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How to Enhance Your Natural Curls
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Whether you love or loathe your natural curls, there’s no denying that they can be difficult to maintain.
AW17 catwalks were full of models with all manners of curls. From soft waves to corkscrew curls, the fashion world couldn’t get enough of curls. So we think it’s time for you to harness your natural curls and start strutting your stuff.
Like we said, this is about natural curls, not creating curls with heat stylers, so ditch your curling wands and straighteners. Not the hairdryer though, we’ll need that. it’s time to embrace your hairs natural movement and here’s 4 ways to do just that.
Use the right methods when hair drying.
We’re all guilty of drying our hair too rough after a shower. But, the rigorous motion can crush natural curls and encourage a lot more frizz than you’d like. It’s much better to gently twist and press your hair to soak up any excess water. You should also use a diffuser. We feel like this goes without saying, which woman with natural curls doesn’t know to use a diffuser. But, a diffuser is essential for evening out curl patterns. To give your curls some shape, all you have to do is to turn your hairdryer on to the ‘low’ setting and drop them into the diffuser.
Use your hands to push your hair around to make sure you define every strand.
Get the right haircut.
Ask your hairdresser to feather your hair when you have your next visit. When you curl a ribbon with scissors, you scrape them along the surface of the ribbon to make it curl. This is essentially what feathering is and it will encourage all over volume and you get a healthy trim too!
Treat your hair right.
Curly hair is more likely to be dry and frizzy, which could mean it needs a little more TLC. Avoid using your hairbrush too much. Pulling a hairbrush through you hair will cause breakage and iron out your natural curls. To untangle, run a wide-toothed comb through your hair while you condition in the shower. Unless it’s an urgent tangle, try and leave it alone after that.
Since your hair is a bit more brittle and dry, it’ll need a bit more moisture to keep it going. Treat your curls with a deep condition treatment. This could be anything from a hair mask to an oil. Do it once or twice a month and you should notice the shine!
Use the right products.
A lot of products that would suit other hair types, wont suit your natural curls. Shampoos, conditioners and serums that claim to get rid frizz and flyaways will only give weight to curls and drag them down. Opt instead for light mousses or curl crèmes. These will define your curls and strengthen them, without the weight. If you notice some drooping throughout the day, fix with a light hold hairspray (to avoid the dreaded crispy curl) or spritz some salt spray and scrunch your hair a bit. Adding more mousse is just adding more weight.
We’re sure as someone with curly hair, you’ll no how to take care of it and keep it looking amazing. However, if you didn’t, we hope this article would have been of some help to you!
Do you have any hints or tips for dealing with natural curls? We’d love to hear them!
Is Foundation Bad for Acne?
Tuesday, January 10th, 2017
We’re sure we’ve all been told at some point that wearing a lot of make up will give us spots. But is it? Is foundation bad for acne?
We don’t think so, no. If you maintain a regimented skincare routine and wear a layer of foundation every day, you shouldn’t have much issue. Your skin will be cleansed of any overnight buildup before foundation and it will be properly removed at the end of the day. However there are certain ingredients in make up that could ruin your complexion. So instead, lets ask which foundation is bad for acne?
What you should avoid.
Shimmery formulas. High-sheen finishes are likely to be the result of Bismuth Oxychloride, a pigment that comes in a pearlescent finish, so is often found in bronzers, blush and eye shadows. This can worsen cystic acne in some people. However, if this finish is the one you desire, you’ll have to be very strict with cleansing your face. Twice a day is usually a good shout.
Solid foundation. This kind of foundation can come in the form of a pancake or a stick. Yes they conceal every little thing, but they might also be causing all those little things too. So when you ask yourself ‘Is foundation bad for acne?’ and you’re using one of these, the answer is probably yes. Thick and long-wear foundations are more likely to be pore clogging. Acrylics can often be used as a binding agent in these types of foundation. Acrylics are very pore clogging and can aggravate oily, blemish prone skin.
