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Oh My Valentine – Beauty Treats Because You’re So Worth It!

Couple kissing with heart balloon

Fed up of store bought chocolate boxes and petrol station flowers, we have thoughtfully put together this go-to list of eight pampering beauty essentials for girls hankering after a little Tender Loving Care this Valentines. From beautiful scents to vampy lipsticks, we highlight the current best beauty buys, and the best bit is, they are affordable too! So why wait for your significant other to show you how much he cares, go on, treat yourself instead!

 

Beautiful Lashes

Every gal should invest in a good eyelash curler as a minimum essential for her makeup arsenal. So treat yourself this Valentine’s Day. Be sure to choose a pair with good quality rubber pads to protect your natural lashes and ensure a natural curl. If your own lashes lack a little oomphf, simply fake it! With many high street stores now stocking false lashes, you are spoilt for choice. Due to their disposable nature, buying overly expensive lashes is simply not cost effective. We recommend Claire’s Accessories and Primark – both budget chains offer a great range of lashes, from long and flirty to finer, shorter lashes for a more natural look and feel.

 

For the Go-Getter

For a gal in a hurry, you can’t beat a no-nonsense all in one beauty palette. Compact and ultimately transportable, there are a good range of high quality sets to choose from on the market today. Good sets often include a miniature blush, a few eye colours and even a bronzer too. We like ‘Instant Look in a Palette by Charlotte Tilbury’. Hailed the ‘5 minute face on the go’, at £49.00 this fab compact has everything you need to achieve that natural, glowing complexion. Containing two eye-brightening eye shadows, a contrasting eye shadow for the ultimate smokey eye, bronzer, cheek highlighter and blusher, this handy kit is just what a busy gal needs to take from day to night in an instant. Better still, the neutral shades have been carefully selected to ensure they will suit a variety of complexions too!

 

The Perfect Brow Kit

Of course, no eye makeup would be complete without a handy brow kit to smooth warrant hairs, highlight beautiful eyes and open up the face. Benefits ‘BrowZings Eyebrow Shaping Kit’ is a handy, pocket sized compact that even comes with its very own tweezers for perfect eyebrows on the go! Available in three great shades, the kit includes an eyebrow colour wax and setting powder for guaranteed all-day brow success! At around £26 for the kit it isn’t cheap, but well worth the investment!

 

For the Talon obsessive

‘OPI’s Iceland 2-17 Nail Polish Collection Mini Lacquer Set’ is a great starter kit for girls looking to DIY their nailcare and at £9.95 for the set is the perfect way to ease to strain on the monthly purse. With colours inspired by the Icelandic weather, these beaut bottles offer a refreshing change from the usual nail colours of pink and red.

If your nail painting skills leave something to be desired, why why not get in touch today and purchase one of our Beauty Salon vouchers and leave the fingertips to the experts!

 

Perfume is a Girl’s Second Best Friend

Well come on, we all know diamonds are at no.1! If your love lust budget won’t stretch as far a sparkler this Valentines, then you can’t go far wrong than a classic and long-lasting fragrance. Us ladies all love a good scent, and in our opinion one of the best just has to be ‘Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf’. Retailing at £60-£70 for a 50ml bottle, it is certainly one of the pricier perfumes on the market, but for good reason. It has distinct floral undertones of jasmine, rose, freesia and orchids, and its well thought out classic packaging and geometric bottle look good on a girl’s dresser too! This is a perfume designed to linger with style.

 

Rapunzel, Rapunzel….let down your hair!

The combination of cold winter months, excessive colour treatments and incessant use of central heating can play real havoc with the condition of a girl’s hair. If you are suffering from dry and brittle locks or simply have dull and lifeless hair, look no further than good old argan oil. This magic potion in a bottle is guaranteed to bring your hair back to life and inject a certain shnazz back into your locks!

