Skin Care On A Budget?!

Hey, guys!

How are you all doing? I am now back from my vacay, all rested and motivated to work hard on my blog for you guys! There will be summer themed posts coming up throughout this week, but today I’d like to talk about one topic that I’m sure all of you would love to read about.

How can we have a good skin care routine that is not too expensive but effective? I went to my local drugstore with that question in mind and picked up a few products to show to you in this budget friendly haul.

KEEP ON READING…

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10 Uses For: Coconut Oil (3 min read)

Hi,

Today I will speak to you about the ways in which I use the ever so hyped about coconut oil. Is it worth the attention and does it really work? I will try and help you make your mind up about that in this post.

Enjoy.


Firstly, I always reach out to this organic coconut oil by Midsummer. I love it because its ingredients are only coconut oil and no added flavourings or chemicals, and it’s approved by the organic soil association. This way I am sure of what I put on my body.

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There are countless uses for coconut oil, but below you will see my favourites:

1. Apply on the skin as a basic lotion.

2. Mix with sugar granules for a body scrub.

3. Use as a natural tanning lotion & after sun cooling lotion.

4. On cuticles to help nails grow strong and shiny.

5. Can be rubbed into your scalp to stimulate hair growth. I usually do this overnight and wash my hair twice in the morning to get off the excess oil.

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6. Apply on the ends of your hair to prevent splitting and make it feel like silk.

7. Rub on your face and then rinse with hot water & warm face towel to remove any type of make-up (even tough waterproof one). It will all glide off smoothly!

8. If you do the one above, your eyebrows will condition at the same time, stimulating their growth too! Talking about eyebrows, you can also use this oil as a brow gel to set your hairs.

8. Whiten your teeth with it – mix with warm water and keep it in your mouth for 5 minutes.

9. Apparently if you consume it daily then your immune system and even your metabolism will boost. However, I don’t like the idea of eating such oil daily so I drink coconut water instead! Same idea, less fat factor.

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10. For these awful summer nights that you get a ton of mosquito bites, guys I got you. Just rub some of the coconut oil on your bite and it will stop itching & heal sooner!


Overall, I think that there should be hype about coconut oil: it’s natural, easy to buy and works miracles on almost anything! All of the uses I spoke about above I do on a regular basis or seasonally, and work for me. Bare in mind that everyone is different, and if your skin is combination-oily then maybe it’s not the best option for you to apply on your body.

Hope you liked this post! I personally adore coconut oil and since it’s sold almost everywhere there are legit no excuses towards not using it.

How many of you use coconut oil? Have you got any other tried out uses for it? let me know in the comments!

I wish you all a fabulous day,

Speak soon,


Love, K.

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* Some photo credits go to We Heart It*

First Impressions: Lush Face Masks (3 min read)

Hey everyone, I hope that you’re all well.

Last Monday I published this haul which included the two Lush face masks that I will talk to you about today.

Enjoy!


So it’s now exactly one week since I first used both face masks, therefore, this post is going to be focused on my first impressions. I will definitely post a review on them once I have used them for a little longer, all in order to give them a fair amount of time to work on my skin.

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The first mask is the “Mask of Magnaminty”.

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Here you can see how it turns out on the skin. It’s green (peppermint power) and has bits of various seeds to exfoliate while scrubbing.

It claims to fight all eruptions and outbreaks & make your skin clear. I decided to use it twice a week for the next few months and here is what I think after my first two applications:

The scent is very minty and fresh. For that reason I actually prefer to use it in the mornings – it does a good job of making you feel refresh and awake! I apply a fair amount of the paste on my face and my back, then keep it on for 15 minutes until it feels tight and dry.

The key difference which I can already see from using this mask is: it brings out all my blemishes and then instantly dries them out! Although it freaked me out seeing my skin with all the spots, the mask did what it says so far and fought them. Thank god. So far so good guys.


The second mask is the “Angels On Bare Skin”.

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This one is an everyday mask and is meant to make my skin radiant and glowing.

I think that this scent is a bity too sickly because of the lavender extract… but hey if it’s going to help me out then I will bare through it. This paste is solid and crumbly, you have to add some warm water in order to break it down. I have been using it every night before I go to sleep for 15 minutes also. After using it for a whole week I still can’t see any difference to my skin? But, as I said I will continue for a few more months!

