Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Body Shop Almond Hand Care Range

the body shop almond hand care range

Just over a week ago, my local Body Shop invited me down to check out all their new delights on offer for Christmas 2014. To make the night something special, the offered complimentary skin consultations, make-overs and hand massages. Well, I signed up right away for a hand massage, my hands are not looking their best right now, cold mornings and a lack of gloves are starting to take their toll on my little delicate hands - The Body Shop gave them some much needed TLC that's for sure!

The store assistant gave me a run down of two of their hand care ranges; hemp and almond. I'm familiar with their hemp range, I've used the hemp hand cream for years now, so I opted for the almond range to see if that one was just as good, or possibly even better!

the body shop almond conditioning hand wash

We started by washing my hands in Almond Conditioning Hand Wash in some warm water. This soap-free cleanser is made from almond oil and their trade mark fair trade Brazil nut oil. Suitable for all skin types, it's aimed at hands that are in need of a moisture boost and some love. During the day job, I'm washing my hands constantly with some pretty harsh stuff so they've become pretty dry and started to develop little rough patches along the knuckles. The assistant assured me that after just one was with the conditioning treatment I would notice a difference. The hand wash is used like any other and foams up really well, it feels like silk through your finger tips and smells amazing, I love an almond scent so this was right up my street! I massaged it into my palms, across my knuckles and spent a little longer on each finger before rinsing in luke warm water and patting dry. My hands already started to feel softer and the skin less tight.

the body shop almond hand and nail cream

Next up, she went and applied a generous blob of the Almond Hand & Nail cream onto each hand which she then massaged soothingly into each hand, focusing on my more problem areas, like my knuckles. This hand cream is divine! It's a little on the greasy side, but I can forgive it that, using a little less it would have dried in much quicker. My hands literally sighed with relief and the hand cream replenished lost moisture and gave them a moments rest.

the body shop almond nail and cuticle oil

To top off the treatment, she picked up the Almond Nail & Cuticle oil, something I've never tried before. I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever really, properly, looked after my cuticles - turns out that's a big mistake! This could explain why my nails have bouts of brittleness and my nail polish starts to chip and peel at the base easily, no matter how many coats I apply! Looking after your cuticles turns out to be pretty easy; the little brush applicator on the pen applies a thin layer of the oil, which is more gel like in substance that gives extra nourishment to the skin around the nails, softening broken skin and cuticles. Then, the little rubber stopper on the top gentle pushes your cuticle back. I honestly thought this would be really uncomfortable but I didn't feel a thing, and my nails looked so much better just for this super quick treatment - I didn't even have a coat of clear polish on them and they looked like they'd been treated by professionals! Hurrah!

After the hand massage my hands felt, and looked, amazing. They felt so soft and nourished, I couldn't stop touching them - and my nails? Damn, I haven't seen them look that good in a long time without a few coats of polish!

With the harsh weather rolling in it's about time I took my hand care routine a little more seriously, so I scooped up all three products for a bargain £16 (pretty sure it's only available in the bundle in store). The assistant recommended I do the complete treatment just once a week, twice if my hands are feeling really dry, and insisted I would notice a difference! My Sunday night pamper just got a few minutes longer but so far, it's been worth it and my hands are looking and feeling great!

Have you tried the almond range from The Body Shop? Let me know your hand care tips and tricks in the comments below!

Until next time,

Monday, 17 November 2014

The Body Shop Vanilla Brulee Bath Jelly

the body shop vanilla brulee bath jelly

The Body Shop have got some amazing new lines this Christmas, including this brand new bath jelly. I love a good pampering around this time of year, don't you? The cold nights setting in just makes an hour or so in the bath after a long day of Christmas shopping all the more inviting and much needed! I don't do my baths by half that's for sure and I'm constantly on the lookout for something to make it just that little bit more special and relaxing, it's my favorite way to treat myself and kick off a good pampering session.

The Body Shop have brought out three festive fragrances this year; vanilla brulee, frosted cranberry and glazed apple. All of which are sure to put you in the Christmas spirit and make the perfect gift for that someone special in your life. I was completely taken with the vanilla brulee fragrance and just knew I had to try something from the range.

