Natalie Barker

Natalie Barker

Natalie is a beauty and lifestyle writer. Her work appears on a number of lifestyle websites and in magazines.
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  • 8 ways to update your spring beauty look
    Spring is officially here which means there's no better time to update your beauty look. Check out these tweaks to incorporate some of SS14s top beauty trends into your daily routine.
  • How to wear the SS14 make up trends
    Don't think the beauty fashion week trends translate into everyday make-up? We've rounded up the top looks that are super-wearable and easy to achieve this spring/summer time.
  • 9 ways to get better looking make-up today
    Make-up routine feeling a little tired? Then switch up your techniques! Get more from your beauty stash with these expert tips and tricks.
  • How to select the perfect foundation
    Shopping for foundation can be a minefield. With so many brands, shades and formulas on offer it can be a costly mistake when you do get it wrong. Follow these top tips for shopping for foundation to ensure you get the perfect match every time.
  • Top Tried and Tested High Street Foundations
    Looking for an affordable high street foundation? Then check out our top tried and tested suggestions – there's something to cover every skin type and the good news is, these options won't break the bank.
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  • Top tips to care for colour treated hair
    Blonde gone brassy or brunette looking lacklustre? Try these simple tricks to help prolong the life of your colour treated hair.
  • 7 Beauty tricks to try while you sleep
    There's no better time to pamper yourself than during the evening. Your body recharges itself when you sleep but you can give your skin, nails and hair a helping hand with these simple tricks.
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  • How to Update Your Fake Tan Routine for Winter
    Deeply bronzed skin looks out of place during the winter. Follow these top tanning tips to keep your skin looking realistically golden during the colder months.
  • Top tried and tested eyebrow palettes
    Thin, overplucked brows your biggest beauty bugbear? Check out our guide of 2014's top tried and tested eyebrow palettes. From high end to high street - there's one to suit every budget!
  • 5 ways to spring clean your make-up bag
    Streamline your make-up bag and throw out expired products and cosmetics with our handy guide. Not sure when to bin old mascaras and foundations? Follow these simple steps.
  • 7 ways to get shiny healthy hair
    If your hair is damaged from heated styling, chemicals or colouring, the only way to bring back shine is to improve its condition. Follow these top tips to restore shine.
  • How to hide tired puffy eyes
    While there's no magic wand you can disguise and reduce under eye circles, bags, puffiness and redness with a few simple tips and tricks.
  • Top tips to combat dry and flaky winter skin
    Wretched winter weather left your skin feeling dry and flaky? You don't need to put up with it! Check out these top tips to get smoother, softer skin.
  • Best budget beauty buys you need to try
    You don't need to blow the budget when shopping for hair and make-up products. We've rounded up our pick of the best budget high street beauty bargains that really deliver!
  • Top Tips for Perfect Berry Lips
    Put aside the red lipstick and try something different this party season. Learn how to get gorgeous berry lips with our simple guide.
  • 5 best beauty advent calendars of 2013
    Ditch the chocolate this December and try a beauty advent calendar. These high end calendars are stuffed full of make-up and skincare goodies that are sure to make you smile. We've rounded up the best out there this year.
  • 10 ways to take your look from office to party
    The festive season is almost upon us and for many of us, that means the annual office Christmas party is just around the corner. Take your office look from sensible to sassy with a few simple steps.
  • 8 Autumn Beauty Tips To Try Today
    Update your autumn hair and skincare routine with our top tips. From dull skin to damaged hair, get one step ahead of the winter beauty woes with these simple steps.
  • Top free hair apps to download today
    Stuck in a hair rut? Checkout our round-up of the best beauty hair apps for your smartphone. From tutorials, to videos and guides, we've got it covered!
  • 5 new skincare skincare must-haves
    The changing seasons can wreak havoc on your skin. Give your complexion an added dose of love with one of these top tried and tested skincare picks.
  • How to get the most from your hairdresser appointment
    Learn how to get the most from your salon visit with these tips and tricks for visiting the hairdresser.
  • 10 ways to get summer beautiful
    Look your best through the heat and humidity with these foolproof summer beauty tips and tricks.
  • Best tried and tested hair masks
    Treat dry, damaged hair to an intensely hydrating treatment with one of our tried and tested hair masks. These intensive conditioners and masques will repair, hydrate and soften coarse and damaged hair.
  • CND Vinylux Review: One Week Nail Polish
    CND Vinylux is the new long-wear nail polish created by the people behind Shellac gel nails. We've put it to the test to find out if it really lasts!
  • Get gorgeous legs for summer
    Get gorgeous legs for summer with these 5 simple steps. Smoother, softer, sexier legs your goal? Then check out our beauty guide.
  • 10 Fake Tanning Tips for Total Beginners
    Apply false tan like a pro with these ten simple steps.
