Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Think It May Be Time To Use Some Good Eye Cream

It may have taken me 27 years, but I have finally got myself an eye cream I actually like.

After lots of research online, I decided to try the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

The eye cream is enriched with avocado oil, Vitamin A and fatty acids to provide intense hydration to the delicate eye area.

It has a thick consistency which rubs in to your skin easily. It moisturises my skin so well and considering it is so thick, it is still fine to use under your make up too. I have noticed that under my eyes is a lot more hydrated than usual after using this once-twice a day for a few weeks. It really is the perfect treatment for tired eyes and for people who want a more deeply hydrating eye cream.

It is only a 14g pot, which I am sure would put some people off, but a small amount goes a lonnnggg way with this cream, I have been using it for a few months now and I have not even used half the tub. So considering it is £20.00, it actually is quite reasonably priced compared to some other eye creams out there.

The only negative is that when my eczema is flared up on my face, if I put this cream on my eyes it hurts so so bad. So I tend to only use it when my skin is okay. This does make me wonder though whether it is suited for those with very sensitive skin.  I haven't really noticed any difference when it comes to my undereye bags though, so if that is your main reason for purchasing this, maybe give it a miss.

You can buy it from the Kiehl's website here for £20.00.

Have you tried this before? Do you have any good eye creams you can recommend to me?

Love Lauren

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A tan that works for eczema prone dry and sensitive skin

Since my eczema has started to become worse and worse, one product I have really struggled to use is fake tan.

I am ridiculously pale, so when I go out somewhere nice, I do not feel ready without a tan. Due to my skin becoming increasingly sensitive, I seem to react to any of my usual fake tans like St Tropez and Garnier. My skin seems to be covered in dry and red rashes within hours of me applying fake tan.

I decided to try the Palmer's Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion to see whether a gradual tan would work better with my skin.

The gradual tan claims to build and maintain a natural looking tan with 24 hour moisture. The lotion is made with a special combination of pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to keep skin looking beautiful with a natural-looking glow.

I apply the lotion all over my skin and it sinks in immediately, which is a bonus as I hate having to wait around for ages for my tan to dry. The lotion smells beautifully of cocoa butter which again is a bonus compared to the usual 'biscuit' smell of fake tan.

I notice my skin darkening usually after around 5 hours. My skin looks so naturally bronzed and so healthy looking. I really was surprised with how good this actually turned out.

I find just one application gives me enough glow for day to day normal life, rather than applying it every day. I only apply it two days in a row if I am going on a night out where I want a darker looking tan. This really took me buy surprise as I usually find gradual tanners take days and days of continual use to even show a slight tan on my skin.

I will be using this now every week to keep my skin glowing throughout the summer. My skin is left lovely and soft with not one dry patch or rash in sight.

I do love this fake tanning product but would love to find an organic product next time if possible. If you are aware of any, please let me know.

Have you tried this before?

Love Lauren

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Snail Gel is good for your skin?

I have tried out a variety of different products from Dr Organic and have loved everything I have tried so far. About 8 weeks ago, I was browsing through my local Holland and Barrett at the Dr Organic range and came across the Organic Snail Gel Anti-Aging Facial Serum.

The serum claims to restore, soothe and nourish your skin. It also claims to improve your skin's hydration by 32% after 4 weeks of use, now if you have read my posts before you will know that I have very dry skin, so anything that will help hydrate my skin is a  product I want to try. It is free from parabens, SLS, mineral oil and silicones. No SLS = a happy Lauren.

The serum contains Helix Aspersa Muller secretion, which helps with the restoration of damaged tissue whilst replenishing moisture. It sounded too good to not try, so I had to buy it.

I tested it out every day for just over a month. I applied it after my toner and before my facial moisturiser and facial oil. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and moisturised it is unreal. I need all the help I can get with moisturising my skin as it is very very dry, and this really does the trick. It has such a lovely lemony scent to it and the serum sinks in to your skin instantly.

