Rihanna’s long-awaited Fenty Beauty has finally launched and BOY were we eager to test out the goods. Offering fans 40 shades of foundation in a bid to include a match for every skin tone, we knew Fenty Beauty was all about inclusivity, but we hadn’t quite anticipated just how amazing the line would be.

Exclusively available at Harvey Nichols in the UK, plus online from the official Fenty Beauty website, we tried out the collection to find out which products might be worth ditching your Kylie Lip Kit habit for. Here are our faves:

Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick

We are OBSESSED with these cute highlight/blush/bronzing sticks, particularly the lilac Unicorn and Confetti shades, which are so Instagramable it hurts. Available in 10 colours, they’re just as soft, smooth and blendable on the skin as NARS’ cult highlighting stick The Multiple. High praise indeed for Queen Ri. You want them all, don’t you?

Shop Match Stix Shimmer Skinstick, £21 

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation

The aforementioned foundation of dreams. It’s super smooth, so glides on easily, but doesn’t feel oily or like it’s clogging your pores. Offering buildable medium to full coverage, RiRi’s Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation will disguise any redness and even out your skin tone, but still allow natural features like freckles to shine through if you want them to.

At £26, it’s a bit more expensive than your Boots buys like Rimmel London or Maybelline, but completely in line with MAC and Benefit’s price points – and a little goes a long way.

Shop Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, £26 

Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter

You can’t fail to be transfixed by the Trophy Wife shade of Killawatt in all its golden glory. Super pigmented, once this is on, it isn’t going anywhere. If you fancy something a little more subtle, there are five other shades, and Metal Moon gives a gorgeous pearly glow to eyes, cheeks, your cupid’s bow… basically anywhere you want to draw attention to.

Shop Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter, £26 

Invisimatte Blotting Powder & Portable Touch Up Brush

The design of this powder compact is kind of genius; it’s magnetic, as is the Portable Touch Up Brush, so if you decide to buy both they’ll fit together perfectly. Absorbent without feeling chalky, Invisimatte will keep you shine and pore-free, even on the muggiest of days.

Shop Invisimatte Blotting Powder, £24, and Portable Touch Up Brush, £19

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We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but summer is over guys. So long sunshine (there was some sunshine, wasn’t there?), farewell freedom, goodbye girly sleepovers, park picnics and lots of hanging out with friends outside!

But don’t despair. To celebrate the back-to-school season, we’ve collected together some of our favourite simple and fuss-free beauty hacks and tutorials for returning to the classroom and into autumn.

Pssst… Remember if you’re not meant to be wearing makeup at school you should just pick one or two staple products rather than following a full tutorial. We like tinted lip balm paired with BB cream, or a clear mascara and lip gloss.

For a super minimal makeup look: Kaushal’s ‘no makeup’ makeup tutorial

When you’re trying to better understand what makeup looks suit you, it can be really tempting to go overboard with the liner, the contouring and the glitter.

But most beauty experts agree that perfecting a ‘no makeup’ makeup look is the best place to start. That’s because it can be your go-to look when you’re pushed for time, don’t have much energy or if you go to a school that doesn’t allow much makeup in the classroom.

There are so many ‘no makeup’ looks to choose from online, but this one from YouTuber Kaushal of Kaushal Beauty is a good starting tutorial because it looks natural and uses minimal products.

The basics are: SPF, concealer, a brow product, mascara, blusher, bronzer and lip gloss, but she explains in the video that you should switch out any products she uses that you don’t have (or can’t afford) for ones that you do.

We also recommend skipping any steps that don’t suit you and focusing on the products that make you feel good, especially if there’s a strict NO MAKEUP rule at your school – opt for none or just one instead.

Beauty hack #1

Don’t wait until your hair is really oily and you have no time before school to apply dry shampoo. Instead, spray it on the night BEFORE. That’s right, rolling around in bed will help work the powder in and you’ll wake up with voluminous hair that looks cleaner and fresher.

For a simple and polished bronzed look: Tanya Burr’s everyday makeup tutorial

Tanya is one of our favourite beauty YouTubers because her videos are easy-to-follow, she’s really friendly and she often makes tutorials featuring affordable products, like this one with plenty of Rimmel, Maybelline and Collection 2000 makeup.

She creates a minimal back-to-school look with foundation, brow product, neutral eyeshadow colours and a bit of eyeliner and mascara. You can pick ‘n’ mix which of Tanya’s steps you take on board for your new school look, we’d recommend skipping the eyeliner and bronzer if you don’t have much time or prefer the minimal look.

