Supporting The British Heart Foundation

My Employer supports the British Heart Foundation and every so often, they do something great to raise money to provide support for them. They also match any donations received so we can support the charity to the maximum.

This year, they have organised a bike ride from Glasgow to London and Owain, my lovely boyfriend is cycling  from Sheffield to Leicester.

The British Heart Foundation means a lot to me and not just because my employer is raising money to support them but because my close family has suffered with heart problems so i’m no stranger to pain. My family was lucky but i know there are other’s who aren’t and if any small amount of donations i raise on behalf of Owain’s cycling, i will feel proud to have supported such a great charity which does such good work.

If you can donate, however big or small, then please do – you can do this by visiting our Just Giving page here  – please leave your name and a small message or comment here if you do donate, so i can make sure to thank you from the bottom of my heart.

If you are unable to donate for any reason, or simply cannot – please leave comments of support for Owain and i’ll make sure it keeps him motivated. 🙂

I’ll also let you know how he gets on, the ride is in September and it means at least if nothing else, i get rid of him for half a day 😉

…x

St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion

I wrote a post a short while ago about embracing my pale skin. Before this however, i was all about trying to find the perfect fake tan for the summer in order to get my legs out without feeling like people thought i was the walking dead (it’s true i’m THAT pale!). I was dying to try the St Tropez In Shower Tanning Lotion as all the other fake tans i had tried were not working for me at all. It was either far too orange, far too streaky or far too difficult to apply or maintain. Then, i gave in and bought some of the new St Tropez Tan. It’s said to work in 3 minutes so you shower – lather yourself in the cream, leave it to work for 3 minutes and then rinse off, easy right? So how did this pale ‘un get on with this?

M first attempt did not go as planned. I tried it and the next day – nothing, not even a hint of tan. So i tried for 3 more days straight & still nothing. Was i doing something wrong? Was i just TOO PALE?! Now, i didn’t want to let that experience make up my mind as all the other reviews i had read did say they started to get a hint of a tan after using it consistently so i thought maybe i hadn’t been consistent enough. So, i decided to give this another try. I told myself i would use it for 7 days straight (or until i could see an actual colour change on my skin – i didn’t want to go too tanned straight away) and here is what happened;

Day 1 – First Use

I didn’t really see much of a change the first day except on the insides of my arms. I have a scar from a recent iron burn and this looked like a little line of tan on my skin, so i knew it was at least working on some part of my body! There was a faint smell of tan but not as bad as with other fake tans and that went after a few hours, which was good!

Day 2 – Second Use

I started to notice more of a glow on my arms after the second use. The smell came and went again as before which i didn’t mind too much, it was neither stronger or around for longer. My legs were still as pale as ever and i didn’t notice any change in them.

Day 3 – Third Use

My arms had a slight tinge of colour – not much but enough that i noticed although, no one else did. My legs were still as pale as they ever have been. I was beginning to become irritated by this product.

Day 4 – Fourth Use

Still nothing. Just a faint smell of fake tan.

Day 5 – Fifth & Final Use. 

I decided not to continue for 7 uses, because it was too disheartening not to see any change. And even on my fifth use i didn’t see any change.

I’ve read so many positive reviews on this product and seen so many pictures of people’s natural glow after use of this in shower tan but it just didn’t work for me. I shall stick to being pale & (at least a little) interesting i suppose!

Have you tried it? What do you think?

…x

Garnier Micellar Water

I’m a little behind the times when it comes to Garnier’s Micellar Water – i’ve read so many positive reviews about it but for some reason, have not purchased it. I think it’s because i’ve had my Clinique ‘Take the Day off’ make up remover which has lasted me so long! My Micellar water woes were no more when i opened this months My Little Box which contained a small bottle of this beauty which everyone has been raving about for ages! I decided to use it every day for 1 week to see what all the fuss was about.

First Impressions

The bottle is so cute and pretty. It came in the small handbag friendly size which is great as you can take it with you when you travel! The bottle is see through and the detail is pink. It’s great as it’s not too in your face and it’s bottle design is really simple. It’s cap is easy to open and close (which is always a bonus) and you can easily see how much you’ve used and when you’re due to re stock!

Day 1

After the first use, my skin didn’t feel greasy and it felt like my face was thoroughly cleansed. All of my make up was removed, which was pretty good going seeing as though i was wearing Estée Lauder, double wear which we all know does not budge. It hasn’t made me break out after the first use & that’s always something i look for. Who wants a cleansing water which just makes you break out?

Day 2, 3, 4 and 5!

All above days were the same as day 1, i’m so impressed with this product! All the grime and make up from the day was removed, leaving my skin clean and fresh and it caused no breakouts. This cleansing water is great for when your skin doesn’t need a full stripping with water and face wash (as this can be really harsh on skin day in and day out i find) but this makes things so much easier on my skin!

Day 6 & 7

These days i had a good look at my skin to see if i could see any changes. I found i didn’t feel as though i had to wear as much make up which is always great as it meant my skin tone was evening out! Still no break outs either!

This cleansing water is my new best friend. I’m totally sold and now i know what all the fuss was about! No break outs and a very simple but effective way of removing not only make up but any dirt and grime on your skin when you’re not wearing make up! Full size at 400ml is usually approx £5 and the 125ml travel size is usually £2 but boots / superdrug always have deals on so you can pick them up cheaper! Have a browse on Boots here at the moment as they’re on offer! 

Do you love this cleanser?

…x

July 2015; Hair Update

If you’ve read my previous post, you will know i have a life long battle with my hair. I get it cut short, then i want to grow it but when it gets to a certain length, i decide i want to cut it short again. So i set myself a goal; Hair below my shoulders by June 2016. This is when Owain’s friend is getting married and will be the first wedding of 2016 i’ll be invited too, unless any last minute invites find their way to me! I want to try and battle through the annoying hair on my neck all the time phase and resist the urge to cut it all off again.

That’s where my blog comes in. I’m using it to track my progress so i can see exactly how much my hair has grown and what condition it’s in. I would go insane without something to measure it and i’d probably end up cutting it all off!

It’s been about a month and a half since i last decided to chop all my hair off, to make sure i had a fresh clean start with beautiful ends. I haven’t dyed my hair for a few months until my roots ended up looking ridiculous and i had to dye my roots a little darker to cover the different colours it had grown (don’t ask, it was a bit stripy). I’m trying not to dye the ends of my hair so i can go for longer without cutting it and it seems to be working. I had a tiny trim this week and here is where my hair is at right now;

Hair July 2015

It’s still ombré and it seems to get lighter after every wash, but i love it! I get bored of having my hair one block colour and so the lighter ends keep it interesting.

Here is my hair when i started this journey at the beginning of June 2015;

hair cut

It’s not been very long and i have had a trim but i’m so proud of myself for not cutting it all back off again because the old me would take an inch off this and have it end at my chin.

I’ll keep you updated & my twitter friends have recommended Lee Staffords Range for hair that doesn’t grow past a certain length so i may invest and let you know how i get on with it!

Have you or are you growing your hair? Give me your tips!

…x

Body Shop: Seaweed Mattifying Range

I have oily skin. The kind of oily skin where i would leave for work in the morning with matte make up and by lunch, my face is an oily mess. Im talking a swimming pool for oil. No matter what i did it seemed to get worse. My skin was never this bad surely?

I took to the internet and some lovely blog posts recommended Body Shop’s Mattifying Range. I paid a little visit and left with some cleanser and moisturiser to try and combat this oily takeover of my skin! I also left with a points card and some free eye cream – I LOVE the Body Shop!

I cleansed my face with the cleanser and removed with a warm, damp cloth. Once my face was dry, i moisturised with the day cream. I didn’t buy more in the range, just in case it didn’t work and i didn’t use them again. I then applied primer, foundation and the rest of my make up and went about my day as normal. I checked my skin at lunch and although there was still signs of oil, it was no where near as bad as before AND my make up was still visible and hadn’t been washed away (which usually happens).

I’ve since realised that applying make up after these products makes my skin produce more oil throughout the day. To give you an example, i went for a run the other week and before i did, i washed my make up off, cleansed and moisturised with this seaweed range. I ran until i couldn’t run anymore (Owain will vouch for this as i ended up sitting on a bench waiting for him) and my face was dry. No oil or sweat or anything in sight. It was smooth and matte and i was completely ecstatic.

I’ve realised that i’m maybe never going to have completely oil free skin but this range certainly makes a difference. I think i’m going to purchase some more from this range and see how it goes – you never know, maybe a night cream would help with oil production during the day! I’ll keep you posted!

Have you tried this range before? If not, what’s your favourite rang from the Body Shop?

…x