JYUKIMI

FASHION | BEAUTY | LIFESTYLE

#SAVETHECULTURE




How long has it been since you picked up a real book, not your Kindle, not your iPad, but a hard copy of a book?

I've just started to participate in an International Book Exchange.
I'm intrigued to see what I'll receive!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Buy one book (send to one person)
  2. Receive approximately 36 back
  3. Let me know you're interested and I'll give you all the details (leave a comment or email me at yukimiyau@gmail.com)
It really is as simple as that, no joining fee or anything, just a simple Book Exchange.

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THE FURTHER WE GET, THE BETTER

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I would call this a cheeky buy, but it really isn't, I've been using these 2 Benefit products for a long time now, and all I ever do is re-buy them when I've run out.

So yes, they are "cheeky" as I apply them on my cheeks, but they are certainly NOT a cheeky buy.

HOOLA by Benefit
ROCKATEUR by Benefit
Benefit have been releasing so many new products I can barely catch up, I'm still stuck on these 2 powders.

If you don't know already, these 2 are both powder products, HOOLA is a bronzer and ROCKATEUR is a blusher.




HOOLA is a matte bronzer powder, no shimmer, no shine.

As the colour is a little darker than all the other bronzers I have, it does give a bit of a chiseled look, so I just blend it out with my Beauty Blender, or dust it off with a bit of finishing powder.

I loving using this for contouring, a swipe across the cheeks, a bit around my temples, a curved swipe along the hairline and lastly, a swipe or 2 under the jawline for a bit more definition.

RECOMMENDED BRUSH : ITA KABUKI BRUSH by NARS




You now know I love contouring with HOOLA, as it is a matte bronzing powder, I normally try to use a shimmery blusher to go with it, so ROCKATEUR is normally my no.1 pick!

They match so well and compliment each other so perfectly. The colours just WORK.

ROCKATEUR is a shade of rose gold, the gold accent helps to highlight, so I normally sweep this across my cheekbones to help give just that little bit more definition.

How could I not fall in love with this colour, I'm a huge fan of pink and gold!


RECOMMENDED BRUSH : BLUSH BRUSH by REAL TECHNIQUES



You may have noticed I've added recommended brushes for each product, these are just my preference, so don't feel like you have to go and buy these specific brushes! Benefit actually include brushes in the boxes, both shaped to suit the powder, and as they're so small, they're perfect for travelling too, nice and compact!

So here they are, My Cheeky Favourites. So, Benefit, please don't go changing the formula, they're perfect as they are!




When was the last time I showed you my monthly favourites?
Last month, these are the products which really stood out for me and I found I really enjoyed using them (most of them daily).











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1) YSL - FUSION INK FOUNDATION (B20)


I've had this foundation for a while and I've never really LOVED it, but since the end of summer and the start of autumn, I feel like I am slowly falling for it.




It is a very liquid-y formula, so after application, it leaves my skin still feeling like "skin" - Soft and Supple.

The coverage is brilliant and it is very buildable, and one major bonus, it doesn't leave my skin looking cakey. I've found with this foundation, I've not needed to add any finishing powder on top as it is a matte looking foundation.




Another thing I really like about this foundation is the applicator stick. As I don't share this foundation with anyone, I just go ahead and dab the stick directly onto my face, that way I can see exactly how much I really am using on certain parts of my face.

I can't say this is my FAVOURITE ever foundation (yet), but it certainly was an October favourite!


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I've always been a fan of cleansing oils as they keep my skin hydrated as opposed to normal cleansing milks.

So I was very excited when I found this cleansing oil by Klairs.




This cleansing oil is so gentle on the skin as it is made up of natural oils : Black Bean Oil, Black Sesame Oil and Blackcurrant Seed Oil.

1) Black Bean Oil
Black bean helps to control the sebum production, increases the skin elasticity and provides a soothing effect

2) Black Sesame Oil
Black sesame prevents dehydration and skin aging while providing powerful antioxidant effects through various useful components such as Beta-carotene, Rinolenic acid, Sesamin, Sesaminol and Tocopherol.

