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Debs Accessories

Great! You’ve got the dress. Now you just need to accessorise it to really make it your own! Choose wisely when it comes to your Debs Accessories and you might just get some more wear out of them!

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Bags

When it comes to selecting your Debs handbag there are a few key things that you need to keep in mind. Firstly, size. You need to make sure that you have enough room for your phone, purse and makeup essentials. Fitting anything else is a bonus but not a necessity. We love this True Decadence All Over Embellished Box Clutch Bag, because not only is the detailing beautiful, it allows you to wear it with a strap or as a clutch.

If your dress is simple, but you want to inject some serious personality into your whole look this ICU Box Clutch or ALDO All Over Sequin Cross Body Bag with Floral Gem Embellishment Bag would be beautiful, depending on the colours in your dress.

 

Shoes

Play it safe with gold heels. We used these True Decadence Rose Gold Ankle Tie Heeled Sandals for our Debs Fashion Shoot. They’re also available silver and in a chunkier heel. Comfort is key when it comes to shoes. You’ll be wearing them from evening time til the early hours, and dancing a lot in between! A lot of venues have a policy that means you can’t go barefoot, so select a pair of shoes that you’ll be happy to stay in all night long!

 

Jewellery

Select jewellery based around your dress. We recommend going simple if your dress is all glitz and glamour. If your dress is a little more simple, jazz things up with some glitzy pieces! Don’t be afraid to clash colours when it comes to earrings.

If bold, statement earrings aren’t your thing, these Pilgrim Gold Plated Drop Earrings are a great option.

 

 

Hair

Hair Rings are probably the biggest hair trend of 2018. They look particularly great with braids and up-dos.

A hair piece is a great way to add a little something to your Debs outfit. If you’re not a jewellery fan, a hair piece is a great way to incorporate a little something something to your look! An up-do can be made 10 times better with a hair piece in the mix!

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101 Beauty Tips And Tricks: Part Four

We are back with the fourth and final part of our 101 Beauty Tips And Tricks series. Don’t forget to catch up on Part one! Part 2!and Part 3!

 

Shampoo & Condition

76. Wash The Roots, Not The Ends

When shampooing, concentrate on the roots, not the ends, of the hair – this will clean out the greasiest sebum-producing area without stripping the drier parts. Don’t worry about not being clean – the shampoo will cleanse the length of the hair as it rinses out.

77. Work Out Knots

Throughly detangle your hair before you wash it – wet hair is much more fragile, so brushing it can cause split ends and tears.

78. Coconut Condition

Massage hair and scalp with coconut oil to lock moisture into the hair shaft and replenish lost lustre. Coconut also helps to protect sun and heat damage.

79. Conditioner For All

All hair needs a conditioner every time you shampoo. For very fine hair, use a light oil-free variety on the ends of the hair only. Stronger hair may need a leave-in conditioner as well as a rinse-out one.

80. Get Your Products Right

Experiment with shampoos and conditioners until you find one that suits your hair and alternate them with another variety every few months to ensure the ingredients are working to their best ability and your hair’s not “getting used” to them.

Styling

81. Rough Dry Before Styling

Blow-drying isn’t all bad for your hair – instead of blow-drying your hair from wet, rough dry hair until it is 80% dry, the blow-dry or style in sections to avoid heat damage.

82. French Plat

For a great way to create waves, especially on thick hair, French plait your hair while it is still damp, then leave it in for several hours and use fingers to tease out the curls.

83. Volume Lifter

If you have long hair that can drag down with gravity, or if you have limp hair that needs extra volume, apply some volumizer spray to the roots of damp hair and add life by blow-drying your hair upside down.

84. New Day, New Look

For a new look without a cut, simply change your parting, a centre once can really make your features stand out and give you a fresher, younger look.

85. Shine On The Spray

To get instant lustrous shine all over, use a spray gloss in the same was you would hairspray. This is a gloss product that delivers a fine, light mist without leaving the heavy slickness of a serum.

Hair Removal

86. Condition And Shave

If you have run out of shaving foam, use hair conditioner when shaving legs. Because it’s smooth, it will stop the skin dragging and help you shave smoothly without stretching the skin.

87. Be A Water Baby

To ensure an extremely close shave, soften hairs first by having a short, warm bath as this is a great way to hydrate before shaving and hair is easier to cut when wet and supple.

88. Get It All Out

When plucking be sure to pull the hair out by the roots by pulling in the direction of hair growth in smooth, even pulls. Do not allow the hair to break below the skin surface, which can lead to rough regrowth and ingrown hairs.

