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This is the 5 minute rule of procrastination as I use it. I’m sure it has been written about many times before but this is my super simple version.

When your brain is exploding with millions of things to do and you are in a hurry, one way to go is to do nothing and feel paralysed (often happens to me). Another way is to try the 5 minute rule.

It can be applied it 2 slightly different ways. First; get just 5 minutes of that horrible task that youve been putting off, done, Second, See how many things you can get done in 5 minutes.

The first way allows you to make a tiny start on something that is hard and you have been putting off. You never know, you might find it isn’t so bad once you get started and go on to do more. If not, you will have made a start.

The second way can get a room tidy, the bed made and a bin emptied, a tricky email sent, a call you have to make, or your make-up done and your bag packed for the day. Go as fast as you can with this. You can get a room straight or a desk tidy with a couple of bursts of 5 minutes.

Because all you are facing is 5 minutes it’s so much easier to make a start.

I would love to know your procrastination solvers, so share them in the comments if you would like. Susi xx

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How to Get the Benefits of Facial Exercises

I looked around for more videos of facial exercises and came across this from Eve Fraser. I found her book a few years ago and loved it. This is a very chatty talk show and so it doesn’t give many examples but it does show some.

It is a very good example of just how amazing these exercises can be. When you look at it, remember that Eve in this video is in her 80’s.

I like this because it gives a great overview of some of the work that she does and it also includes men proving that this is not just for women.

Out of what is shown here I particularly like the exercise for the apple of the cheeks and for tightening a double chin. Along with the exercise that I shared I am beginning to do these every day. How about you? Want to join me and give them a try?

Let me know in the comments if you try them or Tweet me @gorgeousness_

Take a Moment, Enjoy the View

Take some time out. Relax and enjoy the view.
  Take some time out. Relax and enjoy the view.

 

Often as we whizz through our busy days we see something beautiful, A lovely view, a stormy sky, a sky of perfect blue, a field of wildflowers. But how often do we really have time to stop and look at it, appreciate it? Too often we (and I include myself in this) rush along, maybe not noticing the view. Maybe we see but we wish we had time to look and tell ourselves “Next time” Here in England we are having a summer we haven’t had in about 7 years I think. It’s incredibly beautiful. So lets try and make next time, the next time that we stop, even for a moment and enjoy the view.

 

 

How to Get a Natural Brow Lift, Free!

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!

Susi

How to get the right skin products for you in 3 easy steps.

Have you ever gone up to the skincare counter and asked for a new face cream and found after a couple of days that it just wasn’t moisturising enough or it was too rich?

That’s because knowing your skin type is only a small part of the problem.

There are 3 main skin types: Oily, Combination and Dry.

Oily

Lots of large open pores, blackheads especially on the forehead, nose and chin, and some spots. A layer of grease on your skin by midday and your skin is fairly often shiny and can be a little thick in texture.

Combination

Finer, drier skin on cheeks but open pores on nose, forehead and chin and some shine or oil on skin, especially on your nose by midday or tea time. This is the most common skin type.

Dry

No shine on skin. Often feels tight and sometimes a little flaky. Your pores are mostly quite tight and small and your skin is a fine, smooth texture.

The next thing to know is what your skin condition is.

Sensitive

Feels irritated easily by most products and reddens easily when exposed to many products. Make-up can make it feel irritated or suddenly very dry or sore. Sensitive skin can be caused by using skin care that is too harsh or perfumed for you. Exhaustion, stress and worry can make your skin easily irritated too.

Mature

Skin roughly over the age of 40 that may show lines around the eyes especially or have sagging in the skin tone.  Although everybody’s  skin  gets to being “mature” in time, some lifestyle habits can worsen it, such as over exposure to the sun, too much booze, cigarettes  or unhealthy food.

Dehydrated

Can have the look sometimes of being silvery. If you look closely in the mirror and gently press your skin you see a lot of very tiny lines all over your face.  Dehydration can be caused by not drinking enough plain water, too much salt in our diets, not enough fruit and veg, having the heating on when its cold (although we’re all going to, right?) and even air conditioning.

Acne

Very angry spots with yellow heads coming up frequently, very open pores, blackheads, may be very oily. It’s caused by fluctuating hormones and is most common in teenagers though it can occur at any age. The very first thing to do with acne is to see a doctor in order to find out what you are dealing with and to explore options.

When you know this you can go to the next (and best) bit.

What is your concern? Or: What bothers you about your skin the most?

For example, my skin is combination, mature and dehydrated. My concern is the mature part, I’m not very bothered about the combination part, but I can’t use too many heavy creams without it getting a bit blocked. So I use cleanser  for normal skin  or dry skin, exfoliate once a week with a scrub, a little clay mask once a fortnight and moisturiser  for dry, dehydrated skin and a night oil for anti-ageing to keep lines at bay. This takes care of the little oiliness that I have but addresses my concerns with ageing as my main focus.

