Friday, 19 September 2014

All In My Grill ...!


I've had the 'face-ache' all week ... literally my face has been aching! You know when you get one of those cold type things which never actually gets to the snotty stage (sorry!) but just stays within giving you headache, toothache, cheekbone ache, and ear-ache - well yes one of those! I usually try to resist the painkillers for as long as possible, no idea why, but have had to resort to dosing myself with paracetamol and dragging myself up and about ... as you do!  Luckily ... it seemed to have abated a little last night (otherwise I'd have been tempted to try that Sudafed stuff!) so I popped down to the gym and sweated buckets (again ... sorry!) - think it did me good though!   How very apt that Missy was playing on the car stereo on the way down  ...

Missy Elliott - All In My Grill ...

From 1999 ... I'm a bit partial to our Missy and always wanted to sing the 'guest piece' in this track and practised it over and over back in the day ... and at the time I was unaware that 'grill' sort of meant 'face' ... this has now been rectified ...

Is it just me that was a bit late to the party on the whole 'grill' thing?  Maybe I should have been blogging about my 'Grill of the Day' or my favourite 'grill mask' ... in any case I must say Missy certainly brought a smile to my 'grill' yesterday!

Looking forward to stuffing my 'grill' with a big pasta bake tonight!  How's your week been?

Jen x

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Dry Styling Oil - Review


I tried for ages to shorten the title of this post but it was not to be so you have the full shebang!   Picked up this trio from the OGX/Organix Hydrating Macadamia Oil range (on offer of course!) specifically to take away.  Think it must have been the 'drench your strands' and 'hydrate and smooth parched, dry hair' bits that made me think it would be ideal for holiday. I went down the non-sulphate route as my daughter would be using it too so reckoned I do both our hairs' and scalps' a favour.  There was no problem with taking full sizes this year as we were driving, so everything got chucked in the boot of the car ... luckily it's a fairly big boot!

A picure of the OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Dry Styling Oil

Both the shampoo and conditioner have quite a creamy but not heavy texture, the shampoo lathers well and both rinse out easily.  Your barnet is left with a silken feeling as you rinse - it feels mighty good I have to say!!  Must be quite a concentrated formula because you don't need to use too much of either the shampoo or conditioner - even on my daughter's giant mane of hair! Hence we still have a good amount left after using on holiday and on and off since returning approx a month ago!

The Dry Styling Oil can be used as a styling aid and also as a finishing product.  The oil itself is quite heavy so the trick is to find the correct amount for your own barnet.  I only need to use the smallest amount (tiny ... actually for my pathetic head of hair!), make sure you rub between your palms so you're only left with a thin film and then apply to mid-lengths and ends and dry as usual - or apply as above after styling (I use a mere droplet in this case!).  I still need to use a volumising product on the top half of my barnet but used correctly it does leave hair smooth and shiny and doesn't weigh it down - unless of course you do use too much (which I have done) and then you'll know about it!

And the aroma! ... Honestly they smell absolutely wonderful ... like ripe, sweet, watermelons - not sickly but really clean, juicy fresh watermelons! Pop into Boots and have a sniff and see what you think! Of course if you don't like watermelons you may have an issue!

So ... yes ... myself and my daughter are impressed with the OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Dry Styling Oil - lovely products to use at home or abroad to keep hair soft, shiny and silky.  I would repurchase ... but then I also want to try another range - just look at all this lot on the OGX site here - it's total hair product heaven! Of course if you're a 'normal' person this won't excite you ... but I'm not normal!

Have you tried any products from the OGX/Organix range? Which ones would you recommend?

Jen x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash - Review


The Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash is a product I've dipped in and out of for a few years now as a troubleshooter ... it's not a make-up remover, but can be slotted into an existing routine morning and/or evening in-between cleansing and toning, or on it's own as a morning face wash.  It helps to get my skin back on track when it starts playing up and keep it on the straight and narrow!

A picture of the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash
A picture of the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash
A picture of the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash

Here's what Elemis have to say about it ...
"As we get older, our skins ability to rejuvenate our skin cells slows down. These dynamic formulations contain a trio of revolutionary enzymes that stimulate biological cell renewal to help decrease the appearance of fine lines, acne and uneven skin tone."  source
It's meant to slough away those dead skin cells and help with imperfections, spots, bumps, rough bits, and breakouts, leaving skin smoother and more refined and radiant.  You do have to remember to 'up the ante' with the SPF though as you're exposing all those new skin cells to the world - so I don't tend to use so much at the height of Summer or run-up to/during holiday (there's a little warning about this on the back of the bottle!).

I dug my Tri-Enzyme Wash out a few weeks ago when I returned from holiday,  although I had used some lovely products whilst away, I don't think I drank enough water, didn't eat a very healthy diet (does anybody when they're on holiday?) and definitely didn't get enough sleep (the bed was ridiculously uncomfortable and gave me back-ache!) - not painting a good picture am I?   My skin looked a bit dull, bumpy and uneven with a spot or two here and there!  I've been using since then every morning as a face wash - (once a day is enough for me as my skin can be prone to sensitivity).  It has a pleasant lotion like texture with delicate creamy scent, just mix with water, apply to one's kite and rinse or wipe off with a damp face cloth and proceed as normal.

