How to Protect Your Skin from Cold Weather

Posted by admin | Beauty Tips,Skin | Friday 29 March 2013 4:56 pm

Photographer: mike warren Source: flickr

Winter and the cold weather is fun. We love to play outdoors, building snowmen and having grand snowball fights. Ponds are turned into ice skating rinks and of course, there’s ice hockey, a favourite winter pastime for sports fans. Skiing, whether it be cross-country or downhill is another favourite winter sport that offers a great workout and often breathtaking scenery. I’m looking at ski chalets at the moment, so thought I would share some of my research into how to protect your skin from cold weather!

It is important to take care of your skin and protect it from the cold weather, especially when skiing. Great speeds are often achieved while downhill skiing and the combination of cold weather, and even colder temperatures felt by your skin because of the added wind chill can be brutal on your skin. Skin tends to become drier in the winter if it isn’t taken care of. This leads to dry, cracked skin which doesn’t look or feel good.

One of the first, and most important things to do to protect your skin from cold weather is to cover it up! Cold weather will dry out your skin. By keeping your skin covered and warmer, that process will be slower. Don’t forget that exposing skin to extreme cold for longer periods of time can lead to frost bite so be sure to keep as much of your skin as possible covered.

If you’re doing outside sports, such as skiing, there are lightweight face masks you can purchase that will cover most of your face. Don’t forget to wear warm gloves, a hat and goggles to cover your eyes.

Protecting your skin from cold weather is not done when you come in from the cold. There are a few more things that you have to do to give you skin some added love.

First, drink lots of water. You should be doing that anyways for your general health. Drinking plenty of water allows your body to keep your skin well hydrated and preventing it from drying out.

Secondly, make sure to use a moisturiser often. You may need to use a different moisturiser in the winter than you do in the summer so find one that is a bit stronger and fortified with aloe and vitamin E.

Apply the moisturiser after every bath and a couple other times throughout the day. Be thoughtful about what parts of your skin are more exposed to cold weather and apply extra moisturiser to those areas.

There’s no need to fear the cold, or what it can do to your skin. Your skin is an extremely robust organ that keeps itself healthy pretty well on its own. However, especially during the cold weather months, there’s no shame in giving it some extra love and attention.

Inspiring stories and Youngblood Mineral Makeup

Posted by admin | Beauty Tips,Body,Skin | Friday 22 February 2013 5:03 pm

I read the other day that a 14 year old girl called Julie Blumm was so horrified that models in Seventeen magazine were all highly photoshopped that she put together a petition online that attracted 84000 signatures. Putting that to the magazines editor in chief, they promised to stop altering models faces and bodies – how incredibly inspiring is that?

Still in the publishing world, I read another really inspiring story for any budding entrepreneurs out there… the owner of Penthouse and OK! Magazine (Richard Desmond) started out living with his mum above a garage. He dropped out of school at 14 (hmm, looks like 14 is the age of big decisions!), and tried and failed to make it in the world of music. He picked himself up again and opened his own record shops before making the switch to publishing his first magazine. After that he has continued to expand his publication network and is now able to give back, and spends his time focusing on philanthropic work around the world.

Which leads me on to to my next inspiring story… Sometimes the story of of how a brand has evolved can be really inspiring too. The story of how Pauline Youngblood (founder of Youngblood Mineral Makeup), worked with patients who were struggling to get their skin to return to normal after laser treatment and other cosmetic surgery had traumatised their skin is one such inspiring story. Pauline worked tirelessly for 15 years to develop her own range of natural mineral makeup to fill that gap in the market for a high quality natural looking makeup range in realistic palette shades.

The story above lead me to a site that stocks Jane Iredale UK – which I discovered also stocks one of my all time faves – environ skincare! Worth checking out if you get a chance.

Skincare for 2013

Posted by admin | Beauty Tips,Cleanser,Makeup Tips | Wednesday 23 January 2013 10:54 pm

Now the festivities of Christmas and New Year are over it comes to the point where people really want to try hard to stick to those New Year’s resolutions. A lot of people pick the same regular ones, such as losing weight, going to the gym and stopping smoking but they all come down to the same thing; New Year, New You.
A new you doesn’t have to just stop at losing weight, we all want to look good in some way and looking after your skin can be an amazing way to give yourself that boost. We have put together some tips and ideas for 2013 to help look after your skin, so why not add it into your new year’s resolution?


It’s a piece of advice that is given to us over and over when it comes to looking after your skin but it is still something a lot of people don’t pay attention to. Make sure, especially just after a shower, you are slathering on your moisturiser. Coconut Oil is a great natural moisturiser that really helps your skin. A great way to remember to moisturise when you get out of the shower is to keep it somewhere where you will notice it as you step out to get dry, that way you can’t forget to do it! You can buy great moisturising products online really cheap, online stores such as sell Dermalogica at prices you probably wouldn’t find anywhere else!

Stop Sleeping with your Makeup On!

