X Factor Hairstyles

Your guide to X Factor hairstyles!


The X Factor Stylist, Jamie Stevens, says: “A modern twist on the classic side sweep. This look is all about unleashing your creativity and giving your hair extra personality.”

Prep hair with TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray (RRP £4.99 for 300ml) spritzing generously from root to tip.

Take small sections and wrap hair around the TRESemme Volume Curling Wand, hold for 15 seconds and release. Sweep hair to one side with a comb and use grips to secure in place. Create shape, volume and movement by gripping the hair in places, get creative, this look isn’t about being too done. Use the grips to accessorise the hair.

Spray TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (RRP £4.99 for 500ml) to finish the look and hold hair in place. Like Parisa you can add hair chalk for added playfulness and impact.

#INSPO Magazine Issue 2 Fashion Shoot Behind the Scenes

Another great video produced by very Sane Seven with a sneak peek into one of the fashion photoshoots for #INSPO magazine Issue 2!


Photography and video: Sane Seven

Makeup: Lucy Mckeown

Hair: Phill Gallagher at Electric Hair

Styling: Jurga Skeiryte

Stylist’s Assistant: Simone Navardauskaite

Model: Danielle Blunt


Here are some images we took (by phone!) on the day!


#INSPIRED Tailoring

Well this is a bit fabulous, isn’t it? I’ve loved oversized soft tailoring since I was an intern at Vogue and got to be second assistant on a tailoring shoot with Lucinda Chambers (shameless name dropping there, sorry). I think it’s sexy, cool and, most importantly, quite comfortable! I really do think masculine-inspired clothing on women is the sexiest kind of clothing there is. I personally wouldn’t wear the crop top (my days of flesh flashing abs are well and truly over), but I love the sporty twist it gives this look.

If you’re happy to bare your midriff, Topshop have a selection of long-sleeved (we are coming into winter don’t forget) ribbed crop tops, including this one in black .Or why not take the sports element literally and go for an actual sports bra? H&M have some classic simple designs in block colours. Go black like our cool lady here, or mix things up with a contrasting bright or printed design. I would be more inclined to stay covered up with this gorgeous Whistles cami .The silky fabric retains the sports luxe vibe, but is a bit more sophisticated, and if necessary, work-friendly. I’d get it a size up to keep the whole look slouchy and more laid back.

So, this suit. Wow! The colour is awesome, the cut is slouchy and I love how she’s layered the longline sleeveless jacket over a matching blazer. The perfect way to do winter tailoring. I’m all about mixing and matching, and throwing in a textured curve ball, such as this gorgeous wool Roksanda Ilincic sleeveless jacket. This would look awesome over a pale leather jacket (good old Primark have a selection of multicoloured faux-leather designs, perfect for some fast fashion action), or something a bit more tailored, like this little cropped number by New Look. If you’re worried about the shades of blue not working well together, then go tonal with other soft neutrals and pastels. I reckon the Roksanda jacket would look beautiful layered over this grey crepe blazer , also from New Look (and currently in the sale, woohoo!).

I’m a bit in love with these wide-leg ankle-grazing Delpozo pants, with their leg-lengthening high waist and sleek pleat detailing at the waist, the flash of ankle bares just a teensy bit of flesh and you can show off some fabulous footwear. I’ve also just discovered this more budget-friendly ASOS pair, which are now sitting patiently in my ‘saved items’ list…

Kerryn Grady

X Factor Beauty

X Factor beauty trends revealed!


The X Factor Stylist, Jamie Stevens, says: ‘’We saw cornrows on the AW14 catwalks, but they can look quite severe, so we wanted to make this trend more wearable, Lauren has tight braids on one side and loose, soft waves on the other.”

