7 Amazing Skin and Health Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary has been used by cooks and apothecaries since ancient times to enhance the flavours of everyday food and set tastes buds alight. Also known as ‘Dew of the Sea’,  (derived from Latin ros marinus) it has a reputation for strengthening memory. In times past, brides and grooms wore a sprig of Rosemary as an emblem of fidelity. It was once burned in sick rooms to purify the air. I read recently that in Mediterranean countries, fresh linen was dried on a bed of rosemary to help repel moths. Oh happy days, don’t tell anyone but I  have mothophobia, scurred to death of moths (yes that’s a real word) and so I will be making some rosemary water and spritzing my bed sheets every night!

So let’s get to the 7 amazing skin and health benefits of this wonderful herb.

  1. It is high in antioxidants and is known to increase the skin’s elasticity and reduce age spots.
  2. Rosemary contains essential oils and compounds such as phenolic acids which are known to protect cells from oxidative stress. They also have anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antiseptic properties. Skin types that benefit from rosemary are – oily, acne prone, mature and sun-damaged. (source)
  3. It also promotes hair growth and is known to leave your locks looking glossy.
  4. This wonder herb is rich in B-complex vitamins such as folate and riboflavin. And Vitamins A, C and E.
  5. Add to the list minerals and nutrients like calcium, potassium and magnesium as well as omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids.
  6. Has a relaxing effect on the respiratory and digestive system.
  7. Medical studies have also shown that Rosemary stimulates the memory. and is also mood enhancing thus helps to relieve stress.(source)

Rosemary Toner

  • A couple of sprigs of Rosemary
  • Container with a spritzer

How to

Put your rosemary in a pot. Add water. Bring to the Boil. Leave to Cool. Strain the liquid into your container. Store in a cool place. Easy peasy!

Rosemary is a potent and powerful herb and makes for a delicious cuppa. However, if you are preggers then it is best to avoid.

To kickstart your immune system and help you put a pep in your step, make a cup of this gorge tea.

Ingredients

  • A sprig of Rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons of honey.
  • Squeeze of Lemon

Method

  1. Tear up about a tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves.
  2. Juice a lemon.
  3. Add to a pot with about two cups of water.
  4. Bring to the boil, then allow it to rest and cool.
  5. Strain the tea and simply add honey to sweeten.

Live strong, be confident and happy!

**NB**If you are pregnant avoid Rosemary tea. As always, herbs and spices can be potent healers. Use in moderation. Consult your doctor if you are on blood pressure meds or blood thinners. Otherwise enjoy.

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7 Amazing Ways Turmeric ‘The Wonder Spice’ Will improve your Skin and Health!

Turmeric has numerous skin and health benefits with over 6000 peer-reviewed articles published. This makes it one of the most talked about spices on the medical and natural health net. Want to know why it is so good for your skin and health? Well, it contains a powerful compound curcumin, renowned for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties. And that’s just the start. I’ve put together some of my favourite beauty and health concoctions to help you improve your natural beauty regimen.

 

1. Acne Skin Mask

Turmeric is proved to reduce inflammation and help clear the skin. Simply –debs zen beauty

  • add a 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp white flour
  • 1 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 2 tsp honey (great for mopping up excess oil)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (omit if you have cuts or sores on the face)
  • Mix well. Then using a foundation brush or your fingers apply over your face. Leave to dry for 20 mintues. Remove with a hot (not too hot though) face cloth.
  • Then do your normal cleanse tone and moisturise routine. Your skin will sing after this fab mask.

2. It also helps calm Psoriasis and Eczema

It is also a complementary treatment for people who suffer from skin conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis. For a calming face poultice,

Mix a 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric to 1 Cup of Warm Milk. Allow milk to then cool.  The best way to apply is to simply soak some cotton discs into the mixture and dab on to your skin. Allow it to dry, then rinse with tepid water. Finish cleaning it off with a creamy cleanser, tone with rosewater and apply your moisturizer. This mask can help reduce angry redness, inflammation and soothe the skin.

3. Natures Anti-Inflammatory

I am allergic to medicinal anti-inflammatories, which can be a nuisance if you have arthritis or muscular pain and swelling. After doing some research on natural anti-inflammatories, I stumbled across some great articles on Turmeric and its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. So I decided to give it a whirl.

What I do is heat up some milk. I apply a teaspoon of ground turmeric, a pinch of nutmeg and a heaped teaspoon of honey to taste. I love it and it is so palatable and comforting. I take it when the aul joints get a bit creaky and I must say it works for me. Natural remedies are truly powerful and there is also some pain relieving properties in turmeric. It’s not something I would do every day, only on days or weeks I’m feeling particularly bad. This is well worth a try, particularly if you suffer from arthritis or joint pain.

4. Itchy, Flaky Scalp?

Do you suffer from dandruff? Well would you believe, you can make a hair mask using turmeric and olive oil. All you have to do is –

Apply a teaspoon of the yellow wonder spice to about two teaspoons of olive oil. Massage into your scalp and leave on for about 15 minutes. Next, add about a capful of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (optional) to, two capfuls of shampoo and wash your hair thoroughly. Guaranteed glossy non-flaky locks!

