The Chic Coffee Table Books I’m Adding to My Basket Right Now

June 29, 2020 at 11:30AM

I must admit that over the last couple of months, my spending habits have drastically changed. Whereas this time of the year would usually see me buying last-minute flights for a summer holiday, a new swimwear wardrobe and likely every SPF product under the sun, this year I’m rethinking my priorities. The truth is, before I spend money on anything that can’t be deemed a necessity, I mull the potential purchase over for hours, weighing up whether or not, given the current situation, my expenditure is worth it.

With international travel, festivals and trips to the lido off the cards for a little while longer, I have found myself reinvesting my annual budget for such things elsewhere. Most specifically, in coffee table books. It sounds a little extravagant and niche, but hear me out.

You see, spending so much time within the confines of my own home has somewhat limited my creative output. In an attempt to get my creative juices flowing once more, I have been looking at all of the different ways I can make my living space just that little bit more inspiring.

And what better way to do so than with coffee table books that are just as chic on the inside as they are the out? Stacked on shelves, piled up high on tables and perched on my nightstand, there are coffee table books filled with some of the most inspiring images and words in every corner of my home. Keep scrolling for the chic coffee table books filling my wish list right now.

“Practical, inspirational, products tested, myths-busted, all occasions covered. This book offers all the expert styling advice and hair dos and don’ts you will ever need from acclaimed fashion and A-list hairstylist Luke Hersheson, the man behind the iconic cuts and styles seen on runways for Missoni and Armani, in the pages of Vogue and i-D and worn by Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Emma Watson and Claudia Schiffer, among others.” — Penguin

“Written in Funmi Fetto’s honest, elegant and engaging style, Palette includes the beauty journalist’s personal approach to skin care and makeup, along with lesser-known beauty hacks for women of colour, who have too long been left out of the beauty conversation.” — Liberty London

“From the revered Australian skincare company Aesop, a debut volume presenting its rigorous passion for creating superlative products and their considered approach to design.” — Rizzoli

“World-famous nail artist and author of the must-have textbook for nail technicians, Marian Newman reveals the stories behind some of her most iconic nails created for fashion shows and magazines, as well as the secrets and techniques to creating her incredible nails.” — Laurence King Publishing

“Delving into the products that are simply the best at what they do, the inventions that changed our perception of beauty and the launches that completely broke the mould, Pretty Iconic is a treasure trove of knowledge from Britain’s most trusted beauty writer.” — Harper Collins

“Celebrity aesthetician Joanna Vargas is known for her cutting-edge beauty treatments, high-end products, and famous (and seemingly ageless) clients. But if you were to ask for her secret to beautiful skin, she would tell you that is is actually very simple. It all boils down to what she calls the three pillars of skincare: What you put on your body, what you put in your body, and how you feel about your body.” — Harper Collins

“The first published collection of photographs by the icon of street style, bringing together favourites published in The New York Times alongside never-before-seen work across five decades.” — Penguin Random House

“This definitive publication opens with a concise history of [Prada], followed by a brief biographical profile of Miuccia Prada, before exploring the collections themselves, organised chronologically. Each collection is introduced by a short text unveiling its influences and highlights, and illustrated with carefully curated catwalk images that showcase hundreds of spectacular clothes, details, accessories, beauty looks and set designs—and, of course, the top fashion models who wore them on the runway, from Naomi Campbell and Gisele to Kate Moss and Kaia Gerber.” — Thames & Hudson

“Drawing from Susan Sontag’s seminal 1964 essay Notes on ‘Camp’, this multifaceted publication presents the sartorial manifestations of the camp sensibility while contributing new theoretical and conceptual insights to the camp canon through texts and images.” — Metropolitan Museum of Art

“This book is a complete catalogue of Ford’s design work for both Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent from 1994 to 2004. It chronicles not only Ford’s clothing and accessories designs for both houses, but also explores Ford’s grand vision for the complete design of a brand, including architecture, store design, and advertising.” — Rizzoli

“Leibovitz addresses young photographers and readers interested in what photographers do, but any reader interested in contemporary history will be fascinated by her account of one of the richest bodies of work in the photographic canon.” — Phaidon

“In this quest for privacy and freedom within a highly publicised life, Radziwill shares her unique perspective as a witness to history, recalling her friendships with the numerous cultural figures, from Rudolf Nureyev to Truman Capote, who have punctuated her life.” — Assouline

“Whether you live in a tiny city apartment, a rambling country cottage or an elegant townhouse, For the Love of White offers the definitive guide to creating a home with white and neutral tones.” — The White Company

“Expanding on her award-winning blog, Kate Watson-Smyth shares a wealth of experience in home design to help you make the most of your space, be it a house, apartment or single room.” — Pavilion Books

“Packed with interior design tips, recipes and more, Eat, Drink, Nap shows you to how to take a slice of Soho House home. From cooking classic roast chicken to shaking the perfect Soho Mule to choosing the right sofa for your sitting room, our experts share their secrets for contemporary living the Soho House way.” — Soho Home

“Natalie Walton steps inside fifteen homes across the world to meet the people who made them and discover whether there is some universality to what makes us happy in the spaces we inhabit.” — Hardie Grant Publishing

“The Kinfolk Home welcomes readers into 35 homes around the world that reflect some of the key principles of slow living: cultivating community, simplifying our lives and reclaiming time for what matters most.” — Kinfolk

