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The Must-Read Skin Care Guide

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We all want the kind of skin that looks like it has been airbrushed, without it actually being airbrushed. Yet there will always be something that gets in the way, from aging spots to wrinkles and even pimples. If you want fresh, young looking skin then you need to read on. Welcome to the must-read skin care guide!

8 Glasses of Water

We’ve read it in nearly every magazine article, beauty column and dieting books; drink 8 glasses of water a day. Let’s be honest though, do you ever actually manage to drink the full 8 glasses in a day? Not many of us do, but you would be surprised at what a difference it could make. Not only does it have a load of benefits for the way we feel, our metabolism and our hunger pangs, but it does wonders for our skin too. Try and get your 8 glasses (2 litres) every day, to see a real difference in your skin.

5 Portions of Fruit and Veg

This is another one we’ve read about everywhere, and mainly ignored. Why eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day when it’s so much easier to get McDonalds? If you are finding it almost impossible to hit that fresh food goal all the time, then start off small. Try to get your 5 portions every other day, or start with just 3 portions a day. It will soon become a habit to look for recipes and meals that contain lots of yummy fresh fruit and veg. If you can’t stand eating fruit and veggies raw then have a look out for delicious smoothie recipes that can help you hit that goal.

Sun Safe Skin

We love the sun! We countdown the days until the sunny months arrive, book ourselves on super sunny holidays and even fake it with sunbeds and tanning lotions. A tan looks great on young skin, but it can soon wear out older skin. If you want to slow down the aging process then you need to be more sun safe. Get the healthy amount of Vitamin D for your skin by spending some time in the sunshine, but make sure you are protecting it too. You’ll find a whole range of suncare products out there, including foundation that comes with SPF.

Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising

Last on the list, but certainly not least, is your skincare regime. What are you doing to take care of your skin in terms of cleansing, toning, moisturising and even exfoliating? Everyone should have a good beauty regime in place, to keep our skin looking fresh, youthful and glowing. Invest in some good quality products that you can use on a daily basis, including a facial cleanser, toner and moisturising cream. Don’t forget the little luxuries such as an exfoliator and face masks that you can use once a week. One more thing; always, always, always wash your makeup off before you go to bed.

This is your new skincare bible, look after it! Print it off, stick it up in your bathroom or above your mirror, and read through it every day. You’ll soon start noticing a difference in your appearance and the way you feel.

Top 5 Valentines Day Gifts for Him

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It’s getting close to that time of year again when most men have to spend some time selecting the perfect restaurant to take their loved one for a valentines day meal. In truth, it’s much easier for men to fulfill their role in the day because the gifts they buy are pretty uninspired; chocolates, flowers, heart shaped balloons, etc. However, things are a little more complicated for women, especially if they’re looking to break tradition and buy their partner the ideal valentines day gift. This is why I thought today might be a good time to publish a short post highlighting some gift ideas, and attempting to make your life that little bit easier.

So, if you’ve been looking online for the last couple of days trying to find the perfect gift, but you’re having little luck finding it, then give me your attention for a the next few moments, and I’ll spend some time discussing some of the items I think most men would love to receive. Obviously, they won’t be suitable for everyone depending on personal interests and tastes, but I’ve tried to include only the most universally appealing items, so you should be safe purchasing them in most circumstances.

1 – Aftershave

This is a mutually beneficial gift ladies, and it’s guaranteed to go down well with your partner. Just spend some time at your local cosmetics and perfume shop smelling all the most popular scents and pick the one that’s most appealing to you. At the end of the day, your man only wears aftershave to get you going anyway, so you might as well buy him your own favourite.

2 – Leather Wallet

Personally, this would be my own choice, as it provides a place for your man to carry a photograph of you with him at all times. Also, if you buy a rather bulky wallet, the chances are he’ll be able to fit more money inside, which means you get more things bought for you every time you go out shopping.

3 – Fashionable Clothing

If you want your man to look his best when you head out for your valentines day meal, then purchasing some designer jeans or cool printed t-shirts could be perfect. Again, your man only wears trendy clothing to satisfy you, so you might as well choose from your own tastes.

4 – Personalised Bracelet

We all know how difficult it can be to get some men to wear any kind of jewelry, but if yours isn’t too fussed, then ordering a bracelet and having some kind of inscription performed might be the answer to all your gift worries. Just don’t have your own name put on in, in case he thinks you’re trying to brand him.

5 – Luxury Whiskey

Most men love drinking spirits, especially Whiskey, and so spending some time at your local store or checking specialist websites online might be a good idea. For around £50, you should have no trouble finding a really impressive limited edition bottle you know he’ll thank you for.

