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Lush Life? 🤔

Hey Loves,

How are you? How have you been doing? I wonder if you really answered that question or did you just read it in your mind and ignore it? Tell you what let’s make this a bit more interactive! I really wanna know how you’ve been doing and although this is a blog post it does not mean we can’t talk so…

  • Let me know how you are in the comments below! Write a word, sentence or paragraph!
  • Hit me on my social media all the links will be at the end of this post!
  • Go a step further and call or message me! If you’re a real OG then you have my contact details. *Hint- they are also on the contact me tab if you look hard enough!

You see, I do want to know how you are. I don’t always get comments on the posts although there are some people who comment religiously (shout out to you Glemz ❤ you dollface) and although I appreciate all of you who read my posts, I want us to get more interactive). You make this blog with me and you are every word I type and crazy though I have… it is you and me…and I thank you!

Sorry for the long intro but hey, it was how your girl was feeling and it had to be said!

With all the mayhem that is my life right now, I feel as though I have been neglecting my skin care.  If you check out some of my previous posts you will know that I am big on looking after skin. Now that I am in my 40s I have noticed that my face is a little drier than before and those dark circles, well they are still there. I have a general regime that I follow but I have been slacking so I will be setting myself a challenge and I want to challenge you too! There will be more on that on Wednesday this week so stay tuned!!

I recently visited LUSH handmade cosmetics for the first time. Yep, I normally just walk past the place but my homie Glemma dragged me inside and I thought I would give it a try! I picked up two products: LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL and OATFIX Fresh Face Mask! Both products Vegan 🌿 (so that’s a yes from me) and I am excited to give them a try and write an honest review on how my skin feels after using them! Will it be the Lush Life for me in the future? Can I get my skin back on track?

Let the Good Times Roll has popcorn (yep actual popped corn 🌽), maize flour, cinnamon and more!

Oatfix is for dry and sensitive skin with bananas and vanilla!

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Those are the basics for now and more to come when I do a full review! My main concern is trying not to eat it, to be honest! I kid! or am I? Do you use Lush products? Tell me more!!!

Background on skincare: Dry skin type / Exfoliate 3 times a week / I use a serum along with day, night and eye creams /  I also go to Clarins at least once every 2 months for a facial! I am not loyal to any brands but do not use products tested on animals.

New On Location with The Beauty Holder out tomorrow! See what I got up to at The International Women’s Peace Group event for International Women’s Day and also The Glamour Beauty Festival! Your girl has been busy!

So I look forward to hearing about you! 😊

Besos! 💋

TBH! xoxo

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Straight…No Chaser! Mary Kay Skin Care Review!

Hey Everyone!

I sometimes am reluctant to do product reviews because I don’t want people to rush out and purchase (or not) items based on what I say. A lipstick, fine but skin care products are a different ball game. I receive some very lovely comments and emails from people asking what I use on my skin so that they can go and purchase it. Whilst the compliments are very very kind indeed and make this old lady feel warm inside, I always advise (basically give a speech) about not rushing to purchase something that I use and expecting the same results.

All of my reviews come with pretty much the same disclaimer. They are always my honest humble opinion. I am not paid to make these reviews. Products have been purchased with my own money. Whilst I love that you enjoy what I review I also want you to know that I do not want you to spend money unnecessarily. I do not want you to spend money on products that you have not done your research on first.

I have been shouting from the roof tops about my newly ‘natural’ hair experience. I have watched countless YouTube videos on hair, read blogs and articles on products and if I went out and bought all the recommended products I would be broke and homeless no doubt as I would have no money for anything else. I say all of this to simply say do your research. My information can form part of that research but what works or does not work for me may be a different story all together for you!

Looking in the mirror lately I feel like my age. I am in my late 30’s and feel it. I absolutely know I have not looked after my skin the way I should have from a young age. It has really only been since I got into Make-up and beauty that I have paid a little more attention to my skin and have vowed to do better ever since. Sorry for going on. Let me just get to it!

I consider my age, skin type, work environment/ job, time, benefits when looking for products for my skin. A friend from High School contacted me a couple of months back about trying Mary Kay. She had recently become a rep for the brand and wanted to tell me all about it. It worked out well as I was due to visit America for the holiday season. After a few mishaps we met up and I purchased a skin care set.

