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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.

foundation mistakes you might be 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!

foundation mistakes you might be making

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.

foundation mistakes you might be making

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.

foundation mistakes you might be making

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!

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5 of the Best Budget Beauty Brands

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Make up can become an obsession. Most of all it can become a pricey obsession. However, we’re going to tell you our top 5 budget beauty brands.

5 budget beauty brands

We cannot deny that a lot of high-end beauty brands do live up to their price. However, there are some beauty brands that are very affordable and brilliant at the same time. These are 5 of our favourite budget beauty brands.

Soap and Glory

5 budget beauty brands

With both skincare and make up products, Soap and Glory is a great all rounder company. Not only do their body washes, scrubs and lotions smell fantastic, they also do great make up as well. They have a wide range of make up, all in vintage styled packaging and they cover every make up trend. From colour correcting to contouring, Soap and Glory are a great addition to this budget beauty brands list. With most of their products in the region of £7 – £12, they’re definitely one to try.

Sleek Cosmetics

5 budget beauty brands

Sleek is one of the fastest growing high street brands. What makes them different from regular brands you see in Superdrug or Boots is the quality of their products. Not only is their packaging quite high-end looking, their make up is fantastic too. Their eyeshadow palettes are talked about frequently for their colour pay off and they offer a wide range of products. From crème contour to liquid to matte lipsticks, Sleek are one of the budget beauty brands to watch. In fact our blogger and social media lady Natalie done a whole blog on Sleek’s Matte Me lip range! With their bestselling crème contour kit coming in at £10.99 why wouldn’t you give them a try?


5 budget beauty brands

NYX is a new addition to the shelves of Boots in the UK. However, we couldn’t be happier! The American brand has crossed the water and gifted us with their vast make up range. They offer bold colours and affordable products. With lipsticks in blues, greens and purples, NYX is one for the experimental. But, with lipsticks that come in at a fiver, we think you can afford to be a little experimental.


5 budget beauty brands

Aussie is a well-known and well-loved brand. This budget beauty brand started off down under with a bunch of bush plants. Now it’s in every supermarket we have and used by millions. Aussie is a company based around keeping your hair silky smooth. Their products average around £5 and cater to every hair type. Not only to they have shampoo, they also have hair oils, mousse and hair masks. Their products smell great and they leave your hair feeling brand new!


5 budget beauty brands

Commonly found in ASDA, this is a budget beauty brand that won’t disappoint. Their range is extremely affordable and features body washes, face washes and body creams. Their stand out product, however, is their facemasks. With a bunch of options for different skin types, they’ll rejuvenate your skin and make you feel a million pounds! There’s nothing for you to loose, give them a go!

We hope you pick up a new favourite product from our top 5 budget beauty brands! If you have any more that you know of, let us know!

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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!


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Six Everyday Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Its summer and things are hotter and your hair and skin are drier. Yes, you could sink a load of money into products to try and save your hair and skin… or you could try coconut oil.


Its no secret that people are using coconut oil for whatever they can now, but you might not be aware how easily you can substitute a regular jar of coconut oil for multiple expensive beauty products.

So have a read at our Six Everyday Beauty Uses for Coconut Oil and see what you can substitute for!

Hair Mask

Colouring, heating and over brushing your hair can lead to dryness, well before you even include a harsh summer sun. When you’re in the shower, warm up the jar under the water before applying it through the hair, focusing on the dry ends. Put your hair up into a bun and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it out. Your hair should feel brand new and brilliantly hydrated.

Make Up Remover

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Finding a make up remover that’s good AND affordable can be such a big ask. Garnier’s Micellar Water has been a huge hit in this regard but it can feel quite drying on the skin. Spreading a thin layer of coconut oil over the face will melt the make up off. Then all you have to do is rinse with warm water before proceeding with your usual cleansing.

Sun Protector

On holiday, the sun, chlorine and seawater dry out the hair incredibly. Smoothing some coconut oil through your hair before heading to the beach will keep it hydrated, protect it from the UV rays and prevent drying as much as possible.

Light Moisturiser

Its light, absorbent and moisturizing formula means that it’s an ideal moisturiser. Warming a small amount in your hands and spreading it over your skin will provide you with wonderfully hydrated, smooth skin. Just as good as any expensive body creams.

Lip Balm

It doesn’t seem to matter what season it is, your lips still get chapped, guess what can solve that… just use the coconut oil as is and rub a small amount onto your lips and it’ll work wonders. You can even carry a small amount with you in an old contact lens case or an empty lip balm tin.

Shaving Cream

Shaving creams aren’t that expensive, but it seems like a lot of women’s razors are adding on moisture bars to exclude the need for shaving cream, but, this just adds to the price. Using coconut oil on the areas you shave will allow a close shave but also moisturise the skin at the same time. Like the hair mask, just warm the jar under the water and then spread over your legs before shaving.

Have fun duping the expensive products for something you can pick up in your closest super market!


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 or you can call our offices on 0141 4189659 or 0141 3336535. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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Microblading: What is it?

Friday, May 20th, 2016


Microblading is the new way to get perfect eyebrows.

Eyebrows are arguably the most important facial feature, no matter how you like them; arched and feathered or straight and bold.

If you’re not satisfied with the ones you have, there are so many ways to update them (some of which we have covered here), including brow gel, pencils, and even tattooing. But now there’s a very natural option that delivers semi-permanent results. You’ve maybe heard of microblading before. Unlike the sometimes Sharpie-like effects of permanent makeup, microblading is more of fake solution done in strokes that look just like real hairs.

Jade Trapanotto, founder of Beyond the Brows says:

“It puts the finest hairs back into eyebrows producing the best definition and dimension possible”,
“It originated in Asia and is also known as brow embroidery. It’s a fantastic treatment for anyone looking to improve or enhance the appearance of their eyebrows.”

Microblading before and after

Microblading before and after

The main difference is that a manual pen-like tool with tiny needles is used instead of a permanent makeup machine, so the strokes aren’t blurry. If you’re still not sure how the technique differs from tattooing, keep listening. During the microblading process a special microblading pen is used to draw on individual strokes one by one. It’s an extremely meticulous process that takes around two hours to complete.

Since the results will last for up to three years before beginning to fade it’s good to know that the technicians pay so much attention to detail. The first hour the shape is drawn in with removable pencil. That’s the longest part and the most important step. During this time, the best customized shape for every client is chosen. Professional microbladers advise clients to be cautious of places that claim to complete the process in one hour. This is not a rushed procedure and it cannot be done in an hour. Anaesthetic will be applied to the area to avoid discomfort, although the procedure shouldn’t be painful.

One of the best parts of this technique is that your brows are good to go immediately after application. Professionals, however, recommend a follow-up one-month after your appointment. The healing process is different for everyone, and it takes between 25 and 30 days. After a month it is recommended a client should have a 40-minute touch-up. After they have been done there is little to no maintenance. They will not rub off and they won’t smudge. Microblading typically costs around $700 to $800, so £480 to £550 here in the UK, but it will give you prefect brows every morning.

Information revised from Instyle and Marie Claire

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