So what bothers you? Is it lines? Worry about it getting older? It feels tight? It’s really greasy? Firmness? Sagging under the eyes? Wrinkles around lips? Be honest with yourself because it really is important that you know what you want to work on.

Remember these items as you learn about your skin and remember that knowing your skin will help you choose the right skin care first time.

Happy Shopping!

By the way, I love to hear how you get on so go ahead and share your own tips or questions,  or if you found this useful, please do leave a comment.

Ps. My new book with lots more helpful information is available here

An organised make-up bag

How nice it is to be organised.

I can’t tell you how utterly annoying it is to reach for something and find YET AGAIN that the thingummy you’ve picked up is the broken one or the wrong one that you never ever use. It’s such a complete and utter waste of time, when all you’re trying to do is get out of the door.

When that comes to make-up in the morning it’s incredibly maddening.

A minimal and organised make up bag should be a well ordered piece of kit and designed to have only your favourite essentials for getting you through the day. Don’t cart around half of Boots unless you really have to.

A few suggestions for the daily kit;

Mini Perfume

Brush or little comb

A lipstick/gloss or a small tin of petroleum jelly

Eye pencil, maybe 2 in different colours

Powder

Concealer or light reflecting concealer

Mascara

Mini pack of wet wipes

If you use an eye pencil then you must add a decent eye pencil sharpener. Standard pencil sharpeners don’t work! they will ruin your lovely eye pencil

I always add painkillers a BB Cream and a liquid or gel eyeliner.

So from today, make a promise to yourself that the next time you pick out the wrong eyeliner /lipstick / mascara, you will take it out of your make up bag and either put it away or put the blessed thing in the bin and have done with it.

What are your absolute make up essentials?

Susi

My Challenge

This week has been a real challenge already. And it’s only Monday.

I have, just this morning, published my first book. It’s an e-book called, The Gorgeous Girls Guide to Beautiful Skin. Do have a look at it here.

It was one of the scariest moments of my life. Particularly because this was purely voluntary! It took ages to upload, mostly this was me accidentally deleting information I had already put in. I think I had 6 cups of tea while I went through this process.

When it was done, I sat and stared at the screen and then I burst into tears. I’m still not sure why. A combination of panic and relief I guess. I do think that Amazon could have been more helpful though, I thought a message saying “Are you ok?” or “Do you need a hug?” could have popped up. That would’ve been nice.

This has been a truly big challenge, and now that I’ve done it, I’m really excited and very happy to share it with you.

Love

Susi

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!

Susi

Smoky Eyes, Softened

Are you a fan of black and stunning eyeliner? Love the smoky eyes? Yes me too, always did, whether its just a little bit smudged on or a lot, all around my eyes or elegantly, just on the corners.

If you love your luscious black but you’re suddenly finding it looking a little stark or heavy then its time to switch to something softer, at least in part, without sacrificing your sooty eyes. The only reason that this happens is after a few years, our skin loses some of it’s colour as does our hair so the black can be just too strong and overwhelms our eyes and skin. This is not a good look.

For me though, I don’t let it stop me doing the big eyes when I want. You just need to change colours and not even that drastically.
Look for a very dark green or a very dark grey, I got one from MAC in Tarnish and another in Dark Grey from GOSH or this cool one from Maybelline in Smoky Chocolate. Do look for the darkest colours though, these look stunning and bold,without the harsh look that purely black can have.

Try one and see the difference, at the very least, try blending one with a soft black pencil, just to take the edge off.
It makes an amazing difference.
Susi
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Dull Jaded Skin?

Is your skin jaded and dull after Christmas? It’s not surprising if like most of us you’ve been inside with lots of tea and booze, crisps and chocolates. It’s what we do while we’re having holiday with the family and I’m certainly not complaining.

 But our skins do show the after effects of this and can be greasy, dull or dry.  Try doing a quick revival on your face and give it a deep cleanse using a clay mask. Even if you have dry skin this is a good one to do, so long as you don’t use it too often. They work by absorbing oil, lifting it right off your skin and so helps your pores to be tighter and your skin to look brighter and fresher.

Cleanse your skin thoroughly with a cleaning cream or milk using a warm cloth to remove it.  Lay a thick layer of the clay mask over your skin and be sure to avoid your eyes and cover your T zone (forehead and nose) and leave on as directed. Usually 5 minutes for a dry skin and up to 15 for an oily skin. Wash it off with lots of warm water and then bathe with cool water to finish. 
Afterwards use a serum or a night cream to pack some hydration in, or if you have one, use a facial oil and give your skin a little massage. It’s a wonderful pick me up for a jaded skin.
 If you’re doing this in the morning, just apply your day cream, and make-up as normal. it will look much better and smoother. 

Don’t forget to drink a couple of big glasses of water today too!

I’d love to hear any questions that you have with skin care, just post them here or tweet me @gorgeousness_