Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Hall of Fame - Neutrogena T/Gel

Bit of an odd one for me I know, but bear with.

Ever since son no.2 was born, he's suffered from scalp problems. When he was a baby it was cradle cap, that went all the way through almost to school when it was clear it was seborrheic dermatitis, and that it was here to stay. He's now 20 and has suffered from it in one way or another his entire life. Not to the extremes that you see if you google 'images' (don't) but it was always present on his head in one way or another - his entire life.

I tried everything. Literally every single thing you can think of - usually depending where I was working if I'm honest - everything from Aveda, every hair product in SpaceNK, all beauty brands, everything from the doctor, creams, lotions, potions, tablets, even homeopathy (I know I know).

Last month I was a Judge for the Johnson & Johnson Skincare Awards and there was a bottle of T/Gel in the goodie bag. I passed it to Dan almost nonchalantly - kind of 'May as well try this love..'

To say that the difference in his scalp has been life-changing is no understatement. His scalp is completely clear. Completely. Clear. His hair is shiny in a way that it has never been - he's wearing it longer after years of keeping it short for ease of maintenance. 

When it ran out he went out and bought his own bottle. A large one. If you're the mother of boys you'll know the significance of that alone. 

I now have major guilt that I never tried it on him years ago. One thing's for sure. We absolutely will never be without it again. T/Gel - I salute you. Thank you for fixing my baby's head. 

*Yes, he's 20 and 6'4. Still my baby.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Beauty Myths No.15 - Celebs don't wash their faces/Caveman Regime

Here's the thing: if you don't want to use anything on your skin, don't. If you want to only use manuka honey on your skin, do. If you don't want to wash your face ever, that's up to you (filth).

The 'caveman' regime is the latest thing to hit the press - aided and abetted by reports of certain celebrities who swear they 'only ever use soap and water' on their skin and are 'horrified' at the thought of washing their faces in the mornings.

Firstly, let's be clear. Celebrities saying they don't wash their faces and saying they only use soap and water is not new, some have always said that.
It was utter bollocks then and it is now.

The 'average' woman (you and me) have enough pressure on them to be perfect without xyz celeb saying they don't work out (lies), they eat 'everything in sight!' (lies) and now that they don't wash their face at all? Bollocks don't you.

*literal eyebrow explosion*
Give me a motherflannel-loving break.

If it was just celebs being arses it wouldn't be that big of a deal - but there is a whole industry behind this caveman crapola. You can spend $200 of your hard-earned dollars to be shown how not to use any products on your skin.


Yes. You PAY to be shown how NOT to use products. Jesus H is it THAT hard to understand? I did the math based on the cost of the Caveman regime and how many people they claim have tried and tested their 'protocols'. Not all the extras they sell, just the basics. $3 million dollars. 3 MILLION DOLLARS from telling people how 'not' to use product. I wish I was joking.

Yes, of course you can use too much stuff on your face. I've always said do what you have to do for you - whatever that is. But please don't think that these people have perfect skin without skincare and/or without medical intervention (or huge lips - Kylie Jenner I am looking at you). The jig is up people. Enough.

Now go wash your faces. Filth.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Pregnancy Rambling Beauty Chat with Ruth

Well the intention was to chat all things pregnancy beauty, but then we kind of went off on a tangent. As we do.

Hope you enjoy! Please do leave any requests/questions in the comments - we plan to do it again before the baby arrives. :)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (extra mild!)

What is it?
'All the benefits of Clinique’s famous dermatologist-developed facial soap in a new liquid formula. Cleanses without stripping protective lipids.'

Who is it for?
Ok it says 'very dry to dry' but personally I would say all skin types except really dry. Sorry Clinique. 
Oilier skins will love this as a 'milk' cleanser option - especially in the hot months/climates.
And boys. Definitely one for the boys to check out.

What’s in it?
Water Purified, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Cholesterol, Sucrose Stearate, Sucrose, Caffeine, PPG-20 Methyl Glucose Ether, Urea, Sodium PCA, Linoleic Acid, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Pentylene Glycol, Polyquaternium-51, Trehalose, Caprylyl Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?
(but they're both fine if you ask me)

Natural? Organic? Man made? Vegan?
Man made

Tested on animals/sold in China?

What's not in it?
Foaming Detergents/SLS
Mineral Oil

How do you use it?
Apply to skin, massage through, remove with flannel 

What’s good about it?
So here's the thing. This is another product that does itself no favours with its name. I would never normally even look at something called 'liquid soap'. It gives me shivers.
This, however, intrigued me because it said 'extra mild' - and I wondered how a 'soap' could ever be considered extra mild - so I grabbed it.
Well, it's extra mild because it doesn't contain any of the usual foaming/detergent/salt ingredients that cause me the aforementioned shivers.
It's a milk texture with ever-so-slight of a nod towards something more gel-ish.

What’s not so good about it?
I wouldn't give this to someone with really dry/rosacea skin, I think it would prove too drying - especially if used the recommended twice a day.

Where to use in your routine?
As always, although it says it removes makeup, this is a skin cleanser for me. Second cleanse or morning cleanse. I'll use it more in the hot weather - it's quite refreshing. And by 'refreshing' I in no way mean 'stripping'.

Similar products?
Hard to say.
Milk cleansers such as Clarins Gentian perhaps?

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (extra mild) is £16.00 for 200ml and available at all stockists/counters including www.clinique.co.uk make sure you state/pick 'extra mild' though.

Friday, 27 March 2015

Michael Kors Into the Glow Collection

Well if anyone was going to do a 'Glow' collection it would be this man. King of Glam and handbags/accessories to boot, Michael Kors has made me even more desperate for some warmth than I was before - if that was possible.

The Limited Edition Into The Glow Collection features the usual suspects of lips, nails and bronzer but this is what has excited me the most. 

The Hydrating Bronze Gel Creme comes in two colours, both of which work well on most caucasian skin tones, neither of which is just 'glitter'. Although a darker skin would get the hydrating benefits of this, I don't think the colour would show in any way so not much point. Definitely don't buy before you try.
Permanent Vacation (sidebar: also the name of my favourite Aerosmith album), above, is peachier and on a pale skin gives a 'healthy' glow - and Sun Chaser, below - is more my kind of tone - it tells everyone you've been lying around in the sun and 'yes-don't-I-look-fabulous-thanking-you-kindly'. It can be worn alone or under foundation.

More inclusive colour-wise are the glosses and polishes. The Lip Lusters include gorgeous pops of coral and fiery pink in the usual MK packaging.

Both the glosses and nail lacquers come in semi-matching nudes, pinks and orange/corals - that do work on all tones.

The Michael Kors Into the Glow Collection is available nationwide from April. Prices start at £15.00.

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