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Lifestyle & Beauty: Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on March 21, 2017

Hi Guys!

I’m not sure how on earth it’s almost Mother’s Day already – didn’t Christmas just happen? Anyway, Mother’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I’d gather together a few lovely gift ideas to hopefully give you some inspiration. I’ve tried to include a bit of everything here to cover a range of budgets – Enjoy!

Starting off with some beautiful rose gold jewellery from Ted baker – the Ted Baker Ceanna Cuff Bracelet & Edda Bow Necklace (£17.50 each at Amara) are such good bargains, I had to include them. They’re both half price at the moment (£17.50 rather than £35.00 each) which really is a fantastic bargain.

The Ceanna Gem Frame Cuff Bracelet is made from brass with rose gold coloured plating, it features a gem frame design and is enhanced with Swarovski crystal embellishments. And the Edda Bow Necklace also has a rose gold finish, with a super cute baby pink bow pendant.

I also had to include the lovely Ted Baker Hat Box Gift Set (£18.00 at Boots) – This decorative hat box contains a 200ml refreshing body wash, a large 250ml shimmering body soufflé and a mini bath scrunchie. The box is also very pretty and would be great to keep or to use for future gifting.

Next I have this super sweet Cupcake Kit (£24.99 at Amara) – this handy kit contains everything you need to bake and decorate 8 cupcakes. Inside the box is a pastry bag, 7 pastry tips, 1 pastry clip, 8 re-usable silicone cupcake cups and 1 recipe booklet, featuring step-by-step instructions for using the pastry bag and creating delicious cupcakes. I’m looking forward to trying this set out with my son very soon! 🙂

The Swash London Floral Meadow Notebook (£12.50 at Amara) is another half price find in the Amara sale. This fun and colourful notebook has plain pages and a hardback cover, finished with a hot pink elasticated bank closure and a matching ribbon marker.

Clarins have also recently brought out some lovely products which would make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts. The Clarins Tender Moments Collection is a mini collection of products in cute, limited edition packaging.

The Skin Illusion Blush (£16.00 at House of Fraser) is a handy little product that’s perfect to give cheeks a pop of colour. I love the compact style of the packaging, and Clarins has also incorporated a mirror onto the lid which is a really nice touch. The formula contains active plant ingredients which offer added comfort and radiance on application, and I love that the product is super easy to apply with the integrated sponge.

And the Daily Energizer Lovely Lip Balm (£16.00 at House of Fraser) – rather than just a bog standard lip balm, this nifty little product contains an ‘intelligent pigment’ which reacts with the lips’ pH to develop a personalised natural pink shade. The balm also promises to repair and nourish whilst the peachy fragrance smells good enough to eat.

For Mum’s that like a brew, the Silken Pyramids Selection Box Set (£22.00 at Newby Teas) is the perfect set for branching out into new tea flavours. This luxury selection box is filled with silken pyramids which have been individually wrapped for freshness. There are four beautifully-aromatic infusions to choose from, including:  Jasmine Princess, Strawberry & Mango, Hunan Green and Rooibos Orange.

For mums in need of a pamper (hands up!) the La Source Collection (from £6.00 at Crabtree & Evelyn) is definitely worth checking out.

The La Source collection draws inspiration from the restorative powers of the sea, and is carefully designed to restore, condition and rejuvenate the skin from head to toe. Formulated with a blend of ingredients such as underwater algae, mineral salts and seaweeds the products in this collection allow you to escape everyday life and immerse yourself in spa-like rituals.

Of the above products so far I’ve tried the beautiful La Source EDT fragrance, and the Refreshing Body Mist. They both smell wonderfully light and refreshing, and I think any mums in need of some me-time would love to receive these this Mother’s Day.

I’m pretty sure I can’t plan a gift guide without including a candle! This Cat Candle (£45.00 from Lush Designs) is just so unusual and striking, I think cat lovers and candle fans would both love it. The candle itself is available in a either lavender or rosemary & watermelon scents, and it’s housed in a wonderful bone china container, decorated with cats and embellished with pure gold lustre.

