Styling my hair has been the bane of my life for years. As a teenager – long before straighteners were really around – I remember being horrified at the idea of going to school with the frizzy and uncontrollable mess that was my hair. So much so that for years I wore it in a bun every single day. And then at the age of 17, I chopped it all off! In a pixie style much like Victoria Beckham’s (around the same time!). It didn’t suit me. A couple of years later, as it grew out, I discovered hair straighteners and have never looked back!
Over the years, I’ve learnt a few tricks to stop the frizz without too much effort. I’m a lazy girl – what can I say?!
- If, like me, you struggle to get up in the morning, wash your hair the night before.
- I no longer use conditioner when I wash my hair and instead spray it with a leave-in conditioner afterwards.
- I like to rough dry my hair before I go to bed – so that it’s not a complete bird’s nest the next morning.
- When drying my hair, I section it off and start at the roots, so that these are as smooth as possible.
- The next morning I again section off the layers and straighten like that.
- And I’m ready. In less than 10 minutes!
If you’re looking for a new and affordable hairdryer or straightener, check out the collection by Gamma Piu.
How do you manage your hair?
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Talking about being sun safe is not sexy. But neither are the consequences of not taking care in the sun.
We all love a tan in the summer – and I am not exception. The minute that the sun comes out, I’m out in the garden in my shorts and vest. For me, summer clothes look so much better with a bit of colour.
But the risks involved with tanning and sun exposure are widely known: from premature aging and in extreme cases, skin cancer. The question is, then, is it worth risking these for the sake of a tan that will last just a few months at the most?
This summer, I’ve been exploring some of the options available to stay safe in the sun.
If you want a natural tan, make sure that you use a broad spectrum sun screen. This is basically a sun screen that provides UVA and UVB protection. This year I’ve been trying Piz Buin’s wet oil spray. I already use body oil instead of moisturiser as I find it leaves my skin smoother so it seemed like a natural progression to move to an oil sun screen. The oil cuts through water, so you can apply it straight after a dip in the pool or sea when on holiday without having to dry off.
It’s highly moisturising which helps to produce a longer lasting natural tan.
By using a sun screen your tan might take longer to develop but ultimately it will last longer too.
If you’re spending a lot of time in the sun, you should also be using an after sun or moisturiser morning and night to stop skin drying out completely. I’ve also been trying out Piz Buin’s newest after sun lotion but, as before, I’m still using my body oil after my morning shower. The after sun will ensure that skin is soothed and moisturised after a day out.
If you’d like to try out Piz Buin’s new oil spray make sure to check back next Monday (26 August) for another birthday giveaway!
How do you stay safe in the sun?
For the past week or so I’ve been trialling Vaseline’s new Double Invisible antiperspirant. I’ve been wearing it with my blacks and my whites and looking out for those tell tale white marks and yellow stains. And nothing.
I wore it to the office with my black Dorothy Perkins peplum top and Gap black and white trousers – and no white marks!
And I wore it with my new Gap white spotty jeans and a white H&M tee. And no horrid yellow stains on my t-shirt afterwards:
So the deodorant itself? Well it’s got a lovely fresh and clean smell. I like that. It also doesn’t stay damp for so long you have to wait ages to get dresses after. And it doesn’t come out powdery. It definitely provided protection throughout the day, even in a warm office with no air conditioning!! And so far my under arms are smooth with no dryness.
If you’d like to try the deodorant for yourself, I have a bottle to giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment here, telling me about your favourite LBD or LWD (Little White Dress) and I’ll pick someone at random to receive the bottle.
The giveaway will close in a week’s time at midnight on Tuesday 27 August.
Any regular readers will know that I’m a big fan of dry shampoo – and, in particular, Batiste Dry Shampoo. They’re at V Festival this weekend and they’ll be on hand, in the Virgin Media Louder Lounge, to offer festival hair tips and styling advice.
They’ve also very kindly sent over a great fishtail plait how to:
Illustrations by Debra Parkinson
Spray your hair evenly with Batiste Dry Shampoo, this will give your hair extra grip and texture for styling your fishtail.
1. Gather your hair in a low ponytail on one side at the back of head. Separate hair into two equal sections.
2. Take a thin strand of hair from the outside right section and cross over and add to the left section of hair, blend together
3. Next, take a thin strand from the outside left section and cross over adding to the right section of hair, again blend together.
4. Repeat this process incorporating hair from one section to the other and secure with a clear fine band.
For a bohemian ‘V Festival’ look, gently tease hair apart with your fingers….Enjoy!
Are you at V this weekend? Will you be relying on Batiste to get your hair through?
