How to be a skincare label reader

I popped into a high street store last week and picked up a moisturiser which was screaming healthy, natural, moisture balance to me. It looked lush but when I checked the ingredients in it I was horrified that even today, consumers are being hood winked by great marketing into buying brands that purport to be filled with natural, wholesome plant based ingredients like Shea butter, Coconut oil ...

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Beauty Basics - How to create a winter glow

As winter sets in our skin comes under more and more stress, cold weather, harsh chemicals, daily pollution and air conditioning or central heating, all play their part in how we look and the ageing process. So how can we help and what are the latest skincare innovations you need to keep abreast of? Never A Dull Moment Restoring a youthful glow is everyone’s priority but there’s no point soaking ...

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Retinol the secret to a glowing complexion

Are you in on this beauty secret? Retinol is still an under used ingredient for many of us and yet it’s the ingredient that can make the biggest difference to our skin. There are skincare ingredients and then there’s retinol. Wrinkle slayer extraordinaire and A-list anti-ager, it’s a superhero amongst skincare, and yet many of us are still confused about what exactly we’re supposed to do with it ...

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Is Your Skin Dehydrated?

Our skin can be just as affected by the change in seasons as our moods. As the nights draw in and the light levels change we often start to feel the need for more comforting foods and warmer meals. I know I certainly start to make more soups for lunch and hearty dishes in the evening - ook out for a flurry of recipes coming to the blog shortly. Our skin starts to show signs of suffering at this ...

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Dry Skin Brushing - The beauty trend outlasting the generations

How often have you hopped in and out of the shower and never felt that your skin was as soft as it could be. This could be a combination of the skincare products you’re using – I tend to avoid anything with harsh chemicals like sodium laurel sulphate, and mineral oil – and a build up of dead skin cells. So what can you do about it? I’ve found that dry brushing makes the biggest, and most ...

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Hyaluronic acid – is it the latest superfood for skin?

Hyaluronic Acid – a scary A level chemistry lab substance or the key to ageless skin? Although this beauty ingredient sounds terrifying it’s a simple and effective way to keep skin hydrated and has been classed as ‘the ingredient that should be a cornerstone of any anti-aging routine’. WHAT IS IT? Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the skin to help maintain moisture levels. Due to a ...

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Boost your skin with Vitamin C rich products

We all know vitamin C is beneficial for our body and immune systems and it’s often the first thing we reach for when we come down with a cold, but did you know it also has a positive effect on our skin. Rather than using this incredible antioxidant to ward off commuter colds, when it comes to complexions, it’s helping defend against pollution and cellular oxidisation. Cellular oxidation? yes that ...

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How Micellar Water Works

I’m new to the world of Micellar Water – I know where have I been living for the past 10 years. When I heard the phrase Cleansing Waters I honestly thought we were talking about the likes of the Bath Spa and Jane Austin! Now I love a bit of Jane Austin but here’s the real facts about Micellar water! Turns out they are a beauty phenomenon for good reason. In the dark old days, removing make-up, ...

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How to Marie Kondo your makeup and skincare

I’m a bit of a hoarder. There I’ve said it and I’m out. I love tying up the bits of ribbon that come off parcels, and pretty boxes never seem to get thrown away. I’m a sucker for a tin – cake, biscuit, tea, notecard. I have a collection of empty Arbonne Genius Bottles – you know those little tiny bottles with the Phytinol (Vitamin A) in them that literally takes your skin to another level, which ...

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Valentine's Day Ideas

I’ve just celebrated a Birthday, thank you for asking, I had a super time, and before I know it Valentine’s day is upon us. Buying presents for anyone post Christmas is a struggle as so many people are still returning Christmas gifts and you don’t want to add to the stock pile! Here’s a set of Valentine gifts, for him and her, that are designed to please even the trickiest love in your life! ...

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Is there a correct way to apply a face mask?

While it’s absolutely fine to slap a facemask on anytime and anywhere (well within reason I guess - perhaps not on your commute), you might be surprised to learn that there is a correct way to apply a facial mask. Whether you’re after a mask that cleanses, plumps, soothes or pampers these simple and easy to follow steps will help you get the most out of any and every facial you do from now on. ...

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The Best Face Wipe out there!

Let me be honest – I love washing my face. I love the feel of cold water waking me up or removing the stress of the day. And I’ve never understood the trend for makeup wipes, until now. Here’s why. I’ve had false lashes for a few months now and I love them but I really miss washing my face. I just couldn’t bring myself to buy facial wipes as, like you, I know how terrible they are for the ...

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Skincare secrets for the under 30s

I know, I know, it’s a boring statement your mother makes but it’s also a fact: Caring for your skin consistently, at a young age, is easier and less expensive than trying to fix or minimise the signs of ageing once they appear on your face later on. But where should you start? Starting as early as possible, everyone needs to know their skincare facts. That means establishing a consistent ...

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Choosing Safe Baby Skincare Products

Parents need and want baby care products they can trust for their baby but they also want products that provide the moisture, cleansing and protection necessary to support gentle fragile skin. The market is saturated with products so where do they start? As a new mum I was just as guilty as the next mum of believing the marketing spin of big companies out to capitalise on this growing sector. I ...