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It is literally like melted oatmeal with an overwhelming lavender and chamomile scent on your skin!


Comparing the two masks today I definitely prefer the “Mask of Magnaminty”. Although I only use it twice a week it has already shown more results than the “Angels On Bare Skin” that I use daily.

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A proper review of both masks will be up once I finish their tubs. I hope everyone liked this post and do let me know if you use any face masks right now? If so, I would like you to let me know in the comment section below!

See you!


Love, K.

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Skin Care & Beauty Focused Haul (5 min read)

Hey, happy first of August everyone!

Yesterday I went on another shopping trip but this time to a big shopping centre in Dundee. As I previously mentioned here … I never really bothered with a proper skin care routine and I wanted to give it a go. Who knows, maybe I can stick to it and have nicer skin! While at it I also picked up a couple of new beauty products that I haven’t used before.

Now grab a nice cup of tea & some biscuits and let’s find out what I bought!

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The first store I went into was Lush. I love the smell of the whole room while walking in – all the gorgeous scents hit you at once!

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As soon as I stepped in a nice girl called Alice came up to me and began to show me around their skin care alley. I was specifically looking for face masks that would cleanse my skin and fight acne during break-out times. She was very helpful, fun and was informative about their products.

The first mask which she recommended to me was the “Mask of Magnaminty” (£10.95). This mask claims to fight eruptions and outbreaks and return the skin to tip top condition. It’s meant to be very good by the sounds of it, however, I will be posting a focused review of this product on Friday! So definitely stay tuned.

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The second mask I got was the “Angels on Bare Skin” (£7.25). This is an everyday face and body cleansing mask that is meant to even out the skin tone and give it a natural glow. Once again, I will review this mask in depth sometime next week. I have high hopes!

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Have any of you guys tried out these masks? What do you think about them? Or maybe you use different Lush masks? Please let me know in the comment section!

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Then I went to the M.A.C section of Debenhams.

Again, a lovely girl welcomed me in and helped me choose some products. Although I have bought two foundations in my previous haul (click here) I decided to double check if I’m wearing the right shade. To my luck, I actually needed another shade all along – woops. So you guys should definitely check your skin tone regularly with a professional make-up artist, as I will too from now on.

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My correct shade is NW15. NW15 stands for “Neutral Warm 15” for those that are not sure. I picked up the Studio Fix Fluid Foundation because its formula works best for me. The biggest difference between  NW15 and my previous NC20 is that this does not come up as orange anymore. I guess I got paler over the summer, sad face 😦 Scotland needs more sun!!!

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Studio Fix Fluid – £22.00

Oh guys, at last I joined the Prep+Prime Fix Spray wagon, woop woop! I will let you know how I get on with it in another post. Thanks to those who kept recommending it, you succeeded in persuading me.

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Prep+Prime Fix Spray£17.50

What other M.A.C products should I check out? Be sure to let me know!


Last but not least, Superdrug.

I literally spent about 5 minutes in there because Lyall kept moaning. This is a prime example of why girls should not go shopping with boys – there is legit no common interest!

So, In the time that I had in Superdrug I picked up:

1. Cleansing Facial Wipes for Combination Skin. They are the best, I always get some from their range. Even waterproof make up comes off smoothly and the wipes don’t hurt your skin while scrubbing it. I think the packet was about £1 for 25 wipes … bargain!

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2. Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara (£7.99). I think this one contains some special oil blends, we’ll see how it helps my lashes.

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3. Maybelline Color Show Nail Varnish in “City Smoke“(£2.99). I really wanted to buy a grey toned nail varnish and this one looks promising. I will paint my nails tonight and post a quick update for you on the colour on my Instagram.

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We now reached the end of this haul! I hope that you enjoyed reading it and want to see more in the near future of course.

Let me know if you own any of these products and what you think of them.

As I mentioned above I will be posting reviews on both of my Lush face masks and the rest of my beauty buys within the next couple of weeks. I’m excited to see what results they bring for my skin.

Speak later,


Love, K.

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