Alcohol and fragrance. Is foundation bad for acne? Scratch that. Is alcohol bad for your skin in general? Yes! Alcohol can be extremely drying for skin. This means your skin will over produce oil, resulting in acne or spots. Unfortunately, alcohol is often used in foundation as a carrier to help other ingredients sink into the skin or for its astringent properties as a treatment for oily types. It’s good to have products that smell nice, but the ingredients might not be that nice for your skin.
What you should go for.
Matte finishes. Try foundations that are oil-free or use water as their base ingredient. Adding excess oil to already problematic skin isn’t the way to go. You’ll only end up with more problems.
Ingredients that prevent acne. It’s also good if your foundation is armed with spot-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid. This kind of acid removes excess oil and dead cells from the skin’s surface, which is perfect for skin prone to blocked pores and blemishes.
To conclude, the answer to the question ‘Is foundation bad for acne?’ is no. It’s not. But some if it’s ingredients are and that’s what you need to watch out for!
7 Foods for Clear Skin
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
We’re sure many of you are still on a health kick. So we thought we’d tell you about food with a bonus. We’re bringing you the best foods for clear skin.
We’re willing to do whatever it takes to make our complexion glow with health. But, sometimes covering ourselves with the best cleanser after a day out or topping up your hydration levels with a great moisturiser simply isn’t enough. Instead, you need the best foods for clear skin.
It doesn’t matter what issue your skin has eating right can help it. Whether it’s wrinkles or spots, the right food could make the difference you want to see. A lot of benefits are colour associated too!
Orange vegetables; like carrots, sweet potato and squash, are rich in Beta Carotene. This converts to vitamin A in our bodies to help cell renewal and strengthen our skin’s barrier. Greens contain minerals like calcium, magnesium and alkaloids, which help to alkalise the body, preventing it from becoming too acidic. Berries are a good source of the anti-oxidant, vitamin C, known to protect our cells from free-radical damage like pollution. Foods rich in Omega 3 (such as salmon, tuna and trout) help hold moisture and plump skin from within. So better skin starts with your food shopping.
The 7 Foods for Clear Skin.
Tomatoes – Tomatoes provide a great source of antioxidants, which helps protect your skin from things like pollution. The antioxidants are most easily absorbed when the tomatoes have been cooked, which releases it from the plant cells. Eat them with some healthy fats, like avocado, to help absorb all the nutrients quickly.
Almonds – The Vitamin E contained in almonds helps guard your cells against free radicals, like pollution and sun damage. They can also help preserve your skin’s elasticity and reduce inflammation.
Garlic – Not only is raw garlic a powerful natural antibiotic, it also has anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Cooking it kills its effectiveness, so try grated it raw onto a salad.
Salmon – Salmon is a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which helps to fight inflammation. Not only is it one of the best foods for clear skin, it’ll also do wonders for you hair!
Sweet potato – Sweet potato is a great source of vitamin A, which helps to control your sebum production and reduce the amount of keratin your body makes, which can clog your pores.
Watermelon – We all know the importance of drinking water for clear skin, but you should really eat your water rather than drink it. This way, your body has more time to absorb it.
Chia seeds – Chia seeds are at the top of the list of plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, a great anti-inflammatory. It’s also a great source of zinc, which has been shown to control sebum production on the surface of the skin. No wonder it’s one of the best foods for clear skin.
Will you be adding any of these foods to your 2017 diet? Or do you have any foods that we’ve missed? Let us know!
Foundation Mistakes You Might be Making
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
Our need for foundation is in the name; it’s the base for all our make up and when you find the right one it can change everything. However, when things don’t go right, maybe it’s not your base that wrong but foundation mistakes that you’re making.
There are so many ways to apply it. There are different types of foundation and different coverage levels. When you find your foundation soulmate you’ll know about it and you’ll preach to everyone about how amazing it is! However, you may already have a perfect match but it’s not working because you’re not treating it right. You may think you’ve mastered it but you could still be making these foundation mistakes.
Too much product.
We all have areas we want to cover up, like fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes. So, you apply more foundation than you should. The problem is, when your foundation builds up, it will draw attention to that area. Or it’ll settle into creases. Instead of building up product in these areas, dab the area with a make-up sponge or tissue to absorb excess product. Don’t forget to take it down your neck a little bit too, we don’t want a obvious jaw line. Blend, blend, blend!
