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24 April 2016

Up until recently I didn't have a proper skincare routine, well not one that I have stuck too but after finding products that have made a difference to my skin I have developed a skincare routine which I now stick to day in day out. It is great having a skincare routine but what if you are repeating the wrong steps and in actual fact causing more damage than good? I have put together eight things that we are probably all guilty of doing but really shouldn't. 

Not Moisturising Oily Skin
Regardless of your skin type, it’s really important that you moisturise daily. This is something that I used to be guilty of; I found it hard to believe that by applying a moisturiser would help my skin to breakout less. It’s actually a really common misconception that those with an oily skin should avoid moisturiser; it’s vital that even oily skin gets moisture because without it, skin will overcompensate for the loss of hydration leading to breakouts and an uneven skin texture.

Using Dirty Makeup Brushes
Yes, it is doing more damage to your skin than you think. By keeping your brushes clean it will ensure that no dirt and old makeup buildup is going to effect your skin so its really important to invest in a good brush cleaner especially for your foundation brush.

Don’t Over Exfoliate
Sometimes it can be really tempting to exfoliate but actually it can be highly damaging if you buff away too much of your top layer of skin as this removes the protective barrier which then exposes yours skin to environmental toxins and sun damage. You only need to exfoliate two to three times a week.

Sleeping With Your Hair Down At Night
If you suffer from forehead and perimeter breakout it is most likely being caused by the oil and hair care products that you use so when you go to bed make sure to pull all your hair off your face and tie it up and I bet you start to notice a difference.

Going To Bed With Your Makeup On
Not removing your makeup at night will clog your pore and oil glands and when makeup becomes impacted into the pores, it makes them appear larger which I know is something that we all hate but once your collagen levels decline, the pore won’t snap back as easily once it has been enlarged so it really is important to make sure you are removing all your makeup correctly.

Drying Out Your Skin
I am someone that used to do this and I’m sure I am not the only one but people with acne or the occasional blemish believe they need to dry out their skin to clear up the breakout so choose products that are too harsh but this can actually cause further irritation than the breakout itself, so its best to look for a treatment that soothes while it targets your skin concern.

Not Getting Enough Sleep
Everyone knows that not getting a good night’s sleep can effect the way our bodies work, but when our skin is getting less than rest than it needs, it becomes dull and pale with under-eye circles so make sure you are getting a good night’s sleep to help your skin look its best.

Popping Blemishes
I know we are all guilty of doing this but it’s such a bad idea for your skin as when we squeeze from the side it causes the infection to go deeper into the pore. You are best just washing your face with a clean washcloth and if the blemish is ready to pop this is all that will be needed so stop with the picking right now!

20 April 2016

When it comes to bath and shower products I do love a good gimmick, anything fun and different and especially anything that smells sweet so when I came across the new Imperial Leather Sweet collection I just had to smell them all. My favourite out of the collection and the one that I purchased was the ‘Mouthwatering Fruit Salad’ it takes me back to my school days when I used to sneak them into class, the best bit is that smells that good you know instantly its Fruit Salad without having to read the packaging.

In terms of the formula, this new collection is a lot better, I used to find the old products to be quite watery and thin but these new shower creams have a much better ‘creamy’ formula. They don’t lather up too much if you just use your hands but when used with a shower puff they are great. I love that after using the Fruit Salad Shower Cream I am able to smell the scent on my skin even after I’ve got dried, it makes me feel that its done its job and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry.

17 April 2016

I have been using Nip + Fab products for years, the packaging always lures me in and the products always work, I had never tried anything from the Dragon’s Blood Fix Range though, until now. The Dragon’s Blood Fix Range was inspired by the best-selling Rodial Dragon’s Blood range and is designed to help achieve plumper, smoother and more youthful skin. Now clearly there is not actual ‘Dragon’s Blood’ in these products, it is actually made from the resin of the Croton Lechleri Tree (also knows as the ‘Dragon' Tree). The Dragon’s Blood Fix range consists of three products, which can be bought individually or as a trio, I have only purchased two of the products though so I will just be mentioning these today.

