Posts Tagged: Kate Middleton

Jan 14

What to replenish in your make-up bag this January….

Kate Middleton is not only the Duchess of Cambridge but also the queen of thriftiness and well known for recycling her favourite outfits. Here at La Durbin we know that January can be a long month and after the Christmas party season your make-up and beauty bag can be running on empty, so this week we thought we would share some tips for how to look good on a budget and get that Duchess of Cambridge glow.


Homemade sugar scrubs are the perfect way to exfoliate dry rough winter skin and get rid of dull, tired skin to reveal a glow that the Duchess herself would be envious of. To make your own sugar scrub we recommend mixing a cup of brown sugar with ten drops of vanilla essential oil or essence with some warm water and rubbing into the skin weekly. Whilst you do this use your toothbrush in small circular movements to help improve chapped lips to create the perfect base for your make up.



What to replenish in your make up bag this January:



Mascara is without doubt our beauty essential in the salon and finding the mascara that works best for you ensures you’ll always have enough to spark up your eyes for maximum flutter. The secret to good mascara is definitely the wand- you don’t have to spends lots of money on a brand to create that flutter you want, find a wand you like and look for the shape amongst a range of beauty brands.



Whether it’s an essential for you or just used in emergencies, having a foundation on hand means you can ensure an even skin tone, and glowing skin at any time. BB cream is a great foundation that adds a medium coverage to the skin and gives that glow that makes Kate shine.



Bronzer is an easy way to update your daytime look for a night out, and it’s also perfect for hiding your cheeks if you start to blush! A good bronzer is all about the colour, not about the price tag. If you have a cool skin tone you want a cool brown, and if you have a warmer skin tone you want to use a warm brown. This will stop you looking orange which is never a good look amongst the pale faces in January!



Lipbalm, especially in these winter months, is essential to give you a fresher look. There is nothing worse than dry chapped lips. Tinted lipbalms also work great to add a bit of colour to your lips, such as a nude colour, or rose pink. Vaseline is a cheap and brilliant brand that offers a range of different types of colours.


January is often a time when we hide away but we hope that these simple tips to help you stay gorgeous mean that you will be enjoying a little bit of fun at thestart of the year!

Have a great week, until next time… La Durbin xx

Nov 13

How to get Kate Middleton’s trademark beautiful bouncy hair

How to get Kate Middleton’s trademark beautiful bouncy hair

Kate Middleton has gorgeous hair, full of volume and movement. This party season if you want to re-create one of her classic looks here are some easy-to-follow steps on how to look like the Duchess herself!

– Heated rollers are the best way to achieve Kate’s hairstyle. Firstly, start with freshly washed hair and using a soft styling product (depending on hair type), blowdry with a large round brush for naturally frizzy hair or a paddle brush for smooth hair.

Blow dry your hair straight using a paddle brush

Blow dry your hair straight using a paddle brush

 – Next, take each section 1 inch apart. Stay consistent with the size of the heated rollers throughout the hair, starting at the top and moving away from the hair line and section down the sides. Then, section down the back of the head towards the nape of the neck.

Section the hair

Section the hair and add the rollers starting from the top

 – Leave the rollers to cool down for as long as you can to make it last – the longer you can leave the better bounce!

Keep going until you have added all the rollers

Keep going until you have added all the rollers

– When you remove the rollers, twist them out and let the hair fall into place. Then, when all the rollers are out, glide fingers through the hair to avoid roller marks (this is very important for perfect bounce and movement).

Run you fingers through the hair to remove roller marks

Run you fingers through the hair to remove roller marks

– Finally use a drop of serum on the fingertips for added smoothness and voila! The hair should be full of movement and bounce.

Beautiful Bouncy Hair

The finished look!

– Alternatively, if you do not have rollers to create Kate’s look, a large curling tong will also work. Simply section the hair after it’s been blow-dried, starting with 2inch sections going in the direction from the nape of the neck up, curl the ends of the hair throughout, starting at the back. When all the ends of the hair have been curled all over, run fingers through again to achieve Kate’s trademark look!

Let us know how you get on creating your own Kate Middleton look and check back soon for more great styling and beauty tips; let’s get glamorous girls. Love La Durbin xx

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