How To Get The Most Out Of Your Retinol Product

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We all know that retinol is one of those vital ingredients to combat the signs of aging. So, you’ve done your research and now have the right retinol product and strength for your needs. However, this is not where the need-to-know stuff ends. The vitamin A derivative is a complex thing to master – but, knowledge is definitely power where this skincare ingredient is concerned. Understand it fully and retinol will become your new BFF. There are some key points to consider in order to get the best results (and avoid a skincare crisis). Read on to discover the ins and outs of retinol use and ensure you get the most out of your product.

1. How Often Should You Use Retinol?

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The answer to this question varies according to your individual skincare needs, and of course how long you have been using this little hero ingredient. Using retinol too regularly can have adverse effects on the skin.

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You should start thinking about using retinol in your thirties. The older you are, the thinner and less tolerant your skin will be. If you are used to your retinol product, it is okay to apply it a few times a week. Mature skin types should be using the ingredient no more than twice a week.

Retinol Newbies

Should you be new to this product; it is important to tread lightly. You will begin with low strength, testing the water, and only once per week. If you have no reactions, then gradually increase to twice per week, and so on.

Skincare Needs / Retinol Strength

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If you have developed signs of aging, the aim will be to gradually increase the strength. (SkinCeuticals 1%, £71.99, www.cosmedic-clinic.co.uk) is the highest non-prescription product that I consider safe to use). If that doesn’t measure up, visit your dermatologist who may be able to write a prescription. It is important you don’t buy higher-strength retinol products online as you can end up damaging your skin. For a higher dosage always consult a dermatologist to ensure you are using a good product and the right strength for you.

Miracle Facial Oil, £85 (30ml), www.omorovicza.com

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Sensitive Skin/Rosacea

Those with these concerns should avoid retinol altogether. Try the natural alternative, bakuchiol. This ingredient is sourced from the bakuchi seed and works to enhance collagen production whilst simultaneously tackling fine lines and even deeper wrinkles. The results are impressive, and it is quickly gaining a cult following.

I love Omorovicza’s Miracle Facial Oil. Formulated with bakuchiol, oils of sea buckthorn berry. Rosehip and sweet almond, this product achieves maximum benefits. Furthermore, the oil (of which I will refer to as ‘raindrops from heaven’) also includes Omorovicza’s patented Healing Concentrate. Basically, expect a seriously rejuvenated and smooth complexion.

2.Cleanse With AHAs

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Studies have shown AHAs and retinol compliment each other and can dramatically enhance results. Try PCA Skin Facial Wash, £26.47 (70ml), www.uk.iherb.com I would opt for a lactic acid cleanser, as this is generally gentler on more mature skin types.

If your skin is slightly sensitive, it would be better to avoid this step. Instead, simply wash and dry your face before you apply your product.

3.Apply Moisturiser After Retinol

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Once you have applied your retinol product to your clean and DRY face, wait a few minutes and then add your moisturiser. I use CeraVe’s Facial Moisturising Lotion, £13 (52ml), www.lookfantastic.com

Opt for a moisturiser that doesn’t contain a plethora of ingredients. You need to be applying hyaluronic acid and perhaps ceramides/peptides, such as this all-singing formula. N.B: The product does not contain SPF.

 4.Apply SPF

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Never forget this component! You shouldn’t anyway, but particularly so when you have used retinol, as your skin will need the extra protection. I love UltraSun’s Anti-Pollution Face Fluid SPF 50+, £20.20, www.amazon.co.uk.

Stay happy and safe. xx

Best Me-Time Products To Keep Your World Totally Zen

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Check out the best me-time products to keep your world totally zen. Stress? What’s that?!

1.Meditation Aromatherapy Candle, £4.16, www.holisitcshop.co.uk

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There’s nothing like a bit of aromatherapy for restoring some much-needed balance to your world. Whether you want to meditate or simply sit back and let the stresses of the week melt away, this candle offers some serious chill. Featuring essential oils that are proven to remove negativity and wrap you up in a blanket of nurturing calm, you are guaranteed to feel totally zen once more. Monday tomorrow – who cares?