3) Black Currant Seed Oil
Black Current Seed Oil strengthens the skins protective layer to prevent the evaporation of moisture from the skin. It promotes skin cell regeneration and provides antioxidant effects by containing various minerals.


Klairs is a Korean brand and all their products are made from natural ingredients. They've actually become increasingly popular this year, I've seen so many people talk about their ranges!

I've been using Shu Uemura's cleansing oils for a few years now and I normally use it to help remove make up. This Klairs cleansing oil does the same thing, but in a much more gentle way, so I still have to use make up remover prior to cleansing my face with the oil.



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3) TREACLEMOON - THAT VANILLA MOMENT | THE RASPBERRY KISS | MY COCONUT ISLAND




These have been added into my bathroom collection recently as I can't get over how "yummy" they smell.

The hand wash is definitely my favourite out of the 3, it smells like a coconut dessert and leaves your hands smelling that way for ages after washing them. I also love the pump bottle and as it comes in a 500ml volume, it lasts forever... and ever... and ever...

The shower gel and body scrub are just nice to have. I've been using the body scrub on my legs, knees and bottom of my feet to help smoothen them up a little, as it has been a little hard this last month to moisturise them properly with my growing bump as an obstacle.

They are available at Tesco and don't cost a bomb (they're on sale at the moment too), not only that, the children will LOVE it... I think these are so much better to buy than the cartoon character bath products (which do cost quite a bit). Treaclemoon ranges from about £2-3.


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4) CHANEL - GEL PURETÉ FOAMING GEL CLEANSER


This cleanser is a bit of a guilty pleasure. It costs a lot more than my previous gel cleanser - Avène Soapless Foaming Gel (see review here) but I've sadly fallen in love with it.


I always have a gel cleanser in my skincare collection as I need one to use with my Clarisonic, so for the past few months, it has been this Chanel one. Obviously, you don't have to have a Clarisonic in order to use this cleanser, hands will do fine.

As soon as this cleanser touches water, it lathers up into a gorgeous, light foam. It helps to eliminate excess sebum, impurities and pollutants from the skin and along with the Clarisonic, it does an even better job at doing so.

Sometimes when I use the Clarisonic, I don't have contacts in, and obviously don't have my glasses on and as I'm quite blind, I lose control of the brush head and end up getting some of my cleanser in my eye (typical of me), so what I'm trying to say, is... this Chanel Gel Cleanser isn't too sensitive to the eyes, which is PERFECT for me.

I wouldn't say I need this cleanser in my skincare routine as I could easily do with a cheaper gel cleanser, but as it has appeared in my October favourites, I can only assume I will re-purchase it again.

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5) PHILIPS - EASYSHINE IONIC STYLING BRUSH


I have to admit this hasn't just been an October favourite, it's been almost half a year worth of a favourite. I've pretty much given up using the Tangle Teezer and converted to using this.




Inside this brush, there's ionic technology which helps to smoothen out the hair and keep those flyaways nice and tidy. It spreads ions all over your hair to reduce the frizz and generally make your hair look as if you've spent time on it. This is perfect for my bad hair days, especially as a mother, I can't get enough of bad hair days...




That black hole just underneath the bristles is where the ions come out from, so as you brush, it spreads very evenly over every strand of hair. The white button type thing just above that is how you pop out the bristles, for easy cleaning.



The brush is super easy to use. The button on the side, turns the brush on, it then lights up at the bottom of the brush so you know it actually is on. It doesn't generate much noise at all, even less noise than when you blow to get rid of a loose eyelash on your fingers (for example).

So if you don't feel like you need the help of the ions, it is just a standard compact brush. It runs on AAA batteries, which are obviously easy to get hold of - I kind of wish it was just rechargeable like most beauty electronics.

