Re-charge your skin with the Aveda Tourmaline skin refiner and masque

Here again with another beauty review! A quick note before I get into it, I haven’t been using them for about a week or so and my skin misses them! Going to start using them again soon, my skin has certainly felt clearer and smoother. As mentioned in the review – they don’t leave my skin feeling soft, but it does feel smooth. Here we go!

Now, I’m a sucker for trying a set of skincare products from the same line. I love when you can get a set of products that work in perfect harmony together and I was excited to try this set to see what it could do for my skin. I have quite dry skin, with some texture and redness so I like products that my skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Recently I have been testing out the Aveda tourmaline charged radiant skin refiner and masque and I have been really enjoying it to help look after my dry skin…

Read the full review.

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My cleansing balm ‘Lust List’

Once again, I am here with another review that I’ve published elsewhere, As I work for this brand, I feel bad writing anything just for my own personal blog without also publishing it on Wow… so for the moment, the majority of my beauty related posts will be previewed here, but the full post will be over there. Still want to keep this blog somewhat updated though. So here we go!

I think we’re all looking for the best thing to cleanse our skin. As someone who usually applies a full face of make up every day, I am always looking for products that will get rid of every trace of make-up, leaving my skin feeling clean and soft. I have quite dry skin so I’m always looking for something that won’t dry me out, but I am also prone to redness so I don’t want to cause any irritation. Here are some  cleansing balms that I have been loving recently.

I have looked at two types of cleansing balms here. The first two are massaged into the skin and then turn into a more milky substance when water is added, gently dissolving away the dirt. The other three are hot cloth cleansers and are followed up with a hot (although not too hot of course) cloth to exfoliate the skin, lifting away dead skin cells and leaving the skin soft and clear. I like to do the ‘double cleanse’ method – using one cleanser to remove the make-up and then going in with a second to really clean and treat the skin.

Read the full review here.

Said goodbye to this gorgeous ‘heart and soul’ cleanser from 3107 the other day.

What a beautiful balm!

It’s quite thick but just melts into the skin without feeling heavy or leaving any oily residue. It gives me a really deep clean but it is also intensely nourishing, with only the best ingredients. Includes uplifting lemongrass and geranium, along with jojoba oil and shea butter to moisturise and other great ingredients.

Love to leave this on as a mask as well. It has a texture quite similar to the Pixi one. It leaves my face nice and cleaned but also moisturised… it feels like a waste to use this as a first cleanse to simply remove my makeup. It’s so much more than just your average makeup cleanser. This might even be beating my love for the luxurious Elemis cleanser.

There’s a fab story behind the brand too, founded by the fabulous Dijja.

You can buy her balm on her website here. At the moment, she only has two products – this balm and her ‘My Everything’ face oil.

What are your favourite cleansing balms? I love trying new ones!

Trying the ‘Gold Dust’ face mask from Oh K!

Tried this face mask out recently! I’ve always loved sheet masks.

This one felt so gooey when I opened it I nearly dropped it! It felt very hydrating but kind of tingly and tightening. It has gold dust elements in it and gold has fantastic anti-ageing properties, which is where I imagine the ‘tightening’ came from. By the time the 30 minutes were up, the mask had dried considerably and I’d like to think that most of it had absorbed into my skin.

It left my skin feeling a little tacky but I rubbed in all of the excess serum from the mask to make sure I get all of the benefits! My skin was left glowing!

I re-read ‘All The Bright Places’ by Jennifer Niven recently

It gets to me every time. Instead of sharing the cover of the book as I know the book has been popular and the cover has been everywhere… I’ve compiled some of my favourite Finch quotes. And now I want to speak about Finch. My beloved Finch.

“The story of a girl who learns to live from a boy that wants to die.”

My poor, beloved Finch.

He is the sort of guy who’d slice his own arm off if it meant helping someone else. He talked a girl he doesn’t know out of suicide when he’s thinking about it himself. He wears personas like hats… none ever quite fitting. He plays guitars in loads of bands and loves to travel across the country, being everywhere at once, speeding in his car ‘Little Bastard’ to feel the rush, a connection to life.

But it can’t go fast enough to keep up with his thoughts.

He’s a boy with fury in his heart that he can’t always contain and a crack in his head from his father. Who wants to stay Awake. Who has intense highs and impossible lows, but hides this all behind a mask of a quick word and charm.

Theodore Finch, you are an amazing character. I hope this gives people who haven’t read the book a glimpse into him. There’s more I could say, but I’ll end it here.

‘I am disappearing. Maybe I am already gone.’ – Theodore Finch.

Ahh this book.

I’ve started a memory box

I’m a hoarder. I know that. It’s something I’ve always done. I like keeping things to look back on in years to come. I tend to shove pictures, letters, notes… bits of writing even, between books on my bookshelf and then forgetting about it.

I don’t want to lose these things or let them get damaged. So I’ve started a memory box. Little fragments of memories from over the years. I’m going to keep adding to it – I might even give it a clean out when I’m able to be less sentimental and throw away one of the 5 train tickets from Italy. So far it has pictures, cards, even a poster in it. But I’m going to keep adding to it. Because I don’t want to lose these things. I’ve kept them for a reason.

Has anyone else started a memory box?