Monday, 25 November 2013

Save The Blow Dry

Save The Blow Dry - Label | Save The Blow Dry - Wet | Save The Blow Dry - Flannel | Save The Blow Dry - Tangle Teezer |
Save The Blow Dry, £14.95*

I try to limit myself to only washing my hair 2-3 times a week, so the rest of the time I'm doomed to trying to keep my hair dry with a mixture of hairbands, clips and scrunchies. I'm not usually a shower cap kinda gal, but when offered the opportunity to try Save The Blow Dry, I wondered whether it was time to start. 

There's no disputing that my hair was bone dry and still styled how I liked it upon exiting the shower, and there was plenty of room even for my thick hair. The pattern isn't to my taste, but I'm hoping they bring out a line of different patterns and colours, making it much more universally friendly. I'm just not really a pink person! The towelling at the centre soaks up the humidity and condensation while showering, while the plastic outer does a good job of splashing the majority of water back down the plug. My only issue would be trying to use a cleanser while wearing it, the ruffles are a little inhibiting but nothing that pushing them back can't solve. 

Before using I'll brush out my hair, preferably with a Tangle Teezer as putting as little tension on my hair as possible is a top priority. I'll either use a loose hair tie or a clasp to make sure that it stays up and in the hair cap, and then tuck in any loose ends that may have strayed down my back or along my forehead. One of the other features Save The Blow Dry boasts is using the cap reversed to intensify a hair treatment mask. I've yet to try this, but I reckon it could be the perfect step with a relaxing bath at the end of a long day. I've been so impressed that it's become a permanent fixture in my routine and is gentle on my hair, leaving me much more relaxed about my alopecia. 

The mere £14.95 price tag even factors in that Save The Blow Dry have partnered up with Khandel Light, a charity that improves the lives of the communities in and around Khandel, Rajasthan, India. Buying the cap from the website funds 2 weeks worth of safe drinking water. So not only will you look good, but you'll feel good too.

Adrienne |


Monday, 18 November 2013

Dermalex Rosacea & Couperose

Dermalex Rosacea & Couperose |

For those that suffer with redness, dry skin and spider veins, it's hard to find a product that's going to moisturise and treat the symptoms. I have a problem with slight reddening of the skin and have a small cluster of spider veins on my right cheek that most don't notice. Even with how subtle it is for others, I know it's there and no matter what makeup I use to disguise it, I know I'm only masking my real issue.

Enter Dermalex Rosacea & Couperose. A little tube of green pigmented cream to alleviate redness, spider veins, itchiness and dryness. I first spied it in Lloyds Pharmacy as I was shopping for an intensive moisturiser to ease my dry skin, but got caught up in the claims that Dermalex had on the box. Protection against UVA, reduction in recurrence, calming of the skin and restoration of your natural barrier are just some of the benefits Dermalex sports, and even a few months down the line I'm impressed at how it's working.

Dermalex Rosacea & Couperose Green Pigment |

Upon first application the first thing I noticed was the colour. Green, a very light pastel green that works to soften the red on the colour wheel and cancel it out. Secondly, you have the smell; it's the first truly medicinal scented skin product I've used and it only helps to add to my confidence that this should be doing what it claims. A little goes a long way and I don't tend to use this as an all over face cream, rather a concentrated product I only apply to areas where it needs to be used. I then apply my usual day or night moisturiser as required, leaving Dermalex to really get to work. If I were to pick fault? Only that the tube itself isn't packed to the brim with product, so you get a lot of expelling air before you get anything out, which can become frustrating and result it having too much of the cream to rub in. If the packaging were changed to a jar or a tub, I think it would hugely improve the longevity of this truly wonderful cream, but it's not something I'd stop repurchasing it for.

Since first using Dermalex, my cluster of spider veins has become less apparent, my redness has been reduced and I feel a huge difference in my confidence levels. Until I can find something that's going to permanently remove my spider veins, using this twice a day means I can walk around with just a hint of concealer and a little mascara with no qualms.

Have you used anything from the Dermalex range?

Monday, 11 November 2013

My Little Sister's Baby Shower

Little Sister's Baby Shower - Table | Little Sister's Baby Shower - Decorations | Little Sister's Baby Shower - Cupcakes |

This weekend gone, with the help of my mum and my sisters best friend Nicole, I threw a baby shower for my little sister. In less than a month she's due to have a bouncing baby boy or girl and I thought I'd celebrate this wondrous achievement by sharing the day with you all instead of doing anything beauty related.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Late Night Nonsense Sleep Series: Post 2 - Products For Successful Sleep

Late Night Nonsense Sleep Series: Post 2 - Products For Successful Sleep - Owl | Late Night Nonsense Sleep Series: Post 2 - Products For Successful Sleep - Candle |

I'm finally back with my second post all about sleep. It's taken me a while to do this, not because I forgot about it, but because I've been testing things out making sure they're worth writing about. I'm talking all the remedies and relaxants you can get your hands on over the counter or at your local drugstore, investing in good sleep means a well rounded and better you. I've got something to suit all budgets, so don't be afraid to mix and match.

