Friday, 30 June 2017

MICROBLADING FOLLOW UP

Before.. with my numbing cream on!

You might remember that a good few weeks back I had my eyebrows microbladed, after four weeks of having them done for the first time, you go back for a follow up treatment to finish them off.

I went back to Cara at Cosmetic Tattoo Clinic extremely happy with how my brows had settled down and there was very little I wanted/needed doing at my second appointment!

I think the areas that didn't take as well were the inner corners so Cara touched these up for me and added a few more hair strokes so that they felt fuller. I am really happy with how my brows look and I literally don't have to do anything to them. I brush them through and sometimes apply some clear brow gel but apart from that they are super low maintenance!

I think another myth that has been busted for me was how soft and natural they settle to be. The colour match was absolutely spot on and you would never know I had had microblading as there's nothing that looks artificial about them at all. When pictured immediately after they do look quite red and inflamed but this calms right down. It's also ok to continue to groom your brows as obviously they do continue to grow - it just means that every 6-8 weeks I will have them threaded to keep the dreaded fluffy monobrow hairs at bay!

After 2nd Treatment
I could not recommend Cara enough and if microblading and semi permanent makeup is something you are interested in then definitely book in for a consultation with her!

My treatment was provided free of charge, however my views will always be 100% honest.
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

BLOW LTD NOW AVAILABLE IN MANCHESTER

BLOW LIMITED
Bit of a short but SWEET post tonight... the wonderful Blow Limited is now available in Manchester, and to celebrate they are offering at home Blow Dries for a BARGAINOUS price of just £15! All you need to do is enter CAR20 at checkout when you book your appointment!

I was treated to an at home blow dry this evening and it was so lovely being able to sit in my pjs and be pampered! I would highly recommend this service and there's lots of other services available too!

Big thumbs up from me and thank you to Blow Ltd! 💁
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TRYING OUT NEW BEAUTY REGIMES


If you are currently thinking about giving a new beauty regime a go, it helps to know as much about it as possible. It might turn out that you don’t actually think that is the best way to go. Or maybe it turns out the potential risks are not worth the possible results. Either way, it is always a good idea to carry out as much research as you can. There are many kinds of beauty regimes you can try, and no matter which you go for you should remember to take great care. Let’s have a look at some of the major things to consider here:

The Benefit Of Having A Goal
One of the major mistakes that people make when they want to get started with a new regime is to just dive into it head first. In truth, you need a little preparation if you want to make the most of it. One of the most important parts of this preparation is that you have some kind of goal in mind. This goal can be pretty much anything you want. It might be a fixed external thing - in other words, to lose a certain amount of weight or fit into a certain dress. Or you might decide to give yourself milestones, so that you can watch yourself progress over time. Both of these methods are fine, so long as you have something in mind that you are working towards. You can then direct your research towards finding something that is likely to work as well as possible for that goal.

Learning The Risks
No matter what you are thinking of doing, it is likely that there are going to be downsides to it. It is important to bear this in mind from the outset, because otherwise you might find yourself being a little disappointed when it turns out that your life doesn’t completely change in one go. All change is slow and steady, and you need to remember that if you are to make the most of the situation. In some cases, there will also be specific risks which you need to consider, such as when you have plastic surgery. So many plastic surgery claims revolve around the individual in question not being warned of the risks - so be sure to ask your doctor before you go under the knife.

Have Patience
No significant desirable change is likely to occur overnight, so you should try your best to have patience as much as you can. Patience is very often the key when it comes to achieving things of this nature, partly because it enables you to carry on regardless. In order to cultivate patience, it might help if you remind yourself of the notion that good things come to those who wait. When it comes to your beauty regime, this is certainly likely to be true. Have patience, and before you know it you will be reaching those goals you set yourself not long ago.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

ABOUT THOSE RAW FOODS...

 




Wherever you go, you are bombarded with article after article about diet and weight loss. This diet and that diet and that seven-day miracle bikini body cure that doesn’t require any exercise on your part. It’s relentless and there’s a reason that we find these articles splashed across magazines all the time. Health is important. Being aware of the things you eat and the way you exercise is important. The more we pay attention to what we feed our bodies, the healthier we will be.


