Hair Primers Guaranteed To Defy The Strongest Of Heatwaves

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you are all enjoying the continuing miracle that is this UK heatwave. Whilst the majority of us are slapping on extra primer in an effort to prevent our makeup melting down our faces (causing us to look like a waxwork reject), many of us still are not applying hair primer. In this weather we really need the hair primer.

The beauty Gods have bestowed upon us hair primers of which can treat a whole array of haircare needs. Primers thoroughly condition, hydrate and protect – ensuring your locks remain shiny and super soft whilst enjoying SAS-like protection against these extreme (but much-loved) sun rays. Say goodbye to dehydrated, frizzy and sun-damaged strands and hellloooo to gorgeousness. Check out the best:

 1.Bumble & Bumble Hairdressers Invisible Oil Primer, £21 (250ml), Bumble & Bumble

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Should you shudder at how suspiciously familiar a scarecrow’s straw hair looks, worry no more. Bumble & Bumble have your hair covered (in a rehydrating oil) so no more brittle, just beauty. Better yet, this ‘invisible’ spray is practically undetectable and ensures your locks are detangled, silky and effectively protected from UV damage. This product enables fast and easy styling, too.  #hairgoals!

 2.L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Original Oil, £12.75 (100ml), look fantastic.com

There’s one thing we hate about the sun and that is it makes already frizz-prone hair that much worse. Put an end to those frizzy woes by applying a little L’Oréal, and you will be rocking a super-soft shine all day long. This incredible oil also heat protects for up to 230 degrees!

(suitable for all hair types)

 3.Kerastase Resistance Therapiste Serum, £22.90 (30ml), kerastase.co.uk

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This awesome serum is the go-to choice for those with fairly damaged or thick and unruly hair. The Resistance Therapiste Serum basically covers all the usual requirements such as conditioning and hydrating, but also offers amino acids and an innovative FIBRA-KAP™ formula that repairs and restructures, whilst simultaneously providing maximum heat protection and minimising further breakage! Result.

Do you have a fave primer? Please leave your comments below.

Happy Sunny Sunday People xx

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The Best At-Home Gadgets worth Their Weight In Gold

Hey Lovelies!

As a beauty editor I have to test all of the latest beauty devices, so I thought I’d share with you the best at-home gadgets that truly are worth their weight in gold. Read on:

1.For Acne/Blemishes Try Tria Positively Clear Acne Clearing Blue Light, £179 (Was £199), www.triabeauty.co.uk

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There’s no need to suffer from acne – this awesome device delivers acne-destroying blue light that targets pores and eradicates the bacteria lurking underneath the surface of the skin. Also combined is a cleanser and spot treatment to further address the problem. What’s so great about this product is that you know you are effectively treating the problem without causing irritation or hurting your skin with harsh chemicals used in other acne-reducing products.

2.For Cleansing Try The Foreo Luna 2, £169, wwwforeo.com

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I absolutely love this device. The Foreo LUNA 2 doubles up as an outstanding cleanser and anti-aging tool in one. It’s brush head is 50% larger, thus achieving super-fast cleansing, and offers 8000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute. This amazing gadget makes quick work of ridding your skin of impurities, whilst simultaneously targeting and treating fine lines and wrinkles. There’s no messing about with the LUNA 2 – it delivers on its promise and you will notice a significant improvement in your skin (and the compliments you receive). Furthermore, one charge enables up to 450 uses, so there is very little faffing around.

3.For Hair Removal Try The SmoothSkin Muse, £319 Was £399), www.smoothskin.com

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Known as the intelligent IPL for good reason – it works. I have to say this product goes far and beyond my expectations of any at-home IPL device. This Gold Winner of the Beauty Awards, 2017 is the answer to your hair removal woes. Fast, effective and virtually painless, the gadget makes light work of breaking the hair cycle and preventing regrowth so problematic stubble becomes a distant memory. Yay!

Have you tried these products? What are your thoughts? Leave your thoughts below xx

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Are We Becoming So Politically Correct That No One Can Just ‘Be’ Anymore?

Are We All Becoming So Politically Correct That No One Can Just ‘Be” Anymore?

Hey lovelies!

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I’m sure most of you will have noticed the soon to be released Oceans 8 movie starring 8 amazing female actors. Given the growing need for equality in the workplace, the rise of feminism and the acceptance for women to finally have a voice whereby they are heard (not just when its deemed fit), I totally get the reason behind the need for a female cast. However – I can’t help but feel somewhat robbed. The Oceans films literally were awesome: they starred all of my favourite male eye candy (i.e. Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Georgie boy). The movies were the epitome of pure coolness. The ladies were spoilt for choice, the guys could fantasize about men they would love to be, and the plot was entertaining throughout.

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Now, all of that has gone. I get that women should own a film, but make it a new one, a different one that doesn’t take away from the one set of movies that stood head and shoulders above the rest for all the right reasons. For me, we’ve just lost out massively by attempting to fix an equality issue through sacrificing film perfection. Instead of being obsessed with point scoring, why not simply make a different one totally unrelated to the iconic Oceans? I know I will probably get some stick – everyone’s got an opinion. But seriously when everyone is screaming for the world to change the best things in the name of feminism, or fear of being politically incorrect at what point do we stop and realise nothing is fun anymore?

I’m no psychic but I predict that by 2020 comedians will be struck off or imprisoned for being funny. No one is allowed to say anything, even in humour without an onslaught of abuse from people ready and waiting to be outraged for the slightest reason. Don’t get me wrong – there’s always been sad and bitter people on the lookout for a bandwagon they can hop on. But now social media platforms have not only given the opportunity for this to become an epidemic – but people are too scared not to take this mass hysteria on-board, enable it and give it a place in the world. And it seems the crazier insinuation and allegations are, the more people put their names to it and the louder it becomes.

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Just the other day some woman had nit-picked apart an innocent comment made on an advert and turned it into some kind of sexist abusive attack, posting this across the internet which then (of course) went viral. The internet has allowed this small town mentality from 200 years ago to become global. This is terrifying, and it just continues.

The days are serious because others are losing their shit over anything they can find to be insulted about. No one can joke, no one can make the movies they want, no one can write freely – does anyone else worry that we are all becoming a world of self-driving cars? Sure we all are heading for the same end destination, but do we really have to all become robots to be allowed to stay on the sodding road? Where life is becoming a real-life version of Huxley’s Brave New World, has our overwhelming and ever-growing panic of not being PC, driven out fun, personality and the ability to just ‘be’?

Be yourselves people xx

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How The Hell Do We Get Rid Of Pores IRL?

Hello Lovely People!

What the Hell is the deal with enlarged pores? There’s so many products on the market that promise to blur, conceal and diminish these – and some are effective to a point.

However, that point is short-lived and unless you walk around with an arsenal of products at the ready every minute of the day, you just know that the little improvement you can obtain just isn’t worth the endless hassle. So, what do we do? Put up and shut up? Hell NO! Check out some pore reducing procedures that will actually work (for far longer than half your working day). Gooodbyyye pesky enlarged pores!

 1.Laser Up

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You may have noticed the use of laser treatments amongst celebrities has rocketed in recent times. Lasers are touted as a key rejuvenating treatment for their hugely successful results for many skin concerns such as: diminishing fine lines, plumping up the skin, tightening, reducing eye bags…oh and you guessed it, reducing those wretched pores. Should these skin concerns be particularly problematic, laser skin resurfacing is an excellent option.

 2.Micro-Needling

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Micro-needling is basically the process of putting many tiny little needles just under the surface of the skin to trigger the body’s own restorative response by stimulating collagen to work its magic. Micro-needling repairs and renews the skin, and in turn greatly reduces those pesky pores. You can visit a clinic or alternatively purchase an at-home device such as the fabulous Swiss Clinic’s Micro-needling Skin Revival Treatment.

 3.Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a procedure that utilises fine crystals and a vacuum to remove the dead skin cells. This treatment feels like your top layer of skin has been completely removed, will leave your face very red for the rest of the day – and you definitely need a strong SPF. However, in the whole scheme of things it isn’t particularly painful and definitely not the worst procedure to undergo – and it does greatly improve your complexion, whilst going some way to reduce enlarged pores.

 4.Chemical Peels

 

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Another good treatment option for rejuvenating and diminishing pores are chemical peels. The process involves applying a chemical solution to the skin which in turn deeply exfoliates the skin, so that when it dries it then peels off (hence the name). The result is a more youthful complexion with far fewer pores.  Visit: goodskindays.co.uk

 5.Retinol Products

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For quite some time we have heard about the miracle that is retinol. This little gem makes quick work of firming and rejuvenating the skin. The appearance of pores is reduced, and fine lines are lessened. However, take note – retinol can be a tricky product particularly for newbies or those with sensitive skin. If in doubt, firstly talk to your dermatologist. A great retinol product is the SkinCeuticals retinol.

Have you tried any of these products or procedures? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below xx

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Eye Bags – What Might They Be?

Hey lovelies!

I hope you’ve all had an awesome weekend. At 3am this morning I realised it didn’t matter how much antioxidant packed cream I slathered on my eye bag riddled face, there wouldn’t be a cat in hell’s chance (weird saying, I know) of looking anything like a fresh daisy today; I was right. Appearing radiant and refreshed required some serious sleep time – or maybe not. Cue the following incredible (and simple) hacks to banish those eye bags forever.

 1.Cool Cucumber

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Finally, a good use for cucumber! This age-old hack is one of the best treatments for a savage attack of puffy eyes and eye bags. Slice two pieces of refrigerated cucumber, place them over your eyes and take half an hour’s rest. Within seconds, you literally will feel their magic work. This amazing fruit offers ascorbic and caffeic acid that greatly reduces water retention and thus diminishes puffiness and swelling. Furthermore, it provides a skin lightening effect, making you look more radiant and refreshed. #Lifegoals! #Phew!

 2.Egg Whites

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Egg whites are another fantastic treatment for dreaded eye bags. They combine proteins and the skin nurturing vitamin E that work in unison to firm and tighten the delicate skin under the eyes. I have not used this method for long enough to confirm, but it is reported that over time this treatment can offer a long-lasting improvement for sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as reducing pigmentation. Hooray!

 3.Tea Bags

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Should you be running late and need a quick fix, try the tea bag trick. The idea here is to wet the tea bag in ice cold water then rest over your eyes for 10 minutes. The powerful astringent qualities of tannin are highly beneficial in cooling, soothing, diminishing water retention and unsightly pores as well as tightening the skin. The result is a fast and significant reduction in swelling, puffiness and people gently asking if you are ok!

