Alice-Christina | Twenty Five | North East Fashion & lifestyle blogger.

13 January 2015

New Year, New Hair.

Fashion blogger, Lifestyle Blogger, Beauty Blogger, Blogger style, Paprika Power, Ginger Hair

One of my aims for 2015 was to be braver with my appearance, as over the past year and I half I have really struggled with my confidence about how I look. For years i've had the problem of a wardrobe full of clothes and nothing to wear, i'd pick up clothes I liked but was never able to put them together with other items in my wardrobe. Too many clashing patterns and colour and generally quite muddled about my personal style.  But since I have gained a little extra weight over the past two years, this has gotten even worse as I am no longer comfortable in the types of clothes I used to be, and I am a lot more self conscious about what suits me now, especially since dying my hair ginger.

So i've decided to keep it simple, simple colours like black, white and grey and let my hair do the talking. For the past year I have been using the L'oreal Feria in Intense Mango Copper which for me is the perfect ginger colour, not to purple not to dark. Just pure glowing ginger. But with it being a new year and all I started considering considering trying their brighter ginger shade, Paprika Power. I um-ed and ah-ed over it for weeks and happened to mention it to my boyfriend one day when we were in Superdrug, and low and behold I left the store with two boxes of the dye. 

So here it is, my new colour (and cut thanks to East Terrace) a little shorter and brighter than I am used to but I absolutely love it! Now i've got my bright hair sorted I just need to work on my wardrobe and fingers crossed i'll be brave enough to get some outfit posts on the go. 

Fashion blogger, Lifestyle Blogger, Beauty Blogger, Blogger style, Paprika Power, Ginger Hair


05 January 2015

The Favourite Cleansers.

Cleansers, Lifestyle Blogger, Beauty Blogger, Skincare, Liz Earle, Cleansing butter, The Body Shop
(The Body Shop Vitamin E Cleanser*, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish, Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser, The Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Balm*)

2014 was the year I fell in love with skincare. As I have previously mentioned here, I haven't always had the best skincare routine. Its not been until recently really that I have started paying more and more attention to taking care of my skin to make sure my skin is in the best condition possible before applying make up.

The one item I couldn't live without is cleanser. Previously a face wipe kind of gal, cleansers have been a recent addition to my beauty regime as of 2013-ish. But 2014 is when I really started taking my cleansing seriously, removing my make up with micellar water and following with a cleanse tone and moisturise routine. So today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite cleansers to use.

Now I can’t talk about favourite cleansers without mentioning this one. My mum first introduced this to me a few years ago. I borrowed hers for a few weeks then returned to my face wipes. Laziest teenager ever. But over the past two years this has been my go to cleanser of choice. I love the feeling of rubbing the thick luxurious cream into my face and then buffing with the warm muslim cloth, I just find it so relaxing and therapeutic. My favourite thing about this is that you can rub it over your eyelids without any fear of it stinging, though you do end up with gorgeous panda eyes. It removes any left over make up i've missed, leaves me skin feeling smooth and soft and just smells gorgeous. This one here is actually a limited edition version which sadly I am not as keen on. I much prefer the original scent.

As i’m not able to buy the Liz Earle cleaner ALL the time, I opted for a cheaper drugstore alternative. I’d initially tried the original Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser which I first read about on I usually switch and change between the two cleansers, depending which is the cheaper at the time. Superdrug usually have an offer on these, so I often buy two at a time because I always like to have a back up of it. This works in a similar way to the Liz Earle one, massage the cream into your face and gently buff with a warm muslim cloth. I really like the fact you get a muslim cloth when you buy the cleanser as they can get a little old and worn out after a while. The Superdrug one isn't as soft and well made as the Liz Earle one, however still does the job perfectly.

This is one of the newest cleansers to my collection and my first experience of a cleansing balm.  Just like my other cleansers I gently massage this all over my skin, however this one is more oil based than cream based, which is why prefer to use this on an evening as I find the rich silky oil a little too heavy for me to use on a morning. I then take a warm face cloth and clean it off my face and slowly slip into a relaxed ball on the bathroom floor. I don't know why its taken me so long to try cleansing balms but I absolutely love them and can't wait to try out more from different brands.

This is what I call my 'lazy cleanser' for those nights when you're all cosy in bed and really can't be bothered to have a full cleansing routine and just want to stay under the duvet. I remove my make up with my micellar water like normal, then massage this into my face and remove with a cotton pad. No need to leave the comfort of my bed and no need for water. The rich creamy cleanser leaves me skin feeling refreshed and moisturised and not TOO guilty about opting for the lazy option. 

What are your favourite cleansers to use? Id love to hear your recommendations.
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