Thursday, 19 January 2017

Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk

If you read my blog regularly you'll know how much I love French skincare. Due to the cold weather my skin has been drying out recently and I needed a nourishing product for it. Vichy Ideal Body Serum-Milk promises hydrating, smoothing and nourishing properties. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a skin filler and has hydrating properties, LHA which is a micro exfoliant and also 10 luxurious oils. It's suitable for sensitive skin and is also paraben free.

The consistency of the serum-milk is in between a lotion and a serum, it feels like aftersun and it absorbs quickly. A little bit of this goes a long way and my skin feels soft immediately after applying. I apply the serum-milk all over my body except my face and it gives a slight glow, which looks great on my arms and legs! I've found that the serum-milk provides long lasting hydration and makes my skin feel firmer than before, it's perfect for the winter months. I feel like it would also be great when it gets warmer because of how cooling it feels on the skin.

Have you ever used any Vichy body products?
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Thursday, 5 January 2017

Lush Soak and Float Shampoo Bar

I never thought I'd become so besotted with a shampoo, yet here I am. I have suffered with awful scalp dermatitis for as long as I can remember and eventually after about 10 years, I got fed up of using the horrible smelling T-Gel and Nizoral shampoos and found Lush Soak & Float. When I originally picked this up around 3-4 years ago, this didn't smell that great either, it smelt like tar and bonfires. However, they reformulated it around the same time the Oxford Street store opened and now it smells great.

If you've never tried a shampoo bar, they may seem a little abnormal to you. I think they work much better and you use so much less shampoo. One of these shampoo bars lasts me three months and I wash my hair every other day, so if you wash your hair less than that it'll last you a lot longer. I just wet my hands and the bar, like you would with a bar of soap and use the lather in my hands on my hair. 

My scalp dermatitis is extremely bad and it really knocks my confidence. It's not just dandruff like a lot of people may think, it's itchy and sore and when it's near your hairline which everyone can see, it's really not nice. Soak and Float relieves my scalp of all the problems it has, it makes my scalp a lot less itchy and there is no noticable irritation on my hairline. Recently, this shampoo bar went out of stock everywhere due to them not being able to get one of the ingredients and my scalp suffered severely. If there is a product I definitely could not live without, it's this!

Do you have a product you can't live without?
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Sunday, 1 January 2017

2017 Goals

This year I've decided against writing a 2016 review. I haven't had a particularly great year and I didn't really want to make a whole post about it. In 2016 I met some wonderful people, made lifelong friends, got a new job and I saw some amazing shows. I wanted to make some achievable goals for 2017, I don't think I actually achieved any of my 2016 ones.

Travel
In 2016, I barely went outside of Birmingham. I'd been to Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool once and then London a few times. This year I'd like to travel out of the country at least once and maybe actually get to see the sea. My main goal would be to go to New York City but we'll have to wait and see.

Read More
In 2016 I think I read one or two books, which is such a small amount! I received a lot of books for Christmas, so this year I'm going to spend less time scrolling Facebook and more time reading books. I've set my challenge on Goodreads to read 25 books, which I think will be achievable.

Sort Out Everything
By sort out everything, I mean my wardrobe and belongings. I have so many clothes I didn't wear throughout the whole of last year and so many 'things' I haven't used for years, so I think it's time for a big sort out. I think I'll be using the 'will I take this with me when I move out' rule.

Get Creative
I think this was one of my 2016 goals but I didn't have much time or energy to make things this year. I taught myself how to crochet in 2016, by making a baby hungry caterpillar cocoon, so I'd love to crochet more. I also made one baby taggy blanket, so I'd love to sew more this year. 

Try New Food
As a fussy eater, this is a big thing for me as I stick to the foods I like. Yesterday I tried chicken fried rice and duck, today I tried pepperoni pizza. They may seem like normal things to eat to you but it's a big step for me haha! I can't wait to try more new food this year and hopefully find a few new favourites.

What are your goals for 2017?
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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Wise Words | The Book of Everyone

Last year, I reviewed The Christmas Book of Everyone and this year when they contacted me to review their new book, Wise Words, I thought it sounded like a great idea. The new 'Wise Words' books are aimed at children aged 8-12, with fun pictures and quotes which you can customise. I made mine based on giving it to Alice, my friend's daughter, when she's a little bit older.

Like the normal Book of Everyone, this book is easy to customise. The quotes are already pre-filled on every page but you can personalise it more to the child you're giving it to, plus your own life experiences. It's like a fun advice book for children to flick through, especially when they're having a hard time at school or with friends.

The only thing I wish was different about this book is that you could change the illustrations or designs on the pages, so they would match the quotes or things the child likes. These would make a great gift.

You can make your own here.
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