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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Your six step guide to flawless contouring

Contouring: a beauty technique that we all want to master, but few of us have! We all know the power of makeup and its ability to adjust our appearances, hide our flaws and enhance our best features. Contouring is able to achieve all that, and more. Yet no matter how many times you try your best to replicate Kim K’s look, it’s not quite so easy when you don’t have a team of professional makeup artists at your disposal!

If you’re struggling with contouring, here’s our step-by-step guide to mastering this art. Continue reading

Top Skincare Trends Revealed by Google

Every season we learn of dozens of fashion and beauty trends – some more accessible than others! Of course, every brand wants to push their new product as the next big thing, and try to create their own trends to drive demand.

Only a handful of these ‘trends’ turn into legit trends that actually have an impact on our beauty routines.

So, how can we tell which trends are real and which are no more than marketing?

By turning to perhaps the biggest data gatherer in the world: Google.

Google collated search data on skincare to find out the biggest 2017 skincare trends in some of the biggest markets in the world. While their report is mainly targeted at skincare brands, the results are intriguing for all of us! Continue reading

The Elizabeth Arden Triple Test

We want to share this article from one of our favourite bloggers:

Elizabeth Arden was a beauty brand that I had often considered, read plenty of reviews about and came close to buying on numerous occasions, but never actually got round to trying.

I finally decided it was time to put it to the test, and ordered the Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Refining Moisture Cream Complex, Flawless Finish Sponge-On Cream Makeup, and Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick.

Before I get on to the specifics, here is a little bit about me. On a good day my skin both dry and greasy at the same time, it’s also saggy, my pores are far too large and visible, and I look pale. As if those problems were not enough, I am also allergic to a whole array of different ingredients, so I have to be very careful. So, nothing too demanding for my new cosmetic trio then?

With those slight (or severe, depending on whether the pint glass is half full or half empty) issues in mind, here is my review of my new Elizabeth Arden range. Continue reading

The essential cosmetics for a perfect holiday

No holiday packing list is complete without those cosmetic essentials that will keep you looking gorgeous throughout your vacation.  Whether you’re attempting to beat the British drizzle by hitting the slopes for a spot of skiing, or fleeing the continent altogether to soak up the rays in sunnier climbs, don’t even think of boarding that plane before you’ve stocked up on your essential budget cosmetics. Continue reading

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

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