Woman Crush Wednesday

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

It's half way through the week and that means that today it is Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW)!! This is the day where social media users like ourselves share pictures of females that we admire or find inspiring. I have recently began watching a new series (a bit late I know, don't kill me!) that I am sure you will all know....

I have been hooked from the first episode! So that makes my Woman Crush for this Wednesday the one and only stunning (and fellow blondie ;-)) Blake Lively! Not only is she naturally gorgeous, but she always flawless. Her make up, natural beauty and perfect hair are to die for and if that isn't enough to get you crushing on this lady she is also married to Ryan Reynolds! 

Aint she just stunning people! We all have those days where we think, 'god I wish I looked like...' and today is my 'I wish I looked like Blake Lively' day. A girl can dream :-(

Until next time.. You know you love me.

xo xo

Quick and Effective Ways To Get Rid of Spots Fast!

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

If you are like me and your skin just does not want to work with products by well known skin perfecting brands, there are some cheap methods of improving your skin at home that you can try without buying any harsh and ineffective face washes!

Firstly, let me tell you I have tried them all. From Clearasil, Clean and Clear and Biore to Tea Tree and NOTHING works for my skin!! I cannot explain how frustrating this is after reading review upon review of how well they have worked for other people, but they just don't do it for me. My skin used to be extremely dry and only now at the age of 21 years young it has began to become quite oily. I have found that using harsh products such as Clearasil and Biore (review on Biore products coming soon) only irritate my skin more causing further breakouts and even more dry flakey areas. And yes, this has resulted in copious amounts of product being chucked before half the bottle has even been used.. Pet hate. There is one brand of skin care products that I swear by. Freederm. Not only does this work wonders for the skin by clearing up any blemishes, it is not harsh and does not irritate my skin in anyway, shape or form. I LOVE it, but, like I said this blog is going to look at cost effective ways of treating your skin at home for those that cannot afford or simply don't want to keep buying products for their skin until they eventually find one that works for their own kin type.

Lets look at the cheap alternatives guys and gals!
That's right people, one of the worst things you can do for your spots is to pop, pick or squeeze them. As tempting as it is you have to stop yourself from doing this to avoid leaving scars on your face or your body. Especially when using your fingers, you are touching your face with your hands that have been touching 10308381831031 things already in the day, so god knows what kind of dirt you are transferring onto your skin and into your pores. Just don't do it people, you will regret it later in life. 

No guys, I don't mean just have a shower... I have heard that taking your shower head and blasting it in your face whilst showering is an effective way of opening up your pores in order to clear out any dirt and other impurities that are hiding in there. 

Similar to having a cold, blocked sinuses or a fever you can attempt steaming to open up your spots. Boil a kettle and pour this into a bowl, then sit with a towel over your head in order to enclose the steam from the bowl like a mini sauna. Yep you sure will look daft but it will work to release trapped dirt in your skin.

Getting out in the sun is also another great way of helping your spots. UV rays are great for clearing up your skin by reducing redness and size of spots. Unfortunately in Scotland there is a serious lack of sunshine within the year. Although not everyone agrees with using sunbeds, if you are then a few trips to your local tanning studio will clear up your skin in no time when it flares up. 

Ladies, this one is for you. When in the house and know that you aren't going anywhere for the day try not to wear any makeup. It is good to give your skin a break from it for a while if you tend to wear it every day as it gives your skin the chance to breathe. Makeup clogs your pores and when it isn't removed properly you are likely transferring the dirty makeup onto the pillows that you sleep on each night. This is a vicious cycle when you think you are removing your makeup properly but you are only making your skin work by sleeping on makeup ridden pillow cases, yucky!

The holy grail people. Sudocrem is magic when it comes to clearing your spots. For those that don't know, Sudocrem is an antiseptic healing cream that can be found in any supermarkets or makeup store such as boots and Superdrug. Apply this to your spots during the day around the house or at night whilst you sleep and lie on a towel to avoid cream going everywhere and it will reduce redness and spot size over night. It does come in at around £5 but this will be worth it, especially as there are many uses for it such as; nappy rash, eczema and surface wounds.

I swear by it, as do many of my friends and other people that use this in order to improve their skin. Oh and I can't forget to mention that the gorgeous Cheryl Cole is a huge fan of using this as a skin perfecting treatment ;-) and I'm sure we can all agree how flawless her skin is!!

I hope that this post has helped as I know how expensive it can be trying to find a treatment that will work for your skin, but remember that the cheap and home remedies are sometimes the best way to improve your skin! Comment below with any other cheap or home methods you have for treating your skin at home because I would love to hear them.

Thanks for reading xo

The Mask of Makeup

Monday, 24 February 2014

It is no secret that girls in this day and age feel as though they cannot bare it all and need to hide behind layers of makeup in order to feel beautiful and be noticed. It is sad that society has caused us women to fear baring it all and can't even nip out for petrol or to the shops without that last minute touch up of mascara, application of lip gloss and a quick check that each strand of our hair is perfectly in place.

Due to the media and the internet, I think that men tend to have unreal expectations of women and what they define as 'attractive'. NOT ALL MEN (before you all attack me) but I would say the majority of them. It is a rare find when you come across that one special guy that you can spend time with when your hair is scraped back, the face is naked, the legs are unshaven and you are in your favourite joggers and baggy top and feel utterly at peace. For me, I have found that guy. I am lucky that even when I have been at my worse, he still tells me I am beautiful and there is nothing that warms my heart more than knowing I feel relaxed around him no matter how I look or feel.

The point that I am trying to make in the post is that no matter how you feel, even when you have that odd day that you cannot be bothered styling your hair or putting on that faithful mask of makeup that there will be people out there who find you beautiful as you are. Au natural. Girls should never feel that they have to cover up to impress in order to 'get the guy' they want, as when they do, he will see you looking your roughest at some point girlies! Even if you do get up first thing in the morning to apply some lippy and fix the hair (you know like that first scene in Bridesmaids)!

Of course we all have our daily make up routines, but as I begin this beauty blog I want it to be known that you must feel beautiful without your makeup before you can feel beautiful in your makeup. After all..

"A smile is the most attractive thing a girl can wear"

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