Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Embrace Your Love Of Jewellery To Enhance Your Confidence Plus 10% Off Code

Owning a special piece of jewellery can give you the confidence to hold your head up high and forget any troubles you may be facing at the moment. Jewellery, like makeup and clothing, enhances your endorphins to make you feel better about yourself.

Having a love for something that makes you feel good can only be a good thing. Why surround yourself with things that make you feel bad. Adopt a style that clears your mind and focuses on enhancing your confidence. 

Embrace your love for your jewellery and special items that get you through your day while cherishing every moment.

Pauline and Morgen are one of my favourite jewellery suppliers who make gorgeous pieces of jewellery to enhance your look and give you that glow you're looking for. Their jewellery is simple yet stunning and they have pieces to suit every budget and style.

You can grab yourself 10% off at the Pauline & Morgen store by using the code "OILOVEPM" which translates to "Oh I Love Pauline & Morgen". 

A few of my favourite Pieces of Pauline & Morgen jewellery I own can be found below.

Have fun with your jewellery and create a confidence that can't be broken. 

Do you have a favourite piece of jewellery that makes you feel special? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear how it makes you feel.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Body & Beauty Investments For Autumn

While the last blasts of summer might still be being felt across the country, for most of us, September heralds the onset of autumn. While the weather might not change for a few more weeks into the month, it’s hard to feel summery by the time the ninth month rolls around. There’s still time to go before it arrives, which means you have a few weeks left to enjoy that summer feeling - and also get ready for the seasons to come.

While it may have been a wet and windy summer for most of us Brits, there have been the occasional spells where the weather has been a pleasure. After being able to wear sandals and short hemlines, retreating back into autumnal wear isn’t going to be welcome.

Nevertheless, keeping yourself feeling and looking good as the weather begins to turn is an investment in and of itself. Whether you want to spend a lot of money, with the help of secured lending and a few dents in your savings account, or just want to do as much as possible with what you have, here are a few end-of-summer body and beauty rituals that will keep you feeling good all autumn long.


1) Start Deep Moisturising Your Face Now

Autumn and winter take their toll on your skin, so begin the fight back before the battle begins. A good moisturizing routine can really make a difference in preparing your skin for what’s to come.

  • Try using essences - a Korean concept that is applied between your serum and moisturizer - to help your skin get the most of your moisturizing product.
  • Use a lighter day cream and then a richer night cream to ensure your skin is catered to throughout the day. Night creams tend to be thicker, as your skin absorbs their properties over the course of the night. If you wake up with your skin feeling tacky or sticky to the touch, then try a thinner layer the next night.
  • If your skin is really struggling for moisture, try adding an oil at night. This can make your skin feel rather thick - especially if you have also used a day cream - but can make a real difference when you’re in need of a moisture boost.

2) Trim Your Hair

It’s not just your face that is going to feel the discomfort of winter; your hair can struggle also. As with skin, the biggest issue is that cold air can drain moisture from your hair. Starting a routine now can help you start off the colder months on the right foot, and give you the best chance of getting to next spring without wanting to pull your hair out.

  • Get your hair professionally trimmed so as to remove any existing dead ends, even if this results in a shorter style. Your hair will be healthier for it.
  • Try and oil your hair at least once a week, preferably overnight. Use a shower cap to prevent any leakage onto the pillow.
  • If you have a little more money to spend, then why not consider a professional conditioning treatment? Professional treatments tend to penetrate deeper into the hair, as well as offering a level of protection against anything that autumn might have to throw at you.


3) Make The Break From SLS

SLS - which stands for sodium lauryl sulphates - has been demonised by proponents of natural beauty for years now. While many people use SLS-containing products without problems, you can still stand to benefit from cutting SLS from your routine. You might be surprised, however, to discover how many products contain this problematic compound. Given that SLS can be drying, getting rid of it before winter could make a real difference to how you feel through the colder months.

Check these products for SLS and switch to SLS-free versions if needed:

  • Shampoo
  • Body wash
  • Conditioner
  • Dish soap
  • Laundry detergent

You may find that switching from SLS-containing products is an expensive way of buying beauty and household items. While this is true, it is nevertheless worth trying just to see if it makes a difference to the moisture levels of your skin. If you’re really struggling to afford these items, then it’s always worth sending a quick email to a company that produces SLS-free products and asking if they have any samples you can try. This should at least give you an idea of whether or not they make a difference for you, so you are able to justify any future purchases.

