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Like me, my hair can be a little rebellious! It’s slightly curly and I have to be careful how I style it otherwise it looks fluffy and dry. Below I will list some useful tips on how I coiffe my quiff.

  • I try not to wash it too often. Daily washing leaves my hair particularly dry and fluffy which I obviously hate. I wait until my hair starts to look greasy before I wash it. I usually get away with once a week. In between I just rinse it in the shower.
  • Most days I let it air dry. My hair has more grip and volume when it’s not super clean. On these days I comb my hair into place when it’s still wet and let it dry naturally. I recommend a carbon comb because they are anti-static and prevent fly away’s.
  • On special occasions I go all out. In the picture above I blow-dried my hair and finished with a little product. I often do this on washing day to avoid the fluff or when I want to look my best. I rough dry my hair with a blow dryer and gently smooth out the front with a brush. My favourite is the Y.S. Park from Japan. I finish with a small amount of matte paste to create a piece-y effect. I’m currently loving Malin + Goetz hair pomade.

 

 

 

 

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Last year the blog was very skincare heavy. This year I decided to take it easy with the products and focus on other topics. However, there will be regular skincare posts. But I’m going to try and keep them to product categories or skincare routines.

If you want to reverse skin damage, delay the signs of skin ageing or preserve the current state of your skin then retinol has your name all over it. After SPF retinols or retinoids are the only legitimate anti-ageing skincare ingredients. I will include some links below if you would like more in depth information. Today I’m going to show you four varieties from my skincare stash.

The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2%. This bad boy packs a punch and it’s cheap as chips at just £8.00/9.80€. Don’t be fooled by the price. This is one of the strongest versions I’ve used and it’s fragrance free. A great option if you want transformative skincare on a budget. Unfortunately, if you are new to retinol or have sensitive skin then this is likely too strong. Start with 0.5% and work your way up to this strength. With this product you get way more for your money.

Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment. This is also pretty strong and therefore not a good option if you are a first timer (they have milder options). I like this a lot as it does exactly what it says on the tin. At £53.00 the price is good for what you get. It’s perfectly packaged in an airtight container and it’s also fragrance free.

African Botanics Intensive Recovery Oil. This is hands down one of my favourite brands. The founders are lovely and they sure know how to create luxury. Besides retinol this serum/oil contains Baobab (rich in antioxidants, vitamins A,C & E. Omega’s 3, 6 & 9), Marula Oil (rich in vitamin E & antioxidants) and CoQ10 (aids collagen production). It also contains Immortelle Jasmine flowers so this is definitely more than just a retinol. And so it should be at £175.00. This is an absolute treat and my skin looks soft and bright the morning after. Three or four drops is plenty so the 30ml bottle should last around a year.

Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Perhaps the most famous retinol product ever. I’m sure you have read a review on this. The inclusion of synthetic colour pigments with soothing Blue Tansy give this it’s deep blue hue. Cold pressed oils elevate this from a standard retinol product. A little goes a long way so £85.00 for 30ml doesn’t seem so outrageous to me.

When using any type of Retinol or Retinoid it’s essential you wear an SPF 30 or higher everyday. Please see links below for more information.

Disclaimer. Brands and PR agencies regularly send me products and clothes as samples. I only feature/wear/review the things that suit my personal style and that I enjoy using. What works for me may not work for you. To be on the safe side, try before you buy.

 

 

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The Plasma Essentials Collection by Perricone MD came to my rescue this Winter and I’m going to tell you why. The Blue Plasma Cleansing Treatment was out of my comfort zone as it’s non-rinse (kind of like a micellar water). If you wear make-up this is a good option as your first cleanse as part of double cleanse in the evening. Or simply as a morning cleanse. I use it in the morning and splash my face with water afterwards, I couldn’t cleanse without a wet cloth or a thorough splash of water, it wouldn’t feel right. When I use this my face feels especially clean but not stripped.

Cold Plasma Eye is a wonderful eye cream that I’m using at night. Even a generous amount absorbs quickly without a trace of residue. It’s the best. It’s worth mentioning this smells a little like fish. I imagine it’s marine collagen or fish oil. What this means is the nutritious ingredients haven’t been diluted to make it smell pretty. I prefer this as I want the best for my skin. And it doesn’t smell bad, just different. 

Containing three types of hyaluronic acid Hyalo Plasma works as a serum and is a pleasure to use. It’s a gel consistency that feels concentrated and rich yet lightweight. It’s not sticky and leaves my skin feeling properly hydrated.

Photo Plasma is an intensely rich moisturiser with SPF 30. Whilst it hasn’t been fragranced I think this smells very nice. It really is rich, especially when used in combination with the Hyalo Plasma. If you have dry, dull skin I expect you will love it. I appreciate the SPF 30 as anything lower wouldn’t be enough for me. This leaves a nice sheen on the skin which lasts for an hour or two. I have a feeling make-up will sit nicely on top of this as it doesn’t feel greasy. If you have an issue with shine then this won’t work for you. If you like a glossy glow from your moisturiser then give it a go.

The products work very well together and this makes great sense as a set. I need another cleanser in addition. I happened to be using the Perricone MD Gentle Cleanser (it’s so good) and for me this completes the set to perfection. It’s currently on 50% discount but most places are sold out. It’s still available here though.

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