A Bumble & Bumble Disappointment

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When I purchased one of Bumble & Bumble's best selling products, I expected great things. I wanted the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Primer to make my hair soft, shiny and reverse any damage those pesky straighteners and hair dryers caused. This spray says it protects against UV damage and breakage, helps reduce frizz and tame flyaways. Can I say it does that? Well I just don't know.

I use this every time I wash my hair, spraying it all over from root to tip before blow drying, the spray is a white liquid in the bottle which is really light weight and doesn't make your hair crusty (you know what I mean girls, like hairspray). After blow drying, my hair looks sleek, soft and shiny but it's still frizzy and I've still got a lot of damage. I've watched the condition of my hair before and after using this for around a month and I really can't see any difference. That aside, the day after I've washed my hair and used this, it's just so greasy! The low down on my hair is that it's fairly oily, I can last around 3 days without any product before it needs washing but after I use this, it makes my roots so oily and by the second day my hair is begging to be washed. It's quite a costly product retailing for £19 in Boots and various Bumble & Bumble stockists, and I'm just so disappointed. I've noticed no difference and it's a lot of money to pay for something to aid oiliness. Sorry Bumble & Bumble, this time you've just not done it for me.
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My Go-to Night Time Moisturiser

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Getting to the grand age of 22, it's about time I started thinking about anti ageing. Now I'm not talking about Botox, stupid facials and paying the odds for some serum that claims to give you a new face, I'm simply talking about putting a few steps into place to start the anti ageing process, and my first step is an evening moisturiser.

I picked up the Clarins Multi Active Night Youth Recovery Cream after reading its description online, it's described as 8 hours sleep in a jar, helps retain radiance and improves skin elasticity as well as being tailored to your skin type. I picked up the normal to dry cream so as well as promising all those skin benefits, it also improves skin dehydration.

How do I rate this? Well with every Clarins product I've tried so far I'm really impressed. As for the anti ageing effect I can't say it's really made a difference, we'll see when I'm 40 but it's a great place to start. I've found the cream really balances out any dehydration and it really packs it's punch during my sleep so the next morning I wake up to smooth, supple skin that feels plumper and well hydrated. The cream is thick in consistency and I find I only need about a 50p size amount to cover my face and neck and although it's thick, it sinks into the skin completely within minutes.

If you're like me and want to combat the first signs of ageing as well as adding some hydration on an evening, pick up this gem from Clarins and you won't be disappointed.
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Falling Out of Love with Blogging

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As I sit here, I have around 5 posts in my head I want to post, but the words do not come. I've taken a break from my blog many times but always returned to blogging after I've missed it, but this time it's been different. I lost my grandfather in early December and it's the first family death I've had to experience, it's been the hardest time for myself and my family and because of this, blogging really has taken a back seat. My life will always come before this blog because at the end of the day, this little space of mine I've created really is just a hobby to me.

Lately I've missed blogging, I've craved blogging. Taking as many photos as I can and trying to draft up new posts but as of late, the photos end up half edited and the posts only written and never finished. The thought of physically sitting down writing down a beauty review makes my insides ache and I dread it. I feel like I'm a tiny fish in a huge pond, the blogging world has so much talent, amazing writers and photographers which I constantly compare myself to and beat myself up about the content I provide. I purchased a lovely new blog design hoping to seek some motivation to create new content, I upgraded my camera last year to produce better photographs and I got myself a Macbook Pro so I have the ease of blogging whenever I want without fighting for the family laptop. As a result of all this, I've fallen out of love with my blog. The words I write never seem any good, the photos always seem too blurry. I am my biggest critic, I am constantly comparing, always trying to improve and reach a certain standard. This seems a bit too much pressure for someone who only has around 760 followers. My blog is not about the followers, my passion is beauty writing but the pressure of having to think of new content as well as feeling guilty for neglecting my blog really makes my head hurt.

I'm not saying I'm giving up my blog or I'm not posting in the future but my posts will be few and far between until I fall back in love with my blog. I'll be going back to basics, blogging about what I love and creating content I want to read. The blogging community is brilliant and it's full of lovely girls and that's my favourite part about this, I've met some lovely people who have such a strong mutual interest and that would be a horrible thing to give up. I also want to venture into new areas of blogging, my love for beauty is still strong but I admire lifestyle bloggers and those who document their restaurant trips, holidays as well as their beautiful photos which is another aspect I'm wanting to improve on, photography can be so beautiful and it really inspires me.

Stay tuned with Beth Blogs Beauty in 2015, I'm hoping for a bigger and better year with more positivity and I'm hoping to be out of this rut soon. To all you followers new and old, thanks for sticking by me xxx
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Beating The Christmas Stress

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It's that time of year and Christmas is literally days away so I thought I'd share all my festive tips that I've found to help me through this stressful season...

Lists: They're your best friend. I made all my christmas shopping last minute but I was in and out of town quicker than you can click your fingers, I knew what I needed to buy and who for and now all my presents are wrapped and under the tree.

Family Time: Remember Christmas isn't a time for arguments and tension. I love spending time with my family during Christmas but we're all partial to a difference of opinion sometimes but life is too short for silly arguments, enjoy the day with your family.

Don't Stress: Try not to stress about what you haven't got or what will go wrong, Christmas is only one day and if you don't manage to get a gift you thought would be nice, don't worry. It's the thought that counts not the quantity. Recognise when you're getting stressed about certain situations but don't let it ruin your festive holiday, the Time4Sleep Relaxtion Zone has just launched a helpful guide to recognise stress and how to combat it, I found the section about how stress affects the body to be really interesting.

Sleep: Get a goodnights sleep. I'm terrible for an irregular sleeping pattern and that makes me grouchy and moody so I use this helpful guide to prepare myself before bed and ensure a good nights rest.

Worry Less: I've eaten my weight in chocolate, I'm actually sick of the stuff but it doesn't matter because it's Christmas. I've enjoyed myself and I'm not worrying about putting on a couple of pounds, when New Year comes I'll shift it. Indulge and give yourself a break.

Remember What's Important: I lost my granddad at the beginning of December and it's been a really hard time for all the family, he was a fantastic man who we all loved massively and because of this, I've realised it doesn't matter what you've got for dinner or what presents you receive, your family are the most important people in your life and that's all that matters.

No Pressure: I've really been beating myself up about not blogging around Christmas time because I love the festive posts so much but ultimately, life comes first and life is more important. My little space on the internet isn't going anywhere and I can always return when I feel ready. My posts will be becoming more frequent in 2015 and I hope you make a proper return to blogging soon.

Merry Christmas to all my lovely readers and all the best for 2015, I'll see you then.
Stay safe and stress free!

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