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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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!

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.

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

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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

Quirky advent calendars that bring something else to the table
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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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