Hugely beneficial when used as a leave-in conditioner due to its high vitamin E content, this fabulous oil promotes hair growth, encourages shine and repairs damage done to hair by over treatment with hair styling products and salon products. There are some great conditioners out there varying a great deal in price, but we like ‘The Bodyshop Wild Argan Oil’ which retailing around £14, doesn’t break the bank.

 

For the Sexy Vixen

Here at Vermont, we always recommend our clients to use a moisturizing lipstick during the colder winter months. As our lips tend to be the first to suffer the effects of the winter weather, slicking on a layer of lipstick that not only protects our smackers but makes them look shmmazing too! For vintage style old school glamour, choose the ‘Joli Rouge range from Clarins’. With 28 delectable shades to choose from, there is guaranteed one to suit you. Its rich and creamy formula not only provides long lasting moisturization, it is long-lasting too for that flawless finish; guaranteed to get heads turning!
Handilicious!

‘Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream’, available in a 100ml tube and priced at just over £20 is a luxuriously smelling hand and nail cream from the team at Clarins to soothe dry and chapped hands. Long lasting jam packed full of protective anti-oxidants and softening agents, this powerful cream also works to strengthen your nails and cuticles for an all-round hand and nail care treatment.

 

So there you have it ladies! What you waiting for…why wait for the other half to take the hint, start browsing and update that beauty kit today.

Beauty Advice

Festive Beauty Advice and how to rock the festive look with style

Christmas Presents

 

With Christmas presents filling the shelves, festive decorations adorning the shops and December within touching distance, the festive celebrations are once again upon us. So, with less than a month until Christmas week, how do we begin to prepare ourselves to look our sparklingly, beautiful best for the all-important festive party season?

Dust off your glittery party top, dig out those killer heels and read on! The festive season is, after all, all about adding a touch of glamour and luxury to your everyday look. We will show you how!

 

Of course, for any gal to look their very best, preparations need to be laid down in advance. Deep cleanse your beauty regime now for clear and blemish free skin come Christmas Day. Follow these steps religiously over the next three and a bit weeks and prepare your skin ahead of the inevitable party season excesses. Invest a little added time now into caring and nourishing for your skin inside and out and your complexion will take on an inner glow:

 

  • Aim to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water every day. If, like me, you struggle to drink plain water (there really is no taste is there!), try adding a slice of lemon or lime for flavour. Having some of your quota as a drink of hot lemon first thing in the morning will have the added benefit of kick starting your metabolism. Setting you up for the day ahead and giving your fat burning activities an added boost! BONUS!

 

  • Challenge yourself to overhaul your diet for the next few weeks in preparation for the inevitable intake of all that calorie laden party food and wine. Simplify your eating regime and your body will thank you for it – go clean for lean. Focus on natural food sources for your three meals a day, favouring lean protein sources such as grilled chicken and fish, green vegetables and cut back on processed foods, unnecessary fat laden sauces, added sugar and sweet treats. Challenge yourself to have alcohol free days, and limit your intake at the weekend to one or two. Beers, wines and spirits can be laden with empty calories. Cutting back in this area can really focus weight loss efforts and help you to look a knock out in that figure hugging festive party dress.

 

  • Sign up for an additional exercise class as the countdown begins. In our busy lifestyles, we know it’s often difficult – but try to sign up for one more additional exercise class to boost your fitness levels and tone up ahead of the big day. High intensity fat burning classes such as HIIT are certainly hardcore and not for the fainthearted; but have the advantage that, with many only being 30 minutes long, they can be easily fitted into a busy working schedule whilst burning tons of calories into the bargain to boot. Tag on a quick burst of ab crunches to the end of your workout to fire up that all-important core.

 

  • Now we have your inner health boxed off, it’s time to turn attention to your external beauty regime. Start today and treat yourself once or twice a week using a gentle, cleansing facial mask to deal with any impurities and deep cleanse the skin. Get into a daily habit of cleanse, tone and moisturizing your face and neck. Choose a facial cream suitable for both your skin type and age. A daily night cream will optimize your skin care routine while you sleep; helping to increase the suppleness and elasticity of your skin, contributing to that sought after glow. For an effective and hard-working night cream on a budget, we like Aldi’s Anti-Wrinkle Q10 Renew Night Cream from their award-winning Lacura range.

