Living Free

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2020 was a powerful reminder that we are all in this together, that our choices and actions have the power to protect us in a big way. October is known nationwide as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The reality still remains that every passing day a woman out there has to deal with this and has the burden to suffer in silence.  Join me in this Q&A as I share the story of one of the strongest women I know Lorenza Annino in the cause to help women to celebrate women journeys of strength and resilience.

When was the day you found out that you were diagnosed with breast cancer?

February 2014, in the checks I usually did, I was told that there was something suspicious, a simple crack in the areola and nipple. I thought it was nothing that serious, it looked like a dermatitis. My Radiologist told me that he suspected it was Paget’s disease, a rare form of carcinoma, with appearance similar to a psoriatic plaque or unilateral eczema of the nipple and areola. It derives from an epidermal extension of an underlying ductal breast cancer.

I was then advised to go to a Dermatologist. After 1 month of treatment with antibiotics and local creams and no results, I was asked to do a Biopsy which revealed what was diagnosed by the Radiologist, no one could see anything in both mammography and breast ultrasound. For this, I will never stop thanking him for his scrupulous attention to detail.

What was your immediate reaction to the news?

I felt the world collapse on me. The surgeon reassured me saying that it was an early stage tumor. I told myself that I could not allow this evil to destroy me but instead restore the serenity of my family.

How did it affect your life at that time?

I could not stand to think that my children and my husband had to see me psychologically on the ground. This would make me feel even more sick.I faced with my head held high everything that presented itself without being depressed.

Walk us through your process.

The process began with the first operation, quadrantectomy and followed by Radiotherapy.

In the following years I did the checks that were required of me but three years later in May 2017, the Tumor reappered in a more aggressive form. I was immediately told that it was necessary to proceed with a mastectomysurgery, 12cycles of Chemotherapy, hormonal therapy for the next 5 years. I do not know if I was so brave or so simply numb as I went to do chemo always with asmile on my lips. I kept thinking that despite everything I had to feel lucky. Others like me could not cure themselves so it pushed me even harder to win this battle. I had my moments of discouragement and worry. If I didn’t, I would not be human. I always pulled myself up though.

How did it affect the life of those around you?

They were all very supportive. The biggest support in all of this was my husband. His presence, his closeness,  his being always there and not needing to say anything because he already understood what I needed. The love of my children and my siblings who never left me alone.

What advice would you give to a woman going through the same experience?

The advice I would give is to never give up, always look forward and be positive. Crying leads to nothing. An important thing is prevention, because if today I am here to tell you about my experience, it is thanks to prevention. Prevention does not make you sick, but allows you to discover the disease in time and be able to fight it.

How has your life changed since then?

Today three years later I think that my life is better.I feel enriched because what I have suffered and passed has made me more humble. I take nothing for granted, I think that every day we live is a gift that the good God gives us, and we must be grateful for it.

Your Life motto.

My motto in life is always to see the glass half full and never half empty.

Thank you for reading through . Please Share with us your stories in the comment section below, let us all celebrate each other . After this is what beauty is about.

Did Someone Just Mention Fenty Beauty’s New Release?

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Since the company’s genesis in 2017 with “beauty for all” ethos, Fenty Beauty has followed through with their mission and consistently delivered great products and the coveted releases won’t be stopping anytime soon. 

From fundamental products like cream, blushes, and bronzers to more fun releases like, the famous body lava and shiny glosses. Fenty Beauty keeps pushing the boundaries of cosmetics. Fans asked and Fenty delivered. Our eyes are set on Fenty beauty ‘s new release.

The brand is launching its original Pro Filt’r foundation in powder form. From its mesmerizing packaging provided by Toly group and how rich this formula looks, it is reported that Rihanna has been perfecting the formula for the last three years. Described as “longwear” and “light-as-air,” the buildable, soft matte powder foundation will be available in 50 different shades. Talk about diversity, it’s meant to give blurred-looking skin with no flashback or creasing. 2021 is set to start off with a bang as we all cannot wait to set our hands on this beauty must have. Available December 26th.

