Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Skincare Solutions For Aging Skin

 Let’s be clear here: no one wants to see their skin starting to age but unfortunately aging skin is something that plagues us all at one point or another. Interestingly, studies show that our skin begins to start aging as early as our mid-twenties, which means even when you’re still in your twenties your skin may begin to age. 

Knowing how to cope with aging skin can be extremely daunting as there’s a lot to think about and consider, from how can you reduce the signs of aging to how should you go about picking the right night cream. The fact is that caring for your aging skin isn’t always an easy task - there’s a lot that you need to take into account. 

However, the good news is that taking care of your skin as you get older doesn’t have to be a complete nightmare - there are lots of handy hacks that you can take advantage of to help make caring for your skin a little easier. To learn more about looking after your skin as it begins to age, below are a few tips and pieces of advice that you might want to take note of. 

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Nail your skincare routine 

One of the most important steps when it comes to caring for skin that’s starting to age is nailing your skincare routine and making sure that you follow it day in, day out. It’s far too easy to fall into a pattern of not taking proper care of your skin, but if you want to ensure that your skin stays looking youthful for as long as possible, you need to make sure that you’re taking your skincare seriously. This means creating a skincare routine that consists of everything your skin needs to stay healthy: cleansing, toning, and moisturizing twice a day. You also need to think about upping how often you exfoliate to two to three times a week. 

Try out different skincare solutions 

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to take some time to try out a combination of different skincare solutions to find the one that works best for you. In addition to testing out different night creams and retinol products, you might also want to try out some newer and more innovative products, such as Wrinkles Schminkles Silicone Patches for instance. There are some amazing products out there designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Take the time to test out a few different products until you find your go-to selection of skincare saviors. 

Protect your skin 

It’s also important to make sure that you are taking skin protection seriously, especially when it comes to sun damage. You need to be wearing sunscreen day in, day out, even if the sun isn’t out. Why? Because even when the sun isn’t shining, it’s skin-damaging UV rays are still present, which is why it’s so important to invest in a good facial moisturizer with SPF protection - or a foundation that includes SPF protection. 

There you have it, a guide to everything that you need to know about skincare solutions designed for aging skin.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

How to Dress For Early Fall

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It’s that moment of the year again where it’s time to put away our flip flops and airy summer dresses to swap them for warmer, cozier pieces. Fall fashion can often be a confusing season to master due to the inconsistent weather - when we wake up, we might grab a coat to beat the morning chill, only to change our outfits again by mid-day when the sun is beaming. If you’re wondering how to transition your summer wardrobe into an autumnal one, here is some inspiration!

Choose Deep Colours

Before reinventing your whole wardrobe in preparation for fall, you’ll need to know which colors to choose. Stay with the colors of the changing leaves - think earth tones, and rich shades such as plum or turquoise. 

Keep Your Long Dresses

Dresses are without a doubt a staple for scorching summer weather, but did you know that with the right adjustments, they can also make a stunning outfit choice for fall, too? Try to mix and match by throwing over a cable-knit sweater on top, a belted-blazer, or a long-sleeved top that defines your figure while adding a comfortable layer. The end result? An effortlessly gorgeous fall outfit that you can wear time and time again. 

Invest in a Jacket or Coat 

If you’re someone who finds it hard to ditch their summer wardrobe, investing in a comfortable jacket or coat can allow you to keep the warmer months alive! Keep it casual with the likes of statement unisex design tees underneath a neutral-toned trench jacket or a buttoned double-breasted coat, or your best skater dress with tights and a chunky coat. This way, you can always choose to take off your jacket or coat and show off your summer-inspired outfit on those milder autumnal days. Don’t forget, sunglasses aren’t exactly banned during fall either! 


Styling cute scarves, bobble hats, gloves, and finer details such as gold jewelry with your outfits are one of the best parts about fall. Be bold and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to accessories - experiment with different tones and fun textures to discover what compliments you best. As well as providing a fashionable advantage that’ll turn heads, accessories such as these will also of course keep you warm and cozy as the temperatures begin to drop. Just like an autumnal jacket or coat, scarves, bobble hats, and gloves can easily be taken off when the weather decides to take an unexpected turn. 


If you want to defeat cold-weather blues, you’ll need to layer up. Not only is layering up functional, but it’s also a fun way to create new looks! Layering doesn't have to look bulky and be uncomfortable - try pairing cute longer-length tops like cardigans over the likes of skinny jeans, leggings, or a leather skirt with tights. If this isn’t enough layers for the chill in the air, just add your favorite jacket, light accessories, and a pair of sturdy boots to complete the perfect fall outfit.

