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    13 MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR SUMMER

    Summer is finally here and whilst it feels as though we have been waiting forever and a day for some sun, we have still somehow found ourselves a little, well, unprepared. After all, when have we ever had 20 degrees in May... in the UK?!

    The unexpected heatwave has got us slightly giddy for our summer hols away, lounging around the pool, sunning ourselves on the beach, sipping on cocktails, ahh bliss. Now depending on whether you are flying off or staying put (with these kind of temperatures, we dont blame you!), you need to get your summer essentials sorted now. With so many beauty products launching on what seems like a daily basis, its hard to not give in and stick to buying only what we truly need. Although that new eyeshadow does look beautiful, unfortunately we have got a holiday to pay for! Instead we are stripping it back to the basics for Summer 18. Limiting ourselves to only spending money on our top 13 summer essentials, our holy grails if you like. Best of all, they all fit in our suitcase!

    WARNING: Unless you couldn't tell by looking at the products above, everything is coconut scented.. so if you aren't a fan, unfortunately you're in the wrong place.

    Firstly we have to talk about our must-have summer fragrance, Estee Lauder's Bronze Goddess, if you aren't like 99% of the female population and run to get this every summer, you are seriously missing out. To us, when we give this a spritz on ourselves we are immediately transcended into summer mode.

    Same goes for Hawaiian tropic's tanning oil, are you even on holiday if you aren't slathered in this? A gorgeous coconut scented dry oil that doesn't leave you feeling sticky and gives your body a gorgeous sheen on the beach.

    Of course you have to stay protected with SPF, because we are just looking for a summer glow, not premature aging! Our favourite facial SPF has got to be the one from the lovely French pharmacy brand, La Roche-Posay, lightweight, non-sticky and doesn't clog our pores, perfect.

    Clinque's moisture surge face spray has got to be the most satisfying refreshment when your skin feels hot and dehydrated from the heat. This is most definitely a permanent fixture in our beach bags, it is also amazing if left in the fridge overnight. 

    Of course our Body Shop coconut body butter has got to come on holiday with us! Whilst not directly marketed as an aftersun it does an amazing job of cooling us down and moisturising our skin after a long day at the beach. Again, the fridge is the best place to put it, cause who needs food in there anyway?

    Lastly for the body is a Shimmering Body Oil, there is so many new to the market this year, obvious one being Fenty's body lava and ther is so many more gorgeous ones to choose from. Our favourite however has got to the Nuxe one, a beautiful dry oil that sinks in super quickly and isn't too sparkly or glittery.

    For our makeup on holiday and throughout the summer we love to keep it simple. On holiday it is the bare minimum, it is far too hot and too gorgeous outside to be wasting time getting ready. Instead we get our eyebrows and lashes done before hand so the only thing we have to worry about is skin and lips. We love to take sheet masks with us on our travels as they are super convenient and a lovely pick-me-up. They are more than necessary after a long flight and are perfect to pop on after a long day at the beach before getting ready to go out for the evening.

    As we said its all about the skin on holiday and the Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzer buffs in beautifully as a bronzer and a little contour with minimal effort. Becca have also released a travel sized highlighter duo aptly named 'Lit from within kit' which contains their best-selling Backlight Priming Filter and Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter in Opal. Again, super easy to throw on for a gorgeous effortless glow.

    Lastly for makeup we love a bold lip, and this year it is all about orange lipstick! Pair with tanned glowy skin, bold brows and a minimal eye and you're good to go looking like a goddess. Other than that it would be a simple clear gloss.

    Now for the all important hair products that most of us used to forget. After too many damage control trips to the hairdresser after our holidays, we have finally learnt our lesson. Phillip Kingley's Sun Shield is perfect to spritz all over for UV protection, better still it protects your hair from all the chlorine and salt water, and did we mention it also nourishes and smoothes hair helping to control frizz? Yes... we think you need it too.

    When it comes to styling our hair after washing it before we head out, we are not the type of women to stand there for an hour blasting the pathetic hotel hair dryer on our already dry hair. Instead we have two go to hair styles, first one being to throw a bit of Redken's beach envy volume spray in our hair, to help us achieve the perfect beach waves after letting our hair air-dry. Alternatively we slather our hair in a gorgeous coconut smelling hair mask (whether it specifies 'leave-in' or not) to help repair and sooth, as well as control frizz and simply slick it back into a chic low bun. This gorgeous Coco&Eve hair mask also comes with pretty compact tangle teezer, perfect for your travels.

    There you have it, 13 must-have products for your summer holidays, that we simply can't live without. Let us know in the comments below some of your favourites that we have missed from our list!

