Advertisements

7 Tips For Keeping The Dreaded Lurgy At Bay

Hey Lovelies!

Courtesy of UK weather, today was a taster of the bleak and hideous days, soon to become a semi-permanent fixture on our doorsteps – and it wasn’t pretty. Somehow the week transformed from warm and sunny happiness to unnecessarily harsh rain. Hang on, what happened to autumn? Never mind, apparently, we are just skipping that season this year and going straight for the killer winter. This year do not let the dreaded lurgy catch you off guard. The flu jab will only cover one strain of the bug, but don’t panic. Check these 7 tips for keeping nasty cold and flu germs at bay.

1.Immune System Super-Powers With Vitamin C: Try Vitabiotics Ultra Vitamin C Fizz, £4.95, www.vitabiotics.com
vitabiotics vitamin c
Credit: Vitabiotics

On occasions when I feel the need for a vitamin boost, I always use Vitabiotics. Their Ultra Vitamin C Fizz combines 1000mg vitamin C along with zinc to enable optimal absorption and benefits. These key ingredients work in unison to ensure your immune system is working on all cylinders, keeping you protected and the dreaded lurgy at bay. Furthermore, vitamin C supports a healthy nervous system and increases collagen production. This is a great alternative for those who hate to take tablets. It tastes like fizzy orange juice, making consumption a breeze. Vitabiotics also provide a tablet version too.

2.Hand Sanitizer In Bag At All Times: Try Carex Bubblegum Hand Gel, £1.45 (50ml), wwwsuperdrug.com
Carex bubblegu hand sanitizer
Credit: Superdrug

It is so important to keep your hands clean and bug-free during these sneeze-splattered months. I love Carex’s travel-friendly hand gel in bubble gum. It’s fun, fits in your bag with ease and gets the job done! No worries.

3.Handkerchief At The Ready (For Doctors’ Waiting Rooms)
gif of coughing no handkerchief
Credit: Giphy

Be it taking your children, going for your MOT, blood tests or whatever – visits to the doctor’s surgery are generally unavoidable. Also unavoidable are the people who were never taught by their parents to cover their mouths upon coughing. You are guaranteed to be squeezed into a seat in a busy doctor’s waiting room between two of them, with their apparent mission being to infect you. Take my advice, don’t worry about offending them (they don’t). Spend the hour sat waiting for your overdue appointment with a handkerchief over your mouth.

4.Shopping gloves (trolleys and baskets are filthier than your toilet): Try Top Glove Powdered Blue Vinyl Gloves, £3.54 (Box of 100), www.justgloves.co.uk
top powdered blue vinyl gloves
Credit: Just Gloves

I don’t want to make anyone paranoid, but were you aware that trolleys and baskets carry more germs than a toilet seat? Gross huh? This is the place where (other than the doctor’s) you are probably going to catch the seasonal bug. Don’t let it happen. Carry some disposable gloves with you and bang, illness averted.

5.Flu Jab
a picture of flu jab
Credit: Gov. Uk

The flu jab has received a bit of bad press of late. Understandable in some respect, given there are so many strains of flu and the flu jab doesn’t safeguard you from all of them. That said, very young, very old or those who are immune compromised should take the extra precaution and have the flu jab on offer. Remember asthmatics and those with egg allergies should consult their medical practitioner beforehand.

6.Wash Hands Regularly

This is probably the most important thing to remember. Washing your hands often ensures those dreaded germs are kept away.

7.Take ColdZyme Mouth Spray, £15.75, www.amazon.co.uk
ColdZyme Mouth Spray
Credit: Amazon

Other than carrying a hanky around you can also arm yourself with this mouth spray. It forms a protective shield in your mouth, so anyone nearby who wasn’t taught to cover their mouths when coughing cannot infect you even if they are hosing you in the face!

Have you tried any of these options and what are your thoughts?

Advertisements

4 Natural and Cruelty-Free Products That Effectively Target Enlarged Pores

Hey Lovelies!

