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5 Tips On How To Care For Your Hair Extensions

Do you already have hair extensions or are you planning to buy them? Well, it is important to know how to take care of your hair extensions to prolong their life, after all, they can be expensive to buy and have fitted.

Taking care of hair extensions is just like taking care of your natural hair! You need to frequently shampoo, condition and apply serums in your hair. You should treat your hair extensions with utmost care just like you do for your natural hair. If you take care of your hair extensions, you extend their shelf life and maintain their look. 


Here are 5 tips on how to care for your hair extensions:

Brush gently

If you’ve hair extensions made up of natural Remy hair or human hair, it is essential to brush your hair extensions regularly. However, you should brush your hair extension with a professional brush to avoid breakage and tangles in your hair. You should brush your hair gently so that it doesn’t stress the hair bonds leading to hair breakage and tangles. Never pull your hair while untangling them as it results in breakage and degraded quality.

Treat your hair extensions like you treat your natural hair to extend their life. Remy couture hair extensions are some of the best quality to apply in your hair.

Shampoo your hair on a regular basis 

Your natural hair needs shampooing frequently and your hair extensions once a week. Choose a shampoo which is gentle and is not at all harsh. A gentle shampoo does not strip the hair of natural oils and maintains your hair's texture. Shampooing your hair extensions is a normal hair care routine which you ought to follow to keep your hair extensions healthy. You should wash your hair gently as it does not spoil the hair extensions’ natural texture.

You should use a shampoo which does not contain mineral oil, sulphates, parabens, alcohol or other harmful chemicals.

Condition your hair often

A nourishing leave-in conditioner makes your hair extensions remain soft, silky and smooth. The conditioner helps maintain the texture of your hair. Instead of applying an ordinary conditioner, you can choose a nutritive conditioner which is made specially to condition your hair extensions. Apply the conditioner in a downwards direction to make your hair look amazing. You can also use a detangler to make your hair tangle-free.

A leave-in conditioner makes your hair extensions remain healthy. Regular application replenishes essential nutrients which makes your hair appear nourished and rejuvenated.

Allow your hair extensions to dry naturally 


It is a proven saying by hair experts that you should not use blow-driers or heat styling methods to dry your hair extensions. The artificial hair drying methods weakens the bond between your strands and makes it prone to breakage and fall. Excessive curling or blow drying will eventually degrade the quality of your hair extensions. It is of utmost importance that your hair extensions should dry naturally and not with any artificial means.

Avoid the use of blow-driers, straighteners, curlers frequently on your hair extensions as these methods lays stress and strain on the bonds of hair extensions strands.

Avoid products that contain alcohol or sulphates

Products that contains alcohol and sulphates are extremely harmful and it is often advised to not to use them on your natural hair. On the other hand, hair extensions require extra care because they do not get nutrients from your scalp. Products containing alcohol or sulphates makes your hair extensions dry and coarse. These ingredients also weaken the bond between your hair strands and depletes the quality of your hair extensions.

These were 5 essential tips on how to take care of hair extensions. If you follow these tips you will make the hair extensions last longer and ensure their health. After all, hair extensions are an excellent way to really transform your look, making you feel confident and beautiful, whatever the occasion.

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Putting The Finishing Touches To Your Wedding

After you’ve booked the venue, sorted out the dress, and arranged the food, you may think there is nothing else to worry about when it comes to your wedding, but the thing is there’s so much more to do. There’s the wedding favours, the flowers, the invites and the envelopes you send them in- I suggest some stunning envelopes from bestbuyenvelopes - and so much more. So how can you put the finishing touches to your wedding? It’s all about the little things, let's discuss.

Sort The Seating Plan



The seating plan at a wedding can be one of the most stressful things to ever work out. Trying to make sure people who don’t get on aren’t seated near each other but also giving people the opportunity to meet new people, it can take some time to get it perfect. Perhaps consider putting together a wedding planning party to help you get it just right.

Choose Your Favours

You know your guests better than anyone else so you will know what makes the best items to use as favours for the big day. Some give a little memento, or a camera to record those special moments, and others a gift of some sweets, chocolates or cookies.  It is important to think about what would suit your guests best and work from there.

Pretty Stationery Is A Must

When it comes to a wedding invite, you want it to make an impression. This is why both the invite and the envelope you send it in have to catch the eye. It can take a while to find the perfect wedding stationery to suit you and your partner’s tastes but once you’ve chosen it, you can get round to undertaking the hard task of working out who to invite - and who to leave off the guest list.

