Sunday, 2 February 2014

Bye bye Granny hands - Salcura Skincare

Towards the end of last year I was contacted by a skincare brand named Salcura, asking if I was interested in reviewing some of the products they have to offer. To be honest, this offer couldn't have come at a better time (as you will see in the following pictures) and so was welcomed with open arms. 

Salcura provide natural Skincare for a range of troublesome skin problems such as Eczema, Dermatitis, Psorisis and Acne. Their products contain no artificial chemicals, peroxides, parabens or paraffin. None of the ingredients found in Salcura products are genetically modified, and they aim to be organic wherever possible. The only preservatives used are naturally sourced meaning there's no hidden nasties and only the best healthy skin promoting ingredients. 

Now, onto my Skincare problem. The nature of my job was taking its toll on my poor hands, leaving me with red, sore, dry, and cracked, often leading to bleeding knuckles :( I mentioned this problem to the guys at Salcura who then kindly offered to send me some of their products aimed at dry skin. 

When I received my parcel, I was simply overwhelmed at the mass of contents inside! in addition to the dry skin fighting products, I'd also been sent the entire Antiac range which helps fight blemishes and acne. Acne isn't a problem I suffer with but I certainly won't pass on a product that helps fight those nasty blemishes that like to rear their ugly head at the most unwelcoming of times. 

When I received these products, this was the state my hands were in...

not very attractive I'm sure you will agree. 

The products I've had most use for, from those I received, have been the Dermaspray Intensive, and the Zeoderm moisturiser. These are products that can be used in conjunction with one another for severe skin conditions such as mine; you first apply the spray which is followed by the cream. 
Both of these products are none greasy meaning they are perfect if you want to apply before bed time as there will be no nasty grease stains on your sheets. The spray is also amazing in that is simply sinks straight into the skin with no need for rubbing. Zeoderm is a thick pale green cream that also sinks into the skin with some gentle rubbing. One thing I will comment however, is that a little goes a long way and if you apply too much you can find the residue will leave your hands a little slippy. 

Due to the natural ingredients contained within these products, they do have a herbal smell which is rather intense. I find this to be quite pleasant however I will say that it may not to be everyone's taste. The Dermaspray has a particularly intense scent and I find that if I spray this in my room, the smell lingers for a good half hour; the perfect air freshened if the scent is for you!

All Salcura products come with a 30 day money back guarantee, therefore I took my "after pictures" after 30 days of using the product. I aimed to use the product around 3 times a day, however I didn't always remember to do so. However I was simply in awe of the results. 

Much better I'm sure you will agree! One thing I will say though, is how important it is to maintain the routine if you have a dry skin problem, once I seen results I became somewhat lapse with applications so did begin to see worsening of my skin, however picking up the routine again has begun to solve the problem. 

The rest of the products I was sent I haven't used as routinely as Zeoderm and the Intensive spray, however I thought I would give you a quick round up of my thoughts on each of them:

Hand hydrator/ Face hydrator/ Body hydrator - These products are less thick than the Zeoderm moisturiser which is understandable as Zeoderm is aimed at severe skin conditions, whereas these are more suited to every day use and are perfect for someone who wants a natural product to treat their skin to a bit of moisture. The products are non-greasy and sink straight into the skin. The face hydrator is perfect for a day cream as it doesn't leave you skin feeling greasy or looking shiny, which means it would also be perfect for wear under makeup without causing any slip. 

Antiac Daily face wash - The Antiac range consists of "Daily" and "Activ" products; with daily products aiming to maintain clear skin and reduce light blemishes and Activ products overcoming flare ups or moderate to severe acne. This wash, as the name suggests can be used daily to maintain clear skin and rid those dreaded black head. The wash itself is a green gel (I was expecting a cream texture for some reason) and has a lovely light herbal smell as the rest of the Salcura products. 

Antiac Daily face wipes - These were the one product I was the least impressed with however it was simply down to a personal choice. I found the wipes to be very "toning" and made my skin feel a little tight on occasions; for this reason I'd definitely avoid using them around the eye area. They were however, a very moist wipe. 

Antiac Activ Gel serum - Thankfully for me, breakouts occur on a rare occasion, but when they do occur it's usually a mountain of a zit. This product came in very handy when a huge boil reared it's ugly head: a bra rubbing on a very sore swollen boil is never a nice experience. This product aims to reduce redness and swelling within 4 hours and I can certainly say for me these claims were correct. A few application of this product meant my nasty boil had reduced greatly in size and soreness, within a 24 hour period. 

