Friday, 30 July 2021

Taking a Break…

I didn’t want to do this, but I have no option other than to take a break from my blog at the moment. 

This week I’ve had a sickness bug allllll week. 

I was supposed to have my 14 month delayed endometriosis surgery next week. They originally told me October time. So I have had to work all hours on my paid job to try and get ahead - I guess that’s the only downside to working for yourself, but I’m 100% not moaning about that. 

However because I’ve had a bug this week my surgery is cancelled for now but I need to continue getting ahead with work  because no doubt they’ll give me short notice again. 

I’ve been waiting for this surgery for 2 years all in all and so that goes above all else. It will take me 5/6 weeks to recover - maybe more or less depending on how bad the surgery has to be on the day. 

I will be back blogging as soon as I can. I apologise to the brands that have sent me beautiful products to try but I was literally given ten days notice for this surgery. Once I have my new date, I’ll have to have a COVID test and then isolate for three days so it really is very time consuming but it is so needed. 

I hope you’ll all be here when I’m back 💙

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

The Latest In Beauty Summer Beauty Heroes Edit Review

 This post contains gifted items.

The Latest in Beauty Summer Beauty Heroes Edit* is such a great one! I chose some amazing products, and saved a ton of money! Here are my choices for the Latest in Beauty July Box...

First, I chose some of my favourite lashes, the Eylure Flutter Light False Lashes in Style 008 (Full Size Worth £6.00). I have used these lashes for years, and they are 3/4 length, so they will fit practically every single eye shape. As there are 3/4 length, they are so easy to apply and add volume and length to the lashes, without being over the top. The lashes also come with the Eylure glue, which in my opinion is the best glue on the market.

I love detangling hair brushes as I have very knotty hair, and normally I use Wet Brush or Tangle Teezer, but the No Knot Co Detangling Brush (Full Size Worth £15.00) is one of this month's choices and so I just had to try it. The brush is a pretty lilac colour and is gentle on the hair, created with flexible panels for less breakage and air vents so that your hair dries quicker than with most other hair brushes. I have quite fine hair, and so a gentle detangler like this one is really great for me.

With the hopes of sunshine on its way, I then opted for the Bondi Sands SPF30 Coconut Beach Sunscreen Oil (Full Size 150ml Worth £7.99). This is a non-greasy sun protection oil that provides a broad spectrum shield against UVA/UVB rays. It is water-resistant for up to two hours and leaves the skin feeling moisturised and healthy whilst also protecting against the sunshine. Plus, it has a gorgeous summer fragrance to it!

My three final choices were from luxury haircare brand Maria Nila. First is the Maria Nila Eco Therapy Revive Shampoo (Full Size 350ml Worth £25.00), a gentle and effective micellar shampoo for all hair types that removes grease and residual particles while keeping the hair and scalp well hydrated. Botanical Proteins help to reduce frizz and dryness and it also protects against colour fade, along with an uplifting natural fragrance of Green Cucumber, Peach Nectar and Pear. The Maria Nila Eco Therapy Revive Conditioner (Full Size 300ml Worth £25.00) is a light and nourishing conditioner for all hair types that also softens and hydrates the hair and scalp. The Eco Therapy range has a 98% natural formula that is organic and vegan, and along with the Shampoo, leaves the hair so manageable, healthy and shiny. To go with this duo, is the Maria Nila Eco Therapy Revive Mask (Full Size 250ml Worth £28.00). This is a gentle yet very effective hair mask that fights frizz and conditions the hair beautifully. You simply apply to the hair and then sit back and relax for 3-10 minutes, or longer if you have the time, and then rinse well before rinsing. This Mask is to be used after Shampoo and before Conditioner, and is a super quick way to get gorgeously revived hair.

The Latest in Beauty Monthly Subscription Box costs just £12.95 plus £3.95 postage and packaging for six products and you can choose from brand new products every single month. My box choices retail for £106.99, saving me so much money, whilst also having the opportunity to try brand new products as well as old favourites. You can find Latest in Beauty online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Monday, 19 July 2021

The Ordinary The Balance Set Skincare Review

 This post contains gifted items.

I am sure by now you will have heard of or even tried skincare products from The Ordinary. They offer affordable skincare that really works, including some of the best, most effective ingredients out there. Today I will be showcasing The Ordinary The Balance Set*.

The Balance Set retails at just £23.00 and includes four full-sized products, including the Squalane Cleanser (50ml), Salicylic Acid 2% Masque (50ml), Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% (30ml) and Natural Moisturising Factors + HA (30ml). The Squalane Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that is formulated to remove makeup whilst leaving the skin feeling smooth and moisturised. The formula includes Squalane, alongside other lipophilic esters that are gentle and efficient in removing makeup and impurities. To use, you rub a small amount in the palms of your hands for around 10-30 seconds, and whilst doing so, the Cleanser has a textural change from a balm-like consistency to a clear oil-like consistency. This allows the sucrose esters to trap and blend the dissolved makeup and impurities with water for rinsing. The Squalane Cleanser is gentle enough for daily use, without over-drying the skin and is suitable for all skin types.

The Salicylic Acid 2% Masque contains 2% Salicylic Acid, Vegetable Charcoal, Amazonian Clays and Squalane, and is formulated to target lacklustre tone and texture problems on the skin. The formula is infused with charcoal and clays to enhance the appearance of the complexion, and the structure of the Salicylic Acid facilitates its lipophilicity and miscibility with the lipids located on the surface of the skin. It is amazing at removing dead skin cells on the surface of oily and blemish-prone skin. Charcoal and clays are renowned for their deep cleansing properties and they aid the removal of impurities that would otherwise remain on the skin and clog up the pores. To see results, you only have to apply the mask 1-2 times a week, leaving the mask on for no longer than ten minutes and then rinsing well, to leave the skin evened out and refreshed.

You then receive the Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, which is a high-strength vitamin and mineral blemish formula and reduces the appearance of blemishes and congestion. It contains a high 10% concentration of Vitamin B3 to balance out any sebum and oiliness on the skin. This treatment comes in a glass bottle with a dropper applicator and so you can easily control the amount of product you are releasing and you only need to apply a few drops onto the skin in the morning and evening, pressing the product gently into the complexion. This is one of my favourite treatments for clearing up blemish-prone skin as you see pretty quick results and it is so quick and easy to incorporate into your skincare routine.

The final step in this kit is the Natural Moisturising Factors + HA. Surface moisturising factors are elements that keep the outer layer of the skin hydrated and protected, and they are made up of multiple amino acids, fatty acids, trigylcerides, urea, ceramides, phospholipids, glycerin, saccharides, sodium PCA, hyaluronic acid and many other compounds that are naturally present in the skin. The formula offers non-greasy hydration with both immediate and lasting results with continued use. I like to apply this in both the morning and evening and it is super hydrating, so my skin always feels so soft and cared for.

You can find The Ordinary the Balance Set online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx