Fringe? Bangs? Well whatever you call the funny flap of hair obscuring your face it can be a blessing or a curse.
I would say with absolute certainty that having a fringe is part of my identity. I’ve only ever not had one, once. For a VERY brief period of time that seemed like a good idea. Let’s grow up and get rid of it. You’re a big girl now. Nope, absolutely not. Big mistake.
So for basically the entirety of my life I have yo-yo’d back and forth between a full fringe and a side fringe. It’s what I do when I get bored. One of the biggest challenges to having a fringe is styling it just right, because I guarantee we’ve all been there. Leaving the salon feeling like a Disney Princess and come wash day you became something more akin to Spock.
Here are some of my favourite hacks for making the most out of your do!
1. Nothing looks better than a freshly washed fringe. It instantly elevates your look. If you’re the type of person who can go long stretched between hair wash days (and I so envy you!) that doesn’t mean you can’t give you fringe a quick freshen up over the sink regardless. It’ll make all the difference!
2. Never, ever, EVER leave your fringe to air dry. You’re just asking for chaos. Grab your hairdryer, a round brush of your chosen size (I like to go big!) and away you go. It can be fiddly finding the right rhythm at first but you’ll find yourself a pro in no time.
3. Velcro rollers have been a secret weapon of mine since my college days (a million years ago) and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. I stick a couple in my fringe when my hair is still hot from straightening and remove just before I’m ready to walk out the door. Voila! Volume for days! (Well, hours but you get it). If you’re feeling brave and can find a comfortable angle you could even wear them overnight.
4. Take it easy when it comes to styling products. It’s all fun and games until you overdo it on the oil and end up looking like The Penguin. Not even Danny DeVito could pull that one off. A little goes a long way. Think sparingly.
5. I’m sure you all know the wonders of the simple dry shampoo but regardless of it’s insane powers of transformation when it comes to a set of locks in between washes it’s also a great way to give your hair some oomph! A couple of sprays and your refreshed and ready to face the day.
I know the idea of putting anything acidic ANYWHERE near your skin might seem terrifying but here me out!
Glycolic Acid (which is a chemical exfoliant known as an alpha hydroxy acid AKA ‘AHA’) is your go to skincare ingredient to tackle breakouts, pigmentation and texture. It’s not a magic potion (but pretty damn close!).
First and foremost, Glycolic Acid is your guy if you want to exfoliate away dead skin cells to reveal a brand new, brighter you!
A naturally occuring ingredient you’ll find in the likes of pineapple, sugar cane and cantaloupe that is just the ticket if you suffer with a dull complexion. Hello mum life! Lack of sleep and constant stress. This is just the pick up you need.
Glycolic Acid is the strongest AHA as well as being absolutely tiny meaning that it can penetrate the skin on a deeper level and really get to work. Those small molecules really know their stuff!
By stimulating collagen production you skin will feel firmer, plumper and more youthful! Not to mention smoother and overall more radiant. A major advantage of glycolic acid is that it can help you tackle signs of aging, such as lines and wrinkles, which lets be honest it’s the be all and end all but sure is a nice touch?
Glycolic Acid is best used as part of your evening skincare routine as it has a tendency to make the skin sensitive to sunlight. I’d still recommend applying SPF in the AM though. It should always be a permanent fixture in your routine, regardless of the season, SPF is a must!
I’ve spoken about my love for Beauty Bay and their By Beauty Bay range before and I’m sure there is really no doubt that I adore just about everything they do.
Winter is in full swing right now and I don’t know about you guys but boy is my skin suffering! I’m both oily and blemish prone as well as living on very little sleep so I really could use all the help I can get!
I’ve cultivated a routine using solely By Beauty Bay products and it seems to be working a treat so thought I’d share it with you all in the hopes it’ll help someone else too!
As much as I wish I could just roll out of bed looking like a glowing Greek Goddess alas that is just not the hand I was dealt.
This 4 step/5 product morning routine is my fool proof formula to leaving the house feeling and looking refreshed.
Mix the Day One Moisturiser together with SkinHit Protecting Serum (or any SkinHit serum for that matter!) for a customised formula to suit your specific needs.
