Romance Is In The Air With These Gorgeous Scents Perfect For Valentine’s Day.

Hey Lovelies!

Valentine’s Day is almost here: You’ve got the venue planned, the outfit and shoes – but what about the perfume? Breathe in the scent of pure romance with these gorgeous fragrances for her. Over the years perfumes come and go, but these scents remain timeless:

1.Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray (50ml) £85.50, Amazon.co.uk

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Make sure the fifth sense is completely alluring with the help of Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum. This beautiful yet super sexy fragrance will completely captivate whomever you are near. I love this!

2.Davidoff Cool Water Woman, Eau De Toilette Spray, £15.58 (100ml), Amazon.co.uk

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This has to be one of my all-time favourite scents. Combining base notes of blackberry, peach and raspberry together with a heart of jasmine, lily of the valley and rose and delicious top notes such as pineapple, this calming and natural aroma evokes delicate yet pure sensuality. Buy here

3.Dior J’adore, £52 (30ml), www.dior.com

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Embrace your femininity and allow this exquisite bouquet of floral romance and sensuality embrace the essence of Valentine’s Day. Including the perfect combination of ylang-ylang, the chic hue of Damascus Rose, duo of jasmines and orange blossom, these work in unison to create the ultimate warmth and passion for a beautiful evening together. Buy here

4.Guerlain, Shalimar, £40.99, www.amazon.co.uk

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Shalimar is yet another timeless classic – I defy anyone to breathe in this scent and not fall instantly in love! Created by Jacques Guerlain who took inspiration from the exotic floral Shalimar gardens, it is said that Jacques considered Shalimar to be scent Shah Jahan would have given to his much-loved wife. This oriental and truly romantic fragrance should be on every sophisticated woman’s signature list. Buy here

5.Chloe Love Story, £39.95 (30ml), www.debenhams.com

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Should you be in the first throws of romance, Chloe ‘Love Story’ Eau De Parfum is a must-have. Combining a delicate floral scent of orange blossom and jasmine on a base of cedarwood, this fragrance conjures excitement, freedom and passion that ultimately reflects a truly romantic and seductive love.

What are your most favourite romantic fragrances? Please leave your comments below – and no matter how you spend Valentine’s Day, make sure you pamper yourself! xx

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10 Tips For Achieving A Perfect Salon-Worthy Blow-Dry At Home

Hey Lovelies!

Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing like a visit to the hair salon for boosting your confidence. However, for a long time I would leave the hair salon a little grieved that I was unable to achieve that perfect and seemingly effortless blow-dry at home. A few years later (after talking to several professionals and some research) I can now acquire that gorgeous blow-dry without a visit to the salon. Here are the best tips to ensure you can get that salon-worthy blow-dry without having to part with your cash or brave the wintery trek across town.

1.Invest In a Good Hairdryer

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The choice of hairdryers is vast, but there are a few key points to remember when in search of the perfect blow-dry:

Ionic technology – gives anti-static effect and seals cuticles, creating shine.

Ceramic tourmaline – Seals in moisture and anti-static effect.

Narrow nozzles – To control heat and airflow direction (so important when creating a salon-worthy finish).

These points make all the difference. I discovered the LanaiBlo – it ticks all the boxes and creates the perfect blow-dry. Although a little pricey at £99, this product is well worth the investment. Once you think of all the money you can save visiting the salon, the LanaiBlo is a true find!

2.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Screenshot 2018-02-05 14.39.09Choose a volumising shampoo and conditioner to help boost your locks and enhance shape. I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Label.m’s Thickening Shampoo (£14.25) and Conditioner are truly incredible as they totally boost volume whilst adding a shimmering luminosity to your locks. Result!

3.Always Prepare

Before you even look at a hair dryer apply a hair mask. As we all know – heat damages hair and if your locks are looking a little worse for wear it won’t look better following a blast of heat without the proper protection. I love Philip Kingsley’s Coconut Breeze Elasticizer. This works as a great pre-shampoo treatment or overnight mask. Work through mid-length to the ends and leave on for a good 15 minutes before rinsing out. The added bonus to this is by applying a mask you will actually decrease the length of drying time considerably. Yay – no arm ache!

