Category Archives: Beauty

Fashion Craze: What is DERMAPLANING?

  • A physical form of exfoliation
  • Required the use of a surgical scalpel to gently shave skin’s surface, removing top layer of dead skin along with fine vellus hair

WHY DO IT?

  • Triggers cell regeneration process
  • Helps to remove things like acne scaring and hyperpigmentation
  • Leaves skin with smooth, soft and radiant appearance

ANY CONS?

  • Those with excessive facial hair have been known to be dissatisfied with the result- dangers of skin under these conditions feeling sore and red
  • Hair can feel different upon regrowth
  • Ingrown hairs can be a frequent problematic occurrence
  • Sensitive skin may also be irritated and experience similar results

Those with excess facial hair are better of waxing, threading or considering laser treatment if they desire to remove the said hairs. For those with a hormone imbalance, dermaplaning is likely to not be the most advantageous option.

Did you know that the idea that shaving enables the removed hair to grow back
thicker and darker is a myth?
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Second £5 Graphic Sweater- Primark

More graphic sweaters purchased from Primark…same place, same price!

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Happy New Year!

5 WAYS TO INSTANTLY BOOST YOUR ENERGY~ PLOTTWISTT

The result of these methods is said to turn your body into a ‘fatigue-fighting machine’…I’m not so sure these have the ability to transform a human into something bionic but I’m sure they’d do something  just as effective (only slightly less risky, I hope.)

So here goes… five exhilarating ways to instantly boost your energy:


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FIND SOMETHING RED: It’s odd maybe, well actually, it’s not. red is an emotive colour that is capable of physically changing the body: it enhances blood pressure and can boost heart rate. It’s known as a ‘stimulant colour’…
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YAWNING – seems trivial and obvious right? But yawning is a way of cooling of your brain, and hence re-energizing it. (Fun fact: did you know the average yawn lasts for 6 seconds? Well, the more you know!)
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RUNNING/ WALKING- 2 hours…that’s how many hours of energy on average you will have after only a brief 10 minute walk.
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GET ON YOUTUBE- run and tell your parents: watching videos like dancing hamster (or ay other hilarious creation) will boost your blood pressure and increase heart rate, hence leaving you with a new and energised self.
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CHIA SEEDS- sprinkle some of these around! (Preferably keeping them on your salads, thanks). They are choka-bloka with Vitamin B, protein and fibre.
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STRETCH!- Bored? Tired? Lacking energy? Try this: stand in the doorway facing forwards with your feet several inches apart. Reach the sides of the frame, now grab the frame with your fingers and push your chest forwards, until you feel a stretch in your torso and back. Hold this for 30 seconds. The exercise stimulates the ‘sympathetic nervous system’; this hence, is clearly a beneficial little stretch.

‘Eat your way to smoother skin’

The long and short of it is, as obvious as it may sound, it is not necessary to pay astonishing amounts of money for some devil-looking cleansing serum when it is perfectly possible to obtain clear skin without the chemicals.

These foods are ‘anti-cellulite’- yes, I too what a little like ‘what the hell is this cellulite beast I have been eating my whole life, it sounds like some type of disease’. But no, this is cellulite:

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…And here are the top twenty foods to fight cellulite:


Tomatoes- great for fighting cellulite, also for containing lycopene, and vitamin C which promote collagen production…this in turn increaes skin elasticity. 
Pineapple- known for being an extraordinary aphrodisiac…(in case you don’t know what aphrodisiacs are…well…have fun googling that!). On a lighter and less odd note, pineapple is a rated anti-inflammatory. Again it prevents water retention
Watermelon- contains up to the equivalent of one glass of water per slice. Also a good source of potassium and fibre, of course. It is high in antioxidants that stimulate blood flow and fight against water retention…

 

 

Pears- provide potassium, and activate slow metabolism, and furthermore reduce the effects of toxins in the body.
Citrus- marvellous for vitamin C, certain for B, which help increase blood flow and reduce toxin deposits
Berries- for vitamin C to eliminate toxins and their deposits within cells
Bananas- great for stimulating blood vessels. Good source of potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium. In addition, bananas prevent water retention and stress- great for combating cellulite. I REPEAT- BANANAS PREVENT STRESS?! Apparently.
Avocados- high in calories, yes. But they also are chocka-blocka f essential fatty acids that are tremendously good for skin. Just to top it off, they also improve blood flow and fight cellulite.

