Thursday, 20 November 2014

Go Inner Glow!

Hey guys! So recently I have been trying out some new skincare products which add a little bit more moisture and lustre to my complexion. I had heard all the rave reviews about incorporating a serum into your daily routine so I decided to give it a shot myself and see if the hype was worth it. The two products I want to talk to you guys about are the Boots Time Delay Youth Maintain Luminosity Serum and De-Puffing Eye Roll-On. Now I know these both sound like anti-ageing products which being a 21 year old you might think is a little unnecessary however my personal view on this is that the sooner you start really taking care of your skin properly the better it will age with daily wear and tear and the better it will both look and feel as you grow older. Give your skin the TLC it deserves now and reap the brighting benefits now and better skin later!

The serum is a personal favourite of mine that I apply both in the morning and evening after toning and before using my daily moisturiser and it adds the most beautiful luminosity to your face. If you haven't had much sleep the night before and you wake up looking a little dull like I do most mornings this product totally wakes your skin up and injects an almost inner glow into your complexion. I have also noticed a massive difference in my skin tone since using this product it is so much more even and brighter and my skin also feels even more moisturised which I feel helps to protect my skin even more in the cold winter weather.

The de-puffing eye-roll on is just a lovely product. For me there is nothing better than having cool fresh eyes in the morning and this roll on is such a pleasure to apply. It has a roller ball application that helps gently massages the product into the skin that claims to stimulate circulation and encourage drainage to reduce bags and dark circles. I must say once I have used this product my eyes look so much brighter it is just so super refreshing. It also sits really well under my concealer and doesn't dry up or leave any patches during the day.

These products are a nice introduction into using a serum and eye gel that wouldn't break the bank, add a nice glow to the face and as both of the products are more 'Youth Maintain' than anti ageing I personally think they are the perfect start up products to try that will help keep your skin looking healthy. 

Are there any serums or eye products you guys can recommend? I am still hunting for an affordable eye cream that has an SPF of 15 or above so if any of you know of any good products do not hesitate to let me know in comments below!


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Remember Remember... November Favourites!

Remember remember the fifth of November! I am SO super excited for tonight! I think this day is one of my absolute favourite times of year, the fireworks, the mulled wine, the bonfires! So I thought what a fitting day for my Wednesday post to be a selection of my November favourites! 

The first product I want to chat to you guys about is my hair saviour recently... the ever amazing Tangle Teaser! I think I am pretty late to join the party with this one, but I came across them in Boots about a month or so ago now and I had heard such amazing things about them I thought I would give them a go and oh my I am in love. My hair has never felt better and it de-tangles so easily. I love the colours of mine too, I think I got the melon one? Its green with pink bristles and I enjoy using it so much I have gotten into the habit of brushing my hair with it every morning and every night before bed. As I am trying to grow my hair again I feel its super important to take extra good care of your hair and having a brush that doesn't tear the hair helps so much in the overall shine, look, feel and general health of your hair. I am definitely a Tangle Teaser convert and would urge any of you that hasn't tried this product to give it a go!

The second product I want to mention today is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ moisturiser. Recently my skin has just not been having a good time. I know that your skin does change as you get older and at the moment I think I can definitely say my skin is changing a lot. I have always had quite an oily T-zone and the usual nose blackheads which to be honest I just got used to, they were there but they were easy to cover up so they never really bothered me. But recently I have been having major issues with really sore both under the skin and pretty prominent blemishes on and around my chin area. (On a side note if any of your can recommend any other products that would help this, or what might be causing them please let me know in the comment section below because I would love to have a proper resolution to this!) In an attempt to try and totally cleanse and clear my skin I was straight onto and purchased 3 core products that I have only been using on my skin apart from my usual day SPF moisturiser and that is a cleanser, micro exfoliator and moisturiser from La Roche Posay. All three products are really good but my favourite by far is the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+. After using this product from day one I saw a visible difference, My face felt cleaner, my blemishes had noticeably reduced and weren't as sore and angry as they were the previous evening and as an added bonus the pores on my nose were also looking less clogged and more refined. If there is a miracle moisturiser that I have tried this is most definitely the one. It is a little pricey retailing at around £14 (though I got mine for £10 on a pharmacy deal) I would say it is definitely worth the money and I will be buying again. 

The last two products I am going to mention today are much more timely and festive and they are the Hot Toddy shower gel and the Northern Lights bath bomb from Lush. Firstly, the shower gel is literally Halloween and Bonfire Night and Christmas all wrapped up into one glittery festive bottle. It smells amazing! Having a really spicy and warm scent, a beautiful deep red colour and blended with gold shimmering glitter. If there is one product to get you into the festive spirit, this is the one!. The Northern Lights bath bomb is also gorgeous. I actually used it last night to get me in the mood for the fireworks tonight and if you have me on Instagram (if not I'm over @lifeofjodie if you fancy a follow!) you probably saw the outcome of the starry exploding bomb, it was just beautiful and smelt incredible! Super warming and felt so lovely on the skin. 

I hope you guys enjoyed reading my November favourites and if there is any products you guys can recommend please don't hesitate to let me know! 


(The Northern Lights Bath Bomb... Ahh-mazing!)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Markets-Scents and Myrrh

Hello everyone :) this week I haven't really been up to very much, just working away not too much to report! However today I did have a little wander into Aberdeen city centre to check out the International Market that visits here quarterly and indulged in a little mulled wine while browsing through the various stalls. I absolutely love seeing all the interesting little trinkets that are brought along and smelling the yummy fresh waffles and crepes that are being made along the way. At the market the have everything from cheese stalls to nougat to woodwork craft. There is such a lovely mix of interesting things that normally you wouldn't come across day to day so I thought I would take some snaps and share them with you all :)

While wandering I also found myself in two of my favourite shops. Lush and The Yankee Store! At this time of year both stores bring out the most festive smelling products and I just couldnt resist purchasing a few winter warmers! 

From Lush I invested in the Hot Toddy shower gel mini that just smells amazing! The Cinders bath bomb which I have heard such good things about and the Northern Lights bath bomb which I thought would be lovely for coming up to Bonfire night as it promises to ''turn your bath water into a calming jasmine and ylang-ylang scented swirling night sky scattered with stars.'' - Seriously how could you resist that bath time spectacle!

From the Yankee store I purchased one of the fragrances of the month which was the Cranberry Ice candle. This candle smells amazing. It is wintery but fresh and smells so yummy I could eat it. At £14.99 for the large jar I honestly couldn't resist. I also invested in a few samplers; Spiced Orange, Cranberry Pear, Vanilla Chai and Sweet Apple. Candles for me are becoming such an obsession! Nothing beats lying in bed at night with a candle burning hiding away from the world in a cloud of festive scent all cosy and warm.  

What have you guys been up to this weekend? I hope you have a all had a very pleasant Sunday!