8 Jan 2014
At the beginning of October I was invited by ESPA to the Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazar in Liverpool to hear all about their wonderful Optimal Skin Pro Serum*.
This serum isn’t targeted at any specific age range or skin type, they have developed it to have so many skin benefits for all ages and skin concerns. It is jam packed full of skin benefits,
- Turmeric – to enhance skin radiance, brighten and even skin tone
- Rose Hip and Echium Oil – to promote healthy beautiful looking skin
- White Lupin – to powerfully increase elasticity and skin firmness
- Kalpariane Seaweed Extract – to lock in vital moisture
- Sunflower Seed – to actively strengthen skin and protect
- Vitamin E and Evening Primrose Oil – to protect and regenerate skin cells
- Balloon Plant – to lovingly calm and comfort
- Rose and Patchouli Essential Oils – to gently soothe and balance.
I’ve noticed my skin has been looking bright and blemish free and over winter that’s not something I can usually say. I’ve been using this ProSerum since October 1st at least 3/4 times a week. I don’t solely use it at night as it works well when I put a little under my moisturiser in the morning, It isn’t greasy at all, my skin just drinks it up, it is very hydrating. Even having quite oily skin I find this doesn’t make me look shiny or oily.
This serum has slotted well in to my skincare regime and added a step which gives my skin alot of nourishment and helps to calm the redness in my cheeks and keep my skin looking healthy and bright. It has been quite the winter saviour this year. The ProSerum is available from www.espaskincare.com or in store at Harvey Nichols or Liberty. £48 for 30ml.
I made a few cheeky purchases whilst at the ESPA counter and one thing I treated myself to was the Essential Clay Mask. I’ve enjoyed it alot. The ESPA consultant recommended that I use the serum under the mask for an extra boost and this works so well. The Mask itself is great at clearing congestion and keeping excess oil at bay. I suffer with both so this mask was a welcomed addition to my weekly Sunday night pamper. The mask doesn’t dry hard on your face, it stays quite creamy and is cooling whilst on the face. This mask costs £27.50 for 55ml.
The packaging of all the ESPA products is so luxurious and I love that they incorporate the colour purple in their bottles and packaging as it is such a warm pretty colour & their products look great in my bathroom (always a bonus).
It is a brand I want to try more from in 2014 and I want to visit their counter in Liverpool for a relaxing facial and a consultation.
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.
12 Dec 2013
I was thrilled to be invited to the Samsara Skin Christmas Party at the Custard Factory in Birmingham last Saturday. If you don’t know Samsara is a Skin Clinic in Birmingham that is owned by two lovely bloggers Andy & Jess. They have a no nonsense approach to skincare and very much believe in using natural products and treatments to achieve long term results instead of short term fixes. I have been reading Andy, The Pampared Prince’s blog since I started blogging myself so it was so nice to finally meet him in the flesh and also Jess who blogs at Spoilt Face. They are both utterly gorgeous and so welcoming.
I met Sophia from Tattooed Tea Lady at the station, she is as lovely as I imagined. We have also chatted for almost 2 years now & started our blogs at the exact same time. We chatted like old friends and I was so pleased to finally meet her. The event was held in the perfect venue, it was open plan, calm and very laid back with touches of Christmas.
After Andy & Jess had said a few words and explained their vision for the day we all chatted for a while over a collagen shot cocktail and got to know each other. Everyone there was friendly and keen to get involved.
I met the beautiful Elijah Choo founder of Bodhi, a brand I had heard of & recognised but never tried anything from. We were in for a treat as Elijah explained the fundamentals of how to make a fragrance using base, heart and top notes, he let us smell so many essential oils from his collection and discussed the their benefits. Elijah spoke with such passion and knowledge it was infectious and I am eager to learn more about what ingredients are in not only my skincare but also my perfume and makeup too.
After learning about what makes up a fragrance we were allowed to make our own. Choosing from a wide selection of essential oils and I picked these three main oils. My fragrance ended up smelling so festive!
