Monday, 30 July 2018

New rules for exfoliation


You more than likely already know that earlier this year the UK government introduced a ban on the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of some cosmetic products.

A full ban on the sale of products containing microbeads came into force this month.

Of course what the ban doesn't do is stop anyone using any microbead products already purchased.  The only people that can enforce that ban is us, the end user.

It was my choice of course but I decided I would stop using them (as opposed to using them up).  I binned the contents and then recycled/binned the empty packaging.  My home is microbead free.

Summer skin

I don't know about you but my skin has been playing up a bit recently during the rather lovely (and unusual for the UK) very hot weather.  I have been suffering from a lot of milia, blackheads and spots...

I mainly blame the heat and that I am seldom not wearing foundation.  However, I  also think I might need to change my SPF to an oil-free or mineral based one.

To combat my skin now I need to up my exfoliation game to deal with the problem, and that is where a decent exfoliator comes in to play.

Post microbead purge - time to go shopping πŸ˜€ for a new exfoliator, which led me to purchase Modern Friction by Origins.

Modern Friction (nature's gentle dermabrasion)

Origins (part of Estee Lauder) have been around since the 1990s.  I remember when they first appeared and were a bit of a cult brand, now they are well established.

I purchased quite a small tube of Modern Friction (50ml) which cost me £11.75 from the Cosmetics Company Store at Bicester Shopping Village.

Amongst other things it contains rice starch, aloe and lemon oil.  It is highly fragranced (of lemons) which is a nice zingy smell.

Not for daily use, Origins recommend using a couple of times a week.  You can either apply the paste like substance direct to your skin and then massage, or apply it diluted with a little water.

I add water as I find the paste a little difficult to move.  Whichever way you do it you need to rinse it off with lots of water.

Not that you should use this around your eyes but be careful as I did get some in my eyes (during rinsing) and it really stung.

I have only just started to use this so haven't seen any results yet.  I am hoping that adding this into my routine with some daily exfoliation (via a glycolic face wash.. to be reviewed later) the milia will start to shift... or I may have to go and have them extracted.


For more information on the ban on microbeads click HERE


Monday, 23 July 2018

Where did the last 6 months go!?! *

2018 Beauty Goals update

At the beginning of the year I wrote a post called 2018 wish list.
1 jan 2018 date

It's now July, over half the year gone.  And today I just sent my first email with the word Christmas in it!

I thought I would review my goals and see how I am getting along. In a word - poorly.

There were just 3 things on my list:
  • Protein supplement
  • Esho Sculpt
  • Bum Bum cream
I kept my list short as I wanted it to be achievable - turns out so far it is  0 out of 3!


I never purchased the that I referred to but I did buy The Slender Blend as it was on offer and had the words low calorie, low fat on the package.

Getting it home and reading up on it (bad blogger) I realised it was kind of a weight loss drink.  I wasn't planning to use it as a meal supplement as I have always found it more interesting to eat rather than drink my calories.

Nevertheless, I decided to try it.  I had purchased the vanilla flavour and it tasted really nice but I found after a few days it started to give me really bad stomach cramps πŸ™

I persevered with it as I thought maybe I needed to get used to it, but my tummy continued to grumble.

A few days in I started to go off the taste, probably because it was making me feel grotty.  I stopped using it after about 2 weeks.

I'm not sure why it didn't like me or maybe I couldn't tolerate the whey.   I haven't felt the need to invest in another protein powder again - the experience has put me off.

I am trying to eat more protein and include it at every meal time - easy to do eggs, natural yoghurt etc.

Esho Sculpt

I did try and purchase this but was never able to find it, and now realise that the link on my original post is broken πŸ™

After doing some research it transpires that Esho Scuplt has been discontinued - so maybe it wasn't as good as all the hype?  I may never know.

So now I am left pondering on purchasing  Gold Collagen lip balm which is from Gold Collagen better known for their daily collagen drinks.

Gold Collagen Anti Ageing Lip Voulmiser claims to increase hydration, volume and reduce lip lines.

RRP is £19 so it's an investment.  Not as easy to purchase locally unless Harrods is your local but you can buy it online.

If I get it I shall definitely be writing a review, but I am still not sure.

Bum Bum cream

This is still very much on my list.  I've read all the fantastic reviews about the smell, I have not experienced the scent myself, and I would like to before I buy it.  Again tricky to buy apart from online in the UK, but I have a plan...

I am going to New York later in the year and my number one tourist attraction has to be a trip to the big apple's biggest Sephora on 34th street. πŸŽπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

However, if the big apple lets me down I shall have no choice but to bite it - right on the Bum Bum!

I need your help πŸ™

I need your help lovely readers.  Below is a list of questions from me to you below.  If you can help please leave me a comment:
  • What is the best protein powder?
  • Esho Scuplt - was it any good?
  • Collagen Gold lip balm - have you tried it?
  • Can you recommend me a lip plumper?
  • Have you used  Bum Bum Cream ?  What's it like and is it as good as they say?
Thank you in advance xx

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Ingrowing hairs? call the Skin Doctors *

Ingrow Go by Skin Doctors

Skin Doctors Ingrow Go
Summer skin, whether you like to get a tan, fake it (safer) or just get your legs out, it needs to be smooth and that often means shaving or waxing.

