January Beauty

Hi all. It’s been a while since I have done a beauty post. In fact I started this one in January!!! I am not someone who starts the year with resolutions to diet, not drink, exercise, put my phone down. In all honesty January is miserable enough without berating myself every time I reach for the biscuit tin. I am of the mind that everything in moderation is all good. Which brings me nicely onto the topic of this post. Moderation is not in my vocabulary when it comes to cleansers. I bloody love a cleanser. Working in the theatre, wearing a face of heavy makeup, under hot lights and also being a bit of a sweaty lady means I crave the feeling of clean skin. I can’t take my make up off fast enough. I am more than happy to sit on the tube or do the school run with a clean, make up free face.

So this post is about taking off the glitter and getting down to the bare essentials. So here are my cleansing faves.

  • Wonder Balm by A Pony Called Steve. From ยฃ12.

I must admit that it was the name of this company that enticed me to buy….my husband calls me an easy sell. Anyway A Pony Called Steve….incredible name and I bought a pot for my sister for Xmas thinking it would make her laugh. As I did my research about this company, I just liked the product more and more. The company is the brain child of Emma and Aminah and Steve is Aminah’s Shetland pony. ๐Ÿด. The company has been operational for 5 years. They sold their products to loads of UK retailers but last year they decided to stop trading with retail outlets and to devote their time to their best product… The Wonder Balm. If you are someone who loves a small, personal business then you need to check this out. They make the product at home and not in a massive factory. All the ingredients are natural and it’s in a recyclable tin. The best bit is that it is completely lush!! It’s a really nourishing balm that smells all citrusy. You warm it into you hands and then massage it onto dry skin. It feels thick and pampering. It totally dissolves all make up and is completely fine to use on your eyes. You need a cloth to remove it but once washed off skin is soft, moisturised and glowing.

If you like this product you can sign up to a subscription so you never run out and UK shipping is free!!!

  • Jordan Samuel The After Show Treatment Cleanser. ยฃ20.00.

During this maternity leave, to satisfy my performer urges I have joined adult tap. Every Wednesday evening, my sister and I don the lycra, down some wine and mosey down the road to work on our time step. I’m going to be honest, I am pretty shit. I think this is mainly because I can’t stop giggling (wine induced) and because my body is now haggard and exhausted and no longer works like it did 10 years ago. Anyway we go down and prick about like Miranda Hart….our teacher, Miss Emma is probably too young to know who Miranda Hart is!

So this is one for all you footlight fannies out there. Jordan Samuel skincare has just landed in the UK and you can get hold of it at Cultbeauty. People RAVE about it. Jordan Samuel was a professional ballet dancer. He was becoming increasingly frustrated by the havoc stage lights, sweat and heavy makeup were causing to his skin. He therefore decided to make his own brand – bloody love a proactive man.

This cleanser is a dream at getting off makeup….particularly heavy eye makeup. It comes out the tube as a clear gel and to me it smells slightly citrusy. As soon as you put it on your skin it becomes an oil. You then rinse it off. Not only does it remove make up but it also contains fruit acids to gently exfoliate. This product is ideal for dry or combination skins but there is also a sensitive skin version without the fruit acids. Just completely lush.

Right off to work on my pick-ups

  • The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Butter. ยฃ11.

Wow, the Body Shop has come a long way from the beloved bath pearls and ๐Ÿ“ soap of my youth. Without a doubt the Camomile Cleansing Butter is my absolute fave cleansing balm. It feels lighter than the balm from A Pony Called Steve. The fragrance is quite subtle and it removes make up speedier than a speedy thing. Doesn’t sting or irritate the eyes and is suitable for sensitive skin. A recent article in The Sun newspaper also said it worked brilliantly at protecting scalp from hair dye, ridding babies of cradle cap and removing stains from carpet. Whilst I cannot comment on its carpet cleaning capabilities (there is absolutely no way I am smearing it all over my carpet), I did dye my eyelashes and brows at the weekend. I used this balm instead of Vaseline to protect the skin and it worked brilliantly. Tippity top!

