Autumnal cosmetics: changing your look for the new season

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With the (all too sudden) change in the season from summer to autumn, it’s time to change your look as well. As you begin rediscovering those favourite woollen jumpers, warm leather boots and winter coats that have remained hidden at the back of your wardrobe since the early spring, isn’t it fitting to change your cosmetic style as well? Autumn provides the perfect opportunity to experiment with new styles and use different colours too. Despite the sometimes miserable weather, here at Direct Cosmetics we’ve decided that autumn is one of our favourite seasons for the beautiful and vast array of cosmetic opportunities it presents.

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Five fast beauty fixes for when you’re on the go!

Five fix beautys while you are on the goFive fast beauty fixes for when you’re on the go!

We’ve all been there – the alarm didn’t go off and now you’re running late for work. You don’t have time to have your breakfast, let alone shower or concentrate on doing your makeup properly, and it’s only now you realise half of your products could probably do with replacing. Crumbly bronzer is difficult to deal with when you’re in a rush! What you could do with, are a few cheats to making yourself look presentable, on the go. Luckily, at Direct Cosmetics, not only do we have a few secrets we are more than willing to share with you, but we can even tell you exactly where to find the best cosmetics to use, for the best price available. Take a look at five of our fast beauty fixes. Continue reading

Eight steps to the perfect before bed skincare routine

Here at Direct Cosmetics, we have our morning skincare routines all sorted out, but we don’t think we’re alone in saying that we don’t pay enough attention to our skin before we sleep. In the day our skin is exposed to all kinds of pollutants – not to mention UV light from the sun. What should you be doing before you go to bed to keep your skin in tip-top shape for the next day?
#1 Wash your face
After a long day at work or a night out on the town, washing your face might not seem a particularly pressing issue before you catch some sleep, but it’s extremely important. Without taking the time to clear out your pores, all the grime and pollutants that have accumulated during the day will stay in place. Adding products over these clogged pores will only make the problem worse.
#2 Exfoliate
The best time to exfoliate is undoubtedly before bed. Exfoliating in the morning can mean that the lower layers of your skin are more exposed to sunlight and other damaging pollutants – so be sure to get it done in the evening, allowing your skin to recover overnight.
#3 Moisturise thoroughly
A higher body temperature when you sleep means that you’ll sweat more, losing increased amounts of moisture from your skin. If you suffer from dry skin, it’s particularly important to moisturise thoroughly before you head to bed.
#4 Look after your eyes
As well as standard moisturiser, it’s a good idea to use some eye cream to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Apply the eye cream gently, and at least half an hour before sleep, or else the product could end up irritating your eyes.
#5 Don’t neglect your lips
If your lips are chapped, the nighttime is perfect for letting them recover. You can help them along a little bit by using a toothbrush and water to remove the dead skin. A specialist lip repair product will give your lips even more of a boost, should they need it.
#6 Wear loose-fitting nightwear
Loose nightwear will let the skin breathe and repair itself naturally, so make sure that your pyjamas aren’t too tight or restrictive when you turn in. It’s important to allow air to your skin while you sleep, even in winter!
#7 Sleep on your back
If you can, try and change your sleeping position so that you’re not sleeping on your face. Compressing your skin will, again, prevent it from breathing and repairing itself. The compressed skin receives restricted circulation, potentially becoming damaged and leading to wrinkles. Sleeping on your back, propping your head up with an additional pillow or switching to silk sheets should help to reduce this.
#8 Get a good night’s sleep
If you’re only catching a few hours sleep each night, your body won’t have time to recover from a hard day’s work. Aim for at least eight hours a night to reduce those dark circles. Even the best skincare routine is no replacement for a good night’s sleep!
Following our nighttime skincare routine will banish puffy eyes, dark circles and dry skin and let you wake up with a healthy glow and stunningly smooth skin! Take a look at our full range of skincare products to see how Direct Cosmetics can help you keep your skin looking and feeling great.

Cosmetic advice: selecting a summer scent

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We’ve been spoilt with the weather so far this summer – fingers crossed it lasts! While the sun’s out there’s nothing we want more than to spend time in the out-of-doors, lounging on the beach or turning sausages on the barbecue, sipping cocktails at a bar or enjoying a picnic in the park. Our lifestyles change in the summer, and that means we need a new scent to match the season. If you’re looking for a new perfume to freshen up your fragrance this summer, what kind of product should you choose? Read our cosmetic advice to find the right summer fragrance for you. Continue reading

