What are Paraben’s?!

Hey guys!

I always have clients asking me what are Paraben’s? so i thought i would share with you what i know..

Paraben’s are a controversial preservative used in cosmetics, they prevent the growth of bacteria and are easily absorbed into the skin.

Paraben’s are controversial because they are suspected of being “Endocrine Disruptors” these are chemicals that can have harmful effects on the body’s endocrine (hormone) system.

Paraben’s can mimic Estrogen and studies have found the presence of paraben’s in tumours both cancerous and non cancerous. This doesn’t mean they caused the tumours and there isn’t a link to prove that they do, but there also isn’t any proof they didn’t.

I think big brands usually try to cash in on women’s fear so “Paraben Free” is something you will see quite often, making paraben’s more sinister than they have actually proved to be.

Doctors do worry about paraben’s having a cumulative effect so if you want to avoid them here is a list of brands that are paraben free:

Aveda (shop online or find a salon)

Bare Minerals* (http://www.bareminerals.co.uk)

Burt’s Bees (Burt’s Bees Natural Skin Care Products & Natural Personal Care Products)

Dr. Hauschka (Dr. Hauschka Skin Care)

John Masters Organics (Natural hair, skin and body care products)

Josie Maran Cosmetics (Argan Oil and Natural, Eco-Friendly Skincare)

Tarte (http://tartecosmetics.com/welcome-letter.php)

Korres (KORRES Modern Greek Apothecary – products formulated with nature’s most powerful ingredients. – Clone – Clone)

Origins (Homepage)

Pangea Organics (Home)

If you ever wondered what Paraben’s were i hope this helped 🙂

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  • Bare mineral’s used to contain some paraben’s but have discontinued those products, so only buy new stock 😉

 

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Wake up looking awesome! (Well better at the very least).

Hey guys!

So I know we all want to wake up like Beyoncé (flawless) but some people (a.k.a me) wake up looking like there has been a small tornado in their room, this is not helpful when I need to get ready quickly or want to look pretty waking up at a friends house etc.

So I decided to give some actual thought into if there was anything I could do to change the outcome of “tornado” mornings here is what I did and I found it made a massive difference 🙂

– Ensure all makeup is removed from face so skin can breathe, you may think you will look better keeping makeup on at a significant others place but the reality is dry skin and panda eyes! Not to mention the break outs from clogging your pores for the whole night :/

– Brush hair, spray dry shampoo in the roots and put an oil such as Moroccan oil through your ends then put your hair in pigtail plaits, by doing this your roots will stay fresh you ends moisturised and hair knot free (not to mention the effortless wave you get when you take the plaits out 😉 )

-Sleep on your back??? Yes this is a strange one but apparently sleeping on your back prevents sleep lines, puffiness and pimples caused by keeping your face pressed against a pillow all night.

– Just before you go to sleep put a thick layer of Lanolips 101 ointment on your lips, this will act as a lip treatment so you don’t wake up with chapped dry lips.

– Groom eyebrows the night before, if your eye brows are in great shape they can add a lot of definition to the eyes without having to wear makeup

– Brush and floss teeth really well (don’t forget to scrape your tongue!) and follow up with whitening treatment or if you wear plates make sure you wear them to ensure your teeth are nice and straight, keep water by your bedside and sip through the night to avoid bad breath

– Avoid nicotine, alcohol and caffeine four hours before bedtime..well preferably avoid these things all the time but I’m trying to be realistic here.

– Last but certainly not least get an early night! Beauty sleep Is REAL..lack of sleep can cause skin to sag and lose it’s lustre as well as blood vessels dilating which causes dark circles, so get eight hours sleep if you can!

Let me know if this makes a difference to y’all! I also want to hear your tricks to waking up fresh 🙂

Have a great day xxx

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Find your perfect foundation colour with this easy test!

 
Hey Guys!
 
If you have seen my last few post we found determined your skin type, then what foundations best suit that skin type and now we are finally up to choosing your foundation colour.
 
Choosing a colour is never easy so as always i try to make it as simple as possible for y’all. In this quick video i teach you a simple test to try on shades that you are either unsure of or that you have mixed for yourself.
 
I would recommend having two foundations, one in a slightly lighter shade and one in a slightly darker shade then mix to find YOUR perfect colour. Its also a good idea to test your mixing seasonally as you may get darker in summer (you’re lucky! i just go red 😦 )
 
Its also very important to stick to yellow undertones in your foundations rather than red, there are a few exceptions to this rule like very dark nigerian skin may have blue undertones and might need warm oranges, red and coppers to warm it up. Other than this exception i would steer clear of red undertones, i show you how to identify red undertones in this video as well.
 
Please let me know what you think and if you could like, subscribe and comment on my youtube channel i would realllllly appreciate it.
 
Thanks for reading/watching stay tuned as my next blog will be “Perfect Foundation Application”
 
Bye Guys! xxx