Guest Post | How to Achieve a Perfect "No-Makeup" Look

There is no better time than summers to go for a no-makeup makeup look. Nobody likes to apply layers of products on their skin, especially when they are melting down with the heat. If you want to enhance the natural beauty without making things too cakey and visible, the no-makeup look is exactly what you need to learn to do.
Here are a few simple steps following which you can achieve a perfect no-makeup look while letting your natural beauty shine through:
Guest Post | How to Achieve a Perfect "No-Makeup" Look
Step # 1: Exfoliate before You Begin Your Makeup
Never start with your makeup unless you have properly exfoliated your skin to make sure the foundation does not accumulate to places due to dead skin around the areas. Therefore, use a quality face mask for your skin and apply a toner after rinsing the mask off.

Step # 2: Apply a Sheer Coverage Foundation or BB/CC Cream
Take a small amount of any of your favourite sheer coverage foundation or BB cream and apply it evenly to your skin. Make sure you use a formula that has SPF in it so that you do not have to apply a sunscreen separately. Blend the cream with your fingers instead of any brush or blender to give it a natural finish.

Step # 3: Use a Concealer if you have Blemishes
If the scars and discolouration under your eyes are too visible, use a concealer with good coverage and tap it gently on those areas only. Do not rub it over the skin as the concealer would lose its purpose that way. Make sure the concealer you use for the blemishes is the same shade as your foundation.
Guest Post | How to Achieve a Perfect "No-Makeup" Look

Step # 4: Apply Loose Powder for Flawless Finish
Instead of using pressed powder that feels heavy on the skin, take any loose powder and use a brush to tap under your eyes and on the blemishes so that the concealer settles down without getting rubbed off. Sweep it over your face gently to make your foundation last longer.

Step # 5: Peachy Cream Blush for Some Hue
Take a natural peachy cream blush to add a little colour to your cheeks, instead of using powder blush that looks too visible and cakey on the skin. Apply it to the apples of the cheeks with your fingers and blend it well. You can use the same blush to add a little hue to your eye lids as well.

Step # 6: Use a Mascara for Much Natural Long Lashes
To add just the right amount of drama to the eyes, apply long lash mascara in a way that there are no clumps left behind. After applying it, use a mascara comb to separate the lashes and to remove any excess from the lashes.

Step # 7: Don’t Miss the Brows
Use a brow gel to fill the empty spaces between the brows and define the shape a little. Make sure you do not overdo it. The purpose to make the brows is to give them just a little definition and a cleaner look.

Step # 8: Nude Lipstick or Babylips as a Cherry on Top
Take any matte nude lipstick that would go best with your skin tone and apply it to your lips without overdrawing them. If you want something moisturising and natural, babylips or any pink lip balm can also be a good choice. I usually prefer Charlotte Tilbury nude lipstick as it really pulls the look together like anything.

Now, tie your hair into a high ponytail or keep them open and let your inner charisma shine through!

Author bio:
Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and travelling is eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.

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Life | 30 Before 30 Update


It's my birthday! 

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Well it was 3 days ago but still!

A couple of years ago I challenged myself to complete 30 things before I turned 30 and since it's just been my 27th birthday, it was time for an update. 

In the past year SO much has happened and I've been able to cross a few more things off my list! Although I'm super happy to have my first weekend away holiday with my boyfriend, my biggest achievement is definitely getting my own place or more specifically, getting a mortgage and buying a house!

I'm not sure how I'm going to get on with the rest of my list but I still have 3 more years so wish me luck!

1. Visit New York 
2. Lose weight and keep it off 
3. Go on at least 3 holidays
4. Visit Ireland
5. Buy a new camera 
6. Go to Florida and visit Disney World 
7. Get my first tattoo
8. Reach 1000 followers! 
9. Find a career I love 
10. Get my own place
11. Learn a new skill 
12. Visit three UK cities I've never been to before
13. Give blood 
14. Bake and cook more from scratch 
15. Learn how to contour!
16. Create my ideal skincare routine 
17. Find love
18. Plant fruit, veg and flowers in my garden – and keep them alive 
19. Be more spontaneous 
20. Buy a diary and actually use it
21. Learn how to save money and not spend it! 
22. Have a weekend away by the seaside 
23. Go on a road trip
24. Grow my hair to be long and still healthy
25. Go on a spa day 
26. Bit of a long run, but go Orca Whale watching 
27. Learn photography 
28. Visit Italy
29. Learn to not compare myself to other
30. Get a promotion
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Guest Post | 8 Steps to an Active Life and Young Skin

