Charcoal Toothpaste – Fad or Fact?

It’s popular, it’s fashionable and it’s reported as a fantastic way to whiten teeth and regularly keep your teeth looking clean. It’s also promoted as organic and a preventative measure against cavities. Charcoal toothpaste and activated charcoal ingredients are used across the beauty sector in face scrubs, lip balms and face masks. But is charcoal toothpaste really as clever as it is made out to be, and more importantly are we being misled about the benefits?   Activated Charcoal Activated charcoal is a detoxifying agent which has been used historically for preventing harmful substances being absorbed by the stomach, as well as even now being used for relieving poisoned patients…

3 Beauty boxes we want through our letter box

We all love getting treats in the post. Whether it’s something we impulse purchase on Etsy or a postcard from a friend, a spot of letterbox action is certainly something to look forward to. Do you love the anticipation of waiting for an amazing new dress to arrive? Perhaps the surprise of a parcel with your best friend’s handwriting on the front is your favourite thing? Whatever you love to receive in the post, there’s no denying that it’s all a lot of fun. It’s this universal fact (amongst other things) which makes beauty subscription boxes so incredibly tempting. Once you’ve had one, we assure you, you’ll probably become wholly…

Vitamin C: Your new beauty secret weapon

We all know that Vitamin C is good for us. Whether it’s our grannys telling us that eating carrots will help us see in the dark, or historic sailors taking oranges on voyages to stave off scurvy, keeping topped up with the good stuff is essential for a happy body. But did you know that this vitamin may offer a host of beauty benefits?   What contains Vitamin C? This vitamin is commonly found at high levels in colourful fruits (such as oranges, strawberries, kiwis, guava and papaya) as well as leafy greens (including kale, broccoli and mange tout). Including a hearty dose (around 60mg) in your diet has a…

Parabens: What you need to know about beauty’s bogeyman

  The recent vogue for clean eating is making many of us more conscious about what we’re putting into our bodies. The same movement is also prompting many of us to think twice about the ingredients we’re putting onto our bodies. Just as the Elizabethans had no idea that lead, arsenic and mercury-based beauty products were steadily poisoning them, there are many ingredients on our dressing tables which may be causing you unknown harm. Arsenic may be an extreme comparison, but it does illustrate the point that we very rarely stop to investigate what we’re using on our skin as part of our daily routines. If you have recently started…

Microshading: Microblading gets airbrushed

A new semi-permanent eyebrow tattooing technique is taking over from microblading, offering the eyebrow obsessives amongst us an “Instagram”, airbrushed finish. Microblading & Microfeathering If you’re big into brows, you’ll already know a bit about microblading, a technique which uses superfine pigment to give you perfect looking brows using short term tattoos. These teeny tiny, shallow tattoos last a few months (up to a year and a half) and recreate the appearance of eyebrow hairs in areas where your natural brows may be patchy, thin or not quite that “on fleek” shape.   If you’re especially eyebrow obsessed, you may also have come across microfeathering; a less intense version of…