Self Care

In April 2018, the Philocalist beauty category was renamed to ‘self care’ to reflect the content going forward.

Why do my lips look like crispy bacon during winter?

Close up image of lipgloss being applied to healthy looking lips.

Ah the magic of winter! One minute Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, then the next he’s splitting your lip and chapping your chops. (Thanks, mate)

I don’t know about you but the weather wreaks havoc on my skin at this time of year, particularly my lips. They feel sore, they feel dry, they look like crispy bacon. For a whole season, matte lipsticks are pretty much off limits.

But does it have to be that way? Do we have to suffer with crispy lips every winter?

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Unboxing my mystery Lush box

Every Christmas my fella puts a Lush giftbox together for me, complete with a Knot wrap. This year he decided to make one for my birthday too. It’s been a while since then and I’ve made my way through the full box. I generally don’t share things like this, but since we both love Lush I wanted to review the items and share them with you.

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Bloggermail from Soaprise.Me!

It’s rare that I get surprise parcels, but this week I received something extremely exciting! These goodies are from a new online bath&body company called Soaprise Me. A few weeks ago they got in touch to say they’d be launching their September batch soon and I jumped at the chance to try them.

As soon as this bloggermail landed on my desk, you could smell the contents throughout my whole office. I had no idea what was in the box, but I was so eager to find out! I’ve decided to break down this review piece-by-piece so you can really get to know the range.

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Kallos Cosmetics LAB35 review – My hair holy grail

Lab35 Hair milk, signature conditioner and sulfate free shampoo

I used to think ‘salon quality hair’ at home was a total myth. It sounds like something they just say on the adverts, doesn’t it? In the search for Disney Princess-esque hair finding the right products can be a minefield. After all, the advice often contradicts itself. “Keep it simple and don’t weigh your hair down“… but it’s apparently also essential that we need a foam wash, mask, leave-in conditioner, heat protection spray, texture spray, hairspray and a myriad of other gunk.

What a load of tosh! Finding what’s right for your hair can be a long and tiresome process, so I thought I’d share my three holy grail products from Kallos Cosmetics.

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The Lush Cosmetics jelly face masks, worth the hype?

I have a theory that you’re always taking a little bit of a risk when buying a new product from Lush Cosmetics on the launch date. It seems as if the first batch is always a little beta test for the first wave of customers, a product they’ve perfected in-house but might not stand up to public opinion. That’s why products always seem a bit better a month or so after they first arrived in stores. Some formulas don’t need tweaking, some do – That’s my theory anyway!

When I first heard about Lush’s jelly face masks the curiosity got the best of me. I’m a huge fan of their fresh masks, so a solid alternative that doesn’t expire quickly did seem appealing. I couldn’t wait for another blogger to review them. I had to try them even though I knew there was a chance I would possibly be a guinea pig.

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