With the rise of social media zoning in on celebrities and how they look, it’s understandable that the rest of the world is now obsessed with everything to do with beauty and fashion, and that you want to get involved. Beauty isn’t as hard as it sounds because beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so you should never be afraid to express who you really are. If you’re looking to vamp up your style, or even help others achieve what they want from the world of beauty, then first take a look at some of the ideas in this article so that you can better approach creating a new you in the world of beauty.
Find your style
First and foremost, not every style will suit every single person. For example, bright lipsticks and bold coloured shadows and blushes wouldn’t look right on everyone, so you need to find a style that suits you. In your free time, why not experiment with some makeup ideas, find the right skin routine for your skin type, try different colours or you could watch some online tutorials on what kind of makeup suits your skin tone or eye colour.
Once you have found your style you can then perfect your routine by practising the application of your makeup and making sure that any other routines are done correctly so that you can feel and look your best at every given chance.
Turn passion into a career
One great thing about our world is that nothing is impossible. If you love doing something then these days you’re able to turn it into a career. The same goes to beauty. If you love applying makeup and experimenting with different looks, why not turn it into a career for yourself so that you’re doing the thing you love every day? For example, if you love the sciences behind the perfect brow, going to a cosmetic tattooing school would allow you to learn the skills necessary to turn your passion into a career.
There are a vast amount of routes you could go down when it comes to beauty, and here are a few ideas:
Special effects makeup artist
All of these would land you in a career that you’re passionate about and allow you to help others feel amazing every day.
Remember beauty is natural
Finally, don’t let yourself get lost in the media and how you’re supposed to look according to society. Everyone is beautiful in their own special way, and your natural beauty should always shine through. The best makeup anyone can wear is a smile so as long as you’re happy it will show through and make you stand out. Too many people are pressured into thinking that they need to slap on piles of makeup, hair dye, fake tan and false lashes and nails to look good. While these look great never lose sight on your natural beauty.
You might have guessed by now I am passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle. Being healthy is more to me than just getting my 5 per day, in fact, it’s so much more. Being healthy is my entire lifestyle. Keeping active, eating healthily every day, getting enough sleep, using as many eco-friendly nontoxic cleaners around the home, and only using natural beauty products. For me ‘healthy’ is the whole package. It’s no good eating really well to only go and smear a load of chemicals all over your skin each day!
These chemicals can be in your blood in as little as 90 seconds, or so I once read. Who knows what the exact figure is, but skin does absorb what’s left on it, otherwise how would patches work? Plus there have been several studies in the news that have found parabens in breast cancer tissue. Yet still, they are not banned. Shocking isn’t it.
Shocking that large well known beauty brands continue to create chemical laden products that most consumers spread over themselves on a daily basis without the knowledge of the harm these chemicals can cause. In fact I bet most people don’t even realise these chemicals can even end up I their system. I sure never used to think this. I never made the connection as a youngster that what I put on my body would end up in my body.
This is why it is so important to only use products on your body that are natural and safe.
It’s been exactly six years since I started my mission to health and I now only use natural makeup and toiletries. The last two things I changed this year were my deodorant and toothpaste. I’m now all natural for my entire beauty routine and it feels good. It feels good not to buy into a chemical filled lifestyle. It feels good to harm the environment less. It feels good to only use kind products on my skin, hair and teeth. It also feels good to be supporting smaller companies with real values and not lining the pockets of the CEOs of the huge companies who really care very little about the damage they are doing to us and the world.
Introducing Beyond Organic Skincare
One of the best things about going natural is the constant discovery of brands I haven’t heard of before. Small friendly brands who genuinely care about creating products that nourish our skin using the best ingredients. One of these brands contacted me recently to see if I’d like to try some of their products. When it comes to natural skincare, you don’t need to ask me twice!
This brand is Beyond Organic Skincare, home to natural organic skincare made in Cornwall, UK. Their products have got to be some of the most natural I’ve come across. They don’t use any synthetic ingredients whatsoever. All ingredients are 100% natural and many are food grade. Though they don’t recommend eating them!
