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The Busy Girl’s Guide To Nail Care

If you’re a busy girl, does nail care always end up last on your list?

Everything else seems to be thought about, but what about your nails?

Don’t tell me, if it’s not one thing, it’s another. You’ve got a trillion things to do and not enough time to do it in.

I’m guessing a thought could be: 

‘No one’s going to seem them.’

This is incorrect.

You’re going to see them.

If you don’t care what you think about your nails, it’ll subconsciously have an impact on the way you view yourself. If they’re not important now, when will they be? And they should be taken care of whether they’re ‘seen’ or not, right?

With that in mind, here’s your exclusive guide to keeping those nails spoken for.

Nail Care Tip #1: Cut your nails regularly.

Keep them cut regularly.

From a safety point of view, dirty fingernails is a health risk. Keeping them relatively short will minimise this risk. 

If you prefer to have long nails, keep them clean!

 

Moisturise regularly.

The skin around your nails tends to be neglected the most. Every time you wash your hands, keep them moisturised too! Keep a small hand cream in your bag so they can stay moisturised on the go.


Use clear nail polish.

Experimenting with different colours is a super fun way to add style and glamour to your nail care. However, keep your nails stain-free by using clear nail polish.

Top tip: Your base coat will be much smoother!

Don’t forget to file.

Filing is an important step to your nail care. It gives your nails the perfect shape you need! Home in the edges to develop and oval shape. Why not try a square shape too?

Top tip: Always file your nails in the same direction. Rubbing it in separate directions splits the nail, stunting your nail growth.

 

Almond oil.

Almond oil is brilliant for nourishing your skin and your nail enamel. Run into your nails and cuticles. It will help them to grow stronger and thicker, whilst keeping your hands and cuticles soft. What a bonus!


Hemp oil.

Hemp oil brings about the same benefits as almond oil does, tenfold. It’s bursting with antioxidants, keeping your skin and nails refreshed. This is a must-have for nail care.

Massage your hands and feet.

At the end of your day, be it a good or stressful one, reward your hands and feet for their hard work by massaging them. Release their muscles of any residual tension from the day and prepare them for rest.


They do a lot for you. Repay them in kind with you-approved aftercare.

When’s your next nail care appointment? 

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How To Get The Perfect Beauty Sleep

How To Get The Perfect Beauty Sleep

How to get the perfect beauty sleep. Well, call me Sleeping Beauty. I can’t get enough of it. I don’t need to tell my body twice. Once I’m asleep, I’m practically a corpse. You’d need a foghorn to wake me and even then, good luck, babe.

The concept of ‘how to get the perfect beauty sleep’ is very important to me. It’s not ‘how’ you get it, it’s how you achieve it. It’s a precious characteristic of my lifestyle that has transformed my skin and has helped me to overcome several lifestyle obstacles. I used to suffer from mild insomnia in my teenage years, although it didn’t feel mild, let me tell you. I went through severe stages of getting three hours of sleep to fuel a full-on day, to catching 12 hours of sleep straight.

This had a particularly dire effect on my skin. For one thing, dark circles were becoming increasingly prominent and were harder to shake off with just hydration, face masks and eye creams. It was duller and more prone to breakouts than I wanted. It became harder to stay focused on tasks and when I wanted to sleep the most, I’d be tired and wired.

How did you find a solution?

I started doing my research on sleep and how it affects the body long-term. 

This was the kick up the ass I needed to put my body first and give it the respect and time it deserved to keep me working at my best. It took me about a month to integrate my new steps into my regime, but, wow, did it work.

Here are five elements of my bedtime routine (five of many!) that I incorporate to give my body the best chance at growing and glowing.

“STRETCH”

Stretch your muscles and align your spine with your breathing. It works a treat for beauty sleep.

I don’t know about you, but for a homebody, I’m also a busybody which means that I’m very active during the day and rarely sedentary, especially during this lockdown period. Your muscles relax during sleep and naturally compact during the day due to repeated movement such as walking. By stretching before you sleep, you’re opening up your body and inviting it to relax and wind down. You’re also decreasing the risk of getting a cramp or sleeping on your arm, which isn’t fun to wake up to, trust me.

“THE POWER OF YOGA”

Try a few yoga poses such as Child’s Pose, Bridge Pose, Camel Pose and (my personal favourite) the Corpse Pose where you lie on your back with your hands gently by your sides. How appropriate!

