Sunday, 10 December 2017

The importance of making time for yourself

Me time

Me time, often talked about, good to have etc, but what does it actually mean to you?  I don't think I can sum it up as doing any one particular activity.
Clarions Body Fit, Clarins Body Scrub, Parlux Hair Dryer, Olaplaex Number 3, Pamers Cocoa Butter, Wella Elements Clarins Body Fit Anti-Cellulite Contouring Lotion, 200ml Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Palmer's Coca Butter Wella Professionals Elements Leave-In Conditioner Spray (150ml) Parlux Powerlight 385 - Pink Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub, 200ml
It's not just about having some time out to read a book or have a long soak in some bubbles, well that isn't what it means for me anyway, what it does mean I think is having t-i-m-e.

Like you I am pretty busy and on the go most of the time.  I don't have children to run around after (or run me around!) but I do work full time, have loved ones that depend on me and have a generally busy life.

However, I didn't think I was the type of person you could possible say they didn't get any 'Me Time', until I recently found myself having some!

Let me explain...

A rare day off

It has all been work, work work, and various domestic, health and family issues to deal with recently.

When I do have anytime off I always have a list of things to do and usually too much planned.

I was owed some time off work so recently booked a Friday off as a day to catch up with house work, paper work, blog posts etc and have a lie in.  I also had a checkup at my orthodontist.

The luxury of being able to take your time

Monday to Friday I am up and out of the house in less than 30 mins.  After 30 plus years of full time work my morning routine is just that routine, mostly the same and always quick.

In preparation for my Friday off I managed to get my house work done on the Thursday night as Mr Beautyboo had wandered into a local pub pub and wouldn't be back till later.... 🍺   Which meant come Friday my chores were all done and off my to do list πŸ€—

My lie in (when you regularly get up at 7am) was only till 8am, so once dog walking and breakfast was done it was only 9.30am.  Which meant I could start getting ready to go out at mid day.

I had two and a half hours (!) to get ready and oh the bliss, to be able to take my time.  It transpires that this is my definition of Me Time.

The process of Getting back to me

A long hot shower

To help with the morning routine I usually shower in the evening, but on this day I was able to shower before I went out.

It might not sound like a big deal but it is to me.  Having the time in the shower to do the works -wash, buff, exfoliate, deep condition etc all at my leisure, no one else in the house apart from a sleepy dog.

I was so indulging myself I actually took two showers.  During the first one I just basically got my hair wet as I then applied a hair treatment, Olaplaex Number 3, which is applied to towel dry hair before shampoo and conditioner.

Number 3 is the at home product of the Olaplaex range and you need to leave it on for at least 10 mins, and today I had the time to do a whole 30 minutes.

Whilst in shower number 2, I gave my body a really good buff with some Clarins Exfoliating Body Scrub which is quite a grainy scrub, too harsh for the face (which it isn't designed for) but great on knees, elbows and thicker skin.

After this I washed it away as usual with Elancyl Shower Gel and then a massage with my Elancyl Massage Glove and Activ' Slimming Massage gel.

Post shower I had them time to properly and methodically apply my body moisturiser and treatments.

For my cellulite prone areas - arms, thighs, bottom and tummy I applied a good dollop of Clarins Body Fit which is an anti cellulite lotion.

I really like it, but don't always seem to have the time to apply it.  I have previously written a review about it which you can read HERE.
Clarins Body Fit

After followed Palmers Cocoa Butter SPF15 - this is a super thick lotion, smells of coconut and has an SPF15.

It take a while to absorb into the skin (hence I don't apply it as often as I should) on this day I put on a thick towelling dressing gown to allow myself absorbing time!!

We have hair and make up

I have a pretty good skincare routine and I always do a double cleanse and apply a day or night cream, eye cream, SPF and face oil.  But today I took time using and appreciating every item.  I gave myself a mini facial massage which included my neck and dΓ©colletage.

Make up done it was time to give myself a proper blow dry rather than a quick blast from my gorgeous Parlux Hair Dryer.  I am never going to make as good a job as my hairdresser but it came close.

A recent find and a can't live without product is a leave in conditioning spray from the Wella Elements range.  I always apply this to my hair pre every blow dry.
Wella Elements Leave in conditioner

Having the time though on this particular day I sectioned my hair, and made sure it was well and truly dry.  I even did the cold shot technique to help set it.