 4.H20

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This hack is cheap, simple, works like a dream and yet is so often overlooked. Drink plenty of water and you will be amazed at the difference it will make to your complexion! Begone pitiful eye bags!

Have you tried any of these? What do you think?

Thanks for reading xx

 

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Beauty Editor’s Weekly Favourites

 

Hey Lovelies!

 I hope you’re all having an awesome week.

As a Beauty Editor I come across many, many products (some amazing, some not so much). Below are some of my favourite products discovered thus far:

1.Revitalizing Bio Cellulose Face Mask – Lucia Magnani, £45, www.luciamagnani.com

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As a big fan of sheet masks, I was so excited to receive the Lucia Magnani sheet mask to try. Incredibly luxurious, bursting with amazing ingredients and the ultimate in skin pampering (without travelling miles and spending a fortune at the nearest spa). This mask is every bit as good as I’d imagined it to be – and then a whole lot more IRL. My complexion was actually transformed, fine lines were noticeably reduced, and my skin felt and looked firmer, smoother and altogether fabulous. This is one mask that will be damn hard to top – everyone should keep one in their makeup cabinet for that special night or for an emergency beauty event. I love, love, love this mask!

2.MAKE UP FOREVER Foundation Face & Body, £31, www.escentual.com

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Until recently I haven’t had much experience of body foundations; since trying this one by Makeup Forever, I am a changed woman (quite literally). If you have missed out on your fake tan appointment, or putting off wearing that slinky dress because the winter has left your skin looking tired and neglected – this is the perfect product to buy. Makeup Forever’s foundation glides on seamlessly creating flawless results. So happy!

3. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Overnight Hand Therapy, £19, www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Our hands are often forgotten – and given the fact that I am always the one lumbered with the cleaning products and never bothering to put the gloves on (I know – cardinal sin), my hands appear more like something from Gardeners Weekly/Roofers Weekly/Witches Weekly (take your pick), than the flawless fingers of a beauty editor. The other morning, I actually glanced down at hands and sheer horror gripped my face – they actually looked more like my nan’s hands (sorry nan). Time for some serious TLC.

Now there seems to be an end to the cold spell we have no excuse to ignore our weathered hands. This is where Crabtree & Evelyn come in: their La Source Hand Therapy combines an array of amino acids and vitamins that thoroughly transform both the hands and nails, whilst simultaneously providing the utmost protection. what is more, this product smells so good that reapplication each day will definitely be a pleasure and never a chore.

4.Kypris Beauty Elixir 1 Face Oil, £216, www.naturisimo.com

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OMG this is the oil of dreams. Made from 1000 roses, the high-end facial oil sadly comes at a high-end price. That said, in my humble opinion it is worth every last penny.  The Elixir works little miracles on your skin by smoothing, evening tone and rejuvenating to reveal a beautifully radiant complexion. Yes, it may be pricey, but a little goes a long way. This is one of those must-have products of which you will never want to run out. To give you an idea, I used my bottle every evening and it lasted for almost a year – until the week whereby I held it upside down without the pipette every day in the vain hope a drop may still be left (I know, a tad sad, but you do what you have to). My advice is if you want to buy an investment facial oil – this should be at the top of the list.

What are your favourite products? Let me know what you think below xx

 

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The Best Easter Chocolate, Ever

Hey Lovelies!

I hope you all are enjoying the Easter weekend and getting some much-deserved R&R. I have made great use of the time binge watching Person of Interest to the point where my eyes actually sting and eating copious amounts of chocolate. Here is a round-up of my all-time fave Easter choc, which now resembles disgraced empty boxes and is evidence of my chronic chocolate addiction (until I recycle later, anyway).

 1.Galaxy Indulgence Luxury Chocolate Easter Egg (Pack of 2, £29.99) Amazon.co.uk

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I don’t know about you, but Galaxy tops the game. Included here is (instead of loads of packaging and a scrawny egg) a yummy egg and 3 bars of chocolate – what’s not to love? Nothing, I tell You.

 2.Esthechoc Cambridge Beauty Chocolate, £45, esthechoc.com

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If you love dark chocolate and are struggling with an internal voice saying chocolate is the work of the devil, don’t fret; esthechoc have it covered. This incredible brand has come up with an ingenious hack so we can always eat delicious chocolate and it will have our backs fighting the onset of aging and free radical damage. No more worrying about whether chocolate is such a great idea. The only trouble is you are only allowed one packet of the delicious esthchoc each day (which is a tad for crazed chocolate eaters like me).

 3.The Big Easter Egg Classic Ostrich Egg, £40 (Was £80), HotelChocolat.com

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If you are going to do something, do it properly. At over 1kilo of choc, this Easter egg from Hotel Chocolat has it all (but not for long). This Classic Ostrich Egg will indulge you with a delectable array of every heaven you can imagine, with dark, milk, white and caramel recipes – and a simply enormous egg to boot. SOOO Happy.

 Whatever you are doing this Easter Monday I hope you are having fun. What was your favourite egg? xx

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Amazing Benefits Of Argan Oil

Hey Lovelies!

Meet your skin’s new best friend, argan oil. Otherwise known as ‘liquid gold’ this priceless oil is a powerhouse of skin-loving components that offer incredible benefits for your skin.

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Sourced from the kernels of the organ tree of which is native to Morocco (hence Moroccan oil) it contains an impressive supply of nutrients, including antioxidants, fatty acids  and vitamin E and is therefore, highly beneficial for the hair, too. Goodbye dandruff, frizz and split ends. Hello gorgeousness!

Argan/Moroccan oil is a must-have multi-tasking beauty product and goes far and beyond to transform the hair and skin, maintaining optimal nourishment, radiance and a forever sought-after youthful appearance. Better yet, a few drops goes a long way, making this a true gem.

Get Your Glow On:

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Bursting with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, argan oil has everything your skin needs to stay moisturized, smooth and utterly radiant.

2.Thwart The Aging Process:

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The pure components in argan oil are highly effective in prohibiting the ongoing attack from free radicals. Think of it like putting up a blockade against premature aging. Hooray!

6.Healing:

Argan oil works wonders in reducing the appearance of scars and treating stretch marks. Any oil that can do this deserves to have a permanent spot in my bathroom cabinet.

7.Dry Skin

Don’t let dry skin be the bane of your life. This intensely moisturising oil will target and take down the dreaded unrelenting dry skin from around the nose and other areas, infusing it instead, with deep hydrating nourishment and returning your complexion into one of pure beauty. #No filter life goals.

8.Super Shiny Locks

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Want soft shiny and manageable hair? A few drops of this miracle oil will transform your hair into locks so lustrous that L’Oréal would be jealous.

For skin: Add a few drops to your mosituriser or use as a facial oil.

For hair: Massage into the scalp, rub in a few drops from root to tip, or simply add a little to your conditioner.

Try Moroccan Oil Treatment, £12.10 (25ml), www.feelunique.com

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Always choose pure organ oil.

Have you tried argan oil and what do you think? Please message me your thoughts or leave your comments below xx

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Overnight Sleep Masks Are Here And Life Is Officially Awesome!

Hey Lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but the defiant lazy girl in me is always on the lookout for the easiest and fastest answer to, well, pretty much everything – and skincare is no different. We all know sleep is the time our skin warriors come to life to repair the damage of daily life, making night creams big news for all the beauty savvy out there. Now, ladies (and gents) rejoice in the world of overnight sleep masks; the ultimate in our beauty sleep arsenal. Check out some of the best around:

1.The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, £25, thebodyshop.com

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Some days, it just doesn’t matter what the hell I pile on my skin, or how many layers of concealer and corrector I reach for in the day, my ‘distressed’ complexion remains as constant as Putin’s realm over Russia. The Body Shop’s Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask is here to put a stop to those self-pitying, resign myself to looking crap days. Loaded with highly beneficial skin-loving and anti-aging ingredients such as edelweiss stem cells, sea holly and babassu oil, this gorgeous gel-cream gets to spend the entire night working little miracles on your skin. You will awaken to discover a more plump, rejuvenated and renewed complexion – and one less bad skin day.

2.Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, £29, kiehls.co.uk

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Step outside into weather so cold you half expect to see a penguin on the corner, then go home and crank up the heating until you feel your face dry like a prune IRL. There’s never been a better time to buy that overnight mask –  forget the Easter eggs (well, maybe a couple); Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is at the top of my Easter wish list. This incredible masque is all you need to reverse the nightmare that is currently UK weather.

3.Lancôme Absolute Precious Cells Revitalizing Night Ritual Mask, £95, Selfridges

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Lancôme’s utterly luxurious mask feels like little drops of sweet heaven on your skin. Effectively dealing with and diminishing fine lines, whilst reversing the look of tired skin, this mask is a truly selfish but totally worth-it investment. There’s no denying it – here you will find the pampered blissful effects of the best night’s sleep, EVER – even if, by 3 a.m. you’re still awake and enjoying the hideous harmony of your fella’s snores.

Have you got a favourite sleep mask? Let me know below, and have a lovely Wednesday xx

 

 

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Tips To Ensure Your Make-Up Stays Smudge-Proof

Hey Lovelies!

There’s a lot of brands that promise to keep your make-up smudge-proof. Sure, there are some great smudge-resistant products and some, that are, more WTF. That flawless complexion on which you spent enough time, should definitely not dissolve into non-existence by lunch. This is simply not an option. Fortunately, there are a few good tips to keep your make-up smudge-proof and ensure you look gorgeous all-day long. Read on:

1.Exfoliate, People!

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I say this so much, but that’s because it is sooo important – exfoliation is key (but not too much). Try to exfoliate twice each week to keep the dead skin cells at bay and ensure your skin is a perfectly smooth canvas, thus giving your make-up the optimal chance of doing its job.

2.Keep Moisturisers and Serums To A Minimum And Give It Time

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Moisturisers, serums and SPFs are essential, but it is important not to overdo it. Too much and your make-up will slide off quicker than ice cream on the surface of the sun (well, maybe not that quickly, but you get my point). The other point to remember, is once you’ve applied your moisturiser, serum and SPF, give it time to settle into your skin before you apply the primer.

3.Primer

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Invest in a great primer for your skin type. I love Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer, £22. A good primer can and will make all the difference. Buy here

4.Layer

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After applying your primer, add your foundation and concealer, then apply your contour and highlighter. I am a big fan of Iconic London’s Multi-Use Pro-Contour Palette, (£32.99). Once you have applied these, add a brush of blush and then a final brush of contour/highlighter for added staying power. Those with dry skin should stick to cream contours and foundations.

