With the cold winter months fast approaching, it can sometimes be difficult getting into the swing of things, particularly when it comes to our beauty regime.
After a long summer of a light dusting of bronzer and a dab of liquid glow, it’s now time to aid our winter beauty needs to have us looking and feeling the best during the festive season.
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The harshness of the cold weather can cause many adverse implications for our skin such as dehydration, breakouts and redness. It is important to consider that no skin is the same so treating it accordingly is key.
Although it is a common conception that oiliness only occurs in the hot summer months, this is not true. Oiliness can actually occur more during the colder months due to the body producing excessive oils to keep the skin hydrated naturally. This means that investing in a good oil balancing cleanser is essential in order to reduce shine and ensure that your makeup stays on all day.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser is perfect for those with Oily skin during the winter months, but also great for those who are spot-prone. Use this cleanser at night for best results as it removes excess oil, dirt and makeup leaving your skin feeling squeaky clean!
Alternatively, if you are someone that suffers from dryness as a result of the cold temperatures, then the Clinque Moisture Surge would be the perfect investment for you. This moisturiser works non-stop for 72 hours for immediate and long-term hydration.
What is great about this moisturiser is that it is a light, gel-cream that is quickly absorbed meaning it doesn’t make your makeup slide like most heavy moisturisers do.
Sparkle And Shine
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Your makeup is just as important as your outfit, particularly during the Christmas season. Christmas really wouldn’t be Christmas without some face glitter to create the ultimate festive eye. Whether you are going on a Christmas night out with work or for festive drinks with friends, or on a works Christmas night out, there is no need to hold back on the sparkle.
If you want a more subtle glitter makeup look, why not try a dramatic smokey eye using a blend of black and brown shadows, then apply a touch of glitter to the inner corner to add a pop of sparkle as well as elongating the eye shape.
Or if you want to go all out, create a cut crease using a thick concealer and then generously pat glitter onto the eyelid using a flat brush. Make sure you apply glitter glue prior to glitter application for a long-lasting sparkle.
If you are feeling extra daring this year, be sure to try a sprinkle of green or red glitter for even more of a festive look.
After a summer of having a natural glowing tan, the thought of having to go back to the fake tan mitt once a week is miserable. So how do we keep up our summer glow whilst avoiding the streaks of fake tan?
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion.
This genuinely is a worthwhile investment that can be used all year round. The creamy, moisturising lotion is perfect for keeping your skin beautiful and soft, whilst adding a healthy bronze colour to it for a natural looking glow, perfect during the winter months. You can gradually build a soft tan within a few days whilst deeply nourishing the skin. It also smells of chocolatey deliciousness, leaving you smelling good enough to eat!
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We all know the feeling of chapped and cracked lips that come during the colder months where it feels like nothing will make them feel moist again. It is so important to invest in a balm that will actually work.
Tip: Although Vaseline is used worldwide, it is actually just like applying a thick layer of oil on top of the lip which your pores are unable to absorb. So, while it may feel moisturising, it is in fact, doing absolutely nothing apart from clogging the pores which, if used on the skin, can cause spots. It is also extremely greasy and if worn in the sun will fry your lips like oil in a chip pan.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm contains honey and other quality oils that that protect your lips as well as repair damage. For intense action, you can use as a lip mask by applying a thick layer to the lips before bed which will repair the lips during the night then top up in the morning to hydrate for the day.
A dark lip is the perfect way to make a seasonal statement. No Christmas makeup look would be complete without a deep red lip. If you don’t fancy doing a dramatic eye, then a dark lip is the perfect alternative. Although red is the most popular, why not try a deep plum for a super beautiful autumnal look.
MAC have a huge variety of lipsticks ranging from nudes to daring darks. They also come in three different formulas (matte, satin and creamy) to suit your style and preference. This is also great if you have dry lips, as the creamy lipstick will not dry them out further.
We can often forget about the importance of the health of our hair focusing on just our skin. With the essential expenses of Christmas presents and good skin care, the though of spending more money on hair care is understandably off-putting. No need to worry, you can make a DIY hair treatment that will work just as well.
Try a mixture of avocado and coconut oil for silky smooth hair and extra shine. The avocado contains oils and proteins that will smooth the hair and create shine, and the coconut oil is great for penetrating deep into the hair shaft for intense moisturization.
Heat the coconut oil in the microwave untill it melts into a pouring liquid. Stir in crushed avocado to create a paste and then work into the roots, through to the ends. Leave in for a few hours or overnight for extra intensity.
This treatment is sure to protect your hair from the dry winter winds.
When you look at the images of the never-ageing celebrities such as the lovely Scarlett Johansson or Megan Fox, you’d think that they owe their awe-inspiring appearance to the army of stylists, fitness trainers, and diet gurus. And yet, while they sure do deserve their credit, these stars have a few tricks of their own that they swear by to nourish and cherish their beauty.
