Saturday, 30 November 2013

A few tips to help you survive the annual winter sniffles

It was whilst cocooned up in bed, surrounded by tissue boxes 
with a hot mug of tea and biscuits (although my skin will get revenge ASAP), wrapped up in my dressing gown and with my fluffiest socks on that I came up with this post idea. I am currently cold-ridden. I blame my friends. For the past week we've all been sniffling through lunchtimes and predicting who will 'catch' it next. Normally, I would be incredibly pleased to 'catch' something; catching a ball in netball, or any sport for that matter, is a very rare achievement for me. However, when it comes to illness that is not the case, so it turned out to be just my luck when I caught the dreaded cold. Ugh. 

I've always been told to make the best out a bad situation. I consider this a good time to put this little piece of advice into action. Yes, I may be down trodden and surrounded by soppy feeling-sorry-for-yourself rom-coms, snotty tissues and a big pile of biscuits but I am going to make use of this time and write up a post guiding you how to overcome your sniffly woes with a few beauty tips and tricks to make your snotty nose feel incredibly less inconvenient (sorry, that was a mouthful) If you're in the same position as me, then brilliant! And if you are currently minus the cold, just you wait...well, look on the bright side...I'll sure make sure you're prepared! Because, come on - we're girls, we can multi-task - even with the cold of a devil we can still look tip top! And *Hopefully* no-one will know you'd rather be laying in bed...

So I'm not saying you need to apply a full face of make up to feel good. To be honest, when you're ill you probably couldn't give two toffees as to what you look like. I am the same, but getting well is not all down to your antibodies in my opinion..no, if you feel good mentally, you should feel better physically, right? Remember that old saying? 'If you feel good, you look good!'

There is no denying it, when a cold descends upon us, our noses become comparable to Rudolph's, our eyes puffy, and our lips dry and flaky. Its any girls' worst nightmare. It's truly a wonder how a tincy wincy bit of bacteria causes such havoc on our bodies!

First of all, lets name the elephant in the room. We all know it, but often igore it - you need to drink plenty of water!! I'm not talking a sip here and there. Oh no. Drink a pint of ice cold water every hour. Not only does this flush out your system and the little nasties occupying it, but it speeds up your metabolism and helps your skin too. You can still drink as much tea and milkshake as you like but DO NOT forget the water.

Not only do you need to keep hydrated inside - you need to go into SWAT-team style action mode on your skin. This is the time to slather on an intense facial moisturiser at every possible moment, or its a definite that you'll wake up with skin as dry and flaky as an athletes foot, and I wouldn't wish that upon anyoneYou'll protect your skin against all that nose-blowing friction, too and in the process hopefully eliminate the chances of achieving the red-nosed-Rudolph look.

You need to apply concealer like its life or death! To save you from looking like ill Rudolph, Use a yellow under-toned concealer to combat any redness and hide those pesky ill-tell-tale signs-no body will know that you would rather be curled up in bed!

When you're suffering from the sniffles, your lips make it their ultimate goal to become chapped and sore. Rub away any dry flakes with a warm face cloth or smooth over gently with your toothbrush and then apply a hell of a lot of Vaseline and you should be good to go!

Puffy eyes are guaranteed when a sniffy nose is present. However, a super fast and easy remedy to get rid of these quick is to take two cold, wet teabags and place them over your eyes while you lie down for 15 minutes. The result? De-puffed peepers. Another idea is to pop your eye cream in the fridge for 5 minutes to cool it down to refresh those puffy, tired eyes! Nobody will know that you've been up half the night blowing your nose!

Last of all, have a good old pamper. Looking at how to have a perfect pamper evening? Read my post on it here

So whilst I'm sat here feeling sorry for myself and attempting to put these tips into action, how have you been doing? Are you suffering from the annual winter sniffles like I am? 

