Sunday, 22 January 2017

The Body Shop hand cream

I've never really been into hand creams, but recently my hands have become so incredibly dry, due to having to wash them pretty much 24/7 in the salon and also at work. As much as it's great to stay clean all of the time it isn't actually good for your hands to constantly have harsh chemicals being wiped all over them. 

I was gifted this hand cream at Christmas and was super excited to test it out because I've known so many people who've used this and said great things about it. I also wanted to get into The Body Shop a bit more this year, as they seem to be such a great brand that almost everyone enjoys using. This one is the Strawberry hand cream, and the first thing that I noticed was the packaging. I don't know what it is, but I just love something about this packaging, it really fascinates me for some reason.

The hand cream in itself is actually really good, and actually does make such a difference to dry hands. My hands were extremely dry when I first used this, so it was great so see if it worked, and it does. There's no sticky feeling to it, and it dries within seconds but obviously moisturizing at the same time. I just love it, I definitely want to start using more Body shop products as there's so much to offer from them!

Kay x

Saturday, 14 January 2017

My current skincare routine*

I've recently found a new love for the brand Dermalogica, and when I was kindly contacted asking if I'd like to try out some of their products I jumped right in with a big fat yes. Dermalogica are a brand in which I've grown to love within the past 4 months due to using their products at college. Their products are tailored for specific skin types, and although any skincare can't completely change your skin type, it can improve it. I just love how wide the range of Dermalogica products are, and how much they have to offer.

I use the pre cleanse to remove the excess makeup off of my face, and also to remove the tiniest of dirt that's stuck on there. It's specifically designed to help remove the excess sebum off of your face that ave been building up on your face throughout the day, which causes blemishes and sometimes comedones. The pre cleanse also allows your pores to be opened, ensuring that the special cleansing gel penetrates deeper into your skin, giving it the cleanse it deserves. I think this stuff works wonders because it removes almost 99% of the dirt on my face, making it clean and ready for cleansing. It feels extremely comfortable on my skin, blending in really well.

I use the special cleansing gel as my main cleanser. This stuff is amazing, and it really does the job of cleansing your skin properly. It's almost as if you can feel it doing it's job right in front of you, and my skin honestly feels so fresh after using this. I also love how lightweight this is, and how much a little goes a long way. I usually apply a small amount onto wet hands, and then lather up. I then use circular motions to give a deep penetration into my skin, ensuring that the product is really working into my skin.

The daily microfoliant is probably my favourite product. I loved playing with this in college, learning the best way to have this and what consistency it should be. This comes in powder form, so you have to add water to create the exfoliating feeling. It shouldn't be too thick, and it shouldn't be too water either. This exfoliates dead skin cells, leaving your skin feeling refreshed, and clean. This, again feels amazing on my skin. It feels great when you're applying it on, as if you can see it working on your skin already. I just love it. 

I've been on the hunt for a good moisturizer for as long as I can remember. I've tried so many, but the majority of them just don't seem to impress them as I never felt the benefit from them. The active moist I've recently been using has completely changed my whole perception. I love how great this is, and my skin feels great after using it. It's designed to help beat dehydration which is great because my skin can become so dry especially around this time.

So, that's my current skincare routine. I'm absolutely loving it, and I'm so pleased I was asked to work with Dermalogica on this one, I don't think I could ever change my skincare routine for the time being. My skin has never felt so clean and happy, and if my skin is happy then I'm happy.

Kay x

*These products were kindly gifted to me as part as a project with Dermalogica. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and given honestly.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Current beauty favourites

I've been wanting to step up my makeup game this year, try out new brands and own a variety of different makeup. I was useless last year as I only used the products that I was used too, I was basically too scared to try anything I didn't know. I wanted to change that up this year and experiment, so I've collected a couple of new makeup pieces that I've grown to love, and also a few of my old favourites have made an appearance.

MAC velvet teddy matte lipstick - I bought this a couple of weeks ago and I felt so proud. I have always wanted a MAC lipstick and I just knew that I had to try the lipsticks out one day. I chose velvet teddy as my first choice of shade as I've always wanted to own this one and I tried it one once and it looked amazing. I find that the feeling of these lipsticks don't crack your lips at all, and being a matte lipstick that's pretty impressive. It's super long lasting too which is great because there's nothing worse than making ten trips to the toilet just to top up your lipstick.

Maybelline fit me foundation - I found this earlier in the year of 2016 and I wasn't too sure about it as I'm extremely fussy with foundations. Much to my luck this foundation works really well for me and I've been using it ever since. I love how buildable the coverage is, and how comfortable it feels on your skin. A lot of foundations in which I've previously used have felt extremely cakey and sticky that it put me off. This has been a complete life saver, and for only £7.99 you just cannot go wrong.

Collection lasting perfection concealer - Believe it or not I never used to like this concealer. I think it was mainly down to using the wrong products at the wrong time. I love it now. I think the coverage is fantastic and it really does the job of covering imperfections, especially under the eye. It lasts absolutely ages too, so if you're wanting to go out and you're worried about your makeup sliding off then you wont have to worry.

Maybelline instant age eraser eye concealer - This is a fairly new edition to my makeup collection, and I'm really digging it. I love the application, it feels super nice on the skin, and I also love the coverage of this too. A little really does go a long way with this one, and it feels so comfortable on my skin, almost as if it isn't really there. 

Maybelline lash sensational mascara - I cannot stress enough how much I love this mascara. It does the job so well and I get so many compliments on my lashes. The length of them just expands times two which is great. I also love how long lasting this mascara is, and there's no fall out whatsoever which is also great, meaning that there's no need to carry it in your makeup bag all day.

So, these are my current beauty favourites. I've loved each and every one of them equally, however I would like to try out a lot more makeup, just to widen my makeup collection. Let me know what your current favourite beauty products are currently!

Kay x

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New beginnings

2016 had completely flown by and I cannot contrast enough how tough yet amazing it's been. So many good things happened in 2016, however some pretty crappy things happened too but I want to push all of that aside and make 2017 a year of new beginnings and a fresh start. I didn't want to set myself new year resolutions as I never stick to them at all. I wanted to set myself a task on actually making changes within my life, mentally and physically. I spend hours lying in bed, day dreaming of what could be something great, yet I never push myself to actually do it. But I want to do something great with my life, do the things I've always dreaming of doing and making it a year of courage, and showing others that it's okay to go and follow your dreams.

My blog is my life. I absolutely love it with all my heart and anyone who knows me will openly tell you that I always go that extra mile with my blog. My blog posts always have to be perfect and my photos always have to look presentable. I cannot count the amount of times in which I have written up a whole blog post, but then deleted it because it looked crappy. I only post the good content, however I want to be a bit more open on my blog. I want to do more with it. I'd love to give my readers advice and share special parts of my life with you. I've never owned a diary before, but my blog is close to that. I want this blog to inspire people, and for people to know that it's okay to be who you are.

My diet and exercise sucks. I eat far too many doughnuts, and I spend far too much time sitting in my room. I've decided that it's time to change that. I want to get out more, walking places and finding new places. I want to be able to go out to a restaurant and not order a burger, but to be able to order something healthy and something that's not going to make me regret it within 5 hours. I want to get the body I've always dreamed of, and I'm going to achieve it.

I sometimes come across to people as a little moody, which is what I want to change in 2017. It's not good for others to have that perception of you. I see myself as this negative person on the outside, but on the inside I'm full of love for people. I love being around people who are positive and those who make me happy.

I want to be able to pass my course. Beauty has change me so much already, and I just want to do it right. I want to pass something and be proud of it. Although assignments get on my nerves a lot of the time, it's all worth it in the end. I'm a strong believer of the quote, If you want something in life, you've got to work hard for it. I'd also love to pass my maths this year. I didn't pass the first time round but I'm hoping that I pass time time, I mean it would mean the world for someone who sucks at maths. 

So they're the things I'd like to achieve for 2017. They're the things I'm going to work extremely hard for. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, let me know what your own goals are.

Thanks so much for reading my little old blog.

Kay x
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