Head this way for perfect skin with the Acid Trip Exfoliating Toner with AHA and PHA from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range. This exfoliating toner combines multiple forms of acid-based exfoliants, which target different layers of the skin. A blend of AHAs, such as glycolic and lactic acid work to refine, brighten, and even skin tone, whilst PHA (gluconolactone) helps to promote softer and smoother skin. Pores will be cleared and cellular turnover will be increased, which all results in a decongested, smoother, and brighter looking complexion.
Put your best face forward with the By BEAUTY BAY SkinHit Hyperpigmentation Serum with Tranexamic Acid and Alpha Arbutin. Enriched with brightening tranexamic acid plus alpha arbutin to even out skin tone, this brightening serum is a name to know for reducing the appearance of pigmentation, dark spots, scarring and dullness.
This is your new skincare go-to. The Day One Moisturiser with Ginseng and Squalane from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range is a lightweight gel-cream moisturiser that helps to protect and hydrate the skin. Enriched with Indian ginseng to shield against screen-emitted light and olive squalane which helps to hydrate the skin. The moisturising and skin conditioning actives make this moisturiser a great makeup primer to lock your look in place all day long.
Protect your skin from whatever daily life throws at you with the SkinHit Protecting Serum with Anti-Pollution and Blue Light Actives from Skincare By BEAUTY BAY. Rich in antioxidants, this is the serum you need to shield your skin from environmental nasties that can lead to dullness and upset complexions. Formulated with an anti-pollution active that helps to protect the skin from external aggressors and free radicals, as well as a blue light active that shields your skin from screen-emitted light, whilst also helping to brighten and restore radiance. This is the ultimate everyday serum for your skin.
Refresh your skin with the Super Jelly Cleansing Gel with Prebiotic and Avocado from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range. This non-foaming, non-stripping cleansing gel supports balanced and healthy-looking skin that feels fresh, cleansed, and revitalised. Formulated with prebiotics, a hero skincare ingredient that helps to support the skin’s barrier, as well as avocado oil which helps to gently cleanse and moisturise the skin. Leave your skin feeling clean but comfortable.
Quench your skin’s thirst with the Make It Rain Face Mist with Mineral and Super Berry Blend from the Skincare By BEAUTY BAY range. This hydrating face mist rains down onto skin to energise and refresh the complexion. This mist has been formulated with a blend of minerals that hydrate and energise the skin, and a trio of nourishing Australian berries which encourage a radiant and healthy-looking glow. Use before makeup, after makeup, or as a refreshing top-up during the day to give your skin a refresh.
For skin that is hydrated, smooth and clear, make an appointment with the By BEAUTY BAY SkinHit 0.2% Retinol Complex Serum with Retinol and Peptides. This skin-loving serum helps to improve the appearance of pigmentation, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles thanks to the 0.2% retinol complex while added peptides infuse the skin with moisture, helping to improve the skin’s clarity. Perfect for first time retinol users, this serum is soon to be your new BFF.
Your beauty sleep is about to get an upgrade with By BEAUTY BAY’s 2% BHA Overnight Mask with Salicylic Acid and Azelaic Acid. The targeted overnight face mask works to gently exfoliate and refresh the skin, all while soothing, brightening, and helping the appearance of pores. 2% BHA salicylic acid helps to gently exfoliate and condition blemish prone skin, while azelaic acid helps to soothe the skin and reduce the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, all while you sleep!
Meet your next go-to skincare treatment: By BEAUTY BAY’s 30% AHA 2% BHA Peeling Solution Drops with Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid. The targeted solution has been designed to help exfoliate away dead and dull skin, unclog pores, and reduce excess oil on all skin types. With a red colour for easy application and removal, the treatment has been formulated with glycolic and lactic acid (AHA 30%) to help clear and improve the skin’s texture through exfoliation, plus refreshing aloe vera and salicylic acid (BHA 2%) to exfoliate, for clearer looking skin.