Shade matching with your hand.
A common misconception is that that skin on your hand is that same shade as your hand. It’s not. So if you test the shade here, you’re bound to get quite a big surprise when you use it. But that doesn’t mean you should test it on your face either. If you want it to blend completely seamlessly, you need to go for a shade that works with the skin tone on your neck. One of the more basic foundation mistakes but one a few of us in the office still make.
Applying concealer underneath your foundation.
We doubt most of you do this. With the age of YouTube tutorials and instagram everyone can learn how to apply make up pretty easily. But, if you do still do it, it’s not the best. If you apply foundation over the top of concealer, you’ll end up moving the concealer from the area you need it when you blend. Apply your foundation first and then your concealer on top where needed.
You don’t use primer.
Again, something the ladies in the office admit to. “Isn’t moisturiser enough?” Sometimes it can be but not always. Does your foundation seem to change colour throughout the day? Perhaps go a bit orange? This happens when too much of the pH in the oil of the skin mixes with the pigment in the foundation. Otherwise known as oxidation. Primer provides a barrier, so this doesn’t happen.
Too much setting powder.
Not completely one of our foundation mistakes but it counts all the same. Setting powder is excellent at absorbing excess oil and controlling shine. However, you can have too much of a good thing. When applied too generously and not properly blended it bounces enough light from a flash to show up in photos. Something you’ve probably seen happen a lot on the red carpet. The problem is that you can’t tell it’s too much and not properly blended until a flash hits it.
We hope you don’t make these mistakes, but at least you know for the future! Do you have any mistakes you’ve made with make up in the past? We’d love to hear about them!
How to Hide Your Hangover
Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
It’s the festive season. Christmas parties and New Years parties are going to take a toll on you. So how to you hide your hangover?
Christmas lunches and dinners that turn into nights out often happen mid week. So it’s likely that you’ll have to drag yourself into the office the next morning and suffer. If you’re party is on a Friday then lucky you! You might still find these tips useful though.
The usual hangover cure involves lots of water, lots of carbs and even more being horizontal. If you don’t have the option of ordering food in and lounging around feeling sorry for yourself, you’ll want to liven up your skin. It can be easy to pretend you’re feeling fine but you cannot prevent your hangover from showing on your skin. So here’s how to hide it.
The first step to being able to hide your hangover is moisturising. Your alcohol-ravaged skin needs hydration. If you remembered to remove your make up the night before, bravo. If not, take a clean flannel and soak it in warm water before placing on the face and slowly massaging. Do this a few times to get rid of all the grime. Remove eye make up with an oil-based remover to nourish the lashes. Then take some time to massage a generous blob of rich moisturiser into your skin.
After a good moisture-massage your face should be looking plumper and hydrated. It’s still going to need some help to look alive so a face primer is a must. It will smooth the skin making it ready for foundation application. You can’t hide your hangover without foundation after all.
Choose the right foundation.
Invest in a hydrating, youth-boosting foundation for skin that looks like it had 8 hours sleep. Pick a foundation that promises you a dewey glow. This will make the skin look healthy and hydrated. Obviously, it’s best to invest in this sooner rather than later. Don’t forget to add some blush as well!
Focus on the lips.
Your lips can look chapped and pale after a night of drinking. One of the best ways to hide your hangover is distract with your lips. Try a statement red lipstick. Choose a shade with cool blue undertones to help calm the skin. Another (and slightly grosser) sign is sour alcoholic breath. Yes, you scrubbed your teeth this morning but booze can make a very unwelcome return throughout the day. Go for a minty gloss for added freshness.
Before you do all of that, make sure you’ve woken yourself up with a big, cold glass of water and a shower. This will immediately make you feel more alert and a lot cleaner. Try some dry shampoo to give volume if you don’t have enough time to wash your hair.
We hope your festive party season is off to a good start, hangovers be damned! We’re sure we’ll need this list at some point ourselves. How do you hide your hangover? Let us know.
The Most Googled Beauty Questions 2016
Friday, December 16th, 2016
There have been a lot of beauty fads and hacks in 2016. So it’s no wonder there’s an actual list showing the most googled beauty questions of this year!