I know it can be a difficult request after a long day and all you want to do is curl up in bed, but doing this and clearing your makeup before you sleep will give you noticeable improvements in the look of your skin! Makeup clogs your pores and this is what can cause spots, acne and rashes, so just by taking your makeup off at night you can really improve your skin.


Another ‘buzz word’ when it comes to skincare but another that can really improve your skin if you just stick to it! Cell renewal is an important part of your skin looking clean and healthy. Our cell renewal process can take around 30 days. By exfoliating you are helping this process speed up. This can help make sure skin look brighter and smoother much quicker by helping this process on.

Keep your makeup set clean

Sounds like a reasonable request but it’s probably something a lot of women don’t do. Plenty of us still have last week’s makeup caked on our blusher brush. By cleaning them you are stopping any unwanted bacteria getting onto your skin and causing irritation which will again affect the look of your skin.

Take your Time

We all want immediate results when you buy a new product or take on board these tips but you need to have patience. A lot of products can take 6-8 weeks before you start to see results, so just keep up with the routine and you eventually your skin will look great and you can say you finally achieved one of your new year’s resolutions!

Latest Celebrity Trends

Posted by admin | Beauty Tips,Fashion | Wednesday 19 September 2012 4:03 pm

The world of celebrity fashion is a fickle place and styles go in and out of favour with surprising speed. One look at the red carpets and catwalks right now tells us that a few bold themes are rising to the top of the celebrities’ wish list. Here are five of the strongest influences for the coming season.

Ties for women

One hot look that is attracting plenty of attention is neckties and bow ties for women. Celebrities recently seen sporting this sophisticated style were Jessica Alba and Rihanna. Give an outfit an edgy look with a masculine twist in the form of a bold print silk tie, cravat or bow tie – then bling it up with super feminine accessories such as dangly earrings and plenty of bracelets. Key looks for the winter feature androgynous and military styles, shot through with girly accents. Shops selling second-hand clothes are good hunting grounds for interesting silk ties with vintage appeal, as are the wardrobes of stylish boyfriends, fathers and brothers. Take a look at the classic film Annie Hall featuring Diane Keaton for inspiration with this signature look for the season.

Get hot under the collar

Any girl worth her fashion salt will be wearing high Peter Pan collars this season. This trend has been bubbling under the surface for a while, but is set to explode this winter with blouses and dresses adorned with all manner of collar treatments. Think ladylike, scalloped necklines, angular, geometric collars, neat high necks buttoned up with pretty pleats and attention-seeking bold collars – they will all be out there doing the rounds. Clever fashion fans should invest in versatile detachable collars, the must-have fashion accessory for this season that adds instant sophistication to unlimited outfits.

Stylish hair extensions

Always a key trend for celebrities, hair extensions enable wholesale changes to a look with the minimum fuss but maximum impact. Whether it is extra volume or length that is required, pretty braids or plaits to embellish a look or something really dramatic, hair extensions can help get that film star look. From Rita Ora through to Cheryl Cole and Elizabeth Hurley, Brit stars are embracing the choice and versatility that hair extensions offer. For totally natural looking locks, extensions made using virgin Russian hair are now available, giving tresses a lustrous, head-turning appearance. With quality extensions, there is really no excuse for having a bad hair day any more.

Key colours and fabrics

Key shades featuring in the fashionistas’ palette this season are gold, purples, whites and the ubiquitous cobalt blue that all celebrities seem to be wearing at the moment. The catwalks were awash with these rich hues, possibly influenced by the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations and all things regal. Be fashion forward by incorporating anything involving tiaras, brocades, richly embroidered fabrics and soft velvets into an outfit.

The short cut to instant style

Continue wearing shorts into the winter months by teaming them with tights and boots for an edgy, contemporary look. This style works with ankle, biker, even baseball boots, if worn with confidence and a healthy dose of attitude. For inspiration, catch the look on celebrities such as Jessie J and Miley Cyrus.

So there it is, five celebrity fashion trends fizzing with promise that can be easily adapted to the modern, fashion-lover’s wardrobe. Enjoy!

Benefit Bad Gal Mascara

Posted by Laura | EOTD,Eyes,Swatches | Thursday 5 July 2012 2:53 pm

I love my Lancome Hypnose mascara but when I saw a copy of Glamour with the Bad Gal Mascara from Benefit I couldn’t resist trying it out for only £2. I like a mascara with a proper bristle brush rather than the rubber type so as soon as I opened this up I could tell I was going to like it.

The formulation is easy to apply and doesn’t clump. As the brush is quite large I find you have to be careful not to get any excess on your eyelids but once you’ve gotten used to it it’s not a problem. The picture below is just 2 coats for a day time look done in quick succession however you can also build it up to give a stronger evening look.

I think once this little tub runs out I’ll definitely buy the full sized version which is £16.50 as now a days that isn’t much more than some of the high street brands are charging for a mascara.

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