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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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Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

Posted on May 5, 2016

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Hi Guys!

As a girl with sensitive skin, face masks can often be a bit problematic for me. I LOVE a good face mask, I love the pampering ‘me time’ aspect of a mask, but occasionally my skin just doesn’t like them – those with sensitive skin will know what I’m talking about!

So when the latest launch from Dermalogica arrived – their Charcoal Rescue Masque, I thought it sounded fantastic, and I really hoped more than anything that it would suit my skin…

The Charcoal Rescue Masque has been designed specifically to detoxify and brighten skin. It uses a combination of charcoal, volcanic ash, sea silt, bamboo and sulphur to draw out excess oil and impurities, refine pores, calm redness, and improves skin texture and smoothness. They promise this will result in a healthy, vibrant and balanced complexion.

Let’s take a look at what the main ingredients do –

  • Activated Binchotan Charcoal – this draws out excess sebum, toxins and other impurities from the skin. Activated charcoal, which has a negatively charged surface, attracts and binds itself to positively-charged toxins, helping to remove them from the skin.
  • Sulphur – this promotes cellular turnover, resulting in brighter skin. It removes dead skin cells and combats breakout-causing bacteria. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and ideal for calming rosacea, eczema and sebaceous dermatitis.
  • Volcanic Ash, Hot Spring, Marine Silt (mud), and Bamboo Stem Extract – these are all physical exfoliants to leave skin smooth and revitalised.
  • Phytic, Lactic and Mandelic Acid – these are chemical exfoliants which accelerate cellular turnover, increasing collagen production and brightening skin.
  • Niacinamide – to combat redness, inflammation and congested pores.
  • Chilean Wild Mint – to improve skin texture and reduce the visibility of pores.

The Charcoal Rescue Masque is really easy to use, you just apply generously to clean skin – avoiding the eye area, and leave on for 10 minutes. You’re then advised to lightly massage into the skin with wet hands to help with exfoliation during removal, and then rinse thoroughly.

I left this mask on for just over five minutes on my first use – just to be on the safe side. It had an instant cooling effect on my skin, and as the product dried, my skin started to feel tight – but not in a bad way (those who have reactions will know what I mean) and I’m pleased to say my skin actually loved this mask, and I didn’t have a reaction! After removing the product my skin felt super clean and very smooth to touch. I think this will be a great weekly mask for me 🙂

I also wanted to mention that Dermalogica kindly sent over this rather interesting looking water bottle along with the Charcoal Mask. This bottle has an actual lump of charcoal in it – to filter out impurities. How awesome is that! If you’re interested in reading more about this, you can check out the manufacturer site for more info here.

The Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque is £38.00 for 75ml, and available now at John Lewis.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New Nugg Beauty Face & Lip Masks

Posted on May 2, 2016

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Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a lovely Bank Holiday?

There’s nothing like treating yourself with a nice mask for the ultimate at-home pamper, am I right? Nügg are the new kids on the block in the world of masks right now, and I have a few of their latest products to show you today…

If you haven’t heard of Nügg before, their ethos is about providing top quality skin treatments at affordable prices. The offer a great range of masks for face, eyes and lips, with their face masks packaged in single serve pods. It’s also worth mentioning that Nügg’s products are cruelty free and formulated with over 90% natural or naturally-derived ingredients, and they don’t contain petrochemicals, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or colours.

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I have three of their single-serve face masks –

Hydrating – as expected, this mask is perfect for dry and dehydrated skin. It contains a powerful yet gentle blend of ingredients, including Camellia Seed Oil, Spirulina Extract, Olive, Cranberry, Grape and Linseed Oil, as well as Glycerin and Aloe Juice to intensely hydrate and soften the skin whilst helping skin to retain moisture.

