#banishwipes Sanctuary giveaway this weekend! 

As part of the #banishwipes campaign by Amnesty, 50,000 bottles of the Sanctuary Miscellar water are being given away this weekend at Boots.

All you have to do is take a pack of of your face wipes to your nearest store exchange it for your freebie!

Such a great incentive for girls to look after their skin.
I’ve been an avid user of miscellar water for about 2 years now and I’ve never looked back!

Here’s 2 reasons why you should banish the wipes and opt for this greater alternative..
1. Wipes damage your skin: it’s very rare that you find a wipe that you can softly rub round your face to get lots of make up off. A lot of the time it involves dragging around the eyes and harsh rubbing to try to dig deep into those pores. Unfortunately this causes breakage and can lead to premature aging, sagging and wrinkles.

2. Wipes never remove all of your make up.

I have a little test for you. Take all of your make up off with a wipe, then grab some toner and rub over your face afterwards. I guarantee that you will still find excess makeup on your face!
If all makeup is not removed from your face each night, you will still get spots, clogging of pores and all other consequences of not removing your make up daily. So effectively using a make up wipe is pretty pointless.

Banish the wipes, get yourself to Boots and grab yourself a freebie!

LwL x

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My Skin Mission 

Throughout travelling South East Asia, my skin care regime was obviously neglected. My daily routine consisted of washing my face with soap, wearing factor 30 and applying the odd bit of coconut oil for my dark circles. That was it. 

Surprisingly, my skin stayed clear for 3 months!

   
Though this may have had something to do with the sun and the fact that I never wore makeup?

Anyway, about a week before I returned, I started to get a lot of spots around my chin area, and it wasn’t until I returned this weekend that I realised how bad my open pores were! 

   

 

I am now going on a mission to perfect my skin, my beauty regime and to find what make up actually works for me. (Contouring doesn’t look good on open pores!) 

I have tried untold brands over the years spending hundreds of pounds and none seem to have been good enough to stick. 

I am therefore going to experiment and document progress on my blog, the same way I did for my under eye bags. This way I’ll have measurable results to see if there is actually a change, and most importantly I can help my fellow readers with what’s hot and what’s not.

I should probably start by booking in a skin consultation to find out what my skin type is!

Stay tuned for lots of testing, experimenting and honest opinions.

Please also let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see in the beauty category! 

Eliminating dark circles: Final verdict

Hi guys,

It has now been 4 weeks since I started the Coconut oil remedy for bags under the eyes. Hasn’t it gone quick? 
Here’s a recap of the 4 weeks and the final verdict…
After 2 weeks the puffiness under the yes decreased slightly but there were still dark circles
After 3 weeks the dark circles had lightened slightly but we’re still evident
Week 4.. 
Here is the final comparison from week 1 to week 4. 
For a remedy that has cost me £3 that’s a huge improvement!

There are still some evident lines but Im pretty sure that’s due to a very poor diet, lack of water and all the restless sleep in the heat and all the travelling.
My verdict:
Cost of the product – 9/10

Time it takes to use/apply – 9/10

Improvement from day 1 – 7.5/10 

Final result: 8.5/10

Eliminating dark circles: Test 2 

Ok so I have officially reached the 21st day of the blitz the bags trial. 

Just to remind you, the DIY remedy I am putting to the test is coconut oil.

  

 I’ve been applying this 1-3 times a day (depending on how often u remember) for 3 weeks now. 

Test one showed some improvement in puffiness after 14 days but not much improvement on the darkness under the eyes. 
Here is my original shot at day one and test 2’s results.. 
  Can you see a difference?

The indents in my eyes are noticeably smaller and I can see that some of the purple has lightened. 
There seems to be a difference from the original and also slightly better than last week! Though I don’t yet think its enough to change someone’s life. 

One more week to see if we can get these any better as I’m still not completely satisfied! 

Keep an eye out for the final post

LwL X 

Valentines look

So after 2 and a half months of no make up or hair styling, I thought it was about time I made some effort, especially as it was my first valentines with Liam!
Unfortunately, travelling is not the most glamorous and I am very limited, but I finally put the make up that I brought out here and have never used to good use! 

Here’s my natural valentines look..

 

before and after
 
Make up

I got a few cheap bits before I came out here or used make up I had already, just so that I could use/throw it away if need be. Some of it has really surprised me and I think I’ll be rebuying! 

 1. Seventeen CC cream in medium

2. Seventeen on the spot concealer

3/4 Seventeen contour kit: light and bronze

5. Revlon brow pencil

6. Benefit Dallas blush

7.strawberrt lip balm 

8. Maybelline volume X-press mascara

I started with CC cream. I absolutely love this one this everyday for work back home in England. It’s a factor 25, so great for protecting your skin. 