One of the most popular lifestyle choices that is growing in popularity lately, is raw foods. Thousands of years ago, the human diet was natural, organic and direct from the source. Our diets have evolved hugely since we discovered fire and the ability to cook our food, and while this evolution has been a revelation for most, it’s also been detrimental to our digestive health. Good foods have mainly been replaced with ready meals, MSG-laden dishes and preservatives to artificially flavour food. The thing is, food tastes amazing all by itself without all the additions. As more people become aware of what is actually in their food, they’re turning away from convenience foods and returning to a diet that is more basic in ingredients, but complex in flavour. There are plenty of reasons you should turn to a raw food diet, and I’ve listed some of these for you here:



  • Nourishment. Organic foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are packed with nutrients and are oozing in essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs to keep going. You can find these vitamins in a lot of foods, but when they are in ‘live’ foods it’s better for your body.

  • Cravings. You’ve probably sat down for the night with a cup of tea and a chocolate bar. Craving chocolate and other junk foods suggests you are lacking in certain areas of your diet. Raw foods can fill that gap and ensure that you aren’t lacking in anything you need. It’s an easier way to decipher whether your craving is simply that you are needing emotional support.
  • Weight Loss. It’s a given that by eating raw foods that aren’t packed with saturated fats and too much artificial sugar, you will lose weight. Not only that, but you will be able to keep the weight off easier as your body will adjust its metabolism to suit a diet that is in its basic form.
  • Energy. It’s so easy to wake up in the morning feeling sluggish. It’s also easy to eat something sugary for an energy boost, but with that comes a huge crash. With raw foods in your diet, you can forget about those energy highs and lows – you’re going to feel more consistent in your energy levels.
  • Digestion. You’ve probably heard of detoxing and raw foods do exactly this. Extra fibre spring cleans you from the inside and gives your whole system a chance to feel whole and cleared out. it’s a great way to keep your body regular!
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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

#NOFILTERNEEDED

A few weeks back I was offer the chance to try the brand new on-demand hair and makeup service from #NOFILTERNEEDED in the comfort of my own home, and I wanted to tell you all about it!

Janine and Joshua got me glammed up for a day party a few weeks back and sweet lord I loved the experience!!! I always watch the Kardashian's get glam and feel jealous, so this experience made me feel like a celebrity and I was so pleased with the finished look.

The beauty of the service is that it is quick, Janine and Joshua worked really well together and completed my glamming in just under an hour. From the app which launched on 7th July 2017, you can select makeup services, hair services or both combined. #NoFilterNeeded has a massive network of available Hair Stylists and MUAs so you can select a time that suits you. Janine and Joshua are the brains behind the concept as they saw a gap in the market and have most definitely filled it!

Hair and Makeup with lashes is £85 and if there is more than one person who wants to take advantage of the service then discounts are available, you just discuss this at the time of the booking. Hair is £40 for blow dry plus styling and makeup with lashes is £45.

I cannot recommend this service and experience enough, stay tuned for the link to the app, I will post this on my social media when it launches on the 7th July! Huge thumbs up and thanks from me to Janine and Joshua 💓


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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

ACTIVE ADVENTURES ABROAD


A lazy beach holiday can serve as a nice break from the stresses of everyday working life. However, for some, getting away is the chance to break free from an office desk and be active, to explore the unknown and shed the pounds rather than gaining them. For those that prefer this active approach to travelling, here are just a few vacation ideas that can allow you to work up a sweat in an exotic location.
 
Go Hiking
Walking holidays are very popular and there are many challenging routes across the world such as the Appalachian trail in America and Inca trail in Peru. Trek challenges are a popular form of travelling that often involves walking a difficult but scenic route with the help of a guide (the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike and Kilamanjaro hike are two popular examples). These hikes generally require you to raise money for charity so not only can you feel good about yourself for pushing your limits but also for helping others in the process.
 
Get on your Bike
You can go for a cycle holiday anywhere in the world. Renting a bike is always cheap and you can explore off-road or follow the tarmac. There are many renowned challenging routes around the world that attract cycling enthusiasts such as Munda Biddi trail in Australia and The Friendship Highway in China. You can cover more ground than hiking whilst getting just as much of a workout.