 

  • Remember to book in for those last-minute beauty treatments now – hair, nail and makeup salon appointments for the festive period traditionally get booked up many weeks in advance, so be prepared and book ahead. If you are thinking of having a hairstyle change ahead of Christmas book in for an extra appointment now to give yourself sufficient time to get used to the new style and how to style it to your liking; especially if you are thinking of opting for a drastic chop. There is nothing worse than having your hair cut in a new style Christmas Eve, looking smoking hot Christmas Day, only to wake up on Boxing Day looking like a slapped wet fish ….with not a first clue how to tame the madness you see before you.

 

  • If you are planning to brave the cold weather and bare your legs in that gorgeous dress, make sure your legs are pin-worthy ready first. Stock up on your favourite self-tanning lotion and home wax kit or leave it to the professionals and book in with the team at Vermont to get professional, silky results that last through the festive party season. For home based cold wax kits, we like Veet Ready-to-use Wax Strip Kit. Mess free, simply warm the strips between your hands before use.

 

  • For hassle-free festive nails that last throughout the party season, shellac or gel nail finishes are a must. Popular shellac polish colours for gorgeously festive nails include berry red or metallic silver or gold. A touch of sparkle with added glitter to nail tips or base gives you the party feel. If you are undecided about your choice of festive outfit, a jet black gloss or matte nail is a great choice and will match any style of attire and make up finish.

 

  • Of course, with it being Christmas, every gal can choose to add a touch of bling and Hollywood glamour to their party makeup look. False eyelashes are really big right now and are available to buy pretty much anywhere, from local chemists such as Boots to your high street fashion stores such as Topshop, New Look and Claire’s Accesssories. Even fashion chain Primark has got in on the act with a range of false eyelashes to choose from for the bargain price of £1, and with a choice of styles and lengths, you can choose to go understated and natural or full out sexy vixen. Highlight those gorgeous lashes with a fab metallic eyeshadow, defined by a touch of glitter dust to really make those stunning party eyes pop!

 

Girl in Sequin Party Dress

 

Finally, with your make-up on point, killer curves and knock-em dead dress all you need is to grab your clutch, don your sparkly earrings and book that taxi! You are good to go! Party Time!

 

 

Beauty Advice Wedding Day Inspiration

Five Stunning Wedding Hairstyle to Wow your Guests

For many brides, top of the list in their wedding planning is finding THE perfect dress. The moment when all eyes are on you, finding a dress that compliments your figure, suits your style and is going to make you feel like a million dollars on the day is a process which many girls give a lot of thought to. However, we would argue that today’s bride to be should pay equal attention to the style of wedding day hair to accompany your choice of bridal gown. For you to achieve the polished look, it is vital you consider the type of hairstyle that will both compliment your bridal gown and showcase your beautiful features to the max. By deciding on these key features of your bridal look, you will ensure an unforgettable impression is left on your wedding guests.
Read on for our five favourite wedding day hairstyles to wow your guests on the day:

 

1. For a classic and romantic look that exudes femininity, this beautiful updo with elegant pin curls is just the ticket. Adding in some delicate fresh flowers or diamante clips will set off this style to perfection and create an iconic bridal look.

 

Of course, if you have chosen a wedding dress with an intricate design or dramatic scoop to the back, this is the perfect style to showcase this to the maximum.

Bridal Hairstyle withpin curls and flowers

 

2. For the girl who has always dreamed of looking and feeling like a fairytale princess on her wedding day, we love this stunning side plait. Teasing out a couple of tendrils to frame the face and adding in some romantic gypsophilia to your plait will create a look straight out of a storybook.

