TROUBLE STYLING YOUR FULL FRINGE? I GOT YOU BOO! (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY-THREE)

Fringe? Bangs? Well whatever you call the funny flap of hair obscuring your face it can be a blessing or a curse.

I would say with absolute certainty that having a fringe is part of my identity. I’ve only ever not had one, once. For a VERY brief period of time that seemed like a good idea. Let’s grow up and get rid of it. You’re a big girl now. Nope, absolutely not. Big mistake.

So for basically the entirety of my life I have yo-yo’d back and forth between a full fringe and a side fringe. It’s what I do when I get bored. One of the biggest challenges to having a fringe is styling it just right, because I guarantee we’ve all been there. Leaving the salon feeling like a Disney Princess and come wash day you became something more akin to Spock.

Here are some of my favourite hacks for making the most out of your do!

1. Nothing looks better than a freshly washed fringe. It instantly elevates your look. If you’re the type of person who can go long stretched between hair wash days (and I so envy you!) that doesn’t mean you can’t give you fringe a quick freshen up over the sink regardless. It’ll make all the difference!

2. Never, ever, EVER leave your fringe to air dry. You’re just asking for chaos. Grab your hairdryer, a round brush of your chosen size (I like to go big!) and away you go. It can be fiddly finding the right rhythm at first but you’ll find yourself a pro in no time.

3. Velcro rollers have been a secret weapon of mine since my college days (a million years ago) and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. I stick a couple in my fringe when my hair is still hot from straightening and remove just before I’m ready to walk out the door. Voila! Volume for days! (Well, hours but you get it). If you’re feeling brave and can find a comfortable angle you could even wear them overnight.

4. Take it easy when it comes to styling products. It’s all fun and games until you overdo it on the oil and end up looking like The Penguin. Not even Danny DeVito could pull that one off. A little goes a long way. Think sparingly.

5. I’m sure you all know the wonders of the simple dry shampoo but regardless of it’s insane powers of transformation when it comes to a set of locks in between washes it’s also a great way to give your hair some oomph! A couple of sprays and your refreshed and ready to face the day.

Now go and get em tiger!

5 BEAUTY BASED ONLINE RETAILERS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT (BLOGMAS – DAY TWENTY)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the beauty industry is saturated. Which is great for the obsessed such as I but can be a tad overwhelming when it comes to shopping for a loved one or stocking up on essentials (treats!). I

’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite retailers that are the *chef’s kiss* of all things beauty.

Beauty Bay

If heart is what you’re after then Beauty Bay is the one for you. Boasting trending brands and products as well as on point tutorials and no holds barred information on EVERYTHING you could possibly want to know (yep, even the sexy stuff), BB is a power house not to be reckoned with.

How could I forget By Beauty Bay! That’s enough reason all in itself!

BEAUTY BAY’s mantra is to share our beauty obsessions with the world. Founded by two of life’s rebels who had no formal training, just a tonne of passion, we started out as a fragrance retailer and quickly discovered a whole universe of beauty just waiting to be unleashed.

We source the hard-to-find brands and products you can’t find elsewhere in order to bring our customers the best, first.

beautybay.com

Just My Look

Hi! We’re Justmylook, one of the UK’s fastest growing beauty retailers. Since launching in early 2015, we have rapidly grown and now proudly present a range of over 7,000 products from 300+ prestige brands, including industry icons such as ghd to cult brands like The Ordinary.

From salon-exclusive hair care ranges to on-trend cosmetics, we’re trusted by hundreds of thousands of beauty lovers to deliver cutting-edge products directly to their doors.

justmylook.com

A comprehensive collection of big name brands to satisfy even the biggest hoarder. Covering everything from skincare to beauty basics and tools to luxury brands, you’re set with Just My Look and their reliable service which guarantees satisfaction.

Cult Beauty

Cult Beauty to me just screams guilty pleasure, decadence and sleek glamour. With a huge selection of both luxury and affordable brands it’s no wonder the retailer lives up to its name.

Is your bathroom brimming with legions of barely-used lotions and potions that neither delight nor deliver? Are you bewildered by the marketing hyperbole (and unpronounceable ingredients) you come across while browsing never-ending beauty aisles?

