Entries Tagged as 'Beauty'

The Product Detox.

posted on: 25 April, 2014

I have to come clean… literally. It’s dawned on me that I’ve become a hair product junkie, my fine thin locks have seen a wealth of products being applied and smoothed through – and to be honest I’ve been a little heavy handed with the application. Cue weighed down, lacklustre locks. In a bid to get them shiny and fresh once more, I’ve been cutting down on the hair products I use… my hair is on a diet.

My hair is super soft and silky, which sounds nice on paper, but in reality it always seems to look so flat and lifeless. I’m not really a straight ‘n’ sleek kinda girl, I like masses of messy texture and body, which of course requires a shedload of products! Over the last week or so, I’ve been giving my hair a big break from products – I started off by using the Boots Build Up Removal Shampoo, I think this only costs a few quid but it works wonders. It gives the locks a deep cleanse, removing product build up and generally giving hair a detox. It’s something you use just once a week or every ten days or whatever, and it does strip the colour, so keep that in mind.

As I’ve also been reverse washing my hair, something I’ve spoken about a few times now but I think it does make a difference – especially if you’re on a product detox like myself. I just use my usual shampoo and conditioner, but backwards. I take a small amount of conditioner and apply it to the lengths and ends of my hair, let it sit for a minute or so, rinse out and then apply a small amount of shampoo. I lather it up and rinse it out. Ta-da! My hair isn’t overloaded with conditioner as the shampoo rinsed it away, so it isn’t weighed down or lank, yet it’s still nourished. This means my hair is pretty bouncy and full of life, yet I haven’t even applied any products.

I’ve really had to change my ways, it’s almost become habit to smooth through five or six products in an attempt to keep my hair soft but also full of volume. I also apply far too much product each time, which is truly unnecessary on hair like mine. Instead, I’ve been taking more time to blow dry my hair, using only a tiny bit of product or usually, none at all. I use a circular brush like this Kent Small Radial Brush (£8.50) and gently lift my hair at the roots to add some body, while keeping all the shine. It takes a little longer than my usual routine but it looks a lot better when it’s done.

I still do use the odd hair product here and there, but only really one at a time and I tend to spritz the product in to my palms, rub them together to disperse, and then sweep it softly through my hair. I do the same with cream products – it allows me to use way less, and in turn my hair looks shiny and polished rather than heavy with gunk. I’m also learning to embrace my natural hair, so I tend to leave it to dry naturally without products – this means it looks super healthy!

Have you ever been on a product detox?

Rescuing Dehydrated Skin.

posted on: 24 April, 2014

It seems like my skin is forever dehydrated, though I am prone to blemishes and don’t have dry skin really. I know when my skin is lacking in moisture when I need to apply more moisturiser in order for my skin to feel “relieved” and my makeup just doesn’t sit right. I tend to avoid foam/gel cleansers, bar a couple that I know don’t strip my skin – you know that tight, uncomfortable feeling you get when you use something drying? That’s usually a sign your skin is dehydrated, as in lacking in water – so I tend to stick to creams and balms and then use something a few times a week to keep my skin balanced. I find this works for me!
My skin is normal, a little oily and often dehydrated, for reference.

I do have a pretty solid roundup for when my skin feels like it’s in need of some hydration. I usually start with the Elemental Herbology Bio-Cellular Super Cleanse (£22), this is one of my favourite cleansers as it just feels so relieving on the skin. I love the way it’s just so rejuvenating and refreshing when applied, and it removes makeup like a dream. It’s sort of like a cream/gel in one, so it’s hydrating and nourishing and really purifies the skin of makeup and other grime. It also helps to promote cell turnover, so the complexion is looking fresh and bright in no time. I just love this stuff!

Another ultra-hydrating product is the Origins Make A Difference + Lotion (£20), I love this whole Make A Difference range as you will probably know. I actually wasn’t all that enthused by toners  until I tried this, it feels incredibly reviving on the skin and it really helps to keep the skin in check. It’s great to use before moisturiser (as you would) because it helps to retain moisture in the skin, so you get all the benefits out of your treatments. This also helps to keep skin healthy, plump and bright – I adore every product from the range so anything you try is sure to do wonders.

