Newly Launched Bald Dating App Takes The World By Storm

Love comes in many forms – and baldness is one of them. Knowing how much A-listers such as Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta and Bruce Willis rock the look, it is no wonder the newly launched dating app, ‘Bald Dating,’ has already amassed such a huge following.

Being a ‘niche dating man,’ bald entrepreneur David Minns, of Chester, realised a gap in the dating market. He states that he created this online platform due to the amount of ‘hatfishing’ being reported. This term describes bald people who (when adding their profile image), choose to keep their baldness hidden underneath a hat. Given there are so many people who either don’t mind the shine or prefer the bald look, any concerns surrounding the loss of hair should be eradicated. There should be no place for feelings of self-doubt or shame – and David Minns is swiping left to this stigma.

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However, there can be no swiping found on this app, as it is designed for people to contact potential partners immediately. The refreshing new site, Bald Dating, offers real help to singletons experiencing hair loss. The app removes any concerns about a negative reaction, enabling people to find love and embrace their baldness.

The dating site founder explains:

“Being bald can be very hard for some people and they lose their self-confidence. Bald Dating was created to show that being bald doesn’t matter.”

“There are many people who don’t mind you being bald and there are even others who prefer it,” said Mr Minns.

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The app is available globally and currently costs nothing to join. Furthermore, there are no nasty hidden upgrade charges for communicating (so get the bargain while you can). The only stipulation being is to be bald or happy to date a person who is. The Bald Dating app works by clicking a ‘like’ button; thus, enabling people to connect and begin a wonderful romance.

There are no age restrictions – anyone above the age of 18 years-old can join. This app states that it regards the safety of members to be of paramount importance and they do not allow nudity.

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Adding a profile image is not compulsory and each member has the choice of adding up to 9 pictures, should they so wish.

Should you be bald or have thinning hair and find it difficult to approach a potential suitor – this app may just be the way to go!

Visit Bald dating: https://bald.dating

For further reading, try: ‘6 Ways To Be A Nicer Person.

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Luxury Christmas Beauty Gadgets At A Cyber Monday Bargain

YES – we need luxury presents! What sort of question is that? Once you’ve successfully swiped the ‘angel of conscience’ off your shoulder, you can further appease any residual guilt with the knowledge these luxury Christmas beauty gifts can be grabbed at a Cyber Monday bargain. So, if you like them (and you will) you can buy two and keep one for yourself! Happy shopping!

1. Luxury IPL: Philips Lumea Prestige IPL £339.95 (Was £475), www.allbeauty.com

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Choosing a good, effective at-home hair removal device can be a tricky business. There are so many available, but alas, only a few meet the grade. However, there are a few devices I rate highly. These include the Lumea and SmoothSkin.

It must be noted that the high-end gadget does not suit every skin type (so make sure you do your research first). However, by using the device bi-weekly, after a month you will see a good improvement.

A worthy at-home IPL hair removal device will set you back a fair amount and usually the Philips Lumea will cost you £££s! Fear not. If you have considered buying but changed your mind due to the cost – now is your time. This awesome IPL hair removal device is on the Black Friday/Cyber Monday bargains list.

This device works really well – but do not be under any illusions. An at-home IPL is not as strong as the dermatologist’s laser. This means it will take longer to deliver results. Taking a little longer and having a fab IPL hair removal at your disposal will save you endless money, time – and of course effort.

2. Luxury Anti-Aging Beauty Gadget: Nira Skincare Laser, £200 (Was £299), www.currentbody.com

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Should you or someone you love feel concerned about those pesky signs of aging, this is a device worth having. The top-class laser is clinically proven to improve the look of your skin, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. By using non-fractional laser technology, this clever little gadget delivers long-lasting results. Currently, on offer for Cyber Monday, you can actually bag this beauty for £100 less. Now, how to get down from this cloud…

3. The Luxury GHD Gold Styler, £119.20 (Was £149), www.lookfantastic.com

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Fancy a heat-up time of just 25 seconds? Hell yes! This luxury Christmas beauty gadget ensures the dreamiest locks, ever! The hairstyling tool offers dual-zone technology and this super-fast heating speed. What you get is a truly professional salon-worthy result. Think sleek, Insta-goals of shiny gorgeousness. Well, they do say make yourself happy and THEN look after everyone else, don’t they?

4. Luxury Christmas Gadget: Current Body Oh My Glow Limited Edition Gift Set (Includes Skin LED Light Therapy Mask), £285 (Was £415), www.currentbody.com

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Okay, if you can get past the idea that when wearing the mask, you are going to look as scary as hell, we need to look at what’s on the table here. What we have is a seriously luxury Christmas beauty gadget! A multi-award-winning anti-aging device that may as well have been taken from some parallel universe where these gadgets successfully diminished wrinkles forever!  Yes, LED light therapy is that good (incidentally, it is why all the A-listers use laser treatment).

The ultimate pampering Christmas gift set includes the highly effective rejuvenating gadget that will dramatically improve the appearance of skin over time. It has been shown to reduce wrinkles by 35% within 4 weeks, meaning you can look forward to encountering firmer and more youthful skin for 2021! Not only that, but you get an array of luxurious skincare saviours in with this dreamy kit, too!

For more reading inspo try, “Can LED Light Therapy Really turn Back The Clock?”

 

 

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The Most Thoughtful Personalised Gifts For Her

Turnaround this year in a flash with some thoughtful personalised gifts for her. A personalised gift is a perfect way to make your loved one feel that extra bit special = and let’s face it = we all need a bit of TLC right now. Read on to discover some truly thoughtful personalised Christmas presents she will love.

1. Personalised Apothecary Candle by Norma & Dorothy, £16, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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Should your friend, mum or sister love a candle (who the hell doesn’t?), this will be the most thoughtful gift of them all. These beautiful natural apothecary candles tick every box. Made from soy wax and featuring pretty lettering with a personalised message of your choice, the caring gift guarantees 25 hours of TLC for your loved one. Hand-poured in the UK; the only dilemma is choosing between the array of scents on offer. A few of the scents include Wild Fig and Cassis, Velvet Rose & Oud and Floral Blossom – to name a few! The sweet blissful aroma of tranquillity is coming your way for Christmas.

2.Personalised ‘Hug Across the Miles’ Locations Cushion by the Drifting Bear Co., £36.95, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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There will be so many people apart from each other this Christmas (for obvious reasons), but you can still make sure they get a huge cuddle! This is the go-to gift to make her smile. Personalise the cushion with hers and your location, and how far the hug cushion has travelled in order to deliver some much-needed love. Add your name to the bottom (so there is no confusion as to whom sent the hug). For extra brownie points, you can even add a photo to the reverse side. Flowers are great and all that – but this gift is like having a hug that will last forever!

3.Personalised Adult Colouring Book, £9.99 (Plus Delivery), www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

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Right now, we are all searching for that go-to way to de-stress. What better way than a bit of colouring? For those of you who are scoffing at the thought – just give it a go. You will be amazed at how therapeutic it is! This year why not gift her something a little different with a personalised colouring book? Personalise the front with a message of your choice. The thoughtful present is a great way to show how much you care.

4.Engraved Silver Heart-Shaped Bookmark, £12.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

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Let’s face it, the majority of us have a book on the go right now! When visiting your loved one is unlikely, the beautifully crafted bookmark will be a great reminder of how appreciated she is. Personalise the heart motif with a message of up to 28 characters. For added joy, the bookmark can come in a luxury gift box too – and for a mere £3 extra it is a total steal.

5.Engraved Silver Compact Mirror, £16.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

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If you know anyone who constantly has their face in the mirror (and I think I might), this will be a fabulous gift. Each time they use the gift they will have a gentle reminder of how much you care. Personalise the front with a thoughtful message of your choice, I love this!

6.Engraved Silver-Plated Heart Trinket Box, £16.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

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Should you have a mum or nan who is forever losing their tiny, yet very important things on a daily basis, this is the ideal solution. With a velvet lining and featuring a message from you, the gift will let them know how much you love them forever more (or at least until it gets lost).

For more reading inspo why not try, “5 Lockdown Gifts Guaranteed To Bring a Smile.”

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The Best Black Friday Beauty Gift Sets You Can Buy Now

Black Friday is almost here, and some big brands are treating us to some early deal drops. This means (woohoo) it’s time to grab those beauty gift sets. A word of warning – some ‘deals’ aren’t actually much of a deal. There are brands who put up the prices before Black Friday and then reduce them on the day, so people believe they have a bargain. Having sifted through the deals on offer, the following are the best Black Friday beauty gift sets around that you can bag now!

1.Look Fantastic: Estee Lauder Beauty of the Night Skincare Set, £45 (Was £90), www.lookfantastic.com

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This fabulous brand is one of my main one-stop shops for all things beauty related.  they are treating all beauty fanatics with early access with up to 30% off, using code: EARLYLF. Prepare to be dazzled with 25% off beauty gift sets and 25% of NuFace (yay!!). So, the struggle this year will be having the strength to part with them. Not sure I have the power…

Check out Estee Lauder’s Beauty of the Night Skincare Set worth £123. This is half price at a mere £45 (instead of £90).

Another fabulous find is Illamasqua’s Techno Lip Duo worth £30. This is priced at £12.50 (was £25). Yes!

2. Feel Unique: Givenchy Le Rouge Perfecto Trio Set, £46 (Was £84), www.feelunique.com

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Feel Unique is another amazing online shopping site that offers awesome deals throughout the year. Their Black Friday sales have already begun.

Incredible deals include Givenchy’s Le Rouge Perfecto Trio Set, £46 (was £84) and Liz Earle’s Essentials skin Repair Gel Kit, £39.60 (was £49.50).

3. Debenhams: YSL Mascara Volume Effect Cils Eye Must-Haves Gift Set, £22.40 (was £28), www.debenhams.com

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Debenhams began their deals on Monday 16 November – and boy, they’ve got some bargains to excite. Where to start? Okay, I should mention you can grab the YSL Mascara Volume Effect Cils Eye Must-Haves Gift Set, £22.40 (was £28). For the men, check out the Clinique for Men Skincare Set for Regular Skin, £39.10 (was £85).

Have you found any awesome beauty gift set deals? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. For more reading inspo try, “Discover the Best Camouflage Make-up Around: Estee Lauder.”

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Make Your Christmas Tree Extra-Special With These Awesome Beauty Baubles

Looking for that extra-special bauble to make your Christmas tree (and you) dazzle this year? Beauty brands have truly spoilt us this yuletide with these awesome beauty baubles. Is it too much if they all go on one tree? Not this year! Being in a yearlong pandemic means we get carte blanche to totally indulge ourselves in gifts, chocolates and wine.

1.Caudalie Christmas 2020 Beauty Elixir Mini Mist Bauble, £12, www.allbeauty.com

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This bauble is a winner – total luxury that comes in 100% recyclable packaging. The superior face mist reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores, replacing them with a complexion of happy luminosity. The multi-tasking elixir gives your skin a super-boost and set your makeup in place for the day. Oh, Caudalie, how did you know?

2.Tan-Luxe The Glow Bauble, £15, www.cultbeauty.com

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Tan-Luxe gives such an incredible streak-free glow, people will be scratching their heads, wondering how you managed to bypass the lockdown and spend 2 weeks in Mauritius. Their secret is the patented ‘Transparent Tanning’ technology. This sweeps away the stress of streaky tans and ensures you look your glowing best. #Gorgeousness

3. Essie Nail Polish Merry Mani Bauble, £25.72, www.amazon.co.uk

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Why not treat your loved one to nails that dazzle this year? Inside this Essie bauble are two gorgeous nail polishes. Simply apply the Cocktail Bling and cover it with a Christmas magic-like sparkly topcoat. Perfect.

4.Dermalogica Christmas Small Bauble, £11.69, www.essentialslondon.com

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If you are looking for the look and feel of luxury, this year’s Dermalogica bauble will not disappoint. The exquisitely designed limited-edition bauble (get it while you can) offers added surprise as they are comprised with a lucky dip of awesome mini products. This brand is so good – you are guaranteed to be impressed with whichever products you find.

