Hold On To Summer with Our Top Gradual Tanners

The sun may be fading but your tans don’t have to! I’m a fake tan girl right through to the core and know how good a bit of colour on my skin makes me feel! Here are our top picks of gradual tanners across all budgets that will keep you glowing once the sunshine has gone.

Dove Summer Glow (£4.99)1.9.14 No 1
This was a favourite of mine for many years because you can build up a good colour and it is pretty hard to go wrong. I used it a few times a week and my skin always had a good colour. The down side is that it does have a bit of a fake tan smell but not nearly as much as the Johnson and Johnson gradual tan. It is a perfect budget option.

L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Gradual Tan (£6.99)1.9.14 No 2
The Sublime Bronze Gel Tan has been one of my favourite budget tans for years and the gradual tan cream version is a great product. It is really easy to apply, has only a little bit of that fake tan smell and give a good, but very natural looking colour after one application. It’s perfect for fake tan beginners. Click here to read more

3 Easy Summer Hair Styles that Work for Day and Night

If you’re looking for ways to change up your hair this summer either for work, play or holiday, here are 3 styles that will take you right through the day and well into the night!

The Faux Bob

I absolutely love this style because you can have all benefits of having shorter hair in summer, without having to take the plunge! It is also really easy to do.22.8.14 No 1
This style is much easier to do and looks more effective if you have some movement or texture in the hair. So if you have naturally wavy hair you’re good to go but if it’s straight, take some time to tong it through for some lovely soft waves. If you are short on time, focus on the front as this is where you’ll need the most movement.

You just gather the hair into a low ponytail without tying and then start to tuck and roll it under. Pin the hair into place and you’re good to go!

For a full step by step guide, read our Faux Bob post HERE. Click here to read more

The Candy Floss Bun!

This is a really whippy, soft super-textured bun that’s really easy to do and is great for getting your hair off your neck in the summer.27.8.14 No 1
It has a lovely relaxed feel so you can work that boho festival vibe too.
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I started with softly textured hair that I prepped just by waving random sections using the BaByliss Boutique Soft Waves. Click here to read more

Get Your Look: Textured Straight Hair with Lily Melrose (Exclusive Interview)

This is very exciting because it is time for our second Get Your Look video with the lovely Lily Melrose. There’s also an exclusive interview about her life as a blogger, so make sure you keep reading for that!25.8.14 No 1
In the video, Lily works with Percy to create this choppy and sleek yet textured style using the BaByliss Boutique straighteners.25.8.14 No 2
It is an absolutely brilliant video and I say that because I thought I knew everything there was to know about what I could do with straighteners. However, I was wrong! Percy shares lots of new and exciting tips on how to ‘sculpt’ hair using straighteners. I’ll definitely be trying them!25.8.14 No 3
I won’t give away any more. You can watch the video here!
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Easy Holiday Day Time Makeup

If you’re heading off on your holidays it’s worth thinking about what makeup you might want to wear when you’re out and about during the day. There are so many good long lasting and protective products available now, you don’t have to go bare-faced if you don’t want to!

Vichy Capital Soleil Face BB Tinted Velvety Cream18.8.14 No 1
The Vichy Capital Soleil Face BB Tinted Velvety Cream is a great option. Not only does it contain SPF50 to help protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun, but it also offers some lovely natural looking coverage. It is really light and hydrating so is perfect for skin that might be suffering in the heat, plus the pigment is sheer enough for you to regularly re-apply.

No 7 Stay Perfect mascara18.8.14 No 2 Click here to read more

How to Look After Your Hair in & After the Swimming Pool

Chlorine is literally one of the worst things that can happen to your hair. But you can’t not go swimming on your holiday can you?! Here’s our fast guide to minimising damage and showing your hair some holiday love!

Start protected!
Start off the day by spritzing some sun hair protection into your hair. I love the Phytoplage Protective Sun Veil I mentioned in the holiday packing list last week. It protects hair against dehydration and damage from sun, salt and chlorine and is a great place to start.
Wet your hair before going into the pool
Before you even think about jumping into that pool, make sure that your hair is wet through with clean water beforehand. When it comes to water, the hair acts like a sponge, so if it is already saturated with clean, fresh water, you’ll be minimising the amount of chlorine it can soak up. Click here to read more

Textured Beachy Hair with the BaByliss Diamond Waves

Happy Wednesday! I have already shown you a really easy curly look using the brand new BaByliss Diamond Waves – check it out HERE if you missed it – so this week I thought I’d go for a really simple beachy look using the same tool. It is perfect for summer days and holidays.
You can whip this up in a few minutes as it is pretty random and doesn’t really require too much technique.13thAugust_2 Click here to read more

At Home Gel Effect Nails

It seems that you don’t need to go to the salon these days to get a super shiny, long-lasting manicure because there are lots of high street nail brands with brilliant gel effect offerings. Here’s the low down on a few of them out there!

Models Own Hypergel
The gel effect collection from Models Own is really great! They have an amazing range of shades – absolutely perfect for summer – and the finish is so glossy and plump. If you manage a neat paint job, people really will think you’ve been to the salon. I love this collection for the pastels, so if they are your kind of shades, check here first. They are £5 each.

Max Factor Gel Shine Lacquer
I have always loved Max Factor polishes and these gel effect ones really don’t disappoint. The gloss finish is really impressive and the colours are deep and vibrant. If you like statement pops of luxe looking colours then I definitely think you’ll find a shade to suit you here. £7.99 a bottle.
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Holiday Haircare – A Packing List!

When we go away on holiday we tend to spend a lot of time thinking about what to pack – but do we really think that much about our hair? I have come back from many a holiday with frazzled, frizzy and faded locks. But not this year!

I thought I’d share my hair essential packing list in the hope it might help you too!

Protecting Hair Mist8thAugust_1
When you’re applying your SPF to your body, spare a little thought for your hair! Make sure you give it a good spritz with a hair sun protection protect. It will help prevent it from drying out and if you colour your hair, it will minimise any fade. Make sure to concentrate it on the scalp so it doesn’t get burnt and don’t forget to reapply.

A Hat
Nothing protects the locks better than some physical protection from the harsh rays of the sun. You can pop your hair in a loose, comfy plait, pop on a casual fedora and you’ll be feeling cool in every way.

Hair Mask
If you’ve been swimming and sunbathing, then chances are your hair may be feeling a little stripped of moisture. Show it some love with a hair mask every couple of days. This year I am taking the Aerin Beach Cream which is a tinted body lotion which doubles as an intensive hair mask. You pop it on, let it heat in the sun and then rinse it out.
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