Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures

Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures*

Having dry, fine hair that gets greasy quickly at the roots is not very fun! I use products that hydrate it which leave it heavy and lacking in any body or volume. I use products for fine hair and they seem to make it dry and frizzy - I just can't win!


 My freshly washed and blowdried hair

Normally, I love higher end brands of shampoo and find that cheaper brands just coat my hair in silicone to give it that 'super soft' feel. Initially, I tried the Ultimate Blends The Silky Smoother and I can't say I was too impressed.

I have been a member of Bzz Agent for a while now, and having been sent quite a few lovely products to test and try, I have to say this new Garnier Ultimate Blends Honey Treasures is probably up there at the top of the list.

The shampoo cleanses my hair well, it doesn't weigh it down and leaves it hydrated. It helps that it smells gorgeous too, although I don't find this lingers which is a shame.

I feel the conditioner could do with being a little more nourishing and hydrating; this is probably my least favourite product. The consistency is quite thin and runny - I feel like I have to use half a bottle to coat my shoulder length locks!

My favourite is the Strength Restorer. Thank goodness Bzz Agent sent me two bottles of this!! It is thick, creamy, hydrating and helps to nourish my hair without weighing it down. This is definitely now a go-to product. 

Overall, for the price, I am actually impressed with the quality. Especially as I am normally a Kerastase, Matrix or Ojon fan. I would definitely repurchase the Strength Restorer and when I'm on a budget, would happily pick up the shampoo.

I love seeing budget and drug store brands designing and bringing out successful products like these. I think as time advances, so do the products and research that goes into brands such as Garnier.

Laura xx

     

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

My Top 5 Tips on Relaxation*



The lovely people over at Victoria Plumb* sent me a gorgeous pamper basket full of little treats to pamper myself and to help me relax. This is vitally important at the moment as I am currently revising for exams which start next week. This includes Chemistry, Biology and Maths, all which I have studied over a 22 week period, so as you can imagine, there is an awful lot of information to remember.

Victoria Plumb* have some amazing sales and discounts available - I cannot wait to upgrade our bathroom with one of their walk-in-showers!

1. Pamper Time



My first tip is to have a bit of a pamper. Put on a facemask, paint your nails and jump into the shower or run a bath.

A few of my favourite products are from Origins, Una Brennan and Soap and Glory. Pampering to me does not mean you have to spend a fortune either. You can pick up lots of goodies from discounted stores or even from eBay and Beauty Blogger Facebook groups.

2. Reading



It doesn't have to be books, it can be magazines, blogs or newspapers. Reading helps me to retreat to another world. It enables me to forget about my stresses and worries.

The three books above are some of my all time favourites which I love.



 3. Light a candle




I absolutely adore candles and my collection is slowly growing. Unfortunately, I have finished my first ever Jo Malone candle and struggling to bring myself to burn the other two! The scent candles give off is divine, definitely enough to relax me. One I recently had from Sanctuary which was beautiful too, definitely worth the £12.50 price tag.

4. Countryside - Walking and Gardening




Getting out and about in the fresh air and countryside really does help to relax me; it is also great exercise and helps to keep me fit and healthy. When I start my Agricultural and Livestock Science degree in September, I'll probably be spending a lot more time outside.

This spring, I have also been spending more time out in the garden. We are growing garlic, green beans, tomatoes, courgette, sweetcorn, lettuce and spinach. I have also planted some kale, butternut squash and purple sprouting broccoli which will be ready to eat in autumn/winter. Growing my own veg really is satisfying, knowing that you grew what you're putting in your mouth from a seed. I am very luck in that we have a large garden and my own vegetable patch.

5. Cooking



This is definitely not going to be everyone's cup of tea, but I adore celebrating with friends by cooking and hosting dinner parties. Shopping for wine to pair with the food is always amazing (although I try and stick to wine on Friday and Saturday nights because of the calorie content and mixed reviews on your health). I love nothing more than spending long afternoon's in the kitchen, cooking up batches of food for the following week with the radio on and the cat at my side, the sun shining through the window. Again, a bit like gardening, knowing that I am eating something I cooked from scratch and made myself is really satisfying. Whilst cooking, it helps to take my mind away from the worries of the day and helps me to relax - it gives me something else to think about and enjoy.

What are your top tips for relaxing? Do you have anything in particular that helps you to wind down after a long week at work/university/school?

Laura xx


     

Sunday, 3 May 2015

My Study - Where I Blog From

Here is a little sneak peak into my life and where I blog from. Having moved back into my parent's house again, this will pretty much be where I sit full time during the summer (until I start my job).














The furniture, shelves and little wooden painted box are all from Ikea. I love that their stuff is super cheap, versatile and I love the Scandinavian feel.

Laura xx


     

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Update!



Since September 2014, I have probably experienced some of the toughest months of my life so far! I do not want to moan, complain or go into detail, but it has definitely made me a tougher and more resilient person. 

Hopefully, now back on the right track, finishing off my foundation degree, I have the summer to reflect upon the last nine months, enjoy the sun and spend my time filled with friends and family. And hopefully, that means my love for blogging can be reunited!

As a blogger, I always like to give my complete honest opinion on products and after a few major shopping sprees during the last few weeks and it has striked back up my love and passion for blogging/shopping/writing. I really can't wait to share some new and exciting products with you guys over the next few weeks and months.

Here is a few snippets from my life over the last few months, mainly from Instagram.


Some fantastic new Makeup Revolution Palettes. Having never tried their makeup before, I am extremely excited about posting a review and swatches. 

My last MeMeBox - sadly they no longer ship to the UK, but my love for Korean beauty boxes and beauty products is still very much alive!

The new Garnier Ultimate Blends which BzzAgent sent me. I didn't think much to the previous Ultimate Blends that I tried, but this stuff is really good. I especially love the one minute treatment (although I usually leave it on for two minutes).


Food and wine - two more of my favourite things!! Trying to be good, I want to lose a stone. But I can't help indulging now and again! The wines I got sent to try from #AldiWineClub and Tesco Wine Community (both delicious). Coffee - another thing that wins my heart!

Two healthy(ish) meals - Thai Red Curry not so healthy because of the coconut milk, but the courgetti with pan fried salmon, red pesto and tender stem broccoli is very calorie conscious. 

Lastly, we have a wine and cheese night. My downfall!!


Little Albus! The poor mite has a fractured leg, so he's stuck in a cage in the living room. He stole my heart when I moved to Leeds and I absolutely adore him. I will miss him so much now I've moved back to Nottingham.


A walk in my local park with my lovely red converse! 


My beautiful friend, Iben came to visit me from Denmark. It was absolutely amazing to see her and spend four fun filled days with her. (Hence the wine and cheese night!).


And lastly, my new New Balance trainers!! How super cute are these... Definitely should not have spent any more money, but I just couldn't resist the gorgeous floral pattern.

Hopefully it will not be long until I post again. Looking forward to getting my blog back up and running.

Laura xx


     

Saturday, 1 November 2014

My Top 5 Products for Keratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin


I have suffered from Keratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin (those pesky red little bumps) on the backs of my arms since I can first remember. It doesn't particularly irritate me, but doesn't look very nice. Over the last few years, I have tried so many products, but have finally managed to narrow it down to five things which help reduce it and keep it at bay. I wanted to share these five products with you, although please remember that everyone's skin is different so although these work for me, they may not work for you.

Some tips I have found for helping Keratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin is to moisturise twice a day, exfoliate with a very good, scrubby exfoliator every other day and that the sun helps, although the sun is bad for your skin. (It almost cleared up when I was in Australia!).

One - Zerobase Emollient Cream
I get this cream on prescription from the Dr as I suffer from terribly dry skin, but you can buy it online and from pharmacies for around £10 for 500g. I use this every morning after I have showered and cover my whole body, head to toe in this stuff. It isn't the most luxurious, but it is great at locking in the moisture. 

Two - A-Derma Exomega Emollient Cream
At £10.50 for 200ml, this isn't the cheapest moisturiser, but it is so hydrating and doesn't leave any greasy residue. It contains Rhealba® Oat extract which helps to soothe irritated skin alongside Omega 6 fatty acids and vitamin B3. I alternate this each evening before I go to bed so it can work its magic overnight. In the morning, my arms are super smooth, nourished and moisturised.

Three - Mario Badescu Papaya Body Lotion
This body lotion I use on alternate nights to the A-Derma offering. At £9.95 for a measly 177ml, it is very expensive, especially as a full time student, so I limit it to use on my arms only. This lotion contains alpha hydroxy acids which help to gently exfoliate the skin and again, it works wonders overnight. I wouldn't say this is overly hydrating and I definitely couldn't use it alone as my skin would still be dry, but the exfoliating effect works really well and helps to keep that pesky chicken skin at bay,


Four - Soap and Glory The Scrub of Your Life
This is a decently priced exfoliator (£7 for 200ml) which really does the trick. It's gritty enough to exfoliate, but not too harsh that it irritates your skin. It has helped wonders with that chicken skin and even using it once a day on the backs of my arms has not dried out my skin or left it irritated. 

Five - Clinique Sparkle Skin Body Exfoliating Cream
This has to be my HG body exfoliator, but the price, now I'm not in full time employment, is hard for me to warrant! At £24 for 250ml, this is definitely a luxury product in my bathroom and it is limited to use once a week. I am hoping the day I run out of this will never come!

If you suffer from KP or chicken skin, I would love to hear what products have worked for you.

Laura xx