Carve up the Slopes
Skiing attracts thousands of holidaymakers every year, providing a cardio workout whilst taking in beautiful alpine views and winter wonderland vistas. It’s certainly not a summer sport, although there are some resorts that operate all year round. Some of the most celebrated resorts around the world include Chamonix, Whistler and St Anton. Ski resorts also offer the opportunity to snowboard, as well offering activities such as tobogganing, sledding and other winter sports. Different resorts are better catered to different abilities.
 
Take a Dive
Scuba diving allows you to explore a whole new world underwater. You’ll need to take a course and get a license first, which you can do at home or away on holiday, and then you can dive anywhere in the world. Whether you’re swimming with manta rays in the Maldives or sharks in South Africa, you’re certain to see some exotic wildlife. There’s also the chance to explore reefs, shipwrecks and other underwater hidden locations.

Do a Boot Camp Abroad
Many people will lose weight before going away in order to sculpt that beach body – but what if you were to lose weight whilst on vacation. Boot camps abroad are one way of doing this allowing you to have an intense workout whilst also experiencing a new culture and visiting an exotic location. Locations include the beaches of Caribbean, the Dolomite Mountains of Italy and tropics of Thailand. You then have the chance to lounge about in the evenings and feel like you’ve earned it!



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Monday, 19 June 2017

HIGH TECH HEALTH


Technology can improve your life in so many ways. It makes it easier to get about, talk to the people you love, and get your work done. It can also do a lot of things to improve your health if you choose the right tools and gadgets. There are some excellent pieces of tech that can help you live a healthier lifestyle, from encouraging you to exercise more to assisting you with your sleep cycles. If you love to explore how tech can improve your life, you need to pay attention to the tools that will make healthy lifestyle choices easier than ever.


Track Your Activity
Fitness trackers have been all the rage in the last few years. With the FitBit brand the leading name in the field, you also have a choice of many other products. You can track a variety of things with a fitness tracker, from how many steps you take each day to your heart rate and how much sleep you get. Usually, they connect to an app that you can use on your phone or tablet. You can use the app to see how you're improving in different areas and perhaps set some goals for yourself.


Speak to Doctors More Easily
Finding the time to go to see a doctor isn't always easy. Sometimes you're not even sure if you need to see a doctor, so you might try and ignore a problem you have instead. Making an appointment and taking time off work to attend is a hassle. However, technology makes it easier for you to speak to a doctor. If you use an online Dr app, you can speak to a doctor without having to make the time to visit them in person. You can save a lot of time and maybe avoid the need for an appointment by having a quick chat over text about your symptoms. Some apps even use artificial intelligence to help you.


Improve Your Sleep
Good sleep is so important. It gives your body time to rest and heal and can do all kinds of things, from keeping you hydrated to giving you healthy skin and hair. Fitness trackers can often track your sleep patterns for you, but there are other options for tech to help you improve your sleep. You can get a gadget or app designed purely for tracking your sleep, which doesn't have the other functions of a fitness tracker. Or you might find that a special alarm clock could help you sleep better. Lumie light alarm clocks wake you up with gentle light, which can be helpful if you don't want a loud alarm clock to jerk you out of sleep.


Monitor Your Diet
Eating right is an important part of staying healthy too. If you want to make sure you get a balanced diet, you can find lots of apps for tracking your food. You might also consider some smart scales, which you can connect to an app and receive nutritional information about your food.


Choosing the right tech can help you lead a healthier and happier life. It's easier to monitor your health when you have some clever tools.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

EBAY GEMS




eBay users tend to fall into two camps, those who love looking through all the random odds and ends on offer and those who just don't know where to begin.

I was very unsure about eBay at first until I needed some hen party stuff for my sister's hen do. It was an absolute god send for stuff I wanted and also stuff I didn't know I needed! After such positive purchasing experiences using eBay; making offers, bidding and buying now I now check eBay before buying quite a few different things.

My purchases have ranged from furniture, razor heads, cushion covers, artificial plants and bar accessories, I have been able to source items for much cheaper than the high street.

I think one of the best tips I have had is to make the filters do the hard work for you. If I want something generic and readily available then I narrow my search to 'buy it now' options, whereas for furniture I refined the search criteria by excluding collect only and to see items from UK sellers only as I don't have a car. Through using the filters I have been able to find some absolute bargains, without having to trek to a car boot sale at the crack of dawn in the cold.