Banish breakouts for good with the Dot-A-Spot Glow In The Dark Blemish Stickers from Skincare By BEAUTY BAY. These super-cute, fun shaped, glow in the dark hydrocolloid patches are designed to help you tackle breakouts. Each moon and cloud shaped hydrocolloid-infused patch works to draw out pus and other impurities from developing blemishes, as well as reducing the size of already present spots. Use these stickers (that are clear in daylight) to dot your way to clearer skin.
To be able to get the most out of your brand new skincare routine then you’re going to need the right tools! Not only will it elevate things to another level of luxury but you’ll also be surprised at what a difference they make to your products!
Here to help you relax and unwind is the BEAUTY BAY The Rose Quartz Facial Roller. Inspired by ancient Chinese rituals, this dual-ended facial massage tool is the game changer that your beauty routine needs. Made from 100% rose quartz, this facial roller helps to reduce facial tension, aid lymphatic drainage, and increase the absorption of your favourite skincare formulas. Traditionally known to represent self-love, peace, and inner healing, this rose quartz tool will help to restore a sense of calm and tranquillity at the end of a long day. Healthy skin = happy skin.
Here to help you relax and unwind is the BEAUTY BAY The Rose Quartz Gua Sha. Inspired by ancient Chinese rituals, this heart-shaped facial massage tool is the edition that your beauty routine needs. Made from 100% rose quartz, this gua sha helps to reduce facial tension, aid lymphatic drainage, and increase the absorption of your favourite skincare formulas. Traditionally known to represent self-love, peace, and inner healing, this rose quartz tool will help to restore a sense of wellbeing and tranquillity at the end of a long day. Healthy skin = happy skin.
Our award winning Full Measure HD Foundation is a lightweight, full coverage foundation which leaves a flawless matte finish. The light, water-based formula glides onto the skin leaving incredible coverage as a base for any type of make-up look.
For the everyday fresh-faced base, use the Revolution Tinted Moisturiser – our first lightweight true-to-skin formula. The blend of skincare and makeup blurs imperfections and evens skin tone, with a sheer hint of coverage. Enriched with antioxidant wild berry extract and infused with 68% water, for a dewy makeup finish with long-lasting hydration. Let your true skin radiate through – your skin but better!
This skincare infused foundation hybrid is ideal with autumn with as it’s packed full of vitamins and hyaluronic acid. Perfect for hydrating your skin going into the colder months when you might be feeling a bit chapped and dry.
The most hard-working, multipurpose foundation. Perfect for dry to combination skin, this Revolution Pro CC Cream Perfecting Foundation SPF30 offers sheer to full buildable coverage, whilst leaving the skin hydrated and protected.
Infused with a potent blend of Murumuru Butter, Cupuaçu Butter and Tucuma Butter, sourced from the lush, nutrient-rich Amazon, the long-wearing, weightless formula simultaneously provides buildable coverage. Free from parabens. Cruelty-free & vegan-friendly.
My holy grail and secret weapon all rolled into one. The perfect amount of coverage whilst avoiding any cakiness. Hands down the best foundation I have ever used and the affordable price makes it an absolute winner for me.
Social media is absolutely vital for any business in this day and age.
There are currently nearly 45 million Facebook users in the UK whilst over 30 million people use Instagram. These two platforms are a hive of activity and potential custom and that’s without taking into consideration the 15 million people who spend hours a day on Twitter and the ever growing popularity of TikTok (which is without a doubt one of the biggest social media success stories to date and allows the most chance of going viral from a single piece of content).
Visual content is essential in the hospitality and travel industry.
“Our media consumption habits are changing, today it is more likely that your audience will seek out photos and videos on social media before making a booking, in fact the social media presence and visual identify of a brand is often one of the final decision makers for consumers when proceeding with a booking.”
Roxii Hoare-Smith, The Importance of Social Media for Hotels as featured on daviestanner.com
I have a fierce passion for social media and content creating. Having started a beauty blog and Instagram page as a hobby in 2019 I have since built relationships with brands I could only ever have dreamed of working with previously. Whilst I understand that some of this is down to being in the right place at the right time I truly believe that the hard work I have put in to building my profile and personalising my content has paid off.
