9 March 2017

DR. BOTANICALS ADVANCED PURIFYING OVERNIGHT MASQUE (+ DISCOUNT CODE!)



As March is National Bed Month it would be rude not to share with you what I've been reaching for every evening before I hit the hay. A little while ago I reviewed Dr. Botanicals Moroccan Rose Facial Oil, which was fab, so I was super eager to try this as soon as it arrived at my door after the success I had with the last product I had reviewed from this brand, and as expected, it did not disappoint. Dr. Botanicals Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque* is described as an intensive night time mask which soothes, lifts and regenerates skin while you sleep. So how does it work; the active ingredients are papaya, rich in minerals as well as Vitamin C which regenerates cells and boosts skin radiance for younger-looking skin. Jojoba Oil to enhance skins natural suppleness and elasticity. And Sweet Almond Oil which is renowned for its soothing, moisturising and softening properties. It contains essential fatty acids such as Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E; all essential for healthy skin.

I'd never actually tried an overnight mask before until getting to trial this lil beauty so I was concerned that it might feel a little heavy on my skin, but not at all. It has a creamy gel-like formula and applies really smoothly. It took just a couple of minutes to absorb the majority of product, and I woke up every morning with super soft and refreshed feeling skin. A little certainly goes a long way, and it has a fresh, almost citrusy scent. As someone who struggles with dehydrated and dull skin, this is working its magic and I can't wait to see even more results with continued use. A massive plus point for me is that vegan certified Dr. Botanicals products are made only of natural ingredients. The range is based 100% in natural ingredients, all paraben and harmful preservative free and is never tested on animals.

Throughout the month of March you can purchase the Purifying Overnight Masque at the hugely discounted price of only £19.99 when you use code BORNTOBLOG at the checkout (normally £79). Discount code valid until 31st March 2017.  You can also check out the other products Dr. Botanicals are focusing on during National Bed Month here.

It genuinely makes me so happy when I receive a product that I thoroughly enjoy using AND see results from. Do you use an overnight mask? Will you be trying Dr. Botanicals this National Bed Month?



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24 February 2017

GYM BAG BEAUTY



I'm personally not a fan of wearing makeup to the gym - I'm a sweaty, unattractive mess when I workout, and I continuously rub my face so there really isn't any point. But I understand that not everyone likes going to the gym with no makeup on at all, and it's always good to take some beauty essentials with you when you're off to workout. A no brainer and total essential is of course, deodorant. I always carry my Garnier Mineral Ultra Dry Anti-Perspirant with me, it's soft to touch and quick drying. And no white marks! Face wipes are always handy to have with you for a quick freshen up, and if you do wear makeup to the gym then they're fab for quick wipe-aways or touch ups. Of course any brand will do really but my personal fave has to be Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes. If you prefer a micellar water to remove your makeup or cleanse, just take some cotton pads with you and you're good to go!

Dry shampoo is a must have in your gym bag, if you don't have time for a real rinse after your workout then the next best thing is sweet smelling hair. As I've mentioned before on here, I always reach for the ever iconic Batiste because it never fails me. I'm currently using their Floral and Flirty Blush fragranced dry shampoo and I adore the scent! Whilst we're on the subject of hair, I always make sure I've got my hair brush with me. Again this is a bit of a no brainer, and something I carry with me all the time - you just never know when you're going to need it (or when your friends are going to borrow it!). Naturally I always reach for my Tangle Teaser, but I've really been loving this wee travel sized guy from New Look recently.

If you do plan on showering at the gym then make sure you've got a good body wash with you. I love using a moisturising body wash after working out just to replenish my skin and add some hydration back in. Aveeno Body Wash has a nourishing formula that helps lock in moisture. I love how soft and smooth this makes my skin feel, I definitely need to make an effort to try more from Aveeno. A BB cream or tinted moisturiser are great additions to your gym bag, especially if you're heading to work, or out to run errands afterwards. My favourite tinted moisturisers are from No.7 and Laura Mercier. It adds that little bit of colour back into your skin, or covers up a whole lot of redness in my case. Or y'know just helps you look a little more alive! Lastly, what I couldn't leave the house without - hair grips and hair ties, hand cream, headphones, lip balm and not forgetting, water!

What are your gym bag beauty essentials?


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16 February 2017

HAIR STYLING STAPLES



It's not often that I talk solely about my hair care on here, so I thought it was about time I reviewed some of my go to products that keep my hair looking and feeling its best. I don't have a signature style, I'm actually really quite lazy when it comes to hair styling, although I do try to maintain it in a good condition, sometimes it just needs that little extra addition of oomph to keep it in check.

Aussie Miracle Beach Waves Spray | I've been a huge Aussie fan ever since my early teens and have been through more of their products than my bank balance would like to admit. One of the latest additions to my collection is their Beach Waves Spray; it contains Australian sea kelp extract, a nutrient-rich seaweed which is believed to have skin softening qualities.  This adds a lovely texture to my hair and being Aussie - it of course smells divine. I do find that it's very easy to go overboard with this so just a few sprays is more than enough. 

Toni & Guy Radiating Tropical Elixir | First thing's first when I jump out of the shower I massage a couple pumps of this into the lengths of my hair. I used to stay away from any sort of hair oil because my darn roots tend to get greasy quicker than I'd like, but by just applying this to the lengths and ends of my hair makes such a difference. I've repurchased this once already and I can't get enough. It keeps my hair feeling super soft and has totally revived my dry ends. The Tropical Elixir also fights frizz and helps the appearance of your hairs natural shine.

Batiste Stylist XXL Volume Spray* | Although I wouldn't say my hair is overly thin, it lacks serious volume, predominantly near the roots. I've tried out a few different root boosting products over the years, but nothing compares to this particular one. I was originally sent this a while back, as well as some other products from the Batiste Stylist range, and have repurchased this twice since. I prefer this to a powder as it's super quick and easy to apply, especially when you're still half asleep trying to get yourself ready for work, or when you're in a rush. It brushes out well and doesn't leave your hair with that familiar unpleasant feeling that most volumising products do.

Schwarzkopf got2b Happy Hour Hairspray | This has been my holy grail hairspray since the day dot. I've tried branching out and trying different brands, but I always seem to make my way back to this. It doesn't have that overpowering scent that a lot of hairsprays do, there's something slightly floral about the smell, which is a nice bonus. I don't use a whole load of hairspray because as I mentioned earlier I'm rather boring when it comes to my hair, but this has great staying power and hold, and brushes out easily. Plus I'm a sucker for colourful packaging!

Batiste Stylist Frizz Tamer* | On the occasional damp and humid days that we get in the UK, my hair likes to act up and just not play ball. I've never been a lover of frizz tamers - I find that they don't work that well on my hair, but I think because this is a spray rather than a serum it actually does what it's supposed to do. It's long lasting, so no sudden frizzy surprises throughout the day, and it leaves my hair lovely and soft to the touch. It's also keratin infused to help strengthen hair, which is a great bonus for those who's hair is a little damaged, like myself.

Do you use any of these products? What are your hair styling staples?


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