DIY At Home Facial

Giving yourself a facial at home is a great way to keep your skin both looking and feeling it’s best; I love to treat myself once or twice a week to keep any spots at bay.

The first step I take is to remove any makeup I have on using the Soap and Glory ‘drama clean 5-in-1 micellar cleansing water’ (£4) on a cotton pad. This ensures my skin is being properly cleansed in the next step.

Next I cleanse using Murad’s ‘environmental shield essential-c cleanser'(£26) which washes away daily environmental aggressors and infuses skin with moisture.

I then remove any dry patches and brighten my skin using the Guinot ‘Facial Radiance Gommage Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel'(£30). I use a pea sized amount and massage it into my face for a few minutes until it warms and turns into an oily texture, then I rinse it away and I’m left with soft, glowing skin.(Sample size)

After this I apply the Liz Earle ‘Deep cleansing mask'(£17.50) to my t-zone and on any blemishes to reduce oiliness and draw out impurities; I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse.

The last step is to apply Origins ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'(£25) all over my face and 111skins ‘space defence bright eye lift gel'(£110) to my under eyes. When I wake up my skin looks radiant and clear and my dark circles are banished.

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Whats your at home facial routine?

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5 Step At Home Manicure

Doing your nails at home doesn’t have to be a chore and can save you a fortune!

Follow these 5 steps to the perfect at home manicure.

What you will need:

Nail varnish remover

Cotton pads

A nail file

Your favourite nail varnish

A clear nail varnish

Step 1: Remove any old nail varnish

Take off any nail varnish you already have on so that you’re starting with a clean smooth base, meaning a neater manicure.

Step 2: File your nails

Shape your nails in whatever way you prefer, I usually do round as I find it suits me best.

Step 3: Apply a base coat

Applying a base coat is such an important step as it prevents your nails from staining and evens out the texture so your colour goes on better.

Step 4: Colour

Apply two thin coats of varnish for best results and quicker drying. This is my favourite nail varnish at the moment, its in the colour ‘mink’ from M&S.

Step 5: Topcoat

Apply a topcoat to ensure your nails are shiny and help them to stay chip free for longer.

What’s your favourite nail varnish?

 

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Hair Of The Day – Straight With Texture

 

This straight style with slight texture and volume is my go to every day style. It might be harder to achieve if you have curly hair, but for us limp, flat haired girls its perfect!
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To achieve this style all I did was blow dry my hair upside down and apply some sea salt spray to add some texture so it wasn’t too sleek.  The one I use is Charles Worthington’s ‘rough and tousled’ salt spray.

What’s your go to hairstyle?

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Tresemme Treatment 7 Day Smooth

The Tresemme 7 day smooth treatment never really appealed to me as I didn’t think that it would do much for my fine hair; however after receiving a sample with a Miss Selfridge order I decided to give it a go.

All you do is apply 8-10 pumps onto towel dried hair, avoiding the scalp, and blow dry. Once your hair is completely dry, straighten it in small sections repeating around 3-5 times on each section. This does make your hair extremely soft and manageable, however it was extremely time consuming to go through all of my long hair. For this reason I don’t think that I would repurchase the treatment as it just isn’t worth it for me as my hair is quite straight anyway, although I can definitely see how it would work brilliantly on coarser, curly hair.

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What are your thoughts on the product?

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How To: Easy Overnight Waves/Texture

When searching the internet for easy ways to get curls in my hair overnight I came across this extremely easy trick to add gorgeous curls into any hair type! My hair is long, straight and flat so it can be a challenge to get any sort of texture in it without using hot tools – which takes forever! However, since I started twist braiding my hair while it’s damp I haven’t had to curl my hair for weeks and just wake up with amazing natural volume and casual soft waves.

All I do is part my damp hair into two sections and then tightly twist braid it and put it into two buns at the nape of my neck. If you aren’t sure how to do this, follow this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsGuWokn47A

The next morning all I need to do gently undo the braids and buns and add some hairspray, brilliant if you’re in a rush!

The waves also look amazing thrown into a high ponytail (as seen below).

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Do any of you have any heatless ways to add volume and texture into straight hair?

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Christmas Gift Idea: DIY Chocolate Pizza

I always look at the gourmet chocolate pizzas in Fenwicks food section and think they would be amazing stocking filler for a chocolate lover (or even someone difficult to buy for), but they seem really expensive for what they are. I decided I would try to make one at home and then I could decorate it any way I want to fit the occasion. The pizza turned out amazing and looked exactly like the ones in the shop, so I thought that I would share it with all of you.

All you need to do is find a round tin the size you want your pizza to be and fill it with any melted chocolate and toppings you like! I used dark and milk chocolate and chose marshmallows, malteasers, and grated chocolate and coconut to top it. I also drew in the lines showing the slices to make it look more like a Pizza.

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It’s extremely simple to make the chocolate pizza suit any occasion or person and is a great aternative to a box of chocolates!

Why not give it a try?

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Hair Of The Day

This simple fishtail braid is great for keeping your hair out of your face and adds detail to a plain look.

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Just grab the front section of your hair, braid it and secure it with an elastic band.

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Hair Of The Day

I’ve been wearing this fishtail braid a lot recently as it’s extremely convenient when your in a rush and can be done on damp hair. This is great as it means no heat which is good for your hair, and no fussing with the hairdryer in the morning. It also gives really pretty waves when you take it out which is a bonus!

It does look quite complicated but I promise you it’s not, just follow a tutorial on Youtube and once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to do it in a matter of minutes.

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Do any of you have an easy, fuss free summer hairstyle?

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