Surviving Summer with Nivea

Friday, 25 July 2014


The sun has been out for a couple of days and it's officially 'mafting' (as we say where I live!), we moan when it's too cold and we often moan when it's too hot but Nivea have some products which make the sun & heat just a little easier to deal with!

Nivea Powder Touch Antiperspirant* RRP £2.29 - Nivea is one of my go-to brands for deodorant/antiperspirant because it's long lasting, it doesn't irritate my skin (even when I'm freshly shaved!) and both the powder touch and the pearl beauty sprays smell really lovely.

Nivea Sensitive Cleansing Wipes*RRP £3.05 - I must take off and re-apply my makeup at least twice on a hot day just because my face feels so hot and sticky. A sweaty, shiny face is not a good look and it's definitely not a nice feeling so these wipes are perfect for sweeping across your face to give you a fresh base for makeup. They'd also be great if you wear very minimal makeup and you want to cool your face down.

Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter* RRP £1.99 - My lips suffer in the sun if I don't keep them properly nourished so I have an SPF lip balm to hand to protect them and I also have a butter like this to keep them from feeling dry and dehydrated. The fresh fruity smell and the soft buttery texture makes this a handbag essential this summer!

Nivea Protect & Refresh Invisible Cooling Mist SPF 30* RRP £16.00 - Sun protection application is both easy and pleasurable with this handy spray; with it's continuous spray action is releases fine droplets of product which offer a refreshing, cooling mist and sun protection all in one. Waterproof protection with no stickiness or white marks... what's not to love!?

Nivea Protect & Bronze Face Lotion* £8.99 - Some foundations will have an SPF in them but sometimes it's not enough, especially in the heat of the midday sun so this protection lotion is specially formulated for your face so it shouldn't be too heavy. It also contains a natural plant extract which helps the tanning process along so not only are you protected, you're also achieving a healthy glow sensibly.

Some of these Nivea products are actually on offer in Boots at the moment so grab them while you can if you fancy trying any of them! 

What are your must haves for surviving the summer?

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Carex 'Fun Edition'

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Boring hand washes have been a thing of the past for quite some time now; there's so much on the market to tempt you into keeping yourself clean but the Carex Complete Fun Edition products have really caught my eye. The first thing I tried from the new ranges from Carex was the Chocolate Orange hand wash which is part of the 'Family Favourite Fragrance' collection and it was love at first sniff - it smells just like a Terry's chocolate orange! So naturally when I was sent some 'Fun Edition' products I was excited to try them!
Carex Strawberry Laces Hand Gel £1.45 Superdrug*
Hand gel is a handbag must have for me, you never know when you might need to wash your hands when you don't have access to soap and water so it's perfect for just shoving in your bag and squirting onto your hands quickly when you need it. However, most hand gels are pretty bog-standard... boring packaging with the overwhelming smell of alcohol but Carex has changed this! As you would expect, it smells just like strawberry laces and the scent stays on your hands for a good while after application; when I first used it I had lots of people asking what that 'sweet smell' was. It kills 99.9% of bacteria and absorbs pretty much instantly into the skin.
 Carex Bubble Gum Handwash £1.80 Tesco*
For me, anything bubblegum is hard to resist. This hand wash smells amazing, and I just love the colour of it too! Even my grandad commented on how nice it smelt, so it just shows that you're never too old to enjoy a bit of bubblegum. It makes hand washing a little less of a chore for people of all ages; it kills germs and leaves your hands feeling and smelling amazing!
I could quite easily have a full collection of these Carex products because they're just so novel! 

Have you tried anything from the Carex 'Fun' range?
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What's your ultimate summer experience?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Summer is crazy busy for me with work; with June, July and August being the busiest months all year so naturally I do spend most of my time dreaming about what I'd love to be doing rather than working! There's nothing I'd love better than to be relaxing on a beach in the height of summer and given that I've never seen the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean a trip to one of the islands would be a dream summer experience... failing that I'll take a trip to Orlando! (To be fair, who'd say no to either?!)

New Look have a little quiz going on on their website where they match your personality to a destination for this summer and then they have some outfit suggestions based on that! 


Holiday Vs. Festival Summer Personality Quiz by New Look

 I took the quiz and my destination is...

