Written by Stephanie Orr
Vegan Beauty: Everything You Need To Know
Whether you are independently looking for it or not, there’s no escaping Veganism at the moment. From global TV documentaries to reinvented skincare, Veganism is taking over like never before, and with January officially being hailed as ‘Veganuary’ what better time to embrace Veganism than now.
Veganuary aims to encourage people to try a plant based vegan lifestyle for the month of January, and with so many vegan alternatives available it doesn’t have to start and end with a plant based diet, Veganuary has so much more to offer.
What Is Vegan Skincare?
Vegan skincare has taken off to new heights over the last year and is swifty becoming the new go-to, but the questions on many people’s lips is: What exactly is vegan skincare and can it make a difference?
A vegan beauty product is one which doesn’t contain any ingredients that's been derived from an animal. The majority of vegan products are cruelty free but it’s always worth double checking this as not all products are. Sounds simple enough right, but with beauty becoming more and more advanced it really is best to do some research into a product. If you’re looking to adopt a vegan friendly skincare regime these are just a few ingredients you will need to stay clear from: Lanolin, Collagen, Honey, Beeswax, Gelatin, Carmine and Keratin.
More Eco Friendly
Along with vegan skincare being cruelty free it’s also known to be more environmentally friendly and eco-conscious, due to vegan beauty products being made with natural properties which means fewer toxins released into the environment and more recyclable packaging, all in all a definite winner.
On the skincare benefits front vegan friendly products are generally better and known to be more gentle on the skin, as they are made of natural ingredients which means less chemicals and overall less irritation. Vegan beauty is the perfect solution if you suffer from sensitive skin or often break out with new products. All Vitamasques products are proudly cruelty free. You can take a look at our expanding-by-the-second vegan section here.
Christmas Gift Ideas For Every Budget
Written by Stephanie Orr
Christmas time often creates a cross between creativity and confusion when it comes to picking the perfect present for your nearest and dearest. From skintastic stocking fillers to bumper pack bundles, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best beauty gifts for each and every budget.
The Rose Edition: Dewy Glow Bundle
Pretty in pink with a range of multi purpose benefits, the Rose Edition: Dewy Glow Bundle has it all. Combining the Rose Gold Hydroglow Cream, two Rose Gold Dust Sheet Masks and the Rose Gommage Peeling Gel, this bundle’s core aim focuses on soothing sensitive skin and providing anti-inflammatory protection against redness. There’s also the option of including the Rose Quartz Roller, which is a fantastic addition and excellent for enhancing product absorption into the skin for maximised results.
10 Day Mask Pack
A sheet mask a day keeps the doctor away and enhances A-Game skin in the process. Treat that special someone to the 10 Day Mask Pack which contains a mixture of masks from the cult Classic Collection, Eye Mask, Gemstone, Gold, Hydro and Perfect Balance ranges to ensure there’s something for each and every skin day.
Black Edition Exfoliation Bundle
Ultra detoxifying with an irritant-free approach the Black Edition Exfoliation Bundle is every exfoliation enthusiast’s dream. Joining both the Bamboo Charcoal Sheet Mask, Black Gold Sheet Mask, Charcoal Gommage Peeling Gel and Evening Goggle Mask together, this gift set is ideal for anyone who’s a fan of pore perfecting skincare.
Korean Face Mask Box
Packaged to perfection and worth over £50 the Korean Face Mask Box is the gift that keeps on giving. With 10 masks in total including every mask from the cult Classic Collection, plus the Cranberry & Apple Sheet Mask, Diamond Gold Sheet Mask, Rose Gold Sheet Mask and a Cute Panda Headband. This skincare set is sure to brighten up any sheet mask devotee’s Christmas.
Gold Collection Bundle
The best Christmas gifts are the ones which catch your intended recipient off guard. Show that special someone just how much they mean to you with the Gold Collection Bundle This 24 Karat Gold Flake infused gift set combines the Black Gold Mask, Diamond Gold Mask, Marine Gold Mask and Rose Gold Mask to lavish skin with an extra level of decadence, and an individual targeting action of either brightening, moisturising, plumping or purifying.
Charcoal Gommage Peeling Gel
Skin satisfaction shouldn’t be hard to maintain or feel like a chore to achieve, which is why we have created the ultimate skin smoothing solution in the form of our Charcoal Gommage Peeling Gel. Infused with Charcoal, Papaya, and Hyaluronic Acid to detoxify skin and protect against pollution, this vegan exfoliator prides itself as the perfect stocking filler.
