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Guest blog: Looking At Antique Rings For That Perfect Gift

Looking At Antique Rings For That Perfect Gift

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There is something magical about opening and looking through our grandparents, or better yet if possible our great grandparents, jewelry boxes, their trinket pouches that smell like mothballs and mint, and the dust that has slightly settled everywhere.

It is like looking back in time at not only their style and designs but the way that they approached their jewelry purchases. Perhaps some were gifts, others passed down from their parents or elders, the fact remains that it is a piece of history elegantly wrapped in gems and sparkle. 

If you have been fortunate enough to have a little box like this (see what I’m talking about here https://www.google.com/search?source=univ&tbm=isch&q=antique+jewellery+boxes+pinterest&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiy9Mz39MXtAhUCzaQKHWNABcUQjJkEegQICRAB&biw=1536&bih=722 ) passed down in your family tree then you will have experienced a great sense of nostalgia, pride, and most importantly love.

 

Your piece of history.

If you have a special anniversary coming up and you want to do something extra special for your partner then an antique ring will set your gift apart from the usual high street items or brands. It will most likely be bespoke, a one of a kind, but yet still affordable enough to own your vintage piece. She will undoubtedly love it and you’ll be a winner.

After all, isn’t the main objective of having a loved one or one’s ‘soul mate’ know how much you care for them at all times? This will be a beautiful reminder for her, and it shows you have given thought to the process and the meaning of the upcoming anniversary. 

Finding the perfect piece can be challenging and some gents find it quite daunting, but if you have the right business owner or salesperson who makes you feel comfortable, at ease, and not in any way pressured to buy something the experience could be wonderful.

The big question now is, what to look for when searching for the perfect ring?

 

Features of a great vintage ring or jewelry.

There are many factors to consider before diving in and buying the first one that catches your eye, for it to be credible as well as aesthetically pleasing you need to be aware of a few tips, these will help guide you into making the right purchase.

You can also take a quick minute on your lunch break to see some smart advice in this link and a step by step look at the process in beginner’s terms. 

  • All over. Look at the piece from all angles, the front may be immaculate, polished, and shining yet the back appears to be from a completely different jewel? Sure there will be signs of natural wear and tear but not so much as to resemble damage. 
  • Age. We tend to think antique to be old, and rightly so, the item should reflect this, too many times people get caught out by the idea of it being vintage yet fail to notice a brand new clasp holding it all together.
  • Cost. This too is a quick indicator as to whether it is artificial or not, you may think you are getting a great deal, but ask yourself if the price seems oddly low? Sometimes a price ‘is’ too good to be true, unfortunately.

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Finding a reliable supplier.

With so many brands and companies around knowing who is the best can be tricky, it is not necessarily who is the cheapest but you want a company that not only specializes in bespoke, antique jewelry but that has the licenses and certifications to authenticate the pieces.

Ideally, it is best to do some extensive research, knowing what to look for, how to compare a genuine supplier from the ‘old bloke’ down the village hall, and average price ranges for specific items. This is for your other half, the person who completes you, making an effort for a proper item comes standard.

For professional advice and guidance check out these antique engagement rings from the gentlemen who have seen it all in terms of gems, jewels, and ‘cut’ and who have been in the jewelry business for years. The more distinguished the repertoire, the less anxiety you will have when it comes time to hand over your card.

 

Vintage versus high street.

For some the thought of wearing something over a few decades old makes them cringe. I have a friend that, when I mention the word vintage or antique she wants to run for the hills. 

All she can think about she says is how many hands have touched it, bodies that have worn it, or dirt that has fallen on it. I on the other hand love that mere fact, it has soul, secrets, and endless stories, if only our jewelry could let us in on the adventures it has been on and witnessed. If you’ve made a hot cup of tea, sit back while you sip and watch this great collection of jewelry stories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idFwiK7axAc and the vast amount of variety that was and is on the market.

When it comes to the high street and the shop cubicles that line the walls from end to end in the mall, all I can imagine (and dread) is paying for coffee and cake at the café, handing my card over to the cashier and she has the same ring on as I do. Then what? 

We’ll both look at the rings, then at each other, and immediately wonder if we should comment, laugh, or throw it in the bin. This is not a dilemma I wish to face nor be part of thank you, waiting and saving up for a unique, bespoke piece is well worth the investment for that fact alone. 

