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How to Stay Focused When Working From Home
Wednesday, December 21st, 2016
I believe that I am lucky in having the opportunity to occasionally work from home.
On days that nobody else is coming into the Defacto office or if, for personal reasons, I require to work from home, I am given that opportunity to do so. Although, it may seem like the dream to work in entirely your own space, working from home is a lot harder than you may think.
It’s not for everyone; I imagine some people find the office environment more stimulating and productive. Some may enjoy the lack of time constraints from being able to work from home. I consider myself pretty versatile in this aspect. I enjoy both!
However, whether you’re a student studying from home or running your own business or anywhere in-between, I would like to offer you some tips! So, without further ado here are my tops tips on how to stay focused when working from home.
Create a workstation.
You don’t need to have your own office desk. Although, that may be a good idea! Create a space in your home where you can work. It can be easy to fall into the trap of working in your bed or on your comfy sofa. Don’t! You brain should associate these places with rest and relaxation and that’s not what you want on a productive work from home day. Create a space that your brain knows is for business. I currently share a desk with my boyfriend in our spare room, it allows me to be in a totally different space to work and I find that incredibly helpful in staying focused.
Set times for yourself.
If your working day is 9am – 5pm, stick to it. Or do a close variation. This should stop you from straying from what you’re meant to be doing. Sticking as close to my regular hours as possible is something I find ideal when I work from home. It means I finish up when I usually would and stops me from working into the night when I could have finished it earlier. Your commute is cut out too so you get a little longer in bed…
Eat and drink like you would in an office.
Usually in workplaces there are set hours for lunch and maybe even breaks. If you have those, stick roughly to those too! Breaks when you’re working are important. It gives your brain time to refresh. I take my breaks when I usually would to keep me in my routine. My body is used to having lunch around 1pm so I don’t like to disappoint.
So you’re at home. You know there’s a bunch of housework sitting there, or a pet to play with or a TV show to catch up on. Don’t give in to yourself. It’s so tempting to pull up Netflix and see what’s on or do that washing that really needs done. However, it’ll be three hours later and you’ll wonder where the day went. I always find it hard not to do some general tidying up when I’m at home. But, it’s going to be there when you’re finished for the day and you’ll enjoy it more when you’ve finished your work!
Get up and get dressed.
Much like working from bed, working in your PJs is a recipe for laziness. Im not saying you need to get up and apply a full face of make-up and do your hair. But, it’s always good to get up, have a quick shower to wake you up and put on some clothes you’ll be comfortable in for the rest of the day. Staying in my pyjamas for any amount of time when I’m working from home keeps me in that groggy, post wake-up stage. Rip the plaster off and get up and ready for the day!
Do you have any tips on working from home? How do you stay focused, let me know!
The Low-Down on Glue-In Hair Extensions
Thursday, November 24th, 2016
We all look at celebrities and immaculate manes and wonder how we could get hair like that.
Long story short it’s either extensions or wigs. A high quality wig may be a little out of a persons comfort zone and price range. However, good quality hair extensions are a more reachable goal.
If you are someone that loves to constantly change your look, then extensions can be a great alternative. There are many types of hair extensions and they give you the opportunity to experiment and if they are done right they shouldn’t damage your hair. Most people have the pre-conception that glue-in hair extensions thin out your natural hair, which can be true, but only to an extent. However, with the right extension brand and the right person applying them your natural hair shouldn’t really suffer.
So what should you look for when getting glue-in hair extensions?
Be sure the brand you are interested in has a reputable name in the industry. The best way to start is by looking at their website and looking up the salons that sell those extensions, and how long they have been applying them for. Be sure your salon is experienced at applying them. Though it may be tempting to go for a cheaper alternative, don’t. With glue-in hair extensions, you get what you pay for.
Before you have them applied you need to be aware of your own hair’s health. Your hair and scalp need to be in optimum health before any extensions are applied. When applied extensions should not be too close to the scalp as this can cause traction alopecia. This is a form of hair loss caused by a pulling force, a.k.a your hair extensions pulling at your roots.
Can you colour them once they are in?
Glue-in hair extensions can be coloured once they have been applied but we advise you not to bleach them as this can damage the hair. Bleach can dramatically change the texture of your extensions and even when colouring you have to be strict with your aftercare. Use good quality hair care suitable for coloured hair. Your hairdresser should be able to recommend a good brand for you to use.
How long should I keep them for?