  It works as a great base/primer or you can wear it on its own. It evens out your complexion and gives a natural tan matte look. 

Next I applied the concealer. I’m not the biggest fan of this. It’s dewy and wet which I think affects it ability to cover, but hey it’s all I have for now.

  
Luckily I had the light contour powder to dust over the top of my eyes to lighten the eye bags. I love this kit! It’s the only mirror I own too which is really helpful. This one will be on my repurchase list. 

  
I then applied the light powder to my T zone, chin and upper lip

With the bronzing powder I dusted just under the cheekbone to my temples, the sides of my nose, the skin around my hairline and my jaw bones.   

With a final brush of Dallas blush under the cheekbones sweeping up to the temples 
   

After the face I did my eyebrows. 

 I will post an eyebrow tutorial separately when I return from travelling, so that I can use proper a proper brow kit. You are limited with a pencil, even though it’s still possible to achieve a relatively good look.

I finished the look with a coat of mascara and some lip balm

  
After throwing on my dress and some sparkly sandals, here’s the final product..

  
 I bought this dress for $3 from a stall near Bayon Temple. What do you think?

LwL x 

Eliminating dark circles: Test 1

Hi guys!
So here’s blitz the bags Test one: The coconut oil remedy.

After reading up on this method I headed to a supermarket in Vietnam and purchased a small bottle of pure coconut oil. It was only 90000 dong. Winning. A small price to pay for super rejuvenated eyes (if it works that is)
So here’s the deets of this remedy:

  • Massage pure coconut oil under the eye area 2-3 times a day
  • You should notice a difference over a few weeks. 

So let’s start with a before pic:

 
I know, my eyes are terrible right? 
Here is a picture of my eyes before/after trying this method for about 14 days.

  
Slightly less puffy, but still signs of lots of darkness. However the thick lining of the eye bag on the right is also smaller.

A very small improvement. 

Over the past few days I’ve had a terrible bout of food poisoning again! So I’ve been being sick, then starving the bug and I’ve had a serious lack of sleep which is probably unfair to judge this method on. 

I am therefore going to extend the test a further 14 days instead of 7. So keep an eye out for the results of day 21 and 28!

LwL X 

First beauty post: Blitz the bags! 

Hi guys, this is my first beauty post in the new category on my site. How exciting!

All feedback, comments and advice are welcome as I’m super new to this area. If there is something you want added, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide some material.
Ok so as you’ve probably seen from many of my pics, I have an ongoing problem with terrible dark circles and eye bags. I constantly look tired, miserable, and about 20 years older than I am. Its really depressing.

I have therefore done some research into the cause of this popular issue amongst us women, including A star celebrities, and with my new found knowledge, I’m taking action and testing some DIY remedies.Without having to risk hundreds of pounds on creams that may or may not work. It’s time to affordably blitz the bags!

 

Eva Mendez is a sufferer

So here’s what I learnt and some tips that I’ve incorporated into my daily routine.

Dark circles and puffiness can be caused by a number of different things, not just the obvious ‘lack of sleep’. The eye area has super thin skin and is really sensitive, making it prone to exposing blood vessels a lot more clearly than any other part of the body. 

  

  • It’s so important to protect it from the sun, so always wear sunscreen (even in winter)
  • Keep the skin moisturised to avoid wrinkling.
  • Avoid dragging the skin too, this is common when you use rough make up wipes around the eyes. I now use miscellar water instead.  

Did you know that dark circles can be because of your genetics? What a liberty. I love my mum bless her, but I seem to inherit everything bad from her. My older sister got her clear skin and tiny legs and you know what I got? Varicose veins, wide feet and now dark circles too? Give me a break already. 
Other causes of dark circles include: 

  • Tiredness: the most obvious one. Those party years and weekly all nighters have really come back to haunt me. I also can’t remember the last time I had an uninterrupted night sleep
  • Age: I like to think this isn’t my cause. I’m only 23!

Puffy eyes are caused by fluid retention.

The main causes of puffy eyes are:

  • crying before bed: It’s best to avoid those late night soppy movies.
  • High salt intake: Put the popcorn down. 
  • The way you sleep: Wierd aye? Apparently sleeping on your side or stomach causes the particular eye to gather extra water, resulting in puffiness the following morning.
  • Stress
  • Rubbing your eyes a lot, including taking off your make up: we’re all guilty of it! Use a sensitive eye make up remover and never drag your skin!

So in addition to these new found tips, I am going to try 3 remedies that I have found online that claim to banish dark circles and puffiness. These will be tried and tested and best of all I’m going to documen how well they work, using myself as the subject, if they work at all that is.

As I’m very limited to things, being travel and all, I am going to try the easiest remedy I have found first.

The coconut oil method.

Watch this space!

LwL X