  • DIY Pedicure Guide
    Pamper your feet in time for the sandal season with our DIY pedicure guide.
  • Top UK beauty guru YouTube channels
    We've rounded up our favourite UK beauty gurus whose make-up videos we can't get enough of!
  • Best Recommended Spring Fragrances
    Ditch the intense winter fragrances for a bright and breezy scent this season. We've rounded up our favourite spring fragrances to take you into the new season.
  • How to manicure: An at home nail guide
    Learn how to manicure with our masterclass. Grab your nail polish and file and follow our simple guide to perfectly polished nails at home.
  • Get glowing skin in 5 easy steps
    Achieve clear glowing skin in time for spring with these simple steps.
  • How to get a flawless fake tan
    Avoid tell-tale streaks and splotches by following these simple steps to get a great fake tan.
  • 4 simple homemade body scrub recipes
    Nothing leaves your body feeling pampered quite like a full body scrub. Regular exfoliation banishes dead surface skin cells to leave your skin looking brighter and fresher. We've rounded up four simple DIY scrub recipes.
  • 5 ways to strengthen nails
    Want to make your weak nails stronger? There are steps you can take to strengthen your talons. From artificial nail treatments to poor diet, there are a host of reasons why your nails may not be a healthy as you’d like.
  • Simple budget hair care tips
    You don’t need to spend a fortune on frequent treatments to keep your hair looking silky smooth. From clever product application to snapping up savvy salon discounts there are lots of ways to keep your hair in great shape without totally breaking the bank
  • Flawless foundation application tricks
    Foundation is arguably one of the easiest aspects of your make-up to get wrong. Want to learn how to apply your foundation properly? Then follow these simple steps for flawless application
  • 5 easy spring make-up updates
    Spring has almost sprung and there’s no better way to shake off the winter than with some simple make-up updates. From dewy skin to pink lips, spring’s best beauty trends are super easy to achieve.
  • Best tried and tested facial oils
    Sceptical about facial oils or think they might not be suitable for your skin? Then you might want to think again. We've rounded up our favourite products to suit all skin types.
  • The best make-up tutorial Pinterest boards
    Want to learn how to apply make-up like a pro? Then make Pinterest your one-stop shop to find tips, ideas and easy to follow picture tutorials. We've rounded up the best beauty boards you should be following.
  • How to create the bold brow with make-up
    Big, fuller-looking brows are back in fashion. From Cara Delavigne to Megan Fox, A-listers everywhere have been rocking gorgeously groomed arches. Get the look with this simple brow guide.
  • 8 ways to get clearer looking skin
    Clearer skin your beauty goal? Introduce these simple steps into your skincare regime to achieve a brighter looking complexion without the need for make-up.
  • DIY milk and honey beauty recipes
    Skin in need of a little pick me up? Try creating your own beauty products with some of nature’s finest nutrients. We've rounded up or favourite milk and honey recipe ideas that are easy to create at home.
  • 5 fashion week beauty trends that are easy to replicate
    Summer hasn’t even arrived yet but London Fashion Week is already dictating the hot new beauty trends for Autumn/Winter 2013. We've rounded up our fave hair and make-up looks and give you the low-down on how to recreate them.
  • Best beauty apps for iPad
    Obsessed with beauty and your iPad? Then you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to filling your favourite gadget with the latest beauty apps. We've rounded up our favourite make-up, hair and nail apps to help you look your best.
  • Best tried and tested face masks
    Got stressed out skin that's in need of a little R&R? Then it's time to reach for a hardworking face mask. We've rounded up our top picks to get your skin glowing again in no time.
  • A guide to beauty box subscriptions
    Beauty box subscriptions has been having a moment for some time now but If you’re not yet familiar with the idea, let us fill you in with a review and guide to some of our favourites.
  • 5 steps to get clump-free lashes
    Mascara may be an essential item in every woman’s make-up kit but spider-lashes are rarely the beauty goal. Find out how to get long, defined clump-free lashes in our simple guide.
  • Winter gradual fake tanning tips
    Need a pick me up for pasty skin this winter? Then reach for a gradual self tanning product. We've rounded our top tips to ensure your glow looks totally convincing.
  • Valetine's date night beauty prep tips
    Valentine's Day is almost upon us! We've rounded up some v-day date night beauty tips to leave you looking like a goddess on the most romantic day of the year.
  • How to detox your hair to banish build up
    Hard water, silicone-based hair products and too much heated styling can leave your hair looking dry, dull and damaged. Detoxify your tresses with these simple tricks.
  • Top tricks to repair cracked lips
    If the cold weather has left you suffering with dry, cracked lips then you're not alone. Check out these simple solutions to remedy and repair chapped lips.
  • How to keep skin clear after a workout
    If you're suffering with breakouts and problem skin after your gym sessions, we've rounded up some simple tips to help.