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Buy Philip Kingsley Pre-Shampoo Coconut Elasticizer (£31) here

4.Use A Good Heat Protection Spray.

Should you want the salon-perfect results you have to follow protocol – it’s no good skipping the odd rule – those few moments you spared aren’t worth the split ends that are bound to ensue.

5.Hair Oil

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Hair oils are an awesome invention and I literally couldn’t be without mine as split ends and frizz are instantly concealed. A good tip is to apply the oil both before and after you blow-dry. This will guarantee soft and shiny hair to die for. OGX Renewing Moroccan Oil (£6.99)is a firm favourite – but don’t overdo it – a little goes a long way.

6.Dry Shampoo or Styling Spray

Add a little of this (evenly and over your T-zone) to give fine hair some added bounce and thickness.

7.Roots Go First

Always blow-dry the roots of your hair before anywhere else (especially if you have fine or thinning hair). This will keep the volume for longer.

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8.Now For The Blow-Dry              

Blow-dry the crown by keeping your brush as close as possible to the roots as you dry, pulling your hair gently upwards to create a gorgeous lift.

Dry the hair in sections, from root to tip, making sure your locks are thoroughly dry.

9.Don’t Overdo The Hairspray

Choose a lightweight hairspray and never overdo the application.

10.Rejoice

Finally, take a look in the mirror and smile!

Have you any blow-dry tips you would like to add?

Please leave a comment below. xx

 

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6 Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo has long since been considered a beauty life saver. Following a heavy clubbing session and having minimal time before the working day begins, a holiday break at the campsite with your fella (and you discover the bathroom isn’t fit for rats), or you are just having a what-the-hell-I-don’t-care week. Whatever the reason, dry shampoo is on hand to save the day and your dignity.

Results, however, are not always as we’d like them. Check out these few tips to get the most out of your dry shampoo.

1.Choose The Right Dry Shampoo For Your Hair

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Some key points to remember when buying your dry shampoo:

Blondes: Powdery dry shampoos can cover darker roots.

Darker Hair Types: Choose invisible or light-tinted dry shampoos to prohibit a chalky effect showing up.

2.Prevention Not Cure

Kill the grease before it happens by applying your dry shampoo post-wash. Doing this will prohibit the build-up of grease for longer.

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Remember to apply your shampoo evenly, spraying from the same distance as you would use your hairdryer (approximately 8-10 inches from your head), from the parting and downwards. Massage into the scalp and ensure all of the product is absorbed.

4.Use The Right Brush

Try using a slim brush with tourmaline bristles to aid in effective blending.

5.Blend and Build

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Blending in is key to getting optimal results – and NEVER use too much product. Your hair will enjoy added volume from the dry shampoo, so once used keep it down rather than tying it up and risking a grease reveal!

6.When The Grease Has Already Got You…

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Should you wake up late and discover the dreaded grease has already attacked, grab your dry shampoo and spray your T-section (the top parting and along the hairline) and spraying 8-10 inches from your hair. This area is the greasiest so this is where you need to focus.

Make these few changes and your dry shampoo will be your star product! #lifegoals

Have you got a fave dry shampoo? Please let me know your thoughts.

In the meantime, have a happy Friday guys xx

 

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How To Minimise And Hide Split Ends

Hey Lovelies.

We all know only too well what its like to look in the mirror each day to a scarecrow head gawking back at you. Split ends truly are a nightmare! Should your hairdresser be booked up for the next month and split ends are taking over your head like something from The Strain, do not panic: here are some quick fixes to keep them well-hid until you reach the sanctuary of the hair salon.

1.Ditch The Elastic

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Having little time in the morning and opting for a ponytail may seem like a good idea – but not if you are using elastic bands. These are the key offenders for causing frayed hair. To avoid breakage, make sure you use soft and stretchy fabric bands or Scunci hair tools.

2.Cut Down Heat

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Its better to cut down on use of heat styling, but if you are like me and simply cannot go without the straighteners or tongs, opt for heated tools with thermal heat protection to keep damage to a minimum.

