My miracle handcream

O'Keefs Working Hands hand cream

Those that follow my blog for some time now, will know I can get problem hands. I have had contact dermatitis before, which I experienced more in my old job, than I do now. But as for hands still getting sore and cracked come winter, they can flare back up.

In the past, I have had a couple of hand creams I have liked and recommended, but now, the above cream pictured, is my go to. This hand cream has become my miracle cream.

O’Keeffes Working Hands hand cream, I have been using 2 weeks today. I started using this cream when I could not stop my hands from getting sorer and sorer with my usual hand cream. My left hand was worser than my right. My left hand being the sore hand.

From just a few days in, I could see the difference and before the week was out, my right hand was better and all clear. My left hand was getting better but not fully right at this point, with it being my worst hand, but after a week it had.

Now my hands are back to being healed and healthy, I still plan to use this cream, in between my other I have left. But I won’t be buying anymore of my previous hand cream for regular use. This will be my hand cream now.

The only hand cream I will use in between will be when I use my hand cream at home that I find a relaxing smell, which was the Boots Live + Be. When I need that relaxing smell. Youcan find that in this post, Some relaxing products I have been trying.

I have known about O’Keeffe’s Working Hands hand cream for some time and I have read really good reviews about it. But it was the price that put me off and I did wonder if the cream was good as it claimed. But now I have used it and seen for myself how good it is, I totally recommend it.

You only need a small amount as the package says, because your hands apparently will feel sticky if you put too much on. Although to start with, you may need a little more, which I did. But I only needed a little more than the recommended for 3 days. After that, I put on just a small amount. The cream is not greasy and my hands feel great.

The amount I use is less than what I would use with my previous cream, so this cream is going to last me and I can see it not being expensive for me in the long run as I previously thought.

 

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Some relaxing products I have been trying

For some months, I have been trying some different products that smell nice and that are relaxing:

  • Radox Sleep Aromatherapy Body Wash
  • Tisserand Sleep Better Pillow Mist
  • Tisserand Sleep Better candle (not puctured)
  • Tisserand Sleep Better Pulse Roller Ball
  • Boots Live + Be Hand Cream (not pictured)
  • Boots Live + Be Body Mist (not pictured)
  • Boots Live + Be Whipped Body Cream
  • Boots Live + Be Hand Wash

Radox Sleep Aromatherapy body wash, Tisserand Aromatherapy sleep better pillow spray and pulse point roller ball

Boots Live + Be body cream and hand wash

When I bought the ‘Tisserand Sleep Better’ range before Christmas, as my Christmas treat, I bought the gift set. It contained the candle, pillow mist and rollerball altogether.
Using them altogether, I slept solidly all through the night. I just have my pillow mist and roller ball left and although I class ‘Tisserand’ as expensive to start with, I don’t now with still having plenty left. Although some nights, I have not used it.

I would probably not buy as a gift set again, unless I treat myself. But I would consider the pillow mist and roller ball again, either together, or individually.

The ‘Radox Sleep Aromatherapy body wash,’ when showering in the evening, I would use this in conjunction with the ‘Tisserand Sleep Better’ products. I bought this to try after seeing it on a reduced offer. I loved the relaxing smell, while showering.

The ‘Boots Live + Be range’ is what I call budget range as they are in my preferred and affordable price range. But none of these products feel budgety.

I absolutely love this range and I have been going back for more.

I started off at first with just the hand cream in, ‘Captivating Pause’ and ‘Beautiful Connection.’ I had both of these on the coffee table, applying them to my hands in the day, when I needed to relax.
I bought these when I was at my worst depressive and suicidal state.
I liked both of these scents, but I found I was drawn more to the ‘Beautiful Connection one,’ as this ran out first.
Since then, I have bought the body mist spray, body cream, shower cream and more of the handcream in this scent. But I also going to try some of their other fragrances too, in this range.
So as you can see, I am hooked with theirs.
If I use their range at night before bed, then I don’t use the Tisserand. But mostly, at the moment, I use the Boots range in the day. This will probably change though, when my Tisserand has gone.

I hope Boots keep this range going, because I am hooked. I absolutely love the smell.

 

(The reviews of products in this post are my own personal reviews that I have shared myself. I have not been asked to create these reviews.)

