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Wrinkles and Their 4 Surprising Causes

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Wrinkles are a widely felt fear and getting them young is a terrifying thought. However, there are four everyday reasons you could be seeing wrinkles appear before their time…

What everyday things cause wrinkles?

What everyday things cause wrinkles?

There are tons of well-known remedies and rules for anti-ageing. We have all accepted that eye cream is a necessity and retinol could change your life. We’ve should schedule facials monthly (even though we mostly don’t) and wash our makeup off before bed. Simple things we do every day could be reversing that effort, anything that causes the facial muscles to contract can cause deep wrinkles with repeated use, even smiling is your enemy. It causes crows feet. What are the every day things that we all do that encourage the development of wrinkles?

The Causes

the funny faces you make when applying make up are one of the reasons

the funny faces you make when applying make up are one of the reasons

Applying Make Up

When you’re applying eye shadow, mascara, or eyeliner, focus on the face you make in the mirror. The majority of people raise their eyebrows up high and create lines across their forehead, with time, those lines will remain when your face is at rest.

Using Straws

Similar to smoker’s lines around the mouth, little lines can form with repeat pursing of the lips. The tighter you purse your lips, and the harder your contract those muscles, the deeper the lines.

Could you be suffering from tech neck?

Could you be suffering from tech neck?

Your Phone

What doesn’t having a phone do to you these days? You may have seen our blog on ‘Tech Neck’. Tech-neck is a new term that has popped up for wrinkles around the neck from staring down at your phone all day. Pay attention to the creases and folds that form when you’re peering down at your email—a wrinkly neck is sure to age your appearance quickly.

Needing an Eye Test.

If you’re squinting to read things clearly, you’ll not only strain the muscles in your eyes, but you’ll develop many more fine lines around them. Much like classic crow’s-feet, repeating squinting and contraction of periocular muscles eventually lead to many lines around the eyes. So, pay attention to what makes you squint—an outdated weak prescription, walking around on a sunny day without sunglasses, etc.

The frowning you do when you need new glasses could lead to wrinkles

The frowning you do when you need new glasses could lead to wrinkles

The Cures

Wrinkles caused by these things are known as ‘Dynamic Wrinkles’, this means they are caused by muscle contraction. You could cure them by having neurotoxin injections (example: Botox) but we know that isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Otherwise, you could try and train yourself not to do them as much; not using straws to drink, keeping your phone at eye level and maintaining your eye check ups. Investing in good, anti-ageing skincare may also be a good idea.

We hope you’re not seeing any premature wrinkles showing up, but if you are, at least you know how to combat it!

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media engager by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Acne Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Acne affects a lot of people in their lifetime and it can be a confidence killer, but there are a lot of acne myths that you should take with a grain of salt.

Although acne doesn’t differentiate its victims, it’s important to keep in mind that all skin types are different and that there are many different kinds of acne that are dealt with in different ways. Lets delve into those acne myths!

Lets debunk some acne myths

Lets debunk some acne myths

Avoiding Oils

One of the most common acne myths is that using oils is bad for those with acne prone skin, this isn’t always the case. Argan oil and jojoba, which are similar to our skin’s sebum, trick the skin into not overproducing oil, thus warding off breakouts. Hemp seed oil eliminates blackheads and is anti-inflammatory. Many people with oily complexions also suffer from acne and scarring. Rose hip seed and baobob oil help to heal repair tissue and brighten skin due to high levels vitamin C, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and retinoic acid.

Prescription Only
Acne Myths: only medication works

Acne Myths: only medication works

Many believe that the only solution to your acne is a visit to the GP or a dermatologist. This is an acne myth. While it is often a good idea to see a dermatologist, there are some excellent topical products that can treat and control acne along with scarring and pigmentation. The combo of glycolic and salicylic acids help to exfoliate the skin, decrease sebum production, and actually show antibacterial properties when treating the organism that causes acne.

Sweating is an Issue

Sweat glands are not the same as oil pores. While sweat alone cannot cause acne, there is a condition called acne mechanica, a form of acne caused by a combination of heat, friction, and covered skin. It’s often found on athletes who sweat under their helmets. Other culprits of acne mechanica include tight clothing, snug backpack straps, and headbands worn for long periods of time.

