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a reminder to stock up on summer beauty products, and go through last year’s stash and throw away anything that’s out of date.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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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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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

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