Last week fellow blogger Haydn Squibb (squibbvicious.com) and the lovely people of Crown Street arranged an exclusive shopping evening for us lucky Essex bloggers. Tucked down this little side street are stylish boutiques, salons and of course, Mr. Essex’s famous shop- Fusey. Some of the shops had kindly stayed open later so we could have a wander round, and I thought I’d share two of my favourites!
The French Quarter is a homeware, gifts and general knick-knack shop which sells products not only from overseas but from local artists. Despite being a small boutique, every surface is adorned with handmade cards, candles, jewellery and more. Rather than bog standard shelves and rails, the products are displayed on gorgeous pieces of furniture which are available to buy and order.
One of the newer additions to Crown Street is Petit Cherubs -every little girls dream shop. It boasts possibly the most stylish children’s outfits in Essex and is crammed with tutus, bows and sparkles. Perfect for gifts, this adorable boutique offers edgy alternatives to plain high street clothes.
These hidden gems are definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Essex area, or click here to visit the Crown Street website for more information. Many thanks to Haydn and the people of Crown Street for organising the event!
Rosacea and Acne are two skin conditions I’ve struggled with since my teenage years. Whereas Acne is a common teen problem which most of us have probably experienced, Rosacea usually affects middle aged and older people. Symptoms vary from frequent blushing to -in my case- permanent redness on the face. Both are treated similarly and over the years, I’ve leant which products are the best to use and tried many treatments for both.
See your doctor if you have chronic Acne or Rosacea. They can prescribe gels, creams and low dose antibiotics to fight infections and calm inflammations.
Dermalex is a new company that offers products for a range of skin conditions, including Rosacea, which are available to buy at local pharmacists such as Lloyds (UK). The breakthrough technology in their creams can help reduce both redness and dryness. Click here to visit their website for more information and to buy their products.
Laser treatment may be recommended by a dermatologist, but can be expensive. I started my course of laser treatment on Monday, and am excited to see the results. I have only chosen this treatment though, as a last resort. All other creams and gels failed to work on my skin, and the NHS gave up trying to find other ways of treating it.
Make sure any products you put on your face are as mild as possible. I would recommend Simple skincare as it has no harsh chemicals and is gentle on the skin. Monitor your skin for flare-ups if you change skincare products.
Cold and hot weather, spicy foods, stress and exersice are all known to trigger flare-ups of Rosacea. Use a high SPF when exposing your skin to the sun, and try to pick a foundation which already has SPF included.
Put that that Real Techniques brush down! I found my acne cleared much quicker when I applied my make-up using my fingers rather than a brush. Bacteria can linger on unclean brushes and if – like me- you don’t have time to clean your brushes everyday, this can get spread back onto your face, causing breakouts.
Take your make-up off properly. Especially when wearing thick, high coverage foundations, make-up wipes just wont cut it. Don’t sleep in your make-up, and wear it for as little time as possible to let your skin breathe.
Covering It Up
Although high coverage make-up is not the best thing to put on acne prone skin, it is essential for covering redness, especially when you’re extra conscious of it. My favourite high-coverage foundation is Estée Lauder’s Double Wear, and for concealer I use Seventeen’s Phwoarr Paint.
Clinique is a brand well-known for its roots with dermatology, so it’s products are specifically suited to an individuals skin type and needs. It’s Acne Solutions and Redness Solutions rangesinclude both make-up and skincare, which is specifically targeted at caring for and treating each of these problems. One of the most effective products from the range for covering up is the Redness Solutions Daily Protective Base. It’s a primer with an SPF of 15, but is green coloured – which cancels out red tones. Just make sure it’s blended in well!
Do you have any tips or tricks for treating Acne or Rosacea? What are your favourite high coverage products?
When popping into Boots to pick up some bits I’d run out of, I found that everything I wanted was on offer – result! As ignoring a 3 for 2 offer is surely a crime, I picked up a few extra treats as well…
John Frieda – 3 for £10
John Frieda is nearing the more expensive end of Boots haircare, and I think for this reason, this offer totally baffled me. The shampoo and conditioner are each £5.99, and my poor friend had to try and explain the offer to me several times (“but that means I get something else…for free?!”). Being an artificial blonde, John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone Correcting range stops my hair from looking brassy and keeps it both light in colour and shiny at the same time. I also picked up the John Frieda leave-in conditioner spray, which makes hair super silky and soft, and targets areas prone to splitting and breaking.
