Skincare For Everyone; A Holiday Gift Guide

Holidays are coming and with that comes the dreaded "WHAT will I get her / him?!". Did you know in recent study published in People.com, skincare was found to be the best bet and least returned holiday gift for both men and women! There's a misconception that skincare gifts are only suitable for ageing women or teens with acne but guess what?! If you have skin, you should have a skincare routine. Now, how many people on your gifts list have skin? Are you still not sure what to get them? I've got your back! I've curated my top holiday skincare gifts for everyone in your life - from your mother to your hubby, your daughter to your best friend and even that girl at work you barely know but pulled out of the Secret Santa draw. 

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The Workaholic
Long hours and late nights are a huge stress on many aspects of our lives - including our skin. Redefine Regimen helps smooth away those stresses, while Active Hydration Serum boosts moisture and Bright Eye Complex soothes tired, puffy eyes and dark circles. The Workaholic in your life will thank you!

- REDEFINE Regimen for the Appearance of Lines, Pores and Loss of Firmness $199 Retail / $179 Preferred Customers
- Active Hydration Serum $108 Retail / $97 Preferred Customers
- Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex $70 Retail / $63 Preferred Customers
 

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The Young At Heart
We're all ageing all the time so anti-ageing skincare is literally for everyone. This is a powerful bundle of products that tackles fine lines, wrinkles, hydration - face, eyes and lips! For those who want their skin to look as young as they are at heart!

- REDEFINE AMP It Up Launch Special $336 Retail / $302 Preferred Customers
Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex $70 Retail / $63 Preferred Customers
- REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream $62 Retail / $55 Preferred Customers
- REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum $56 Retail / $50 Preferred Customers
 

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The Sun Worshipper
For that person in your life who lives and breathes for the summer sun. This bundle will help to heal sun-damaged skin with Reverse Lightening Regimen and protect against harmful rays with SPF Lip Shield and Sunscreen. Because we know they still want that golden glow, fake it with Foaming Sunless Tan! 

- REVERSE Lightening Regimen for the Appearance of Stubborn Dark Marks, Patches and Age Spots $190 Retail / $171 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Daily Body Moisturiser - $26 Retail / $23 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Lip Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25 (Two-Pack) $18 Retail / $16 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Body Sunscreen $26 Retail / $23 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan $26 Retail / $23 Preferred Customers
 

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The Snow Bunny
The essential bundle for The Snow Bunny in your life. These products allow them to hit the slopes while staying protected from the harsh weather and keeping skin hydrated. 

- SOOTHE Regimen for Sensitive Skin $170 Retail / $153 Preferred Customers
- REVERSE Broad Spectrum SP5 50+ Sunscreen $42 Retail / $37 Preferred Customers
- Active Hydration Serum $108 Retail / $97 Preferred Customers
- REDEFINE Lip Renewing Serum $56 Retail / $50 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Lip Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25 (Two-Pack) $18 Retail / $16 Preferred Customers
 

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The Tired Mom
We all know a tired mom! Maybe you are one, maybe you have one but you definitely know one. Give her the gift of sparkling eyes this holiday with this brightening eye bundle.

- Lash Boost + Bright Eye Special $220 Retail / $198 Preferred Customers
- REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream $62 Retail / $55 Preferred Customers
- REDEFINE Eye Cloths $32 Retail / $28 Preferred Customers
 

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The Sensitive Skin Sister
The safest bet for anyone with sensitive skin! Soothe regimen is also perfect if you're unsure of their skin type as Soothe will suit almost anyone's skin. 

- SOOTHE Regimen for Sensitive Skin $170 Retail / $153 Preferred Customers
 

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The Natural Beauty
She's a natural beauty! If she doesn't like to wear a lot of makeup or use too many products, this is the bundle for her. Mineral Peptides for light, natural coverage, Bright Eye Complex to soothe tired eyes, Lash Boost so there's no need for mascara and moisturizers to keep skin hydrated. 