Ibiza

Funny the outcome should be this place of all places! I was only saying to my husband that I genuinely couldn't think of a worse place to go on holiday! Even though I've lost weight, I'm still so insecure about my body and the thought of being on a beach full of beautiful, confident, scantily clad people quite frankly gives me the shivers!! I aren't a 'true raver' but I do kinda see where they're coming from with the suggestion because Ibiza is an action packed, busy holiday teamed with white sandy beaches and relaxation which I guess is a mixture of the chaos of Orlando and the theme parks and the calm and serenity of a Caribbean island! I do love the beaded clutch that was suggested for me at the end of the quiz; it'd be perfect for festivals or holidays no matter how you want to spend your summer!

 I tag Kate from Sugarfixx Beauty to do this too!

What's your ultimate summer experience?
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The Morning Cleanse

Sunday, 13 July 2014

 I find that I don't need to cleanse my face with a heavy hot cloth kind of cleanser in the morning; I'm not taking off a layer of makeup and grime which has built up over the whole day, I'm simply wiping away any oil and sweat (nice!) which has graced my face during the night. As you'll know I'm a bit obsessed with the Bee Good brand at the moment so it should come as no surprise that my current morning cleanse comes in the form of their cleansing water.

Bee Good Honey & Wild Water Mint Cleansing Water £10.00*

With ingredients like honey and mint, I find this so cool and refreshing; perfect for waking my face up in a morning. It leaves my skin feeling clean, ready to moisturise and apply makeup onto... as with most cleansing waters you just simply soak a cotton pad and then sweep across your face, no need to rinse afterwards. I have been using this also as a night cleanse for the past couple of days while I was waiting for a fresh supply of Bee Good Cream Cleanser but I have to admit that for me it wasn't really enough for a night cleanse. Although I think it would be fine if you didn't wear much makeup I do prefer the cream cleanser for my night routine as I tend to wear more makeup and my face can get quite oily.

What do you use for your morning cleanse?

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When you love something you buy it in 3 colours

Saturday, 12 July 2014


Wide Fit Sandals £7.99 New Look
 
Might seem extreme to some people buying the same pair of sandals in 3 different colours but I couldn't resist with these wide fit sandals from New Look. I go through a lot of shoes, I'm on my feet all day so they seem to wear pretty easily and I have wide feet so regular shoes sometimes aren't very comfy but this particular design are perfect; they're comfy, stylish and affordable... I'm so tempted to buy them in the coral colour aswell. I got all three of these pairs for a total of £23.97 which I think is an absolute steal for such a nice pair of sandals!
 
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Free From Frizz 6 Week Blow Kit - Application & Initial Thoughts

Friday, 11 July 2014

Nobody likes frizzy hair, any slight sign of humidity or water and my hair goes mental with strands sticking out here, there and everywhere so when I was asked if I wanted to try a product which promised up to 6 weeks of free frizz hair I wasn't exactly going to say no, was I?! The Free From Frizz range is a brand new, patent pending concept which uses a hair bond softening active complex, heat, protecting and restructuring proteins, plant extracts and intensive conditioning ingredients.

 Free from Frizz 6 week Blowout kit £14.99
The process isn't a quick one, and it requires you to leave your hair for 48 hours for it to 'develop' where you can't put your hair up or wash it. Cue me having a greasy mess on the top of my head for at least 24 of those hours! You need to set aside around 2.5 hours to apply the product and then you need to plan for your hair to be looking pretty dirty on the second day because you're not supposed to put your hair up either. The process itself is actually quite easy, there are 6 basic steps that you need to follow:

1. Cleanse your hair twice with the solution provided
2. Towel dry or rough dry your hair with a dryer leaving it damp
3. Section your hair and apply the keratin treatment, making sure it's evenly distributed over your hair by brushing it in  downward motions with the brush provided (if you've got another brush that you can spare I suggest you use it because the brush with the kit isn't great)
4. Leave for 30 to 40 minutes 
5. Towel dry or rough dry your hair again 
6. Straighten your hair in small sections, ensuring every strand is perfectly straight.
7. Leave the product to 'fix' for two days, do not wash or put your hair up during this time.