5.Real Techniques Mini Makeup Sponge Bauble, £5.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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This Christmas bauble should be given out to all your beauty-obsessed loved ones. The makeup sponge comes in a handy travel size meaning if you do go anywhere you will be prepared. Seriously, most of us forget to pack it. Either that or lose/ruin the makeup sponge, making this little treat a real-life saviour. Simply pop it in your purse and go (in a socially distanced manner to a socially appropriate setting).

Have you got your eye on any of these baubles? Tell me which one is your favourite in the comments below. For more reading inspo try, “The best Christmas party games that cost nothing.”

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4 Signs You Are Being ‘Cushioned’ And How To Deal

Emotionally cushioned you say? Ah, that sounds so lovely, supportive even. Wrong. Being cushioned is the term used to describe really crappy treatment by your SO. Basically, it describes being in a relationship and your OH is pursuing other love interests, keeping their options open. Yup, definitely not the loving the imagery this word evokes and certainly NOT something to ever tolerate. Read on to discover 4 signs you are being cushioned and how to deal.

1. Passive-Aggressive Signs

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Suddenly, your OH is acting out of character. Instead of being considerate and receptive, he is acting cold and making passive-aggressive comments. This is a sure sign that things aren’t peachy. Now, this could be down to a number of issues. You need to eliminate the other options and look for additional signals he is dipping his toe back into the pond.

2.Red Flag: He Goes off to Flirt With Someone When You Are Both Out

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Perhaps you are out together – let’s say at the supermarket – and he wanders off. You find him half an hour later being very flirty with another woman (and doesn’t even notice he’s been spotted). You approach, they grin and disperse. Then, when you ask who the person is, your SO becomes aggressive and causes a row. That alarm bell should be causing some temporary deafness right now. Unprovoked anger is a sign of guilt. The best form of defence is attack! Should this behaviour become a regular occurrence, you may want to re-evaluate the worth of your relationship.

3. Cushioned Sign if He Never Leaves His Phone Behind

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Should he go from acting laidback to taking his phone wherever he goes (even to the toilet), this is a definite sign he is cushioning you. Never wanting his phone to be viewed by you can only mean one thing. If he isn’t doing the dirty, it is on the cards. Sorry, but face up and move on. Stat.

4. Final Sign: Having 2 Facebook Accounts

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If you happen upon this discovery, it’s time to start picturing those running shoes and far away hills.

How to Deal With Being Cushioned

Should your relationship be fresh and new there may be some room to manoeuvre. Many people go through this stage at the beginning of a relationship. However, once you are ‘official’ throwing your rod in and seeing what else you can catch is just not okay. Even if they haven’t full-on cheated, it is still being insincere, and you should not put up with it. Call him out on it. You could forgive and give a second chance – but if they are behaving this way, do you really believe the future looks bright. Time to take off the tinted glasses.

For more relationship articles try: “Has the lockdown revealed the true state of your relationship?”

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Award-Winning Beauty For Every Adult’s Christmas List

This Christmas, most people will have a skincare or makeup product or two on their radar. There is nothing like an award-winning beauty product to make your loved one’s Christmas list complete. A great product that actually delivers on its promises literally can turnaround a blah mood into a day of feeling amazing! With this in mind, check out these award-winning beauty products, guaranteed to this Christmas list the best yet.

1.Weleda Skin Food Light, £7.95 (30ml), www.weleda.co.uk

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Weleda’s moisturiser goes to show you don’t need to spend a fortune for quality products. Particularly effective on dry skin, the multi-award-winning light-as-air moisturiser is immediately absorbed where it sets about replacing the parched look for one of utter radiance. Included in the formula Chamomile, calendula and wild pansy team up to provide super nourishing and soothing qualities, whilst simultaneously strengthening the skin’s barrier. This is an all-round outstanding moisturiser that achieves amazing results!

2.Liz Earle Circa Skin Restore Paste, £24.65 (50ml), www.uk.lizearle.com

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Liz Earle is well-known for bringing us award-winning and natural skincare, but she really surpassed expectations when this one was created. The mask treatment hybrid works incredibly well, diminishing imperfections and providing a massive burst of hydration. The creamy (and other-worldly) formula contains the herb Centella Asiatica (CCICA)This is due to its long-standing ability to greatly rejuvenate and restore the skin to one of utmost health. Paired with this is bilberry and wild plum that greatly nourishes and soothe skin. Simply apply and leave on overnight, then awaken to be truly baffled at its beautifying powers!

3.Clinique ID Dramatically Different Moisturising BB-Gel, £36, (125ml), www.asos.com

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The award-winning BB-gel comes with an Active Cartridge Concentrate for lines and wrinkles. Simply insert the cartridge into the hydration base and use just as if it were a moisturiser.  The reason it’s award-winning is it instantly (and dramatically) improves the look of your skin whilst also packing a hydration punch that diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The formula complements fair to medium skin tones. It achieves a veil of camouflage to match your natural skin tone. Expect an even and flawless complexion you will love!

4.Chanel Chance Perfume Crayons, £49.99 (4 x 1.2g), www.amazon.co.uk

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Now, these are crayons I can get on board with. The crayon sweeps over your skin with ease, providing you with an exquisitely irresistible scent to last all day long. Chic, classy and highly sought-after? The hard part is gifting them for someone else’s Christmas list goals (I’m thinking, nah).

For more reading inspo try: “The best beauty Christmas crackers for that added festive sparkle.”

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The Best Beauty Christmas Crackers For That Added Festive Sparkle

Let’s turnaround a crappy year wherever we can, starting with a truly awesome Christmas. For fellow-minded beauty fanatics, here are the best beauty Christmas advent calendars for those festive feelings of added sparkle!

1.Bomb Cosmetics Christmas 2020 Trio, £23.45 (Was £29.97), www.allbeauty.com

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There’s no way you and your family will be able to miss the festive spirit of a super-fun Christmas with these crackers nestled on the tree. Let’s face it – who doesn’t love a bath bomb? Combining 3 cheery crackers, each of which includes 3 tantalising bath bombe, get prepared for some seriously pampered and sweet-smelling luxury. All you have to worry about is the queue for the bath!

2.Benefit Makeup Shakeup Brow, Mascara & Tint Gift Set, £13.50, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Get some serious feel-good factor into your festive season with Benefit’s awesome cracker. Including 3 hero products – BADgal BANG Mascara, Benetint and Gimme Brow – this treat is all you need to finish your flawless party makeup. Now all you need is somewhere that’s open! Oh yes, and did I mention you are saving 30% too?

3. NUXE Christmas Cracker Gift Set, £10, www.feelunique.com

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Spoil yourself or your loved ones this Christmas with this super-dreamy, uber gorgeous cracker. Included are some of NUXE’s favourites. Featuring:

Very Rose 3-in-1 Soothing Micellar Water (40ml)

Reve de Miel Face & Body Cleansing Gel (30ml)

NUXE Organic Skin Correcting Moisturising Fluid (15ml)

Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil (10ml)

I would buy it just for the dry oil (literally THE best oil out there!).

4.Tiffany & Co. Exclusive Tiffany & Love for Her and For Him Fragrant Cracker Gift Set, £49, www.johnlewis.com

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I couldn’t do a piece on the best in beauty without a shout out to one of my fave brands of all time. Yes, Tiffany’s has gone and given us the gift of true bliss, with their 6-cracker gift set. The set features 3 x, 5ml Tiffany, for Love Eau de Parfum For Her, and 3 x 5ml of Tiffany Love Eau de Toilette for Him.

Should you and your loved ones be fans of Tiffany’s (honestly, I can’t imagine such a strange world in which people disliked Tiffany’s), this cracker gift set will be a hit at your festive gathering (of only 6 of course, so this is perfect).

The delicate floral woman’s scent evokes visuals of the prettiest summer fields in bloom. The man’s eau de toilette, bursting with vitality and lemony zest for life is certain to become his signature scent.

5.Caudalie Vinosource Hydration Minis Crackers, £10, www.spacenk.com

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Bag yourself a real bargain this festive season with one of the most loved beauty brands ever. This gorgeous cracker contains 3 fabulous mini skincare treats. Think pure luxury! Featuring:

Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum (10ml)

Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet (15ml)

Lip Balm

If you are new to the wonders of Caudalie, this cracker is the perfect introduction. Combining treats that combat winter-infused skin, your complexion will be hydrated and plump again in no time!

Have you bought any of these and what do you think? I had great intentions of gifting them….those great intentions are just a distant memory. Pathetic, but happy and pathetic!

For more Christmas inspo read, “Celebrate in Style with These Awesome Boozy Advents.”

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Superfood Skincare That Should Be On Your Radar

We know the benefits of eating superfoods are huge – but what about using superfoods on our skin? Can they really offer the complexion transformation they promise? The short answer is yes. Choose the right superfood skincare product for your age, skin type and particular concerns and you will be amazed at what that bit of kale is capable of. Seriously, I knew there must be a better reason for having bad tasting veg in my life. Check out the following skincare superheroes.

1.Elemis Superfood Facial Oil, £45 (15ml), www.uk.elemis.com

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Elemis has jam-packed this award-winning little beauty with 9 antioxidant-rich superfoods – all specifically combined to target dull, dry and mature skin. Once you have applied this oil for a week your complexion will revel in sheer radiant luminosity. Featuring broccoli, rosehip and flaxseed  (to name a few), these proven ingredients make light work of turning around dull and tired-looking skin in minimal time.

2.Sunday Riley Antioxidant + Superfood Facial Oil, £27 (15ml), www.net-a-porter.com

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This year has left most of us feeling somewhat lacklustre – and it shows on our skin. Sunday Riley’s Juno offers some pretty remarkable ingredients that will swiftly deal with such skin concerns. Where do I begin? This oil is bursting with star-quality components. From antioxidants to omega 3, 6 and 9, an array of super-nourishing oils, anti-inflammatory agents and vitamin C to boot – there’s no way your skin will be left looking and feeling anything other than exquisite by the morning!

3.Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, £50.68 (1.1 Fl. oz), www.amazon.co.uk

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Hell, yeah, we want a multi-tasking mask that gives the results with minimal effort. Behold, the 3-in-1 pumpkin enzyme mask. The included pumpkin enzyme peels with AHAs and aluminium oxide crystals provide intense skin resurfacing treatment. It actually leaves your skin feeling like rose petals. Dead skin cells, enlarged pores and uneven skin tone are all a thing of the past.  This is a fantastic microdermabrasion-like peel.

For more great product advice, read, “3 Game-Changing Cleansing Oils“.

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The Best Facial Oils (For Dry Skin) To Suit Every Budget

Anyone who uses a face oil will know just what a precious skincare commodity they are – and big beauty brands know this. Ranging from acceptable pricing to downright outrageous, there is one thing that all face oils have in common; they all promise utter skin transformation. No matter how many amazing ingredients are in facial oils, they do not seep down into the skin to any significant depth – this means their ability to transform are somewhat limited. However, apply your hyaluronic acid or Vitamin C and then add your (worthy) facial oil and you will be super-impressed by the morning.

Now, some budget-friendly oils deliver as truly an impressive result as high-end luxury products. Then, there are others that cost the earth and do very little to help. Basically, you do not need to spend a fortune to reach those skincare goals. You just need to have the right skincare products and routine for your skin type and age. Here are the best face oils to treat dryness, for every budget.

1.Budget-Friendly:The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rosehip Oil, £6.93 (30ml), www.theordinary.deciem.com

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Firstly, let me just say I am probably the biggest fan of roses and (almost) all rose sourced skincare. Subsequently, I have reviewed a lot and my expectations now are pretty high.

The Ordinary hasn’t let me down yet. Budget-friendly and effective – they remain to be an awesome skincare brand. The vegan formula uses 100% pure rosehip seed oil. It contains a rich supply of linoleic acid vitamin A. These massively beneficial ingredients usually diminish during the heated extraction process. Hence, why this is cold-pressed. The face oil is incredible. Fact. This oil is great for every skin type. However, it significantly improves my dry skin.

A top tip would be at bedtime, once you have cleansed, splash your face with water and then apply the rosehip oil. This will allow for optimal absorption. Then, go to sleep, wake up in the morning and rejoice. You’re welcome!

