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My Daily Skincare Routine & The Products I Use

In under 7 months I am 30! I remember on my 21st Birthday Greg saying to me that my 20’s will fly by and that is exactly what has happened! Obviously a lot of amazing things have happened since then but never the less I can’t believe I am nearly 30. One thing I have always tried to do from an early age is look after my skin. I am one of those people that am worried about ageing and always try to take good care of my skin. This is a first for me as my blog has always really been based around the boys but I want to start writing about being a Mummy too and what I like and what I do. So I thought I would start my telling you a bit about my daily skincare routine and what products I use.

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A lot of the products that I use have been recommended to me when I go for a facial or I have read great reviews and decided to give them a try, loved them and stuck with them.

My Morning Routine

When I get up in the morning before I put my make up on I cleanse and tone my face using the Guinot Lait Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Cleansing Gel Milk and the Guinot Lotion Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Toning Lotion with cotton wool pads. They are £19.50 each and probably last about 4-6 weeks. I also use these in the evening along with their eye makeup remover as the cleanser and tone cleanses and removes your make-up, freeing the skin of all impurities. It also softens and refreshes the skin, leaving your skin feeling super soft.
I then wash my face using the Dr Russo SPF30 sun protective day cleanser. You simply wash your face leave then massage the face wash in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. This then gives you SPF30 protection which is so important to keep your skin healthy and looking young. Up to 80% of premature ageing is due to sun damage and even in the UK where you might not think the sun is damaging you, it still can. I also have the SPF30 sun protective moisturiser which is great and really light too so you can use it and then continue with your usual skincare routine. The protective day cleanser is £52 for a 100ml tube and the day moisturiser is £95 for a 50ml tube.


I then use the Guinot Longue Vie Yeux Eye Lifting Cream. It is really good and I use a small bit around my eyes and in between my eyebrows in a figure if eight motion. The eye-lifting cream eliminates visible wrinkles & fine lines and firms the skin around your eyes for an instant lift. It also soothes away dullness & puffiness which I need as Archie still wakes up sometimes four times a nigh and gently calms & hydrates the eye areas. I have tried lots of different eye creams before but this is by far one of the best.


I then use the ESPA Tri-Active Advanaced Instant Facial which is £58 for a 30ml bottle. It smells amazing like all of the ESPA range (I am obsessed with their soothing candle and diffuser, they are all over my house) and feels absolutely amazing on my skin. It is an advanced age-defying 3-in-1 serum, essence and treatment oil to instantly smooth and hydrate while brightening the complexion, for skin that is revitalised and glowing. The spa I go to Mulberry’s in Beaconsfield use the Espa and Guinot products and I have never been disapointed. The Antioxidant Macrolage Cell Extract in the cream helps smooth the appearance of fine lines, the White Truffle Extract helps boost elasticity, while Coconut, Jojoba and Avocado Oils help nourish and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. It really is an amazing cream and I think worth every penny.


I then use my ESPA 24 hour replenishing moisturiser on top to moisturise my face for the day. It is £46 for a 55ml and leaves your face feeling soft and supple ready to apply your makeup. I then apply my makeup which I will write up in a different post. It smells amazing too!


My Evening Routine

Before I get in the shower I use my Guinot eye makeup remover and the cleanser and toner to remove all my makeup and cleanse my skin. Every other evening I then use the Guinot Gommage Eclat Parfait Perfect Radiance Exfoliating Cream either in the shower or take off with a warm cloth which is £32.50 for a 50ml tube. When I went for a facial sometime ago I went through my skin care routine with the therapist and she couldn’t believe I didn’t exfoliate. Basically unless you exfoliate a few times a week then all the great products you use on your skin do not work properly as the exfoliator removes all of your dead skin cells allowing your moisturiser in to your skin properly. Ever since then I use it every other evening.

