Hello lovelies! So today we have a close up of what is so far my most used item from the Selfridges festival beauty box and current fave hand cream/sanitiser.
Cowshed Cow Slip describes itself as a natural antibacterial & soothing hand gel. You see the way they put it on the label above. Very direct. I personally would describe it as something I between a cream & a gel. A crel? Ugh that sounds awful whereas this stuff is great!
A little goes a long way & unlike some other antibacterial gels or foams (I have a few including a massive bottle of Cutan I "acquired" during one of my hospital stays.. Shhh) my hands don't feel dry or claggy or even still a wee bit dirty!
Instead they are soft & supple and minty fresh. Given that there are 2 types of mint in here & some orange you could be forgiven if people thought you were a bit heavy on the toothpaste before your breakfast in the morning but I find the strong smell quite satisfying in that I know I am clean after using this. which, given that its being promoted as Festival friendly, is exactly what you want!
If you're wondering why I'm showing off my hands so much in these photos I'll give you 2 reasons.
1. Pretty pretty nail polish... Duh!
2. Before using this I was going through an awful hangnail epidemic only infuriated by use of alcohol based sanitisers in work and after just a few days this stuff had really helped hide the awfulness. These pictures were taken about 2 days in to testing & you can barely see anything. I'm now over 2 weeks in and have no intentions of stopping.
So that's my new favourite everyday hand sanitiser. Do you, like me, have a favourite or a stash?
Have I ever mentioned to you that I am pale? Well of course I havementioned many times over the history of Faeriwood that I've been pigmentally challenged my whole life and - despite flirting with tanning every now and again - I wholly embrace the pale. I have, however, always been a bronzing queen when it comes to my makeup. Whether I am using cream products or powders I always have felt healthier with a bit of a glow but I hate the orangey-ness of most bronzing products! It’s a catch-22 when deciding which one is more important. For years I have been loyal to two products. Nars Multiple for a cream face (read here why I don’t believe in the term contouring for chubby cheeks) and Benefit Hoola for a powder face. Both are quite dark so they are used often but sparingly. This is why I was delighted when two new products designed for pale skin came on to the market. Wet N’ Wild Coloricon Reserve your Cabana*
Reserve Your Cabana is the best budget beauty bronzer for pale skin. Key word…
I know what you're thinking. A second bargain beauty post in a row? Maybe switch it up eh? Ummmm nope. I love my premium makeup items, I really do. But I love finding a bargain beauty buy just as much, if not more.
Today I'm talking brushes. There seems to be an incredible range of brushes out there at the minute. Whether it's high end, mid range, or budget, there is something for everyone and there is usually a dupe (or shall we just call them copies?)
Today I'm looking at budget brushes including one of those infamous copies.
An obvious replica of the Real Techniques Precious Metal brushes and at first glance the only difference is that these don't have RT stamped on the side. The design, the colours, the shapes are exactly the same! I've never used the real Real Techniques ones but I'd have to say if I spent £30 or more on these I'd be hugely disappointed. Having only spent a fiver I'm really chuffed. The…
This article has been going through my head quite a lot recently and I’m feeling a little self indulgent so bear with me.
As a kid I was on the special needs list throughout school and given a classroom assistant to help with my tracheostomy care. I was considered disabled enough to warrant disability benefits right up until I turned 18 when they decided that I wasn’t mentally incapacitated enough and too independent. A panel of bureaucrats sat across the table and said “we can see you are but there’s nothing we can do.” I didn’t tick the right boxes.
I’ve worked since I was old enough and supported myself as much as I could and excluding a few short absences from work I have been successful in that.
Now I can’t support myself. I struggle with self care. I’ve had to give up my home and I’ve lost my independence. I’m back to getting surgery’s every 6-8 weeks. They were usually just day cases but the last few have been fairly severe with extended stays (I get to have another …