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The Top 3 Tips for Sensitive Skin.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

For those with normal skin- you don't know how lucky you are. Sensitive skin is an absolute nightmare when it comes to products as it can react to almost everything and it means I have to be extra careful not to do anything that can irritate it or make it more patchy (and as a blogger that wants to always try out a lot of products, it can be difficult). Luckily, the beauty market has began catering for us a lot more recently but I thought I'd put together some tips that I've learned from experience and research.

Know your face. The reason I say this is because I have certain areas of my face that don't tend to get spots or red patches, so when they do, I know it must of been a product I have used. For me this is my forehead and whether it's a new moisturiser, serum, face mask or foundation, I always test it out in that area first so that if my skin reacts badly I know exactly what has caused it. If it reacts well then I know it's safe to use on the rest of my face and I more than likely am not going to spend weeks trying to restore my entire face from a bad reaction. With this is mind also, try not to use too many products at the same time as it then becomes difficult to identify the culprit.

Don't be afraid of exfoliants. I used to be terrified at the thought of putting anything with the work exfoliant or pore cleanser in, but after reading up on it, I realised that it might actually be worth a go. I'm so glad I did because I used to avoid exfoliators and now I look back on it, my skin was never fully cleaned and spots were a lot more common. Since using the St Ives Apricot Facial Scrub in the evening about twice a week, the surface of my skin has become so much smoother and my pores have shrunk dramatically. This change has also meant that I don't get as many breakouts which means my foundation goes on so much easier. 

If you can, always try out a sample of a product. If you usually pick up a lot of magazines and therefore samples, I recommend keeping them and trailing them so that you can use them for when you need a sample of a product. I know not all brands and stores have their own samples, but it will save you accumulating a lot of products in your stash through not being able to use them. So the tip here is to remember that you are investing in something which in a lot of cases with skincare, can be quite expensive, so don't go for the full size straight away unless you really have to. 

What products do you use that are great for sensitive skin?

Seeking ElleJay.

The St Ives Body Scrub.

Monday, 22 June 2015

I do love exfoliators and scrub- they leave my skin feeling soft and healthy- but with many of the most effective ones being on the higher end of the price scale, I've been on the hunt for a new one that's both cheap and effective. So far I've been content with the ones I have tried, but I just hadn't found my holy grail one as of yet. The St Ives Blemish Fighting Facial Scrub is one of my favourite facial exfoliators, so it was only natural that I would enjoy their body scrubs too. So, for this reason I picked up an Invigorating Body Scrub to see how it would compare.

The Apricot Invigorating Body Scrub comes in a white plastic screw-top tub and like all of the St. Ives packaging - it's simple and clean, much like the product inside. This product however comes in a 300ml tub for around £5, which is a great price for the amount you get and for what its actually made from. The main ingredients of this scrub are walnut shell powder and corn kernel meal for exfoliating and apricot fruit extracts which really come through in the scent. With it also being oil free, you won't be recieving a heavy build up and it won't  begin to clog up your pores either which is perfect.

The exfoliating grains in this scrub are very fine, but there's a lot of them which really helps clean out the pores and take away any dead skin. The creamy, thick base however means this scrub is kind to the skin aswell as being moisturising and quite gentle . 

For the price, effectiveness and size of this scrub, is really is quite good value for money. If you do have quite sensitive skin like me however, you will love this scrub, however to others the grains may be more of a struggle to get along with as you may need to put a bit more effort into the process to get the desired effect. 

What body scrubs would you recommend?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Umberto Giannini Frizz Off Cream.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

If you suffer from frizz prone hair, you will understand my constant struggle with trying to tame it. Day in, day out, you find yourself trying to style away the fly away's by using any tool going- hair brushes, curling tongs, hair straightens- the fight has no ends. You may also find yourself using multiple products at one as your try to get the best qualities from each, but instead end up looking like a greasy, unwashed mess. So, with all this in mind, coming across a simply titled cream that claims to take "frizz off" created some great excitement in my life as you can imagine.

With naturally wavy / combination hair (if thats even a thing!) I have trialled and abused many products before- whether that be waxes, serums, gels, creams- I've tested the range. However, with my previous buy of the Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Cream being my ultimate favourite to date, this alternative of theres had a lot to live up and I wasn't about to hold back.

The Frizz Off Blow Dry Cream claims to be 'super smooth taming for course and unruly hair' which couldn't have 'me' written over it anymore, especially since even the illustration looks like me after a hair wash! However, now after a hair wash, I gently brush through my hair and with a almond sized amount at a time, I run through my hair from half way down right to the ends. Once this is complete, I lightly scrunch my hair as if to gently restore the waves I had previously brushed out. Despite what the label says however, I don't tend to blow dry my hair as it tends to become dry and wirey, but once fully air dried, my hair feels smoother, tamer and the waves are much more defined.

Compared to other creams I have tested for taming frizz, this product is a little stickier than most, but once applied and your hair is dry, this is completely unnoticeable. The amount you need each time is minimal too which is a great bonus and definitely one that appeals to me as it saves me having to re-buy every few weeks, but instead, every few months.