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Friday, August 28, 2020

New Season Fashion: How to Stay On Trend This Autumn

 While it may still be summer right now, all too soon the next new season will arrive, and with it comes an array of new fashion trends. So far this year there have been plenty of fresh looks to try, with fashion seemingly getting bolder and more unique each year. From this year’s love of omnipresent neutral color combinations to an array of bright, bold shades featuring in catwalk designs, we’ve seen it all in 2020. 

So, when it comes to 2020’s next fashion season - autumn/winter 2020 - what’s set to be hot and how can you ensure that you are dressed to remain on-trend? Wondering what you should be wearing this coming season? Below is a guide to the ins and outs of autumn/winter 2020 fashion - read on for everything that you should know! 

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Bright pop suits are in 

Keen to make a statement this coming season? Well, then you might want to bag a bright suit to add to your wardrobe. These bright, bold, color-popping suits are a fantastic way to add a splash of color and excitement to your office wear look. If you’re someone who would normally opt to wear muted shades of color, consider taking a braver step and opting for a bolder-hued suit. To see which bright hue best suits your skin tone, take the time to try out a few different looks. To style this look further, consider adding a bold clutch bag and a pair of bold heels in a monochrome shade. 

Opt for natural tones 

While bold, bright hues are in, so are neutral tones. What’s great about neutral tones is the fact that they have been on-trend for the past few seasons, meaning that you most likely already have plenty of neutral items in your wardrobe that you can pull out and use again. The neutral rule goes for both men and women’s clothing, so wherever you opt to shop make sure that you’re picking out natural neutrals wherever you can and using them to create an on-trend look. 

Maxi coats 

Once again, this autumn/winter season is all about the maxi coats. This year, it’s yellow-toned maxi coats that are set to be huge. These sunny maxi designs are ideal for adding a pop of color to a neutral look or for pairing with a monochrome ensemble. A great way to style out a maxi coat is to incorporate varying tones of yellow - you could also opt to rock it with a roll neck top and a pair of leather boots. Leather maxi coats are also in this season, so if you’re feeling brave you could opt to invest in one of these bad boys for your wardrobe. 

There you have it, a few tips and ideas for what you can wear this autumn/winter to ensure that you remain on-trend. If you’re struggling for ideas or inspiration, you may find that resources like Pinterest can be a helping hand for finding a number of looks to try this autumn/winter.

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Get Loud and Proud and Inject Some Personality Into Your Wardrobe

 There’s a lot more to fashion than paying attention to the kinds of trends out there and to emulating other outfits that you see on other people. To a lot of people, fashion is a method of expression, first and foremost. However, you might be afraid, like many, of ‘getting it wrong.’ No-one wants to go too far out on a limb, only to feel like a fool. For that reason, we’re going to look at how to get personal with your fashion will still looking great.

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Nail your look

One of the best ways to nail any kind of look you want to achieve is to make sure that the basics that help you get there are all solid. For one, you should look at and find the staples of your wardrobe that you know you look good in. You can build on those staples with more expressive choices to make sure you have a solid foundation. Similarly, taking the time to perfect your makeup skills will help improve any aesthetic that you aim to try out, since you have the application and layering down.


Get to know your own strengths

Your personality isn’t just shorthand for your personal preferences. It also includes aspects of your personal beauty that perhaps you haven’t taken as much time to think about as you should. In particular, one of the greatest strengths you can have is knowing what kind of body-type you have with the help of sites like Healthline. From here, you can figure out which parts of your body can best be accentuated by the clothes you wear to make the most impact.

Make a statement

There are staples that allow us to create outfits that blend well together, but there are also statements that make a particular part of the outfit stand out and give off a message. The message doesn’t have to be implicitly connected to any kind of values, it should simply show off what kind of personality you have, and the graphic tees at The Mountain are pretty good examples of how to do that. Don’t feel like you have to only wear clothes that kind of blend into the background of an overall look

Find a signature

Statement pieces in your wardrobe can help you nail a certain outfit, building them around a particular look or message. Signature pieces are a little different, however. The key to a signature piece, be it an accessory, a piece of jewelry, or something else, is that you can use it with multiple different outfits, making sure you have some consistent, personal core that you can rely on time and time again. Take the time to look at good examples of signature pieces and see if there’s something that speaks to the core of your style that you will be glad to use time and time again.