  • Natura Siberica Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing. ยฃ11.98.

This product is described as a deep cleanse which I try to do about twice a week in my quest to purge the pores. You apply it like a mask onto dry skin and then rinse with warm water. I have to admit that often being pushed for time, I sometimes just apply in the shower and use as a normal face wash – sorry Natura Siberica. It feels surprisingly light and lathers up a little which I like. As a deep cleanse I was expecting a bit of tingling, maybe a slight tight feeling but happily this didn’t happen. My skin felt soft and moisturised after using. The INCI list is full of natural ingredients, none of which you need a chemistry degree to decipher. Top of the list is oblepikha (sea buckthorn) oil which is rich in vitamin C to regenerate the skin and also soften. The product also contains Siberian Cedar Oil which is rich in vitamin E which adds to the moisturising factor. The full list can easily be obtained on t’internet but do not be put off by the word ‘soap’ – this product will not make your skin tingle, feel tight or dry. It has a definite scent. To me it smells slightly almondy. The price isn’t prohibitive and my little tub has lasted two months and is still going strong. One thing I will say…..make sure you wash off properly. Twice I have come back from the school run, looked in the mirror and seen remnants in my sideburns (๐Ÿ˜‚) and around my jawline…..however if the chimney sweep look is your bag, that that is obviously all good.

  • Beauty Pie Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser. Typical Price ยฃ25. Members pay ยฃ6.

I have been toying with the idea of joining Beauty Pie for a few months now and before Xmas I finally did it. I pay ยฃ10 a month which gives me a ยฃ100 a month spending limit, and this is the important bit, based on their typical price for a product. This sounds like a lot of money to spend but actually it doesn’t go that far. The typical price for a nail polish is ยฃ15, a lipstick ยฃ20 and the Japanfusion cleanser ยฃ25. As you can see it does eat up your spending limit. I think of you paid the ยฃ5 a month subscription you would get 3 products max. That being said, I have loved every product I have received so far.

So, Japanfusion….firstly I would like to say that I love the packaging. It’s like a big, squeezy, pink toothpaste tube. You can cut it in half to make sure you get every last drop out so you aren’t left with that annoying feeling of chucking something away with some of the precious stuff still lurking at the bottom.

This stuff is like a superhero chameleon. You apply it to dry skin and it feels like a really rich moisturiser, after massaging for about a few seconds it transforms into an oil. At this point, if you add water to emulsify, it becomes a milk. It’s like 3 for the price of 1. It’s unperfumed and leaves your skin soft, moisturised and without that tight feeling. Brillo.

Thanks for reading.

October Beauty

I had my first proper night out since Maisie was born last night. Ozzie came back from work at 6 to look after the kids and I went out on the razzle. My trip out was heading into work to watch the first night of a show. The getting ready process was LONG. Trying to get yourself presentable when you have to keep interrupting your beautifying time to breastfeed, restart The Greatest Showman for the oldest one and cook bolognese for the middle one meant the whole ‘getting ready’ process took about 4hrs. Anyway, come 6pm I sprinted for the front door with my newly straightened hair shiny and my lips a glossy red. I was even wearing a normal bra. BOOM.

After the show I decided to go to the first night party for a glass of Prosecco. All going swimmingly until this was pointed out to me……

Yes, my left breast had been leaking milk all night. MORTIFIED!!!!

  • Little Aurelia Sleep Time Pillow Mist. ยฃ22.

I am stealing my 12 week oldโ€™s posh products….I mean anything that arrives in a bag from Libertyโ€™s is too good for a baby. So, it is now in my sleep time arsenal. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š To be honest I donโ€™t need help sleeping but this does mean I fall asleep in a delicious haze of Rose Quartz Crystal Water(!๐Ÿ˜‚) which is a lot better than my usual Febreze. Really lovely gift for anyone you know who has just had a baby!!

