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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

BANISH BAD SKIN DAYS FOR GOOD.

So, I woke up today to that awful, gut-wrenching feeling that you only get when you know you're about to embark on the worst of the worst bad skin days.

As I looked in the mirror and my sad, tired-looking complexion stared back at me (very miserably), it quickly occurred to me that today would require two things and two things only - an extra layer of makeup and a proper, deep-cleansing facial in the evening.

A 'bad skin day', means something different to every single person. For a girl in her teens, it could mean an almighty breakout in spots, or for a more mature woman, it could just mean waking up and feeling a lot less youthful.

However, if you're anything like me, a bad skin day arrives in the form of a paler, less vibrant looking complexion that cries out for a deep exfoliation and a good quality clay mask. Beneath my makeup today is an exhausted version of my usual self - seriously lacking in radiance and mildly hating on life.

Okay, not so much the latter, but you get the idea. Without trying to sound overly dramatic or ridiculous, bad skin days feel like a sign of what's to come - and from that, a ton of questions begin to immediately spring to mind...

Will my day be as dull as my complexion?

Can I sort this out in time for weekend?

Does this happen to everyone?

And most commonly of all,

Why me?

Oh yes, bad skin days certainly make us feel as though the world is out to get us, but, before you begin to despair, relax. This morning as I rummaged around frantically in my bathroom cupboard for instantaneous skin-saviours, I felt the sudden compelling urge to share with you all my top products for rescuing your unwanted dull and dark complexion.

After all, us women don't have time to not look good right now! We're busy with work, making our living and doing all that we can to fulfill our ambitions. We have time only for positive vibes and things that make us feel good, so on that note, I'd like to introduce you to my growing collection of must-use products to fix those imperfections quicker than the wave of your fairy godmother's magic wand.

These, my beauties, are my skin-loving remedies that'll have you glimmering with radiance before you can say 'I need more concealer'. I hope you enjoy.


MAC Volcanic Ash Exfoliator

I recently dedicated a post solely to this product, essentially confessing my undying love for its complexion-boosting qualities, and now, here I am again to rave about it some more. If you missed my post on this product, you can read the full review by clicking here. But, if you want a quick, straight-to-the-point version, then here it is. This facial scrub is absolutely insane and the reams of online reviews banging on about it are honestly not lying. Presented as a thick, black paste with fine exfoliating salts packed away inside in their thousands, this gorgeous product can be trusted on even the worst of bad skin days to revive your complexion and give it the radiance that its missing. A must-have that I simply couldn't be without.

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream

If you've read about Kiehl's and how fantastic is, but you still haven't actually been out and treated yourself to a few of the products, then you are seriously missing out. A couple of days after Christmas, I bought this cream in hope that it would reawaken my jet-lagged, Vegas'ed-out visage, and it totally did. I'd seen and heard tons about this cream, so I kind of knew that I was in for a treat, but unlike a lot of other premium brand moisturisers, this one comes in an enormous tub that lasts for donks. So, you get a hell of a lot for your money, which also feels great. I use this every morning after toning and before priming to keep my skin hydrated and looking on point throughout the day.

ESPA Nourishing Cleansing Balm

I once pledged to only ever use one cleanser because I loved how it felt on my skin. However, my head was turned after watching a YouTube vlogger (with enviably perfect skin) talking about her obsession with this product. Not the hardest person in the world to convince, I headed straight out to Harvey Nics in Manchester the very next day and shimmied straight over to the ESPA counter. '£47? It better be bloody good' I thought to myself as I popped my card in the Chip & Pin machine. And was it? Er, yes. I don't think there's a word yet in existence to describe how gorgeous this stuff feels on the skin - you just have to try it for yourself to understand. Word.

Clarins Lotus Oil

A Grace's Beauty World cult classic - Clarins Lotus Oil is like a little pot of gold - it never lets me down. For those of you who struggle with blemishes and natural excess sebum, Clarins Lotus Oil offers the ideal solution to all of our skincare woes. Specially formulated to prevent the development of sebum and acne-causing bacteria, this miracle product will have you makeup-free and feeling fabulous in a heartbeat. Simply smooth 1-3 drops onto your skin after cleansing and toning in the evening in place of your regular moisturiser, and track the improvement of your skin thereon out. I promise you'll be noticing vast improvements in no time at all.

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate

Another little beauty from my *soon to grow* Kiehl's collection, this cute little bottle of blue bliss is more than just a bit of pretty packaging - it's incredible. Similarly to the Ultra Facial Oil, I'd heard lots of great things about this product along the grape vine, and there becomes a point where you say to yourself 'okay, I need to give it a go' - and that's exactly what I did. Since taking the plunge and incorporating the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate into my skincare regime, I've been absolutely delighted with the results. I take a lot of care with my skin and I really do like it to look its best, and this product really does keep it looking and feeling fabulous. Just one or two drops mixed in with your evening moisturiser or oil and you're good to go.

Tonight, I think I'll get a huge mixing bowl and lather each of these products onto my skin in one go to get things sorted in time for weekend. I joke, obviously. Instead, I'll be using each product in turn and having a lovely hot soak in the bath to revive myself and reawaken my skin. After all, relaxing and taking valuable 'you time' is all part and parcel of looking and feeling good, too - so make sure you do it!

What are your bad skin day saviours? I love trying new brands and skincare lines so be sure to drop me a comment with a recommendation or two, and I'll let you know how I get on!

