Get the Royal look on your wedding day

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With the excitement from the Royal wedding of Meghan and Harry still present, thoughts from the big day turn to the bride herself, from the beautifully sleek dress, to the carefully crafted but relaxed up-do, and her effortlessly natural make-up, Meghan’s look epitomised the perfect bride.

So, how can you replicate Meghan’s look on your big day? Here are some hints and tips to help you achieve the perfect bridal glow.

Prepare your skin with facials

It has been revealed that Meghan herself enlisted the help of celebrity go-to facilist, Sarah Chapman. With a salon based in Chelsea, Meghan has been reportedly visiting Sarah on her visits to England after meeting Harry.

For those that don’t receive regular facials, there are many things that you can do to ensure your skin is at its best on your big day:

Exfoliate: Exfoliation, one of the most frequently forgotten about steps, is the best start to creating your perfect canvas for products and make-up. Before you head for the expensive facial products, stop, if you don’t exfoliate beforehand those ingredients won’t make a difference.

Diet: When it comes to the skin, beauty starts from within. A selection of mixed peppers and green fruits and vegetables contain anti-oxidants which are known for being good for the face and body. Increase your water intake to at least 3 litres a day while avoiding drinks such as tea or coffee.

Get the natural glow

Meghan’s makeup, much like her dress, was simple yet flawless. Opting for a natural look, Meghan’s sun-kissed glow was matched with a nude lip and subtle blusher. To get this look you need:

Foundation: Stay away from heavy foundation and opt for a medium coverage, apply with a Beautyblender to keep your complexion looking fresh, if like Meghan, you want to show off your freckles, then only apply foundation where needed, with minimal powder to allow your freckles to shine through.

Blusher: Meghan opted for a peachy flush on her cheeks; this was complimented by her defined brows and soft smoky eye along with natural-looking false lashes. Try a cream blush applied to cheeks for a healthy finish.

Try an up-do to show off your natural look.

When choosing a hairstyle to go with your new natural look, don’t over complicate it. Opt for a classic up-do as seen on the Royal bride herself.

This look, with her subtle middle parting allowed her natural look make-up to take centre stage, all-in-all creating the magnificent look that transformed Meghan into the effortlessly beautiful bride.

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Creating A Luxurious Bathroom

You do not need to spend a lot of money in order to create a luxurious feel in your bathroom. There are various ways that you can make your bathroom look expensive without splashing your cash. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the best ways to create a luxurious feel in your bathroom.

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Accessorise carefully

To create a lavish and opulent feel in any room, you need to accessorise with care. It is the finer details that matter when creating an expensive vibe. Luxury bathroom mirrors are a good place to start when looking for the perfect glamorous accessories. Not only can you get mirrors in some of the most stunning designs today, but a large bathroom mirror will lighten up a small bathroom making it appear bigger and much more luxurious.

Get rid of clutter

One of the most important things you need to do when attempting to create a luxurious bathroom is get rid of clutter. After all, there is nothing luxurious about having shampoo bottles and magazines spread across your bathroom. You should make sure that all of your products are neatly tucked away in your bathroom cabinet. If you cannot find a place for something, then it needs to be thrown into the bin or rehomed.

Bring the outdoors in

The most expensive bathrooms make sure to include the outdoors as a design element. There are a number of different ways that you can do this. Of course, the most obvious way of bringing the outdoors in is to invest in a house plant for your bathroom. Not only will this look beautiful, but it will be soothing and it will boost the air flow in the bathroom as well. You can also invest in artwork that depicts plants as well. This approach is not only elegant and luxurious but it will give your bathroom Feng Shui benefits too.

Add some little touches

You should add some small touches to your bathroom to create a comfortable and lavish vibe. For example, you could invest in a plush bathrobe and some comfortable slippers and hang them on the back of the bathroom door so that you can get snug and cosy as soon as you get out of the shower. Another little lavish accessory that will only cost you a few pounds is a bathtub tray, which is great for placing your book and a glass of wine on while you’re soaking in the tub.

Choose a simple colour palette

The final thing you need to do is make sure you select a simple colour palette. Neutral colour palettes work best in bathrooms because they have a relaxing and serene feel to them. They create that desired spa vibe that you are hoping to achieve. This does not mean that your bathroom has to be boring, though, as you can play around with different textures to create that five-star, high-end feel.

As you can see, it does not require a lot of energy or money in order to create a luxurious bathroom!

Four Fat Burning Foods!