  • Kรฉrastase Elixir Ultime Radiance Beautifying Oil. ยฃ29.99.

I bloody love an oil. Face, body, hair, I don’t care, I just slap it on. I invested in this stuff after moaning to my hairdresser that my hair colour was fading. When asked which products I used I guiltily admitted to using anything that was handy (I’m embarrassed to admit, I have even used my daughter’s cradle cap shampoo if it’s the only bottle in the shower ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ). So after being made to feel suitably guilty, I invested! This oil came in a pack with a shampoo and conditioner and I have been using it since Easter…that is a long time people…..so yes, the price may be a little punchy but it lasts. In conclusion, listen to the advice of your hairdresser: IF YOU HAVE COLOUR TREATED HAIR YOU NEED TO USE THE RIGHT PRODUCTS!!! My hair laps up this oil. I use it to smooth and protect when I straighten and it smells lush!!

  • Avene Hydrance Aqua-Gel. ยฃ13.33. *
  • Avene Hydrance Hydrating Emulsion. ยฃ14.50. *

For a more ‘budget friendly’ brand, these two products are wicked! I have been using the Aqua-Gel for a few weeks now as a night cream. It is completely non irritating and I smear it all over my face, eyes and neck. It takes a while to sink in (which is why it’s best for night) but once absorbed my skin looks plump and feels brilliantly hydrated….so much so that I haven’t been using an oil afterwards. I also love the smell of it. I can imagine it would be completely lush out of the fridge on a hot summers day.

I must admit, that I usually avoid creams that are labelled ‘light.’ I wrongly assume they won’t be moisturising enough. This Hydrating Emulsion left my skin moisturised all day but non greasy. I have also worn it under makeup and my slap has stayed on all day.

As a fan of acids and retinol I like to use a moisturiser which doesn’t do anything fancy but is just gentle and moisturising. These fit the bill but the Aqua-Gel is my fave.

*Kindly gifted.

Thanks for reading people….and remember:

BREASTPADS ARE YOUR FRIENDS.

September Beauty

Since embarking on the roller coaster whirlwind that is parenting I have really started to get into skincare. Before kids, I used to just slap on whatever products I could scrounge from the dressing room at the end of a show – nowt pricy, usually baby wipes and Simple moisturiser. I also used to wear a LOT more makeup. Since becoming a mum, I am constantly in search or that amazing glow you get during pregnancy. My skin has always been good when I have been pregnant. Skin is the only thing that I can rock when I’m up the duff. The rest of me is falling apart…varicose veins in my legs and foof, stretch marks all over, crazy hair colour, but my skin…yup my skin looks good.

It has only been in the last year that I have started to use retinol, glycolic and vitamin C. They are complete game changers and I am so sad they weren’t about in my spotty teenage years. Vitamin C serum is a product that is now a beauty staple for me. It is a holy grail because IT REALLY WORKS , really. I could clean my house all day for 24 hours and I would see less results than I do after a morning with a bit of vit c serum on my face!

  • Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum. ยฃ32.00.

Not only is this product recommended by the great Sali Hughes but it just won the award for best new ‘Skintellectual’ at the 2019 CEW Beauty Awards. This bottle of fab seems to be marketed at ‘mature’ skin. I think Vitamin C is generally great for mature skin which often needs a helping hand to create a glow and reduce sun spots. However, the Balance Me serum contains hyaluronic acid and it is definitely the most moisturising of the three serums in this review. I usually use my vitamin C serum before putting on a hyaluronic acid serum but with the Balance Me I just didn’t need to. My skin felt moisturised and looked plump. It doesn’t leave a sticky residue and smells lovely.

  • Vichy Liftactiv Vitamin C Serum. 21.00.

This is my fave product of the three! I just read a review by someone who basically hated the fact that it was in such a small bottle. “Hello? Mcfly?” That the USP dummy. The whole point of this product is that the brains at Vichy have given you a ten day shot of vitamin c power. They recommend you use this little vial of wonder about 3 times a year, for 10 days which will result in brighter skin. The best bit???? Because the light resistant bottle contains only 10ml, the product stays fresh and you will use it all up.

