe sun-exposed skin. The Aftersun skincare range features moisturizing creams from sun care specialists such as Ambre Solaire, Malibu and Piz Buin. Select the right Aftersun for you, from cooling Aloe-Vera infused gel to tan enhancers.

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BB Cream

BB is the acronym of Blemish ‘Balm’ or Blemish ‘Base’. BB Cream has been a revolution in beauty due to its sheer coverage and functional skincare advantages. Crafted to be like a three-in-one primer, foundation and concealer, this wonder cream also moisturises, brightens and SPF protects you skin. Some BB Creams also claim to have anti-aging elements… BBrilliant, really!

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Before painting nails with your favourite polish, be sure to apply a Basecoat! A clear Base Coat varnish will protect nails from discolouring and give your polished nails a smoother finish. Many Base Coats have additional benefits such as strengthening nails and encouraging nail growth.

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Brighten up with Blusher, a makeup bag essential that will add a youthful glow whilst cleverly contouring cheekbones.
Top Makeup Tip:
To find a blusher shade to suit your skin tone, have a look at the colour of your veins on your wrist. If the veins on the inside of your wrist are blue, you have cool undertones and suit pinky hues – if they are green, you have warm undertones and should try peaches and brown tones.

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Use Bronzer to create a shimmering post-holiday glow at any time of year. Bronzer can also be used to contour, combine with a highlighter, to sculpt your look. Visit How to Contour.
How to Apply Bronzer:
Before applying to the face, remove excess powder by briefly working the brush on the back of your hand. Think about where you normally tan, and simply use the bronzer to highlight those areas. Finally apply bronze to your neck for a natural, summery glow!

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CC Cream

Another beauty revelation, colour-correcting CC Cream is the sheerer alternative to a BB cream. CC creams have a light feel upon application and specialize in combatting skin redness and sallowness. The smart formulas even out skin tone and hydrate as well as awaken skin. CC creams often contain light diffusing particles and SPF formulas, what a hard working cream!

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Concealer brightens the complexion instantly by eradicating tired eyes. A good concealer will moisturise and hydrate the under-eye area while covering up dark circles

60 Second Masterclass: Under-Eye Concealers

Popular Brands: Maybelline, B., GOSH, Sleek, Nip + Fab

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The key to contouring is to enhance and define facial features by highlighting key areas, such as cheekbones, and using clever shading techniques to slim and sculpt the face. Follow our Guide to Contouring for step-by-step instructions to achieve the look.

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Known as the skin’s building blocks, collagen will keep your skin looking plump and radiant. The amount of collagen in the skin reduces with age, which results in wrinkles. Improve the appearance of skin by opting for collagen-boosting products, such as B. Active Day Cream.

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Vitamin C

To maintain a healthy system, Vitamin C helps protect cells which supports organs and sustains connective tissue. This vitamin also improves the healing of wounds. Make Vitamin C an addition to your diet as it cannot be stored in the body. Other sources of Vitamin C include oranges, broccoli and strawberries.

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Cuticle Oil

Complete your nail routine by applying cuticle oil nightly for healthy and shiny nails. Cuticle oil prevents nails from becoming brittle and breaking while moisturising. Use sparingly and often at the end of a manicure or when nail beds are feeling dry to condition nails and soothe chapped skin.

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Dip Dye Hair

A huge trend in hair, dip dye or ombre hair is still a key way to make a statement. It means bleaching the lower half of your hair whilst keeping the top half a darker or brighter colour. From subtle highlights to statement colour, there is a way for all to adapt the look.

Celebrity Fans: Cheryl Cole, Caroline Flack, the Kardashians and Fearne Cotton all love this look!

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Dry Shampoo

It is not ideal to wash hair every day, and with Dry Shampoo, the decision not to is an easy one! Designed to revive hair between washes, get that just washed feeling without the time consuming hair washing process. Another bonus is that Dry Shampoo prolongs the life of a blowdry, as well as lifting, holding and shaping your ‘do, a must-have beauty essential for girls on the go! Spray as desired.

Popular Brands: Batiste, Superdrug Own Brand, Tressemme, VO5

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Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin! Essential to the health of teeth and bones, Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body. Oily fish and eggs are a good source of Vitamin D; however most of our supply comes from the sun. Rather than rely on UK weather, ensure your intake with Superdrug Vitamin D. It’s also recommended to pregnant, breastfeeding women and children from 6 months to 5 years take a Vitamin D supplement. Check dosage with a healthcare professional.

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See Hair Removal below

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Eyelash Curlers

The first steps to the longest lashes are eyelash curlers. These nifty little devices can appear a little scary but once you see the difference they can make you won’t look back! Check out our blog for a tutorial on how to curl lashes:

60 Second Masterclass: How to Curl Eyelashes

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For radiant looking skin exfoliation is a must! Use an exfoliating cream, body puff or glove to get rid of spot-causing dead skin cells which cause skin to look dull. It is important to carefully exfoliate before self-tanning for a smooth even base before applying product. For the face, be gentle and use an exfoliator such as B. Refined Exfoliating Cleanser, two to three times a week.