The Budget Buys

Sometimes we don't have the cash to splash on products that we aren't even sure will improve the quality and length of our sleep. With this in mind, I've been looking at a select few products that can help me get to sleep in a pinch, both financially and physically. My first recommendation would be to take a supplement of Melatonin, a natural hormone found in our bodies that regulates the internal clock meaning a much more restful sleep. The only issue is it's not readily available in the UK without a prescription, but if you have an American buddy or are taking a trip stateside, it's worth investing in a bottle as it's very cheap and goes along with all the vitamin c you can handle. If you're looking for something readily available on this side of the Atlantic, you might want to consider myvitamins Complete Sleep Capsules, £4.49. A couple of these half and hour before you're due to rest your head, and it will give you an extra boost to all the recuperation your body does while asleep. Perfect for those who can't seem to get the proper amount of sleep, waking up more tired than the night before.

If you don't like the thought of relying on a supplement to see you through the night, it might be worth forking out a mere £1.49 for the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. While the app alone won't help you achieve those desirable Z's, it'll monitor your sleep quality and give you an idea of if you're hitting REM sleep each night. If the answer is no, then you know to take your concerns a little higher and see your GP. This can take a long time, so if you're looking for a quicker fix then turning to music could be your answer. Listening to 60 to 80 BPM range music (a pretty close match to your resting heartbeat) before you sleep is a sure fire hit. Songs like 'Mirrors' by Justin Timberlake, 'The Scientist' by Coldplay and 'Hallelujah' by Jeff Buckley have a calming effect, for soothing you into dreamland.

Mid-Range Goodies

Sometimes you've just gotta reach for the slightly more expensive stuff, and combing one with a luxurious bath can ease you off into the peaceful slumber you deserve. This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak, £22.00 while slightly pricey is award winning and does just what it's supposed to. Packed with lavender, camomile and vetivert infused into salts that gently exfoliate your skin while preparing you for the night ahead. Make sure to close the door to get the full benefit of the fragrance, letting it envelope you while the warm water eases your muscles for ultimate relaxation. Then, when you retire to the bedroom, a spritz of Neom Tranquillity: Organic Room Mist, £16.00 on any surface you can possibly soak it in will give you a beautiful aroma that makes you sleepy. Fragranced with lavender, basil and jasmine it's quite and invigorating scent. Lavender increases the amount of restorative sleep during the slumber cycle, which is why a lot of products to help with sleep contain it.

High-End Splurges

If you have a little extra money to splash, it might be time to invest in an alarm clock that emits amber light. The Philips Wake-up Light, £130.00 not only wakes you up naturally, but the light dims and emits sound to help you fall asleep. Steer clear of any alarm clocks that give off anything blue-toned as it blocks melatonin and keeps you awake. To finish, a real treat that can be an nice addition but not always necessary is a candle. Not only is this the perfect example of something that gives off amber light, but if you get the right fragrance you can put yourself in the right frame of mind before attempting to rest. Obviously lavender is a great choice, but anything that makes you at peace is going to be a benefit in the long term. Some of my favourites are Laboratory Perfumes Amber Candle, £35.00 as it reminds me of peaceful walks in the forest and Diptyque Mimosa, £40.00 that smells so sweetly of flowers I can't help but smile. Nothing is wrong as long as it stirs up deep emotion in you.

What products help you sleep and what tips would you give those who have trouble getting any?

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

The Body Shop Edit

The Body Shop Edit - Collection | The Body Shop Edit - Colour Crush Eyeshadow | The Body Shop Edit - BB Cream | The Body Shop Edit - Brushes |

The Body Shop used to remind me of body mists in tangerine hastily applied in my pre-teen years, while using a matching body butter to complete the process. It's been a while since I'd bought anything Body Shop until a dire panic at Charlotte airport in the USA where I couldn't find my liquid eyeliner. Luckily there was a Body Shop in the airport and I promptly bought the blackest liquid eyeliner they stocked and started to fall in love with the brand all over again.

As The Body Shop sponsored the makeup for this years London Fashion Week, I was luckily given a few freebies from the new Colour Crush collection as well as some wonderful brushes and a BB Cream. I've been more than impressed with each and every item, so I thought I'd do a quick roundup post to sing the praises of this cruelty-free and wonderful company.

