3 WAYS TO UPGRADE YOUR MORNING SKINCARE ROUTINE

Guest post by Lucy Chambers

Having clear and glowing skin is the result of proper and diligent care, and caring for your skin is the first thing that you should do when you wake up in the morning. Establishing a morning skincare routine is a great way to ensure that your skin is protected from the elements. Moreover, having great beauty habits can help to make your skin look fabulous the whole day. While your morning routine may not be as extensive as your evening skincare regime, proper cleansing and the right beauty products can protect your skin from harmful pollutants, UV rays, and damage. Here are a few ways to upgrade your morning skincare routine this year.

 

The 8-step Korean morning skincare routine

Following the Korean way of caring for skin can make your skin healthy and younger-looking. First, wash your face with water only, then pour a bit of toner on your hands and pat the liquid onto your skin. Smooth on an essence, let it absorb for a few minutes, then follow with an ampoule, serum, eye cream, moisturiser, and sunscreen. If you don’t have the time to do all 8 steps, consider paring it down to 4 steps—cleanse with water, pat on toner, moisturise, and protect with sunscreen. The result: a glowing and youthful-looking complexion that looks radiant even without makeup.

 

Don’t neglect your body

Don’t just spoil your face – your body needs some TLC too. Take a short shower to avoid depleting your skin of moisture and use a moisturising body wash to clean your skin. Lock in your hydration by applying body oil or body lotion right after your shower. If you’ll be outdoors the whole day, you may want to apply sunblock to your limbs, the back of your neck, and other exposed areas of your body and wear protective clothing to shield your skin from harmful UV rays.

 

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Master a 5-minute makeup routine

A 5-minute makeup routine allows you to use fewer products to let your skin breathe and still look polished while you go about your daily tasks. Start with BB cream to even out your skin tone and softly blur imperfections, then use a bit of concealer on areas where you need more coverage. Set with pressed powder. Use a brow mascara to darken and keep your brows in place, then finish the look with a bit of cream blush on the cheeks and a swipe of lip gloss. If you want a more “done” face for a meeting or for an evening out with friends, simply add eyeliner and mascara and apply your favourite matte lipstick.

 

This year, give your skin some TLC first thing in the morning. You’ll be glad you did once you see how much healthier, radiant, and beautiful your skin looks from head to toe.

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8 BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR LIFE SO MUCH EASIER THIS WINTER

 

If you think you’ve already got your bag of beauty essentials for winter, think again! I’ve been asked to try some amazing beauty products recently and I’ve listed them below. They are ideal for this time of year when the heating goes on, the winter wind plays havoc with our skin. There are lots of wonderful beauty products out there that will help make your life so much easier this winter.

 

Let me know what you think, if you have any questions about the beauty products get in touch!

 

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Moisturizing Sleeping Mask

 

This mask is ideal for an intensive treatment. It is rich in coconut extracts and is ideal for skin that feels dry. I adore coconut in all its forms and especially in beauty products. At only £3.49 it is well worth the price to restore moisture to your dry skin.

 

Wilkinson Sword Intuition Ultra Moisture with Shea Butter

I don’t know about you, but my legs often get neglected when I’m considering the products I need to take me through winter. Well this razor from Wilkinson Sword is ideal! The Intuition Ultra Moisture uses blade technology along with a built-in moisturiser which is infused with Shea Butter. It smells wonderful and makes skin feel so soft! Did I mention they are only £3.25 at Tesco now? Click above to buy yours!

 

The Skin Shop Liquorice Lip Balm

As I sit typing this post, my lips are already in need of this lip balm! Winter can be harsh on lips. However, never fear as this lip balm contains an extract of liquorice that helps reduce the severity and duration of cold sores! How cool is that?

 

The Skin Shop Chameleon Concealer for Red & Sensitive Skin

It can be difficult finding a concealer that is a perfect match to your skin. It isn’t helped either by the winter weather when skin can be that bit reader and sensitive due to the cold harshness of the wind. This new tone-matching concealer from The Skin Shop is necessary for your beauty routine. It contains new tone-matching and soft-focus technology for perfectly concealing skin prone to redness. So, if you have spots, any kind of redness or sensitivity, this is necessary for you.

