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Friday, 19 September 2014

Skin Foods

Did you know that it’s possible to eat your way to better skin – well, to a degree anyway. The old adage, ‘you are what you eat’, is one that rings true when it comes to creating glowing clear skin and we’ve compiled a list of great foods that will help you achieve this.

These foods, when added to a diet consistently and over a period of time will help you improve your skin’s quality and look great. So, what are the foods that will help you achieve a healthy glow this autumn?  

A steaming cup of peppermint tastes great smells great and it’s also great for you too. The healing properties of peppermint are physical and also mental and it aids digestion, as well as cuts down on stress. Both of these are causes of skin issues and swapping normal tea for a cup of this is a great way to help your skin and more besides.

One of the main reasons a lot of us have skin issues is down to deficiency in minerals and many of these minerals are found in nuts. Pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts are two of the very best as they are full of what’s known as selenium, this helps to increase white blood cell counts – this prevents infection. These nuts also have plenty of other great nutrients too – copper, magnesium, manganese and Vitamin E are just some of the rich additions that help skin that are common in these nuts.

Yes, the humble tomato is a great addition in the fight against bad skin according to Skin Care by Alana. Filled with vitamin C the tomato is filled with lycopene which stimulates the red colour of the skin in this fruit and also helps brighten our own skin too.

Yes, good old simple water – it’s probably the most important single thing we can consume if we’re hoping for better skin. Water helps flush out toxins and also improves the way we feel by helping us stay more mentally alert. In addition, it replenishes cells in the body and helps skin stay hydrated. All in all, it’s the single most important factor in great skin. So, get at least 8 glasses a day.

Liquorice flavoured and a root vegetable, fennel is great for digestion and also for reducing the amount of swelling in the body. It flushes out toxins too, which of course helps with your skin and hair and the way they appear. It comes in tea form, as well as in root form, which tastes great with a Sunday dinner – we promise.

Red Grapes
Red grapes are filled with antioxidants and it’s thought that these help with a number of skin conditions including psoriasis and eczema. In addition, red grapes are also a natural antihistamine and can help control allergic reactions. Why not add a few to you salad, or eat some with soft cheese – they’ve a whole host of benefits.

Adding these foods to your diet in small amounts over a long period of time can really help ensure your skin looks great. 

La Roche Posay Effaclar Anti-Blemish System

This is the best steal in the history of skincare steals. Period. 

La Roche Posay is a brand that appeals to almost everyone. It hardly ever happens when a brand seems relatable to by all. Some of them can be  mild, some too harsh, some hardly ever effective. La Roche Posay on the other hand strikes middle ground. It works without stripping the skin off it's moisture alongside cleansing pores from inside out. What's there not to like? 

They have just come out with the much anticipated Anti-Blemish System. Containing a serum, toner and cleanser, it's cheap as chips for £32.50 and a must-have for all La Roche Posay fans. The Clarifying Toner is apparently from their Asian product portfolio and contains a teeny amount of salicylic acid that's even suitable for the most sensitive skin. The addition of Effaclar Duo will make this set go off the shelves like hot cake, considering how it's been a star blemish-buster that the worlds gone gaga after. It's seriously been a staple on my vanity since the time I tried it last year. The purifying foaming gel is surprisingly a great discovery considering I usually steer clear of products that have 'foaming' plastered over them. Ignore the name, it's a fabulous pick-me-up for morning cleaning jazz. Oh and great for young, teenage skin too. 

On the whole, if you have confused, teenage-like skin in your late twenties or thirties, this is the kit that will change your life. Okay, skin - but exaggeration just makes life so much more interesting. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Pur Minerals Blush Crush Cream in 'Coy'

If you've been looking for a more hydrating cheek option for Autumn/Winter, look no further as Pur Minerals has just the right one for you. Unlike MAC ones that I find extremely jam-like in texture making my cheeks a magnet for all things fluff or NARS ones that dry a bit too matte to satisfy my cream blush cravings, this ticks all the categories spot on. First off, can I just saw how the dinky pan is the perfect size for a cream blush. It won't gather dust for years in your vanity and actually has the potential to be used up with decent use. The texture is creamy, not sticky, easily blendable and glossy. With a translucent finish, it sinks in with the skin seamlessly and stays put until it starts to fade on my skin after a good six hours which is totally fine by me. Top-up's are a make-up ritual I actually enjoy! Created to provide skin with anti-ageing benefits, it's great for mature skin types quite naturally, Use it with a brush, fingers or sponge - it's always a dream to apply. The shade I have is 'Coy' which reminds me of MAC's cheek offering in 'ginger'. It's nude, warm, neutral with a lovely peachy kick to it for a brightening element. A little steep for £19.50 but nonetheless totally worth it. 

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Looking Great for your Next Fancy Dress Party

Looking good in fancy (hello Halloween!) dress doesn’t have to be a task and a half. In fact, with a little forethought and some preparation you can be sure that you’ll look stylish, attractive and a little bit sexy too. Red Star Fancy Dress has provided a number of fabulous tips for ladies who wish to look great when dressing up for their next occasion – so let’s take a closer look.

Less is moreRemember that less is more; this is not just the case for fancy dress, but for normal attire too. Far too many people get carried away when it comes to bearing a little more than usual for a fancy dress party.

It’s always worth remembering that showing less, is often the way to look more attractive. Fancy dress for school, college, parties or Halloween should be as much about looking stylish and elegant as anything else and by following some basics you can ensure you do. Even with fancy dress the same rules apply. Simply put, choose between a high hem or a low cut top – never both.

