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

 

 

 

 

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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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

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

 

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

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.

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

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