Monday, 28 May 2012

Sun Safety.


The current weather has been perfect for spending time outside in. From a BBQ to pool parties or just taking the time to relax and sunbathe in the garden but keeping skin safe in the sun is a must to prevent issues such as wrinkles, eye damage and most importantly skin cancer.

My three must haves for sunbathing this summer are as follows:

· Suncream - Protects from burns and helps prevent the dreaded C word. You can even purchase tan enhancing suncreams to make you darker faster so you won't need to spend as much time tanning! I use a cream to start and then progress to oil throughout the day. I use factor 15 as I am olive skinned and Garnier is my favourite at the moment as it does a good job of protecting skin and smells delightful.

· Water - Dehydration is the biggest cause of sunstrokes and also helps to bring on unwanted wrinkles. Try to drink at least 2 litres a day, especially in the sunny weather. Nestle is cheap and cheerful and doesn't have a horrible after taste that some plain waters do. Sparkling water is just as good too if you find still water boring and bland.

· Sunglasses - Looking directly at bright light can damage the eyes surface and in serious cases can cause permanent eye damage. They also help to prevent crow’s feet.

Make the most of this beautiful weather by all means but you know the saying 'safety first'!

Belle Rose x

Thursday, 17 May 2012

5 Steps to Sandal Ready Toes.


The summer is nearly upon us and those toes will be out again soon so here are my top five tips on how to prepare your feet for flip-flop heaven!
You'll need: Nail Varnish remover, cotton pads, an emery board, clippers, a metal nail file, nail lotion (I'm using Vaseline as that's my solution to everything at the moment!), toe separators and a nail varnish of your choice. I've gone for Revlon as the colour is intense and lasts for days without chipping, in 210 Jelly.

· Remove any old nail varnish with the remover before starting, that should be a given though!

· Squeeze a blob of nail lotion onto the nail cuticle and gently massage in.

· Push down the dead skin of cuticle with metal nail file and firmly clip away.

· Clip and file all nails to the length desired.

· Put in place toe separators and paint away, brushing in 3 downward stripes starting in the middle as this gives the best results.

Putting body lotion onto your feet at night underneath big fluffy socks leaves silky smooth skin the morning after!

Belle Rose x

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Nail Heaven.


Yesterday I decided to treat myself to a set of acrylic nails in my local salon to welcome in the summer and I love them!

Spring/Summer 2012 trends are spots and stripes and I'm more than a little obsessed with polka dots at the moment so that's the look I went for! I opted for classical black and white as they match with almost everything and the dots show up more intensely on a dark shade.

You can't just have your nails beautifully manicured and have done with it though, which is a common misconception. You have to give your new nails a bit of TLC.
Here are my top three tips on how!
  • After using creams and lotions, wash each nail individually to avoid yellowing.
  • NEVER clip or cut nails as they will shatter and become painful, always use an emery board.
  • To avoid chipping or smudging, apply clear nail varnish once a week.
Looks like I may need to listen to my own advice however as I managed to somehow smudge a precious polka nail this morning!

Belle Rose x

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A Healthy Way To Start The Day.


We hear every day by some person or other that breakfast is our most important meal and to be honest, it's true! But have you ever felt like you just don't want to eat breakfast? Or that the options are bland and boring and you simply just don't fancy it?
The most common problem people have raised with eating breakfast when I spoke to them was that they didn't have any time. Well I've found you a solution!

Rowse Honey - sweet, sugary and super healthy!
Rowse Honey is "light & mild and is chosen for its gentle taste & pale colour, making it the perfect choice of honey" so why not give it a try?!

If you're strapped for time early on, purchase a tub of Greek yogurt and add two large table spoons into a bowl then squeeze in a decent amount of Rowse Honey and stir. Simple!

However, if you have a few more minutes to spare in the morning, produce some porridge!
Add a cup full of oats into a bowl with a cup full of milk or water then microwave for 3 minutes. Once you have your yummy breakfast made, drizzle a good amount of honey on the top and sprinkle with sugar. Enjoy!

Belle Rose x