Life Update | Where Have I Been?!

12 November 2017

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3 Months.

That's how long it's been since I wrote my last blog post.

The reason for that is life has just been a bit hectic since. In the space of about two months I'd got in a relationship, went on holiday, lost my job, went on holiday again, had a mental breakdown thinking I was going to lose my house and then got another job. Mental, right?

Things have started to settle back down now though and I'm hoping that I'll get back into the rhythm of blogging again!

Watch this space!
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Guest Post | How to Get Your Hair and Skin Ready for Party Season

10 November 2017

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Party season is coming and that means Winter is also right around the corner. This cold season can wreak havoc on your hair and skin if you’re not careful, but with a few simple steps you can stay on top of things and keep your hair and skin looking healthy and beautiful throughout Christmas and into the New Year. Combating the harsh effects of weather and tweaking your beauty regime to best suit the season will give you good results. So, with that in mind let’s look at a handful of top tips for looking after yourself this Winter.

Fight the dryness

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As the harsh winds and freezing temperatures cause irritation and dryness you are going to have to fight back. For your skin that means regularly moisturising – morning and night. If you want to look fabulous top to toe this party season you have to pay particular attention to your hands, lips and feet; cracking is the last thing you want when you want to show off that Christmassy nail polish or that lovely lipstick at your office’s Christmas party. In terms of  hair, a weekly deep conditioning treatment will give it a boost and help stop your scalp from  drying out too – your locks should be ready to host the perfect New Year’s Eve hairstyle if you take care of them in advance.

Go easy on the hair styling

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As your hair is already under a lot of stress from the elements you don’t want to add to that by overusing hair products – save it until the end of December when you’ll probably be investing in some party hairstyling. Go easy on the mousse and sprays, and use your styling tools sparingly. Your hair is already fighting damage and dryness, and the intense heat from straighteners, tongs and hairdryers is not going to help. A great way round this is to choose cool styles that don’t require a lot of help to stay in place. One of the best is a chic and always trendy Dutch braid – see tutorial here.

Protection from the elements

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When you’re out and about in Winter it’s inevitable that harsh weather is going to hit you. The best way to lessen the impact of intense cold, strong winds and heavy rain is to cover up, especially if you’re planning to spend the holiday season skiing. Buy a cosy Winter hat or scarf to wrap around your head. Use an oversized neck scarf or snood not only as a cool accessory, but to pull over your face when it gets really cold.

Flush out the toxins

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Regular exercise can play a huge role in maintaining healthy hair and skin, but the temptation is to slack off in Winter. Stay motivated though. You won’t just feel better and have more energy; you’ll also give your hair and skin a boost. That’s because exercise helps flush out toxins in the body, reducing the risk of breakouts and helping to maintain glossy locks and clear skin.

Be strategic with the shampoo

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This may be a good time to take a closer look at your hair washing routine. It’s a good idea to cut back on shampooing in Winter, so if you’re someone who likes to wash their hair every day cut back to two or three times a week. Also, turn the temperature down. No one’s saying that you need to wash in freezing cold water! But excessively hot water is not going to be good for your hair, or skin for that matter. Go with warm or lukewarm water and try giving your hair a cool rinse every now and then too.

From fighting the dryness with moisturising and conditioning products to opting for replacing product-heavy styles with natural looks like a Dutch braid, there are plenty of ways you can protect your skin and hair in Winter, getting yourself ready to look your best when party season begins! Being prepared is the first step and now that you’re armed with these top tips, start your new beauty routine as soon as possible – Christmas is just around the corner.
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Guest Post | Beauty Regrets - It Happens to the Best of Us!

07 November 2017

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We’ve all been there… Plucking our eyebrows way too much, popping zits, being too tanned, messing up our hair trying to get the right colour ourselves, etc. I know I’ve made a whole bunch of these mistakes, but at least I’m not alone and it gives me a fair dosage of comfort. Nevertheless, in order to minimize the number of people going through all these horrors, I’ve put together a list of NOs for all girls to read and get the chance to prevent certain disasters instead of having to mend them.

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Eyebrows or no brows?

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This is something that every girl must have been through. It’s so mysterious, as you pluck your eyebrows, they’re never equal which leads to you having to “fix” the other one. After that, the results are the same. Then you think “Yeah, I could make them just a bit thinner by plucking the first one again”. After a certain repetition of the steps, you suddenly realize you basically have no eyebrows whatsoever! It happened to me many times and, unfortunately, once right before I had to get my picture taken for my ID. That picture still stands as a constant reminder that having a bit more hair on one brow than the other is much better than no hair on either.

Undergoing surgery

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Nowadays, girls grow up watching reality TV and their idols are mostly women that consider plastic surgery to be just a regular part of their monthly routine. This is why many young girls dream of undergoing procedures such as hair removal and liposuction in order to fix their problems. There’s absolutely no need to undergo surgery. I opted for a simple non-surgical liposuction in Melbourne, since it’s close to my hometown, Sydney. The procedure is less invasive than surgical liposuction and it gives great results. This is why I’m personally very supportive of the method.

Got to love that burnt skin

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The issue of being tanned is very popular among girls with various natural skin tones. For instance, I have very light skin and therefore, I’m very self-conscious about my tan and I try to keep my summer tan as long as I can with the help of various skin products and light towel tapping in order to dry my skin after showering. However, sometimes I go to a tanning salon and get an easy fix. Anyway, there were times I burnt my skin and times I went too far and got a much darker tan than my natural one, which was not only unappealing, but also seriously unhealthy for my skin.

Stress manifests as a form of self-mutilation

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Biting nails, popping zits, aggressively removing scabs and other habits people have for dealing with stress are very widespread and zit-popping was mine. You shouldn’t do it. It won’t help the stress, it will only increase it since you’ll be having a problem with your appearance in addition to the problem you’ve had before.

Hopefully, some of you will read this and learn from the ones that have already made these mistakes. However, don’t obsess about perfection. Everybody fails in all aspects of their lives, even the best of us. It’s necessary and completely natural. That is why we can relax knowing that sometimes it will happen to us, too, and that’s OK. Nevertheless, we can and should still strive for perfection. Read, watch and educate yourself as much as you can in order to minimize the number of mistakes and try to be the best version of yourself. 
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