6 Insane DIY Face Masks That Will Make Your Skin Glow This Season.

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We all deserve a little self pampering every once in a while and in this season especially. Here are 6 DIY face masks to make me time even better. Have fun.

Avocado Face Mask

1 Ripe Avocado
1 Egg White – room temperature
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Directions:

Avocado is one of the most prominent superfoods for the skin. Did you know that it can also be used for facials? Take advantage of the avocado’s vitamins and protein to moisturize your skin.

Ingredients: 

      1. Peel avocado and mash until there are no chunks.
      2. Mix avocado, egg white and lemon juice into a bowl.
      3. Apply to face and let sit for 30 minutes.
      4. Rinse well.

Honey Face Mask

This face mask is particularly good for scars and dark spots. It is also extremely easy to make.


Ingredients:

2 Tsp Raw Honey

1/2 Tsp Lemon Juice


Directions:

  1. Combine the lemon juice and honey.
  2. Apply the mixture to your face.
  3. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes.
  4. Rinse well.


Please note: Lemon juice is a relatively strong ingredient, it is best to limit the number of times you use this mask to 1-2 times per week.

Tomato & Cucumber Face Mask

Both tomato and cucumber are natural astringents which help tighten pores. Revitalize your skin with this simple 2-ingridient mask.


Ingredients:

1/2 Ripe Tomato

1/4 Cucumber


Directions:

  1. Wash and peel your cucumber.
  2. Blend it to a fine pulp with the tomato.
  3. Apply the mixture to your skin in a gentle circular motion.
  4. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse well.

Almond Oil and Aloe Vera Face Mask

This mask is great for treating dry, flaky skin as well as moisturizing and hydrating.


Ingredients:

2tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
3tsp Almond Oil
1 Ripe banana


Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, mash a banana with a fork.
  2. Add the aloe vera gel.
  3. Stir until ingredients are combined.
  4. Measure in the almond oil.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Apply to cleansed skin.
  7. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  8. Rinse well.

Coffee and Turmeric Face Mask

The main benefits of this mask are caffeine and antioxidants. Caffeine reduces inflammation, including puffy eyes, while the antioxidants help the skin for a better glow.


Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Instant or Ground Coffee
1 Tbsp Powdered Turmeric
1 Tbsp of Greek Yogurt


Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Apply all over the face, including under the eyes.
  3. Let it sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove with a warm, damp towel.

Egg White Face Mask

A simple, effective mask to help shrink pores and prevent breakouts.


Ingredients:

1 Organic Egg


Directions:

  1. Cleanse face with warm water to allow pores to open.
  2. Break egg, separating white from yolk with the shell (passing yolk back and forth into shell halves).
  3. With clean hands, apply the egg white to your face, making sure not to get any in your eyes or mouth.
  4. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse with warm water.

Enjoy self-care this season and Happy holidays.

The Easiest Way To Clean Your Makeup Sponges

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Makeup Sponges
How to clean your beauty blenders?

Makeup Sponges

How many of you can vow that you religiously clean your beauty blenders on a weekly basis?  What if we had to tell you that sponges are the worst offenders and hold 70%-90% of bacteria.

We might be having more time on our hands these days which allows us to be more organised and in control. However, when it comes to cleaning our makeup sponges this should be an important step to incorporate more frequently regardless of our busy schedules. We tend to care immensely what beauty products we put our skin in contact with, this being said, we would not voluntarily put dirt on our face yet we would go days to weeks without cleaning our makeup sponges. See where I am going with this? This step Is mandatory, to say the least.  Worried it’s too much effort? We understand many of you are limited with time.  Beauty Source delivers fast and ergonomic steps in how you can clean your sponges with products you already have on hand and allowing your skin to remain with full radiance at all times with six simple steps.

Step 1.Put all the sponges into a bowl and add hot (not boiling) water

Step 2. Add one tablespoon of dishwasher soap and one tablespoon of surgical spirit or distilled white vinegar. I just measured everything by eye but trust me your dishwasher soap is going to be your new best friend.. it really removes everything!

