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Complete the Look – Festival Nails

Festival fashion is a great excuse for adults to play dress-up, not to mention a fun way of letting your hair down and getting creative with bright accessories.

That’s not to say that clothes should get all the fun though – it’s also the perfect opportunity to experiment with your nails using nail art, gems and vibrant colours – adding the final touch to your festival look. See our recommended tips on how to create fun festival nails below.

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Nail Prep

To get fun festival nails that will last for a while, the first thing you need to do is prep your nails before any nail polish attempts to touch them.

  • Cuticles: Dead skin attached to the base of a nail is your cuticle. It needs to be pushed back and removed so that your nails look in good condition.

    More importantly, it will keep your nail polish from lifting up around the edges. Use an oil-free cuticle softener to soften your cuticles before gently pushing each cuticle off the nail. Do this in small, circular motions. 

    Once your cuticles are off the nail, you can carefully snip the dead skin off. This will create the initial base for your festival nails.

  • Buffing: After taking care of your cuticles, buff your nails with a nail buffer to help loosen any leftover skin from the nail. Buff the entire nail, including the edges.
  • Cleanse and Prime: After buffing your nails, you’ll need to remove all of the debris from your nails. A good nail cleanser will prep your nails for your base coat. It is essential for removing any invisible impurities, leaving your nails perfectly cleaned and primed, ready for your fun festival nail art to begin.

Nail Art

Festival-goers are often creative and fun-loving, so turning up with wild nail art is definitely encouraged. It’s the perfect time to experiment with nail art or nail gems, so prepare to bring your most vibrant, crazy, and confident nail game with you.

Nail art tattoos: Customise your manicure with nail art tattoos. From tribal designs to boho flowers, anything goes as long as it’s fun.

Here’s how to apply them to your nails:

  1. Paint nails with your favourite colour and allow to dry. The brighter the better.
  2. Cut the design of the nail tattoo you want to use using scissors.
  3. Apply tattoo to the nail with the design facing down onto your nail.
  4. Use a wet cloth and apply to the back of the tattoo until the backing paper is soaked.
  5. Gently peel the backing paper off and smooth the tattoo down with a small wet pad, especially as the edges.
  6. Once dry, apply a coat of clear nail polish to nails.

Nail Art Pens: Nail Art Pens allow you to design your fun festival nail patterns with ease. You’ll be able to create fine lines and swirls with these pens, from zebra stripes to paw prints, so you’re sure to have fun creating your key nail looks.

Here’s how to create festival love heart nails:

  1. Paint your nails with the colour of your choice. Two coats are recommended to ensure your nail polish lasts longer.
  2. Once dry, shake your nail art pen well to allow an even application to the nails.
  3. Paint four mini love hearts on each nail, one below the other, to form a slight curve.
  4. Finish off with a clear top coat and allow to dry.
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Nail Glitter: Glitter at festivals is all the rage, so go mad with it on your nails. The more sparkle, the better. There are so many looks you can achieve with glitter nails:

  • All over glitter: This is extremely easy. First apply a clear coat of nail polish to your nails and allow to semi dry. Then using a glitter pot of your choice, dip each nail fully into the pot until the entire nail is coated with glitter. Shake off any excess glitter and using a makeup wipe, remove any glitter that has stuck to your skin.
  • Ombre glitter nails: Combine two different shades of glitter to create an ombre effect. Start by painting the entire nail with clear nail polish. Once dry, apply your first choice of glitter polish a third down the nail. Next, apply another colour of glitter polish two thirds down your nail to create an ombre effect.
Beautiful manicured woman's nails with glitter purple gel nail polish on soft white towel.

Nail Gems: If you’re not satisfied with glitter, why not consider sparkling up your mitts with some nail gems too? Here’s a few top tips about how to apply nail gems.

  • Apply manually: This can be tricky, but it’s easy when you know how. First, cover your nail with nail glue or nail resin.

    Use tweezers to pick up each gem and place carefully onto your nail. Repeat this until you’ve achieved the desired effect – you could go all out and cover your entire nail or just decorate the tips. Once the glue has dried, cover your nail with a top coat of clear nail varnish to help secure the gems even more.

  • Pre-designed gems: If all that sounds like a lot of hard work, you can always go for the easy option. These are fun, sparkly stickers that you simply peel off and apply to your nails.
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The Ultimate Guide to Beards

Men's Beard Guide

A beard isn’t just a beard. It can be a man’s pride and joy as well as a great way for guys to express their personality. Growing a beard has always been popular during the cold winter months to help men keep their faces cosy and warm, but now more and more men are hopping on the facial hair bandwagon.