So, overall, this brush is a handy little contraption, it's about the size of an adult's palm, so it fits nicely into a handbag, make up bag, and is most definitely perfect for traveling.

It comes in quite a few different colours and patterns, so you'll definitely find one to suit your taste.

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So that's it for October, these are my October favourites!

If I have the time at the end of this month/early next month, I'll be sure to share my November favourites, because I'm already falling head over heels with quite a handful of beauty products, so I'm super excited!




As you may already know, I'm pregnant!

The due date for Baby No.2 is 4th December 2015.

I'm currently at 34 weeks (35 weeks this Friday), which leaves me with just over 6 weeks to go, so that doesn't really leave me with much time!

I have a 3 year old boy, Rico, and he was 3 weeks early, so if this baby is anything like him, that means I only have 3 weeks left!

So now's the time to really start getting ready for the baby's arrival. Most importantly, I need to make sure my hospital bag is all ready and fit to go when those contractions start.


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WHAT'S IN MY HOSPITAL BAG


FOR BABY

Clothing wise, I've definitely packed more than I need for baby, but I think the more the better, at least I'll be prepared at hospital.
Babies go through so many clothes in a day as there are little bodily fluid related accidents...


CLOTHING

PINKS

  • x3 SHORT SLEEVE BODY SUIT
  • x3 LONG SLEEVE BODY SUIT
  • x3 LONG SLEEVE NO LEGS BODY SUIT

WHITES

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OUTERWEAR
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ACCESSORIES
  • HAT
  • MITTENS
  • SCRATCH MITTENS
  • x2 SOCKS

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MISCELLANEOUS


  • CELLULAR BLANKET
  • RABBIT TOY & ELEPHANT COMFORTER
  • PILLOW
  • MUSLIN CLOTH
  • FLANNEL
  • x8 NAPPIES
  • WATER WIPES

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FOR MUM

The following things are what I find essential for my hospital stay.
I haven't yet packed my camera, iPad or iPhone (and chargers) for obvious reasons...


CLOTHING

I'm only showing you the clothing that I will be needing in hospital, and not what I'll be going home in, as they'll just be a zip up hoodie and leggings or something like that.

NIGHTIE
PRIMARK
I am actually planning on getting changed into this nightie before I head off to hospital, hopefully after a nice, relaxing shower at home.

If I end up not having time to change into this before I leave for hospital, I will throw these in the bag too.

I also plan to give birth in this nightie as I find the slogan pretty relative to what situation I will be in when in labour.

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PYJAMAS (to sleep in) - CAMISOLE & SHORTS
PRIMARK

PYJAMAS (to lounge in) - FLEECE SWEATER & FLEECE TROUSERS
PRIMARK

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UNDERWEAR - BLACK SET, NURSING BRA, SPARE PANTIES

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SLIPPERS
KEIRA by BEDROOM ATHLETICS

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TOILETRY & MAKE UP BAG

TOILETRY BAG

KAO SELF HEATING EYE MASKS

These help me sleep better, the last time I was in hospital after the birth of my son, it was really difficult to get to sleep as the daylight kept creeping through the curtains.

After labour, you'll want to sleep and when you want to nap, the hospital lights "conveniently" turn on. So these will just be there if I need them to soothe me to sleep.



GLASSES, CONTACT LENSES, CONTACT LENSES CASE & SOLUTION

Need I really explain why I need these?

Out of everything in the photo above, they're probably the most important as I can't just buy these.

Plus, I don't think my newborn will appreciate her blind mother handling her.



LIP BALM & FACIAL WATER SPRAY

Both of these items I find are essential for using during labour.

I'll spare all the actual details of why your lips get so dry in labour, but I'm sure you can guess, so a lip balm is helpful.

And the water spray? It's there to cool you down... A nice little way to refresh.



BABY PRODUCTS

  • SUDOCREM
  • JOHNSON'S BABY WASH
  • JOHNSON'S BABY OIL
I bring this mini's with me, just in case, I didn't use them last time, but maybe they'll come in handy this time?

