Wednesday, 22 March 2017

#BEAUTY | Shampoo's to use if you suffer from itchy, dry, flaky scalp!

A topic close to my heart today, as a sufferer first hand from dandruff and all the stuff that comes with it I decided to share the products I have used and have worked for me. Whether they worked mildly or a lot I'm going to share them with you and maybe they could work for you!

E45 Shampoo

E45 is a well known brand for skincare and with proven results at that. As a brand I trust I then decided to try out the shampoo range which is said to be gentle on a dry scalp as its perfume free and contains more scalp friendly ingredients. When you squeeze the product out it actually reminds me of conditioner, it looks smooth and shiny. Once you apply it it foams up just like a shampoo, it doesn't smell of anything and applies really well.
For me it has worked pretty well, I'm pretty surprised by how my head is less itchy and also the dandruff is not so prominent! It retails around £5-£6 which is pretty hefty for one product but if it saves you pain then I guess its worth it!

Vatika Naturals

These products are AMAZING! I stumbled across this brand at a blogger event and haven't looked back since. The only problem I have is my local stores don't stock them as they are not the large stores sooooo I either have to but them online orrrr remember to get them when I go to a larger store...and my memory is terrible haha!
I had some products from the black seed and argan oil range which to my shock made my hair feel so nice and didn't irritate my scalp at all. Seeing as they are not targeted specifically for dandruff problems that's why I was shocked at the outcome. I would always pick a natural based product over brands that have chemicals and are just pretty to look at!
I'm thinking of trying the garlic shampoo as garlic is an amazing natural source!
These retail from around £2.99 up, so a bit more reasonable.


There area lot of medicated shampoos out there, for example vosene, T gel and many others. I am always sceptical of them because I have used vosene and I feel like it made my scalp worse...!!
Not only is the smell off putting but the colour also. Has anyone else used this and felt it didn't work?

If you find any of these don't work the next best thing would be to research natural remedies to try out, in the past I have used eggs, vinegar and honey on my hair...slightly more effort required and a whole lot more messy but if it works then it works!


p.s. I do not own these photos, I have used them from the web  


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

#BEAUTY | Mothers Day gift guide

 Mothers Day is upon us and its probably one of my favourite holidays to buy a gift, not only because my mum is one of the easiests people to buy for as we have similar tastes but just because i love seeing all the gift displays in the shops.

I think if you are stuck for ideas then the best tip would be to go to a few shops and check out their displays for inspiration. One shop i would recommend is The Voewood (these pics are taken there). I may be a little bias as i do work there haha BUT as i always say i wouldnt recommend things if i truly didnt love them. 

As soon as you walk in to the shop you are hit by so many relaxing and transporting smells, thats why i think even if you dont intend to buy anything (although you wont be able to resist) its still nice to see all the colours and variety to be inspired :)

 The Voewood has all the gift goals for the perfect Mothers day gift.
From fancy chocolates with the likes of gingerbread, rhubarb and custard, champagne and peanut butter flavours to fashion, shoes and jewelry. 
The jewelry pieces are so unique and probably one of the gifts i would say would be a big hit.
 A lot of the items are also suitable for vegans and also made locally or in the UK. 
The Voewood also stockes REN skincare of which i currently use and recommend (post coming soon!) also some amazing hand made soaps and candles!

The fashion range screams luxury in the textures, style and quality. You can also shop online if you cannot visit the store personally! 

(the location is on the website)

Other ideas for gifts :
 The Joan Collins makeup range is so luxury and really is perfect for a gift. You can read my actual review on the products , here. The packaging is just so suiting to be given as a gift. Any makeup loving mum sure would appreciate this! The compact duo is a dream.

 Carrying on the makeup theme i have added a top mascara from MAX factor and some lash and brow serum from Nouveau lashes. Of course they are top quality products, that goes without saying but the theme that sort of runs through this post and is important to me when i am giving a gift is the packaging and quality of the outer product! 
They look so luxurious and in turn make the person recieving the gift feel that way too!

Read my review on the lash and brow serum if you
are unsure before buying!



