A Good Shower

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I’ve recently been introduced to a lovely range of no-fuss, no-muss, guilt-free shower gels by The Body Shop. My favourite, the Apricot & Basil smells amazingly fresh and fruity, lathers up well and most importantly of all, is kind on the skin. 

Not blessed with the hardiest of skin types, I often find shower gels cause sensitivity or aggravation, so tend to go for more natural brands of shower gels and creams. The Earth Lovers range from The Body Shop deliver wonderful shower gels that are soap, sulphate, paraben and colourant free, and therefore not at all harsh on the skin! Not only this, but are 100% biodegradable and come in 100% recycled bottles…what’s not to like about this heavenly range?

I’ve already tried several of the other fragrances including the Cucumber and Mint which is fantastically fresh, and the Lemon & Thyme which delivers a great wakeup in your morning shower and there’s even an unfragranced option for those extra sensitive shower go-ers! I’d recommend anyone give it a try for a twist on the mundane shower must-have. 

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Mood Board

The summer is finally here, and it’s time to shed the heavy make-up and show off our natural beauty in the sun! With this in mind, I thought I’d throw together a little mood board of all my favourite beauty essentials. They are all basic, low in cost and absolutely brilliant products I could not live without. That’s all.

Healthy Fix

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I have always been a fan of Max Factor’s range of foundations and over the last year I have been using MF’s Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation, which is an all round good product. But being me, I just have to try something new once in while so I thought I’d give Bourjois’ Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation a try.

Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix promises a ’16hr radiance boost’ and is packed full of all sorts of impressive vitamins to help your skin fight off fatigue and give you a healthy glow. Something we all want now the sun is finally shining!

I must admit, I am extremely pleased with the result, the liquid foundation goes on nicely without drying the skin out or being too ‘wet’. The foundation definitely gives an all over subtle glow, and the colour I opted for: ‘light beige’, is perfect for me! A little goes a fair way with this foundation so it should last a while so it’s definitely worth the money (£9.99); and after a few weeks of use my skin is in a healthier condition, so an overall excellent purchase!

A Skin Thing

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I don’t do much to the skin on my face. In fact, I find the less I do, the better condition it’s in. One basic I always stick with though is a good cleanser in the morning to get my face nice and clean. Already a firm favourite of Dr Nick Lowe’s skincare products, I thought I’d give the Purifying Foaming Cleanser a try…

The product has quite a clinical smell, so you know it’s going to work. The anti-bacterial foaming face wash pumps easily out of the bottle, and after a quick lather, it leaves your skin feeling clean and fresh without that ‘tight’ feeling you often get with other cleansers. It keeps my skin well clear of spots, without drying it out.

This is a great product, although at £10.49 per pop it’s not a cheap buy. I feel I must mention at this point that another fantastic option is Boot’s own range of Witch Oil Control Foaming Face Wash and Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash. I’ve used this range for years, they’re equally as effective at keeping your skin in top-notch condition, they’re gentle on the skin so excellent for those of us who suffer with sensitive faces…and at under £4 per product…they’re very purse friendly! Oh the options…

Moisture Match Me

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Unfortunately, spring has not yet sprung; and my skin is really suffering in the cold weather! In the need of a good moisture boost, I picked up one of the new ‘Moisture Match’ moisturisers from Garnier, in the hope it would sort my dry patches out.

Available in five different variants, Garnier Skin Naturals Moisture Match creams boast a ‘new generation of 24hr tailor-made moisturisers for all types of skin. As I have fairly normal skin myself, I was swayed towards purchasing the ‘Illuminating Light Lotion’…anything to give me a little more glow in these gloomy seasons. What’s more, the cream is packed with SPF20, so when the sun does finally shine I’ll be ready!

On first application, I was slightly worried at how shiny it made my appearance, particularly as I was careful to not use a lot! But, after several minutes the cream had absorbed into my skin, leaving only a slightly dewy glow to my complexion!

After three days of usage my patches of dry skin have practically disappeared, and I feel my skin looks more radiant! Fabulous product, with several different options for dry, normal, oily or a variety of skin conditions there must be one suited for everyone!

The only tip I would recommend is to not apply it in the morning straight before you want to apply make-up…the product needs a few minutes airing on your face so you don’t look wet!

White bits.

Not one for fake tanning I usually steer well clear of the ‘orange aisle’ in shops. However, being faced with a brand new Uni term and the prospect of getting my pale,  uneven skin toned legs out on display; I thought it may be about time I dabbled in some skin colour fakery.  Being relatively pale myself I didn’t want anything too dark, nor did I want something too thick  that would run or dissolve at the first sight of rain or humidity. Therefore, I thought I’d give St. Tropez Gradual Tan plus Firming a go, with the added benefit of being ‘4 in 1’ claiming to tan, tone, firm and moisturise!

I suffer with very dry skin, even though I exfoliate regularly and slather on the moisturiser. On first application I definitely noticed my skin looking  more radiant than normal, however it wasn’t until the following day that I thought my skin was looking browner. And yes, brown not Orange… hurrah! The smell of the product is quite like that of a man’s shower gel, and overtime does develop into that tell-tale biscuit smell of all fake tanning products, the odour is however mild and therefore not unbearable!

As for the toning and firming of my skin, I didn’t notice a dramatic difference to my chronic areas such as my thighs and stomach,  however the colour the product produced on my skin did alter the overall look of my body, improving the appearance as a whole! I would definitely recommend this product to those looking to just add a hint of colour to their skin without going over the top, application was easy as you can treat it as a normal moisturiser and don’t have to be careful of missing spots as it doesn’t seem to leave streaks!

Great first attempt at fake-tanning, and not a bad price at £19.99…would definitely buy again!