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Is Someone Gaslighting You? Here’s How To Deal With Them

‘Gaslighting’ is the term used to describe when a person attempts to dismiss another’s concerns. This is done by trying to convince them, that they are either crazy or their perception is imaginary; thus, achieving enough self-doubt in their beliefs to stamp out the issue.

There are many reasons your partner may be trying to gaslight you – but they all come down to the same basic fact – they want to avoid detection. Check out the following gaslighting examples and how to effectively deal with them:

1.Cheating

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The #1 reason for gaslighting. Have you ever been in a situation when things do not seem right, and explanations of certain behaviours or missing times do not fit? You don’t have solid evidence, but you know in your gut something is definitely up. When you approach your partner to voice your concerns, you are told you are crazy, and imagining everything. However, the niggling doubts do not leave.

Solution:

We do not get these gut instincts without a reason. Granted, certain mental health disorders can cause a person to be unjustly paranoid and equally cause another person to behave in a way that may cause unfounded alarm bells to ring for another. However, if this is not the situation – then it’s time to listen to your instincts. Asking them clearly won’t achieve anything, so put your Sherlock hat on and do a little detective work to get the answers you deserve. Do not be gaslighted!

2.Money

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Money is definitely the root of all evil. People go crazy for it, behave in the worst manner ever to attain it or prevent other people having it– and a lack of it can create a host of arguments that really should never happen. If you feel you are being duped and when you enquire you receive a gaslighting response, think on. Always protect yourself. The best thing about this gaslighting is that it is very transparent. Although hurtful, once realised you can learn a lot about someone’s personality and how they should truly rate in your life. Take note and move on accordingly.

3.Gossip

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With the age of social media gossip has reached unprecedented levels. When it is about you (and worse still, when it is not true) it is the worst feeling in the world. Yet, even though we are aware of this, the market for general gossip is ever-growing. Go figure.

If you hear rumours are circulating about you, but have no clear evidence, try to be strong. Fake news or gossip grows like cancer in people’s brains and can destroy peoples’ lives. If you ask and you know you are being gaslighted, I would offer this advice: Do not search online for it will send you insane – and if you find something, it will eat away forever more. Instead raise your head high, live your best life and ignore anyone who tries to throw shade your way. You are amazing and these people are not worth a tear.

The problem is that with social media it isn’t hard to take someone down. Once you are discredited any protest you make is laughed off, and you are simply adding to their list of reasons for calling you crazy or a liar. Understand that the angrier you become, the more the gaslighting individual can grin and say, “See what she’s like?” The only thing to do is develop a thick skin and carry on (but with your wits about you).

Have you any gaslighting stories you can share? Share your thoughts below. Be strong people xx

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Luxury Valentine’s Gifts To Remember

Hey Lovelies!

We know Valentine’s Day is commercial – but it’s also a great opportunity to take stock and show your appreciation. This year (and if they deserve it), why not shower them in luxury gifts to remember? Read on:

1.Tiffany & Co. Mini Double Heart Tag Pendant, £130, www.tiffany.co.uk

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How simple, sweet and truly elegant is this? The beautiful pendant delivers a sure-fire message of love and sincerity, with total perfection. From my experience a Tiffany’s necklace is the most heartfelt present to gift a partner.

2.View From The Shard And 3 Course Lunch At Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill For 2, £145, www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk

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For an amazing treat to gift your loved one this Valentine’s Day, check out this offer. Combined are two major attractions: firstly, you can whisk that special someone 800ft skyward to the top of the Shard, whisper sweet nothings and take in the breath-taking view.

Next, you and your loved one will experience the best cuisine ever, with a three-course lunch with champers at none other than Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill. Wow, that day would definitely be one for the memory books. Now, just for someone to take me…

3.Unique & Boutique Hotels One Night Getaway, £119.99, www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

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Why not make it a romantic night to remember with a night at one of the outstanding boutique hotels? Whether you are searching for a rural escape, taste city life or coastal experience, you will find an array of exceptional locations and hotels to take your Valentine’s Day to next level happy. Better yet, breakfast is included!

