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4 Secrets To Younger Looking Hands

People say that if you want to know a person’s true age, look at their hands. Washed and dried on a regular basis and exposed to the sun and snow, they get their fair share of use during our lives. As we get older, the skin on our hands becomes thinner, making them look fragile. As time goes on, they also become wrinkled and speckled with age spots. Most of us will spend substantial time and money on night creams, day creams and serums to make our faces look youthful. However, we don’t give a second thought to the biggest giveaway of our age. With a little effort, it is possible to delay these visible signs of ageing. Here are our secrets to younger looking hands.

1. Protect your hands from the sun

The biggest contributor to ageing skin on our hands is the sun. Regular exposure to the sun causes the skin to wrinkle and damages it in many ways. Most of us are in the habit of protecting our faces each day by applying sunscreen but it really important to include your hands in this routine. Look for a quality SPF hand moisturizer and apply to your hands daily. Yes, it’s another stage to add to your already lengthy beauty regime, but trust us it will make a difference to the look and feel of your hands.

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2. Exfoliate

Your hands should regularly be exfoliated; once a week is sufficient. The skin on your hands is delicate, so use a gentle exfoliating product. Alternatively, use a completely natural method by mixing equal parts of sugar and olive oil and massage this gently into your hands. Leave the mixture on your hands for as long as possible for maximum benefit. Rinse and pat dry. This will leave your hands feeling soft and looking beautiful.

3. Moisture

Although you are now applying an SPF moisturizer to your hands on a daily basis, this may not be enough. Every time we wash and dry our hands, we strip them of moisture. So, it is a good idea to get into the habit of applying moisturizer after you clean your hands. Additionally, during the colder months, your hands will require extra moisture to cope with the harsh conditions. Whenever your hands feel tight and dry, don’t wait; apply hand moisturizer straight away. For this purpose, it’s a good idea to always carry a handy-sized hand cream in your bag.

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4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

By eating the right foods, regularly exercising and quitting smoking you will improve the skin on your hands as well as all over your body. Check out websites like antiagingworld.net that provide information on how to lead an anti-ageing lifestyle. Some of the best foods for nourishing your skin include oily fish, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and leafy greens. Have a look here for more information on foods that will benefit your skin.

The conclusion is that you must be kind to your hands to keep them looking young. It may require a little effort, but incorporating these secrets into your everyday routine will give you healthy, younger-looking hands.

 

The Gentlemen’s Accessory Gift Guide

Looking for some final touches to complete your gentleman look? Perhaps you’re on the hunt for some great gift ideas for the gentleman in your life.

When it comes to accessories, getting the right ones befitting for a gentleman is very important – the last thing that you want is a tacky accessory that makes him stand out like a sore thumb (for all the wrong reasons). Good accessories are essentially what makes a gentleman a gentleman, apart from his impeccable manners, of course! If you are looking for the perfect gifts to buy your suave man (or you’re a gentleman looking for accessory ideas) then here are the things you need in your life.

A Pocket Square

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Pocket squares never go out of style and are an underrated accessory in today’s fashion world. A sophisticated pocket square is like the icing on the cake; it just polishes off a fantastic, well-fitting suit. For some examples of trendy pocket squares, check out a sophisticated menswear website like Politix. If you’re buying the pocket square as a gift, try and match it to some of the colours of the tie the gentlemen already has – they must match!

A Simple, Suave Watch

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Nothing says “gentleman” like a nice watch. Even if your gentleman doesn’t intend to tell the time, the watch will still look suave and sophisticated sitting on his wrist. When it comes to choosing the right watch, think dark colours and a leather band with a small clock face. Try to stay away from bright, chunky watches – it’ll be hard to find other gentlemanly means of attire that could match such a bright statement.

A Bright Bowtie

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Who says neckwear is restricted to long ties? Bowties are another timeless piece that are a great present for the everyday gentlemen. The great thing about the bowtie is that it matches basically any suit and can also be worn with normal slacks and a white shirt if your gentleman likes to dress up his quirky, casual day look.