- SOOTHE Moisture Replenishing Cream $56 Retail / $50 Preferred Customers
- ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Broad Spectrum SPF 20 with Brush $60 Retail / $54 Preferred Customers
Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex $70 Retail / $63 Preferred Customers
- ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost $150 Retail / $135 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Lip Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25 (Two-Pack) $18 Retail / $16 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Daily Body Moisturiser - $26 Retail / $23 Preferred Customers
 

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The Holiday Party Lover
The gift for anyone whose holiday schedule is already packed with parties. They'll be the Belle of the Ball with Lash Boost, Mineral Peptides and Sunless Tan and they'll thank you as they soothe those morning after vibes with Redefine Eye Cloths and Bright Eye Complex (especially helpful for hangover eyes). 

- Lash Boost + Bright Eye Special $220 Retail / $198 Preferred Customers
- ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Broad Spectrum SPF 20 with Brush $60 Retail / $54 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan $26 Retail / $23 Preferred Customers
- REDEFINE Eye Cloths $32 Retail / $28 Preferred Customers
 

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The Teenager
If I could gift this to my 12 year old self, it would be the best gift I'd ever received. Being a teenager is hard enough without acne. Give your teenager the gift of confidence with this bundle. 

- UNBLEMISH Regimen for Acne $180 Retail / $162 Preferred Customers
ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste $80 Retail / $72 Preferred Customers
 

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The Young Adult
For those who sit somewhere between 'teenager' and 'adult', this is an awesome gift! Unblemish and Micro-Dermabrasion will keep their skin clear, Lash Boost so there's no need for mascara and Mineral Peptides and Lip Shield for a gentle and natural 'make-up' look. 

- UNBLEMISH Regimen for Acne $180 Retail / $162 Preferred Customers
- ENHANCEMENTS Micro-Dermabrasion Paste $80 Retail / $72 Preferred Customers
- ENHANCEMENTS Lash Boost $150 Retail / $135 Preferred Customers
- ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides Broad Spectrum SPF 20 with Brush $60 Retail / $54 Preferred Customers
- ESSENTIALS Lip Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 25 (Two-Pack) $18 Retail / $16 Preferred Customers

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The Kids
Did you know children as young as two years old can use the Soothe Regimen? Teach them the importance of caring for their skin from an early age. *Works great as a stocking stuffer but not recommended in place of toys under the tree, unless you want a very upset kid! 

- SOOTHE Regimen for Sensitive Skin $170 Retail / $153 Preferred Customers
 

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The Men
Let's not forget the men in our lives! Of course, both men and women can benefit from any of the products or regimens mentioned above, however this combo is geared specifically to men. Beyond The Shave 'regimen' is perfect in place of their regular shaving cream (and comes in more 'masculine' packaging) and the hard working man in your life will adore what Bright Eye Complex can do for his tired eyes. 

- Beyond the Shave $180 Retail / $162 Preferred Customers
Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex $70 Retail / $63 Preferred Customers


And there you have it! Your entire gift list checked!
Interested in purchasing any of these products? Let's chat! Email me lorna@lornadollery.com, I'd be happy to share with you some special offers, help you place your order or answer any questions you have. *Orders must be placed by December 8th for delivery in time for the holidays.

Benefits of Boxing For Fitness

Boxing for fitness has an incredible amount of health benefits but is often avoided due to its intimidating reputation. Understandably, many of us have a preconception of boxing gyms being scary, grimy places but these days that is not really the case. Many mainstream gyms and studios now offer boxing fitness classes that allow people to enjoy learning the skills of boxing in a safe, non-contact environment. Furthermore, many new boxing gyms are cropping up all over the world that cater to both those who box for fitness and those who box to compete. These are bright, clean spaces, where egos are left at the door and beginners and seasoned competitors are welcomed equally. These gyms have cleverly bridged the gap between the old school boxing gyms and 'cardio boxing' classes to create boxing fitness workouts that are accessible to the general public while maintaining the integrity of the sport of boxing. Many who train in these gyms have no intention of ever stepping foot in the ring to compete but are able to benefit from the numerous health and fitness benefits boxing has to offer. Boxing fitness is becoming increasingly trendy and popular with many celebrities citing it as their workout of choice but what is it that makes boxing so beneficial? 

