The Blow Dry Of Dreams

The Blow Dry Of Dreams

When you’re halfway through the month and have still got quite the distance to go until payday, a trip to the salon is simply just not an option. Especially for luxury treatments like blow dries. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m sure you’ve been there where you’ve secretly envied that girl with the perfect bouncy, loosely curled hair that’s been styled to perfection. Am I wrong? Didn’t think so. Well, today we’re delivering you the ultimate guide on how to achieve the blow dry of your dreams and we even stock all of the products. Let’s dive in!

First up, when washing your hair, you’re going to want to use a super nourishing hair mask in preparation for the heat and styling coming your way. Exposure to high heat while unprotected can leave your hair feeling parched and looking visibly stressed so this step is a must in order to get that gorgeous shiny, healthy-looking finish. When applying, pay close attention to the ends of your hair and leave it on for five to ten minutes to truly work its magic.
FD Recommends: Wella Professionals SP Regenerating Hair Mask

When you’ve stepped out of the shower, whilst your hair is still damp, spray in a bunch of heat protector. It’s just part of the process. Any heat protection spray will do just the trick but we recommend this one from Label M as it features the latest innovation in heat protection technology.
FD Recommends: Label M Heat Protection Spray

Then to really lock in that heat protection and give the product something else to sink into your hair with, hair oil is a perfect match. It will also give your hair that gorgeous glossy shine you’ve been pining over for so long. The texture of your hair will depend on how absorbent it is, the general rule is the thicker or curlier your hair the more oil you add till it feels super nourished.
FD Recommends: Natural World Brazilian Keratin Hair Treatment Oil

Now, this next step is super important to give your hair that classic blow dry ‘memory’. As you may have seen from the results of someone getting a professional blow dry at the hairdresser’s, the beautiful bouncy results normally last for a few days and even up to a week if well cared for every day and evening. To do this, you need a slightly thicker product in the form of a lotion. Therefore, once this product has been blow-dried into your hair, it will act as a mould for your hair once it’s been styled.
FD Recommends: Big Sexy Hair Total Body Blow Dry Bodifying Lotion

So you’ve got all the products in to give your hair that shiny, bouncy finesse but the trick to emphasising the style is lifted roots! To stop your hair from falling flat, creating height at the crown in vital. All you need is a little bit of specially made root lift spray followed up by a good blow dry technique which we’re just about to move on to.
FD Recommends: Goldwell Style Double Boost Root Lift Spray

When it comes to blow dry techniques you’ll be able to find a bunch of tutorials online that will show you just how exactly to do it. However, to really get the most lift and bounce to your blow dry, use a big barrelled brush and take small sections and blow dry your hair upwards from the root and out. You’ll need to repeat this all over your head and make sure you fully dry your hair as this will fully fuse the products together too.
FD Recommends: Tresemme Salon Volume Blow Dry Set

Finally, to finish off, take a small amount of a styling product to tame flyaways and add that final layer of gloss. It will also act as a barrier to help protect your hair from frizz and other environmental factors too.
FD Recommends: Fudge Blow Dry Putty

The Bargain Series: Less than £1

The Bargain Series: Less than £1

And now… for our final instalment of the bargain series. Today we’re showcasing a whole load of goodies that are all less than £1. Are you excited or are you excited? It’s items like these that are the perfect add-to-bag purchase to get your total up so you’re eligible for free delivery. Now, when you think of products for less than a singular pound, you might be thinking that they wouldn’t be the best quality, but little did you know, thanks to our amazing discounts we’re always serving up luxury for less. Let’s take a look, shall we?

Aussie Mini 3 Minute Miracle Treatment Colour – First up is this hair treatment that protects and strengthens your coloured strands. From the cult brand Aussie who is much-loved by the influencers of Instagram’s beauty world, this product is a favourite thanks to its rich Australian Wild Peach Extract that deeply conditions dry and damaged hair and replenishes your colour to give you vibrant, healthy and bouncy locks!

Nuage Argan Oil Cleansing Facial Wipes Twin Pack – Next we move on to a staple for any makeup-wearer and that is, of course, a packet of makeup wipes. But these aren’t just any old wipes. They’re immersed in nourishing exotic argan oil to provide you with a quick and easy makeup removal experience. Great for removing all traces of makeup, dirt and oil from throughout the day on your face, they’re a classic. For just 99p you can get hold a twin pack right now too. What more could you ask for?

Nuage Skin Energising Facial Scrub – Another incredible product from the brand Nuage is this beauty. After you’ve removed your makeup, why not go ahead and refresh your skin with this ginseng and ginger goody? Its unique scrub formula penetrates to remove even more dirt and oil from your pores to leave your face feeling fresh and purified whilst looking energised and the healthiest it’s ever been.

Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish – If you’re after a nail polish that isn’t going to break the bank, this range from Maybelline has totally and completely got you covered fingertips to toes – literally. It’s not every day that we can afford to whisk ourselves off to a beautician for a full set of gels or acrylics so on those days or evenings that you’d like something a little extra, this is the perfect polish range. We’re also currently stocking an absolutely stunning green glitter shade called Make A Scene that you just need to try out!