What I like about Mary Kay!

Like Avon, Mary Kay was one of those products I associated with my Mom. Sometimes I wish I paid attention to the regime she used because she is a beautiful woman who looks as good now as she did when she was my age. They have been around for more than 50 years and they have worked hard to cater to women of all ages and races. They are a global brand that has evolved with time but kept the same promise throughout to help women be all they can be and achieve their dreams.

Mary Kay Skincare

The time wise line is supposed to be a ‘miracle set’ with ‘age-fighting benefits’. I remember reading that they had revamped their skin care lines and although a tad apprehensive, I was excited somewhat also. The kit I purchased came with a time wise, 3 in 1 cleanser, day solution, night solution and moisturiser.

Beauty Holder Roundup!

Price: 4.5/5

For the 4 (four) full sized items above, I paid about $90 which at the time was about approx £70. A little goes along way and I have barely made a dent in them despite using the products since the beginning of the year on a daily basis. I would say it is value for money. Mary Kay is not available in stores as far as I know and is online or via beauty consultants so there is a direct cost saving in that alone.

Packaging: 4/5

The glass bottles that the day and night solution come in affected the score. Glass bottles with pumps that you can twist and lock. I don’t like glass bottles. When they are in my travel bag I can hear them clunking about. The day solution bottle is not clear and so you cannot see how much you have used or may be wasting as it is inevitable that some of it will waste. The cleanser and moisturiser are the largest sizes at 4.5oz and 3 fl oz respectively. They come in a soft pink shimmer plastic squeeze tube with the Mary Kay logo along the side. The day and night solutions are 1 fl oz each. I guess the greedy side of me thinks I should be getting more but you really only need about 1 or 1.5 pumps of each. I can see the way they draw you in with the night solution bottle as that is clear so you can see the multi coloured solution beads. You know that instantly has your mind thinking it is good for you.

They came in a see through bag with a booklet and each were individually packaged in a box with the same design and signature logo.

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Product: 4.25/ 5

When my friend came over to show me the products I was able to try them out. It was great at the time but being able to use them for the past 7-8 weeks has made it more realistic to see how my skin feels about them. I don’t know if I have seen the full benefits yet. My skin does not seem to like the cleanser and I find it drying but the other products I like. There is no funny smell or residue and they do not appear harsh for my dry skin. They are pretty lightweight- especially the solutions and it feels like there is nothing on my face at all.

The day solution has a SPF35 factor which provides serious protection against sun damage. With the moisturiser it then feels a little heavier on my skin and you can maybe take this as double protection. I don’t like the greasy feeling it leaves me with after about 30 mins but once fully absorbed into the skin it doesn’t look or feel as bad. I have noticed some shine throughout the day where I normally do not have any but again it could be this transition to the products that is taking a little longer than normal.

According to Mary Kay, Timewise has 11 age-defying benefits such as energising, renewing and smoothing the skin. It does make my face look refreshed but I cannot say I can check all 11 benefits off yet. They do say that the benefits are of course at maximum potential when used together.

I cannot believe I am actually saying this being the selfie queen that I am. I do not have any comparison photos to show you my skin before I started with it. I do have one of me now. I will say this is not just as a result of the Mary Kay as I also exfoliate, use my clay mask and so on and so forth 🙂 I had already started on the brows when I remembered to take this pic. Don’t judge me!

simply me

So after all of that. Would I purchase Mary Kay again? Yes I would. I would certainly go for the night solution and possibly moisturiser out of the set above . I am pleased with what I have seen so far and am going to really empty these products to do them full justice and ensure it is money well spent. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Thank you to my friend Jodi for introducing me to Mary Kay. If you would like to find out more, check out the Mary Kay website. If you are in the Florida area and would like Jodi’s details please let me know.

Have you tried Mary Kay? Would you if you haven’t already? What are your thoughts on Mary Kay?

Coming up! Something for the Men and some makeup looks (it has been a while)!

Have a great day!

Besos!