Remember ladies, if all else fails just flutter your eyelashes and tell him you love him. That usually works for me. Good luck with the present hunting, and I hope you have an amazingly romantic valentine’s day in a couple of weeks.

See you soon!

Glasses: The Hottest Trend of 2014

Accessorising your eyes is the hottest trend of 2014. I’m not talking smoky eyes or 60’s style eyeliner, I’m talking glasses. Once the prerequisite of the nerd, a good set of glasses are now the biggest trend to grace our face since the fake eyelash.

My Grandma always used to say ‘all beautiful things are kept behind glass’ when referring to my spectacles, something that always beguiled me as a child. It turns out that she was right, as now everyone is choosing to showcase their beautiful peepers with glasses.

There are many styles of glasses available. Even free prescription lenses now come in trendy designs.  With such a vast choice available, there has never been a better time to decorate your face.

When considering purchasing a beautiful pair of specs, you need to bear in mind your face shape. Your face shape will ultimately depend on whether your chosen frames will suit you. After all, you don’t want to part with your hard-earned cash to look, dare I say a little silly.

Take a look at those gorgeous celebrities and see which face shape is similar to your own.

Face shapes include:

Oval – Taylor Swift

You’re incredibly lucky, if you have an oval face, as you can pull off almost any frame and style of spectacle!

Square – Jennifer Aniston

Avoid square frames, if you have a beautiful square face, as this can make you look ‘boxy’.

Long – Sarah Jessica Parker

If you have a long face, then it is advisable that you choose glasses with larger frames, but in terms of length rather than width.

Heart –Reese Witherspoon

If you have a gorgeous heart shaped face then you will need to find glasses that balance the width of your face, as your chin will be narrow, but your forehead will be wide. You do not want your new spectacles to highlight your forehead.

Round – Emma Watson

Should you have a lovely rounded face (and by this I mean with less angular features) I would suggest not choosing round frames; add sharp angles to your face. Square and rectangular glasses will balance your face.

In short, if your face is angular with sharp features, choose a rounder frame to soften your face. If your face is rounded, choose frames that are angular.

Other important factors to consider when choosing your specs is your hair colour, skin tones and eye colour. Purple frames can highlight blue eyes even more, but paired with green eyes can look quite bizarre.

New York Fashion Week 2014 have tipped the hottest trends for the upcoming the year and have put glasses in the limelight. Cat eye glasses are back and have moved on from black. Designers are styling them in bright, bold colours. Chunky glasses are making a comeback too, but again, in bold colours. Over-sized round glasses are back, for the retro fashionista as well as superb, extra detailing. Glasses are now being embellished with all sorts of quirky adornments. In short, glasses are fabulous!

2014: Glasses are back, and they are bolder than ever!

Why Watches Are The Hottest Accessory for 2014

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Believe it or not, one of the hottest fashion accessories for 2014 is the watch. Although you may think watches are simply the useful accessory that tells you how late you’re running, many celebrities now won’t be seen without one. Surely a watch on your wrist isn’t as fashionable as a Pandora on your wrist though? Well actually, fashion experts say this year nothing is more in fashion than a timepiece. We have a look at why watches are creeping up the fashion hot list and at some of the most coveted brands this season.

They go with everything

They really do go with everything. They’re not like that pair of shoes you were adamant go with every outfit you own, only to be worn once. A watch can be worn at work during the day or on a girl’s night out in the evening. You can pair a watch with jeans and a t-shirt or your most impressive dress. As long as you’ve picked the right watch, of course. A good quality watch that sits pretty on your wrist can be used to finish off any outfit.

Useful fashion

The thought of useful fashion may not be an exciting one, but fashion experts beg to differ. This year it is all about how you can get the most out of what you’re wearing, and a watch ticks all the boxes. Not only will you always know what time you stumbled home on Saturday, but you’ll never be late for work again. Watches are also a great way to spark up a conversation with a handsome stranger, who just wants to know the time.

Good watches are timeless

Excuse the pun! However, a good watch is something that you will never have to replace, making it a sound investment. Okay so some things may need updating; you might need a Rado watch battery replacement every couple of years or a clean up of your Michael Kors, but generally a decent watch will last you a lifetime. In fact, watches used to be the most popular heirlooms in generations past, simply because they lasted so long.

Hot brands this year

There are some hot watch brands right now, whose timepieces are coveted by the most fashion conscious celebrities. Here are some ones we think you should look out for:

Michael Kors – Of course this brand was going to make the list! It seems like no one can get enough of the gorgeous rose gold watches that Michael Kors has treated us to. We’ve seen them on TV, in magazines and now you should be seeing one on your wrist.