Cyclax Nature Pure Handwash Amber & Lemon Blossom – As we begin the transition into autumn it’s nice to transition scents around the home too. Now, we all know that hand wash isn’t the most exciting beauty product on the planet but an indulgent scent really does make a difference. So why not try out autumnal amber and lemon blossom? It’s a delicious scent that will leave your hands feeling well-cleansed, soft, supple and refreshed after each wash.

Royal Cosmetics Pink Duo Pencil Sharpener – Finally, we have this little gadget that is last on the list. We’ve all been there when our favourite lip liner or kohl pencil has gone blunt or is at that awkward angle where it half-applies correctly and half-scratches and pulls at your skin while you desperately try and get all of the pigment out of it you can. Therefore, this duo sharpener from Royal Cosmetics is the answer to all your blunt-ended problems.

Even though those are all the products we’re sharing with you today, you can still go ahead and visit our website for even more goodies that are all less than £1!

A Beauty Bar A Day Keeps The Dermatologist Away

A Beauty Bar A Day Keeps The Dermatologist Away

It sure does and that’s because they’re absolutely jam-packed with rich ingredients that are extremely beneficial for your skin. When it comes to bath and body, most products you own are most likely in liquid form, contained in one too many plastic bottles that are simply just taking up too much space. Whereas the benefit of having a super handy beauty bar is not only does it look cooler chilling on the side of your bathtub or on your shower rack but they’re sometimes even more effective! So, without further ado, we’ll introduce you to some of the best beauty bars that we’re stocking on our site right now.

Possibility Blueberry Pancakes Bath Fizzer – If you’re planning on getting your bar on, what better place to do it than lying down and relaxing in the bath? This beauty bar is from Possibility and it pretty much resembles a fizzy bath bomb. What’s better… it smells just like blueberry pancakes, how delicious?

Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap – Beauty bars aren’t just for sumptuously smoothing, they can be rough and invigorating too! This body bar from Jack Black is an energising, deep-cleansing bar that scrubs away dirt and exfoliates the body for clean, smooth, healthy skin. This Turbo Wash is a classic and favourite of many featuring natural blue lotus and ginko biloba that helps to combat fatigue and stimulate the senses. It’s rich, luxurious and lathers beautifully with hydrating murumuru and shea butter to polish your skin leaving it feeling supple and smooth.

Ella Bache Tomato Cleansing Cream Bar – Now, if you’re after something a little more gentle, this tomato cleansing cream bar is full of vitamin E that will do just the trick! It also features tomato seeds which have micro proteins in to depollute your skin with an anti-dehydration effect and omega 6 and 9 to nourish and protect your skin.

Heyland & Whittle Charcoal Bar – You won’t have been expecting this one… it’s a beard bar. That’s right, a beard bar! This amber oakmoss beard bar has a rich, woody, warm fragrance and is perfect for gents to nourish their face, especially the areas concerning their facial hair. I guess you could even go as far as to call it a beard soap as some of the main benefits include that it preserves natural oils, provides long-lasting hydration and also helps massively reduce that annoying itchy sensation.

Himalaya Herbals Neem & Turmeric Cleansing Bar – Finally we have this purifying, vegetable-oil based beauty. It’s Himalaya Herbals’ Neem & Turmeric Cleansing Bar that has been handcrafted using pure organic herbs with saponified emollient oils serving as a natural soap base. With this beauty bar, you’ll finally be able to reawaken your senses with a refreshing, clean start to each day and experience the true feeling of clarifying botanicals on your body.

Don’t they all just sound so incredible! Which of these beauty bars do you think you’ll be purchasing as a treat and trying out for yourself? That being said, they’d also make a lovely gift as part of a pamper bundle too. Happy Shopping!

The Anti-Pollution Beauty Edit

The Anti-Pollution Beauty Edit

There’s plenty of research that links pollution and toxic air with premature ageing and skin concerns. With pollution and global warming both huge environmental topics at the moment and it makes sense that we should be considering the impact that these are having on our skin.

Pollution is packed with DNA-damaging free radicals, these impact on your skin’s protective barrier which leads to redness, sensitivity and inflammation, while in the long term, these toxins lead to dullness, fine lines and a gradual decline in elasticity. Small particle matter can penetrate deep into the pores and cause oxidative stress and early ageing.

Thankfully, there’s a whole host of ways to protect your skin from pollution and many skincare products these days work super hard to remove damaging particles and keep your skin looking clear, glowy and youthful.

Anti-pollution skincare is made with a blend of potent antioxidants that help to counteract the free radicals in the air and shield your skin against their damaging effects. Products that are rich in SPF’s, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are the best anti-pollutants. Keep reading to check out our favourite products…

Decleor Hydra Floral Anti-Pollution Hydrating Cream

The Hydra Floral Hydrating Rich Cream is a gorgeous rich product that mimics a plant’s remarkable hydration process and ensure you stay fresh faced all day. This moisturiser works to keep the skin hydrated which helps to enable the skin to fight off damaging particles.

