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Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely hand cream review

Bee Lovely

Recently, I got a tube of Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely hand cream in my copy of Marie Claire. The Bee Lovely range aims to help save our Bees through beauty. As Neal’s Yard say: “Bees are vanishing from around the world. In Britain they’re disappearing faster than in the rest of Europe. Deadly neonics, 7,000 times more deadly than banned DDT, are at the heart of the problem. Together we can help save the bees.” With 25p being donated to a Bee Lovely charity or good cause from each product bought in the range, the company hope to help to make a difference – they even handed in their Bee Lovely petition, which gained 117,345 signatures, to 10 Downing Street for the attention of Prime Minister David Cameron. A double step to success as the EU decided whether to stop using the neonicotinoid pesticides clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiametoxam on the same day (25th February) – “these three neonic’ pesticides have been shown by the EFSA*, to be the cause of much of the damage to bee populations across Britain and Europe” says the Neal’s Yard site. 

As a nail technician, I understand the importance of using a hand cream to hydrate the hands and keep the skin soft and supple – after all, ageing shows massively on the hands so preventative care is a must. I’ve gotten myself into a routine of applying my Bee Lovely hand cream a few times daily and I’m happy with the results. The products are enriched with moisturising organic honey along with orange and mandarin essentials and are even gentle enough to be used on young skin (3+).

I really like the smell and the texture of the hand cream, and I love the instant nourishing effect it has on my hands. Unlike some hand creams I’ve used in the past, it actually feels like it’s working. I’d recommend using the cream a little while before you need to dash out and do anything as it does take a little while to absorb into the skin – I know some people won’t mind this, but others prefer a cream that soaks in immediately with no residue afterwards.

Bee Lovely hand cream

Overall, I really enjoy using this product and I’m happy that Marie Claire have brought a great product to my attention. It’s one I can imagine buying again once I’ve run out – and for me, that’s not something I say lightly! I’m very picky about the products I use on my skin – being prone to eczema and having very sensitive skin, I have to be careful about what I choose to use.

If you’d like to learn more about the Bee Lovely range, you can browse the collection by clicking here.

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In my opinion: What is the best foundation for pale skin?

Fair Skin

Hello gorgeous readers! Lately I’ve found that I’ve been asked the same question a lot so I thought I’d write a blog post on the topic. As you might have guessed from the title, the question on the lips of many is this: Which foundation is perfect for pale skin?

As you know, I am naturally very fair and have ginger hair. I have always found finding the right shade of foundation such a struggle! I started to wear foundation when I was around 13 years old – I was terribly ashamed of my pale complexion and freckles and really tried to conceal them under hideous amounts of makeup that really didn’t suit my skin tone. Try as my parents might, I never listened to their advice that less was more and that the colours I was wearing didn’t suit me.

Years down the line, I finally came across Illamasqua when one Christmas my Dad, (who’s pretty fashion and beauty savvy being a photographer of all sorts) found out some gorgeous goodies and gave them to me as a gift. I was immediately intrigued to see what Illamasqua’s foundation would be like.

I’d heard amazing things about Illamasqua’s Skin Base, for those of you who aren’t familiar, here’s what Illamasqua has to say about it: “Inspired by the cult Asian market Beauty Balm creams, Skin Base Foundation is a brand new, refined formula unlike anything on the UK market. Easily blendable, it effortlessly creates a perfect complexion, and like the entire Illamasqua foundation range, is undetectable in a professional HD environment. Suitable for all skin types, it smoothes, softens and conditions your skin whilst providing natural, buildable coverage.”

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Now usually, if something sounds too good to be true, it is. However, I can hand on heart vouch for this foundation. I’m sure my regular readers will know that I used to work for Illamasqua and would expect my reviews to be favourable, but believe you me, if I don’t think a product is worth the hype, I won’t promote it. When I first used the foundation, I loved the coverage and the slightly dewy tone, it looked like skin only smoothed to perfection. Now, the main point I am getting to with Skin Base is the fact that the collection has a massive range of colours from pink to yellow to mixed undertones. When I worked on the counter, I had many a fair lady come to me and be amazed by the lovely coverage and natural match to their skin tone – something they had struggled to get from other brands.