5.Give Eyes A Chance

Use an eye primer to keep your eyeshadow from smudging away,  I find Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, £11.20 really keeps shadow crease-free for longer.

Liquid eyeliners are fab for the upper lids, but for the lower lash line opt for a pencil liner.

6.Set it

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Always finish by adding a touch of mattifying powder to keep your make-up in place.   Et voila, you’re good to go, without the need for your compact or makeup essentials. (We all know we will probably take them, just to be on the safe side – old habits.)

Have you any smudge-proof makeup tips to share? Please leave your comments below. xx

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Amazing Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts For Under £100

Hey Lovelies!

Mother’s Day is tomorrow, so if you are still scratching your head and wondering what on earth to buy to show your mum your appreciation, worry no more. It’s time to lose the blind panic – here are some amazing beauty gift ideas for under £100.

1.The Gift of Goddess Skin by Charlotte Tilbury, £39, charlottetilbury.com

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Charlotte Tilbury products never cease to amaze me. This Mother’s Day give the gift of incredible skincare with Charlotte Tilbury’s skin transforming kit. Inside this awesome set you will find her unrivalled Goddess Skin Clay Mask, Magic Cream Moisturiser and Wonderglow Face Primer. These products work in unison to create a super-soft and luminous complexion any mum would love. Buy Here

2.Elemis Beautifully Brilliant Skincare Gift Set, Was £65, Now £45.50, www.debenhams.com

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Your mum may be a huge fan of Elemis and if so, her luck (and yours) is in. This luxury skincare set has been reduced by £20 and includes some gorgeously fabulous signature products guaranteed to keep mum glowing and smiling for months to come. This set offers: Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (200ml), Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Body Balm and the iconic Superfood Facial Oil. Buy here.

3.Gucci Bamboo Eau De Parfum Limited Ed, Was £65, Now £35, superdrug.com

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What could make her feel more pampered than a splash of Gucci? This has to be one of my top 3 signature scents – and better yet, it is now half price. I do believe a trip to Superdrug may be in order. Buy here

4.Braun Silk-epil 7 Epilator Plus, Was £149, Now £79, superdug.com

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Featuring Braun’s most effective epilator, this awesome product removes hair 4x shorter hair than wax and will last for up to 4 weeks! Not only that, but this epilator also includes a bikini trimmer, too. I am a true wuss and I found the Silk-epil 7 to be practically pain-free! Buy here

Have a happy and truly pampered Mother’s Day to all the fabulous mums out there.

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The Best New Beauty Products Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Happy Friday!

Since the beginning of 2018 we have seen some amazing new beauty product launches, designed to make our lives that bit better. Here is my round up of the best:

1.Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Weightless Foundation, (SPF15) £31, www.bobbibrown.co.uk

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For anyone looking for light and long-lasting coverage, this new foundation from the fabulous Bobbi Brown brand will be a sure hit. Basically, the Longwear Foundation feels totally weightless and blends in seamlessly, providing a matte finish that looks like you are wearing no makeup. I love this foundation!

2.Clarins SOS Primer, £26.50, www.clarins.co.uk

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If like me, you suffer from dark spots, imperfections and redness, the SOS Primer will feel like a God Send. Packed with antioxidants to nurture and protect the skin, whilst providing targeted colour corrector to effectively deal with any skin concern, this SOS Primer is a must-have. The only problem is, should you need a colour corrector for more than one concern type, you may need more than one shade. There are 6 incredible shades available – bye, bye, wages!

3.Kiehls Powerful Strength-Line Reducing Concentrate, £49.50 (50ml), www.kiehls.co.uk

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Amazing beauty brand Kiehls just gave one of their key serums a makeover. I didn’t think it could get much better, but the Concentrate is now packed with even more essential anti-aging and hydrating vitamin C and hyaluronic acid – 12.5% to be exact. Take that you pesky fine lines.

4.L’Oreal EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, $3.99, www.amazon.com

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This is L’Oreal’s first hair sheet mask and I am smitten! Designed to be a shower steam and deep moisture treatment, this product includes aloe blossom to offer intense hydration and nourishing love for your locks. The result is luscious and super shiny hair that feels totally weightless. #Hairhappiness! Buy from Amazon here

5.Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, £35, www.narscosmetics.co.uk

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I am a huge fan of Nars products and given the fact that this foundation promises to stay put for up to 16 hours, and given the other fact that I ALWAYS have to reapply my product at least once during the day, I couldn’t wait to try. The new Nars Foundation is available in 33 shades and glides on to the skin with remarkable flawless results. I have fair skin so love this product in Oslo. The outcome is amazing looking skin that still looks like skin – and it lasts!

6.Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40, £22.95, www.amazon.co.uk

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I know I go on about this A LOT, but sunscreen is probably THE most important cream you should be applying to your skin. As it turns out we should be worrying about the infrared radiation and light from our tablets and phones as well as UVA and UVB rays. Yay! Thankfully, this new product will provide you with all the protection you need and better yet, it soaks in seamlessly and feels practically weightless, too.

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It’s not just fondations that need reapplication – eyeliners, too, suffer the same fate. That’s where iconic brand Wunder2 comes in – their newly launched Super-Stay liners glide on effortlessly to enable precise application, thus creating a highly pigmented pop of beautiful colour that actually stays put! Available in 3 waterproof collections (Essential, Glitter and Metallic) these 24hour wear liners ensure you don’t need to check the mirror – even if you stay out all night! Buy here

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5 Kick-Ass Liquid Exfoliants

Hey Lovelies!

Exfoliation is a vital part of maintaining good skincare and realistically we should try to exfoliate twice weekly to ensure our skin stays clear, pores are refined and our complexion remains one of radiant luminosity. However, which type of exfoliator to choose? AHAs can have huge merit, but with so much availability, do you have the right product for your skincare needs?

Today I have rounded up the best liquid exfoliators on the market; all of which will guarantee you keep your beautiful skin looking its best.

1.Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting BHA 2% Liquid Exfoliant, £26, www.paulaschoice.co.uk

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Should your skin concern be predominately blemish or pore related, this is the kitty for you! Tackling enlarged pores, acne, blemishes and imperfections with warrior-like abilities, this awesome exfoliator will literally feel like a dream discovery. Your complexion will be clear, hydrated, toned and beautiful.

2.Sunday Riley Good Genes, £85

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Including lactic acid and patented NG-5 Ageless Complex to fight and minimise fine lines and wrinkles ensures this is an incredible anti-aging product. However, this exfoliator has a few more tricks up its sleeve – it greatly improves circulation, elasticity and skin tone, whilst simultaneously fighting free radical damage. One point to remember is that being such an intensive treatment makes it unsuitable for those with sensitive skin.

3.Alpha H Liquid Gold, £33, www.cultbeauty.co.uk

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Alpha-H Liquid Gold is a must-have for treating those with damaged or aging skin. This fab exfoliator effectively refines pores, reduces pigmentation and fine lines and is extremely popular amongst us beauty editors. Once you try it, you will see why! N.B. Again, those with very sensitive skin should opt for the Alpha H starter kit (skin Solution for dry/sensitive skin. (£39.99)

4.Elemis Gentle Rose EXFOLIATOR, £31, Elemis

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I used to have skin that could take the harshest of products, but these days it takes the slightest drop of something considered ‘average strength’ and my face breaks out in an ugly red rash! This is where Elemis comes in: combining the superior beneficial properties of rose, this gentle exfoliator will feel like a velvet glove on the most sensitive of skin, revealing a beautiful clear and gorgeous complexion you will love!

5. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, £48, dermalogica.co.uk

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The good news is that this exfoliant is gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Although this comes in powder form, you add water until you reach the desired consistency. This incredible product combines highly researched and proven ingredients such as papaya, rice enzymes, salicylic acid and their Skin Brightening Complex that work in perfect harmony on your skin to reveal a luminous and youthful complexion fit for any princess (that’s us!)

Have you tried any of these exfoliators or do you have a fave exfoliator? Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Have a great day xx

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Game-Changing Foundations For Dry Skin

Hey Lovelies!

Today I want to share with you game-changing foundations for those with dry skin. No matter how much water I drink or oil I apply, the area around my nose seems to be forever under attack by the dreaded dry skin gremlin. Throw the wrong foundation into the mix and we aren’t dealing with just dry skin – the skin concern suddenly becomes amplified and we also have to deal with a cakey appearance and very noticeable fine lines! Thankfully, there are some fabulous foundations capable of ensuring your complexion looks totally flawless, hydrated and radiant! These foundations are literal life savers!

1.Too Faced Born This Way Liquid Foundation, £29 (30ml), www.debenhams.co.uk

For an incredible ‘I’m not wearing any makeup’ look, this foundation is a must-have. The oil-free product combines coconut oil to enhance moisture levels, alpine rose to both brighten and improve elasticity and hyaluronic acid that rehydrates and rejuvenates. Tackle dry skin by applying a facial oil to the affected area, followed by a primer and then simply add your foundation until you achieve the required coverage. The result is one incredible complexion and one huge smile!

2. MAC Next To Nothing Face Colour, £27, www.maccosmetics.co.ukScreenshot 2018-02-15 13.34.22

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Forget all about dreaded dry skin and instead enjoy glowing luminosity. MAC’s light yet balm-like Face Colour replenishes moisture and offers light-reflecting opalescent microspheres to diminish the appearance of imperfections and enhancing radiance. MAC’s Face Colour is so good it is a serious game-changer for those with dry skin. The foundation achieves seamless coverage whilst remaining super-light. Given this fact, apply a thicker layer for medium to full coverage.

3. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, £45, www.facethefuture.co.uk

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Say goodbye to damaged and dry skin with the help of this little gem of a foundation. I’ve mentioned this product’s awesome capabilities before and it remains to be one of the best for dry and damaged skin. The formula contains Ceravitae to effectively deliver oxygen into the skin cells, allowing skin to heal, collagen to support the healing process, whilst simultaneously concealing acne, dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and even burns! Buy here

4.Chantecaille, £63, www.spacenk.com

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Should you want a change from moisturizing oils, this is a fantastic alternative. Formulated from charged water and the all-singing, all-dancing properties found in Aloe, this amazing foundation will be your newfound holy grail for concealing any pesky dry skin or imperfections. Skin is rehydrated and revitalized and your complexion looks and feels like a dream. #Lifegoals!