Whatever your motive for growing a beard, it needs to be groomed and well kept – if you treat your beard well it will treat you well too and keep you looking stylish. Growing and maintaining a beard is not easy though, so you’ll need some helpful hints to point you in the right direction.

From growing your beard to general maintenance and styling, this beard care guide has it all.

Men's Beard Guide

Growing a Beard

Growing a beard is all about patience – a beard is not necessarily defined by its length but by the amount of time that it takes to grow. The general milestones when growing a beard are:

  • Month one – during the first two weeks your beard will be itchy – this is due to years of constant shaving which has left the ends of your hairs razor sharp. By week two the hair is now long enough to reach back around and irritate your face and neck.

  • Three months – your beard is definitely taking shape.

  • A year – by now you’ve probably forgotten what your face looked like without a beard.
  • Terminal beard – this is the longest that your beard will naturally be able to get.

Beard Prep

Before you can even start growing a beard there are a few key steps that need to be taken – and taking your prep seriously will help you achieve the best results. It’s better to start growing a beard with a clean slate, so have a proper shave to leave your skin feeling fresh.

Before you start shaving, wash your face with a cleansing facial wash that will exfoliate skin to remove dirt and oil residue. Gently pat dry your face with a towel and use a pre-shave oil to deeply nourish your skin, before applying shaving cream. Use a razor for a close, clean shave.

Up to Three Months

Your beard will still be fairly short at this point, so avoid shampoo – a natural bar of soap is better as it won’t irritate your skin.  Your beard can be itchy for up to a month but be persistent – it’ll be worth it. Your beard may also start to look a little untidy and this is when a beard comb will come in handy. These will straighten out the hairs and remove any knots.

If you want to tidy your beard with a trimmer, only trim the neckline, upper cheek and moustache lip – unless you are going for a year-long or terminal beard. In that case leave it untouched.

Over Three Months

Once you get past the three month period you may be tempted to give it a little cut – don’t get too carried away and trim too much off. Cutting too much off will normally lead to shaving it off and having to start again, undoing all your hard work and not to mention you’ll have to go through the itchy stage again!

A common mistake when trimming is to cut the neckline too high. The ideal location is where your neck meets your head. There probably won’t be much of your beard that you need to trim but that’s ok – you shouldn’t need to.

Beard Styling and Maintenance

When it comes to styling your beard there are a few things to remember. If you want to trim your moustache it’s better to use a pair of scissors over clippers as this will give you far more control and only cuts a few hairs at a time.

Scissors work with facial hair that is slightly shorter. If you’d like to go for short stubble then trim using clippers on the lowest setting. If you’d like to opt for a more corporate look then about one to two months growth should be enough. Use scissors and a beard comb instead of clippers, comb out the hairs to the necessary length and then trim to neaten.

To maintain a beard at this length rinse it thoroughly in the shower daily and apply beard oil. As it grows longer your might notice the hair starting to take on a mind of its own, or that the hairs become wavy or curly – this is completely normal.  After three months, only wash your beard once a month or when needed. At this length a blow dryer will help make your beard look fuller and tidier.

Beard Oil

Throughout the entire process use a moisturiser such as beard oil – this helps to soften the hair and keep the hair and skin underneath healthy. Beard oils also come in a variety of scents to keep you smelling sweet.

Depending on the length of your beard you should use a different amount of oil, in the early stages a few drops will be enough but as your beard grows use around 5-6 drops daily just after showering to keep it pristine.

To use beard oil, simply pour a few drops into your hands and rub them together before gently working the oil into your skin and down towards your beard.

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Beards to Suit Your Face Shape

No matter how long you may want your beard, ultimately it’s your face shape that decides what will suit you. For many men, a square face shape is more desirable than an oval face shape, so facial hair is often designed to reflect this and give off a more masculine appearance.

The most common types of face shape are:

  • Small Face: If you have a small face then it might be best to go clean shaven, a beard will make your face look even smaller. Sorry…
  • Large Face: Grow a full beard that can be styled to make your face look smaller
  • Square: A scruffy beard or a short beard with hard lines will only add to and accentuate your chiselled jawline.
  • Oval: Almost any style will suit your face so take your pick and feel free to be a little experimental.
  • No Chin: If you can grow a beard, which you surely can, keep it full and shaped to create a strong jawline and pronounced chin.
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How to Dye Your Beard

Beard dyes are a great way to keep the hair on your head and the colour of your beard the same. Sometimes facial hair naturally grows a different colour, or a few grey hairs may have crept in that you’d like to disguise, so here are a few simple steps to dyeing your beard:

1. Choose which colour you want. Beard dyes are available in black, white, grey, blue (and most other colours you can think of) and are likely to be semi-permanent. This means that your beard dye will wash out after taking several showers.

