Beauty bag

Whether you’re gearing up for a spot of sweaty yoga or a calorie-blasting cardio class, high intensity exercise does a great job at making you feel amazing. But, your hair and skin can often look less than gorgeous post-workout, leaving you in need of some serious freshening up.

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When it comes to your gym beauty bag, you’re pushed for both space and time, but having the right products can make all the difference. The solution? Simplify your pre- and post-exercise beauty regime with essentials that promise to work just as hard as you do, and in half the time.

Skyn Iceland, Glacial Cleansing Cloths, £13, Cult Beauty

It’s important to cleanse your skin before and after a workout in order to prevent clogged pores and breakouts, but busting out your full cleansing routine at the gym just isn’t going to happen.

Instead, invest in some ultra-delicate cleansing cloths that will help to detoxify your skin on-the-go. We love Skyn Iceland’s Glacial Cleansing Cloths that are infused with soothing Icelandic glacial waters, coconut oil, oat and amino acid-based surfactants to eliminate dirt and make-up residue.

Eyeko, Sport Waterproof Mascara, £10, Space NK

If you prefer to workout with a slick of mascara, you’ll want to avoid panda eyes by investing in a waterproof formula. Luckily, Eyeko have upgraded their award-winning mascara with a fibre-enriched waterproof formula that creates plumped-up, dramatic lashes that promise to see you through your workout and beyond.

Dry shampoo is an absolute must-have for any gym bunny and our favourite comes from the award-winning team at COLAB. The brand’s new Paradise fragrance gives hair an instant wow-factor even after a serious workout and leaves your locks with a totally tropical, coconut scent.

Spray the quick-fix formula into roots to absorb oil after brushing and you’ll feel effortlessly refreshed in an instant.

​A facial spritz is the perfect way to refresh and re-energise after a sweaty gym class as it’s great for hydrating skin and minimising stiffness. Our favourite is Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir which acts like a vitamin shot to the skin giving it an instant burst of radiance.

It also smells amazing thanks to a concoction of extracts of grape, rosemary, orange blossom, rose, myrrh and organic balm mint that also help to minimise your pores.

The last thing you want to do after a sweaty session is load your face with products so if you’re after a bit of coverage on those rosy cheeks opt for a CC cream, BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead.

For a formula that hydrates as well as covers, we suggest investing in By Terry’s Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream. Available in four shades, it adapts to your skin tone, blurs imperfections and also includes vitamin E to protect your skin from ageing environmental factors.

The childhood favourite is anything but juvenile

With summer comes the usual seasonal hairstyles – think tousled beach waves, slick ponytails and breezy braids. But this time round these looks are set to be finished off with perhaps the most stellar of hair accessories: the oversized bow.

If the last time you wore a bow in your hair it cast a flashback to butterfly clips and Velcro shoes, then it’s time to rethink how you dress up your tresses because this look is no longer reserved just for the toddler set.

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Believe it or not this trend isn’t really anything new. Back in 2013 Celine’s Autumn/Winter 2013 ads saw model Daria Werbowy sport an insouciantly tied bow in her dishevelled bun that complimented the oversized feel of the collection.

It was playful, sharp and anything but juvenile.

Fast forward four years and the elaborate use of bows has re-enterted the fashion landscape with Dolce & Gabbana, once again, proving that they do hair accessories better than anyone else.

For Spring/Summer 2017, the fashion house sat a stack of social media stars and millennial influencers front row – Lionel Ritchie’s daughter, Sofia and Jude Law’s son, Rafferty among them. But not even they could outshine the jaw-dropping headpieces that graced the runway.

Gucci’s headband came larger-than-life and crafted from bubblegum pink satin (Rex Features)

Here, hairstylist Guido Palau showcased various types of large hair accessories placed right on top of model’s heads for an old Italy feel.

The most elegant of which was a polka dot silk hairband, twisted up and around a chignon to form an exaggerated bow.

Mini Gingham Headband, £6,

Similarly, Gucci’s model’s sported a range of hairstyles but all were dramatically embellished.

A far cry from the demure black ribbon seen elsewhere, the Gucci headband came larger-than-life and crafted from bubblegum pink satin.

Hairband with a Bow, £6.99,

So, how do you wear a hair bow the grown up way?

