No, Ingrown Hair, You May Not Have A Place On The Face

So, you think you have your list of skin concerns sussed – then out of the blue without any warning, the dreaded ingrown hair suddenly appears. What’s worse, there seems to be no getting rid of it without serious skin removal – it’s as if it has self-set in concrete! Well, if this rings a rather large bell, fear not; here are the best tips and product advice to ensure the unwanted guest is permanently removed from your face (or anywhere else). I love

1.Exfoliate

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Clogged hair follicles may cause hairs to grow inwards/sideways (any way but the right way). To Prevent this from happening as well as removing the stubborn already established hair by simply exfoliating in a circular motion and on a regular basis. The best products to use will contain BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) or salicylic acid. Alternatively, a sugar scrub (with as little oil as possible to prevent clogging) can help. I love Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant £26, Look Fantastic.

2.Tease Out With Tweezers

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If you can see the hair near to the surface, try to carefully tease this out with a pair of tweezers, but always make sure they are sterilised.

3.Warm Water

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Before hair removal soak a cloth in warm water and gently dampen the area you are about to treat.

4.Never Shave Eyebrow (or Any Other Are on Your Face)

There have been a few suggestions in the media about whether shaving areas on your face is a good idea. I cannot speak for everyone, but generally speaking unless you like stubble and ingrown hairs, avoid this one at all costs.

5.Ingrown Hair Preventative Products

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Aside from exfoliating with a sugar scrub or products that contain BHA or salicylic acid, you can also aid in the prevention of these irksome hairs with specific ingrown hair treatments. There are many on the market but the best one I have come across is the Skin Doctors Hair More Hair Inhibitor Spray, (approximately £10 for 120ml). Buy here

Do you have any good tips? Let me know in the comments below and have a lovely week! xx

Beat Those Autumn Blues: 6 Things That Make Me Smile

Hey Lovelies

I hope you are having a fantastic bank holiday. Looking outside the weather has suddenly (and might I add, very rudely) changed from incredible warm sunshine to a somewhat dismal view, letting me know that Autumn is very much on its way. Grrr! To beat those Autumn blues, I’d thought I’d share with you 6 things that make me smile.

1.My Pooch And My Great-Nan

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She’s cute, she’s fluffy and she loves everyone to bits (unless they resemble a postman and then it’s a different story altogether). That’s the pooch, not my great-nan in case you were wondering. My great-nan is the kindest and loveliest woman in the world and you can’t help but smile when you see her.

2.My Children

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Another birthday is looming. How am I this old already? Time, you are a ruthless thief! However, my daughter smiled and told me she’d bought me something amazing that she can’t wait to give me and my little boy announced that my Mac is lagging, and he intends to buy me a new one (so cute, and..if only)!

3.Caffeine

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It doesn’t matter how I source it (numerous coffees or Redbulls) caffeine always helps.

4.Chocolate

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Yes, yes, sugar is the work of the devil and all that. Whatever – nothing beats a bar of Galaxy. Before you ask, no your eyes do not deceive you – there is nothing left of this bar apart from the wrapper!

5.A Great Book

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When it’s cold and dreary outside there’s nothing better that snuggling up in your blankets (with choc and coffee) and a good book. One of my fave reads of late is Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly.

6.Finding An Awesome Series to Binge-Watch

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When you think you’ve seen just about every decent series on offer and you are about to consider re-watching House for the umpteenth time, then you discover something undeniably awesome, like Person of Interest (and then find out there’s tons of series too). Could it get any better? Keep on coming rain, it’s fine! (If you haven’t got Netflix and want to watch this, buy at Amazon here 

What’s your best way of beating the autumn blues? Leave your comments below xx

 

 

 

 

Top Tips To Avoid The Dreaded Hooded Eye Look

Hey Lovelies!

Today I thought I’d discuss an issue that affects many of us and is one of my daily annoyances – the hooded eye. I’m not sure when my eyelids decided to acquire this unappealing signature look, but I do know I do not want them (but not enough to consider surgery). Fortunately, there are a few things we can do to make them look wider and less hooded.

1.Use An Eye Shadow Primer

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As all of us with hooded eyes will know, eyeshadow creases are pretty much a given. Keep them at a minimum by firstly applying your eyeshadow primer. I love Perricone MD’s No EyeShadow, EyeShadow £29, www.perriconemd.co.uk

2.Think About Your Shades

Should you suffer from the dreaded hooded eyes, try to avoid darker eyeshadows. If you love deeper shades, apply them just above the crease and in the centre (making sure you go easy on the shadow, ensuring it doesn’t reach your brow bone).

3.Highlighter Is A Key Product

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This quick optical illusion trick will instantly widen the eyes. Take a highlighter stick at apply to the inner corners of your eyelids and also apply a little along your brow bone. Hey presto, big and beautiful peepers! nudebynature’s Touch of Glow Highlight Stick in Champagne (£18) is fab!

4.Forget The Liquid Eyeliner

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Liquid eyeliners often cause a hooded eye to look worse. If you simply can’t live without your liner, go for a kohl pencil, which will achieve a softer look, focusing on the outer corners of the eye (liner on the inner corners will make your eyes look like you haven’t slept properly) – and avoid liner on the lower lids as this can make the situation worse. For precise and easy application people with hooded eyelids should apply their liner with open eyes. You will be amazed at how much difference this actually makes! Try Rimmel’s Soft Kohl at Feel Unique (£2.99)

5.Invest In a Good EyeShadow Brush

Eyeshadow lines draw attention to a hooded eye, do buy a really good soft eyeshadow brush, gently sweeping across the eyelid to prevent those irksome lines and create a beautiful wide-eyed finish.

Take that hooded eyes!

Have you tried any of these tips? What do you think? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below and have a lovely day people! xx

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

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

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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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

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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