Product Review; Whiter Teeth at Home

Hey Guys,

So it’s Monday yet again and I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today’s post is about getting whiter teeth at home and of course on a budget!

I am a fanatic about teeth and I am on a mission to improve mine where possible. I am quite self conscious about my own teeth. You may have noticed I don’t always do a big ‘open mouthed’ smile in pictures. This is because I dislike my teeth A LOT. I am in the process of getting invisalign and I will be doing upcoming posts on my own personal experience with them, so watch this space.

As I am currently awaiting my moulds, I don’t think it’s appropriate to get my teeth whitened professionally, as soon they are going to be covered by the retainer. I do however want my teeth as white as they can be for the time being. I find a lot of ‘whitening’ toothpastes don’t actually work. To be honest I don’t think it’s possible to fully achieve the Hollywood smile from at home products especially if you’re a coffee addict like myself. I have however come across a tooth paste that has made my teeth significantly whiter and I would highly recommend it:

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White

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The only place that I can find this product is Superdrug. I go to the one in The Square, Tallaght. The toothpaste costs about €6.00 but it’s the only toothpaste that has made a real difference without being too abrasive. I have sensitive teeth but it hasn’t impacted me in that aspect at all. It’s great for anyone who doesn’t want to splash out on professional whitening but still wants brighter teeth.

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Be warned the toothpaste comes out black as it contains charcoal to aid in the whitening process. This is normal, don’t feel like there is something wrong with yours!

I hope you’re all having a fabulous Monday and have kicked off the week with a positive attitude 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Protect Your Skin Against Winter

Hey Guys,

At the moment the weather here in Ireland is starting to get colder and I have a feeling January is going to be a seriously cold month! This Winter weather can be quite tough on your skin. From the brisk, frosty weather to the harsh wind, our skin really does have to withstand a lot throughout this time. That’s not even including the heating that we are now constantly facing; whether it’s at home, in the office or even in shopping centres and restaurants. Our skin is literally going from one extreme to another. So in order to prevent your skin from getting dried out and over sensitive from the above factors I’ve compiled a list of the best methods to protect your skin throughout the colder months.

Change to Gentle Products: Skin can be more sensitive throughout the colder months and so strong products that are usually fine, can end up irritating it. I have sensitive skin anyway so I look for gentle products all the time. I think swapping a regular toner for a softer alternative can make a huge difference when skin is under added pressure. Instead of using toner, I have now introduced Rosewater and Witch-hazel and I love it. It’s really gentle and doesn’t leave skin feeling raw. The witch hazel also helps prevent breakouts on the skin, which of course is a huge plus! It is available in Boots at the pharmacy counter and it is approx. €4.00.

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Rethink your Moisturizer: I know that people often say that too much moisture can cause spots and breakouts. While this can be the case, skin requires higher levels of moisture during colder periods. In order to prevent any breakouts, think about changing your moisturizer as opposed to over moisturising. One that works well in Spring and Summer may not be sufficient for the harsher Winter months. If your moisturizer is not giving you nivea1what you need, you may find your skin getting dryer. This often leads to people over moisturizing which then causes the breakouts. Instead switch to a stronger oil based option. Always look for ‘non-clogging’ alternatives to avoid pores being well obviously being clogged. Night creams are generally a good option as they create a protective layer around your skin.

Nivea is always one of my favourites as it is so soft and gentle. There are a number of different Nivea moisturizers and night creams IMG_0318available. Have a look at what is the most suitable for your own particular skin type. These products can be picked up in the majority of retailers such as Boots, Debenhams and Tesco, Dunnes etc. Prices vary between €5.00 and €10.00 and it always lasts ages! I also use the Nivea Cleansing Milk as it soothes skin whilst removing the makeup. It costs €6.99 in the majority of retailers too.

 

Avoid hot water on the face: This is true for all year around but particularly relevant for Winter. I am guilty of letting the warm eater hit my face in the shower but I am trying to avoid it now. Warm water dries out your skin and this combined with the false heat also drying it out, will strip essential oils will from your skin. It is also recommended that you apply moisturizer on face and body within two minutes of your shower and it is the most effective time to lock in the moisture.

Add in Oils & Milk: This one is more so for your body as opposed to your face but who doesn’t want soft,Product Image For Grapeseed Massage Base Oil supple skin all year round?! Add in some Olive or Grape seed oil to your shower  as it will help re-hydrate skin. Check out health food stores for these oils, Holland & Barrett stock them for €4.49. Alternatively  pop into your fridge and grab some whole milk to add to your shower. It will have the same effect and leave your skin feeling super soft.

