Advent Calendars Galore

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With December just around the corner, for many there will be soon a reason to jump out of bed however dark and cold it is outside.

Long gone are the days when children would share one advent calendar. Today you can go from cheap and cheerful chocolate options to more luxurious options and there is an ever-growing amount of choice.

At Pure-Beauty we love nothing more than a present a day in the run up to Christmas and today we will share with you some of the best advent calendars out there.

For candle lovers out there, the Yankee Candle calendar is a must have. Behind every door is a special seasonally scented tea light as well as an extra treat for Christmas Eve. Light up the candle each day and enjoy with a glass of mulled wine and a mince-pie to really get in the spirit of things.

A popular choice for kids, big and small, is the LEGO® City Advent Calendar. Complete with six mini figures, including Santa, a grandma and a snowboarder, as well as Christmas tree with yuletide log fire, there is something fun to build every day in the lead up to the festivities. Be warned, these little beauties are going fast so if you want to join in the fun, get shopping ASAP.

You get an assortment of delicious dark, milk and white chocolates with the Thornton’s Continental advent offering. Espresso, Viennese Truffle, Salted Caramel Praline and Hazelnut Slice are just some of the rich taste experiences to be found inside this luxe option that can be enjoyed for breakfast! Well, it would be rude not to.

If you fancy some a little more rustic, how about making your own hanging advent calendar with a cute kit from Crafter’s Companion? Priced at £14.99 from John Lewis, you will get 24 blank card boxes, 24 metal binder clips, cool foil stickers, 3m of twin, 24 card frames, 24 printed paper strips, 2m of double sided tape as well as a set of instructions so you can make something totally unique.

As an alternative to chocolate gifts, why not wake up to Swizzels Sweets this December? Behind the 24 doors are an assortment of family favourites to delight all. Just remember to give those teeth a good clean before you leave the house and go to bed!

Olaf and friends are here again this Christmas, so if you can’t let Frozen go this one is for you. Each day you get a super-cute figure from the film as well as a back drop so you can recreate your favourite scenes and sing along to your heart’s content.

If you want to go old school, the Traditional Advent Calendar Company is for you. They have a comprehensive range of old-fashioned calendars with seasonal illustrations and glitter galore. Nativity scenes, robins, snowy days and stockings filled with presents are all there for the taking on these pretty calendars. Throw in some glitter and candy canes and you are back to the good old days of Christmas past.

You could also consider buy an advent candle and burn a little each day, or how about giving the one you love a trial product from Pure Beauty during advent to show how much you care? Wrap up gifts such as the Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream (75ml), Dermalogica Daily Cleansing Shampoo (50ml) and the Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner and making a cracking start to Christmas.

All you need to do now, is decide which one is for you and of course, only open one door a day because Santa is watching who’s been naughty and nice.

Team Pure-Beauty

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Grab Some Great Pre-Christmas Bargains!

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Getting ahead with your Christmas shopping is a great way to get organised and save some money in the process. It’s an expensive time of year and being able to save a few quid along the way is welcomed by most of us so that we can avoid our post-Christmas finances looking rather sorry for themselves! Here at Pure Beauty, we have some great offers available all year round, but here are five of the best to help you save some money on your Christmas shop:

Dermalogica Meet Dermalogica Kit – reduced from £30.00 to £22.50

This kit is a great place to start if you’re new to Dermalogica as it contains four of the most popular products from Dermalogica’s ranges – Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel , Dermalogica Skin Smoothing Cream, Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm. It allows you to try before you invest in the full size products, whi ch is a money-saver in itself!

Decleor 24 Hour Hydrating Light Cream – reduced from £41.00 to £32.00

If your moisturising needs aren’t so intense, this light cream from Decleor is perfect for all skin types and is reduced by 22% at the moment. The cream hydrates the skin and is soft to the touch without any stickiness for immediately visible results; 85%of women noticed their skin was revitalised and softer after the first application.

