March 30th approaches! Ring any bells? If not, you might be slightly terrified to hear that March 30th is Mother’s Day! It’s the day to take your mum out to dinner or treat her to her favourite home-cooked meal – and also the day you’re expected to shower her with gifts! If you’re still short of gift ideas for Mother’s Day, don’t panic! We’re here to give you plenty of fantastic Mother’s Day gift recommendations – and they won’t cost you a fortune. From cosmetics to skincare and gift sets, Direct Cosmetics has plenty of great Mother’s Day gift ideas for you to choose from! Continue reading
Moisturising isn’t just a post-shave lifesaver, you know. Your skin isn’t supposed to be as dry as a bone; it ought to be naturally moist in order to retain its resilience, health and attractiveness. With such a bewildering array of products on offer though, how do you choose the right one for your skin? From utilising the best routine to how different products can affect an individual’s skin, here’s what we think everybody ought to learn about moisturising. Continue reading
The last thing you need to worry about before your big date on Valentine’s Day is your makeup. Take a look at these cosmetic tips for that first date!
If you’ve managed to secure a date for Valentine’s Day, go you! The only thing better than snuggling up in front of the television to watch romantic comedies with your friends on Valentine’s Day is actually going out on a date with someone you like. There’s no doubting you’ll probably have your friends to help you to decide what to wear, advise you on how to act and to run you through various date night scenarios, but who wants to wear the same makeup as their friends? If you’re keen to attempt something new or are worried it won’t all go all right on the night, we’re here to help. Take a look at our top cosmetic tips for that all-important Valentine’s date. Continue reading
As the seasons change, so should our hair care, for our tresses are likely to require a different kind of protection and need the help of various cosmetic products to ensure they stay looking healthy and gorgeous – whatever the weather! During the summer, you were probably using products to help protect your hair from the heat, the salt of the sea and the chlorine of the swimming pool, but with winter here at last you’ll need to reconsider the products you are using. Cold, frosty winds can have a harsh effect on your hair and leave it looking frizzy and feeling dry, making it quite unmanageable.
If you want to boast beautiful, winter-wonderful hair this season, take a look at our hair care guide.
Treat it with oil
It’s not often we’re told to reach for the oil, but during the winter using oil in your hair once or twice a week can do wonders for it. There’s a wide range of hair oils on the market that are designed to lock in moisture, nourish and repair hair and are perfect for helping to restore any shine and softness that the winter weather may have taken away. Macadamia Oil is a popular choice among hairdressers as it is a lightweight treatment that won’t leave your hair too oily.
Avoid too much heat
Just as you would protect your hair from the heat in the summer, your hair needs protecting from the heat in the winter too! While you’re in no danger of damaging it from the sun, using an excessive amount of heat on your hair with hairdryers and straighteners can weaken your split ends, causing your hair to become far more likely to frizz the moment you step outside into the cold. When you get out of the shower, gently towel-dry your hair so that it doesn’t drip and leave yourself enough time to that your hair dries naturally as much as possible. Use the hairdryer on a low heat to finish it off and try to avoid using straighteners if you can – a natural wave is definitely in at the moment anyway.
Condition, condition, condition!
Conditioner is a must and should be used generously every time you wash your hair. You should never scrub your hair with conditioner, as this will only make your hair knotty and harder to brush, rather comb it through your hair from top to bottom with your fingers, giving yourself a little head massage to encourage natural oils to the surface as you go. Coconut milk can leave your hair feeling fantastically silky, so if you can find a conditioner that contains it, go for it. If you have the time, every now and then it’s worth leaving your conditioner in for a while before washing it out as it acts as a sort of hair mask. You’ll certainly notice the difference. If you’re really struggling to make your hair listen to you, leave in a pea-sized drop of conditioner while your hair is still wet.
Trying to control your loose hair and keep it looking good on a windy day is near on impossible, so why not just tie it back? Tying it back during the day in a topknot or plait can help it to retain its moisture and prevent it from drying out. It will also keep it from getting knotty and prevent you from having to pull half of your hair out trying to brush through it later! When you do find knots in your hair, it’s always best to use a comb rather than a brush to get them out. Macadamia Natural Oil has produced a unique comb infused with healing oil, designed to help detangle hair. You can find it on our website at a great price.
There’s no reason why you can’t sport fabulously luscious hair this winter when you have the right products and advice to help you take good care of it. At Direct Cosmetics, we make sure we adhere to all of your beauty needs by providing you with everything from hair care products to beauty must-haves, to help you look and feel gorgeous. For more beauty advice be sure to check our regularly updated blog, or browse the website for the products you need, today.
It’s difficult not to get caught up in the Christmas spirit when everyone around you is tucking into mince pies and winter roasts with abandon or knocking back the cocktails at the Christmas party. We wouldn’t have it any other way, of course, but this seasonal indulgence can take its toll on our skin. The late nights and early mornings, calories, salt, sugar and alcohol units of Christmas and New Year have the potential to undo all of your good work from the year just past, so with the festive period behind us, perhaps it’s time to undertake a feel-good New Year cosmetic detox to restore your skin to its former glory. Take a look at these five cosmetic detox products you can find on the Direct Cosmetics website, if you weren’t lucky enough to pluck them from your stocking on Christmas morning.
The winter party season is the ideal time for you to make a splash at your Christmas or New Year’s Party, hopefully without getting drunk and saying something inappropriate to a colleague or photocopying your bum! At any time of year, the right budget cosmetic look can help you to stand out from the crowd, push a budding relationship to the next level, gun for a promotion or simply help to build some extra confidence in your appearance. So, how can you get that glamorous look nailed for a night out? Find out here with our guide to the perfect smoky eye on a budget!
As with the vast majority of cosmetic looks, the perfect smokey eye hinges on a flawless skin tone beneath it. Use a good-quality concealer on both your lower and upper eyelids, ensuing that your skin looks blemish free and smooth. Choose a product that’s as close to your natural skin tone as possible and be sure to blend the concealer carefully into your skin. Continue reading
Christmas is coming, hoorah! Finding bargain cosmetics is going to be all-important at this time of year: there are office parties to attend, family events to brighten up and the after-effects of overindulgence to camouflage! Of course, Christmas isn’t a time to think purely of ourselves, as much as we may want it to be. Christmas is a time of sharing and gift giving, and budget cosmetics can prove to be ideal stocking fillers for your loved ones and Secret Santas alike. Take a look at our eight easy cosmetic stocking fillers below and stock up ahead of the festive season! Continue reading