Don’t Exfoliate Daily
Acne Myths: don't exfoliate daily

Acne Myths: don’t exfoliate daily

This is a thing of the past, because past exfoliation products were too abrasive for daily use and caused increased dryness, redness, and a generally compromised skin barrier. However, new products on the market use gentler exfoliants and can be used routinely without any issues. It’s important to cleanse your face twice daily. Anytime you wash your face, there’s a component or degree of exfoliation. For the products in your skincare routine to work best, you need to have debris-free skin.

Sunshine Dries Acne Out

Though in some cases the sun can benefit your acne, it’s not the be all and end all. Sun exposure can cause inflammation of the skin and dry the surface, causing sebaceous glands to increase secretion to compensate. This will result in oily rebound, clogged pores, and acne pustules.

It’s a Puberty Problem
Acne Myths: only a teenage problem

Acne Myths: only a teenage problem

Adults of any age can suffer from acne! Adult acne usually begins in your late 20s to early 30s. Stress is a catalyst that can play a role in aggravating the condition. Genetics plays a large part as well. Hormonal changes as a result of pregnancy can affect adult acne, worsening or improving the condition. Another hormonal change that can affect adult acne is discontinuing the use of birth control pills as well as premenstrual hormonal fluctuation. Tap water can play into the rise of adult acne, depending on a city’s calcium and magnesium levels. And in today’s society, adults look at their skin more critically. They feel there is a lower threshold of what acceptable, which drives them to seek treatment.

It’s All the Same

People must treat adult acne differently to adolescent acne. Mature skin tends to be drier, so you need to be mindful that you aren’t blasting skin with harsh products that will further dehydrate it. You don’t need to wash with an antibacterial soap, as it can severely dry skin and lead to itching and redness. Instead, use a gentle cleanser. Most of the prescription medications are very irritating and drying. It isn’t tolerated in adult skin as it is more oily. We recommend retinoids and chemical peels as they effectively address acne and ageing at the same time.

Sun Cream Will Cause You Problems
Acne Myths: sun cream will cause you problems

Acne Myths: sun cream will cause you problems

Look for a physical sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These ingredients sit on top of the skin to protect instead of being absorbed. Also look for oil-free, noncomedogenic sunscreens that come in a dry-mist application. Stay clear of ingredients like para-amino benzoic acid, which can cause clogged pores and allergic reactions.

Acne is a common problem and although acne myths and cures are rife, you may not get rid of it. However, you may be able to control it with this knowledge.

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If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE www.defactosalons.comand type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our Head of Social Media by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Now You Can Get KFC Sun Cream!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

You may be aware that KFC launched flavoured nail polish earlier on this year, now they have one upped themselves and launched a chicken scented KFC sun cream.

The KFC sun cream, named ‘The Colonel’s Extra Crispy Sunscreen’, has a respectable sun protection factor of 30 and will make you smell like fried chicken and who doesn’t want that?

KFC Sun Cream, coming to a Boots near you!

KFC Sun Cream, coming to a Boots near you!

Their previous foray into the beauty market was surprise; their ‘Finger Lickin Good’ nail polishes (in the flavours Original and Hot & Spicy) were beige and orange and were created to inspire excitement about their brand in Hong Kong. As far as we know KFC sun cream is just for some fun.

KFC explained their idea when announcing the launch:

“We’ve had a lot of fun with our Extra Crispy Colonel campaign this summer and the sunscreen idea seemed like a natural fit,” they told Fortune.
“Our chicken is hand breaded and freshly prepared in our kitchens all day every day, which makes the smell in our restaurants unparalleled. The Extra Crispy Sunscreen is a fun way to leverage that with our fans.”

KFC Sun Cream bottle

It’s hard to believe that this is legit

It comes in a bottle that looks similar to the one you get filled with a solution to clean your ear piercings from Claire’s Accessories. It has a simple label and its simplicity makes hard to believe that this is legitimate. Yet it appears that it is! KFC sun cream is available for free on a fun little website that you can view HERE. As well as an infomercial style video, it’s clear that it is all a bit of fun.

