Secret To Soft Sexy Skin

See the alliteration there, oh will the english teachers/professors/nerd be so happy about it. But do you know what will make us all happy? If we had soft sexy skin. So many of us think about that and sigh and groan “I’ll never get that” but that’s so wrong (and so negative too tsk tsk :P). All you have to know is one little secret.

Drybrushing.

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This amazing invention of god is perfect: it buffs away dead skin leaving the skin much smoother and product absorption just that much better and a closer shave to those ladies who likes to shave their legs. AND as a bonus, as if the amazing effects weren’t amazing enough, it helps to minimise to appearance of cellulite because it increases blood flow. Now, let me just say for a second that you can’t just “get rid of cellulite” just like that (I’m sorry ladies 😦 ) but this will help just make it look better. 🙂

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So as to how I use it, well. I do this BEFORE I shower, on DRY skin (ie. DRYbrushing). I start on my lower leg (calf/shin area) and use the brush in upward strokes (toward the heart). I continue up my leg until the top of my leg. Then I go back over it in circular motions to stimulate the blood flow more and obviously I do that for both legs. Then I go onto my arms where I do the same thing: brush strokes towards the heart then circular motions.

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Then I move onto my belly and back. On my belly, I work in downwards motions and I genenerally don’t work it in circular motions and I find that this skin is slightly more sensitive. Then I do my back more vigorously (well, technically the same just for a tad longer) because it is hard to reach.  I basically do this everywhere except for on the girls (because that would hurt and the skin there is very sensitive) and definitely NOT on my face (even more sensitive. Besides, I have my Clarisonic for that). 

This is basically the most amazing way to achieve that soft skin that we all crave for.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Tell me what you think and what your favorite soft skin strategies are.

See you tomorrow

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Fun In the Sun: 7 Steps to Bikini Confidence

For those of us floating in the northern hemisphere, it’s annual break-out-the-bikini time but not all of us are cheering and I don’t blame the ones who moaned. I mean, prancing around in a bathing suit is pretty scary, especially with all those people “watching”, who wouldn’t feel a least a bit self conscious?

But come on, let’s get rid of that. Life’s too short and opportunities only come once right. I used to be so horrified of the bikini, I just always felt like there were people staring, judging. It made me feel uncomfortable, hell, I still feel a bit uncomfortable but I’ve learnt now to cope with it.

I hope you like this post because honestly, its just the 7 things that’s helped me over the years and don’t worry, I’m still getting there but they definitely help. Try to be uncynical 🙂 Please?

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  1. The Cliche Is True
    No one is perfect. It’s said so so much these days that we just get so skeptical and damn sick of hearing it but it is true. And before you roll your eyes, just think for a second what you think is “perfect”, what is that “ideal”, is it embodied by ONE person or multiple people, is it even a true image. No one is perfect. Don’t stress if your waist isn’t 10 inches from your bust and hips, what does it even matter? What difference does it make? Who will even notice? That brings me to my next point.
  2. The Secret Truth
    No one is looking at you. Honestly, the only reason someone would be checking you out is a) they’re a guy and find you attractive and requiring “attention” 😉 or b) it’s another insecure girl sizing herself up. Everyone’s inherently selfish. They’re not worried about whether you fit the mark. They’re worried about themselves. Why are their legs not as long as yours? Why this. Why that. Stop worrying. No one will even know those little “imperfections” you find drastically “problematic”.
  3. Fun!
    Just have fun. When you’re at the beach or pool, just have fun! Its only when you’re young you get to do this stuff, enjoy it. Surround yourself with people who make you feel good, who you’ll have a great time with. You’ll forget all those unimportant “imperfections” when you’re having fun!
  4. When Respecting, It’s Yourself First 
    It’s hard to feel like you look good if you don’t feel good. Feel yourself well and treat yourself well. Filling your belly with guilt food or junk food will just make you feel unhappy and self-conscious. Eat healthy, not just for your body’s sake, but for your health’s. Remember that a balanced diet and exercise is essential. Don’t abolish all guilt foods from your life, you need those little treat right?
  5. Retail Time
    Look for the perfect pair of swimmers. And take your time. If you look good, you’ll feel good right?
  6. Steer Away From Them Coveted Bodies
    No one is to deny that those Victoria’s Secret Angels are gorgeous but using them as a “goal” is highly unrealistic. Hanging up those pictures of those hot girls with bodies you’ll never get is just a waste. Those celebs have everything at their fingertips and honestly if we were all to look like that we’d be in build with a full styling team and we’ll all end up like Barbie, and THAT would just not be fun. Comparing your body with others is made to be a losing battle. We’re all made to look differently and let me tell you, no matter how many lunges you do, you’ll never have JLo’s bum. And that’s more than okay. So work on your self-esteem. You don’t need to look like that. Everyone is different. And that’s okay. And it’s beautiful.
  7. One Step At a Time
    “Just do it.” “Practice makes perfect.” “Fake it ’til you make it.”
    Again, the cliches. I remember the first time I wore a bikini, and I’m not gonna lie, it was horrible. I felt awkward and overexposed. And even my bubble wrapped self-esteem was taking a bit of a hit. I mean, you might as well be naked. But I forced myself. And guess what? I noticed that everyone was doing their own thing. Yeah, people look, but it wasn’t like they were gagging at the sight of me. No one cared – people were getting on with their lives and didn’t have time to stare and criticize little me in my bikini. And now, I feel almost comfortable in a bikini.
    And even if you’re not comforable try a one piece, than a tankini and then a bikini. It’s normal to be uncomforable!

