MissLJBeauty: December 2017

Friday, 22 December 2017

The best men's winter Jacket

Hi everyone,

How are you all?

Today I want to talk about my ultimate struggle. My husband is a complete nightmare when it comes to shopping. I know this is quite normal but lately, it has become super annoying. Kinda the same pain as going to the dentist and waiting in a queue when someone has jumped in front of you.

He has been on the hunt for the perfect jacket for as long as I have known him and it is a never-ending trip to every outdoor shop in the world and we always need up back at the same one every single time. Which you ask? Blacks It is his shop of choice so I have no idea why we spend time looking at others.

Anyways I digress.
I want to talk to you about The North Face Men’s Trevail Hooded Down Jacket on sale for £180.
Let's talk about the checklist. Yes, my husband had a checklist. He makes quite a commitment to his jackets.

  1. Must be good quality
  2. Must be warm 
  3. Has to be lightweight and not bulky 
  4. Must be packable ( i.e must go into a very small area)
  5. Has to have hidden pocket for valuables. If biking it will keep things safe
  6. Can be worn for sports like biking and climbing and normal everyday use. 
  7. Has to have two hand pockets. 
  8. A hood (not negotiable) 
  9. It must regulate heat. ie keep you warm and not cling to you and make you sweat. 
  10. Have elasticated heam. 
  11. Must be reasonably priced. 
Honestly, I thought this jacket did not exist. We would joke when he tried on jackets does this match the tick list? and Finally, there is a jacket. Thanks gosh.

Enter The one and only The north face mens trevail hooded down jacket navy. Thank you, Blacks for stocking this and giving me back my shopping time. The tick list is completed and more I am told It has stood up to the odd shower and temperatures or minus -11. Yes, Last week in the highland.

To be fair to my husband we live in the north of Scotland and finding a jacket that lives up to our lifestyle and extreme temperatures is very hard. We can have snow and sun in the same week. Which is hard for one poor wee jacket but not this one.


Thursday, 21 December 2017

Party hair I do care.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

Hi everyone, 

How are you all? 

My hair is driving me nuts. I have Christmas and new year to tend with, and annoying hair.
Is it just me who sees girls go out with perfect hair and think Why is my hair not like that? 

Mine looks like I have been blown away in a storm 10 minutes after I have styled it. 

I was out the other night and I met a girl in the toilet as you do and her hair was amazing. I was chatting with her and hair came up and I asked her how she styled it and she giggled and told me she buys human hair wigs. I was intrigued as I would never have guessed she had a wig on. Gone are the days of old men in dodgy toupee that is for sure. 

So here is what I am going to order for my next nights out from divatress.com
Isis Collection Brown Sugar Peruvian Remi Weave

Isis Collection Brown Sugar Peruvian Remi Weave In platinum blonde 18in

I have always wondered what I would look like with bangs 

Saga Remy Clip-in Bang Piece – Petite Clip 1 PC in platinum blonde. 

Motown Tress Lace Wig – HBR-L.Mina | COLOR: Natural
I have always wanted to try brown hair so this gives me the freedom without the commitment. 
this is the motown-tress. 


my travel bucket list

Hi everyone,

Its the time of year to unwind, pop those feet up and start to dream.
Today I am dreaming about my travel bucket list. So let do a bit of browsing of destination2 for inspiration. I have a bit of a need for some heat so they will all be warm countries I think. what I look for in these types of holidays is. I like my cities to have culture and lots of things to do. I like to learn about how the real people of these countries live. I want to experience the culture and food.
I love to snorkel and explore. Try new thing and most of all broaden my horizons. Not just relax on a beach with a cocktail in hand.

  1. Thailand You all know I am planning that already. (next years holiday thailand)
  2. Cambodia, Everything about this country sounds amazing from the landscape to the people to the food. 
  3. Vietnam. I want to do a multicentre here and see the cities and the countryside. I would probably do Vietnam and Cambodia in one trip. 
  4. Hong Kong the hustle, the bustle, the technologies this is an incredible place. 
  5. Bali. Wow I mean this would be just Wow. 
  6. Mexico. I have almost booked this so many times from the temples to the music this is a huge to do for me. 
  7. St Lucia. This for me looks like the perfect place to hide away and find some relaxation. 
  8. The Maldives. I really need to go here from the crystal blue waters to the never-ending beauty. 
  9. Dubai. I really like the look of Dubai this is the ultimate playland. 
  10. Abu Dhabi. This also looks like an amazing place full of culture and history. 
So this is My top ten Hot country Bucket list. I could go on and do My top 50 if I'm honest but I think you might stop reading. 

Where are your top ten Places to visit. 

