Thursday, 24 April 2014

FemFresh Ultimate Care Active Fresh Duo

If there's one thing I don't read about too often on blogs its feminine hygiene products, they're right up there with other taboo subjects like hair removal and facial hair bleaching.  Although I've seen Ingrid talk about them on her Youtube channel, they are pretty much a rarity in the blogging world and I don't know why, we've all got one; unless you're a man and in that case, you still need to wash too.

So today I'm going to be facing the taboo head on and talking about washing down there...

FemFresh are one of the leading feminine hygiene brands, in fact I couldn't name any others off the top of my head.  All of their products are have been dermatologically and gynaecologically tested and are deemed to be suitable for everyday use; including these two, their new Ultimate Care Active Fresh duo.

The new femfresh Ultimate Care Active Fresh Duo consists of two separate products, a wash and a deodorant, that both use specialist silver ion technology to keep you feeling fresh and clean.  Now I'm not technologically minded but in a nut shell, silver ions are of natural origin and have strong antibacterial and deodorising properties that work in harmony with your body to achieve long lasting freshness which is just what you want from a feminine hygiene product.  The silver ions are perfectly suited to even the most sensitive of skin which is great as regardless of whether the rest of your body skin is pretty resilient or not, the chances are you'll be very sensitive down there.  If you've ever washed with the Original Source Tea Tree and Mint Shower Gel then you'll know exactly what I mean...

I have been trying out both of the new femfresh products and I am really impressed with them.  Whilst they can both be used every day as part of your usual shower routine, I've actually been taking these to the gym for me for when I shower after the gym.  I hate feeling sweaty after a work out so I like to have a nice shower first thing on a morning after my workout and find that with using both of these products, I can go about my day feeling fresh and clean.

The first product is the Ultimate Care Active Fresh Wash* which can be used as a targeted intimate skin was or all over the body as a normal shower gel and since it has a sensitive formula, it wont irritate the skin.  This wash is like a creamy shower gel and contains lactic acid and softening calendula which work together to make you feel clean and fresh from the moment you use them.  It also contain a MUTIActif odour neutralising complex with silver ions that also helps to give you that fresh feeling after use and keep you odour free and feeling comfortable all day.  The was itself does have a soft, delicate fragrance that just smells clean, not overpowering in anyway so again, it wont irritate your skin like some other perfumed body washes can.  It is soap free, hypoallergenic and pH-balanced, making it perfect for use on intimate skin.  Rather than taking a separate shower gel with me to the gym, I simply use this as an all over body wash and would really recommend it as it keeps me feeling clean and fresh and hasn't irritated my skin or made me feel uncomfortable at all.

The Ultimate Care Active Fresh Wash which retails for around £3.49 for a 250ml bottle here.

After using the wash, I have then been using the Ultimate Care Active Fresh Deodorant* which has a similar delicate scent.  Again it is formulated with the MULTIActif odour neutralising complex and silver ions to give you an instant feeling of freshness that lasts for hours and hours.  It has a hypoallergenic formula that is perfect for intimate skin, especially over regular deodorants on the high street and can be sprayed around the intimate area or directly onto underwear, the latter of which doesn't cause any staining on the garments.  When you spray it, the deodorant does feel quite cold and it can be a little shock to the system when you use it for the first time as it is a strange cold burst feeling!  However you quickly get used to it as you expect it the next time you use the deodorant!  It works exceptionally well at making you feel very fresh and clean and I would definitely recommend it, particularly for when you've been to the gym or on holiday when you're going to be feeling hot.

The Ultimate Care Active Fresh Deodorant is £2.99 for 125ml here.

This isn't the first time I've used and featured femfresh products on my blog.  If you remember my Festival Survival Guide post last summer than you'll know that I recommend taking their wipes with you on all festival and camping trips as you can never quite trust the state of the portaloos.  I recently took them on safari with me in Kenya too for when we used local toilets on our way to and from the National Park but more on that in another post.

The full femfresh range is available in Boots and Superdrug online and in store as well as in supermarkets and chemists nationwide.  For stockists, call 01303858821 or go to their website.

Do you use any targeted feminine hygiene products?  Which ones are your favourites?