Beauty hack #2

If you want longer, fuller lashes take a little cotton bud and put some baby powder on it. Then apply a coating of mascara, but before you apply another, put some of that baby powder on your lashes. It’ll cause build up and create the illusion of false lashes. Flutter away!

For a rusty and seasonal September makeover: Zoella’s autumnal makeup tutorial

This video may be a few years old, but it doesn’t make it any less autumnal and beautiful. YouTube favourite Zoella talks us through her favourite rusty look to match the falling leaves with brown shadows, full matte coverage and lashings of mascara. So if you’re allowed to go wild with your makeup at school or college, then consider matching it to the upcoming season.

Beauty hack #3

If you use eyelash curlers, pop the curler in your bra for a few minutes to warm it up – your lashes will stay curlier for longer. In fact, put anything you need warming up in your bra! Like an eyeliner pencil or a mascara that feels a bit old and dry.

The products you need in your school bag survival kit:

Tinted Lip Balm

Tinted lip balms are the perfect, non-committal way to play with colour while also conditioning your lips and keeping your look school-friendly. We love the Burt’s Bees range from Superdrug with balms that are infused with moisturising shea butter and botanical waxes. Try the deep pink Hibiscus shade, or the sugary sweet Pink Blossom. (Both are available from Superdrug for £5.99.)


Whether you’re about to head into P.E. or a particularly difficult maths test, you’ll want to get your hair out of the way and focus on what’s important. Pick hairbands that don’t have metal bits on them, which tend to damage your hair and cause breakage.

There are plenty of simple types you can pick up any supermarket, but we love Invisibobbles. These invisible bobbles look like kind of like telephone wires, but their great designs means they don’t leave an annoying line in your hair when you take your ponytail down. (Available from Boots for £4.95.)

Dry Shampoo

To say dry shampoo is life-changing isn’t even an exaggeration for lots of us. Gone are the days of having to wash our hair every other day, now a quick spray of dry shampoo can keep your hair looking (and not to mention smelling) fresh even two, three or maybe even four days after it’s been washed. Grab a small, travel-sized version of Batiste dry shampoo and throw it in your school bag. (Available from Boots for £2.99.)

BB Cream

BB cream stands for ‘beauty balm’ or ‘blemish balm’. There are lots of different types, but it’s essentially a tinted moisturiser with lots of skin benefits. Some are for moisturising, others are for mattifying, but the best thing about them is they often provide light coverage – perfect for school and those who don’t like the cakey feel of makeup. You need to find the BB cream that’s right for you, but we love the Rimmel Match Perfection BB Cream. (Available from Boots for £6.99.)

Clear Nail Polish

If you’re not meant to be wearing makeup to school, nail polish is a dead giveaway – especially the neon, sparkling kind! So to protect your nails at school and keep them looking shiny, you need to find a good, clear polish. Luckily Rimmel has the Nail Nurse polish, which is a really popular clear nail polish created to strengthen your nails (Available from Boots for £4.49.)

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There’s something about raiding the beauty aisle in other countries that’s so much more fun than chucking another lipstick in your basket in Boots, right?

Maybe it’s the undiscovered territory, the fact that your friends back home won’t be able to copy your cool holographic nail colour, or the feeling of being away from home and therefore more comfortable experimenting with a new look.

Whatever it is, the US of A is one of our favourite places to shop for beauty products (hello, Sephora), and these are the brands that should be firmly on your radar for your next trip.

Oh, and, bonus: almost all of them now ship to the UK should you be staying on this side of the pond for the foreseeable.

Milk Makeup

One big, happy blur family ✌🏽

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Developed at Milk Studios in New York City, Milk Makeup only landed on the beauty scene in early 2016, but is already making major waves thanks to its Tumblr-worthy packaging and vegan-friendly products that actually work. It doesn’t have a UK stockist yet, but stay tuned…

Hero product: Their Blur Stick is pretty much a real-life Snapchat filter and we love it.

Lime Crime

Putting the fun back into beauty, Lime Crime’s colourful ‘makeup for unicorns’ has reached cult status, and is now shoppable in the UK via ASOS.

Hero product: Their Diamond Crushers are iridescent lip colours that any wannabe mermaids will be obsessed with.


Do you choose the balm, or does the balm choose you? ⚡️ Customize your Phase 1 Set on Glossier.com

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It launched in the US in 2014, but now Glossier has made its way across the pond, complete with its ‘skin first, make up second’ philosophy. If you love a fresh, dewy glow, rather than looking super made-up, this is the brand for you.

