MAY / JUN 2022 ISSUE 7 Phoebe DYNEVOR THE BRIDGERTON STAR STRIVING FOR A GREENER BEAUTY FUTURE 104 TAP-TO-SHOP PRODUCTS Your Ultimate SUMMER FESTIVAL Guide
1 9 P H O E B E DY N E V O R Bridgerton star and weDo/’s positive change advocate Phoebe Dynevor shares her plans for a greener beauty future. I S S U E 0 7 M AY / J U N CONTENTS INTERVIEW
LF LOVES FEATURES SPOTLIGHT WELLNESS 7 B E A U T Y O P E N E R Meet the collagen cream sweetening up your summer skincare routine. 8 W I S H L I S T All the grooming gifts to treat your number one man this Father’s Day. 1 6 R AT E D & R E P U R C H A S E D The newest tried and tested beauty buys we can’t get enough of. 28 THE MAGIC OF MUSHROOMS Why funky fungi are making their way from our plates to our beauty bags. 38 THINK OUTSIDE THE BOTTLE We delve into the power of scents and how a spritz can make us feel nostalgic. 5 2 T H E F E S T I VA L G U I D E All the festival beauty essentials you need to stand out from the crowd. 4 5 F I N D YO U R S P F B F F Take our quiz to discover the suncare soulmate for your skin type. 5 7 L I V E I N G W I T H A C N E Podcast host and author Alice Liveing shares her journey to skin positivity. 7 2 I N F E R T I L I T Y U N Z I P P E D This Infertility Awareness Month, two men share their personal experiences. 3 3 P R E B I O T I C P OWE R Are prebiotics the key to achieving happy hair and a healthy scalp? 62 THAT T IME OF THE MONTH We open the conversation on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. 6 8 T R U S T YO U R G U T Here’s how to look after yourself from the inside out.
Warmer days are on the horizon, which means we’re welcoming the freshest beauty trends you need to know this season. Our Step Into Summer issue is the glow-up we’ve all been waiting for, packed with all the essentials to make this summer your best one yet: from self-tanning saviours to trusty blemish busters. Meet our cover girl and weDo/’s positive change advocate, Phoebe Dynevor – known for her starring role in Netflix’s Bridgerton – who reveals why she’s striving for a more sustainable, greener beauty future (page 19). You’ve heard of prebiotic skincare, now make way for prebiotic haircare, as we unpack the benefits behind this trending ingredient (page 33). Redefine what it means to be ‘summer body-ready’ as we turn beauty insideout, with all the steps you need for a happy, healthy gut (page 68). Revisit memories gone by and discover the sensory power behind your favourite fragrances (page 38). PLUS, festival fever is finally here and we’ve got all your bases covered in our weekend survival guide (page 52) – with a helping hand from the experts. Powered by the hottest trends and summer-ready beauty buys, there’s something for everyone in this season’s issue of The Highlight. WE H O P E Y O U E N J O Y. T E A M L E T T E R from our Beauty Team... A NOTE
T E A M L E T T E R MEET THE FACES BEHIND THIS ISSUE OF THE HIGHLIGHT. . . JES HAGAN Jes Hagan opens the conversation on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which an “estimated one in 20 menstruators suffer from, but 90% of cases are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.” Learn why you might be feeling low at certain times in your menstrual cycle on page 62. ALICE LIVEING To mark Acne Awareness Month, Alice Liveing shares her Roaccutane journey and why she’s decided to go filter-free. “I felt so self-conscious about my skin. I would turn up to photoshoots being really apologetic about it and I didn’t want to keep doing that.” Read her skin story on page 57. DR CHRISTOPHER HOBBS Mushrooms are having a moment this year, as Dr Christopher Hobbs explains: “I’ve found wild reishi to be amazingly calming and centring, and my sleep becomes even more refreshing and restoring.” Turn to page 28 to discover the magic of this skincare superfood. Get 22% off your beauty staples at LOOKFANTASTIC.COM when you use the code: HIGHLIGHT22
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MOST WANTED SOL DE JANEIRO B E I J A F L O R E L A S T I - C R E A M 2 4 0 M L / £ 4 6 COLLAGEN’S CALLING Plumped up with plant-based collagen and cacay oil (a gentle alternative to retinol), Sol de Janeiro’s new body cream helps to reduce and improve signs of ageing. Infused with fragrant notes of pink dragon fruit, lychee and vanilla, summer skincare never felt so sweet. WO R D S A L I C E M A C FA R L A N E
TRIED & TESTED WISHLIST DAD’S THE WORD For fathers who deserve it all, discover the grooming gifts he’ll treasure WO R D S A L I C E M A C FA R L A N E MONTBLANC E X P L O R E R U LT R A B L U E E A U D E PA R F U M A refreshing mélange of Italian bergamot, citrus and marine accord, awaken his adventurous spirit and transport him to alpine climes with this crisp scent. 1 0 0 M L / £ 5 7 VALENTINO UOMO INTENSE EAU DE PARFUM Bold and sophisticated, just like its wearer, top notes of mandarin and black pepper essence blend with a leathery base in this vibrant, oriental aroma. 1 0 0 M L / £ 8 4 ECOOKING STARTER KIT FOR MEN Packed with organic ingredients, this curated daily regime is set to become a staple for dads who are dipping their toe into the world of skincare. 5 P C S / £ 4 4 . 9 5 BABYLISS MEN 10 IN 1 TITANIUM MULTI TRIMMER With eight attachments and two precision heads for sharp, smooth cutting, this slick hair and body trimmer is the perfect gift for beard buffs. 1 1 P C S / £ 3 5
TRIED & TESTED WISHLIST AMERICAN CREW A F T E R S H AV E C O O L I N G L O T I O N This gentle post-shave lotion doubles up as a lightweight moisturiser and aftershave, harnessing antioxidants to restore calm to his complexion. 1 0 0 M L / £ 2 3 . 6 5 MOLTON BROWN 1 9 7 3 M A N D A R I N & C L A R Y S A G E H A I R & B O D Y WA S H Luxe up his shower routine with this sweet and musky blend of clary sage and mandarin, designed to cleanse and rejuvenate from top-to-toe. 3 0 0 M L / £ 1 8 KIEHL’S FACIAL FUEL ENERGISING MOISTURE TREATMENT FOR MEN A cocktail of caffeine, vitamins and antioxidants, this brightening formula is specifically tailored to energise and invigorate fatigued male skin. 7 5 M L / £ 2 5 ILAPOTHECARY B E A R D Y B A L M For fathers with facial fuzz, this blue chamomile-enriched balm replenishes skin while also reducing any signs of irritation for a fuss-free groom. 3 0 G / £ 2 9