    HAIRSTYLES SET TO BE TRENDING IN 2018

    It's a whole new year and as we discussed in our last post, with it brings the opportunity to reflect on yourself, our current life situations, our careers, our love lives... But one other thing that we are also grade-A professionals at is assessing is our looks. And maybe it's about time for a new do?

    We are going to be running you through some of the hottest celebrity and influencer hairstyles that are set to be massive in 2018.

    With the likes of Shay Mitchell (one of our ultimate hair crushes) and Kim Kardashian loving the super sleek straight long hair towards the end of 2017, then of course it is only a matter of time before we all want their look (who wouldn't?!). For this sophisticated, stylish and ultra polished hairstyle the only thing we recommend is lots of heat protectant and hair serum to combat breakage and flyaways.

    After the ombre came the much softer balyage and now, we are ever so sorry to say, goodbye balyage... and hello ribbon highlights! Much more subtle, ribbon highlights offer a little dimension and lift whilst still keeping your hair a rich brown shade, ultimately making you a little less blonde in 2018. Celebrity hairstylists assure this is going to be the next big trend, so jump on it first and be a trendsetter!

    Brigitte Bardot eat your heart out! These stunning side swept bangs will give your face an overall softer flattering touch and best of all, they suit every face shape, winner! The gorgeous vintage french actress vibes are set to be huge in 2018 and styled up with modern clothing you will be looking very insta-influencer.

    An effortless stylish super high ponytail is what all the it girls have been rocking in 2017 and its about time we all caught on. Shay Mitchell, Zendaya, Candice Swanepoel, Hailey Baldwin, the Kardashians, as well as all your favourite Instagrammers, the list is really endless... Keep it super straight and slick with some extra extensions for extra volume and length or make it super tousled and messy for a gorgeous tousled look. Simple!

    Now we know you have all just mastered the messy top knot but now you just need to achieve the same perfectly placed, gorgeous it-girl bun, but lower. For major inspo and some easy tutorials follow @kristin_ess on Instagram, hairstylist for the likes of Lauren Conrad, Jenna Dewan and Lucy Hale... need we say more?

    For 2018 you need to get yourself some hair accessories! Cute hair grips, fasteners, rings, silk wraps, ribbons, even headbands Blair Waldorf style. Get a little creative this year and the key is to make sure they are all very pretty. They are also amazingly non-committal, just in case you regret trying something new half way through the day.

    Let us know in the comments below which hairstyles you are going to give a try or if there are any others you're dying over that we haven't mentioned.

    EASY HOLIDAY SEASON MAKEUP LOOKS

    The holiday season is here and we couldn't be more excited! With Christmas parties, champagne, gifts and roast dinners all coming our way, there isn't much to dampen our Christmas spirit. However, what has us less than excited this season is that dreaded 40 mins max window we have to get ready from our dreary rolled out of bed selves (it's December after all...) and transform into gorgeous Christmas party elves. So we thought it would be a wise idea to get together some ideas for quick and easy Christmas party makeup looks we can do in a hurry. We needed several, as we still have no idea what we are wearing... help! (nethertheless, that's tomorrow's stress). And so, of course we wanted to share in the hopes of helping you ladies out as well. 

    We are all (somewhat) capable of a basic smokey eye, a quick dark eyeshadow blended all over is easy enough and definitely something we can do in a hurry. To give it a little Christmas party touch add a subtle sparkle either in the centre of the lid with a shimmer eyeshadow or you could put some glitter in the inner corner to make more of a statement. Finish the look off with a simple nude gloss and you're good to go!

    Ahhh the classic red lip, a perfect go-to for when you're limited on time. It instantly makes you look like you've put more consideration and effort into your look, when, well, you really haven't, winner! The fact we can also pass it off as a Christmas themed look makes it even better. Get yourself a glitter liner and you can easily make it that bit more glamorous.

    We absolutely love! this monochrome vampy berry makeup look. A super easy quick look to do, blend the dark berry all over the eye, swipe on a dark lipstick and you're good to go. This makeup look mixed with lots of dainty gold jewellery and there you have it, showstopper vibes with minimum effort.

    The quickest way to look party ready is glitter... however it can get messy just as quick. The best idea is to stick to soft pinks and silvers so it doesnt look horrendous if some of it kindly decides to not stay exactly where you put it. A dust of pink shimmer/glitter on the lid and a super shimmery pink gloss will have you party ready in no time.

    If you're brave enough then the easiest way to look like a makeup queen in the space of half an hour is to use a bold pop of colour. A green smokey eye definitely switches it up from the typical brown smokey eye and it surprisingly looks good on most colourings. The best part of it is you can go as subtle or as bold as you, for more subtlely just add some green eyeshadow onto the centre of the lid, you know on top of your typical brown smokey eye... (we are not judging). Or different shades of green to create a full blown committed green look, and as with the red lip it is perfect to pass off as a festive colour.

