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.

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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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Easy Up Do For Straight Hair

Lots of up half up dos work really well on textured, wavy or curly hair but I tend to find it a little more difficult finding something that suits straight hair. After a bit of experimenting, I found this easy knotted style works a treat!6thAugust_1
And when I say easy, I completely mean it! You can do this in less than a minute and it looks super cute.

I started off with hair that I had allowed to dry naturally. For me, this means pretty straight but not poker straight.
To begin creating this style you just need to separate 2 sections either side of the head. To give it a soft feel, I left about an inch lose at the front and pulled out equal sections from above mid ear level. Click here to read more

Get Your Look part 2: Textured Half Up Do with Becca Rose & Interview

Our favourite time is #GetYourLook time and this time we have the lovely Becca back from YouTube channel Becca Rose. In this video Becca works with Percy to create this absolutely gorgeous textured half up hairstyle.

The style is a lot easier to create than it looks! This is the before shot:
And Percy showed Becca how to create this amazing texture using the BaByliss Deep Waves styler. Click here to read more

3 Tips for Fabulous Holiday Hair

It is not just our skin that can take a battering on holiday. In fact, our hair is even less able to defend itself than our skin. Here are our top 3 tips for great holiday hair.

Rinse it!
If you go in the sea or the swimming pool, it is vital that you rinse it through with fresh clean water as soon as you can. Sea salt & chlorine will not only strip your colour but will completely dehydrate your hair leaving it vulnerable to breakage. If there aren’t any showers around, buy a huge bottle of water and get it through those strands!  Finish with a spritz of hair SPF and you’re good to go. I love the Clarins Hair & Body SPF30.

Cover It!
There’s no better protection for your hair than a good old hat or bandana (personally a hat is more for me!). It means you can put a treatment on your hair, hide it under the hat and let the heat enhance the product penetration. You can end your day with softer hair than you started with! Plus it is always a good idea to protect your head from the heat of the sun.
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Super Sleek Hair with BaByliss Diamond Straightener

This look is so simple to do that it almost feels a bit wrong to write about it! This is mainly because the new BaByliss Diamond Straightener is so brilliant that it just seems to do the work for you!30thJuly_1
This took less than 5 minutes and my hair started off looking like this!
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