1. Functional Fitness.

Functional fitness exercises recruit multiple muscles to work together to train the body for everyday life by simulating common movements you would do at home, at work or in sports. These exercises have a strong emphasis on core stability and the ability to work upper and lower body muscle groups at the same time. Because functional fitness exercises train you for everyday life they can reduce your risk of injury, improve your quality of movement and in turn, improve your quality of life. Boxing is an excellent example of functional fitness. Everything from throwing a punch to slipping or rolling (defence movements) require the use of multiple muscles - arms, legs, shoulders, hips and especially your core. Though you may never throw a punch outside of the gym, the ability to do so correctly can improve your movement quality in your everyday life and keep you safe from injury. Furthermore many of the functional skills learned in boxing are transferrable to a number of other sports. 

2. Builds Confidence. 

Though boxing can be intimidating as a beginner, it is amazing how quickly the fear disappears and confidence starts to grow once someone learns the basics. Boxing as a workout is so rewarding because you can see yourself learning and improving every single class. This generates a huge boost of confidence which travels with you far beyond the walls of the gym. Again, you may never throw a punch outside of the gym but there is something incredibly empowering about knowing you can. There is nothing quite like the feeling of connecting a really strong, technical and powerful punch with the mitts. 

3. Improved Physical Fitness.

Boxing is extremely well rounded as a physical fitness workout. In one simple activity you are working to improve your cardiovascular fitness, muscular endurance, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, explosive power and balance to name but a few. Cardiovascular fitness is important for strengthening your heart, lungs and circulatory system, reducing your risk of diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. As far as cardio goes, boxing is a lot more fun than spending hours on a treadmill and it comes with all the added physical fitness benefits listed above!

4. Stress Relief. 

Most of us deal with some level of stress in our daily lives. While any form of exercise can relieve stress due to the production of endorphins (our body's natural 'feel good' chemicals), boxing allows us to physically fight away those stressful feelings. Ever had a bad day and felt like punching something? You're not alone. Boxing is a safe place to let those feelings out. While the physical fitness benefits of boxing are amazing, nothing beats the emotional benefits. 

5. Massive Calorie Burn. 

In one single boxing class you will throw hundreds if not thousands of punches. Now, remember which body parts are working when we throw one punch - arms, legs, shoulders, hips and core. If you want bang for your buck as far as burning calories goes, boxing is the workout for you. Though the actual number of calories burned depends on a variety of individual factors (such as your body weight, age, exercise intensity and duration) you can be sure you will absolutely torch calories in a boxing class. This is due to the high intensity cardio element and the functional aspect of boxing - recruiting multiple muscle groups at once. If your goal is to lose weight, boxing is an excellent addition to your training regimen. 

6. IT'S FUN!

I am a firm believer that fitness should be fun, above all else. There are so many ways to move your body and so many ways to stay fit and healthy so why would you do something you hate? Many people quit their gym routine because they find it miserable and boring. Boxing is a seriously FUN workout. There is no better feeling than seeing yourself improving each week - getting more skilled, more confident and stronger! When you get comfortable throwing basic punches, the combinations you can work on the mitts are genuinely thrilling and there's no better feeling than nailing a combination of punches, defensive moves and counter punches. Try it! What have you got to lose?!

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I am now available for a limited number of private one-to-one and small group boxing on Nantucket. If you are interested or would like to know more, email me lorna@lornadollery.com or call 508 680 2216. 

Learn Constantly; My Box 'N Burn L1 Experience


Living on an island 30 miles to sea, it can be easy to get stuck in a routine and become stagnant in what you do. To up-skill and learn new things, it takes a little bit of extra effort (ferries, buses, flights) and with that, quite a bit of extra investment ($$$). But I'm a firm believer that to be truly good at what you do, you must be open to learning constantly from people who are better than you. 