Red alert: cherry hair is in. From Kendall Jenner’s copper tones to Sydney Sweeney’s strawberry blonde, redheads are on the rise this season. Test-drive the fiery look without the commitment with Wella Professionals Color Fresh Semi-Permanent Colour Mask in Red (150ml / £15.70) and keep your colour popping with L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Colour Protect Wonder Water 8 Second Hair Treatment (200ml / £9.99). BEAUTY NEWS WO R D S H O L LY J A M E S
Dewy complexions, glossy lips and sparkly lids are the new summer makeup wardrobe we’re loving. Introduce a touch of luxury to your look with the light-reflecting Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose (£37) and amp up that warm summer glow from head to toe with Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Shimmering Oil Spray for Hair and Body (50ml / £38). BEAUTY NEWS
Your DIY nail salon is about to get a lot sweeter; this summer we want candy and we want it on our nails. For a marshmallow-style manicure, choose pastel polishes like OPI Nail Polish in Mod About You (15ml / £13.90) and keep talons trimmed, shaped and smooth with Nail HQ Coloured Nail Files (4pcs / £4.99) for a professional finish. BEAUTY NEWS
Say goodbye to understated looks because bold beauty is back and bigger than ever. Rosy-red blush, intrepid eyeshadows and striking lip shades are this season’s makeup bag must-haves. Create endless looks from 35 dazzling, highly-pigmented hues in the Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette Vol II (£39) or make your pout pop with Urban Decay Vice Shine Lipstick (7ml / £19). BEAUTY NEWS
Dreaming of your next vacay? Meet the tanning heroes that pack a golden and glowy punch B O N D I S A N D S E V E R Y D AY G R A D U A L TA N N I N G M I L K Blended with aloe vera and vitamin E to keep skin hydrated and housed in a handy pump bottle for fuss-free application, it’s TikTokapproved for a reason. 3 7 5 M L / £ 1 1 . 9 9 S T. T R O P E Z S E L F TA N P U R I T Y FA C E M I S T Create that ‘just stepped off the beach’ glowwith this hyaluronic acid-infused tanner. Spritz across your face for a burst of hydration that builds into a streak-free tan. 8 0 M L / £ 2 2 ADVERTORIAL
I S L E O F PA R A D I S E M E D I U M S E L F -TA N N I N G O I L M I S T This tanning-body oil hybrid is your ticket to a summer glow. Hyaluronic acid and squalane lock in moisture, giving you an easy tan lasting up to seven days. 2 0 0 M L / £ 2 0 F I LT E R B Y MO L LY- M A E TA N N I N G MO U S S E I N D A R K Achieve effortless tanning in just a few pumps with this lightweight mousse with ultra-hydrating ingredients to leave skin feeling nourished. 2 0 0 M L / £ 1 9 . 9 9 TA N O L O G I S T S E L F -TA N WAT E R I N D A R K Glow from head to toe with this multipurpose face and body self-tanner that doubles up as a skin primer or setting spray. It’s dermatologically approved, and even suitable for sensitive skin. 2 0 0 M L / £ 1 3 . 9 9 TA N - L U X E S U P E R G L O S S S E R U M Capture summer in a bottle with this tinted bronzing serum that instantly creates a healthy glow. Apply directly to your skin or add a few drops to your moisturiser, primer or foundation. 3 0 M L / £ 3 5 ADVERTORIAL
TRIED & TESTED The beauty buys that we’ve tried, loved and are going straight back in our baskets RATED AND Repurchased S H E E VA FA L L A H I Editor 2 / TAN-LUXE T H E C R È M E 6 5 M L / £ 3 9 With warmer days on the horizon, this multi-tasking tanner is my saving grace for faking sun-kissed skin. One sweep of the squalane-infused, rich and buttery formula across my face and neck graduates to a lightly bronzed and radiant finish – and at under 100ml a tube, I’ve landed my summer travel bag staple. 1 / NARS L I G H T R E F L E C T I N G F O U N D AT I O N I N Y U KO N 3 0 M L / £ 3 7. 5 0 A second skin in a bottle, this peptidepacked glow-giver is the first foundation I reach for when I want to nail that “I woke up like this” look. The biomimetic oat, milk thistle and cacao peptides defend against environmental aggressors, while blurring my imperfections in a matter of moments! A L I C E M A C FA R L A N E Beauty Writer
TRIED & TESTED 4 / FRESH R O S E I N S TA N T H Y D R AT I O N M I S T 1 0 0 M L / £ 2 0 This facial mist is my ultimate go-to for a quick spritz of summer hydration. It has a super-fine texture that absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and soothed in a matter of seconds. What’s more? The rose scent is subtle and fresh, without being overpowering. I love it! P E N N Y L A F F E R T Y Senior Beauty Writer 3 / BY TERRY B R I G H T E N I N G C C L I Q U I D B L U S H I N R O S Y F L A S H 1 5 G / £ 3 2 This blush provides the instant radiance boost my skin needs. With a brush tip applicator, the lustrous liquid formula offers a dewy pop of colour that’s both natural-looking and buildable. The skincare-makeup hybrid moisturises my skin to reveal a lit-from-within glow. H O L LY J A M E S Beauty Writer
JUST SMILE Brush up on your oral hygiene with the tools and formulas for a dental-fresh clean at home. From plaque-busting toothpastes containing microbiome-friendly prebiotics to soft, silicone-bristled brushes, kick cavities to the kerb and reveal a Hollywood smile wherever you are. WO R D S S H E E VA FA L L A H I Gallinée PREBIOTIC TOOTHPASTE 75ML / £12 Icy Bear Dental SONIC WHITENING TOOTHBRUSH £59.99 Waken MOUTHWASH PEPPERMINT 500ML / £4.50 FOREO ISSA MINI 2 SONIC TOOTHBRUSH FOR KIDS AGED 5+ £99 Aesop TOOTHPASTE 60ML / £10 ORAL CARE
I N T E R V I EW S H E E VA FA L L A H I PHOTOGRAPHY DANIEL THOMAS SMITH COVER INTERVIEW Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor on her childhood muse, backstage beauty secrets and why she’s striving for a greener future PHOEBE Sustainably
COVER INTERVIEW Since her breakthrough role as Daphne Bridgerton in the hit Netflix series, Phoebe Dynevor has risen to stardom, often gracing the red carpets of star-studded events and always immaculately dressed. Sat within touching distance (finally an interview that’s not virtual), the 27 year old is just as preened and elegant as her on-screen character – her striking strawberry-red hair, glowing skin and white tailored suit giving off what I can only describe as ‘real-life angel energy’. But away from the bright lights, Phoebe uses her platform to raise awareness through non-profit organisation work and more recently, as weDo/ Professional’s first ever advocate for positive change. I was intrigued to learn more.
