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3 Christmas gifts less than £30

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Christmas shopping is still going on for us. I have wrapped all the presents and I am just waiting on a few items to come in this week, and I am all done. The kiddies are so excited. I had to keep chasing them out of the room yesterday while wrapping presents. To be honest, I am really excited as well. I am looking forward to relaxing and enjoying all what the season brings. I am also looking for to the new year – 2020. It is going to be an amazing year all around.

How is your Christmas shopping going? If you are still on the lookout for little gifts to give out this Christmas, here are some fantastic ideas for you. They are all less than £30 and I hope you are inspired. –

 

Granada Navy Long Socks £13.97

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This Granada Navy Long Socks is a beauty. I love the colours and the design. It looks like it is going to be dead warm and comfy, which is just what I need with the winter coming. This would make an excellent gift this Christmas.

Cosy up this winter with a mug of tea, good book, open fire, and these handmade Nepalese wool socks. Sitting somewhere between a sock and a slipper, they’re chunky enough to keep freezing toes warm on even the coldest of winter nights. These traditionally knitted socks have been hand crafted from 100% natural wool in repeating rows of quirky colours. The ankle end is ribbed to create a snuggly but stretchy opening. One size fits all! They’ve been designed to embrace your feet like a hug — a perfect symbol of how these slipper socks help to support traditional Nepalese artisans. 

 

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal Fabric – £24.99

 

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This amazing gadget is now on sale for only £24.99. It is a great price and I can see many people taking advantage of this massive sale. I like the smart speaker. It would great as a Christmas gift for the tech/gadget lovers. It has amazing features that help make life easier. What is there not to like?

Our most popular smart speaker: now with a fabric design and improved speaker for richer and louder sound. Voice control your music: stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, TuneIn and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible.

 

 

Vera Wang Princess Eau de Toilette Fragrance for Women, 100 ml £16.99

 

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This Vera Wang Princess Eau de Toilette Fragrance for Women, 100 ml bottle is currently going for only £16.99 on Amazon. The RRP is £60, so this is a massive sale. I have used this fragrance many times and I really like it. It smells amazing. 

Vera Wang Princess the perfume for women evokes everything from the magical and the mystical, to the fearless and the fascinating – dare to claim the Princess in you. Radiant and whimsical, Vera Wang Princess is a sheer, fruity floral perfume – rich with vanilla and brimming with exotic flowers and succulent fruits. Princess is an enchanting celebration of modern femininity.

 

 

What do you think of these 3 Christmas gifts less than £30? Did any gift catch your eye?

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Struggling with Stretch Marks? 5 Organic Tips to Beat Stretch Marks

 

Let’s be honest… unless you’re going to commit to never ever having a lick of something sweet, and commit to working out for hours a day, you’re likely going to notice a stretch mark (or few) appear at some point in your life.

Despite a common misconception, pregnant women aren’t the only ones that deal with stretch marks, and chances are since you’re reading this article right now, you’re one of those people.

Fear not, the stretch-mark-struggle does not have to be real, and there are certainly ways you can manage, if not beat them!

But before we get into those many ways you can overcome them, let’s talk about what causes stretch marks!

 

 

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What causes stretch marks to appear?

Stretch marks most commonly appear on the body in areas where the skin is the subjected to stretching; such as the stomach, upper arms, and upper thigh areas.

They appear due to a few different reasons:

  • Drastic weight gain/loss
  • Stress
  • Genetic factors
  • Hormonal changes
  • Water intake

As your skin stretches, your collagen, which acts as a “glue” holding your skin together, starts weaken. As the collagen weakens, your skin forms lines beneath the top layer which start out purple, pink, or red. Over time, these lines may turn a silver-white color.

 

5 Organic Ways To Beat Stretch Marks

 

Stimulate collagen production

As you age, your body’s ability to produce collagen naturally decreases. In order to improve your skin’s elasticity, and boost hydration, it’s important to supplement with collagen in your daily diet. Consuming collagen also provides you with the added benefit of helping to fade stretch marks from the insight out, while preventing any new ones from occurring.

 

Amp up your vitamin C

Vitamin C and hydrolyzed collagen are like peas in a pod. They work together to promote collagen formation, so it makes perfect sense then to help boost your body’s natural response to beating stretch marks to make sure you’re adding plenty of Vitamin C rich foods to your diet, and pair your internal collagen intake with a topical Vitamin C.  

Eat your vitamins

It’s not just Vitamin C that help you beat stretch marks. Zinc and Vitamin A also play important parts in helping strengthen the skin and stimulate new cell formation. You can either supplement with Zinc or start eating more foods like nuts, oysters, and chicken. Vitamin A is also quite easy to obtain through foods like butternut squash, sweet potato, and carrots.

 

 

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Ditch drugstore creams

It may be tempting to reach for drugstore stretch mark creams, but all they do is mask the underlying issue. Instead, choose organic bodycare filled with skin loving ingredients that support your skin’s elasticity like these great options:

 

Encourage blood flow with exfoliation

Stimulating your body with regular, gentle exfoliation helps to improve blood flow and fat, which work together to lighten stretch marks over time. You can exfoliate a few different ways:

 

Are you dealing with stretch marks? What do you think of these organic tips?

 

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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.

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