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Vitamin E

Try Vitamin E for a little boost to skin from the inside out! Antioxidant Vitamin E keeps it healthy by protecting cell membranes. It could also help keep bugs at bay by maintaining that all-important body defence mechanism- the immune system. Natural sources of Vitamin E can be obtained from nuts and seeds. Levels can also be boosted with Superdrug Vitamin E tablets.

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Face Masks

For an affordable and instant way to at-home pampering, try a face mask. A great way to give your skin deep-cleansing attention, it is also an opportunity to lie back and take the chance to relax.

The Best: Energising Face Masks

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Face Wipes

Want a fuss-free cleanse in a hurry? Use Micellar water such as B. Pure Micellar Water which cleanses tones and refreshes the skin with cucumber juice extract (it’s one of B.’s bestsellers).


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Fake Eyelashes

Fake eyelashes are perfect for creating a dramatic eye look or simply enhancing natural lashes for an everyday statement. With a growing number of eyelash shapes, and even Paper Eyelash Art, these are fantastic products to enliven your look.

60 Second Master Class: Applying Individual Lashes

How to: Apply Full Strip False Eyelashes

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A foundation is used on the face to create an even and flawless complexion. Dry skin types should try a liquid foundation to add moisture as well as coverage. For oily or combination skin a foundation mousse will blend into skin leaving an airbrushed finish.

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This wonder ingredient found in B. Restored Night Cream, Glycerin locks in moisture to prevent skin from becoming dry and dehydrated.

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Gradual Tan

First time self-tanners may try a Gradual Tan to build up a natural hint of colour. The gradual tanner is permeated into a moisturiser making is perfect for building up colour daily while also moisturising. This is a fantastic product as there is minimal risk of streaking and they are easy to apply. Gradual tan is ideal for paler skins.

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Hair Removal

The options for removing unwanted hair can sometimes seem endless! Whether you prefer the ‘no-pain-no-gain’ method or are more ‘no-pain-no-way’, there’s a choice for you.

See Hair Removal options: Shaving, Hair Removal Cream, Waxing, Bleaching, Plucking, Threading, Electrolysis

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Hair Oil

Hair Oil is ideal for smoother, shinier hair. The surprisingly versatile oil is perfect for eliminating frizz, rejuvenating dry and damaged locks and providing heat protection as well as assisting with styling needs. From Argan Oil to Coconut Oil, we have a selection of essential hair oil treatment. View all Hair Oils.

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Highlighting Makeup

Add luminosity and enhance facial features with a highlighter. Designed to capture the light, use a Highlighter to brighten the complexion while creating cheekbones, making lips appear plump and thinning the bridge of the nose.

60 Second Masterclass: Highlighting

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Hyaluronic Acid

Another wonder ingredient, it helps the skin retain moisture and stay plumped and hydrated. Make sure your eye cream contains this ingredient as the skin around the eyes is the area most likely to dry out. B. Energised Eye Cream is full of this stuff!

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Indulgent Bathing

Bathing is a great excuse to take a timeout to indulge in luxurious bathing products. Often purchased as gifts, elating this everyday task to a private spa experience with sensual oils, bath soaks and exfoliators, is simple and relaxing to do.

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Insect Repellent

Use Insect Repellent as a preventative measure when on holiday

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John Frieda

Innovative and dedicated to hair care, John Frieda established his first salon over thirty years ago. He has gone on to revolutionise hair care with his Frizz Ease hair formula range. John Frieda continues to be innovative with the Precision Foam Colour, becoming a breakthrough in home hair colouring.

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If you need a beauty boost, super juices are a great way to nourish the skin from within as part of a healthy balanced diet. Grab a blender and pop in 300ml coconut water, a whole banana, a handful of berries and two handfuls of spinach leaves. This juice will help keep your skin hydrated and nourished with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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Kabuki Brush

A kabuki brush is traditionally short handled with a large densely bristled brush and is the perfect brush for applying a concentrated amount of product. Use with powder, blusher or bronzer. The kabuki brush is also known as a mushroom brush due to its large size.

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Kirby Grips

Kirby Grips are often known as bobby pins or hair grips. Use to control hair as well as creating the hair style you are after.

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Lip Liner

A quiet hero of makeup bags, Lip Liner, (also known as lip pencil) is a great multipurpose makeup tool. Use to create a base on lips to prevent lipstick from bleeding. They also can be employed to alter the lip shape, however be sure to find a lip liner that matches the colour of your lipstick before attempting this! Lip Liners fab at ensuring a neat finish for lips- draw around the lip line, (even fill in the entire lip surface if you can), before applying lipstick for a long lasting colour.

