Jenna’s Blog | Part 3

Howdo,

Tayla’s mum here with just a quick bit of waffle about my hair products.

I have to be very careful as I suffer with dermatitis on my scalp which will flare in to psoriasis if I’m not careful.  My doctor prescribed me with a special shampoo for really bad flares and a delightful lotion for smaller flares which feels like I’m putting alcohol on open cuts…..yes it’s really that nice!  So as you can appreciate I have to be careful but at the same time I love to try new products.  A dilemma, but if I’m on the ball I can catch anything nasty before it gets icky lol.

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Right, at the moment I’m using Dove daily care shampoo 250ml £1.34 at Boots.com.
Massaging this shampoo into your hair gives you a lush head of smooth bubbles.  It’s leaves your hair feeling clean but not stripped.  Best of all it reminds me of our first family holiday to Orlando, where we bought some Aussie shampoo and conditioner to use.  Now American Aussie is TOTALLY different to English Aussie.  I hate English Aussie and think it smells like plastic and it leaves me hair feeling like plastic too.  American Aussie is the best shampoo and conditioner I have ever used and it just smells divine!  So the Dove shampoo takes me straight back to Florida and good times 😊

Dove Hair Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Conditioner 350ml £3.99 at Boots.com.
As with the shampoo, the scent is just flipping gorgeous and makes me all dreamy lol.  It conditions my hair really well, leaving it tangle free.  Great stuff!

Dead Sea Spa Magik Dead sea mineral shampoo 330ml £8.30 at Debenhams.com.
Now this shampoo is a bit of a funky smell.  I use his when I have a sore and itchy scalp from the dermatitis. It leaves my hair lovely and clean.  I wish it smelt a bit nicer but as it helps me scalp I can live with it 😉

Dead Sea Spa Magik Dead sea spa magic conditioning scalp mud. 150ml. £9.75 at Debenhams.com.
This conditioner is a clay scalp treatment and it’s amazing!  Again it smells funky.  You don’t need much as it spreads easily on your scalp and through your hair.  It gets rid of my itches and leaves me with the softest hair.

There you go, told you it was a short one today.  Hopefully it might help anyone who suffers with scalp inflammation or just an itchy and flaky scalp.  No ones wants to walk round scratching like they have the crawlies, surrounded with a cloud of dandruff YIKES.

Until next time …..

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Face | Hiding The Madness

Hey There Pretties!

Today I write to you, sat on my couch, in the dark watching some thunder and lightening. This autumn weather has been AMAZING and really is my fave time of year!

We are finally mid week! YAY so we can all do the mid week boogie! As I am not working at the mo I will join in for the sake of it, but there is just nothing to hate about a Wednesday! (I am not working because I am a bum, just simply some issues were had at my previous place of work and the surgery I had just kicked my ass just FYI. I am almost healed and have a job lined up, but I will leave that for another day).

I am also in the process of a new project, I am just sorting out the little details and should be able to share with you in the next few days! Another YAY!

However, today will only be a short blog. I am in 3rd day of my Blogging frenzy and wasn’t sure what to share with you all.

This morning I woke up and realised my Doctors appointment was early that expected so I didn’t really have time with gaffing around with makeup so just covered my face, applied a small amount of mascara and rushed out the door.

So, whilst I was deciding what it was I wanted to write about, I thought I would do my makeup all fancy (The downside being I had no where to wear it 😦 ). I took what little makeup I had off and thought that my skin was just dreadful so I decided to write about how I cover my horrible scarring, redness and extra blemishes when my skin is at it’s worst. I have had worse skin than I do now, but it is the first time I have noticed it being too horrible in a while.

I tend to have bad skin when Aunt Flow visits… When I get ill…. or apparently just for fun every now and again. This is not unusual for women and as long as daily routines and effort is put into looking after your skin, you will reap the rewards.

ANYWAY

Ramble over. Here is a before pic…

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And here are the products I used…

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Max Factor Lasting Performance in Fair

ELF Cosmetics Cover Stick in Ivory

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Neutral

And here is the after…

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(I filled in my brows and did add a small amount of blush, but I think you can get the idea of how much different my skin looks).

How did I apply them you ask?