Seventeen – 3 for 2
Having problem skin, the words ‘heavy duty’ and ‘concealer’ make me pretty excited (worryingly). Although Seventeen’s Phwoarr Paint is designed for covering under eye circles, it works equally well on other blemishes. Thick and long lasting, this is a product I know I’ll keep repurchasing. The Instant Glow bronzing powder isn’t highly shimmery, and is a medium brown which doesn’t leave cheeks looking muddy. Thirdly, I chose the Gel Colour nail varnish in ‘Azure Amore‘ in an effort to embrace Spring and shake off the darker colours of Winter. It has a smooth, even formula and is as long lasting as it advertises.
Simple – 3 for 2
Simple’s Cleansing Lotion is great at removing make-up but also keeping skin soft and moisturised. The Deep Cleansing Face Mask and Smoothing Facial Scrub get rid of dead skin cells and deeper impurities. Simple products are known for being gentle enough even for sensitive skin types, so no nasty reactions or side effects.
I also picked up the new Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara at the reduced price of £4.99, which I am yet to try. I love the original Scandaleyes mascara so have high hopes for this new edition!
There’s nothing worse than buying a new product that turns out to be total rubbish, so I thought I’d share the ones I’ve bought over the last year which were definitely not worth the money!
Garnier Simply Essentials 2 in 1 make-up remover
I was so in love with this to begin with, and it removed my make-up amazingly well as it’s mainly made up of oil. It was only after I bought my second bottle did it occur to me that perhaps the chronic acne I was experiencing may not be the effect of my ongoing Rosacea that I had put it down to. Almost immediately after I switched to a Simple cleanser my skin cleared completely. Coincidence? I think not.
Primark False Eyelashes
As you might expect with a Primark product, you get what you pay for. The glue has no holding power whatsoever, and the lashes are stiff and don’t bend well to fit the eyelid. As lashes can often look tacky if they’re bad quality, I think I’ll stick to Eyelure from now on.
Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Birthday Suit
I picked this up in the quest to find the perfect nude lipstick. This is definitely not it, and could easily be mistaken for a concealer as it has no shimmer or shine. Far too close to my actual skin colour for my liking.
Barry M Textured Nail Paint
Even though I love the mint colour, there is no escaping the fact that this paint makes my nails look and feel like sandpaper. Even with a high-shine top coat, they still look gritty and disgusting.
Boots Soltan Beautiful Bronze Self Tan Face Cream
There is no chance of the overdone orange look with this fake tan – it made no difference whatsoever to my skin colour. No matter how many layers I slather on, my face remains a lovely pasty white shade. Very disappointing!
What were your disappointing products of 2013? Any on my list that you agree/disagree with?
This weekend I’ll be joining my other half’s family at Centre Parcs, so thought I’d share the outfits I’m taking. I’ve tried to pack lots of layers, as it can get pretty chilly chasing squirrels around. It also occurred to me while packing just how much of my wardrobe comes from Primark, but how can you resist when everything is so cheap? We’re away from Friday-Monday, so here are my outfits for each day (minus the many bikinis I’ve also packed!):
Welly Boots: Primark
Watch: River Island
Collar Tips: Primark
Watch: River Island
The ‘Thick and Fast‘ mascara was part of Soap and Glory‘s Christmas gift set this year, the ‘Yule Monty’ (10 brownie points to my other half who bought it without so much as a hint from me!). All the products were full size and included both make-up and skincare items.
‘Thick and Fast‘ retails at £10, and Soap and Glory say ‘This super volume mascara creates amazingly, longer, fuller, fabulous lashes. Featuring SUPERFILL™ False Lash Fillers, SHINE AMPLIFIERS, NOFLAKE24 technology and super-fine no-clumps natural wax film formers‘ (www.soapandglory.com).
I was impressed at how it lengthened my lashes, but unfortunately, It didn’t create any volume or make them seem fuller. The application is also difficult, as the brush is very large, and the bristles densely packed. Other reviewers have said the wand holds too much product, but weirdly, I found the opposite. More than one coat is definitely needed – especially if you want thick, volumised lashes as it advertises! Overall, I don’t think I’ll be buying it again – I’d rather spend around the £8 mark on a Maybelline mascara, or go the whole hog and spend £20 on Benefits ‘They’re Real’.
Have you tried ‘Thick and Fast?’ If so, what did you think?