Friday, 19 August 2016

Micellar Waters: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

Left to Right: Garnier Micellar Water, Superfacialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water & LO'real Skin Perfection Micellar Water.
I have been using Micellar Waters religiously for the past few years now. I was never one of the OG Bioderma Fans, importing from France but I have tried out my fair share. Here are 3 Micellar Waters that have made an impression on me, not all for good reasons. I think I will start with the 'good' and work my way down...

Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water - This is definitely staple product for me. Firstly it is really gentle on both my skin and my eyes. I have fairly sensitive skin and suffer badly with acne but this stuff has never irritated my skin and has definitely helped keep it balanced oil wise. It also cleanses really well and I never have trouble removing cleansing my skin or removing makeup from my skin or from my eyes. It is also really well priced at around £4.99 (although often on sale) and lasts me a very long time. I tend to use the green cap for Combination and Sensitive Skin but also really like the original pink cap version. Overall I would highly recommend it and give it a 9/10.

LO'real Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water - Now this is technically the 'bad' but it isn't terrible. It doesn't irritate my skin but I have noticed a few more breakouts whilst using it.  The morning after I sometimes find it hasn't removed all my makeup quite as well as it should and I suspect this is the reason. I find this extra annoying considering how fast I went through it. I found myself having to use much more than the Garnier micellar water in order to feel like my skin was clean. It did an okay job at removing my eye makeup, but again not as good as the Garnier. It is also the same price but at half the size, definitely not worth it. Overall I would probably give it about a 5/10.

Superfacialist Probiotic Micellar Cleansing Water - Now for the Ugly! I usually love the Superfacialist by Una Brennan products and their Rose Intense Moisture Mask is something I use a lot, so I was expecting great things from this micellar water. Sadly, I cannot use it. For some reason it burns my skin. I don't have any reaction to it, it doesn't even make my skin redder but it burns pretty badly and when I try to use it on my eyes it gets really bad. Again, no visible reaction, just pain. My skin is mildly sensitive, so this may contribute but my eyes are not so I have no idea why it hurts quite so badly. Despite perhaps sensibility I have come back to it a few times but it doesn't seem to get any better. Overall I give this stuff a 2/10 as it did do a good job at removing makeup but the burning is slightly hard to forgive!

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Friday, 29 July 2016

Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair.

Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair Review, Oil Blend, Oil Treatment
Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair.
This stuff is amazing. I am probably far too enthusiastic about it and this probably isn't the best way to start a review but goddamn, I love it!

I have been using the Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair for about a month now and been frantically recommending it to everyone I know. My hair is in such good condition, really soft and shiny and the least frizzy it has ever been. It has become a firm staple in my haircare routine!

It is a blend of around 7 different oils, including Avocado, Coconut and Grapefruit. I am not sure what it is about the blend but it works. I use about 6 or 7 drops on wet hair after my leave in conditioner. Using my fingers or my Tangle Teezer to distribute it. Most days I don't even use a styling product with it as it doesn't need it anymore. It feels really nice to use and smells amazing.  Although I mostly use it on wet hair , I do sometimes use it on dry hair to smooth out any areas that need a bit of extra attention, usually just my ends. I think the most important thing about this product it that it has really improved the condition of my hair. Days when I don't use this product I still feel the benefits, it has definitely made it healthier!

The only downside is the bottle is a little small. However you only need a few drops and even for my very long hair that is enough. I am so glad that I found this stuff and cannot wait to try more Jessicurl products in the future. I would especially recommend it for anyone, curly hair or not with damaged hair or trouble with frizz. I wish I had this product years ago!

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Etsy Homeware Wishlist.

Clockwise: LightandLadderGoldenBiscottLaurenbyDesignThePaintedPressNelliannaSquirrelyMindsPaper
I am a bit of an Etsy addict. I know, me and every other millennial with too much time on their hands. It occurred to me the other day that I have probably wasted entire days of my life, obsessively scrolling through all of the pretty things. Whilst fun, I don't think I can really argue that it is the best use of my time... So, I thought I would put all of this to some good(ish) use, and share with you guys some of the things on my wish list at the moment. If you guys like it, let me know, I would love to do these kind of posts regularly!

 I will keep this short and sweet as I think the items speak for themselves. At the top of my list is the 'Phases of the Moon' jewellery dish by The Painted Press followed closely by the Nelliana 'Origami Lampshade' to add some colour. My office is looking a little bleak at the moment desk so I have been looking at the "Watercolour Birthstone Print' by SquirrelyMindsPaper and the desk organiser by Golden Biscotti as they would make really simple but effective additions. Finally I have been admiring the 'Glitter Agate' laptop decal from LaurenbyDesign for months now and have been dropping some pretty hard hints for my birthday.

