Saturday, 7 December 2013
I saw this post on Victoria's blog (new blog discovery!) and enjoyed it so much I wanted to do it, because you know, I love books and surveys...
Do you remember how you developed a love for reading?
Not really, it's always been a natural thing for me. I think because I've always wanted to be a writer, I just loved reading!
Where do you usually read?
Most places- at home, on the bus, in college. Whenever I'm bored, I'll just whip out a book, as you do.
Do you prefer to read one book at a time or several at once?
I have to agree with Victoria on this one, how people manage to read more than one book is beyond me but I like to stick to 1 so I don't get confused.
What is your favourite genre?
Like my music tastes, my literature tastes are quite varied. I'll read anything from historical, contemporary to science fiction. As long as it has a interesting story, I'll try and read it. That being said, I do really like the classics and have been making my way through some of them. Any more recommendations will be greatly appreciated.
Is there a genre you will not read?
Whatever genre Twilight belongs to, no offence to anyone who loves that series. I'm also not a fan of horror because I like to sleep at night.
Do you have a favourite book?
If you would have asked me this a month ago I would have said no. Recently, I just finished reading The Outsiders by S.E Hinton and I have to say, that is my current favourite book. She is an incredibly talented writer and I think it's one of those books that anyone can relate to. I plan to write a review of this soon, so watch this space!
What is your least favourite book?
I'd have to pick something I that read when I was in secondary school. I can't think of one specifically but there were a lot of embarrassing "teen fiction" novels about crushes, chicken fillets and other silly things like that. I wouldn't read any of those again.
What is the longest book you have ever read?
That I can remember- Reached by Ally Condie which has 512 pages.
What was the last book you bought?
Memoirs of a Geisha which I still haven't read.
Do you prefer library books or buying books?
Definitely buying books, although I used to love going to library. Now there's nothing better than being able to keep a book and not worry about bringing it back in time. I like being able to have my own collection of books that I can come back to again and again. Still, I recommend libraries as the staff are usually so helpful and friendly.
What are you currently reading?
Are you a book lover?
Monday, 2 December 2013
Still on the topic of dry winter skin (did you really think that one post would be enough?), I'm tackling the ever-present problem of dry, dare I say ashy skin on the body that usually happens because of the harsh weather and bundling ourselves in warm clothing without much thought to moisturiser. I always moisturise everyday and that goes for my body as well but come winter, a simple lotion won't do (although I do use body butters all year round). I need something nourishing, something that means business, hence the title...
Recently, I've been using the Burt's Bees Honey & Shea Body Butter, a replacement to the one from TBS. It's only been a week but I like it. This tub of goodness is just what I need. Although not extremely thick it is much more moisturising than I expected, leaving me with soft to touch skin. The only thing I don't like is the smell, urgh.
Next is Weleda Skin Food, a product that I'd been meaning to purchase after hearing of it's many multiple uses and good reviews. Me? I use it everywhere, on the hands which get chapped after washing my hands too many times, on my feet, elbows and knees and neck. This thick cream has a slight citrusy scent and sinks in quickly without that tacky feeling. I also love that it's housed in a convenient tube that is not only hygienic but will be easy to carry around if need be. This is fast becoming a staple of mine.
These moisturisers mean business, say goodbye to dry skin!
Saturday, 30 November 2013
With winter comes knit jumpers, hot chocolate and prospect of Christmas but the one number problem that I always find myself having is dry, cracked lips (nice...). The cold weather seems to suck whatever moisture I have left which means I need to be doubly vigilant about keeping these lips in tip top condition.
The first thing I try to do is exfoliate at least twice a week with Mint Julips Lip Scrub from Lush, a wonderfully minty scrub that is just as scrubby as it is refreshing. However, a simple sugar and olive oil mix would probably do the same job. Lips prepped, I'm ready to pack on the moisture. I'll either use the well-loved and much hyped NUXE Reve de Miel Stick, which in my opinion is just as moisturising (and more hygienic) as the tub version. Or for the throw-in-the-bag option I'll pick this one from Burt's Bees that lasts all day. I'm now all set for the winter, at least my lips are (don't even get me started on presents)...
What are your lip must-haves?
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
Okay, onto the products...
CLEANSE: I shampoo and condition once a week (once is enough, over-shampooing is not a good idea) with the Creme Conditioning Shampoo and Intense Fortifying Hair Conditioning Treatment both from ElastaQP, a brand that I love when it comes to hair and that wins the award for longest names. This hair duo leaves me with soft, moisturised hair ready to be prepped. Usually, once a month I'll use a clarifying shampoo from ORS which gets rid of any product build-up.
MOISTURE: I air dry my hair partly because I'm trying to use as less heat on my hair as possible, but the real reason is I am so lazy. So to moisturise my hair I use Mango Butter from you guessed it, ElastaQP. This has become a daily staple and as you would imagine is a thick, buttery cream that does a lot of good to my hair. It looks like it's been discontinued but I really hope not. :( Apart from that, I love natural oils. I use coconut oil to seal in the Mango Butter, for my scalp and whenever my hair needs a boost. This one is from Fushi. The other oil that I'm loving is castor oil, in particular the Jamaican Black Castor Oil which I bought after hearing so many positive reviews from across the pond (luckily it is easy to find in any black hair shop). This oil is great for thickening and growing the hair although my hair is pretty thick already, I still find use of it. It is extremely thick, so be careful! With both these oils, my hair is left nourished and healthy rather than being coated with petrolatum and mineral oil laden products (I'm looking at you Blue Magic) which do nothing but cause a dry scalp. They can also be used in multiple ways, my favourite way is to use castor oil to condition my lashes.