With summer literally around the corner, time is getting somewhat tight, if you’re just starting to think about losing weight and getting fit for your summer holiday. Many of us struggle to maintain a healthy weight and the cold winter months don’t really inspire us to eat salads and fruits, comforting and warming foods are normally at the top of the list of food choices. Unfortunately if you live in the colder climes of the world, one minute it can be positively freezing followed by the biggest heatwave in ten years! This leaves us totally unprepared for shedding the layers.

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Ideally eating a healthy well balanced diet is the best way to maintain a healthy weight, but sometimes we need a little boost in order to increase our motivation. You could try a fat burner, specially formulated using natural ingredients, additionally did you know that there are certain foods that have thermogenic properties?

What is thermogenic?

Every time you eat, your body requires heat in order for the digestion process to work effectively. The body produces heat in response to the type of food you have eaten. This is called thermogenesis. Some foods require more heat for digestion to take place and some foods encourage your body to produce more heat. An increase in heart equals a rise in metabolism, which in very basic terms – burns fat!

What are these amazing foods?

Often thermogenic foods require more calories to digest than what they contain.

Protein

Number one on the list is lean protein. There’s a reason why athletes and bodybuilders eat a lot of protein other than that protein builds muscle. Protein is considered the number one thermogenic food, this is because protein is not easily digested and requires more heat to do so. Protein also keeps you fuller for longer due to the digestion process being more complex. 30% of the calories contained in protein is utilised during the digestion process. If your body finds it difficult to digest protein it is more likely to use fats, carbohydrates and sugars for fuel – therefore it burns fat!

Celery

Celery has always been the dieters friends due to it’s mild taste and versatility. It also takes more calories than it actually contains to digest so has excellent thermogenic properties. Eat raw in salads or add to soups and casseroles.

Spicy Foods

Foods such as cayenne pepper and chilli increase your core body temperature, which results in increasing your metabolism. There is also a spice found in cayenne pepper which encourages your body to use fat cells as fuel.

Green tea

The properties of green tea are actually quite astounding. Green tea has excellent fat burning properties due to it containing catechins. The tea has also been proven to decrease the bodies ability to digest carbohydrates and slow down absorption of sugars. Therefore the body utilises fat as fuel. Green tea is also a powerful antioxidant.

Include the above foods in your diet on a daily basis and you will be well on your way to achieving your summer body!

Could You Be Healthier & Happier In 2018?

If there’s one thing that everyone wants to be, it’s happy and healthy, because like the old saying goes, if you don’t have you health, you don’t have anything. Health is something that, until recently, was seen as being a mainly physical thing. However, that’s all changed in the past 20 years or so, with emotional health being taken as seriously as physical health in many parts of the world.

So, when it comes to leading a healthy life, it’s just as much about being emotionally happy as it is about being physically healthy. Because without your emotional health, you don’t have your happiness. Often, stress is linked to issues with mental health, which is why wellness is taken so seriously today by medical professionals. Gone are the days when there was a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ attitude – mental health is no longer stigmatised, it’s finally starting to be treated in the same way as physical health.

Bearing all of that in mind, when it comes to managing your health on a daily basis, it’s important to take into account both your physical and mental health. Do you wonder if you could be healthier and happier in 2018? If you want to determine whether you are as healthy and happy as you could be, then it’s a good idea to take an in-depth look at your health, focusing on small changes that you could make, that offer the potential of high impact results.

For everything that you need to know about leading a healthier and happier life in 2018, read on.

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Look at your diet

First things first, focus on your diet. You know that saying ‘you are what you eat’? Well, when it comes to your health and wellbeing, it’s completely apt. The fact is that if you live off of junk food and takeaways, you can’t expect to be healthy, even if you are a ‘healthy’ size and shape. The fact is that we can’t always see the damage that we are doing – sometimes the damage is invisible.

So if you aren’t eating as well as you could be, now is the perfect time to change that. They say that getting into a habit takes just 28 days, so although the first 28 days will be tough, if you can stick to a healthier way of eating for that long, you should find that you’re able to stick to it in the long-term. It’s not easy making changes, but if you are set on achieving your goal of being healthier, it is possible.

Take steps to be more active

As a rule of thumb, it’s important to aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity every week to stay healthy. If you are trying to lose weight and get in better shape, then you will, most probably need to do more than this. But as a general rule, 150 minutes of exercise a week is plenty.

If you are exercising as much as you should be, then it’s important that you realize how serious the repercussion of not being physically active can be, and take steps to change this. Being physically active reduces your risk of a wide range of diseases, from diabetes to heart disease, so it’s something that it’s important that you make time to do. It doesn’t matter how you exercise, just as long as you are taking steps to be physically active on a regular basis. Not great at motivating yourself? How about hiring a personal trainer to do that for you?

