Monday, 19 September 2011

My New Skincare Saviour - Sudocrem Skin Care Cream.

Hey guys :)

I was sent three tubes of the new Sudocrem Skin Care Cream about two months back and to be honest I didn't know what to make of them. Obviously Sudocrem is well known to be a mother's must have to combat nappy rash, so when I heard that Sudocrem were releasing a cream to be used on your face (as well as other problem areas) I was slightly dubious. That was until I tried it out...

What Sudocrem say: Sudocrem Skin Care Cream is a versatile cream that calms sore and irritated skin. The handy size tube makes it ideal for a variety of uses around the home and great to take away with you wherever you may be going. Sudocrem Skin Care Cream is a clinically proven formulation and includes ingredients which help to soothe and protect delicate skin, forming a barrier which protects against irritants, allowing the skin to return to natural, healthy and supple conditions.

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream £1.99 Available from Boots, Superdrug and Most Chemists.

Apparently there is this 'well known' secret around the beauty community that Sudocrem works WONDERS on spots, why hadn't I heard this before?!? All you do is dot a small amount (seriously, a little goes a long way!) on any spots, and within hours, I like to leave it overnight, redness and size is reduced! Due to its antiseptic formula it keeps bacteria at bay and also helps heal the skin afterwards! I also love the new packaging so much more sleek than the big grey tub and handbag friendly great when you are on the go. It is also great for soothing dry elbows and knees, cuts and grazes, minor burns and sunburn!

                       Pros                                               Cons

                      -Drys up spots within hours,                -Slightly difficult to squeeze out of tube

                      -Helps heal skin after breakout,            due to thick consistency,
                      -Multi-use!                                       -Doesn't blend into skin well.
                      -Price £1.99!
                      -New packaging.
Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Nail Polish Storage - GlossyBox Recycling!

Hi :)

Nail Polish is one of those things I find most hard to store and organise. I used to have them all arranged out neatly on top of my chest of drawers, which was ok until my cat started to jump on top of it and knock them all over constantly. So in my annoyance I came up with a cute new storage idea which is aesthetically pleasing, takes up far less space and is recycling! I'm sure you've all heard of GlossyBox and one of the compliments I hear in every post I read is how nice the packaging is, so it would be a shame to waste it :)

These now sit behind my mirror on my dressing table. Admittedly the top box is not as pretty and neat as the bottom but that is because they are all the odd ones that would cause it to sit uneven :(

Let me know how you re-use your GlossyBoxes :)
Thanks for reading,

Friday, 16 September 2011

Models Own Pink Fizz: NOTD

Hey everyone :)

Just thought I would share my new nail polish obsession with you! I recently picked up a few nail polishes from the Models Own 50% off sale, and this was one I knew I just had to have. I had been lusting after OPI's Teenage Dream for ages, and this was the next best alternative however I think I love this more!! Pink Fizz is so much more sparkly and blingy, some might find it a bit tacky and garish but I personally love it! I probably would just wear it as an accent polish in future for a less full on look.
Models Own Pink Fizz, £5
Available at Boots and Models Own Online

Thanks for reading,

Thursday, 15 September 2011

My Little Weight Loss Journey

Hey lovelies :)

This is probably going to be a hard post for me to write, but I know by documenting my 'weight loss' it will spur on my motivation more some how, so please go easy on me!

So I guess I should start with when I decided to lose weight. I have never ever been slim, I probably never will be, I have always been bigger, a comfortable size 14, but I was content with that fact. Not 'happy' because everyone has their hang ups, but it didn't bother me enough to warrant me needing to change.

This was until I started going out with my current boyfriend. Everything was going great, he made me feel amazingly happy, and I got comfortable. We stayed in most nights and would eat, quite frankly, crap. We would get takeaways quite often, as well as trips to Tesco to stock up on all sorts of goodies; chocolate, sweets, doughnuts, crisps etc... Needless to say the weight started to pile on, until I couldn't fit into my size 16 jeans. This was when it hit home. I bought some scales and I had put on just over a stone.

I knew then and there I needed to do something, so I downloaded the My Fitness Pal app. I hadn't  really heard anything about it, I came across it while searching for calorie trackers on the app store, but it is truly genius! I entered all of my details, height, weight, how much I wanted to lose a week, and it told me exactly how many calories, as well as all the other nutritional values, I should be eating. I stuck strictly to 1200 calories a day, except for Saturdays which were deemed 'treat day' where I allowed myself a little indulgence. The app allows you to enter everything you eat, it has everything you could think of on its data base, and recently added a bar code
 scan feature making tracking your food even easier! I cut down my portion sizes as I realised the importance of not only eating the right foods, but the right amounts. Instead of stuffing my face with one massive meal I would eat smaller amounts but more regularly. I started to exercise every so often, this is what I am not very good at being strict with, I just don't have enough motivation for it, but I do aim to get better!
Other apps I would recommend are Jillain Michael's and Weight Watchers, as there are some great tips and recipes to be found on each!

I am now two stone lighter and much happier. I still can't really see the difference, except I can fit into smaller clothes again and obviously the difference on the scales, but I guess that's because I see myself everyday. I want to lose another stone to get to my final goal, but I am in no rush at the moment. I didn't take any before pictures, but I was flicking through Facebook pictures of my friends birthday a year ago and I could definitely see the difference and was shocked at how much I'd let myself go! So here's my 'before and after'. 