Antiac Activ Liquid Spray - this is the one product I haven't got around to using yet. Purely because I haven't had a need for it. This is applied in the same way as a toner in that it is swept over the skin after cleansing. I can imagine this to be a good product for in the summer; I often find that a slightly warmer climate can lead to the skin on my back feeling somewhat a little greasy which can often lead to the occasional blemish. 

All in all I can thoroughly recommend Salcura products, I will definitely have to repurchase Zeoderm once the tube I am using has been used up. Salcura products are available direct from the Salcura website where you can receive free p&p for orders over £30; they are also available from Boots. 

Thankyou again to Salcura for sending me all these wonderful products. I would add a disclosure that although I received the products for review my opinions are honest, however I think the before and after pictures illustrate how well these products worked for me!

Do you have any skin worries? Would you consider trying Salcura?

Charlotte. Xx

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Hello Sugar!

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited along to La Senza at the Trafford Centre to celebrate the launch of their new range Hello Sugar; the bra that is being dubbed "the cheapest boob-job available" as it increases your bosom by a whopping 2 cup sizes!

Upon arrival I was greeted by the lovely La Senza team, offered a yummy mocktail and a plethora of sweet goodies (including booby-shaped bickies! Haha). 

I was shown around the store by a member of staff who explained the different ranges available; La Senza bras work on a nifty level system of 1-4 depending upon how much of a boost the bra adds to your assets with 1 being lightly padded, and 4 being the Hello Sugar range adding 2 cup sizes. 

Once I was familiarised with all things La Senza I was left to browse the store, have my nails painted by the fabulous Wah Nail girls, and nibble on all those sweet offerings. There were plenty of staff around to help and one of the ladies explained how in La Senza you can ever have your boobies measured on the shop floor over your clothing, or you can head in the back for a full fitting and be fitted with the perfect bra for you. 

There were also two lovely models on hand showcasing the fabulous ranges on offer. They also demonstrated how important it is to wear a properly fitted bra.

The night was rounded up with a full bra fitting, and I was lucky enough to be given a gorgeous set of underwear to try for myself!

Are you a fan of La Senza?


Monday, 13 January 2014

Jammy And Jelly

Well a great big happy new year everyone!

Hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year! Mine was certainly wonderful; Martin and I spent our 5th Christmas together, however it was the first one where I had no exams or assignments to worry about which was certainly refreshing! 

With regards to the New Year, I haven't made any "resolutions", however the one of the few things I am determined to do this year is finally sort out storage for my overwhelming collection of footwear! 

This amazing illustration was created by the lovely Emily of who has been featuring drawings of various bloggers' resolutions over on her blog.

If you haven't read Emily's blog I seriously recommend you go check it out; it features illustrated images of the day-to-day events and is hilariously funny. It's a blog like no-other I've read and Emily has such a natural humour!

Thanks again to Emily for my wonderful picture!

Charlotte xx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Shoe Showcase #5 - Recent Purchases

Hello lovelies,

Hope you are all well and had a lovely weekend. 
Yesterday I headed to Chester with my Mum for a girls day out and had a lovely time. Today however, I have been feeling somewhat under the weather as I am coming down with a stinking cold! Fingers crossed I'm fit and well for Christmas; it's the first Christmas in 5 years where I will have no uni assignments or exams to worry about!

Anyway, to perk myself up, I thought I'd bring you another instalment of shoe showcase and share with you some pics of the newest additions to my collection!

These amazing shoes are from a Facebook run business called Totes Princess. I ordered them back in August when I blogged about my Ariel pair...they were so worth the wait!

These New Look boots are unbelievable sparkly; even more so in real life! They're perfect for the party season and I plan on wearing these on Christmas Day!

Whilst ordering my Christmas Day boots, I couldn't resist popping these into my basket also. I've been dying to add a pair of burgundy boots to my shoe collection (quick pop fact - burgundy is probably my favourite colour!) the fact that they were in the sale sealed the deal! They were from the wide section so I ordered a size 5 rather than my usual 6. 

Are you all set for Christmas now? I've a few more bits to pick up then have to tackle the task of wrapping; thankfully I've made a minor start to that too!

Charlotte xx

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Boss Jour Pour Femme

Well, it has been a while! I've a whole host of posts planned however it's simply a case of finding the time and energy to do them all! Not to mention some decent lighting. Winter nights mean by the time I'm home from work it's pitch black outside and with Christmas looming over us my weekends have been somewhat busy!