De-Stress – this mask has been designed specifically for stressed skin or skin that is in need of pampering. It contains a powerful blend of antioxidant rich Acai Berry, Bilberry and Goji Berry extracts as well as nutripeptides to help neutralize free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage. Coconut Oil, Evening Primrose Seed Oil, Mushroom Extract and Aloe Juice help soothe and calm the skin, and Glycerin, Aloe JuiceCranberry, Grape and Linseed Oil provide a boost of hydration.

Soothing – this mask is perfect for soothing, balancing & hydrating troubled or sensitive skin. The Soothing mask contains Chamomile Extract, Shea Butter, Bisabolol, Aloe Juice, Glycerin, Olive, Cranberry, Grape and Linseed Oil to balance and soothe sensitive skin, whilst helping reduce the appearance of redness. It also intensely hydrates the skin leaving a smooth, silky after feel.

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So far I’ve tried the De-Stress Mask – and firstly I should point out that the single use pods are very generous in size, there’s definitely enough for two uses in one pot. The De-Stress Mask had an instant cooling effect on my skin – and my often sensitive skin didn’t have a reaction either, yay! I left it on for just over 5 inures, and after washing it off my complexion felt very refreshed, soft and rejuvenated. I’d definitely use this mask again!

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And look at the Lip Mask! I just love love the futuristic packaging of this Intense Lip Boosting Mask, the tiny golden orb would look amazing in anyone’s beauty collection 🙂 This mask contains Shea Butter and Coconut Oil help to hydrate and soften the lips, and Liquorice Root Complex has been included specifically to help give lips a plumping effect. The product has a thick creamy formula, which you apply generously to lips and leave it on for 20 minutes, then just wipe off with a tissue. I have to say, I’m absolutely in love with this lip mask – as I suffer with dry lips I’m always looking for products to help improve and soothe them, and this mask really is fantastic – I highly recommend it to anyone with chronic dry lips, you won’t be disappointed!

Nugg Beauty products are available now at Beauty Bay. Their face masks are £16.45 for a set of 5, and the Lip Mask is £9.49 for 7g of product.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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

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Cohorted February 2016 Beauty Box Review

Posted on February 27, 2016

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Hi Guys,

Cohorted are back on the blog today with their latest subscription box – this one includes a good selection of makeup, skincare and fragrance, and a couple of fantastic brands we haven’t seen from Cohorted before. The February box includes:

  • Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow in 91 Apparition, worth £25.00
  • Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment, worth £45.00
  • Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser, worth £11.99
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks x2, worth £15.00
  • Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid, worth £10.00
  • Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml perfume sample, Free added extra.

Total value of box = £106.99.

Ok so the standout product in this box is obviously the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eyeshadow. As far as I’m aware this is the first time Cohorted have included a Chanel product, and I think it will be very well received. This eyeshadow has a cream to powder formula – so it applies like a cream but feels like a powder on the skin, which I love. And as expected with Chanel, the formula is of superior quality. Shade 91 is actually rather lovely – I say actually because it’s a blue, and blue eyeshadow is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. This is a deep midnight metallic blue though, perfect for a smoky eye.

The Bare Minerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment sounded familiar to me, and then I remembered this was included in Cohorted’s second ever beauty box, nearly a year ago in March 2015. This is a bit of a funny product, and by funny I mean it’s a powder that you apply to your face before going to bed! It’s supposed to reduce the appearance of pores, increase luminosity and even out skin tone, and I must admit I never got round to trying it out. This is definitely on my ‘to-try’ list now so I’ll let you all know how I get on!

The third product on the list is a Dove True Tone Underarm Dark Mark Eraser – now this product isn’t mentioned in the included information booklet, but the Pixi pencil which is mentioned is missing – so I’m guessing Cohorted ran out of Pixi and included this product instead. I must admit I’m a bit disappointed because I love Pixi products, and then pencil in the booklet does look rather lovely. Anyway, this ‘Dark Mark Eraser’ definitely sounds interesting. It’s actually a night cream, that you apply to clean armpits at bedtime, with the aim of brightening your skin. I think this is going to be a bit hit and miss – some people will thick it’s a great idea, and I think others won’t be so keen.

