Feeling groovy and confident 24/7 – Being hygiene aware and some daily hacks to boost your self-confidence!

Wouldn’t it be powerful if you fell in love with yourself so deeply that you would do just about anything if you knew it would make you happy? This is precisely how much life loves you and wants you to nurture yourself. The deeper you love yourself, the more the universe will affirm your worth. Then you can enjoy a lifelong love affair that brings you the richest fulfillment from inside out ~ Alan Cohen.

Whether we like it or not, confidence is something we have to grow and nourish; just like a flower, everyday you have to water it, feed it and let it have the right amount of sunshine. Some days you might forget to bring it in from the rain, so it could look fragile and withered so that just means you have to take better care of it, nature and love it and protect it from any negative influences. That flower symbolises your inner confidence, you have to protect, nourish and healthy grow it and ignore any negative energy – and it’s normal to have off day’s that’s life,  and if you need to be confident in a jiffy you can fake it until you make it !

This was my number one rule starting highschool, from being homeschooled for 2 years then going back to a “normal” school was extremely nerve-wracking, this when I learnt how to fake confidence! Some days proved to be  very, very difficult, then finally at the end of the long journey of year 8 I found my friendship group ( still 7 years strong 😉 ). The next year was a year of changes, I stopped relying on people’s perception of me and became a better person for it ! when i let that go I started to focus on myself, and how to make myself feel and look good making me radiant confidence.

So I alway carried a beauty bag, this had everything from gloss to scent. It was simply perfect, silly as it sounds but having that  beauty bag in my blue carry bag made me feel like it was my own superpower!

So here it is, my powerful beauty bag must;

  • Mariah Carey dream or pink perfume.

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  • Tweezers and gimme brow.

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  • Mayelline mascara and spooly.

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  • lip liner and gloss.

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  • deodorant.

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  • shaver.

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  • moiurizer/ self tanner.

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I still swear by these products and love them with all my heart as they hold a special memory for me. Now to the behind the scenes hacks and tips for feeling groovy and to build that self-confidence !

Oral care

Have no fear you don’t have to race out and buy some expensive teeth whitening gel, in fact you can just use some good old trusted ingredients and a record-breaking toothpaste. Your teeth are your pearly treasures so treat them right,  using these hash whitening treatments can strip your enamel leaving your teeth weak and sensitive. So for an alternative I like to use Colgate crystal white toothpaste, it’s is truly amazing ! and to top that off oil pulling is fantastic – and it actually works ! So either in the morning or night take a spoon full of coconut oil and rinse your mouth for 30 seconds.

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Moisterisor / self tanner.

Wave good-bye to dry, cracked and ashy skin and say hello to a daily moisturizer – these lifesavers can range from 10 – 20 $, depending on where you buy them and what they contain. When you’re finding your perfect match find one that has a spf value and one that is enriched with oils to penetrate into the skin and protect. Personally, nothing makes me feel even better about myself then a little glow; this is when I turn to gradual tanners. It’s perfect for anyone busy because it cuts out the waiting and prepping time for a tan. My no. 1 moisturizer is dove’s Daily glow, the smell alone takes you to the perfect summer day with a perfect coconut drink ! it gives you the perfect instant glow, that isn’t sticky and there absolutely no mess!

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Shaving/waxing.

I love that fresh smooth feeling, so a great shaver is no. 1! before you shave it’s important to give your body a quick exfoliation; the best technique is to wet you lather and rub in an upward motion. This would be one of my favourite tips to give, because the problem with scrubbing in a circular motion is that it will confuse your hairs and most likely cause more ingrowns. Now to single razors these are perfect for peach fuze, side burns and mono brows, you can buy them on eBay and they are a piece of cake to use ! if you have time waxing is great, I recommend going to a professional if you doing your bikini – trust me guys! for rookies I say go and buy some strip wax, I’ll have the look below – i use these all the time and I’m in love with them!

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Scars or red abrasions

 I was born was a heart condition which resulted in 8 surgeries ( 5 as a baby and 3 in 2009), I’m honoured to have had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful nurses and doctors that have tremendously influenced my life for the better. However during highschool I wanted to cover it up, luckily the uniform covered it up perfectly but for the night I went out i would cover it in concealer then pat it with banana powder then finally my foundation. At night I would massage in vitamin E oil. Now im happily confident with my scar and couldn’t care less if it’s clearly seen, at the end of the day do you !

