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Feeling & looking tired? Here’s what to do!
Feeling & looking tired? Here’s what to do!

Do you know that feeling when you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and think ‘God, I look so so tired?’ I definitely do. We’re all fed up with winter and everyone is longing for sun rays and warmer days. Not all of us have the opportunity to climb back into bed so here are my tips for how not to look tired, even if you are!

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  • Drink plenty of water. It might sound stupid, but if your skin is dehydrated it will look dry and tired. So on days you feel exhausted, drink even more of it. It will give your skin an instant plump effect.
  • Hit yourself awake! Even though this sounds harsh, it’s known in yoga and really helps to wake up your body.  Hit softly with the back of your fist on the entire arm during a few minutes. Repeat on the other arm. You will feel the energy floating!
  • Give yourself a little face massage. Always use upward movements…the skin will sag eventually anyway,  no need to fast forward gravity!
  • Cleanse your skin and apply a face mask. Choose a hydrating or nourishing one. A sheet mask comes in handy, it can do the job while you brush your teeth. Which is a tricky thing to do and will wake you up instantly!
  • Use eye drops. I’m in love with ‘Let Goutes Bleues’ they hydrate my eyes and make the white in my eyes brighter.
  • Apply an eye mask. It will soothe the little lines and make the sensitive skin around the eyes look smooth and refreshed.
  • Try the cold spoon trick. Put two spoons in the freezer for a few minutes and put them on your eyes for as long as you can. Bye, bye bags.

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  • If you have the time, go for a walk or excersice outdoors. I know it will be hard but a rosy glow will be a great reward for your effort!
  • Shine like a star. Use illuminating products as a glowy face will make you look awake. Don’t go for heavy makeup but keep it light. Mix a foundation or BB Cream with a luminizing cream or liquid.

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Armani Fluid Sheer – Make Up Forever Ultra HD Soft Light (both at Planet Parfum) – Les Goutes Bleues – Innisfree Mask

  • Conceal the eye area. Neutralize dark circles with a peachy/salmon colour or brighten up the under eye area with one to maximum two tones lighter.
  • If all the above fails, put on the biggest sunglasses you can find and rock the day anyway!

Stay awake,
Peggy

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14/03/2018 0 comment
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Brand of the Month: Clarins

Brand of the Month: Clarins

[su_dropcap]D[/su_dropcap]espite this leading French luxury skin care brand being all around before I was even born, I didn’t try much out before last month. A premium selection of Clarins products, adapted to the special needs of my mixed skin which is prone to dehydration, arrived at my doorstep. This has been my daily routine for the last couple of weeks.

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In the morning, I start on a cleansed face with the newly reformulated Double Serum. The dual-chamber bottle contains a water-based as well as an oil-based serum, hence its name, which are mixed together into one gel-like fluid through the pump system. This pump is cleverly designed, by a simple twist you can customize the dispensed amount of serum, so there’s no spillage of the precious content. This skin treatment infuses the skin with over 20 anti-aging plant extracts and it claims to reactivate the skin’s vital while also fighting stress, aging effects, and pollution. The end result is a smoother, more resilient, radiant and firmer skin. I warm a small amount onto my fingertips and gently press it all over my face and neck. It’s lightweight, non-sticky and it absorbs super-fast. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and slightly tightened. Its hydration power is a big plus, the rather strong scent, though not unpleasant, a small minus. It’s good to know that Double Serum can be mixed with my day cream to save some time on busy mornings!

Clarins, skincare, anti-ageing, Multi-Active Jour, Multi-Active Nuit, Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, Double Serum, Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, This Is Peggy, review, makeup artist, Peggy Timmermans

Clarins, skincare, anti-ageing, Multi-Active Jour, Multi-Active Nuit, Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, Double Serum, Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, This Is Peggy, review, makeup artist, Peggy Timmermans

Next is the silky-smooth Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream. The comforting formula contains nourishing essential rose wax and blackcurrant to smooth fine lines.

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Then comes the soft-pink Multi-Active Jour, Clarins’ antioxidant day cream which has been designed to help minimize fine lines, boost radiance and to fight the effects of daytime stress. The lightweight formula is ideal for my T-zone, during the course of the day I feel that my cheek area could do with a tad more nourishment though.

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During this holiday season, I might have enjoyed the festive dishes and drinks a bit too much, and not only my waist line, but also my skin now pays the price. This is why Booster Detox comes in handy. This formula has been designed for congested skin, caused by partying, overindulging and smoky and polluted environments. Does this sound strange to you? Our skin has an internal detox system and the capacity to restore its balance, but life in excess can wear it out. As toxins build up, our skin becomes visibly stressed.Booster Detox contains green coffee, known for its detoxifying properties. 3 to 5 drops of this highly concentrated booster, mixed with your day cream or mask, is said to help revive radiance of a dull complexion and to replump the skin. I’ve done this for one week, but if needed you can use it longer.

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I started my nighttime routine with Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil , a hydrating treatment oil which restores vitality and radiance to dehydrated skin. It contains patchouli (love the scent!) and blue orchid extracts, as well as hazelnut oil to softens and smooth the skin, to seal in moisture and to help minimizes the appearance of fine lines. To help the oil sink in, it’s best to pat it onto still moist skin right after your toning lotion, avoiding the eye area. Make sure to keep the clear glass jar in the dark to protect the oil from oxidation. Then I apply the Extra-Firming Eye Wrinkle Smoothing Cream onto my eye-area and next I blend some Double Serum with the Multi-Active Nuit, Clarins night cream for normal to mixed skin types. Teasel extract provides revitalizing and anti-aging action and organic California Poppy extract helps the skin look smooth, toned and rested by morning. I like the texture of this night cream, although it’s thick and creamy it absorbs well and it doesn’t leave a greasy film. The faint, fresh-flowery scent wear off quickly, which is also great.

In general I can say I’m happy with this trial. My skin feels soft and is visibly smooth, toned and healthy. The anti-ageing claims are harder to confirm with the naked eye just after four weeks, but I’m going to finish these products anyway. Also, I would have preferred some products to be less scented. My personal favorite? That’s Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil, with Multi-Active Nuit as a close runner up.

A nice introduction to Clarins,
Peggy

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22/01/2018 1 comment
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