The one fact that I do know is that the jewelry of today is certainly not as high standard of quality as of those made 100 years ago. Today they are machine designed, processed, and ‘forged,’ while back in the day someone would sit and sketch meticulously for the next person to make the ring from scratch and all by hand. What a wondrous sight that would be if you ask me.

 

The world of jewels and jewelry is ever-changing and evolving, but a classic never goes out of style or date. 

 


Guest blog: Benefits of a Beach Side Massage in Brighton

Benefits of a Beach Side Massage in Brighton

Massage therapy is a soothing experience where your mind is decluttered as you allow the masseur/masseuse to skillfully work their magic on you. The masseur/masseuse utilizes techniques such as kneading, rubbing, and stroking in order to give you a satisfying experience. 

A visit to a masseuse gives you the opportunity to get high level relaxation and pampering. Whether you go for a massage, manicure, facials or some pleasant moments in the sauna, you definitely have an assurance of high-quality treatments. 

You might probably be wondering why you need a beach-side massage; we have outlined some reasons why you need a session. 

Top Reasons You Need a Beach-Side Massage in Brighton

Haven't had a beach-side massage in Brighton yet?  Well, here are some reasons you need to get one on your next vacation:

Relaxation and Stress Relief

Brighton is best known for its seaside which is a good spot for an exhilarating massage session because it enables you relax, relieving you of stress and anxiety. Massage is one surefire way of relaxing as it helps the mind drift off to a state of oblivion. It is also a great way to unwind, declutter your mind, thereby alleviating hormones that trigger stress.

Memorable Experience

After getting a massage therapy, you'll surely add that to your memory bank of pleasant experiences. It is a serene time where for a moment, your mind drifts off your worries and you just allow your entire being relax in the moment. 

Meeting Professionals

Everyone loves the idea and actual feeling of being attended to by professionals in any field of service. It is the same thing you get from having a massage therapy session in Brighton, you get to meet the best of the bests, who are skillful and experienced in the art. 

Observation of the Scenery

The sight and sound effect of the beachside is exhilarating and this is something you definitely don’t want to miss.

A Good Opportunity to Network

A vacation in Brighton is a viable opportunity to network with people. The town is a tourist attraction, with several visitors trooping in yearly. So, while getting a massage at the beachside, you also get to connect with people from different races and cultures-that is a double-edged experience. 

To Embrace the Negative Ions 

Who said embracing the negative ions was a bad thing? Negative ions are in fact good for elevating moods and helping people deal with depression and anxiety. These negative ions can be found on the beach and they help you to relax. 

A Form of Adventure 

Wouldn't you love to tell beautiful stories to your colleagues in the office about your vacation experience?  If yes, then a massage session at the Beach-Side is a way to achieve that. You get to experience so much fun, while relaxing an enjoying an invigorating massage therapy. That in itself, is a form of adventure! 

A Productive Way of Spending Time

The importance of massage therapy cannot be over-emphasized. It ranges from providing one with the feeling of relaxation and calmness, to relieving stress and anxiety, improving sleep, enhancing immunity, reducing fatigue, eliminating toxins and improving blood circulation. Massage is also a good way to spend one's time productively while harnessing its full benefits. 

Good for the Skin

Regular massage helps in improving your skin tone as well as makes your skin look silkier, smoother and healthier. 

Improvement of Joint Mobility and Flexibility

Massage therapy loosens and relaxes the muscles, thereby helping the body gain its full range of movement, thereby improving flexibility. 

It Improves Blood Circulation 

Massage therapy aids in improving blood circulation. Loosening tendons and muscles give room for increased blood flow throughout the body. Therefore, frequent massage gives room for better blood circulation which invariably has a positive effect on the rest of the body, including a reduction of pain and fatigue. 

Mental Alertness

Massage therapy helps in reducing stress and anxiety which in turn makes one to be more mentally alert. 

Improves the Recovery of Soft Tissue Injury

Massage therapy improves recovery of soft tissue injury and is also a good remedy for chronic or long-term injuries. 

Eliminates Toxins

The perfect massage regimen stimulates soft body tissues which in turn helps in releasing toxins through the blood and lymphatic systems. 

Improvement of Sleep

Do you experience trouble sleeping or you suffer from insomnia?  Well, there's a remedy and that is massage. One reason people do not get enough sleep is because of so much activity in the nervous system, and this is when a massage can be useful as it slows down the nervous system thereby helping you get enough sleep. 

