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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

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

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

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

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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

 

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

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.

Technique

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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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