Monday, June 24, 2013

Treats for my face!

Hey guys!
In my last post I talked about my night time skin care routine which I do every night. Once a week I use a few additional products and thought I would put them in a short post!

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask - The first thing that anyone will tell you about this product is that it smells divine! Just like you've stuck your face into a tropical fruit bowl. I apply a pea sized amount all over my face after I have cleansed and toned the skin and when I wake up in the morning my skin feels really plump and glowing. I also always apply this after using a face mask to restore moisture to the skin, leave it feeling super soft.
Alpha H Liquid Gold - This product received a lot of hype a few months ago and it seemed everyone and their cat was using it. I didn't fall in love with it instantly as the first time I used it I think I applied a little too much and as a result my skin was very dry and red. I now use it much more sparingly once a week or once every two weeks. It helps to noticeably reduce any redness and scarring over night and makes my skin feel much brighter in the morning. I wouldn't recommend if you have very sensitive skin as it contains glycolic acid and works as an exfoliating toner however it is good for acne prone skin as it breaks down any cell blockages leaving you with a clearer complexion.

Monday, June 17, 2013

My Night Time Skin Care Routine

Hey guys!
My skin has improved and become a lot clearer recently and I am putting this down to the skin care products I've been using. Unfortunately Benefit's Hello Flawless foundation broke my skin out and I got spots and redness in areas of my face that I had never had previously. I continued to use this routine and it got my skin back to normal again! I take my time and use quite a few products at night rather than in the morning when I'm in a rush. This has become a ritual before I go to bed every night and I find although it doesn't take any more than 5 - 10 minutes, it helps me to relax before I jump into bed.

I start by getting into my pjs and tying my hair up before splashing my face with luke warm water. I then use the No 7 Melting Gel Cleanser all over my face to remove all my make up. I mentioned in a post previously that I wanted to try out different cleansers but none matched up to my beloved Liz Earle hot cloth cleanser. I bought this cleanser from Boots when I had a £5 off voucher and since I wanted to try an oil cleanser I decided to give it a try. Although it is described as a gel cleanser once a small amount is massaged into the skin it turns into an oil. I was cautious to use it on my eyes at first however it works a treat for removing make up and all the build up from throughout the day. I have suffered with mild acne for years and my skin has been so much better since using this bad boy! Really gentle on the skin and has cleared up most of my spots and redness. I am now onto my second tube and I highly recommend!
After splashing my face with cool water to make sure all the cleanser has been removed, I then take a cotton pad and my Michael Todd Blue Green Antibacterial Toner. I talked about this toner here and have used it almost every night since I got it. The antibacterial properties are great for problem skin and this toner doesn't leave the skin feeling striped. It smells pretty good and its 97% organic which is an added bonus!
Next I apply Benefit's It's Potent Brightening Eye Cream under my eyes. I got this sample when I purchased the Hello Flawless Foundation from Benefit. It's meant to fade dark circles which I don't suffer from but at times my eyes can be quite puffy and I think this has helped prevent that and I will definitely think about purchasing the full sized pot. If I have any blemishes I then apply Effaclar A.I from La Roche-Posay which is a targeted breakout corrector. It doesn't have much of a smell to it and I find it blends into the skin nicely without any residue. However, I do find if I use it all the time my skin gets used to it pretty quickly and it becomes less effective so I try and use it sparingly.
Finally, I massage Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins all over my face. This is a renewal cream and I have the oil free version. It dissolves into my skin and feels very soothing after removing all my make up. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and healthy and the orange, zesty smell is so refreshing! I purchased this at the end of last year for £33 but a little goes a long way as I've used just over half!
All in all the routine does not take long and I have definitely noticed a difference in my skin, particularly since using the Melting Gel Cleanser! Leave a comment and let me know what skin care products you use! I have a few additional products I use once a week which I will feature in another skin care post soon!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Palmer's Natural Bronze Body Lotion

I am naturally fair skinned so rather than tan my skin usually burns in the sun. Over the last week or so Scotland experienced a heat wave and the sun had it's hat on at last! Although this was a very pleasant surprise, I felt like a milk bottle in my shorts and T-shirt.  Now let me get one thing straight, I don't mind looking like I've seen a ghost all year round. In fact, I fit in pretty well with most other Scottish people. However, whenever I go on a night out or for the one week of summer we get every year I would like to have a natural tan. Natural being the key word here. I have tried numerous tanning products from gels to mousses and most of them either left me streaky or blending in with our mahogany dining table. I had pretty much given up until I heard through the blogging grapevine about Palmer's 'Natural Bronze' Body Lotion.
This would be my preferred method of tanning as you can control it better meaning no scrubbing it all off and starting again! I was sceptical about this moisturiser as although Palmer's has a good reputation for body lotions, I wasn't convinced that for £5.35 they would be able to combine moisturiser and tanning successfully together. Oh how wrong I was!

(Not the best picture but you can see the comparison between my arm and my wee white feet!) 
The formula first of all works really well as a moisturiser. It contains coco butter meaning you don't have the digestive biscuit scent that many tanning products seem to have. I applied this over a few days on my arms and it has subtly built up a healthy glow to my skin. I am really happy with the colour I think it looks really natural and will probably apply once every two days to maintain the colour without going too much darker.
Obviously this wouldn't be the right product if you were going on a last minute night out as it takes a few days to build up but I have been so impressed with the results. Definitely worth every penny!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Hair Care Guest Post: Kirsty White

Hey guys!
Today's post is a little different from usual as my best friend Kirsty is behind the keyboard. I last blogged about hair care and since Kirsty recently decided to ombré her hair I thought this would be a great time to have a guest write on my blog!
I'm a spur of the moment type of person, if I get an idea in my head I have to do it then and there or it won't go away till I've done it. I woke up one morning with the urge to ombré my hair.

I've liked the ombré look for a while and I felt like I really wanted to do something different with my hair. So after a quick watch of some DIY Ombré videos on YouTube, I got the confidence to do it myself and I had a look online for any hair dye's that were specific for ombré. The only brand of hair dye I could find online was the L'Oreal Preference Wild Ombré. As I usually use L'Oreal Excellence Creme hair dye I thought I'd be safe with this one.

The kit comes in three different shades: No. 1 For light brown to dark brown, No 2 for dark blonde to medium brown and No 3 for blonde to dark blonde. As my hair is dark brown I went for kit No 1. After 2 trips to 2 different supermarkets I got the colour I needed I set off home to Ombré me up.
All in all I found the whole process really easy. If you're used to using any DIY hair dying kit then the process is the exact same. Even if you've never dyed your hair at home it's really simple. I really like the little brush they give you to comb the dye through, it made it a lot easier. The instructions are really clear and simple to follow. You mix the dye together, pour it on the brush and starting between your ear lobe and your chin, comb it through. I separated my hair into 6 sections to make sure I got it all. It advises to leave the dye for between 25 and 45 minutes depending on how light you want it to be. After 30 minutes I thought it was going pretty light so jumped in the shower to take it off.

The only down side I had was it made quite a mess. When I usually dye my hair I can scoop up it all up and leave it on top of my head while I wait for the dye to work it's magic but because you're only dying the ends of your hair there's not really much to do with it but leave it hanging. Because I have quite long hair I made a bit of a mess of my top.

I'm really happy with the result. I could have left the dye on for longer if I'd wanted it lighter but 30 minutes was just right because I got the exact colour I wanted. I think if I'd wanted it super light at the tips I would have got it dyed professionally at the hair dressers but for the shade I was looking for this kit was perfect.