Eye Bags – What Might They Be?

Hey lovelies!

I hope you’ve all had an awesome weekend. At 3am this morning I realised it didn’t matter how much antioxidant packed cream I slathered on my eye bag riddled face, there wouldn’t be a cat in hell’s chance (weird saying, I know) of looking anything like a fresh daisy today; I was right. Appearing radiant and refreshed required some serious sleep time – or maybe not. Cue the following incredible (and simple) hacks to banish those eye bags forever.

 1.Cool Cucumber

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Finally, a good use for cucumber! This age-old hack is one of the best treatments for a savage attack of puffy eyes and eye bags. Slice two pieces of refrigerated cucumber, place them over your eyes and take half an hour’s rest. Within seconds, you literally will feel their magic work. This amazing fruit offers ascorbic and caffeic acid that greatly reduces water retention and thus diminishes puffiness and swelling. Furthermore, it provides a skin lightening effect, making you look more radiant and refreshed. #Lifegoals! #Phew!

 2.Egg Whites

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Egg whites are another fantastic treatment for dreaded eye bags. They combine proteins and the skin nurturing vitamin E that work in unison to firm and tighten the delicate skin under the eyes. I have not used this method for long enough to confirm, but it is reported that over time this treatment can offer a long-lasting improvement for sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as reducing pigmentation. Hooray!

 3.Tea Bags

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Should you be running late and need a quick fix, try the tea bag trick. The idea here is to wet the tea bag in ice cold water then rest over your eyes for 10 minutes. The powerful astringent qualities of tannin are highly beneficial in cooling, soothing, diminishing water retention and unsightly pores as well as tightening the skin. The result is a fast and significant reduction in swelling, puffiness and people gently asking if you are ok!

 4.H20

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This hack is cheap, simple, works like a dream and yet is so often overlooked. Drink plenty of water and you will be amazed at the difference it will make to your complexion! Begone pitiful eye bags!

Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

Thanks for reading xx

 

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Beauty Editor’s Weekly Favourites

 

Hey Lovelies!

 I hope you’re all having an awesome week.

As a Beauty Editor I come across many, many products (some amazing, some not so much). Below are some of my favourite products discovered thus far:

1.Revitalizing Bio Cellulose Face Mask – Lucia Magnani, £45, www.luciamagnani.com

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As a big fan of sheet masks, I was so excited to receive the Lucia Magnani sheet mask to try. Incredibly luxurious, bursting with amazing ingredients and the ultimate in skin pampering (without travelling miles and spending a fortune at the nearest spa). This mask is every bit as good as I’d imagined it to be – and then a whole lot more IRL. My complexion was actually transformed, fine lines were noticeably reduced, and my skin felt and looked firmer, smoother and altogether fabulous. This is one mask that will be damn hard to top – everyone should keep one in their makeup cabinet for that special night or for an emergency beauty event. I love, love, love this mask!

2.MAKE UP FOREVER Foundation Face & Body, £31, www.escentual.com

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Until recently I haven’t had much experience of body foundations; since trying this one by Makeup Forever, I am a changed woman (quite literally). If you have missed out on your fake tan appointment, or putting off wearing that slinky dress because the winter has left your skin looking tired and neglected – this is the perfect product to buy. Makeup Forever’s foundation glides on seamlessly creating flawless results. So happy!

3. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Overnight Hand Therapy, £19, www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Our hands are often forgotten – and given the fact that I am always the one lumbered with the cleaning products and never bothering to put the gloves on (I know – cardinal sin), my hands appear more like something from Gardeners Weekly/Roofers Weekly/Witches Weekly (take your pick), than the flawless fingers of a beauty editor. The other morning, I actually glanced down at hands and sheer horror gripped my face – they actually looked more like my nan’s hands (sorry nan). Time for some serious TLC.

Now there seems to be an end to the cold spell we have no excuse to ignore our weathered hands. This is where Crabtree & Evelyn come in: their La Source Hand Therapy combines an array of amino acids and vitamins that thoroughly transform both the hands and nails, whilst simultaneously providing the utmost protection. what is more, this product smells so good that reapplication each day will definitely be a pleasure and never a chore.