My best buy has to be my bar cart. I had been looking for one for ages but due to their popularity was shocked at how expensive they were! Ikea's version was almost £100 and Oliver Bonas' versions are beautiful but at £300 were way out of my budget. I decided to look on eBay and found the one I went on to purchase at a bargainous price of £45 including delivery.

It arrived in great condition and I have had a lot of fun pimping it out, but that is another blog post! What have been your best buys on eBay?
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IMPROVING YOUR SKINCARE REGIME



If your skin is dry, dull, spotty or wrinkled, chances are you could improve your current skincare regime for better results. Here are some simple things that you can do to give your skin and boost and ensure that you look younger for longer:
 
Invest in an Oil Cleanser
Most people still use cream cleansers, just like the always have, but the fact is that using an oil cleanser like garnier micellar water all in one cleanser is a better option. You see, unlike cream cleansers, as well as removing your makeup, oil cleansers will help to prevent wrinkles and tackle problem skin, so you’ll get more bang for your buck and much better results by making the switch.
 
Moisturise No More than 2 Minutes After Cleansing
This might shock you, but moisturisers don’t really add any moisture to the skin. What they actually do is trap the moisture you’ve added to your face by washing or cleansing, so that it seeps into the skin instead of evaporating. So, if you’re moisturising more than a couple of minutes after cleansing, or your moisturising without adding water or oil to your face at all, it isn’t going to benefit you in any way.
 
Spray Some Rosewater
If your skin often looks dull or dry, you can instantly revitalize it and get it looking more radiant by spritzing it with a small amount of rosewater. You can do this as often as you like throughout the day and you will notice the difference.
 
Apply Copper Peptides to Scars
If you’re unlucky enough to have scars that you would rather weren’t there, you might not be able to get rid of them completely, but you can minimize them by applying a solution of Copper Peptides to the affected area before moisturising.
 
Drink Lots of Water/Green Tea
Drinking lots of water will help to plump out your skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and giving you that sought-after youthful glow. Combining water with green tea will give you a hit of antioxidants that will help to keep your skin looking young and less inflamed.
 
Switch it Up
As the seasons change and as you get older, your skin will change too and what was once working for you might not work anymore. If you notice your skin starting to change, don’t be afraid to ditch your trusty old products and replace them with new ones, that might suit you better now.
 
Wear Sunscreen
This should go without saying, but one of the best things you can do to improve your skincare regime is to wear sunscreen, a foundation with SPF, or sunblock each and every day. The less exposure your skin gets to the sun’s UV rays, the better it’ll look.
 
Exfoliate Less
So many women exfoliate every day or almost every day, and this is disastrous for their skin. Sure, you need to exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead skin and increase your skin’s radiance, but not every day. If you exfoliate too much, your skin will become dry and red, which probably isn’t what you’re aiming for.

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SUMMER SKIN SAVERS


Summer is upon us and the time has come to head out into the sunshine and bask in the rays. Stop right there though – do not step outside and into the hot sun without ensuring you have your skincare regimen down pat. Your skin needs different treatment depending on the weather and the season, and if you aren’t aware of this you could cause your skin to prematurely age – and no one wants that!

There are plenty of rules when it comes to being outdoors in the sunshine, and it’s likely you’ve heard them all, from wearing sunscreen to keeping cool with misty moisturising sprays. Saving your skin from the sun while simultaneously enjoying the properties of the heat on your skin is a balance you need to learn how to reach. It’s one thing to discover effective brightening serum and give your skin a glow, getting rid of dark spots for a more natural look. It’s another thing entirely to keep your skin young looking in the summer sunshine. Below, we have four skincare tips to help you beat those hot rays!