Have You Thought About The Flowers?



You might have thought about the flowers the bride will be carrying but what about the blooms the flower girl will be carrying, as well as corsages for the groom, the groomsmen, and some for the mother of the bride? Also, you need to think about decoration of the church if you are going to get married there and the reception venue. It can be easy to overlook these when arranging the bridal bouquet so don’t forget to start thinking about what flowers you’d like for these.

Don’t Forget The Little Extras

You’ve probably already chosen your wedding cake but what about some little mini cupcakes for guests? Sometimes these little extras, although unexpected, make all the difference. It is all about making your wedding that little bit unique and make it a memorable day, not just for you but for your guests too.

Wedding finishing touches are so important and not to be forgotten. Are you fully prepared for your big day?

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Win A Carry On Suitcase Ends 17/11/19

It's no secret that I love going on holiday. With flights being cheaper than ever, and with the best priced flights with carry on luggage then a good carry on suitcase is important for a traveller.



My carry on suitcase is this one from YNot?, which I was given to review last year. It's a robust suitcase and very useful for short trips away. 



The design makes it easy to identify if I ever have to check it in too, I mean, how can you not spot this Paris design anywhere? So this brings me to the question, what do you look for when you buy a carry on suitcase? 


I look for a sturdy design, one that is lightweight though and easy to wheel. It also helps if it has useful compartments to store things inside as well. I prefer if it's not just a simple shell. 


The Ynot? suitcase has a built-in TSA approved lock so that's super useful too. I think the price has to be a consideration when you are buying a carry on suitcase, but just buy the best you can afford. If it is a small carry on case it won't have to take a huge battering in the hold.

Today on the blog, I am running a competition, in conjunction with the dedicated travel blog I run with my husband Fly Drive Explore, where you could win your own choice of carry on suitcase up to £30 in value from Amazon. If you do not need a carry on suitcase at the moment, you can have an e-gift voucher for £30 to spend on anything you like from Amazon, such as other travel accessories like a good backpack or even put it aside for gifts for Christmas, it's totally up to you. So, enter this competition now, and I wish you all the best on your travels!

Win a suitcase


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You must be 18 + to enter 
Open to entrants in the UK only
One entry per household 
The winner will be contacted within 7 days of the competition ending.
If I do not hear from the winner within 28 days I reserve the right to redraw
The prize is a carry on suitcase up to £30 from Amazon or a £30 Amazon voucher, photo for illustrative purposes only
Please allow 28 days for delivery 
Closing date 2019-11-17 11:59:59 PM
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How Wedding Expectations Have Changed Over Time

recent survey discovered that the duties involved in weddings leave one-third of bridesmaids in debt, so can you imagine the state of the brides and groom's bank balance?

Widely thought of as the best day of your life, over the course of the last few years the pressure to put on a wedding that is extravagant and over the top has increased. People almost expect it. However, I have some good news for you, as wedding trends in 2019 are much more budget-friendly than in the past. From simpler gowns bought from a department store or made yourself on a budget to gorgeous women’s court shoes without all the fuss that take brides from the day ceremony to the evening party. With ever-changing fashions, the expectation of showmanship and expenditure surrounding a wedding has altered over time. Let’s take a look at wedding expectations over the years compared to those of 2019.

Weddings through the 20th century


From 1910 to the 1920s
With the turn of the century came the advent of the wedding gown as we recognise it today. During the 1910s, wedding dresses were more flowing than their structured predecessors. This was also the decade in which dancing became a wedding tradition and the 1920s brought the jazz age and slinky dresses, think The Great Gatsby.  Bouquets got bigger and dresses became more glitzy and glamourous. Weddings in this era started demanding a much bigger budget.

The 1930s and 1940s
During the 1930s and 1940s crisis hit the country and, in turn, wedding arrangements due to the great depression. This meant that brides looked for affordable material and rayon became popular as it was a cheaper alternative to silk. Your wedding date was more likely to depend on your groom’s army schedule than your own desires. Wedding rings became popular for men as a visual way to show your connection to the bride.

The 1950s and 1960s
After the war ended and the economy picked up, wedding expectations began to rise. The chosen styles were still casual with short dresses or tea-length gowns. Grace Kelly’s iconic 1956 wedding set a high standard for this era. Following her lead, gowns started to get more flouncy and elaborate as the decade went on.