Including:

Ylang ylang – Known for its calming and uplifting properties.

Bergamot – This ingredient offers anti-depressant capabilities and will restore balance to your life.

Clary Sage – Naturally cleansing all negativity, this component soothes and warms the soul.

Handmade and including 100% plant wax, this delicately scented candle will ensure your life is totally lit.

2.Muscle & Joint Massage and Body Oil, £8.98 (100ml), www.holisticshop.co.uk

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Soothe away the tension of a long day with the help of this fabulous massage and body oil. The specifically formulated essential oils team up to quickly remove aches and tension, replacing them with ultimate relaxation. This rich spicy oil exudes an unmistakable scent of revitalisation and warmth. Included:

Ginger – Used for centuries for its many benefits such as relieving aching limbs and uplifting the mind.

Marjoram – This essential oil works to relax and then to revive the senses.

Black Pepper – Its Invigorating properties help the body and mind recover.

Rosemary – Another herb that has an array of healing properties. This oil promotes clarity, healing, love and protection.

The oil offers an empowering scent that you know will be beneficial before the massage even begins. If you’ve had a long day, ask your OH for a massage. N.B: Make sure you have done all your tasks for the day, because the only thing you will be doing after a massage with this oil, is sleep!

3.Silk Mask Mulberry Silk Gold, £20, www.dreamsilk.io

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Since reviewing silk eye masks and pillowcases I understand the difference they make to a good night’s kip. Furthermore, they prevent (rather than encourage) the onset of facial lines. My one wish is that I had discovered them sooner! This one is made from 100% pure mulberry silk and has a silk filter. Even the elastic band is covered in silk!

3.Fat and The Moon Dream Weaver Mist, £9.95, www.liveinthelight.co.uk

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I cannot rate this product enough. Seriously, if you love a vivid dream, the Dream Weaver Mist is like bottled dream magic. It’s no surprise that the mist features Mugwort. used for centuries for its ‘magical’ and dream-evoking properties, it is also meant to banish evil spirits and any negativity.

Californian poppy is combined to thwart nightmares, whilst lavender and sage are combined to calm, cleanse and soothe the mind and spirit.

I LOVE this. Having reviewed the product 18 months ago, I have since purchased at least 5 bottles!

What are your best products to get the most out of your chill time? Let me know in the comments below and happy Monday people. Stay safe xx

Favourite Beauty Products Of The Week

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Here is my selection of favourite beauty products of the week. From new launches to long-lasting and timeless classics, the following products emit off-the-radar awesomeness!

1. Beauty Product For All: Bioderma ABC Derm Hydratant Moisturising Milk for Face & Body, £10.90 (200ml), www.cocooncenter.co.uk

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This product (although aimed for babies) offers outstanding hydrating and moisturising qualities for all the family. It is one of those essential items to go in your travel bag. It is ideal for those with extremely sensitive skin and perfect for calming, hydrating and nourishing dryness. Apply to all the family before your day on the beach and repeat. Hypo-allergenic and fragrance-free, this hydrating milk is the go-to product for summer. N.B: Do not apply to damaged/seeping areas. This should not be used in place of an SPF.

   2. Beauty Find For You: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, £19.50 (9 ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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When it comes to providing a good concealer, MAC will always have you covered (a-hem, bad pun, I know). I have tried most of the concealers around, and this one is awesome. The only downside is there isn’t much for the price.

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This concealer is available in 16 shades, making it almost impossible not to find one to match. Camouflaging all manner of pesky imperfections, the formula offers a gorgeous flawless and matte finish. It states that it stays in place for up to 15 hours. I have only kept the concealer on for 10 hours at most. However, I was surprised at how well it stayed put, without causing or enhancing any creases as is the case with many other camouflaging concealers. This is quite a feat, given that during this time I’ve had to apply and remove makeup and skin-destroying face masks throughout the duration. The skin feels soft and looks incredible ALL-DAY LONG!

