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  1. Common Beauty Problems and the Easy Ways to Deal with Them

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    Makeup and skin care bloopers we are guilty of

    Let’s face it; we are all guilty of beauty blunders now and again! On more than one occasion I have been too exhausted to face taking my makeup off in the evening and have slumped into bed sleeping in the leftover day’s makeup residues.  While this is not something that I can correct if it happens, as the only solution will be to make sure I remove the makeup before bedtime, there are plenty of other makeup mistakes that are easy to correct.

    Here are some common makeup blunders and their solutions:

    Not exfoliating before you apply foundation – Concealer and foundation may cover up an uneven complexion and blemishes, but it is not going to hide your dry skin. In fact, it is going to make dead skin even more obvious. This is why it is so important to use a face scrub to exfoliate and renew your skin before you apply any makeup.  I have been guilty of forgetting this ritual and end up with a load of dead skin rolling up as I apply my concealer.  Nice!

    Common Beauty Problems and the Easy Ways to Deal with Them Makeup and skin 

    Washing your hair excessively – You may think that there is no such thing as washing your hair too much, however, it can leave your hair looking dull and dry. Shampooing every day is okay if you have fine hair and you use products that are gentle. If you have coarse or thick hair, or you lather more than you should, it will strip your hair of its natural beneficial oils. The best thing to do is use a natural shampoo every few days.

    Making misguided treatment options – Cosmetic treatments have become very popular over the past few years, with lip fillers being a good example of this. However, a lot of people don’t really know what they are getting themselves in for when it comes to cosmetic facial surgery and non-surgical cosmetic treatments. For instance, there are so many different types of lip filler injections. The best way to overcome this problem is to book a consultation with an experienced surgeon and listen to their advice on the best treatment for your desired outcome.  Make sure you thoroughly do your research and don’t just book something on a whim.

    Ignoring your neck – It is easy to ignore your neck when it comes to your skincare and makeup routine. However, your neck needs just as much care as your face does. You should use moisturiser all the way down your neck. Plus, you will want to avoid that infamous foundation line, which means you need to blend your foundation into your neck carefully. Nothing looks worse than your face being a different colour from your neck!  Remember to cleanse and tone your neck too, and don’t forget behind your ears.  It’s also good practice to exfoliate your neck as dead skin will build up here just as much as the rest of your body and face.  Being a busy mum can mean I quickly whip off my face makeup, but often forget about my neck, so I’m certainly guilty of this one too!

    Common Beauty Problems and the Easy Ways to Deal with Them - Makeup and ski

    Not washing your makeup brushes – We all get lazy and forget to wash our makeup brushes from time-to-time. Not only is this ill-advised because you are going to end up with a mixture of products and shades, but it also means that bacteria will build up. This can cause you to break out, especially if you have spot prone skin. 

    Not using enough heat when straightening your hair – If you straighten or curl your hair, do you use the low heat setting to try and save your hair from damage? This could actually have the opposite impact. Using a low heat means you will probably have to go over sections a number of times, which could be more detrimental than using a high heat setting. Of course, it’s important to only use flat irons on your hair on rare occasions and try to restrict daily use.  Why not let your hair be wild and free?

    Makeup and skin care bloopers we are guilty of

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  2. 4 Things That Will Help You To Look Good Permanently

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    Are you a selfieholic?

    Did you know there is a national selfie day?  There was a hashtag floating about on June 21st to mark this occasion.  It seems there is a crazy national day for everything nowadays. I did not partake.  I’m not sure you’ll even find a single selfie of me on my social media accounts.  I’ve disliked my photo for years, but I hope now I have made a few changes to my face I’ll start to learn to like it a bit more and happily take some snaps with the kids.

    Do you take a lot of selfies?  If you do then you need to always be camera ready!  As a busy workaholic mum of two kids I often leave the house in a messy mum bun as I’ve forgotten to brush my hair, once again, in the chaos of getting the kids out the door dressed whilst answering a billion dinging emails on my phone.  I don’t think I’m ever selfie ready!  I usually get back from the school run and realise I have not rubbed in my under eye concealer totally under one eye, or I have something stuck in my brace!  Yep I’m one of those mums where I’m probably always trying to do too much all at once and take multitasking to the next level, forgetting about myself and what I look like in the process.

    Luckily there are a few cheats to make you always look your best (or as good as can be if you’re a hectic mama like me):

    Dry Shampoo

    Dry shampoo is a god send for those who don’t want to wash their hair all the time. It helps to soak up oils and give fresh smelling and looking hair in a flash! Plus, if you spray it onto your roots and rub in with your fingers, it adds volume. Now, you can even get natural shampoo with no nasties.

    Great Skincare

    Taking care of your skin should never be taken for granted. Using quality products every morning and night will make all the difference.  I try to always use organic products, and definitely natural cleansers and toners.  They make my skin so much clearer and more amazing than chemical filled beauty products.