"If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room," - Steve Jobs

I've been successfully teaching boxing fitness on Nantucket for a year but inside I've been itching to improve my skills - to learn and be as good as those I look up to. With that in mind, I spent months online scouting out boxing certifications and trainers all over the US. I wasn't willing to make the big trip off island until I found one I knew was the real deal.

My standard is high because back home in Ireland, I worked at my brother's gym The MMA Clinic. At the MMA Clinic, even the boxing for fitness classes had a strong foundation in coaching correct boxing technique and boxing specific training. This is how I learned and it's how I want to train others. Learning to box correctly is not only more fun (who doesn't love the empowering feeling of throwing a good strong, technical punch?!) - it's also safer and a better workout because you're using your whole body in a functional way. The Hatton Academy in London gave me a great basis to work from with my boxing classes but I had come to a point where I felt I was good at what I was doing and wanted to push myself to be better than that. That's when I found Box 'N Burn one day while scrolling through mitt work videos on Instagram and I immediately knew I had to train with these guys. 
 


So, I booked their Level 1 Box 'N Burn Academy certification course and on March 25th I hopped on an 8 seater propellor plane to escape the Nantucket winter followed by a flight from Boston to LA to spend four days soaking up as much boxing knowledge (and maybe a little bit of much needed Vitamin D!) as I possible could. It was the best decision I could have made. 

The moment I set foot in the door of the gym the morning of the course, I was filled with excitement. I hadn't been in a real boxing gym for a long time and I missed the buzz, the energy that filled the air. It reminded me of my days at the MMA Clinic all those years ago. I was greeted by Tony Jeffries - English Olympic Bronze Medallist, owner of Box 'N Burn and all around super nice guy - who made us all feel so welcome and at ease. I've taken many certification courses over the last few years but none has ever whizzed by as quickly as this one. From the get-go it was straight into practical, hands-on work. With the help of Tony, Kevan Watson, Glenn Holmes, Kerrie Christie and Josh Polit, we were schooled on the basics of not only how to box but how to each others to box.

"You don't have to be a boxer to teach boxing," - Tony Jeffries. 

As someone who got into boxing a little later in life (my short-lived white collar boxing 'career' shattered by a shoulder injury in my first fight - haha), Tony's philosophy "You don't have to be a boxer to teach boxing" filled me with confidence. I've always felt strongly about this but to hear it from someone as well respected as Tony Jeffries was awesome and really gave some weight to the idea behind the Box 'N Burn Academy. Some of the best coaches out there have never boxed competitively. At Box 'N Burn Academy, the focus is on learning how to be the best boxing trainer, not how to be the best boxer. 

The Box 'N Burn Academy Level 1 course strips everything back to basics yet by the end of the day (thanks to the excellent coaching by the team), participants are confidently putting each other through quick, flowing combination work on the mitts. I went there hoping to learn new things and in reality it was the stripped back drilling of the basics that made me better than I was when I walked in the door. Level 1 lit a fire under me and left me hungry for more - so much so that I'm already looking ahead to Level 2 in Austin, Texas. 
 

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Of course, I wasn't going to fly 3,000 miles from home without getting in some sessions on the mitts myself. I booked in for one to one sessions with Glenn Holmes, Kerrie Christie and Mati Parks - all of whom gave me a serious workout and a humbling reminder that I have much to learn. Only when you live your life knowing that you always have more to learn and there is so much growth in the vulnerable feeling of being around those who are better than you can you ever progress to being the best you can be. How exciting that is! 

Thanks so much to Tony Jeffries, Kevan Watson, Glenn Holmes, Kerrie Christie, Josh Polit, Mati Parks and everyone I met at Box 'N Burn (especially my awesome assessment partner and fellow shortie, Kaycee Duale!) for the most amazing experience. I can't wait to be back! 

If you would like to experience the empowering feeling of boxng for fitness, I am now taking on new clients for one to one and small group training. Email lorna@lornadollery.com or call 508 680 2216 for details.