This summer, I invited a new shaver into my life and very quickly it cemented its place in my routine. This is the BIC Soleil shaver. I didn’t think it would be possible to get excited over a disposable razor but once you’ve tried it, you’ll realise this is no ordinary razor.
BIC has designed a blade that is gentle on the skin, profoundly easy and quick to use and gives a smooth and comfortable shave every time, and just to make things fun (and because they know us women love to pick and choose), there are two kinds to suit personal preferences. The razors also come in an assortment of rainbow colours.
We have the BIC Soleil Lady, a triple blade with a twin lubricating strip loaded with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to soothe skin from any irritation. The easy-grip handle enables complete control and crucially the triple blade ensures a close shave with no danger of getting any nicks and cuts. The blades have also been specially designed to rinse easily, ensuring they stay in great condition for an even shave every time.
Then there is BIC Soleil Scent, infused with lavender scented handles to help you relax, leaving your mind and body feeling great when you’re finished. There’s no going over bits you’ve missed either, these blades grabs even the shortest hairs in one swoop.
The razors are also really kind to your purse – a pack of 4 is £3.69. I’ve stocked up on supplies because I love using these blades so much and I’m confident you will love them too.
All this talk of feeling and looking your best had got me thinking. Personally I’m not one for sashaying out of the house every Friday or Saturday night (those days are long gone) but I do like to look and feel my best when I’m going out for dinner to a nice restaurant in town, so I thought I’d share my tips for getting ready for a night out:
1. Decide what you’re going to wear
It’s not daft to pick out what you are going to wear the day before (or even a week in advance if you can’t contain your excitement). Forward planning makes such a difference plus you do not want to be stressed on the day, rummaging in your wardrobe for THAT dress you so desperately need for a wedding. If it’s a smart casual affair, then you can’t go wrong with skinny jeans teamed with a pretty jacket. It’s also a good excuse to wear heels but if you’re not going to be chauffeured around, then make sure you have a pair of ballet pumps in your handbag just in case your tootsies feel sore.
2. Take five
If you’re going out on a Saturday night, you have plenty of time to relax and get ready at your own leisure. Have a soak in the bath or take a long shower. You want to sparkle so use a body scrub to exfoliate and remove dead skin but also to prevent ingrowing hairs. For silky smooth legs, use BIC Soleil’s Lady or Scent razor. To ensure you get the best results, always prepare your skin with a shaving gel or cream like BIC Soleil Shaving Gel, and shave in the direction your hair grows. Don’t forget to moisturise after.
3. Pamper yourself
Once you’re squeaky clean, you’ll be relaxed and ready to start your pampering session. Do a thorough cleanse with a balm and wipe off with a warm flannel – it’ll be like having a mini facial but in the comfort of your own home. Then pop a face mask on and pause for 15-20 minutes. I use my trusty flannel to thoroughly remove all traces of the mask before I prep my skin with a toner, face oil, serum and moisturiser. It’s important not to cut corners as you will want your make-up to look flawless on a perfect canvas. Finally leave enough time to paint your nails!
4. Plan your make-up
If like me you have far too much make-up, it pays to be organised in knowing what products and tools you’re going to use so make sure your brushes are clean and your products are laid out on your dressing table.
Having decided on what you will wear, you can plan your look be it smoky eyes, lashings of mascara and a nude lip gloss or bold lips and eye liner. A pair of false lashes will vamp up your style instantly and contouring does not have to be scary – the best way to do this is to brush and blend the figure ‘3’ from the forehead to just below the cheek bone and down to the face, then use a highlighter above the blusher on your cheeks, on the bridge of your nose and a tiny bit on your cupid’s bow. Make-up does not have to be complicated.
One item can totally glam up a look whether it’s a pair of blinging earrings or a bracelet adorned in diamantes.
6. Smell beautiful
For finishing touch, spritz on your favourite fragrance. Then you’re party ready and good to go.
Now I have some exciting news from BIC Soleil. If you purchase either a BIC Soleil Lady or BIC Soleil Scent this month, you could be in with a chance to win 1 of 50,000 Bourjois’s iconic Little Pot Eyeshadows and one very lucky BIC Soleil winner will win a trip to Paris!
Make sure you pick up a promotional pack of BIC Soleil Lady or BIC Soleil Scent, ‘Like’ the BIC Soleil Just Live Facebook Page and enter the unique code from the scratch card found in the pack to see if you’re a winner. If you are, come back and tell me!
For more information and to see the entire range from Bic Soleil, visit www.feelthesoleil.com.
Autumn is definitely my season. It welcomes the excuse to wear ruby, mauve and khaki green, coordinating beautifully with the ever-changing colours of fallen leaves. I will defy trends, however and wear dark shades on my nails all year round. They suit me better. And this bejewelled beauty from Zoya’s Entice & Ignite AW14 range is right up my street.
This is India*, a rich ruby with a gold liquid metallic shimmer that wows admirers as it catches the sunlight. It was a joy to apply – superbly easy and with a neat finish and smooth coats. There are six liquid metal shades within this collection – I really need Teigen (a cranberry pink) and Remy (turquoise) next.
Zoya polishes are one of my favourite nail polish brands. They are free of the five chemical demons (Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor) that damage nails and are vegan, ego and veggie friendly, and they are not tested on animals. With over 500 colours in their range – what’s there not to like?
Zoya polishes are £10.50 each and are available online at www.nailcareclub.com.