The 1970s and 1980s
The 1970s brought a wider variety of wedding styles. Brides of this decade threw expectations out the window and embraced every wedding look from floaty hippie gowns to pantsuits. When the ‘80s came around, Princess Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles in 1981 set the bar. Her famously massive fairytale dress was the envy of brides-to-be across the country. This maximalist style would influence weddings for the rest of the decade.

The 1990s and 2000s
Thanks to the growing number of weddings in pop culture, weddings became bigger and bigger events. Films such as Father of the Bride, Four Weddings and a Funeral and My Best Friend's Wedding all from the 90s cultivated growing expectations around the big day. Typical wedding locations began to change over these decades, with an increasing amount of couples opting for an exotic place to tie the knot. Furthermore, the rise of stately homes and country clubs as a wedding setting added a lot of money to the price tag.

With the rise of social media, weddings began to take on a competitive aspect — the bigger (and the more ‘likes’) the better!


The expectations and trends of 2019


After that whirlwind of wedding day expectations over the last 100 years, the trend for 2019 is a sway towards more low key events.

After the towering expectations of ‘perfect’ days and luxurious events, brides have recently been opting for a more down to earth wedding vibe. Outdoor locations have risen in popularity. Think of boho barn weddings and relaxed park venues. Even beach weddings abroad, where honeymoons are combined with the cost of the wedding don't have to be expensive if you invite a handful of people and have a wedding meal in a local bistro or taverna.

Wedding attire is less formal and more natural, with wavy beach vibe hair, minimal makeup and an unstructured dress. With this more relaxed look generally comes reduced expenditure too. Even engagement rings have become more affordable, with many preferring alternative gemstones to the traditional diamond. Sapphire engagement rings have soared in popularity for example and white sapphires, Moissanite and even cubic zirconia are viable alternatives instead of the traditional diamond ring.

If you are looking into tying the knot but are getting anxious about the cost, fear not! In 2019 you can be perfectly on-trend on your wedding day without breaking the bank. A simple scheme can be beautiful and elegant if done right — you really don’t need all that extravagance, just a beautiful setting and a wonderful atmosphere.

Let me know, if you are married what type of wedding did you have? 

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Slay Your Way: 5 Fashion Accessories That Would Fit Your Outfit

Matching accessories to an outfit is a great way to update your look, and give life to a boring outfit. Pairing accessories to an outfit is one of the best ways to look chic and glamorous too. You just need to know how to mix and match for you to be able to achieve this.

Wearing accessories such as watches, necklaces, and belts can help make your outfit look classy, modern and fashionable. If you want to keep up with the latest fashion trends check this list of 5 fashion accessories that would fit your outfit.

Leather boots for cold weather 



Leather boots are one of the most sought after fashion accessories anyone can wear.
 Leather boots add some class to a look and are long-lasting, that’s why a lot of people search for a good looking pair to match their outfit when autumn comes. Casual outfits will instantly look chic once you pair it with these type of boots. 

Mostly worn during the autumn and winter season as a protection for the coldness, leather boots are great paired with jeans, skirts and casual dresses.

Belts can help

Adding a belt to your outfit can make or break a look. As well as being a useful accesso
ry by tightening loose clothing, a stylish belt can also really add to your look, adding a pop of colour and emphasising your waist.

Choosing the right type of belt to be paired with an outfit is not that hard, you just need to make sure that it will blend well with the rest of the clothes you’re wearing or contrast effectively.

A watch can add class


If you want to keep track of time and look luxurious at the same time, then you should consider buying a nice looking timepiece. Adding a watch to an outfit, especially a well designed stylish watch, can give a luxurious and classy look.

There are a lot of watches that will blend well with any outfit. Omega Speedmaster, for example, is one such watch that can be worn during formal events such as birthdays, meetings, and dates. 

Mini bags are chic

Bags are an essential accessory and most women use them on a daily basis, storing important items like phones, makeup, and your purse. However, using a bulky bag can ruin a woman's look. For a chic stylish appearance consider using one of the mini bags on the market now. 

Whether made of a colourful material or natural soft leather, mini bags are a great accessory, you only need to check out Instagram for photos of bags like this. 

Shawls and scarfs for warmth 


If you’re planning on going out on a chilly night, you better make sure that you have your scarf/shawl with you. This kind of accessory in particular not only helps you keep warm but it can also add beauty to the outfit you’re wearing. Wearing accessories such as this can also make a plain and boring dress look elegant.

