31 July 2015

Products for eczema | Part two

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You can read part one here. I have suffered from eczema my whole life and although the severity of it changes, I am always either trying to manage it or trying to prevent it from flaring up. I have a couple of prescription creams from my doctor which I reach for as a last resort, but I've been trying to find alternatives to these as I'm sure it's not good for my skin and health to use these on a long term basis. I have a theory that my eczema works in seven-year cycles and 2015 is the seventh year so I have everything crossed that by December my eczema might be gone, at least until 2022. Here is a list of products that I find work particularly well for my eczema.

Bath & Body

Oilatum Junior Bath Additive | £9.19 // I've used this stuff since I was little and it's an essential for when my eczema flares up. I have no idea if there's a difference between the Junior or adult version, but I just buy whichever is in stock. It just happened that only the junior bath additive was available in Boots when I last bought it. I also have these mini bottles that I can refill which is perfect for when I travel and want to bring it with me. You just add a capful to running water and it emulsifies creating a soothing milky bath. I tend to just soak for ten minutes or so and then pat myself dry. My skin always feels better after I use this.

Aveeno Bath & Shower Oil | £8.49 // This is another one I've used for years and I really need to buy a new bottle. Not only does it smell amazing, but it feels incredible on the skin. It starts off as a shower gel, but emulsifies into a milk when it touches water. Your skin is left feeling like you've just applied an oil, but have only applied what is essentially a shower gel. A must have!

Aveeno Shower Gel | £9.19 // This has the same scent as the Bath & Shower Oil, but is more like a normal shower gel. I like to use this during the week when I'm trying to give my skin a break from other bath products as it's very gentle on my skin. It comes in a giant bottle and lasts a really long time.

Weleda Baby Calendula Moisturising Body Cream | £7.95 // This is one I tend to reach for in the winter when my skin is even drier as it can feel slightly oil on the skin. It sinks in eventually, but it does take a while. I find this not only moisturisers my skin, but the calendula really helps to soothe my eczema. It's one of the ingredients I look out for when my skin is acting up. I also mentioned the face version of this in my last eczema post.

A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream | £10.50 // This moisturiser feels a lot lighter on the skin so I can use it all year round. This is one of my favourites as it doesn't have a scent so it doesn't irritate my skin, but also it doesn't interfere with perfume if I apply it in the morning. It's just a moisturiser which is all I want especially when it comes to eczema. It also sinks in really quickly, but still leaves a slight layer on your skin so you feel hydrated throughout the whole day. I don't use this in incredibly hot weather as I hate the feeling of anything on my skin, but with the weather we get in the UK it's fine. I've been really impressed with all the A-Derma products I've tried and it's a brand I'll use for a long time.

A-Derma Exomega Emollient Balm | £13 // Although this is described as a balm, I think it's just a heavier cream. It doesn't feel like any of the other balms I have and use. I tend to use this in the winter and on my elbows and any other very dry areas throughout the rest of the year. It has all of the same properties as the cream, just in a heavier formula. This isn't an essential, but it's nice to have.

Kate Somerville Eczema Therapy Cream | $48 // This has to be my favourite body moisturiser I've ever tried and that's saying something as I've tried a lot. It's also very expensive and I went through the whole tube incredibly quickly. It contains oats which really helps to soothe my skin and eczema and it just makes my skin feel amazing once it has sunk in. I haven't bought a new tube since finishing it, but I do miss having it to hand when I need it. A repurchase is on the cards, but I'd quite like to finish a few more products first. I might add it to my Christmas list.

Healgel Intensive  | £37.50 // This is another expensive one, but again I really notice a difference when I use this and when I don't use it. I bought this to use on areas of my skin that are slightly scared thanks to years of scratching my eczema in my sleep. It was designed to be used post-surgery to help scars heal. I scar pretty badly even with the smallest of cuts and you can really see how the texture of the skin on my hands have changed since my eczema flared up again in 2008. I also use it as a sort of spot treatment for those pesky scars left behind from under the skin spots. It acts as an intensive moisturiser so it works really well to heal spots and prevents scars from forming.  After using this for a good six months or so, I can tell a difference in the texture of my skin as it looks slightly smoother. It's a handy multi-purpose product to keep around for accidental curling tong burns (I can't be the only one!) and even to use on sunburn as an intensive treatment. The packaging means you can really control how much product you're using and you can also see how much is left which is always a bonus. It has a gel texture and feels quite cooling when you apply it which makes me think it would be amazing on sunburn.

Pai Fragonia & Seabuckthorn Hand Cream | £16 // I haven't used this hand cream in a while as I'd forgotten I even had it. That's a sign I have way too many products! I've started using it again each night before bed and it's helped decrease the amount of flare ups I get on my hands. I probably wouldn't buy it again though as it's quite expensive and I go through hand cream quite quickly. Instead I'll probably stick with The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector  which is quite cheap if you can get it with a discount code.

Eucerin Intensive Lotion 10% w/w Cutaneous Emulsion Urea £13.50 & Treatment Cream £12.50 // These two are pretty new to my eczema products and I'm still testing them out. I thought I'd share them though and see if anyone else has tried them. Both protect and moisturise extremely dry skin, they just have different formulas.

Diprobase Emolient Cream £4.99 // This is my bog standard no frills moisturiser I use when my eczema is particuarly bad. I have the giant bottles that cost around £10 which seem to last a lifetime in my bathroom and bedroom so I always have it to hand.