Lots of love,
Grace x

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Monday, 20 February 2017

SIMPLE, BUDGET BEAUTY HACKS.

Nowadays, in the world of beauty, we've all pretty much become accustomed to the idea that the expensive products are also the most effective ones. And, in some ways, we are right to adopt such ideologies. Skincare brands such as Kiehl's Clarins and La Mer all fall under the premium brand umbrella and it has to be said, the products are simply incredible.

However, while some of the most amazing beauty buys are exceptionally pricey, there are other more affordable beauty hacks that you can try, too. I'm a firm believer in the equal value of how we use our products, as well as what we're using. I mean, let's face it, if you're using a high-strength, anti-blemish wash three times a day, every day, then you're probably going to end up doing more harm than good.

Fortunately, I've got three simple hacks right here to ensure that your beauty and skincare regime reveals the optimum quality of results.

Now, I am a premium brand addict, but I'm no fool to the fact that 'paying for a label' is very much 'a thing'. And so, if I believe there really is a cheaper alternative that promises the same level of results, I will of course, choose that instead.


(Please excuse the state of the Sudocrem tub - at least this is evidence of how long it lasts!)

Okay, so to start things off, I'd like to talk about a product that I use every morning when I get out of the shower, and every night before I go to bed - Vaseline...

Vaseline (Especially the Cocoa Butter kind)

I've been using Vaseline ever since I can remember. It's one of those cult classics that every woman (and man, for that matter) should own. Mostly, I use my Vaseline, which, as above, is almost always the Cocoa Butter kind, on my lips, to prevent any chapping and to keep them soft. All through the day I wear lipstick and liner, so as soon as I take my makeup off at the end of the day, I make sure I smooth over a decent layer of Vaseline to lock in moisture and keep my pout lovely and plump.
However, while Vaseline has become best known for its great lip-loving qualities, it's also great on a variety of other areas, too. For example, if like me, you're a regular user of fake tan, Vaseline is an absolute must-have for keeping drier areas and places like the eyebrows moisturised during the process. Otherwise, you'll get that awful, patchy-looking build up of tan to go with your orange eyebrows - not so golden goddess. 

Sudocrem

Sudocrem is one of my favourite things ever. Originally formulated for babies bums, Sudocrem also doubles-up, triples-up and quadruples-up as about 1000 other things. For me, it's one of the best things ever to apply to the skin, as it has real healing properties that seem to work almost instantly. I usually apply Sudocrem to my face if I have any blemishes or anything like that that I want to quickly fix. All you have to do is take a dollop of Sudocrem (which presents itself in a very thick, dense cream formula), and smooth it over the face in a thin layer. The temptation is always to layer it on about 3 inches thick, but a sparse amount works just fine, and prevents the skin from suffocating.

Boots Rosewater & Glycerin Toner

I've confessed my love for this budget beauty buy on a number of occasions previously, but the truth is, I just can't get enough of it, and if you haven't tried it yet, this is my firm instruction to do so at once. Priced at just £2.39, this moisture-rich, highly nourishing toner wipes the floor with its neighbouring cheap alternatives. For me, it's like a premium brand product without the price tag, and when I go into Boots to find an empty shelf where the Rosewater & Glycerin Toner should be, I cry a little inside. For those who love skincare products that are gentle and won't strip their skin of any natural oils, this toner is ideal. While it tightens pores and leaves the skin feeling fresh, what it doesn't do is dry your skin out - a common issue that I've experienced with many toners in the past.

So there you have it, my three purse-friendly beauty hacks that I use every single day.

Do you have any cheap tricks when it comes to your beauty regime? I'd love to hear a few of your ideas, so make sure you comment below and share them with me.

Lots of love,
Grace x
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Saturday, 18 February 2017

ZERO TO SEXY IN 5 MINUTES WITH COCOA BROWN GOLDEN GODDESS.

Though the weather in England is, for the most part at least, relatively below par, when it comes to nights out, I still do like to get dressed up and I do enjoy wearing dresses and skirts. After all, once we've got a couple of prosecco's in us, we're officially wrapped in our trusty 'bubble blanket', aren't we girls?

The only problem is, the severe lack of Vitamin D in our lives means that unless we've been on a jolly jaunt in Tenerife for two weeks, our pins are typically pale and pasty - not the look that any of us is trying to go for when we're getting ready to paint the town.

Fortunately, the 21st century has blessed us with some incredible beauty products that can be trusted to save the day every time - bottle of tanning mousse, anyone?

Fake tan offers the perfect solution to our largely sun-less environment. However, for an extra touch of glamour, I like to use something a little more eye-catching and sexy to vamp things up - cue the amazing Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess Shimmer Oil.

This gorgeous, shimmery oil creates an enviable red carpet glow in an instant - and it's so easy to use.


Simply shake the bottle, remove the golden lid and press firmly on the pump. I usually find that 2 pumps is enough to cover both arms, and around 4 is enough for both legs. For the chest area, one pump is more than enough, but any excess can be added to the legs for a seriously high-voltage glow.

I've had my current bottle of Cocoa Brown Golden Goddess for around about 6 months now, and I've still got tons left. This is partly because I don't party or go out as much as I used to, but as well as this, a little really does go a long way, so there's no need to layer on copiously.

So, if you're unprepared for that spontaneous night out with the girls, or you simply want to glam up to the nines on that hot date, this bottle of liquid gold is an absolute must-have.

Major Grace's Beauty World seal of approval.

Stay tuned for more very soon, my lovelies.

Lots of love,
Grace x
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