Your Pedi Health Guide: Dry, Cracked Feet

No matter what I do sometimes my feet are just super dry. We're coming into winter too now, so this is the time to up your pedi care routine. If you have dry, cracked soles read on for my tips to happy feet!

Your feet cop a lot since you walk around on them every day. They support your whole body and I know mine do a lot of extra little tasks that not everyone does. I play a bit of soccer now and again, go to the gym regularly and like to go to kickboxing a couple of times a month... Add the dry weather to this and you have a recipe for dry, cracked feet. I get a pedicure once a month; I do my own manicure to save some money. Sometimes when I go to get my pedicure done I ask my pedicurist to give me a pedi-peel. She uses Pedi-Peel Professional which you can actually buy online - I am not sure what is in this however it peels skin off the bottom of your feet immediately. Coupled with a nice moisturiser, this is a great addition to a spa pedicure.

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How to Keep Your Hair Healthy When
You Have a Hair Dye Obsession

So I think I can be a little bit of an authority when it comes to dying my hair. I have been dying my hair black for over 20 years - let's not go into working out exactly how long since I may get a bit of a fright! How can you keep your hair happy and healthy when you dye it so often? Are natural hair dyes any good? And what do I do between colouring? Read on to find out..

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Natural Lip Balms: Manuka Honey Benefits

I am eager to get behind as many natural Australian brands as I can. So when I was given the full range of Clean & Pure Lip Balms to try that feature Olive Oil, I jumped at the chance. My favourite Clean & Pure Lip Balm is the Manuka Honey variant. This got me interested in Manuka Honey and Manuka Honey benefits.

I am pretty obsessed with lip balm. I mentioned in my last post Lip Prep for the Perfect Lipstick Base: Sugar Lip Scrub that I have far too many to count. I feel like I can never have enough though, because I love that I can reach into any jacket, coat or bag and find the perfect lip balm. I am not alone in my lip balm obsession, when Lip Smacker announced that a fan could submit their dream lip balm flavour including the hashtag #LStastemaker and become the #1 Tastemaker, there were a number of suggestions. My favourite flavour suggested so far is unicorn flavour - and the lip balm would look like one of those marshmallow swirl lollies. Like the unicorn toast that has been on Instagram lately!!

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Lip Prep for the Perfect Lipstick Base: Sugar Lip Scrub

If I am really honest, I have far too many lip balms and not enough lipstick. That is because I probably don't wear lipstick very often. However, I do exfoliate my lips quite a bit. Lip exfoliation is the perfect way to prepare a good base for your favourite lipstick. What is my routine for prepping my lips? I have a few tricks to share of course!

I have been trying a lot of new Korean products lately and I recently spotted a cool little product called Collagen Nourish Lips Membrane on another blog that I wanted to incorporate into my lip prep routine. This blog post will be the perfect time to try it. I will be writing a blog post on some other Korean beauty products too soon. I often order from amazon.com and use hopshopgo to deliver the packages to Australia. The prices are just so much cheaper on amazon and they also stock a lot more things that other websites - which is very convenient.

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Winding Down: Stress and Your Skin

I have been a bit down lately as well as worried because my cat is still unwell. We all go through tough periods in our lives which cause stress and anxiety. I know when I go through extended periods of stress, my skin starts misbehaving. I get a few extra pimples, and I am more prone to my eczema flaring up. The best thing I found I can do for myself is to try to wind down and relax.

Unfortunately for us, there is a clear link between stress and acne. Acne severity correlates highly with increasing stress and the cells that produce sebum have receptors for stress hormones. We all know that sebum is the oily substance that mixes with dead skin cells and bacteria to clog the hair follicles, leading to a pimple or acne cyst. I don't know about you, but rather than wait for stress pimples to rear their ugly heads, I try to prevent stress from taking over. I make sure I do a few good things for myself each day in order to promote good mental health all the time.

