Monday, 30 November 2009

Product Rave: Soap & Glory Girligo/Flirtigo

Soap & Glory
Girligo/Flirtigo

I'm a massive Soap & Glory fan. Every aspect of the brand appeals to me really, from the pretty pink, retro packaging, to the super feminine scents and textures, there really isn't one thing from the brand that I've tried and not liked.

Girligo (formally known as Flirtigo, not sure why they changed the name, it was much better before in my opinion!) is a light spray body mist (in other words, a spray on moisturiser). Despite it being so light it does give a decent amount of moisture, and the thing that I really love about it is the non greasy feeling after application, meaning you can shower, spray, and dress without having to wait around flapping manically as it sinks in! It has a very delicate fragrance, the trademark Soap & Glory scent, and really makes me feel all nostalgic for summer. This is a firm favourite of mine!

At the start of the year I was going through a phase of trying to use up all of my existing body lotions (which I did!) before I repurchased my favourites, so when I finally got around to buying this again earlier in the year, applying it instantly took me back to my holiday in Grenada...instant nostalgia!

I love the soft, silky feeling that Girligo leaves my skin with, and the fact it is something that evokes such happy memories gives it pride of place in my 'lotions and potions' drawer for a long time to come!

What is your favourite Soap & Glory product?
What are your thoughts on the brand?

In & Out: November

Yesssss! I don't mean to wish my life away, but the end of November signals one thing and one thing only: it's CHRISTMAS! I hope you've got your advent calendars at the ready! I'm already getting excited about buying my tree, decorating the house and playing loads of silly board games!

IN:

X Factor ~ I know, I know, when will she shut up about X Factor already?! I know I've shared my experience with you, but obviously a big up for November was going to one of the live shows, and I had a really, really fantastic time. There seems to have been a lot more controversy and mixed opinions with this years bunch of contestants, and each to their own, but I'm backing Joe to win now poor little Lloyd is gone.

New Moon ~ Is it possible to be more in love with a film/book? I don't think so! Twilight fever is still gripping just about everyone I know (Mum, won't be long before you get sucked in!), and obviously November saw the release of New Moon...simply fantastic :) I don't need to tell anyone how hot Jacob is, he may be 17 in 'real life', but...mmm!

Scented candles ~ I've bought some gorgeous scented candles from Waitrose, 'Shearer Candles' is the make I believe. They are making my house smell divine, and I'm loving the 'Vanilla and Black Walnut' and 'Frankincense and Myrrh' ones, perfect for Christmas :)

OUT:

Swine flu ~ I'm pretty sure I got struck down by the swine (lets face it though, who knows for sure) a few weeks ago, and it was horrible. I felt awful for about a week, then the week after was like the dregs dragging on for sooo long. It really seems to be doing the rounds and it means everyone in the area I work in is on high alert. I hope it doesn't ruin too many peoples Christmas.

Bad skin ~ Yep, fraid so peeps, my skin is still the bane of my life. I'm actually considering going back on the pill in the vain hope that it might clear my skin. I can't be sure if coming off the pill caused it to flare up even more, but whatever it is, nothing I'm doing to try and combat it is working. I've been using an acne gel prescribed by the doctor, but I think it is only making it worse, and more sore. I might have to go to a dermatologist which I really can't afford, and although I'm loving Liz Earle I don't know how much it is working for my skin now. Maybe I should try Dermalogica next?

I'm going to leave it at that, I've been pretty skint this month so haven't really been anywhere and done anything particularly interesting!

Pinch, punch, first of the month for tomorrow ;)

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Beauty Grumbles...

I was watching the latest Pixiwoo video on YouTube (here) and found myself manically nodding along, making "mmmhmm" noises in agreement with Sam (for those of you who don't want to watch it, she was talking about the 'Photoshopping' trend in adverts and promotional shots, and how there is an absolutely unnecessary pressure on women to look like the unrealistic, unhealthy images we see in magazines and on TV).