Hero product: Perfecting Skin Tint is the ideal alternative to a thick foundation, smoothing out your skin tone without clogging your pores.

Winky Lux

Not only is this brand’s name super cute, but so are its products, which (yay!) ship internationally. The cruelty-free label is based in Manhattan and lucky New Yorkers can even get same-day delivery. Living. The. Beauty. Dream.

Hero product: Flower Balm is the most Instagram-worthy lip tint you’ll ever use.

Becca Cosmetics

Their Rose Gold Highlighter has become something of an icon and Chrissy Teigen is such a fan of Becca that she collaborated with the brand on her own limited edition palette.

Hero product: The Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette, of course! Containing the aforementioned Rose Gold highlighter, another in Beach Nectar, a Sunlit Bronzer in Malibu Soleil and Luminous Blush in Hibiscus Bloom, it’s got everything you need to keep that summer glow going all year round.

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Remember that terrifying jack-in-the-box your brother used to scare you with at Halloween? Or that creepy ballerina box that played a sinister tune when you opened it up? Scary stuff always seems to come out of boxes, doesn’t it? Well, October’s bettybox may be bewitching, but we promise you, it’s full of good stuff. Nice stuff. Stuff you actually want (spiders not included, FYI).

MUA Eyeshadow Palette

Halloween isn’t just a one night thing, y’know. It’s a whole saga of prep, whether you’ve got a film marathon planned, or Susie down the road is throwing a fancy dress party. Go natural during the day, while you’re living the life of a regular human, then vamp it up once nighttime falls with the Dusk til Dawn MUA palette. From ghoulish green to spooky purple, this palette features the perfect mix of colours to let your imagination, and your eyeshadow brush, run wild. We’ve got a special MUA halloween tutorial coming to you in October’s betty collective, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!

Candy Kittens

We’re all about the treats, less about the tricks this month. Black cats have nothing on Candy Kittens’ colourful delights. Even those of us betty girls who aren’t cat people (#dogs4life) find ourselves reaching back in the bag for another one. Candy Kittens have launched POP bags, which do just that – pop the bag and pop them in your mouth – and we’ve got a pack in each bettybox for you to enjoy this October. A handy size, you can snack as you trick or treat. It’s tiring work, walking around collecting candy.

NIP+FAB Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads

After the night itself is up, you’re going to need to properly cleanse your skin and get the paint out of your pores. Leave it there, and you might get a bit spotty. No one wants a face full of boils like the Wicked Witch of the West now, do they? Kylie J and Kim K’s make-up artist absolutely raves about these cleansing pads from NIP+FAB – so obviously we’re completely obsessed too.

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Charcoal – the black rocky stuff your dad throws on the BBQ – is having a moment in the beauty world RN. Now, we’re not saying lie down and rub your face in the burnt-out embers after your last summer barbie (erm, ouch much), but y’know, just think about getting some into your bathroom regime. Because when better to reinvent your routine than at the start of the school year?

Teeth whitener

Want your teeth to sparkle like Cole Sprouse’s eyes? Guess what? Yep, it does that too. Use some toothpaste with added charcoal or convince the ‘rents to buy you a toothbrush with charcoal-infused bristles. It works kinda like oil pulling in the sense that all the dirt will be attracted to the charcoal, leaving you with a shimmering smile.

Zit attack

The charcoal in beauty products is called ‘activated charcoal’ which means oxygen has been added to it. The added oxygen (symbol O and atomic number 8 – see we have been doing our revision, Mum) means it removes chemicals and toxins more easily, so when it lands on your skin it attracts those nasties like metal on a magnet. That’s why we’ve popped a charcoal and bamboo nose pore strip from T-Zone in this month’s bettybox! It teases out dirt and oil from your pores so you’ll be left with clear skin for that obligatory ‘new school year’ photo. And don’t worry, they peel off easy-peasy. Much like PVA glue #bestgameever.

Bloat buster

If you’re feeling a bit icky, a nice charcoal lemonade will settle your stomach. It looks pretty weird (like a sort of ink) but it tastes *just* like lemonade. The charcoal absorbs the gases and toxins that cause tummy ache during our period and at all the other tummy-ache-times of the month. Bye bye bloat!

Hair saviour

A charcoal-based shampoo, conditioner, or hair mask will remove any excess oil and you’ll be left with a show-stopping mane, even when you have to put your hair up for P.E. It’ll eliminate awkward flakes from product build-up too so that stupid boy in year 9 yelling “dandruff” can get lost.

Two T-Zone Charcoal and Bamboo Nose Pore Strips are available in September’s bettybox and you can purchase in store or online from Superdrug.