 

Perfect for girls with long hair, this is a look that suits brides looking for a slightly boho style.

Bride with side fishtail plait

3. A twist on the traditional and slightly formal fishtail plait, this stylish bridal look features a relaxed French plait starting at the hair line, sweeping round the side of the head and ending at the nape of the neck in a lovely ponytail. Again, the use of feature diamante clips or hair combs add definition to the look.

 

This style would be a winning combination when teamed with an off the shoulder bridal gown; showcasing your beautiful neckline to perfection.

 

4. A classic but enduring style, this formal and structured bun is given further dimension by adding in pin curls to the bun itself. This style would look equally as good featured high on the crown of the head, or placed towards the nape of the neck as shown here.

Bridal hair bun with pearl accessories

5. When considering what type of bridal hair to go for, it is of course important to consider what style of hair would suit your face shape. Another big consideration not to neglect of course, is the type of hair accessory or veil you envisage yourself wearing.
If you are set on a beautifully intricate Spanish lace veil such as this one; it may be best to let the veil do all the talking. Don’t let your hair compete with the veil. If you have long hair, set it in curls and let your hair cascade naturally over your shoulders.

 

Bride with Spanish Lace bridal veil

Whatever style of bridal hair you choose, here are our top tips on achieving luscious, flowing locks on the big day. For further wedding day hair and beauty tips, check out this great blog article.

 

Wash your hair the day at least the day before, and not on the day itself.

This is particularly important if you are choosing  a styled or intricatly pinned hairstyle. Freshly washed hair will be too soft to hold in style and will most probably not last the day.

 

Add volume with versatile hair products

Wearing your hair down on the day? For sexy hair that oozes romance and feminity, choose products that add volume and height to flat and lifeless barnets. There are a variety of voluminising products available to purchase on the market. For further information on the selection available out there, click here. Do trial a couple before the day to see what suits you and your hair the best.

 

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Beauty Advice

Counting Down to Prom – Your Ultimate Beauty Guide

Well, the dreaded exams are here. School life as you know it is nearly over….as you hit the books and cram for one of the most important and defining moments of your life so far, it can quite easily feel like your day to day existence consists of one long merry-go-round of exam prep and revision.

 

But we urge you to hang on in there! The end is nigh and you will be rewarded with one of the best nights of your life so far! School Prom. However, if the very word ‘PROM’ strikes fear into your very heart and you feel you will never have your look down…Fear not! Here at Vermont, we have put together the ultimate girl’s checklist to ensure you look PROMtastic on the night!

 

The dress, the makeup, the perfect nails, how to style your hair…not forgetting ensuring your skin looks in tip top condition, we have it covered. Guys have it easy, right! Read on for our top hair and beauty hacks guaranteed to have you shining like the star you are!

 

Girl and boy attending prom

Heavenly Hair

 

To ensure your hair is in immaculate condition for the prom, deep conditioning hair masks are your friend. Start now applying a weekly hair mask, followed by a leave-in conditioner and your hair will be beautiful and glossy in time for prom.

 

Book in for a pre-prom haircut and tidy up a couple of weeks prior. Even if you are growing your hair out, a good trim is essential to get rid of dead and split ends and make your hair look in perfect condition. If you have highlights, book in for your roots to be done now.

 

Book in for the Prom Day itself to have your hair styled. Make sure to take along images of how you would like your hair to be styled on the day to ensure your hair stylist is happy to achieve the look you are after.

 

Make Your Face Glow

 

If your budget won’t stretch to a facial treatment plan at your local salon, don’t worry. Simply follow some low-cost home remedies instead. Firstly begin by opening up your pores applying a hot flannel to your face for 5 minutes (be sure to fully cleanse your face beforehand).

