Autumnal Ingredients

Here’s a fact about me… I have oily skin. Around 50% of the population actually have oily skin so at least I’m not alone here. Hopefully it’ll mean I’ll get less wrinkles! Now we’ve transitioned into Autumn, some areas of my skin have actually turned a bit dry… very unlike me. So anyway, this inspired me to get researching into the best skincare ingredients to use in Autumn and Winter. I’m going to talk through what I found with you guys.

Of course, Hyaluronic Acid is a key ingredient needed in our skincare routines at this time of year. It works as a magnet for moisture, helping cells to retain as much hydration as possible so that the skin feels and looks plump and healthy. If this isn’t an ingredient you have in your skincare routine all year-round, you need to get on board with it!

Next up, Ceramides. I’ve regularly heard about Ceramides from skincare experts but never invested time into finding out more about the ingredient. Skincare products containing ceramides will help reinforce your skin’s barrier and increase hydration, all while reducing fine lines and wrinkles – could it get any better! This is an ingredient I’m definitely going to be adding to skincare routine soon, I’m just trying to find the perfect product… I’m thinking maybe some kind of serum?

The ingredient I found most interesting is Ginger Root. Unlike the other ingredients mentioned, its main purpose isn’t to hydrate the skin. However, it can help boost radiance and reduce redness, which I’m also very prone to in these chillier months. I discovered this moisturiser recently in Holland & Barrett whilst shopping with my friend. It’s formulated with Ginger Root Extract and has been a life saviour for me recently. It’s definitely the best moisturiser for oily skin that I’ve managed to find so far. The combination of the Ginger Root Extract and Aloe Vera in the cream makes for a perfect hydration boost for my dry patches, whilst also calming my redness. Not to mention its light non-greasy consistency to help prevent my breakouts. Could it get any better!

That’s enough from me for today, I hope you enjoyed reading this. Who knew skincare could be so much fun!

Complications and Epiphanies

Welcome back to my blog!

Sorry I’ve taken some time to return to regular writing, but the whole pandemic has really had me down in the dumps, and you know how hard it is to be creative when you just feel so, meh.

I know it’s not good to promote going out, but when the cafes opened back up it was like a godsend for my creativity. I got into the habit of settling down with a coffee and my laptop and getting on with my book. My book! The thing I’ve been trying to write for about six years on and off, but would just love to finish. At least get the words out, and leave editing for later. I don’t know if it was the ambient café music and usual aromas, the light chatter around me lifting off some of that pressure, or the coffee itself kicking my brain into gear, but something just clicked.

Without giving too much away, because I don’t really want to spill all my plot points now when everything is still so fluid, I was just sitting there (with an iced coffee for a change, it was a warm day), and had one of those you idiot moments. You just don’t realise when you write in a setting that isn’t present day, how much work goes into making it realistic. What would they use in their hair? To keep their hands moisturised? Natural highlighter, maybe? We don’t know, maybe one day someone will make a movie and undoubtably use some drop-dead gorgeous woman as the protagonist and give her contouring to die for, and I’d like to be able to explain that. Forward thinking never hurt anyone, right?

I was reading this article on Lady Trotula, a French woman who pioneered women’s beauty and health in the 12th Century. The takeaway point I found resonated most was the fact that in that time, makeup was not something pure or respectable women used, rather their attractiveness was based solely on natural looks. So, my protagonist would need to use something easy to obtain, which didn’t appear to alter her natural looks. Ha! That was a challenge. But I ordered another coffee and got to it.

I reached the point thinking I needed a product to reference that we use now, but has a very simple extraction process, and generally only one, two or three easily obtained ingredients. And then I came across Squalane. One ingredient, derived from olive oil. Well, it started off being extracted from sharks, but when one writes a novel she gets a little creative license. This product is a true multitasker, you can use it for you hair as well as your skin, on your lips and your nails, and on dry patches or cracked heels. I know I can’t just make it seem like she uses straight olive oil, so we had to give it a new name, just for my book.

I wanted some part of ‘olive’ in there, but I also love the ‘Squa’ sound. So instead of squalane, she uses squalive. Perfect!

