Friday, 31 July 2015

How I deep cleaning my make up brushes

I apply make up every day of the week with my make up brushes. I therefore need to ensure I wash my brushes regularly to stop the build up of make up on my brushes clogging my pores. 
It only takes 10 minutes, once a week and your brushes can stay bacteria free and will last much longer! 
One by one, I run my brushes under warm water in my bathroom sink, washing out the build up of make up.
I use baby shampoo (I am currently using Wilkinson baby shampoo which is only £0.75) as this will be gentle on my brushes and is perfect for my sensitive skin.

I start by pouring a small amount on either the brush or the palm of my hand. I then swirl my brush in the palm of my hand and rinse the brush until the water runs clear.
I then lay out all of my freshly cleaned brushes flat on a towel and leave them to dry overnight. In the morning I have fresh clean brushes ready to apply my make up for work :)
Love Lauren 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Blemish Fighting Scrub review

As you are aware, I suffer with very dry skin most days. 

I often use facial scrubs to try to combat my dry skin. 

In general you are meant to use facial scrubs 1-3 times a week, unfortunately this isn't enough for me and I usually use scrubs around 4-5 times a week, dependent upon the condition of my skin at the time.

My favourite facial scrub is St Ives apricot blemish control scrub. 

I have read many reviews on this product in the past by people staying they believe the scrub is too harsh on their skin. However I think this is the only facial scrub that actually seems to help improve my skin and make my skin more radiant. 

St Ives are the top selling facial scrub brand in England and at only £3.99 the scrubs are a bargain! Click here to buy.

The scrub contains 100% natural exfoliants, is oil free and is dermatology tested. The formula itself is thick with little grains of exfoliating beads. It has a slight apricot scent to it.  

After cleansing, I splash my face with warm water and then apply the scrub to my face in circular movements and rinse the scrub off with warm water, before finishing off my splashing my face with cold water and patting my face dry with a towel. 

I would highly recommend this scrub to everyone, it not only makes my skin more radiant but it also helps keep my dry skin at bay! This is one product I wouldn't be able to live without. 

Love Lauren 

Sunday, 19 July 2015

My Eczema background

I have had eczema since I was around 10 years old. My nan used to make me mittens to wear in bed to stop me scratching. The doctors always told me I would grow out of it in my early teens but unfortunately I still suffer from eczema at the age of 27. 

For some unknown reason, my eczema has flared up worse than usual since November 2013. I have red raised patches of eczema on my arms, legs, chest and shoulders, with my face being affected the worst. 

Here are a couple of photos of my fave. Unfortunately I only have an iPhone camera, so obviously the quality isn't the best and it doesn't show the full extent of the redness on my face but you can generally see that the majority of my face suffers from it and a few small patches on my neck.

I can cope with my body eczema as this can easily be covered up, but when it affects my face it can really bring me down and make me self conscious. Going out of the house when I have bright red lumpy skin, which usually looks as though I have been burnt, can feel impossible. I deal with clients at work on a daily basis, so it often even affects my confidence with clients too.

I have tried various different creams and treatments over the years but I still am unable to find a product that keeps my eczema at bay.

After going back and forth to my doctors constantly I decided to ask for an allergy test. 

My doctor took a blood test and tested me to see whether I was allergic to either - dust, pollen, cats, dairy or wheat. 

My results came back negative to all of them. They decided to refer me to have a patch test at my local hospital. 
The doctor fitted around 45 small metal disks on my back. All of which were related to beauty products as that is what they believed I may be allergic to. They even tested some of my own personal products such as my foundation and shampoo.

The disks were placed on my back on a Monday and after a quick check up on Wednesday, they were finally removed on the Friday.

Unfortunately I only had a 'very minor' reaction to one of the disks and that was for the ingredient formaldehyde, which is found in acrylic nails, nail varnishes and eyelash glue.

I decided to cut this product out completely. However, 6 months on my skin was still just as bad. So I don't believe that is the reason for my eczema flare ups!

I have been back to the doctor and they referred me to a dermatologist at Solihull hospital but unfortunately they didn't seem to help. I was pretty much just told that 'it didn't look that bad' and that it must be because I had put nail varnish on that my skin was still suffering, despite me going 6 months without wearing any and now only wearing it on special occasions.

I basically felt as though they weren't interested. I asked whether they could maybe do another allergy test on me to test whether I may be allergic to anything else, but they refused saying they weren't willing to help.

This was a couple of months ago now and my eczema is bad most days! I will keep trying out new products and remedies and will keep you updated as I do!

Love Lauren


Monday, 13 July 2015

Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray review

I apply a full face of make up every morning at 7:30am ready for a day at the office. However, by 3:00pm it looks as though I am completely makeup-less except from my mascara.

After a few comments from my boyfriend asking if I had gone to work ‘au natural’ I decided I better see if I can find a way to keep my make up on.

I have seen quite a few good reviews online about the Urban Decay make up setting spray, claiming that it keeps make up in place for 12 hours, so I thought I would give it a try.

I visited Debenhams in Merry Hill Shopping Centre and went to the Urban Decay Counter. I explained to the girl who worked there that I had very dry and sensitive skin and she recommended that I use the ‘Chill’ make up setting spray as this claims to be ‘cooling and hydrating’, so perfect for dry skin.

I tried out the spray the next day. I was told to spray my forehead and down the centre of my face in a ‘T’ motion first before doing an ‘X’ across my face with the spray. My make up stayed on for pretty much the whole day. It kept both my foundation and eyeshadow looking fresh.

However, after two days use, my skin started to flare up. The majority of my face was bright red and looked as though my skin had been burnt.

I thought it may be a one off, so I used the spray a couple of weeks later and had the same reaction again.

The spray does exactly what it says on the bottle in respect of keeping your make up in place, but if you have sensitive skin maybe try a different product, or at least test it out a couple of times on a small patch of skin first.

If you don’t suffer from eczema/sensitive skin though, I would highly recommend this product. I have passed the setting spray on to my sister and she claims she could not live without it now!

I am determined to find a makeup setting spray to keep my make up in place all day and will continue to look until I find the perfect product. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
Love Lauren