I need a beauty routine that is quick and easy. I’ve not got the patience (usually) for spending hours cleansing and cleaning and exfoliating and moisturising my face. I prefer products that are simple to use and multi-task.
Clean & Clear’s collection of face products for perfect for a quick and easy cleaning routine.
Every few days I use the exfoliating face wash in the shower as I wash my hair. For those days when I don’t wash my hair, I now use the foaming face wash. It’s ultra quick: simply wet your face, rub the foam all over and wash off again. It leaves my face feeling squeaky clean with minimal effort. Result!
What do you use to clean your face?
If there’s one thing I am a little OCD about, it’s keeping my whites white. And those of my fiancé. My fiancé in particular has quite a few white shirts for work and it was noticing that one of these was starting to go a little dull that made me first try Vanish’s Oxy Action Whitening Powder. (It works!)
In the summer however I tend to wear quite a few white tops and hate that yellow shadow that often starts to appear under the arm from my deodorant. So when Vaseline asked if I’d like to try out their newest offering, Double Invisible deodorant, which claims to keeps to leave no yellow stains on whites and no white marks on blacks, I jumped at the chance!
I’ve used plenty of antiperspirants in my time – I tend to mix it up depending on the season and what offers are on. I do tend to stick to the same two or three, just in rotation, depending on which is cheapest/available when I run out! So I’m intrigued to see if this would make it into my rotation.
I will be trialling it with my summer outfits over the next week and will report back shortly. Be sure to keep a look out for my thoughts soon.
Have you tried Vaseline’s Double Invisible antiperspirant? Which deodorant do you use?
On holiday I rarely wear make-up. In the heat, I hate the feeling of anything on my skin so I leave it at home. But when I’m off to work in the summer heat, I like to wear some, even if only a little. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve honed my ability to do summer make-up.
The base is the heaviest part I find, so I either use a light dusting of bronzer or I mix a little foundation with an SPF moisturiser.
I usually leave the eye shadow at home and instead throw on a little colourful eyeliner – green is my current favourite.
And finally I good coat of blackest black mascara. Currently I’m using Boots 17’s newest mascara: Back Lash. Which is great for adding volume and colour for wow eyes!
I’m using my Boots No7 BB lip balm to add a little colour and keep my lips moisturised.
What make-up do you wear in the summer heat?
Johnson’s Baby Oil has long been a favourite of celebs and beauty fans alike. Praised for leaving skin as soft as a baby’s!
To be honest, as much as I love oil moisturising my skin and leaving it silky smooth, in the winter when I’m all layered up, I find them too heavy. In the summer, I use them all the time! Recently I’ve been using Boots’ No7 Dry Body Oil which is a lovely luxury after my morning – or evening – shower. When I was offered Johnson’s new light baby oil formula to try, I jumped at the opportunity.
The light oil comes in a spray bottle which is infinitely better than the Baby Oil bottles I remember I used to use which always leaked and got all sticky. Plus it means that you can regulate how much you use much more easily. It absorbs quickly and moisturises well.
As much as I like my Boots No7 oil, at just under £10, vs the £2.99 of Johnson’s baby oil, this is definitely the better beauty bargain!
Do you use oils for moisturising? Or do you prefer lotions? Have you tried Johnson’s newest oil?
Summer calls for a bit of sparkle, so why not add this with some glitter nail polish?!
I’ve added two glitter polishes to my collection recently. The first is this one by Boots No7. I love the aqua shade – it is turquoise and a sea green in different lights. With bigger and tiny pieces of glitter in the polish.
What colour polish are you wearing in the sunshine?
It’s no secret that I dye my hair. Myself. At home.
I swear by L’Oreal’s Casting Crème Gloss semi-permanent dyes. I’ve switched between a few: Chocolate, Black Cherry and Dark Chocolate. Dark Chocolate is my usual shade of choice as I find the lighter Chocolate fades too quickly (and I’m too lazy to do the dye too often) and the Black Cherry looked too red as it faded.
Having dyed my hair at home for the past three or four years, I’ve come up with a few foolproof tips:
- Make sure you have old towels on hand – no matter how careful you are, you will end up with some dye on them!
- Have a clip handy to keep hair up and off your face and neck during its development time.
- Use the gloves – even though a little dye on your skin will wash off, it’s best not to have a large amount for a prolonged period on your hands.
- Use Vaseline to keep dye away from your hairline and ears.
- If you do get dye anywhere on your skin (I always get it on my shoulders) use a wet wipe or face wipe to remove it straight away.
Do you dye your own hair? Or do you prefer to leave it to the professionals?