Next is the Cargo Cosmetics Long Wear Lip Gloss in Madrid. This is a sheer mauve shade packed with silver glitter. It’s a nice little gloss that’s non sticky and long lasting.

The Elemis Pro Collagen Hydra-Gel Eye Masks are a welcome addition to this month’s box too. This is a first show from Elemis, which is one of my favourite skincare brands. These masks aim to instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the eye area looking smoother and feeling moisturised – they sound right up my street.

And lastly the Marc Jacobs Lola 1.2ml mini sample. I’m a bit of a perfume fanatic so fragrance samples are always appreciated here!

Overall this is a great little box, and though I think I’ve had enough of seeing Cargo products for now, it’s great to see Cohorted have included Chanel and Elemis this month. I’d love to see more of these brands in the future!

On that note, I’d love to hear which brands or particular products you’re not so keen on in beauty boxes? And if there are any you’d really love to see?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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L’Occitane Aromachologie Body Care Collection

Posted on October 10, 2015

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Hi Guys, happy Saturday!

What I love about L’Occitane is that they’re always bringing out fabulous new products, and I’m lucky enough to have their latest collection to share with you today!

The Aromachologie Body Care Collection is all about re-balancing the senses, body and mind. The collection has a fabulous re-energising scent, added to products that are made specifically to awaken the senses, help restore balance, and bring well-being and harmony to body and mind.

‘For 40 years, L’Occitane have studied the secrets of many essential oils and one of their most beautiful discoveries is the power of just the scents of these oils. The influence of scents on mood and behaviour was the very foundation for the L’Occitane Aromachologie range in 1976.’

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Ok so let’s start by looking at the Limited Edition Rebalancing Bath Infusions (£15.00 for 5x sachets)

These sweet little bath infusions, that look like some sort of fancy tea bags are the perfect choice for a relaxing and revitalising bath. You’re actually advised to hang a sachet on the tap when you’re running your bath (rather than throw the bag in the bath, which I would have done if I hadn’t read the instructions) The Rebalancing Bath Infusions are made with citrus fruit peel and revitalizing salts, and each sachet provides a rebalancing effect which is beneficial for the senses and body.

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And I just love the Rebalancing Black Soap (£16.00)

Now as scary as it looks, this soap isn’t actually coloured black, it’s kind of an orange / yellow colour which you can see on the final image below. The soap itself has a jelly-like texture in the pot, which turns into a paste on contact with the skin. The formula is olive oil based and enriched with eucalyptus essential oil to cleanse the skin and remove impurities. This soap really does do exactly as it’s supposed to, with the luxurious formula leaving skin with a refined texture that’s soft, nourished and silky to the touch.

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Next the Rebalancing & Exfoliating Shower Gel (£14.00)

This is definitely my favourite out of all the Aromachologie products I have. This exfoliating shower gel has a fantastic energising and uplifting fragrance, with five purifying essential oils (Cypress, Juniper, Lemon, Thyme, Eucalyptus) to invigorate & rebalance. The formula also includes olive & lemon particles to delicately eliminate impurities whilst leaving skin super soft & smooth.

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And lastly, the Rebalancing Face Mask (£20.00)

I do love a face mask as an evening treat, and if you’re in the need of a little pick me up, this Rebalancing Face Mask is perfect for the job. This gorgeously thick mask is enriched with absorbing vegetal and mineral powders to help remove impurities from the skin and tighten pores – which is perfect for my less than perfect complexion! It’s also formulated with essential oils to purify and rejuvenate the skin, helping to restoring its natural glow.

I’m officially in love with this collection! Apart from the fact that all the products work fantastically well to purify, rejuvenate and generally give skin a bit of an oomph, the scents are perfect for anyone that’s under the weather, tired and in need or rejuvenation. I highly recommend trying some of these products out!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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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