    Self-Tan

    Self-tan for a subtle glow is great for pasty girls who want to look a little healthier or even for us darker folk who don’t want to tan in the damaging sun rays. There are so many great self-tans out there, including natural based products.

    Know Your Angles

    If you are a ‘selfieholic’ then you’ll want to take your snaps from the best angles possible to show your best sides.  The infographic below is full of tips on taking the best selfie possible.  Perhaps I’ll even brave up and give it a go one day!


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  3. Is plastic surgery becoming the norm?

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    Plastic surgery should not be taken lightly

    One of my guilty pleasures is watching ‘Botched’.  It’s one of my favourite TV shows and I record it every week.  In fact, it’s the only thing like it I watch.  I find the overdone plastic surgery obsessed type ‘celebs’ on it a bit ridiculous, but still very entertaining.  What I like to watch are the normal people who have had a botched surgery or something terrible has happened to them, and then the surgeons really can improve their quality of life and happiness.  These are the stories I resonate with most.

    I actually went under the knife myself this year.  The full story is for another time and I’ve not yet decided if I want to share it all on my blog, but it has made me question whether plastic surgery is seen as a quick fix and the seriousness of the surgery has been forgotten.  Don’t get me wrong, thanks to the internet there is now a huge source of plastic surgery info out there which makes research and finding a surgeon a whole lot better nowadays, hopefully reducing the number of botched surgeries.  Though I’m sure there are still those who will go for the cheapest which is quite absurd, but when you’re young you may not make the best decision.

    Is plastic surgery becoming the norm

    I’m glad I waited until my 30s to make this huge decision.  I know if I’d have gone ahead in my early twenties I really would have gone for the cheapest surgery and probably one of those plastic surgery holiday deals.  Money would have been my driving factor and I would have gone for what I thought was the best deal.  This could have turned out to be a huge mistake. 

    By waiting until I was in my 30s I had a different mind-set and wanted to pick the best surgeon, no matter if it cost a small fortune.  I now realise the cheapest deal isn’t always the best deal.  If I’d chosen the cheapest it could well have been a mistake and I’d have ended up spending more to fix it anyway.  I took my time and did my research.  I didn’t rush (like I would have when younger) and I knew it was the right decision for me.  It was a part of me I’d hated for over 20 years and it upset me every day.  It wasn’t something I just disliked a bit, but could live with.  It affected me mentally and emotionally for over twenty years, every single day.

    I worry that there are too many young people making rash decisions about surgery nowadays.  It's as though surgery has become the norm to correct our imperfections, even if they're miniscule.  This might sound like I’m contradicting myself as I’ve had a procedure, but after doing so much research I can see how most people really don’t need anything done! 

    One of the websites I looked at daily whilst making my decision was RealSelf.  It's real people posting their experiences as well as before and after photos.  I was getting daily emails and started to see how so many of these (mostly) females really didn’t need anything done at all.  I’d have been a billion times happier with their feature, rather than mine!  The worst was if it didn’t go as they expected and they realised they were actually happier with their original look anyway.  For me it was a gamble worth taking.  I knew the risks.  I knew it could turn out worse.  But I hated it so much that it was worth this gamble.  I couldn’t imagine it looking any worse!

    When I went for my consultation the same thing was true.  I was asked on a scale of 1-10 how much I hated this feature.  I think I said 9 as I said everything could always be worse so I won’t say 10.  I was a little shocked the surgeon was surprised by my answer!  He said most people say 5 or 6.   There’s no way I’d have had surgery if it only bothered me 5/6 out of 10.  I said I was shocked at this!  Why would you even consider having risky surgery if you’re not that bothered by it?  I found this insane!  If I hated something a bit, but it didn’t affect me every day, then there’s no way I would consider having surgery which has a risk of making it look even worse or having severe complications!

    Plastic surgery should not be taken lightly

    This is why I worry surgery has become normalised.  There are people going under the knife to have the tiniest of improvements as if it’s an in and out job with no danger.  Plastic surgery is surgery.  It’s serious stuff.  Yes they do it all the time now, but it still has its risks and it can still go wrong.  Not only is it a huge amount of money if you’re not that bothered by something, it could look worse or it could go seriously wrong.  After my surgery I was actually more petrified of getting an infection than I was of the big reveal! 

    Most people are lucky and surgery goes well, but you could always be that one unlucky person.  That’s something to consider before taking the serious plunge and going under the knife.  How would you feel if you were the one it went wrong to?  Could you afford to try and fix it?  Would you be happy to go under the knife again?

    I think this is why I like Botched.  It gave me hope that if my surgery went wrong, it could be fixed.  But perhaps that was quite a blasé attitude to have about a serious operation.   I hope young people will give serious consideration to all the ins and outs of surgery before going ahead.  Perhaps even wait a few years and see if you still feel the same.  If you are 100% it is the right decision then don’t cut corners – do your research and pick the best of the best!

