Sunday, 30 March 2014

To Tone Or Not To Tone? To Tone Or Not To Tone?


As a child my Mother's skincare mantra was Cleanse, Tone and Moisturise morning and night. Cleanse to remove moisture dirt and grime, toner to close the pores and moisturiser to, well moisturise of course. As I got older and wiser about my skin, I sneered at this philosophy. Pores cannot open and so they cannot be closed. And so I stopped using toners - for a long time. But they are back. Once again toners play an integral part in my skincare regime. And not just one toner, I now use two toners at least twice a day as part of my skincare routine. So what toners do I use and why?



The first toner I use is an exfoliating toner. I am so not a fan of mechanical exfoliater. You know the type; those nasty gritty creams that feel like sandpaper that you scrub your face with till its red and sore. Just don't!!! Instead use a liquid toner like this one, the Glow Tonic from Pixie. This is a really lovely toner. It is oil free, alcohol free and very gentle on the skin. It has no added fragrance or colourings. What it does have is aloe vera, witchhazel, ginseng and my all time favourite skincare ingredient, glycolic acid. Applied to the skin on a cotton pad twice a day, this miracle product will tone, firm, smooth and soften, brightening and exfoliating the old dead cells. It is fabulous for all skin types, clearing spotty, troubled skin as effectively as it treats tired, ageing skin. Available here for just £16.00 for 250ml this is one skincare product I would strongly recommend everyone adds to their routine.





A really good alternative to the Glow Tonic is the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner which does exactly what its says - it exfoliates the skin leaving it brighter and healthier. Simply apply to a cotton pad and wipe over the skin to leave it fresher brighter and healthier combating all skin issues, whether ageing is your concern or you are more troubled by breakouts - this lotion is a cure all. The best price I could find on this was £19.95 including postage from this website.



So having applied my exfoliater I leave it for a few minutes to do its work. Having really deep cleansed my face and removed all those dingy old dead cells, it is now time to start really treating the new skin cells. Before I turn to my lotions and potions, I reach for a moisturising toner and this is my product of choice. The Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist is just a delight of a product. Made from ingredients such as aloe vera and rose which are known for their healthy healing properties, combined with Glycerin and Marshmallow providing a refreshing boost to the skins natural hydration system, This is my favourite part of my skin care routine. I really look forward to spritzing my face with this, it smells so amazing, it really boosts my spirits as well as my skin. This Toner is a bit of a luxury - the best price I could find for it was £14.85 here. Frankly though, if you have it - buy it! This product comes highly recommended.



If though there is just no give in your budget then don't despair, there is another option. The Botanics 100% Organic Rosewater Toning Spritz  is the most beautiful product and costs a ridiculously purse friendly £3.33 here. 
Suitable for all skin, this beautifully fragrant product is made from the Denmark Rose and freshens, purifies and softens the skin in preparation for the serums and moisturisers to follow.

So what do you think? Do toners play a part in your skincare routine? Which ones do you recommend?





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Saturday, 29 March 2014

My Exclusive Advertiser - Big Society Girl My Exclusive Advertiser - Big Society Girl

Big Society Girl


My Lipstick Royalty Advertiser this month has been Big Society Girl written by the lovely Natalie Sim. Natalie is 21 and heading towards a career in Journalism. In her own words, Natalie has a natural curiosity which pushes her to be interested in all sorts of things which she writes about in her blog. Her mission statement is that she will never write a boring post and that we will always be entertained and interested.

Big Society Girl began over two years ago and has covered a huge variety of topics from the environment, to tattoos, cameras to this pretty spring manicure. 



Isn't that cute?

To get the step by step instructions head over to Big Society Girl now.

Natalie can also be found on Facebook, on Twitter and Instagram. 

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Friday, 28 March 2014

March's Monthly Advertisers March's Monthly Advertisers

I think all of us Bloggers have so much in common. We love pretty things, make up, fashion.... and Blogs!!
If you are anything like me you will have a massively long list of blogs on Bloglovin' yet always be on the look out for new blogs to follow.
All through this month Lippylikes has been sporting pretty little buttons from these guys in its sidebar and I have been tweeting them several times a week. Hopefully by now you will have checked out and fallen in love with their blogs by now, but if you haven't hurry on over there and hit that follow button. 