A key thing to remember is that beard hair is much coarser and drier than the hair on your head, making it less absorbent.  To get the best match, either choose a darker colour but apply it for less than the recommended time, or choose a dark brown dye that will flatter your face more easily.

2. To prepare your beard, first do a small patch test on the inside of your arm. If your skin turns red or becomes itchy, consider using a different type such as natural beard dye. Never apply shampoo or conditioner to your beard the night before as these products can block colour absorption, leading to an unwanted patch job.

3. Start by putting on rubber gloves to prevent dye from getting on your fingers and hands. Next, use your application brush, or if one wasn’t supplied with your dyeing kit then a toothbrush will do.

Brush the colour directly onto your hair but not your skin – it’s at this point you need to make sure that it’s the exact colour you wanted. For lighter dyes, reapply and remove as per the instructions.

For darker options, apply the dye to a small moist paper towel and check the colour. Once you are happy with the colour, rinse your beard until the water becomes clear. If it’s too dark, it can be removed with a clarifying shampoo.

Natural Beard Dye

If you have sensitive skin then a natural beard dye may be a good option. These are plant based and contain henna, so no chemicals are needed. The application is the same as a chemical-based dye – prepare the powder with warm water with a mixture of two parts powder to one part water. When the dye is applied, allow it to soak in for about an hour – it should last for 4-8 weeks.

Beard Touch-Ups

If you’re only looking for a quick touch-up, a great alternative is a tinted moustache wax. These are normally henna-based and applied just like a hair product. Rub the product in your hands allowing it to warm up and apply to your beard. Afterwards, use a beard comb or brush to neaten and shape your facial hair.

 

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Four Great Wedding MakeUp Looks

You've got your dress, booked the venue and sent out the Save the Dates, but have you thought about what make up look you're going to opt for on your big day?

We've pulled together four key bridal looks for your big day and broken them down step by step.  So whether you're after a traditional look to suit your choice of church and ballgown dress, or you want something dramatic for your hotel-and-slinky-gown affair, our wedding make up tutorials will help you make up your mind...

How to get a beach bride look

Wedding make up Hollywood Glamour

How to get a traditional bridal look

How to get a playful princess bridal look

 


Beach Bride

Whether you're jetting off to sunnier climates for your big day or just banking on the British weather, this sun-kissed beach bride look features wavy hair, bronze eyes and a golden glow. 

How to get the look, step by step...

  1. Cover dark circles with a light reflecting concealer.  Apply in a dabbing motion using a brush or your ring finger.
  2. Apply a fine layer of foundation using a foundation brush for a smooth, even finish.
  3. Swirl on loose or pressed translucent powder.  This will help your base to stay put all day!
  4. Use a bronze eyeshadow (powder or cream) with metallic pigment over the eyelid.
  5. Using a brush, smudge until smoky.
  6. Line the top and bottom eyelids with a brown or black pencil.  Go inside the waterline on the bottom for a really dramatic look.
  7. Apply volumising mascara in brown or black.
  8. Fill in eyebrows with a pencil or powder shade that matches their natural colour - you don't want them to look too "done".
  9. Dust on bronzer over the face, concentrating on the areas the sun would naturally hit: forehead, nose and cheeks.
  10. Line lips with a nude pencil and finish with a nude or coral colour.

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Hollywood Glamour

Add a touch of old school glam to your wedding day with a bold red lip and sultry feline eyes. This look is perfect if your dress has vintage influences.

How to get the look, step by step...

  1. Conceal dark shadows with an illuminating concealer under the eyes.  Use a concealer brush or your finger in a light, dabbing motion until fully blended.
  2. Using a foundation brush, dot a matte foundation over the whole face and blend, making you sure you continue coverage past the jawline for a more natural look. 
  3. Using a large eye shadow brush, apply a natural, shimmery shadow over the whole socket.
  4. Apply liquid or gel eyeliner in a deep black to the outer half of the lash line, starting in the middle and creating a thick line that finishes in a flick.
  5. Add lashings of black mascara.
  6. Fill and shape brows.  You should be looking to achieve a thick eyebrow with a defined arch - those with paler eyebrows may like to choose a shade slightly darker than their natural colour to make your brows stand out.
  7. Line the lips with a bold red shade, then fill in with a matching lipstick.  Using a lip brush will help you to get dense, even coverage and a precise finish.

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Traditional Beauty

Traditional brides will love this classic look, with natural lips, glowing skin and a defined eye.  Complemented with a soft up do, this understated look is both timeless and elegant.

How to get the look, step by step...

