Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sun Protection Kit and a New Challenge

Sun skin protection was and is the only area I have concerns with. I thought to take it more seriously from now on, due to some visible sun damage I have.

I though the best way to develop a good habit is to challenge myself to it. My previous challenges did wonders, so to go ahead with this one I have developed a "sun protection kit". 

Here are my basic things to keep safe in the sun.

1. Sunscreen. 

Facial sunscreen. I believe it is a very important to protect face from the sun, just because it is the most exposed part of our body at all times. It took me sometime to buy a facial sunscreen, but now after using it there is no way back. Just find one with a light formula which absorbs easily and won't make you look like a pancake. 

I got Jason Facial Sunscreen SPF20. It is an ultra sheer, hypo-allergenic, oil-free sun screen which will provide UVA and UVB protection for everyday and I can use it all year around due to lower SPF. I thought to go for a lower SPF because I wear few more beauty products on my face with SPF during the day and I don't want to overload the skin. 

Let me know what do you think about SPF factor and how much is enough for you to feel safe?

A body sunscreen. Before I used to wear one only at the seaside, but now I plan to add a little bit of it into my body lotion each time I apply it during the day. My husband bought L'Oreal Solar Expertise Advanced Anti-ageing Sunscreen Lotion SPF50+ some time ago and I never had a chance to use it. It is a good time to start.

2. A hat. I actually wanted a smaller brim hat, but none suited me well. I just tried this one for sport and discovered how lovely it is. I bought it from Primark last week and I can't wait to wear it outdoors.

3. Sunglasses. I got a lovely brown tortoiseshell square plastic sunglasses from Principles by Ben de Lisi. They are just right size, colour and shape for me. Came in handy fabric pouch and they are always in my handbag, because you never know when sun will shine in London.

Join me in this new challenge and let me know how you getting on. You can create your own sun protection kit according to you taste, lifestyle and environment.

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Balcony in Bloom - Spring/Summer

Again I am busy with decorating, but I wanted to share with you my "happy" corner I enjoy spending few minutes to relax and meditate. I always liked flowers and I have a balcony now to decorate and I am glad to be busy with it. I would like to create all year around balcony in bloom and if you are interested I will share my journey with you.

At the moment I have spring/summer plants and they are already such a treat to look at.

I have two pots with Succulent Plants. I believe they called Hens-and-Cheek. Very hardy and beautiful just as they are. I had a flower last year and am looking forward to see if this summer they will give me some more to enjoy. Sacculent plants have the most exotic flowers you can get in moderate climate.

My queen of flowers on the balcony is Fuschia. I got one on the steam with full, duo coloured blooms, which will last throughout spring and summer time. It is half-hardy and will need a protection from the frost and some pruning to keep it in a pleasant shape and in bloom for longer.

Another blooming pot I have is full of Double Narcissuses. They are so beautiful and have the most amazing scent. I know they won't last for long, but what is great - they will be back next year.

The last, but not the least I have one hanging basket with young Petunia. It is growing very fast and soon I will find out what colour flowers will be. I believe it will bloom all summer.

I am looking for few more plants to add in the future. 

Small garden, balcony or even your window sill can be great source for positive energy and joy. Nothing is more rewarding when to see your plants grow and blossom. This hobby can be good for stress management. Read here about more stress management tips.

Do you have any suggestions for a beautiful plants I can add to enjoy autumn/winter time or even all year around?!