Beauty

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Lush: Million Dollar Moisturiser

I’m 25 and at that age where I need to start looking after my skin. SPF is vital (even if, like me, you live in the U.K. and get hardly any sunshine) when out during the day – because the lack of it speeds up the aging process and makes your skin receptive to pigmentation or dark/age-spots.

Million Dollar Moisturiser, from Lush, is the one I’ve been using for a bit and I’ll start singing its praises now.

Lounging in the sun is a job for the super rich, like the thick and creamy almond, sesame seed and oatmeal decoction inside this luxurious facial suncare. Reflective pigments will highlight your face with a Hollywood glow, so make your next walk on the beach a walk of fame safe from the sun’s rays (but maybe not the papparazzi you’ve attracted along). Beware: sweet tonka absolute and delicate lavender make you feel like a million dollars… so you might pick up some new, diva-ish habits on the way.

This Moisturiser has SPF 30 in it. To tell you the truth, I’ve been putting off purchasing this for so long because buying it would be an affirmation that I’m at that age now where I need to be taking care of my skin, as I want to maintain looking youthful for as long as possible. But, honestly, I’m kicking myself about not purchasing it sooner. It’s actually sensational. The smell? 😍 the thickness of the cream itself? 👏 (it’s similar to Magical Moringa), the soft, supple, highlighted and glowing skin revealed after application? ❤️

Million Dollar Moisturiser lives up to its name. I feel like a million dollars when wearing it. I recommend that you visit your local branch of Lush and try some for yourself, I assure you that you won’t look back.

What’s more, it’s extremely luxurious, another reason why you won’t regret picking one up for yourself.

Only the finest and best ingredients went into this moisturiser, making it worth every penny. You’ve got the soothing and glowing properties of Honey, the nourishing and hydrating properties of Fair Trade Shea Butter (which is prominent in this), nutrition of organic Sesame Oil and the antiseptic and upliftingness of Rosewood Oil. They blend together to create the richest but most amazing sun-protecting Moisturiser I’ve ever used (also the only one I’ve ever stuck to).

As promised, here’s my review on all the Lush toner waters and their benefits to each skin-type. Yes, I know that the majority of products I review are from Lush, but that’s because they’re great and work for me. I don’t expect everyone to jump on my Lush bandwagon, because everyone is different. Skin, tastes, likes, dislikes – it’s all gravy, baby!

If you like gravy, that is… On some Yorkshire puddings? Yes, please! 😍😋👌

“Right, you! Stop distracting me with Yorkshire pudding talk… What I really want is a Yorkie bar and a good, old Yorkshire brew as I read your review on Lush toner waters.” said Sally from the Dales. I hear you, Sally! I’m getting on to that now…

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Lush Tea Tree Toner

Tea Tree Toner Water:

Lush’s (Yorkshire*) Tea Tree was the be all and end all of life for me when I was suffering from acne. As much as I didn’t like it to begin with, I absolutely believe wholeheartedly that it has helped me a lot!

*I cannot confirm nor deny that Yorkshire tea was used in the making of this Tea Tree toner. I was half hoping so though ’cause I mean… Do I need to upload the image of Kermit the 🐸 sipping some ☕️ for you to understand?

The reason why I didn’t take to it in the beginning was because I noticed a few break-outs in the initial first few uses. But, looking back on it now it could’ve easily been down to suppressed, underlying bacteria in the face which this toner brought out.

It’s a bit like a facial… You get a facial done and then wake up the next day to spots the size of Mount Kilimanjaro on your face. That is in no way a reflection of how bad your facial was, just what’s trapped underneath your skin.

Our skin has plenty of layers (like a layer-cake seen on #GBBO, the Final’s airing tonight – watch it). All these layers have bacteria, dirt and impurities trapped in them with nowhere to go.

An intensive facial draws them all out, bringing them to the surface, and that’s how spots are formed.

I could 100,000% (not a percentage because percentages only go up to 100) be a science (and maths) teacher. YES!

