With the winter months fast approaching my skin has been desperate for some extra hydration. These three moisturisers are my absolute favourite and leave my skin feeling soft and supple all year round!
Palmers Cocoa Butter
This moisturiser not only smells amazing but leaves skin feeling irresistibly smooth. It also comes in a handy pump bottle and is perfect for everyday use as its thick without being too heavy.
Depending on the size, this retails at around £5
Soap and Glory ‘The righteous butter’
This body butter is amazing! Its so thick and creamy and is absolutely perfect if your skin needs a little boost.
Depending on the size, this retails at around £10
Aveeno ‘Daily moisturising lotion’
As it states in the title, this lotion is perfect for everyday use as it doesn’t have an overwhelming scent and sinks in within a few minutes. It also comes in a pump bottle which is extremely convenient.
Retails at around £7.50
What’s your favourite moisturiser?
Let me start off by telling you how awful I am at applying self tan, I usually end up with patches of orange all over my body with horrendous patchy hands. I gave up a while ago and decided to just apply my beloved Dove ‘summer glow’ gradual tanner whenever I wanted a bit of colour.
That was until one sunny day while I was sitting in the garden desperately trying to get some sort of colour from the sun, reading the latest Look magazine. There was an interview with Michelle Keegan talking about the tan that she uses, and since she’s always so gorgeous and brown I decided to give it a go. I purchased my bottle from Boots where its reduced at the moment to £7.79 from £11.69.
Prior to application I moisturised my whole body with my Soap and Glory ‘The righteous butter’ to ensure that I didn’t have any dry patches and let it sink in. After about 15 minutes I finally applied the dry body mist all over my body, including my face, and let it dry for a few minutes. It felt instantly dry and I didn’t feel sticky at all so I put my pjs straight on and went to bed. The next morning I woke up to bronzed, slightly orange tinted skin but after showering I was left with a gorgeous natural looking even tan. Even my back was perfectly tanned and I really struggled to reach it. I also applied it the next night and was left with an even nicer, deeper colour. I’m now just going to apply it once a week or so to top it up.
The only thing That I would say is that it can stain the bottoms of your feet (even if you wipe them after application) and its such a fine mist that it can be so easy to apply too much! I would definitely reccomend giving this self tanner a go if your a beginner or are looking to try out something new.
I use the medium shade as I am naturally very pale and thought the dark would be too extreme.
Have any of you tried it yet?
My hands get extremely dry, especially in the winter months. I’ve tried dozens of different hand creams from different brands and thought I’d share with you my top three favourites so far.
1. L’occitane Almond Delicious Hands
This is definitely my favourite hand cream of the three. It sinks in immediately leaving your hands feeling silky soft, perfect for applying on the go! It also comes in a few different scents such as rose and shea butter so there should be one to suit you.
It retails at £8 for the travel size, which is great for carrying around in your handbag.
2. Soap and Glory ‘Hand Food’
This cult favourite hand cream smells fantastic and keeps hands feeling soft and healthy.
It retails at £2.50 for a travel size going up to £7 for a large size with a pump dispenser.
3. Aveeno Hand Cream
This hand cream leaves my hands feel soft even after washing and doesn’t leave any sort of sticky feeling. Great for using in the morning as it will last all day long.
It retails at around £5.50
Whats your favourite hand cream?
The Tresemme 7 day smooth treatment never really appealed to me as I didn’t think that it would do much for my fine hair; however after receiving a sample with a Miss Selfridge order I decided to give it a go.
All you do is apply 8-10 pumps onto towel dried hair, avoiding the scalp, and blow dry. Once your hair is completely dry, straighten it in small sections repeating around 3-5 times on each section. This does make your hair extremely soft and manageable, however it was extremely time consuming to go through all of my long hair. For this reason I don’t think that I would repurchase the treatment as it just isn’t worth it for me as my hair is quite straight anyway, although I can definitely see how it would work brilliantly on coarser, curly hair.
What are your thoughts on the product?