What to wear, matching things ups

I had the time to actually look through my wardrobe and knicker drawer.  On this day, Ta-Dah! matching underwear!!  (As opposed to the normal routine of blindly pulling out pants from the drawer and wearing what ever bra I had on the day before).

It also felt great putting on fresh clean (non work) clothes post shower.

It's Me

Granted after my mega two hour plus getting ready I really didn't look any different from normal! But, I felt sooooo much better.

Together, polished, my mind felt clam again  - I felt more like err, Me!

πŸ“…πŸ•°⏳

I am definitely going to make an effort to pencil in some more 'Me Time', it needs to be a New Years Resolution I think.

For me, Me Time is nothing fancy - just some time to slowly get ready, unfazed and happy.

Do you know what yours is?  What do you wish for? I would love to know..

Em πŸ’‹

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Monday, 4 December 2017

The Sunshine supplement

Vitamin D3

Your body produces Vitamin D naturally by the action of sunlight on the skin.  However, if you are serious about skincare you are more than likely applying a daily sunscreen and I personally use a hefty SPF50 all year round (on my face).

Add to this I am in my 40's (but only for a few more months) plus I am currently wearing braces (Invisalign), so my teeth are moving which means the bones are changing shape.

Excluding sunshine, good natural sources of Vitamin D are:
  • oily fish
  • red meat
  • liver
  • fortified foods
or you can take a supplement.

I am not quite a vegetarian I eat chicken about once a week but nothing with four legs πŸ– or anything that swims 🐟!

I began to wonder, Could I be at risk of not getting enough Vitamin D?

After some research I decided I should take Vitamin D and went for D3 in liquid form as it seemed like an easier option than a pill.

Nature's Garden Vitamin D3



I purchased this liquid form of Vitamin D3 from Holland & Barrett, however I am sure you can get it elsewhere i.e. Amazon.

It is an orange flavoured liquid, the ingredients are quite simple and no added sugar.

Directions state you can take it neat or dilute it.

The flavour is of orange but it is very very subtle, I was expecting an orange coloured liquid but it is actually clear, so no added colouring πŸ‘

I took it first off in water and could not taste anything.  Advice is to take four drops, so I now take it neat, can barely taste the orange, plus 4 drops is a really tiny amount so it is no trouble at all.

How much and how often?

The instructions state take four drops daily.  I have read some reports that say it is possible to over do the Vitamin D so I take this Monday-Friday only (weekends off).

Your body (clever thing that it is) doesn't make too much Vitamin D from sun exposure which is good to know, so you still need to wear a good sun screen.

As I said earlier I always use a SPF50 on my face and  most of my neck (when I remember) but don't tend to use any sun protection anywhere else during the summer in the UK.

I don't tan but neither do I have a lot of flesh exposed in the summer (some people have a summer and winter wardrobe, I just have a wardrobe and its mainly black!)

I think with being out and about in the summer coupled with the fact you only need a tiny amount  of sun exposure (about 20mins) to get your daily natural sun produced Vitamin D, would mean taking this supplement in the summer would be un-necessary.

Therefore, this supplemented routine is just going to be during the winter when the sun hasn't got his hat on.

If you, like me, wear a daily sunscreen it might be worth you too checking out the advice on Vitamin D?

GOV.UK
NHS England

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Invisalign - on the fast track

Invisalign Update Number 2

This is the second post I have written about Invisalign.  If you would like to read my first post which explains why I started on the road to teeth correction please click here.

Fast Track

So I am now on Tray 12 which is a super big deal as it means I am quarter of the way through my treatment with Box Number 1 all done.  I started off with 4 boxes of aligners, Box 1 contained trays 1-11.

When I started I was not expecting to have Tray 12 in until 24 weeks into my treatment, as originally I was told (and was expecting) to change my aligners every 2 weeks.

However because I am "tracking so well", which means my teeth are moving as predicted,  I was told at my 12 week check up I can now change trays every week - which of course means my treatment is going to be quicker.

Week 1

Week 2 - the difference is subtle but my bottom teeth are being pushed down.  Once they are in the correct position my top teeth will be pushed back - which will decrease my over jet.  You might also be able to see that pesky front tooth I have that has started to move forward.

Pre starting my Invisalign journey

Before I committed to Invisalign I did my research.

