Back To School With Claire’s

Even though it only seems like yesterday since we were celebrating school being out for Summer, the reality is there are only two weeks left of the current school holiday and then the kids will be back to school again. If the uniform is sorted, you may now be at the stage of sorting all the other paraphernalia associated with ‘Back to School’, from school bags, stationary, water bottles and general accessories. If this is you, then Claire’s is a great place to visit.

Claire’s has always been a great place to look for pretty and fun accessories which work at any time of the year, but their back to school collection is pretty impressive too, with a great range of stylish and roomy school bags, hair accessories that range from neat and sensible (scrunchies are back folks), to the fun Jo Jo bows that may well suit little princesses who want to add a bit of personality to their uniform. They also have stationary that is great fun as well as practical, check out the pineapple erasers and furry notebooks which are just fabulous.

The Minions have once again been a big story this summer with the release of Despicable Me 3, and a Minions print water bottle is the perfect way to make sure your little ones keep hydrated through the school day. Many schools now have water coolers or fountains and encourage the drinking of water, even in lessons, so these are a perfect way to ensure your child has a drink.

Claire’s has some great offers on too where you can get discounts, 3 for 2 and even a whopping £10 off backpacks. See below for all the current offers.

 

Offers

Offer – Extra 15% Off Back To School*
Duration – 2nd Aug – 16th Aug

Code – CLASS15
Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to products on the Back To School landing page.

Offer – £10 Off Backpacks*
Duration – 17th Aug- 13th Sep

Code – BACKPACK
Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to backpacks on the Back To School landing page. Can not be used in conjunction with any other offer

Offer – 20% Off Back To School Hair*
Duration – 31st Aug – 13th Sep

Code – HAIR20
Exclusions – *Whilst stocks last. Applies to hair on the Back To School landing page.

Luscious Locks: How to Protect Your Hair When You Straighten It Every Day

Does your go-to hairdo require straightening every day? A lot of women (and men, too) prefer hairstyles that entail a bit of maintenance. If you love to wear a hairstyle that you flat-iron daily, be sure you don’t wreck your tresses in the process. Read on to learn how to protect your hair from heat damage and chemical harm.

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Thank heredity for your hair

The manner in which a strand of hair behaves is based on a number of factors. One of the biggest influences is genetic. If the genes you inherit from your parents point to waves and curl, that’s likely the sort of hair you will have.

According to Popular Science magazine, DNA explains roughly 90 percent of curly hair. The other ten percent involves the shape of the follicle from which a living hair emerges. If the follicle is symmetrical, the hair that comes from it tends to be round and straight. If the follicle is asymmetrical, the hair that emerges will be oval shaped and therefore curly. Distribution of keratin and other proteins also contributes to the way an individual hair is shaped. Frizz is a day-by-day occurrence and may be influenced by humidity, hormones, medications, and other temporary conditions.

 

You’re not stuck with the hair you were born with

The science of hair genetics would be fine and dandy, if everyone was content to walk around all the time, every day, all week, forever, with the shape of hair that they were born with. The thing is, people like to switch things up, follow fashion trends, and generally have fun with their hair, clothes, and overall appearance. For this reason, implements, tools, and hair products have been devised that can take a lady’s locks from bone-straight to wildly curly, and vice versa.

If you were born with naturally curly hair and want to wear it straight for the day or night, expect to invest a bit of time. Start by washing your hair and giving it a good conditioning to prep your hair for the assault of heat straightening, advise beauty pros at Livestrong magazine. Don’t use a blow dryer on hair, but do use your fingertips to work a few dabs of heat protective product throughout damp locks to the ends. Some women prefer a spray-on heat protector; some like a gel or cream. It really doesn’t matter, just as long as you shield your tresses from the heat you’ll use to straighten your hair.

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Amazing argan oil

If you choose to use a professional flat iron, argan oil could be your hair’s best friend. Obtained from a nut that’s native to Morocco, argan oil contributes to strength, moisture, and luster to hair, especially hair that is subjected to the rigors of heat straightening or curling. Safe enough to eat, culinary grade argan oil has been enjoyed as a breakfast food in northern Africa for eons. Today, women around the globe are catching on to the beauty benefits of hair and skin care products fortified with natural Moroccan argan oil. Where argan trees are indigenous, they provide shelter, food, medicine, and erosion protection. Ecologically sound and sustainable, argan oil does no harm to the tree nor to the land where nuts are grown and harvested for beauty and hair care oil.

Argan oil provides beneficial amounts of numerous essential fatty acids, including oleic acid, linoleic, and palmitic fatty acid. Argan oil also offers a significant amount of vitamin E and other hair- and skin-friendly nutrients. If you’re like many folks who try argan enriched hair care products, you may find that a regimen comprising shampoo, conditioner, leave-in treatment, and smoothing mask makes your hair look and feel its best, no matter how many times you straighten or curl. Be sure to use an argan oil enriched thermal protection spray before you fire up your flat iron, as well.

If you want your curly hair to behave and stay straight when you iron it, be sure not to shampoo too often or too much. Curly hair is naturally dry, say beauty editors at Bustle. Shampoo no more than thrice a week, and when you do, focus the foam at the roots.

Argan oil is a good hair conditioner, but you don’t want your hair to ‘get used to’ one specific product. For this reason, be sure to alternate argan with other soothing hair care oils, including coconut, avocado, shea nut butter, and palm oil.

 

Jay Bell is a hair stylist who loves to gossip and discuss hair and beauty secrets with clients. He is now sharing his tip tips around the internet with his hair and beauty articles. Aside from work, Jay lives with his partner by the ocean and dotes on his 2 small dogs.

5 Budget tips to choosing the best type of wedding ring for your future husband

Rings are the symbol of you and your future spouse’s love for each other. And if you’ve made it your mission to choose the perfect wedding ring for your husband, you know that there are many factors to consider when you begin shopping for the perfect ring for him.

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One of those, of course, is the budget. If you are the only one paying for his ring, there are ways that you can save money but still be able to buy one that would be perfect for him. Check out some of the tips that you can follow below.

  1. Canvass for the ring early – you can even start looking for a ring as soon as you get engaged. While you should not buy one immediately, by looking at your options for style and design, you are giving yourself enough time to actually set aside a budget for the ring that you have set your heart on. There is no standard on how much money you would need pay for the ring, but if you’ve seen one that you know is perfect for your husband but way out of your budget, for now, you will still have time to save.
  2. Set a budget for the big wedding suppliers first – weddings cost money, a lot of money. To see just how much budget you have for the ring, the best thing to do is set a budget for the other wedding suppliers that you know will be expensive. It may be the catering, the flowers or even the venue. What’s important is that you already have an idea of the total wedding costs and then you can see how much money you can spend on the rings.
  3. Stick to your budget – there may be times when you might be tempted to spend beyond what you have set aside for the rings, but don’t do that. Remember that the wedding will not only be centered on the rings, and if you go over the budget, then suddenly find yourself in an emergency situation where you need to pay more to other suppliers, you will regret spending that extra money on the rings.
  4. Get a ring that matches his personality – the perfect ring for your future husband is not the most expensive one, but the one that fits his personality the most. If your husband does not like ostentatious things, go for a simple design. Choose his favorite stone or his favorite color, just make sure that the ring is something that he would still want to wear every day.
  5. Go for a more simple design of your own wedding ring – since wedding rings are for couples, it would be a good idea that men’s wedding rings should match the women’s. TO make it easier for you, you can just choose a design taken from your own wedding band, but done in a simpler manner. Maybe you could put fewer stones or none at all if your husband is not a fan. Just make it unique by adding a personal touch such as a personal engraved message for your future husband.