Losing weight but gaining acne? Why it’s perfectly normal to have a breakout during a lifestyle change…

You’ve started to eat healthier, smaller meals, and taken up regular exercise. The scales are going in the right direction but now suddenly you have acne (usually around the chin) but why? Well, you’d be interested to know that it’s actually a really common side effect of weight loss. But don’t worry it won’t last forever! Here’s what’s causing it…

Change in food – Introducing a diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains are crucial to a healthier you but it takes time for the body to get used to this injection of fresh vitamins & minerals. As the body starts to process this much needed lifestyle change, the effect can be a small breakout as the toxins are forced out of the body and anything that isn’t facing the toilet makes its way to other areas. Unfortunately, this is usually the face! Thank you mother nature! Try to avoid dairy, meat, pasta and bread for a while to allow the skin to balance. Also avoid ‘fad diet food’ such as only liquid diets, all-protein or cabbage soup diets as these create a nutritional gap that affects the skin negatively. Drinking plenty of water is also a great way to flush the body through, but again you’ll see an initial outbreak which will go over time.

Hormonal levels – As the body loses weight, the sheer dramatic change and shift of fluids can create a bit of a hormonal flux that is perfectly normal. Again, it is just the body’s way of sorting itself out and getting into a rhythm. The fact that the acne is dotted around the chin area, is its way of showing you exactly that. Don’t panic though! All of this is only temporary.

Exercise – Plenty of people have gone back and forth with studies and evidence on sweating clogging up your pores. The main principle behind this is that as you sweat, the sweat brings dirt and oils from the surface of your skin into your pores for them to get clogged. Here are a few simple things you can do to make sure your skin has a good chance of remaining clear; 1. Wash your face as soon as possible after you exercise with water and a clean towel. For a more thorough clean use a gentle exfoliante. 2. Make sure your gym towel is always clean for each session and don’t share with another gym user.

Toxins – There is another argument that experts have mentioned that I find quite interesting. As the body lets go of the fat in the cells and expels this either through breathing or bodily waste, a certain level of toxins held in the fat is also realised causing an usually high level that can find its way out through the skin. Many men for example tend to find an increase of acne on the shoulders and back, whilst women it will be the chin and cheeks. This is one theory that personal I find most plausible.

Dry Body Brushing – what is it and how to do it…

Quite simply dry body brushing is the process of brushing dry skin (so before you shower) with a natural bristled brush. This exfoliates the skin, reducing the presence of unnecessary dead skin cells on your body; however, dry brushing too often or too hard can cause skin irritation and infection. Be sure you know the facts about dry brushing, as well as the best methods before beginning the process.

As we grow older, our skin becomes less efficient at shedding layers of dead skin cells. Dry body brushing is a fantastic way of exfoliating these away. Alongside smoother skin, regular body brushing encourages cell turnover so that your limbs will look and feel supple, and whether you wax or shave, a quick brush is fantastic at keeping pesky, ingrown hairs and clogged pores at bay.

While dry body brushing won’t completely rid your legs of cellulite, it helps to mobilise and contribute to the even distribution of fat deposits under the skin – and if you stick at it, it’s proven to give your limbs a much smoother, and firmer, look and feel.

Dry body brushing can also stimulate the lymphatic system, and by doing this, we are directly assisting in removing pathogens. This strengthens our immune system and lessens our susceptibility to illness. Dry body brushing encourages important blood flow, and this has a plumping effect on the skin which really helps reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Important Things To Note…

▸▸ Many beauty and wellness sites advise dry brushing twice a day, but this can be harmful. When skin is brushed too often or too harshly, bristles cause micro cuts. These can easily become infected. Also, dry brushing more than once a week breaks down protective barriers in the skin. This leads to dryness and irritation.

▸▸ Dry brushing does affect skin conditions. People with eczema or chronic dry skin should avoid dry brushing. However, if you have a condition called keratosis pilaris in which the skin is inflamed with rough, red bumps, dry brushing could potentially remove the dead skin cells that cause such bumps.

▸▸ Dry brushing begins with the bottom of your body and moves upward. By starting on the bottom of your body and moving upward, it is thought that you increase drainage to the lymph nodes and increase circulation to the heart. This may help remove unwanted toxins from the body and improve blood flow.

▸▸ Move to your arms and then to your torso. Continue to work with your brush. After you’ve worked your way up your legs, move on to your arms. Remember the process: You’re moving towards your heart with each stroke. Start with your hands and move towards the shoulders. Once again, use long and smooth brush strokes. Give rough areas, like the elbows, extra attention. Make sure dead skin falls away.