I read a lot of reviews and blogs plus watched plenty of YouTube videos - so I felt pretty prepared for what I thought I was letting myself in for!

Whilst I wouldn't describe myself as a pessimist I tend to think of the worse case scenario in the hope that it won't happen.

Envisaging the worse case seemed to include:
  • Difficulty getting trays in and out - these varied greatly, from in time "you get the hang of it" to one person describing "clawing at my mouth" desperately trying to get a tray out!
  • Painful teeth, lisping, swollen gums.
  • The time aspect - change the aligners every 2 weeks, so 18 months to 2 years average treatment time

The good news - so far

Getting the trays in and out, is easy, by the end of the first day I had it cracked.

I thought it might get harder once the attachments were put on which happened at Tray 3 (6 weeks in) but it was just simple once I was told use the opposite hand.  What I mean by this is use your left hand to remove the aligner from the back on your right side and vice versa.

Pain, there is a little but it is just discomfort really, it doesn't last long.  However pain does mean your teeth are moving so it is kind of good!

My speech has not been affected so far - no lisping or spitting at people!

Time - I was fully prepared to change my trays every 2 weeks.  I had read about a device called AcceleDent which can speed things up.  I was seriously considering buying one (via my orthodontist) but now there is no need as I am on a weekly change - just hope it stays that way!

What a difference a week makes

Hurray for the weekly change,  It means my treatment time is halved and I should be all done by July/August 2018.

The other big plus is every Monday (change over day) I get a new clean tray out of the packet and pack away the old one.

I do clean my aligners but they do stain and quickly.  I was told it was fine to drink coffee (without sugar) with them in - which I do about 5 strong cups of good coffee a day (❤️ my Nespresso).

By Sunday night the staining from all that caffeine is really starting to show - it actually makes me look forward to Mondays, which is a very unexpected benefit of wearing braces!





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Monday, 20 November 2017

Date Night

No bake, no added sugar brownies

I have been on a diet recently and managed to shift a few pounds, and a big part of the shift has been achieved by cutting out the sweet stuff and my big weakness chocolate.

Apart from managing your weight, cutting back on sugar is a good idea for your skin too, as it attacks collagen, which you need to keep your skin looking good.

However, I do have a sweet tooth and a life without any treats would be very dull.  But I want to know, more than ever, what is actually in the food that I eat.

So whilst trying to curb a recent sugar craving I conjured the recipe below.  It is not sugar free but the sugars are natural and whilst the fat content is high - it is the good or better sort.

My quantity didn't make very many brownies but this was a conscious decision as I know what I am like when it comes to sweet things - I have a tendency to hoover them up in one go!

Brownies: Most definitely contain nuts🐿

Brownie mix
  • 50g pecan nuts*
  • 50 g walnuts*
  • about 12 dates
* these are the nuts I had in the house, would work well with others - almonds, cashew etc

Icing
Put the nuts and dates in a food processor and pulse until they resemble breadcrumbs.

You may need to add a few more dates, you should be able to squish the mixture together and it should hold its shape.  I find that if it doesn't fall off a spoon it is done.
Line a dish with greaseproof paper and then add your mixture and squash it together, can be any thickness you like.

Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours - overnight is perfect.

Make your topping - (entirely optional)

Melt the coconut oil - I melted mine by putting it in a bowl which was sitting in hot water.  I didn't do it over any heat as I didn't want to 'cook' it.

Stir in the Choc Shot and a good teaspoon of cocoa powder, give it all a really good stir and then let it set.
Once set you will need to stir your icing again to get a spreadable texture.  

Spread it (thick) on top of your brownie base.
Cut the brownies up into whatever size you wish and put them back in the fridge just so the topping has time to reset.  

My mixture made 8 brownies.
My version of a kind of healthy sweet treat.

I really like them, if you give them a go please let me know what you think - just try to resist hoovering them!








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Monday, 13 November 2017

Eat well - Butternut squash pizza base πŸ•

Eat well for better skin

Along with protecting your skin from the sun, not smoking, getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water, what you eat plays a big part towards your skin health.

Sugar has got a bit of bad press recently but it does attack collagen... which you need to keep your skin looking soft and plump and squidgy with health.  So it makes sense to try and cut back where you can.

