Tuesday, 7 April 2015

April Favourites

I love beauty stuff. As a teen, I loved trying out new products (on a budget back then, ahem...Miners and Collection 2000) and generally working my way through the cosmetics aisle at Boots. My weekly pocket money would frequently go on a new nail polish, hair mascara (orange streaks!) or a new lipstick (hello, Heather Shimmer).

Now, as I'm a wee bit older than 13, I now understand that whilst its all good fun putting the make up on...if there is one fundamental rule that Mizz and Sugar taught me, is that cleansing is just as important.

Ah, the 90s frosted eyeshadow.

I used to suffer from eczema when I was younger and so, my skin is quite sensitive and can get dry and flare up. Making sure I cleanse my skin properly before I hit the hay is on the top of my nightly routine.

Whilst my regime is relatively simple, and I tend to use tried and tested products, sometimes I do like to shake it up and see what's out in the bloggersphere.

My nightly regime looks something like this:
  • Wash face in shower
  • Pat dry
  • Use micellar water to get any remaining eye make up
  • Whack on some serum and face cream
I wanted to share a few beauty favourites that I can't live without at the moment.

1. Bleach London Silver Shampoo, £5

Technically, not for the face but I coudn't resist adding this in. This little bad boy made it into my basket when I was shopping for some lip balm the other week and it's now a firm staple in my shower rack.

If you have bleached locks like I do, you may sometimes get this problem - after a few weeks of that light, sexy ash colour, it gets slightly more orangey and brassy. The purple tone in the shampoo brings out any brassy tones - this is because opposite colours neutralise each other. The opposite of orange is purple!

I'd recommend lathering and leaving it in for around 25/30 minutes to have it really bring out any unwelcome yellowness. It can be a bit drying on your hair so make sure you condition it well afterwards!

2. Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream, £5.99

Ah, I do love a bit of Burt's Bees. Now, I mentioned I get dry skin. Sadly, this kinda affects me, well everywhere. My hands, especially. Ugh. Too many times have I had hangnails and had my cuticles split because my hands were so dry.

Well...say hello to this fantastic lemon butter concoction from Burt's Bees.
Firstly, this smells AAAMAZING. Seriously, you have to stop yourself from wanting to eat this, it's that good.

I'm pretty generous with this, and rub in a fair amount into my nails and cuticles every night and have to say, they are looking exceptionally shiny!

3. Neal's Yard Rose Facial Wash, £16

I love Neal's Yard packaging. The bold blue makes a change from the normal cleansers I buy, and looks gooood on my bathroom shelf.

The smell is light and not too overpowering. It's not drying either, which normally happens when I try cleansers. Because it's aimed for normal to sensitive skin, it doesn't aggravate my skin either. Good one to consider if you have sensitive skin, like moi.

4. Blue Lagoon Algae and Silica Hand Cream, €35(around £25)

C bought me this when he went to Iceland last month, and it's never left my side since. I was intrigued as it's from the famous Blue Lagoon spa in Iceland (albeit, a little bit dubious as it seemed like some random generic spa product). The formula contains natural minerals from the lagoon, geothermal seawater, silica and algae.

The cream absorbs straight into the skin, and no greasiness as well (Hate it when you get that weird, film thing on the skin). I guess C is getting better and knowing my love for good quality products!

5. Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £15.50

Ahhhh, now this one has been earning it's stripes as one of the best cleansers out there amongst bloggers and beauty editors alike. I got given the starter pack from a mate (it comes with two muslin cloths) recently and wanted to see what the fuss was all about.

*angels sing*

Yeah boy. Can't explain it. This just felt luxe. The eucalyptus gives it a slight tingle and the hot cloth kinda acts like a light scrub and leaves your skin squeaky clean.

 Hope you manage to get your mitts on some of these babies. Let me know what you thought...?

F x


  1. Love the Burt's Bees cuticle cream too, great stuff!


  2. Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream is AMAZING! Definitely one of my must-haves.

    I'm also having some major 90s flashbacks with the frosted eyeshadow!

    The Haute Notes


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