By getting the above three areas taken care of, you can at least look forward to autumn while still having the time to enjoy what remains of summer, too!

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Natural Hair Care: How to Make the Change

When you move away from the harsh chemicals, that’s found in your normal shampoo and conditioner you’ll notice your whole hair care routine will take on a different shape. Hair care is the all over care of your hair, this includes any gels or sprays you may use on your hair to keep it under control. I know you may think it’s an enormous task to take on, but you don’t have to go cold turkey all at once, you can gradually phase out and swap products over two – three months.

Taking time to swap your new natural hair care products gives your body the time it needs to flush out the toxins that have built up over time. Your scalp will go through changes, the oil secretion from your scalp will return naturally.

Week 1 - 4

  • Change from Your Old Shampoo and Conditioner to Natural ProductsUse up your old shampoo and conditioner throughout these four weeks but rotate with natural shampoo and conditioner you can purchase online. For this purpose, we’ll be using Purepotions Hair and Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner. You can buy this from their website purepotions.co.uk. The shampoo and conditioner are both priced at £18 each but they offer a code to buy the duo for £31.50 from QVC. You can also buy it from Waitrose and Holland & Barrett among other retailers.

Although natural shampoos and conditioners are more expensive than everyday ones, the benefits outweigh the price you pay. With natural products, you need not use as much so it lasts a lot longer than everyday products; the quality is better and it’ll improve your skin and scalp condition leaving no build-up on your hair.

Changes You’ll Notice from Your Purepotions Shampoo and Conditioner

You’ll notice your Purepotions shampoo won’t lather up as much as your old shampoo does, mainly because the structure of the old shampoo has ingredients added in to make a lather to make you think your hair was getting a perfect wash. Our brains are preprogrammed into thinking it’s the natural way for shampoos to work, but it’s only something that’s added to sell the product and make it more enticing.

The Purepotions conditioner won’t have the creamy glide that gets all over your hair and makes it feel soft in an instant, this’s also something that’s added to your conditioner. The natural conditioner will condition your hair but not make it slimy or be coated with harmful ingredients that’ll build up over time. The texture is creamy but not in a slimy way that sticks to your hair causing it to feel greasy after a few days.

Regularly using your Purepotions shampoo and conditioner will remove the build-up and bring your hair back to its natural state. The shampoo and conditioner are a brownish colour rather than the manufactured white of other normal shampoos, this is due to the natural colours of the ingredients included in the product.

Week 5 – 8
  •  Add Argan Oil to Your Hair Care Routine to Control Any Frizz – Once you’re familiar with the way your hair feels with your new shampoo and conditioner you can move onto control. Argan oil is the perfect accompaniment to your natural hair care products as it supports your routine and nourishes your hair along the way. You may have discovered your hair had become a little drier as the harsh chemicals were being stripped away by your old shampoo. Argan oil will replace the oils that were being mimicked by the chemicals in your old shampoo and conditioner.

You can use Argan Oil as a frizz control after you’ve washed and towel dried your hair just like a serum. Or you can use it as an oil treatment once a month to keep your hair fully conditioned and in great shape. It’s perfect for split ends, so adding it to the ends of your hair will restore the ends of your hair leaving it noticeably healthier. Plus using an organic product will give you peace of mind your Argan Oil is produced sustainably.

Uses for Argan Oil in Your Regular Hair Care Routine

  •          Split ends
  •          De-frizzing
  •          Heat Control
  •          Deep Conditioning
  •          Pre-wash Treatment
  •          Sun and Sea Protection

Week 9-12

By now you should wash and condition your hair entirely with natural shampoos and conditioners and keep your hair moisturised and under control with Argan Oil. You’ll notice a difference in your hair, it’ll be thicker and further conditioned leaving it more manageable. You’ll have built yourself a manageable routine to fit in with your daily life and work commitments and you’ll be glad you took the time to remove every chemical from your hair. 

You may be tempted to colour your hair if you keep up with a regular colouring routine or need to cover grey hair. If you’re sincere about not adding any more chemicals to your hair, you can swap your normal hair colour routine for a natural one as well. Tints of Nature are a prime example of a natural hair colour process that involves no harsh chemicals and will condition your hair as you colour.

