Stocking Fillers For Her

With Christmas day fast approaching I thought that I’d share with you a few ideas in case you’re stuck on what to put in her stocking this year.

Phillip Kingsley ‘polished perfection’ gift set

This Phillip Kingsley cracker containing an elasticizer(40ml) and polishing balm(20ml) is a perfect stocking filler and a bargain at £10.

http://www.feelunique.com/p/Philip-Kingsley-Polished-Perfection-Gift-Set

Face Masks

Any face mask is great to go in a stocking however this Montagne Jeunesse set from Feelunique.com is a definite winner. It retails at £5 for six sachets.

http://www.feelunique.com/p/Montagne-Jeunesse-Mud-Mask-Pamper-Pack

Ted Baker Body Spray

This mini Ted Baker body spray retails at £4 from Boots and is the perfect handbag size.

http://www.boots.com/ted-baker-london-little-petal-pretty-pearl-mini-body-spray-10232682

What would you like to receive in your stocking?

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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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Top 3 2016 Favourites

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?

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7th Heaven Pulped Papaya Hair Masque

My hair has been extremely dry and lacklustre lately so I purchased this mask a few days ago hoping that it would help put some life back into my hair. I usually use coconut oil on my hair but i’ve been so busy lately and just wanted a quick pick me up, this mask is absolutely perfect for that!

All I did was wash my hair using my OGX Repairing Awapuhi Ginger Shampoo then applied the entire sachet on my hair starting with the ends then massaged the rest into the roots. After around 5 minutes (or however long it takes you to wash, shave etc) I rinsed it all out and was left with gorgeously soft volumised hair. For £1 I will definitely be repurchasing!

Have any of you tried it?

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Weekly Favourite

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

This weeks favourite is Montagne Jeunesse blemish mud face mask.

This mask is amazing at clearing up blemishes and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. It retails at only £1 a sachet too, which is great as each sachet does around 2-3 treatments.

Blemish Mud Face Masque

Have any of you tried this mask?

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Haircare Routine For Long Hair

I’ve finally found the perfect hair routine to suit my long, straight oily yet dry hair so i thought i would share it with you all.

Shampoo and conditioner

Lets start off with the basics; shampoo and conditioner.

I like to change up my shampoo and conditioner a lot; this is not only because I’ve heard your hair can get used to them and they wont work as well, but because I just love trying out new products. The ones i am using (and loving) at the moment are the Tresemme moisture rich shampoo and conditioner. These smell lovely and leave my hair feeling really clean and soft, and they’re a good price too at £3.59 for a 500ml bottle at Boots.

Once a week i also like to use my Lush solid shampoo bar in ‘new’ which i have a review of here (http://youniquechic.com/2012/02/review-lush-new-solid-shampoo-bar/) to give my hair a deep clean and remove any build up.

Deep treatments

I try to do my Tresemme Keratin Smooth hair mask once or twice a week to give my hair a deep condition. This treatment leaves your hair feeling gorgeously soft and healthy and is extremely convenient as it can be left on for a few minutes in the shower after shampooing then rinsed out.

If my hair is really feeling awful and just needs a really deep moisturise i like to slather coconut oil all over it and leave it in for an hour or so to sink in then wash it out. This also gives amazing results but takes a lot longer than the Tresemme option so i only do it if i have time to spare.

Styling

I don’t really use styling products regularly, and haven’t found my holy grail heat protectant product yet so i have nothing to reccomend on that front. However, after shampooing i really like to use the Tresemme split remedy leave in conditioner to help smooth my ends and help me to comb through my knotty hair.

Brushes

I recently purchased a tangle teezer brush and have absolutely no idea how i lived without one for so long! It brushes tangles out of my hair extremely gently and doesn’t pull out any unnecessary hairs. It can also be used in the shower and is the perfect size for carrying around in my bag, all around amazing brush i couldn’t reccomend it enough!

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Weekly Favourite/DIY

Each week I’m going to tell you about my favourite thing; whether it be a person, product or something else.

My favourite this week is my DIY egg white face mask.

If you have oily, acne prone or old skin, this mask is for you. It tightens and smooths out the skin whilst leaving it incredibly soft. I’ve been using it once or twice a week for the past few weeks and have noticed a major improvement to my overall complexion. I also tried it on my mam to see if it would work for her, and it did. It left her skin both looking feeling younger.

All you need to do is whisk an egg white, apply it to your face and leave for 10-20 minutes until it is dry. Then wash off and voila, gorgeous skin!

Do any of you have any home made masks you love? Or have you tried this one?

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Top 3 Face Masks

Having oily, sensitive skin makes finding face masks that work an impossible challenge, they always seem to be too harsh and leave my skin feeling irritated and raw. Finally, after a lot of awful experiences, I’ve found three masks that do wonderful things to my skin.

I’m going to tell you about each of them, in no particular order.

The Body Shop’s Honey & Oat 3 In 1 Scrub Mask

This mask is absolutely brilliant, I use it once a week to soften and gently exfoliate my skin. I would recommend it for all skin types as it is gentle but gives great results as it is so moisturising. It also smells lovely and is easy to apply.

Retails at £9

The Body Shop’s Warming Mineral Mask

I’ve been using this mask for years now, and could honestly never replace it. I use it once a week to give my skin a deep cleanse. It gently warms up when  applied to the skin so it can unclog pores and prevent spots. When rinsed off after the five minutes, it leaves the skin feeling squeaky clean, yet not dry and tight.

Retails at £9

Sanctuary Moisture Boosting Mask

I use this mask whenever my skin is looking dull as it gives the skin a gorgeous healthy glow.  It also seems to calm redness and improves my skin tone and texture.

Retails at £2.03 per sachet

I hope I’ve helped anyone who is struggling to find a good mask.
Do any of you have a favourite face mask?

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Review: Lush ‘New’ Solid Shampoo bar

 I’ve never really been a big fan of Lush, it’s quite expensive and I could never justify buying any of their products when I knew I could find cheaper ones elsewhere. However, a few weeks ago I purchased the ‘New’ solid shampoo bar. I have to admit I was slightly sceptical to use it due to the mix of both good and bad reviews, but after hearing about how it gives your hair shine whilst stimulating hair growth, I decided to give it a go.

It works perfectly, it definitely makes my hair really clean and shiny, though I’m not sure about the growth as I have only been using it for a few weeks. I thought the shampoo was going to really awkward to use and would not spread throughout my hair easily, but it foams brilliantly after using a tiny amount. I would really recommend  buying the tin you can get for £2.50 too as it will make it last a lot longer. You should also wait until the soap is completely dry before putting it into the tin. I dry mine by standing it on its side, but it dries pretty quickly so don’t let that put you off.

The soap also claims to minimise the amount of hair loss, this is 100% true. After using it for a few times I’m having at least half of the hair loss I had before I began using it, so I would really recommend this to you if your noticing a lot of hair in your brush after styling your hair. Although the bar smells quite strong, I can assure you that the smell does not linger in your hair after you rinse, it just smells clean and fresh.

The only flaw I have noticed is that it can be quite drying if it is over used, however this can be prevented by using a good conditioner and a hair mask once or twice a week. You could use a hair mask such as Herbal Essences beautiful ends split end protection intensive mask.

I would really recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a new shampoo, it is really worth the £5.00 as it lasts much longer than most bottled shampoos.

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Review : Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends Split End Protection Intensive Mask

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!

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