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12.01.2015

4 small & simple changes for a healthier 2015

A lot of the time it’s the little things that matter! I know many of you probably are trying to live a healthier lifestyle in 2015, it might even have been your New Year’s resolution, so I thought I’d share with you the little changes you can make to your daily habits for better health in the months to come. It’s easy-peasy!

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1. Be desk active!

Sitting down at your desk all day, every day can give you horrible posture, bad blood circulation and make you tired. Try to take short 1 minute breaks throughout the day – a short walk up and down the stairs or a bit of stretching will do wonders!

2. A new bag a day keeps the doctor away!

If you tend to use the same handbag every day for months just because it’s too much of a hassle to swap your important items around take note! When we carry the same bag every day we tend to carry it on the same arm or shoulder. Try to use a backpack if you can or alternate your handbag from one arm or shoulder to the other to avoid shoulder and neck pain, also make sure your bag isn’t too heavily packed. Perhaps an excuse to treat yourself to a new handbag?!

3. Bare your feet!

Your feet are what carry you around every day and sometimes they just need a bit of rest. Shoes can be a strain on your feet so let them out as often as possible. Walking barefoot will let you stand taller and with better posture as well stimulate the soles of your feet, reawakening your body and improving your health!

4. Brush, wash and smile!

No one likes bad breath or food in their teeth so why not carry a travel toothbrush and a mini mouthwash in your handbag? Quickly pop out to the bathroom after your lunch for a quick brush, wash and smile. This way you’ll also keep your oral & dental health up to par in the New Year!

All the best in the New Year!

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19.12.2014

Have yourself a chocolaty Christmas!

We all know that Christmas is one of the sweetest times of the year with all that chocolate munching and we all love it, including me! However, we also know that sugar is bad for your teeth and what does chocolate mostly contain? That’s right, sugar! So I thought I’d share with you my top tips for protecting your pearly whites and your children’s this very chocolaty season.

box-of-chocolates-630x3321. Eat it all at one!

Yes, it’s better to eat it ALL in one go – I’m sure the little ones will be thrilled about this. As it takes over an hour for the mouth to rebalance after the sugar attack it’s not good to keep snacking here and there. Instead, make it fun, just like opening the Christmas gifts and once the time is up, get rid of the leftovers.

2. Brush BEFORE chocolate!

There might be an odd flavour at first but this means that your teeth are clean, have had a protective blast of fluoride and there’s less of the plaque bacteria that cause damage to your smile.

3. Do NOT brush after your chocolate feast!

The enamel of your teeth are most vulnerable after the sugar blast, brushing will only cause more damage. Rinse out with water, milk or best of all a fluoride mouthwash to restore the balance in your mouth.

4. Parents, lend a hand!

Make sure you brush your kid’s teeth in the evening, everyone up to the age of 8 years. I know it can be a hassle as they usually don’t tend to like it but this way you can ensure everything is squeaky clean. The night time brushing session is the most important as there is less saliva being produced. Don’t forget to do yours too!

Happy holidays everyone!

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08.12.2014

My Christmas wish list

Hi everyone,

With Christmas just around the corner I’m sure you can agree that there are a million things to think about – decorations, presents, food etc. I find shopping for Christmas presents can be fun but also traumatising at the same time. That’s why I believe in lists! Although surprising someone with a gift they aren’t expecting is great, I struggle with time.

For birthdays I try to go the extra mile, however during Christmas I politely ask for wish lists, that way everyone is happy. This year, I thought I’d share my own Christmas wish list with all of you. You could use it as inspiration for your own list or perhaps as a gift guide for someone who isn’t quite sure of what they want this Christmas. Read more

 
 
 
27.11.2014

My party season makeup tips

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all looking forward to the party season as much as I am or perhaps yours has already started… You, just like me, might find yourself struggling to find the perfect outfits, the matching makeup and how to best wear your hair but I have come to the conclusion that things don’t always have to be so complicated. If you have several Christmas parties to attend this winter don’t spend all your money on new dresses and shoes – what’s in your makeup bag can help you look effortlessly chic whatever the outfit! The little black dress is as known always a safe option and definitely one I tend to opt for – throw in a trendy makeup look, perhaps one you haven’t tried before and you’re sure to be turning heads this festive season.

Keep calm and wear lipstick – a classic red, a bright pink or one of this year’s favourites – a vampy, deep purple as seen on the beautiful Emma Watson below. The great thing about this is also that a blue toned lipstick will make your teeth look whiter. Keep the eye makeup subtle and it won’t feel over the top. It’s simple but elegant! Read more

 
 
 
24.11.2014

4 style tips on how to stay fashionable and warm at the same time this winter

There’s definitely a certain ‘nip’ in the air and reluctantly I have to accept that summer is finally over.  Can’t complain, its been a great one and actually I’m looking forward to covering it all up.  I think winter dressing is actually easier and as I start to bring my wellies to centre stage again this year I thought it would be fun to write about my thought’s on a fashionista winter 🙂

1. Layer it!

Layering is an art that I’m still working on as a traditionalist. Like the old saying, meat and two veg, I was taught that you put on your thick winter coat and that was that…BUT layering is a fashion statement in itself and means it’s ok to wear a whole host of sheer clothes and yet stay warm!

2. Wrap it up!

I love an easy life. Wraps, ponchos, scarfs – they’re right on trend and they’ll keep you wrapped up and warm! They add something interesting but more importantly, one sweep over the head and I’m done. Read more

 
 
 
10.11.2014

Children’s poor dental health

There’s been so much in the press lately about children’s unhealthy teeth and whether schools and nurseries should step in to help treat this common problem.

