5 awesome tips to keep your skin fresh and healthy

Monday, 27 March 2017

Fresh and healthy skin can be the secret to looking younger and feeling great but often half the battle to achieve this is finding out where to start. To get the clear, radiant skin you’ve always hoped for, try changing your lifestyle to incorporate these tips. 

Exfoliate your skin

As we age, our skin’s natural enzymes are less effective at removing dead skin cells that can block your pores and prevent your skin from reflecting light. This means that not only are you more prone to pimples and blemishes but your skin is left looking ashy and grey. To speed up the cellular turnover in your skin, introduce exfoliation into your natural skincare* routine. This will nourish and restore your skin as well as making the way for moisturising products to penetrate more deeply. Limit your exfoliation to one or two days per week as over-exfoliating can sometimes leave your skin dry and damaged. 

Hit the hay

Something as simple as getting the right amount of sleep every night can vastly improve your skin’s appearance. Not enough quality sleep will make your skin look tired and therefore older, especially for those who suffer from puffy eyes. Make sure you have a regular routine at bedtime so that you are fully relaxed before you nod off. If you have trouble sleeping at night, why not try exercise to tire you out? Avoiding caffeine in the evenings and avoiding eating after a certain time can also improve your overall sleep quality. 

Don’t neglect h2o

Cucumber water

Water helps to get rid of the toxins that cause blemishes and inflammation and also assists in transporting nutrients and oxygen to skin cells to prevent dehydration. If you’re dehydrated, premature ageing can occur. It is recommended that you drink at least 8 glasses of water per day and more if you live in a hot climate or if you’re particularly active. 

Go green

Green vegetables such as kale and broccoli contain mass amounts of vitamin C which have been known to get rid of the free radicals that can cause wrinkles and sagging. It has also been found that vitamin C can help to treat sun damaged skin that is notorious for causing fine lines and discolouration. Another green thing that will benefit your skin is green tea which is high in anti oxidants and therefore said to improve redness and inflammation altogether making your skin look a lot younger and fresher.  

Protect your skin from harm 

Suncream heart

Protecting your skin from harm can include anything from UV rays, hot water and even bacteria that lurk on your smartphone. Wearing sunscreen has been proven to reduce wrinkles as 90% of wrinkles are caused by sun exposure.  In terms of hot water, a steamy shower may feel great after a long day but the heat strips essential oils and creates a mild burn. Skin reacts to this by dilating blood vessels in an effort to cool down and this causes flushing and ruddiness. As we age, our skin loses its ability to shrink back to its original state meaning that we can appear ruddy all of the time

Alice Megan

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Level 10 Goals: 2017

Friday, 6 January 2017

2017 Fireworks

It's 2017! Yahhhh New year new me and all that crap - because let's face it that's what it is. I used to do it every single year, make the same damn resolutions and then be miserable by 3 weeks in because I broke every single one (again.) well this year is different. I no longer make resolutions, I made real life attainable goals based upon the concept of a level 10 life

If you don't know what the level 10 life is, it's the concept of scoring each area of your life out of 10 and working hard to achieve perfect 10s because figuratively that would mean a perfect life! 10/10 in every area of your life is absolutely impossible but constantly striving for better is the best way forward so here's my 10 goals for the years in the 10 different areas of my life:

Family and Friends: Make time for them! Should be easy right? But life sometimes gets in the way and people get taken for granted so I'm going to make a conscious effort to spend time with them and have fun

Career: Become a senior resourcer. This is pretty ambitious actually, I'll have only been in the job a year come June time but I'm thinking by the turn of 2018 I could definitely be in a position where I can successfully be promoted

Fun: Explore Sheffield! I adore my city it's so beautiful and there's so much I've still not learnt and so many places I haven't visited so my fun for the year is to really get to know the city I call home

Blogging: Reach 10K total followers! I've been quite slack on the blog in the past year and I have so many lovely followers but I aim to grow from my current number of roughly 8600 to 10K over the year on combined social media. I think that's quite a modest jump so let's see if I can achieve it

Finances: Save enough money to buy a car. This goes hand in hand with one of my other goals, I'm not looking for a super flash car, just a cute little second hand car perfect for my first

Personal Development: Pass my driving test - I need to pass this year so I don't have to do my theory again! Nothing like a little pressure as motivation right?