Sorry it’s all gone.

It is better you don’t go sprinting down to KFC in the hopes of leaving with chicken-scented sun cream. The company exclusively released their ‘beauty treat’ online at their website. However, it seems it is a product in high demand too, after just a morning they sold out of the 3000 bottles. Seems like people have a need for chicken scented sun cream, although, stranger things can happen…

You can watch KFC’s Extra Crispy Chicken Sunscreen infomercial down below. We hope you get your chicken sun cream one day!

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

Are you a business and you want to get involved with us? You can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email. You can also call our offices on 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Keira Knightly Reveals She Wears Wigs to Deal With Hair Loss

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Actress Keira Knightly has revealed that she has been wearing wigs for years after suffering from hair loss.

Due to side affects from excess hair dying, the 31-year-old owned up to the fact that she had been hiding her hair loss by covering her hair up.

Keira Knightly Reveals She Wears Wigs to Deal With Hair Loss

Keira Knightly has revealed she has worn wigs for the last 5 years

“I have dyed my hair virtually every colour imaginable, for different films” she explained. “It got so bad that my hair literally began to fall out of my head.”

She went on to say:

“So for the past five years I’ve used wigs, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened to my hair.”

Its not uncommon for celebrities to wear wigs, though, for many it is just a fashion statement. Kylie Jenner is well known for wearing wigs, both to keep up with different trends but also to keep up the healthy condition of her hair and not have to constantly dye it.

Kylie Jenner is well known for her use of wigs

Kylie Jenner is well known for her use of wigs

In one of our recent interviews with owner of Weaves World in Glasgow, Ivy, she explained that using wigs and hair-pieces are protective hair care methods and not damaging like some may think. She said:

“When people come in who just want longer hair but expect the damage I aim to reeducate them on how to keep their hair strong, long and healthy.”
“People have a lot of confusing information, they think a weave is extensions and they think that they’ll damage your hair and that that’s the price you pay but I’m trying to show people that isn’t true. It’s a protective method and that’s why it came about.” – you can read the full interview here.

Thankfully for Keira being pregnant with her daughter, Edie, saved her hair. This is due to the high levels of oestrogen in your body during pregnancy. The increase in oestrogen prevents the usual hair shedding that happens every day and instead halts the process, allowing your natural hair to thicken. However this does mean women suffer hair loss after pregnancy. We previously wrote a blog on it, which you can read here.

pregnancy revitalised Keira's hair

pregnancy revitalised Keira’s hair

However, although pregnancy restored Keira Knightly’s hair, hair loss in women is a more common issue than you’d think. If you are suffering from hair loss, you can head to a salon and see what advice they can give you or you could look into where to get a wig of your own to protect your hair while it gets healthy again!

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE www.defactosalons.comand type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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An Interview With Peaches Wax Bar

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Recently I met up with Kerri from Peaches Wax Bar in Glasgow to talk about her business, her waxing tips and where she wants to go from where she is now. Her current salon in Glasgow is under refurbishment, a perfect time to think about what else you want to do with your accelerating business.

Hello again, it’s Natalie here; if you’re on our site a lot you may be aware of my previous blogs (Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams Review, House Martin Stole My Boyfriend and the one where I tested a load of Beauty Blenders). If not, welcome and settle in because my blogs can be long!

 

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Initially, it seems like Peaches Wax Bar was a girly haven, mainly due to its eye-catching glitter walls, I would maintain that after the refurb that it still will be. However, they seem to be heading in a more modern and relaxing direction, just in time for the start of their Academy of training, which we will get to.

Kerri began Peaches Wax Bar back in 2011, at the time she says she was still renting from salons and hairdressers but with the level of clients she had, it wasn’t worth the long days and busy schedule to just be operating out of a room in a salon. So, in 2013 she bought some shop space and the Peaches we know today began. Her company has sky rocketed, she is clear and concise on what the goals of the business are. She wants to get rid of the fear people have of getting waxed, people get one bad wax and they think that’s what they’re all like. She tells me about some advice her husband gave her at the time:

““My husband told me ‘get a grip and get some staff in’ you’ve got this massive shop now! So I hired Michelle and she still works for me now, its three years to the month that we’ve been open.”

