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The Best K-Beauty Anti-Aging Essences And Night Serums

Hey Lovelies!

K-beauty is certainly having its moment – and for good reason. Korean skincare is both innovative and way ahead of the rest of the world. When looking to improve our beauty routine or skincare concerns, K-beauty essences and night serums have it all.

Essences form a key part of the Korean beauty routine and can be used to effectively deal with signs of aging, provide optimal hydration, whilst truly enhancing and illuminating your complexion. Follow this step with a night-time serum and in the morning your reflection is guaranteed to be beaming back at you! Today I am sharing my review of the best K-beauty’s anti-aging essences and night-time serums for seriously rejuvenating results. Read on:

1.NEOGEN Real Ferment Micro Essence (pH level-5), $38, www.sokoglam.com

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One of the main causes of premature aging is dehydrated skin. Combining more than 93% natural fermented ingredients, NEOGEN offers an immensely hydrating and nourishing formula that successfully brightens, hydrates and plumps the skin – creating the ‘honey skin’ trend of which we all crave. Included in this fragrance-free product is 17% birch juice (for added hydration), 9% rice extracts (for inner radiance), antioxidants and cell supporting components to provide optimal skincare benefits. You will love the difference this essence makes to your complexion.

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For best results use in conjunction with NEOGEN’s Real Ferment Micro Serum, $38, www.sokoglam.com

2.Missha Time Revolution the first treatment Essence (150ml) + Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule (50ml) £32.98, www.amazon.co.uk

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This essence ought to be given star status. Combining 90% fermented yeast, sourced from Himalayan purple barley, the Missha Time Revolution Essence naturally achieves diminished pigmentation, as well as a clearer, more youthful and supple effect. Follow this by applying their night-time ampoule.

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Missha’s Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule works tirelessly to brighten, firm and nourish – all whilst you sleep! Seriously, what could be better? The highly concentrated formula boasts superior levels of vitamin C. The combined Lactobacillus Ferment, peptides and vitamin B12 work in unison to both restore and thoroughly rejuvenate the skin. Expect to look and feel that bit younger. Hooray!

3. Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence, £14.99, www.asianbeautyplus.com

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Yes, it may sound gross, but this little gem holds some serious super-powers. Offering hydrating, restorative and rejuvenating properties, the lightweight formula is a true anti-aging dream.

Have you tried any K-beauty essences and night-time serums? What do you think? Leave me a message in the comments below and have a happy Thursday people xx

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Transform Your Skin With The K-Beauty 10-Step System: Part 3

Hey Lovelies!

Here is part 3 of the best K-beauty products and advice. This article features the best eye cream, moisturiser and sunscreen and completes the Korean beauty 10-step system made oh-so-easy. If you missed the previous articles you can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

1.Eye Cream: For Damaged/Dry/Mature Skin Choose Benton Fermentation Eye Cream (10z), £19.04, uk.iherb.com

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The eyes are the window to the soul and as such, we want them looking gorgeously appealing for a s long as possible. No one understands this more than Korean women and one of their favourite is Benton’s Fermentation Eye Cream. So, I took this advice and have been using the eye cream for 2 months and I love how smooth my eye area both looks and feels.

Combining ingredients such as Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, and Ceramides, the cruelty-free formula really makes a difference to those with dry or aging skin. Furthermore, this high-quality and much sought-after eye cream contains macadamia seed oil. This wondrous ingredient combines fatty acids (including Omega 9) to fully moisturise, regenerate and soften the skin. You will love the results!

2.Moisturiser: For Dry Skin Try LJH Dr.’s Care BIO+N Barrier Cream For Oily, Sensitive And Very Dry Skin (Anti-Aging), $15, www.amazon.com

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The rationale behind K-beauty’s 10-step system is that by layering up your products, your skin will truly reap the benefits. Moisturising is the one remaining step in a Korean night-time skincare routine and should you have dry skin, you need to look for a product that not only contains hydrating components, but successfully locks in that much-needed moisture also. Behold the LJH Dr.’s Care BIO+N Barrier Cream. This incredible barrier cream will literally transform your skin, eradicating those pesky dry patches and returning your complexion to one of gorgeous vitality. I LOVE THIS!