4.Neom Luxury Organics Time For Real Luxury Set, £35, www.selfridges.com

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For your health-conscious beauty fanatic other half, this luxury set by Neom is a must-have. Perfect for vegans, the kit combines:

Nourish Breathe & Calm Hand Balm

Real Luxury Travel Candle

Real Luxury Bath & Shower Oil

Within this formula you will find 24 essential oils that are specifically included to ensure you are fully calmed, pampered and soothed. The handy travel sizes mean this is the ideal gift for her to take along to that secret weekend getaway you may have planned!

Shout Out To All The Single Ladies: Best Valentine’s Beauty Gifts To spoil Yourself

Hey Lovelies!

It’s nearly that time of year again, where all the couples gush with gifts for each other. Well, some couples, anyway.  No matter how much single people swear they don’t care, there lingers that pang in your side when the postie walks straight up to your door, only to deliver yet another bill. Wait, are you sure there’s nothing else postie? Well, it’s time to own Valentine’s Day. Make it a day to really treat yourself. Bag some beauty gifts that will leave you feeling so loved you will be thinking, “Man, what man?” Read on:

1.Estee Lauder Micro Essence Skin Activating Treatment Lotion With Sakura Ferment, £79 (200ml), www.selfridges.com

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Go on, spoil yourself silly with something that will leave you thinking it has been created by little angels especially for you. It’s that good. Exclusive to Selfridges, the innovative Micro-Nutrient Bio Ferment works its rejuvenating powers, ensuring dull and tired skin is transformed into a complexion of utmost beauty and radiance. #Happydays!

2.Strawberries And Cream Pamper Pack, £14.99, www.prezzybox.com

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Inside this collection is everything you need to truly pamper yourself this Valentine’s Day. Included is: a face mask bursting with mineral and vitamins; a Strawberry Cream Tea Bath Tea Bag; Strawberry Bath Sundae Bath Bomb, and Strawberry & Fizz Scented Candle. If you love strawberries and cream this is the gift for you. Handmade in England and created from natural ingredients, these little nourishing treats will guarantee you look and feel and smell amazing! Enjoy.

3.Givenchy L’Interdit Eau De Parfum, £77, Was £87 (80ml), www.boots.com

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Why not treat yourself to the exquisite floral bliss that Givenchy somehow manages to capture with superior precision, each and every time?  L’Interdit throws out bold yet undeniably feminine charm with its iridescent scent of sheer beauty. Expect white notes of orange blossom, jasmine and tuberose, uniquely coupled with dark notes of vetiver and patchouli. No man needed – simply breathe in sweet ethereal heaven and relax.

 

5 Amazing Products That Significantly Diminish Dark Under-Eye Circles

Hey Lovelies!

My recent article reveals key skincare ingredients that significantly diminish dark under-eye circles (read here). Although the issue cannot completely disappear, certain products will certainly help the matter. The following amazing products will provide a noticeable improvement to this common skin concern.

1.CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, £8.25 (14ml), www.lookfantastic.com

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When it comes to the right ingredients, this emollient cream ticks all the boxes. Combining ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, these components work as a super-effective team to ensure your eye area reaps the ultimate benefit. You will love the results this cost-effective cream can deliver. Hello again, beautiful eyes!

2.OLE HENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Cream, £30 (15ml), www.boots.com

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On discovering the internet hysteria over this eye cream’s apparent hero capabilities, it became a matter of extreme emergency in trying it out. The fact that its formula includes a ‘secret pigment’ made my 9-year-old self, relish in the concept of magic once more.

We do know that the cream combines vitamin C; a component that is proven to thwart hyperpigmentation and encourage luminosity. As for the secret ingredient – I will hazard a guess that bananas may be at play here. But does it work? I will concur with the thousands of other satisfied customers. The sallow grey shades (that are as stubborn as the Jimi Hendrix painting on my old bedroom wall) is actually diminished. Expect to fall madly in love.

