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How to Combat Baggy Eyes

Skin under your eyes is 10x thinner than the rest of your skin, making it more prone to swelling and discolouration.

What Causes Baggy Eyes?

All kinds of things such as:

  • Allergies – Allergies and Hayfever can cause bags under the eye as they are left under a lot of stress with the side effects and symptoms of the allergy.
  • Stress – Stress effects us in many different ways, it can cause us to lose sleep and focus on things which we think are important forgetting about other, more important, things.
  • Tiredness – Not getting enough sleep can lead to dark circles and bags under the eye.
  • Genetics – Yes. Unfortunately some of us have genetics which tells our eyes to be baggy. However there are plenty of preventative methods you can use to keep the bags at bay.
  • Age – The older we get the more susceptible we are to getting bags under our eyes.

How to Fix the Issue

Get your sleep!

Sleep is incredibly important for our health. Yet it can leave us with bags under the eyes when we immediately wake up. This is due to the congestion build up which occurs over night. To remedy this try raising your head up with an extra pillow to encourage drainage and reduce those dark baggy eyes.

Use the Right Ingredients

  • Peptides – this is a great ingredient to increase and encourage collagen (something we need to keep our skin looking younger)
  • Collagen
  • Hyalauronic Acid

Get Ready Later

This one sounds a little daunting to some people out there (I know, this was me once). However all I am suggesting is that you

Cover Up

If your eyes are still rather baggy and dark after 30 mins before getting ready, then by all means you can cover them up. Using a good colour corrector in a red or orange is a good start, but sometimes just a simple concealer will do the job. Remember though, your skin under the eye is incredibly thin and delicate, so you don’t want to add too much product to this area.

My Top 5 Products for Baggy Eyes

  1. Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide24 Eye Cream Without Fragrance
  2. L’Oreal Paris Golden Age Rosy Glow Eye Cream for Dark Circles 15 ml
  3. Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Dark Circle Corrector In JUST 2 WEEKS
  4. Maybelline Instant Anti Age Eraser Eye Concealer, Dark Circles and Blemish Concealer,
  5. Sleek MakeUp Lifeproof Colour Corrector

There you have it. My top tips for combating Under Eye Bags, so we can stop looking tired and worn, and instead live our lives looking FABULOUS!

See you all next time x

Much love xx

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Ultimate Last Minute Mothers Day Gift Guide 2021

Mother’s day is just round the corner (Like it’s this sunday!) and I have only just started thinking about what to get my mum as a little token to say “Thanks”. After all, that’s all Mother’s day is about, just to be thankful to your mum (or mum figure) for being there for you and raising you to be who you are today.

The problem is, when you are on a tight budget you want to make sure that you are getting something which is both personal and affordable, and something that your mum would actually like.

For me, as a mum I would be happy with a paid massage, or a trip to the hair salon, or even a pair of Pyjamas. After all we have been stuck in lock-down for so long I think a day at the spa is just what is needed to release all the stress and anxiety which has accumulated over the past months.

But what do you get your mum?

I have compiled a list of 7 items which I am considering getting my mum (I have to be careful as I know she reads this blog and I don’t want to give away what she’s actually getting).

1. A Photo Tile or Framed Photo

Sending a photo that you love of you and your mum, or a photo she really likes, is a really nice way to show your love to your mum. There are some really good sites that you can create a photo tile on, such as Free Tiles- from the company Free Prints.

This is a really good app which I have used for all the pictures in my house. You choose a photo from your phone, add it to the app, and just pay postage and packaging. Within just a week you will have a new tile to add to your collection.

2. A Personalised Item- with photos

Like the first idea, a personalised item such as a phone case, or a cushion, or literally anything you like. These mean a lot to mums, as they can be a photo of something that means a lot to them, or a photo of the little faces which light up their world. (For my mum a photo of me and Isabelle is always a winner).