The general rule is 3-6 months but definitely not longer and the extensions should always be professionally removed. After around 3 months you may notice some wear and tear and maybe some thinning. You don’t have to opt in for a whole new set of extensions if you don’t want to. You can ask for your stylist to add in some newer glue-in hair extensions to pad out what you have left for the rest of the six months. Get a trim to tidy them all up though!
Some tips we’ll leave you with if you’re thinking of getting glue-in hair extensions. Don’t condition the roots of your hair and don’t towel-dry vigorously. This can tangle the bonds. Also, always remember to brush through your hair twice a day from scalp to ends with an extension appropriate brush.
If you’re thinking of getting extensions, you can browse our salon listing website for high quality salons. You’ll be able to find the perfect salon experienced in applying hair extensions near you!
Have you ever had glue-in hair extensions? What brands do you recommend? We’d love to hear any hints or tips you have to offer!
Five Halloween Looks You Can Achieve With Make Up
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
If you’ve left Halloween planning a little last minute, we think we can help…
You’ve got less than a week to prepare a Halloween costume. Even less if you’re going out over the weekend. You don’t want to be stuck with what’s left in the shops! You still want to impress with your Halloween look.
Therefore, we’ve had a think and a chat in the Defacto office and we’ve thought of five Halloween looks you can do with clothes you already have and some make up!
We know this one will maybe take a little longer than you’d maybe like. However, the finished article will certainly be one that impresses This look has been making the rounds on social media for a while now and we’re still impressed by it. . You’ll probably already have make up you can use, but if you don’t we’re sure you can pick up what you need for pretty cheap. Pair this make up with whatever outfit you feel would fit in with a comic book and you’re good to go!
Yes it’s the old staple of girls Halloween costumes. Dont knock it til you’ve tried it! There’s a reason it’s so common. It’s sexy and it’s easy to put together. You’ll need black liquid liner and some false eyelashes for this one. Clothes wise, if you’ve got a pair of black jeans or leggings and a black body suit all youll really need are some cat ears to go with them.
We don’t mean you’re going to be shuffling around the bars in a movement restricting fake tail. Nowadays people are more creative with their mermaid themed costumes on Halloween. You can probably opt for a long flowing dress or leggings with scales printed on them. As for the make up, blues, greens and glitter doesn’t go a miss. It’s amazing what you can do with fishnet tights these days…
A classic costume that gets broken out each year. The campy Hammer Horror days few and far between now though. People are now opting for a sexier and darker vibe to their vampire costumes. Dark red lips and smoky eyes, combined with pale skin and heavy contouring is the way to go in 2016. Really you can make any costume a vampire costume. Much like zombies you can have; vampire brides, vampire cheerleaders and the list can go on and on.
You may be surprised by this one but it’s become quite popular as a costume! It’s a really easy look to do as well. Stock up on some bronzer, a pair of antlers and get a dress or outfit that you feel is right. May we suggest a short floral number? It may not be spooky or scary but it is something a little different.
We hope you’ve found your last minute Halloween costume! If you have chosen one or if you have any other ideas we’d love to hear about it! Just leave us a comment down below.
Autumn/Winter Hair Trends 2016
Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
We’ve all come to accept that summer is over. Now it’s September and we should all be looking forward. That means it’s time to experiment with your seasonal look. So what autumn/winter hair trends should you be looking out for?
We’re past our summer fling with ombre and mermaid hair. However, you may still be able to hold onto that summer look while incorporating some of these autumn/winter hair trends.
A big feature of the A/W fashion runways, Hair jewellery is a fantastic addition to formal outfits. Whether you’re attending a wedding or you’re going to an event. This is one of our favourite autumn/winter hair trends because of how unique it is!
A tight ponytail never goes out of style, especially not this season. Slicked back hair is in! So for those of you who want to emulate that Kim Kardashian wet look, or those who want a perfect topknot, this is your time.
Big curls. The bigger the better! 70s style seems to be making a bit of a come back at the minute. That means that big bold textures are what you should be aiming for. We’ll be loading up on the texturising products because this is one of the autumn/winter hair trends we’re most excited about!
It’s a retro method but it’s still a good one. Used a lot in the 20s and 30s, finger waving has stood the test of time. This can take a lot of practice, as it requires patience and dexterous fingers. But, it’s the only way you’re going to get that perfect wave throughout your hair!
If we’re honest we feel like plaits never go out of style. We don’t want you thinking of plaits in the terms of what your mum used to make you wear to school though. Messy plaits and plaited up-dos are all in right now and why wouldn’t you want to experiment with this boho style!
