Thursday, 30 March 2017

Double Cleanse

Caroline Hirons and Pixi Beauty Double Cleanse

The premise of double cleansing is pretty simple but its surprising how many people miss out on it. Personally, as a teen I spent many hours watching Liz Earle on QVC, so its something I did from the very off.  In case you're not familiar, the first cleanse is to remove makeup, SPF and anything else that might be lurking about on the surface of the skin, before going back in and really cleansing the skin thoroughly. Washing off the day as soon as I get in the door is such a cathartic experience for me, and one I often think about during the day, it's just so nice!

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Five Good Beauty Habits

Five Good Beauty Habits

It's been a long time since my skincare routine consisted of a makeup wipe and a smothering of moisturiser - in fact I'd say it's pretty solid now, but there's always room for improvement. Sometimes making a couple of small changes here and there make all the difference, so today I thought I'd share some good beauty habits that I'm doing quite well at so far which you might find useful too.

Oh this is forever a tricky one! If you're like I was up until very recently and go to bed early just to scroll through Instagram until midnight, setting yourself a little reading challenge might help. I tasked myself with reading at least one book a month, setting aside at least half an hour before I go to sleep every night. It forces me to put my phone down and unwind properly without the glare and blue light which is proven to stop you from getting the best night's sleep. So far I'm on book 6 of the year and if I miss an evening I feel super guilty! I also use the bedtime function on my phone which gives me a 15 minute warning that I need to get myself to bed, and I'd also recommend using the do not disturb setting too -  no more getting woken up by notifications, hurrah!

If I could have a water drip attached to me I would be very happy and never need to worry about this again but in the absence of that I always have a bottle of water with me and one on my desk at work which I glug away at all day. If I can get through at least two bottles a day I'm happy. It's a tough one but makes the biggest difference to how I feel and my concentration levels throughout the day.

As I said before, my skincare routine is solid. I couldn't bear the thought of sleeping in my makeup and am pretty good at taking it off as soon as I get home, but one area that often gets neglected is the rest of my body. I've been using the Roger & Gallet Fleur d'Osmanthus Sorbet Body Lotion* to nourish my pins and they feel much more supple and smoother. They also look a lot healthier overall and that's all down to the mix of aloe vera and essential oils in this Roger & Gallet offering. It has a very velvety texture and as it's a sorbet rather than a heavy cream, it sinks in straight away so it's really easy to incorporate into your routine - no hanging about waiting to dry! This is my new before bed ritual and it really helps with the first point too as I find the mandarin and grapefruit scent so relaxing.

Related to the last one a little, I'm also trying to get into the habit of taking much better care of my cuticles. They get so dry and I end up with painful hang nails if I'm not careful, so a little slathering of the Mane 'n Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Therapy* is making the world of difference. Initially designed for horses, for which is it was really effective at healing and preventing cracked hooves, it's a super low-fuss gel that melts into the skin and protects my paws too. I tend to apply quite a bit and really massage it into my nails to help strengthen them. I need to track it down in a travel sized tube actually as it's a little clunky for on the go.

It's all well and good sticking to a good skincare routine, but if it's too complicated or you're swapping products constantly, your skin can easily have a hissy fit. It's so important to listen to your skin and give it what it needs, when it needs it, and without overloading it. Since finishing Roaccutane for treating acne, my skin has become much more sensitive. Sometimes I'll only exfoliate once a week if that's all that's required, and sometimes it might need a face mask twice a week or maybe every other week. The key is to be flexible as no two skin days are the same. If I can skip foundation, I always will, for instance.

Will you be trying any of these and do you have any good beauty habits to share?

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Sunday, 19 March 2017

A Mother's Day At Home Spa Experience With Sanctuary Spa

Sanctuary Spa Mothers Day Gift

With Mother's Day just a week away now I'm quite smug to have sorted my gift out already. Often I'll treat my mum to a day out and a nice lunch, or maybe a spa day. This year is a little different though as my poor mum has recently had eye surgery and is back in hospital this week for the final part of her treatment. So I doubt the last thing she wants is to have her face tinkered with or to be dragged around somewhere for the day, so I was initially a little bit stuck on what to get her.

Luckily, the lovely people at Sanctuary Spa have got me covered. If my mum can't go to the spa, I'm going to bring the spa to her! They very kindly sent me an assortment of beauty and bath bits, so while my mum is on the mend she can have a relaxing spa-like experience in her own bathroom.

Sanctuary Spa Mothers Day Gift

So, diving right in we have a luxurious Sanctuary Spa Foaming Creamy Bath Soak*. I honestly don't think you can get more relaxing than a bath of moisturising creamy bubbles so this is the perfect way to create a calm and restorative spa environment. It has a very spa-like scent which I know my mum is going to adore. She's such a bath fiend anyway so I can imagine her relaxing away with her book until the water's cold!

