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Where do you spritz your perfume?Your wrists, your décolletage, the nape of your neck… your hair?When it comes to feeling heaven scent and perfectly perfumed, there’s nothing nicer than a delicately bouquet-ed barnet.However, the high proportions of alcohol in most fragrances means they’re not entirely mane friendly.Is perfume really bad for your hair?Trichologist Anabel Kingsley, daughter of the late ‘Hair Doctor’ Philip Kingsley, recommends you avoid spraying perfume directly on your hair or scalp. “It could be drying for the hair if the chemicals are harsh and mostly alcohol,” she explains. Instead, she recommends you use “a product specifically designed for your hair type and texture with a nice smell – a spray that has heat protection, a cream to smooth flyaways or a deep conditioning hair mask.”But what if there was a product that could do both? Enter, the hair perfume.A hybrid product with fewer drying ingredients than your regular scent, many of the best hair perfumes contain conditioning actives and nourishing oils to rejuvenate, protect hair and fight frizz... all while letting you top-to-toe in your favourite floral. Some, like Sachajuan’s Protective Hair Perfume, even protect your locks against harmful UV rays.“Scenting your hair is such a luxurious way to experience your fragrance, as its beauty trails behind you on the breeze,” says Roja Dove, founder of Roja Parfums, who has recently transformed six of his Roja Parfums creations into a collection of scented hair mists. “The idea of bringing these to the market is to enable fragrance-lovers to indulge in a new and elevated method of wearing scent.” Hair perfumes are also a far more affordable way to spritz your favourite fragrance, without the heavy price tag. Roja Parfum's new hair products, for example, cost £95, while a bottle of same-scent Roja Eau de Parfum will set you back £375. On July 1, Jo Malone also launched its first Hair Mist in two of its signature scents; Dewy Wild Bluebell and mellow English Pear & Freesia, both of which cost just £38 and contain Argan Oil and Vitamin B to protect and nourish locks.“The Hair Mist is a totally different formula that we created, the mist is very respectful to the hair,” explains Celine Roux, Global Head of Product Development at Jo Malone. “It’s filled with nourishing and conditioning ingredients yet is very lightweight, leaving your hair with a slight sheen and a delicate scent. You can wear the Hair Mist on its own, combined with any of the Colognes or your signature scent – anything goes!”And given that Net-a-Porter has seen sales of hair perfumes grow 41 per cent compared to last year, it’s clearly an increasingly popular step in our spritzing routines.So how should you apply hair perfume?“The best way to ensure you are beautifully scented is to first apply your normal perfume: apply to wrists and neck from a distance of about six inches,” says Dove. “Never rub your wrists together as this can crush the scent molecules and affect the way they project. Follow your perfume with a scented body lotion – this locks the scent in and gives it an added layer of loveliness. Finally, finish by spritzing your Roja Parfums Hair Mist through the layers of your hair, spraying from a distance of six inches.”For Tamara Eccleston an allergy to ordinary perfume inspired her to include a hair fragrance in her first ever SHOW Beauty haircare collection when it launched back in 2013. “I wanted to create a Hair Fragrance when I launched the SHOW Beauty collection because it’s a lighter way of wearing it and I missed the luxury of a beautiful fragrance,” she explains. “You just spritz it on the hair and it lasts until you wash it again. People are always commenting on how great my hair smells. I like to use it on the days between washes and it keeps it smelling fresh - it’s particularly good to throw in your gym bag or to take on holiday.”You can double down on your favourite cologne with a matching hair perfume or layer different scents (Jo Malone recommends you create ‘a sensuous and mellow pairing’ with a spritz of English Pear & Freesia Hair Mist over their flirtatious Peony & Blush Suede Cologne), but a really great hair perfume should be lovely (and long-lasting enough) to be worn on its own. The mane event, if you will.Click through the gallery above for amazing hair perfumes to spray all summer long.
