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28 Jun 2015

Giving it another try - Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Micelle Solution

As part of my double cleansing routine, Micellar waters are something I use often as a first cleanse. I also use them in the morning, when I'm feeling lazy or in a rush. I first tried the legendary Bioderma Micellar Water a few years ago. It was new on the scene and everyone who wrote a beauty blog was raving about it - so it was only natural (as a beauty junkie) that I had to give it a try.



Unfortunately though, we didn't get on. I used it the once, found it stung my eyes and left it unloved on the bathroom shelf, only to bin it a few months later while having a clear out.

As time went on, more and more brands started to release Micellar Waters, so I found myself trying new ones constantly and I never gave Bioderma a second thought - until recently.

Whenever Im reading a feature on the web about Micallar waters, Bioderma is nearly always mentioned and is definitely rated as one of the best on the market. With that being said, I decided I was a bit harsh to judge it last time - especially after just one use - so I decided to give it another try and I'm so glad I did.

I genuinely now believe that I must have just been having a bad eye day the last time I used it (my eyes can be quite sensitive at times and I am a contact lens wearer too, so bad eye days are not uncommon) because this time around I have felt no irritation at all. The last time I used it, I also remember thinking that it wasn't good at tackling heavy eye makeup, I was a cleansing water novice then though and have since learnt that the secret is to hold the cotton pad on my eyes for a good few seconds, before attempting to wipe away eye makeup. Some cleansing waters I've tried can still struggle with heavy eye makeup though, where as Bioderma removes it instantly. I don't even need to go over my eyes again, when doing my second cleanse. It really does remove everything, not only on my eyes but on my face too. I would still never cleanse in the evenings with just Micellar Water alone, but if for some reason I had to, I could go to bed confident enough that all my make up had been removed.

I can now fully understand why Bioderma is raved about so much, and I doubt I'll ever be without a bottle in the future. There's still quite a few Micellar Waters that I haven't tried yet, but right now, Bioderma is definitely in first place.

I'd love to know what Micellar Waters you rate or hate, so feel free to leave me a comment below.





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24 Jun 2015

The mask that gives a glow - Aveda Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque

Considering the fact that I'm currently 6 months pregnant, My skin doesn't seem to be seeing this so called "pregnancy glow" that I hear so much about. You know the one - that radiant flawless glow that supposedly comes with pregnancy. I did infact Google it, as I needed to know if it was infact a real thing - and to my surprise it is.

Apparently, while pregnant the amount of blood in the body will increase by 50%, this extra blood ends up showing through the skin, particularly around the cheeks. Also, hormones cause the oil glands to become more active, which then results in a softer shinier appearance.

Interesting. So let me just ask - where's my friggin glow then?! because I'm definitely not seeing one. Not a natural one anyway. The only way I'm managing to get a glow, is with some of the skincare products I'm currently using. One being Aveda's Tourmaline Charged Radiance Masque (£30.00 for 125ml)





I initially purchased it expecting it to help my dull skin look more alive and radiant - anything with radiance in the name and I'm all over it - but it does so much more. The Finely powdered Tourmaline boosts skin radiance and naturally exfoliates away dull skin cells. The Avocado Oil and Muru Butter soothe and hydrate, while anti-oxidant lycopene, which is from tomatoes helps to protect the skin.

I use it generally about twice a week and each time my skin is left feeling so soft and smooth as well as looking and feeling completely hydrated. Its the next morning that I really notice the difference though and my skin really does glow. Trying to explain the phrase "glowing skin" isn't easy if I'm honest, basically I wake up to colour in my cheeks and soft, dewy, fresh, rivatalised and healthy looking skin. Instead of dull greyish, worn out looking skin.

Although it isn't the cheapest mask on the market, for me personally its worth every penny.

What products do you use to achieve glowing skin?






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20 Jun 2015

What's in my bath - Current Bath Products






With a house to run, two kids, two cats, a man and a dog - plus being pregnant and exhausted, its not that easy finding the time to have a long hot soak in the bath. More often than not, I'm a "grab a quick shower" kinda girl, not out of choice, just out of ease.

I used to try and have a hot soak at least 3 times a week, but once I hit the tub the kids seemed to start arguing, the dog chased the cat, the cat then kicked the shit out of the other cat because he can't beat the dog and my other half just sat on his Xbox - oblivious to it all, so I came up with a plan. I stopped bathing a few times a week (I still shower, don't worry!) and I set a bath day. Its the one day I relax, enjoy the hot bubbles and load Bloglovin' on my ipad. Heaven.

Seen as this is the only "me" time i get, I like to have my own selection of products which I save especially for my bath. These are the products I keep out of sight and away from the other shower gels, bubble baths etc. When you live with a teenage boy who likes to use half a bottle of shower gel every time he has a shower and a 6 year old who just pours bubble bath in like its handed out for free - Its a good idea for me to have my little bath treats tucked away.