To a great surprise and relief for us mere mortals with no access to Hollywood-level lifestyle essentials, you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet this one potent ingredient that can skyrocket your beauty routine: the beloved apple cider vinegar! Let’s see which celebrities swear by this beauty potion and how you can implement it into your own daily routine.
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Dubbed the most beautiful woman in 2016, it’s no wonder that all the other ladies would love to hear her own secret to warding age off and taking care of her figure. Apparently, she is very keen on taking vitamins on a regular basis, as it helps balance her diet and ensures a strong immune system, but she also started drinking apple cider vinegar every morning to boost her digestion and stay lean.
However, if you have a sensitive stomach, you should be careful with this beauty recipe, despite its potential to improve your hair glow and keep your belly full for longer to prevent those bursts of hunger. You can try introducing one spoon of this natural elixir into your first glass of water in the morning and take it from there.
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This fashion icon and a 43-year-old mom of four has her fair share of knowledge and skill as to how you can benefit your wellbeing and be a brilliant role model for your youngsters with the right self-care choices. One of the key elements of her feel-good morning routine is precisely apple cider vinegar, taken raw, organic, and unfiltered on an empty stomach, as she shared via her Instagram page.
If you want to see the best results, you cannot expect vinegar to do all the work, though! You should also be brave enough to tackle a fitness routine that is close to something Victoria does every day – and more than two hours of exercise is a true challenge even for the fitness freaks among you. Paired with that and a healthy diet, ACV shows potential to help keep those pesky pounds at bay.
Already famous for her statement that she takes “two shots” of the stuff in order to maintain her lovely slim figure, Fergie takes ACV every day before lunch and before dinner to make the most of its impact on the digestive tract. The trick is simple: when you drink your water-diluted ACV before a meal, your hunger will subside and help you eat less and control your caloric intake.
Although celebrated for its ability to help with numerous issues such as acne, weight gain, and dull hair, the benefits of apple cider vinegar are still fairly unknown and not sufficiently scientifically supported to be taken at face value. This is especially important if you suffer from diabetes or have another chronic condition, and it’s best to consult your doctor before you introduce this ritual into your diet.
This stunning Avenger has to protect her flawless complexion, and she is known to use the best Mother Nature has to offer in order to do so. We can only imagine the amount of makeup her skin needs to tolerate on a daily basis, and despite its Hollywood quality, these pore-clogging beauty kits can have a long-term damaging effect on her skin.
So, in order to counteract the negative, she uses natural ingredients to keep her skin pure and her complexion radiant. Apple cider vinegar is one of those ingredients found on her list of go-to cleansers used to prevent acne and breakouts, and although, as she says, it can be quite smelly, you’re good to go if you plan to spend the night in the comfort of your home!
When you grow up in a home where there’s a huge focus on health and wellness, then it’s no wonder you’d become health-conscious throughout your adulthood. So is the case with Katy Perry, as her own mom taught her the value of choosing natural remedies instead of chemically-infused ones, and sticking to natural, whole foods instead of processed munchies.
No matter how much she likes to play with her makeup kit and experiment with new looks and tricks, her apple cider vinegar obsession is still strong despite any changes she may decide to make to her appearance. Apparently, it helps her immune system remain strong and sturdy, and her digestive tract healthy as well, all thanks to her loving mom who taught her the essentials of a healthy lifestyle.
The bottom line is that we are still learning what surprising and simple ingredients can help us protect our health and beauty, and apple cider vinegar has a long way to go before it fully deserves its reputation as a flawless elixir. It’s crucial to keep our minds open and listen to our bodies, because we are all different and may benefit from a whole variety of solutions!
Written by Sophia Smith
Miranda Kerr once famously said that - a rose can never be a sunflower and a sunflower can never be a rose. All flowers are beautiful in their own way, and that's like women too.
The beauty of a woman is compared to a flower beautifully. It says that as each and every flower is distinctly pretty, so does each woman!
Everyone has their signature qualities which makes them unique. To celebrate the essence and spirit of a woman, Women's Day is celebrated and a flower for Women's Day would be the best gift. Because a flower is the only object in this whole world which does justice in explaining the beauty of a woman.
Not only as an object of beauty but, there are many more qualities in a flower. All the ravishing women can use these following flowers and enhance their beauty overnight.
The intensely strong fragrance of jasmine flowers reminds us of many memories. This flower can be used to prepare tea which releases depression or anxiety. You can soak these flowers in water and take a bath or use jasmine oil after your bath to feel rejuvenated.