  1. Dab on plenty of concealer under the eyes to banish dark circles - the key to this look is flawless, radiant skin.
  2. Buff foundation into the skin until a perfect, even complexion is achieved.
  3. Apply a natural beige eye shadow to the whole socket.
  4. Add a slightly darker eye shadow under the eye to define the bottom lash line.
  5. Draw a narrow line of liquid eyeliner in brown or black onto the top lash line, finishing with a small flick.
  6. Apply mascara - using a zig zag motion will stop lashes clumping and keep the look natural.
  7. Shape brows using a brow brush or comb and fill in any sparse areas with a natural shade of powder.
  8. Dust on a little blusher in a peach or pinky nude shade.
  9. Complete the look with a nude gloss over the lips.

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Playful Princess

The girliest of brides will love this pretty look, where the focus is bright eyes and a pale pink lip, complemented with dewy skin.

How to get the look, step by step...

  1. Use an illuminating concealer to cover under eye circles.  Dab some in the inner corner of each eye to make eyes sparkle.
  2. Use a natural liquid foundation to create a dewy finish on the face.
  3. Apply a light eye shadow in a pale gold or silver over the whole socket - again dab some into the corners of your eyes.
  4. Use a slightly dark shade on the outer 2/3 of the eye, and blend thoroughly using a brush.
  5. Add a fine line of liquid eyeliner to the top lashes, keeping as close to the lashes as possible. 
  6. Roll on mascara, ensuring all lashes are coated.  Curling eyelashes before application will help to made eyes looks wide and bright.
  7. Finish with a pale pink lipstick or gloss for a perfectly pretty pout!

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How To Get Volume in Your Hair

Who doesn't dream of big, bouncy Hollywood worthy hair? Unless you’re a celebrity with a 24/7 glam squad achieving this yourself isn't easy. Fear not, we've put together some great tips to help you get volume hair at home.

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Massage Your Scalp

Your scalp, or more accurately your hair follicles are key to transforming your fine, limp mane into the glamourous hair of your dreams. Massaging the scalp regularly will increase blood circulation to the follicles and boost the strength of the hair roots and plump up thin hair.

Condition Before Shampooing

Conditioner should always be applied after shampoo right? Wrong! Applying a conditioner to your hair before shampooing might not be the normal routine but if you want to create volume to your hair it works. Although conditioner nourishes hair, it also weighs it down, so shampooing afterwards will remove any heavy residues left by the conditioner and leave your hair feeling clean and bouncy.

If you just can't bring yourself to apply your conditioner before your shampoo, then condition only the tips of your hair after shampooing. This will keep conditioner from weighing down hair from the roots.

Switch Your Parting

Keeping your hair styled in the same way forces it to lay flat on your scalp over time. To achieve an instant lift, switch your parting to the other side every couple of months or every time you have it cut. This will create volume and also change your look slightly.

Blow-Drying Tips

Before you blow dry your hair, spritz volumising texture spray into your locks. Tip your head upside down when hair is still wet. Blow dry your hair in this position until it is 60% dry using a big round brush, as this will redirect the roots and create extra volume. Flip your head upright and continue to blow-dry your hair, using your fingers to pick up your roots. You’ll be left with professional looking big and bouncy hair.

Get The Right Cut

Having your hair cut one length will make hair look its thickest. Too many layers will make hair look stringy. Go for something in-between. Opt for regular trims with a few layers added to your hair to create volume.

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Dry Shampoo
Freshly washed hair can often feel too silky and flat. To add volume to clean hair, use dry shampoo on your locks. Flip your head upside down and spritz some dry shampoo all over the roots. Gently rough up your hair, shaking your strands with your fingertips. This will instantly add lift to your hair.

Texture Sprays
Think dry shampoo, hairspray, sea salt spray and backcombing all in one can! Texture sprays are great because they work just as well on freshly washed hair as they do on second or third day hair. A quick spritz on your roots will instantly add lots of volume to your hair without having to backcomb. The beauty of these sprays is that they’re self-setting so once it’s been sprayed on there’s no need for hairspray.

Volumising Styling Powder

This is great for a quick volume fix to your hair. Volumising powders work by creating maximum volume at the roots as each hair strand is texturised by the powder. Simply shake the powder directly into your roots and with your fingertips, massage the powder in to create a big, volumised style.

Backcombing

Backcombing your hair is a sure fire way to create volume and body to even the thinnest of tresses. If done properly, it can create beautiful hold and lift but get it wrong and you could cause some serious damage to your hair. See the step by step guide on How to Backcomb Your Hair for glamorous, volumised hair.