Cologne

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So this isn’t so much an accessory that you see as much as you smell, but it’s still necessary for any gentleman to keep up appearances. You can’t be a gentleman without smelling like one. Therefore, if you’re looking for a gift idea, a good quality, sophisticated cologne is a great choice. You can buy a scent tailored to the “gentlemanly” smell or perhaps a few different small collections so they can mix and match.

When it comes to putting the finishing touches on the perfect gentleman’s outfit, it really is the accessories that make all the difference. A sophisticated range of accessories will complement their outfit and finish the look.

If you’re still in doubt about the right accessories for the gentleman look, you can always look through photos of the world’s greatest (Frank Sinatra is a great example) for some inspiration and advice! What are some of your favourite accessories you’ve bought for the gentleman in your life? Tell other readers about your great finds in the comments below.

Lady Rebecca

Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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Get a Sexy Makeover with a Brazilian Butt Lift – And the Help of an Experienced Surgeon

If you’ve never heard of a Brazilian butt lift before, it is a buttocks augmentation procedure that has gained considerable popularity in recent years. In 2014, popular culture was obsessed with the butt and many celebrities achieved dramatic and sexy results with this technique. This surgery enhances the buttocks, while toning and shaping the surrounding areas to create a contoured, shapely figure. Both men and women who were previously unhappy with their body have elected to get this surgery done. While undergoing a Brazilian butt lift can improve your appearance and dramatically increase your self-confidence, it is vital that you select a reputable surgeon to work with. The cost of entrusting your body to an inexperienced doctor is high as no one wants to walk away with poor results. The by-product of this isan additional cost to reverse the effects of the procedure, time away from work in recovery and the disappointment and pain of a botched surgery.

When selecting a physician it is important to know what experience and certifications to look for. First, you should focus on finding someone who is board certified and whohas experience performing this procedure before. Look for a physician who is certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. When reviewing a surgeon’s experience, keep in mind that there are sub-specialties in the cosmetic enhancement field and that each area requires a different skillset. As a secondary consideration, you should find a physician and staff that can provide excellent customer service. You will be making multiple trips to the clinic for personal consultations and during the recovery process so it’s imperative that you work with a doctor that you trust and get along with. When you are considering such a dramatic change, it is important that your physician shares your sense of aesthetics. Being on the same page about the look and feel of the surgery will help you achieve the results you want.

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Any buttocks augmentation involves two steps – first the fatty areas of the lower back, abdomen and thighs are removed via liposuction, then this fat is injected into the buttocks via injection at various depths. By removing the existing fat and re-injecting it into the buttocks, your body will be dramatically transformed. You’ll ideally walk away with larger, shapelier buttocks and a more contoured waist and thigh area.

Although surgeons may have their own recovery procedures, you can expect to be monitored for a few hours after the surgery and released the same day. Specific care instructions will accompany you home for both the buttocks, as well as the areas of your body that underwent liposuction. You may be given medications to reduce the risk of infection and you will most likely receive a support garment that you will be instructed to wear. This will apply even compression to the buttocks area. Finally, you can expect a series of follow-up visits to monitor your healing progress.

As you can see, this procedure is a serious matter and takes careful consideration. If you are searching for the best plastic surgeons in your area, do some preliminary research and think your decision over. If you live in Toronto, Dr. Ali Adibfar is a highly regarded physician who performs regular buttocks enhancement surgeries and Brazilian butt lifts.To book a free consultation with him, visit the Best Plastic Surgeon Toronto website. If you dream of having lovely, shapely buttocks this summer, there may not be a better time to book your surgery. By working with the most talented experts imaginable, you’ll have the best butt on the block.

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Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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How To Get The Perfect, Photogenic Smile

We’ve all looked through photos and cringed at our awkward smiles and silly faces. How do the celebrities get is so right, yet we get it so wrong? Well, they’re no better than me or you. They just know how to smile for the camera. They know the tricks and tips that bring out their pearly whites and light up their face. The good news is that these tricks are no big secret. You can learn them to and unlock the perfect smile for your face.

It all starts with how well you look after your teeth. After that, it’s all about creating the perfect natural smile. All you need to know is how to relax those muscles, bring the glisten to your eye and smile wide. You might need a little practice, but let me tell you this for nothing. All the celebrities with perfect smiles have spent hours in front of the mirror getting it just right. Without further ado, let’s jump into the five tips.

