Jason Normalising Tea Tree Treatment Shampoo and Conditioner

Sunday, 11 March 2018

I've never done a full review of any shampoos or conditioners before to be honest because I don't think I've ever used anything that gives me the "wow" factor but these Jason Tea Tree ones have just saved my hair, well my scalp to be exact. 

I have been having itchy scalp lately for some unknown reason which is rather strange because I've never really had it, well I've had it here and there mildly because I'm the oily hair type, but never to this extent. Itchy scalp is one of those things in life that is not serious by no means but it's very annoying. I find myself constantly scratching my head and if I do it too much, I would even get dandruff which I'm not used to having it. I mean I could go to the pharmacy and get some anti-itching treatments but I'd prefer getting one that's natural without harsh chemicals like alcohol, paraben or sulfate as my scalp is rather sensitive and I have fine/thin hair so I really don't want to add something that's gonna irritate it. 

I've heard that tea tree as an ingredient is very effective when it comes to itchy scalp but I've tried a couple of shampoos in the past and none of them works, well not until I've tried the Jason Tea Tree range, they are amazing plus they are very affordable. 

I use Jason Normalising Tea Tree Shampoo twice and sometimes 3 times a week depending on how greasy my hair is and may I just say, it's very gentle and it does get rid of the itchiness, well I don't think it's all because of the shampoo as I use it together with the matching conditioner, and the two together makes such a difference to my scalp. 

They are made with Australian Tea Tree Oil for the itchiness, Jojoba Oil to nourish, Aleo Vera Gel to sooth and Sea Algae Extract to hydrate and control frizz. I like that these two products are natural and some of the ingredients are organic as well. It does contain alcohol and fragrance just FYI but they are both at the bottom of the list so I wouldn't worry too much. 

(the conditioner has a smooth creamy texture, off-white colour)

(the shampoo is a transparent gel that lathers very well) 

I couldn't believe they actually work that well for me, they also make my hair really soft but don't weigh it down. I highly recommend checking them out if you are experiencing itchy scalp too. Jason haircare does a tea tree gel and an oil as well if I'm not mistaken so if your itchiness is much more severe I would add those to the routine too. 

Have you tried anything from Jason? Thoughts? 

Current Favourite Lip Balms

Monday, 5 March 2018

If there's one beauty item I cannot live without it'll be lip balms. I have one in my bag, one in my bathroom, one on my nightstand, one in my pocket and one that I could never find but I know it's somewhere in the house. Lip balms are one of those things that are for life. I can never go without them. 

My lips are dry all the time and sometimes they even peel as well which in my opinion, is the worst thing in the world as it feels horrible even lipsticks look patchy. So today, I'm gonna show you my current fave ones and if you are a lip balm junkie like me, keep on reading. 

(left to right: Hurraw, Clarins, VeeBeauty LDN, Nakin and KIKI Health)

I'll start with my discovery of the year which is this Hurraw Balck cherry Tinted Lip Balm. It is soooooo good. It smells/tastes like cherries, it applies smoothly and very hydrating without being greasy. It comes in a tube which is hygienic and travel-friendly, and best of all, it's all natural and it gives a subtle rosy tint that is perfect for a no-makeup makeup day. I actually like to use it before liquid lipsticks. It's the perfect lip primer if you are into that juicy, kissable lip look. I need more. Hurraw comes in a great variety of flavours and it's very affordable. 

(left to right: Hurraw, KIKI Health, VeeBeauty LDN and Nakin)

Now if you are a multi-tasker kinda gal, I highly recommend using coconut oil as your lip balm. It's hydrating, it smells nice and you can use coconut oil for literally everything. But that being said, I recommend getting one that's 100% raw, cold-pressed, virgin coconut oil instead of other types. I've recently ordered this Organic Virgin Coconut Oil by KIKI Health and it is to die for. I have it in the smallest jar (40ml) (KIKI also does 100ml, 200ml and 500ml) and it's perfect to carry around with you obviously not just for lips but everything from head to toe. 

If you have been following me for a while you'd know that the Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is my all time favourite lip balm in the world. It just gets the job done. If my lips are ultra dry and even peeling, this will always sort it out. My secret is to apply a thick layer then seal it in with a piece of plastic film for the whole night and I promise, you will wake up with the smoothest lips ever. 

Next up, I have Nakin lip Treatment Balm which is quite similar to the Clarins one but it disappears rather quickly on my lips but still, it's lovely. It doesn't really have a scent so if you are sensitive, this might be the one. It comes in a pot which contains 15ml and it will last you forever. I normally have this in my bathroom cabinet and it's the last product I use for both of my morning and evening skincare routines. 

