Category Archives: Skincare

Beauty: Testing The New NEWA Beauty Device

Posted on January 13, 2017

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a wonderful week? It’s absolutely freezing here and I’m currently working from my living room with my wooly hat on! 😀

Over the last couple of months I’ve been trailing a brand new skincare device, so I thought I’d get my thoughts together today and let you know how I’ve been getting on…

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As you can probably tell by the pictures, this device is called the NEWA – it’s designed by a company called AesthetiCare, who work with aesthetic clinics across the UK, providing them with clinically proven medigrade skincare and treatments for skin rejuvenation and problem skin conditions – so these guys definitely know their stuff.

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So what actually is the NEWA? Well it’s a brand new advanced home-use beauty tool specifically designed (and clinically proven) to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, tighten the skin, as well as lift and firm, to leave you with a youthful looking, more radiant complexion. It also works to prevent new wrinkles from developing too which is a bonus!

And how does it work? The NEWA utilises something called 3DEEP technology, which is a unique and patented form of radiofrequency that delivers controlled energy deep into the skin. This energy warms up the skin tissue to the optimum level that stimulates natural collagen production, increasing the blood supply to the skin, and promoting healthy cell activity, which results in wrinkle reduction and skin rejuvenation.

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The NEWA is really easy to use too – you just apply some Lift Activator Gel to the metal part on top of the device, rub the device lightly over the treatment area to spread the gel over the skin, then turn the device on and again go over lightly in circular motions.

It feels lovely and warm and relaxing on the skin, very much like a massage. I should also point out that the device is FDA cleared for home use, and is completely safe to use, with no pain whatsoever – I was quite surprised to find it such an enjoyable, pampering and pleasant experience.

Also, you can use it any time of day, which is handy to suit your schedule. I prefer the evenings as it’s such a relaxing experience I think it’s nice to do before bed time. NEWA advise to split the face into six treatment areas, which take four minutes each to treat, and you’re advised to use the NEWA five times per week for the first four weeks, then twice a week after that.

Giving your face a lovely warming massage for 24 minutes is the perfect excuse for taking some time out and getting some quality ‘me time’. It’s also worth mentioning that the device vibrates to let you know when each section of the face has been done, which is a really handy feature.

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Ok so after using this for just over a month, I have to say I’m really pleased with the results. Immediately after the first use my skin just felt ‘better’, it felt plumper and definitely looked more radiant. After a month I felt like I could really see a difference, the fine lines around my eyes appeared less visible, and my skin just looked brighter and more healthy than before.

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I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for a home-use beauty tool to help with wrinkles – at £349 I know the price is steep, but if you were to go for similar salon treatments you can bet you’d be spending a lot more than that. At least with the NEWA you get the convenience of using it in the comfort of your own home, at times to suit you.

The NEWA Beauty Tool is available now at NEWA Beauty for £349.00.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by NEWA, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beauty: Rituals – The Ritual of Sakura Collection

Posted on October 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There’s nothing I love more that gorgeous and luxurious bath and body products – especially at this time of year. The Ritual of Sakura Collection is just beautiful both in terms of the scent and the packaging, and offers everything you need to pamper yourself, relax and unwind.

I’ve recently signed Freddy up to Forest School which we go to after school on a Friday. We’re literally outside in a forest, making fires, playing in ditches and doing fun outdoorsy stuff – and it always seems to rain! These products have now become a bit of a ritual for me (see what I did there) so when we get home I give Freddy a bath, then take a good hour to myself to soak and relax with my Ritual of Sakura products 🙂

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For centuries, the Japanese have celebrated the annual flowering of the Cherry Blossom, or Sakura. Marking an awakening of nature, this symbolises that beauty is momentary and life must be enjoyed. Inspired by this tradition, The Ritual of Sakura collection blends the sweetness of Cherry Blossom with nourishing Organic Rice Milk, to make each day feel like a new beginning.

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So let’s take a look at the products –

Starting with the Body Scrub (£19.50) – perfect for this time of year, the Sakura sugar body scrub has been formulated with mixture of organic sugar and softening oils, and it has been specially developed to gently exfoliate and nourish even the driest of skin. I absolutely love this – it leaves my body feeling super soft and smooth.