5. Anti-Aging Properties

Turmeric can also be used as an exfoliator and it has powerful anti-aging properties. It is also a very cost-effective skin treatment and I would recommend using this at least once per week at night time only.  The method is simple –

I use about a half teaspoon (use a quarter if you’re very pale) of turmeric, two teaspoons of gram flour (made from chickpeas and found in any good health food store).  Slowly add water until it becomes a paste. Next, moisten your skin, then gently exfoliate with the paste. Rinse off with warm water and follow your usual nighttime beauty regime.

6. Ginger & Turmeric Vitality Shot

This one is a zinger, especially if you work out a lot or you feel your immune system needs a boost.  The combined ingredients have anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, anti-viral and detoxifying properties. I’ll have one of those thanks. All you have to do is juice,

  • An inch of Root Ginger,
  • A good pinch (2 tsps) of turmeric
  • 1 whole lemon (for the zing factor)
  • And why not sprinkle a bit of black pepper just for an added kick.

7. Warm and Citrusy Turmeric Tea.

As a result of its many medicinal values, sipping a cup of delicious turmeric tea may help ease headaches, alleviate depression, get rid of heartburn and calm down stomach problems. It’s worked for me with regard to my IBS. It settles the spasms and improves the quality of my bathroom usage (ahem!). It sounds spicy, but believe me, this delicious tea is soothing and satisfying. Give it a go.

The recipe is simple to make – You will need; 2 cups of water, 1 inch of turmeric root (or 2 tsp ground turmeric), cinnamon stick, a pinch of sea salt,  slice up an orange, honey, and lemon wedges.

Method – Add water to the pot and bring to the boil, add peeled ginger, your turmeric, cinnamon and sliced orange to boiling water. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain into a large mug. Add a generous helping of honey and a squeeze of lemon to finish. Sit, sip and enjoy!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions, so sound off in the comment box below!!

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Tea recipe inspired from nutritionstripped.com

Statistics courtesy of Dr. Axe

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5 Age Defying Skin Tips

5 Age Defying Skin Care tips.

Are you over 40? Do you wake up each morning to pluck out a grey hair or worse, use a magnifying mirror to examine your wrinkles? Do you try every anti-ageing skin care brand on the market and wonder, why does this cream NOT do what it says on the jar?

Seriously though, as women, we are always looking for ways to hold back the inevitable signs of age. And, if like me, you are going through the menopause, you will be more than aware of how all the hormonal shifts you experience wreak havoc on your skin. Not only does it reduce collagen production, which leads to the breakdown of the skin’s elasticity, it also causes pigmentation and hyperpigmentation problems. If that’s not bad enough, your skin cell renewal rate slows down dramatically, and all these changes can leave our faces looking a little lack luster and looser than before. Ugh! So how do you combat this? When it comes to the skin, let me introduce you to five neat little tricks to help improve its outward appearance and control and slow down the aging process.

Steam and Exfoliate.

1. For the steam, add a bunch of fresh sage (which contains magical anti-aging properties) into a glass bowl. Steam like you did back in the day with a towel over your head and your face about 11 inches away from the bowl. Steaming releases essential oils from the sage into the skin, opens pores, encourages lymphatic drainage and stimulates blood flow. While your skin is still damp, apply your exfoliator. Use your fingertips to move it around your skin. Doing this removes dead cells, which in turn promotes the renewal of new skin cells and will improve the tone and texture of your skin. I recommend the Gentle Face Exfoliator by Liz Earle.

Tone and Serum

2. Appling toner to your skin helps to stimulate the blood flow which further acts to brighten your skin. Skin tonics such as rosewater and lavender water are easy and cheap to purchase. Next, apply a serum jam-packed with nutrients that will help speed up cell regeneration and improve the overall appearance of your skin. My all-time favourite Clarins Double Serum. It is powered by 20 plant extracts that help reactivate the skins vital functions. It speeds up regeneration and ultimately reduces the signs of ageing and serves to add a brightening boost to your skin. Forget new shoes, I want new skin.

Moisturise Day and Night.

3. Moisturising both day and night is essential. Treating your skin with creams that are rich in antioxidants will help protect your skin. Look for products containing Vitamin A and C, resveratrol (found in black grapes) and green tea as these products are steeped in antioxidants. The Body Shop’s Root’s of Strength Essence Lotion is amazing. Inspired by Chinese Medicine it has three power root extract ingredients that help improve the skin’s elasticity. You can use it daily as a moisturiser. I would also recommend investing in an additional night cream for an added boost of nutrition and I absolutely love The Body Shop’s Oils for Life Sleeping Cream.

Foundation and Illuminate

4. As we mature, it’s important to think about the products you put on your skin. Use a foundation that will protect, moisturise and brighten your skin. Avoid oil-free or mattifying formulae as these may dry out or dull your skin. Clarins SOS primers are absolutely fabulous and give your skin an instant glow. My personal fave’s for mature skin are the pigment corrector and skin blur. Worth The investment. When it come’s to foundations I’m mad about MAC’s Mineralise Foundation or YSL’s La Teint Touche Eclat. They are both brightening and illuminating for your skin. Both formulae are creamy and light, yet buildable and leave your skin looking radiant.