    Hopefully this helps inspire some ideas for you to try in your mad rush to get ready and will have you looking like the belle of the ball at your Christmas party. Let us know in the comments below if try any of these looks.

     

    AUTUMN & WINTER HANDBAG ESSENTIALS

    When it finally hits the time of the year, that the sun is no longer shining and we aren't concerned with only packing a pair of cute sunnies, it's officially time to give our must-have handbag essentials a much needed update. Unfortunately our carefree, relaxed attitude is long gone, along with last rays of sunshine and we can no longer leave the house with just our phones and bank card (and of course the aforementioned pair of cute sunnies).
    Instead we now need a lot more things quick to hand at a moment's notice, so we have compiled a list of our essentials that, trust us, you need this Autumn and Winter. And while our handbag contents may now have tripled, we promise we wont actually make you pack the kitchen sink!
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    A fold-up umbrella
    An obvious one, but ultimately one we have been caught way too many times without! A mistake we are not in any rush to make again. Which is why it has made it straight to the top of our list of essentials, if only to serve as a reminder to ourselves on a daily basis. If you are well and truly traumatised by previous experiences (we most definitely are! - that Bridget Jones scene when she was soaked to the bone, right before she stormed into Mr Darcy's office to declare her undying love, you know the one... - yes, we have been that kind of drenched before now!). Then you may be more than happy to commit to a full (non-fold-up kind) of umbrella. The ones that unfortunately don't conveniently fold up into our handbags, but whilst not the most practical, they are slightly bigger, more durable and overall better quality a lot of the time, that it may be worth investing.
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    Tissues
    Moving on to the other highly un-glamorous essential you will find currently residing in our handbags, tissues. An absolute must this time of year! You don't want to find yourself in the horrifying experience with your nose running like a tap (it happens) and no tissue in sight to save the day. Tissues are also super useful for the ridiculous watering eyes we also seem to find ourselves experiencing around this time of year, someone care to explain what that is even about? All we can tell you is that black mascara running down our faces is not a cute look.
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    Lip balm
    Ahh the season of pumpkin spiced lattes, holiday spirit, cosy knits, and oh yes, dryness. Lots and lots of dryness. Honestly it feels as though we give up all our moisture in exchange for the happiness everything else these seasons bring us (sadly a sacrifice we would be more than willing to make). Dry cracked lips however is just not something we are content with having, so instead we have copious amounts of lip balm to keep them soft and moisturised. We also love a good lip scrub to make sure we are removing any dry skin beforehand, for the best chapped lips combat routine.
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    Hand cream
    Unfortunately our hands also suffer from the painstaking dryness this wonderful season brings, so we always make sure we have some hand cream on hand (sorry! we had to...) throughout the colder months. With so many to choose from it is also super easy to find a scent that you adore, that will make you want to re-apply it multiple times a day (or hour, who are we kidding).
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    Hair serum & hair brush
    No matter how much time you spend doing your hair in the morning, if your commute includes any sort of exposure to the elements, then your masterpiece is ultimately going to be destroyed. All it takes is a strong gust of wind for your beautiful bouncy blow or perfectly polished beach waves to become a horrifying static tangled mess. This can easily be rectified however with a little anti frizz hair serum and a hair brush, both of which you can get in small compact versions, so we suggest you forget neither!
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    Makeup essentials
    Again, same scenario as your hair, if you find yourself in an unexpected catastrophe, you need something to help rectify the situation. If you aren't someone who likes carrying your whole makeup collection around with you (who does?) then our essentials would be:
    Mascara - for those times we previously mentioned, when your eye decides to water uncontrollably and kindly takes all of your mascara off for you... er, thanks?
    Eyeliner - unless you're purposefully going for the smudgy kohl look, then messy eyeliner is never a good look (and you can't pass it off as purposefully smudgy eyeliner, when it isn't, believe us!) so as the saying goes, better safe than sorry, pack it just in case.
    Powder - easier to apply and more convenient to carry than your liquid foundation, this is a necessity for the times when your foundation has decided the inside of your beanie requires more coverage than you do. A cream compact foundation is also amazing to have in this situation, for those of us who are simply just too dry for any more powder.
    Lipliner - instantly helps gives you a more polished look and blended in with your trusty lip balm it helps add a bit of colour on the days you just couldn't bare to put your favourite matte (aka drying) lipstick on.
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    Hand sanitiser
    Now we know we are showing a lot of love to our hands and you're thinking surely I dont need to lug around several products for my hands alone... but at this time of the year, just in case you weren't aware, everyone is getting sick. Unless you want to be stuck inside with a case of the sniffles all weekend (because guaranteed it hits the hardest in your own time and not during work) then we highly suggest you have some hand sanitiser readily available for when someone sneezes or coughs a little too close to comfort.
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    Perfume Sample
    We love a good sample, who of us doesn't? Amazingly last year most of the popular scents actually had a small 10-15ml tube of the perfume specifically designed for your handbag within their perfume Christmas gift sets. While they don't last forever they do give us a much needed pick me up in the afternoons and are a lifesaver when you accidently overslept and forgot to spray perfume before you left the house. If you don't yet have a signature scent then we wish you luck in your hunt for 'the one' with all those tiny 2ml bottles they give you in boots. After all, Christmas isn't for nearly another 2 months yet... those little bottle can last you (especially if you pick up some more from a different sales associate than last time).
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    Gloves
    While temperatures haven't yet hit freezing, we are not far off and it's better to be prepared and get a cute pair of gloves before all the good ones are sold out! We actually have launched some gorgeous winter accessories this year at Pretty You, that we think you ladies would love! Some gloves have super soft luxurious faux fur and we have a pair of glamorous sparkly embellished handwarmers, as well as some beautifully wrapped sets. Get yours ready for when the cold well and truly hits, as blue fingers are most definitely not cute!
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    Diary/Planner
    Let's be honest when it's cold and miserable outside we don't want to go anywhere we don't absolutely need to be, we want to be cosy at home in our slippers and loungewear as much as physically possible. The best way to manage this is to stay organised! Where do we need to go, what do we need to do and what do we need to get. Keeping this all organised and written out in a diary/planner clearly really helps us stay focused and manage our time most effectively, as it is a high priority that we fit all of our Netflix binges in, obviously.
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    Let us know in the comments below if there is something you can't leave the house without during the Autumn and Winter months that we didn't include! Because no doubt we will need to...