Do you have a favourite foundation for hiding dry skin? Leave me your comments below and have a happy Friday xx

 

Have a happy Friday xx

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Romance Is In The Air With These Gorgeous Scents Perfect For Valentine’s Day.

Hey Lovelies!

Valentine’s Day is almost here: You’ve got the venue planned, the outfit and shoes – but what about the perfume? Breathe in the scent of pure romance with these gorgeous fragrances for her. Over the years perfumes come and go, but these scents remain timeless:

1.Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray (50ml) £85.50, Amazon.co.uk

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Make sure the fifth sense is completely alluring with the help of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum. This beautiful yet super sexy fragrance will completely captivate whomever you are near. I love this!

2.Davidoff Cool Water Woman, Eau De Toilette Spray, £15.58 (100ml), Amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite scents. Combining base notes of blackberry, peach and raspberry together with a heart of jasmine, lily of the valley and rose and delicious top notes such as pineapple, this calming and natural aroma evokes delicate yet pure sensuality. Buy here

3.Dior J’adore, £52 (30ml), www.dior.com

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Embrace your femininity and allow this exquisite bouquet of floral romance and sensuality embrace the essence of Valentine’s Day. Including the perfect combination of ylang-ylang, the chic hue of Damascus Rose, duo of jasmines and orange blossom, these work in unison to create the ultimate warmth and passion for a beautiful evening together. Buy here

4.Guerlain, Shalimar, £40.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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Shalimar is yet another timeless classic – I defy anyone to breathe in this scent and not fall instantly in love! Created by Jacques Guerlain who took inspiration from the exotic floral Shalimar gardens, it is said that Jacques considered Shalimar to be scent Shah Jahan would have given to his much-loved wife. This oriental and truly romantic fragrance should be on every sophisticated woman’s signature list. Buy here

5.Chloe Love Story, £39.95 (30ml), www.debenhams.com

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Should you be in the first throws of romance, Chloe ‘Love Story’ Eau De Parfum is a must-have. Combining a delicate floral scent of orange blossom and jasmine on a base of cedarwood, this fragrance conjures excitement, freedom and passion that ultimately reflects a truly romantic and seductive love.

What are your most favourite romantic fragrances? Please leave your comments below – and no matter how you spend Valentine’s Day, make sure you pamper yourself! xx

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Awesome Valentine’s Gift Ideas For Him (That Don’t Cost The Earth)

Hey lovelies!

We’ve just survived a long January, whereby the most of us are attempting to pay back the cruel cost of Christmas and had to wait an excruciating length of time to get paid, and now Valentine’s Day is heading our way. Don’t fret – check out these awesome gift ideas for him that don’t cost the earth.

1.Personalised Metal Photo Keyring With Leather Case, £26, notonthehighstreet.com

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There’s nothing more romantic than a gift like this one, and better yet, it won’t break the bank. This stylish photo keyring is not overly gushy, but will keep him thinking of you throughout each and every day (clever.

2.Personalised Reasons I Love You, £13, notonthehighstreet.com

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Whether you are in the first throws of passion or are looking for ways to show him you still care, this gift idea is perfect. The cute personalised notes are available in boxes of 10 or 20 and can be printed in advance, or left blank for you to handwrite. Buy here.

3.Fifty Days Of Play Adult Game, £12.28, Amazon 

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Fancy spicing things up in the bedroom, kitchen, or wherever you choose (within reason)? Inspired by the Fifty Shades movie, this game is certain to take an otherwise average Valentine’s evening of dinner and TV into one that will keep you both smiling for the rest of the week. Buy here

4.How To Deal With PMS Notebook, £6, Amazon.co.uk

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Searching for something cheap and funny? This notebook would make many men laugh and is a great little gift to keep him smiling all day long. Buy here

5.Basketball Laundry Net, £8.99, findmeagift.co.uk

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This novelty pressie works on three levels: it is not only funny but it may also encourage him not to leave his dirty pants on the floor and in turn, you are less likely to be accused of nagging – I call that a win, win! Buy here

What are your thoughts? Leave me your comments below and have an awesome Valentine’s Day! xx

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10 Tips For Achieving A Perfect Salon-Worthy Blow-Dry At Home

Hey Lovelies!

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing like a visit to the hair salon for boosting your confidence. However, for a long time I would leave the hair salon a little grieved that I was unable to achieve that perfect and seemingly effortless blow-dry at home. A few years later (after talking to several professionals and some research) I can now acquire that gorgeous blow-dry without a visit to the salon. Here are the best tips to ensure you can get that salon-worthy blow-dry without having to part with your cash or brave the wintery trek across town.

1.Invest In a Good Hairdryer

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The choice of hairdryers is vast, but there are a few key points to remember when in search of the perfect blow-dry:

Ionic technology – gives anti-static effect and seals cuticles, creating shine.

Ceramic tourmaline – Seals in moisture and anti-static effect.

Narrow nozzles – To control heat and airflow direction (so important when creating a salon-worthy finish).

These points make all the difference. I discovered the LanaiBlo – it ticks all the boxes and creates the perfect blow-dry. Although a little pricey at £99, this product is well worth the investment. Once you think of all the money you can save visiting the salon, the LanaiBlo is a true find!

2.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Screenshot 2018-02-05 14.39.09Choose a volumising shampoo and conditioner to help boost your locks and enhance shape. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Label.m’s Thickening Shampoo (£14.25) and Conditioner are truly incredible as they totally boost volume whilst adding a shimmering luminosity to your locks. Result!

3.Always Prepare

Before you even look at a hair dryer apply a hair mask. As we all know – heat damages hair and if your locks are looking a little worse for wear it won’t look better following a blast of heat without the proper protection. I love Philip Kingsley’s Coconut Breeze Elasticizer. This works as a great pre-shampoo treatment or overnight mask. Work through mid-length to the ends and leave on for a good 15 minutes before rinsing out. The added bonus to this is by applying a mask you will actually decrease the length of drying time considerably. Yay – no arm ache!

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Buy Philip Kingsley Pre-Shampoo Coconut Elasticizer (£31) here

4.Use A Good Heat Protection Spray.

Should you want the salon-perfect results you have to follow protocol – it’s no good skipping the odd rule – those few moments you spared aren’t worth the split ends that are bound to ensue.

5.Hair Oil

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Hair oils are an awesome invention and I literally couldn’t be without mine as split ends and frizz are instantly concealed. A good tip is to apply the oil both before and after you blow-dry. This will guarantee soft and shiny hair to die for. OGX Renewing Moroccan Oil (£6.99)is a firm favourite – but don’t overdo it – a little goes a long way.

6.Dry Shampoo or Styling Spray

Add a little of this (evenly and over your T-zone) to give fine hair some added bounce and thickness.

7.Roots Go First

Always blow-dry the roots of your hair before anywhere else (especially if you have fine or thinning hair). This will keep the volume for longer.

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8.Now For The Blow-Dry              

Blow-dry the crown by keeping your brush as close as possible to the roots as you dry, pulling your hair gently upwards to create a gorgeous lift.

Dry the hair in sections, from root to tip, making sure your locks are thoroughly dry.

9.Don’t Overdo The Hairspray

Choose a lightweight hairspray and never overdo the application.

10.Rejoice

Finally, take a look in the mirror and smile!

Have you any blow-dry tips you would like to add?

Please leave a comment below. xx

 

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6 Quick-Fix Beauty Tips To Ensure A Valentine’s Day To Remember

Hey Lovelies!

It’s time to prepare for the most awesome Valentine’s Day yet. Whether you have a hot date lined up or just want to go out looking hot AF, make sure you have these boxes ticked:

1.Quick-Fix Blemishes

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Ok, so Valentine’s Day is on its way and according to the law of the sod, a blemish or two will be making its way to the centre of your face just in time to ruin the night. Not so this year – between now and then make sure you use your cleanser religiously. I love Viliv C Clean Off the Day By Dr. felix Betram. Combining aloe vera, almond oil and essential vitamins, this cleanser effortlessly removes dirt and makeup whilst simultaneously providing moisture and nutrients. By the time Valentine’s Day comes your face will look as fresh as a daisy.

However, should a blemish or two sneak past this amazing cleansing action, do not fear – take some witch hazel and dab it on the affected area. This truly works little miracles!

2.Rejuvenating Sheet Mask

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We have so much to thank K-beauty for, and sheet masks are top of the list. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask (£18). Including, vitamins, floral extracts, peptides and more, these nutrients seep deep into the skin to provide you with a salon-worthy facial in just 15 minutes! Your skin will look and feel amazing.

3.Treat Your Eyes

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If you have had, like, zero sleep and your eye bags look like you’ve had an allergic reaction and then painted your eyeliner in the wrong place, you may feel like panicking. Instead, de-puff using an eye massager such as the fabulous Sensse Eye Massager. Afterwards place a slice of cucumber over each eye for 15 minutes, followed by some great antioxidant eye cream. Your eyes will soon be looking beautiful and sparkly once more.

4.Don’t Forget Your Teeth

If (like me) you love the tea, coffee and energy drinks – don’t fret. There are quick-fix resources without having to visit the dentist at short notice. Try Whiteglo’s Whitening Pen Brush. Your gnashers will now look gorgeous with your sexy bold red lippy. Phew!

5.Body Scrub

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There’s nothing worse than feeling unconfident on date night due to things that can be easily fixed. Dry or rough skin doesn’t need to be an issue. Invest in a great body scrub. I’m totally in love with the Body Shop’s Shea Exfoliating Sugar Body Scrub (£6). It ticks all the boxes, can be used on sensitive skin and doesn’t cost a small fortune!

6.Tan

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I always feel sexier when I am a little tanned. Unfortunately, my bank balance has kept me well and truly grounded in the freezing UK weather, so for now I would need a self-tan. I adore Cocoa Brown’s 1hour Tan and mitt – it’s fast, effective, non- streaky and very importantly, reasonably priced (£7.99).The result is a gorgeous and sun-kissed effect that no one can resist. Exactly what we’re after!

Do you know any quick-fix beauty products that should have a mention? Let me know what you think xx

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6 Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has long since been considered a beauty life saver. Following a heavy clubbing session and having minimal time before the working day begins, a holiday break at the campsite with your fella (and you discover the bathroom isn’t fit for rats), or you are just having a what-the-hell-I-don’t-care week. Whatever the reason, dry shampoo is on hand to save the day and your dignity.