With apps like Photo Box you can literally choose anything you like to personalise and send to your mum. I do recommend one thing however STAY AWAY FROM MUGS. Mugs have been given for years and years as a gift to literally everyone. They have now become a kind of present you give when you don’t know what to give, and I really don’t recommend that. You are much better off getting something you know will be used by your mum as then you know that the product was worth it.

3. Chocolates

I don’t think I know any woman who doesn’t like chocolate. It is one of the easiest gifts to buy, BUT don’t just get a standard bar off the shelf. Make sure you get something that is a little more special. Such as a small gift box, or some “fancy” chocolate like “Green and Blacks”

I personally would go for something like the Galaxy Chocolate Truffles or even a box of Gullian Pralines, as these are always a winner.

4. Homemade gifts.

Anything homemade means a lot to a mother. It shows that time and care has been taken to give them something unique and meaningful. There are so many things that you can make as a gift for anyone, and you don’t need to have special skills at all.

  • A Knitted or Crocheted item of clothing (jumpers, hats, scarfs etc.)
  • A Knitted or Crocheted toy or keep sake (a favourite animal ornament or door stop is a good idea and fairly simple to make)
  • Try your hand at macrame – this is a new trend that is becoming increasingly fashionable, and you can make some super cute things with this.
  • Rope Coasters – A glue gun and some rope is all you need, simply coil the rope and stick together with hot glue.
  • A painting or drawing – if you are rather arty this is a really nice way to make a present
  • Sew something. – I like to cross stitch, my cousin likes to make things with softer material and a sewing machine.
  • Make some biscuits or cakes – If your mum has a sweet tooth then why not make some biscuits? If you have children get them to decorate them. Trust me it will mean a lot to your mum.

There are so many things that you can make as presents for any occasion and a homemade present will always mean more to the recipient than a shop brought one.

5. Flowers

I know, I know. This is a cliche type of present, but honestly flowers are a really nice way to say “I love you”. You don’t have to just go for cut flowers (aka a bouquet) you could try buying a potted plant instead. They last longer meaning she will constantly be reminded of you every time she sees it.

6. Wine or Gin

If your mum likes a good little tipple (and who doesn’t at the moment with the lockdown) then why not get her a bespoke wine, or a flavoured Gin for her to try.

We tend to like a sparkling rose in my house, or a flavoured gin like Blossom Hill Gin Fizz in Rhubarb flavour.

7. Bath Stuff

Luxury Bath Gift Sets are a great gift to send your mum, be sure to label it as a pamper kit, or care hamper though! This little tip will save you having funny looks or any questions. The answer is just “so you can have a little pamper session, bring the spa to you” She will love it!

I personally like the Soap and Glory Pinkly Gift Set, it has everything you need, and their products are really good and great value for your money!

I hope this list helps you out as you realise you may have forgotten to get something for your mum.

Don’t worry we still have time.

Much love xx

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How to Deal with Spot Prone Skin

Spots!

We all get them. We all hate them.

But the question is how can we keep ourselves from getting them? If we can prevent ourselves from getting them, surely that means that we don’t have to deal with them?

What Causes Spots?

There are many things that can cause spots that we have to deal with everyday, such as:

  • Stress – Being stressed releases a hormone known as cortisol. This can trigger inflammation which results in spots and blemishes.
  • Pollution – pollution debris in the air can clog up your pores, which is why daily cleaning (twice a day) is incredibly important.
  • Using the wrong products – Not checking what skin type a product is for can lead to an imbalance of oils in your skin, leading to breakouts.
  • Diet – This is a well known fact, that the diet can effect your skin. For optimal skin, make sure to drink plenty of water and eat a varied diet preferably low in sugar.

WAYS TO PREVENT BREAKOUTS

The best and most simple way to prevent a breakout is to follow a simple and basic skincare routine. It doesn’t have to be anything special or expensive, just following a few simple steps with the right kind of products and there you have it.

  1. Using products like vitamin C will help as it contains antioxidants which fight off pollution.

I recommend a product like the Nip + Fab Vitamin C Fix Tonic

You simply wipe it over your face with a cotton pad and there you have it. It really couldn’t be any easier.


