Thursday, 23 October 2014

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-In-1 Cream Cleanser


Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser* - £11.50

At this time of year my skin always goes a little bit haywire. As a result I have to change up a few of the products I normally swear by for richer formulas that can keep my skin hydrated through the colder months. When it comes to cleansers I'm firmly an oil followed by a gel kinda gal but this product from British skincare brand Bee Good has reminded me of just how lovely cream cleansers can be. I'm sure most people have tried Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish or something similar by now but this has to be my favourite of that cleanser category. Thanks to my recent wasp infested house trauma I have a rather large aversion to any stripy flying insects. I just try to ignore the packaging design when I'm applying it! Of course bees are a whole lot more useful than wasps as they help to pollinate flowers & produce lots of delicious honey. Bee products have also long been regarded as potent skincare ingredients. That's why Bee Good have harnessed the healing powers of British honey, propolis & beeswax to create an effective, all natural range of skincare products.

The Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser has an incredibly thick & luxurious creamy texture which is more akin to a mask than a cleanser. It feels very comforting on the skin & has a beautiful fresh natural scent with just a hint of honey. In terms of ingredients this product features super-moisturising British wild flower honey, nourishing British crambe oil & British propolis which is renowned for it's antibacterial properties. It is also rich in vitamins B, C & E to promote skin healing. Each tube comes with it's very own muslin cloth. After massaging the cleanser onto dry skin simply rinse the cloth with hot water and remove the cleanser using circular motions. The luscious cream gently cleanses the skin whilst the cloth softly exfoliates. It works brilliantly as both a morning & evening cleanser as it removes every single trace of makeup without the need for a second cleanse. Although it makes light work of my heavy eye makeup you might want to use an eye makeup remover first as it tends to sting a bit if you massage it too far into your lashes.

This cleanser is suitable for all skin types but anyone with dry, dehydrated or problem skin will really benefit from it. I have combination skin so my cheeks sometimes get rather dry. Using the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser for a few weeks has really helped to balance out my skin & eliminate dry patches. It leaves my skin feeling really soft, smooth & hydrated without leaving any residue behind. My complexion looks noticeably brighter & clearer too. Like most cream cleansers the formula is very rich but unlike most of them this one hasn't given me any blemishes. If anything it has helped to clear up any breakouts as propolis is one of the best ingredients for balancing problematic skin. I feel like my skin gets on really well with this calming creamy cleanser & I would highly recommend it as an Autumn/Winter skincare addition. If you're fed up of cleansers that leave your skin feeling tight or stripped then Bee Good might just have the perfect product for you.


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Friday, 17 October 2014

Claudia Louch Protective Jojoba Day Moisturiser



Claudia Louch Protective Jojoba Day Moisturiser* - £52.50

Having fallen completely head over heels for the Claudia Louch Hydrating Mango Face Cream it was a very sad day when that sleek black bottle ran out of product. Despite my fussy combination skin type, my face got on incredibly well with it due to it's deeply hydrating properties & velvety matte finish. Whilst the Hydrating Mango Face Cream is meant for normal to dry skin types, the Protective Jojoba Day Moisturiser is ideal for those with combination or oily skin. I had high hopes for this moisturiser so I jumped at the chance to try it out. As this one is actually intended for my skin type I figured that I would love this product even more. Changing up your moisturiser is always a bit of a gamble but I have tremendous faith in this brand. All of the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic products are natural and plant and/or mineral-based, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic & free from harsh chemicals. Each blend of natural botanical ingredients is designed to work in perfect harmony with your skin & this moisturiser is certainly working wonders on mine.

The key active ingredient in the Protective Jojoba Day Moisturiser is, of course, jojoba oil. This acts as an anti-inflammatory & helps to dissolve excess sebum which is the cause of blocked pores & breakouts. Pretty impressive for a moisturiser! This high-performance 94% natural product boasts an excess of 18% oils (jojoba, avocado & grape seed), 2% shea butter, vegetable glycerine and vitamins A & E. It's a deeply nourishing blend that feels weightless on the skin. The texture feels quite similar to the Hydrating Mango Face Cream but with a bit more slip to it & not as thick in consistency. I use about two or three pumps each time which is plenty for my face. A little goes a long way with this stuff so you definitely get your money's worth. It makes a lovely silky base for makeup as my skin gets less shiny throughout the day. I don't have to wait around for it to sink in either. Although it is labelled as a day moisturiser, I've been using it day & night as the formula feels light yet hydrating enough for both occasions. I normally just apply it over a facial oil at night to really lock in moisture & add some radiance to my complexion. As a result my skin is looking very clear, more even toned and it feels beautifully soft. This moisturiser is wonderfully comforting to the skin & is a brilliant skincare addition for this transitional season.

Claudia Louch's botanical skincare range sets the bar really high & once you try one of her products, you won't want to use anything else. The price might not be within everyone's budget but you can rest assured that this luxurious moisturiser has been produced by utilising Claudia's masterful knowledge of skincare. The Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic skincare range is available to buy online exclusively at www.claudialouch.com with free UK delivery.


