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At Home Face Masks For The Busy Mum

Just like most people, I enjoy a good pamper. One thing that is always on the top of my list is my skin. I can usually see straight away when my skin (and health) has been neglected. I woke with dark circles and dull lifeless skin tone. Which made me feel ugly in every single way. I am so caught up in my busy modern life that I forget to nurture myself which in the end affects only myself negatively. For a while now I have been making it a ritual to give myself a quick facial every week and the results have been fantastic. So at the request of some of you, i decided to share My At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin.

In my teenage years I was plague with acne and when I say acne, I don’t mean a few spot here and there. My face was covered. What made things worse was the dark pigment in my skin would cause major hyper-pigmentation Meaning the spots would leave dark brown marks all over my face that took a long time to heal (You can see the hyper pigmentation on my leg in the below photo. This is from a batch of eczema I got a while back). It affected my self confidence drastically. I was called pizza face, spotty, all the names under the sun. Fortunately for me,  my skin started to clear up when I reached 18 with the help of Ro-accutane and some diet changes. Since then I learned to be heavily invested in my skin (and health) and research my products to make sure I use the best.

At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin

So here is my weekly routine which I usually do on a Sunday. It is easy to do and maintain and I often get bits and bobs done in the house while I wait fro the masks to set. I have noticed a huge improvement in my complexion which has resulted in me using a lot less foundation when I go out.

STEP ONE : Exfoliate

I believe that exfoliating is key to a clear and glowing complexion. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells that can be the cause of dull looking skin and I just love the smooth feeling it gives afterwards. My favourite products are Kora Organics Exfoliating cream and Nip + Fab Glyceric Scrub. I usually spend a good few minutes gently scrubbing my face in circular motions with my hands.

STEP TWO : Dead Sea Mud Mask

Once I have finished exfoliating, I rinse off any residue and dry my face. The next step I apply a Dead Sea Mud Mask. Dead Sea Mud has been touted as containing a big array of minerals and is said to work miracles for skin. I use the one from Dead Sea Magik which is available at Holland & Barretts. I apply it to my face and leave it on for 10 – 15 Minutes and usually go downstairs and do some errands while i wait.

At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin

 

STEP THREE : Hydrating Mask

Next is a hydrating mask and my favourite by far is by Kora Organics which you can get on netaporter.com. Most of you might already know that I am a devout lover of KORA. It is the best organic skincare around and i cannot recommend it enough. After washing away the remnants of the mud mask, i then apply the hydrating mask for 5-10 minutes. Depending on how dry or not my skin is.

Once the hydrating mask has set I rinse it off and then pop on some moisturising cream.

Voila, thats it! It may seem like a lot but it really isn’t. My skin always feels so fresh and smooth afterwards and I now look forward to every Sunday just for this little ritual. The timings are indicative but sometimes i will pop the masks on for just a few minutes if i don’t have time. It is better than not doing them at all.

 

If you wish to know more about Kora see my post here.

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In My Bag : Bag Essentials To Be Effortlessly Flawless At All Times

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I have never been one of those “flawless” girls. You know the ones I am talking about. The ones that seem to always have every strand of hair in place, perfect skin and makeup at any time of the day, despite the hurricane that just went passed. The type of girl that was always prepared for anything, no matter what the situation.

I used to work with a lot of them. Working on the Fashion scene for 8 years could seriously do damage to ones self esteem. After work drinks and spontaneous nights out didn’t matter, because they always looked their best. While I sat in the corner feeling like feeling like a complete mess.

How do they do it? What was their secret? How did they manage to always look so fresh, even after a long hard day at work? No it is not genetics ( or though I think that can play a part). After finally speaking to them and begging to know their secret. It shocked me to find out that it was really quite simple.  Organisation!

These girls were organised. When my latest girl crush showed me the contents of her bag, it started to make sense. Her bag was were the magic was. On top of the usual wallet and phone, she had neatly packed mini toiletries, bobby pins and hair ties, notepad and pen, tissues, and had her very own make up case just for her bag.

Spontaneous night out? She had all the make up and toiletries she needed to be fresh and flawless at all times.

So I took a leaf out of her book and have never gone back since. Check out whats in my bag!