  • 5 ways to update your winter skincare
    Combat dry winter skin with these simple beauty updates. It's not just your wardrobe that needs re-thinking during the colder months - your winter skin care does too!
  • Best Free Fitness Apps for iPad
    Boost your fitness regime with these iPad fitness apps. We've rounded up some of our favourite workout apps for the iPad to help you shift those post-Christmas pounds.
  • 10 best eczema skin care products
    Those who suffer with eczema know that finding the right skin care products can be tough. We've rounded up our top ten products for eczema-prone and super dry skin.
  • DIY make-up removers
    Many make-up removers can be pricy, but you don’t need to spend a small fortune to remove your make-up thoroughly at the end of the day. These DIY make-up removers are super-simple and won't break the bank!
  • Top products for dewy skin
    During the winter skin can often appear lackluster and dull. Thankfully, a brighter more radiant complexion is as simple as introducing a few key products into your make-up routine. Check out our faves!
  • DIY ways to de-puff tired eyes
    Still feeling a little tired after the festive season? If you look far from bright eyed and bushy-tailed this January, these simple tricks will help you to combat that telltale puffiness under your eyes.
  • 10 beauty tips I swear by
    Your beauty regime doesn’t have to revolve around a cabinet full of expensive lotions and products. In fact, some of the best beauty tips we swear by are actually super-simple and don’t require a high-end budget.
  • How to make your party make-up last longer
    Whether heading out on a date or party, worrying about shiny skin or smudged eyeliner should be the last thing on your mind. Want to know how to make your make-up last longer? Check out these tricks.
  • DIY tips to remove patchy fake tan
    Pull yourself out of a tanning disaster with these simple tricks to remove patchy fake tan.
  • DIY tricks to hide and treat a blemish spot
    Annoying spot reared its ugly head? Check out our simple DIY treatment guide for hiding and disguising zits.
  • Top Pampering Products to Try This Winter
    If too many festive excesses and the never-ending cold winter weather have taken their toll on your hair and skin, it’s time to indulge in a little pampering.
  • Beauty Fixes to Hide Tired Dull Skin
    f too much festive partying has left your skin looking dull, drained and dehydrated then you’re not alone. If you’re starting January with puffy eyes and a lacklustre complexion, these tricks should help to restore some radiance.
  • New Year's Beauty Resolutions for 2013
    Fallen into bad beauty habits? Then now is the time to make some new year’s beauty resolutions that are easy to keep.
  • Last minute gifts for beauty junkies
    Hands up if you’ve left your gift shopping until the last minute? Us too! Thankfully, if you're shopping for a beauty-lover we've got it covered with our round up of gift ideas.
  • DIY hair oil treatments that won't break the bank
    Hair oils have had something of a revival in popularity this year but you don’t need to invest in a high-end sparkly looking product to get smoother, sleeker hair. Looking for a budget alternative? Check out these affordable options.
  • Top winter beauty products for under £5
    The festive season is an expensive time of year but you don't need to break the bank to ensure you look (and feel) your best. Check out our top winter beauty must-haves under £5
  • Top party hair products for fuller looking hair
    The festive season is in full swing and that means a host of parties and reasons to get glammed up! If big hair is your go-to party look then these clever products ought to be in your Christmas beauty kit.
  • Recession proof your beauty regime
    Since money is tighter for many of us with the rising cost in household bills, beauty products and treats often take a backseat. However, you don’t need to give up pampering altogether just because you’re watching the purse strings.
  • Winter beauty tricks to try today
    It’s officially that time of year again when our lips feel cracked, our skin gets dryer and we feel the need to hibernate indoors. Try out some of these simple beauty tricks this winter to put the spark back into your look.
  • 4 DIY face masks to try this winter
    Biting winds, bitter temperatures and indoor heating can wreak havoc with our skin so if you fancy giving yours a little TLC (while on a budget) these simple homemade face masks may just offer a solution.
  • Best tried and tested face serums
    If you’re still confused about what face serums are and how you should apply them, then let us fill you in! We've been busy trying out our favourites and these are our top picks!
  • How to achieve a lasting matte finish
    Nothing is more frustrating than watching your make-up slide right off your face by lunch time. Luckily, we've rounded up five simple steps to keep shine at bay all day long.
  • Top tried and tested winter hand creams
    If your poor paws become chapped and dry at the very first sign of the temperatures dipping then it's time to invest in a great hand cream. We've rounded up our absolute favourites!
  • How to apply fake eyelashes
    Perfect your false eyelash application just in time for the party season with our oh-so easy and foolproof guide!
  • How to keep your long hair healthy, strong and shiny
    While long, thick hair can be your best accessory, it can quickly become dry, brittle and damaged if you don’t take care of it properly. Here are 7 ways to ensure yours stays looking fabulous!