If you keep jasmine flower plant in your lawn or garden, there would be no insomnia or sleeping disorder! If you have a dry skin or suffering from wrinkles, you can crush a few jasmine petals (after washing gently) and mix with a few drops of coconut oil and apply this pack on your face. You would glow in a few weeks if you apply it regularly.
This is perhaps the most widely noticed flower all over India. The yellow to orange colored flowers are attractive and bright. They have been cultivated over the years for many usages. Some beneficial medicinal oils are made from this flower.
Although this is not a soothingly fragrant flower but other qualities of this flower make it a great gift. You can brew three spoons of marigold petals in a vessel for 15 minutes and wash your face with this water daily if you want it to be acne and spot-free.
Quintessentially, a rose is the queen of the garden. You can gift a rose flower plant or a bouquet of roses to the charming ladies in your life. In case you want glowing lips like a red rose, you can use crushed rose petals with a few drops of honey which is a superb natural lip balm. The natural color of your lip would become pinkish red and that would make your appearance more attractive.
To tone your skin or to mitigate the harsh rays of the sun, you can take a half spoon of rosewater and half spoon of glycerin and keep this pack overnight. Wouldn't it be a great idea if you get a bouquet of roses and wish a Happy Women's Day along this vital information to the lady luck?
For a glowing skin and smooth hair, there is no competition to hibiscus. It represents delicate beauty, unity, and peace. In many Asian countries, this flower is mainly used to worship deities. You also must remember our biology classes and dissection of a hibiscus flower.
Well, this is an extremely amazing option when you want to replenish your skin and hair. Hibiscus oil and shampoo are easily available in the market that is targeted for women population. The ageing women population also love this flower for its anti-ageing properties.
This flower represents refinement, grace, and elegance. Lavender holds a sacred place in nature and the amazing look of this flower is something to be cherished for sure. This flower has good quantities of Vitamins and thus it is a lovely option to enhance the beauty of skin and hair. The anti-bacterial properties of lavender help in fighting acne problems. Lavender oil has been discovered as a wonderful aroma oil.
When you are very tensed and everything around you seems to be confusing, just have a bath with a few drops of lavender oil in water. Things would take its own time to normalize but this would help you remain calm in this kind of tricky situations. Get a bouquet of lavender as a special women's day flower for your lady luck.
Apart from these flowers, there are other flowers also like Chamomile, Carnation, or Tuberose that works wonder for a woman's skin. Thus, if you truly want a careful gift for the lovely ladies, you can get Women's Day flowers and share these trivia with them.
Written by Sophie Addison
Skincare like our diets, in this modern age, can be confusing. Open a magazine, browse the internet or switch on your television, all it is telling you, is eat this, do that and use this. AH!!! it is a nightmare, all this information and there you are, still clueless as to what really works.
Women throughout the ages all wanted the same ideal as us modern day women, radiant and youthful skin. These ancient women used a variety of methods, some a bit bizarre but harmless and it worked for them.
The female Emperor Wu Zetian, of China used Fairy Powder. A powered made out of Chinese motherwort, a plant that is a part of the Mint family. She mixed this with cold water and in turn used that mixture to wash her face every morning. Surprisingly this worked for her as she was well know for her beautiful skin and appearance right into old age.
Then there was the use of Placenta , which have become trendy again. Women used human placenta to keep them looking and feeling youthful. Another ancient method that is trendy in modern day is the use of Snail Slime in creams, the wonder cure for anti-aging treatments and reducing of wrinkles, stretch marks, acne and scars.
Something a bit bizarre, to me at least is the Anti-Sagging Lips as Face Slimmer. An invention by Japanese cosmetic company Glim. Now this is a rubbery looking mouthpiece, that keeps the muscles of the lower part of the face pert by stretching it.
Many of us will love this one, Wine baths. Queen Mary the sixteenth century Queen of Scots and bathed regularly in white wine to keep her skin young, smooth and beautiful. And yes it worked for her as she was admired for her looks.
Just like the above methods there are many like them all with the promise of younger, radiant and blemish free skin. As fast moving modern women, we life in a world where we need to keep up with changes happening daily in our lives. Yes, the tried and tested ancient ways have worked and some are still working but we want new and not old ways.
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Beauty marks can sometimes result in people suffering from low self-esteem, as they may feel quite self-conscious about a mole or dark patch on the skin. If you have a beauty mark you would like removed, it might be a comfort to learn you’re not alone.
According to the BBC, the number of people requesting mole removals roses by an incredible 127% in 2015 in the UK alone. In fact, some of the world’s most beautiful celebrities have also embarked with mole removals, including Madonna and Enrique Iglesias.
However, instead of embarking on invasive cosmetic surgeries, we are here to show you how to remove beauty marks using natural remedies.
A Natural Removal
While it is not backed up by scientific evidence, it is believed that the acid in apple cider vinegar can prove successful in the removal of a variety of beauty marks, such as age spots, moles, warts and birthmarks.