 

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Skincare Review: Facial Cleansers - the Unsung Heroes

I have tried a lot of facial cleaners at different stages of my life and around different periods in my skin health journey. It is important to find the best facial cleanser for your particular skin type. However a lot of people focus more on the more sexy parts of their skin care routine, like serums and luxurious creams. A good facial cleanser is one the key elements for happy skin. You need it as a good base, a stepping stone to all those lovely treatment products that will change your skin for good!

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Tips and Tricks: Clarisonics are too Harsh for Me!

I am a sucker for new things, I have a Scholl Pedi Electronic Foot File plus I also have a Parlux hair dryer. So when 2004 came along and the Clarisonic face brush was introduced, I wanted to try one. I did lots of research online and in stores when they hit Australia and I finally decided to get one at David Jones since they have a great return policy. I love the feeling you get when you pull something out of the box that you feel will change your life. It doesn't happen often, let's face it, we don't really NEED much to get by day to day. It also seems to happy less, because some products don't live up to the hype.

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Cosmetics Review: Burt's Bees Lipsticks and Lip Crayons

I am really interested in using natural products where I can. So far; because of my sensitive skin and perioral dermatitis, I use natural shampoo & conditioner, natural lip balm, natural hand wash & hand cream, natural pedicure products and as much natural household cleaning products that I can. You may say, when you read this, I use more organic and natural skincare and cosmetics. And you're right. However because I have sensitive skin, a lot of products with natural oils and ingredients are too heavy for me and break me out.

I do love my Burt's Bees Pear & Coconut Lip Balm to bits! It doesn't flare up my perioral dermatitis and it includes a whole heap of moisturising ingredients that last! So of course I wanted to try Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks and Lip Crayons.

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What is Perioral Dermatitis?

In The Link Between Diet and Skin Health I mentioned I had a condition called perioral dermatitis. In the following blog post I will discuss the various products that helped me cure my condition, valuable tips that helped me win the battle over my scaly patches, and the order I do things in the bathroom (YES REALLY)...

What is Perioral Dermatits?

Perioral Dermatitis is pretty common amongst females ages 15-45 years. It is characterised by groups of itchy or tender small red papules around your mouth, nose and eyes and it often gets wrongly diagnosed. When I went to see various doctors, before seeing a dermatologist, they suggested pimples, rosacea, eczema, a rash, and psoriasis. Luckily I only had it around my chin, because people often have it around the eyes and nose as well. Perioral Dermatitis is pretty stubborn and I have learnt lots of tricks to deal with it. I won't lie though. It is not going to go away overnight.

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Beauty Review: Top Mascaras for 2017

There are so many cosmetic products out there; from the well known luxury brands, to the best drug store buys, to the natural cosmetics brands and brands you have never heard of.

I will talk about packaging, they way they feel in my hand, their brush applicators, how they went on my lashes, we'll compare photos of each product when they are on my eyelashes and then rate them out of 5. Hopefully, after that we can work out which product is the Top Mascara for 2017 and finish the Set to Glow Beauty Review on a high note!

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Eyebrow Feathering; Is it Worth It?

First thing first. Does it hurt? Yes. Yes it does. But is it worth it? One gigantic YES!

Obviously I like to look as natural as possible, however I am no stranger to small cosmetic procedures. Plus I think I have been dying my hair black for over 15 years now. Let me give you a little bit of background information first. I am half Ukrainian and my hair is actually brown with red through it that goes blonde at the front in summer. I tan REALLY easily. So it is not easy staying this pale. I take my sunscreen, hat and umbrella usage VERY seriously. If you read my introduction blog post Hello! Set to Glow? you would know that when I was a teenager I had acne. I also mentioned that I was pretty sick and as a result of taking medication my body didn't like, I got pretty severe pustular acne... This was the start of my obsession with laser. At first I wanted to treat my acne, then once that was dormant I treated my scars and then I moved on to treating my pigmentation. Now I use laser as a regular facial - I have sensitive skin that likes being burnt off instead of lots of product. Go figure.

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