When I went to a little bloggers event in my local store last week, the shop assistant got very excited about the bath jelly line they had launched. Bath jelly isn't something I've ever used in the bath, usually sticking to bath bombs, fizzes and regular foams. The bath jelly is certainly something different.

the body shop vanilla brulee bath jelly

Let's start with the fragrance, the vanilla brulee bath jelly I picked up smells amazing! I love creme brulee, so why wouldn't I want to smell like one? Of the three fragrances on offer this Christmas, vanilla brulee hit the spot for me. It's a sweet, delicious scent that smells exactly like the dessert. Once you get this running under hot water, your bathroom smells like a fancy pants patisserie in France.

The consistency is where this product really captures the imagination, it's like flubber. Yup, you read that right! How much did you love that film as a kid? Imagine having your own big yellow goopy flubber bath buddy? No matter how old you are, you never get old for goop that's for sure!

How does it work? It can get a little messy so I wouldn't go diving in with your hands, but grab a big table spoon and scoop it out with that. Make your you scoop it over the bath as it will drip a little - try not to get it all over the tub unless you don't mind a big goopy mess on the side of your bath! Once you've got your bath jelly out and on the spoon, thrust that spoon into the running bath water and start moving it around in a figure of 8, as though you're waving a magical bubble wand! I found it did fall off the spoon pretty quickly so I had to scoop it up out of the bath water and swish it around a bit more but it still worked really well.

the body shop vanilla brulee bath jelly

Bubbles, bubbles everywhere, seriously! One heaped tablespoon in the bath and the bubbles where literally overflowing out of the water and down the side, I can't remember the last time a product foamed up that much with so little!

The bubbles smelt great but I found the smell didn't linger too long which was a bit of a downer, but I could still smell the vanilla brulee in the air. The bubbles where super soft and my skin felt pretty moisturized afterwards!

As bath products go, I loved this bath jelly from The Body Shop, it would make a great stocking filler this Christmas and it's a real treat for someone special in your life. You can pick one up from The Body Shop for just £10.

Have you tried any of the bath jellys by The Body Shop or have you got your eye on something else from their festive range?  Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Q & A with Saloca #9

We all love to get to know our bloggers a little better, so with that in mind, I've decided to sit down and do a little Q & A session on a Sunday. From now until either I, or you lovely lot, get bored of this, I will be answering questions from this list, as well as any you feel like asking! Go on, it's an excuse to exercise your right to be nosy! Missed part 8? Find it here!

Got a question? Comment down below or tweet me @saloca, or even drop me a line at salocainwonderland[@] ((remove the [ ] ))

Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Yup. No doubt about it. Though if I ever do break the law, I hope they don't go back and find this post! Let's face it, if you're important to me and I love you, I'm pretty much going to go to the ends of the earth for you. 

What makes you smile?
There's that someone special in my life who has pretty much made it his mission to make me smile. He's been pretty successful at it. 

When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Probably. But that's because I love to talk. About anything. Everything! I say a lot of things but the downside to this is that I make a lot of lists, plans, goals, those kinds of things. I make them with every intention of keeping them and ticking them off and achieving all the kind of things that come with them, but when it comes down to it? Well, I write down more than I tick off that's for sure. I've gotten better of late, but as it stands, I'm still in that say more than I do stage. It's something I'm working on changing!

If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
I'd tell them to love themselves and put themselves first from time to time, honestly, we all want to help each other don't we? But how can we help others when we can't even help ourselves? Let's get our own houses in order before we go fixing up someone elses. Take note, that just because someone is putting themselves first, they're not being selfish, they're not ignoring your problems or belittling them, they're simple trying to make themselves the best possible person they can, in order to be that person for you. 

OK now spill! Let me inside that noggin of yours and answer some of these questions for me...I'll give you digitally imagined cookies!

Until next time,

Friday, 14 November 2014

Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Review

liz earle instant boost skin tonic for oily skin

I'm showing Liz Earle a little love on the blog this week it seems, did you catch my post on the Eyebright Lotion earlier in the week? Today, I bring you the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic. This weather has wreaked absolute havoc with my skin, couple that with the stress of moving and well, life in general, the long days and dark nights are starting to make me look like a could-be extra from The Walking Dead, so, to say my skin needs an instant boost is an understatement!

Liz Earle has fast become one of those cult classic brands, their hot cloth cleanser a staple in many a blogging gals beauty arsenal. I was pretty taken with the cleanse and polish myself, so I just had to see for myself if anything else in the range lived up to the hype.