3.Sunscreen: Try Biore UV AQUA Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+/PA ++++, £9.89, www.amazon.co.uk

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We want a sunscreen to fully protect and boy, does this do a good job. Providing optimal protection against UV rays and being sweat and water-proof, the lightweight watery formula doesn’t feel like the sticky mess that is sun cream; thus, it melts straight into the skin and stays put!

Additionally, this amazing formula contains skin-loving hyaluronic acid, royal jelly extract and citrus mix – making it an unbelievable skincare product to boot!

I have been using this sunscreen for some considerable time and I have no intention of EVER running out!

Have you tried any K-beauty products and which ones do you rate? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

6 Signs You Will Be Fighting Over The Bathroom

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I hope you are all having a good week. We all know and hope equality should extend to all areas in men and women’s lives – but if we are honest, do we really want total equality when it comes to bathroom usage? We love the fact that men are taking care of their skin like never before. However, does anyone stop and think about the constant battle over will bag the bathroom first each day? Should you be about to take the next big step and move in with your man and are worrying that their self-preening may overtake yours, read on. Here are 6 warning signs there may be problems afoot:

1.He “Borrows” Your Moisturiser

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According to news reports, Ryan Reynolds recently prepared for the Golden Globes with a variety of skincare products, including lip balm, toner and MAC Set Powder. Now, if they are bringing their own to the table, that’s probably okay (if in doubt, see above). However, I don’t know about you, but my moisturiser and serum are 2 of my most treasured possessions and at risk of sounding selfish – I won’t share them. If your fella is borrowing your skincare products, this may be a sign of things to come.

2.His Eyebrows Look Better Than Yours

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He may just be really lucky in the looks department, but when it comes to eyebrows, the general rule is that some amount of effort is needed – particularly if his eyebrows are appearing neater and prettier than yours. Serious bathroom time, people.

3.Always A Bath, Never A Shower

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Does he frequently refuse a shower in favour of a bath?

If so, logically speaking this is going to take a big chunk of time (possibly every day) even before the mirror time takes place. That is unless your fella is like mine and literally does everything (EVERYTHING!) in the bath.

4.You Already Fight Over The Bathroom

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If you are about to take the plunge and move in together, my guess is you have probably spent a few nights at each other’s houses. During these times, cast your mind back to whether or not you have had to stand with your legs crossed waiting for him to vacate. There’s only so much time someone can spend on the loo, surely? Red flag, ladies.

5.He Knocks On The Door

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When you are in the bathroom, does he knock on the door impatiently? Do you have to rush? #Bigclues!

6.If You Set Your Alarm Early And Still Have To Wait

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On the occasions that you spend together, you decide to set your alarm so that you get bathroom time without stress, only to discover your guy has also read “The Three Little Pigs” and got there earlier still.

Should any of these signs be familiar, you may have an insight into what the future holds. If you happen to be someone who isn’t that fussed if you leave the house looking the worse for wear, whilst your other half appears so sparkly, he could be off to a modelling shoot, you may want to revise the living situation (or at least make sure your new place has two bathrooms).

Happy Friday people xx

Transform Your Skin With The Best K-Beauty Products And Advice

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There’s no denying it – should you want incredible skin, K Beauty is the place to look. Granted, they seem to have a rather long (10-step) beauty regime, of which may seem like a bit of a stretch. Particularly when the ugliness of Monday morning arrives and we have pressed the snooze button repeatedly until it finally gives up. Subsequently, we are rushing out of the door with evidence of strawberry jam on toast blotted on our cheeks (just me, then?), and forgetting to do our eyebrows. Can there be any possible way of squeezing in a 10-step routine? I think not.

However, not all days are like this – and these are the occasions whereby we really should make that bit of effort to try the K Beauty method. Believe me, your skin will thank you. Obviously, there is quite a bit to the 10-step process, so I have spread the information over 3 articles. Part 1 covers preparation: double cleansing, exfoliation and toning.

1.Double Cleansing

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In order for any of your beauty ingredients to work effectively, it is imperative to cleanse. I know, it’s a pain (especially when you get home in the wee small hours and crashing on your bed is all you can think of). If there’s one thing Korean beauty enthusiasts are doing better, it’s the double cleanse. Opt for a foam or gel cleanser (with ph of around 5.5) for ridding environmental pollutants without stripping the skin. I love Sulwhasoo Snowise Gentle Cleansing Foam £37.89 (200ml), Amazon.

