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There was a lot of hype about mineral make-up when it first came out. It was perceived as being some kind of miracle make-up, presumably made from a mixture of fairy dust and sand from a mystical desert – a combination that would mean you stayed young and beautiful forever if you put it on your face….

Or not. But people were pretty impressed, and while mineral make-up does have many advantages, you shouldn’t abandon your old liquid foundation completely either. Here is everything you need to know about mineral make-up:

It’s not all natural
Using the word mineral makes it sound as though all the ingredients are natural, but this isn’t always the case. A lot of mineral make-up brands use bismuth oxychloride in their products, which is a man-made substance. This is what makes the make-up stick to your skin, and it also gives it that shimmery look.

Remember though, just because it isn’t natural doesn’t mean it’s bad for your skin (though it might irritate particularly sensitive skin), so there’s no need to abandon it for this reason.

The best thing about mineral make-up is probably the fact that you can make it look as though you’re wearing no make-up at all, while still getting full coverage. Or if you’re going on a night out and you want to look more done up you can buff more of the powder onto your face without getting the same caked on look that liquid foundation can create. It’s also great for really pale skin as sometimes it can be hard to get a liquid foundation in a light enough shade. However, mineral make-up has been known to make wrinkles look more prominent, so it’s probably best for young skin.

Skin care
A lot of people believe that mineral make-up is better for your skin than liquid foundation, and it’s often recommended for people who suffer from rosacea as many brands contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which have anti-inflammatory benefits. However, there isn’t any scientific research to back this up so you shouldn’t take it for gospel.

If your liquid foundation is working for you, don’t let the mineral make-up brigade change your mind with tales of miracle cures and natural benefits. While it IS great (we have used it and loved it many times), remember that a lot of the hype is down to some very clever marketing. 



Extensions are great if you have thin hair or just can’t seem to grow it longer than your shoulder – seriously, what is with that?!

However, there are a few things you need to know before you invest (a lot) of money into your hair.

Fine hair? Avoid glue-ins
If you have fine hair, you need to avoid glue-in hair extensions. The glue can actually be thicker than your hair making it harder to remove – eek, sounds painful!

Getting used to it
It will take a bit of getting used to, and not like the getting-used-to-a-new-cut kind of used to. Styling will be awkward for a while but it will get easier – we promise.

Don’t just go to anyone
Seriously, when it comes to your hair, professionalism goes a long, long way! Don’t just pop into any ole hairdressers – you want to be sure they’ve done this before, even if it means paying a little more.

Taking care of them
If you have synthetic extensions avoid using any hot styling tools. If you want to continue to rock GHD curls or have poker straight hair, you may want to consider going for human hair. You also can’t wash synthetic ones like you would normal hair.



Be honest, when picking up a pair of shades, do you go for style or the SPF it offers?

If you want to protect your eyes, you’ll definitely be going for the latter after reading this.

According to the World Health Organisation, up to 20% of cataracts (clouding of the lens inside your eye) are caused by overexposure to UV rays.

When it comes to protecting skin from the sun (most!) ladies are well versed in applying suncream, but did you know that your cornea can also burn? Sounds awful…

You can also get skin cancer on your eyelids and around the eye area.

It is important you pick up a pair of sunnies that have a UV400 label or ones that tell you they offer 100% UV protection.

Also, pick up a wide brimmed hat for extra protection – your eyes deserve it.


Iron is important mineral in your body as it carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body, but would you know if you needed an iron boost?

You’re constantly tired
Feeling tired all the time no matter how early you go to bed? This is a sign that your body is craving iron. Iron helps oxygen flow to your tissues and an iron deficiency will leave you feeling fatigued and tired.

Heavy periods
Heavy periods can bring on iron deficiency as your body loses too much blood. If they are extremely heavy, talk o your GP.

Out of breath
Can’t make it up the stairs without gasping for air? It could be a sign that your oxygen levels are low due to a lack of ion in your body.

If you have a lack of iron in your body, your brain will get less oxygen resulting in you getting pounding headaches.

Iron supplements are readily available but always talk to your doctor or healthcare professional before taking them.



There is nothing quite like a trip around the world with your BFF; however before you go, here are a few things you may want to consider before you board the plane.

Choose your companion wisely
While she may be your BFF at home does that mean you will be able to stand her day in day out for months at a time? If your answer no, maybe you should reconsider your choice of friend.

Plan what you want to do together
What you consider to be the ultimate trip may be your friend’s idea of horror. Make sure everyone knows where they stand, if one fancies climbing mountains while the other plans on lying about in the sun you may need to compromise.

You will end up fighting
Spending everyday with someone is bound to end in a few squabbles, just don’t let them escalade. If you need time out from each other go exploring on your own – make sure you know where each other is though before you wander down strange alleyways.

Pick up a few strays along the way
Make a few friends with fellow travellers or locals. Not only will you be introduced to areas that you never thought of visiting if will also give you and your mate a break from staring at each other across the dinner table.