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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

This post contains press samples

Five To Try For Dry & Sensitive Skin

Posted on April 9, 2016

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Hi Guys!

If you’re a regular reader you’ll probably know by now that I do tend to moan about my skin a bit, as it can be quite problematic, but at other times it’s completely fine. I also had eczema as a child around my eyebrows, which has left me with ongoing dry patches as an adult – and I was also allergic to pretty much everything you can imagine too. So this has left me with sometimes normal, sometimes dry, sometimes sensitive skin, and I will occasionally have a reaction to a product (usually face masks I find) but some are absolutely fine. So it’s really a bit hit and miss for me.

Anyway, I have a few products to share with you today from some of my favourite skincare brands, that have all been working really well so far for my dry and sensitive skin…

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Starting with the Melvita Nectar Bright Brightening Duo (£25.00) – bi-phase formula products seem to be having a bit of a moment right now (See Lancome’s Juicy Shakers) and Melvita’s latest release has jumped straight on the bandwagon. The Nectar Bright Brightening Duo is basically a liquid exfoliator. You simply shake the bottle to mix the bi-phase floral water and oil, which work together with a patented AHA complex to gently refine and exfoliate the skin without the need for any harsh granules – which is just perfect for my sensitive skin. This product is gentle enough to use on a daily basis, and I love that it’s so quick and easy to use as there’s no need to rinse off, you just follow with your usual moisturiser and Bob’s your uncle! (This product will be available shortly from Melvita)

Next are two fantastic L’Occitane products – the new Soothing Fluid and Comforting Oil – the L’Occitane Shea Face Soothing Fluid is especially formulated for sensitive skin or skin that has been weakened due to environmental stressors – which can lead to tightness, redness and prickling or burning sensations. This product contains a natural complex of protective active ingredients, rosehip and calendula, combined with shea butter to help comfort and soothe skin whilst helping to strengthen skin’s natural defences.

And the L’Occitane Shea Face Comforting Oil – with it’s gorgeously silky texture and dry finish, is the perfect partner to the Shea Face Soothing Fluid. This oil is perfect for protecting and nourishing very dry or sensitive skin – its 100% natural formula is enriched with shea and marula oils to help the skin to regenerate by strengthening its barrier, leaving your complexion feeling wonderfully soft and supple.

I’ve also recently fallen in love with the Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask (£44.00) – like most beauty fans, I love a pampering face mask, but due to my awkward skin I can occasionally react to them, so I’m usually pretty wary. The new Erborian Bamboo Waterlock Mask is just spot on for me though – it has a deeply hydrating formula containing minerals and amino acids to give an instant hit of freshness to the skin, with a plumping effect. Disospyros kaki, also included in the formula, is known for its astringent and illuminating properties, helping to keep skin supple and toned with its pore tightening effect. My skin doesn’t react to this product at all, and after using it my complexion feels instantly rejuvenated and hydrated.

And lastly the L’Occitane Velvet Hands Hand Cream (£18.00) – I don’t really use hand cream that often, as my hands are probably the least problematic area of my skin, but I’ve been frantically cleaning and tidying the house from top to bottom over the last week as we’re putting it on the market, and my hands have definitely been affected by all the cleaning products, becoming dry and feeling tight. I’ve started using the gorgeously scented Velvet Hands Hand Cream though and it’s helping to soothe them already. This product is enriched with L’Occitane’s Almond Youth Complex, which is an exclusive blend of three active ingredients, it also contains UV filters, and stimulates collagen production, helping to protect the youthfulness of your hands.

So there we have it, five fantastic products that are all perfect for dry and sensitive skin! I’d love to hear if you have sensitive skin, and which skincare products you use and would recommend?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Introducing ARK Skincare: The Age Maintain Range

Posted on March 23, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! The sun is shining and I’m super excited that the lovely guys at ARK skincare have sent me a bundle of their gorgeous products to try out. I have most of the products from the Age Maintain range, which is aimed at those in their mid 30’s up to age 50. I’m coming up 31 in June but was advised that due to my skin being on the dry side, I’d benefit more from this range than the Age Prepare range which is aimed at those with oilier skins from teens to early 30’s.