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Monday, 21 April 2014

WhatLauraWore: Heart Jumper and F&F GIVEAWAY

In today's post, I'm wearing a new addition to my closet which is the Metallic Heart Stud Plus Size Jumper from the new True range at F&F.  The guys at F&F have been listening to their online community and created a line that provides a stylish and fresh look to their plus size range, taking into account the desires of those who will be wearing the clothes which I think is a fabulous idea... as well as making a lot of sense!
The Metallic Heart Stud Plus Size Jumper is perfect for the in-between weather we're having at the moment.  Yesterday I looked out of my window and saw that it was beautifully sunny but when I went outside it was pretty chilly so this jumper was the perfect attire for my day out.  It is a fisherman knit style jumper in an oatmeal cream colour.  The heart on the front is made up of rose gold and gold studs and squares which looks absolutely gorgeous and adds a touch of glam to the jumper.
I would say that the jumper is a pretty accurate fit, with sizes running from 16 to 28.  It is quite long on the sleeves but this just adds to the slouchy effect of the jumper, making it fairly lightweight but cosy at the same time.  It is very comfortable to wear on casual days as it is the perfect length to wear with leggings because it covers my bottom.  I think that it looks great with these denim look leggings.  For a casual look, I also added my new deck shoes and a bag in complimentary colours.
Metallic Heart Stud Plus Size Jumper* from F&F
Knitted Denim Look Leggings from New Look
Blue Stripe and Tan Deck Shoes from Primark
Speedy 30 Damier Azure Bag from Louis Vuitton
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

On The Spot Treatment Products

Today I wanted to share with you four different blemish treatment products that I have been using over the last few months in order to test them out and review them for you in this post.  Some of these I've actually been using for a lot longer but one is a very recent addition.  There is a lot of research being reported that shows that adult breakouts are becoming more and more prevalent from the 20s onwards so hopefully this post will help you to decide which products are for you and which aren't.

I'll start with the Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads.  I bought these ages ago, thinking that they were the Blackhead Clearing Pads that I have loved for a long time.  They're basically cotton pads that are soaked in a solution that aims to cleanse the skin, exfoliate it and clear blocked pores that cause break outs.  I find that these are very drying on the skin and can sting if you are using them all over your face and I have by no means sensitive skin.  I tend to use them on areas where I have blemishes rather than wiping them all over my skin and as of late, I have found them effective at reducing the redness in any spots that I have overnight and if I use them on my cheeks, if my pores are blocked then I do find that it encourages the dirt to come to the surface and I get a small white head style spot that is wiped away with my morning cleanse.  They're a very budget option at just over £5 from Boots or cheaper if you go to somewhere like Home Bargains like I did.  I won't repurchase them when the pot has ran out because there are other spot treatments that I want to try that are designed purely as an on the spot treatment, like the Origins Super Spot Remover and that are more travel friendly as the pot is quite big compared to some stick spot treatments.

The second product that Ive been trying out is the Blemish Control Gel Mask* from Good Things.  This is designed as a 3 in 1 mask that is designed to tackle blemishes, spots and excess oil, leaving the skin clear and fresh and shine free. It contains witch hazel extract which is supposed to calm the skin and soothe angry breakouts as well as Willow Bark extract which is full of salicylic acid which helps to unblock pores and prevent future break outs from occurring.

To apply it, you simply smooth the gel over the whole face, leave it on for 10 minutes while it dries slightly and then remove it using a warm water soaked face cloth.  Very simple and easy to use however the mask just didn't agree with my skin whatsoever.  Upon dispensing the product you can really sense how strong it is- it really made my eyes water.  Within a matter of minutes I could feel it tingling on my skin.  I didn't look in a mirror as I thought that it was just the mask working but after a few more minutes the tingling turned to a burning sensation and i had to remove it.

Even a few hours later my skin was still noticeably very red and it felt sore to the touch.  With getting married soon, I didn't want to risk another application to see if the same would happen but I have been using it as an on the spot treatment and I find that that works better than using the mask all over the skin which is just too harsh in my opinion.  I just take a concealer brush and apply a small amount of the mask directly onto the spot and then leave it for ten minutes and wash off and I find that the mask does help to reduce the size of the spot and clear it without drying out my skin because it is only the spot that has the mask on.

The Good Things Blemish Control Gel Mask with superfruit extracts of Mango and Lychee is available from Boots online and in store for £4.99.  While you're there I would HIGHLY recommend their Deep Pore Anti Blemish Lotion which is absolutely FABULOUS.  I've been using Good Things products for years and absolutely love them.

The third product I wanted to share with you is the Dr Organic Tea Tree Blemish Stick which is available from Holland and Barrett.  This is my favourite out of the four that I have reviewed for you both because it is so easy to use but very very effective too.  Both Mr WLL and I use this as an on the spot treatment and it really helps to reduce the size and redness of spots.  It comes in a rollerball formula and the product comes out very easily so you're not having to aggravate the spot further and it is very easy to use.  Tea tree is great as an antiseptic to clean and clear spots and it also has aloe vera which is fabulous at soothing and reducing the redness in spots.  I would definitely recommend this product.  It is affordable too and the size is perfect for travel.  You can buy it from Holland and Barrett for £4.39.