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We get on to the discussion of waxing, obviously. She owns up to the fact that she hated waxing when she was out of college but forced herself to do waxing at least once a day to build her confidence and gain experience. This is why she decided to help students who come out of education by getting a teaching qualification to allow her to teach from her shop. She wants to educate those who can’t or are fearful to wax, how to do it and how to do it well. This is where the Waxing Academy comes into play:

“My next goal is to get into the colleges and actually show them that there is actually a light at the end of the tunnel. They don’t have to hate waxing and they don’t have to be scared of it.”

“We’ve had a good few training courses now and we get them in and the models in and I’ll demonstrate in the morning before we take everyone through it one by one until the days out. We’ve had a lot of good feedback from it and I’m glad that there’s people out there who actually know how to do a Brazilian wax now.”

peaches wax bar

I decide to bring up my own bad waxing experience from back in my teens, I committed to my first full leg wax and got one strip in because of the excruciating pain and then later what I perceived to be an allergic reaction. I thought this because I have a handful of weird allergies and quite sensitive skin. Kerri assures me that a good wax shouldn’t be that big of a deal.

“We’ve had people come in so nervous to get waxed because of their past experiences and the end up leaving bouncing on air because it was nowhere near as bad as they thought it was going to be.”

She also goes on to say they get a lot of clients who come in and ask for a patch test because they think they are allergic to the wax strip and a lot of the time that isn’t true. Once again its bad technique, at Peaches they will do a patch test for you and ensure that they choose the right wax for you:

“We’ve got around 20 pots on the go at the one time, we have so many notes on our existing clients that we know what they need but for any new ones we will have a consultation with them and do the tests and take in the pot that suits them best. We’ve never had anyone who’s allergic to the wax and we have a book now of almost 4,000 clients.”

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Its not all about the waxing though, aftercare is just as important, Kerri stresses this to me. They hand out leaflets to inform clients how they should look after their skin after they’ve had a wax done because 9 times out of 10 they don’t know. Kerri recommends:

“Try not to touch your skin for 12 hours, 24/48 if you’re a brand new client and you’ve never been waxed before, don’t go for baths, don’t put product on the waxed area, try and avoid heat and don’t go to the gym. The reason is that it takes up to 12 hours normally for your hair follicles to close back over, so anything can get into them since they’re bigger than your pores so people can end up with little pimples or irritation that they think is an allergic reaction.”

Peaches Wax Bar use Perron Rigot, a French brand of waxing products in their shop. The products they use on your skin are designed to look after it and keep it calm after the wax, for 12 hours, and the products are designed specifically for the wax they use. All the girls in the shop, including Kerri, use the products and are fully educated in how they apply, feel and last. You can tell how much she values these products, she knows all you need to know about them and that alone convinces me of their quality. Kerri is their Scottish Ambassador because she has a really good relationship with the other ambassador and the head office (and just genuinely loves their products). All their waxing hopefuls in Scotland and the north of England are trained through Kerri and that’s pretty impressive. Although she does love to travel now, she is a proud mother to her baby son and teenage daughter and doesn’t like to go too far from them at the moment. She does have big ideas for the future though:

Peaches winning their Scottish Business Award 2016

Peaches winning their Scottish Business Award 2016

“Glasgow is probably where my heart is, I love working here, and I have a Falkirk shop which I love as well and it’s really different from Glasgow. It’s in the centre right across from Costa but I want to open more salons in the future.”

She goes on to tell us that she wants to aim for Newcastle since its similar to Glasgow and Dubai because people over there love getting waxed.

I round off the interview by asking her what her tips would be regarding before and after getting a wax and she tells me that her after tips are pretty much what we covered earlier but her before tips are to leave your hair for 4 weeks if you want to get the perfect wax. Otherwise the hair will be shorter and may grow in quicker. Every 4 weeks should slow your hair growth over time. Exfoliate your bikini, your dead skin will still build up in this area like everywhere else and exfoliating it will stop you getting ingrown hairs and a bumpy surface after waxing. I admit that I would never have thought to exfoliate my bikini area, yet here we are!

