Jenna’s Blog

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Howdo!  Taylas mum here, back to do as requested by Tayla and write a few bits about beauty stuff I like.

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As you can see from the photo, I have acquired a few things from No7 recently.  I haven’t been using these products for very long, so far I am liking them a lot.  The things I have purchased have been on the recommendation from a couple of different sales ladies in Boots.  I always go to great lengths to explain that I have very very oily skin and would do anything short of involving needles/scalpels to get rid of my old lady eyes!

Trying to keep this post from turning into an essay, I thought I’d write short and sweet descriptions of each product I own.  Again, these are MY OPINIONS, I am not trained in anything to do with skin care, just a regular schmo 🙂

Beautiful skin night cream.  Normal/oily hypo-allergenic, 50ml, £13.50.
Lightly perfumed scent.
Light and quickly absorbed and non greasy.
I do wake up shiny, but so far it’s not blocked my pores or broken me out.

Beautiful skin day cream. Normal/oily, spf15, 5*uva, hypo-allergenic, 50ml, £12.50.
Again even lightlier (is that even a word?!) scented.
Feels thicker so takes a bit longer to absorb, but it’s non greasy.
Dries semi matte but I’ve found it doesn’t stay that way.  It’s not helped slow down the production of my oil.

Protect & perfect intense advanced serum.  Hypo allergenic, 30ml, £24.95.
Fragrance free.
Absorbs easily and non greasy.
Can’t say I see it doing anything extra for my skin though and I’ve been using this about a month longer than the other products. Says it should supercharge my skincare regime……wish it would hurry up and kick into action 😉

Lift & luminate eye cream. 5*uva, hypo allergenic, 15ml, £16
Lightly scented
Absorbs easily and non greasy
Not had it long enough to see if it works, I do have my fingers crossed though!

Beautiful skin eye make up remover. All skin types, hypo allergenic, 100ml, Phthalmologist tested, £8.50.
Fragrance free.
Works ace on waterproof mascara, great stuff and I will definitely be repurchasing.

Beautiful skin hot cloth cleanser.  All skin types, hypo allergenic, 200ml, £9.95.
The scent reminds me of my nan but not in an old lady way.
Comes with muslin cloth
Easy to use, leaves skin feelin soft and if you go over your lips it feels like butter.
Won this in a competition from Chelsea, wasn’t something I have ever been temped to by myself before but will now 🙂

Beautiful skin cleansing Brush. £24.95.
I got this beauty as a gift from my girls and I love, love, love it. It doesn’t use the batteries too quick, would be even more fab if it was rechargeable (why have I not put some rechargeable batteries in it then, such a div!). Just be careful of your hairline, I can assure you that you don’t want it catching – OUCHIE!

Completely quenched moisturising body lotion.  Hypo allergenic, 200ml, £10.50.
Smells lovely.
Doesn’t soak into my skin, not sure if my skin is just weird as I’ve read good reviews on it.  Maybe my skin just isn’t that dry. I shall probably use this on my dry feet, that’s always a good use for a rich moisturiser.

There you go, my review.  Well done if you’ve reached the end lol.  No7 is a great brand and like I’ve said I’m liking what I have.  There is always a promotion on with vouchers at the till or 3 for 2 offers which make most of these products very reasonably priced too!  Hope you’ve found something I’ve waffled on about helpful.

Until next time…..

Completely Obsessed | Nivea

Two posts in one evening?! You lucky devils!

 

It’s a friday night, my social life is dire with no money and my flat is clean…What is a girl to do!? Blog of course!!

 

I love that the more I post, the more followers I am attracting and I am so so so grateful for every single one of you! MY aim for 2014 is to reach out to more and more of you and to make sure that you all know that I am inspired and motivated by every single one of you to keep going and writing on my blog. My blog is for myself and to hopefully inspire you all the way I have been inspired but because of this, the fact that I have followers is so amazing!!!

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Anyway, back to business. If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram, you may have seen this photo pop up… (If you don’t follow me, then why not?! No excuses 😉 @writtenbytayla )

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In my little collection, that was added to at christmas includes:

Nivea Deodorant: Roll on and spray – Stress protect

Nivea Face Wipes: For normal and combination skin

Nivea Moisturiser: Soft – for Face/Body/Hands (75ml and the gigantic tub)

                             Firming – Body lotion

Nivea Primer: Express Hydrating (amazing)

Nivea Lip Balm: Essential Care

                          Soothe and Protect

                          Pearly Shine (not in the picture but tends to be in pink packaging to leave a pink tint to the lips)

 

As you can tell I am absolutely crazy about Nivea, and it all started with the Face/hand/body moisturiser. It was when I went to a trip to Home Bargains when it first opened locally, and it was just one of those things you pick up mindlessly because you need it and it was cheap. It was such a good price and have never turned back! The tubes I use to moisturise my hands and face first thing in the morning and the larger tub I use on my body. It has a non-greasy and thick texture which is why I love it. I just cannot stand super runny and oily moisturisers. They make me feel I need to wash my hands. Because it is quite thick, I do love using it after the face wipes in the morning to freshen my face up, because of the feeling it leaves. I feel that it helping me hide and fill all the scarring on my skin from the years of neglect. The face wipes are available in Savers (twin pack for £1.99) Literally the best deal out there without a doubt, otherwise you will find stores charging £3 for 1 packet – not cool.

