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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.

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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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How to Get Your Perfect Skincare Routine

Friday, August 5th, 2016

You might be feeling like your skin isn’t where you want it to be, it might be dry, oily or dull. It’s likely that you’ve been sticking with it for over a month (not including prescriptions) and your skin isn’t how you want it to look. Its time to change your skincare regimen! We’re going to help you identify the perfect skincare routine.

Who doesn't want to have beautiful skin?

Who doesn’t want to have beautiful skin?

Step 1: Identify your skin type
If you don’t already know your skin type, and have been purchasing products based solely on reviews, it’s time for a big change. Everyone’s has a different skin type, and knowing things like how your skin distributes oil, reacts to chemicals in products, and deals with the climate you live in, is of utmost importance. Looking at this diagram should be able to help you identify your skin type:

Different skin types

Different skin types

Step 2: Identify if you have sensitive skin
Now that you know your skin type, you need to figure out whether or not you have sensitive skin to determine the intensity of your skincare routine. A quick test to determine if you actually have sensitive skin is to run your fingers across the side of your face with light to medium pressure. You’ll know the skin is sensitive if it turns red. If you have a darker complexion, you’ll be able to tell if most skincare products you use sting or cause redness.

Step 3: Do you have any skin issues?
Do you have acne, the occasional pimple, rosacea, dry/flakey skin, or just seeking a general face wash for issue-free skin? Determining what you’re trying to work against is crucial prior to hunting for products. For example, if you have cystic acne, benzoyl peroxide (deep oxygen-based bacteria eliminator) is your most effective option, whereas with more superficial acne, salicylic acid (light exfoliator) and general cleansers will get the job done. Be sure to know what you’re working with.

The right cleanser is crucial

The right cleanser is crucial

Step 4: Find A Cleanser
Now that you have a fundamental knowledge of your skin, it’s time to choose step one of your routine – a cleanser. Various cleansers suit different skin issues, so it’s important that you find one that works for you. If you have non-sensitive acne-prone skin, benzoyl peroxide will be a life saver.

Step 5: Get a great toner
A good toner is one of, if not the most important step in your routine. After washing your face, your skin’s natural oils are stripped, leaving your pH balance all out of whack. Without toning, your skin will do its best to rectify the issue, and that could mean producing more oil to counteract your product(s). When you use a skin-identical toner, balance is restored to your face. Do note, different toners suit different skin types, and using the wrong one will leave your skin either too oily, or too dry.

Do you need to moisturise?

Do you need to moisturise?

Step 6: Do you need to moisturise?
Contrary to popular belief, a moisturiser is not always required in your skincare routine; It all really comes down to your skin type, the products in your regimen, and the time of day. If you have dry skin though, a moisturiser is crucial, depending on how emollient your sunscreen is. It’s always best to search for a non-comedogenic moisturiser that is optimised for your skin type. Just like a toner, the wrong moisturiser will leave your face looking oily and poses the risk of increased breakouts.

Step 7: Sun Protection Factor
Sunscreen is something many people take for granted, but regardless of how cloudy your neck of the woods is, you need to wear one. Not only will you prevent sun damage and scars because of it, but you’ll also keep your skin looking younger for longer.

Now go on and get the right skincare for you!

 

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 Keep Your Holiday Tan For Longer

Friday, July 29th, 2016

So you’re back from your holiday and you’ve got an amazing tan. You want to keep it, right? Of course you do. Don’t worry; we’re here to help you find out how you can keep your holiday tan!

Getting your summer tan and keeping it

We’re going to go through 7 hints and tips to keep your natural tan for as long as possible or ways to cheat your way into accentuating it! So lets get started!

Get ready and keep going

Exfoliation is key

Exfoliation is key

Preparing your skin for your holiday is essential; you’ll get a better tan if you prep your skin beforehand. So obviously exfoliating all the dead skin from your body before you jet off. Removing dead skin allows the tan to take more evenly and though you might not believe it you should do it when you get back as well. A tan takes to your skin deeper than you think so exfoliating the dead skin when you get back wont remove your tan but will stop your skin looking dry.

Be cautious

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It may be tempting to get there and just park on a sun bed and fry yourself til you get a good tan but that’s not the way to do it. Frying yourself means you’ll burn and peel and that peeling means you will loose the tan you’ve been building up that day. Use a good SPF and take breaks from being in the sun. You’ll get a better and more even tan.