Last but not least, Minty Moment Moisturising Lip Balm by VeeBeautyLDN is quickly becoming my everyday essential. I love lip balms that are mint flavoured and this one is very nice and smooth. The texture is quite similar to coconut oil but denser and I love that the refreshing minty scent makes me ready to face the day. 

(left to right: KIKI Health, VeeBeauty LDN and Nakin)

So there you have it, my current lip care faves. The weather is changing slowly so put on your favourite lip balm and protect those juicy lips. 💋

How Ordinary is the Ordinary Skincare Range pt.2

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Well, the Ordinary Skincare (Deciem) has been getting a lot of the attention lately because of their super affordable products. Some people swear by them and some just don't care for. I, however, have a mixed opinion. In fact, I did a post a while back on 3 of their most popular serums so if you are interested, feel free to check it out but basically, they were a disappointment. I did not like them at all, they didn't work for my skin and quite frankly, they made my skin drier than before so I had no intention of trying more of their products but ever since I watched Gothamista's video about her thoughts on the Ordinary products, I couldn't resist placing another order on some of her favourite serums so today, I want to share with you my opinions on 3 of their best-selling products and hopefully it'd help you in terms of choosing the right ones for your skin.  

I purchased the Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution which is the most popular product in the Ordinary range, and I have to say it is worth it. I do like it, in fact, I think I prefer this one than my beloved Pixi Glow Tonic, and that says a lot.

the Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% 
Pixi Glow Tonic 
half the price  double the price 
noticeable tingle but mild  not much tingle, very gentle 
fragrance-free has a scent which might be sensitive to some 
hydrating and a little thicker in terms of texture but not sticky  a tad less hydrating, watery consistency, non-sticky 
twist cap, easy to pour and in control the amount you need normal cap ie. take it off before pouring out the product. 

As you can see from the little table above I made that the toning solution is clearly the winning one for me. I'm really surprised that this toner is hydrating. I mean I have a pretty bad experience with the Ordinary products as most of them are drying but this one is not, my skin doesn't feel dry after and it gives a nice subtle glow as well. I really like that it's very gentle despite the fact that it has 7% glycolic acid, and it has Ginseng and Tasmanian Pepperberry to sooth and hydrate the skin. I highly recommend checking it out if you are on a hunt for a good, inexpensive acid toner. I use it every other night right after cleansing. 

I also got the Lactic Acid 5% + HA. I mean I don't think I need more acids but I want to use it on days I don't use the Toning Solution. I think it'd be nice to alternate between the 2 as Glycolic acid is good for anti-ageing and a great ingredient for glowy skin but Lactic Acid is best for problematic skin ie. acne, blemishes well, pretty much all skin concerns really. 

It comes with a dropper, the serum is actually very watery, exactly like a toner but I don't use it with a cotton pad like you would with a traditional toner. I just get a generous amount on the palm of my hand and pat/press onto my skin till it absorbs. It sinks in fast and again, it's surprisingly hydrating. It's funny that all the products I choose this time are hydrating, unlike my last order. 

With this acid, I did not experience any tingle at all and I appreciate that it has no fragrance. I think you can use it with no problem even if you have sensitive skin, and frankly, 5% is a good start if you've never tried lactic acid before. The Ordinary also does a 10% one in the range and I think I'll get it next time as my skin has a pretty good tolerance with acids. 

These 2 acids make my skin hydrated and glowy, and I recommend alternating the 2 on a nightly basis if you have normal skin, but if you are sensitive, you could try alternating the 2 every other night. I don't recommend using them in the morning. 

I guess I'm saving the best for last as I'm so enjoying the Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion (Previously Advanced Retinoid 2%) and I get now why it is always sold out. It's so freaking hydrating and it gives an instant glow to the skin. It's effective but without the peeling part like you would experience with your normal retinol products, and I think 2% is pretty good for retinol virgins or/and women/men who are above 30. 

It has a serum/lotion consistency, sinks in immediately and sits well under any oils or moisturisers. I love this product and I would repurchase without a doubt. 

So there you have it, these 3 products have changed the way I feel about the Ordinary range. I've learnt that they are not bad products, you just have to find the right ones for your skin. I guess they are not Ordinary after all. 

What's in my bag?

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Hey guys, since I haven't done a "what's in my bag" in such a long time and surprisingly, I have been enjoying carrying a little rucksack lately so I thought why not show you what's in my new bag, and here goes...

I got this little rucksack as a gift from my aunt and apparently, she bought it from a local artist in Japan. I don't really know the name of the artist and neither does my aunt but the shop assistant told her that this artist is pretty famous for making bags and sometimes paintings. I mean I don't really care about all that but I do know that I love this colourful bag and the fact that everything is made by hand from scratch is just awesome. 

