October Favorites 2014

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Just a quick post to share some beauty products I have been loving over October. 

First is the Witch Hazel Toner by T.N Dickenson which has been a life saver. I had been suffering with a really bad outbreak when I first got to Australia and added this to my daily routine to help keep my skin under control and it really has helped me. 

I came across Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer and thought I would give it a try. It’s not my holy grail of concealers but I would recommend as really good drugstore conceal.

Next is L’Oreal Infallible Lipstick in Tender Berry, it’s such a gorgeous shade and never been wearing it nearly every day.

My friend has been using the L’Oreal Super Slim Eyeliner and was raving about it so I gave it a go. It’s a little thinner that what I’m used to so I had to alter my technique a little but is a good liner to get a perfect liner and doesn't smudge or fade during the day.



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So I Went Ombre

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So I finally decided after about 2 years of debating to get my hair done Ombre style. I know I’m a bit late on this trend but I finally decided it was time.
Before I went to the Salon I decided to have a look on Pinterest for some hair inspiration, I wanted the ombre effect to be quite natural and subtle, I wanted to keep my ends the blonde shade they were as I was happy with it and also didn't want to dye them anymore, for the top of my head I went about a shade darker than my natural color, reason being a for the blend and more importantly, as I won't have the opportunity to have my hair done for a while as I will be travelling I wanted the color to be close to the root colour to make my regrowth so being a shade darker will allow any lighting the sun my cause as well. 

I found this amazing hair shot and fell in love!! Is is what im aiming for. 



I was very very pleased with the results of my hair, the colour came out just how I want it too and I a lovely cut. 

And this was my end results 




I still have a bit of growing to do until it looks anything like the picture above but im sooooo happy with it now!! 


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My Ultimate Favorite Perfumes Of All Time

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Ralph Lauren - Cool


I first started wearing this perfume in 2005, I fell in love with it from a sample in a magazine and my boyfriend at time time surprised me with it and I was over the moon. 
First if all I love and packaging and the bottle, I find it very fitting to the scent. This perfume is a floral & fruity scent which I find is very refreshing. This has now been discontinued (like most of my other favorites) which I am absolutely gutted about. I has now become so hard to get hold of. 


Hilary Duff - With Love 




I discovered this perfume in America in 2007. I not one to buy a perfume based on its celebrity endorsement or anything, I just randomly gave it a try and really liked it. The fragrance is described as  flowery combines fruit, milk, mangosteen, flower, musk, amber, exotic spices, and cocobolo wood. And yet this is another discontinued fragrance.  


Lacoste - Inspiration 

I first came across this fragrance in 2009 and loved it. I sound the scent really soft and great for an everyday perfume. Top notes of pink peppercorn, pomegranate, mirabelle plum, and mandarin . With middle notes of muguet, jasmine, peony, and tuberose. Then a base of vanilla, sandalwood, musky accord, and iris. And you guess it, this is also DISCONTINUED (I don't have the greatest of luck). 



CK One Shock- For Her 


Yes one perfume that isn't discontinued and think I would actually cry if they did. I started wearing this in 2011 and so did all of my friends. We all fell in love with samples my friend had and we all had to go out and buy it!! 

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What's In My Bag

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First of all I would like to apologise for the quality of my pictures. As I am travelling I don't have the luxury for using lights for my photos and have to work with the backgrounds I have. 

I fell in love with this bag when I first ever went into Forever New. You can see from my previous post that I'm totally obsessed with Forever New now and this was my first ever purchase.

Forever New describes this bag as "The Rylie Laptop Bag is the perfect bag to use for your laptop and also to carry all your essential handbag items. Featuring 3 zipped compartments with the middle one suitable for a 15 inch laptop. Featuring sleek soft gold hardware details and branded Forever New plate on the front. Approximate Dimensions: H 28cm, W 44cm, D 13cm."








This bag is perfect if you are always carrying your laptop around with you. The bag is strong and stylish with the option of a shoulder strap. You have lots of space, though I do find myself looking through all 6 compartments looking for items which is never good when your in a rush, so I decided to put a structure in place to make myself easier.




Items in my bag:

Iphone 5 – for my every blogging need
Ear Phone – I cannot go a day without listening to music
Ted Baker Purse – For my cards & cash
Keys – even though I never actually need them
Passport – Normally use this as ID as my UK Driving licence isn't acceptable in most places
Typo Notebook – For writing down and ideas for blog/travelling & life
Work pass – to get into my building
Paracetamol – for any pains I might get
Sunglasses – Well I am in Australia
Laptop – Fits so nicely in my bag. Can't live without my baby
Laura Mercier – Best concealer ever, read my post about it here
Lipstick – Loreal Tender Berry. Loving this colour
#Girlboss Book – Trying to finish this book!
Boohoo Sign – I revived this with my boohoo delivery, just in case I get an opportunity


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Nioxin Review - How To Treat Thinning Hair

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As you may know from many of my previous blogs, I was quite ill over most of 2013 and beginning of 201, As a result of being ill it caused my hair to fall out. It wasn’t massively noticeable but I had two bald patches with lucky I could cover if my hair was down. It was washing my hair that was the worst. Everything clumps of hair would come out which was quite sickening.