I am trying my best to age well and have managed to lose a few pounds recently.  I've done this fairly painlessly by thinking about what I eat, avoiding refined sugars (mostly, I will still roll over and beg for a chocolate orange 🍊) along with more cooking from scratch and avoiding ready meals & processed foods.

My face has got thinner through weight loss, which is a bit of a disappointment as it makes me look older, but it does mean my little piggy eyes look a bit more noticeable!

Good news though I feel loads better and my general skin health has improved, less spots, smoother, clearer just in all round better condition.  I put this down to all the collagen in my skincare routine but also the recent improvements link in with my change of diet and healthy eating campaign.

Being on a 'diet' so to speak does make you think that about what you eat, and whilst I love my food I do find myself thinking, 'Is it worth it?' (which is always yes when it comes to any orange shaped chocolate fruit).

Beautiful pizza!

Pizza, as an almost veggie, it is one of my favourite meals and here is my healthy take on it - a base with NO FLOUR just 3 ingredients:
  • Butternut squash 
  • One egg
  • About 100g porridge oats
And maybe a pinch of garlic granules

Enough for a one hungry blogger and her bestie.

I love this base, more than any regular pizza base I have made or purchased in the past, Mr Beautyboo prefers it too.  Once cooked you can top it how you like and you can still pick it up to take a slice.

So here we go, the recipe, it's very simple (you need a food mixer though) and it needs to be cooked before you top it, so allow the time.

I purchase my butternut squash as spaghetti, it is just easier on the mixer.

Everything goes into the mixer and you press go. Once done it should be a soft biscuit like texture, or that of a really thick porridge.

Next line a baking sheet with grease proof paper and then spread out your mix to form your base. Make sure you spread it evenly and thinish, my base usually ends up about 9-10inches wide.

The base needs to be cooked on both sides, side one for about 20 mins at 180 until it looks golden and feels crisp. Then carefully turn it over to cook the other side, about 15 mins.

Once the base looks nice and crispy I topped it with red pesto, red pepper, onion, mushrooms and just 30g of reduced fat cheddar.

My take on healthy pizza, no sugar in sight, I'm eating the dream.
Yumerty  yumerty πŸ‘… 
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Monday, 6 November 2017

Miles and miles to a better smile

Invisalign What are they?

Braces basically, or Orthodontic Appliances to be precise, often called aligners - Invisalign is a trade name.

Used to move your teeth - so to fill a gap, straighten them, widen your arches etc.

Custom made plastic guards (often called trays) that you wear for at least 22 hours a day.

The beauty is you can take them out, which for me is the big plus.  I intend to wear them of course but the fact that I could take them out appeals to the control freak within me.
(you do have to take them out for eating, some drinks and teeth brushing)

Traditional braces are metal, Invisalign are made of clear plastic.  They are not invisible but pretty much unnoticeable unless you are looking for them.

I also have had to have to attachments fitted to my teeth (very common).  These are tooth coloured little nodules/bumps which help the trays fit snuggly, which make my aligners slightly more noticeable.

Do people notice?  No one has said anything to me but yes when I point them out (which I don't do very often) then they can see them.

Invisalign - my choice

I've never had any orthodontic work done but have always had an overbite.

My front two teeth are crowns and the ones each side are veneers - I got them knocked out when I was about 11 (playing with the boys on the boys playground πŸƒ)

I have noticed, and this is something that tends to happen with age, that my overbite has got worse and I am now a proud owner of an over jet!

So at the age of nearly 50 I decided to get my teeth done.

My top teeth now:
And how they should look like at the end - wider arches and less sticking out:

The costs - money and time

It is not a quick fix.  If you decide to go down this route you need to be prepared for that - in my case about 18 months to 2 years until I am done.

It is not cheap.  I have managed to get some money back via insurance as my over jet does cause my bottom teeth to 'bite' into the top of my mouth (no ouch involved).

The total for me (without insurance) was about £3,000.  As I said a lot of money, fortunately my orthodontist takes all major credit cards!

What you get for you money

However much I say it,  £3,000 is a lot of money to spend on your teeth.

It has to be worth it for you, and you need to be committed to the process which is lengthy.  I could have easily said don't bother but I know how self conscious I was becoming about my teeth, plus I was told things would only get worse with time...

What you are spending your money on is an investment (in you) and something that is totally bespoke and made to measure.