“From roaring nightlife to peaceful yoga retreats, Ibiza’s hippie-chic atmosphere is its hallmark. This quintessential Mediterranean hot spot has served as an escape for artists, creatives, and musicians alike for decades. It is a place to reinvent oneself, to walk the fine line between civilisation and wilderness, and to discover bliss. Ibiza Bohemia explores the island’s scenic Balearic cliffs, its legendary cast of characters, and the archetypal interiors that define its signature style.” — Assouline

“Slim Aarons: Women explores the central subject of Slim Aarons’s career—the extraordinary women from the upper echelons of high society, the arts, fashion, and Hollywood. The book presents the women who most influenced Aarons’s life and work—and the other remarkable personalities he photographed along the way, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland, and Marilyn Monroe, all featured in unforgettable photographs.” — Abrams Books

“In this vivid new examination of a rogue architectural style, discover the roadside structures of California. Fresh discoveries and several pictorial essays explore how these buildings became synonymous with the West Coast and how the power of personal expression championed any architectural establishment with structures eccentric, innovative, and bizarre.” — Taschen

“Global travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith showcase the very best hotel rooms around the world, from elegant country retreats to quirky hideaways and stylish city escapes.” — Thames & Hudson

Next up, 30 items for those spending more time dressing tables than themselves.

Author Shannon Lawlor | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


I Keep Seeing This One Type of Sandal Everywhere

June 29, 2020 at 08:00AM

Look, I know there are a lot of sandal styles to be excited about right now. There’s the chunky (a continuation from last year’s iteration), the velcro or “dad” and, the most 2020 of them all, the heeled flip flop. But there’s another contender for coolest sandal style of the year—the rope. Consider these the exact sort of style of shoe you’d wear if you spent May to September on Ibiza. They’re slightly boho but with a cool edge. I remember first spying this style of footwear from Isabel Marant—the queen of bohemian-meets-rock-n-roll—and I still love them. Of course, Marant still has versions in her latest spring/summer 2020 collection but there are other designers who have mastered this sandal too. For example, Valentino has a black and white version that I can’t seem to escape on Instagram (influencer Emili Sindlev looks incredible in them). But, if luxury brands are within your budget right now, there are some gorgeous versions from Normadic State of Mind, Arket, Mango and Zara too. Ready to check them out? Keep scrolling… 

See Emili Sindlev wearing her white Valentino rope sandals below

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends to know. 

Author Elinor Block | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


19 Bronzers That Make You Look Like You’ve Been on Holiday

June 29, 2020 at 07:00AM

As many of us had plans to be jet-setting this summer but were met with indoor destinations instead, I’ve sought the bronzing miracles to give the appearance that we’ve spent time in warmer climes, even when it’s just the local park. The best bronzers give you a healthy and radiant glow, even when you’ve not had the chance to get more Vitamin D. A few swipes with a brush there or a couple of dabs of gel there, and you’ll look like you’ve been on the Costa del Sol, even if it’s more like Costa del London Fields. 

To master a luminescent complexion, it’s worth noting what to look for in a bronzer and the tools you’ll want to be equipped with to successfully craft your summer skin. A general recommendation is to avoid bronzers that are too orange or too grey. On any skin tone this will either over exaggerate or flatten the complexion, drawing away from the desired look.

On fairer skin tones, reach for a shade that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone but has a mix of tan and rose undertones to enhance your complexion and always apply it with a light hand.

For light to medium skin tones, you want to focus on bronzers that are quite neutral with slight gold undertones, this will create a warm, golden glow without going too orange.

Coppers, golds, reds and terracottas, are the sort of warmer shades and undertones that work perfectly for tan and olive skin tones. Avoid straying from your natural skin tone though and focus on the warmer shades, as anything cool will instantly flatten your complexion and appear dull on the skin.

For dark to deep-dark skin tones, stick to your natural skin tone—you are enhancing and defining, not sculpting as a contour would do. Instead focus on the pigment and undertone, look out for gold, terracotta, and red, they will add a further warmth to the skin and for a shimmer. Also, try playing with metallics to create a natural radiance.

Once you’ve got the correct colour, it goes without saying that applying bronzer correctly is a must but it’s easy if you get the tools right. Founder of Artist Couture and makeup artist, Angel Merino advises “the best brush for both powder and cream bronzer is an angled brush that can carve out a subtle definition. I really love using the BareMinerals Seamless Shaping & Finish Brush, it’s the perfect dome shape to blend out products and the tip is tapered to achieve definition at the same time”.

With the colour, tools and technique down, discover the best bronzers to achieve your dewy, destination skin.

Complementing and enhancing upon her iconic, best-selling finishing powder, Charlotte Tilbury has created a bronzing haven with the airbrush bronzer. A finely milled powder that is packed together and infused with hyaluronic acid, it softly dusts the skin whilst creating a silky and natural-looking matte finish. Sharpening, defining and enhancing, this bronzer is a sun-inducing veil you will need over the coming months.

An iconic adaption that never fails to impress year on year. If there is one thing Chanel are infamous for outside of their LBD and Flap bag, it is their highly coveted summer collection and more so their Les Beiges bronzers. This is a lightweight cream-gel face bronzer that when melted into the skin leaves a velvet-matte finish to naturally enhance a sun-kissed complexion. Applied with a foundation brush, carve out your cheekbones, décolletage and collarbones and let the sun seek you all summer long.

