Beat The Winter Blues

Beat The Winter Blues

Wow – isn’t staying happy and positive tough during the dark British Winter? (If you’re reading this outside the UK, somewhere sunny, then I’m not jealous… much!) I know I’m not alone in struggling with these grey days either. I’m pretty sure even the most ‘happy go lucky’ of us finds things tough come January.

But we have to fight back. Yes it’s an effort and yes we might fall ‘off the wagon’ some days but… fight back we must!

So, here are some of my favourite pick-me-up tips that will help get you happily through to the Spring. Mmmm… I can feel that warm sun on my back already!

1. Exercise. It doesn’t matter what you do – Zumba, swimming, walking, football, gym, ballroom dancing, cycling, judo, yoga, pilates or a hundred others – just find something that you enjoy and gets you moving regularly.

2. Don’t be a hedgehog! In other words, try not to hibernate. Get outside, even if it’s for no other reason than to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Meeting up with friends or relatives is great too. Taking an interest in other people helps you forget about your own problems (think how easy it is to ‘lose yourself’ in a movie). Maybe even make the effort to speak to that neighbour you’ve always avoided (my husband should read this!) You never know what new relationships might blossom when leave the house.

3. Eat healthily. You ate enough junk at Christmas, right?

4. Put fresh flowers around your home. This doesn’t have to cost a fortune – one of my favs is carnations in jam jars. These little gems give bright bursts of uplifting colour that last for ages. Floral scents also have a direct effect on our emotional responses. If I don’t have fresh flowers to hand then I mix essential oils such as Rose and Sweet Orange in an aromatherapy burner.

5. Spring clean. After all, who said you had to wait until actual Spring to take control of your surroundings? Take extra care to get your windows sparkling. With Winter’s low light levels it’s important the maximum gets through. If you still feel your home is dingy, try light therapy. Waking up to an anti-SAD lamp (Lumie makes good ones) tricks the brain into thinking it’s a bright sunny day.

6. Pretend you’re prepping for a holiday: fake tan, pedicure, brighten your hair colour. Okay, maybe you’re not actually going away at the end of it but that pre-holiday excitement is all part of the fun, right?

7. And finally, my favourite is my gratitude book. Treat yourself to a cute notebook, keep it by your bed and then every evening record 3 things to be grateful for from that day: a compliment at work, a shopping bargain, no traffic jams – anything! It’s a simple, but amazingly powerful, way of filling your mind with sunshine.

Kylie on The Voice – Get The Hair!

So this month has seen the return of The Princess Of Pop, Ms Kylie Minogue, onto our screens in a big way. As one of the new coaches on The Voice she’s wow-wow-wowing audiences with her smiley charm and killer heels. For me though, it’s as much about the hair and make-up. And, as someone who’s just found herself walking out of the salon with hair the same length as La Minogue’s, I decided to try out a gentle Kylie curl on myself.

Body Shop BB Cream

Body Shop’s BB cream is a lightweight, white cream that tones with your skin on application to give a nude, dewy finish.

At £12.00 (available in four shades) this nourishing and flattering make up is a good buy.

That said, it’s not suitable if you’re looking for something with coverage. BB creams are primarily complexion enhancers.

Here’s a snap of me, squinting in the winter sunlight, with nothing on but the Body Shop BB cream in 03.

Clinique Lash Power Long Wearing Formula, Waterproof Mascara

At this time of year, with endless rain to contend with, a good waterproof mascara is an essential part of every girl’s make up kit. Still, a lot of us are put off using one because of that battle to remove it at the end of the day. Well, fear not! Clinique have released a fabulous waterproof mascara that not only can survive a wild British winter but is also easy to take off. Here’s how it works…

Golden Globes, Red Lips

It was a choice of a flattering nude or stunning red lips on the 2014 Golden Globes red carpet, with Taylor Swift looking especially cute rocking the latter (her signature look).

Jennifer Lawrence also plumped for a berry red as she collected her Globe for Best Supporting Actress in American Hustle…

… whilst Cate Blanchett, winner of Best Actress (Drama) for Blue Jasmine, had a bitten red pout to complement her gorgeous black lace Armani Couture.

And whilst Emma Watson has us all gossiping about her game changing Dior outfit (think open back and… er… black leggings) she topped off the look with perfect red lips. With all eyes on those stunning mouths it’s no surprise the rest of these ladies’ make-up was kept charmingly simple.

Want Taylor’s look? Then watch this!