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Dental hygiene

It all starts here. The best smile requires pearly white teeth and plump red lips. Both your teeth and gums must be well looked after. Brush twice a day and floss regularly. Cut down on the coffees, teas and red wines that stain your precious teeth. If you do have severe teeth problems there are options out there. You could make use of thenewtooth dental implants in Kent & East Sussex.

Make-up

The right make-up can really bring out your smile. Choosing the right colours and tones to complement your teeth can make all the difference. Reds and berry colours are the best when it comes to making teeth look whiter. The same goes for deep browns. However, experts suggest avoiding magenta and brighter colours. They have the effect of making teeth look dark and brown.

Make it natural

This is the hardest bit to get right. The perfect, photogenic smile looks natural and happy. Almost as if you have been caught in the happiest moment of your life. There are a few tricks, but nothing beats recalling a fond memory or funny joke. Let your mind wander to that moment and the smile will naturally appear on your face. Some swear by smiling as you breath out. On the outward breath, your muscles are more relaxed.

Practice

Just get in front of your mirror and practice! Try a few techniques for a natural smile, and see which you prefer. Does the funny memory work, or do you just crease up too much? How about breathing? Try moving your tongue to different places. Don’t feel silly, just take your time to find the right resting place.

Don’t forget the eyes…

They say you can always spot a fake smile in the eyes. That’s what gives you a true radiance. So don’t forget to look out for them when practicing. What is it that makes them light up? What gives them that glint and shows your true happiness? This will likely come from recalling your fond memory. Always try to keep that in mind.

So there you go. There’s no big secret or magic trick that the celebs use. Practice, practice, practice and find the best technique for you. Everyone has the perfect, photogenic smile in them. Now it’s time to find yours.

 

Beauty Tips For The Man In Your Life

Unlike us ladies, men spend a very small amount of time grooming themselves. A typical man’s daily beauty regime involves a shower, a splash of aftershave, maybe some moisturizer and if they’ve got time, a quick comb of the hair. Most men are simply not interested in spending time each day pampering themselves. And because they are not interested, most men are unaware of the many benefits that can come from spending a little time on their skin and hair. When the nose hair becomes unsightly, and the fingernails are dirty it might be time to pass on some of these quick and easy beauty tips to your husband, boyfriend, brother or Dad.

Moisturize

I can’t imagine living a life without moisturizer; for practical rather than vanity reasons. During the winter especially, our skin gets dry, cracked and irritable, and moisturizer is the most helpful way to deal with this. Many men don’t bother moisturizing even during the winter months. This makes their skin look unhealthy, and feel very tight. Moisturizing each day will lead to healthier, softer skin. Additionally, wearing a daily moisturizer with SPF will protect their skin against damage from the sun and keep them looking younger for longer.

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Evening face wash

Washing your face at the end of the day is crucial for achieving clean and healthy skin. But many men don’t bother. Each day cosmetic and environmental oil and dirt settles in the pores. If left alone, bacteria will accumulate on the surface of the skin and can lead to a breakout of spots. There are many face washes designed for men that use natural products. An exfoliating product is a good choice as this will also deal with dead skin, leaving the skin looking and feeling soft.

Shaving

The man in your life should be using good quality shaving tools and products to avoid skin damage and irritation. Suggest a shaving foam and aftershave balm that uses gentle and natural ingredients rather than cheap and potentially harmful products. A soft bristled shaving brush and a quality razor will also help to achieve a smooth finish. In terms of body hair tips and ideas, if the chest hair needs to be tamed, a good pair of clippers used in the direction of the grain on dry hair will help. Applying a body lotion post trim will hydrate your skin and ease any redness. For unruly back hair, waxing is the best option. No pain, no gain as they say.

Nails

Dirty and ragged finger or toe nails are never a good look. When neglected, bacteria and fungi breed under the toe and fingernails which can sometimes cause stomach bugs when they come into contact with the mouth. Yuck! Perhaps if they were reminded of this fact, the man in your life would be more willing to regularly clean, clip and file his nails. If he does a lot of weight lifting he may have course, calloused hands. These can be softened by soaking in warm water and gently rubbing with a pumice stone.