Step 3.Soak Well. The sponges into the mixture and leave them three to four hours soaking in the bowl. I usually leave them overnight because it is more effective, but this is optional and depends how dirty they are.

Step 4. After three to four hours start by squeezing each sponge and notice the dirt being removed like magic.

Step 5. Rinse all the sponges one by one under running water and repeat until the foam disappears.

Step 6. Remove excess water with a towel and leave them to dry in a ventilated area (pick a place your kids or pets can’t reach)

Follow these steps for maximum benefits and your skin will thank you.  No more excuses!

4 Trending Facials You Should Try Right Now

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Facials are an amazing way to give your skin that glowing boost it’s been missing. They can be used for treating acne scars, anti-aging, hydrating the skin or even to clean pores and maintain a healthy complexion. Facials are great to do once a month to every couple of months to really clean out your pores and get your skin glowing. Here are 4 trending facials you should try as soon as possible.

Enzyme Facial: The Enzyme facial usually uses a mix of  fruit acids, resorcinol, hydroxyacetic acid, digestive enzymes, and other extracts. It helps dissolve dead, flaky skin and helps promote rejuvenation. Works great for  skin discoloration, scarring, fine lines & wrinkles and sun damage.

Hydrafacial: A Hydrafacial provides cleansing, exfoliation, extraction and hydration. The facial provides a rejuvenating effect to the skin by adding serums infused with hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and peptides. Works great for fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, clogged pores and more. The benefit of the facial is how the skin absorbs these serum deep into the pores for glowing younger looking skin.

Microdermabrasion Facial: Microdermabrasion is a facial that is done with tiny crystals or other exfoliating surfaces to help remove dead skin cells. When these skin cells are removed the body begins the process of replacing them with brand new healthy ones. Works great for people with uneven skin, clogged pores and fine lines.

Oxygen Facial:  Ashley Graham’s secret to flawless skin after her long days on the runway. An oxygen facial combats signs of aging by infusing oxygen into the skin.  Since cells need oxygen the facial provides oxygen to the skin along with serums to help the skin adsorb more of the product. This facial claims to provide an instant hydration to the skin allowing it to appear more plump and youthful. Hey, why not try it?

Source : claudiaglamone.com

Toly Thinks Pink #makeapositiveimpact Blushes

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Toly Thinks Pink Campaign
Toly Thinks Pink Campaign
Make a Pink Pledge to fight Breast Cancer.

Once again we are happy to support this amazing initiative by Toly Products in collaboration with Women For Women Foundation Malta for their annual Toly Thinks Pink campaign. An incentive to raise awareness and collect funds through their Toly blusher compacts. Available in four various shades, Nocciola, Nude, Rouge and Rose. Glow up and #makeapositiveimpact by purchasing these velvety and soft to the touch blushes, which are also Paraben-Free.

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Toly Thinks Pink Blushes
Toly are passionate about developing new ways to unite and inspire women to get involved, by finding new means to help #facethefight and support the vulnerable groups. Many women are suffering from breast cancer and are currently facing double the risks and vulnerability, amidst the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Women for Women Foundation is a non-profit organization, which has over 37K followers on Facebook. A group of diverse women empowering and supporting one another has recently been initiated as a foundation outside the Facebook group. Through the strong and loyal community built, Toly connected with this platform to help spread the campaign to a larger outreach and face the fight effectively as one.

During breast cancer awareness month, we commemorate the women who have lost their lives, the many who today are facing the fight, and those who have managed to overcome it and live with the scars. With COVID-19 taking the limelight, this should not prevent or delay anyone from taking care of their own health or those of others.

The ultimate purpose of Toly Thinks Pink campaign is to make sure that every woman affected by breast cancer receives the best possible treatment and support and to know that they do not stand alone. Through this initiative, a generous contribution will be donated in aid of Hospice Charities, Hospice Malta and directly to the Women for Women Foundation.

Grow the support and surprise your favourite women in your life by sending them a small gift of appreciation. We have made our velvety and soft to the touch blushes available online at www.beautysource.info to support the movement at the price of only €6.50 each.

