Guest Post: Adding A Pinch of Glamor To Your Life

Hey guys. I know I’ve been a little lost to the world over the past 4 days (I’m sorry! Ahhh!) But I basically finally had a day off to just chill out and not think about work, and all these days of stressful exam preparations that I just didn’t get time. Fear not, however, because today we have a very special post. 

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Today, we have a guest post from the lucky Jackie from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance and she’s here to talk about something that moves me deeply. Sadly, unfortunately, some of us at some point may hear, or may have heard, the devastating sentence “you have cancer”. Us women often already struggle with feeling comfortable and beautiful in our own skin. But that should not hinder us from being confident and beautiful. So when Jackie contacted me about making this post, I was delighted and jumped at the thought of such a wonderful idea. So here it is:

Adding A Pinch Of Glamor To Your Life

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Women who are undergoing treatment after a cancer diagnosis know all too well that it can be difficult to feel beautiful or glamorous. With trips to chemotherapy clinics or mesothelioma doctors, it can be hard to take time to tend to your appearance or complete those little beauty rituals. However manicures and pedicures are a simple way to add a touch of elegance to your daily life. Keeping your fingers and toenails looking beautiful can be a real confidence booster and give you an extra reason to smile when you look down at your hands or feet. Here are some tips on maintaining confidence through manis and pedis.

Salon vs. Home

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The simplest way to maintain your manicure is obviously to visit a salon and leave the work to a professional. However, this can get expensive. Maintain your manicure or pedicure at home with just a few tools. For a basic manicure, invest in a bottle of polish remover, a nail file, a pair of clippers, and one or two polishes that you really love. Top and base coat polishes and cuticle-trimming tools may be helpful, but are not absolutely essential.

Selecting Colors

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There are obviously a wide array of nail colors to choose from. If you are currently undergoing cancer treatment, you probably do not have the time or energy for a high-maintenance manicure. Hence, avoid metallic or glittery nail polishes, as they can be difficult to remove and maintain. You may want to select a pale color or neutral French manicure as these colors require the least maintenance.

Minimize Chemicals

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Cutting down on the exposure to toxic chemicals during treatment is a good idea. You can minimize your chemical exposure by using natural nail products. The main thing to remember is to invest in an acetone-free nail polish remover. Removing nail polish with an acetone-free remover may take a little longer, but is much safer and healthier in the long run.
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Some cancer patients may see their nails as the last things that they ought to be worrying about while undergoing treatment. However, a manicure can be a lovely diversion from the stresses of having cancer. It can even make you feel more confident and beautiful on a daily basis. Don’t feel bad about taking an hour or so a week to treat yourself; enjoy the opportunity to boost your confidence and happiness with this fun beauty ritual.

 

Again thank you Jackie for guest posting on my blog. If you would like to guest post, feel free to email me at the email in the information bar on the right hand side.

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IT’S CLEARING UP!!!: My Skincare Routine

Previous Posts mentioned (go read them 😀 ):

LUSH Hair Products Review
LUSH Body-(Skin)-care Products Review
My Skin Story 

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The much a-waited post has finally arrived. Ever since doing my hair and body care things, I’ve wanted to do this post but just never had the chance to because I wanted to make sure that this routine works before posting about it. I’m just going to write up what products I use, in which order, how I use them and stuff like that. They’ll be a mini-review on each product but if you want me to do a full review on a product or a few products, please type it in the comments section below. 🙂

So you may remember my post from a few days ago about the problems I’ve been having with my skin ever since I was around 10, so that’s a really long time. But my skin is now past the worst stage of it but if it gets really irritated or if it’s that time of the month, my skin just explodes. Last week, my skin was having a rather unhappy reaction to something (I have no idea what) and I was all broken out all over my forehead and it was just really really awful but I feel as if using these products seriously seriously helped because just a few days later, my skin is almost completely clear again. YAY! 

If you haven’t read that post mentioned above, go read it. Or just keep in mind when reading this post that I have Combination to Oily skin that is very acne-prone.

Morning Routine

1) A light cleanser: The Liquid Facial Soap in the Clinique 3-Step Kit for Skin Type 3 or 4
I only use this cleanser in the AM and I’ve been using this cleanser for almost 3/4 of a year now and I’m still loving it. It’s just a really light cleanser for the morning because I don’t like to have really strong chemicals or anything like that on my skin that early in the day. However, I did try using a very light (non-chemical) exfoliate instead in the mornings but it just got so so tedious because I’m usually in a rush in the morning and I don’t want to spend that time using an exfoliate. So I just get a pump of this onto (CLEAN!!!) hands and rub it in circular motions on my wet face. It will foam up a little and after doing that for maybe a minute, I just wash it off. I try and avoid using towels because they can carry bacteria (I know, ew).

2) Toner: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion
This is a rather new edition but it’s been working wonders. I use this AM and PM.Just shake so that the sediment “acne-medicine” is mixed into the solution and I just get this onto a cotton pad and sweep it all over my face. I’ve actually not come across a toner as good as this one and this is my mother’s “skin care secret” so follow it. I seriously recommend this. 🙂

3) Moisturizer: Origins VitaZing
Moisturizer acts as a barriers between outside grossness and your skin (pores). This moisturizer is amazing. Like actually. It also has SPF 15 which is why I put it on in the AM only. I put this all over my face except for my eye area and where I have active blemishes or hyperpigmentation.