Peacock Beauty is a blog dedicated to my journey into the makeup/beauty world.  As a former gamer-girl and first time make-up wearer at the age of 28, I am eager to try EVERYTHING. Hence you will find a wide variety of products and viewpoints on this blog. I review products from a fresh angle, post daily pictures of my make-up experiments, and much more (the back of my hand is permanently swatched).
 Twitter,  Instagram, Youtube Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’






Hello Hello Hello. I'm Joanna from Joanna Grace Beddows. Original I Know. I'm 21 Years old and live in Saddleworth, Oldham in a farmhouse in the middle of fields. Bliss. 
Anyway I Host a Beauty and Lifestyle Blog (plus the  occasional photographs of my dog Bruiser). The main blog content is ramblings of my love for make-up, Monthly subscription boxes and beauty hauls with a sprinkle of lifestyle and everything in between.
 I started this blog to share my love and obsession for make-up, beauty and everything in between. I have a ridiculous obsession with Make-up which should really stop but it never will, were all the same there are just too many new collections and products coming out to just to stop. Right?. I love sharing my views on products that I have fallen in love with or products that I wasn't so happy with, I pride myself on providing good honest reviews covering all aspects of the products, with swatches, looks and photographs of the product and packaging.
With a small obsession with Beauty subscription boxes and Lime Crime Make-up this is just a small insight into the content on my blog. If you fancy a nosy you can find me on the following social media platforms.
Twitter: JoBeddz -  Bloglovin’: joannabeddows - Instagram:JoBeddows - Blog:Joannagracebeddows.blogspot.co.uk





Hi guys. My name is Sarah. I've been blogging about fashion and the occasional beauty side for about 3 months now. I initially started blogging because I want to work for a fashion magazine when I'm older so I just wanted to add my own personal twist to the cv. It's turned out to be something I really love. I love checking new blogs out so make site you comment your links or follow me on bloglovin at "thatgurlsolomon". Thank you guys and thanks to Jules x






Agent Smyth is Nic and Claire, two 20-something best friends living in London/Wales. We share a love of everything makeup and skincare and as mums we don’t always have the time or money to spend on bad purchases, so here we test and review what we’ve bought between us and hopefully pass on the knowledge to others. 


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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Slimming World Week Four and an Introduction to Slimpods by Thinking Slimmer Slimming World Week Four and an Introduction to Slimpods by Thinking Slimmer

This week was my fourth weigh in with Slimming World and for the first time I was quite excited as I waited to be weighed. I did have one blip this week but only one, and otherwise I had been saintly. I had cut out my B choice and was eating fruit and yogurt for breakfast and lunch. I was well within my Syn allowance - having none at all most days. So as I stood on the scales I was secretly hoping for a really good loss....
I stayed the same!!!!
I was really disappointed and told my leader about all the things I had done better this week. She was not impressed. She asked why when all had been going so well I had felt the need to change it. I didn't really have an answer to that. She also pointed out that having lost 10 pounds in 3 weeks my body may need a little time to catch up. Whatever the explanation, I have learnt my lesson and this week I will get back to eating regularly and well. 
As you can see, I am a bit of an all or nothing person. I am either dieting 100% or I lose control entirely. That is what attracted me to Slimming World, the absence of any counting points or calories. I thought it would help stop me obsessing about food and so far it really has. This week I was offered the opportunity to try a whole new aid to dieting called Slimpod by a company called Thinking Slimmer. 


A Slim Pod is a downloadable audio clip which lasts for 9 minutes. Thinking Slimmer ask that you  listen to the track every night before you go to sleep. It is a hypnotherapy track and so it is fine if you fall asleep when listening as apparently your mind can still absorb the message. This is lucky as I have only once stayed awake long enough to hear the track end. The track is said to re program, over time, the way you think about food. As well as the Audio Download the company provide other tools such as a Handbook, Goal Record and a 21 Day Diary. There is also a Members Only website with lots of useful resources and a Facebook Group too. Most impressive of all is the personal support offered by the company. Every day they email offering advice and support. This support is called Helping Hands and it is a really personal touch. 
Time will tell whether Slimpods work for me but as someone who has struggled with my weight for many years I am thrilled to have been offered the opportunity to trial it for you. Before I started Thinking Slimmer asked me to document how I feel about my body so here it is!