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Perfume and deodorant.

deodorant can be so underrated sometimes, but it’s something we all need ~it’s true, sometimes Kings and Queens perspire! After you have you wash feel free to layer it on, and like skin care find one that works for you and your personal and unique body. then it’s that all important perfume ! you want to find something perfect for you, now it’s time to think what am I about or what should my perfume say about me ? my personal favourite is Mariah Carey forever, Gucci guilty and for something sweet I’m loving pink sugar. fear not, perfumes shouldn’t break the bank, if you find you perfect perfume but at a not so perfect price hop on to eBay and search it up and get it in a 15ml spay bottle – trust me it’s a killer deal!

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I hop you loved this post, I’m really passionate about people feeling fierce and confident, and remember it’s okay to have some dull days 🙂 here are just some tips, feel free to comment what you do to feel more confident and let’s build each other up ❤

have a beautiful day lovelies

x

( oh and that was a picture from year 8, come check out my instagram for recent 😉 )

~ Sweet Valentine ~

Hello lover’s, I want to show you guys something near and dear to my heart that I’ve been wanting to create for a long, long time!

~ Sweet Valentine ~

SCRUBS ~ BALMS ~ GLOSS ~ MATTE~ MIST ~CREAM

On the day that sweet valentine was  born the angels got together
And decided to create a dream come true,
So they sprinkled moon dust and starlight in each beauty creation !

Like I’ve said it’s always been my dream to start my own beauty line, but I wanted it to not just blend into everything that’s already on offer, I needed it to be something unique and it needed to have values. Values being; vegan, cruelty free, not just look or smell beautiful but it needed to work, every product has to be unique and it needed to be affordable ! Because after all this is what I look for in my beauty products, and as the saying goes do onto others, as you would like to do onto you.

‘Sweet Valentine’ was the chosen name because I wanted my creations are all made out of love, from the name to the finishing product; and because of that, I can reassure you that you will absolutely with it – because your valentine would never do you harm !

 Menu 

SRCUBS.

CINAMON CRUNCH 

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BUBBLEGUM

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CHOCOLATE JAFFA (FORMALLY KNOWN AS CHOCOLATE BAR)

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HONEYBUTTERSCOTCH

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BALMS

LEMON PIE

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BUBBLE GUM

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PEPPERMINT PATTY

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BOUNTY BAR 

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COMING NEXT MONTH

GLOSS

Himalayan Salt Soap3oz - 85.05g

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MATTE

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MIST

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CREAM

~Still in the making ~

My goal for Sweet Valentine is to join a heart charity by november by then having had uliple sales by then so i can still supply all of you with amazing products but put some money to some extra good!

check it out at ~

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/ValentineByEilish

or follow me at

https://www.instagram.com/sweetvalentine.pickmere/

See you sugah’s later, have a beautiful day ❤ ❤

 

Do you really know your face ? ~ P A R T 1 ~

Welcome to the first part of the two-part blog all about your skin, so lay back and take in all the carefully crafted information designed to make you understand and to really get to know you face!

In today’s world we are constantly bombarded with products that are promising a whole range of miraculous results in exchange for some hefty coin! So how do we decide what’s actually right for us and not just a product that’s going to end up at the back of our bathroom cabinet gathering dust?

This post is all about shining the light on the importance of knowing what’s right for your skin, identifying the difference between types and conditions of the skin, and lastly showing you a rough guide on what skin care is best for you!

First thing first, skin conditions and types; so what’s the difference ? Simply put your  skin type is what you were born with,  you can always care and controlled it but it won’t go away. Opposed to  your  skin condition, that’s a result of  eternal and internal influences, for example; hormonal changes, weather, medications, and importantly the misuse of your skin car ( over-exfoliating or using irritating/drying cleansers and toners).

To make things a little clearer, Look below !

TYPES.

Description.

Normal:

 

  • Clear, smooth completion with small evenly clear pores.
  • There are no signs of breakouts, or greasy patchy, flaky patches.
  • Sebum production is well-balanced
  • Often found among young people.

Focus: There’s no rest for the wicked, having normal skin means you can afford to be relaxed about your skin care but that doesn’t mean totally forget about it! Think about it like how a squirrel stores enough food to last the winter in the summer; what we want to do is care and treat our skin to make sure you we’ll be looking as flawless like  Cher when we’re in our 70’s! So daily hydration is key, both applied on the skin and to be drunken. Secondly exfoliation, when you have normal skin it’s easy to forget about this one – but it’s very, very import! You want to remove dead, dirty, dry skin to bring a fresh, new glow to your face. This will also eliminate any radical break outs from happening. Then lastly moisturiser containing a SPF50+, this will nourish your skin as well as giving it some protection.

Oily

 

  • Over productive sebaceous glands.
  • Shiny, enlarged pores.
  • Prone to black heads and other blemishes.
  • Fact – more prone to men more than woman.
  • Affects adolescent and younger people – going into puberty.