Next up, I have the Pai Echium & Argan Eye Cream (£28) – my eyes have been super dry lately and I have no idea why, but this and pure calendula cream are the only things that help. I like this as it really helps to hydrate and brighten the eyes, which is exactly what I need – I don’t use anything anti-ageing just yet, especially around my eyes as they’re probably a bit heavy, but this really helps to plump and moisturise. It’s really light on the skin and blends in quickly, so you don’t even notice it on the skin – something that I think is quite important when it comes to eye creams. I also apply this morning and night and it’s really the only eye cream I reach for – lovely stuff!

Another treatment I seem to rave about constantly is the Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Skin Minimising Daily Hydrator (£29.50). I bought this as my skin was feeling so hydrated after Summer last year and this is meant to help to keep the skin hydrated, as well as minimise the effects of stress on the skin and reduce redness. It’s a bit of an all-rounder, and it really works. It’s quite a thick cream/serum but only a tiny amount is needed for the whole face, it blends well and feels lovely on the skin. It’s also only very lightly scented which I prefer.
I use this every night without fail, it feels amazing and it makes such a big difference to my skin, just keeping it healthy and free of imperfections, as well as hydrated and bright.

Finally, the Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask (£29), another product that I seem to talk about a lot. This is one of the only moisture masks that I actually use – most of them are too rich for my skin and tend to break me out, but this is more like a lovely night cream. It’s not really rich at all, and it’s kind of like a gel/cream rather than a really thick treatment. When I use this, I always wake up to soft, silky, dewy skin, it completely transforms my skin overnight! I really recommend this no matter what skin type you have, it really is a great overnight treatment. I always slap it on like a night cream on Sunday nights – what a difference!

Have you tried any of these? Do you suffer from dehydrated skin?

Forever Repurchased #6.

posted on: 23 April, 2014

I never realise how many products I actually repurchase until I sit down and have a think about what’s to go in this post. When it comes to makeup, I tend to have a lot of foundations on the go at once because of their different finishes and coverages – my skin changes SO much – and I do love a mix of blush colours, so they’re not something I ever run out of, bar a few types and shades. It’s usually skincare and body products that I tend to go through at a rapid pace – and when they’re done, I just have to buy them back again. Here’s another selection of regularly repurchased items…

I actually have two cleansers here that I’m now on to my second or third bottle/tube of. Saying that, they’re two completely different cleansers and I would usually use them one after the other, with the first to remove makeup and the second to cleanse the skin. In that order, I have the Elemental Herbology Purify & Soothe Cleansing Balm (£30) – I have spoken about my love for EH a lot lately, and this cleansing balm is definitely one of the reasons why. I adore this stuff, especially as it comes in a tube as I feel like it’s a whole lot more hygienic than the usual tub we get balms in, and it also uses only the best botanical ingredients so you can guarantee that everything going on your skin is a lovely, natural ingredient. This stuff melts in to the face and dislodges makeup, cleansing and purifying the skin in no time – and it always leaves my complexion feeling supple and soft and a whole lot healthier too. It’s a lovely offering for the evening cleanse.

The other cleanser is the Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser (£24.75), I think this is my third bottle of this and I cannot fault it – I always reach for it when my skin is breaking out, I swear it works miracles! The soft formula lathers up ever so slightly, so you have a kind of creamy gel (it’s a bit of both) – one thing I always notice with this is how smooth my skin feels after I apply it. I use it in the shower and it makes such a big difference to my skin, I now have no blemishes and I’m almost certain that’s down to this. I never really use cleansers that don’t leave my skin feeling amazing afterwards.
I would say it’s great for all skin types, it’s hydrating and refining, and it balances the skin – I never feel like my skin is stripped or dry after using this. I am now making a promise to myself that I will always have a bottle of this on hand!

Of course, I had to include the amazing Anastasia Brow Wiz (£15.50) – how often do I talk about this brow pencil? I mentioned it in my Brow Tutorial post, it gives me such full, shapely brows and I really couldn’t live without it. After I recently finished up my last Brow Wiz a month or two ago, I held off for a few days because I couldn’t be bothered repurchasing and I was adamant I had something in my stash that would do a similar job. I think I lasted two painful days without it – never again! The fine nib of this allows you to create strokes that resemble hairs, so it’s incredible natural and it really allows you to get the right shape. Check out my tutorial to see it in action.