Activist, actress and model Yara Shahidi has done a stunning unretouched beauty shoot for Harper Bazaar’s August issue, a 'Real Beauty' special which also features tennis superstar Serena Williams. Shahidi has activism in her genes – her grandfather befriended the Black Panthers, her aunt was the first Iranian-American woman to go to the International Space Station and her grandmother founded an animal shelter. Now Shahidi is continuing their work by using her platform of more than three million Instagram followers to advocate for women, immigrants and people of color. In the accompanying interview, Shahidi says her decision to take the role in recent movie The Sun Is Also A Star was cause-driven. “It’s not often that we see a story that humanizes immigration for a young audience,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. Shahidi is also a new face of Bobbi Brown, which has just diversified its shade range. “I love that more brands are doing this,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “There have been times when I got out of the makeup chair and my skin looked gray. It’s why I think every single person of color usually brings their own makeup kit to set.”The actress has gained the support of Michelle Obama for encouraging voter registration and taking a stand for the causes she holds close to her heart. The former First Lady even wrote a letter of recommendation for the actress to attend Harvard, which she did while working on Black-ish and Grown-ish.Shahidi says she even makes a statement with the tracksuits she wears off-screen. “By not showing skin, I’m making a statement,” she explained.
Applying a facial sun cream should be a basic step in your everyday skincare routine 365 days a year.Sun lotions create a shield against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays that include skin cancer and premature cellular ageing, which leads to fine lines and wrinkles.Since sun care was first developed in the 1930s, there has been major advancements in melatonin defence, particularly for options designed specifically for your face. Forget cakey lotions that overload you skin and clog your pores, newer formulations offer an effortless veil that absorbs quickly into your skin to offer optimal protection.While an SPF 15 will suffice for every day, you should be looking to factor 30-50 for extended periods of time spent outside to combat the effects of sun exposure. You should also apply at least half a teaspoon amount of the creams to maximise their protection.Whether you are lying on the beach, hiking or playing volleyball in the sand, our selection of facial sun creams provide a lighter solution to shield your skin without feeling overly laborious to apply. Avene B-Protect SPF50+One of the latest additions to the Avene sun care range, the innovative B-Protect formula offers a brightness boost with its adaptive formula. While the cream comes out white so that you can see where you have applied it, microencapsulated pigments contained in the formula changes when it comes into contact with skin to match your tone. The cream will protect against pollution and UV rays while also evening out your complexion.£12.74 | Superdrug | Buy it now SUQQU Extra Protector 50This cream from Japanese label SUQQU is one of the brand’s most advanced formulas. Offering both UVA and UVB protection, you only need a pea sized amount of the lotion that has a smooth, non-sticky and water-resistant formulation. It also can doubles up as a primer for your makeup. This is definitely one of our favourites.£40 | Selfridges | Buy it now Dry Touch Facial Sun Care UVA/UVB 50+The Clarins facial sun care range has a cult following for high protection. It has a smooth texture that melts into your skin with ease to protect your skin without irritation or breakouts. The antioxidant formula is made up of Senna, Plane tree and Baobab to hydrate and prevent premature ageing. It also has a pleasant smell that gives us serious holiday feels.£20 | Clarins | Buy it now Eucerin Sensitive Protect Face Sun Cream SPF50+ For reliable UV protection, look to Eucerin with its extensive sun care range that caters for all skin types, from oily or blemish-prone, to pigmented. The Sensitive Protect Face Sun Cream is designed to strengthen your skin cell’s own defences and is created specifically for those with sensitive skin. The unperfumed formula is light, non-greasy and doesn’t leave a shine.£16 | Boots | Buy it now Dr Dennis Gross Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 SunscreenProtect your skin from burning with this sun cream from Dr Dennis Gross. It is formulated with Vitamin C and E to fight against free radical and sun damage so you no longer need to sacrifice the health of your skin for that highly sought-after tan.The sun cream is specially designed for those with previous sun damage, darks spots or uneven complexions to reduce their appearance and leave you with soft and protected skin.£44 | Space NK | Buy it now Ultrasun High 30 SPF FaceIt is not surprising that this Ultrasun face cream is both a makeup artist and high street favourite. Designed for everyday use, the product has a lightweight texture and hydrating formula that means it can double up as either a moisturiser or a primer. The bestselling product is also non-greasy and fast absorbing.