Nars’ latest ‘Bronze On’ Collection is a re-invention of their classic ‘Laguna’. Masterful in pigment and undertones, the bronzing powders diffuse effortlessly on the skin when picked up by a spectrum of light, creating an undeniable and beautiful gleam.

Focusing on enhancing the complexion, Becca’s Sunlit bronzers radiates a natural warmth that then is opposed to the overly exposed orange undertones or flat and grey finishes. Using the fine flecks of shimmer within the formula to create the bronzed finish, you will be left with a sun-drenched glow that is complemented with an irresistible silky texture.

No bronzer list would be complete without touching upon a classic. Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess is an integral part of the brand’s Bronze Goddess collection that resurfaces every year and rightly so! The buttery-soft powder sweeps across the skin creating a sultry and seductive finish. With a unique oil-control complex it keeps the shine at bay and allows for the healthy dew to shine through.

Take this as your layering product, once you have applied your bronzer and crafted the perfect definition, apply the Glow Powder to the high of the bronzer to create the perfectly dewy, golden glow. Angel Merino advises, “using the mineralised Skin Finish Powder from Mac and then applying the glow powder shade ‘Conceited’ on top, it looks as though I have just got back from a tropical vacation”.

Ticking many boxes this summer, the Face Anti-Age is cosmetics with skincare benefits, a fuss-free natural glow, protects the complexion and has anti-ageing benefits (as we know the pre-mature ageing that sun exposure can induce). Formulated with Raspberry Seed Oil, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to bronze, fortify and enhance the complexion it is also enriched with a tri-collagen booster to keep the skin supple, hydrated and charged whilst supporting elasticity.

Fenty has done it again with an easy, buildable and lightweight cream bronzer that is water-resistant but sun absorbing. Kissing the skin with a silky-smooth texture, the cream bronzer is the ideal summer combination you will need if you want to perfect and sculpt your cheekbones, jawline and collar bones.

Playing up the formula in this compact yet dual toned bronzer, the Mineral Nude captures the bronzed look through the golden minerals that is interwoven within the product. Inspired by the effect the sun has on the skin, it uses this imagery to mimic the captured light on the complexion. Natural and luminous, the skin will appear naturally tanned and radiant.

This bronzer emits an undeniable skin-nourishing glow that naturally and beautifully bronzes the skin for a decadent finish. Biomimicry technology as well as an anti-pollution skin shield, it protects against environmental aggressors as well as melts and forms on the skin leaving a vibrant yet natural finish on the skin.

Defying undertones, this bronzer adapts and amplifies the skin creating a wash of colour and the illusion of no makeup. Formulated with broad spectrum SP15 and Vitamin C, your complexion will diffuse a radiance that offers a youthful and vibrant finish.

This irresistible cream-to-powder formula blends effortlessly on the skin and immediately creating a sultry yet sophisticated glow that can be either dramatic or subtle depending on your mood. Sweat and water-resistant, it stands the test of time against the elongated summer hours, promising to leave a rich yet healthy hue across the skin.

Focusing on where the sun hits the face, the Bronzing Veil is perfect for enhancing the skin without leaving a touch of orange, grey or shimmer on the skin. Perfectly neutral, lightweight and matte, it carves out an ambient glow.

Imagine the playful and decadent ambiance that light gives off? Hourglass have housed it in a compact and formulated it as an Ambient Lighting Powder. Taking inspiration from the beauty of light, the powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light whilst pushing out harsh beams and leaving a visible fusion of a sun-kissed glow.

Mature yet ageless, gel and powder, the Real Bronze is an innovation in formula and technology. Confidently a gel-powder formula that is sheer at the offset but built up to leave a beautiful and natural glow that skims over wrinkles and imperfections. In support of the brand’s commitment, this bronzer is a collaboration with the Asian Elephant Family as proceeds go to protect the elephants and their habitats.

There is nothing worse than applying a bronzer across the body and it leaves the skin feeling oily or sticky. Enter the Bronzing Body Stick, as soon as it glides on the skin it blurs imperfections and creates an instant yet natural-looking glow. Transfer-resistant as to not leave any stains on your summer attire, the creamy bronzer feels nourishing, hydrated and natural with no streaks.

Legendary for those who are a fan of bronzers, ‘Terracotta’ was the first bronzing powder but has now advanced to eight unique and beautiful shades. Perfectly reinvented with a golden, copper shimmer, introduce your complexion to a powder that has helped to craft the bronzing category over the years. Restoring a natural glow and rejuvenating a healthy complexion, this bronzer is not only fool proof but carries a light fragrance of Gardenia, Ylang Ylang and Jasmine immediately connoting the notes of summer.

Tom Ford is famous for his luxurious and rich collections and his summer collection doesn’t let the side down. Infused with plant-derived butters that nourish and soften the skin, it is infused with ingredients such as the cocoa seed to hydrate and enhance a natural glow.

Combining a sheer tint that can be blended in your skincare and with anti-ageing properties, the Adaptive Sheer Serum gives a natural shimmer whilst combatting fine lines, wrinkles and injecting life back into the skin. The sheer coverage helps to perfect imperfections whilst the formula melts softly and smoothly on the skin. Whether used as a bronzer or a day cream, reveal a natural bronzing tint.

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2020 fashion trends you need to know. 

Author Nateisha Scott | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


You Won’t Believe How Easy and Effective These DIY Face Masks Are

June 29, 2020 at 06:30AM

When it comes to beauty routines, there’s nothing quite like a face mask to turn your everyday skincare steps into a relaxing, self-care moment. Taking five to 10 minutes whilst the mask works its magic is probably the closest experience to a spa day we can get right now. Your mind and your skin will also thank you for that bit of extra attention. 