Well, that’s all I have time for today, back to the coffee shop for more writing and more inspiration! Maybe I’ll see you there for a socially distanced wave!

Signing out.

Finally getting a handle on things

I know I’ve been saying how the internet phenomenons have been perpetually getting out of hand as of late. I also mentioned that I’d try my best to keep up with everything and although I’d say it’s still far from perfect I think I’ve found a way to finally get a grip on everything going on. It may take a while for me to form coherent thoughts on everything but at least now I can finally get mostly everything into perspective when I write my articles.

I’ll keep you guys posted if anything starts getting out of hand again.

The most interesting makeup hacks found on Instagram

I love looking through life hacks whether they’re useful to me or not because they’re just genuinely interesting. As someone that struggles somewhat with makeup I personally think that any assistance when it comes to looking better is a massive help. Looking around Instagram there’s a bunch of these makeup hacks that you can find by following any massive number of people. The sheer number of people with makeup tips, tricks and hacks is quite frankly astounding and also equally daunting. In light of those facts I’ve gotten together a few of the ones that I personally think are pretty neat and might be useful to know. Before we get into the hacks though maybe try out the lunar moisturizing mud mask for an amazing facial mask experience. Now back to the hacks–

Hack #1 Use a fork for contouring

It might be hard to fix your contour without a proper guide. Handy little tip is take a fork and place the center along the bridge of your nose. If you think that sounds crazy go grab a fork and try it out. You’ve got a much better chance of not messing up your contour this way.

Hack #2 Use a wide rubber band for the perfect French tip

You know those big rubber bands they use to bundle broccoli at the supermarket. Wrap around the tip of your fingernail and just reveal the portion you want to get that French tip. Don’t worry if you get some on the rubber band that’s kind of what it’s there for. It takes a little practice but once you get the hang of it you’ll never want to go back.

Hack #3 Beauty Blender egg surprise

It’s straightforward just keep your beauty blender in one of those plastic eggs they use for Easter. It’s cheap and it helps carrying around your beauty blender without having to worry about it getting smushed around in your bag.

Hack #4 Cat’s Eye with post-it notes

Cat’s Eyes are ridiculously hard to pull off. For those of us who haven’t put in enough practice yet place a sticky note next to your eye. Finding the right position takes a little practice but way less effort than a cat eye without it.

Rapid Increase in Internet Phenomenons

It seems a new Internet Phenomenon is almost a weekly event nowadays. The online world is so fast paced it sometimes feels incredibly difficult to keep up.

I’m doing my best though, and have something new for you that will be up next week (I’m hoping!). Please come back in 7 days or so and have a read.

Will the Skincare Industry ever see a decline?

That is the question I want to propose to you today. It is quite a big one to tackle, but let’s do our best to see if we can crack it.

Unlike previous industries I’ve highlighted in this blog, it seems to me that the makeup and specifically skincare industry seem to be going leaps and bounds, and showing no signs of slowing.

The question is, is there a particular reason for this? The global population is increasing, which evidently means as time goes by there are going to be more people in the marketplace. But are people generally becoming more and more aesthetically conscious?

Are we living and behaving in such a way that prohibits our bodies natural defences against aging? One could argue that we are healthier than ever. Globalisation has meant most of the western world has access to almost all foods, meaning a completely balanced and optimised diet is easily achievable. Whether or not many people are actually following through with this is a debate we should perhaps leave for another day.

I feel there’s a bit of dichotomy in the western world in terms of health. Many of us are incredibly health conscious and would aptly be described as health freaks. The health of these people’s skin will be benefiting from their prolonged exercise and well balanced diets. Perhaps their need for skincare products is declining.

Growth in global beauty market

 

On the other hand though, a great deal of the population is hopelessly lazy. Advents in technology mean that we can afford to be lazy if needs be. We can work desk jobs, and still find a way to make a living and survive without exerting too much energy. In many countries this may account for the majority of the population. Perhaps this is the reason why the beauty and skincare industry is still on the rise. These people aren’t taking proper care of themselves which is leading to a decline in the appearance of their skin.

Finally our addiction to our screens (phones, laptops, tv) means we are staying up later than ever. This is having a huge negative affect on our skin which has naturally led to the industry profiting.

