Stock up for summer: eight products to top-up on now

Summer is almost here! This year, the UK got an early taste of summery weather, which had us all desperately searching for last year’s sunscreen. If you felt unprepared for 25 degree heat in April, you weren’t alone!  The weather was definitely a reminder to stock up on summer beauty products, and go through last year’s stash and throw away anything that’s out of date. Here are the products that should be on your shopping list. Continue reading

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How to De-Stress This Christmas

If you’re hosting family or friends over the Christmas period, you may already be apprehensive about your responsibilities! You’ve probably started figuring out the timing logistics of cooking Christmas dinner and checking there’ll definitely be enough food for everyone, but the biggest pressure is often to make sure that everyone has a good time!

Don’t let this pressure ruin your Christmas. Take the time to de-stress over the festive season so that you can enjoy it as much as your guests. Not sure where to start? Here are some top tips!

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Five Halloween makeup hacks to try this year

Makeup is the key to perfecting every Halloween costume, whether you’re going down the traditional spooky costume route or turning to pop culture for your outfit idea.

Instead of splashing out on face paint, fake blood and other costume makeup that you’ll only get a chance to use once, these clever Halloween makeup hacks will show you how to make the most of regular beauty products this Halloween.

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Five ways to fight frizzy hair

As much as we love the summer, there’s no doubt that it can play havoc with our hair! If you’re prone to frizz at the best of times, summer is practically frizzmageddon. Instead of letting your fight with frizz spoil your summer, take action to defend your locks from the elements!

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Eleven inspirational quotes from style and beauty icons

On the Direct Cosmetics blog, we like to share beauty advice, product recommendations and gift ideas with the world. We know that finding big brand beauty products at an affordable price is an incredible feeling, allowing you to treat yourself, your friends and your family to designer perfumes and top range cosmetics without making too much of a dent in your bank account! Continue reading

Six tips for buying makeup on a budget

makeup2We can’t all afford to pay full whack for makeup from leading brands like Chanel, Dior and co., but that doesn’t mean makeup addicts like us should have to settle for poor quality products that don’t break the bank. It takes a little more work to find and buy luxury cosmetics if your budget is £20 a month rather than £200, but it can still be done! In the run up to Christmas we’re all feeling the pinch – so your makeup budget may be compromised. Before you rush down to your local supermarket and grab the cheapest liner and lippy available, check out our tips to help you find high quality makeup at affordable prices.

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Five beauty hacks that don’t really work

Beauty secretsLife hacks: those nifty little tricks that save us time, money and help us solve minor problems in our lives. There are plenty of genuine beauty life hacks that we wonder how we ever lived without, but for every neat trick there are five other beauty hacks that are just plain useless – or even dangerous. Don’t believe everything you read on Pinterest – here are just a handful of supposed ‘beauty life hacks’ that you’d be better off avoiding altogether… Continue reading