Love: Fall in love - This is more a hope than an actual goal, there's nothing I can really do to make this happen other than keep dating and see what life has in store for me

Health and Wellbeing: Lose weight. I lost just over a stone last year which I was really pleased with. This year I'm hoping to lose even more, a stone would be good but more would be amazing

Physical Environment: Empty Cupboard and reinvent it. I have a cupboard in the wall that's pretty huge and I think it could make a perfect reading nook or similar, however it's full of stuff. It's basically a dumping ground so this year I need to finally get round to working through it

Comping: Win something money can't buy. I used to adore Comping but I've really lost the love for it, I think I need to win something money can't buy to recapture that love

What are your goals for the year?

Alice Megan

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How to make the kitchen the heart of Christmas

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Kitchen Counter

If you were to ask what the heart of the home is, the kitchen would be right up there; alongside the living room and a subscription to Neflix perhaps; either way, the kitchen is no longer just a place where you prepare a quick meal, or in most cases, scramble for snacks; no matter the hour.

The humble kitchen is where life happens, and with Christmas tomorrow (arrrrrgghhh!), I know how much time I will be spending there, and like many of you, how much fun/panic stations/arguments over the best way to make fluffy spuds etc will be done in one room.


So when it comes to making the kitchen the beating heart & soul of the home this Christmas, here are just a few tips some

1) Create your space

One of the top tips I’ve seen is from the kitchen company SDB Kitchensit all has to do with space. “One of the biggest things people complain about is space; whether that is cooking the Christmas meal or entertaining afterwards. There is little you can do about re-designing your kitchen now, but what you can do is give yourselves a head start by clearing up your worktops from clutter. Pack away cookbooks (keep the one you need for your Christmas meal, naturally), put utensils in a big jar or draw, or even box them and put to the side, and keep all of your working areas free. That will create a grand illusion of space and costs 10 minutes of your time!”


2) Decorations to a minimum

We all love Christmas decorations, they can make rooms look and feel festive. Go to a Christmas fete and stall and you can pick up some beautiful pieces. The trick is to not go OTT but to bring about the warm look and feel of Christmas to the kitchen. Small Christmas wreaths to hanging decorations work best, especially if you’re trying to save space on worktops and counter areas. Use contrasting colours to bring out the different looks and feel to the living space.


3) Create a drinks area!

Drinks Station

Another great tip from Stefano and his team is “create a drinks area.” I was dubious at first but this sounds like one of the better ideas I’ve seen. “If you’re trying to get friends and family together, a little drinks area which has a selection of wines, spirits of even soft drinks that people can go to and mingle around, especially after the meal, can be one of the best things you can do. Plus, if you’re hosting, it stops you from having to get up all the time to see if someone wanted a drink It’s a great centrepiece for fun and laughter!”


4) Get your playlist right!

Finally, if you really want to bring the spirit of Christmas into the home this year, then you’d need look no further than a good playlist to accompany you through the day. From Christmas spirited tunes whilst you’re cooking and chatting away to more sedate music for food, this could be the start of getting a yearly tradition in with playlists and requests before your Christmas hosting duties arrive.


Are you ready for the festivities?
PS - Make sure you're dining rooms fit for the festivities with my dining room wishlist!

Alice Megan

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Look in my letterbox #1

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Look in my letterbox is back boys and girls! Before I relaunched my blog I think this was definitely my favourite feature, I thoroughly enjoyed hosting this linky and the group of people that linked up were beyond amazing so I'm surprised it's taken me so long to get around to starting the Linky again!

