Skin Care On Trial | Old & New

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Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser | £6 - £26 // I feel like I haven't used C&P in such a long time! I decided to buy another tube as my skin always reacts really well when I continually use it. I don't usually buy the tube version but the you get more for your money and it's easier to control how much product you're using. I tend to use C&P when my skin is acting up and I just want to use a nice cleanser that is fuss free. The scent brings back memories of being a teenager as it was one of the first cleaners I started using.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray | £22 // While watching In The Bathroom With Caroline Hirons I made a list of all the products I want to try and the top two on my list are from the moisture surge range from Clinique. I love spray toners although I probably have way too many than I actually need in one go. Despite this I added another one to my collection. This is designed to add extra moisture to the skin. I like the simple packaging and the spray works really well.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief | £34 // I really like the almost gel like texture this moisturiser has and although it's early days, I've been enjoying using it. It sinks in nicely and doesn't feel too heavy on my skin. I'll probably write an update once I've use it properly along with everything else.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum | £22.50 // I forgot to include this serum in the photo but I bought it along with the moisturiser. This and the moisturiser are another two Sali Hughes and Caroline Hirons inspired purchases. I haven't tried either just yet, but they're next up! I want to finish the serum and moisturiser I'm using at the moment first.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Light| £18 // I chose the light version over the standard and now I'm questioning my choice. I'll probably be using this during the winter so might need a bit more moisture than the light version offers. We'll see and I'll report back.


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OPI Overexposed In South Beach

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Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Overexposed In South Beach // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Overexposed In South Beach

Overexposed In South Beach was one of the first OPI nail polishes I ever tried and if I remember correctly, I swapped it on makeupalley.com with another OPI nail polish I wasn't using. This polish is from the 2009 South Beach collection and although I loved it back then, it's just not a colour I like or reach for anymore. It's too dark and if I fancy wearing a purple nail polish, I usually choose a pale pastel shade. I'm also not a fan of the shimmer although you can't really tell it's there unless you look closely or in direct sunlight.

Application

The formula and application of this nail polish is great. It's opaque in two coats and has a really shiny finish. Since I've had it for around six years, it's thickened up a lot and has gone quite gloopy. Nothing a few drops of thinner won't solve though.

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Product testing for eczema 001

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I feel like I am forever testing products to find the holy grail items that will basically get rid of my eczema completely. Although I know this isn't going to happen. A product is not going to cure my eczema, but I'm still looking hard for those few that will at least help too soothe and avoid future flare ups. You can read about the other products I use to try and control my eczema here and here. Over the past couple of weeks I've found some new products to try and see if they work or not.

Naked Mild Shampoo // I discovered this shampoo just as the brand completely disappeared and it is no longer available. Luckily I snapped up what looks like the last of them for £1 each from Boots. I think I ended up with five which will last me long enough to find another shampoo I like. This is exactly as the name suggests, it's a mild shampoo that doesn't irritate my sensitive eczema prone scalp.

Phyto PhytoNeutre Clarifying Detox Shampoo | £12.50 // I've heard quite a few people mentioning this detox shampoo recently and quite rightly, it's really good. It smells minty which I love and it just works. It removes product build up without completely stripping your hair and leaves it feeling clean and refreshed. I use it every few washes or as and when I need it and it's really made a difference to my scalp. I have gone through it quite quickly which is the only downside.

Aveda Scalp Remedy Anti Dandruff Solution | £22 // I bought this at the same time as the Scalp Benefits Shampoo and Conditioner despite not reading any reviews on it. I am yet to use it so if anyone has then let me know.

Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo £18 & Conditioner £21 // Jen wrote a whole post about sensitive scalps and mentioned this shampoo and conditioner duo from Aveda so I thought I'd try it. I've only used the conditioner so far which I really like and I'm hopeful about the shampoo.

Neutrogena TGel Therapeutic Shampoo | £6.99 // I've heard other people rave about this shampoo but I haven't been quite brave enough to try it just yet. On the packaging is a list of reactions that may occur when you use this and although I know it is unlikely I will react to it, I'm still apprehensive about trying it. If you've tried it then let me know what you think of it. It's the tar in this shampoo that is meant to be really good at calming the scalp down and stopping it being itchy and flaky.

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Mini Reviews 051 // The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea

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I want to buy the body sorbet and the body scrub from the Fuji Green Tea range, but for now I'm happy using these three. I wasn't really sure what to expect as far as the scent goes so I went into a store to try it before buying. Fortunately I loved the fresh scent that's just a bit different. I don't automatically think of green tea when I smell it, but it's really nice.

Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea £ & Infuser £5 // I am a huge fan of bath salts so if a brand sells them, I'm going to buy them. Although you could just as easily pour these bath salts into your bath, I really love how the infuser actually looks like a tea infuser even when it's in the water. Yes it is unnecessary, but if you can't have fun with your bath when can you. These have the same green tea scent which lasts the whole time your in the water.

Fuji Green Tea Body Wash | £ // This has the standard TBS shower gel formula which smells amazing, lathers up really well and doesn't dry my skin out or irritate it. I also prefer this style of packaging to the standard TBS shower gels.


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