Quit those nasty habits

Do you have any nasty, unhealthy habits, like drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or smoking? If the answer is yes, then it’s important that you take steps to rid yourself of them.

Not only can drinking impact your physical health, both in the long and short term, but it can also have an impact on your mental health. Alcohol is a depressant, and so, drinking it can cause feelings of depression and anxiety to occur. Aim to keep to a 2 drink maximum a day, to ensure that your alcohol consumption won’t impact your health in a negative way.

Smoking can have a serious impact on your health, both in the long and short term, which is why if you smoke, you need to consider quitting. You can never be truly healthy if you are putting carcinogenic smoke into your lungs. If you don’t feel strong enough to quit cold turkey, perhaps you could try vaping instead? You can learn more about this via specialist websites like ecigwizard.com. The fact is smoking is highly detrimental to your health, so if you can quit, you really should do.

Get rid of stress

If there’s one thing that can have a serious impact on your mental health (and also your physical health) it’s stress. The truth is that while our bodies are designed to be able to manage certain levels of stress, when the levels of stress that we are under get too high, they can have a huge impact on our mental health. Studies have shown that people who are overly stressed are more likely to develop various mental health problems, including both anxiety and depression. That’s why managing stress in an effective way is so vital.

The good news is that when it comes to managing stress, it’s not as difficult as you would think. The fact is that if you know what steps you need to take to manage stress, you can do so effectively. One of the best methods of stress management is exercise – studies have shown that regular exercise is a fantastic and highly effective stress reliever. It doesn’t matter how you choose to exercise, just as long as you take steps to stay active.

There you have it, a guide to everything that you need to know about being healthier and happier in 2018. Take note of the tips and advice above, and you can ensure that you have the healthiest year ever, and put your wellness first for once.

Getting Dental Implants: Everything You Need To Know

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If you are at a pint in your life where you simply are not happy with your smile anymore, it can be tempting to see what dental procedures you could get for yourself. Whether you have been in an accident and chipped a tooth or simply have lost some of your shine, there is always something that can be done to give you that bright smile you have always wanted.

If there is a lot of damage to your teeth, an option you could consider is Dental Implants. Dental implants involve giving you a new set of teeth over the top of your existing teeth. It will either fill in the gap where a tooth should be, cover up a chip or even just act as a veneer. If you are looking into this procedure this year here are some things to think about.

General dentists can do it

You don’t have to go to a specialist in order to get dental implants inserted into your mouth. In fact, your regular dentist probably already knows how to complete this procedure themselves. Of course the big plus side of this is that you can stay with someone you already trust to have your implants put in and you will also be able to spend less money than if you went to a private clinic. Your dentist will know your teeth better than anyone so they will be able to give your advice based on your dental history on which options are best for you.

It can be done in one day

If you are thinking that a dental implant is going to take multiple days to fit, then you don’t need to worry at all. A dental implant is a simple job which can be done in one single visit to the dentist and this means that you can come out feeling much more confident about yourself right away. If you have a missing tooth, a dental implant will be out in and then the goal is for your bone to grow around it to form a new tooth. The procedure will only take a day, but bone growth can take a few months. Make sure you eat plenty of protein and calcium dur night these few months to speed up the process for better bone growth.

Cheaper at a dentist

As we have already touched on, private dentists are incredibly expensive and will try to get you to spend with them rather than a regular dentist. If you want to save yourself some money when you are getting this done you will be able to ask your retailer dentist to carry it out instead.

It’s a minor procedure

The beauty about science is that it is constantly changing and evolving for the better. When dental implants were first being used, they involved a very long and very invasive procedure which was uncomfortable and took a long time to recover from. These days though, the procedure is pretty quick, painless and you will be back to your normal self with a week or so as far as aches and pains go. It is not a scary procedure and when to get out you can just carry in with the rest of your day as normal.

It’s easier than pulling a tooth

If you have ever has braces as a child, you may have needed to have a few teeth pulled out for it to work. Having your tooth pulled it is pretty painful and it can take a while to heal. A dental implant is nowhere near as stressful on your mouth and it is virtually painless.  

The Gradual Journey To Better Health

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Believe it or not, the journey to better health can’t be rushed. It’s tempting to try to cut corners to get that perfect physique more quickly, but the quick route isn’t the healthiest one. Being healthy is about consistency, and that means you need to develop a routine that you can stick to permanently. Trying a diet that’s designed to help you lose a ridiculous amount of weight in a couple of weeks isn’t going to make you healthier; you can’t stick to that kind of diet in the long-run, so you’ll just end up piling that weight back on. And weight fluctuation is unhealthy in itself. You’ll need to gradually work your way towards a healthier lifestyle even if you want results quickly. You’ll thank yourself when you look and feel good in the long-run because you maintained consistency. Let’s talk about some improvements you could make to your lifestyle.

