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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Perfumes For Spring/Summer

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.’

https://www.glossybox.co.uk/brands/jeanne-arthes/l-eau-de-rose/

 RRP: £20.30 for 30ml

Lovestruck

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.’

http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_117262900299_-1

RRP: £70 for 100ml

Woman Gold

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

https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/fragrances/zara-gold-edp-100-ml-c802502p4065375.html

What’s your favourite perfume for spring/summer?

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April 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

Once again Glossybox have delivered me five lovely products to try out and share with you!

Firstly I received this SportFX eyebrow pencil in ‘brunette’ which twists up on one side to fill in any sparse areas and has a brush on the other to help keep your brows in shape.

The next thing I saw was this Model co contour stick, I’ve never used anything like this before and am looking forward to using it! I’ll let you know how I get on.

This Radial ‘glamolash’ mascara is supposed to give XXL volume and is the perfect mini size for travelling or keeping in your makeup bag for touch ups throughout the day.

I’ve used a Merci handy sanitiser before in the vanilla scent and absolutely loved it, they leave your hands feeling clean without drying them out. A total handbag must-have.

I’ve heard about co-washing before but never got around to giving it a go so i’m looking forward to testing out this one from Dellwash haircare. It’s supposed to be a lot more gentle on hair and stop it feeling dry and frizzy; definitely something I would benefit from.

Have you tried out any of these products?

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Max Factor 2000 Calorie Curl Addict

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?

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March 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

After what has seemed like the longest month my March Glossybox is finally here, and just like the last one it’s filled with five fantastic products I can’t wait to use!

The first product I saw was this sleek eye and cheek palette which I was very excited about as I’ve never tried out any sleek makeup before but have heard great things about it. I love all of the colours as they quite natural and perfect for everyday wear.

Next I saw the thisworks ‘in transit camera close up’ which is a mask, moisturiser and primer all in one and claims to hydrate skin leaving it dewy, plump and perfectly prepped for flawless makeup application. I’m sure it will live up to my expectations as I’ve never been let down by a thisworks product before.

A sample size of the F&R ‘Hydra-Activ smart nutrient day cream’ was also included and is supposed to deliver long lasting hydration and radiance with vitamins A,C and E. I’m looking forward to using this as my skin has been very dry and dull lately.

This 30ml sample of Swarskopfs ‘BC oil miracle brazilnut pulp treatment’ is for nourishing and moisturising hair whilst removing impurities. My hair has been really dry and limp over the last few months so I  can’t wait to give it a go.

Lastly I received this eye cream from Oolution which is 100% natural and contains ingredients which stimulate collagen synthesis. This means you’re left with bright under eyes and reduced wrinkles, obviously I don’t have any wrinkles at 21 however it will help to prevent them!

Have you tried out any of these products?

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February 2017 Glossybox Unboxing

I received my first ever glossy box a couple of days ago and was pleasantly surprised. It came gorgeously packaged in this ‘LOVE’ box to celebrate valentines day and contained five lovely products, four of which were full size. I can’t wait to try them all out!

The first item I pulled out was this L’eau de rose perfume by Jeanne Arthes which smells divine, i’m usually not a huge fan of rose scents as they’re overpowering but this one is really light and girly. It’s also perfect handbag size so you can have a spritz when you need a boost throughout the day.

The second product that I saw was this Ciate nail varnish in ‘fade to greige’. I’m definitely going to be using this, I love this kind of colour on pale skin it’s so flattering.

This Garnier ultimate blends intense care hair mask could not have arrived at a better time, my hair has been so dry since getting it dyed. It’s also a great sized sample and could last for a couple of uses.

The box also contained this mineral-rich volcanic face mask enriched with anti-aging ingredients which helps to cleanse and purify the skin. It’s going to be great for removing all of the dirt and grime off my face at the end of the day and leave it smooth and clear.

This lipstick from MDM flow in the shade ‘Bossy’ lasts all day on the lips as the semi-matte formula gives you the matte look without the cracked, dry lips – love it!

Have you tried out any of these products?

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