It's been an epic week for us at The Blog. We've sent out our first set of product samples so we're eagerly awaiting the feedback from our ladies for our peer review! As part of our complete approach to health and beauty, we've also shone the spotlight on an issue that affects 1 in 10 women. Sadly endometriosis is still too often ignored and misdiagnosed (for more check it out here). Our web designer has also been beavering away at our new layout so watch this space and pray for us! Anyway, its that time of week again so we hope that you're chilled back and ready to enjoy this week's digest in beauty.
YouTube Beauty Channel To Check Out
Reyna Rey Beauty has enthralled us with her fun tutorials with a bit of tongue-in-cheek banter. So it's no surprise that we've decided to feature her as our beauty YouTuber of the week. Her YouTube channel is a mix of easy to follow makeup tutorials, beauty challenges, product reviews and the odd random inclusion. Its all pulled together with her quirky style, lightning-fast wit and laid-back American drawl. Not to be missed are her Valentine's day smokey eye and goto easy makeup tutorials. If that's not enough to convince you, she's also got a stunning Instagram profile (@reynaraebeauty).
Hair & Skincare Tip To Try
The war on sugar may be underway but this week we're giving (brown) sugar a little love. Sugar is a fantastic exfoliator. It contains glycolic acid which is a chemical peeling agent and has antibacterial functions. Due to its rough size, it's a great scrub that mechanically removes dead skin. Sugar is also a natural humectant so it helps skin lock in moisture and thus leaves it hydrated.
This Sunday, why not try a little brown sugar as both a hair and skin exfoliator. Mix 4 tablespoons of brown sugar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a ball. Massage the mixture onto your hair from top to bottom. Gently massage the sugar on to your face and neck whilst avoiding the eyes. You can also use it anywhere you have dry skin that needs polishing like lips, elbows, knees, hands or feet. Leave the mixture on for 15 to 20 minutes then wipe off your skin with a damp warm towel and rinse out your hair.
For the hair, this sugar exfoliator will remove dead skin and relieve itchy or flaky scalps. Combined with the olive oil, it will also condition your hair to leave it softer and shinier. Your skin will also feel pretty new after this. The glycolic acid in the sugar will exfoliate the dead layers of skin and reveal the new healthy cells beneath. Your skin will feel smoother and look brighter. This treatment can be used on any skin or hair type. Just remember to test it out on a little area of skin first. Should you feel any pain or discomfort then you should rinse off the treatment.
Makeup Technique To Practice
Everything begins with great skin of course and foundation should only seek to enhance that. With winter setting in, it might be time to adapt your makeup routine to take into account the harsh weather. Check out our guide to applying foundation like a pro. What worked in summer may need to be adjusted slightly so that you can have radiant skin all winter.
Beauty Guide To Read
Without a doubt, we recommend checking out our latest post on how to get rid of dark under eye circles. It's a problem that affects many of us and has many different causes. Whilst there's nothing you can do about the genetic causes, there are plenty of lifestyle options that can help prevent or reduce the appearance of these. We also review skincare products, professional treatments and makeup options that can help you treat or conceal dark under eye circles.
Sneak Peek At The Coming Week In Beauty
More of the same with a little extra "something-something" is the theme for the coming week. We're hoping to put up our first product review and pester our web designer (a little). We've also got more in-depth guides on health and beauty whilst we also weigh in on a couple of social issues relating to body confidence. We're also (FINALLY) unveiling our own YouTube channel (be kind please). So, grab that brown sugar and olive oil, chill back and enjoy some YouTube beauty tutorials.
This way if you're interested in reading our winter skin survival guide.
Check out our in-depth guide to chemical peels and other DIY peels.
Over here if you'd like more info on professional skin resurfacing with chemical peels or dark under eye circles treatment with tear trough fillers.