Friday, 11 April 2014

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 like hold on and just....woah....

....because words cannot fully describe my love for this product. I quite like having a product for a while before reviewing it but sometimes one comes into your life and its love and first use and just why wait?! I ordered this from (among other things) when they were having an amazing 1/3 off French pharmacy brands, having never tried it before but being completely intrigued by it. I know a lot of beauty bloggers rave about the cicaplast lip balm and so I decided that a big huge tube of the balm would have to be a winner. I ordered this not even sure what I would use it for but it has become an instant must-have product for me. It works on EVERYTHING! I have had dry skin around my nostrils since I was about 15 and had used about a million different products (seriously 8 Hour Cream, E45, emulsifying ointment, hydraluron,  my beloved Image skincare hydrating repair creme) to get rid of it. No matter what product I used it stung when I put it on and it also only kept the dryness at bay so I would have to put more product on during the day resulting in a really strange glossy around and under my nose (sexy right?!).

Look at it, the big unassuming tube of amazing!

So one night I put some of the LRP balm around my nose and it didn't sting  and I was very pleasantly surprised but still dubious about the actual results it would deliver. Well damn my cynical mind because the next day my skin around my nose didn't hurt like it normally did and I didn't have to put some random ointment around my nose to protect it - it was just like a normal persons' skin! I don't even have to use this product every night - maybe every second night or so because it is actually fixing the problem not just covering it up!

I also used the balm on a burn I got from a curling wand (by the way can someone remind me to buy a heat protection glove because I have been meaning to for a few months at this stage and keep forgetting). It soothed the burning sensation straight away and while obviously it didn't make my skin good as new (it still hurt for a few days after and I still have the burn mark) it has sped up the healing time on the burn so so much. This is something I can say with almost scientific certainty and all because I've gotten burns from my curling wand before (it's a love-hate relationship) and they have taken so much longer to heal. I also burned the same area but on my other hand before and it honestly took a few months to completely heal and it hurt like crazy for the whole time!

I am so so impressed with this balm - normally I'm quite into science and basic chemistry because I like to know what different ingredients make a product work but I have no idea how this works so well, I think it must just be some French magic: either way there is no way I'd ever be without this product again.

Cicaplast Baume B5 ( 100ml) purchased at   Price: £11.45/€13.80

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Controverssue: The Rise of the Flogger (Facebook Blogger)

Controverssue is an awesome (!) word to describe a controversial (in blog terms) issue

-Flogger (n) Someone who goads you into buying something, usually illegal or of little value

-Flogger (n) A "blogger" who has ammassed a huge number of followers by hosting giveaways and posting pinterest-type pictures on their Facebook page, barely writing any posts (any of which are positive reviews of products they've been sent) yet calling themselves a blogger.

So this may be a bit controversial but it is something which has both puzzled and irked me for some time. This post does not intend to point the finger at any one person, I'm sure everyone who has a blog does it in their own way and that it would be boring if everyone took the same route. I could be completely wrong with what I will say here, or maybe its just jealousy (and I will fully admit that part of it is), or maybe you agree with me - either way it is a subject that I find intriguing and one I would love to discuss...
Recently I have noticed a new trend of Facebook pages for "bloggers" being set up. These pages all have the same format: a girl posts pictures that are found on pinterest/tumblr/we heart it with a caption like "so true" or "love these shoes" and gets an enormous amounts of "likes" which in turn leads to them getting more followers. They also host regular giveaways providing you like and share their photos (another effort to become more well known and amass more coveted "likers").

Is there a problem with this? No, but it is something that annoys me for a number of reasons:

Firstly these girls don't seem to blog much, if anything. They appear to exist solely as a middle man between pinterest and the general public.
Posting pictures of fashion and accessories without accrediation infringes on the people who actually put the time and effort into picking out the clothes and taking the pictures in the first place. It can also make it seem like it is the bloggers' own style/work when for example only a pair of shoes is shown being worn  - this is taking credit for another persons work by not stating where the picture is from.
Any blogs or Facebook posts they do write seem to be glowing reviews of products they have been sent, sometimes without mentioning that they received the product for free.
They host multiple competitions which you can only win if you like, share and comment on their photos and probably name your firstborn after them just to have a chance at winning.
It takes away the recognition of the huge amount of work other beauty and fashion bloggers and vloggers do writing honest reviews (I don't include myself in this obviously given that I don't post regularly and my blog isn't exactly one of the best out there).

Look I can copy and paste pictures too! - took me all of 30 seconds!

It is a different thing entirely to have a Facebook page to go along with a blog- this is just a good way to stay in touch with people who read your blog and gain other followers interested in your actual opinions as opposed to just being interested in winning a competition. Also of course bloggers will also post pictures from pinterest or tumblr on their facebook but the difference is in the ratio of the amount of pictures of other peoples' work to their own work - floggers seem to have much more posts featuring someone else's work without accreditation than their own work.
Is this just jealousy talking? Perhaps a little - these floggers gather a huge number of followers in a very short amount of time, a number that I wouldn't dare to dream of ever garnering. They get sent lots of free products and get invited to press releases. They seem to be able to do this with very little work (at least from my perspective).

Maybe most people enjoy these type of pages and I am in a minority and the obvious solution is not to "like" these pages and just let them get on with it but I did want to write my opinion and maybe get other peoples perspectives on this type of "blogger".

Is this a new direction you think blogs should take? Do you like seeing pinterest-y pictures on your timeline? Do you think I'm just jealous? Let me know down in the comments - I'd love to hear your thoughts....