So what’s in the bottle:

15 % Ascorbic acid which is the pure form of vit c. If you have sensitive skin this percentage could be a little too much for you.

Alcohol Denat. Used to help the efficacy of the other ingredients and as a preservative. However it can be slightly drying. It didn’t affect my skin but if you are on the dry side make sure you use a good moisturiser.

Hyaluronic Acid. This basically acts as a magnet to draw in moisture. In this product the acid is hydrolysed which means the acid is broken down into smaller chunks which makes it a bit less effective.

As I said, I really loved this serum and saw a dramatic improvement in the brightness of my skin….which defo needs a bit of help in that department. I also didn’t find it drying as I use a hyaluronic acid serum afterwards anyway.

  • Glow Recipe Pineapple C Bright Serum.ยฃ46.00.

My husband says that I am an advertisers dream. The bottle for this serum is like a pineapple….a ๐Ÿ!!!! It’s utterly tremendous! I didn’t just get seduced by a pretty face however as this serum just won the Best Serum in the Instyle Readers Choice Awards.

This serum contains not one but three forms of vitamin C: Ascorbic Acid, 22% pineapple juice and 3-O-Ethyl Asorbic Acid (don’t be threatened by the chemistry lesson-it is basically just a more stable version of Vitamin C. This little bottle also contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin E and extracts of camomile and aloe.

The consistency reminds me of calpol….sorry, I don’t mean this in a negative way….I mean calpol is the drug we can’t do without in our house – it truly is the drug of the gods. What I mean is that it’s slightly viscous. It feels slightly tacky on application but absorbs really quickly to leave what Glow Recipe calls ‘glass skin.’ By this, they mean luminous and pore less.

Ok, ok my skin defo isn’t pore less but after applying this baby it is pretty luminous even if I do say so myself!!!

Thanks for reading. X

June beauty

Hi all. Welcome to the June Wrap-Up!!! Nearly July, the sun is shining and life is good.

Just a few words about my beauty posts on the blog and insta:

1. I donโ€™t profess to be a beauty expert. I work in the theatre and spend my life putting make up on and taking it off. I know what I like and I know what works for me. I also do a lot of research.

2. At the risk of sounding like ridiculous Nigella, I like my products to smell incredible and feel luxurious. I want a pamper to feel like a sensory experience….sounds really wanky!

3. I will never review a product I havenโ€™t used for at least 3 weeks.

4. Skin care is my fave. After a show I canโ€™t get my full face of slap off quick enough. I am more than happy to go without makeup for days but to achieve that I like my skin to look good!!! Open pores are my enemy also knackered mum skin.

5. I am not one of those mums who put a full face on for the school run. CANNOT BE ARSED.

Products in the pic above picture…..

1. Exfolikate Cleanser. @katesomervilleskincare. New product.

2. Rose Hibiscus hydrating facial mist and Emerald Deep Moisture Glow Oil. Both new products. @herbivorebotanicals

3. Vitamin C 23% serum and ferulic acid. @gardenofwisdomskincare. Totally brilliant. Affordable, treats sun damage, evens skin tone.

4. Esse ultra moisturiser. @esseskincareuk. Really luxurious.

5. Botanics Hydrating eye cream. @bootsuk. Light and hydrating. #mumofgirls #instaglam #amroutine #skincare #products #productsthatwork

  • Milkshake Colour Care shampoo and conditioner ยฃ27.00 for both.

I completely LOVE my hairdresser. Elthia has been cutting my hair now for about 7 years. Two years ago she moved to Leeds but she still jumps on a train every few weeks to maintain the barnets of a few lucky Londoners. On her trips to London, she does my whole family in the comfort of my kitchen so I get to wear my pjs- it feels very decadent.