Focus: The key to skin care if you have oily skin is to not to totally strip your skin from it’s natural oils; this will actually send your glands into over drive! So what you would like to do is develop a skin care range that will be centred on drawing and unclogging pores (super oily skin = clogged pores = acne or break out!) and then replenishing the skin with good oils. And that’s the key to this skin type, so have no fear there’s so much on offer for  you, just need to look and test out what works for you – for more help have a little look below at the guide!

Dry/ Sensitive.
  • Lack of moisture around the nose, or corneous layer – which is tight and flaking.
  • Skin appears dull, especially on the cheeks.
  • Lack of elasticity, deep fine lines or wrinkles.
  • Severe cases – itching and burning of the skin.

Focus: PROPERLY BUFF, DAILY HYDRATION AND SERUMS! So first thing, buff; you want to carefully exfoliate your skin once or twice a week, look for a gentle chemical exfoliate – this will help removes dry, flaky skin and will help initiate further cell renewal = you’ll have bright, beaming skin because of this! Secondly hydration, you want to be putting on daily moisturizer, and because you have already exfoliated your skin, the moisturizer can easily penetrate into the dermis layers. Then it’s the all-important serum, serums contain very small molecules, which have a high concentration of active ingredients that can target specific skin concerns, such as fine lines, wrinkles, or age spots! The best serum for dry skin is finding a serum, which contains vitamin E serums, can either applied before or after moisturiser! Also a tip, avoid any harsh cleanses that will strip your skin of it’s natural oils, making it your face red, dry (flaky) and sensitive.

Combination

 

  • Dry in some areas, then others severely oily.
  • Combination skin types often lean towards being dry around the cheeks and eyes, whilst being oily t zone.
  • Both needing a separate facial regime.

Focus:    when it comes to finding your perfect match when you have combination skin can prove to be dificult; it can feel like you’re shopping for two different people; however  hopefully after reading this you’ll feel more at ease and ready to tak on your skincare! The best thing to do overall is to not use anything that will strip your face of it’s natural oils, this will only make your glands into overdrive then you’ll be having another issue o your hands ! Secondly, do not cover or layer your face with thick creams or use any abrasive exfoliators. For cleansers, choose a water-soluble cleanser; this will gently remove all impurities without leaving your skin feeling tight or irritated. When it comes to exfoliators, BHA is the way to go! BHA our great for sensitive or combination skin, it gently sheds your skin. And as always you should always spend time applying some moisturizer and a sunscreen 50 +!

 CONDITION.

Description.
Dehydration

 

  • Itchy, dull, deep fine lines, and increased sensitivity.
  • Caused by outside factors as well as induced factors, such as;

I.         Smoking or some medication.

II.         Diet.

III.         Inappropriate misuse of products.

IV.         Age.

Sun Damage/ Hyperpigmentation

 

  • Hyper pigmentation is a common thing especially amongst the baby booming generation!
  • Hyper pigmentation is differentiated between either melisma and sunspots;

I.         Melisma will start to appear as a hormonal imbalance or influx in the body, this can be seen among woman who are expecting.

II.         Sunspots or lenities in Latin, these spots present themselves on over exposure of the body such as hands, sides of face from driving or just general sun damage from not using sunscreen.

Rosacea
  • Hereditary – more often than not rosacea is prone to individuals who have hormonal deficiencies.
  • Has the appearance of red inflamed bumps or just rashes, they can range from mild to extreme.
  • Rosacea can also come up on all areas of your body.
  • Hot drinks, spicy foods, alcohol and smoking can it to flare up.
  • Drugs that dilate blood vessels, including some blood pressure medications.

 What should you and shouldn’t you look for in your skin care.

SHOULDN’T

Parabens.

So what are parabens used for? Well they are synthetic compounds which have the sole purpose to be a preservative for lotions, concealers, moisturizer and various other beauty potions! And really preservatives are amazing, without them our make up would go rancid quickly and we’ll end of buying more every week – so what’s the problem and why are we so against parabens !?

Before studying beauty I believed that skin care only goes skin deep, and that there was absolutely no connection to our inner health ( hormones etc); I mean how could it we’re just applying it to outer most layer of our skin. Well that theory went completely out the window, and yes there is a connection; and this is why everybody is up in arms about parabens ! So imagine your daily skin care regime over the decade, our body naturally synthesis  the good and bad, good being if you apply face oils and the bad being if you have used a product containing parabens.

Further evidence to support this was published in 2004 by CSC, then in 2017 reinstated by Scientific America published ” Should people be concerned about parabens in beauty products”. They perfectly highlight the link  between how whatever we put on our skin will be invertibly  absorbed into our body’s one way on another. Parabens being the focus were linked to various hormonal issues (specifically effecting estrogen); the serious one being breast cancer.

