Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beauty. Show all posts

Blomma's Christmas Gift Guide

It's Chriiiiiiissstmaaaaaaaaaaaaaaassss!

With just two weeks to go, you are probably starting to feel a little freaked about getting your final bits of Christmas shopping done in time for the big day. I know I am. So as a little starter for 10, here are some ideas from me in two categories: beauty and home...


From top left...

Bobbi Brown Lip and Cheek Pot Rouge
£18 from John Lewis
This is a lovely addition to any make-up collection. The Rose colour is universally flattering and who wouldnt enjoy unwrapping the iconic black and white packaging?

Murdoch Sea Salt Styling Spray
£20 from Murdoch
My must have hair product for that tousled, easy beach hair look. This is great for boys and girls and the smell is AMAZING.

Aesop Reverence Hand Wash
£27 at Aesop
This iconic hand soap which will always go down well. I like the Reverence option as it has tiny bits of pummel inside to act as a gentle exfoliator.

Aesop Post Poo Drops
£20 at Aesop
The perfect balance of quirky fun and lovely luxury. With zingy notes of lemon and mardarin, it almost too good to pour down the toilet.

CO Bigelow Rose Lip Salve
£8.50 at Liberty
A great addition to any stocking, this lip salve is the most nourishing one I have tried and the packaging is delightfully traditional

Byredo Hand Cream
£42 at Space NK
An Instagram favourite, the packing is lust worthy enough but the insides are worth the price tag. Amazing scents and truly great moisturising.

This Works Pillow Spray
£22 at Feel Unique 
What better gift is there than a great night sleep? This pillow pray has a heady scent of lavender which will lull you into a deep sleep every time

NARS Bronzing Powder
£28 at Selfridges
A universal make-up gift which suits most skin tones to give a lovely glow - particularly needed during the depths of winter. One of the very few bronzing powders not to include glittery particles so it's a great every day item.


Clockwise from top left...

H x

My current skin care routine

One thing that I think all women (and some men) are interested in is what is lurking in people's bathroom cabinets and what they choose to use on their skin. Skin care is one of those things that I do end up spending quite a bit of money on. My skin is temperamental to say the least so I am always switching up products and trying new things so I thought I would share what I am using right now in case you are looking for a new solution.

Before I start, the reason I started straying from my usual routine recently was because I was having awful breakouts. Not the lovely squeezable kind, but the deep, red, sore, under-the-skin kind which make you feel miserable and they hurt. And there is nothing you can do about it. They were all on my chin so I was told that it is probably hormonal but it was all-month round. Anyway, after doing LOTS of research and using some rather questionable 'drawing out' methods, I read that dairy products might be to blame. I hate jumping on the gluten, dairy, whatever free trend but I was at the end of my tether so tried it. And quite simply, it totally worked. I genuinely haven't had a spot come up since. I have to admit, I haven't been totally dairy free (I love cheese, people) but I don't have any milk or cream and it has really worked for me. I'm sure it won't help everyone out there but I wanted to share it as an option in case you are struggling with hormonal spots, as I was.

Aside from that, I seem to have super oily skin at the moment across my t-zone. I guess its from the weather and getting the tube everyday, not to mention the pollution. So a lot of the products I have been using are for combination or oily skin. Come winter, I will most likely have to switch up again and start using products for dry skin so stay tuned come December!

SO here you have it: what I am using right now...

From left to right (front to back):

1. La Roche Posay, Effaclar cleansing gel for oily skin - £11 at Boots (currently on sale!)

This is quite new for me. It feels incredibly fresh, especially if you are feeling greasy from a long day at work/commute. There isn't much of a smell and it lathers up really well. It's not great at removing make-up so I would do that first and then blitz this in the shower. I use it morning and night at the moment and I definitely feel like oil levels are being kept in check more than they were

2. The Body Shop's Seaweed Toner (again for oily skin), £7 here

I am not sure that this is helping in my battle against oil if I am totally honest. But it does smell amazing and really leaves you feeling fresh and clean so I love this part of my routine because of that

3. Aesop's Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Masque, £30 here

I love to use this when I want to feel like I really need a good scrub into my pores. I just use it once a week and it leaves the skin feeling so soft and nourished. I bit of an indulgence but it lasts forever

4. Bioderma's Sebium Pore Refining, £15 at Boots

This has been a great find (thanks to Lisa Eldridge for the recommendation!). It is a soft cream which you apply to your t-zone and it works to refine the pores and reduce oiliness. I have to say it really does make a difference which you notice as soon as you apply it. I put it on after cleansing at night and also underneath my make-up. Can't recommend enough!