After a week or so it had worked it's magic, I'm not saying my skin is perfect but it feels smoother, cleaner (I'm talking pores here!), more even, brighter and less bumpy.  I've used a few products from the Elemis Tri-Enzyme range over the years and this is the one I always come back to as it does what it says on the tin and works without stripping or burning my skin (sorry Liquid Gold!).

It comes in at around £29/200 ml (I have the mini size) which may seem expensive but it lasts for ages and I've usually picked up mine in some kit or other on QVC (old habits die hard!) so it's something which I'll continue to use for my dose of 'cell renewal' as and when!

Have you tried the Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash or any similar products? Which is your favourite?

Jen x

Friday, 12 September 2014

Cigarettes and Alcohol ... !


I haven't done a music post for a while but the hubby recently reminded me that it was 20 years (at the end of August) since Oasis released Definitely Maybe - and it got the musical cogs going!  20 years though ...!  Where has the time gone ...?!

A picture of Oasis Definitely Maybe

Cigarettes and Alcohol is my favourite tune from the album ... it's laid back, raw and earthy and reminds me of many a night out back in the 90s, staggering around on a smoke filled dance floor ... bet we've all done that at some stage or other ... well  ... the older ones will remember the smoke at any rate!

Remember the Blur/Oasis thing back then?  The hubby and I were always on the Oasis side - just appealed to our taste in music and only Song 2 later on from Blur came anywhere close (for us anyway!) to hitting the spot!

I do miss those hazy days of cigarettes and alcohol sometimes! Which tune brings back hazy memories (of staggering around) for you? And which side did you sway towards - Blur or Oasis?

Jen x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Summer Loving ... !


I haven't managed a monthly 'favourites' post for while but couldn't let the warm weather finally come to a close ... (sob!) ... without a brief mention of the some of the products I've been 'into' over the Summertime ...

A picture of Summer Loving products

La Roche Posay Anthelios Melt-in Cream SPF 30 - used on face, neck and decolletage - it's great for holiday, can be worn under make-up, non-sticky, non greasy and suits my sensitive areas!

M&S Formula Aloe Vera Aftersun Gel - I've bought this aftersun gel for a couple of years now - usually when M&S have their summer offers on making it a ridiculous £2 per tube! Cooling and hydrating after a day in the sun - unfortunately we didn't have as many of 'those days' on holiday as I'd have liked this year hence I have some left!

Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion (Medium to Dark) - I'm rather lazy with the whole 'self-tan thing' and so use gradual tanners instead. This one has been my favourite for a while, subtle colour which can be built up over time, pleasant smell, moisturises well, quick and easy to use - job done for lazy girls!

Treacle Moon 'One Ginger Morning' Bath and Shower Gel - still hanging on in there, one of my favourite zingy bath/shower products ever!

Lee Stafford Poker Straight Dehumidifier Spray -  found this at the back of the bathroom storage cabinet (must have forgotten about it - it's a big cabinet!) - gave it a whirl and I'm hooked! A quick spray keeps any frizzies at bay really well so I'll be repurchasing and keeping at the front of the bathroom cabinet in future!

CK One Summer - I have a bit of a soft spot for CK smellies and this one is my everyday Summertime spritz. I usually pick one up on offer in some sale or other. Love the clean, refreshing scent - just smells of summer - always a good thing in my book!

Bare Minerals Warmth All-Over Face Colour - a favourite for bronzing, gives a warm healthy glow (which is actually appreciated all year round!) - full review here.

Top Shop Stage Dive - I just love orange tones and this one is a real sizzler, brilliant for the summer months, wore it on holiday this year - here.

Emma Hardie Soothing Moisture Mask - a lovely cooling mask which feels fantastic on after a hot day (or even not so hot!).  I've been using this twice a week in the evening after removing my make-up and exfoliating (after all what's the point in slathering something on over a load of dead skin cells!). I then usually warn the hubby that I look like a ghost (he doesn't mind - he's used to it!), watch a bit of tv to relax and go to bed! It sinks in overnight and leaves skin hydrated and plumped in the morning.  Another lazy girl's winner! I am so lazy!

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte 110 - I think this is one of my all time favourite lippies. I can use as a stain with lip balm or slap it on good and proper for a more full on look if needs be. A lovely vibrant summertime colour and seems to go with virtually everything - you can see it on here.

Bourjois Cream Blush in Pink Sunwear and Sweet Cherry - last but by no means least my Bourjois cream blushes. Love em to bits - have used them on holiday and at home. I want another! Full reviews here and here.

I'm still hoping that this Indian type summer thing will continue for a while - fingers crossed - I'm not quite ready to wrap up yet!

What have been your favourites this Summer?

Jen x

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