 

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Review: Garnier Ultimate Blends Smoothing Hair Food Coconut and Macadamia

I felt I needed to give my hair a deep treat type of treatment, to put moisture back into my hair and I have not used a hair mask for my hair since my 20’s. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the hair mask I used then, but I remember it being very good.

The hair mask I treated myself to this time, was the Garnier Ultimate Blends Smoothing Hair Food Coconut and Macadamia, for £5.50, from my local supermarket. This one is for frizzy and unruly hair.

It’s a 3-in-1 hair mask. You can use it as:

  1. A conditioner
  2. A mask
  3. A leave in

I used this as a mask and using it this way, it says on the package to leave in for 3 minutes. But I left it for 5 minutes. You use it in place of your usual conditioner.
It was easy to apply. Felt nice and smelt nice.
Once left in my hair for my preferred time, I rinsed my hair well.
I then used my usual heat protection spray, before blow drying my hair and, I left my hair down that day.
I did not use my Creightons Frizz No More on this ocassion, as I wanted to see how good this was for my hair. I could smell the fragrance of it still in my hair. I was even surprised that I still could smell a hint of it in my hair the day after.
Whenever I use this again, I shall use this as a hair mask and use it once a week, or once a fortnight. So this 390ml tub will last me a nice while and so I feel it was worth the money. Especially as my hair felt and looked great. So I totally recommend it.

On the tub it says vegan formula. But it doesn’t have the vegan trademark, like some companies would have to go that one step further to highlight their vegan friendly products.

The review is my own personal opinion and I have not been asked to review this product.

 

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Review : Lush shampoo and conditioner hair bars

So I mentioned in a post way before Christmas that I would be trying out soap and conditioner hair bars and sharing what I thought here after I used them up.

Before I get onto that, lets start with my washing and hair care habits, before trying these.

I wash my hair three times a week using a shampoo from a bottle. I don’t stick with a particular brand, as I like to swap and change it at times, as I think it helps the hair to have a change. I also like to have a change too.
When I shampoo my hair I mostly do it just the once, but about once, or twice in a month, I may shampoo my hair twice in that wash.
A shampoo bottle, based on a 200ml bottle will last me from either to not quite 3 months, to 3 months.

I use a leave-in conditioner for my hair, which I have been using for a couple of years, because I was finding conditioner that you use after shampoo seemed to make my hair a bit greasy, or flat all of a sudden. So after trying different ones, I went with the leave-in option.
These have worked well for me, but I did mention a time last year when all of a sudden my hair was going frizzy a bit more than normal. A reader recommended Creightons Frizz No More. I never heard of this one and so I shopped for this to try before contemplating on going back to a more expensive equivalent version. I have been using Creightons since it was recommended to me and I will continue to do so, when I need to. So this is part of my hair care now.

When blow drying my hair, I will spritz on a spray to protect my hair from the heat of the hairdryer. Although at times, I may not use it.

So the above is what I usually do, before trying these Lush bars. Now onto the Lush hair bars, as pictured at the start of my post.
I bought a ‘Jason and Argan Oil Shampoo Bar and ‘Big Solid Conditioner Bar.’
The ‘Jason and Argan Oil Shampoo Bar’ cost me £8 and the ‘Big Solid Conditioner Bar’ cost me £7 at the time of buying last year. These were recommended to me out of a few others, when I spoke with a member of staff in a Lush shop. So after speaking with her and seeing what they had, I came out with those. The service was brilliant I would like to add at this store.

While using these hair bars in the shower, I had both my bars here on my shower rack, as pictured below.

Shampoo and conditioner hair bars on my shower rack

My hair routine of three times a week remained the same and during the time of using the shampoo bar, there were only two occasions where I washed my hair twice. While reviewing these hair bars, I did not use any of my usual products mentioned before, with exception of my spray to protect my hair while drying it with hairdryer.
When stopped using the conditioner bar, I then started using my leave in conditioner and Creightons Frizz No More again.