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We all know social media has its good and bad points.

While it might be fun to follow your favourite supermodel or celebrity on Instagram, we need to remember to not let what we see negatively influence us. Not everyone has access to personal trainers, a glam squad or – let’s face it – a ridiculous gene pool, in the same way that not everyone has access to a private jet.

So when you’re a regular person (oh hi), a little self-preservation is key.

And with body confidence issues affecting girls as young as five – yep, FIVE – body image should be front and centre of that.

This is where our favourite body positive Instagram illustrators come in. They’ve put pen(cil) to paper to create some beautiful, diverse and inclusive artworks to remind you to love the skin you’re in.

If you’re gonna scroll, scroll smart.


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Illustrations of “the bits we’re told to hide”. Whether the taboo is tampon string, body hair or amputation, no taboo is left untackled. Oh and we really love the way she syncs the background of each illustration with cute pastel shades.


I can't hear you or your unkind words. My head is full of fluff.

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A window into the mind of the self-love guru – she is the founder of #SelfLoveClub after all – via beautifully-relatable line drawings, frankness around mental health and tattoo inspo just don’t tell your parents).


Oldie but a goodie. (@jessyscarpone) #justgirlproject * Want to purchase this print? Our online store is on its way! ❤️

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Inspirational quotes about body confidence alongside gorgeous illustrations of women of all shapes, sizes and skin colours.


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Brightly coloured, psychedelic, doll-like figures with oh-so sweary captions. We can’t get enough.


Precious Blooms now in the shop!! FYI the 5×7 is landscape and the 8.5×11 is portrait. Shop link in bio! 💐

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A mix of food pics, the odd cat and beautiful illustrations. Think florals, body inclusivity, serene expressions.


Cute pattern. #illustration

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Soft curves, mesmerizing videos of her work in action and illustrations of men too (so don’t be surprised by the odd penis).


This illustration is dedicated to all of you who have Keratosis Pilaris. For those who do not know: this is a condition that develops when the skin produces too much of a protein called keratin, which can block the hair follicles and cause the appearance of bumps. Red and white lumps usually appear on the arms, thighs, cheeks and buttocks. Although very common, this condition often causes insecurity in many people – I myself have some mild keratosis on my butt and it bothers me. Today I know that this condition is just a detail among all the characteristics that make me who I am and the same applies to all of you. Love your whole body, including the red lumps of your skin – they exist because you are human and you are alive./ 🇧🇷 Essa ilustração é dedicada a todos vocês que tem Queratose Pilar. Para quem não sabe: essa é uma condição que se desenvolve quando a pele produz muito de uma proteína chamada queratina, o que pode bloquear os folículos capilares e provocar o aparecimento de inchaços. Os caroços vermelhos e brancos geralmente aparecem nos braços, nas coxas, nas bochechas e nas nádegas. Apesar de ser muito comum, essa condição costuma causar insegurança em muitas pessoas – eu mesma tenho um pouco de queratose leve no bumbum e me incomodava com isso. Hoje eu sei que essa condição é só um detalhe entre todas as características que me fazem ser quem sou e o mesmo se aplica para todas vocês. Ame seu corpo por inteiro, incluindo as bolinhas vermelhas da sua pele – elas existem porque você é humana e está viva💛🌼🌷🌺 #keratosispilaris #selfesteem #bodypositivity #bodypositive #bopowarrior #bopo #loveyourbody #loveyourself #selfesteem #selflove #queratosepilar #diversity

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Watercolour drawings offering acceptance of everything from body hair and stretch marks to medical skin conditions. Her message is clear: stop shaming women from showing their bodies.

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If you have moles you’ve probably heard that changes to them can mean that there’s an underlying issue, but what exactly are you looking for when you check them yourself, and when do you need to seek professional help?

We asked Dr Anjali Mahto, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, for her advice so you can be armed with the best info on how to keep your moles – and skin – safe.

Should I get my moles checked if they’ve always been there and haven’t changed shape or colour?

“It’s still worth checking them regularly just in case. The better you know your moles, the more likely you are to notice if there’s a change in the future.”

How often do I need to get my moles checked?

“Most dermatologists recommend you self-exam your skin on a monthly basis. The purpose of this is to detect unusual growths or changes early. The ideal time is probably after a bath or shower and should be carried out in a well-lit room with the aid of a full-length mirror.

“It is important to look closely at the entire body, including the scalp, buttocks and genitalia, palms and soles including the spaces between the fingers and toes. It may be helpful to seek assistance from a trusted individual to examine the hard-to-see areas.”