  • Child’s Pose: Start on all fours with your arms gently stretched out in front of you. Lean back on your heels, keeping your arms outstretched.
  • Bridge Pose: Lie on your back in semi-supine with your feet placed flat on the ground. Keep your knees shoulder-width apart and your arms gently placed by your sides. Engage your core by sucking in an lift your hips up towards the air, hold for 10 seconds and slowly release back down. As you lift your hips up, imagine weights are keeping your feet flat. They should never move when you complete this exercise.
  • Camel Pose: Start sitting up straight on your heels for this one. Place your hands behind you with a slight bend in your arms and push your chest out, looking above and behind you as much as you comfortably can. Hold for 30-seconds and then slowly release.

Corpse Pose: Ideally, start this pose on your bed as the final step into sleep mode. Simply lie on your back and place your hands gently by your sides, keeping your jaw, neck and shoulders loose.

Each one these poses work in alignment with your breathing. Deep breathing is the key to releasing any tension you may or may not be aware of and it prepares your body to fall into a state of relaxation easily.

 

“MEDITATE”

Find some time for your mind to clear your thoughts. The clearer your mind is, the easier it will be to achieve a great sleep!

This one might come as a no-brainer to a lot of you, but it is often overlooked. Meditation has been known to only be perceived as a morning affair, but using meditation throughout the day, especially at night is key to lowering cortisol production and welcoming those sweet, sweet Z’s.

A decent starting time is around 3-5 minutes. Use this time to engage with your breathing and assess if you have any excess tension from your stretching. Also, use this time to reflect on the day you’ve had, how it made you feel, the day you want to have tomorrow and what you’d like to accomplish. The longer you meditate, the easier it will be for you to fall asleep.

 

“DRINK WATER”

Staying hydrated enables your body to repair at an optimum level during your beauty sleep!

Your beautiful body is about to embark on the wonderful journey of perfect beauty sleep and self-repair. The best gift you can give it is a nice few gulps of water before drifting off into paradise. If you have a nighttime skincare routine, drinking some water before you doze off is going to give your various treatments a massive boost in the right direction. It’s advised to do this at least half an hour before as that’s how long it usually takes for the body to process water.

If you’re the type of person to use the bathroom during the night, try drinking the water as early as possible. If plain water is abhorrent to you, try mixing it with a few drops of lemon or incorporating cucumber or berries for variation.

Chamomile tea is also famously known for its ability to aid in sleep, so get on that!

 

“PLAN YOUR DAY”

Hopefully, your day turned out pretty much how you wanted it to. If so, brilliant! Maybe it could’ve been better and maybe it was a complete nightmare. But it’s okay. We sometimes view tomorrow as a negative because it suggests that we’re not seizing an opportunity to achieve our goals.

But tomorrow is also a powerful day. Tomorrow is full of possibilities that you have the capability to create and manifest. To help you complete your plans, write them down somewhere you will see them. Type them if you must, as long as you’ve written them out of your head. These should be plans that you’re excited about waking up to, so make sure they’re worth getting up for.

“JOURNAL”

Find a ten-minute opportunity just before bed to write out all of your feelings, wants and desires. The closer you do this before you sleep the better. You’ll always drift off faster when there’s little to think about.

It’s best to journal after you’ve planned your tomorrow to truly hold space for your emotions. If not, you run the risk of neglecting the chance to express yourself. You are not your actions and you are not your feelings. You are simply a vessel that has the capability of thought and action. This separation is necessary to prosper both in sleep and in life!

These are my key components to achieving the perfect beauty sleep I can’t seem to shake off. Beauty sleep will improve skin health, manage weight effectively and lower stress levels. Beauty sleep is the key to everything. See after you feel after some sleep.

What are some of your beauty sleep methods?

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Essential Skin Products For Lockdown

Three Essential Skin Products You Need During Lockdown

Skin. It’s a funny old thing, isn’t it? It’s the largest organ in your body and yet it’s the most fragile. It can take a moment to damage and a lifetime to repair so having a consistent skincare routine is paramount.
And what better way to kickstart it or take it to the next level than in lockdown?
Think about it. You have nowhere else to be and you have so much more time to understand, identify and listen to what your skin needs.
This article is going to outline in tremendous detail the three essential products that you’re going to need to achieve and maintain plump, balanced, Instagram-worthy skin. Sit tight.