In no particular order we’ll tell you what beauty lovers were searching for the most this year. Hopefully we’ll be able to tell you how to do some of them too! Without further ado, here are the 10 most googled beauty questions 2016.
How to remove gel nails.
The best way to remove your gels or acrylics is by soaking them in a nail removal acetone. It takes a while, sure. But, at the end of the day you’re nails will be healthy. You can usually go back to wherever you had them done and have them removed there. Do not peel them off whatever you do!
How to curl hair.
We’re surprised that this is in the list of most googled beauty questions, but here we are. With such a wide range of tongs and non-heat methods on the market, you’re spoiled for choice. Curling with staightners is a bit like curling ribbon with scissors, but if you’re looking for tongs you have to identify what kinds of curls you want. Check out this list of tips from Total Beauty to help you on your way to the perfect curl.
How to make hair grow faster.
Thankfully we wrote an article on this! The quest for longer lengths can be slow, draining and irritating. Most of us focus on finding a miracle cure to our short hair. The thing is if you want longer, thicker, healthier hair, it takes commitment. Check out our article to find out how to get the hair of your dreams!
How to clean your make up brushes.
There are various tools and mits you can buy for this. We recommend the simple method of baby shampoo, warm water and scrubbing til their clean.
How to apply concealer.
As easy as this might sound, we’re not surprised it’s on the most Googled beauty questions list. While most people apply it only under the eye, you should apply it in a ‘V’ shape under the eye. Instead of just concealing, this also brightens the face.
How to shape eyebrows.
Call us biased but we do think you should be going to a salon or a professional for this one. However, if you’re looking to shape them with product then we can help you out. To get the perfect arch, try this blog from Elle. To get the right product, give one of our past blogs a shot.
How to do a fishtail braid.
Looks impressive but is actually pretty simple. Once you get the hang of this method, it can make a bad hair day, a great one. Check out this blog from Cosmo to get you on the right path.
How to fill in eyebrows.
The Instagram brow became a bigger deal than ever this year! Some love it and some hate it (we love it!). You can refer back to ‘How to shape eyebrows’ to find out what you need to know.
What is balayage?
At this point we’re surprised when someone says they haven’t had balayage at some point. Balayage is a style of hair dying. The hair will be dyed to give the impression that it is fading into a different colour (could be a lighter colour or a totally different colour like a blue or a grey). The official Google description is “A technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.” Here are some of our favourites from our featured salons!
Did you Google any of these questions in 2016?
The SiliSponge is the New and Improved Beauty Blender
Monday, December 5th, 2016
It’s time to ditch those beauty blenders and get on board the SiliSponge train!
The Molly Cosmetics SiliSponge looks a little like a breast implant but is the key to flawless foundation. The Hong Kong based company has managed to create a completely clear, non-absorbent make up sponge.
The inner material is made from silicone and the outer shell is thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)—a flexible plastic that’s resistant to oil and grease. The main idea of the product is that when using a brush or a sponge, a lot of product is wasted and absorbed. That doesn’t happen with the SiliSponge.
Instead, makeup adheres to your face instead of the tool. The Molly Cosmetics website explains that after use, you just clean it with a little regular soap and warm water. No more endless scrubbing and squeezing with your beauty blender. You don’t have to toss it until the outer layer shows wear. Again, beauty blenders should be replaced after 3 months of use.
The fact that it doesn’t soak up any product also means that the SiliSponge doesn’t breed bacteria the way brushes and other sponges do. The product isn’t absorbed into the sponge, which makes it all in all a more hygienic tool.
Clips from the Molly Cosmetics Instagram show the product being used with a cushion foundation on someone’s skin.
While a lot of make up fanatics like Jefree Star are desperate to try the SiliSponge, some make up addicts aren’t convinced. One Reddit user said:
“So nothing fingers can’t do? I guess it’s like a spatula but soft enough to use on the face. I don’t see anyone other than professional muas having a use for something like this imo.”
Although many agreed with their sentiment, the product is only newly on the radar. So, we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out how it truly ranks. The fact that it has sold out on five separate occasions is something to write home about though.
