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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?

is foundation 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.

is foundation bad for acne

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.

is foundation bad for acne

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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!

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Why Your Make Up Isn’t Perfect

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

You may look at make up tutorials, give it a go and then find that your look isn’t nearly as good as the one you just saw. Sure you might just need practice, but you also might be missing some key elements…

why your make up isnt perfect

Applying make up isn’t as easy as picking some products that look right and putting them on. Although we wish it were. There are some key things that may be throwing off the look you’re aiming for.

You aren’t maintaining your skin.

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We’re not saying you’re not trying. But, it might not be enough to keep your skin in tip-top, make up applying conditions. Develop a cleansing regime and stick to it, and if you find you’re having trouble with acne, rosacea, or any other skin condition, don’t be afraid to visit a doctor or dermatologist for advice. It’s a common issue and there’s no need to be shy.

Then, prep your skin before you begin applying makeup. Ideally, you should moisturise a few minutes before applying makeup, giving your moisturiser time to sink in. Moisturised skin will hold product better, without dry, flaky patches. If you have oily skin, don’t skip this step, just use a light, oil-free moisturiser. If you find you have issues with your make up staying in place all day, also try a primer.

You’ve got the wrong tools.

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If you’re stuck using the sponges you get given with make up products, get rid. They’re more of a chore than of any use. Why brands continue to produce these is a mystery when anyone who’s stumbled across a YouTube tutorial knows that makeup brushes are the key to a better result. A common misconception is that you need to spend a fortune.

Yes a good foundation brush is going to cost you but for smaller tasks, like eyeshadow or brows you can use lower priced brands. Real Techniques is always a crowd pleaser. However, for foundation we recommend you shell out for a good brush or try your stippling hand with a Beauty Blender. Our blogger Natalie tested out a bunch of them a while back, if you need some advice on which one to try. 

You may have the wrong formula.

why your make up isnt perfect

Lip colour doesn’t have to come in a stick, eye colour doesn’t have to be a powder, and most base products, blushers, and bronzers come in a huge number of different formulas. So how do you know which one to pick?

In general, powders are more drying and mattifying and work better on oilier skin, while liquids and creams can help hydrate dry skin. Bear this in mind when picking foundation in particular.

But it’s about the final result, too. Powders (especially things like eye shadow and blusher) allow you to gently blend and build up colour with precision. Cream formulas tend to give a more youthful, dewy effect (which is why a slightly shimmery cream eye shadow is a must for older skins). They don’t require exact application, making them good for beginners, and often look best applied with the fingers, which is good news if your budget doesn’t reach to 15 new brushes.

Gels and pomades are often the hardest to work with, but they also give the most long-lasting results. If you can master gel liner and brow pomade, you can re-create those picture-perfect Instagram makeup looks yourself. Until you do, soft pencils are a little more forgiving. Be sure to get a suitable colour in everything though. If you’re unsure, employees at make up counters should have a lot of advice to give you.

You forget the small things.

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You have to have a good base before you can do anything else. Any combination of primer, foundation, powder, and/or concealer depending on your preference. Not everyone likes or needs a full face of foundation. But creating a good base for the rest of your makeup is key to a good result. Even if you just slick some primer on your eyelids, you’ll benefit from it!

We all know brows have been in for a while and it looks like they’re staying too. Good brows have the ability to completely shape the face, and with the current trend for big and bold brows in full swing, you can no longer ignore those over-plucked ’90s wisps. Start as you mean to go on by visiting a salon for a shape and tint. You can use our salon directory service for finding the perfect place to do this. Then you can get on with experimenting with powders, gels, pencils and pomades to create your ultimate power brow.

Your products are out of date.

why your make up isnt perfect

The indicator should look like this. This means the product is only useable for 12 months.

Just like food, make up can go out of date. You can locate the shelf time of your products on the back of your packaging. Old make up could potentially cause breakouts and it will be a lot harder to apply. The second you open make up it’ll start oxidising, drying out and ageing. When it’s past its best, get rid of it.

We hope these tips will help you reach that Instagram worthy level of make up application. Or least have you a little more clued up! If you have any more tips, we’d love to know!

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Is Sephora Coming Across the Pond?

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Calling all make-up fanatics! You may have heard some commotion over the weekend. This is due to American make up store Sephora…

is sephora coming across the pond?

Sephora may be landing on UK stores sooner than we think! It’s been a long time coming for those in the know about beauty and we couldn’t be more excited!

Visitors to the East London shopping centre, Westfield, have been noticing a holding space with Sephora branding. Logically leading them to believe that the beauty giant is finally crossing the pond to set up a British outpost. About time too. While the news has yet to be confirmed by the brand, that hasn’t stopped British Sephora devotees getting very, very excited on social media.

We think a lot of people are about to watch their wages disappear. should the news be true.

The UK’s first Sephora is rumoured to be opening in November of this year, and is thought to coincide with the arrival of a bricks-and-mortar store for fast fashion e-tailer Missguided.