So, although I thought Lush’s Tea Tree Water was a hinderance, it was in fact great help. I haven’t broken out since – and that’s a promise.

I like Lush Tea Tree’s water because it’s also multi-purpose, so you can use it as anti-bacterial, a setting spray for make up as well as a cooler in hot climates.

To summarise, if you have acne prone or combination-oily skin, this one is definitely for you.

Finally, the results you will notice after using this Tea Tree toner are that you’ll break-out less, produce oils less and be left with soft, soothed skin. The smell is an acquired one. If you love the smell of tea, happy days! If not, sorry, you’ll just have to grin and bear it.

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Lush: Eau Roma Water

Eau Roma Toner Water:

Outkast would probably try to warn you off this one because they think roses smell like “poo-ooh-ooh!” Reality is, they don’t. Roses, as I’m sure you know, smell very flowery (not that someone who’s never smelt one would know what to expect) but you catch my drift…

This one is an incredible toner. Like, if you thought Tea Tree was good, wait until you hear about this! It’s refreshing, oxidising, and without a doubt, the best toner Lush has (in my opinion). What I love most about it is that it gives a rosy glow to the skin (mine in particular as I can’t speak for other wearers).

Lush love pairing their products, so – if you love Angels on Bare Skin, you’ll want to spray this one on afterwards! Both Angels on Bare Skin and Eau Roma water are preferably worn by dry or sensitive skin sufferers. Skin redness and irritation? Gone.

I personally adore how much my skin breathes. Unlike Tea Tree Water, you can actually feel the fresh sensation of your pores being closed. I spray this both under my makeup and on top — using it in the same way I would the Tea Tree. Also, similarly to Tea Tree, this too is multi-purpose, softening, soothing, mattifying with the added bonus that it smells like roses!

FYI: Eau Roma Water, when said in a French accent, makes it all that more worthwhile.*

*I cannot confirm nor deny this either. Soz!

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Lush: Breath of Fresh Air

Breath of Fresh Air Toner Water:

Okay, I haven’t personally tried this one yet but I can imagine that it’d be much of the same as the other toners. It’s multi-purpose – meaning it can be used on the go, on top of or underneath makeup or if you need a quick refresh and/or a cool down. I don’t know how it feels on the skin but I’m sure it’s delightful, and I’m guessing feels less rosy than Eau Roma and more like cO2 (without the emission and pollution).

If, like me, you’re wondering where the FCUK I come up with all these from… My honest answer is: I have no idea, I was, like Lady Gaga, Born This Way. 

To me, as someone who’s never tried it, I assume Breath of Fresh Air would feel as though  the sea breeze is brushing up on your skin. It’s got seaweed and rose absolute which also reduce redness.

Apparently, this is their “most refreshing toner”, so – again – sensitive skin suffers would benefit mostly *but that’s not to say that no-one else can wear it*!

I give you my word that I’ll try this toner next week and compare how I feel after wearing it with the way I do when stepping out of a 15-minute sauna session. Deal? Deal. 😘

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie appears in Boots’ No7 advert

Boots‘ new No7 advert is one to watch and remember… If you havent seen it yet, get watching by clicking on the red and white play button above. I mean, let’s face it, you’re going to want to see this because it’s got the World’s leading feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, fronting it.

Firstly, as a lady, I’d like to start by saying that even I hate the term “feminism” because it makes it sound as though we, females, put ourselves above the male population. That is not true in the slightest! Feminism, in essence, is about equality; the ability to be equals in society, because right now (and previously) that has sadly not been the case… Women should be allowed to do a “man’s job”. Women should be allowed to receive as much pay as a man earns when working in the same role. Females should not be seen as the inferior gender because there shouldn’t even be an inferior:superior ratio to begin with. Feminism isn’t about “us”, it’s about “equality”. Rant over!

Chimamanda, the Nigerian world-renowned and award-winning author who has appeared on Ted Talks‘We Should All Be Feminists‘, which featured in Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless‘ track, is the woman that every lady should aspire to be. She is an ambassador for women’s rights and knows all too well the difficulties we face in employment and society in general.

