We’ve all had that moment where we check our reflection in the rear-view mirror before exiting the car and feel horrified as we notice just how dry and cracked our lips have recently become. The winter weather hasn’t been kind to our skin and it’s starting to show! Unfortunately, coating the area with Vaseline doesn’t always solve this issue and we are often left desperately scraping at the skin with one of our nails in order to remove the unsightly flakes before anyone catches sight of us.
The problem with applying balm on dry lips is that the formula acts as a barrier and whilst this helps to lock in moisture and prevent the skin from becoming any dryer, it will not rehydrate the dead skin that has already formed. For gorgeous, flake free lips this spring, exfoliation is key. This will lift off all of the damage and leave you with a soft, lipstick ready pout that you won’t have to feel ashamed about!
A gentle exfoliating scrub is the perfect solution to your peeling problems and when it comes to this, the Lush Lip Scrub seems to be an overwhelming favourite in the beauty blogging world. This product consists of all natural ingredients and comes in a range of different flavours (mint, bubblegum and popcorn). The main ingredient in this tasty little pot is simply castor sugar and because of this, it’s actually pretty easy to make at home yourself!
What You Will Need:
- Castor sugar
- Flavouring (e.g. vanilla extract)
- Coconut oil if desired
3 Simple Steps:
1. Put 2 heaped teaspoons of castor sugar into a small mixing bowl. As well as being temptingly sweet, sugar is great for exfoliating the delicate skin on your lips and completely safe to consume.
2. Add 1 small teaspoon of honey or coconut oil. Both of these ingredients will not only bind the sugar together but also help to heal and moisturize the skin beneath
3. Finally, add whatever flavouring you’d like in order to make your scrub taste extra delicious!
Your homemade lip scrub won’t go off for a good few months so why not store it in a small container to save on making a brand new batch whenever you’re starting to feel a little chapped.
For best results, use a spare toothbrush to apply the product with. This will help with the exfoliating process and make your lips feel extra soft and smooth.
And there you have it! Exfoliate with your new scrub once or twice a week and remember to keep applying your favourite lip balm between uses. Pretty soon your lips will have forgotten all about these windy winter months and be ready for the sunny seasons. So pucker up, try not to eat the entire pot and kiss goodbye to dry lips ruining your smile this spring!
Remember when Beyonce turned heads late last summer after being snapped wearing some temporary metallic tattoos? Well, it’s fair to say that the world fell in love. Since then, these fabulous pieces of body art have slowly begun to work their way onto dressing tables and into jewellery boxes across the globe.
When it came to accessorizing my outfits, I always seemed to reach for the same old statement necklace and was getting pretty sick of being seen wearing it so often. The amazing thing about jewellery tattoos is that you can wear them how you like and where you like. This means that your accessories can be as creative and extravagant as you want them to be!
Pictured above is the first ever Bohemian Jewellery Tattoo that I tried out, (and isn’t it gorgeous?!). Since I started wearing these metallic designs I have found myself getting into a lot more conversations with strangers. That’s the thing I love most about this emerging trend; it’s so unique and eye-catching that people can’t help but ask about it when they spot your arm shimmering beside them on a night out or even just queuing for a morning coffee!
A day or so after my first application, I looked at the four other Bohemian Tats that had worked their way onto my skin and realized that I was addicted. The easy application process means that it takes all of 30 seconds to apply one and to drastically improve my outfits for the next few days. You simply have to cut out your chosen designs from the tattoo sheet, remove the plastic covering, apply the paper directly to the skin using a damp cloth and peel away to reveal your latest addition.
Bohemian Jewellery Tattoos is a new company providing temporary metallic tattoos that are completely waterproof and can last up to 5 days. There are 12 diverse collections in total, all of which include 4 separate sheets that contain a variety of jewellery designs. The Vandana and Rihanna collections (featured in this article) are two personal favourites of mine, although I can’t wait to try out one of the aqua coloured ranges when I’m on holiday this year.