For fans of skincare, the Foreo Luna 2 (£169.00 at Foreo) would make a fantastic gift. It is expensive, but in my opinion it’s worth the splurge when you consider how much use you’d get out of it.

The LUNA 2 is an enhanced T-Sonic face brush and anti-aging system that gives you a completely personalized cleansing, and it’s now available with four specialized brush types for a tailor-made skin care experience. I won’t go into too much detail here, but please check out my previous review if you’d like to hear more about the Foreo Luna 2.

Another one of my favourite brands for gifting is Molton Brown, and their new Exquisite Vanilla & Violet Flower Shower Gel & Lotion Gift Set (£45.00 at Molton Brown) really would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. This limited edition bath and body set blends notes of creamy vanilla over delicate floral scents of violet flower and orris, to create a stunning fragrance. The set is presented with a grosgrain bow and violet-hued metallic caps in an exquisite limited edition Mother’s Day gift box.

For a budget option, this Exquisite Choices Gift Set (£12.95 at Pretty Little Treats) is just so girly and pretty. The handcrafted set contains four pampering treats: a mini pot of hand cream, a lip balm, a bath treat, and a matchbox solid perfume bar. The products are all beautifully packaged, and presented in a luxury box which is perfect for gifting.

On to fragrance now, DKNY Be Tempted Eau So Blush (£50.00 for 50ml at House of Fraser) is a wonderfully fresh and sparkling fragrance that’s perfect for Spring. Be Tempted Eau So Blush opens with an invigorating blend of Pink Grapefruit infused with juicy Blood Orange and succulent Red Currant, whetting the appetite with mouthwatering notes. With a playful allure, Pink Peony, sensual Jasmine and Cedar Wood at the heart lead to a base of rich Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange, Magnolia and Red Currant.
  • Heart Notes: Peony, Jasmine and Cedarwood.
  • Base Notes: Creamy Woods, Apricot and Musk.

I’ve also included Estee Lauder Modern Muse Nuit EDP (£70.00 at House of Fraser)- this floral woody oriental scent blends sophisticated floral tones with creamy woods to create a beautiful contrasting accord that is lushly vibrant yet luxuriously warm. More of an evening fragrance than the original Modern Muse, this scent is opulent, glamorous and sensual.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin and Bourgeon de Cassis.
  • Heart Notes: Chamomile, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine Sambac China and Heliotrope.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood, Clearwood, Tonka Beans, Madagascar Vanilla, Musks and Amber.

And I had to include this Elie Saab Le Parfum Gift Set (£49.30 at Escentual) – I’m a massive fan of Elie Saab fragrances so I think this Le Parfum gift set would make a wonderful present for Mother’s Day. If you’re not familiar with the scent, Le Parfum is a beautiful, voluptuous and feminine fragrance. It opens with a radiant Orange Blossom, leading to a heart of elegant Jasmine Absolute, combining with a pure, modern Patchouli. The base note unfolds into a Cedar Woody Accord adding character and a lingering trail, while the Honey Rose envelops the composition in a beautifully addictive note.

The gift set includes: Le Parfum EDP 50ml, Le Parfum Scented Body Lotion 50ml, and an Elie Saab Red Clutch Bag.

  • Top Notes: Orange Blossom.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine Absolute and Patchouli.
  • Base Notes: Clear Woods and Honey Rose.

And lastly, I also wanted to show you this stunning fragrance from Vince Camuto: Fiori (£55.00 at Debenhams). I just love Vince Camuto bottles, they’s so striking and would look just wonderful displayed on a dressing table. Fiori (meaning Flowers in Italian) is a fresh, light and  uplifting fragrance featuring top notes of luscious Pink Grapefruit and ripened White Nectarine, a heart of sheer Iris and dewy Freesia, leading to a base of rich Sandalwood and creamy Blonde Cedarwood.

  • Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit and white Nectarine
  • Heart Notes: Iris and Freesia.
  • Base Notes: Sandalwood and Blonde Cedarwood.

