Go grey!

Dyed grey hair may already be popular among the cool kids, but women over 40 seem to be reluctant to let their hair turn grey naturally. But hipsters have already proved grey hair looks great, so why don’t we embrace it when it happens naturally? In a society obsessed with youth, we reject any sign of ageing. But grey hair in men looks refined and very ‘Clooney’. There’s no reason why we should think it can’t look great on older women, except that society has programmed us to think that. In order to sell hair dye. ITS ALL A CONSPIRACY.

These pictures

should dispel any theories that grey hair can’t look great on older women:

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Werk, Miranda Priestly

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Bizarre celebrity hair hacks

Laundry detergent? Ketchup? Coca cola? Believe it or not these are all products celebrities have used on their hair.

Huffington Post just posted this article about 5 celebrity hair hacks that are questionable to say the least.

Check out the article here

Would you ever try any of these?

Clearasil Review

I remember using these Clearasil Pads as a youth, before I finally went to the doctor for my acne and was prescribed a specialised treatment. But considering what I was up against, they worked pretty hard to clear my skin.

After coming off my prescription treatment a few years ago, I still get the odd breakout. Recently I had one that was worse than ever. Most of my treatments I use now are more cosmetic than clinical but I realised I needed some decent, over-the-counter spot stuff, stat!

I tried various Freederm creams (rubbish) and then remembered that these Clearasil pads held their own pretty well against a 14 year olds acne, so maybe they’d be just what I need now

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Sometimes with adult acne, the teenage products are the best you can get over-the-counter. Each pad is infused with a spot treating cocktail, with active ingredient, Salicylic acid. Just rub over problem areas after washing your face. They’re pretty good at keeping spots at bay and drying out existing spots. But if your skin is really bothering you, the best thing to do it go to your doctor. There are some great prescription spot treatments. However, this product works really well for the odd breakout.

African Black Soap: The Miracle Skincare Product

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African Black soap has long been praised for its miraculous curative effects on acne. After I came across some in my local health food shop/yoga centre I couldn’t wait to try it.

African Black soap is suitable for all skin types and can be used as a replacement for your ordinary face wash. I was skeptical as to how affective a soap could be on my skin. I never really think that my cleanser has any effect on my skin, because we wash it right off! But after a week I can definitely see some positive changes in my skin. My breakouts are less frequent, my scars are faded, and my skin is so soft.

It has a different effect on everyone, and each batch is unique. Therefore you cannot predict how your skin will react. It can be too drying on some skin and it can even burn, so its a good idea to test it on a small part of your skin before you rub it all over your face. Some people like to cut the raw soap with other ingredients such as shea butter to make it easier on the skin.

As well as being great for acne, it is full of antioxidants, it helps fade discolouration, it is healing and has even been known to be great for exzema and psoriasis. It is definitely worth trying.

How to become a mermaid overnight

You will have done this when you were little, but maybe you’ve forgotten about this super neat trick to get mermaid waves over night.

Wash or dampen your hair then braid it however you like. For loose waves, just a couple of braids. But for a more crimped look, try lots of braids. Then go to bed, wake up the next morning, take out your braids and enjoy your new mermaid look.

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If you haven’t got 12 hours, just braid your hair and then run over the braids with a straightner!

Ways to wear green makeup for St Patrick’s day

Green can be a tricky colour for makeup. As an eyeshadow it can look dated. But here are some great ways you can pull it off:

Theres this teal extravaganza

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A classic matte green

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A green with gold and yellow flecks

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A subtle splash of green under the lower lid

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Or mix it with blue for a mermaid feel.

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Then of course, don’t be afraid to go Rihanna…

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Green lipstick looks FIERCE

How to cover acne with makeup

Having suffered from acne in varying degrees of seriousness over the past ten years, I undertand how important makeup can be. With the right foundation routine, you can achieve the semblance of perfect skin, at least temporarily. That’s a big deal when you have acne.

How to cover up cystic acne

This makeup tutorial takes you through one girls routine in covering up her cystic acne. It’s informative, helpful and relatable. If you are struggling with the nightmare that is acne, I recommend this video. You are not alone in your struggle.

Not another nude palette..

You would think that the makeup world was already saturated with nude eyeshadow palettes. Urban Decay alone has three very high profile Naked palettes. But this one is so pretty…

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Its the new YSL NU Couture Variation Palette. There are 10 fabulous colours along the reddish/pink scale of nudes, for just £49 (aka a lot of money). Even though it is pretty damn expensive, if you love brands and you are looking for the perfect collection of nudes then why not splash out. It also comes with a handy double ended brush for flawless application. And when you think about it, 10 YSL eyeshadows for £49 is actually pretty good value.

Of course, there are tons of cheaper alternatives, but if you have the cash to burn, this is without a doubt the prettiest and the fanciest.

Philip Treacy x Mac

Legendary milliner Philip Treacy is branching out into makeup with this latest collaboration with Mac:

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I love it when Mac collaborators actually use colour, and this 12 piece collection looks like it will deliver futuristic, out-of-this-world colour.

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Three great lipstick colours, pressed pigments and the most exciting part: the sea green and blue fluidline gel liners. Its a relief to see a collection that is different from Mac’s already huge range. Often Mac will release a collaboration and it is exactly the same as so many of Mac’s regular products, but in fancy limited edition packaging.  But I predict this line will sell out in minutes.

Philip Treacy x Mac is out in April.