Friday, 12 February 2016

Tricks And Tips For A More Youthful Face | Beauty

Do you dream of turning the clock back to your early twenties? Don’t worry you’re not alone, when it comes to our skin, we all wish we looked a little younger. While we could opt to undergo cosmetic surgery, for most of us the risks that come with it are just too high. Not to mention the fact that most procedures are painful and incredibly pricey.

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The good news is that cosmetic surgery isn’t the only way to turn the clock back. There are plenty of tricks you can use to make your face appear younger. While most of these aren’t long lasting, they’re fantastic for filling in fine lines and giving your face that youthful glow you crave. To achieve a more youthful appearance without the use of cosmetic surgery, here’s what you need to do:

Moisturise
Moisturiser isn’t just crucial for healthy, radiant skin; it’s also a vital tool for younger looking skin. You may not realise it but when it comes to anti-aging, all face creams do something. Yes, even those cheap little testers that come with magazines. While creams made especially for anti-aging work better, all creams do something to make your skin look younger.

Any emollient - aka face cream, helps our skin to look younger by filling in fine lines and plumping. As well as moisturising each night, before applying your makeup use a good-quality face cream. This will help to smooth out your skin, giving you a smoother surface to apply your makeup to. You can stay young with face lifting cream that not only fills fine lines and plumps but also lifts your face making the skin appear more youthful.

Use retinol at night
The next best thing to cosmetic surgery is retinol cream. Unlike normal moisturisers this anti-aging gem slowly removes wrinkles and fine lines. Because of how it works, sadly retinol is not recommended for use on sensitive skin.

While this is available to buy over the counter, if you want the strong stuff you need a prescription for it. Book an appointment with your dermatologist and ask them to give you a prescription for a strong retinol cream. Within a few weeks of use, you’ll see a difference. (Your skin should look smoother, less wrinkled and more plump.)

Fake it with makeup
If the idea of going under the knife doesn’t appeal to you, the next best thing is to fake younger looking skin with makeup. To do this, instead of using a cream concealer or foundation, always opt for liquid. The reason for this is because cream makeup can sit in any fine lines that you may have, making them more visible.

When you’re applying your foundation, use a Beauty Blender to achieve a flawless finish. Using your fingers can warm up your foundation causing it to thin out, providing you with less coverage. Draw attention away from your ‘problem areas’ by contouring and strobing your face. Strobing is fantastic for making your face look younger as you choose which areas to highlight and draw attention to.

For a more youthful complexion without cosmetic surgery, take the tips above on board. They may not offer long-lasting results but they’re fantastic for giving your skin a boost of radiance.

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Webster's Pages Turquoise, my current planner set up | Stationery

I mentioned a few blog posts back that I would start showing my planner layouts, the inserts, how I pimp my planner with paperclips, washi tape and stickers and so on. I thought rather than doing a monthly update on what I'm using etc, I would just do it as and when I switched planners.

These Webster's Pages from 2015 were on sale at the end of last year on Create and Craft TV for £3 each, and the folios at the same cost. It's easy to say that everyone in the planner community went to pick up as much as they could. I for one only bought the white planner and folio, and the dark pink planner and folio at that time. Since then I've been hunting down the turquoise (the one I have now) and the caramel set too. I'll probably end up with the light pink and light blue set as well. They are just such versatile personal planners, cheap and do their job marvellously. I like to change mine around frequently and these seem to be the best I have at the moment.

I'm currently using the turquoise planner and folio set. I haven't pictured the folio but on a weekly basis I update it with the washi tape and sticker collection for the week in case I'm out and about and fancy having a bit of a change or adding a couple of stickers etc.

This is quite a plain and 'boring' set up for me, so I normally add to and take away depending how I fancy. That's what I love about planning, it's so versatile. In my weekly spread posts you'll see the different paperclips come and go, and adding different post it notes depending on how I feel.

I'm using the dashboard, pen, notebook (in the flap), sticky notes and charm from my latest Happie Scrappie subscription box. Roughly costing £15 per month for the personal size and being delivered without customs charges, it's definitely worth a purchase. This month's kit was donut and sweet themed. I absolutely adore it. The pastel pink box paperclip is from one of my favourite Etsy shops, IsabelleTheOwl and I'm sure you'll see me frequent about her stickers and planner accessories often. I can't remember where the bulldog clips and the other paperclip came from, they were probably received in a swap or I bought them on Etsy but I'm every so forgetful.