What could changes to my moles mean?

“Changes to a mole could mean skin cancer, so it’s always best to get it checked, rather than ignore it.”

What changes to my moles should I be looking out for?

“The acronym ABCDE can be extremely helpful in evaluating moles. If a mole shows any of these features, you should go and see your doctor:

Asymmetry: one half of the mole is different to the other

Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined edge

Colour: uneven colour or variable colours within a mole

Diameter: the mole is bigger than 6mm in size

Evolving: the mole is changing in its size, shape or colour

“Other signs to look out for include any new moles, a mole that looks significantly different to the others (known as the ‘ugly duckling’ sign), or any skin lesion that bleeds or fails to heal.

“The most important thing is to seek medical advice early. Any concerns should prompt a visit to a dermatologist, who will perform a full skin examination, and may go on to either remove a mole or take a sample or biopsy of any unusual growths or patches on the skin.”

Should I be using extra special sunscreen if I have moles?

“If you have very fair skin I would always recommend you use at least SPF30 or higher alongside other precautions, such as protective clothing and seeking shade between 11am-3pm, when the sun is strongest.

“Don’t forget to apply plenty of sunscreen at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. You’ll need to reapply at least every two hours or after swimming/sweating. Make sure you cover every area, as eyelids, feet, backs of legs, ears and lips can sometimes be forgotten!”

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Every. Single. Time. RIP, best white towel.

1. I really cba to shower.

2. Fine I’ll shower.

3. I am never leaving the shower. I am at one with the water.

4. Where’s my shaver?

5. Over the other side of the bathroom. Of course it is.

*gingerly gets out of shower and leans to grab razor, nearly slipping and making the bath sound like it’s farting, you know the one*

6. La, la, la, this is easy, I can barely feel the blade on my legs.

7. Why are the hairs under my arm so much thicker?

8. What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? What am I doing on this planet..?

9. I love showers.

*looks down *


11. Where did all this blood come from?! Who’s the culprit? SHOW YOURSELF.

12. Oh, my ankle, obviously. Not my uterus. Ankle.

13. That cut is TINY. I didn’t even FEEL IT.

14. I didn’t know there was so much blood in my ankle, isn’t it just bone?

15. This is ridiculous. Stop bleeding.

16. I’m never shaving my ankles again. They weren’t even hairy. I just like the thrill.



18. I’m going to be trapped here forever.


19. I’m bleeding out, aren’t I? I’m dying.

“MUUUUU- can I have a plaster, please? And can you pass me some towels? And get me some spinach, I need my iron levels back up.”

20. This plaster won’t stick, my skin’s wet.

21. Sorry Mum, I need to sacrifice this new white towel. RIP white towel, 2017-2017.

22. I can’t wait for cut to scab over. Picky pick pick.

*gets out and dries*



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Fat-shaming has long been addressed by us mere mortals and famous types alike, and calling someone ‘too fat’ has been socially unacceptable for as long as you can remember, right? Yet, somehow, commenting on people being ‘too skinny’ isn’t deemed nearly as offensive.

Well, guess what: it’s the same thing. Body-shaming for any reason can be hurtful and derogatory, as these nine ladies who have spoken out on skinny-shaming know…

“Calling someone fat is seen as an insult, but calling someone out to be too skinny… is apparently acceptable? I think commenting on anybody’s weight is unacceptable. Who are you to judge someone by the size of them?”

Zoella dedicates an entire blog post “Why Are You So Skinny?” to the issue of skinny-shaming, which she has faced throughout her life.

“Now… everyone go look in the mirror at their beautiful body, and love that s**t #thickgirlswinning #skinnygirlswinning #weallwinning.”

After comedian Julie Klausner sent mean tweets about Zendaya’s slight frame, the actress schooled her in the art of accepting everyone, no matter what size they are.

“I’m constantly criticised for being too skinny. I’m trying to gain weight but my body won’t let it happen. What people don’t understand is that calling someone too skinny is the same as calling someone too fat, it’s not a nice feeling.”

Kendall Jenner speaks out about her own experiences of skinny-shaming, which – as she points out – can be just as hurtful as fat-shaming.

“This whole thing happened and I’m constantly having to justify myself. I’m very healthy and I always have been. On one hand, it’s upsetting. On the other hand, it’s just boring. Why do women always get pointed at for their bodies?”

Lily James responds to criticism about her small – corseted – waist in Cinderella.

“They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small… After they asked me here, in Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny – they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick – I can take anything. It’s just empty talk.”