                      Guinot Gommage Eclat Parfait Perfect Radiance Exfoliating Cream 50ml

After I get out of the shower I use either my Guinot eye cream or my Elemis pro-collagen eye renewal cream if its been a long day and my eyes are puffy. It firms, smooths and nourishes the skin around your eyes and I have noticed it is especially good at soothing your eyes. It is £63 for 15ml but you only need a small amount and it will last for ages.


Also another great product that I use from Elemis is the Hydra-Boost Serum. This is great if you have been out in the sun or haven’t drunk enough water that day as it replenishes the skin and instantly hydrates, softens and nourishes the skin. I love it! it is £45 for 30ml.


I then use the Creme De La Mer The Moisturising Soft Cream which is the best moisturiser ever! When you wake up your skin feels as soft as baby skin. It is on the pricey side as it starts at £115 for a 30ml pot all the way up to £1500 for a 500ml pot. I have the 30ml pot and you only need a small amount. I expect it will last about 6 months. It’s advanced Moisturising Sphere technology allows this luxurious formula to penetrate deeply, replenishing moisture and strengthening the look of skin. Skin appears renewed and energised, youthfully radiant. As they say you get what you pay for and this cream is an example of that!


My Going Out Skin Care Routine

If I am going out my skin care routine is exactly the same except in the shower I would always use my Glam Glow Flash Mud Brightening Treatment. It is £39 for a 50g pot. It leaves your skin instantly vibrant and when you apply your makeup afterwards just gives you that extra glow. It is a multi-sensorial quick results brightening treatment. Powerful & Innovative multi-brightening complexes help to create the brightest, lightest & luminous perfect skin. The Teaoxi Technology in it is White Birch Leaf. It delivers natural Betulin, Betulinic Acid & Ellagic Acid to create an improved color balanced skin tone. WhiteEnergi  is a brilliant fusion of powerful natural actives to create intense bright & even results. Flashlucent™ is a combination of skin translucency optimizers featuring 3 levels of exfoliation to drive ingredients into the skin for luminous younger looking skin. Reflectrum™ is a blend of brightening ingredients boosted with diamond photoluminescence to increase the reflecting level of the skin and make it appear radiant & more attractive.

I would then use one my eye creams and the Espa Tri Active Instant Facial cream, its really smooth and doesn’t leave a residue once you have put on your primer and foundation.

I hope you have enjoyed this post as it’s a slightly different one for me. 

 

 

Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare

For the last month I have been using the moisturiser and the face wash from the new Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare range. The full range consists of a 30 SPF 100ml sun protective day cleanser, a 30ml night repair serum and a 100ml night repair exfoliating cleanser and a 30ml protective day moisturiser.

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Dr Russo is renowned internationally for his revolutionary work in reversing sun damage and premature skin ageing. He has pioneered the combined use of Thermage, Fraxel, Zeltiq, PRP and Stem-Cells in Europe and for over 20 years, has been the secret weapon behind some of the world’s most famous faces, having built a reputation as the doctor who makes people look and feel younger.

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When I get up in the morning I have been washing my face with the Dr Russo SPF30 sun protective day cleanser. You simply wash your face leave then massage the face wash in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling like you have an SPF on and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed, yet protected at the same time.


This then gives you SPF30 protection which is so important to keep your skin healthy, protected and looking young. Up to 80% of premature ageing is due to sun damage and even in the UK where you might not think the sun is damaging you, it still can even on a cloudy day. This really is a game changer in the World of skincare using utilising proprietary, patent-pending technology, this moisturising day cleanser has been specifically formulated to gently cleanse the skin of impurities while providing SPF 30 protection from UVA/UVB exposure.

I then use the SPF30 sun protective moisturiser before applying my make-up which is great and really light too so you can use it and then continue with your usual skincare routine. The protective day cleanser is £52 for a 100ml tube and the day moisturiser is £95 for a 50ml tube. Over the last few years I have upped my anti-ageing skin care routine and knowing I now have a moisturiser that is great for anti-ageing and protects my skin from the sun too is great and I wouldn’t use anything else!

The Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare range is now available to buy online at FeelUnique.com 

Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer Review

When Greg asked me in December what I would like for Christmas, the Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer was at the top of my list. I had seen some amazing personal reviews and really really wanted one.

On Christmas Day I opened up the wrapping paper to reveal my gorgeous new Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer in the Fuchia/Iron colour combination. It is also available in White/Silver and the Fuchia/Iron limited edition which comes in a special Dyson Supersonic™ Limited Edition Box which is slightly move expensive.

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The standard edition retails for £299.99 and the limited edition with the case is £349.99. A lot of people that have asked me about what I think of the hairdryer have always said “but its £300 for a hairdryer!” and “is it worth the money?” Well the answer is yes! I absolutely love the Supersonic and cannot fault it. It drys my hair in literally half of the time as my old Parlux hairdryer, which at the time I thought was an amazing hairdryer. The Supersonic makes an Air flow that travels at 105 mph for quick drying. My hair feels so soft after drying and when I use the smoothing nozzle it leaves my hair looking shiny thanks to the intelligent heat control, super soft and smooth and all I have to do is run my straighteners quickly over the ends. My drying and styling time has been cut easily in half.

The hairdryer itself is small and light to use, its almost as light as a travel hairdryer. It has a sleek and modern design and stands out in the ground! As the motor is in the handle it doesn’t feel top heavy like an ordinary hairdryer and you don’t get arm ache when blowdrying your hair.

While other hairdryers can get too hot, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer works differently. It measures air temperature 20 times a second, preventing extreme heat damage to help protect natural shine. This also means less breakage which is music to my other half’s ears as he hated it when my hair got everywhere before when I have dried my hair.

The hairdryer has three precise speed settings; Fast drying, Regular drying and Styling and four precise heat settings; 100°C Fast drying and styling, 80°C Regular drying, 60°C Gentle drying, 28°C Constant cold. I use the constant cold for a few seconds when I have finished drying my hair to cool down the hairdryer to put back in it’s box.

In the box you get the hairdryer itself, a smoothing nozzles, a styling nozzle, a diffuser, a non slip mat and a storage hanger. It all packs back neatly in the box for easy storage.

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To summarise, this is by far the best hairdryer I have even owned/used! It drys your hair in minutes, keeps it sleek and smooth, protects your hair from damage and looks great too! In my opinion it is worth every penny, especially as it gets used so much!

 

My C9 Forever Living 9 Day Cleanse

A friend of mine, Sophie is a Forever Living distributor and we were chatting and as I had made a new years resolution to myself to get fit and eat healthier I thought it would be a great idea to start off the year by completing My C9 Forever Living 9 Day Cleanse. I have done one before and loved the results. The aloe vera left me feeling amazing and I lost 8lbs in the nine days. This time around weight loss wasn’t a priority it was more giving my body a cleanse and starting the year as I mean to go on.

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The Clean 9 Pak contains everything you need for the Clean 9 program for the full 9 days. The instructions of what to do on each day is so easy to follow and before you start you record your weight in the booklet and using the tape measure provided and your body measurements too.

Day 1 and 2 are generally the hardest as you are starting off the cleanse and they are called the reset days and you don’t eat a meal on those days but to be honest I found these days really easy and the shakes, fibre drinks and the tablets and softgels contained more than enough calories to keep me going. I only found it a bit difficult when making the boys and Greg’s dinner, I had to contain myself from picking. There are a few free foods that you are allowed to eat if you need to have a little snack on the list in your booklet. You also need to drink lots of water, which I do anyway so that was easy to continue.


Day 3-9 as well as drinking the shakes, fibre drinks and tablets and soft gels I had a 500-600 calorie evening meal. In your C9 instruction booklet there are recipe ideas for healthy low calorie meals Most of my meals contained chicken as I upped my protein intake to help build muscle.