7 Day Mask Pack
If you’re on the lookout for a Christmas gift with a difference this heavenly 7-Day Mask Pack will tick all of your boxes. With a different sheet mask for every day of the week, this bundle contains the Bamboo Charcoal, Manuka Honey and Pomegranate mask from the Classic Collection. Along with the Diamond Eye Mask, Citrine Sheet Mask, Rose Gold Sheet Mask and Pearl Sheet Mask to intensely rejuvenate skin and leave it feeling ultra loved.
Rose Gommage Peeling Gel
Reunite sensitive skin and exfoliation together with the Rose Gommage Peeling Gel which makes a superb stocking filler. Packed with extracts of Rose, Castor Oil and Hyaluronic Acid this dull skin eliminator provides a gentle formula and anti-inflammatory protection against redness, whilst purifying pores and eliminating dead skin cells for smoother than silk skin.
£10 and Under
Morning And Evening Eye Goggle Masks Duo Pack
Add a slice of relaxation and fun into the mix this Christmas with the starry-eyed Morning And Evening Eye Goggle Masks Duo Pack. Ultra hydrating and designed to repair the delicate eye area, the Morning Goggle Mask provides anti blue-light and anti-pollution protection. While the Evening Goggle Mask is designed to relax and repair tenderly tired eyes.
The Dreamy Duo: Eye Pads
Provide your loved one with the prettiest eye care they won’t forget in a hurry this season with The Dreamy Duo: Eye Pads. Included in this set are the Diamond Gold Eye Pads and Gold Eye Pads which are both infused with a unique skin-gel formula, to intensely hydrate and revitalise eyes in a stunningly striking eye pad application that’s sure to turn heads and get everyone talking.
Duo Cosmic Glitter Peel Off Pack
Would Christmas be Christmas if there wasn’t any glitter involved? Take your Christmas gift creation to new heights with the Cosmic Glitter Peel Off Pack Duo. This gift set includes both the Cosmic Blue Glitter and Cosmic Pink Glitter Peel Off Masks for seriously satisfying pore plunging duo, that’s great for anyone who loves multi masking or next level skincare.
How To Rescue Your Skin From
Written by Stephanie Orr
Halloween is without a doubt the most creative night of the year. From flawlessly freaky face paint creations to deadly dramatic transformations, it’s the one evening where pretty much anything goes.
After spending the last few weeks narrowing down outfit choices and debating over hair and makeup looks, the 31st is now drawing closer than ever. Whilst you may have your Halloween look figured out, there’s one thing you need to make sure you don’t forget - skincare preparation pre and post Halloween.
Year after year Halloween makeup becomes more and more terrifyingly terrific, but one thing that isn’t so thrilling, are the overly drying and irritable effects some Halloween looks can have on hair and skin the next day. Face paint, fake blood and fright night hair can all cause damaging effects when not taken care of properly with the right practices. Don’t let your Halloween nightmare become a living reality, take care of your hair and skin with our step by step guide.
Pre Halloween Step 1 - Exfoliate
To get the most out of your makeup look it’s always a good idea to exfoliate first to ensure your makeup sits smoothly. Gently exfoliating away the top layer of dead skin cells can really make a difference, and prolong the overall effectiveness to your makeup and how long it lasts. We recommended using either the Charcoal Gommage Peeling Gel or Rose Gommage Peeling Gel. Both are suitable for sensitive skin and help to purify pores and eliminate impurities for a magnificent makeup base.
Pre Halloween Step 2 - Eye Mask
The eyes are an area that can really be accentuated for Halloween with major impact. Prepare the area using either the Morning or Evening Goggle Mask. Both of these have been designed to cover the entire eye area and intensely hydrate, to minimise the appearance of fine lines. Although the Morning Eye Goggle Mask is generally suited for the day as it includes anti-pollution ingredients and protection against blue light from smartphones, it can particularly come in handy if you’re going out into the city to celebrate or snapping a few selfies.
Pre Halloween Step 3 - Mask and Moisturise
Follow your next step up with a sheet mask to infuse some much needed hydration into your skin before applying your makeup. All of the sheet masks from our ranges are brilliant for this, but depending on your skin type and any particular concerns you may want to work on, we have sheet masks on hand to tackle everything from dull to oily skin. After you have applied your mask and massaged in the remaining essence, apply a moisturiser followed by a primer to create your perfect makeup base. Both of our Gold and Rose Gold Hydroglow Creams’ double up as a 2 - in - 1 moisturiser and primer.