How to care for your curls

Curly hair looks great, but it can be a pain to manage. While your straight-haired friends are able to walk out the door barely having to do a thing with their hair, you probably have to spend a little more time if you want your curls to look their best. It’s not all about buying the most expensive conditioner you can get your hands on or hiding under a hat on bad hair days – with a few easy changes to your beauty routine, you can make your curls shine, almost effortlessly! Direct Cosmetics have put together a series of quick beauty tips for making your naturally curly hair look fantastic throughout the year!
#1: Don’t fight your curls
Straightening your hair might seem like the easy option, but exposing your hair to that amount of heat every day won’t do it any good! You’ll doubtless end up with dry, brittle hair with hundreds of split ends, so work with your curls – don’t fight them.
#2: Wash every other day
Naturally curly hair loses it moisture easily, particularly if you wash it with shampoo every day. Wash your locks with shampoo on alternate days at the very most to keep it looking and feeling healthy.
#3: Condition
Even if you don’t use shampoo every time you shower, you can still apply conditioner each time! Use a deep conditioner between washes to keep your hair looking shiny, silky and fabulous day in, day out.
#4: Resist brushing your hair when it’s dry
You’ll only damage your hair if you brush it when it’s dry, plus it’ll reduce your curl definition – or worse – make your curls pop outwards until you’re sporting a veritable birds nest! Instead, comb through it gently using your fingers.
#5: Diffusers are your best friend
Never blow-dry your hair unless you’re using a diffuser attachment! In all likelihood, blow-drying your hair conventionally will make your gorgeous curls turn into a frizzy, unmanageable mess! Stick to a diffuser or let your hair dry more naturally.
#6: Get a good cut
Find a stylist in your area who knows how to work with curly hair. Hint: if they have curly hair themselves, they probably know a trick or two! It’s also vital that you get some layers cut in, otherwise it could make your style look bottom-heavy and unbalanced.
#7: Avoid the crunch
As tempting as it is to pile on the products in an attempt to tame your mane, less is more – up to a point, at least! While mousse or other styling products can help define your curls if used sparingly, if you use too much your hair will end up crunchy and stiff!
#8: Deep conditioner
It’s important to lock in all the moisture you can if you have ultra-curly hair. Treat your hair to a weekly intensive conditioner session to keep it from drying out. If you can get your hands on it, try coconut oil!
These tips are just the start – you could also experiment by switching to a satin or silk pillowcase, or, if you’re feeling particularly brave – cut shampoo out of your hair care routine completely! If you want to find some fantastic value conditioner or other hair products for your curly hair, check out Direct Cosmetics now!

Direct cosmetics summer holiday beauty survival guide

 

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What are your plans for the summer? Are you jetting off to foreign climes, spending your weekends at the country’s biggest music festivals or taking a city break somewhere glamorous? Wherever your summer holidays take you, it’s important that you look the part. Summertime cosmetics need to be markedly different from their winter counterparts in order to give your skin the best possible protection and to suit the mood of the season. What summer cosmetic essentials should you pack into your suitcase before your next trip? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Three summer cosmetic trends to look out for

Summer is here, and with the change in the weather comes a bevvy of new cosmetic trends. The cosmetic trends first seen on the catwalks of London, Milan, New York and Paris eventually filter down into our favourite magazines, and finally, to the high street. Will you be attempting to muscle in on any of the most popular makeup trends this summer? We’ve profiled three of the best, and given our verdict on the styles of summer 2014…
Purple eyes, orange lips
It’s not always easy to experiment with colour, but if you’re keen on taming the latest cosmetic trends this season then you might need to dig deep into your makeup bag for those unlikely shades. Purple eyeshadow has been a big feature of a number of catwalk shows this year, so shimmery lilacs and mauves are the way to go if you want to be seen as a prominent fashionista. While purple is the eye colour de rigueur, the most popular lip colour this summer is orange – although we wouldn’t recommend wearing the two trends together…
The verdict – We’re not all that sure about the purple eye trend. What looks good on Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely et al is harder for the rest of us to pull off, and we’re worried it might look like we’re sporting black eyes if we reach for the mauve eyeshadow this summer. Orange lips, however, are far easier to pull off and suit women of all skin tones – take a look at our collection of lip coloursfor inspiration.
Sunkissed glow
Speaking of skin tone, in years past every beachgoer worth his or her salt would take every opportunity they could get to soak up a little colour – be it from a bottle, a sunbed or the sun’s rays themselves. This year, however, Peter Andre orange is not the look we should be going for. In fact, if the catwalks are any indication then we should eschew tans altogether and go for a more natural glow, using peach or apricot blush and other warm tones to give the sunkissed look without hours of pre-baking.
The verdict – We’re all behind the sunkissed glow look. It’s far healthier to protect our skin with sun care productsthan to broil on the beach, so if you’re keen to follow just one cosmetic trend this summer, make it this one.
Dare to bare
As oxymoronic as it might seen, one of the summer’s key cosmetic trends is to wear no or little makeup. ‘Nude look’ cosmetics have been popular for some time, but this summer bare is essential. To pull off the nude look you need fantastic skin, and that means stocking up on skincare products in lieu of your standard cosmetics. Make a statement with some subtle lip colour or some blush on your cheekbones and leave it at that.
The verdict – The nude look is a timeless classic, revitalised for the summer. What beach babe stays away from the water for fear of ruining her eye makeup? Nude cosmetics require a complexion to die for, however, so give your skin some TLC before giving this one a try.
These are just a few of the cosmetic trends making waves on the beach this summer. Will you give any of them a try? Invest in the products you need by browsing the big brand cosmetics on the Direct Cosmetics website.