2.Medium Budget: Beauty Sleep Elixir, £47 (30ml), www.beutiskincare.com

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If you’ve read some of my past posts, you may have seen this little beauty of a product pop up here and there. Seriously, this is one product I NEVER want to forget. It’s a favourite with the Duchess of Cambridge for a reason – it works like a dream. Combining 14 precious plant oils, this anti-inflamatory facial oil goes above and beyond.

Should you suffer from dry skin, simply use this for a week. There won’t be a smidge of evidence that dryness ever existed. I’ve learned that applying this with my Foreo ensures maximum efficacy of the ingredients. Try it – you will love! I have used this for years. Although results are meant to be limited (due to the fact that oil molecules cannot reach too far), the difference between using the oil (with my Foreo) and not using the oil is pretty remarkable.

3.Top-End of the Budget Spectrum: ESPA Replenishing Treatment Oil, £59 (30ml), www.espaskincare.com

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Now, there are facial oils that reach the £100+ price tag – and yes, some of them are awesome. However, you do not need to go that far – and unless you are gifting someone a Christmas present or have bags of spare cash, why would you? I would consider ESPA’s Replenishing Treatment Oil to meet the high-end of luxury. If you are treating dry skin, using a facial oil will place you ahead of the game.

Using a facial oil like this one provides you with that crazy-good boost. Featuring an array of nourishing ingredients, that offer a wealth of benefits, this little bottle of bliss will tick every box. Think antioxidant, omega and vitamin-rich components. Vegan friendly and suitable for all skin types too!

For advice on budget-friendly moisturisers read, “Best Day Moisturisers For When You Are On A Budget”.

Have you tried any of these incredible facial oils and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Stay safe xx

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5 Soothing Stocking Filler Gifts For The Stressed

Yes, it’s been a somewhat stressful year. Are we going to let it get us and our loved ones down? Hell no! The majority of us are feeling edgy right now, so a stocking crammed with soothing gifts to de-stress is an Einstein-worthy light bulb idea. I don’t know a person who wouldn’t be stoked to receive a bag full of pampering relaxation. Here are the best gifts for the most stressed. And breathe…

1.This Works Dream Team, £10, www.spacenk.com

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No matter how frazzled you feel, a good night’s sleep always helps. Inside this beautifully packaged set is a super-soothing aromatherapy duo. The Stress-Check Roll-on features eucalyptus, frankincense and lavender to ensure an unequivocally blissful night’s sleep.

Next, spritz your pillow with the incredibly calming Pillow Spray. Combined are the specifically formulated ingredients lavender, camomile and vetiver oil. These work together, providing ultimate relaxation. Hello, cosy sleep!

2.Novelty Funny Face Stress Ball, £2.82, www.amazon.co.uk

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That’s right – squeeze any anger or stress right out of the day with satisfaction. It amazes me just how much a stress ball actually works. It doesn’t matter what age you are – if you are feeling the angst, a stress ball is definitely a must-buy.

3.Sleep Headband, £15.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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Why not gift your loved one the best tool for falling to sleep? This multitasking present provides a sleep headband, sleep mask and sports headband all in one. The lightweight and exceptionally comfy band feature advanced Bluetooth technology. Whether you wish to listen on the move, meditate or drift off – this device will block out external noise.  You choose exactly what you hear as you drift off – erm, why didn’t I notice these sooner?

4.Grace & Stella Hot and Cold Gel Bead Eye Mask, £9, www.amazon.co.uk

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Apply the soothing warm mask and let your anxiety and stress melt away. Or, cool the mask and relieve eye strain, eye bags and headaches. This is a perfect gift for every WFH Individual. After a long day staring at the screen and getting stressed, just whip the mask on, sit back and in 5 minutes you will feel like yourself again.

5.Relaxation, Wellbeing and Pampering Gift Set, £27.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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Make way for the ultimate relaxation kit. Inside this box is everything a person may need to totally de-stress and find their zen. Featuring:

4 Relaxation Bath Melts (includes eucalyptus, geranium, lavender and sweet orange). These essential oils are specifically combined to achieve utter calm.

Lavender & Patchouli Bath Salts – unwind and forget anything that isn’t quiet happiness.

Wild Honeysuckle Soy Candle (23 hours burn time).

2 Soaps (lavender and clementine & prosecco)

All of these essential items are cruelty-free, vegan and handcrafted in the UK. This kit will transform anyone’s evening into one of heavenly spa-like quality.

Any of these gifts would be much appreciated by a stressed-to-hell loved one and may just take a tier-3 risk of a breakdown to a more reasonable tier-1 situation. Better buy me 3 of each.

For more Christmas inspo read “Quirky Ideas for Stocking Fillers (On a Budget).

 

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6 Ways To Be A Nicer Person

Here is the second lockdown and with it comes a second chance to re-evaluate and maybe find ways to be a nicer person. With all the best intentions in the world and promises we make, people don’t change. It’s not in their nature. This makes altering key flaws quite a task, but it isn’t impossible.

In a society where people’s behaviours are readily mistaken and quickly judged, it makes trying to change for the better even more difficult. For example, a person who appears rude because they have extreme anxiety. Or a person’s strange behaviour due to OCD/PTSD that causes others to exclude them or brand them derogatory labels. Such conditions can affect an individual’s motivation to try and change for the better. Because, what’s the point? It can feel like an uphill battle on a landslide. Well, as my nan says, “Never give up.” That is the point. It’s a domino effect. Being nicer helps you and others become happier; it has a knock-on effect. Ultimately, we are all the same. We are all here to be the best we can be. Here are 6 ways I have found that have helped me to be a better person.

1.Squash the Negative

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If you are feeling the negativity creep in and spiderweb over your thoughts, squash it. Immediately recognise it for just being negativity and, instead, replace it with a positive thought. Should you be in an environment that makes you feel down, grab your coat and go and get some exercise. It’s amazing how much this can change your outlook, and therefore your day. In turn, your attitude towards others will improve.

2. If You Don’t Like Someone

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This can be tricky as there are many reasons for not liking a person. Take a step back and think about the main reason and see if it can be resolved. Should it be a case of just annoyance, think of something they do that is nice. Each time you feel agitated, look for a positive about that person to balance it out. Failing that, avoidance is key.

3. If You Can’t Say Anything Nice.

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As my mum always told me “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t speak.” It is so true. Waking up grumpy and snappy is not someone else’s fault. Being in lockdown may mean you wake up moody as the person you are stuck with has betrayed you or made you feel angry. You can’t change them, but you can change how you deal. You don’t have to sink or let their actions change you into a passive-aggressive nightmare. Keep calm, take deep breaths and focus your mind on important things in the day. Don’t let negativity get an advantage. If it surfaces, keep it zipped. You do not need to say anything – it will only make everyone’s situation worse.

4.Think of Ways to Help

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I don’t mean start a campaign or cook for the street. However, there are little things you can do. Perhaps pick a paper up and deliver it to a neighbour or relative who is isolating. Buy someone some flowers and make their day. Ask people if they are okay. Make someone a card and post it. All of these things go a long way – and definitely make you feel like a nicer person.

5.Listen and Give Time

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Even in a lockdown, we are still consumed with ourselves. Just giving someone that bit of time, listening to them will help so much. Take an extra half hour to read more to your child at bedtime or give your family member a call and let them know you are thinking of them.

6. Question Yourself

It’s time to be brutally honest with yourself. Think about ways you feel you could improve yourself. Maybe be kinder or more thoughtful. Or think of the things that make others dislike you. Even if you are unfairly judged, get over it and work out what causes people to think a certain way in the first place. Then try to take steps to change this, so people can view you in the way you feel you deserve.

For more advice read, “How to Deal With Unwanted Family Situations at Christmas.”

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Celebrate In Style With These Awesome Boozy Advent Calendars, 2020

Tis no better time to get merry than now. So, get your festive cheer on and celebrate the Christmas countdown in style with these awesome boozy advent calendars. Check out some of the best:

1.Festive Sparkle: Prosecco & Champagne Advent Calendar Christmas Exclusive, £124.99, www.gettingpersonal.com

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What we have here is a very merry countdown. Featuring a collection of sparkly fizz, with champagne, pinot rose and prosecco – you can be sure each day of December is filled with fun. Now, the only choice is whether to team it with a cheese and cracker calendar or chocolate one. Decisions, decisions.

2.Cheer for Beer: Craft Beer Advent Calendar by Honest Brew, £79.90, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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When searching for the mecca of beer advents, respected, renowned and super-tasty are the 3 boxes that need to be checked. Behold, the most prized beer calendars of them all. This calendar has been a sell-out for the past 5 years. Including 24 premium products from the finest breweries in Europe, you can expect some exclusives thrown into the mix, too. With a different brewer behind each door’s hidden treasure, you are certain to discover at least one new favourite. So, sit back, relax and whisk yourself away. The end of 2020 is sure to be a merrier one.

3, For White Wine Lovers: Virgin Wines Luxury White Wine Advent Calendar, £79.99, www.idealworld.co.uk

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White wine lovers, come and feast your eyes on the dreamiest wine calendar of them all. You can expect truly impressive wines from across the globe, guaranteed to set your tastebuds alight with the tastiest type of merriment. Boasting award-winning wines (including the much-loved Senti Prosecco), this Christmas countdown is one not to be missed.

4.Prefer a Jameson? Try Drinks by the Dram Irish Whiskey Advent Calendar, £149.95, www.amazon.co.uk

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Given that Jameson’s is my all-time drink, this countdown has to be my favourite. Boasting an array of delicious Irish whiskey’s, there is nothing quite like the Irish Whiskey Calendar to help you forget your woes and put you firmly in the festive spirit. Should your tipple of choice be of the Irish variety, you are going to go crazy for this impressive calendar. Each drum contains 30ml of awesome Irish Christmas cheer.

I should mention that, due to their fabulousness, these calendars sell-out fast. If you want one grab it while you can.

For more advent calendar inspo, read: “Quirky Advent Calendars That Bring Something Else To The Table.”

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Improve Your December With A Luxury Chocolate Advent

2020 may seem excessively crap, but owning a luxury chocolate advent calendar will significantly improve your December. However, rapidly-dwindling willpower is needed to keep your improved December intact. We all know how it ends. A sitting room floor covered in shredded cardboard and foil, with a lone Turkish Delight amongst the remains. Frankly, it looks like your calendar was ravaged by crazed wolves with a serious sugar addiction.

The Christmas countdown is almost upon us. Why not upgrade your loved one’s festive month with one of the following luxury chocolate advent calendars? They are certain to boost mood and inject life with some delicious happiness.

1. Tweak of Luxury: Hotel Chocolat The Everything Advent, £26, www.hotelchocolat.com

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This luxury advent enables all serious chocolate fans to celebrate Christmas and get down to some serious indulgence. Peek behind the doors to uncover the brand’s hero recipes. Including their award-winning Slated Caramel Cocoa Vodka in their Salted Martini treat, and other heavenly wonders – I doubt a person on the planet would still have a door unopened by the second week of December. Improved life? I think so!

2. December Enhancement: Wicked and Wonderful Chocolatier Luxury Chocolate Truffle Wooden Advent, £58, www.yumbles.com

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For me, a good truffle is where it’s at. Nothing on this planet can bring festive cheer like the taste of a truffle’s God-like sumptuousness. Imagine, then, an entire advent calendar boasting an array of award-winning artisanal iconic truffles The Marc de Champagne one is as good as it sounds. Prepare to feel ultra-pampered with these luxe treats. Also – have you seen the insane design that deserves to be on the front of this year’s John Lewis advert? The beautifully crafted calendar even lights up. Yes!

3. Serious Chocolate TLC : Pierre Marcolini Signature Advent Calendar, £49, www.eu.marcolini.com

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Should your loved one be a fan of Pierre Marcolini’s mastermind praline creations, the 2020 calendar is a must-have. Combining signature chocolates and brand-new treats to discover, the calendar is certain to achieve 24 days of awakening to immense joy. After a mouthful of sheer luxury (creamy caramel, hazelnut praline, caramelised nuts), and so much more, how can anyone have a bad day?

