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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
L’Eau De Rose
The L’eau de rose perfume by Jeanne Arthes is definitely a new favourite of mine, I received it in my February glossybox and have been loving it since. It’s so light and girly and perfect for everyday wear.
‘Representing simple elegance, L’Eau de Rose reflects the sensual and modern woman. A refreshing and sophisticated composition for a classy and stimulating fragrance. A perfume which represents the delicate and seductive woman perfectly – a homage to romance and femininity.’
RRP: £20.30 for 30ml
I’d never used a Vera Wang perfume before I received this one for my birthday in February but I’m loving it! It’s the perfect scent for summer evenings as it is quite deep and musky without being too heavy.
‘There’s an instant attraction to the mouth-watering pink guava and mandarin which is followed by a delicate mix of tuberose and lotus blossom.Behind it all, precious woods and sheer musk combine to create a passionate elegance. Vera Wang Lovestruck represents an irresistible romance and captures the feeling of a woman who is struck by love and captivated by passion.’
RRP: £70 for 100ml
This is definitely my favourite perfume of the three and I wear it everyday for work, the smell lasts all day long and it’s an absolute bargain!
‘Woody – Floral – Peach – Caramel – Rose – Jasmine – Violet – Cedar.’
£12.99 for 100ml
What’s your favourite perfume for spring/summer?
I’m a huge fan of the original 2000 calorie mascara, and max factor mascaras in general, so when I saw the new curl addict mascara being advertised I knew I had to try it out. It claims to ‘create outrageous volume’ while ‘lifting and curling lashes for a wide awake look’ which sounds perfect to someone with limp straight eyelashes.
It’s definitely a new favourite! It holds a curl perfectly and doesn’t flake or smudge all day long. I also don’t need my eyelash curler when using it as it does such a great job on its own.
It retails at £7.99
Have any of you tried it?
I’ve written quite a few skincare routine posts over the past couple of years however I tend to change what I use from one season to the next. My skin has been particularly problematic lately as it’s somehow managing to be dry as well as oily which is definitely not something that I’m used to.
I’ve been trying a lot of new products, most of which are extremely affordable, so I thought that I’d share my favourites with you in case your skin is suffering in the cold weather too.
To cleanse my skin i’ve been loving the Neutrogena visibly clear pink grapefruit face scrub, it leaves my skin feeling clear and healthy and smells delicious. It lightly exfoliates too which helps to banish any blackheads and dry patches.
It retails at around £4 however Boots have a 2 for £5 offer on at the moment.
For toner I’m using Pixi’s glow tonic which helps to smooth my skin and reduce blemishes. It also has 5% glycolic acid which exfoliates and banishes blackheads.
It retails at £18 for 250ml which is quite pricey but totally worth it for the results it gives.
Neutrogena’s visibly clear oil free pink grapefruit has been the moisturiser I’ve been using over the past month or so, it leaves my skin feeling hydrated without looking greasy and is the perfect base for makeup.
It retails at around £5 but again there is a 2 for £5 offer on at boots.
For eye cream I use the Boots essentials cucumber eye gel which is lovely as it cools the eye area and reduces any puffiness.
It retails at £1.50 which is an absolute bargain!
Whats are your favourite skincare products?
With 2016 coming to an end I thought that I would share with you some of the products I’ve been loving this year.
Pixi Glow Tonic
I discovered this toner in October and have been using it every day since. My skin feels smoother and there is definitely a reduction in blemishes which I think is down to the 5% glycolic acid; it also does wonders for blackheads.
It retails at around £18 for 250ml
Boot’s tea tree and witch hazel charcoal face mask
I use this mask twice a week as it helps to diminish spots and is an absolute bargain at £3.89 for 50ml.
Maybelline 24 hour setting spray
Finding this setting spray has seriously changed my life, it locks my makeup in place meaning it looks just as good at 5pm as it did when I applied it at 6am.
It retails at £6.99
What have you been loving this year?
Stuck on what to get for Mum this christmas? Here’s a few gift ideas she will love.
Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
The perfect way to give your mum a little bit of luxury! This limited edition sweet orange and clove scent is divine and comes in a gorgeous box with 2 muslin cloths, making it look extra special.
Retails at £22.75
Pyjamas are a great gift to recieve at christmas time and you can get some lovely ones no matter what your budget is, these satin floral ones from M&S are definitely on my wish list and i know my mum would love to receive them.
They retail at £35
A dainty silver bracelet will suit pretty much everyone’s style and is a perfect present to give to your mum. This one is from debenhams but there are lots of other options around depending on how much you have to spend.
It retails at £35
What are you getting for your mum this Christmas?
Both coats from Missguided
Boots from Office
Dress from H&M
Scarf from Accesorize
Dress and playsuit from Miss Selfridge
Boots from ASOS
Top from Stradivarius
Skirt from Warehouse
What’s on your wishlist?
After running out of the third bottle of my beloved Kiko ‘ultra tech curve’ mascara I was looking around in Boot’s to try out something different. I decided to buy the L’Oreal Paris false lash sculpting mascara because it was on offer and the brush looked quite intriguing.
The sculpting brush is said to ‘line the waterline for a tightlining effect with no gaps and sculpts out lashes, defining them to reveal sculpted looking lashes from every angle.’
At first I wasn’t sure as the plastic brush looked like it would leave my straight, limp lashes looking clumpy but with just one coat they were left long and thick. It’s also very buildable and lasts perfectly all day – the photos above were taken at around 5.30pm and I applied it at 6am! I will definitely be repurchasing.
It retails at around £7.99
Have any of you tried it?
I’ve been having a lot of problems with my skin over the past couple of months and decided that my trusty Kiehls deep pore daily cleanser just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I decided to try out something new and found that this Biore cleanser was on offer in Boots. It claimed to ‘draw out dirt & impurities, purifying pores to leave your face deeply cleansed and your skin tingly-smooth’, which sounded perfect for my oily, spot prone complexion. After using it for two weeks my skin is noticeably clearer, smoother and looks a lot healthier overall. It only retails at £4.99 too which is an absolute bargain for such an amazing product. I will definitely be repurchasing it.
Have any of you tried it?
This new range is targeted specifically for people with hair like me who suffer from oily roots and dry ends. It claims to absorb the oils in your hair meaning you don’t need to wash it as often whilst still moisturising the ends – amazing!
Step one: Clay Masque
Step two – Shampoo
Step three – conditioner
Step Four – Dry Shampoo
The first step is the clay masque which is supposed to be massaged into the scalp and left on for for 5 minutes to absorb any oils prior to shampooing your hair. I thought it was going to be really messy to use but it spread nicely onto my scalp and rinsed out really easily too. Then you follow up with the shampoo and conditioner which left my hair feeling extremely soft yet light and volumised. Usually by the second day my hair is limp and needs a lot of dry shampoo to bring it back to life, but I didn’t even need any after using this!
The only product in the collection I wasn’t impressed with was the dry shampoo which I needed by day three of not washing my hair. I found that it left my hair with a weird texture, looking worse than it did before.
Have any of you tried the products from this range?