    AUTUMN MAKEUP

    Autumn is officially here... which means we can finally start wearing all of our cosy knits, drinking cups of warm tea on a continuous rotation and of course, we get to start rocking our favourite autumn makeup looks.
    Now while each season comes with weird and wonderful wacky makeup trends, let's be honest we are only going to start incorporating the most wearable ones into our day-to-day look. So we have rounded up the old faithful classics and the new brave (but do-able) trends all into one place for you.
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    Ahh the classic autumnal bold darker lip, how we have missed you, old friend! Clearly this is nothing new, however we consistently go back to this each and every year. Whilst some of you may be thinking 'I can't possibly pull off a red lip!' we got news for you, you can! As with foundation, not having the right undertone, can turn any hot fire look into a hot mess in 2 seconds flat. So be sure to experiment with different tones and find the one that compliments your colouring best, you know, exactly how you did with those 400 nudes you own...! However if you just really don't think red is your colour, then don't skip out on the look altogether, instead try a muted brown or berry colour.
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    Ok let's be honest, our autumnal 'warm smokey eyes' are essentially, near enough identical, to what we have done all throughout summer, only thats our 'bronzed goddess' looks. So we use slightly more orange-y, redder colours in the autumn and more bronze-y, golder colours through the summer. Yes we may use the exact same eyeshadow palettes, and yes, sometimes even the exact same eyeshadows but they are utterly, completely, totally, different looks. Honest.
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    This has got to be one of our favourite things about Autumn makeup... lots and lots and lots of blush. Whilst a lot of us still wear it throughout the summer, we certainly don't pack it on to the extent of what we do bronzer, because it looks less youthful and cute, and more sweaty and hot. So needless to say in the colder autumn and winter months is when blusher really has its time to shine. Flushed rosy cheeks bring a super youthful and glowy look to the skin and better still it makes super minimal makeup look perfectly polished off.
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    Brows have been a huge trend over the past few years and in that time they have gone from perfectly arched, not a single hair out of place, to messily bushy, to then even squiggly?! This Autumn we are still loving a good strong thick brow but if you want to stay super on trend fill some hairs in underneath your natural brows to create a more straight, less arched brow as seen in the images above. Whether you prefer them more clean and sharp looking or more natural and messy, whether you prefer filling them in with pomade, pencil or powder, ensure to invest in some eyebrow gel. This adds that extra needed volume and keeps your brow hair in place all day long.
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    There were tons of pops of colour all over the lids at the AW17 shows, usually a mono colour, including purples, reds, oranges, greens, basically the whole rainbow. However it was much more editorial looks on the catwalk that we couldn't in a million years pull off going into the office. So instead we have found softer smokier looks to incorporate the colour trend, however admittedly these will more than likely be reserved for nights out. We love a little experimental colour and this is the perfect way to make a statement but the thing we love most about this trend is that you can make it as subtle or as bold as you want. With full blown party season quickly appraoching we think we know which one we are going to lead towards...
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    Hopefully this helps inspire you into trying something a little new with your makeup as we transition into the colder months and let us know in the comments if you try any of these out!