4. Happy Days: Godiva Luxury Chocolate Advent Calendar, £20, www.amazon.co.uk

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Godiva never fails to impress with their tasty Belgian treats seemingly sent from above. Featuring irresistible flavours like the Raspberry Star and brought to you in fabulous festive designs, December is all set for a significant upgrade! If you prefer a different advent read. “Quirky Advent Calendars Tat Bring Something Else To The Table.”

What advent calendar will you be buying this year? Leave me a message in the comments below. Stay safe xx

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Quirky Ideas For Stocking Fillers (On A Budget)

If you are anything like me, stocking filler presents always get forgotten until the last minute. Then I freak out over my poor budget and time management. Panic buying (not loo roll, although maybe this year) on a budget means purchasing all the pointless tat that can be sent via next day delivery. A waste of money and time. This year, I’m starting early to give the stocking filler the justice it deserves. After a year of crap, we need some fun, innovative and quirky gifts guaranteed to bring a smile at the very least. Check out awesome stocking filler ideas.

1.For the Chocolate Maniac: Hot Chocolate Bombes, £9.99, www.prezzybox.com

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OMG, my mouth is literally drooling (Turner and Hooch style) just looking at this. If your loved one enjoys Belgian chocs, hot chocolate and marshmallow, the stocking filler gift will be a hit. The bombes take the classic hot chocolate drink to a whole new level (picture total bliss). A perfect comfort-giving gift.

2.For the Anxiety-Ridden: Calma Llama Stress Toy, £5.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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This gift is perfect for anxiety or stress sufferers of any age. Studies have shown simple techniques such as using a stress toy can greatly alleviate those unwelcome feelings of anger, anxiousness or just stress in general. If you ask me, we could all benefit from having one of these little llamas in our Christmas stockings this year.

3.For the Lockdown-Weary Folk, Moan and Move on Notebook by Bread & Jam, £4.95, www.notonthehighstreet.com

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Another fabulous and quirky gift idea from which all of us would benefit is this notebook. Being in a lockdown for the foreseeable means there are going to a be a lot of fed up folk wanting to say what they think. Sadly, with nowhere to escape to, most of us have to keep it zipped. This is no good – it has to come out. With the Moan & Move on Notebook, you can vent fifty times (there are 50 pages). Then throw your grievance in the bin and – you guessed it – move on.

4.For the Boredom: Magnetic Figure Stacking Game, £3.99, www.findmeagift.co.uk

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There’s nothing like a novelty gift that everyone can enjoy. When the board games get too much and the TV is blah (given you have probably seen everything a hundred times by Christmas), the Magnetic Figure Stacking Game will be a welcome sight. With a variety of balancing acts to try out, the stocking filler with be sure to alleviate boredom (for a while at least).

For some awesome ideas for advent calendars, check out: “Quirky Advent Calendars That Bring Something Else To The Table.”

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Life-Changing Skincare Products That Defy Winter (And Make You Smile)

There’s no doubt about it – winter wrecks the skin. Now, is the time we really need life-changing skincare products that defy the effects of UK weather. Maybe my face isn’t so bad that people mistake it for a Halloween mask.  But I can tell you, it hasn’t looked its best of late. In fact, just today my son likened my skin to that of an elderly person (worse day ever!).

Sadly, harsh elements outdoors, followed by similarly damaging elements indoors mean your skin doesn’t get a break. For me, (and probably many of you too) my complexion is mirroring a combo of cold weather effects, insomnia and a huge dollop of stress. It’s incredible how just a week of not bothering and too much Red Bull can make you look like total crap! But, thanks to my son’s wily observations and the following super-duper products, these life-changing skincare ingredients worked their magic. Now, my complexion is back to its beautiful and not old radiant self. Phew!

Should you be going through a similar scenario, these skincare products will quickly change the picture back to one with a smile!

1. Vitamin C Serum Fragrance-Free £43 (20ml), www.ecooking.com

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We need ingredients we know will work and this serum ticks every box. Combining the clinically proven anti-aging components such as vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, the vegan-friendly serum delivers transformative results. Fine lines and hyperpigmentation are greatly reduced, and your skin receives some next-level protection. And thanks to the inclusion of glycerine and sodium PCA that offer massive moisture-retaining abilities, the transformation is complete!

2.Avant Harmonising Rose Quartz Revitalising and Firming Cream, £59.25, 50ml (Was £79), www.avant-skincare.com

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This time of year, we need a great mask that means business. Should unsightly pores be an issue (let’s face it, when aren’t they?) this mask will go a long way to resolving the problem. However, it must be used religiously. Whilst the mask isn’t a magic wand, it does offer significant (but temporary) benefits.

The super creamy mask comes as a luxurious, thick texture loaded with those life-changing and weather-defying skincare ingredients. These include vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and rose. The rose provides a gentle (much-needed right now), yet effective exfoliation. The hyaluronic acid works on those lines, wrinkles and moisture absorption. Lastly, vitamin E supports the skin with super-power healing and protective abilities. Love, love, love!

3.Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour, £69 (50ml), www.omorovocza.co.uk

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Omorovicza continues to be one of my all-time fave brands. This is the go-to weekly mask for those with age, blemish, stress and weather-related skin concerns. Silver is well-known for its immense antibacterial and healing qualities. Silver and niacinamide work in unison, overcoming all of the above annoyances with ease.

Niacinamide has been shown to be a great ingredient for tackling aging, breakouts, hydration, hyperpigmentation, whilst improving skin texture. The hero component (vitaminB3) even aids in the protection against free radical damage.

Also added to the specifically formulated mask are glycolic and salicylic acids. Together, they make light work of eradicating blemishes, returning your complexion to one of health and radiance.

The mask feels thick yet somehow velvety with a strong scent. Apply and leave on for about 10 minutes and then wash away. This treatment should only be used once per week. Those with sensitive skin should apply for 5 minutes. Increase the time accordingly if all goes well. The multi-tasking skin treatment is a true game-changer.

For more amazing products that deliver great results read, “5 Amazing Beauty Products To Carry you Through Lockdown.”

It’s all about the smiles!

Have you tried any of these superior powerhouse products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Saturday. xx

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Luxury Beauty Gift Sets To Blow Your Mind

Christmas is now firmly in our sights and boy; do we need a treat. Luxury is the name of the game (well, luxury beauty gift sets to be precise). Celebrate getting to the end of a hideous year by indulging your loved one (and yourself) in sheer pampered bliss. Read on to discover amazing beauty gift sets that are so luxurious they will blow your mind. Turn your attention to any of these and you will soon forget all about the word pandemic.

1.Luxury Beauty Gift Set for Mum: La Mer Restorative Hydration Gift Set, £445, www.harrods.com

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This gift set is ideal for those with damaged, dry or mature skin types. Unzip the bag to reveal La Mer’s globally loved signature cream (la Crème de la Mer). Also included is their best-selling Concentrate Together, these two formulas offer skin transformative benefits. Dry patches are forever banished (at least until the cream runs out anyway), and your complexion will be one of healthy, hydrated luminosity.

With ingredients like their ‘Miracle Broth’, you know it is going to be a special experience for your face. You will need a few minutes to apply this duo set. One minute to apply the Concentrate followed by the Crème. Then, two more minutes to do a carefree dance of utter delight!

2.Dyson Airwrap Styler Exclusive Copper Gift Edition, £449.99, www.dyson.co.uk

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I am still waiting to be sent the Dyson Airwrap Styler for review; however, I have only heard amazing things about this next generation haircare tool. It has literally become a global sensation that all hair craves! Featuring 30mm and 40mm Airwrap barrels, a firm smoothing and soft smoothing brush, a round volumizing brush, a pre-styling dryer and storage case and bag.

The clever technology that has gone into creating this super-duper dryer achieves negative ions for less static, an extra-long cable and a 4 heat/3-speed setting.

Dear Santa…

3.Charlotte Tilbury Dream Come True Pillow Talk Gift Set, £300, www.selfridges.com

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Should you know a true Charlotte Tilbury fanatic, this gift set will seriously make their dreams come true! Combining pretty much every Charlotte Tilbury product you could wish for, the beautifully designed pull out drawer gift box is a must-have.  Luxury – check, pampered – check, huge smiles – check. Job done.

4.Gatineau Limited Edition Best-Sellers Collection Gift Set, £179 (Worth £379), www.feelunique.com

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Gatineau has received much acclaim for its outstanding skincare results. This is a brand I love. The gift set is perfect for any beauty obsessive and is a total steal, boasting an extra £200 worth of product for FREE! The set includes just about everything your skin may need. Exfoliator, moisturiser, serum, night elixir – Gatineau has ticked all the boxes. Just the fact that I have all their most sought-after products at once makes my head spin. The Age Benefit Night Elixir has to be my most favourite of them all!

For more inspo check out my article on Luxury Gift Ideas For A Truly Pampered Christmas

Have you put any luxury gift sets on your Christmas list this year? Let me know in the comments below.

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Would You Recognise These Signs Of Ovarian Cancer?

Ovarian cancer is a sneaky disease. Difficulty recognising the signs means that often it is undetected. According to the NHS, a troubling 90% of women are unaware of ovarian cancer symptoms. There are several tell-tale signs you should never ignore. If you have more than one of the following symptoms (and it doesn’t pass), go and get it checked out. It is better to be safe than sorry – and early detection has a 90% survival rate. Read on:

1. Persistent Bloating Can Indicate Ovarian Cancer

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Bloating is common and is often associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, should you have persistent bloating it may indicate a problem.

2. Stomach Pain Can Be a Sign

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Okay, so there is no need to rush to the doctor with a stomachache. If, on the other hand, you regularly have stomach pain, and it is coupled with bloating and/or back pain, this may be a red flag.

3. Changes in Urination or Bowel Habits

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If you are recognising the need to wee more often or with urgency (and you haven’t just downed a litre of water) this could indicate a more sinister underlying issue. Another sign is a change in bowel habits (such as going more regularly or a lot less). Basically, if it is out of the ordinary and continued, get it checked

4. Extreme Tiredness May Be a Symptom

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Do you feel like you’ve run a marathon even though your daily routine hasn’t changed? Should everything become a struggle and you feel utterly exhausted for no apparent reason, this is a sign something is definitely amiss. It could be down to nutrient deficiency or stress, but if it is persistent, go and see your GP.

5. Feeling Full

Do you feel full very quickly? Have you noticed you have lost your appetite and are losing weight without dieting? Again, although it could be stress, ovarian cancer can also present this way.

Should you recognise these signs, make a 2-week diary of your symptoms and then see your doctor. In their words – STAT!

For further help, check out this article on ‘The best foods to fo shield you from cancer’.

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Moisturising Foundations That Wipe Out Winter Skin

Winter may be fast-approaching (in fact you’d be forgiven for thinking we are already there), but winter skin doesn’t stand a chance against a great foundation. Discover some truly incredible moisturising foundations to wipe out any trace of the dreaded winter effect on your face. Better yet, these ones are currently on offer. Double YES!

1.Estee Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturising Makeup SPF 45, £32.40 for 30ml (Was £36), www.boots.com

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Okay, there are SO many good things about this foundation I don’t know where to begin. Firstly, this product doubles up as a great skincare saviour. The formula includes Ion charged water, probiotic technology and chia seed extract. This means it is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and anti-inflammatory properties – and guaranteed to give all complexions a seriously nourishing boost.

The natural-looking foundation is totally breathable and lightweight yet provides full coverage and a seamlessly even finish. Those imperfections bugging you are swiftly dealt with. The outstanding makeup offers immediate hydration. It ensures skin TLC and a flawlessly radiant result you will love. This foundation is available in 20 shades, meaning you are certain to find one your skin will adore.

2. Light Wonder Foundation by Charlotte Tilbury, £34, www.charlottetilbury.com

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Should you be concerned about premature aging or battling a spell of dryness, this foundation by Charlotte Tilbury is one to try. The lightweight makeup boasts an array of botanicals. These provide essential skincare support to thwart the onset of winter damage. Charlotte Tilbury’s foundation ensures a natural finish. Furthermore, it wipes away any traces of imperfections in a flash. Expect great coverage and an enviable radiant luminosity.