Plus you will benefit from some pretty nifty technology and of course the time of your orthodontist as you will need to go along for regular check ups and adjustments.

Here is a breakdown of where my money has gone so far:
  • My first consultation, no that was free. 
  • A scan - a 3d scan of my teeth -no impressions
If you don't know what a dental impression is, lucky you!  It is when they fill a tray with a thick putty and then put it in your mouth and apply pressure to take an imprint of your teeth so they can later make a model.  Getting it out (especially if like me you have a small mouth/narrow arch) takes some force and they tend to do this twice.

I hate them, they make me want to panic, gag, hide etc.  A friend of mine even threw up whilst having one!

What I had instead was a 3d scan of my mouth which meant someone taking lots of photos of the inside of my mouth with a device about the size of an electric tooth brush - it was wonderful.

  • A panoramic x ray - again not like a normal one when you have to bite down on a bit of card and then everyone runs out of the room whilst they zap you with x rays.  This was a stand up x ray which just rotated round me - easy.
  • Home whitening kit - to get your old teeth looking as white as possible. 
  • 43 bespoke aligners trays.  Yes 43 trays which you change once a fortnight that means a whopping treatment time of  86 weeks.
  • ClinCheck - a simulation of what your teeth look like at the start, finish and every tray in-between.
  • Invisalign starter kit - a couple of retainers cases
  • Appointment to have the first tray fitted
  • Appointment at 6 week stage to have the attachments put on to some of your teeth (I have 8, 4 top, 4 bottom, don't worry they come off at the end).
  • Check ups with your orthodontist as required every 8 weeks or so.
  • Final appointment to have the attachments removed and issue of retainers to wear at night for about 2 years.

So your money pays for quite a lot really, but it of course depends on how much you want this and if you are prepared to do the long haul.

I will be writing a few posts about Invisalign to let you know how I am getting on.
It is early days but things are going well the trays are really easy to put in and take out plus I forget I have them in most of time and no lisping!

I am just about to put in tray number 9 but my journey has started and I should be all done by... early 2019!  If in the meantime you have any questions about Invisalign please drop me a line as I am sure I had them too..

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Monday, 30 October 2017

The versatile blogger award

Recognition is always good

Been having a few domestic problems at home recently - nothing that can't be fixed but all a big pain in the side.

Went on holiday - that was good, warm and sunny Majorca.

Came home to find that the majority of the electricity at home was off, so that meant no heating, no hot water, no internet!!!

Long boring story but the majority of things have been sorted but I was unable to get online for a good week.  So when I did get back on line to find that Abbie from What Abbie Says had nominated me for The Versatile Blogger award it made things a lot better.

I write my blog for lots of reasons but of course one of them is for others to read it, so when they do and take the trouble to leave lovely comments it really means a lot.

The versatile Blogger award

This is a very simple concept, not sure if there is an actual award at the end! But it is about thanking other bloggers, letting people know a bit more about yourself and sharing some of your favourite blogs.

The 'rules' are :
  1. Thank the person that nominated you 
  2. Share 7 'facts' about yourself
  3. Share/nominate 15 other blogs that you enjoy
So here goes:

7 new wonders from BeautyBoo!

  1. 44 is not my age -  it was my Dad's lucky number.
  2. If I like you I will call you Boo, and if I love you it is likely to be BooBoo!
  3. I have a dog, and he's called Bunny.  If other dog walkers ask me how he got his name I usually say my husband named him! (he didn't it was all ME πŸ˜ƒ)
  4. Before Bunny I had two cats - Sean and Curtis, my pet naming convention has no logical explanation!
  5. Both my parents were artists - for more info click Philip Lambert Paintings
  6. If something sparkles I want it.πŸ’«
  7. I would like to swim with manatees.  I hope to look one in the eye and find out the meaning of life!!
And the blogs I always enjoy reading (mixture of beauty and foodies) are :

Happy reading.





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Monday, 23 October 2017

StriVectin now its about your Hair

StriVectin

I first came across the name StriVectin in 2005.  Back then they called themselves StriVectin-SD and there was a lot of hype around a stretch mark cream they made that was also said to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles...

Ever curious I purchased some, but only the once so I can't have noticed any difference. Whilst I can't remember anything about the product I did remember the name, which I noticed recently whilst looking for a UV hair protector spray.