Epaderm Ointment | £6.79 // I really like this oinment and can see it being a life saver in the winter when my hands start to crack because of the cold weather and the central heating. Once I've finished this mini tub the I'll be buying the full size. This really helps to soothe my skin and acts as a barrier against the outside world. It can also double up as a cleanser which I might try out in the winter when my skin is at it's driest.

Epaderm Cream | £12.20 // This is very much like Diprobase and once I've finished the mini tub I probably won't buy the full size as there is no need. It's a simple moisturiser that works.

Hydramol Ointment // This is another variation on the Epaderm Ointment, but I think it's a bit harder to find. Both work in the exact same way though so pick which ever you can find.

Face
A-Derma Epithéliale A.H. Cream  | £6.25 // This is another life saver product and one I cannot be without. I'm even thinking I might need to buy a few more tubes so I can have one in the bathroom, one in my handbag and one at work. If you suffer with eczema on your face or just sensitive skin that is irritated easily then you need to try this. I cannot rave about it enough as it has completely changed my ski. Whenever I feel a tiny part of my face being iritated then I apply a layer of this and it instantly calms down. I don't use it everyday if my skin is feeling ok as I don't want my skin to get used to it and it stops working. I have no idea what it is about this cream, but it really helps my eczema especially around my eyes.

Hair
Phyto Phytoapaisant Instant Soothing Spray // I tend to use this during the week when my scalp is feeling itchy, but I don't want to wash my hair. A few sprays of this throughout my hair and it helps to relieve the itching. It's also quite cooling which helps to soothe my scalp as well. The great thing about this is that you can't see it in your hair after you've used it. It looks like it's sold out everywhere at the moment so I hope this doesn't mean it's been discontinued!

John Masters Organics Scalp Deep Scalp Purifying Serum | £23 // This is one that you could get away with using before going anywhere as it almost disappears once it has sunk in and dried, especially if you only apply a small amount. You might need a helping hand to apply it as it's hard to separate your hair and apply it at the same time. It has a mint scent which I love but does remind me of the dentist. The pipette makes it really easy to use and control how much product you're using. It isn't as effective as the Philip Kingsley Scalp Mask, but it's one I always reach for and I will be buying another bottle when I finish this one.

Fushi Scalp Soother Oil | £20.50 // I haven't used this one too many times as it's a bit messy, but if you fancy staying in one evening and just putting on a film so it doesnt matter that your hair looks and is covered in oil then it's a good one. Quite a few of the other scalp treatments I have, you could actually go out after you've applied it, but this is definitely not one of them. It works better at getting rid of a dry scalp rather than eczema so it's not one I'd ureach for if my scalp was feeling irritated. I probably use this more in the winter. I do wish they would redesign the bottle into something more practical.

Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask | £8 for 20ml or £17 for 75ml // This is one of the first scalp products I tied and is probably my favourite. I've no idea if it is actually exfoliating my scalp, but all I know is that my scalp always feels better after I use this. It doesn't get itchy for a ood length of time before I next have to wash it. You do have to wet your hair before you apply this one so is another one to stay in while you're using it. I tend to apply the Philip Kingsley Eleasticizer at the same time as you have to wet your hair first when you use it so it kills two birds with one stone.

Naked Gentle Conditioner // I sort of don't want to even talk about this conditioner as the brand Naked is no more, but it is amazing if you can get hold of it as it has worked wonders for me. My face is irritated by certain conditioners and I haven't had any problems with this one. It also works a treat at keeping my hair feeling and looking soft and shiny.

I would just like to add, these products work for me and although I hope they could work for you, everyone's skin is different especially when it comes to a skin conditioner like eczema.

Are there any products you think I'm missing? What's your favourite product to help with eczema?


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29 July 2015

Empties // July 2015

july-2015-empties-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser | £14 // I really liked this cleanser when I first bought it and it's one I tended to save for the mornings when I just wanted to quickly wash my face. I probably wouldn't buy this one again though as I'm currently using the FAB Cleansing Milk which I prefer.

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads | £22 // I was afraid of using an acid toner on my sensitive skin, but these from FAB are incredibly gentle and I haven't had any reactions yet. I bought this mini tub so I could test them out before buying the full size which was perfect. I'm also going to keep hold of this empty tub so I can use it for traveling. I like that they are pre-soaked pads as it just makes it so much easier to use. I have already bought the full size which contains sixty pads.

The Body Shop Coconut Body Scrub | £13 // This body scrub was a bit disappointing. TBS scrubs vary in how abrasive they are and this coconut version was pretty gentle and it didn't really feel like it was doing much. I wouldn't buy it again. I also never buy TBS products full price and I think I only paid around £5 for this. It;s definitely not worth £13.

The Body Shop Olive Body Scrub | £13 // I started this body scrub at the same time as the coconut version which is why I've finished two this month. I don't normally like to have more than one type of product on the go, but I love both scents too much I couldn't resist. This started to smell like almonds and marzipan towards the end of it so I don't know if it was going off or not. I still used it though as I only had a small amount left. This was more abrasive than the coconut version, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Modern Apothecary Sandalwood Hand Wash // I buy these hand soaps from TKMaxx and I buy a couple every time I see them. I keep them in the bathroom and they last a really long time, a good six to nine months. I usually find them in the clearance section for about £3 or £4 so it works out quite a bargain. Plus the bottles look really nice next to the sink. I'm currently using a eucalyptus & lemon myrtle version which I am loving.

Asda Nail Polish Remover | £1 // I wasn't expecting to like this nail polish remover, but I needed one and Asda had sold out of the other brands I normally buy. It's actually really good and even removes glitter nail polish without much effort. I'll definitely be buying this one again.  

