Like most places in the UK, Liverpool has been under a blanket of snow for over the past week (actually at the point I am posting this, it's all gone - Thank god!!). Last Tuesday, we recorded the lowest temperature in the whole of the UK, it was -17 degrees c, colder than Moscow!!
As you can imagine, the extreme cold weather coupled with my agonising 3 hour commute each way to work (which usually takes 30 minutes) and back has left my skin in a bit of a state. Sore, dry and incredibly tight. My skin was not happy with the current weather and boy did it let me know about it.
Imagine how delighted I was to hear Nic from Pixiwoo recommending Oilatum Natural Repair Face Cream in a recent video, as her winter skin saviour. Nic has got fantastic clear skin, although I believe her's leans towards the dry side. Whereas mine is most certainly combination. Either way, her skin looked so flawless and calm that I decided to give it a whirl. You can view the video here . Actually, I just noticed that Sam is also using the same cream and uses it in a 5 minute face tutorial that you can view here. Anything that can make my skin look as good as the Pixiwoo girls, has got to be worth a shot.
I purchased Oilatum Natural Repair Face Creamfrom Boots and it cost about £7.99. The texture is somewhere between a cream and gel. It emulsifies quickly into the skin, leaving soft, smooth finish. Given that I have combination skin, I have mainly been using this at night and randomly throughout the day while I've been at home. Thankfully, my skin no longer resembles a crocodile. Shame I have to go back to work next week really, but I hope that my commute will be shorter and that my skin won't get into the same angry, painful state as it was in.
Thank you Sam and Nic for introducing me to another great product. Do you have a winter skin saviour?
I'm not going to lie. I hate sale shopping. Overcrowded shops, worn out/pissed off staff and shoppers who think that sales shopping is a contact sport. No thank you! However, the one exception I make is for perfume, usually from Boots. My lovely Aunties and MIL/FIL provide me with a small stock of Boots vouchers in lieu of presents and I will usually brave the sales to stock myself up with perfume for the year. It's something I've been doing for a number of years, so I'm becoming quite adept.
This year was much the same. I opened gift-cards on Christmas Day with worried glances "I hope that's ok? It is what you wanted, isn't it?" YES! It's exactly what I wanted!! So yesterday, The Boy played a blinder and offered to go with me to Mecca, I mean Boots. God love him, he was regretting it from the moment we set out. With all the snow we've had, he probably would have just wanted to stay in and play on his xbox. And yet, he still offered to come with me, out of a sense of complete devotion or stupidity. We couldn't decide which. Perhaps both!
I decided that I was going to aim for perfumes that I don't currently own. Although I did make one exception. And this is what I came home with.
Giorgio Armani - Armani Code
Jean Paul Gaultier - Femme Classique
Givenchy - Play
Dolce & Gabbana - The One
Calvin Klein - Euphoria
My exception to the rule was Euphoria. I love this perfume. I was given a bottle by a friend who didn't like it. It was love at first sniff for me. I also have very fond memories of my birthday trip to New York, as this was the scent I took with me. Plus, the 50ml bottle of EDP and body lotion at Boots was a steal at £21.50! What is not to like.
Femme Classique I've had before and I thought it was about time I revisited. Armani Code and The One are both entirely new to me. I've given each a thorough sniff, but never actually got round to purchasing. This has now been rectified. Play is a bit of a funny one. I actually wanted the Play Intense (which is the little purple bottle on the right hand side of the gift set) but I only found this full price at the stores I checked. If anyone see's this on offer, can you please let me know? I NEED that for my collection! Anyway, Play is a nice scent in it's own right, so I've decided to give this one a whirl too.
I did get some other perfume sets for Christmas from the Parental Units (Givenchy - Ange Ou Demon), my Bro (Paco Rabanne - Black XS) and my cousin (Hugo Boss - Orange). So I think I'm all set for a beautifully scented New Year.
Has anyone else braved the sales or has any perfume to recommend? You know me, I'm all ears!
Has anyone seen the new MAC collections due for release in the UK in early January 2011?? Ladies, I've got some serious lust going on!!
Lets face it, it's freezing cold and snowy out there. So I've been safely tucked up at home watching Temptalia's You Tube videos and I have to say I'm quite taken with a number of items from the MAC Stylishly Yours and Champ-Pale collections.
Although I would find it quite difficult to work with the vibrant pinks and purples of the Stylishly Yours collection, I'm instantly drawn to it. It's certainly not a collection for the Neutral Nellie's amongst us, although the Cream Colour Bases appear to be quite wearable (for me and my pale skin anyway!). I particularly like Tickle Me Pink and Virgin Isles.
Champ-Pale is certainly less threatening. If you liked the Urban Decay Naked Palette, you'll certainly love this. Muted, classy and understated, there is not a single thing from this collection that I wouldn't want. I'm not going to lie, I want all the Lip Gelee's (Bubble Lounge, Luxure, Sin-tilation and Straight to the Head) and pretty much all (I'd say 3 out of 4) of the Paint Pots! Greedy? Moi? My favourite lust is the Rose Ole Special Reserve highlighting powder, it looks so beautiful. But then again, I bet the Chez Chez Lame is pretty amazing too.