I was discharged from hospital within 24 hours with my first baby, so hopefully it'll be the same this time and I probably won't need to bathe the baby at the hospital.



TOOTHBRUSH & TOOTHPASTE (AND BREATH SPRAY)

If you end up staying the night, you'll need these.
And maybe a towel or a face towel?



SKINCARE

  • SHU UEMURA CLEANSING OIL
  • LANCÔME NIGHT CREAM
  • BIO-OIL
  • L'OCCITANE HAND CREAM

I can't actually decide on what skincare to bring, but for now, I've just packed these 4 in case I have to rush out of the house.



HAIRBRUSH

I've packed my Philips EasyShine Ionic Styling Brush because it helps to keep those loose flyaways nice and tidy, and it should just make me look a bit more "made up" after labour.


MATERNITY PADS & BREAST PADS

These are most definitely packed too, but I didn't really feel the need to photo them and publish them on my blog as such.

You'll definitely be needing maternity pads, maternity pads as opposed to sanitary towels as they do a better job, plus they do work out cheaper. I just bought the Boots ones.

And breast pads, I chose the Johnson's Breast Pads, they may not be needed, as you may not suffer from much leaking in the first few days, but I've packed a few just in case.


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MAKE UP BAG

This part is the easiest to pack, as I will not be needing all that much.

  • SHU UEMURA EYELASH CURLER
  • IOPE AIR CUSHION
  • KEVYN AUCOIN CREAMY GLOW DUO
  • MINI MODELCO LIP LACQUER
  • ANASTASIA BROW WIZ
  • HEROINE MAKE MASCARA
  • FOLD UP MIRROR
I've just got the basics, a make up base, a blusher to give me a bit of colour, lip gloss, mascara, all for that "I'm Awake" face. Oh, and of course, a fold up mirror as I don't want to be hogging the bathroom mirror on the hospital ward.

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So that's what's in my hospital bag for now, on the day, I will be grabbing my pregnancy notes, phone, camera and inhaler with me (the other essentials I can't pack at the moment).

I think I have covered pretty much everything on my checklist, but knowing me, I'll find something else to stuff in tomorrow.

I've got 3 masks to add to the Mask Series today!
All of which are from the same brand : SNP.
(SNP are a South Korean brand and they released their Animal Face Masks earlier on this year and since then, they've been so ridiculously popular.)

I got my hands on 3 boxes of their Animal Face Mask series - Animal Dragon Soothing Mask, Animal Tiger Wrinkle Mask and Animal Panda Whitening Mask.

You might have seen people using these masks on Instagram, as they are very selfie-worthy products!


LEFT TO RIGHT :
Animal Dragon Soothing Mask
Animal Tiger Wrinkle Mask
Animal Panda Whitening Mask


I think, like everyone else, the main reason I bought these were because I was intrigued as to what was in the mask pack itself... Would I end up looking like a Dragon, Tiger or Panda? Or are they just plain old face masks with a cute animal picture on the packaging?

I actually had no idea what I was expecting as I hadn't even seen them online, I just walked into a Sasa store in Hong Kong, with the intention of buying some sheet masks and came out with these, which were on offer at the time!


All 3 masks contain a base mixture of 50% Natural Coconut Juice and 50% Coconut Water, both of which are highly nourishing and moisturising for the skin.


Let's go onto each individual mask :



ANIMAL DRAGON SOOTHING MASK



The Dragon Mask is a soothing mask and it does exactly that, it helps to soothe irritated, red and blotchy skin. It's perfect for weathered skin, either you've been out in the sun or the wind.

I love using this mask when I've been out on a cold and windy day, it helps to restore some moisture in my face.



The face mask is green, but I don't think it looks so much like a dragon when it is on my face.

I've used this several times and I can't seem to get the folds to sit on my face correctly, so some bits are still sticking out, so maybe the sizing isn't so right for my face shape.