3.Chanel Les Beiges Foundation, £41, www.chanel.com

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The HEALTHY GLOW AND HYDRATION FOUNDATION AND LONGWEAR has to be my favourite. Boasting a sheer blend of luxury and luminosity, it feels like you are putting something special on your face (and you’d be right). A polymer is included to wipe away irksome imperfections such as fine lines and spots. A second polymer fills in pesky pores. This formula creates instantly smooth and flawless results that last all day long. The icing of the cake is that this fabulous hydrating foundation is available in 35 shades. Yes, you read it correctly – 35 SHADES!!

Better yet, the foundation is brimming with Healthy Glow Booster Pigments. These enhance the skin with luminosity and unveils a satin-esque complexion of dreams!

Kalanchoe extract offers exceptional protection against free radical damage. Humectants ensure the immediate hydration surge is kept where it should be. Expect a healthy, flawless-looking face that glows (and a big smile to boot!).

Have you tried any of these moisturising foundations and which one do you love the most? Leave me a message below. xx

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The Best Lip Stains That Actually Last!

Having tried countless lip stains (each one with as much enthusiasm as the last), I have concluded that sadly, not all lip tints are created equal. Sure, they look the part, but alas, some are just downright disappointing. Some are weak and uneven the moment they dry, and others dry a very different colour to what was expected – and then do NOT budge. Not forgetting the ones that have less staying power than the toy lipstick that came with my child’s doll set.  That said, all is not lost. There are a few lip stains that actually look gorgeous and will go the distance. Colours that won’t leave you resembling someone who has been clobbered in the mouth. Read on:

1.Victoria Beckham Bitten Lip Tint, £32, www.victoriabeckhambeauty.com

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This is no ordinary lip tint, oh no. The multi-tasking formula contains hyaluronic acid and squalene to effectively smooth and plump up your pout, so you can pucker up with confidence. I love a matte finish and this lip tint creates a perfect natural-looking matte. Furthermore, unlike some of its competitors, it is not sticky and passes the test of time. Simply apply, look gorgeous, check mirror 3 hours later and smile! The gorgeous lip tint is available in 2 shades: Cherie (sheer pink rose) and Bisou (a rich nude berry). Bisou is my fave!

2.Benefit Bene tint Rose Tinted Lip And Cheek Tint, £21.65, www.feelunique.com

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Another fabulous lip tint is this one from Benefit. No matter what you do, it maintains its gorgeous sheer rose finish. However, I do have to say there is a way of applying the product. If you don’t do it correctly you may just be stuck with it for several hours. This stuff does NOT budge. Firstly, make sure the shade suits you. Apply lightly, wait for it to dry and then build it up if needed.

When I first tried this, I was in my car and in a rush. I slathered it on – discovered it was too bright for interview purposes – then to my horror could not remove it. Rubbing and smudging in the sheer panic caused me to look like I had applied my makeup wearing a blindfold. Now I’ve given you the visuals, take heed. This lip stain means business.

3.MAC Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain, £19, www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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MAC is the brand that just keeps on giving. If you love the glossy and high-pigment finish, this is the lip stain for you. It is super-lightweight, feels comfortable, glides on evenly and creates a signature glossy look for up to twelve hours. That’s twelve hours of a super-kissable irresistible pout. Game on. You can get this lip stain in 14 equally beautiful shades!

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Discover Autumn’s Best New Beauty Launches

2020 isn’t all doom and gloom – the beauty industry keeps bringing us new and unmissable beauty launches to lift our spirits. And boy, they certainly put smiles on our faces. Check out the best new beauty products too good to overlook.

1.Sisley Hair Rituel Nourishing Hair and Scalp Balm, £86 (125g), www.selfridges.com

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One look outside is enough to make us bolt the door and return to our beds. Alas, this is not often possible. One thing we can do is ensure our hair and scalp remain in tip-top condition whilst grabbing a bit of luxury. Sisley’s new Nourishing Scalp and Hair Balm targets those with dry and damaged tresses, restoring your head to a crown of glorious locks – no matter how menacing the weather becomes.

2.Lancôme Grandiose Eyeliner, £25.50, www.lancome.co.uk

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Being a true sucker for a good liquid eyeliner, I couldn’t wait to try Lancôme’s new one that features a bendable wand. If like me, your cat eye is your signature look, this is a must-have. The eyeliner glides on effortlessly in a flash. Furthermore, the flexible wand is perfect for people who suffer from painful joints too.

3.Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF30/PA+++, £31 (50ml), www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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I’m loving this new tinted moisturiser by Nars. With wintery times well and truly here and skin concerns courtesy of the face mask, we need a product that cares for our complexions. This tinted moisturiser holds the key to true skin goals. Featuring minerals and kopara (a natural sugar) from French Polynesia, the formula hydrates nourishes and protects. Furthermore, this fantastic ingredient is proven to stimulate cell renewal too. Not only that, but you will discover dark spots and pigmentation appear reduced with continued use. Is there anything this tinted moisturiser can’t do?

The oil-free tinted moisturiser comes in 12 gorgeous shades that do not settle and cake. Instead, you can expect an even and flawless finish that’s so light you forget it is on. Simply apply, sit back and wait for the compliments.

4.Elizabeth Arden Exclusive Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum, £45 (30-Piece), www.elizabetharden.co.uk

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We’ve tested and adored their vitamin C and retinol capsules, and now we can go ahead and start falling in love with their newest addition to the skin-saving arsenal. Behold the Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules. Their award-winning formula ensures optimal delivery of scientifically proven ingredients, guaranteeing your complexion looks and feels its absolute best. These outstanding capsules provide skin-plumping hyaluronic acid which is then locked into place with key ceramides. Phew, now I can stop working on that time machine.

5.Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher in Walk of No Shame, £30, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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This gorgeous universal shade of blusher instantly enhances any complexion with the prettiest luminosity. The latest addition is the berry-rose hue. It is a two-shaded palette designed for the eyes, lips and cheeks. I know what you’re thinking – and YES, you can wear them all together – what is more, you absolutely should! Enjoy.

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Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars So Good You’ll Weep!

Beauty advent calendars are my all-time guilty pleasure – and luxury ones are classed right there under the headline, Life Goals. This year may be a total bummer, but the following luxury beauty advent calendars are so good you will weep. Should you be loaded, you will weep for joy. Should you be more like me, the tears will be more of a sad nature. That said, I am now a woman with a new-found mission. On another note, I am on eagerly awaiting to hear about Tiffany’s 2020 calendar (though not quite sure how they will top it).

1.Dior Beauty Advent Calendar, £340, www.diorbeauty.com

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Should you have a spare £350 and gush over Dior’s outstanding products, this holiday season will go off with a bang. Inside this intricately designed, star-spangled calendar are heavenly gifts. Little presents to transform each day of December into sheer bliss. In fact, should you develop a hacking cough, your happiness levels will be such that you probably won’t even notice. I’m talking serious pleasure. Behind each door you will find fragrance, makeup and skincare to set your heart on fire. So, in love!

2.Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar, £395, www.net-a-porter.com

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For those of you who are not familiar with Dr. Barbara Sturm, she is a German aesthetics doctor who is basically a sheer genius. When it comes to anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and healing skincare, this woman totally rocks. Revolutionising the beauty industry with the launch of her bespoke plasma-based cream, she was catapulted her to stardom. The cream uses the body’s own proteins to effectively diminish inflammation and deliver out-of-this-world rejuvenation. If you are lucky enough to be her patient, you can try this! However, you can get a taster of the level of anti-aging and skin-nourishing ingredients on offer with this stellar beauty calendar. Trust me, if you feel like really treating yourself this year, the Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar is a splurge worth every penny.

3. Space NK beauty Anthology, £195 (Worth £630), www.spacenk.com

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Check out Space NK’s exclusive luxury beauty advent calendar, loaded with the most luxurious and precious products from the best brands ever! Including items from the likes of Byredo, Diptique and Barbara Sturm (to name just a few), the calendar delivers ultimate luxury. The best bit is that you are getting all of this for a total steal.

Choosing which calendar to splash out on is torture. Knowing you have to order it well in advance, so you don’t miss out, and then not being able to open it for almost 6 weeks, is mission impossible.

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Christmas Gifts For Achieving Ultimate Wellbeing

Being a positive influence on others has never been so important. This Christmas, why not gift your loved one a present that achieves ultimate feelings of wellbeing? Having the ability to help people can only be consistent if we are in a good place, mentally and physically. With this in mind, make sure you are being kind to yourself too. Whether you are gifting others or making sure you don’t forget to give yourself some TLC, these wellness presents will take you a long way to achieving happiness for your body and mind.

1.Wellbeing App: Try Headspace on iTunes, Free for Beginners, www.itunes.com

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So many people dismiss meditation saying they can’t get into it or don’t know how to switch off. This is a major mistake. The research proves that opting in to meditation and mindfulness significantly improves a person’s wellbeing. Should you be one of those people that frequently fob off this life-changing process, now there is no excuse. Headspace is one of a few apps developed specifically for you – teaching you how to meditate and get in the zone and generally become more mindful. This app is well worth the money and time.

2.Wellbeing Book: For Anxiety Sufferers: Try the Speakmans Conquering Anxiety, £8.99 (Kindle), www.amazon.co.uk

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Most people in the UK will have heard of the Speakmans’ incredible abilities to help those suffering from phobias and other disorders. The husband and wife duo launched a book brimming with tricks and tips designed to help anxiety sufferers. I read this and was amazed at how much the techniques help – and mind-blowingly quickly too!

3.Aromatherapy Associates Ultimate Wellbeing Bath & Shower Collection, £65, www.spacenk.com

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Want the ultimate wellbeing? Of course, you do – and it’s right here combined within 10 gorgeous bottles. After being introduced to this gift set a couple of years ago, I am certain no one does aromatherapy oils quite like Aromatherapy Associates. The set features the best essential oils. Each bottle is specifically formulated to conjure up all the happy wellness you can handle. This beautifully packaged box of joy is the go-to Christmas gift to keep him/her smiling.

4.Calming and Uplifting Candles Try: Neom Organics London Scent of Wellbeing Gift Set, £45 (Was £48), www.feelunique.com

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Should your loved one be partial to a candle, take the opportunity to gift them a real wellness treat for Christmas. Behold Neom Organics Wellbeing Gift Set. Featuring 3 gorgeous candles with equally enticing names (Christmas Wish, Luxury and Perfect Peace). These candles are dripping with essential oils to banish stress and infuse sparkles of joy into your life. Prepare for a totally lit Christmas. The advice here is to buy at least 2 (as you won’t want to let this set go).

Achieve complete zen with the help of awesome candles, courtesy of NEOM.

5.Silk Everything and Oh-so-Soft Blanket, Try: Zilmasilk 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcase, £44.92, www.amazon.co.uk

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There’s nothing quite like a bit of luxury and pampering to make you feel special, happy and generally uplifted. And there is nothing like slipping back into silk to help you accomplish this incredible state of being. Grab yourself some silk pillowcases and sheets and also the eye mask and PJs.Basically, go the whole hog. I was sent this pillowcase to review a long time ago and it remains my all-time favourite possession (I suspect this will never change).

However, let’s not forget the importance of a cosy blanket. Winter nights are drawing in so to make sure you have all you need, bag yourself an anti-anxiety weighted blanket and keep it at the bottom of your bed for those colder nights (or times when you need that extra comforting). Heaven situation? I think so!

6.WellWoman Max, £19.85, www.vitabiotics.com

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WellWoman Max provides all the vitamins and minerals you need to keep you in perfect balance. At times of stress and when viruses rage rampantly through our streets with total disregard, make sure you stay on top form. Phew, panic over. Take that pandemic.

7.Soothing Sleep Spray Try: Fat & The Moon Dream Weaver Mist, £9.95 (1oz), www.liveinthelight.co.uk

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Yes, this has been mentioned so many times, and there’s no plan and stopping the plug! Inexpensive and brimming with those perfect ingredients for a totally dreamy slumber, this spray by Fat and The Moon should be a fixture on everyone’s’ shelves. Whether you have a child who struggles to settle down, a teenager who never switches off the phone, or a partner whose stress levels keep them awake – this magical potion truly makes a difference.

