Soleil Tan De Chanel – Bronzing Makeup Base REVIEW. 

The weather is (kind of) starting to get a little better in the UK now we’re well into May, so I think it’s nice to add some warmth into makeup looks to give a bronzed effect. 

In my last post, I mentioned how I had my makeup done at Chanel for my grad ball. The cost of the makeover is redeemable on purchases so I kept a close eye on what the MUA used, so I could decide which item I fancied taking home. 

I had heard of Soleil Tan De Chanel before and it did intruige me as its a creamy texture, so I was glad when she took it out to use on me. I suffer from quite dry skin if I’m not careful so I have to keep my skin constantly hydrated. Also I love a dewy look rather than matte so powders don’t work too well on my skin. This is a creamy (almost mousse) texture which is quite luxurious on the skin. 

   
 

Although this product is cream, it’s applied with a brush. I used Real Techniques contour brush to apply and finished with Real Techniques buffing brush. There’s so many ways you can use this product which makes it so versatile. Firstly, you can add a thin layer to the entire face before foundation for a subtle glow, you can mix with your foundation to go up a shade, use as a contour or bronzer and finally, as a full body tan on top of body lotion. 

For this look, I used a light layer before my foundation and finished with gentle contouring on my cheek bones, forehead and nose. I just used it really naturally to begin with but you can build this product up for a more dramatic look. 

   
     It feels so soft and dewy on the skin and creates a flawless finish. As I said, it’s so versatile so it’s definitely worth the £32 in my opinion but I’ve heard there’s a dupe by Bourjois so it might be a good option to try that first and see how you get on with a cream before splurging on Chanel. 

I should add that I’ve had Soleil Tan De Chanel in the powder form previously and loved it and it lasted for so long! I have high expectations of how long this will last as it’s used so minimally and is a good sized pot. 

You can purchase at any Chanel counter or online Here

Other products I used:

Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. 

MAC lip liner in Spice. 

Dior Addict Gloss in Dolly Pink. 

Dreamweave Lash Magnet Mascara. 

Natural brows. 

  

If you have/do use this product – please do let me know in the comments and I’d love to hear any recommendations you have! 

Connect with me on Instagram @heliemac1 

Hels xxx

Beauty Fad: Coconut Oil Pulling

  

When it comes to beauty products, treatments and procedures, I will try almost anything once. A huge craze at the moment is ‘oil pulling’ which is the process of swishing a teaspoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes at a time.

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that supposedly draws out toxins in your body to improve both oral and overall health. The recent trend seems to be more focused around the teeth whitening benefits but the additional benefits shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Alleged benefits include:

  • Whiter teeth
  • Cavity prevention
  • Better breath
  • Stronger teeth and gums
  • Reduced jaw pain
  • Improved sleep and sinus issues
  • Headache relief
  • Hangover relief
  • Improved skin issues (acne, psoriasis and eczema)

Coconut oil is said to make a great substitute for mouthwash due to the antioxidant Vitamin E that it contains, and the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties due to the lauric acid and monolaurin. There is little conclusive evidence to prove beyond doubt that oil-pulling really does have all the proposed benefits, however it absolutely wont do you any harm (unless you have an allergy to it – always test on a small patch of skin first!) so it’s certainly worth a try! Besides, there are many reports of people claiming to see amazing benefits from it.

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There are clashing views on how this should be done, with some claiming that it should be carried out each day for two weeks, some once a week and some once a fortnight. Some claim a tablespoon, some claim a teaspoon. Some claim you should swish for 10 minutes, some for 20. I currently oil pull less than I should to see the results, but I’m going to make a conscious effort to pull every 2 days or so, or at least each week if that fails. I use a teaspoon at a time; this is because it expands massively in your mouth as it gathers the toxins and saliva. I personally think any more than a teaspoon would just be too much!

I have recently read that you should swish with salt water immediately after, and then continue with brushing and flossing. Again, this differs from other reports that I’ve read which claim that this could damage the enamel on the teeth. I’m going to try it this time and see how I feel with it.

