The spread of hepatitis C is a real problem where salons do not sterilise implements properly – implements that have traces of blood on them – though not specific to shellac treatments, this does make me feel a bit wearier about trips to the local nail salon.
The whole habit of acrylics and shellac nails, with all their toxic glory has definitely cast a different light on this indulgence – perhaps less toxic Zoya Nail polish and similar products are the way to go….😷
Skin gets more tanned and hair gets lighter/highlights, no chemicals necessary
Hot weather makes you slow down and take it easy, so I guess that makes the sun a ‘de-stresser’ and is argued to affect the body in a way that increases antibodies – the body’s natural defence against bacteria
A lack of vitamin D has been said to be strongly linked to a range of diseases, including breast and other cancers
Sunlight can reduce symptoms (and perhaps arguably contribute to the prevention) of Alzheimer’s disease
Exposure to the sun can also lower blood pressure and bring relief to arthritic pain
So for those of us who are not fortunate enough to have 365 days of warm sunshine – a well earned flight is probably due!
If you do your research, you’ll also find much has been written about aloe vera’s potentially toxic effects on your skin and body in the form of allergic reactions.
I had one heck of an allergic reaction to Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel after approximately three days of light use.
The first strange (seemingly unrelated) thing that happened 2/3 days into using it, was that after a very good night’s sleep, I woke up the next morning with swollen puffy eyes and had to sit with frozen peas over them for about an hour to help the swelling go down, it gradually improved further throughout the day. Very strange indeed, I thought.
A couple of days later, everything was fine, no swollen eyes – nothing to report. I washed my face as usual that evening then applied a little aloe vera to my face neck, shoulders, and wiped the excess off my hands onto my waist and bottom.
Well. 😱 😨 😰
Literally, within about a minute of Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel going onto my skin (remember this was not the first time I’d used it) my face felt a bit funny and I felt a rash building up as I touched my skin. My skin then started to feel really hot.
I race back to the sink and wash my face again to get it off (not really thinking to wash it off my body as I thought it was just my facial skin that didn’t like it). Of course, the problem is, this stuff doesn’t sit on the surface of the skin, it sinks deep into your skin, especially when applied to freshly scrubbed clean skin, leaving it impossible to remove it all completely.
From this point onwards, I suffered for just over a week, nonstop, itching like crazy and the more you scratch the more it itches. A raised, visibly bumpy red rash covered all over the areas touched by the Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel, nowhere else, so it was definitely the gel.
Thankfully I had only applied Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel sparingly to my face.
Imagine rolling around in a bed of stinging nettles, this is probably what it would feel like.
I changed the bedding, washed my hair and anything I thought might still have remnants of the aloe vera gel left on it. Still the torture continued.
After continuously flushing out my system by drinking lots of water, green tea, and smothering my skin with Savlon, TCP, coconut oil and taking Dettol baths, things slowly started to improve after around ten days, yes it took that long.
I will never underestimate the power of an allergic reaction again.
Be careful when trying new products, even if they’re supposed to be organic. Granted, this particular product has a few other ingredients in it which may have had something to do with it. One of the assistants in Holland & Barrett suggested I try using pure aloe vera (with nothing added), which they had in stock.
I really wasn’t willing to risk more of the same, or worse, in the name of experimentation.
I know when to call is quits.
When your body speaks, listen. A severe reaction is often your body’s way of letting you know it is in distress and that a substance is in some way toxic/poisonous to your system.
Obviously, everyone is going to react differently to things, but this is the most extreme and shocking reaction I have had to any product in my entire life. It definitely frightened me.
Thankfully Holland & Barrett were very understanding and offered a full refund on both the opened and unopened bottles of Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel I purchased (with receipts, I hadn’t thrown them away).
A woman in the queue next to me said aloe vera had done her skin the world of good, and uses it often. How differently two people can react to the same thing – though she said she uses it in its purest form, not a manufactured product.
I have decided to steer well clear.
Quite frankly, I don’t have any significant need for it, I just thought it would be a good soother to try after being out in the hot suneach dayon holiday (thankfully trying and testing it months before I was due to go away). This would have been a complete disaster if it had happened whilst on holiday. There are plenty of other good products that can sooth the skin just as well.