It was a luxury having Elija as our teacher and being able to have this time with him, he was so interesting and I loved the fragrance I made. Ive been wearing it ever since.
Andy & Jess had organised a Vegan buffet for us from the Warehouse Cafe, it was delicious and we also had an array of loose leaf tea to drink. I was in food heaven. There is always time for a cup of tea!
After taking time out to enjoy lunch & lots more chatter, Andy & Jess showed us how to make face masks using raw natural ingredients and products. This was amazing. I had no idea it was so easy & quick, I will be stocking up on Manuka Honey, oatmeal and rosewater as these are all perfect for calming the skin. They explained that you can do a quick 5 minute rescue mask just before you head on a night out to get your skin looking fresh and glowing. I’m going to try making my own so keep an eye out for that!
I felt like I had been to a skincare & fragrance masterclass and felt very privileged. I want to thank Elijah, Andy & Jess for being the perfect hosts and taking the time out to host this wonderful party. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas x
Andy & Jess were generous enough to give us a goodybag and we received a Collagen Mask from Collagen Shots, Viridian Raw Coconut Oil, orange, cinnamon and clove candle from Almost Edible and Bodhi Jasmine Falls moisturiser and a gift voucher for a facial at the Samsara Skin Clinic (so excited about that).
I also treated myself to my first Bodhi product, their Neroli Luce Revitalising Face Serum. I am very excited to try this out. I have heard great things about this & Elijah recommended it.
31 Aug 2013
A couple of weeks ago I went with my lovely friend Hayley who blogs over at Hayley From Home to the Manchester #midsummermeet blogging event. It was so nice to be invited to an event in Manchester and I was amazed to see how many lovely bloggers came, the venue was jam-packed.
The event was hosted by My Bag, All Sole and Look Fantastic – it was in the Walrus Bar and Lounge which I have walked past so many times but never ventured in. We were greeted by the beautiful Hannah & given a drink token, so it was straight to the bar for me. I recognised a few bloggers and it’s always nice to see a familiar face, Anastasia, Jodie, Lily Kitten, and Imogen are all lovely ladies (check them out if you have chance). I also had a moment when I met both Miss Budget Beauty and A Thrifty Mrs, I had to have a word with my 35-year-old self to get a grip. They were amazing and friendly and I managed to hold a conversation!
The evening was very well organised and we had lots of treats in store. So many lovely brands were there promoting and demonstrating their products. Hayley and I had a lot of fun testing makeup and chatting to the PR’s. Nails Inc were their doing manicures – understandably they were so busy that I didn’t have time to have mine done, but from what I saw they were doing amazing things & we did receive one of their gel polishes in our goody bags.
The beautiful ladies from Benefit were there doing mini makeovers and promoting their new Rockateur Box Blush, I need to get my hands on this, it is so pretty. Benefit also did a demonstration on how to contour and highlight, I learnt some great tips.
I also spied the Moroccan Oil Hair Care stand and I had a hair consultation from their friendly staff – they both confirmed my hair needed more volume & I agree 100%. I was given some amazing samples to take away and try. I’m very excited as I haven’t tried any thing from Moroccan Oil but have heard some very positive reviews from other bloggers. I also had no idea they had such an extensive range of products.
A brand called SHOW Beauty were there doing a hair demonstration. I’d never heard of this brand before but loved their demo & the hair model looked so glamorous. Her hair was put into sexy curls using a few products from their range. This is a luxury hair care range from Tamara Ecclestone and is sold in Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Harrods. Not only are the products luxurious but the packaging is sleek, pretty and very sexy.
I had a wonderful night filled with meeting lovely brands and bloggers and was thrilled to be invited. I didn’t get home until very late and saved looking in my goody bag until I was home & I was stunned to see how many beautiful and exciting products we were given to try. I squealed with excitement.
If you search for the hashtag #midsummermeet you will see more posts & tweets from the event.