The Shower Foam (£8.50) is another fab product – there’s not really too much I can say about this except it gives a lovely creamy, moisturising foam and smells amazing!

I try to follow up with the Body Cream (£19.50) – when I remember and if I have time. This is a rich, velvety, whipped body cream that deeply nourishes skin. It also includes a blend of Vitamin E, Antioxidants and Centella Asiatica to help strengthen the skin too.

And I’ve been loving the Bed & Body Mist (£16.50) – apart from offering the same lovely Sakura scent, this mist also contains moisturising ingredients to leave skin velvety soft with a beautiful scent. Rituals have also advised to try spraying it into your washing machine to give clothes a floral aroma – which I definitely need to try soon.

And lastly, for fans of home scents, the Mini Fragrance Sticks (£14.50) could be right up your street – these mini sticks are perfect for scenting small rooms and last for around two to three weeks.

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You can see the full Ritual of Sakura collection now at Rituals.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Molton Brown Limited Edition Bursting Caju & Lime Collection

Posted on September 20, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Molton Brown is easily one of my favourite bath and body brands, and I get incredibly excited when they launch new products – I mean who doesn’t want a fabulously scented bath or shower? One of their latest ranges is the Limited Edition Bursting Caju & Lime Collection, which is right up my street. The fragrance is fresh, zesty and energising – which is exactly what I need first thing in the morning.

When I was creating this citrus fragrance, I was excited to bring to life the vibrancy and spark of Brazil’s caipirinha cocktail – the first fresh sip on a hot summer’s day. The top notes of caipirinha accord are refreshing with a squeeze of zesty lime, grapefruit, lemon and orange. To lift it even more, a dash of spearmint is added – crisp, just like the cocktail. To give that humid finish, woody fig tree and oak moss mix perfectly with upbeat green galbanum. – Jennifer Jambon, Principal Perfumer, Molton Brown.

Starting with the Bursting Caju & Lime EDT (£39.00) – this is a clean, fresh and zesty eau de toilette, with no specific gender in mind. This fragrance really is for everyone, evoking the lively ambience of Brazil’s colourful carnival and spontaneous nights, this scent is perfect for those looking for something zingy and bright.

  • Top notes: Lime, Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon.
  • Heart notes: Spearmint, Clary Sage, Galbanum and Cypress.
  • Base notes: Musk and Oak Moss.

The Bursting Caju & Lime Bath & Shower Gel (£20.00) – matches the EDT perfectly. This is an energising bath and shower gel blended with lime accord, spearmint and caju fruit extract with a base of Amazonian forest accord to evoke the bright mornings and spontaneous nights of Brazil.

And lastly the Bursting Caju & Lime Body Lotion (£25.00) – with the same fragrance as the Bath & Shower Gel, this luxuriously smooth body lotion is the perfect finish to your bath time routine, leaving skin smelling fresh and vibrant.

I’d love to hear which bath and body products you use? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Armani Prima Collection: Making your Makeup Last Longer #PrimaSkinStories

Posted on September 18, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend? I have a brand new range of products to share with you today – the Armani Prima collection by Georgio Armani offers targeted skincare solutions for anyone who finds their makeup becoming problematic throughout the day. Whether your eyeshadow creases, your foundation fades, or your skin becomes oily and shiny, Georgio Armani have a solution for you!

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The Prima range aims ‘to convert makeup lovers into skincare lovers‘ and includes five products to prevent pretty much any type of makeup disaster before it happens –

  • Smart Moisture Serum – to stop foundation fading throughout the day.
  • Glow-On Moisturising Balm – to help eradicate shine.
  • Eye & Lip Contour Perfector – to prevent eyeshadow creasing / stop lipstick fading and smudging around the lips.
  • Day Long Skin Perfector – to stop foundation becoming cakey and patchy, and settling into pores and fine lines.
  • Refreshing Makeup Fix – to help your makeup stay put all day.

