Essential summer skincare tips to tackle oily skin

Struggle with shine every summer? You’re not alone.  Unless you plan to hide in an air-conditioned room for the summer months, you’re going to have to deal with sweaty skin exacerbating your usual skincare challenges!

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How to Spruce Up Your Beauty Routine for Spring

Spring is almost here.  The new season is the perfect time to amend and adjust your beauty routine. As the weather eases, your skin changes and the sun finally emerges for more than a couple of hours each day, your skin and hair adjust to the new conditions. It’s smart to switch your beauty routine to adapt to these new beauty challenges – while also embracing spring with fun new lipstick shades and perfumes! Continue reading

Seven winter skincare routine changes you need to make

Winter is here – and with it comes a whole set of new beauty challenges. You have two choices: resolutely stick to the same routine and hope for the best, or make a couple of smart changes to your beauty routine to see off the worst of winter!

Here’s what you’re up against: the cold, windy weather of winter strips the moisture from your skin, whilst also making it more vulnerable to irritation. The heat blasting from the radiators at home, in your car and at the office doesn’t provide your skin with much respite either – they dry out the air, decreasing humidity to below usual levels, further parching your skin. Continue reading

How to feel happy and healthy again after seasonal indulgence

With every Monday and the return to work, weekend parties can seem like a distant memory. However, the indulgent nature of your weekends can often mean that, rather than returning to work rested and ready to go, we begin the new week in a worse state than ever. The late nights, too much drinking and gorging on rich foods take their toll on our appearances – not to mention our bank balances. Weekends and seasonal parties such as Christmas, Valentines, Easter and festivals can leave you looking run-down and exhausted. But do not despair, using our favourite cosmetics, we can enjoy all the festive season has to offer and still sparkle come Monday morning.   Continue reading

Make sure your Christmas gift doesn’t backfire

Women's fragrancesThinking of buying Aunt Norma some anti-wrinkle skincare cream? Perhaps you should think again. Giving a loved one a beautifully wrapped, thoughtfully selected gift should be a joyous occasion, though sadly that may not always be the case. What might have started out as a well-intentioned present could land you in hot water. Here are our top tips to avoid causing offence:

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Makeup tips for every age group

Every beauty enthusiast knows that we need to treat our skin differently as we age – but have you considered that you should be changing how you apply makeup, too?

Today on the Direct Cosmetics blog we look at makeup application tips for every decade – so whether you’re in your teens or your sixties, we hope we can give you a few pointers!

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Six tips to help you master ‘no-makeup’ makeup

Young woman with perfect skin removes clean wet hair back isolated on white background‘No-makeup’ makeup is for those days where you want to go natural – but not too natural. When executed perfectly, ‘no-makeup’ makeup give you the appearance of having rolled out of bed in the morning with natural radiance and enthusiasm – and not with the reluctance and tiredness that you usually have to contend with!

Natural makeup is ideal for days where you don’t have the time or inclination for a heavier look, but it can be difficult to find the balance between too much and too little makeup. If you’re struggling to master ‘no-makeup’ makeup, here are some tips that might help.

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