Wednesday, 19 August 2015 17:30

10 steps to get ready for a summer wedding

Summer is wedding season! It’s time to get out your shoulder-baring dress and flaunt tanned and toned legs. But if you’re feeling less than fabulous after a cold winter, now is the time to start getting ready to shine for those summer events.

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Healthy Diet And Detox

True radiance starts from within, so the first step is to ensure you’re giving your body high quality fuel. Cut out the refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine; have water or a mocktail instead of a cocktail! Fresh fruit and vegetable juice in a refreshing cool drink will leave your eyes bright and your skin glowing. A healthy detox diet focussing on lean meat and leafy green vegetables will help you sleep well and wake refreshed and energised.

Sun Kissed Curves

Tanned summer skin doesn’t have to involve hours under the harsh rays of the sun or a sunbed. A high-quality airbrush tan will give you that gorgeous bronzed glow while ensuring you take care of your skin.

Luscious Lashes

Keep your beautiful eyes looking flawless in those emotional moments with a high quality waterproof mascara. Or even better, invest in getting your eyelashes dyed by a professional beautician. You won’t regret it when the bride walks up the aisle and the tears start flowing!

Flawless Legs

A wedding is an excuse to add the latest fashion to your wardrobe. What better occasion than a glamorous summer event to get out the short skirt and Manolo Blahniks? Don’t let less-than-perfect legs hold you back from wearing what you want and looking your best. Varicose vein procedures these days are quick and low-impact.

Sun In Your Hair

Whether the big event will be set in a garden, a church or another special venue, you’ll want to keep that sunshine shimmer in your hair. Book in a visit to your favourite hairdresser a week before the day to achieve a subtly highlighted look that will turn heads.

Exfoliate For Gorgeous Skin

Exfoliation will buff away the winter chills to reveal your flawless spring skin to the world. Gently stroke your skin with a loofah or body scrub to remove dead cells and get a fresh glow. Don’t forget your neck and décolleté areas, but be gentle, as this skin is more delicate than the skin on your legs and arms.

Erase Cellulite

There are lots of temporary cellulite fixes that can help you look your best in that little black dress. Drinking lots of water is key, as hydration will improve the texture of your skin and help your body release any retained fluid. Replacing the refined sugars in your diet with green vegetables will also help your body reduce dimpling.

Quick-fix Body Toning

Get a head start on summer with a combination of heavy and lighter weight resistance training, flexibility exercises and bodyweight workouts. Focus on the muscles that respond fastest to strength training – the shoulders, arms, lower abs and calves. Beginning even a short routine 6 weeks out from the big event will give you a sleeker, toned body, with inches lost around the middle.

Radiant Skin

Keep your skin fresh and smooth with a refreshing moisturising plan. A high quality and effective deep moisturiser will hydrate and penetrate the skin. Look for one that includes plant and marine active constituents to make your skin glow the natural way.

Finish The Look With A Pedicure

A pair of sweet feet peeking out of your open-toed heels will complete your sexy ensemble. Check out this hot DIY pedicure for a professional look.

Published in Blog
Monday, 10 August 2015 11:37

Seaweed and Aloe Refreshing Eye Gel

As I am now 31 years old and I have started to notice my body changing in ways that I am not too happy about, I have found myself frantically searching for a product to remove the bags from under my eyes. I wanted them to have that youthful sparkle once again. For a few weeks I have been using Essentials AA skincare collections Seaweed and Aloe refreshing eye gel. It comes in an easy to carry beige and green bottle with a pump style top and is suitable for all skin types. It soothes the skin and can be used for removing make-up.

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The Seaweed that is in the eye gel is rich in vitamins and minerals and when not being eaten it can be applied directly to the skin. Seaweed is said to both strengthen and soothe skin and also has a natural anti-inflammatory so it keeps redness of the skin to a minimum.

The Aloe in the gel also known as the “plant of immortality” by the Egyptians and has been used in medicines for centuries. It heals wounds while treating many other skin conditions. Unlike other eye gels this one will not break the bank as you can buy it online for only £6.96p.You only need to use a small amount therefore a 50ml bottle could last you a long time. After only using the eye gel a few times I noticed the puffiness around my eyes calming down. My family and friends have commented on my appearance and have been asking what my secret is. I was more than happy to share it with them and tell them that it was Seaweed and Aloe gel from Essentials AA skincare collection. Finally the area around my eyes feel youthful again, they are refreshed and ready for what life has to throw at me.

Written by Haley Sweeney

 

Published in Blog
Friday, 10 July 2015 10:35

How To Use Lipliner

lip liner gloss

I am more of a lipstick girl, it is not like I do not like gloss or lip liner, I just have more lipsticks then gloss or lip liner. To be honest I have one lip liner, from Avon and have had it for so long and hardly ever use it.

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So the fact that I only have one lip liner got me thinking, maybe I just don’t invest in lip lines because I do not know how or when to use it. So when you do not know, the best thing to do is to learn. So I did some research and hopefully armed with this new knowledge I will start using the one lip liner that I have and hopefully buy some more.

When to use lip liner and what is the best way to apply it?

Lip liner is like your base coat it makes your lipstick last longer and look better. Do use it if you have thin or uneven lips (maybe this is another reason why I have not used mine so much, I do not have uneven or thin lips)
So uneven or thin lips outline your lips with a liner one shade darker than your natural lip colour as this will make it instantly look fuller and more defined. Avoid contouring outside the lines but you can build up your Cupid's bow slightly and tap highlighter over for a plumped up effect.

Use it to stop colour from bleeding

Glossy and moisture rich lipsticks tend to blend more than matte lipsticks so to keep this from happening use a natural or rose toned pencil to line your lips then dab concealer all around your mouth to and set it with loose powder before applying your lipstick.

Go all day and night long

We all want our lipsticks to last all day long to keep it from fading and to avoid that awful ring of colour around your lips when it does fade. Fill in your lips completely with your liner before applying your lipstick, this will act like a sticky tape and hold the colour down longer.

As a substitute

So you mostly have shiny or glossy lipsticks and you want to go matte for the day. Your lip liner will do the trick just for a liner with a thicker and soft tip and with a smudge brush blend it in on your lips.

lip liner tip

Lip liner, gloss or lipsticks always looks better on smooth lips so exfoliate and moisturize lips beforehand you can either use your toothbrush to gently exfoliate, do it in a circular motion or make a DIY brown sugar and oil sugar scrub. Moisturise your lips with a lip balm before applying or every night before going to bed.

Okay as they say, knowledge is power, Lip liner here I come, ready to use and abuse you.

Published in Blog
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 08:42

Skin care? Been there!

I have spent most of my teenage, and early adult life scouring supermarket, and cosmetic store shelves, to find the latest and greatest innovation in skin care products, and if anything, it has left me feeling deflated, and unsatisfied.

Published in Beauty
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