A quick round up from me today of a few bits and pieces that may be of interest.
To those of you who share my desire to conceal psoriasis as much as possible, I bring glad tidings of great joy in the form of two new Cocoa Brown tan products. This time, the tan is a wash-off formula available in both matte and shimmer. Ideal for people like me, who always feel a tiny bit scared of the semi-permanence of potential disasters with a tan that develops over time!
I have tried the matte version of this bronzing gel and it is really lovely. As with all the Cocoa Brown products, this is paraben free which hugely reduces the chances of irritating your skin. Apparently it is also oil-free and non-comedogenic which means the tan will not block your pores or cause breakouts should you wish to use it on your face. I’m not going to lie … the teenage years of spots and pimples still haunt me, so I haven’t tried it on my face yet and nor will I. Psoriasis is as much dermatological grief as I can cope with!
I was really thrilled to be invited to the launch of these products last week in The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. (The lovely Marissa Carter is a fellow psoriasis sufferer; hence my invite) It was a fabulous event, although I did feel slightly like a duck out of water as I was surrounded by (very young) beauty bloggers. Never have I seen so much eyeliner in one room! We were given a demonstration on how to master the ombré lip (yes, it’s a thing apparently!) and then the X Factor make-up artist, Julia Carta took to the stage to give a talk and demonstration. So people, you are hearing it here first … the ‘natural’ look is coming back in and the era of the heavy dark brows and long false lashes are over. I swear the room slumped as almost 300 beauty bloggers gasped in horror … and I sat up a little straighter and beamed. Suddenly and unwittingly my make-up and I were on trend J
But all joking aside, this is a really lovely product and one that is worth investing in (all of €6.99!) It won’t turn your psoriasis purple as most tans tend to but it will give you that healthy, golden glow we all crave. (Note; I wasn’t obliged to blog about this product, but I genuinely believe it is one that those of us with psoriasis should all have in our arsenal)
In other news, I have probably mentioned that I do a blog post each month for the Leo Pharma website, Quality Care, and this month the subject is how to dress for an interview. You can read all about it here.
Finally, I did a quick trip across the water to Windsor last week to give a talk on psoriasis from the patient’s perspective to a group of pharmaceutical field sale managers . As part of my trip, I was also filmed being interviewed on any tips or advice I might have (and if you haven’t been paying attention, that’d be … find a dermatologist who understands psoriasis). This turned into a very comical hour or more as I then had to do ‘cutaway’ shots … you know the type! My voice talking about psoriasis, but the shot is of me gazing wistfully across a summer’s meadow eating a Flake … ok, so there wasn’t any chocolate involved, but you get the idea! Just like this in fact …
As soon as I have the video I will post it here and we can all laugh together. Ye Gods, the things I do! On that note I shall leave you. I will be back next week with a post on knitted coats … coatigans … long cardigans … call them what you will! But for now, I am wallowing in self-pity as I broke a tooth on Friday and the earliest dental appointment is not until Tuesday. I am suffering. Can’t eat without wincing … but the wine is going down nicely! Have a great week.