 

The Skin Care Shop Dry Eye Illuminating Concealer for dry eyes

Another part of our bodies that is often missed during the winter. This product is astounding. It has really helped conceal my red eyes which started to itch as soon as the heating when on! The Dry Eye Concealer has anti-inflammatory and anti-itching benefits. It is in a clicker pen dispenser with a fine brush to put on – very easy indeed.

 

Tiana Fair Trade Organic Pure Virgin Coconut Oil

I swear by coconut oil, you can see how much by visiting my post on Ways to Use Coconut Oil. What is amazing about the Tiana products is that they are Fair Trade and 100% guaranteed organic. There are so many uses for coconut oil from eating to beauty products and everything in between. I swear by it for rehydrating my skin when all else fails. A must have beauty product for this winter.

 

Angela Langford Thirsty Work

I am delighted to introduce you to the wonderful skin care products by Angela Langford. I’m a keen MasterChef fan so I recognised Angela straight away. Do you? Well Angela has launched a fantastic skin care range. I love the personalised touch of this range. When you register you will be asked questions about your skin and then you will be recommended products based on what you have said. Angela and her team use, where possible, high quality organic ingredients. It tells because the Thirsty Work is just so luxurious on my skin. Why not sign up today and see what your recommendation are to make sure your skin is well nourished this winter?

 

O’Keeffe’s

There are times when you need to bring out the big guns! Where things have developed so far that, and your hands, body and lips need a boost without further delay. This is where O’Keeffe’s come in! All of O’Keeffe’s products have a concentrated formula, a high content of glycerine and a 100% money back guarantee that you will feel a difference within days! They are so confident that their products will give you the boost you require to make it through winter. These are my go to products when I’ve been neglecting my skin routine.

 

 

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If you think you’ve already got your bag of beauty essentials for winter, think again! I’ve been asked to try some amazing skin care products recently and I’ve listed them below. They are ideal for this time of year when the heating goes on, the winter wind plays havoc with our skin. There are lots of wonderful beauty products out there that will help make your life so much easier this winter.

 

*please note I was sent these products to review, all opinions are my own.

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5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COOLSCULPING

 

 

As a mummy I am finding it extremely it difficult to get rid of my little tummy after two C-section births!  No matter how many sit ups I do, it doesn’t seem to help.  So, I have decided to look in to CoolSculping.  Below I’ve listed 5 things you need to know about Coolsculping in case you are considering it too!

 

What Is CoolSculpting?

According to Pulse Light Clinic CoolSculpting is a noninvasive body sculpting treatment.  This is done by fat-freezing using a process called Cryolipolysis.  There is no need for surgery or needles.  The treatment has also been approved by the FDA.

 

 

What Does the Treatment Consist of?

At the Pulse Light Clinic you receive a free consultation where you will be able to discuss the areas you wish to see an improvement.  A Coolsculpting device is attached to the area of unwanted fat.  It then targets the area of fat cells freezing them which causes them to die.  The process can take up to an hour so it can be done in your lunch break – there is absolutely no down time at all – unlike other treatments.

 

 

What areas can you use CoolSculpting for & how long does it last?

CoolSculpting is an approved treatment of fat for bulges in the thighs, under the chin, on the belly, back, love handles and your bum.  On average you will experience a 20% reduction in fat per treatment.  It will take a few treatments for the best results and the final stage of the results will be visible within 2 or 3 months when your body will have flushed away all the dead fat cells that were frozen.  Indeed, the results are permanent if you keep up a healthy lifestyle.  So this is indeed a great way of kick starting a new healthy lifestyle.

 

Are there any risks associated with CoolSculpting?

There are no risks associated with CoolSculpting but there are some things you should be aware of.  There will be some redness around the areas of the treatment and some tenderness or tingling where the fat has been frozen.  These usually last around 10 to 15 minutes.

 

 

How to find out more information

This helpful video from Pulse Light Clinic London answers all your questions.  Have a wee look to find out more.  Alternatively you can book a free appointment with Pulse Light Clinic here.

 

 

Are you considering CoolSculping?  I’d love to know what you think.

 

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CoolSculpting is a way of reducing fat by freezing it. Here are 5 things that will help you decide on if its right for you.

 

 

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4 PERIOD SUBSCRIPTION BOXES YOU  NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

Periods or should I say tampons have been in the news a lot recently.  The campaign to abolish what has become known as the ‘Tampon Tax’ has hit the headlines around the world. Companies are beginning to reduce the price of their sanitary products as these items are now seen as a necessity and not a luxury.