I’m sorry this ended up being such a ling post – well done if you made it this far! I hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day whatever you do, and I hope you enjoyed my gift guide xxx

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A Girl’s Night In With Ideal World TV #IdealGirlsNightIn

Posted on March 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Apologies for not being around much recently, both on my blog and social. Things have been super hectic at home – I’m now back and can’t wait to post regularly and share with you what’s been going on at TSNC HQ!

One of the first things that I have coming up is a really exciting Girl’s Night In tomorrow night! Ideal World TV are hosting a Girl’s Night In – and they want you to join in! Filled with beauty and fashion favourites, they will be hosting some fantastic shows with even better savings. They will also be hosting a Twitter Chat between 7:30pm and 8:30pm, with a Girl’s Night In theme – I’m really looking forward to taking part.

Ideal World TV have kindly sent over an amazing goody bag of treats to kit me out for the perfect Girl’s Night In on Friday. They’ve included some of their favourite products from the night, as well as a few lovely extras. Let’s take a look and see what’s inside –

Firstly there’s a fab GelTouch Starter Kit (£39.99) and Trio Nail Polish Set (£17.99) – these will be available on Friday evening, and what’s special about this kit is it includes a professional gel to coat which promises to transfer any nail polish into a gel, in only 60 seconds. The Starter Kit contains everything you need to get going with at-home gel nails, and includes a powerful GelTouch 9W LED lamp, Clear Top Coat and Gel Cleansing Wipes. I’m loving the look of the bright pink nail polish, I think I’ll be trying this out on Friday!

Next we have the Twirl Curl (£12.99) – this is the perfect tool to help create an array of different hair styles. You can use it to help with your messy bun, pony loop, 50’s retro style, wrap, French pleat and many more. It’s also worth mentioning that you won’t need any tight bobbles, pins or grips when you use this, and it won’t rip or damage your hair like regular bands. I’m not the best at hair styling so I’ll be interested to find out how easy this is to use on Friday night.

And lastly the Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator (200ml £15.99) – rather than a fake tan, this is actually a tan enhancer, for when you already have a natural tan. This product stimulates your skin’s natural melanin levels whenever you’re exposed to the sun, and speeds up the natural tanning time. I’m not tanned even the slightest at the moment, but I’ll definitely be using this when the weather gets better.

Ideal World TV have also been very thoughtful and included some lovely extra goodies in the bag so I can really make the most of the Girl’s Night In. There’s some super snuggly Joules socks (is it bad that I’m more excited about these than the chocolate?) There’s also some fancy Tyrrell’s popcorn, Galaxy Minstrels, a cute pink mason jar glass and a button shaped coaster.

I’d love it if you could join me tomorrow night for Ideal World TV’s Girl’s Night In – just tune in to Ideal World TV on any of the following platforms: Sky 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747, Freesat 812 or via live stream at www. idealworld.tv. Then hop over to Twitter for 7.30pm and follow hashtag #IdealGirlsNightIn. Hope to see you there!

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post is sponsored by Ideal World TV, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Beauty: Foreo LUNA 2 Sensitive Review #LUNA2byFOREO

Posted on February 12, 2017

Hi Guys!

When the original Foreo LUNA launched onto the beauty scene a few years ago, it was a fantastic innovation in skincare device technology, and I absolutely loved using it. In fact if you’d have asked me at the time I wouldn’t have been able to tell you how they could have improved it. Well now the LUNA 2 is here, and it proves that Foreo definitely know their stuff, as it really is better than ever.

The award winning LUNA 2 has been specifically developed to give a deeper and more effective cleanse, while remaining gentle on the skin. It offers 2x the power of the original LUNA, with a 50% bigger brush head for more efficient cleansing. It also has longer touch-points and a plush silicone body for greater comfort and performance.

There are also four different versions available to suit different skin types – Sensitive, Normal, Combination, and Oily – with each offering a strategic graduation of thinner to thicker touch-points to cleanse the skin depending on its needs.

I’ve been using the LUNA 2 for a few weeks now, and though this isn’t long enough to give a full on review, I thought I’d let you know my initial impressions, and how I’ve been getting on so far.