COVER INTERVIEW “I think there’s a taboo around sustainability where you feel you have to do everything and lead a fully sustainable lifestyle,” she tells me. “I definitely try to be as sustainable as possible, but I think – and excuse the pun [laughs] – it’s not sustainable to try to be fully sustainable.” So, what steps does Phoebe take towards reducing her carbon footprint? “I do my bit by trying to cut down. I try to avoid using plastic and taking public transport, so I walk wherever possible. I also have a relatively plant-based diet,” she says. “We live in a world where we buy so much. It’s important to be aware of what and how much you’re purchasing. Less is more.” O N H E L P I N G T H E P L A N E T. . .
COVER INTERVIEW With a growing social media following of over three million, I couldn’t help but wonder whether this was the driving force behind her advocating for positive change. “I was never really ready to have a platform. It wasn’t like I suddenly woke up one day and said: ‘Oh God, I have a platform, so I have to do something,'” she humbly admits. “But over time, I’ve realised that having such a big following has encouraged me to post content that’s helpful to the environment and the causes I support. I try to use my platform in the best way I can: sometimes I have fun with it and sometimes I use it to spread awareness.” There’s no denying that Phoebe’s actions are commendable, so it’s unsurprising to hear that she’s part of a strong female generation. She fondly admits: “My mum or my grandma are my inspirations. I come from a family of very independent, brilliant women, so I’m very WE L I V E I N A WO R L D WH E R E WE B U Y S O M U C H . I T ’ S I M P O R TA N T T O B E AWA R E O F WH AT A N D H OW M U C H Y O U ’ R E P U R C H A S I N G . L E S S I S MO R E O N G R OW I N G U P. . .
COVER INTERVIEW weDo/ Professional Moisturising Day Cream 100ml / £17.95 weDo/ Professional No Plastic Shampoo Bar 80g / £14.95 weDo/ Professional Protect Ends Balm 25g / £17.95 lucky to have them to look up to.” And it was Phoebe’s grandma who sparked her love affair with beauty. Recounting her earliest childhood memory, she says: “I remember watching my grandma apply lipstick or eyeshadow. She was very glamorous, and I loved watching her get ready.” “weDo/ is so great because a lot of the products are two-in-one, especially useful for someone like me who travels a lot.” “I love this multipurpose moisturiser. It’s so refreshing to know that what you’re putting in your hair and on your skin is not only sustainable, but also good for you.” “I think the plastic-free shampoo bar is amazing because it’s just so handy to travel with something that’s lightweight.” “I’m obsessed with the balm because you can use it everywhere, not just on your hair; I like to use it on my lips and skin too.” P H O E B E ’ S S U S TA I N A B L E S E C R E T S . . .
COVER INTERVIEW Speaking about her role in Bridgerton, Phoebe and her on-screen character Daphne share similarities. “We’re both quite empathetic,” she reveals. “I think you've got to be empathetic as an actor and what I love about Daphne is that she does really feel for people and likes to take care of those around her – I really admire that about her. I’d also say weirdly, our makeup routine is quite similar. We both like to keep it simple.” ON B E AU T Y A ND B R I D G E RTON. . .
COVER INTERVIEW But while it can take up to two hours to apply her wig on set, Phoebe’s daily ritual when off duty isn’t quite so high maintenance. “If I’m not working, I don’t usually wear makeup, so my routine is just a splash of water on my face, moisturiser and SPF – that's very important,” she says. “I also drink lots of water and of course, a coffee, because I’m a caffeine addict [laughs].” Her go-to makeup look rolls off the tongue in three words: “Simple, natural and easy.” Phoebe’s greatest lesson so far? “I’ve learned that it’s important to take care of yourself first and then you can take care of everything else around you.” I F I ’ M N O T WO R K I N G , I D O N ’ T U S U A L LY WE A R M A K E U P, S O M Y R O U T I N E I S J U S T A S P L A S H O F WAT E R O N M Y FA C E , MO I S T U R I S E R A N D S P F – T H AT ' S V E R Y I M P O R TA N T
Amid the ‘shroom boom’, we get to the root of why these funky fungi are making their way from our plates and into our skincare WO R D S A L I C E M A C FA R L A N E INGREDIENT FOCUS mushrooms magic t h e o f
The rising star in skincare, dubbed ‘the new CBD’* (thanks to its multifaceted health benefits), mushroom is the latest ingredient that goes far beyond the realms of your local supermarket. But according to Dr Christopher Hobbs, mushroom expert and author of awardwinning book Christopher Hobbs’s Medicinal Mushrooms, The Essential Guide, the magic of mushrooms has been hailed for centuries. “In Asia and Europe, the medicinal effects of mushrooms were documented from about 2,000 years ago,” he explains. “For cosmetic and skin healing purposes, medicinal fungi are talked about through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Several species have research behind them for relieving inflammation of the skin from burns and irritation, allergic reactions, for speeding healing of wounds, lightening skin in areas of hyperpigmentation and even fading ageing spots.” CCommonly referred to as adaptogens, their stress-soothing properties have *Source: ‘Beauty’s Mushroom Boom’, Stylus, February 2022 INGREDIENT FOCUS