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I have three products from the collection –

The Glow-on Moisturizing Balm (£62.00) is a wonderfully luxurious, yet lightweight balm. I wanted to make a point of saying its lightweight because I think people often assume a ‘luxurious’ product like this would be heavy and rich – this is very much the opposite though. The Glow-on Moisturizing Balm has been formulated to give you glowing, plumped skin as well as 24 hour moisture. The balm instantly melts into the skin and contains Georgio Armani’s Liquid Mirror Complex, which ensures a prolonged reflection of the light on the skin. I’ve used this a couple of times now and I just love how it makes my skin feel incredibly smooth and even before applying my makeup. It worked well at helping my foundation to stay put and keeping shine at bay around my nose.

The Eye & Lip Contour Perfector (£35.00) is an ingenious 2-in-1 product that targets both the lips and under eye area. It contains Buckwheat extract and Haloxyl to reduce dark circles and under eye puffiness, and Glycerin, Jojoba butter and Hydralip to give intensified hydration and reduce fine lines. Personally, I love using this on my lips – it feels so smooth and nourishing, like a super luxurious lip balm. It definitely primes the lips well making them super soft before applying lipstick, and I noticed my lipstick lasted longer when using this product prior to application.

And lastly the Refreshing Makeup Fix (£30.00) – this fantastic setting spray refreshes, protects and sets in just one spritz. I’m a big fan of any spray products for the face, whether it’s a setting spry or a face mist – and I love that this both sets your makeup and gives a boost of refreshment in one product. The Refreshing Makeup Fix sprays a light, delicate scented mist over the face which feels cool and refreshing whilst protecting the skin against external factors, and of course it also helps boost the appearance of make-up all day.

I have to say I’m really impressed with these products – they’re definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for some luxurious base products to help prime and keep your makeup staying put throughout the day.

The Georgio Armani Prima range is available now at House of Fraser.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New In Beauty: Products Worth Checking Out!

Posted on September 13, 2016

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Hi Guys!

There have been so many fantastic beauty launches recently, I thought I’d put a post together to show you some of my favourites that are definitely worth checking out. There’s a mixture of high end as well as affordable products here, so hopefully there will be something for everyone. Get your wish lists at the ready!

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Ok so let’s start with the L’Occitane La Flamme Candle (£8.00 at L’Occitane) – this just ticks all the boxes for me. You may know by now that I have a slight candle obsession, and this one smells lovely, with a delicate citrus scent, it’s also very affordable and on top of that 100% of the profits go to charity.

The limited edition La Flamme Candle has been developed in an exclusive partnership with Marie Claire in order to raise funds for the education of girls and young women in developing countries. 100% of the profits will be donated to selected charities supporting girls’ schools and education projects in Cambodia, Uganda, Sierre Leone and Burkina Faso – this is a must have!

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Next, a couple of new products from one of my favourite beauty brands, Clarins. I love Clarins lips products and their Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (18.00) and Daily Energiser Lip Balm (£18.00, both at John Lewis) are just gorgeous every-day products.

The Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors now come in three new shades – Pink Shimmer, Orange Shimmer and Red Shimmer – giving lips an instant plump, glossy shine which nourishes and prevents dehydration. And the Daily Energiser Lip Balm offers 8 hours of hydration whilst smoothing and plumping – it also subtly enhances the colour of your lips.

Another favourite brand of mine, Lancome have recently launched their Grandiose Liner (£23.00) and Extreme Mascara (£25.00) both at House of Fraser.

The Grandiôse Liner is a truly innovative product offering a bendable wand which you can angle pretty much however you like, to help you get right into the base of the lashes and create the perfect line. It also has an ultra fine tip for creating a super sharp cat-eye, and the product formula has a long-lasting, smudge-resistant matte finish. The Grandiôse Extrême Mascara also features a ‘Swan-Neck’ wand and high-precision brush which grabs lashes close to the roots to beautifully fan them out on application. Grandiose Extreme gives extreme volume and an ultra intense longwear look for up to 24 hours.

