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  1. Natural Beauty Review: Peachy Fox London - Collagen Retinol Moisturiser

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    Natural Beauty Review: Peachy Fox London - Collagen Retinol Moisturiser

    I’ll admit, I’ve been pretty rubbish over the years looking after my skin.  In particular I never used to moisturise at all.  I just didn’t believe my skin needed it.  I’m still very lax when it comes to moisturising my body, but luckily I have pretty soft skin on my arms and legs that does not flake or dry out. 

    My face, however, has started to age considerably the past couple of years.  Perhaps it’s because I’m in my 30s or the lack of sleep and stress of being a parent to two young children, or even because I stupidly smoked and drank a fair amount of alcohol for ten years from age 16.  Whatever the reason, or probably a combination of everything, my skin is really starting to show its age and I fear it even looks older than it is.  I’ve also suffered with spots for years now, especially around my jaw line.  I have oily skin and I’m starting to get deep lines that won’t disappear.  I promise you, I’m not frowning at you, it’s just my wrinkles!

    Natural Beauty Review: Peachy Fox London - Collagen Retinol Moisturiser

    Going natural

    I’ve had to admit defeat and start a morning and evening moisturising routine to try and help my facial skin.  Seeing as up to 60% of the products we put on our skin end up in our bodies and this can take around just 90 seconds, I always go for natural based products.  Organic products are preferable as who wants any pesticide residue in their blood stream or smeared into their face?  Not me.  Plus, these organic natural products are so much better for the environment, both when the plants are grown and when they wash off your skin.

    One of the best things about transitioning to natural beauty products is the huge range of brands just waiting to be discovered!  We’ve all heard of the usual commercial brands which fill the magazines, TV adverts and are found in regular stores, but the unique smaller natural brands are rising and there are plenty about once you start looking in the right places.

    Most of these brands aren’t about making the most profits whilst using the cheapest most harmful chemical ingredients, but about cruelty free beauty products using high quality ingredients sourced ethically.  Many are lovingly crafted by hand or have humble beginnings.  They use natural ingredients and make it their mission to create products that are truly kind to our skin.  Ingredients that nourish, repair and protect.  Ingredients good enough to eat!

    Peachy Fox London Review

    One of these very brands recently got in touch with me and let me choose a product to try.  The brand is Peachy Fox London who I hadn’t heard of before.  I chose their Collagen Retinol Moisturiser with descriptions such as ‘Youthful Skin’ and ‘Potent Anti-ageing Radiant Glowing Skin Formula’ – just what my skin is in desperate need of.

    Firstly, I love the packaging.  I know it shouldn’t matter, but I’ll admit I’m a sucker for nice packaging.  I love the clean white tubes and the cute tree logo.  I also love the fact it has a pump dispenser.  Pumps mean you can get just the right amount of lotion and no mess anywhere else.  There’s no need to shake the bottle or to untwist a lid.  It makes everything super easy and convenient.

    I’ve been using this first thing in the morning after cleansing and last thing at night before I go to bed.  It’s a light cream that blends into the skin quickly and easily without leaving a greasy shine.  This makes it perfect to wear on its own in the day time, make up free.  I’ve been braving going makeup free quite a lot recently because I love saving the time in the morning, but also to try and clear these pesky spots.  It leaves my skin soft and calm.  I love how I wake up with kinder looking skin than when I go to bed without moisturising.

    I’m not sure there’s much of a smell, but that doesn’t bother me.  Perhaps I just can’t notice it as Ben was sniffing my face when I got into bed the other night saying I smelt like vanilla ice cream and what had I put on my face?!  He approved!  Perhaps he has a better sense of smell than me! 

    After a week and a half it’s too early to tell if there are anti-ageing benefits, but I’m pretty sure my frown lines are beyond disguising and I need a face lift already!

    Here’s what Peachy Fox London have to say: ‘An extremely effective Day or Night-time Collagen Retinol Moisturiser that is formulated to help diminish the signs of aging, leaving your feeling skin super soft with a radiant glow. Featuring powerful natural ingredients such as Vitamin A, Jojoba oil, Argan Oil, Collagen, Marine Collagen, Hyaluronic acid & vitamin E.’

    It’s not tested on animals and it’s made in Britain, but the big question of all is would I buy it myself?  Yes I would.  For less than £14 and filled to the brim with pure powerful skin friendly ingredients, it’s worth every penny and more.

    Have you tried anything from Peachy Fox London?  Let me know in the comments!

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  2. The best natural hair and beauty products for the summer

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    The best natural hair and beauty products for the summer

    When it comes to enjoying the sun, you need to bear in mind how much to do this without getting sun burn, sun stroke, or even skin cancer, and without leaving your hair dry and damaged. You don’t have to avoid the sun, cover up head to toe, or go out without make up on or without your hair styled to safeguard yourself! There are plenty of hair and beauty products, and online advice which will enable you to enjoy the sun safely and to look your best, even naturally.

    The best natural hair and beauty products for the summer

    Yes, you can get natural sun cream

    A lot of girls want a sun kissed glow to their skin during summer and fear the dreaded milk bottle complexion.   It’s important to get a bit of time daily in the sun without any protection so you can top up your vitamin D levels.   I once read around 20 minutes for pale skin and 45 for darker skin tones.   However, it’s important to not go protection free all day and to use sun care products which are high in SPF factor and nourish skin as much as possible.  It’s also possible to protect your skin naturally without chemical laden products.  One of my favourite natural based sun care products is from organic aloe vera based brand Aloe Pura.  For the children this year we’ve been using the non-greasy and delicious smelling factor 45 for kids by Jason.  Both products seem to last forever and are full of natural goodness leaving our skin ever so healthy and naturally nourished!  It’s amazing to know we are protected from the sun without using lots of nasty chemicals.