Lips and lipstick

5. Don’t forget to treat your lips. The nose to lip lines (nasolabial folds) like the eyes, is first to reveal the tell-tale signs of ageing. They also seem to be an area we tend to neglect and shouldn’t. To treat this area, I highly recommend applying a lip cream in addition to your daily moisturisers. The one I use, not just on my own face but clients too, is Nuxuriance Ultra Eye and Lip Cream by Nuxe. Apply along the lip to nose lines and around the outside of your lips. When choosing a lipstick, steer clear of bright pinks and cherry reds as they can be ageing. Instead, use softer shades such as warm peaches, soft corals and pinks, and mid-toned nudes. Trust me, they take years off not pile them on.

 

If you need any other product recommendations, be sure to comment below! All the best.

Debs x

 

 

7 Quick and Easy Post Pregnancy Skin Care Tips

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Welcome new moms! Is your skin feeling a little wrecked after pregnancy? Are you having trouble knowing where to start with your skin routine? Trouble finding a few extra minutes in the day? Well, I’m here to help as best I can. First off, I must give a shout out to the wonderful Sylina, a former bride of mine and now an amazing mom of two. She inspired me to think about and put to paper my top 7 Quick and Easy Post Pregnancy Skin Care tips.

1. Cleanse and Tone:

Whether you are a first-time or third-time mom, finding time to clean your skin is essential. Cleansing is an important part of the exercise regimen for your skin. It helps to keep facial muscles toned and your skin clean and bright so you look less stressed. Trust me, it doesn’t take too long. Just one minute to clean up, freshen and brighten up tired skin. If you have oily skin with blemishes, use a gentle facial wash (with no bits in it) to clean your face. Toning will help to tighten the pores and prevent breakouts.

For dry skin, use a gentle cream cleanser and tone your skin with rosewater. I use cotton pads to remove my cleanser, but rinsing off the cleanser with water then towel drying your face after is fine too. And don’t forget to tone. Spritz some rosewater onto your face after you are done. In addition to tightening pores, toners stimulate blood circulation and aid in attracting more moisture to your skin.

2. Moisturize Day and Night:

As a mom, your emotions are flitting all over the place and the hormones are settling back after pregnancy. Newborns bring so much joy but also a good bit of extra work. Keeping your skin well hydrated and moisturised will fight off free radicals caused by daily stresses and external factors also. Even more important, you don’t want them baba’s to add on a couple of years. Moisturising twice daily will help further tone your facial muscles and keep wrinkles at bay.

If you have oily skin I advise you apply a lightweight moisturizer every morning, to keep your skin hydrated and again most importantly, don’t forget to apply a night time lotion after cleansing. For dry skin, it’s important to apply creamier textured moisturizers.

Oily skin = Lotion = lightweight moisturiser.

Dry skin = Cream = richer and thicker moisturisers.

3. Eye Creams:

Sleepless nights generally equal dark circles and puffy eyes. To combat this I recommend applying an eye cream daily. Also, adding discs of cool cumber or chilled black tea bags also help stimulate the blood circulation to the eyes and encourage lymphatic drainage. This all helps with reducing the puffiness. Oh, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water!

4. Protect your skin while out walking the Baby:

Babies tend to get you out of the house more, and there is nothing like a stroll in the park to settle the baby and help keep you sane. And because the aul’ hormones are all over the gaff, it is imperative you shield your skin from the ‘sun’ and external elements. My bet is you have a factor left over from last summer. If not, applying sun protection with a minimum of SPF30 will protect your skin while you step out. Keeping your skin protected while outdoors will also reduce the risk of further hyperpigmentation problems. Better still, keeping your skin moisturised and protected whilst out and about reduces premature ageing. Come on lads, you gotta love your skin!

Nuxe SPF 50 Protects and Moisturises my go to sunscreen!

5. Use a Mask and Exfoliator:

Exfoliating, followed by a facial mask once a week will help remove any oily build up, and dead cells from your skin. Use a bit of water on your fingertips to move the exfoliator around your skin. This will help slough away dead skin cells and also lighten pigmentation and reduce acne. Follow your exfoliator with a deep cleansing mask.

Masks for Oily skin should be clay, charcoal or seaweed-based.

For Dry skin, apply a hydrating and moisturizing mask.

And to benefit fully from this mini beauty treatment, do it before bed, tone the skin straight after and apply your night cream.

6.  A little bit of Hair Care:

I recommend you wash your hair twice a week with a good SLS  free (sodium laurel sulphate) shampoo. Top tip to help exfoliate the scalp – Once per week for about a month, put in a capful of organic apple cider vinegar. After a month reduce this to one capful twice a month only. Organic ACV exfoliates and treats your scalp and will give your hair a super glossy shine. And don’t forget to invest in a good conditioner to boost the moisture levels back into your hair.

7.  Take a bit of time out for yourself and meditate.

Taking into consideration meditation is not for everyone, this is still an outstanding piece of advice that was offered to me way back in the day when I had babies. When your partner comes home, hand over the baby and give yourself at least 20 minutes to decompress, breathe, do your mini skin routine and just simply to have a bit of time out for yourself. If you are a single parent, this means finding a bit of time for yourself when your child sleeps. Turn off the phone and tv and just sit in silence with yourself for as long as you can. To all you mums, when you’re giving yourself a bit of time, please hug yourself and affirm,

I am a great mum and I am doing amazing.

