Saturday, 7 March 2015

Two Cleanser Reviews: OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel & Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil

Cleansers are quite possibly my favourite skincare item and I nearly always have three on the go at anyone time. Some people might say that a serum is the most important aspect of a skincare routine, but I'm of the opinion that there is absolutely no point in spending a fortune on serum/moisturiser etc if you've not properly cleansed your skin beforehand. Two cleansers I've been using for a while, but haven't yet reviewed on my blog, are the OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel and the Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil.

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel £28.00 // HERE
I first discovered OSKIA about 2 years ago when I tried their Renaissance Mask. I absolutely loved the mask so when I heard that they were bringing out a cleanser of the same kin, I hotfooted it down to Space.NK and picked one up. The first thing you'll notice when using the OSKIA cleansing gel is the rose scent. If you love the smell of rose then this will be right up your street. The packaging is lovely and one pump dispenses the perfect amount to thoroughly cleanse your face and neck. When warmed between your palms it melts down into an oil, but one that gives you enough 'grip' to thoroughly massage your face. Flanneled off it leaves my combination skin comfortable, with no signs of tightness.

A couple of standout ingredients include Lactobacillus Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract or, in laymans terms, a pumpkin enzyme that helps to shift dead skin cells. When I lived in Manchester I used to love having a Pumpkin Peel at Skin Health Spa as a few days after the treatment, my skin would look so bright and glowy so it's always an ingredient I keep an eye out for in skincare. The other ingredient that stand out is Dimethyl Sulfone or MSM. MSM is what the whole OSKIA skincare range is based on due to its ability to boost circulation and collagen production. I'm yet to do some thorough research on this but from what I've gathered so far, OSKIA is a brand that can back up every single ingredient in their formulations with proven scientific evidence. It's definitely one to watch.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Oil £22 // HERE
I absolutely adore the Clinique TTDO balm so when I spotted in a magazine that they did an oil version of it I just had to give it a go. Like the balm you apply it to dry skin, massage it in then remove with a flannel. It emulsifies into a milk when it comes into contact with water, but please PLEASE make sure you remove it with a flannel (your skin will thank you!)

This cleanser does a really thorough job of removing every last trace of makeup, dirt and oil and doesn't leave any blurriness in my eyes if I use it to remove really heavy eye make up after an evening out. The other great thing about the TTDO Cleansing Oil is that there is absolutely no fragrance or essential oils added which makes it ideal for those of you with sensitive skin.

In terms of a preference I personally I prefer the Clinique TTDO Cleansing Oil to the Cleansing Balm. I feel it does exactly the same job but prefer it purely down to the fact that it's more convenient to use and has a hygienic pump.

What cleansers have you been enjoying using recently?

Sunday, 8 February 2015

4 tips to inject some positivity into your life

I'm happy to admit that I'm not the most positive person. It would be safe to say that I am the epitome of a worrier. In the past I've been diagnosed with GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) and even now it's still something that I battle with, it's something that never truly goes away.

This year one of my big goals was to really try to be more positive, which in turn I hope will result in me being happier. That's not to say I'm unhappy as such, but I'd definitely like to have a more positive mindset. I thought I'd share a few things that I've been trying recently that I feel have really helped. Hopefully they might help you too!

750 Words 
Such a brilliant little website. 750 words allows you to brain dump your thoughts on a private space on the internet that can only be accessed by you. I've only just started doing this but it's amazing how you can organise your thoughts better once you get it all written down. The beauty of 750 words is that you can just totally free type. It doesn't matter if what you're writing doesn't flow, is full of spelling errors etc. I honestly can't recommend it enough. Give it a go after reading this post and let me know what you think. I promise that your mind will feel slightly less cluttered once you've poured all your thoughts out.

Gratitude Jar/Notebook 
I pinned the idea of a gratitude jar a few years ago, but have never actually got around to doing it myself. The idea is that you write down things you're grateful for throughout the year on a piece of paper and pop it into the jar. Then, at the end of the year, or whenever you need a pick me up, you can look back over the things you've written. The other option is to get yourself a notebook (anything to buy some pretty new stationary!) and simply keep a gratitude list. Try to write down three things a day on a fresh page then simply look back at what you wrote when you're feeling a bit low.

Take Time Out 
The obvious one here, but an important one none the less. When was the last time you sat down and did nothing? And I mean absolutely nothing? Ten minutes a day sitting quietly simply listening to the noises going on around you can really help relax your mind. I'm not going to lie and say I do it every day - more often than not I do forget, but I see real benefits when I do remember. Going forward I'm going to set a reminder on my phone so I don't forget to take some time out.

I've been reading a lot on the concept of minimalism and have adopted some of the principles in my day to day life. I'm still learning, but one of the first things I did was start to declutter the flat. I've always been good at this anyway, but having a big old clear out seems to make me feel so much better. Tidy house, tidy mind and all that jazz. Here are some brilliant tips I found on the website Becoming Minimalist that should help you get started.

I'd love to know what tips and tricks you use to be more positive. Let me know if you try out any of the above by leaving a comment below.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Current Hair Care Loves

Schwarzkopf Liquid Oil Conditioner Spray // £9.80 // HERE
I first used this when I stole a half empty bottle off my Mum. It's essentially a hair oil, but in a lightweight mist formula. I couldn't believe how soft it left my hair feeling - far softer than any other hair oil I'd previously used, plus it didn't weigh my hair down like some oils can. It's also an absolute steal compared to normal hair oils.

Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hairdryer* // £49.99 // HERE
This thing is an absolute machine. It's made me realise how shoddy my other hairdryer was. It's managed to cut down my drying time (seriously, how boring is it to dry hair) by about a third which is seriously impressive. The other thing I noticed is how lightweight it is. Some hair dryers can be clunky old things. I definitely get less arm ache with this one (I appreciate how 'first world problems' that sounds).

Mococcan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask // £24.75 // HERE
I honestly couldn't manage without a weekly intensive hair mask, especially since I had my hair balayaged in November. The bleach on the tips has made my hair incredibly dry so I do all I can to infuse some moisture in them, or at the very least, get them looking and feeling better. The Mococcan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask is lovely and does a good job of making my tips a little more manageable. As with all hair masks, this one works better the longer you leave it on. The old shower cap and warm head towel should do the job.

Tre Semme 7 Day Straight // £6.99 // HERE
I use this every other week as it just seems to keep everything a lot smoother and cuts down on the amount of frizz I have. A fair few pumps smoothed through the lengths of my hair then blow dried and straightened means that my hair is easier to manage for the next few washes which is a big thumbs up in my books!

What hair care products are you loving at the moment?
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