Friday, 24 July 2015

Skincare Products I Won't Repurchase...

I was going through my skincare stash the other day to have a bit of a clear out and I thought I would share some of the products that I bought off the back of blogger recommendations and was really disappointed with.

The first 4 products I'm going to talk about were really hyped up in the boggersphere and I thought they would be wonderful, which for most people they are, however they all reacted with my skin and I broke out in a serious bout of contact dermatitis, which I ended up having to go to the doctors and get medicated creams to clear it up. 

The products in question are the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial and the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Age-Repair Serum. Darphin Intral Toner and the Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm (not pictured)

Please bear in mind I did not introduce all of these into my routine at the same time (probably over the course of a year) and I did persevere with them before I ruled them out completely. I tried to re-introduce them back into my routine one at a time to make sure it was definitely the right product reacting. Unfortunately I had the same reaction with each product so I know they just don't work for my skin. 

The Darphin Intral Toner is probably the one I was most surprised at getting a reaction from as it is specifically designed for sensitive skin and is marketed as an 'extremely gentle' toner. A stark reminder for me that not all products aimed at sensitive skin will still not work for everyone.

Clarins Instant Eye Make-up Remover is another really hyped up product and the first few times I used it I thought it was good, aside from being a bit heavy. After a few days use I started to get sores around my eyes and found that as I used it it would make my vision a bit blurry. I hadn't introduced anything new into my routine at this point so I knew it was this, another disappointment.

The Garnier Miracle Sleeping Cream I actually got in a beauty box and was excited to try it but it stung my skin as soon as I used it so I had to cleanse it off straight away and unfortunately I will not be using this again.

I want to say that just because these products don't work for me doesn't mean they won't work for you. Things that I thought would be too much for my sensitive skin have turned out to be wonderful so please don't let my findings put you off! Just try and get samples where you can before jumping in and buying full size products.

With that being said is there anything you have bought after being sucked in by the hype and been disappointed with?
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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Battle of the Lip Balms...

So I have a bit of an obsession with Lip Balm and currently have 5 on the go! Maybe a tad excessive but a girls got to have choices.

I have 3 that I reach for during the day and keep them in my bag or on my desk for easy access, my most reached for at the moment is the Dr. Organic Moroccan Argan Oil Lip Balm which is infused with Avocado & Almond and has SPF 15 so great for the summer time. This glides on the lips really well and sticks around for quite a while so I don't feel the need to keep topping it up like I would if I used a petroleum jelly.

I also have the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick which again has SPF 15 and feels really luxurious on the lips and The Body Shop Aloe Lip Care (which I have just found out has been discontinued!). Both of these are great especially the Aloe Lip Care as it works really well on very dry lips and soothes them quickly when they are chapped. A great one particularly in winter but also good for year round use! I cannot believe they have discontinued this!

I, of course, have the infamous Nuxe Reve De Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm and as this is more like a lip mask I tend to save this for night time along with the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I adore both of these and they work brilliantly overnight to nourish and soothe lips.

The Reve De Miel is rich and thick and feels quite creamy whereas the Agave lip mask is more jelly like but smells amazing and both are just as good as the other and I wake up with smooth soft and plump lips ready for any lippy that might be gracing my lips.

What are your go-to lip balms and do you have any recommendations?

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Problem Skin Saviours...

Don't you just hate it when you try out a new skincare product only to react to it and breakout in spots!?  Well that is exactly what happened to me a few weeks ago and I knew I had to bring my routine back to basics.

I continued to use the same cleanser, Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, as I know and trust it and it doesn't break me out or dry my skin out.

I kept the exfoliation to a minimum and used the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads once a day, as they are fairly gentle and a little acid can be helpful when it comes to breakouts. I followed up with Serozinc (which is now available in Boots) for my toner stage I also used it throughout the day as a facial spritz because it's so gentle.

For serum I alternated between the Pai Copaiba & Zinc Blemish Serum and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ as both these products are great for blemish prone skin and have been real life(or skin)savers during this bad patch.

I used the Pai Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream for my moisturiser and as it doesn't have any SPF I used this both day and night.

After a few days my skin became less angry and I was able to reintroduce some of the serums/oils I had cut out and thankfully my skin has been fine since...

So what are your go-to products for when your skin is misbehaving?

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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Vaseline Spray & Go...

I have spoken about various body moisturisers on the blog before and how little time I find to actually use them!

So a few weeks ago I agreed, with myself, I would make a bit of extra time in the mornings and use the Vaseline Spray & Go and see if it would really make a difference...

I have fairly dry skin and suffer with dermatitis which flares up in patches in certain areas all over my body. Some of the prescription creams they give you for this are so thick that I am left feeling like an oil slick so I will only use these if I really have to.

I can honestly say these spray moisturisers are an ingenious idea and this one really does work! I love how you can hold the can at any angle and it still produces a continuous even amount of product, that was definitely a concern of mine and maybe it will change when nearing the end of the can. 

The moisturiser comes out in a light layer and sinks in really quickly allowing you to get dressed within 30 seconds of applying as it doesn't take long to rub in and leaves no residue behind!

Within a few days my skin just felt so much better, it was softer and not as itchy and it felt really soft, my husband commented too so it must have made a difference! I cannot say this has gotten rid of my dermatitis as only certain creams/lotions will do that, but it has certainly made it easier to tolerate!

I now want to try the new Palmer's body spray lotions too, they even have a gradual tan one that looks interesting.

So have you tried any spray moisturisers yet and what did you think?