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Friday, 10 October 2014

Beloved Brands: Bumble & Bumble



I'm pretty big on brand loyalty. There are certain brands that I consistently buy products from, wholeheartedly love & recommend to all of my friends. Today I'm starting up a new feature to highlight my favourite products from these brands & maybe give a few hints as to what to avoid as well. First up we have Bumble & Bumble. Their products tend to come with a hefty price tag but they're one of the few hair care brands that I'm willing to save up for. My introduction to Bumble & Bumble came when I first had my hair bleached blonde at Taylor Taylor in London. Prep & Thickening Hairspray were always spritzed into my hair before blowdrying. I repurchased both of those products for years as they worked wonders on my hair. Prep was especially effective at making my hair grow faster. When I had my hair cut into an asymmetric crop a combo of Defrizz & Styling Wax was my go to for smoothing & shaping my short locks. I honestly feel like their shampoos & conditioners are ridiculously overpriced for what they are though. Unless I'm getting some huge salon size bottles I'm simply not prepared to drop 30 quid on a hair washing duo. However their styling products are simply to die for & can make such a difference to the appearance of your hair. I wouldn't have spent so much money on them if I thought otherwise! Here are my top picks from their collection:

My favourite hair product of all time has to be Brilliantine. This stuff is absolutely amazing & I can't wash my hair without running some of this through it afterwards. It takes away any fluffiness & frizz, smoothing everything down without making it look greasy or flat. It adds just the right amount of hold & definition whilst giving your hair a beautiful shine. My hair feels lovely & soft when I use it too. You only need a tiny amount of it & you can use it on wet or dry hair. I normally just put it on my dry hair but if you apply some before blowdrying the glossy sheen it gives to your locks is unbelievable. It makes your hair look super healthy even if it's as damaged as mine. If you buy one product from Bumble & Bumble make sure it's Brilliantine.

Dry sprays are still all the rage & one of my favourites is the Thickening Dryspun Finish. This is like a step up from a dry shampoo as it doesn't make your hair feel matted & gross afterwards. It gives your hair an instant shot of volume & plenty of texture. Whenever I want really full & bouncy hair I always spray some of this through my top layers. A quick ruffle with your fingers is then all you need to give your hair some oomph. It works perfectly if you're doing a voluminous updo like a beehive too. Another product that I always find myself reaching for is the Thickening Creme Contour. I mainly just use this on the front layers of my hair to give them a bit more hold & make sure they stay flicked outwards. It adds loads of volume & definition. I have quite fine hair & this stuff definitely plumps it up & makes it look thicker. Use these two products together for some seriously big hair!

Bumble & Bumble do some fantastic creme products all with completely different results. The two I reach for most often are the Hair(Un)Dressing Creme & Grooming Creme. I normally go for the former if I want a messy look & the latter if I want a sleeker look. The Hair(Un)Dressing Creme adds the perfect amount of volume & texture to your hair without overloading it or making it look greasy again. It's great if you hate how your hair looks on the day you wash it. The product is a thick, flexible hold styling creme for lived-in, messy hairstyles complete with a matte finish. A tiny blob of this stuff ran through your roots before blow drying will give your hair some grit & lift so it's a good alternative to backcombing. The Grooming Creme is better if you want your hair to look smooth & polished. It gives my hair separation & hold so it stays looking exactly how I want it. I always blow dry my hair & if I use this beforehand I find that my hair stays straighter for longer. It also works really well on curly hair. If you run some through before leaving it to air dry, this creme helps to reduce frizz & define curls. The soft satin finish adds some elegance to your hairstyle.

One of the latest additions to the Bumble & Bumble range are their Hairdresser's Invisible Oil products. I really love the original Hairdresser's Invisible Oil. This is the best hair oil I've ever tried, nothing will make your hair feel as soft as this does. When I first tried this I couldn't stop stroking my hair, the transformation was incredible. I apply four pumps through my hair before blowdrying. It's hard to believe how much shinier & softer it will make your hair feel, it is a true miracle worker. This is probably the most expensive B&B product but it is worth every single penny. They recently added a shampoo, conditioner & primer to the lineup. You already know my feelings about their hair washing products but the Heat/UV Protective Primer is phenomenal. As well as protecting against heat & UV damage it helps to detangle, soften, defrizz & tame flyaways. It makes my hair so much more manageable & easy to style. I've had less breakage since I started using this too. If you have fine hair you'll probably get on better with the primer but both are well worth trying out.

Although I've dismissed their daily shampoos & conditioners they do make some lovely hair masks. Deeep is an incredibly nourishing protein mask that would be perfect for anyone with chemically treated, sun damaged or very dry hair. It repairs the hair from within by increasing elasticity whilst adding immense softness. It has a very thick texture so you don't need to use that much product to get results otherwise it can weigh down the hair. This mask is best applied to damp hair for 20 minutes once a week. Pop on a shower cap or a warm towel to intensify it's hair revitalising properties. Plus the scent is utterly gorgeous & it lingers on your hair for ages. Quenching Complex is also a brilliant quick fix for dry hair. This is a light leave-in cream that I like to apply to the ends of my hair before bed. It smooths the hair cuticle, sealing in moisture & protecting the hair. It's just a nice hydrating booster before I wash my hair in the morning. You can also use it before blowdrying as a leave-in conditioner if you prefer.

Now this isn't entirely my pick as I would never use the stuff but my boyfriend loves the Bb. Gel. I actually bought him this as a present and he declared it to be the best hair gel that he'd ever used. I'm sure many of you know how hard it is to get boys excited about beauty products so this was a small victory for me. It gives the hair a strong but flexible hold & doesn't turn into flaky white bits like many gels do. This is a much more modern formula & doesn't look too wet or too dry on the hair. If you want to buy the man in your life a nice hair treat, get him this.

What are your favourite Bumble & Bumble products?


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