I'm not the biggest fan of toners, having oily skin they're not always my beauty best friend that's for sure. I find they have a nasty habit of overly drying my skin, causing it to look amazing for a while...until the sebaceous glands go into overdrive and turn my face into a friend eggs dream. That's not exactly a good look for anyone, is it?

So, what's different about the skin tonic? They say it's a non drying toner that soothes and refreshes, leaving behind a light layer of moisturizer and your skin looking instantly re-hydrated and brought back from the dead. It's naturally active ingredients include; aloe vera, cucumber, and natural source vitamin E, all of which are, as many of you know, amazing for our skin. It sounds less like a toner and more like a moisturizer if you ask me. Alcohol free but heavily scented, it might not be the best for super sensitive skin.

I started using the instant boost skin tonic twice a day after cleansing, but, yup, you guessed it, the oil came back with a vengeance. As disappointing as that was, I didn't let it cast the bottle to the back of the beauty drawer, I persevered, but only used it at night. After cleansing and patting my skin dry, I popped a few drops of the instant boost skin tonic onto a cotton pad and swept it in upwards and outwards circular motions, never dragging on the skin and avoiding my eyes. Like a toner, the cotton pad does, occasionally, come away with excess dirt and oil on, so you know after using it your skin is extra clean. Before it dries, I apply my evening moisturizer. I swear by applying moisturizer to damp skin, it soaks in much better!

My skin really does feel like something special after using this, I can't lie. It feels super refreshed like it's just been blasted (in a pleasant way!) with icy cold water. It looks smoother and my skin tone appears more even. I've noticed reduced redness around my nose, brought on by this wintry weather, and my pores appear tighter and cleaner. Though the formula is lightweight, practically like water, I can't use it during the day, which is sad. It just makes me skin too oily and there are just not enough blotting papers in the day to deal with it.

One more thing, maybe it's just me, but this smells like baby lotion, I swear! They say it's a heavy floral scent but to me, it's got that distinctive baby lotion smell. I don't think it's a bad thing, just strange really!

Overall, I'm more than impressed. Sure, I can only use it once a day but that seems to do my skin more good than using it twice a day. I'm reaping all the benefits they claim this little wonder has; soothed and toned skin, revitalized appearance and a brighter complexion, you won't find me complaining any time soon!

Have you tried the Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic, or anything else in the line you could recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Lis Earle EyeBright Lotion Review

liz earle eyebright review for oily skin

I've been wanting to get my hands on some more Liz Earle products after I discovered the cult classic, hot cloth cleanser in a beauty box a little while ago. I have a few friends who swear by anything and everything  Liz Earle, so of course, I had to check it out for myself.

Long days in the day job, long nights in front of the monitor blogging sure do take their toll, throw in some busy weekends, moving house, and all that life entails and well, it certainly starts to show! No amount of sleep can disguise tired, puffy, black ringed eyes when they get past a certain point of neglect. I've always been a fan of eye creams and lotions but finding the right one that ticks every box and doesn't irritate my eyes is so hard, it's almost not worth it at all!

Insert the Liz Earle Eyebright Lotion! Supposedly, this little beauty, filled with naturally active ingredients is the answer to all our eye woes. So, what's in this little bottle then? It's highlighted ingredients include; cornflower, witch hazel and aloe vera. Now, I don't know about you but I've never been too keen on putting witch hazel near my eyes, I've always associated it with acne treatment, but, it turns out it's amazing for reducing puffy eyes and soothing over-tired eyes. The same goes for the aloe vera, it's a wonder at reducing redness and calming the eye area, and ever so gentle on even sensitive skin. Cornflower is an anti-inflammatory, further reducing puffy eyes, and is often used for treating painful and irritated eyes.

I've never used a lotion on my eyes before, I've always found them a little too greasy and oil based, so I've stuck to gels mostly. But, in the interest of beauty blogging, I gave it a go. I've been using the eyebright twice a day, morning and evening, after cleansing. They say it can be used to remove light eye make up but I still find The Body Shop's Chamomile  eye makeup remover the best for this, so I go in with that first and allow the skin to dry naturally. Once dry, I apply a few drops of the eyebright lotion to a cotton pad and hold, gently, over each eye for about 30 seconds, then slowly sweep around the eye area. Never pull on the skin around the eyes, it's so delicate and sensitive and doing so will cause lines and wrinkles! Slow and steady here ladies!