Rado – This brand have been around since the 1980s and have seen a few successes over the years. However, it’s only really now that these Swiss watches are making it onto every celebrities’ wish-list. If you want a watch that will last and look great, get a Rado.

Marc by Marc Jacobs – Marc Jacobs handbags have always been key players in the fashion world and their watches are no different. Focusing on rose gold (definitely a trend for 2014) and delicate design, their range of watches are to die for.

Next time you dismiss the watch counter on your next shopping trip, think again. Watches are the biggest and best fashion accessory for 2014 and no woman should be without one.

Luxury Beauty Treatments You Need To Try Right Now

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We all like to treat ourselves now and again, right? Whether it’s for a big event, well done on a promotion or just because we can; everyone loves some luxury pampering. However, visiting the spa can be a daunting experience. Do potato facials really make you beautiful, and who would possibly want fish nibbling their feet? With the beauty industry moving quicker than any other, it’s nearly impossible to keep up with all the latest trends. Never fear, here are the top luxury beauty treatments you really need to try right now.

Non-Surgical Face Lifts

Surgical treatments are on the way out, yippee! Taking the place of needles and pain comes some innovative new ways to banish crows feet and diminish wrinkles. Laser resurfacing and rejuvenation facials are the in thing for 2014, for those who want a fresher, younger look. Even celebrities are admitting that surgery has started to make them look more dummy than dolly. Cancel your botox party ladies and book yourself in for something a lot less excruciating.

The Gold Facial

We cannot believe it has finally happened; the perfect combination of sparkly precious metals and beautifying treatments. Many of these gold facials are in the top price bracket (honestly, £1,000 for a beauty treatment) but there are some cheaper options available. If you’re planning on glamming up on a budget then opt for a facial cream that contains tiny flecks of gold, instead of the 24 carat gold face mask that celebrities are currently coveting.

Seaweed Treatments

Seaweed is not just good for your insides, it is good for your outsides too! There has been a rise in popularity for seaweed based treatments to firm, brighten and pamper the skin. Keturah Facials such as the Luminous C & Sea combine seaweed with other active ingredients to remove fine lines, strengthen skin and provide a luminous glow. Much healthier than crispy seaweed from the local chinese takeaway.

Men’s Beauty Treatments

2014 is the year of the well groomed man. You may be racing your partner to the spa if this trend continue to rise, as more and more men opt for beauty treatments instead of a booze filled pub session. Thanks to beaus such as Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling, men around the world are desperate to recreate a fresh skinned and wrinkle-free glow. Although he might well keep it a secret and tell you that he’s going out with ‘the lads’, you can be sure the man in your life is heading to the salon in reality.

Eco-Friendly Luxury

You can thank the beautiful Jessica Alba for the popularity of the organic and environmentally friendly beauty treatments. Everything from organic carrots to ethically sourced chocolate are now being used in beauty treatments worldwide. If you want to feel good and do good then this is one luxury pampering treat you need right away.

That’s all we have for you right now, but we’re sure these will keep you going for some time. Especially with the price tag of some of them! Remember, use them as a treat for those special occasions, instead of blowing your rent money every week.

The Top 5 Womens Wardrobe Staples

It seems that every woman across the land has the same mantra: “I have nothing to wear!.” It seems our wardrobes are full to the brim of pretty dresses, skin tight jeans, dressy-tops, slobbing-out casuals, comfy knits, high heels, ballet pumps, handbags, clutch bags, satchels… the list goes on.

I cannot recall how many times I have opened my wardrobe, declare I have nothing to wear before descending into a spectacular hissy fit moments before hitting the town on a big night out.

The problem, it seems, is that we invest too much money on the wrong pieces. Open your wardrobe and take a look what is inside. I have dresses that I haven’t worn for years, jeans that I can;t fit into, tops from three years ago that aren’t even vaguely fashionable anymore. To be brutally honest, some of my clothes are downright hideous. I have a weird attachment to them. I simply cannot bear to part with half of my wardrobe and I’m almost certain that I am not alone.

What your wardrobe needs is a purge. Once you have purged your wardrobe, it’s time to invest in a range of wardrobe staples that will last you a lifetime. The dilemma of not knowing what to wear will be gone (or at the very least, greatly reduced).

“Wardrobe Staple” is the term used for the basics that your wardrobe needs. These are the timeless pieces that never go out of style and will always make you look amazing. Take a look at this guide, before you purge, and you will see what I mean.