I appreciate that working within the hospitality industry or showcasing the unique qualities of a business are very different to the type of content I usually create but I am confident that the skills are transferable to some degree and that’s why I decided to write this post.
It’s completely out of my comfort zone but somethings that can be essential to your growth.
Your business might be in its infancy but it’s never too early to build your brand. Social media can help increase awareness of the products you sell or services you offer and has become an integral part of a modern day marketing strategy.
It’s also a chance to show off the personality behind the screen which is a great way of building relationships with your customers which will undoubtedly lead to the kind of loyalty you’ll need to succeed.
Take a chance on different kinds of content. Reels are huge right now and there are always fun trends read and waiting to be jumped on and tweaked to fit your niche.
Maybe you have a blog feature on your website that is gathering some cobwebs? Get out there and write a post that’ll captivate your audience and show em what you’ve got. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just needs to be ‘you’.
Isn’t that what social media really excels at? Showing the world who you truly are and what makes you special? It’s exactly the same when it comes to businesses and brands. Make it work for you.
An amazing Coconut & Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner duo (that come in their brand new easy squeeze bottles for maximum efficiency) to give you that extra oomph during these dastardly colder months.
Plus the most gorgeous Argan Oil & Coconut Oil Hair Mask which is the absolute pièce de résistance.
And if you aren’t already convinced then let me tell you a little bit about your new favourite shampoo and conditioner!
They are both paraben-free and contain a healthy dose of nutrients such as provitamins B5 which is used to increase elasticity in the hair strands and absorb water content for added moisture.
Enriched with a gentle infusion of Coconut & Argan oils, the pair work to together to moisturise, support & strengthen hair follicles for thoroughly cleansed soft & shiny hair, packed with volume & bounce.
Give Me’s Hair Mask blends natural Argan Oil and Coconut Oil which will help you achieve that smooth & silky look/feel as well as improving the condition and elasticity of your hair.
They smell divine and have left my hair looking and feeling pretty damn good even if I do say so myself.
As a self confessed oily gal I’ve always made it my life’s mission to collect as many matte products as possible. Gimme all of the powders I say.
The problem with that was it became increasingly difficult to move with the times and when dewy bases and ‘no makeup’ makeup because the next big thing I couldn’t keep up.
Life isn’t all about chasing trends but as a blogger it’s essential that I at least try them. Some I grow to love and others, well let’s just leave those to one side shall we?
I’ve always been a fan of blush, even when it wasn’t ‘cool’ and everyone else was lashing on the bronzer. I’m pale and without it I feel naked, it’s an essential part of my routine
A good dewy or barely their base needs a cream, balm or liquid blush to really set it off and that was always my downfall. Swapping out my faithful favourites for something new was a little bit terrifying to be honest but so worth it!
My biggest worry was longevity. Would it really last all day or just slip right off and leave me looking a hot mess?
Also the blending. How would it work with the rest of my routine and products I already own? What tools would I use? It’s all a bit of a minefield when you throw yourself into something new but with YouTube, Instagram and TikTok at hand there are a multitude of tutorials to get you through the tough times.
I’m very much an MUE (Makeup Enthusiast) rather than an MUA (Makeup Artists) so clearly not an expert but I’ve picked up some tips along the way of my journey and thought sharing them with you might help you also take the plunge!
Tools, tools, tools…
The first thing I agonised over when I first decided to trial a liquid blush was what to use when applying. Initially I went with a blender and wasn’t best pleased with the results to be honest (which was surprising to me as I’m a die hard foundation by sponge kinda girl).
This led to me writing off the experience all together and it was a while before I even thought about trying again…
This brush just makes the job so much easier and I’ve tried it with lots of different brands now. Nothing else comes close!
What’s your formula?
Sounds stupid but there can be a world of difference between a cream, liquid or balm. The general finish is slightly different as well as the way they apply.
Personally I’d say a balm is the safest choice to start off with (something similar to the Pixi Beauty On-the-Glow Blush £18) as they’re simple to apply, blend beautifully and are easily buildable for a more intense colour. Where as a liquid blush can sometimes take more work but the pigment payoff is stunning. A cream for me lies somewhere in between but they all have their place in my routine!