If you suffer from ingrowing hairs or 'razor bumps' hair removal is not doing you any favours - but once you've started would you really dare to go natural?  Each to their own, but for me, however hairy legs and armpits are not an option (although I am not immune to a few prickles! 🌡)

The problem with ingrowing hairs starts when you remove the hair and then it starts to grow the wrong way.  Growing the wrong way means the hair can start to grow round the follicle and then it finds it hard to get out from under your skin, (curly hair is rather prone to this).

To get over the problem you need to give those hairs an easy exit and that is where Ingrow Go by Skin Doctors is your new best friend.
Skin Doctors Ingrow Go CDN 7 day polish jellied Old English prints coaster

Simply put it is a powerful exfoliator that will whisk away the dead skin cells and therefore allow the hairs an easy escape route.  And just as they pop up to the surface you can attack them again with your razor!!

No fuss application

Hair removal is a bit of a faff, often messy, sometimes painful and more often than not a chore.

Ingrow go, however is super simple to use πŸ‘ Just apply it via a cotton wool pad directly to your skin.
Skin Doctors Ingrow Go CND 7 day polish candied

It smells quite strong and 'medical', the first ingredient is alcohol, (the smell doesn't linger on application).  Bear in mind as there is alcohol, don't apply it to broken skin, sunburnt skin or immediately after hair removal (😑 ouch)

The instructions say do a skin patch test and wait 24 hours - which is very good advice.... personally I didn't bother as I know my skin is pretty tough...
Skin Doctors Ingrow Go instructions

You can use this a couple of days after hair removal on areas that are prone to razor bumps and/or ingrowing hairs.

Or as I did a few days before hair removal as a preventative measure and to ensure your skin is super smooth and exfoliated.  Exfoliated skin means brighter skin, which in turns looks more touchable...

Fine to use (after that recommended patch test) on legs, bikini line, underarms.  Also OK for beards.

PS Good to know:
  • Made in the UK
  • Period After Opening - 12 months
  • 120ml bottle rrp £12.99 also available as a spray

*post includes a PR sample & affiliated links


Monday, 9 July 2018

Mavadry - this works πŸ’…πŸ»

Mavala Mavadry

I am a big fan of the Swiss nailcare brand Mavala, and I try to ensure my manicure set is never without a bottle of Mavadry.
Mavadry, Handcream, burts bees, pusheen

I recently made another re-purchase of Mavadry from for £7.95.

Whilst I try and plan my nail painting for a sensible time, real life always gets in the way and something needs picking up, prodding or scratching!  Who really has time to w-a-i-t for their nails to dry?

On the rare occasions when I find my bottle of Mavadry has run out I quickly remember how frustrating it is waiting for things to dry, and more often than not I end up with a bodged paint job. πŸ™

Easy top coat

Hurray for Mavadry!
Mavadry, burts bees, pusheenMavadry

It's super simple to use; paint your nails, wait one minute and then apply as a final top coat.  It's pink in the bottle but colourless when applied.

As well as making your nails touch dry in about a minute it also makes them super glossy and helps prevent polish chipping.  I tend to find my manicure is totally acceptable for at least 6 days with this.

I can't rate this stuff enough, I pray it never becomes discontinued.  However, Mavala has been in the nail beauty business for over 50 years so (beautifully manicured fingers crossed) I hope it's future is secure.
Mavadry, pusheen

If you paint your nails and don't want your hard work to be wasted YOU need this.


Good to know:
10ml bottle - which tends to last me about 6 months
PAO label - Period After Opening = 24 months


Monday, 2 July 2018

Protect your pout * πŸ’‹

Curious thing.  I used to work with a lady who wore a stick of Lypsyl round her neck.  It was the original Lypsyl in a dark blue tube, hung around her neck in a pouch that she had made for it.

I guess she felt she couldn't be without it...

Fast forward 30 years or so and I'm with her on the can't do without it thing.  However, I prefer to keep mine in my makeup bag or pocket.
Lypsyl SPF 50 sun protect


It's been around (established 1891) and (back in the day) if you were talking about chapped lips then you didn't say lip balm you said Lypsyl (a bit like Hoover when you really should say vacuum).

Lypsyl still make their original product but have introduced a few more options in their lip care range.

Along with balm in sticks, they also do cute mirror compacts and cold sore gel when things get a bit more serious.

Their sticks come in:
  • Original;
  • Strawberry & Pomegranate;
  • Coconut & Almond;
  • Cherry & Almond;
  • Cucumber & Aloe.
All of the above are SPF 15πŸ‘
But, they also make an SPF50 stick with Vanilla - SPF Sun Protect (and that's the one I've got).
Lypsyl SPF 50 sun protect
Lypsyl SPF 50 sun protect

SPF Sun Protection

Skin, hair, face, body, lips all need protection from the sun.

Sun damage attacks collagen, and you need and want collagen to keep skin soft, plump and... kissable.
Lypsyl SPF 50 sun protect

Lypsyl Sun Protect (£4.99) offers SPF50 sun protection against UVA (A for ageing) and UVB (B burning) rays.  It also contains Aloe Vera to sooth which you will appreciate if the sun has dried you out a bit, and Vitamin E which is an antioxidant.

It is lovely and soft to apply thanks to the added shea and cocoa butters.  Gently and naturally scented with vanilla.

If you want to protect your lips against dryness, ageing and burning (ouch)  - get yourself some Lypsl and keep it handy.

Where to keep it? That's down to you...!


PS good to know:
  • Period after opening (PAO), 12 months
  • Water resistant 
  • Safe for children over 3
  • Does not contain preservatives or artificial colours
  • Dermatologically tested
*Post includes a PR sample and affiliated links

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