Going to bed relaxed aids a restful sleep and makes you feel brighter and stronger in the morning. 

Enhances Body's Immunity  

Massage regimen enhances the body's immunity and resistance against sicknesses, diseases and infections through the stimulation of the lymph nodes that recharges the body's natural defense system. 

Reduces Fatigue 

Massage therapy boosts mood, improves sleep quality thereby making you feel stronger and ready to face the day heads-on. 

Relieves Anxiety and Depression 

Massage can significantly help in reducing anxiety by increasing the parasympathetic (calming) response of the nervous system and invariably reducing the sympathetic (flight) response of the nervous system. This can have a long-lasting effect. It can also help in assuaging anxiety and depression through the release of endorphins in the body, thereby making one feel happier and more energized. 

Reduction of Post-Surgery and Post-Injury Swelling 

A massage session from a professional is one way to handle a sports' injury or post-surgery recovery process. It also helps in reducing back, joint pains and even chronic stiffness. 

Forms of Massage 

The following are some forms of massage that are available:

Myotherapy

Myotherapy is a form of physical therapy used in the treatment or/and prevention of soft tissue pain and restricted joint movement caused by muscular dysfunction. It is used by method of assessment and treatment protocols for postural conditions, chronic musculoskeletal conditions, sporting and occupational injuries.

You can learn more about myotherapy here: https://healthtimes.com.au/hub/allied-health/66/guidance/nc1/what-is-myotherapy/521/.

Therapeutic 

Also known as 'Swedish' or 'Western' massage, therapeutic is one of the most common types of massage which is designed to promote relaxation and improve blood circulation. 

Remedial

Remedial is a form of massage that fosters the healing of injured soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. 

Aromatherapy

It is a form of massage where essential oils made from selected flowers and plants are added to the massage oil because of their therapeutic properties. 

Lymphatic Drainage 

This type of massage involves a gentle soothing body treatment that helps in relaxing the nervous system and aids the body's immune system. 

Reflexology 

Certain parts of the body reflect the whole. These reflex points can be found in the hands, feet, face and ears, and they respond to pressure as well as stimulate the body's own natural healing process. 

If you need help with choosing the best form of massage that will suit your needs, you can check this video.

Conclusion

If you intend to go on a vacation soon, we do hope that with the knowledge of the benefits that come with a beachside massage in Brighton, you will incorporate a session in your itinerary. 

Guest blog by:
Antoinette


Guest blog: Cosmetic vs Plastic Surgery – What’s the Difference? 

Cosmetic vs Plastic Surgery – What’s the Difference? 

Are you familiar with the difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery? Most people believe these terms are interchangeable, as they make no distinction between the disciplines. Despite being closely related, these disciplines differ in the outcome. While cosmetic procedures focus on improving one’s appearance, plastic operations involve reconstruction of body areas following an accident, mastectomy, or having a congenital anomaly. 

People decide to undergo cosmetic procedures so as to restore their youthful appearance, get rid of saggy skin, and achieve better facial symmetry. In contrast, individuals requiring plastic operations wish to remove scaring and repair nerve damage.

Make sure you learn more about the dissimilarities between these disciplines. 

The difference between cosmetic and plastic surgery

Although both cosmetic and plastic surgery aims to improve a particular part of the human body, these procedures differ when it comes to the outcome. For instance, the focus of cosmetic surgery is placed on enhancing the appearance and self-confidence of individuals. Since patients undergo such procedures while being perfectly healthy, these operations are considered elective. Consequently, the cost of cosmetic procedures isn’t covered by insurance. 

Plastic surgery, on the other hand, focuses on the correction and reconstruction of dysfunctional body parts caused by illnesses, tumor removals, accidents, congenital deformities, etc. Given that patients have to undergo such operations because of certain body area dysfunctionality, the cost is usually covered by insurance. 

Furthermore, individuals are supposed to make a difference between plastic and cosmetic surgeons, as these professionals differ in the amount of training after completing medical school. Nowadays, most reputable plastic surgery practices, such as Dr. Kirman's Bay Area office, employ both cosmetic and plastic surgeons. The latter have to spend at least six years on residency training in order to be credentialed by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, whereas the former are required to spend no more than a year of training after college. 