Exercise frequently.

One of the best ways to improve your health is to exercise frequently. Depending on your current levels of fitness, it might be a gradual journey before you’re ready to run marathons or lift the equivalent of your weight at the gym, but that might not be your goal anyway. All that matters is you find some way to stay active every day. You’ll see a big difference in your health on all levels. Physical activity improves your mental health as well as your physical health. And something as simple as jogging for 10 minutes every day could make a huge difference to the health of your heart as well as your physical figure. Take it easy, and make gradual improvements. You could aim to do 3000 steps a day for the first month and then 5000 steps a day the following month; work your way up from there. As explained over at http://www.healthyfood.co.uk, even walking every day could make a difference to your heart, your muscle strength, and your mood.

Cut down on your bad habits.

If you can gradually cut down on your bad habits then this will make a big improvement to your health too. Obviously, you’re allowed the occasional treat, whether that’s a few drinks at the pub with your friends or a chocolate bar during your lunch break. However, overconsumption of anything is bad for you, so you should limit any bad habits that are out of control. Of course, some habits are harder to break than others. If you’re struggling to quit cigarettes then you could check out https://www.shortfill-eliquids.co.uk for E-Liquids and eCig Kits that could help to wean you off nicotine with a tamer substitute. Whether you cut down on your bad habits or give them up altogether depends entirely on your individual situation. We all do unhealthy things to some extent, but moderation is the key to healthiness. If you can restrict yourself to the occasional beer or glass of wine then that’s fine – you only need to reduce your intake if you frequently overindulge.

Work on your mental health.

You also need to work on your mental health if you want to improve your overall health. Your mind is just as important as your body. You need to find time to talk to your friends and family frequently. If you have problems then you should share them with your loved ones (and you should invite them to share their problems with you). It’s important that you have a strong support network so that you can open up about your feelings. If you’re surrounded by people with negative mindsets then you need to make a change in that area of life, as we’ve discussed before. Improving your mental state can be a slow process, but it’s important that you value your mental health in the same way as you value your physical health.

Turning Your Home Into an Eco-Friendly Haven

Thanks to advances in research and technology, recent years have seen us become much more aware of how our lifestyles are negatively affecting the planet and the environment around us. Our irresponsible habits are causing all sorts of destruction on a global scale, from damage to the ozone layer to melting ice caps, deforestation, and oceanic pollution… the list seems never-ending. But when you’re aware of problem, you can take active steps to rectify it. So, why not start with our very own homes? There are various ways that you can lend the planet a helping hand through home design and maintenance alone! So, here are a few ideas to get you started on the right foot!

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Switching to Renewable Energy

Most properties are heavily reliant on the use of fossil fuels for energy, working mostly through the use of gas. But we’re all well aware that this isn’t a sustainable source of fuel and is having extremely detrimental effects on our planet. So, it’s time to take action and make use of more renewable energies. Hours of research and experimentation has gone into bringing these concepts to life and making them accessible, so make the most of them! Electricity is perhaps the easiest and most accessible choice to go with. Make small changes, such as opting for electric oven over a gas oven. It may seem minor, but if everyone were to just do this, there would be a vast reduction in consumption of fossil fuels.

Ditching Plastic

We’re now well aware that plastic is perhaps environmental enemy number one. While it may be cheap to make (and thus cheap to buy), it is not biodegradable, and this means that when it is disposed of, it ends up in a landfill or the sea for the foreseeable future. Not only does this ruin the beauty of natural landscapes, but various forms of wildlife manage to swallow it, often resulting in serious illness or death for both the individual animal and the food chain at large. So, it’s time to stop buying plastic and to start incorporating more eco-friendly materials into our home design. Consider products such as natural wood plantation shutters, bamboo toothbrush holders, and beeswax wrap instead of plastic Tupperware. The changes are small, but they are extremely effective and easy to implement!

Try Out Natural Cleaning Products

Cleaning the house is such a day-to-day process that many of us never actually stop and question what ingredients or components go into the cleaning products that we use. When you do give this consideration, it’s not all too surprising that there are plenty of hazardous substances in household cleaning products. So, consider using more natural alternatives that won’t cause damage when they find their way back into our natural waterways. These products are also generally created through more sustainable manufacturing processes!

These are just a few small changes to consider making to how you design your home and how you maintain it. The changes may feel odd to start with, but you’ll quickly get into the swing of things!