What are your thoughts on the Silisponge? Are you dying to try it or are you happy with your beauty blender? Let us know!
Alcohol Skin: Is Your Skin Suffering?
Monday, November 21st, 2016
There’s a reason your skin looks grey and dull after a night out of drinking. It’s called alcohol skin and you could be suffering from it.
Waking up with a hangover is bad enough, also seeing your lackluster complexion is even worse. Alcohol is one of the worst, most aggressive compounds in destroying your skin. Allegedly it can take up to 30 days for your skin to recover from a hangover!
Alcohol is basically sugar, with 50% more calories. Sugar causes
glycosylation (the attachment of sugars to proteins). It also forces ageing cells and tissue through higher levels of insulin. This can mean free radical damage, and reduce cell proliferation and collagen production. In the simplest of terms, all the things that keep you looking young slow down or reduce and all the things that age you are accelerated. Alcohol skin is not a pretty thing.
Alcohol is also a diuretic: it dehydrates you. You absorb nutrients less successfully and crave salt. In women it changes their hormones, creating higher levels of testosterone, leading to things such as spots, wider waists and bloated faces. You may notice a facial bloating as a symptom of alcohol skin after a night out of boozing. If it’s a one off it’ll wear off, but if it’s a regular occurrence it’ll become a common feature.
With it taking 30 days for you to overcome alcohol skin, we’re considering some changes to our lives…
It’s true that Britain is a boozing nation. It’s common for the rich and famous to give up alcohol, or reduce their intake to barely anything to keep their skin glowing and their waists slim. The UK Government released guidelines earlier this year stating that you should have no more than 14 units a week. This is the equivalent of about seven 175ml glasses of wine. It’s also suggested you take a three- or four-day gap between bouts to give the system a break. We’re sure, like ourselves, some of you out there are questioning their intake.
If you love a nightly glass of wine, we’re not going to tell you off. We do too! However, there are ways to keep having that glass of wine and not succumb to alcohol skin.
1. Always remove your makeup, whether it’s at the end of a work day or after a heavy night out. Don’t sleep with a full face. You can find out why by reading one of our older blogs.
2. Hydrate your skin in the morning by applying a good moisturiser or a sheet mask if you have time.
3. Being hydrated is the key to skin repair. Drink water and avoid excess caffeine, which dehydrates it further.
4. If you’re really feeling like being healthy an antioxidant-rich green juice containing leafy spinach, stomach-settling ginger and vitamin A-rich carrots
We can’t all afford expert dermatologists and chefs to keep us on the straight and narrow with our skin and bodies. With Christmas party season coming up, we’re not expecting people (or ourselves!) to renounce alcohol. However, taking good care of your skin is always going to be beneficial whether your combating alcohol skin or not.
Do you have any skincare tips you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!
How to Get Big Brows
Friday, November 11th, 2016
Do you think you’re lacking in the eyebrow department? Don’t worry! We’re going to tell you some sure fire ways to get big brows!
We’re well and truly into the autumn/winter seasons. As far as make up goes, it’s a time for statement lips, smoky eyes and, also, big brows! The heavier your make up is, the more your eyebrows can get swallowed by everything else. So, in our humble opinion, this is the time to get those big statement brows.
We’re going to give you some options on how you can do that.
Lay off preening them yourself. Getting a professional to shape your brows to the right style for you if fine but you have to be prepared to leave them alone. Big brows don’t come to those who tweeze. You may also want to reconsider the strength of light you use when you’re grooming your brows. According to experts, brows are best tended to in soft dull lighting. If you have strong lighting you’ll see hairs you don’t normally notice and end up over plucking.
In order for your big brows to grow, the hair needs to be in an environment that promotes hair growth. This means, your skin needs to be well hydrated and nourished. You could try putting a light coating of almost any oil over your eyebrows. We wrote a blog on the usefulness of coconut oil a while back. Check that out! Oil creates a barrier that locks in moisture. But, it also increases circulation while stimulating cellular metabolism. This, in turn, promotes hair growth. You can also use Vaseline for a similar method as it helps the skins natural recovery method.
Try a serum.
