Category: beauty tips


I’ve done facial exercises periodically over time and loved them but I have fallen out of the habit in recent years. The results can be fantastic, especially if you stick with them (as with any other form of exercise). The wonderful thing about facial exercise is firstly, it’s free and secondly it really does have a positive effect on the tone of your facial muscles. Just think of singers such as Tina Turner, it can’t all be plastic surgery that keeps the tone of her face so good, I think its also down to the powerful way she sings which exercises her face.
Right now I’m away on a short break and have found, as I often do, that being away brings inspiration and new ideas. In fact while I was travelling in the car I suddenly tried some facial stretches and they felt so incredibly good, I thought of Youtube and I thought of you guys.
After a short look around I found this found this video which shows how to do a brow lifting exercise. Try it and see how it feels. I just tried it and it felt great. I didn’t use gloves though as I don’t have any with me, but I think its’s ok for this exercise. I’m off to the spa for a swim and brow lifting!


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Boost Your Skin Naturally

You know those days when you wake up and your skin feels old and stiff and in need of something to give it a boost? One of the answers to this may well be in the kitchen cupboards.

Have a look and see if there is a jar of honey in there.

Honey has been used for centuries as a beauty product to cleanse, moisturise and heal skin, it can help with acne, with scarring and as a simple face mask it hydrates and gives you skin a natural healthy glow.

This is what you do.

  • Cleanse your skin thoroughly using a cleansing milk if you have one and a warm cloth to remove it. This opens the pores and so helps to deep cleanse.
  • Repeat.
  • Dry your skin with a soft towel.
  • Cover your hair and clothes as honey drips a lot or wash your hair afterwards!
  • Scoop up a dollop of honey in your fingertips and spread it over your forehead quickly, scoop up some more and spread over nose, cheeks and throat, don’t forget your upper lip. You only need a fairly thin layer on your skin.
  • Wipe your fingers clean on your face cloth
  • Lean back and close your eyes for 15 or 20 minutes.
  • Use wet cotton pads, rested on your eyes for an extra treat.
  • When you are ready, rinse your face thoroughly with lots of warm water, make sure it is out of your eyebrows and hairline.
  • Tone or rinse your skin with cool water.
  • Moisturise as normal.

I hope you enjoy this lovely home made face mask. Let me know if you try it or share your own home made face masks with us!


How to Hide Dark Circles Under Eyes.

If you have very dark shadows under your eyes then you know how tired they can make you look. Its incredibly easy to slap on concealer and make the whole area look much worse as the make-up  you’ve applied settles into lines around your eyes, so try this.

Use a creamy concealer as opposed to a stick. Lots of ranges have them and some have light diffusing particles.  A stick can make any fine lines look even heavier and that’s not a good look. Place it right on the shadow and slightly into the corner of the eye where shadows can look very dark. 
Pat it right onto the shadow and not aver all the skin under your eyes.

Dust the tiniest amount of very sheer face  powder over the eyes.

Take a little amount of sheer, pale and pearly eye-shadow and apply it very lightly over the top lid and let it go into the inner corner of the eye. Be careful of the shade, a pale gold can easily look yellow and make you look jaundiced. Experiment with different shades but keep it very light and delicate. For instance pearl, ivory, pale brown or nude, or even lavender.

Use a small amount of black, dark grey or very dark brown liner on the upper eyelid to make a small wing, just on the outer corner of the eye.

Use lots of black mascara on the upper lashes and brush upwards and outwards to create lift and open up your eyes. Use rather less on the lower lid if it makes your eyes look heavy or if it tends to smudge.

 If you use foundation, always apply this first and use it fairly sparingly around the eyes.

Let me know any of your favourite concealers that you use and why you love them




Top tips for making nail polish last

Top tips for making nail polish last.

It can be so frustrating can’t it when you go to all the trouble of fixing your nail polish only to find they soon lose their shine and start to chip too soon.

  • Always wash your hands and gently clean nails with a nail brush and dry thoroughly before you apply polish.
  • Always use a nourishing base coat, it protects your nails from being stained by colour and holds the nail polish on your nails.

  • Don’t file nails too pointed, it weakens them, instead opt for a slightly broader shape.
  • Don’t get your nails wet the same day as you apply polish, or at least leave for several hours.
  • If your coloured polish seems to drag on your nails it might be getting too thick, a drop of nail polish remover in it will help, or you can buy thinner from a chemist. If its still too thick, sorry, its time to chuck it out and start again.
  • Always use a top coat, it’s extra hard and shiny and saves the colour from fading and chipping too soon.
  • Re-apply top coat after a couple of days. It brings up the colour and shine.
  • And finally, use rubber gloves (or surgical gloves if you really hate the rubber ones) for all housework that involves scrubbing, detergent and hot water. And before you scream at me, I know. I know it’s not convenient, I know it’s a pain and you don’t like them, I know.
    But I’ve been a cleaner; I work with my hands, I wear nail polish, I’m not always careful with my hands.
    I’ve done housework with gloves and without.
    With gloves polish lasts 5-6 days. Without, on me, it’s down to 2 days. I think gloves are the difference between chapped hands with chipped nails and smooth hands set off with smooth polished nails that doesn’t chip in five minutes!

    If this is helpful, or if you have another brilliant tip, please get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.