Breaking the rules

Hi sweeties!!

This is a super quick post to share with you my latest make up adventure…

I know BB cream have already been over, over reviewed, over recommended. But! Have you been using them on their own? I know the back of the tube says apply on claen on its own, but today while trying 17’s new BB cream I decided to try something different!

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I also wanted a little more coverage, so applied BB cream after my Johnson’s moisturiser, and applied a light diffusing foundation afterwards!

See the result by yourselves 😉

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Lots of love,

A xoxo

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If it’s good enough for babies…..

Hi guys!!! 😉

 

I wanted to introduce to this amazing range I’ve been using, and thought that words and photos wouldn’t be enough, so I decided to my film myself giving you a review!

Go to my twitter @lustrous_locks, hit the follow button and check it out 😀

 

Lots of love,

 

A xoxo

 

 

 

 

Can a woman really have it all??

Hello my lovelies!!

I just wanna say, firstly, I am so sorry for being so absent, and THANK YOU so much to all of those who have kept visiting 😉 Lots of love of kisses xoxoxoxoxo

But really, can a woman have it all?

And I don’t just mean working with kids. I mean, full career ladder, housewife goddess, perfect caring mum, genius cook, glamourous, ladylike, a loving girlfriend/fiancee/partner and contributing fully to the economy and society… while of course still being available for girly cocktails and a shoulder for friends to cry on! (Not to mention, while maintaining a healthy social networking life!) Can she?

I’m not so sure about being a caring mum yet, (however I really admire all you Mothers out there!) but I’ve been working really hard at all the others and may I tell you, it is very tiring! 😉

I’ve put together a few tips of what I’ve learned these last few weeks:

1. Accept that you don’t have to have it all RIGHT NOW.

A couple months ago, I had the ida I’d want to redo the whole house at once, while going for a career that would demand being away all week travelling, and still keeping the household together in warmth, and cleanliness! I learned to accept I can’t have it all at once. I’ve accepted that the house will be redone little by little, and this way I might actually appreciate/savour/perfect it even better.

 

2. If you plans to have children, choose a career you can still progress while away/working from home. 

To dedicate the amount of time to all the others, I realised I had to choose a career in which eventually I can work from home. If you work from a company, communicate with your superiors about that, be honest, otherwise they will just expect you work the time that you don’t have. If you work for yourself or are starting your own business, make sure you work really hard to create a healthy customer database while you don’t have kids yet, or if you do, while they’re asleep, in nurser/school. You need to work extra hard, so you can savour that time you take off to spend with your kids, shopping or having cocktails with the girls! Have different back up plans and projects going on, and make notes! Plans always seem more real once you write them down! And while at it, build yourself a beautiful home office! 😀

 

3. Be organised. Multi-task.

Do what women do best. I use my time commuting to and from work to write down the dinner rota, and to update my to-do list. I recommend the BBC Good Food app if you find it hard to decide what to cook and it creates your shopping list from the recipes you select at the touch of a button. Set reminders to yourself. Use technology as your PA. I also put on a hair mask or scalp mask for 40-45 minutes and use that time to cook, or get a pedicure, hoover, the options are endless!

4. Always get enough (beauty) sleep.

It will help you  keep focused and calm. And if you don’t, don’t let affect your judgement. Your loved ones and even yourself don’t deserve that you take it out on them (or on yourself).

 

5. Stay healthy.

Take vitamins. Always, always drink lots of water. Take B vitamins and eat as healthily as possible. Specially if you’re taking a lot coffee!

6. Set your priorities straight.

I had to give up my weekly friday blowdry to come home and make dinner. Sounds sad, I know. But I love it. It gives me great satisfaction when someone appreciates that extra house I spend in the kitchen for a extra special meal to start the weekend.

 

7. Always make time for yourself. 

Don’t give up on that relationship you have with yourself. Nurture it. Pamper yourself. Your body and soul deserve it after all the work you put it through. Have a bubble bath, get a manicure (my favourite me-time 1), go to a spa every now and then (favourite me-time 2), or go shopping alone. 😉 And for your own skin’s sake, exfoliate as often as you can!


*My favourite scrubs of the moment. Essential to keep a beautiful skin on a busy schedule.

8. Make time for your loved one. 

Keep the spark alive and work at it. No relationship will ever survive negligence. Show that special someone you still are the sexy goddess he fell in love with!

 

Note: I was very inspired by Louise Mensch’s article in Glamour this month. Read it if you get a chance!!

 

Lots of love,

 

A xoxo

Possibly the best morning tip I can give you

Hi everyone!

There’s nothing worse than waking up still feeling tired, and to help you feel refreshed and new  in the morning, here’s possibly the best tip anyone can give you:

 

Take 5 minutes to stretch in bed before you get up, it will really make a difference in how you feel – that and the indispensable minimum 8 hours sleep of course!

Good night everyone!

