Skincare Routine | May 2015 [Video]

Monday, 18 May 2015

I haven't made a skincare routine post since Spring last year so I thought I'd run through what I do and my favourite products to use on my YouTube channel.

I really love to keep things simple as my skin can get irritated quite easily and is spot-prone. I've found that since I started using products which don't irritate the skin my face has been a lot clearer though my skin isn't perfect.

The video:

What's your skincare routine? 

Lesley x

HOTD | Twist Out Ponytail with braided front

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

I've been wearing my hair without the wigs recently and most days it's been my usual bun but it's causing so many tangles I've had to switch it up a little. I 3 strand twisted my hair Sunday night (there's a great tutorial by Alyssa Forever here) and I'm still taking advantage of the resulting loose, disheveled waves from when I took the twists out. Today I tried (and failed) to dutch braid the front as this area can tangle a lot but I'm not that great at braiding so it's pretty messy. Regardless, I tend to prefer 'worn in' styles so I thought I'd share a few snaps here.

What have you been doing to your hair lately? 

Lesley x

Review | KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Products

Monday, 11 May 2015

I've been using a lot of KeraCare products of late and whilst my hair has been in and out of braids over the last couple of months I thought it was the best opportunity to get to grips with a few of the KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp* products. Out of all the KeraCare products these have the most colourful and exciting packaging, differing from the usual luxurious all gold branding. I was really excited to try this range as they are so visually different from many of the other KeraCare products.

I haven't had any major issues with dandruff or a persistently itchy scalp but I was worried that wearing braids under a wig for most of the day would start to aggravate my scalp. My wig routine did make my scalp a little dry and itchy at times so it was great to have these products on hand to provide some relief.

KeraCare Dry & Itchy Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Shampoo (£7.20/240ml)*
The shampoo is possibly my favourite of the products here, which speaks volumes as I don't generally tend to love shampoo. After initially applying to wet hair, lathering and rinsing, I apply this again, leaving it to sit for 5 minutes. I can really feel this working on the scalp as it's so tingly and refreshing. Once it's rinsed my head feels so clean but not dry. This is supposed to be a gentle shampoo suitable for relaxed, permed, dyed and natural hair but this does leave my strands a little stripped. The menthol scent is similar to medicated shampoos but I've come to like it.

KeraCare Dry & Itchy Anti-Dandruff Moisturizing Conditioner (£8/240ml)*
Despite religiously following the instructions to leave this on for 10-15 minutes, this conditioner just doesn't give the kind of slip and moisture that my hair needs. I always use a deep conditioner with each wash and I can't skip that step after using this conditioner. The ingredients in this particular product don't seem to be to the same high standard as other KeraCare products. There just isn't that je ne sais quoi which is possibly why this doesn't do much for my hair. On the plus side I haven't noticed any issues with my scalp when using this product so it at least ensures dandruff is kept at bay.

KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Glossifier (£6.55/110g)*
The formula of the Dry & Itchy Glossifier is like a solid wax but the surface melts into a liquid when you touch it. I tend to pick up a small amount of the glossifier at a time by dabbing my finger into the pot. I then place the product directly on any itchy areas on my scalp as and when needed. As a result I can reach for this daily or it might be a few days between each use. It provides quick relief from itching and soothes my scalp. I barely use any product with each application so this product will probably last me a very long time.

These products work well together and my scalp has been less irritated as I've continued to use these regularly. My hair is now out of braids and it's been really satisfying to not have to deal with an itchy scalp so I'll definitely continue to use these. However, I don't think these products perform so well on my hair so I'll also keep relying on other products to keep my strands hydrated and strong.

*pr sample - read my disclaimer here.

Have you tried any Keracare products before? 

Lesley x

New In | Maybelline & Rimmel Makeup Haul

Sunday, 10 May 2015

I cleansed my beauty collection of a lot of old gear a few months ago and I felt it was time I ushered in a few makeup products. For a beauty blogger I think my makeup stash is quite small and I want to keep it that way so I didn't buy a lot, only a couple of bronzers and lip products from Boots to refresh my everyday makeup look a little.

Rimmel London Sunshimmer Bronzing Powder in Medium (£5.59)
I've been looking for a product to give me that 'glow' without it being overpowering so I thought this would be a good fit. The medium shade is probably a little light for my skintone but the subtle flush of shimmery bronze is exactly what I was looking for.

Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder in Blonde (£5.99)
As well as a bronzer I've been needing a new highlighter and I thought the multiple tones in this compact would serve as both. I accidentally picked up the Blonde compact rather than brunette but the products looked almost identical on the shelf. This product isn't suited to my tone at all and the lightest shade is kind of chalky. I've still managed to make it work as a highlighter by swirling a blush brush around the pot and applying the product to my cheeks, brow bone and cupids bow. 

Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Birthday Suit (£4.99)
Nudes are easily my favourite tones to wear currently. I love Rimmel Lipsticks so it was only a matter of time before I added 'Birthday Suit' to my collection. I didn't think this tone would work for my skin originally as in the bullet it looks quite light. In reality it's a perfect match for my skin as the finish is quite sheer so my natural tone can still be seen slightly underneath. 

Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencils in Berry Much, Red Essential and Nude Perfection (£4.99)
I adore these lip pencils. I've seen them in Boots and Superdrug for some time but I've had such a long love affair with lipstick that they didn't really appeal to me before. There's so many shades to choose from but in natural fashion I picked the tones I love to wear time and again. They provide a good amount of pigmentation which lasts fairly well. The formula is a little dry so I just add a little balm to my lips before applying. 

Swatches from left to right: Rimmel London Sunshimmer Bronzing Powder (Medium), Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder (Blonde),  Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick (Birthday Suit), Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencils (Berry Much, Red Essential and Nude Perfection)

What beauty products have you been using lately? 

Lesley x