More specifically, wispy or choppy fringes. It doesn’t feel like fringes come into fashion all that often but when they do they’re a good way for you to mix up your style without the change being too drastic. We’re seeing a lot of celebs trying out the fringe these days so why wouldn’t you? Though a fringe doesn’t suit all face shapes, for some it can be a fantastic way to frame the face.
We hope you’ve found something you’re willing to try in our autumn/winter hair trends! Although, keep in mind that sticking to your own style is always the best trend you can have.
How To Get The Perfect Messy Bob
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
You’ve been to the hairdressers and got your ideal summer cropped hair cut. Your stylist has transformed your hair into the perfect tousled messy bob and you love it, its bang on trend and its upped your level of style by numerous points.
The thing is, you can’t get that expert level of effortlessness at home somehow? You’re not a stylist but you think you could manage some stylish messy waves. If this is an issue you’re having then let us enlighten you in how you can achieve that perfectly messy crop at home!
It might not be as simple and as easy as you think though, you will need:
• Thickening spray or mousse
• Hairdryer with a diffuser
• Curling tongs
• Setting clips (you can use kirby grips as well if you don’t want to go and get clips)
• Texture spray
Unfortunately like a lot of ‘effortless looks’ this one requires time and effort but youll get the hair you want at the end of it! Lets begin.
1. Apply your thickening spray or mousse onto your towel dried hair and blowdry. You can use a round brush to add volume.
2. Use your tongs to curl your hair in alternating horizontal sections with a curling iron. The size of the section should correlate to the size of the iron. The longer your hair, the thicker your barrel should be, for a bob try a 1” to a 1¼” barrel. Have your curls alternate with each one and set them in place with the setting clip.
3. When curling the sections of hair closest to your face, curl downwards and towards your face.
4. As we move down the side of the head in vertical sections, we alternate directions – this curl placement is up away from the face.
5. Once you reach the crown of your head (the top few inches of hair that will fall over the back), curl these pieces horizontally back, as shown in the image. Make sure you hold the section straight up from the scalp for maximum volume before inserting the iron.
6. Once the front of your hair and crown are curled and clipped, curl the back in the same manner, but don’t worry about clipping it in place. The back of your head has more hair than the sides, so if the underneath hair is less curly, the overall look is more uniform.
7. Take out the setting clips but be sure to follow the order in which you put them in
8. Lift the sections up as you remove the clips and add some texture spray to the roots to give it a little lift
9. Break out the diffuser and set it to low heat, medium wind. Begin flipping your hair around while inserting the blowdryer from ends to roots. Just hold for a moment, then move on to the next section. The goal here is for the heat to break up any patterns, giving you a more undone look. Once youre done you can add a little hairspray to set it if you feel like you need it!
Enjoy your gorgeous messy bob!
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5 Product’s Everyone’s Talking About: May
Friday, May 27th, 2016
Make up is so fast moving. There are new collections out constantly and we just can’t keep up sometimes!
However, from Kylie’s new liquid lips to budget concealers, we’re going to mention a few beauty products that have been making a splash this week!
We are going to quickly discuss 5 make up pieces that have been getting talked about this week, hopefully you’ll find something you desire in the collection…
Kylie’s Lip Kit in the colour Majesty
This one was obviously going to be here. Kylies lip kits are notoriously good, with matte and metallic lipsticks as well as lip-glosses. Everyone wants one of these. However, fans were keen to see a black lip in the range and Kylie obliged. She debuted the shade on Snapchat, showing off the matte, yet metallic nature of the kit. It even had blue undertones! Needless to say it might not be a day-to-day shade but we want it nonetheless.
Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream
Yes, yes we know, there is a new highlighter every other day that you NEED to try. It comes in two shades to suit lighter and darker skin tones and its only £4.99 as well so that’s a massive plus! It’s handy and small and applies like a soft sheeny finish. It’s everything you could want and we suggest you give it a go!
Urban Decay’s Vice Collection
As you may know Urban Decay pulled all their lipsticks to release a new collection. This is the vice collection, fronted by Ruby Rose. Vice will feature all of the current UD shades, as well as a few discontinued colours, some limited-edition beauties and a few newbie’s in a whole range of finishes (six, to be exact): Mega Matte, Comfort Matte, Cream, Metalized, Sheer, and Sheer Shimmer. It’s going to be the biggest lipstick launch ever and we cannot wait. The also aim to be really nourishing for your lips with vitamin C, aloe, avocado oil, and babassu oil. Each one will be £15.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Its hard to get an amazing concealer for an amazing price, before it was all about the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer as a money saving dupe for higher priced brands. Now the Fit Me concealer has stepped in. described as being a long lasting, non-cakey and blendable. Big name beauty bloggers and even make up artists have been talking about their love for this concealer and at £5.99 it’s a good buy too.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette
Everyone loves Too Faced palettes with their super blendable pigments and their gorgeous packaging but the Sweet Peach Palette has been getting a lot of love. It has super summery shades, as well as darker ones, and obviously it smells of peaches! Everyone has been raving about it and for good reason! Price – roughly £33
We hope we’ve influenced your next make up splurge if you don’t already have these products in mind!