With stores in the United States and mainland Europe, Sephora tends to be a fixture on the holiday itinerary for make-up fans. Boasting well-known names like Urban Decay, Benefit and Smashbox.  Sephora is also home to under-the-radar brands that have quickly acquired cult status – while Sephora’s own line is affordably priced and well-regarded by industry insiders.

Between 1999 and 2005, a handful of stores opened up in the UK. Unfortunately for us they didn’t stick around. In 2014, though, the brand also added an option for UK shipping to their website, allowing British fans to finally test out much-hyped US brands like Lorac and Josie Maran.

We’re hoping the rumours are true and we’re counting down the days till November! What about you? Will you be organising a trip to Westfield?

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Turmeric: The Latest Beauty Must-Have

Monday, September 12th, 2016

We know you’re probably second guessing us. However, turmeric has been popping up in a lot of beauty regimes lately…

Turmeric spice hails from India, is most commonly used in cooking and is part of the ginger root family. We all know how good ginger is for you, so why would turmeric be any different!

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People have been adding the spice to almost anything, including juices and face masks. Surprisingly turmeric has a lot of different beauty uses. It is used in the Indian subcontinent for its natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and colour-balancing properties. Currently, it is also gaining quite some fame here for its significant antioxidant properties. The ability to bring down inflammation translates to skin care by minimising acne or bringing down a rosacea flare-ups. You can also rely on it for anti-ageing benefits. It is loaded with key vitamins that facilitate important skin renewal processes, such as the creation of collagen!

If you have sensitive skin you may be worrying about applying a spice to it. Fear not! According to celebrity facialist, Joanna Vargas, it’s wonderful for anyone who has supersensitive skin. Even for normal skin types, it makes the skin look flawless.

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Its uses

You can add a tablespoon of turmeric to a homemade face mask to give it a little extra oomph. As we previously stated it has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and will do wonders for acne. Turmeric also regulates oil production and heals scars, especially those from acne.

Since turmeric has colour-balancing properties, it evens out the appearance and texture of the skin. In addition, its natural antioxidant properties make it the perfect choice to undo and prevent the negative side effects of poor diet and overexposure to the sun. Both of these could be linked to hyperpigmentation of skin, and turmeric has been highly esteemed for its ability to keep the skin protected, healthy, and glowing! This will also aid a lot in fighting the signs of ageing.

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Turmeric is also known as being helpful in treating inflammation as some over-the-counter medicines. Ingest it in powdered or pill form and this helps to de-bloat the body. You can also achieve the same soothing effect of this natural anti-inflammatory when you apply it onto your skin. Your skin will be bright and de-puffed after a turmeric face mask!

If you’re not heading out to get a pot of this spice right now we don’t know what you’re doing!

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More Makeup = More Money

Monday, September 5th, 2016

A recent study has found that women who take the extra time to apply more makeup in the morning are more likely to earn more money.

I know a lot of us love pushing the snooze button for more time in bed before we have to get up and put our makeup on (honestly we’ll probably still do it) but according to this study it’s what could be loosing you potential money at work.

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Two sociologists in the US collected data from more than 14,000 men and women for the study. It is titled ‘Gender and the Returns to Attractiveness’ and the results showed that more makeup equals money. Already there is a pay gap in what money women earn and what money men earn. On average, women in the UK earn 85.5p to every £1 paid to a man. Based on the average full-time working week of 37.4 hours, women are effectively not paid for one hour and 39 minutes of every day. In conclusion, its hardly fair women also have to rely on spending significantly longer getting ready in the morning to earn what they’re owed.

The Research.

For a long time, research has been telling the public that the more attractive we are the more successful we will be. So in that sense nothing much has changed. Although, this study has done more research into how our attractiveness is perceived. While the women who made more effort with their beauty regime and wore more makeup and had their hair neat were more financially successful, only half of the men in the study were deemed good-looking simply by their approach to grooming.

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Overall, personal preference is the only aspect that should weigh on how much/little makeup a woman wears each day. Yes, you should always be presentable in your working environment. You could try our blog on How to Avoid Bed Head if you need a quicker hair routine in the morning. However, why should that rely on the amount of makeup you’re wearing?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Drop us a comment! You could also head over to our Facebook or Twitter. Let us know what you think about make up equalling success!

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

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Now You Can Get KFC Sun Cream!

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

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

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

KFC Sun Cream, coming to a Boots near you!

KFC Sun Cream, coming to a Boots near you!

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

KFC explained their idea when announcing the launch:

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

KFC Sun Cream bottle

It’s hard to believe that this is legit

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

Sorry it’s all gone.

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

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

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

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

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Keira Knightly Reveals She Wears Wigs to Deal With Hair Loss

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

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

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

Keira Knightly Reveals She Wears Wigs to Deal With Hair Loss

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

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

She went on to say:

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

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

Kylie Jenner is well known for her use of wigs

Kylie Jenner is well known for her use of wigs

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

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

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

pregnancy revitalised Keira's hair

pregnancy revitalised Keira’s hair

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


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

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

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