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Rodial Limited Edition Dragon’s Blood XXL Sculpting Serum

Posted on March 16, 2016

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Hi Guys!

Luxury beauty and skincare brand Rodial have just announced the launch of the rather special Limited Edition Dragon’s Blood XXL Sculpting Serum. This is a limited collector’s edition of their triple potency XXL Advanced Sculpting Serum, specially created to celebrate the 5th anniversary of their iconic Dragon’s Blood range.

If you’re not familiar with this range, Rodial’s ‘Dragon’s Blood’ is actually sap from the Croton Lechleri tree, which is historically used for medicinal and healing purposes. Incorporating this into the product range leaves a protective film on the skin after application, which helps to reduce redness and inflammation, whilst smoothing, plumping and hydrating skin. This is also an ideal range of products for those with sensitive or stressed skin, as the combination of dragon’s blood with hyaluronic acid is perfect for treating loss of elasticity and dehydration – this is good news for me then!

The Limited Edition Dragon’s Blood XXL Sculpting Serum infuses the skin with an intense triple potency hit of dragon’s blood complex to help the complexion regain its youthful bounce. The unique Dragon’s Blood complex is combined with Dermapep and HemaTite to oxygenate, firm, moisturise and redensify the skin to reduce appearance of wrinkles and improve skin elasticity. Tetrepeptide-6 stimulates the biometic growth factors that produce new tissues and blood vessels, resulting in increased micro-circulation and oxygenation in the skin, for improved vitality and a natural glow.

The limited edition bottle is presented in a beautifully embellished display box and has a crystal band added to the silver cap seal, and with less than 1000 units being produced, this limited edition serum will be perfect for any avid beauty collector.

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The Limited Edition Dragon’s Blood XXL Sculpting Serum is £125 and available now direct from Rodial. It will also be available at Harrods and Space NK from April.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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New Skincare Brand Exclusive: Eloquence Beauty

Posted on November 22, 2015

Hi Guys!

I hope you’re having a great weekend? I’ve been having a busy Sunday catching up with blogging, photography and trying to tidy my ever-messy house. I thought I’d share some details with you this evening about a brand new and exciting skincare company that’s only just hit the market – Eloquence Beauty.

Eloquence offer natural, premium skin care products designed to enhance skin, hair and nails, and their focus is on anti-ageing, skin hydration and skin health – whilst offering the consumer value for money. They pride themselves on sourcing the finest ingredients such as Sachi Inchi Oil – known for its high levels of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. This oil helps to restore the skins’ elasticity and combat dehydration, as well as fighting against premature ageing by intensely nourishing and protecting the skin from environmental stressors. Eloquence have included this wonder ingredient in all their products.

Eloquence Beauty also enlisted the help and advice of an esteemed Pharmaceutical Product Development Manager to develop their products to be natural and beneficial, as well as luxurious yet affordable for all.

It’s also worth noting that Eloquence’s products contain no artificial perfume or colour and no harsh chemicals, which makes them suitable for all skin types.

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So let’s take a look at the products!

  • Purifying Facial Cleanser 20ml

This Purifying cream Cleanser contains Cucumber and Coconut extract to leave skin feeling cleansed and refreshed without any tightness. My skin tends to be on the dry side, and that tight feeling you sometimes get after cleansing is a bit of a bugbear of mine. I’ll be reporting back soon on how this performs – fingers crossed it works well for me.

  • Firm & Tone Serum 20ml

The Firm & Tone Serum incorporates Glycerin and Coconut oil to help illuminate the complexion and give a flawless appearance. Hyaluronic Acid has also been added to this product give a boost of collagen, which helps skin to feel plump, smooth and supple.

  • Firming & Moisturising Eye Gel 15ml

This Firming & Moisturising Eye Gel targets dark circles and puffiness – it sounds like just what I need! This product also has added Hyaluronic acid to help keep the eye area plump whilst smoothing out any fine lines.

  • Nourishing Treatment Oil 50ml

The Eloquence Nourishing Treatment Oil has been specifically blended with Coconut and Sweet Almond Oil to help to renew, repair and revitalise skin, hair and nails. I’m a big fan of face oils so I’m really hoping I’ll love this product!

  • Protect & Repair 24HR Cream 20ml

And lastly the Protect and Repair 24 hour cream – which also has added Hyaluronic Acid – this is perfect to use during the day to not only condition skin but to also give UVA & UVB protection, or even at night to hydrate and replenish skin while you sleep.

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I’m really excited about trying out these products over the coming months, I’ll have another post for you soon to let you know how I’m getting on!

If you fancy trying any of these out for yourself (or maybe picking up some Christmas gifts??) I also have an exclusive discount code which will give you a massive 50% off full price as well as free delivery! This is an excellent opportunity to give these products a go, just use this code at the checkout:

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I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

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Beauty For a Good Cause

Posted on November 15, 2015

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Hi Guys!