An active life keeps your skin young in several ways especially when you combine such activities with healthy balanced diet containing nutrients that are skin-friendly. Active lifestyle does not mean indulging in excessively hard physical activities, even a good quality sleep can make your skin look healthier and younger. Active life can keep your skin younger in the following ways;
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#1: 8 glasses of water a day
If you want your skin to appear healthier, glowing and younger, you need to stay hydrated most times. One of the reasons why your skin appears dry and awful most times is because the skin tissues are not hydrated. When you consume sufficient amount of fluids (most especially water) regularly, your body will flush out toxins from vital organs, including the skin, hence your skin will be able to shed older and unhealthy skin cells.
#2: Establish a daily skin care habit
There are lots of skin care products in the market but you need to choose the right one that will take care of your skin. Do not go for skin care products with excessive chemicals that will make your skin more sensitive or dry, rather you should indulge in active skin care habits such as regular exfoliation and the application of moisturiser and sunscreen , just before you step out in the morning.
Daily skin care habits also means, taking showers once or twice a day and making use of non-chemical soaps and body washes. Occasionally, you may want to add essential oils of some skin-friendly plants such as Aloe Vera, Eucalyptus and Peppermint.
Make sure you do away with antiseptic soap because they are known to remove the protective oily layer of the skin that helps to keep your skin soft and moist. Make sure your skin care products contain little or no alcoholic ingredients, however, they can contain moisturising ingredients.
#3: Establish regular sleep routine
Most people often regard sleep as a luxury and not a necessity and in so doing, they do more harm to their skin than good. You need at least 7 hours of sleep a day in order for your body to heal itself and rejuvenate vital organs such as the skin. If you get less than 8 hours of sleep in the night, make sure you compensate by having a regular 1-2 hours of naps in the afternoon. Make sure you compensate for all lost sleep hours on your off days or holiday seasons, this will help your body recover from prolonged lack of sleep, and stress. 

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#4: Perform some daily breathing exercises
Many people would wonder what breathing has to do with having a youthful skin. The wonderful thing about taking time to perform inhaling and exhaling activities is that they help to lower cortisol hormones, which are regarded as stress management hormones. Stress is one of the main enemies of youthful skin, hence the more you keep your stress levels under check, the more your skin will benefit.
#5: Indulge in low to moderate cardio activities
You don’t need a high intensity workout sessions to get your skin youthful, you can even indulge in fun activities such as hiking, walking in the park or riding your bicycle. Physical activities help your skin look more youthful by expanding your blood vessels and forcing the heart to pump more blood, as the heart pumps more blood, your skin pores expand, thus helping you to sweat and eliminate toxins from the upper and lower surfaces of the skin.
#6: Fight off stress through meditation
Aside from getting around 30 minutes of exercises on daily basis, holistic methods such as meditation, and visualization techniques have also been found to be helpful in maintaining a youthful skin. Meditation will not only help you manage stress more effectively, it keeps your brain healthy and when your brain functions optimally, your skin’s level of activity has been linked with several other health benefits, such as healthier skin .
#7: Schedule a periodic detox
You don’t need any herbal mixes or ingredients to detoxify your system, all you need is a collection of nutria-bullet recipes where you can extract 100% ingredients from fruits, veggies, and even nuts and seeds, which you can consume, to detoxify your body regularly.
Nutri-bullets are much more desirable than regular juicing because nutria-bullet devices are designed to extract more nutrients due to its effective motor and blade structures. Detoxifying your body means, eliminating toxins that trigger oxidation of healthy skin cells. When you eliminate unhealthy toxins, the skin will be able to produce healthier new cells that will replace the older ones, hence your skin will remain healthier and more youthful than ever.
#8: Consume clean, and organic foods
You can complement all other natural skin care methods with good, organic and skin-friendly foods. You should consider replacing your coffee with green tea for instance, and the reason being that green tea contains a high level of anti-oxidants and phyto-nutrients that reduce the risks of oxidative stress which is known to cause wrinkling and raid ageing of the skin.
Antioxidants also strengthen the body’s immunity against certain skin disorders, and they help to fight off germs. In addition to green tea, organically grown foods, such as fruits and green veggies are skin-friendly and they are known to contain numerous anti-ageing properties that will strongly benefit the skin.
You need to eliminate or drastically reduce your consumption of refined foods, including sweetened beverages that are known to contain high amount of sugar that are harmful to the skin. You should consider replacing unhealthy food components with healthy ones such as oily fish, nuts and seeds that are known to contain sin-friendly omega 3 fatty acid that smooths and nourishes the skin.
You need to ensure that your skin is adequately protected from UV rays of the sun, considering the fact that such harmful rays damage the outer skin protective layer , thus exposing the inner layer to several skin diseases and disorders, including ageing, wrinkly and brown spots.