3. Beauty Product To Keep Hidden From Everyone Else: Sarah Chapman Skin Insurance SPF 50+, £59 (30ml), www.harrods.com

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We all love an award-winning brand, and this is where Sarah Chapman’s products come up trumps. With another heatwave about to be bestowed upon the UK (thank you summer), our demands are simple. We need the coverage – but we want it to be lightweight, and without a streak in sight. Also, we need some serious protection.

Moving up a gear from the Skin Insurance SPF 30, Sarah Chapman’s new launch, Skin Insurance SPF 50+ provides everything your skin could wish for. So incredibly lightweight, the vegan formula ensures full protection from UVA, UVB, thermal and infrared radiation.

When applying to the skin, it melts in (as if it’s coming home), enhancing your complexion like nothing else. It looks as if you aren’t wearing any product but just have an amazing natural luminosity. Combining an array of antioxidants and skin-repairing components, you can rest in the knowledge that your skin not only looks beautifully healthy but is simultaneously being repaired, too! #Skingoals.

Have you tried any of these items and what do you think? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Sunday evening. xx

8 Cosmetic Anti-Aging Treatments You Can Do At Home

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Covid-19 seems to be here for the foreseeable. This means it may not be possible to visit our beloved skincare clinic for some time (HUGE SIGH!). But, wait – what about our 3-monthly Botox and that filler that looks increasingly tempting? Don’t worry friends. Whilst nothing beats a trip to the cosmetic clinic, there are some anti-aging measures we can take that will certainly make a difference. Think of it as your temporary filling until you can get the real thing.

1. Look For Ceramide Treatment: CeraVe Moisturising Cream, £4, www.lookfantastic.com

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Ceramides are lipids that work in all kinds of wonderful ways. Key in the anti-aging mission, they support the formation of the skin’s barrier, retain moisture and even protect. Basically, they put two fingers up to Mr. Wrinkle. I love CeraVe’s Moisturising Cream, £4. Not only is cheap, but it contains the 3 main ceramides as well as hyaluronic acid. This is one of my ‘never, ever run out of’ products.

2. Reach For Hyaluronic Acid: The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, £5.90 (30ml), www.cultbeauty.com

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Extensive studies have proven this ingredient to be a true skin saviour. With its moisture-retaining superpowers, you can really plump up the skin. Make sure you buy a good product. The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid, £5.90  is a great and affordable option.

3. Peptides Work: Peptide Booster, £48 (20ml), http://www.paulaschoice.couk

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Another aid in thwarting those irksome fine lines and other equally rubbish signs of aging, are peptides. The molecules are part-amino acids. These make proteins that then help to build and enhance essential collagen production – which is kind of vital when trying to avoid the A-word. A great one is Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster, £48. Featuring 8 peptides along with amino acids, the booster is an outstanding product to have in your skincare arsenal.

4. Invest In A Good Sun Cream, Ultrasun Face Anti-Ageing SPF 50+, £20.40 (50ml), www.feelunique.com

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Whether you are tackling the onset of age or not, this is one skincare tip no one should skip. You need a good product that offers SPF50 to ensure you are providing maximum protection for your complexion. I use Ultrasun’s Face Fluid. It’s lightweight, leave’s no residue and contains liposome which intensely hydrates and lessens the impact of age. Better yet, I know I am giving my face the ultimate assistance against harmful rays.

5.Upgrade Your Exfoliating Routine, Bee Peel by Deborah Mitchell, £109, www.shop.heavenskincare.com

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I reviewed this peel some time ago and I am still as smitten with it today as the first time I had the joy of applying it to my face. Referred to as a ‘facelift in a jar,’ this peel has literal transformative qualities. The advanced exfoliator combines bee venom and glycolic acid that work in unison to effectively treat the skin.

Formulated with ABEETOXIN, organic coconut and raw cane sugar, it works by resurfacing the skin and treating all the usual villains that have the audacity to target our skin. This is a great exfoliation upgrade and a fab solution for inflammation and enlarged pores.

However, take note: this formula is strong and does sting a fair bit. You should only leave it on for a few minutes, tops. Those with sensitive skin should avoid using it.