Bag Essentials

Bag Essentials

  1. Make Up Pouch : I love my Marc By Marc Jacobs Make up pouch. It is small enough it fit into almost any bag but big enough to carry all of my essentials. See below
  2. Passports : Yes I carry both passports with me all the time. I don’t know why, I think it is a habit from living in France and my passport being my only form of  ID. At least I am ready to travel at any moment.
  3. Face Wipes : You always need cleansing wipes. If it is to cleanse off smudged make up after a day at work or to quickly clean up any stains or spills.
  4. My Wallet
  5. Notepad and pen : You never know when you might need a pen and paper.
  6. My phone and earphones : For obvious reasons
  7. Gloves : This changes depending the season. If it is sumer then these are usually replaced with my sunglasses. However I live in Scotland so I tend to use my gloves a lot more.
  8. My Specs

So what do I keep in my make up pouch? Everything I need to make sure I can look and feel fresh at any moment.

My Bag Make Up Pouch.

Bag Essentials

 

Mini Batiste Dry Shampoo : This dry shampoo is a live safer for greasy hair, especially if you have been sweating Get it here! 

Benefit Mini Brightening Primer: Great for adding a quick glow to your complexion Get it here!

Benefit Mini Mascara : Everyone needs mascara, and this mini one is great to keep in my bag Get it here!

Benefit Mini SPF 15 Facial Moisturer: A quick moisturiser for when my skin feels tight Get it here!

Benefit Mini Glow Highlighter: If you are going out after work and don’t have time to go home, this is great to add a bit of definition to your cheeks and collarbone for a dewy look Get it here!

Invisibobble : In the photo I have some normal loose elastic bands, but one of my favs is the Invisibobble. It doesn’t leave any kinks and doesn’t pull out my hair  Get it here 

Kora Hand Cream : I love Kora, it is my go to skincare brand, so naturally I use their hand cream Get it here!

Kora Organics Lip Balm Get it here!

Bare Minerals Cream Blush : I use this to pink up my cheeks and to add colour to my lips Get it here!

So there you have it, everything that I keep in my bag!

 

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Get Flawless Skin With Kora Organics : Best Organic Skincare Range Around

Ever since I was a young girl I have always been conscious about what I put on my skin and in my body. Something inside of me always told me that the more closer to nature my products and food were the better my skin and health will be. Thanks to this mantra, I now have pretty good skin. People are often amazed that I hardly ever wear foundation. I have even been asked by a few professional make up artists what skincare I use because they were so impressed with my skin.

So whats the secret?

As a teenager I suffered from really bad acne prone and eczema prone skin. I mean shiny, pizza, borderline crater face bad! It was grotesque nd made me very self conscious. I tried all sorts of products and always found that the anti acne lines who promised to give me smooth clear skin actually did the opposite. They tended to suck my skin dry of all of its natural moisture resulting in my skin breaking out even more. So what worked?

From my pizza face experiences I learnt from a young age to look after my skin properly. Your skin is the first thing people see and instantly gives people a perception of who you are. After testing thousands of brands and formulas whether they be organic, non organic, over the counter, prescription, designer or supermarket brands, and I have to truly say that the less chemical nonsense in the ingredients, the better.

There are so many organic and natural skincare products out there which one is the best? In my opinion nothing beats KORA Organics

Why KORA ORGANICS?

Founded by model Miranda Kerr, I was sceptical at first. Is this just another celebrity launching a beauty product just to make a quick buck? After investing in her three step cleansing plan I was happily surprised at how good the products were.

Contrary to other organic brands her moisturiser really hydrated my skin. My skin felt instantly soft and the mist toner had a calming effect that seemed to make my skin glow. After this first trial I decided to try some more products and I instantly fell in love with them. Now Kora is all I use and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for glowing skin.

HEALTHY EVEN-TONED SKIN

One of my all time favourite products is her tinted moisturiser. I was confused at first as it only comes in one colour. I have darker skin to Miranda so i didn’t understand how this was going to work for me but it did. The cream blends really well to my skin tone and gives a very lightweight coverage to even out skin tone without the clog heavy feeling of foundation.

Flawless skin with Kora Organics  Flawless skin with Kora Organics

1.Just washed face, no make up 2..Even toned, light weight skin with Kora’s tinted moisturiser!

100% made in Australia with certified organic and natural ingredients, KORA offers a large range of products from cleaning creams, to exfoliators and shower gels. The only downside is that their products are quite expensive and are only available online if you live outside of Australia. However if you live in Australia then you can find the KORA at any David Jones Store around Australia.

Flawless skin with Kora Organics

Photo Credit @koraorganics

There you have it. My skincare secret to good skin.

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