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 feelunique.com it is rated 5 out of 5 stars, I think that says it all really.

It is currently on offer at feelunique.com 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

Friday, 11 March 2016

Let's tone up for Summer

Now, you may have read the title to this and thought 'summer?? that is ages away'. Yes it may be, however if you want a bikini worthy body for our summer holidays then you need to start preparing your body soon.

If you know me at all, you will know that I am not exactly a fitness fan, I would rather watch Netflix in bed than go on my treadmill. I always find an excuse not to exercise. This was always okay for me seeing as I have always had a fast metabolism, however since I turned 27 last year, my metabolism finally started to slow down. My toned tummy is no more and I therefore want to start toning myself up for summer, I don't want to lose any weight, just tone up here and there.

My friend Becky recently recommended the '30 days' app. The app has a list of different workouts to do for 30 days. You just select which exercise(s) you want to do and then do a test for each one. For example if you select you wish to do the plank challenge, you test out how long you can plank for, put the time in the app and then it selects a 30 day workout for you based on that time.


I have selected to do the planking, bridges and squat challenges and will let you know how I get on.

What do you do to get toned?

Love Lauren

Monday, 7 March 2016

Botanics Facial Oil

I recently read an article somewhere online (haven't got a clue where as it was about 2 weeks ago now, sorry) stating that rosehip oil is great for dehydrated skin. I therefore went on a mission to find some on my lunch break that day.

I went to the local Boots in the small town I work in, which seems to be the smallest Boots in the whole world, so I thought no way would I end up finding some rosehip oil. Little did I know, the Boots Botanics Facial Oil contains rosehip oil. Oh how happy this made me, and yes I know I am very sad but I love it when I find something I am looking for.

I have never tried anything from the Botanics range before (or even read any reviews on the range) so this was a bit of an experiment for me.

The oil  claims to melt into lacklustre skin to lock in moisture for 8 hours while softening, conditioning and helping to restore the skin's natural glow.

It is 100% organic and contains rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, argon oil and various other natural oils.

I have been using this now for around a week and so far it is great. I apply it after cleansing and toning my face both morning and evening before I apply my moisturiser. If you have oily skin, I would recommend you only use this on the evening as an overnight treatment due to the fact it is quite oily.

It leaves my skin so much more moisturised which is exactly what I need at the moment with my dull dehydrated winter skin. If your skin is lacking moisturiser, then this is definitely worth a go.

I will definitely be trying out other products from the Boots Botanics range.

It is currently only £6.66 from Boots, the usual price is £9.99.

Has anyone else tried this before? Have you tried anything else from the Boots Botanics range before?

Love Lauren

Friday, 4 March 2016

My Birthday

So the day is here, it is my birthday and I am now 28. Oh gosh that feels old!

I have just opened all my presents and have been a very spoilt girl. My boyfriend and family are all amazing to me.

I will be spending the day with my boyfriend in Solihull (where I live in the West Midlands) shopping and eating. I will be spending the evening doing my usual on my birthday, having Pizza Hut  with my family aha! I will never grow up.

Anyway, I will update you on all my lovely presents very soon :)

Love Lauren

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Body Shops' Vitamin E Overnight Serum

I am always looking for new skincare products to try to help moisturise my dry and sensitive skin. Recently whilst shopping in my local The Body Shop I came across their Vitamin E range.

First of all, I will let you know that I purchased the Vitamin E facial cleansing wipes and they dried out my skin like crazy and I have had to end up throwing the pack away as they just didn't work for me at all.

I also purchased the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-on-Oil. It claims to replenish and recharge moisture.

I have now used this around 10-15 times after cleansing and toning my face and before my moisturiser. If my skin is in a pretty good condition then this has helped my skin look nice and glowing when I wake up the next morning. However, if my skin is on the dry side, for some reason this oil dries my skin out even more and does not help with moisture one bit.

I will be keeping this product but will probably only be using it when my skin is more hydrated, maybe it will be of more use in the summer?!

If you have normal to combination skin and you want an overnight treatment then I am sure this will work for you but if you do have very dry skin, maybe give this a miss.

Have you used this before? How did your skin react to it?

Love Lauren