Being a mummy with limited time means I have even less time to sort out my mane, I have to admit I am quite lazy when it comes to my hair so I like to use products that are quick, easy and effective to use. Today I thought I’d share with you a few essential tools I use to create a faux curly blow dry, I don’t have time to go have my hair blow-dried in the salon like I used to so I have found a few tools that help me create that blow-dry bouncy look in no time!
Brushing my hair is something that happens twice a week when I wash my hair so as you can imagine my locks can get a little tangled, my hair type is quite thick, wavy and very knotty so this is where the Wet Brush, £4.99 comes in a treat. If you use a Tangle Teezer and love that then you need this brush because this is even easier yo use and doesn’t tug or pull at the hair at all. When I first used this brush I was shocked at how smoothly it tamed my hair, each brush stroke detangled instantly and there was no need to pull on my tender head. Huge thumbs up from me!
Hair prepped it’s time to dry, I usually just blast dry and use a paddle brush when I want to straighten my hair so this is all I do. No fancy business with big round brushes or rollers, once dry I section my hair into three sections and straighten with my Cloud nine straighteners and we are pretty much done. Wait, aren’t we trying to achieve a big bouncy blow-dry? Well yes we are but here comes the faux part, I grab my Babyliss Pro Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Tong, £23.99 and get to work! I have the 32mm width tong because I want to create big curls that look super natural and of course bouncy. I grab 1-2 inch sections and curl away clamping the ends of my hair and twisting the tong up, I leave it for a few seconds and unravel a gorgeous wave. Once I have completed each section I run my fingers through my hair and roughen it all up, this stops the look looking to ‘perfect’ and gives that full natural effect that I love. Final step is to finish with a shine spray and I have been loving the Sebastian Professional Shine Shaker, £16.99, this shine spray is lightweight and crisp free it instantly adds that mirror shine finish, it also protects from heat so is the perfect spray to use throughout your styling session.
I hope you enjoyed reading how I create a fab faux blow-dry, I’d love to know how you create this look and if you have any tips!
Fragrance Direct have teamed up with Stephanie Toms creator of Cocochic and Beauty Talk Daily to bring you a new YouTube Series. Don’t miss our second instalment a tutorial for a messy hair braid, perfect for Autumn!
Ever wanted to create the perfect messy braid but not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. In just a few short minutes Stephanie transforms her wet locks into a simple, yet chic plait that’s suitable for both day and night wear.
To begin, start by cleansing the hair with the Macadamia Rejuvenating Shampoo, £14.95 (a double cleanse is best) and add moisture to the hair using the Macadamia Moisturising Rinse, £11.50. Towel dry and follow with the Montibel-lo HD Thermic Heat Protecting Spray, £4.99 to keep those ends covered!
Brush through with a brush – Stephanie’s favourite is The “Wet” Brush, £8.99 – and section the hair into four sections before continuing to blow dry. Sectioning will not only make the drying process a lot quicker, but it will also help to add volume to the hair.
Next, apply Bed Head’s Sugar Dust, £6.99 to the roots of the hair to add extra volume and texture. Massage it through to ensure all traces are gone, then part the hair to a side of your choice. If you like, you could also tease your hair to add even more thickness.
One you’re happy with the texture of your hair, clip up the front section that we’ll be curling later. The proceed to plait the hair. Left, right, left, right! Tease the plait with a comb (or your fingers) to ensure it looks a little less put-together, and follow with a light spray of ID Strong Hairspray, £8.99.
Now, unclip the hair and section it into around three pieces. Spray with a bit more heat spray and start curling each section with the Babyliss Curling Wand, £19.99. Add more hairspray, leave to set and then light brush out the curls for a more natural effect.
Got any stray bits of hair? Curl them! It’ll add to the messy look. Finish with yet more hairspray (you’ll want to make sure it lasts all day) and you’re set!
It’s been a little while since we spoke nails on Fragrance Direct so I thought I’d share with you a few polishes I am looking forward to wearing this Autumn. This year has been the first year I have tried out OPI polishes and I have to say I really like them however the price point isn’t my favourite, I’m not one to spend a huge amount on polishes so somewhere I love to shop for them is Fragrance Direct, your always guaranteed to get fab polishes at bargain prices and these are no exception. Each of these polishes have a recommended retail price of £13.95 but on the FD website you can snap them up for just £3.99 each which is much more reasonable and for such a good quality polish an absolute steal.