However, it doesn't really matter because I overlap most of the flaps, so my face is pretty much all covered anyway.




The inside of the mask (face side) is less pigmented, and don't worry, the colour won't transfer onto your skin as SNP have perfected their formula for the colouring, so it won't be absorbed into your skin. Just treat it as a normal sheet mask.

This mask is very hydrating and does its job of "soothing", even after about an hour of using this mask, my face feels super supple, soft and still a little cool from the application of the mask.



ANIMAL TIGER WRINKLE MASK


Out of the 3, I would say, this is my favourite one!
Even my 3 year old son loves this one, he points at me, giggles and shouts "MUMMY, TIGER, ROOOOAR".

This is an anti-wrinkle mask and claims to diminish wrinkles/lines and help to leave the skin radiant.
I'm not sure sure about the wrinkle part of this mask, but I do find my skin gets a lot bouncier after using this mask as it is obviously helping to restore the elasticity in my skin.



Out of the 3 masks, this one resembles its animal the most. Look at the pink nose (although I've applied it a little wonky), it looks so much like a tiger!

As with the Dragon Mask, this also has a bit of difficulty sitting on my face, I couldn't seem to apply it straight.

This mask still leaves my face with a cooling feeling afterwards and yet again, it is hydrating, but this mask is perfect for those days where I feel my face is a little bit swollen, or puffy-looking, it really does help to restore that "bounce" to my skin.



ANIMAL PANDA WHITENING MASK



I'm a sucker for whitening products, especially if they help to even my skin tone and well, hopefully "whiten" my skin.

The Animal Panda Whitening Mask helps to restore dull and rough skin, in my opinion, it does help to brighten my skin a little, but I wouldn't say it is a "WOW" moment when I take off this mask.



As with the other 2 masks, this Panda mask is hydrating and moisturising again (I assume it has something to do with the coconut juice and coconut water base). As for a whitening mask, maybe eventually after a lot more uses, my skin would be "whiter"... I think they should really call this the "Animal Panda Brightening Mask".

I also have a tendency to use this mask the wrong way round, as the colours aren't as strong on this mask. I wonder if I have it the wrong way round in these photos!




I think out of the 3, the Panda mask is currently my least favourite, but when my skin is feeling dull, I'll happy use this one to restore a bit of shine and luminosity to my face!





So these are the 3 masks I am using from the SNP Animal Face Mask series, there is also a blue otter one (which I couldn't get my hands on) and there's an Chinese Opera Face one too! Hopefully I'll get to try those one day!

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GIVEAWAY - SNP ANIMAL FACE MASKS
(DRAGON, TIGER, PANDA)


Before I disappear, I wanted to mention I did not link where to buy these masks as it seems as though you can only get them on Amazon online...

SO... I want to let you know, you have the chance to get them right off my blog FOR FREE!
I'll be sending out a little SNP care package to the winner, all 3 of these masks will be included and maybe a couple of surprise gifts too!

*ANYONE CAN ENTER*
*INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY*

It should only take you a few clicks to enter (see below)!


GOOD LUCK!



I've always loved coconut oil and even more so now that I have found the Vita Coco Coconut Oil!


VITA COCO COCONUT OIL


I'm so happy that they've realised their own coconut oil because I've always been a huge fan of their Coconut Waters.

You must have read that coconut oil has so many health and beauty benefits and it can be used in so many ways, but if you don't know, I'm going to tell you briefly now!



USES

Cooking Oil
Replacement for Butter
Smoothie Booster
Popcorn Topping
Pan Frying
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Hair Mask
Hair Frizz Fighter
Body Oil & Moisturiser
Lip Balm
Shaving Cream
Make Up Remover
Hand Cream/Oil & Cuticle Softener
Under Eye Cream
Oil Pulling / Teeth Whitener
& More



As you can see in the list above, it can pretty much be used for anything!

As it is such a natural product, it is perfect to add into your cooking, or maybe just a spoonful of it mixed into your early morning tea or coffee as an energy booster for the day.