Elthia is a person I completely trust so when she gives my a bollocking for using cheap shampoo which isn’t formulated for coloured hair, I listen and do what she says….she has no reason to plug a specific brand as she is not affiliated with a salon. She was also right. Blonde hair is sodding hard to maintain and although there is nowt wrong with Tresemme, it wasn’t keeping my colour fresh or the condition of my hair in check.

Elthia has undoubtedly been proved right. Since using Milkshake my hair is no longer frizzy and dry. This stuff smells AMAZING. It reminds me of American vanilla pudding and I am a complete sucker for a funky bottle. I purchased from Amazon and it came really quickly. So if you have coloured hair listen to Elthia…..don’t use cheap shampoo….it’s worth investing in something specifically for coloured hair!!!! Here endeth the lesson.

    Vitamin C Serum 23% and Ferulic Acid by Garden of Wisdom. ยฃ10.00.

I have been using this for about 8 weeks now and it is a brilliant serum. GoW is based in Arizona but now sold at Victoria Health. It is massively popular with beauty experts not due to insta but well, just because their products work. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Price wise it is comparable to The Ordinary but is less science-jargon based. I love The Ordinary but I feel a little like I am sat in chemistry class just to try to understand the label. ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง Is it just me or is skincare turning into a GCSE chemistry paper? I find all these percentages, BHAs and AHAs a little intimidating. I do think itโ€™s important however to do your research and not let the scary words intimidate you!!! So for those of us who werenโ€™t so hot at science and maths at school, here it all is in laymanโ€™s terms. Why use a vitamin C serum? Vit C makes sun damage and red spots less visible while brightening dull skin. ๐ŸŠIt contains powerful antioxidants that help protect and heal skin from inflammation. ๐ŸŠ. It also increases the efficacy of your SPF. ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŠ. Onto Ferulic Acid. This is an antioxidant found in the cell walls of rice and oats and in the seeds of ๐ŸŽand ๐ŸŠ. In a serum like this it boosts the effectiveness of the vitamin C to help slow the ageing process. Basically, put together Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid are like Batman and Robin for your skin. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ I am no beauty expert and I havenโ€™t tried enough other brands to compare but this stuff is affordable, works and is endorsed by people like Caroline Hirons whose opinions I totally respect. Give it a whirl, it wonโ€™t break the bank.

  • Kate Somerville. Exfolikate Daily Foaming Cleanser. ยฃ16 for 50 ml. ยฃ32 for 120ml.

Oh Kate how I love you. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ I have been using this for about a month now and itโ€™s fab. Contains glycolic and lactic acid and also ๐Ÿ, papaya and ๐ŸŽƒ enzymes to exfoliate and help you find that elusive glow. The important thing is that itโ€™s gentle enough to use everyday. Gets rid of all makeup and doesnโ€™t leave skin tight and sensitive. It also has lasted bloody ages!! The lather feels really thick and luxurious…almost like a shaving foam. ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ

Thank you all so much for reading. See you next month!

May Beauty

Body confidence. Something I am not feeling at the moment. I would love to be one of those women who embrace their pregnant bodies and all the stretch marks but right now, with 6 weeks left I feel pretty rank. My bump looks like a sack of spuds that is just hanging off me. My tummy is covered in stretch marks – I was really good with bio-oiling in my first pregnancy, during my second I got a bit cocky and lazy and as a result I am a stretch marked nightmare. I also had an umbilical hernia which was repaired after my second daughter was born so although I don’t have an outy this time, my tummy button is a little like a fried egg. I also have varicose veins everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE. Really. I feel heavy, bloated and cumbersome. Now for a bit of positivity…..my skin looks good. I like my pregnancy freckles and I do look kinda glowy or that could be the sweat…..don’t get me started on the sweat. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฐ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • Drunk Elephant. Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser. ยฃ29.