6. Incorporate Retinol Into Your World, SkinCeuticals Retinol 1%, £70.79, www.cosmedic-clinic.co.uk

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Before I continue, I need to mention that you should never use exfoliator in conjunction with retinol. If you are used to your retinol product, then it is fine to use both – but NEVER on the same day. I recommend leaving at least 5 days between using retinol and an exfoliator. Furthermore, if you have mature skin, you should not be exfoliating too regularly. Once a week would suffice.

That said, let me introduce you to the best non-prescription retinol product IN THE WORLD! I absolutely love it. Granted, it’s pricey but worth it. If you are like me and have tried various retinol products with dissatisfaction, you may be in need of a higher dose. In the long run, this investment will save you money. Don’t think this is an overnight solution – you need to be committed to ensuring long-term results.

However, whilst it can be a game-changer you need to make sure you can tolerate it before moving up a notch. If you are unsure on whether retinol is right for you, it may be worth speaking to your clinician (on Skype of course) or doing a little research first.

7. Use An Awesome Night Serum, Beuti Sleep Elixir, £47 (30ml), www.beutiskincare.com

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Yes, I know – you are probably sick of me banging on about this – but, it’s soo good I want everyone to share in the discovery. Loved by the royals and pretty much anyone who has tried it, the vegan-friendly serum totally rocks. Including a huge array of precious skin-loving plant-based oils, the elixir greatly reduces inflammation and goes after any sign of age! I have found that applying it with my Foreo achieves incredible results. LOVE!

8. Vitamin C Will Work Wonders, The Hero Project Glow Drops Dry Touch Facial Oul + Vitamin C, £19 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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Whilst there are quite a few fabulous vitamin C products available, I really adore this one. Research has shown vitamin C to effectively thwart signs of aging, enhance luminosity and further protect. A good vitamin C product is perfect for staving off a sad reflection while you wait for the cosmetic clinic doors to open again.

Don’t get me wrong – when I am able to get to the clinic, I will be rushing through the door like a mad woman. However, by using these ingredients you will dramatically improve the overall look of your skin and life won’t feel like it’s on a permanent go-slow.

It’s Summer, Let’s Glow!

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#summer #glow #luminosity #tan #skincare #beauty #happiness #radiance #bronzed

Summer is here and while you may not be packing your bag to go abroad, you can still glow like you’re on your hols! The mission, of which I chose to accept: Discover the perfect summer glow in a bottle. The task was not easy. I had to endure several days of painstaking self-pampering – but, I made it and came out the other side with wow-factor products in tow.

Check out these amazing summer beauty products, guaranteed to ensure some seriously sun-kissed luminosity. Think products so good they deserve their own safety deposit box. Who wants the hassle of airports and the worry about Covid-19, when you can sun it up in the UK? If it rains, who cares? With any of these skincare heroes in your beauty arsenal, you will look incredible for the foreseeable.

1.Time Bomb Holiday In A Bottle, £21 (Was £30), www.lookfantastic.com

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Should you lust after the lightly bronzed (yet naturally acquired) complexion, this ‘sunshine in a bottle’ formula ticks every box. This is not a self-tanner. Containing micro-pigments that work to enhance your natural colour, the product sinks undetectably into the skin and almost feels like a moisturiser. The difference is that even if it’s raining your beautiful face will be one of radiant luminosity.

2. Iconic London Illuminator in Rose Gold, £30, www.iconiclondoninc.com

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I generally veer towards liquid products due to the fact that my skin is fairly dry. Since reviewing Iconic’s Illuminator some time ago I have remained a devout fan. It is a little pricey, but it lasts for-like-ever as you only need a tiny amount. The formula literally achieves instant glow and radiance, whilst offering a lifting effect too. Better yet, it’s vegan and available in 4 shades. I love this so much.

3.Tan-Luxe The Body Self-Tan Drops, £37.80, www.feelunique.com

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Take the stress out of achieving a tan with the help of these tan drops. Not only do they quickly provide that much-sought-after tan, but they are formulated with nourishing and skin-loving ingredients, too! Simply add a few drops to your body oil (BTW it works really well with Inner Senses Body Oil, but I am sure it will suit any. Hey presto, filter-free Insta-pics. No problem.

4.NYX High Glass Primer £14, www.nyxcosmetics.co.uk

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I have a love-hate relationship with primers. I have discovered there’s very few that live up to their claims. Hence, when trying this one my expectations were not high. However, I should have given NYX the benefit of the doubt. As previously mentioned, my skin is dry, and this formula seems to be made especially for dry skin. Bonus. It creates a perfect base without causing any slide. I opt for the rose quartz shade (there are 3 shades available). The outcome is a supremely flattering glow that lasts. This primer is awesome.

5.Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Multi-Usage Dry Oil, £15.75, 50ml (Was £22,50), www.lookfantastic.com

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I like to think of this oil as created by angels especially for me. It’s THAT good. Featuring a blend of vitamin E together with plant oils and Tsubaki oil, the spray is a treasure to behold. The ingredients are specifically chosen for their nourishing, repairing and smoothening qualities. Combining 95.5% natural ingredients, it works as skin treatment as well, creating an undeniably envious summer shimmer. Simply apply to the hair and skin and wait for the compliments.

6. Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream £42, www.chanel.com

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I don’t think you will find a beauty editor or makeup artist who say Chanel’s Bronzing cream is anything other than spectacular. It comes in a universal shade and its gel-like formula feels like you are applying some kind of luxury silk to your face. It feels magical, goes on seamlessly and instantly creates naturally bronzed perfection. Yes, obsessed!

Have you tried any of these and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below and have a stellar Sunday. xx

 

Awesome Sunglasses For All The Family At Reduced Prices

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#The Best Sunglasses #Reduced Prices #fashion #lifestyle #family

Everyone fed up with the rain again? Don’t worry, we are about to see a return of el scorchio weather. In fact, it is set to be so warm you may actually be able to fry your bacon and eggs on the bonnet of your car. I’m sensing a slurry of YouTube videos commencing! With the heatwave in mind, you are going to need a good pair of sunnies. Before you go and splash out on a pricey pair – read on. These sunglasses are on-trend, offer the same protection and are totally affordable to boot. Why pay a fortune when you don’t need to? N.B: When buying your sunnies, make sure they are a category 3 or 4 protection.

1.For You (Or Me): Superdry San Sunglasses, £19.99 (Was £64.99), www.mandmdirect.com

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Yet again Superdry comes up with the goods – this time it’s a pair of slick tortoiseshell sunnies you will love. With a category 3 protection and £40 off, you had better grab them while you can!

2.For Him: Mantaray Grey Metal Aviator Sunglasses, £20 (was £25), www.debenhams.com

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Why not treat your fella to these awesome aviators that will never go out of style? The shades are category 3,  have polarised lens and come in a soft case. Plus, he will look gorgeous when you are chilling at the park. Win, win!

3.For Your Little One: John Lewis & Partners Boys’ Matte Sports Wrap Sunglasses In Navy, £7, www.johnlewis.co.uk

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Your lad will love these sporty sunglasses so much he will want to wear them all the time. Being 100% category 3 UV protection means you can rest assured that he has fully protective eyewear. Now you just need to worry about the hat, sunscreen and face masks! Argh!

4. For The Teenager: Hype Hypepilot Sunglasses Blue, £14.99 (Was £34.99), www.mandmdirect.com

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These sunnies will look awesome at any festival, park outing with friends or trip to the beach. Category 3 sun protection and 100% UV400 protection, the sunnies are certain to be a hit. Available in blue, black, white and gunmetal.

Favourite Beauty Products Of The Week

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Here is a list of this week’s favourite beauty products. These gorgeous products have my total seal of approval (and they are currently on offer, too)!

1.Prai Ageless Throat & Décolletage Crème Rainbow, £25, 50 ml (Was £31),www.qvc.com

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I absolutely adore this brand and at the moment it’s up for grabs at a discounted price with QVC. We are all guilty of slathering on the face cream then ignoring our necks. Why? It’s time to stop because, people, the neck ages 20 times faster than the face. Argh.