propelled them to fame. “An adaptogen is a mushroom or herb that can help the body resist the harmful effects of stress,” says Dr Hobbs. “They also maintain homeostasis [normal and healthy metabolic functions] by regulating activity of the hormonal, nervous and immune systems. They can be used during times of stress, lowered immune response chronic inflammation, travel, or when busy work schedules may be pushing us too hard.” And the benefits don’t end there. “A massive amount of research shows that regular use of mushrooms high in betaglucans [an ingredient that works to 1 2 1/ PURITO Centella Unscented Recovery Cream 50ml / £21.30 2/ REN CLEAN SKINCARE Evercalm Redness Relief Serum 30ml / £45 INGREDIENT FOCUS
hydrate and repair the skin, and reduce the appearance of fine lines*], chitin and other fibres can increase the body’s ability to ‘see’ cancer cells and destroy them or inhibit their growth,” Dr Hobbs explains. Which mushroom species should we look for in our beauty regimes? “I recommend Reishi foremost,” says Dr Hobbs. “I use it daily as it has a positive effect on the mood, energy, sleep, and overall health. Turkey Tail is the highest in beta-glucans. Regular use can protect us against infections, according to many studies.” With a host of benefits like these, it seems mushrooms truly are magic after all. 3 4 3/ IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Redness Calming Moisturiser 56.7g / £40 4/ RODIAL White Crystal Drops 30g / £55 *Source: Vetvicka V, Vannucci L, Sima P, Richter J. Beta Glucan: Supplement or Drug? from Laboratory to Clinical Trials Via National Library of Medicine. INGREDIENT FOCUS
Not only crucial to gut health, prebiotics are also leading the way to happy, healthier hair and scalps WO R D S S H E E VA FA L L A H I PREBIOTIC POWER HAIRCARE
International trichologist Mark Blake says: “Nutrition and haircare has never been so high on the consumer’s list of concerns. Our hair grows out of what we eat or retain in our body, so you are literally conditioning your hair from inside the body if you have a healthy diet. It’s always easier to grow healthy hair rather than try and improve the condition after you have grown it.” Now, hair and scalp products are taking innovation from skincare, being formulated with prebiotics to support hair growth and balance the scalp microbiome to minimise the need for washing. *‘The Bacteria Beauty Boom’, Stylus, August 2020. With haircare regimes going beyond the realms of just shampoo and conditioner, many are introducing additional steps – including priming, masking and cleansing – to improve not only hair health, but also the scalp. Research has shown that 40% of Americans* believe the skin could benefit from a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria, placing microbiome at the forefront. HAIRCARE
But which prebiotics should we look for in haircare? “Inulin is a favoured prebiotic that helps protect the microbiome of the scalp,” Mark explains. “A good source of friendly bacteria and yeast on the scalp can help counteract the growth of unfriendly bacteria. If the balance of the scalp is thrown out, this can lead to problems such as excoriation, irritation, erythema and flaking of the scalp.” Fermented rice water is another ingredient known to have a great effect on our hair, according to Marie Drago, CEO and founder of Gallinée. “The bacteria that ferment the rice water “A good source of friendly bacteria and yeast on the scalp can help counteract the growth of unfriendly bacteria” POWERHOUSE PREBIOTICS 1/ GALLINÉE Prebiotic Scalp and Hair Serum 100ml / £26 2/ GROW GORGEOUS Prebiotic and AHA 5% Booster 30ml / £25 HAIRCARE 2 1
PRIME AND PROTECT 4/ CURLSMITH Super Slip Pre-Biotic Primer 355ml / £23 3/ KÉRASTASE Specifique Potentialiste Hair Serum 90ml / £37.70 produce a lot of interesting prebiotics that will soothe and rebalance the scalp,” she explains. “The bacteria see your hair as their ecosystem, and care for it, nourishing it with vitamins and nutrients.” Techniques such as priming can also contribute to good hair and scalp health, and are particularly important for those with “coloured, dry, damaged, curly or permed hair,” says Mark. “The hair shaft has little gaps between the cuticle layers that get ruffled, so priming the hair can close these layers down or fill the gaps to smooth the hair, or at least give the appearance of smoother, shinier hair. Priming can also stop your hair breaking when it is put under pressure from heat styling or even combing.” Marie believes that prebiotics should form the base of all good haircare routines. Will they be part of yours? HAIRCARE 4 3
THE BOTTLE WO R D S S H E E VA FA L L A H I Why do scents make us feel nostalgic? We lift the lid on how a single spritz can evoke memories THINK FRAGRANCE
*‘Elevating Home Fragrance Experiences’, March 2022, Stylus Ever revisited an old fragrance and instantly been reminded of your first night out? Or perhaps you’re transported to tropical climes whenever you smell your signature holiday scent? You’re not alone. In a recent report* published by Stylus, elevated scent offerings are allowing us to establish more meaningful connections to fragrances, particularly when it comes to personal memories. According to Ana Rita Heliodoro, fragrance education executive for L’Oreal Luxe UK & Ireland: “A fragrance is a universe; it has the power to transport you to different memories and places.” But the connection between fragrance and memory holds a lot more than meets the nose. In fact, there’s a scientific link between the olfactory system (sense of smell) and our brain. “Our nose and brain work together for our safety,” says Ana. “Every new smell is perceived as something dangerous, and our nose sends a message to our brain FRAGRANCE