4.Kypris Beauty Elixir 1 Face Oil, £216, www.naturisimo.com

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OMG this is the oil of dreams. Made from 1000 roses, the high-end facial oil sadly comes at a high-end price. That said, in my humble opinion it is worth every last penny.  The Elixir works little miracles on your skin by smoothing, evening tone and rejuvenating to reveal a beautifully radiant complexion. Yes, it may be pricey, but a little goes a long way. This is one of those must-have products of which you will never want to run out. To give you an idea, I used my bottle every evening and it lasted for almost a year – until the week whereby I held it upside down without the pipette every day in the vain hope a drop may still be left (I know, a tad sad, but you do what you have to). My advice is if you want to buy an investment facial oil – this should be at the top of the list.

What are your favourite products? Let me know what you think below xx

 

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Amazing Benefits Of Argan Oil

Hey Lovelies!

Meet your skin’s new best friend, argan oil. Otherwise known as ‘liquid gold’ this priceless oil is a powerhouse of skin-loving components that offer incredible benefits for your skin.

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Sourced from the kernels of the organ tree of which is native to Morocco (hence Moroccan oil) it contains an impressive supply of nutrients, including antioxidants, fatty acids  and vitamin E and is therefore, highly beneficial for the hair, too. Goodbye dandruff, frizz and split ends. Hello gorgeousness!

Argan/Moroccan oil is a must-have multi-tasking beauty product and goes far and beyond to transform the hair and skin, maintaining optimal nourishment, radiance and a forever sought-after youthful appearance. Better yet, a few drops goes a long way, making this a true gem.

Get Your Glow On:

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Bursting with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, argan oil has everything your skin needs to stay moisturized, smooth and utterly radiant.

2.Thwart The Aging Process:

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The pure components in argan oil are highly effective in prohibiting the ongoing attack from free radicals. Think of it like putting up a blockade against premature aging. Hooray!

6.Healing:

Argan oil works wonders in reducing the appearance of scars and treating stretch marks. Any oil that can do this deserves to have a permanent spot in my bathroom cabinet.

7.Dry Skin

Don’t let dry skin be the bane of your life. This intensely moisturising oil will target and take down the dreaded unrelenting dry skin from around the nose and other areas, infusing it instead, with deep hydrating nourishment and returning your complexion into one of pure beauty. #No filter life goals.

8.Super Shiny Locks

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Want soft shiny and manageable hair? A few drops of this miracle oil will transform your hair into locks so lustrous that L’Oréal would be jealous.

For skin: Add a few drops to your mosituriser or use as a facial oil.

For hair: Massage into the scalp, rub in a few drops from root to tip, or simply add a little to your conditioner.

Try Moroccan Oil Treatment, £12.10 (25ml), www.feelunique.com

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Always choose pure organ oil.

Have you tried argan oil and what do you think? Please message me your thoughts or leave your comments below xx

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Tips To Ensure Your Make-Up Stays Smudge-Proof

Hey Lovelies!

There’s a lot of brands that promise to keep your make-up smudge-proof. Sure, there are some great smudge-resistant products and some, that are, more WTF. That flawless complexion on which you spent enough time, should definitely not dissolve into non-existence by lunch. This is simply not an option. Fortunately, there are a few good tips to keep your make-up smudge-proof and ensure you look gorgeous all-day long. Read on:

1.Exfoliate, People!

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I say this so much, but that’s because it is sooo important – exfoliation is key (but not too much). Try to exfoliate twice each week to keep the dead skin cells at bay and ensure your skin is a perfectly smooth canvas, thus giving your make-up the optimal chance of doing its job.

2.Keep Moisturisers and Serums To A Minimum And Give It Time

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Moisturisers, serums and SPFs are essential, but it is important not to overdo it. Too much and your make-up will slide off quicker than ice cream on the surface of the sun (well, maybe not that quickly, but you get my point). The other point to remember, is once you’ve applied your moisturiser, serum and SPF, give it time to settle into your skin before you apply the primer.