So, you want to effectively tackle those pesky enlarged pores, but you don’t want to compromise on your desire for natural products? I feel your pain. Don’t worry – help is at hand. Here are 4 natural products that truly deliver incredible results. We know there’s no chance in HELL of eradicating the little beggars, but we can refine them and reduce their unsightly appearance.  Bye, bye pores – No more may you take residence on our faces!

1.Yes To Grapefruit Correct and Repair Pore Perfection Paper Mask, £13.99 (Pack of 5), www.amazon.co.uk

yes to grapefruit pore perfection mask
Credit: Amazon

Say yes to this brand and you won’t regret it. Combining 96% natural ingredients, this mask is also free from parabens and silicones, is formulated with 100% cotton and is Leaping Bunny Certified.

Should your problem be the dread of looking in the mirror to see yet more enlarged pores (like mine), this sheet mask will soon have you glancing at your reflection then dancing cartwheels of joy. Included is grapefruit and vitamin C to effortlessly refine pesky pores and give your face a supercharged glow. Furthermore, these natural ingredients and added Aloe boast an array of skin-loving antioxidants to further nourish, soothe and protect. Hoorah!

2.29 Secret of The Vine Serum, $29, www.thetarget.com

 

29 Secrets of the vine serum Napa Valley
Credit: Shape

The super-antioxidant resveratrol has seen a lot of press of late for it’s remarkable anti-aging benefits. Now behold the 29 Secret of The Vine Serum: containing resveratrol together with olive and sea extracts, this little miracle in a bottle offers you new hope in the fight against pores. Try it and see some pretty awesome results.

3.Sunday Riley Luna Sleep Oil, £45 (15ml), www.cultbeauty.com

sunday riley luna sleep oil anti-aging and pore treatment
Credit: Cult Beauty

This is a hero product that tops many others and is much-loved by dermatologists and beauty editors alike. Combining an advanced retinol complex this product makes fast work of refining pores, reducing other signs of aging and repairing the skin – all whilst you sleep! Additionally, cold-pressed avocado, chia and Concorde grape extracts work in unison to strengthen the skin and provide a much-adored luminosity.

4.Tarte Cosmetics Tight and Bright Clay Multi Mask, £39, www.tartecosmetics.com

tarte cosmetics tight and bright clay mask
Credit: Tarte Cosmetics

In this awesome pot you will discover 2 vegan face masks that deliver a bespoke at-home facial. The Purple Detoxifying and Purifying Exfoliating Mask Includes Amazonian clay to naturally and successfully detoxify, purify and tighten those pores. This is amazing for oily T-zones too. Also included is almond and avocado oil as well as jojoba of which boast an array of antioxidant and vitamin properties; thus, fully rejuvenating the skin.

The second is the Gold Hydrating And Firming Face Mask. Perfect for dry patches, this mask provides not only Amazonian clay but chamomile extract, glycerine and hyaluronic acid too! Expect some seriously refined pores and some hydrated and radiant luminosity to boot.

Have you tried any of these products and do hey work on your pores? What are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below xx

 

5 Of The Best Vitamin C Serums For Brighter, Younger Skin

Hey Lovelies!

Vitamin C serums are an essential part of everyone’s skincare routine that can offer brighter, younger skin. But with so many on the market, which one do we choose? Opt for the right product and not only will it greatly support your skin’s protective barriers, but you will breathe a sigh of relief to find hyperpigmentation significantly reduced. Oh yes, and did I mention skin suppleness and texture will improve, providing that much sought-after youthful luminosity? The following 5 are the best as they deliver impeccable results.

1.CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum, £31, www.amazon.co.uk

CeraVe Skin Renewing Vitamin C Serum
Credit: Amazon

This little wonder product is adored by beauty editors and skin experts for the following reasons: Containing 10% l-ascorbic acid, ceramides and hyaluronic acid, key ingredients that work marvellously well together to create superior skin transformative results. This very gentle yet exceptionally powerful product will give you the complexion of your dreams. (For vest results, always use in the morning on cleansed skin and follow by applying sunscreen.

2.Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow, £34 (15ml), www.cultbeauty.com

Sunday Riley C.E.O Glow vitamin c
Credit: Cult Beauty

Sunday Riley’s award-winning formula combines vitamin C sourced from superfood oils that reach deeper into the skin. Featuring TDH ascorbate (3%), the component is revered for its potent skin brightening and regenerative qualities.

