Elsa McAlonan's Beauty Upgrades: Booty beauty
Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to firm and tone your bum with booty beauty
- Elsa McAlonan reveals a selection of the best products for toning your bum
- Also reveals the brightening mask Vicky McClure uses to rejuvenate her face
- British beauty expert also rounds up the best posh bronzers to use at each age
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: BOOTY BEAUTY
Elsa McAlonan picks out a selection of the best products for firming and toning your bum (file image)
Booty beauty is having a moment! After all, it’s far easier to slather on a cream than do sit-ups.
You might draw the line (bottom line, even) at a sheet mask for your derriere, but they can be ideal for firming and toning.
Try the Inc.Redible Guac And Relax Nourishing Avocado & Kale Bum Mask, which boosts collagen production and contains hydrating vitamin E.
For smoother skin, opt for Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Body Scrub. It’s packed with exfoliating sugar crystals and cupuacu seeds, as well as soothing coconut oil.
Or, if you want to tackle cellulite, use a caffeine-rich product such as Frank Body Booty Drops
Or Mio Peachy Cheeks Butt Cream, which are deeply moisturising.
RACE YOU THERE!
Stick make-up, such as the new Gorgeous Glow Sticks by Collection Cosmetics, is a must-have for summer glam on the go.
Choose from the blusher, the highlighter or the sculpting contour stick — each has a dewy finish for an instant radiance boost. The creamy, retractable sticks are mess-free, easy to blend and buildable, so you can go full shimmer or opt for a more natural look.
VICKY’S MIRACLE MASK
Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure (pictured) rejuvenates her complexion with Shane Cooper’s Oxygenation Mask With Vitamin E
Line Of Duty’s Vicky McClure is a fan of skin guru Shane Cooper’s Oxygenation Mask With Vitamin E (£90, shanecooperuk.com).
The brightening mask rejuvenates the complexion, offering lasting hydration and improving the look of fine lines and imperfections.
It suits all skin types, including sensitive or acne-prone skin, and while it might be a bit pricey, you can get approximately ten to 15 applications from one bottle.
Glow Recipe’s new Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial is the nearest thing I’ve found to a facial in a jar. The whipped clay, infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid, helps to minimise and unblock pores, while watermelon enzymes and blueberry seed powder exfoliate skin.
IS BRUSHING BAD FOR THINNING HAIR?
No, but you’ve got to know how to brush it, says Harley Street trichologist Mark Blake.
‘Brushing is not bad for your hair if you are doing it gently with a good-quality brush or comb,’ he explains. ‘Treat your hair carefully and never brush from the root downwards, which is a mistake most people make. Instead, start from the ends and gently tease out any tangles, working your way towards your scalp.’
To help thinning hair, try Nioxin 3D Intensive Diaboost Thickening Xtrafusion Treatment, which uses caffeine, panthenol (a humectant that attracts moisture) and niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) to boost the thickness of the strands and make hair look fuller.
3 OF THE BEST: POSH BRONZERS
CLARINS Bronzing Compact offers three shades suitable for all complexions, with a limited-edition design.
GUERLAIN Terracotta The Bronzing Powder now has 96 per cent naturally derived ingredients, such as nourishing argan oil.
DIOR Forever Natural Bronze is ideal for mature skin, as it blends perfectly and doesn’t settle in fine lines or wrinkles.
Just in time for those magical summer evenings, Maison Lancome has created two new luxury scents to transport you to a sun-drenched French meadow.
Jasmin d’Eau combines jasmine grandiflorum absolute and fresh jasmine tea with notes of white peach, plum blossom and musk, and earthy hints of moss and patchouli. Bergamot tea, meanwhile, lends the scent a herbal, citrusy quality.
Or, if you prefer a lighter, more delicate scent, opt for Rose Peonia, which blends notes of raspberry and rose essence with a bouquet of peonies, spicy pink berries, musk and sandalwood.
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