I will keep you updated with my progress. 

Do you use any motivational tools or have any weight loss tricks you could share with us?





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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

What's In My Makeup Bag What's In My Makeup Bag



My makeup bag is a couple of years old now and is looking pretty battered but it was a present from my husband and I love it so will keep using it till it falls apart.




I literally did just empty out my makeup bag so apologies for how well used some of these items look. 




I love the Nars Eyeliner Stylo and use it most days.




Another Nars product, the Angelika blush, a bright pink with just enough silver shimmer to brighten up my face. I apply it of course with the Real Techniques blush brush.




I wear this skin toned shadow by Sephora quite often. Its called Creme Caramel and is a little darker than it looks here. It is a real myeyelidsbutbetter shade. I apply it all over my eye with my Nanshy Eye Crease brush.




I love my Mac Chromographic pencil in shade NC15/NW20. I use it mainly in my waterline to brighten my eyes and to outline and define my brows.



Gotta love a freebie and this one needs no introduction...


Another favourite of mine is this Nars Creamy Concealer; in my opinion the best concealer available in the U.K.



I love this lippy -  Climax by Illamasqua. I got it in a blog sale so it was a super bargain. Its quite a purpley pink and gives a strong lip look which I usually wear with a nude eye.



And last but not least today's perfume. I always wear Jo Malone in daytime although the specific fragrance varies. Today was sweet and floral with her English Pear and Freesia but there really is one for every mood.

So that was what I carried in my makeup bag today. If you would like a review on any of these products, just let me know and I will happily do that for you x
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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Homemade Haircare Homemade Haircare


I must have tried every hair product ever manufactured in search of swishy shiny hair, yet often the results, like my hair, are a little lacklustre.
Sick of spending my hard earned pennies on treatments that don’t work, I turned to the internet to do some research. What I found surprised me. Instead of heading to Superdrug or Boots to pick up the latest ‘poo, I discovered the answer to my haircare woes lay in my kitchen cupboards. 


1. AVOCADO


If your hair is dry and damaged, why not try an Avocado Mask. The protein in the Avocado will help rebuild your hair while the oil will moisturise without leaving your hair flat or greasy. It couldn’t be easier - just mash half an avocado or a whole one if you have longer hair. After washing, towel dry your hair and apply. Wrap your head in cling film and then in a towel and leave for 15 mins. Don’t leave any longer than that as too much protein can leave hair “crispy” at the ends. Rinse out with plenty of warm water then condition as normal. I loved this treatment. It was quick and easy to do and left my hair really soft.


2. COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil is one of the few oils able to penetrate the hair shaft. To use as a hair mask, melt a tablespoon or so then apply to the mid lengths and ends and leave for as long as possible before washing out. This will leave your hair softer and less prone to breakage. 
If you are having your hair coloured apply coconut oil all over before starting. It wont affect how the colour takes but will protect your hair from being damaged. 
I have used coconut oil in both ways and swear by it. Don’t use too much though as it can be quite difficult to wash out.


3. BANANA

For super soft and shiny hair blend a banana with a teaspoon of olive oil then massage into your hair and scalp. Leave for 30 minutes then rinse thoroughly and shampoo. This one made me giggle and I must admit, I hated having banana in my hair. Again though, I have to say, this mask was really effective, out performing many of the expensive hair masks that I have tried.


4. CAMOMILE AND LEMON

To brighten blonde hair make a mug of camomile tea and add the juice of one lemon. Pour over your hair after washing. Leave for 30 mins then rinse. I couldn’t test this one as I am a brunette so I would love it if one of my blonde readers could give it a go and report back in the comment box below.