Fashion is too personal not to personalize. Hopefully, the tips above help you find the courage to be loud and proud and to let your soul shine through your outfit choices.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Secrets of a Youthful Appearance

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We all want to maintain a youthful appearance, but we’re all going to get older - is there a way to square that circle? There sure is! There are so many tricks you can use to enhance and improve your appearance and maintain that youthful glow….

Always wear sunscreen

If you only do one thing to maintain a more youthful appearance, it should be this. The sun may feel amazing on your face, but it contains harmful UV rays that can damage dull and prematurely age your skin. Of course, much more seriously, it can also lead to skin cancer. So, if there’s sun, even just a little bit, make sure to apply your high SPF sunscreen and keep topping it up as and when necessary.

Go for warm tones

Warm tones in the hair tend to look more youthful and vibrant that cooler tones like ash, which can tend to look grayer and duller. So, if you’re looking to boost your youthfulness, try asking the salon for a warmer dye job next time you’re there.


For many of us, one of the worst signs of aging is sagging, unhealthy looking skin. Luckily, a technique known as thermage can tighten things right up and restore your youthful appearance. It’s worth considering if you aren’t happy with the state of your skin right now.

Over-draw your lips

Thinning lips tend to age the face, but no one really needs to know you have thinning lips when you can simply draw in a plumper set! All you need to do is over-draw your cupid’s bow and lower lip line with a quality lip liner that matches the color of your lips, Then you can cover with lipstick or gloss for a youthful finish. No one will ever know.

Eat right

If you want to have youthful skin, you need to grow it from the inside out. The best things to eat for good skin include fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats like avocado and oily fish. These have all of the building blocks that healthy skin requires to grow and glow. Oh, and drink lots of water to keep your skin plump and hydrated too.

Use acid

Using a decent acid peel once or twice a week - ideally, one that contains both glycolic and salicylic acid -  will prevent your skin from looking dull. They work by building collagen levels, thickening your skin, and erasing the signs of aging, such as fine lines. You can buy them at most beauty stores and they’re a great addition to any skincare regimen.

Embrace bigger brows

As we age, our eyebrows tend to get thinner and more sparse, so a good way to look more youthful is to embrace the bigger brow. Whether you’re able to maintain a thick brow naturally or you need to use a pencil to fake it, a thick brow will totally transform your face for the better.

It’s all about the attitude

Of course, the best way to maintain your youthful glow is to stay young at heart and enjoy life with as much confidence and spark as you can!

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Friday, July 3, 2020

A Quick Guide To Facial Oils

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The facial oil market has boomed in recent years as people have begun to realize the magical properties that oils can bring to their skincare routines. Whereas once people would cringe at the thought of adding oil to their faces, now they flock to the nearest beauty store to grab their favorites. So here’s a quick guide to facial oils, what they are, how they can help your skin, and some of the ones you may want to try. 

What are facial oils?

Virtually any oil that you use on your face can be called a facial oil and facial oils aren’t actually anything new, it’s just that now they are packaged in their own little bottles rather than being hidden in our moisturizer creams. 

What are the benefits of using facial oil?

Facial oils are excellent multi-functional beauty products and provide a number of different benefits. 

  • They moisturize
Facial oils create a barrier between the skin and the elements, helping the skin to lock in moisture. The oil themselves don’t actually provide the moisture, so you’ll need to use a serum or moisturizer beforehand for maximum hydration.

  • They help to prevent wrinkles 
Many facial oils, such as rosehip oil, are packed with antioxidants, which can help to reduce signs of aging by fighting free radicals and sun damage.

  • They cleanse the skin
And finally, facial oils are also great at removing even waterproof makeup. Simply massage into your face and then wipe clean with a cloth or cotton pad. 

Won’t facial oils clog your pores?

For many years the beauty world had us believing that all oil was bad for our skin and would cause blocked pores, breakout, and blackheads. In reality, this wasn’t true, and we now know it to be one of the most common skin care myths. It’s important to realize that not all facial oils are created equal, and neither are all skin types. What may moisturize and cleanse one person’s face, could be too heavy for another’s, leading to a build-up of oil and a breakout. Argan, jojoba, and sunflowers oils are lightweight and generally fine for all skin types, whereas coconut oil, which is very comedogenic, can be too much for naturally oily skin. If you are unsure which facial oil will be right for your skin type, then it’s always best speaking with a dermatologist or a skincare representative who can give you some more guidance. 