Shawls are also known to be one of the trendy accessories perfect for autumn/winter. You can start collecting different designs so that you’ll have plenty of options when you’re planning on going to a certain event.

Takeaway 


Wearing accessories can complete a look and adds personality to an outfit. If you want more tips on how to match a certain accessory to an outfit, you can consider having a style makeover in your local department store.

Let me know, what your favourite accessories are.

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5 Beauty Trends for Flawless Complexion, Hair, and Nails


Looking for a new beauty routine for daily use or just for certain occasions? Check out these ideas below, whether it’s for smooth skin, or beautiful hair and nails.



LED face masks

Light-emitting diode face masks are the new essentials in the facial department, as an at-home repeatable process. According to reports, exposing skin to various types of low-level LED light offers anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial advantages. While blue light is supposed to help combat acne, red waves are expected to penetrate the skin even more and ease inflammation.

Previously only available in professional beauty salons and organisations, this activity has only recently become available as a home treatment. According to Hooman Khorasani, chief of the Dermatologic and Cosmetic Surgery at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, a therapy that involves a mix of red and blue light could potentially help “reduce the size of the sebaceous glands, so you don’t produce as much oil”.

Khorasani shared that by alternating days where this face mask is used, it will prevent overexposure from the red and blue waves so there is less photosensitivity. Just check that the one you get has been approved by a regulatory body before using.

Q10 ubiquinol supplements

Clear skin and general wellbeing are very much linked to drinking enough water. But according to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), 89% of Brits are not drinking enough. Considering that dehydration can cause the skin to become more susceptible to disorders and premature wrinkling, it’s still vital that you consume the recommended 2.5 litres and 2 litres of water a day for men and women respectively.

Other than drinking water, is there anything else we can do? The supplement, coenzyme Q10, could be the answer. Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant that neutralises harmful free radicals (that we're exposed to from pollution and UV rays) and helps produce collagen and elastin to fight the signs of skin ageing. Reportedly, demand for coenzyme Q10 is growing in the cosmetics sector, helping Q10 achieve a predicted market growth of 9.1% CAGR until 2028 — so expect Q10 Cream to rise in popularity in the months and years to come.

Hair perfume

This product has really kicked off during 2019 making it to many of our collections of lotions and potions. Many of us are guilty of spraying our regular perfume onto our hair to make sure we get full coverage of our favourite scent — but did you know that the alcohol in our fragrances actually dries out our hair?

This is the reason for many of us choosing to use hair perfume in order to keep our hair smelling amazing. According to Vogue, hair perfume was a top trend for summer 2018 but since the product has taken to new heights and the product has been so well received that there are now multiple varieties offering everything from de-frizzing properties to UV-protecting elements.

SNS nails

Signature nail system (SNS) is the way forward in the nail department, there is no need for gels and shellac. SNS is a nail-dipping process that utilises a brush-on gel as its base. After, the nail is then submerged in a strengthening powder — in your choice of shade.

SNS differs from all other processes of nail ‘painting’ as there is no longer any need for waiting for your nails to dry as there isn’t actually any paint involved — the powder is what brings the colour. Not only does this make the process quicker and simpler, but SNS nails also have a slightly thinner appearance, making them look more natural, and are strong, yet lightweight.

SNS should be completed by a professional both in application and removal in order to reduce the chance of damage either temporary or permanent to your nail.

Transforming skincare

Many of us choose the use of gels over creams just because of the oily texture creams give. Now, you don’t have to worry about the texture of your skincare products. 2018 and beyond is all about the craze from eastern Asia: melting formulas.

Upon application is when the magic happens. The products change state when in use, solid to liquid and to other textures too! This is not just to make the item ‘quirky’ so that people will buy it, the aim of melting formulas is to be more easily absorbed by the skin and offer a gentler solution to reducing spots and fine lines.

There are generally three types of melting formulae: cleansers, masks, and moisturisers. Using melting cleansers lets the solution adjust to your body temperature quickly, which helps it penetrate your skin and get rid of impurities more effectively while melting masks tend to offer an efficient balance of semi-solid exfoliating and moisturising properties that dissolve on application to clean pores. Unlike cleansers and masks, the melting moisturiser usually has a gel-like consistency that turns watery as it hydrates your skin — eliminating greasy residue and leaving a clean feeling in the process.

Do these take your fancy? You can expect more availability and choice in melting formulas as the trend picks up pace.

What do you think of these beauty trends?

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