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The Best Candles To Waft Away Negativity

I think everyone can agree 2020 pretty much sucks. With this in mind, we need a candle that means business. We need one that contains no nasty ingredients and can harness the powers of positivity through its exceptional therapeutic components. Basically, we want something that can clear out all the negativity this year has brought and now replace our space with a scent of refreshingly happy loveliness. Here are the best:

1.Cleanse Away Negativity With Sage. Try: Woodwick Sage & Myrrh Hearthwick Jar Candle, £21.99 (16oz), www.candlesdirect.com

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Don’t scoff, but sage has been used for centuries to cleanse negativity and evil, whilst drawing in protection – and it is still being used today. Surely, then it is worth checking out. Sage doesn’t have an elegant flowery scent – but that’s okay, it has a job to do. Also combined are the beautiful and calming aromas of bergamot, lavender, myrrh and sandalwood. Together the notes complement each other and encompass your room in a newly decorated picture of peace and tranquillity. Perfect. Also, the burn time is up to 80 hours. Yes!

2.Pure Thoughts Gratitude Aromatherapy Candle, £16 (100g), www.purethoughts.co.uk

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It is important that in order to feel positive, you must first be thankful for the good things in your life. This natural soy candle is the perfect way to help you channel gratitude and become more positive.

Combined in this vegan aromatherapy candle is pure lemongrass, which is well-known for its ability to uplift any mood. Burn time is 18 – 20 hours (going on the week I’ve had I’m going to need to buy at least a dozen more, just to be on the safe side). Whether you wish to meditate or simply banish negativity and boost your mood, you are guaranteed to LOVE this candle.

3.ESPA Positivity Candle, £35 (200g) www.espaskincare.com

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Who’s up for a bit of soul upliftment? At a guess, that’s pretty much of all of us. Behold ESPA’s Positivity Candle. That’s right, ESPA not only do amazing skincare, but their candles are just as outstanding. Breathe in a unique blend of jasmine, gardenia and rose geranium to boost your confidence and mood. Next, allow the aroma of sweet orange and bergamot maintain your focus and happy thoughts. This truly is a beautiful candle that keeps negativity at the door. 100& natural wax blend, suitable for vegetarians and smells divine!

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The Shortlist For The Best Blurring Primers of 2020 are…

Let’s take a moment to forget about the hideousness that is 2020. Instead, rejoice over some beautiful products that make life (and our faces) brighter. A good primer can transform your look. However, choosing the right one amongst the vast amounts available can feel as likely as winning the lottery. Don’t panic, here comes the beauty cavalry. Should your skin concern be fine lines, pores and uneven skin tone, this is your lucky day. Here are the best blurring primers of 2020 – and they are worth every last penny.

1.For Lines: Amazing Cosmetics Line Smoother + Primer, £32.34, www.amazon.co.uk

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Check out this product of sheer awesomeness and see just how much effort has gone into ensuring its total perfection. Designed with teeny weeny metal roller balls for optimal delivery of those super-important skincare ingredients, you KNOW this brand is the biz!  It also provides award-winning Neodermyl technology, ensuring incredible results. Combining those all-important botanicals, ceramides and peptides to treat pesky age-related concerns, the product leaves no stone unturned.

This is treatment and coverage all in one easy step. If (like me) you find your foundation uses your lines as a comfy sofa, this primer will have you breathing a HUGE sigh of relief (instead of one of woe). Just make sure you wait for a few minutes before applying your makeup, or it won’t work.

2. Charlotte Tilbury WONDERGLOW Face Primer, £39, www.charlottetilbury.com

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Charlotte Tilbury’s WONDERGLOW truly is a force to be reckoned with. The formula includes a powerhouse of superior ingredients, designed to create a perfectly flawless canvas for your makeup. Discover their florescent Core Light Diffuser and soft focuses which blur and diminish the appearance of imperfections. Also combined within this luxurious primer are outstanding skincare ingredients. Components such as bionymph peptide, wild pansy extract and HA further tackle lines and wrinkles and aid in rejuvenation. Better yet, WONDERGLOW contains my fave component – rosehip oil – which transforms the look of any complexion into one of utter radiance.

3.Urban Decay Complexion Optical Illusion Primer, £24 (28ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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This all-singing, all-dancing vegan primer is the stuff of dreams – the best dreams, ever. It feels like you are applying sheer luxury to your face! Should you have fine lines, imperfections and pores you would rather not see, this fabulous primer is your bag. Expect delivery of high-class ingredients and next-level technology. They team up to achieve optimal moisturising, nourishing and protective qualities, before moving on to blur out of all those pesky age-induced concerns. Woo-hoo! This amazing formula is suitable for all skin types and also contains argan, rosehip and meadowfoam oils. Suddenly the sun is shining again.

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Tackle Winter Skin With Expert-Approved Moisturisers (That Won’t Break The Bank)

It’s back again for another go at our skin. No, I’m not talking Corona or acne – I’m referring to the dreaded winter months. We need a hell of a good moisturiser (expert-approved, no less) to tackle these arctic conditions. One that can take down a plethora of skin issues that winter brings. And really guys, anything that takes away stress right now, has to be good.

The good news is that we know exactly what form of attack our beautiful complexions can expect, given it’s the same every year. Read on to discover the best winter-tackling moisturisers that beauty experts love.

Tackle Winter With:

Harsh winter weather crossed with over-the-top heating equals a potential skincare crisis. Nip it in the bud before your face starts to resemble last week’s newspaper. Look out for hydrating ingredients (hyaluronic acid), ceramides, peptides and Q10. These proven components all have earned their place in the spotlight. Should your skin be more like last year’s newspaper (like mine of late), look for an emollient to help. The following products are nothing less than awesome:

1. CeraVe Moisturising Cream, £4 (50ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream just goes to show that you do NOT need to spend a fortune to get those amazing skincare results. Aimed at those with particularly dry skin (or for use in winter), this cream is loaded with all the right ingredients to tackle pesky dryness and all the unwanted skin issues November throws at us. Combining 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid, this outstanding formula also brings MVE® Delivery Technology to the table. Basically, this means your face and body get a controlled release of ingredients throughout the day; thus, ensuring your skin stays nourished and hydrated. CeraVe is my go-to winter moisturiser. It’s non-greasy, absorbs quickly into the skin and keeps my complexion super happy all day long.

2. DHC Resveratrol Cream, £7.99, www.amazon.in

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You have probably heard of the antioxidant resveratrol, due to the fact that your red wine is loaded with the potent wonder ingredient. This component’s powers appear limitless. It has the ability to fight a multitude of illnesses and for the past few years, the beauty industry has recognised its anti-aging capabilities too. The antioxidant is like the superhero of anti-aging. Japanese brand DHC launched this cream back in 2014 and it has become a real buzz word ever since. The formula feels luxurious, strengthens the skin’s barrier and provides impeccable protective qualities. Love this!

3. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Face Moisturiser, £24.97 (1.7oz), www.iherb.com

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Sometimes you don’t have to go searching far and wide for new luxury creams that promise the secrets of never-ending youth. Sometimes, the tried and tested brands have everything you need. Whether you are tackling aging or preparing for the colder times ahead, Olay’s Regenerist’s Micro-Sculpting Cream has the exact amount of essential ingredients to maintain beautifully radiant skin throughout winter. Including key proven components such as amino-peptide Complex 11 that work in unison with B vitamins, the outcome is amazing. Fine lines appear reduced, the skin is firmer, hydrated, nourished and plump. Start using it now and on Christmas morning you will have another reason for the huge smile on your face. A little tip – Iherb has this priced at £10 cheaper than anywhere else!

Should you have particularly dry skin make sure you are using a good serum and then apply a thicker emollient to act as your skin’s extra shield. Never forget to cleanse (oil-based ones like DHC’s Oil-Based Cleanser). Never, ever forget your SPF – oh, and don’t sit too close to the space heater!

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Is Someone You Know Suicidal? Here’s How To Deal

A few weeks ago, someone in my circle committed suicide. I saw him an hour before he took his own life and I had absolutely no idea he was suffering. The most I thought was that (like us all) he had a few life problems to sort out.

Suicide is now one of the leading causes of death and the rates of male suicide in England continues to climb. 2020 has tested many of us to the limit and you don’t need to look far to find someone feeling a bit blue. But how do you know when someone is down or if it is something more? Should you notice a friend or family member acting out of character, there are a few things you can do. Read on:

1. Assess the Situation

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Firstly, it is important to assess the seriousness of the situation to determine whether or not you may need to access immediate intervention. Suicidal comments and evidence of self-harm are clear red flags you need to get outside help.

2. Talk and Listen

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If your friend/loved one has appeared down or struggling, it is hard to know whether they are in need of help. They may insist everything is fine and be dismissive; thus, it’s truly difficult to get that person to open up. Be prepared to meet a brick wall when attempting to help. Talk to that person. Ask if there is anything troubling them and let them talk. Listen, rinse and repeat. This should not be a one-off convo – you need to keep checking in with them. Even if you can’t offer solutions, just being a friend has unmeasurable value.

3. Be There

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As previously mentioned, being there for someone can sometimes mean the difference between things being bearable and too much to deal with. They may not want to go out. That’s okay – take some movies and chocolates around, order a Chinese. Just be there as often as possible.

4. Understand There May Be no Outward Signs

Over a quarter of suicidal people show no outward signs of depression, particularly once they have made up their minds to carry it out. If someone has been down for a long time and suddenly, they just seem ‘okay’ without any positive changes in their circumstances, this is the time to keep a close eye on things. However, know that no one can be there 24/7 and if someone has made up their mind and then committed suicide, please do not blame yourself.

5. Seek Help

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Should you believe your friend/loved one is at risk of suicide, do not hesitate in seeking professional help. Remember, it is extremely difficult to know whether a person is planning on committing suicide. If a person is hell-bent on doing this, then spotting it and being able to prevent it is almost impossible. This is why it’s vital to keep in mind the above-mentioned points.

Here are some useful helpline telephone numbers. Calling can really make a difference:

Samaritans: 116 123 (24h)

www.sossilenceofsuicide.org – Online, live chat and phone.

www.suicidepreventionapp.com

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6 Of The Best Gadgets To Banish Anxiety

2020 has brought pretty much everyone the gift of anxiety and stress (thanks 2020, I can’t wait to see what I get for my birthday). The good news is there are literally tonnes of innovative and fun gadgets for banishing symptoms of anxiety and stress. I must stress that anxiety has varying levels and an anxiety disorder cannot be miraculously cured with a gadget alone. However, we can do a lot to help ourselves, and this includes using aids to ease the burden. Some are a waste of wonga, but there are also some really effective and fun gadgets that are well worth the buy. This year, why not buy someone a Christmas present they will actually enjoy for longer than the holiday period? Here are 5 of the best anti-anxiety/stress tools around:

1.Brentford’s Weighted Blanket, £26.73 (4kg), www.amazon.co.uk

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Designed specifically to induce an incredibly comforting sleep, by way of deep touch pressure therapy, this weighted blanket is in a league of its own. The blanket is proven to increase serotonin and melatonin, which in turn decreases the stress hormone. The result is that anxiety and stress are soothed away and replaced with a happy and peaceful sleep. I love my weighted blanket – its benefits really are unmeasurable.

2.Clear Fear Anti-Anxiety App, App Store

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Should you or a loved one suffer from anxiety, this award-winning app is a tool that really helps. Developed by a clinical psychologist, the app uses CBT to support the reduction of physical responses to triggers and also alter a person’s behaviour and thoughts. Do give this a try.

3. Yomogo Fluffy Cloud Slime, £6.65 (120ml), www.amazon.co.uk

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Okay., before you write this off as something you are far too adult to enjoy, hear me out. One day, whilst joining in with my son to create slime monsters, I stumbled across the huge anti-stress benefits that this product can offer. Seriously, it literally removes your stress in moments – and it’s fun too. I did some research and discovered it is actually a toy that is proven to combat anxiety and stress. Cheap, cheerful and it works!

4. Fat & The Moon Dream Weaver Mist, £9.95 (1 oz), www.liveinthelight.co.uk

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I was given this sleep spray to review a couple of years ago and have been buying the product ever since. It is THAT good. Should you want a good night’s sleep (duh!) and love a good dream, this is the kitty for you. Included in this somewhat magical formula are some pretty spectacular ingredients. You will discover components such as mugwort (sourced from wild mugwort), lavender, Californian poppy and sage. Mugwort has been used for centuries to ward off evil spirits, cleanse your surroundings and promote vivid dreaming. This sleep spray is great for every family member, helping to ensure a totally relaxing undisturbed slumber. Love, love, love!