▸▸ Move on to the back. This can be difficult, as some areas of the back are hard to access. Make sure your brush handle reaches far enough to touch your mid-back and other hard-to-reach areas. Move from the buttocks up to the shoulder blades. Finally, move on to the torso and sides. Brush up your rib cage, moving towards the heart. On your sides, move from your hip to your armpit.

▸▸ Dry brush your face, using somewhat smaller and gentler strokes. Move from the forehead to neck. Nipples or breasts should also be dry brushed with a softer brush to avoid irritating more sensitive skin.

▸▸ Shower after dry brushing. Even if you do not dry brush in the mornings, it might be a good idea to shower after dry brushing. Any lingering dead skin can be washed off in a shower.

How to extend the life of your bridal perfume

I am a HUGE fan of perfume.  I love having a choice between scents to match my mood, occasion or even outfit.  But how can you make that gorgeous smell last all day?  Well, I’ve complied a list of top tips on how to do just that.  Hope you enjoy! x

5 Top Tips to extend the life of your perfume

1. Once you have your perfect bridal perfume don’t put it in direct sunlight, or in warm/damp place like the bathroom.  The heat will break down the scent and lessen the quality.  Instead pop it in a draw, or on top of a wardrobe away from windows.

2. Rub a little vaseline on your pulse points, as this will hold the scent better on your skin and for longer.

3. Pop your perfume on right after getting out of the shower, and before getting dressed.  The moisture from the shower will help to lock in the scent – and putting your perfume on before dressing will stop any staining coming through on your wedding jewellery and dress!

4. For a lighter scent, spray in mid air and walk through the mist.  The fragrance will distribute evenly over the body and leave a hint of scent.  Perfect for if you have a very heady perfume.

5.  Don’t rub your wrists together after applying perfume.  This squashes the top notes and makes them disappear faster resulting in a fragrance that doesn’t last the morning!

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Maximise your skincare routine by incorporating this crystal roller to massage your skin. Facial rolling is a popular facial massage technique that promotes healthy, glowing complexion. Honey Belle Rose Quartz Facial Roller incorporates a natural one-of-a-kind gemstone with rose gold accents.’

Facial rollers are currently big news in the beauty world.  They came onto the market with mixed reviews, which meant that they took a bit of a dip in sales.  But they are back stronger than ever and with a more sleek appearance, rather than the sex toy they resembled before!  And with so many benefits I can completely see the appeal x

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.

REPOST // The big questions – No. 2: Should you get a friend to do your wedding makeup?

Brace yourselves ladies – this one’s a bit controversial!  If a friend offers to do your make up for your wedding it is obviously a beautiful gesture and is always done with the best intentions.  Unfortunately, sometimes the pressure of the occasion just hits home and they pull out or the friend can no longer attend the wedding – usually because of the pressure of the occasion!  Here are a few things to consider when asking should a friend to do your wedding makeup.

1. Your friend is amazing at makeup and has agreed to do the makeup for you and your bridesmaids for free as a gift.  But is that same person attending your wedding?  Will they have time to get ready themselves?

2. Will your friend by using her own make up or will she be using products that are designed for your skin type and colour?

3. Have you had a makeup trial with your friend and discussed the look you want, ensuring it will complement your dress, colour scheme and theme?

4. Worst case scenario here: your friend has done a wonderful look… but you hate it!  How do you break the news?  Sorry, that one’s a bit bleak but I’ve seen it happen and it can put a real dampener on your big day.

5. Remember to get your friend a lovely present to say thank you for being part of your big day.

Perfect bridal pink lipstick shades…

For a classic bridal makeup look there’s nothing more chic than a nude, pink lipstick shade.  But, like skin tones, nude lipsticks come in a myriad of beautiful shades.  Whether you like a ‘true’ nude in a beige colour or a subtle pink or orange hue to enhance the natural colour of your lips, one of my top 5 nude lipsticks will be perfect for your wedding day.  For those who are die-hard matte lipstick addicts, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is your NBF, but if you’re a satin-finish girl (and even like a bit of shimmer) you need a Nars Satin Lipstick in your make up bag! x

1. Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk

2. Mac’s Amorous

3. Nar’s Cruising

4. Chanel’s 54 Boy

5. Mac’s Modesty

Accessories maketh the bride…

Gorgeous model Jess looking epic with these exquisite pieces of jewellery from Victoria Fergusson Accessories featuring ‘India Earrings‘ and ‘Starshine Drape Headdress

Image Ikonworks Photography Hair Riot Hairdressing Event & Wedding Hair Specialists Gown Hannah Elizabeth Hair Venue The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard

How I ensure a successful hair & makeup trial…

After having a quick chat over a nice cup of tea – I like to really get to know my client’s personal style to be able to conduct a successful hair, and or makeup trial.  Asking a client to show me any images of looks that have caught their eye, or by showing me a picture of their wedding gown and general look for flowers, really helps to gauge what I think they like and are drawn to.  Are they a classic soft feminine bride or a wild bohemian trailblazer?  Do they love the feel of a full face of makeup, or are they a minimal makeup kinda gal?