As always the products and methods listed above won’t break the bank. They are all quite reasonable and can be done on a budget as we are not all millionaires who can splash out on expensive beauty products and procedures.

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Embrace the Brow

Hey Guys,

The 90’s may be back when it comes to Fashion, but one thing that hasn’t returned is the over plucked, super skinny brows associated with that particular era. I am the first one to hold my hands up and admit that I too fell victim to the barely there brow. Thankfully that look is now well and truly gone, with full length and thickness being the main focus. All you have to do is look at the hottest models at the moment, all of which have certainly embraced the brow. Cara Delevigne is one of the best eye brow inspirations I’ve seen in a long time! Unfortunately due to years of wanting smaller eyebrows, I still need to fill in a few areas where the hair is still thinner.

Eyebrow’s shape your face and can make such a difference to your look. I have become so particular about eyebrows and I always try ensure mine are not too thick or too thin and have a nice arch (the arch is key ladies!)

It is due to this that Sleek Makeup’s latest brow kit has become my 96027226-2ultimate makeup essential. The product comes in a neat little compact, mirror included and is perfect for slipping into your bag. With a pigmented wax for shaping and a powder for setting also included, it is ideal. It is a complete bargain at €10.00 online and €12.00 in Boots. You can choose from four different shades; Light, Dark, Black & Extra Dark I opt for the ‘Dark’ colour as my hair, eyebrows and eyelashes are quite dark and this matches perfectly. I would be a bit cautious when it comes to using the Extra Dark and Black due to the dark colouring of the one I already use.

At €10.00 it is an absolute steal so it’s definitely worth a trial, so make sure to check out http://www.sleekmakeup.com

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 If you don’t like ordering online, pop into Boots and get some points on your loyalty card 😉

Happy Shopping

Z x

 

Honey Remedies for Clear & Softer Skin

Hey Guys,

As you will know from my previous posts, I am a big fan of natural remedies, particularly ones that can be done with as minimal effort as possible. I personally don’t have a lot of spare time so I love to find products that have numerous uses and therefore save not only money but also time and effort. Honey is a prime example of this.

Honey is not only excellent for curbing a sweet tooth and healing a sore throat, it is also fantastic for your skin. Full to the brim of anti-bacterial properties, honey can have a huge impact on skin improvement. Now when I say honey, I mean the purest form you can get. Always try opt for organic, raw honey to avoid any hidden ingredients.

Keeping skin healthy is extremely important all year round, but in Winter, the weather can be quite rough on our skin. Using something natural and gentle on your skin is therefore ideal.

 

Cleanser

Honey is jam packed full of enzymes that help clear your pores and actually keep them clear. Due to the fact that honey has natural antibacterial properties, it also aids in the prevention of breakouts too. Mixing together 1 tbsp of raw honey with 2 tbsp of coconut oil can act as a perfect, gentle cleanser for your skin. Massage it into your face and rinse well with warm water (NOT hot water!) I’m going to start trying this once I’ve removed my make-up to ensure my skin is completely clear.

Bath Soak

I am not usually a bath person but I think I will have to try this out. I have read that adding 2 tbsp of raw honey to your bath will significantly benefit your skin all over. It will help hydrate and soften your skin leaving you feeling relaxed with super soft skin. Perfect for unwinding after a long week.

Moisturising Face Mask

Honey not only purifies the skin it also aids in hydration. After you have cleansed your skin, spread 1 tbsp of raw honey on your face. Allocate 15 minutes to allow it to set properly and rinse with warm water. Make sure you rinse well, otherwise you will be left with sticky patches on your face; not ideal!

So there you go, one product with numerous different uses, all of which are natural and beneficial to your skin!

Hope you Enjoy 🙂

Z x

 To find out more tips for healthy skin, I love reading Olivia Jenkins’ blog as she uses completely natural ingredients, be sure to check it out.

Skin Balancing Facemask

Hey guys,

Today I am going to share with you a wonderful little face mask that you can make using the ingredients in your kitchen. This comes from the skin expert Oliva Jenkins. It’s quick, easy and will leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Tip: Do not apply this mask within a 10 meter radius of any guy who you wish to kiss or will possibly want to kiss in the future. It is not the most attractive look!

What you need:

Half an avocado

1 egg white

1 banana

Tsp of extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil

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What you do:

Mix all the ingredients together (I needed a whisk to smooth it out)

Gently exfoliate your face to remove any dead skin cells & pat dry

Apply the mixture all over your face 

Leave for 10 mins