To slough away dry skin is the Sanctuary Spa Long-Lasting Moisture 4 Day Moisture Oil Scrub*. The perfect first step to nourished limbs is always a good body scrub. This one is a shea butter based salt scrub, so it's beautifully moisturising and is also infused with oils - gold of pleasure oil, no less! So as well as leaving your skin amazingly smooth it leaves it intensively nourished for days after. The Sanctuary Spa has formulated this dreamy scrub by calling on their knowledge of facial oils so you know it's going to be effective.

To lock in extra moisture and cocoon the skin is a ginormous tub of Sanctuary Spa Luxurious Body Butter*. It actually couldn't smell any dreamier, and once applied to slightly damp skin which ensures the moisture is drawn further into the skin, you're left feeling like you're floating. For a deeply nourishing body butter it's not thick and gloopy, but instead melts into the skin so my mum can pop her pyjamas straight on afterwards!

Sanctuary Spa Mothers Day Gift

For the face, lets kick off with the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Radiance Peel-Off Mask*. As we all know, exfoliating is a crucial step in removing all the nasties from the surface of the skin to reveal new healthy skin and to allow all the products that follow to do their job effectively. My mum has the driest skin imaginable and is always on the lookout for an effective yet gentle exfoliator, so this peel-off mask is perfect. It has a super uplifting orange scent which will no doubt cheer her up in the process. Just 5 to 10 minutes is all is required, during which the mask dries and is good to peel off, leaving bright, soft and radiant skin behind.

Now the skin is looking cheery and fresh, a serum is the perfect next step. The Santuary Spa Radiance Revitalising Super Serum* helps tackle uneven pigmentation and reduce dark spots, so for someone like my mum who spends a lot of the time outdoors with her horse this is the perfect skincare pick. It contains an extract from the kakadu plum, which is apparently the highest source of vitamin C to help brighten the skin, along with vitamin E and vitamin B3, so you're left with hydrated, soft and even skin that looks more healthy and refined. I'm kinda tempted to keep this one for myself actually...

To lock in moisture and protect from the sun's rays is the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Illuminating Moisture Lotion SPF15*. Again as this is part of the radiance range, it also works to even out the skin tone and give a much loved healthy looking glow. It's a light lotion that's quick to pop on, so perfect for my mum who hasn't too much patience when it comes to long beauty routines. Having SPF 15 is quite a bonus too as I'm always telling her she needs to protect her skin more when she's out and about!

My mum is absolutely going to adore this selection of Sanctuary Spa treats. I've gotta admit that I'm pretty jealous...might have to go and run myself a little pampering bath now!

What are you gifting your mum this Mother's day?


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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Galifornia, GALifornia

Benefit California Blusher review

Benefit California Blusher review

Benefit's Dandelion Blush was probably my first product from the brand some 13 years ago now (yeah I know that was a long time ago!) and so there's a fair degree of nostalgia that I hold for Benefit's boxed blushes. I don't have many now and haven't picked up any since Hervana a year or two ago but I couldn't resist the newly launched Benefit Galifornia Blusher.

Now the design of the packaging is a little cutesy which I'm not totally sold on, but inside the box is the most stunning blush that I had to make mine. Inspired by the golden bronzy tan of a true Californian surfer gal, this blush to me is summer in a cute little box, truly. The sun embossed design on the top is almost too gorgeous to ruin, but oh so tempting. I bought this a couple of weeks ago but obviously couldn't use it until I had taken photos of it's gloriousness, and it almost killed me!

Benefit California Blusher review

Benefit California Blusher swatch

The gold overspray is a nice touch but sadly disappears after a couple of swirls of your weapon of choice. On the subject of brushes, I always opt for a fluffy one like the Nars Yachiyo Kabuki, and can never bring myself to ruin the cute Benefit mini brushes!

The colour itself is a coral-pink, and is almost orange looking in the pan, but it translates on my pale skin as the most flattering glow, and isn't anywhere near as scary as you might think. It's almost as good as a lie in as it really wakes up my complexion which is a-ok in my books! Also, can we talk about the gorgeous scent? It's vanilla and pink grapefruit aroma gives me serious summer holiday vibes. Now the sun is making more of an appearance (ok it's been one day but still...) I just wanna dust of my shorts and soak up the sun!

Will you be picking this up?


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Sunday, 12 March 2017

Life After Roaccutane - Six Months On

what to expect after finishing Roaccutane

I actually can't believe it's been six months since I finished a six month course of Roaccutane to treat my acne, the time has literally flown by. When I was undergoing my treatment, however, boy did it drag! As I was coming near the end of my course I was looking for posts and videos on what happened next, and what to expect after finishing Roaccutane, but there wasn't much about so I thought I would share my experience in case it helps someone else out.

I won't go into too much detail about what Roaccutane/Accutane/Isotretinoin is as I've talked it in detail before (read my other posts here and here). But very briefly, Roaccutane is an oral acne treatment that's only prescribed by dermatologists and is pretty darn harsh. It's the last step in treating acne when nothing else has worked and it has a long list of potential side effects which can put some people off which is understandable.