So now onto the decision of which mask to use. From hydrating sheet masks to under-eye plumping patches and good old-fashioned detoxifying charcoal masks, these days there’s a plethora of options on the market promising miraculous results. But have you ever considered making your own? 

Would you believe some of the best and most effective face masks can be made in the comfort of your own kitchen and without the extraneous ingredients that you can sometimes find in shop-bought concoctions? Just purely good stuff.

Keep scrolling for homemade mixtures to help with everything from congested skin, dryness and, of course, getting that glow. Just a few things to remember: Always do a patch test first, be sure to use them on the same day of making and check those sell-by dates. (If you wouldn’t eat it, probably best not to slather it on your face.) Happy face-masking!

If your moisturiser isn’t quite going far enough this winter, this brunch-appropriate combination will quench and nourish your skin. According to Clean Beauty Insiders co-founder Dominika Minarovic, honey is a “wonder ingredient.” As a humectant, it helps skin retain moisture without adding oil, helping the appearance of scars and aiding skin cell regeneration. Add oats, a popular ingredient for brands like Garnier, which have soothing and moisturising properties, and avocado oils will leave skin feeling extra smooth.  Ingredients: 1/2 avocado. 1 tbsp. honey. Handful of oats. Directions: Mash avocado and mix all ingredients together. Apply to clean dry skin and leave on for 15 minutes max, avoiding eye area. Wash off with warm water and moisturise as usual. 

Honey is not only moisturising, but it’s also a natural antibacterial, making it extremely effective in acne-fighting masks, according to Lily Kunin, creator of Clean Food Dirty City and author of the plant-based cookbook Good Clean Food. “Nutritional yeast is also excellent for treating acne, as it’s rich in B-vitamins that help calm the skin barrier, especially if you’re breaking out around your period,” she says. Ingredients:  2 chamomile tea bags. 1 tbsp. Manuka honey. 1 tsp. nutritional yeast. Directions:  Brew one cup of chamomile tea using two tea bags and cool completely. Mix together the honey and yeast, and add enough of the cool tea to make a paste runny enough to spread over your face. Apply a thin layer and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off and moisturise as usual. 

No need to spend all your money on the latest acids and toners just yet. Try out this all-natural version first and reap the rewards. Yoghurt is full of lactic acid, which will lift away tired and dull surface cells and reveal the brighter layers below. Honey will add elasticity to the skin and, according to Kate Protopapas, founder of all-natural, vegan and cruelty-free skincare brand Isla Apothecary, turmeric is extremely useful for combatting pigmentation. Ingredients: 1 tbsp. natural, plain yoghurt. 1 tbsp. honey. 1 tbsp. turmeric powder. Directions: Mix all ingredients together and apply to clean, dry skin. Leave for 10 to 15 minutes, wash off and moisturise as usual.

If your skin is looking dull, try this natural mixture, which is a gentle alternative to stronger acids (especially good if your skin is on the sensitive side). Aloe vera, filled with vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12 (phew), has unbeatable radiance-enhancing and soothing properties, and papaya is a natural exfoliant with dead-skin-cell-dissolving enzymes, leaving your skin on the (much) glowier and plumper side.  Ingredients: 1 tbsp. cacao powder . 1/4 papaya flesh. Squeeze of aloe vera. Directions: Mix all ingredients together, apply to clean, dry skin and leave for 10 minutes. Wipe off with cotton pads or tissue and rinse any excess. 

If it’s the opposite of dry, cracked skin you’re suffering from, this mask will help calm and mattify. Oatmeal soothes, and the combination of egg yolks will tighten and plump. You may think the addition of olive oil makes no sense at all if it’s the opposite you’re trying to achieve, but the kitchen essential will help balance out hydration, aiming to slow your body’s overproduction of its own oils. It’s also packed with vitamin E, which acts to create a barrier for the skin post-mask, protecting against any cell-damaging free radicals. Ingredients: 1 egg yolk. 1 tbsp. honey. 1 tbsp. olive oil. Small handful of oatmeal. Directions: Combine all of the ingredients well and apply to clean, dry face for 15 to 20 minutes, avoiding the eye area. Wash off with luke-warm water and then moisturise.

It’s more important than ever to be protecting your skin from the damaging effects of environmental factors like pollution. This DIY mask from Clean Beauty Insiders will do just the job. Vitamin E from the olive oil and the abundant antioxidants found in matcha will create a barrier on the skin, fighting those dreaded free radicals that can come from external factors like pollution and leave skin feeling tired and dull, breaking down collagen production and dehydrating the surface. Meanwhile, fatty acids from the almonds will leave the skin feeling plumped and supple.  Ingredients: Handful of ground almonds . 2 tbsp. olive oil. 1tsp. matcha green tea powder. Directions: Mix together ingredients and leave on clean skin for up to 10 minutes. Before rinsing off with warm water, massage the paste into skin to exfoliate dead cells and remove everything that might be clogging the pores. 

Up next, these face masks are the reasons celebrities always look so glowy.

