Say Goodbye To A Painful Winter Pout With These 6 Star Lip Scrubs

Hey Lovelies!

Ah, the joy of winter – finding ingenious ways to keep your scarf from removing your foundation; leaving the straighteners alone (because really, whats the point?); de-icing the car; allowing an extra hour to drive 15 miles; falling over and ripping your new tights (yes, that was me today)) and discovering your previously dry lips have reached a new level of disrepair! Fortunately, some awesome beauty brands have come to our rescue with outstanding lip scrubs that will leave you smiling (painlessly) and keep your pout perfect this winter.

1. Clinique Sweet Pots Lip Balm and Scrub, £15.50, clinique.co.uk

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Treat your lips to pampered bliss with Clinique’s handy little 2-in-1 Sweet Pots. Providing a sugar scrub on one side and gorgeous tinted lip balm on the other ensures your lips are flake-free, moisturised and looking sassy no matter how harsh the weather decides to become. Clinique’s Sweet Pots Lip Balm & Scrub are available in 5 beautiful shades, too.

2.Tarte Lip Facial Lip Scrub, £14, tartecosmetics.com

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Indulge your lips with an at-home lip facial. this easy-to-use twist-up lip scrub offers gentle yet effective natural exfoliation, targeting and banishing cracked and dry lips . The 2-in-1 treatment combines an elixir balm consisting of vital antioxidants and shea butter that will fully moisturise and protect your pout. Buy here.

3.Yes To Coconut 2-Step Lip Kit, £4.99

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Should you be after softer and a plumper pout (who isn’t?) Yes To Coconut 2-Step Lip Kit is another fantastic treatment to try. Including highly beneficial ingredients such as coconut, sugar and sodium hyaluronate, this kit enables natural yet thorough exfoliation, as well as achieving you a smoother, plump and kissable pout ready for Valentine’s Day. Also available at Asos and Boots stores.

4.Dior Lip Sugar Scrub, £25, dior.com

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I am a huge fan of Dior fragrances, makeup – and now I can add their lip scrubs to my list of faves. Although a little pricey, due to the irresistible scent (as well as being 100% effective) this scrub stick is well-worth the investment. Called the Self-Vanishing Sweet Exfoliating Lip Balm,  (shade – Awakening) the natural exfoliation and moisturising stick quickly enables beautifully soft lips and maximum impact colour.

5.Mavala Skin Vitality Beauty Enhancing Micro Peel, £12.75, lookfantastic.com

Should your lips be looking (as mine are), particularly worse for wear check out Mavala Skin Vitality Beauty Enhancing Micro Peel. Perfect for use on the most delicate of skin (i.e. the lips) the biodegradable peel combines Swiss apricot extract, brimming with antioxidants and skin-loving properties. Dead, dry skin cells are gently sloughed away and the lips are nourished, softened and radiant once again. Furthermore, this little tube can be used for other areas in need of some TLC. Take that gruesome winter!

6.Suki 2-Step Ultra Soft Lip Kit, £15.95

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This lip kit by Suki is incredible in dealing with the cracked, chapped, dry lip syndrome. Combining an array of outstanding natural ingredients, this lip kit gently exfoliates, smoothes, renews and protects your pout, so you can relax in the knowledge your smackers stay looking nothing but gorgeous! The kit is suitable for all skin types. Buy here

 

 

 

 

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3 Game-Changing Cleansing Oils

Hey Lovelies,

You may think cleansing oils aren’t a great idea (particularly if you have oily skin) but infact they are so much more effective than ordinary cleansers. Cleansing oils will not strip your skin so that it ends up dry and tight, will aid in the removal of excess sebum, address any pesky dry areas that are difficult to balance and give your skin a nourishing super-boost!

If you haven’t yet tried a cleansing oil, my advice would be to go out and buy one. 99% of cleansing oils are suitable for all skin types. Check out these 3 game-changing cleansing oils:

1.DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, £24

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Should dehydrated or dry skin be a concern, this is the go-to cleanser to choose. Due to the inclusion of ingredients such as Argan oil and vitamin E, DHC has ensured this oil is brimming with highly beneficial nutrients to not only effectively cleanse, but thoroughly nourish the skin, too. This Deep Cleansing Oil is unlike your ordinary cleanser that will further dry your skin; therefore, it is amazing for those with more mature or sun damaged skin, too!

2.Elemis Nourishing Omega-Rich Cleansing oil, £31

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Combining over 90% natural oils including chia seed, pomegranate and rose, the Elemis offers everything your skin needs to be beautifully clean, totally nourished and looking radiant. Furthermore, the inclusion of so many benficial properties ensures your skin remains fully protected whilst the moisture barrier is enhanced with SAS style strength! Go Elemis!

3.Sunday Riley, £35, Spacenk.com

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I am a huge fan of Sunday Riley and their cleansing oil is no exception. Sunday Riley’s CEO C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil combines an array of amazing ingredients to keep your complexion super-clean and super-happy. If you are looking for an all-singing all-dancing oil, this has to be it. Including components such as evening primrose, tangerine, turmeric and white willow bark, your face will (in one or two wipes), be cleansed, balanced, brightened, toned and nurtured! Wow, Sunday Riley!