    Have you ever considered plastic surgery?  Do you think too many people have it unnecessarily?

     

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  4. 10 alternative uses for baby wipes

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    Ways to use a baby wipe, that’s not on a baby

    Since having my children we might as well have shares in baby wipes. We get through so many. I actually don't know how are used to cope without using baby wipes as they are so useful all around the house and whilst out and about.  We've found a multitude of uses for baby wipes since having our two children, that don't always include using on them on babies.

    Here are 10 alternative ways you can use baby wipes, other than on an actual baby:

    10 alternative uses for baby wipes shining black shoes

    1. Wiping up small spillages – so they’re not going to absorb a whole spilt drink, but they are great for wiping small drops of drink or food on the table or high chair.
    2. Cleaning marks off cupboards – we have high gloss kitchen cupboards and these are perfect for getting dried food marks off the cupboard doors.
    3. A refreshing face wipe on a hot day – instantly cool down by lightly wiping a baby wipe over your face.
    4. Emergency face cleansing wipes if you run out of cleanser and toner – not so great for the skin, but perfect as a last resort if the shops are shut and everything else has run out.
    5. Cleaning toys – kids play things can get ever so grubby ever so quickly with little sticky hands all over them.  Luckily baby wipes remove this grub with ease from toys and board books.
    6. Dusting – I regularly use ours to dust the top of our plastic kitchen bin as well as dusting the top of the toilet and small tiled shelves in our bathroom.  I probably wouldn’t dust the whole house with them as I expect they’ll leave marks, but they’re perfect for small non smeary surfaces.
    7. Emergency loo roll – hands up if you’ve done this!  So we’re not supposed to throw them down the loo to prevent blockages, but I admit I’ve had to reach for a packet of baby wipes when I’ve been faced with an empty cardboard tube once or twice!
    8. Wiping away white deodorant marks – use baby wipes on both skin and clothes to get rid of that pesky white powder deodorant residue.
    9. Cleaning sticky fingers – great for sticky fingers, faces, and noses!
    10. Polishing shoes – I use a baby wipe to clean marks and dust off shoes and to give them a great shine.  They work especially well on Bella’s black school shoes to keep them looking new.

    What do you regularly use (baby) wipes for?

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  5. Natural Beauty Review: Sunrise-Sunset Facial Primer from Angelica Botanical Therapy

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    Silky Smooth Touch Natural Primer

    Around one month ago I was sent the Sunrise-Sunset Facial Primer to review from the natural beauty company Angelica Botanical Therapy.  I have religiously been using this primer every day since receiving it, not only in order to review this item on my blog if I liked it, but because I can genuinely see the benefits of using a primer each and every day.

    The primer glides on so easily; it makes it so satisfying to apply it every morning.  Once absorbed and left for five minutes to settle, it does exactly the same to my makeup.  It makes my makeup glide on to my face effortlessly giving a more perfect finish than without using any primer.  Even with natural BB cream added on top, and a lot of concealer to hide my dark circle ‘mum bags’ under my eyes, I can see my complexion looks more even and glowing thanks to this primer.

    Angelicas Botanical Therapy Natural Beauty Review Sunrise-Sunset Facial Pri

    Not only does the primer allow me to apply my makeup more easily, but it makes my skin look great, even if used alone.  It softens and moisturises my skin making it look healthier and smoother, so has benefits other than being a base for makeup application.  It contains natural plant oils, waxes and butters to really improve the condition and appearance of skin.

    ‘Angelica products represent quality rather than quantity. Our brand has a natural essence that is true to nature.’

    I’ve purchased mass produced natural primers before from other companies that have cost upwards of £20, so £10 for 50mls of this natural handmade primer is a really great price.  The results are also much better than others I have previously used.

    Angelica Botanical Therapy only use natural plant based botanicals and their range ‘was developed out of love of family and friends who have sensitive skin.’  If you suffer with skin irritations I highly recommend making the switch to a natural skincare regime to see if it makes all the difference.  I’m confident if you give it time you’ll see a vast improvement -  how can it make sense for artificial chemicals to benefit us?  Nature knows best!

     Angelicas Botanical Therapy Natural Beauty Review Sunrise-Sunset Facial Pri

    ‘Angelica's raw materials are ethically, quality sourced and organic where possible.’

    Many of the preservatives, parabens and synthetic materials used in everyday ‘normal’ products are carcinogenic, irritants, terrible for the environment and toxic to our health.  Yet they are still widely used in the popular brands and it needs to change.  We can make a difference by supporting small handmade businesses who use natural high quality ingredients and who care about the health of us, our children and our planet.  I really hope everyone starts exploring natural beauty products to find the ones that suit them and to continue on this natural revolution I’m beginning to see.

    Find the Sunrise-Sunset Facial Primer from Angelica Botanical Therapy by clicking here!

     

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