Sunday, 17 May 2015

Benefits of Aloe Vera





Hello my Lovelies... hope you are all enjoying the nice sunny weekend we have been having, Don't you find the sun really just brightens up everyones mood and makes you so happy?So if you have been keeping up to date with my blog and social media feeds you will see I work with a company Forever Living selling Aloe Vera products. I wanted to do a post on how Aloe Vera really does help you, and the benefits it has to our bodies. People go on and say its good for you but never really pin point what it is that is good you, so I am here to bare all.

The benefits of Aloe Vera are endless and the plant has been used throughout generations dating back to the time of cleopatra days who herself used to used Aloe Vera. We hear about how Aloe is good for you and it stated making a come back in the form of some juice drinks so I wanted to share with you all the true benefits of what the Aloe Vera plant.

I was not sure how well Aloe Vera products really worked, but it wasn't until I started using them that I noticed a change in my body. I now use Aloe Vera face and body soap ever day for my face and body and my skin has defiantly thanked me. My skin is softer and clearer than before and drinking Aloe Gel has ket my energy level up throughout the day. In fact the Aloe Gel helped my so my I gave it to my granddad who is recovering from Cancer, and since then he is now up and about doing the gardening and is happier all of which are a direct effect from the Gel and he's 87 years old.

So here are the real Benefits of what Aloe Vera really does:

Detoxifying: 


Aloe Vera is packed full of Amino Acids 19 to be precise and our body itself only produces 8. Our body needs around 20 in total to function at its best so I would say that is pretty good going. 
The Aloe Gel also contains many different Enzymes which help break down stark, sugars and fats in our body helping with digestion. 

Huge source of Vitamins:


Vitamins A,C & E - Which are all essential in fighting off free radicals in our body which can be found in things such as smoking, exhaust fumes, burning of food and fried foods. The free radicals oxidise tissues and cause damage to our body from cataracts to premature ageing. A good example is rusty metal.. thats not a great look is it?

In addition to fighting off free radicals these vitamins play other vital roles such as Vitamin C assists in wound healing and keeping bones and joints strong, Vitamin B helps prevent blood clots and fertility. 

Reduced chance of Anaemia


Aloe Vera is one of the rare plants that produces Vitamin B12 which is necessary for manufacturing red blood cells. A drop in the level of Vitamin B12 will eventually lead to anaemia.

Helps burns, eczema, ache


The daily intake and use of Aloe Vera reduces the effects of burns, eczema and ache. The elements in aloe help as an anti-inflammatory to the skin and rejuvenate the skin cells improving the skins completion. 

The question is how much Aloe Vera should we take, and that all depends on the person and how much they want to take. 
I personally drink one shot of Forever Living Aloe Vera Gel in the morning before my breakfast and include it in my daily face routine which you can find here. 


I hope this has enlightened you and has uncovered some unknowns on the Benefits of Aloe Vera, and please do browse around the link provided at the top if your interested in more products.
Let me know what Aloe products you have been using and if this has helped you.


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Monday, 11 May 2015

My New Go To Face Mask!!




Finally some sunshine!!! I have been loving this sunshine we have had the last day or so. I went to my best friends baby's christening yesterday which was lovely, as the sun was shining and was such a beautiful ceremony and he just looked adorable in his outfit. Did you guys get up to anything nice over the weekend?

So today I'm going to be talking about the latest face mask that I have been trying out, as I do love a good old face mask. I do have some trouble areas on my skin which I would love to get a magic wand and just make disappear but that fairy god mother doesn't exist unfortunately. However, I have found a close match which is my Forever Living Marine Face mask. 

I have used a few Face masks before and the one I blogged about before was the Glam Glow mud treatment, which I thought was very good at the time yet a little to expensive for weekly use. So I purchased the Marine Mask on a whim just to give it a go as I am loving my Aloe Vera face and body soap and makes my skin feel so soft and gentle. 

When I first used it and squeezed it out of the tube, I was slightly sceptical and it was not what I was expecting as the consistency was just slightly thicker than their moisturises but I thought I'm sure it will be fine so applied an even layer all over my face but leaving out the eyes. As the product is not that thick it is really easy to apply and does not start setting straight away so you always have time to even it all out. 




I left the mask on for 15-20 minutes, I know this seems like a long time but I was doing house work at the same time so there was no time wasted. As you can see from the pictures about when you have left if on for 15-20 the colour changes and goes translucent so you shouldn't be able to see it on your face, which is quite nice cause as you don't look so scary as when you normally put masks on. 

When its time to task it off, I just ran some warm water and rinsed it off as I would normally with soap and It didn't take too long to take it all off and then just towel tried my face. When I chanced my skin in the mirror I was so pleased with the way it turned out, my pores had been completely reduced and my skin tone was even all over it looked as though I had BB cream on. 