5. BAKING SODA

To gently but effectively strip excess colour from hair,  try mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda with the same amount of shampoo.  Rinse then condition as normal. I have used this one many times in the past and it absolutely works. It lifts the colour from dyed hair without the damage caused by chemical strippers.


 6. APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Shiny hair is hair on which the cuticles lie flat and reflect the light. Curly or frizzy hair has slightly more open cuticles as does chemically treated hair. To flatten the cuticle and get shiny hair again try this rinse. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a small mug of water and pour over damp hair. Comb through and leave for five minutes before rinsing. I have been using this rinse for years and highly recommend it for giving your hair a lovely shine.


7. ASPRIN

If you have product buildup and your hair is looking dull, crush an aspirin and mix with a couple of tablespoons of shampoo then apply to hair and continue as normal. You can do this once a fortnight. I was amazed by how well this one worked. It is definitely one I will repeat.



Do you have any haircare remedies you can share with us?
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Saturday, 22 March 2014

Beauty Kitchen Beauty Kitchen



Beauty Kitchen Products

Beauty Kitchen Body Scrub

Beauty Kitchen Scent Bomb

Beauty Kitchen Dry Oil Moisturiser


Don't you just hate it when you pay over the odds for a product that under performs. How often do you find yourself pushing a product to the back of a drawer because it irritates your skin. Or doesn't look quite as good on your skin as the scary lady on the makeup counter said it would. How often are you simply underwhelmed by the way a product looks or smells or performs?

If you are anything like me then it is way more often than you can afford.
What I want from my beauty products is quite simple. I want them to be effective, I want them to smell great, I want them to not irritate my skin and I want them to be affordable. Simple? It really should be!
In my experience though, all too often beauty products simply fail to deliver.
So I was intrigued to hear about a company who create fresh beauty products to order. 
Yes really! 
You can tell The Beauty Kitchen what product you need, and how you want it to look and smell and they will make it for you. More than that they will even personalise it for you! 
Sounds fab doesn't it? 
I certainly thought so. 
So when Beauty Kitchen asked me if I wanted to try some of their products I was thrilled. When the parcel arrived I knew right away what it was by the amazing smells coming from the packaging. I quickly unwrapped it and look at all the lovely goodies I found. 
So did they live up to the hype?
The products I received were from the Inspire Me range. This range uses an blend of essential oils containing uplifting ingredients such as spearmint, peppermint, red mandarin, lemongrass, oranges, basil and fennel. As you can imagine the products smell amazing, really energising and perfect for those times (mornings?) when you need a little something to get you going. 
First up was the body scrub. This felt really luxurious. It contains pink rock salt from the Himalayas. This is the purest salt on the planet, known for its high grade mineral content. The salt is added to a base oil with epsom salts. Also added is honey from wild flowers. Honey is known as nature's golden healer due to its soothing and healing properties. 
Together these ingredients combine to really deep cleanse and exfoliate the whole body. 
Next up was Shimmer Dry Oil Moisturiser. This uses the same blend of essential oils but this time they are held within a dry oil formulation which absorbs quickly and easily into the skin leaving it beautifully scented and well conditioned. It also contains a slight shimmer, to make the skin appear healthy and emphasising any colour you might have.
Finally out of the parcel were these two cutesy scent bombs which were again from the same range and like the other products smelt fresh and rejuvenating.
I wasted no time whisking the products into the bathroom to test them out. I have super dehydrated skin so I massaged the scrub into it dry paying special attention to my heels and elbows. I then stepped into the shower and kept rubbing in large circles over my body as the water washed away the product. When I had finished showering, I patted my skin dry then sprayed on the body oil everywhere I wanted deep moisturisation. And it really, really worked! It sank in within less than a minute leaving my skin feeling and looking really soft and hydrated. There was no trace of shimmer but my skin did have a really healthy glow. I was super impressed. The first time I used the products, there was an immediate brightening of the skin and hydration that lasts for hours. Over the next few weeks I used the scrub at least once a week and the body oil two or three times weekly, and there has been a noticeable result. My skin looks healthier, there has been an improvement in its overall condition, it has a healthy glow, even the skin on my shins where I sometimes suffer from scaly, flakey patches. My knees and elbows have improved and I had fake tan applied recently without any orange bits - result!!
I haven't used the mini bath bombs yet, I only have baths when I really have time to relax but if the quality is half as good as the scrub or body oil then I am in for a treat when I do.
The Beauty Kitchen have premises in Glasgow so if you are local you should pop in. The people there are the loveliest ever and very knowledgeable. Best of all, The Beauty Kitchen hold sessions when you can try your hand at making your own products to your very own specification. I would LOVE to try this.
If you don't live near enough though, don't worry. Just tell the staff which products you want and how you what them to look and smell, and The Beauty Kitchen will do it all for you.
Beauty Kitchen products are effective, natural, ethical, local and very affordable with prices from £7.95.
I was not paid to write this post. I was sent products to try and having used them and read about the company, I wanted to share it with you. If you want to read about The Beauty Kitchen, book a class or buy a product, you will find their website here.