As the years pile up on our faces (in a Victorian-esque library fashion) we may crave for our skin to feel a little tighter – but when we experience this after cleansing it is not a good thing! Behold, one of the best cleansers around. Combining duckweed and chestnut shell extracts together with Korean herbs, this super-velvety cleanser offers exceptional results without irritating the skin. This South Korean brand’s cleanser makes your skin look and feel like a dream. Suitable for use during both am and pm, following your oil cleanser.

The Oil Cleanser

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To successfully diminish superficial impurities and all makeup, you need a good oil-based cleanser. For this, why not try DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £19.80 (120ml), Amazon?

Loaded with both antioxidants and vitamins, this superior cleansing oil makes light work of clearing away makeup and impurities, whilst simultaneously providing optimal hydration and nourishment. YAASS!

2.Exfoliate People!

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Always remember to exfoliate – but never overdo this process and it is worth bearing in mind that those with sensitive skin or with more mature skin types should keep this step to perhaps twice per week. Additionally, veer towards AHA exfoliators (such as glycolic or lactic acid) or BHAs (like salicylic acid) rather than more abrasive options. I love TonyMoly Floria Brightening Peeling Gel, $13.50 (5 fl oz) Amazon. This little gem keeps the blackheads and dead skin at bay,   transforming dry or dull skin into a complexion that boasts luminous radiance.

3.Don’t Forget The Toner

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Toner has had a bad rap of recent years and is often the forgotten product. Not so, if you are a K Beauty fan. The importance of this product should never be underestimated.

A good toner will not only help in restoring your skin’s pH balance (goodbye forever dry skin) but some also supercharge your skin with nutrients, even out tone, reduce pore size and fully prepare your skin for optimal absorption of your skincare ingredients. Try Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner, £14.49 , Amazon.

What are your thoughts on these K Beauty products? Leave me a message in the comments below.

Coming shortly: K-Beauty Part 2

Can’t Sleep? Check Out The Best Vegan-Friendly Sleep Sprays Around

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Anxiety, juggling family chores with work, the strain of finances and realising its going to be a little while longer before we can feel the hot sunshine on our faces may all contribute to a serious lack of sleep. If lying in bed at 3 am, staring at the clock and wondering what the HELL you can do to get to sleep sounds familiar – do not fear. I have compiled a list of the best vegan-friendly sleep sprays that are guaranteed to give you some much-needed slumber time. Read on:

1.This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £18, thisworks.com

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This award-winning and vegan-friendly Deep Sleep Pillow Spray works like a dream, literally! Combining a ‘Superblend’ of natural and proven ingredients such as lavender, vetivert and chamomile, this formula ensures your mind and body are totally calmed and soothed, leaving you to enjoy the best night’s sleep. There’s a reason it is award-winning, people.

2. Fat And The Moon Dream Weaver Mist, £16, www.thefuturekept.com

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This has to be my favourite of all sleep sprays. After reviewing the Fat and The Moon Dream Weaver Mist a year ago, I have subsequently bought 2 more bottles – it’s that good. The reason I love this is, it actually contains a little magic (so I like to believe). What I mean by this is that the vegan-friendly product includes a blend of truly special natural ingredients which don’t simply ensure a good night’s sleep, but also awesome dreams!! One of its ingredients (Mugwort, artimesia vulgaris) has been used for centuries for its magical properties. This plant is meant to not merely provide good and vivid dreams, but to keep evil spirits at bay, whilst cleansing negative energy.

This fabulous American sleep spray also combines lavender hydrosol, homemade California poppy tincture and essential oils of clary sage and sage.

3.Made By Coopers Sleepy Head Room And Pillow Spray Mist, £13.50, www.madebycoopers.com

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Last, but not least, let me introduce you to Made by Coopers Sleepy Head Room And Pillow Spray Mist. Containing chamomile, frankincense and lavender, this sleep mist works little miracles, providing you with an infusion of ultimate calm to give you the relaxation you need to guarantee a good 8 hours of blissful slumber!