So you can probably guess I went with the sensitive option. This has thin, soft touch-points which feel flexible and rubbery to the touch. They are designed to minimize abrasion for the most sensitive skin yet still deliver deep cleansing that doesn’t compromise on gentleness.

The Sensitive LUNA 2 device comes in a lilac shade, it’s completely covered in ultra-hygenic soft silicone and it’s also completely waterproof, which is really handy so you can use it in the bath or shower if you wish. It offers 12 speeds, as well as 8000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute to remove 99.5% of dirt and oil, plus makeup residue and dead skin cells. It also has an anti-ageing surface on the opposite side, that directs lower-frequency pulsations to smoothen and firm the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

So firstly I have to say that it’s really easy to use – which is perfect if you’re like me and you don’t want to be faffing around with reading pages of instructions and attaching bits and pieces together. To clean the skin, you literally just move the device over your face for a minute, working in your cleanser, then if you wish to use the anti-ageing function, just flip it over and press onto the desired areas for another minute. It really is as easy as that.

After my very first use, my skin felt amazingly clean and fresh. I’m always nervous about using new devices and products as my skin can be quite sensitive at times and I can react to things. There was no problem with the LUNA 2 Sensitive though, and time after time my skin felt perfectly fresh and cleansed. Like I said I’ve only been using this for just under 2 weeks now, but I really feel I can tell the difference with my skin, it’s just looking a bit fresher and brighter than it did before.

It’s also worth mentioning that you can charge it via USB which is just SO handy. I’m pretty much always on my laptop at home so I can just plug it in as I’m working, and amazingly, you can get up to 450 uses with only 1 hours worth of charge – I wish my mobile phone could do that!

So would I recommend this device? Absolutely yes. Though it has a high price point, I love that it’s rechargeable and reusable, easy to use, easy to clean and hygienic, and you never need to replace any parts such as brush heads. The LUNA 2 could literally last you years if you look after it, making it a truly excellent investment for your skin.

The LUNA 2 is £169.00 and available now at Foreo.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post has been sponsored by Foreo, all thoughts and opinions are my own

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Her

Posted on February 9, 2017

Hi Guys!

Valentine’s day is almost upon us, and this is the first of three gift guides I have for you – the others will be coming up either later today or tomorrow morning. This gift guide is ‘for her’ and I’ve included loads of gorgeous bits and pieces that pretty much anyone would be happy to receive. There’s gift items in here, chocolates, alcohol, makeup and fragrance. I hope you enjoy!

I have to start this guide with one of my favourite recent fragrance launches – Jean Paul Gaultier Classique Intense EDP (£61.00 for 50ml at Boots) – Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique fragrance really is a ‘classic’ – it was one of my very first, and favourite scents many years ago, and this this brand new intense version is just stunning. It’s very similar to the original, but heavier and more sensual. I know for a fact that fans of the original Classique will love this.

  • Top Notes: Pomegranate, Tiare Flower.
  • Heart Notes: Orange Blossom, Jasmine, Rose.
  • Base Notes: Patchouli, Vanilla.

Another new fragrance which is perfect for Valentine’s day is Agent Provocateur Pure Aphrodisiaque (£51.50 for 40ml at The Fragrance Shop) This is a romantic, floral fruity and musky scent. I was actually expecting something a lot heavier, but this is quite light and flirty, yet still very feminine and seductive. There are a few different gift set options available for this fragrance too which are perfect for Valentine’s day.

  • Top Notes: Mandarin, Anjou Pear and Rum.
  • Heart Notes: Jasmine, Wild Orchid and Indian Sambac.
  • Base Notes: Woods, Skin Musk and Amber Creme.

And lastly for fragrances I have Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDT (£11.00 for 30ml at Debenhams) which is a great option for those on a budget. The inspiration behind Sarah Jessica Parker’s first scent ‘Lovely’ was her love of layering scents. What became of this inspiration is a feminine and timeless signature scent for woman of all ages.

