At the start of July I was sent the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Range. I was pretty excited as I didn’t even know that Burt’s Bees did a range for atypical skin. Burt’s Bees have a great ethos: a history of natural, ethical and high quality products. According to the website, the sensitive skin range has Cotton Extract, which helps “skin replenish its outer layer, shielding it from potential irritants”.
Because of my rosacea, I’m very wary of new products. I always start them on a Friday evening so that I can hide in the house for 2 days if I have a flare up or a reaction. When applying a new product I’m like a coiled spring, waiting for the burning or stinging to start.
So I was very happy to find that this range was not only gentle but was also a pleasure to use.
A few weeks ago I was invited to the Trevor Sorbie salon in Covent Garden for a KeraStraight Ultimate treatment. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may remember that I had a KeraStraight treatment last year (which you can read about HERE) which was amazing. I feel like people throw around the term ‘life-changing’. But for me, not having to straighten my hair every single day and being able to forget about frizz completely for 3 months… that’s pretty life-changing!
Since I’ve had my hair cut shorter, it’s a lot more manageable but I’d forgotten how much work goes into a fringe when you have wavy hair. I would have to blow dry it, but the underside would still be frizzy and had a stubborn kink. And of course as soon as it rained or became humid, it would start to curl up. So the idea of getting my a semi-permanent treatment on my fringe filled me with pure joy!
I’ve wanted to do marble inspired nail art for ages and I’m pretty pleased with the results. I was just making it up as I went along so it’s definitely something I’ll revisit, I think so more detailing with darker shades will give it even more impact.
In June 2014 I got married. It was wonderful, stressful and feels like a very long time ago! There are a lot of things I wish I’d known before I started planning my wedding so I’ve made a list to share with you. These are half serious, half tongue in cheek so please don’t take this as preachy. Weddings are, or should be, very personal to you. So if take one thing from this, it is to do what makes you happy!
When we went to New York we had an afternoon in the Museum Of Modern Art and it was wonderful. There were so many paintings that I never thought I would see in person and those by Jackson Pollock were a particular highlight. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to try to recreate it on my nails.
Today I told my boss that I didn’t want to be put forward for a promotion. It was a strange moment and not one in which I ever envisioned myself. You leave school or uni and get a job and the stepping stones are laid out in front of you: you work hard, your boss recognises that, you get a promotion and the process starts again.
So July has come to an end and it appears to have taken the summer weather with it. We have put the duvet back on the bed and I wore a jumper the other day. A JUMPER. I hope the sun comes back soon, I’m not ready for autumn yet!
To cheer me up I’ve put together the bits and pieces that I’ve been reaching for again and again this month. So what have I been loving?
Lottie London first caught my eye in Superdrug a few months ago when I spotted the nail varnishes (of course). The packaging is very classic and looks a lot more expensive than it is so I was pretty much sold immediately. So when the lovely guys from Lottie London send me some of their brushes and make up accessories, it reminded me that I’d wanted to try the polishes as well. I snuck two of the nail varnishes into a recent Superdrug order and I’m so glad I did.
Since I was diagnosed with rosacea, I have been searching for make up and skincare products that not only help to hide the redness but also make my aggravated skin feel better. So I have started the series #RosaceaReview: I’m going to do mini reviews of products that are either designed for rosacea/sensitive skin or ones that I think could help.
I filmed a first impressions of the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Corrective Fluid Foundation, which is SPF 25 and designed to be lightweight but high coverage. Intrigued? See my thoughts here:
The slogan of my blog might as well be “…I don’t even *like* blue nail varnish!” If you’ve seen my huge nail varnish sort and destash video you will have witnessed my utter confusion at how I’ve managed to accumulate such a large amount of blue nail varnishes when I (claim that I) don’t even like blue nail varnish on me.