After moisturising and priming I added my ELF Cosmetics Cover Stick FIRST. Yes, you read that correctly. I applied it where the redness was looking most angry. This allows a little extra coverage. I do not blend in, I go straight ahead and apply the Max Factor Foundation over the top, blending in with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I LOVE this brush and the finish it gives my skin.

I then add any extra cover stick where necessary and then just buff in the powder gently. I can’t live without powder. I am not a fan of the dewy finish, I love a matte finish, but just add as much as you feel feel most comfortable with.

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Here is a just a wee cheeky selfie of the complete look I went for.

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And there you have it.

Goodbye for now my loves xo

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My Favourites | Hair

Good evening Dolls,

Hope you are all well!!

I have yet another post for you! I am trying my best to post everyday this week as each post is reigniting my love for blogging that I first started with. I have had a lot going on and blogging took that back seat, but never fear, I am back and easing into some fabulous posts just for you! Today we have my current favourite hair products. I do have so many, but the ones I chose I found to be the ones I use and replace on a regular basis!

Here goes…

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Umberto Giannini Mend My Hair Therapy, designed for intensive damage repair. It is a 5 in 1 hair oil which claims to

-Strengthen and Repair

-Smooth and soften

-Conceal split ends

-Tames and controls

-Adds shine

Now, if you don’t already know, my hair is crazy. Humidity makes my hair turn into an afro and is just generally a wild mane. It does take a lot to tame and I must say, this oil does a rather great job in assisting with that. My hair isn’t in the best condition so a hair oil is imperative for me. I apply a couple of pumps to the ends of my hair whilst damp and then again if needed once styled – only applying a tiny amount when it’s dry. It has an unusual smell, a kind of a love it or hate, (my mum hates it) but I loooooove it! I definitely will buy it again for sure!

John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3 Day Straight. I first got this product a few christmases ago from my Mum, and I remember going “how on earth does it leave my hair straight for 3 days when I wash it nearly every day”. Boys and Girls, why then did I not realise it is not good to wash your hair every day. Apparently, a healthy amount is every 3 day, according to John Frieda. Even then however, knowing how wild my hair gets, it really did help the frizz and calm it down in the mad weather. So now I use it how it is supposed to be used and I always leave my hair unwashed for as long as possible! (it really has helped the condition of my hair, so I would recommend being a grub for the extra couple days!) I rely on this product more than I should and for a temporary sleek straight style, it is a must have!

And for those days where you can’t be bothered to wash your hair… Batiste Dry Shampoo. I will leave this one short and sweet because I have written about this product before (CLICK HERE). It really isn;t just to help the greasy/i’m too lazy to get up earlier and wash my hair/unmanageable hair. I also use it to add that extra volume when I am look for extra oomph. The Tropic scent smells delightful, so will leave your hair looking and smelling freshly washed!

Tresemme is a much loved brand of mine and definitely a go to for shampoo and conditioner when I can’t make up my mind. It is a comfort brand for me, and will always end up going back to it one way or another. One product I cannot get enough of is the Heat Protect Mist for Coloured hair. I have coloured my hair for many many years so that extra protection to stop my colour fading it gives is a must! It helps my hair feel lovely and smooth and protect from the heat of my straighteners. It gives 2X longer protection on your coloured hair and protects on temperatures up to 230 degrees. YES PLEASE. Spray generously over damp hair and blow dry. I will add a few extra sprays when straightening but ensure you don’t apply too much otherwise your hair gets heavy and greasy too quickly. I usually buy the standard heat protection by Tresemme, however this one I caught on sale in Boots for £1.80!!!!!! I stocked up!

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And finally, My newest purchase was a bargain from my much loved and local Trago Mills (Only in Devon or Cornwall – sad face) but it is available in most drug stores. Got2B  Rise and Shine Hairspray. It is a new range and I have previously used Got2B for other hairsprays. The reason I always go back to this brand is because of the price (Tayla Friendly), the scent (oh my god is it even a hairspray it smells divine) and of course the quality of the product. It holds my hair! Yay!! I do need to reapply it when necessary, just because of the nature of my hair, but it is definitely one of the few hairsprays that actually does what it is supposed to. It holds, provides shine and adds a little extra volume. I will be going back to Trago Mills to repurchase – Especially as my boyfriend feels the need to use it too!