 

This can be followed by the application of a gentle exfoliation treatment such as the Dove Gentle Exfoliating Beauty Bar. Be sure to select a brand that is gentle on the skin. Anything else would be too harsh on young skin. Once you have cleansed and exfoliated, apply an alcohol-free toner to close the pores and apply your usual moisturizing cream. Follow this routine twice a week in the few weeks leading up to prom and your skin will thank you as a result.

 

A Sparkly Smile

 

Cut back on your consumption of tea and coffee on the weeks leading up to the prom. Tanin in caffeine can stain teeth quite considerably. Invest in one of the many gentle teeth whitening toothpastes such as Colgate White now available at any leading supermarket. A hygienist appointment at your dentist is essential to maintain the health of your teeth and gums and should be maintained on a regular basis throughout the year. Book in for your appointment now and any stubborn stains can be addressed here.

 

Investing in a lip colour to suit your skin tone will really help to make your smile appear brighter. Be wary of lipsticks with an orange undertone. They can make the pearliest of whites appear yellow.

 

Beautiful Hands

 

Girls now can choose from so many different options when it comes to making their hands and nails stand out from the crowd. You may wish to plump for a gel nail and colour to match or compliment your prom gown. Or you may wish to stay natural and choose a French Manicure. A new addition to the market is ombre. A more subtle version of a French Manicure, this is a beautifully natural nail with no harsh distinction line between the nail bed and the tip.

 

There is of course the option to bling up your nails with the addition of a touch of glitter before the top coat is applied. This is a fab option for forthcoming celebrations such as prom.

 

Perfect Tootsies

 

Of course, matching your toenail polish to your fingernails will ensure you look top to toe coordinated on the day – especially important if you are wearing sandals with your dress. Make sure your practice walking in your choice of footwear before the day. No one wishes to see a baby elephant in party shoes clonking down the hallway!

 

The soles of your feet can be softened with the use of a deep moisturizing footcream, applied at regular intervals for several weeks beforehand.

 

THE Dress

 

By now you hopefully have found the one. Make sure any alterations needed to your hemline etcetera are booked in and organized. Good seamstresses can get booked up weeks in advance so be prepared.

 

If you haven’t found your dress yet, do not PANIC. Hit the highstreet and you will find many high street stores such as Debenhams, Monsoon, and Coast all stock beautifully designed evening gowns for you to choose from; often at a fraction of the price of boutique prices.

 

On the night, don’t forget the handbag essentials. Items you may need include cash or debit card, lipstick, phone, a mirror and your tickets of course!

 

Party Plans

At the end of the day, it is important not to feel under pressure from your peers to attend Prom with a date. Prom is a celebration of all you and your friends have worked so hard to achieve over the past few years. Who you go with is irrelevant. Relax, revel in the fact your hard work is done and what will be will be. Enjoy it for what it is – a really good party!

 

Girls at Prom

Beauty Advice

Spring Clean your Beauty Regime

Dare we say it….dare we hope? With the month of April, the British weather turns a tad milder and our thoughts turn to warm, summer days and lighter nights sipping Prosecco alfresco on the patio!

 

Of course, with the advent of the Spring and Summer months, much like we spring clean our house, now is the time to ‘spring clean’ our personal beauty regimes and treat ourselves to an all-over body MOT! Read our top tips for the low-down on your Spring beauty regime overhaul:

 

SKINCARE:

The first step in any beauty regime is of course your skin. Ensure your skin is in tip top condition, healthy and hydrated and your skin will glow from within. Treat this as a three-step process:

  • Hydration is KEY – I say drink WATER, WATER, WATER and more WATER! Essential for proper kidney functioning – the recommended water intake for women is 2 litres of water, according to The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA); with as much as 70-80% of which coming from drinks.

Girl in swimming costume sitting on a rock

  • Protect your skin from the sun – an essential requirement to prevent premature ageing, but particularly important as the weather begins to warm up again and the sun becomes stronger. Do not skimp on purchasing cheap brands – ensure the product has SPF15 or above and reapply at regular intervals throughout the day. There are some great facial SPF moisturisers on the market that will protect your skin, moisturize and also have a hint of tint to provide a little colour to your face too. Remember, sun damage can occur even on a cloudy day so beware.

