16 Dec 2014

Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Favourites

Jurlique 12 Days of Glow

As many of you know I’m a big fan of Jurlique skincare. So I was thrilled when they asked me to be a part of their #12DaysofGlow campaign, which also Involves some of my favourite bloggers including Pixiwoo and Tales of a Pale Face to name a few. I’m day 9, if you want to see the other reviews click this link #12DaysofGlow (after you have read mine of course).

Being in my late 30’s the lovely skincare experts at Jurlique matched me up to their limited edition Purely Age Defying Gift Set* which is one of their skincare ranges aimed at people 35+, it targets the first visible signs of ageing. Its skincare that helps promote the regeneration of Elastin, Collagen and New Skin Cells, to keep your skin glowing and looking wonderful.

Before I talk about the products themselves I have to acknowledge the packaging for the Jurlique Gift Sets, they look luxurious and utterly beautiful. The gift set has a lovely festive red sleeve that slips off to reveal a beautiful gift box. The box is wood effect & is of great quality, its a box that you will be able to reuse and keep your treasures in. I know I will be keeping mine, its too pretty not too.

Jurlique Christmas Gift SetJurlique Purely Age-Defying Favourites Jurlique Festive Packaging

Inside you get 3 full size products from the Purely Age-Defying Range. So it is a great introduction to the range.

Jurlique Purely Age Defying Ultra Firm and Lift Cream*

This is a luxurious feeling face cream, it comes in a beautiful white frosted glass jar with a contrasting black lid. The cream feels quite thick but it doesn’t sit heavy on the skin, when you first apply it to your face and neck it feels a little greasy but give it a minute and your skin will have absorbed it to leave you with a velvety soft finish. Its so nourishing and instantly smoothing. It contains powerful natural ingredients such as,

Yeast Extract helps to promote collagen synthesis and acts as a tissue restructuring and repair agent. Amino Acid Lipid Complex promotes skin remodeling and contraction of collagen fibers. Rock Samphire Extract supports skin density while reducing the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles. Beech Tree Bud Extract accelerates the production of fresh new cells.

So your skin will feel the benefit of all those wonderful powerful ingredients working to increase skin firmness, skin tone and hydration levels. After using this for almost 5 weeks I have noticed my skin is plumper, smoother and brighter. The thing you will notice almost straight away is that your skin looks smoother, thats why I think it makes the perfect base for foundation. It helps give you that flawless base.

Jurlique SkincarePurely Age-Defying Favourites

Jurlique Purely Age Defying Beauty Eye Cream*

This eye cream is a little thicker than the face cream but is just as easy to massage in, I do like to use this at night as when I do I wake up with almost no puffiness around my eyes, the skin looks less dehydrated and that means my fine lines are on the decrease! That makes me very happy. I do suffer from fine lines when my under eyes are dehydrated and having an eye cream that helps combat that means my concealer sinks into my lines less & my eyes show less signs of fatigue.

This eye cream is formulated with Blue Algae Extract and Baobab Fruit Pulp Extract which increases skin firmness to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Jurlique’s renowned Eyebright Extract is blended with Arnica to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles whilst Vitamin C protects the delicate skin from environmental aggressors.

I would say if you have very sensitive eyes this may irritate them, as it has quite a noticeable herbal scent, its been fine for me and I’ve experienced no stinging or irritation, just something to note if you’re normally sensitive to fragranced skincare around your eyes.

Jurlique Purely Age Defying Firming Face Oil*

Now this is the jewel in the crown for me, I love the other two products in this set & think they work well together but I’m just in love this the Face Oil. I love how little product you need and how soft it leaves my skin feeling. In the evening I can’t wait to cleanse my makeup off just so I can put this on and let it work its magic (although its not magic its science). In the morning my skin is looking its best (thats how best I can describe it). This oil is the key to a great skin day.

Like the other products in this range it contains powerful natural ingredients,

Jurlique’s Age Repair Biodynamic+ Blend helps to deeply replenish the skin and improve the skin tone whilst diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Purely Age Defying Firming Face Oil is also infused with a trio of potent anti-ageing ingredients; Blackcurrant Seed Oil helps to improve elasticity and firmness, Buriti Oil reduces fine lines and wrinkles and Rock Samphire Extract helps to support collagen synthesis and promotes a firmer complexion.

I love using face oils but this has worked its way to the top of the tree & I have been singing its praises for the past month. Although the visible results speak for themselves, I have had quite a few people say my skin is looking good & I have been putting it down to this range & in particular this oil. Its love.

Jurlique Skincare Set

This set would be an ideal gift for anyone 35+ who’s concerned about the first signs of ageing, or anyone that is looking for products that will keep their skin hydrated and improve both skin tone and hydration. This Purely Age-Defying Favourites Gift Set is £90 and available online here.

