Malin & Goetz Lip Moisturizer

Battling Head Cold – Health & Beauty Edition

Last Friday I was down with a head cold, and felt like utter crap! Firstly let me tell you some of my symptoms: felt like I was run over by Optimus Prime, dint want to walk, dint want to talk, no human interaction, just sleep away like a hibernating zombie, felt like Metallica was playing a head banging concert in my head which hurt, irritated and sore throat leading to congested nasal track.

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Health: I’m the kinda person who hates medication because everything thereafter tastes like poop. Having said that, I shoved down some Mucinex (but of course take medication that you know works for you) with warm water. Hand in hand with lots of bed rest, consumption of clean food (I mean no processed food), and minimal exercise like walking around the house. My kryptonite for cold or flu or any sickness is a steaming hot shower or lavender soak bath to thoroughly cleanse myself (more psychologically) and steam opens up congested nasal tracks. Blow my nose away to glory until I can breathe through my nose and not my mouth. In saying so, be careful to not blow aggressively which increases risk of damaging your ear drum. Another fantastic product I discovered through my doc was NeilMed Sinus Rinse to clear congestion. More user friendly compared to Neti pot but with fabulous results.

Now that I feel cleansed what do I do with my shit looking face:

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Skin Battle – Temporary sickness has made my skin look awful, grey, pale, mucussed out (don’t know if that is even a legit term), lack luster, majorly dehydrated and makeup went on rubbish. Post hot shower I thoroughly moisturize every inch of my skin.

Cleanse & Tone – Andalou Natural Apricot Probiotic Cleanser followed by some Avalon Organics Vitamin C toner.

Moisture – Priori Barrier Repair Complex on my skin and Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream near nose (constant blowing nose made skin tender).

Lips – Incredibly dry like lizards skin (because with congested nose I breathe through my mouth resulting in mega dry lips) I used Malin & Goetz Lip Moisturizer.

Makeup – light coverage Rodial BB Cream with cream blush – Bobbi Brown Blush Rose.

After all this I received lots of TLC from husband which made me all better. He worked from home to look after me…..Aww

xx

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I’ve Been Everywhere Man! Travel Skincare Edition

P1000796Over the last week I have been traveling 4 states in 4 days. Whilst I don’t have any exciting or glamorous pics to share with you of my travels, I have to say I’m pretty impressed with the skincare I packed. Now you would wonder what’s the big deal?! So allow me to give you a snap shot of my situation and places.

I was travelling Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas in August summer. HOT & HUMID is a very mild way of expressing the harsh weather conditions. To make matters worse, I had to be in Fire Resistant Clothing which was full sleeves, hard hat and eye protection glasses which translates to sweaty ickiness galore.

P1000797An extreme combination of all these factors (which personally I’m not use to) I thought by the time I return home my skin will be angry, red, burnt and breaking out all over. However in saying so, I have come back with near perfect, calm skin. Which brings me to share with you my skincare which comprised of only 8 products!

Super Facialist By Una Brennan – Neroli Firming Lift & Hydrate Oil – OK the name does not suggest pre-cleanse but I do use it as my pre-cleanse and does a bang up job at it.

Shiseido Ibuki Cleanser – Makeup Remover and general cleansing, did fab job. Generally I avoid foaming cleanser like a plague however this did not strip my skin at all (possibly because it does not contain SLS).

Shiseido Ibuki Softening Concentrate – aka Toner in western skincare terms. Instantly hydration boost and skin looked happy, calm and cooperative with the conditions.

Shiseido Ibuki Moisturizer – this product was used only at night, as I feared using it during day would be disastrous (hot, humid, sweaty, blocked pores…you know the drill!). As a night moisturizer is replenished and restored the state of my skin.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo – specifically used on spots, or places “where I felt there is one coming….

Indeed Labs – Hydraluron – day time hydration weapon!

Biore Sunscreen – goes without saying in these weather conditions I needed and kept reapplying subcreen every 2 hours. Due to its water based content, my skin did not suffer at all and did not leave it in a gloopy mess.

Minimal makeup was the key. Very light foundation, spot concealing, eyebrows framed, mascara and spf lip balm!

xx

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