Back to work with Aura Print

After over a year of some people working from home, for many people thoughts are now turned to getting back to the workplace. For some people this means a new suit or a smart new work bag. But equally as important when setting that first example is your business card, which through design and quality can say an awful lot about you and your business. Some of the brightest, best and most luxurious business cards around are those produced by online company Aura Print. Their designs incorporate a range of over 40 handpicked papers and also give you the choice to finish your cards off with unique additions such as painted edges, rounded corners or double thickness– really giving your business cards that extra-special look and feel.

Once upon a time business cards seemed to belong to the Yuppie businessman. Who can forget Patrick Bateman in American Pyscho, planning the death of a colleague who had the perfect, minimalist card. But these days, many people find that a stylish card is the best way to keep all your relevant details in one place. It is a great way of sharing your details, and many events I attend have business card draws and use cards rather than signing into events.

As a blogger and writer I find I attend a lot of events where it is useful to have a business card, and I started with a very simple one which I purchased in 2010. But as the blog grew, and I joined new social networks like Instagram, the details on my card needed to be expanded on and updated (a new mobile phone led to a new number, so that made old cards obsolete). So I was very excited when Auraprint offered me the chance to update my business cards with a new, bespoke design.

Aura Print really offer you the choice of having EXACTLY what you want for your card. You can upload your own design, images and photographs if you wish, but they also have a wealth of perfect designs to fit any business, from fashion and beauty, to technology, cars…basically anything you require. They can even create your design from scratch, working from the brief that you give them, so the card you envisage can become a reality, a true bespoke design. You can match your outlay to your budget by choosing whether your card is printed on one or both sides, you can choose your size and orientation, and you can make your choice of gloss, matt or soft-touch laminate.

I gave Aura Print the brief for my fashion-mommy card. I wanted something glamorous and sophisticated with a clear link to fashion. I opted for a double-sided design with all my relevant details on the back. This included my email and mobile number, as well as Twitter and Instagram details. One of the brilliant things about Aura Print is that it very cleverly lets you check a proof of the design so you can add and adapt details whilst showing you how this would look on the card, this allows you to keep the card from being uncluttered – you can see if you’ve added to much detail, or made a spelling mistake and amend it accordingly. My cards also have a beautiful gold metallic foil finish for the most important detail – my blog name, this is a luxurious touch which I believe helps that first impression.

The ordering process is very simple, and also allows you to add extra that may be useful for your business promotion, from promotional material, to stationary and invitations. You cards can be with you within two days of agreeing your design, so it is a fast and pain free process.

I was really pleased with my finished cards, which look professional and elegant. The quality of the cards is second to none and they are just perfect, totally what I was looking for.

 

Getting Your Glam On

I am a great believer in the adage that we are all beautiful in our own way. We all have our best features, and then the ones we would love to change if we had the chance. But even though we are all beautiful in our own way, it doesn’t mean that we can’t give Mother Nature a helping hand when it comes to looking our best. Sometimes that means faking it to enhance what we have already been given. Whether it be fake tan, fake lashes or lip plumping kits, we all have make up and beauty items that we turn to when it comes to getting our glam on. The rule with beauty is that as long as we are looking after our skin, we can wear whatever make up we like. A gentle skincare routine is also important.

What other beauty fixes can we use to give nature a helping hand?

Keep Your Skincare Organic

The general belief is that a skincare routine helps to keep your skin in tip top condition, but the reality is that some products actually cause more harm than good, with ingredients that contain parabans,  harmful ingredients and chemicals.

If your skin is suffering from your skincare, you should switch to an organic routine like the Amanda Jo Organic Bunny subscription box which curates some of the best organic beauty products around.

Fake that tan

I’ve written many posts about faking our tans and looked at the health implications that mean we now want to be sun kissed without the threat of skin cancers. But many of us do prefer the look of our skin when it is tanned, when we have a lovely, healthy glow that makes us look and feel better. St Tropez is one of the best brands around, but if you are on a budget I would definitely recommend St Moriz which is a stunning dupe brand with fabulous results. I often use their self tan mist, it is easy to apply and costs less than £5. (You can read some of my tips for applying fake tan here).

St. Moriz Professional Self Tan Mist Medium 150ml £3.99 Click to visit Boots

Fake those lashes

Long, thick, lustrous lashes are the dream of most of us. But, in reality, my own lashes are fairly thin, not as long as I would like them, and quite blond in appearance. And so, when it comes to a night out, I fake it. Eyelure are the queen of false eyelashes, with a range of styles that can either add to the thickness of your lashes, or give you a full on, swinging sixties, dollybird look. My current favourites are the ‘Cheryl Oh My Goddess’ set that are dark, featherlite and fluttery and give a real glamorous look.

Cheryl – Oh My Goddess £7.25

Fake those lips

We can’t all be blessed with bee stung lips or a perfect pout, but again, we can give nature a helping hand. Many lipglosses now contain ingredients that will plump your lips. Soap and Glory’s hilariously named Sexy Mother Pucker brand has a variety called Pillow Plump. This features LIPSWELL, a natural flower oil infusion and glassy-shine technology that will give you a pretty glorious pout.

Soap & Glory™ Sexy Mother Pucker™ Pillow Plump XXL

You are beautiful, but sometimes we just need to fake it!

Is Home Teeth Whitening a good idea?

One aspect of the beauty industry that keeps on growing is the teeth whitening market. There is more and more pressure these days to have a beautiful white smile to compliment your hair and outfit. Having white teeth is a sign of good health and is something we all want, and the best, professional teeth whitening is done by a professional dentist, although you can now buy home whitening kits too. If you choose to have your teeth whitened, either by a cosmetic dentist, or at home, make sure you seek advice from professtionals like https://www.vallancedentalcentre.com/ before you go ahead.

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Benefits of home teeth whitening

One of the obvious benefits of whitening at home is the convenience. A lot of people do not like visiting the dentist, so if there is a way to avoid this they will take it. Most effective products have been designed to be as simple to use as possible with simplicity being key.

Price, as mentioned above, is another key benefit. The best quality professional services will cost hundreds of pounds, whereas many home kits are far cheaper. Toothpick dentists suggest you will pay between £200 and £900 for professional treatment.

With the right product, you can actually strengthen tooth enamel. This is important for your overall dental care and provides an added benefit aside from the actual aesthetic considerations. And if you need a dentist to help you out instead, visit the endodontist in TN.

Types of home products

The cheapest and easiest product to use is whitening toothpaste. Almost every brand offers a whitening option, and you can simply replace your normal variety with the enhanced one. People tend to have mixed results with these products but they can be worth trying.

Whitening strips tend to be more effective, but require more time. Normally, you have a pack of strips for upper and lower teeth and leave them for between 5 and 45 minutes, depending on the product recommendations. These are not always advised as there is no professional supervision, and the trays can be poorly adapted to the teeth which can cause bleaching of the gums.

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Benefits of going pro

If you want to spend the money and need the quickest possible option, professional whitening is the way to go. As mentioned, some dentists provide kits that you use at home from a mould, but laser whitening is far quicker and you don’t have to mess around applying the gel each day.

Some home whitening options may not last quite as long and require more effort. Lifestyle will influence how long a professional treatment lasts, but it is estimated from a few months to 3 years.

While there are always small risks involved in any procedure, knowing a professional dentist is present will always give you peace of mind and assurance that everything is being done correctly.

Overall, home teeth whitening provides a cheaper alternative, but you sacrifice some of the convenience of going to a professional. As long as we spend so much time drinking coffee, tea and red wine though, there will always be a demand for anything that can help us look our best.