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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Festive Hacks On A Budget*

There are a few simple and affordable ways to make your home more festive. Christmas is the best time of year and one of my favourite things is decorating the flat and giving every room a festive touch.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Jumper Weather Again*

One of my favourite things about Christmas and winter is Jumpers. Being in a snuggly thick jumper all cosy with a hot chocolate keeping your hands warm is my idea of perfection. I'm sure everyone is the same. Well I hope so anyway!

Christmas jumpers with wacky prints and slogans are amazing, but knitwear alone is also a great fashion statement. Especially for the everyday. The Plum cable knit cashmere from David Nieper is perfect for everyday wear. You can also throw this on for a lazy day. As it hasn't got the wacky prints we all love, you can wear it in Autumn a long time before the Christmas jumper are suitable to come out.

How To Get Ahead Of The Housework Over Christmas*

No matter how ahead of chores we feel like we are, it’s never true. We all know that housework is endless. One pile of washing down and then another springs up from nowhere at all. Socks go missing, carpets continuously need hoovering, and for once, it would be nice if the windows just washed themselves.

And the worst part is, none of that stops just because it’s Christmas. In fact, it seems to get worse. More cooking needs to be done, more washing needs to be done and the house needs to be the cleanest it’s been all year. It’s a tough job, but someone (aka us SuperMums out there) has got to do it. So, if you’re up to the challenge, here’s a few tips on how to get it all done.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Getting ahead in your career*

The Look: Working in an office, it's really hard to keep up a good wardrobe. There is the basics and the more glam but I like more in the middle. My three favourite items from LucyAlice Bella Fashion Collection can make you feel more professional. In my opinion, you need to look the part to feel like the day will be productive. The Bella Fashion Imperia dress is perfect for a fitted professional look, especially for someone like me with curves.


Thursday, 1 December 2016

5 Reasons Why You Skin Would Like You To Quit Smoking*

There are many reasons why people should be encourages to quit smoking, and there should be more websites out there, that should promote more people to quit. Below we have came up on reasons why you should quit smoking, and one of them is what benefit your skin will have if you have quit. 

In collaboration with The British Skin Foundation, we have assembled the 5 key reasons why you should quit smoking or switch to ecigs, just for you skin health alone.

1. Smoking Ages Skin

The British Skin Foundation spokesperson and consultant dermatologist, Dr. Anjali Mahto says that like any other organ in the body, the skin is also vulnerable to the damage smoking causes. If you would like to age gracefully and avoid many pre-existing conditions from becoming worse, it is advisable not to start smoking. If you are already a smoker, you should seriously consider quitting if you would like your skin to keep feeling and looking health. 

The British Skin Foundation also states that smoking hastens the process of ageing in the skin through the production of an enzyme known as matrix metalloproteinase-1, and the reduction of oxygen, both of which contribute to the degradation of elastic collagen. Smokers tend to develop ‘smoker’s’ lines or wrinkles around the mouth as well as ‘crow’s feet’ early on. It has been shown repeatedly since the initial studies were undertaken in the 1970’s. Evidence also suggests that women have a higher likelihood of developing this than men.

2. Smoking Delays Healing Of Wounds

Dr. Mahto states that the healing of wounds after surgery or trauma can take longer than expected if the individual is a smoker. Smokers are also at a higher risk of experiencing wound infections as well as the failure of skin grafts. Smoking also contributes to the development and persistence of leg ulcers. Carbon monoxide and nicotine found in cigarettes can cause vasoconstriction. This reduces the amount of oxygen reaching the skin, which slows down the production of new collagen.

3. Smoking Can Cause Skin Cancer

Dr. warns states that cigarette smokers have twice the risk of getting a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma compared to those that do not smoke. Smokers are at a higher risk of getting oral cancer since 75 percent of cases occur in smokers.

4. Smoking Can Predispose You To Skin Conditions

Dr. Mahto sates that some skin conditions such as discoid lupus erythematosus, hidradenitis, and psoriasis are more common in those that smoke. The exposure to tobacco smoke can increase the risk of developing psoriasis. Smokers with psoriasis are also less likely to show improvement that those that don’t. It is worth noting that people with psoriasis who stop smoking have a higher chance of noticing a positive effect on the condition.

5. Cigarettes Can Cause Smokers’ Acne

The British Skin Foundation states that smokers, particularly females are more susceptible to what is referred to as ‘smoker’s acne’ in addition to smothers and premature ageing of the skin. Writing in the British Journal of Dermatology, researchers observed that this acne was characterized by large blackheads and blocked pores but the spots were less inflamed than in regular acne.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

New Superdrug Store & Beauty Bar*

Shopping for make up is most women's idea of heaven. I know mine certainly is. Coming out with what looks like a Picasso piece on the back of your hand from endless swatches from eyeshadows and lipsticks. Superdrug and boots are my absolute favourite, however, Superdrug tends to have more affordable brands and also has the Zoella range. So it's certainly a bonus for people like me on a budget.

Brands like MUA and Makeup revolution have really well pigmented and great coverage products. They also happen to be a fraction of the price of most high street brands.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Tighten Those Purse Strings: Free Things To Do This November*

The most expensive time of the year is fast approaching, and so now isn’t the time to be spending lots on entertainment! However when you’ve been at work all week, the last thing you want is to be stuck inside bored at the weekend. It’s tempting to hit the shops, visit restaurants and generally do things that involve spending money. But if you have a think about it, there’s plenty you can do without breaking the bank which will free up some all important funds for the festive season. Here are some of the things you could do this November that doesn't cost a thing.
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