I do not know whether I would say my skin has increased in hydration by 32% after 4 weeks though, as Dr Organic claims, I would say it is pretty much the same as it was before. It is a little expensive compared to other Dr Organic products but isn't that badly priced for facial serum. I will keep using this but I wouldn't say it is one of my holy grail of products, it is just nice when I want a quick moisture boost.

If you want to try this yourself, you can buy it here for £18.99.

Has anyone else tried this before? What serum do you use?

Love Lauren

Sunday, 12 June 2016

My Current Favourite Facial Cream

As you will have read in my previous post here about my favourite facial creams for dry and sensitive skin, you will have seen that one of the creams that I mentioned was the Vichy Nutrilogie 2 intense cream for very dry skin. I mentioned that this was a pretty new cream to me and I would therefore review the cream properly after using it for a few weeks.

The cream states it is to help tightness, rough and dry skin and the feeling of discomfort that can be caused by a lack of hydration. This fits my skin type perfectly! The cream claims to be enriched with spingo-lipids related to ceramides naturally present in the skin. It contains encapsulated vegetable oils and Shea butter.

The results of using the cream is that the tightness of the skin feels reduced, dry skin is nourished with moisture for 24 hours, leaving the skin's dryness reduced by 43%.

Do I agree with the claims made by Vichy above? I actually do. I would actually go to the extent of stating that the cream is the most hydrating cream I have ever used. It is currently my number one reached for facial cream. The only problem is that it does contain fragrance which I am not impressed about but it hasn't caused my sensitive skin any irritation from it.

The cream even works great as a primer due to the fact that glycerin is the second listed ingredient on the ingredients list. I apply to my skin, leave it to sink in for a couple of minutes before applying my MAC Studio Sculpt foundation.

Have you tried this before? Do you have any creams you know are good for very dry skin?

Love Lauren

Thursday, 9 June 2016

My perfect non-sls handwash

Since I stopped using products that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, one product I have really struggled to find without SLS in it is hand wash. 

For months and months I just had to use organic soap to wash my hands with. I never thought I could actually miss handwash until I could no longer use it. This was until I came across the Senspa nourishing hand wash in Waitrose. 

It is 97% natural and contains organic argan oil, jasmine, cedarwood and ylang and claims to nourish and pamper tired hands. 

It smells absolutely amazing and despite the lack of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, it foams up amazingly giving me beautiful smelling soft hands! 

If like me you are trying to avoid products vibrating Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, give this a go. It is only £5.50 from Waitrose here

Do you use a non SLS handwash? If so, please let me know so I can add it to my items to try out. 

Love Lauren

Saturday, 4 June 2016

A Magical Oil

I have never tried anything from Nuxe before and when I came across their range in Boots, I thought I would give one of their products out seeing as a girl from work constantly raves on about Nuxe.

I picked up the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil for £17.00. It is a multi-purpose dry oil for face, body and hair. It claims to have a unique high concentration of 6 precious botanical oils (Almond, Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borage, St. John's Wort and Camellia) and Vitamin E which is quickly absorbed for silky-smooth skin and beautifully glossy hair in a single step.

I have been using this oil now for a couple and months and I seriously can not get enough of it and despite how much I have been using it, I still have over half the bottle left!

You can use the oil in so many different ways. My most common use of the oil, is to use during my evening skincare routine. After toning my face, I warm up two drops of the oil in the palm of my hand before applying to my face before my moisturiser. It works just as good when mixed with moisturiser before applying to your face too for an extra moisture boost. It also dries instantly and is not greasy at all compared to most other oils I have tried, it literally 'dries' on my skin instantly.

For a once a week hair treat, apply the oil to the ends of your hair after washing and conditioning your hair, leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing out and your hair will be ever so shiny afterwards.

Not only do the above uses make buying the oil worthwhile, you can also apply it down the front of your shins to give your legs that extra 'wow factor' for your night out with the girls, mix it with foundation to give a radiant complexion, use it to keep your cuticles in top condition or put a few drops in your bath for a luxurious bath leaving your skin super smooth and soft.