to alert it to this new unknown scent. After our brain perceives a smell as ‘safe’ it keeps it in memory, almost like a scent library,” she explains. “So, whenever we smell a fragrance, most of the ingredients are already familiar to us. This induces a reaction which most of the time is a happy and joyful feeling of familiarity and wellbeing.” 1/ JO MALONE LONDON Honeysuckle and Davana Cologne 100ml / £108 “A fragrance is a universe; it has the power to transport you to different memories and places” FRAGRANCE
Since the COVID-19 pandemic placed travel abroad on hold, many found solace in scents for the body and home that created mood-transforming sensory experiences. “During the lockdown period, customers discovered that they could escape their homes by smelling a specific fragrance,” Ana adds. “With just one spray, suddenly they were in the sunny Mediterranean and not at home.” Now, fragrance houses such as Maison Margiela, Akro and Floral Street are working with 2/ TOM FORD Eau de Soleil Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml / £130 3/ AKRO HAZE Eau de Parfum 100ml / £140 FRAGRANCE
NEW LE 8 HYPNÔSE OUR 1ST SERUM INFUSED VOLUMIZING MASCARA SEE THE SPECTACULAR, FEEL THE REVOLUTION
4/ MAISON MARGIELA REPLICA Flower Market Eau de Toilette 100ml / £99 5/ FLORAL STREET Wonderland Peony Eau de Parfum 100ml / £100 perfumers to develop scents that aim to evoke feelings of familiarity and nostalgia. Maison Margiela’s Replica Flower Market perfume, for example, draws inspiration from a bustling Parisian flower market, captured through floral notes of freesia, rose and tuberose. Whereas Akro’s Haze fragrance blends absinthe and clary sage to transport its wearers to the streets of London’s vibrant and eclectic Notting Hill Carnival. Finding a signature scent has become a wonderful sensorial discovery. It’s time to think outside the bottle. FRAGRANCE
SUMMER QUIZ YOUR SPF BFF Take our no-fuss SPF quiz to find the perfect suncare match for your skin type A. I tan quite quickly and don’t seem to burn. B. So-so – no major redness, but I’ll burn if I’m out long enough. C. Dryness and flaking everywhere; my skin feels tight and uncomfortable. D. I burn easily. The sun makes my skin lobster-red! A. I veer on the shiny side. My T-zone is particularly oil-prone. B. A little bit of everything – oily in some places, but dry in others. C. Coarse and dry. I slather myself in moisturiser all year round. D. Pretty reactive – especially prone to flare-ups and redness. A. Something matte and comfortable that doesn’t feel heavy on my skin. B. A mid-strength SPF that helps to balance my oily and dry areas. C. All the hydration to help keep my skin plump and flake-free. D. Soothing ingredients and a high SPF to calm and protect my skin. A. I typically use a lower factor. Don’t judge me. B. SPF30 is my go-to, with added UV protection for good measure. C. A high SPF with a rich, hydrating texture. D. SPF50 and PA+++ all the way – I want all the defence I can get! How does your skin typically fare in the sun? How would you describe your skin? What do you look for in an SPF? What’s your desired SPF? MOSTLY A MOSTLY C MOSTLY B MOSTLY D Lancaster Sun Sport Invisible Face Gel SPF30 (50ml / £21) wards off harmful rays while promoting a shine-free finish! Sun Bum SPF50 Face Lotion (88ml / £14.99) nourishes, hydrates and protects – perfect for skin on the drier side. Murad Environmental Shield Essential C Day Moisture SPF30 (50ml / £65) is a broad-spectrum sun cream for combination skin. Perricone MD CBD Sensitive Skin Ultra Lightweight SPF35 Veil (50ml / £61) helps to protect from UVA rays while soothing sensitive areas.
BEAUTIFY P H O T O G R A P H Y L AU R E N E L L I OT WO R D S A L I C E M A C FA R L A N E Channel your inner summer goddess with this season’s must-try looks S T E P I N T O SUMMER
BEAUTIFY COLOUR POPI Make your lids the main attraction with a flush of soft-focus colour using Illamasqua Artistry Palette – Experimental (£39). Complete your eye-catching look with Maybelline Colossal Curl Bounce Mascara - Very Black (11ml / £10.99) to give lashes unrivalled length and curl. LUSTROUS SKIN Glowing skin is in! Gently blur a few drops of Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour – Spicey (15ml / £16.50) into cheeks for an ethereal glow. Lace lips with Project Lip Plump and Gloss XL Plump and Collagen Lip Gloss – Flame (3.8ml / £14) for an ultra-lustrous finish.
BEAUTIFY SOFT GLAM Show a softer side to evening glam with this fresh take on a full face. Smoke out lids for an understated yet sultry look, with the striking shades in Too Faced Born This Way Sunset Stripped Exclusive Palette (£36). Define your cupid’s bow with the creamy Illamasqua Colouring Lip Pencil –Woo (1.4g / £16) for a pout that lasts all night.
BEAUTIFY BRONZED BEAUTYI Sculpt and illuminate your complexion with the warm, shimmery tones of Dolce&Gabbana Solar Glow Illuminating Duo - Bronze Feeling (£55). Brush through brows and set them to their full potential with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Freeze (8g / £23) to complete your natural, sun-kissed look.
