Sunday, 26 October 2014

Eau Thermale Avene

Eau Thermale Avene

A few months ago I was introduced to the wonderful brand that is Avene, I was kindly gifted the Xera Calm Balm and Avene Thermal Water Spray from the Pegasus beauty event, and then later was also sent the Xera Calm Cleansing Oil.
Since 1743 the first Hydrotherapy centre was built which has been entirely dedicated to dermatology. Avene spring water has therapeutic properties that are used to address many dermatological conditions and skin concerns.  Avene created a full range of skincare products dedicated to those with sensitive skin and alas the Eau Thermale Avene brand was launched.  Formulated with their thermal spring water in every product to keep skin hydrated and full of rich natural ingredients, ensures that its anti-irritating soothing properties reduces sensations of discomfort.

The Xera Calm range consists of three products Xera Calm Balm, Xera Calm Cleansing Oil and the Xera Calm Cream.  The complete range gives simple easy steps to help elevate irritable skin, dry skin and eczema prone skin.
“Helps to reduce itchiness by 97%” - Avene

I personally suffer from sensitive combination skin but have spouts of eczema that always seems to creep up on me and has done for years. The Xera Calm Balm is more beneficial to someone with dry skin and not combination skin but I do use it religiously on my eczema morning and night, and have seen a dramatic difference in regards to itchiness, it certainly does soothe the skin 100%. I have been loving the Avene Thermal Water and Cleansing Oil within my daily routine. The Cleansing Oil leaves my face and body feeling nourished and enriched as if I do not need to moisturise after coming out of the shower or even just washing my face. It doesn’t leave your skin tight or dry after being in the water, which is what many other products lack. It has officially become a Holy Grail product and when the 400ml runs out I certainly will be purchasing another. The Thermal Water gives you a spritz of life when you have been having a long day, it can be used to set your makeup, for hot sunny days to cool you down, to treat nappy rash or for irritated skin. It is a handy little product which I just cannot get enough of.

The Eau Thermale Avene range has been a huge hit now that it is easily accessible in the UK. I have both my friends and family addicted to the brand. 

Avene is available from
Twitter: @AveneUK_IRE

What do you think of the brand? 



Sunday, 19 October 2014

Uni Living

Hello again beauts, I'm back with another lifestyle post and this time its about university. I don't necessarily mean to rant and rave when I come to type, but sometimes it just turns into that. 

As many of you know I am a student and have been for several years now. I'm officially in my third year of my BA Hons combined social sciences degree and nope it's not my last year. My course is six years long! I kid you not. Whilst being ill I knew I had to focus my mind on something and when your ill you lose interest in other things you used to enjoy, which are the reasons why I never used to blog as much. I always wanted to go to university but a conventional university just didn't sit right with me especially with my anxiety disorder. So for me there was no freshers no unnecessary distractions needed.

Three years ago I decided to start university with the Open University which if you read my GAD post you would understand. My first year flew by in a second and it was over, I then entered my second year which seemed longer but also ended as quickly as the first. And now i'm in my third year studying part time as always, as well as studying future learn courses on the side line. 

Ever since being a child I was always inquisitive and wanted to break things apart to see how they was made or constantly touch things to understand why they feel they way that they do. I was such a Curious George. And now big 23 and I still want to learn everything and understand everything the world has to offer. Hence why even though I'm studying a degree part time i'm also doing short courses. 

I know this post is titled uni living but to be honest I live probably more comfortable than an average teen off to resident halls. I study in my own home online or with my books in my own time, I do have deadlines to meet, essays to write and tutorials and lectures to attend but there is so much less pressure about studying at home. I take it in my stride that all of my learning is down to my own determination as I have to do absolutely everything myself. Organisations is the biggest key if you want to study and so is time keeping, scheduling studying around your own busy life can be quiet daunting but you get the hang of it.

The Open University is one of the best decisions in my life and I would even like to study more when my six years finish. Within combined social sciences you literally learn everything; Psychology, philosophy, sociology, political science, social policy, law, criminology, geography and the list goes on. In the future I would love to be a psychotherapist using creative ways for people to release from the troubles of their life. But in the mean time I am concentrating with working with young girls and boys, teenagers and young adults who have had troubled lives to give them support such as a youth worker or support worker in hostels. 

I hope you enjoyed my little description about my uni life and what I do,
Let me know where you study or work?