I hope these tips encourage some guy grooming!

How I Achieve Flawless Looking Skin, Every Day

Just lately, I’ve had many compliments on the way my skin looks. I’ve had problems with my skin in the past, so I’m absolutely thrilled to have found a skincare routine that works for me.

Of course makeup has had a hand in helping me to look flawless, but I’m only human! Here are my tips for achieving flawless looking skin every day:

I Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturise Twice a Day

In the morning I cleanse with a good facial wash, before toning and applying my moisturiser. If I’m not doing anything, I’ll leave it at that. However, most of the time I’ll apply my makeup over the moisturiser. My moisturiser contains an SPF, which helps to protect my skin from sun damage whether it’s sunny or raining outside. Before bed I do the same routine, sometimes using a different cleanser. I keep this routine consistent, and try to do it no matter how tired (and sometimes drunk) I am.

I Only Ever Use Products Suited to My Skin Type

The products I use aren’t those that work for a celebrity, or somebody I know. They are products that work for me. Everybody is different, so we need to find individual products suited to our skin types. Many people make the mistake of thinking that because something worked with their best friend, it’ll work with them. This isn’t the case! You need to work out your skin type, and then find products to suit it. If you have combination skin, you can use different products to reflect that. Using products that aren’t suited to your skin type will make your skin worse, and do more bad than good.

I Exfoliate Twice Per Week

I love exfoliating. It helps to get rid of dead skin cells, gives me a healthy glow, and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple. I do this twice a week, as that’s what the product I’m using recommends. In some cases, you may only need to use yours once per week. If it’s a wash with scrub incorporated, you may be required to use it every day. Go by the manufacturers instructions and test what works for you.

I Use a Facemask Once Per Week

Face masks are a real treat, and I try to be consistent in using one once per week. I try to do this at the same time and on the same day each week so I don’t forget. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll use one of those face masks made from cloth, that you simply unfold and lay over the face. These make the least mess, are easy to dispose of, and still leave my skin feeling great afterwards! If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll use a clay mask or a peel off. However, I’m usually removing bits of mask days later.

I Apply a Pore Strip When Needed

Pore strips are the answer to blackheads, ladies. Those annoying little grease blobs stuck underneath the skin, making pores look oily and open. You can try to pop these, but you’ll never get rid of as many as a pore strip can. All you do is apply to a damp nose, for instance, leave to dry and then peel off. Looking at the strip afterwards can be very satisfying when you see just how many you’ve got rid of!

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I Use Clever Makeup Techniques

As I said before, makeup does play a role in my seemingly flawless skin. I still have the odd imperfection, after all, and there’s not much else I can do. This means I turn to makeup! Here are some of the techniques I use on a daily basis:

  • I always use a primer after my moisturiser if I’m going to wear makeup. This stops the makeup from affecting my skin too much, helps to cover up imperfections, and makes the makeup last longer!
  • I apply a colour correcting concealer under my eyes, which helps to disguise dark circles when I layer over my foundation.
  • I apply my foundation with a good sponge or brush, making sure it’s expertly blended right down to my neck. No tide lines for me!
  • I apply a regular concealer under my eyes to wake them up.
  • I sometimes use highlighter and bronzer to contour my face, especially if I’m going out. The way you do this will depend on your face shape!
  • If my skin is a little greasy one day, I’ll dab over a powder to soak it up.
  • I apply instant tan occasionally, so I have more of a healthy glow on days when I don’t look it.

I Take My Makeup Off Properly at the End of the Day

You know I cleanse, tone, and moisturise twice a day. However, none of that matters if you aren’t taking your makeup off properly first and foremost. Cleanse twice at once if that’s what you have to do to remove every last scrap of makeup. Going to bed with makeup on your skin will mean you wake up with more imperfections. You could also end up layering new makeup over old makeup – gross!

I Nip Problems in the Bud Before They Get Worse

Occasionally, I’ll experience things like dark spots on my face. I make sure I nip these problems in the bud before they get worse, by doing my research on sites like http://www.healthyskinsolutions.com. I never ignore a problem, and try to eradicate it as quickly as possible!