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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Talika Photo-Hydra Day Moisturiser...

I was introduced to this product a few months ago when I received it in my monthly subscription box 'My little Box'.

It was a brand I had never heard of before but I didn't let that put me off, I did a bit of research and ended up finding only good things about it.

It's aimed at dehydrated skin and claims to be a 'deeply hydrating' moisturiser which re-plumps the skin. This statement terrified me as I can suffer with an oily t-zone and it's one of the reasons it took me a while to use, it's also aimed at people with signs of ageing *hands up* so that was what sold it for me in the end.

It also has some stranger claims about using energy from natural light to make it work, but I will let you read up on that here if you want to.

So moving on, I decided to give it a go and boy am I pleased I did. I can honestly say this is one of the best moisturisers I have ever used and I have used a lot!

The texture is like a light gel and a little goes a long way, which is great as it's not cheap! it sinks into the skin really quickly and left my skin feeling amazingly soft and 'plump' cliché I know, but it did. 

It had no adverse reaction with my oily t-zone and in actual fact the thing that I love the most about this is that it is probably the best ever moisturiser to wear under make up!

I was so disappointed when the tube started coming to an end, so yes it got the cut in half treatment so I didn't waste a drop.

Expensive as it is, £30.00 for 30ml or £43.50 for 50ml, I really do think it's worth it and when you enjoy using something so much and it works for your skin, surely that's enough justification to make a repurchase, right?

So whilst some products definitely won't work with my skin, this has made me be a little bit more adventurous in trying out new products as you never know I could find another little gem just like this...

Have you found something you love after being so hesitant at first?

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Monday, 6 July 2015

Summer Blush...

So today I wanted to introduce you to my favourite summer blushes. In Autumn and winter I tend to favour plum and berry shades but in the summer I'm definitely more of a peachy pink kinda girl

MAC Melba is the newest blush in my collection and it's very versatile in the way it can be built up into a bright orange or toned down into a lovely peachy shade. Clinique Cheek Pop in Plum Pop is beautiful and I couldn't not talk about how pretty the cheek pops are, a blush in the shape of a flower, how much more summery can you get. I know it's called plum but it definitely translates into more of a pink on the cheeks. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion is more of a blush and highlight combo and probably my most reached for blush at the moment. It's great with any make up look whether it's natural or dramatic and I love it.

Now I couldn't do a summer blush post and not mention the Bourjois Cream Blush (in 01 Nude Velvet). This along with the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in 004 Sunkissed Cherry are two of the best cream blush products out there and have amazing longevity, especially in the heat.

The Boots 17 Blush in Bramble Frost is the oldest in my collection and one of my absolute favourites. It is now discontinued (sorry) but I wanted to give it a mention as mine is still going strong! Thank goodness for anti-bacterial make up sprays. 

L-R Melba, Plum Pop, Dim Infusion, Nude Velvet, Sunkissed Cherry, Bramble Frost

So what are your favourite blushes to rock during the summer?

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Friday, 3 July 2015

Blogging over 30?...

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Yesterday Hayley, who runs the amazing London Beauty Queen, did a live periscope about beauty blogging over the age of 30 and why it's more important than ever... (the link is here if you fancy a watch - I would recommend it!)

As I listened to what she was saying I realized how I related to pretty much everything she mentioned. I don't really want to be sold an anti-ageing product by a 20 year old who has no lines or even first signs of ageing and cannot give me a full review of X and what results they got.

Now I'm not being dismissive of those blogs at all! I read tons of blogs written by people of all ages and I can honestly say I've never actually taken notice of the ages unless I'm after 'anti-ageing' specifically. 

I read a blog because i'm interested in the content, I just wouldn't necessarily go to those blogs for an 'anti-age specific' product review. I want to be able to go to someone similar to my age or older that has the same concerns as me and has tried and tested the products I am interested in so I don't end up wasting my hard earned money on something I am going to (potentially) be massively disappointed in.

Everyone has a right to review and talk about whatever they want, but surely when it comes to the 'older' woman searching for something that is going to improve the look of the lines around her eyes, for example, She wants to read something from someone 'older' who has actually 'seen' results right?

Another of the points mentioned is that most bloggers over 30 who have (or had) beauty blogs tend to turn their blogs into a mummy/parenting blog once they have children and there are so few 'beauty bloggers' over the age of 30 out there. 

I have to say I agree with this point as I have followed some 'beauty' bloggers who have then had children and their blogs change and the content no longer relates to me and what I am interested in. Don't get me wrong I'm not slating anyone or saying they shouldn't change what they talk about, it's just such a shame that there aren't more beauty/fashion specific bloggers out there representing those of us over the age of 30 when there's such a huge market for it.

During the broadcast Hayley said she wanted to compile a list of those of us over 30-40+ who are blogging about beauty/fashion specifically so we all know where to go. 

Something else we need to do is start encouraging older women to start reading blogs, they may not be 'into' social media so therefore may not know about blogs and how informative they can be. So if your mums, aunts or even nan's are interested in beauty let them know we exist and point them in the right direction.

I also wanted to give a mention to Catherine who runs Not Dressed as Lamb as she is in the process of arranging a 30-40+ blogger meet up in the UK this Autumn (no date yet) but you can sign up here to be notified and get an invite once the details are confirmed.

As a result of Hayley's periscope I wanted to share the details while it's still a 'hot' subject and for you to get on board! So if any of this post relates to you then please share the details far and wide and contact Hayley to give her your details.

Take Care,
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