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Friday, 21 March 2014

My Ted Baker Lunch Bag My Ted Baker Lunch Bag

Ted Baker Mini Shopper bAG



In my bid for a new slimmer healthier me I have started taking packed lunch to work every day. Earlier this week I accepted that my Asda Poly bag was adding nothing to my OOTD and went looking for an alternative. Hidden amid the Ted Baker bows I found this pretty little mini shopper bag. I thought the floral design was perfect for summer and loved the powder blue colour. It is the perfect size for my lunches and snacks and even has a little zip for change for the drinks machine. A cute little touch is the message printed inside;
"You're really got a hold of me"
It makes me smile every day x

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Mac Tag The Mac Tag

I saw this Tag on an old blog and I thought I'd reintroduce it. As MAC is one of my most used and favourite beauty brands it seemed like an appropriate one for me to do. If like me you are a MAC fan then why not give it a go. The only rules are that you link back to this page in your post.




How long have you been using Mac?

I genuinely cannot remember life before Mac.



What was your first Mac product?


Again I cannot remember this but would be willing to bet my house on the fact it was a lipstick.



What is your favourite MAC product?


Definitely a lipstick - I would say So Chaud because its classic enough to be worn everyday to work but quirky enough to look fantastic.



What's your least favourite Mac product?

Studio Moisture Fix - I was totally underwhelmed. At £22.50 I expect a little more from my skincare.



Do you own a Pro Card?

I don't but I would love to own one.



Your Mac foundation shade:


I use the shade NC25 in the winter, NC30 in the summer.



Eyeshadow: 

Oh this is a hard one. I love Amberlights as a lid shade. I love Cranberry and find it very versatile. I love Twinks and Haux for definition. If I had to pick one though, it would be Humid. It is just such an unusual rich smoky shade that really makes an impact. 



Lipstick:

I have so many Mac Lipsticks and love them all so this is a really hard pick. I love Ruby Woo for drama, Rebel for attitude, Morange for style and Honey Love is my favourite nude.  At the moment though with Spring having sprung and all that, I am favouring more summery shades and my pick of the moment would be Impassioned a very pigmented, bright, coral toned hot pink. 



Lipgloss:

I loathe lipgloss, just cannot tolerate the whole "hair stuck to the lips thing!"



Liner:

I definitely prefer pen liners for ease of application and Mac's Penultimate is perfect.



Brush:

My all time favourite brush from MAC has to be the 217 eye-shadow shader brush. This brush is the brush MUAs are made off.  Makes application of colour to the crease and blending it out so easy, that the perfect smokey eye is something we all can do well. I haven't tried that many MAC brushes, only this and the angled Brow Brush both of which are so good that I really should invest in some more.



Nail Lacquer:

I don't usually use Mac Nail Polish but there is one that I just couldn't resist, Mean & Green is a stunning oil spill of a duo chrome, with an initial blackened purple but at different lights can be  a show up bronze, copper, greenish gold. Thi list goes on. This is a magical nail colour which I am asked about every time I wear it. Nail art in a bottle it is a glorious swirl of the colours of magic. I just love it. 

