My Affordable Summer Skin and Hair Care Essentials

In England we don’t usually see much of a Summer, cries of Brits longing for some Sunshine can be heard ringing throughout the country. Until it actually happens that is…typical British humour! But if you’re like me and adore the sunshine and soaring temperatures then you’ll want to check out my list of Summer Beauty Essentials to keep you sparkling and safe in this weather!

Now yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far! I made the most out of it and hit the beach! I always wear spf protection wherever I go! As sun is a massive factor in the ageing process (a.k.a wrinkles!) I always chop and change between sun creams but the Malibu Cream Lotion Spray is one of my affordable  favourites. Its super moisturising and comes in a spray bottle which is my favourite way to apply sun lotion. And I just love the smell of Malibu Sun care products, smells of holidays! £3.99 from http://www.fragrancedirect.co.uk/m1/malibu/icat/malibu

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Now I made the mistake of putting sun lotion on my face this Summer and low and behold I’ve broken out in spots. So I’ve found the perfect alternative that is gentler on your face, the Olay Complete Care Everyday Sunshine Moisturiser.  It includes spf 15 so protects your face against uv rays as well as a built in gradual tan, for that holiday glow without the holiday! And it doesn’t smell of fake tan, bonus! On offer for £4.99 from http://www.boots.com/en/Olay-Complete-Everyday-Sunshine-Moisturiser-Cream-with-sunless-tanner-SPF15-Light-50ml-_24656/

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Some people don’t realise but your hair needs protecting from uv rays too, especially if you dye your hair! Over exposure of your hair to the sun without protection can cause dryness, dullness and breakage. So my go to hair protection at the moment is Alterna’s Bamboo UV Fade Proof Fluide.  It comes in a pump bottle, its a clear liquid you only need a couple of pumps (depending on your hair length) I have shoulder length hair and I use two pumps. Spread if evenly through your hair and your hair is protected against the uv rays detrimental effects on your hair! Reapply every few hours to ensure full protection. £24.00 from http://www.lookfantastic.com/alterna-bamboo-uv-fade-proof-fluide-75ml/10580206.html

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Lastly as most of you girls know the heat and humidity can really mess about with our hairs natural state. I find mine becomes frizzy and tangled if I let it dry naturally. I’ve tried a few different products but have finally come across my saviour Unite 7 Second Condition Leave In Detangler. I cannot thank my lucky stars enough that I come across this product! After washing your hair lightly towel dry then spritz the product in to your hair all over and gently brush through. Then go about your normal routine of blow drying your hair or letting it dry naturally. My hair is naturally loosely curly (but frizzy) since using this product each time i wash my hair it’s no longer tangled but smooth and my curls are more defined. £17.95 from http://unitehair.co.uk/product/7seconds-condition/

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So there are my Summer hair and skin care essentials, what are yours? I’d love to give some of your suggestions a try, leave me a comment in the section below! 🙂

Peace & Love as always

CustomMadeCharacter xo

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Spring Skin Saviours: Products and Tips

As we go through the Winter to Spring transition many faces have suffered. Whatever your skin type; dry, combination, normal, oily; Your skin has most probably taken a hit from the shift in weather conditions right? Mine definitely has, for a couple of months now my skin has been at its worst ever. Breakouts, dry patches and dullness. So I took action and with some research and recommendations to hand I went out and panic bought as many skincare products I could, in hopes they would salvage my skin.

I can happily say my skin is now starting to get back on track and is almost back to its normal PH balance! So, I bring to you my Spring Skin Saviours! These products have worked wonders on my skin within a matter of days. Bear in mind everyone’s skin is different so not all these products featured may necessarily work for your skin but they are definitely worth a trial, especially if your skin is feeling as defeated as mine was!

My skin type:

  • Normal to dry
  • Sensitive

The product: Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream

How to apply: With clean hands, use your fingertips to massage into skin.

Review: Recommended by my sister, I ran out to get this cream as she said it was great for tight dry skin. After applying just twice a day for two days my skin dramatically changed from dry and taught to soft, supple and my complexion much brighter. And the great thing about this cream is that it can also be used for your body too, so you don’t have to spend money on multiple creams!

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The product: Garnier Micellar Water (pictured above)

How to apply: Squirt on to a cotton pad and gently swipe over face in circular motions.

Review: The past year has been all about micellar water, everyones gone crazy about it and for a good reason to. Gone are the days of the long tired cleansing and toning routines to remove your make-up, with this magic water your make-up is removed and your skin cleansed all in one step. I love the Garnier branded water in particular as its great for my sensitive skin and super cheap. Naughtily I was using make-up wipes for a while to cleanse my face as i ran out of cleanser, so my skin become taught and spotty. But after ditching the wipes and using this water for a few days my skin has really cleared up.

The product: Boots Tea Tree and witch Hazel Charcoal Face Mask

How to apply: Splash face with warm water and apply the mask with clean hands to your face. Leave on for 5-10 minutes removing with warm water.

Review: I’ve been searching for a good face mask for a while that can combat my skins unexpected behaviour. Of late my skin has become combination, with spots, oiliness and dry patches. Which is very odd as my skin is usually a very calm normal to dry type. My friend recommended this face mask having used it herself and as my skin always reacts well to witch hazel I thought I’d give it a go! With active charcoal, I could actually feel the mask deeply cleansing through the pores in my skin. And it completely restored my oily skin back to its normal state, leaving my skin feeling fresh and soft.

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What have been your skin saviours this Spring? Let me know in the comments section, I’m always looking for new product recommendations! 🙂

Georgia-Rose

CustomMadeCharacter

 

 

February Wishlist!

As the new month starts and January flashes before our eyes, I felt it was fitting for me to share my February wishlist with you! Spring is around the corner and I can’t tell you how excited I am. Spring is such a beautiful time and it means I’m that one step closer Summer. So here’s a quick round up of what I’m wishing for this frightfully cold Feb!

Fashion

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Vila Oversized Shirt – ASOS – £35
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Caroline Peep toe shoe – Boohoo – £28

This Winter I’m lusting over over sized pieces and laced shoes, so these two minimalist pieces are a must have for my Winter to Spring wardrobe!

 

Beauty

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – Boots – £9.99
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The Green Balm- Feelunique.com – £12.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So the past month or so I’ve been suffering with terrible dry skin due to the dreaded British winter. I never usually suffer too badly but I definitely need to take some extra skincare measures this month, so The Green Balm will 100% end up in my makeup bag this month! And the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation is well overdue for it’s trial run with me as I’ve heard its amazing!

 

 

Mind

And finally the past few months have been sooo busy for me, with jetting off to America to work, being in my final year of university and starting work on a massive tv show, that I’ve neglected to take proper care of my mind and body and quite frankly I think this book could really help me get it together! (One can hope…)

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Get Your Sh*t Together hardback – ASOS – £6.99

As always peace and love

Custom Made Character