My Technique:

  • Place one teaspoon of coconut oil in my mouth (it begins hard but melts after a few seconds from the heat of your mouth)
  • Set a timer for 20 minutes
  • Swish until the end of the timer
  • Dispel into the bin (it can solidify and block your drains if dispelled down the sink)
  • Swish for 30 seconds with warm, lightly salted water
  • Brush and Floss

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I personally find that my teeth seem more white and shiny immediately after pulling, so I’m quite looking forward to how my teeth will look after I’ve pulled more often. I lead a healthy lifestyle with other detoxifying methods like drinking green tea and lemon water daily so I’m unsure on the positive effects of drawing out toxins and detoxifying but I would love to hear from you if you’ve tried and noticed anything!

Coconut oil is such a wonderful product because it has so many uses! I often cover my hair in it and leave it to soak in for a few hours for a natural hair treatment. I also cook with it and use it as lip balm or on dry skin. If you’ve not jumped on the hype yet, I would seriously recommend it! I personally love the taste of coconut but of course some might not- but honestly you can’t taste it when you cook with it!

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My suggestion is that you don’t spend your money on these sachets of oil that are currently on the market. The only difference they have is the added flavour (mint, lemon, vanilla etc) but they retail at £19.99 for 14 sachets. I use Vita Coco which costs £5 – £7 and can be found online or in your local Tesco – this would contain months and months of oil pulling at a fraction of the price than the sachets! Let me know in the comments if you have tried it and how you found it – and also if you have any extra tips for me!

Hels x

My top tips for curing and relieving eczema 

So many people suffer from the common skin condition eczema – millions nationwide. Eczema is a red, itchy rash that appears on the face and body (often on the joints) and can leave sufferers with unsightly, sore and itchy skin. 

My family and I have all suffered from eczema ever since I can remember. It may sound like a small issue but when it’s you who has sore, broken skin on your eye lids, forehead, neck, shoulders, arms, legs etc it really is something that affects you on a daily basis. I only tend to get flare ups in the winter and I’ve tried everything possible. The last 2 winters I’ve been delighted to see that the time and money spent trying to fix my skin has finally paid off! I’ve tried changes of diet, creams, pills, steroids etc and finally I’ve found a mixture that works well for me. I don’t know if they will work for everyone but if you’re like me, you’ll try anything! 
Green tea/detox courses. 
Nudey Tea comes up in so many of my posts but that just highlights my passion for it’s magical powers! I once visited a Chinese doctors and I was told that I was getting eczema in winter due to my weakened immune system. He told me that detoxing would help no-end. I immediately started a detox course and then continued to drink mug after mug of green tea. I absolutely swear by this as a top tip. It’s by no means instant results but if you continue with the green tea through the year you will notice the difference eventually. If you don’t like the taste of green, try twinings fruit flavoured versions. You can purchase a detox course Here to kick-start it. And use code HELEN for 5% off. 
A good emollient I found was called Double Base. I was given this by my doctor on prescription, it’s a strange consistency, almost a plastic like cream! It’s super thick and jelly like and hydrates the skin for hours. I used it all over to avoid any extra bits popping up. Ask your doctor for it. 
A steroid cream is an obvious option, by I found that hydrocortisone just didn’t do anything for me. The best steroid ointment I had from the doctors was called Betamethasone. This cleared me up straight away but isn’t a long term option as you can only use for small periods of time. However if you follow the other options then it should hopefully stay away even after finishing the steroid ointment. 
I was recommended Cod Liver Oil supplement capsules to hydrate the skin. I have no idea if this contributed but they do have other proved health benefits so I do still take them daily. You can pick these up from Holland and Barrat HERE. 
I use this recommendation loosely as it comes with it’s own health risks and doesn’t work for everyone but sunbeds can help. Since I only suffer in the winter, it does help me to get a little light therapy (it does help that my sister has sunbeds in her salon!). Many articles do confirm this but there’s the obvious health risks also. It’s nice to get a boost of vitamin D in the gloomy winter months! If you do try sunbeds, ensure you cover yourself in emollient after so you don’t dry your skin out. 
Hot showers can dry your skin out, as can towel drying yourself too hard, bare these in mind. 
I hope these tips have helped as I wish I had an article like this with tried and tested methods! Let me know how you get on. 
 