PROTECT: If I do use heat on my hair, I'll spritz my hair with this argan oil leave-conditioner from Creme of Nature and use this ORS heat protectant to stop the hot tools from damaging my hair.
EXTRAS: The Internet really is your best friend when it comes to researching products, that and trial and error will start you on the right path to healthy hair. For my favourite hair gurus, I turn to Traycee's YouTube channel (or check out her wonderful blog Keep It Simple Sista). Other blogs that have really helped me are Just Grow Already and Simply Into My Hair.
That's about it, I'd love to know what your hair staples are. Let's talk hair!
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
The Body Shop Vanilla Body Mist- I don't know what it is about vanilla but it reminds me of warm cosy nights and cookies. Odd, right? The body mist from TBS smells just like that so when I'm heading out into the freezing cold on a Monday morning, this is somewhat comforting. I can't promise that the vanilla scent is completely natural but for those of you who love sweet scents, this will be a hit. It doesn't last too long but for 100ml you do get a lot of bang for your buck. In 5 words I'd describe this as...sweet, warm, rich, girly, cosy.
Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Enchanted- You'll see that I don't deviate from my scent types too much as I'm all about the sweet, fruity scents like this one from T-Swift. I bought this during a trip to Boots, instantly snapped it up (my logic: I love her music and she can't possibly create a bad perfume) and fell in love with it. I tend to use this more than the TBS offering just because it's more "me"- a mix of sweet, fruity with rich undertones (you'll also soon learn that I often use the same words to describe perfumes, don't blame me). In 5 words...fruity, sweet, coconut, floral, playful.
What are your daily scents?
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
Another round of empties...
Neutrogena Hand Cream with SPF25- I've really enjoyed using this hand cream, it was moisturising yet non-greasy with the added benefit of an SPF. It has lasted me a fair few months but now that it's winter I need something that packs a bit more punch. Any suggestions will be very welcome. Will I recommend/repurchase this? I would recommend this as a good quality, affordable hand cream but for my extremely dry hands I wouldn't repurchase right now.
Clarins Exfoliating Toner- I've blogged about this before and just how much of a difference this has made to the texture of my skin, so I was sad to see it go (of course, having a backup did help). I use it as you would a typical toner and I'm always left with fresh, brighter skin minus the need for a scrub. Will I recommend/repurchase this? Yes, I'd recommend this to most skin types and I'm already on to my third bottle of this, if that says anything.
Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm- Technically, this isn't finished but I literally cannot use it anymore (I'll just have accept it and move on). Lip balm is an essential all year round and this one from Burt's Bees is a classic, for good reason. It hydrates without using petroleum or mineral oil, something that is quite important to me as my lips get dry and these ingredients do nothing but sit on my lips. Will I recommend/repurchase this? Absolutely yes, I would recommend this to everyone as a great budget lip balm. Right now, I'm using the NUXE Reve de Miel lip balm but I'd buy this again.
Hydraluron Moisture Booster- Another product that I was sad to reach the end of was this serum, partly because of £25 price tag but also because it helped my skin a lot when I reacted badly to a product. This is slowly becoming a staple product as I notice a difference when I stop using this. Will I recommend/repurchase this? Honestly, I don't know if I'd recommend this just because it can be a bit a hit and miss, and it is expensive. However if you suffer from dehydrated, dry or blemish prone skin, give it a try. I would repurchase this soon.
REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask- I've mentioned this so many times but just one last mention, I promise. This mask was really good for calming down blemishes and helping with the overall condition of my skin. Despite it being clay, I've never once found it drying. Another staple found. Will I recommend/repurchase this? Yes and yes!
I'd love to know if you've tried any of these
Sunday, 10 November 2013
I love a good pamper but I don't always have the time. Okay scratch that, I have time, I just usually can't be bothered. So this is my go-to routine for when I'm willing to put in a little extra effort.
FACE: After cleansing, I'll slather the REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask to unclog my pores and rid my skin of any impurities. This leaves my skin soft, purified and ready to be moisturised which is when I'll usually go for an intensive moisture mask like the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask. I'll leave this on overnight but not before popping the Balance Me Radiance Face Oil onto any spots that are still lurking around.
BODY: A good scrub and body butter is all I need to leave me with silky skin. My choices are this fruity option from Soap and Glory that scrubs as good as it smells, without leaving me with red limbs. The other is the Coconut Body Butter from The Body Shop which I use after showering. It is in my opinion, is the perfect moisturiser. It moisturises, is easy to rub in, without feeling greasy.
HAIR: Nothing makes my hair feel better than a deep conditioner. This one from ElastaQP, is deeply moisturising so even after a clarifying shampoo this makes my hair (almost) flip-worthy.
So that's it, my stash of reliable products that I love to use. What products do you use for a good pamper session?