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The Four Most Popular New Year’s Resolutions

DO YOU feel ambitious at the start of 2017? It’s the traditional time for most of us to make New Year’s resolutions, so the majority of us are brainstorming ways to improve our  lives.

A recent survey asked how people intend to make 2017 their best year yet, and the findings show that Americans intend to make the most of the year by living well and having fun. Carpe diem isn’t the only resolution on most lists, with many respondents making several responsible resolutions that include goals relating to their health and finances. Keep reading to learn the top 4 resolutions of this year.

  1. Enjoy Life to the Fullest

The first ambition on the docket is perhaps the least clearly defined one, but it’s a goal shared by nearly 45% of respondents. As a year, 2016 is an easy scapegoat for a lot of things, as it’s trending with things like #worstyearever. Maybe we’re subconsciously giving credit to those tongue-in-cheek predictions of an imminent doomsday. In which case, there’s literally no better time than the present to live life to the fullest. The question is, what does this mean to you?

  1. Live a Healthier Lifestyle

In a similar vein to the first goal, the second most popular resolution is a little vague. Just how you go about achieving this will differ from your friend’s or your neighbor’s strategies. If you smoke, you’ll want to cut this cancer-causing habit out of your life. Maybe sleep hygiene is on your list of things to improve in 2017. There are 101 ways to live better. Take the time to think of one or two areas of your life that you could improve and search out pertinent advice.

  1. Lose Weight

This one won’t come as a surprise to any reader. A common resolution following the indulgences of the holidays, losing weight has always been a popular goal in the New Year. Though it’s a festive time to check in with friends and family, it’s unkind to our waistlines as the temptation to go back for seconds, thirds, or fourths of our favourite (usually rich) foods is too great to resist. There are a variety of free online apps that help people meet their targets, and every gym will have a personal trainer available to help you work out.

  1. Save More, Spend Less

Contrary to our scales, our wallets are feeling light after the holidays. As a result, many Americans are looking for ways to cut down on spending and increase the amount they can put in their savings. Millennials (those aged 25 – 34) in particular are concerned about the state of their finances. It’s common for this generation to have trouble covering all of their costs as they’re just beginning their careers while still contending with student debts. These conditions make it hard to cover unexpected expenses. Until they can start contributing to a savings account regularly, Millennials (and indeed people from all age groups) can bridge the gap between their needs and their paycheck by using installment loans from MoneyKey in Texas and other lenders across the States. Just ensure that you are able to meet the repayment terms, and don’t borrow money that you can’t afford to pay back.

Taking on too much at once is a sure-fire way to doom your resolve after a few weeks. Be kind to yourself and brainstorm attainable New Year’s resolutions. Remember, in addition to realistic goals, searching out professionals will improve your chances of achieving your targets. Speak to a personal trainer if you intend to shed the pounds. Contact a Credit Access Business that lends installment loans if you need financial assistance. Whatever your resolution, there’s a way to attain it. Good luck!

 

In-Flight Skincare

WHETHER you are taking a red-eye flight to get home earlier or a long international haul ahead of you, you might already know that the skin care routine you follow so diligently at home cannot be fully executed on the plane.

For those who travel a lot, it can pose a big problem as skin health and flying don’t really go hand in hand. From tanning to skin ageing, a long flight exposes you to the dangers of unhealthy skin. But fret not because here are some ways you can take care of your skin while travelling:

  1. Remove Makeup- When you have a long night on the plane ahead of you, the first task to total skincare would be to wipe your makeup off. This prevents pores from clogging; making sure your skin remains healthy and glowing.
  2. Cleanse- A good cleanser suitable for your skin type can make a lot of difference when it comes to unclogging pores and getting a fresher looking skin. Invest in a quality cleanser and you will notice all the difference.
  3. Use a face mist- After you have wiped off your makeup and cleansed your face, use a face mist to restore the moisture in your skin. Face mists are very soothing to the skin as they re-hydrate it.
  4. Moisturize- Dry skin in flights is common. Prevent that dry flaky feeling by moisturizing your face, neck and hands.

We all know that flights can get hectic and stressful, and one way to reduce the stress is by playing a game or two. Maybe you can check out some bingo, bonuses, and slots and have some fun. Make sure to get the products you want to use for the above steps in a travel-friendly size and throw them in little pouch that you can carry with you. Do these and you will be ready to take your air travel head-on!

Clinique Pep Start for those early winter mornings…

WINTER has not keen kind to my skin this January, but this gentle scrub has been instrumental in caring for my skin over the last couple of weeks. 

It’s  a lovely product with a gel-like texture but with fine exfoliating properties which help to care for the skin, by scrubbing away dead skin cells.