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6 Tips To Help Your Hair Grow

We all crave for those Disney Princess-esque hair, but the reality is that colouring and everyday heat styling wreaks havoc, making the chances of thick lustrous locks about as real as winning £168 million on the lottery. Fortunately, there are a few things we can all do to help our hair grow that little bit faster, and look that much better. Read on:

1.Condition

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Yes, you may well be running late for that date, or just not feeling energised enough to give a rat’s ass if you skip the conditioner. Think again, because unless you condition each time you shampoo, your hair will end up looking, well, like a rat’s ass – and believe me, come tomorrow you will care.  Find the right conditioner for your hair type and make sure you invest in a good brand. Conditioner replaces lipids and proteins, will seal your strands and prohibit further breakage.

2.Regularly Trim

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Putting off that trip to the hairdresser’s because you have almost reached that length, will not be beneficial. Regular trims will keep those pesky split ends in check, ensuring your hair stays in optimal health and thus will grow that little bit faster.

3.Use A Hair Mask

Take the time each week to apply a good hair mask or hair oil treatment. Kerastase offers fabulous results, however if you don’t want to invest in a product, DIY masks such as coconut oil, honey and virgin olive oil provide an incredible alternative.

4.Lay Off The Heat

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I’m sorry to say that no matter how much heat protection you apply, heat styling will damage the hair. Should your hair be particularly brittle, take it easy on these tools.

5.Cold Water (Yowch)

Sounds grim, (especially as the winter months draw in) but rinsing your hair with a cold blast of water will seal the hair and lock in moisture. You will be amazed at how much difference this little hair hack makes.

6.Brush Carefully

Don’t ever attack your hair with your brush. Not only should you take time to find a brush to suit your hair type and condition, but you should ensure you are treating your hair with the extra TLC it requires. Doing this prevents breakage, reduces damage to the scalp and will ultimately support faster hair growth. Yay!

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Over Plucked Brows? Microblading Will Be A Total Game Changer!

Perfectly defined features begin with well-maintained brows. However, over plucking your eyebrows can lead to beauty hell on a daily basis. Not only do you wake up each day looking like you’ve been in a fight with a razor and have to immediately reach for your Kohl and compact mirror before anything else, but over plucked eyebrows are extremely aging.

Thanks to the revolutionary microblading procedure, there’s no need to walk with trepidation to the tattoo parlour in search of a quick-fix solution. Microblading offers natural, semi-permanent and impressive results – so good in fact that your eyebrows look, well, like eyebrows once more.

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Microblading is the process of applying small and precise strokes that look just like real hairs. The procedure is effectuated by using a microblading pen, of which allows the technician to individually draw on each stroke. Microblading has received a huge amount of hype due to the unrivalled flawlessly natural finish it achieves. The only drawback is that the procedure takes a couple of hours to complete – but if you compare that to the amount of time (and embarrassment) you will save on a daily basis, it is the obvious choice to make.

Make Sure You Choose A Good Technician

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Before going ahead with the treatment do a little research and check the technician’s credentials. Additionally, a good technician will be more than happy to show you photos of their recent work.

A Note To Remember

Avoid exfoliating for 72 hours before having the procedure.

Do not pluck or wax for a few days before your appointment.

Do not use AHAs or retinol before the procedure as this may inflame the skin.

It is advisable for breastfeeding, pregnant women and diabetics not to have the treatment.

Microblading is in my opinion the best option for natural looking semi-permanent brows. However, it will take two, sometime three appointments before you achieve your desired look. Once this has been acquired, you will not have to worry about sharp brows, wiping your forehead or waking up with half a brow missing again (or at least for another 6 months, when you will need a top-up).

Conclusion: Microblading is totally worth it.

Have you had this procedure? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment below xx

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Discover These Top Tips For Remaining Flake-Free

Sick and tired of the unoriginal yet highly embarrassing, “Is it snowing?’ jokes? IF your scalp has decided to turn rogue and destroy your outfit with a seemingly endless flurry of white flakes, don’t just brush them off and tell yourself to ignore the situation; it’s time to take control. No, you do not need to run out and bulk buy Head and Shoulders – check out these amazing dandruff diminishing tips and very soon your scalp (and outfit) will be happy again.

1.Coconut Oil

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Brimming with all-important anti-fungal properties, coconut oil probably is one of the best dandruff destroying products around. All you need to do is mix a little coconut oil with some lemon juice (half the amount of lemon juice to coconut oil). Simply massage the wonder potion into your scalp, leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well. This process can be repeated twice weekly until you are satisfied all evidence of dandruff is gone. Hooray!

2.White Vinegar

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This is super-effective in combatting the pesky flaking situation. Like coconut oil, it is loaded with anti-fungal properties, and will work like a dream to rid the scalp of dandruff whilst offering natural cleansing. Furthermore, you will discover your hair is unbelievably soft and shiny! To make: 3 parts water, 2 parts white vinegar and 1 part olive oil, and mix. Apply to your scalp and rinse off after 15 minutes. Once again, this treatment should be repeated twice per week until the problem has gone, forever!

3.Baking Soda

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You may be surprised to find that baking soda isn’t just great in cooking – it actually provides an array of benefits and will treat a multitude of sins. If you are in any doubt, just ask your great-gran. In the case of dandruff or oily hair, baking soda will soak up excess sebum and maintain pH balance of your scalp; prohibits the growth of fungus; work as a mild exfoliator, and thwarts the onset of dandruff. Apply a small amount onto wet hair, rubbing into the scalp. After a few minutes, rinse hair well, remembering not to shampoo your hair for the rest of the day. This treatment should only be used once per week – however this should be all you need. Next week the only thing you will be brushing off are a stream of compliments (much better problems to have).

 

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