3.Choose Carefully

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Are you using the right brush for your hair type? This is such an important thing to remember as the wrong brush can do endless hair harm. Should your hair be weak choose a soft bristle brush, and always, ALWAYS brush softly.

4.Shampoo and Conditioner

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Again, take some time in researching and buying the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type and condition. Should your locks be in a sorry state (again, like mine at present) invest in a good leave in conditioner such as Label.m’s Leave-in Conditioner, (Diamond Dust range) £18.25.

5.Towel Dry

I know, this is not always possible when we have overslept and have to leave the house, like twenty minutes ago!. However, try to towel dry where possible. Your hair will thank you.

 

7.Serums/Oil

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Perfect for sealing up those pesky split ends, hero hair serums and oils are an actual God send. Try Aesop’s Shine.

8.Hair Mask

Should your locks be in need of a little extra TLC, use an overnight hair mask. This will provide vital nourishment so that your hair feels thoroughly rejuvenated by the morning. Hooray!

 

 

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The Fastest And Most Effective Facial Exercises To Stay Toned

Hey Lovelies!

I’d thought I would share with you some really easy facial exercise techniques for keeping your beautiful face toned and youthful.

One bleak morning (not too long ago), running late and rushing to get out of the door, I was momentarily frozen as I caught sight of something shocking whilst passing the mirror in the hall. The unexpected sight I am referring to was nothing less than a double chin brazenly staring back at me. It wasn’t even a modest size. Until now, it had somehow gone unnoticed, but obviously the extra bag of sweets wasn’t a good idea, because now I looked as though the bag hadn’t quite reached my throat, but instead was hanging out with its twin, underneath my face.

By doing these few facial exercises for a few minutes each day, my chin demon has completely gone and I am no longer fearful of checking my reflection or eating sweets.

Check out these simple techniques – you will be amazed at how quickly your face tones up:

1.Stretch

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Looking upwards, lift your chin and slightly tilt your face to one side, so that you are looking over one shoulder. Next jut out your bottom jaw so that your lower teeth sit gently over your upper teeth. (Do not glance in the mirror whilst doing this). You should feel a slight stretch. Hold the pose for 20 seconds, then relax and repeat whilst looking over the opposite shoulder. Do these 5 times for each side, twice each day. Before you know it, your chin will lose its twin!

2.Neck Tone

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Drop your chin forward to your chest and rotate your head to the left. Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Move your head back down until your chin is to your chest, then rotate your head to the right and hold position for 10 seconds. Repeat this alternating process for a few minutes each day.

3.A Chin Slap

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Using the back of your hand, gently (but not so gentle it is futile) slap your lower jaw for a minute. Repeat this twice daily.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend. xx

 

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The Top Tricks To Make Your Eyes Pop

Hey Lovelies,

Big and bright eyes are key to providing a fresher and younger looking complexion. Sadly, life gets in the way and often our eyes are left looking as though we’ve sat through the top ten saddest films ever (i.e. P.s I love You), been in a fight and come off worst, or fallen to sleep on the new necklace you got for Christmas and awoke to discover its left a massive indent over your already horridly ingrained eyebags. Ok, the latter one actually happened. Anyway, should you suffer from the same affliction of tiny worn-out eyes, check out these tips for fast transformation and prepare to be amazed!

1.Curl Lashes

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Do not skimp on the timeframe for this task. Spending a decent amount of time (5-6 minutes) making sure your lashes are perfectly curled is the perfect preparation for a gorgeously eye-popping finish.

2.Mascara

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We often like to apply mascara last, but if you do it as a priority you can clean up any mistakes without enduring the hassle of reapplying the shadow etc. Sweep through the upper eyelashes in a zigzag motion to get a more even and fuller effect. Do not forget your lower lash line and if you have any clumps, simply sweep them away with a mascara wand.

Should your eyelashes be particularly sparse, consider applying a few individual lashes to the middle and outer lids (upper lash line).

3.Eyebrow Highlighter

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Using a pencil eyebrow highlighter, blend a little product immediately under your brow line. This creates an immediate lifting effect and will help the eyes to look instantly bigger. I love Benefit’s High Brow Pencil.

