Friday, 3 October 2014

Say YES to Carrots Exfoliating Cleanser

This is going to be the second time I have written this post. I deleted the first version after deciding I wasn't going to bother with it again plus the fact the bottle in use at the time was looking a little sorry for itself.  In my first draft, I had written how well the Yes to Carrots Exfoliating Cleanser cleaned and softened my skin but there wasn't anything overly special about it and my hunt for the perfect face scrub was to continue.

Well I continued and continued and found that all other scrubs were a little too harsh for everyday exfoliating, didn't smell that great, were too expensive for very little in the way of results or just contained nasties that I don't really know much about but hear they are to be avoided (parabens I'm talking bout you!)

It then dawned on me that whilst using this exfoliating cleanser, my skin was great. It was clear and soft with breakouts being a rarity - with this in mind I have purchased my second bottle and haven't looked back.

Retailing at £6.99 it is a great little addition to your beauty shelf and contains nothing but goodness for your skin. It is fragrance free so shouldn't irritate those with sensitive skin and the chunks of exfoliating bamboo are nice and small to clear out all the gunk in your pores.

I use the exfoliator every morning and sometimes in the evening too if I have over done it on the make up or feel my skin is a little more congested than normal. I particularly love using a hot cloth before hand, scrubbing it into my face and neck and swiping the remaining product off again with the cloth that has had a second drenching from the hot tap. This really opens the pores and readies the skin for cleansing not to mention it's sooooo relaxing!

The packaging is pretty simple too, nothing too offensive if you want your bathroom or beauty stash to look sleek and inviting and it is good for the boys too. It is pretty much your bog standard exfoliator with all the junk removed. As I said before, it really is a nothing of nothingness type product but once you are left without it, you realise just how great it is. Sometimes boring is best and in the Yes to Carrots case - this couldn't be more true!

If you love fancy packaging, chunks of gold and a fragrance so decadent you want to bathe in it, then this might not be the product for you, however I whole heartedly would recommend this to anyone who is after a basic that gets the job done with no nasty repercussions from over scrubbing etc. I am definitely going to repurchase this and have every intention to do just that once my current bottle runs out!

Do let me know if you give this product a try and what you think of it!



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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Garnier Ultimate Blends - The Sleek Restorer | First Impressions

I am a huge fan of caring for my hair and am partial to a lotion and potion or two to try and help keep dryness and split ends at bay. Usually I deep condition and finish with various oils and serums to keep it in check but fancied trying something new to mix it up a little.

Enter the new Garnier Ultimate Blends range. Packed with coconut oil (already a hair care fave of mine) and coca butter, this thick conditioning cream smells like a dream and feels really luxurious rubbed between the hands before it is distributed between the lengths of my hair.

After shampooing and conditioning, I ran a walnut sized blob (biscuit fans should aim for the size of a party ring) through the bottom half of my hair, paying particular attention to the ends and left it to mingle with the strands for roughly a minute.

I must admit that once the minute was up and it was time to wash it out, rather than feeling like silk, my hair felt a little clumpy and waxy. I was expecting my fingers to glide through silky soft locks and felt a little aprehensive once I let loose with the hair dryer.

I decided to skip any other products I usually use for styling, including heat spray to really see the results and found that drying my hair took a little longer than usual, I presume this would be the oils locking in moisture from showering.  Once near enough dry, I didn't see an overwhelming difference. My hair looked slightly smoother but shine and softness hadn't improved.

As my hair still seemed to be living the thug life, I opted to finish the styling process with straighteners. Here is where I feel the true results of the mask paid off! After sectioning and straightening my barnet as usual, my hair was salon soft. It moved as if I had just stepped out of the hairdressers and smelt delicious for a good few hours after.

Even though my hair isn't overly dry or frizzy which is what the product is advertised to tackle, sadly I do not think it has defeated the dryness I have on my ends. Although I have only used this product once, I have high hopes that the condition will improve after multiple uses and hopefully will lock in more moisture in washes to come.

I am definitely not a hater of the Ultimate Blends mask and am looking forward to using it in conjunction with other products to see what results I get, particularly the Organics Coconut Oil which so far works well with almost all products I use.

Have you tried any of the Ultimate Blends range and if so what would you recommend?

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