£20 | Space NK | Buy it now Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50This cream is on the pricey end of the spectrum but it will become one of your Holy Grail products. The weightless formula is for all skin types, including those with sensitive as it is chemical and paraben free. Shielding you from harmful UVA and UVB rays, it is water resistant and has a matte finish.£37 | SkinCeuticals | Buy it now La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+This high broad-spectrum protection cream will protect your skin from burning. The ultra-lightweight fluid is specifically formulated for sensitive skin as it is hypo-allergenic, paraben and perfume free. Bad skin is the worst, especially in summer or on holiday so opt instead for a cream like the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL that will nourish your skin without clogging your pores.Designed for everyday use, you can use the cream as a base for makeup due to its thin texture, or for holidaying on the beach as it is water-resistant.£12.38 | Look Fantastic | Buy it now Lancer Sheer Fluid Sun Shield SPF30While also protecting your skin against UVA and UVB rays, this Lancer Sun Shield will help perfect your complexion by reducing the appearance of sun damage thanks to the natural grape stem cells contained in the formula. The nourishing cream is non-greasy, lightweight and can be used on sensitive skin.£45 | Space NK | Buy it now Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF30Just a little drop of this sunblock can be spread across your entire face to heal, repair and protect skin from sun damage. The formula uses pomegranate extract to intensify sun protection, and leave your face looking hydrated and soft. It is oil-free and has a matte finish. Use on acne prone, oily, sensitive or pigmented skin.£30 | Look Fantastic | Buy it nowJessica Reynolds // Shopping editor
It can feel like a bit of a risk to buy your intimates online, because let’s be honest, size is relative when it comes to bras and knickers.Those who shopped before the internet age might not be convinced that an online shop can do the same as a proper shop assistant, but with the variety of sizes, styles and shapes available on these sites, they might just change their tune. Some online shops even offer shopping aids like tips and tricks videos for choosing the right bra size and online advisors to chat to in case you have any questions. The wide variety on these sites means that you can easily find exactly what you’re looking for. Online giants like Figleaves could keep you busy for hours browsing its hundreds of options.Many retailers also offer free returns and exchanges as an added bonus. Even shops that have been in the lingerie business for years, like Ann Summers, are in the online business, so you’ll still be able to buy your old favourites. Something you won’t find in house, though is the handy online review system. You’ll feel more confident buying your intimates after reading what others have to say about them. After all, there’s nothing worse than having knickers that are too tight or a bra that rubs you raw.Though it may feel strange to order your negligees on the internet, these shops have made it better than ever by offering a selection wide enough to suit any need or desire.You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps us to fund journalism across The Independent. Agent ProvocateurSince its inception in 1994, Agent Provocateur has become an iconic and globally recognised brand. A go-to for luxury lovers, its product range encompasses everything from everyday underwear to more premium lingerie in sizes from 32B-36E. It might no be the most affordable but here you’re paying for quality craftsmanship and inimitable designs. We also love the Wish List feature on the brands site that allows you to send someone a list of products you desire.Visit shop Ann SummersAn oldie but a goodie, Ann Summers has been at the top of its game since 1972 and after more than 40 years has built an iconic lingerie empire. Known primarily as an erotic retailer, Ann Summers is known for its playful range of undies but there’s much more to it than suspender belts and baby dolls. From the erotic to the everyday, Ann Summers also offers up ultra-comfortable everyday essentials and soft bras in an impressive array of sizes, 30A – 44H. Visit shop ASOSAlready established as an online shopping mecca, ASOS stocks hundreds of lingerie options for every budget, starting at a fiver and going up to over £150. You can narrow search options by style, size, colour, price and brand and with free delivery and returns you’ve got nothing to lose. Personal favourites are Stella McCartney and Mimi Holliday, but the ASOS own brand is pretty neat too.Visit shop BluebellaWith a modern, fashion-forward approach to lingerie, Bluebella has quickly become a popular choice for women on the hunt for high quality undies at an affordable price. The site sells bras, knickers, basques and body bows and even has a dedicated section for products suited to sizes DD-G.Visit shop Boux AvenueBoux Avenue has quickly become a high street favourite with 28 stores in the UK alone but