And the Pur Cosmetics HydraFluid Water Serum Foundation (£28.00 at Beauty Bay) – I actually have a fantastic powder compact from Pur which I’ve been using for a long time, so I was excited to try out their latest foundation offering. The Hydra Fluid Water Serum Foundation utilises a unique Water Complex which combines water sourced from the Swiss Alps to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin with intense hydration. The formula is thin and watery, feeling lightweight on the skin and giving light to medium coverage. Those with dry or dehydrated skin who are looking for a lightweight base should definitely check this out.

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Colour correcting products are everywhere at the moment, and this Sleek Colour Corrector Palette (£7.99 at Boots) is a fantastic budget option. It contains six easy-to-blend colour correctors to minimise skin imperfections and counteract discolouration, leaving you with an even base for flawless foundation application.

And if you’re looking for some new lip balms on the cheap, this I Heart Makeup I Heart My Lips Set (£10.00 at Tam Beauty) could be right up your street. The set includes five pill shaped balms in an assortment of flavours for only £10.00 – so there’s one for your bag, your desk, your car… you get the idea!

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On the subject of lip balms, the ESPA Nourishing Lip Treatment (£19.00 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re looking for something a little more intensive. This nourishing Lip Treatment is packed with active ingredients to instantly smooth and soften the lips, whilst adding a hint of gloss. My dry lips have been loving this lately!

While we’re talking about lips, if you’re looking to treat yourself, personally I think you can’t beat a lipstick. And if you’re feeling pretty flush, a Chantecaille Lipstick (£30.00 at Space NK) is definitely worth the money – this lipstick is smooth and comfortable, and the formula is enriched with vitamins A and C and emollient amino acids for a super luxurious feel on the lips.

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On to hair now – L’Oreal Professional have a couple of new styling products, in the form of French Froisse Texture Definition Cream, and Messy Cliche Texture Definition Spray (£11.95 each at HQ Hair). So basically the cream is for thick hair, and the spray is for fine hair, and they both pretty much do the same thing, giving you tousled, textured lengths with natural shine.

And not forgetting The Body Shop Tea Tree 3-in-1 wash scrub mask (£8.00 at The Body Shop) – this is a multi-use 3-in-1 product which can be used as a wash to remove excess oil, a scrub to exfoliate and unclog pores, or a mask to combat blemishes and tighten pores. I love multi-tasking products and I know this will definitely get a lot of use in my household.

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Soap and Glory are alway coming up with gorgeous new products, and their latest The Righteous Butter Diamond Edition (£8.00 at Soap & Glory) is a must have for S&G fans! This is basically a re-vamped edition of their famous Righteous Butter, with added pearlescent shimmer, mica powders and real diamond dust!

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Next we have the Erborian Liquid BB Creme Au Ginseng ($48.00 at Sephora) – I love a cushion foundation and Erborian’s Liquid BB Cream is a fantastic compact. It contains Ginseng, known in Korea for its smoothing properties and gives lightweight, sheer coverage to help even out skin tone, leaving the complexion feeling fresh and moisturised.

I also love the new W7 Shade & Swap (£4.95 at W7) – this handy little pot instantly cleans your makeup brushes so you can swap between colours quickly and easily. Just sweep your brush over the sponge a couple of times and Bob’s your uncle!

Kiehls is another favourite skincare brand of mine, and their MTV Staying Alive Ultra Facial Cream (£43.50 at John Lewis) is definitely worth picking up if you’re in need of a new moisturiser. This Limited edition Ultra Facial Cream continuously replenishes moisture throughout the day, leaving skin feeling smooth, soft and hydrated. And for each pot sold, Kiehl’s will give £10.00 to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation to support 3 projects around the world to empower young women.

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Well there we have it, I hope you found this post useful – please do let me know if you have any of these products, I’d love to hear your thoughts! xxx

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The Body Shop NEW Superfood Face Masks: #DareToMask

Posted on August 29, 2016

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Hi Guys!

After a bit of a break from the blog (which was well needed) and an awesome but hectic week in NYC with a fabulous bunch of bloggers, I’m now home, revived and refreshed, and ready to get back into the swing of things!