Here is a list of all the shops included! Go check them out and enjoy!

SquirrelyMindsPaper

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Caudalie Vinosource Range & Launch.

Caudalie Vinosource range. Moisturising Sorbet for Sensitive Skin, Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin,Moisture Recovery Cream for Dry Skin, Intense Moisture Rescue Cream for Very Dry Skin.
Caudalie Vinosource range.
 Caudalie have launched their new Vinosource range! Last week I was very luck to attend the Vinosource launch in London and I am very excited to talk about the moisturisers from the range. There are 4 moisturisers, the Moisturising Sorbet for Sensitive Skin, the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin, the Moisture Recovery Cream for Dry Skin and the Intense Moisture Rescue Cream for Very Dry Skin. All of which are now out in store and online.

Caudalie Blogging Event, Vinosource Launch Party.
Such a beautiful party, roses, cotton candy & cocktails! Shame my camera died after about 10 minutes...
The range uses grape water, to sooth and hydrate skin, whilst strengthen and nourishing. It is also free from parabans, phenoxyethanol, mineral oils, sodium laureth sulfate and animal ingredients. I have been using the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid and have been seeing some great results from it.

I have a bit of a tricky relationship with moisturisers, my skin is combination, with very oily areas but it's also very sensitive. I suffer with acne, scarring and a lot of redness, means I have to be super careful with what I use lest I face the consequences. Having such oily patches, means my makeup also likes to slide of my skin, landslide style, after only a few hours. Whilst dryness is never an issue, redness and sensitivity really are, meaning my skin does need looking after and soothing.

Caudalie Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin.
Caudalie Moisturising Mattifying Fluid for Combination Skin.
I give you this, rather unpleasant sounding, analysis of my skin just to demonstrate how gentle the Moisturising Mattifying Fluid really is. It is an oil free formula that helps mattify the skin but still hydrates it. I have noticed my makeup has been staying on longer since using it and also applying really smoothly. My skin has also been feeling softer and I have noticed an improvement in it's overall texture. It hasn't triggered any breakouts since using it and it has also helped keep my redness a little under control. It's also great as a little goes a long way, spreading and absorbing really nicely into the skin.


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Sunday, 17 April 2016

5 Amazing Vegetarian & Vegan Blogs.

The Tofu Diaries, Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, The Post Punk Kitchen
Clockwise: The Tofu Diaries, Sprouted Kitchen, Oh She Glows, The Post Punk Kitchen x 2.
I am a vegetarian but eat about a 90% vegan diet. I love to cook, but I'm super lazy. I am also really fussy about what I eat and am very indecisive. This makes dinner time somewhat... challenging. In order to make life a little easier I have a stash of amazing vegetarian and vegan blogs that I turn too when nothing is taking my fancy and I need some inspiration!

The PPK/The Post Punk Kitchen -  Run by the wonderful Isa Chandra-Moskowitz, really is the vegan holy grail. I have all of her books and I reach for them constantly! The PPK is amazing because it has hundreds and hundreds of recipes, all different cuisines, but all equally delicious. I have been so inspired by all of Isa's recipes over the years with some of my favourites being Everyday Pad Thai & Black Bean & Quinoa Soup If you are looking to impress, then this is the place for you! Isa also writes amazing cookbooks and even though I love going online for recipes, these are worth having a hard copy of!

The Tofu Diaries/Natalie Tamara - Natalie is a gifted food photographer who makes really tasty but really healthy recipes that seriously give me the hunger. Her recipes are so easy to follow and she uses a lot of really basic ingredients that are readily available. Although simple her recipes are still inventive and I really look forward to cooking them! Natalie also writes about other things too like Travel and her site is a lovely place to spend an hour!

Oh She Glows - Oh she Glows has been a favourite of mine for a while now. Angela creates such delicious recipes that are super healthy but also manage to feel really indulgent at the same time. Angela started Oh She Glows as a way to record her recovery from an eating disorder and show the impact that food has on our lives. As someone who has been through something similar I really relate to not only her story but also her focus on feeding to body and nutrition but still enjoying the process and feeling healthy and nourished. Just take a look at her Next Level Vegan Enchiladas and try and tell me your not hungry.

Sprouted Kitchen - Two words. Food Porn. Sprouted Kitchen both makes me hungry and envious. It is such a beautiful blog, simple, clean and so well crafted! It's a vegetarian blog but they also have loads of great vegan recipes that are really veg focussed, healthy and nutritious. What I love about Sprouted Kitchen is that everything is just a little bit fancy and special but still relatively simple to cook using pretty basic ingredients!

