October 21, 2013

An Alternative to Hydraluron?

As you've probably noticed from the last post which came your way, I'm on a mission: to keep my skin hydrated during the cold winter months cue James Bond music. It's something I've been trying to do for a few years now, and miserably failing, so this particular product is extremely exciting for me.

Following recommendations from The Skincare Goddess, Caroline Hirons (who will from now be named thus), I went out, all wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, and purchased Hydraluron, from the makers at Indeed Labs. As a product packed with Hyaluronic Acid, this is supposed to be the product to keep dry skin hydrated, when used before a moisturiser. Whilst I enjoyed using it, I found its effects to be a little too light, not really moisturising enough, for my extremely dry, dehydrated skin.

In comes this incredibly weird (amazing) product: the Sk:n Aloe Vera gel. This product came as part of a set I bought from the Sk:n offices, but sat on my shelf - because really, what use do I have for Aloe Vera without a sunburn ravaging my body, right? Wrong. For the past few weeks I've been using it to tame the extremely dry patches on my face; hydraluron, and every other moisturiser I own, were actually making the dry patches worse, and even burn upon application.

The Sk:n Aloe Vera really helped soothe the skin and eventually managed to completely get rid of them. Plus, I've noticed a surprising side-effect: it helped reduce the size of my acne spots and hyperpigmentation associated with it, whilst also preventing more breakouts.

It's very sticky on application, but give it a few minutes to absorb in,  (depending on how dry your skin is) and it should be fine :)

Aloe Vera makes up the majority of this product (98%), and is known for a lot of uses, including healing burns, damaged skin and even reducing acne. But, some other ingredients in this product are: Allantoin (moisturising, soothing, skin protectant), Glycerin (skin moisturiser), Panthenol (humectant) and Vitamin E.

Ingredients: Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Methylparaben, Polysorbate 80, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Carame

I hope you found this post helpful, and let me know in the comments if you have any unusual skin care products in your regime

Anki <3

October 15, 2013

Quick Tip: Keep Skin Hydrated during the Cold Months

As we're pulling into the cold autumn and winter months, I've made a resolution: I'm going to keep my skin hydrated. Have I made this resolution before, you ask? Of course I have. Have I stuck to it? Of course not.

But, I think I've finally cracked it. Following my post about the Body Shop hand creams, I realised something vital: hands and lips are the parts of my body that get the most abuse from the exposure to cold weather, but it doesn't matter how many hand creams or lip balms I try to pack into my teeny-tiny purse, I just don't reach for them. Enter my solution: creating an accessible spot for a hand cream and lip balm, on a table next to the door and right next to my keys. Genius! This way, every time I'm about to grab my keys and rush out the door I'm reminded to actually use these products! Plus, I decided to coordinate by placing a rose-scented hand cream (Body Shop Wild Rose hand cream) and rose flavoured lip balm (Nivea Soft Rose lip balm) next to a beautiful pink pillar candle. This way, I coordinate my scents every morning, and its an organisational dream. Sigh it's the simple things in life.

Now if only there was a way to remind myself to moisturise the rest of my body...

Anki <3

October 13, 2013

UK Magazine Freebies October 2013 (November 2013)

It's new month, and with it comes a whole host of new magazines and high-end freebies to try out. Here are some I've spotted recently.

Marie Claire
L'Occitane Hand Cream worth £8 (choice of four scents, including original)
Magazine Price: £3.90

50ml St Tropez Instant Tan Face and Body Lotion
Magazine Price: £3.60

This Works Really Rich Firming Lotion OR This Works Daily Boost Body Scrub
Magazine Price: £4

20% off Urban Outfitters
Magazine Price: £4.00

Set of two nail polishes with each issue (Company magazine own brand), with four total polishes being given away.
Magazine Price: £2.50

Are there any magazines you love to read? Leave me a comment below to let me know,

Anki <3

October 02, 2013

DIY French Manicure Nail Tip Guides

Hey Everyone!

 Comparison between traditional Nail tip guides (left) and Hole reinforcement stickers (right)

Don't you just hate it when you start running out of nail tip guides for your french manicure? Well, I've got a simple and quick solution for you all today: hole reinforcement stickers! To be more specific, these are the stickers that you can buy by the hundreds to reinforce the ready punched holes in pages you may be filing in ring binders. The machine-cut uniform curved edge means these work perfectly to give you a precise, round guide without having to worry about any variation between nails. Also, since they are sticky, but not overly so, you can easily stick them on and peel off as required. I bought the above pack of 300 pieces for 50p from Asda, and you can cut each piece into half to give one semi-circular nail guide per nail. No more rationing nail guides for me!

Do you have any quick, simple beauty tricks up your sleeve? Leave me a comment down below to let me know,

Anki <3
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