WHEE, IT'S YOUR WEDDING: FINDING A MAKEUP ARTIST

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Welcome to the first of likely many posts of a new series I'd like to call "Whee, it's your Wedding." Because, hey, it's something to be something incredibly excited about. We're starting with finding a make-up artist (or MUA, as Instagram would say), though finding a makeup artist would technically come after many other big bookings (like your venue, cat[...]

HOW TO PREP YOUR SKIN FOR WINTER

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Get a gentle, fragrance free face wash to use for early mornings. I use Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. Ensure your products get absorbed by using a toner mist, or simply toner on a cotton pad Use a serum underneath your moisturiser. If it's too much for the daytime, stick to night time application. Use a dollop of moisturiser. I'm talki[...]

JUNE FAVOURITES

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The Balm Stainiac lip stain - On my bathroom counter, there is a sizeable Sephora makeup case that opens up into several eyeshadow, cheek and lip palettes. I literally only use one blush from this set, so you might be able to appreciate that I hate keeping the whole case out just for a blush. In my March Birchbox, along came the little Stain Inc lip stai[...]

APRIL FAVOURITES

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Aromatherapy Pillow Spray in Lavender Vanilla - In combination with my trusty sleep mask, this spray really sets the tone for a good night's sleep. Probably more than the lavender scent itself, the action of liberally spraying it on my pillows and sheets is like a subconscious reminder that I'm winding down for the night. It's a wonderful smell that's no[...]

RETIN-A READ ME: HOW TO USE A RETINOL CREAM

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Retinol creams have several uses, the primary ones being evening skin tone (getting rid of dark spots) and smoothing out wrinkles and preventing them in the future. It can come in several concentrations, from mild doses (0.01%) in over the counter face creams to more heavy doses (0.1%) in prescription gels and creams from a dermatologist. The first thing [...]

JANUARY BIRCHBOX REVIEW

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Do I know that it's March in a few days? Yes. Nonetheless, I wanted to share with you what I received in my January box. To be fair with timing, I just received my February box, so you can expect another review soon! There were some hits and misses in January's Birchbox, but I still love the excitement that comes with expecting something awesome like this in[...]

JANUARY FAVOURITES

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Neal's Yard Yarrow and Comfrey Moisturizer // I found this gem during my stay in Dubai. It was recommended after I described that I had incredibly sensitive skin, eczema and recently had stubborn breakouts. As per their site, "Yarrow helps balance the skin's natural oils whilst comfrey promotes regeneration of damaged skin for a fresh complexion." It might n[...]

DEALING WITH STRESS BREAKOUTS

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Many people have the luck of growing out of teen acne, but there are some of us who deal with breakouts far into our adult years. I personally have to carefully manage my skin when it comes to rosacea (redness and adult acne) as well as eczema. It's a trio of skin issues that can be the bane of my existence when they decide to hit me all at once, or sometime[...]

5 REASONS TO START DRY BRUSHING

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First of all, what is Dry Brushing? Dry Brushing is exactly what it sounds like - the process of taking a dry, natural bristled brush and brushing your body. There's a specific way you can brush to ensure you're getting the most out of it, and that is to brush daily from the ankles up, towards your heart, in long smooth strokes. When you're ready to do yo[...]