Bourjois Nail Polish Remover Pot | £4.99 // I've had a few of these nail polish remover pots over the years and although I don't use it every time I want to take my nail polish off, it's something I'll always have in my collection. I mainly use it for stubborn glitter nail polish as I find the sponge inside makes it easier to remove. I'll pick up another one in Asda if they have it otherwise it'll be next time I'm in Boots or Superdrug.

Naked Gentle Conditioner // I fell in love with this conditioner and then found out it had been discontinued and the brand was no longer available. I quickly stocked up when I saw them for £2 each on the Boots website along with the shampoo I liked. Now I have like five bottles which hopefully will last me long enough to find another conditioner. I have to be careful with what I use on my hair as products easily irritate my scalp and the skin on my face. I haven't had any problems with this though and the list of ingredients is pretty small and easy to understand.

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Treatment | £18 // I really loved this hair treatment and used it every time I washed my hair when I first bought it. I noticed a big difference in how my hair was looking and feeling after using it. Recently though I just haven't been reaching for it as having to brush it through my hair means my hair will dry into a frizzy mess. I find it works better when I blow dry my hair before curling which I don't do very often. I only had a tiny amount left so I made more of an effort to use it up. I'm not going to rush out to repurchase, but I would buy another bottle in the future.

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28 July 2015

Skin Care Diary // July 2015

Throughout each month, I'll be keeping a skin care diary and jotting down what I use on a daily basis. At the end of the month, I'll tally up what has been used the most and share the products with you. I have combination skin that can change between being extremely dry, spot prone, oily and sensitive as well as having eczema flare ups. 
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Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | REN Tonic Moisture Mist | Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair | Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream.

This month skin care lineup is exactly the same as last months. I am loving this routine at the moment, this set of products and how they work so well with each other. After cleansing my skin,  it is never left feeling dry or tight and I find the Oskia cleanser easy to remove completely. I don't know why I stopped using ANR after I first bought it, but I'm definitely making up for it now. I'm still liking the Goat Milk Cream, but I don't know if I'd repurchase when I run out. I'm tempted to try Nourish from Kate Somerville. I've also been using the Dior Creme De Rose lip balm this month, but I have packed it away in my travel bag so I forgot to phootgraph it.


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23 July 2015

OPI Don't Mess With OPI

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Don't Mess With OPI // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Don't Mess With OPI

This shade from the spring 2011 Texas collection is completely different to anything else I own. I'm not even sure if I really like it and even though I've had it for a while, this is my first time wearing it.

Application

The main thing I don't like about this nail polish is that it dries a lot darker than the bottle. This happens quite often with OPI nail polishes and I'm not really sure why. I wish it wouldn't though as it looks more pastel in the bottle. Application was pretty much perfect though. Opaque in two coats and each one went on so nicely.


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22 July 2015

Skin Care On Trial 001 | Samples

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I first heard of Amazingy from Annabel and her post on the samples she ordered. Annabel's blog is a must-read if you're interested in green beauty and although I'm only just dipping my toes in at the moment, all of her posts really interest me and I have a huge list of products and websites I now want to order from.

The sample sets cost €7.95 with free delivery and despite coming from Berlin, it actually arrived pretty quickly. You pick out five products that you'd like to try and they will send you a sample size of each. You can order two samples of the same product, which I did, but two is the maximum. If the product already comes in a sachet then you'll receive that otherwise they make up the samples themselves and send them in the tiniest little pots. Granted you don't actually get much of each sample and it depends on what type of product it is. If it's a face mask, you're probably only going to be able to test it on a small part of your face. A moisturiser or cleanser will probably stretch to one full face application. It's just something to think about when you choose your samples.

Since I'm trying to use up the products I have before buying anything new, I thought a sample set was a pretty good way for me to feel like I'm still buying and trying products when I'm not really. It satisfies my need to shop, but also saves my bank account some money! There are a few May Lindstrom products that I really want to try, but they're expensive and hard to find in an actual shop near to where I live. The Blue Cocoon was the main product I wanted to try as I've heard amazing things about it and it's also meant to be really good for eczema. The full-size pot costs £125 though so I definitely wanted to try it out first and is the reason I ordered two samples. Due to the nature of the product and the fact that you only need a tiny amount, this sample size is very good and generous. I also ordered a sample of The Youth Dew, a oil-serum from May Lindstrom. This hasn't travelled very well and has leaked out of the container so I'm waiting till I actually use it to open it.

Another product on my to try list is a cleanser from Tata Harper who Caroline raves about. I chose a sample of the Replenishing Cleanser as I think this is the cleanser most suited to my skin type. My final sample was another cleanser, but from a brand I've only just discovered, Yuli. Jade (Nephriticus on YT) talked about the halcyon cleanser in her recent empties video and I was intrigued. Yuli is another brand I want to try more products from and I might have to make another sample order sometime soon.

Amazingy also threw in a couple more samples to my order which was a nice surprise. Two are from the brand Dr. Alkaitis, another brand I had on my to try list.


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21 July 2015

Project Sample Use Up 033

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TRESemme Renewal Hair & Scalp Shampoo | £3 // I thought this shampoo was ok but nothing special and I wouldn't buy the full size.

Sachajuan Hair Repair | £23 // I really love this hair mask and if I didn't already have a full-size tub of Philip Kingsley Elasticizer to use then I would have already bought the full size.

Aveda Be Curly Style-Prep | £18 // I got this mini tube of style-prep when I bought the full size so I could try it before opening the full size. I really liked it so I kept the full size.

