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

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

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

 

Beauty Editor’s Weekly Favourites

 

Hey Lovelies!

 I hope you’re all having an awesome week.

As a Beauty Editor I come across many, many products (some amazing, some not so much). Below are some of my favourite products discovered thus far:

1.Revitalizing Bio Cellulose Face Mask – Lucia Magnani, £45, www.luciamagnani.com

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As a big fan of sheet masks, I was so excited to receive the Lucia Magnani sheet mask to try. Incredibly luxurious, bursting with amazing ingredients and the ultimate in skin pampering (without travelling miles and spending a fortune at the nearest spa). This mask is every bit as good as I’d imagined it to be – and then a whole lot more IRL. My complexion was actually transformed, fine lines were noticeably reduced, and my skin felt and looked firmer, smoother and altogether fabulous. This is one mask that will be damn hard to top – everyone should keep one in their makeup cabinet for that special night or for an emergency beauty event. I love, love, love this mask!

2.MAKE UP FOREVER Foundation Face & Body, £31, www.escentual.com

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Until recently I haven’t had much experience of body foundations; since trying this one by Makeup Forever, I am a changed woman (quite literally). If you have missed out on your fake tan appointment, or putting off wearing that slinky dress because the winter has left your skin looking tired and neglected – this is the perfect product to buy. Makeup Forever’s foundation glides on seamlessly creating flawless results. So happy!

3. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Overnight Hand Therapy, £19, www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Our hands are often forgotten – and given the fact that I am always the one lumbered with the cleaning products and never bothering to put the gloves on (I know – cardinal sin), my hands appear more like something from Gardeners Weekly/Roofers Weekly/Witches Weekly (take your pick), than the flawless fingers of a beauty editor. The other morning, I actually glanced down at hands and sheer horror gripped my face – they actually looked more like my nan’s hands (sorry nan). Time for some serious TLC.

Now there seems to be an end to the cold spell we have no excuse to ignore our weathered hands. This is where Crabtree & Evelyn come in: their La Source Hand Therapy combines an array of amino acids and vitamins that thoroughly transform both the hands and nails, whilst simultaneously providing the utmost protection. what is more, this product smells so good that reapplication each day will definitely be a pleasure and never a chore.

4.Kypris Beauty Elixir 1 Face Oil, £216, www.naturisimo.com

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OMG this is the oil of dreams. Made from 1000 roses, the high-end facial oil sadly comes at a high-end price. That said, in my humble opinion it is worth every last penny.  The Elixir works little miracles on your skin by smoothing, evening tone and rejuvenating to reveal a beautifully radiant complexion. Yes, it may be pricey, but a little goes a long way. This is one of those must-have products of which you will never want to run out. To give you an idea, I used my bottle every evening and it lasted for almost a year – until the week whereby I held it upside down without the pipette every day in the vain hope a drop may still be left (I know, a tad sad, but you do what you have to). My advice is if you want to buy an investment facial oil – this should be at the top of the list.

What are your favourite products? Let me know what you think below xx

 

Amazing Benefits Of Argan Oil

Hey Lovelies!

Meet your skin’s new best friend, argan oil. Otherwise known as ‘liquid gold’ this priceless oil is a powerhouse of skin-loving components that offer incredible benefits for your skin.

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Sourced from the kernels of the organ tree of which is native to Morocco (hence Moroccan oil) it contains an impressive supply of nutrients, including antioxidants, fatty acids  and vitamin E and is therefore, highly beneficial for the hair, too. Goodbye dandruff, frizz and split ends. Hello gorgeousness!

Argan/Moroccan oil is a must-have multi-tasking beauty product and goes far and beyond to transform the hair and skin, maintaining optimal nourishment, radiance and a forever sought-after youthful appearance. Better yet, a few drops goes a long way, making this a true gem.

Get Your Glow On:

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Bursting with antioxidants and essential fatty acids, argan oil has everything your skin needs to stay moisturized, smooth and utterly radiant.

2.Thwart The Aging Process:

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The pure components in argan oil are highly effective in prohibiting the ongoing attack from free radicals. Think of it like putting up a blockade against premature aging. Hooray!