Apply TRESemmé Texture Style Tousled Wave Spray (RRP £5.50 for 200ml) to towel dried hair and roughly blow dry for a textured, matt finish.
Using medium tongs begin working around the head, curling the hair but leaving the last two inches of each section so this stays straight. Once finished, loosely brush out the curls. (At this stage, we added tinsel hair extensions to complement Lauren’s outfit – you can use some clip in extensions for the same effect.)
Use a tail comb to create a low side parting and create four tight braids, each one inch thick, plaiting from the front of the head to the nape and secure with an elastic.
Tease the curls so they look undone and spray all over the hair with TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (RRP £4.99 for 500ml).


The X Factor Stylist, Jamie Stevens, says: ‘’Crimping long hair like Betsy’s looks incredibly dramatic. Pulling the front section up into a high ponytail gives it a modern structure and the illusion of even more length.”

Section the hair and use a crimping iron to crimp all over, starting with the underneath sections of the hair and working upwards.
Secure the front section of the hair into a ponytail on the top of the head in front of the crown. Give it lift by spraying the underneath of the ponytail with TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray (RRP £4.99 for 500ml) and secure with a hair elastic.
Take a two inch section of hair from behind the ear on each side and wrap it around the elastic at the top of the ponytail, securing with more kirby grips.
Using a soft bristle brush, brush the crimp out and dust TRESemmé Texture Style Backcomb Dust (RRP £5.50 for 10g), into your hands then work it into the hair.

#INSPIRED in winter whites

I have an unfortunate obsession with white clothing. I’m clumsy, messy and it’s so unforgiving to wear while I need a lot of forgiveness! Winter whites are NOT compatible with lumps and bumps, and I have more than I’d care to discuss. However, this German boutique owner and buyer appears lump free and oozes poise and sophistication. Brave too, she’s wearing the whitest of white. Outside! She looks so crisp and fresh, with that lovely slouchy silhouette that stops her looking uptight. Almost as if it would be no big deal if that gorgeous Carven coat got a nasty dirt mark on it… Hmm…

So, if you trust that you have a protective invisible force field around you and want to fork out for a fabulously expensive pair of wide leg white trousers, look no further than Net-A-Porter. They have a great selection, including this gorgeous Stella McCartney crepe pair. If I were taking the plunge I’d probably go for these wide leg Marni culottes. They’re a slightly less predictable fashion choice (although culottes are currently the style du jour, they’re not that easy to wear – I’d definitely stick to heels over flats). These rose gold cracked leather courts from Topshop are a bit wonderful, don’t you think? And the hems won’t drag and get all grubby! For a much more purse (and washing machine) friendly option, try these full-length babies from Next.

Everyone knows Gap is the master of the white shirt, but why not mix it up a bit with this sleeveless collared top for a slightly more casual twist on the tailored look. I love the sleek clean lines, giving a more minimalist finish. But, as I already said, I’m not a neat, sleek kind of person, I’m much more comfortable in something sloppy and oversized. This MIH oversized shirt is my perfect shirt, and currently has 15% off at My Wardrobe.

Now, that coat. My goodness, I need to get my priorities straight and stop frittering away my earnings on rent and bills and focus on buying something as glorious as this white coat. Net-A-Porter and My Wardrobe both stock a gorgeous Carven wool number, but if you get in there quick you can get the 15% discount at My Wardrobe saving a massive £140 (okay, £141). To be fair, this heavier fabric will actually keep you warm throughout the winter months. Will it last you forever? I guess that depends how mucky you’re likely to get… But fear not! The high street has some brilliant options, and H&M never fail to disappoint on the coats front. This is the perfect alternative to the Carven bank breaker, coming in at well under £100. Who can argue with that when it comes to chic, sophisticated outerwear? If, like me, you like to add a bit of texture into the mix, they also have an awesome shaggy faux fur jacket , and if the yeti look isn’t quite your thing, this lovely bracelet-sleeve quilted-textured coat in a soft ivory colour, which is a little less harsh than pure white. I love the subtle ovoid shape, which I always think looks a bit more editorial and cool. I can actually see myself throwing caution to the wind and purchasing this little number for myself!