Keep in mind that certified plastic surgeons can work in the field of cosmetic surgery due to their extensive training, whereas cosmetic surgeons aren’t considered trained enough to perform plastic surgeries. Board certification is of the utmost importance when looking for a surgeon, as it serves as proof of having the required education, training, and experience. 

Cosmetic surgery

This type of discipline involves numerous surgical procedures related to breast enhancement, facial contouring and rejuvenation, skin rejuvenation, and contouring of the body. All types of procedures are performed to meet the requirements of different patients, whose ultimate goal is improving their appearance. 

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular breast enhancement procedures, which aims to enlarge breasts with the use of implants. Most women undergo such an operation because of being dissatisfied with the natural size and symmetry of their breasts. 

In contrast, numerous women opt for a breast lift, particularly those coping with sagging breasts. It’s normal for this tissue to lose firmness and perkiness after pregnancy and substantial weight loss. Fortunately, this procedure is capable of restoring its shape, volume, and contour without using implants. Visit this page to get familiar with the most common cause of sagging breasts and some prevention tips. 

Regarding facial contouring, rhinoplasty is undoubtedly the most popular choice of surgery. It refers to the improvement of one’s nose by making changes to its size, form, and symmetry. Many individuals decide to enhance their nose structure in the hope of reshaping their crooked, overly long, too wide, or unusually large nose. 

Furthermore, people with recessed chin are interested in undergoing genioplasty, referring to the enhancement of their chin. Cosmetic surgeons use chin implants in order to enlarge this facial feature and improve facial symmetry. 

Facelift surgery is the most effective aesthetic solution for individuals experiencing sagging facial skin. The process of aging results in loss of skin elasticity and hydration, creating wrinkles and saggy neck skin. Nevertheless, a facelift enables patients to restore their youthful skin glow and conceal the signs of aging. 

Plastic surgery

The field of plastic surgery includes operations like breast reconstruction, congenital defect repair, hand surgery, scar revision, reconstructive burn surgery, etc. For example, breast reconstruction is usually performed after a mastectomy in order for women to restore their bust. It can be either an implant or a flap reconstruction. The former includes the use of implants, while the latter uses tissue from another body part of the patient. Visit the following link, https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/reconstruction-surgery.html, to learn about the breast reconstruction options for patients.  

Additionally, burn reconstructive surgery is performed on patients who have suffered burn wounds. Once the wounds get healed, such an operation is suitable for improving the look and function of the scars. Although the scars cannot be completely removed, a reconstructive burn operation restores the range of motions in patients, as well as make the scars less visible. 

Moreover, many people turn to plastic operations due to having congenital anomalies such as facial clefts, duplicated thumbs, cleft lip, Poland syndrome, etc. Some of these abnormalities, like the cleft lip, impede patients from speaking, eating, or breathing correctly. Fortunately, plastic surgeons are experts in making upper lip corrections, which improve patients’ functionality. 

Scar revision is another common procedure that individuals choose after going through an accident, which caused severe scarring. Such operations can be performed with local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or sedation. In some cases, individuals are required to have another operation after a period between sixty to ninety days from the first procedure, as some scars need to mature. 

Hand surgery involves various techniques, such as tendon repair, nerve repair, joint replacement, closed reduction, etc. For instance, tendon injuries are predominantly caused by severe trauma or an infection, manifested with the detachment of some fibers that connect bones with muscles. Nerve injuries to the hand impair the mobility of this part of the arm, some of which require a surgical procedure to be healed. 

Final thoughts

Look for an educated, reputable, experienced, and certified surgeon. 

Never trust your appearance and health in the hands of an inexperienced professional! 

Guest blog by : Kristine


Guest Blog: 3 Tips For Choosing The Right Luxury Swimwear

Since summer has arrived, going to the beach and swimming is probably all you can think of, isn’t it? If you are like most people, you’ll take some time off work and go somewhere where you will be able to enjoy the warm sand beneath your feet and crystal clear water that makes you not want to get out of it. You probably cannot wait for the day of your departure and picturing yourself sunbathing only encourages your impatience.

Speaking of sunbathing, here are a few benefits of that activity: https://www.healthline.com/health/sunbathing#benefits

There’s only one thing left that you need to do. You need to find yourself some great, luxury swimwear. Picture yourself in your idea of the perfect bathing suit right now. It doesn’t only look good in the mirror, but on your photographs as well, am I right? In fact, you’re probably falling in love with the model that you’re imagining.

