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Wellbeing || Winter Vs Summer Beauty Tips

Hey, guys! A quick update - I've been away from the computer for a little while as everything has changed for me recently. Some things have been for the worst and some for the good - I will cover this in a separate post. 

However, one change that's happened recently to all of us on this side of the pond is winter! where did this icy-cold come from? It's so cold right now I have my mittens packed for work, I have casseroles planned for dinners and I am sure we'll see snow within the next few weeks in the lead, up to Christmas. I'm not going to complain all that much though because it's only temporary (she says as she lives in Scotland, I really should be a comedian). 

So, with the cold comes the new winter wardrobe and a new beauty routine. And, likewise to those over in Australia you'll be changing to a new summer wardrobe and beauty routine. Regardless of where you are staying right now here are some tips to get you through the changing seasons on both sides of the globe. 




Winter 

Skincare - The cold weather really leaves your skin feeling dry and parched. When the icy mornings hit you know it's time to bulk up your skincare routine with the addition of hydrating and moisturising products. Yes, that also means adding additional moisture even if you have combination or oily skin. Start with a base layer of skin friendly oils. Then, add your daytime moisturiser. I can't recommend Olay enough - their range covers all skin issues and types. 

Treatments - Winter face masks are the best. Mashed banana with honey, avocado and oats, egg white and honey, oats and banana or even an oat and clay mask. They all help to slough away the dead skin cells that give us a rough and dry appearance while adding moisture to soothe. If you don't want to make your own at home Lush Cosmetics make some excellent fresh face masks. Try to add a face mask into your routine every fortnight if you can, to really see the difference. 

Makeup - In the winter most people tend to dampen down the brighter tones for more autumnal ones. I really love Autumn and Winter makeup looks as they are so reminiscence of the feminine fifties makeup. A warm-toned lipstick, some smoky eyeshadow and a slick of liner and mascara. With the cold pinched cheeks that come from going outside you can't fail to look good. If you dislike a heavy lip look Burt's Bees make some really pretty berry toned lip tints that would work equally as well. 




Summer 

Skincare - In the summer our skins tend to become hotter and stickier as we sweat and move about more. It's still important that we hydrate the skin by adding moisture or our bodies will create more sebum to compensate for the loss. Unlike the colder seasons you can adapt your skincare routine so that you are simply adding some beneficial oils to the skin and under eye area. Serums are good also as an additional hydration layer under makeup.

Treatments - Face masks that contain natural antibacterial properties are great for this time of year. Try a fruity face mask to really decongest any clogged pores on the face. If you suffer from dry skin try to add some avocado and lemon juice to your mask but only use this in the evening as the lemon will contraindicate with the sun. 

Makeup - Summertime makeup tends to be lighter, more balmy and colourful. You simply cannot beat a good tinted balm, a bright nail polish and a swipe of a good, waterproof mascara at this time of year. 

And finally, If you are on the other side of the world, and you are struggling with heat in your workplace or home I recommend getting commercial air conditioning repairs by New Edge to keep you cool and calm this Summer. 

Whether you prefer summer or winter, try to enjoy each season as it only lasts for a few months. You don't need to go wild with a whole new beauty wardrobe - simply adding a few key pieces into your old routine should be enough to make you feel really good about the changing seasons and yourself. And, the best tip I can give you for all seasons is to stay hydrated, de-stressed and positive. 


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Health & Fun || 10 Reasons to Play Online Bingo


As a mum, I rarely partake in exciting days out alone without my children. Gone are the days of getting glammed up to head out with the girls, or getting glammed up period to leave the house or to go on a date night. So, what's a mum to do for some fun? Apart from starting a new Netflix box set, grabbing a vino and some lush chocolates, I tend to play online bingo. Yep, that's right. I play bingo and I'm not ashamed to admit it.  

If you speak to most mums (of all ages) you'll find many do play online games. Some without a monetary benefit, some with. Bingo is one of those ones that gets the adrenaline going as you see your card fill up, and if you win it's even better. Like any parent out there, the financial game from playing is an added benefit, especially at this time of year. 

Believe it or not, bingo games also have additional benefits outside of gaming. Here are just some of the benefits that you should consider.

Fun and entertainment at your fingertips. At anytime you want, day or night. 
Online games are the perfect game for all married, partnered or parents out there. Married life and being a parent is great but a little distraction and 'you time' while still being indoors can enlighten your mood. Help you to destress and will give you back a sense of self. 
Researchers have even shown that playing online bingo can boost your memory power and also energise you. 
Playing online games wisely can help you save money. Yes, you can win money but most of the online games cost pennies to play and if you are spending pennies, you're not out buying loads of alcohol, taxi's, new clothes and accessories and food. At the end of the night, you could be saving a heap of money which means, no hangover and a happy purse the next day. 
If you have a with shy personality, making new friends gets a lot easier with online gaming. Online sites have various chat rooms where you meet new people and make new friends and share your joys and life events with each other. 
Winning - no further explanation required with this one. 
It improves your cognitive strength. 
Slows down the ageing process - apparently. Of course, don't hold me to that, but happiness does definitely make you more youthful and reduces nasty built up hormones. 
Keeps you healthier and happy. 
The auto daub feature on online bingo makes the game more relaxed making you feel at comfort with playing. This way you don't have to worry about missing out on a win by incorrect daubing.  