4.Eyeshadow

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Next apply a neutral shade, an inoffensive bronze or light to medium brown to the upper lid, stretching right up to almost reach your brow. An ever so slightly darker shade will have a bigger impact on your eyes, making the whites stand out, whilst bolder colours can have a detrimental effect.

Now, add a lighter shade of your chosen colour to underneath your lower lashes; this further enhances the whites of your eyes and offers the illusion of bigger peepers, too.

5.Highlighter (Again)

Using your finger and in a downward motion, apply a touch of cream highlighter to only the middle area of your lid. The light reflecting particles will cause the eye to appear bigger.

6.Avoid Eyeliner

Sure, there are tricks to applying eyeliner that will enhance your eyes – but if you’ve had a bad night the best thing to do would be totally avoid the liner.

7.Eyebrows

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Using a soft (and colour-appropriate) eyebrow pencil, gently fill in any sparse areas on each eyebrow. Creating well-defined brows with subtle arches truly transforms your look, whilst enhancing the look of your peepers. This is such an easy step that is often overlooked. If you get your eyebrows right everything else instantly looks more groomed and that much better! Remember this face-saving and time saving tip the morning after a wild night out!

Hope you enjoyed my eye-enhancing tips. Do you have any products or tips? Let me know your thoughts.

Have a fab Friday! xx

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8 Easy Tips For Fuller Lips

We have yearned for fuller, fatter lips since Angelina Jolie took the world by storm, and with the ever-growing investment in the lip fillers (although, not always achieving the best results) there seems no end to this obsessional trend dying down. Thankfully, we do not need to risk disfiguring our face to acquire an envy-worthy pout. Follow these little tips and you will be well on your way to posting a #nofilterpout on your Instagram feed. Hooray!

1.Invest In A Scrub

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Invest in a gentle yet thorough lip scrub to boost circulation, rid any dry skin, whilst smoothing and preparing your pout for a full plumpness we may have before only dreamt of achieving. Sugar scrubs are fabulous – I love Clinique’s Sweet Pots Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm (£15.50). Combining a two-in-one treatment with a scrub on one side and balm on the other, in one handy little pot.

2.Nourish With A Balm

Apply a hydrating lip balm and allow this to soak in and work its circulation boosting and hydrating magic to take effect (usually about 6-7 minutes). Buy the Clinique Sweet Pot and you will have the second step well and truly covered.

3.Don’t Forget The Base

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A key trick to plumper lips is to firstly apply your foundation over your pout, creating the perfect base, of which also enhances their size. Furthermore, this allows your lipstick to remain intact and unbelievably smooth. Should you be looking for a new foundation, I recommend Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation, (£45). This foundation is renowned for it’s ability to act like a breathable second skin.

4.Optical Illusion

Many makeup artists swear by this tip and for good reason – it works. Simply dot a little highlighter to your cupid’s bow. This works to reflect light providing an immediately fuller result.

5.Lip Liners

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If you have particularly thin lips, the general advice is to stay well away from bold dark colours as this will have a detrimental effect. The same goes for liners. Choose instead, a colour that is one shade darker than your natural lip colour. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat Pink Venus Lip Liner, (£16).

6.Light-Reflecting Particles Are Key

Choose a lip gloss that contains light-reflecting particles which will in turn work like a dream to exaggerate the size of your lips. For more mature lips, detract from signs of feathering by applying gloss in the centre of the lips alone, avoiding the outer corners.

7.A little More Fake

Invest in a good lip plumping gloss to temporarily plump up your pout. If you are on a night out don’t forget to pop it in your clutch before you leave for the ball – btw, the magic will not last until midnight! I adore Transformulas Lip Volume, (£29.95).

8.Lipstick And More Liner

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Next add your lipstick. For further enhancement apply a little white liner in a vertical line down the centre of your lips, dab and blend in. Right now, I’m totally obsessed with Mac’s Matte Lipstick, Velvet Teddy, (£16.50).

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Why The Hell Is My Hair Falling Out? Common And Uncommon Reasons

It was 6 weeks ago, following a bath when I experienced the horror of my hair falling out – since then, my hair has continually fallen out, to the point where I have lost 50% of my locks. A few months ago, I had long hair; now it is cut into a short bob in an effort to minimize the embarrassment factor and stimulate new growth.