Which lead me to purchase NIA 114 Color πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Care UV Protection Spray.

err NIA 114?

Not a very catchy name for a product is it?

StriVevctin (they have dropped the SD from their name) now have a hair care range and NIA 114 is not the name of this product, but the patented molecule that they use in all of their products.

To be correct this product is actually called UV Protective Spray (for colour πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ treated hair) and that is why I purchased it.

Ingredients

Quite a long list of ingredients, but StriVectin focus on two trade marked names -  NIA-114 and Multi-Shield Antioxidant Complex, which all seems very... confusing.  They do clear things up on their website, and I quote:

"Formulated with NIA-114™ and Multi-Shield Antioxidant Complex™, it protects hair from harmful UV rays, free radicals and oxidative stress while helping preserve keratin for stronger hair strands. Soothes and hydrates scalp while improving overall hair health..."

I understand the above and it is what I am after.
(also free from parabens, sulphates)

Sun, Sea and Bleach

Holiday hair - I have a lot of friends that see the positive affects of hot and sunny climes for their hair.

It can be great for adding some natural highlights and you might find the change in water (i.e. soft v hard) beneficial, or the fact that you take less time drying and styling your hair.

Not the case for me.  My hair is *sigh* dry, frizzy, colour treated (and I'm talking bleach) plus I like to (have to) blow dry it and often curl it or straighten it.  And then, (help me)  I like to keep it long and still try and grow it!  So add sun damage on top it is just.... Noooooooo 😱

StriVectin UN protection spray

I purchased my 150ml bottle in Boots in the UK, StriVectin have a US website but they don't currently ship to the UK.

It came with me on holiday to Spain recently, where I applied it every morning on dry hair.
You can apply it to damp or dry hair, it doesn't say that it can be used as a heat protection spray so if you are applying pre blow dry please bear that in mind.  Anyway I wanted to apply it to dry hair and I checked for that before I handed over my £24.

Now back from holiday and pleased to say my hair did not fry and I haven't come back any blonder (or dryer) so I think the spray must have worked - result??

However... I really didn't like one major point about this product and that is (was) the spray action.

The spray was not fine enough.  It is not an aerosol so you don't get the fine mist you do with hair spray (L'Oreal Elnett do a very good UV Filter Hair Spray) however I have had better sprays from non aerosol products.

The way the spray, sprayed was too direct and the concentration of the product too direct.

The only way I could really use it was to spray in front of me and then walk through the mist before it fell (aren't you meant to do that with perfume?)

However now back home the spray is even worse and more like a jet from a water pistol.  I have examined the contents of the bottle and the product is quite thick and sticky so I can only think it has clogged up the spray head.

I have about half a bottle left and am not sure how I am going to use the rest, I expect it is going to languish on the bathroom shelf for a while.  I might get round to trying to replace the spray head or giving it a rinse in hot water.

Conclusion

  • My hair does need UV protection due to its (poor) condition.
  • Using UV hair protection does appear to have worked
  • StriVectin UV protection spray (like the stretch mark cream) is not going to be a repurchase unless they sort out the products packaging, and by that I mean the spray.

To be constructive I am going to let them know where I feel the product has failed as I do think it worked it is just the delivery/application that is poor.

The next holiday

Holidays are over for me this year but I am still on the look out for UV protection sprays so if you know a goodie please let me know.

Thanks for reading and πŸ’‹



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Monday, 9 October 2017

my milkshakes bring all the boys to the yard!

This is a hair care post!

I know the title is a bit misleading, let me explain..

Whilst browsing the haircare aisle in Boots I saw these bright bottles on the shelf and at first glance thought they were something to drink, looked like smoothies/milkshakes to me!
Maui shampoo and conditioner
Maui shampoo and conditioner

Once (glasses on now πŸ€“) I read the label I quickly realised they were on the right shelf and are in fact shampoo and conditioner bottles.   However the ingredients do sound good enough to eat... 🍍

About this range - Maui

I had not heard of the Maui range before but I still went ahead and purchased a bottle of Strength and Anti-Breakage + agave shampoo and the matching conditioner.  They were £8.99 each which is more than I usually pay, but it was pay day so I thought, Why not?