Have you tried this before? How do you use it?

Love Lauren

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

My mini TK Maxx haul

I popped to TK Maxx the other day to have a look at their yoga mats, on the way in you walk past the beauty section which as I am sure most of you are the same, I get very easily distracted by it! 

After having a quick browse, I came across the Good Things Manuka Honey Refining Scrub. I noticed straight away that the scrub was free from parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and mineral oils. Which if you have read my posts before, will know that instantly made me pick it up. It was also a mere £2.99. Bargain!

The other item I picked up was the Sukin Moisture Restoring Shampoo for dry and damaged hair. This product is also sulphate, mineral oil and paraben free and claims to contain soothing aloe vera and chamomile to de-tangle the hair with rose hip, burdock and proteins to condition and strengthen. It was only £6.99 for 500ml!

I will let you know what I think of both products once I have been using them for a while to thoroughly test them out. 

I got so excited coming across such cheap non Sodium Lauryl Sulphate products that I completely forgot to even look at the yoga mats. Oh well, another excuse to pop in there again I think.

Have you tried either of these products? Does anyone have any good non Sodium Lauryl Sulphate shampoos and conditioners they would recommend?

Love Lauren

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Natural Skincare is my favourite type of present

My boss clearly listens to me when I rant on and on about my skin at work. For my birthday a couple of months ago he surprised me with some natural skincare products as my present. 

The items were from a local natural homemade skincare shop in Stourbridge, West Midlands called Natroma.

First of all is the Natroma Facial Cleanser which is a gentle cleansing cream which not only removes make up and dirt but also hydrates the skin. I apply it to my face before removing with a hot muslin cloth. It leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and the natural ingredients do not irritate my sensitive skin at all. 

Next up is the Natroma Organic Hydrolat Toner. I tend to just spray this straight on to my face most the time and wait for the toner to dry before applying my facial cream. The rosehip oil in this leaves me skin so fresh and hydrated. On very hot or irritated facial skin days, I often carry this in my handbag and spray my face throughout the day to keep my skin feeling cool and calm. 

The final product I received is Natroma Concentrated Moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin. Upon applying the cream my skin feels lovely and smooth. However, due to my skin being extremely dry, this cream just doesn't keep my skin hydrated for long enough for my liking. I think this is more tailored for people with combination to dry skin, rather than someone with extremely dry skin like me. I have had to pass this product to my mother who absolutely adores it as it is more suited to her skin. 

Once I have finished using the cleanser and toner, I will definitely be buying more. I had never heard of the shop before but I am so happy I have managed to find a natural home-made skincare shop so near where I live, i can't wait to try out more of Natroma's skincare products. 

If you want to have a look at their products and do not live in the West Midlands, then have a look at their website here and you can have any item delivered to you.

Love Lauren

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

My Skin Update

I haven't updated you on my skin for a while now. I initially started my skin condition updates when I first used Aqueous Cream and had a major reaction to it. My initial post is here if you missed it. Every week following this, I updated my readers with my skin condition after giving up all beauty products that contained Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

As a quick background story, I have eczema and very sensitive on my face and body which has suddenly become worse in the last 2 years. As well as giving up products containing Sodium Lauryl Suplhate, I also started taking vitamins and seeds 6 weeks ago to see whether they helped my skin improve at all. If you want to see what I have been taking, have a look at my post here.

My skin has improved dramatically. I rarely have flaky skin anymore and my redness is very much reduced, as you will see from my photo above (sorry for the no make up but that is the only way I can show my skin condition completely). I now have a 'bad skin day' probably twice a week compared to every day which I suffered from previously. When my skin does flare up, it is still nowhere near as bad as it used to be though and can usually be covered up with a good moisturiser and foundation.

I have forgotten/been unable to take my tablets a couple of days over the last few weeks and when I do my skin does have a 'bad day' the following day, so something must be helping me dramatically. The next step will be to reduce each product I use one by way to see which ones are actually helping my skin. I will obviously keep you updated as to what I discover.