The ingredients to this product have such a great health benefits such as Sea Kelp packed with vitamins A and E with lots of Iron and helps prevent the loss of elasticity in the skin keeping it looking young and fresh. Also in the product is Algae which has great vitamins, keeping the skin hydrated a keeping away all the bad bacteria which we come into contact with every day. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and do let me know which face masks have worked best for you.  
                                                                       

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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Giveaway 2015

So its been a fairly long time since I have done a give away and so thought it was about time to show my appreciation to all you beautiful people who follow and read my blog. I was thinking about what to giveaway for sometime and thought I would give some basics away which I think every girl need for that perfect makeup base. Thats why I am so excited to announce I am giving away.....

- Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
- Real TechniquesStippling Brush
- Real Techniques Sculpting Brush

So for your chance to win these amazing prizes please enter the Rafflecopter below where only one mandatory option but the rest are optional, but remember the more you enter the higher chance you have of winning. 



a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be emailed and announced on my twitter page a few days after closing so keep an eye out and GOOD LUCK!!


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Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Clarins Body Exfoliator that goes the mile!






After an extremely long weekend of driving to Wales and back on Saturday for a gymnastics trip I was defiantly in need of some relaxing me time. The journey took just over 3 hours and 5 hours rehearsal so it is defiantly important to stay hydrated and eat plenty of food as driving defiantly takes it out of you. So enough babbling about my weekend and onto the product.

I do love a good body exfoliator as it makes my skin so soft and refreshed, I feel like a new woman after. I have previously reviewed my Frank Body Scrub which I have not used too many times after as it does tend of get a little messy and I don’t always have the time for it.

I have recently purchased the Clarins Body Exfoliator which comes in a smaller package that other exfoliators I have bought which took me back slightly as I was not sure how many times I could use it before it runs out. I mean I have facial exfoliators which come in the same size as this but as they say never judge a book by its cover so I wouldn’t knock it until I tried it.

I squeezed some of the product onto my hand and on opening it has a nice refreshing smell, the product itself has a light pink colour to it and the texture is not thick at all and is very light. The exfoliating beads are very small as they are made from bamboo Powder which is now becoming more commonly used in exfoliators due to its many benefits. The bamboo powders have many benefits such as anti-acne, anti-wrinkles, Anti-cellulite properties which I think is great to have in one product and It was also very easy to wash off as it is quite creamy which is also a benefit.

I was surprised when a little goes a long way with this product I did not need to use a lot at all, which I was relieved with as I know it will last me a good amount of time before having to purchase it again.

So all in all for the price and size of the Clarins Body Exfoliator I was very happy, I would say it is priced about right and left my skin feeling soft for around 3 days after use.

Pits:

The exfoliating beads are small so you would need to use it around twice a week which would mean it may run out faster than you want it too.

Peak:

The packaging is a great travel size if you are going away for the week or weekend you can just pack in your luggage and still have a great exfoliator with you as some packages are quite chunky so cant carry them around.

Have you tried this Clarins Body scrub, If so I would love to hear your experiences.


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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Miss Guided Sportswear Outfit Picks


I have seen so much talk and hype recently about Miss Guided new fitness wear line that I finally caved in and went for a browse, and I am glad to say they have some brilliant pieces. One thing i notices when I was having a look round was the great prices, normally some sports wear like Nike can be a bit pricey but all of their items are really well priced. 
I can honestly say that I am one of those people who outfit still has to look right even if I’m in running gear. I like the colours to match and of course matching trainers. Which is anything point I liked about their range was with the great prices I could mix and match some great outfits that were not going to break my bank account. 
So whilst having a browse of their website I was thinking about what pieces would go well together and thought I would share a few of these with you guys to see what you think?


Outfit 1:






Trainers | £20


Outfit 2:






Hope you liked these outfits that I picked, and if you want to see any more outfits that I put together please do comment below and I will get these together.



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Sunday, 12 April 2015

My daily face routine




I did a post a while back on what I use while washing my face here, as time goes on I like to switch things up bit so thats why I thought I would do an updated daily face routine for you guys. 
Washing your face can seem time consuming sometimes and is a task within itself but it has to be done morning AND night. Not many people know the importance of washing your face twice a day. As it is known that you skin is still at work repairing itself even when were sleeping, so ladies think twice before going to sleep with that makeup on.

My daily face routine is mainly the same from the morning to night, the only thing I will switch up is when I use my face scrub and when I take my makeup off.