However, I didn't buy it to consume it, I purely use it for beauty purposes.


CREST 3D WHITESTRIPS


The main reason I bought it was for the teeth whitening usage, normally I use Crest Whitening Strips, but as I am now pregnant, I try my best to stay away from chemical and toxic things.

So, the Whitening Strips have been packed away, as they cannot be good for the baby.

So Vita Coco's Coconut Oil is my replacement for now.




COCONUT OIL PULLING (TEETH WHITENING)

The way to whiten your teeth with coconut oil is - oil pulling.
You basically use it in the same way you would with a drugstore mouthwash.




The coconut oil is a solid but can easily be warmed up in your hands (if you were to use it as a moisturiser for example), or in this case, it will slowly melt in your mouth.

It doesn't taste too bad and no it is not a super strong coconut flavoured oil, it's actually quite subtle, and definitely does not taste of "oil".

  • Take a spoonful of the coconut oil
  • Place it into your mouth
  • As it melts, swish it around your mouth (like a mouthwash), try pulling it in between your teeth for about 10-20 minutes (not as vigourously as a mouthwash as your jaw will start to ache)
  • Spit it all out in the bin or the toilet - REMEMBER : DO NOT spit it out into the sink as it could clog up the drain
  • Brush your teeth
  • You're ready to go!

Once the coconut oil starts to melt, you'll find that you gather more and more liquid as you go, because the oil helps the production of saliva. It also helps to kill bacteria and kill the toxins within your mouth, from your tongue and your gums.

Coconut Oil will eventually help to whiten your teeth naturally, after using it religiously of course and it can also help to kill bad breath! It's not going to have the same effect as whitening strips or gel, as they seem to give you results as soon as you've used them because they pretty much strip your teeth. Coconut Oil helps to reduce the build up of bacteria, decay and all that dirty stuff in your mouth.


I've been Coconut Oil pulling for about a month now and I'm going to continue until I've had my baby, just because I have found my mouth feels fresher, my teeth haven't got any yellower and I actually love the taste of it.

Have you tried oil pulling yet? If you haven't, I definitely recommend it! And of course, the tub won't go to waste as there are SO many more uses for it.

I'm going to go and drench my hair in coconut oil now as a hair mask whilst I type up my next blog post.




This product caused quite a bit of a controversial stir when it was launched due to the name : SIZE ZERO.

Lots of people get quite upset over the subject of body shaming, especially when our bodies are compared to celebrities and models etc.

I've had a child and I'm now pregnant with my second, so my body has gone through a lot of changes, but I don't let the name of a product bother me. However, when I do see celebrity mothers in magazines with their flawless bodies, it does make me think : "Why can't that be me?", but it won't me, I'm just little old me.

I think, why should you let someone tell you what size you should be? Yes, it is hard to love ourselves when we are not confident or secure with what body shape or size we have, but why can't we learn to love what we have?

So yes, maybe Rodial has chosen the wrong name for their product, but why should the name affect us so much.

What I want to do in the review of this product is completely forget about the name and just look into the product as a body care product.





FIRST IMPRESSION

When I got this product, I knew it was not miraculously going to turn me into a size 0... It doesn't claim to turn you into a Victoria Secret's model, it is simply a moisturiser with toning properties, not weight loss properties.

In my opinion, most moisturisers DO have toning properties, if you spend about 5 minutes a day just moisturising your body, you are helping the blood circulation, therefore helping your body gain some form of elasticity.

The Super Fit Size Zero contains Pro-Sveltyl which aids the reduction of fat cells and tissue inflammation, this helps to drain water retention and help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.

I have been using this product for a few months now and cellulite is slowly disappearing. Since the birth of my first baby, quite a lot of cellulite appeared around my bum, especially underneath and a bit on my thighs, so I don't know if it is necessarily this product that has helped to reduce it, but I have seen a lot less.