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It’s clear from her passion and enthusiasm that this business is her third baby, but her in-depth knowledge and business savvy shouldn’t be over looked either. You’ll be in wonderful hands if you decide to head over to Peaches Wax Bar for your holiday waxing. In fact I’m considering braving another attempt at it myself!

To find out more about Peaches, find out their location or book an appointment you can view their listing on our website HERE. 

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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How to Lengthen Your Haircut’s Lifespan

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

If you have been to your barber fairly recently and you’re starting to have to deal with the growth but it’s not quite long enough to go back then we have some tips for your on how to make your new haircut last longer!

It can be frustrating, especially if you’re one of those people who’s hair grows like wildfire, when your style starts waning and your hair gets longer. There are some simple ways to combat it.

How can you make your haircut last longer?

How can you make your haircut last longer?

Use the Right Products
The best products to keep unkempt hair in check are clays, particularly ones with a strong hold and matte finish. Use a five pence-sized amount, rub through your palms to spread evenly then run your hands through damp or dry hair to shape. Anything weaker and the added weight of longer hair will bring down your morning style by lunch. Another reason to lean towards dry products like clays over waxes, creams and gels is that the longer your hair is, the more product you’ll need. Therefore you’re more at risk of having hair look greasy by the end of the day. Switch to a stronger product as your hair grows – you’ll need less of it and the added hold will stop your style flattening and looking lank.
If you struggle to stop your hair looking greasy by the end of the day, try a product that’ll soak up the excess – like a dry shampoo.

Using the right product is essential

Using the right product is essential

Trim it if you know how
If you do feel brave enough to cut your own hair, handle with care. You wouldn’t be the first to enter a barbers in need of a salvage mission.
There are however a few rules of thumb for at-home clipper use. Don’t go over the curvature of your head, this would affect the blending of the hair, follow the same principle at the back as at the sides – you don’t want to cut up into the crown.
Go too high and you’ll ruin barber-standard blending that connects the back and sides to the top. Leave that to the professionals. Please.

If you have clippers you can try tidying it up at the back if you're brave enough

If you have clippers you can try tidying it up at the back if you’re brave enough

 

Keep Your Hair Dryer on Standby
The longer your hair grows, the longer you can go without washing it (provided you don’t use too much product). This is because the grease produced on your scalp has a longer distance to go.
Washing less can help you avoid dealing with the unruly fluff caused by everyday shampooing as your hair grows out. Blow-drying longer, unwashed hair can keep it in style.

Scissors at the Ready
Trimming the top is, again, not for the fainthearted. But if you’re brave enough to take on scissors, then stick to thinning out the hair. Snip into the hair vertically, so you don’t affect the shape of the cut.
You’re basically taking the weight out of the hair. It provides a short-term effect of making it look more textured that’s particularly effective with longer hair. Just make sure you keep a steady hand on the tiller. We would recommend you avoid this and leave it to your barber though.

You can try trimming with scissors

You can try trimming with scissors

We hope these tips will have helped you style your growing hair, however, if you are thinking of trimming it we would advise caution. It may seem like a good idea to do a DIY job while you’re hair grows but if you don’t know how to do it or aren’t prepared for less than perfect results you may want to leave it to your barber. That way he doesn’t have to try and correct your mistakes.

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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How I Fell in Love With Beauty

Friday, August 12th, 2016

If you’re a Defacto regular you’ll know me as the resident blog writer by now, if it’s your first time… Hi, I’m Natalie! Since this is a beauty based blog I thought I would share the story of how I fell in love with all things beauty.

How i fell in love with beauty

I wasn’t always into beauty. At a young age I was more of a tomboy and at that age I thought I would always be that way. I liked wearing camo and jeans with chains (I thought it was cool at the time!) and I didn’t really have an interest in make up. If my past self could see me now she would be very shocked.

