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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Frugal living – part 6

I’ve not mentioned it in a frugal post before, but I did talk about it in a post somewhere how I was planning on paying a slightly more for a different tariff for my mobile phone, so I had more internet data. I wasn’t planning on doing this until I moved to Mansfield and settled, so I could make sure I could afford, as well as still need it.
Well it turns out I did not need it, which was a good job I waited as I did, because I would not have been able to afford it now budget-wise. So keeping it as it is and using WiFi in my area I can balance my internet just right. I have only ran out once while living in Mansfield, but that’s because I got carried away looking at everyone else’s Elves on the Shelf. Lol.

Some of the places are at coffee shops where I use the WiFi, when I can afford to. Yes, it might mean buying a coffee, or something, but I’m not going out of my way to do this. For free options, there’s the library and in the town centre.

In Frugal Living – part 3 and part 5, I talked about things I wasn’t allowing myself to buy, until I ran out. Since the last frugal post, nothing much as changed. I am still not allowing myself to buy body moisturiser, because I have plenty and also received one at Christmas.
Shampoo and hand cream are on the allowed list, but only when I have run out.
Shower gel will not be needed for a while with already having one in, as well as another I had for Christmas.
My toothpaste I buy when needed and I have plenty of perfume still, so I won’t need to buy any for over a year, especially as I had some at Christmas too.

I talked in last frugal post how I hope to save in gas and electric, with living in a smaller place now. I feel at the moment I can’t compare due to issues with gas supplier when I first moved in, then changing it over to same supplier as currently electric and having issues with the electric side of things because my readings were not be used.
I then decided in the end to change supplier, due to new issues. So due to all this, time will tell in the end.

In the meantime, the spot lights in my living room and, bedroom all have LED bulbs and partly in kitchen. No plans of replacing any others with no plan of staying here now. All lights in property are spotlights. One thing I noticed when buying LED bulbs, they are not as expensive as they were just a few years ago.

Although I have changed my bulbs in the living room, I now have my lamp as you know. I use the lamp mainly, unless I am crafting in some way. The bulb in the lamp is 4 Watts and so it is cheaper to run than my main lights.

 

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Frugal living – part 5

I have not done anything new, than doing what I’m doing already, as discussed in past frugal posts.
I am though changing how I cut my hair. I have been using this technique originally, as shared in this post, How to trim your own long hair at home. But now, I use this technique, which you will find in the link below. There are nine variations of how to cut your hair in this link and the one I use is method seven of nine, cutting pigtails.
After using the pigtail method, the only difference I do, is I don’t bring my hair to the nape of my neck, instead, I bring it into a ponytail at the front and point scissors upwards to cut, so not a blunt straight cut on the hair length.

Nine methods of cutting your own hair

The new method I now use, I have been doing a few times now. I changed the technique because I wanted to cut my hair shorter, but using the old technique would have made layers in my hair very short. This technique prevents that and it works for me.
As my hair is wavy, I find cutting my hair wet best, for previous technique I used and the one I use now.

In Frugal Living – part 3 I talked about thing’s I wasn’t going to allow myself to buy, until I ran out. I’m on my last bottle of shampoo now, so when I have run out, I will buy another. I’m also allowing myself to buy hand cream, after running out. But this is the only moisturiser I’m allowing myself, as I still have plenty of the other.

With downsizing from a two bed house, to a one bed flat, I’m hoping to see some savings. My rent is more than before, but I still hope to see some savings when it comes to heating. So this is what I will be observing the coming months.

What have you been doing in the frugal side of things? Anything new, or are you just continuing with what you have done so far?

 

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Frugal Living – part 3

A difficult month money-wise, between last post and this. My budget did not go to plan either – money I wanted to save, I ended up touching. I did end up putting some away, but not what I originally planned. I suppose I should be thankful that I did put something away, because I wasn’t expecting it to happen.

Starting to freeze my bread

I know a few of my friends do this and just take out what bread they need. I have just started doing this myself now and it makes it so much easier for me, than I realised. I wish I did this sooner. I have been careful in the past when buying bread, to reduce wastage. But doing it this way, is much easier I have discovered and I totally recommend it.

Do you freeze your bread and only take out what you need?

My monthly phone contract

I ran out of internet allowance on the final week, so I had to buy an add-on. This did not help my budget and I hope to not do this on next month’s. I do use wifi, but because of where I was and what I needed to do, I had to get one.

No more cling film

Now I have no microwave, I don’t need to buy anymore cling film, when I run out. The remainder I have, I have had since last year because I hardly used it. I don’t know how much I have left, as I have not really looked. But I would not be surprised if I still had this box next year.

What I am not allowing myself to buy

You may remember the book review I did, “The Year of Less,” by Cait Flanders. I’m using one of her tips I have not used before and that’s creating a list of items I am not allowed to buy, because I have plenty of it.

What I have banned myself from buying:

  • Perfumes
  • Moisturisers
  • Shampoo
  • Nail varnish

I meant to share this in an earlier frugal living post.

If you liked this post, you can find past frugal living posts by scrolling either to the right, or further down, depending on whether you are viewing my page from laptop, or a mobile device, clicking on frugal living, under the categories.

 

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