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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!
Why You Shouldn’t be Washing Your Hair at Night
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
It’s always so tempting. Washing your hair at night for that extra amount of time in bed. But, apparently you shouldn’t be washing your hair at night!
Well, you can wash your hair at night but you can’t go to bed with it wet. People have always speculated that sleeping on wet hair is a little wrong (but the lie in feels so right!). Turns out they’re right to think that.
Not only does sleeping on loose wet hair mean that you’ll be covering up some serious kinks the next morning, but it could also be damaging. Washing your hair at night and sleeping on the damp hair can cause breakage. Your movements throughout the night are likely to cause knotting and this can lead to long-term damage. This is because hair is prone to breakage when it is wet.
The main issue with washing your hair at night and going to bed with wet hair is that the cuticle (outer layer) of the hair is more raised when wet. Which is why often some women find their hair is impossibly knotty when wet but not so when dry. Sleeping with wet hair could cause it to tangle more particularly if you move a lot in your sleep. And come morning, it could be difficult to comb through. There is also the fact that as your hair dries in the night, kinks and shape will set into it as it dries. So, like we said, who knows what you may wake up looking like in the morning!
So, what if you’re not a morning person?
You can still wash your hair at night, but either dry it before getting in bed, or loosely braid it. This will prevent it knotting and becoming tangled as you sleep and when you take it out in the morning your hair will have soft waves. But, it’s probably best to dry it. You’ll find out why.
It’s not just the damage we have to worry about when washing your hair at night…
The second issue with going to bed with wet hair is fungus. It likes moist warm conditions to grow and consistently sleeping with wet hair could contribute to an overgrowth in fungus or scalp ‘yeast’. Potentially leading to scalp problems or dandruff. Spores could also develop in your pillow due to the same damp warm conditions, which could contribute to breathing issues, rhinitis and allergies.
So you can wash it at night if you like, but you’re better drying it before you settle down.
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?
How to Grow Your Hair Quickly
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
While we think pixie cuts are just as beautiful as lengthy locks, there’s no denying that a lot of us still love having long hair.
The only problem is how long it takes to grow. Some people’s grows faster than others and that we can’t change. But, there may be some things that you could change or do more often now, for the future pay off…
Visit the salon regularly.
No, not because cutting it makes it grow faster. Unfortunately that’s a myth. But, when hair is freshly cut the ends will appear thicker without their damaged, tapered points. Plus by trimming it regularly and managing damage you’ll have to cut off less hair in the long run, so indirectly you’re speeding things up!
Deal with your diet.
Diet is very important for hair growth; you need to be eating sufficient levels of iron, B vitamins, zinc and protein. An idea would be to try spirulina in smoothies! As well as greens like kale and iron. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is high in iron (a very important mineral given that the deficiency condition, anemia, can be a major cause of hair loss). Taking supplements containing a combination of Vitamin B, Iron, Zinc and other minerals can also help to contribute to the maintenance of healthy locks if your diet isn’t well balanced.
Give your hair a break.
Washing, styling and chemical colouring, that is. Daily shampooing can compromise the scalp’s natural essential oils that stimulate growth, while excessive heat-styling, backcombing, brushing and chemically processing the hair can leave it brittle, appearing to shorten the length from the bottom-up when it breaks.
Don’t clog your follicles.
Dirt, oils and product build-up can clog your follicles, hindering healthy growth. To avoid this, try to give your locks a rest from overloading the root area with styling products – dry shampoo and volumising powders are common culprits.
Your scalp needs exfoliated too.
If your scalp is the gateway to healthy hair, it makes sense that exfoliating it helps promote growth. Use a detoxifying shampoo once a week to thoroughly cleanse and remove excess sebum from follicles – as well as the product build-up mentioned above.
Try some Caffeine.
Caffeine has been found to stimulate the hair shaft by blocking the effects of DHT, a chemical known to damage hair follicles. According to German scientists, it can speed up growth by 25 per cent. Unfortunately drinking it might not be the best way to getting growth. Instead try a caffeine shampoo. You may commonly know Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo as a method of hindering hair loss. Think similarly to that, but many brands stock caffeine shampoos.
Hopefully these tips help you on the way to the length you want. Do you have any tips for growing hair? If you do we’d love to hear them, let us know!
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!
How to Have the Perfect Hair Appointment
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
We’ve all been to a hair appointment and left unsatisfied.
Whether it’s a cut you didn’t like, a colour that didn’t suit or a hairdresser that was a little too scissor happy, it’s happened to us all. So, how do you have the perfect hair appointment? How do you leave that salon feeling like you’ve had a fulfilling experience?
Choose the right place.
What kind of style do you have? Be sure to pick a salon that has a similar style to you. If you like fun colours and undercuts, choose a salon that showcases that kind of work. One of the best places to look is Instagram, it’s so common now for salons to show off their latest cuts and colours on social media, so why not look there? Every good hairdresser should be able to adapt to your own preferences, it makes sense to pick someone known for styles like the one you’re looking for.
Read reviews and research the places you’re thinking of going, other customers and their experiences will tell you more about the salon than anything else ever could. Once you’re sure, book a hair appointment!
Take in pictures.
Everyone feels a little cringey taking in a picture of the hairstyle you want but why should you! A lot of stylists find it extremely helpful to see a visual of what you want, rather than going on the vague description you give them. If you’re stuck between a few looks, take pictures for them all. That way it’ll allow your stylist to inform you of what ones will suit you best. A good hair appointment is made when you both understand what the other wants and can give you.
Be prepared to make some changes.
If you know exactly what you want and don’t want to compromise it’s okay. It is your hair appointment after all. But be aware that your stylist may be able to provide insights that could actually build on your own vision and lead to even better results. You may have a different hair type to the person in the image you brought in. You may not be able to go blonde in the first whack at dying it. That’s okay too! Your hairdresser is an expert for a reason. Allow them to make suggestions that’ll suit you better or be better for the health of your hair. You’ll probably thank them in the long run.
Don’t sit and shrug because you’re too awkward to speak out or you just aren’t too sure. Whether it’s a hairdresser you’ve been seeing for a while or somebody new, being clear about what you’re looking for from your hair appointment is crucial. Make it clear precisely what you want, otherwise you’ll only have yourself to blame when you’re stuck with something you actually hate. Your hairdresser wants you to be clear about what you want, trust us.
Don’t be impolite, but if you don’t like it, say so. The minute you see something not going as planned, be honest about it. If you aren’t happy with the end result then most good hairdressers will fix the problem, but it saves a lot of time and awkwardness if you chip in as soon as you see the issue unfolding. You don’t have to offend someone, but you do have to be frank about something that you don’t like.
If you’re unhappy, move on.
We bet you’ve heard a relative or a friend complaining about how their hairdresser never gets it right and you think to yourself, ‘why don’t they just move on?’ Sometimes you need to tell yourself that. If every time you go for a hair appointment, you leave unhappy with what you’ve had done, are you going to the right place? Staying out of loyalty is a common crux for some. Fight the feeling of betrayal and find a salon that treats you right.
We hope you find the salon of your dreams! But, if you’re still looking, why not try our listing website. Defacto Salons will show you some of the best salons in the UK, look at some pictures and read some reviews! We think you’ll be spoiled for choice.