All in all, I am very happy with my improved skin condition, I just hope one day it will clear up completely. Fingers crossed aye.

If you have any other recommendations for what can help my eczema/sensitive skin, let me know in the comments below.

Love Lauren

Sunday, 22 May 2016

My favourite facial moisturisers for dry and sensitive skin

First of all, as you may have known, I have had a month break from blogging due to work commitments and going away on holiday. I haven't had the opportunity or time to actually be able to put my all in to my page. I am back now though and have really missed the blogging world. 

Let's get to it then. If you are not already aware, I have eczema and therefore suffer with sensitive and very dry skin. The amount of creams and lotions I have tried to combat my dry skin is ridiculous. 

I therefore will share with you today my current four favourite face creams that I find actually calm down my irritated skin and combat my very dry skin at the same time. 

I would probably say my favourite is the Embryolisse Lait-creme concentrate. I have already written a full review on the cream here. Considering it is actually for all skin types, this cream leaves my skin feeling moisturised and is even perfect to use as a primer too. The only criticism is that I do seem to get through 75ml tube about every 6 weeks but I do moisturise a lot to keep my skin as smooth and radiant as possible. 

My newest facial cream is the Vichy Nutrilogie 2 facial cream for very dry skin. I  am not sure if this is because it's my newest product but this is the cream I am reaching to the most at the moment. It leaves my skin so hydrated it is unreal. I will obviously fill you in more about this cream once I have been using it for at least a month but so far, I love it. 

After seeing the Dr Organic Manuka Honey Cream mentioned on quite a few different blog sites and YouTube videos as being great for eczema, I couldn't not pick this up. I have used quite a few Dr Organic products before but never any of their facial creams. First off I absolutely adore the smell!! The cream is a rich restoring emollient which is safe to use on dry, sensitive and irritated skin. I find this cream so soothing! It isn't as hydrating as the two creams above, so when I have very very bad dry skin days, I will use a different cream but if my eczema has flared up and my skin is very sensitive and red, this is a life saver. 

Last but not least on my list is the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair cream. It claims to give intense hydration for dry parched skin. My Mom actually had this in one of her beauty boxes and gave it to me as her skin isn't as dry as mine. Again i still don't find it as hydrating as the first two I have mentioned but on normal-dry skin days this is perfect and feels so lightweight on my skin. As this is a newish cream I think I need to test it out a little more before providing you will a complete review as out of all four creams I would say I have used this the least but it is still great for both moderately dry skin and sensitive skin. 

These four creams are my favourite by far at the moment, much better than the creams prescribed to me by my doctor or the hospital. It feels great to actually have found creams I want to continue using. 

Have you used any of the above? Do you have any recommendations as to a good facial cream? 

Love Lauren

Monday, 11 April 2016

Let's Give My Skin A Boost

If you regularly read my blog, you would have read that at the end of last year I introduced Hylamide Sensitive Fix in to my skincare routine and found that it really helped with my skin's sensitivity. When shopping in Boots recently, I came across the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster and thought I would give this a go to see whether I am as satisfied with this booster as I was with their Sensitive Fix booster.

Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster claims to be a hyper-strength rehydration serum with 5 forms of hyaluronic compounds with varying molecular weights to target visible skin rehydration at multiple levels. 'Low-Molecular Hyaluronic Acid' is easily absorbed in to the skin and can penetrate deeper in to the skin than a skincare product that has 'High-Molecular Hyaluronic Acid' .

The ingredients are as follows:-


I use the booster every morning before I apply my facial oil and moisturiser. I apply 2-3 drops to the palm of my hand before spreading it all over my face. It is fast absorbing and leaves your skin soft and smooth.

My skin is much less dehydrated as it normally is since I have started using it two months ago and I now use this everyday to keep my skin looking as hydrated and smooth as possible.

You can buy the Hylamide Low-Molecular HA Booster from Boots here and it is currently on offer for only £12.00.

Have you tried this before? Do you use a booster in your skincare routine?