It’s billed as a 2-in-1 exfoliator cleanser and the formula is gentle enough to use twice a day. It’s part of a colourful range which is totally eye-catching and cool!


The packaging is so bright and quirky. I’d buy this as the perfect present for someone in their late teens or twenties who has just started to think about the best ways to take care of their skin.

Clinique Pep-Start Exfoliating Scrub is £16.50 and available here.

Oatmeal in the morning… Aveeno After Shower Mist

WE ALL know that oatmeal makes for a great breakfast in the morning, but have you considered using it on your skin?

I first became aware of the benefits of oatmeal when my son had chicken pox, and discovered that this grain is an excellent soother for irritated skin. We didn’t need to chuck my boy in a bath of porridge in the end, but I did discover Aveeno’s range of soothing skincare which you can use to nourish skin on a daily basis.

The product from Aveeno’s range that stood our for me was their After Shower Mist. I long to be the person who moisturises daily, but it’s just not a natural beauty routine for me, and so anything that can make this process quicker and easier, or more fun, is right up my street. This is one of the reasons that I love Aveeno’s mist spray, as it makes moisturising after you’ve had a scrub in the tub a whole lot easier.

It imparts a fine mist of moisturiser across your skin, which is delicate enough to quickly rub in before you get dressed. Rather than slathering myself in a thick, luxe moisturiser which takes a while to sink in, this has a spray and go kinda vibe which suits my hectic morning routine.

It’s on sale for less that a fiver at the moment from Superdrug, which is perfect timing as we head into spring and summer. It’s the ideal time to start giving your skin a little TLC as soon we’ll be hoping to get a little sun-kissed look across our shoulders.

Buy Aveeno’s After Shower Mist Daily Moisturiser spray for a sale price of £4.99 here.

Noughty Detox Dynamo shampoo (my kinda New Year’s resolution)

THE idea of a January detox fills me with dread.

After all the excess of Christmas, and to a lesser extend New Year now we have a baby, it’s so hard to go cold turkey, not to mention depressing as it’s so cold and miserable outside.
So instead of giving up the booze and chocolate, I’ve opted to do a beauty detox instead. I’m not getting rid of any of my old routines, but giving my skin and hair a refresh and using some of the detox products available on the market.

I tried this 2-in-1 Noughty Detox Dynamo shampoo with some cynicism – I haven’t used a combined shampoo/conditioner in maybe 20 years!! But after using it, I was actually pleasantly surprised! It’s 97% natural, but foamed nicely letting me lather the product all over my hair. As instructed, I swerved the conditioner and was left with squeaky clean hair.

I would introduce this into my routine once every few weeks to get rid of all the build up of the various products I love to throw at my locks. In between that I’d still be using the shampoo and conditioners that I use designed for bleached hair.

Noughty Detox Dynamo is £6.99 and available here.

The importance of beauty sleep

WE ALL know that there’s an endless variety of lotions and potions that can do a pretty good job of concealing any problem areas on our skin. But surely there’s nothing better than getting a good night’s sleep for helping us look fresh-faced.

I’m sure that I’m not the only one who’s woken up from a troubled night’s sleep with bags under my eyes, and it seems that a bit of quality time snoozing in our beds is essential for anybody’s beauty regime.

This is because getting a good dose of nightly sleep is necessary for our skin’s health. Whilst we’re dreaming our skin undergoes a complex system of cell renewal that counteracts the damage it receives on during the day.

In order to carry out this renewal process, it’s essential that our skin doesn’t lose too much moisture during the night hours. This is why it’s good to introduce a decent pre-sleep moisturising ritual that includes plenty of night creams to help lock in the moisture and give your skin a chance to cleanse itself properly.

However, no amount of shea butter is going to help unless you actually enjoy a good quality of sleep. This is why I’ve been thinking about upgrading my bed as my current one is definitely in advancing in its years!

toner-906142_960_720Some of Bedstar’s divan beds come with drawers integrated into the base which is pretty handy if your wardrobes are bursting at the seams. And there’s something about a new mattress that can make the bed a much more inviting place to catch some zzz’s and let our skin do its work.

But it’s not just your bed which can help you get that all-important high quality sleep. As there’s nothing worse than being dehydrated for making our eyes all puffy in the morning. Obviously alcohol is a big no-no when aiming to keep your skin hydrated overnight, but even snacking on watery fruits like apples can help our skin hydrate whilst we sleep for the ultimate lazy beauty fix!

Interestingly, it seems that a decent night’s sleep can also help our hair carry out its own renewal procedure, which is definitely handy as I’ve already documented my own struggles with caring for coloured hair.

So with night creams, divan beds and even tasty fruit all helping our skin heal itself during the night hours, I’ll definitely be adding some sleep to my beauty regime!