The Paranoia
As I got closer to the end of my treatment I was seriously excited to stop taking it of course, but taking a pill every day to keep the acne at bay was a bit of a safety blanket. I worried that as soon as I finished the last tablet I would be one of the unlucky ones that it didn't work for and I'd be doing another round. Everyday for that first couple of weeks I was scared to look in the bathroom mirror when I woke up, just in case some explosion had happened on my face. That seems a bit daft I know, but after enduring six months of soreness and insanely dry skin, the thought of taking Roaccutane again was unimaginable. One morning I woke to find lots of little red pin pricks all around my nose and cheeks, spurring on a ugly crying face and a trip back to the derm. He assured me it was ok, I had done a long enough course and it was likely to be some sensitivity that would go down shortly. And he was right.

Getting Back To 'Normal'
For me the worst side effect was the dryness, which most people seem to get. As I had dry skin to start with this was extra harsh. The only positive part of this was having a dry scalp and only having to wash my hair once a week. It look about a week for my lips to become less dry and the redness and dryness of my face was massively reduced in around two weeks. My hair was back to its previous lank and flat self in about the same time... honestly, I miss the old days! My skin, however,  never really went back to 'normal', as instead it created it's own new normal. Delightful!

The New Normal
This for me was a complexion that was more sensitive. It couldn't be treated the same way it always had been. I was someone who had had dry skin all my life and mainly used oils and deeply hydrating luxurious face masks to treat it with. But my skin had other ideas now. Remember those red pin prick marks? This was my skin telling me to calm the hell down with all the lotions and potions. So I adopted a more simplistic regime, only products that were tried and tested. I cut right back on the oils, using them possibly just once a week, and instead worked on fixing the damage Roaccutane had caused to my skin, cos boy was it thirsty and dehydrated! So now I at least know that I can over moisturise and overload my skin and the red marks are a warning sign.

Was it actually worth it?
So far...yes. I have had one spot to date, a couple of weeks into January. But it was a far cry from what I used to experience and was gone in about two days. Really nothing to worry about. I think it's the only spot I've had in a whole year, as I was quite lucky not to break out when I was taking Roaccutane. My skin is now so much better, my skintone is much more even; my red marks are still there in places but they're really slight. I'm hoping they do disappear eventually but they're hardly noticeable now. I'm really enjoying the fact that now I feel like I have a choice when it comes to base products. I love foundation, so of course I want to wear it, but I don't have to anymore. I couldn't have imagine that being a choice a year or two ago. My only regret is waiting so long!

Of course this is just my experience with Roaccutane which will be very different from someone elses, but if you're debating going on it, please give it a go. You can always stop treatment. If you need any tips and tricks for dealing with Roaccutane honestly please ask me or send me a tweet, I do love a little skincare chat.


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Monday, 6 March 2017

Latest In Beauty - Beauty And The Beast Beauty Boxes

Latest In Beauty - Beauty And The Beast Beauty Box review

Latest In Beauty - Beauty And The Beast Beauty Box review

Beauty and the Beast is by far my favourite Disney film. It was always so much more sophisticated than the others, the costumes were more elegant, and the songs were so much more fun and catchy for me. So it's fair to say that I'm pretty excited about the live action film coming out and I can't wait to see Emma Watson's portrayal of Belle.

To celebrate the film's release, Latest in Beauty have collaborated with Disney to create two breathtakingly curated limited edition Beauty and the Beast beauty boxes* - one for the Belles, and one for the Beasts! As far as beauty box collaborations go, this one from Latest in Beauty is one of the best, and definitely worth picking up, but be quick!

Inside the Belle box*, which looks like an old vintage book, is seven rather luxurious beauty products. The one I think most people will be excited about is a travel sized Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo, which is perfect for sprucing up your hair on the go and prolonging your 'do for another day. There's also some great skincare picks from French brands such as a Gatineau Radiance Enhancing Gommage, Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing SorbetL'Occitane Roses et Reines Hand & Nail Cream and the most glossy red Soigné Betteraves Rouges Nail Polish which I can't wait to try out as I've read such great things about Soigné.

In terms of makeup, there's one of Burt's Bees new lipsticks which I'm pretty excited about as the formula is really moisturising and comfortable, perfect for those with sensitive and dry lips. I have the shade Blush Basin which is a gorgeous pinky nude. Keeping with the Beauty and the Beast theme, the Belle box also includes the most stunning gold compact mirror which is so chic and the double mirror is crystal clear.

As well as creating beautiful collaboration boxes like this Beauty and the Beast edition, Latest in Beauty have nailed the beauty subscription box model somewhat, by letting their monthly subscribers take pick the contents of their box from a line up of great beauty picks each month, so you know exactly what you're getting each time. This might be the one that truly converts me...

Will you be picking one of these up, and possibly one for your man?


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Latest In Beauty - Beauty And The Beast Beauty Box review

Thursday, 2 March 2017

New video - February Beauty Favourites

It's February favourites time! I'm going to attempt to film monthly favourites videos from now on, and hopefully some other content too so would love your feedback on what kind of thing you would like to see on my channel. Although that's rather presumptuous that you would be interested in the first place!


What's your top beauty product this month and have you tried any of mine?


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