There’s a lot of beauty related items that I really want at the moment but creating a wishlist really allows you to visualise and differentiate between what you want and what you need. I’ve managed to whittle my wishlist down to 10 things I want to buy in the next few weeks.
From left to right
1) Paulas Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
2) Paulas Choice 10% AHA Weekly Resurfacing Treatment
3) Narciso Rodriguez For Her EDT
4) Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
5) L’Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara
6) Etude HouseDarling + Syn-Ake Bio-Cellulose Mask Sheet
7) Clinique Superdefence SPF 20 Age Defence Eye Cream
8) Laneige Water Sleeping Pack
9) Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer
10) Annie’s Way Arbutin + Hyaluronic Acid Brighting Jelly Mask
Whats on your beauty wishlist? Comment below and let me know.
Around 6 months ago I decided to take the plunge and go SLS free. So what is SLS? Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) works as a surfactant, it creates the rich lather which most of us experience when washing our hair with commercial shampoos. It is a detergent and can strip the scalp of many of our natural oils.
Here are a few things I learnt when using SLS free shampoo…
1) You will go through the transition period. For the first few weeks of using an SLS free shampoo my scalp got oilier much quicker, I was having to wash my hair every other day (usually I have a 2 day gap in between washing). This is because your scalp is so used to being stripped of the oils. Don’t worry though, your scalp will eventually calibrate itself and you can reduce the frequency of washing.
2) Your fingers are your best friend. Now this is a bit gross but it’s quite important to know. Between months 2 and 4 I experienced extreme itchiness and scabs on my scalp. I mean I would itch my scalp and would be able to peel bits of my scalp off (I did warn you). I did some research online and it seems a lot of people get this scalp build up because the shampoo isn’t lifting the dirt and grime away. This is where your fingers come into play. As SLS-free shampoo doesn’t foam or lather as well as normal shampoo you really have to work the product into your scalp for a few minutes by physically massaging and scrubbing your scalp. Since changing the way I wash my hair I have not experienced the scabby-scalp issue. If you have long hair (below your shoulders), or if you use a lot of product, you may also need to double rinse your hair to make sure all the dirt is lifted out.
3) Your hair colour will last longer. I dyed the ends of my hair with semi-permanent dye 3 months ago. The colour was supposed to last 6 weeks but it still hasn’t washed out. This is great news if you dye your hair often.
4) It will cost you more money. SLS-free shampoos are way more expensive than SLS shampoos at this current point in time. Also you will be using a greater quantity of it if you are double rinsing.
5) Your scalp will be happier in the long run. 6 months after going SLS-free I can happily say that my scalp has adjusted to the new shampoo, it feels healthier, my hair and scalp aren’t as dry, my hair is falling out less and my colour has lasted longer.
I wanted to update my summer fragrance but I didn’t want to commit to buying an expensive perfume, so I did a little shopping for some summery fragrancy stuff.
The first place I went to was the Body Shop and I purchased the Indian Night Jasmine Fragrance Mist (£7.50). This stuff smells seriously gorgeous, it’s got a really seductive oriental, floral jasmine smell without being too overpowering. I also bought the matching shower gel (£6.50) and body butter (£10). Once these products are layered together they smell divine! I also bought the Aloe & Soft Linen scented candle from the Body Shop (£10), this is such a fresh, light scent that lingers hours after it has been lit.
Next I went to Lush and bought the R&B Hair Moisturiser (£11.25). In the summer my hair completely dries out so I needed a product that will re-infuse my hair with some moisture. This hair moisturiser has lots of nice oils like coconut and olive oil to strengthen the hair, it is meant for thick, course, curly, very dry or Afro-Caribbean hair so I wouldn’t recommend for the fine haired ladies. I rub a tiny bit of the product on the end of my hair and it tames the frizzies whilst giving my hair a healthy sheen. Also worth mentioning is the amazing smell of this product, it has a strong citrus scent and makes me think of being on a tropical island 🙂
I then got the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser Orange Flower & Chamomile Limited Edition (£19.75). As far as I can tell this has the same formulation as the normal cleanse and polish, but the smell of the orange flower and chamomile is just incredible. I think I’m going to stock up on these as it is a limited edition.
Finally, I bought Kiehls Ultra Light Daily Moisturiser SPF 50 (£31). I’ve been using Cliniques Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser SPF 20 but that feels way too heavy on my skin in this heat, plus it doesn’t have a high enough SPF. The Kiehls moisturiser has a light texture, which initially feels heavy on the skin, but once it’s absorbed the heaviness disappears. It’s the perfect make-up base if you just wear face powder or BB cream during the summer.
What products have you guys been buying this summer? Comment below and let me know.