24 Jul 2014 13:46 PM | Posted by bh's Olivia Mackinnon
We all know that when it comes to beauty products, one size definitely doesn’t fit all. If it did, there wouldn’t be the millions of products available that there are, and as a result – things would be pretty boring.
It’s for this reason that we started Beauty Appraisal: a no-fluff two-sided review by the beautyheaven team of products that land on our desks. On one side is the review of someone that is perfectly suited to the product, and on the other is a review from someone who didn’t award it full points for one reason or another. The point of the story being that you’ll be able to distinguish which view you’re more aligned with and discover whether or not the product is a perfect match for you.
To kick it off, we’re appraising Schwarzkopf Taft Surfer Chic Texturising Salt Spray. So, is it a beauty must-have?
Liv says… YES
Hair type: wavy, fine strands but lots of them and in relatively good condition.
As someone who has previously had dry and brittle hair, I would be a little nervous to use a product that would mimic the effect of the ocean on my hair. However, over the years I have taken steps to improve the condition of my hair and am now more than happy to let its natural wave shine through.
After using this spray on my hair, I was delighted with the texture, natural wave and volume that my hair experienced – I certainly didn’t predict to get a gorgeous height injection to the crown of my head! The ‘scrunching’ I applied to my hair while blow drying (after spritzing the stuff all over my dry hair) worked to create sea-soaked waves that I never imagined would look as good as they did. I’m converted. So much so that I made a video! Check out my video on how to use sea salt spray properly…
Rosie says… NO
Hair type: dry, damaged, frizz-prone and thick.
When left to dry naturally without any product in it, my hair has a natural wave but can be quite frizzy. Because of this, I’ve always found that I haven’t liked letting my hair air dry as it becomes quite unmanageable throughout the day. While this product definitely added texture to my natural waves, I found that it didn’t really tame my OTT frizz.
I was pleased with my ‘beachy’ waves, and that the product worked to define and hold my natural kink, but once my hair was completely air-dried, my little frizzies came out to play. Next time, after applying this product and scrunching it through, I’ll run a frizz-taming serum or oil through it as well to keep the frizz at bay. While I wanted so much to make this a permanent part of my hair care line-up, it just didn’t really do wonders for my particular hair type.
Which side of the fence do you sit on? Would you be keen to give sea salt spray a go on your hair?
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Love this new type of article! Gotta say I'm with Rosie on this one...salt spray does nothing for my hair.
Posted on: July 24, 2014 (Jul 24, 2014 2:07pm)
I have a sea salt spray and I like it. My hair is really fine and the sea salt spray gives it nice texture. Plus I love the smell of it.
Posted on: July 24, 2014 (Jul 24, 2014 2:09pm)
23 Jul 2014 16:37 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
We’re already big fans of the make-up matching Plum Perfect app and now Schwarzkopf Professional is taking care of our hair as well, with the release of its new Hair Expert app.
The app offers comprehensive ‘hair and scalp diagnosis’ to match you with your perfect hair care products, taking the guesswork out of choosing a hair care routine. So how does it work?
By answering a series of questions about your hair, you’ll get an individual hair profile matched to the hair care regime that will work best for your locks. With product information and images at your fingertips, you’ll be spending a lot less time deliberating over hair care products (or selecting the wrong ones) and more time putting the right ones to work!
Available now on iTunes and free to download, the app also features a salon finder function, which points you in the direction of your nearest Schwarzkopf Professional salon. For all your other in-salon needs, check out the latest addition to our site, salonheaven.
Would you use Schwarzkopf’s Hair Expert app? What other beauty-focused apps do you like?
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Sounds like a useful app, thanks for letting us know!
Posted on: July 24, 2014 (Jul 24, 2014 5:23pm)
Looks Interesting. And it looks like everyone is now bringing out their own apps :)
Posted on: July 24, 2014 (Jul 24, 2014 5:31pm)
23 Jul 2014 15:36 PM | Posted by bh's Carli Alman
You’re getting ready in the morning. You’ve applied your foundation and now you’re looking to add some colour to your complexion. But what do you reach for – your blush or your bronzer?
Tricky situation, right? You almost feel like it’s your own (very, very mild) version of Sophie’s Choice*, where only one will win the glory of enhancing your complexion. It’s also confusing trying to figure out which one you should use, and where.
So here’s a super-quick guide to work out the colour your cheeks should be sporting.
If you want to look sun-kissed:
Go for the bronzer. The brown pigments will give your skin that I’ve-just-spent-a-week-in-the-Caribbean glow and if you choose one with some shimmer in it, it will give your skin an instant hit of radiance.
Apply your bronzer under your cheekbones, around your jawline, by your hairline and on your nose and chin. Lightly dust some on your neck, chest and décolletage for good measure.
Try: Bobbi Brown Beige Shimmer Brick
If you want to contour:
Reach for the bronzer, but make sure the powder is free from any shimmer or glitter. The natural hue will help bring out your angles while adding warmth to your face.
Apply the powder in the hollows of your cheeks – starting at your temples by the top of your ears and blending the colour down to the corner of your lips. You can also apply the colour on either side of the bridge of your nose and at your temples.
Try: benefit Hoola
If you want your skin to look ‘awake’:
Hello, blush! Pink and peach blushes will help give your skin a wonderfully natural flush that almost looks like you’ve run up and down the stairs a few times (without, you know, actually having to do it).
