Monday, 9 May 2016

5 Spring trends I adore

I am not one for following trends, but there are a lot just happen to love right now. I am a sucker for dewy skin (even during winter months) and messy hair is kind of the norm for a new mum, am I right? Its basically an excuse not to brush my hair... I don't ever wear the colour blue I really don't think it suits me but I had a little play around with some blue makeup and I am really loving this trend, I need to purchase the W3LL PEOPLE mascara! Spring means smoothie season right? Not really a trend although you will find a lot of recipes trending on twitter and instagram this time of year.

Dewy skin.
During spring months I start to eat much healthier, I drink more water, this leaves my skin clear and hydrated. The harsh winds calm and I finally have that natural glow. But I still love a good highlighter, lately I've been using ILIAs illuminator and/or the RMS master mixer read in depth reviews about them here. Around the eye area and tops of my cheek bones and a little on my nose. Now my skin is much clearer I can pull off just a few dabs of concealer and lipgloss. 

Messy hair.
Any excuse really to not do ones hair. I have a baby ok, so, my hair is like way to high maintenance. I have a natural curl and a whole lot of frizz. To tame frizz I've been using John masters detangler as a leave in conditioner. To texturise my hair I've been using John masters sea mist sea salt spray it has lavender in so I smell calm and fresh every time I rush by. Read full reviews of both products here.

Yes. This is a trend for fashionistas this ss16, for me though. Stripes = style, I have so many striped tops, dresses and playsuits. I just need some striped pants and I'm good to go. I have been slowly switching my wardrobe to 100% vintage, fair trade and/or organic clothing. It's far to expensive to do in abundance so here and their when a print catches my eye or an item calls out my name I'll purchase it. My favourite organic/fair trade clothing stores are people tree, American apparel and H&M have a range of conscious clothing, oh and myself (I make clothes) I find all three stores affordable as some organic brands can be very expensive.

Blue eyes.
Not literally, I love my browny, greeny, hazel eyes. Blue eye makeup, I'm toying around with eye shadows and I really like the way blue makes my eyes pop, I think purple is great to but blue is definitely a more brave bold look. Give it ago. I like honey pie minerals which you can purchase here.

I don't know if this one is actually a trend, but I know a lot of people Instagram smoothies during this time of year. Myself being one of them. I absolutely love creating freshly blended fruit and veg into colourful tasty smithies or juices! This time of year I crave healthy foods and I find it much easier to eat well. This year I am lucky enough to own a vitamix so I am sure I will be blending up some delights! I'll be sure to share all my new creations here on 'Eloise loves nature' check out this one and this one oh and this tasty green one.

What trends are you loving right now? 
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Thursday, 5 May 2016

How to enjoy a toxic free tan

Spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner. I always have so much energy this time of year, the abundance of vitamin D absorbed from the sunshine and outdoor yoga definitely contributes. 

My body is far from what I expected it to be 9 months post partum, but I'm ok with that I grew a baby inside my womb for crying out loud and I have been nursing since the day he was born. Although I'm not as toned and as fit as one would like to be I'm saying its ok - it's ok that I don't look like all these fit chicks on insta in their super cute bikini's because one day I will look like that.

One thing I hate about Spring, wait the ONLY thing I hate about Spring (other than wasps) is my pale skin... Some girls look beautiful with pale skin, like they just don't need to be tanned because they're just supposed to be that white. But I am not supposed to be this white! I developed anemia during pregnancy. It means I am not as tanned as I once was, not only this I haven't been outdoors as much as I usually would as it's difficult when pregnant and with a little one you have to be careful of too much sun.

However fear not my fellow whities' I am sharing with you how I get a natural looking glow...

Protecting the skin: I used to be so anal about wearing sun protection. 'I don't need it because I don't burn' true that, I never ever burn. This does not mean my skin will not age. Studies suggest that here in the U.K. We should allow the skin to be exposed to sunshine for at least 15-30 minutes daily without protection because sun cream does in fact stop our bodies from absorbing so much vitamin D. With myself being deficient every single winter I always try to get as much exposure as I feel is safe for the temperature each day. If you are very pale or burn easily it's essential to wear some form of protection even if it's a very low factor. After exposure you can slap on your 30 SPF. I enjoying using green people sun protection they also do a baby SPF too it's jam packed with organic ingredients read more here. 

Preparing the skin:
This is an essential step to creating a real looking tan. You don't want obvious patches of darkness dotted around your body. Using a loofa I dry brush my entire body. Concentrating most of the dryer areas such as ankles, knees, elbows, under arm creases and chest. I then apply an intensive moisturiser to these areas, I like to use pure potions intensive moisturiser.

Tanning the skin:
Using tan organics self tan it offers a light glow that you can build into a darker tan for  those who like to go really dark. When applying it leaves the skin with a slight tan of the colour it is going to be so you'll know roughly how dark you'll end up. I usually just do one application over my entire body I find this is the perfect colour for me as I don't like to be too dark unless it's from the sun. You leave it on for 6-8 hours to develop and then wash it off in the shower. It doesn't leave you with that horrible scent most tans leave you with.

Caring for your tan:
Once weekly I use the loofa to remove dead skin cells so there is no build up of dry skin meaning my tan is always applied to soft new skin. This always gives a better finish. In between weekly tans I like to use Madara flower dust lotion to keep my tan hydrated and it offers a subtle sheen to the skin. The glow comes from the northen flowers its perfect for spring/summer and I also enjoy it during winter to add sparkle on nights out!
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Monday, 2 May 2016

Tanning without toxins (Featuring Green people)

Many of my friends will slather there body in uhm, Johnson's baby oil sit in the garden all day and well cook their precious skin. I'm not judging because this was classic Eloise. Now I'm older, I am wiser I understand that this is not ideal and it's only going to make you age approx 10 times faster probably more to be honest.

I used to refuse to where SPF because I assumed I didn't need it because I never burned when exposed to sunshine however it has aged my skin. So now I'm all conscious about aging and avoiding toxins I have started to protect myself when exposed to sunshine.

Studies suggest that we should leave skin unprotected for up to 30 minutes per day, 15 is plenty if you do tend to burn or have sensitive skin. Why, might you ask? Because we need the vitamin D - SPF does in fact stop us absorbing as much of this much needed vitamin. It's so overcast in the UK that many adults as well as children are deficient, myself being one of them! 

Choose toxic free, why? Because heat means chemicals can enter the body easier...  It only takes something like 16 seconds for toxins to enter the bloodstream. How crazy quick is that??? The skin is the biggest organ so if you're going to protect it from sun damage you may as well protect it from carcinogenic's and all the other crap that goes into your average SPFs. 

I trust Green People a well establish organic brand from the UK. I use there SPF for myself and I use their organic babies SPF for my little babe. Unlike most brands they don't leave the skin sticky and smelly. Neither do they make you look like a milk bottle, you know what I mean!

I also really like using their day solution on my face which has SPF 15. I also try to wear tinted moisturisers that have SPF for extra protection. You can purchase mini tubes which I have as well as full size. I find the smaller tubes ideal for when I am out and about I am able to top up later on in the day when needed to stay protected from the harmful rays. Check out green peoples sun care range here
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