Upgrade your getaway collection with sun-soaked summer essentials and a little help from Sol de Janeiro’s senior manager, Maggie Arms. On your marks, jet-set, GO! SUNNYSIDEUP ADVERTORIAL IN ASSOCIATION WI H SO DE JANEIRO B R A Z I L I A N C R U S H C H E I R O S A ’ 6 2 M I S T Discover an addictive fragrance, powered by sensual notes of salted caramel and pistachio for your new favourite holiday scent. Maggie says: “This scent instantly conjures beachy, happy vibes. Spritz in your luggage to heighten that holiday feeling.” 2 4 0 M L / £ 3 3 BRAZ I L IAN GLOSSY NOURI SHING ANT I -FRI ZZ HAIR OI L Get acquainted with the newest haircare hero on the scene. This creates instant gloss with Brazilian patauá, buriti and pequi oils. Maggie says: “Not only will your hair smell amazing, but you’ll enjoy healthier-looking hair that sways, bounces and moves naturally.” 5 8 M L / £ 3 3 B R A Z I L I A N K I S S C U P U A Ç U L I P B U T T E R Treat your lips to a trip to the tropics, wherever you roam this summer, with this ultra-versatile lip butter. Maggie says: “Not only does it smooth and soften lips, but it instantly nourishes dry spots like elbows or cuticles, and can even be used as a natural highlighter for a radiant glow.” 6 . 2 G / £ 1 5 Maggie Arms
IN ASSOCIATION WITH SOL DE JANEIRO B R A Z I L I A N B U M B U M C R E A M Delicious notes of pistachio and salted caramel make the original Bum Bum Cream your exclusive passport to paradise. Maggie says: “This is brimming with smoothing benefits, topped off with the sunny, warm scent of Cheirosa ’62 for what we love to call a vacation in a jar.” 2 4 0 M L / £ 4 6 R I O D E O A L U M I N I U M - F R E E D E O D O R A N T Keep odours at bay with this aluminiumfree deodorant, scented with pistachio and salted caramel for an ultra-fresh finish. Maggie says: “Rio Deo eliminates odour, then leaves you “cheirosa” (smelling incredible) with our iconic Cheirosa ’62 Fragrance.” 5 7 G / £ 1 4 B R A Z I L I A N J O I A™ S T R E N G T H E N I N G + S MO O T H I N G S H A M P O O Discover summer-ready strands with this rejuvenating shampoo, leaving hair soft, supple and lusciously scented. Maggie says: “This award-winning shampoo is the perfect travel companion, thanks to its luxurious blend of hair-healthy Brazil nut and buriti oil.” 9 0 M L / £ 1 2
BEAUTIFY F E S T I V A L F E V E R WO R D S A L I C E M A C FA R L A N E Festival season is back! This ultimate guide will ensure you stand out in the crowd
BEAUTIFY Festivals can often be fun for everyone except your skin. “The sunscreen, sweat, makeup and lack of washing facilities can definitely make skin break out following a festival weekend,” says Dr Fiona Worsnop, consultant dermatologist at Stratum Clinics. “Reusable cleansing wipes are a goto. After cleansing, remove impurities using a chemical exfoliant followed by a non-comedogenic (or nonspot-forming) moisturiser.” You might just about get away with skimping on your double cleanse, but there’s one step you can’t compromise on. “Sunscreen is absolutely vital when attending a festival. Long hours with no cover from the sun is a recipe for sun damage disaster. Apply an SPF 50+ sunscreen at least every two hours.” Dr Worsnop’s advice for keeping afterparty-induced eye bags at bay? “Anything cooling for ten minutes will instantly wake up tired eyes; think cucumber, an ice mask in your drinks cooler or even just some clean ice cubes. Applying a hydrating eye balm to the eyelids when you do manage to catch a few Zs will also be helpful!” Grab your sunnies as festivals are making a comeback. If you’re embarking on a music-filled weekend, we’re sharing all the tricks of the trade to make you a happy camper (or glamper) – with a helping hand from the experts... TENT-FRIENDLY SKINCARE
BEAUTIFY Glowing skin is in – according to celebrity makeup artist Roseanna Velin (@roseannavelin). “We’re going to see lots of fresh, dewy skin, with golden shimmery highlights adding a gentle glowy dimension,” she explains. “Eyes will be colourful neon tones, with graphic eyeliner and block colour eyeshadows.” But how can you keep your look in place all day long? “Using the right foundation for your skin type is essential,” says Roseanna. “If you have oily skin, go for a matte finish foundation and set it well with powder. For drier skin, use a dewier foundation. When it comes to eyeshadow, choose good quality pigments and use an eyeshadow base underneath to make it stick. Waterproof MAIN-STAGE MAKEUP L A R O C H E - P O S AYI Anthelios UVMune 400 Hydrating Tinted Suncream SPF50 50ml / £18 F L O R E N C E B Y M I L L S Zero Chill Face Mist 100ml / £10
BEAUTIFY eyeliner and mascara are also great for withstanding heat and sweat throughout the day and night.” For your bum-bag beauty essentials, Roseanna recommends keeping it simple: “I always carry a lip balm (tinted or clear), a compact powder as I have very oily skin, and a mini facial mist spray for a quick refresh when partying all night.” Celebrity Hair stylist, Paul Jones is crushing over one cosmic look. “We’re going to see lots of space buns. They’ve been around a few seasons and are not going anywhere!” According to the haircare guru, up-dos are the way forward for your wild weekenders. “I’d advise to get some double-Dutch braids CROWDPLEASING HAIR N U D E S T I X I Nudeskin Vegan Bamboo Cleansing Cloths 60pcs / £26 R E V O L U T I O N S K I N C A R E Cooling Aloe Eye Gel 9ml / £8
BEAUTIFY done and keep them in for the first two days. I am also a huge fan of box braids on curly girls. Sleep with a hair net to stop them from getting messy. If they do start to get fuzzy, take a generous amount of mousse and apply it to the braids to keep them looking tidy and fresh. On the last day of the festival, take the braids out and live your best crimped hair life!” No plug sockets? No problem. “If your hair is down, sleep in loose pigtails,” suggests Paul. “Take them out in the morning and spray some dry shampoo in for cool beachy hair. You can also get cordless straighteners and tongs now that give up to 30 minutes of power – just make sure they’re charged before you go!” WE A R E PA R A D OX X Detox Dry Shampoo 50g / £20 S K I N I N MO T I O N Plump It Tinted Lip Balm SPF 30 in Sheer Peach 15ml / £17
Podcast host and bestselling author Alice Liveing shares her journey on the road to skin positivity I N T E R V I EW B Y P E N N Y L A F F E R T Y ACNE with INTERVIEW
When Alice Liveing appears on screen, her skin is fresh and radiant, sporting a post-holiday glow from her trip to the Middle East – which you’ll know if you’re one of her 600K Instagram followers. But a healthy dose of vitamin D doesn’t paint the full picture of Alice’s enviable complexion. In fact, 29-year-old Alice has openly shared her skincare struggles. “I’ve had acne since I was about 16, but it was January of this year when I started to feel like my skin was holding me back, even from going to the shops,” she tells me. “I felt like I was doing all the things that were supposed to be ‘right’ for your skin. I drink lots of water, exercise, sleep well, eat well, have a good skincare routine. And yet I was struggling.” Skin expert and medical director Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme explains: “Acne can be triggered by many things, including fluctuations in hormones, skin irritation, over-exfoliation or infrequent cleansing.” INTERVIEW