So that's my set up for the end of January and into February so far. As I mentioned in my first weekly spread coming soon, you'll see there have been more additions too!

Why not follow me on Instagram so you can regularly see my updates and daily planner 'happy mail'?

Monday, 8 February 2016

January, am I really going to make this my year? (A round up.) | Lifestyle

January has been and gone, and probably taking with it most of people's resolutions for the year already. I didn't make any for this year, but I told myself I would make being 30 damn awesome. So far, well yes I would say so good. Although it's been a rough month. Since Christmas I've spent the majority of it in bed trying to recover from flu but being held back by my ME. Then I had a relapse with my back, quite badly. Taking into account I have Fibromyalgia as well, my nerve pain was through the roof and I was signed off sick from college until after my surgery in February (which I've now had but will be included in the next monthly round up).

Why does everyone think a new year, a new person? I'm usually exactly the same and fall into the hype of dieting, joining some form of slimming club or faddy diet plan, and having my world come crushing down when it doesn't work. This year I've taken to self love and self healing, and making myself feel guilty wasn't one of my aims. So far this month I've been really successful in just having 'me' time, letting myself heal and having enough recovery time to ensure that my health can be the best it can this year.

I had a lovely festive period with my family, friends and loved ones. Things were a bit peaky over the New Year but I have so many amazing people that can pull me through illness that I know now I'm truly blessed.

We've had snow too, and it's Dexter's first proper time playing out in the snow and building a snowman. Unfortunately I was too sick to go out and play with him, but my dad made sure they built the cutest snowman, and my mum took some amazing shots too.

I've spent a lot of time reading Flow Magazine and Frankie Magazine along with crafting and pursuing my ever growing obsession and hobby of planning. I really should start showing my planner set ups and creations because man, they are amazing. If you follow me over on Instagram you've probably seen my sticker purchases and weekly planner layouts, something of which I'm hoping to incorporate more on to the blog in future.

Aside from reading magazines and sticking stickers in a planner I've been watching Jessica Jones, which surprisingly I've really enjoyed. I've also tried to watch Making a Murderer on several occasions and I just really don't 'get' what's going on. I just can't get anywhere past halfway through the second episode, I do keep trying to persevere though as everyone seems to really rate it highly. Pretty Little Liars is back and thank goodness, I've missed the eye candy! I've also been watching Shadow Hunters as I love Mortal Instruments so Wednesdays is always a great Netflix day for me.

I feel like I'm finding my feet again with this blogging lark, and writing things in retrospect really take me back to the place I was when I started my blog over three years ago. Time has flown, my blog has developed and changed, just as me as a person. Layouts and personal style have reflected this, but I think I'm finally happy with all these aspects, and hopefully my blog will truly be able to reflect me.

I'm lucky that I've also met my match! Tinder finally came in handy for something haha. M is a very interesting character, we share a lot of passion... for passion I guess. We both wear our hearts on our sleeves and throw ourselves into everything wholeheartedly. I've always said since the beginning that it's either going to be the most amazing, passionate relationship ever, or guns blazing. So far it hasn't been the latter, and we're sure it will stay like that. He's a good egg, incredibly loving and very good at looking after me, what more could I ask for?

I've been doing really well at college, at least I think so anyway! I'm proud with all I've achieved in the short space of few months. Going from a novice with hairstyling to winning competitions and excelling in colouring is where I want to be. I've put all my heart and soul into this career path and I feel it's worth every second. I feel truly grateful and very humbled when a client is happy with their new look, it's such an empowering feeling.

Overall, ups and downs, but definitely more highs. I really am making a go of 2016 being my year, and hitting 30 with a bang.

So until next month's update, adieu xo

Sunday, 7 February 2016

How much do you really know about healthy living? | Lifestyle

In a word, nothing. I'm probably the worst person to talk to about healthy living or knowing anything about living a health lifestyle. I've struggled with eating habits for the majority of my life, and hit yo-yo dieting like it's going out of fashion; and why? Because I don't know the basics on living a healthy lifestyle.

