Friday, 31 July 2015

Packing for Spain – The SPF Edit


I’m off to Denia on Sunday morning for my annual August getaway for a dose or two of its sun, sea and sangria. Actually, scrap the last one - I’m not keen on that typically Spanish alcoholic beverage (I’m not overly fond of alcohol full stop, although I do enjoy the occasional glass of wine).

Packing for a holiday has never been my strong point. I want to throw everything from my wardrobe, shoe caddy, skincare and makeup stashes into my suitcase - if I don’t I’ll worry that there'll be something from among them that I desperately need when I get there, but haven’t packed!

In reality, of course, I do have to be selective – it doesn’t take much to reach a 23Kg hold luggage allowance when you’re packing heavy skincare and toiletries. But there is one category of Summer holiday essentials that I will never scrimp on – SPF products!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

How a Surprise Parcel From Sandra at Beauty Balm Saved My Day!


You know those days you get when not just one or two things go wrong, but a whole procession of calamities befall you. Yep, I had one of those last Wednesday.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Skin Design London Sleeping Beauty – Nourishes Skin Overnight


Sleep. It's a sore point. I’m averaging around just six hours sleep a night. That’s at least one hour less than it should be (according to most expert advice).

One hour may not sound like much, but when you add it up over the course of weeks/months/years (this has been my sleep pattern for the best part of 15 years now), then that’s a lot of sleep I’m missing out on. And no doubt it’s wreaking havoc on my skin – while that’s difficult to prove without a comparison, we all know that our skin repairs itself during hours of sleep.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Dr Jackson’s Natural Products Body Perfecting Gel - Beach Body Prep


Summer is without doubt my favourite of the four seasons. The feel of warm sun kissing my bare shoulders is one of life’s greatest pleasures, though not one you get to experience that often when living in the UK, granted!

But there is one aspect of Summer that fills me with dread – my legs coming out into the fresh air again after spending all Winter and Spring beneath thick tights and trousers! Hidden away they have been largely forgotten, but come August there is nowhere for them to hide.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Introducing … Face Up Fitness


Keeping my body fit and healthy is as important to me as looking after my skin. I’ve been going to the gym for over 10 years, training three times a week (give or take).

I trained throughout both my two pregnancies, and got back into training as quickly as I could after giving birth (exactly three months after – I know that because it was the age from which I could leave a new baby at the gym’s crèche).

If anyone reading this is newly pregnant and wondering whether to continue with exercise during the next nine months, I would encourage you to do so, provided that you are feeling up to it and your GP has given you the ‘OK’.

I know that maintaining my exercise programme enabled me to regain my pre-pregnancy body, as much as is possible - childbirth takes a big toll on every mother's body, and some permanent changes are inevitable.

But despite my passion for exercise, and the massively positive effect it has on our skin, I have only mentioned my fitness regime in passing on my blog - until now! There’s a reason for that: for most of those 10 plus years, my training has not changed. I’ve done the same thing week-in, week-out: warm-up followed by 45 minutes of cadio, and 15 minutes of free weights.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

How to Hide Crow’s Feet – Plus the Tools You Need


Here’s when I’m hoping that the old saying ‘it’s never too late’ rings true!

Back in May (yes, way back then) I posted a tutorial on ‘How to Conceal Dark Circles – Plus the Tools You Need’. I had planned to follow it up a few weeks later with a second tutorial, ‘How to Conceal Crow’s Feet – Plus the Tools You Need’. It’s now the middle of July – Oops!

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Balance Me Colour BB Natural Perfection SPF25 – A Natural Alphabet Cream With a Decent SPF!


If you’re passionate about green beauty products, one challenge you may face is finding an alphabet cream with a high SPF.

I’m looking as I write at the Naturisimo, MyPure and Love Lula websites (three big organic beauty online retailers) and I’m not seeing many BB or other letter creams with an SPF, and those that do tend to be around the10-15 mark.