Wonder Woman Gal Gadot won’t let the skinny-shaming words get to her.

“I’ve seen articles or comments that have addressed my weight, or ‘caving to pressure to be thin.’ Keeping weight on is a struggle for me – especially when I’m under stress, and especially as I’ve gotten older. That’s the way my genes have decided to go, and things will change as time goes on, as does everything.”

Emma Stone knows that skinny isn’t always a choice, so people should think before they comment on it.

“I need to remember the date today!! Never would I have ever thought I would be in the media for being “too skinny”. What on earth?!?! First I’m too fat and now I’m too skinny. I love this game!!”

Khloe Kardashian responds to the media’s reports on her weight loss with a healthy dose of sarcasm.

“We live in a day and age where people make it IMPOSSIBLE for women, men, anyone to embrace themselves exactly how they are. Diversity is sexy! Loving yourself is sexy! You know what is NOT sexy? Misogyny, objectifying, labelling, comparing and body shaming!”

Ariana Grande hits back at someone who called her a “stick” on Instagram.

“Everyone says they want the ‘perfect body’ and have so many body goals, but when a girl is just a bit too skinny in your eyes, she gets judged. It isn’t your fault that you think like this. The media have told us that this size is too thin and this size is too big. That one roll of back fat is disgusting and not having a thigh gap (it’s OK for your thighs to touch) means you’re ugly. There is so, so, so, so much more to life than having the ‘perfect body’. Every young person needs to understand that.”

Cheryl – herself a victim of skinny-shaming – tells it like it is.

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Head over to YouTube and we bet there’s vid after vid of talented beauty gurus applying some seriously amazing, enviable looks. Whether it’s a dramatic eye look, glowing natural skin or doughnut-glaze highlighted cheekbones, falling in love with make up has never been so easy.

But if you fancy getting creative with contouring and mastering mascara, dipping your toes into the world of make up for the first time can definitely seem kinda daunting – especially when it comes to brushes.

There are TONS of different ones, and what are they all even for?

From super floofy big ones, to teeny tiny artist styles, here’s a handy guide to the make up brushes you might actually need, what they’re all for and where to actually start.

Foundation brush

Starting out with the big’uns, the foundation brush is pretty much the bread and butter of any gal or guy’s make up bag. You could opt for the standard shape – big and flat – which is great for smoothing out liquid or cream foundations into a streak-free base. Some people prefer a buffing brush style though, with a round and dense shape to swoosh in small circles across your face for a flawless finish.

Spectrum A03 So Oval You – £7.99 / Real Techniques Buffing Brush – £21.99 for set / e.l.f. Studio Selfie Ready Foundation Brush – £7.50

Make up sponge

If you wanna get really fancy, you could ditch the foundation brush altogether and try a Beauty Blender or similar make up sponge instead. A damp sponge can leave your foundation looking beyond PERFECT, by using the broad, bouncy sides to smooth out product on your face and the pointed tip to squish into the nooks around your nose. If it’s good enough for Insta beauty gurus, it’s good enough for us.

Kabuki brush

The big boy of the make up brush world, a kabuki brush will probably look huge next to the rest of your future collection, but don’t be intimidated by it. With a short handle and densely packed hairs, it’s perfect for applying a soft, natural-looking sweep of bronzer or powder around your face. A kabuki brush is also great for buffing out any awks harsh lines when you’re basically doing your make up in the dark.

Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush – £8.95 / Kiko Kabuki Brush – £9.70 / Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush – £20.00

Powder brush

Feeling like a human disco ball right now with all the shine you’re rocking? Don’t be scared by how huge it might look in your make up bag – a powder brush is the one for you. Just swirl this genius invention into your favourite pressed or loose powder, and watch the long, fluffy bristles evenly diffuse the product across your base. Bye bye oily skin, we never liked you anyway.

ZOEVA 90 Luxe Grand Powder Brush – £19.00 / Morphe Pro Tapered Powder Brush – £13.50 / MAC 150 Large Powder Brush – £34.50

Blush brush

When you start playing around with make up a little bit more, you’ll soon find out exactly how you prefer to apply all the bits and bobs in your cosmetics bag. When it comes to blush, some people prefer a fluffy rounded top brush just to hit the apples of the cheeks, while others go for a more angled shape to get a chiseled look. Either way, they’ll pick up just the right amount of product to give you a pretty and girly flushed glow.