Top Ways to Eliminate Stress at Work

Easiest Ways to Beat Stress at in the Workplace

Life is full of stressful events – traffic jams, being late for an interview or a deadline,
bills to pay - the list goes on. The truth is that the body never lies, and if you’re feeling scared and overwhelmed with these situations, your body will show symptoms like exhaustion, irritability, heightened blood pressure, and brain fog.

How do you perceive stressful events?
A wide range of circumstances and events cause us to be stressed. It isn’t necessarily the stress reaction itself which is so bad, it is your choice of response to it – how you
perceive stressful events. The way you manage your stress will determine whether it
will be harmful to you or have helpful creative effects. Harmful stress causes fatigue,
energy failure, low self-esteem, abdominal pain, indigestion and poor memory.
Want to beat stress in the workplace? Then check out our list of ways to do just that.

Learn time management. Hard work is admirable, but to be at work before everyone else, to work through your lunch break, to be the last to leave the office,
and to never take a holiday will always have negative repercussions. If the thought of a long getaway stresses
you out even more, then learn to take short breaks for some rest and relaxation.
Time management is important and you need to prioritize your time appropriately to get
the most important things completed well and on time.

Take control. Stress comes from feeling out of control. If you get upset because traffic
jams are keeping you out of the office and late for appointments, get a hands-free car phone
 Yes it won’t make the traffic less, but it will allow you to call ahead and adjust your schedule. If you have a long list of to-do’s, set aside five minutes to write them
out on a notepad. This will help you organize your thoughts and prioritize your needs.

Try teamwork. Some people refuse to delegate work because they believe it won’t
be done properly. There are, however, some excellent employees who know precisely
how to apply teamwork to take the pressure from you. Get them roped in,
split the work just this once, and afterwards meet for coffee to chill with your newly-made support team from your office. This strategy is creative and it makes the office and your workload seem much more manageable.

Take care of your health. Anxiety and stress left unchecked in the office may create exactly what you don’t want – brain fog, the jitters, being overly emotional,
feeling empty and flat, being lethargic and depressed. You start to feel trapped in a negative emotional state that affects your day-to-day coping skills. Eating a
healthy diet, exercising regularly, and taking supplements like nootropics will help keep the negative symptoms at bay. Substitute candy bars with pre-packaged
apple slices and take a walk during your lunch break to make small changes
in a healthy lifestyle.

Life needn’t be a series of endless troubles. Your stress levels at home and in the
office are related to how much and for how long you’ve experienced stress and how you manage it. Remember that if your body is in a prolonged state of chronic stress, collapse can occur. So keep yourself healthy and safe with these tips and you’ll be feeling stress-free in no time.

Monday, 18 December 2017

A Complete Skincare Glossary: Often-Used Phrases Explained

Skincare is a confusing world. On one hand, it feels like skincare should be simple-- after all,
we all have skin. It can’t be that hard to understand how it works. Yet somehow,
skin is so temperamental, so different from person to person, that it’s nearly impossible
to find consensus.

As a result, there are literally thousands of different treatments, products, and ingredients
used to try and produce the best skincare solutions for everyone-- but these just confuse
matters further. The terms tend to be thrown around in reviews, assuming that the reader
understands what the writer means, but if you don’t understand, then you will find yourself
more confused than ever.

So, let’s provide some clarity. Below, you will find a glossary of all of the most common
skincare terminology. Hopefully, this will help pull back the curtain on the confusing world
of skincare, and you will be in the best shape possible to find the products that will work for you.


Acne is a condition caused by blocked pores, which then swell and fill with pus.
Pores block for a variety of reasons, including poor skincare, excess oil production,
or hormonal changes during the monthly cycle.

Acne is best treated with BHAs (see below for explanation on what these are!),
benzoyl peroxide, or birth control pills if the problem is hormonal in nature.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

AHAs are acids which have a dramatic impact on skin tone, texture, appearance,
pore size, and signs of aging. The most common AHAs include:

  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Mandelic acid

AHAs tend to be well-tolerated and can help to ease a variety of different skin complaints.


Antioxidants limit the production of ‘free radicals’, naturally-produced atoms that can cause
skin damage if left unchecked. Antioxidants are a vital ingredient that help to stimulate skin
cell production, helping your skin to ‘glow’ and easing texture issues. They are incredibly
effective, as these Lifecell skin care cream reviews confirm. Adding antioxidants into your
skincare regime will hugely improve your skin texture and appearance, though it’s advisable
to use them continually and wait for at least four weeks to see the best results.


An astringent is a product that increases blood flow. In skincare, this tends to result in
improved lymphatic drainage, a smoother complexion, and can help with acne.
The most commonly-known astringent is witch hazel, while most toners will have
some astringent properties.

Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs)

As with AHAs, BHAs are a type of acid which helps increase cell regeneration.
Unlike AHAs, BHAs have been proven to be particularly effective at clearing
blocked pores and reducing acne as a result. The best BHA for skincare is salicylic
acid, though you should not use this if you are allergic to aspirin.


Cleansers are products designed to clean the skin. For best results, you should
cleanse twice: once to remove makeup, pollution, and oil from your face.
The second cleanse occurs after the first; allowing the cleansing product to
penetrate deeper into your pores, and helping to improve absorption of toners,
serums, and moisturisers. Unless specifically directed otherwise on the bottle,
cleanser should always be removed from the skin with water following use.


If an ingredient is ‘comedogenic’, this means it has the potential to block pores.
Coconut oil, despite being frequently recommended for skincare, is actually rather
high on the comedogenic scale. If you have acneic skin, you should avoid any
ingredient that is higher than 3 on this scale.  


Eczema is a skin condition that results in sore, itchy skin that can become inflamed.
If you have eczema, it is wise to consult with a dermatologist to assist with the formulation of your skincare regime. Some skincare products can trigger eczema, and sufferers should avoid any products that contain the use of artificial fragrances.


A humectant is an ingredient that binds water, helping to moisturize the skin as a result.
Humectants are essential if you have dry skin, as they can help keep your skin feeling
comfortable throughout the day. The common common humectants are as follows:

  • All AHAs have humectant properties, with lactic acid being the best choice.
  • Beeswax
  • Glycerin
  • Hyaluronic acid, which is often used in moisturisers
  • Sorbitol
  • Honey


Microdermabrasion is a dermatological procedure that aims to remove dead skin cells from the
surface of the skin, stimulating the regrowth of new, fresh, younger-looking skin. There are
microdermabrasion kits you can buy at home, but it’s inadvisable to use these; it’s incredibly
easy to go too far, resulting in damaged skin.


Moisturisers are used to... well, the clue is in the name: provide moisture to the skin!
Moisturisers are one of the most important facets of skincare, due to modern life’s
propensity to strip moisture from skin-- moisture that subsequently needs to be replaced.
Air conditioning, central heating, and even weather conditions can cause skin to dry out,
so a good moisturiser is an essential component of any skincare regime. Moisturiser
should be applied to skin as the last step of your facial skincare and left to sit on the skin,
providing lasting moisture throughout the day.

Oily Skin

Oily skin is characterised as skin that is, as you may have guessed, oilier than ‘normal’.
What constitutes ‘normal’ is difficult to ascertain. You likely have oily skin if you can rub
a paper towel over your face and then see oil deposits on the surface of the towel. Oily
skin has a tendency to be acneic, as natural oils clog the pores, but there is an upside:
those with oily skin don’t tend to develop as many wrinkles as other skin types.


Parabens are preservatives that are used in skincare. Some women have allergic reactions
parabens, and more and more brands are abandoning the use of them as a result.


Retinol is one of the best anti-aging ingredients in the skincare world. It is formed from Vitamin A
and can help prevent wrinkles from forming, and improve the appearance of existing wrinkles.
If you do wish to use retinol, you will need to ensure that you wear adequate SPF face protection
during the day; retinol will make your skin more photosensitive.


Rosacea is a skincare condition that causes excessive redness, and can cause swelling and/or
pustules to develop on the surface of the skin. While rosacea looks like an allergic reaction, it isn’t;
the general theory is that rosacea is actually autoimmune in nature. The condition is best managed
by learning to avoid ingredients that trigger rosacea, but this involves a long period of trial and error;
no two sufferers are triggered by the same things.


Sensitive skin is skin that is considered reactive. This reaction can be anything from feelings
of discomfort, such as prickling or burning, to a reddened appearance. Many people with
sensitive skin also experience excessive eye watering. Sensitive skin should be treated very
carefully, avoiding harsh products or physical exfoliators.


There are thousands of different skincare serums on the market, which aim to address a
variety of different skincare needs. Serums are problem-solvers, so you can select a product
based on the issues you wish to ease. The most popular serums are anti-aging serums,
while moisturising serums are also popular. Serums should be applied after cleansing but
prior to moisturising.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Sodium lauryl sulfate (better known as SLS) is a foaming agent that is included in a variety
of different toiletry products, including shampoos, toothpaste, and facial washes. SLS is a
known irritant to certain skin types. Signs of a reaction to SLS include a feeling of tightness,
rashes, or itching. If you suspect you are reacting to SLS, there are a wide variety of SLS-free products
that you can try, or you can experiment with the oil cleansing method (OCM) rather than face washes.