As always, if you need any other tips or tricks or have questions, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you.

 

x

5 Essential Steps to help you achieve Fresh and Radiant Skin

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Is your skin dry, dehydrated and dull?

Well, you can blame Jack Frost for taking his time about kicking off his boots. But elements of spring are in the air. Oh who am I kidding, it’s Ireland the land of all seasons anytime anywhere. So, with that in mind, lets help you to restore, revive and freshen up your beauty booty no matter what the weather.

Here are my Five Essential Tips to help you achieve Fresh and Radiant Skin, with some great product recommendations.

1 – The Deep Clean Energise – Sage Facial Steam

This wise old herb is a powerful immune stimulant.  The list of its curative properties is long.  A cup of sage infused tea can improve your memory and a strong cuppa can help ease nervous tension. But what of the skin benefits. Well, the Chinese have long coveted sage believing it’s the cure to eternal youth. And I believe there is most definitely something in this. It’s cheap to buy and all you need to do is –

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Tear up some leaves with your hands. Pop into a glass pyrex bowl (not metal). Pour over boiling water, then throw a towel over your head and steam clean your skin (make sure you’ve removed makeup before doing this!).

What it does is opens up the pores, the oils from the sage are released and absorbed by your skin. It relaxes the skin, speeds up blood circulation, encourages lymphatic drainage and leaves you with clean and glowing skin.

2.  Time for a bit hydration boost – put on your Mask.debs zen beauty den

One of my favourite skin care brands is Nuxe. Simple packaging that contains skin care for all seasons and ages. Their Creme Fraiche de Beaute Hydrating Face Mask further aids the deep cleaning process of your skin. Pop it on and stick your feet up for twenty minutes while it seeps into your skin, hydrating and nourishing it as it works. Having your feet up helps with your blood flow, relaxes and ensures, that when the hydrating process is finished, you will be good to glow.

Here’s a tip: If you are going to steam clean, exfoliate or use a mask, do it at night. Your skin will reap the rewards while you sleep.

3. Tone and tighten those pores.

Okay, I’m going to recommend two different types of toners here. One works best with mature skin, the other for dry and sensitive skin. What both products do is tone the skin, prepare it for moisture and tighten the pores. Tip, leave your toner in the fridge as the coolness will really help to close those pores off. Especially, if you have steamed then added a mask to your skin.

Clarins Super Restorative Treatment Essence does a lot more than just tone the skin. It is infused with a whole heap of nourishing ingredients that penetrate, revive and replenish your skin. Proper skin food and I’m loving it.Debs Zen Beauty DenDebs Zen Beauty Den

The Body Shops British Rose Toner is infused with aloe vera and soothes and tones the skin. It works great for dry and sensitive skin types of all ages and it is 100% Vegan.

4. Nourish, feed, hydrate and illuminate with a facial oil.

I can’t say enough about using a face oil.  Why?  Well, oils deliver vital nutrients such as minerals and vitamins to your skin.  These nutrients will help combat dryness and nourish it. You only got once face so you gotta treat it right. For my client who suffers from dry flaky skin especially around the nose, I will always recommend a good facial oil.  I’ve found that most people, when the flakes appear tend to reach for the face scrub. Ah lads, if you use a face scrub daily on the problematic area, it will only multiply the flakiness and enhance the dryness.

This is where the magic of Oils come in.  Apply it to any flaky patches nightly.  Simply warm up few drops of oil in the palms of your hands and then press into your face.   This helps with the absorption of the oil. Easy peasy. Once this is done just grab a hold of the next essential hydrating product.

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Oil is a bit of a legend and if you have dry, dehydrated, starved or mature skin, this is an essential skin food oil.

5. An Enriching Moisturiser –

Honestly, if you have dry skin you should not leave your home without adding a good moisturiser.  Day Creams help hydrate and protect your skin throughout the day.  Night creams work to repair and regenerate your skin when you sleep so moisturising day and night is essential to maintain a healthy glow. Here are a few of my absolute favourite day and night creams. All of which I recommend reguarlarly to clients and have been tried and tested. Hydrating angels.

 

I hope I’ve given you enough tips to help your skin stay hydrated. If you’re looking for more and have some questions, please feel free to comment below.

 

What Does a Banana, Lemon and Honey got in common?

The answer is simple. They are all jam-packed with Mother Natures curative ingredients. I’ve been using this recipe for years and it’s been described by experts as the ‘painless free botox mask’. No needles needed to look amazing!

So What are some of the ingredients? 

Bananas are loaded with essential minerals including potassium and, contain a compound called alpha-linolenic acid, which demonstrates significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  It enhances blood circulation, which also makes them a perfect ingredient to add to a face mask.

Lemon contains Vitamin C, known for its anti-aging and skin rejuvenating properties. Using masks or face creams rich in vitamin C helps to boost collagen production.deborah leonard makeup artist blog

Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to the skin. It is well known for its curative and antimicrobial properties that help your skin to repair and protect itself.