Results, however, are not always as we’d like them. Check out these few tips to get the most out of your dry shampoo.

1.Choose The Right Dry Shampoo For Your Hair

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Some key points to remember when buying your dry shampoo:

Blondes: Powdery dry shampoos can cover darker roots.

Darker Hair Types: Choose invisible or light-tinted dry shampoos to prohibit a chalky effect showing up.

2.Prevention Not Cure

Kill the grease before it happens by applying your dry shampoo post-wash. Doing this will prohibit the build-up of grease for longer.

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Remember to apply your shampoo evenly, spraying from the same distance as you would use your hairdryer (approximately 8-10 inches from your head), from the parting and downwards. Massage into the scalp and ensure all of the product is absorbed.

4.Use The Right Brush

Try using a slim brush with tourmaline bristles to aid in effective blending.

5.Blend and Build

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Blending in is key to getting optimal results – and NEVER use too much product. Your hair will enjoy added volume from the dry shampoo, so once used keep it down rather than tying it up and risking a grease reveal!

6.When The Grease Has Already Got You…

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Should you wake up late and discover the dreaded grease has already attacked, grab your dry shampoo and spray your T-section (the top parting and along the hairline) and spraying 8-10 inches from your hair. This area is the greasiest so this is where you need to focus.

Make these few changes and your dry shampoo will be your star product! #lifegoals

Have you got a fave dry shampoo? Please let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, have a happy Friday guys xx

 

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How To Minimise And Hide Split Ends

Hey Lovelies.

We all know only too well what its like to look in the mirror each day to a scarecrow head gawking back at you. Split ends truly are a nightmare! Should your hairdresser be booked up for the next month and split ends are taking over your head like something from The Strain, do not panic: here are some quick fixes to keep them well-hid until you reach the sanctuary of the hair salon.

1.Ditch The Elastic

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Having little time in the morning and opting for a ponytail may seem like a good idea – but not if you are using elastic bands. These are the key offenders for causing frayed hair. To avoid breakage, make sure you use soft and stretchy fabric bands or Scunci hair tools.

2.Cut Down Heat

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Its better to cut down on use of heat styling, but if you are like me and simply cannot go without the straighteners or tongs, opt for heated tools with thermal heat protection to keep damage to a minimum.

3.Choose Carefully

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Are you using the right brush for your hair type? This is such an important thing to remember as the wrong brush can do endless hair harm. Should your hair be weak choose a soft bristle brush, and always, ALWAYS brush softly.

4.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Again, take some time in researching and buying the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and condition. Should your locks be in a sorry state (again, like mine at present) invest in a good leave in conditioner such as Label.m’s Leave-in Conditioner, (Diamond Dust range) £18.25.

5.Towel Dry

I know, this is not always possible when we have overslept and have to leave the house, like twenty minutes ago!. However, try to towel dry where possible. Your hair will thank you.

 

7.Serums/Oil

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Perfect for sealing up those pesky split ends, hero hair serums and oils are an actual God send. Try Aesop’s Shine.

8.Hair Mask

Should your locks be in need of a little extra TLC, use an overnight hair mask. This will provide vital nourishment so that your hair feels thoroughly rejuvenated by the morning. Hooray!

 

 

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The Fastest And Most Effective Facial Exercises To Stay Toned

Hey Lovelies!

I’d thought I would share with you some really easy facial exercise techniques for keeping your beautiful face toned and youthful.

One bleak morning (not too long ago), running late and rushing to get out of the door, I was momentarily frozen as I caught sight of something shocking whilst passing the mirror in the hall. The unexpected sight I am referring to was nothing less than a double chin brazenly staring back at me. It wasn’t even a modest size. Until now, it had somehow gone unnoticed, but obviously the extra bag of sweets wasn’t a good idea, because now I looked as though the bag hadn’t quite reached my throat, but instead was hanging out with its twin, underneath my face.

By doing these few facial exercises for a few minutes each day, my chin demon has completely gone and I am no longer fearful of checking my reflection or eating sweets.

Check out these simple techniques – you will be amazed at how quickly your face tones up:

1.Stretch

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Looking upwards, lift your chin and slightly tilt your face to one side, so that you are looking over one shoulder. Next jut out your bottom jaw so that your lower teeth sit gently over your upper teeth. (Do not glance in the mirror whilst doing this). You should feel a slight stretch. Hold the pose for 20 seconds, then relax and repeat whilst looking over the opposite shoulder. Do these 5 times for each side, twice each day. Before you know it, your chin will lose its twin!

2.Neck Tone

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Drop your chin forward to your chest and rotate your head to the left. Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Move your head back down until your chin is to your chest, then rotate your head to the right and hold position for 10 seconds. Repeat this alternating process for a few minutes each day.

3.A Chin Slap

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Using the back of your hand, gently (but not so gentle it is futile) slap your lower jaw for a minute. Repeat this twice daily.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. xx

 

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Valentine’s Gifts She Will Love, Love, Love!

Hey Lovelies!

Some people don’t believe in Valentine’s Day, but in my opinion, it’s always amazing when someone says they love you and what better time to take this opportunity then on this day? We all love presents, so why not treat that special someone by gifting her something she will truly adore (beauty products). Read on to discover the best beauty gifts to keep her smiling until next Valentine’s Day.

1.Bobbi Brown Classic Brush Collection, £150, bobbibrown.co.uk

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Where would we be without our makeup brushes? Probably in makeup hell, committing huge contouring and highlighting fails (worst nightmare ever). Bobbi Brown’s Classic Brush Collection contains everything you need to ensure fast and flawless makeup application every single day. Yay!

2.Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, £30, charlottetilbury.com

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I’m always on the lookout for the next best foundation, but Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation remains one of my top 3 fave products. The collagen-boosting formula also includes vitamin C to thwart free radical damage and hyaluronic filling spheres to plump up the skin, making this a go-to skincare product as well as providing perfect coverage all day long. Who the hell wouldn’t want a magic foundation?

3.Flora by Gucci Anniversary Edition, Eau De Toilette, £55 (50ml), gucci.com

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As a huge fan of Chanel, it takes a mighty scent to make me sit up and take note, but Flora by Gucci has to be my new favourite perfume. With top notes of citrus, mandarin and peony, a heart of rose and exquisite asmanthus flower with a base of patchouli, this delicately feminine scent literally is the stuff of dreams.

4.Dior Lip Glow, £25, dior.com

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Make sure her lips are kept happy, protected and totally kissable by gifting Dior’s Hydrating Colour Reviving Lip Balm. There are ten shades available – better yet, they come in two finishes (matte and holographic). If lip balms had a God – this would be it!

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Say Goodbye To A Painful Winter Pout With These 6 Star Lip Scrubs

Hey Lovelies!

Ah, the joy of winter – finding ingenious ways to keep your scarf from removing your foundation; leaving the straighteners alone (because really, whats the point?); de-icing the car; allowing an extra hour to drive 15 miles; falling over and ripping your new tights (yes, that was me today)) and discovering your previously dry lips have reached a new level of disrepair! Fortunately, some awesome beauty brands have come to our rescue with outstanding lip scrubs that will leave you smiling (painlessly) and keep your pout perfect this winter.

1. Clinique Sweet Pots Lip Balm and Scrub, £15.50, clinique.co.uk

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Treat your lips to pampered bliss with Clinique’s handy little 2-in-1 Sweet Pots. Providing a sugar scrub on one side and gorgeous tinted lip balm on the other ensures your lips are flake-free, moisturised and looking sassy no matter how harsh the weather decides to become. Clinique’s Sweet Pots Lip Balm & Scrub are available in 5 beautiful shades, too.

2.Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub, £14, tartecosmetics.com

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Indulge your lips with an at-home lip facial. this easy-to-use twist-up lip scrub offers gentle yet effective natural exfoliation, targeting and banishing cracked and dry lips . The 2-in-1 treatment combines an elixir balm consisting of vital antioxidants and shea butter that will fully moisturise and protect your pout. Buy here.

3.Yes To Coconut 2-Step Lip Kit, £4.99

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Should you be after softer and a plumper pout (who isn’t?) Yes To Coconut 2-Step Lip Kit is another fantastic treatment to try. Including highly beneficial ingredients such as coconut, sugar and sodium hyaluronate, this kit enables natural yet thorough exfoliation, as well as achieving you a smoother, plump and kissable pout ready for Valentine’s Day. Also available at Asos and Boots stores.

4.Dior Lip Sugar Scrub, £25, dior.com

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I am a huge fan of Dior fragrances, makeup – and now I can add their lip scrubs to my list of faves. Although a little pricey, due to the irresistible scent (as well as being 100% effective) this scrub stick is well-worth the investment. Called the Self-Vanishing Sweet Exfoliating Lip Balm,  (shade – Awakening) the natural exfoliation and moisturising stick quickly enables beautifully soft lips and maximum impact colour.

5.Mavala Skin Vitality Beauty Enhancing Micro Peel, £12.75, lookfantastic.com

Should your lips be looking (as mine are), particularly worse for wear check out Mavala Skin Vitality Beauty Enhancing Micro Peel. Perfect for use on the most delicate of skin (i.e. the lips) the biodegradable peel combines Swiss apricot extract, brimming with antioxidants and skin-loving properties. Dead, dry skin cells are gently sloughed away and the lips are nourished, softened and radiant once again. Furthermore, this little tube can be used for other areas in need of some TLC. Take that gruesome winter!

6.Suki 2-Step Ultra Soft Lip Kit, £15.95

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This lip kit by Suki is incredible in dealing with the cracked, chapped, dry lip syndrome. Combining an array of outstanding natural ingredients, this lip kit gently exfoliates, smoothes, renews and protects your pout, so you can relax in the knowledge your smackers stay looking nothing but gorgeous! The kit is suitable for all skin types. Buy here

 

 

 

 

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3 Game-Changing Cleansing Oils

Hey Lovelies,

You may think cleansing oils aren’t a great idea (particularly if you have oily skin) but infact they are so much more effective than ordinary cleansers. Cleansing oils will not strip your skin so that it ends up dry and tight, will aid in the removal of excess sebum, address any pesky dry areas that are difficult to balance and give your skin a nourishing super-boost!

If you haven’t yet tried a cleansing oil, my advice would be to go out and buy one. 99% of cleansing oils are suitable for all skin types. Check out these 3 game-changing cleansing oils:

1.DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £24

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Should dehydrated or dry skin be a concern, this is the go-to cleanser to choose. Due to the inclusion of ingredients such as Argan oil and vitamin E, DHC has ensured this oil is brimming with highly beneficial nutrients to not only effectively cleanse, but thoroughly nourish the skin, too. This Deep Cleansing Oil is unlike your ordinary cleanser that will further dry your skin; therefore, it is amazing for those with more mature or sun damaged skin, too!