It got me thinking about something that really makes me grumble in terms of beauty. I present to you a (randomly picked) case study: a mascara advertisement.


I'm not sure which mascara this is advertising, but it showcases the typical look we are presented with when watching an advert for a new mascara on TV, or flicking through the pages of a magazine. I challenge anyone to tell me something that is believable about those lashes?! All I am seeing is a pair of false eyelashes, that have been Photoshopped to within an inch of their life, and resemble nothing that the mascara can actually produce, and also nothing like the models natural lashes I am sure!

What is wrong with being REAL?!

Also, I hate to say this because you all know how much I adore Cheryl Cole, and she is the new face of L'Oreal (which I know she's proud of, and why shouldn't she be, it IS a good, reputable brand), but why oh why produce an advert for a shampoo that is supposed to restore your hair to it's wonderful, bouncy, wavy self and shoot the model (poor Cheryl, just the guinea pig!) wearing extensions?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! It makes no sense, and in my opinion actually makes a mockery of the product itself.


Here is a message to the people that make these adverts...WE WANT TO SEE WHAT THE PRODUCT REALLY DOES, NOT WHAT YOU HAVE PHOTOSHOPPED IT TO DO! We're not stupid!

I think it's sad that we are bombarded with these fake images, which promote an altogether hugely unrealistic image that many impressionable women (and guys I'm sure) try and embody. There is nothing wrong with wearing false eyelashes and popping some extensions in your hair if it makes you feel better, it's a bit of fun after all, but don't use them in advertising...it's just one big lie!

Rant over!

What winds you up about the beauty industry, media and marketing? Do you share my views?

Saturday, 14 November 2009

A Review: Palmers Skin Therapy Oil

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula
Skin Therapy Oil

What Do I Think?
Palmers are renowned for their really intensive skin care products, with the most 'famous' being the Cocoa Butter that everybody probably knows and loves. Palmers newest offering is the Cocoa Butter Skin Therapy Oil, which has been formulated to target dry, damaged skin, with scarring, stretch marks, uneven skin tones and aging skin. Along with the classic 100% Cocoa Oil and Vitamin E, this oil contains Rosehip, Sesame and Canola. It has a lovely delicate fragrance in my opinion, and is not quite as strong as the traditional Cocoa Butter lotion. You really can use this sparingly, oil products in general tend to follow the 'little goes a long way' rule, and it leaves a subtle healthy looking sheen to your skin after application. I find the best time to apply this is right after a bath or shower, when your skin is still slightly damp, as it really locks in the moisture and makes your skin SO silky smooth. This may sound silly, but I don't find this Palmers Oil as oily as baby oil, the consistency is slightly thinner (more watery is the only way I can think to describe it) and it therefore absorbs into the skin easily. I don't have particularly dry skin as such, apart from on my legs which I suppose is because of shaving and more exposure to the elements, but I don't find that this makes me feel extra oily. It really does absorb so quickly and makes my skin look and feel healthy and in better condition. I tend to go through phases where I moisturise my body religiously everyday, morning and night, but then these fade out and I only moisturise approx once a week! I'd not found anything (other than the traditional Cocoa Butter or a really thick cream like The Body Shop Body Butters) that really sank in and repaired my skin until I tried this, so it's a bit of a revelation to be honest! I do have quite an uneven skin tone too and it seems to work pretty well at evening it out and making me look better!

In terms of it's effectiveness at reducing scarring and stretch marks, I can't be too precise because I am lucky enough to not really have any, but I know that when I am pregnant (whenever that may be!) I will use this on my baby bump, because it feels so luxurious and can only be doing good things! Palmers say that this product can be used on the face too, although I'm not sure that I would use it there.

Where Is It Available?
Palmers is available nationwide to my knowledge, and is stocked in most drugstores (Boots, Superdrug, Savers etc in the UK) and supermarkets (I picked mine up from Tesco).

