Mixa Cica Repair Balm

I recently had a horrible reaction to a Fake Bake false tan which left my arms, neck and legs covered in scaly, dry skin. I had just about tried everything from exfoliating to sudocrem in an attempt to get rid of it but nothing seemed to make a difference, until a friend recommended the cica repair balm from French pharmacy brand Mixa.

I applied it twice a day for a week, by the second day all of the redness was gone from the rash and by the seventh my skin was completely back to normal. I have been using it regularly since on any dry areas such as my hands, elbows and knees and am so impressed with the difference it makes.

The balm is definitely a holy grail for people sensitive skin and is an absolute bargain too at £5.99 from Superdrug.

Have any of you tried it?

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DIY At Home Facial

Giving yourself a facial at home is a great way to keep your skin both looking and feeling it’s best; I love to treat myself once or twice a week to keep any spots at bay.

The first step I take is to remove any makeup I have on using the Soap and Glory ‘drama clean 5-in-1 micellar cleansing water’ (£4) on a cotton pad. This ensures my skin is being properly cleansed in the next step.

Next I cleanse using Murad’s ‘environmental shield essential-c cleanser'(£26) which washes away daily environmental aggressors and infuses skin with moisture.

I then remove any dry patches and brighten my skin using the Guinot ‘Facial Radiance Gommage Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel'(£30). I use a pea sized amount and massage it into my face for a few minutes until it warms and turns into an oily texture, then I rinse it away and I’m left with soft, glowing skin.(Sample size)

After this I apply the Liz Earle ‘Deep cleansing mask'(£17.50) to my t-zone and on any blemishes to reduce oiliness and draw out impurities; I leave it on for 10 minutes then rinse.

The last step is to apply Origins ‘Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask'(£25) all over my face and 111skins ‘space defence bright eye lift gel'(£110) to my under eyes. When I wake up my skin looks radiant and clear and my dark circles are banished.

(Sample size)

Whats your at home facial routine?

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Soap&Glory Skincare Picks

I’m a huge fan of Soap and Glory shower and bath products but had never delved into their skincare selection until recently. I’m so impressed with all of the products I’ve tested and thought I’d share with you some of my favourites.

Bright + Beautiful Radiance-Boosting Mask

This sheet mask is extremely refreshing and leaves my skin both looking and feeling fantastic! It’s a little bit pricey at £3.50 but is definitely worth it as a treat.

Puffy Eye Attack Under-Eye Brightening Hydrogel Patches

These patches are so soothing and help to banish puffy under eyes in half an hour; perfect for before a night out or event. They cost £3.50 for one pair.

DRAMA CLEAN 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water

After running out of my favourite Garnier micellar water I decided to try this one out and wasn’t dissapointed, it removes makeup easily and smells lovely. It’s also only £6 for a 350ml bottle.

The Fab Pore Purifying Foam Cleanser

I tried out this cleanser when it was on offer and am so glad I did, It keeps spots at bay without being overly drying and is much cheaper than my usual Murad cleanser at £8 for 200ml. I will definitely be repurchasing it when I run out.

What are your favourite Soap&Glory skincare products?

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July 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

The July Glossybox is finally here and contains 5 lovely products to help get you through the summer months!

First up is a 100ml travel size bottle of the MONUspa first defence soothing after sun lotion. It contains aloe vera, shea butter and vitamin E to help nourish and care for dehydrated skin after a day in the sunshine; it’s going to be perfect to take on holiday!
This full size tub of the Bellapierre banana setting powder (RRP £25) was also in the box. I’m looking forward to trying it out as it claims to counteract any redness or discolouration due to its yellow hue.
A Cutebalms Macaroon Tint Balm in Crushed Berry (RRP £5.99) was the third item in my Glossybox. It smells fantastic and leaves a gorgeous pink sheen on the lips, definitely a new handbag essential.

I’m curious to see whether these Papanga Spiral Headbands (RRP £4.99) will last longer than other bobbles like this I’ve used before. They usually end up stretching out and snapping, however these seem to be made of a much stronger material so hopefully they will do a better job!

Lastly I received a Spectrum fan brush (RRP £4.99) which is said to be good for applying highlighter and gently removing any excess product such as eye shadow fallout. It’s made from high quality synthetic hair and is vegan and cruelty free.

Have you tried any of these products?

 

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Updated Haircare Routine

I’ve written a couple of these posts in the past but have changed most of the products in my routine since as my hair has changed from flat and oily to a more dry and frizzy texture.