6.Healing:

Argan oil works wonders in reducing the appearance of scars and treating stretch marks. Any oil that can do this deserves to have a permanent spot in my bathroom cabinet.

7.Dry Skin

Don’t let dry skin be the bane of your life. This intensely moisturising oil will target and take down the dreaded unrelenting dry skin from around the nose and other areas, infusing it instead, with deep hydrating nourishment and returning your complexion into one of pure beauty. #No filter life goals.

8.Super Shiny Locks

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Want soft shiny and manageable hair? A few drops of this miracle oil will transform your hair into locks so lustrous that L’Oréal would be jealous.

For skin: Add a few drops to your mosituriser or use as a facial oil.

For hair: Massage into the scalp, rub in a few drops from root to tip, or simply add a little to your conditioner.

Try Moroccan Oil Treatment, £12.10 (25ml), www.feelunique.com

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Always choose pure organ oil.

Have you tried argan oil and what do you think? Please message me your thoughts or leave your comments below xx

Overnight Sleep Masks Are Here And Life Is Officially Awesome!

Hey Lovelies!

I don’t know about you, but the defiant lazy girl in me is always on the lookout for the easiest and fastest answer to, well, pretty much everything – and skincare is no different. We all know sleep is the time our skin warriors come to life to repair the damage of daily life, making night creams big news for all the beauty savvy out there. Now, ladies (and gents) rejoice in the world of overnight sleep masks; the ultimate in our beauty sleep arsenal. Check out some of the best around:

1.The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, £25, thebodyshop.com

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Some days, it just doesn’t matter what the hell I pile on my skin, or how many layers of concealer and corrector I reach for in the day, my ‘distressed’ complexion remains as constant as Putin’s realm over Russia. The Body Shop’s Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask is here to put a stop to those self-pitying, resign myself to looking crap days. Loaded with highly beneficial skin-loving and anti-aging ingredients such as edelweiss stem cells, sea holly and babassu oil, this gorgeous gel-cream gets to spend the entire night working little miracles on your skin. You will awaken to discover a more plump, rejuvenated and renewed complexion – and one less bad skin day.

2.Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque, £29, kiehls.co.uk

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Step outside into weather so cold you half expect to see a penguin on the corner, then go home and crank up the heating until you feel your face dry like a prune IRL. There’s never been a better time to buy that overnight mask –  forget the Easter eggs (well, maybe a couple); Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque is at the top of my Easter wish list. This incredible masque is all you need to reverse the nightmare that is currently UK weather.

3.Lancôme Absolute Precious Cells Revitalizing Night Ritual Mask, £95, Selfridges

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Lancôme’s utterly luxurious mask feels like little drops of sweet heaven on your skin. Effectively dealing with and diminishing fine lines, whilst reversing the look of tired skin, this mask is a truly selfish but totally worth-it investment. There’s no denying it – here you will find the pampered blissful effects of the best night’s sleep, EVER – even if, by 3 a.m. you’re still awake and enjoying the hideous harmony of your fella’s snores.

Have you got a favourite sleep mask? Let me know below, and have a lovely Wednesday xx

 

 

Tips To Ensure Your Make-Up Stays Smudge-Proof

Hey Lovelies!

There’s a lot of brands that promise to keep your make-up smudge-proof. Sure, there are some great smudge-resistant products and some, that are, more WTF. That flawless complexion on which you spent enough time, should definitely not dissolve into non-existence by lunch. This is simply not an option. Fortunately, there are a few good tips to keep your make-up smudge-proof and ensure you look gorgeous all-day long. Read on:

1.Exfoliate, People!

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I say this so much, but that’s because it is sooo important – exfoliation is key (but not too much). Try to exfoliate twice each week to keep the dead skin cells at bay and ensure your skin is a perfectly smooth canvas, thus giving your make-up the optimal chance of doing its job.

2.Keep Moisturisers and Serums To A Minimum And Give It Time

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Moisturisers, serums and SPFs are essential, but it is important not to overdo it. Too much and your make-up will slide off quicker than ice cream on the surface of the sun (well, maybe not that quickly, but you get my point). The other point to remember, is once you’ve applied your moisturiser, serum and SPF, give it time to settle into your skin before you apply the primer.