Also included is turmeric oil extract to even skin tone; evening primrose to soothe; antioxidant benefits of ginger root; anti-aging bisabolol and whole host of skin nourishing vitamins. You will be in awe of this formula, seriously!

3.Skin Ceuticals C E Ferulic Serum £135 (30ml), www.lookfantastic.com

SkinCeuticals C.E. Ferulic serum
Credit: Look Fantastic

This little bottle deserves its own halo. Combining a combination of highly effective antioxidants (15% l-ascorbic acid, vitamin e and ferulic acid), these ingredients work hand-in-hand to deliver optimal skincare results. There is no end to the benefits this product offers – however it is especially good at protecting and reducing inflammation. LOVE THIS.

4.The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% In Silicone £5.75 (30ml). www.cultbeauty.com

The Ordinary Vitamin C serum
Credit: Cult Beauty

The 30% l-ascorbic acid is provided in a water-free stabilised form. Apply regularly in the evening and expect to see brighter, firmer and younger looking skin in the coming weeks! And at a fraction of the cost!

5.Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, £67 (30ml), www.spacenk.com

Drunk Elephant C-firma Day Serum
Credit: SpaceNK

Renowned for its superior anti-aging qualities, Drunk Elephant’s C-Firma Day Serum is one product that remains firmly on the top shelf. Combining Indian gooseberry, marula oil, pomegranate and pumpkin, these ingredients support the l-ascorbic acid in offering a total skin overhaul. Pores are less visible, skin is brighter, firmer and smoother and you can enjoy total skin protection. Yaass!

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

5 Tips For Ensuring Your Makeup Stays Put In This Heatwave

Hey Lovelies!

Hot enough for you? We have embarked upon a heatwave that puts the UK well and truly in a siesta-worthy situation (about time, I say). But how do we ensure our makeup remains intact, so we stay looking incredible this summer? No, people we are not trying out at Alice Cooper impersonation auditions!  Check out these 5 top tips to keep our hard-earned flawless makeup looking awesome.

1.Preparation is Key

MAC prep+ Prime skin
Credit: Look Fantastic

Okay, after applying a hydrating moisturiser and SPF, it is vital to prep your skin with a primer that is perfect for both your skin type and the weather conditions. Look for a product that is long-lasting, sweat and waterproof. For info on this you can read my Best Primers For Every Skin Type here. I love Mac’s Prep+Prime. £23 (Look Fantastic).

Water-Based Foundation

lancome teint miracle foundation
Credit: John Lewis

Oil-based foundations and extreme sweating do not mix. Therefore, it is better to opt for a light and water-based foundation, whilst we are in heat that could win in a Pepsi challenge with the temperature of Egypt right now. A great one is Lancôme’s Teint Miracle Foundation SPF 15, £33.50, John Lewis. The formula feels lightweight and yet luxurious, is long wear with a matte finish and provides a super-boost of hydration your skin will appreciate. Awesome!

If you are planning on going for a dip, Urban Decay’s new Waterproof Foundation is a dream £22, Urban Decay. Lightweight, long-lasting and available in 50 shades. Urban Decay – you rock!

3.Don’t Overdo Products

justin timberlake sad crying
Giphy

Layering is not a great idea during the el scorchio weeks. Keep your makeup routine light and simple. Too much and it won’t end well. Believe me! A little dab of mineral-based powder once you have applied your foundation will go a long way.

4.Mascaras and Eyeliners

Diorshow waterproof mascara
Dior

Steer clear from eyeliners if at all possible. When it comes to mascaras opt for a good waterproof one like Diorshow Waterproof Mascara £28, Dior. This mascara speaks volumes (pardon the pun). No clumping, no smudging just a luscious look that stays put even when droplets of sweat are forming on your forehead – 39 degrees – bring it on!

5.Setting Sprays

urban decay all nighter setting spray
Credit: Urban Decay

Choose a good setting spray that will guarantee your makeup is in the same place as when you applied it (rather than an inch lower on your face). I love Urban Decay’s All Nighter, £24, Look Fantastic.

