26 December 2013

How Will You Remember Christmas 2013?

I was catching up on some blogs when I came across an amazing post on Charlotte's Web. It really stood out against the other Christmas blog posts I was reading as it told the story of a cat and mouse stand-off, instead of one about new shoes and sparkly nail polish. Don't get me wrong, I love me some new shoes and sparkly nail polish, but this post was just a refreshing change that made me think. At the end, she asked what I would remember about Christmas 2013. For me, Christmas 2013 will always be the year of West Side Story. It's my favourite musical and has been for quite a few years, but 2013 was the year that I finally got to own it on DVD and the year that the soundtrack became a crucial part of my iTunes. Christmas 2013 will also be remembered as the year my friend, Amy, left school to start a hairdressing apprenticeship. She's the first of us to leave school and the first of us to go off to college and, although we won't be in the same building together for 7 hours every day now, I know that nothing will change between us. Despite this, I'll miss her loads. Christmas 2013 will also be remembered as the year of incredibly good food. My mum excelled herself with Christmas dinner this year by making roast potatoes that weren't hollow like previous years and the most amazing gravy in the world, ever. I also went out for a lovely dinner with my friends as a leaving present for Amy and a Christmas celebration. I ate heaven in a burrito. 

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas or just a lovely day in general if you don't celebrate it. How will you remember Christmas 2013? 
Cat xx

2 December 2013

Review - Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion

Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion for sensitive skin* "Oil-fighting formula cleanses effectively and helps prevent spots."

I've never been the biggest Clean & Clear fan - I don't really have problem skin and I prefer to use more natural skin-care products - but there is one C&C product that has made it into my daily routine and has became holy-grail over the past few years. It's their bright blue, deep-cleansing lotion. 

I'd say that calling it a 'lotion' is pushing it a wee bit though as it's like water... Name aside, this is honestly one of my favourite products and I really believe that it does what it says on the bottle. It claims to get rid of the build-up of oil and dirt on your skin, clearing it up and preventing spots and, for me, it does. I've been using this since January 2012 (I bought it the day after my friend's 14th birthday) and I've made it through 3 bottles in that time, the third being sent to me from the lovely people from Clean & Clear. For the first few months of using it I thought it was a little bit too strong for my skin, but I quickly realised that the actual product wasn't that strong at all, but the scent was. I'm used to it now but if you're sensitive to scented products then this may not be the best for you. :)

All you need to do with this is put a bit on a cotton pad and wipe it all-over your face, avoiding your eyes. Seriously, avoid your eyes! I made the mistake of using this as an eye-makeup remover once when I'd ran out of my usual one and it stung like a bitch. :'D It really feels like this product is deeply cleansing your skin but it isn't at all drying - for me, at least. I keep repurchasing this product - I'm actually on my fourth bottle of the stuff now - and I love it just as much as I did when I first used it three years ago. 

You can buy Clean & Clear's Deep Cleansing Lotion for £2.99 from Boots - here.
Lots of love, Cat
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