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Lip Pencil

Lip Pencils, also known as Lip Liner, are designed to prevent lipstick from bleeding while defining the lip shape. Fill in the total lip to make your lipstick long-lasting. Be sure to choose a lip pencil that closely matches the colour of your lipstick.

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The quickest way to take a look from desk to dance floor is with a slick of lipstick! Try Matte, Crayons or Conditioning lipstick, in every hue from black to beige, purple to pink.

Popular Brands: Rimmel, L’Oreal, GOSH, Maybelline, B.

How to: Rock a Statement Lip

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Liquid Eyeliner

Ideal for shaping the eye with total precision, liquid eyeliner is the go to product for sleekly, defined peepers. The retro cat eye look calls for a liquid eye pen for a heightened sense of glamour. Use the liquid eyeliner to create a flick on the outer corner of the eye as dramatically as you dare.

60 Second Masterclass: The Feline Flick

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Achieving long lashes is an ongoing beauty mission, and mascara is the essential tool in any makeup bag to have you fluttering away. Ideally begin by teasing the lashes with an eyelash curler, this is a quick and effective step; make time to do this if you can! Then grab your fave mascara and zig-zag the wand along the length of the upper lashes, fanning them out as much as possible as you go. Using the tip of the wand, gently push each individual lash upwards covering the full length of the lash. If you are going for a full look, finish by zig-zagging the mascara wand across the bottom lashes.

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It’s always a good idea to thoroughly massage any skincare products into the skin to ensure they are properly absorbed. A massage can also relieve any tension in the face and release toxins by boosting circulation.

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Micellar Water

Kind to the face, Micellar Water is the gentle way to remove makeup and is perfect for even the most sensitive of skin. Micellar Water consists of tiny oil molecules which dissolve all traces of makeup to leave skin clean, toned and refreshed.

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There are a variation of moisturisers to soothe and prevent dry skin, improve skin tone and texture. From face moisturisers intended to help with anti-aging issues, hydrating hand and nail cream to re-energising gel formulas and more.

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Nail Art

A new permanent focus in beauty, nail art is a great way of self-expression at an affordable price. There are a great range of nail pens, wraps and nail art kits to get your talons talking.

Get inspired with Nail Art on our blog >

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Nail Wraps

For arty nails in an instant, Nail Wraps are a great way to achieve statement talons. Nail Wraps come in a number of complicated designs without the potential mess of nail polish. These are self-adhesive and can last up to a fortnight if looked after correctly!

How to: Get Party Perfect Nails in Minutes with Nail Wraps

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Night Cream

Although you may want to wear a lighter moisturiser during the day, before bed it’s best to cocoon your skin in a rich night cream. Try B. Restored Night Cream which contains nourishing cocoa butter and a concentrated tetrapeptide to deal with fine lines and wrinkles.

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Oil isn’t always your skin’s enemy. Oil-based cleansers are good as they attract and remove the oil on your skin. B. Clean Melting Gel Cleanser goes on as an oil, but dissolves into a milk on contact with water – so your face isn’t left feeling like chip paper!

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Olay was created by a husband for his wife in the late fifties in South Africa. Developed to be a feminine product that would not only moisturise skin but leave the woman feeling beautiful, it was poised for worldwide success. Today Olay is well known for creating skincare products for women and in particular a range of great value anti-wrinkle creams.

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Own Brand

The Superdrug Own Brand range is proud to be cruelty-free and BUAV approved. From shampoo to vitamins, shaving cream to makeup accessories, the Own Brand Health and Beauty products are great value for money. Each of the ranges is created with care and come with Happiness Guaranteed!

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A simple but essential product, Primer is stage one of makeup application. Face Primers usually come in a liquid, cream or gel-based form and work as a prep-base to smooth out blemishes and even out skin tone. The best feature of a Primer however, is that it keeps makeup in place all day! A little bit goes a long way, so use sparingly.

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Perfect for ladies in a hurry, Quickies Nail Varnish Pads and Eye Makeup Pads make the process of removing makeup and nail varnish an easier and quick process! Suitable for use on all skin types, they contain Vitamins to gently moisturise at the same time.

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Red Light Therapy

Red Light Therapy is an anti-aging method that emits a specific wavelength, to naturally smooth, plump and firm your skin by stimulating collagen production. Initially developed by NASA, red light therapy helps reverse and slow the aging process and also treats minor muscles and joint aches.

Popular Brands: Love My Skin

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Rimmel London

Masters of, ‘The London Look’, Rimmel has been industry leaders since 1834. Their fashion-forward vision is reflected through Kate Moss, the face of the brand, to define their edgy and streetwise stance. For creative makeup in catwalk-hot colours, Rimmel London cosmetics are accessible enough to have fun and experiment with.

