5 to try july

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.

botanics bootsTrying drugstore skincare has been top of my to-do list for a little while so when Boots Botanics asked if I wanted to try their range I had to say yes, as I’ve heard great things in the past and seen it pop up in endless magazines as one of the best affordable skincare ranges.boots botanicsI’ve had issues with Micellar waters in the past but the Boots Botanics All Bright Micellar 3 in 1 cleansing solution was one of the best I’ve tried. It’s great at removing my makeup without stripping my skin, which I find a lot of other micellar waters do. I’m a wash-off cleanser lover and that probably won’t change any time soon but I love having a micellar water which works in my stash. This one can be used on the face, eyes and lips, which I find to be really useful. It has hibiscus to help boast brightness and AHAs to work as a mid exfoliator.boots botanics oil botanics boots oilThe Boots Botanics Smoothing Facial Oil is a product I wish I’d found sooner as it really helps add moisture to my dehydrated skin and helps add the natural glow I am always after but it can be used on any skin type. It has purple orchid, which helps skin replenish resulting in softer, suppler skin. Since my skin does need extra moisture I found the Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Super Serum to really add an intensive boost to my skin. It’s packed with antioxidants, which helps skin look younger and Ginkgo with is apparently ‘nature’s most trusted protectors’, helping fight free radicals and environmental stress. There’s also a Triple Age renewal Hydrating Eye Serum with hyaluronic acid, vitamins A, C & E- ideal for anyone worried about the first signs of ageing.

I’ve been really into eye makeup remover this year and have found the Botanics Smoothing Eye Make Up Remover to be really comparable to high-end brands. It needs a good shake before you use it but it removes even waterproof makeup effortlessly without stinging my sensitive eyes.boots botanics brushI also can’t end this review without telling you about their facial brush! We’ve all seen the super expensive electric facial brushes which I actually often find too harsh but the Botanics Facial Brush (which is just £6!) has been a great addition to my routine. I don’t use it daily but always incorporate it in my pamper routine, it’s super soft and therefore exfoliates the skin very gently. I usually team it with my cleanser, gently massaging in circular motions and find it to be both effective and relaxing.

Overall I have loved the Botanics range, I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and have found my skin to be more hydrated and bright. I’ve even spotted the Bath & Body care range, which I’ll be picking up soon!

*this post is sponsored by Boots Botanics

WWI am super excited to be working with Weight Watchers as their beauty and fashion expert for their My #WomanKind project. If you haven’t seen their video then click here as it’s a must see and really got me thinking about how mean we can often be to ourselves. It’s heartbreaking to think we call ourselves names that we wouldn’t dream of calling other people and concentrate on being nice to others but forget to be nice to ourselves. Since developing a better relationship with ourselves needs to start both inside and out, today I am sharing my skincare tips for anyone who is struggling with the winter weather, I’m suffering with the winter blues myself.

1.Watch what you eat and drink
A little boring I know, but what you eat and drink can really affect your skin. Avoid too much sugar, alcohol and salt but make sure you are drinking lots of water. Swap a cup of coffee for a cup of lemon water to really help your skin.

2) Avoid overly hot water
Since it is cold it’s very tempting to stand under a hot shower for longer than is necessary but this really adds to dehydrating the skin so it’s best to avoid it. I’m not suggesting you have cold showers but warm is better than boiling hot.

3) Avoid over cleansing
In summer when skin can often be very oily double cleansing is great but in winter I like to take a less is more approach and use an oil and balm cleanser as these are often less stripping and more hydrating on the skin. You still want to make sure you are removing all your makeup but you want to do this without also removing all the moisture from the skin. My personal favourite cleanser is the Omorovicza Thermal cleansing balm.

4) Swap to hydrating face masks
Most people use clay face masks in the hope that they will help decongest/oily the skin but in winter when skin is already dehydrated it’s much better to swap over to a more hydrating one such as the Clarins Hydra Quench Mask.

5) Add oils and Serums
More than at any other time of the year serums and oils can really help the skin, my favourite is the Clarins Blue Orchid Oil or the Oskia Get up & Glow Serum.

6) Don’t forget the moisturiser
Just because you are adding oils and serum it doesn’t mean you can skip moisturiser, instead layer it on top to really inject moisture and life back into your skin

7) Lip Balm
Since your lips don’t have oil glands you should really be taking care of them all year round. Avoid licking your lips and instead use a lip balm like By Terry Baume De Rose or Nuxe Reve De Miel.

I’d love to hear all your tips in the comments below and check out my interview with WeightWatchers here.

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I was sure I wasn’t going to have any resolutions this year and this isn’t really a resolution as such but just more of something I am going to put a little more effort into.

I’m awful at using masks and last week during my clear out I noticed that they had all really started to build up. I’m not sure I have ever finished a mask in my life which means that either a) I have too many and too much choice or b) I don’t use them enough. Actually I think it’s probably a combination of the two.

I think I am yet to find a mask that really caters to my skin and needs, plus I just don’t like how messy they are or that they have a time limit- I’m pretty much always late too everything, including removing the mask which often leaves me with ridiculously dehydrated skin.

I’ve tried lots of masks, especially cult classic mid-priced masks. Two of the most famous ones I have tried are Glam Glow and Sisley Black Rose mask, both of which were just okay. The Glam Glow Exfoliating Mud Mask is a great one for anyone with oily skin but since I have quite dry skin it was probably a silly option for me however I wanted to see what all the hype was about. Sisley Black Rose Mask is far more catered to my skin type and I like it, it does what I want it to but it doesn’t do anything to warrant the price tag of £95.50.

My current favourites would probably be the Liz Earle masks, they’re reasonably priced and …. but just not quite enough for me to want to spend 10 minutes and getting my hands dirty.

But the quest continues…

Last night I used Argan 5 Lift & Renew Clay mask followed by Neal’s Yard Antioxidant facial mask and have been really impressed with the results. Although my skin is dehydrated it can be quite congested which is why clay masks work great, I just Neal’s Yard Antioxidant facial mask which might become my favourite mask as it really added life back into my skin. I did apply with a foundation brush and I think that would probably help me use them more.

What masks have you tried recently? What would you recommend?