The trick here is to consider how you’re styling your locks because while a sleek high bun might verge on ballerina, pairing a bow with bed-head hair perfectly straddles sweet and sultry.

While classic fabric

While classic fabric staples like cotton, linen and silk will no doubt be on the agenda this summer there is another, somewhat unlikely, textile trending both on and off the runway – tulle.

Traditionally reserved for wedding veils and tutus, the tulle takeover is in full swing. But forget frills and flounce because for 2017, the ballerina staple has had a high fashion makeover.

Across the board, designers interpreted the fabric in two very different ways – romantic and rebellious – pairing the delicate material with everything from oriental florals to sportswear and slogan t-shirts.

Now, to discuss tulle without first acknowledging the so-called Molly Goddard effect would be ludicrous. After all, the young London-based designer has championed the fabric ever since her first show back in Spring/Summer 2014.

Goddard always rises to the occasion and having built a brand on frou-frou party dresses, her latest offering did not disappoint.

Here, she cited New York’s underground club scene as her typically saccharine girls headed for an all-night rave. There were neon tulle dresses worn with t-shirts featuring photography by Nick Waplington, giant fluro-green crinoline skirts and sheer netted gowns cut asymmetrically at both the neck and the hem.

Dior turned what is considered to be one of the most girlish fabrics right on its head (Getty Images for Dior)

But, we all knew Goddard would deliver. What was interesting here was to see how other brands took on tulle.

For her debut at Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri – the first woman ever to be in charge as creative director – reflected on what it means to be feminine in today’s world. And as such, turned what is considered to be one of the most girlish fabrics right on its

The designer paired floor-sweeping black tulle skirts with faded slogan tees, one of them reading, “We should all be feminists,” while other models appeared wearing their fluffy skirts with masculine padded jackets, skeletal corseting and leather.

Similarly, Marques’ Almeida and Saint Laurent ditched the material’s delicacy proving that tulle need not be confined to typically girlish pieces. For Spring/Summer 2017, Marques’ Almeida presented long tulle sleeves emerging from t-shirts, blooming waistcoats and even a shimmering denim two-piece.

Saint Laurent injected its racy offering with a spin on 1980s revival that saw swathes of tulle draping from the rear of tuxedo dresses and tucked into high waisted leather skirts.

So, how can you wear tulle IRL without looking like a wannabe ballerina? Well, the trick here is to completely ditch all associations with it being a symbol of idealised

Instead, take your cue from the runway and pair your black midi length tulle skirt with a graphic tee, a pair of flat mules or even some classic white tennis shoes.

That being said, saccharine hues aren’t completely off the cards – just make sure to toughen them up by perhaps slipping a bralette underneath a sheer number or wear with another totally unexpected colour.

Bag Trending Now

From Beyoncé and Amal Clooney to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Amanda Seyfried, 2017 has been the year of the celebrity pregnancy, and it has had an interesting knock-on effect when it comes to fashion.

According to global fashion search platform, Lyst, global searches for ‘diaper bag’ are up 74{9e130a2138b5e61b2f1930bcd202119fcdf7337995c881d8df75bc4325a47e02} compared to this time last year.

It seems a growing number of new mums are taking their cue from the celebrities and investing in designer diaper bags.

Lyst reported a 40{9e130a2138b5e61b2f1930bcd202119fcdf7337995c881d8df75bc4325a47e02} increase in designer diaper carriers styles across their 12,000 partner retailers, and the average diaper bag now sells for a whopping £405.
While all the big names – including Burberry, Versace and Moschino – cater to this market, there is one brand that is leading the way. It is, of course, Gucci. Gucci’s diaper bag was the most viewed bag on Lyst last week (w/c 3rd July).

Hardly suprising considering the bag looks nothing like a traditional diaper bag. Complete with the GG printed pattern and a chic leather trim, the French Fashion house haven’t forgotten about the sensible details- it comes with bottle pockets and a fold-out changing mat. Available in two sizes, you can choose beween a number of colourways and pattern options.

Style points and practicality don’t come cheap though, Gucci’s diaper bags start at approximately £1290. At least with a bag this fashion forward, you would be able to use it long after the nappy changing days are finished…