Essential New Year products from Direct Cosmetics

January is upon us, and with it the sad end of the party season! After years of getting into the holiday spirit only to feel the after effects come January, we felt it was only right to let you into our little secrets for combating the negative effects of all the calories, sugar, alcohol (and general good stuff) that we consume and imbibe during the festive period. For 11 months of the year you manage to retain your discipline and (generally) behave yourself, so it seems a shame to undo all of your hard work in one debauched week. Take a look at five great products available from the Direct cosmetics website that you should add to your armoury for the all-important January detox… Continue reading

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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!

Want to overcome the elements this summer? Here are our top tips for looking after oily skin when the weather’s against you… 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

Five weird celebrity beauty treatments

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At first glance, the life of a celebrity seems enviable – endless red carpet events, the chance to wine and dine with some of the most talented people in the world, not to mention the opportunity to get paid to wear designer dresses! Being in the spotlight 24/7 must also be exhausting – think about the constant pressure to look flawless, even when you’ve just left the gym!

Given that appearance remains (sadly!) vital to many celebrities’ careers, it’s little wonder that many celebs go to such huge efforts to look their best – including resorting to some beauty treatments that are a little bizarre! While cupping and vampire facelifts may now be available at a beauty salon near you, these treatments haven’t quite made the jump.. Continue reading

Why transitional skincare?

concept of cosmetic skin care.  face of young woman with dry skiWhen we look in our cosmetic cabinets and browse through all of the cosmetics we’ve accrued over the years, we’ll probably spot a few indispensable items that scarcely leave our side, a couple of firm favourites that get a run-out at parties and on special occasions, and a whole host of items that are lucky to get a look-in once or twice a year. What we should see when we look in our cosmetic cabinets, however, are two entirely different sets of cosmetics: one for the summer months and another set entirely for use during the winter. We’re not talking about seasonal style trends here, either – we’re talking skincare. So why should you change your skincare routine as the winter moves into summer once more? Read on to find out.

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Summer skin: three steps to keeping cool

Sweat. It appears everywhere: from your scalp to between yours toes, there’s no escaping it. Hot weather, as much as we all love it, poses both a health and beauty hazard to our skin and can leave us with breakouts – and running makeup besides. Thankfully, there are solutions to the sweaty syndrome, all of which come from thorough skincare steps and carefully chosen, sun-friendly cosmetics. Take a look at our bathroom to beach skincare steps and see how summer cosmetics can help you achieve a cooler and dryer summer:

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Pretty in pink: how to perfect the pink lip trend!

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Keeping up with the latest cosmetic trends is far from an easy task, as fashions often seem to change on a whim and what was popular one week may well be passé the next. Fortunately, the spring / summer trends are easy to achieve and look fantastic, usually focussing on one stand-out cosmetic feature, so even casual fashionistas can try out the latest styles for themselves. This week, your friends at Direct Cosmetics are going to help you perfect the forthcoming pretty pink lip trend, and with the cheap cosmetics available from our online store, you won’t even have to worry about the expense! Continue reading