As some of you might have known I've been out of action for a considerable amount of the past two years only to hopefully have spinal surgery this week rectifying most of my problems. During the middle of last year I joined the gym for 'rehabilitation' exercise, to help strengthen my core muscles and build up muscle mass again in my leg and bum. At this point I re-joined Weight Watchers and lost around 2 stone which made me feel a whole lot better, until my back caved in and, well, that is a whole other story.

February, not just about sending hearts for Valentine's Day, but also national heart month too meaning there are lots more reasons to not give up your New Year's Resolutions or to start a new one this month. For me, thinking about keeping fit and keeping my body in check isn't about weight loss or how I look, it's simply about keeping myself sorted with the 'little things' that help me chase after my little boy and throw him up in the air on a daily basis.

Why not have a look at this quick quiz to see if there are any tips you can pick up on how to keep a healthy heart? Are you health and fitness guru?


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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

What does your wardrobe say about you? | Fashion

We're in February already, and I can't quite believe how quickly January has gone. I feel it was just last week I was looking at all my sparkly dresses and new pyjamas received as gifts, topped up with sales purchases. Obviously wondering where I'm going to fit everything in my wardrobe, I still haven't managed to get everything in yet and most are still hanging around with their tags on in the bags they came in.

This lead me to wonder what type of a person I am, do I clutter? Should I think about having a capsule wardrobe? Do I really need all those dresses in the same pattern just because the colour is different? Probably not. I really do need to think about spring cleaning soon, and de-cluttering my vastly growing dress collection to eBay.

I think my wardrobe says that I'm quite quirky, that I like similar styles and prints, but always need a few key and stylish pieces in there too. This is ultimately what I would like to downsize to anyway.

Have a look at this fun quiz, and work out what your wardrobe says about you...


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Monday, 18 January 2016

Wedding Planning Tools | Lifestyle

Planning your wedding is one of the most exciting times of your life. And also one of the most stressful. Even for a small wedding you will soon realize there is way more goes into planning it than you ever imagined. Whether you want to hold the reigns or hand them over to somebody else there are options around now to suit everyone. Today's wedding planning tools give you a choice like never before, allowing you to make an informed choice based on your own requirements and, of course, budget. Whether you want a small, civil ceremony a large lavish affair or fancy getting married overseas there is a wedding planning tool to suit you. Here is our choice of the best of them. 

Our Wedding 
whether you have chosen to organize your wedding all by yourself, or have hired somebody to do it for you, is irrelevant on this website. The fact everything is in place and you are counting down to the big day is the kind of news you want to share with the world. This website gives you the opportunity to do just that and also contains a host of other useful little features. A digital online album that lets you tell your guests the story leading up to your special day is a brilliant idea, and is proving to be very popular. You can also upload photos to this site and tell guests about how and when you got engaged, about yourself and your partner, give directions to the ceremony, provide a link to where you have your wedding registry at and much much more. If you want to do a Shonda and Keith and tell your story online this is the site for you. 

Wedding Planner
Marketed as the “number one online resource for brides to be” weddingplanner.co.uk certainly offers a valuable tool when it comes to planning your wedding. This site is for those who are doing it themselves and gives information on everything you need to know to help you through the planning stage. The easy to navigate site offers you an easy to use menu where you select the service you are looking for and in which area. The free planning tools are easy to use and assist you in such necessities as sticking to your budget, making your guest list, helping you narrow down your list when it comes to selecting that all important venue and even giving you a comprehensive list of all the wedding fairs that will be taking place in your area. These resources are all free of charge and those who need some help knowing where to start could certainly make use of the information available. 

Wedding Ideas Mag
A useful planning tool if you are big on lists and like to have spreadsheets in front of you so you know where you are with everything. You can download a 12 month checklist with all the essentials on there and giving handy tips as to when you should have items booked and paid for. It also acts as a good reminder and virtual diary in the run up to your big day. It is, of course, pretty unlikely you would forget much but it's surprising how little things can slip your mind or if you can't remember a certain date you have to collect something. 