5. Electric Scalp Head Massager, £34.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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This multi-tasking head massager is a gadget for all stressed-out people. Including 4 massaging heads, the super-cool device provides an awesome head massage, boosts circulation, removes stress and stimulates hair growth. A perfect on-the-go gadget for feelings of greatness.

6.Beats Solo 3 Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling headphones, £129, www.currys.co.uk

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This has to be my favourite of all the gadgets. Put them on and you are instantly immersed into another world all of your own. With 40 hours of play time, you can control your music experience and take calls – if you feel like it – which you probably won’t.

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Anxiety Attack Or Panic Attack: What Is The Difference?

The pandemic has a lot to answer. Mental health problems such as anxiety and panic attacks are sadly now commonplace. It is estimated that 1 in 6 people are experiencing a mental health condition any day of the week in England. The UK was experiencing a massive mental health crisis before Covid-19 and now it is surging to unprecedented levels. We all need to be more aware and able to help one another. By recognising whether a person is experiencing anxiety or a panic attack, you will be in a position to offer priceless assistance to a family member, friend or even a stranger. Read on:

What Is An Anxiety Attack?

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An anxiety attack is a response to a stressful situation or trigger. Imagine walking alone late at night, or around someone you know does not like you. The signs include a racing heart rate, rapid breathing, sweaty and worried or scared. Anxiety attacks do not usually last as long as a panic attack and normally disappear as soon as the trigger is removed.

What Is a Panic Attack?

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Panic attacks are in general, more severe. Mimicking signs of heart problems, the sufferer will experience rapid heart rate, extreme feelings of paralysis, chest pain and nausea. As you can imagine, this can be terrifying. Unlike anxiety attacks, they can come on out of the blue without any warning whatsoever.  On the upside, panic attacks are treatable. Read my article, ‘5 Techniques for Tackling a Panic Attack‘.to discover some tips on how to overcome the issue with minimal distress.

Remember you are not alone. Anxiety and panic attacks are more common than you might realise. They are also treatable. Do not suffer in silence from something that can be overcome. Speak to a friend or pick up the phone and call one of the helpline numbers below.

Mind: 0300 123 3933

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5 Techniques For Tackling A Panic Attack

Thanks to the pandemic, cases of anxiety and subsequent panic attacks are on the rise. Never has there been more need to help people tackle mental health conditions such as depression and panic attacks. According to the charity Mind, it is estimated that 1 in 6 people report experiencing a mental health problem in any given week, in England alone. Essential support for mental health conditions is scarce. A lack of funding, resources and understanding in general causes situations whereby a sufferer is taken to A & E only to be discharged as there is no bed or support available.

Panic attacks can be debilitating and often scary. However, there are certain things a person experiencing such problems can do to help curb the extremity of the situation and regain control. Read on to discover the best tips for dealing with a panic attack:

What Are the Signs of a Panic Attack?

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Chest Pain

Rapid heart rate

Sweating

Unable to Catch Breath

A panic attack will come on suddenly without any warning. For sufferers, a panic attack can be terrifying, as the symptoms are very similar to a heart attack (and are frequently mistaken for this).

Techniques for Tackling a Panic Attack

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1. Identify

The key to overcoming a panic attack is to quickly identify it and remind yourself it will pass. Although scary, it is not dangerous, and you will be okay.

2. Breathing Technique

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Try breathing slowly in through your nose and out of your mouth. Take long, deep and slow breaths – as many as you need. If you have a paper bag, try breathing into this.

3. Close Your Eyes

If you are able to do so, close your eyes and try to picture a safe place in your mind. This could be anywhere that comforts you. For me, it is my nan’s garden where I played growing up.

4. Play Music

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Make sure you have ‘panic attack music’ downloaded onto your phone. Better yet, some meditation music for panic attacks (there are tonnes of great ones on YouTube). When you feel able, put your earphones in and play this whilst continuing to do your breathing techniques.

5.Call Your Friend

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If you are alone and worried, call your friend for help. They can listen and reassure you until the situation passes.

Should you feel overwhelmed or are struggling it is imperative you seek help. The following telephone numbers for mental health helplines are hugely beneficial for many. They are available around the clock.

Mind: 0300 123 3393 Email:info@mind.org.uk

Sane: 0300 304 7000. Email: support@sane.org.uk

 

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Loved And Lost Vs. Never Loved: Which Way Is Better?

Loved and lost or never loved at all: Which way is better?

The question of whether it is better to love and lose, or never love intensely at all poses itself to most of us (usually about a month after a breakup). Having cried like a baby for the fourteenth time, I switch off the movie, ‘P.S. I Love You’. When the mascara-streaming, snot-pouring hideousness that this film bestows upon me eventually subsides, I reach for the tissues and begin to analyse.

What is making me so sad, apart from the obvious heart-wrenching plot (of which seems to have become my latest, favourite type of self-sabotage)? I’m reminiscing over past all-encompassing love I once held dearly and then lost. People change, time marches on, life can be cruel.  But the scattered ashes of emotion in the grounds of my soul remain solid, as if untouched by time. Somehow unaffected, it is embalmed within this infinite universe. Nothing can ever change this, whilst I am forever changed.

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Memories of other relationships begin to seep in. The ones that didn’t go so well. You know the ones I’m talking about. Words of love were present, but the jigsaw would forever be incomplete. The one who never really loved – not in the way a person should. Niggles and worries are planted before the first morning together. Eventually, those doubts grow into shadows that darken all else. Possibilities of anything other than weeds growing become as likely as meeting Chris Hemsworth in Tesco. It’s never personal (on so many levels). This is the person who never allows love.

So, I ponder over which way of living is better. It’s tempting to sway towards never encountering a loss that cuts deep and never heals (for obvious reasons). But then, what are we all here for, if not to experience love, to be open and let someone in? Would we miss out on the whole purpose of existence?

loved and lost or never loved: which is better?
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Nothing lasts forever; thus, the odds of losing that relationship and love are as likely as getting a hole in your favourite socks. However, if you are lucky enough to find someone that can hold out their hand and cling to your heart, with an imprint that remains until the day you die, you have pretty much-achieved life’s goal. Painful as it is to lose, just having that, knowing its truth should be the incredible take-away from it all. Life without such amazing beauty is simply no life whatsoever.

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Quirky Advent Calendars That Bring Something Else To The Table

Let me just get this out there first – for me, beauty advent calendars are #1 (see here), closely followed by Galaxy advents. Long gone are the days when advent calendars are only for the younger generation. Brands realise that grown-ups love an advent (maybe more than their children do). Since discovering this fresh new and exciting twist to celebrating the Christmas countdown, my eyes have definitely been opened. Take it from me, yours will be too. No spoilers, but you can rest assured that by day 23, blindness may be an issue.

1. Lovehoney’s Best Sex of Your Life Advent Calendar, $130 (Worth $365), www.lovehoney.com

Quirky advent calendars that bring something else to the table
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Obviously having an advent calendar that brings you the best sex of your life depends on with whom you may be sharing your world. However, should you be in a happy, sincere and trusting relationship this calendar will be just the kitty for sprinkling some passion into each day. It even includes the toy that took the internet by storm – the clitoral suction vibrator (worth $80). This toy gives multiple orgasms (apparently). What better way to celebrate the Christmas countdown? Hmm, maybe I will exchange this year’s beauty advent after all.

2.The Snaffling Pig Pork Crackling Advent Calendar, £16.99, www.iwoot.com

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Take the title any way that fits – I had immediate visuals. But I’m thinking everyone knows someone who will enjoy this innovative calendar of savoury treats (apart from vegetarians and vegans, so make sure you do your research people). Combining 6 unique and award-winning flavours such as Low & Slow BBQ, the calendar will get any man’s mouth to water (although if you’ve purchased the previous calendar this may not be an issue). Also hidden behind the doors are pigs in blankets. Who the HELL doesn’t love pigs in blankets?

3.My Protein Ball Co. Protein Balls Christmas Advent Calendar, £17, www.amazon.co.uk

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Now for those who prefer fitness and a more vegan lifestyle – behold the Protein Balls Advent Calendar. This is such a hit it’s quickly selling out everywhere – so be quick if you want one. It appears that many of us remain on the health kick, making the calendar a huge hit. Included are 100% natural, gluten-free and vegan treats to help you approach Christmas with optimal fitness. It is no surprise the healthy alternative is such a success! Just saying – I want to be there, but I’m not quite ready to give up the chocolate and wine…yet.

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Awesome Beauty Advent Calendars That Make 2020 So Much Better

2020 may have been hideous, but this year’s beauty advent calendars are guaranteed to make you feel that much better. This year warrants some serious pampering for everyone and these amazing beauty advent calendars will return a huge smile to the faces of all beauty-lovers! Let the countdown commence!

The advent calendars are pricey. However, they not only bring sheer joy, but also huge savings. You are getting whole lotta luxury products for your money. So, whether you are a beauty obsessive like me, or know a lot of people who would love gorgeous makeup/skincare products for Christmas, the calendars make an incredible purchase.

However, a word of warning – these heavenly boxes are in high demand and sell-out faster than loo roll in the midst of a crisis! if you really want one, pre-order while you can.

1. Cult Beauty Advent Calendar, £199 (Worth £930), www.cultbeauty.co.uk

Awesome beauty advent calendars that make 2020 so much better
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This year, Cult Beauty has truly outdone itself. Inside this explosion of joy (otherwise known as their advent calendar) are spectacular products worth a whopping £930! Better yet, they donate £15 from each sale to the charity Beauty Banks. When you open the calendar, you will be wowed with 32 (yes, that’s more than the normal 25-piece sets) luxury best-selling brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Oskia and Dr Barbara Sturm. And when you have reached down and picked your jaw back up from the floor, you discover even more excitement: One lucky buyer will find a golden ticket worth £1000 for Cult Beauty products. Let it be me, let it be me, God. Please! Available to pre-order now.

2.ESPA No Place Like Home Advent Calendar, £145, www.espaskincare.com

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Should you be smitten with the outstanding brand that is ESPA, this will feel like some kind of ethereal bliss. Included in this heavenly calendar are magical treats like their Optimal Skin Rejuvenating Night Booster, 24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturiser and Positivity bath and Body Oil. The limited-edition collection will ensure your mind, body and senses are looking and feeling incredible for the foreseeable! Love this!

3.Look Fantastic Advent Calendar, £85 (Worth £460), www.lookfantastic.com

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Available to pre-order now, this awesome luxury calendar is set to launch on the 12th of October. The genius creators of this calendar have thought of everything and then included the lot! A superior mix of iconic body care, skincare, haircare and cosmetics, the box of wonders will be more sought-after than Narnia’s Turkish Delight! Hidden behind the doors are treasured treats from brands such as Elemis, Rodial and Tan-Luxe! If you can bring yourself to give any away, they would make incredible Christmas gifts. Will I be giving any away? No, they’re mine I tell you, all mine. Now where’s a good place to hide those safe keys?

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The Best Cruelty-Free Foundations That Can Withstand The Face Mask

Seven months into the pandemic and I’ve had it with my face mask enjoying more coverage than my face! With this in mind, the game was on to find some outstanding cruelty-free foundations that can withstand regular removal of the pesky face mask. Here are the best:

1.Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint, £20, www.glossier.com

The best cruelty-free foundations that can withstand a face mask
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Glossier has made quite a name for itself for being a brand that rocks. If you don’t want full-on foundation face, but still yearn for the coverage, this is a little gem for you. I love a dewy finish to counteract my dry skin, and this cruelty-free, vegan formula works like a dream. Providing a breathable and super-thin tint, it evens and smoothens the skin’s appearance like no other. Included is Diamond Powder, which achieves a soft-focus effect, blurring out imperfections with picture-perfect results. Expect a flawlessly radiant finish that doesn’t come off with your mask. Hooray! Glossier’s Perfecting Skin Tint is available in 12 shades too.