Combine all three of these ingredients and you have a powerful, skin repairing antiaging and rejuvenating face-mask.

The Recipe

  • A small ripe banana
  • 1 Tablespoon of honey
  • 1  tsp Lemon Juice

How to!

Mash your banana in a small bowl. Add a tablespoon of natural honey and a teaspoon of lemon. Simply stir the ingredients together with your fork. Then the fun begins. You can put this on using your fingers or with a flat foundation brush (I use a foundation brush). Apply down T-zone, across forehead, cheeks, and chin.

Tip – Run a nice hot salt bath. Apply your mask before you sink into it. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes while you soak.  Keep your feet elevated whilst wearing it as this will increase blood flow to the face.  Increased blood flow delivers more oxygenated blood, promotes cell growth and eliminates toxins from the skin.

Additional Benefits to this painless botox treatment – Your skin will feel hydrated and soothed because of the antimicrobial and nourishing properties in the banana and honey.  Thanks to the lemon, this simple mask will have a deep cleansing effect, which aids desquamation (fancy word for shedding dead skin cells), pores will be refined, fine lines plumped out, and your skin will look bright and radiant.

This is great for women of all ages, especially the fab over forties. You can apply it up to three times per week at night and follow it with you night oils and moisturizers. Go banana’s and peel back the years.

Give it a go and let me know how your skin feels after?

Pro Makeup Artist Top 7 Essential Party Items

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Do you want your eyes to command all the attention this coming holiday season? Want to dazzle your buddies with a few newly acquired makeup skills? Then you’ve arrived at the right place. I’ve selected my top 7 essential makeup items and thrown in a few key tips too.

Party Time

  1. If you are looking for a fresh and radiant complexion, and a foundation that will last all day then Dermablends got you covered!  I’ve been using both their New Cover Matte Foundation for a month now and their Corrective Fluid Foundation for years. The Cover Matte Foundation is great for the gals who suffer from oily, acne prone skin or rosacea. It covers, absorbs excess oils and calms the skin. The corrective fluid works on most other skin types including problematic skin types such as eczema.  Firstly, prep your skin before foundation application. This ensures it will last all day. Blend with a beauty sponge for total coverage let it sit for ten minutes to interact with the pigment of your skin. After all your eye makeup is done, apply some powder to fix it in place. Easy! I used Dermablend and The Balm Foiled again palette on my face in the featured image.

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  2. Are you naughty by nature?  Check out the Balm’s extremely fun and totally bad ass Foiled Again Palette. It’s a glittering must and guilty pleasure for this coming season. It has an array of foiled eyeshadow pans that are easy to apply on the lids of the eyes for some instant holiday sparkle. It also has a few matte shades to help you prep the lid before application. My top tip – Prep your lids, then apply arrested under the brow bone for a bit of lift. Grab a small flat nylon brush, easy to conceal in your party bag. Next, use it to apply a very small amount of concealer over both lids. Then simply select your favourite shade (mine’s Guilty) and with your ring finger or brush, press and pat your favourite colour over your entire lid for an intense bit of sparkle.
  3. Sick of trying to get the perfect flick? Well stop, there really isn’t any need. Note Cosmetics eye pencil lines more fluidly than gel liner.  #Loveit! You’ve already got a good bit of sparkle on your lids. Now just line, with either their black or brown liner on the top lid for a bit more definition. Tip – for a more smoky look, line your water line and half your lash line from the outer corner of your eye to about halfway in and smudge with the sponge tip applicator. Simps, smokey eyes to go! 
  4. For big, bold and, intensely black lashes, you’ve just gotta try Isa Dora’s Stretch Lash Mascara. It’s impressive! It has an adjustable wand that shrinks so you can do a bit of detail on the inner lashes and hard to reach lashes. Then stretch them out with the longer wand for added length and definition. I’ve been using it daily and #EyesAdoreIT!
  5. Pink Blush / Bold Blush, become a non-touring rebel! Swish on a load of Clarins 09 pink blush with gold dust and sparkle.  Give yourself a big cheezy grin and apply to the apple of the cheeks and highlight. 
  6. If you feel your face needs a bit of structure then use your bronzer to contour. No need for 50 shades of brown to get sculpted, your favourite bronzer will do. Mine is the Clarins Bronzer, as it suits a range of skin tones including mine. It add’s a glorious bronze glow to your skin and contours more naturally. Simply apply under and on your cheekbones and blend towards your ear. Swish a dab to your temples, around your hairline, and under your jaw bone for a warm, subtle contoured glow!   
  7. Need a bit more attention! Go big, go bold, go Matte or Ultra Glossy. Depends on your lipstick love! A couple of killer colors Urban Decays glossy red Assin and The Body Shops Matte Goa Magnolia. Both shades will add a bit of impact and glam to your party bag. Check out my mini videos on both lipsticks. Which one do you prefer??   

And that’s all folks. Seven simple steps to total fabulousness. Enjoy the party season, rock out and dazzle with your makeup skills.