The Colour Crush Eyeshadows, £7.00* were used heavily at LFW and one of my favourite looks incorporated a bright pink eye with white liner and a really basic, fresh base. Luckily I came away with just such a shade in bag and did a little dance at the possibilities! Not only are the colours incredibly pigmented, but they glide on silky-smooth and endure even the toughest of beauty conditions. I've taken to applying this with my fingers just so I can feel how finely milled these beautiful shades truly are. Applying them wet ups the intensity ten-fold, creating a really dramatic look that I haven't seen matched in any eyeshadows in my collection. Using the Eyeshadow Brush, £9.00* gives the colours staying power and soft enough to really blend two colours together.

The All-In-One BB Cream, £12.00* took me a little by surprise at first, coming out white but changing to suit my skin tone was something I hadn't experienced before. There are little coloured beads that melt into the skin and leave this beautiful pearlescent glow that's suitably subtle but ultimately stunning. I can barely feel it on, unlike most BB Creams, and I turn to this on my good skin days for a touch of coverage but more for the hydrating benefits it possesses. Working this in with the Foundation Brush, £12.00* for a flawless finish couldn't be easier, but I prefer to use my fingers to get most of the groundwork done.

Lastly, the Face & Body Brush, £16.00* has incredible range while being soft enough that I end up just brushing it against my face and arms. Using this to buff my face powder or bronzer in means I don't get highly compacted product in one concentrated area, which is ideal for just a hint of colour.

What's your favourite Body Shop product?

Monday, 4 November 2013

Sample Collecting & Benefits

Sample Collecting & Benefits - Bucket | Sample Collecting & Benefits - Packets |

When I was younger I was a sample addict. Any magazine, newspaper or shop offering a little packet or box of something for free and I was all over it! Then I started buying my own makeup, investing in statement products I knew would see me through, and samples just didn't seem as 'high-end' anymore. Snap back to now, and I'm head over heels for them again, especially as I've got a few little beauties just waiting to be opened that could mean the difference between a happy Adrienne with an empty purse, or a very dissatisfied beauty obsessive. Now I look to samples to show me exactly what I should and shouldn't be buying, and I highly recommend fellow beauty bloggers to dive right into this glorious well of inspiration.

Where a lot of people get very basic samples are their favourite monthly glossies; I've been able to pick up some fantastic mini sized cult products this way. Most recently Elle have been knocking it out of the park with some truly wonderful brands giving away some truly awesome samples. Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray is one that has gone into my full size rotation and I just picked up the latest copy to find out there is a Benefit lipgloss I've been eyeing for a good while. Magazines run for a few pounds, so getting either full size or travel samples really works out to be a cost effective way to stock up on your beauty essentials.

There are a few obvious sample websites you can sign up to, which are easy enough to find with a quick Google search, but I'm talking dedicated beauty sites. This way you're not overloaded with junk emails about products that you don't want, but instead get wonderfully crafted beauty emails dedicated to the kind of products you usually buy on a day to day basis. SpaceNK offer 2-3 random samples with each order but do say you can call them to request a specific product sample. Very handy if you've been lusting after a foundation that you can't colour match or a hand cream you're not sure will be worth the price tag. Cult Beauty send you 3 free samples on orders over £40, which can be easily achievable especially if you're gift shopping. There's a fantastic feature on the site to be able to choose your product samples before check out, so it's definitely worth looking into when you need a new lipstick before hitting the high street.

Speaking of the high street, popping into somewhere like Boots or Superdrug as well as the higher end department stores like Debenhams and House of Fraser can sometimes give you a small pot to consider at you leisure. It's usually easier getting hold of a few perfume files as they tend to have a few stored for each bottle behind the counter, but if you're looking for makeup or skincare you need to show genuine interest in the product. It's no good demanding samples as soon as you come up to the counter, you'll want to let the assistant know what you're looking into, why you're looking into it and why you could benefit from samples to take home with the potential to buying a full size. Origins and L'Occitane are brands I love for giving out samples with purchases at the till. I've got some lovely little products that I may not have thought to try before that have made their way into my bag from the lovely assistants. 

Ever gone to the brand themselves? Some big names in the beauty industry like to give out samples with purchases, much like Origins. Investing in REN? They'll be sure to send you a little something extra! Dizzy over Diptyque? Don't worry, they'll be sending you a few wonderful samples to make that candle purchase all the sweeter. This is what I love most, it's nice to receive a little surprise in the post with that you bought. The hardest thing is opening them and using them when they're so pretty in their own right!

So, are you a sample fiend like me? What has been your favourite of the bunch?

Adrienne |