 

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Keeping fit on holiday

Girl exercising by the pool

It can be easy to forget about fitness when you’re on holiday – what with the buffets, cocktail hours, and ice cream. When you find yourself on your 6th day of sun lounging and countless pastries, ask yourself if you want to return home with a holiday glow or if you want to hop off the plane feeling sluggish. If it’s the glow - don’t worry! Our favourite fitness blogger, AJ Odudu, is here to help!

Girl exercising by the pool

In the pool

What’s the point in travelling thousands of miles in the sky if you’re just gonna sit around the pool? You can lie horizontally at home, people! Swimming is one of the easiest ways to burn mega calories (we’re talking up to 600 an hour). It’s super fun, and it’s not gonna strain you – result!

A quick work out:

1. Jog in place: Bringing your knees up high, jog in place for 2 minutes.

2. Squat jump: Squat down (not in the deep end, obvs) with arms extended forwards at shoulder height. Jump as high as possible, raising arms overhead.

3. Bicycle: Lean back against the side of the pool (we’re all good at this) with your arms outstretched on the edge. Once you’re comfy, start pedalling your legs at the surface.

4. Flutter kick: Turn onto your stomach and hold onto the edge of the pool with your arms extended. Kick your legs quickly behind you.

5. Push ups: Hold onto the edge of the pool with your chest almost touching the wall, and your feet facing the ground. Slowly push your hands down and extend your arms (as though you're getting out of the pool) before slowly lowering yourself back into the water.

In your hotel room

If you’re too embarrassed to get your body pumping in the pool, you’ve always got the safety of your hotel room. Everyone knows the best part of your holiday is those couple of hours when you head upstairs to get ready for the evening (aka, lie on your bed eating a share bag of crisps). So why don’t you head up 15 minutes earlier and enjoy your crisps as a post-workout prize?

side plank: toning exercises

A fat burning,body toning, hotel room workout:

1. Crunches: 1 minute. Rest. Repeat.

2. Sit ups: 1 minute. Rest. Repeat.

3. Press ups: 1 minute. Rest. Repeat.

4. Burpees: 1 minute. Rest. Repeat.

5. Plank: 1 minute. Rest. Repeat.

If you’re full of energy, you can repeat the whole workout again. Go wild! Then, you can enjoy your crisps.

On the beach

It’s pretty much impossible to not have fun on the beach. Plus, the extra work your body puts into staying upright on the sand makes it a fat-burning machine. The beach is a win-win. A run along the shore will burn mega calories, but you can make it even more fun with exercises that don’t feel like exercises...

Get your game on

Bring out your competitive side and challenge your friends to games of frisbee, catch, or beach volley ball. You’ll be able to work out your entire body while having a blast. Games are also a great way to make new friends while in a new place. Healthy, sociable, and fun. What’s not to love?

(Try to) resist temptation 

With all the amaze food on offer, it can be tempting to throw in the towel and attack the buffet bar (oops). Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to restrict yourself – moderation is your holiday BFF. Dig into a sundae one day, then pop healthy (but still yum) snack bars into your beach bag the next. Easy peasy.

Cocktails are delish, but delish calorie bombs. Whether you want to lay off the alcohol for a bit, or are counting your calories, you don’t need to miss out. Mojito flavoured water is the perf substitute, plus you can freeze it to make incredible ice lollies without the guilt (and hangover).

A quick tip

Unless you've been living under a rock, you might have noticed a certain trend amongst the influencers of the world...taking your protein on holiday with you.

Whilst packing protein powder in your suitcase might seem silly, it's actually a pretty good idea. If you're planning to get a few quick workouts in, you should make sure you're replenishing yourself properly. Especially in the heat. What better way to do that than with your tried and tested protein powder?!

Finally, know when to relax

Obviously you went on holiday to relax, so don’t obsess over your workouts too much. Heat increases your body temperature and heart rate, leaving less blood for your muscles – so don’t work them too hard or you’ll be in trouble.

Headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, and weakness are all signs of overheating. If you recognise any of these symptoms, it’s time to take a break. Don’t feel too bad about skipping a workout in the first place if you feel a bit weaker – it’s best to stick to your gut. Besides, you’re on holiday, so have fun! Exercise sensibly and enjoy trying all the food in moderation.

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Festival Hair Survival Guide

Young woman making peace signs at a music festival.

Festival season is now upon us. So once you have decided which crop tops or graphic tees you are taking with you, it then means moving the focus onto your hair. Below are tips for you to be able to create and maintain hair, leaving you more festival-chic than festival-eeek!