My husband calls me an advertisers dream and unfortunately he is right. When Drunk Elephant first arrived in the UK I really wanted to try it mainly because of the packaging. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ The bold colours are just so eye catching. Then of course I read reviews and REALLY wanted to try it. I was a good girl and used up all my other cleansers, all the while looking at the pot of green loveliness that was waiting for me in the bathroom.

๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜Good points…..

1. It has lasted ages so far….8 weeks and going strong.

2. Honestly does melt the makeup. Gets rid of waterproof mascara with no scrubbing and no irritation.

3. Leaves skin really soft.

4. Comes with a little vial of Bamboo Booster Grains to exfoliate.

5. The colour of the packaging. I ๐Ÿ’šthe green!!!

6. It comes with a funky, magnetic spatula thing. To be honest, I think this is a little gimmicky….I mean do we really need a spatula? Can’t we just gouge??? For those who aren’t gougers I’m sure it’s a good thing and magnets are cool.

Bad points…….

1. The smell of โ€˜nothing.โ€™ This is a pretty ridiculous bad point and hard to explain unless you have had an opportunity to smell the โ€˜nothing.โ€™ The lack of perfume prevents irritation but the smell of โ€˜nothingโ€™ is quite strong. ๐Ÿง๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿง๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿง๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿง๐Ÿคจ๐Ÿคจโญ๏ธ๐Ÿคจ In conclusion, I would definitely repurchase.

  • Clairol Root Touch Up. ยฃ4.99.

Brilliant. School run, pouring rain, Edie tells me I look โ€œjust like a man.โ€ She then softens the harsh brutality of her comment by saying that I look like โ€œthe horrid boy from the wizard film.โ€ She means Draco. ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ She isnโ€™t talking about my youthful 11 year old skin, she means my slicked back blonde hair. ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿฝ ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™€๏ธThis brings me on to my topic….Being Blonde is a Ball Ache! First World Problems I know. As a child itโ€™s ok. You never get to play Mary in the Nativity but you are often the ๐ŸŒŸ or Gabriel. I only started dying my hair in 2011. I just wanted a few highlights for my wedding. Little did I know the high maintenance life that would ensue. The colour options are numerous…honey, ashy etc. Itโ€™s a hard colour to wear when you look a bit pale and knackered. And the roots!!!!!! I tried to embrace the roots until a child asked my why I dye the top part of my hair black. Also, Iโ€™m not cool enough to be โ€˜rooty.โ€™ My hairdresser is totally brilliant but the reality is that blonde hair takes maintenance and I canโ€™t be arsed. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ This Root Touch Up is my saviour. In between dye jobs I just chuck it on, wait 10 minutes and it looks better!!! It defo keeps the dye job going and blends really well with the colour my hairdresser uses.

  • Paula’s Choice Calm Exfoliant. ยฃ24.00.

I really love this stuff. Having children does weird things to you skin and I have definitely noticed that now my chin is pretty red. I was looking for something calming, hydrating and exfoliating and this definitely did the job. My glowing chin has definitely calmed down. It contains 1% salicylic acid which removes skin build up. I tend to use it in the morning and Pixi Glow Tonic at night and the quality of my skin has definitely improved beyond measure. Sun spots, red patches and pores are reduces and skin feels moisturised. Brilliant.

  • O’Keeffes Skin Repair Body Lotion. ยฃ5.99.

Thanks to my slack mumness, I am often guilty of shaving my legs with very old razors. Consequently, my legs are often red, itchy and sensitive. The sensitivity definitely gets exacerbated by warm, sweaty, summer nights. This body lotion is brill. Mega thick and if you put it on in the morning your skin still feels moisturised by the evening. Also the packaging is yellow…who doesn’t love yellow? Anyway for quality and value for money it’s top ๐ŸŒ!

Coming up next month will be reviews of Rose Hibiscus Facial Spritz and Emerald Facial Oil both by Herbivore. They arrived today but I am going to give it a month or so so they can work their magic. So far I can tell you they smell beautiful.

Thanks for reading. See you in June. X