I then use the Primer in the morning after the moisturiser. It does seem a bit much using a moisturiser and then an express hydrating primer right after, but my skin is seriously in need of some TLC and since starting this routine first thing in the morning, I am noticing a dramatic difference in how my face looks and feels – To start with I am not hiding behind my bangs anymore and that forehead has made its debut! haha! I have written about the Primer before but it genuinely so amazing! Some primers can leave a slidey texture to your face and make it even feel oily, but this does the complete opposite. It leaves a nice healthy, fresh skin feeling and I can’t stop touching my face when I have applied it. It is about £4.99 in most shops but you only need a small amount, and as it is a large pot it does last me a couple months at a time! Buy it, go go go, I promise – it will not disappoint.

 

The Soothe and Protect lip balm has been yet another life saver for me and is the first EVER lip balm I have used to the very end. The majority of the time I lose them or find a better one and end up leaving it on the side for months that I will just chuck it away. One thing I love about it is that it glides on smoothly and fills the lips in nicely. It fixes my chapped lips within hours and is even SPF15 so I use it constantly during the summer. The Essential Care one was bought in Poundland so was a bargain and have been using that since I ran out of my little light blue one 😦 sob sob. It isn’t as good, it feels a little bit more greasy – which I don’t like, but that is personal preference. It does the healing and protecting the gob just as well! The pearly shine is exactly the same as the Soothe and Protect but which a pinky hint to the stick. Perfect if you can’t be bothered to apply a lippy but still want a tint of colour.

 

My stress Protect is another amazing product. Walking up what seems like the Alps on my way home from work, it do get a little hot and sweaty and there is nothing worse than having that unpleasant smell being detected by your boyfriend when you take your coat off (most embarrassing thing ever, even if you do live together) I knew right then it was time for a new deodorant. By this time I was already falling in love with Nivea and I just had to buy it, to find out if Nivea would ever let me down. And once again – they didn’t. I do feel sweaty sometimes but honestly find that I am not smelly (always a bonus). Woohoo!!! I am more of a spray kinda gal but I received the roll on for Christmas, and I was completely shocked that I liked using it. Walking around like a monkey to let it dry before getting dressed though, not the most attractive thing ever, but the things you do to smell and feel good!

 

Have you ever tried Nivea? Whats your favourite product?

 

xo

 

First Blog in a Couple of Weeks!

Shame on me! I haven’t been the best of bloggers recently, but I do have reason!

As I have been working a lot and haven’t been very well, I have been sending myself to bed early and my brain isn’t functioning well enough to share my findings with you guys.

But just because I haven’t been writing doesn’t mean that I haven’t been hunting for bargain buys and the next best beauty product.  (Even with an extremely tight budget)

I have also been sorting out my dressing table/blogging desk as I have been getting ready on the floor or at the dining table (ewww) The chair is temporary until I get a nice chic stool… check it out 🙂 

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Since writing my blogs, I have been trying to find the perfect combination of products to help my skin which can be dry, sensitive and quite spotty. (A girl’s worst nightmare).

I am not going to lie to you, but I think I may almost be there!!!!!!!!

 

I start with Neutrogena  Visibly Clear Oil-Free Facial Wash. This was an absolute bargain and smells lovely! I am really enjoying using this in the mornings, it leaves my skin feeling fresh and clean, without irritating. Exactly what you want in a face wash!!

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With a Nivea Face wipes to follow, this allows my skin to feel fresh and clean even more so, whether it be after my morning face wash with cold water to wake me up, or that before bed cleanse. The wipes are soft and full of moisture, (something which I found Johnson’s wipes not to be). I wouldn’t say they were the cheapest on the market, but they certainly weren’t the most expensive. They are most definitely worth the money, however! £2.99 per pack in Boots. They frequently run offers in different stores, but I was desperate!! The wipes have a slight bumpy feel over the cloth which I love because it can allow for a very slight exfoliation when wiping off the makeup!

 

My next step is moisturising! I used to be soooooo bad at moisturising, that my skin was in terrible condition. it was dry and I didn’t have a nice base for ready for my foundation to be applied, making it patchy and never lasted all day despite buying the 18hr ones on purpose! When rooting through my beauty box full of supplies that my mum bought for me at xmas (she literally buys in bulk to the point where I don’t need to buy any more deodorant for at least another 6 months! I do love my mum!!)

