Amy Antoinette - A Motherhood & Lifestyle Blog: May 2011

28 May 2011

Coping with Keratosis Pilaris

I mentioned in my Nair Silky Sensations post I suffered from Keratosis Pilaris on my legs and I had a few questions about products I'd recommend to deal with it. As an inherited skin condition, frustratingly there is no cure, but there are palliative treatments which can calm the condition.

I've found the best solution to treat KP is to kill it with kindness. With plenty of TLC, I've found the condition can be managed and exfoliation and hydration are key to lessening the appearance of inflamed bumps.






Body Brush
Body Brushing has been a saviour for me when it comes to KP. With daily use, dry body brushing gently exfoliates and improves circulation. If you persevere, body brushing miraculously transforms rough bumps and ingrown hairs into soft, smooth, beautiful skin. I use a body brush from The Body Shop which I bought years ago, they seem to last forever!

Exfoliate
For use in the bath or shower, The Sanctuary Salt Scrub (£10.20) gives a double whammy of love and care to your skin. The salt ever so gently removes dead skin cells and resurfaces the texture of the skin, whilst almond, coconut and jojoba oil leaves a protective moisture barrier. Skin is intensely hydrated whilst dry skin and rough bumps are kept at bay.

Moisturise
For a luxurious treat after your shower, Lush Dream Cream (£10.25) is the ultimate antidote to KP (and apparently amazing for eczema too.) Lavender, chamomile and rose calm skin irritations whilst cocoa butter, olive oil and oat milk soften dry skin. Containing an abundance of essential oils and tea tree (a mild antiseptic), Lush Dream Cream is literally a dream cream for those suffering with KP.

Hair Removal Cream
I've only recently discovered cream is the best way to remove hair for those with KP on their legs. Shaving aggravates the bumps and can be painful, whilst waxing is notorious for causing ingrown hairs - the last thing you want when you have keratosis pilaris! Cream is gentle on the skin and results in the smoothest finish.

For other treatments for KP, keep a lookout for products containing Glycolic Acid (AHA), Lactic Acid, Urea and Vitamin A.

21 May 2011

Ardell Demi Wispies False Lashes

I've been experimenting with false lashes more than usual recently as our wedding is drawing closer and I'm searching for the perfect pair. I'm still planning on trying out some eyelash extensions which may take preference over falsies in the end, but until then, I'm having fun trying out different variations. 

I'd heard good things about Ardell lashes, and at just over £5 a pair and with so many styles to choose from, I had high hopes. Ardell Demi Wispies offer everything I look for in a pair of false lashes - volume, a bit of extra length at the outer corner and a fluttery finish.


Ardell lashes are priced at £5.11 and are available from Boots.
Do you have any recommendations for other full and fluttery natural looking lashes?

20 May 2011

Halo Hair Extensions

As a fan of big, voluminous Kim Kardashian hair, I was thrilled when a couple of months ago I was offered the chance to try Halo Hair Extensions. As I already have long hair, I went for the 20" extensions in Chocolate Brown which matched my own length.
 The colour match is perfect. The hair extensions have the same red and copper multi tones as my own and blend in seamlessly. Being made from 100% remy human hair, these extensions can be curled, washed and dyed and obviously look a lot more natural than synthetic hair would.
There are 8 pieces all together, weighing in at a total of 100g. As you can see, it creates quite a mass of hair all together! I particularly love how well curl holds in these. My own hair is ridiculously fine and silky so I have to frazzle my hair with a curling tong multiple times and abuse it with half a can of hairspray to hold a wave, so these were a dream come true.

Here are the extensions in action. Because I have a small head and a weird parting at the crown which drives me mad (and would show up the clips if they were around that area), I only can fit on two lots of extensions. Below I'm wearing a 3 clip piece and a 2 clip piece. I love the extra volume it adds to my hair. I can't imagine how big it would be if I used all 8 pieces!
Halo Hair Extensions are available in 16", 20" and 24" lengths. 
Prices begin at £49.99 for human hair extensions.
Available in 31 shades.
For more info, head to http://www.halohairextensions.com/

14 May 2011

Take My Hand & Walk With Me...

I've been a bit AWOL lately. Wedding planning has been taking up a lot of time and then with the long Easter break, blogging took a back seat. The 11 day Easter break was like a miniature summer holiday. The weather was perfection and it gave my fiancĂ© and I much appreciated time together just to relax and enjoy each others company. Here's how we spent it...

We started off the break by having lunch at The Riverbank, which as the name suggests, overlooks the river. We sat outside with the sun beating down, tucked in to a delicious deli board and it truly felt like we were abroad. 
We took a stroll down the river bank after lunch, had an ice cream and marvelled at the prettiness of our surroundings...
We then spent a couple of nights in London at The Sanderson Hotel. It was the first 5* hotel we've stayed in and we were suitably impressed with the art gallery style lobby and the many weird and wonderful rooms.
The breakfast was our favourite part. We gorged on danish pastries, fresh fruit, muffins and croissants...
...before moving on to a cooked breakfast. Eggs Benedict is my absolute favourite so I had it two days in a row but I was very tempted by the waffles and pancakes on offer!
We ate other yummy things whilst in London...
We visited the National History Museum and National Science Museum where much fun was had...
Finally, we took a trip to the jewellery quarter to try on some wedding rings in Tiffany. On the way there we passed some stores which displayed the biggest diamonds I have ever seen...they were the size of thumb nails. Needless to say, theses stores had some rather burly men guarding the doors! It was a successful journey as after months of searching, I found the perfect wedding ring to sit with my 3 stone engagement ring. It's a dainty little ring with 9 delicate diamonds. It was a relief to find something so beautiful and I can't wait to be wearing it in a few months time!

Hopefully a more regular blogging schedule will be resumed as I have a huge list of things to blog about!