The three shades I have to share with you today are; The Impossible, Tickle My Francey and William Tell Me About OPI. I do wonder how they come up with their names! Funny names aside the shades themselves are gorgeous, The Impossible is a gorgeous glittery red shade with stars and it’s part of the liquid sand collection so as you can imagine it feels a little bit like sand on the nails but not too gritty that your going to be sanding down everything you touch! Next up we have Tickle My Fancey, this is for the nude lovers out there with a hint of an autumnal mauve pink colour going on. This shade is super pretty and requires 2-3 applications for that opaque look or 1 application for a sheer wash of colour. Last but not least I had to include a gorgeous deep berry shade, this is super dark almost black in fact and would look fabulous with a vampy lip on a cold Autumn day, this again requires 2-3 layers depending on how deep you want the colour to appear.
Overall a great selection of colours that I can’t wait to use!
What are your favourite nail shades for the Autumn?
New hair colour? New makeup rules!
Has Angie as Maleficent inspired you to take a trip to the dark side? Perhaps it’s time to find out once and for all whether blondes really do have more fun. Maybe you’ve always dreamed of transforming yourself into a foxy redhead and now you’ve finally taken the plunge’
Whichever colour adventure you’ve set out on, Fragrance Direct is here to ensure you’re rocking the perfect makeup for the brand new you.
You’ve become’ a blonde
‘½ If you’ve opted for warm golden blonde hair, avoid using bronzer as it’ll be too close in colour to your ‘do. Instead, use a luminizing highlighter to brighten your complexion, sweeping it sparingly on to cheekbones, and down the bridge of your nose for a celeb-worthy glow.
‘½ If you’re rocking platinum blonde, try a retro-inspired eyeliner flick and red lip combo – the boldness of this look works brilliantly against your statement locks. If you want a more low-key look, opt for light, pastel pink blush and a soft grey eye shadow. It’s a myth that you shouldn’t go platinum with pale skin, so don’t feel like you have to load up on bronzer – unless you want to! Medium-blonde brows help to frame your face – which is particularly helpful since your hairline will have lost definition by becoming so light, so don’t assume they need to match your new ‘do.
You’ve become’a brunette
‘½ Dying your hair a darker shade can make your skin look paler, so you might want to make the transition easier on yourself by brightening up your blush and lip colour. Ditch pastel pink and nude shades in favour of a bolder, rosy-pink blush and be daring with a bright lip. Go on, give red a go!
‘½ If you’re going for drama with very dark brown hair, your eyes will need a little more help to capture the maximum attention: use liquid or pencil eyeliner to frame your peepers. The sexy smoky eye is your new best friend, but it doesn’t have to be black; grey or deep brown eye shadow will add definition to your lids without looking to ‘done’ – perfect for daytime.
‘½ If you’ve gone from having very light hair naturally to dying it very dark, don’t overlook your brows. You may want to tint them darker (you could also tint too-light lashes while you’re at it, for a fittingly jet black flutter), or simply use an eyebrow pencil or powder to create hair and brow colour harmony.
‘½ You lucky girl, you can wear a true black smoky eye like you invented the trend! While a bold lip looks fantastic on you too, don’t wear them both together – instead, get some Kim K-inspired glamour into your everyday look by teaming a smoky eye with nude lips.
‘½ Jewel tones look stunning against your new black hair, so go for amethyst purple, sapphire blue and emerald green eye makeup for a jealousy-provoking finish.
‘½ For cheeks, add a bit of warmth by sweeping brozner wherever your face would naturally catch the sun, or if a golden glow is not your thing, go for beautifying blush. Thanks to your strong hair colour, you can work pastel pink shades right through to the brightest colour-pop pink cheeks, so have some fun!
‘½ If you’ve gone from very light hair to black, consider tinting brows and lashes to create colour harmony.
You’ve become’a redhead
‘½ Don’t listen to anyone who tells you not to wear colours that contrast with your newly red locks. Matchy-matchy isn’t always cool; bold, beautiful and fun is. Wear a bright red lip with aplomb, or go for pretty pink gloss like there’s no tomorrow – as celeb redheads like Christina Hendricks prove, your hair colour needn’t limit your makeup bag.
‘½ While red and pink tones will look fab on your lips, you’ll want to invest in a tinted moisturiser or foundation to get rid of any unwanted redness across your chin, nose and lower cheeks – which red hair can emphasise.
‘½ A little pinkness in cheeks will look really pretty against your new locks, but keep blush to the apples of your cheeks – no lower – to avoid looking too flushed.