Love yaz.

x Debs x

My 333 Day Holistic Beauty Challenge

Why 333 Days of Holistic Beauty?  Well, I believe its time to redefine the modern ideal of the word ‘beauty’ and show You that in this Universe we are all, truly Beautiful. I picked the number because it has a deep spiritual meaning to me, and I’ll explain a bit more about that further on.  Firstly though, I want to tell you my heartfelt reasons for embarking upon my Holistic Beauty Challenge.

I awoke on the first day of this long and dark month with a mind as blank as an empty coal bucket.  Absolutely nothing there. No thought! No inspiration! I had to dig deep into this nothingness to find a spark! Something to light the fire in my mind. Anything! I didn’t want 2018 to be ordinary. And so, I did what I usually do when there’s nothing upstairs. I retreated into meditation. I traveled downward, deep inside my heart to discover my path and reveal my soul’s sincere desire.

Ten days later (which is why I’ve been so quiet) I found that spark. Phew! And now the emptiness of mind makes sense. It’s to become my canvas to create something beautiful. I want to fill the next 333 days with colour and Holistic Beauty. Okay, I admit it, I am a die-hard hippy chick at heart, born in the age of Aquarius and under the star sign Pisces!! But I believe it’s important to be quirky, unique and fill life with as much colour as possible. My intention is to share my unique and holistic beauty revelations, both the frivolous ones and the profound over the next 333 days.  And I cordially invite you to take this journey with me.

Of course, I shall still remain true to my beauty heritage and have fun days filled with practical skin and beauty tips. Mostly, though it’s my heartfelt desire to help You find that beautiful light within. To show You that ‘Beauty’ is so much more than our physical appearance. Holistic Beauty begins from within and radiates out.

What 333 means to me.

Well, for one, I’m seeing this particular sequence of numbers everywhere at the moment. It’s a little nudge from the Universe reminding me of my place. And the triple 3 is the embodiment of universal beauty, friendship, diversity and honest expression.  It’s creative, kind, colorful, compassionate and communicative.  This divinely feminine number is represented by the Empress. Fertile, strong, beautiful and full of love. In our world right now and in my industry,  I sincerely believe it’s important to redefine our concept and ideas relating to ‘beauty’.

My hope is this will become more than just a personal journey. It would be wonderful to have a bit of company along the way. So, who’s interested in hopping aboard the holistic beauty cruise for the next 333 days to tout a lot of love.  (Getting a little overzealous with my metaphors and similes, ah sure!) As we set sail I hope we can fish out those who feel lost among the flotsam and jetsam floating in the negative waves.  Let’s flick the dirt from our shoulders, dig deep and switch on our inner lights. I challenge you to reveal the ‘real’ and ‘holistically beautiful’ you. To connect with your soul’s most heartfelt desire. To ignite your spark and embark upon a beautiful mission to make 2018 extraordinary.

Just one more thing. A simple idea to help you on the days you struggle. Get a large piece of paper and sellotape, tac or pin it somewhere you can view it daily. On day one, draw a heart and insert ‘me’ in the center. Every day add a word that inspires you or encompasses your vision of Holistic Beauty. It can be a person, place, anything at all.  But just one word. And when you experience an off day, look at the vision paper and say each word, aloud.

Let’s spread a little holistic beauty…

Peace, love and loads of beautiful hugs Debs x

 

 

6 Amazing Super Fruits with Super Powers

These six super fruit picks pack a super-hero punch of wholesomeness.  They are fully-loaded with powerful nutrients that will increase your energy, balance your blood sugar, help shed a few pounds, keep you regular (you get my drift) and boost up your immune system… and that my dears, is just for starters.

In the words of the all wise and ancient philosopher Hippocrates…

Let your food be your medicine

Blueberries

These delicious wee blue pearls pack a supersonic punch of healthy nutrients. They are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all fruits and vegetables. Blueberries boost your brain power and memory function (truly pearls of wisdom) and are rich in manganese which is good for your metabolism. The mineral content in blueberries is said to help maintain healthy bones. Studies have shown that consuming plant fruits like blueberries can help lower weight, decrease heart disease, lower blood pressure and promotes healthy skin and hair.

Reasons to eat – brain-boosting super power.

Nutritional info per cup (145g):

  • Fibre – 4g
  • Vitamin C – 24% RDA
  • Vitamin K – 36% RDA
  • Manganese – 25%

Apples

Apples are a family favourite.  Deliciously crunchy and a natural form of sweetness.  Howev’s this crimson globoid (new word) also contains a hit of pure antioxidant disease-fighting goodness.  Not only is it high in fibre, and we all know why we need fibre, apples also contain an amazing compound called quercitin. Querca-wha’? Quercitin is found in the skin of apples.  It is a powerful antioxidant that is jammers with anti-histimine and anti-inflammatory power, thus helping fortify your immune system.

There’s a reason behind the old saying… An apple a day keep’s the doctor away. Truth. Immune-boosting super power.

