Thursday, 24 March 2016

Products I'm Loving March 2016

So it's near at dam it the end of March and on a Twitter poll I did this was what you all wanted to see so who am I to disagree!!

Firstly it has to be the rediscovery of my Chanel Foundation!!! I knew that I had bought 2 of the Mat Lumíer ages ago and between reshuffling my bedroom a couple of times I had misplaced the I unused bottle till the other day! Now, yes I know that Matt Lumíer doesn't exist in that format or formula anymore but I just adore it. As you may or may not know I suffer from combination skin that is very prone to break outs so I need a matte foundation.. This one leaves your skin with a glow that you don't often get with matte foundations. Another plus side is that it agrees with my skin and doesn't add to any of my problems. It is so worth the investment and a little goes a long way (thankfully!! :) )

To go with that my next favourite is my Real Techniques Stippling Brush! I am useless with flat foundations brushes and then I bought this beauty and there was never a line of foundation on my jaw line ever again!! It is a round headed, duo fibre synthetic brush and just the perfect size for my face. It is so easy to clean too and is beautifully soft for a synthetic brush. I have a few other Real Techniques brushes and they are all just as amazing as this one!
Another rediscovery this month has been my Burts Bees lemon butter cuticle balm. With the weather in the UK being its usual self my hand have taken a right beating with cuticles drier than the desert!! I lather this stuff on at night and by morning they are soft and smelling of lemon! It's always a good idea to use a balm in winter as they are much more moistursing than an oil,, keeping those precious talons at their best all year round!!

Finally I have fallen totally head over heels for green tea! Yes yes I know late to the party again, but as I take so much medications for my back I needed something to help keep the rest of my body in as good condition as possible and green tea was the answer! I have a couple of cups a day ( couldn't give my morning coffee up I mean come on how would one function!!!) I have added lemon into the mix as this boosts the antioxidants and adds a shot of vitamin C. I have also taken to used Green tea as a toner mixed with witch hazel to help deal with my adult acne, which you can read about here.I'll do a full post on it soon.

So there you have it, just a few things that have really rocked my world this month and as we are rapidly approaching April that mean season 6 of Game of Thrones is nearly here!!!!!! Anyway I'd love to hear what you've loved this month so either comment below or tweet me!!

Love Ya 
Nailpixi x

P.s Happy Easter!!! 🐣

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Hair Care Routine

When it came to looking after my hair, it wasn't until I started reading blogs and doing my own research that I realised just how important looking after my hair was! Before then I was awful! Bleaching, dying, heated tool, no heat protectant you name it I was doing it and was always complaining that my hair was thin and lacked shine and just look done in! No bloody wonder the torture it had been through, I'm surprised I had any left!, but now I am more informed and I think (hope) my hair has forgiven me! So here's what I now do!

Firstly lets start with the basics, shampoo and conditioner. Like most of you, I have tried many different brands over the years, but the one that I have been using now for more than 9 months is Loreal Fibrology. I first bought this stuff just to see if it lived up to the claims on the bottle as I did have fine hair lacking in volume. After I had finished the first bottles I was truly amazed. My hair had thickness that it had never had before and overall my hair just felt healthier. This has continued  bottle after bottle, so I highly recommend it for thin, fine hair. Once a month I mix in about a heaped teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda with the shampoo and focus on my scalp. This removes product build up but also can be drying so hence why I only do it once a month. No one likes snow on their shoulders!!
 Once out of the shower, I carefully squeeze any excess water out of my hair and wrap it in a very loose towel turban which I take out once I am dressed to let it air dry. Before I comb it through with my Toni & Guy wide toothed comb I run a small amount of coconut oil through the ends. This help to hydrate and repair my ends and smooths the appearance of slit ends. I have only just started doing this and already I am surprised how much healthier the ends look even it I have been using my curling wand!

Now my hair is longer it take twice the time to dry, so I tend to faf about a bit till my hair is a bit drier to save my arms a bit!! I use KMS California ColourVitality as a heat & colour protectant. It is a light cream product so it doesn't weigh down your hair. I'm now ready to dry! My hairdryer of choice is the Babyliss Turbo Power 2200. It is amazing I have had this same one for about 8 years and I'm in now hurry to change it. It gives me just the amount of heat I was and it also has a turbo and cooling switch that are just wear you hold it so it really convenient. I use a defuser so I can keep & direct the heat where I want it. Also I use a combination of 2 round brushes, the larger one for volume at the roots and the smaller one to straighten.

So there you go, that's how I take care of my now luscious locks. I am on a journey to look after it better and keep it looking as well as I feel it looks now, but in saying that I am booking in for a redo of my highlights shortly but a girls gotta look good!!!

Love ya 
Nailpixi x