I Monitor My Skin for Changes Regularly

Skin changes from season to season, so I monitor mine regularly for any changes. If I do notice changes, I change the products I use accordingly. My skin will usually get dryer in winter, for instance, so I’ll start using a richer moisturiser. However, using the same moisturiser in summer will break me out in spots. Sometimes, my skin will change for no reason at all. You need to be vigilant if you want to get flawless skin!

I hope you find my tips useful on your quest for flawless skin. Bye for now!

 

Adding Colorful Accessories to Your Wardrobe: Gemstone Basics for Beginners

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Looking to add a few pieces of jewelry to your arsenal? Gemstones are beautiful pieces of minerals that are cut, polished, and added to jewelry. Whether precious or semi- precious, gemstones are a great addition and can be found in just about any color, shape, or size. It’s the perfect way to accessorize and add personality to any wardrobe type.

However, before you head out to the nearest jeweler and begin selecting your pieces, knowing a bit about various types of gemstones and what to look for while you shop can certainly come in handy.

Gemstone Classification

When it comes to determining the types of gemstones there are, it can be done several ways. Some of the most common ways in which gemstones are classified is by category, the method in which they are made, or by describing them as precious and semi precious.

1.  Categories

Below is a list of gemstone categories and common stones chosen from each:

  • Diamonds – the most common gemstone, diamonds are regarded as the most precious stones in the world and can be come in various colors and sizes.
  • Corundum – this category consist of popular stones like rubies and sapphires
  • Chrysoberyl – cat’s eyes and alexandrite
  • Quartz – another popular gemstone category is the quartz. Common choices include the onyx, citrine, and amethyst stones.
  • Beryl – Similar to quartz, the beryl category consists of stones like aquamarines and emeralds.
  • Other – there are other categories for gemstones that might include jade, and organic stones such as pearls.

2.  Creation Method

Another common way to classify gemstone is based on the method in which they are made. There are generally three categories that include genuine, created, and synthetic.

  • Genuine – Genuine stones are created by nature alone and taken from the earth. Pearls diamonds, ambers are great examples of genuine stones.
  • Created – created stones are those that are chemically designed to immolate genuine stones. These stones are typically not as expensive as genuine options.
  • Synthetic - synthetic stones are also duplicates of genuine types but do not share the same chemical composition the created ones have. Synthetic materials generally consist of crystal, glass, and in some cases, plastic.

3.  Precious  or Semi Precious

The last commonly used method for classifying gemstones is by determining whether or not it has precious or semi-precious tones. The precious category was ideally reserved for four types of gemstones: diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, while semi-precious stones make up the rest of the bunch. Of all the semi-precious stones, some of the more popular choices include garnet, aquamarine, jade, and amethyst.

Gemstone Shopping Tips

Now that you have some of the basics down, you’re ready to begin shopping for your gemstones either online or in a jewelry store. When looking for gemstones, there are several qualities to look at – color, clarity, carat, cut, and setting type. Keeping these in mind will ensure that you get the best quality pieces at a decent value.

Color – Color is certainly up to you. However, the more popular choices for color include clear yet intense primary colors such as red, green, and blue. Rare or unique colors might cost you a bit more.

Clarity – clarity is important when purchasing gemstones. The clearer and more transparent the stone is, the higher in value it will be.

Carat – Like most jewelry, gemstones are sold by the weight which is measured in carats. Keep in mind that some stones are denser than others.

Cut – The cut of the gemstone is also a factor that is based on your personal preference. A good cut doesn’t necessarily cost you more, but can add a lot of beauty to a piece of jewelry.

Setting – When choosing jewelry a bit of diamond settings education goes a long way as well. ‘Stone setting’ essentially means the method in which the stones are placed into the jewelry pieces. Invisible setting is one of the more popular choices for necklaces, while channel setting is very popular for rings.

As you look for jewelry, it might also be helpful to consider the types of outfits you might wear them with. While costume jewelry with created or synthetic gemstones might be best for everyday wear, genuine stones and invisible settings might be best for formal wear. These gemstone basics and other jewelry buyer’s guides can certainly help you in selecting the best pieces to accent any outfit or occasion.

