La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray

My lovely friend from France brought me two bottles of the La Roche Posay Serozinc Spray as I had been desperate to try it. You can’t get this easily in the UK (I think you can get it on Bay). This is a toner that is meant to help keep spots at bay. I spray it all over my face after cleansing in the morning before I apply serum and moisturiser. I don’t use it everyday only when my skin is feeling oily or breaking out. IMG_9838   The spray is a really fine mist so could even be used after your makeup. I do really like this and feel like it does help keep blemishes in check. I wouldn’t use this all the time especially when my skin is feeling dry as I think it would probably dry it out further. I took this with me on holiday to Malaysia to try and help my skin adjust to the hot, humid weather out there and reduce the number of blemishes I normally get when travelling. It seemed to work well and if I could get more I definitely would! Lets hope this comes to the UK soon!

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Sanctuary Spa – Wonder Oil Serum

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As you can see from the image above I am already halfway through this Wonder Oil Serum from Sanctuary Spa (£19.50). I actually bought it in August just before I went on holiday to Malaysia and I am so glad I did.

This was a key component of my in-flight and holiday skincare and I have to say my skin never behaved better. Normally after a 13 hour flight I have major skin issues, but not this time. I will do a separate post on my in-flight skincare soon but this was such a lovely product to use on parched skin. It also worked really well with the hot humid climate in Malaysia where my skin is normally not so dry.

So to use this you have to shake the bottle really well so the two layers mix together. Then pipette a few drops into your hands and massage into your face and neck. The texture is definitely oily and takes a while to absorb into the skin. If you have drier skin thats probably a good thing! The smell is quite fresh and citrusy which is nice.

I have found that my skin has responded really well to this product. I have had fewer breakouts and as I said my holiday skin was almost flawless for two weeks when I pretty much only used this as a moisturiser. I am very tempted to repurchase this when I finish it just to have it in case my skin goes crazy! I would highly recommend this although I dont know how well this would work on oilier skin.

 

Makeup by Sponge?

I finally decided it was time to try the beauty sponge way of applying my makeup. I went for the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99)

The sponge is designed to have lots of different angles:

  • Rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a repeated dabbing or “stippling” motion.
  • Precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections.
  • Flat edge for the contours around the eyes and nose

It can be used for everything from foundation, concealer, blusher and even powder! I have mainly been using it to apply foundation and concealer and I love it.

It definitely fits nicely into the angles and contours of my face and gives me enough control to apply concealer where I want it. Everything also seems to blend together much better leaving a much smoother finish.

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After using I just wash it with a bit of shampoo and let it dry and start again! Sometimes I don’t let it dry and just use it damp which works amazingly well too!!

Travalo

I have quite a few perfumes but they are all in quite large glass bottles that are not easy to take with me on a day to day basis. I then came across this brand called Travalo which makes the cutest little perfume spray that you can fill with any of your own perfumes.

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This involves no finnicky decanting just remove the spray nozzle on your perfume and attach the Travalo to the plastic stem and pump! Its amazing!

There is also a small clear window so you can see how full it is.

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I got mine for £11 from Feel Unique. It holds about 50 sprays which is perfect if you want to take it with you in your everyday makeup bag (like me) or for a weekend away. It has also meant that I am more likely to use my perfumes as I know I can decant them into my Travalo so I can top up my scent during the day! Genius product.

 

 

 

Zara do Perfumes

Its not something I ever look for when I shop in Zara (I am always too distracted by the amazing clothes) but one day I found a gorgeous perfume there which I have been using non stop for months now so I thought it was about time to share this find!

I kind of wandered into the perfume bit and started sniffing all the perfumes and then I got to this one called Nuit and I was immediately hooked. Its a very “me” scent in that its got vanilla tones but also a musky element. For the 100ml it was £12.99!!

I would say that this is more of day time scent (unlike its name!) as its not heavy and to me is a holiday smell. I just adore this and always get loads of people asking me what I am wearing. For that price its definitely become part of my daily scent wardrobe.

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Magazine Inspiration Board – September

The October issues were absolutely brimming with amazing clothes, skincare and makeup so this is going to be quite a long post – be warned!

I won’t ramble on too much but let’s start with clothes! There were loads of great Autumn skirts, shorts (yes so pretty from H&M), dresses and of course coats and boots to choose from here are my favourites.

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If I didn’t already have a couple of over the knee boots for this winter (see here and here) I would definitely be on the lookout.

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A couple of new collections also caught my eye – both H&M. The first is a new collaboration from H&M (below).

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The second is this image from the Dries Van Norten A/W 2014 collection. I love the fuchsia print material and then found this dress and skirt in H&M  which are so similar and  I love them!

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A couple of accessories. Love the safety pin brooch from Sonia Rykiel £44.

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Next some skincare. I am especially into the serum in oil idea and have tried a two of the ones featured – the Sanctuary Spa and Sarah Chapman. Am also very keen to try an EE cream!

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So on to makeup, two L’Oreal and one from Rimmel. I need a new brow tamer and this one looks perfect. I absolutely love nude nail polishes in Autumn and will definitely be giving these 2-step ones a try! The new Rimmel mascara also sounds lovely – argon oil is definitely a huge trend.

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And last but not least a hair thing! I saw this and thought it was such a lovely idea and will definitely be giving this a go – a scarf plaited into your hair!

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Split Ends?

A price to pay for my ombre hair is few more split ends especially on the finer hairs around my face. I was desperate to try Garnier’s (newish) Ultimate Blends range for split ends – The Silky Smoother. The product I was most interested in was the 1 Minute Polishing Srub. Scrubbing my split ends sounded both odd and satisfying so I had to give it go!!

I got the Shampoo, Conditioner and Scrub from Asda for £2.50 each.

The Polishing Scrub like the rest of the range has Vanilla Milk and Papaya extract but has added  tiny micro-beads that are meant to smooth away split ends.

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I used the shampoo first then used the conditioner on my roots to mid lengths and then the polishing scrub from mid lengths to the ends. I did massage in the scrub especially where I know I have split ends and my hair is very dry. This scrub is definitely a scrub (!) and not one where the “micro beads” dissolve – they dont – but they do wash out very easily.

The smell of this is lovely and not too sweet and cloying. I found the shampoo and conditioner were really nice and moistuising. The scrub was a real surprise. I thought it would be gimmicky and not really do anything, but I have to say that even after one wash I noticed that my split ends looked better. I have used this about 4-5 times now and I am really seeing a difference on my split ends. My hair is definitely smoother and less dry. Also when I blow dry my hair I cant see any obvious split ends where I could before.

Overall I am extremely impressed with this range and will definitely repurchase the scrub. I am also very tempted to try the other “blends” in this range especially the Marvellous Transformer!