They are not brilliant pictures, but the only ones I really have are of nights out! I absolutely hate looking at the one on the left! I don't think there is a massive difference and I know that I am still by no means slim, I don't really aim to be, and I am not claiming to have lost a shed load. But this is my little weight loss story :) 

Thanks for reading, 

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Rimmel Extra Wow Lash: First Impressions Review

Hey everyone :)

Today is a slightly odd post for me. I usually am only compelled to do reviews on things that I am absolutely in love with, however this I picked up literally 20 mins ago from the Boots at the station in work. I forgot to take mascara to my boyfriend's with me so I desperately needed to pick some up as soon as I got to work, and this was what I was drawn to, partly because it was a cheapy and it was in the new Kate Moss lipstick range display. I hadn't really heard anything of this mascara yet, so I thought I would share my first impressions of my necessity mascara buy.
What Rimmel Say:
'Extra WOW Lash mascara, the new volume and lash building mascara with a 50% larger brush for WOW volume.The supersized brush makes it easy to build soft to dramatic look with visible progressive volume up to 12X.Lash building formula for highly defined lashes. No clumping.'

Firstly, I'm not in love with the packaging. It feels and looks really cheap, which it is but it's still not great, if it wasn't on offer the packaging probably wouldn't have drawn me in to want to buy it. They claim the brush is 'oversized' and 'volume building' however to me it's not a massive brush mearly average, especially in comparison to the likes of the Collection 2000 big fake lash mascara brush which is HUGE. That being said, I quite like it.
The formula is not thick so didn't clump, no matter how many coats I applied, this is a must for me, I much prefer long defined lashes to thick clumpy ones any day. This provided just the right finish, length without looking spidery, definition without the 4 eyelashes look, volume without clumping and even added a slight curl which I was lacking due to not having any lash curlers either.

I wouldn't say it was an amazing life altering mascara (*ahem* YSL Faux Cils), but for the price it was a winner!

So if you are ever heading to work without a mascara and need to pick one up to save you looking even more tired than you feel, have a look for this bad boy :)

                       Pros                                                                Cons
                       - Price (£5.49)                                     - Packaging
                       - Length                                             - Not bad but not amazing
                       - Definition
                       - Volume
                       - Brush and formula easy to use
                       - Leaves lashes flexible not stiff

I hope you enjoyed my little first impressions type review.
Also I was thinking of doing a weight-loss type post as since february I have been on a slight health kick/diet and have lost 2 stone so far, so if anyone would be interested in that please let me know :)
Thanks for reading,

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

Hi all :)
Hope you are all doing fabulously, it's been a while since I posted on here *slaps wrists* but I suddenly got a surge of blogging motivation this morning and to start with I need to divulge my new found love for Liz Earle.

More specifically, Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. Now I know I am very late on this bandwagon and had never been fully convinced to try it out, mainly because of my awkward skin and thinking that anything other than Cetaphil would cause it to freak out and fall out with me again. However I received the 100ml Starter Kit as a gift from my Boyfriend for my birthday about two months ago, he had apparently seen it on one of my many 'to buy' lists (who knew men where so observant?)..and well Liz Earle has well and truly kicked my feeble little Cetaphils butt!

Sorry about the stock picture. I planned to take photo's when I bought my new set a few days ago, however I was too impatient to wait and I didn't think anyone would appreciate seeing my grubby muslin cloths :)
In the 100ml Starter Kit, you get a 100ml bottle of Cleanse and Polish as well as 2 muslin cloths. Firstly the bottle I love, it has a convenient pump so you can simply pump out as much as you need, I tend to use just one pump for my entire face, with no mess or faffing around squeezing a tube. The application is also genius. You simply massage the cleanser straight onto dry skin or a face full of makeup, and in a matter of moments it loosens and breaks up all of your slap ready for the 'Polishing' stage. You then take the muslin cloth and rinse it with hot water, I like to let mine soak in hot water while I am cleansing, ring it out and then gently wipe away all of the cream. Not only does the muslin cloth remove all of your makeup, the slightly (and I mean slightly) rough texture gently exfoliates leaving my skin feeling squeaky clean and super soft. The first time I used it I was amazed at how well it actually cleansed my skin, I do tend to double cleanse by using another half of a pump but this is just for reassurance not necessity as my skin is usually spotless after the first go.
Now...the results. As I have acne-prone skin, I was convinced that a 'one cleanser fits all' type of system would not work for me. How wrong I was. According to the assistant at the counter I visited, (don't quote me on this!) the cleanser has ingredients to tend to all possible skin ailments, for example Cocoa Butter for dryness, Eucalyptus for oiliness etc and the combination of these will lead to clearer and smoother skin for any skin type. This is exactly what I experienced. After just a few uses my skin felt and looked so much healthier, much more even and in combination with the other items in my skin care routine, my skin has cleared up quite significantly! My skin is obviously not perfect, it probably never will be, but with this cleanser I have noticed such a huge difference and I absolutely wholeheartedly love this stuff!!

Have you tried any of Liz Earle's other products? I would love to know what you all think of the rest of her range :)

Thanks for reading,