Monday, 27 August 2012

300 page views at last!!!

Wooop! I just reach 300 page views! This is very exciting news for me, considering no-one ever normally looks at things I post!

I was trying to think of something special to post to celebrate but I've ran out of time so I'm going to give you a great big kiss <3

Lots of lovely love,
Cookie & I

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Product Review - Spot on!

Spots! We all get them, big ones, small ones, lots of tiny ones all at once, or some time a few brutes that just won't go away!

I used to have really bad blackhead around my nose and on my chin, as well as a new brute of a spot each week. They'd be big, red, painful and in THE most obvious places, like right in the middle of my forehead or right on my chin... I tried tons of products! Clean and clear, witch hazel and tea tree, clearasil... You name any typical teenage spot treatment product and I've probably tried it once!

So I guess the real question is what did I finally settle on?

At 15 years old I started taking the pill, this helped to normalise my hormone levels which helped reduce the number of breakouts I had. However I am still prone to spots, and my daily diet is reflected on my skin so I have to constantly try and be healthy. However we all know that this is not possible; a teenager eating healthy everyday? No. Just no. So I invest in a fair few products to treat my spots and prevent breakouts when I can feel them coming.

Spot on!

Right now I have three 'corking' great big spots, which all feel like bruises and bite more than spots.
Unfortunately these three brutes surfaced very quickly, so I couldn't try my usual prevention treatments. But I'll tell you what I would normally use:

Germoloids cream... Sound gross? Maybe. Yes, I use hemorrhoid treatment on my face! But I honestly swear by it! It's great for shrinking those big bruisers before they surface! Don't ask me the mechanics of it, I just know that it works for me! It's always great to use as an eye cream (I wear it overnight as it dries funny and makes your skin very very white) to help reduce baggy eyes and gives them a little pepping. 

Constant attack of blackheads a problem? Blackheads always clogging up further and turning into full on spots? Solution = Quinoderm! (Haha! I sound like a TV advert!)

Now, Quinoderm is a very powerful over the counter medicinal cream. It contains Benzoyl Peroxide, which is a chemical that helps lift dead skin cells off your skin, promotes new skin to grow and reduces bacterial levels on the skins surface. Now as this is an over the counter medicine it should not be used incorrectly, over-used, misused, nor should it be used if you don't really need to, if you have other methods that work try them first!!! I used this because I constantly get spots and I only ever use Quinoderm when I feel my pore are clogged up more, that I have more blackheads than usual, or when I have some spots that have surfaced. And when I do use it I only use it two or three times a week. Your face MUST be clean before applying it, and you mustn't put anything on top of it, and it's for this reason that it's probable best to use it at night.

I would recommend using a 5% rather than the 10% I use, as it can kinda sting your face a bit (please don't get it anywhere near the eyes! It hurts so much!). And as it is a medicine I would recommend maybe researching into it more or speaking to a healthcare advisor or pharmacist at any chemists. But aside from all the warnings I'm giving you about how strong it is and how careful you have to be using it, I honestly swear by it! I even had to buy some for my mum and sister as they kept using mine! It's that good! But as always if a spot wants to surface, even after using Germoloids and/or Quinoderm, it will. Just let it surface, let it breathe for a night or two if you can then maybe try treatment again. 

Now, not all spots are the same... So what about those super annoying ones that are empty of all that Sebum, or 'white pus' as many of us know it as, and then they scab up and dry out? They're still there but they're just not as angry as before. You want to get rid of them but everything else you have is tea tree based, exfoliating, chemical and drying... So what can you use next? I use something that was advised by our family friend in Australia. It's very expensive, but I'm sure if you check it out and check there other products you could easily find an alternative (or just fall in love and buy some). It's called Ella Baché. The particular product I have doesn't seem to exist any more, but I use Ella Baché's Soin Purifiant Intensif - Créme Intex nº2. It's a purifying cream, it's moisturising and ph balancing... It's reason why my friend from school always used to stroke my face because it made it baby soft.

The product I had was from the classic range, and the two nearest one I can find to it are the Baume Purifiant and the Crème Intex No.2.

Other products I sometimes use: 

  • Avon Clearskin blemish treatment (no longer made however), and Boots Skin Clear stick, both of which are anti-bacterial, so are great to use throughout the day after accidentally rubbing your face with dirty hands. 
  • I use Sanctuary's Daily Face Wash and Soap and Glory's Scrub Your Nose In It to help keep my skin clean and soft (both featured in previous post 'Soak It Up Sunday'). 
  • I also use No.7 Pore Refining serum (when I remember to) to help prevent pesky blackheads around my nose! And I use, practically everyday, No.7 Calm Skin to reduce that red glow I get especially after using Quinoderm the night before!

Links that might help:

Shopping: Recent purchases!

Going to have a lazy day soon and watch these DVDs as well 
as Memphis Belle, and then raid my Dad's old wartime DVDs.