their online service is just as impressive. Here, you will find everything from everyday essentials to something a little sexier. Think shapewear, basques’s, matching sets and bra accessories; it really does have it all. What’s more, everything is available in sizes 28-38, A-G cups and sizes 6-18. We also love the fact that each and every order comes gift wrapped in the brand’s iconic black, white and pink boxes, complete with lace print tissue paper and a handful of scented rose petals.Visit shopBrastopBrastop is a lingerie site tailored specifically towards larger busts, with bra sizes starting at 28D and going up to 46K and stocking brands such as Panache, Curvy Kate and Kris Line. As well as a huge range of lingerie, hosiery and swimwear, the site has a great ‘Fitting Room’ section with tips and videos on how to choose the right bra size and shape. You can also chat online with an advisor if you need help choosing and returns are free.Visit shop BravissimoFounded by two women who struggled to find bras to fit them, Bravissimo is the go-to destination for women with larger breasts. As well as bras – which are available in sizes 28D-40L - the website also sells swimwear, nightwear and sportswear. It also has a number of fitting guides for bras, sports bras and new mums. Visit shop DebenhamsFrom bras and knickers to shapewear, basques and bridal lingerie, high street department store Debenhams really does have something for everyone. With so much on offer you can choose to search the website by brand, range, fit, style or price to find just what you’re looking for. Bras available in sizes 28A-50G.Visit shop Empress MimiThis lingerie label is doing things a bit differently by offering shoppers monthly drops of lingerie via a subscription model. One new set of lingerie every month might sound indulgent – perhaps it is – but there’s something undeniably thrilling about having the stress of buying new underwear taken away from you, particularly when the underwear you receive is carefully chosen according to your size and preferences. There are the deep blue velvet bralets and multi-strap thongs, the mesh black sets and the playful seasonal drops – think a "honey bunny bralette” for Easter. Prices vary depending on which subscription you choose, £14.95 a month will get you a luxurious set of undies while £119 a month will give you a full lingerie set, complete with a mesh kimono and, erm, handcuffs.Visit shop FigleavesIf you’ve got a bit of time to spare browsing through thousands of options, online lingerie-giant Figleaves is worth a visit. With every size, style and shape of lingerie imaginable available, it’s a good thing the site has a detailed search function. You can whittle down your options by type (babydoll, basque, chemise...), style (bandeau, half cup, back fastening…), size, colour, brand and price. The site also has a well-established reviews system so you can vicariously try before you buy.Visit shop For Love and LemonsYou’ve probably seen this Los Angeles-based brand’s strappy designs all over Instagram. They are quite unlike any other lingerie label’s offering, mostly thanks to their complex and intricate fastenings and bright flourescent colours. For Love and Lemons treats its underwear like art, every set delivers on detail and quality. The price tags are high (you’ll struggle to find a set for under £100), but with sets as unique and playful as these, they’re worth every penny.Visit shop Fruity bootyThis British-based brand is fast becoming a go-to for those who like to take care choosing their lingerie and feel empowered wearing it. Why? Because Fruity Booty’s designs are carefully crafted to flatter women’s bodies regardless of their dress size. Models of all shapes and sizes promote the colourful sets on Instagram and they also offer adorable bardot bra-style tops for those who want a little extra coverage but still want to feel like they’re wearing matching lingerie. The newly-released pink lady set is an ideal choice for summer, made from embroidered mesh and pink mesh. It’s sustainable too, with materials sourced from deadstock supplier based in northern England. Price-wise, it’s fairly reasonable – the aforementioned set costs £68 – and the pieces are well made so they will last you a while. Just be sure not to put them in the washing machine, these pieces are delicate.Visit shop Glamorous AmorousIf you’re feeling uninspired by the offering from high street lingerie brands, Glamorous Amorous is the place to go for something more niche, stocking 25 small and up and coming designers. Every brand page features an interview with the designer alongside their stock so you can get a feel for the concept behind the label. Our favourite bit is the ‘Secret Service’ subscription, which lets you choose a style of lingerie, size and price range and have lingerie surprises delivered to you throughout the year.Visit shop IntimissiWhen it comes to basic undies, Intimissi is always a reliable destination for affordable and stylish options. There are the sturdy and supportive push-up bras (from £20), the intricate lace bralettes (£30 and up) and the colourful balconette styles, (from £30). For the comfort creatures, look for the cotton push-up bras and matching undies. If