I love all of these vegan-friendly products – but if you lean a little towards the spiritual side or wish you had a nice dream just once in a while, I recommend the Dream Weaver Mist.

Have you tried any of these (or other) sleep sprays and which one is your favourite? Leave me a message in the comments below – and happy Friday people xx

 

Check Out The Best Hair Perfumes For Valentine’s Day…And Every Day Beyond

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Nothing makes me feel happy like a spritz of Chanel. Now the beauty industry has a wide selection of hair perfume on offer – and like a crazed addict, I want them ALL. Check out the best hair perfumes that will complete your Valentine’s checklist, and pretty much every day beyond.

1.Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Parfum Fresh Hair Mist, £44 (35ml), www.chanel.com

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If (like me) you are utterly obsessed with this fragrance, you are going to go crazy for Chanel’s hair perfume. As I am probably the biggest Chanel fan in THE WORLD, this has to be my all-time favourite hair perfume. For those of you who aren’t in the know (shame on you), expect to fall in love with a sensual blend of orange and rose to take over your senses and then get totally blown away as the aroma of patchouli encompasses your very being.

2.Dior Miss Dior Parfum Hair Mist, £36.50 (30ml), www.thefragranceshop.co.uk

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Perfect for Valentine’s day, this Dior hair mist is like wearing the biggest bouquet of red roses in your hair. Next to Chanel, Dior perfume (especially Dune) is a must-have. Should your Valentine’s day consist of a romantic date, the Dior Parfum Hair Mist is THE product to enhance your hair. This beautiful and delicate fragrance will ensure you remain breath-taking and irresistible to all who have the fortune of breathing in this scent. #Superiorhairgoals!

3.SHOW Beauty Decadence Hair Fragrance (30ml), £55, www.feelunique.com

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What can I say? Other than this fragrance is incredible! Brimming with gorgeous ingredients such as caramel, Madagascan vanilla, patchouli and white musk, this aroma evokes ultimate beauty. Furthermore, the SHOW Beauty Decadence is loaded with essential vitamins and minerals to keep your hair fully protected, too! I love this!

Have you tried any hair perfumes? What are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below and whatever you are doing today, have a happy Valentine’s Day! xx

The Best Cleaning Hacks For Lazy Girls And Guys

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A little secret – I can’t stand cleaning the house. This is down to part-laziness and part-despair, because let’s face it – cleaning is a never-ending thankless task. For me, it feels like the family have some kind of radar. It’s as if they wait until I have just finished hoovering, scrubbing, mopping and then pounce. Within minutes all making the house look decent, it is very quickly and effectively undone.

If I didn’t find it so soul-destroying and hideous I would be forced to admit the family have mastered the process of destruction to the point where it is an exceptionally talented art form (that in some parallel universe, might be admired). Not this one, though. If this sounds familiar, fear no more. I have discovered some awesome cleaning hacks that will not only clean beyond your wildest dreams but achieve a gleaming maison in a fraction of the time. Thank you, God,

1.The Dreaded Oven Rack

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This is probably one of the worst jobs for me. Not so any more. According to EHow, all you need is white vinegar, baking soda and a scrubbing pad. So, I tried – and woah, it actually works!

Simply place the racks in the sink, spray them with vinegar, then cover them in baking soda and go and have a cup of tea. On your return to the kitchen for your tea top-up, cover them with hot water and leave for approximately 10 minutes. Finish your tea and biscuits then scrub off the grime (it takes literally no effort) Yay!

2.Pet Urine

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So cute, i know. However, there’s ALWAYS a downside. There really is nothing worse than a urine-stained carpet, but thankfully there are two really good solutions that mean you don’t have to scrub away for hours on end, only to discover the smell or stain won’t budge.

Once you have blotted away as much liquid as possible with paper towels, either mix 50% white vinegar with 50% water and soak the area, or if this isn’t effective enough, mix some washing-up liquid with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and soak. The latter one is pretty invincible and will work on practically all carpets, mattresses, etc. Use a scrubbing pad to work into the stain, then cover the area with baking soda, rub with your scrubbing pad then hoover up. Hey presto!

3.The Mattress

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I know, right?!? You even have to clean your mattress. Is nothing sacred? Apparently, this is quite important for those with allergies and asthma, and although the above gif looks like the perfect answer, I don’t fancy the effort this would probably take. So I am now taking note.