We’ve had a bullet-point sess and seen plenty of images.  What’s next?  Well, I firstly like to discuss what I think will suit the vibe of the day, realistic expectations (no one really likes this bit!)  And what colours and products I will use to achieve that look.  If the client is happy with all of this then I will begin.

After I have finished creating the design – I always get the client to have a good thorough look in the mirror, firstly in part-shade and then I allow my client to freely move around and see the makeup in a different light.  This is especially important if the wedding is going to be an outdoor ceremony, as often this will be in very contrasting lights.

As the trial is an open forum which I fully encourage, I get the client to tell me what they do and don’t like about the hair, and or makeup design.  This is SO important as often I won’t get it fully right the first time.  Something which is quite surprising to clients and which I feel isn’t fully discussed openly enough by professionals.  Sometimes I get it terrible wrong on the first attempt!  This can happen when a client has got a particular image in mind of exactly what they want, but reality versus the internet is often hard to swallow.  Also, whilst a client has been looking at different images and kind of knows what they want – the trial is the first time we would have met and so I need to get into your head and pluck out your hidden ideas.  Bear with me though as I will get it right next time!

But how do I do this if a second trial isn’t an option?  Well I rely on good old fashion notes!  By noting down how the client’s skin reacts to makeup application and what suits them best, along with the different products I have used provides a clear client history.  And after the client has advised of preferences, or changes to the design it all goes into the note book for next time.

So don’t panic if your first trial hasn’t gone to plan!  Trust me, next time it will be bang on groovy x

 

 

REPOST // 6 things to consider if wanting an ‘up-do’ hairstyle for your wedding

When deciding on your ‘bridal style’ it can be really difficult to determine what you do and don’t like.  Instagram and Pinterest are filled with ideas that can make choosing all the more tiresome.  Below is my simple guide to help you cut through all the chaff, and really decide on want you want.  I use these questions myself to pin-point what my client does want, without them even realising it x

1. Do you prefer your hair up or down?  It’s a really simply question but you would be surprised how often this gets over looked.  If you are comfortable with having your hair down most days, then having an up-do can feel exposing and not natural.  Likewise, if you often have your hair up – leaving it down can make you feel hot and bothered.  So consider how you naturally behave with your hair day-to-day.

2. What’s your wedding gown like?  Does your gown have a high neck with detailing at the back – do you want this exposed or covered by your hair?  Alternatively, does it have a long back – therefore do you want your hair to fall onto your bare back?

3. What is your hair colour like?  Clients often bring me images of looks they love of hair up – and what do all of them have in common?  The model almost always has blonde or blonde highlighted hair, when in fact the client stood in front of me has deep brown hair.  They love the style because with blonde hair you can clearly make out the detail in the design – that gorgeous braid or pulled out twist.  It’s sad but true that in darker coloured hair this detail gets lost, so either consider a different style with similar colouring to your own, or take the plunge and book in for highlights.

4. What’s the weather likely to be?  If you’re getting married in peak heat wave season then you’ll want to minimise the risk of curls falling out, or frizzy hair sticking to your back so an up-do is your perfect style ticket.  Likewise, if you’re having your wedding during cooler climates, then gorgeous cascading curls is the perfect choice to keep a tad warmer.

5. Are you having a veil, hair accessorie, flower grown or alice band placed in your hair?  Generally speaking veils work better on hair that is down, due to the fact that the sheer weight of the veil can knock the air out of a wispy up-do.  A sturdy low bun is often better if wanting both.

Modern hair accessories are usually made in mind of how they are going to be placed in the hair for a either an up-do or down-do.  I can highly recommend the following retailers that have been carefully designed to with-stand the pressure of both.  Kelly Spence / Victoria Fergusson / Donna Crain

6.  And lastly… is your hair long enough, thick enough, has enough texture for the style you want?  9 times out of 10 the styles on Pinterest have been achieved using hair extensions.  It’s a well known trade secret.  This makes it incredibly hard for brides to realise their expectation is not completely realistic.  Luckily, hair extensions exist for everyone to buy- so if you really want that ka-bow style we can achieve it! x