Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Ways To Boost Happiness In Spring

Out of all four seasons, Spring is my favourite. It stays lighter longer, which I love, and it means that it's almost Summer, which is another favourite season of mine. I associate it with baby animals, flowers, not always having to wear my thick coat or a million layers, pastels, and laughter. It's probably not just me, but when the sun starts coming out more and it gets slightly warmer, everything seems to lighten up, and I feel energetic, motivated, and so much happier.

So I thought I'd share a few ways to boost happiness and make the most of this beautiful season.

1. Enjoy the Sun

If you live in the UK, like I do, you'll know that warm and sunny days don't happen that often. So it's time to soak up the vitamin D, and make the most of it while you can!

2. Spring Clean

I've started going through my clothes and making a 'donate to charity shop' pile, given my room a good hoover, and my make-up collection could do with some organisation, too. Spring cleaning is a nice way to have a fresh start, and someone else might really love the clothes you don't wear anymore, or the make-up you don't use.

3. Exercise & Healthy Eating

It's time to revisit those New Year's Resolutions! Though at the beginning of January when we all make them, it's cold, rainy and dark all the time. In my opinion, Spring is a much better time for all of this! It's time to finally go for that run you've been saying you'll do for months, and try out some fresh, healthy recipes!

4. Treat Yourself

After all that spring cleaning, it's time to refresh your wardrobe or make-up stash with something new! Every brand seems to be launching new products at the moment, so head out and check them out, because we all deserve a treat or a good pamper once in a while.

Is there anything that you always do to boost happiness in Spring? As it's my favourite season, I'd love to know!


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Dermalogica Skincare Experience

I feel like I have always had issues with my skin. While I've been lucky enough to avoid teenage acne, or adult acne (so far!), I can't remember the last time I didn't have a single spot. The minute my existing ones start to fade, more of those pesky things start to brew. I've always had really oily skin, but occasionally when applying foundation I've seen it cling to dry patches, and I have somewhat sensitive skin as well. Basically, I never know what is going on, my skin has a mind of it's own. 

So when I was in London for my birthday weekend with my mum and brother, we went to Liberty, and I wanted to give Dermalogica a try.

What appealed to me most is that they actually look at your skin (through strange glasses - it's quite amusing!) before giving you product recommendations. The Sales Assistant was lovely and spent a lot of time with us, both my brother and I had a face mapping session done, and it was a great experience. I actually learned that my skin was dehydrated in some areas, and is much more sensitive than I originally thought. I'd really recommend this service, it's free, and if I hadn't had my skin analysed and just asked for products to treat what I originally thought my skin type was (oily skin) it may not have been as effective. You get a little map of your face to take away with you for future reference as well, which is handy!

Now, on to the products. I was recommended the UltraCalming Cleanser, the Daily Microfoliant, and the Active Moist moisturiser. The Sales assistant went through the routine with me, showing me how the products all worked. 

The Cleanser - The UltraCalming cleanser is a gel-based cleanser designed for sensitive skin. It should be mixed with a little bit of water before being applied to dry skin, and it washes off so easily, you only have to splash your face with water once or twice. It made me see my skincare routine as a luxury instead of a chore.

The Exfoliant - This one is a genius product, I love it so much. Even though it's supposed to be gentle enough to use every day, I was recommended to use this twice a week. It comes out of the tube like a powder, but when mixed with a few drops of water it becomes more like a paste. After using this, my skin has never felt so soft. It's always so soft that I can't stop touching my face, which is probably bad if I'm trying to avoid breakouts!

The Moisturiser - I've never had a very good relationship with moisturisers. Because of my often oily skin, applying them has always felt greasy and horrible. But I actually enjoyed using this one! So much, in fact, that I used up the entire tube within a few months, and now I really miss it. It's really light and sinks in to the skin quickly, two things I need in a moisturiser. 

I just need to mention, while these products all worked amazingly for me, I did get them based on the recommendations after my skin mapping analysis, so if you're thinking of looking into Dermalogica for the first time, I'd recommend that!

Overall, I really love these products a lot. My skin still has some issues, so I can't say that they've completely cleared up or saved my skin, but they really have helped tremendously, and I really enjoy using all of them. A definite thumbs up from me!

Have any of you ever tried Dermalogica, or have any staple skincare routines that you'd recommend?

Much love,

This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own and I just like Dermalogica a lot. :)

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