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Winter SPF – and why it’s important

We all know that makeup can only go so far towards creating beautiful, flawless skin – and that taking care of your complexion is the most important step towards a glowing, healthy look. And we’re also aware that means slathering on the sunscreen whenever you’re out topping up your tan – or even just walking around on a summer’s day.

But did you know that you should be wearing SPF in winter too? With the sun low in the sky, and days spent huddled inside, you might not think it’s necessary to protect your skin. However, experts tell us that we’re still at risk even on the greyest, cloudiest of days – and here’s why.

First, it’s important to understand the difference between the different types of UV rays. Although UVB rays, which cause your skin to burn after prolonged exposure, are most prevalent between April and October, they are not the only thing that has the potential to cause damage. As we know, the sun also omits UVA rays – and these come with their own health hazards.

According to experts, UVA rays are the main cause of premature ageing and wrinkles that come about as a result of exposure to the sun. And they can also play a role in skin cancer as well. Worryingly, however, these rays do not fade with the seasons – they are equally as intense in winter as they are in summer, thanks to their ability to penetrate clouds. So for as long as it’s light outside, your skin is under attack.

What’s more, some winter activities – such as extreme sports or simply walking outside in cold climates – can exacerbate the harmful effects of UV rays. Because snow and ice reflect up to 90 percent of light, these environments put you at even greater risk of sun damage. And if you’re high up on a mountain skiing or snowboarding, this risk intensifies with altitude.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the ozone layer – which absorbs the sun’s harmful rays – is thinner in winter than it is in summer, leaving you at an increased risk of damage such as burning, ageing and wrinkles. So if you want to keep your skin looking young and fresh, it’s important to slap on the sunscreen – no matter what season it is outside.

All the details on Paris Hilton’s wedding hair and makeup

When socialite and celebrity Paris Hilton tied the knot with her partner, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Carter Reum on 11th November, the eyes of the worlds’ press were firmly turned towards the glamorous Los Angeles venue. After all, Hilton made a name for herself as one of the original It Girls, famous for being famous – and for starring in her own reality TV show.

Now, at 40 years old, Hilton has moved on from her rich-girl persona and cultivated a classy, grown-up look that’s all her own. And where better to showcase her unique style than at her own wedding? Here’s everything you need to know about the hair and makeup choices that the new bride made on her big day.

For makeup, MUA Steven Tabimba took inspiration from one of Hilton’s idols – the screen siren Marilyn Monroe. Speaking to parishilton.com, he said, “The look is very classic. It’s very heavily inspired by a Marilyn Monroe kind of feel.” And the LA-based Tabimba should know best – after all he’s been working with Hilton throughout Paris in Love, the 13-part TV series that documents her relationship with Reum.

“She really left it in my hands, and said, ‘do your thing. I love the way I feel when you do my makeup, I feel so beautiful.’” So what exactly did Tabimba do? Well, after prepping Hilton’s skin with a moisturising cream from La Mer, he used an eye cream from the socialite’s own collection, ProDNA. Then, after applying a luminous foundation by Anastasia Beverly Hills, he used a Make Up for Ever concealer to create a flawless, glowing complexion.

Next, it was time to build that quintessential blushing bride look – and for this Tabimba used a light rose shade from Dior. On top of that, he layered a Makeup by Mario bronzer and a pressed powder by Charlotte Tilbury to set everything in place. 

To complete his vision, Tabimba created a natural eye framed by Hindash’s Heroline liquid liner – a waterproof and smudgeproof formula guaranteed to withstand any wedding day tears. Then, to create a little drama, he added soft Ardell lashes and a slick of pink Viva Glam II lipstick by MAC. 

But what about Hilton’s famous blonde locks? How did she decide to style them for her special day? With the help of celebrity stylist Eduardo Ponce, she walked down the aisle in a clean, simple style that let her stunning dress do most of the talking.

To begin with, Ponce prepped Hilton’s hair with products by salon brand UNITE and added Luxy Hair extensions to boost volume and length. Then, after blow drying, he began to create the elegant style, building more volume with UNITE’s Boosta spray. Speaking to parishilton.com, he explained “Since I knew we were doing an updo, I wanted her hair to have that grit. Clean hair is never ideal for an updo.”

Next, Ponce smoothed more UNITE products – this time their Second Day and Smooth&Shine styling creams – through Hilton’s pony to create a bun, pinning it in place and shaping the bangs with a T3 curling iron. And finally, he used two more UNITE favourites, 7seconds Shine Spray and Session Max, to hold everything in place.

The result was simply stunning. When Hilton walked down the aisle, she looked world’s apart from the pink-clad, mischievous blonde that many remember from shows such as The Simple Life. Instead, she had transformed into an elegant and sophisticated bride – a real fairytale ending to a very long and very public journey. 

Glamdeva launches makeup tools brand, GLAMX

Back in May 2019, innovative beauty tech start-up Glamdeva launched to great fanfare and acclaim. And before long, hundreds of artists were enthusing over this innovative approach to booking beauty services. But then the pandemic hit, plunging the UK into a series of lockdowns and putting the day-to-day operations of this promising new venture on hold.

Luckily, founder and entrepreneur Gurinder Randeva is not one to let an opportunity pass her by. Instead, she focused her energies on developing Glamdeva’s e-commerce side. And now, beauty brand GLAMX has launched, winning over industry professionals and establishing itself as one to watch over the coming months and years.

After 15 years spent honing her skills across a variety of industries, Gurinder built upon her first-hand experience of the beauty industry to develop Glamdeva: an online platform that allows users to browse and book a wide range of services in one place. Supported by impressive tech and a dedicated community of users, it soon became one of the success stories of 2019. Happily, Gurinder’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed. In October she was awarded the title of Entrepreneur of the Year at the Welsh SME Business Awards and the following year she was named one of Insider Media’s 25 Rising Stars. Of course, 2020 presented some unexpected challenges, but the team behind the brand have remained as strong as ever.

With bookings for in-person services still on hold and uncertainty of when things would return back to normal, the team at Glamdeva turned all their efforts into GLAMX – and it shows. With a focus on beautiful, quality makeup tools at affordable prices, the brand has already been welcomed by professionals and looks set to win over even more fans. 

Currently their range starts at less than £30 for a seven-piece brush set, with more products being added on a regular basis. And with over 13,000 followers on Instagram, they’re obviously doing something right. In other words, those who want professional-quality tools that won’t break the bank should definitely watch this space.

To view and purchase products visit www.glamx.co.uk