Love Lauren

Friday, 8 April 2016

My New Attempt At Clearing My Skin

As I am sure a lot of my readers know, I am always trying out new creams/facial products to try to help fight my eczema. I have decided though that it may be time to try something a little different; that being vitamins and seeds.

I have carried out a fair bit of research and decided on 7 different products to see whether they actually help my eczema improve at all. I started using all items just over a week ago and I will update you all in around 6 weeks as to whether it has actually improved my skin at all.

I will tell you exactly what I am using and why.

First of all I will be trying Zinc tablets. Zinc relieves skin irritation and has anti-inflammatory properties. People with eczema tend to produce less of a zinc dependent enzyme needed for the synthesis of fatty acids, therefore someone with eczema will produce less fatty acids than someone without the condition. Fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory properties. With zinc helping with the production of fatty acids it can help to relieve the symptoms of itching and inflammation.

Next up is Vitamin D3 tablets. Low vitamin D levels are linked to skin conditions such as eczema. Most people can simply get vitamin D from sun exposure. Whenever I am away on holiday abroad in the sun, my eczema magically clears up completely. However, as I work in an office all day long, I rarely see any sunlight and therefore am not getting the vitamin D that I need.

Then there is Cod Liver Oil tablets. Cod Liver Oil is known for it's anti-allergic properties, high content of Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A and D. It is used for healing wounds and restoring the skin.

I am also trying out Omega 3 Fish Oil tablets.  Omega 3 oils have anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to moisturise the skin from the inside.

Something a little different and a lot more tasty is Actimel drinks. I have decided to try one of these a day as they are pro-biotic drinks. Eczema is commonly linked with a comprised immune system. Pro-biotics are live 'good' bacteria that can help restore a healthy gut and can help reduce inflammation caused by immune dysfunction. Now the Actimel drinks will not work as good as actual pro-biotic supplements but they taste oh so good don't they and plus, with the amount of tablets I am trying above, it is nice to be trying something a little different out.

Next up are the seeds, Organic Chia Seeds and Flaxseed. I put a teaspoon of each of these on my Weetabix every morning.

Chia is the highest plant source of Omega-3. Again, chia seeds are an anti-inflammatory and are rich in antioxidants and help keep your cells nourished and hydrated.

Flaxseed has a combination of healthy fat and high fibre content which again is great for treating eczema due to the high content of the fatty acids in the Flaxseed which again helps with inflammation of the skin. It is also good for weight loss too, bonus.

Now I know I am trying a lot of things at once but why not go all out aye?! If it helps my skin, then I will be ecstatic.

Do you use any vitamins and/or seeds to help improve your skin? Do you have any recommendations for me to try?

Love Lauren

Monday, 4 April 2016

Bye Bye Boring Flat Hair with Irresistible Me's Ruby Auto-Rotating Curling Iron

I have quite thick hair and when straightened, the weight of my hair pulls my hair down giving me little volume and a 'flat' look. Now life is way too short to have flat boring hair isn't it?!

I have previously just used sleep in rollers to give my hair that extra bit of volume, however as my hair is very curly and frizzy, when I take the rollers out my hair it just seems to make my hair even frizzier.

I have now discovered the perfect product that actually gives my hair some life and fills my hair with lots of glamorous curls, this being the Irresistible Me Ruby Auto-Rotating Curling Iron.*

The Irresistible Me Ruby Auto-Rotating Curling Iron comes in such a lovely stylish black box, has a 2.5 metre power cord and heats up in less than a minute.

The curling iron is so easy to use. I prefer to use it the morning after I wash my hair as this is when it is easiest to style as I have such thick frizzy hair. However if you have finer hair, I would recommend you using this after you have dried your hair after your shower/bath.

Once the curling iron has heated to your desired temperature, I always go for 410 degrees Fahrenheit as I find it keeps the curl in place for longer, take a piece of hair and clamp the tip of your hair in the curling iron clamp. I usually use 2 inch wide sections as I like my curls/waves to not be too tight and be quite loose waves. Though if you would prefer to have tighter curls then just use smaller sections.

