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Quick Beauty Fixes For Busy Mums

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When you’re a busy Mum, you have so many things on your to-do list. Not only do you have to deal with all of your work-related tasks, but you also have to make sure that your kids are happy and healthy, and that you’re always there for them when they need you. Whilst you pretty much do all of this stuff in your sleep now, there are some things that you just don’t have time for, and an extensive beauty regime is one of them. However, there are some ways to keep yourself looking and feeling great (on a tight schedule) and we’ve noted them down here!

 

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Drink more water

OK, this is probably the most time-efficient tip in the beauty book for Mums, but drinking more water is actually the key to keeping yourself looking fresh, and fabulous. All you really have to do is to make sure that you’ve always got a water bottle in your hand no matter where you’re heading, and you’ll naturally up your water intake by a hell of a lot. Water helps to keep your skin clear, and it will also get rid of that dull look that we all try to avoid so much. It’s good for your body, too, so there’s basically no reason to turn down a few extra glasses of water a day. Goodbye coffee and sugary drinks!

 

Focus on eyes or lips

Let’s face it, in the morning you have no time to sit there and go through all of the different makeup options that you have, thinking about how you’re going to spend a few hours perfecting those brows. For most Mums, the reality looks a lot different: trying to put on a bit of makeup in a 10 minute window period, all whilst running around after your kids whilst they’re also getting ready. It’s not an ideal makeup situation, but it can be solved by choosing either your eyes or your lips as a focal point, rather than both. Smoky eyes can be pulled off well without the need for much more makeup, and so can red lips.

 

Get your teeth straightened

Now, it’s easier than ever to get cosmetic dental work done quickly, without even having to have braces on the front of your teeth. This is a beauty tip that will serve you well for years to come, as you can let the invisible braces do the job for you, whilst you just come to love your smile that little bit more. You can also get your teeth whitened without having to splash too much cash, and it really will make a difference to how you feel in yourself, especially if you’re self-conscious about your smile. Bright & White offer great teeth straightening services, but check out the options in your local area too.

 

So, if you’re a busy Mum looking for some quick beauty fixes, then look no further! Drinking more water, focusing on either your eyes or your lips, and getting your teeth straightened or whitened, will really have you feeling on top form, without wasting any of your time!

 

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Laser vs Waxing

To wax or to laser? That is the question for many. Waxing has been around for a long time and is very popular. It works by applying warm wax onto a hairy area and then smoothing down a wax strip on top. The wax sticks on to the hair, and when the strip is pulled away, the hair is also pulled along with it. It can be a bit uncomfortable (many find it painful) but it does the job of getting the hairs off from the root. While Laser Hair Removal treatment is the removal of body hair using the technology of laser. The treatment works by targeting the hair follicles with laser light. The heat damages the hair follicle and stops them from producing any more hair.

 

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To Wax Or To Laser

I prefer and recommend having a Laser Hair Removal Treatment over waxing if you can afford to. The treatments can be quite pricey but you clearly I have tried both ways and I found the laser method to be the most effective way of getting rid of body hairs. My laser treatment was on my chin. I had annoying hairs on there, so I decided to get them off using laser. It worked great. I had 6 Laser Hair Removal Treatment sessions in total, and the treatments left my chin feeling and looking completely hair free. You can read all about my Laser Hair experience here, here and other related blog posts.

With waxing, I still have some areas waxed quite regularly, like my eyebrows. Using laser on them won’t be ideal, so waxing does the job for that and other bits.

 

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If you are considering having a laser hair removal treatment done, I would say you should go for it. It is a great effective treatment to get rid of facial hair, hairs on the legs, and underarms. The team at Pulse Light Clinic do a great job, and they offer free consultation, which is amazing. You can find Pulse Light Clinic at the following locations –

 

Bank Clinic 1

1st Floor, Peek House, 20 East Cheap,
London, EC3M 1EB

0207 523 5158

 

Tottenham Court Rd

5 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DG

0207 205 4085

 

Bank Clinic 2 – Fenchurch Street Clinic

1st floor, 150 – 152 Fenchurch Street,
London, EC3M 6BB

0207 593 8055

 

You can find out more about this treatment at Pulse Light Clinic in this video. Mariam Must shares her laser hair removal experience with us.