2.PUR 4-in-1 Love Your Selfie Longwear Foundation and Concealer, £25.60, 30ml (Was £32), www.lookfantastic.com

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Another A-MAZING cruelty-free and vegan product I am totally smitten with is the PUR 4-in-1 foundation and concealer duo. Featuring the anti-aging powers of Ceratin Complex along with an ‘Energy Complex’ that are bursting with antioxidants, you can consider this to be an outrageously good skincare product. Your skin will also benefit from the combined unique blend of ginseng, green tea and vitamin B. These ingredients work together as an awesome team, delivering remarkable revitalising and rejuvenating nourishment.

This product offers really good coverage that ensures your complexion looks instantly flawless – and it stays put too! The bottled perfection is available in – GET THIS – 100 vegan-friendly shades, so you will be hard-pressed to find one that doesn’t match your skin tone. Love, love, LOVE!

3.INIKA Certified Organic Liquid Mineral Foundation, £33, www.naturismo.com

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This cruelty-free and vegan foundation has to be my favourite (although it’s very close indeed). Although it is only available in 6 shades, it combines so many ingredients that greatly improves my skin. Included are components such as argan and rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid, and magnitude of antioxidants and minerals to guarantee nothing less than incredible results.

My dry/dull complexion quickly looks like I’ve had an hour with a skincare specialist and makeup artist. Seriously. The foundation does not smear off with my mask (which is such a relief). Once applied, I do not have to think about checking my makeup for hours, whilst my skin feels nourished and radiant. YESS!

Have you tried any of these foundations and what are your thoughts?

Have a happy Friday and stay safe. xx

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Unveil Your Beautiful Complexion With Time Bomb’s Peel And Reveal

Hey, Lovelies!

Tired of seeing fine lines, pigmentation, pores and unevenness devour your beautiful complexion? Don’t sweat it guys. Time Bomb’s Peel and Reveal just may be the solution for all of your skincare woes. I had the privilege of trying Time Bomb’s awesome peel a few years ago. No exaggeration – the results were amazing. My skin felt firmer and looked healthier and more radiant than it had in a long time.

Since then, I have tried hundreds of different products. Then, the other day I was reintroduced to this amazing kit and recalled the exceptional benefits it actually delivers. There’s no fuss, no mess – simply incredible proven ingredients that really do the trick. Should you want to fast track your complexion to one of ultimate health and radiance, why not give this set a go? You will not be disappointed. Time Bomb’s Peel and Reveal is priced at £49.50 and is available at www.amazon.co.uk

What Does Time Bomb’s Peel and Reveal Do for You?

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You Can Expect from Time Bomb:

Your skin to appear firmer and tighter

Pore size looks reduced

Hyperpigmentation is reduced and greatly thwarted from the future onslaught

Even skin tone and smoother complexion

Fine lines appear reduced

Newfound luminosity

How Exactly Does Time Bomb Rejuvenate the Skin?

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This innovative at-home system provides chemical peel and mechanical dermabrasion. This is optimal skin resurfacing without the hassle.

Featuring a Blend of:

Glycolic Acid:

This outstanding form of AHA is sourced from sugar cane and for exfoliation purposes, it works like a dream. Due to its molecular structure, it can reach deeper into the layers of skin, gently, yet effectively ridding us of dead skin cells. Next, it turns its attention to your collagen production. Think of it as an unrelenting supervisor, determined to reach optimum production efficiency; exceeding targets is glycolic’s ultimate goal.

Lactic Acid:

Another type of AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) is lactic acid. This exfoliator is milder than its glycolic counterpart, but works on most skin types and comes with the benefits of moisturising properties. Derived from milk and fruit sugars, the component aids in refining and smoothing the skin.

Citric Acid:

Citric acid is an AHA that has been used since the time of Cleopatra. It is SO good, it hasn’t lost any of its credibility today. Sourced from grapes and such-like, this ingredient is included to ensure delivery of potent antioxidant powers into the skin. Well-known for its incredible anti-aging properties, the natural component offers unwavering value. Rejuvenation made easy! Picture skin repair, protection and the ultimate warrior in the fight against age!

Malic Acid:

Derived from apples, this gentle exfoliant also brings some pretty good perks to the table. Should you suffer from dry skin this will be the AHA to go for. Super hydrating, as well as providing impressive anti-aging and protective qualities.

How to Use Time Bomb’s Peel and Reveal

1.Peel AHA Serum

In its mission to dissolve the bonds locking that pesky top layer of dead/dry skin cells, this chemical exfoliation leaves no stone unturned. The spectacular serum combines all the necessary AHAs that work in unison to remove unwanted skin cells which are blocking your beautiful complexion’s luminosity. Simply apply to a clean face at bedtime, then go to sleep in the knowledge you will awaken to a complexion transformation!

2. Reveal Dermabrasion Cream

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What awaits you in the morning is exceptional benefits provided from the professional-grade microdermabrasion polish. Included are alumina oxide fine-edged micro crystals that quickly exfoliate away any remaining dead skin cells. Loosened throughout the night, any debris is swiftly dealt with, unveiling your radiant and youthful complexion.

Who Can Use This and How Often Should it Be Applied?

The once-weekly kit is suitable for all skin types. However, as with all peels, my advice is to go slowly. Try a little, and as long as you have no problems, you are good to go! Yay.

Have you tried this awesome kit and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a fab Thursday. Stay safe. xx

 

 

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5 Tips For Reigniting Your Relationship

Hey, Lovelies!

What is it about time that causes everything valued to head south? Alas, relationships don’t seem to escape this gravitational pull. Stacking up the mileage can drain the colours until all you are looking at is a variety of grey. Don’t get me wrong; a long-term, committed and solid relationship can be the most incredible thing – but keeping it from turning stale takes consistent work. Finding someone you completely trust and not screwing it up is hard enough. So, should you have that, it is definitely worth investing in keeping it lit. Ensure you know these 5 crucial tips for relighting the fire.

1.Pay Attention

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One of the most overlooked things that fall by the wayside is to pay attention to your SO. Work-life monotony dictates the majority of conversational content to be more or less the same, which in turn, causes us to switch off. Add voicing some mutual petty grievances over the housework or bills to the mix and you very quickly have a dish no one wants to stomach. Okay, enough of the metaphors – avoid this rookie mistake by giving your OH undivided attention. Put your phone down, make them a cuppa and ask them about their day – then actually listen, like you are interested (even if you aren’t). Doing this will reform a connection, show interest and go a long way to start the sparks once more.

2. Dance & Drink

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Following the dredge of a long day’s work, the last thing we might feel like doing is glamming up and going out on the town. It’s far too easy to slip into the comfort of routine, especially if you have a busy week. That said, having a night out together, where you can have a drink and unwind offers a fast-track escape from the mundane and will put your relationship back in the red-hot zone. Dancing means you don’t need to worry about a conversation, you have to be close to each other, and it’s likely to be fun!

3. Lose the Serious

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2020 apocalypse-style features aside, when did life get so serious? Learn that worry and stress will not alter situations. All it will do is add angst to your personal life. Try to see the funny side of things and don’t get so worked up over the petty. Take some time for meditation or just some headspace to get life back into perspective. I’m not saying this is a magic cure, but it certainly helps.

4. Prioritise

Realise life is not, in fact, limitless and that stressing about whose turn it is to wash up doesn’t warrant an argument. Everything has its place, and do you really want a breakup or stress-induced stroke over last night’s dinner? Be more peaceful and let some things go.

5.Turn Off the News and Play Some Music

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Being inundated with doom and gloom provides no benefits. The news tends to wrap your world in a dark blanket of negativity. It is like bringing a fire extinguisher to happy relationships. It definitely isn’t conducive to the mood of lurrrve. Instead, turn off the TV and play some mutually loved music to bring on the flames of passion.

Okay, I could go on about the blatant things like buying some sexy underwear, stretch the boundaries a little in the bedroom and try some new moves, or toys, to spice up the sex. However, if the aforementioned tips are not being met, the sexy underwear is likely to stay in the drawer and you will be asleep before your gran!

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The Best K-Beauty Buys Are Currently A Steal

Hey, Lovelies!

Anyone who has dipped their toes in the tantalising lagoon of K-beauty will know it offers a treasure chest of veritable skincare wealth. From sheet masks to snail serum, when it comes to innovative beauty, the Koreans are ahead of the game. Most of my favourite reviews are of K-beauty items – seriously they never fail to surprise and delight me! Read on to discover my current favourite K-beauty products that are massively discounted right now!

1.Purito Centella Green Level Unscented Sun SPF 50+ PA++++ £10.53, 60ml (Usually £26.32), www.yesstyle.com

Should you have sensitive skin, this water-based sunscreen is a must-have. The vegan-friendly formula contains Centella Asiatica, renowned for its incredible wound healing properties. The ingredient provides exceptional anti-inflammatory and skin-strengthening benefits.

Also combining diethylamino hydroxy benzoyl and Ethylhexyl triazone means that UVA rays are thwarted and UVA/UVB rays are further absorbed. Premature aging and environmentally caused skin issues can do one!

2. NEOGEN Surmedic Azulene Soothing Peptide Ampoule, £13.09 (Was £32.72) 80ml, www.yesstyle.com

the best k-beauty buys currently on offer
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If you are looking for A-MAZING anti-aging skincare, look no further than this product. When applying ingredients, it’s a good idea to not use too many different components. This formula includes Centella Asiatica, making it a great ampoule to use with the above sunscreen.

When it comes to fighting the signs of aging, there are some star ingredients that are proven to work – and yes, this takes its place on centre stage for having many of those wonderous properties. Blue capsules combining a rich supply of azulene and 10 kinds of peptides ensure your complexion is getting the love it needs. Furthermore, highly beneficial ceramides offer incredible moisturising and rejuvenating qualities. I’m in heaven!

3.Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, £3.49 (Was £8.72), www.yesstyle.com

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As we transition into the next season and reach for the central heating dial, we also need to consider our changing skin needs. Harsh winds followed by indoor heating can play havoc, resulting in cracked, dry and totally unkissable lips. Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask is the go-to treatment to keep your pout in perfect condition. Bursting with antioxidants and skin-loving ingredients, you will feel nourished and pampered for the rest of the year. Grab it while it’s on offer!

4.Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Gold Eye Patch, £12.72 (60pcs), www.yesstyle.com

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I couldn’t talk about K-beauty without mentioning snail mucin! Combining this freakishly weird (yet bizarrely fascinating) ingredient to optimise regeneration, these 24k gold eye patches are worth the hype. Mizon has thought of and diverted away from every potential skincare disaster. The pads are formulated with bamboo, grapefruit and mushroom extracts to provide exceptional, brightening, moisturising and strengthening abilities. They have also enriched the pads with peptides for good measure! At £12.72, the pads are a steal. A great Christmas present to gift your beauty fanatic friend (better buy 2).

 

Happy Skincare days!

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4 New Autumn Beauty Launches To Fall For

Hey, Lovelies,

Autumn may be bringing with it a grisly second helping of Covid-19 (which I’m sure wasn’t requested for September’s upcoming events). Fortunately, fall also scheduled some incredible beauty launches. Whilst it’s no vaccine, it does go some way in restoring that infinitely needed world balance. Read on to discover some awesome new beauty items, to ensure you keep feeling the love!

1.Wonderskin Wonder Blading Brow Masque and Applicator, $35.50 ($79.50 When Sold Separately), www.wonderskin.com

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If the blend of lockdown boredom and frustration ever had you teetering on the cliff edge of risqué, contemplating that at-home microblading kit you saw on Amazon, this kit may be worth your time. Effective, simple and quick to use, the Wonderskin package is foolproof (as long as you don’t attempt it after a few glasses of vino). The temporary tattoo lasts for up to 48 hours, providing incredible results that will have you feeling like a pro. Better yet, you don’t need to wait for weeks for that microblading appointment. You will also save enough cash to buy this year’s Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar. Pandemic – what pandemic?

Wonderskin is including their new Brow Pomade, Dual Brow Brush and Swiper Towel, too. The vegan-friendly, budge-proof, transfer-proof eyebrow saviour kit is available in 3 shades.

2.Nars Climax Extreme Mascara, £10 (Mini), www.cultbeauty.co.uk

4 new autumn beauty launches to fall for
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The name of this product alone will have you wanting to log on and