The Age Maintain range targets skin that’s starting to show signs of ageing, such a fine lines, wrinkles and sensitivity. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I am starting to get fine lines around my eyes – and I know they’re only going to get worse! And my skin has always been on the sensitive side, so I’m hoping this range of products will work really well for my skin!

So lets take a look at the products –

Replenishing Moisturiser (£27) – This is ARK’s best selling anti-wrinkle treatment moisturiser. With Co-enzyme Q10, it’s packed with natural moisturising agents including Shea Butter and Olive Oil. It also contains clinically proven anti-ageing peptides, including Matrixyl, to smoothes out wrinkles, plump and tones the skin, and diminish signs of premature ageing.

Soothing Masque (£26) – This is a calming face mask for stressed and irritated skin. It helps to reduce the appearance of redness associated with dryness, and diminish the look of wrinkles. With an encapsulated blend of Vitamin A, C, E and F, it promotes skin firmness and elasticity.

Conditioning Cleanser (£24) – This is an ultra-nourishing cleanser that helps with skin’s natural exfoliation for a clear, radiant complexion. It removes make-up and excess sebum to leave skin exquisitely clean, plump and supple. This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skins as the natural ingredients soothe redness and inflammation too.

Renewing Exfoliator (£29) – This is a gentle, granule-free exfoliating mask that safely removes dead cells from the skin’s surface using Multifruit Acids. This super-smoothing skin saviour diminishes rough, flaky skin to promote a younger looking complexion.

De-Stress SkinResponse Serum (£42) – This soothing DeStress Serum reduces the visible signs of skin stress, diminishing the look of fatigue, slackness and loss of vitality. Created with a herbal complex, this anti-irritant serum calms redness and boosts hydration for beautiful, healthy skin.

I’m so excited now to get stuck in with these products, I feel like I’m completely kitted out so I can work on getting my skin to it’s best condition yet! I’m going to be giving these products a long term trial over the next couple of months, with updates along the way – so I can find out if they really work. Keep your eyes peeled for my first update in the next couple of weeks!

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried ARK Skincare products before? xx

NEW Magnitone Lucid Cleansing Brush | Review

Posted on September 5, 2014

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Hi Guys!

I’ve recently been trying out one of the best skincare products (devices?) I’ve used in a long time, the Magnitone Lucid. If you haven’t heard of Magnitone, they offer the Pulsar and the Lucid, both are deep cleansing and exfoliating facial brushes, with the Lucid being Pulsar’s more fashionable, lightweight and travel friendly little sister!

The Lucid comes in a range of bright colours, it’s ergonomic, easy to use and light weight. I can’t compare it to the Pulsar as I don’t have this one but I can tell you the Lucid does everything it says on the tin! The Lucid is small enough to slip into your holiday washbag, it comes equipped with the exclusive Magnitone Active Clean brush head, has a choice of two skin settings (deep clean and sensitive), also a daily facial cleansing timer, which times 20 seconds for each facial ‘zone’, plus a handy wireless travel charger. Oh and did I mention it’s waterproof so you can use it in the shower too? Handy!

It really couldn’t be easier to use, after charging I applied one of my regular cleansers which happened to be Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish to my face, and simply dipped the Lucid in hot water and massaged it over my skin. I was slightly concerned initially that the bristles might upset my dry and sensitive skin, but I needn’t have worried, the bristles were soft – but not too soft – and flexible, making the experience very comfortable and not abrasive at all.

After rinsing my face it was slightly redder than usual but my skin felt completely fine and probably the cleanest it’s ever felt! After using this the first time I decided to double cleanse from then on, meaning I removed the majority of my makeup with a wipe before cleansing with the Lucid, I found this much quicker and easier than putting it straight on a face full of makeup!

As recommended by Magnitone I tried their #7daychallenge where I used the Lucid every day for seven days. By the end of the week I could really see the difference with my skin, as I already mentioned my skin really has never felt cleaner! My complexion was definitely more even and brighter, and my problem areas with dry skin were noticeably improved, this is definitely a winner all round for me!

The Magnitone Lucid is usually £69.99 but can currently be purchased from Lookfantastic for £49.99.

Have you tried the Magnitone Lucid? I’d love to hear your thoughts! I hope you enjoyed my review xx

This post contains a sample provided for review