Take one look at me and you’ll see that I am by no means a beauty junkie by today’s high standards. Nor am I one of them high maintenance gals with drawn of eyebrows and Oompa Loompa tans. However, a little bit of internet trawling, Pinterest drooling and my penchant for a glossy mag I am just as well equipped to tell you about next year’s beauty trends than even the best beauty bloggers out there!
So sit back, relax and take a look at what I reckon is gonna be super hot in the beauty stakes during 2019.
Ginger has long been top of our superfood list, with its fiery fragrant flavour it’s a taste sensation with a whole heap of health benefits when consumed in our food and drink. However, ginger shouldn’t be kept just for our internal system, as it has amazing results on our exterior too.
Ginger oil is the latest beauty oil to hit our radar and the best bit is that you don’t need any of this fancy schmancy off the shelf stuff as it’s super easy to make at home. Simply grate 700g of root ginger and place in a slow cooker along with 900ml of the oil of your choice. Leave on the lowest heat setting for 48 hours to ensure the oil fully takes on the ginger. Carefully pour the contents through muslin into a large bowl, this will catch the root ginger and allow the ginger oil to seep through. Pop into an airtight container and allow to sit for 24 hours so that natural separation occurs. When it has separated, pour the oil off of the top and store in sterilised airtight bottles or jars. Make some labels and tie some string around the containers and you’ve got yourself some beautiful handmade Christmas presents for your friends and family – hey we’re all for spreading the handmade love!
The oil can be used in lots of different ways:
- In baths to help ease sore muscles or to help invigorate you if you’re feeling lethargic.
- As a massage oil to help increase circulation in the hands, feet and calves, to ease pain and inflammation in joints, and to soothe stomach pains.
- As a decongestant when rubbed on the chest.
- To stimulate hair growth and to replenish dry locks.
And because it’s made from just two natural ingredients it means should you wish to you could also use the oil in your cooking. For now, we’re keeping our stash stored in the bathroom all prepped and ready for some superfood skincare in 2019.
Let’s talk milk. Milk is an often debated topic with more and more of us choosing to switch from regular dairy to plant based or other such milk alternatives. You only have to go down the milk aisle in the supermarket to notice the shelves have never looked so stocked up with variety and choice.
And as any good foodie knows, milk has topped food trends lists for the past couple of years, but now it looks as though it wants a spot on the beauty trends lists too.
From goat’s milk soap and camel milk cream to almond milk cleanser and coconut milk moisturiser for the vegans, if there’s a milk there’s a milk skincare product and we love them! Gorgeously gentle, super soothing and all kinds of creamy we say if it was good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for us. Sour donkey milk bath anyone!?!?!
Gone are the days when dying your hair meant simply getting your roots touched up or spraying in a bit of Sun In over the summer (OK, OK so that was literally decades ago now!), nowadays we’re allowed to have way more fun with our hair colour. There’s been candyfloss pink hair, pastel unicorn hair, rainbow hair and vibrant electric blue hair, but now it’s time for something a bit different. Lilac hair is apparently the next new shade to hit our hairdressing salons as a new twist on silvery grey and continuing with the love of everything mermaid. If the thought of lilac hair totally floats your boat, just make sure you go to a reputable hairdresser otherwise you run the risk of ending up with a sub standard granny blue rinse.
We also predict that with Pantone’s announcement of coral as their 2019 colour of the year that this tone will also feature on our heads. I mean just imagine the combination of coral and lilac – literally a mermaid dream! Whatever colour you choose, to be on trend in 2019 your locks need to be colourful, glossy, lustrous and unique.
Bakuchiol is the new natural ingredient set to replace retinol and beauty counters are going mad for it. With the increase in people turning to veganism, it was only a matter of time before the demand for plant-based beauty grew too and bakuchiol is providing the perfect solution. Deriving from the babchi plant, bakuchiol is still super powerful, but way gentler than retinol so people with sensitive skin are reaping the benefits too. It has been used in Ayuverdic medicine for years, but its skincare benefits are only now coming to light. It is believed to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and will apparently increase cellular turnover, which in turn stimulates collagen production and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hooray to that, right!?!
This special ingredient can be found in day creams, night serums, facial oils, moisturisers, lotions, potions, you name it it’s appearing in it. We say, if it can do everything it promises then hey it’s worth a shot.
Powder Dipped Nails
As a self-confessed lazy lass when it comes to beauty, I am a massive fan of a gel manicure, so much so that I have my own UV lamp at home to do it DIY stylee. And while I love the fact it looks great and it lasts way longer than standard polish, the time consuming application process does annoy me somewhat and I’m still not overly convinced about how good it is to be exposing my hands to excess UV rays.
Powder dipped nails are apparently where it’s at and definitely the only thing you want on your nails in 2019. Nails are prepped with a primer coat and base and then dipped into the special pigmented dip powder. After a second dip, the excess powder is brushed off and then set with a top coat sealant. It has all the perks of a gel manicure, but takes way, WAY less time – that’s my kind of mani for sure!
And while we’re on the subject of nails, next year it is all about the almond shape. Yep you heard it here first, square and pointed nails are no longer en vogue. Instead you should start filing your nails into a gentle curved arc, basically a bit like the end of an almond. Totally natural looking and way easier to go about your daily business, almond shaped nails are the future.
I feel very fortunate to have been blessed with lovely long, dark eyelashes, as it means there’s very little I need to do to make them party ready. Day to day they go bare and then a simple swipe of mascara for the evening and I’m good to go – it’s a lazy girl’s dream. But for those of you with short stubby or barely there blonde eyelashes, fake lashes are the go to beauty accessory. Thing is they’re proper fiddly aren’t they and unless you get them stuck on right you can end up looking like a drag queen at the end of a very drunken night out!
Magnetic eyelashes have been around for a couple of years now, however it is only in more recent times that they have seen a surge in popularity, which in the main part is down to their ease of application and a lower risk of damage to the eyes. Standard fake lashes require the use of glue and this runs the risk of eye infections such as styes, conjunctivitis and blepharitis. Magnetic lashes on the other hand simply adhere to the lashes, as the name would suggest, through the power of magnets. Kits include a pair of upper lashes and a pair of under lashes and they simply lock into place with your own eyelashes sandwiched between the two. And the best part is they simply peel off when you’re finished with them and wait for it… they’re reusable!!!
So there you have it folks, an insight into what we think will be top of the beauty lists during 2019 and will no doubt be appearing on all your fave Instagram accounts any time soon!