Surprisingly, it doesn't feel oily or greasy at all, it's very cooling on the skin, making your eyes feel instantly refreshed. The skin doesn't feel greasy and dries matte. Once dry, I've had no problem applying make-up on the eyes. They also say it's suitable for contact wearers but I can't comment on that, glasses all the way for me!

Overall, I'm impressed. I wouldn't say I'm sold just yet, but I've worked my way through around 50ml of the Liz Earle Eyebright Lotion  and it's been a joy to use, but as for the effects? My eyes don't look that different. The skin feels softer and my eyes do look fresher immediately after using it, but as the long days wear on, my eyes give away just how tired I am. It's a great addition to the pamper night routine and does perk me up when I'm feeling less than my best, so hopefully with further use, I'll start to see some bigger, more noticeable, improvements!

Have you tried Liz Earle's Eyebright lotion? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Monday, 10 November 2014

Cecilia Ahern - The Year I Met You

book review Cecilia Ahern - The Year I Met You

I've been a huge Cecilia Ahern fan ever since I picked up a copy of PS I Love You at the airport one summer. Since then I've been hooked on her tales of love, romance, magic, the impossible becoming the possible and how even the most ordinary of days can become something extraordinary if you just allow yourself to believe and take a leap. The Year I Met You was released October 2014 and I finally got my hands on it for my birthday...suffice to say it was read from cover to cover in a matter of days!

The Year I Met You follows the story of Jasmine, a once successful business woman who swoops in, solves all of a companies problems, doubles their worth, sells up and moves on - she isn't one for sentiment or attachment that's for sure! She loves two things in life, her sister Heather, and working. Her neighbor, once high flying celebrity DJ Matt loves his family...and his drink. When the two not only find themselves neighbors, but out of work with nothing to do, our story begins.

On New Years Eve the pair find themselves on a collision course, heading straight for each other, and from that night on, their year unfolds; drunken wake up calls, a letter someone refuses to read, troubled children, impending divorce, one night stands, family drama, you name it, these two have to face it together and an unlikely friendship forms that neither of them ever saw coming.

Here's what I loved about this story, it's not your typical boy meets girl, they dance around their feelings for each other and inevitable they fall in love. Not Jasmine and Matt. Their relationship is more than that, it's raw and painful, their immediate hatred for one another, if you ask me, is totally justified. Slowly, slowly, the walls start to come down, they help one another discover what it really is they're looking for in life, and it's not each other, not in that way.

Aherns books have a magical, fairy tale like quality to them, but The Year I Met You doesn't quite have that for me. That being said, it's in no way a diss on the book, it's a positive really. Most, if not all of her books carry an element of magic and awe, or some other force seemingly at play in the background moving the story along, but The Year I Met You is reality. There's no magic here, there is pain and brutal honesty and real human emotions and feelings at play. I loved it. I've seen quite a few negative reviews because this book is so different to her others, but I applaud her for taking a different route with this one and trying something outside of her usual style.

The writing is superb, and yes, there is a plot and it is driven along nicely, with the odd sub-plot thrown in for good measure that successfully drives the overall plot. A lot of people have said they struggled to see the point of the plot, I ask, did you read the book? Her style is flawless and smooth, weaving you from one point of view to the next. I love how she explores the world of downs syndrome, how families deal with it, the good and the bad, and the way she sees how society treats people with downs syndrome is, if you ask me, pretty much spot on. People are afraid of those who are different to what they consider normal and she doesn't shy away from those points of view, nor does she glorify them. It really makes you stop and think. She's tackled a subject that I have read very little about, and I'd say she's done a job well done.

The ending was in no way perfect, not everyone got a happily ever after fairy tale, but that's ok if you ask me, it only added to the realism of the book. After all, after each adventure we continue moving forward don't we? Changing and growing like a garden through the seasons.

The only criticism I have is that I would have liked a little more at the end. Yes the characters came to back to their equilibrium, their problems somewhat resolved or at least they'd been pushed, finally, in the right direction. But It felt like their could have been more, an epilogue maybe, based around a year after the end of the story. Though I liked how all the main players ended up, I would have liked just that little bit more! I'm greedy, what can I say!

