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Female Intimate Health

Intimate Health

Lady garden, girly bits or hoo-ha – we all have a name we private parts. A little secret… I can mine Baabu ( sorry, a tad TMI I know. Today’s post is all about female intimate health and how much we actually know about it. My ‘lady garden’ has become accustomed to various things that I shall not speak of here.

Canesten, the number one provider of intimate care products challenged me to see how much I knew about intimate health and it seems like I underestimated my knowledge because I got a more decent score. Did you know that Squalene is a substance common in both the vagina and…Sharks?! Yes, I didn’t know that either.

Another thing I didn’t know was that Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) is the most common cause of vaginal infections in women of childbearing age, yet it is still confused with thrush. At least once in their life, over 75% of women will suffer from thrush and sufferers of BV may not have even heard of the condition itself. The presence of certain bacteria which leads to a pH imbalance in your vagina is what causes BV

Whilst intimate health may be an uncomfortable subject, the more you know about it, the easier it’ll be to care for it. As they say, knowledge is power.  As a result of, Canesten have come up with a Myth Buster Quiz as a way to educate more women. Take the quiz and share your results.

Intimate Health

Beauty Advent Calendars

advent calendars

Gone are the days when the only offerings advent calendars could give was tiny foil wrapped chocolate. Over the years, I have seen the rise of beauty advent calendars. I remember last year how I eagerly anticipated my friend Keeks‘ daily snaps of when she unveiled her advent calendar from The Body Shop. Everything from full sized products to miniatures of things she could try were included.

This year a few more brands have joined the mix and as a beauty fiend, I’m so excited. However, I have truly found it hard to narrow down which I want. At the moment it’s a proving hard to decide between the Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar and Space NK’s ’25 Days of beauty’.  With the latter already sold out and limited available in store, it seems like my choice has been made for.

Here is a round up for anyone who is finding it hard to pick like me. With just days till the start of advent, it’s time to get your if you haven’t done so already. If you are lucky, with Black Friday coming up, you might even get a discount on one.

advent calendars

Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar | Only £35 but worth £250

ASOS ‘The Beauty Advent Calendar’ | £50

Charlotte Tilbury World of Legendary Parties | £150

NYX Professional Make Up Advent Calendar | £60

Selfridges Beauty Workshop Advent Calendar |£65

Kiehls Christmas Calendar | £95

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Review

I can’t tell you how much I love the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks. It’s no secret, I’m a matte lipstick kinda gal. When the liquid lipstick trend began, I was beyond happy. The liquid formula promised a staying power that my other matte lipstick just couldn’t provide.

I have a few from brands including Revlon, NYX Cosmetics and Stila (which I have reviewed on here). What I’ve found with the other liquid lipsticks I own is that they are quite drying and and tend to be heavy on the lips.

The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick however is the complete opposite. It’s mega lightweight and surprisingly moisturising. The pigmentation was poor. It takes about three coats for me to get the colour showing very well. I guess this is what you get with a lightweight formula.

Bourjois Rouge Edition lipstick

I have three shades Hot Pepper, Cherry Leader and Carameli melo which is my absolute fave for daily wear. Due to how sheer it is, one coat is what I’d normally. As previously stated, when I do want a statement pout, I simply add a couple more layers.I discovered that I can also wear the Rouge Edition Velvet on top of my other lipsticks to create a matte finish. This made me very happy.

For £8.99 a tube, I definitely recommend trying out these liquid lipsticks. Aside from how affordable they are, they are perfect for anyone who wants to try out the liquid lipstick trends but is put off by the drying formulas from other brands.


Bourjois Liquid Lipstick Hot Pepper

Hot Pepper

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Shades

Carameli Melo

Treasure Tress

Treasure Tress

If you are anything like me, then you’d be happy to hear about Treasure Tress. They are the UK’s first subscription box service for young girls with naturally kinky, curly, coily or frizzy hair. Myself and my daughters have natural hair so this box couldn’t be more perfect for us.

I’ve become somewhat of a product junkie when it comes to haircare. Although I know exactly what works well on my hair, I can’t help but be curious about whats out there. However, doing this is not very pocket friendly nor do I have space to store more products.

Mielle organics UK

Treasure Tress have three specialised boxes to choose from. Brands they’ve worked with includes Cantu, Palmers and Sheabutter Cottage. This month, they’ve collaborated with organic haircare brand Mielle to bring UK subscribers a chance to trial the beloved US brand. The Moisturising Avocado Hair Milk, Babassu Oil and Mint Deep Conditioner, Babassu Oil Conditioning Sulphate-free Shampoo all come together to create the perfect wash routine.

My hair has needed some TLC  recently so this range was literally god-sent as the whole brand ethos is promoting healthy hair.The Mint Almond Oil in the latest issue of Blackhair Magazine, so I was glad to see it was one of the products. As well as smelling absolutely amazing, it’s a product that works. After using it a few times, I have to say I’m impressed!


Clarins Fix Make-Up

Clarins Fix Make-Up

On your marks…get set…go! Are you on a search for a good setting spray? I am pleased to let you know your search is over. I’ve found the one and it’s by Clarins. Although the packaging of the Clarins Fix Make-Up spray recently changed, the content however, is still absolutely amazing.
My face is incredibly sensitive and I tend to react to many products – though that doesn’t stop me from still trying them out anyway. I was on the hunt for a setting spray but was really nervous that I’d react to it. I suffer from quite dry skin, especially on my face. The setting powder I’d been using just wasn’t working for me. It left me looking ‘ashy’ and seemed to suck every moisture away. After careful research (meaning I asked an office full of ladies who wear make-up) I discovered Clarins’ offering and as they say – the rest is history.

Clarins Fix Make-Up
I’ve been using this setting spray for a while now and every time I do, I fall in love with it that little bit more. My working day lasts 12hrs including commuting time so when I was searching, I knew I needed a spray that promised longevity. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what the Clarin’s Fix Make-Up spray promised along with instant moisture.

I particularly enjoyed using this setting spray during my three week stay in Nigeria. The hot climate meant my make-up just wouldn’t stay in place. However, with one spritz, it didn’t budge. Pollution in Nigeria can really wreck havoc on skin. I was happy to find out that this spray also contained Clarins’ anti-pollution complex.