Pre-Festival

This is likely to be the last time that you have access to a shower and a constant supply of hot water – make the most of it! You want your hair to maintain that just washed feeling for as long as possible but without having to queue for the grotty showers. Here are a few tips to increase the longevity of your hair:
 

  • Savour your pre-festival shower - Wash your hair at the last possible moment, adding a pre-shower moisturising treatment will help with hair maintenance while you’re enjoying yourself. Try not to keep touching it as this will make it get greasy quickly.
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  • Avoid too many products – this is another good way to reduce oil, this includes hairsprays, serums, mousses and oils. Go with your hair's natural texture and create the ultimate carefree look.
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  • Masque your hair – a good tip is to apply a hair masque, these are quick and easy to use (roughly 10 minutes) but most importantly will prevent long lasting damage.
Three best friends at the festival

Day One: Keep It Simple

Your hair is looking and feeling the cleanest, so make the most of it! Embrace your follicle cleanliness and choose a simple loose hairstyle - buns and up-do’s won’t hold as long with super clean hair so save these for day two and three.

Regardless of the day, always carry a dry shampoo with you- this will be a life saver. The mini versions are perfect to slip into your bag.  Not only will the shampoo provide you will voluminous locks, but it also absorbs grease. The ideal time to apply dry shampoo is just before going to bed – whatever time that might be. The general movement while you sleep will ensure the dry shampoo is distributed evenly throughout your hair.

Top Tip: Opt for a headband or ribbon to keep loose hair or a fringe at bay, particularly useful in humid weather.

 

Day Two: Hare-Mare

Hair should still be fairly clean so you have a few styling options that you can go with, on day two work the natural texture and body your hair will have gained overnight.  Loose hair is still a great option but add extra texture by backcombing but remember to keep kinks and grease to a minimum. The best way to avoid grease is to not add any additional product to your hair, however if you must use a little hairspray to keep hair voluminous and in place.

As the day goes on your hair may start to lose volume, if so it’s time to bring out the big guns again. Give you hair a quick spritz of dry shampoo to bring it back to life.

 

Day Three: Go Wild!

Your hair may have lost its shine, and grease and texture you've picked up from partying will be taking its toll, but you can work this look.

If headbands aren't your go to, and the hair on your face is starting to get in the way, then try out a braided look.  By now your hair will have naturally built up some level of grease, regardless of every preventative measure that you’ve taken but this actually works in your favour. Braids are a good way to go as they work better with greasier hair and will help hide dullness.

Three braid styles that you should try are the twisted crown which is laid back yet elegant, the bohemian bun which is super cute if you’re looking to keep your hair up and out of the way and double halo braids that work for both day and night time.

These styles are quick and easy to achieve and if you really want to go wild why not put glitter on your roots? This will cover up the grease and let your hair shine!

Post-Festival

After packing up your dirty clothes and wiping mud from top to toe, you now have to face the festival blues and return home.

The full extent of your partying will be visible in your hair – knots anyone. A heavy duty detangler will help to take out knots that have built up over the three days, use a wide-tooth comb as well to aid in knot removal. In extreme cases apply a leave-in conditioner and let the product absorb for a few minutes, then gently brush from roots to end to detangle.

If you were lucky enough to catch some rays during your festival, you may also find the sun has dried out your hair. Use a hair masque deep conditioning treatment to help replenish your hair to its original condition and shine.

 
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How to Get Rid of Cellulite

Cellulite is one of those pesky problems that can affect women of any age or size. Although it’s thought to be hereditary nearly all women will have some cellulite with the tell-tale orange peel effect most common on the thighs and bum.

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What Causes Cellulite?

Cellulite appears when the fat beneath the skin pushes against the collagen fibres that connect the skin to your muscles. As the fat cells grow or push up ‘pockets’ are created which form the characteristic dimpling associated with cellulite.

There are two main reasons why cellulite is more common in women than in men, the first is that men have a much thicker epidermis than women. The epidermis is the very top layer of skin, with men having a thicker epidermis it means that the skin is more resistant to structural change such as dimpling a common effect of cellulite.

The second is down to the structure of the fibrous bands. Whilst the bands run vertically for women they are in a crisscross pattern for men and are much thicker and therefore much better at keeping fat in place.

It might not be possible to get rid of cellulite completely (sadly there is no magic cellulite cure!) but there are tips and tricks that will help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
 

Eat Healthily

An unhealthy diet might not cause cellulite but a healthy diet is very important in helping reduce cellulite. Toxins from processed and refined foods are stored in fat cells which will make cellulite more prominent. Try to eat foods that are high in water content which keeps the connective tissue strong. Cucumbers, radishes and tomatoes and many other fruit and vegetables have a high water content. A few other foods that will help keep orange peel skin at bay are:

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  • Whole grains: including brown rice and pasta, these wonder grains are packed with antioxidants that help defend against cellulite causing toxins by expelling them from the body.
  • Broccoli: love it or hate it this green veg is full to the brim with vitamins, minerals and most importantly in the battle against cellulite Alpha Lipoic. This substance stops collagen from hardening which leads to cellulite.
  • Oranges: these tasty citrus fruits contain methoxylated bioflavonoids that improve blood circulation and correct cell imbalances, these imbalances can lead to cellulite.
  • Berries: whether these are blueberries, raspberries or blackberries they are all rich in antioxidants which help to flush out toxins from your system. Add a generous portion to a smoothie for a healthy cellulite busting juice.