2.Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing oil, £31

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Combining over 90% natural oils including chia seed, pomegranate and rose, the Elemis offers everything your skin needs to be beautifully clean, totally nourished and looking radiant. Furthermore, the inclusion of so many benficial properties ensures your skin remains fully protected whilst the moisture barrier is enhanced with SAS style strength! Go Elemis!

3.Sunday Riley, £35, Spacenk.com

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I am a huge fan of Sunday Riley and their cleansing oil is no exception. Sunday Riley’s CEO C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil combines an array of amazing ingredients to keep your complexion super-clean and super-happy. If you are looking for an all-singing all-dancing oil, this has to be it. Including components such as evening primrose, tangerine, turmeric and white willow bark, your face will (in one or two wipes), be cleansed, balanced, brightened, toned and nurtured! Wow, Sunday Riley!

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The Top Tricks To Make Your Eyes Pop

Hey Lovelies,

Big and bright eyes are key to providing a fresher and younger looking complexion. Sadly, life gets in the way and often our eyes are left looking as though we’ve sat through the top ten saddest films ever (i.e. P.s I love You), been in a fight and come off worst, or fallen to sleep on the new necklace you got for Christmas and awoke to discover its left a massive indent over your already horridly ingrained eyebags. Ok, the latter one actually happened. Anyway, should you suffer from the same affliction of tiny worn-out eyes, check out these tips for fast transformation and prepare to be amazed!

1.Curl Lashes

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Do not skimp on the timeframe for this task. Spending a decent amount of time (5-6 minutes) making sure your lashes are perfectly curled is the perfect preparation for a gorgeously eye-popping finish.

2.Mascara

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We often like to apply mascara last, but if you do it as a priority you can clean up any mistakes without enduring the hassle of reapplying the shadow etc. Sweep through the upper eyelashes in a zigzag motion to get a more even and fuller effect. Do not forget your lower lash line and if you have any clumps, simply sweep them away with a mascara wand.

Should your eyelashes be particularly sparse, consider applying a few individual lashes to the middle and outer lids (upper lash line).

3.Eyebrow Highlighter

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Using a pencil eyebrow highlighter, blend a little product immediately under your brow line. This creates an immediate lifting effect and will help the eyes to look instantly bigger. I love Benefit’s High Brow Pencil.

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Next apply a neutral shade, an inoffensive bronze or light to medium brown to the upper lid, stretching right up to almost reach your brow. An ever so slightly darker shade will have a bigger impact on your eyes, making the whites stand out, whilst bolder colours can have a detrimental effect.

Now, add a lighter shade of your chosen colour to underneath your lower lashes; this further enhances the whites of your eyes and offers the illusion of bigger peepers, too.

5.Highlighter (Again)

Using your finger and in a downward motion, apply a touch of cream highlighter to only the middle area of your lid. The light reflecting particles will cause the eye to appear bigger.

6.Avoid Eyeliner

Sure, there are tricks to applying eyeliner that will enhance your eyes – but if you’ve had a bad night the best thing to do would be totally avoid the liner.

7.Eyebrows

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Using a soft (and colour-appropriate) eyebrow pencil, gently fill in any sparse areas on each eyebrow. Creating well-defined brows with subtle arches truly transforms your look, whilst enhancing the look of your peepers. This is such an easy step that is often overlooked. If you get your eyebrows right everything else instantly looks more groomed and that much better! Remember this face-saving and time saving tip the morning after a wild night out!

Hope you enjoyed my eye-enhancing tips. Do you have any products or tips? Let me know your thoughts.

Have a fab Friday! xx

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New Year Resolutions: Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

Hey lovelies,

Happy New Year to you all.

I am terrible at keeping New Year’s resolutions – to the point where I almost decided not to make any this year. Then I thought on – what is stopping so many of us from sticking to our heartfelt and well-intended plans? Why shouldn’t 2018 be THE year for everything we desire to actually become a reality?

Should any of you be contemplating your New Year resolutions, before you pledge your area of self-improvement, I have compiled a checklist that may just help us to breeze our resolutions until they are totally IRL.

1.Be Realistic

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For instance, if we were to make a pledge similar to that of K Kardashian’s (less phone time and being more in the moment) probably we all would succeed with flying colours. I am a great believer in everyone having the ability to achieve anything to which they set their mind. However, if your dreams are sky-high with several mountains blocking the way, make a plan with realistic goals to be achieved within feasible time frames. Some of the best things take time, and this is ok.

 2.Make Notes

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Write out your goals or dreams, stick them on the fridge, by your bed, on the mirror – everywhere. Read them each day when you get up and before you go to sleep. Pledge to do one thing each day (or even each week) that brings your dream closer. Visualizing your dreams and repeating this pattern will condition your brain into action.

3.Fitness

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If your goal is to lose weight or become healthier, consider the whole situation from your diet plan, methods of cooking, to exercise. Choose an exercise you do not find mundane – if you love music take your headphones. Rather than planning on running miles each day, plan instead, on walking briskly for 20 minutes each day – this is actually better for you, is more effective and will be an easier task to accomplish.

4.Don’t Give Up.

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Whatever your dreams, goals or plans, remember you can achieve them. If you really want something, never give up. Having a down day is inevitable – but when it’s done, get up shake it off and remember why you want the goal. Write the reasons down – this will help reinstate its value and spur you on when you need it most.

5.Saving Money

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If money is an issue – give your friend or family a jar to look after that you cannot touch. Pledge to put a little – even if it’s just £5 each week. You will be amazed at how quickly it can mount up. Before you know it you will be jetting off on that American dream getaway. Yay!!!

#lifegoals

What are your New Year’s resolutions? Message me your thoughts x

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8 Easy Tips For Fuller Lips

We have yearned for fuller, fatter lips since Angelina Jolie took the world by storm, and with the ever-growing investment in the lip fillers (although, not always achieving the best results) there seems no end to this obsessional trend dying down. Thankfully, we do not need to risk disfiguring our face to acquire an envy-worthy pout. Follow these little tips and you will be well on your way to posting a #nofilterpout on your Instagram feed. Hooray!

1.Invest In A Scrub

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Invest in a gentle yet thorough lip scrub to boost circulation, rid any dry skin, whilst smoothing and preparing your pout for a full plumpness we may have before only dreamt of achieving. Sugar scrubs are fabulous – I love Clinique’s Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm (£15.50). Combining a two-in-one treatment with a scrub on one side and balm on the other, in one handy little pot.

2.Nourish With A Balm

Apply a hydrating lip balm and allow this to soak in and work its circulation boosting and hydrating magic to take effect (usually about 6-7 minutes). Buy the Clinique Sweet Pot and you will have the second step well and truly covered.

3.Don’t Forget The Base

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A key trick to plumper lips is to firstly apply your foundation over your pout, creating the perfect base, of which also enhances their size. Furthermore, this allows your lipstick to remain intact and unbelievably smooth. Should you be looking for a new foundation, I recommend Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, (£45). This foundation is renowned for it’s ability to act like a breathable second skin.

4.Optical Illusion

Many makeup artists swear by this tip and for good reason – it works. Simply dot a little highlighter to your cupid’s bow. This works to reflect light providing an immediately fuller result.

5.Lip Liners

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If you have particularly thin lips, the general advice is to stay well away from bold dark colours as this will have a detrimental effect. The same goes for liners. Choose instead, a colour that is one shade darker than your natural lip colour. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Pink Venus Lip Liner, (£16).

6.Light-Reflecting Particles Are Key

Choose a lip gloss that contains light-reflecting particles which will in turn work like a dream to exaggerate the size of your lips. For more mature lips, detract from signs of feathering by applying gloss in the centre of the lips alone, avoiding the outer corners.

7.A little More Fake

Invest in a good lip plumping gloss to temporarily plump up your pout. If you are on a night out don’t forget to pop it in your clutch before you leave for the ball – btw, the magic will not last until midnight! I adore Transformulas Lip Volume, (£29.95).

8.Lipstick And More Liner

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Next add your lipstick. For further enhancement apply a little white liner in a vertical line down the centre of your lips, dab and blend in. Right now, I’m totally obsessed with Mac’s Matte Lipstick, Velvet Teddy, (£16.50).

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Are You Using The Right Colour Corrector For Your Skin?

Hey Lovelies,

Choosing the right colour corrector can literally transform your look and makeup routine from one stress and stolen time to one so simple and smooth you will be kicking yourself for not checking this sooner. Check out the key colour correctors that address those pesky concerns – there’s no need for a fairy godmother when you have these products in your makeup bag!

1.The Dreaded Blemish

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Why does it seem like blemishes wait until you have some awesome event lined up, choosing then to terrorise your skin? Don’t allow blemishes to overthrow your world. A green colour corrector will effectively neutralise the discolouration and redness of blemishes.  When choosing a green corrector, remember to pick a shade that suits your skin tone. I love Nyx Cosmetics Concealer Jar (£6) Once you have applied the corrector, cover with your chosen concealer.

2.Good Riddance Dark Circles

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This time of year, in particular, the appearance of dark circles is as often as spam PPI phone calls (well, almost). Peeps, it’s time to phase them out for good. Once your usual skincare products (i.e. cleanser, toner, moisturiser and brightening eye cream) is on, apply the colour corrector that suits your skin tone: For fair skin choose pink. (I love Sephora’s Bright Future Color Corrector, $14).

For light to medium skin, choose peach.

For darker skin tones, choose yellow.

For deep skin tones, choose red.

3.Brighten Up With Purple

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This shade will cancel out any yellow undertones and is a genius product for adding instantaneous luminosity to otherwise dull-looking skin. I love NIP+FAB Colour Corrector in Lavender (£8.91, Superdrug).

4.Hyper-Pigmentation – What’s That?

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Do not let this little horror dictate your life. There are so many fabulous products that can swiftly correct any last trace of hyper-pigmentation and dark spots in seconds. Opt for an orange shade to neutralise brown spots. My hero product is Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, $35. #beautifulskin

What is your favourite colour correcting product? xx

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Eye Glitter That Actually Stays Put

Glitter remains a massive trend and now the festive season is well and truly upon us, a glitter product in our makeup bag is an absolute must. However, wearing glitter ought to come with a warning – it’s pretty difficult to apply without getting it everywhere and too much – well, we know how that goes. Here are my favourite glitter products to ensure you look sparkling perfection, in no time at all and with minimum mess.