As far as adverts about female empowerment and validation go, this one is by far the strongest. It sends a clear message that us girls don’t need to “not wear makeup” or “hide” our “high heels” to “be taken seriously”. We should be allowed to exist in a society that accepts us because makeup “doesn’t mean anything, it’s just makeup”. You know what (or who) means something? The lady wearing it. She who wears it, how she composes herself, how she carries herself, how she feels, what she says… Makeup is just an enhancement to our natural beauty, it’s nothing more than that. High heels and/or fitted clothes the same…

It saddens me that Chimamanda ever had to stop wearing makeup and high heels in order to get noticed. But, luckily, she “woke up” and realised that in not doing so she was portraying a “false version” of herself. For many of us, makeup and clothes give us confidence. That’s not to say we’re not confident in our skin, we just happen to love make-up and enjoy looking our best.

I’m extremely glad that she is discussing our relationship with makeup because it’s only skin-deep. Society thinks it runs deeper than that, but it really doesn’t. Let it be a known fact that we are not wearing makeup to “impress someone”, we are not wearing makeup to seduce others, we wear it because we want to.

Speaking in her Ted Talk, Adichie said that the word feminist was “so heavy with baggage, negative baggage. You hate men, you hate bras, you hate African culture.” Instead, she said, she wanted to be identified as a “happy African feminist who does not hate men and who likes lip gloss and who wears high heels for herself but not for men”.

“Sadly, women have learnt to be ashamed and apologetic about pursuits that are seen as traditionally female, such as fashion and make-up.

Chimamanda recently shared a 9,000 word speech on Facebook where she described how best to raise a feminist daughter. You can read it in full HERE.

A snippet of it reads: “If she likes make-up let her wear it; if she likes fashion let her dress up. But if she doesn’t like either let her be … Feminism and femininity are not mutually exclusive. It is misogynistic to suggest that they are.

“Sadly, women have learnt to be ashamed and apologetic about pursuits that are seen as traditionally female, such as fashion and make-up.”

During her Ted Talk, Chimamanda also mentioned the pressure of attempting to look less feminine before teaching her first writing class for fear that she wouldn’t be taken seriously.

She said: “I really wanted to wear my shiny lip gloss and my girly skirt but I decided not to.

“Instead I wore a very serious, very manly, and very ugly suit. Because the sad truth is that when it comes to appearance, we start off with men as the standard, as the norm.
“If a man is getting ready for a business meeting, he doesn’t worry about looking too masculine, and therefore not being taken seriously.

“If a woman is getting ready for a business meeting she has to worry about looking too feminine, and what it says, and whether or not it will be taken seriously.”

That is the saddest thing I’ve ever heard… Imagine having to change what you wear for fear of not being listened to? The thought alone is beyond heartbreaking.

When thinking about it, anyone who has ever used the quote: “you can tell a lot about a lady by the way they dress” is being unintentionally sexist, not to mention incorrect. Clothes and makeup are luxuries, they are not necessities. The foundations of life are built on who we are, how we treat people, and the ways in which we act and not which brand of concealer we use. A lady who chooses to dress up and show up is more-often-than-not a lady who has enough time (or makes it) to get ready because she likes taking care of her appearance.

A teacher of mine once said: “if you look good, you feel good and if you feel good, you do good”, never a truer word spoken.

So, ladies, let this advert be a turning point for us in a hope that we begin to be taken seriously with or without makeup on our faces and heels on our feet. Also, this is in no way an advert that’s forcing women to wear makeup. Alicia Keys has rocked the no makeup look for years and we salute her.

Instead, this advert is supposed to empower those that do wear makeup yet feel less worthy than a man who just turns up to work in the same job but gets paid a larger salary or listened to more carefully. It’s also not a dig at men — far from it. Men, you are legends, we love and respect you wholeheartedly. We just want to be seen as equals. We just want there to be no gender inequality, we are one!