So I decided to give Nioxin another try, I had previously used this before but did not benefit much from it, but now I was in need of its magic .

Nixon states that “NIOXIN uses advanced technologies to deliver thicker, fuller, denser-looking hair. Our commitment to innovation, supported by research, enables us to be able to help enables us to be able to help more than 50% of people worldwide who experience thinning hair.

They offer 6 different systems deepening on your hair type and needs
System 1 - normal to thin-looking, fine, natural hair,
System 2- noticeably thinning, fine, natural hair,
System 3- normal to thin-looking, fine, chemically treated hair
System 4 - noticeably thinning, fine, chemically-treated hair,
System 5 - normal to thin-looking, medium to coarse, natural or chemically-treated hair
System 6 - noticeably thinning, medium to coarse, natural or chemically-treated hair

I went with System 4 as my hair was noticeable thinning and also I have chemically treated, basically this mean if you dyed your hair.

I have been using this for a month now and have seen a major improvement. I have new hair growth where my bald patches used to be and the new hair is growing out nicely, the bald patches barely noticeable anymore.

When washing my hair it no longer falls out like it used to which is a massive sigh of relief. The shampoo & conditioner have a minty scent and also a cooling sensation when you first use it but after a couple of washes you get used to the sensation.

The cons I found with the shampoo & conditions are; one, my hair gets greasy quicker than more and two my hair become quite limp and is harder to work.



I would recommend this shampoo if you’re are suffering for hair loss or thinning, this product definitely works!! But for myself I don’t think it would use this as a standard shampoo/condition as per the cons I listed.


I think that is really refreshing to actually find a product that does exactly what it was on to “tin” so to speak. 


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Adult Acne:How To Treat It - Dermalogica Medibac Kit Review

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I guess that during my teenage years I was really lucky when it came to my skin. I hardly ever had spots and if I did it was just one once in a blue moon. So it was a surprised when a started getting out breaks of Adult acne.
I believe the cause comes from a few different reasons, the main one being last year after a year of illness, operations and hospital trips I started getting psoriasis, especially on my scalp.
My dermatologist then prescribed me a really strong steroid scalp treatment, using this on my scalp it often ran down on my forehead, hence starting my breakouts, even the doctor confirmed that the scalp treatment causes out breaks.
I have stopped using the scalp treatment for at least 5 months now but still have bad outbreaks, which I believe is down to my diet.
It’s not secret that what we put into our bodies can have a major effect on our skin, and since arriving in Australia my diet has been a sinful one, not only has it effect my skin but I’ve also put in a far bit of weight (that’s a while other story).
Of course the first thing people tell you when trying to treat adult acne is eat healthy and drink plenty of water, which is what I have been doing but sometimes we need some extra help and this is where the Dermolgica’s Medibac Adult acne kit.

I am a big fan out Dermalogic products and thought this was well worth a try and the kit only cost me $44.
What the kit contains
·         Clearing Skin Wash 50mL
·         Sebum Clearing Masque 22mL
·         Clearing Mattifier 14mL
·         Overnight Clearing Gel 14mL
·         Concealing Spot Treatment 3mL
·         Oil Control Lotion (sample)
·         MediBac Clearing Brochure



Product Breakdown.

Clearing Mattifier – this is by far my favourite product out of the kit. This is a medicated topical treatment to help clear up your breakouts & helps stop your pores getting congested. I use this after I have cleansed my face, in my morning routine. The product felts like and has the texture like a general pore primer. Take care when apply this product, if you use too much or try rubbing it in to hard it will become clumpy. I will 100% buy the full size product.


Oil Control Lotion – only given a small little sachet sample of this and I haven’t actually used this product yet as I don’t have a tendency to get oily skin so I do not think I was get much benefit from using it.

Concealing Spot Treatment – this product has quite a dark tone to it and defiantly does not much my skin tone. I use this product when my skin is especially red. I add it to my makeup routine, apply it to me skin before my foundation.


Clearing Skin Wash – A good face wash, only need to use a small about and foams really well. My skin feels very clean after using the product but tends to feel a little dryer then I would like ti too. This is probably due to the fact it focus on clearing oils & my skin isn’t that oily.