Ladies all over the world choose their swimwear based on how it looks. There’s nothing wrong with doing that and wanting to look amazing in the swimsuit that you buy. That’s not, however, the only factor that you should consider. If you want this summer to be perfect, you’ll have to make it perfect and you can start with finding the right luxury swimwear. Let me give you a few tips on how to do that.

Remember To Be Comfortable

Is there anything worse than having to adjust your swimsuit every single time you want to take a walk from the beach to the water, or vice versa? Yes, there is. Having to adjust it frequently while you are simply lying down and sunbathing is much worse. Okay, okay, both these situations aren’t really pleasant, neither to imagine nor to experience. Well, it’s your responsibility to avoid those situations and this useful source will help you learn how to do that.

Comfortable luxury swimwear will make you feel amazing. You’ll be confident and you’ll stop looking around yourself in order to see if the time is right to adjust a little something on your bathing suit. Instead of doing that, you’ll be able to enjoy the water and the sun without worrying that something is not right with your bikini or another type of swimwear. When you find a comfortable model, you’ll probably feel as if you were naked, but you’ll be perfectly covered.

Consider The Tan lines

I’m pretty sure that a lot of you want to get tanned when summer comes. Depending on your pigmentation, this might either be a pretty easy, or a pretty difficult task for you. One thing is for sure, though. Most of us will get annoyed by the tan lines that are caused by the clothes we wear. When the tan lines aren’t visible once you get dressed in your usual outfits, then you don’t have a problem.

If your usual outfits, however, reveal the tan lines, you might get frustrated. Remember that this is the summer we are talking about and that means that you’ll probably be wearing pretty revealing clothes. Make sure to consider the tan lines while choosing your luxury swimwear, so that you don’t get all discouraged and annoyed afterwards. You want to look great on the beach, but you also want to look great afterwards.

Think About How It Makes You Feel

When you try on different swimsuits and take a look in the mirror, your brain will react to those models differently. As you can see at Amaio Official Luxury, there really are different models and types to choose from, but not all of those will cause a positive reaction from your brain. In other words, you won’t feel perfect in every single model, which is completely normal and it depends on your body type.

Do you really want to get swimwear that doesn’t make you feel perfect? I wouldn’t suggest doing anything like that. This is your vacation we are talking about and you definitely don’t want to wear something that will constantly make you look in the mirror and evaluate yourself. Looking in the mirror while wearing your bathing suit should make you feel confident and proud of the way you look.


beauty salon July 2020

UPDATE: No treatments on the face during Covid-19 lockdown

The government announced on 9th July 2020 that beauty salons can open on Monday 13th July. However, as normal, they forgot to mention something extremely important that we won't be able to do anything that involves treatments on the face. To be honest I saw it coming as they have been referring to us as 'nail bars' for a while now. Why on earth they didn't continue to call us 'nail bars' in their announcement is beyond me as pretty much every treatment most beauticians offer is on the face. With the increase in nail bars doing cheap sets of nails, I would say most places have specialised now, which I have done. Therefore I will continue to be closed for now.

beauty salon July 2020

 

I feel that the UK government have been extremely cruel to self-employed businesses during this Covid-19 outbreak. Unlike employed people, if you are self-employed you have to wait for the 80%... now 70% 'furlough' money. A date for the second amount of money hasn't been released. We don't get it monthly. Also, it has to be declared as income and therefore will be taxed. Thankfully I have a rainy day pot, but many people don't, and will be struggling in this situation

Another rant.... why on earth are the government doing this staged opening?? If we were going on a scientific approach of seeing the impact of the pubs opening on the 4th July, surely there would need to be at least 14 days between all these dates! I honestly don't know much more of this shambles I can take!

 

Quoting from British Beauty council here:

Today the government announced that beauty services can resume as of the 13th of July 2020. However this does not include those services that work in the highest risk zone, so no treatments on the face will be permitted.

A list of treatments that will not be allowed has been provided by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This includes:

  • Face waxing, sugaring or threading services
  • Facial treatments
  • Advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)
  • Eyelash treatments
  • Make-up application
  • Dermarolling
  • Dermaplaning
  • Microblading
  • Electrolysis on the face
  • Eyebrow treatments

Beard services should be limited to simple beard trims, thinning or removing bulk or length which can be done using either clippers or scissors. This could be carried out from the side or by circling the client avoiding the high-risk zone.

Intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards that involves prolonged periods near the high-risk zone should not be carried out.

The full revised Government guidelines will soon be available to view here 

Or check the Government’s website for an update https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services

 

Beauty salons reopen July 2020 UK

 


Molly's corner- Femme Luxe Finery boost my wardrobe. 

Hey! Really pleased to be able to share my second blog with you about some gorgeous clothes from Femme Luxe Finery. 

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If you read my first blog about them, then you will already be in the know about www.femmeluxefinery.co.uk and their stunning range of women’s fashion at amazing prices. You may have seen them on Instagram and Twitter so I’m thrilled that I can share some more outfits with you on this blog. 

I love Femme Luxe Finery as it is such an easy website to use and I always find something to boost my wardrobe. 

I was really fortunate to be gifted the pieces that I’m writing about below, but I always check in with Femme Luxe Finery when I’m looking for a certain item of clothing or when I just need that quick shopping fix! Delivery usually takes about 3-5 days, but there is next day delivery for when you need that item in a hurry! 

I’ve found that sizing is true to size, but do check the size guide for details. We all know that shops can differ and styles of clothing can be different too. 

 

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As before, I was kindly gifted the pieces that I’m writing about below, but my words and my views are my own.

 

First one up is the Silver Glitter Puff Sleeve Front Knot Top, again in a size 10. At the time of writing, it is £8.99. There are some amazing bargains on www.femmeluxefinery.co.uk right now and this is one of them.  Once we are able to hit the town again, this will be a perfect party top. The glitter in the top is amazing when it catches the light and will be stunning in photos.  My plan is to style this with a bold colourful suit as I think this is a piece of clothing to be played around with. I think it would also look perfect with jeans and some strappy heels.

 

Silver Glitter Puff Sleeve Front Knot Top

 

I love this next dress, Red Square Neck Ruched Bodycon Mini Dress in a size 10. Priced at £18.99 this is a brilliantly priced party dress. This dress is so flattering and I love the material. It hugs your body but it is really comfortable to wear. I love the colour and it instantly made me think of what a fantastic dress this would be to wear at a Christmas party! However, it is a lovely dress for a night out so can be worn all year round. The dress is relatively simple in style, but is a headturner item of clothing. I would recommend wearing it with black heels. To make a real impression, I would add a crossover bag or purse. 

 

I love the bodycon style and I chose the Royal Blue Ruched Cowl Neck Bodycon Mini Dress to compare to the one above. This is one of my favourite items that I’ve received from Femme Luxe Finery. Brilliant price of £13.99. Again, I picked a size 10 and it was a perfect fit and so flattering. The material was similar to the bodycon dress that I wrote about earlier and is really easy to wear. I teamed this with a pair of white heels and it looked gorgeous. I added some silver jewellery too and it looked striking with the blue of the dress. Definitely an outfit that I’ll be wearing this summer on holiday or to summer parties! 

 

I also received the Cream Sherpa Oversized Jumper in a Size 10. This is currently £13.99 on www.femmeluxefinery.co.uk and is an absolute bargain! It is perfect for ‘lockdown’! As there are no festivals or big parties happening right now, I’ve been snuggling up at home and this is perfect for that. I’ve been wearing it whilst chilling in front of the TV and eating my favourite snacks! It’s a great dress for when you are having a girly sleepover with your best mates and catching up on the latest gossip. Although I’ve worn it indoors during lockdown, I’ve been thinking that if I wore it out I would wear it with a pair of black knee length boots. This would be a brilliant cooler weather ‘statement’ outfit! 

Cream Sherpa Oversized Jumper

 

As last time I am really pleased with my outfits from www.femmeluxefinery.co.uk and I can’t wait to check them again really soon! Go and take a look, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

 


ingrown hair on face Norwich

Hair By Roxanne Webster- Guest blog on dandruff

HAIR CARE AND ADVICE

 

ingrown hair on face Norwich

 

Have you ever googled ‘how to get rid of dandruff’ we’re all in the same boat, we all want a solution that clears out every possibility of an irritable scalp with dandruff and replaces it with a healthy, nourished one. Dandruff can be an extremely embarrassing condition to deal with. You skip out on wearing darker colours, continuously feel self-conscious.

Getting rid of dandruff might be a longstanding problem for some, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this condition can get difficult to deal with. Especially when advertisements on television are selling you anti-dandruff shampoos left, right and centre.