Overall, I loved it, and I can't wait to see what she brings out next. She got more positive feedback for her previous hit, How to Fall in Love, but for me, The Year I Met You is a lot better than that one and I'd highly recommend it.

Have you read The Year I Met You? Or any other books by Ahern? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Q & A with Saloca #8

We all love to get to know our bloggers a little better, so with that in mind, I've decided to sit down and do a little Q & A session on a Sunday. From now until either I, or you lovely lot, get bored of this, I will be answering questions from this list, as well as any you feel like asking! Go on, it's an excuse to exercise your right to be nosy! Missed part 7? Find it here!

Got a question? Comment down below or tweet me @saloca, or even drop me a line at salocainwonderland[@] ((remove the [ ] ))

When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?
The people around me. Let's face it, no matter where we go or what we achieve, it all comes down to who we have around us, our family, our friends, our support network. All those amazing things we have achieved along the way, we'll have experience them with someone, we can talk and reminisce and bring those memories back to life over a brew and a slice of cake.  

When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?
When your gut tells you so! I'm a firm believer in my gut instinct, it's kept me alive so far and the choices it's encouraged me to take haven't been too disastrous. Your gut instinct is going to tell you what's the right thing to do, even if it doesn't seem so at the time. Generally, my stomach does a few somersaults that makes me feel like I want to puke, but that's how I know it's the right choice to go with!

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
In my head, I still think I'm about 21! So let's go with that! I get ID'd all the time so everyone else might think I'm a little younger. Did I tell you? I got ID'd for a knife the other week! A knife! I'm pretty sure you only have to be 16 to buy a knife?? I only wanted it to cut up a lemon! 

How old would you be if you didn't know you real age? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time

Friday, 7 November 2014

5 Face Masks for Oily Skin

best face mask for oily skin

It's finally starting to get all cold and frosty outside which means we're going to start spending more time indoors, and when I spend more time indoors, I spend more time pampering myself. Hey, winter nights can be pretty long and winter weather is harsh on our skin, so a little extra love can go a long way - and I'd rather be toasty indoors than frosty outdoors!

Now is the time of the face mask! Sure, I use them year round, but nowhere near as much as I do when this chilly season rolls in. The redder the end of my nose gets when I step outside, the more care and attention it needs when I'm inside, so I crack ouut the face masks, put on some fluffy socks and get the biggest mug for a brew I can find - who doesn't love a cosy night in?

When it comes to face masks for oily skin there are a few key things we need to look out for to get the most from our face masks! Example, clay based face masks are the bees knees for us oily skinned beauties, the clay helps to absorb excess oils and reduce sebum production. I also love kaolin, it's  a pretty snazzy ingredient that not only cleanses the skin, but absorbs all those excess oils without overly drying your skin - I find it's a little less drying than clay so if your oily/dry combination it shouldn't bother your dry patches too much!

Let's get on with this then shall we, I've rambled long enough! Here's a quick look at my 5 face masks for oily skin!

The Body Shop Ionic Clay Mask £13

Many a moon ago when I was a know-nothing-about-skin-care teen, I picked this up and it changed everything. The ionic clay mask is a clay based mask that aims to not only dry up excess oils, but to pull impurities out from the skin, so all that dirt and grime collecting in your pores just waiting to become a pimple - this drags that crap out kicking and screaming before it get's nasty. 

GlamGlow Super Mud £44.99

Don't look at the price tag on this one! Eek! It's a put it on your Christmas list one that's for sure, but it's well worth it if you ask me! This tackles every skin woe youu could imagine and then some! Tightens pores, mops up excess oil, soothes redness and razor burns (I know, crazy!), dries up white heads and gives your skin a moisture boost - once you've gone Glam you might never go back!

Lush Love Lettuce £6.50

I did a full review of this here, but in short, it's a super exfoliating little pot of power! It tackles all the usual oily skin woes and gives you skin a deep clean in the process. Yes, you will feel as though you've dumped your face in sand but it's worth it for the beautifully clear and soft skin that comes later!