This is where PRAI really comes to our aid. Studies have shown it to dramatically improve the skin’s elasticity and firmness. This cream really targets fine lines, wrinkles and sagging around the neck area. The hero product has a huge fan base for good reason; it works. Including the signature Sepilift ™ technology, along with hyaluronic acid, squalene, vitamins, and of course PRAI extract – the little jar of heaven is proven to visibly reduce signs of aging.

2.Hada Labo Tokyo Super Hydrating Lotion, £11.59 (Was £17.45), www.superdrug.com

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J-beauty fans rejoice for the cult brand Hada Labo has just been launched at Superdrug! #Dreams come true.

This awesome watery-like lotion goes straight to work on your skin. Combining 3 different types of hyaluronic acid (which includes an actual ‘Super Hyaluronic Acid,’ this formula will ensure optimal hydrating and plumping effects. Kiss goodbye to dry and flaky skin and hello to a new radiance. Bullet trains have nothing on the speed in which this lotion works! Love, love, love.

3. The Hero Project Glow Drops Facial Oil + Vitamin C, £19 (30ml) Was £24, www.lookfantastic.com

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I ran out of this a few weeks ago (along with a few other essentials) but this was third on my buy-or-die list. I seriously cannot be without it.

Should you wish for radiant luminosity (DUH!) then try this facial oil. It will not disappoint. Containing over 98% naturally sourced ingredients, this formula delivers exceptional nourishment straight into your skin. The included botanical essential oils and antioxidant-rich vitamin C transforms dry and weathered skin into a picture of health and beauty. I adore how quickly the oil absorbs into my skin. I feel nourished and pampered. This is basically a little mini spa in a bottle.

4.Ultrasun Anti-Pollution Face Fluid 50+, £28 (50ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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When it comes to using an SPF there should be no skimping on quality. Ultrasun is one of my most-cherished beauty products. In fact, I consider it essential.

This one is great If you are worried about pollution. Combining components such as Glycofilm Pollustop, works a treat in thwarting all kinds of damage and pollution. Providing outstanding broad-spectrum protection, and holding off future signs of aging, this SPF is a game-changer. Furthermore, it takes no time at all to absorb and avoids that nasty sticky finish. It’s one of the few sunscreens that allow you to apply your makeup without fear of it sliding off! Thank God.

Have you tried any of these and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message below. Have a fantastic Wednesday all. x

More Best Tips For Achieving At-Home Salon Treatments (Like A Pro)

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Continuing on from my previous article, ‘How To Achieve At-Home Beauty Salon Results,’ here are the next unmissable tips. Follow this guide, and your beauty goals will be acquired with ease, you will save yourself a fortune and feel like a total pro!

1. Exfoliating Body Scrub Try: Moroccan Rose Otto Sugar Body Polish, £36, www.renskincare.com

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We’ve looked at microdermabrasion for the face. Now it’s time to address the body. If (like me) you can’t get enough of roses, this is a must-have body scrub for you! Vegan-friendly, the gorgeous polish includes sugar particles, Moroccan Rose Otto oil and Paraguay tea extract. These ingredients team up to provide your skin in the best exfoliating, purifying and skin-smoothing results. Use this and you literally will come out smelling of roses!

2.Spa Treatment No. 2: Quartz Facial Roller, Vintage Cosmetics Rose Quartz Roller, £24.99, www.thevintagecosmeticcompany.com

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In a recent post, I mentioned just how invaluable a roller can be, particularly for reducing inflammation and stimulating blood flow. Pop this in the fridge until you need it, then apply and allow it to work its undeniable powers on your complexion. Since discovering the roller, it remains one of my most cherished beauty tools.

3. Pro Spa Treatment No.3: Eyebrow Tint, £12.99, www.lookfantastic.com

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Okay, so you may be a tad scared of going for the at-home eyebrow tint. You needn’t be. Products today make this job so fast and simple – even I can do it without hashing it up.