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Lavender and Apple Martini.
  • Heart Notes: Patchoile, Paperwhites and Creamy Orchid.
  • Base Notes: Cedarwood, White amber, Sultry Woods and Musk.

On the subject of good deals, I also wanted to include the Skinchemists Rose Quartz Youth Facial Oil (£99.00 at Skinchemists) as this is currently on offer for £24.00, plus I have a discount code, so if you input TSNCBLOG at the checkout it will bring this down to £19.99 – what a bargain!

Skinchemists Youth Facial Oil is infused with a blend of hydrating, nourishing and protecting actives, to provide essential vitamins and minerals for the skin to leave the complexion illuminated, hydrated and refined. It contains Rose Otto Oil to help restore the moisture balance in the skin, Vitamin E to reduce skin damage, and Almond Oil to provide deep hydration and nourishment. The perfect product for increasing skin radiance, just 2-3 drops of this wonder oil are needed to cover the face and neck.

And what would valentine’s day be without a little tipple? Warner Edwards Rhubarb Gin Tin (£19.50 at Drink Finder) is a great choice for Valentine’s day as it tastes amazing, and it’s also pink! This gin is best served over ice and with a splash of tonic or ginger ale, to enjoy authentic British craft at its best.

And I had to include the Beauty Bakerie Lip Whip in ASOS Nude (£16.00 exclusively at ASOS) – this liquid lipstick has literally just arrived and I have to say I think I’m in love! Beauty Bakerie have two exclusive ASOS shades, one in Red and one Nude, and they dry down to a lovely matte finish that literally won’t budge all day.

Moving on to jewellery, I have these super pretty Vamp London Silver Spike Earrings (£55.00 at Browns Family Jewellers) which are Inspired by the Gothic architecture of Venice. They are from the Hidden Mask Collection, which is very 50 Shades-esque. It’s all about glamorous decadent parties, hushed whispers and intimate encounters. Considering these earrings are only £55.00, I think they’re incredibly pretty and delicate, and would make a wonderful gift.

Hopefully you can see at the back right hand side of the table, there is what looks to be a box of biscuits. But this is in fact Belgian Chocolate Biscuit Chocolates (£9.95 at Prezzybox) – these chocolates look exactly like some of your favourite biscuits. There’s jammy dodger in there, a pink wafer, and a party ring to name a few – but they’re all made of dark, milk and white belgian chocolate!

The NARS True Story Set (£35.00 exclusively at ASOS) is a stunning palette of four limited edition blushes in shades: Devotee, Myth, Unwritten, Outlaw. It also includes a Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shade Mysterious Red, which is the perfect colour for a true red lip.

I’ve also recently been trying out some of the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet Lipsticks, and I’ve really been enjoying their super thick and creamy formula. I won’t go onto too much detail as I’ve already posted about them – but you can see my original review here.

For the person that has everything, what about this super sweet Silver Love Heart Trinket (£14.95 at Prezzybox) – this is an exact replica of a love heart sweet – the same size and everything, with a lovely silver plated finish. It’s a cute little keepsake gift to show someone how much you care.

This little Heart Trinket Dish (£6.95 at Prezzybox) is another fantastic bargain gift. It’s small enough to hold in the palm of your hand, and just the right size to keep small jewellery items like rings and bracelets together. The ‘Love You to the Moon and Back’ quote is a lovely touch for Valentine’s day.

Another stunning jewellery item is this Milan City Bracelet Stack (£155.00 at Annie Haak) – this super dainty stack of five sterling silver bracelets has a selection of tiny charms hanging from them, and can also be customised with an initial of your choice.

For something fun, what about this Red Face Purse (£15.00 at Emma Lomax) – this cute little fabric purse is adorned with striking lips and eyelashes, and comes in either red or pink. It’s also just the right size for carrying your cards and change.

I also wanted to include this Napoli Red Leather Journal (£32.99 at Pen Heaven) perfect for those that like to keep a written journal, or for someone that’s always writing down notes, this handmade leather jour name features a wrap-round cover, traditional gilded pages, and a heart symbol has been embossed in gold leaf in the bottom right corner, making it an ideal romantic gift.