Sebum Clearing Mask – I defiantly feel this mask helps reduce redness and it also refreshed my skin and gives it a healthy glow. I try to use this product at least twice a week leaving it on for about 15 minutes.

Overnight Clearing Gel – A very good products to keep your skin refreshed over night while working to reduce the acne. Obviously I use this in my night time routine, and it really does make your skin feel really refreshed after a long day.


Now heres a before and after picture from using this product for 3 weeks. I hate putting up pictures of myself that are less then perfect but I really want to show the results I have got so far. My skin is still not back to its old self but a lot better then 3 weeks ago!




As you can see from the pictures below it has made a really good improvement on my skin. I would recommend this kit to anyone. It a great way to try out the products to see if they work for your before investing in the full size products.



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The Body Shop Coconut Oil Hair Shine Review

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So I was seeing this product pop up hear and there in the beauty world and decided I would give it a go.

I am a massive fan of anything Coconut Oil and truly believe in the results you get from using it, so was very eager to try thing version out.


I bought it from The Body Shop in Perth,AU for $13.95 (£5.50) and the size of the product is 50g. I like the size of this product as its small and travel size so very easy to add to your handbag.


The product does have a sweet coconut scent unlike normal coconut oils. I love love love the smell so  this product smells amazing to me, but it you are someone who is not keen on the smell, like my best friend and travelling buddy who hates the smell and my love for it (never impressed when I buy coconut scented products), then this product my not be for you.


I have been using the product for a while now and have seen some great results, specially when I blow dry my hair and use it, my hair look longer, straighter and has a lot more shine.


I normally use this product 1 of 2 ways.


1) When my hair is dry I rub my fingers in a circular motion on the product and when I have enough I rub it between my hands, then rub my hand through the ends on my hair.

As with any oil products on the hair, too much can equal greasy hair. It took me a few times to find out how much I needed without making it greasy.

2) A few hours before I was my hair I use the oil as a hair mask.


I use this product most days nows and is now a fixture in my hair care routine.



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Psoriasis Treatments & Tips | My Story

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At the beginning of 2013 I started waking up in the middle of the night with tight pains in my abdomen, though at the time I thought the pain was in my chest. The pain kept getting worse until one night I was rushed to hospital. It carried on this for months, having massive attacks of pain and sickness, getting rushed to hospital and pumped full of medicines and pain killers until I was finally diagnosed with gallstones and was taken in for emergency surgery to have my gallbladder removed.
They say that the pain from having a gallbladder attack is second worse to the pain of a heart attack so once I had the surgery I was relieved my ordeal was over and I could get back to my old self. But that was not the case.
I started noticing really odd patches on my scalp which I first thought I had caught some kind of disease or infection from being in hospital. My skin continued to get worse, spreading across most of my body and scalp.
I went to my local GP who diagnosed my with psoriasis, he explained that the stress and strain of the attacks and surgery my body undertook probably caused my immune system to go into overdrive and ever since then I've been trying to find ways to treat it.  
I wanted to share some tips that have helped me.


First of all here are a few facts about Psoriasis:
  • Is an immune condition which causes the skin replacement process to speed up. Normal skin cells take between 21-28 days where psoriasis skin cells replace every couple of days
  • Effects 2-3% of people in the UK
  •  Main triggers are stress, anxiety, injury to the skin, hormonal change, infection and medication.
  • You cannot catch it
  • Effects everyone differently
  • T cells triggered and over-active – act as if fighting an infection or healing a wound
  • Known as an autoimmune disease



Anybody can get it

Psoriasis can affect anybody, even celebrities suffer from it. Kim Kardashian and Cara Delevingne  are known to suffer from the disease. They are both beautiful woman who hold their head up high, especially as I must be tough being in the spotlight and being under such media pressure. They have definitely help me gain some confidence back and not to shy away because of psoriasis.





 Having psoriasis really shattered my self-esteem, at first I was ashamed, embarrassed and a little bit terrified of what was happening to me. I felt like my body had let me down and I felt like a totally different person. I felt pretty depressed about the whole situation, always hiding my body away so no one could see it.

I remember one remark where someone said “err what's up with you scalp” I just wanted the ground to swallow me up right then and there. 

  I have now got the psoriasis on my body under control and its now quite manageable, I have a lot of white marks (scarring) from where I have used steroids creams and I do have days where I break out and get the red flaky patches but it’s a lot lot better than it once was. My body plaques are generally really small patches but there are a lot and widely spread.
     My scalp on the other hand is still really bad *sad face* I get really red patches that are extremely flaky and itchy. I now get paranoid wearing black tops as the flakes full quite badly on my shoulders, basically looked like I had been snowed on. My hair is also falling out which I get down about.



