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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Lush Ultrabland Cleanser Review

I used to bypass all the skincare in Lush and simply head for the bath bombs, but recently it's been the other way round. I know that Lush’s skincare has been around for donkey’s but when you first shop in Lush you go straight for the bath bombs, I guess because bath bombs are kind of an inexpensive treat (although £3.95 is kinda expensive for one bath - but whatever). And as skincare is not an inexpensive treat it can be a bit risky, if you don't like the product, that shit won't get used.


I started using Lush skincare about a year ago when the water in my area started playing havoc with my skin (and lets be honest I can’t avoid water and found that the 9-5 cleanser was inoffensive on my skin and was at a good price tag (I think its like a fiver for 100ml). However I needed something slightly more calming and having seen Ultrabland pop up on my Instagram feed quite regularly I decided to try Ultra bland

To start with this is more of a solid cleanser (9-5 is more of a lotion), which melts when applied to the skin. I absolutely love that the first ingredient is almond oil; this contains lots of vitamin E. Vitamin E is a great anti-inflammatory, helps to heal and also moisturises. Rose water is second on the ingredient list; rose water helps to reduce redness, apparently helps to get rid of acne and helps to remove oil and dirt. Beeswax helps to lock in moisture and is the main ingredient to melt away makeup.


Lush claim that using Ultrabland for problematic skin for a month will bring your skin back to balance. I have to agree with this, my skin is looking so much better than it was a month ago. The redness definitely isn't as bad, my spots disappear a lot quicker and my skin has brightness about it, which I love.

I absolutely adore this cleanser but there a few negatives, which could bother people. Firstly I find I can only use this at night as no matter how much I try, this does leave a residue and as it is such oil based product, it makes my makeup slip and slide in the day. Ultrabland does have a paraben in, which for me isn't necessarily an issue but some people may not want to use this. It kind freaks me out that you have to put your finger in the tub to get the product out, I much prefer a bottle/tube/pump, however the use of a paraben comes in handy here. Again something, which could bother people, is that Ultrabland contains beeswax making this product not vegan friendly. 


Ultrabland also says its for all skin types, I guess this is trial and error on the individual. I find it great for my sensitive to relatively normal skin, however someone with super oily skin may find this product doesn’t suit him or her. However I knew I was on to a winner when I put this on as it didn't sting my skin (thank the Lord). For £7.95 you get 45g and after using Ultrabland for a month I still reckon I have two months left, which is pretty good for the price. 



Have you tried Ultrabland if so what did you think of it? 


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Instagram Pods - What You Need To Know

Instagram Pods have been flying around for a little while now, however I was only really aware of them in the New Year, but I think they were a 'thing' in mid 2016 I was just extremely slow to the party.




So what is an Instagram Pod?

An Instagram Pod is basically a group of Instagrammers, who all join group chat and proceed to like and comment on each others photos. This raises your engagement on your Instagram,
currently the trend at the moment is to have a high engagement rather than loads and loads of followers and a really low engagement count.

But are Instagram pods really worth joining? Well yes and no. Lets go into the positives and the negatives...


The Negatives

You will have to be prepared to like and comment on everyones pictures in the group(s), which sometimes can be time consuming.

Because you are engaging with certain accounts more than others then its more likely they will appear on your feed, rather than other accounts which you enjoy viewing, damn you algorithm.

Sometimes comments can seem fake, and sometimes they are. However sometimes an image can be really cool, but it can be difficult to say 'omg thats so cool' without sounding like a fake.

You do have to remember that the comments you are receiving aren't organic. So for example if you leave a group you'll loose the engagement.


The Positives

A lot of the comments I receive from these pods are literally lovely and I feel they are genuine!

It's great to find new accounts which you didn't know existed.

As you get into the habit of commenting on people's posts, you end up commenting a lot more on others instagrammer's posts that aren't in your Instagram pods. So I think Instagram pods help you spread the love to people who aren't in your pods, which is always a good thing.

I have noticed new people who aren't in my Instagram pods commenting on my photos, so although the Instagram pod comments aren't organic engagement it can lead to organic engagement.


Round up

You'll get to find some cool accounts but along with that you have to engage with accounts which may not be your cup of tea (thankfully the groups I'm in I like their content). You can spend a lot of time commenting and liking on things and sometimes you don't get that input back from other users in the group (obviously people do have lives to get on with rather than just commenting on Instagram all day). You may have to leave pod's - I have left a few just because the genres weren't right for me, or I felt the group was just too big too keep up with. However at the moment the pods that I'm in are working well for me! Overall Instragram pods are a bit of fun, some groups you literally like and comment and other groups there are full on conversations as well, which is cool!

I also really struggled to find images to go with this post so I decided to use images that seemed to be most well received from my fellow pod-ers. You can also get 20% at Boutique of Molly by using 'ROSIE20'.


Have you/are you in any Instagram pods? If so what are your thoughts on Instagram Pods?

Sunday, 12 March 2017

My Current Skincare

I haven't done something like this in f-o-r-e-v-e-r. So I thought I would. Obviously, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this post!





 I'm going to run through my current skincare that seems to be keeping my skin happy at the moment.

Cleanser


I know there are a lot of mixed reviews about Lush's 9-5 Cleanser but I really love it. It is perfect for my skin, which gets red and angry when I use anything to harsh. Lush's 9-5 contains Ylang Ylang oil which balances the skin, great for both dry and oily skin types. The Dove Orchid flowers which are in Lush's 9-5 are left in Almond oil over night which helps form the base of this cleanser. Almond oil is high in Vitamin E, which helps keeps the skin soft and supple. It is also great for cleansing as it dislodges dirt. The only down side to this cleanser is that it isn't that effective at removing eye makeup. I tend to go over with Liz Earle's Hot Cloth Cleanser around the eye area.


Toner

I am going to be honest even when I worked within beauty industry I barely used Toners but I discovered Lush's Breath of Fresh Air toner water. I kind of feel like this is just an aromatherapy toner water but at the same time, it really cools down my skin due to, this product containing aloe-vera, rose absolute, patchouli oil and rosemary oil.

Serum

Again I am a bit crap with serums, I don't have one that I particularly love, but at the moment I'm using Bee Good's Hydrate, Smooth And Prime Serum. It doesn't feel like a typical serum, but I have found with more natural brands that they don't. This absorbs extremely quickly and contains Blackcurrant, Wildflower Honey and Propolis.


Moisturiser

I have literally only just started using this, but my previous moisturizer ( Liz Earle's Skin Repair in light just wasn't doing enough for me) So I'm giving the mini Clinique Moisture Surge a go. Moisture Surge is a gel cream and is 'extended thirst relief'. I do love that this gives lots of hydration, and that it is for all skin types, it is also great that you can apply this on top of makeup. So if you need a top up through out the day you can apply more (this is something I haven't tried yet).


Eyecream

Ah this little beauty is amazing, Liz Earle's Superskin Eye Cream, it tightens, brightens and de-bags. I love that this is like a 3 in one cream. You can also feel it tightening the eye area and it gives instant brightness, you only need a tiny bit too which is great. Its extremely fast to absorb into the eye area too.


Night time

Liz Earle's Superskin Concentrate. I have used this on and off for a few years now. I currently love this product, as it just takes out any irritation I may have, and leaves the skin feel super soft. I also love mixing this with masks, which help to purify as sometime purifying masks can be a tad harsh on my skin and this adds an element of hydration and soothing back.



What is your current skincare routine? Any brands that I should know about, if so tweet me, or leave a comment below!