Getting myself wedding ready

It is now 7 days until I am a married lady and as I write this post, in exactly 7 days time we will all be sat down at the wedding breakfast enjoying some good food.

The last month has absolutely flown by and everyone is commenting on how the wedding has come round so quick in general. For the last 4 weeks however I have been trying to prep my body for the big day with a big focus on skin and hair.

One of the perks of pregnancy is that your hair and nails grow quicker and I have noticed this with my nails but my hair has decided to do whatever the heck it wants and resembles a shrub most of the time. Don’t get me wrong it’s got the length but sometimes it’s flat but full of static and others it’s like I’ve been dragged through a hedge. John Frieda luxurious volume products have been my go to lately and I’ve found that they’ve helped to tame my mane.

I’ve been using the 3 products above religiously for the past 4 weeks and can hand on heart say my hair definitely has a bit more volume in it. My hair is naturally wavy so unless I get some heat on there, it looks like a lion’s mane but I have definitely seen some improvement in the way it looks.

Now moving onto skin and this has become the bane of my life throughout my pregnancy so far. Hormones have launched a full-scale attack on my mug and spots have set up base. This has meant a complete overhaul of my skin care and even a couple of weeks break from using any products at all.

I decided to go back to using my Dermalogica favourites; the special cleansing gel and multi-active toner. These products have really helped to stop a mass eruption on my face but don’t get me wrong, I am still getting a few spots. These aren’t miracle products at the end of the day! I also added a light moisturiser to my routine: L’oreal Triple active anti shine. I’ve had this product in my stock for a few months and bought it in Wilkinsons on a whim one day but I do love how light it is on the skin and doesn’t feel greasy. It also does mattify the skin which is great for use as a primer before putting on your slap.

The downside of pregnancy is that your hormones are changing all the time so these products all might work at the minute but they may not continue to do so and a switch up may be needed again. For the minute though I am enjoying these products but hope that if you’re reading this and thinking you might give them a try, don’t forget nothing works miracles and it’s all about trial and error sometimes.

Thanks

Laura x

*some of the products in this post were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review. All thoughts and photos are my own*

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Sorting my dry skin problems

For the last year I’ve suffered with typical combination skin; oily in some patches and really dry in others.

This makes finding the right skincare a “mare” and has meant lots of trials with lots of different products. Now it’s getting closer to the wedding, I’ve been trying to get my skin in prime condition so that my makeup artist doesn’t have her own “mare” trying to cover my problematic skin.

I decided to try out Katherine Daniels Concentrate for Dry Skin to see if it would sort out my dry patches and help soothe the rest of my skin as well.

I tend to get a really dry hairline and dry patches around my nose so these have been the target zone for treatment.

This product combines nourishment and anti-ageing properties to protect and defend the skin against ageing. It aims to plump and protect to give that ‘new skin’ feeling and as soon as this arrived in the post, I put it straight to the test for 30 days.

Directions of use included using it twice a day and applying 2 pumps of the concentrate to your face and neck.

I love the smell of the concentrate which made it even more appealing when applying to the skin. After a couple of weeks of usage, I definitely saw a marked improvement in my dry skin patches. The only issue I did encounter was that the cream didn’t really suit the rest of my oily skin so I started applying it to the dry areas only. Once I decided to do this I saw better results again which was exactly what I was hoping for.

I love that the Katherine Daniels range offers multi step processes to help you combat any skin issues or worries that you may have. I would definitely look to try out more of their range in future as the results I saw, definitely gave me hope I can fight my skin woes in the future.

Laura x

(This item was sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, all content and photos are my own as usual)

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My love for Dermalogica

The first time I tried anything by Dermalogica was on a trip to stay with my auntie in New Zealand back in 2015. My skin had been a nightmare anyway but the combination of hormones and flying for 30 hours to get there, left it in a right mess by the time I landed.

My auntie suggested I tried out the clear skin range which is aimed at teenage skin but after a few days of usage, my skin was looking ten times better. That’s when my love affair with Dermalogica began.

As you can see from the photo above, I have several of their products currently in my beauty showcase including: shampoo and conditioner, clear start skin rage, precleanse, cleansing gel, multi active toner, phyto replenish oil, hydrablur primer and age reversal eye complex cream. So just a few you could say.

The thing I love the most about Dermalogica’s ranges are the fact that there is something for everyone ranging from teenagers to the more mature skin. I absolutely love the smell of the every product which may sound strange but they always smell natural and are full of goodness making me want to use them even more.

My favourite product from the range is the precleanse which I have in bottle and wipe form. I think it does great things for the skin and has helped me out when having particularly bad breakouts. I would also thoroughly recommend having a dermalogica facial as they are amazing and tailored to your skincare needs. I plan to get one done before the wedding and get rid of some of the crap that’s clogging up my pores.

I hope you try some of these fab products out if you haven’t already and enjoy this little snapshot into some of my extensive beauty hoarding.

Laura x

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