blog loreal clay mask blog loreal clay glow mask Blog Loreal Clay mask 1 blog loreal clay mask 3 blog loreal clay mask 2At the beginning of the month I decided that I was going to revisit one of last years beauty resolutions, which I didn’t stick to. I decided that this year I was going to start using face masks more often and it’s been going pretty well! I really want 2017 to be a good-skin- year and I find that masks make a huge difference. To kick it all off and help my skin though January, I’ve been turning to my trusty L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks. Almost a month into my resolution I am impressed that I have both stuck to resolution and that my skin has changed so much in the course of a month.

There are three different masks to choose from Detox, Glow and Purity. You can use one by itself or use a few at a time on different areas of the skin, which is great if you have combination skin like I do.

The Detox mask is a black clay mask with charcoal, great to detoxify and clarify, it’s my favourite one to use on my often congested t-zone. The skin on the rest of my face is quite normal but I always like to add a bit of a glow, which is why the red clay Glow mask is great, it has algae and exfoliating seeds to brighten and smooth the skin. If you are more oily and are looking to purify and mattify the face then the Purity one is the mask for you. I’ve been enjoying the whole ritual so much, it’s a great opportunity to have some me time and there is something about face masks which automatically make me relax.

I’ve been using mine 2-3 times a week and have already started to see a difference. They’re also very affordable if you’re watching spending this month and are currently on offer although even the usual £7.99 RRP is a great price!

How have your beauty resolutions been going so far?

*Post sponsored by L’Oreal, but like always thoughts are my own.

jason 2 jason 1 jason 3If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember that I started using Jason a week ago. My skin always gets so dry and flaky at this time of the year and I felt January was the perfect time to make the effort to actually look after the skin on my body and not just focus on my face. Apparently, I’m not alone on this, as winter leaves the nation’s females feeling as if their skin has aged by 2.5 years every 12 months!

If you’re not familiar with Jason Natural Care, it’s one of the leading natural beauty brands with over 50 years of experience. I’ve been testing out the Smoothing Coconut range that uses unrefined virgin coconut oil and includes a multipurpose Coconut Oil, Body Wash and Hand & Body Lotion

I was first drawn to the Body Wash as it comes in a huge bottle with a pump; perfect for placing on the side of the shower and is suitable for the whole family. I’ve had mine in the bathroom all week and my entire family have commented on how convenient it is. I’ve also found it to be a great hydrating step in the shower, as most of the body washes I’ve previously used tended to be quite drying and would strip my skin of natural oils, which is a definite deal breaker for me, especially in winter. The Body Wash has Virgin Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to moisturise even extremely dry skin and offers long lasting hydration to keep my limbs looking soft and smooth, even when the temperature hits zero.

I then like to finish my shower/bath routine by applying the Smoothing Coconut Hand & Body Lotion, which also contains unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter and is rich in Vitamin E. I’ll admit that moisturising my body is a bit of a new thing for me, I know I should be doing it but it’s a step I usually skip. However, it’s amazing the difference the Jason Hand & Body Lotion has made. My skin has been quite dry as it’s been so cold in London recently, but there’s been a noticeable improvement with my skin and I no longer have to worry about dry patches or redness. I’

The Coconut Oil is something I wish I had tried earlier! I often cook with Coconut Oil but haven’t ever used it for beauty purposes until now. It’s so versatile and I love to use it as a hydrating mask for my hair or to remove my makeup. However, if you’re feeling a little creative at home, you can definitely mix it with some sugar and use it as a scrub, which works amazingly!

When using it in my hair I leave it in for a few hours on the ends of my hair before shampooing out, it obviously doesn’t reverse the damage on my hair but it definitely makes my hair smoother, more hydrated and makes it appear healthier. Since my skin on my face is also quite dry I love a balm cleanser and coconut oil works perfectly, it gets through foundation, lipstick and even waterproof mascara, although you do have to ensure it’s been removed thoroughly with a washcloth. I also think it’s so nice to move away from chemical-laden products and try natural products which allow my skin to breathe, after all, it’s the biggest organ of the body.

Overall I’m so glad I started using the range, my body is definitely thanking me for it! January is normally such a depressing month, but having hydrated skin and healthy hair has really helped to improve my mood and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year will bring!

Jason is available on Ocado.

What does your body care regime look like?

*Post sponsored by Jason but opinions are always honest and my own.

The weather in London has suddenly gotten a lot colder, it was -1 this morning, far colder than I’d like and far colder than my skin would like. The change of season and the cold always send my skin into a mini panic but I have been replying on three products to get me through.
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For days when I want something that will remove my makeup and not irritate my skin further, I have been relying on Olay 2-in-1 Hydration Balancing and Purifying Cleansing Refreshing Facewash. It’s not the fanciest, most luxurious cleanser but it’s a great one to have on hand for days when you need a no-fuss cleanser that won’t dry out the skin. I love the smell of this cleanser, it’s weirdly comforting and it’s the perfect affordable cleanser for any of you double cleansers.