Pro Product:

The only pro product I've ever bought is my 15 pan eyeshadow palette and insert and the 15 shadow pans I bought to fill it. I highly recommend doing this if you intend on buying more than a few as there is a substantial saving on every pan with really adds up.




Comment on the following Mac product; Have you used them? If so, give feedback.


Prep + Prime Skin:

No I haven't tried it, don't really think this type of product is Mac's strength though.



Studio Sculpt Foundation:

I have used this and liked it well enough to finish it. It did exactly what the marketing claimed it would. Somehow though it just didn't have the WOW factor so I didn't repurchase.



Mineralize Skin Finish:

I love these. Have the ltd edition Brunette which is my go to summer face product. Using different parts of the pan I contour highlight and add blush from this, I have even been know to take my 217 and do a smokey eye with it. I also have the Natural, which is an entirely different product. A perfect finisher, it sets my makeup, blurs enlarged pores and imperfections and keeps any oil at bay all day long. 


Studio Fix Fluid:

Another Foundation I tried but didn't repurchase. Like the lazy one at work, it did it's job - just about but gave me nothing extra. 



Studio Tech Foundation:

I haven't tried this.



Studio Fix Powder:

I love this product. I would occasionally use this alone on good skin days and minimal make up days but when going out or when going for a really really flawless look I will apply this on top of my usual foundation. Wouldn't be without this product, I love it.


Beauty Powder:

I have never used these



Bronzing Powder:

I have used the Matte Bronze and was very happy with it but then I discovered NARS Laguna Bronzer and fell in love.



Powder Blush:


I love the blushes.  I am a HUGE fan of Peaches and Coppertone.



Blushcreme:

Again, I have never owned one of these. Would like to though.



Mineralize Blush:

I prefer these to the regular blushes. They look so pretty. I love the marbled effect going through them and that they have a shimmer too them to add highlight. My personal favourite is Gentle a gorgeous luminous rosey pink. Although it is quite sparkly in the pan, there is no glitter on the skin just a very flattering shimmer. Great blush.



Cream Color Base:

I have never tried this product.



Studio Sculpt Concealer:


Sorry another one that I haven't tried.



Select Cover Up Concealer:

I haven't tried this concealer.



Studio Finish Concealer:

Great product, in my view one of the best concealers out there for the under eye area. This can crease if you use it on a more mature under eye but gives perfect colour correction and coverage. My tip of the day is to go just a couple of shades lighter than your base but the alternate undertone. So for example, I am NC25 and would conceal with NW22. Works perfectly.



Tinted Lip Conditioner:

Sorry never been prepared to pay Mac prices for a lip balm.



Lipstick:

For me it is their eyeshadows and lipsticks that Mac have built their name on. I love both and buy them regularly. I love the shades range and the variety of textures and finishes. I doubt there will ever come a day when I don't head to the Mac Counter as soon as possible after payday to add to my collection.



Lipglass:

I don't wear lipgloss - it is my pet hate. 



Dazzleglass:

As above - 2 words - wind and hair!



Cremesheen Glass:

Nothing to add.



Lip Gelee:

Sorry Mac.



Lip Pencil:

I love Mac Pencils and use them a lot. My current favourite is Cherry which I wear with all of my reds and oranges. To add wearability I outline my lips, fill in and blot then apply lipstick over the top with a brush. My lipstick can then last the night with me.



Pigment:

I haven't tried one of these yet but I do really want to try the Vanilla pigment as I've heard great things about it and its versatility.



Eye Kohl:

I love the smoulder pencil. Great product which applies like a dream.



Fluidline:

As mentioned above, I love Fluidline and use it most days. 


Lustre Drops:

These are definitely on my lust list.



False Lashes:

I love Mac Lashes - they just finish a make up look off perfectly. 


ProLash Mascara, Zoom Lash Mascara, Plush Lash Mascara, Dazzle Lash Mascara:

 I tried the Dazzle Lash mascara once and I didn't really love it. It just did very little for my lashes. I don't understand why anyone would pay Mac prices when there are so many good Mascaras for half the price by brands like Maybelline and Rimmel.


What has been your favourite Mac collection to date?