My first foray into beauty was around the age of 13 where I delved into the world of emo culture. Im sure a lot of people from my generation will either have been there or have been highly aware of ‘the emo phase’. This is the only photo that exists of this time and it’s not even that emo:

Found in the depths of Facebook, identities protected so they don't also feel my shame.

Found in the depths of Facebook, identities protected so they don’t also feel my shame.

I started a relationship with black eyeliner on the weekends that has never truly died. However, any other kind of make up was deemed “too girly” for me. Honestly I was interested on the down low but didn’t want to let on incase it ruined my rep as a “misunderstood”, non-mainstream teen. At this point in my high school career I was surrounded by girls diving head first into using make up, resulting in a lot of foundation chinstraps, orange shirt collars, electric blue eye shadow and spidery mascara. We’ve all been there I’m sure…

I gradually moved out of my emo phase and into this kind of weird “quirky” era of my life, where I wore loud patterns, glasses that were far too big for me and whatever random things that I could clip into my hair. Depicted below:

So much is going on with my image in this. I apologise.

So much is going on with my image in this. I apologise.

It was around this time (I must have been 15ish) I began using foundation. I started off with a cheap low coverage formula from a brand I found in Boots. If memory serves it was by the Colour Foundation by Natural Collection, but it wasn’t long before I graduated to a serious foundation. That being, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear in the shade 1C0 Shell and I still use this to this day, I never ever found a foundation that matched it and my pocket money didn’t quite have the reach to justify buy high end foundations to test. My mum wore it too (in a darker shade because we’re not all Wednesday Addams) and I trusted her judgment. This is when I truly started getting into make up.

This is a photo of my mum and I when I was a tot. Do you think we look alike?

This is a photo of my mum and I when I was a tot. Do you think we look alike?

My mum always bought high quality make up and in the end I did too. Although, to me, my mum is a very beautiful woman, she was never heavily into make up (maybe she just didn’t need it) and so what she taught me about make up was the basics and to always buy good quality brands. Thank god I was born in the generation of YouTube that’s all I can tell you. So all my skills became self-taught and I loved playing around and trying out new looks. Unfortunately this meant I decided to wax my eyebrows too. I’ve always had very full eyebrows but when I was in my teens we hadn’t quite hit Cara Delevigne’s reign yet so I waxed them down to sad little darts that I thought looked better. (Note: if you’re a teen DO NOT wax your eyebrows down to nothing, it looks bad).

THIS is why you don't over do your eyebrows. What a disaster.

THIS is why you don’t over do your eyebrows. What a disaster.

In what I assume was me yearning for my fallen brows, a year or so later I was in full swing with the beauty products. I was ‘filling in’ my eyebrows, obsessed with Urban Decay eye shadows and began my affair with red lipstick. I use the term filling in loosely, as to be honest, there wasn’t much to fill in and when I did it they looked so penciled in and fake. But that’s okay! It’s all part of the learning process.

Many YouTube videos and eyeliners later, I was getting somewhere, I became inspired by vintage make up and stars like Dita Von Teese and my love for panda eyes never left and now took place in the form of a heavy smoky eye. My eyebrows had also started growing back! My small collection of Yves Saint Laurent lipsticks grew whenever it could and I had gathered so many eye palettes I could sell them.

These are the first expensive lipsticks I ever got and I still love these shades. (Instagram: nataly_woods)

These are the first expensive lipsticks I ever got and I still love these shades. (Instagram: nataly_woods)

At this point I thought I was practically a beauty guru, I was complimented on my make up skills frequently and I had now advanced to false lashes and hair extensions. Around this time I realised how much I loved make up and beauty. The feeling of sitting in front of a mirror and transforming yourself and highlighting your features fascinated me. The idea that woman applied make up to impress others (typically men) alluded me, I applied make up for myself. I applied it because it was like art to me, I loved all the colours and I loved looking at myself and feeling confident. I had a bit of a journey to the way I do my make up now but the basis for my infatuation with it set in around this time. It may not have looked the best but I loved it anyway.

Very dramatic.

Very dramatic.

