Elsa McAlonan’s Beauty Upgrades: How to prolong blow-dries using dry shampoo
- Elsa McAlonan reveals the best dry shampoos for prolonging blow-dries
- She shares the foundation loved by Margot Robbie and Kourtney Kardashian
- She rounds up the best body sprays for lifting your spirit and boosting energy
WHAT’S NOW & HOW TO DO IT: DRY SHAMPOO
Elsa McAlonan picked out a selection of the best dry shampoos for prolonging blow-dries (file image)
It’s dry shampoo, but not as we know it. Already a must-have for prolonging blow-dries, check out these innovative updates…
For very fine hair, try dabbing with Styledry’s blotting papers
or its solid Dry Shampoo Compact Powder
Non-aerosol versions, such as Rahua Voluminous Dry Shampoo, suit thicker hair and create great texture.
For shiny coloured hair, try Innersense Refresh Dry Shampoo.
Or, to reshape curls or waves in between washes, use Aveda Rinseless Refresh.
But Craig Taylor, creative director at hair salon Hari’s, has a dry shampoo warning: ‘Use too much too close to the scalp, and it won’t work.’
RACE YOU THERE
For a quick, inexpensive and easy way to get a golden sheen just in time for summer, try the new self-tanning range at Poundland — yes, each product costs only £1!
Designed by reality TV star turned beauty entrepreneur Jess Wright, it includes lotions, wipes for a gradual tan, and a hypoallergenic tanning mitt for streak-free, no-mess application.
The star buy is the Jess Wright Beauty Instant Wash Off Tan Shimmer (above), which creates a natural-looking golden colour with a touch of sparkle and washes off easily at the end of the day.
MARGOT’S SKIN PERFECTOR
Margot Robbie (pictured, Kourtney Kardashian and Anne Hathaway all use Oxygenetix Oxygenating SPF30 Foundation
Margot Robbie, Kourtney Kardashian, Anne Hathaway and Kate Bosworth all love Oxygenetix Oxygenating SPF30 Foundation (£45, shopskin.co.uk).
This skincare/foundation hybrid combines great coverage with an oxygenating formula that encourages collagen growth and lets skin breathe. It also contains grape seed extract, which protects against cell-ageing environmental stressors.
Delicate skin around the eyes can end up looking dull and worn out thanks to tiredness, dehydration and pollution. The new Lancome Renergie Yeux Multi-Glow uses red berry and linseed extracts for firmer, smoother and more radiant skin.
IS LIP BALM ACTUALLY DEHYDRATING
Yes, some balms can make lips drier. Dr Rita Rakus, a cosmetic practitioner known as the London Lip Queen, says: ‘Irritating ingredients such as fragrance, menthol or salicylic acid can cause inflammation and hydration loss.
‘This means you need to keep reapplying the balm, which in turn makes lips drier, and that becomes a vicious cycle. A good lip balm will be paraffin, petroleum or beeswax-based, to ensure lips stay hydrated and moisture doesn’t evaporate.’
Try Burt’s Bees Natural Lip Balm
or nourishing L’Occitane Delicious Tinted Balm
3 OF THE BEST: FEELGOOD BODY SPRAYS
RITUALS’ The Ritual of Happy Buddha Hair & Body Mist blends sweet orange and cedar for a zesty yet woody scent that will boost your energy levels and mood.
SAINT IRIS Adriatica Every Body Vitality Spritz uses lemon peel to boost serotonin levels, while seaweed protein will aid collagen production for better skin elasticity.
RAGDALE Hall Be Happy Mist was created by therapists at Ragdale Hall Spa to lift your spirits. The paraben-free formula is infused with mandarin, geranium and eucalyptus.
The bestselling Prada Candy perfume now has a more seductive and mysterious little sister — the new Prada Candy Night.
The original Candy is a sweet and feminine fragrance, but the latest addition has a darker, more sensual scent. It combines notes of bitter orange, neroli and iris around vanilla and tonka bean, which evokes the central smell of the first Candy perfume, while the base notes of cocoa and patchouli add a touch of warmth and depth.
The result is a bright and sultry fragrance perfect for a night out on the town.
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