If you have kept up with my blog posts for the last week you will know that i have been taking part in the 7 Day Skincare Challenge with Cetraben, (if you have no idea what i’m talking about then firstly go and click this link here). Basically the challenge involved me adding Cetraben into my daily skincare routine and monitoring the results over a week to see any changes or improvements in my problematic, dry skin. We are now at the end of the week and i am able to share my results with you! I also wanted to use this post to answer some of the questions you have been asking me over the course of the challenge.

So i guess the main question you’re all waiting to be answered is: did it work?! My answer is YES! I am so incredibly happy with the results and the way my skin is feeling after just one short week. I have been using both the lotion and cream version of the product at least twice daily, the lotion in a morning underneath makeup and the cream at night. Before the challenge began i had a flare up of eczema around my eye area which has now calmed down so much and has made such a difference when its come to applying concealer/foundation. In general my skin is feeling so much softer and more hydrated. As well as eczema i also suffer with general dry and rough patches of skin, particularly on my elbows and knees. Again over the course of the week i have noticed that these areas have become much smoother and the physical appearance is so much better. I think that sometimes when it comes to skincare i get lazy and forget to do my routine when i over complicate things, but because Cetraben is such an easy one step product that actually works i have found it so much easier to stick to a routine! Even though the week is now over i am still going to be using the product daily as i am still looking for further improvement and i think its also a great way of controlling my eczema and a maintenance routine.

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Can Cetraben definitely be used on your face as well as your body? Yes! Absolutely. It can even be used around the eye area and on the the eye lids.

Is Cetraben an affordable product? Both the travel size and the full size come in at under £10 so yes it is extremely affordable. The Full size is £7.99 and the travel size is £4.99. Skincare can be really expensive but this is a product which is both affordable and actually works!

Where can i buy Cetraben? Boots, Superdrug, Weldricks, Lloyds Pharmacy and Tesco. The product no longer has to be prescribed by your doctor it is available for anyone to buy.

There are some really useful tools on the Cetraben website which i really recommend you checking out. The Skintelligence Test is extremely useful in helping you realise just how well you actually know your skin. Of course the better you know your own skin, the better you can educate yourself on what you should be doing to keep it in the best condition you possibly can. The Skin Diary is also a really useful tool as it basically helps you monitor your skin over the course of a week; what works for you and what doesn’t, any triggers that have a negative impact and how your diet effects your skin. I also really recommend you check out this skin animation of how Cetreben actually works for a better understanding of the product! For any further information on these tools or just the product in general make sure you check our the Cetraben website.

Certain are also running a really cool competition where 10 of you can win a full sized Cetraben cream and take part in the 7 Day Challenge just like i did. To enter all you have to do is click here and share your top skincare tip!

Overall i have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the challenge and i’m over the moon with the results. A huge thank you to Cetraben for working with me on this. I am so proud to support a brand that i am truly passionate about, and i hope that by sharing my journey this week i can help some of you who suffer with similar skin problems to myself.

Jodes x

For me when it comes to makeup the base is the most important component of the look. Without that flawless foundation base to build upon it doesn’t matter how on fleek your eyebrows are or how sharp your winged liner is, it’s not going to do it justice. When it comes to achieving that perfect base i have found that it’s not so much the foundation product you’re using that makes all the difference, it’s the product you prep the actual skin with and the products in your daily skincare routine you’re using.

As you know if you’ve read here before, my skin is particularly dry with flare ups of eczema from time to time, so for me getting my skincare routine right and prepping my skin with the right products is absolutely essential. My absolute hero product for keeping my skin under the best control i possibly can is Cetraben, an emollient for people with dry, problematic and eczema prone skin. If you read my last post you will know that i’m currently working with Cetraben and taking part in the ‘7 Day Skincare Challenge’ which means i’m adding Cetraben into my daily skincare routine and monitoring my results throughout the week. I’m currently half way through the week and the changes in my skin are already apparent. I tend to get patches of eczema around my eye area which results in it being very difficult to apply concealer to my under eye without it creasing and looking cakey, however after just 4 days of using this i am finding it is blending into my skin so much more easily! I am super happy with the results so far and really excited to see how my skin is looking by the end of the week, of course i will be documenting my end result in a blog post! For more detailed information on Cetraben and to find out more about the challenge please read my previous post by clicking here.