As my eyebrows came back, thicker than before somehow, I learnt that powder and gel to define them made them look much more natural. I discovered how to blend my eye shadow properly, how to contour and highlight, how to pin curl my hair to make it look more authentically vintage and my passion for beauty grew and it continues to grow. Now I have my beauty staples that I cant do without; my foundation, my brow kit, my favourite naked palettes and my favourite lipsticks. Current stand outs are MAC’s Russian Red, Velvet Teddy and Charlotte Tilbury’s Very Victoria.

My make up favourites! (instagram: nataly_woods)

My make up favourites! (instagram: nataly_woods)

This was my Xmas outfit in 2014 and i was very proud of my pin curling. (Instagram: nataly_woods)

This was my Xmas outfit in 2014 and i was very proud of my pin curling. (Instagram: nataly_woods)

I don’t stick to one thing; I try vintage looks and experiment with weird make up hacks (currently loving the baby powder as setting powder one, very good for my pale skin). I try smoky eyes with berry-toned shades and I’m contemplating if I could rock a black lip. I love sharp, winged eyeliner and love smoked out, smudged liner. I love nude lips, dark lips and red lips. I love hair extensions and wigs and false eyelashes. I still want to try thousands of different products and I know I probably still have so much to learn but I like being able to change my outward appearance to suit how I feel that day. I fell in love with make up and beauty because it gave me confidence in myself and it allowed me to experiment with how I wanted to look!

(Instagram: nataly_woods)

(Instagram: nataly_woods)

I’m 21 now and I really like how I do my make up, I might over line my lips sometimes and I might make my brows too dark on the odd occasion but that doesn’t matter. Beauty is about self-expression; it’s not always about having the perfect cut crease or artful bed head it’s about looking how you want to look. If you want to dye your hair turquoise then you should, if you want to be covered in tattoos you should be and if you want to look like a Kardashian go for it! Lord knows I wouldn’t be upset if I looked like a Kardashian. In the end beauty is always in the eye of the beholder and you should be the beholder and be the kind of beautiful you want to be.

I'd like to thank Snapchat and their filter for this look. (Instagram: nataly_woods)

I’d like to thank Snapchat and their filter for this look. (Instagram: nataly_woods)

 

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10 Summer Beauty Hacks!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Although summer may be coming to an end and the heat in Britain is phasing into fall weather temperatures, there are still occasional days of unexpected heat. Not to mention, some people may not have went on their summer holiday yet!

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In terms of keeping cool with your beauty during summer months, we have some top tips and beauty hacks that’ll keep your make up on your face and your hair fully hydrated!

Deep condition your hair weekly – if your hair starts to feel dry in the summer heat, or you spend a lot of time in the sun or in water, it’s likely it needs a little hydration. Hair masks and oil treatments aren’t hard to come by, an affordable favourite is the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioning Treatment, our blogger Natalie swears by it!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle

Drink water – through sweat and the heat in general we loose water faster during the summer. If you don’t like drinking plain water, you could try infusing it with fruit. You can have a look at some infused water recipes on this website HERE.

Incorporate coconut oil – it seems like coconut oil can literally does anything these days, from curing dry skin to hydrating dead ends. We done a whole article on the various beauty uses for coconut oil HERE. Give it a read!

Coconut oil has a lot to offer!

Coconut oil has a lot to offer!

Rinse your hair with cold water – excessive use of hot water on hair unfortunately dries it out, so those steamy showers do more damage than you might think. Using cold water on your hair will help close the cuticle and lock in more moisture. It will also unsure you have a gorgeous glossy shine!

Avoid heavy make up – heavy coverage foundation always makes you look flawless but in the summer it’s not ideal. Heavy make up is likely to be a culprit for clogging your pores and causing breakouts. Try oil free and waterproof formulas with a light coverage to minimise spots.

summer beauty hacks

In summer it can feel like your make up is just melting off

Use the right sun cream – this one seems obvious. You don’t want to burn in the sun! Well-protected skin is likely to stay looking younger for longer too, look for a good SPF and PPD (persistent pigment darkening) value.