The last product I have been trying out to review for you is the Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick.  This one contains witch hazel extract which helps to fight the bacteria that causes spots.  Both myself and Mr WLL have been using this spot treatment for a very long time now.  It works really well at drying out spots and helping them to clearly much more quickly and with less redness than they would have if they were left on their own.  It is an oil free stick formula that you simply rub on the affected area and it feels quite cooling.  I find that it works best if you apply it as soon as possible after feeling a spot starting to rear its ugly head.  It works very quickly on my skin and I would definitely recommend it for anyone but particularly for those with oily skin.

The Witch Naturally Clear Blemish Stick is available here for £2.09.

What spot treatments are you using at the moment?

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Collection Nail Polish in Lilac Daze Review

For the last few days I've been wearing the Collection Work The Colour nail polish in Lilac Daze on my nails and I've honestly never had so many compliments on one nail polish before.

Those comments must be down to the undeniably gorgeous colour of the polish.  Lilac Daze is a very creamy pastel lilac nail polish with a lovely glossy finish.  It needs a good three coats to become completely opaque and I added my favourite Orly Glosser top coat to seal everything in and to make the polish last as long as possible.  I'm on day three now and there isn't a chip in sight!

This is the first nail polish I've worn from the Work The Colour line from Collection and I'm really impressed.  Yes, three layers is a little bit of a pain but the look this colour gives the nails is incredible and the drying time between coats is pretty quick too.

Whilst this nail polish is quite clearly the ultimate springtime colour, it will look beautiful all year round; I cannot wait to wear it in winter, layered up with grey and black clothing.  IN LOVE.

This isn't the first lilac polish I've used as I also have the Eyeko Lilac Polish which is so watery and a lot darker than Lilac Daze and I also have Models Own Lilac Dream nail polish which was my favourite until I started using this one which is slightly lighter but just as creamy.  For someone who doesn't really care for lilac clothing or make up, I LOVE it as a nail colour!

Collection polishes are available to buy direct from their website and from Superdrug.  Now I've been onto the Superdrug website and found the Lilac Daze polish and it's the right picture but the name of the polish is incorrect as it is put down as Sonic Blue... so you might be better off going in store to pick it up.  Either way it is £1.99 and I would really recommend it.

What are your favourite lilac polishes?

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The Dangers of Not Being Able to Hear Properly

Hi Everyone

Today the lovely Debbie will be guest posting over on WhatLauraLoves.  She's written a fabulous article all about the dangers of not being able to hear properly.  You can follow her on Twitter here.  I've also inserted some videos of the artists so you can sing along as you read- talk about multi tasking!
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The dangers of not being able to hear properly

A report by the Health & Safety at Work organisation shows that nine million people in the UK are affected by hearing problems. This problem is on the increase, so more people are exposed to potential danger.

Why hearing loss can pose a threat to life

If people do not realise that their hearing is damaged, they run the risk of having an accident as a result of their hearing loss. For example, if someone is in a building when it is on fire, and they don’t hear the smoke alarm, they may become trapped in a burning building. Many people rely on their hearing and sight when they cross the road; this is why electric cars have had their engine noise enhanced, in order to warn a pedestrian that they are approaching. In if doubt at all, consult professional expertise, such as that provided by Hidden Hearing.

Communication problems

Hearing loss can lead to emotional trauma, and can sometimes also result in economic hardship. The World Health Organisation (WHO) believes that 360 million people across the world suffer from hearing problems from a variety of causes. Only 10% of those affected use hearing aids. This means that on a global basis, loss of hearing can lead to difficulties at work, and socially, and can put the sufferer in danger in a range of situations.

Why it is important to have your hearing loss diagnosed

Some people have reported hearing loss as a result of a cold or bug, and do not realise that it’s vital to have a proper test in case the ear has been irreparably damaged. The Daily Mail reported the story of Michael Berkeley, a composer who almost lost his livelihood as a result of an infection. Berkeley was fortunate in that his brain adapted over time, and he did regain his hearing.

Daily risks for deaf people

Many deaf people feel alienated and scared. Their confidence is eroded as a result of their condition, and everyday tasks become increasingly more difficult. Imagine shopping and the store being vacated because of a security risk - the deaf person without a hearing aid wouldn’t realise the urgency of the situation.

That’s an extreme and fairly unlikely example, but even a simple task such as answering a ringing telephone can become a nightmare, especially if you don’t realise that a telephone is ringing in the first place. In many national emergencies, vital information is transmitted via a radio or TV. If this is inaudible, then the person suffering from hearing loss may be in danger.

Overcoming the stigma of deafness

In a fast moving world where communication is vital, a deaf person may well be victimised because they have problems communicating. Deafness does vary from person to person; some people will suffer from constant background noise, called tinnitus. Others may be mildly hard of hearing. If you think that your hearing may be declining, it’s vital that you are diagnosed as soon as possible.

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