So what do you need to know about online bingo? 

Online bingo sites have various bingo and non-bingo games to play such as slots, scratch cards, pull lever games and casinos games that you can choose from. The different bingo rooms are fun and exciting as well as you can live chat throughout the games with other people in the UK. Each bingo room has its own unique feature and monetary amount that you can win. Out of all the bingo rooms - 90 ball, 80 ball or 75 ball etc - the 90 ball bingo room is the most common and loved bingo room and is always live with other players. This definitely adds to the excitement and I've always found that the other players are friendly. So much so they always congratulate the winners and it seems genuine. 
  
The rewards obviously add onto the fun and will make the experience even more exciting. By depositing a little sum of money you can gain 'lefty' bingo bonuses like free money, free spins and real money prices. Sometimes it benefits you to add a small token of money because this amount is matched or doubled. Therefore you are getting to play with free money to test out the games before spending any of your added pennies. 

So while you are killing it online playing, you can be working on your health. See, maybe you don't need to sweat it out at the gym after all. If you don't want to play online, you can improve your health in other ways. Check out my previous post which covers 'The essential guide to health

Just ensure you set yourself a limit and enjoy the fun. Do you enjoy bingo online or offline? Do you have any tips for new players? 


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Look Gorgeous, and be a Blushing Bride For All The Right Reasons!

On your wedding day, you want to look beautiful and be blushing for all the right reasons. Not because you’re feeling embarrassed or self-conscious about what you look like! There are so many things to think about when you’re preparing for a wedding, but don’t neglect yourself as a result. When you walk down the aisle, you want to be feeling your very best. Here are some of the things you could think about in the run-up to the big day to ensure you do.

Lose Weight/ Tone Up

A large proportion of brides-to-be choose to lose weight before their wedding day. If you cringe at the idea of pictures catching you at a bad angle or feeling uncomfortable, then your size or shape is worth thinking about. If you know you want to shed some weight before your big day, the key is to start early. Healthy weight loss is just one to two pounds a week, and so if you plan on losing quite a bit, then it will take time to do it properly. Avoid crash diets which could lead to a cycle of yo-yo dieting, and could even result in you putting on weight. Start a healthy plan which is a great way to enter into married life, and ideal if you intend to start a family shortly after the wedding too. Even if you don’t want or need to lose any weight, you could consider toning up. Since most wedding dresses show your arms and back, these could be the areas to work on if you’re self-conscious.

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Take Care of any Awkward or Embarrassing Issues

In this post I spoke about some of the common embarrassing health problems many of us deal with, and how to go about getting them sorted. On the run up to your big day, aim to have all of these things addressed, so it’s not something you’re worrying about or dwelling on on your wedding day. For example, if you suffer from excess sweating and are worried that it will ruin your wedding makeup or dress, a simple course of botox can fix the problem. If you’re concerned about acne, you could visit your GP or a dermatologist. If you’ve always been self-conscious of your facial hair, a wax treatment or laser hair removal can give you your confidence back. Another issue you might come across is your period may fall on the day of your wedding. This can leave brides feeling a little on edge, particularly in a white wedding dress. To solve this problem you could consider norethisterone for period delay. It’s completely safe and will give you full peace of mind.

Pamper Yourself

Work out a great haircare and skincare routine which suits you, and stick to it. These will keep you in tip top condition and allow you to feel your very best on your wedding day. It’s fun experimenting with products, but once you find what works for you try not to chop and change too much. Especially too close to the day itself. You don’t want to be putting any new products on your face, body or scalp a few weeks before the wedding just in case you have an allergic reaction. It might be a rare occurrence, but you don’t want to take the risk. The last thing you need is to be battling dandruff or scalp issues, or having to cover flaky or inflamed skin on one of the most special days of your life. Proceed with caution when it comes to any beauty products or treatment close to your wedding day.

Experiment With Makeup

A good makeup artist will know what shades and looks will suit your colourings and bone structure. But it doesn’t hurt for you to know too. That way when you’re looking at wedding makeup for inspiration, you will know what is likely to look good on you. You could buy an eyeshadow palette and see how different shades look on your skin tone- Youtube has tonnes of tutorials. You could test out different colours and finishes of lipsticks to give you the best idea of how you want to look on the day. You can also rule out looks that you really don’t like. For example, pink blush might look gorgeous on photos of wedding models but on you makes your complexion look ruddy and flushed.