3.Primer

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Invest in a great primer for your skin type. I love Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer, £22. A good primer can and will make all the difference. Buy here

4.Layer

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After applying your primer, add your foundation and concealer, then apply your contour and highlighter. I am a big fan of Iconic London’s Multi-Use Pro-Contour Palette, (£32.99). Once you have applied these, add a brush of blush and then a final brush of contour/highlighter for added staying power. Those with dry skin should stick to cream contours and foundations.

5.Give Eyes A Chance

Use an eye primer to keep your eyeshadow from smudging away,  I find Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, £11.20 really keeps shadow crease-free for longer.

Liquid eyeliners are fab for the upper lids, but for the lower lash line opt for a pencil liner.

6.Set it

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Always finish by adding a touch of mattifying powder to keep your make-up in place.   Et voila, you’re good to go, without the need for your compact or makeup essentials. (We all know we will probably take them, just to be on the safe side – old habits.)

Have you any smudge-proof makeup tips to share? Please leave your comments below. xx

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Amazing Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts For Under £100

Hey Lovelies!

Mother’s Day is tomorrow, so if you are still scratching your head and wondering what on earth to buy to show your mum your appreciation, worry no more. It’s time to lose the blind panic – here are some amazing beauty gift ideas for under £100.

1.The Gift of Goddess Skin by Charlotte Tilbury, £39, charlottetilbury.com

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Charlotte Tilbury products never cease to amaze me. This Mother’s Day give the gift of incredible skincare with Charlotte Tilbury’s skin transforming kit. Inside this awesome set you will find her unrivalled Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream Moisturiser and Wonderglow Face Primer. These products work in unison to create a super-soft and luminous complexion any mum would love. Buy Here

2.Elemis Beautifully Brilliant Skincare Gift Set, Was £65, Now £45.50, www.debenhams.com

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Your mum may be a huge fan of Elemis and if so, her luck (and yours) is in. This luxury skincare set has been reduced by £20 and includes some gorgeously fabulous signature products guaranteed to keep mum glowing and smiling for months to come. This set offers: Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (200ml), Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Body Balm and the iconic Superfood Facial Oil. Buy here.

3.Gucci Bamboo Eau De Parfum Limited Ed, Was £65, Now £35, superdrug.com

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What could make her feel more pampered than a splash of Gucci? This has to be one of my top 3 signature scents – and better yet, it is now half price. I do believe a trip to Superdrug may be in order. Buy here

4.Braun Silk-epil 7 Epilator Plus, Was £149, Now £79, superdug.com

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Featuring Braun’s most effective epilator, this awesome product removes hair 4x shorter hair than wax and will last for up to 4 weeks! Not only that, but this epilator also includes a bikini trimmer, too. I am a true wuss and I found the Silk-epil 7 to be practically pain-free! Buy here

Have a happy and truly pampered Mother’s Day to all the fabulous mums out there.

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Game-Changing Foundations For Dry Skin

Hey Lovelies!

Today I want to share with you game-changing foundations for those with dry skin. No matter how much water I drink or oil I apply, the area around my nose seems to be forever under attack by the dreaded dry skin gremlin. Throw the wrong foundation into the mix and we aren’t dealing with just dry skin – the skin concern suddenly becomes amplified and we also have to deal with a cakey appearance and very noticeable fine lines! Thankfully, there are some fabulous foundations capable of ensuring your complexion looks totally flawless, hydrated and radiant! These foundations are literal life savers!

1.Too Faced Born This Way Liquid Foundation, £29 (30ml), www.debenhams.co.uk

For an incredible ‘I’m not wearing any makeup’ look, this foundation is a must-have. The oil-free product combines coconut oil to enhance moisture levels, alpine rose to both brighten and improve elasticity and hyaluronic acid that rehydrates and rejuvenates. Tackle dry skin by applying a facial oil to the affected area, followed by a primer and then simply add your foundation until you achieve the required coverage. The result is one incredible complexion and one huge smile!

2. MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour, £27, www.maccosmetics.co.ukScreenshot 2018-02-15 13.34.22

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Forget all about dreaded dry skin and instead enjoy glowing luminosity. MAC’s light yet balm-like Face Colour replenishes moisture and offers light-reflecting opalescent microspheres to diminish the appearance of imperfections and enhancing radiance. MAC’s Face Colour is so good it is a serious game-changer for those with dry skin. The foundation achieves seamless coverage whilst remaining super-light. Given this fact, apply a thicker layer for medium to full coverage.

3. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, £45, www.facethefuture.co.uk

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Say goodbye to damaged and dry skin with the help of this little gem of a foundation. I’ve mentioned this product’s awesome capabilities before and it remains to be one of the best for dry and damaged skin. The formula contains Ceravitae to effectively deliver oxygen into the skin cells, allowing skin to heal, collagen to support the healing process, whilst simultaneously concealing acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and even burns! Buy here

4.Chantecaille, £63, www.spacenk.com

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Should you want a change from moisturizing oils, this is a fantastic alternative. Formulated from charged water and the all-singing, all-dancing properties found in Aloe, this amazing foundation will be your newfound holy grail for concealing any pesky dry skin or imperfections. Skin is rehydrated and revitalized and your complexion looks and feels like a dream. #Lifegoals!

Do you have a favourite foundation for hiding dry skin? Leave me your comments below and have a happy Friday xx

 

Have a happy Friday xx

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Romance Is In The Air With These Gorgeous Scents Perfect For Valentine’s Day.

Hey Lovelies!

Valentine’s Day is almost here: You’ve got the venue planned, the outfit and shoes – but what about the perfume? Breathe in the scent of pure romance with these gorgeous fragrances for her. Over the years perfumes come and go, but these scents remain timeless:

1.Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray (50ml) £85.50, Amazon.co.uk

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Make sure the fifth sense is completely alluring with the help of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum. This beautiful yet super sexy fragrance will completely captivate whomever you are near. I love this!

2.Davidoff Cool Water Woman, Eau De Toilette Spray, £15.58 (100ml), Amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite scents. Combining base notes of blackberry, peach and raspberry together with a heart of jasmine, lily of the valley and rose and delicious top notes such as pineapple, this calming and natural aroma evokes delicate yet pure sensuality. Buy here

3.Dior J’adore, £52 (30ml), www.dior.com

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Embrace your femininity and allow this exquisite bouquet of floral romance and sensuality embrace the essence of Valentine’s Day. Including the perfect combination of ylang-ylang, the chic hue of Damascus Rose, duo of jasmines and orange blossom, these work in unison to create the ultimate warmth and passion for a beautiful evening together. Buy here

4.Guerlain, Shalimar, £40.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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Shalimar is yet another timeless classic – I defy anyone to breathe in this scent and not fall instantly in love! Created by Jacques Guerlain who took inspiration from the exotic floral Shalimar gardens, it is said that Jacques considered Shalimar to be scent Shah Jahan would have given to his much-loved wife. This oriental and truly romantic fragrance should be on every sophisticated woman’s signature list. Buy here

5.Chloe Love Story, £39.95 (30ml), www.debenhams.com

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Should you be in the first throws of romance, Chloe ‘Love Story’ Eau De Parfum is a must-have. Combining a delicate floral scent of orange blossom and jasmine on a base of cedarwood, this fragrance conjures excitement, freedom and passion that ultimately reflects a truly romantic and seductive love.

What are your most favourite romantic fragrances? Please leave your comments below – and no matter how you spend Valentine’s Day, make sure you pamper yourself! xx

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10 Tips For Achieving A Perfect Salon-Worthy Blow-Dry At Home

Hey Lovelies!

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing like a visit to the hair salon for boosting your confidence. However, for a long time I would leave the hair salon a little grieved that I was unable to achieve that perfect and seemingly effortless blow-dry at home. A few years later (after talking to several professionals and some research) I can now acquire that gorgeous blow-dry without a visit to the salon. Here are the best tips to ensure you can get that salon-worthy blow-dry without having to part with your cash or brave the wintery trek across town.

1.Invest In a Good Hairdryer

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The choice of hairdryers is vast, but there are a few key points to remember when in search of the perfect blow-dry:

Ionic technology – gives anti-static effect and seals cuticles, creating shine.

Ceramic tourmaline – Seals in moisture and anti-static effect.

Narrow nozzles – To control heat and airflow direction (so important when creating a salon-worthy finish).