Sally Mitchell began my career as a make-up artist, and after receiving a diploma in Clinical Dermatology decided to combine passions for make-up artistry and skin care becoming a licensed beauty professional. Now she shares skin care treatments with readers of Lumeskin.
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Guest Post | The Health Benefits Exercise Has For Your Skin!

If you’ve been in the fitness game for some time, you absolutely know and love all the health benefits that regular exercise has for your mind, body and soul. Improved concentration, total body strength, enthusiasm and vigour, not to mention the healthy bodily processes such as increased metabolism and fat loss, these are all amazing benefits that make you push even harder towards reaching your goals.

And they just make you a better, healthier human being all around. Fitness is amazing in every way, and it’s not just a habit, it’s a lifestyle choice. Well, this amazing lifestyle choice has one more health benefit you’ve probably never even though of - it makes your skin look young, radiant, and beautiful. Here are the top benefits of training for your skin. 

Radiant skin all year-round
Before we break it into the nuts and bolts, let’s get one thing out of the way - regular exercise does promote heathy skin along with numerous other health benefits. Being the largest organ in your body, the state of your skin is a direct reflection of your internal wellbeing. There are two key elements that will have a major impact on the health and appearance of your skin, and those are genetics and external stimuli.

Genetics, although impossible to alter, can be influenced to a certain degree, so you’re not quite left at the mercy of Mother Nature and her wrath. Positive external stimuli, such as healthy eating, natural skin treatments and of course, physical exercise, will play a pivotal role in giving your complexion the glory it deserves.

Bring these three elements together, and you will balance out genetics and external forces, creating an all year-round radiant complexion. Let’s break it down.

Exercise and O2
It’s commonplace knowledge that exercise promotes healthy blood flow throughout your body, pumping oxygenated blood into your lungs, brain, extremities and of course, your skin - it’s one of the reasons you get all red.
Oxygen intake and distribution is crucial in not only maintaining healthy breathing patterns during exercise and staying at the top of your game, but also for helping eliminate waste products, free radicals and toxins from your working cells. While the liver is responsible for detoxifying your body, you can support its efforts by helping flush cellular debris out of your system.

Added benefits of outdoor training
Training at the gym is great, but training outside is amazing. Not only that, outdoor training will boast a myriad of other health benefits for your complexion. Fresh air coupled with a hefty dose of sunshine will allow your skin to breathe and soak in the sun’s healthy rays, supplying your body with copious amounts of Vitamin D.
What’s more, outdoor training allows you to be a kid and exercise any way you want. Climb a model mountain, do some HIIT and roll around on a cool skateboard - the world if your playground. Don’t forget to wear adequate protective gear though, and find the right skateboard accessories to go with your board. Don’t miss out, grab your favourite gear and head outside!

Exercise promotes healthy sleep
Everyone knows that sleep is extremely good for you. Maintaining regular sleeping cycles will not only allow your muscles, tendons, ligaments and nervous system to recover from a day of balancing family, work, training and well, life, but it will also have a myriad of health benefits as well. This includes healthier skin.
It’s no wonder it’s called ‘beauty sleep’, as getting at least seven hours of quality shut-eye paired with a natural night-time facemask will allow your skin to rejuvenate, ready to face the day ahead.

Even if Mother Nature has dealt you a bad hand when it comes to your complexion, there are numerous ways you can influence your skin to become glowing and radiant - and fitness is one of those ways. Be sure to keep these essential benefits in mind while you slowly but confidently work your way towards your fitness goals and you will develop a radiant complexion in no time!
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