One of the many things I love about beauty – makeup especially, is the feel good factor. When it comes to the shopping experience, makeup will fit you, it won’t get stuck around your knees and refuse to pull up. Makeup won’t sag at the waist, or stretch too much across your bust. Makeup won’t ‘not go up to your size’ – you see what I’m getting at? And makeup doesn’t have to be expensive either; just popping in Superdrug for a £3 lipgloss can really cheer you up. Who says retail therapy is a load of rubbish hey?

On that note, I’ve gathered together a collection of products that are taking the feel good factor one step further. With these products your well spent cash will pick you up some fantastic products, as well as supporting some very worthwhile causes. Take a look, and happy shopping…

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1. Foreo LUNA Mini Special Edition – Save the Sea.

I have the original Foreo LUNA – but did you know they also have a special Save The Sea Limited Edition Mini Luna? This is basically a mini (and cheaper) version of the standard LUNA, which has been specially produced in a bid to help ‘Save the Sea’.

FOREO will donate net proceeds of this LUNA mini Special Edition to their newly established Board of Ocean Conservation charity partners, including GreenWave and SEA LIFE Trust to raise funds and awareness to preserve our seas.

I’m a big fan of Foreo’s LUNA, it’s a fantastic facial brush that channels T-Sonic pulsations through soft silicone for deep and gentle cleansing. The LUNA mini is suitable for all skin types, with thicker touch-points on the reverse side designed to deeply cleanse oilier skin, particularly on the T-zone. The thinner touch-points gently channel pulsations and are best used for sensitive or dry skin. The LUNA is perfect for removing dead skin cells and un-clogging pores – which it does fantastically well. It also enhances the absorption of skincare products and delivers visibly brighter, more radiant skin.

This is sold out in the UK now (as far as I can tell) but it’s still available from Sephora.

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2. Kiehls X Tinie Tempah Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream.

Skincare brand Kiehl’s have teamed up with the one and only MTV Staying Alive ambassador, Tinie Tempah to create this Ultra Facial Cream with a limited edition label.

The MTV Staying Alive Foundation provides funding and training to youth-led HIV prevention projects around the world. Their work helps these projects and their young leaders to develop vital skills to build innovative, culturally relevant and sustainable organisations that lead the fight against HIV on the ground.

And any Kiehl’s fan will be aware of their iconic Ultra Facial Cream, it’s the perfect light-textured day cream, offering up to 24-hour moisture, leaving skin feeling comfortable and well-balanced.

Kiehl’s UK will be donating £2 for each purchase of this limited edition product to the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. Help spread the word for this great cause by sharing the message on Twitter and Instagram – let’s stop HIV before it starts. #TINIExKIEHLS @kiehlsuk @tinietempah @mtvstayingalive

The Limited Edition Ultra Facial Cream is available now from Kiehls.

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3. Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum.

In case you haven’t heard of Radical Skincare, their heritage stems from founders Liz and Rachels’ father and his pioneering work treating burn survivors. Now they are on a mission to continue his legacy with The Katie Piper Foundation. For each purchase of their Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum or Skin Perfecting Screen, £2.50 will be donated to The Katie Piper Foundation – a charity offering help and support to burn survivors. You can read more about what they do here.

I have their Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum – this is a serum for all skin types and ages, designed to fight 16 identified causes of ageing, reduce wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and increase hydration.

This product shields against free radicals, whilst repairing past damage and preventing future damage. It includes 13 carefully selected and individually tested ingredients and 9 powerful antioxidants, and it’s also perfect for those with sensitive skin and those prone to breakouts.

I’m really looking froward to trying this product out, fingers crossed I’ll see some fantastic results!

Radical Skincare’s Skin Perfecting Screen and Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum are available now from Space NK and Fenwick Stores.

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4. Look Good Feel Better Makeup Brushes.

Look Good Feel Better is a cancer support charity specifically helping women and teenagers combat the visible side effects of their treatment.

They run free skincare and make-up workshops in over 77 hospitals and cancer support centres nationwide, and more than 150 Masterclasses are held each year – which enabled them to support 14,500 women and teenagers in 2014. Which really is amazing.

Their makeup brush range features 12 high quality professional brushes which have been developed with beauty industry experts. Apart from looking the part, these brushes really are top quality, and amazingly affordable. They have sleek black weighted handles, and each precision cut brush head has been hand-made using super softtalkon bristles, a special polyester derivative free of any protein component; making them allergy free, environmentally friendly and suitable for sensitive skin, and an 8% – 12% donation will be made from the sale of each brush and set.

The Look Good Feel Better range of brushes are available now from Feel Unique.

