Tackling split ends: do’s and don’ts

We all know that too much heat isn’t good for our hair. Split ends are one of the most visible signs of damaged hair, but it’s not only a daily dose of hair straighteners or the hair dryer that cause them. Of course, the obvious solution to split ends is to head to the hairdresser, but when you’re growing your hair out, or want to avoid making expensive visits to the salon quite so frequently, it seems like split ends are just something you have to accept.

But there are some steps you can take to ward off split ends, and reduce their appearance.

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Beauty Survival Guide for Hay Fever Sufferers

Despite several false starts to spring, it seems like we’ve finally seen the last of winter.  But for hay fever sufferers, the warmer, sunnier weather has a sting in its tail: pollen season.

There are approximately 15 million people with hay fever in the UK – that’s about one in five of us. Puffy eyes, runny noses and itchy skin are just some of the symptoms we have to deal with – often for weeks or months at a time.

Taking anti-histamines and rocking wraparound sunglasses aren’t the only things you can do to ward off the worst of your pollen allergy. The makeup and skincare products you use can also have an effect.

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Men’s Makeup: The next big beauty trend?

Men have been using cosmetics for thousands of years, from the Egyptians’ love for kohl, to the Elizabethans’ use of lead-based cosmetics to whiten the skin. During the past century, men’s makeup certainly hasn’t been the norm! Aside from the brief guyliner trend in the mid-noughties, men’s makeup is still chiefly associated with drag.

But in recent years, there have been signs that men’s makeup is moving away from the theatrical and towards the practical.

In fact, the UK boss of L’Oreal reckons we could be seeing men’s makeup counters at department stores within five years.

So, what’s behind this change? What men’s makeup products can we expect to see? Is it a fad or here to stay? Continue reading

Eight beauty tips for sensitive skin

Almost half of us reckon we have sensitive skin, but there’s definitely a huge variety of ingredients we’re sensitive to, as well as the severity of any reaction.  Whether it’s the occasional breakout caused by a problem product, or a specific ingredient that you always try to stay away from, you have to do your best to work around it.

If you have sensitive skin, we’ve got some quick tips to help you with your skincare and makeup routines.

Before we start: if you have a diagnosed skin condition, follow your doctor or dermatologist’s advice!  This guide is intended for those of us with mild to moderately sensitive skin that’s more of an annoyance than a health problem.

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Direct Cosmetics Best Sellers: 10 Beauty Must-Haves

Here at Direct Cosmetics, we sell big brand cosmetics, fragrances and skincare products at incredible prices. We stock approximately 2,500 products, so there’s plenty to choose from!

In today’s blog post, we’d like to highlight the current top sellers on Direct Cosmetics (as of February 2018). These are the beauty must-haves that are selling out fast!

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Top 2018 Beauty Trend Predictions

Staying on top of beauty trends is essential if you’re to grab the latest must-have product before the rest of the world catches on! But 2018 looks set to bring not just the usual hair and makeup trends that we see on the catwalk, but also some bigger movements in the beauty industry that could transform our routines for months and years to come! We’ve looked at findings from Pinterest and tapped into the team’s own know-how to draw up this list of beauty predictions for the new year! Continue reading

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for 2018: Time to Spoil Mum!

Mother’s Day is early in the UK this year: March 11th! There’s not long left to get some gifts ready for mum, so grab some soon to avoid recreating last year’s supermarket flowers and choccies combo!

Mother’s Day gives you the chance to show your mum how important she is to you – to thank her for everything she’s done for you and, perhaps more importantly, it gives you the opportunity to spoil her!

Doing the washing up, treating her to meal out or a spa day are all fab gifts in and of themselves, but giving mum something extra to unwrap is a must! That’s where we come in – here are some top beauty gifts for Mother’s Day that don’t cost a fortune. Continue reading