WHAT IS DANDRUFF

Most adults have a yeast present on their scalp. Your hair follicles and oil glands naturally produce an oil called sebum. You might notice this oil as the third-day grease that starts to form. Or for some of us, dry shampoo cans come out. Dandruff occurs when excess production of this oil (sebum) reacts with the yeast present on your scalp, causing it to multiply rapidly, resulting in an itchy, inflamed, irritable scalp. If not taken care of properly, this can lead to more serious skin conditions.

This could happen due to a number of reasons ranging from hormones to stress, your environment, the weather and more. But We often mistake dandruff for a dry scalp and begin to treat it without understanding what the problem even is.

WHAT CAUSES DANDRUFF

Dandruff can happen to anyone, but there are certain habits, environments and situations that can trigger this condition further. If you’re suffering from those dreaded flakes, your next step would be to identify what is causing dandruff and/or what factors in your life are triggering it further.

The following causes -

•Not washing hair regularly - wash twice a week if you can

•your diet - fatty yeast product’s

•stress- home life, family issues, work-life
(Try yoga, this is a fantastic way to level your mind at stressful times.
learn to breathe this is such a powerful tool.
Remove yourself from the stress go for a walk.
less time on mobiles

•hormones -
-period
-Try taking evening primrose oil this can level the hormone out around this time of the month

•genetics - family genetics

•the environment -
-weather is a big reason our skin and hair suffers so swap shampoos And conditioners inline with the time of year.
-Central heating can also dry scalp and skin out so be mindful to moisture more

•reactions to products -
- stop using any product that is making the issue worse and start back to basics
- Less is more

A FEW WAYS TO IMPROVE DANDRUFF

•change hair care routine -
-shampoos not too drying on the scalp
-more conditioning products like hair masks would be a good idea twice a week at 1st

•use the correct PH level -
0-7 acidic
7-14 alkaline

•change your diet -
-Fresh foods
-smoothies
-vegetables
*stay away from sugary foods and yeasty foods

•exfoliating the scalp -
-brown sugar & honey

-coconut oil
Sugar
Apple cider vinegar
Honey
Rosemary essential oil

•home remedies -
-essential oils
Tea tree oil
Aloe Vera gel

-Olive oil & egg whites

 

Guest blog by Norwich hairdresser Roxanne Webster.

https://www.facebook.com/hairbyroxannewebster/


Covid-19 closed beauty salon till July 2020

I thought it’s about time I emailed everyone on my mailing list to try and enlighten you when I will be opening again. I hope everyone is well. What is happening all over the world is incredibly scary and so much uncertainty on the future.

Following last night’s speech from Boris Johnson and clarity from Dominic Raab this morning we should be aiming to reopen 4th July 2020 onwards. I am happy for people to book in for then. We can simply rebook if we feel it’s not safe nearer time. Obviously, this isn’t set in stone!

This year I have decided not to increase my prices due to everything going on.

My daughter won’t be going back to school until September, so my hours will be limited to accommodate her homeschooling. Thankfully she loves reading! So she can bury her head in a book while I work. I will adjust my Google calendar this week.

To keep busy I am currently working on creating websites with my husband. I recently added an online shop to my website. I’ll be adding more items over the next month. Any product requests welcome!

If you know any local businesses that would benefit from an e-commerce addition to their website, please pass our details on. Andy was a software engineer at Aviva for over 15 years, so creating websites has been great alongside his photography business over the last couple of years. To stay up to date on what I am doing I do post the odd bit on social media.

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A few people have asked how they can help us small businesses. A Google review goes a long way with me!

Hope everyone is well. Please keep in touch and don’t be shy if you need anything,

Liz

 

Beauty salon closed due to Covid-19 in the UK


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Molly's corner- Femme Luxe Finery clothing

Welcome to Molly’s Corner! I’m so excited to be able to share my thoughts with you about some fantastic pieces from Femme Luxe Finery. www.femmeluxefinery.co.uk is a website that offers women’s fashion at affordable prices. They have a faithful following on Instagram and Twitter. They are also on other social media including Pinterest and Youtube. They have videos of the models on YouTube which I like as you can see the outfits being worn and moved around in. I really love how Femme Luxe try to have something for every style type. They follow specific trends and fit all budgets. Delivery was in 3-5 days, but they offer next day delivery for when you need that style hit quickly! I found it really easy to find something I liked and there were lots of categories to choose from. 