Eyebrow growth serums are fairly common now. Who doesn’t want big brows! You can apply them daily and you should be able to find one within your price range. Eyebrow enhancing serums are created with hair growth in mind. They’ll contain proteins and peptides to target the production and strengthening of your hair. You can try RapidBrow Enhancing Serum (£37). It is boosted with a unique blend of fortifying proteins, stimulating peptides and nourishing ingredients designed to help condition, restore and repair the appearance of your eyebrows in 60 days.
Use Make up.
Even people with full brows fill in or enhance them with make up. So why not use make up to create yourself a whole new set of big brows! There are so many products on the market these days for eyebrow enhancement. A safe bet is always an eyebrow pencil or a pressed powder. however, you have to be sure that you don’t overdo it and end up with sharpie brows. You can try one of our previous blogs to give you some ideas on what products may work for you.
Grow Grow Grow!
They best way to get believable big brows is to try growing them out. This is the only way you’ll get naturally thicker eyebrows. Brows grow in a 3 – 4 month cycle, so step relax the tweezers for at least 12 weeks. They’re going to look odd to begin with but if you stick at it you’ll see a huge difference. Brush them every day with an eyebrow brush to promote growth.
We hope this has helped you in your quest for big brows! It’ll look a little awkward at first but you’ll thank yourself later. Do you have any tips on growing out your brows? We’d love to hear them!
Why You Should be Sugaring Instead of Waxing
Friday, October 21st, 2016
You may or may not have heard of sugaring. If you’re really into beauty, we expect you have and if you’re not, we guess you may not have.
It’s becoming more and more popular lately as a hair removal method. Sugaring has been practiced throughout Northern Africa, the Middle East and Greece for centuries. Sugaring is removing body hair by using three natural ingredients. Specifically: sugar, lemon juice and water.
The ingredients are combined into a gel or a paste and are rolled into a ball like shape. The ball is then rolled onto the body, with the gel sticking to the skin and hairs. Then, much like waxing, the paste is ripped off, taking the unwanted hair with it. The two main differences between sugaring and waxing are that sugaring is all natural ingredients, eliminating the chemicals present in hot wax. Also, one ball of sugar gel is used per client. This takes away the opportunity of cross contamination.
Sugaring can also be performed more frequently, no more enduring stubble between waxes, and it reduces redness. However, if you’re not already sold, we have some more benefits for you.
Better for your skin.
On top of the elimination of bad chemicals, the sugar mixture wouldn’t only be safe enough to remove hair with. It’d be safe enough to consume, although, it wouldn’t taste that good. The paste is ideal for all skin types, hair textures and skin sensitivities. If you have a skin condition that is irritated by waxing, sugaring would be ideal. The natural ingredients will reduce irritation by a significant amount. In fact, you my not even have any!
Reduces rashes and redness.
There are two main reasons that this method leaves less rash and redness than waxing: the all-natural formula, the fact that it’s free from the irritating additives in wax, and the way that the paste bonds when applied to the skin. In fact, sugaring is more than just a hair removal method. It’s also a light exfoliant (this again, helps reduce the chance of rash and redness). This is one of the main differences between sugaring and waxing: while wax bonds to both the hair follicles and surrounding skin area, the sugaring paste doesn’t pull on or irritate the skin.
If you’ve ever had waxing done, you’ll know the struggle of going home and having to pick bits of wax off your skin for some time after the treatment. This doesn’t happen with sugaring. Since the paste is water soluble, it’s much easier to remove than wax and doesn’t harden onto the skin. All you need is a warm damp cloth and you can get rid of the residue!
As we mentioned earlier, this hair removal process is longer lasting. While wax often breaks the hairs at the surface, sugaring paste pulls the follicles from the root. This ensures that the hair will take longer to grow back. Also, the more you get sugared, the less you’ll need in the long run. Frequent sugaring when you need it will reduce hair production. Meaning over time you will be able to space out your appointments!
So, if you’re looking for a new hair removal method, this is definitely one you should try. It may or may not be any less painful, but we feel its benefits make up for that.
You can try looking for a salon that will provide sugaring on our web directory www.defactosalons.com!