That brings me onto my first step in creating that perfect base. I use my Cetraben essentially as my primer product. There are both cream and lotion versions of the product, i’m using the lotion as its slightly lighter on the skin. I massage that into my skin all over my face, even the eye area as its completely safe to use and works amazingly for prepping your eye makeup. My skin is then left feeling nice and smooth ready for makeup application.

For my foundation i am currently using the Loreal Infallible 24h, if you have dry skin i highly recommend using a liquid foundation. If your skin is going through a particularly bad flare up it may be useful to use a foundation which is paraben free as parabens are a known irritant for skin conditions. For more information on makeup suitable for problematic skin and the products you should be using i highly recommend watching this Makeup Masterclass video i found on the Cetraben youtube channel. It’s extremely helpful and i picked up some really useful tips. I apply my foundation with a Beauty Blender sponge, i find that using a sponge helps the makeup blend effortlessly into the skin dispersing just the right amount of product. That brings me on to my tip of ‘less is more’, don’t pile foundation on your face in an attempt to cover imperfections, use one pump of product on the back of your hand and remember its much easier to add more than it is to take away!

After my foundation i like to use a concealer underneath my eyes, down the centre of my nose and on my skin to highlight those parts of my face. At the moment i am loving the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. It has an amazing brightening effect and feels weightless on the skin blending seamlessly. I again use my Beauty Blender to buff that in for a flawless look. As i mentioned earlier using Cetraben to prep my eye area makes concealer application so much easier.

To finish my base makeup i do like to set with a powder, however nothing too heavy as i don’t want it to emphasise my dry patches of skin and i want as much of my skins natural glow to still shine through as possible. I do find using powder helps my makeup stay in place a lot longer through out the day though and it takes away some of that unwanted shine! The product i am loving at the moment is the Laura Mercier Translucent powder. This is a super fine, colourless powder which just finishes the look perfectly without looking like your wearing anything too heavy. And that is my base makeup done!

So overall i would say don’t get too hung up on the makeup products you’re using, sometimes for me it could almost seem like absolutely no foundation looked good on me, but when i stripped it right back down to my actual skincare i started to see the results i was looking for! You can also check out my video on my Youtube Channel talking you through all of these steps and demoing the process. Make sure you stay tuned for my next post which will be the final instalment of my Cetraben 7 Day Challenge journey!

Jodes x

This post is in collaboration with Cetraben.

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Hey Everyone!

As you guys know if you watch my youtube channel, i have suffered with dry, problematic skin throughout my whole life. It’s something that affects me not only physically but also my self confidence, I’m sure many of you can relate to that. So i’ve teamed up with Cetraben for the ‘7 Day Challenge’ to test out the benefits of using their products as part of my daily skincare routine.

Here’s a little bit of a background on my skin – i’ve suffered with dry, eczema prone skin basically for the whole of my life. I first discovered Cetraben a few years ago when i was going through a particularly bad flare up and my doctor prescribed it to me. Although i had it prescribed initially you are now able to buy the product in your local Boots, Superdrug & Tesco which is great because it makes it much more accessible for everyone. To make things even better its super affordable, both the travel and full size bottles come in at under £10! At the moment i would say that my eczema is under control, my skin isn’t particularly bad however i am aware that my face is still extremely dry which can make makeup application (or on the opposite end of the scale – not wearing any makeup!) very difficult. To anyone who suffers with this kind of thing, I’m sure you can relate when i say sometimes i feel like there’s nothing i can do, i just have to live with it’, but that is not the case. So i’m going back to my trusty skin savior Cetraben to see what results i can get in just one week, and i’m taking you guys on the journey with me.