Cult Beauty was born when two skin care obsessives grew frustrated by the all-too-often condescending messaging (and underwhelming offerings) they came across throughout the beauty industry. Having invested in innumerable ineffective creams and disappointing serums, Jess and Lex both vowed to boycott bathroom cabinets full of hollow promises (and wasted pounds).

cultbeauty.co.uk

Look Fantastic

Super fast shipping (so great for those last minute shoppers!) and a huge array of beautiful brands to try. Look Fantastic is an absolute staple.

As Europe’s number one online premium beauty retailer, LOOKFANTASTIC® is the ultimate destination for all your beauty needs. Carrying over 22,000 products with complimentary worldwide shipping to over 200 countries, we have become the online partner of choice for many leading brands including MAC, Kérastase and Yves Saint Laurent.

As we continue to build our luxury portfolio of partners, we are constantly adapting to and welcoming new trends in the industry. With more clean, vegan and organic beauty brands than ever before across skin, hair and body care, we have everything onsite to suit every individual beauty need and concern.

LOOKFANTASTIC® is driven by a desire to create brilliant customer experiences, which are built from the insight and data executed through our integrated technology and expertise. Widening access to premium beauty and empowering men and women all over the world, we are leading the online beauty movement. Dedicated to delivering the very best in beauty, we also have an onsite blog led by our team of experts. Whatever your beauty concern or question, we have a bank of educational content to help you look and feel fantastic.

lookfantastic.com

Feel Unique

Luxury brands galore is what Feel Unique has to offer. From Benefit to Olaplex and Chanel to Dior what more could you possibly want?

Beauty that’s more
than skin deep..

Founded in 2005, Feelunique is Europe’s leading online beauty retailer. From must-have palettes to game-changing skincare, there’s over 30,000 products at your fingertips.

Our philosophy is simple: beauty is more than skin deep. That’s why we’re as independent and inclusive as possible; providing trustworthy reviews and expert insights, so you can explore trends, find new favourites and discover the products that make you feel like you.

feelunique.com

Happy shopping folks!!!

BLACK FRIDAY WITH BEAUTY BAY!

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Black Friday (or is it week? month? I dunno, I’ve lost track now!) is upon us once again and you I’ve hand picked some of my most coveted goodies from the Beauty Bay sale!

Makeup

Beauty Bay – The Showtime Beauty Box

Was £40 Now £32

Made By Mitchell – Blursh Collection

Was £84 Now £30

Makeup Revolution – Friends Eyeshadow Palette Vault

Was £60 Now £36

Skincare

Revolution Pro – Lip Care Secrets Set

Was £25 Now £12.50

By Beauty Bay – The Facial Cleansing Brush

Was £25 Now £15

Mario Badescu – MB Favourites Kit

Was £62 Now £43.40

Haircare

Brush Works – Molly Mae Styler Bundle

Was £149.95 Now £119.90

Revolution Haircare – Bond Plex Restore Kit

Was £30 Now £18

Mermade Hair – Blowdry Brush

Was £54 Now 37.80

Now get out there and pick up some bargains beauties!

5 BUDGET BUYS I’D HAPPILY SPEND BIG BUCKS ON (BLOGTOBER – DAY TWENTY-THREE)

I’m (mostly) about beauty on a budget. Adulting is expensive and I don’t have the cash to splash about on pricey brands so much anymore and I know that’s a common theme really.

Do you know what really makes my day though?

Finding drugstore priced products that deserve to be praised just as much as their luxury counterparts.

Below I’ve put together a little list of my everyday favs, let me know if you’ve tried any!

Carter Beauty

Word of Mouth Lipsticks

€6.95

I love to support indie brands so now seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about CB. Headed by the ultimate beauty babe Marissa Carter it’s one not to miss. The Word of Mouth lipsticks are creamy, ultra pigmented and long lasting. What more could you want?

P.S. my favourite shade is Bey!

