Christmas Beauty Crackers

Christmas Crackers are getting a bit of a name for themselves this year, for being wasteful. But hopefully, there isn't too much in these lovely beauty crackers that isn't recyclable or reusable. And all of the plastic cracker pieces I have used here are vintage ones I purchased to make into jewellery. The jokes are recyclable - but we already knew that right?! These make cute gifts, lovely table gifts if you are feeling generous, and just a … [Read more...]

Christmas Beauty Baubles

If you need a cute little gift for the beauty fan friend or relative (or cat-sitter, or Secret Santa!) then how about a cute beauty bauble? Festive fun with beauty benefits - you can't go wrong. AND...they won't break the bank. These lovely little gift sets are a token of affection, and some of the baubles can be reused, and popped on your tree year after year, or passed on with new treats inside. Here are a few of my favourites this festive … [Read more...]

Eco-friendly, ethical hair care from Ireland and Scotland

I've been trialling some new haircare in the last few weeks - both independents, one Scottish, one Irish, and both eco-friendly and ethical. Moo Hair is Edinburgh-based, founded by mum and daughter team, Suzie and Olivia Gillespie, and We Are Paradoxx is Irish-based, founded by Yolanda Cooper. Both are ethical, natural, vegan, and cruelty-free, and have very similar product ranges. So let's have a look at them in more detail, starting with … [Read more...]

End of Summer Beauty MOT with 5pm Deals

The clocks go back this weekend, marking the official end of summer, and sometimes it can be a bit depressing thinking about all those dark nights, and winter weather ahead. So, pamper yourself! Give yourself a treat. Think of it as a wee MOT for the new season - change your hair colour, paint those nails, spend some time in the salon. Here are five ideas for a great end of summer treat. There are also plenty more brilliant deals on all sorts of … [Read more...]

New Autumn Hair Colour? Grab a Deal with 5pm

Autumn is the most colourful of the seasons - all those gorgeous rusts, ochres, yellows, oranges and reds. Are you feeling dull yet? Maybe it's time to bring some autumn magic to your hair with a new colour? You might fancy a full head tint, a peachy surprise, an auburn change, or you might want to try balayage, or foil colour. Whatever way you want to change your hair for the autumn season, you can do it with a deal from 5pm Spa and … [Read more...]

Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Range from Shea Moisture

If your hair needs a bit of help after summer, and perhaps thanks to over-zealous bleaching and colouring, and use of heat tools, then here's a new range from Shea Moisture to try. I really love this haircare range, and this new stuff smells delicious! But then I love yoghurt and honey, so much so I wanted to eat these! These deep conditioning, reparative products are formulated with certified organic Shea butter, Manuka honey and yoghurt … [Read more...]

Fringe Benefits with 5pm

Forget the crowds, the flyers, and the sore feet at the Edinburgh Fringe, which is in full flow now - the only fringe I am interested in is one of the hair variety! I'm currently sporting my hair in a curly style - see this previous post - complete with a curly fringe. Fringes come and go from year to year - they're hard to handle in the heat, but they can also give you mega cool points - look at Debbie Harry and Florence Welch for example? They … [Read more...]

Curly Hair 5pm Deals

Curly hair. It's back. You heard it here first. You will be heading for a perm by the end of this year, mark my words! I touched on this in the Beauty Trends post the other week, but with the return of 80s-tastic Stranger Things this week, curly hair was at the forefront of my mind. And on my head. I have straightened the life out of my curls for decades now, but in the last month or so decided to embrace them, as you can see on my Instagram … [Read more...]

L’Oreal Serie Expert Solar Sublime range

If you don't take different haircare products on holiday, then, tut-tut. You really should. Especially if your hair is over-processed. (hands up over here!). The sun will fade it and dry it out, and the chlorine in your pool, and/or the sea water, will do its own particular type of damage. The NEW L'Oreal Serie Expert Solar Sublime range is exactly what you need. Make room in your luggage for this. There are three products - one for use … [Read more...]

Fight The Frizz – Treat Your Hair with 5PM

I was recently sent four IGK products to beat my particular type of Frizz - Frizz at the Ends. According to IGK there are four types of frizz, and they have all the products you will ever need to tame them. Perhaps. But we always find popping into salon for a conditioning treatment and/or a blow dry does the trick. And if it's really bad, maybe it's a keratin trreatment you need? So, let's look at the IGK products, and then some super 5pm … [Read more...]