Interestingly, all the product reviews for Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel seem to be very positive on the Holland & Barrett website, whilst they’re all negative on Amazon ( after checking again today). Don’t rely on reviews from just one website for anything, always research more widely for more balanced feedback.
A week on, my skin was almost back to normal, the affected areas only itched a little bit now. I’m so grateful I didn’t have a more severe reaction. Thank God. Some people’s throat passages swell up, restricting their breathing – which can be fatal.
Aloe vera, thanks but no thanks.
Moving swiftly back to my long standing, tried and tested shea butter and organic coconut oil.
So we’ve all (male or female) probably had some sort of beauty or cosmetic catastrophe at some point or another. Whether it’s crazy tan lines, lashes falling into your romantic dinner, bad reactions to products or a simple broken nail – these things can bring trauma and humiliation to us all.
Its always comforting to know you are not alone, and hear about the trials of fellow beauty seekers, from which we can perhaps learn and avoid similar experiences.
Nail polish melting off my nails whilst on holiday was one of my weirdest beauty disasters (stick to reputable brands in hot weather), along with hair getting sucked into the back end of a hairdryer and ending up in knots, (watch what you’re doing when drying your hair) lol.
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It may not always be the cheapest option but if you visit (in person) department stores like Debenhams, House of Fraser, John Lewis etc before buying perfume….it gives you a chance to ask the sales assistants what free gifts there are/which are the best one’s/which one’s have free bags.. ……you catch my drift… oh and get some really nice up free samples too.
Note: unless part of a gift set, these freebies are not usually on display.
I bought an ESCADA ‘Born In Paradise’ and the Debenhams Sales Assistant dug this bag out from the bottom of a very deep drawer!!! (Even though it is linked to a different ESCADA fragrance he was happy to let me have it).
ESCADA is one of my favourites by the way! Each year they bring out the most fruity/tropical scents.
It’s light-weight, feels like quilted soft leather, gold and pink with an inside zip….would be great on holiday I think…even if just for stashing toiletries or hair accessories.
Note: Debenhams do a loyalty card for beauty and fragrances….I got one last time I was in there but haven’t registered it yet..will do 🙂
THRIFTY THUMBS UP!!
Testers plus Gucci 2014 Christmas bauble…..I think the idea is that I now need to buy Gucci perfume every Christmas to collect a set of baubles as one on its own doesn’t really do much for a tree 🙂
Whenever you buy perfume, always ask for testers, they are fantastic whilst on holiday or away for the weekend – you don’t want to wear the same perfume all day every day, but you don’t want to weigh your luggage down with 10 bottles of perfume either!!
Being stylish really isn’t about how much money you spend, it’s all down to how you put a look together, and the confidence you exude when carrying it off
Low rise jeansare a great style for a slim waist and adds length to a short body.
Try to gather a wide selection of umbrellas in different colours and patterns – then you’ll always have a brolly to compliment any outfit. Your umbrella is an accessory, when it rains you wear it – essentially!!
I cannot bear to see white or orange stitching on denim – in fact I’m not keen on seeing any stitching – I think it makes them look cheap
If you live alone (or even if you don’t !) make sure you would be happy to be seen in whatever you choose to wear for bed should you (heaven forbid) need to dash out into the night due to some imminent emergency (or keep something easy to throw on – close to hand)
I do not like those belts where you push the pointer into the punched hole. The holes have a habit of stretching after a while and then the belt start popping off while you wear them – no good. I much prefer a buckle or friction belt
If you can’t find the time to do your nail polish in the morning and mostly stick to the same colour, invest in a good shellac – a french manicure/white tip shellac would be the easiest to maintain if possible – you’ll hardly notice as they grow out.
Ok I know it’s ‘cool’ at the moment and lots of women do it BUT, personally, I’m not a fan of a mis-matched bikini. It’s like taking the cherry of the cake – the whole look seems to be missing something and lacks impact.
Check your VPLbefore leaving the house, especially in the summer when wearing lighter fabrics, or a slinky dress. (Visible panty lines can cheapen an otherwise impressive look – take heed). Invest in some seamless knickers.