 

Nuts- packed with protein, fibre, healthy fat, vitamin E…all things marvellous at fighting cellulite. Eat too many, and the fat shall roll on, ‘all in moderation’, as they say. A handful a day keeps the cellulite away
Grains- pasta, black rice, cereals, and other grains are a great source of low-calorie energy. They are too packed with antioxidants that contribute to eliminating cellulite-forming toxins
Broccoli- as well as being an exceptional source of vitamins and minerals (blah blah, I know), this super-food is high in alpha-lipoic acid. This acid helps thicken collagen and thereby avoid cellulite.
Green Tea- Increases metabolic rate, which in turn reduces the absorption of unwanted fat. It also has diuretic and slimming properties- these fight water retention, and of course, cellulite.
Water- it helps eliminate a variety of toxins, which is handy since cellulite is absorbed by toxins. This means, reluctantly, the higher the volume of water drunk, the more toxins eliminated. So be sure to drink your 2.5 litres a day.

HACK FOR BREAKOUTS: USE TOOTHPASTE

Here is an insanely simple and cheap way to deal with breakouts...which also happens to be highly effective…and slightly odd, but hey, if you have spots, and toothpaste…combine the two to eliminate one. Why not.


A quote from a webpage noted: “Apply a small amount and leave overnight. In the morning, you should see a major improvement. The toothpaste dries up the acne and leaves you with smoother skin.”- clearly this is too for acne scars, but will work just as well for spots.

Here is a little illustration for your own amusement and reminder:

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“DABBING THE AREA WITH TOOTHPASTE IS SAID TO BRING DOWN THE SWELLING. THIS MAY BE DUE TO THE INGREDIENTS IN THE TOOTH PASTE- LIKE BAKING SODA, HYDROGEN PEROXIDE, AND MENTHOL- THAT CAUSE PIMPLES TO DRY OUT.”

 

FUN FACT: did you also now that you can use toothpaste to clean jewellery, car headlamps, nails, (potentially) conceal phone scratches and to remove stains in clothes? Thought I’d just throw that in there! (You’re welcome, non-existent friend;) ).


 

I hope this minuscule blog is of some use…to someone…somewhere…somehow…*sobs in realisation of solitary nature of the world*.

So yeah…BYE!

 

 

HOW TO: OMBRE NAILS

So you’re probably expecting some super complicated method which requires equipment with o-u-t-r-a-g-e-o-u-s-l-y long names that you can only purchase from the specialist of locations…like China, or something. Let me tell you, I got everything from Poundland. And I’m proud. *play non-existent patriotic Poundland theme tune*

All you will need (from Poundland) is:

  1. A small make-up sponge
  2. Nail varnish (duh)- 2 colours+
  3. Nails, preferably…

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So without more-a-do, lets p…um, lets start.

STAGE UNO:

1Apply a thick white base coat. This will enable your ombre colours to be more prominent, and also mean you will need less coats of them- leaving you more time to Snapchat pictures of your swanky ‘new‘ nails to people who quite frankly couldn’t care less, but hey, they’re cool.

**WARNING: YOU MUST ENSURE YOUR WHITE BASE IS COMPLETELY DRY BEFORE MOVING ONTO STAGE TWO, OR ELSE…I SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OUTCOME…(of smudged nails- DUN DUN DUUUUN!)**


STAGE DOS:2

Paint the make-up sponge with the 2 or more colours you want to blend together in your ombre, one immediately below the other.

(Take note: Poundland make up sponge, I repeat, POUNDLAND MAKE-UP SPONGE)


STAGE TRES:

3Align your chosen colours on the make-up sponge with your nail, so that the colour on the bottom is the colour you want at the base of your nail.

Position the sponge as if you were about to skip to step four, (don’t, that’s rude), to check you are happy with the positioning and the ratio of colouring, blue to pink, in this case. ()


STAGE CUARTO:

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Applying a slight pressure, dab the sponge onto the nail in the position decided in step three/ stage tres.

Use continuous ‘dabbing’ motions moving the sponge very slightly- this will blend the two colours together, so don’t panic if you move the sponge from the original position at any point, as this will help the increase the gradient ()


STAGE CINCO…Y HAYA TERMINADO!

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As it is the nails you want painted, I highly suggest you clean the perimeter of the nail with a cotton bud, to avoid looking like you have obtained some highly infectious multi-coloured disease.

And there you have it, or them in this case…OMBRE NAILS!


Thank you for reading, or even just looking at the pictures. I hope my little ‘tutorial‘ (<lord, I hate that word.) on potentially the most simple process in the entire universe helped you in some way, somehow.

S x