The best product I have used is Maybelline’s Tattoo Brow Long Lasting Tint, £12.99. This lasts for about 3 days – so it’s great if you are planning a little getaway. However, if you really don’t feel ready to take the plunge, you could buy an eyebrow tinting pen. They work quite well but don’t seem to last as long. Also, they aren’t too difficult to reverse any mistakes made. As for full-on microblading – I would skip the YouTube tutorials and wait until you can get in at the beauty salon.

4.Salon Tip No.4: Eyebrow Shaping: Tweezerman Neon Pink Stainless Steel Mini Slant Tweezers, £13, www.amazon.co.uk

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There are so many people out there (including moi) with missing sections of eyebrow where the brow was once overplucked and has downright refused to grow back. Quick question: why the HELL does this only happen in areas you don’t want it to? Everywhere else, it comes back with a new targeted vengeance and you need to add a laser to your arsenal to stand a chance in defeating the dreaded evil hair nemesis.

The trick is, using your index finger, place it either side of your nose vertically, then mark lightly where your eyebrow should begin. Next, make a pencil mark on the centre and outer arch to ensure you are keeping to the matching plan. Never pluck above the eyebrow. Using a hot flannel, soften the lid area you wish to pluck. Then take your Tweezerman and in good lighting, you may begin. Go slowly, alternating eyebrows so you don’t end up with two that appear different. Make sure you get any tapering ends, too. Once you have achieved the eyebrow shape you desire, get an ice cube and rub over the lids gently to soothe. If you have aloe vera gel, apply this too.

5. Best Salon Tip No.5: Overnight Hair Conditioning Mask: Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum, £30.60 (90ml) Was £36, www.lookfantastic.com

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It’s no secret just how awesome I think Kerastase is at offering hair transformative benefits. So, it will be no surprise I am recommending their 8H Magic Night Serum

Apply this at night before you sleep and within a few days you will be looking on at your reflection in slack-jawed amazement.

Have you tried any at-home beauty treatments and how did it go? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar (yet safe) Sunday. xx

How To Achieve At-Home Beauty Salon Results Like A Pro

Hey, Lovelies!

Anyone else starting to climb the walls, waiting for beauty salons to reopen? I feel your pain. However, there are a few tricks to achieve at-home salon treatments like a total pro. Read on to discover how easy it is to attain those outstanding spa-treatments in the luxury of your own home. Hello, gorgeousness!

1.Begin With An Aromatherapy Bath, ESPA Detoxifying Bath Oil, £25 (Was £30), www.espaskincare.com

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If you want to achieve that full-on spa experience, you have to start the right way. Set the mood. To do this an aromatherapy bath is in order. Essential oils not only treat the body but also relax and revive the senses. Win, win. I love to add ESPA’s vegan-friendly Detoxifying Bath Oil. Combining cypress, juniper berry, grapefruit and sweet almond, this oil thoroughly detoxifies, nourishes and softens the skin. All the while, it works on your senses, so you feel totally renewed once more. Yay!

2.Steam Facial

Steam facials are so beneficial and so easy to do. They open the pores ready for all those much-loved skincare ingredients to then be fully absorbed, working at ultimate efficiency. All you need is a kettle and a bowl (and water of course). Make sure your face is clean. Boil the kettle, fill a bowl and lean over the bowl with a towel over your head to keep in the steam. Stay there for 3 minutes (if you can take it). Then you will be ready for the mask.

3. Face Mask Treatment: Try Facetheory Pink Clay AHA Face Mask. £14.99 (60ml), www.facetheory.com

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Whether you love a sheet mask or a lather-it-on one, a face mask works wonders. Choose the right one for your particular skin care needs.  One I love is this pink clay mask by facetheory. Superb at exfoliating, brightening, nourishing and treating fine lines, the mask offers some serious transformative results. Love this!

4.Exuviance Triple Microdermabrasion Face Polish, £49.60 (75g), www.skincity.co.uk

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You should not need to apply a mask and the microdermabrasion polish in one sitting. Never overdo your skincare treatments as this can cause more harm than good. Choose one for the beginning of the week, and the other for the weekend.