you’re looking for something a little more special, Intimissi also offers an extensive range of corsets that are sophisticated and flattering and do not veer into tacky territory, as is often the case with corsetry.Visit shop Lingerie Outlet StoreYou'll find top brands like DKNY, Hanky Panky, Mimi Holliday and quintessentially British Ultimo at reduced prices on this site. It offers a vast plus size section, which is unfortunately lacking on some other sites. You'll also find a swimwear section, so you can buy bras and bikinis in one go. Visit shop Love StoriesLove Stories is a favoured brand among the fashion influencer type – and not just because Instagrammer Lucy Williams has collaborated with them. These Insta-friendly lingerie sets are girlish without being kitsch. Yes, there is a lot of pinks, purples and frills, but the cuts are sharp and the coverage is full, meaning wearing them makes you feel secure and tucked in where it matters. The prices are mid-range – bras average at around £40 while pants are roughly £35 – but these products will remain coveted in your underwear draw for some time, not just in terms of quality but also in style thanks to the timeless designs.Visit shop Luva HuvaWe reckon Luva Huva is the best online lingerie brand for the ethically conscious. Their lingerie is made from sustainable fabrics, including organic bamboo, soy and hemp fabrics, and recycled scraps, and is handmade in the UK. The pieces are comfortable, soft and feminine and there is a great range of nightwear and loungewear on offer too.Visit shop Marks & SpencerWhen it comes to shopping for underwear on the high street Marks & Spencer is right up there with the very best luxury retailers. From own-brand cotton styles that you can rely on day-to-day, to lacy lingerie collections designed by supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, its entire range is bursting with wearable pieces in sizes 30A-46K.Visit shop Rigby & PellerEstablished in the 1930s, Rigby & Peller has been providing support for the royal bosom since 1982 as it was once the official corsetière to HM Queen Elizabeth II. There’s no doubt this is the site to visit for luxury rather than your basic t-shirt bra, but it does have some more affordable options. With a range of best-selling brands available online, the selection offers the best of the best and a huge array of colour ways to choose from.Visit shop SelfridgesWhen it comes to department stores, Selfridges reigns supreme for lingerie online. Stocking over twenty brands, ranging from the more affordable Freya to the iconic Agent Provocateur, as well as handy lingerie accessories like strap solutions and shoulder cushions, you’d be hard pushed to leave with an empty (online) basket.Visit shop TopshopTopshop might not be the most inclusive when it comes to sizes but if its simple, affordable and super-stylish undies you’re after their website is well worth a browse. Offering a chic selection of bralets, knickers, pyjamas and bras – available in sizes 30A-36D – Topshop is a great option for on-trend undies.Visit shop TriumphStarting out life as a tiny Southern German corset factory back in 1886, Triumph has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of lingerie and underwear. Available in over 120 countries, it sells everything from underwear and lingerie to sleepwear and swimwear.Visit shop Victoria’s SecretOne of the most iconic lingerie brands, Victoria’s Secret is best known for its world-famous runway show and is rightly recognised as a leading speciality in the industry. With a range of bra styles including balconette, demi and sports as well as slips, dressing gowns and pyjamas, there’s something for everyone at Victoria’s Secret. Visit shop What Katie DidIf you’re a vintage lover then this is the one for you. Whether you’re taking your first steps into the world of retro undies or you’re fully-fledged glamour Queen, What Katie Did has something for everyone. Stocking everything from bullet bras to negligees, you can easily recreate the silver screen allure of the 40s and 50s with this brand’s extensive range of vintage style lingerie and hosiery. It even has a dedicated section for corsets and a handy guide on how to find the right one for you. Celeb fans include the likes of Madonna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey. Visit shop WolfordA brand that’s been around for near-on 65 years, you’re in safe hands with Wolford. Synonymous with sophistication and comfort, it offers beautifully crafted underwear that’s designed with serious technical know-how. Available in sizes 32A to 38E, Wolford not only sell bras and panties but have since extended their collection to include shapewear, bodysuits, beachwear and hosiery. Visit shop
Across the UK, dozens of cosmetic surgery clinics now offer non-surgical fat-reducing treatments that promise a toned and sculpted body without having to go under the knife. The Standard consulted with plastic surgeons and cosmeticians to get the low down on whether these non-surgical treatments actually work - and what you should think about before trying them. Fat freezing, or 'CoolSculpting,' as it is known by its brand name, works by freezing the fat cells, essentially killing them off.