3.Primer

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Invest in a great primer for your skin type. I love Nude by Nature Perfecting Primer, £22. A good primer can and will make all the difference. Buy here

4.Layer

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After applying your primer, add your foundation and concealer, then apply your contour and highlighter. I am a big fan of Iconic London’s Multi-Use Pro-Contour Palette, (£32.99). Once you have applied these, add a brush of blush and then a final brush of contour/highlighter for added staying power. Those with dry skin should stick to cream contours and foundations.

5.Give Eyes A Chance

Use an eye primer to keep your eyeshadow from smudging away,  I find Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, £11.20 really keeps shadow crease-free for longer.

Liquid eyeliners are fab for the upper lids, but for the lower lash line opt for a pencil liner.

6.Set it

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Always finish by adding a touch of mattifying powder to keep your make-up in place.   Et voila, you’re good to go, without the need for your compact or makeup essentials. (We all know we will probably take them, just to be on the safe side – old habits.)

Have you any smudge-proof makeup tips to share? Please leave your comments below. 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.

The Best New Beauty Products Of 2018

Hey Lovelies!

Happy Friday!

Since the beginning of 2018 we have seen some amazing new beauty product launches, designed to make our lives that bit better. Here is my round up of the best:

1.Bobbi Brown Skin Longwear Weightless Foundation, (SPF15) £31, www.bobbibrown.co.uk

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For anyone looking for light and long-lasting coverage, this new foundation from the fabulous Bobbi Brown brand will be a sure hit. Basically, the Longwear Foundation feels totally weightless and blends in seamlessly, providing a matte finish that looks like you are wearing no makeup. I love this foundation!

2.Clarins SOS Primer, £26.50, www.clarins.co.uk

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If like me, you suffer from dark spots, imperfections and redness, the SOS Primer will feel like a God Send. Packed with antioxidants to nurture and protect the skin, whilst providing targeted colour corrector to effectively deal with any skin concern, this SOS Primer is a must-have. The only problem is, should you need a colour corrector for more than one concern type, you may need more than one shade. There are 6 incredible shades available – bye, bye, wages!

3.Kiehls Powerful Strength-Line Reducing Concentrate, £49.50 (50ml), www.kiehls.co.uk

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Amazing beauty brand Kiehls just gave one of their key serums a makeover. I didn’t think it could get much better, but the Concentrate is now packed with even more essential anti-aging and hydrating vitamin C and hyaluronic acid – 12.5% to be exact. Take that you pesky fine lines.

4.L’Oreal EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask, $3.99, www.amazon.com

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This is L’Oreal’s first hair sheet mask and I am smitten! Designed to be a shower steam and deep moisture treatment, this product includes aloe blossom to offer intense hydration and nourishing love for your locks. The result is luscious and super shiny hair that feels totally weightless. #Hairhappiness! Buy from Amazon here

5.Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation, £35, www.narscosmetics.co.uk

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I am a huge fan of Nars products and given the fact that this foundation promises to stay put for up to 16 hours, and given the other fact that I ALWAYS have to reapply my product at least once during the day, I couldn’t wait to try. The new Nars Foundation is available in 33 shades and glides on to the skin with remarkable flawless results. I have fair skin so love this product in Oslo. The outcome is amazing looking skin that still looks like skin – and it lasts!

6.Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF40, £22.95, www.amazon.co.uk

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I know I go on about this A LOT, but sunscreen is probably THE most important cream you should be applying to your skin. As it turns out we should be worrying about the infrared radiation and light from our tablets and phones as well as UVA and UVB rays. Yay! Thankfully, this new product will provide you with all the protection you need and better yet, it soaks in seamlessly and feels practically weightless, too.

7.Wunder2 Super-Stay Liquid Liner, £12.95, www.wunder2.co.ukMetallic White Gold Super-Stay Liner

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It’s not just fondations that need reapplication – eyeliners, too, suffer the same fate. That’s where iconic brand Wunder2 comes in – their newly launched Super-Stay liners glide on effortlessly to enable precise application, thus creating a highly pigmented pop of beautiful colour that actually stays put! Available in 3 waterproof collections (Essential, Glitter and Metallic) these 24hour wear liners ensure you don’t need to check the mirror – even if you stay out all night! Buy here

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