Author Emily Dawes | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


This Bra-Size Calculator Is a Thing of Genius

June 29, 2020 at 06:10AM

Without the help of our bra-size calculator below, finding out (and updating) your bra size can be a time-consuming and downright annoying thing. There are loads of great places where you can visit to get your bra fitted (and I do venture afield, as you’ll see below), but the truth is that it’s super important to keep checking. Our bodies change fast (weight can fluctuate and our figures shift all the time), and wearing the wrong size bra can be rather damaging to your breast tissue. So although we would always recommend getting fitted properly, it is a great idea to be able to scope out your own bra size from home. That way, you can be on top of things when you’re too busy to visit a lingerie department every six months.

The first thing you’ll learn? You’ve probably been wearing the wrong bra size for a long, long time. But don’t worry—you’re not alone in that mistake. It’s incredibly common for people to assume that they have bigger backs they actually do. (Or be scared of having a larger cup size for the fear that it will limit their underwear options.) Here’s where we step in to help.

To get some expert intel, I headed to both M&S and Rigby & Peller. The latter is an old-school underwear shop that works very differently from other stores. Instead of measuring you, the bra fitters work by sight. They just look at your chest and work out which size you are. Both Rigby and M&S came back with a 34D. Now, while just knowing someone’s bra size from looking at their chest does seem like a sort of superpower every breast owner should have, alas, it’s not something we can all possess, which is why I got thinking about a bra-size calculator. So here is the easy way for everyone to work out their own bra size without having to always go get it fitted. Keep scrolling for our guide on how to find out your correct bra size, and you can thank me later.

To measure around the band part of your bust, which is directly underneath your breasts, make sure you have a soft tape measure to hand, place it flat against your skin, and draw it around your torso. Keep as close to under your bust as possible. Once you’ve done that, note down the number in inches.

Once you’ve done the band, then you want to measure the fullest part of your bust. Gently take the tape measure and measure it in inches as well.

Then comes the slightly tricky bit: To work out what your cup size is, you want to subtract your band size from your bust size. From the difference between the two sizes, you can work out your cup. If the difference is less than 1, then it’s AA, 1 means A, 2 means B, 3 means C, 4 means D, 5 means DD, and so on.

You’ll still need your band measurement to give you the number preceding the letter. For example, if your band size is 34 but your bust size is 37, then your bra size is 34C (difference of 3, again, means it’s a C cup). Of course, it’s worth mentioning that bras can fit differently according to different brands, but now you have the basic tools to work out your correct size.

If you need more guidance, however, I also spoke to bra-fit expert Julia Mercer from M&S, who gave me some further insights so that if you ever want to know how to find the right size, you’ll be in no doubt. First off, Mercer said that as the average bust size of women in the UK is growing (34B to a 36D/36DD in the last decade), “it’s become more important than ever to wear a bra for both comfort and support.” Mercer also said, reassuringly, that you should “never be alarmed if you have to go up a cup size,” as this will not only help you look smaller but will also help your posture. And the best way to check if your bra is fitting correctly? “Lift up your arms twist your body, and the bra will fit perfectly in place,” she advises. For more help, keep scrolling for a bra-fitting checklist.

Under-band: This should be parallel to the floor and secure enough that only two fingers can fit under the elastic.

Centre front: Should sit completely flat against the sternum.

Side wire: Make sure this is flat against the rib cage and never digging into breast tissue.

Cup capacity: Breasts should sit fully into the cup without any spillage.

Straps: These should be adjusted to just fit two fingers on top of each other, which will give the right pressure for your shoulder.

Now that you’ve got all of the tips on calculating your own bra size, it’s time to shop! See our favourite bras to buy now…

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Next up, the biggest S/S 20 fashion trends you need to know. 

Author Elinor Block | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


3 Brands That Are Working to Reduce Waste in the Fashion Industry

June 29, 2020 at 06:07AM

With an increased global consciousness around fashion and sustainability, it’s never been more important to champion brands that are doing their bit for the environment. From the use of recycled materials to zero-waste garment construction, so many labels have created innovative ways to minimise their impact. And while there are several elements to ensuring a brand is sustainable, today we’re focusing on brands that are helping to reduce waste in the fashion industry. 

Including Cro-Che, a newly launched brand that has waste mitigation built into its ethos; MaisonCléo, the buzzy French label beloved by influencers; and Ilk + Ernie, which purchases surplus fabric, below are three labels that know what it means to put sustainability at the forefront. While they might already be on your radar, keep scrolling to learn a little more about how these labels are working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. 

Tacita Brown founded Cro-Che after becoming increasingly frustrated by the amount of waste created by the fashion industry. The brand offers intricately crocheted pieces that are handmade by artisans across the globe. Not to mention, this method of garment construction is, by nature, zero-waste, as when crocheting, you only use the amount of material you actually need. 

Based in Brighton, Ilk + Ernie purchases surplus fabric that would otherwise be disposed of and recycles it to create its garments. The brand’s most recent collection consists of 11 pieces, all of which have been created using 100% sustainably sourced fabrics.  

Already on the radar of many members of the fashion set, MaisonCléo has become a go-to for editors and influencers. The brand is helmed by a mother-daughter duo and sources deadstock fabric to create its designs, all of which are handmade in France. 

Next up, the biggest S/S 20 fashion trends you need to know. 

Author Zoe Anastasiou | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


These Are The 20 Results-Driven Moisturisers You Need To Know

June 29, 2020 at 06:00AM

It seems that serums have stolen some of the spotlight away from moisturisers. There’s always a new serum or treatment that grabs the attention of beauty fans but when’s the last time you heard someone raving about a moisturiser?

