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Guest Post: Top 5 Natural Beauty Tips

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 15-02-2013

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You don’t need a face full of makeup or a cupboard full of skincare products to look naturally beautiful. Natural beauty starts from the inside out, and it’s all about nurturing yourself – good health will always shine through. Follow our top 5 natural beauty tips for radiant, glowing, naturally beautiful skin, hair and nails.

1. Get Colourful

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in a wide range of colours for the most nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Each colour generally signifies a different vitamin – for example, bright orange fruits and veggies such as carrots contain beta-carotene, a vitamin essential for eye health. The more vitamins and nutrients you can take in from your food, the healthier you’ll feel and the better you’ll look.

2. Drink and Douse

For naturally glowing skin and care, keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Hydration starts from within, so give your moisturiser a head start by drinking at least 2 litres of water everyday. As for your hair, a quick rinse in cold water once you’ve rinsed your shampoo and conditioner out will add lots of shine and will help to set your style. For extra-shiny hair, douse your hair in malt vinegar and rinse out with lukewarm water.

3. Healthy Fat

People have a bit of a tendency to shy away from every product containing fat for fear that they’ll gain weight – but if you include healthy fats in your diet, from healthy sources, they will literally make you glow from the inside out. Your skin, hair and nails will all thank you for it. Include plenty of omega-3 rich foods in your diet, like oily fish, nuts, seeds and healthy oils such as extra-virgin olive oil and avocado oil.

4. Go Organic

When choosing skin products, opt for organic products that will nourish your skin from the inside out. Companies like Ila Spa sell products that are chemical and paraben free, packed with naturally occurring ingredients that are designed to work with your body’s own systems. Organic beauty products generally get to work faster, sinking into the skin more quickly than non-organic products – meaning that you can get on with the business of being beautiful, without hanging around waiting for your moisturiser to sink into your skin.

5. Hot or Cold

Sometimes, all you need to do to boost your natural beauty is to use products that are a little cold, or that are a little warm. For example, if you use eye cream that has been kept in the fridge, it will tighten and brighten the eye area and will help to drain away any fluid. Moisturisers that are kept in the fridge will also have a similar effect. Work with the hot and steamy environment of your shower by applying a moisturising hair mask or conditioner, wrap your head in a towel and then sit in the bathroom for a little while. The heat will let the conditioner get right to the heart of each hair follicle. The warm of the shower will also open your pores – so use this time to pluck your eyebrows.

Product Review: Colour Changing

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Competition, Product Reviews | Posted on 21-09-2012

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Colour Changing offer a wide range of products which, as the name suggests, change colour. They sent me a couple of items to try out, and offer my readers the chance to win.

UV Nail Polish: Apricot to Red Apple
The first product was a nail varnish. This nail varnish brushes on like any other and is a soft apricot colour when it dries. You need to use this varnish as either a top coat or alone because when you go out into the sun and the UV rays hit your nails it transforms into a bright red apple shade! Made by Solar Active the varnish is strong and chip resistant, as well as providing UV protection to avoid discolouration. It is removable with any usual varnish remover. Whilst its a fun product to wear – ideal for parties, fancy dress or dressing up games with little girls – its not something to wear everyday. The colour change is fast and very impressive, but I don’t think its something to go to work wearing for example!

London Skyline Colour Changing Umbrella
Next up was an umbrella. Living in the UK means it rains more often than not, so an umbrella is a handbag essential. There is no reason however for that umbrella to be dull. This black and white umbrella features a white silhouette of the London skyline around the edge. As it rains and the umbrella becomes wet the white skyline turns a mix of bright colours. Designed by Squid Of London, and inspired by Jackson Pollack, this is more than an umbrella, its a functional piece of art. As someone who visits London regularly and has been caught out in more than my fair share of rain showers, this is now a permanent feature in my handbag!

Competition!
To win your choice of colour changing nail varnish AND a London skyline umbrella just head over to the Colour Changing Facebook page and “Like” it . Then head back here and let me know you’ve done it by commenting below. A winner will be chosen from all entries on Friday 28th September received by 8pm.