As we adapt to new life-changing requirements, with a more digital front, less in-person interaction are playing a big role. If this year taught us anything it’s that alone we can do so little, and together we can make a real difference.

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Victorialand Beauty for Blind and Visually Impaired People

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Victorialand Beauty
Victorialand Beauty

Victorialand Beauty is a new emerging brand on the market, which through its launch has cultivated an image of a brand that has accessible features for impaired consumers. Nothing beats beauty with a purpose more than creating a skincare range that makes you glow on the outside and to reflects the good within you. 

The brand’s in-depth knowledge for creating packaging specifically for the visually impaired was put in motion from the founder Victoria Watt’s son, Cyrus, who was the inspiration behind this esteemed skincare brand. 

Victoria’s life rapidly shifted when her son was diagnosed with a partial visual impairment from birth, the daily challenges she had to endure and the numerous hospital visits, left her with little time to focus on herself and her passion. 

Admittedly, Victoria herself stated that very often we do not think of the less obvious until we find ourselves in a similar situation. Following Watt’s personal experience, she wanted to acknowledge her challenges and thus merged her two passions: her son and skincare bringing to life Victorialand Beauty.

With the aim of creating more awareness across the beauty industry, towards the needs of the visually impaired, Victoria Land Beauty donates 2% of its sales to the Ophthalmology Department of the Boston Children’s Hospital’s (BCH).

Guide To Removing Gel Polish From Home

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How to remove gel nail polish,

Wondering how to remove your gel nail polish now that your go-to beauty salon has closed its doors during this social distancing period? Are you feeling clueless and overwhelmed as to how to remove your overgrown manicure yourself?

Well, what if we told you that here at Beauty Source we can help you to become your own manicurist, by helping you to remove your gel nail polish in the comfort of your own home.

We can’t stress enough how important it is to not take the lazy way out – what do we mean? So many of us would simply start picking, biting or peeling off the gel polish once it starts lifting or breaking. Although this is very tempting, it should not even be considered an option as there is more than one reason why this is wrong.

We all know that fingers in the mouth should be avoided as much as possible, this is not just due to the Corona Virus circulating around but a general overall rule. Our nail bed carries many bacteria this meaning that our hands in contact with our mouth could be the first step in spreading germs regardless of how many times one washed their hands.

I am sure that alone is off-putting and will want you to stay away from biting or peeling off your nail. But just in case you’re still not convinced here’s something else to consider; by picking off the gel nail polish you are in reality peeling off three extra layers of your nail that is glued on the gel. This will leave your nails brittle and weak which in time cause breakage. It is then you can say bye to the length and strength of your nail you’ve been all this time dedicated to.

Now you tell me if it’s worth taking the easy way out? I’m going to go ahead and answer this one for you, no! The good news is we are guiding you through the simple yet effective steps which will keep your nails healthy looking and proud that you’ve done it all by yourself.

What you need:

  • Nail file
  • Acetone
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cotton pads/balls
  • Nail tool to scrape the gel

STEP1:

With the help of a nail file, gently remove the top shiny layer of the gel polish. This will help break down the nail polish faster.

STEP2:

Soak some cotton pads/balls in a lot of acetone.

STEP3:

Place the acetone-soaked cotton ads on your nail and wrap your fingertips with aluminium foil to secure the cotton pads in place.

STEP4:

After repeating this on all 10 nails, leave on for 15 min. I know it will get a bit tricky by the end but you can still ask your lovely ones for a little help.

STEP5:

After 15 min check your progress. The gel polish should be able to be removed with little pressure using a nail tool. If it is still hard to remove it, leave them for another 5 min. I found it easier to scrape the gel polish using a flat wooden stick.

STEP6:

Once the gel is removed use the nail file to shape and gently smooth the top surface of the nail.

STEP7:

Wash your hands and apply a strengthening top coat treatment followed by your favourite nail polish colour or just keep them as they are, it is up to you.

STEP8:

Your nails will likely be a bit dry so give them some TLC by applying some cuticle oil on your nail beds to rejuvenate and rehydrate them. Last but not least, do not forget your hands, use nourishing and hydrating hand cream.