After a few days of showing off my designs, when they begin to look a bit faded (or when I want to replace them with something different), all I have to do is use rubbing alcohol or baby oil to wipe them away and start afresh. With this accessory addiction only worsening and warmer months just around the corner, I’ll undoubtedly be covered in Bohemian Tats throughout the whole of summer 2015! What collections will you be wearing?
Whether it’s a bright pink hat, a gorgeous fascinator or a pair of metallic shoes, Vicky Ogden’s accessory choices always ensure that she stands out. Over the three days that we spent at Pure, you only had to scan across London Olympia’s grand hall and search for the most striking piece of headwear in order to find her. As you may already know, we love to get creative with our styling, so we couldn’t wait to catch up with her after the show to discover Pure through the eyes of its Head of Accessories and Footwear!
Vicky’s vibrant style seems to be an expression of her bubbly personality. It’s almost as if she is allowing you to get to know her before you’ve even engaged in conversation and because of this, on first impression, she already feels familiar. “I’ve always been quite extravagant” she explained over the phone as she hurriedly packed her bags for an event in Milan this week. “I like to be expressive and am not afraid of colour. Sometimes when I’m waiting for a bus I’ll notice someone smiling at me and I’m sure it’s because of the hat or the shoes that I’m wearing. Fashion should be shared. Communication is what fashion is about.”
Throughout the three-day event, Vicky would often be seen caught up in lively conversation with various exhibitors and visitors to the show. Like a fairy godmother of fashion, she seemed to leave a trail of glitter and good vibes in her wake. Building a friendly and personal connection with each exhibitor is clearly something that she feels extremely passionate about. “I love meeting all of the different brands at the show and finding out their story. I like to think that those exhibiting with us know and trust the people who are representing them. I’ve seen so many new businesses blossom through their involvement with Pure and that’s really rewarding for me.”
When wandering through the show ourselves, we were overwhelmed by the amount of variety there was. Every brand seemed keen on expressing their own unique style. This was something that Vicky was really enthusiastic about. “This year I felt a sense of optimism from designers. They weren’t afraid to go for lots of colour and be a bit different.” Vicky found it hard to choose her favourite exhibitors this year but there were a few that stood out to her! “Tatty Devine’s jewellery was a personal favourite of mine. I bought this wonderful bright necklace from the new collection that looks like a giant paint pallet. You were also a breath of fresh air for us at the show. We’ve never had something like you before and your stand definitely created a buzz.”
Being new to the world of Pure and a new brand on the market, we were keen on receiving some advice from Vicky directed specifically at brands that had recently experienced their first fashion buying event. “Pure provides a great platform for brands to make contacts” she explained. “It’s so important in this industry to network, therefore I always believe that every brand should do at least two shows. People want to know that you’re here to stay. You can also learn a lot from your first show and get something totally new out of the experience the second time around.”
Vicky and her entire team’s passion for Pure is infectious and this is evident by the many brands that choose to return year and year again. On the last day of Pure, I was speaking to a handbag company who were celebrating their 20th appearance at the show and they explained how their experience always seems fresh and exciting every time they visit. “We’ve developed a lot over the past few seasons” Vicky told me. “Fashion never stands still. It’s constantly evolving so we have to work fast to keep up with that.”
Plans for the next event are already under weigh and anticipation is building, especially surrounding the decision to incorporate menswear into the show for the first time. Vicky wasn’t giving too much away but she definitely divulged enough to pique our interest: “Our event in August has a really interesting theme! We’re introducing some new elements that we’re really excited about.” We can’t wait to discover what Pure has in store for us all in five months time and, of course, what stunning accessories Vicky will be wearing at the show!
So you’re fresh off the plane from England waiting in Ibiza airport to collect your suitcase. You’ve been there for an hour and the baggage carousel is starting to look worryingly bare. You keep staring at that hole in the wall that spits out bags onto the conveyor belt and hoping that you’ll see a recognisable flash of pink. Nothing happens. Panic sets in. You grip your hand luggage protectively and peer inside at the two make-up products that will save you from looking like a washed up sea creature for the entire week ahead. … What are they?