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

#MAKEUP | Mini L'Oreal haul - infalliable primer, foundation, lip paint

L'Oreal makeup seems to be everywhere at the moment and i reckon it has sublimonly made me buy some haha! Im not a newbie to L'Oreal, i have a few bits of their products from over the years as it really was one of the go to brands when i was a bit younger. Anyway i decided to pick up the infalliable foundation as im always one for trying out foundations to find the perfect one. I picked up the infallible primer as i actually didnt replace an old primer i had and then lastly i bought one of the lip paints shade 203 .

 I only have good things to say about the primer!! It is honestly a life saver, i have been questioning myself on why i hadnt bought it sooner as it genuinly is amazing. Maybe even the best product i have bought so far this year!
It is super super smoothing, and for someone like me who has big pores it is heaven sent.
I glides on the face and leaves it feeling as if little fairies have come in the night and used the finest fairy dust! 
One good thing also is when you use the flash to take photos there isnt any white marks that show up of which i have had before on an old primer i used to use :/

Btw its 3 for 2 across all L'oreal products in superdrug and boots!

The foundation i think i should of actually got a darker more bronze shade but in my local superdrug they didnt have many options :/ i mean in all realness the colour isnt a problem as i can eithe mix it with another foundation or just bronze the hell out of my face haha.
It is a total coverage. It is quite a thick consistancy as in you probably only need one layer and only tiny amounts, i made the mistake of putting on a heap on my face then realising its full coverage status lol
The lip paint was kind of a let down for me because i wanted it to be more on the orange side than the red and when i swatched it on my hand it seemed that way. Once i tried it on my lips i didnt quite feel the same. The applicator i felt was also a bit of a let down, it seemed kinda cheapish and the product doesnt apply thick it sort of comes out in stages and you have to use a few pumps to get the full coverage you want.

but overall i love the bit i bought and here is some photos of the look i created
also wearing Huda Beauty Lashes in Scarlett
(havent used the lip paint in these photos)

p.s. im never gonna not use a primer again!


#FITNESS | USN Nutrition range review

Since is quit the gym (because winter equals no motivation) i have been doing little workouts here and there at home but once spring is in full motion and the sun shows his face again the running will begin! USN sent me some bits to help me stay motivated and healthy during my workouts. 
Im very much a milkshake gal so i find that the milkshakes benefit me more than anything. Keeping me full before or after a workout to help with snacking less.

The website offers a wide range of items so i do recommend
checking it out!

I havent tried the capsules as im not a big fan of tablets in general so i did some of my own research and read some reviews and a lot of people are saying they have used these without anything else and have lost small amounts of weight.

Bring on summer 2017 for the summer bod!


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

#BEAUTY | Skincare newbies - SBC GELS

Im on a skincare journey right about now, so you are going to see a hella load of posts on me testing out different ranges ( i have a REN skincare post on the way!). Im a total makeup addict and love nothing more than creating makeup looks and using my skin as a canvas...BUT it gets me down when my pores are big or i start to break out and even have that odd dry patch where my foundation just sticks to it. 
So im working on getting the smoothest base possible and also who just doesnt want clear skin anyway :)

Also i would be so greatful if anyone reading this actually has had a successful skin story or can recommend any products that they swear by then let me know!

 Im getting into a routine of applying a cream before i sleep and when i wake up, i previously used the ultra face cream from Kiehls, well i still use it from time to time. I guess you could say it is my go to cream if im not in the midst if trying out others.

This vitamin ACE cream from is what im currently trying out and it is sure something different, it has little pink balls in that kind of pop or shall i say melt on the skin! They are called oxysomes. 
I feel like its very refreshing when i put it on and does give you that instant glow. I dont tend to use this cream if im planning to apply my makeup straight afterwards as it is a "wet" or sticky kind of texture.
Staying on that note, if i am applying my make up straight after wards i use the collagen serum as it is a lot thinner in consistancy and can double up as a primer! Although this serum is more directed toward mature skin, i think its good for my dry patches on my face as it helps to hydrate and give my cheeks especially a more plump look.
I also really love the packaging of this bottle, it looks really high end. I have previously reviewed the Propolis range from SBC Gels here and it seems that the range has got so much bigger and better!!

The jasmine and evening primrose oil is a bath cream which take it from me, smells sooo calming and stress-free. Perfect addition to a candle lit bubble bath <3