So i hear you ask, what is this miracle product Cetraben and what makes it so special? That brings me on to a little bit of the technical stuff. Certain is a clinically effective emollient, the range includes both a cream and a lotion. Personally i have both and the only real difference is that the lotion is a little bit lighter, so i sometimes choose to pop that on in a morning when i don’t want to use something heavy. Both products are SLS and paraben free – in simple terms there are no nasties. There are 3 components which make Cetraben the miracle product that it is:

Light Liquid Paraffin – Replaces lost skin oils
White Soft Paraffin – Creates a protective barrier on the skin surface
Glycerin – Brings moisture up from deep down in the skin

This is why it’s a product that really works! It’s not cosmetic so you know, its not the type of thing you buy because it will look pretty on your instagram feed, its a product that actually really works and gives you visible results.

Make sure that you check out the Cetraben website for further infortmation, there are some amazing tools on their website such as the Skin Diary – which helps you to monitor and track how your skin feels and its triggers. There is also a really useful skintelligence test which helps you discover just how well you actually know your own skin! As i said i will be keeping you updated on how i get on with the challenge throughout the week, so stay tuned on my blog and youtube channel to hear my results!

Jodes x

This post os kindly sponsored by Cetraben, however all opinions are my own.

Spring has well and truly sprung and i thought i would do a little round up on my blog of some of my current favourites! I have a nice mix of beauty, fashion & lifestyle bits – hope you enjoy!

First up for beauty – i have been obsessing over some of the new Too Faced releases. In general Too Faced is one of my all time favourite makeup brands, not only are the products really high quality the packaging is AMAZING! I have particularly been loving the new Sweethearts Blush in ‘Sparkling Bellini’ and the Sweetheart bronzer in ‘Sweet Tea’. Not only is the heart shaped packaging to die for the colours of both products are SO beautiful. The bronzer is such a gorgeous golden glow and the blush has just the right about of shimmer. IN LOVE.tf

Next up in beauty i have the Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara. I just want to start by saying… WHERE HAVE I BEEN?! This mascara has been so hyped about for the last few months yet i only just tried it out last week! Obviously as i’m including it in this favourites it was an instant love. Definitely my new favourite mascara and from the drugstore too! Winning! Ive been looking for a mascara for some time now that gives me quite a dramatic look without my lashes looking too clumpy, and this does just that! I don’t tend to wear heavy eye makeup so a good mascara to make me look a bit more awake is an absolute must for me. I have definitely found my new go too!

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I was lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of new straighteners from the GHD Azores collection, the collection screams holiday vibes and it was love at first sight! I got mine in the pearlescent green colour and they are absolutely dreamy. Of course as you would expect from GHD the straighteners themselves are second to none. They glide through my mane of hair so easily which makes doing my hair in a morning a pleasure not a chore for once! These beauties are also available in blue and pink. I do believe they’re limited edition so get them while you can!

ghdMoving on to Fashion faves. This time of year its all about the trainers for me. I love a good pair of heels don’t get me wrong, but nothing beats the comfy feeling of your favourite converse – and these all White Leather Hi top All Stars are my new absolute faves! I got them from  which is an awesome website for all of your shoe buying needs! They stock so many of my favourite brands, i was so impressed when i had a browse. Though i was spoilt for choice i ended up going for these converse and i am so happy with them. Being all leather they are so much easier to keep clean (especially with them being pure white!), and they are also water proof which is fab because here in the UK the chances of rain are always on the high side haha! I feel like i can pair these with literally any outfit for a cute, casual look. Definitely a staple in my wardrobe this Spring.converse

As for random favourites – i am completely obsessed with smoothies at the moment! As the weather gets warmer it definitely inspires me to eat a little healthier and i just find smoothies such a yummy treat whilst still being good for you! I find myself browsing on Pinterest for hours searching new recipes – ultimate form of procrastination! I actually found an amazing recipe for a banana smoothie on Pinterest which tastes like a chocolate milkshake but is packed with protein and super good for you! I made a few tweaks to the recipe and i feel like i now have it perfect so stay tuned on the blog in the next week as i will definitely be sharing that with you all 😉

I hope you enjoyed my ramblings about all the things i’m currently loving! Let me know if you’d like me to do this kind of thing again! I might even make this a weekly thing, i love making videos on my channel but one thing that does i wish is that i could share more with you as i don’t get to tell you guys about all the things I’m loving every single week, sometimes my weeks videos just don’t allow for it. So maybe if i start doing a weekly love list on here i will be able to share lots more of the things i’m loving with you! What do you think? It feels absolutely awesome to be back blogging.