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  • The best high-street mascaras under £10
    We've been putting a bunch of high-street mascaras – all at under £10 – to the test and we've been seriously impressed with the results! Check out our Top 5 here:
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  • Best tried and tested BB Creams
    If there’s one new standout makeup product that’s been creating a buzz on the beauty scene over the past couple of months it has to be BB cream. We've been busy testing them out and these are our must-try favourite picks!
  • Quick tips for applying make up on the train or bus
    Sure, in an ideal world we’d all have plenty of time in the mornings to perfectly apply our make up but reality doesn’t always turn out that way. Here are our top tips for getting flawless make up on the move
  • Simple DIY treatments for dry and damaged hair
    If too much bleaching, sun damage or heated-styling has left your hair looking dry and damaged then it’s time to treat your locks to a deep-conditioning treatment. And by that we mean one you've made yourself
  • Hot nail art this Autumn
    Nail art is one beauty trend that isn’t going anywhere. If you love to glance down at your nails to admire pretty patterns but you’ve not done much in the way of art since your school days, then fear not! we've rounded-up some oh-so simple designs.
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  • Make your lips look fuller with make up
    If you lust after fuller lips but weren’t blessed with an Angelina pout, you don’t need to reach for the collagen injections. Check out our simple tips to get fuller lips using the contents of your make up bag.
  • Best tried and tested eyebrow palettes
    The trend for super-thin over-plucked brows is definitely over. And as women everywhere aim for fuller, more natural-looking brows this season we bring you a round-up of the best brow palettes around.
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  • Best new season autumn nail colours
    A new nail colour is a quick, easy and inexpensive way to update your look. Ensure your nails are polished to perfection with one of the new season’s most lusted-after shades for autumn 2012
  • Best alternative eyeliner colours for autumn
    Step away from the black eyeliner and check out our guide to some of the must-wear colours for autumn 2012.
  • High street buys: Top 10 summer party dresses
    Summer is finally here and with the sunshine season comes a host of invites to weddings, BBQ parties and birthday celebrations. Here’s a rundown of some of the hottest party dresses on the high street to suit all shapes and sizes.
  • Must-follow tricks for buying clothes on eBay
    Want to snap up a fashion bargain on eBay? Check out our top must-follow tips and tricks.
  • Simple summer hairstyles without heated styling tools
    The last thing we want to do on hot summer mornings is be a slave to our straighteners. Check out our rundown of the cutest summer hairstyles - no heat required!
  • My top 10 tested make-up products under £5
    Just because you’re cutting back doesn’t mean you need to cut out the new cosmetics. Here's a round-up of some great make-up products that cost £5 or less.
  • Get a DIY salon-quality gel manicure at home
    When we heard about a new DIY kit called SensatioNail that promises a salon-quality gel manicure at home in a mere 20 minutes we were desperate to give it a go. Here's how we got on.
  • Best instant fake tanning products
    Instant tanners are our saviour when we don't have time to wait four to six hours for a false tan to fully develop. We've rounded-up the best tried and tested gradual tanners that will give you beautifully bronzed skin in minutes.
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  • Best tried and tested gradual tanners
    If you are less than confident about using fake tan, then a moisturiser with a built-in gradual tanner should be your go-to product. Here's our round-up of the top tried and tested gradual self tanners.
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  • Wearing make-up at the gym: Looking good while sweating
    It’s nice to feel confident at the gym with all those mirrors around. If you can’t face heading to the gym without a scrap of make-up, here’s a few tips and tricks to stay looking great while working out.
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  • How to spot counterfeit make-up online
    Spotted a high-end mascara or bronzer online at a bargain price? Chances are it may not be a genuine product. Find out how to spot the real stuff from the fakes in this simple guide.
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  • Post-party facial skin beauty fixes
    Too much partying and not enough sleep can leave telltale signs all over your face. Cheat your way to perfect post-party skin with a few simple tricks and tips.
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  • Ten old fashioned beauty tricks that still work today
    Some beauty tricks have stood the test of time because they actually work. Here are our top ten old fashioned beauty tricks that still work today.
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  • How to care for weak nails after artificial nail treatments
    If you’ve ever had artificial nail treatments such as acrylics, extensions or gels, you’ll know the frustration of having weaker nails once they’ve been removed. Follow our simple guide to restoring your nails back to their former glory.
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  • Five ways to get hair-raising volume
    Unless you were blessed with a gorgeous mane of full-bodied locks, you’ll probably need to work at getting extra volume in your hair. Here's a round-up of our top 5 ways get hair-raising body and volume.
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  • Get sandal ready feet this summer
    The thought of baring your feet in summer sandals before you’ve had chance to prep them is enough to make anyone shudder. Here are our recommendations to whip your feet into shape ready for sandal season.
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