Monday, 24 August 2015

Dermatique Recuperating Cream*

Dermatique Recuperating Cream

A couple of weeks ago I was kindly sent a tub of Dermatique Recuperating Cream to try. I was pretty excited to give it a go as the skin on my face has been really dry and even a little flaky. Plus, I got a tattoo at the end of July that was still healing, leaving the skin extremely dry.

Dermatique specialise in skin care solutions for dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis and itchy skin. The products are paraben, mineral oil and steroid free, making them perfect for sensitive skin! The Recuperating Cream is also fragrance free, which is great for my tattoo as you shouldn't put anything fragranced on the skin while it heals.
Dermatique Recuperating Cream
After two weeks use, barely even a dent!

The Recuperating Cream can be used as a face and body moisturiser as well as a primer for make up, meaning that you can save some pennies instead of having to buy a separate primer. I find the texture of the cream a little hard to describe as it's quite solid in the tub, but melts into a thin, non sticky texture when applied to the skin. The nearest substance I think to compare the texture to is solid coconut oil, just creamier.

I've spent the past week in Rome, where the temperature has been in the high twenty's. Being a fair skinned redhead I find that my hair and skin tend to get dried out in hot weather. I currently have quite a few bottles of Garnier Summer Body to get through, so I've been using the Recuperating Cream on my face only. As it melts into the skin only a two pence sized amount is needed and you can almost feel it immediately sinking into, so there is no need to wait for ages before you apply your make up!

After using the Recuperating Cream for a week or two I have seen a difference in my skin. I'm lucky enough not to suffer from eczema or psoriasis, but it has still gotten rid of the flaky skin on my forehead and around my nostrils. I noticed the biggest difference on my tattoo. It was pretty much healed, with a few flakes in the middle, but overall dryness on the area. After a day or two the skin was much softer and the flakes had gone away! Now the tattoo is healed, with no dryness like I has expected for a while.

Dermatique Recuperating Cream is £29 for a 400ml tub, or £4.99 for 15ml. I would say it's on their pricier range of skincare, but as my current primer is £30 and I've recently splashed out on Estee Lauder Night Repair to find no difference, so I can happily say it's worth the money! 
Banana Beauty


Monday, 10 August 2015

A Week Of Gym Classes

Pure Gym App

I quit Pure Gym last Christmas as I never found myself going and much preferred running at the beach and doing workouts in the flat to my same old gym routine. But after realising how much more I can push myself after Spartan Super, I decided to rejoin and spend most of my time doing classes, rather than the machines that I would normally do. The classes are so much harder than I expected them to be and they've really been pushing me to the limits! I've only tried a few classes so far as I try to fit them around my work schedule, but I've booked into some different ones next week that I'm excited to try out.

I'm trying to improve my flexibility so Stretch is probably one of my favourite classes. That and it's not anywhere near as tiring as the others, obviously :P The first time I went it was kind of like a 30 minute cool down, with lunges, sphinx and child's pose, triceps stretches and such like. The second time I went had a lot more weird and wonderful stretches that I had never tried before, a lot involving having my legs and feet at odd angles. Both times I really enjoyed the class and I was glad that it wasn't the same each time.

This class is definitely the toughest class I tried all week. In fact, it was last Wednesday and my legs have only just fully recovered. We started off squatting with a 20kg barbell, which was really hard for me. It was a mixture of squats and pulses, making it extremely tiring! Luckily after a few minutes of this, we moved onto push ups, weighted bridges and oblique twists. We then moved onto the arms, with bicep curls, shoulder press and triceps extensions, again with pulses mixed in. Once we had cooled down, I could tell already I was going to be in pain the next day as my legs felt like jelly and were physically shaking! I think I'll build up my strength before going to this class again.

For some reason I had it in my head that Abs would be an easy class, which is far from the reality. But, I do really enjoy it as it's done in an interval form and really pushes me to the limits. Both times the class has been sets of 4 exercises performed for 30 seconds each, which is a lot harder than it sounds! There's been 3 or 4 sets of these with about 40 second rest between sets. One of the times I've been to this class the exercises included a lot of plank variations, which I found to be the hardest! At one point when I was doing mountain climbers, my legs were so tired that I could barely lift them up to my elbows. Then of course, we did burpees to finish and they were definitely the most pathetic burpees I've ever done!
Kettle Bells
Out of all the classes I took this week, I was most apprehensive about Kettle Bells. Being extremely clumsy, I'm probably the last person that should be allowed to swing a weight up to head height! I decided to stick to the lightest weight for my first class just in case and I'm glad I did, as by the end I was struggling! The class was rotations of different kind of exercises, starting with squats so that the weight touched the ground, then adding on double handed swings, then one handed swings, then shoulder presses and finally shoulder presses with squats. I found myself picking up everything quite quickly, until it came to the shoulder press. It was hard for me to get the hang of adding a shoulder press whilst keeping up a rhythm, but I think I did ok for my first class! 

I enjoy taking classes as it really does help me push through my limits and it's also made me a lot more confident with using barbells and kettle bells on my own. I hate using them in public (silly, I know) so knowing which exercises to do makes it a lot less daunting! 

Which gym classes do you like to take? Are there any that really tire you out? Let me know in the comments below!

Banana Beauty


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

July Favourites

Banana Beauty

For being a 5 week month, July seems to have been a quick month! I had a few work nights out so ended up pretty skint for most of the month, meaning I had to be selective when it came to choosing products to treat myself with.

Extended Play Mascara MAC

I love the way MAC's Extended Play Lash looks on clients so I decided to switch up my normal voluming mascara and give this defining one a go. I found out, I actually prefer my lashes to be more defined than volumised, I've just never had a defining mascara to know it! The wand is super thin and tough, so sometimes I do end up getting it everywhere. But, it means I can add more mascara to the mid length and tips of my lashes without clumping up the base, giving it a little more oomph.

Another new product I decided to try is the John Frieda Go Blonder Spray. NOTE: You're 100% not meant to use this on hair that isn't already a light blonde. But, I'm an unstoppable rebel and since my hair is ginger anyway, this works pretty well to lighten my roots a shade or two. I use the Superdrug wash in, wash out toner to give my hair a boost at the moment and the lightening spray works well with it.

NARS Sheer Glow Siberia

I've managed to get through my first bottle of NARS Sheer Glow (mini review here) pretty quickly, so it was perfect timing when I went down to Glasgow to get my tattoo as I could also nip in and get another bottle. I liked Mont Blanc, but it looked a little too pinky on my skin. So, I decided to go for Siberia this time and I think it blends pretty seamlessly with my neck.

I know it was in my favourites last month, but I couldn't resist putting The Body Shops Brazil Nut back in this month. It's the main fragrance I've been reaching for the past month and I just can't get over how good it smells!

What are your favourites for the month? Let me know below!

Banana Beauty

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