When you have a lot of hair (like me) it is really time consuming because you have to make sure that all your hair is treated and then straightened and to be honest by the end of it my arms were tired. But I guess tired arms are a small price to pay when the results are said to be so good! Aside from the hurty arms, the worst part was the smell, it's quite a strong chemical smell which gave me a bit of a headache so my advice would be to make sure you're in a well ventilated room when you apply this.

The Results: I have noticed a difference in my hair since using the Free from Frizz kit; it hasn't eliminated the need for me to use straighteners but it has meant that straightening my hair is less time consuming. It does seem to stay straighter for longer though and it doesn't seem as all over the place as it used to be when I wake up in the morning. I think I expected it to improve the condition of my hair but I haven't noticed much of a difference in that sense because my hair still seems a bit dry and flyaway at the bottom. One reason why I don't like this is because it has meant that I can't wear my hair naturally wavy/curly anymore because my hair just won't do it. If I leave it to dry naturally it just ends up looking semi-straight and a bit all over the place really.

Overall, I would say that it has made my hair much easier to straighten; even though I have really thick hair it has probably halved the time it takes for me to straighten it properly and it actually stays put a lot better than it ever has. However, I wouldn't say that it has eliminated frizz, I am still tempted to apply serum (even though I don't). My hair is smoother on the whole and for a home treatment I'd say that Free from Frizz has given good results but if you want a true frizz-fighting treatment I'd say that salon is the only way to go! To me, this is more of a straightening treatment which is fine because I do straighten my hair quite a lot but I would have preferred it to have been better as just fighting the frizz and conditioning my hair so I could still wear it naturally wavy.

I am using the shampoo and conditioner which comes with the kit to try and maintain the results so we shall see if it really does last 6 weeks!

 Have you tried a treatment like this?
 
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Why have you got spots?

Thursday, 10 July 2014

If you've read my blog for a while then you'll know that I've been battling with acne for a number of years, only now does it seem to have given me a bit of a break. I still get the odd one or two but they're far more manageable than they ever have been. I have always asked myself why on earth I still have spots when I'm twenty-odd, and after much research I have come up with a few reasons as to why you might still have spots later in life... I'm no skincare expert but trust me I'm an expert at having spots.
 
 if you've been reading for a while, you'll know that the above picture is very good compared to what my skin used to be.
 
Hormones:- this is the obvious one, if your spots are around your chin area and it's almost 'that time of the month' then you can probably attribute those to hormones. This is one of the reasons why I still get some spots.
 
Diet:- I noticed a massive difference in my skin when I started Slimming World; as soon as I started reducing my intake of high fat, high sugar foods my skin became far more manageable and the spots started to subside. The saying 'you are what you eat' definitely applies to me, if I suddenly eat too much sugar or fat my skin rebels and a few spots will appear. There might be certain triggers with your own skin; I've heard dairy can affect some people's skin so it is a case of experimenting and eliminating foods if you think it could be your diet.
 
Lifestyle:- stress and tiredness can make your skin rebel, if you feel like you're getting too stressed or you feel like you're not getting enough sleep try your best to get a day off or at least get a couple of hours to yourself where you can destress and have some me time! Also smoking & heavy drinking won't do your skin any favours; I'm not going to preach about it but if you smoke then don't be surprised if you have spots... like I said, your skin reflects the toxins which you put in your body! 
 
Products:- Another fairly obvious one I would have thought; I make sure I'm really careful of what new products I use on my skin. If you spend time looking at different ingredients it may be possible to work out if there's a particular ingredient triggering breakouts. I generally find that thick creams clog my pores and I now make sure I avoid products which are alcohol based because they can strip the skin too much which makes it over produce oil which can also block your pores and lead to breakouts.
 
Pillowcases:- These are a breeding ground for bacteria and I would guess that lots of people don't change them anywhere near as much as they should do. I personally change my pillowcase every 3-4 days and I find it really helps my spot situation. If you find that you have more spots on one side of your face then your pillowcase might be the culprit! Also make sure you change your actual pillow when it needs it, as disgusting as it sounds, sweat and other things will penetrate into the pillow itself over time so it's a good idea to clean them or change them fairly regularly.
 
Do you have any other spot triggers?
 
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