Alice’s confidence often took a turn for the worse during her flare-ups. “I work in the health and fitness industry, so people expect you to have clear skin, gorgeous hair, all that sort of stuff. I felt almost like a fraud because I don’t have that.” After years of trying off-theEUCERIN DermoPURIFYER Cleansing Gel 200ml / £9.50 shelf solutions, she decided to start Roaccutane, a high-strength acne treatment that can only be prescribed by your GP. Dr Ifeoma says: “Roaccutane SUPER FACIALIST Salicylic Acid Anti Blemish Purify & Refresh Facial Scrub 150ml / £9 works by reducing sebum production in the skin.” If not monitored efficiently, Dr Ifeoma warns of the side effects: from common extreme skin dryness and SKIN SOOTHERS “I was doing all the things that were supposed to be ‘right’ for your skin. I drink lots of water, exercise, sleep well, eat well. And yet I was struggling” INTERVIEW
111SKIN Microbiome Blemish Mask 75ml / £95 KATE SOMERVILLE EradiKate Microbiome Blemish Mark Fading Gel 30ml / £58 headaches to the rare “alopecia, arthritis, hepatitis and nausea.” Within two weeks of starting treatment, Alice saw an improvement. “I haven’t had a bad blemish since. I got one spot on holiday and I was like: ‘Oh my God, I’ve got a spot!’” she laughs. Despite her promising Roaccutane journey, Alice candidly documents the highs and lows. “Roaccutane pulls the moisture out of the body. That’s one of the most common side effects and the only one I’ve experienced.” Since sharing her skin story, Alice has ditched the filters for good. “If I start to only like my face when it has a filter on it, how am I going to accept it when it’s how it is naturally? I’m just grateful that we’re existing in a world where there are people who are dropping filters and showing the real them.” It’s advice we can all benefit from hearing. BLEMISH BUSTERS INTERVIEW
T H A T T I M E O F T H E WO R D S H O L LY J A M E S For Women’s HealthWeek, we shine a spotlight on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and why it’s a lot more than ‘just that time of the month’ INSIDE OUT
Whether it’s a hormone-induced breakout, a bloated belly or sugary cravings, most women are familiar with the signs that signal the start of their period. However, for some, this time of the month brings with it much more than meets the eye. Thought to affect around one in 20 menstruators*, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) “is a cyclical reproductive mood disorder that arises during the luteal phase (the time between ovulation and your next period) of the cycle, with symptoms showing ten to 14 days before menstruation begins,” explains Jes Hagan, period educator and integrative menstrual health coach. Though still unconfirmed, “PMDD is believed to be caused by a sensitivity to the natural fall of oestrogen and rise of progesterone after ovulation,” says Jes. Despite not being a hormonal imbalance, it can bring with it psychological and physical symptoms – something that Phoebe Williams, founder of The PMDD Project, experiences regularly. “My main symptoms are anxiety, extreme irritability, insomnia, * The Recovery Village, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Statistics, April, 2021. INSIDE OUT
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1/ INTIMINA Feminine Moisturizer 75ml / £6.95 2/ FAACE Period Face Mask 100ml / £24 3/ URIAGE Gyn-Phy Intimate Hygiene Soothing Cleansing Gel 100ml / £8.96 3 2 1 “The symptoms completely disappear as soon as I begin bleeding. It almost feels like two personalities” SELF-CARE SAVIOURS fatigue and brain fog. I also experience depression and low self-esteem,” she tells us. “It’s always prior to my period starting, and the symptoms completely disappear as soon as I begin bleeding. It almost feels like two personalities.” Unlike premenstrual syndrome (PMS) – referred to as a less severe form of PMDD – PMDD can’t be eradicated with diet, lifestyle or medicine and “it can be difficult or impossible to function as normal,” admits Clare-Louise Knox, business psychologist and founder of Luna Hub. INSIDE OUT
“The PMDD community is amazing. Having a safe space and support from people who get it makes such a difference!” “Basic self-care like getting ready, eating, drinking enough water, can all go out of the window. We are thrown into survival mode.” It can also affect relationships and the ability to work. “I have to plan things around the luteal phase,” adds Phoebe. Though she’s grateful to have friends and family who are patient and understanding, Phoebe reveals that she had to explain to those around her, including her GP, what PMDD was. “Before I started The PMDD Project, I’d never come across anyone who had heard of PMDD.” Only added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 2013, Clare says: “PMDD is relatively unknown in the medical community and can often be minimised as ‘just PMS’. It can also be misdiagnosed as different mental health conditions. Currently, there are no blood or saliva tests to diagnose PMDD – it comes down to symptom tracking and the luck of the draw if you have a GP who is familiar with PMDD.” INSIDE OUT
5/ BEYOU Menstrual Cup Starter Kit – Medium 2pcs / £27.73 6/ FLO Bamboo Night Pad Pack 14pcs / £3.29 4/ BALANCE ME Beauty Sleep CBD Concentrate 8ml / £35 MENSTRUATION MUST-HAVES 5 6 4 For anyone who feels that they may be suffering from PMDD, Jes recommends ‘symptom mapping’, which involves recording the symptoms every month and sharing them with your GP, who can suggest the best treatment plan. In regards to managing her PMDD, Phoebe takes antidepressants and beta-blockers, as well as regular exercise. “I’ve cut out caffeine and don’t drink alcohol when I’m in the luteal phase, as these both just make my symptoms ten times worse.” Clare also stresses the importance of seeking help. “Having PMDD is horrible, but the PMDD community is amazing. Having a judgementfree safe space where you can vent, offload and get guidance and support from people who get it, makes such a difference!” INSIDE OUT
Remember the adage ‘beauty is only skin deep’? Now, the lens has shifted inside-out, with searches for gut microbiome up an impressive 110% year-on-year from 2019*. With greater focus on physical health and wellbeing, it’s time to ditch the fad diets and work on keeping your gut health happy. Stuck in a rut with your gut? This season, we’re giving a whole new meaning to ‘summer body-ready’ WO R D S P E N N Y L A F F E R T Y *’The bacteria beauty boom’, Aug 2020, Stylus via Mintel trust your GUT INSIDE OUT