Have you tried any frizz taming products that would be great for wavy hair?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Yes To Grapefruit Facial Wipes.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Theres been a big thing against wipes in the blogosphere since I can remember, but despite this, my lazy inner person still has a couple of packs stashed in my dressing table for those quick makeup removal moments.

These Yes To Grapefruit: Correct and Repair Wipes however are less for makeup removal and more for a facial revival and skin exfoliation. With this in mind, I saw them as a product that really didn't have much to live up to as I have never tried a brightening facial wipe previously.

After a full makeup removal session in the evening, I reach for one of these wipes now and target all areas on my face. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is a lot less patchy and also feel soft and moisturised. I haven't had this feeling from a product before so to say I'm impressed would be an understatement. Even the smell of these wipes from the moment you open the packet is amazing and fruity. They smell unbelievably like a grapefruit so once used, the skin feels automatically cleaner, fresher and healthier.

This is my first try of the Yes To products range and since using these, picking up something else from this brand is a must. The thought of extending to the carrot range may be a little far for me if all the product scents are as strong as these but I'm definitely open to the others.

Have you tried any of their products?

Seeking ElleJay.

The 'Mainly Skincare' Haul of June.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

How I'm feeling about myself and my level of self esteem when I enter a shop, definitely determines what I come out with. Skincare buying usually happens when I'm feeling a bit low due to a spell of bad skin or something along them lines, whereas a makeup haul tends to be a result of feeling pretty happy and treating myself. Anyone else do this? No? Okay, just me. This couldn't be the case more on my most recent shop as, true to word, I picked up some skincare bits. 

My skin is quite prone to scarring and due to its relative dryness, this becomes quite hard to hide. Foundation tends to cling onto any patches and any foundation too heavy just seems to cause more spots- pretty much just a vicious cycle in other words. But, for this reason, I'm now attempting to target the route of the problem opposed to just trying to cover it up daily, which is exactly why this skincare based haul has come about.

The first of these skincare buys was one I was definitely keen to repurchase and that is the Garnier Micellar Water- an ultimate holy grail in my routine and a great skin freshener. I don't tend to use this daily as its takes all the oil out of my skin aswell as the nasties but it really does leave my skin feeling like it can breathe again which is only ever a good thing, right? This bottle is also amazingly long lasting and this is my first re-buy of the product in about 4 months so its without a doubt worth the money.

Another product I picked up was the St Ives Apricot Body Scrub. I have tried this product before but the tube version and for a small increase in price, double the amount of scrub and visibly not much difference, i thought id pick up this rather large pot. The scrub itself is invigorating and effective as the texture is a lot more grainy and exfoliating than other ones I've tried and with this in mind, you also don't need nearly as much. 

Last up in the skincare section, and probably the most exciting of the bunch is this fun packet of Grapefruit Exfoliating Wipes by Yes To. These particular wipes are from the Grapefruit range and to even try and describe the scent would be an understatement as they smell amazingly fruity and fresh. Even before you've used the wipe, you're instantly sold and feel cleaner and fresher already! At £4 a packet, they are slightly over what id usually pay for wipes but with them being included in the current promotion of 3 for 2 in Boots, it was a great opportunity to give them a try.

In terms of haircare, it was just the one product I picked up and that was the Umberto Giannini Frizz Free Cream. I have previously been a huge fan of their Curl Friends Natural Curls Styling Cream which I absolutely loved, but with being out of stock and me being desperate for a hair tamer, I opted for another from the same company. I now have high hopes for my new product, however I'm yet to try it out properly, but when I do, expect a full review on here!

Do you have any product suggestions for scar prone skin?

Seeking ElleJay.

The Footwear Haul: Primark Edition.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

We all know the feeling- new job means new wardrobe and believe me when i say I've taken this literally. Usually I only have one or two pairs of flat shoes in my possession however I felt an expansion on this was necessary if I was to be wearing them daily. 

Shoes in my care usually last now more than a couple of months so with that in mind, pretty much all of my pumps come from Primark. Not only are they a great price, but they are the comfiest and also the ones with the most choice in style so I find them to consistently be top of my list for this sort of thing.

Over the last couple of weeks I've visited my local store to seek out the cross strap shoes that everyone seems to have all over their Instagram as I love how smart yet different they are. Admittedly, I picked them up in a size smaller than I am as I didn't want to wait anymore, but nonetheless, I have worn them a couple of times and haven't had any problems. My love for them has simply grown and I really am tempted to pick them up in another colour too. For a price of £6- it'd be silly not to.

The other pair I picked up were these grey, t-bar style shoes for £5- a bring back of a school shoe in a way- but I really like them. They look great with jeans for a casual look, but can also be worn with a smarter outfit for work attire, so they will without a doubt get a lot of wear, especially over the summer months.

Another pair of shoes I did pick up recently from Primark was a block heeled pair of strapped sandals that currently live under my work desk in case I need them. I own a similar from New Look that are the same height yet the Primark ones win every time as they are unbelievably comfy yet under half the price- I just can't fault them at all.

What are your thoughts on the Primark shoe department?

Seeking ElleJay.