5. Paula's Choice RESIST Multi-correction treatment, £34 here

This is something I have been using for a while and I really like it. It does lots of things, but for me I use it to reduce spots and also to help treat the scars which old spots have left behind. It does make the skin vulnerable to UV rays so I only use it at night and you should follow up with a sun care product or make-up featuring an SPF the next day to protect your skin

6. Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Cream, £70 at John Lewis

This is a really thick cream so I think it will be better for me as my skin starts to dry out during the winter months. For now, I have been using it on my cheeks and neck and it is lovely to use. The smell is subtle but really pleasant and it has a very luxurious texture. The packaging, as with all Charlotte Tilbury products is gorgeous, and it acts as a great primer under make-up as well as a moisturiser

So that's the current skin situ here at Blomma HQ. Would love any recommendations you guys have, especially when it comes to battling oily skin as the temperatures are set to soar this week

H x

Sunday Indulgence - Carrot Cleansing Butter

This morning I wanted to share a new beauty product which has quickly become one of my favourite items in the bathroom cabinet... The Organic Pharmacy's Carrot Butter Cleanse.

With fairly temperamental skin, I am constantly on the look out for products which help keep it fresh and clean whilst also reducing breakouts. But so many I have tried strip your skin to feel like a dry paper bag, and no amount of facial really replaces all of the oils you have scrubbed out in the shower. According to beauty blogger extraordinaire, Lisa Eldridge, this extreme cleansing is actually what causes breakouts in the first place as it unbalances the skin, so I went on the hunt for an alternative.

The Organic Pharmacy's Carrot Butter Cleanse gets a lot of love on several review sites and blogs so I wanted to give it a try. To say I am impressed is an understatement. It is a really thick butter-like texture but it easily melts into the skin and a little goes a long way. Thanks to the carrot, rosemary and lavender essential oils, it smells amazing and is gentle enough to use on your eyes to get rid of stubborn mascara and eye liner. After massaging it in and allowing a few minutes for it to dissolve the make-up and grime on the surface of the skin, simple massage off with a hot face cloth. Your skin feels wonderfully clean, but also really moisturised and indulged in nutrients.

At £40 a pop it's not cheap but I do think a pot will last a long while, as you only need a little smudge of butter each time you use it. Really can't recommend enough - invest now!

Now I am on the hunt for the perfect moisturiser for combination skin... any recommendations?

H x

Valentine's Day

Blueberry pancakes in bed followed by some treats from Aesop - a rather lovely Valentine's Day this year.

Vintage tray, plate from Ikea, Emma Bridgewater Birds Collection mug and silk bedspread from The White Company

I am in love with the Aesop collection at the moment. This body lotion features citrus tangerine and sweet vanilla to create an amazing scent which lasts all day long.

Hero Product - Aesop Hand Cream

Obsessed with this handcream - a total saviour for my dry hands at this time of year.

Aesops hand cream from Liberty, fabric from a selection at the V&A shop and cactus and white pot from Ikea 

REVIEW: Paula's Choice RESIST Multi-correction Treatment

I recently posted a pic on Instagram of a new skin corrector I have been using from Paula's Choice, and have since had several people ask me more about it. So here is a full review from me about this amazing product...

£33.80 from Paula's Choice website

I have always been quite lucky with my skin and only occasionally would experience breakouts. However in the past few years I have been getting persistent spots on my chin, the horrible sore, under the skin kind which take weeks to go away. This has been made worse by the fact that I can't help pick and prod these spots so I have been left with some scars.

Anyway, after a few trips to the doctor and after trying several different pills as well as a course of Benzoyl Peroxide (awful stuff - only try this as a last resort because it destroys your skin) I had started to give up. BUT the wonderful Lisa Eldridge (I am obsessed with her make-up tutorials) recommended Paula's Choice on her blog and although its a little pricey and I thought I'd give it a go...

3 weeks later and I can't tell you what a difference it has made, I have been applying it twice a day under my normal moisturiser and I can honestly say I haven't had a spot since, which is a miracle for me. It is very gentle on the skin which was surprising as anything which promises to do so much can often be quite chemically. It doesn't smell amazing but that doesn't bother me at all.

I have also started to notice a small improvement in the scars left by past spots, which is encouraging - I imagine I will take a fair while yet before I can say that it has significantly helped but with the results so far I am willing to persevere to find out how it measures up on this front.

One 'watch out' is that you have to use this product with sunscreen in the day (I wouldn't even use it on holiday) because it makes the skin weak to UV rays so could promote skin damage.

All in all I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who is at the end of options when it comes to managing adult acne and urge you to give it a go.

How about you? Any other miracle products to recommend?


Lovely Linen

I think I am a pretty sensory person, when I buy clothes I have to touch them all over before I know if I like them which Peter finds hilarious. I am also a big fan of all things smelly (in a good way) and am obsessed with room sprays and scented candles.

Because of this, and my obsession with fresh sheets, I am going to share with you my favourite linen sprays. If you haven't explored the world of linen sprays, my word are you in for a treat (no irony in that sentence at all despite how sort of ridiculous it sounds). Although you can choose lovely fragrances for your washing machine, by mid week, your bed linen just doesn't have that same comforting, freshness. Or when your favorite cashmere jumper needs a bit of pep before you have to reluctantly hand wash the damn thing - you just need a little spritz!

SO here are some of my favs...