But, honestly if you find a high-performance moisturiser that you get on with, then your skin is in for a treat. Unfortunately, the most results-driven ones in the bunch can usually be found in “anti-ageing moisturiser” categories. A term that surely we need to move past now. But, as our skin changes over the course of our lives, our product requirements can also change.

Ultimately, what we’re looking for here are moisturisers that actually do the job and can team up with us to work with our skin concerns. Everyone has their thing, whether that’s looking for more moisture, radiance or a bouncier and smoother texture to your skin. 

Keep scrolling to find out the moisturisers that you need to make space for. 

Remember that time when everyone was drinking celery juice by the litre? Well, if you can’t stomach it, your face still deserves to get in on the action. Consider this your one-stop-pot for bringing your skin into balance.

Just look at that price. This super skin-renewer is packed with peptides aka the nifty ingredient that signals to your skin that it could do with producing some more collagen, and we can always do with more of that

If your skin is feeling as thirsty as that post-run hunt for water, then look no further. This super rich cream has antioxidants via marula oil, brightening vitamin C and enough hydration to keep your skin looking plump and deeply nourished. 

In lieu of having an on-call facialist, there’s this powerhouse of a night cream. The formula contains algae extract and vitamin E for all of their free-radical busting and soothing benefits. If you want to wake up and glow on a budget, this is the jar to add to your cabinet.

You can always rely on the smart folks in the L’Oréal Paris labs to deliver results, back up their claims and give you skin that will have your friends asking what treatment you’ve just had. Everyone’s favourite moisture-boosting ingredient hyaluronic acid is featured in the firming and smoothing formula. 

There’s a reason why No7 launches create much warranted hype– the stuff works. This moisturiser is rich without creating an oil slick on your pillows and the diehards of this product will attest to just how restorative it is for your skin. 

Honestly, it’s like one whisper of the word retinol  and your skin will perk up in anticipation. But, it’s time for your skin to expand its vocab as we’re all about the bakuchiol right now. The plant-based retinol alternative is making waves for both its efficacy and for causing less irritation. This radiance-inducing moisturiser is the upgrade you’ve always needed (plus it’s lilac). 

Pollution is the ultimate hater and it really doesn’t want our skin to live its brightest, dark spot free and dewy lives. But, we don’t have to back down, thanks to this day cream that protects skin from pollutants with a blend of probiotics, niacinamide and antioxidants. 

Yes, I know. Would I rather go on holiday for £400? Absolutely. But, no-one likes that friend who keeps their skincare secrets to themselves. It’s as dense as the crème part of a crème brûlée and it does all kinds of magic tricks to lift, firm, nourish and protect skin. I wish I didn’t love it. If your skincare budget allows it’s well worth it, for the rest of us, wish list it.

Olay has got your back when it comes to keeping skin feeling firm and juicy. With its formula that includes peptides, this moisturiser works super hard to regenerate and restore your skin. You’ll wonder why you ever cheated on Olay in the first place.

While we’re all well aware that there’s no such thing as hope in a jar, this moisturiser is certainly a jar that’s filled to the brim with results. You won’t find any filler ingredients here as every single one deserves its place to improve the appearance of skin. From anti-inflammatory ursorlic acid to a blend of nourishing results; this is serious skincare at its very best. 

You’re probably over hearing about peptides, but sorry, not sorry. You need them in your life and in this cream in particular, they work wonders. The addition of ceramides give your skin the moisture that you probably didn’t even think was possible and evens out tone and texture. 

With exfoliating papaya enzyme, this will do all the hard-work in reducing the appearance of dark spots and giving skin a brightness booster–all while you’re fast asleep. 

Ease your way through skin concerns that might range from dryness, fine lines or uneven skin tone with a host of stealthy ingredients like retinol and pigmentation-reducing ellagic acid. 

Skin that’s a bit sensitive to most of the heavy-hitting creams needn’t feel left out as Kiehl’s have managed to formulate a complexion refining moisturiser that’s still gentle on the skin. 

Pop this next to your supplements, as this is the equivalent of a multi-vitamin for your face. The collagen-promoting, omega-including moisturiser leaves skin feeling as bouncy as your favourite cushion.

Once you’ve gotten over the scent, then you’ll be even more impressed by how your skin looks the morning after. A blend of oils and shea butter will wrap your skin up and work to refresh and revitalise. 

There’s a reason why this cream is a shelfie staple with the beauty crowd. It’s a very quiet and humble cream on the outside but it comes into its own once slotted into your skincare routine. Sunscreen is a must always, and this moisturiser features broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection also.

You might as well prepare yourself now, for all the skin compliments you’re about to receive. With an admirable ingredients list, this silky cream gives you all the benefits of retinol without the need to worry about your skin getting too sensitive. 

If you’ve got sensitive skin, but want a retinol moisturiser to work with pigmentation, fine lines and uneven skin tone, this is what you’ve been searching for. 

Up next, the tinted SPF formulas worth knowing.

Author Giselle La Pompe-Moore | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


The 9 Pieces I Want to Show You This Week

June 29, 2020 at 05:00AM

We created What to Buy Now to bring you a concise edit every Monday of the items we really love—from the high street, designer labels, vintage gems you can buy online and even charity-shop treasures. We’re constantly scanning the most stylish online stores so you can feel safe in the knowledge that you won’t miss a thing.

We know that your fashion requirements can vary massively from season to season, whether you’re looking for an immaculately tailored staple, an affordable sundress or the perfect pair of shoes. So not only will we cover all the bases, but as ardent believers in mindful consumption, we’ll make sure everything we include will look just as fresh in a year’s time as it does now.