Buzzfeed - It sounds weird but Buzzfeed are actually a deep well of Vegetarian and Vegan knowledge! They're more of a place to find other peoples recipes, rather than their own but I have found so many new blogs to follow through them! They write great themed lists, like 41 Delicious Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes (not so relevant in the UK, but still delicious) and its great if you wanna try out some new recipes.

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Why I Don't Speak Out More...

Think of this as me hiding under my duvet from Twitter and potentially letting my tea go cold in the process.
I have realised that, for my sanity, I have to take a regular Twitter detox. I find Twitter so incredibly stressful nowadays, to the point where it is keeping me up at night worrying, stressing and getting annoyed over it. There are a number of reasons I find Twitter so stressful but the main one that plays on my mind is to do with how people engage with each other about politics, beliefs etc. People who are 'engaged' with the issues on both ends of the political and social spectrum. People who are vocal and will discuss these issues.

 I don't mean that I dislike these people because I, too am one at heart. Part of me wants to join in and call people out in their crap and post about issues I care about. I want people to know that I care, that I am engaged. That I have been very active in feminist, anti cuts, anti fascist movements since I was a teenager, I've founded groups, organised big demonstrations, spent hundreds of hours in endless meetings. You probably would never know that from my social media/ blog feed though. I find it uncomfortable to talk about. I just get so stressed talking about these things on social media because of the hate from both sides.

 On the one hand, I can't cope with the shit from straight up trolls. I wish I could call people out on their shit more, because I see so much vileness, but I just can't take it. I get so scared. Maybe that sounds like a cop out but I am just being honest. I personally can't let arguments, even online with people I have never met, go. I won't sleep or eat because of them. They occupy my thoughts constantly. Even ones I had years ago I will still obsess about. It's not good.  I have had a lot of conflict in my life and I just think I am spent. I also suffer badly with anxiety and Twitter is sometimes my biggest trigger.

 I do though think it is important. Some people don't like this way of communicating and just say "others are allowed their opinion" and yes, if you are doing that, that's fine. However people shouldn't just be able to spout hate. And when they are unwilling to change or listen, there isn't always a lot to do but call them out. I do think it's okay to call someone an arsehole, when they are really being one. I have tried navigating the delicate process of effectively calling someone out on their shit, without getting their back up. Making sure that it doesn't just make them hate your argument and counterproductively reaffirm the belief you are trying to explain is problematic, when they may have been open to new ideas. Again though, I find it so difficult and anxiety producing, even when it is civil, I am tenterhooks the entire time. I really do admire people who do both of these things, I think it takes guts. 

Sadly, what I find more difficult though, is shit from the 'other side', if you will. People whose politics align with your own (mostly) but who seem to use it in a bad way. I am talking about those who use their politics as a way of building up some kind of self-importance, so they can knock others down. Judge everyone who isn't as active as they are or as knowledgeable. 

I totally get those who find dealing with triggering shit stressful (I am one) and wanting to call people out but that's not what I am talking about. I am talking about, bascially, snobbery. I don't want to engage in these issues often because I am scared more of the people who agree with me, in principal, more than those who don't. I don't want to engage with a sneering comment thread about how shit everyone else is or get into a subtle contest of who is the better activist. I see this a lot in feminist movements, both online and IRL.

There is a difference between wearing pride and wearing something so that you can put others down who may not have had the same access to education as yourself. I'm not saying take shit from people but there is a difference between someone who is unaware and someone who is hateful. I am NOT saying that people should 'tone' it down or stay silent. I think that would put things so far backwards. But I just see so much disempowerment of others who are an ally because they wanna be better than them. Like they have to prove that they know more, act more, do more, are more. Like they are better. Shouldn't we want everyone to be the best, together? Encourage that if and where we can?

Sure, there are a lot of people who do need to be told to fuck off because their language or actions are damaging to others but I often see more energy spent in being weirdly competitive with each other than uniting. I'm glad that people seem to be coming more aware, it's great and I think will really create positive change but using that knowledge to bring yourself up and push others down puts us further back. It personally stops me interacting and I would bet a lot many others also feel isolated.

 Fearing your allies is worse than fearing your enemies. I think it's a sad time when you are scared of people who should be supportive but would rather judge than be with you. If you find me missing of social media (mostly Twitter) this is probably why. This post is honestly not aimed at anyone specific. It's more of a culture that seems to have emerged and is enacted through varying differing degrees. I have been feeling this way for a really long time and just had to get it off my chest...

Sorry for the rant and I hope that made sense! 

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