I also wanted to mention at this point, that lovely blogger Kirstie from A Yellow Brick Blog is raising money for Crisis – a charity for single homeless people. She’s encouraging people to donate as little as £1 to go towards this fantastic cause, you can see her Just Giving page here. Kirsty is currently at 86% of her target at the time of writing this, so please spare a couple of £’s to help her reach her goal!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum

Posted on August 3, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s Monday again, and how are we in August already!? I feel like I’ll wake up tomorrow and it’ll be Christmas at this rate! 😀

Anyway, I have a gorgeous new skincare product to share with you today, this is Pestle & Mortar’s Pure Hyaluronic Serum.

I hadn’t heard of Pestle & Mortar until now, and after a bit of research I found out they’re a family owned company founded by Sonia Deasy in early 2014. Described as an innovative beauty and body wellness company, Pestle & Mortar was born out of Sonia’s quest for a product that would make her skin more radiant and hydrated, diminish fine lines and look more youthful.

Their philosophy is ‘to provide an easy to apply solution for all skintypes and all ethnicities, which with continued use will create a better sense of wellbeing upon reflection of your revitalised skin.’

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So on first inspection, this is no doubt a beautifully packaged product. The bottle as well as outer packaging looks chic and expensive and would definitely sit well on any dressing table. I know packaging isn’t everything, but you really can’t beat a beautiful looking product 🙂

Ok so what does this actually do? Wel Pure Hyaluronic Serum is described as the ultimate multitasked for your skin. It promises to hydrate and soothe even the most sensitive skin (such as mine!) whilst smoothing fine lines and restoring youthful elasticity. It contains Hyaluronic Acid which is a carbohydrate found naturally in the human body, mostly in skin tissue. Hyaluronic Acid provides continuous moisture to the skin by binding up to 1000 times its weight in water.

The product itself is clear and has a super lightweight, silky formula. You’re advised to smooth two to four drops over your cleansed and toned face before applying other products. I’ve used this a few times now and my dry skin just loves it! My skin instantly feels refreshed, intensely hydrated and plumper. I think with regular use I’ll definitely see more visible improvements too!

It’s also worth mentioning that Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum is 100% free of animal derived raw materials and organic solvent remnants, paraben free, propylene glycol free, fragrance free and not tested on animals.

Pure Hyaluronic Serum is £33.00 and available now from Pestle and Mortar Cosmetics.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

Posted on July 31, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Before I get started with today’s product overview, I thought I’d just ask, if you’re a blogger, are you signed up to Klout? If you haven’t heard of Klout, in simple terms it’s a way to measure your social media influence. It tracks your activity and interactions on social media and awards you a score. I must admit I very rarely check my Klout page, and haven’t had anyone ask for my score, but the reason I’m bringing this up is because Klout also occasionally give you ‘Perks’. I had an email about a week ago saying I was eligible for a new ‘perk’ from Kiehl’s. I logged into my account and was greeted with the following message –

Ahead of the Nationwide launch in August, Kiehl’s are delighted to invite you to try NEW Daily Reviving Concentrate, for revived & energised skin from morning to night!

Well how exciting and unexpected is that! Of course I took up the offer and my beautifully packaged parcel arrived about a week later. I thought I’d mention this because it would definitely be worth signing up to Klout if you haven’t already!

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Anyway, onto the product! If you’re a fan of Kiehl’s, you should already be aware of their best-selling Midnight Recovery Concentrate, which promises youthful looking skin when you wake up in the morning. Well Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate is basically the day version of this product. It’s a lightweight facial oil designed to keep skin looking radiant all day long.

It promises to strengthen skin’s defenses against daily aggressors to keep your complexion youthful and radiant-looking all day. It also provides antioxidant protection with a powerful blend of naturally-derived oils, including Ginger Root, Sunflower and Tamanu, to help skin feel fresh and look energized morning to night. And it’s paraben free, of 100% natural origin, mineral oil free, non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic.

Kiehl’s recommend you lightly pat several drops all over face in upward circular motion (avoiding the immediate eye area) in the morning after your serum and before moisturiser. I’ve used this a few times now and I’m loving it so far! My skin definitely benefits from a bit of TLC, especially when I’m tired and bleary-eyed in the morning, and this is perfect for making your complexion look a bit more alive and radiant whilst leaving skin super soft – it’s definitely a welcome addition to my morning routine!

I’d love to hear if you’re a fan of Kiehl’s? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

NEW DHC Skincare Reservatrol Collection

Posted on July 20, 2015

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Hi Guys!

I have a collection of brand new and rather gorgeous looking products from cult Japanese brand, DHC to share with you today. Ok, so you may have heard that red wine – in moderation – can actually be good for you? Well DHC has taken this on board, and after a serious amount of research, they’ve incorporated one key ingredient found in red wine into their new skincare range.