Water

 
I know, I know. Cue the fluttering eye rolls. You were expecting me to reveal something you can just buy in a bottle, right? Well, guess what…you can. And if bottled water isn’t your thing, investing in a thermal one is the real G. You have your private tap at home with 24-hour access so let’s utilise it! Let me tell you why the advice of drinking water is constantly reiterated and why it’s also constantly underestimated.
Water is something that humans cannot live without. Ever. We’re mostly made up of water. Not only does it positively cater to every other organ and function in your body but it is the only thing your body cannot substitute on. Why deny it the one thing it will always need?
On the flip side, dehydration is something you should never be experiencing, especially if you’re fortunate to reside in a first-world country. If you tend to have naturally dry skin or eczema, you’re more likely to lose water through your skin at a faster rate.
Dehydrated skin may turn red, become dry, flaky, darker and tight which encourages skin damage through tearing. If you’re prone to little cuts and bruises that you’re unsure of how they arose, chances are that your skin is very tight and susceptible to damage that hydrated skin would substantially improve.
As if it couldn’t get any worse, dehydrated skin produces a natural oil -which seems contradictory- called sebum which is what clogs up your pores and hastily invites acne to the party.
What’s the solution? 
Drink water. Just drink water. Preferably 2 litres a day, which does seem extreme, but little and often consistently is the ultimate key. Your bathroom’s going to be busy, but you’re at home, so it shouldn’t be a problem! I keep a 5-litre bottle and an 800ml bottle in my bedroom.
An example of this product in practice:
I fill up my 5-litre to the top and use that to top up my 800ml bottle which stays on my desk when I’m working. As soon as I run out of the water from my 800ml, I use the 5-litre to top it up.
That 5-litre bottle means that I don’t have to go downstairs just for water for 2 days. It makes a huge difference and I’m much more inclined to drink more because it’s only a half-hearted grab away. It doesn’t get any more first-world than that.
Follow @drinkwaterslut on Twitter as an extra incentive. An account dedicated to reminding you to drink water. Profanity is used but it’s funny, it’s sassy, sometimes I feel personally attacked, but it works.
And that’s why my blog is here. To provide you with information that is tried and tested and not designed to confuse or repeat vague tips for the sake of it.

SWEET ALMOND OIL

Okay. This might sound like the least desirable product for any of my clients who suffer from oily skin but similarly to oil cleansing, it helps keep that excess oil away and has been proven to be a necessary step in a glowing skincare routine.
Almond oil is created through cold-pressing the almond kernel. The organic oil is best as it’s the most natural but highstreet suppliers frequently sell the chemically extracted type so it’s always good to know which one you have.
Nevertheless, both work very well and the chemically extracted oil (which tends to be cheaper) will still look after your skin and demonstrate the same fabulous effects.
Why is it so good for your skin?
Rich in antioxidants, almond oil is known for achieving long-lasting results which include reducing dark circles (with a consistent and optimum amount of sleep) and hyperpigmentation or increased melanin. I find that this product is amazing at combatting dry skin and UV damage so imagine the added benefit of drinking water to reduce dryness. Super soft skin? Yes please and thank you very much.

Sunscreen

 
The horror enthusiast in me wants to say ‘sun scream’ but you’ll be screaming when you see how much this improves your skin, especially in the little time it takes to use it regularly.
I never understood why so many dermatologist routines stressed the utmost importance of wearing sunscreen every day – even when the sun wasn’t visible – until I found out that sunscreen is the key to preserving your youthful appearance. It’s the ‘you’ll thank me later’ potion to looking 24 when you’re 58…or something.
Yes, it’s primarily used for absorbing or reflecting UV radiation, but for the sake of your skincare routine, you should see it primarily as the product that heavily prevents the development of sagging skin, wrinkles and dark spots which can include hyperpigmentation.
CONCLUSION
These are my holy trinity products of skincare. It’s a skincare routine that can be followed by most, dare I say, all skin types because the benefits genuinely do work long-term. I am extremely confident that if used in conjunction with consistent sleep, your skin will improve in smoothness, brightness, youthfulness and have that undeniable glow. Do it for your future self. They’re counting on you.
In my upcoming e-book, I outline the exact methods, beauty tools and commercial products that I’ve tried and tested myself for years, some of which I religiously use in my routine today.
Here is an outline of just some of the chapters in my e-book that will get you the results you’re after:
  • A specified list of beauty tools and products to buy
  • Step-by-step methods on EXACTLY how to apply and the order in which to apply them
  • The skincare routine needed to obtain optimum skin health
  • A chosen fitness package that outlines weight gain, weight loss, weight maintenance and toning
  • A style guide for every season
  • A practical guide for motivation and consistency
I’m not going to leave you hanging! In preparation for this pack, you can receive a 30-minute consultation with me where we will establish your goals and intentions together before fully engaging your time and energy into them.
Sound good? It sure feels good to me! Links to your consultation can be found here. See you there!