Are you all set for Christmas? I've a few more things to pick up, providing I don't remember yet another person I need to buy for! When it comes to last minute presents, I always find perfume or aftershave is a fail safe option; and it's certainly a gift that I always love to receive. I love discovering new scents, however the problem is, I often fall in love and end up repurchasing them to add to my ever expanding perfume collection!

I was recently sent a new fragrance to add to my collection. 

BOSS JOUR Pour Femme is the sophisticated new fragrance for women from BOSS Parfums. Inspired by the first light of day, BOSS JOUR Pour Femme is using this unique moment to inspire women to seize all of their opportunities and create their very own stories, every day. With an elegant composition, the scent has been created to reflect three important female facets light, inspiration, and elegant composure, brought together in a beautiful blend of white florals with vibrant citrus 
I find this to be a very light, delicate and fresh fragrance. It has a subtle floral scent with an edge of citrus; for me it certainly wouldn't be one for the party season as I prefer something a little heavier for a night out. It is however, perfect for an everyday fragrance to wear for work, and would be lovely for a spring day. 

As it is only a light fragrance, I don't find it to have the longest wear time, however the scent does stick around for a good few hours before you feel the need to re-spritz. 

The bottle is very simplistic and unique with an opaque white bottle, as opposed to transparent glass as it often found with other perfumes. I do love the faceted lid, along with the gold "BOSS" embossed gold band which makes the bottle look expensive and luxurious. 

The perfume is available in 30ml, 50ml and 75 ml bottles; I was sent a 75ml bottle which retails £63. 

Are you a fan of Boss perfume? Have you tried Boss Jour?


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

New Batiste on the Block - Floral, Monochrome & Oriental

Regular readers of my blog will no doubt by now, know my love for Batiste dry shampoo; heck, even non-regular readers probably know!

Not only do I love Batiste for their super affordable price tag, and the fact that their product performs miles better than its high-end competitor, but also due to the fact they are an ever expanding family...
this time they've released three BRAND NEW dry shampoo fragrances and I was kindly sent them to review...

Floral, Monochrome, & Oriental

Floral is described as a light delicate fragrance with top notes of blossom, a heart of fruity melon, orange and peach, and a deep floral base of rose, muguet and violet. For me it smells like a delicate citrus/floral perfume, and reminds me somewhat of one of my favourite fragrances; DKNY Be Delicious Fresh Blossom. I love the design of the can with it's Cath Kidston-esque floral print.

Monochrome is describes as a spicy and dynamic fragrance with top notes of orange blossom and pepper, a heart of hyacinth, iris, lilac, wisteria and heliotrope, with a warm base of musk. I find monochrome to be a musky floral scent, and a much heavier scent than floral.

Oriental is described as a warm delicate fragrance with fruity top notes including apple, wild berry, and grape. Floral middle notes of jasmine and iris and a base of rich coconut, sandalwood and cedar. For me oriental is a lovely fruity scent which has the floral scent of jasmine shining through. Thankfully for me my nose doesn't pick up any of the coconut base.
I am also in love with the can design; so much so I actually did an oooooh, when I unwrapped the parcel.

All three varieties come in a 200ml can retailing at £2.99. Oriental is available from a wide range of stockist, whilst Monochrome is exclusive to Boots, and Floral is exclusive to Superdrug.

Have you tried any of the new Batiste fragrances?
Which one catches your eye?


Friday, 1 November 2013

A little Matalan trip

Hello lovelies,
On Wednesday I popped into Matalan for a little browse. Recently I've been on full on Autumn mode picking up jumpers, jackets, coats and jeans. Whilst in Matalan, I decided to raid the kids section on my quest to expand my Autumn wardrobe. I am delighted with my finds! 

I've been lusting over a cosy cream jumper and a jacket with a fur trim and the kids section delivered both!

This jacket is unbelievably cosy with its soft fur lining, it also has a fine gold thread running through the knit. 
I think this jacket looks like it could have easily cost around the £50 mark however it was a bargainous £22!

Despite the fact my other half described this as a "granny-jumper" when I had it on yesterday I simply love this jumper. The knit feels so soft and again it has gold running through the top half of the knit. 
This was an utter bargain at £14!

I also opted for two pairs of jeggings at £6 each, they were originally £10. They're not like a typical pair of jeggings however as they have a full zip fly with a lovely  button and have the usual 5-pockets as found in jeans. 

My haul was even more of a bargain as I had a £10 off a £50 spend voucher meaning that these items plus a 5-pack of socks my Mum popped in the basket cost only £40!

Do you ever turn to the children's section for bargainous finds? Have you been to Matalan recently? 


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