Use baby powder – exposing a lot more skin during summer means more shaving and chafing. This might cause a bit of skin irritation. Try applying some baby powder to affected areas in the morning. Although avoid the bikini area. You can read our article on uses for baby powder in beauty HERE. 

baby powder can do you the world of good if you suffer from chafing

baby powder can do you the world of good if you suffer from chafing

Invest in some blotting papers – like we said, make up doesn’t hold as well in the heat. Even lightweight foundations and tinted moisturisers may begin to shine under the pressure. So instead of using powder, which may end up giving you a cake-y face, try using oil-free blotting papers to get rid of the shine and keep your make up looking fresh.

Avoid heating tools – your hair will already be getting dried out with the sun, so then using heated tools will just add to that damage. Instead you could try a salt spray and leaving your hair to dry naturally to give your hair tousled beachy, waves.

Adding more heat to already heated hair will cause more damage

Adding more heat to already heated hair will cause more damage

Be cool with your nails – warm temperatures may alter the formula of your nail polish slightly, making it harder to apply and in result messier. Applying your nail polish in a cool room will allow it to go on better and save you the clean up!

We hope these tips have helped you with any problems you may have had with your beauty regimen. So, get out there and get involved with what’s left of the summer!

 

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If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Cutting Her Hair Off To Stick On As EYEBROWS!?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

When we think about filling our brows in we never think of going this far!

Watch YouTuber Stephanie Lange use the ends of her hair as the most natural looking eyebrow filler you’ve ever seen!

 

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How to Avoid Bed Head!

Monday, August 8th, 2016

We’ve all battled with bed head, waking up with hair like a birds nest, that you then need to spend half the morning trying to tame is never fun. So, we have gathered some tops for you to find out how you can avoid bed head.

Bed Head can be a nightmare

Bed Head can be a nightmare

Although it may seem obvious, going to bed with your hair dry is recommended. Getting in late after work and going to bed with damp hair can be really tempting (we have definitely done it a couple of times!) but that will guarantee your hair standing every which way by morning. If you like to let your hair dry a bit more naturally before you blast it with the hair dryer. Wrap it up in an old cotton t-shirt, they’re less drying than towels and will allow your hair to keep more moisture and in the end, be softer.

Drying your hair helps smooth and style

Drying your hair helps smooth and style

You could also tie it up! One of the simplest solutions for long hair is a bun. Make sure you use a hair band that will not damage your hair and pull it straight up to the top. When you wake up, remove the band and brush it out. Although, it is likely you’ll still need to style it, it will leave your hair smoother since you’ve not been rolling about on it all night.

A bun is a good idea it keep it all in place

A bun is a good idea it keep it all in place

If you have a little money to burn and you want to try something a little fancier, you can try silk. Many people use silk pillowcases to battle the bed head. Silk pillowcases are said to be one of the key weapons against anti-ageing; minimising wrinkles, regulating your temperature during the night, acting as a hypoallergenic barrier and eliminating bed hair. Silk is better at keeping in moisture (cotton absorbs moisture, meaning it can dry out your face and hair) as well as minimising the effect of friction on your hair if you toss and turn in the night. Silk pillowcases don’t cause the indents in your skin that cotton pillowcases do too, so no waking up with lines all over your face!

Silk pillowcases are heavily recommended

Silk pillowcases are heavily recommended

If a pillowcase is a little too extravagant for you try a silk headscarf. Wearing a silk scarf to bed is another option to keep your hair soft and friction free overnight. You can pick them up cheaply from charity shops or on eBay. Make sure you tie it up extra tight (though obviously not uncomfortably so) to make sure it doesn’t come off in the night. Wearing a silk scarf not only protects your hair from the friction and dryness of a cotton pillow, it can also help keep a style in place such as if you’ve curled your hair.

A vintage scarf looks good and does the job

A vintage scarf looks good and does the job

We hope this has helped you in your battle against bed head! Do you have any tips for avoiding the nightly tangle?

 

If you don’t know who we are, we’re Defacto Salons, a UK based listing website. We’ll help you find the perfect salon close to you! All you have to do is go to our homepage HERE and type in your location or the name of a salon and we’ll find it for you!

If you’re a business and you want to get involved with us you can contact our social media guru by email at natalie@defacto.email or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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