These points make all the difference. I discovered the LanaiBlo – it ticks all the boxes and creates the perfect blow-dry. Although a little pricey at £99, this product is well worth the investment. Once you think of all the money you can save visiting the salon, the LanaiBlo is a true find!

2.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Screenshot 2018-02-05 14.39.09Choose a volumising shampoo and conditioner to help boost your locks and enhance shape. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Label.m’s Thickening Shampoo (£14.25) and Conditioner are truly incredible as they totally boost volume whilst adding a shimmering luminosity to your locks. Result!

3.Always Prepare

Before you even look at a hair dryer apply a hair mask. As we all know – heat damages hair and if your locks are looking a little worse for wear it won’t look better following a blast of heat without the proper protection. I love Philip Kingsley’s Coconut Breeze Elasticizer. This works as a great pre-shampoo treatment or overnight mask. Work through mid-length to the ends and leave on for a good 15 minutes before rinsing out. The added bonus to this is by applying a mask you will actually decrease the length of drying time considerably. Yay – no arm ache!

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Buy Philip Kingsley Pre-Shampoo Coconut Elasticizer (£31) here

4.Use A Good Heat Protection Spray.

Should you want the salon-perfect results you have to follow protocol – it’s no good skipping the odd rule – those few moments you spared aren’t worth the split ends that are bound to ensue.

5.Hair Oil

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Hair oils are an awesome invention and I literally couldn’t be without mine as split ends and frizz are instantly concealed. A good tip is to apply the oil both before and after you blow-dry. This will guarantee soft and shiny hair to die for. OGX Renewing Moroccan Oil (£6.99)is a firm favourite – but don’t overdo it – a little goes a long way.

6.Dry Shampoo or Styling Spray

Add a little of this (evenly and over your T-zone) to give fine hair some added bounce and thickness.

7.Roots Go First

Always blow-dry the roots of your hair before anywhere else (especially if you have fine or thinning hair). This will keep the volume for longer.

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8.Now For The Blow-Dry              

Blow-dry the crown by keeping your brush as close as possible to the roots as you dry, pulling your hair gently upwards to create a gorgeous lift.

Dry the hair in sections, from root to tip, making sure your locks are thoroughly dry.

9.Don’t Overdo The Hairspray

Choose a lightweight hairspray and never overdo the application.

10.Rejoice

Finally, take a look in the mirror and smile!

Have you any blow-dry tips you would like to add?

Please leave a comment below. xx

 

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6 Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has long since been considered a beauty life saver. Following a heavy clubbing session and having minimal time before the working day begins, a holiday break at the campsite with your fella (and you discover the bathroom isn’t fit for rats), or you are just having a what-the-hell-I-don’t-care week. Whatever the reason, dry shampoo is on hand to save the day and your dignity.

Results, however, are not always as we’d like them. Check out these few tips to get the most out of your dry shampoo.

1.Choose The Right Dry Shampoo For Your Hair

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Some key points to remember when buying your dry shampoo:

Blondes: Powdery dry shampoos can cover darker roots.

Darker Hair Types: Choose invisible or light-tinted dry shampoos to prohibit a chalky effect showing up.

2.Prevention Not Cure

Kill the grease before it happens by applying your dry shampoo post-wash. Doing this will prohibit the build-up of grease for longer.

Technique

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Remember to apply your shampoo evenly, spraying from the same distance as you would use your hairdryer (approximately 8-10 inches from your head), from the parting and downwards. Massage into the scalp and ensure all of the product is absorbed.

4.Use The Right Brush

Try using a slim brush with tourmaline bristles to aid in effective blending.

5.Blend and Build

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Blending in is key to getting optimal results – and NEVER use too much product. Your hair will enjoy added volume from the dry shampoo, so once used keep it down rather than tying it up and risking a grease reveal!

6.When The Grease Has Already Got You…

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Should you wake up late and discover the dreaded grease has already attacked, grab your dry shampoo and spray your T-section (the top parting and along the hairline) and spraying 8-10 inches from your hair. This area is the greasiest so this is where you need to focus.

Make these few changes and your dry shampoo will be your star product! #lifegoals

Have you got a fave dry shampoo? Please let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, have a happy Friday guys xx

 

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