Totally different end of the price spectrum but I have been using the Le Metier de Beaute Ultimate Hydrator. Quick disclaimer, it is expensive. I was sent this and there is no way I could afford this product but it is good and I have been using it every single day for the last three weeks. It’s a great booster over moisturiser to ensure skin is well hydrated, I’ve been using it morning and night and am starting to see a real improvement.
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But my saving grace has truly been the Trilogy Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil, it’s one of my all time favourite oils and it always saves the day (or my skin). I’ve been reaching for it both morning and night, I’m more generous with it in the evening and use it sparingly during the day but my skin seems to love it and nothing hydrates my skin more. If you’re struggling with dry/dehydrate skin than I can’t recommend this oil more, it really helps keep my skin balanced and affordable.

What are your favourite autumn/winter skincare additions?

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Olay Featherweight Moisturiser- I haven’t tried too much from Olay in the past but after a friend recommended this moisturiser and have been so pleasantly surprised! It’s light-weight but still very hydrating, even on my usually dehydrated skin, it has SPF15, is great under makeup and is really affordable. My mum has also started using the Olay Regenerist range and although she was initially very worried as she has very sensitive skin, she has been won over and converted over to Olay after many years of never switching creams!

L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks- I went to the blogger launch of these a few weeks back (join me on Snapchat for more event fun- alittleobsessed) and was initially very impressed by the price (currently just £5). They have released three new pure clay masks; a purity, a detox and a glow one which allow you to either use the one best suited to your skin or mix and match for people with a mixture of skin concerns. I’ve tried all three on different parts of my skin and really liked them, I woke up with far more brightened skin, which also felt well hydrated!

Benefit Brows– It’s taken me a little while to finally talk about the new Benefit Brow product properly as I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of new releases, but I’ve started to give them a go and there are some real gems! My favourites are Goof Proof Brow and Ka-Brow, I love how natural but defined you can get the eye with both of these products.

MAC Fix + An oldie which I have never tried but with so many rave reviews I just had to give it a go! I don’t think it’s an essential but it’s a great product to set makeup and help it look somewhat more natural, I think I’ll be using this all summer to help my makeup last and look better.

Batiste Stylist Hold Me Hairspray- Batiste Dry Shampoo will probably always be my favourite but I hadn’t tried much from their styling range. I have a few new bits but my favourite has to be the dry shampoo, it isn’t too sticky, offers the perfect amount of hold and the aerosol disperses the product really finely and evenly. I’ve been using it non-stop and it’s only £4.49!

What 5 products have you been loving recently?

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Buying for men is always really hard in my opinion so I love a good Father’s Day gift guide, usually I fill mine with just beauty but this year I have upped my game and I think you’ll find something your dad really loves…

A little bit pricier but everyone needs a pair of trainers especially if you’re father is quite active or you’re trying to encourage him to be more active. Infinities have a whole range of menswear but their trainer section caught my eye recently and I picked up the Nike Air Max 1’s as my brother swears that they’re the most comfortable thing ever!

If your dad is a film lover or you fancy offering him something that he can make the most of later in the year then a Cineworld Voucher is a great option. I’m not usually a voucher-gift-lover as I think they’re often not personal enough but I think a cinema voucher is a little more unusual and seems like you’ve bought more thought into what he loves.

I was actually super excited about this beer making kit from Brewbarrel so have already shown my dad this, I haven’t given it a go yet so I have no idea what the beer tastes like but we’re both super excited to try it and make it for ourselves. It’s a great fun idea which you can both do together.

If you’re on a budget and are looking for something quite fun then Superdrug have some surprisingly cool gifts including a self-stirring mug, mini tool kit and Blinktime Watch, all for under£10!

Now onto the beauty…

Every man needs a grooming/shaving machine, whether it’s to keep their beard in shape or they like a close shave. If they like to change up their beard look then Braun Multi Groomer is a great option as they can use it to shave style and trim their beard but if he just wants to shave then Braun Series 3 is the one to go for (it’s a best seller!). My dad is more of a razor man and if yours is too then the New Gillette Fusion Proshield is inexpensive and always useful!

Staying with shaving The Real Shaving Co is a company which is renowned for its superior men’s grooming products. I’ll admit I’m always a little confused by men’s brands as I don’t know too much about them but the brand is developed for men that want the barbershop shave at home. It’s all really affordable with shaving creams starting at just £3.99 but they also have moisturisers and everything else you’d expect.

For more luxe everyday essential MR. offer a thickening Shampoo and conditioner which uses their unique thickening complex to promote thick, healthy hair. The whole hair care range is really great for any dad that might be looking to disguise or add thickness to their hair but there is a styling range too.

My dad isn’t quite cool enough for skincare but if your dad is then Foreo have a sleek men’s range and since I’ve tried the ladies range (different colour) I can confirm it’s worth looking into! New from Foreo is their new Luna go, a facial cleansing tool for on the go and they even have a men’s cleanser to go with it.

Onto fragrance which I really struggle to write about but I think it makes a great gift!

If you’re on a budget and want to pick up a fragrance then Yardley 1770 is great and you’d never guess it’s £9.99! It’s quite a citrusy scent with hints of patchouli, ginger and more woody scents.

Next, Jimmy Choo Man– I’m not saying this is a unique scent because it isn’t but it’s a good one to consider if you’re not too sure what scent your father usually goes for as I think most men would like this.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct is a lovely daytime, spring/summer scent, with notes of Pepper, Melon and musk. It’s a little more sophisticated than other Abercrombie scents I’ve smelt in the past.

A new fragrance from Montblanc is Legend Spirit and this is my pick of the four. Again not ground breaking but I think it’s both classic and modern with notes of Lavender, white musk and bergamot.