89. To Point Or Angle 

If you’re plucking areas like the eyebrow, chin or upper lip choose angled tweezers for targeted hair removal – the slant makes it easier to grasp and pluck in the direction of the hair growth, which reduces soreness and redness. Pointed tweezers should be used to extract very short hairs.

90. We Shave For Smooth Skin

As any barber will tell you, wet shaves are the most effective. Before shaving, wet the hair as well as the skin, use a foam mousse specifically for shaving and pull the skin taut to ensure a smooth finish. Work upwards with long, even strokes.

Beauty Emergencies 

91. Smooth A Blotchy Tan

There is only one real solution for an unevenly applied fake tan – exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate, If you don’t have the time to invest, try a tan remover; even if it’s not the brand of your fake tan, it should neutralise some of the colour.

92. Try The Toothpaste Trick

If you suddenly find you have a spot the night before an event, apply a toothpaste to it overnight, which will help dry out the skin a reduce redness around the area.

93. Take The Sponge

If there’s one thing you should carry with you in case of beauty emergencies, is a packet of clean cosmetic sponges, which can be used to smooth out or reapply foundation, blend creased eyeshadow and blend streaky areas.

94. Ice Those Cold Sores

If you feel the tingling sensation of a cold sore, treat the area with ice immediately, which can help reduce the inflammation around the site and stop the sore from developing. Once it has erupted apply cold sore cream.

95. Big Squeeze

You’ve squeezed a spot and it’s red and inflamed. Now what? Apply antibacterial ointment and wait for the area to dry. Then apply concealer to the red area and over the base of the spot. Avoid covering up a spot with loose powder before it’s dry as the powder can cause age spot to turn crusty – wait until the blemish has stopped weeping first.

96. Horror Hair Colour

If you hate your hair, do not ever try to correct it yourself with an at-home dye or go to an alternative hairdresser. Immediately return to the original stylist, tell them you are unhappy and ask if they can remedy the situation. They prefer happy clients, so will usually comply, free of charge and you won’t be throwing good money after bad. The same goes with nails!

97. Banish Green With Ketchup

Blonde hair that’s been tinged green from the copper and chlorine in swimming pools can be treated with a good dose of tomato ketchup – apply it from the roots to the tips and leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off for instant colour correction.

Fragrance

98. Keep It Boxed Up

Keeping perfumes in their boxes shields them from light, which can help them last longer.

99. Try This Lotion

If you’re favourite scent doesn’t have a matching body lotion, make your own by buying an unperformed body lotion and adding a few drops of perfume. Make up small amounts to avoid it going off.

100. Take A Break

There is some evidence that you can “get used” to a fragrance if worn everyday. To prevent this don’t wear the same scent everyday.

101. Get Scents-ible

Perfume and sent can change the way you feel. To give yourself a lift opt for citrus scents.

Taken from 1001 Little Beauty Miracles: Secrets and Solutions from Head to Toe by Esme Floyd.

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Beauty Routines

*sigh* the joys of being a girl… there’s just so much to deal with and think about. Not just on a day-to-day life struggle basis, but in terms of keeping ourselves beautiful – that is if it floats your boat. There’s just so much makeup and skincare it’s easy to get lazy about steps in the ol’ beauty routines. Here’s an idea about what you should be doing daily, weekly and monthly.  Just think, Future You is going to be looking mighty fine…

Daily

Cleanse, tone, moisturise should be your daily mantra, morning and night. When it comes to the night you should always be double cleansing especially if you’ve been wearing a makeup. When it comes to cleanser the OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel is a great option for all skin types. Also try out the Pixi Glow Tonic as an everyday toner. It also has the added benefit of glycol acid which will gently exfoliate your skin to leave it glowing, hence the name!

SPF application is also super important regardless of age or weather situation. Get your moisturising and SPF ticked off in one go with First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40. This is probably super obvious to some of you, but take the time to slather some moisturiser on those limbs too. I don’t know about you, but I tend to focus all of my time and funds on my face. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is a lovely treat but Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Body Lotion does an excellent job too.

Weekly

You should take some time once a week to pamper yourself with an at-home facial. Depending on what type of skin you have The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is great for oily/ spot prone skin and GLAMGLOW THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment is excellent for dehydrated skin. Also throw on some cuticle oil to help keep your nails strong. CND Solar Oil Nail and Cuticle Conditioner is the one all the salons swear by. To keep your hair in great condition throw in a hair mask like Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Intensive Restoration Mask once a week. Also dig out the dreaded tweezers and deal with any obvious maintenance issues. Again the joys of being a girl…

Monthly
In terms of not-so-regular but still-very-important steps, we would definitely making sure your eyebrows are always on point with a regular threading. Eyebrows really do frame your face and make such a difference especially if you are restricted in wearing make up because of school rules. If you’re eye brows and eyelashes are on the fair side take the time to tint them once a month. You can do this yourself at home using the Eylure Black Dybrow Dye Kit. Also treat yourself to a pedicure either in your local salon or do it yourself at home. There’s just something about having a nice pop of colour on our toes that feel essential to happiness.