3.Trinny London BFF Eye Serum / Concealer, £26 , www.trinnylondon.com

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This has to be up there with the all-time greats. A concealer that blends so seamlessly it looks like your actual skin (without the discolouration), cleverly formulated with specific eye-circle correcting ingredients. Combining crucial components such as hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and a Duo-peptide Complex, the serum brightens, hydrates and rejuvenates the delicate under-eye area, unveiling a complexion that will have you jumping for joy.

4.The Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, £54 (15ml), www.spacenk.com

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There is no messing about when it comes to this formula. Containing 5 different types of vitamin C (to ensure optimal delivery and efficacy) together with 8 peptides, your skin will receive the ultimate brightening, circulation boosting and de-puffing action around. Apply before you go to sleep and awaken feeling and actually looking refreshed!

5.The Ordinary Caffeine + EGCG, £6.99 (30ml), www.amazon.co.uk

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I cannot rate this brand highly enough. It literally gives us the exact ingredients to do the job – without the hefty price tag attached. This formula contains caffeine to constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. Furthermore, the Korean-adored component, EGCG offers massive anti-inflammatory and antioxidant value needed to breathe life back into weathered skin cells and transform that consistently exhausted look into one of sheer radiance.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a stellar Sunday people xx

Best Skincare Ingredients To Shake Off Dark Under-Eye Circles For Good

Hey Lovelies!

Do you wish you could tackle those irksome under eye dark circles for good? I feel your pain (as does the entire adult population, pretty much). Several factors cause the hyperpigmentation that lead to this pesky appearance. We can’t do much about aging or genetics, but there are certain components that will help. Luckily, there are several key skincare ingredients that will aid in thwarting off, the universally hated look. Read on:

Ingredients That Tackle Under Eye Circles Of Doom

1.Caffeine

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We are seeing caffeine in products everywhere. This feels a bit contradictory, as we are told that caffeine dehydrates the skin. When applied topically however, it works wonders in temporarily diminishing the look of dark circles. This is because caffeine improves circulation and reduces that unwanted puffy appearance.

2.Vitamin C

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You are probably tired of hearing me bang on about the brilliance of this little beauty of a vitamin. Studies have proven this ingredient to not just work in protecting the skin, but also triggers collagen production. The result is a larger space between the dreaded veins and skin and a reduced appearance of darkness. Even better, the component will increase skin luminosity, lessening discolouration!

3.Ceramides And Tri-Peptides

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Ceramides are fats that are found naturally, making up a part of the skin’s barrier. Their job is to protect and retain moisture. Ceramides are incredibly effective in anti-aging skincare due to an incredible ability of hydrating, whilst enhancing both collagen and elastin production. Likewise, studies have shown the use of tripeptides can help achieve a plumper complexion and strengthen the skin’s barrier. The result is your delicate under-eye skin is firmer, healthier and stronger. Take that you pesky circles!

4.Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid has received huge credibility for its hydrating and moisture retaining abilities – but also for its anti-aging capabilities. Hyaluronic acid plumps the skin leading to a firmer complexion. In turn, this minimises that dull and transparent ‘might be a secret vampire’ look.

5.Vitamin K

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This little warrior of a vitamin greatly enhances tissue renewal whilst also being a fabulous antioxidant. When paired with caffeine or ceramides, this ingredient works like a boss in reducing the appearance of those dreaded under eye circles.

6.Niacinamide

This fabulous ingredient is often overlooked. It shouldn’t be. Niacinamide provides skin-lightening properties, offering a noticeable improvement in the case of dark shadows.

When searching for eye creams that will actually treat those dark circles, look for products with these key ingredients.

Best New Vegan Products To Make 2020 Even Better!

Hey Lovelies!

January or rather, ‘Veganuary’ is not just for food lovers. Avid vegan beauty fans, take note: here are the best new vegan beauty products, 2020, to make life even better!

1.Hourglass Nº 28™ Lip Treatment Oil (2020 Lunar New Year Edition) – At Night, $49, www.hourglass.com

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Did anyone see the Wolf full moon the other night? It was spectacular – and Hourglass have rightly named this lip treatment the Lunar New Year Edition as it is outstanding in equal measure. Seriously, use this and you can wave goodbye to the dry cracked winter-torn lips and hello to a wow-factor pout!