Caudalie Moisturising Cream Mask  | £22 // This is Caudalie's version of the Origins Drink Up Mask and I really liked using it. Once I finish a couple of samples of the Origins mask I’m going to have to make up my mind on which one I want to repurchase. If you have dry skin then you need to give this a try.

Caudalie Polyphenol [C15] SPF20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Fluid | £29 // As the name suggests, it's a fluid so it feels a bit lighter on the skin than a normal moisturiser does. This is quite often the case with Caudalie products, like the Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet, they hydrate and moisturise but disappear into the skin without much effort and you aren't left feeling greasy. This moisturiser has probably impressed me the most out of this range which is surprising as I wasn't expecting to like it. This might be because I've been struggling to find a good moisturiser for a while. Everything I have just seems to sit on top of my skin and making it feel greasy but this doesn't.

Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Bath & Shower Oil | £45 // I think I have one of these mini bath oils in every sample use up post! Only a few drops are needed per bath and they fill up the whole room with the scent. 


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20 July 2015

OPI San Tan-Tonio

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI San Tan-Tonio // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

San Tan-Tonio

San Tan-Tonio is part of the Texas Collection released in spring 2011. As I mentioned in my post about OPI I Vant To Be A-Lone Star, there's a few shades in the collection that aren't really spring like and this is one of them. I feel like it's better suited in an autumn collection, but it's still a nice shade. I don't think it particularly suits my skin tone, but I'll still happily wear it.

Application

This has a much better application than I Vant To Be A-Lone Star. It's applies evenly and smoothly and only needs two coats to become opaque. Each layer dries very quickly but it does need a top coat to add a bit more shine.


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19 July 2015

Hair Routine // July 2015

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My hair routine is quite paired down since last time. I only apply one styling product to it when wet and on a normal hair wash then I only use three products which I'm quite happy about. The above products are all what I use when I wash my hair and leave it to dry naturally which is how I always wear my hair. If I'm curling it with tongs then it's a completely different set of products which I might write about at some point.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer | £29 // This is my all time favourite hair mask and I'll always have a tub of it in my bathroom cabinet. I also have quite a few mini tubes so I'm able to take it away with me on holiday. This isn't your typical hair mask though as you apply it before you shampoo. You get your hair wet and then apply the elasticizer to the lengths of your hair, clip it up and leave on for at least twenty mintues. I tend to leave it on for longer as I usually forget I have anything in my hair. Once the time is up then you simply shampoo and condition as usual. My hair always feels its best after I use this and it just looks a lot healthier.

Phyto Phytoneutre Clarifying Detox Shampoo | £12.50 // This is clarifying shampoo is quite new to my collection and routine. I'm still loving and using Bumble & Bumbles Sunday Shampoo, but I've been testing this one from Phyto. First of all the mint scent is amazing and feels cooling and tingly when you apply it. I'm not a huge fan of the metal packaging as I find too much product comes out when you squeeze it, but I am looking forward to using the tube squeezer on it when it's near the end. The actual shampoo itself really helps to remove product build up and leaves your hair feeling very clean without drying out your scalp or shampoo. This hasn't irritated my sensitive scalp, instead it helps to soothe it.

Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo | £18 // After a lot of testing, I have a list of shampoos that my scalp is ok with me using and this one from Sachajuan is one of them. I like the packaging and the scent although it isn't synthetic. There isn't anything outstanding about this shampoo, it just does the job nicely. It cleans my hair without stripping it or irritating my scalp and leaves my hair feeling nice once it's dry. You can read about some other shampoos that I like here.

Naked Neroli & Cotton Seed Gentle Conditioner // I used to think I could get away with using any old conditioner, the cheaper the better, as it wasn't touching my scalp so therefore it wouldn't irritate it like some shampoos do. This is still the case, but then eczema started flaring up on my face and after a lot of testing, I put it down to the conditioner that I was using which was irritating my face when my hair touched it. When I started using a conditioner with better ingredients the irritation and eczema on my face went away. I was browsing the aisles of Boots looking for a new conditioner as I had just finished the last tube in my cupboard when I stumbled across the Naked products. I used to use one of their shampoos when the eczema on my scalp first flared up years ago and it really made a difference, but I had never tried any of their conditioners. I chose the Gentle Conditioner as I could understand all of the ingredients and it was half price. I fell in love with it after the first time I used it and then I found out Naked had stopped selling all their products and is the reason why it was half price in the first place. Scared I was going to get to the end of the tube and not find another conditioner that I liked, I ordered five more tubes from Boots. At this point, the price had been reduced even further so I think I paid £10 for the lot. It doesn't contain perfume or silicone and is only made up of eleven ingredients, all of which I can understand. It makes my hair easy to comb through and feels soft, but it doesn't weigh it down. I still only apply conditioner to the ends of my hair, but with this I haven't had any scalp or face irritation which is amazing. I've just finished the first tube and I have no idea what I'm going to use when I finally finish the last. I'm hoping this won't be for another year, but I'm already worrying!

Sachajuan Hair Mousse | £20 // I still haven't found the perfect hair mousse that enhances my natural curl/wave, but doesn't leave it feeling dry or crispy. Any recomendations hen please leave them in the comments! This mousse from Sachajuan is what I'm using at the moment and I do really like it, but it's not the one. I feel like it's better at giving volume than enhancing curls and can sometimes leaves my hair feeling a little frizzy after a day or so. Since I only wash my hair once a week, then I really need the mousse to work throughout the week and not just the first day.

I've got a post lined up talking about all the scalp products I use to try and keep my dry and eczema prone scalp happy. I'll post a link here when it's live.