1 2 With 86% of British adults having suffered some form of gastrointestinal (GI) problem or ailment in the last year**, good gut health journeys are on the rise. “70% of our immune cells can be found in the gut. It also breaks down fibre, makes vitamins, and prevents other ‘bad’ bacteria and viruses from living there,” explains Dr Hazel Wallace, registered associate nutritionist. “Abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation may indicate an unhealthy gut.” If your gut health needs a helping hand, it might be time to discover probiotic supplements. “Supplements are a convenient way to support your gut health every single day,” says MyVitamins product technologist, Katie Brown. Probiotics – found in certain yoghurts and fermented foods – are micro-organisms which are believed to deliver health benefits, whereas prebiotics feed the healthy bacteria in our gut. “Prebiotics are 1/ GALLINÉE Skin and Microbiome Food Supplement 30pcs / £30 2/ MYVITAMINS Gut Gummies 60pcs / £29.99 **‘86% of Brits have suffered from a gastrointestinal problem in the past year’, 2016, Mintel INSIDE OUT
found in many plant-based foods, such as onions, garlic, artichoke, leek, wheat bran and oats,” advises Dr Hazel. Poor gut health can also contribute to inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema, rosacea, acne and psoriasis. If switching to a plant-rich diet doesn’t improve your skin concerns, discover vitamins that support from the inside-out. Katie says supplements which “contain live cultures called B.Coagulans, can promote intestinal digestion by producing enzymes that facilitate excretion and digestion. Vitamin C also contributes to the normal function of the immune system.” From skin health to digestion and energy, our insides play a big role in our wellbeing. So, are you ready to trust your gut? “The gut breaks down fibre and prevents other ‘bad’ bacteria and viruses from living there” 3/ GOLI NUTRITION Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies 60pcs / £18.95 4/ ESPA Glow Powder – Cranberry and Lime 150g / £45 3 4 INSIDE OUT
INFERTILITY U N Z I P P E D To mark Infertility Awareness Month, two men share their personal experiences on the road to self-acceptance and conception WORDS HOL LY JAME S LF LOCKER ROOM
LF LOCKER ROOM With information surrounding female fertility seemingly more accessible, trouble conceiving among men seems to be kept zipped, despite “male infertility being the main issue for one in three couples trying to get pregnant,” according to Dr Chris George, general practitioner and media doctor. “The main cause of male infertility is poorquality semen,” says Dr Chris. This can be due to a “lack of sperm, sperm that doesn’t move properly, abnormal sperm or in a small number of cases, an underlying medical condition,” he explains. Warning signs include: struggling to conceive after a year of regular intercourse, as well as “problems with sexual function, pain, swelling or a lump around the testicles, abnormal breast tissue (gynaecomastia), recurrent chest infections and reduced facial hair.” He explains: “Male infertility is diagnosed following medical history, examination and further tests.” For Ryan Bregante, founder of Living With XXY, infertility came as a complication of Klinefelter syndrome, a rare condition where he was born with an extra X chromosome.
LF LOCKER ROOM Despite the condition, Ryan maintained a positive outlook. “In my early twenties, some of my confidence came from knowing I couldn’t have kids. However, other dates ended the moment they’d say: ‘I want biological kids,’” he admits. But for Toby Trice, champion racing driver and ambassador for Fertility Network UK, his infertility experience was quite “There were days feeling low and depressed where it just stripped us of all happiness and motivation” different. He was diagnosed with varicocele, an enlargement of the veins around the testicles, and struggled to conceive a child with his long-term partner. “It was after two rounds of IVF and various other treatments that the focus switched to me,” reveals Toby. “I felt frustrated that it was only now I was discovering what was going on. There were days feeling low and depressed where it just stripped us of all happiness and motivation.” “Male infertility can have a big impact on mental health,” explains Dr Chris. “Fertility issues can leave Toby Trice Ryan Bregante
LF LOCKER ROOM TIME-OUT TOOLKIT 1/ MYPROTEIN T-Perform 90pcs / £19.99 2/ AVEDA Stress-Fix Composition Oil 50ml / £24 3/ CENTRUM Men Multivitamin Tablets 30pcs / £7.49 4/ CBII 500mg CBD Oil (5%) 10ml / £59 men with intense feelings of shame, anger, reduced self-esteem and resentment,” he adds, encouraging anyone going through it to seek emotional support. “Make sure you find time to grieve, cry, scream and let your emotions and frustrations out,” advises Ryan. Luckily for Toby, his cloud came with a silver lining. Raising awareness around varicocele enabled him to receive the correct treatment, resulting in the birth of his son Oliver, who was born in December last year. Toby encourages other men dealing with infertility to not only seek support from friends, but also to get tested, revealing: “If I didn’t have these tests done, I would still be childless.”
THE HIGHLIGHT BY Q : WH AT ’ S YO U R B E S T WA R M WE AT H E R B E A U T Y H A C K ? E D I T O R I A L Senior BeautyWriter Penny Lafferty Beauty Writer Holly James “I add Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bronzing Face Drops to my moisturiser and apply where the sun would hit for a natural contour.” C OMM E R C I A L Beauty Writer Alice Macfarlane Head of Partnership Marketing Rachel Moss Senior Partnership Marketing Executive Amy George C A M PA I G N Campaign Manager Ellie Hawkins Creative Director Luke O’Neill A R T Lead Creative Artworker Ellie Ford Editor Sheeva Fallahi “A gentle buff of Scott Barnes Body Bling in Rose Gold across my décolletage and legs gives my skin an instant glow-up.” Photographers Jonathan Beer Lauren Elliott Cristiana Gonçalves Daniel Howarth Mike Atkins Graduate Production Assistant Ella Peers Stylists Cheri Harrison Saubia Moloney Shauna Barthus Sub Editor Zoë Hill Retoucher Grace Parkes Illustration Morgan Lodge Want to get in touch with the team? Email: email@example.com For all advertising enquiries or creative solutions please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org C O N T R I B U T O R S Project Manager Emma Kay “Using Garnier Summer Body Hydrating Gradual Tan Moisturiser as aftersun on holiday is my hack, making my tan look more golden while also hydrating my skin.” Creative Designer Ellie Clubman “I love Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF30 because it keeps my skin hydrated all day and contains SPF30 – great for those warmer days.” Producer Olivia McKay