Post Halloween Step 4 - Cleanse Cleanse And Cleanse
After a night of Halloween Celebrations, an oil based cleanser is likely to become your best friend when it comes to removing your Halloween makeup. Gently cleanse your skin with an oil based cleanser and wash off with a warm cloth
Post Halloween Step 5 - Exfoliate
Post Halloween Step 6 - Rehydrate
Next apply a sheet mask again to restore hydration back into the skin, if your skin is feeling super dry or irritated from the night before try using the Aloe Hydro Jelly Mask which is perfect for providing a soothing effect.
Post Halloween Step 7 - Moisturise
Finish your skincare steps off with a nourishing moisturiser, both of the Hydroglow Creams contain Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate. The Rose Gold Hydroglow Cream is particularly good for post Halloween skin as it contains an anti-inflammatory effect to protect against redness and irritation
Post Halloween Step 8 - Hair Masque
Whether you’ve backcombed your hair into the back of beyond or have over styled it for your Halloween creation, a hydrating hair masque is always the answer to nursing your hair back to a healthy state. The Blossom Hair Masque and Coconut & Argan Oil Hair Masque are both formulated with a super creamy consistency and are brilliant options for hair which feels unmanageable and in desperate need of TLC.
recommended for oily skin
How to Use a Gemstone Sheet Mask?
1. Freshly cleanse face
2. Apply sheet mask to face
3. Relax for 10-15 Minutes
4. Remove sheet mask and pat remaining essence into the skin
Remember you are not alone, if you are in need of someone to talk to please visit Mind today.
The Exfoliator Guaranteed To Work on Sensitive Skin
Written by Stephanie Orr
5 Surprising Benefits To Having Oily Skin
Written by Esme Watling & Edited by Stephanie Orr
Suffering from oily skin is a common factor for many, not just teenagers and mine has been no different. Having just reached the end of my teen years, I’ve become friends with my oily skin and learnt to work with it instead of fighting against it.
However, it doesn’t end the second you turn 20 it can carry on throughout life. Oily skin is just as it sounds, skin that produces an excessive amount of oil due to the sebaceous glands beneath the pores producing too much sebum. This causes the skin to look greasy and shiny, and when not treated correctly it can be a contributing factor to causing acne and breakouts. Nevertheless, the answer to treating oily skin is certainly not over stripping it or depriving it of moisture, a lot of the time oily skin can in fact also be dehydrated due to moisturisation steps purposely being skipped, which overtime can only make things worse.
"Don’t blame your oily skin on eating that kebab on the way back from a night out. Although diet and lifestyle can have an effect on your skin’s oil levels it isn’t always the case, hormone levels and genetics have an overriding effect in oil production."
How I Handle It
A big mistake with oily skin is not giving it enough moisture and overcompensating, stripping the skin which in turn causes the skin to produce more oil. In my skincare routine firstly I use a hydrating cleanser, then a glycolic acid for exfoliating. Physical exfoliators can be too harsh and abrasive on sensitive skin and can cause micro-tears. After an exfoliant I then moisturise, it doesn’t have to be too rich, oily skin sufferers can get away with using a lighter moisturiser but it has to be something to keep the skin hydrated. If I’m having a breakout that day I will also apply a spot treatment if necessary. Face masks are a great way to introduce further moisture and all-round benefits for the skin. I try to incorporate a face mask into my routine at least three times a week, if not more. The Multivitamin Mask is my personal favourite for keeping my skin hydrated and nourished, the Soothing Starter Pack includes this as well as two other great masks to maintain healthy skin. An important note is to never forget SPF in the mornings (yes even in the Winter) as it will help to protect the skin from sun damage, premature ageing, and environmental defects such as pollution.
On the subject of wrinkles, a positive about oily skin is that it can keep wrinkles at bay for slightly longer than dry skin does. The natural oils in your skin help to hydrate it and keep it more supple. Although this isn't to say you won't get wrinkles, they may not appear as early and in some cases fewer than those with dry skin.
We know oily skin can be a pain but when the skin is balanced via the use of skincare, everything becomes easier. Make up woes are something of the past. By using a pore-refining primer, oil-free matte foundation and a setting powder, your makeup can last a lot longer and while everyone else is paying for the JLO glow, us oily skin sufferers can get it free!
On the whole oily skin isn’t all bad, in fact, once controlled it can actually be very beneficial to have.