Once the hair is clamped in, press the L or R button to auto curl your hair, dependent upon which way you want your curls to go.

That is all you need to do. It is so simple to do but looks amazing.

One feature I really love is the fact the curling iron has an auto shut off for when you accidentally leave it left on. The amount of times I have started to drive to work and then realised my curlers/straighteners are still on is unreal! Now I need to make sure I don't use this as an excuse to never turn them off haha!

I love my new glamorous wavy hair and I now have no excuse to having flat boring hair.



You can buy the curling wand on Irresistible Me's website here for only $89 (about £62.00) in the sale (usual price is $119).

Irresistible Me sell so many other products that look just as amazing too, from straighteners to 100% human hair extensions, they are definitely worth taking a look at.

Do you curl your hair? Has anyone else tried this curling wand before?

Love Lauren

Saturday, 2 April 2016

My Birthday Lipsticks

I mentioned to you all a few weeks ago that I received some amazing presents from my family and friends for my birthday. They all clearly know me too well and I ended up with 4 new lipsticks for my birthday which now brings me to the total of 30 MAC lipsticks, I think I am slightly becoming addicted, oops.

First up is MAC Cremesheen Shy Girl. This is a very natural nude shade with a glossy finish. It is the perfect lipstick for work each day. I wouldn't however wear it on a night out as it just isn't dramatic enough for my taste.

Then I had Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Amazing Grace. This colour really is amazing. I would describe it as a pinky-nude shade with a matte finish. It is a perfect shade for both work and an evening out. It is my first Charlotte Tilbury lipstick and I am already addicted. I need more already!!

Next up is MAC Amplified Vegas Volt. I have seen people rave about this shade for so long but I have always thought it may be a little too bright for me. I am glad I have it now though as it is gorgeous. It is not too bright at all and is such a lovely radiant lipstick which finishes off a look just perfectly.

Finally, I had MAC Amplified Girl About Town. This is a gorgeous bright pink shade. I would only recommend this colour for people who like bright lipsticks as it does stand out. However, I think it is gorgeous and I can't seem to get enough of it.

(l-r MAC Shy Girl, Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace, MAC Vegas Volt and MAC Girl About Town)

By the way, sorry for the quality of my photos, my camera has broken again, sigh.

Has anyone tried any of these before? What lipstick would you recommend I get next?

Love Lauren

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

My perfect Micellar Water

Since the micellar water trend came to England, I have tried so many different micellar water from so many different brands but my favourite hands down is the Bioderma Hydrabio Micelle Solution.

So what is so different about it may you ask? Well this micellar water is specially for people with sensitive dehydrated skin which is my skin type spot on. As most my readers are aware, I suffer with very sensitive eczema prone skin, so this is the first micellar water I have come across that is actually tailored for my skin type.

The formula is hypo-allergenic and claims to remove make up in a simple step with the skin immediately regaining comfort, suppleness and radiance.  It is the first cleansing and moisturising micellar solution with Aquagenium which helps the skin biologically regain its natural moisturising and water retention ability.

I have been using this now every day for around 6 weeks and I seriously will not go back to any other micellar water. It removes my make up so easily and does not cause my over-sensitive skin any irritation at all. Unlike all other cleansers, it also doesn't leave my skin immediately feeling dry and tight.

I use this Micellar Water to remove all traces of make up before doing a double cleanser every evening and it is now a staple item in my skincare routine.

Have you tried this before? What did you think of it? Do you use micellar water at all?

Love Lauren

Saturday, 26 March 2016

My new favourite facial cream

As I am always up for trying out new skincare to try to improve my eczema prone sensitive skin, my sister recommend I gave the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate a try.

The cream is a combination of ingredients of natural origin, is rich in essential fatty acids and full of vitamins. The cream claims to moisture, nourish and repair the skin.

Not only can it be used as a facial cream, it can also be used as a primer, a make up remover and a post shaving balm to soothe the skin.