Have you tried any of these products and what are your thoughts?

Have a great day tomorrow and keep cool. Xx

 

Never Use These Skincare Ingredients Together

Hey Lovelies!

#Never Use These Skincare Ingredients Together

No matter what the skincare issue, there is guaranteed to be a product to assist you. AHAs /BHAs work on cell turnover; hyaluronic acid will plump up your skin, surging it with moisture; vitamin E aids in repairing, and retinol deals with those intrusive fine lines nobody likes. However, it is imperative to remember not to just slap on all of these together and think, “job done.” Mixing certain ingredients can deeply damage the skin, making it worse rather than better.

It is important to devise a signature skincare routine especially for your skin type and concerns. This may take a little time – but not doing it would be as crazy as buying all the ingredients for a 3 course luxury meal, grabbing a pot and throwing the squid in with the chocolate sauce, adding every other ingredient while you’re at it, and then expecting it to taste heavenly! Check out the following concoctions that should always remain a no-go union.

Vitamin A (Retinol) And Vitamin C

SkinCeuticals serum 10
Credit: Look Fantastic

The general rule of thumb is to apply retinol at night (as it can increase sun-sensitivity) and keep your vitamin C for the day. Vitamin C is an essential part of anyone’s skincare routine as it offers immense antioxidant value, providing that necessary protection against free radical damage. However, used in unison these can instigate dryness, redness and sensitive skin. An amazing vitamin C serum is SkinCeuticals Serum 10 (£80), www.lookfantastic.com

Retinol And AHA /BHA

esthederm retinol
Credit: Look Fantastic

When it comes to tackling the dreaded acne, diminishing lines or dealing with pigmentation, retinol would be your hero product. Additionally, AHAs /BHAs make fantastic exfoliators and cell regenerators; thus, should be a part of everyone skincare. But take note: applying these two warriors together is like initiating a fight club on your face. Expect at the very least some irritation and at worst, serious aggression and damaged skin. I love Esthederm’s Intensive Retinol Serum, (£49), www.lookfantastic.com

Vitamin C With AHA/BHAs

Paulas choice resist antiaging aha
Credit: Paulas Choice

This will quite simply, put a car-bosh on your pH balance, causing complete ineffectiveness of what you are applying. As pointless as spending 10 minutes locating Corrie on catch-up, pressing play and then leaving the house. I’m loving Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging 10% AHA Exfoliant, (£34), www.paulaschoice.co.uk

AHAs and BHAs

Basically, acid superseded by more acid – bad idea

Most dermatologists, beauty editors and experts will tell you that AHAs/BHAs, Vitamin C, E, Retinol and Sunscreen are all key ingredients. You can use sunscreen alongside vitamin C and E, no sweat.  But, as for the rest – take the above advice. Your skin will thank you for it.

Have an awesome weekend people xx

6 Very Good Reasons For Wearing Sunscreen Every Day

Hey Lovelies!

Are you one of those people who rushes out to buy some sunscreen the moment the summer season commences? If so, it’s time to change. Your skin will thank you for it later on in life. Sunscreen provides that vital protection your skin needs throughout the year. Here are 6 reasons sunscreen should be a part of your daily skincare routine.

1.UV Rays

UV rays/giphy
Giphy.com

Many people believe (like I used to) that the sun is only harmful during summer months. So wrong! In fact, the sun’s rays are just as harmful in spring as they are in the middle of August.

2.Prohibits Skin Cancer

Skin cancer
Giphy/Ficazo

With 50% of all people set to encounter the C word (in some form or another) by 2020, there has never been a better reason to rush out and equip yourself with some SPF. There are a variety of skin cancers waiting to pounce – so don’t give them the chance.

3.Prevents Premature Skin Aging

on wrinkles
Giphy

Okay, so this is a puppy which reflects the opposite of aging. However, it’s too cute not to include and has wrinkly skin, so it kind of demonstrates my point. Think of sun cream as your secret weapon in the fight against those dreaded lines and wrinkles. Wearing it every day will stave off the years from mapping themselves across your face too soon.