The White Shirt

The white shirt is a timeless classic. It’s cool and crisp, fit for the office with smart, dress trousers and effortlessly chic dressed down with a pair of jeans. A white shirt is often worn by the highest echelons of the fashion world, with Victoria Beckham often branding a white shirt, looking simply effortless when she does. She teams hers with high waisted black trousers, tartan skirts and jeans. Not only is the white shirt chic, it’s versatile too.

Black Stilettos

The black stiletto is often seen on the feet of every major celebrity. Usually plain and incredibly versatile, they too can be worn with a wide variety of clothing items ranging from glamorous pencil skirts to straight leg jeans and can go from day to night with the slick of some lipstick.

Blazer

Again, this piece is a serious contender for the hardest working item in your wardrobe. A classic cut can look fabulous with jeans and looks ultra smart when in the office. Feeling smart, without being too overdressed is a part of the blazers chart. Think power dressing, without the 80’s revival.

Leather Jacket

This piece probably isn’t one for the office but always looks seriously cool. Luxury leather jackets are iconic and look incredible with whatever you choose to team it up with. You can toughen up girlie dress with it or go for an all out fierce look with stilettos and skin tight black skinny jeans. A leather jacket is a must for any it girl, adding a dash of panache to any outfit.

Blue Jeans

Everyone’ favourite item of clothing has got to be their denim. I adore my jeans. Their versatility is what makes them a wardrobe staple. You can team your blue jeans, leather jacket and stilettos and look seriously cool. On the plus side, they’re super comfortable too. Gone are the days where jeans look scruffy; jeans now have the edge, especially when they are made from good quality denim and have an exquisite cut.

The great thing is about wardrobe essentials is their versatility. Your wardrobe can be your Swiss army knife against the world. The key is to ensure that the staples you purchase are versatile, timeless and of good quality. With these beauties in your wardrobe, never again will you have to scream out “I have nothing to wear!”

The Benefits of Medium Heels: A Fashionistas Guide

It is often said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend but let’s face it; a woman’s best friend is shoes. A personal favourite is the medium sized heel, a must for any budding fashionista that doesn’t want the pain that wearing high heels can cause. The beauty of the high street is that it has caught on to the fact that not all women have tiny, dainty feet (I wish!) and have started to stock a bigger range of larger-sized shoes. With this in mind women of all shapes and sizes can enjoy the benefits of a good old fashioned medium sized heel. The wonderful arrays of shoes that are available on the high street is one of the reasons why I am so desperately poor!

There has always been a myth circulating that you need to ‘go big or go home’. There are so many styles of medium heels that are fabulous. A super cute kitten heel is the fast-track to completing any outfit. There’s a fab range at http://www.katielongshoes.co.uk!

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The History of the Heel

Medium sized heels first debuted in the mid-1950s and were depicted as a training heel for young girls before taking over the fashion world and were worn by women of all ages. As fashion is a fickle mistress, they were deemed uncool and were relegated to the back of many women’s wardrobes until their popularity begun to rise again in the 2000s.

These Shoes Are Made For Walking

The wonderful thing about medium sized heels is the ease of walking. As kitten heels tend to come in the perfect size of three inches and under, there is no need to fear breaking an ankle or walking in an ungainly fashion. What’s more, the utterly sublime Audrey Hepburn was a huge purveyor of the medium sized heel which saw their popularity soar during the 1950s. In fact, if you look at any of the great, timeless Hollywood actresses, they certainly didn’t topple over in a pair of sky scraper heels, they always looked the epitome of class, and their enduring beauty is still apparent in 2014. There is nothing more unsightly than seeing someone in a pair of too-high shoes clumsily attempting to walk. If in doubt, do a Hepburn and stick a medium sized heel, which will make you look much more graceful and classy in the long run.

The Healthier Choice

The health benefits of wearing medium-heels are great too. The damage that high heels can cause to the spine is monumental. This is because high heels force the spine into an unnatural shape ultimately making your posture look worse. Bunions are often a problem for women that wear heels that are too high, as well as making your feet look unsightly; the pain can also be unbearable too.

The wonderful thing about this choice of heel is that they will never go out of style. They are the classic choice for any occasion and can complete any outfit. So, not only are they a firm favourite of Audrey, they are also a firm favourite of mine.

12 Weird Things You Didn’t Know About Wellies

Now that the weather’s cold and the mornings are frosty, with a high possibility of rain virtually all the time (and it never fails to disappoint), there’s one fashion staple that everybody could use: the wellington boot. No longer are these boots reserved for farming or outdoorsy types – you can wear them for walks with the dog, trips to the supermarket, and anywhere else you’d like to stop your feet from getting damp. They look much more fashionable too, with brands like Hunter bringing out lovely colours, patterns, and styles. Want to know more about wellies? Here are 12 weird things you didn’t know!