(Because you always need new tights)

Half price on No.7 make-up (not skincare or foundations however)

Because I'm using old trainer socks which aren't exactly the best

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Product review: Hair colourants - Loreal Castings Vs Boots Colour (Part 2)

As you can see it was kinda messy...

...But the results were brilliant!!!

Especially compared to my earlier ginger hair:


(bleary eyed drunk me)

Overall I do prefer Loreal Castings colouring but the Boots one proved itself as being a strong stubborn dye that not only took to my hair nicely but also stuck well to the bath tub and wall when it sneakishly slipped out my Ma's hands! Haha! Maybe next time I'll try a Loreal Castings colour over this one and see how that takes on top now that that a brunette colour has finally taken to my hair! :D

Friday, 24 August 2012

Product review: Hair colourants - Loreal Castings Vs Boots Colour

For about two, maybe even three, years now I have used Loreal Castings Amber hair dye, I also briefly went for Black Cherry, both of which were fantastic! The hair dye took very well for both, and the application was easy enough for my Mum (I'm too stupid/clumsy to do my own hair). But recently I tried their Chestnut Honey colour in the hope to go back to brown. But I guess after being ginger for so long, it just didn't want to take. So, as you can imagine, I felt a little let down by my one and only favourite hair dye. :(

So the other day in Yarmouth Boots I found they still the Boots Colour range, as my store that I work in only has Boots Botantics, so I had a little look and pick up two Warm Medium Brown dyes (glad I got the two, the bottles are smaller than Loreal's), and as they were on 2 for £5 I thought I honestly couldn't go wrong and it was worth a try. Better try dye for £5 than spend £12 on a hair stripper and then dying a little darker so as to give so high and low lights and so I'm not practically blonde... As the peroxide in the hair dyes that I have previously used will have permanently lighted that hair, so my roots will still be darker than my lengths.

So my first ever experience with Boots Colour... Firstly I'd like to say I'm glad I have lots and freckles and a tan right now. Because as I sit here waiting for it to develop I can't seem to get the smudges off my forehead (and ears), but I'll get some nail varnish remover on it later as that should hopefully work, and sting like a bitch on my spot (review on spot treatment to come soon too!).
The bottle is a lot smaller than Loreal's and it's harder to squeeze the colour into the developer, especially as the Loreal developer and colour screwed onto each other so if you slipped the two wouldn't spill. Unfortunately, the Boots Colour is a cheaper brand and doesn't have this fancy feature so when trying to squeeze the colour out of the tube, which was difficult enough, it kinda spilt... Well it jumped across the bathroom and splatter the bath tub and a few tiles :S

Also when mixed the dye was difficult to squeeze through the nozzle so mum gave up and just screwed off the lid dollopped it on my hands and did it by hand! Haha! Eventually we got it all on my hair (some on the floor, some on Mum, some on the bath and some on the wall)... And now I'm just waiting.

In fact my timer has done... So let's rinse it off and go see how well, if at all, it has taken.
I'm nervous... Like very nervous! :S

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Product review: Tesco's own hair setting spray

(Picture to come soon!)

So my dear Ma bought this for me to put in my hair when I tie it in a bun overnight, as I often do to give me slight waves and save me from blow-drying it straight. I had a L'oreal product very similar once that my Nan gave to me, which worked brilliantly for me, but I never have found it again.

I'm sure I speak for a lot of people out there when I say "my hair never curls!!!!". I can get it to curl for about half a day, and within an hour the right side of my hair always go flat whilst the left side, which has a few more layer from my fringe, stays wavy still. Normally for me to get the best curls I have to have one or two day old hair, that doesn't have conditioner in it, and it covered with half a can of hairspray. I have great difficulty getting my hair to stay curly, even after spending an hour or two on it.

So I was pretty impressed by this tesco spray I used. I put it in my 70% dry hair, which I had treated with my intense S&G conditioner and my Herbal Essences treatment cream, tied it in a bun overnight. I didn't expect it to take at all, but when I took it out in the morning I had nice soft waves throughout. The curls were soft and fluffy and not crispy like some setting sprays make them, so I could still run my fingers through. And, as all curls do, they did drop during the day but they lasted a lot longer than I expected.

An added bonus is the natural smell it has, it doesn't smell chemically like you'd expect from a cheap range.

4 out of 5
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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Fashion post: Lookbook

So I got myself a Lookbook for posting about my fashion/outifts rather than having random posts throughout my blog, and I've posted quite a few looks on there now, including the following:

Please go check it out and tell me what you think (either on here or on Lookbook):

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Fashion post: Flying the skies at Duxford

I don't even need to use words, but do know this... Actually getting to fly in a De-Havilland Dragon Rapide was the best 15 minutes of my life, and I wore the perfect outfit to compliment the whole day. <3

Air hostess!

My beautiful flight in the skies 

Gift shop!