So that is the end of my bikini story. What is yours? Tell me in the comments below

I hope you enjoyed this post and see you tomorrow. 🙂

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Tag Again!: 10 Little Secrets

Hey guys! I know, another tag! I’m sorry but I’ve been so busy these past few days, especially with just getting back from my vacation so yeah. I’ll hopefully be back into the swing of things tomorrow 🙂

1. What is one product that makes you feel like a million dollars?

Mascara, mascara, mascara!!! I absolutely love it. Because my eyes aren’t very big and tend to be a little droopy if I don’t “lift” it with something, I love to wear mascara. It just makes me looks so much more awake and just improves my confidence by so so much. I can wear no makeup but mascara and I won’t feel naked!

Right now I’m using: Bad Girl Mascara by Benefit

2. What is your skincare secret? / A passed down skin care tip

Oh god, I am NOT someone to be passing down skin care tips, God just look at my skin! But my mom tells me this AGAIN AND AGAIN: after washing your face with a cleanser or whatever you use, make sure to use a toner, especially at night, to remove any excess grease or dirt from the day. You don’t that lingering on your face overnight!

3. Share your hair care secret?

Conditioner!!! Need I say more?!

4. What is your biggest diet rule?

On my little list of posts to do, this one was actually planned for tomorrow because I’ve been on a “get healthy” diet since february this year, and it’s been working out for me so amazingly. So basically, a few quick tips before tomorrow:

– Don’t go on a calorie restriction or fad diet. Those don’t work out because they don’t last and you’ll lose the pounds but then gain them right back. And they’re so bad for you.

– Everyone’s heard this before: DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST!

– and most importantly, I’ve found this to be a really helpful tip. You know when you see something, and you’re not really hungry but you see it and crave it and you just have to eat it. Well, don’t give in straight away. Like if you just had lunch half an hour ago and you’re not that hungry and you know you shouldn’t eat that choc-chip muffin sitting there but you want it. Take a deep breath and walk turn away. Distract yourself. BUT! If you still want it 5-10 minutes later, then buy it and eat it and be done with it! The worst idea is to restrict yourself because when you turn away from the craving then you’re more likely to make a “mistake”and binge/eat something unhealthy at your next meal.

5. Any workout tips?

Have a sustainable schedule. Workout for 30-60 minutes. And do it consistently. Maybe do it with a friend or do a class, that way you can’t talk yourself out of it because you’re being lazy!

6. Which perfume is your secret weapon?

This one is so so hard because I absolutely ADORE perfume! My best friend and I have this thing where for Christmas every single year, we’d get each other perfume. Every year! Haha. But I have to say I adore the Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet for a spring/summer day, the Black XS by Paco Rabanne  for spring/summer evening, Freak by Illamasqua for winter. But sometimes I like to just wear a body spray (Coconut Passion Body Mist by Victoria’s Secret) and I’ve gotten so many compliments on this. I go to hug a friend or whatever and they’re like “oh my god! you smell amazing! what is that?” and this has been more than one person. And guys LOVE this smell because it’s so subtle and you just smell like cookies or something. Its amazing!

7. Show us a clothing item of yours which always turns heads

I don’t have one clothing item but I love off the shoulder tops. They’re not revealing in that you don’t see the chest area or whatever but they’re really sexy in that you see some skin but not enough to seem like you’re showing too much, you know.

8. What is your most treasured piece of jewellery?

I have a ring that my mother got for me for christmas I think 2 yrs ago now. And its this Tiffany & Co. Hearts ring and I just love it to bits!

My mother and I actually have a thing where she gets me a really really lovely piece of jewellery once and year and I really treasure them and I just wear them all the time. Like last year, for my birthday she got me a tiny emerald necklace from Hardy Brothers Jewellers and I’ve basically worn it every day since.

9. Who is your style crush?

I don’t have one person who I just copy and paste off but one of my friends who like so artsy and she does art and textiles and stuff, she’s really inspirational. I love watching people on youtube and I get ideas there. Bloggers as well like Passions for Fashion, Cheyenne meets Chanel, Le Blog de Betty etc. They’re all real people with amazing fashion sense! I also look up to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Nicole Richie. 🙂

10. Tell us something we don’t know about you

Hmm… I don’t know actually… Although I’m an extremely extroverted person and I love people and I make friends really easily, I often become close friends with people who aren’t “good” for me and therefore a lot of my friendships don’t last. But I love to meet new people and I’m always open to hear people out.

So that is all for this tag. Thank you for reading.

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See you tomorrow!