And there you have it! Do you use any of my favourites? What are your thoughts? Let me know!

Goodbye for now my lovelies! xo

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Jenna’s Blog | Part Two

Hello again, yep it’s me, Taylas mum.

I’m writing another set of reviews today, this time about some Clinique products I have.  I put the brands I have together just for ease.  I think my next instalment is a mixture of products and brands, hopefully it won’t be too messy 😉
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I have been using the Clinique 3 step system for a few years and have got on with it brilliantly.  It’s only my curiousness and the price of Clinique that has made me venture into trying other products.  I got my Clinique bits and bobs when we went on holiday to Florida so with the exchange rate I paid quite a bit less than the prices I’ve listed.  The prices listed are from the Boots website and these are MY OPINIONS.

Liquid facial soap.  Combination oily to oily skin, 200ml, allergy tested.  Step 1. £16
Non scented.
Great soap, has a gentle lather and doesn’t leave my face feeling dry and tight.
My fall back facial soap, great stuff.

Clarifying lotion 3.  Combination oily, 487ml, allergy tested.  Step 2. £26 (for 400ml)
Says fragrance free but you can smell alcohol in it. Can also feel it tingle when swept over your skin, which I like.
I’ve not found it very good as an exfoliator like described on the bottle, good as a toner though.
I have the bottle with the pump in the top because I bought it in America, I don’t know if you can get the pump in the UK.

Dramatically different moisturising gel. Combination oily to oily skin,125ml, allergy tested. Step 3. £30.
Says fragrance free but I think it has a very light clean smell.
A little goes a long way, so you can use sparingly. Absorbs quickly and easily.  Doesn’t leave skin matte but not shiny either.
My fall back moisturiser, I have a new bottle in the cupboard ready to go.

Take the day off make up remover for lids, lashes and lips.  50ml, allergy tested. £17 (for 125ml)
This is Such a small bottle as i got this in a sample pack with another purchase.
Non scented.
This is the best waterproof eye makeup remover I have ever used!!! I love it so have been using it sparingly, making it last rather than buying a new bottle.  I’m so tight lol.  Would recommend it to anyone.  Never tried it on my lips though as I never have lips left on by the end of the day.

Repairwear intensive eye cream.  15ml, allergy tested, ophthalmologist tested.

(I don’t think they make this anymore so I can’t find a price)

A nice eye cream that isn’t at all greasy and is easily absorbed.  Feels lovely but not seen any difference on my lines and wrinkles.

Acne solutions cleansing foam.  125ml, salicylic acid acne medication. Allergy tested. £17.
Says fragrance free but has a slight medicated and sweet smell.
This product is also part of the 3 step system buy I only have this step. Cleanses your skin really well but be very careful near your eyes.  At the moment it’s too much for my skin so will probably end up giving it away.

Self sun body daily moisturiser.  Light/medium, 75ml, allergy tested. £19 (for 125 ml).
Says fragrance free but I think it has a rather strong scent, a funky buttery type smell.  It’s pretty much the same deal as the dove self tanning moisturiser, put a bit on each day and build it up each day until you get the desired colour.  Works great and created a beautiful light tan (great for us pale people). Doesn’t last that long but non of them do, shame it is stinky! I got this free in my sample pack with another purchase.

There you go, another set of reviews from my perspective.  Remember I am in my early 40’s so if you’re a young whippersnapper it will probably not apply to you. Anyway I hope someone finds this helpful 🙂

Until next time…..

Everyday Go To Make Up | Back To School

Hey Dolls,

Hope you are all well!

This post goes out to all the little beauties out there who have recently started back to school or those looking for a quick and easy go to daily makeup. The reason I dedicate it for all the youngun’s out there is because my 15 year old sister has recently started back and described how the teachers are stripping young teenagers of their individuality and unique personalities away.

Going round class by class with nail polish remover and makeup remover and saying only natural coloured hair is allowed. I see the point and how it should be about the education not what you look like, but I also feel that making it about no makeup, no hair, no expression, is going to do the complete opposite to the teenagers in education.