Smarten up boring cardigans and jackets/coats with some stylish buttons. A bit of haberdashery can go a long way!
When wearing heels, please do not drag your feetacross the floor when you walk – unless you are trying to pull off “how not to be elegant”
Boost black cotton garmentswith Dylon fabric dye every now and again – keeps the looking rich in colour.
Every underwear drawer should also have a fewtshirt bras. Bumpy textures are not a good look when wearing chiffons and thin vests
Garments with movement, swish/swirl/float, automatically add femininity to any look
No point wearing nice shoes and a scruffy bag, bags and shoes are worth investing well in – they really set off your whole look
Sunglasses in a hue to match something you are wearing really makes an impact.
Thick parcel tape is great for removing fluff off dark clothes
Lovely smart clothes for work+trainer+rucksack = style demolished
Do not let your heelswear down to the point of leaning: this is not a good look and bad for posture
Polishyour shoes and iron your clothes, it makes such a difference to the quality and makes you look well groomed
Nail polish remover is great for removing marks from patent shoes
Patent shoes look fabulous with ultra glossy tights
Personally, putting full make-up on while sat on the tube is as good as blowing your own cover ladies. Some things should remain mysterious
Keep a bottle of topcoat clear shine nail polish in your bag 4 any time you need a gloss-up b4 a meeting, lunch, after work drinks etc
I prefer to wear two signature pieces of jewellery at time, three’s a crowd
Sandals and socks – just don’t
Unless your job prevents it – always wear nail polish(even if only a clear shiny one), dull nails look like you haven’t made an effort
Wear a pair of gloves when putting on tights or holdups to prevent nails from catching on them.
If the shoes pinch in the shop, do not buy them, you will end up wearing them once and then never again
People always look at your nails. Keep them well groomed & polished.
DIY manicure while watching TV, no excuse to neglect.
When wearing leggings, wear a top that covers your bits. Too much information is not pretty!!
A distinguished hat will add drama and charisma to any outfit.
There is something about a person’sshoes that just gives you a whole vibe about them
Have a stash of boob tubes in every colour going, they are great for layering and adding colour
Bra straps showing (even clear ones) can often look tacky. Invest in a range of bras with racer back, hater neck, multiway options
When wearing sheer clothing, wear underwear that is as close to your skin tone as possible
Nails that are ‘just’ over the tip of the finger look better than talons
A scarf is another great way to add colour, texture and charisma to an outfit – for any season
Make sure your coat length is longer than your dress or skirt – flows better and looks more elegant
Round and high neck tops will accentuate the bust, V necks have a minimising effect
Bring coloured jeans back to life with Dylon machine dye, especially black and dark blue. Anything that looks like faded black looks cheap and scruffy.
Sleep with a leave in conditioner and plaits for glossy waves in the morning
A purse to match your bag really looks impressive
Anumbrella to match the colours you are wearing – impressive, most people mismatch. Get brollies in as many colours as possible, they are an accessory after all all.
Carry sunglasses in you bag as standard, the sun can shine anytime of the year whether its hot or not
The flatter the sole of the shoe, the more elegant and expensive they look (as opposed to chunky platform soles. Hidden platforms are also preferable….you don’t see the adjoining line between the shoe and platform piece)
Spray perfume inside the underarm of coats, cardigans and jumpers, the warmth in this area makes the scent radiate
When wearing a ponytail, cover the hair band by wrapping a strand of hair around it and discretely pinning under the nape of the neck
For me, sports wear(including socks and trainers) should only be worn when playing sport
Keep spare tights in your bag unless you are wearing a thick denier
A scarf can inexpensively style & edge-up bland outfits, stock up on scarves for all seasons, silky and chunky.
I’ll add more if anything springs to mind!!
Style is a very personal and individual thing, there are no rules really, but we all have our preferences, and even though I’m sharing mine, it really is ‘how’ you style and carry your look, rather than merely ‘what’ you wear that makes a positive impact
……and another thing, ten people could all wear the same thing, following the same ‘rules’ and perhaps only one would make your head turn in admiration, so “wear it your way”!!