Despite all these battles we have with our skin, the good thing is is the industry is there to help us. There are many affordable products out there that do an incredible job at combatting all that I’ve mentioned above.

Moisturisers, face masks, and serums to name but a few are all designed with this in mind. This under eye serum in particular has been known to have a tremendous effect on the battling skin decline. Please give it a try and let me know what you think.

Some Things Never Change

Despite the fact that the world wide web forever seems to be changing in multiple ways, we mustn’t forget that some trends never seem to change and are perpetually constant. Coming up, I’ll be posting about a special subject that seems to be standing the test of time.

How the internet has changed me!

In my first two articles I discussed how the Internet has changed the beauty industry and the men’s grooming industry.

Today however, I wanted to write about how the Internet has changed me!

My studies and research over the past year or so have had a profound effect on me, and as a result I have changed quite a bit as a person.

The point in which I was doing extensive reading on the men’s grooming industry – so I could put together an incredible for you guys! – was when I really started to get interested and begin to think about how I could change my habits and daily routine with regards to grooming as well as dress and attire.

I tried my best to look at my outward appearance from an objective bird’s eye view. This is an exercise that I also read about on the internet. In doing so, my aim was to get an idea of how I portray myself to the people that I see regularly in my life, from work colleagues to family and friends.

I came to the conclusion that I often look scruffy and have a habit of rushing in the morning and paying very little attention to my overall looks and appearance.

scruffy beard

When I started thinking about it, I began to realise that this negligence might be having a negative affect on my life. It may be halting my chance of receiving the promotion that I really want, or it may be one of the reasons why my girlfriends parents are quite critical of me.

When I came to this realisation, I decided that it was time for a change. I started shopping for smarter clothes, and taking the time necessary to wash and prepare them better. I also decided to try and keep my beard more styled and kept consistently.

This is much easier said than done! My biggest ally in this time of change turned out to be this, my trusty tool for combing my beard. I’m not sure what I’d do without it.

Every day this was the one item I’d turn to to help me quickly get my beard in shape before I left the house. I highly recommend you get one yourself if you’re a bearded man that’s short on time. What a lifesaver!

Riding the waves…

I’ll be the first to admit that my hobby of discovering new internet trends is turning into an obsession. Quite often people I meet baulk at this when they hear it…but to be honest with you, I couldn’t care less.

There are many benefits to knowing the current state of the internet, particularly in terms of business. Staying ahead of the curve allows you to develop products that you know will be trendy and good sellers online. My next article (that will be live in a few days) delves into this subject in much more detail.

How the internet has changed the men’s grooming industry

Thank you for al your lovely feedback from my first post. I was thrilled to find that my new writing hobby has already garnered me a few followers!

Today I thought I’d write about the counterpart to last month’s post – How the Internet has changed the men’s grooming industry.

The men’s grooming industry, and in particular, the beard grooming industry has experienced an immense boom in the last 5 years or so.

The reason for this? I believe it’s because people have begun to create products that meet a specific demand that didn’t use to have a supply.

This coinciding with the fact that beards have become incredibly fashionable (you can blame David Beckham for that) in the last few years, has what I think caused this so-called ‘boom’.

A third contributing factor, is the point that in this Internet age, many people are deciding to quit their jobs and launch an online business on their own.

Bearded Businessman

One of the most popular and successful business models is product creation – eCommerce just keeps going from strength to strength after all.

Furthermore, most people are smart enough to know that’s important to create and sell a product that you believe in – one that you would probably use yourself even if it wasn’t your own brand.

In some ways that is the key to success. The fact that a lot of these twenty somethings that are taking the leap and growing their own businesses are bearded men, has naturally led to a rise in the popularity of beard grooming product online.

Not only are beard oils and kits fashionable, but other seemingly obscure accessories are too. One of my favourite accessories is something called a beard brush. You use them to quickly whip a scruffy beard into shape, and to also help distribute oil and wax around your facial hair. Handy!

I hope you now understand that men’s grooming is big business! The market does seem to be incredibly flooded though, so if you were looking to start your own online venture I may suggest staying away.