Friday, 22 May 2015

May Birchbox Unboxing

May's Birchbox is a box geared up towards the warmer months. With a range of samples aimed at improving your look and physique for when clothes become a little looser it's great for covering most of the bases.

Check out what's inside!

What do you think of May's Birchbox? Do you think they could incorporate more makeup into their boxes?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Spring Shopping Haul | Primark | Forever 21 | Topshop

So I had a little shopping trip down Lakeside late last month but haven't yet got round to uploading it. Take a sneak peak at all the goodies I managed to grab!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Six simple ways to reduce acne


Relinquish the spa treatments
It may be hard if you're a pamper addict but sometimes a facial can do more damage then good when you're suffering with acne. Many beauty therapists are not equipped with the expert knowledge required with problem skin and may actually end up causing further breakouts. It is better to invest your money in a dermatology clinic where treatments such as Violet Light therapy are utilised. Violet Light treatment kills and removes acne bacteria and helps to reduce inflammation. Other treatments include Microdermabrasion which can unclog blocked pores and controlled chemical peels that use salicylic and lactic acid.

Consult the right expert
When suffering with acne it's important to discuss the problem with the right experts who will be able to help. Your GP will be able to discuss medication but can also offer advice on contraception such as the contraceptive pill as this can often stabilise your hormones. There are a variety of types available and they can discuss the right one for you. It's important to make sure your symptoms are fully assessed so any underlying medical conditions like Polycystic Ovaries Syndrome can be ruled out. If your acne is severe or really affecting your self esteem it may be worthwhile asking if you can be referred to a dermatologist. This is unlikely to be offered on the NHS unless your acne is very severe due to the cost but even one private session is worthwhile in finding guidance on how your routine affects your skin. Everything from your makeup routine and fitness habits can affect breakouts and a Dermatologist will be able to offer advice in how to overcome this.

Eat a regular diet
Whilst there is not a scientific link between greasy foods and acne, research suggests that excessive consumption of sugary and white carbohydrates contribute towards this. Sugary and white carbohydrates such as chocolate produce a protein called IGF-1 that stimulates the production of oil clogging your follicles. Whilst this may seem disappointing you shouldn't worry as combining small treats like chocolate with a healthy balanced diet of meat, fruit and vegetables will help to reduce your chance of causing more spots.

Take supplements
By taking supplements such as magnesium, vitamin B5 and the amino acid L-theanine you help to combat stress. Including a daily multi vitamin in your daily routine, especially those that contain Vitamin C and Zinc, will help to heal scars and promote skin health. Essential fatty acids can help to balance your skin's oil production so look for a multi vitamin that contains Omega-3 fish oil or flaxseed supplement.

Don't suffer alone
If your skin is making you really unhappy the best way to tackle it is to seek cognitive behavioural therapy ("CBT"). CBT teaches you to challenge the way you think, and how others see you, addressing your issues of self criticism that is common when suffering from skin conditions such as acne. Find a therapist at itsgoodtotalk.org.uk or plusguidance.com for online counselling.

Make time for you
Making time for relaxation and me times helps to low your stress levels which in turn will reduce surges of hormones. The reduction in hormones will have a positive effect on your skin calming any breakouts. Try to spend five minutes every day sitting or lying somewhere quiet with your eyes closed, imagine you're somewhere you love such as a sun kissed beach, and try to remember how good it made you feel. If you're in a situation such as a social event where you feel out of your depth and uncomfortable try to focus on the person you're speaking to. Concentrate on what they're wearing and saying, force yourself to ask them questions which will put you out of your inner critic.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Six top tips on how to keep your nails healthy


Soft and pretty nails are the trend for Spring/Summer 2015. Before you grab your latest Nails Inc Blossom shade it's important to remember to give your nails some TLC. Here's some useful tips on keeping your nail area looking neat and pretty.

Avoid metal files
When filing your nails avoid using metal files as these can be very harsh on your nails. Emery boards are more gentle and it's easier to control the shape of your nails.

How to keep up with the latest style
The shape for the moment is short and round. If your nails are short simply file your nails into a rounded shape to give the illusion of longer fingers.

Oil it up
Almond oil is perfect for giving your nails a new lease of life. Simply rub a couple of drops onto your nail bed and your hands will be soft and smooth in a instant.

Quick fix
Finding paint on the corner of your fingers after painting your nails can be very frustrating. In order to avoid the risk of smudging your nails by using a wipe, simply rub a bit of nail polish remover on a old lip pencil brush. This will help to easily tidy up any splashes.

Protection is key
When nails are coated with a protective top coat they often last a lot longer then without. Try Nails Inc 45 Second Top Coat to help your nails dry faster and last longer.

Greasy isn't good
The sticky feeling of left over hand cream can be quite irritating. After moisturising your hands rub a small amount of nail polish remover over each nail to ensure there is no leftover cream or greasiness.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Make your eyes stand out with Maxfactor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in 01


The Hype
Make your eyes stand out by lining them with Maxfactor's Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner. Available in 9 intense shades that compliment your lashes to create a look that lasts all day.

The Lowdown
I tend to use black eyeliner but like to switch things up from time to time. The eyeliner is quite unusual in that it's self sharpening so those days of broken eyeliners are in the past. I'm testing the gold shade (01) which is absolutely gorgeous. The liner is amazingly pigmented and so soft and creamy to apply. The liner has fantastic resistance and I had to really rub the product to get it to shift even a small amount.

The one negative thing I have to point out is the fact that the tip does not have any real shape. Whilst many eyeliners have a typical pencil tip which makes it easy to apply this eyeliner is quite flat which means application isn't so exact and it may slip a bit.

The eyeliner is bright enough to be used on its own either on the top lash line, bottom lash line or both. Alternatively it can be worn with a bright eyeshadow to really make your eyes pop.

It's not often I say this but this eyeliner does pretty much everything right. Perfect for lining your eyes on a sunny beach holiday.

I give it 4/5

Get it for £6.99 at Boots 

Advantages

  • The eyeliner has amazing staying power and is both smudge proof and waterproof
  • Soft texture
  • Glides on smoothly
  • Intense pigmentation 
  • Self sharpening which means no more broken pencils!  

Disadvantages

  • The tip is not shaped for easy application