Wednesday, 20 May 2015

REVIEW: Cetraben for Ezcema Sufferers!

I am cursed with eczema which flares up quite badly at certain times of the year; like now, for instance!  A mix of warmer weather plus stress really plays havoc with my legs and the tops of my arms/shoulders and I'm currently sporting some lovely patches of super itchy dry skin which does make me feel a little self conscious!

I've tried a plethora of lotions and potions for eczema in the past (you can see a big eczema blog post here) but I wanted to shout about my current favourites!

I have really, really been loving Cetraben to soothe my flare up's recently.  It's available in 2 formulas:
- A Lotion which is lightweight, dries quickly and is great for large areas of trouble.
- And the Cream (my personal favourite), which is thicker and tends to make my eczema feel more smoothed and moisturised.  

I normally apply the cream after showering/bathing and also before bed (if I remember).  
I find that when I don't apply it, my skin is much more irritated and I'm more prone to itching than if I did - which in itself is fantastic.  The range is also fragrance and colour free which makes it ideal for sensitive skin.  The range is available from Boots, Tesco and Superdrug for around £4-8 which may seem pricey but it's cheaper than a prescription which potentially thins the skin!  It's also on offer from Superdrug here (link).  

I really hope this helps at least one person out there!  I know how agonising it can be - Andrew gets really frustrated when he see's me clawing away at my skin every evening but sometimes the itch is just unbearable, and to be left with red patchy skin isn't nice in the summer months!  

Do you have any dry skin recommendations?


Thursday, 14 May 2015

REVIEW: Too Faced Liquid Lipsticks

I am developing a massive obsession with the Too Faced makeup brand.  I'm currently using 4 of their products in my daily makeup regime and have yet to find something I don't like about them!!
I've been absolutely lusting over the Melted Liquified Longwear Lipsticks and wanted to show off a few of them today!

L-R: Melted Candy, Melted Berry & Melted Marshmallow.

I'm a big, big fan of liquid lipsticks and so I had high expectations for these tubes but they didn't disappoint.  They are super pigmented and packed with colour which makes them a dream to apply.  I love that they're buildable - I've been wearing Melted Marshmallow to work every day this week just dabbed lightly on the lips for a sweet pink flush of colour.

They smell delicious, last really well on the lips and I really like the formula.  They're a lot creamier and more moisturising than the Illamasqua Liquid Lipsticks (which I also adore but they really cling on to dry patches) and they dry with a nice finish and sheen.    I also really like the cotton applicator, it makes application smooth and easy to apply cleanly to the lips.  

They retail for £15 each which I think is pretty good for a 12ml tube, being so pigmented I suspect these will last a really long time in my makeup bag.  Next up I'm looking to add Melted Coral to my collection - a gorgeous orange shade!

Have you guys got any liquid lipsticks you recommend?


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Big Beauty GIVEAWAY!

If you follow me over on Twitter or Instagram (@katesnooks) you may have seen that at the weekend I hit 40,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel.  This absolutely made my week - I adore YouTube and creating content and to see people watching my videos honestly makes me so happy, so I decided to give a little something back!
I'm giving away this box of lovely goodies, all products chosen especially because I adore them myself!!

All you have to do to enter is subscribe to my channel ( and leave a comment!  Watch the video above for more options on how to enter and to find out why I chose the products!

Prize Includes:
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette
Benefit Porefessional
Illamasqua Gleam in Supernatural
Revlon Matte Balms x 2
Rimmel Scandaleyes Cream x 2
Rimmel Eyeshadow Quad
Maybelline 24 hr Colour Tattoo
Maybelline Baby Lips
Illamasqua Nail Polish

Thanks for all sticking around and reading my blog too - it's been the only constant in my life for the past 5 years and I couldn't imagine what I'd do without it!!

Good luck!


Monday, 4 May 2015

OUTFIT: Summer fling

Last weekend Andrew and I travelled up to Peterborough for some quality time with his family and to celebrate the engagement of an old friend of his.  Here is what I wore!


I've had the shoes from this outfit for what seems like ages now but have only just re-discovered that I owned them (they're still in stock FYI) and now can't get enough (this is what happens when you're a shoe-aholic).  They give me incredible height without being uncomfortable.  Paired with the crochet detailed top and ripped jeans, I think this is a really easy outfit to wear.
You can also see a sneak peak of my new foot tattoo in the pictures above too.  I got it two weeks ago on the annual Snooks family tattoo day (which I'll tell you all about in my tattoo's video which I'm planning to film this week).  It's been super itchy recently but I think it'll be fully healed soon.

I hope you've all had a lovely bank holiday weekend.  Andrew and I have been resting up in our little flat in the East End of Lannndan.  We went to Columbia Road yesterday to buy some flowers and ended the evening with Andrew playing piano whilst I sang along.  I really should vlog more often!

Let me know if there's any particular content you'd like to see from me in the future too, I'm still trying to get my blogging mojo back so knowing what you guys would like to read would definitely help!

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