Did you know: Rimmel's innovative mascaras were so popular that, “Rimmel”, translates as “mascara” in several languages?

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A summer glow can be achieved all year round with the inclusion of self-tan or fake tan into your beauty routine. Not only can you look sun-kissed whatever the weather, self-tanning is a safe way to a bronzed glow. Self-tanning can now be found as a mousse, lotion or oil, and whether you would like a gradual tan or in an instant, there’s a plethora to choose from!

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For clean hair, Shampoo is another bathroom essential. More than just a cleansing tool however, a good Shampoo can add shine, revitalise coloured hair or even add volume! Look out for specialist Baby Shampoos designed to be less irritating to sensitive baby skin.

Popular Brands: Aussie, Tresemme, VO5, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, L’Oreal

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Shaving is a popular, speedy and painless way to get rid of hair which is also relatively cheap. Perfect for legs and underarms, exfoliate the area first to remove dead skin cells, then lather up with shaving gel to ensure a close shave.

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For long term skin benefits sun cream should be an essential part of beauty routines. As well as protecting skin against harmful rays, sun cream prevents skin aging prematurely and helps to reduce the development of brown spots and blotchiness.

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Teeth Whitening

For a photo-ready, confident smile, a great set of pearly teeth are a must! Welcome our range of teeth whitening products, from whitening toothpastes to short-term whitening kits designed to lift stubborn tooth stains caused by smoking, red wine and coffee.

Visit our Teeth Whitening page >

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Use a facial Toner a step before moisturising to remove any excess dirt unable to be cleared with water. Toners revitalises skin and tighten pores for a fresh-faced profile.

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Top Coats

Easy to forget in a rush, however applying a Top Coat varnish is an important step to maintaining the longevity of your nail colour. Top Coats are a layer of lacquer varnish applied to create an invisible, glossy barrier to prevent chipping the nail polish underneath.

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Threading is a traditional Asian method for eyebrow shaping and hair removal. This is a natural hair removal technique that does not require waxing or chemicals so is kinder on skin. Several Superdrug stores offer this service. Visit our Store Finder Page to locate the closest venue to you.

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UV Rays

These damaging rays are your skin’s worst enemy and are one of the main causes of wrinkles. Before you go out, wear a moisturiser with an added SPF of at least 15, like B. Ready Day Cream has. Remember: prevention is better than cure!

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Vegan Beauty Products

B. is a completely vegan and cruelty-free Skincare and Makeup brand that's designed to be easy to use, understand and proven to work.

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Vitamins are an easy way to get the essential nutrients bodies need to function effectively. Vitamins and Minerals can be obtained from a balanced diet; however vitamin supplements can aid a healthy lifestyle.

See: Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C

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Drinking six glasses of water a day is one of the best things you can do for your skin. Water will keep skin hydrated and help flush out toxins.

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This method is suitable for all areas and keeps skin smooth for several weeks! The downside of waxing is waiting for hair to grow long enough to be captured by the wax, and it can be a painful process (Avoid waxing during your period as pain threshold is lower during this time!). Those new to at-home waxing should begin with cold wax strips as these are easier to work with. Step up to Veet’s Easy Wax Electrical Roll On Kit which has a self-heating unit that heats the wax to the right temperature and distributes it neatly and evenly on the skin.

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White Eyeliner

Not necessarily our go-to colour, however White Eyeliners are surprisingly flattering as well as versatile. Confidently use to build a catwalk look by graphically creating a stark futuristic vibe. Traditionally, white eyeliner evokes the sixties era, embrace it by combining with black for a wide eyed sixties look. For a more subtle take on the trend, simply colour in the inner corners of eyes to make them appear larger and brighter.

Celebrity Fans: Rihanna, Lauren Conrad, Blake Lively and Scarlett Johannson have all tried variations of this trend.

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XLS Medical

XLS-Medical is a naturally derived and clinically proven fat binder that helps you lose up to 3x more weight than dieting alone. XLS-Medical is used to aid weight loss in conjunction with a healthy balanced diet. It works by binding undigested fat, helping dieters to lose three pounds for every one pound they lose on their own.

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XXL - Live Color

Live Color XXL from Schwarzkopf is the go-to brand for vibrant hair colour! Crafted to make a style statement, the XXL formula aims for maximum vibrancy with long-lasting effect and shine. In their words, if you’ve got the attitude, they’ve got the colour!

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Younger Looking Skin

For Younger Looking Skin, begin with drinking lots of water, moisturising regularly with an anti-wrinkle cream and cleansing thoroughly. Als, not just for summer, ensure to wear facial sun protection every day – even when the sun does not appear to be out, as this is your skin’s biggest enemy.

Popular Brands: Olay, L’Oreal, B.

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Sleep is so important to your skin, make sure you get at least eight hours’ worth a night.

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