Lush BB Seaweed £6.50

One of the first Lush fresh face masks I tried and loved! Seaweed is amazing for oily skin! It not only strengthens the skin, tightening pores and reducing fine lines, but it gives skin the kiss of life, revitilising it with a boost of freshness and surge of moisture. The mask also comes with a great big dollop of fresh Aloe, perfect for soothing breakouts and repairing winter weather damage!

Montage Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Spa Clay Mask

No face mask list would be complete without one of these cheap as chips masks thrown in - but don't be fooled by the price, it will still work a treat on your skin. Ah, these masks take me back to the days of sleepovers and stretching your pocket money to cover a phone top up (when you used to have to buy a card!) Seaweed, kelp, kaolin, dead sea mud and aloe, it contains a little bit of everything from the above masks and will give your skin a nice little pick me up when payday is just that bit out of reach!

What face masks do you love? Tried any of the above? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Body Shop at Christmas

the body shop christmas

Dark nights are rolling in, theirs a crispy chill in the air, shop windows are filling with fake snow, trees and baubles and the Christmas cheer is starting to roll right up the high street and into our homes. With festivities in mind and Christmas gifts to buy, one of my favorite places to pick up a pampering treat or a stocking filler or two, is The Body Shop!

I went along to the Liverpool One store last night to check out what The Body Shop where offering for Christmas 2014! Their festive fragrances this year include; glazed apple, frosted cranberry and vanilla brulee. 

Vanilla Brulee and Frosted Cranberry are easily my favourites in the festive collection, Glazed Apple is just too sickly sweet for me, and I love sweet! Brulee great at first but get's a little overwhelming when it comes to the body butters and lotions. Frosted Cranberry is Christmas for me. They're selling it in a festive diffuser this year...I might just have to pick one up!

the body shop christmas

Most of the gift sets on offer this year are pretty standard and similar to years previous, not that that's a bad thing, the gift sets are pretty good value, especially when you think of the amount of sales The Body Shop has for the upcoming period - I'm pretty sure all The Body Shop gifts and treats I bought last year where from card holder events or big sales! They've also brought back their advent calender which I was so tempted by last year and might might give in and buy this this space!

The Body Shop girls out done themselves on the night, offering hand massages, facials and make-overs, as-well as a cheeky glass or two of fizz and some chocolatey goodies. I had the most amazing facial and got to try out their new Drops of Youth serum which was amazing (and may have come home with me) and the soothing hand massage introduced me to their Almond hand care range; I even had a lesson on sorting out my cuticles with their Nail and Cuticle oil.

The staff gave me a tour of the store, showcasing all that's new for this season and the returning favorites of Christmas past. I was very taken with the musical carousel of goodies - yes it really does play music! The new bath salts and body shimmers in the festive fragrance range this year are new too and perfect for a little glitz and glamour this Christmas. And if you're looking for something different, nourishing and luxurious as-well as just downright fun, look no further than their bath jelly! This stuff is amazing and looks just like Flubber!

the body shop christmas

I love The Body Shop at Christmas, they have that perfect present for even the hardest to buy for - and let's be honest, I'm a sucker for packaging and the Christmas gift selections look gorgeous, so much so you wouldn't even have to wrap them up to gift someone! I also found out that a percentage of every gift set sold goes towards a charity supporting the education and welfare of children in war wracked countries!

I had a wonderful night and I'm really starting to get in the festive mood now! I might have walked away with a few goodies are on the horizon I promise you!

Have you checked out what The Body Shop have on offer this Christmas? Let me know what caught your eye in the comments below!

Until next time,

Monday, 3 November 2014

Lush Love Lettuce face mask

It's been a while since I last used a Lush face mask; my skin can't keep up with this crazy weather we're having and it's gone into overdrive. Breakouts, dry patches, excess oils, you name the skin woe and my face has been sporting it for the last couple of weeks! So frustrating! I took out my frustration (albeit be politely I must add) on a very helpful Lushie in-store who recommended several of their face masks. Love Lettuce not only smelt amazing, and ticked all the right boxes, but I really do love lettuce too!

Love Lettuce is a fresh face mask, made from kaolin, honey, almonds, lavender and fullers earth making it an all rounder when it comes to kicking bad skin days in the ass! Kaolin is a brilliant cleanser and helps to absorb any excess oils, just like fullers earth. Honey we all know is amazing for our skin whatever the problem, and lavender oil is brilliant for calming, reducing redness and re-balancing body and mind. Put all that into a cute recycled little black pot and you've got a spa treatment to boot!

