Face masks that saved my skin

I don’t usually blog about beauty. Mainly because there are so many more people out there who can give you better advice than me. That said, over the past few months I’ve invested more time in my self-care and having a little ‘me time’ to pamper myself and that wouldn’t be complete without a face mask or two so I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.

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Shaving vs Epilation: My experience

As a student I can’t really afford to keep heading to the beauty salon to have my legs waxed, especially with G wanting to progress with this career as well. The thing is I hate shaving my legs. Not because I don’t like hair-free legs or I’m lazy (even though I am quite lazy) but because I don’t like the thick black hairs you get as a result of it, or the fact the results only last for a couple of days.

I considered doing my own waxing at home, but after a misguided attempt with waxing strips when I was 18 – which has left a permanently bald section on my shin – I didn’t think it was a good idea (or know if I could put myself through that again). Which left me with two options; work more hours so I can afford to have my legs waxed or try epilation. Obviously, I went for epilation.

Image Credit: http://www.phillips.co.uk

Epilation with Phillips

The way an epliator works is essentially the same as tweezers. The rotating discs of the epilator tweeze the hairs from the skin by the root giving a longer lasting smoothness as well as a thinner and fainter regrowth. The model I chose came with two speed settings which allowed me to adapt the epilation for different areas, as well as a shaver head and trimmer cap for areas a little too sensitive for epilation. Because the package also includes a power cable, removable, washable heads and cleaning brush I don’t have to constantly spend money on razors. Looking on the Phillips website now there are plenty more options available, even ones with spa attachments for facial cleansing and epilation.

I spent around £50 on the one I bought (which I got around 2 years ago) and that was the basic model (Satinelle HP6423) that I can use on my legs, underarms and bikini area. I’ve never waxed my underarms and to this day still shave them – I just don’t think pain in your underarm is natural – but I’ve had bikini waxes before and didn’t think anything of it. However, epilating the bikini area is A LOT more painful than I would have thought, and something that I have to prepare myself for. Legs are a different ball game all together. After the first two or three attempts I felt nothing more than a minor pinch and happily epilate my legs whenever I need to.

Having tried it out I am most definitely a convert to epliation rather than shaving, but some people still tell me they find it really difficult. Have you tried epilation? I’d love to hear your take on it.

My Relationship With Body Image

So this is a bit of a personal post, and one that I wouldn’t usually share. I have plenty of opinions that I have learned to keep to myself, especially when I don’t have all the facts but this is something that has been on my mind a lot lately. There are so many posts out there about improving body image and the importance of loving your body, but right now I just can’t. Those posts get under my skin and mock me, point out another way in which I am failing because no matter what I do right now I am not happy with the body I am living in.

Image credit: Oprah.com

I want to love my body. I try my best to. I know I want to lose some weight so that I feel more comfortable. I celebrate my small weight loss victories, eat healthily and dress in the right way to ehance and improve my shape. But when I look in the mirror I still want to cry. Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to be a super fit gym body, or even a model I just want to feel like myself. Yet right now who I am and who I want to be are two different people. There is obviously a lot of confusion mixed up in all of this, I can see that yet whatever is causing this is making me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. I’m sure a lot of you know just how excruciatingly painful that is.

I eat my feelings. A lot of people my age do. It’s what romcoms taught us to do but I won’t blame magazines and films for my relationship with my body image because I don’t think they played a big part in it. I have always been stubborn and I have always known what I want ~ no opinion but mine could change that. I am working on my relationship with food as I discussed previously. I know what you’re thinking: if you’re not happy with your body then change it.

I am working to lose the extra flab that I have. Not hard enough but that is my issue not yours. What worries me is that even at my smallest I wasn’t really happy with my body. I know what shape I want to be and I am working towards that, but what worries me is how I am going to learn to accept myself when I get there. I’m at a bit of a loss when it comes to that. I’m hoping that as I progress through DBT it will become a bit clearer.

Have you learned to love your body? Any advice?

My No Shampoo Trial

As I mentioned here I wanted to trial the no ‘poo movement as my hair just NEVER does as it’s told. I only managed to get to day 7 before I cracked and finally used shampoo but I have learnt a lot. I will carry on only shampooing my hair once a week and washing my hair with water in between to keep it fresh, but for me my hair was too fine to go completely without shampoo.

I think would work really well for people with slightly thicker or damaged hair, but you do have to accept that it gets really gross and never quite feels clean. I know the natural oils created are good for our hair but it got to the point for me where they were clogging my hair follicles and making my head really sore. If you’ve tried no ‘poo let me know how you got on in the comments – and don’t forget to hit subscribe on my YT channel to keep up to date with all my vlogs.

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Lush Lifesavers

There are two products from Lush that I have been using for a few months now, and given the difference they’ve made to my skin and the compliments I’ve had because of them I thought it was time I shared them on the blog.

Lush Lifesavers

I have had awkwardly sensitive skin from being around 18 years old. A mixture of combination and sensitive skin means that I have patches that are dry, flaky and sore and others that are quite oily and prone to break-outs, making it a nightmare to find products that cater to both skin types at once. But since using both Ultrabland and Aqua Marina just once a day I’ve been left with soft, clear, happier skin.

Ultrabland Face Wash – £7.50

A simple, but effective cold cream, ultrabland is the ultimate cleanser for sensitive skin. Made with almond oil, honey, beeswax and rose water this gentle cleanser removes the daily build up of dirt and grime without leaving your face feeling tight and dry. I always use this in the shower making sure I have a face cloth handy to ensure all of the cleanser is removed and give my face a good scrub to make sure I get rid of any dry skin.

Aqua Marina Fresh Cleanser – £6.95

After washing my face with Ultrabland I turn to Aqua Marina to help reduce the oil in my t-zone which is prone to break-outs, and because I love the calming mixture of Aloe Vera and Irish Moss Gel. This mineral rich seaweed and calamine cleanser helps reduce excess oils and gives me a clear complexion, again without completely stripping the skin and leaving it feeling dry which is perfect for my skin.

Lush Lifesavers

Since using these two in my morning beauty routine (washing my face in the shower while mentally running through my jobs for the day before dashing out to catch the train) I have only suffered break-outs when I’ve eaten too many chocolate bars or take-aways, and have been able to confidently leave the house without only minimal make up on for the first time in years.

Of course face washes aren’t the only treats available at Lush and I certainly have a penchant for the delicious bath bombs and melts. Are you a Lush fan? What have you found that works well for you? Are there any products of gift sets on your Christmas list this year?