Wednesday, 29 July 2015
DON'T BE AFRAID
When I say don't be afraid, I mean, men, don't be afraid to go purchase skin care products for yourself. A lot of my guy friends are embarrassed to purchase skin care. I'm not exactly sure why. Some of them are less skin care savvy yet their skin is really nice. I'm definitely jealous. I did notice the friends who are more spot prone or have acne skin would purchase skin care in order to get rid of the blemishes. Regardless of skin type, you still need to take care of your skin.
In the summer with the soaring temperatures, it will increase the sebum production leaving your skin oilier than the winter as well as being more susceptible to spots. It is known that men's skin is slightly thicker than women's as well as having larger pores therefore more oil production. There are many brands that tailors their products to suit men such as Clinique. You don't always have to purchase products made just for men, as long as a product works for you, that's all that matters right? As with women's skin care, it'll be the same routine: cleanse, tone, moisturise. Look out for products that are designed for oily skin. Like women, you can change your skin routine to suit the summer in order to control the excess oils without stripping it.
Cleansing the skin is vital for oily skin. Cleansing twice a day will remove grease and build up. You need to find one that isn't too harsh otherwise you will also strip the natural oils which isn't great. For a deeper clean, exfoliate the skin once or twice a week to get rid of the build up of dead skin cells as well as cleaning the pores. You can purchase a product to exfoliate or you can purchase a nifty cleansing gadget to exfoliate and use your usual face cleanser with it. You will also be wowed at how soft it leaves your skin.
Toning the skin is the next step which is required. A lot of people tend to skip this, both men and women but it is vital to close the pores to prevent the build up of further grease. It will make a difference and help the moisturiser sink into the skin better. When choosing a moisturiser, you want one that will moisturise the skin and specifically designed for oily skin. It will help balance and regulate the skins natural oils, not stripping. Oily skin moisturisers tends to be oil free as well as controlling oil, leaving the skin matte. For the summer time, look out for one that is lightweight.
If you are spot prone, there are oil free moisturisers that will combat spots and control oils. You can always go the extra step and add in a targeted spot treatment to combat those pesky spots after moisturising. If you have time and need to relax, face masks for oily skin will benefit the skin. Once a week is enough. Oily skinned people are known to age slower but caring for the eye area is important whatever the skin type is. Moisturising the eye area will help keep wrinkles away for longer and make you look awake.
If you're new to skin care and are unsure on where to start, many brands have ready to purchase sets that will contain everything you need.
Do you have any skincare tips for Men?
Tuesday, 28 July 2015
US & AUS MEETS UK
Somehow I have come across Over My Body and have fallen in love with it at first sight. I have only shopped there twice but I keep going back for more. I want everything from the site. Over My Body stocks many brands from the US and Australia such as Keepsake, For Love & Lemons, AQ/AQ etc which are hard to get hold of in the UK. It has helped me discover new brands to fall in love with at the same time. There are other sites where I can purchase these brands however, 99% of the time, I would need to pay for custom/import charges. We all hate those don't we?
I haven't had an issue with sizing which is a surprise. Everything had fit me correctly and in the right places too. I had even purchased a top in both black and white. There is so much I want and can easily spend all of my monthly salary here. I am very tempted to place a third order but as I'm in Canada next month, I need to save up. Resisting very hard at the moment. Then again, holiday shopping is a thing. I haven't had any issues with the ordering and shipping process. The experience so far is definitely on point. Can't fault it. They do ship internationally too.
Here are some of my picks from the site:
Have you shopped at Over My Body before?
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
CASUAL SMART OR SMART
In my opinion, looking for an outfit to wear for an interview is the hardest. You want to make a good first impression regardless of whether the dress code is casual smart or smart. Dress to impress as they say. The dress code will depend on the the job sector, job role and the company as a whole.
Causal smart is the hardest in my opinion. Even though it is more relaxed, you don't want to be too casual. My rule of thumb is to skip the jeans. Save that for nights out with your future colleagues instead. You also don't want anything too revealing. In the image above, I have chosen a blouse theme. Don't be afraid of a coloured blouse. It will bring your outfit to life. If colour isn't your thing, patterned skirts are another way of bringing life to the outfit. You can never go wrong with florals.
If you're choosing a dress, don't for something that is very figure hugging. You want to be able to relax and breathe. Find a dress that slightly cinches at the waist to give you shape. For skirts and dresses, you don't want the length to be short, 2 inches above the knee is the limit. You can look for a dress that is fitted top or bottom but never both as it may give a wrong impression. Never go for open toe shoes or boots. You can choose shoes that has interesting details like ankle straps, open back, nothing too in your face.
For smart, I tend to think of secondary school uniforms. Oh those were the days. When it comes to dressing smart, you want to show your professional side so nothing revealing. No bright colours. Navy, dark grey and black are the popular choices. A white shirt or white blouse is always a safe bet. You will need a smart looking shirt and not a casual white shirt which everyone will probably have in their wardrobe. For trousers, you can go for a slim or straight fit, never skinny nor high waisted. Remember to tuck your shirt or blouse in. Throw on a matching blazer too. Pencil skirt must not be too tight. The length of the skirt and dress is very important as I would highly recommend just above the knee to be the short limit.
Wearing pointed shoes would be better than round shoes. You want these to be plain with no detailing and black would be the best choice. You can wear heels but make sure you wear mid heels as you may be at the interview all day especially if it's an assessment centre. You want to be comfortable as you don't want to trip when you walk into the interview. Now that would be very embarrassing.
If your interview is at a law firm, accountancy, banking etc, the dress code will be a lot smarter. Opt for blazer, skirt, trousers/pencil skirt. If you're confused or still clueless, I would highly recommend the blouse and plain pencil skirt combination. You can never go wrong with it.
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What's your best tip for a job interview?
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015
Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water 400ml: $20.00/13,95€
HANDS DOWN THE BEST
Cleansing water I have ever tried. And yes, it's better than the Bioderma Sensibio Micellar Water. Sephora Triple Action Cleansing Water comes in two sizes, 200ml and 400ml. The 200ml is your standard bottle whereas the 400ml has this pump where you place your cotton pad, press and ta-da, cotton pad is ready to be used. I find using a pump is a lot easier to get the amount of solution you need. It's innovative too. That's what I love about this.
I only use this when I have a heavy full face of makeup on which tends to be on nights out or special occasions. As this isn't easy to get hold of in the UK, I like to use it on special occasions until I can get my hands on one without the extortionate customs charges added to it. After a night out, I tend to just use this and don't cleanse my face afterwards. After a "few" drinks and arriving back home in the early hours of the morning, the last thing we want to do is to spend ages getting ready for bed.
This stuff removes makeup even better and quicker than Bioderma. It had removed the stubborn eyeliner I always use without having to add extra pressure whilst rubbing the eyes. It doesn't sting eyes and hasn't broken me out nor irritated existing blemishes. Three pluses right there. My skin doesn't feel stripped and there is no greasy feeling or residue afterwards. My skin does feel clean but I don't 100% rely on this alone for clean skin. If I'm back home at a sensible time, I would do my usual skin care routine afterwards. If I'm home at a ridiculous time, I'll just use this by itself.
It has a slight floral scent but my nose picks up a slight alcohol smell even though it's not one of the ingredients? I think I have a really sensitive nose. It doesn't bother me though. I would definitely repurchase a few bottles when I'm in Canada in August. I did purchase this in Paris. It was 13,95€ which is cheaper than purchasing it in the US. I definitely need to stock up whenever I'm in a Sephora store abroad. If you was disappointed with Bioderma, this won't let you down.
Have you tried cleansing waters?
Friday, 17 July 2015
NAILS TO YOUR DOOR
Nailbox is the first subscription box in the UK that will send you nail products each month right on your doorstep. Each month, you will receive 3-4 nail polishes plus a nail tool or treatment to keep your nails looking good! Doesn't it sound good already?
In June's box, Nailbox has definitely gone for the it's summer shades. You get: Tanya Burr Mischief Madness, Essie Rrrrorange, Nails Inc Gel Effect in Colville Mews, Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat and Elegant Touch cuticle clipper. All of the nail polishes are full sizes. I don't have any Nails Inc polishes in their new packaging and I was so excited to have seen Seche Vite topcoat in this. I've been wanting to purchase and try this for over a year but I had kept forgetting about it. The swatches required 2 coats each for a full opaque look. Essie Rrrrorange is the first orange nail shade I own as I tend to stray away from it. But I have used it recently and it looks great with my slight tan.
The subscription price varies depending on which option you choose. You have the option of £15 a month, £43.50 every 3 months (£14.50 a month), £84 every 6 months or £162 every 12 months (£13.50 a month). As you can see, the price per month gets cheaper. The last 3 are prepaid
The total value of June's box is £50.48 and considering how much a monthly box subscription is, it's definitely a bargain! You can never have too many nail polishes. This is definitely worth subscribing even if you're a nail lover or not. Now I need to find a way to store all of my nail polishes.
Have you received any good beauty boxes recently?