Friday, 18 May 2018

Wedding hair tips



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


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

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Spotlight on Neutrogena Hydrogel Recovery Masks and Instant Facial Cream and Clay Masks



South Korea is renowned for setting beauty trends on the world stage. Cloudless skin, a term it coined to describe a flawless complexion achieved by a healthy lifestyle, plenty of sleep, and a good skincare regime is something that we all yearn for. 

Sheet masks have long been popular with the Koreans. There seems to be a mask for everything. Convenient and easy to use they can give your skin an instant boost.

Inspired by Korean beauty learnings, Neutrogena has launched a new affordable range of masks in two different formulas, sheet and cream, that will help to address any concerns you have about your skin. As we know the condition can vary dependent on the weather, whether you have been sitting in an aeroplane for hours on end, or simply feel tired and stressed.






The Hydrogel Recovery Masks (£3.50, ocado.com) have been designed to rejuvenate a fatigue-looking complexion in only 15 minutes. Brimming with goodies that are, the company says, the equivalent of an entire 30ml bottle of serum. So you get about one’s month’s supply in one go.

What is clever about these masks is that the sheet is divided into two parts, one for the upper and one for the lower face, which means you can mix and match the masks according to your own needs and wants.

My favourite is the Hydro Boost which is loaded with hyaluronic acid, a humectant that helps to keep moisture in the skin. After using this my complexion did feel lovely and looked refreshed.

There is also an Instant Facial Cream Mask Pod (£3.50) which is great for keeping in your bag so that you can used it when and where you want. I used it at night and wiped the residue off in the morning.

The other masks and pods in the range are:

Radiance Boost (£3.50) with vitamin B3, which aims to give you glowing skin. There is also an Instant Facial Cream Mask Pod (£3.50).

Purifying Boost (£3.50) contains seaweed extract (a clay Facial Cream Pod will be launched later in the year) to detoxify the skin.

Ageless Boost (£3.50) containing adenosine, said to smooth the skin so fine lines appear less noticeable. Instant Facial Cream Mask Pods (£3.50).

By Daralyn Danns