Being Scottish I loved A Tartan Tale particularly the lovely tartan packaging. I also thought some of Glitter & Ice was really pretty and adored the iconic white packaging.


If like me you are a MAC fan then why not give this tag a go. The only rule is that you link back to this page in your post.


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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Slimming World Week 3 Slimming World Week 3

As my Twitter pals know, I attended a Gala Dinner on Friday night and have to admit that copious quantities of wine were consumed.
Typically that resulted in bad food choices not only on the night, but also the following day when my hangover led to carb cravings. I did try to minimise the damage but I have to admit I was no diet angel on either Friday or Saturday.
Although I did stick closely to plan for the rest of the week, I was pretty nervous as I lined up to be weighed this week. I silently made deals with the powers that be, along the lines of; 
"Just let me not gain and I will be a Super Slimmer next week!!!!"
Oh me of little faith! When I stood on the scales, I was flabbergasted to see that I had lost another two and a half pounds, making a grand total of ten pounds in 3 weeks.
I really cannot believe how well this eating plan is working for me. I am starting to really look and feel better. I suppose it makes sense; if we are what we eat, then of course when I ate rubbish I felt rubbish but now that I am eating better, I am without doubt feeling better too.

I was sent an interesting article this week suggesting that if we want to slow down the signs of ageing, then we should simply ditch all sugary, processed food and change our diets.
 This is according to model and nutritionist Katherine Elyse Blake who claims that food is one of the most important factors in how young, youthful and radiant our skin looks.

Anti Ageing Diet


She believes sugar is one of the ultimate skin stressors, leading to skin complaints like acne and can increase the appearance of wrinkles.
Poor nutrition results in thinner skin, reduces regeneration, increases damage that leads to signs of ageing and reduces the levels of the protein collagen.

 Katherine claims a few simple changes to diet and lifestyle can slow down the onset of lines and wrinkles.
 Among those changes are drinking more water, avoiding processed foods and switching to wholegrain carbs.
 Katherine says: “Ageing is a natural and inevitable process but there are precautions we can take and lifestyle changes we can make to help slow it down.
 “Your skin is your largest organ and it’s extremely important to keep it healthy, nourished and hydrated. By following the tips undernoted, you’ll be taking the right steps to improve your overall health and slow down the signs of ageing.”

Here are Katherine’s tips to keep the wrinkles at bay:

1.     Try to avoid adding sugar to sweeten food and drinks such as cereals and tea and coffee. Instead replace with natural sugars like stevia.

2.     Reduce the amount of refined and processed white carbohydrates in your diet and replace then with wholegrain carbs like brown rice and legumes. Squash and sweet potato are also great replacements.

3.     Drink plenty of water. Keep a bottle with you at work and carry one around in your bag. It’ll keep you skin nicely hydrated.

4.     Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for healthy skin, keeping your skin strong and full of moisture. Great omega 3 rich foods include avocado, oily fish, olive oil and raw coconut oil.

5.     Green tea is a must for skin renewal. The catechins found in it help prevent collagen from breaking down and reactivate dying skin cells.

6.     Berries contain potent antioxidants which protect the skin from damage. Try to eat a handful a day.

7.     Brazil nuts are packed with selenium which helps produce antioxidant glutathione which can help repair skin cell damage. Selenium is also great for keeping the skin clear and breakouts at bay.

8.     Kale is full of iron which boosts collagen and fends off wrinkles. Trying eating it raw or lightly steamed to preserve its antioxidants.

9.     Melon is great for skin elasticity. A 175g serving contains your RDA of vitamins A and C which stimulate collagen. Eat with salad or as part of a smoothie.

10.  Tomatoes are packed with lycopene and Vitamin C which is great for collagen support and skin protection.

11.  Yoghurt is great for glowing skin. Dull looking skin can be due to imbalances in the digestive tract. Try and eat a tub a day or have a pro /pre biotic drink.

12.  Make a few simple lifestyle changes – try to keep stress to a minimum, exercise when you can if you smoke, quit.

13.  Look after your skin. Even when the weather’s bad, wear a moisturiser with an SPF and when it is sunny, make sure you put on your shades to protect the delicate skin around your eyes.

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