Nutritional Info per Cup

  • Fibre – 3g
  • Vitamin C – 9% RDA
  • Potassium – 3%
  • Vitamin B6 – 5%

Bananas

Banana’s are loaded with essential minerals.  Potassium for one, helps lower blood pressure.  it is also a healthy and necessary carbohydrate to help boost your metabolism. It is rich in natural fibre and in addition the potassium helps maintain proper fluid balance in the body.  This curvy yellow fruit also contains a compound called alpha linolenic acid¹ (soz about the tongue twisters); which demonstrates significant antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.  This versatile fruit is also known to enhance blood circulation.  Athletes have long known about the super powers bananas provide.  They supply a steady release of sugar throughout the day for a sustained boost of energy. Besides eating them, bananas are also a good ingredient in a hydrating face mask.  Click here for the banana botox mask.

There’s nothing ‘bananas’ about eating bananas. Nope. Super Power to oomph-up your beauty and stamina.

Nutritional Info per Cup

  • Fibre – 3.9 g 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C – 21% RDA
  • Vitamin B6 – 30% RDA
  • Potassium – 15%

Cranberries

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These sour little rubies are great for us women.  They help prevent  UTI’s (urinary tract infections) for one and it’s always good to have a litre of this bitter-sweet juice in the fridge. According to a recent study, cranberries can boost the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs used to fight ovarian cancer². In addition to their anti-cancer properties, cranberries are also rich in nutrients such as Vitamin C, E, K and are a good source of manganese. And if you are unsure why you need manganese then let me explain. This mineral plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and it regulates blood sugar levels. For better absorption of all their ruby goodness, cranberries are best eaten in their natural form. Add some dried or fresh to a tub of natural yoghurt.

Reason to eat – super Power fat-buster

Nutritional info per cup:

  • Fibre – 4.6 g 18% RDA
  • Vitamin C – 22% RDA
  • Vitamin E – 8% RDA
  • Vitamin K – 7%
  • Manganese – 18%

Kiwi Fruit

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What’s so special about this furry little antipodean fruit.  Something we could all do with for sure.  A good night’s sleep.  Kiwi fruit has been linked to better sleep patterns in adults. My powers of telepathy show me a bunch of knackered mums scribbling addendums to their shopping list now. And nor for even more reasons to eat. It is rich in potassium (helps regulate body fluid and maintain normal blood pressure) and fibre. They also have an amazingly high Vitamin C content which helps the skin’s support system.  And this furry fruit is an amazing source of dietary fibre, studies have shown consuming two kiwi fruits a day can help reduce IBS symptoms.

Reason to Eat – super power – colonic-vacation – a treat our bowels can do with on a regular basis.

Nutritional info per cup:

  • Fibre – 5g 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C – 278% RDA (eh, wow)
  • Vitamin B6 – 5% RDA
  • Vitamin A – 3%
  • Potassium – 16%

Grapes

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There’s more to these purple jewels than just turning them into a bottle of wine. Did you know that grapes, in particular red and black grapes, eaten with the skin, contain a powerful antioxidant called resveratrol. Let me break this tongue-twister down. Resveratrol promotes a healthy heart and a clean and well functioning brain. Studies at the University of Switzerland discovered the resveratrol mopped up brain damaging plaques and free radicals linked to Alzheimer’s.  It has been nicknamed ‘reverse-it-all’ by medical practitioners due to this amazing compound. On another and totes random note the natural malic acid in grapes eliminates stains on your teeth. Grapes, my dears, like all yummy fruits, are best eaten just ripe. There’s always a good reason behind bringing in someone in hospital the traditional ‘bunch of grapes’.

Super Power – hop into the chronokinetic-combat machine, twist a few nobs, eat tons of grapes and “reverse it all” (sorry geeked out a bit there).

Here’s some brain-boosting food for thought. Nutritional Info per small bunch (150g):

  • Fibre – 6%
  • Vitamin C – 27%
  • Vitamin K – 28%
  • Potassium – 8%

Images, Credits and Research: PixabAy and Pablo for Images. ¹Singh, A, et al. Cranberry proanthocyanidins are cytotoxic to human cancer cells and sensitize platinum-resistant ovarian cancer cells to paraplatin. Phytother Res. 2009;1,066-74. ²Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is plant-based essential omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids that must be obtained through the diet. Click link here for ALA Research.

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6 Bad Habits that Squeeze the Life from your Dreams

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It’s not my intention to preach here and I can totally relate to all of these 6 bad habits. In fact, I could probably write Debs’s Bible of Excuses. But that my dears, will never happen. For the WORDS we write and speak are powerful and I want to help you in some small way get your POWER back. Let’s knock these bad habits that squeeze the bejaysus from our dreams, on the head.  

We all want to Succeed

Everyone has bills to pay, mortgages, rent, family, responsibilities. There are tons of reasons you can convince yourself to let go of your dreams. My desire is to put a STOP to the negative tirade that goes on inside your head. Coz it hurts.

First up, I have a family. And a dream and I have the cheek to want my kids to be HAPPY AND successful too. How? Show them I can SUCCEED. Lead by example.  

And it’s not my intention to be patronizing. I understand. Guys, I have quite literally had a ton of shite lashed at me. I’ve had cancer… twice. Blood clots, stem-cell transplants, chemo, hair loss, full on menopause; I have a family, mortgage and bills to pay. But guess what?

I am happy. I have drive, ambition and a resolute positive mental attitude that time and again saves me. Also, I have the ability to kick my own curvy butt. If life knocks me down I pick myself, dust myself off and set the controls to “course readjustment mode”. REALLY! The only one who controls my life and pushes my buttons is me.