Why aren’t your brows symmetrical?
Friday, May 6th, 2016
Have you ever wondered why your eyebrows aren’t symmetrical?
I think we have all wondered why we have a good eyebrow and a bad eyebrow, there’s an explanation apparently.
Thankfully nowadays we have a wide array of brow kits to aid in our pilgrimage for symmetrical eyebrows. However, some think the cause of wonky brows is scientific. Tonya Crooks, the woman who works on the eyebrows of celebrities like Megan Fox and Eva Mendes, believes that asymmetrical eyebrows are down to habits and facial expressions.
“Each brow has different muscle movement”, she explained recently. “Sometimes this is caused by what side [of your face] you’re sleeping on, [which can make] the muscles on one side weaker than the other. Sometimes it is due to how you naturally show expression.”
So, the expressions we make and the way we sleep can have an effect on the development of our facial muscles. Therefore, meaning that one eyebrow can have a higher arch because it might have a more taught muscle underneath it.
Fear not! Here are some recommendations of how to even out your brows.
If you already have thick full brows and don’t want to fill them in or define them, try using a brow gel. You can get tinted and clear ones and running them through the hair will be enough to tame it and hold them in a nice shape.
If you want defined but still natural looking brows then you should stick to powder. Brow brushes give more definition than pencil but have a more natural effect. Be sure to blend everything out and use short strokes of the brush.
If you have sparse brows you’ll want to use a brow pencil. A thin pencil will be able to mimic natural brow hairs but the firm waxy texture of the pencil will mean it will stick to the skin and last longer than, say, a brow powder would.
If you want something defining and long lasting, try waxes, pomades or liquids. The formula of these products are very long wearing, practically smudge proof and typically a favourite. Applying them can take practice but the pay off will be good.
We hope this helps you on your journey to great brows!
4 Mens Hairstyles for Spring/Summer 2016
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
We’re now well into spring and on the way to summer, so why not revamp your style to suit the season?
It seems like women get the majority of the attention when it comes to summer style, particularly in the hair department, but Defacto are here to bring you some new ideas for your spring/summer barnet.
Male grooming is more important than ever and so it should be! So, take pride in your appearance and have a look at our 4 suggestions for your next hair appointment.
The days of the slicked quiff are over, now its all about texture and volume. You’ll want to have a good bit of length at the top, with the use of point cutting to create the texture and ensure you keep a bit more length at the fringe to create the actual quiff.
A no. 4 on the back and sides is recommended but if you’re looking for a more dramatic cut you will want to maybe go a little shorter.
To style it try putting hair putty or hair paste into towel dried hair. For extra volume and hold you can try your hand at salt spray, a great product for creating texture.
This is a messy style with a lot of texture and is ideal for those with short-mid length hair. This style suits most face shapes but the more defined and angular your bone structure is then the shorter you can go at the back and sides to highlight your features.
You can style it by applying a very small amount (around the size of a pea) to towel dried hair before blow-drying the remaining moisture. Try a matte paste to show off your natural texture. Use products that have a firm hold but don’t dry hard, you don’t want to loose flexibility and movement from the hair.
Longer hair on men has been a growing trend for a while now. Especially with the recent man bun trend. Long hair looks best with full facial hair or a bit of stubble and is most suited to men with masculine faces.
Keep in mind that long hair takes patience (around 8 to 12 months of no length cutting). Product wise its best to just let the hair fall in its natural state. The less product, the better. Just be sure to invest in a good quality conditioner.
A classy haircut that never really goes out of style. It’s versatile in the way that it suits both a working and a social life if you’re in a serious business setting. Hair on the side can be clippered to around an inch long, with at least four inches on the top to make sure the slicked style will stay in place.
To style it, run a comb through wet hair to set it in a natural parting. Then apply gel or pomade to set the style in place.
Do you think you’ll try something new or stick with your old favourite do?
If you do want to try something new, find a salon local to you with our listing website HERE.
