A BEGINNER'S LOOK AT CINEMAGRAPHS

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Cinemagraphs have become my new favourite source of inspiration and hobby. These photographs, with subtle elements of movement, have so much potential and I've enjoyed getting creative and testing the waters. Without the use of Flixel (because I don't own any Apple products) I took to Photoshop to learn this skill. I've been following along with this video by Phlearn to get to grips with the process. I wanted to share my beginner examples (you may have noticed one in this beauty review post).

NATIONAL ECZEMA WEEK: DISCOVERING CARDIOSPERMUM GEL

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This week is National Eczema Week. This year, the focus is on the psychological impact that having eczema can have on a person. The spectrum on how badly eczema affects someone physically is so vast and such is the same mentally. I'm glad they've turned some attention to the mental health of those who have this condition. Just because it affects a lot of people who still go about their daily lives doesn't lessen the serious impacts it can have.

5 BEAUTY ESSENTIALS FOR ORGANIC SEPTEMBER

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This year, for Organic Beauty Week, the Soil Association are running with the campaign #lookforthelogo. Encouraging people to seek out the Soil Association logo that approves beauty products of being organically certified. Unlike food, it's a blurred line when it comes to knowing whether a beauty product is actually organic. So, the safest option is to #lookforthelogo.

Organic September is a great movement to encourage people to choose organic in small steps. Whether that be through food, clothing, beauty or other hygiene essentials. When it comes to beauty, going cruelty-free is my number one priority. Then, I'll look for organic, natural and effective products based on good ingredients. I wanted to share my current top 5 beauty essentials for this month. If you're interested in discovering more organic beauty brands then check out my post for last year's #CampaignForClarity.

5 WAYS TO EMBRACE SLOW LIVING

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Slow living literally means slowing down. To live, observe and interact in a more mindful way. To better connect with those around us, our surroundings and inner selves. It allows us to acknowledge how we feel and deal with emotions and stresses so that they don't build up. A way to take us off the path to burnout that seems almost inevitable in today's society. Running that hamster wheel. Not stopping to focus on what we want or what is important to us.

It's not about forcing a positive mindset but rather embracing what there is and dealing with it. Practising self-care and acknowledging emotions will, in turn, help our mental and physical state. Here are five simple things I've tried to help me embrace slower living. I welcome you to give them a go.

SHEET MASK SUNDAY: A'PIEU MY SKIN-FIT SHEET MASK

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After introducing the Sheet Mask Squad subscription box to this blog, I decided on a weekly series reviewing individual sheet masks. First up is, dare I say, one of the best sheet masks I've ever used. Shortly after using the A'Pieu My Skin-Fit Mask I was scouring the web for somewhere to buy them. These sheet masks come in a range of flavours: lime, rose, baobab, quinoa and honey. Definitely paying tribute to the superfood trend. I used the baobab version and my skin has been benefiting from the results for days.

WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH KOREAN SKINCARE'S 3 SECOND RULE?

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I've come across this notion of the "3-second rule" many a time. This idea that as soon as you've cleansed your skin, you should go straight into applying the next product in your routine. No patting your skin dry with a towel. The idea of heading to my dressing table with a dripping face sounded wrong and it took a week for me to finally stop reaching for a towel automatically. It turns out that this idea is practised in many Korean skincare routines. Although I couldn't get on board with the 10 step routine, this was definitely something I could give a go. The question is, does it make a difference?