One thing to try and keep to a minimum is salt, salt causes water retention and fluid build-up which will make the appearance of cellulite worse.

 

Drink Lots of Water

Drinking plenty of water is a good rule of thumb for anyone wanting to lead a healthy lifestyle, a fully grown adult is roughly 60% water. Water helps to keep us hydrated which is crucial to normal bodily function and also helps your body get rid of toxins that naturally build-up.

Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration which means that your body doesn’t have enough water to help flush out toxins that build up in your body. Toxins reduce the skins elasticity and also slow circulation both of which are causes of cellulite.

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A good recommendation is to drink eight glasses of water a day, this will keep you hydrated throughout the day. Avoid alcohol and soft drinks where possible – these are toxin-rich!
 

Exercise

Leading an inactive lifestyle is also one of the leading causes of cellulite, the lack of movement and blood circulation allows fat cells to become stored. Even if you have an office based job that involves sitting at a desk take the opportunity to get up and make a cup of tea, hopefully herbal, or take a walk. This will stimulate circulation and help your body budge those pesky fat cells.

If you are looking to workout, cardio is a great option. Cardio will get the heart pumping and massively increase blood circulation, if done on a regular basis this will help prevent the build-up of fat.

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If the idea of signing up to a gym and using the treadmill fills you with dread then 20 minutes of brisk walking, jogging or swimming roughly five days a week will be enough. Strength training is also important as it helps to tone muscle tissue and reduce fat stores under the skin, the culprit of cellulite. To really target cellulite, focus on the lower body and do exercises such as dumbbell squats, lunges, step-ups and hip bridges. A general rule is to do one set of 10-15 reps three days a week, if you’re consistent it will help to keep dimply skin at bay.
 

Coffee Body Scrubs

Using coffee grounds or a coffee body scrub on your skin will help reduce the appearance of cellulite. The scrubbing action along with the caffeine will help stimulate blood-flow and improve circulation, tightening and plumping the skin and reducing that bumpy look. The antioxidants in the coffee will also increase collagen production.

Coffee scrubs also have numerous other benefits such as reducing stretch marks, psoriasis and eczema.
 

Dry Brushing

You might be new to dry body or skin brushing but its benefits include increasing circulation, unclogging pores, improving your immune system and helping to remove any toxins that your body expels. Body brushing should be done when your skin is dry, so before you shower. Always remember to brush towards your heart as this will improve your Lymph flow – a fluid in the circulatory system that contains white blood cells.

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Start at your feet and work your way up, use either long strokes or small circular motions depending on the area. As the bristles are quite harsh, don’t use them on broken skin such as cuts or bruises or on your face.

The whole process should take roughly 5-10 minutes and if done daily will help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

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Guide to Insoles

Guide to insoles

There are a wide variety of insoles that are worn for various reasons. Generally insoles are worn to make shoes more comfortable, control odour and moisture, absorb shock from exercising or playing sports and also help correct conditions such as over or under pronation where weight is not placed on the foot correctly which can lead to numerous problems.

If you experience foot pain or discomfort, insoles could completely transform your life. This article will explain exactly what an insole is, how over or under pronation could lead to foot pain and what the common types of foot pain.

Guide to insoles

What Are Shoe Insoles?

An insole, also referred to as an inner sole or shoe insert, is a removable strip of material that is placed inside a shoe. As previously mentioned it can be worn for a variety of reasons which include comfort, odour and moisture control and shock absorption.

Initially insoles can be uncomfortable until your feet get used to the added support, however over time it can help correct foot misalignment such as pronation.

The type of material an insole is made out of will affect its use, longevity and comfort. Here’s a list of the most common materials that insoles are made out of:

  • Leather: Very robust and firm with cowhide leather generally being the leather of choice. The insoles are suitable for people that need strong arch support.
  • Rubber: Typically used for shoe lifts rubber insoles come in either a hard or soft form. If you are looking for a sturdy insole that is suitable for constant wear then hard rubber is the best choice. Soft rubber is as the name implies soft, this is generally not as hard wearing but is much more comfortable to the feet.
  • Gel: The newest material of all the materials but very robust, the flexibility and softness of the means that it offers extreme comfort but this often comes at an increased cost.
  • Foam: These insoles are normally made from memory foam, this means that they adjust to the shape of a specific persons foot which allows for a more comfortable fit

 

Pronation

This is the inward movement of the foot as it rolls, this is key to your feet being able to evenly distribute weight and disperse the impact of hitting the ground. The foot naturally ‘rolls’ inwards when in contact with the ground and is able to fully support body weight without a problem.