A xoxo

 

In desperate need of TLC

After all the fun in the sun, festivals, road trips and nights out… we all need some extra TLC to get back in shape… I always take at least one day for feeling fresh and catching up on beauty sleep again, here are my tips to leave you feeling as fresh as new:

Take a warm indulgent shower or bath

 

I like using lots of oils, hydrating masks and indulging products like Victoria’s Secret, the Sanctuary, the Body Shop, Kerastase and MoroccanOil… They all smell divine and make me feel so much better and more relaxed.

Use Face Masks

 

I like using clay based masks if my skin feels oily, or a hydrating mask if skin feels dull… Sisley definitely makes the best masks.

Drink lots of water

 

It might sound cliche but it really helps you feels back in form and really hydrates the skin!

Eat lots of fruit

 

This is essential to ensure you’re getting enough vitamins and antioxidants to repair skin and tissue from those nights out, drinks and late nights. I usually take a good vitamin C supplement for a week to balance my vitamin levels. Don’t forget to take Milk Thistle supplement as well you’ve drank a bit too much to aid repair the liver tissue.

Get loads of beauty sleep

Absolutely the most important tip/advice I could ever give you, optimises the cell repair and  rejuvenates you.

 

Lots of love,

A xoxo

A not-so-boring 9 to 5

Let’s face it, who hasn’t struggled to put a work outfit together? And who hasn’t gone for the black trousers when in doubt?

And since the weather is way too good for black trousers 😉 I’ve brought you my office-wear top 10 picks from http://www.ASOS.com

 

 

Oversize Bow Tie in Grey, £8 – find it here

 

Hybrid Sleeveless Peplum Dress, £85 – find it here

Carvela Annabelle Pointed Bow Court Shoes, £100 – find it here

Blouse with Pleated Bib and Contrast Collar, £35 – find it here

Top with Peplum in Ponti, £22 – find it here

 

Leather Pointed Platforms, £60 – find it here

Skirt with Soft Pleats, £28 – find it here

 

 

Marc by Marc Jacobs Goose and Rose Gold Chronograph Bracelet Watch, £279 – find it here

 

Peplum Midi Dress with V Neck, £40 – find it here

 

 

Ornate Jewel Doorknocker Earrings, £8 – find it here

My favourites to jazz up any boring office outfit!

More 9-5 tips soon!

 

Good night everyone 😉

 

Lots of love,

A xoxo

How to get Beautiful Sexy Legs….

Hi all 😉

It is Summer, the official skirts and shorts Season! And since soft shapely legs are always in season, here are my secrets to achieving sexy flawless legs (all year round):

1. TONE with Exercise

Ever that expression “dancer’s legs”? Well the way to have beautiful toned legs, is precisely that – to dance! and run, and squat, and exercise! Here are some of the sports and exercises I recommend (tried and tested):

Dancing

Body Combat

Running

Squats

Jumping squats

Lunges

Leg raises

Push up leg raises

Stretching (essential for long, lean muscles)

2. BUFF with Exfoliating and body brushing

This is the key to flawless soft skin. Exfoliate EVERYDAY. Yes, every single day. I used to exfoliate once twice a week, but I heard Elle Macpherson (known as the The body) claimed exfoliating every single day was the only way she maintained those pins catwalk-ready, I started too… and good God does it work wonders!! It helps your skin speed up the skin renewal process and get rids of dead skin cells which usually make up those annoying dry spots.

Body brushing is a bit different. I use the body brush every few days, sometimes twice or three times a week. Apart from all the beauty advantages, it also improves circulation and prevents those little vessels from showing. It also prevents cellulite, and with the correct fitness and nutrition, it will even get rid of it!

3. PROTECT with Body oils

I ALWAYS use body oil after a bath or shower while my skin is still damp. I highly recommend this to anyone, specially if you have dry skin or after exfoliating/body brushing.  Here are my favourite, which are always present in my bathroom:

Johnson’s Baby Oil – perfect for everyday, excellent value

Clarins Body Contour Body Treatment oil – best for firming and can be used mixed with your favourite moisturiser

Johnson’s Skin Perfecting Oil – best for improving skintone

Bio-Oil – best ever for scars and stretch marks

4. SMOOTH with Hair removal

For long lasting hair removal trying waxing or the ultimate hair removal technique, laser hair removal. It is permanent, practically painless nowadays.

After any laser procedure don’t forget to use Laser AfterCare:

Laser AfterCare is the only cosmetic product out there specially formulated to soothe the skin after laser procedures (including mole removals and skin resurfacing) and has been around for over 12 years. It 100% natural and the first ever winner of the BUAV Golden Bunny Award.

5. PERFECT with Fake tan and airbrush

And finally the last step to ultimate Leg Perfection? Yep, that’s right, fake tan!

I recommend:

St. Tropez Gradual Tan

Rimmel Instant Wash off tan

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs

6. Final Details

A magic product, which leaves skin as soft as velvet, with a special subtle shimmer which is more luminosity than shine, which is indispensable to any skirt/shorts/dress occasion:

Possibly the best body product yet!

Hope you all enjoyed it, and have a great Summer!!

Lots of love,

A xxx