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Best 10 beauty drugstore finds

Top of the Charts

Top of the Charts

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 20
If there’s one cream you need, it’s this one. Not only does it hydrate and protect the skin, it also promises to fade dark spots and minimize the appearance of wrinkles thanks to Bright Active XP3 and Pro-Xylane ingredients.

Garnier Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream
A hydrating night cream that is packed with hyaluronic and salicylic acids, glycerin and lavender essential oils ensures that you wake up looking radiant.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream for Eyes
The best thing about gel-cream is it feels like a gel (light on the skin) yet it works as a cream (fight fine lines and reduce the appearance of puffiness). This is a clear winner.

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
A fuss-free cleanser that doesn’t require water. Soak cotton pads with cleansing water, swipe it across the face and watch it mop up impurities from your pores. The result is a makeup-free mien.

Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes eye-shadow palette
Wear the shades on it own or mix them up to create incredible smoky eye looks in every imagine shade from rosy hues to tawny neutrals.

CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara
This mascara got its name from its super strength to lengthen and volumize. It’s the next best thing to lash extensions.

Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash
Choices, choices, choices. Wear the creamy metallic shadow or the clear glitter on its own or wear them together for maximum impact.

Rimmel London Stay Glossy Lipgloss in Blushing Belgraves, Swingin’ Mandarin, and Claridge’s Ruby
This is the quickest way to plump up your lips. Best part is they are not in the least sticky nor are they unnecessarily glittery. Perfect!

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush
Argan oil is not just great for hair but it also does amazing things for the skin. What’s better than nourishing makeup? Did we mention that this formula comes enhanced with a delectable floral scent and it glides on like a dream?

Sally Hansen 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser
Instead of spending an hour at a nail spa, just wipe this serum onto nails and push back your cuticles for the same effect. It’ll only set you back by ten minutes, tops! The 18K gold casing just makes the experience classier.

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How to sun proof your mien

We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for

We already know that the sun is the biggest culprit for premature ageing so what can we do about it? Dermatologists will have you know that wearing sunscreen is the single most effective way against sun protection, not to mention that it is the basis of proper skin care.

Often you’ll find sun protection formulas differentiated by SPF denominations. SPF essentially stands for ‘sun protection factor’, a measure of how well the sunscreen protects the skin. A minimum of 30 SPF is recommended by dermatologist.

However, if you’re swimming or perspiring, it is advisable to reapply as often as every two hours to optimize sun protection. A broad-spectrum formula that helps block out UVB and UVA rays which are the primary causes for sunburns, wrinkling and ageing.

Using the right amount of sunscreen is vital. A rule of thumb would be that you need approximately a dollop the size of a quarter to cover the face. Don’t step out right away after applying sunscreen, give it at least 20 minutes to get absorbed into the skin. Wear makeup over sunscreen as the finishing touch.

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A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

French Twist

French Twist
A modern take on an age-old nail favourite

Updated and thoroughly modern, the classic nude-and-white French isn’t exactly making a comeback, rather it’s being reimagined and the possibilities are endless.

French manicures of now are an art on its own thanks to colours, metallic, graphic sharps and negative space. They are anything but basic. French tips work best on nail’s natural oval or round shapes but that’s not to say square tips cannot benefit all the same. Simply move the tip to the side for a funky asymmetrical slant.

Take border nail art all the way lining the entire nail from the tip to sides to wrap around the nail bed for a bold take on graphics. Play up on colour contrast to push the style envelope further.

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model backstage at Michelle Helene Presentation September 2016 during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

For a more painterly approach, use a nail art brush to create lines from the French coloured tip. Set the lines with a dry brush to blend the lines with the tip. Allow design to dry for five minutes before applying a top coat.

The cornerstone of nail art, French manicure has always been, and will continue to inspire nail art.

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Frame It Up

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is

Over plucked your brows? Fret not, help is at hand. Fix them in 4 simple steps.

1.​ ​Let It Grow
Give it three to four weeks for eyebrows to grow back though some may take even longer. Resist from tweezing even if you spot strays. Apply clear gel over brows to help them look groomed even when they are not on their best behaviour.

2.​ ​On Speed
Rub on growth serum just before bed to hasten regrowth. Ayurveda insists that applying castor oil speeds up hair growth.

3.​ ​Shape Up
A balanced brow that perfectly frames the face is just what the beauty doctor ordered. Angular faces will benefit from a round, soft brow to play down its chiseled jawline while a long face with look considerably shorted with a straight brow. Rule of thumb to operate off – the brow should peak where the brow bone protrudes the most. Follow your bone structure for a natural arch.

4.​ ​Improvise
For brows to look fuller, use a pencil or a gel to intensify the natural arch of the brow. Choose a colour that is two shades lighter than your eyebrow hair.

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