Archives for September 2013

Favourites of August

This is my first monthly favourites, and here is what I have been loving in August.
Makeup: Has to be The Rocket Volume Express Waterproof formula. I normally don’t wear waterproof mascaras, but as I was going to something where tears might be shed, I decided to try out this one from Maybelline, and it was so good and easy to remove that I have worn it ever since the event.
Nail polish: is two colours this month, as I have been wearing these two together, pretty much constantly throughout august. Blog post to follow. It is Berry M Gelly Hi shine nail paint in Lychee that is a grey-ish toned nude and in Papaya, that is almost like a peach pastel neon, once on the nails.
Skin care: was defiantly Trilogy Rosehip oil Antioxidant +,as this product has just been a life saver through august, repairing and protecting my skin during the sunny days. See blog post here for more details.
Hair care: It is not only this month favourite, but also a favourite for the last 15 years, ever since my mum had bought one but didn’t use it, so I did. It is L’Oreal Tecni art fix design, and it is absolute the best hair spray for updos in my opinion. It was my go to hairspray when I use to work in a salon and did bridal hair, and it is the one I always use myself when I need my hair to stay in place all day, like events this month. It is a wet spray, meaning it doesn’t dry right away, which I think is brilliant, because it means you have a little bit of time to work with the hair after spraying. It has a very clean smell, doesn’t make your hair look stiff and it is easy to brush out.

Food: I have had the Peppermint and Liquorice tea fromPukka, that I pretty much had every night last month. It is like a warm version of my liquorice Iced tea, see here, which I am sure you can make from this tea as well. It has been amazing at combating sweet craving in the evening, on top of being a delicious liquorice treat for this Danish person.
Home: Ralph Lauren fragrance diffuser in Cotton Lily. This one was also this month’s splurge, but I just couldn’t resist after sniffing it in the shop. We have an open plan kitchen/living room, and even though we have great ventilation, the house sometimes smells a bit of food, and this has given the house an amazing clean smell. I am not a house sent sort of person normally, mostly because I find that most smell artificial, but this one literally smells like you have just hung your washed clothes up to dry.
Movie/TV: Has to be the movie 7 Psychopaths, that I got via mail on my Lovefilm subscription (why I chose Lovefilm, see here). One of my top 20 movies is In Bruges, and this movie is from same writer/director. It is not quite as good as In Bruges, but certainly very close and very much worth a watch, as it has some great lines, and lovely to see Colin Farrell in a different role than normal, which he does really well.

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What is Cosmeceuticals?

This has been one of the most asked questions I have gotten when telling people that I use to work for a company that distributed cosmeceuticals here in the UK.

The word Cosmeceutical is made up of 2 words, cosmetic and Pharmaceutical.
To make this short, in general, cosmetics are the products we get on the high street and Pharmaceuticals is products you would need a prescription for and get at a pharmacy. Now today those lines are a bit blurred, as companies are bringing out more and more products that are high in active ingredients and are more easily available, but this is just as a general guideline to understanding what a cosmeceutical is.

Cosmetic, as a generalisation, works on the top layers of your skin as they often have none or very low percentage of active ingredients,  and pharmaceutical is a product that will target a skin problem head on and is quite high in active ingredients, therefore would need a prescription from your doctor or a dermatologist to buy.  

So just like its name, cosmecutical lie right in the middle of the two, it is high in active ingredients, but not so high that it would require a prescription, but would still need a bit of guidance before buying.
With a cosmeceutical you are more likely to see a big difference on your skin, because of the percentage of active ingredients and the way they are formulated, they will get deeper into your skin and target the area where you want it to make a difference. Now this obviously varies from product line to product line, but as a general again.

But because some cosmeceutical products are quite high in active ingredients, it is always still a good idea to have your skin looked at by a professional like a beauty therapist before buying. Especially in cases where the product encourages skin renewal or is exfoliating, because in these cases you would need the right skin protection to go with it.