Friday, 26 May 2017

Are Silicon Sponges The New Beauty Blender?

I'm not going to lie, the moment I saw Nikki Tutorials cut up a bra insert in order to apply her foundation, I cam to the conclusion that was just a little too much effort for me... It wasn't until I spotted these silicon make-up sponges in Primark I figured it was worth a try. 

Let me get you up to speed if you have no idea what I'm going on about. Silicon sponges are the latest craze you will see filling up your Instagram. Umpteen videos and pictures of make-up fans using something that can only be described as a chicken fillet to apply their foundation. The benefits? An absolutely flawless finish without the waste you experience using a beauty blender or brush. Question is, does it actually work? Or is it just a bit of a fad?

Once I settled myself down to give this little experiment a go I thought I'd preform a different application for each side of my face. The first way was applying the foundation directly to my face then using circular motions to rub it all in. This didn't go very well if I'm honest, the foundation slipped all over the place and try as I might, it never absorbed into the skin properly. Perhaps I put too much product on? Or maybe the rubbing application wasn't the best way. The other half of my face was slightly more successful. I popped the foundation onto the sponge then dabbed in the product onto my skin. Now, the sound of the sponge hitting my face wasn't pleasant, and it took quite a while to blend in, but the end result was stunning! Honestly, I was shocked! 

Now that I gave the silicon sponges a go I can understand the internet hype surrounding them. The down side is that the application takes quite some time but you are left with a beautiful base that doesn't look cakey, which is always a personal triumph. So I guess I'm glad I grabbed that little £2 packet on the way to the till, especially as it's now increased my make-up tool collection without breaking the bank! 

Have any of you tried the new silicon sponges? How do you apply yours? I'd love to know. XO 

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Friday, 19 May 2017

How To Really Enjoy Happy Hour

Yeah, I know what you're thinking... How can I enjoy Happy Hour even more than I already do? Well, it's never happy the morning after is it? So instead of laying there feeling ropey and exclaiming how you'll never touch a mojito again, check out this little backup plan I've given a try.

I've been "out out" a bit recently... purely for research purposes you see and making the health supplement, AfterDrink, really work for it's money. I needed to be sure these tablets really did the trick....

That's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it...


Like I've already mentioned, AfterDrink is a health supplement packed full with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts. All of which boost energy, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help support your liver's function, mental performance and reduces tiredness and fatigue. 

Sounds pretty good huh? Now, let me just address the elephant in the room (anyone else thinking of Dumbo getting tipsy off beer right now?) This product is not, a hangover cure. That sort of thing does not exist, but it will make you feel one million times better! 

It was one particular, hazy Sunday morning I woke up from a night out with my girls. I opened my eyes the slowest I could and braced myself for the glorious sunshine to burn my brain righ out of my skull....But it didn't... Not wanting to remind my body that I had over done it on the cocktails. I laid there for a little while, remembering the giggles from the night before without any agony. Don't get me wrong, I did feel a little fuzzy. But my head wasn't pounding and didn't have mouth as dry as Ghandi's flip flop. Could this be down to the fact I gave AfterDrink a go? How have these tablets worked their magic?

Let's talk about the science behind all this and what alcohol actually does to your body. I'll keep this short to keep your attention and stop you throwing paper planes from the back of the class. I won't sugar coat this, but alcohol actually exerts damage to the body every time you drink it and the more you consume will lead to a build up of reactive oxygen species, aka free radicals. Free radicals are nasty little buggers, highly unstable molecules that damage any cells they come across. Honestly, they would be on pub watch and in and out of the police station with drunk and disorderly charges. Combing this with dehydration, another known factor linked with alcohol consumption you are left feeling symptoms such as fatigue, headache, nausea, weakness and anxiety... in other words, hungover. 

AfterDrink is here to save the day and supplying your body with 26 ingredients all designed to give you that extra boost towards feeling a little more human again! You can take them as and when required, which I find particularly useful as I have the brain of a sieve. You also don't really need to be drinking the night before to take them either. Try them as a post gym pick me up, after long day at the office or perhaps a restless night dealing with a hyperactive toddler.  

So, there you have it, one way you can really enjoy Happy Hour, knowing this little bottle of magic has your back. Obviously this isn't me saying drink yourself into oblivion... but this is a good way to save yourself the trouble of feeling like death and wasting the rest of the weekend in bed. 

Don't thank me now, thank me later.... 

When you see me at the bar....

Doing more research obviously... 

Mine's a espresso martini. 

For more information about AfterDrink, take a look at their website here. Don't forget to give them a follow too on Facebook and Instagram @AfterDrinkUK. 

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