Tuesday, 29 January 2013

No7 Hot Cloth Cleanser & Skin Doctors Gamma Hydroxy

So I'm off to a good start with my great skincare routine


Thanks to the lovely No7 vouchers at Boots (what would we do without them?!) I purchased the beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser to see what all the fuss is about. I'd heard that it's as good as the more expensive Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish.

"Enjoy the luxury of a spa facial in your own home. The combination of this rich indulgent cleanser and the gentle exfoliating muslin cloth removes dead skin cells and daily grime whilst stimulating circulation, leaving your skin deeply clean, soft and radiant"

As it's normally £9.95 and I got it for £4.95 with the voucher I couldn't really say no. I have to say I'm loving it! It's nice to have a proper winding down session at the end of the day by taking my make up off properly. I used to go over it with a face wipe and apply a bit of cheap cleanser with some cotton wool. And Sometimes I'm ashamed to say I'd just use the face wipe! 
*and other times I wouldn't bother with either.. shhhhh!*

Now I massage the cleanser over my dry face in upward circular motions, which is also very calming. Then I run the muslin cloth under hot water, ring it out and then place it over my face. It's like giving myself a quick mini facial. Then once the cloth has cooled I  wipe the cleanser off and splash some cold water on my face. It removes every trace of make up and leaves my face so soft. It feels really clean after using it and I can tell it's done my skin some good... a lot better than a face wipe ever did!

So then my skin is clean enough for me to apply my new favourite thing, my pot of 
Skin Doctors Gamma Hydroxy RRP £40.80


They claim it's 'a time released chemical peel that gives salon treatment results at home'

As I've mentioned before I've got some bad scars and I heard that I should try something with glycolic acid to help even them out. This also has lactic acid to increase the water holding ability of the corneum layer of the skin which helps to improve fine lines, which I'm sure I'm already starting to get! And to remove skin cells there's some salicylic acid in there too. 

It basically renews and smooths your skin, reducing the size of pores, evening skin tone and pigmentation. It burns ever so slightly after applying, but to me that just shows its doing it's job. No pain, no gain! Some say they develop redness too but I didn't experience this.
 I just smooth on a thin layer then I head to bed. It says you should see an improvement in the appearance of wrinkle depth, acne-scarring and hyperpigmented areas in around 3-6 weeks but after just 4 days of using this I can already see an improvement and both my mum and my boyfriend have commented on it.

 I can only imagine how good I'm going to feel when I've used the whole pot. It's well worth the price tag as this really works!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

My Favourite Shoes

I've always been known as the 'girl in the shoes'. 

No matter what the weather is like I'm always in heels. I actually walk much better in them. I trip over in flats! I used to do 10 hour shifts on my feet and I wore heels all day, every day -it did wonders for my calf muscles! 

I've worn heels for so long that my feet hurt in flats. I'm sure when I'm old I'm going to have some serious problems! I have the opposite problem to most people, where most girls love the feeling of taking off heels after a long day I'm the opposite, If I'm bare foot or in flats for too long I have to put on some heels, not always stupidly high ones but my feet need to be pointed to some degree for me to be comfortable. Some days it's great, I can survive much longer than my friends on a night out, but when I want to wear something casual, it's hard to put heels with it without it looking overdressed.

Anyway, I thought I'd share a few of my favourites.

These are my T-Bar Mary Janes with a square toe. They were from ASOS a few years back. They look lovely with a pencil skirt.

These are my go-to pair. Simple Kurt Geiger Suede platforms. They are quite Louboutin-esque, they're timeless and they go with everything.

These are from Office. They have zips all over them and are satin. They did them in denim too and I struggled to choose between them. So much so I think I really began to annoy the sales assistant! But I decided black was the more sensible option. They are more of a statement shoe but believe it or not they are really comfortable!

These patent platforms are from Topshop and I have worn them both to death! I got them in 2 colours. I really wanted the coral but they were out of stock for ages and I couldn't wait so I bought the cream ones to tide me over. They are really soft and the platform really makes all the difference. When these finally die I'm going to really struggle throwing them out!

Everyone needs a pair of nude peep-toes and mine are a patent pair from Aldo. They really lengthen the leg and again, the platform makes them so comfortable.

These red ones are from River Island. The arty pic if from a shoot I did when I worked at a photo studio. It's taken by a really talented photographer friend of mine, Karis (@mcsnaps2012) I'm not a fan of getting my face in pictures, but my shoes, I'll jump at the chance!