Let me know in the comments what you’re loving this Spring?

Jodes x

One of my favourite things to do when i have bit of free time in London is indulge myself in a browse around one of the many Beauty Hauls, and my all time favourite has to be that of Debenhams! I feel like Debenhams Beauty Haul is a bit of a hidden gem, its a much for laid back, friendly atmosphere than some of the other beauty hauls I’ve ventured into, the staff are lovely and approachable, and the variety of different brands is amazing.

Earlier this week me and my blogger bestie Becca were lucky enough to be invited by Debenhams to come in to store for the ultimate Get Valentines (or GALentines!) ready experience! You see Debenhams is more than just a department store, its a place to indulge in the full girly day out experience. We had the best day and came away feeling utterly spoilt, and i’m so excited i get to share my experience with you!

We began with the personal shopping suite, first up i just want to make you aware that this is free! Yes free! Located on the 3rd floor, any customer can have the luxury of using one, you are able to book in advance but also just pop in on the day to see if theres one available. The staff are super lovely and helpful, will assist with style advice, grabbing different sizes for you, and just generally making for a more enjoyable experience.

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I decided to go for a little black dress which was from Red Herring – i absolutely love the lace cap sleeve detail, super cute! I felt like this would be a super wearable piece in my wardrobe which would suit so many different occasions. I teamed that with a pair of stunning black suede quilted heeled boots from Faith – again super wearable and i have to admit i am a little obsessed with black boots and these are now my current faves! They are SO comfy! I then finished the look with a classic trench coat from Debenhams Collection – this was so reasonably priced and super classy! A Burberry look without the price tag haha! I feel like i’m now never gunna have this coat off!

It was then time to move on to makeup! Now you guys know just how much i love makeup so having the chance to spend some quality one on one time with a makeup artist was a dream. I love doing my own makeup but i have to say theres something about getting your makeup done that feels such a special treat! We were treated to a makeover at the Makeup Forever counter, I had never actually tried any Makeup Forever products so this was even more exciting for me! I have to say i was absolutely wowed! The products are incredible, the girls were absolutely lovely, so helpful and i picked up so many useful tips (as well as a makeup wish list as long as my arm haha!) I loved having a more dramatic makeup look to what i would usually go for and it really helped me feel more confident to step out my comfort zone in future!

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Last but by no means least we moved onto hair. We were treated to a blow dry at the Regis Salon which is situated inside Debenhams Oxford Street also on the 3rd floor. I went for a classic bouncy blow dry and was left feeling like a film star! My hair feels super soft and shiny even 3 days on. The difference a blow dry can make to your hair is really something i urge you to try out for yourself, its so worth it and i can completely see why people get so hooked! As always the staff were great, really friendly and put you at ease, i could of stayed and chatted away to my hair stylist all afternoon haha!

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I thoroughly enjoyed my GALentines Get Ready experience at Debenhams and i can’t thank the team enough for such a special day! If you are planning on getting ready for an event or you just fancy an afternoon of pamper i highly recommend checking Debenhams out you will not be disappointed! I actually loved my look so much i decided to wear the outfit the next day at a Red Carpet Premiere of the new film How To be Single! It was also day 2 of my blow dry which i didn’t touch and i ‘tried’ to recreate the makeup the best i could haha!

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Hope you enjoyed this post as it was a little bit different to usual! Have you tried any of the Beauty Treatments at Debenhams?

Jodes

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This post is in collaboration with Debenhams but all opinions are my own.