I’m not going to try to pretend like my teen years are a thing of the distant past that I look back on fondly from time to time. I just turned 21, so my teen years aren’t a distant memory at all, in fact it feels like just yesterday I was in my High School cafeteria talking to my friends about boys and our constant skin problems.
To be honest not much has changed since then. Living in America, growing up, you have this idea that once you turn 21 that you’ve made it. You’ll probably have a boyfriend, have tons of friends, and look effortlessly beautiful at all times. However, my friends and I have realised this isn’t always the case, and coming to London has thrown a wrench in the ‘effortlessly beautiful’ portion of this dream for us. I have always struggled with breakouts since I was about 13 whether they be major or minor, but the shock to my system that moving across an ocean did to me was definitely major.
For the first two months of my stay here my skin was a constant annoyance. I was breaking out on parts of my face that I never had before and my usual oil problems only got worse. I was desperate for new products to smooth, conceal and mattify and thankfully I have finally found some solace. My skin has definitely calmed down now that I am in month four of my study abroad program and I owe a lot of that to Green Energy Organics’ I Love my Greens line.
I started using the 24Hr Matte Face Cream every morning before my makeup and the Mattifying and Puriyfying Face Scrub Mask once a week. I love the texture of the face cream which I was worried would be too thick, but it absorbs quickly and moisturizes my skin perfectly which is a step many oily faced girls like me tend to skip because we think using a moisturiser will only make us shinier. This was not the case for me, and ending each Monday with a relaxing 10 minute mask has been something I look forward to after a long day of work. Both products have a clean smell, but not too scented which is something I try to avoid because my skin can also be sensitive at times, especially during the midst of a breakout.
The I Love My Green line has paired perfectly with my usual routine and arsenal of oil and breakout fighting products; thankfully Millabaci ships to America because I’m not ready to let go of these products even if I am leaving the UK..
With its unique “All-One” philosophy, Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps offer you 18-in-1 uses. And still, as if having an all-purpose cleaner for face, body, and your home would not be enough, many Dr Bronner’s fans all around the world come up with their own ideas of how to further use the brand’s soaps. One of the many great uses that has recently proven quite popular in the beauty community is turning the Magic Soaps into make-up brush cleansers. Very curious about the results, I gave it try myself and ran my make-up brushes a Dr Bronner’s bath.
2 eye make-up brushes (1 made of synthetic, 1 made of a blend of goat hair and synthetic bristles)
1 concealer brush (synthetic bristles)
1 blush/ contour brush (synthetic bristles)
I have mainly used my brushes to apply powder products, such as eyeshadows and blushes. Merely the small concealer brush has been used with creamy textures. Hence, with regard to the products Dr Bronner’s Liquid Soap had to deal with, I think I have created an ideal basis to start from.
To begin with, I used lukewarm water to make my brushes damp and prepare them for the “lathering” that should follow. After that, I poured 2-3 droplets of the Dr Bronner’s Baby Mild Liquid Soap (a tiny, tiny bit goes a long way!) into the palm of my hand and started swirling each brush until the soap formed a soft and gentle foam. Soon, the foam would change its colour from white to beige and light pink, respectively, and show its cleansing powers. So far, so good. Following this, I rinsed my brushes under clear, lukewarm water and made sure that no soap would remain in the bristles.
Shaping and laying the brushes out carefully to let them air dry, I could already tell that Dr Bronner’s has done a really good job. The bristles were squeaky clean and I could not detect any coloured spots in the bristles that would indicate remains of make-up products. Once they were dried, I was more than happy with the result:
The dry and freshly cleaned brushes confirmed my first impression. Plus, in comparison to many other products especially made for deep cleansing make-up brushes, the liquid soap left the bristles feeling soft and flexible. However, there is still one point I am rather displeased with: While my synthetic make-up brushes look “So Fresh and So Clean, Clean…”, my eyeshadow brush made of a blend of real and synthetic hair seems to have suffered from the soapy treatment. It looked more tousled and a bit out of shape.
In general, I am surprised how well Dr Bronner’s liquid soap works for deep cleansing make-up brushes. From now on, I will definitely use the Baby Mild soap to clean my brushes.
I must admit, I can’t give The Fantastic Hairdresser Salon Selection’s Volumising Shampoo a brilliant review. Even though the bottle says the product is enriched with avocado, passion flower and coconut oils I felt that it didn’t really provide a nice scent whatsoever. Furthermore, I didn’t find it to necessary ‘volumise’ my hair (by building body and thickness for up to 72 hours as mentioned on the product description); nevertheless, I can give it a general thumbs-up about leaving my hair feeling light, non-greasy and extremely clean. It was also very manageable to dry and style afterwards which is another plus.
I’ve decided that I will not be buying this product again, I think it’s okay and I would award it an average two to three star rating out of five but in my opinion I tend to prefer beautifully scented products, with a silkier cream texture as I find these particular hair care items to possess a higher quality of conditioning and nourishing properties – resulting in more sleek, shiny and lustrous results.
I have thoroughly enjoyed using the U Little Beauty Luxurious Natural Self Tan recently. With just one application it provides a long-lasting and really deep/dark looking colour to the skin which really astonished me, considering with most other brands I’ve noticed that you need at least 2/3 applications before a desired colour is achieved. There were also no visible streaks which I found pretty impressive!
Enriched with rose flower oil, the smell was naturally fragrant but not overpowering and the texture of the cream was really smooth, it genuinely feels as if it’s moisturising and nourishing your body at the same time as delivering a luxurious tan. My only slight issue with the product is that after a few days it can go rather patchy and it was quite difficult to scrub/exfoliate off.
I really loved using the U Little Beauty ‘’Squeaky Clean’’ Foaming Cleanser. It smelled gorgeous, which is probably down to its key natural ingredients including Witch Hazel, Rosemary & Calendula. When researching more about the product online U Little Beauty claimed that the formulation similarly includes ‘‘Aloe Vera to cool and soothe skin, Lavender to relax your senses, not forgetting the all-important Kakadu plum for a boost of Vitamin C’’, which is even better news! Personally, I used it just before bed to wash away daily residue and make-up. I found it non-drying and gentle & it left my skin feeling ‘squeaky’ clean and fresh.
It created a wonderfully light and frothy lather when mixed with warm water and surprisingly it didn’t sting my eyes at all unlike other mainstream (highly chemical filled) cleansing products I have used in the past. I believe that this is solely because it’s made from certified organic and natural ingredients as well as containing no artificial preservatives, colours or fragrances. I also think that its super knowing that their skin care products are not tested on animals. I’ll definitely recommend this to others in the future!.