Supination (underpronation)
People who supinate lack a sufficient inward roll, this means that in the push-off phase most of the work is done by the smaller toes and outside of the foot. This can lead to several foot conditions such as Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis, focusing stretches on your calves, hamstrings and quads will help support your feet.

Overpronation
Those who suffer from overpronation have an overcompensating inward roll, this means that the foot and ankle has problems stabilising and shock isn’t absorbed as effectively. Overpronation can lead to calluses, bunions and runner’s knee however insoles with arch support can help to alleviate some of the additional pressure put onto the feet and ankles.

Whether you underpronate (typically have a high-arch in your roll) or overpronate (have a flat foot) an insole will help stabilise the foot and absorb impact, also look at heel inserts and wraps that add extra support to the feet – this is particularly important if your current shoes lack arch support.

Common Types of Foot Pain

As the feet are under so much pressure its common that at some point in a person’s life they will have foot pain, it can be a result of wearing incorrect footwear, posture or both. The most common types of foot pain that can all be relieved by wearing insoles are:

  • Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis): A pain on the bottom of the heel is likely to be plantar fasciitis, this occurs when the band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot becomes irritated or inflamed. This can happen when too much pressure is placed on the foot and the strong ligament on the bottom of the foot is either damaged or tears. Support or sport insoles are a recommended treatment for plantar fasciitis, these insoles are generally made from harder materials such as rubber and provide increased stability rather than cushioning.
  • Heel Spurs: An abnormal bone growth on the bottom of the heel which is caused by wearing the wrong shoes or an abnormal walk or posture. Many people have heel spurs but it is more likely to hurt if you have flat feet or high arches. Again a support insole will help provide additional stability to the feet helping to reduce pain.
  • Flat Feet (Fallen Arches): This is when the arches of the feet flatten out when standing or walking, in severe cases surgery may be necessary but shoe inserts particularly arch supports or a walking cane or brace will treat the condition.
  • Bunions: A bony bulge along the edge of the foot generally caused by wearing uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes. Anyone can get them and people with bunions often also have hammertoes - when your second, third, or fourth toe bends at the middle joint, creating a hammer-like appearance. Comfort insoles which are normally made from gel are a good option, these will not only absorb shock but also cushion the foot easing pressure off painful areas.

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Showcase: Enertor Insoles

Worn and endorsed by Usain Bolt and created using cutting edge technology Enertor insoles are unrivalled in the market. Enertor  insoles are scientifically proven to improve performance and reduce the risk of muscle injury whether playing sport, running or hiking.

They aren't just for athletes, Enertor insoles can be worn every day to improve support and comfort.

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The D30 Technology

So what makes Enertor insole so special? That would be the cutting edge, patented D30 technology. 

When resting, the particles inside the D30 technology are able to move freely, creating a putty-like texture which molds to your feet. This acts as a cushion for your foot.

Once you begin to move, the particles will instantly lock together, soaking up and releasing energy through the surface of your foot. The more impact you have with your foot and ground, the more protection the D30 will provide for you, supporting your feet every step of the way. As soon as your feet are done with impacting, the D30 technology goes back to a soft putty, creating comfort and support when resting.   

 

Facts and Figures

  • The patented D30 technology within the insoles have been proved to reduce shock by 44%.
  • The materials used in Enertor insoles increase foot function and help with performance with a reported 36% of energy being returned back to the user with every step.

 

Uses and benefits of Enertor insoles

Lack of foot support when being active can lead to serious issues such as plantar fasciitis (heel pain), painful bunions and ingrown toenails. Enertor insoles offer great support for whatever sport you’re looking to get involved in:

  • Football: you’re able to take to the field with quickness and support when using Enertor insoles.
  • Running: you’ll be able to run faster, for much longer, on the track and even in the streets with Enertor insoles.
  • Hiking: with Enertor insoles, you’ll be able to go on an adventure in complete comfort.
  • Tennis: you’ll be able to perform with agility on the court with added protection from Enertor insoles.

Enertor has taken insoles to a whole new level. Even if you thought you never needed insoles before, Enertor will give you that extra power you need to help achieve your goals and take you to the next level.

Give them a go and watch this insole handle the support of your feet to the fullest. Break limits today!

 

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