Of course, we’ll also bring you those pieces that simply set your heart racing in a way that only fashion can. This week’s highlights include plenty of winning wardrobe gems, including a pre-loved statement blouse, a summer-ready linen jumpsuit and an outfit-elevating pair of sunnies. Scroll down to shop the buys on my wish list this week. You know what to do.

This plisse fabric looks so premium IMO.

Another day, another WFH-ready slider sandal.  

This will keep you cool in the heatwave. 

The dress everyone’s been talking about is finally here. 

Whether it’s for beach or bed, these silken shorts are sure to turn heads. 

You gotta love a statement back.

Give your summer outfits added cool factor with these Joseph sunnies. 

Just the right length and stripe for a super-flattering finish. 

Yes I do need another vintage blouse, thanks Etsy.

The ultimate ’80-inspired summer blazer. 

Get Prada’s cult Velcro sandals for less on Vestiaire Collective. 

A little bit of smocking never goes amiss in a summer dress.

The bag brand to know for 2020.

Wear with everything from jeans to dresses and skirts. 

A pleated midi is the wardrobe workhorse you won’t regret investing in. 

The linen shirt is a firm fixture in our warm weather capsule. 

Throw over your bikini in the garden and dream of holidays to come. 

Playsuits don’t come much cuter than this pinstripe piece. 

For when you’re craving some retro-inspired florals. 

Just wait till you see the back.

Another winning smocked top from & Other Stories.

You’d never know these are from Mango.

The cutest vintage playsuit I’ve ever seen.

If you’re looking for a floral mini this year, make sure to check out vintage options.

Pretty much my dream bikini. 

I’m throwing it back to the ’90s with this linen maxi. 

The perfect mood-boosting addition to a white tee. 

I can’t stop looking and shorts suits right now.

The high-street dress of dreams.

You’ll wear this on repeat all summer long.

A real summer staple. 

Just add to jeans and your fave sandals. 

The cutest smocked dress we’ve seen.

The ideal dress-up-dress-down tank top. 

I’ll never say no to a vintage-inspired blouse. 

Gingham trousers are ideal for summer, and even better when they come pre-loved. 

The ultimate throw-on-and-go warm weather playsuit. 

Yep, I’ve found my dream summer jacket.

Tevas are still going strong. This year, we’re buying them in white.

Sweatshirts are looking unexpectedly appealing right now, especially when they come with a throwback logo. 

Use now to store all your scarves, then for weekends away for many years to come.

An affordable and versatile blouse to keep you cool in the heat.

This will be a serious multitasker in your accessory capsule this season.

A dreamy swimsuit that doubles as a bodysuit. 

Retro florals have never looked so appealing. 

The denim silhouette of the summer. 

So simple yet oh so chic.

Throwback to the ’90s with this bias-cut midi dress. 

Very ’90s Gwyneth Paltrow.

These would look so good with the above co-ord.

A simple way to add style to your summer basics. 

The square neckline instantly elevates this classic mini. 

A vintage jacket that will go with everything from jeans to midi dresses.

Summer linen, but make it polished. 

Use this to liven up a white tee and jeans. 

Throw-on comfies just got so much chicer.

I’m not usually a fan of one-shoulder tops, but this is undeniably chic.

A capsule collection to take note of.

One of Team WWW has already added these to basket.

Next: Spring/Summer 2020 Fashion Trends: What We’ll Be Wearing in This New Decade

Opening Image: @lenafarl, @asos_lotte, @heartzeena

Author Joy Montgomery | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


If You’re Overdue a Waxing, Here’s Your No-Fuss Guide to At-Home Hair Removal

June 28, 2020 at 06:30PM

For me, hair removal is without a doubt the most time-consuming, expensive and annoying part of my beauty routine. You see, I’m naturally a very hairy person. So much so that I’ve been frequenting my local salon once a month for a face waxing since my early teens. However, as I have got older, my beauty priorities have started to shift. Whereas once upon a time having perfectly groomed brows, silky smooth legs and a preened bikini line justified huge expense and effort, more recently I have found myself seeking cheaper, less time-consuming hair removal methods.

And I’m pleased that I got a head start. With salons shut, we have no choice but to turn to at-home hair removal methods. Luckily, I have already dedicated a great deal of time to perfecting my routine, and it’s much easier than I thought it would be. Sure, I might not get salon-smooth results every time, but it will do for now.

So take my word for it when I say that during this time, there are some very effective ways of keeping everything in check without having to go to the salon. With a little guidance from hair removal expert Zainab Siddiq at Ministry of Waxing, keep scrolling for everything you need to know about getting rid of body hair at home.