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1. To fill a size 10 wellington boot you’d need a whole gallon of custard.

2. Some crazy people fall so in love with their wellington boots, that they name each pair they have with a ‘welly naming ceremony’. I’d call mine: Fred.

3. The very first wellington boots were made for the Duke of Wellington, who requested a boot that would suitable for battle but comfortable at dinner. The result was the kind of welly that we know and love today!

4. Ever heard of ‘welly wanging’? It’s a bit of a mad sport invented by the British, and started in 1917 when soldiers who often fought on the front line got bored.

5. In 2003, a wellington boot race was held in New Zealand, and became the largest wellington boot race of all time with 981 people taking part.

6. In 1900, a millionaire named Nathan Schwab ordered a pair of wellington boots. They weren’t for him though – he wanted them for his dog! Perhaps more money than sense…

7. The biggest welly ever built was a total of 8 meters high, made by the people of North Queensland, Australia.

8. Famous author Oscar Wilde commented on wellies in 1888 when asked about women’s fashion. He praised them for giving women more freedom!

9. In the 20th century, you would have been able to sell your wellies for a pretty penny – rubber was more valuable than silver!

10. Take a sniff of scotch malt whisky. Smell familiar? The Scotch Malt Whisky Society describes their whisky as ‘the colour of golden syrup, with the scent of the inside of a welly boot’. Not a worn welly boot we hope…

11. In 2008 after the Olympics were held in Bejing, the Hunter Boot welly company sent specially made gold boots to every athlete who won a gold medal.

12. Miners in Africa do a ‘welly boot dance’ to cheer them up when they’re feeling low at work.

Interesting, huh? Wellies are the perfect accompaniment to a dreary day; not only will they keep you dry and warm, they’ll look great while doing so. You can buy wonderful designs for both adults and children – just take a look at Wellies and Worms to see for yourself! If you want more freedom to do the things you want to do, take a tip from Oscar Wilde and get yourself some wellies.

Taking Care of Your Dry Winter Skin: Do’s and Dont’s

Winter weather can be the skin’s worst enemy. Not only can it cause itching and scratching, winter can make it dry, flaky, cracked, and sore. Not fun for anybody! Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure that your skin doesn’t get that far, by simply following a few do’s and don’ts. A little bit of effort is all you need to put in to have lovely looking skin all year round!

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Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter: Do’s

  • Use a body brush to keep lymphatic drainage working, your blood flow pumping, and your skin soft and supple.
  • Exfoliate with a body scrub 2-3 times per week to rid your body of dead skin cells and instantly make it appear brighter.
  • Make sure you use a moisturising soap or body wash, and not one that dries out your skin. Dove is a great brand!
  • Pat yourself dry, never rub.
  • Apply a creamy body butter or moisturiser immediately after drying, or your skin could feel tight and sore.
  • Exfoliate your face twice a week with a facial exfoliator.
  • Consider switching your moisturiser for one especially made for dry skin.
  • If you have lines and wrinkles around the eyes, use an eye cream.
  • Use a hydrating face mask once a week to give your collagen and cells and extra boost for plumpness and brightness.
  • Always wear gloves to protect your hands, and apply a hand cream regularly.
  • Use a cuticle oil to moisturise and protect your nails and skin around your nails.
  • Always include your feet in your exfoliating and moisturising routine.
  • Exfoliate dry skin from your lips with a lip scrub or an old toothbrush.
  • Apply a thick lip balm every night before bed, and use one in the day when you can.

Taking Care of Your Skin in Winter: Don’ts

  • Spend longer than 10 minutes in a shower.
  • Try to keep your water warm, not too hot, as this can strip your skin of it’s natural oils.
  • Use a male’s shaving cream. Buy a shaving cream especially for women to have silky smooth legs.
  • Wait to moisturise after a bath or shower. This can really wreak havoc on your skin.
  • Use a face wash with harsh ingredients. Use a gentle cleanser in the winter months, like one from DermalSense.
  • Use the wrong products on your skin. Always use products suited to your skin type, and remember that your skin type can change with the seasons. Using a dry cleanser on oily skin can cause big problems, so make sure you pay attention to the changes.
  • Apply lipstick to chapped lips, as this can make them even worse and cause them to look old. Always exfoliate lips before applying anything.
  • Forget to buy products containing SPF. Just because it’s not summer, doesn’t mean our skin won’t get damaged from the harmful rays and free radicals in the environment.
  • Think that you’re too young for a good skin routine. You can never be too young; starting early is best to prevent wrinkles, imperfections, and other problems down the line!

Now you’re fully equipped with the knowledge to take care of your dry winter skin – go ahead and show it who’s boss!