 

 

Have you had a laser hair removal treatment before? What are you thoughts?

 

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How Peppermint Essential Oil Almost Killed Me

As shocking as this blog post title may sound, it is true. Peppermint Essential Oil almost killed me some weeks ago, and I would feel dead guilty if I didn’t share my experience with the internet. So let me start from the beginning. I won’t be naming the exact name of the branded diffuser and peppermint Essential Oil I used because I don’t believe it is relevant. What happened to me would likely have happened even with a different brand of essential oils.

 

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How it all started

So I got my hands on some bottles of essentials oils and a diffuser and decided to give them a go. Prior to me trying these oils, I have heard a lot about them and their benefits. So I was eager to experience it all. I got my hands on some little bottles of Peppermint Essential Oils (about 3/4ml) and I diluted it with water because there were no clear instructions on how to dilute them. I didn’t know how many drops to add or not add, so I poured in the entire oil of the tiny bottle into water. Now that I know what I know, that was a crazy thing to do.

 

 

The Peppermint Essential Oil attack

The diffuser had instructions that stated it could be use for 12 hours straight. I was planning to have it on for a few hours before dashing out for the school run. So I settled down on the sofa with my laptop and took it all in. At first, it started off great. I liked the fragrance and I found it all relaxing. After an hour of the diffuser being on, it suddenly started. I couldn’t breathe and I felt really dizzy. The whole room started to spin really fast and I thought my head was going to explode. I struggled to get off the sofa and away from the living room, into the hallway.

Once I got out, I then realise I had to switch the diffuser off. So I struggled to get back into the living room to switch off the diffuser get out as fast as I could. I then thought of going outside but I was worried I would fall down and bang my head. The whole room was still spinning very fast and I felt I was choking. It felt like I was having an out-of-body experience. The ground was vibrating, it was so scary.

 

 

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The aftermath

So I opened the windows and doors, and dashed upstairs to the bedroom as fast as I could. After about 15 minutes, the room spinning reduced but I still felt very sick and dizzy. I was also craving for sugar all of a sudden. I think it was my body guiding on what to do to save myself. So I got my hands on some juice and cookies, and that helped a lot. I got the toxic smell out of the house and started to feel slightly better after a few hours. But I still didn’t feel like my old self. My old self took weeks to fully come back and my body is not 100% back to how I was prior to the essential oil incident, if I am being completely honest.

 

Why this happened

This happened to me because I had no idea how strong essential oils are. I thought they were just like any other fragrance oil. If I knew how strong they were I won’t have ever tried them. I won’t have taken the gamble. One thing that shocked me was the lack of instructions on the bottle. For such a strong and can I say dangerous product, I was quite shocked it didn’t have clear instructions on how to use. I was also shocked the diffuser stated it could be use for 12 hours. After the experience I had and the extensive research I have now done, I think 12 hours of using essential oils is a very ling time. You really shouldn’t be having it on longer than for 30/40 minutes maximum.

What I found even more shocking is the lack of information online. It took me forever to find relevant information on the dangers of essential oils and how best to use them. Most of the essential oils information online is wrong. They are all about the amazing benefits of essential oils and hardly anything about the dangers of using them wrongly.

 

My advice

I hope this post comes in handy for someone today. I am not completely against essential oils but I don’t recommend them. If you are going to use any essential oil, make sure you know what you are doing. Treat essential oils as you would prescription drugs. I don’t see myself ever using essential oils by myself again. Essential Oils have become very popular and many see them as the next thing to try. But we need to remember that there is so much power in that little bottle. If you don’t need it, don’t use it. There are loads of beauty/health products around today, but we don’t have to use them all.

 

 

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