Monday, 22 June 2015

CLEANSING WITH CLARISONIC MIA 2



I'm on my second bottles of the Clinique three step cleansing system and they have done wonders for my skin, but I wanted to take one step further when I purchased the Clarisonic Mia 2. Although my skin has cleared up massively over the year, I still have the odd bumps and the texture isn't great. Enter the life changing Clarisonic. 

I remove my makeup using a Micella water, at the moment I am trying out B.Pure, which I admit is not my favourite but it does the job for now.  For my cleanser I am using the Clinique liquid facial soap for oily skin. This cleanser has worked a treat paired with the Clarisonic. It lathers enough so the bristles work into your skin comfortably. The Clarisonic is timed at two 20 second and two 10 second intervals telling you when its time to move onto the next part of your face. I must admit when its finished I feel slightly saddened that my mini facial has ended. If you get that Clarisonic be prepared to breakout out in the first few weeks! The Clarisonic is bringing all the sebum to the surface which then causes the breakouts - Push through this, it will pay off. The greatest thing about this system are its little extra features like the charger. For tech lovers, the charger is magnetic! Second feature is within the brush head. The outer bristles of the brush detaches from the rest of the brush leaving you with a smaller brush to access areas like between the eyebrows and the nose. So great! 

After using the Clarisonic I instantly feel the softness and the cleanliness of my face. My makeup is going on so much better and stays on for longer. I have even noticed that my T-zone is slightly less oily which was my main concern with my skin. My Mum is always complaining about the size of her pores so when I bought the Clarisonic I bought an extra head for her to try out as well, something I wish I never did. Now I can't wait for her birthday so she can stop nicking mine and have her very own. 

Have you tried the Clarisonic?



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Sunday, 14 June 2015

ST TROPEZ 3 MIN IN SHOWER TANNING LOTION


I get in the shower with the intension of tanning, but my plan fails when I get cold and my priority turns to putting on my pyjamas as quickly as I can; anyone else? So you can imagine my excitement when I trailed through the boots website and saw St. Tropez had released an in shower tanning lotion. This is the first St. Tropez product that I have used - I've tended to go for the cheap fix of St. Moriz for my tan from the bottle. However, this product has quickly become my holy grail product for tanning. 

I've been using the tanning lotion every other day after I have washed normally in the shower. The product comes out with a slight yellow tone, but is thick and creamy (sounds so appetising). I start with my legs and rub up and down to lather the product, then using circular motions to blend the product. I repeat the same steps of the rest of my body. And now we wait. I find myself swaying from side to side trying to keep count of three minutes, alternatively you can bring a timer in with you. When the three minutes are up, wash the product off and pat dry with a towel. The only hard part is trying to keep yourself amused for 3 minutes. 

This product has saved me so much time and effort. The results aren't immediately noticeable, but after a few hours you start to notice a subtle glow. The smell... finally a product that doesn't leave you smelling like a biscuit barrel. Ok, it has a slight smell to it, but not the traditional scent. After you have showered there is absolutely no smell on you. Most importantly, this tanning product does not leave you like a rasher of streaky bacon. Even on the dryer parts like my elbows, there is not one hint of fakery. Fake tan products always dry out my skin and it was the same with this one despite one of ingredients being almond oil to keep the skin moisturised for 24 hours. However, that could just be me as I get it with all tanning products. 

Unfortunately, this product has sold out on the St. Tropez website but don't worry Boots has got your back and is even giving you a third off the £14. 50 retail price. 


Tanning tips

  • Its not just your skin that will tan, its your nails too. Apply Vaseline or Sudocream on your nails to act as a barrier. 
  • Try to use oil free products before and after applying your tan to help maintain it. 

What would you do to keep yourself amused for three minutes? 
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