7 Aug 2013
Last night I was lucky enough to attend a Kiehl’s event at the Selfridges store in Manchester. I am loving that we’re seeing more events up North as it is so nice to connect with other bloggers and hear about brands and their products. The evening was focused around Kiehl’s latest skincare release which is called Skin Rescuer and thats targeted at people whose skin has signs of stress and fatigue (I think we all may be in need of this).
We first heard from Paul who gave us a little insight into the history of the brand and some of their hero products. Quite a few of which I’ve tried & love. Then we heard from Jen about the new Skin Rescuer and she spoke with such passion and knowledge about the product that we were all won over (she had AMAzing skin). I’m excited to try it out and give you all my opinion, so watch this space for quite a few Kiehls reviews.
There is a lovely classic chemist feel to Kiehl’s stores and their brand began back in 1851 in New York City. They have never paid for advertising, all of their reputation comes from amazing service and word of mouth. I’ve always had first class service from the stores I’ve visited so it’s so surprising that they let their products speak for themselves. Oh & have you met Mr Bones? he is legendary.
Their products range from Skincare – serums, moisturiser, lipbalms to haircare, bodycare and even mens products too. They have most bases covered. I am popping back in later this month without makeup on so I can have a proper skin consultation and learn what products my skin would benefit most from. Kiehl’s offer this in all of their stores so if you can take advantage of some free skincare advice. I will let you know how I get on. I already have my eye on one of their exfoliators.
The Skin Rescuer is a product that Kiehl’s have been working on for a while and it is for targeting the signs of stress on your skin. Stress that causes breakouts / inflammation, dull skin / fatigue and dryness. It has four key ingredients Rosa Gallica Extract – to limit the impact of stress on the skin. Mannose – a sugar that helps protect and maintain the skins barrier function & leave your skin less vulnerable. Chamomile Extract (the only one I’d heard of) helps sooth and comfort skin and the final ingredient is Squalane – this is to replenish and hydrate skin. Its all very scientific. I am going to put it to the test on my dull, angry skin and see how it fairs. This retails for £29.50 for 75ml.
We were given lovely goody bags at the event and I am thrilled to be able to try all of these wonderful products.
Thank you for having me Kiehl’s, I am looking forward to giving all these products a whirl. Let me know what you would recommend from Kiehl’s. I love their Ultra Facial Moisturizer.
28 Nov 2012
On Tuesday night I joined about 40 other bloggers at an event in Harvey Nichols Manchester where we sipped on bubbly ate Macaroons and got to browse / shop the lovely makeup counters. Each of the counters were offering something different. You could find your perfect red lip at Chanel, learn how to get the perfect smokey eye at Stila or have an Elemis Skin Consultation (wish I’d had enough time to do that).
Bobbi Brown, Creme De La Mere and Rodial all gave talks / demonstrations. They gave an overview of their brands and spoke a little about their best-selling products. The lady from Bobbi Brown focused on their skincare & spoke about wearing a bold lip during the winter. Rodial introduced us to their Snake Mask, BB Cream and Fake Tan. The Snake Mask is now on my wish list, that stuff looks amazing. Creme De La Mere spoke passionately about skincare and the importance of using the right routine for your age. Bit out of my price range but it was interesting none the less.
I’ve recently booked a holiday to San Francisco so was on a total spending ban but I really enjoyed looking at the new Christmas releases and meeting some lovely bloggers.
Ashleigh from Belles n Bows getting a Smokey eye – courtesy of Stila
Victor & Rolf Display
Bobbi Brown demonstration
Creme De La Mere skincare talk
Anastasia of Dainty Desires red lip courtesy of Chanel
Rodial BB Cream demonstration
I would like to say a huge thankyou to Katie Atkinson for organising this event I had a lovely time. Also here are blog links to some of the ladies I met there. Dainty Desires, Palindrome Poppet, Belles n Bows, Jodie Wynyan and Miss Danielle
If you attended please link me to your post.