Thursday, 3 August 2017

Staying safe in the summer

The summer, I think has begun? The weather doesn't know what it wants to do from one day to the next. BUT when it's sunny it's sunny! So better stay safe.

I was a loyal Ambre Solaire buyer until my recent discovery.. So I thought I'd share what I found.

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What SPF really means
So, did you know the SPF rating (the 15/20/30 ect) on the front just protects you against the UVB rays (mainly being burnt).

What is UVA
The UVA rays which are just as harmful in terms of ageing, cancer ect.. are displayed (normally) on the back of the bottle in a circle with stars. The highest star rating is 5, with the best protection.

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The official speel
"UV irradiation in the form of UVA is associated with skin ageing. UVA affects the elastin in the skin and leads to wrinkles and sun-induced skin ageing (for example coarse wrinkles, leathery skin and brown pigmentation), as well as skin cancer. UVA can penetrate window glass and penetrates the skin more deeply than UVB. UVA protection in a sunscreen will help defend the skin against photo ageing and potentially skin cancer.

UVB is the form of UV irradiation most responsible for sunburn and has strong links to malignant melanoma and basal cell carcinoma risk (types of skin cancer). A sunscreen with a high SPF (sun protection factor) will help block UVB rays and prevent the skin from burning, and by extension damage that can cause skin cancer."

^British Association of dermatologists

The Ambre Solaire I'd always used only had 3-4... out of 5 isn't bad but isn't great either.

The best one to use
Finding out the above, I went on the hunt! I've looked at a lot of big brands and didn't find any with 5 stars.. But did find the Aldi one has 5 (the highest protection). The cheapest in this case seems to be the best, surprisingly.

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It's also worth checking the expiry life on the sun cream you do have, most only last 12 months.. Which may seem a bit wasteful when you've only used a tiny amount of last years, but after 12 months the SPF and UVA protection wouldn't be the same.

Did you know about the UVA rating system? What do you normally use? Let me know how many stars it has! I'd love to know if any others have the full 5 stars.


Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Glossybox July 2017 review

It's been a while since I've subscribed to a beauty box but in the run up to the summer holidays I needed some minis to add to my travel bag.

Firstly, how cute is this box?! I haven't thought of how to re-use it yet but maybe keep my fake tan's inside? Seems fitting.. summer.. tan...perfect

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If you don't want a peek at what's inside look away now.

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So inside is...

Papanga hair bobbles - 3 bobbles just like the invisabobbles. I'm happy with this, even though I have invisabobbles they're well used, especially when I go to the gym or for a swim, so these can just add to my collection. I like that there's 3 different colours too.

MonuSpa after sun - Shame it's over the 100ml limit but bonus the size is decent, so getting your moneys worth. I haven't tried this yet but it smells nice enough.

Spectrum fan brush - Pretty cute right? It's soft and fluffy, for me just like any other brush but a cute design.

Macaroon lip balm - This was a bit disappointing, it feels like a toy. I'm probably going to gift this, not my cup of tea.

Banana setting powder - I've heard a lot of good things about this, it is very yellow.. I'm very pale.. so I feel like I'll just look like a Simpson if I use this. BUT I shall give it a try before I write it off.

All in all I was pleased with this box, I'd give it a 7/10 could be better, could be worse. The August Glossybox theme is 'Girls just wanna have sun' if you want to subscribe use this link for £5 off your first box  (I also get a free box if you join but this post isn't sponsored/affiliated)

Do you subscribe to a beauty box? If so let me know what you think of them. Or if you have a discount/referral code to another beauty box pop it below, I may give another a try.


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Friday, 23 June 2017

Products that miss the mark

I always share my favourite products and things I love but never talk about products that just aren't worth it. So I thought for a change I'd share products that just miss the mark in my opinion.

Makeup Revolution Palette
This I really really wanted to love and the colours come out lovely on your fingers but when it comes to using a brush and transferring to the eyelid... the letdown.. it's just not as pigmented as it should be and when on the lids most of the shades look identical on the eye. Just really let down by this palette. It looks lovely, the packaging but that's about as good as it gets. I was also let down by the size of the shadows, maybe I was expecting too much but when I opened it I was shocked at how small the little circles actually are.

Makeup Revolution blush palette
This one I had high hopes for, it's so cheap and I LOVE the contor palette they do! BUT every shade includes a shimmer which means you have shimmery cheeks and not in a 'glow' sense.. just shimmery blush like something out of the 90's.. not in a good way :(

Garnier Eye Roll 
I use this one everyday, it is nice and cooling but in terms of making any difference to under the eyes, nothing. You can't tell if I use it one day or don't use it the next, it doesn't de-puff or lessen the dark circles, just no difference at all. Such a shame, it sounded so good but it just doesn't do a thing other than feel nice and cool.

Benefits Porefessional
This one I actually gave up on my full size one and gave it away, I SO wanted to love it, everyone seems to love it but for me it just doesn't work. It leaves my skin feeling weird and not in a good way, my pores look identical to without using it, I see no difference.

Maybelline Lash Sensational
I've heard nothing but good about this mascara, people claiming it's better than false lashes. I have so many mascaras but never one to miss out on a good one I got it... better than lashes? No. Better than my other mascaras? No. This for me was really disappointing, the more you apply the clumpier it gets. So when you're trying to lengthen and separate you run the risk in entering clump-zone and having to take it all off again. For me I really wouldn't recommend it, at all. I actually gave it away.

What hype products have you come across that just don't live up to expectations?


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Friday, 26 May 2017

Exams are officially over

This academic year is officially over!! It's been a tough one, good but tough. My post-exam spa day is ready for me! (I earned it) The hairdressers is booked too!

I can finally put the books down, text everyone back and enjoy the summer ready for my final year ahh! (I secretly don't want it to end)

I am thinking to ease the load next year and start reading through the summer in advance. BUT I do intend to fully enjoy the non-deadline looming summer, maybe go on a trip away for a little bit, see my friends (remind them what I look like), go to the gym more too, up my weight loss, maybe a nice bike ride in the sun.

What summer plans do you have?


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