Jo Malone is my go-to place for Christmas and birthday presents and this room spray comes in my favourite scent Lime, Basil and Mandarin - spray on your pillow, clothes and towels for every day indulgence. At £38 its on of the more expensive on my list but I think its worth it 

At £7 this is a steal from The Body Shop. The Aloe & Linen scent is clean and fresh and the ingredients are 100%. For that price, just spray it everywhere

Whereas many of the sprays on this list can be used as room sprays too, The White Company have created a spray especially for linen. It is fresh and clean although for me I tend to look for something a bit more exotic scent-wise. At £15 it is very reasonably priced though

I love L'Occitane's floral, quintessentially French scents and you don't get more French than this Lavendar spray. I love to spray it onto bed linen as I iron it for the most amazing aroma which seems to last days. It is £39 for 300ml

A cheaper alternative would be this lavender spray from Naturally Thinking which is just £6. As I am sure you know, lavender is great for helping you sleep so spray a little on your pillow before bed for a deep and rejuvenating sleep...zzzz

You could also have a go at making your own linen spray if you want to. Its quite easy to do, just add the following ingredients to a seal-able container and shake vigorously before adding to a spray bottle:

  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) witch hazel or vodka
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) water

Let me know if you have any other suggestions!


Bathroom Blitz - inside my make-up bag

As you know I am on holiday this week, staycation-ing in the lovely London town. Although we have some typically tourist-y things planned (when you live somewhere you never actually do those things) I am also planning to have a bit of a clear out.

The first place that needs a little attention is my bathroom and my make up bag. It's full of half used products, broken pencils and years old lipsticks. So I have been brutal. I have thrown out more than half of the bathroom's contents and created a capsule make-up bag which I am going to share with you today. Also below are a few storage ideas for your bathroom. Enjoy!

Decleor Aroma Cleanse
I have been on the hunt for the perfect cleanser for honestly years. I suffer from breakouts but also dry skin and none that I have tried have helped either issue. However, I was introduced to Decleor's Aroma Cleanse and it has been a complete revelation. It foams into a silky lather and doesn't leave my skin feeling tight at all. I have also noticed a reduction in spots and generally a more even skin tone - a big recommendation from me

Decleor Hydra Floral
Another Decleor wonder product. After cleansing its really important to moisturise in order to replace any oils which have been taken away during the cleaning process. This product is so light and silky it is the perfect base for make-up in the morning. Not at all greasy but really refreshing and my favourite part of the morning - it smells amazing and just feels wonderful on your skin

Chanel Vitlumiere Aqua
Again I am constantly looking for the perfect foundation and since I have started using this one from Chanel I think the search may be over (until some new products I just HAVE to try come out). Its water based so not at all oily which is so important when you need a foundation which lasts all day, particularly in the summer. Its light so has that 'barely there' feel but you can get as much coverage as you like just by building it up. I use my fingers to apply it as I found that using a brush for my foundation was causing breakouts

Bobby Brown Bronzer
I love this bronzer because it doesn't have any glitter in it at all. The biggest problem with the majority of bronzers out there is that so many have glittery fragments which just don't work for an everyday look. It can look a little crazy in the daylight and you can't achieve the same naturally sun-kissed look as you can with a matte powder. Because of the matte finish this product also works really well for contouring if you are after a more dramatic look on an evening. In the morning though I just apply to my cheeks, temples and down the centre of my nose

Mac Powder Blush in Pinch Me
I often switch between a cream and a powder blush but when it comes to powder I love Mac's Pinch Me. The colour is vibrant enough to be interesting but subtle enough to look natural for work. I build it up when I am going out but generally I just dust a light coating on the apples of my cheeks

Eco Tools Brusher Brush
To apply both my blusher and bronzer I use this chunky blusher brush from Eco Tools. Not only are the bristles the softest I have found (which feels amazing on your face!) but all of their brushes are completely eco friendly and made with sustainable materials

Benefit High Beam
With the bronzer and the powder there is a danger of looking a little chalky so this high-lighter just ensures the skin looks dewy in ll the right places. I apply to the bridges of my eyebrows and on the very top of my cheekbone to catch the light

MaxFactor 2000 Calorie Mascara
I haven't ever been able to tell the difference between the high-end mascaras and the more affordable ranges from the like of Maybelline and Revlon. Therefore I am pretty fickle when it comes to mascara and I try a new brand each time I buy a new one. At the moment I am using this one from Maxfactor. I would say it is a really good day mascara as it achieves good coverage and lasts all day without smudging or running. However it is difficult to build up layers with it so creating a more dramatic look is difficult without things getting a bit clumpy

Rimmel Glam Eyes
I love a smear of liquid eyeliner across my eye lids whatever the occasion, day or night.  Getting the 60s style flick does take practice and I have tried many eyeliners to help me achieve the perfect shape and this is by far the best. The colour is dark dark black and does last all day without moving. The thin brush also helps keep things precise and its not too smudgy if you do make a mistake

So you've seen what's in my make-up bag, now take a peak at the storage solutions I am coveting at the moment to help me sort the rest of my bathroom cupboard...

Clockwise from top left...

  1. Make-up pouch - Comme de Garcons at Net-a-porter
  2. Glass storage container - Laura Ashley
  3. Asker container (great for toothbrushes or flannels etc) - Ikea
  4. Storage unit - Loaf
  5. Cotton pad dispenser - Lakeland
  6. Storage boxes - Next
What do you think?