I was specifically looking for something that was going to exfoliate my skin, reduce redness and give my skin a more natural glow, as opposed to an oil induced slick. After a mini consultation in-store, I was advised to apply the mask at least twice a week until my skin calms down, then once a week when it was looking clearer and more manageable.

Like all Lush products, the smell is always super important - does anyone else just go in store sometimes to simply smell the place with no intention of actually buying anything? *hands up* No? Just me? The Love Lettuce face mask smells strongly of lavender so I love to use this mask as I'm getting ready for bed. Lavender is extremely soothing and relaxing, they say if you struggle sleeping you should spray lavender on your pillow or light some lavender candles/incense. So popping on this mask before you hit the hay will not only soothe your skin, but your mind too! Pair it with fluffy socks, a good brew and a book and you'll be asleep before you get a chance to wash it off! (NOTE: please do not sleep in this mask!)

After giving my face a good cleanse with my current love, Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, I pat my skin dry and bring out the face mask. Remember, all Lush face masks are made from fresh ingredients so you need to store it in the fridge! I love this, purely because when you apply it to your skin its freezing cold and so refreshing! Cold face masks feel amazing in my opinion, and I'd pick them over a warming mask any day!

I massage a thin layer into my skin, all over my face, avoiding my eyes and mouth. Even if you have the odd problem patch, I'd say this is ideal to use all over your face. You'll notice when you apply the mask how gritty this one is. It's probably the most exfoliating mask of theirs I've used to date! If you/'re suffering from really dry skin you might want to skip this one.

Put your feet up and leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes. I've found using a thin layer not only means you get more treatments per pot, but your mask will dry quicker too! Remember, the only bit of the mask that will actually do anything, is the bit touching your skin, so layering it up thick is pretty pointless!

Once the mask is completely dry, rinse it off with warm water. Now, this is where it gets messy! Remember I said how exfoliating it is? Somehow, the exfoliating grains seem to breed and multiple once you start rinsing off the mask, to the point where I felt like I'd stuck a wet face in a bucket of sand! It does take a while to really get everything off and my bathroom sink looked a state afterwards, but it was worth it! Make sure you're reaping all the benefits by rinsing it off in small, circular motions, to fully exfoliate your skin.

Pat dry and go about your nightly skin routine as normal! Job done!

I've been using this twice a week for 3 weeks now and I've noticed a great difference in my skin. My breakouts have dried up, redness has been reduced and those dry patches I was suffering have moistened right back up again! I'm still suffering with too oily for my liking skin, but on the whole, I'm happy with the results so far!

Have you tried Lush Love Lettuce? Or, any other Lush face masks you'd like to recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Q & A with Saloca #7

We all love to get to know our bloggers a little better, so with that in mind, I've decided to sit down and do a little Q & A session on a Sunday. From now until either I, or you lovely lot, get bored of this, I will be answering questions from this list, as well as any you feel like asking! Go on, it's an excuse to exercise your right to be nosy! Missed part 6? Find it here!

Got a question? Comment down below or tweet me @saloca, or even drop me a line at salocainwonderland[@] ((remove the [ ] ))

If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
English, creative writing and media studies. Hands down they have always been my favorite subjects! I spent long enough studying them and let's face it, the best teachers we have are the ones that are the most passionate, most enthusiastic about their subjects...ok, they usually go down as the slightly weirder teachers, but they're the ones we remember, and their subjects. I'd be ok with being the weird teacher. And I'd have to include some sort of Disney themed module! 

What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?
Happy. I don't want to find myself on the edge of my mortality wishing I had been happier. Let's face it, life's too short for everything. There's not enough time in the day or days in the week, so we need to do more of what makes us happy. Sure, there will be times when we just can't be happy, but on the whole, happy is a pretty good way to go. 

Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?
Well, duh, aren't we all? I don't think I've ever met a single person on this planet who isn't holding onto something they really need to let go of. I think I can say, I'm not holding onto anything long term, but short term, yes. I think it's pretty unavoidable, but as long as we deal with whatever it is we're holding onto and let it go eventually, well, that's good enough for me!

Now, I want to read your answers! Go go go! Comment down below!

Until next time,