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18 July 2015

My Little Road Trip Box | July 2015

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Illustration | My Little World Newspaper | Bic Cristal Stylus Pen & Postcard 2.0 | Travel Organiser by My Little Box | Temporary Tattoos | My Little Beauty Summer Aftersun Sorbet | Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water | Essie I'm Addicted. 

My Little Box monthly subscription - £11 + £3.95 P&P

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17 July 2015

Latest In Beauty Bath & Body Mini Collection

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I've been eyeing up this bath and body box from Latest In Beauty since it was released, but for whatever reason I talked myself out of placing an order for it. I was putting together my LIB beauty awards box and thought I may as well add this to my basket as well since I was able to get free delivery.

The Bath & Body Mini box is £8.99 and is slightly smaller and cheaper than the usual boxes. Inside is a mix of products that would create the perfect pamper evening when used all together. The two products that stood out to me and made my want the box in the first place are the Therapie Detox Salts and the Kneipp Herbal Bath. I've finished a whole jar of the bath salts and a couple of these sachets, it's a must have in my bathroom cabinet. I've also tried a different version of the Herbal Bath from Kneipp before and it's a brand I want to try more from. An unexpected favourite is the orange and clove candle which smells like Christmas in a jar.

Roques Oneil Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts | Dr. Organic Dead Sea Mineral Bio-Plasma Mud Mask x3 | Amphora Aromatics Orange And Clove Candle | Sanctuary Spa White Lily & Damask Rose Body Lotion | Kneipp Balancing Lavender Herbal Bath.


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16 July 2015

OPI I Vant To Be A-Lone Star

notd-opi-i-vant-to-be-alone-star-nail-polish-rottenotter-rotten-otter-blog Supplies used...
Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI I Vant To Be A-Lone Star // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

I Vant To Be A-Lone Star

I don't normally go for icy colours like this, but when I bought it from Fragrance Direct it was only £1.50 and I couldn't resist getting it so I owned nearly all of the OPI Texas Collection. It was released in spring 2011 and although most of the shades are what you'd expect, there are some browns that are more autumn toned. I do really like the light blue base colour, but it's the shimmer running through it that I don't really like.

Application

I've read rave reviews about the formula of this shade, but my bottle is horrible. It's streaky, watery and thin and needs three coats to become opaque. It's one I don't really reach for because of it's formula.




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15 July 2015

Latest In Beauty Awards Box

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Latest In Beauty is one of my favourite beauty boxes. Not only do you get to see the products before you order but they release so many different options that there's one for everyone. You can also build your own box which I've done countless times. Their most recent box is the LIB Beauty Awards Box. First of all you pick which box you want. It starts off at £8.99 for three products, £12.99 for six or £16.99 for nine. Then there are eight categories to choose from although you can pick several products from the same category which is what I did. I wasn't interested in anything from the Best Eye Makeup selection, the green award or skincare saviour. Once you've tried all the products you've picked, you then vote for which one you want to win. 

CATEGORIES
Best Newcomer
Skincare Saviour
Must-have Makeup
Hottest Haircare
Green Award
Best Eye Makeup
Body Beautiful
Cult Classic

I chose the nine product box after looking at all the products that are on offer as I knew I wouldn't be able to narrow it down any further. I chose a couple of products that I had already tried before and then others that I had heard about and have been on my wishlist. I was particuarly excited to see the new bath fizzer from Zoella was available as it's only just been released. I loved the original scent, but I have to be honest and I say I was a bit disappointed with this one. It smells lovely, but to me it doesn't smell like tutti fruitti. It reminds me of a Lush bath bomb, but I can't for the life of me think which one. I definitnely prefer the more fresh smelling original range from Zoe.

Three other products I've used before are the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, Philip Kingsley Elasticizer and COLAB Dry Shampoo. All three are perfect for travel and I'll be keeping them for future holidays. 

I was also excited to see the Skin & Tonic London Steam Clean, a cleansing balm, as I was going to order a sample of this from Naturisimo which costs £11. Add in the Zoella Bath Fizzer and you've got the price of the box and everything else is basically thrown in for free. This cleansing balm as full of only good ingredients and smells of spearmint which is amazing and I cannot wait to use it.

I threw in the popband hair band as I love using these as they don't hurt my scalp or break away my hair. I've tried all the different Burt's Bees Lip Balms before, but none of their colour products. I really like the packaging and the colour looks lovely. The final two products I chose are both bath products. First up is the Kneipp Bath salts which I'm looking forward to using. It's quite a generous size sachet and I think I'll probably get two or three uses from it. I can't say what they smell like yet though as I haven't opened the sachet. The Tisserand Bath Oil smells amazing and will hopefully relax me before bed. 

Zoella Beauty Fresh Fizz Fragranced Bath Fizzer // Skin & Tonic London Steam Clean // Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in Hawaiian Smolder // Popband // COLAB Sheer & Invisible Dry Shampoo in Monaco // Philip Kingsley Elasticizer // Kneipp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salts // Tisserand Sweet Dreams Bath Oil // DHC Deep Cleansing Oil .


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14 July 2015

Mini Reviews 048 // Zoella | Deep Steep | Kneipp | Mio

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Zoella Soak Opera Bath Soak & Shower Cream | £5 // I was pleasantly surprised with the scent of this as I was expecting something sickly sweet. It's a very light floral fragrance with a hint of freshness that works well to tone down the floral. I really love it. It has the same scent as Fizz Bar so the two work really well together. Although it is a multi-use product, I prefer to use it as a bubble bath rather than a shower gel. The price is also pretty reasonable as the large bottle has lasted me a long time.