It is 100% leather and all the colours are sawed together by hand and I really do like the design, the stud detailing, the size and I love that it actually goes with everything I wear. I am a casual kinda gal so this rucksack is just made for me. It's what I would say a small sized bag but it's pretty spacious inside. It fits in all of my daily essentials. 

Ok, enough of the bag story, let me show you what I carry, nothing special, just my everyday bits and bobs, like my wallet, and this one is from Kate Spade so as the cardholder. I love Kate Spade, these are very practical yet pretty. 

(Cameron street Collection)

I always carry around sweets with me like gums, mints, chocolate especially Kinder chocolates because they are, in my opinion, the best ones in the world. 

I got my portable phone charger here because my phone dies on me all the time, and also I have tampons, you know, just in case, but I put them in this little tin because it's prettier this way. 

Now, onto the best part, beauty bits: I always have to have a lip gloss (Lily Lolo) with me, a lip balm (Hurraw), a bold lipstick (Bite Beauty) and a liquid lipstick (Charlotte Tilbury) cuz you know, a girl's gotta be prepared. I have my YSL compact because it comes with the best and the largest mirror, and I have 2 balms with me. The Kathy's eye balm is so good for freshening up my makeup or when my skin is dry, and this XO balm is good for cuticles, these two are all natural by the way. I also carry my solid perfume and this one is a limited edition one called Rock and it smells incredible. 

These sunglasses are from Rayban and they are from the Clubmaster range. These are so pretty and so lightweight. I like wearing them when I go out and about because they are just so comfy. 

Last but not least, my phone (boring), this is the 6s version, it's still pretty good but the battery is crap. I'm thinking about upgrading to the X but someone says it's not worth it so I'm still undecided. What do you think? Should I? But I do want to show you this phone case though, it's really pretty and girly plus I love that little ring holder part at the back, very easy to carry around. 

That's it beauties, these are the bits that I carry around on a daily basis, again nothing special just essentials. Ohh yeah, I also have my keys and car keys but that's just boring so I hope you have enjoyed going through my bag with me and until next time... 🤗

The 7 Skin Method

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

I feel like Korean skincare products are taking the world lately, I mean they are cute, they work and they are just on trend. And speaking of trendy skincare, have you ever heard of the 7 Skin Method? It's from Korea dahhh, and it's very popular in the beauty world so today, I want to share with you my experience with the 7 skin method, and hopefully, it'll amp up your skincare arsenal. 

The 7 skin method is a skincare method that allows you to get hydrated and glowy skin by patting 7 times of your favourite toners/essences on your skin before your serums, oils and moisturisers. It might sound like a lot of work but I promise you it's not and it's worth it. 

Now the trick is to use a toner or essence that is quite "thick" (texture-wise), and you want to pat your entire face with it then use whatever is left on your neck and repeat for 7 times. You can start with just 3 layers and then the rest of your skincare routine for as long as you like until you are used to it, and when you are ready you can move onto the full 7 layers. 

The essence I'm using with this method is the Vital Treatment Pulp Essence - 8 Nourishing Beans by Blithe. This is a luxury Korean skincare brand that does brilliant essences and masks. This particular essence is infused with 8 different bean extracts to deeply nourish and hydrate the skin. There's also Vitamin E in it which are the "pulp" parts so as soon as you pat it on your skin, the "pulps" burst and release the nourishing goodness into the bean extracts and the two work perfectly together to plump and revitalise the skin. 

It has a runny texture, not sticky like essences can be, perfect consistency and it has a non-detectable scent to it. This is a perfect essence to use for the 7 skin method because it's hydrating and it doesn't make the skin too tacky after. 

I tried it with 3 layers at the beginning and it made my skin glowy, healthy and hydrated and I felt like I didn't even need to follow the rest 4 layers, but that being said, 7 layers is another level, it makes my skin so nourished and so glowy, and honestly, if you have normal to oily skin, you don't even need a moisturiser afterwards. I usually use 4-5 drops of an oil-based serum after my essence, but after the 7 skin method, I only need 2-3 drops, seriously it is that effective, so if you have dry skin, the 7 skin method is a must. IT WILL CHANGE THE WAY YOUR SKIN LOOKS. 

(freshly washed face)

(1 layer)

(3 layers)

(7 layers)

(topped with the rest of my routine, just an oil, no moisturizer as my skin really didn't need it after 7 layers of the essence) 

(full face makeup after my skincare routine)

With the Vital Treatment Essence, you only need a pea size amount for each layer so a little goes a long way. It comes with a sturdy yet elegant plastic bottle of 150ml. It retails for £41 but it's worth every penny in my opinion. 

Do yourselves a favour and try the 7 skin method and see the difference in your skin. 

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