Sunday, 12 October 2014

Debenhams Winter Wonderland Beauty Event AW/14

Wednesday 8th October held the annual Debenhams Oxford Street beauty press show A/W'14. Showcasing all the latest beauty products Debenhams had to offer. They set the scene with their magical winter wonderland theme, it transported me forward to December, putting me in the Christmas spirit with their shimmering snow, Christmas music, mulled wine and candy canes galore, who couldn't feel festive? Not to mention the Christmas tree and presents showering every corner, and lets face it Christmas is coming round the corner fast.
The day enabled me to indulge and test every product available, I was like a kid in a candy shop. From skincare to makeup to perfume and even men's products, you was able to learn more about the products on hand and even post a little letter to Santa of what you desired most, better make sure you was good this year or you might just find a lump of coal.
Debenhams had a wall dedicated to the twelve days of Christmas and paid special homage to brands such as Origins, Trilogy, Elemis, Clinqiue and Burts Bees. But that's not it, If the wall of temptation didn't tempt you, you also had the Christmas tree baring gifts of Debenhams lustful products, the "must haves" of beauty gifts. Including exclusively at Debenhams the popular Christmas advent calenders in particular, the Benefit Candy Coated Countdown and the Elemis 12 days of Christmas. Debenhams also exclusively have the This Works Miracle Cracker, Too faced Everything Nice Palette and Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Gift Set sitting under the tree, what more could a girl ask for? 
Debenhams was also giving away the new CK Reveal to their guests, but not only that you were able to get your bottle personally inscribed with whatever you desired. The CK Reveal is the perfect gift this Christmas for your mum, sister or significant other! If your looking to get all your Christmas gifts early this year, then look no further, Debenhams has everything and anything you may be wishing for. Santa's grotto in disguise. 

Thank you to the wonderful Debenhams ladies for a magnificent evening!




Sunday, 5 October 2014

Hostel Life

Hostel Life

I do like indulging in a few lifestyle posts as I believe it gets my readers to understand me and my life better and build a more respectful and understanding relationship. Recently I have dipped in and out about my life in previous posts about rather personal life experiences, such as depression, anxiety and being homeless, and thought to myself why not write about what its actually like to live in a hostel. Hostels have really bad reputations and horrible stigmas, which isn't completely true. A few times I have said I live in a hostel it has dawned on me the taken aback expression people seem to have amongst their faces.

Yes I am 23, I dress rather well and tidy, have a positive mind set, good friends and family as well as being a motivated young lady that lives in a hostel. Why does that seem to shock people? Not all hostels are filled up with people in which society think the worst of. The media and society need to get out of this sticky stigma of stereotyping everything and everyone. 

October 2012 I was made homeless due to no fault of my own whilst battling my manic depression and anxiety. Which lead me to almost sleeping on the streets, was it not for my friend taking me into her family council home in which if you know the system can get you into a lot of trouble. I was sofa surfing for over a year when I was approached by my ESA worker (Employment and support allowance) who went out of her way to help me find a permanent place to rest my head. For obvious reasons, yes I was on benefits because I couldn't work due to my mental state (but we can leave that for another day another post).

I was then invited to an interview to see whether my current hostel was able to help me or not as they take on individuals of low to medium support. A week later I was invited to take up residency in the 36 bed hostel for my room - living space/bedroom, separate kitchen and separate bathroom, no sharing of facilities with other men and women in the hostel. 

I do my daily routine just as an other ordinary person would do in their own home. I have been at my hostel 10 months and it has improved my health and well being drastically. The support workers are available day and night and actually care about your well being. I can honestly say I have made some friends from my hostel and we probably laugh a lot more than the average person does.

Now im not saying my hostel is a haven simply that it isn't what you may think it is, yes we have had fights, arguments break out but doesn't that happen in a normal family household let alone a dysfunctional one. The thing people seem to forget that these people are sensitive and vulnerable we are all battling our own demons of  mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse, homelessness and more. And ten times out of ten these individuals are the ones who have unfortunately been through the majority.

So I guess what I'm trying to say is don't judge a book by its cover, as cliche as it is, because any one of us can become homeless or go through situations which was no fault of our own. This is our home, just as much as your home is yours. So when you hear the word hostel don't be shocked by the term.


Trilogy Certfied Organic Rosehip Oil Review

Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil Review

I was gifted this Trilogy Rosehip oil whilst attending the Pegasus Beauty Event a couple of months back, and since then have been using it constantly within my skincare regime day and night. 
What is it?
The Trilogy Rosehip oil is 100% organic, a deep moisturising Rosehip oil that contains essential acids such as omega 3, 6, and 9. Trilogy is said to be highly effective for a variety of skin concerns including dehydrated, ageing skin, scars or stretch marks.  The pure Rosehip oil helps to deliver nourishment and repair skins health. 

My Thoughts
After using this product for a few months I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with it, I generally prefer to use it at night after double cleansing my skin compared to the mornings as many of you know I suffer with oily combination skin. I never try to add to much oil to my face at all. I have included using the Trilogy oil in my skincare regime using only a small amount of 2-3 drops and gently massaging into my face in circular motions. 

I particularly like using the Rosehip oil after I have ex-foliated my skin after a long hot bath to restore and improve the appearance of my skin, paying close attention to my stretch marks, scars and fine lines. Although I have seen a change of fading in my scars or stretch marks, I love the feel that the oil gives to my skin after using it. It literally melts into the skin leaving a velvety smooth texture.

As a 23 year old girl I am becoming very aware too just how important having a good skincare regime is to the longevity and benefits to my skin later on in life. Having a good routine now will dramatically enhance skin in years to come. 
Ideally I would like to give the Trilogy a 10/10 but unfortunately cant due to not seeing any difference to my stretch marks etc but who knows this may change in years to come with constant usage of the Rosehip oil. So in the meantime with how it makes my skin feel and the glow it gives after ex-foliating it definitely gets a high 8 in my books!

Have you tried @TrilogyProducts? Let me know what you think?

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