I bought one of these nail pens in the shade ‘Fuchsia chrome’ when i was in TJhughes the other day for £2.99. I honestly didn’t expect much of it but was intrigued by the packaging and quick drying no fuss claim. I thought it was going to be messy and awkward to use but decided to give it a go as I’ve used (and loved) many Sally Hansen products in the past. I can’t even express how pleasantly surprised I was, the perfectly sized brush applies just the right amount of varnish to each nail (avoiding the over spill I usually have where there’s more on my fingers than my actual nail) and is literally dry by the time you’ve done the next nail which i think is absolutely fantastic as I waste half my life waiting for nail varnish to dry.
I’m not sure what price they usually retail for, but I know they’re available on Amazon for £1.99 as I’ve just purchased three more colours; orange, red and dusk which is a pale pink.
I suggest you all give them a try, I guarantee you will not regret it.
Do you have any favourite nail products?
Dry shampoo is an absolute necessity to me as i’m quite lazy when it comes to my hair and try to wash it the least amount i possibly can without being completely disgusting. Although this is essentially quite a good habit to get into as it improves hair health, it can be an absolute disaster if i don’t use a good dry shampoo to banish any oil from my roots.
After trying out dozens of dry shampoos from various brands, i can honestly say that Batiste dry shampoo in ‘Blush’ works the most effectively. It removes all of the excess oil from my hair without leaving any sort of residue (and i’m a brunette) whilst giving a fresh, subtle, floral scent. It also doesn’t dry out my hair and washes out extremely easily.
The price ranges from around £2-4 depending on where you get it.
A few weeks ago I had an allergic reaction to a product I was using and was left with a huge rash over my neck and cheek. I tried every moisturizer i own and changed everything from my shampoo to washing powder but it still wouldn’t budge.
After a week i went to Boots and asked a member of staff if they knew a cream that would help to heal it, and was told to use La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm. The cream cost around £15 which i thought was a little steep but at this point i was willing to try anything.
After one use the rash shrunk and looked less inflamed and a few days later it was completely gone; this cream also works wonders on any dry areas of skin such as elbows and knees.
I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough, if your looking for a great moisturizer or can’t get a dry patch or rash to budge then give it a go, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I’m going to share with you 5 of my absolute essential skin and hair care items for these hot summer months.
My lips always get extremely dry and cracked during the summer, so I always make sure that I use a good quality lip balm with SPF in it to not only stop them getting chapped, but to protect them from the sun too.
One of my favourites at the moment is Carmex cherry lip balm as it lasts for ages on my lips, smells amazing and has SPF 15.
It’s also extremely important to protect your skin from the sun, so I use Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock.
I’ve got a review of this here.
Coconut oil is absolutely brilliant. It can be used as a hair mask twice a week to help promote healthy growth and leaves your hair feeling so soft! All you do is apply it from root to tip, then leave it for at least half an hour and wash it out. It’s also a brilliant moisturiser to use on those drier areas such as your elbows and knees.
Having oily skin in the summertime is awful, it just seems to look ten times worse. However, changing my moisturiser during the summer to Neutrogena’s visibly clear oil free moisturiser helps to stop my skin getting as shiny throughout the day. The extremely light formula also helps to prevent breakouts.
BB cream is a great alternative to foundation during the summer as it covers up any imperfections whilst still being extremely lightweight and natural looking. I use Garnier’s BB cream, you can find a review here.
I hope i’ve given you some tips or ideas.
What are your summer essentials?
Avon never fails to impress me; their affordable products are always amazing quality. This nail varnish is no different, it dries within thirty seconds (which is perfect if you’re as impatient as me) and leaves your nails with a glossy, streak free finish. It also lasts at least a week before chipping, which is always a plus. Mine is in the shade ‘Ballerina’ however I think I may purchase another one of the six gorgeous shades they sell.
Retails at £6.00
I’ve been using this treatment for months and can honestly say that it has worked wonders on my hair.
I’ve always suffered from split ends and contrary to popular belief, nothing can get rid of them but a good haircut.
This product does not seal up split ends; however it makes hair extremely smooth and sleek which seems to disguise the dry, split ends and make your hair look extremely shiny. The mask makes hair a lot healthier, which in the long run will prevent new split ends from forming. It also smells divine, which is always a plus!
I apply this product twice a week in the shower after shampooing my hair, leave it in for five minutes, then rinse it out. It really is that simple to have gorgeous looking hair! The product is also on sale at http://www.boots.com at the minute, costing only £2.03 instead of £4.07 so now would be a perfect opportunity to try it for yourself!