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I was kindly gifted the pieces that I’m writing about below, but my words and my views are my own. 

 

My first piece is a White Ribbed Off The Shoulder crop top in a size 8. I love a crop top and this is perfect. I’ve dressed it up with jeans and dressed it down with joggers. I wore it with joggers when I was having a lazy day! I’m really looking forward to wearing this top when I next go out for lunch or on a date. The top has a cross body effect and this helps it to pull in nicely at the waist. The material is thicker than I expected, but this means it isn’t see through and it helps the top to sit nicely when you’re wearing it. It costs £13.99 and I think that is a decent price for a top that looks so good. 

Next is White PU Ruffle Strapless Bodycon Mini Dress. This dress is a bargain at £19.99! I got this dress in a size 12 and it fitted perfectly. I loved the ruffle effect and the trim at the hem. I wasn’t sure if I would like the material of this dress as I’ve never had an outfit in PU before, but I love it. It had a really subtle sheen to it and it looked really different. I would team this dress with some heels and a clutch bag for a perfect night out outfit. I think I would also wear it to a summer event as it is such a pretty strapless outfit. This is a perfect outfit for when you go on holiday and the white would look stunning against tanned skin.

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I also received the Pink Glitter Clear Strap Plunge Bodycon Mini Dress in a size 10. The bodycon style is something that I really love. It suits my body shape really well so this dress was a perfect choice for me! This was a real bargain at £9.99. The pink glitter created an amazing shimmering effect and is a brilliant flattering party piece. My only concern is that the straps are very thin and could break easily. One of my straps did break, but I easily fixed it so it wasn’t a problem. I would wear this with some white heels and some silver jewellery for an amazing evening look. 

 

My favourite outfit is the Blue Belted Pocket Denim Mini Dress in a size 8. I loved this dress as it looked gorgeous online and on me! It complimented my figure really well and looked stunning. Again, it’s another item that can be dressed up or down. I would wear this on a date for a casual summer look. I think it will look really good worn with trainers and a cross body bag for a casual look. I would also wear it with heels if you wanted to make it more dressed up.   

 

As with online shops it can be tricky with sizing. I know what size I need in different styles, but sometimes it can differ from person to person. 

I was really pleased with my Femme Luxe Finery clothes and I wouldn’t hestitate to use them again! Definitely go and take a look at www.femmeluxefinery.co.uk for all your style needs and wants! I’ll think you’ll find something for your style and budget. I will be checking them out for more cute dresses and beautiful outfits very soon!


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Tropic products with Georgia in Norwich

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Hello, I’m Georgia and I have been a client of Lizzie’s for 8 years now. I live in Norwich, Norfolk and have a little girl, who is 6 months old. I had heard about Tropic Skincare before, I had flicked through the catalogue at the hairdressers but never tried any Tropic products. A few weeks before my daughter was born, my friend brought me a Skincare Discovery Kit, containing four mini Tropic products including a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and serum. I was hooked and these Tropic Skincare staples even made it into my hospital bag.

After a few months of using the products, (even with a newborn), I decided I wanted more. I attended a Tropic Roadshow at Norwich North Holiday Inn and heard first hand from Tropic’s founder, Susie Ma. I learnt that the ingredients in the products you use, have an effect on your overall health when absorbed into your body. I was shocked by how many chemicals were in products designed especially for babies. I also met other Norwich Tropic Ambassadors who are also within my team.

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I had never thought about what I was putting on my skin and the affect it was having, not only on the planet and my body, but most importantly, my baby.

Tropic believe in cleaner beauty. All their products are verified safe by “Think Dirty”. They are cruelty-free and vegan, as well as being sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly.

Tropic partner with United World Schools, each Tropic purchase funds education for children in some the worlds poorest communities.

Then I became a Tropic Ambassador, purchasing my starter kit for £198. Within this kit was over £500 worth of Tropic products, most of which had been on my wish list. Anyone can host a Tropic Pamper Experience from the comfort of their own home. As a hostess, you’ll receive up to 15% of the total pamper sales to spend on your new favourite Tropic treats. If you live in Norwich and would like to find out more about hosting a Tropic Pamper Experience or becoming a Tropic Ambassador, please pop me a message.

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georgiabrandon.tropic@gmail.com
https://tropicskincare.com/pages/georgiabrandon