Even though it is for all skin types it works amazingly on my dry skin, keeping it both moisturised and also stops it being irritated too. I usually mix in a little of my facial oil (click here if you want to see what I use) with the cream and cover my face with it. My face is left nice and silky smooth for hours. Since I purchased this a couple of months ago, I can't live without it and use it every day, as I am sure you can see from my empty tube. I have just ordered myself a new one and it needs to hurry up and be delivered as my skin is lost without it. From 259 reviews on the product on it is rated 5 out of 5 stars, I think that says it all really.

It is currently on offer at here and you can buy the 75ml for only £13.30 (usual RRP is £20.00).

Has anyone else tried this before?

Love Lauren

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

My new found love for Coconut Oil

I may be a little late on the bandwagon here but oh my how I love Coconut Oil. I just love how versatile it is and thought that today I would share with you my top 10 favourite uses for coconut oil.

1. The obvious, for cooking. My partner and I love to cook and love experimenting in the kitchen. I love to use coconut oil the most when making various different curries. 

2. Cleansing/removing my make up - Now this is probably my favourite use for coconut oil. I use around a teaspoon of coconut oil and heat it up in my hands by rubbing them together before applying to my face in circular motions. My make up just starts to melt off. I then finish off by using a muslin cloth to remove the excess oil. Now this may not be great for those with oily skin, however it is perfect for my dry dehydrated skin. 

3. Haircare - I use the oil to rub on the ends of my hair after washing and drying my hair to help fight split ends and to help moisturise my dry/damaged hair.

4. Moisturiser - I only use this on my very dry patches. I warm the oil up in the centre of my hands and then rub on my elbows, knees and any other dry area and voilĂ , perfectly hydrated skin. I also have mixed it with shea butter to moisturise my whole body before too. 

5. Lipbalm - Rub a small amount on your lips for lovely smooth winter-proof lips.

6. Facial/body scrub - If you mix 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of coconut oil,you can mix your own facial/body scrub. You can even add your own oils to the mix to which I love using Rosehip oil for.

7. Foot scrub - The same as number 6 but using salt instead of  sugar. This is perfect with the addition of peppermint oil. 

8. Hair mask - If you apply this to your hair (I prefer to avoid the roots) whilst in the shower after shampooing, apply this to your hair and leave it for 5-10 minutes before washing out. It leaves you with lovely silky smooth hair.

9. Cuticle softener - If you rub a small amount on your cuticles it will help to strengthen your nails.

10. Cleaning your makeup brushes. I often struggle to find a make up brush cleaner due to the fact that most contain sulphates and anyone who has read my blog before knows I try to avoid sulphates like the plague. If you mix a small amount on your brushes, leave for a couple of minutes and then wash off in warm water, your brushes are clean. I have only tried this once myself but it seemed to do a great job for me. (if you want to see how I clean my brushes. look here)

I have also heard of people using coconut oil to help whiten their teeth, but I have not tried this myself so can not confirm whether it actually works. 

You can buy a 500ml tub of Coconut Oil from Morrisons for only £1.98 here.

Do you use Coconut Oil? What do you use it for?

Love Lauren

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation

If you have read my blog before, you will have seen that I originally purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation (post here) after hearing so many people raving about it online. Unfortunately the foundation, as good as it was for coverage, completely dried my skin out more than anything ever has before. I took the foundation back to Charlotte Tilbury and they were fantastic and suggested I swap my foundation for their Light Wonder Foundation instead. They matched my skin to be shade 3 fair. 

As you will see from my photos, the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation is a daily tint with SPF15.

The foundation has very light coverage to it which isn't the best for me when my skin is all red from my eczema. This foundation still seems to dry my skin out. Don't get me wrong it doesn't dry my skin out nowhere near as much as the Magic Foundation, but if I am having a bad eczema day, then this just seems to make it dry out even more.

However, if my skin is having a 'good day' then this actually works really well for me. It is perfect for when I am popping to the shops for a couple of hours where the foundation won't dry my skin out too much as it won't be on my face for too long. It gives a natural look with a nice healthy glow to your skin. 