Eyeshadow brush

Venturing into the world of eyeshadow can be overwhelming, but remember that practice makes perfect. Start out by finding the perfect all-rounder eyeshadow brush which will probably be fairly flat and relatively fluffy to pack on colour. Try either a simple windscreen wiper motion across the lid, or small circular motions to get an evenly applied wash of eyeshadow. You can never go wrong with a shimmery champagne colour, btw.

Spectrum MA08 Happy Medium – £5.99 / Makeup Geek Foiled Brush – £6.50 / Spectrum A06 Shady Lady – £4.99 / Morphe Oval Shadow Blender Brush – £4.00

Blending brush

It’s probably worth investing in an eyeshadow blending brush, too. While the first one will be perfect for applying the colour to begin with, following up with a large and fluffy blending brush on the edges will eliminate any harsh lines and get you smoothly blended to perfection.

Concealer brush

Tbh, you might find that dabbing on your concealer is most easily done with your fingers. They’re warm to melt the product, they’re soft for blending and they’re the best natural tools you could imagine. But alternatively a small, precise concealer brush could be really handy. It’ll allow you to be a lot more exact with your product application and will perfect the final look under your eyes, around your nose and over any pesky spots.

Morphe Mini Concealer Brush – £3.50 / ZOEVA Rose Golden Concealer Buffer Brush – £9.00 / Real Techniques Bold Metals Triangle Concealer Brush – £10.00

Fan brush

Wanna feel like some kinda professional beauty YouTuber who’s best friends with Zoella and gets 10 million likes per photo? A fan brush will help with that. Sure, it’s a little bit extra and OTT, but it’s amazing for applying the perfect diffused cheekbone highlight. The soft, spread bristles can result in either a natural, sheer radiance, or a metallic finish that even the man on the moon will be able to spot.

Contour brush

While the kabuki brush is perfect for adding an all over warmth with your bronzer, a contour brush will help you take things to the next level when you wanna try sculpting out those cheekbones like a true Kardashian. The slanted bristles make it easy-peasy to apply products perfectly just below your cheekbones to emphasise your natural, oh so lovely face shape.

Lip brush

Dreaming of rocking the perfect peachy colour, the ultimate dark vampy shade or the classic red lip? If bold lippie is kinda your thing then you’ll probably want to arm yourself with a good lip brush. It can be a total lifesaver for complete precision, accurate application and achieving the perfect pout. Mwah.

Brow brush

Usually either in the form of a fluffy spoolie, or a double-ended duo with brush and comb, a brow brush is always useful to have close by if you’ve got wild eyebrows that need a little bit of taming every now and again. Unleash your inner werewolf.

e.l.f. Eyebrow Duo Brush – £4.50 / Benefit Angled Brush And Spoolie – £15.50 / Real Techniques Lash and Brow Groomer – £7.99

A million more eyeshadow brushes

When it comes to starting an eyeshadow brush collection, it’s kind of like chucking yourself down a bottomless black hole. They come in every single shape, size and fluffiness rating that you can possibly imagine, but trust us when we say that you definitely don’t need them all.

Start out with the essentials, and when you decide that make up is something you wanna stick with, gradually build up a few more types for your stash. An angled liner brush, a smudging brush and an angled fluffy brush will all be great to have when you’re venturing into smokey eye territory.

Spectrum Brushes The Glam Clam – £59.99

It’s time you started celebrating your period, guys. Sign up to bettybox RN and get all your tampons and pads, beauty products, sweet treats and loads more cool stuff delivered to your door, every single month. We know. It’s totally awesome. 

It starts with a prickle: a tingling, tightening sensation that contracts under your skin, like a stretched elastic band shrinking back to size. It strikes the moment you get out the shower, or the pool. Sometimes it strikes without warning: one minute you’re sat listening attentively to Mr Jenkins, the next you are wincing, surveying your pencil case for a suitable scratching tool and subtly reaching your ruler down to the back of your knee.

If this sounds familiar, read on. You’re the girl with the entire Dry Skin collection of Garnier products, and you know the following things: there are few things more devastating in life then going for a big old scratch, only to find you’ve cut your fingernails too short.

Fingernails don’t always cut it

Either they’re too short (see above) or the feeling of dry skin under your nails is so rank it puts you off. For real traction with a scratch, you need implements: rulers work well, as do protractors, hair combs, and, if you’re really desperate, the lid of your takeaway coffee cup. The key (ahh, keys. Keys are LOVELY) is choosing a tool that’s sharp enough to satisfy, but not so sharp you break the skin.

Black’s not worth it

Only 5 per cent of your brain will be engaged in the outside world. The other 95 per cent will be worrying feverishly about the appearance of white flakes.