Deep Steep Honeydew & Spearmint Bubble Bath | £10.95 // I would never have put the scents honeydew and spearmint together, but they go surprisingly well together. Although this is twice the price as the Zoella version, it does contain better ingredients and doesn't contain synthetic fragrance which can irritate my eczema. This creates a really good amount of bubbles despite not containing the usual ingredients found in most bubble baths. I really like Deep Steep as a brand and want to try more of the different scents.

Kneipp Mineral Bath Salt Cold & Sinus Relief | £8.95 // Kneipp is another brand I want to try more products from. These bath salts have been a lifesaver this winter as they work amazingly well at clearing your sinuses and allowing you to breathe better if you're feeling bunged up. I also like to use these when I have bad hayfever days and am struggling to breathe. They are incredibly strong smelling so I only need to pour in a small amount per bath. The bottle says one cap full per bath, but I find this too much and you'd finish the bottle too quickly.

Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak | £26 // This is one of my all time favourite bath products and I've just bought my second bottle. This is the most expensive out of the four, but it's really worth paying a bit more for. I don't use it in every bath like I would a more affordable bath product and instead save it for pamper nights. It's quite a hard product to describe, the best description is probably liquid bath salts. You have to shake the bottle well before use as the epsom salts sink to the bottom and then you pour some into your bath water and relax. You only need a small amount and I found the bottle lasted a really long time. It's just amazing and another one you must try if you haven't already. The scent really helps me to relax, especially if I'm reading a good book while in the bath, so it's one I reach for when I'm feeling panicky or having trouble sleeping. It's also perfect for after exercising and your muscle are feeling achy.


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13 July 2015

OPI Pink Friday

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Pink Friday // three coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Pink Friday

Pink Friday is part of the Nicki Minaj collection which was released spring 2012. It's a bubblegum pink that is easy to wear and goes with any outfit. I don't actually own too many pinks this shade so it's a nice one to have in my collection. It's also one of those polishes that changes depending on the lighting you are in therefore it was pretty hard to photograph although I think this one sums it up pretty well.

Application

I love the colour but the formula could do with a bit of work. It needed three coats to become opaque and each one was horribly streaky. Also add a basecoat and topcoat and that's five layers of nail polish. For me and my nails, the more layers I apply, the easier it'll chip.


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10 July 2015

Life Box July 2015

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July Menu
“Drink Maple” Maple Water | Nuzest Good Green Stuff Sachet | Nuzest Clean Lean Protein Sachet | GoPals Nori Wrapped Power Wrap | Manna Superfood Goji Berry Mini Jar | Love Your Blender Sachet | Elements for Life Raw Cacao Grinder | Joe’s Tea Co Single Bag Matchbox | 100% Natural Foods Handmade Raw Chocolate Brownie | Keen Nut Butter Mini Jar | Mini Beond Acai Raw Bar | Wedderspoons Raw Manuka Honey on the Go | Lifebox Raw Cashew Bag


So I've had Julys Lifebox for a week now and I've tried a couple of things from it. When I opened the box the two that I was most excited about was the almond vanilla butter and the raw cacao nibs grinder. I have a whole jar full of cacao nibs but haven't really found a use for them as they're quite hard and not very nice to chew. This grinder will come in handy though once I've finished it as I'll be able to refill it. You can choose to have it coarse or fine which gives all the flavour, but easier to eat. I'm planing on using it on top of porridge, smoothies and fruit granola bowls.

I've also tried the maple water which is nice but tastes very sweet. The manuka honey was the perfect topping for the fruit, yogurt and granola bowl I made last weekend. The raw brownie tasted amazing and really helped to stop a chocolate craving. So far that's all I've tried as I want to make everything last throughout the month until my next box arrives.

I'm thinking of using the cashew nuts to try and make my own cashew milk but I need to order a jelly bag first. I'm excited but a bit scared of trying the seaweed power wraps. Seaweed is a bit hit or miss with me as I like it certain times but didn't when I tried to make my own sushi.

You can see last month's box contents here.


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09 July 2015

OPI Fly

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Fly // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Fly

Fly isn't a particularly unique nail polish colour, but I don't really have anything like it in my collection. It has a slight murkiness to it that I really like in nail polishes. This is another one that was pretty hard to capture in a photograph. Either it was looking too green or too blue. It's part of the Nicki Minaj collection which was released spring 2012.

Application

This was a dream to apply and it only needed two coats. I'm not really a fan of the mini OPI brushes though as I find them too thin and don't coat my nails nicely like others do.


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08 July 2015

Summer Accessories

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When it comes to accessories I'm all about less is more. I don't wear a lot of jewellery, just a couple of rings on occasion, a dainty necklace and the odd bracelet. When it comes to sunglasses though I am obsessed. These three are just the ones I've been wearing the most recently, but I have quite a collection. Since I do like to switch them out quite often, I don't tend to pay more than £15 for them. If they only last a couple of years then I'm okay with that as it means I can constantly try out new styles and colours without spending £100 on each of them. Tortoiseshell suits me the best and the bigger the better. I also love how the matte black ASOS sunglasses look, they're just a bit different. I also want to buy a peach or pink pair, but I think I'll have to shop for them in person to get the right shade that suits me.

I sorted through my jewellery drawer the other week and I realised I didn't have many bracelets I actually liked and wore on a regular basis. I made a pile to go to the charity shop and had a quick browse on ASOS for some new pieces. I fell in love with the rose gold open leaf bracelet as soon as a I saw it. It's perfect to wear it on its own or layered with others. I also bought the plain rose gold bracelet to go with it as well as I don't own too much rose gold jewelry.