Do you fall behind with your beauty routines? What steps would you like to be better at?

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10 Beauty Hacks You Need To Know About

10 Beauty Hacks You Need To Know About

We love a good hack, anything to make life that a little bit easier. From how to get the perfect ponytail to the many uses for coconut oil here are some hacks you may or may not be in the know about…

1. If you’re a lover of extending your hair with the miracle that is dry shampoo try this: spray in your dry shampoo of choice the night before when you’re going to bed. When you wake up the dry shampoo will be after absorbing properly into the hair so you’re less likely to be left with any unsightly white. Or if you’re caught out just spray it in and give your roots a blast with the hair dryer.

2. Wanting to achieve the perfect high ponytail? Once you’ve tied it up part the ponytail and loop the tie once more over the bottom of the ponytail to add a lift and lots of volume. Lydia Millen has a video showing exactly how to do it.

3. If you love to straighten your hair don’t go near the roots to keep some natural volume in your hair. Only start straightening from about and inch away from your roots. And when you get down to the bottom flick your hair in towards you so it looks more natural and so it’s not just hanging straight around you.

4. Coconut oil is the answer to everything in life, apparently. It works wonders as an eye makeup remover as the oil breaks down makeup. It also works wonders as a hair mask. Work it into your hair and then throw it up into a bun and let it absorb before washing it out.

5. Oh bobby pins, why can we never find them? To make them grip the hair better spray them with a bit of hairspray first. And did you know you should always flip them upside down so the ridges go against your head to keep them in place? We did not know this!!

6. Cleaning brushes is such an effort, but necessary to get all the dirt and grime out of them. Get yourself down t0 Penneys and buy a Cleaning Pad. Not only are these deadly for cleansing your face, but they are brilliant for washing your makeup brushes. They clean brushes super quickly and it really works all the old disgusting makeup out. And the best thing is they only cost €1!

7.  A trick for applying under-eye concealer is to do in a triangle shape – down your nose, up to the outer corner of your eye and then under. Fill this in and blend, blend, blend. This hack not only covers and discolouration it brightens and highlights it to give you a super airbrushed look with your foundation.

8. Did you know coffee and coconut oil mixed together makes a great DIY exfoliator? Just throw them together in a bowl and rub in into the skin. It’s anti-inflammatory, reduces redness and helps with puffiness. It also helps rejuvenate your skin. Plus, it can help with stretch marks and cellulite. And we bet you have both of them in the kitchen cupboard.

9. The secret to perfect curls is to hold the curler vertically and not horizontally. This gives a bigger curl with more volume. Also catch the curl once you release it and hold it for a few seconds to help hold in the curl better.

10. And lastly M.A.C Prep + Prime’ Fix+ spray is the answer to everything. It’s great as a primer and for setting makeup. Also use it to slightly wet your beauty blender. Use it to bring out the colour more in eyeshadows that mightn’t have a strong pigment. Or use it on cream shadows that may have dried up to revive it.

Which hack is your favourite? We’d love it if you would share your beauty hacks with us below!

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Hair’spiration

There’s something about autumn that gets us itching for a change. And looking at this collage we are getting some serious inspiration. We chatted to hairdresser Jacinta Byrne who told us that we can expect to see a number of different trends this coming season.

A massive trend is the Lob, or a long bob. It’s a low commitment change. It’s still on the shorter side, but it’s still long enough that you can throw it up or do a number of different styles with it. The great thing about the Lob is if you you’re not too sure about it it will soon grow out. But Jacinta has noticed that once people go for the initial chop they keep going back to get more and more off. Lucy Hale is a great example. She started off with a collar bone grazing cut and has since gone shorter and shorter. In terms of styling Jacinta recommends texturing  sprays such as Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray for achieving a perfectly messy ‘do.

In therms of colour the Balayage trend that was massive a few years ago has moved on and it more subtle with honey hues and golden overtones. It’s still relatively low maintenance and last for months. Jacinta recommends asking for the colour to be blended in nicely with your own so it looks more sun-kissed and natural.

Another massive trend is Rose Gold Hair. It’s not quite pink, just subtle shades of it. If you’re thinking of trying this out we recommend getting it in similar to Balayage that way you can braid it or put it in a bun to avoid trouble in school or work. L’Oréal have recently come out with their own range of pastel colours called Colourist, which are perfect for adding some temporary flare to your hair.

What do you think of the latest trends?