And lastly of course, the amazing Love Carnival Light (£27.50 from Find Me a Gift) – this would make such a fun and unusual gift for someone who’s into home accessories. I love how the bright red stands out so much, and I think this is going to end up living in my conservatory 🙂

So there we have it! I hope this has given you some inspiration whether you’re buying or hoping to receive this Valentine’s day. Please also keep your eye out for my next two gift guide posts which will be coming up very soon.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: NEW Nip & Fab Concentrated Skincare Shots

Posted on January 25, 2017

Hi Guys!

It’s been while since I’ve had Nip & Fab on the blog – for those not familiar, Nip & Fab is basically Rodial’s little sister, offering effective and affordable skincare solutions aimed at a slightly younger market.

They’ve just launched a brand new range of four skincare ‘shots’ – which are basically concentrated serums and oils, designed for specific skincare concerns. To use them you just add a ‘shot’ to your favourite moisturiser or serum before applying to the skin – easy.

Firstly we have the Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot – perfect for those looking for a boost of luminosity, the Glycolic Fix Radiance Shot contains glycol acid to retexture and resurface the skin, fruit acids to stimulate skin cell renewal, and amino acid derivatives to reduce the appearance of pigmentation. These exfoliating acids work to reveal a natural looking luminescent glow whilst aloe vera and allantoin care for the skin.

The Kale Fix Protecting Shot – is a lovely lightweight, hydrating serum that’s definitely one to try if you suffer with dry and dull looking skin. The Kale Fix Protecting Shot contains a selection of vitamins (including B5, C and E), as well as kale extract and pronalen bio, to reinforce the skin, protect against environmental pollutants, and provide deep nourishment and boosted defence.

The Viper Venom Fix Blurring Shot – is perfect for those looking to hide visible pores and smooth out fine lines. It contains 5x concentrated Syn-Ake to smooth and soften the skin, soft focus powders to give a matt finish with an instant blurring effect, and a tightening complex gives and immediate lifting effect, resulting in flawless, silky-smooth skin.

And lastly the Bee Sting Fix Repairing Shot – this is a lightweight, nourishing oil that promises to repair and boost damaged and dry skin. It contains bee venom to help plump and firm the appearance of the skin, royal jelly to condition and repair, and hyaluronic acid to intensely hydrate.

I’ve been trying to decide which would be best for my skin, and I’ve gone with the Kale Fix Protecting Shot (yep, dry and dull skin over here) – I’ve only just started using this but it really seems to be doing the job so far, leaving my skin feeling hydrated and nourished, and giving my complexion a ‘boost’. If you’re looking to amp up your skincare this January without breaking the bank, you should definitely check these out.

The full range of Nip & Fab Shots are available now from £19.99 each at ASOS.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Beauty: Skincare Favourites from Beauty Bay

Posted on January 23, 2017

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Hi Guys!

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend 🙂 Just before Christmas I received a rather lovely surprise package from Beauty Bay, which was filled with a selection of their skincare favourites for me to try out and share with you. They included a fantastic range of brands covering varying price points – I hope you enjoy!

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First up we have the Colleen Rothschild Radiant Cleansing Balm (£46.00) – Colleen Rothschild is a new brand to me, and this luxurious sounding cleansing balm promises to melt away daily impurities, waterproof makeup and decongests pores – which is exactly what my skin needs.

The Radiant Cleansing Balm has a lovely aromatic scent which helps to calm and decongest, whilst soothing and rejuvenating the senses. It contains Lipexel to combat dehydration, Black Seed Oil for antioxidant protection and Moringa Oil to restore luminosity to the complexion. I’ve tried this a couple of times now and I have to say I love it! The balm is wonderfully thick and rich feeling, and it does a great job of removing makeup, leaving skin feeling cleansed and soft to the touch.