If you've not been here before here's a brief overview of the linky:

  • Look in my letterbox (#LIML) is a linky to showcase what you've had through the post this week, whether that is purchases, competition wins, blog review items or bills etc.
  • Linky runs Saturday to Friday each week
  • Mention me on twitter with @alicemegan1993 and #LIML to receive a retweet
  • Grab the LIML badge and share with your friends!
  • Alice Megan
So what have I got to show you for my first week back? Well time may have passed but the fact I'm an amazon addict has certainly not changed


LIML #1


[1] Superman Bath Duck £4.97 [Purchase]
[2] Happy Jackson Notebook £8.95 [Purchase]
[3] BIC Colour Pencils £2 [ Purchase]

These are the last little bits of Xmas presents! I'm well pleased with myself that I've managed to complete my xmas shopping pretty early this year, now onto the mammoth task of wrapping


What have you had through the post this week?


Alice Megan

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Alice in Tinderland PT.1

Monday, 28 November 2016

Earlier this year I found myself single for the first time as an adult - scary right! (read about my new chapter here) so after a little time soul searching I decided to take the plunge into online dating and that decision has led to the crazy ass world I now live in. Tinder tinder tinder - everyone who's singles on it right? or at least tried it!

Well my foray into the dating scene has been interesting to say the least and I thought I'd share my disasters with you guys because well if I don't laugh with someone I might cry from embarrassment with some of them so off we go down the rabbit hole into my adventures on Tinderland

Heart games

#1 - Mr Patronising

Ahh my first ever tinder date! It was never going to go well was it? Life's just not that simple. He seemed nice and normal enough he was definitely a gentleman taking me out for food and cocktails and paying, however if he reminded me once that he'd done that he reminded me a gazillion times. Oh and he also made a point of telling me that I'd put my knife and fork incorrectly on my plate after my meal. Needless to say my first date while pleasant enough definitely wasn't a keeper patronising does not get my heart racing. Oh and his shirt choice was enough to make me want to run for the door as soon as I got there

#2 - Mr BFF

I'm clearly not using Tinder right am I? Date number two was definitely an improvement on the first, he was more my kind of guy and our personalities bounced off of each other excellently. A few meetings more and football matches a plenty we realised that we're so far in that friend zone and I couldn't be happier! So I didn't find love but what I did find is truly one of the nicest boys I've ever met (when he's not being a sarcastic twat!) he's picked me up many a time brushed me off and sent me on my way. I know I can rely on him and I know we'll be friends for a very long time! I'm counting this one as a tinder success

#3 - Mr Cheat

Oh how naive I was. This guy was continually vague about everything from where he worked to where he lived, I thought he was mysterious - turns out he was making sure I didn't find out he had a girlfriend. I did find out and gave him absolute hell. Turns out a mutual friend knew him and his girlfriend found out about his antics not too long ago. Karmas a bitch guys and gals it will always find you

#4 - Mr Skaterboy

So one of the first things you do on Tinder is set an age limit, mine was set that I didn't get any babies (18 - 19) looking for fun yet after a drunken swiping sesh with one of my girlfriends I matched with skaterboy. He was 19 and we got on great lots of chatting into the night and cinema dates etc. ultimately our lives were at different stages and that's fine but I've got fond memories and we still chat occasionally. 

#5 - Mr Mummys Boy

Probably the closest I've come to an actual tinder relationship. I met Mummys Boy and everything moved really fast! Within a week or so I  was constantly at his flat. We spent a lot of time together and really got along well, I developed feelings for him and the feeling was mutual. Looking back god I was absolutely blinded by lust. He was a complete Mummys boy and simply looking for a replacement, he was inept at looking after himself and I genuinely have never met someone so utterly childish in my whole life not to mention manipulative. This guy actually held my coat ransom after I ended it for almost 2 weeks. I imagine he'll be back at home crying to mummy about why he can't find a girl to baby him.

TBC - part two of my tinderland stories will be live soon
Have you got any Tinder stories?

Alice Megan

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