 

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Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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How to Take Care of Your Antiques –Because Yours Are Looking a Little Shabby  

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I’m writing this post for a generation of people who don’t tend to collect antiques. Anything old is boring and usually discarded. But chill out on that attitude! Read on.

Sometimes it doesn’t take much more than a fresh polish to make something old new again. It’s amazing how a little TLC can go so far to change perception.

An old dirty relic: once loved and cherished, now boring and invisible. A clean and polished antique however –a noteworthy conversation piece.

People are the same way; underneath a dirty, aged, rough exterior it’s easy to lose sight of the person underneath it all. The more a person lets themselves go, the more they forget, and the more invisible they become.

I’m not bored, and it isn’t a slow week for content –I’m dead serious. I see an important correlation here.

Video link – too relevant to not include: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6a6VVncgHcY

Take this homeless American veteran for example. Jim Wolf: Invisible to the masses that walked by every day, probably invisible to himself and one person saw potential. We learn two things from this video:

1. Jim needed to see himself in a new light to really see him again. It had probably been years since he saw his own true face, and a little spit polish made his life new. His body had once been a tool he loved, nurtured, and maintained –and a few years is all it takes to forget the original splendour of anything. But when you get that feeling back –wow. WOW. It can move mountains.

2. Whoever’s idea it was to do this in the first place is the kind of person who maintains antiques. They look for the beauty in everything, and they change things. They bring back the loving and cherished feeling in everything around them.

How you treat your antiquities long-term says a whole lot about you. It’s also a unique thing to do these days to distinguish oneself from others in our throw-away society.

Cleaning and maintaining antiquities also takes time. Time that you can spend trying to pull back that feeling that previous owners felt –that story that connected them to their antiques and lit them up.

Alright, well I hope that jazzed you up a little bit and put a little nugget in your knowledge basket because now I’m going to get sorta’ boring and discuss the work part, and how to clean and maintain antiques, jewellery, you name it.

The technology and methods are a little weird for a generation who grew up at a time when everything was made of plastic, and Windex was all you needed.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Ultrasonic cleaning is ideal for fragile antiques, different style art deco jewellery in Australia, and ones that have a lot more nooks and hard to reach areas.

In a nutshell; place an antique in a solution of either water or cleaning product (water usually does the trick) and set it on an ultrasonic agitator. Ultrasonic agitation chips away at imperfections stuck onto your antique with cavitation bubbles created by high frequency agitation. It’s pretty rad.

This method can kill all sorts of baddies, from algae and fungus to rust and oil.

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Take it from Mister Miyagi –do it yourself, with your own two hands. Apply the polish, and then remove. Apply, remove. Keep doing this until your antique is restored to its former glory.

Or until you pass out.

Let us know what you think of this article in the comments. If there’s a deeper meaning I’m trying to express, what would it be? What did you take away from this one? Happy belated New Year, everyone!

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Lady Rebecca is a lover of fashion and beauty. She doesn't claim to be the most fashionable girl in the world and sometimes wears odd looking clothes. I wear my sunglasses at the slightest hint of sun and enjoy cocktails with friends!

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Step-by-Step Guide To Achieving Soft Skin In Winter

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Let’s face it, the cold weather has it out for our skin. It makes us look and feel dry, tight, flaky and chapped. And when our skin is not at its best we feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Well, we think it is high time that we fight back against the cold weather. If you want to join our army of glowing skinned ladies this winter, here is our step-by-step guide to achieving soft skin now.

Step 1: Warm, short shower

It is tempting during winter to turn the temperature up high and to stay in the shower for a long time in order to warm up. However, this is a bad skin habit to get into. The longer and hotter the shower is the more moisture will be stripped from your skin. And the cold weather exacerbate this by taking out even more moisture from your skin. Stick to a shower of no longer than ten minutes and make sure the temperature is just warm, not hot.