Interestingly they say ‘each product contains between 10 and 190 botanically active ingredients in every pot, whereas most cosmetic formulas contain between one and three active ingredients.’
I just knew I was going to love their products before they even arrived. Since turning to a more wholesome lifestyle I’ve become used to the herbal smells of products and could sniff them all day! Ben, on the other hand, often says I smell weird. But I don’t care! I think these products smell amazing. It’s almost as if you can smell the goodness. It was the first thing I did once they arrived – the sniff test!
Here’s what I was kindly sent:
Organic, Sulphate Free, Shine & Strength Shampoo
Organic Shine & Strength Hair Conditioner
Organic Rejuvenating Serum
Purifying Facial Cleanser
Natural Clarifying Toner 120ml
You’ve probably guessed by now that I love the products! I’ve been using them for 11 days as I write this. I’ve probably used the shampoo and conditioner four times and the facial products daily. I apply the serum before bed every evening. The toner I use both morning and night. The cleanser I use in the shower each morning.
I love the shampoo and conditioner. My hair has been in for a real treat as usually I’m quite lazy and don’t condition. I’ve two young kids and a business to run so time is of the essence and all that. The quicker my routine the better! I have, however, made an exception and made sure I used the conditioner every time I washed my hair for this review. I’m glad I did as my hair has been lusciously smooth, shiny and manageable. That sounds just like what you’d expect the advert to say, but my hair normally gets so tangled and it’s been less so this past week and a half. I actually look half decent most days and not so straggly! One thing I’ve noticed is my hair has needed less washing. The longest I left it was four days and it still looked great. I reckon I could have gone longer, but I did aqua aerobics so had to wash it the next morning!
The smell is super herbally, natural and aaaahhhhhh. As mentioned before, I’m becoming obsessed with these smells.
For some reason I just can’t get rid of the spots on my jawline. No matter how hard I try. I’ve not eaten refined sugar this whole year. I mainly eat a wholefood plant based diet. I don’t drink or smoke. I’m no longer a teenager full of hormones. In fact, those days are long long gone. I’ve not eaten dairy for four weeks and had cut down massively before this. I’ve been using natural skincare for around 2-3 years. YET STILL I HAVE SPOTS. Aaaaaagh!
So I wasn’t expecting miracles with the cleanser and toner which are made for acne prone skin, as I fear nothing will ever rid me of my pesky spots 100%. BUT I do believe I see an improvement. The toner, especially, smells of those amazing spot clearing ingredients - witch hazel, tea tree and lavender. The website says these will ‘soothe and heal inflamed skin and balance oiliness’. Though they’ve not cleared the spots, and I honestly don’t think anything could in just 11 days, my skin does look less angry and less spotty. It feels a lot less bumpy than usual and feels cleaner.
It’s thanks to the serum I’ve been waking up with much calmer, plumper, ready-to-go skin. I also feel less wrinkled first thing! Usually I wake up looking super creased and my skin is dying for some moisture, but since using the serum I wake up looking like I’ve already cleansed and moisturised. I’ve also had much less shiny skin which I’ve just read on their website is because ‘its sebum balancing action makes the skin less greasy’. It really is quite an amazing serum. It contains Sea Buckthorn which has over 190 bio-active ingredients and is known for its skin healing and rejuvenating properties.
Would I recommend Beyond Organic Skincare? Yes I would. I won’t review anything on my blog that I don’t think is worth buying. I will continue to use these products and my absolute favourite is the serum which is doing wonders for my skin.
To finish off, here are some great reasons you should check out Beyond Organic Skincare (if I haven’t already convinced you):
All ingredients 100% natural
The two main ranges are organic
No synthetic ingredients so NO nasties
Ingredients are fair trade
Cruelty free (products and ingredients are NOT tested on animals)
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!
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!
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.
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!
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:
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:
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!