Monday, 15 October 2018

Dr Botanicals 20% Discount Code + REVIEW / Zoe M

Dr Botanicals very kindly reached out and asked if I wanted to try some of their skincare products. Being the skincare lover that I am I was so excited for the opportunity and went ahead and picked out a couple masks (of course) to try.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

La Roche Posay Lipikar AP+ Anti-irritation Stick

Recently, I have started suffering with the odd patch of eczema, something I have never had to deal with before. My skin has always been fairly normal and non sensitive. According to my Doctor, my eczema comes from stress (Great) which I suppose does make sense as when I feel myself getting riled up, I itch. I itch the patch that is on the crease of my left arm until it is red and sore. Not ideal. 

The patch on my left arm isn't my main concern, really. It is fairly easy to hide and doesn't look particularly aggressive or painful. It tends to just look a bit red and flaky, even after a severe stressy-itching session. I find though it will flare up every now and again, especially when stressed but overall, is fairly easy to treat. My main concern though, is the index finger on my left hand. Ouch. It is not easy to cover up, nor does it just flare up with stress. I'd describe it as a constantly angry, crying mess that affects my daily life. I will insert photos below- it is pretty rank. Be warned.

Nothing would really work, in fact, most things would end up just making it look or feel worse. Until I found La Roche Posay Lipikar AP+ Anti Irritation Stick. This makes an instant difference to my skin and how it feels. If my eczema is flaring up and becoming itchy and irritated I apply the Lipikar stick right over it and it instantly starts to stop the itching- I couldn't believe it! 

So it is safe to say it tackled the patch on my arm in no time at all. Not only did it help to relieve my skin from the constant itching, it has actually visibly reduced and healed it. To the point where it is practically gone. How amazing is that! But again, my main concern was this rank finger of mine. Which at this point was potentially worse than the above photo, as it had actually started to crack (Mmmm) and seep (Yum) so yeah... Things were not looking great!

This is my hand now:

As you can see- there is a massive improvement! The skin is healing nicely, there is little to no redness and only a minimal amount of dryness. I am so happy with the results! The eczema started to heal up very quickly after introducing the Lipikar stick. Also, it did not cause any irritation or stinging, like I had experienced with other products 

Despite actually working, here are the other things I love about the Lipikar Anti Irritation Stick:

- The texture- it is a super lightweight, non greasy balm. It sits nicely on the skin, doesn't feel heavy. This is something that always concerned me about using products labelled as "suitable for eczema prone skin", I just imagined a thick, greasy cream. Yuck. Not the case though- especially great since I have been using it on my hand! 

- I love the fact it is in a stick, so it makes applying the product super easy and hygienic! 

- The price. £13 and quite often on sale/reduced. Simple as that! 

- It doesn't have a scent, which I know is a big thing for a lot of people. 

- And I just bloody love and trust La Roche-Posay as a brand. They never let me down and definitely know their stuff. I am super keen to check out the rest of the Lipikar range 

Of course, please keep in mind that this is just my personal experience and opinions. I can not guarantee that you will get the same results for any skin condition you may use Lipikar stick to tackle. I hope you get the same results I do, but just keep in mind everyone skin is so different and reacts to different things. 

Have you tried the La Roche-Posay Lipikar AP+ Anti Irritation stick before? What did you think of it? Also, are there any other products you'd recommend for treating eczema? 

Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe xo 

Saturday, 14 July 2018

June 2018 Beauty Favourites | Zoe Major

June 2018 Beauty Favourites

Anastasia Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette // £43
This has got to be one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes ever. I was unsure whether to pick it up or not but decided to treat myself with I was in Sephora in Paris. My only advice is- Get it. Get it now! I have worn it on the last couple nights out I have been on and loved it. It is great for creating a smoky look, as it has a great selection of matte, smoky colours. I also love the more shimmery shades too, which are really metallic and bold on the eyes.

Evian Face Spray // £3.50 
Since it has been so hot in Scotland recently, this Evian face spray has been a life saver. I am well aware there aren't many benefits of this spray, other than simply cooling you down but honestly, that is all I want it for! It is amazing for taking away to the beach, holiday etc as it instantly cools ans refreshes. I love a face spray but this one is by far the best for instantly cooling the skin.

The Body Shop Banana Shower Cream // £5
The banana bodycare range is the newest edition to The Body Shop and I love it. It has a super sweet, fruity scent that really lingers on the skin. I love the shower gel in particular as it has the same cream texture that I love from some of the other shower gels from The Body Shop. If you like sweet scents, you need to check this out!

The Ordinary Multi-peptide Hair Growth Serum // £15 
I have been using this hair serum for around 3 weeks now and I do think I have seen a difference in the condition of my hair. It has grown a fair amount and overall feels and looks thicker. I also find that it has been far stronger, meaning split ends are now less common for me. When you apply it to the hair, it doesn't feel heavy or greasy and depending on how much you apply, usually sinks in and leaves no trace on the hair. I always apply it at night before bed so I get the benefit of sleeping in it.

Benefit POREfessional // £26
An oldie but a goodie! I have loved using Benefit POREfessional just on areas I feel like large pores are an issue. It instantly blurs the skin, making pores disappear and leaving a smooth, prepped base. I only apply it where I need it as I do not find it a great primer for all over (I find my foundation can stick to it) but applied purely to blur pores works a treat.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Anti-irritation Stick // £13
I have recently come out in the odd patch of eczema (Great.) the worst of it being on the crease of my left arm. When it flares up, it get so itchy and uncomfortable. I have recently started using the La Roche Posay Lipikar stick and it has worked a dream! It is designed to sooth the itching and cover the skin in a protective layer- it really works! Within a few minutes of applying it, the itching stops. I also find it has  helped reduce the appearance of the eczema as well, as even when it isn't irritated, it still looks red and blotchy. Since applying the lipikar stick, it has reduced the redness a lot. I really recommend this if you suffer from mild eczema!

What are your June favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe xo

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The Body Shop Body Yogurts REVIEW

The Body Shop have launched their new Body Yogurts for Summer. A new lightweight but nourishing body moisturiser in 5 different scents.

I will start by saying the texture of these are by far their biggest selling point. If you are super lazy when it comes to body care (like I am- give me an hour to potter away with skincare on my face and I'll be happy, but bodycare? Nah.) you will love these. They claim to absorb in 15 seconds.. And I would say they're pretty bang on with that.You can apply the body yogurt to your legs, move on to your arms and by the time you've done that, the product has absorbed on your legs and you can whack your clothes straight on.