Spring forward? Yeah right! Daylight Savings Time (DST) falls on 30th March this year, and I'm already preparing myself for a miserably short day of sleep deprivation (it could be worse of course; poor mums wait all year for Mother's Day and when it finally arrives they end up losing an hour of sleep when the clocks go forward!).
Last year my life, and my skin, changed for the better thanks to the miracle in a pot that is Boots no 7 Essential Moisture day cream.
Encased in a glossy white jar and with a smooth as silk texture it bears all the hallmarks of a high-end brand without the punishing price tag.
I first chanced upon this bargain beauty find when a friend bought me a no 7 gift pack and, after languishing atop my chest of drawers for a number of months, I finally delved into the beautifully decorated box to fish out a mini face cream that would tick all the right boxes when it came to those pesky airport restrictions – every girl's worst nightmare realised!
After a few days of absentmindedly slathering the mixture onto my face, I noticed that a brighter, fresher version of myself was staring back at me.
Our usual Wednesday morning blog from The Man About Town hasn't materialised this week because the blogger is somewhat exhausted having battled Man Flu for the last couple of weeks. Now, my sympathies go out to the male half of the human species because until recently, you've had to suffer not only man flu but other incurable male-only diseases (such as the inability to put things back where you got them from). And my sympathies also to all the women out there who have to live with said afflicted person.
Sorry boys… this is a blog for the ladies. Unless you're a man who wears make-up or has a particularly extravagant beauty regime and, if that's the case, then welcome to my blog.
I spend a large proportion of my time lecturing the male species (well, men that I know) about how much it costs to be a female.
From make-up to moisturiser and beyond, it's expensive. Of course, I know you can cut corners and you don't have to spend money on products and treatments but let's face it, it looks good and it makes you feel nice. And girls like that. Plus, if I turn up to work or (God forbid) a night out, without my slap on, then people constantly ask me if I'm ok. 'Yes, I'm fine. I'm just not wearing any make-up,' I sigh.
There's probably a lesson in there but I'm going to ignore it and instead tell you about my favourite ways to cut the cost of beauty products and treatments.
I've been putting off writing this particular article since last Spring but alas the time has come. Much as I try, I can no longer deny that the fashion of my wasted youth has made its return. The dam broke this morning when I saw the term "90's Grunge" in bold text over at the Telegraph fashion section. Well that does it, the fun, bright 80s nostalgia is on it's way out, forced out by boredom and flannel. My God, it really is the 90s all over again only without the music. Say what you will about the fashion, the music rocked! This is not a music blog-umn though, it's a fashion one. I guess this means I must now attempt to guide you through this 'everything old is new again' trend. Strap up those combat boots, 'cause here we go!
British Summer Time (an oxymoron if ever there was one) officially ended last weekend and this work week has been the first of many in the long winter months ahead where twilight is setting in before the work day finishes. But what price are we paying for that extra hour in bed we all enjoyed on Sunday morning? Well, at least 7 per cent of us are quite literally paying with our sanity according to a report in the British Medical Journal. So, could you be suffering with SAD?
Putting back the clocks has been an annual event in the UK since 1916
when the then-Government adopted a Daylight Saving system to save coal
by having longer daylight hours. Nowadays many people opposed to the
Spring and Autumn changing of the clocks not only argue that the energy
savings are negligible but are also bad for our mental health.
which stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a type of winter
depression thought to be triggered by the clocks going back. Half a
million Brits are affected by the condition every year, suffering with
problems sleeping, lethargy, loss of concentration, anxiety and over
eating (it's no coincidence that companies like WeightWatchers see a massive uptake by the beginning of Spring).