Maui (which is named after the island in Hawaii) have 5 catagories in their range:
  • Curl Quench + coconut
  • Thicken and Restore + bamboo fibres
  • Nourish and Moisture + coconut milk
  • Revive and Hydrate + shea butter
  • Strength and Anti-Breakage + agave (the one I brought)
What is different about Maui (apart from their packaging) is, at the heart of their products is aloe vera juice and coconut water - as opposed to regular products that have water as their first ingredient, and trust me it makes a difference.
Maui shampoo

Also, they don't include a whole range of moisture stripping nasties such as  silicon, parabens, sulphates etc and are as you would expect the products are planet and animal friendly. 🐰🌎

The Shampoo
Maui shampoo

It is very thick and was a tiny bit difficult to get out of the bottle, however thumping the bottle like it was ketchup did the trick.

It has a lovely smell and produced a really luxurious lather, I didn't need much.  I always shampoo twice out of habit really, but I do have long hair so like to make sure I get it all.

The Conditioner
Maui conditioner

I would say the same smell as the shampoo but not quite as strong.

How to describe the smell, apart from very nice and I like it?  As the main ingredient is aloe I guess it smells of that along with agave, coconut, hibiscus oil and pineapple, so fruity, tropical and uplifting!

Again a little bit difficult to get out of the bottle, when I did, I got a good dollop that I applied to the ends of my hair, fringe and then lightly on the rest.

My hair is bleached so definitely chemically treated, which is the exact hair type the Strength and Anti-Breakage range is aimed at.

After about 5 mins I rinsed it off, as it rinsed away it smelt wonderful.

Results
Maui shampoo and conditioner

Ok so however funky a bottle looks, or how fab the label reads the real proof of any product is in how it works for you.

Results from shampoo and conditioner are usually pretty instant - apart from leave in products that carry on working.  I wrote a post about the cumulative affects of leave in hair care products - you can read it here (its quite good!).

After my first time using Maui I styled and dried my hair as usual - but then WHOA THERE what great results!  I was so pleased with my blow dry, how my hair felt and looked plus it smelt fab.

Either I had suddenly become a super top stylist or it is down to the aloe juice.

Woke up the next morning and went out again with bright bouncy happy hair - I even threw in a little swagger as I was feeling that good!!

If you are looking to treat your hair I would recommended you check out the Maui range, I am so glad my impulse buys turned out so well :)





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Monday, 2 October 2017

DermaNatural - Moisture on call*

A change of season and skincare

This is my first post of October which in the UK is Autumn, so it's getting colder with shorter days and longer nights.

Colder weather means the heating is on which tends to result in my skin drying out a bit more than normal - so it needs moisture, moisture, moisture, and also layering up.

Fortunately for me along with the change of season comes a couple of new products from DermaNatural - Gentle Cleansing Face Wash and Skin Hydration Moisturiser aka Hydroboost, exactly what my skin needs at this time of year and going into winter. ❄️

About DermaNatural

DermaNatural create organic and natural skincare, offering salon quality products for home use. Produced in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ their products contain pure natural organic ingredients, 100% vegetarian and of course are never tested on animals. πŸ°πŸ‘

Gentle Cleansing Face Wash

This is a dual use face wash.  You can either apply it as a wash - add water and wash, or you can apply it like a cleansing lotion.
For me these two options are perfect as I like to wash my face in the morning and cleanse with cotton pads at night.

As a wash it foams up well but not too much, and is not at all drying to the skin, like some harsher products can be.

At night I enjoy the ritual of sitting in bed and taking off my makeup and then cleansing my face. To do this I massage this face wash into my face and neck and then simply wipe off the excess with a cotton wool pad and then finish with toner.

However you use it, it does an excellent job and all with the help of some rather lovely friends - avocado, coconut, apricot, tamanu oils plus oatmeal.

The texture is creamy and very very slightly fibrous which I expect is the oatmeal, a really gentle cleanser, super kind to my skin.

Hydroboost

This moisturiser is aimed at dry and stressed skin. Central heating and cold winds do make my skin extra dry so this soft comforting cream is just what I need.

A creamy and luxurious texture, fragrance free and jam packed with natural ingredients to give my skin the moisture boost it needs.

I always read labels, and find it reassuring when not only can I understand the words but then it sounds good enough to eat!!

Hydroboost contains, royal jelly, nut oils, oatmeal, banana to name just a few of the natural ingredients - (all the ingredients for a lush breakfast).

