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Entries from July 23rd, 2011

5 Favourites: Face Exfoliators.

posted on: 27 July, 2011

Buying exfoliators is one of my favourite past times, I have quite a few (a collection which I am trying to downsize) but these are the ones I reach for often.
You should only really exfoliate once or twice a week. Exfoliators are designed to buff away the dead skin cells, leaving you with lovely, bright, fresh skin but if you’re doing it too regularly there’s no more dead skin cells to take away so you’re just aggravating the skin. Eek! Also, if you are going to use quite an abrasive scrub then I’d suggest using a moisturiser with an SPF afterwards (or the next day, depending on when you use your exfoliator).

We’ll begin with the Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator. This is actually my smaller size version which was kindly sent to me a while back, I do have the full size version which lives in my shower. This is a natural version of an exfoliator, which contains jojoba beads as the exfoliating beads. When you use this, you’ll notice that the beads are very round, like little balls as opposed to some of the other exfoliators which are more like sand. If you imagine sand rubbing at your skin its going to be a lot more abrasive than a circular ball, so obviously the Liz Earle is perfect for just a gentle way to remove the dead skin. 

Of course, it lives up to the Liz Earle hype which surrounds the blogging world. The consistency is similar to the cleanse and polish in a way, quite rich and has the same lovely natural smell.
I’d recommend this if you’re a fan of the LE products and if you have dry/sensitive skin as it is absolutely lovely and leaves my skin feeling smooth. This is quite a gentle product, so you may not get the really smooth and bright effects that you do with a more abrasive product but it does an excellent job. 
The Sanctuarys Exfoliating Pore Refining is almost the opposite of the LE exfoliator, it is much more abrasive so leaves skin feeling very “new” and cleansed. This is probably best for those with oily skin and clogged pores, as its small exfoliating particles allow the pores to be fully cleansed.
One of my favourite products, it really does give you fresh and bright skin.

Kiehls Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser isn’t actually meant to be in this group, but its a nice “daily” product meaning that it’s more of a cleanser with fine exfoliating beads thrown in. It contains clay so is perfect for oily skins, and just gently cleanses the skin of impurities. This can be used every day, due to the fact that it’s not actually an exfoliator and won’t really aggravate the skin after continued use. 

The Sanctuary Warming Micro-Brasion Polish; I have had this for so long! Another one of my favourites due to the self-heating properties. I sometimes demonstrate this on customers at work because its such a lovely feeling. The heat relaxes the pores which means a deeper clean. It contains clay again, which I think is why it’s quite thick. I always find it quite a task to spread this out over my face as well as trying to buff it in, but that’s what generates the lovely warm sensation.
You’re meant to leave this on for a few minutes to let the warmth get into the pores but I can very rarely be bothered. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this as I don’t own anything similar. 
Finally, The Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream. Another very abrasive scrub, this is more like microdermabrasion if you ask me! A very fine, gritty texture which reveals very soft and clean feeling skin. I have noticed that some prefer quite harsh scrubs and this is definitely one that will really buff the dead skin away. 
Any other scrubs that you recommend? 

Style: Yay for Yayer.

posted on: 25 July, 2011


  

A post of my Yayer dress which I bought for going out in London (I think) a few months back but didn’t end up wearing it in the end. Now I can’t think what I’ll wear it to. It’s in my blogshop to be sold, but I quite like it here.

I really don’t know what to do with myself today, I’m trying to find internships in London but keep getting distracted by other things like tweaking my blog layout! I wish I had an attention span of more than a few minutes.
Yesterday I had the most blog hits I’ve ever had before, which was good! I love seeing my little blog grow, I remember in January I only had 30 followers. I’ve expressed my disliking of the #bbloggers tag on Twitter mainly because it seems to always turn into a debate on what you should and shouldn’t do in blogging. I think if you yourself would read your blog and you’re happy with it, that’s what will make you gain readers. I know people say that it doesn’t matter how many readers/followers you have, but really, I wouldn’t want to be talking to myself forever. If you’re happy with where your blog is, the content is original and you love doing it, there shouldn’t be rules to follow! I saw some things last night which were just plain crazy; “always take perfect pictures and write thorough reviews” just have fun and do what you think is good!
That’s my two cents anyway!