2. A moisturising cleanser is really good to give your skin that added boost such as “Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Face Wash”, which adds extra moisture to your face whilst also gently cleaning.

3. Retinol is a really good way to reduce wrinkles and fine lines (and any other signs of ageing), however, these products should only be used every two to three days after your normal cleansing routine at night.

If used too much it can cause various reactions to your skin. I suggest a Retinol product like L’oreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle Cream for first time users of Retinol.

Or a Retinol Serum for someone who is more used to using it to reduce the chances of a reaction.

Exfoliating on the days you don’t use Retinol will help to remove dead skin cells and refresh your face.


4. A good moisturiser is a must for the end of your skincare routine, you want a good moisturiser which wont leave an oily residue after. I currently use the NO7 Essential Moisture Day Cream.

REMEMBER to use a sunscreen before applying makeup to protect your skin from UV.

5. Keep your skin hydrated. Keeping our skin hydrated from the inside as well as externally is really important, as this also makes sure that our skin is healthy. Drink plenty of water and you will soon see a change in your skin.

These are my tips for how to prevent Spots and Breakouts.

I hope that these tips help you out a little, if you have any other tried and tested ideas let me know!

Much love xx

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How I Style My Outfits

Photo by Rachel Claire on Pexels.com

This is one of my mood boards that represents in a really good way how I style my outfits. There is a method to the way that I create my outfits which I wear each day. This is more apparent in the summer months than in the winter months due to the nature of how I style my clothes, (also because I don’t hibernate in the summer, meaning that I actually take a note of the clothes I am wearing).

I love to style outfits for my friends and family, but also for myself. I literally could spend hours on end looking at the clothes that someone has and creating hundreds of stylish outfits out just a few items of clothing.

I LOVE IT!!

Clothes and fashion have been a huge passion of mine since I was a teenager and starting to notice those who are around me and what they are wearing. This is how I first got into fashion.

How I style my Outfits

The first thing that I do to create my outfits is to pick a “focus item”. This could be a dress, a top, a jumper, a pair of trousers. It is just an item that I want to focus on, and draw everyone’s attention to. For example in my mood board, the focus item is my jumpsuit.

Sometimes my focus item could be a particular colour, or sometimes it could be a pattern that I want to focus on and highlight. It doesn’t just have to be the item of clothing itself. I love to mix it up and have my focus piece change every day, one day it will be a pattern, the next it could be my top or my bag. This way I don’t have to think too much about everything else that I am putting with the item, I just have to think “what would make this item/ piece stand out from the rest of my outfit?”

Once I have my main piece I look at the other components I need to complete a look. E.g. If I had picked a top, I would have the choice of trousers, shorts or a skirt, AND shoes, and other accessories. There is so much choice that you need to think about when thinking about making an outfit.

My usual go to focus items are:

  • Jumpsuit or playsuit
  • Dress
  • Palazzo Trousers
  • Skirt or patterned shorts
  • Top

How do I choose my Accessories

Accessorising is the perfect way to make an outfit pop. It can really complete a look, however sometimes it could break a look, and make a look flop.

As a rule of thumb, I tend to keep my accessorising as neutral as I possibly can, using Whites and Brown/Beige to compliment or highlight the outfit. However sometimes an outfit requires a complete contrast in accessories to make it really pop.

For example when I wear my Khaki Jeans (which I want to be the main feature) I find that a burgundy or purple body suit really helps to make the whole outfit come together.

Mixing colours is a really good way to make an outfit look something rather special and unique. Only you know what colours look good on you and suit the items you have in your wardrobe, and as long as you feel confident in what you are wearing it doesn’t really matter what you wear.

