Saturday, 26 April 2014

DRY SKIN

Sometimes we all get a bit of dry skin, but some are more affected than others. I suffer from eczema that simply will not budge. I therefore have to have prescribed steroids and moisturisers.. Which is all well, but sometimes you want to smell  and feel nice as well as your skin clearing up. I have rounded up some of my favourite products that I use when coming out of a bad period of dry skin! 


2009 Dry Skin on Legs

Shower and Bath

Spend: £8 at Soap and Glory: I use Soap and Glory's 'Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub'. This smells like breakfast. It's delicious! It gets rid of all of my flaky skin in the shower whilst leaving my legs silky due to the shea. I don't think this is to everyone's taste, as the smell of porridge and maple tends to stick around, so sometimes I sway towards 'Sugar Scrub', which has more of a citrus scent. I do end up having to make sure the left over product is washed out of the bottom of the shower, but I'm simply in love with this! 

Save: 96p at SuperdrugRadox's 'Nourish Shower Cream' is a still! It smells fresh, and, again, contains shea butter. The amount of lather from a small amount makes me feel super clean, and the product doesn't make  my skin itch, as many in-shower products can. This is also available in hand soap and a bath soak! If you're more of a bath person, I'd say 'Butterball' by Lush is perfect for you! It is a bath bomb full of cocoa butter. 












Spend: £10 at Soap and Glory: Post-shower, I will then use 'The Righteous Butter Body Lotion', so that I retain moisture throughout the day. It moisturises to perfection and leaves you with a sweet scent. With my skin, it sinks in relatively quickly but can be a bit slippy sometimes. 

Save: £4.09 at Boots: If you're looking for an alternative, I would definitely say simply use an 'aqueous cream' - pharmacies have their own for a lot cheaper than brands, and it is amazing and leaves no scent. I prefer this over the old  E45!


Hands
Spend: £15 at Crabtree and EvelynCrabtree and Evelyn's 'Jojoba Oil and Cuticle Cream' is a miracle worker. It is one of those creams that you don't feel you have to reapply 24/7, but you just want to anyway! It contains almond and jojoba oil, which moisturise to a really silky feel. It leaves your hands smelling of lavender and herbs, like a working Summer garden, perfect for those who love smelling a little more sophisticated. 

Save: £3.65 at SuperdrugNeutrogena's 'Norwegian Formula Hand Cream' is an unscented cream which needs so little product it's worth it's price and more.. I love it! Little needs to be said about this, it just works!




Lips 
Spend: £5.50+ at LushLush's 'Lipsrubs' come in many flavours, my favourite being the Christmas special 'Santa Baby', which tastes like cherry cola! I scrub my lips in the shower, and apply a lip balm after the shower, prepping them for any lipsticks I will put on that day. The scrubs get rid of dry and chapped skin and leave them feeling fairly soft.  


Save: £1.26 at Superdrug: My top product of this post is Palmer's 'Cocoa Butter Lip Balm', it's simply divine, I've definitely saved the best 'til last! I have never had any lip balm moisturise my lips so much! It contains SPF, so your lips are protected year round, and the cocoa butter is gloriously moisturising!  













It just goes to show we don't always have to splurge to feel great!
What products do you use to keep hydrated and moisturised?
Do you use face and eye creams?




Tuesday, 15 April 2014

SPRING TIGER

The British Springtime is a funny time of year.. Some days can be warm and you barely need to wear a cardigan, and others you need a scarf coat and a beanie!
This outfit features thick socks, boots, a light dress and an anorak - but I've left my legs bare! 



I normally push my sleeves up just below the elbow with this anorak. Due to the stretchy cuffs it's perfect for being pushed up or left down. The coat is really thin so it's perfect for warmer Spring days, and also those drip drip drop lil' April showers. It is from a vintage rework company, and is really well made. The seams are strong, and the material is easy to move in. I bought a large, but I would fit into a smaller size better - I loved the length and bagginess of the larger sizes. 





Dress - New Look - Sale
Coat - Pop Boutique - Buy Here - Facebook
Boots - Topshop - Sale
Socks - Jack Wills


Monday, 7 April 2014

L'OREAL FIBROLOGY

L'oreal Elvive have brought a range of five new products out called 'Fibrology'. The aim is to give thicker hair after every wash, "specially developed with Filloxane, the shampoo formula together with the conditioner, thickens the hair fibres and provides deep cleansing". The range includes a shampoo and conditioner, a thickness booster, and a double serum. 


As I had just finished my Bed Head shampoo, I decided to try something different.
As someone with relatively fine hair, I believed that trying something that might thicken and add body would be a positive experience. For my hair, however, this was not the case. 

I was not having a good day to start with, instead of getting into my shower I fell into it, landing on the conditioner, and losing 1/4 of the bottle! However, I laughed this off and realised that I liked the smell - not too strong but quite fruity.
The shampoo lathered up well, and filled the shower with a marvellous scent, but didn't seem to make much difference to my hair. I then shampoo'd my hair again, but this time my hair started to feel stringy and stretchy, similar to when fine hair is bleached. I did continue to use the conditioner, which did make my hair feel smooth whilst in the shower.
After towel drying my hair, it felt dry and unloved.. It felt like it needed a deep treatment and like I was back to square one with dry ends. After a week of using the products, my hair did not feel thicker and I could no longer deal with my hair feeling dry all the time.
I have read many reviews where this product has worked, and some say it does work particularly well with the thickness booster, so I may try this before giving up on the product completely!
Due to my hair being home ombre'd, this may be why the products made my hair so dry at the ends, but does not explain why my natural hair also felt dry. 
I really want this product to work, and I may look at the other products in this range as an alternative to the shampoo and conditioner.
The range is available at Boots and Superdrug among other beauty stores.

Have you tried this product?
Did it work?