So, LET ME, HELP YOU.

Bad Habit 1. Stumbling around setting the Mood.

STOP trying to create the perfect situation to make your dreams happen. Oh, this is one of my favourites. You decide to light candles. Get your notebooks ready. Then suddenly you need to find the right objects to make the situation you need to get things done as comfortable as possible. The kitchen is dirty, so you go clean that. Better make the bed while you’re at it. Facebook pings, better have a look and see what’s happening. Snapchat bongs, twitter chirps, Whatsapp bings. Before you know it hours of fecking about have passed you by. Now, you are too bloody knackered to do anything so you give up. You tell yourself ‘tomorrow will be better’ then sit down and binge on Netflix and chocolate. And repeat. The only SOLUTION is to feck the kitchen, turn off your phone and make time. Start simple. Make a list. Which leads me to my next bad habit.

No 2  – Too many notebooks spoil the LIST (don’t judge me, I try).

This one took me years to figure out. If you are young, don’t waste time, just write it down. Have one notebook for your goals or visions and one for your to-do list. Not ten or twenty. Make a list of everything you want to achieve. Of all your goals and dreams. Then simply break it down into tasks you can easily accomplish now. PLAN! Make a list on Sunday for what you want to do Monday. Come Monday, do your very best to accomplish everything on your list. OMG! There is nothing like the feeling of checking off everything on your list. It is motivating. You have proved you can do something and see it through to the end. It’s almost better than eating a bar of chocolate. Now you have a bit of direction…

This is one of the Worst Habits. Number 3, Stop waiting around for other peoples PERMISSION to get things done.

Own your POWER. Be a LEADER. Waiting around for approval or other peoples permission or ‘blessings’ to succeed is a waste of your time. Your life is not up to anybody else. If like me, you are a grown up with free will and drive, then take the wheel and get your life on course. You honestly don’t need to ask for other people’s approval. It’s just another excuse to put off your dream. Truth is other people, even those with the best intentions, don’t live in your head or heart. And the ones that don’t have the best intentions seem to make the biggest impact. They are your friends or family who YOU have given permission to hold you back. Only you know what you want from this life. Turn up the volume on the little voice that tells you “YOU CAN DO IT” and mute the naysaying little fuckery voice. You know the one. It only suffocates your dreams.

The best way to predict your future, is to create it ~ Abraham Lincoln

Habit 3 merges into Habit 4 Freely giving away your power and control.

No amount of self-help books will help you unless YOU are willing to help yo’self bitches. TRUTH. Quite simply you are the MASTERS of your own DESTINY. Nobody else is unless of course, you let them. You are only a puppet if you give over your strings to someone else to pull and play with. The best advice I ever got “cut those strings and cords that are not for your highest divine good.” When you do it, you will be truly LIBERATED. Time to own the life you want to LIVE.

Bad Habit 5 – Playing The Blame Game.

Accept responsibility for your LIFE. Seriously, take ownership of how your life is right now. QUIT the blame game. Playing that game stunts your growth. WORD. When you continually blame others for what goes wrong in your life, it’s like blowing your health and wealth and happiness into a giant negativity balloon. It just gets bigger and bigger. And now it’s your anchor. A gargantuan negativity balloon, tied around your ankle and keeping you down in the mire. The more you blame other people the more you fill it. It starts to take over and the toxic wind seeps into your home, hopes and dreams. You become stuck in a past filled and weighed down with blame. It’s stifling. You could always POP that balloon and let go of the toxic hurt. LET IT GO. If I can do it, trust me, you can do it also. I promise when you free of all that blame you will float giddily on into more inviting waters.

Bad Habit 6  = The Bad Mantras.

Finally MAKE TIME for your dreams, especially the ones that matter.

Everything we say, do and own is comprised of energy. TRUTH. Words are a powerful energy form. History has proved it. Fascist rhetoric has convinced good people to do bad things. Positive words like Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech, redirected and infused with love an entire nations thinking. Positive and Negative Words linger long after their speaker has moved on. Words so powerful that they encouraged or discouraged Nations to change their course in history. Imagine you have that much power inside you. If you use it negatively, like convincing yourself you have no time for example. You are literally brainwashing yourself. The more you say words like, not now, I can’t, I don’t have the time, not now, I can’t I don’t have the time, it creates a rhythm of negative energy you begin to dance to. BELIEVE me, when I say, you can CHANGE. BREATHE. Decide what it is you truly want. Dance to a different beat, change that rhythm up, mix it up. I gotta feeling, everything’s gonna be alright. If you want to be a writer. Get up an hour earlier and get the bus to work. Take notes and write ideas on the bus. INSPIRE yourself. 

Take the TIME to LIVE YOUR DREAM.  All it takes is a little commitment and investment by YOU.

 

PS  These are cathartic notes to my EGO too.  They are FREE notes.  With words.  Filled with love and HOPE.  Make it happen.  Be your BEST self.  Don’t compromise your DREAMS. Have FAITH in your abilities.  Set sail with LOVE.  Conquer the WORLD with PEACE.  INSPIRE.

 

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