Keep your Hair Looking Good

Continue with your hair care routine of natural products to prevent your hair becoming greasy and unmanageable. Regularly use a deep conditioner on your hair, you can use other oils to complement your conditioning such as Coconut Oil or Macadamia Oil which hydrates the hair follicle and traps in moisture leaving it fully conditioned.

Enjoy your new hair care routine and take your new found love of natural products a step further and start a new natural beauty routine to keep your body happy and healthy.
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Improve the Effects of Dry Skin; Naturally

Using natural products in our daily life is becoming increasingly accessible with the aid of people who care about what we put on our skin. Harmful chemicals in the familiar brands available in stores are causing us a countless number of health complications. Using natural products wherever you can considerably improve the status of your health.

This isn’t an offhand statement because I have experienced the change in my own health. Having Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for a few years,  I then changed my beauty and skin care products to natural ones. I feel my body is coping better without being compelled to fight off harmful chemicals and toxins every moment of the day. My skin is brighter, my family have also remarked on how well I look. That’s without makeup. I feel more capable of getting through the day without feeling sluggish and needing to crash on the sofa all day.

Harmful Irritants in Many Products

Throughout beauty stores you’ll come across several products and without noticing the ingredients they’ll be in your basket then going on your skin without a second thought. Most of these products will use one or more of these irritants that cause you a problem. Whether it’s a skin irritant or a period of sleeplessness or an anxiety-linked illness, this could be the cause of your poor health.

The list of irritants is a lengthy list not to mention the damage these can be to your health and your family’s health. A few irritants you will have come across are;
·         Alcohols
·         Parabens
·         Butylated Hydroxyanisole – or BHT as it is generally known
·         Lanolin
·         Fragrances
·         Beeswax
·         Benzyl Benzoate
·         Benzyl Cinnamate
·         Propylene Glycol

And believe it or not all these irritants are in Sudocreme with a few included in other moisturisers aimed at maintaining the softness of your skin.

If you look at the chart it shows you that Dermasalve a cream moisturiser for treating Eczema and other dry skin conditions is a natural product proven to achieve results. The ingredients contained in Dermasalve soften, smooth, protect and repair your skin to leave it healthy and free from irritants that constantly cause you to carry on going back to the doctor.

Sensitive Skin Improvements with Daily Use

Having sensitive skin means you will keep an eye out for products that claim, “Good for Sensitive Skin” but often it doesn’t cover that there’s still irritants in the product. Using a product that’s 100% natural will make sure you won’t be irritating your skin any further and your condition will improve.

Natural soaps are making a great comeback whether it’s for your hands or body. Using 100% natural beauty soaps protect the environment and your skin. The soap will normally come in recyclable paper or a cardboard box. Skin Salve who produce the Dermasalve cream moisturiser also has a soap that can treat dry skin conditions as a complete treatment. It can also be an everyday solution to improve sensitive skin on your hands and body or as a conventional beauty soap.

Continue with 100% Natural Products in Your Daily Routine

As well as soaps and creams to keep your skin irritant free, you should replace your washing powder, body wash, hand wash, shampoo and conditioner plus anything else you place near your skin, including makeup and deodorant. By eliminating all irritants from your products, your skin will be able to breathe and heal itself to leave your skin soft and free from the effects of dry and flaking skin.

After using both the Dermasalve cream and the Soap treatment, I found they both work amazingly. I tested the cream on my feet because I’d ran out of coconut oil one evening and the results were surprisingly effective. Since applying the cream, I’ve continued with daily use to keep my body free from dry skin. I use the soap every day on my hands and the smell is gorgeous although no fragrances are added the smell of the ingredients is lovely. 

The ingredients used in the soap are;
·         Sodium Palmate (fatty acids derived from palm oil or coconut oil)
·         Natural Palm Oil (loaded with antioxidants and vitamins)
·         Coconut Oil
·         Aqua (water)
·         Sodium Chloride (salt)
·       Tetrasodium EDTA (Chelating agent which neutralises metal ions to make hard water soft)
·         Vitamin E
·         Glycerin (fights the effects of skin conditions)

The lovely Skin Salve has offered me a 15% discount code for anyone who would like to try their products. The code is applicable until the end of August 2017 and you can use on any purchase from their store. Just copy and paste the code KEWDFV8N62BJ and add it into the box required while at the checkout.

They also have a deal on (at the time of writing this article), to pick up a free 200ml bottle of Dermasalve hand cream (worth £9.99) when you spend £21.

Have you tried any Skin Salve product? If so let me know in the comments what you thought.


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