I would recommend this foundation for people with normal skin. My skin is very dry and this is just a little too drying for me, but for people with normal to maybe even slightly dry skin, I think this would work great for you. It is meant to be a hydrating foundation, so it may be a little too hydrating for those with oily skin but this is just an assumption. 

Has anyone else tried this before? What did you think of it?

Love Lauren

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Another non-SLS shampoo I love

As most of you will know, in August 2015 I decided to go Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) free. SLS is a known skin irritant which is in most shampoos and cleansers as a foaming agent. 

I have previously wrote about other non SLS shampoos I have used and if you want to read my thoughts on them, have a look herehere and here

When shopping in The BodyShop recently, I noticed they sell a range of non-SLS shampoos and conditioners and I decided to give one of them a go. I picked up the Rainforest Shine shampoo for normal to dry hair.

The shampoo contains no silicones, no sulphates, no colourants and no parabens and claims to leave hair healthy-looking with incredible shine.

The claims are correct as it has in fact left my dry and damaged hair looking ever so healthy and shiny and with a lovely smell to it. It does not irritate my scalp at all like most shampoos do which is great as I have spent way too many years with a stupidly itchy scalp from shampoos containing SLS.

For how cheap this is, I would definitely recommend it. I will have to try their conditioners out next to see whether they are as good.

You can buy it here for only £5.00 for 250ml or £2.00 for 60ml.

Has anyone ever tried this before? Do you use non-SLS shampoos? If yes, do you have any recommendations for me to try?

Love Lauren

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Burt's Bees haul

After using the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask (review here) I knew I had to try more from the brand.

As I kept talking about Burt's Bees and the different products I wanted to try, my parents decided to buy me a Burt's Bees gift set for Christmas. After 7 weeks of using the products, I thought it was now time to let you know my thoughts on the products.

Burt's Bees have been offering natural health and beauty products for over 25 years. Their products are not tested on animals and are feel of nasties such as SLS, parabens and petrochemicals. They claim their ingredients right down to the packaging are simple, natural and responsible .

First up is the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Cream Cleanser. This cleanser is 99% natural and claims to be scientifically proven to remove dirt, oil and make up while leaving the skin feeling soft, supple and hydrated.

The cleanser is infused with Clary Sage and I think the scent of it is gorgeous but I can however imagine a few people being slightly put off it at first.

The texture is quite thick and feels great on the skin. I apply the cleanser to my damp skin in circular motions before removing it with a muslin cloth. My skin is left feeling super hydrated and clean. This product definitely gets a thumbs up for me. I have even found that I now reach for this more than my usual Liz Earle cleanser.

Next is the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration day lotion. This is scientifically proven to provide intense hydration and repair skin from fine lines.

This again has the Clary Sage scent to it. The cream has a medium thickness to it and only a small amount is needed to moisturise my whole face. This cream is great most of the time and I have been using this a few days a week, however, when my eczema flares up and leaves my skin very dry and flaky, it just isn't hydrating enough for me. I still love the product however, and will definitely be buying another when I run out.

I also have the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream.

This cream is scientifically proven to  provide intense hydration and helps  naturally increase your skin's ability to retain moisture. Now this cream is much much more moisturising than the day cream. It is perfect to lather all over your face before bedtime, so you wake up with soft beautiful skin. When my skin is extra dry, I have used this a few times under my make up too.

Finally, I have the Burt's Bees Revitalizing Lip Balm with Blueberry and Dark Chocolate.

First of all, how amazing does this smell?! I find myself applying it more than I need to, purely to smell how gorgeous it is. The lip balm is 100% natural and really keeps my lips soft and moisturised. It is perfect to wear under my dry matte lipsticks that I am loving at the moment.

All in all, I am a big fan of the Burt's Bees Intense Hydration range. I love how they are so natural and keep my skin moisturised and radiant.

Have you used anything from Burt's Bees before?

Love Lauren