What it also contains, and this is very important when it comes to moisture, is hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid is a super start when it comes to skin hydration.  Don't be put off by the word acid, it isn't harsh at all, it holds water and therefore helps to plump up your skin.

We all naturally have hyaluronic acid in our skin but, guess what, it reduces with age, so get some in you now!

As I have dry skin I have been using hydroboost morning and night - face and neck.  It is lovely to apply and I find the texture comforting (I do have a crush on applying face creams).

As I am starting to layer up my skincare for the colder months I am topping this off with a face oil from Luna Kloris, as the oil helps to seal in the moisture - and it smells divine!

A change of season is always a good time to rethink your skincare, make up, wardrobe etc.
If you would like to find out more about DermaNatural, their products and how to buy here is the link to their website - www.dermanatural.co.uk

For now keep warm and keep hydrated πŸ‚πŸπŸ’‹


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Monday, 25 September 2017

don't forget the SPF* πŸ‚

After the days of summer have gone

Sun protection, it's not just for those sunny days or when you are on holiday.  One of the best things I feel I have ever done for my skin is to wear an SPF every day.

I started to use sun protection back in the 80's when I was about 15.  Back then you didn't get skincare with added SPF so I used to apply a sun cream for babies by Hawaiian Tropic 'Baby Faces and Tender Places'.

Times have moved on and we are all used to finding SPF in skincare and make up - which is great.  However you shouldn't just rely on the SPF protection in your foundation or regular moisturiser - it might not be enough - my advice is to ramp up the factor and layer it on. 

Read below to find out how my current routine goes...

Ah Skincare* Pro Age Eye Cream SPF 25


I was so grateful to receive this eye cream to try.  SPF in eye cream isn't that common, which I find odd as the skin around the eyes is thinner than the rest of your face.

This lovely product from Ah Skincare is a blessing for me and a real find, an eye cream with a decent SPF of 25 πŸ‘

A little goes a long way,  I've been using this since June and it is only just coming to an end, 5 months later.

I apply it each morning.  Along with the SPF it also contains carefully thought out natural ingredients to fight dark circles and wrinkles.  Non greasy, easily absorbed and I like the airless pump too so the product stays pure,  a very easy way to protect my delicate eye area from those rays.

Click HERE if you would like to read my post on some other Ah Skincare products, or you can find out even more from Ah Skincare themselves.

Tropic Skincare* Tinted Skin Shade SPF 50

I started using Tinted Skin Shade back in the summer and you can read my full review HERE.

Now the days are getting shorter I don't always apply this as it does give my face a slight colour, so it depends really on how pale I am looking - or how not pale I want to look!

Of course you could use it all year round, and with the SPF of 50 you wouldn't need to add any other sort of sun protection on top.

I like the fact that it is natural mineral sun care and it blends really easily and gives a good enough coverage for me to forsake foundation.

I also have a pot of their Sun Balm (SPF50) which is always in my handbag - great for applying to my nose, back of my hands etc and Mr Beauty Boo when I can catch him!

You can see the full range of Tropic products on their website - www.tropicskincare.com

Ultrasun Lip Protection SPF 30

Lips get thinner and less plump with age - sun damage adds to this, or at least could escalate things.

Some people can get addicted to lip balm, I am addicted to using my Utlrasun Lip Protection.  I apply it each morning.  Makes sense of course to try to reapply it during the day.

It's not scented, coloured or flavoured and makes a nice base for lipstick.

This balm has blackcurrant seed oil so keeps your lips nice and soft and protects them against dehydration, chapping etc.

Brush on Block SPF 30

Brush on Block - I love this powder and have been using it for such a long time - and I apply it every day, regardless.

You can apply it anywhere, and I do.  It's a mineral powder which you can dust all over your face - even your eyelids.  It's colourless,  gives a lovely finish, I doubt you would even notice I was wearing it (however if you like to highlight, apply that after).

You might notice from the picture that the packaging looks a bit worn - which it is, it used to say Brush On Block - now it just says ON!  The reason is you can buy refills, you unscrew the bottom part and keep the main part which has the brush on.

The quality of the brush is really good - it never sheds, and you can clean it with a wipe - I wouldn't recommend washing the whole thing.

SPF not just for sunny days - but everyday xx




*post includes PR samples



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