29 Feb 2016

Vaseline spray and go

The very lazy in me really cannot be asked to oil or cream my legs in this weather. Must I tell you that the weather I am pointing at is currently dry, biting cold winds and the priveledged have heating turned on to its highest for warm and cosy nights. Problem with London weather and water is that it makes skin even more dry as the water is hard and heating evaporates the natural
Moisture from skin.

From a beauty expert (not me) the advice is to moisture the skin right after a shower so it holds moisture better in skin.

This Vaseline spray and go has been a life saver (what a drama queen!) for my dry itchy legs which have become even drier thanks to ipl treatments and shavinh them every week.

If I do not use this my skin is so itchy that I can scratch and scratch until it bleeds (a very addictive feeling it is to scratch an itch). 

Aloe vera Vaseline is the only one i have tried and stuck to in the past year and it leaves my legs shiny, soft, moisturised for  hours. The best thing is it feels slightly cool which feels amazing on the hot itchy skin after itching!! 

I only use it on my legs as that is the only dry problem area for me but it is made for all over the body use. 

Highly recommend it.

2 Jan 2016

Color b 4

So being lazy means you have to pay the price - literally! 

Few months ago as I did not have time to go to the hair dressers, I ended up buying a box of permanent hair dye to cover my roots and ends (what a mistake). I went from a medium brown to a very dark brown which even after a few shampoos looked as dark as the first day except ofcourse the grays at the front that keep popping up as silver strays.

So now that I had time I thought I would be even braver and use a color remover called Color B4. The box I used was of normal strength as It was the first time using a new chemical and all. I thought worse comes to worse It wont work and I have to visit a professional colorist anyway now......so the first time I used it I actually could see some brown in my hair and I thought this promising.

I thought after 1h if I can see some brown that is good, I should use itagain and   remove some more as I felt still dark. 

Apparently you can use it upto 3 times in a row to remove stubborn hair dyes after doing some research on the net.

So today was my second attempt and as expected am pleased to say I am a gingery brown now with a few patchy bits  . 

If you strip dark asian hair you are bound to get to an orangey colour thanks to our pigment makeup.

So yay am ready now for my ash corrector tone but this time in a semi Permanent colour that will last only a few washes.

Permanent color although covers grey better looks quite flat ie not 3d.

Here is my before excuse the posing

Here is the after from the front (I prefer) and the back (I

I wont be using another round of colour as I feel that would make my hair too light  to begin with.

Hope this review was helpful. Always do a colour test on your skin and strand test 24 h before you use any hair product.

This review is my own opinion and I have bought this product for my own personal use myself. This is not a sponsored ad!

Sisley anti age foundation

Texture looks moussey on skin and reminded me of a bb cream texture which becomes matt into the skin, and does not need powder on my skin (combination type to dry in winter). At first I thought this is for mature skin so where is the dewy finish in this and is this not going to make my dry patches look worse if it catches on my dry areas so I  moisturised really well before wearing this. I Wore it for 5 h and I was walking around shops but there was no shine and it still looked good and fresh without breaking apart which most foundations do and look patchy. Mind you it was sunny but 9 degrees C today. A better test would have been a hot and humid summer day of London weather in 20 something C. I shall try it again in the summer and let you know........

Smoothskin Gold ipl at home system

First all apologies for totally ignoring the blog for sometime but the good news is that huge number of posts with my opinions are coming through. Yay I hear you say!?

Let me start by saying that my genetic makeup makes me a very hairy woman, might be a waxing lady's delight but what a nuisance to me for years. To top it off being polycystic never helped either. To those hairy women and ones with hormonal imbalances, I truly sympathise with you and hopefully provide my experience that might help you keep your hairs away for months and even years.

In the past decade I have had laser on various bits of my bod and face and I must say in some places the hair never grew back. In most places that has grown back even after 12 sessions or more the hair is so fine that it is nearly a dark blonde. Those can easily be bleached but I don't even bother with that now. I forgive myself for being fluffy and shall easily live with those.

Now for those areas that I never tried ipl or laser before like my legs, I bought an ipl unit 5 years ago called the smooth skin system which actually reminded me of an old phone apparatus except that it was violet and white in colour.

I used to use that machine on my legs and a few areas on my face. The probe had glass area which touched the skin and in 15 min or so used to heat up enough to cause burns. Also from one area probed to the next you had to wait like 5seconds which was very time consuming especially for large areas of the body. The areas that I did do a few times, I noticed 80% reduction in hair regrowth which for me was amazing. Unfortunately, the time it demanded I did not have the patience for it, plus the burns it left me although superficial were painful and took 2 weeks to heal so all in all was not worth it I thought.

The new machine by the same company www.smoothskingold.com is an advanced model and it seems like they have heard the negative reviews and fixed a few things.

First of all, the machine is now smaller than the old apparatus. It is now the size of a 1970s walkie talkie (that is the best way I can describe it). It is much easier to use and with a larger head so larger areas can be attacked faster!

Secondly, there is only a 1 second wait between one probe flash to the next. This means it takes me a few minutes to do my lower leg now as opposed to an hour with the last machine.

Thirdly, the machine has a smart sensor built in that recognises what tone of skin you are and only supplies the right amount of energy for that area which means no chance of burns!

Fourthly, there is now a clear window between 2 sensors of the probe and no glass that use to heat up and burn the skin.

Let me add that ipl works by absorbing heat into the pigmented areas of the skin or hair to destroy the hair follicle. For accurate scientific explanation please visit their website. Also, the ipl system is limited to certain skin colour range and hair range. It cannot be used on grey, white hairs or very dark skin.

I have so far used this 4 times, and even in less than half the time recommended (12 weeks, once every week after shaving the area), there is more than a quarter reduction of the growth of hairs. A lot of my follicles have no hairs in them and the ones that show growth, the hairs are very fine already.

All in all I am very pleased and shall persist because of the ease and pain and hair free amazing results.

For ladies with PCOS, there will always be hair am afraid according to aestheticians and doctors that I have discussed with but with laser and ipl the hairs will be very fine and the reduction will be 80 to 90 % less for many months to maybe years depending on your own individual hormonal issues. I still get my face done every 3 to 6 months even though I have done more than 12 yag laser treatments but am happier now without bleaching or waxing or threading every day!

I really hope this review helps some of you and here is to hoping we will need less and less of these treatments in the future.

Let me add that this machine was bought by my own money (£299 from Boots) and no company has sent me this for a review and any opinion expressed here is my own. It is well worth the money as 1 session of full leg with bikin line, the ipl or laser at salons is anything from £200 to £350 for 1 treatment. Recommended treatments for any area for a long term reduction is 6.