1. Benefit Brow Zing
Every girl remembers the moment that they filled in those sparse, over-plucked eyebrows for the first time. Granted, it was probably with a £3 product from Superdrug around 12 shades darker than your actual hair or even with an eyeliner pencil in a moment of spontaneity on a Sunday afternoon, but didn’t it look great?… At least we thought it did at the time. We all understand the power of the brows and how, if filled in correctly with the perfect product, they can make a drastic difference to your look. Benefit Brow Zing; you are the chosen one.
2. Mac Studio Finish Concealer in NC35
I purchased this product around three years ago and haven’t looked back since. Rather than brightening up the under eye area, it provides the perfect coverage for any discolouration that you may have there or any blemishes on the skin in other places. The packaging of this concealer makes it so easy to carry with you wherever you go in order to make quick touch ups when necessary! This is a must have for me and the evidence is usually all over my clothing, handbags and car steering wheel when I decide to apply it with my fingers in a rush.
What are your two desert island products? I’d love to know!!
For me, going to a new hairdresser for the first time is rather like being on a first date (only it’s far more physical and far less acceptable to be intoxicated). I’ll admit that I’ve got a slightly irrational fear about the whole ordeal. This probably stemmed from when I was a pre-pubescent 13 year old girl incredibly intimidated by the glamorous scissor-wielding grown-up that I’d have to awkwardly interact with in order to get rid of my split ends. Maybe a fear is too strong a word; let’s call it an awkwardness instead. These are the top 5 awkward stages of the hair salon experience:
1. Attempting a little small talk: Of course, you start with the good info; the holidays, Christmas, any upcoming birthday celebrations. Once this part is over the hard work begins. In your mind you are desperately delving through events that happened 6 months ago, nothing is out of bounds: Gone through a recent breakup? Great! Been cheated on? Even better!
Now comes the moment of silent acceptance as you take in the sad realisation of how boring your life actually is. Your brain punishes your mouth for abandoning it and you go back to exploring the sparse inventory of gossip within your mind.
2. A relaxing soak: Neck slowly craned back, your luscious locks suddenly become a giant clump of matted hair that you can hear gagging the basin’s drain. Your giant head is lolling about against the porcelain rim and reminding you of that time you got horrifically drunk in Magaluf and ended up spooning the bidet completely oblivious of its intended use or the irregularity of the cleaning rota at the hotel.
Another issue at this stage is your decision on what to do with your eyes. Do you pretend that this position is in fact so relaxing that you have begun to nod off or do you stare bulbous eyed at the ceiling for 10 minutes? She usually continues to scrub away at your hair undeterred by how uncomfortable you look or how your left eyebrow has slowly begun to run down the side of your cheek.
3. A frightful sight: Now sopping wet and resembling Severus Snape caught in a rainstorm, you are forced to stare at this reflection whilst the drying process slowly gets under way. You furrow your brow and desperately rub at the part that you have suddenly noticed has made its way over to your ear.
4. Acting abilities: Your cut is finally finished and you prepare your best fake smile (that you luckily perfected during Christmas) in order to completely over exaggerate the joy that you feel over an inch of hair having been removed. ‘It feels so much healthier’ you say, which she has probably already heard three times that day.
5. Tipping time: It’s safe to say that at the age of 21, I have not yet mastered the art of tipping. Every time the moment presents itself I feel like I’m attempting to do some sort of shady drug deal as quick as humanly possible before anybody sees. The worst scenario is when you are forced to pay in change. Do you just open up your purse at the end and begin placing random coins into her palm or do you grip your choices in your fist for half of the cut? I tend to just throw a selection of warm and slightly sweaty pounds at her and evacuate the building all in one swift movement.
Somehow, miraculously, despite all of these scenarios, the experience is never as bad as you originally anticipated and you usually end up having a pretty good chat. Hairdressers seem to have this wonderful ability to remove the awkwardness from any situation so that even when your eyebrows are abseiling down your face and you are discussing the details of the time you pissed yourself on holiday you still feel rather comfortable with everything. Is this the start of a beautiful friendship or just the fact that she’s caught sight of the stingy tip that you are clutching in your left hand? … Probably the latter.