 (My Scalp Psoriasis)




(White scaring from steroid creams - Excused the fat belly)




(Red patches that are being treated)


Tips & Treatments

Shampoo -

The first shampoo you will come across or most likely be recommended is a coal tar based shampoo. T-Gel is probably the most well known in this range and can be bought from any local supermarket.
Another coal tar shampoo that I had used is Capasal; I must say that these shampoos didn't really work for me. Apart from leaving my hair smelling like petrol it also made it very dry & straw like.
A shampoo that I have found has made a difference is Vichy Dercos Shampoo. It really reduced the itchiness of my scalp. 



Scalp Treatments - 

The worst thing about most scalp treatments is that they can be very greasy. The first thing you should invest in is a hair towel wrap; they are very handy for keeping the treatment contained and stops the grease from getting everywhere.
The longer you can keep it on for the better; I try and do it at least once a week, normally at the weekend so I can sleep with the treatment in.
The first treatment I tried was Doo Gro Oil, when I first started getting scalp psoriasis. The plaques on my scalp were very think & scabby. Using this oil really helped soften the scabs and help them come away from the scalp. I noticed an immediate result from this method.
Other oils I have used in this method are coconut oil (A massive must have for psoriasis all in general) & Argan oil. Both effective & great for the scalp and hair. 




Bath Time -

I personally believe that baths are very important in treating this condition. First of all they can be really distressing and relaxing which is a massive help, Second of all it a way you can soak your whole body.
My favourite soaking method is adding coconut oil to my bath, it really helps moisturise & nourish the skin. Other methods I like to use is oat baths & Dead Sea Salt. Also washing your emollient is a MUST. 


Emollients - 

Emollients must be your number one priority; it’s your new best friend.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to keep your skin moisturised.
I moisturise my body in the morning and before I go to bed every day, it is truly important to keep up with a routine like this.
If for some reason you can’t get your hands on emollient then use another kind of moisturise (preferably scent free and for sensitive skin) but make sure you moisturise!


Sunbeds

An effective treatment for psoriasis is ultraviolet light treatment; this generally would be prescribed by a dermatologist and is used in a controlled medical environment.
Obviously this treatment is not always available to everybody, so a substitute (and I use that world loosely) is using a sunbed.
I know full well the risks of using sunbeds and I use them at my own risk but 100% have a positive effect on my psoriasis. I don’t use them all the time, only when it’s really flared up and I need a little extra help to get in under control.
If you do use sunbeds only use them occasionally and at your own risk.

Prescription Steroid Creams

These creams will only be prescribed to you by a doctor; I find that ointments based steroids work better for me then cream ones. The steroids do their stuff but they work by thinning the out the skin and can leave you with scarring so I know using them is not everyone’s cuppa tea. 



Food & Drink

I will say this about most things in life but the best thing you can do for yourself is drink plenty of water. It’s the best medicine in my opinion so make sure you drink your share.
Not only do I suffer from psoriasis but I also suffer from IBS which is also an autoimmune disease and guess what, so I a gluten intolerance. Not to say they are always linked to one another but in my case it seemed to be.
Since cutting out gluten from my diet I have really noticed my skin had calmed down and in reverse I notice it flares up if I have gluten.
Other foods that are good to avoid are red meat, tomatoes and pepper as they foods can cause a flare up of the skin. 

No Naughties

This will come as no surprise but smoking and drink alcohol is sososo bad for your skin. I know it’s easier said than done about quitting smoking but if you’re really want to treat your psoriasis you really need to try.
I'm no angel, I like a nice Rose but I know full well that the next day my skin will be awful so keep to drinking in low moderation. 

Stress

It used to really annoy me when the doctors used to say “are you under stress” or “you need to be less stressed” blah blah blah.
It’s not like we choose to be stress and the issue that stresses us out aren't so easily removed from life.
It’s a bit of a vicious cycle, I get stressed about psoriasis and that causes it to be worse. 
But just try getting a good night’s sleep, take nice relaxing baths & exercise when you can. 

Covering It Up

I love wearing a good skirt or dress on a night out but I do get very self-conscious of the patches on my legs.
I like to use Hard Candy’s Glamoflague concealer to cover them up; it’s a heavy duty concealer that can be used to cover up such things as scars, birth marks and even tattoos. I will only cover them up if I need to as it’s not going to do my skin much good putting concealer on, but I have never found it to get worse either. 



I will always look to try new treatments to help treat my condition. I hope that this post may be able to help someone else in my situation. 

Have you tried any of theses tips before or got any tips of your own? Would love to hear from you. 

**Disclaimer** 
All the information provided on this is for general information purposes only and is the expressed opinion of myself. I am not providing any medical advice. You are taking all the provided information at your own risk. Please contact your local GP before for medical advise or before using any of the tip provided.

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