Easy Ways To #OutsmartTheCity & Live Better (PLUS WIN With Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50)


Living in the city can play a detrimental role in our lives in more ways than one. You may already be aware of the toll living amongst a cloud of pollution can take on your overall well-being (increased likelihood of picking up a cough, clogged pores, dry skin…) but even if you don’t live amongst the bright lights, you could be experiencing a huge number of skincare issues that have their roots in exhaust fumes. Exposure to UV rays and pollution can wreak havoc on our skin, right down to its DNA; it’s suggested that 80% of all signs of visible skin ageing are due to environmental aggressors, which means that we can theoretically prevent them if we change our daily routine. Sun exposure is well known to be a major cause, but recent studies reveal the need to also shield the skin from air pollutants (particularly in big cities) that can reduce our skin’s ability to retain moisture and produce collagen. Elizabeth Arden’s new Prevage City Smart SPF 50 Hydrating Shield can help play a fundemental role by protecting, preventing and strengthening our skin’s ability to deal with aggressors while helping to reverse some of the damage that’s already been done. It’s a revolutionary product that I’ve been loving (read my full review here,) but it also starts a conversation about the little things we can do to #OutsmartTheCity. 

Elizabeth Arden want to encourage us to collectively embrace ways to make our lives smarter, and use these ‘life hacks’ to #OutsmartTheCity at every given opportunity. There are lots of little ways to save money, time, effort and the environment, but these are my five personal faves… Why not embrace them and see what difference they can make to you! 

I love a latte as much as the next girl, but stopping for a coffee every day is not only time consuming and expensive – but it means a lot of unnecessary packaging that ends up straight in the bin. Swap your Starbucks for an at-home brewed beverage and invest in a reusable (and environmentally friendly) cup that’s way more stylish.  

It’s way easier to drain your phone battery of juice now that we have ten different apps on the go at any one time, so embrace technology with an on-the-go charger that also doubles up as something else. Compact mirror phone chargers are all the rage and save space in your clutch too! 

If your heels are giving you jip and you can’t face the walk to your next meeting, hitch a ride with a fellow city dweller to save on money and pollution. Many of the taxi apps now offer a ‘pool’ function, whereby they’ll pick up multiple customers in one journey to save on mileage – and they pass on the savings to you too!

Save your data by hunting out the city’s best WiFi hotspots on your lunchbreak. Most coffee shops offer free WiFi for their customers to use while enjoying a hot drink, while banks and shopping centres tend to have a connection available to anyone passing through. Thanks to investment on the underground, you can even pick up WiFi on the tube – so bustle through those emails while you’re waiting for your stop. 

Love listening to music but don’t have time to curate a playlist to enjoy before you hop on the bus? There are tonnes of pre-curated selections available via the most popular music apps (including Spotify and Radio 1,) so just browse by genre or mood to fill your ears with pure joy without having to spend a penny. 

Elizabeth Arden have also asked me to make a #PollutionResolution to help reduce the impact of my daily life on the world. This really got me thinking – particularly as I already recycle, am aware of excess packaging, walk 99% of the time to where I need to be and turn off lights religiously every time I exit a room. So what one thing can I do to make a difference? I’m going to start supporting and donating to the incredibly important charity ‘Trees For Cities‘, who aim to plant one million trees in surburban areas by 2020. They’ve already planted over 630,000 to date and with our money they can continue to help cities grow into greener, cleaner places for people to live worldwide.
 As little as £5.00 can help a child to plant a tree somewhere it can thrive for years to come; how lovely is that?

Do you want to #OutsmartTheCity too? Well I’ve got FIVE Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smarts to give away (worth £55.00 each) so you can do just that! Just enter via the widget below, letting me know the little things you do to outsmart city life, and you could be enjoying the benfits this little tube has to offer.

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  1. Pam Scalfi
    August 15, 2016 / 11:08 am

    I like these tips but sharing an uber isnt for me, did it once and never again, terrible experience :pEntered this giveaway, such a great product! Good luck to me!Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. JaynieShannonx
    August 15, 2016 / 2:18 pm

    This is a great post! I always carry my own Green Tea when I leave the house. A good playlist definitely makes the day better!Jaynie Shannon * | Beauty and Lifestyle xx

  3. Anonymous
    August 17, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I love this post! I found you when researching the Elizabeth Arden Sunscreen and stayed for your awesome blog! I don't happen to live in the city, but when I'm on vacation I make sure to pack my bag efficiently to make sure my arm doesn't fall of! 😉 I usually bring a recyclable bag with me in my purse which is great for the environment and also saves me money when picking up a few groceries on the way home. Also, if I have heels on or uncomfortable shoes I can put them in the bag and put on some foldable flats that I carry in my purse:-)

  4. Sarah H
    August 18, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I commute along the M6 car park , always take my vanilla chai tea in my reusable travel mugs, plus I use my sun visor on the side window, as we always know in the uk the right side of our faces get much more sun damage than the left. Sad I know!

  5. EllaBritcher
    August 19, 2016 / 2:23 pm

    Oh Elizabeth Arden will always have a place in my heart , mum and me have used there products since I was very young! My tip is buy yourself a reusable bag! I know it's kind of common sense to do so these days but it's helped me out in numerous situations to have it on me! I've stuffed my wet umbrella in there to put back in my handbag and even covered my hair with it during a typical British downpour! Wonderful post as usual !

  6. Lee-Ann Hearn
    August 19, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    I love Elizabeth Arden! As well as using sunscreen on my face, I also protect my hair with a light leave leave in conditioner. It makes it feel divine and protects it too, from pollution, sun and wind! I also use my Eight Hour cream on everything, especially on my lips.

  7. Joanne Mallon
    August 20, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    My tip is to walk everywhere, and when you do, look up! The high up parts of buildings are often the older bits, and this is where the most interesting architecture lies. You'll spot all sorts of cool stuff you would never have noticed. Plus you will then easily get in your 10,000 steps a day and become fitter and healthier at the same time.

  8. Natalie Brown
    August 21, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    What a fabulous post! I make sure I never leave the house without my SPF even on rainy days (which is most of the time in Liverpool!) It being a Elizabeth Arden SPF makes it even more wonderful!

  9. Elizabeth Thomas
    August 21, 2016 / 5:57 pm

    My top way to outsmart the city is to always walk and carry water.

  10. Jinger Kat
    August 29, 2016 / 9:30 am

    I carry a refillable water bottle.Whenever possible I walk and try to go through parks or along the river and benefit from nature

  11. Solange
    August 31, 2016 / 10:54 am

    Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days. Wearing sunscreen daily saves your skin from years of visible damage later.

  12. Susie Wilkinson
    August 31, 2016 / 10:55 am

    The way I try to #OutsmartTheCity is to always try to stay away from the main roads when I'm walking, and always carry wet wipes for that emergency clean-up when city life makes me feel dirty.

  13. Gill Eyelinerflicks
    August 31, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    I'm all about the reusable water bottles and car-sharing but I need to expand my thoughts and work on some new ways to out smart my city 🙂 Gillian  xx  Eyelinerflicks.com

  14. beautyshark
    August 31, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    #outsmartTheCity when travelling I always carry a mini spritz of Liz Earle's toner, it instantly freshens my skin and the fragrance always perks me up. My Husband also has one in his work satchel!

  15. Victoria Prince
    September 1, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Possibly not quite the answer you are after, but I #OutsmartTheCity by not going there in the first place!

  16. cath
    September 2, 2016 / 10:59 am

    I always wear sunscreen and try and avoid rush hour

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