While browsing ASOS for jewelry I saw these slip-ons in the sale that are perfect when I want a bit of colour to an outfit. They're really comfy and effortless. I just had to buy another pair in a different pattern!

I've been eyeing up a small black Carvela bag for a while now but it wasn't anything special, I just liked the shape, so I never bought it. When browsing TKMaxx I saw it for quite a bit cheaper but the zip was broken so I took that as a sign not to buy it. Next to it I saw this bright coral mini bag and loved it. It's completely different to any other bags I own. It's summery and is only big enough to hold my purse, phone and keys which is what I wanted.

Finally, I want to take more photos this summer and will be carrying around my EOS M as it's smaller than my DSLR but the quality is just as good.


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07 July 2015

Mini Reviews 047 // Bobbi Brown // Origins // Indeed Labs

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Bobbi Brown Buffing Grains For Face | £29 // Over the years I have shied away from manual exfoliators as I felt like they were too harsh for my sensitive skin and instead started using a muslin cloth and more recently acid toners. I saw this bottle from Bobbi Brown pop up on someone's blog, I cannot for the life of me remember whose, and I thought it looked interesting. By being able to control how much of the exfoliating particles I use means I can control how gentle or abrasive I want or need it to be. You simply mix it with your chosen cleanser and apply it like you would a normal exfoliator. I tend to reach for a cream or balm cleanser when I use this as I find it works best. Either Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish or Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm. It does say on the bottle that you can mix this with water but I don't find this works well. The exfoliating particles are made up of very fine Japanese adzuki bean powder that feels effective but quite gentle on the skin. I don't use this on a regular basis just every now and again when my skin needs it. I love the look of the packaging and how it looks sitting on my bathroom shelf but it's not the most practical. If I'm not being careful or paying attention, then I end up pouring too much out. Now I've tried this I probably wouldn't buy it again and instead look for something more natural as this does contain plastic microbeads.

Origins Make A Difference Plus + Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion | £20 // First of all, I love the smell of this although it probably isn't all natural. This is another one that now I've tried it; I probably wouldn't buy it again. First of all I prefer hydrating toners that I can simply spray onto my face whereas I have to use a cotton pad to apply this one and I find myself using more than I really need to. I'm not using it anymore but I really loved the Make A Difference Skin Rejuvenating Treatment so chances are I'd like this one as well. The thing that I don't particularly like about this is that alcohol is the third ingredient on the list and when you have dry sensitive skin like mine this is something I should try my best to avoid. I'm getting better at looking at ingredient lists of products before getting carried away and making an order but this is one of those that I wish I had looked at as I probably wouldn't have bought it. It has a tendency to dry my skin out if I use it on a daily basis and I can't say I've noticed much of a difference in how my skin looks when I use it.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron | £24.99 // You know you really love a product when you actually miss using it in your routine and notice a change in your skin when you stop using it. I had other products to use up first though so it took me a good year or two to repurchase but I'm so happy I did. Hydraluron is the serum stage in my routine so I apply it after toner and before moisturiser. It has a gel-like texture so I find it sinks into my skin effortlessly and almost disappears into the skin so it feels like I haven't applied anything. When I use it I always find the moisturiser I apply afterwards sinks in better. This serum just seems to agree and work so well with my skin and it doesn't irritate my eczema. It keeps my skin from feeling tight and dry which, therefore, helps to keep my eczema at bay. I like that it's fragrance-free and is in a tube so I can easily control how much product I'm using as well as being more sanitary.


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06 July 2015

OPI Did It On Em

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Orly Bonder Base Coat
OPI Did It On Em // two coats
CND Speedey Top Coat

Did It On Em

Did It On Em is part of the Nicki Minaj collection which was released spring 2012. This shade on me looks more yellow than the green nail polish in the bottle. Just looking at it, it looks very similar to Fiercely Fiona, but I think that might just be my skin tone after looking at google images.

Application

Did It On Em applies really nicely considering the colour. It has quite a thick formula and only needs two coats to become opaque although the first does look quite streaky, the second evens it out.


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05 July 2015

Bedside Beauty 002

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This Works | Origins Sensory Therapy Peace Of Mind On-The-Spot Relief  | This Works Sleep Balm | Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate | The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter | African Botanics Marula Intense Skin Repair Body Balm| The Body Shop Aloe Lip Balm | Balance Me Stellar Face Balm | Weleda Skin Food | The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector | Yu-Be Moisturising Cream. 

There's still a few products here that I was using when I first posted about the beauty products I keep in my bedside table. Mainly the four things that are in the pot on the left. It's a new pot of the sleep balm and the LE concentrate, but the other two are still going strong. These four all help me to fall asleep if I'm having trouble and they also help if I'm feeling stressed out and need to relax.

The rest of the products I keep in the drawer are for moisturising whether it's for hands, feet or body. I always try to apply hand cream just as I'm about to fall asleep as it really does help to keep my eczema at bay. I also get really dry elbows so the Yu-Be cream in an essential.


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04 July 2015

The Summer Edit | 2015

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As I mentioned in my Spring Edit, I'm definitely more of an autumn and winter person than spring or summer. Give me snow and cold weather anytime. The heat irritates my eczema and my skin burns to a crisp at just the sight of the sun. I try to get more excited at the prospect of the summer months by using fruity smelling products and bright nail polish colours. Facial sprays and cold baths are also another essential for me in the summer months.

I don't take many long baths in the summer months, but I still like to use a lot of bath products. I received The Body Shops Virgin Mojito range for my birthday in June and I've loved using them. I've only included the body sorbet in the photo, but I also have the shower gel and body scrub. The body sorbet is different from any other body moisturiser I've tried. It almost feels like a shower gel when you first apply it. It sinks in incredibly quickly which is a huge bonus for me as I hate the sticky feeling when you put your clothes back on. The scent is also heavenly and makes me want to have a mojito every time I use the products.

I've also been loving The Body Shops Glazed Apple Bath Jelly for when I do want a slightly longer bath. Although this was released around Christmas time last year, I personally think it's more of a summer scent so it's why I've only just started using it now. I also pair this with the shower gel and body scrub.

What I love most about perfume, apart from obviously smelling nice, is how they can bring back so many memories. I tend to buy a new perfume each time I go on holiday so everytime I smell those perfumes again I recall all those happy times. This particular perfume from Ghost reminds me of Barcelona a few years ago with my parents. It was my first time visiting Spain and a city that I loved from afar. Gaudi was a huge influence in my GCSE and A Level art work and it was amazing to stand in and walk around the buildings he designed.



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03 July 2015

Empties // June 2015

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Weleda Baby Calendula Face Cream | £7.95 // I really enjoyed using this moisturiser from Weleda as it was very gentle on my skin which made it perfect to use when my eczema was flaring up. It seemed like quite a small tube, but it lasted a surprisingly long time. I would buy this again, but it's one I'd use in the autumn and winter as it's quite thick and heavy.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50 | £16.50 // If Caroline Hirons tells you to buy a new SPF every year then that is what I'm going to do especially since I do burn very easily. I wasn't a huge fan of this as it made my face feel really greasy and sticky and the reason I chose this particular one is because it is described as a dry touch gel-cream formula. I'm trying one from Bioderma this year which I'm hoping I'll like better.

The Body Shop Frost Cranberry Body Scrub // This was more abrasive than some other TBS body scrubs, but nothing compared to scrubs from S&G or other brands I've tried. This was a limited edition product so it isn't available to buy anymore even if I wanted to, which I don't.

The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Bath Jelly // The bath jellies from The Body Shop are a bubble bath, similarly to Lush's shower jellies, but create bubbles rather than being a soap. I prefer the sugar apple scent to the frosted cranberry, but I really like how it works. I bought a few backups in the Christmas sale so I don't need to worry about being without. I hope TBS release these in the more traditional scents, I'd love to see a passion fruit or satsuma version.

Costes Bath Flakes | £21 // I was a bit disappointed in these bath flakes as they didn't work as well as I thought they would. They weren't cheap either! They're essentially flakes of bubble bath, but they didn't really do anything. The scent is described as coriander seeds, white pepper, laurel, oriental woods, incense, musk and a touch of rose, but I didn't really get any of that. Needless to say, I wouldn't buy them again.

Rituals Hanami Heaven Milky Bath Oil | £13.50 // I loved the fruity sweet scent this has although I hated the packaging. No matter how careful I was when pouring it into my bath, when I next went to use it there would always be a ring of oil in my cabinet where it had been sitting. You also couldn't really pour this into the water, you had to shake the bottle and I never could really gauge how much product I was using per bath. I liked how this made my skin feel, but I don't think I'd buy it again purely for the bottle as there are other bath products I like just as much but have far better packaging. 

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb // Despite this bath bomb looking a bit boring from the outside, it was actually really lovely. It was very moisturising and smelt amazing. I hope they bring it back next year as I'd definitely buy it again.

The Body Shop Hemp Foot Protector | £10 // I will always buy products from TBS's hemp range as they're incredibly moisturising and are pretty cheap if you use a discount code. I really liked this, but I find the hand protector more moisturising and I'd probably just use that in the future for my feet as well as my hands.

Nina Ricci Nina L'Elixir | £32 for 30ml or £44 for 50ml // Whenever I wear this perfume, it brings back so many memories from my trip to New York in 2007 as I bought it in duty free on the way there and wore it every day. The notes are red toffee apple, sembac jasmine, red berries, lime, lemon, white cedar, cotton musk and warm amber. I have a mini bottle of the light pink version so I don't have to think about buying a new bottle for a while. 

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara | £13 // This is an essential makeup item for me and I will forever repurchase it. It doesn't smudge or fade throughout the day and I just love how it makes my bottom lashes look.

L'Oreal False Lash Flutter Mascara | £10.99 // Each side of the wand are different lengths but I only used the longer side as the other creates clumps. I really like the tapered shape of the wand as it fitted my eye shape perfectly and helps to extend my lashes to the outer edge. It holds a curl well and also adds volume and length. The only downside is that it dried out pretty quickly so I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Phyto Phytoprogenium Shampoo | £12.50 // I've been disappointed with the last couple of Phyto shampoos and I wasn't a huge fan of this one either. Phytoprogenium Shampoo is an intelligent wash formulated with a natural, clarifying base that gently cleanses irritated, sensitive scalps providing fast-acting relief. It didn't irritate my scalp, but I didn't find it particularly clarifying. I wouldn't buy this one again.

Oribe Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray | £18 // I really liked this hair spray and despite having the smaller size bottle, it actually lasted a really long time and that's with using it pretty much every day. My hair can get horribly frizzy if it's humid or raining and this finishing spray really helped to prevent this especially if I was braiding what used to be my side fringe. I'll probably add another bottle to my next Space NK order. 

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