I came across something that I had completely forgotten about. My Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion.

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Clinique is something that I have always loved and has always done wonders for my skin, but I always go through phases of using it. It is simply because of the price tag. I will stock up, use it for a while, realise I am running out and then “save it for the important days”. It is so worth the cost because it is one of them pricey products that do in fact work. 

I now feel dirty and greasy if I do not use this products before I apply my makeup and after I take it off. It does NOT leave my skin feeling clogged whatsoever and soaks in rapidly so you don’t get that uncomfortable greasy feeling for ages. And the best part is, you do not need a lot. Two pumps on the tips of my fingers (so your hands don’t soak up the goodness before your face gets the chance) and gently rubbing it in across your face and down your neck. Do not forget under the eyes!!

 

In the mornings when I am getting ready, I finish this process of by applying my Nivea Primer (see below) giving me that perfect base for my foundation. Lovely jubbly!!

 

What is your morning and night regimes? Is there something you cannot forget to do??

Shame On Me.

Long time no blog!! I feel so ashamed that for the past week I have abandoned my blog, but honestly guys, I have been suffering. The common cold is horrid, and it followed straight after a weekend of my usual monthly migraine. 

 

I am indeed a sufferer of migraines, and sometimes my meds that I take just aren’t enough, but the docs say that only being once a month, isn’t enough to take an everyday preventive. I have recently read a few interesting articles on migraines over the past few days, and one most interesting one was about the NHS are discussing about giving migraine sufferers FREE botox. I am not too sure about what that would do to help, but it must do wonders if there are discussing this as a treatment to save money overall.

Would I be brave enough? I am not too sure to be fair, mainly because of how some people look after having botox and it would have to be injected in the head area. 

I do believe that my main trigger for my migraines is that awful thing that happens to women once a month. It comes hand in hand with my cramps, but as I have the Implanon inserted into my arm, thankfully that’s all I get! It is a small price to pay to live my life until I am ready for children though. 

 

Some times I do feel guilty using contraception though, as I am really scared that one day someone will turn around and tell me that one day I might not be able to have children. But I think right now being only 20, it’s the right choice for now. (wow, sorry guys, getting a bit deep there). Would be interesting to hear thoughts on the topic!!

Anyway, let’s move on to something that isn’t too serious. 

 

As I was saying, I haven’t blogged in about a week because I haven’t been well, but now I am feeling a little better, I am still left with a chesty cough and really bad skin. 

Having a cold ALWAYS leaves my pores clogged and red. So right now I am quite spotty. I always forget about this and always forget to prepare my skin the way I should as I generally about too busy looking for sympathy haha! however today, I was applying my make up and got fed up of looking in my mirror. What ever I used it was not covering my spots and I having ran out of primer a short while ago, I got even more fed up. 

So, on the way back from the meal with my boyfriend’s parents and sister, before they go on holiday, I stopped off at Boots and took advantage of the final day of their 10 points per £1 spent if you spend over £15. I am a sucker for Boots points and saving them for a rainy day when I have no money but want to spend spend spend!!

 

Anyway, I had been doing my research on primers for a few weeks finding a few I liked but were too expensive and some cheap ones that did absolutely nothing for my skin. but on the Boots website, I found something that caught my eye. It caught my eye because I absolutely LOVE Nivea skin products. I love the hand/body/face moisturiser, I love the face wipes, the lip balm is amazing and I love the face scrub. I love the way my skin feels and smells when I use any of it!!

As you do not need a lot of primer you can get the smallest of tubes with the hefty price tags attached, this was a generous amount for a small price. PERFECT!!

 

As you guys knows I can be quite tight with money, and I like to share my finds with you all. It is all well and good blogging and reviewing products that cost the earth, but not everyone can afford to spend vast amounts on things, nor do they want to! (I am in the middle between the two!)

 

The usual price is £4.99 but I purchased on offer at £3.33. I do love my a bargain!

http://www.boots.com/en/NIVEA-Daily-Essentials-Express-Hydration-Primer-Normal-Combination-Skin-50ml_1360804/

 

It is a little runnier than I anticipated but it feels good and that way will last longer. Thankfully I don’t get oily skin, but as it feels quite runny I probably wouldn’t recommend if you are prone to oily skin. It says it is designed for “normal” or “combination” skin. I am probably combination, but sometimes my skin can be quite sensitive. 

 

The Nivea face wipes are amazing too, I found these on offer which is why I picked them up and I completely regret not buying them the last time I needed them. I tend to buy the ones that are on offer, buy one get one free tends to be what entices me. Which is why I picked up the Johnson’s Makeup Be Gone. 

My opinion is they feel like I am using a dry sponge to wipe my face compared to the Nivea, however they are good for removing the eye makeup!

 

Do you guys have anything particular favourites that you always regret not buying when you try something new?!

 

xo