Monday, November 16, 2015

Three from Lush


Having recently suffered one of the worst allergic reactions to medication I'd ever experienced, I had to lay off the scented products for a week or so. This made me really miss my lush bath and shower times and as soon as I could use them again, my love affair rekindled. These three are just a few of the products I came home with after the Lush winter event that I started using again just the other day and knew these had to be my top three that I share my thoughts on. 

American Cream is a hair conditioner which my hair certainly thanked me for after just one use. I've said this numerous times now, my hairs not in the best condition and after a long time of continuous highlights its pretty dry. The smell reminds me of those hard boiled sweets that have pink and white swirls on as it's a gorgeous strawberries and cream scent. If like me, you can suffer with occasional flakes, then you should give this a try as the sage and lavender help to soothe and calm the scalp. 



Santas Belly is so pretty, I didn't want to use it and disturb the nice flat top. Containing ingredients such as; star anise infusion, orange, apple, bergamot and vegan red wine the scent isn't my favourite, but is nice enough for me to enjoy using the product. The jelly is so super soft on the skin and the scent surprisingly hangs around well after you hop out of your shower. It lathers up well and a little sparkle certainly goes a long way.


Spearmint polos were a daily purchase on my walk to secondary school and that memory flashes back whenever I take a whiff of this minty delight. Christingle caught my attention purely from its good looks as I find I'm drawn to anything of this colour. Being a body conditioner it works exactly the same as what a hair conditioner is used for, but for skin. I enjoy using this on a Saturday or Sunday morning to wake me up and prepare me for the day. Simply apply to the skin after your normal wash and then rinse off to reveal a well conditioned and smooth body, that's minty fresh. 

Have you tried any of my three from Lush? Have I tempted you to go and try any?
xoxo

Thursday, November 12, 2015

It's a Pixi kinda feeling


Using the Pixi Glow Tonic most days for around a year now is something that I'm not looking to replace any time soon. It deserves the hype it gets and if you're yet to try it, it's actually available in large M&S stores. Having this much love for the glow tonic meant only one thing. I had to check out what else they have to offer, and in other words, shopping! 

The Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist has been apart of my bedside table beauty group for a little while now. Some days I arrive home from a long day at work and immediately take off my make up, so by the time my Lumie light dims and my book is put to one side, my skin can feel quite dry and tight. I spray a couple of times (three or four lets be real) all over my face and follow with a general anti ageing serum. This especially helps with the colder times we're experiencing right now and gives a nice boost of moisture to the skin. 

I try to use the Glow Peel Pads on a Sunday as a little treat but if my skin needs more, I go in on a Wednesday as well. These bad boys contain 20% Glycolic acid to help with having brighter, healthier and more radiant skin. The main reason why I went for these is to try and even out my skin tone. I have some areas of dullness, pigmentation and now dark spots (slight scaring from my recent skin problem, post linked here). They contain vitamin E which after some research was one of the main things to help with my problems. 

As a self confessed addict to beauty I was over the moon with the three miniatures the kind lady presented to me at the time of purchase. The fact they're tiny is amazing and melts my hearts, but also getting to try out a couple of make up items I might not of ever picked up myself. A few samples definitely make a difference. 

Do you use anything from Pixi? Do you want to try something?

xoxo

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Discovering my true relationship with beauty



I'm sure I'm not the only one who has make up free days, in which you lounge in the house watching episode after episode on Netflix (ok that bit might just be me) being very relaxed and chilled. My most recent make up free day actually turned into seven full days and still counting. It seems that my body wasn't keen on a new medication I'd been prescribed which resulted in a full body rash and serious facial swelling, meaning; no make up, no skincare, and no Lush cosmetics baths or showers. Yep, the beauty bloggers cold turkey! 

During this period of isolation (literally only leaving the house for doctor and hospital visits) I've really thought about my relationship with beauty. What it is to me, why do I like to have a strict skincare routine morning and night, why do I apply make up, why do I own ten different red lipsticks and five different mascaras? Now being the seventh day without anything beauty coming near my body, I've found some answers to my questions and now very aware of what my relationship with beauty is. 

Feeling insecure isn't nice and the word has been recurring in my mind and linking to the majority of answers to my questions throughout this time. Everyone has aspects of themselves they're a bit more conscious about. Having a rigid skincare routine that my skin loves and is happy with (which has taken years and is still not perfect) enables my face to glow and rarely have blemishes and gives me that boost in order to feel comfortable. Normally my make up is applied to my face generously to exaggerate   specific features and again to help with confidence. Yes, when I'm having a good make up day I feel good, whether it's my brows being 'on point', or a new Charlotte Tilbury lipstick making my lips stand out from the crowd, beauty makes me feel good.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that being stripped of my skincare routine and make up has made me realise that I'm actually addicted to feeling confident and comfortable in my skin. I miss the good feeling and the happy sensation I get from cleansing my skin or applying my base. I honestly can't wait to feel good again and to wear one of my many red lipsticks with pride.

xoxo