Embrace your home climate

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When you’re home it’ll be undeniably colder, you shouldn’t give into taking warmer showers to get some of that heat back. Showers that are too hot dry out the skin, take cooler showers and invest in nourishing products that contain aloe vera, shea butter or jojoba oil.

Ensure longevity

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You may hear of tablets and oils that claim to be tan accelerators, these aren’t recommended and may not be too good for your skin. Instead, try tan primers before you head out into the sun or supplements that promote your natural ability to tan. You could also use after sun with a slight self-tanning agent or just before you go, push the boat out and go for a natural fake tan.

Keep your skin hydrated

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When you get home, you’ll need to be sure that you are keeping yourself hydrated. Drinking lots of water and moisturizing your skin will help your skin stay in good condition.

Fake it

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Getting a little boost is nothing to be ashamed about, your tan will fade unevenly so heading to a professional and letting them identify where needs a little filling in. you’ll retain your even tan, even though it might not be the genuine article.

Fake it with fashion

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Everyone knows the age-old trick of wearing white to make you look more tanned. White isn’t the only colour you should be trying! Pastel colours, like blues and pinks, go a long way to accentuate your natural colouring. If you are dark haired and darker skinned, black will do a lot for you also.

Nobody wants to loose their holiday tan but it’s going to happen eventually, we hope these tips have helped you really get your mileage out of 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 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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Top 10 Stylish Celebrity Dads

Sunday, June 19th, 2016

Father’s Day has come and gone for another year. In light of this though, we thought we should celebrate some of the most stylish celebrity dads.

We hope everyone got to celebrate their fathers, whether they are with you or not.

Here are 10 stylish; celebrity dads that we think deserve a shout out!

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake and his son Silas

Justin Timberlake and his son Silas

Justin Timberlake, well known singer and actor, ditched the boyband look many years ago and now is well known for his on trend hair and suits. Currently father to one son, Silas, with his wife Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake is a very stylish dad.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling and wife Eva Mendes

Ryan Gosling and wife Eva Mendes

Actor in many people’s film favourites, like The Notebook and Drive, Ryan is father to two daughters Esmeralda and Amada. Though the family is a private one and the avoid showing their children to paparazzi, Ryan and his wife Eva Mendes are a very attractive, stylish couple.

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt and his son Jack

Chris Pratt and his son Jack

Chris Pratt, known for his roles in Parks and Recreation and Guardians of the Galaxy, is the father to one son, Jack. He has spoken about his love for his son, and his wife Ana Farris, countless times. Though he likes a more laid back look, when he gets suited up he shows his ability to rock a tailored suit.

Kanye West

Kanye, Kim and daughter North

Kanye, Kim and daughter North

Controversial rapper Kanye West only seems to smile in the company of his family, wife Kim Kardashian-West and children North and Saint. Kanye has earned his style chops with his own fashion line, but we also bet he’s a fantastic father to his kids.

Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth and his children

Chris Hemsworth and his children

Thor actor Chris Hemsworth has been seen carrying his children in carriers numerous times. Again his family life is kept relatively quiet but he’s been snapped many a time playing and looking after his three children India and twins Tristan and Sasha. He always looks sharp on the red carpet.

David Beckham

The Beckham family

The Beckham family

We feel like we always mention David Beckham but he is in these lists for a reason. He is always perfectly styled from head to toe, along with the rest of his family. He’s had four children with wife Victoria Beckham: Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba and daughter Isan

Idris Elba and daughter Isan

We didn’t actually know til recently that Idris Elba had children but now that we do, we knew he had to go straight onto this list. Father to Winston and Isan, Idris is always impeccably dressed. He’d be a great James Bond, that’s all we’re saying…

Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka

The Harris Burtka halloween 2015 photo

The Harris Burtka halloween 2015 photo

Now we have two for the price of one here, husbands NPH and David Burtka have a son and daughter. We wait for their Halloween costumes with their children Harper and Gideon every year. 2015 was Star Wars themed and we loved it. Though they dress great they get style points for the costumes alone.

Tom Fletcher

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Tom Fletcher, wife Giovanna and son Buzz

Tom Fletcher is the quirky dad; if you haven’t seen his wedding speech or pregnancy videos you don’t know what you’re missing. His style is a little different to the rest of the people on this list but that’s why we love it, he’s totally individual and a wonderfully geeky father to his sons Buzz and Buddy.

There’s our list, let us know if we’ve missed anyone you think should be a part of it!

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