I've tried skin firming products before, L'Oreal, Nivea, even Clarins, but I don't think they worked... They were good moisturisers, but that was about it.




The Super Fit Size Zero is a very good daily moisturiser, it has such a light and creamy texture and you don't feel sticky after using it. You don't have to smother yourself in it, just apply it like you would with any moisturiser.

It has a heavenly scent, if I could say it "smells yummy", then this smells delicious, or divine. This one has a rose-y, citrus-y scent, so you feel so fresh after applying it (and the scent lingers on your skin for hours after application).




HOW TO USE

Rodial actually advise you to use this on problem areas such as the thighs, the bum and those bingo wings... But, I like to go all out and cover every inch of my body.

After using this product, I feel so smooth and hydrated, even my husband noticed my skin got smoother!


  • Apply Super Fit Size Zero (mainly in problem areas) in circular motions to help the blood circulation.
  • Let skin absorb the product, and you're good to go

Super simple and easy to use, just like any day-to-day moisturiser, and as it smells amazing, you can even use it in the morning before you leave the house and you could probably skip out the perfume step!



VERDICT

As with any Rodial product, a hefty-ish price tag comes with this product.

The best bit? The moisturiser seems to help with reducing cellulite and helps you to gain some form of contours back in your body... Don't forget it leaves you feeling so soft, smooth and silky!

The worst? It costs £55... Yes, the tub contains 300ml worth of product, so it should last quite some time, but if you are going to use it as a daily moisturiser, it may not last THAT long.

I don't know how much this product helps in keeping you "toned" and "cellulite free", but since I started using it (a few months ago), the results seem to be visible... And don't forget, as I'm pregnant at the moment, there is no way I am getting skinnier... I am probably a cellulite magnet and definitely a fat and water retention magnet at the moment... But if cellulite is starting to disappear on my body, I wonder what it could do on yours!

£55 is a bit shocking for a daily moisturiser but if it seems to be working for me, I don't see why not... 


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I do have a little suggestion... If you're not ready to spend that much on this moisturiser, you can always give Nip & Fab a try.
They have various body care products, such as :






Nip & Fab is Rodial's sister brand, both founded by Maria Hatzistefanis (@MRSRODIAL).
The brand is available at some drugstores and the products are very similar to Rodial's, just without the high-end price tag.

So that's my secret I want to share with you today. If you really can't afford to buy Rodial's products, give Nip & Fab a try first, it's a lot cheaper for something made by the exactly the same company...

And, if you do end up loving Nip & Fab... You're going to be head over heels with Rodial. I can promise that.


How many different spot treatment products have you been through?
How many of them actually worked?
Now work out how much money you have spent on all of these products that claim to do the job.

In my opinion, one of the cheapest products and one of the most easily accessible products for spots and mild acne would have to be Sudocrem.




Now, I don't get spots very often, however, when it's that time of the month, a huge, ugly pimple/spot will appear on my face, probably in the most annoying of places, on the end of my nose, in the middle of my cheek or on the end of my chin. It's anyones worst nightmare!




Sudocrem is that little grey tub of white pasty cream which mothers use on their babies for nappy rash... Yes, it normally is used for nappy rash, but not many people think that, it's just an antiseptic cream and it doesn't cost a bomb.




Using Sudocrem for spots is super easy.

1) Apply a generous amount directly to the spot
2) Leave on overnight
3) Cleanse your face as usual

There's not much need in rubbing it in as it will slowly heal your spot overnight, and hopefully, when you wake in the morning, the spot should have dried up a little and will heal completely in no time. The spot should be a lot less visible, less red and less irritated.

One piece of advice I can give you, don't use this method in the morning or when you are about to leave the house, it's a bit of a beauty and fashion faux pas, I guess. If you do want to use it in the morning, don't apply such a generous amount and DO rub it in, then apply your make up or whatever and you're good to go!