I chose the Vanilla flavour shake and it tastes really good. Since finishing the C9 I have brought extra bags of the forever lite ultra vanilla shake and have one for breakfast each morning and one after I exercise. I have also continued drinking one shot of 60ml aloe vera gel every morning too. Since drinking the gel I have noticed a difference in my skin and also I feel less tired in the morning after a broken nights sleep as always with Archie waking during the night.

“Summer bodies are made in Winter!”

Exercise

I exercised on Day 2 with a Metafit class and on Day 3 I did a Zumba class followed by a Pound Class. Day 4 I did a 28 minute Kayla Itsine’s Sweat workout from my app. Day 5 I went for a run and started doing a plank challenge of two one minute sessions a day and also started a squat challenge app. Day 6 and 7 I just did my planks and squats, Day 8 I did circuit training and Day 9 I did a Zumba class, followed by a Pound class, then a ab class.


My main goal throughout the C9 and going forward is to tone up and get back into shape, weight loss is not a priority to me as much as it was when I last did the C9 as It was about 8 months after I had given birth to Archie.

Since finishing my C9 I have continued my exercise regime, I try to do something everyday. I do four sessions a week with Carlie, who is just the best instructor/personal trainer. She is so motivational and encouraging! I then complete a couple of the 28 minute sweat workouts at home and do my planks and squats everyday. I am so determined to get back in shape!  Well they do say “Summer bodies are made in Winter!”

My Results

Day 1 I weighed myself and was 9 stone and jotted down my chest, bicep, waist, hips, thighs and calves measurements. On Day 9 I weighed 8st 9lbs so a total loss of 5lbs. Although it was the inch loss I was more interested in and in total I lost 11.5 inches in total off of the areas I mentioned above.

If you need any information on any of the Forever Living products and the C9 especially Sophie is on hand to chat through it with you and throughout the 9 days was really encouraging and on the end of the phone if I had any problems or queries. Sophie’s link is HERE.

Vamousse – Protection Against Head Lice Review

The thought of catching head lice makes me itch, it is horrible! With Oscar now at school head lice is something he could pick up and bring home at any time. I have really long hair and quite a lot of it and catching head lice would just be a nightmare.

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The last time I had head lice I was a child and I can vividly remember the strong smelling, itchy ointment that my Mum would put on my hair, then use a special comb to comb out the eggs. The thought if it is disgusting! So when Vamousse offered to send through some of their headlice treatments, I thought they would be so handy to keep in the bathroom cabinet just in case Oscar brought the dreaded lice home. The Vamousse treatment promises to kill 100% of lice AND their yucky eggs within 15 minutes of applying. The treatment itself comes in a can that has enough in it for one or two applications depending on the length and thickness of your hair. Having boys I guess it will last a bit longer, where as if I have to use it on my hair I would probably use the whole lot just to be on the safe side! The treatment itself is single use and is strong enough to do its job in one go so that you don’t have to retreat the hair a second time a week later. It comes in a convenient mousse format keeping mess to a minimum and also is so much easier to apply than an ointment. In the box is the Vamousse treatment mousse and the nit comb to go with it.

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We also received the Vamousse protective shampoo to review which repels head lice. This was the answer to my prayers as I must say I am paranoid at baby groups and with Oscar being at school that I might catch it but using the protective shampoo eliminates this problem. I’ve been using it on all the kids ever since and so far, so good ! It leaves your hair feeling like a normal shampoo does, as I did think it might make my hair feel different but I was wrong. I found that after using I could blow dry and style my hair exactly the same.
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You may have seen the fun Vamousse advert on the TV but they have also launched a free fun app that is available on Google Play and the App Store.
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Vamousse treatments and shampoo are available in store and online in Superdrug, Boots, Sainsbury’s and all good independent pharmacies. The treatment is £14.99 for a 160ml can and the protective shampoo is £9.48 for a 200ml bottle.
Disclaimer: We were sent the above mentioned products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own.