Drive DVD / Neutrogena pink grapefruit facial wash / Neutrogena pink grapefruit moisturiser / créme brúlée Vaseline pot

Lately I feel like I've kind of been having 'puberty: round two'; my hair is lank and dull, my skin is all blotchy/spotty and I've got eczema on my elbows and hands. All stuff I dealt with briefly when I was around 14 but thought I'd manage to largely escape. But no, unfortunately all of these ailments seem to be back with a vengeance, something which I am definitely not enjoying. To make matters worse I am currently suffering with crippling neck pains, leaving me as cranky and moody as I was in my tweenage years (well, maybe half as cranky). 

In an effort to combat these unexpected woes, and to 'rescue' myself from this repeat match with puberty, I embarked on a mini shopping trip with the aim of purchasing some new skincare products and even a few 'feel better' treats. I'd heard so many great reviews of the Neutrogena 'pink grapefruit' selection online, so decided I would start there in terms of formulating a fresh skincare routine. I chose the facial wash and the oil free moisturiser, and after having used them for the past two days I can happily report that I really like them! They smell is amazing and both the wash and the moisturiser leave skin feeling tingly and fresh, plus they're the most dazzling shade of pink. I impulsively picked up a créme brúlée Vaseline pot during the same purchase in Boots (it was near the till, they always get me!) which I'll be saving for this winter (such a delightfully Christmassy smell, don't you think?). In terms of my depressing hair situation, I have been alternating between Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo and John Frieda's 'go blonder' range shampoo and conditioner (both cripplingly expensive, my hair threatens to bankrupt me). 

I also treated myself to a few new DVDs on said shopping expedition, and - in true teen style - tried to forget my troubles with a movie night and some treats. Robin and I watched the truly astounding Drive with Ryan Gosling (love) and feasted on cheese cake. I'm totally in love with this movie, and will be writing a 'fashion in film' post on it very soon, so keep your peepers peeled. It also makes me desperately want to watch The Notebook again, although I'm not sure I want to deal with all the sobbing which will inevitably ensue...

Tell me, has puberty snuck back up on any of you when you thought it was gone for good? And have you seen Drive? 

21 comments:

  1. I think puberty returns to me on a very regular basis, namely in the form of horrific hormonal/menstrual issues :-( Ah the notebook, such a weepy!!

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    1. aww noo :( I hate hormones!!!!

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  2. I'm so confused, did you delete the post I commented on...or am I going mad! Bessy xx

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    1. sorry Bessy, I had clicked 'revert to draft' on that post by accident, thanks for drawing it to my attention :)

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  3. maybe your post will finally convince me to consider watching this drive movie.

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    1. definitely definitely do, it's amazing - like a cross between Grease and The Godfather, with bits of the video game Grand Theft Auto thrown in for good measure ...

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  4. I LOVED drive! One of the lads at work loaned me his copy on Bluray just after it had been released. I had very mixed emotions about the ending though!

    In regard to skin, I've had a horrendous time lately with my eczema. It hasn't bothered me for the last 5 years and lately I've had it all over my face and body! I had to go and see a dermatologist last week and was prescribed some very strong steriod cream for my legs. Have you tried eumovate on your hands? It's a little stronger than hydrocortisone so it may be enough to clear it up? Plus I think you can buy it over the counter!

    Hannah xx

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    1. yeah the ending was so shocking! amazing though.

      I haven't tried eumovate but I definitely shall! I've been to the docs when it's been really bad before and they never seem to know what to do about it lol. xx

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    2. aww tell me about it! i think the thing is that it's just a case of trial and error.

      I've had discoid eczema on my legs since Jan and been back and forth to the docs and he couldn't figure out what it was. Eventually had to pay to go private and see a dermatologist last week! he prescribed me dermovate and it's scarring but cleared up in a week!!! after months of it being on my legs!

      I would add skin kind on twitter cos they've sent me some samples of their products that you can get on prescription. they look quite good but because mine has been so severe I've had to use strong steriods. the skind kind products are all natural though. i keep meaning to do a post on them! maybe today!

      Remember not to use anything stronger than hydrocortisone on your face though. xx

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  5. My skin likes to pretend that I'm still sixteen, but I've realised that it's mostly related to hormones and my lifestyle, i.e. stress and what I eat... Personally, I've gone completely green in terms of skincare. I'd recommend a clay mask, most brands do a version of that nowadays. Using that once a week has really helped me. No More Dirty Looks (http://nomoredirtylooks.com/) has some really great tips and tricks for troublesome skin and hair!

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    1. ahh yes, stress definitely has a lot to do with it! it can sneak up when you least expect it...! I'll definitely check out that website thank you! :)

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  6. Aw I'm totally with you, my skin is worse now than when I was 15 and a few years ago I got eczema for the first time, and I still struggle with it. My doctor prescribed me a steroid cream and when it's really bad I shower with Oilatum cream/milk which doesn't smell great but it really helps, and you can buy it in Boots. Hope it get's better soon x

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    1. ahh thank you for the recommendation - I haven't used Oilatum before but I'd definitely be willing to give it a go! I've had steroid creams before and they don't seem to do much for me!

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  7. seen Drive, i want his scorpion jacket hahaha

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    1. I love it, he's a white knight!

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  8. I feel your pain on the puberty round two situation, I have a spot at the moment which is big enough to have its own personality. As for Drive, so good on so many levels! The group I watched it with hated it so I was just sat there on my own trying to convey how awesome it was! xx

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    1. oh gosh I can't imagine anyone not liking it! it's just so amazing! I don't even like gore AT ALL (I always steer clear) but it didn't put me off this one bit. Ryan Gosling is truly wonderful in it, a real star :)

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  9. Oh good lord, puberty seems never to have left, at least the skin aspect. But that for me is related to hormones. I've had good luck with a combination of b.c. pills (yaz is the U.S. brand name, marketed specifically for problem skin) and prescription rentinol cream.

    On the less prescription-heavy side of things, finding a good clay mask with 10% sulfur content, and then spot-treating by leaving it on all night on a spot seems to calm things down.

    Perhaps, if it's a new development, it's related to stress? Hope things get better soon!

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    1. mmm, a clay mask sounds like it would be good on all counts - despotting and destressing :) I think I need to lay my hands on one asap!

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  10. I recently had some hormonal imbalances that threw my skin into a 3-day funk. I combatted it with maca root powder, which balances hormones, a healthy diet (heavy on veggies and fruit--try 101cookbooks for great ideas), and yogurt masks (use daily). 1 week later and all I have to deal with is some hyperpigmentation. I didn't change my skincare routine, because I have a lot of confidence in it (I've used it for over 4 years). I keep the ingredients natural and mild and just have faith in my own immune system!

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    1. ahhh I think I need to goon a diet kick! that's an excellent suggestion - I haven't head of 101 cookbooks but I will look them up :) I think I'm still trying to find my perfect skincare routine - I've coasted for a long time not really doing anything because my skin has mostly been okay haha

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