Friday, April 22nd, 2016
For a while now, eyebrows have been the centre of the beauty industry. HD Brows, eyebrow kits, brow gel and threading are some of the few newer techniques and products that have emerged due to the world’s fascination with brows. However. Eyebrows, much like clothes, have experienced their own trends throughout the decades. Lets go back to the 50s, a real decade for glamour, and begin our exploration through the eras of the eyebrow.
The fifties were steeped in Hollywood glamour, as we said, and this meant there was a great deal of glamorous women. Beautiful women need beautiful eyebrows. Eyebrows in the 50s were generally quite bold. Arched, thick and manicured to match the stars they were on.
As shown by Anita Ekberg and Marilyn Monroe, having a noticeable arch in your brows was common, creating a dramatic framing for your eyes.
Stars like Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood had a more natural brow, both suitably dark and bold and still manicured but not to the extent where they looked overly so.
In the 60s the arched brow was IN. Though slightly more slender, a high arch in your brow was the way to go. Unlike the 50s however, the arch was more rounded and less like the dramatic angular point. Iconic photos like the one of Twiggy show this perfectly.
The 70s welcomed a significantly more natural looking brow. With some, like Ali MacGraw, not partaking in any sort of grooming. This was an era where people felt a lot more free to be their natural selves. This was definitely an era of the natural brow.
Both thick and thin eyebrows were featured in the 80s, as a decade of self-expression; people were free to do what they wanted. Whether they were a Cindy Lauper or a Whitney Houston. Anything would go in this experimental era.
Both Natural brows like Molly Ringwald and big bold brows like young Madonna were around. It just depended on personal preference.
Pencil thin eyebrows were what EVERYONE had in the 90s. Some were plucked or waxed until there was virtually nothing there and some were literally just a single line of eyebrow pencil.
Although, some women swapped out product for naturally thicker brows.
In the noughties, brows were a bit fuller, almost like all those people who plucked them within an inch of their life, or entirely shaved them off in the 90s were regretting their decision and growing them back. It was a time for less product and growing your brows back.
Now we’re in the present day. Nowadays the brow market is booming. Products are flying off the shelf and now having naturally good eyebrows is the greatest gift you can be blessed with. It means it gives you a fantastic base for making them even better! With celebrities like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins have amazing natural brows.
Using a little or a lot of product is an everyday routine for your brows now. With having to keep up with your eyebrow goals celebrities, you need to be applying SOMETHING to them each day. The bigger and bolder the better.
Filling in your eyebrows and in some cases creating them entirely out of product is how we live now and that’s great!
You can have any kind of eyebrow you want!
Now You Can Tie-Dye Your Hair!
Thursday, April 21st, 2016
Do you want to achieve Technicolor, psychedelic hair? Well, keep on reading!
Women are now literally using this well-known technique, for clothes, to colour their hair.
Tie-dye is associated with the 70s, laid back, hippie vibe. Or even as a fun bonding experience between young girls making matching vests and crop tops for their first ‘girls holiday’, but not anymore! The use of it on clothing has now expanded to being a quirky and cool option for your hair. The Look got noticed when a hairstylist named DJ Victory, who created the look with Pravana colour, posted a photo to Instagram. DJ Victory’s look is very loud and vibrant; it certainly wouldn’t be missed on the street!
She documented the hair creation online on YouTube, showing others how to achieve this look. It involved a lot of intricate painting on dye to get the vivid patterns shown in the image. Straightening separate sections of hair covered in dye and tinfoil and filling in the natural hair coloured gaps. However, maybe for some this is a little overwhelming, and you might want to go for a lighter option.
The initial idea came from Pravana hair colourist Rickey Zito. The dying doesn’t veer that far away from the classic t-shirt dying approach in terms of technique. Zito demonstrates this on a blonde model, by starting with separating her hair into 2-4 inch strips and securing them with an elastic band at the root and then continuing to secure the hair at 3 inch intervals down the length. He covers the elastic bands with fabric and then applies the two different colour shades before blending them together. This is the outcome.
Another technique is based on a Japanese dyeing technique, which produces tie-dye style patterns, called Shibori. Hollywood-based hairstylist Tanya Ramirez is someone who offers this technique to her clients’, giving them a totally unique look. Ramirez uses popsicle-sticks (ice-lolly sticks to you and I), covered in dark blue dye, to create this look. You can see the outcome and watch it below!
Now, we at Defacto, think tie-dye hair is an interesting concept, ideal for festival season! Maybe not all year round though! Tell us what you think; would you tie-dye your hair?