I’ll be sharing all my New York adventures very soon, but in the mean time I thought I’d let you know about some fantastic new masks from The Body Shop…

The Body Shop’s new superfood masks are 100% vegetarian (with some also being vegan) and they contain no parabens, silicone, mineral oils or paraffins. The collection offers five masks, each featuring a different superfood for different skin requirements. Whether your skin needs purifying, added hydration, or could do with a boost of energy, there’s a mask for you. Let’s take a look at the range –

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I’ll start with the two masks I’ve tried so far. So firstly the Amazonian Acai Energising Radiance Mask – this 100% vegan face mask is perfect for skin that needs a fast recharge from signs of fatigue and stress – I pretty much dipped my face in this as soon as I got back from New York, and I’m really glad I did! This mask is infused with acai berry, guarana and babassu oil to lightly exfoliate and invigorate tired skin. It definitely did the job for my jet-lagged complexion.

I then went for the Ethopian Honey Deep Nourishing Mask yesterday – now this mask really does smell good enough to eat! It contains a selection of natural ingredients such as honeymarula oil and olive oil to nourish and moisturise the skin, leaving your complexion soft, smooth and restored. This mask is both indulgent and comforting, and it’s definitely my favourite out of the two I’ve tried so far.

The Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask is a tingling charcoal clay mask that’s 100% vegan and infused with bamboo charcoal, green tea leaves and organic tea tree oil. It promises to draw impurities out of the skin, absorb excess oil and refine the appearance of pores, revealing a healthy looking, youthful glow. I should mention that my sensitive skin often doesn’t like clay masks, but I’ll be trying this one later in the week and I’ll let you know how I get on.

Next the British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask – this is a refreshing gel face mask that’s designed for skin that wants to be quenched and re-plumped with moisture. This mask is 100% vegan and infused with rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and aloe vera to reveal skin that’s replenished and visibly smooth, with a youthful dewy appearance.

And lastly the Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask – this creamy exfoliating face mask is perfect if you need something a bit more intense to treat dull and uneven skin. It contains ginseng extract, rice extract and sesame seed oil to illuminate, and reveal brighter-looking, and more supple feeling skin.

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Though I’ve only tried two masks out of the five so far, I’m really impressed with them. They’re only £15.00 each too which really is fantastic value! The superfood mask collection is available now at The Body Shop.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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My Clarins Sun Care Prescription for Sensitive Skin

Posted on August 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

The lovely guys at Clarins have put together a special package of sun protection products just for me today – well I do feel special! We all know how important sun care is, but do we all actually wear a SPF on a daily basis?? I know I don’t – and I really should. My skin is fair, and often sensitive, and also burns pretty easily. I very rarely go out in the sun so I need products that I know will work in terms of protection, as well as being gentle on my often irritated skin. Here’s what Clarins recommended –

First of all we have the Sun Care Spray Gentle Milk-Lotion UVB20 (£18.00 at John Lewis) – this is basically sun protection made easy – which is what I’m all about! This is a no-fuss, no-mess milk lotion spray, with a fresh, fluid texture. It’s also water-resistant and ideal for all skin types in strong sunshine.

And next the Clarins Sun Care Cream For Sun-Sensitive Skin UVB30 (£18.00 at John Lewis) – as you can tell by the name, this product is specifically made for sensitive skin. It’s a surprisingly light-textured, water-resistant high-protection cream that’s specially formulated for fair and sun-sensitive skins in very strong sunlight.

The Sun Wrinkle Control Cream UVB30 (£20.00 at John Lewis) – is described as ideal protection for sun-sensitive skin or skin exposed to intense sunlight. It provides reinforced sun protection with photostable and heat-resistant UVB-UVA filters, and it promises to protect against dehydration as well as helping to prevent the visible signs of premature skin ageing.

And lastly the After Sun Gel Ultra-Soothing (£20.00 at John Lewis) – After sun is one of those products I never seem to have in the cupboard, until I actually need it and it’s too late! This ultra-soothing gel rehydrates the skin whilst prolonging your tan. It’s highly refreshing thanks to watermelon extract, and leaves skiing feeling moisturized, soft and supple. Top tip – keep your after sun in the fridge so it’s extra cool and refreshing on application.

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I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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