Sarah Haywood 
If you are planning on hiring a wedding planner and don't want to leave anything to chance, Sarah Haywood is the lady to contact. She has been responsible for some of the grandest and most opulent weddings the UK has ever seen, and many of her events have been captured and published in those glossy, coffee table mags. They offer a luxury, bespoke service and although she is in high demand she manages to make every couple feel as if they are her number one priority. Don't think because you don't want a lavish affair she can't help you either. Sarah can work her magic on any style wedding you desire, even the most fun and quirky are within her remit. One thing in particular that is notable about the services she offers is that she isn't one of those pushy wedding planners who takes over and leaves you feel as if your wedding is being planned while you watch from the wings. Sarah prides herself on working both for and with her clients so you work together to make your wedding day dreams become a reality. 

Vogue 
Who wouldn't want to boast that they had their wedding planned by Vogue? Unfortunately that's not quite how it works. Vogue weddings is more a resource tool to check out wedding trends, gain inspiration from celebrity weddings and offer general tips on how to make a great toast and ideas for overseas weddings. The ideas you will find on here are very much aimed at the top end of the market but even if you are planning a small event it's worth a look. This website could prove useful if you are trying to track down a special pair of shoes for your big day or want invitations which offer more than your standard wedding stationery. 

Brides of Culture 
This company organize wedding exhibition and fairs specializing in creating the perfect day for ethnic minority couples. Brides of Culture is a very useful resource tool particularly for Afro Caribbean brides looking for a wedding day that offers tradition with a modern twist. This website can prove very helpful for brides of Caribbean, African or Asian persuasion as they can greatly help you to track down specialist items you want to incorporate into your wedding day. Problems can arise when planning weddings in the UK for couples of ethnic cultures that don't exist for British couples, and Brides of Culture aim to help you overcome these hurdles and give you the wedding day you have always dreamed of. 

Friday, 15 January 2016

Great Gifts For The Girl In Your Life | Lifestyle

Most girls think that guys are quite difficult to buy for. Little do they realise that it is most definitely a two-way street. Ask any guy and he’ll tell you, without a doubt, shopping for birthdays and V Day’s can feel like playing Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun. Sometimes, it just seems like there’s no way to win. Is that exclusive to guys shopping for girls. No, I often have trouble thinking about what to get for girl friends of mine or even family members. There are certain pitfalls you definitely want to avoid.

For instance, you probably don’t want to buy them clothing whether you’re a guy or a girl. That is, unless you’re absolutely sure of the size. Buying a girl the gift of a piece of clothing that’s too small can become one of the most awkward moments of your life.

And, you might not want to buy them a gift that’s too personal and expensive. If they don’t like it it’s a waste of money and a gift that they’re not going to appreciate. You’ve lost on two levels. But there are ways to avoid these scenarios.

Clothing Without Size
There are certain pieces of clothing where one size fits all and that’s really the best way to handle buying a gift of clothing. You could buy a scarf because it’s perfect for the chilly, winter season. Or, you might want to buy them a dressing gown. I love the personalised bathrobes by Richard Haworth. You’ll find these in hotels and they are the most comfortable dressing gown you will ever wear. Failing that, you could buy a lovely pair of warm gloves if you know what colour to get.

Jewelry Girls Love
If you’re buying jewelry, you can get a piece that isn’t too bold or extravagant. I know there are girls who love a little bling and bedazzle, and you’ll usually be able to tell if you know someone like that. But if you’re not sure it’s best to just buy something simple in silver or gold. You should look for the type of jewelry that could really, match any style.

Playing It Safe
Of course, if you really want to play it safe you could just give them a gift card. The trick here is to put a lot of thought into the card that comes with it. Look for a card that says a lot about where you are in the relationship. Or, captures your friendship with a perfect poem. Then, you need to think about the gift card. Obviously, you should pick one that is for one of their favourite stores. Or, at the very least sells products that they would be interested in.

A Gift From The Heart
Finally, you could always just bite the bullet. Buy them a gift that’s personal and you think they’ll love. Possible ideas could be something engraved with a message or even a photo frame with a treasured memory. If they don’t like it...well, as they always say, it’s the thought that counts.