Monday, 28 April 2014

Vitalumiere Aqua... I'm sorry for not loving you sooner

Do you have anything in your stash that you've bought on a whim, convinced that it will turn you into a goddess and then been left considerably disappointed?

That's what happened with me and the ol' Vitalumiere Aqua.

Thursday, 13 March 2014

First Impressions: L'Oreal Fibrology

After seeing these in Jen's Incoming #2 video, I was more than intrigued by these and set out to track them down and take the whole range home with me.  I picked up the shampoo and the conditioner, which were the only ones I managed to find, and I have been very impressed with them so far.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Exploring Percy & Reed

After having tried the No-Oil Oil (mentioned in this post) I had been very keen to try some more Percy & Reed products.  I finally picked up these two over the last week and it's love.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Daily Face #3

I've been a little quiet on here for a couple of weeks due to the hideous number of deadlines I've had, however they are now over! (For a couple of weeks anyway).

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Pixi Love

   For the last month or so I've been trying out these two products from Pixi, a brand who had never appeared on my radar until the full-blown frenzy that surrounded the Glow Tonic (apparently it is very similar to the vastly more expensive but supposedly miraculous P50 from Biologique Recherche). 

   With a reassuring familiar ingredients list, plus the absence of alcohol, the Glow Tonic is everything I had hoped it would be.  I tend to only use it in the mornings as a bit of a post-cleansing pep-up, rather than at night and I find this routine works well for me and that my skin looks all the brighter and smoother for it.  This isn't the only glycolic acid product I have in my rotation, I'm still a huge Liquid Gold fan, however I tend to use that once a week and then skip using the Glow Tonic the following morning.

   The Beauty Sleep Creme was much more of an impulse buy, having read absolutely nothing on it previously.  However, spurned on by the fact I have never read a single negative review of a Pixi product and that it was the same deal with the friendly-looking ingredients list as with the Glow Tonic, I thought it would be worth giving it a go.  Despite it's slightly funky colour, this feels wonderfully soothing and hydrating.  According to the ingredients, it contains avocado, wheat germ and hazelnut oil, as well as extracts of elderflower, cucumber, chamomile and orange peel.  I can also spy the ol' skincare favourite vitamin E on there, as well as live yeast cell derivative, which in my humble opinion, should be the star of the show, given how there are numerous scientific journal articles on live yeast cell derivative's action in improving the rate and quality of wound healing. 

   On a slightly less scientific note, I also think it's worth mentioning that despite spending a lot of time in -15/-20 weather this winter, coupled with the equally harsh central heating, I did not develop a single dry patch which is a minor miracle.  Touch wood, I've also been remarkably breakout free (an even bigger miracle), so all in all, my face is very happy with the new Pixi additions.

   I'll try and get a full review up sometime soon on these products individually, but I thought for now I'd share what I thought of them so far.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Blogging in 2014

   So, I think it’s fair to say that blogging fell by the wayside towards the end of 2013. I’m not going to go into it too much, but I had a lot on my plate and didn’t have enough time to devote to this blog.  As much as I love this, I don’t want to get stuck in a rut/feel like I have to post at least X number of times a month as for me, that takes all the fun out of it and I want to keep this as something that I enjoy.

   However, this year, I will be trying to devote more time to this and posting more and try to make this blog something that I’m proud of.  I’m aiming to post once a week and if all goes well with that, maybe twice a week. I’m also going to try to get onto Twitter a little more and see what that’s all about (my Twitter handle is @poppywithlove) and maybe even venture into Instagram too (also @poppywithlove although I haven’t posted anything on there yet).

   I’m currently enjoying family time in Sweden and am out here for a couple more weeks. I hope everyone reading this has had a wonderful Christmas and New Year wherever they are. Keep checking back on here for new bits as I promise there's lots to come! Including my first ever giveaway...