The Big Solid Conditioner Bar had a very faint smell, so would not clash with the lovely fragranced Jason and Argan Oil Shampoo Bar. It was a lovely nice size bar. This bar was bigger than my shampoo bar. I could smell the conditioner bar better when wet. But it was still a nice delicate smell.
First time using, it did not feel like any condioner was coming off the bar. I put the bar through my hair, as I have read other bloggers do.
From second time and onwards, I felt there was conditioner coming off the bar and onto my hair. But in the end, in just under 2 weeks, I stopped using the Big Solid Hair Conditioner Bar. This was because at first my hair looked like it wasn’t being conditioned, to quickly looking like there was residue in the back of my hair. And I rinsed my hair very well under the shower. More than I have ever had to do, to still see that my hair looked like there was residue in the back of my hair.
My hair texture changed. I did not like the feel of it and it was very static that all I could do was tie it back. It looked clean. But it didn’t feel like it.

The ‘Jason and Argan Shampoo Bar,’ I continued to use after I stopped using the conditioner bar.
This shampoo bar was a lovely smell and made my bathroom smell nice too. But it wasn’t an overpowering smell.
It was easy to lather up and my hair felt squeaky clean to start with. But at some point down the line, that squeaky clean feeling stopped. I only realised when I finished using the soap bar unexpectedly and, so washed my hair using shower gel and felt that squeaky clean feeling again. The shampoo hair soap finished unexpectedly because it just crumbled when getting it off my shower rack and I was dropping it all as I tried to lather it up. This is what was left, after picking it all up and putting it to one side on my sink, to take the photo.

Broken bits of hair soap bar

This shampoo soap bar lasted me 7 weeks! No saving money is it? when my shampoo bottle lasts longer at near 3 months, to 3 months.
Had the hair conditioner bar been any good, I think that bar would have still been going on strong. But only for a another week I think. The shampoo bar, I am very disappointed in how long that lasted.

So my lasting impression when it comes to shampoo and conditioner hair bars is I will stick with the bottles. It certainly wasn’t saving money when it came to the shampoo bar. But the conditioner certainly did nothing for my hair and the shampoo bar I have doubts with in the long run when it came to cleaning my hair, because using this with my hair care products, my hair still did not feel like before when using shampoo out of a bottle. So no, I wouldn’t recommend, or convert.

One day I may treat myself to a different Lush product, when it comes to my body. But certainly not my hair.

 

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Book review: “How to cook food for food allergies,” by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne.

As you know from Chit-chat July, I discovered this book in my library, with choosing to further go dairy-free in my diet. The book in the photograph, is the one I had from the library, until I bought my own second-hand copy, from eBay.

Book cover of How to cook food for food allergies
Book cover of “How to cook food for food allergies,” by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne.

Although I bought it for dairy-free advice, this book also covers for those who can’t eat eggs, soya, nuts and gluten.

I love how the book is presented, to help you cut out what you need to cut out in your food. In this case, dairy for me. It gives you alternatives to use instead.

There is very helpful advice, like how to avoid cross-contamination of foods that would cause a reaction in those that can’t have particular foods.
It also gives advice on how you can make cooking for a family easier for yourself.
It advises on other things like making sure nursery, or schools are happy and confident in catering for your child with a food allergy, and how you can make sure their parties remain safe, while still being fun and not making them feel excluded, or feel different.

As well as advice on cooking at home, there is advice when it comes to eating out.

For each food ingredient that would need to be left out, there is an alternative suggestion you can use in its place.

There is a handy table that shows what nutrients you may be missing out of, when cutting out either dairy, egg, wholegrain wheat, white wheat flour, soya, or nuts, with information on what those nutrients do and where else you could get those from.

In the last part of the book, there are recipes, which the author has kept as simple as possible.
Many recipes are suitable for all allergies mentioned, without adapting. But where a recipe will need adapting, it’s clearly marked with a flagging system for that allergy and an alternative is given.

 

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Book review: The self-care revolution, by Suzy Reading.

Through doing different Google searches related to self-care, after realising slowly I have been slipping up at times and so open to fresh ideas, I came across this book, “The self-care revolution,” by Suzy Reading.
I did further searches on this book, then looked at the reviews for the book and liked what I seen.
I even seen an article about the “vitality wheel,” through researching this book. The article was an interview with Suzy Reading for this book and she explained how the “vitality wheel” works. I knew even more this book felt like it was going to be useful for me, along with making my own “vitality wheel,” with it being a visual thing. (I will share my “vitality wheel” and anything else I take from this book, in a later post.)
I bought this book from The Works, as it was a few pounds cheaper there.

Book cover of the self-care revolution by Suzy Reading

This book is designed to help and restore your day-to-day energy reserves. Remember me mentioning the “vitality wheel” before?
In this book you will learn about creating your own “vitality wheel.” It’s a complete body and mind self-care toolkit.
The “vitality wheel” consists of eight parts, which the book separates into these eight parts individually as a chapter.

  • Sleep, rest relaxation and breathing
  • Movement and nutrition
  • Coping skills
  • Physical environment
  • Social connection
  • Mood boosters
  • Goal-setting and accomplishment
  • Values and purpose

The book can be started anywhere you like, so just pick the section you feel you need to focus on first and go from there. But I think when you first pick up this book, to read it through the first time, then go back to where you feel after.

As well as creating your own “vitality wheel,” it also suggests creating a journal. But you don’t have to, as the author of this book wants you to pick out what is right for you.

Over time, you may need to update your “vitality wheel,” because our needs change. So this book will always become a referencing tool to refer back to and remind you.

I have felt this book has replaced past books I found handy, because I find this visually more appealing and easy to read. I have learnt a lot more new things, from this book too.

The author tells a bit about herself at the beginning and how she came about creating this book. It then goes into the introduction of self-care, followed by the “vitality wheel.” After that, each chapter is for each part of the “vitality wheel.”
After the chapters associated with each part of the wheel, it goes on about your self-care toolkit, reminding you how it’s not selfish to practice self-care. Then a reminder of what to do next, in the following chapter, giving examples of what you could have as your self-care toolkit.

There are mantras and affirmations you can try, as well as a few yoga poses for each part of the “vitality wheel.” Again, the author reminds you to choose what you feel is right for you.

This book is certainly something I recommend and it’s a book to refer back to as your needs change in the future.

If you liked this post, then look out for a further post on Saturday when I share my vitality wheel that I have created for myself. I will also be sharing my wellness journal in that post too.

 

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For damage free walls…

For damage free walls, I recommend the ‘Command’ brand.
I have used their Command large sticky hooks, which were the first thing I used some years ago and still do.
I have also used Command Wire Hooks and since last October, Command Decorating Clips, in clear.

The photo below is where I am using their Command Decorating Clips. These are in clear and as you expect, you don’t see them. Instead, you are just focusing on the display, which mine are holding my peg lights up. On my peg lights I hang pictures from, which I change my display now and again. These have never come down since I put them up last October. I am really impressed.

Command Decorating Clips in clear, holding up my peg lights. The peg lights are holding my sketches, or pictures.
Command Decorating Clips in clear, holding up my peg lights

The photo below shows a wall decoration hanging on a Command Wire Hook. This has been hanging on my wall since last October too. I have another wall decoration like this one with different words, hanging up on a Wire Hook.
I have also used these Wire Hooks in the past on the inside of a cupboard to hang a plastic basket on that I filled with cleaning cloths. It never came off, until I took it off.

Command Wire Hook, with a wall decoration hanging from it.
Command Wire Hook, with a wall decoration hanging from it.

The photo below shows my calendar hanging off a Command Large Sticky Hook. I have this inside a kitchen cupboard.
I first used these sticky hooks some years ago for hanging a single curtain panel on my PVC kitchen door, so I had privacy at night. These were when I first started using the Command product, once I heard about them. I was rather sceptic at the time, wondering if my lined curtain would stay up on my door. But it never came down and I would open this curtain up and tie it back in the day, using another sticky hooks to put the tie back on. This only came down when I took it down on the day I moved out of my house, into the flat I currently lived.
So from being impressed with the job that served me is why I use these other two products of theirs, in their range.

Command Sticky Hook holding up my calendar
Command Sticky Hook holding up my calendar

I totally recommend these ones I have used in the Command range. They are very ideal if you rent privately, because of finding where your tenancy agreement does not want you damaging their walls, or doors.

The only ones I have used in the Command range that I wasn’t impressed with, were the Command Waterproof Sticky Hooks. I found these would not stay up and I tried them in a couple of places in the bathroom to hang my bath towel on. But I still found they came off. Hence I now use my coat stand, as a towel stand. But I wouldn’t change that in any other way now while living here, knowing how well it looks in there. But when I move one day, I won’t try those waterproof sticky hooks for the bathroom again and instead just stick with what I currently do, or a towel rail instead.