Quite possibly one of the most popular salon treatments out there, waxing is a method loved by many. Leaving the smoothest finish, waxing removes the whole hair from the follicle, giving low-maintenance, long-lasting results. So what’s the issue about carrying it out yourself at home? Well, the pain. The truth is, waxing is painful, and having to wax yourself can be quite the mental challenge. “Waxing is all about confidence,” says Siddiq. “Once the wax is applied to the skin, a strong removal with a supporting stretch on the skin is the most important part.”. Besides that, however, there are some things you can (and should) do to help minimise pain and in order to get the best results. Follow Siddiq’s step-by-step below. Step 1: When using any waxing product, it’s important to sanitise the area beforehand in order to have a clean base for the product to adhere to without causing irritation to the epidermis. Step 2: If using a strip wax product, a small amount of talc can be applied as a barrier to protect the epidermis and only go over the area once as repeating the step could remove parts of the epidermis that has active cell membranes. Step 3: If using a hard-wax product, please follow the recommended advice on the product. It will either be an oil or talc base to again protect the epidermis. Hard wax does not stick to the skin (it only adheres to the hair), meaning you can wax over the same area twice assuring a small amount of the barrier product is used again. Hard wax is better for sensitive areas such as the underarms and bikini line, as it’s terminal hair, which is coarser than vellus hair found on your arms and legs. Step 4: When applying the wax, apply in the direction of hair growth and remove against the direction of hair growth to give the best results and ensure the bulb is removed from the root. Hold and stretch the skin whilst removing. Step 5: Finish up with an aftercare product to close and clean the pores.

There’s no doubt about it, shaving is by far the easiest way to quickly remove hair at home. “All hair types can be shaved,” explains Siddiq. “However, it is important to ensure the skin is looked after,” she warns.  And it’s true. Although shaving is the most convenient method, it’s also one of the most irritating on the skin. Not only does it not remove the hair, meaning it grows back quickly and stubbly, but it can also leave the skin red, bumpy and at risk of forming ingrown hairs. In order to help avoid such issues, Siddiq advises exfoliating twice a week, “This will remove dead skin cells that can get trapped in the razor and cause bacteria build-up.” Once you feel as though the skin is suitably prepped for shaving, it’s time to get out the razor. “If the hair is long, shave in the direction of the hair first before you then shave against the hair growth. This stops irritation and erythema on the skin’s surface,” she says. Finish up with a slathering of moisturiser to help keep the skin healthy.

For those that have ever endured getting their brows or face threaded will understand that it really isn’t the sort of technique that can be carried out easily at home. It requires a trained eye, a steady hand and usually, an extra set of hands (or teeth). Whereas tweezing pulls out individual hairs and wax pulls out a whole bunch, threading works by plucking hairs out in straight lines, making it a great option for neatening up brows quickly. With that being said, threading your brows at home is strongly advised against as it leaves very little room for error. “Threading is usually done by a skilled expert. It can be done at home, but is only recommended to do on areas other than your eyebrows as you won’t be able to stretch and thread all at the same time by yourself,” says Siddiqi. However, if you don’t get on with wax, threading could be a great way to manage any unwanted facial hair during this time. All you need is a reel of thread and to follow Siddiq’s steps below: Step 1: Cleanse and dry the area to ensure that it is free of any oils or makeup. Then get a piece of thread around 20cm long and tie it at the end, creating a big circle. Step 2: Place your hands in the circle, holding it halfway down your fingers (like how you would when playing cats cradle) and then turn one hand clockwise turning the big circle in to a figure of eight. The twists in the middle are what will do the threading. Step 3: In order to thread the upper lip, you will need to get used to the motion first. Open one hand and close the other and alternate this so that the twisted thread moves up and down the circle. Step 4: Place the thread on your upper lip and do the same motion against the direction of your hair growth. It may be painful, but that’s normal! Step 5: Once you have removed all the unwanted hair, cleanse the area once again and apply aloe vera to the area to help close the pores.

Similar to threading, epilating works by plucking out the hairs from the follicle. “An epilator is an electrical device used to remove hair by mechanically grasping multiple hairs simultaneously and pulling them out,” explains Siddiq. In theory, epilating is a great option as it suits all hair and skin types. However, it’s worth noting that it isn’t the most comfortable of methods. Unlike waxing and threading, the pain of epilating isn’t over in the blink of an eye. “Please note that the stronger and coarser the hair, the more discomfort you will experience. It can be uncomfortable but that will ease in time with regular use,” Siddiq warns. The key to getting through it? As with most forms of hair removal, pulling the skin tight should help. Much like shaving, epilating can potentially lead to ingrown hairs, so be sure to exfoliate regularly.

Next up, these are the six skincare products every 30-something should have in their routine.

Author Shannon Lawlor | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC


The Unexpected Place I’m Getting All of My Outfit Inspo From This Summer

June 28, 2020 at 11:00AM

While it is certainly low on the priority list right now, as a fashion editor, there is something a little sad about not being able to stroll along the streets of London and add to my mental portfolio of outfit inspiration via the well-dressed individuals that pass me by. It’s one of the lovely things about living and working in a city known for its eclecticism and creativity.

So in the meantime, I just have to make do with the avenues available to me. Of course, there are the usual go-tos such as Instagram and Pinterest, which provide endless fashion cues for my summer wardrobe. However, there is one category I use which might surprise some people, and that’s e-commerce sites. Not all platforms are made equal, obviously, but I’ve found that certain brands have really perfected their model shot styling game, and for me, it essentially presents an opportunity to gather dressing hacks from a professional stylist, who probably spent hours putting these looks together.

I have even been known to search for specific items that I need ideas for. For example, when I bought white jeans last year and needed some guidance, I searched for white jeans on Net-a-Porter’s site, and voilà: ready-made outfits. Try it next time you scroll through your fave online store. Recently, I’ve been particularly appreciating Mango’s spring/summer outfits, many of which toe the line between accessible and high-end, and comfortable and cool so well. Scroll down to see the five outfits that have piqued my interest this season.

Up Next: The Complete Capsule: 9 Summer Essentials to Carry You Through Till Autumn

Author Joy Montgomery | Whowhatwear
Selected by CWC