When I first looked at this range from Nip + Fab I decided straight away that I needed to get the Plumping Mask. It is described as an intensely hydrating gel mask combining skin-perfecting complexes to plump the look of wrinkles and refine the skins appearance for a brighter more youthful complexion, now who wouldn’t want to try that? It is recommended that you apply a thick layer to the skin for ten minutes an then rinse or you can use it as an intense treatment by leaving it on overnight and then rinsing it off in the morning. I prefer to just use it as a mask as I find that it’s quite sticky so not sure how I feel about using it as an overnight treatment, I’d rather not have everything stick to me but honestly even after ten minutes, it leaves my skin feeling amazing and looking plump and radiant and I love that it gives such noticeable, instant results.

The second product I purchased from the Dragon’s Blood Fix range was the Cleansing Pads, they are designed to refresh and smooth the skin I thought that was such a handy simple products, which are easy to carry around with you. The pot contains 60 textured, circular pad that are enriched with Salicylic and Hyaluronic Acids which work to deeply cleanse your pores and provide long lasting hydration, which in effect helps the skin, appear plumper. They also contain Witch Hazel, which helps to reduce the appearance of imperfections and tightens pores, which is something that I like to have in a face product. I have been blown away with these pads, when I used these for the first time I had a couple of blemishes and the next day my blemishes had dramatically reduced and now after a couple of uses my skin is completely clear. My skin is also left instantly feeling plump, hydrated and smooth which is great considering they are so effective at targeting blemishes, I did start of just using these at night but I have just started using them in the mornings as well to refresh my skin and to prepare for my makeup as I have noticed that my makeup applies much nicer after I have used one of these pads.

As I mentioned there is three products in this range, the third product is a serum which I decided not to purchase as I don’t really use serums very often, but if these mask and cleansing pads are anything to go by, then I’m sure the serum which be great! I will certainly be repurchasing both of these products as they really make such a huge difference to my skin; you have to love a product that you see noticeable results with don’t you?

I would love to hear if you have tried any of the products from the Dragon’s Blood Fix range and what your thoughts were.

27 March 2016

I thought I share something a little but different for Beauté today and that is a recipe for one of my favourite cakes. Now that the evenings are getting lighter and the days are getting warmer it really does put me in the mood for spring and summer and in my mind what is more spring like than a lemon drizzle cake? I always seem to find myself making lemon drizzle around Easter, it must be a festive thing, so follow the instructions below for your own little taste of spring.

170g Self Raising Flour
170g Caster Sugar

1 tsp Baking Powder
3 eggs
2 lemons
110g Icing Sugar

Mix together the butter, flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder and the zest of two lemons until fully mixed and smooth. Pop into a tin and bake in the oven (set to 180 degrees celsius) for 30-45 mins. Keep check the cake as the time will depend on the size of the tine used, the best way to test if your cake is cooked is to carefully slide a knife into the centre and if it comes out clean with no cake batter on then the cake is cooked. Whilst the cake is cooking you can make the drizzle, by mixing together the icing sugar with the juice of 2 lemons. When the cake is cooked and still hot, poke it all over with a skewer then pour on the drizzle and wallah, as simple as that. 

If you decide to make a lemon drizzle cake I would love to see a picture and to know how you got on. 

25 March 2016

Recently TRESemme released their new hair system, which challenges us to break our usual routine and try hair care in a new way. What TRESemme have done with their new hair care line is they have switched it around, first you condition and then you shampoo. When I saw this advertised for the first I immediately decided that I needed to try it, as the concept make sense, conditioner always weighs my fine hair down resulting in volume-less hair so by having a reverse hair care routine makes a lot of sense as you wash out the weighty conditioner and I find that it helps to stop my hair becoming as greasy.

I have used this conditioner and shampoo several times now and I have been getting on great with them. Starting off with the conditioner, I still like to leave this sitting in my hair for a couple of minutes as I feel like its needs that time to soak and then I wash off like usual. This conditioner is really smooth and does instantly make my hair feel soft and silky.

Then for the shampoo, this was where my main concern was as I was worried that this would dry out my hair and then I wouldn’t have the conditioner to smooth it out afterwards but actually this shampoo didn’t strip or dry my hair out. I think the reason why this didn’t having a drying effect is because this shampoo has a creaminess texture, which actually feels quite conditioning.

I am thrilled with this hair care line and will definitely continue to use it. One thing I have struggled with my hair since letting it grow out has been volume. I didn’t know getting my hair to such a healthy place would make it so challenging to add volume to, but this hair care line promises to give more volume without making it feel dry or stiff, and that’s exactly what it does.