So in 2004 a study was preformed examining breast tissue of women which have breast cancer; The results concluded that out of 20 women, 19 of them had been screened positive for small traces of parabens. As this is a small study there needs to be more in depth research into it, because women do occupy a large proportion of our beauty world!

“this study  is important because it was the first to detected the presence of intact parabens—unaltered by the body’s metabolism—which is an indication of the chemical’s ability to penetrate skin and remain in breast tissue.” (Scientific America, 2017)

In 2012 the European Union put a ban on all containing parabens, which was a ginormous leap forward, one that should be internationally recognised (Scientific America, 2017). Going into the future we need to make parabens an ingredient of the past, although research is limited there is sufficiant evidence proving they are negatively influencing our hormones which then impact our  reproductive , immunological, and  neurological systems. For more information you can look up breast cancer action list for over 100 cosmetics.

Fragrance

Simply, fragrance  irritates our skin, bringing up dermatitis as well as other skin issues – this is not a great idea as your face is very delicate and any irritation can lead to signs of wrinkles (Cunningham, 2018). Yes, the smell is heavenly but lets choose soothing that has no fragrace or one has natural derivitive scents.

Sulphate.

It’s full name is sodium lauryl sulphate, it’s a common ingredient in any face wash or cleansers; oh and also found in any cleaning product ! Sulphates are reason behind why some skincare products form and bubble, leaving your skin feeling tight. So have a look at what’s inside your cleansers nor, because  would you dare use garage cleaner as your skin cleanser ? Not to mention, the harshness of sulphates strips your skin from its natural nutrients and  oils, which can lead to the following;

  • Sends the oils glands into over production = leading to acne.
  • Increased sensitivity due to the stripping of its safety layer, this can result in rashes, breakouts or rosacea.

Large exfoliant granules.

When it comes to exfoliants they are categorised into two groups; chemical and physical.

Chemical exfoliants come in two forms; AHA (alpha-hydroxide acids) or BHA (beta-hydroxyl acid). Common ones are lactic, glycollic and salicylic acid. The benefits of a chemical exfoliate are numerous, these acids/ enzymes sink deep into your skins layers safely exfoliation with no harsh scrubbing.

Physical exfoliants are great at stimulated blood circulation (perfect for reducing puffiness and may aid in lymph node drainage). The  granules  give you a quick and clean feel, steadily increasing the rate at exfoliation. Carefully look into a physical exfoliant to see if it’s right for your skin, or if the the exfoliant is the right size and will work. choosing the wrong one on you face could lead to you have minor  cuts on your face, which will lead to bacteria entering = breakouts, puffiness, redness and other induced conditions. All of which is preventable, for more help look below at the grid!

SHOULD

Emollients.

Emollients are key to any brilliant moisturizer on the market – its cream application allows it to sink into your skin making a soft, youthful glow to an appearance while altogether helping to prevent further signs of ageing.

Surfactants.

A surfactant is just that, a surface-active agent. So they are added to oil, water and other liquids to break up the tension in the surface layer – this is an essential ingredient in cleansers alike to safely cleanse the skin from dirt, oil and debris from the day.

  • Exfoliate (citric acid, salicylic acid, glycollic acider benzoyl peroxide And alpha hydroxide acid)

Chemical exfoliates can either come in the physical form (beads) or chemical (acid, overall chemicals work well as an exfoliant. The reason for this is that physical exfoliate don’t have enough capability irritate the dead skin cells and dirt which clogs your pores, whereas chemical exfoliates do so as they contain beneficial acids. The right exfoliate will unclog you pores, slough off dead skin and will leave your face beaming with a fresh feeling (not a burning feeling!)

Humectants

Humectants are among the key ingredients to any moisturizer, especially found in the skin care range for dry or dehydrated skin conditions. The role of a humectant is to attract and hold moisture; in fact humectants are capable of holding up to 1000 times their own water weight! Therefore they are water rich chemicals which, more than that their hydration protects the surface layer of your skin (stratum corneam) from becoming dry and patching leading to increased signs of ageing. These humectants will be in the form of; hydracluronic acid, butylene glycol, glycerine, sorbitol seaweed or algae.

 

 

So that’s the end of the first part of “Do you really know your face”, it was so important for me to write about skin as I believe it can truly change a person’s life – as simple as it may sound it is hard to find whats right for your skin with so many on offer at the moment, but I promise after these post you’ll not only have your key to unlock the best skincare for your skin but you’ll find out a little about your skinccare that will suprise you !

Check out next weeks post for more skincare tips on becoming a more condident you, and until next time see you lovelies later

x

 

 

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