Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Spotlight on Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-replenishing Hydrator, £36

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Hydrated skin looks plumper and radiant as well as feeling softer. Any skin type can become dehydrated. Dry skin lacks oil. When the top layer of the skin is lacking in water it is defined as dehydrated.

Rough and flaky skin is an indication that it is dry.  If it looks dull, feels tight and is rough to the touch, it is crying out for a drink. If you have wrinkles before your time, it could mean that your skin is dehydrated. As you get older it becomes harder to maintain high moisture levels.

Clinique’s new Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-replenishing Hydrator (£36) is a great aid to keeping your skin hydrated. According to the company: “Auto-Replenishing Technology uses caffeine to kick-start skin’s own water ‘pump.” 

It is no good hydrating the skin if you do not attract moisture and prevent it escaping. So you will also find it loaded with aloe water, humectants and hyaluronic acid to ensure the job is done as well as possible.

This gel-cream has a cooling effect and feels great on. Your complexion feels and looks radiant even after washing your face. It is wonderful for flying and holidays. I used plenty of this on a recent trip. I was really pleased with the results.

By Daralyn Danns

Friday, 18 May 2018

Wedding hair tips

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With royal wedding fever taking over the country, those who are getting married this summer will have their own plans to make.

To wear your hair up or down or half-up half-down, for those tying the knot soon, deciding which hairstyle will work with your dress is no mean feat.

Crimper extraordinaire and wedding hair specialist Michael Charalambous gives his expert advice on planning for the big day.

“Gone are the days when your own hairdresser will be offended if you go to a wedding hair specialist,” says Michael. “You really need somebody who is an expert in this field.”

Courtesy of Michael Charalambous, Nyumba

Once you have selected your hairdresser go a couple of times for a trial to ensure you are ready for the big day. Michael suggests having it done in different types of weather to see how the style lasts.
Michael also suggests you have your hair done how you want, then ask the hairdresser what he thinks. “This way the bride-to-be will not feel as if she is being bullied into having a style she does not want.”

On the initial consultation, Michael says: “You need to tell your stylist about your dress. What is the fabric? What type of headdress you will be wearing. Let them know how high it will be. Inform them if you are planning to remove it for an evening party and change to a second outfit. Time will have to be allocated to tweak your style.

"A good wedding hair specialist will want to know everything about what you are wearing including your accessories and even the height of your future husband.”

He also points out that they should also be told about the venue. Is it inside or outside? What type of place is it? Whether it is traditional or contemporary will influence your hairstyle. If you are having a themed wedding, you need to make sure your stylist knows all the details. You also should tell them what flowers you will be having.

“Many clients think that they do not need hair pieces,” says Michael. “They not only make your hair look thicker but they can help to support your headdress and veil.”

Over the years, Michael says that he has heard so many women say that they do not like their wedding photographs because their hair looks transparent in the photographic lighting. So, if you had not thought of using pieces, you may want to discuss it with your hairdresser. You need to ensure that your hairdresser is experienced in styling and cutting wigs and pieces. After all this, hopefully, is a once in a lifetime occasion and you want to look as good as possible.

“Do not wash your hair on the big day,” says Michael. “It is better to wash and dry it the day before. Have it set with pin curls or set on rollers, dependent on how curly or straight you want your hair to be.”

According to Michael a proper wedding hairdo can last up to three-and-a-half hours and takes between two and half to three hours to style.

“When you have your trials done, you should wear white, take any jewellery you are wearing such as earrings and necklace with you and have the make-up artist to hand so you can see how everything works together,” advises Michael. 

A professional wedding hairdresser will video or photograph all the steps of the trial so that they time themselves accurately for the big day. It will also ensure they use the same products as they have in the run-up sessions.

On the subject of the Royal Wedding and Megan, he exclaimed: “It is both our loss that we have never met.”

By Daralyn Danns 

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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Spotlight on L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel and Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream

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Whatever the time of year, skin can cry out for a dose of hydration. L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel (£28) melts into the skin injecting it with calcium-enriched water from the Réotier spring. This non-sticky formula plumps up your complexion leaving you looking refreshed.

Drier skins would be more suited to the non-greasy Ultra Thirst-Quenching Cream, (£28) laced with hyaluronic acid which aids the skin to retain moisture. It also contains Réotier calcium-enriched spring water which helps to keep your complexion hydrated. Skin feels silky soft and looks smoother.

By Daralyn Danns