Resveratrol is a highly potent antioxidant that’s found in the skin of red grapes, and when applied topically it’s been found to improve tissue elasticity, support the skins’ natural moisture barrier and protect against environmental damage. Resveratrol is also a phytoalexin – one of 600 microbial compounds produced by plants to protect them from adverse conditions including UV rays. In DHC’s lab studies, it was also shown to promote the Sirtuin ‘longevity’ gene.

Utilising this powerful antioxidant, DHC has developed the Resveratrol three-step skincare system, which includes a high concentration of this wonder ingredient.  Unlike other powerful anti-ageing ingredients such as retinol, resveratrol is non-irritating and suitable for even sensitive skin – so it’s perfect for me!

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The Reservatrol collection includes a hydrating toner, super-booster and rich moisturiser, and DHC recommend you layer the three products for maximum results.

Resveratrol Lotion (£43.00) – This ultra hydrating toner luxuriously promotes smoother, more resilient skin with resveratrol, combined with soothing, moisturising cereal extracts to help boost skin’s natural moisture barrier and improve its defences against environmental damage. The lotion has a light, water-like texture which allows for rapid absorption into the skin to prepare it for the booster and moisturiser.

Resveratrol Essence (£43.00) – This moisture promoting Essence is actually a serum, described as ‘a deeply hydrating super booster which reduces the appearance of fine lines for a smoother skin.’ DHC advise that you pat the serum into cleansed and toned skin prior to moisturising for maximum effect.

Resveratrol Cream (£43.00) – The third step in the Reservatrol route, this intensive, age defying moisturiser has a thick, luxurious texture. As well as providing total hydration for a more ‘plumped’ looking skin, the cream boosts the skins natural moisture barrier.

The three products all have a lovely, light scent, and each feels luxurious to use and apply. I’ve only been using these for a few days but my dry skin is already loving the moisturiser especially!

The Resveratrol range is available now from dhcuk.co.uk.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster Serum

Posted on May 4, 2015

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Happy Bank Holiday Guys!

The brand La Prairie is the epitome of luxury when it comes to skincare, as well as being at the forefront of anti-ageing technology – and boy have I got the big daddy of serums to show you today. I have to say I feel really lucky and privileged to be able to try this product out! So let me introduce, La Prairie’s Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster…

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The Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is described as La Prairie’s most accelerated wrinkle interceptor yet. IT INTERCEPTS WRINKLES! Offering a revolutionary delivery system that specifically targets the cells that make skin look younger with precision and speed, to deliver anti-wrinkle ingredients exactly where your skin needs them most.

This product comes with some pretty massive claims – it promises to reduce wrinkle depth and volume to give you beautiful, visibly younger-looking skin with only two weeks of use. It’s supposed to help control the evolution of skin aging, recovering hydration and reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, whilst exfoliating to refine skin and minimize the look of imperfections including wrinkles and enlarged pores.

I really hope this actually works. Coming in at £195 for a 50ml bottle, this product has a lot to live up to.

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The product itself is a light serum, with a luxuriously silky smooth texture. It has a subtle pleasant scent, and to use, you smooth one or two drops over the face and neck after cleansing and toning, but before you apply your moisturiser.

As I said previously, La Prairie is one of the main pioneers when it comes to anti-ageing products, and their Rapid Response Booster Serum is jam packed full of active ingredients to specifically target the signs of ageing.

To fight wrinkles, the targeted delivery system transports anti-wrinkle peptides exactly where needed, the peptides are then released to fortify the skin which reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and reinforces skin’s barrier protection.

Plankton extract, a marine element, improves exfoliation for smoother, softer skin with fewer visible pores, and a natural texturizing blend of jojoba, mimosa, and sunflower waxes refines and helps reduce trans-epidermal water loss.

The Rapid Response Booster Serum also boasts a high weight and low weight sodium hyaluronate to attract and hold moisture, the herbal brightening complex inhibits excess pigmentation, and the silver vine complex improves skin’s translucency.

There really is so much technology packed into this little bottle (seriously this is only the half of it! I had to cut it down but do check out the link at the end of the post for full details) it’s hardly surprising it’s so expensive!

I’ve been using this for just about 2 weeks now, and I have to say it is fabulous. I’ve used quite a few serums in my time, and this definitely has something special about it. It feels beautifully luxurious to apply, and I think when you have a product like this with big claims and a high price tag, it really has to work – otherwise you’re going to have a lot of unhappy customers. I don’t have any wrinkles yet as such, but I have noticed the fine lines on my forehead seem to be less prominent, and my overall complexion is definitely brighter and more radiant. My husband said I’ve been looking ‘well’ and even that my skin looks ‘better’ lately so I think I have this serum to thank!

The La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster is available now from John Lewis.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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