Makeup MattersThe makeup you wear for fancy dress is almost as important as the costume itself. Even though there’s plenty of costume makeup available out there, you need to remember to consider your skin first and foremost.

Cheaper, fancy dress makeup can cause all sorts of problems for the skin and though it may achieve the desired effect, it’s often worthwhile paying a little more. Bright colours such as red or cosmetic textures such as glitter can sometimes trigger sensitivity issues with the eye area. Be sure to deep cleanse and treat your skin afterwards too, as otherwise you could end up with issues from such dramatic makeup.

WigsConsider a wig for fancy dress – it can look great and help you really achieve the desired effect without having to get your hair done. A quick fix to amp up the drama! Perfect if you're planning to replicate a Barbie, Smurfette, Lady Gaga or 'Khaleesi' from Game of Thrones look. If you don’t want to wear a wig, then it’s often worthwhile considering a hat as part of the costume. It can be a lifesaver – especially if the party goes on a little later.

Consider the themeSome parties are quite closed in terms of theme, meaning you have to think a little bit outside of your usual comfort zone. However, there’s generally still always plenty of scope for a great costume. Currently 80s parties and 1920s Bonnie and Clyde gangster like parties are very popular for one reason or another – fortunately both offer the chance to look great and dress up in a fun and elegant fashion.

GroupsDressing up as a group with your friends is often a great idea and also can look great at a fancy dress party. The fact every one of your friends is in the same clothing can be a very freeing thing and allow you to feel a lot more comfortable with your choice of costume. It can also be a great way to get ideas, share tips and will ensure you make a big impact on the fancy dress party.

Why not take these tips into account for your next fancy dress appearance and you can be certain you will look stylish and attractive, and most importantly have a lot of fun!

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Good Afro Salon Awards 2014 by NoScrunchie

Every year, religiously hosts Good Afro Salon Awards 2014 to honour the best in the British Afro Hairdressing industry. This year it falls on 2nd November meaning it's time to nominate your favourite salons. Unlike other online awards, I quite like Noscrunchie's policy where they let the reviews and ratings do the talking. So the salon with the most reviews on will win, simples! With more than 500 salons listed on the review portal, I'm pretty sure you will be able to find your favourite one. If not, simply add it to their ever extending database and leave a review for the salon to become a part of the competition. Competition will end on 26th October and salons and industry professionals will be invited to the glamorous award ceremony. is looking for the best Weave Technician, Chemical Straightening application and style, Colour Professional, Natural/Loc Stylist, Braid/Plait/Twist specialise, Cut and style professional, Wig maker, Customer service and Mobile Stylist for Good Afro Salon Awards 2014. So if you've been to an afro salon in England lately and have been impressed, make sure they are in the running for the competition. Noscrunchie also do fabulous giveaways in association with their sponsors during this period so make sure too read their blog and keep your eyes peeled! 

Brainchild of Ugandan born entrepreneur Leillah Sekalala, Noscrunchie was born after her struggle to find a consistently delivering afro salon in England. An original concept for the afro hairdressing industry in Britain, it's received it's share of loyal fans, readers and reviewers with people constantly hopping to the website when their next salon appointment is due. Whether you're an avid afro salon visitor, a mobile afro hairdresser or an afro salon itself, welcomes everyone to add their hair institutions on their review website. 

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Cream

First off, lets get straight to describing the scent of this. It's sweet and feminine yet fresh and energetic. Whether you like subtle, nutty scents or zesty citrusy scents, this is the perfect amalgamation of both of these. I would describe this as my end of Summer-beginning of Autumn favourite. Nothing too rich and goopy or too light and easily absorbable. Although it's not greasy at all, it leaves behind a nice veil of hydration that lets your skin constantly look and feel nourished. Don't worry, it won't ruin your satin blouses or chiffon skirts! The texture of this is so freaking dreamy. No hard body butters to melt, just pure satiny deliciousness. The tub is lightweight and travel friendly and is a gorgeous one to indulge in to prolong a post-holiday tan. For £7.50, it's a steal!

Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50 Tinted Cream

If you are an avid globetrotter, like to ski, lounge in the tropics or simply laze around by the poolside, this beaut of a product is an essential to have in your beauty bag. Pushing aside the over used word BB cream, I quite like that Bioderma returns back to the traditional 'tinted cream' marketing strategy. I feel it's a classic that won't go out of fashion unlike BB creams. 

The tinted cream is of a golden colour and leaves behind the most beautiful glow on the skin with a teensy bit of coverage, enough to cover a Rudolph nose and cheek situation and brighten up that skin. Don't expect much though as it's more of a poolside essential so as to make you look rather au naturale and glowing from within. 

When I read online I heard quite a few people saying how this leaves their face very shiny mid-day. I on the other hand found this to be one of the most demi-matte tinted cream formulations I had tried till date, making it perfect for combination-oily skin girls. Containing SPF 50, don't expect a pea sized amount to offer day long sun protection. It will need reapplication and you will have to apply a good almond sized amount for the SPF to work effectively. 

That's not a problem here as the light weight nature of the formula allows one to slap it on generously. It looks good in photos, did not make my skin react and almost has no scent to it. I have more trust in a tinted cream when it comes from a skincare brand hence this Bioderma one is a must to check-out for these last few days of Summer.