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Step 2: Exfoliate

In the winter, it is important not to exfoliate too roughly. Your skin will already be delicate from being in the cold, so don’t add to the problem by scrubbing too hard. However, it is important to keep it up as part of your beauty regime, even in winter, to ensure glowing skin. Gently exfoliate in a circular motion using a light exfoliating sponge. Choose products that describe themselves as gentle exfoliants. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may wish to try a natural exfoliant like honey and sugar or baking soda.

Step 3: Hair removal

You should always shave your legs after you have exfoliated. Exfoliating with remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin making it softer and easier to shave. However, even by exfoliating first, shaving can still lead to dry and irritated legs. If this is the case for you, something like a laser hair removal device might be a better option. You may wish to read a review of this hair removal product while you are researching. But if you are comfortable shaving in the shower a good tip to avoid razor rash is to add baby oil to your skin before applying shaving cream. The oil creates a coating on your skin to protect it from the sharp razor.

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Step 4: Apply moisture

When you are out of the shower, pat your skin dry rather than rub, as this can irritate the surface of your skin. Also, apply moisturiser to your body when it is still slightly damp will help seal in the moisture. Opt for products that are oil based as these will lock in the moisture for longer and will protect your skin against the cold weather.

Step 5: Stay hydrated

It is important to drink plenty of water in winter to ensure that your skin is nourished and hydrated. You should be drinking at least 2 litres of water per day. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, drink herbal teas like peppermint or fennel, to keep you hydrated and warm at the same time.

And that’s it. Stick to this beauty regime during winter, and you will defeat the cold weather with your soft skin.

10 Fashion Items on My ‘To Buy’ List

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know that I just love fashion and shopping. I often make little lists, either in my head or on a piece of scrap paper, outlining the things I plan on buying. These might be items I’ve spotted on the catwalk, on Pinterest, or even on the street. I thought I’d share the most recent 10 fashion items on my ‘to buy’ list with you. Enjoy!

  1. Chunky ‘Going Out’ Boots

I just love how chunky, rock chick-esque going out boots can change the look of a pretty dress or playsuit. Don’t get me wrong; I still love a good old pair of court shoes. However, these boots have stolen my heart. They just look fierce!

  1. A Faux Mongolian Fur Stole

Imagining one of these around my shoulders sends me off into a long daydream where I’m sure I end up drooling like Homer Simpson. They look so luxurious and add such glamour to an outfit.

  1. Pretty Flats

Pretty flats are the perfect alternative to heels, and the latest trend in fashion. They come in handy especially when your feet begin to hurt from all of the partying that takes place over the festive season. They can still look dressy, you just need to find a pair with a luxury finish. Designer shoes might cost a pretty penny, but they sure last a long time. I’m waiting until I find the perfect pair before I hand my cash over.

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photo from Raluca Marie Wolfski

  1. A Festive Jumper

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and I plan on doing just that. I’ll wear my festive jumper with pride this month, whenever I feel the occasion calls for it. I can wear it shopping, to a family get together, out with friends. I may even need more than one to keep up with the demand.

  1. A Sequinned Skirt

A sequinned skirt is a must this year, as I know it can make a more casual piece look dressed up. My festive jumper for instance, will look totally different paired with a sequinned skirt than when it’s paired with jeans. I’ll simply tuck it in and look like a Christmas angel (I tell myself)!

  1. 70s Flares

The 70s are set to make a roaring comeback next year, so I’m lusting after a pair of 70s flares. They look perfect when paired with a muscle tank and a choker.

  1. A Metallic Co-Ord

Have you read the most recent ASOS magazine? Then you’ll know how fierce Taylor Swift looks in her silver co-ord! I want one just like this, and I just know it’ll see me through this month nicely. The thing I love about co-ords is that I can pair each piece with separate items too.

  1. A Choker

As mentioned before, a choker is the ultimate accessory this year. They don’t have to give you that ‘goth’ look though; you can get cute chokers in pastel colors. There’s a choker for everybody!

  1. Ear Muffs

It goes without saying that I want a cute pair of ear muffs to keep my ears nice and toasty.

  1. A Bomber Jacket

Lastly, a bomber jacket to keep me warm while looking cool. Perfect for the sports luxe trend.

What do you think of my ‘to buy’ list? Let me know!