Here are a couple of blogs I think deserve a little mention: Jennie, Dayner, Bee, Lauren.

Kate Loves & Glossybox.

posted on: 24 July, 2011

A few pictures from today, I also posted some photos of my glossy box (this is now my third one) I’m really happy with what I’ve got so far and I think it’s a great investment. Last months wasn’t great, but it certainly didn’t deserve the abuse it got from some bloggers! I saw some abuse going down which was just not acceptable, being a blogger doesn’t mean you have the right to completely insult a company (bearing in mind Glossybox was only on their second box at the time) via social media!
Anyway, that aside I was really excited to try my Xen Tan sample as I’ve heard great things about this product. I applied it the other night, I found it slightly tricky as it doesn’t have a guide colour and as its labeled “dark” on the packaging I didn’t want to end up orange so I only applied a thin layer but I do look slightly bronzed. Although I just noticed today I completely missed one knee. My bad.
I would have preferred the yellow Ciate polish, and I’m not a fan of the lipgloss shade but overall, some lovely products for only £10 a month! An amazing investment if you ask me.

I’m off work today which is amazing, I usually have so much stuff lined up but I did everything on Friday. It feels weird to just be sitting around but I love it! I’ve got so many blog posts done. I bought Cosmopolitan magazine today mainly for the free Missguided nail splash (pictured) in Misschevious which is a lovely deep red/pink. I was already wearing another shade of theirs which I was sent a while ago (for post, see here) called Misstaken which is a bright orange so I just put the pink over the top and it’s come out quite nicely!
If you haven’t already tried these, I suggest you do! One of my favourite nail polish brands at the moment.

Today is going to be spent lying on my bed catching up on 4OD and eating Thai Sweet Chilli sensations with Philadelphia (amazing btw). I’m also looking up flights and hotels for a little trip to New York I’m planning with the boyf in January (my birthday is in December but we’ll probably delay our trip) Any suggestions on hotels/where to go?

Current Favourite Hair Products.

posted on: 23 July, 2011

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really do a lot to my hair, it’s usually quite messy. I never even used to use conditioner! It’s quite fine and soft but thick, if that makes sense. I wash it every day and then blow dry it and use straightening irons (though not on all of it). Bad.
Recently, I’ve rediscovered my John Frieda Frizz Eaze Serum which is an absolute miracle product. I’ve had this bottle for years, since it first came out I guess. Anyway, I’ve only recently started using it properly and my hair really loves it. Blow drying my hair makes it quite frizzy so this keeps it in place and makes it so soft, oh so soft.

I was given this L’Oreal Professional product Pli recently to give a bit of texture to my hair. My hair goes flat quite quickly after backcombing and styling so since I’ve introduced this it makes it easier to style (because its so soft and fine). I spray it through towel dried hair and then use my hairdryer to activate. It really does give it a nice thick texture without being crispy. I’d love to try more products from this range! 

I recently bought the new VO5 Give me Texture powder, I’ve used the Osis one for years but its quite expensive and I didn’t like how yuck it made my hair. This variation is great, I find that it doesn’t make my hair as sticky and horrible as the Osis and it’s so much cheaper. I’d definitely recommend this! I just apply it to my roots, you only need a small bit or it looks a bit grey in dark hair. Then massage in and you have big hair. Done. 
You will recognise this Caviar Anti-Ageing Hair spray from the first ever Glossybox! I absolutely love this product, if a perfume came out with this scent I would absolutely buy it. I broke the bottom by dropping it so it has tape around it. I don’t use it all time, but its nice to give a lovely gloss to your hair as well as apparently protecting it from age. Yay for caviar.

Lastly, a product that I’ve been using for years and another one from John Frieda. Its the Blow Dry Lotion which is applied to the roots of damp hair before blowdrying to give texture and volume. Another one I really recommend, I’ve repurchased this once I think as it lasts so long. I prefer this to the mousse as you don’t really feel it in your hair. 

What are your favourite hair products?