Dry skin tips! on a magazine cover is like a red rag to a bull

No matter if you’ve read 10, 20 or 500 such features before, you’re buying that magazine and flicking to the page that you hope will change your life. It’s as inevitable as a peely, flaky nose on the eve of a first date.

Nine times out of ten, it’s a promotion

For a product you’ve already tried (Dove moisturising shower gel, I’m looking at you.)

You can chat moisturiser brands like some people can chat Love Island contestants

Body Shop mango butter is a bit heavy. Palmer’s cocoa butter, like Kem, can be too sweet, but it follows through. The Simple range does what it says on the tin, but it’s a bit dull. Clinique has more shelf cred, but it’s not for everyone, anymore than Liv is. You wouldn’t say no to Sudocrem, day or night.

You dream about moisturiser

Rich, creamy dreams in which you slather yourself in soft white lotion the texture of marshmallows and it melts into your skin like butter, leaving it peachy-soft and velvety.

You wake up to find you’ve gauged yourself in the night again

The crook of your elbow, the backs of your knees, the inside of your thighs and your scalp are inhabited by little devils with stinging, scratchy pitchforks.

Boiling hot showers are proof that pleasure and pain can be one and the same

Until you get out, and all you feel is burning and bitter remorse.

There is not enough moisturiser in the world to soothe you

Only the Dermalogica stuff on prescription is best, but then you gotta wean yourself off it, and that stuff is crack, for cracks.

All make up cakes into the cracks and looks shit

No matter how ‘dewy’ your foundation is, it will always look like a wash of dried paint in a desert. Sometimes you feel like your face is peeling off. Heck, sometimes it actually is.


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What do you really want to do before you turn 18? Probably feels like a long way off but these days everyone is compiling their ‘bucket lists’, trying to figure out places they want to see, foods they want to eat and experiences they want to have.

Remember, bucket lists aren’t just for big life goals or older people lucky enough to be planning their next cruise. There are rites of passage for every age group, especially when it comes to your teens and your only responsibilities are babysitting your annoying little brother and finishing your homework.

So here are five items to tick off your bucket list before you officially become an adult…

1. Start a band

It might only actually be you, and you may never make it out of your bedroom, but at some point we all decide we want to be in a band. Perhaps with your friends, perhaps with your siblings, perhaps even scouring Bandcamp for your musical soulmates. Whether you’re dreaming up angst-inspired ballads, jamming the same three chords over and over or recreating girl band dance routines, starting a band is a fun way to spend your free time even if you don’t ever perform anywhere!

2. Do your make-up entirely with testers in Superdrug

Maybe it poured with rain when you were waiting for the bus. Maybe your mum made you wipe it all off before you left the house. Maybe you just want to experiment with different products. Whatever the reason, spending a Saturday afternoon playing with all the cosmetics testers in Superdrug is an essential part of teenage life. It might not be hygienic, but it’s a great way to play! Ever wondered what you’d look like with yellow eyeshadow, green mascara and black lipstick? Now’s your time. After finishing in Superdrug, repeat the process again in Boots.

3. Make a regrettable hair choice

Trying the yellow eyeshadow tester in Superdrug shouldn’t be the only way you experiment with your appearance. Why stick to your face when your hair is ripe for the challenge too?! Figuring out who we are and what we like is an integral part of teen life and how we wear our hair is top of the list – so make the most of having a good excuse to go crazy! Of course, everyone’s idea of crazy varies. If you’ve always had long locks then going shoulder-length might seem like a big change. And you don’t have to go the whole hog straightaway; it’s totally fine to ask a friend to help you create curls with a styling tong rather than jumping hair-first into a perm…

4. Have an adventure with your mates

One of the best things about your teens is getting to spend loads of time with your bffs, making memories that you’ll treasure forever even if the friendships themselves drift away (hard to believe, I know). Nothing will beat the amazing feeling that comes when you have an adventure together, whatever it is. It could be a holiday or a bus trip to the seaside or getting the train to see an older mate at uni. Anything involving a sleeping bag deserves extra credit. Consider the ability to actually sleep in a sleeping bag as a hardcore Bear Grylls survival skill.

5. Go to a festival

Maybe this is the adventure that you and your friends go on! Obviously Glastonbury tickets are amazing if you can wangle them but your plans don’t have to be that grand. Loads of towns and cities have smaller festivals on in the summer, often for free. All you need are cut-off shorts, some glitter make up and a flower garland. Dancing with your pals to live music, soaking up the atmosphere and even queuing for the stinky portaloos will go down in the friendship memory books, for sure!

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