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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…

Empties // July 2015

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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 …

Skin Care Diary // July 2015

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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. 

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 repurch…

OPI Don't Mess With OPI

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Supplies used...
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.

Austin-tatious Turquoise | Big Hair..Big Nails | Do You Think I’m Tex-y? | Don’t Mess With OPI | Guy Meets Gal-veston | Houston We Have A Purple | I Vant To Be A-Lone Star | It’s Totally Fort Worth It | San Tan-tonio | Suzi Loves CowboysToo Hot Pink To Hold ‘Em | Y’all Come Back Ya Hear?
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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 m…

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 moisturis…

OPI San Tan-Tonio

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Supplies used...
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.

Austin-tatious Turquoise | Big Hair..Big Nails | Do You Think I’m Tex-y? | Don’t Mess With OPI | Guy Meets Gal-veston | Houston We Have A Purple | I Vant To Be A-Lone Star | It’s Totally Fort Worth It | San Tan-tonio | Suzi Loves Cowbo…

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 simpl…

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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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 Thera…

OPI I Vant To Be A-Lone Star

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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.


Austin-tatious Turquoise | Big Hair..Big Nails | Do You Think I’m Tex-y?Don’t Mess With OPI | Guy Meets Gal-veston | Houston We Have A PurpleI Vant To Be A-Lone Sta…

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 wo…

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 a…

OPI Pink Friday

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Supplies used...
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.

Did It On Em | FlyMetalic 4 Life | Pink FridaySave Me.
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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…

OPI Fly

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Supplies used...
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.

Did It On Em | Fly | Metalic 4 Life | Pink Friday | Save Me.
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Summer Accessories

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ASOS Oversized 70s Sunglasses | £7 // ASOS Wayfarer Sunglasses In Matte Black | £10 // ASOS Metal Arms Retro Sunglasses | £12 // Park Lane Blue Floral Slip-On Plimsolls | £9.50 // ASOS Rose Gold Fine Cuff Bracelet | £15 // ASOS Open Leaf Fine Cuff Bracelet | £8 // Pilgrim Bangle // Carvela Handbag // Various Rings // Canon EOS M Camera | £260.
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 lo…

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'…

OPI Did It On Em

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Supplies used...
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.

Did It On Em | Fly | Metalic 4 Life | Pink Friday | Save Me.
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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 m…

The Summer Edit | 2015

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The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet | The Body Shop Passion Fruit Shower Gel | Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray | The Body Shop Glazed Apple Bath Jelly | Ghost Eclipse Perfume | The Body Shop Honey Bronzer | Fresh Sugar Coral Lip Balm | NYX Lip Gloss | Laura Mercier Foundation Primer | Deborah Lippmann I'm A Flirt Nail Polish |  Barry M Satsuma Nail Polish | Colour Club Reign In Spain Nail Polish | Barry M Blueberry Nail PolishBarry M Blue Grape Nail Polish.
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 lik…

Empties // June 2015

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Mario Badescu Healing & Soothing Mask | £16.50 // I haven't technically finished this face mask but I've had it for a really long time and it was starting to smell a bit different so it's time for it to go in the bin. It worked to soothe my skin when it was feeling irritated but I've got a few other face masks that are similar, but I find work better for my skin.

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…