    Natural sun care for lips

    Make sure you also protect your lips in the heat from damage, dryness and cracking.  Use natural lip balms with sun protection to moisturise your lips, but to also give them that extra protection they need in the warmer weather.  I love Burts Bees lip balms, but unfortunately they don’t offer any sun protection, so instead brands like Green People offer lip balms with SPF 8, but if you need higher protection try Alba Botanica summer lip balm with 25 SPF.

    Don’t forget to protect your hair too

    Unfortunately sun can also be highly damaging to hair too.  Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause hair to become dry, brittle, frizzy or even discoloured.  Korres Red Vine Hair Sun Protection contains 93.9% natural content and is suitable for vegans.  It protects hair against damage caused by sea water and UV radiation.  Natural cosmetics brand Lavera also sell a one use After Sun Intensive Hair Treatment pouch to help dried out sun stressed hair to recuperate (if you’re sparing you can get two uses out of the pack!)

    What are your go to natural summer beauty products?  Let me know in the comments!

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  3. Braces at 30: My 11th Appointment closing gaps and improving overbite

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    Braces at 30:  My 11th Appointment closing gaps and improving overbite

    Since my 10th Appointment Getting a Temporary False Tooth Fitted blog post I have actually popped back for a mini appointment to get another false tooth fitted.  The other one was too white, so I went back two weeks later just for a 5 minute appointment to fit a new colour false tooth.  These are only temporary false teeth so not the real deal.  I’ve been told they are the size my false teeth will be, which is strange as the gap is a lot bigger.  They’ve made the gap bigger than it needs to be, so I guess they’ll make it smaller again soon?  Not sure of the exact reason for this, I might ask her at my next appointment.

    I’ll not count my quickie appointment as an actual one as it was literally to swap over the false tooth and nothing else.

    I’ve now had my 11th appointment to tighten the wires and see what’s been happening.

    A very, very rare photo of me showing my teeth:

    Braces at 30:  My 11th Appointment closing gaps and improving overbite

    Closing gaps with elastics

    At the bottom we’re closing all the gaps.  We closed the front gap, then the next gaps, now we’re closing the gaps that have formed by my third teeth back.  Then the next two, and so on until there are no gaps.  After these gaps are closed I have three more teeth on one side and four on the other (as I have one tooth missing altogether at the bottom), so this means at least four more appointments to get all these gaps closed which will go into 2018 with six weeks between each appointment.

    My dream of being brace free by Christmas has disappeared.

    Correcting overbite with elastics

    My overbite is around 5.5mm (should be 2mm-ish) and I admitted I hadn’t been wearing my top to bottom elastics full time.  They are such a pain!  But more than this, it’s because I have to take them out to brush my teeth and eat, so I remove them 5-7 times a day, then I totally forget to put them back in!  Usually by the time I remember, it’s nearly time to eat again so there’s no point, and then I forget again!  I’m going to try and make more of an effort to remember as it’s the only way to correct my bite.

    I did wonder if I could not wear them in the day and double up at night, but after Googling I discovered it’s not the strength of the force, but the continuous force that helps, so part time wear doesn’t work.

    Considering an implant

    I was considering an implant, or two, instead of the planned bridge and veneer, but they are super expensive!  I thought I’d seen they cost £1000-£1500 which was OK as they last forever and look the most realistic, but I’ve found a local quote for £2500 per tooth!  Way too expensive.  My veneer and bridge should cost closer to £1000 for both.  The only downside being they may only last 5 years.  I have read if you look after them and they are done well, they can last 10-20 years.

    My brace timeline:

    16 months with an adult brace before and after photos timeline

    Next steps

    All the teeth are aligned correctly, so it’s just the overbite and closing all the gaps.  The gaps at the top for the false teeth are too wide, so these need reducing again I think.  I think once all the bottom gaps are closed they’ll bring all my top teeth together.  Then fingers crossed it will be time for the brace off and wearing a retainer.

    I just want them off now

    I’ve definitely got used to the brace and don’t find eating so disgusting or a chore anymore, but I think I’ve just got so used to what I can eat and how to eat it.  The tightenings are only painful for a couple of days so this is fine.  I’m just kind of sick of having them on now.  I feel like I need them off just to give my teeth a REALLY good clean.  I feel like my teeth are dirty and my breath always smells.  I’m also so conscious of being such a metal mouth when I talk and smile.  It’s hard to smile with mouth closed because the brace is so in the way.  It’s also so hard to kiss!  I said before I wasn’t that bothered about this, but after one year and four months of not being able to properly kiss my husband, I am starting to get a bit annoyed with this!

    Hang in there

    I don’t want to feel negative about it all and so looking at old photos of my teeth and how much they have changed is reassuring, though it’s really hard to tell much difference in the photos and not in person.  I think the false teeth will make all the difference.  It’s hard to imagine the final result as I have so many gaps at the top front.  It will look so different I’m sure with the false teeth and no gaps, but I just find it hard to imagine.  I hope by the end of this year I’ll have some indication of how much longer I’ll have left and when I can start thinking about getting the false teeth!

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