Unfortunately, more than 1 in 10 three-year-old’s in England have rotten teeth . It’s hard to believe that the main reason that kid’s have general anesthetics in hospitals is to have teeth extracted and what makes it worse, it’s usually totally preventable.

New guidelines by NICE for England say nurseries and schools should consider introducing supervised tooth-brushing and fluoride varnishing programmes.

They feel the reason behind the high numbers of children with poorly kept teeth is e that parents don’t see the importance of keeping milk teeth healthy as they will fall out eventually anyways. Hmm, I’m not convinced that the majority of parents think this way.

ALL teeth are vitally important, even baby ones.  They help guide the adult teeth into the right place  which means less likely need for braces.  Also kids are cruel and I often have parents asking if I can help because their children are being teased for missing or stained teeth.

My top tips?

  1. CUT OUT SUGAR.  Seems so simple but in this I have to say I blame the adults.  Babies are NOT born with a sweet tooth
  2. Adult needs to brush at least once a day until kids are about 8 years old. The night time brush is the most important
  3. Use disclosing tablets to teach kids the areas they are missing.  Key is to use it AFTER brushing to learn the areas that are being missed (great tips for adults also!)
  4. Take kids to the dentist regularly…as soon as the first teeth appear. This way they are likely to be scared of the dentist.  If you are a phobic (like me!) ask someone else to take them so your fear is not transferred

If you want to know more, here is a great link to an excellent article by the BBC.

Lots of love,

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31.10.2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween weekend is here and you might be struggling to come up with clever costume ideas or you might not just be that into the fancy dress thing… Then I’ve got the perfect solution for you! There’s SO much you can do with the makeup you might already have in your makeup bag – there’s really no need for expensive costumes and theatre makeup.

Black eyeliner – you can get really creative with a black eyeliner, either it be a simple kohl pencil or a liquid liner. Use it to create a cat face – flicked eyeliner, whiskers and a little button nose.

Red Lipstick – use a red lipstick to create a vampy witch look or why not as blood on your face and body?! The sky is the limit here!

Colours – get out all those crazy colours you never use in the bottom of your makeup drawer – eyeshadows, eyepencils, nail polishes etc. Get your imagination flowing and make yourself into a colourful clown, a vibrant peacock or simply a cool rainbow eye look similar to the one below.

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Happy Halloween to you all!
Love, Uchenna
 
 
 
23.10.2014

The new Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger’s face has been ALL the talk this week – if you haven’t already seen her new appearance you can check it out here.

The Bridget Jones’ Diary actress made a rare public appearance with her boyfriend on Monday night and she definitely had some heads turning.Renee was unrecognizable which led to a media storm and massive reaction on social media. She says she hasn’t had any work done and that it’s all down to a healthy lifestyle. Now, I don’t know if I would believe that as she looks very different to her rosy cheeked, plumper Bridget Jones days. However, I still think she looks great! What are your thoughts?

Love, Uchenna

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17.10.2014

Skin saviours for colder weather

 

After what has been an amazing summer, cold weather has swiftly hit the UK. Although Mother Nature still hasn’t quite made up her mind we know it is on its way as the days get shorter and darkness longer!

The colder temperatures usually have a negative effect on our skin – leaving it dry and chapped. Not to worry, I have put together a list of my favourite moisturisers to keep your skin soft and hydrated from top to toe.

Face – The Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre is a rich and creamy moisturiser that really is three products in one – a primer, moisturiser and make-up remover! This product nourishes and repairs dry skin leaving it plumped, smoothed and incredibly soft. You will notice your skin feels more radiant and revitalised as all those dry patches will be long gone!

Body – There’s only one body cream in my book and that’s the Eucerin Intensive Urea Treatment Lotion. This cream contains Urea, which is a moisturiser that naturally can be found in healthy skin. In many dry skins the natural Urea is lost so the Eucerin Treatment Lotion works as a replacement when the skin becomes dry. This cream leaves your body feeling smooth and supple and its fragrance and colourant free and dermatologically tested, which makes it suitable for children too!

Hands & nails – The very popular Hand and Nail treatment Cream from Clarins is an emollient-rich treatment that forms an invisible protective ‘glove’. The cream softens and comforts dry and irritated hands as well as strengthen nails and conditions your cuticles. It’s perfection!

Feet – Don’t forget your feet! I know they probably won’t be on display much during the winter season BUT taking care of them all year round will surely make them more beautiful when it counts. Burt’s Bees’ Coconut Foot Cream is to die for! The natural ingredients revive and rejuvenate even the driest feet and the rosemary and peppermint oils refresh tired feet. Leaves a beautiful coconut scent and your feet feeling softer than ever before!

Lips – Obviously an area close to might heart. I slather good old Vaseline on at night then gently buff with a towel in the morning.  This keeps my lips smooth ready for my lipstick.

Do write in and tell me what you love using!

Love Uchenna x

 

 
 
 
09.10.2014

Don’t Save The Breast For Last

We’re sure you’ve spotted the extra burst of the lovely colour pink recently – in magazines, on shop shelves and even on TV – it’s officially Breast Cancer Awareness Month! You can’t have missed it BUT have you taken any action yet? And we don’t mean just donating your money…

Unfortunately, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women with 1 in 8 being diagnosed in their lifetime. Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. The damaged cells can invade surrounding tissue, but with early detection and treatment, most people continue a normal life. In recent years, death rates from breast cancer have declined as a result of screening and early detection, increased awareness, and continually improving treatment options.

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