A couple of random items, starting with the Sally Hansen Gel Cuticle Remover (£6.45), a product that I’ve been using for years and years. I’ve never really used any other kind of cuticle remover as this works so well – it really softens the cuticles so you can get in there and perfect them. I just love how easy it is to use and apply, it’s definitely a staple in my manicure routine.
Finally, the Diptyque Vetyver Candle (£40) – I have to say, I’m not a massive Diptyque fan – I adore the packaging but I don’t often think their scents are anything to write home about, bar a few, and I think their scent throw is often a bit lousy (lol, lousy). Saying that, my absolute favourite candle of all is the Vetyver candle from them – this smells DIVINE. I actually have the Vetyverio scent which is pretty similar, and I wear that daily… so it seems kind of silly to say I’m not a big fan, but apart from these two (candle and fragrance) I probably wouldn’t buy anything from them.
I am yet to burn this candle as I think I might keep it until we move (I’m sad) but it’s incredible, such a sexy masculine scent with touches of lighter, more floral notes in there too. I highly recommend you check it out, it smells like heaven.

Have you tried any of these?

An Introduction to Erborian.

posted on: 22 April, 2014

I’ve been mentioning skincare brand Erborian a lot lately – it would be true to say the brands products are making up a large chunk of my skincare routines! I saw the Erborian stands in Paris and vaguely remembered spying a product of theirs near the till in Space NK – I snapped up one item and have since fallen in love with everything I’ve tried.

The product I first tried, and the product mentioned above, is the Erborian Sleeping BB Mask (£32) – this is a kind of moisture mask that can be used a few times a week to ensure the skin is well nourished. Although Erborian are a luxury French brand, they are influenced by Korean skincare so a lot of their products are BB and CC cremes that help to improve the texture of the skin.
This overnight mask “cocoons” the skin while you snooze, delivering skin-loving ingredients which help to soften and refine the skin, as well as clearing up any imperfections. I’ve seen a massive difference in my complexion since I started using this, I have even given a tube to my mum as I love it so much! It promises super smooth, bright and clear skin and a difference can be seen (and felt!) after the first use! It’s one of those ‘all round’ products that do a whole lot of good for the skin – no matter what your skin type.

My second favourite product from the brand (I picked five of my must haves for this post, but I do love everything I’ve tried!) – is the Erborian CC Creme HD (£36), I won’t lie to you… this stuff works miracles! It’s a hydrating skin tint which adds the most flawless glow to the skin, the pigments brighten the complexion and conceal any signs of imperfections so you really do get a lovely canvas for makeup. It conceals acne scarring, redness and even blemishes and promotes the most gorgeous finish – it’s just so damn effective! It’s a little like the Origins VitaZing but less tint and more miracles. I use this every day as a sort of moisturiser/primer in one, and it really helps to improve the condition of my skin – so much so that I tend to use only powder or a touch of concealer after applying. Dreamy.

Next up, the Erborian Double Peeling Creme – this isn’t so readily available in the UK it seems. I believe Selfridges sell it but it looks like its out of stock at the moment. This is basically an exfoliating mask that gets to work refining the texture of the skin and generally helping to transform a dull, tired complexion. It honestly brightens my skin so, so much – expect a perky, healthy complexion after just one use. I use it on Sunday nights and follow with a clay mask and then the Sleeping BB Mask for supermodel skin (kinda).

I have mentioned the Erborian Herbal Energy Lotion (£22) in my evening skincare routine, this is a staple product for me as it really helps to energise my skin and give it a boost in terms of hydration and radiance. I love using it as my skin instantly looks more dewy, and it’s a lovely product to apply as it feels so refreshing. I use it after cleansing to ensure I’ve removed every trace of impurities from my skin, and then continue on with my usual treatments. I love how much it calms and heals too, it’s definitely a step in my routine I won’t miss out on!

Lastly, the Erborian Yuza Sorbet Day Cream (£43) – this is a skin treat to be applied in the morning, it hydrates with a unique mix of natural ingredients to provide the skin with everything it needs to look awakened and radiant. It instantly relieves dry skin and helps to keep it moisturised throughout the day. I’m very picky when it comes to moisturiser but the texture of this is perfect, it’s refreshing on the skin and feels replenishing even though it’s lovely and light. Applying it is a dream as it feels so soft and smoothing on my face. It’s love!
I also have the night cream version but I’m waiting to finish my current night cream before we get acquainted.

I definitely recommend checking out Erborian if you get the chance, their products have impressed me so much and I’m already thinking about extending my stash!

Have you tried anything from Erborian?