Your hair loss can be triggered 3 months after the underlying cause occurred. For me, the evil culprit was a hair dye. However, for many women, the cause remains an evil mystery.

Should this story sound familiar, do not despair. Simply play detective and find out the (ahem, root cause). The majority of hair loss cases can be rectified. Tackle this problem head on by taking a look at some common and uncommon possible reasons.

1.Stress

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A little stress is healthy, but a constant stress headache can trigger an array of problems, including hair loss. Solve the problem causing you stress (if it happens to be man-related, bin the boyfriend). Do whatever you need to in order to get happy and stress-free once more. Nothing is worth losing your hair over!

2.Hormones

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Pregnancy, the menopause, the pill and hormonal imbalances can all trigger hair loss. If you think this may be the issue, visit the doctor asap.

3.Lack of Protein

A lack of protein (fish, eggs, cheese) can result in hair loss. Luckily, as with stress and hormones, this reason is often one from which you can recover. Change your diet and after a few months you should notice a change.

4.Male and Female-Pattern Baldness

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Unfortunately, this may be the reason for your hair loss, particularly if it runs in the family. The good news is that there are options available. Visit a trichologist who will point you in the right direction.

5.Hypothyroidism

Hormones are frequently to blame for hair loss, and the case of an underactive thyroid is no different. This disorder disrupts the flow of hormones, thus resulting in hair loss. A doctor will prescribe you with suitable medication which should in turn treat the hair loss.

6.Vitamin Overload

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Often, we are so paranoid about getting the right amount of vitamin, that we can actually take too much. An overload of vitamin A can trigger hair loss. Happily, this is easily solved.

7.Vitamin Deficiency

Likewise, too little vitamin B or iron can cause hair loss.

Does anyone else have a similar story? I would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below xx

 

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Discover The Perfect Primer For Your Skin

A great primer is worth its weight in gold and once you discover the right one for your skin type, it can literally transform your complexion’s appearance and set your makeup for an entire day. With an array of primers available, it may feel like you are staring at a makeup version of “Where’s Wally?”, and you would be right. To take the hassle out of this arduous task, I have rounded up the best primers to best suit certain skin types, so you stay looking and feeling flawless all-day long.

1.For Acne-Prone Skin Choose Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti-Acne Treatment, £29, Sephora

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This gel primer includes naturally sourced salicylic acid, of which is super-effective in helping to heal acne, reduces the appearance of pores and prohibits excess sebum, thus preventing further breakouts.

Additionally, Cover FX is brimming with antioxidants to protect, rejuvenate and soothe the skin. Better yet, you will find that your makeup stays put for longer, whilst acne and blemishes stay well-hidden!

N.B This primer is not as effective on extremely oily skin types.

2.For Anti-Aging Choose It Cosmetics No.50 Serum Collagen Veil Anti-Aging Primer, £37, Selfridges

Should you be searching for the perfect anti-aging primer, this is the kitty for you. The incredible multi-tasking primer/serum provides over 50 outstanding ingredients to give your complexion a boost of hydration, nourishment and rejuvenation. The wonder product diminishes the pesky signs of aging and provides optimal preparation for your makeup, so you stay looking gorgeous and feeling utterly pampered. Yay!

3.For Dry Skin Choose L’Oréal Paris Lumi Magique Primer, £6.99, Boots

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Dry skin may never again be an issue; this primer thoroughly hydrates, locks in moisture, smooths and offers that much-desired radiant luminosity for up to 8 hours. What’s more, at such a great price this primer can do no wrong!

4.For Oily Skin Choose NeoStrata Oil Control Gel, $48, FaceTheFuture

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Should oily skin be a concern, NeoStrata has just the solution. This incredibly lightweight gel glides on seamlessly to provide the perfect matte and super-soft barrier. Furthermore, not only does it soak up excess oil but offers highly effective anti-aging benefits you will love. NeoStrata should be a brand in everyone’s bathroom cabinet!

 

 

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