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Beauty Muse – Demi Lovato

The beauty muse today is Demi Lovato. I have always admired this beautiful young woman, right from her childhood days on the Barney and Friends show. I think she is a force to reckoned with in the beauty world, and with her new skincare line, that is exactly what she is, a force to be reckoned with.

 

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I love Demi Lovato’s features, her flawless skin, pretty eyes and cute smile are the features I admire the most. I think she is a natural beauty and she always looks amazingly good. I checked out her beauty evolution on Teen Vogue‘s website, and I can see her beauty has blossomed before our very eyes.

 

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Here are some of Demi Lovato’s beauty/makeup secrets –

On makeup

“Whenever you want to feel a little dolled up, put on some makeup. What makes me feel great is making it look as natural as possible. I don’t like to wear a lot of foundation day to day. So NYC New York Colour Get-It-All Stick is really light, but it leaves you looking fresh and with good coverage.

I always do my brows, just because I think that’s important, and they shape your face. It’s nice to feel polished when you walk into work or something.”

 

On diet

“I noticed that when I eat unhealthily, I break out. It is true. It’s like when you’re being good to your body, and then you put something in it that it’s not used to. And it’s like, ‘Wait a minute — I need to get this out of me.’

“Also, another thing is fish oil. You can either eat fish or you can take fish oil pills. Those are really good for your skin because it has omega-3s in it.”

 

 

What do you think of Demi Lovato as a Beauty Muse?

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5 Essential Beauty Products to Take Camping

Summer is around the corner (ignore the weather if it’s still windy at your end), and most people are starting to get in the holiday mood. Well, I know I am. I have started thinking of what to do with the family this summer holiday. We have never been camping as a family, and I have not gone camping in years now, so going camping is on the to-do list.

Because it has been so long, I would have to refresh my memory with a handy camping guide, so I know what to expect. I know for sure, a new large camping tent will be needed, and I know the exact one I think we would need – Urban Escape 4 Man Tunnel Tent by Halfords.

 

 

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But apart from the tent, I had to look up what else we would be needing for a family with 2 kids under 4. The kids love the outdoors a lot, so I know they will be so excited to go, but once the novelty wears off, they would need to be comfortable so we can all have a good time. I would also need some essential beauty products, or else I would start to miss home too.

 

Here are some essential beauty products to take camping –

Dry Shampoo

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A dry shampoo is a necessity when camping. The last thing you would want to deal with when camping is smelly hair, so ensure you take a dry shampoo away with you. They are so easy to use, and very convenient to use, since you don’t have to rinse out.

 

Suncream

Suncream for the entire family is a camping essential. I can’t imagine going camping without an SPF 30 waterproof suncream.

 

Deodorant

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A strong deodorant is another camping beauty essential for me. The last thing I would want is to smell funky, so a good deodorant from a tried and trusted brand like Dove, would definitely be in my camping bag.

 

Wipes

Wipes are beauty essentials for camping. I can’t imagine being without them. They are handy for wiping off makeup, cleaning hands and so on.

 

Tinted Lip Balm with SPF

I don’t bother much with makeup when camping, but having a lip balm would be great. A tinted lip balm with SPF would be fab for hydrating the lips, adding a bit of colour and for protecting the lips from the harsh sun rays.

 

Are you going camping this summer? What are your beauty camping essentials?

 

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Are your skincare products ruining your skin?

My skin has changed dramatically since I had my babies. I had my twins 3 years ago, but my skin is still yet to go back to how it use to be. I have had a hard time dealing with the changes in my body and skin. The pregnancy and the parenting books did not prepare me for the many changes I experienced and still experiencing. I guess there is no way to fully prepare yourself for all these changes, because we all have different experiences.

 

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I went many shades darker, and I am still dealing with a lot of hyper pigmentation. I battle with pimples and spots every now and again, and my skin has just been up and down. I took it as one of those things and tried not to worry too much about it, but it became more and more difficult to ignore.

I found it hard to understand how and why a 30 year old woman would still be dealing with teenage skin issues. I didn’t think twice about my skincare products, and the fact that I may have outgrown them. And that they may be the cause of my skincare misery.

As a beauty blogger, I review a lot of skincare products every now and again. Some of the products become products I swear by, some become products I use on regular basis, and some become products I never use again. I also have skincare products I have used for donkey years, long before I even thought of blogging, and still use, well not anymore.

I have used a particular brand (F&W) for my lotion, body cream, serum and soap for over 15 years now. I have used this brand in my daily skincare routine for this long, and only just realised that I have outgrown it.

All the products now do nothing for my skin, so I have stopped using them all, but I only just realised or should say, it only just clicked, that the soap I have been using exfoliates my skin, in other words, it is an exfoliating soap. Now this was ok to use 15 years ago, even though I believe exfoliating your face everyday is a no-no regardless of your age, but it is definitely not a great idea for a woman my age.

 

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Here are a few reasons why you should not exfoliate your skin every day

  1. It would strip the skin moisture (lipid) barrier layer resulting in dehydration, dryness, flaking, redness and inflammation.
  2. It causes your skin to age quickly due to chronic and prolonged inflammation.
  3. It destroys healthy cells.
  4. It causes the stimulation of melanin activity possibly resulting in an increase of hyper-pigmentation/brown spots and patches.
  5. It could irritate the skin, leading to acne and other skin problems.

 

These are just a few of the reasons why exfoliating your skin regularly is a bad idea. I have had to learn the hard way, and my skin is still recovering from the many years of daily exfoliating.

I would advise you to go through your skincare products to make sure they are doing what you need them to do. I have done that and changed my entire skincare products. I will be sharing more on that in a few weeks so look out for the post.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day.