Doing this post has really reminded me of some shoes I haven't worn in ages, I just need to snow to go and I can get some out of their boxes!

Monday, 21 January 2013

New Years Resolutions

I’ve decided that this year I’m going to look after myself. I read a post on skin guru Caroline Hirons’ blog and she said  ‘equate your skincare spending to what you would spend on a handbag or shoes. I'm not saying you should - I'm saying you should be willing to. If you would spend more on a bag than your face - you're reading the wrong blog.'

It makes sense! I love my shoes but I can replace them, I’m stuck with my face! I’ve spent years just buying what ever cleanser or face wash is on offer and not really thinking about what I’m putting on my skin. I’ve got this face for life so I might as well look after it. I just hope that at 27 this isn’t too little too late!

I’m left with with pretty bad scarring after a skin problem following an illness a while back. And while I’ve always thought I can live with it, I realised recently that it's the one thing about myself I'm not a fan of.  

So I’m going to invest in some decent skincare. I've started doing a bit of research but If anyone has any recommendations then let me know! I’ll do a post at some point to see how I’m getting on.

Tying in with the skin care is the health side of things. My water intake is poor, my doctors are always telling me off for it! So I’m going to start trying a little bit harder. I know it will do me the world of good.

Since having M, I’ve lost a lot of weight and am the smallest I have ever been. I was a size 10 before I got pregnant and I didn’t really gain a lot of baby weight. I didn’t expect to go back to 'normal' again quite so quickly, let alone go down a dress size or two. I always liked having curves and it suited me, so being slimmer has really taken some getting used to. 

It did bother me quite a bit at first and putting on weight is a lot harder than you think, especially with a baby to run around after! So I’ve decided to just go with it, rather than letting it get to me when people tell me I’m too skinny (which by the way, is still an insult, however you look at it!) I’ve decided I’m just going to make myself stronger. So I’m doing a few toning excercises and making myself generally more muscular and strong. I’m going to look into doing a bit of Yoga and Pilates which will give me a bit of time to relax too which is always nice!

I got a  fitbit for Christmas, you clip it to your clothes and it tracks your steps and you can link it to your iphone and log how many calories you eat too. It’s quite good at keeping track of what im eating and drinking and it’s really made me more aware of what I'm doing wrong. As I’ve been eating on the run I basically shove a few biscuits in my mouth and down a cup of tea when I'm wearing my rollers so I didn't realise that I was generally living on biscuits and caffeine! So it’s making me eat a lot healthier by making me aware of what I'm actually eating.

In the past I’ve not really stuck to my new years resolutions -2009’s being to see 'Wicked' and to finally try thai food and I still havent done either. But hopefully I can try and stick to these!

Watch this space!

Neal & Wolf Blow Dry Balm and Heat Protector

Neal &Wolf have been around 20 years in the haircare industry and now have a range of products on the market.  I hadnt really heard much about them to be honest so when I was sent the Guard Heat Protection Spray and the Blow Dry Balm I was excited to try them out. 

I love how the packaging looks like its high end and luxurious. They look really stylish and you don’t have to spend a fortune on them, it really adds a touch of luxury to the bathroom.

First I tried out the Heat Protector spray, it can be used on both wet and dry hair and comes in a 150ml pump dispenser.

I was really keen to try this out and straight away and couldn’t wait til the my shower the next morning so I used it on my dry hair. It distributed really nicely in a light mist and the smell was lovely. It reminded me of the Jean Paul Gaultier Classique perfume, which I love as that’s the perfume my mum wears. (ain’t I cute?!)

I took sections of my hair and sprayed it, combed it through then ran my straighteners though it.
It gave it an amazing shine, and my blonde colour seemed brighter too. And of course I’m safe in the knowledge that my hair is being protected from the heat. I’m really impressed by this. I really love it!

I also tried out their Blowdry balm. I’m not a massive fan of blow drying my hair, it takes such a long time and gives me arm ache. I’m just so lazy! But after using this product I may just give it a go a little more often.

I used a small blob of this on towel dried hair, worked it through and then blow dried my hair in sections using a round brush. I'd be careful not to use too much as I can imagine it would weigh the hair down a bit and make it look greasy, but start off small and add to it if you need to. I have to say, I was really quite impressed. My hair is naturally curly but you wouldn’t know at all, this got rid of all the kinks and frizz I usually get from blow drying. I didn’t even need to go over my hair with straighteners like I often have to. It made my hair full of volume and it had a lovely shine to it.

The Heat Guard is £10.95 and Blow  Dry Balm is £11.95 and you can get it here