There are other products in their range for hanging things, which I have not tried, or don’t need. But what I mention here, I will always use.

 

This post has been written by me and I have not been asked to write this review from the makers. I have been meaning to write a post for a while about these products I use out of their range, due to me being happy with those. My opinions are my own.

 

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Gratitude

As you will have probably noticed, I have not been sharing my gratitude posts each month. In 2019 and maybe beyond, I have no plans to. But that doesn’t mean I still won’t be doing them.

For Christmas, I received, “The Gratitude Journal for Women.” Illustrations are by Katie Vernon and the text by Katherine Furman. So my gratitude practice will be inside this journal.

Cover of book The Gratitude Journal for Women

The journal is beautifully illustrated and I feel there are plenty of pages inside. The illustrations are relaxing and, calming and the journal provides thought-provoking quotes and prompts, which can be completed in 5 minutes a day. Although 5 minutes is suggested by the book that they can be completed in, you could spend a little longer if you wanted  and I feel there is room on the pages to do so.

There are lots of prompts in this book, that will certainly allow for self-explanatory and reflection.

 

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Book review: “The Spirits of Myndd Eira,” by Rosie Rees

This is the authors first written book. “The Spirits of Myndd Eira,” by Rosie Rees and after how much I enjoyed reading this book, I felt I had to share my review here.

The character in the book, Rosie, runs away after another betrayal. She finds herself in a sleepy village of Myndd Eira. There she discovers some secrets and mysteries that she soon becomes part of, accepting reality isn’t what it seems. Tragedy strikes and it’s a battle between light and darkness.

I started chuckling in first couple of paragraphs of reading this book and in parts further in.

As well as laughter, there were also years and some on the edge of the seat stuff.
I love how the story is told and the way it is written. I was hooked all the way through, which meant I finished reading the book within 3 days. I could not put it down.
I could imagine the place, the characters and feel their feelings.
I can’t wait to read more books from this author.

You will find her book available on Amazon.

Link to Rosie Rees Facebook page.

 

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Book review: “The Art of Happiness – A handbook for the living,” by HH Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler.

This book is not something I would usually read, but because of the way my path is changing for the better, along with other things that have helped me to get where I am today, I chose to read this book.

This book, my mum is now reading, after waiting patiently. She was very curious as to why I was reading it, as well as interested herself. My mum does not really know everything I have been doing, to get where I am today. When there has been parts I have revealed to her, because I thought they would be helpful to her, she did not take them on board. Maybe she will, when she has read this book herself, although my mum has other qualities already, like easily showing empathy for other people.

This book should be read by everyone, as there is something we would all learn by reading it.
This book is not preaching religion and it doesn’t matter if you are religious, or not, or whatever religion you are, we all have something to learn from this book, to better ourselves.
I have enjoyed reading every page of this book and although I’m doing some things already, I still have lots to take on board.
Once mum has read this book, I shall pick up this again, reading it all through once more and maybe taking some notes along the way. Then later, it will be useful to read in parts where needed.
This book will remain on my bookshelf and prove to be useful, in the future.

Now don’t be put off with the contents of this very informative book, as it is easy to read in small doses and pick back up on where you left off. But that’s if you can put it down.

Contents of this book:

Authors notes
Introduction

1. The Purpose of Life
Chapter 1: The Right to Happiness
Chapter 2: The Source of Happiness
Chapter 3: Training the Mind for Happiness

2. Human Warmth and Compassion
Chapter 5: A New Model for Intimacy
Chapter 6: Deepening Our Connection to Others
Chapter 7: The Value of Benefits of Compassion

3. Transforming Suffering
Chapter 8: Facing Suffering
Chapter 9: Self-Created Suffering
Chapter 10: Shifting Perspective
Chapter 11: Finding Meaning in Pain and Suffering

4. Overcoming Obstacles
Chapter 12: Bringing about Change
Chapter 13: Dealing with Anger and Hatred
Chapter 14: Dealing with Anxiety and Building Self-Esteem

5.Closing Reflections on Living a Spiritual Life
Chapter 15: Basic Spiritual Values

Acknowledgments
Bibliography

 

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