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:-


"AQUA (WATER), HYDROLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE CROSSPOLYMER, SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, TAMARINDUS INDICA SEED GUM, HYDROLYZED SODIUM HYALURONATE, TREMELLA FUCIFORMIS SPOROCARP EXTRACT, SODIUM HYALURONATE, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, PPG-26-BUTETH-26, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CETYL HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, GLYCERIN, BETAINE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, POLYGLUCURONIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, LECITHIN, CHLORPHENESIN, PHENOXYETHANOL"



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
xoxo

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
xoxo

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.

Before

After


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
xoxo

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
xoxo