And the Sister & Co Cold Pressed Raw Coconut Oil (£6.95) – now I must admit I never quite got on the Coconut Oil bandwagon when the fad first started a couple of years ago. I know you can use coconut oil for pretty much anything – a moisturiser, makeup remover, an additive to cooking, you can spread it on your toast, or even use around the house for various things (just Google it and you’ll see there are endless uses for coconut oil). I have to say I love the fact that this is a single, simple, natural product, that offers so many varying uses. It’s naturally high in Vitamin E, and also contains Lauric and Capric Acid which provide anti-ageing, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. I’ve started using this on some dry patches of skin on my arms and it really is working wonders!

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And while we’re talking about coconuts, I also have the Body Blendz Coconut Delight Scrub (£19.95) – it seems that body scrubs are having a bit of a moment right now, and this scrub from Body Blendz is perfect for those who suffer with cellulite, eczema, acne and dehydrated skin. I should mention that though this is named ‘Coconut Delight’ it’s actually a coffee based scrub, and smells like coffee – which really is very nice as I LOVE the smell of coffee.  This scrub promises to nourish the epidermis without leaving a greasy residue, whilst lifting away traces of impurities and diminishing the signs of ageing.

And I also have the Original Mineral 7 day Miracle Moisture Masque (£28.00) – ok so it’s not skincare, but it’s not every day I get to try out a £28 hair mask so I wanted to mention it! The O&M Day Mircale Moisture Masque is a deeply hydrating treatment mask designed for damaged and dehydrated hair. You’re advised to use this on a weekly basis to keep your locks silky smooth and feeling fabulous, and the formula contains Argan Oil to smooth away frizz and soften hair, Macadamia Oil to moisturise, and Natural Silica to give hair a glossy finish.

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Next we have the Nugg Lip Mask (£9.49) – now I’ve used this product before, so I already know it’s a winner! The Nugg Intense Lip Boosting Mask contains Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Liquorice Root Complex to nourish, moisturise and plump the lips, whilst diminishing the appearance of fine lines, creases and wrinkles. If you suffer with dry lips like I do, I highly recommend you try this!

And the Cellex-C Hydra 5 B Complex (£44.00) – this rather unassuming looking bottle has actually turned out to be one of my favourite products. The Cellex-C Hydra 5 B-Complex is an oil-free clear gel containing an extremely high percentage of hyaluronic acid, as well as Vitamin B-5 to instantly give your skin a silky smooth texture, and therefore providing a perfect base for make-up. This gel promised to give you noticeably smoother, more radiant looking skin within 3-6 weeks. I’ve been using this for around a month now and my skin is absolutely loving it, and I actually think I can physically see the difference it’s made. This is definitely a winner in my books.

The award winning Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (£29.75) is a natural anti-ageing treatment which promises to resurrect the skin whilst you sleep. This Nourishing Night Cream stimulates collagen production by up to 92%, and replenishes the skin with essential Fatty Acids and naturally high contents of Vitamins A & C. It also contains active Manuka Honey to soothe the skin, and Vinanza Grape helps to neutralise free radical damage whilst improving elasticity and firmness and preventing moisture loss.

And the Colleen Rothschild Mandelic Acid Radiance Serum (sample) – back to Colleen Rothschild, this complexion perfecting serum works to rid the skin’s surface of imperfections. It delivers an intense hit of naturally enhanced hydration which absorbs quickly into the epidermis releasing an array of skin perfecting benefits such as reduced fine lines, diminished dark spots and anti-inflamed acne.

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And lastly the Yes to Tomatos Detoxifying Charcoal Facial Wipes (£5.00) – now I know this isn’t going to go down well, but I am a fan of face wipes… I just love how handy they are. But I have to say, black charcoal wipes are a new one to me! These Detoxifying Charcoal Wipes are exclusive to Beauty Bay and promise to help rid the complexion of impurities as well as stubborn makeup and dirt, leaving you looking and feeling completely refreshed. The charcoal helps to remove impurities, and tomatoes offer antioxidant properties – and they really do work well, leaving skin feeling cleansed and fresh.

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I’d love to hear if you’ve picked anything up from Beauty Bay recently? I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

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.