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!

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?

Today I went to work without make-up on

Today I went to work without make-up on, even though I’m going through a bizarre amount of breakouts so my skin isn’t looking its best. Me going to work without makeup isn’t an unusual thing. But this is the first time in a while that I’ve just not worn it because I felt like it. One reason is because I want to give my skin a break. For once it’s not because I’m so physically exhausted I can’t face getting up and doing it and I haven’t been feeling a twinge of guilt that I should be wearing at least a little. I have gotten into the habit of waiting a full face – foundation etc most days, and when I last stopped wearing it, I was really really down and pretty much didn’t care anymore. I couldn’t bring myself to try and make myself look presentable, not to mention I was crying a fair bit so any make up would have smudged.

To a point, I now kind of see me wearing make-up as a symbol that I’m doing better – that I want to make the effort in the morning. But that’s not a healthy way to look at it either really. I think I do to an extent wear it as a mask. Well, mainly foundation but once I’ve started on foundation I get into a roll and do my whole face.

My aim for 2017 is to take care of my skin and improve the quality of it. But I also need to work out how to embrace it, no matter what it looks like. I felt a little of that today, a little glimpse of it. Because this is my face, flaws and all. And today I really haven’t felt self-conscious about not wearing makeup, which I hope is a good sign.  I don’t want to stop wearing make-up, I really don’t. But I don’t want to keep relying on it either.

This was quite a spur of the moment post. I may unpack this in the future, write a real post at some point. But here are just some things I’ve been thinking about today.


Nourishing Hair Masks That Transform Your Hair!


Today I have a hair mask review for you. I’ve been trying out the Manuka Doctor and Shea Moisture masks – two masks designed to hydrate the hair, which is something I’m certainly in need of!

I’m going to include the link to the review here, check it out if you’re interested.
It’s on the Wow Beauty website.

Extra note:

This image isn’t posted on the Wow Beauty page – but I’ve got a little example of how these masks have improved the quality of my hair, you can see it looks a little sleeker and more moisturised. The pink was a semi-permanent dye but I have bleached the ends, which caused some damage. What do you think?  16251466_10211980588171178_1592100023_o