If you would like to try the apple cider vinegar removal, simply soak a cotton ball in the vinegar and then place this on the mark. For an effective result, you could always secure the cotton ball using a bandage, which will allow the vinegar to go to work on the birthmark overnight.
Once you wake from sleep, simply remove the bandage and cotton ball and repeat the process later that night with a fresh cotton ball and bandage.
You may find the birthmark starts to scab; however, it is recommended to protect the skin with petroleum jellies, such as Vaseline, or almond or coconut oil. Never pick a scab or you could end up with an unsightly scar.
Lemon juice could also prove effective in lightening a beauty mark. The acid in lemon juice has lightening properties that could help reduce a birthmark’s shade.
It is unlikely the lemon juice could remove the birthmark altogether, but it could make the blemish less noticeable on your body – which will most likely be a comfort to those who are self-conscious about their beauty marks.
If you would like to try the natural method, simply squeeze the juice of a lemon and rub it onto the beauty mark twice per day. Do not expect to see immediate results, as it will take time for the lightening properties to take effect, but the skin could lighten gradually if you perform the routine daily.
Lemon, Baking Soda and Sugar Face Scrub
So, we have told you all about the benefits of lemon juice, but did you know sugar and baking soda could also help you successfully reduce darker spots or skin blemishes?
By making a lemon, baking soda and sugar face scrub, not only will you have beautifully exfoliated skin, but your face will be free from bacteria and dust that can become trapped inside your pores. Plus, thanks to the lemon, you can lighten up any beauty marks denting your confidence.
A Coconut Oil and Olive Oil Massage
It seems the whole world and her husband have fallen in love with the many benefits of coconut oil, and it appears it is a gift that keeps on giving. That’s because both coconut oil and olive oil are jam-packed full with vitamin E and K, which can remove sun spots and dark patches, as well as improving your skin’s elasticity and tone.
For the ultimate massage oil, simply mix equal parts of coconut oil and olive oil, before applying to the skin and massaging it onto your desired area. Perform this massage for between 4 to 5 minutes, rubbing the oils into the skin in a circular motion.
Tomato and Honey Facial Cleanser
It might be a little unusual to add tomato and honey onto your face, but it could be the very thing you need to do to say goodbye to those beauty spots affecting your daily life. The cleanser is thought to not just lighten dark patches, but to remove pigmentation marks and clear your pores.
To create the facial cleanser, simply grind a tomato in a mixer, before draining the juice into a bowl and adding two teaspoons of honey. Stir the ingredients well and your facial cleanser is ready and waiting for you to use – and it’s perfect for your everyday skincare regime.
You might have heard about toothpaste having the power to remove pimples, but did you know it can lighten dark patches on your skin, too? That’s because it contains bleaching and antibacterial agents that can reduce spots and make darker areas of the skin much lighter.
If you would like to try this method for yourself, simply apply the toothpaste to your desired area using a q-tip. The toothpaste should remain on your skin for up to 30 minutes and then simple wash it away with cold water. If you perform the toothpaste trick twice per week, you may soon notice a difference.
Cumin Seeds and Rice Water
If you thought lemon juice and toothpaste were strange ways to lighten up dark spots on the skin, you must hear about cumin seeds and rice water. This effective natural remedy could be all it takes to remove a beauty mark from your face.
So how does it work? Well, cumin seeds and rice water contain skin cleansing and lightening properties, which not only helps to remove dark patches, but can banish acne marks and pimples – so it’s great as part of a skincare regime, too.
Simply boil two tablespoons of cumin seeds in two cups of water. Once you have done that, drain the cumin seeds’ water into a bowl and add one cup of rice water, stirring thoroughly. All that’s left to do is pour the water into ice cube trays, freeze and then rub an ice cube on the area for just three minutes.
Sandalwood, Turmeric and Milk Face Mask
What woman doesn’t love a face mask to feel beautiful? Well, if a mole-like mark is making you feel less than beautiful, you should consider creating the sandalwood, turmeric and milk face mask.
Sandalwood has anti-ageing and anti-blemish properties, which is ideal for those wanting to say goodbye to pimples or age spots; whilst turmeric is one of the most natural products that can be used to lighten skin. Also, those who want to prevent skin pigmentation should consider adding milk onto their skin, too.
If you would like to create this effective facial mask, add two tablespoons of Sandalwood powder and a pinch of turmeric to 3 tablespoons of fresh, thick milk. Apply the paste onto your face and allow it to dry naturally for approximately 20 minutes. To remove the face mask, wash your face with lukewarm water and pat your skin dry.
BIO: Ella Allan is a blogger at Beauty Blog - Allbeautytoday.com
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.