Have a Lovely weekend everybody!
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22 comments :

  1. Uh oh you got the dreaded cold! Haha I can't be around people with colds like on public transport etc I get so paranoid... Perfect tips though! I know that drinking water really is essential, sometimes juices really don't help especially if you get sinus colds! I need to invest in a good concealer as I don't have one at the moment but could be a good precaution haha! Xx


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    1. I did indeed:-( I completely agree- when somebody is sneezing on the tube and then grabbing onto hand rails...eghhh it makes me shudder at the thought! (Thus why carry around hand sanitizer 24/7!) Thank you so much! Its good to flush out all of the nasty toxins and virus-although I am still relying on big mugs of tea to help me through the day! I use the Lasting perfection concealer in 'medium' as this is a little yellow-y although I know Bourjois do a lovely concealer with yellow undertones! Thanks for the comment my lovely:-)

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    2. Thanks for your help!!! I'm concealer shopping this weekend now, and perhaps picking up a couple of hand sanitisers too! Haha xxx

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    3. That sounds good to me! Just do a lot of swatching haha! Let me know how you get on! Lots of love, lauryn xxx

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  2. I already had a really really bad cold a few weeks ago and seriously, I couldn't even get out of bed! T.T So glad that's over...
    Unfortunately, my skin is the one that shows all the downsides of a bad cold. A get a few breakouts, lots of redness and dry patches. I call it my "Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me look"..... -_-
    WATER! I keep forgetting to drink enough (because I really don't like the taste), and then it all comes back to haunt me. Speaking of which, I may as well go and have a glass of water right now since I'm already talking about it.
    Thanks so much for the lovely post! It's gonna be a long winter, so I am certainly going to need these tips! ^_^

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    1. Oh dear, hope you're feeling better! I feel the same, I don't think I will be able to get up for school tomorrow:( Haha this comment made me giggle-I look just like that! Uber-spotty forehead, extremely dry patches around my nose and a lot of redness-looking like rudolph at the moment! haha you've reminded me! Thank you so much for commenting, I am so glad you enjoyed reading! Lots of love, lauryn xxx

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  3. I love this post. So many good ideas. I'd recommend putting toner in the fridge too, so refreshing.
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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    1. That idea is genius! Thank you so much, I am glad you enjoyed reading! Lauryn xxx

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  4. Oh how I have been here! I seem to get colds all the time, my immune system is quite frankly rubbish. Talking from experience, I hope you don't have any school exams coming up. Having a stock pile of tissues and the continual blowing your nose/sniffing/sneezing doesn't make you the most popular in the exam hall!
    Hope it clears up soon
    Ellen xo

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    1. I feel your pain! Neither does having the hiccups - the amount of devil eyes pointing in your direction is beyond belief! I have a few controlled assessments coming up but I'm praying that it will be gone by then! Thank you and thanks for lovely comment, it put a smile on my ill face haha. Lauryn x

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  5. I loved your tips..I'm actually a wee bit poorly at the moment so funnily enough am sat here right now feeling sorry for myself! Guess these tips came at the right time. Aimee xx
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    1. Aw I hope you feel better soon! Feeling a wee bit poorly is almost guaranteed with the middle of winter fast approaching! Glad you liked the tips, and hope you feel better soon:) Lauryn x

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  6. Brilliant post, some great tips there! I've been fighting off a cold that keeps coming back since freshers week! x

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    1. Oh dear, that sounds horrible! Hope it finally clears up soon! Lots of love, lauryn x

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  7. I loved your tips, I found them helpful and we're all bound to get one of these nasty winter colds, might as well fight them off early
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    1. Best to prepared hey! I think that the nasty winter germs are truly unavoidable - they find a way into our systems no matter how much we attempt to fight them off! Thanks for the lovely comment, lauryn :-) x

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  8. Brilliant advice and tips I had the cold last week :( and its worse when you have to work as basically you have to face the world even with make-up on you still look dreadful I always get cold sores and the worse red nose and tired eyes it's hard to look half good haha hope you get better soon though :) xx

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    1. That is the worst-going to school make up less it even worse! My school is matilda-trunchball strict and if you have the tiniest bit of make up on the teachers turn on you for life! Facing the world when you're invested with nasty little winter germs is NEVER fun! Don't forget the uber spotty skin as well! Thank you so much, I've netered your giveaway its amazing! I have had a list of GLAMGLOW products saved a favourites for months now..but I could never justify the price tag! Lauryn x

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  9. Such a great post! I'm a big believer in getting up and putting some makeup on when you feel rubbish, it makes things so much better!
    Carrie xx

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    1. "If you look good, you feel good" - just makes the day seem a little more bearable haha. Thanks for the comment Carrie! Lots of love, Lauryn xxx

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  10. When feeling poorly I stay in bed with a big hot chocolate!

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    1. With whipped cream and marshmallows! Haha, its the ultimate remedy! Thank you so much for your comment! Lauryn x

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