The where and how you apply your blush can completely change the shape of your face, you’d honestly be surprised at how much such a simple step can make a difference.
For instance if you want to look more youthful then stick to the apples of your cheeks. This will make them appear more plump!
Placing your blush a little higher up on the cheese bones will lift everything (great if you’re permanently tired like me!).
There are lots of ways you can go with this and the results can be startling!
Most importantly there are no rules in makeup (only guidelines, do what you want with those!). Have fun and experiment!
Do you love blush as much as I do? If so, what are your favourites?
There is nothing better than finishing off a makeup look with your favourite dramatic lipstick. It can instantly elevate your mood and is my absolute favourite confidence booster.
I understand that it can seem really intimidating, especially if you consider yourself a makeup novice but I promise you that once you’ve perfected the art of a statement lip, you’ll never look back!
Keeping it simple…
There really are no rules when it comes to your preferred style but the best advice I could give (especially if you’re new!) is to keep everything else super simple. You don’t need to put in tons of work else wear when going for a bold lip choice. A well applied base and a slick of mascara or some lashes if you prefer is going to make your chosen shade the focal point of your makeup look (which is exactly what we want!).
Choosing a shade…
If you’re like me then you’ll know ‘your colour’ straight away (a Hollywood red is always a winner!) but if not that’s ok too. Experimenting is part of the fun! To begin with I suggest choosing a shade that might feel ‘out there’ but seems like a logical next step to the things already in your wardrobe. Complimentary colours will elevate your whole look and make experience feel so much more relaxed and doable.
Hydration is key. Smooth, soft lips will make all the difference to the application and longevity of your new confidence maker. Incorporate a lip balm into your skincare routine if you don’t already use one. I also recommend using a scrub followed by a lip mask (the Bubu #youpucker Lip Pumping Mask is my fav!) once a week. The difference in your pout will speak for itself.
Above all else…
Just be brave! You’ve got this. Today you’ll tackle a new lipstick and tomorrow you’ll take on the world!
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If ever there was a time I needed a pick me up it’s now!
I’ve just started university as a mature student and my head is absolutely fried! Pair that with tackling my children’s never ending school commitments/general life and that’s pretty much just a recipe for stressed out skin.
Thankfully Pixi Beauty we’re kind enough to send me over their Remedy Mask Collection so fingers crossed I’ll be back to myself in no time!
Packed to the gills with nutrients and botanicals to give your skin all kinds of goodness these lightweight jelly masks have been such a welcome addition to my skincare collection.
With three gorgeous masks to choose from…
Vitamin-C Remedy Mask – a brightening, toning jelly packed with nutrients and botanicals to help refresh and revitalise your skin. Blend of Citrus, Green Tea, Ferulic Acid and Ginseng energises, brightens and hydrates.
Milky Remedy Mask – a soothing, toning jelly packed with nutrients and botanicals to help revive your skin. Blend of Coconut, Oat, Chamomile and Sea Buckthorn calm, soothe and hydrate.
Rose Remedy Mask – a nourishing, toning jelly packed with nutrients and botanicals to help refresh and deeply nourish your skin. Blend of Rose, Argan Oil, Cica and Turmeric refreshes, nourishes and hydrates.
…it’ll be easy to find one to suit every mood or concern.
Let’s not forget these are the ideal trio to multi mask with. If you are blessed/cursed with combination skin then you’ll LOVE working with these beauties (which are sooo simple to use by the way!
• Use in the AM & PM, or as needed. • Step 1: Apply a thick, even layer to clean skin, avoiding eye area. • Step 2: Leave on for 10 minutes. • Step 3: Rinse or tissue off.
Each 300ml tub costs £20 which is at the priced end of what I’d be willing to pay for a mask (your girl has children to feed, clothe and entertain!) but will last you as the product is definitely in the ‘a little goes a long way’ category.
Despite my cheap skate ways I can honestly say the masks are beautiful, smell divine and left my skin feeling super smooth, taut and revitalised ready for another day just being a boss.