According to various online sources you simply need some baking soda, essential oil (optional) and a hoover. What could be easier? Add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to a tub of baking soda and sprinkle all over your mattress. Rub in the solution and then leave it alone for an hour (the perfect amount of time to watch your favourite programme). When an hour or so has passed, nip upstairs and hoover the mattress, then turn and look in slack-jawed amazement at your cleaning expertise.

Have you tried any of these cleaning hacks and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below, and have a fantastic weekend people xx

 

 

Should You Ever Accept A Guilt Gift?

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Yesterday, for the first time in our 9-year relationship my partner bought me a gift – a beautiful silver bracelet. Now, although I would like to say what a sweet thoughtful gesture this was, my more cynical side is screaming in my ear that given the fact that I have never been given presents, this gesture comes with a side order of guilt. Which leads me to the question: Should we accept a guilt gift?

1.Confirmation

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Firstly, you need to be sure this is a guilt gift. Love the facts. Is it out of the ordinary to receive a present? Has the bearer of the gift acted out of character lately? If it’s your partner and he/she is usually a narcissistic pain-in-the-ass, who never buys you gifts, then it’s more likely to be due to buttering you up or fear they have been caught out. Do a little digging, talk to the person involved about how they are feeling – listen to what they say, and your gut instincts should tell you if this is a guilt gift or rather fear of detection.

2.The Source

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Accepting a guilt gift wholly depends on the reasons you are being given the present in the first place. For instance, if a family member has spoken out of turn and wants to make amends, this should perhaps be recognised as a genuine olive branch and thus be accepted. However, discovering the reason may sometimes take a while longer. People often offer gifts as a way to compensate for behaviour, of which they are unwilling to disclose.

3.Truth or Lies?

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Accepting a gift that has been offered in an attempt to blanket over a trail of deception is probably not going to solve anything. My solution is to talk to the person involved. Even if they choose to lie to your face, you will be able to pick that up and find another way to move on. In this instance accepting any guilt gift would be a bad idea (unless of course it happens to be a pair of Prada boots or a big fat diamond necklace). On the other hand, a sincere guilt-fuelled present with genuine remorse, honesty and attempts at reconciliation should perhaps be praised and graciously accepted.

Have you ever been given a gift out of guilt? Did you accept it and what were your thoughts? Leave me your comments below and happy Friday people xx

The Best 6 Tips To Keep Your Mind Sharp

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With a recent study claiming that women’s brains stay active for longer than men’s, I thought I would compile a list of the best tips that can help us keep our minds sharp. When I was in my teens, walking into a room and forgetting what I wanted was funny – but nowadays it’s a tad concerning.

Some of these methods may be quite surprising but have been proven to be very effective. Read on:

1.Use Your Opposite hand

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This is the one I found quite interesting and has been shown to actually connect new neurons and help your brain to adapt. When brushing your hair or your teeth – If you are left handed, use the right, and vice versa. It’s amazing how successful this can be in keeping the brain sharp.

2.Try A Puzzle

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This is one I find difficult as I really can’t stand crosswords or sudoku. However, by pushing yourself to tackle a code word puzzle of some sort, it definitely helps to sharpen those wits.

3.Sleep

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I really can’t state enough just how important getting enough sleep is in keeping your brain functioning well. In the same breath, too much sleep can be detrimental to your physical and mental wellbeing. Usually 7-8 hours is sufficient, but you need to take age and any illnesses, etc. into consideration.

4.Learn A Foreign Language

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OK so (unless you are like Joey from Friends) you may be thinking you need to have some serious amount of spare time to learn an entire foreign language, but if you break it up into a couple of half hour sessions a week, it becomes a much more realistic possibility. However, it does take a bit of will power.

5.Math

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Just the word makes ‘math’ makes me go into meltdown mode – but doing a few maths sums in your head truly does work wonders in keeping your mind sharp. Motivation does kick in when your son repeatedly asks you maths questions (and then answers them faster than you and actually correctly).

6.Music

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This would be my fave one of all. Listening to music actually works to improve brain function. No need to find excuses now!

Do you have any tips on keeping the mind sharp? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

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