4) Others: Sisley Cosmetics Phyto-Blanc Intensive Lightening Lotion and LUSH Grease Lightning
Before you freak out, my mother is a very very loyal customer of Sisley so we basically get an endless supply of free samples so I don’t actually have the full size of the Intensive Lightening Lotion but I just use the samples. I’m not entirely sure if I like it enough to ever buy the full sample but at least I know that something is on my face fighting the hyper-pigmentation. (I put it on the spots where I have hyper-pigmentation). And then the LUSH Grease Lightning is great to put on my active breakouts. It’s a lot lighter than the Spot Remover by Origins but still does a really great job. I would definitely recommend this. Both these products I use AM and PM.

5) Eye cream: Origins GinZing
I’ve never really needed an eye-cream because I don’t have a problem with bags or puffiness (well, it can’t be solved with an eye-cream) but the lady at the store (and FleurDeForce on youtube) said that this is a good eyecream so I just use it in the AM to reduce puffiness in the mornings and to awaken my eyes.

That is all for the morning (then I apply make-up)

Evening Routine: 

1) Makeup Remover: MAC Makeup Removers and Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water
I have a whole range of MAC Makeup Removers and I love them all. I usually use the remover wipes (I know, some people hate wipes but these are actually really amazing) especially if I have a lot of makeup on because I always feel as if it doesn’t completely come off otherwise. The Sephora one, I use that just for taking off eye-makeup because it’s gentle.

2) Cleanser and Clarisonic: Origins Checks and Balances
Now I’ve recently invested in a Clarisonic (a review will be up if not tomorrow than the day after) and I absolutely love it. I use it in the shower (because I shower at night) and I just put a ring of the Origins cleanser (which I just adore because it works beautifully) and I use it on my face for a minutes. I have a clarisonic Mia so it actually times 1 minute for me. (Obviously these 2 steps are just PM).

3) Toner: Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Lotion
Same as the AM above. 

4) Moisturizer: SkinFoods Lettuce and Cucumer Jelly Cream
I’m devastated that I’ve almost finished the tub but this is AMAZING. It’s so refreshing and hydrating. Uh, I love it. Same with the moisturizer in the AM, I put it everywhere but my eyes, where I have hyper-pigmentation and active breakouts.

5) Others: Sisley Cosmetics Phyto-Blanc Intensive Lightening Lotion and LUSH Grease Lightning
These are all the same as the AM as well. 🙂

I also moisturize my lips with either LUSH Honey Trap Lip Balm or Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter, but of which smell absolutely AMAZING and work wonders to make my lips… sexy… HAHA!

So anyways, that is it! Two five-step routines for my skincare. My skin is actually feeling and looking so healthy right now so I feel as if these routines are working really well for me. Now, that is a point of emphasis FOR ME. All skin is different so what may work or me, may not work for you. So keep that in mind. 🙂

Oh and before I forget: EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE I:

– Do a mask: Usually one from Origins. If I’m really badly broken out, instead of doing the usual Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer, I use Origin’s Clear Improvement, Out of Trouble and Drink Up (in that order)

– I use LUSH Sweet Lips lip scrub

 

[Disclaimer: All these products were bought by me (well apart from the Sisley samples that were NOT given to me for review purposes) and this is completely my honest opinion.] 

That is all from me today.

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March Favourites. Already!!!

I can’t believe it’s the end of the month. Where did all that time go?!

So let’s hop right in:

Skin care (face): I’ve been loving my Helena Rubinstein All Mascara’s Make-up remover. I use this to get rid of make-up every time and it just takes my make-up off like a beauty. I’m almost finished the bottle though 😦 It doesn’t strip my skin or anything, it’s very gentle. However, I always wash my face afterwards.

Skin care (body): Aqua mirabilis Body Butter by Lush. Review here. I just finished this today so I was really devastated. I got this at the beginning of the month.

Hair care: Anything from Lush that I’ve been using is just amazing. But I guess, I’m adoring the Retread Conditioner. Review here.

Makeup: Anna Sui Super Mascara DX Long Lash is absolutely amazing. By looking at the brush head, it seems like nothing but this stuff is just so amazing. It gives me miles of self confidence as it opens my eyes amazingly. I adore this mascara!!! I’ve rediscovered my MAC blush, Margin. This just compliments my skin tone so well and the shimmery peachy-pink colour just looks so good. With this, the Honey Bronze Bronzer from Body Shop contours my face so amazingly and stays on for forever. I LOVE it. My favourite foundation is still the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.

Fragrance: Illamasqua Freak: this is just the most AMAZING scent in the world. I will do a review on it soon.

Fashion: I’m so into maxi skirts right now, and I’ve recently gotten into skirts, I used to hate them but I just love them so much now. Definitely maxi skirts is my favourite fashion item for the month.

Film: The Hunger Games: I have yet to read the books (naughty naught me), the film was stunning.

Books: Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah: this was the most moving story I’ve read in a while. I absolutely loved it.

That’s the end of my MARCH favourites. Please comment below what your favourites are for the month. Recommend me some books to read over the easter break. Follow me!