Their vegan formula is specially formulated with 28 awesome ingredients, including 14 essential oils, nurturing vitamins and 10 lipid-rich plant oils to target and transform your cherished lips, no matter what the weather (or life) throws your way. Furthermore, it also offers gentle yet powerful actives (Saliporine-8, Volulin™ and Viamerina) that work in unison, to effectively treat your delicate lip area with ease.

Expect reduced appearance of lines/wrinkles, a super boost of hydration, softness and volume. This incredible product is both vegan and cruelty-free.

2.Codex Beauty Bia Skin Superfood, $50 (75ml), www.codexbeauty.com

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The health kick surging the globe seems to show no signs of slowing down and now the benefits of veganism and superfood have reached the realms of skincare. So, without further ado, welcome to the new age of superfood skincare.

Codex’s thoroughly nourishing Beauty Bia Skin Superfood ensures your complexion receives optimal nourishment and TLC.  Including their innovative BiaComplex herbal formulation,  the results are greatly hydrated and silky soft skin. No more wasting time trying to rid your skin of the flaky patch (which has been there so long, you don’t even question it anymore).

Certified by the Vegan Society this gorgeous formula is particularly magic for dry skin types (that will be all of us, this time of year).

3.Eyelure Luxe Collection Lashes, £9.95, www.superdrug.com

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Until recently, buying some vegan-friendly falsies in the high street has proven a tad tricky. Now, you can bag yourself some falsies without looking further afield. Eyelure has launched their Lush Lash Collection, of which does not include the usual fibres made from mink and silk. No need to scrimp on quality or ditch the angel on your shoulder – these lashes are fit for a Princess! Enjoy.

4.All The Feels Facial Oil, £12, www.elfcosmetics.co.uk

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2020 is set to see a continuation of skincare that boasts the benefits of hemp products – and this oil is amazing with its perfect name and contents.The formula combines:

Hemp-derived cannabis sativa seed oil that is loaded with amino-acids

Squalene – proven to increase hydration and moisture levels.

Rosehip Seed Oil – an incredibly nourishing ingredient, packed with antioxidants, essential fatty acids and vitamins.

Apply this cruelty-free and vegan facial oil in the evening and wake up gasping in slack-jawed amazement at your complexion. 2020 is a winning year!

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

The Funniest Gifs/Memes To Set 2020 In Hilarious Motion

Hey Lovelies!

There is no better way to begin the new decade than with a good laugh. Check out the funniest gifs/memes to set 2020 in hilarious motion.

1.When social anxiety gets the better of me:

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2.Me: “I’m going to try hard and achieve great things.”

Me, 1 hour later:

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3. A typical day for me is like living in the film, ‘Meet The Fockers’.

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4. Note to Self: “Don’t say weird shit when making conversation with people you meet.”

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.5. Me at 3 a.m. realising the 8-hour sleep target is not going to happen.

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6. Me, consequently, the following day:

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The Best New Beauty Products To Make 2020 Even Better!

Hey Lovelies!

2020 is set to be awesome and here are some of the best new beauty products to make the year even better. Check these out:

1.Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Liquid Concealer, £32, www.harveynichols.com

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This is one product I can really get on-board with. If you’ve tried any of the Hourglass concealers (of which there are many), you will undoubtedly have similar high hopes for this one. Spoiler alert: It IS that good!

Winter can totally wreck our makeup look, particularly when the skin is dehydrated, and you want to wear a little more coverage. The result can be that once you’ve applied setting spray, within a few hours you may realise your worst fears; the much-feared creased face appearance. No one wants that. Behold this incredible full coverage concealer.  All 22 shades blend effortlessly and finding no unsightly creases by the time I peered in the bathroom mirror, I announce it is worth its weight in gold. Rejoice in the fact that your complexion will remain flawless for hours (even if you are stood in what feels like  the storm of Jupiter’s Red Spot for hours). A total Godsend! The ONLY place you can currently buy this in the UK, is Harvey Nichols.