Shampoo & Conditioner

The shampoo and conditioner I use still changes quite often but the ones that I have been loving at the moment are from the OGX coconut milk range. My hair is left feeling extremely soft and nourished yet not weighed down.

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Mousse

To give my hair some volume I like to use the L’Oreal Paris Elnett satin strong hold mousse, it smells absolutely divine and stops my hair falling flat for days without leaving that horrible sticky feeling.

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Oil

The L’Oreal Elvive extraordinary oil is my favourite as its extremely lightweight and leaves my hair looking sleek and smooth. I usually use it on wet hair but if my hair is feeling particularly dry or static i like to rub a little bit between my palms and run it over my ends to help tame them.

Hair Mask

The only thing that hasn’t really changed in my haircare routine over the past five years is coconut oil; I slather it all over my hair once or twice a week, leave it in overnight and then wash it out in the morning. It helps my hair to grow long and leaves it both feeling and looking healthy.

Brush

To brush my hair I’m still using my Tangle Teezer as it’s so gentle and isn’t too rough on my scalp. When my hair is wet I use a wide tooth comb to avoid breakage.

Dry Shampoo

I like to use the Batiste dry shampoo to keep my hair looking clean between washes; I spray it into my roots the night before so it soaks up the oils overnight.

What’s your hair care routine?

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Summer Holiday Outfits 2017

I recently returned from a relaxing week in sunny Greece and got to wear some lovely outfits so thought I’d share some of them with you.

Dress from River Island

Sandals from Newlook

Bag from a boutique in Barcelona

Bracelet from Primark

Ring from Pandora

Necklace from H&M

Skirt and necklace from H&M

Top from Mango

Sandals from Newlook

Anklet was a gift

Rings from Pandora

Bag from a market in Greece

Bracelets from Warren James and Primark

Dress from Tkmaxx

Sandals from Newlook

Bag from a market in Greece

Anklet and bracelet were gifts

Rings from Pandora

Skirt and top from Primark

Sandals from Newlook

Bag from Barcelona

Necklace from H&M

Anklet and bracelet were gifts

What is your favourite outfit this summer? Are you going on holiday anywhere?

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May 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

The first product I saw was this detoxifying activated charcoal body scrub from scrub love with cucumber and bamboo. It is said to be 100% natural and to exfoliate, tighten pores and leave your skin looking and feeling nourished. My skin has been so dry lately so I can’t wait to give it a go!

This sample size of the Caudalie vinosource moisturising sorbet for sensitive skin has a gel-cream to water consistency which is supposed to help soothe and moisturise sensitive skin without irritating it. I’m looking forward to trying it out as it seems quite lightweight for the summer months when my skin is at its oiliest.

The coral shade of this gorgeous Ruby super silky blush suits my complexion perfectly and is definitely a new favourite.

A tube of Dr Paw Paw’s original balm was also included in the box, it is an extremely versatile product. The natural, gentle formula can be used on cuticles, hands, elbows, fly away hair, lips and even as a nappy cream! It’s definitely going straight in my handbag.

The last product was this volumising effect lip gloss from Nutrakiss which is a perfect travel size and leaves me with plumped up lips for hours.

Have you tried any of these products?

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Top 3 Most Worn Items This Spring

With spring well and truly underway I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve been loving to wear.

Bardot Dresses

These dresses are a staple in my wardrobe at the moment  as they can be worn day and night and are so flattering. They also go with pretty much everything from heels to converse.

 They retail at £24-£26 from River Island.

https://www.riverisland.com/women/dresses/bardot–bandeau-dresses/white-and-black-stripe-bardot-bodycon-dress-702656

Coloured suede biker jackets

These jackets are the perfect addition to a plain outfit, I’ve worn the pink one i have (shown above) to death so am looking to add another one to my collection . This khaki one from river island is definitely on my wishlist!

Pink jacket retails at £59.99 from Zara

https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/jackets/jacket-with-zips-c358002p4450064.html

Khaki jacket retails at £58 from River Island

https://www.riverisland.com/women/coats–jackets/jackets/khaki-green-suede-look-biker-jacket-696417

Vans

I got these braided leather slip on vans last summer and am still loving and wearing them pretty much daily. They look great with the off the shoulder dresses too.

They retail at around £45

https://www.vans.co.uk/shop/braided-suede-slipon-3z4bss

What are your most worn items this season?

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