 

  • For additional prep, ensure you are receiving the correct vitamins in your diet to feed your skin from within. Vitamin A is essential for skin maintenance and repair and vitamin E works to protect your skin to a degree from the skin’s free radicals. Vitamin C can also help with skin repair and regeneration. Alternatively, choose one of the specific vitamin supplements designed to promote healthy hair, nails and skin such as Perfectil Max or that are available to buy from any leading chemist.

 

MAKEUP ROUTINE:

Spring makeup is all about creating a fresher, but brighter appearance. Choose lighter eyeshadows in shades of gold and bronze for that hint of summer sun or look fabulous with a sweep of warm white shadow across your lids and brow bone. We personally love MAC Dazzlelight which is a soft beige white that really complements a variety of skin tones to perfection.

 

For those of you who like to have a little fun with your makeup, adding in a coloured eyeliner to your makeup arsenal will bring you bang on trend.

 

Lipstick colours for the warmer months can range from pretty pastels in pink and peach tones, or if you love a bright lipstick or two, shades of coral and red can look amazing with natural eyes and a slick of black eyeliner. Finish your Spring look off with a dash of highlighter to accentuate your gorgeous cheekbones, and touch of blush and you are good to go!

Beautiful girl with coral lipstick

HAIR:

To achieve beautiful, bouncy summer hair, Spring is the ideal opportunity to prep your hair to achieve this goal. Even if you are planning to grow your hair out, it is still important to schedule in a good haircut in the Spring. The cold weather and central heating from the Winter months can wreak havoc on the best of hair. A good haircut will remove any split ends and reshape your hair. Ask your hairdresser for one of the in-salon treatments available to give your hair an added boost.

 

Follow up this treatment in the comfort of your own home with one of the many over the counter deep conditioning treatment hair masks now available such as Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist for the budget conscious shopper or Paul Mitchell’s Super Charged Hair Moisturiser for those ladies who fancy a bit of a hair splurge.

 

BODY:

If like many girls, the thought of actually getting your legs out and baring your pasty white pins to all and sundry fills you with dread, fear not. With a little forethought and preplanning, your legs will be summer ready in no time at all!

 

Adding in some daily squats to your early morning wake up routine will help to lift and shape not only your legs but your derriere too. Start to schedule in regular lex wax treatments with your salon to defuzz your legs and get them ‘show ready’. The addition of some fake tan or all over tinted body moisturizer will help to visually ‘tone’ your legs and will of course, give you a healthy glow too. To avoid uneven coverage, prep your skin first by exfoliation, followed by a body moisturizer. For ease of everyday use and it’s bargain price, we simply LOVE Summer Body Moisturising Lotion Deep Sun-Kissed Look by Garnier.

 

NAILS:

Spring and Summer nails embrace all the lovely pastel shades and neon brights. I personally love the different hues of pink and purple, with the occasional shade of mint green thrown in for good measure too! If you simply can’t choose a shade – why not have them all! A popular choice now is to opt for nails in rainbow pastel shades in different colours, rather than one colour for all.

 

Gel nails are a great option for the girl who likes a pop of colour but is fed up of shop bought nail colours chipping and the upkeep associated with this. However, if you prefer to keep your own nails and avoid gel applications or falsies, invest in a nail treatment solution. Barry M Iron Mani Nail Hardener is a great option and if used on a regular basis, will promote strength to your natural nails and encourage growth.

 

Of course, with the reemergence of sandals in the warmer weather, it is important to look after your feet and ensure your tootsies look pretty enough to show off. Take a couple of weeks to establish a bedtime routine of exfoliation and moisturization for your feet. Slough off any dead skin with a pumice stone and moisturize heavily every night. If you have time, why not treat yourself to a salon pedicure.

 

Why not, you are worth it after all!

 

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