Jurlique have a gorgeous selection of Christmas Sets to suite everyones skin type & budget in their Christmas Shop.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

15 Dec 2014

Super Toning Body Polish

Balance Me Super Toning Body PolishBalance Me Skin Care

Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish* £18 for 150ml 

In the winter I find my skin looks a little dull and I often neglect to look after it as well, so over the past few months I have been paying more attention to my legs in particular and trying to use body scrubs to keep them looking their best and feeling smooth.

A couple of months ago Balance Me released their Super Toning Body Polish and I have been really enjoying using it.

‘Ground walnut shells and blackberry leaf extract work powerfully together to slough away dead skin cells, encourage cell renewal and feed skin with collagen and elastin-boosting properties while the signature Super Toning spa-inspired blend of naturally active essential oils (juniper, geranium, lavender and bergamot) purify the skin with every polish. The result is fabulously smooth, super slender skin that is firm, deeply detoxed and dimple free’.

I think it feels like a moisturiser with scrubbies in. So not only is your skin getting polished & feels smooth but it also feels moisturised and hydrated. The scrubbies are made of walnut shells so no plastic beads entering the oceans and harming the wildlife. The walnut shells offer just the right amount of exfoliation to help remove the dead skin and help keep your skin feeling so soft without being abrasive.

This is a great product for targeted results, like I said I have been using this on my legs & primarily my thighs as that is where I need the smoothing & toning & they are looking and feeling smooth and soft. There is no quick fix for toning fat (other than exercise & a good diet) but this is an added step that helps those problematic areas feel and look their best.

Let me know if you have tried this body polish or if yo have any other Balance Me recomendations.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

13 Dec 2014

Nails Inc Wigmore Street

Nails Inc Wigmore Street

This beautiful Nails Inc Polish came free with the December issue of Glamour. For a bargain price of £2 you get a great magazine (I love to read Glamour) and a Nails Inc Polish which has an RRP of £11. There were four polishes to pick from & truth be told I wanted them all but I have far too many polishes as it is, so I decided on this deep purple called Wigmore Street.

Wigmore Street is a true deep true purple shade. It is opaque in 2 coats, I found it easy to apply but It did take a while to dry in between coats. The brush was quite thin but it applied the polish nicely.  As with all Nails Inc polishes this is great quality and had good staying power, I took it off my nails after 4 days and there were no signs of chipping. I think I could have got a week of wear from this polish.

Nails Inc Wigmore RoadNails Inc Polish for Glamour Magazine

Let me know if you picked up this copy of glamour & what polish you picked.

11 Dec 2014

Ted Baker Christmas Treats

Ted Baker A Regency Romance Collection

Packaged ready to pop into the stocking of someone special this Regency Romance Collection from Ted Baker is just adorable. Reflecting the Britishness of Ted Baker this collection is a nod to Regency Britain and the packaging  features quintessentially English Regency House designs. It’s so pretty, not to mention the sweet bulldogs inside each box. What a lovely touch that is.

This Regency Romance Collection consists of three scents and each of the three scents has a matching Body Wash & Body Lotion. No 1 Bridlesmith Gate & No 1 Langley Court, No 2 Regents Square & Upperbrook Mews and No 3 Furburts Place & Brompton Crescent. They come in pretty pastel coloured packaging which is subtle and looks luxurious.

Ted Baker Packaging

I’ve been trying out two products from the range

No2 Upperbrook Mews Body Lotion*

With an air of lady-like glamour, sweet sugary tones of nude pink with neon accents are used to present the delightful No 2 collection. With a sumptuous mix of freesia, peach and amber, this Body Wash and Lotion will ensure you dazzle from morning to evening.

This is a lovely lightly scented body lotion, so its not going to take away from your perfume. It smells fresh, floral & quite sophisticated. I love that it has a pump, this makes it so easy to use and ensures you get just the right amount of product. It has a light creamy consistency and I like that the formula isn’t too thick it makes it easy to apply to your skin and it absorbs quickly too. I have been using it on my upper body more as I like how this lotion is light and not greasy on my skin. I tend to use a body oil on my legs as they get very dry.

No3 Brompton Crescent Body Wash*

Fragranced with a lavish blend of lemon, jasmine and amber crystal teamed with fresh shades of mint green, No 3 is a little touch of luxury that will leave you feeling royally pampered.

This is my favourite of the two scents I’ve tried, it smells floral and would be perfect for Spring & bright sunny mornings. The scent is uplifting and quite fragrant. If you like your body wash to lather up then this is for you, its leaves your skin feeling clean and soft. I have been using it most mornings as I refuse to accept Winter is here. This is my little slice of Spring. This also comes with a pump which is so convenient in the shower. I wish all body products came with a pump, that would make everything so much easier.

Ted Baker A Regency Romance

Ted Baker always release great collections and especially at Christmas. If you’re looking for a Secret Santa gift or just something beautiful but budget friendly then I recommend checking out this Regency Romance Collection. Its beautifully packaged and the scents I have tried would work well for anyone.

The new Ted Baker Regency collection is now available from selected Boots stores nationwide and online at www.boots.com

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

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