Water: Why We Should ALL Be Drinking More.

We all know the importance of keeping hydrated with plenty of water, so why is it that at least one in five women in the UK consumes less than the recommended daily intake?

Government guidelines suggest 2 litres for men, and 1.6 litres for women as a daily minimum but many doctors and researchers suggest up to 3 litres per day. Personally, 1.6 litres wouldn’t be nearly enough for me. I probably drink around 2 litres of water plus 4 cups of green tea per day and I very much notice when I’ve not had enough! My skin starts to feel tight and I feel lethargic and fatigued.

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There are many health benefits linked to drinking plenty of water. The adult human body is made up of up to 60% water and every system and function of our body depends on H2o. It flushes toxins from the vital organs, carries nutrients to cells, provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues and eliminates waste from the body. When you starve yourself of the sufficient amount of water, all of these functions become impaired.

Water acts as a lubricant within the body, even encouraging better flexibility in the joints which is beneficial for everyone of all ages. It has natural stress receiving properties, even just the sound of waves or running water triggers a soothing response in the body and lowers stress.

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Aside from the medical benefits, drinking plenty of water comes with many beauty benefits. It keeps skin youthful and less likely to dry out, therefore plumping the appearance of wrinkles and giving a dewy look. It creates a glossy hydrated look on the hair and keeps the cuticles hydrated.

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It helps to burn fat and contains no calories. It also helps build healthy muscle as it carries oxygen to the cells that build and strengthen the muscle tissue. An imbalance if electrolytes leads to discomfort, such a muscle fatigue – drinking water helps maintain this proper balance needed to strengthen muscles. And we all know the importance of hydrating throughout a workout, particularly cardiovascular where you’re loosing fluids through sweat.

Water has healing properties and can help the body heal faster when sick or undergoing treatments. It helps to protect the bodies organs and tissues and helps lessen the burden on your kidneys and liver to flush out toxins and other waste products.

These are just some of the main benefits – there is an endless amount of benefits from drinking water. It is such a basic thing that we all take for granted yet it is so important to make your body function well. I challenge all of my readers to drink 3 litres of water per day for the next month, and see if you feel any differences. Let me know in the comments below.

Tips For Drinking More Water
• Infuse for a few hours with different flavours – citrus fruits, strawberries, ginger, cucumber, mint leaves… These all contribute their own health benefits whilst making your water a bit more interesting.

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• Work out how much you should be drinking each hour and mark it off on a large bottle, that way you’ll know you’re on track and won’t feel the need to down a tone of water in the evening!

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Estée Lauder: My Skincare Regime

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We all know the basic rules of having clear skin: drink lots of water, never sleep with makeup on, avoid sugary foods… but what about properly cleansing and hydrating your skin? I think it’s safe to say most girls (and boys) neglect their skin a bit, whether they realise it or not.

I’ll admit I used to think a quick soapy rinse and whatever moisturiser I could get my hands on would suffice… That was until I took a trip to selfridges with my mum and had a skincare consultation in Estée Lauder. They take a look at your skin and ask you a few questions, then help you find the products best suited for your skins particular needs.

I had never realised that even at my age, I should be using so many products to keep my skin young, soft and fresh. This includes makeup removers, scrubs and washes, masks, serums, creams and eye creams!

Some people may think all of this is just a money making scheme for the company but I can honestly say since using the range, I’ve noticed a dramatic change in my skin. The dry lines around my eyes (yes, even 20 year olds get dry lines!) have disappeared and my skin feels soft and has more of a glow. I won’t say that these products aren’t pricey because they are, but my skin is something I want to take care of and invest in as it’s seen so clearly on camera!

My skincare routine:

a.m
Perfectly Clean face wash
Idealist Serum
Enlighten face cream
Re-Nutriv eye cream

p.m
Take it Away makeup remover
Perfectly Clean face wash
Advanced Night Repair Serum
Advanced Night Repair Eye
Re-Nutriv eye cream

Every so often I also use the Hydrating Mask!

All of these items are from Estée Lauder and are available at Selfridges, Boots, online and other good department stores!

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