Sunday, 25 September 2016

Grandparent's Day 2016

Grandparent's Day is a day I always try to celebrate, but I have to admit that there have been years when I've forgotten about it, after all it's not really advertised on celebrated much in the UK and can pass by without anyone mentioning it.

October 2nd is the date to remember this year, and if you're lucky enough to have Grandparents in your life, then you should definitely surprise them with a little treat or two - I am sure they deserve it.

I grew up with four Grandparents around me and I really treasured how close we were. I used to spend lots of time with them while my parents were at work and carried on doing so while they were in my life. The two 80's photos are some of my favourites (check out my blonde curls!) and really sum up how we used to spend our time, always doing something fun, spending time outside walking the dogs or at the beach and seeing new things. My Grandad taught me to draw, paint, play keyboard and recorder and I even wrote my English Language GSCE exam about him and how he inspired me and got an A!

I was really fortunate to have them all around until I was 24, and we still have my Gran, Elodie's Great Gran, who we're definitely going to treat!
It's so lovely to have four generations of girls in the family and as I never knew any of my Great Grandparents, I always make sure Elodie treasures their time together, they have such a lovely relationship, it's so nice to see.

When buying gifts for my Gran I always try to get her something she can either use or display in her home; framed photos of Elodie always go down really well, cute accessories for the kitchen or beauty products are some of her favourite things to receive too.
If you're struggling for gift ideas for the grandparent in your life, I don't think you can go too far wrong with chocolates or flowers or even just a card (it's definitely the thought that counts) but if you want something a little different have a look at the lifestyle and gift section on the website Chums for some more ideas.
If you don't have any Grandparent's, use it as a day to remember them and if it's a nice day, let off some balloons or lanterns.

Even if you didn't know about Grandparent's Day, it's still not too late to organise something... We'll either be going for afternoon tea together or we will have a little tea party at my Gran's house (because Gran's always prepare the best food!)
Let me know if you have anything fun planned!
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Thursday, 22 September 2016

New On My Beauty Desk #2

As it's been a whole month since I wrote a 'New On My Beauty Desk' post, I thought it was about time to show you some of my recent 'blogger mail' and share my initial thoughts with you all.

I think I'll start bringing these to Snapchat once I get my phone camera fixed too, so if you like watching unboxing videos, make sure you're following me on there 'thatspeachytor', but for now we'll just have to stick to the old fashioned blog post variety.
A product I received a few weeks ago now and have already had a good try of is the Scrub Love Mint Temptation Coffee Scrub. Although I'm not a coffee drinker, I have been really intrigued by these scrubs as I love the feeling of a really intense exfoliation once of twice a week.
These scrubs are 100% natural and organic and they contain some really wonderful ingredients; tea tree oil, peppermint oil, dead sea salt, Argan oil and aloe vera - needless to say it smells incredible!
If you love a rough scrub then you will love this; I use it on my legs and arms twice weekly before rinsing in the shower and my skin is left so smooth, so soft and smelling lovely after use.
Although this does make a bit of a mess in the shower, it's totally worth it... I think I'm finally a coffee fan!
I have a lot of hair, but even though my hair is thick and long, it's still very fine. This causes my hair to easily look weighed down or greasy when I use intense conditioners, which is never a good look! Pantene have come to my rescue with their In-Shower Foam Conditioner; an air light formula which nourishes and moisturises from the inside out, without leaving any residue on the hair after rinsing.
As this is a foam, the tiniest amount goes a really long way and it's so easy to distribute through the ends of my hair. I have found that as soon as I have rinsed, my hair feels soft and silky and is really easy to style after drying... Such a good idea! (This is on offer in Superdrug for less than half price at the moment too).
Sticking with hair, I've added another hairbrush to my collection; the Arconic Curved Paddle Brush.
This was designed by Scottish Hairdresser of the Year finalist John Gillespie, especially for medium-long hair and to help recreate salon professional finish to the hair at home.
I love the size of this brush and the fact that it really helps me blow-dry my hair with speed. The curve to the brush not only makes it easier to control but it seems to help with controlling my hair as I style it.
I was so excited when Jurlique offered to send me some of their beautiful skincare range; as a slight skincare junkie and never having tried any of their products before, I have been so happy to have added the Antioxidant Cleansing Mousse and Revitalising Gel Lotion to my collection.
The cleanser is so soothing and cooling on the skin which has really been helping with my redness and the gel lotion is really hydrating but very lightweight meaning my skin feels as though it can breathe and doesn't get greasy.
I will be writing up a full blog post on my thoughts about each of these once I have given them a full try out, but initial thoughts are that they are wonderful!
Another skincare product, but this time from a brand that I am very familiar with; the La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant. As a big fan of the original Effaclar Duo, the fact that it has been released in a tinted version has made this one of my favourite new releases of the year.
This does the exact same job as the original, reducing the appearance of blemishes and unclogging pores but with the added bonus of some sheer coverage...Perfect for those days when you're in a rush and don't have chance to go through a full skincare routine and put on your makeup, this ticks both boxes.

