Loose Waves with a Tong

This is my go to style at the moment because it looks so natural and really looks like I haven’t tried too hard, but really flowing and glamorous at the same time.
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It’s really easy to do because there’s not too much sectioning and using the BaByliss Volume Waves means you have loads of control over the hair. I started off by parting the hair into 2 sections over my shoulders.
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Then working from the back I took fairly large sections and clamped the Volume Waves over the hair about half way down.
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To get a nice even distribution of heat through the hair, and to avoid frazzling the ends, I curl the section slowly round the tong, squeezing the lever as I go to feed more hair through as I roll it up:
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This way the ends, which are most vulnerable to dryness, have minimal exposure to the heat. Click here to read more

Spring Skin Bases

With Spring making a lovely appearance, even if it’s a bit on and off, I thought it’s a great time to look at complexion products that are great for this type of weather. I have a couple of glowy products and a couple of more matte ones, all with SPF.

First up and possibly my favourite right now is the Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB Cream.
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This has pretty much everything I am looking for. A decent SPF (30), long lasting coverage, moisturising power and a good dose of glow!!
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I think the finish on this is just gorgeous and it stays put even if you get a little hot!

Another favourite is the Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint.
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This is an oil-free number with SPF20, and you’ll like this is you want to go a bit lighter on the SPF. Again, the finish with this one is all about the glow!
"Spring Skin Bases" ""complexion" "glowy products" "skin bases with spf" "spring complexion products" "long lasting coverage" "moisturising powder" "glow" "oil-free base" "SPF20" "Vitamin E" "GInseng" "Gingko Bilba Leaf Extract" "blemishes" "Matte base" "deal with excess oil skin" "oily skin" "flat matte look" "minimise pores" "concealer"
This contains lots of skin loving ingredients like Vitamin E, Ginseng & Gingko Bilba Leaf Extract to really make the skin glow and it feels so comfortable on the skin. It also has great coverage, much more than a regular tinted moisturiser, and can be layered up easily to deal with blemishes too. It also lasts really well on the skin, so great if you get a bit hot. Click here to read more

How to Style a Long Fringe/Bangs

I had a long fringe cut last year, that’s now an even longer fringe and if I don’t do anything to it, it kind of hangs or looks too sharp and doesn’t blend well with the rest of my long hair. So I have learnt to style it a few different ways that I thought I’d share with you.

BaByliss Big Hair
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Along with its other talents, the Big Hair is absolutely brilliant for dealing with fringes. I simply take my whole fringe section and place it on top if the Big Hair and let it roll it under. I hold it for a few seconds to let it head through, then switch on to the cold shot to set the hair. It creates a lovely bend and makes it super smooth. My fringe behaves really well after!

The BaByliss Boutique Italian Dryer
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If you don’t have the Big Hair, a round brush and a really good quality hairdryer will also do this job. I like using the Boutique Dryer because it performs like a professional tool and has ionic technology which ensures I don’t end up frizzy. This is really important because the last thing you want is a frizzy fringe! Click here to read more

How to Curl Your Hair in Under 5 Minutes

Sometimes you just run out of time and if you leave your hair until last, this super quick way to curl your hair could be just what you need!
Before and After
These curls look like I have really made an effort but in truth, this style took less than 5 minutes and really wasn’t hard work at all. It’s all about using a small barrel and large sections and you can zip through this in minutes!

I started off by sectioning up the top part of my hair out of the way.
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I made sure the largest section is underneath as the hair here won’t be on show as much.
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I split the bottom section in to 2 and then got curling. I used the BaByliss Vintage Glamour Wave Maker as it gets nice and hot and has a good small barrel perfectly suited to curling large sections of hair. Click here to read more

Easy Polka Dot Nail Art

I love a bit of nail art, especially when it’s easy, and it really doesn’t come any easier than this!!
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You just need a few colours, a top coat and definitely no special tools! As this is the Hairdryer Diaries, I decided to maintain the hair theme and improvise with 2 different sized hair pins as dotting tools.
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I started off with 2 coats of a lovely chic nude colour.
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This is Mavala’s Ivory Nude which is a current favourite.  Next I took the bigger hair pin, and a baby pink polish:
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I just dabbed the hair pin on to the brush and dotted it randomly on to the nails. Click here to read more

Co-Washing. What is it?

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Co-Washing your hair used to be popular but I think we forgot about it with the masses and masses of new products landing on shelves every day. It is short for ‘conditioner washing’ and basically means that you skip shampoo and use conditioner to cleanse your hair instead.  It is back as a brand new hair trend and I have been trying it out.