In the summer months I tend to wear a lot more accessories than the rest of the year. I don’t know why but I think I just seem to prefer the summer fashion to winter. In the winter I will accessorise with Hats, Scarfs and Boots. This never really changes. I don’t really like the cold so I will try not to leave the house wherever possible. However in the summer I accessorise with much more such as:

  • Necklaces – I usually stick with gold chunky pieces that stand out from my clothing. However sometimes a smaller subtle item is much more acceptable. Especially for special occasions.
  • Bracelets – Normally I will wear either my Pandora bracelet which has charms which mean something to me, or I layer up with 3-5 small bracelets to create a statement.
  • Anklet – I LOVE an anklet in the summer months and practically live in them. Even if I am wearing tights I will put an anklet on. It is how my friends and family know it’s summer (they all joke).
  • Hats – I am a bit of a hat fanatic. My hat collection used to be much bigger than it is now, but that’s just because my old hats had worn out. I love a good trilby hat, these are kind of my staple summer hat, and as a red-head I need a good hat in the summer to protect myself from the sun (even with sun-cream I end up burning!!)

Obviously I also accessorise with bags and shoes, as does everyone but there is so much I could say about both that I would need a whole post for just one.

Have a go at creating your own outfit like I do. I promise you it can be addictive and very quickly you will find that you can make one item of clothing into hundreds of different outfits.

Let me know how you create your outfits!

Much love xxx

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STYLE vs FASHION

Fashion and style are 2 different things. Fashion is the trends which are currently in circulation, and style is the way you wear the trends. It’s more personal, what you like/ dislike and what suits you best, but importantly it is about showing who you are through what you wear. You do not have to be fashionable to be stylish, you just need to wear your style with pride.

I will be honest with you.

I don’t really like the trends that are currently circulating around in the fashion world at the moment. There are quite a few pieces that have recently been released that I literally question.

For example this dress from Missguided is just weird.

I mean I don’t really get why you would wear something that is basically 2 items in one, (but not the jumper with the shirt collar way, as in literally 2 shirts bashed together) did the seamstress run out of material or something?!

This look is not for me, and there are plenty more items in the fashion world right now that I really just “don’t get”.

Maybe it’s that I’m getting old, or perhaps it’s that I’ve fallen out with fashion since having Isabelle. Either way, I don’t really like some of the current trends at the moment.

What’s a style?

There are hundreds of types of style in the fashion world, defined and categorised by the kind of looks we tend to go for.

Here are just a few different types:

Bohemian

This style tends to include flowy items made of natural materials. The Bohemian look tends to use natural and earthy colours. It’s basically all about being natural and close to nature.

Vintage

A vintage style tends to be clothing that replicates that of another era. For example one of my favourite youtubers lives in vintage clothing (@JasmineChiswell) and she look absolutely amazing. She is able to purchase modern day clothing and turn it into a replica of something from the 50’s.

On Trend

This style is constantly evolving. Keeping up with the current fashions and wearing only what is recent and up-to-date. This kind of style is not the most economic as falls into the category of “fast fashion” meaning you are changing your wardrobe every time a new season hits.

Feminine and Tom Boy

These two looks are the opposite of each other. A feminine look is all about the bouncy, flowy clothes, usually a lot of dresses and pastels. Whereas the TomBoy look is more about gender neutral clothes that are less “feminine” and more loose fitting, usually with bold colours.

Sporty

This attire is usually that of sports wear as everyday wear. Think gym wear on the school run, or Jogging bottoms all year round. The sporty style is very much about constantly being ready for sports, but rocking that look.

These are just a few of the different styles that are out there. There are so many different style categories for us all to explore. I love trying to mix up my look from time to time, and sometimes something from that style category will stick in my day-to-day wear.


What’s my Style?

MY style is probably a mix of the Trendy and Feminine. I love to keep up with fashion (when I like what there is), but I love to wear pastels but I also love the colours most associated with the Bohemian style. It is very rare that you won’t see me in a dress or jumpsuit in the summer months, and if you do see me in something else you can guarantee there will be something else that fits the “feminine” style.

No one is just one kind of style. While you may find that your style fits a few categories, you may find that you actually sway more to one or the other. That is absolutely fine.

Whatever your style is remember that you look amazing!!

Much love

xoxoxox