4.Discoloration

Spongebob, discoloration
Giphy/Spongbob

 

If you want to avoid a face full of discoloration and dark spots (HELL, yeah) then sunscreen is imperative.

5.Blotchiness, Red Veins – No Thanks

The same can be said for preventing the onset of unwanted blotches that never seem to go, like – ever, and red veins that without the help of some expensive laser treatment will definitely never go. It’s far easier to slap a bit of sunscreen on your face.

6.Sun Burn

Sunburn
Credit: Wikipedia.org

Granted, this is the UK – but miracles can happen. And with the population biting chunks out of the ozone layer like it’s a Michelin-starred chef’s signature chocolate desert, sun burn is ever-more likely.

In short people, wear your sunscreen. Like, every day people.

 

The Best 5 Hair Serums That Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Hey Lovelies!

The weather may be far milder than it ought to be – but can someone tell that to my hair? Between savagely cold winds and a six-weekly dose of hair bleach, my locks seem to get no respite. Should this sound familiar, don’t let your tresses suffer. Check out the best 5 hair serums that are actually worth their weight in gold.

1.TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum, £9.95 (250ml), www.allbeauty.com

tigi bed head control freak serum
Credit: allbeauty

This super-lightweight product is literally amazing! With a concoction of bleach and frizzy curls, I need a serum with serious pizzazz and TIGI’s Bed Head truly delivers. Expect frizz-free, glossy locks we all dream of achieving. Yippee!

2.Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complex Versatile Beautifying Oil, £29.77 (100ml), www.amazon.co.uk

Kerastase hair oil
Credit: amazon

I can’t state enough, just how good Kerastase products are and whilst this serum is a tad pricey, it is totally worth it. Combining 4 awesome oils (argan, camelia, corn and pracaxi), the precious formula not only fully protects, but also provides undeniably sleek and shiny hair. Note to self: NEVER RUN OUT! This product is suitable for all hair types.

3.The Body Shop Grapeseed Hair Serum, £7 (75ml), www.thebodyshop.com

body shop grapeseed hair serum
Credit: The Body Shop

This awesome hair serum works little miracles for frizz-prone and lacklustre hair. Instantly smoothing and creating a gorgeous glossy finish, The Body Shop’s Grapeseed Serum is definitely one of the best products around – and priced at £7, you can’t go wrong!

4.Bumble and Bumble Brilliantine, £22 (50ml), www.bumbleandbumble.co.uk

Bumble and bumble brilliantine hair serum
Credit: Bumble and Bumble

Check out the award-winning oil-based styling crème by Bumble and Bumble. Basically, if you are looking for an incredible serum that offers polish, perfect separation and shiny tresses, this little gem will not disappoint. #Hairgoals!

5.Virtue Lab Polish Un-Frizz Cream, £19 (60ml), www.spacenk.com

virtue labs polish un-frizz creme

Okay, so this is more like a leave-in conditioning cream than a serum, but wow! It delivers great results for straight hair and is ideal for those with unruly curls. Boasting some impressive ingredients such as Alpha Keratin 60ku, pink pomelo, gotu kola and phospholipids, this formula ensures a boost of intense nourishment, whilst enhancing curls, diminishing frizz and smoothing hair.

Have you tried any of these serums and what are your thoughts? Leave me a message in the comments below. Have a fabulous weekend people xx

6 Signs You Will Be Fighting Over The Bathroom

Hey Lovelies!

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

Cameron Diaz
Giphy.com

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

Joey from Friends Gif
Giphy.com/Friends

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

Chandler from Friends in bath Gif
Giphy.com/Friends

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

A gif of everybody loves raymond show
Giphy.com/Everybody Loves Raymond

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

A gif of cat closing bathroom door
Giphy.com

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

A gif star trek benedict cumberbatch
Giphy.com/Star Trek

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

Should You Ever Accept A Guilt Gift?

Hey Lovelies!

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

giphy
Credit: Giphy

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

gif not guilty
Credit: Giphy.com

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?

A gif of liar liar
Credit: Giphy.com

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

Powered by WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: