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

     

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel

Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel

Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel

Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel

Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel


On the hunt for a new morning face wash to use in the shower, I decided to turn to Escentuals 1/3rd off French Pharmacy because being a full time student now, I can't afford my beloved Origins face wash.

As someone with dry and sensitive skin, Bioderma sounded like a great option. I opted for the Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel which can be used on the face and body. With the Ultra Rich Foaming Gel being soap free and apparently, perfect for 'recurrent cutaneous dryness, discomfort and irritation' which my skin is prone to, it sounded like the type of thing I was looking for. With the words like 'ultra rich', I expected a luxury, thick and rich gel which was fragrance free, cleansing my skin without drying it out. It was the complete opposite and I have never been so disappointed!

The gel was extremely runny; I have to use so much because it just runs off of my wet hands and face which seems like such a waste of product. The gel also has the most bizarre and disgusting scent to it - it's texture, colour and scent remind me of toilet cleaner! Afterwards, when washing it off, my skin felt taught and dry - the complete opposite to when using the Origins Never A Dull Moment.

I have absolutely no use for this product as the smell completely puts me off, it's too runny and it dries out my skin. I am just so pleased I only paid £5.33 for it and not the full £8. I think next time, I will just splash out the cash and buy my favourite Origins face wash!

If you have any creamy and rich face wash recommendations for dry and dehydrated skin, please let me know in the comments and I'll be sure to try them out! I have an obsession with face washes in the morning to wake me up - cream cleanser just doesn't cut it in the shower and I leave the cream/oil based cleansers for the evening.

Laura xx


     

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil

KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil

KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil

KeraFiber Keratin and Argan Oil

After having to have around 5 inches of hair cut off due to the damage some prescription medication had done, I was absolutely gutted. But decided to really put the effort in to keep it healthy as I didn't want to have anymore cut off, despite it being the medication that caused the initial damage, straightening it, not using heat protector or any nourishing products probably didn't help.

I was really excited about trying KeraFiber* who specialise in hair thickening products and hair fibres, opting to try the Keratin and Argan Oil* (£29.95) which is designed to hydrate, nourish and restore health and shine to your hair.

As someone with fine, naturally blonde hair, I do have to be careful when it comes to using products which are designed to hydrate and nourish as my hair quickly becomes weighed down and greasy. Even some conditioners make my hair lank and copious amounts of dry shampoo have to be used! Texture wise, the Keratin and Argan Oil is very runny, yellow in colour and light in texture. I use around 4 pumps, smoothing it through my damp hair after a shower.

After I've smoothed it through my hair, I'm able to easily run a comb through it, as it does get a little wild in the shower, especially as I try to limit my conditioner usage. Once I've blow-dried my hair, KeraFiber's Keratin and Argan Oil leaves absolutely no residue and does not weigh my hair down which I think is an absolute first (apart from Kérastase that my hairdresser uses). My hair feels a lot smoother and I'm able to easily run my fingers through it. I can't say I've noticed a huge difference to the overall texture and damage over the last 4 weeks, but I don't believe that any product can help to restore hair that is already damaged.

After using it everyday for the last four weeks, I've used around 1/5th of the bottle which I think it very good value for money, although if I did repurchase, I would definitely like the option of a smaller bottle because as a full time student, paying out £29.95 on a hair oil does seem very expensive. But overall, I am very impressed, especially with the fact it doesn't weigh down my fine hair.

Just to let all my readers know, KeraFiber have provided me with a special discount code. At the checkout, if you enter LIFELIPSTICK the price will go from £29.95 to £19.95 with free shipping. Bargain!

Laura xx
     

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Popchips


Popchips


Popchips

Popchips

Popchips

I am currently trying to lose a stone which I put on last Christmas(!!!), so when I was asked whether I wanted to try out Popchips*, I was extremely excited. I am always on the lookout for new products that I can eat on the go, especially whilst I am at university, studying. Not a regular product that pops up on my blog, as I am mostly beauty based, I thought I would expand my horizons, especially seeing as I am trying to eat healthier.

At around 95 calories a packet and 0.5g of saturates, these are a healthy snack with less fat than normal crisps because they are 'popped' like popcorn. With healthy snacks like these, I often find that they are very bland, or resemble cardboard, but I can honestly that these were very moorish. I am not normally a barbeque flavour fan, but they were definitely my favourite alongside the salt and pepper which had a really nice kick to them.

I don't think they come in multipacks at the supermarket (which I would find really helpful), but you can buy the 23g bags individually, or they come in larger 85g bags which are currently on offer at Tesco, two bags for £2.50.

Definitely a huge thumbs up for me! Those meal deals I'll be picking up at Boots over Christmas whilst I'm working there will certainly be including Popchips!

Laura xx

     

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tom Ford Illuminating Powder






At £56 a pop, the Tom Ford Illuminating Powder is certainly not a cheap purchase! But is it worth the extra money when something like MAC Mineralized Skin Finish will set you back £23, or for the same price, you can pick up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette which has rave reviews? In one word, no. I have never been so disappointed in a product before and can not believe I didn't just purchase the Hourglass Palette. Gutted! If this Tom Ford Powder had cost £10, I would have just thrown it into my makeup case along with other products I barely use, but at £56, I really did expect miracles.

Given the name of this, Tom Ford Illuminating Powder, I expected it to give my skin a non-powdery dewy glow, but I haven't found that at all. It is very silky upon application, but gathers on my nose and makes my face look very flat and matte. The brush that comes with it is terrible and because it is quite dense, it seems to smudge my foundation and cause streaks 

Tom Ford say that the powder 'diffuses imperfections and create radiant skin'. It is supposed to be 'weightless and undetectable', 'blending like a fluid on the skin', leaving a 'luminous finish'. Gosh, sounds perfect doesn't it? It is just such a shame it didn't live up to the description, especially with it being a 'premium' brand. It is honestly no better than drug-store powders that I have tried. Maybe I got a dud one past its sell-by-date, or maybe it just doesn't suit my skin. But either way, I will certainly not be investing another £56 into any Tom Ford product anytime soon!

Laura xx

     

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso







After seeing lots of beautiful Milani Baked Blushes on Instagram, I decided to purchase one from Amazon and opted for Luminoso.

As a blush addict, I own so many, but can say that Luminoso is definitely a colour that is unlike anything else. It is an orange based peachy colour with a gorgeous golden shimmer.

The pigmentation is immense and the texture is butter soft - it glides onto my skin like an absolute dream and I think I prefer the texture to many of my MAC blushes. The colour does, however, seem to change a little on my skin and the orange pigment really comes alive. As a usual pink blusher girl, it takes some getting used to, but I always love a change!

I have already added quite a few more Milani Baked Blush colours to my wishlist and can't wait to purchase more.

Laura xx