This microdermabrasion polish is outstanding, and I have been using it for several years – still can’t move on. If it’s not broke don’t fix it, right? Combining glycolic acid, professional-grade crystals and papaya enzymes, the included rejuvenating components work little miracles on the skin. Expect some incredible results such as notably reduced pore size, even skin tone and a complexion that, well, glows utter radiance. We’ll take it.

Read on to see the more tips for achieving that much-sought-after at-home spa experience.

 

 

Has The Lockdown Revealed The True State Of Your Relationship?

The lockdown has forced a spotlight on every relationship, revealing the true state of it (whether we want to look or not). Although difficult for some, in the long run, this should be regarded as a gift. Instead of viewing the lockdown time as misspent, we could potentially be saving ourselves from years of wasted precious time..

There’s nothing like being shut in a confined space with just your other half for 3 months to draw attention to unresolved issues or discovering new ones. In fact, given the insurmountable size of the elephant in the room, it is quite an astonishing level of avoidance you have mastered. Sound unpleasantly familiar? With a 40% increase in divorces, the pandemic has brought a plethora of harsh reality dishes to the global table. So, should the elephant be so big you can no longer escape the room, read on. Here are some common relationship situations and how to deal.

1.When You Should Wait and See How Your Relationship Progresses

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2020 has been one hell of a dive for everyone (apart from makers of disinfectant and face masks). Nothing is normal and stress is at an all-time high. Should you find yourselves at loggerheads and bickering over nothing, it may not be doom and gloom, just frustration. Being cooped up together with nothing else to focus on (other than hyped-up news reports), will cause the best-suited couples to fall out. If you feel you love each other, and the constant bickering is over nothing serious, just hang on in there. Take a breather in another room. Once life returns to its new normality, you will likely find so too will your relationship.

2. Relationship Truth: If You are Strangers Who Avoid Each Other

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Scenario no.2: You both listen out for when the other person is about and wait for them to leave before going about your business. You manage to muster up a couple of forced pleasantries at best before dispersing into opposite ends of the house. You are 2 strangers with only space (and a twist of lemon) in between.  With a newfound face mask, you can’t be absolutely certain they are the person you moved in with (joke). Even though you are the only 2 people in your house and you have had zero human contact, you avoid each other. This is dire.

Life before lockdown enabled you to blanket over this stark situation. Work-life and hobbies were distractions. Now there are none and you are faced with reality. See this as a positive. In a sense, the lockdown has probably saved you years of future unhappiness in which you may have carried on pretending and muddling through. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt – life is too short to do this.

3. Relationship Over: You’ve Discovered He / She is Someone You Hate

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There is nothing like being stuck with someone 24/7 to uncover some truths. Have you? If you have found out his nasty ‘joke’ comments aren’t just down to a warped view of funny, but actually covering up a real sinister personality and you don’t feel safe, think on. If you are being blatantly lied to and you know there is a hidden agenda at play, run for the hills. Now is the time to be strong and reclaim your life. They have no right to take it. You deserve to be treated with real love. No one should have to live with a liar. No good can come of it. Be strong people, be strong.

4. Relationship in Question: You are Friends

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If your relationship has slipped from in love to ‘having a love for,’ this is a cause for deep concern. A situation that’s so hard to deal because neither of you will want to hurt the other person. Had it not been for the lockdown you would have plodded on together. If you have become friends with no attraction anymore, it is time to call it a day. No matter how difficult a pill it is to swallow.

Make sure it is not just a case of losing the spark. Sometimes couples go through a dip. Add extreme stress to the mix, and it is a recipe for rubbish times. If you have tried to do the romantic nights, wine and talks, etc, and there truly is nothing left, you need to face facts. Sit down together and have that chat. At the end of the day, nothing lasts forever, nothing stays the same. In that sense, neither do bad situations. Once you deal with a situation life will begin to improve.

For more relationship articles, read ‘5 Tips for Reigniting your Relationship.’

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