The foundation is a three-in-one creation: a beauty balm, a primer and a foundation in one so there really is no need to use three products to get the flawless effect. Just simply smooth off, powder if necessary and enjoy the lovely finish.

I am usually a number 7 in this foundation but can sometimes drop to a 6 depending on how much sun/St Moriz my skin has had. Now, I won’t spin you a line, my skin doesn’t get on fabulously with this foundation as I would hope – I suffer a lot from eczema on the face and the slightest change sets it off with a vengeance. But I use this foundation on my clients for photo shoots and special occasions and always have rave reviews of it afterwards. It photographs beautifully and looks amazing in natural daylight.

I’d urge you all to have a try of it and see what you think. I reckon you may be converted!

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Tips for Makeup Business Success

Life is all about choices, right from what you decide to eat for breakfast to which job offer you decide to accept. Some are inevitably bigger than others, and some will make or break you as a person. But the biggest decision you have to make in life is this: what kind of person do you want to be?

Ever since I can remember, my parents have taught me right from wrong and instilled the importance of being a good person. I have always been taught to be polite, have good manners and respect those around me. When I first decided to branch out as a freelance writer and build up my own business, my parents had some more advice: “Be careful who you associate with, as who you associate with is who others believe you to be like.” In other words, you are judged by the company you keep.

As with all businesses and success, reputation is everything, whether it be online or offline, and when you build up your own business, your personal morals will really affect your venture. But how do you stay safe? Here is my list of top tips for your makeup business success.

Be careful of the company you keep 

If you constantly find yourself hanging out with the type of people who always seem to be getting into some sort of conflict or unsavoury behaviour, now is the time to back away! As soon as people recognise you as being part of that crowd, alarm bells wills automatically start to sound. Keep good company with people who respect themselves and others around them. Standards – they matter.

Analyse the reputation and success level of any new potential business associate that comes your way to make an offer

Had the call from a company or individual wanting to collaborate with you on future projects? Do a little digging first. Take a look at their website, Facebook and Twitter pages: are they full of good self promotion and updates about their industry or are they full of vulgarities and immature sentiments? What does the company THEY keep say about THEM? If it’s unfavourable, do yourself a huge favour and politely decline.

Don’t spread yourself too widely

Being selective is key. Nobody wants to work with somebody who goes rushing off to every Tom, Dick and Harry to collaborate. By creating a selective list of associates, you automatically make your business more exclusive, therefore you are deemed more valuable than somebody who would agree to projects at the drop of a hat.

Keep abreast of developments in your industry and use social media to your advantage

Okay, so you write about fashion and beauty yet your twitter feed is all about what you ate for lunch or how drunk you got at the weekend. Yes, it’s okay to have a life and talk about this over social media, but do you really want your reputation to be based solely on drunken antics and stuffing your face? Once again, be selective about the information you choose to share. If you have a genuine passion for the job you do, it won’t seem any different to you to tweet or update your friends or followers on your chosen industry – it’ll come as second nature. Try signing up to an alerts programme which will notify you on developments for your specific requirements – it’s a brilliant way to find out hot news fast and engage with your followers daily.

Analyse your success – ask for feedback and learn from it

So, you’ve done your best but still don’t feel quite satisfied with your success in the industry. Maybe somebody hasn’t been happy with the work you produced, or maybe you don’t have quite as many followers/fans as you’d hoped for. The best thing you can do is ask for feedback. Critiquing may sound scary, but how can you expect to move on and deliver a great service/run a great business without knowing what is expected from you? Ask for constructive criticism, work on your flaws and come back stronger.

As Colin Powell said:  “The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people. As you grow, your associates will change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you to stay where they are. Friends that don’t help you climb will want you to crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that don’t increase you will eventually decrease you.”

I hope you enjoyed this article!

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