Physicians Formula

Butter Believe It Foundation + Concealer

£13.99

Physicians Formula Butter Believe It
Foundation + Concealer £13.99

Imagine chilling beside the pool, drink in your hand just living your best life. THATS exactly the kind of vibe PF is giving me.

Hayley over at Just My Look told me that I would love the foundation in particular. Do you know what? She were so right! It has the most beautiful finish and allows for layering your products so perfectly.

Would 100% recommend to absolutely everyone. It’s an incredible versatile base for use all year round.

Unicorn Cosmetics

Bear Brows Extreme Lifting Balm

£7.99

Unicorn Cosmetics Bear Brows
Extreme Lifting Balm £7.99

I really am still stunned by just how incredible this product is. For someone with brows that continue to piss me right off on a daily basis please take it from me when I say you need this!

It’s a one shade fits all type of deal (doesn’t discriminate and that’s a vibe I can absolutely fall in love with!) as well as being super long lasting and flattering as hell.

Revolution Haircare

Salicylic Acid Clarifying Scalp Serum

£8

Revolution Haircare Salicylic Acid Clarifying Scalp Serum £8

I’m slowly training my hair and scalp to go longer in between washes without feeling lank/greasy and whilst it’s a process I can see the difference already. I’m now getting a whole extra day of fresh, luscious hair and I am so living for it.

This beauty shows instant results with its squeaky clean fresh finish and I wouldn’t be without it now.

By Beauty Bay

Butter Cup Cleansing Balm

£8

By Beauty Bay Butter Cup Cleansing Balm £8

Balms have never appealed to me (no idea why, I’m just weird like that sometimes!) but this baby has completely changed my mindset.

Literally the best makeup remover I have ever tried. It’s incredible efficient as well as kind and feels like a luxury experience every single time.

Anything catch your eye?

GIVE ME COSMETICS ‘THE HAIRCARE BUNDLE’ REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY SIXTEEN)

Post contains gifted products. All views are my own.

Please don’t tell me I own too many haircare products. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.

Have you tried ‘The Haircare Bundle’ by Give Me Cosmetics?

The Haircare Bundle’ includes…

An amazing Coconut & Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner duo (that come in their brand new easy squeeze bottles for maximum efficiency) to give you that extra oomph during these dastardly colder months.

Plus the most gorgeous Argan Oil & Coconut Oil Hair Mask which is the absolute pièce de résistance.

And if you aren’t already convinced then let me tell you a little bit about your new favourite shampoo and conditioner!

Give Me Cosmetics ‘The Haircare Bundle

They are both paraben-free and contain a healthy dose of nutrients such as provitamins B5 which is used to increase elasticity in the hair strands and absorb water content for added moisture.

Enriched with a gentle infusion of Coconut & Argan oils, the pair work to together to moisturise, support & strengthen hair follicles for thoroughly cleansed soft & shiny hair, packed with volume & bounce.

Give Me’s Hair Mask blends natural Argan Oil and Coconut Oil which will help you achieve that smooth & silky look/feel as well as improving the condition and elasticity of your hair.

They smell divine and have left my hair looking and feeling pretty damn good even if I do say so myself.

You can pick up yours for £27.

REVOLUTION HAIRCARE BOND PLEX RANGE REVIEW (BLOGTOBER – DAY THIRTEEN)

Have you tried the Revolution Haircare Bond Plex range?

Formulated to target different layers of the hair fibre which will help restore and strengthen damage from the inside out.

The range includes…

Plex 3 Bond Restore Treatment £10

Plex 4 Bond Plex Shampoo £10

Plex 5 Bond Plex Conditioner £10

Plex 6 Bond Restore Styling Cream £10

Plex 7 Bond Restore Styling Spray £8

I usually struggle with leave in or styling products due to how oily my hair and scalp are. They weigh down my hair making it appear lank and flat but I’m so pleased to say I haven’t experienced any of that with the Bond Plex Range.

I like to use everything together maybe once a week and it really feels like a treat!

My hair is now bouncy, shiny and healthy. I’m so happy with the results and can’t recommend everything enough!

All the products are vegan & cruelty free.

And now I’ve got that straight from the salon feeling all the time.