How Much Does It Cost?
I actually can't find a price for this online and can't remember exactly how much I paid, but Palmers body products tend to retail for between the £3 and £5 mark. You get 150ml of product which is outstanding value for money!

Would I Recommend It?
Yes, definitely. This product is a miracle worker for sure!

Star Rating:
5/5

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

In & Out: October

Please try and ignore the fact I'm writing this at the beginning of November! I've been a busy bee!

IN:

X Factor ~ I am going to the LIVE show on the 7th :) I'm soooooooo super, duper excited, and really can't wait to see Cheryl, Dannii, Dermot, Holly...Danyl and Lloyd :) My friend got 2 tickets and invited me, and I am literally squeaking with excitement! I think it'll be interesting to see what goes into making the show how we see it on our TV screens at home, because after being in the audience last Christmas for The Girls Aloud Party, it made me realise that even though they were amazing, there is a lot more that goes on that we as viewers are oblivious to!

Christmas ~ It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere I go ;) Hehe, sorry to all your scrooges out there, but YES I am starting to get excited about Christmas in early November, and YES I have started my Christmas shopping and started thinking about decorations! I can't help but be a MASSIVE kid around this time of year,

Channii ~ In other words, Cheryl + Dannii = you guessed it, Channii! These two women are a force to be reckoned with aren't they! Both are so stunning (although obviously Cheryl has the edge!), really talented in their own unique ways, and have such passion and empathy that is hard not to like. Besides, you can't help but be captivated by the outfits these ladies pull off week after week! Fashion icons of our time? I think so :)


If you haven't seen Dannii's interview with Piers Morgan, check it out...good to find out a bit more about the elusive Aussie! Also, if you haven't got your hands on a copy of Cheryl's album, 3 Words, what are you waiting for?! Double number 1, go on girl!

New Moon ~ Yes, the Twilight saga continues in cinemas this month with New Moon :) I can't wait to get my fix of Bella and Edward...or lets be honest here, Edward and Jacob ;) I still haven't finished reading the last book in the saga, I can't quite bring myself to let it be over! I'll probably have to read them all again, I love them!

OUT:

Winter blues ~ I happen to really like winter, I don't mind it being crisp and cold outside, as long as I am warm and snug inside. I love layering and snuggling up in warm winter kints, open fires and yummy home cooked comfort food like toad in the hole, fresh soups and casseroles...mmm! However, with the advance of winter comes darker evenings, and less sunlight, which results for a lot of people in S.A.D (the aptly named Seasonal Affective Disorder). The weather at the moment is wet and dreary, and only services to make me feel pretty darn depressed! Roll on the snow!

Bad skin ~ I finally swallowed my pride and went to see my GP about the terrible spots on my chin. I don't know why I was so embarrassed, I think I just felt too vain going to a GP about my skin when there are FAR worse things to suffer from. I was diagnosed as having acne, and given a treatment gel to apply daily. I'm not convinced that it is working, although they did say I should use it for two months at least to see the full effects. I don't know about you, but when I am walking about with AWFUL, awful skin that is impossible to conceal, two months is far too long to be patient :( I'm at my wits end really. Using Liz Earle has made the rest of my skin pretty flawless, and in a condition I am more than happy with. Yet nothing is making a blind bit of difference to the spots on my chin, or shoulders for that matter. The areas are very specific, and I don't know enough to know if this means something, so if anyone out there can help me, please, please do! I won't terrify you all with a photo, but it's basically lots and lots of spots which seem to be under the skin, all along my jawline (worse on right side), chin and around my mouth. It may be coincidence, but using the acne treatment seems to be making heads appear on them, but generally they resemble some form of rash that is made MORE visible when I try to conceal it. I don't know what else I can do :( My confidence is evaporating, and I feel very, very self conscious.

I don't want to leave this with too many 'outs', so that is all I will bore you with for now!