Face and Body Soap | £10.84

So to start with I will wash my face with my forever living face and body soap, this product comes in a pump bottle as you can see and comes out as a gel in a lovely pearl colour. I will rub this between my fingers for a couple of seconds so I have enough product on my fingers and then rub this all over my face. With this product like the Clinique step 1 you don't need to wet your face before applying as it lathers up very well on your skin and is also very sensitive on your eyes so if you happen to get any in your eyes its not going to hurt so much. With a generous amount of Aloe Vera in the gel it acts as PH Balancer giving your skin an all over balanced look. One of the best parts about this product is the face it lasts for such a long time, I have been using this at least twice a day for nearly 3 months and it still has not run out.

Once my face is thoroughly clean I will then run the warm water and was it all off, and I can already feel the difference in my skin even after one use. Making my skin feel so soft to touch and feeling refreshed. One trick I started to use is that once I have washed all of the soap from my face I run the cold water only until it freezing cold. I then rinse my face with freezing cold water, and this with close all the pores which you have just opened wight he warm water and tighten your skin up slightly.


Aloe Moisturising lotion | £12.24

I will then go on to using my forever living moisturiser all over my face massaging it in gently. This moisturiser defiantly boasts some great elements such as collagen, Elastin and jojoba oil all helping your skin stay young and healthy. 


Clarins Eye Gel | £31.00

Following on is my clarins eye gel. I have not used Clarins eye gel before but I have always used their moisturiser previously and have always been more than happy and the eye gel has been no acceptation. I apply a small amount to the tip of my fingers a gentle dab the product under my eyes and any excess onto the lip. After application you can immediately feel the cooling effect of the gel and makes your eyes feel so refreshed. 


City Block Sheet SPF 25 | £18.00

Once everything is rubbed in nicely, I will use my City Block Sheer in 25SPF from Clinique, this gives me that extra protection from the suns harmful rays and also protects your skin from the harmful pollution. This will help prevent any dark patches caused by skin damaged as make your skin looking younger for longer.


Aloe Vera Scrub | £12.92

So this is my go to wash routine every day, as I said before I will switch things up and use my Forever Living face scrub a few times a week in the evenings before I use the soap. With this I will run the warm water and dampen my face. Then apply a small amount of the face scrub to my hand and massage into my face for only a few minutes. You don't want to over scrub your face as it will damage your skin. I will then rinse this off and follow up with my trustily face soap. 

To keep my face hydrated and clear I will often not wear makeup over the weekend during the day, and also when I get in from work. This gives my skin a break from all the makeup I wear during the day and gives it a chance to breathe. Most weekends I will often steam my face to get any muck out of my face and freshen it up. 

I hope this has helped you and have enjoyed reading my face routine. If you would like to purchase any of the Forever Living products in this post you can get a 10% discount through me on your first purchase using discount code FLAMS1, just email me at contact@topdrawfashion.com or through any of my social media links. 



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Monday, 6 April 2015

Importance of staying Hydrated



Water is probably one of most boring drinks around I admit, there is no taste to it so its not the most inviting of drinks to have but it is one of the most important. That is generally the way isn't it - The things that don't taste the nicest are generally the best for you. I do generally drink a lot of water during the day and only tend to have coke when I have Mac Donald's, I don't know why but Mac Donald' and coke are the best combo. So as summer is fast approaching I thought I would share some important points about being hydrated. 

How water helps you


Your body relies on water to survive and with your body being made up of around 60% water I would say it is pretty important to stay hydrated. Your body uses this water to do a number of functions such as maintain your temperature, Helps your joints stay supple, Transporting nutrients and oxygen around your body and removes any waste. An added bonus to this is that staying hydrated really helps your skin look fuller and help your skin look amazing. I might even do a water challenge and see the difference in my skin before and after what do you think? If you guys are interested in joining me do let me know and we can do it together.

How much you should drink

How you much drink does depend on a few variables but a general guide should be 1.5 - 2 Litres a day. What is an added bonus is that this count also includes the water you take in while eating foods and other kinds of drink. If your exercising you will need more water and you will be sweating more, and also in the summer month we tend to loose a lot more water. 

What you should drink


Water is the best form of hydration as it contains not extra sugars or calories and is generally free. However other drinks/foods can make up your liquid which is defiantly good, means were not stuck drinking water all day. Other forms of liquids be it coffee, tea and most foods contains liquids which contributes to your daily intake of water. That being said these do come with extra calories, caffeine and sugars so you do have to then water how much you are consuming.  
For example caffeine drinks and some alcohols contain diuretic which makes your body produce more urine which in turn dehydrates you faster. So replacing that excess fluid loss is very important. So what I generally do after a night out drinking I drink a few glasses of water before I go to sleep so I don't have a hangover in the morning. 

I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and has been helpful in some way, and catch up next time x 


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