Have you been trying anything new recently?
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

How Micro-Needling Compares to Treating Damaged Skin in Other Ways

Since turning thirty, I've been feeling more and more paranoid about my appearance; weight and general fitness plus early signs of ageing all bother me a lot more than they used to.

I have upped my skincare routine and I am experimenting a lot more with treatments and masks in order to make the very best out of my skin. I have been seriously considering going for my first botox treatment too, which has led me into researching into surgical treatments, something which up until this time last year I would never have thought I would be considering.

The term “micro-needling” or “microneedling” is used to describe a number of cosmetic procedures. All of them involve the use of small needles attached to hand-held devices. However, the specific devices vary quite a bit. Some of those devices are manual. In other words, a person has to use their own power to roll them over a section of skin. Others, are motorized. Here are some things you should know about them before deciding on a specific treatment method.

The Main Types of Micro-Needling Devices
The three main types of micro-needling tools are Dermarollers, Dermapens, and Dermastamps. It can be confusing because the term “Dermaroller” is often used as an umbrella term to describe all of those needle treatments. Nevertheless, there are some differences between them.

If you have ever aesthetic lasers to treat skin problems before, you know that even the slightest differences between the treatments are significant. In the case of Dermaroller versus Dermapens or Dermastamps, the sizes are not the only differences.

Dermaroller devices are generally designed to be rolled across a section of skin by hand. It's a lot like painting a room with a paint roller. A large area can be covered quickly. A Dermapen, on the other hand, looks much like the type of pen you would write with. It just has micro-needles attached to it. It's more of a spot treatment for problem areas, sort of like the type of paintbrush you would use to take care of edges when you paint a room. A Dermastamp is similar to a Dermapen, but the head of it is bigger, making it most useful for treating medium-sized sections of skin.

What Micro-Needling Can and Can't Do for You
Micro-needling is proven to reduce certain types of scars. It does that by breaking up the excessive buildup of tissue with its tiny needles. There is also the possibility that some types of micro-needling can help with wrinkle reduction and prevention. That's because the tiny bits of damage done by the needles can make your body naturally try to fix and defend its cells. Some studies have also indicated that puncturing the skin like that right before applying prescription creams and lotions can help those medications work better and faster.

All that being said, it is a complete myth that Dermaroller treatments are universally better than other methods of skincare, such as lasers or chemical peels. There is actually something to be said for those other treatments as well. For example, a laser peel or chemical peel can get rid of the top layer of skin entirely. That's sometimes a good treatment for certain skin conditions. But in other circumstances it might not be as good a choice as some form of micro-needling treatment.

Why You Shouldn't Overdo When it Comes to Micro-Needling
One word of caution is that, like many other things, micro-needling should be done in moderation. Having too many sessions in a short time period can do more harm than good. The reason is that your skin cells need time to recover and repair themselves. If your body thinks it is being constantly attacked, that can actually make your skin look worse. So, be sure to keep that in mind when using home micro-needling kits or scheduling appointments at an area clinic.

I am going to continue researching and want to be 100% certain of the treatment I choose to go with (if any) before I commit to anything.
Have you had any botox or micro-needling? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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