1.Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, £15, Urban Decay

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Ok, if you are a newcomer to the shimmer and require an easy-to-use glitter taster, this product is just the kitty. Offering absolute precision when applying, the glitter will quickly dry, thus preventing any excess from spreading elsewhere. Furthermore, it features carrot, cucumber and peach extract to ensure optimal conditioning and smoothing results. Metallics are big news right now, making the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner a must-have item. For extra pizazz why not add a little over the upper lids, too?

2.Nyx Professional Makeup #Glittergoals Kit, £15, nyxcosmetics.co.uk

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Nyx never ceases to please, and upon discovering this awesome #Glittergoals Kit, I am officially in love with this brand! This little gem of a kit will keep you looking like sparkling sensation. Better yet, this wonder kit combines 3 shades of Face & Body glitter and a travel-sized tube of vitamin E Glitter Primer that ensures your glitter is completely set and stays put all night. The Kit 3 includes: new shades Pink, Purple and Luna.

3.Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Diamond Dust, £23, stila.co.uk

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I know, I know – another glitter metallic product – but you can’t have too many, right? This gorgeous find is a liquid glitter metallic eyeshadow and it seriously kicks ass. Including a flat applicator makes the application of this liquid eyeshadow a total breeze. The lightweight eyeshadow offers seamless results and with minimal drying time or any fallout. Yay!

This shadow is also available in Diamond Dust, Sheer Silver and Multicolour.

4.Nars Cosmetics Iskander Eye Paint, £18.50 narscosmetics.com

 

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Create a super-easy, yet high-impact finish with the incredible Nars Eye Paint. Testing this paint was a total pleasure – the gel is rich, super-soft and weightless, enabling a fast and smooth application, of which dries so quickly that every last shimmery particle will last until you are ready to go to bed.

A word of warning – although the night undoubtedly will be fun and upon returning home the last thing you will want to do is start removing your makeup – make the effort to do so, or you will be spotting glitter and cursing yourself for days to come.

What are your fave Christmas makeup products? xx

 

 

 

 

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5 Of The Best Eyeliners To Create That Perfect Look, All Christmas!

Get your liner right and everything else will fall into place. Eyeliners can make or break your look, depending on the product and of course the application (NEVER try to apply when very merry in a club toilet or your reflection just might resemble a cross between EMO and Ozzy – anyhoo it won’t be the look you were going for). Read on to find THE best felt tip, gel, liquid and pencil liners guaranteed to create instant gorgeousness. #Lifegoals!

1.Lancôme Artliner Gentle Felt Eyeliner, £23, feelunique.com

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For fast, precise super-easy application, Lancôme’s Felt Eyeliner has to be one of the best. This liner is perfect for those who are a little wary about creating the flick as the tip is small enough to allow a gradual build of liner with little chance of mistake.

2.Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £19.50, bobbibrown.co.uk

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Should you be a pro with the liner brush, Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner is just the ticket. Choose a fine brush and this budge-proof, smudge-proof product will keep your eyes looking fabulous from morning to night.

3.Urban Decay Razor-Sharp Liquid Eyeliner, £17, urbandecay.co.uk

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Urban Decay never fails to impress me – and their water-resistant liquid eyeliner is no exception. This liner is super-pigmented and will create a flawless look all day long. Come evening, this precise liner can be used to give your eyes a flick that the ancient Egyptians (or Katy Perry) would adore!

4.Nars Kohliner, £19.50, SpaceNK

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If, like me, you love the bold, smoky, smudgy liner look, choose the Nars Kohliner. It creates must-have, intensely sassy eyes every time.

5.Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner, £5.29, Superdrug

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This remains to be one of my all-time favourite liquid eyeliners. Rimmel’s liquid liner has been around for a long time and for good reason – it works! The liner offers control, precision and staying power. Furthermore, it takes a hell of a long time before it runs out, making it such good value for money.

Do you have a fave eyeliner? Let me know!xx

 

 

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Christmas Gift Ideas Your Mum Will Love

Hey lovelies!

Desperately searching for something perfect to gift your mum this Christmas? Check out these awesome presents to make your mum’s year so much brighter! Not only that, but these gifts are all at reduced prices, so your bank balance will be that much happier, too! Win, win!

1.Heated Seat and Back Massager, £49.95 (Reduced From £60), Prezzybox.com

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Should your mum be suffering from aches, pains, arthritic complaints, or simply need some relaxation, this is the must-have gift to buy. This heated seat cover has 5 massage motors, of which are located in key areas on the chair whilst the heat targets the lumbar region. This seat cover is customisable to accommodate your needs and is portable, thus ensuring your mum can use it in the car, office or at home!

2.Pink Spider Catcher, £9.99, prezzybox.com

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If your mum is anything like mine (or me) she would really appreciate a spider catcher (instead of looking for the first remotely handy thing that comes to mind…ahem, cello tape). Bring forth the genius invention, the spider catcher.

3.Liz Earle Flawless Finish Collection, £38, Boots or uk.lizearle.com

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Liz Earle’s beautiful trio selection combines a Sheer Skin Tint™ SPF 15, Liz Earle’s much-loved complexion perfector to create a perfect base whilst providing a luminous complexion. Next, you will find the award-winning Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and Gentle Face Exfoliator to guarantee skin that is nothing short of radiant. This collection is suitable for all skin types.

4.Stress Relieving Relaxation Light with Sounds, £14.99 (Reduced From £19.99), prezzybox.com

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There’s no need for your mum to suffer from a bad night’s sleep again; this incredible stress relieving relaxation Light will transform your mum’s interrupted night into one long dream. The light alters through a calming sequence of colours and offers 5 nature sounds to enhance a blissful night’s sleep.

Happy Shopping Everyone!

Do you have any favourite gift ideas for mum? Leave me your comments below xx

 

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The Best Beauty Advent Calendars, In The World!

Being seriously addicted to chocolate as I am, it would have to take a hell o’ lot to me swap my chocolate advent for a beauty one (and yes, I do believe chocolate advent calendars should be ok for any age group). Given beauty products are my second most fave thing in the world, each December becomes increasingly more of a predicament.

However, there is no contest this year. The beauty brands have won the Pepsi challenge with these amazing beauty advent calendars and the countdown to Christmas is now unbelievably good!

1.Decleor, £65

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As a huge fan of Decleor for their results driven products, this advent calendar comes first on the list. Loaded with luxury creams, serums and oils to guarantee optimal beauty and pampered bliss (there’s even 3 full-sized products). Buy

2.Kiehls Advent Calendar, £95, Selfridges

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If you are a beauty obsessive you are likely to dream of advent calendars such as this. Kiehls never fail to impress and with a calendar brimming with products like the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum, each day of December will begin by putting a smile on your newly radiant complexion!

3.Liberty, £169

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Liberty’s Beauty Advent Calendars never fail to impress. Packed full of incredible and luxurious products you would love to own but probably wouldn’t stretch to, (for the sake of feeling selfish) this calendar enables you to have them all at a fraction of the price. With items included such as Diptyque, this highly sought-after calendar is worth over £500. Be warned, the Liberty Calendar sells out very quickly!

4.Selfridges, £120

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Should all the shops in the world be shut down and I could save only one, it would have to be Selfridges. When they launch a beauty advent calendar you know it will be a miracle to behold. Inside each door you will find the finest beauty and skincare treats to make your heart sing louder than 4 colly birds, 3 French hens, 2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

Whomever thought of creating the first ever beauty advent calendar is a true genius!

Which is your favourite?

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Why The Hell Is My Hair Falling Out? Common And Uncommon Reasons

It was 6 weeks ago, following a bath when I experienced the horror of my hair falling out – since then, my hair has continually fallen out, to the point where I have lost 50% of my locks. A few months ago, I had long hair; now it is cut into a short bob in an effort to minimize the embarrassment factor and stimulate new growth.

Your hair loss can be triggered 3 months after the underlying cause occurred. For me, the evil culprit was a hair dye. However, for many women, the cause remains an evil mystery.

Should this story sound familiar, do not despair. Simply play detective and find out the (ahem, root cause). The majority of hair loss cases can be rectified. Tackle this problem head on by taking a look at some common and uncommon possible reasons.

1.Stress

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A little stress is healthy, but a constant stress headache can trigger an array of problems, including hair loss. Solve the problem causing you stress (if it happens to be man-related, bin the boyfriend). Do whatever you need to in order to get happy and stress-free once more. Nothing is worth losing your hair over!

2.Hormones

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Pregnancy, the menopause, the pill and hormonal imbalances can all trigger hair loss. If you think this may be the issue, visit the doctor asap.

3.Lack of Protein

A lack of protein (fish, eggs, cheese) can result in hair loss. Luckily, as with stress and hormones, this reason is often one from which you can recover. Change your diet and after a few months you should notice a change.

4.Male and Female-Pattern Baldness

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Unfortunately, this may be the reason for your hair loss, particularly if it runs in the family. The good news is that there are options available. Visit a trichologist who will point you in the right direction.

5.Hypothyroidism

Hormones are frequently to blame for hair loss, and the case of an underactive thyroid is no different. This disorder disrupts the flow of hormones, thus resulting in hair loss. A doctor will prescribe you with suitable medication which should in turn treat the hair loss.

6.Vitamin Overload

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Often, we are so paranoid about getting the right amount of vitamin, that we can actually take too much. An overload of vitamin A can trigger hair loss. Happily, this is easily solved.

7.Vitamin Deficiency

Likewise, too little vitamin B or iron can cause hair loss.

Does anyone else have a similar story? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below xx

 

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Discover The Perfect Primer For Your Skin

A great primer is worth its weight in gold and once you discover the right one for your skin type, it can literally transform your complexion’s appearance and set your makeup for an entire day. With an array of primers available, it may feel like you are staring at a makeup version of “Where’s Wally?”, and you would be right. To take the hassle out of this arduous task, I have rounded up the best primers to best suit certain skin types, so you stay looking and feeling flawless all-day long.

1.For Acne-Prone Skin Choose Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment, £29, Sephora

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This gel primer includes naturally sourced salicylic acid, of which is super-effective in helping to heal acne, reduces the appearance of pores and prohibits excess sebum, thus preventing further breakouts.

