Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Transformation day hair to night

You want to change your daytime look so that you make an impact at your party but time is of the essence, so what do you do?

I asked the talented Siobhan Baynes from the highly-acclaimed Paul Edmonds salon Knightsbridge, London ( for some tricks and tips.

 “French pleats, chignons are easy and quick to do yourself,” says Siobhan. “If your hair is short, you can change the parting, wear it behind your ears, add some curl or straighten it. There are plenty of options.”

Siobhan suggested that I put my hair into a chignon as it is chic and will work with whatever I decide to wear.

Normally, Siobhan suggests that if you want to put your hair up, you should work with “dirty” hair. In other words wash it the day before the event or going to the hairdressers so that it is easier to control.

As I had not shampooed it before arriving at the salon, Siobhan suggested that I have a treatment using Kérastase Fusio-Dose to add some moisture and help with porosity.

“Hair up can be overdone,” said Siobhan. “The trick is to keep it simple.” She began by slightly teasing the back. Then she took the hair and fixed it into a ponytail, keeping the front section out. (She pushed it forward.)  “This is so easy you can do it yourself.” Famous last words. I would prefer to have an appointment with Siobhan. But, in an emergency, if I got a frizz attack and did not have time to go to the salon, this would be a great solution.

She then pinned the front back, backcombed the ponytail and pinned the underneath using kirby grips. She used a small hairband to hold the hair in place. “You can pick these up easily at places such as Boots and H&M,” she advised. 

Sioban then twisted the ponytail into a perfect chignon. “Avoid the messy look,” she warned. It is hard to do yourself and get it right. What looks effortless on a celebrity can actually take a lot of work.”

I was beyond pleased with the result. I felt completely different, rather glam. It was a refreshing change.

By Daralyn Danns

Monday, 28 November 2016

Spotlight on Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer, £24.50

This lightweight, silky moisturiser/primer will keep skin hydrated while curbing shine. It lessens the appearance of those annoying imperfections that we all have. It leaves your skin with a matt, velvety airbrushed finish.

Clinique Pep-Start HydroBlur Moisturizer contains antioxidants and can be worn on its own or as a primer under foundation. You can touch it up when required. It is a good primer but on cold winter days, if you have dry skin, you may want to use a moisturiser first. This is well worth a try as you will notice, especially under make-up, a marked difference.

Spotlight on Clinique Pep-Start HydroRush SPF 20 Moisturizer, £24
This oil-free moisturiser contains antioxidants and other goodies to ensure that your skin is protected from the environment. Ensures that your skin is hydrated while keeping oil at bay. As it has sun protection, it is ideal for the winter. Again if your skin is really dry you might need something richer.

By Daralyn Danns