Kerryn Grady

#INSPO Magazine Issue 2 Cover Shoot Behind the Scenes

A very special video with a sneak peek into the cover photoshoot for #INSPO magazine Issue 2! Check out this beautiful documentary produced by Sane Seven and let us know what you think.


Photography and video: Sane Seven

Makeup: Lucy Mckeown

Hair: Patrick Wilson at Electric Hair

Styling: Jurga Skeiryte

Behind the scenes photography: Al Man

Model: Adjoa Mensah, Cliché Model Management

Nails: Elli Kershaw

Jewellery: Claudia Pink

Makeup supplier: Illamasqua

#inspo fashion magazine cover shoot

Know your beauty ABC’s

Grab a pen and paper and listen up class, today we’re swatting up on our beauty basics! Pop Quiz – do you know your BB’s from your CC’s?

BB creams –  you will be no stranger to the ever popular Beauty Balm, a trend originating from Asia. Efficient and gentle, the BB
cream will give you a moisturiser, primer, SPF and foundation all in one go. If you are a “less is more” kinda gal, this is the product for you.

CC creams – taking the next step in the fast paced business of beauty, CC stands for Colour Correction. With the promise of delivering all that a BB cream does, CC creams provide extra vitamin C to brighten dark spots, balance out red undertones and conceal blemishes.

Look out for…

Benefit’s ‘Big Easy’ – for light to medium coverage. I love how this “bigger than BB” cream has a powdered finish once applied – two products in one! It’s also easy to reapply during the day. I would certainly want to take this product away on holiday with me.

Mac’s range of CC creams. For a girl with uneven skin tone, “Adjust” was the CC cream for me. I was very impressed with the coverage of dark pigmentation under my eyes, and redness in my cheeks.

Arbonne’s CC cream. With a choice of 4 shades, this colour correcteur is lower in SPF than most of the CC creams that I have used, which I love, because I know I won’t get flashback in pictures. Arbonne gives a full coverage look without the feel of a foundation.

And if that’s not enough, keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming DD creams!


#INSPIRED at Istanbul Fashion Week


Ooh, this girl! This is the girl I want to be! So cool, so ‘I don’t give a damn’. Everything I’m not. A lot of the components of this look I’d never go for – for a start my hair gets back-combed to an inch of its life on a daily basis. Poker straight is an absolute no-no for me. And artificially ripped jeans are so contrived (really, how does one rip the fabric on their thigh? Fair enough, the knees could be down to an unfortunate and embarrassing fall –ahem – but the thigh??). But god she rocks this so hard!

The longline mannish blazer/coat smartens up the look and makes it weather appropriate (I’m showing my age, aren’t I?) and the rolled up sleeves reveal that sexy little bit of wrist. I’m loving this Rag and Bone blazer with its leather trims and androgynous cut. I’ll just add it to my ‘when money isn’t an issue’ wish list shall I…?  Until that day comes, there is this Little White Lies number from ASOS that will make a good substitute.

I struggle with slogan and motif printed t-shirts. I never know if I look ironic or naff. Okay, I usually do know, and it’s rarely the former… This bar-code print looks like safe ground, breaking up the black and adding a lovely graphic element to quite a classic rock chick look. I need to find myself one pronto. Zoe Karssen does great slogan print tees (probably the only ones I’d trust myself to go out in public in without being ridiculed), but I’ve been obsessed with her bat print for years. This striped version from ASOS adds in my love of stripes, and is currently in the sale! Time to click buy I think!

Biker boots are a no-brainer, and this picture is currently making me mourn the demise of my faithful pair. I’m on the hunt for a new pair and will be trawling ASOS for something affordable, but if money was no object I’d be all over these Saint Laurent studded babies from Matches.com or for something a bit more low-key, this Alexander McQueen biker style with the studded metal panel detail.