Here's a few of my current favourites and new additions -





Radox Bath Soak - For as long as I can remember, Radox has always been one of those staple products in my bathroom. When I was pregnant with Harvey, I developed a HUGE obsession with it and my bathroom shelf was literally lined up with every single one. The same has happened with this pregnancy, although I've not quite got every single one... YET. One of my favourites is definitely the Muscle Therapy. Its the one I purchase most as I find it warming, soothing and relaxing. The child in me also loves how it turns the bath red.

I love... Peachy Passionfruit Bath & Shower Cream - I know this sounds like a cliche, but this product really does smell good enough to eat. Like seriously tempting. It contains natural fruit extracts and Shea Butter, which makes it perfect for this time as year as it leaves the skin baby soft, hydrated and smelling luscious. As you can see, I've not used it that much yet, but a little goes a long way and it generates a mound of soft fluffy bubbles that last the duration of my bath (normally 45 minutes to an hour) perfect for me to bury my body underneath while my mind relaxes. Priced at £2.99 Its also a great budget buy and its made me want to try more products from the brand.

Rituals Yogi Flow Foaming Shower Gel and Shanti Shower Oil - I have a soft spot for Rituals products. They are a little bit more pricey that the standard highstreet offerings but you get what you pay for, as the quality in the products show. Their shower foams are one of my favourite products. Although they are classed as a shower foam, I use them in the bath just like I do any other shower gel. I love how a tiny amount of gel quickly expands into a luxurious and voluptuous foam that feels gorgeous on the skin. I love how its multipurpose too, so no need for a seperate shaving foam.

The Shanti Shower Oil is a new addition and is probably more suited to use in the shower, but like I said, what I use in the shower I use in the bath too. If you're anything like me and are a bit lazy when it comes to body moisturising, then a shower oil could be the perfect addition. Although the Shanti Shower Oil doesn't moisturise the body like a good moisturiser would, It does provide a shot of hydration and leave the skin feeling moisturised and soft without feeling slippery and greasy.

Ingredients in both products include Sweet Almond Oil and Indian Rose, a combination which work perfectly together. The scent is gorgeous. Very feminine, sweet and sensual while also being relaxing at the same time.







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11 Jan 2015

A new cleansing love - Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream

It's no secret that I love a bit of Clarins - especially their Skincare. It's one brand whose products never fail to please me. I've repurchased quite a few of their products, numerous of times, with some becoming firm staples in my routine. One of these staples being Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream.




This is a thick and creamy cleanser which I use as my second cleanse product. I like to go in first with a Micellar Water to get rid of all my make up, then I go in with this to get rid of any traces of left over make up and to give my skin a really good cleanse.

This ensures my skin is left totally clean and rid of all the impurities and pollutants (basically all the shit) that may have accumulated throughout the day. The Moringa Seed extract is the ingredient that tackles the pollution, dirt, and grime, while the Mango butter, Shea butter and Jojoba Oil are the ingredients that leave my skin feeling soft, nourished and moisturised.

Its a pleasure to use, as it smells amazing, plus it works well with my skin and leaves it feeling clean and fresh, while still soft and not taunt. Exactly what I want from a Cleanser.

If you're looking for a new Cleanser to try, then this is well worth a look.









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10 Jan 2015

Project Nail Growth - My quest for healthy nails

After years of wearing false nails, I've finally decided that enough is enough, the false nails need to go and Its time to start growing my own nails.

Although this sounds fairly straight forward, Its not going to be an easy task as I'm a nail biter. Gross - I know, but as soon as my nails are bare and free of false nails, I bite.  I have no idea why I bite my nails, comfort thing maybe? Or nervous anxiety? Who knows. What I do know though, is that it's not a habit I'm proud of. I want nice feminine nails, not bitten down chewed to the bone nails.

Although I've stated that its not going to be easy resisting the urge to bite and letting my nails grow, I know its something I'm capable of doing, as I've done it in the past. Way back when I first started my blog, which is over 5 years ago now, I was in the same frame of mind as I am now and I stopped the biting and grew my nails. They all got chewed off eventually, but that's not the point, I know I can do it. I just need to kick the biting for good this time.

To help me along the way, I'm going to be using a couple of products from the new Nail Care and Treatments range from No.7. The range consists on 4 products; Nail Strength & Grow Treatment, Ridge Filling Base, Cuticle Oil and Nail Cleanse and Prime.


To start things off, I'll only be using the Nail Strength and Grow Treatment along with the Cuticle Oil. Once my nails are at a suitable painting stage, I'll start to use the Ridge Filling Base and the Cleanse and Prime.

I'll be documenting my journey to healthy, happy and non chewed nails every week here on the blog and on my Instagram, so feel free to come along for the ride! Week one will start on this coming Monday, and my starting nail picture will be posted then.

In the meantime, please leave any tips for growing healthy nails below, as I would really appreciate any help and advise you can offer.




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