  1. Sunscreen. You should already have a moisturiser with a good SPF level, but if you don’t you should have a good sunscreen with a high SPF. It’s a sad situation, but so many women don’t think about applying sunscreen before leaving the house, therefore leaving their skin exposed to sunburn and rashes – not to mention aging! Regular applications of sunscreen can prevent wrinkles and dark spots, so get lathering up!
  2. Sun Watch. Check the weather for UV levels. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking at a cloudy sky, the UV levels can still be high. If your smartphone or weather website shows you that the UV level is above six, get slathering that sunscreen on. It’s a no brainer that you should be well covered during the highest heat points of the day, so keep sunscreen with you at all times.
  3. Sun Clothes. It’s not just sunscreen! You need a hat, sunglasses and a light cardigan or wrap for during the hottest times of the day. Be chic with oversized sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat and be fashion conscious about UPF clothing that can keep your skin well-protected.
  4. Sunshine Skin. You can search for hours on Google to find makeup that stays on when you’re in the sun, and finding something for your skin type can be difficult. Always apply a base coat of sunscreen and then apply a cream or foundation that also has a sun protection factor. Seal it with a setting powder and you should avoid the makeup sliding off your face in the heat.

Your skin in the sun is precious – wrinkles and age spots are common with too much exposure to the sunshine and it’s up to you to minimise this. Be vigilant about the heat of the day and don’t be fooled by a cloudy sky. Your skin matters and you should do everything you can to keep it as healthy as possible.



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Sunday, 11 June 2017

SKIN BY SWATCH #YOURMOVE

SKIN BY SWATCH
I have a thing about watches and I love having a few in my collection to swap between so when Swatch in Manchester Arndale invited me in to see their new 'Skin' range I jumped at the chance!

The range is super wearable even for those of you who don't like watches (I do not understand these people) they are really thin and light and will slot right into your accessories collection!

I picked out a gorgeous navy watch (thank you so much Swatch!) with a bit of sparkle detail to mark the numbers. I genuinely forget I am wearing this watch and it is nice to have something a bit different with it being a darker colour. The collection includes a gorgeous nude watch, metal strap options and many more.

The watches start at £70 and can be bought online or in store.
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Monday, 5 June 2017

SIMPLE LIFESTYLE CHANGES


We are all well aware that our lifestyles can have a huge impact on our health. Burning the candle at both ends, getting too stressed out with work deadlines and simply not taking care of ourselves can all dramatically affect how we feel on a day to day basis. However, while it can be seen a huge task to overhaul your lifestyle completely, there are simple changes you can make that could make a massive difference to your health and wellbeing. I thought I would share with you some of the changes today, perhaps it will inspire you to implement a few of them into your routine. 

Biking or walking your commute into the workplace
Many people have a commute into the workplace, but often will rely on cars or public transport to get them to where they need to be. However, if you live close enough, why not consider walking there each day instead? That small daily exercise could make a big difference to your fitness levels, and it can help improve your stamina and health overall. If your commute is a little further, then a good option to consider would be a bike. It is definitely more of a cardio workout, but it can be a great way not only to improve fitness but also save you some running or transport costs in the long run. Invest in a decent bike and make sure you consider bike insurance if this is an option that becomes more viable to you.

Getting more sleep
Many people will agree that they would love to get more sleep, so why not make it a priority in your life? Getting a decent nights sleep, and the amount of it that you need can make a massive difference to your day and energy levels. Why not try and head to bed an hour earlier? Or simply switch off all the technology and read a book or enjoy a bath before bed. Part of the problem is that we don’t unwind the mind before trying to get to sleep, meaning we can end up with a disruptive night instead of a relaxing sleep. 

Drinking more water
Keeping your body hydrated is a great way to improve your lifestyle and health. Water is a natural detox and helps to flush out your body of bad toxins. It can improve your skin tone, aid you in a better night's sleep and even increase your energy levels naturally. There are plenty of tips online to help you get more water into your system.

Different relaxation techniques
Stress can be a huge factor in our lives and can hinder many parts of it especially our health. A lot of illness can have a root cause of stress in the beginning. This is why it can be a great change to add some simple relaxation techniques into your daily routine. Maybe consider mediation in the evening or a morning, or try out exercise options like yoga.

Improving your diet or cutting some of the bad stuff out
Finally, the food we eat can have a big impact on our health. Things like sugar, for example, can massively affect us without us even realising. Sugar is in a lot more foods than you realise, so cutting something like this out can help improve your health. You could also consider a more vegetable-rich diet, or simply cut out the convenience foods.
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