First up, why would you co-wash?  To put it simply, it’s about reducing stripping the hair of its natural moisture to improve condition and reduce frizz.  Apparently it is a great option for making colour last longer in your hair. Avoiding the sulphates in shampoo, and cleansing the hair a bit like we cleanse our skin is the aim of the game, particularly if you have dry, damaged or fragile hair. And brands are getting in on the game creating special co-wash products to cater for this revival. Click here to read more

Textured Straight Hair

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Sometimes I like to my hair looking quite natural and undone, and straight styles are really popular right now. To get that really current, grungy feel, I like to add lots of movement and texture. Here’s how I do it.

I brush through the hair to ensure it is tangle free:
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Next I roughly sectioned the hair into 2, and tied the top part up out of the way.
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I used the BaByliss Boutique straighteners on a medium setting to lightly pull it though the bottom sections.
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I started half way down the hair to make sure I didn’t lose any volume at the roots. You don’t need to pay too much attention to the under section.
"textured straight hair" "natural undone hair" "straight styles" "grungy hair" "grungy feel" "tangle free" "volume at roots" "invisibobbles" "straight hair" "modern edgy hair"
I loosely tied the finished section back to keep it separate from the top. Invisibobbles are great as they don’t create kinks. Click here to read more

Get the Look: Smooth to Textured Waves

Here’s our second video from Gemma from the blog From Gem With Love and this time she is creating beautiful smooth to textured waves.
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Gemma shows us how to create this modern take on wavy hair step by step, using the BaByliss Boutique Soft Waves.
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The key to this style is how you dress it out and we learn some important and useful techniques on how to do that.
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It’s a great video and a really easy style to create. Watch the Get the Look video now!

And here is part 2 of our interview with Gemma about her life as a blogger…

What are your top beauty brands?

Eve Lom, Laura Mercier for blusher…they last forever, Topshop lipsticks and Esteé Lauder.

What are your favourite fashion brands?

Topshop and Zara are my favourites.

Do you prefer to shop online or in store?

I like to browse online but buy in store. I hate the hassle of sending things back.

Who is YOUR favourite blogger and why?

Jazzabelle’s Diary. She has always remained true to her style and I am never not wow’ed by her blog. I also love The Little Magpie and Love Taza.

What are your tips for aspiring bloggers?

Don’t follow the crowd, try and be yourself, it won’t happen overnight. Be kind to other bloggers and more than anything…don’t over selfie!!

Would you have done anything differently when you started out?

No, I’m very proud of what I have achieved with my blog.

What do you think the future of blogging is?

I feel blogs are being recognised a lot more for inspiration and bloggers opinions are valued more. The online world is so fast paced, I think blogging will keep on growing as the go-to know how source.

Thanks Gemma! We loved working with you!

I hope you enjoyed that and see you back here next time!

Ree

xxx

How to use the BaByliss Curl Secret

We get so many questions about the amazingness that is the BaByliss Curl Secret that we thought it was a good time to do a fast refresher post on just how to use it. Follow these steps for hair perfection!
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Start with Clean Hair

If your hair is clean, it will be free from product, smoother and tangle-free. You get the best results from Curl Secret when your hair is like this.

Protect from Heat

Apply your heat protection spray when your hair is wet.

Have Dry Hair

For Curl Secret to work perfectly, your hair must be completely dry and tangle free. This applies to all heat styling and will ensure that your curls and waves last longer.
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Brush it

Spend a little time getting rid of any tangles.

Use Clean, Narrow Sections

This one is really down to you and your hair but it is best to use small sections, free from any straggly hair, to avoid overloading the Curl Secret and to ensure that your curl is perfectly formed. Click here to read more

The Textured Side Bun Tutorial

If you want to do something a little different with your hair, a textured side bun is a super easy option. Here’s how to rustle one up in seconds!
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I started with day 2 hair. If you have naturally wavy hair, or you curled it the previous day like I did, the texture will really help to make the side bun interesting. You can do it with straight hair, but if you want to wave your hair first, check out our Easy Wavy Hair tutorial.
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To give it even more texture, and add lots of extra grip for pinning up, I used the brilliant new Texturising Volume Spray from Label M. I just misted it through the roots and lengths and it worked it in.
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Next I pulled all the hair round to one side and began to do a super loose plait. Click here to read more