TBH! xoxo


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Male skin needs love too…

It needs the same TLC that you give your cars, motorbikes and video games but with a extra dollop of moisturiser for good measure. I kid you not! I know that it is Football season (that’s NFL or actual football dependent on which side of the pond you are). I also know that FIFA 13 and other exciting games are occupying your time right now. Guess what though? Looking after your skin won’t actually take too much time away from all that fun…promise! I also promise not to mention games or football or to try to drop any further analogies into this post.

We are all products of our environment as they say! Whether you work in an office, where the heat or AC is on constantly or in a factory. You may play sports or work outdoors. Whether you cycle or ride a Harley with the wind, rain, dirt, dust etc in your face you need to protect and look after your skin.

So if you’re still using the same soap on your face as you do on your body and wonder why your skin is starting to age or break out, then I think it is time that we had a talk. This blog is for you.

This post is for you whether you are a teenager or someone who is nearing a milestone in life. Whilst I am not a male skin expert, these tips are no huge secret.

I wrote a blog a couple months back about some of the top products on the market for male skin. I hope that you found that useful and informative. In another post I spoke about grooming and some basic tips to help you along the way. I don’t want to be controversial but I don’t think there is too much difference in the regime you start whether you are male or female. We all want the same thing. To look after our skin! Working on that premise there are things you should know.

  1. Skin type is important! If you don’t know what skin your skin needs you could be doing more harm than good! It is generally broken down into these areas. Drynormalcombinationoily and sensitive. Your skin lives and breathes and therefore needs that TLC I spoke of earlier. Not sure how to identify your current skin type, read here. You may have had dry skin in school but now it’s oily. When you know what it is, you’ll know what products are best.
  2. One soap may not be the best soap! The soap/ shower gel/ soap on a rope Christmas gift is not enough. Just because it seems to be cleansing your body good, it doesn’t mean it is doing the same for your face. The skin on the face is a lot more delicate and exposed that the rest of your body. Invest in a good facial wash/ cleanser or the soap bar kind if you prefer. You face will thank you for it. It should be strong enough to do it’s job and wash away the dirt, dead skin etc. but gentle enough not to strip your skin of it’s essential oils.
  3. Deep cleanse and exfoliate! This should be something you do at least once a week. Overdoing this step can be very harmful to your skin so I don’t recommend you do it any more than that. Deep cleansing your face will get that hidden bacteria and his friends out of the pores. Yep, you will be surprised at how much is hidden in those tiny ‘holes’ in the skin- even after you wash your face. Exfoliation is also a step you don’t want to miss in out on. Takes away the dead cells from the surface and a little deeper. This is also an important step if you shave as it helps prevent ingrown hairs. Beauty Holder, Beauty Tip: Love oatmeal? Take your facial cleanser and add a small amount of the non-flavoured breakfast goody to it. Turn into a paste and voila! cheap exfoliant. You can replace the oatmeal with baking soda also. 
  4. Protect your skin! Like your skin depends on it! Dramatic, I know, but true. If you don’t look after your skin, who will? Once you have done the hard work of cleansing etc you need to protect it as best you can. Moisturisers, creams and serums will help you do this. You don’t have to spend a fortune on products but invest in the ones that offer you the best results for what you need. A moisturiser that you can use day and night as opposed to separate ones. An eye cream that offers several benefits rather than one for each ‘issue’. If you and your partner have the same skin type and her products won’t make you smell of flowers and candy (unless you like that smell) then try theirs and see how it works for you.
  5. Monitor your progress! Take photos or look at how your skin will benefit over time. Even when you are tired or don’t feel like it, still follow the steps. you won’t reap the same rewards if you do it half-heartedly.

Remember whenever going out to purchase products, don’t forget step 1. 

Special mention for acne-sufferers to those with scarring or other skin conditions. Speaking to a dermatologist or beauty specialist may actually help you more than you think. Many men feel that only women should seek advice about their skin, but if it bothering you then it is important. Don’t feel ashamed to take pride in your skin or appearance. No matter what, your inner beauty is still what makes you the most attractive and beautiful ‘YOU’ there is! This is true of us all.

Besos! TBH! xoxo

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