Are there any oils that you should avoid?

Yes, not all oils are suitable for use on your face and could irritate the skin due to their fragrance compounds. Especially for people with very sensitive skin, some of the oils that you may want to avoid using at a high concentration include rose, lavender, essential oils, and eucalyptus oils, though these are often ok in more diluted concentrations when used with other oils. Some other oils to avoid include common cooking oils as these have little benefit for your skin. 

Facial oils you may want to try

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is a great oil for all skin types, even oily skin, as it is very lightweight and breathable and can actually help to break down and dissolve sebum to control shine. 

Almond Oil

For dry and sensitive skin, almond oil is gentle and hydrating and is also high in vitamin A which makes it great for fighting spots and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Rosehip Oil 

For irritated and angry skin, rosehip oil contains fatty acids that help to reduce redness and fade acne scars. Packed with antioxidants, rosehip oil is also great for reducing signs of aging and can help to minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Argan Oil 

Soothing and quick to sink into the skin, argan oil is an everyday favorite. Packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant, using argan oil on your skin in the morning can help to prevent skin damage by blocking environmental factors. 

Moringa Oil 

Full of fatty acids to repair damaged skin and anti-inflammatories to calm irritation, moringa is another everyday favorite that can easily be layered underneath makeup.

Where to buy facial oils

Ready to try a facial oil for yourself? You’ll find facial oils sold by most major skincare brands, but they can also be picked up from health food stores such as WholeFoods. Just be careful to read the label to make sure that you’re getting the real deal and not a synthetic rip off and if you’re buying online then pay extra close attention to product reviews. 

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Help, Why Is My Hair Thinning!

Picture the scene. You’re brushing your hair in front of the mirror when you spot some thinning around your temples. 

Before you start panicking, it’s important to understand that thinning hair and even bald patches are no fatalities. Depending on the cause of your issue, you might even be able to treat it in no time. For many women, hair loss or thinning hair can be a source of stress and embarrassment. Unfortunately, it has to do with the expected image of femininity and womanhood. Throughout history, attractive women have always been represented with long and healthy hair. As such, hair troubles can challenge your self-confidence. But don’t let it be an obstacle to self-love. There are plenty of helpful solutions around! 

Your body needs more vitamins
Healthy hair needs more than a good shampoo. Your body can only maintain the strength and appearance of your hair with a healthy diet. As such, you need to make sure you’re getting plenty of water and vitamins every day. Hair thinning can be caused by vitamin deficiency. Therefore, the best way to help your body maintain natural hair growth is to follow a clean and healthy diet. You can also help tackle issues with specialist vitamins. You can find plenty of effective hair growth vitamins in shops. 

It’s a reaction to high stress
Your hair also reacts to hormonal imbalances. One of the most devastating hormonal imbalance situations is stress. When you go through a prolonged period of acute stress, your body produces high levels of stress hormone. Unfortunately, the stress hormone can lead to hair loss, weight loss, and aggravated skin conditions, to name but a few. Apart from learning to manage your anxiety, you can also consider hair loss therapies, such as platelet rich plasma injections that can stimulate hair growth. Ultimately, you will need a combination of stress management methods and hair growth treatment to regain your confidence. 

Your ponytail is a hair-killing weapon
If you love a tightly pulled ponytail, you might want to give your hair a rest from time to time. Indeed, wearing the same ponytail every day can lead to fraying and breakage. Other hairstyles to be wary of include wet updos, tight braids, and sleeping with your hair in a bun. Wearing your hair down or in loose hairstyles throughout the week can help to relax pressure on the follicle and minimize breakage. 

Autoimmune conditions can be a serious cause for hair loss
Did you know that hair loss could be caused by a medical problem? Autoimmune conditions, such as alopecia, can lead to severe hair loss, not only on the head but even on the rest of the body. There are different types of alopecia around, so a doctor will help you define your condition. Hypothyroidism is another condition that can affect your hair. If you notice hair loss on a greater part of your body or associated with other health complaints such as muscle soreness, for instance, you should consult your family doctor for tests. 

Hair thinning and hair loss can be distressing. However, the first step to healing is to understand what is causing your issue. More often than not, lifestyle and hairstyle choices can be the underlying reasons for your discomfort. Simple changes can transform your hairline again. Professionals can also treat medical conditions. In other words, don’t lose your grip on your hair! 

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