ET VOILA

I hope you liked this tutorial, comment below what do you want to see next?

xoxo

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Makeup Brushes

You are washing your face thoroughly, you religiously remove your makeup every evening, you moisturise your face accordingly, you eat a healthy diet. What are you doing wrong and why is your face acting up? Ever thought that it could possibly drawdown to your makeup brushes? I bet you missed this one out! Women apply makeup on a daily basis, and the majority of us use brushes either for hygiene purposes, contouring or simply to help achieve a flawless finish. Although many today still prefer to use their hands, we have to consider the bacteria which remains, especially given today’s current situation where hygiene is a top priority.

Cleansing of your makeup brushes is a crucial step which should be seen to at least once a week. Keep in mind what we don’t see does not necessarily mean that it is not visible,  brushes which are left out of negligence start to contain a build-up of bacteria, dirt and oils from our face which will be re-applied to our skin surface upon every use. This, in turn, starts to clog the pores further and cause those unwanted breakouts which we stress so hard to avoid.

YOU WILL NEED:

  • 1 and a half tablespoon dishwasher soap
  • 1 tablespoon surgical spirit or distilled white vinegar
  • A textured brush mat or hair comb
  • A Jar (I used a recyclable pickle jar)

STEP 1: Fill one-third of the jar with hot water.

STEP 2: Start putting the brushes in the jar carefully without damaging the bristles.

STEP 3: Leave the brushes in the jar for 30 – 40 minutes, make sure the brushes are up straight and not squashed!

In the meantime I suggest you do some exercises – do not open the fridge! 😉

STEP 4: Massage or comb thoroughly as I show you two methods below with a hair comb or brush mat.

STEP 5: Rinse and squeeze the water thoroughly and place the brushes on a towel to dry in a ventilated area. The brushes need approximately 24hours to dry properly.

We encourage you to start following these steps, to frequently clean your makeup brushes in 5 easy steps.

Let us know if it has helped your skin at all. Alternatively, what are your DIY makeup cleansers that you do at home?

Sustainable Beauty – How to Use Less Plastic

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Sustainability is an issue almost all industries are facing today- including the beauty industry.

Being sustainable means meeting the needs of today without damaging tomorrow. With the way the world is, people are becoming more and more environmentally conscious and are trying to live a more sustainable lifestyle, making sustainable beauty the solid way forward.

People want products to be sustainable- meaning the packaging is plastic free, and natural resources come from sustainable farms that do not use chemicals that are harmful to the environment.

However, for a lot of companies shifting towards plastic-free packaging has turned out to be more difficult and expensive than it seems. Luckily, there are affordable brands that are environmentally conscious while still being of high quality. There are also multiple ways we can act consciously without spending a fortune.

Support Environmental Conscious brands

Lush is probably one of the first brands that come to mind when we talk about sustainable beauty. With their “Lush Green Policy”, they contribute to saving the environment in various ways such as using recycled materials for their packaging and using green transport for distribution.

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Opt for glass packaging

Tata Harper is another environmentally conscious brand as their packaging is made of glass as opposed to plastic. Their products are also free from toxins and synthetic chemicals which are bad for the environment (not to mention for our skin).  Being a sustainable brand entails endless research and development in all stages of production to ensure the end product isn’t one that will not have any nasty consequences on the planet.

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Upcycle

The Art of Reusing, as most of us know, is key when it comes to living a sustainable life. More and more brands are offering the service to refill your empty makeup containers. Be sure to check if this service is available before throwing away your empty bottles and tubes! If you can’t find a store that does refills, don’t worry as YouTube has your back! There are countless video tutorials online which show you innovative ways to upcycle your stuff. Other videos include getting the most out of the bottom of your lipstick- which most would be surprised by how much there is to save.

As consumers, we have the responsibility of living as sustainably as we can.  Luckily companies are making it easier for us to do so! Numerous people have also taken to the internet to display innovative ways makeup containers and bottles can be reused as something else.  Nothing beats using beauty products with a clear conscience!

Do you agree that the future of cosmetics is Sustainable Beauty? Let us know what you think!

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