*MUMMY ALERT* - Look at this TINY little pot of Sudocrem goodness, it is only 10g worth, but the size of it is PERFECT. Why is it perfect? It fits in the baby bag, make up bag, handbag, even my pocket (not that I would carry it in my pocket)... And, you can refill it from the big pot too!

Sudocrem should be everyone's best friend. It's such a great, cheap and easy product to use!

So remember, if you want to get rid of those dreaded spots, grab a tub of Sudocrem!



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One of the most amazing, yet most annoying things I've ever done to my hair was: dye it red.

BEFORE

My natural hair colour is a dark, dark brown, not quite black and 2 of the most annoying colours for hair would be red and black, so I guess it's just bad luck for me. Apparently Chinese hair (Oriental hair) tends to originally come from a reddish tone anyway, so colouring it red would make it even more extra red...

I'm no longer red now, I'm trying to transition to an ashy-brown, but it is much harder work than I thought it would be.

I loved my red hair and I really do miss it, but I don't think I will go back to red any time soon as it is too time consuming to maintain. It took me around half a year to get my hair to the red I wanted it to be but during this time, I had to dye my hair almost every month as the roots were coming out, or the ends were going orange... So eventually, yes, it was the colour I wanted but I had to top it up and it went TOO red, so this was basically the pain I was going through each month. Home-dye was my only option as it would be too pricey to be popping into a salon every month just to get my roots coloured.

Life is a lot easier now that I don't have red hair anymore, but the red is still there, it's underneath whatever I put on top of it, so I know it will creep through one day.

So around a month ago, I decided to pop into Toni & Guy, Nottingham and got it salon dyed. The hairdresser I booked with is actually a good friend of mine, so it was a lot easier communicating with her. Before going in, all I had in my mind was the word "ASH", I no longer wanted red, so when she asked me what I wanted, I just said I wanted to get rid of all the red. Anna ended up deciding what I should have had done to my hair - which was perfect as I've always been an indecisive person...

So this is what she came up with:

AFTER

As you can see, most of the red has gone, there is still a little bit of a red tint, but I reckon after a few more months, they should grow out and I either get them chopped off, or a re-dye will make them (hopefully) disappear.

For now, as I am pregnant, I don't want to dye my hair too much as I know it won't be good for the baby, so all I can do is try to wash out the red, cross my fingers and hope for the best. There are a few products which I am now using at home to help this process quicken a little.





The easiest option is to use Silver Shampoo daily, it just helps to get rid of those brassy tones and accentuate the silvery or, in my vocab - ashy tones in the hair.

One thing I don't like about BLEACH products is that I find them quite drying, so I only use this once/twice a week and use a hair mask after to help hydrate and moisture the hair again.




My hairdresser gave me this and told me to use it around 2-3 weeks after leaving the salon.
It's a toner which is basically a semi-permanent dye (without ammonia) and this colour is a silvery colour, yet again, helping get rid of those hints of red.


If you've ever home dyed your hair, it basically works the same way. It comes in a box with a bottle of the "dye" and a pair of gloves.



However, you apply this like you would a conditioner/hair mask, directly onto damp hair, leave it in for 10-20 minutes, rinse it out, condition your hair, then go and style it as you normally would do.


The liquid comes out in a beautiful solid purple, it doesn't smell toxic like normal box dyes do, it is - believe it or not, quite fragrant.



And just in case you're wondering what hair mask I normally use :




This is currently my favourite hair mask and the name of it is pretty self explanatory, it helps to give that silky feeling to your hair.

A hair mask is essential for my hair as it has been damaged so much from being dyed all the time, so a hair mask is a treat for me. I tend to use this around once or twice a week, I wash my hair as usual and basically soak my hair in this stuff for about 10-15 minutes before rinsing and styling it.



These are the products I am using at the moment to help keep the brassy/red tones out of my hair, I can't say they are working like magic yet, just because I finally realise just how red my hair really was.

Hopefully I'll be able to update you in a few months time and tell you all the red is officially out.