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Simple steps to detoxing the body

Detoxification is a vital process that helps bring the appearance of vitality back to dull, lack-lustre looking skin. But where should you start. In today’s fast paced world, daily skin aggressors like stress, pollution, sun exposure, and lack of quality sleep can have an effect on the look of your skin. Following a consistent self-care ritual and regularly taking the time to relax, restore and ...

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How to get legs beach ready fast

There’s still time to get your legs beach ready. Here’s how It might feel like the British summer has been and gone but if you’re heading for sun, sea and sand you’ll still want to get your legs out. Or maybe you’re just feeling the chill and sticking with short skirts and sandals anyway – after all you only get one chance to wear your summer clothes in the Uk and this is it! So whether you’ve ...

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How to keep lips kissable all summer long

Summer sun, wind and, if you’re in the UK, rain can wreak havoc on our skin. I know as before I learnt about more natural skincare and reduced the chemicals in my products and diet I always suffered with dry skin and even eczema. But by far the most difficult area for me to get to grips with was my lips. Lots of people suffer with dry, chapped, lips in the winter, but for me the summer, with its ...

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How To Get Radiant Summer Skin

Have you always wanted a radiant summer complexion? Follow these top tips to ensure your skin is glowing all summer long. Do you know the song – Wear Sunscreen by Baz Luhrmann . Ladies and gentlemen of the class of ’99 wear sunscreen. Well Baz had a point! He might think that only his comment on wearing sunscreen has any scientific insight behind it but he makes some great points and shares some ...

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Arbonne product launch review

I’m so excited by the changes happening since I returned from Arbonne’s global training conference in Las Vegas... I loved the original RE9 skincare than Arbonne produced but the latest launches are just amazing. Here’s a roundup of my favourites and how I’m working them into my normal skincare routine. Arbonne’s RE9 Advanced collection was developed to address the specific needs of ageing skin ...

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Avoid these makeup faux pas to make your skin look younger

Makeup can help you look younger, or even older if you don’t apply it correctly. I’ve just started to switch to a darker foundation as the weather warms up and my skin picks up a bit of natural tan but incorrectly applied makeup can actually age you. Here’s the key mistakes to avoid to ensure your makeup isn’t ageing you. Too pale foundation Make sure you get a really good colour match for your ...

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Want to reduce and prevent crows feet?

We all want to look our best and here’s how you can reduce the look of crows feet and laughter lines. The sun and exposure to UV rays is a major factor contributing to the appearance of Crow’s Feet or Laughter Lines as I’d prefer to call them. The sun is the number one cause of ageing with mineral oil, a bi-product of the petro chemical industry, and in over 90% of retail skincare brands, being ...

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

What do you get the women in your life who already have everything? Whether it's a gift for your own mother, or a mother's day gift for your wife from your own children, we've got you covered. I love gift buying and wrapping. For me the packaging can be as much of a treat as the gift inside and that's especially true with Swiss botanical brand Arbonne. But more importantly is what's in the ...

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Non Surgical Facelift Alternative - A Natural Approach

Is the end of the facelift on the horizon? Modern women are shunning invasive surgery for gentler methods of preventing skin ageing, new figures suggest. People are opting for more natural alternatives to Botox and non-surgical facelifts. Data from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons ( BAAPS ) found that the number of cosmetic operations last year dropped 40 per cent since ...

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Winter skincare for a healthy glow

Make your skin look and feel amazing this winter I’m constantly striving for balance, whether it’s with work, family life, exercise or food … so why should beauty be any different? If you’ve read any of my blogs you’ll know that I take an inside out approach to beauty. I know that the only reason my skin has such a healthy glow is because I take care of myself. I eat natural wholefoods as much as ...

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How to get smoother, softer lips

Make sure you have luscious lips this Valentine’s Day… We all desire lips that are kissable at this time of year, but the cold and wet weather can wreak havoc on your skin and your lips are one of the most exposed parts of your face. It can be simple to get softer lips you just need to treat them with a bit of love and care and they will reward you with a soft and smooth texture and plumpness you ...

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Arbonne Genius Ultra Review - Astonishing anti-ageing results

When Arbonne released their new Genius Ultra skin care device in April and I saw the results of the clinical study, I knew they’d created something revolutionary in the realm of beauty tools. (By the way, Arbonne spends more on independent testing on humans than any other skin care company.) The Genius Ultra makes your skincare more effective, applying your products more evenly, allowing your ...

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My skincare favourites

Today I thought I’d share with you my current skincare favourites. At the moment, I’ve been using my products religiously with the Genius Ultra, which I’ve mentioned in a previous post . It’s been a total revelation and improved my skin so much! So what am I using it with and what are my favourites? The Toner Currently I’m using the super-fresh and gentle Regenerating Toner supports skin tone by ...

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How to get glowing skin

“That’s so sweet of you to say”, I laughed as the woman at the counter next to me in the post office complimented my skin. It was an odd conversation really. I was simply posting a parcel of goodies to a potential client but new Post Office regulations means they need to check what each parcel contains. When I said it was ‘just beauty products’ the chap serving me asked like Rimmel. Gosh no, ...

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Feed your skin

If beauty really is skin deep how many layers of beauty are there? For me I really believe that beauty comes from within and that beauty is more than skin deep! You can’t put rubbish into your body (processed food, drugs, refined sugar, alcohol etc) and expect to get health shining through. It would be madness to eat badly and then put expensive beauty products on your skin expecting a natural ...

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