Dermalogica Intensive Moisture Balance – reduced from £61.00 to £53.50

One of Dermalogica’s best-loved moisturisers, this contains an ultra-rich blend of phytonutrients, vitamins and humectants that helps restore vital moisture. It is suitable for drier or prematurely-ageing skin. It can be used twice daily, morning and night, and will drastically improve the appearance of your skin.

Decleor Micellar Oil – reduced from £25.00 to £20.00

Micellar oil is one of the hottest products on the market right now, and this one from Decleor is the best, not to mention the fact that it’s currently 20% off! When massaged into the skin, the fine oil particles kick-start your microcirculation to boost radiance. When rinsed off, skin feels fresh, nourished and revitalized, perfectly prepped for the next step in your skincare routine.

Dermalogica SkinPerfect Primer SPF30 – reduced from £42.00 to £31.50

This promer is a multi-use product, combining the skin smoothing properties of an anti-ageing cream, the blurring of a primer and the protection of a sun cream. It’s designed for prematurely ageing or dry skin, which will help to smooth away fine lines, brighten and prime for flawless skin and to prepare for make-up application. It can be worn alone or under make up.

Adapt your exercise routine for the winter

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While you might feel like curling up on the sofa in your onesie and watching back to back Corrie, your mind, body and soul will thank you for keeping up with your exercise routine over the winter months.

The cold wind and early evening darkness might not be as inviting as balmy summer evenings for a run, but we have had a look at how to keep fit and strong, however chilly it gets.

Don’t stop moving
In the summer, we tend to exercise before it gets too hot, so in the winter you need to reverse this and try to workout before it gets dark and your motivation is lost. Either go to the gym before work, run during your lunch hour or plan morning bike ride that will get those endorphins pumping around your body for the rest of the day.

Get the kit
By the end of your jog you should be sweating, but before you step out of the door the goose bumps will be there if you are only in a vest and shorts. The key to winter success when it comes to exercise clothing is layering. Thermal running tights, bright trainers, warm t-shirts and soft socks won’t just look cool, they will feel good against your skin and help regulate your body temperature. If you are exercising in the dark, go for a hi-vis top and even a head torch so you can easily be seen.

Go digital
If you really can’t get to grips with exercising outside in December, tap into online options. Whether it is HIIT training, Pilates, interval cycling or Zumba, there’s a wide range of sporting options that you can do at home, but you still need to put in the effort if you want to see the results.

Get a buddy
One way to ensure you get out and get going is to have an accountability buddy. If you know you’ll let someone else down if you don’t hit the gym, it’ll be harder to skip your workout. Whether it’s a friend, sister, partner, work colleague or neighbour, find someone with similar interests and make a pact to do this together.

Have a goal
Just as it can help having someone to work with, it is also motivating to have a goal to aim for. Whether you are going to complete a 5k charity run, train for a marathon or take part in the London to Brighton bike ride, write down your goals, put them somewhere you can see them and go for it.

Drink
Ice cold water is refreshing in July, but it is actually essential all year round. When you exercise it is really important to drink plenty of water otherwise you can end up feel tired, lethargic and dehydrated which will take away your motivation to get moving. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times, sip little and often and aim for at least two litres of H2O a day.

Be safe
Whatever you do, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be home. If you are exercising outside after dark, choose a well-lit route, wear bright clothing and be wise when wearing ear phones in quiet areas.

Enjoy!

Embracing the Power of Rice

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Embracing the Power of Rice

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Rice. Great for serving alongside a curry, using to make sushi or even mixing with cream and sugar to make a filling, wintery pudding, but that’s about it, right? WRONG! Rice, and specifically rice bran oil, is a useful ingredient in many of the beauty products that we stock, and today we’re highlighting five of our favourites to show you that rice can be so much more than just part of your Friday night takeway!

Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum

One of the things that rice contains is phytic acid, which is really useful for addressing pigmentation imbalance and evening out skin tone, which is why Dermalogica have used it in this brightening serum. When combined with various oligopeptides and algae extracts, this serum actually manages to control melanin production, not only reversing the signs of hyperpigmentation but stopping them from happening again in the future.

Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Moisturiser

Anyone who’s even used a fake tan knows that moisture is the key to a non-orange, streak-free glow, which is why Elemis have packed this gradual tanner with highly nourishing rice bran oil. The oils allow your skin to develop an even, bronzed look because they banish dry skin cells which the tan can cling to and look patchy. Within 2-3 days, you’ll have a natural colour which looks like you’ve spent the weekend in Southern France, rather than Slough!

Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil

This replenishing oil from Dermalogica is intended for use between cleansing and moisturising and protects the skin from ageing and the environmental stresses which deplete the skin’s own moisture. Rice bran extracts create a luminous antioxidant shield against free radical damage, while orchid flower and chia seed oil smooth visible dehydration lines and locks in critical moisture.

Elemis Superfood Facial Oil

As well as harnessing the power of rice bran oil, this facial oil also includes oils from other superofoods such as broccoli seed, flax seed, daikon radish, rosehip seed, cucumber, macadamia, poppy seed and meadowfoam seed. The combination of oils are rich in omegas and anti-oxidants to feed the skin, ensuring maximum skin health and helps to lock in skin’s natural moisture to help prevent dryness and soften the skin.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

This unique product uses rice bran enzymes to smooth the skin, sloughing away dead cells and dullness to reveal a balance, radiant complexion beneath. As well as micro-exfoliating skin cells, it helps to control melanin production, ensuring that the skin maintains a balanced look and calms inflammation, leaving the skin extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Perhaps most remarkably, it’s gentle enough to use on a daily basis!

There’s an app for that

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Ever noticed how often you ask someone a question and they tell you ‘there’s an app for that’?

Increasingly people are turning to technology in all parts of their lives and while having some downtime away from screens is a good thing, apps can actually really help with the way you live, work, exercise and socialise.

We’ve had a look at some of our favourite apps that we think you might like too.

If you love journaling, you will adore Moodnotes. This cool app lets you jot down your mood and thoughts in an online journal that is easy to use and look cute. As well as tracking how you are feeling, with this on your phone you can learn healthy habits when it comes to thinking patterns and overtime, you can use it to help feel upbeat, more self-aware and it can be a way of taking control of your well-being.

Ever tried to get into your online banking or order your weekly shop and forgotten your password? Well, there’s an app for that. 1Password is free, easy to use and remembers all your passwords and keeps them safe and secure. All you need to remember is that one password and you’ll never be left scratching your head again.

If you struggle to come up with tasty meals, you need the Handpick app. By putting this ‘food discovery app’ on your phone, you will have access to a tonne of trending dishes and inspiring recipes that have been sourced from around the world, and web, that will change the way you cook forever.

Love yoga but never quite make it to your class, then you need Yoga 15 in your life. As well as a great website, the brilliant app teaches agility, balance, flexibility, focus, mobility, strength and relaxation. The easy to follow videos let you take things at your own pace and each one enhances your physical and mental well-being and means you can check out of your schedule for just a little while.

If you like your carpets to be clean and your work surfaces tidy but still want to hangout with your friends, you need Houseparty in your life and one your phone. This handy app opens in your smartphone’s camera and allows up to seven friends to join you, hang out and party on your own terms but without the mess or hangover.

Want to be down with the kids? Well then you need to download SNOW. This is a creative video messaging app that’s already been snapped up by over 100 million users around the world. You can use this app to send stickers and funny vid’s with live face effects to your friends during calls. You can send notes while chatting and invite friends to a group chat so you can catch up and share your secrets, well for 24 hours at least.

Nothing new about this one but we love the Calm app. Thousands of people around the world are benefitting from meditation and mindfulness thanks to this easy to use app. Listen in bed, on the sofa, even on the tube and learn how to bring your breath into the moment and how to keep a handle on your stressful thoughts.

Got an app you love? Let us know what it is.

Team Pure-Beauty