2. Ouai Volume Spray, £26, www.theouai.com

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The iconic Volume Spray has just had a re-vamp. For those like me who have fine hair and look longingly at the beautiful hair adverts with a heavy heart, this is a product you shouldn’t ignore. During 2019, this product was sold out pretty much everywhere. Now it is back with an even better formula (if you can imagine such a possibility). The awesome priming spray contains added panthenol to further boost shine. Simultaneously, it does an amazing job of transforming fine, limp hair into the enviable appearance of locks that boast volumous joy! Yay!

3.Living Proof, No Frizz Intense Moisture Mask, $38, http://www.livingproof.com

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During the harsh weather months hair frizz is just one of those things you can’t avoid. Living Proof haircare products always offer significant improvement to the condition and look of my hair. Their Intense Moisture Mask is every bit as good as their 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. Providing hydrating, nourishing and anti-frizz properties, slap on this mask and your hair will be good enough to audition for a hair commercial. Living Proof, I marvel at your brilliance!

A Note About Urban Decay All Nighter Longwear Foundation Grip, $37

Should you suffer from dry and dehydrated skin (alas, most of us do at this time of year), this is NOT the product to choose. I was super excited to try a primer that would lock in my makeup. Unfortunately, after a couple of hours (on my dry skin) this causes creases to appear around the eye area and a general cakey look. I am certain it would suit those with oily skin types.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message and have a happy Friday all xx

Detox Your Skin With These Amazing Products

Hey Lovelies!

There’s only one way to combat the only-too-familiar effects that the gruelling winter weather bestows upon our precious skin. You must detox! Should your skin be more representative of Disney’s wicked witch rather than Snow White, this article is a must-read. Discover some truly amazing products that thoroughly detox. They are guaranteed to deliver sheer transformative joy to your skin – and a much-needed boost during what feels like apocalyptic mornings! (Seriously, taking the dog out for 10 minutes before work, turning a blotchy purple and feeling/looking like you’ve just returned from a week with Bear Grylls is NOT cool.)

1.Nassif MD Complexion Perfecting Detox Pads, £45, www.amazon.co.uk

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Yes, it may appear as if you have slipped into the Phantom Zone (thank you UK weather), but with the help of these little miracle pads, your beautiful skin will maintain its radiant luminosity. I absolutely LOVE these Detox Pads – they are literally a lazy girl’s dream!

This spectacular formula combines essential glycolic and salicylic acids that effectively exfoliate and a retinol-like product to brighten and rejuvenate. Furthermore, they are brimming with antioxidant value. These pads literally reach all the goals. Expect a deep cleanse, exfoliation, even skin tone, reduction of inflammation and appearance of pores – and a complexion that shouts, ‘up yours’ to the January weather!

2.Caudalie Instant Detox Mask, £22 (75ml), www.caudalie.co.uk

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Caudalie has certainly earned its spot in my list of most prized skincare brands. Each product I try delivers great results and my skin always feel completely pampered and soft. Caudalie’s Instant Detox Mask includes key antioxidant arsenal necessary for protecting against harsh free radical damage during the ‘bleak’ months. The creamy gel mask contains pink clay that gently, yet effectively draw out impurities, leaving your skin feeling silky soft. Furthermore, papaya extract is provided to tackle the appearance of unsightly pores. Yes!

3.Omorovicza Mud Detox Collection, £52, Was £70 (Worth £108), www.lookfantastic.com

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If you are on a detox mission and mean business, this collection is certainly worth the splurge (particularly now as it’s at a hugely discounted price). This hero kit offers cult products from the Moor Mud collection, of which makes light work of both scalp and skin transformation.

The kit Includes:

Deep Cleansing Mask (50ml)

Refining Facial Polisher (30ml)

Revitalising Scalp Mask Sachet (20ml)

Thermal Cleansing Balm (15ml)

Use these products, then wave goodbye to impurities, congested pores and uneven skin. Say hello to healthy, hydrated radiance. Yay!

During the winter months dehydrated skin can appear cakey under your fave foundation. If you don’t want to switch over your much-loved cover-up, simply add your foundation to your hydrating moisturiser. You will LOVE the difference this makes.

Have you tried any of these amazing products and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Happy Wednesday to you all xx

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