REN Clean Skincare Flash Defence Anti-Pollution Mist

This is a non-greasy mist that is infused with biosaccharide gum, zinc and manganese amino acids from wakame seaweed and designed to protect your skin from damage by free radicals and environmental aggressors. This can be used by all skin types, you just need to spritz is all over your skin after you’ve applied makeup and you can even top up throughout the day.

Skin Academy Indulge Anti-Pollution Serum Sheet Mask

This sheet mask helps you create a barrier against pollution and external factors by using a concentrated serum, enriched with green tea and tea tree. This mask deeply cleanses, soothes and protects the skin against environmental factors leaving your complexion looking brighter and refreshed!

Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum

This dual-phase serum restores and preserves the nature of younger-looking skin by reducing the appearance of premature skin ageing. In the firming phase, biomimetic peptides help firm the skin and reinforce skin defences to counteract signs of free radical damage.

Clarins Anti-Pollution Cleansing Milk

This cleansing milk smooths away makeup and impurities with a spa-like efficiency. The blend of purifying plant extracts including Gentian, Hawthorn and Stage help to rebalance oily prone skin for optimum comfort and radiance. It leaves skin feeling soft, supple and perfectly refreshed whilst also protecting against free radicals.

Dermalogica Barrier Repair

This is a waterless moisturiser that helps fortify sensitised skin and damaged barriers. Use it after toning to help shield against environmental and internal triggers that cause skin stress. It contains an UltraCalming Complex to interrupt inflammatory triggers that can lead to sensitive skin.

The Bargain Series: Less Than £5

The Bargain Series: Less Than £5

We’re back with another bargain series post! Last week we posted about all our favourite products under £10 and you guys loved it. So, we decided to carry it on and tell you all about the best products at Fragrance Direct for under £5!

So…? Sorbet Dream Eau de Parfum Spray £2.99

It’s true you can even get perfumes and aftershaves for under £5! This Eau de Parfum spray is super fun and vibrant, packed with pastel-hued notes of sugary marshmallow and raspberry open up the fragrance and moving through to notes of mimosa, pink praline and sweet vanilla.

Adidas Dynamic Pulse Eau de Toilette Spray £3.99

This Eau de Toilette is perfect for on the go, throw it in your gym back or briefcase and you can always freshen up whenever you’re out and about. Dynamic Pulse is aromatic with notes of menthe, star anise, mandarin, grapefruit, apple and mango. For £3.99 it’s an absolute bargain and you don’t need to worry about saving it for special occasions.

L’Oreal True Match Super Blendable Foundation £4.99

The L’Oreal True Match Foundation is the first foundation that matches the colour and texture of your skin perfectly. The result is a beautiful, natural looking coverage without any streaks or caking. At £4.99 this foundation definitely rivals more expensive brands for the amazing wear and coverage it provides.

Sensationail Up To 2 Weeks Gel Colour £3.25

Don’t have the time or money to be going to gel manicures every 2 weeks then this Sensationail kit will keep your nails looking chip free for up to 2 weeks! It offers a super high gloss shine, no dry time and a professional looking finish. This kit offers up to 20 applications so for the £3.25 price tag it’s super affordable!

Garnier Active Micellar Oil Infused Cleansing Water £4.99

This micellar water is perfect for anyone with dry or sensitive skin. It’s a really easy way to remove even waterproof makeup to leave the skin feeling cleansed and nourished in one easy step. For £4.99 you’re getting a HUGE 400ml bottle that will last you 200 uses, an absolute bargain!

L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity Mask £4.99

You can get all the best skincare products on a budget; you don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on products to get amazing skin. The L’Oreal Pure Clay mask is combined with eucalyptus extract, known for its purifying properties. The creamy texture works deep into the pores, leaving skin purified and matte-looking, without drying out the skin.

AA Skincare Lavendar & Tea Tree Cleansing Face Gel £4.95

This 100ml Face Gel is perfect for travelling and you will not want to be without it. A cleansing gel that is super gentle on the skin but also works for all skin types. This gel has particular benefits for those with congested and acne prone skin with naturally anti-inflammatory, soothing and repairing properties.

Schwarzkopf Gliss Ultimate Colour Shampoo £1.15

This Schwarzkopf shampoo is perfect for colour and highlighted hair. The repair innovation with Liquid Keratin formula that specifically targets and repairs damaged areas on the surface and deep inside the hair. It will leave your hair looking super shiny, luscious and strong!

Systeme Pro Vitamin Dark Brown Root Concealer £1.99

Root regrown can be a nightmare and it’s so expensive to keep heading to the hairdressers every few weeks. This root touch up naturally blends with your existing shade and lasts until your next shampoo. It’s the perfect for solution for in between colour appointments!