I'm not exactly sure where the time has gone, but it has been 8 weeks since the BBWLC began. I didn't bother posting any update last week. I stayed the same, was my TOTM and I was probably getting the start of this horrible cold that I have now got. In truth, I was very lethargic about the whole thing. This week however, I lost another 4lb making that
-13.5lb in 8 weeks!!
To say I'm delighted would be an understatement and I've decided that this week, there are some benefits to this rotten cold!
I think that using the WeightWatchers system has made me think more about the kinds of food I am eating, portions and also realising that I don't have to deny myself anything, I can have a treat and still not fall off the wagon. I'm not going to lie and say it's all been plain sailing. It hasn't. The change from Points to ProPoints threw me a bit of a curve ball. There is nothing worse than learning a system, only to have it change 3 weeks in!! But I can say that it has been easier than I thought. Changing how I view food has been pivotal for me.
It turns out that I've turned into a bit of a "bargain hunter", deciding not to trade in my Points values on food that I don't feel is good value. Oooooh get me?!? However, there are some occasions where only a Cadbury's Twirl will do. Bugger the points!
So this is the end of the BBWLC and I'm delighted to have taken part in this challenge with all the ladies listed below. Everyone has been so supportive. I've loved the updates on Twitter. It's been a really positive experience and I want to take the chance to thank all the girlies for their support and congratulate them on their achievement too.
However, this is not the end of the WeightWatchers road for me. I intend to plod along my merry way and see how I get on. I won't continue to bore you all with the weekly updates though. I will spare you that much. Rest assured my journey is just beginning and I'm positive that this is the start of a Change4Life for me.
Having heard so much talk of late about Avon, I was glad when my Mum informed me that a work colleague of hers was an Avon representative. I could have just ordered on-line, but I thought as I was feeling the "old skool" vibe ordering from Avon, that I'd like to have a browse through the brochure.. I used to spend hours looking through my Auntie's Avon catalogue as a child. Ahhhhh happy days.
So, I got the SuperShock Mascara in black, as well as the black option of the much discussed SuperShock Gel Eyeliner. As I am full of cold, I've not really had the inclination to have a play about with make up, or actually wear any at all. I'm afraid I've generally been looking like a hobo of late. Hopefully normal service will resume shortly. And while I can't tell you about how it wears on the eyes, I can tell you is that I was rather impressed at the staying power of the gel eyeliner swatch on my hand. I do have the tendency to have slightly watery eyes, but I guess I'll just have to road test it, although initial reports are good.
I also picked up the In a Blink, Eyeliner and Shadow pencil in teal and a Ultra Colour Rich lipstick in the colour Pout. I'm getting quite into lipstick at the moment. I've always been a gloss girl, not quite sure what has exacted a change - dare I say it - my age? Who knows! Pout is a lovely creamy nude. Its an inoffensive, glossy neutral that would look great on anyone. It's also fairly low maintenance lip colour, which is a winner for any day I am at work.
(L-R SuperShock Gel Eyeliner, In a Blink Eyeliner/Shadow and Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick)
As is often the case with Avon, I also managed to benefit from a free gift. I got an additional SuperShock Mascara, Nailwear Pro in shade Romance and Spotlight moisturising shimmer gel. If I'm honest, I would only end up using the mascara. I'd love to try out the nail varnish, but it is just not the kind of shade I would usually go for and as for the spotlight gel - it is just something I would never use!
I've already decided that these few freebies can be added to the ever increasing pile of goodies/essentials I've collected for Give and Makeup. If you haven't heard about this non-profit initiative and their work supporting Refuge, I urge you to check out their website and offer your assistance in any way you can. It's for a great cause.
Have you been revisiting the Avon catalogue recently? Any gems to report?
This week, the lovely people at QVC sent me a sample of the brand new Elemis Melting cleansing gel and I have to say, I thought it was fantastic. I'm not usually a fan of orange scented things, but this cleanser smelt just like 2 of the only orange scented/flavoured things I actually like. Cointreau and Terry's Chocolate Orange. It was really luxurious texture and my skin felt clean but not stripped.
So the reason QVC sent me a sample of the cleanser was to herald the amazing Elemis TSV. At the time I am writing this post (12:21am) over 20,000 people have ordered this TSV because it is such amazing value.
1 x Skin Nourishing Hand & Body Lotion (300ml) - in a limited edition super size, this intensive milk protein lotion that is gentle and skin-friendly helping to moisturise and soothe.
1 x Melting Cleansing Gel (125ml) - Elemis' newest product; an ultra purifying dual-phase cleanser perfect for challenged, tired and stressed skin.
1 x Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (30ml) - award-winning moisturiser helps to actively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst hydrating you skin.
1 x Exotic Frangipani Monoi Bath & Shower Cream (200ml) - gently cleanses your skin leaving it feeling soft and delicately scented.
1 x Exotic Frangipani Monoi Moisture Melt (35ml) - this is rapidly absorbed into the skin leaving it satin-smooth with a beautiful aroma.
1 x silver bag
I love the Pro Collagen Marine Cream, but I cannot justify the cost of that one product alone. That's why I love the TSV's, where we get a chance to try a little of everything. What I particularly like is the fact that they are offering this product on 4 Easy Pay's of £9.99, which means that you can afford to treat yourself to this fabulous set without feeling guilty. It's not usually the time of year that you think about treating yourself is it?
Well, I have my TSV, that should be arriving in 3-5 working days. Will you be treating yourself?