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Got An Embarrassing Body Problem? Why It Pays To Be Brave


None of us want to be faced with embarrassing body problems. However, often, we have no control over our health. If you’ve got health issues that you find embarrassing, don’t suffer in silence. However tempting it is to bury your head in the sand, it often pays to be brave. Here are some common embarrassing body problems, and some solutions that may help.

Smelly feet

Do you dread taking your shoes off in public? Do you feel self-conscious about the smell of your feet? Do you avoid gym changing rooms or activities that involve being barefoot? If so, it’s time to do something about it. Having smelly feet is a common problem, and often, there is a simple cure. Odor can be a sign of hormone imbalance or excessive sweating. However, most commonly, it is linked to wearing the same shoes all the time and poor hygiene. Try and wash your feet regularly, and wear socks with your shoes. Stick to high-quality materials. Cheap shoes tend to make your feet sweat more. Use odor control insoles and spray your feet with deodorant. If these changes don’t make any difference, see your doctor.

Hair loss

We usually associate hair loss with men, but it can also affect women. In men, hair loss tends to occur as a result of aging and genetics. In women, it is often linked to hormonal changes in the body and stress. Sometimes, you lose hair, and it grows back. With male pattern baldness, the most common cause of hair loss in men, hair loss may be permanent. Some men are very comfortable with losing their hair, and they embrace their newfound baldness. For others, it can knock their confidence and make them feel old. If hair loss is a problem, there are remedies you can try. Seek advice from your doctor. One treatment that may help is Propecia. You can compare the price of propecia online. If you’re struggling with hair loss as a result of stress, there are multiple techniques that may help you to manage stress. Exercise, meditation, and creative activities may be effective.

Sweating

Sweating is a natural response to feeling hot. It’s the body’s way of cooling down. It’s normal to sweat when you’re in a hot country, or you come inside when it’s freezing outside. However, if you sweat more than normal, you may have hyperhidrosis. Usually, this affects the underarms, feet, and hands. There’s no physical pain involved, but excessive sweating can make life very difficult. You may feel self-conscious when you meet new people, or somebody tries to shake your hand, for example. You may be embarrassed about wearing certain items of clothing or worried about trying on shoes in a shop. Even simple things can become daunting. If you sweat a lot, try a stronger antiperspirant. You can get medicinal products if standard deodorants don’t work. You could also try taking medication from your doctor. Botox has also been approved as a treatment for hyperhidrosis.

Have you got an embarrassing body problem? If so, don’t suffer in silence. There are people out there who can help. You may think that your issues are the worst thing in the world. But bear in mind that your doctor has probably seen much worse.
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3 Important Things A Developing Business Should Outsource

If you’ve been running your small business for some time, then you’ve probably used all the modern tools at your disposal. The web is full of helpful workflow and process automation tools which can take a large chunk off of your workload as a CEO, but automation will only go so far. If you’re looking to free up a lot of your time and reduce some of your overhead, here are a few things you should consider outsourcing.


First of all, your bookkeeping. Right now, keeping track of all your business’s finances; how much you need to allocate for equipment, investments, taxes and so on, might seem like a breeze. It can stay nice and simple, but only if you want your venture to stay the same as it is right now indefinitely! As you expand and grow, there will be more and more financial factors which you’ll need to think about. Trying to juggle it all on top of your other duties can lead to costly mistakes, and eat into your productivity. You can prepare for the shift right now by looking around at bookkeeping services such as RS to take care of your back-office duties. You’ll get the experience of professional bookkeepers, and have more time to focus on the things that will keep your business moving forward.

Next, your web design. As I’m sure you’re aware, a company’s website is among the most powerful marketing tools they have in their arsenal. You may have a fairly decent site up at the minute. However, if you want to reach your full potential then 'decent' isn’t enough! Hire a web design service like CandidSky, and you’ll only have to sit back and wait. You’ll not only be able to save a huge amount of time but also know that you’re benefiting from a massive pool of expertise. Web design companies are always on top of the best practices, new or emerging technology, and all those nitty-gritty coding details that make your brain hurt when you read about them. Furthermore, if you find one that meshes nicely with your brand, it can be the start of a highly beneficial partnership. You’re going to have to review and tweak your website a lot in the future, so it’s good to have someone you can rely on.

Finally, your scheduling and administrative tasks. When you’re operating as a self-employed sole trader or a particularly small business, then you can probably do all your admin and diary keeping in your head. However, like the finances in your business, it can’t stay this simple forever. As a business owner, it’s your duty to ensure that you can focus on the processes at the core of your venture. This isn’t so easy when you’re constantly buried under a pile of admin and scheduling work! Hire a personal assistant in your local area, and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes. By paying a fairly small salary, you’ll be able to wash your hands of sorting through emails, complex appointment-setting and various repetitive tasks.

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