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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

 

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!

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

 

 

 

 

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!

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.

4.Eyeshadow

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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

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!!!

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

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