Jan Detox: Scrubbing up my skin with Biore Baking Soda range

I WAS so curious about this range from classic skincare range Biore featuring cupboard ingredient – baking soda! 

The product I just couldn’t wait to try – mainly for the novelty factor – was the baking soda scrub. It’s a powder (powder scrub cleanser?! Who knew!) which you pop on your palm of your hand and mix with water – and it foams up into a mousse-like texture. 


This is the first time baking soda has been introduced to the mass beauty market. It’s already known for its cleansing properties (I use it on my bathroom tiles tbh). What will be next? Popping into the kitchen and shoving soy sauce on your face? Getting a bit of ketchup out and dabbing it on your cheeks?

Back the the beauty range. I actually kinda like it! I’m not going to say it’s going to replace my collection of Liz Earle and Melvita exfoliator and cleansers, but you know those days when you just feel like gettig down and dirty and getting your skin really scrubbed clean? This is kinda the right product for this! 

The other product from the range I tried was a more traditional liquid pore cleanser which I used in conjunction with the scrub which left my skin nice and squeaky clean. 

Biore Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub is £8, and Pore Cleanser is £5 available from Tesco and Superdrug. 

Rose Gold Tweezers by Rubis

I HAVE a slight obsession with rose gold, and so when I saw these tweezers from Rubis Switzerland, I just had to have them!

They have been dubbed “the Ferrari of tweezers” as Rubin made their name when they crafted tweezers for the Swiss watch industry. Wow! They are used to help make watches by Patek Philippe, Cartier and Rolex where only the most precise tweezers of highest quality can be used. They then branched out into beauty tools using the same factories and skilled craftsmen…

What a great history!

I’m pretty particular when it comes to tweezers (long-time Tweezerman fan) but these ones from Rubis don’t disappoint. They also look pretty stunning in your make-up bag, and are perfect for toting around for any last-minute eyebrow tidying-up emergencies.

Buy Rubis here.

 

The perfect Christmas Perfume: Dandelion Fig by Shay & Blue

image9I NEVER thought a natural perfume could be as powerful, fragrant and long-lasting as Shay & Blue’s Dandelion Fig fragrance.

Splash it on over your pulse points in the morning and every time you move your head you get a heady note of dandelion fig aroma encircle your sense. It’s warm and fragrant with top notes of lemongrass and dandelion, middle notes of juniper and tomato leaf and a base note of fig leaf.

Shay & Blue are a handcrafted perfumers from East London. The official information says this: “Creators Dom De Vetta and Julie Massé have a vision to uphold the age-old and traditional craft of fine perfumery. A commitment to create fragrances of quality by championing a new generation of craftsmen. By nurturing their expertise.

“London-based expert craftsmen and women take delivery of the precious distilled fragrance oils from Grasse. In their fine fragrance atelier in East London, they mix the oils to the correct temperature. The blends are left to stand… to mature for over three months. For richness and depth.

“Later, filling carefully, by hand, into exquisite smoky blue glass. Hand harvesting. Hand weighing. Hand distilling. With a level of passion care, and attention that mass-production can’t rival.”

Now that I love this perfume so much, I’m SUPER curious to try out the rest of their range which includes the mysteriously-named Framboise Noire, Blood Oranges and Watermelon. I love fruity and citrusy fragrances, so I’m really curious to try out the rest of this artisan range.

Buy Shay & Blue for £55, here.

 

Getting into the Christmas Spirits with Balblair

I’VE been in the festive mood for weeks now, and as the big day approaches it’s time to start tucking into the Christmas spirits!

A new addition to my collection is the single malt offering from Balblair. It’s a ‘vintage’ expression rather than other distilleries who create to specific ages. This is really interesting in whisky terms as it’s a pretty modern and fresh approach to whisky making. This particular expression was laid down in 2005,  and then it was bottled when the Balblair distillery manager believes it was ready – last year.

Distiller manager John MacDonald explains: “We take a complementary approach between age itself and the character of a whisky. Where the natural process and human judgment come together at precisely the right moment. You see, for the perfect Vintage whisky, timing is everything.”

The Balblair website explains it really well here. So far, so interesting.

The box is a beautiful blue with two fold out doors which open up to reveal the honey-coloured whisky inside. I love this whisky as it’s not artificially coloured (did you know that most whiskies are?) and the colour is stunning – a beautiful amber which invites you to pour a dram.

I definitely think that the quirky design of the packaging, the distinctive bottle and the stunning colour combine to make a really premium product.

Taste-wise, this vintage, created at the distillery in Edderton which was established in 1790, was matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels. And I can confirm that it’s pretty perfect for Christmas with notes of citrus, chocolate and orange. YUM!

Buy Balblair whisky, here.