Toners are products that are designed to restore the skin to its normal pH levels after cleansing.
You may not see any direct results from toners, as they do not directly improve your skin, but they
will make other products more effective and keep your skin happier.


Wrinkles are lines in the face, caused by the constant usage of facial muscles and a decrease
in collagen production as we age. Surgery is required to completely remove wrinkles,
but the appearance and depth can be diminished using products containing retinol and AHAs.

Zinc Oxide

Zinc oxide is an essential ingredient for sunscreen; it forms a physical barrier between
the skin and harmful UV rays. If applied regularly, it is very effective at preventing burning,
and is an essential for everyday use during the hottest months of the year.

In Conclusion

Of course, with a subject as broad as skincare, the above only scrapes the surface
of all of the terminology you may encounter during your quest for perfect skin. However,
it has hopefully proved a good starting point, and perhaps given you a few ideas of
ingredients or treatments that you may want to try.

Skincare can seem obtuse and difficult to understand, but armed with the above and a
willingness to learn more, you can achieve the skin of your dreams.

5 tips for buying a great sofa

5 tips for buying a great sofa

When it comes to buying a good sofa, the trick is having a keen eye for detail. Anyone can sit down and declare themselves comfortable, but knowing you’ve got a purchase that’ll last you years is something of a fine art.

It’s all to do with really examining the quality of the frame, fabric and craftsmanship. When all these are done right, they will give you an incredibly high-quality product that you’ll be proud of.

So, whatever you call it - sofa, couch or settee - these handy tips from bespoke furniture experts James & Rose will help you get more sit for your cent.

1. Measure, measure, measure

One of the biggest buying mistakes people make is that they visit a showroom, fall in love with a sofa and place their order, only to realise that it won’t fit in their living room. Make sure you take a good look at the space you have available and consider what will go where. Do you have enough room for a corner sofa? Would an armchair or snuggle seat be better suited to that empty space? Accurately measure the space you have to play with, and take these dimensions with you when you go exploring for options.

Remember to be realistic with your expectations. A sofa that is too big can make your living room look a lot smaller and cramped - the opposite of what you want.

Don’t forget to measure all the doors that your sofa will have to travel through to reach its destination. You don’t want to get the sofa of your dreams back only to return it when it won’t fit through the frame.

Top tip! If you don’t have a great deal of space, a sofa with low arms and high legs that raises it off the ground gives the illusion of more space.

2. Check the frame

The sturdiness of the frame is one of the most important things you should be looking for. Avoid soft wood such as pine or spruce as these are more susceptible to warping and weakening over time. It’s also wise to avoid materials such as metal, plastic or particleboard; it may be cheaper, but they may crack over the years. Hardwood like teak, birch, oak, mahogany or cherry is far more durable and will last.

Top tip! Lift one corner of the sofa up off the floor. Once you reach six inches the leg next to it should also have lifted. If it’s not, the frame has given way - meaning it’s not as sturdy as it should be - it’s too weak to sit on.

3. Ask about joinery

Second only to a solid frame, good joinery should be the next thing up for inspection. Never ever buy a sofa that is held together only by glue, nails or staples. Good signs are: wooden and double dowels, wooden corner blocks, brackets and metal screws.

Top tip! The salesperson should be able to provide you with written information from the manufacturer or the joinery.

4. Is it practical?

Think about who is going to be using your sofa, and the environment it’s going to be situated in. Remember that a white suede sofa may sound great in theory - and look fantastic on Pinterest - but in a house filled with children and pets, it’s not exactly realistic.

Leather is a very practical fabric; the mess shows up and it can easily be wiped away, but it’s not necessarily the best choice for pets. If you simply have to go for leather but want to hide any cat claw marks, distressed leather or microfiber does the trick. For pets that leave a trail of fur, avoid velvet, wool and satin.

Top tip! Plan in advance of what boxes your sofa needs to tick. Pets, kids, food, wooden floors… They’re all things to consider.

5. Consider the aesthetics

Thankfully, sofas come in all shapes, sizes and, indeed, colours, so don’t be afraid to take some time and get it just right. The last things on your list to perfect are the colour and fillings.

When it comes to filling, polyester fibre is nice and cheap, but it go flat incredibly quickly. Feather fillings - goose and duck for a luxurious finish - are very comfortable but need regular plumping to keep their shape.

Think about how the colour of your new sofa will fit in with the rest of your decor. Does it suit the colour of the walls and the other furnishings like bookcases and coffee table? Unless you’re going for a full room revamp, it’s important to fit your sofa around the rest of the room rather than vice versa.

Top tip! When it comes to colour, ask for samples of available fabrics to take home and compare with your existing decor. Place your sample where you want the sofa to go and examine it in various kinds of light and from all angles.