 

This news is to be welcomed. What is also welcoming is that we are talking about periods. There are some topics that still seem to be ‘taboo’. For the life of me I can’t see why periods would be one of them. After all it is an integral part of growing up and something that all young girls go through.

 

Our bodies go through all kinds of changes during the monthly period cycle so it is wonderful to see start-up companies developing subscription boxes to help you during your period. A number of these boxes go beyond providing sanitary products, with some moving in to the territory of self-care providing calming tea, chocolate, and beauty products.

 

Whether you are a mother wanting to help your daughter with her first period or you need some extra TLC during your period, there is something for everyone. You can purchase a box as a one-off or you can commit to
subscribing. The choice really is yours. Below are four subscription boxes which we have tested.

 

1. Pink Parcel: £12.99 plus free delivery

Pink Parcel not just provides you with your monthly pads or tampons but they also aim to promote your health and well-being by providing products such as tea, chocolate, and beauty products. Each subscription box is beautifully packaged with smaller individual boxes such as the ‘For You’ box containing all the treats, ‘For Later’ box with a selection of tampons and ‘For Night’ with a selection of pads. The September box contained a selection of Belgian chocolates, peach and rhubarb tea, feminine intimate wash, nail polish, lip pencil, make-up brush and a
conditioning foot mask.

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2. bettybox: £12.99 plus free delivery

The bettybox is ideal for younger girls. You can specially tailor the box to meet your monthly period needs. The box contained sweet treats in the ‘for you’ box with the addition of items such as lip balm, a hair mask, nail polish, a unicorn notepad and highlighter. I must say the box is extremely cute and would be ideal for teenagers. You can also design your own box and set a date as to when you need it to arrive. While the main part is the Betty Box, their website is an excellent resource of information for any questions relating to periods.

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3. Monthlies: £4 for 7 items to £7 for 30 items

Monthlies aim to make periods ‘drama-free’ by providing pads and tampons which are organic and eco-friendly. You can build your own box by deciding on whether you prefer pads or tampons and how many you require. The selection of pads and tampons was impressive. A free cotton bag was also included in the box which is great for keeping your sanitary products together in your handbag. There’s nothing worse that pulling something out of your bag only to have your sanitary items fall on the floor!

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4. Yoppie, Your Happy Period: £5.90 per month

Yoppie aims to not only provide you with 100% organic cotton tampons but for every month you subscribe they will give a month’s supply of sanitary products, underwear and invest in reproductive health education to girls in need. Yoppie hopes that every girl who uses their products will feel empowered and empower others. The box is discreet and fits easily in your bag. There were a selection of tampons ranging from mini to super. Each month you can select the type of tampon you use, decide on the frequency of the delivery – every month or two, finally you choose a date for delivery.

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My Verdict: Period Subscription Boxes

While all the boxes are a great idea, the Pink Parcel and Betty boxes went beyond providing sanitary products which I believe would make them a real treat for yourself or to give as a gift, so they get my vote. However, I must give a special mention to Monthlies and Yoppie for their dedication to organic products and philanthropy.

 

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5 USES FOR EPSOM SALTS

Oh my goodness Epsom Salts is just marvellous!  Why on earth am I only discovering the different uses for it until now?

 

I had cause to try and find a homemade cure for a foot infection recently and came across Epsom Salts.  In fact when I did a bit more research I found there are many things you can do with it.  I’ve listed below some of the many uses some of which I am doing now.  What also makes Epsom Salts so great is the cost – you can get a large bucket full for less than £10!

 

Bath Soak:  put a cup of Epsom Salts in your bath water to relieve aches and pains but also to soften your skin.

 

Hard Skin:  bath your feet in a basin of warm water and cup of Epsom Salts to keep your feet injection free and soften hard skin.

 

Face Scrub:  a pinch of Epsom Salts and warm water, mix together and hey presto an instant face scrub.

 

Plants:  you can add a teaspoon of Epsom Salts to your water when re-hydrating your plants – it helps them to grow.

 

Insect bites/Itchy skin:  add a teaspoon to water – about a cup then let it cool.  Spray it on your skin – I haven’t tried this  yet but it should stop the itchiness.

 

I’ve used Epsom Salts for most of the above (apart from the insect bites).  I’d love to know if you have used it and what you thought?  Are there any other uses for it?

 

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