Additionally, Cover FX is brimming with antioxidants to protect, rejuvenate and soothe the skin. Better yet, you will find that your makeup stays put for longer, whilst acne and blemishes stay well-hidden!

N.B This primer is not as effective on extremely oily skin types.

2.For Anti-Aging Choose It Cosmetics No.50 Serum Collagen Veil Anti-Aging Primer, £37, Selfridges

Should you be searching for the perfect anti-aging primer, this is the kitty for you. The incredible multi-tasking primer/serum provides over 50 outstanding ingredients to give your complexion a boost of hydration, nourishment and rejuvenation. The wonder product diminishes the pesky signs of aging and provides optimal preparation for your makeup, so you stay looking gorgeous and feeling utterly pampered. Yay!

3.For Dry Skin Choose L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique Primer, £6.99, Boots

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Dry skin may never again be an issue; this primer thoroughly hydrates, locks in moisture, smooths and offers that much-desired radiant luminosity for up to 8 hours. What’s more, at such a great price this primer can do no wrong!

4.For Oily Skin Choose NeoStrata Oil Control Gel, $48, FaceTheFuture

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Should oily skin be a concern, NeoStrata has just the solution. This incredibly lightweight gel glides on seamlessly to provide the perfect matte and super-soft barrier. Furthermore, not only does it soak up excess oil but offers highly effective anti-aging benefits you will love. NeoStrata should be a brand in everyone’s bathroom cabinet!

 

 

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6 Tips To Help Your Hair Grow

We all crave for those Disney Princess-esque hair, but the reality is that colouring and everyday heat styling wreaks havoc, making the chances of thick lustrous locks about as real as winning £168 million on the lottery. Fortunately, there are a few things we can all do to help our hair grow that little bit faster, and look that much better. Read on:

1.Condition

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Yes, you may well be running late for that date, or just not feeling energised enough to give a rat’s ass if you skip the conditioner. Think again, because unless you condition each time you shampoo, your hair will end up looking, well, like a rat’s ass – and believe me, come tomorrow you will care.  Find the right conditioner for your hair type and make sure you invest in a good brand. Conditioner replaces lipids and proteins, will seal your strands and prohibit further breakage.

2.Regularly Trim

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Putting off that trip to the hairdresser’s because you have almost reached that length, will not be beneficial. Regular trims will keep those pesky split ends in check, ensuring your hair stays in optimal health and thus will grow that little bit faster.

3.Use A Hair Mask

Take the time each week to apply a good hair mask or hair oil treatment. Kerastase offers fabulous results, however if you don’t want to invest in a product, DIY masks such as coconut oil, honey and virgin olive oil provide an incredible alternative.

4.Lay Off The Heat

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I’m sorry to say that no matter how much heat protection you apply, heat styling will damage the hair. Should your hair be particularly brittle, take it easy on these tools.

5.Cold Water (Yowch)

Sounds grim, (especially as the winter months draw in) but rinsing your hair with a cold blast of water will seal the hair and lock in moisture. You will be amazed at how much difference this little hair hack makes.

6.Brush Carefully

Don’t ever attack your hair with your brush. Not only should you take time to find a brush to suit your hair type and condition, but you should ensure you are treating your hair with the extra TLC it requires. Doing this prevents breakage, reduces damage to the scalp and will ultimately support faster hair growth. Yay!

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Over Plucked Brows? Microblading Will Be A Total Game Changer!

Perfectly defined features begin with well-maintained brows. However, over plucking your eyebrows can lead to beauty hell on a daily basis. Not only do you wake up each day looking like you’ve been in a fight with a razor and have to immediately reach for your Kohl and compact mirror before anything else, but over plucked eyebrows are extremely aging.

Thanks to the revolutionary microblading procedure, there’s no need to walk with trepidation to the tattoo parlour in search of a quick-fix solution. Microblading offers natural, semi-permanent and impressive results – so good in fact that your eyebrows look, well, like eyebrows once more.

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Microblading is the process of applying small and precise strokes that look just like real hairs. The procedure is effectuated by using a microblading pen, of which allows the technician to individually draw on each stroke. Microblading has received a huge amount of hype due to the unrivalled flawlessly natural finish it achieves. The only drawback is that the procedure takes a couple of hours to complete – but if you compare that to the amount of time (and embarrassment) you will save on a daily basis, it is the obvious choice to make.

Make Sure You Choose A Good Technician

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Before going ahead with the treatment do a little research and check the technician’s credentials. Additionally, a good technician will be more than happy to show you photos of their recent work.

A Note To Remember

Avoid exfoliating for 72 hours before having the procedure.

Do not pluck or wax for a few days before your appointment.

Do not use AHAs or retinol before the procedure as this may inflame the skin.

It is advisable for breastfeeding, pregnant women and diabetics not to have the treatment.

Microblading is in my opinion the best option for natural looking semi-permanent brows. However, it will take two, sometime three appointments before you achieve your desired look. Once this has been acquired, you will not have to worry about sharp brows, wiping your forehead or waking up with half a brow missing again (or at least for another 6 months, when you will need a top-up).

Conclusion: Microblading is totally worth it.

Have you had this procedure? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below xx

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My 4 Best Skin Tightening Tips

Hey Lovelies!

It’s a fact – for most of us, sooner or later the need for skin tightening will become a reality. Luckily, the beauty industry has tapped in on this common concern and come up with an array of genius products and treatments to help us in our fight against gravity – without resorting to plastic surgery.

Here are my 4 top tips for effectively tightening skin.

1.Ultherapy

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When it comes to defying gravity, this treatment goes above and beyond expectations. Apparently, Jennifer Aniston is a huge fan. It’s basically an ultrasound treatment for the face. Ultherapy triggers and utilises the body’s own ability to regenerate through collagen production, lifting and tightening the skin on both the face and neck whilst smoothing out wrinkles. The downside is that treatment costs between £2,000 – £4,000. It takes a few months for the process to be fully effective and lasts for around 2 years.

2.Microneedling

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When describing the process of microneedling it does sound like it deserves a place in a horror movie – hundreds of tiny needles puncturing the skin. In reality, the procedure is surprisingly painless, and the results are so good that this treatment is ever-growing in popularity. As with other new rejuvenating techniques this one also focuses on stimulating collagen production to plump and tighten. You can research the MD Microneedling Pen here.

3.Tripollar RF Skin Rejuvenation, £249, currentbody.com

Recently, it seems that everyone is raving about the wonders of RF treatments. Radio Frequency (RF) skin tightening is a treatment that uses RF energy to then heat up skin’s tissue, triggering collagen production and in turn achieves a firmer, smoother and tighter complexion.

Although I am yet to try the Tripollar gadget, I have heard such great things, it is next on my to-buy and try list.

However, if you are not comfortable with at-home devices, my advice is to research and seek out a reputable clinic (again this may work out far costlier).

4.Facial Exercises

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Yes people, they may make you look ridiculous, but there’s a lot of research out there to back up the effectiveness of facial exercises. My advice is to shut the door, go ahead and stretch. Tip: When sat waiting in your car, (stationary or otherwise) never assume you are safe to complete these exercises without someone seeing you – it will happen!

Have you tried any of these treatments? Do let me know in the comment section below.

Happy weekend everyone! xx

Embarrassing Things We Do

Hey Lovelies!

Well, all in all, it’s been a pretty embarrassing month. If we are honest, we can admit that we all do dumb-ass stupid things (some more than others…ahem, me). But tell me this; Why is it that it sometimes feels as if God is watching over us, pointing a very large finger and saying “Today, I’m totally gonna screw with you.”? For me, (due to the fact I have to take strong painkillers) these ‘dumb days’ are more frequent than I would perhaps like. The embarrassing day has turned into one long month of living hideousness; from my severely sleep-deprived brain zoning out so I look like I’m an idiot who stares vacantly at everything; not wearing my glasses and saying, “Hello, how are you?” to complete strangers, to wiping off half my pencilled in eyebrow and walking round looking scary for half the day – I could go on. So, I thought what better way to deal with this inward self-torture than to share the top most stupid things to do (Truly hoping it’s not just me).

1.Being misunderstood in conversation with the local shopkeeper

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Now, you are probably thinking this doesn’t rank up there on the embarrassment scale but let me digress:

The other Sunday I rushed to get to the only remaining store left open and managed to arrive there 1 minute to closing time. Whilst paying I explained to the really lovely Asian man that I thought I wasn’t going to make it in time, thinking I was going to miss him. He replied with, “Oh, come on, it’s not me you miss – just the chocolate.” (Awks). This is humiliating on two levels –the shop I frequent is now a no-go zone due to the fact that he thinks I was coming on to him! Secondly, he’s on to my serious and unrelenting chocolate addiction. Awful. And, now online shopping seems to be the only answer.

2.Helping with the neighbours bin

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Again – how can this be in any way embarrassing? I’ll tell you:

Bin day – the neighbours bin is slightly in the way of my drive so I kindly go to check it is empty, so I can move it. I look in and there’s 3 pieces of small recycled rubbish in the bottom. Now, my bin is always full and being only too aware of how lax our bin men are, I PRESUME it’s been emptied and roll it back into its usual position next to my neighbour’s door. Mentally patting myself on the back for my kind Samaritan action, I am surprised to see (as I am reversing out of the drive) that the neighbour (looking somewhat cross)) is rolling it back to the end of the drive. Oops.

3.Mistaking someone else’s child for yours

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This couldn’t be more embarrassing. Standing at the school gates and waving your presence to the teacher as a child with the same blonde hair and hat as your child is standing at the gate waiting – hideous!

4.Sounding like a total Idiot on the phone

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Has anyone else ever been so worried about sounding so totally professional and smart, that when it comes to speaking, your brain completely fails you and so you sound instead like you have rather unappealing verbal dyslexia. Yup!

5.Inadvertently telling someone they need to exercise

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This one was a total mistake – let me make clear it did not even cross my mind that the person involved should exercise more. The person was showing me pics and saying, ‘Look how thin I was there.” I said, “I know, I caught sight of my reflection and thought ‘God I need to tone Up, Too.” Clearly, my brain hates me. My innocent comment had taken residence on the dark side, making me appear downright malicious. She must have thought I was passively agreeing that exercise was necessary for the both of us, and secondly, I confirmed that by adding, ‘too’. The worst thing is I looked like a total mean douche but – hand on my heart – inside my head I just wasn’t thinking about anything other than the usual self-deprecating humour to which I generally reach.

Solution: look for a hole to jump in!

Does anyone else make such regular embarrassing blunders? Please share! xx

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