Uniform is in place to ensure that everyone is wearing the same thing to minimise bullying, but every teenager needs an outlet for expression. I don’t what I would have done without a little bit of makeup in school because I suffered with horrid acne, and without that cover up I probably wouldn’t have wanted to leave the house.

I feel education is most important and towards the end of my educational period at my particular school, the education deteriorated and so did my motivation. One of my classes was a complete joke, with one teacher teaching two different levels at the same time, and my complaints led to me having to take time out of my time out of school hours to get the lessons I should have had during school hours.

So instead of focusing on how girls apply their makeup and spending the money on removers, how about focusing on ensuring teachers and students are thriving to do the best they can do? There should be limit on how much makeup is worn, obviously it would be unacceptable to walk in with full on clubbing makeup during the day, but a little bit of creativity could just help someone find themselves. Hell, thats what your teenage years are for! So I am going to show how I wear my makeup when I can’t be bothered or when I going for a more natural and pretty looks..

First things first…. The products. image-7So here I have (In order of application after moisturiser and primer – will not cover the application of my eyebrows)

ELF Cover Stick concealer in Ivory £1.95

NYC 14hr Long Lasting Foundation in Classic Ivory £3.99

Maybelline Super Stay Waterproof Powder in Ivory £5.99

Natural Collection Blusher in Pink Cloud £1.99

-Calvin Klien Cream Eye Shadow In Snake Skin Silver (Poundland)

MUA Matte Eye Shadow Palette in Ever After (Using shades Bare and Smoke) £4.00

MUA Eye Shadow Palette in Heaven & Earth (Using shades Amber Dune)

Essence Waterproof Mascara in Black. £2.50

ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Pink Lemonade £1.95

My point was great coverage for a flawless, glowing skin for those who suffer with acne or those pesky imperfections (I still do, so please don’t let it worry you, just make sure you find a really good skin care routine, if you want me to share mine just let me know). You don’t want to piss off you teachers either, so ensure you pick a foundation that really suits your skin colour. I am a rather pale person so I have to swatch with the testers before I buy.

For this look as well, you don’t want to apply tonnes of everything. No Tarantula eyelashes and unfortunately no statement lips.

So a super quick run down of my application.

I used the ELF coverstick to cover my imperfections whether they be large pore or blemishes. Before blending I then applied my NYC foundation. You want to ensure you blend down the neck, towards your hairline and by the ears (we don’t want the lines). It feels slightly heavy but don’t worry about using one or the other if you don’t have those imperfections on your skin, this is about making you look as natural as possible. Dabbing the powder on with my powder brush to start with as to ensure that the base we applied isn’t smudged nor moved around the face the way we don’t want to do. Once that has done, nice gentle circles to finish the application to just finish covering any shines. If you like the dewy look and are comfortable with it – go with it, i’m just very much a powder finish gal.

Then with a cheeky smile gentle apply the blusher on the apples of your cheeks. The great thing about the Natural Collection blusher is that is doesn’t look heavy, you very much have to build the colour up step by step which is great for achieving the natural look. image-11 The Calvin Klien cream eyeshadow was a little bargain of mine and bought in multiple colours. The pigmentation is just perfect to use as a highlighter to heighten the eyes under the brow. Also is great for a little primer eyeshadow primer ;). I applied this with the light matte eyeshadow to bring back that natural finish. I added another MUA pale brown colour in the corners of my eyes, simply to add definition, but this doesn’t need to be done. Using the MUA Matte black shadow, I used this in place of my usual liquid liner. It softens the application just sightly widening the eyes, adding a very subtle definition. The Essence Black Mascara is very difficult to clump your lashes so again it will add a very subtle definition make you feel that bit more comfy (can’t leave the house without mascara). If you already have dark eyelashes, trying using a clear mascara just to add that pop. That way it will look even more natural. image-10 The lipstick is applied like a gloss as is absolutely perfect as it is close to my lip colour already. Matching the lip stick to your skin tone and lip colour is essential to complete the look. It adds confidence and just a little pop to your pout. image-8 image-9

I hope this helps those who struggle with their school. Take a selfie of your natural makeup and take me in them on twitter or Instagram so I can see! Good luck.

Goodbye for now xo

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