The key to an effective blush application is to keep the colour light and not too pigmented, otherwise you’ll lose that whole ‘natural finish’ thing.
If your face is round or oval, apply your blush on your cheekbones up towards your ears as this will help lengthen your face and add definition. For longer faces, apply your blush on the apples of your cheeks and extend the colour horizontally towards your ears. There are other techniques if your face is square or heart-shaped, and you can read them here.
Try: MeMeMe Blush Me Blush Box in Rouge
If you want an overall natural finish:
Use both. No one actually said you have to use one or the other – we all just seem to weirdly think that’s the case.
If you’re going to use both, just make sure you don’t go overboard with how much you apply and make sure you blend the colour in properly.
Try: Natio Sheer Delight Blush & Bronze Palette
*A novel where a woman has to choose between her two children.
Do you ever get confused about which to wear? Are you more likely to use blush or bronzer?
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I have always worn both. When I was younger I only wore bronzer because I had high face colour.
Great article and tips.
Posted on: July 23, 2014 (Jul 23, 2014 4:46pm)
Some great advise on what I should be doing :)
Posted on: July 23, 2014 (Jul 23, 2014 4:56pm)
23 Jul 2014 10:27 AM | Posted by bh's Samantha McMeekin
We all have a body part that we hate; no matter how many times our friends and partners tell us it looks fine. And as much as we try, this body part can have a serious effect on our self-esteem.
But instead of standing in front of the mirror and feeling down about it, try out these tricks to conquer your most-feared body part and don’t avoid trips to the beach or that skimpy dress anymore.
Photos: stand with your hand on your hip and flex. This position makes your arm look as slim as possible, as opposed to when it’s pushed against your side.
Wear: a fitted black blazer: it will go with everything you want to wear (dress, jeans, skirt and top) and will keep all the attention on the rest of your outfit, while creating a slimmer visual. Long and flowing kimonos are also a very flattering to wear over your bathers in summer.
Top tip: Tan strategically. Hold your arm out straight and flex so you can see your muscles. Apply an extra layer of tan where the contours are for extra definition.
Photos: sit with your ankles interlocked and you knees resting to one side. Kind of like the Queen. This will hide your thighs completely from view.
Wear: skirts that fall from the waist and flow outwards. Tight skirts will only emphasise the size of your thighs. If you have thin calves, favour midi skirts over a maxi to show them off.
Top tip: start incorporating plie squats into your exercise routine. They’re similar to regular squats, but your knees are facing outwards, targeting your inner thighs.
Photos: always stand up straight. Bending your knees, crouching or arching your back can make your bum stick out further.
Wear: invest in a good pair of slimming underwear, and for trips to the beach stick to high-cut briefs. Don’t try to cover your bum with high waisted or boy legs bottoms as this will only make it look bigger. In this case less is more.
Top tip: start dry brushing before your shower. It will help to prevent and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Photos: pull you shoulders back and suck your stomach in slightly. Turn partially sideways to the camera, placing one foot in front of the other.
Wear: tops and dresses that are tight around the bust and then flow outwards are excellent for hiding a round stomach. Partner with a pair of skinny jeans or a tight skirt to draw attention to your more favoured body parts.
Top tip: add chilli to meals where possible. It helps to boost the metabolism for a flatter stomach.
What is your best body confidence tip? Do you strategically choose clothes based on your body shape?
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I definitely have to work on my belly, I have a little pot. My arms could do with a bit of toning also.
Posted on: July 23, 2014 (Jul 23, 2014 11:28am)
Posted on: July 23, 2014 (Jul 23, 2014 11:31am)
23 Jul 2014 16:33 PM | Posted by bh's Beth England
Photo credit: DEEPANJAN MUKHOPADHYAY from kentucky.com
An American college student, Annie Gauru, did, so she resolved to go make-up free for an entire year in an experiment many women wouldn’t dream of pursuing.
The 20-year-old hoped the experience would change her perspective on beauty and self-worth. Seven months in, she’s been barefaced for 200 days already.
In a candid article relaying her experience thus far, Annie says she’s often been “tempted to quit” and that contrary to the popular belief men prefer women with less make-up, her all-natural look has made it difficult to attract guys. “I found that most guys thought that they preferred women without make-up, but subconsciously, they were attracted to those who had used makeup in a subtle way,” she said.
Although the experience has been difficult at times, Annie says her attitude toward her appearance has definitely changed for the better. She said: “I still don’t exactly see myself as beautiful, but I care a whole lot less. I’ve started relying more on my other assets.”
While she still hasn’t decided yet whether or not she’ll return to using make-up next year, we think the girl deserves a huge round of applause just for making it to the 200-day mark!
Would you be able to go make-up free for a year?
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All the earlier comments were deleted for some weird reason...so re-posting my comment again.
She looks gorgeous without make-up, I am surprised she has trouble attracting guys.
Posted on: July 23, 2014 (Jul 23, 2014 4:42pm)
I used to wear makeup for work and special functions. Now I don't need to wear it, I miss it and am excited when the opportunity to wear it presents itself. Not quite at the wearing it for no reason ... yet.
Interesting article and experiment.
Posted on: July 23, 2014 (Jul 23, 2014 4:45pm)