Relaxing at Christmas

Pre Christmas Pamper Evening

I think at some point during the festive period we all feel burnt out and a little overwhelmed by all the madness and chaos, its the perfect excuse to have a relaxing pre Christmas pamper session and Christmas Eve is the perfect time to do that.

A pamper session for me is all about using my favourite products and creating a relaxing space, even if its only for one stolen hour. Its amazing how great you can feel after taking some time for yourself. I always light candles (you can’t have a pamper session without candles) and put on some music, at the moment I’m listening to the Into The Wild soundtrack by Eddie Vedder its an album I associate with happy times so it always helps me feel calm.

Pre Christmas Pamper

What is your favourite Winter drink? This Whittards Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate* has been tried and tested by my friends and they highly recommend it. Its not Vegan so I can’t have it but I will be indulging in a Divine Hot Chocolate with lots of marshmallows in my all time favourite Mug from Anthropology. There is nothing more satisfying than using your favourite Mug. Its the little things that make me feel calm and relaxed and thats one of them!

A bath isn’t anything without a LUSH Bath Bomb and Cinders* is so festive and it smells incredible and festive. Also how beautiful is this Sanctuary gift tin, another brand I like and that is all about pampering and relaxing. In this Sanctuary Little Tin of Treats* you get a Cleansing Burst Body Wash, Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Wash, White Lily & Damask Body Wash and a beautiful Rose Body Polisher. So quite a selection, the Cleansing Burst is their signature scent and I just love it.

Face Masks are something I always forget to do or I end up running out of time but when I have a proper pamper session I love to put a face mask on an I have been using this Origins Original Skin Face Mask for the past few months its a 2 phase re texturising mask and it leaves my skin so smooth and soft. Its packed with lovely ingredients including Mediterranean Rose Clay and also has Canadian Willow Herb which are gentle and won’t irritate your skin.

My pamper evening products

Also with it being Christmas Eve I like to wash and style my hair so in the morning I just have to do very little to it and I can enjoy the day. I have unruly hair and if I leave it wet at night and go to sleep, I wake up with frizzy hair that won’t do what I want. So I like to blow dry my hair and straighten most of it but I also use my straighteners to add a effortless wave to the ends. It makes it look like I have styled it without being too put together. In the morning I normally re do a few of the waves and that takes no time at all. Not only are these BaByliss styling products a super cute colour but they did a great job at styling my hair and making it look Christmas Party ready –  BaByliss Straightener & Dryer Bundle

Do you indulge in a pre Christmas pamper & if so what products will you be using? Share your pamper session perfect picks with me

All products marked with an * were sent to me for my consideration

Liz Earle – QVC Today’s Special Value

Liz Earle - QVC Today Special Value

I am sure you’ve all heard of the QVC Today Special Value! British Skincare brand Liz Earle are celebrating their 20th anniversary and to continue the celebrations they will be presenting their biggest ever QVC Today’s Special Value on Sunday 25th October with The Best of Botanical Beauty Collection*. Its an incredible selection of Liz Earle products and fantastic for both loyal users and people who have been eager to try the brand.

Liz Earle have put together six botanical bestsellers and these are all full size products, in fact its even better than that because two of the products the Cleanse & Polish and Botanical Body Wash are new larger sizes and the new Cleanse and Polish 200ml with pump is exclusive to QVC. So thats very exciting!

Liz Earle QVC TSV

As I said this is Liz Earle’s biggest ever Today’s Special Value which is so exciting, You will save nearly £70 the content value is £119.00 but the QVC TSV price is just £49.96! Included in The Best of Botanicals Beauty Collection are the following products,

New & Exclusive Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 200ml pump

This is such an iconic product and this is a new larger size and it also comes with a pump which is exclusive to QVC. This is a rich cream formula and its gentle but effective at removing grime, makeup and even stubborn mascara. It leaves skin feeling extremely clean but also soft and smooth. You get 2 muslin cloths with this Cleanse and Polish and it also comes in this pretty festive Christmas canister so you can either keep it for yourself or give it to a loved one for Christmas.

Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml

This is a beautifully scented toner which refreshes and gently tones the skin without ever drying it out. I love using a toner and this one is very gentle and is one of my favourite products in this collection.

Skin Repair Moisturiser 50ml

This moisturiser is lightweight and perfect for the colder months. It will leave your skin feeling hydrated but not greasy. It has vitamin E, avocado oil and natural antioxidants, so its packed full of skincare benefits.

Liz Earle Skincare

Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion 150ml

This is a wonderful product for the morning as it is feels cool and refreshing on tired eyes. Its so soothing and its a step in my routine that I love. It contains aloe vera, witch hazel, cornflower and the herb eyebright.

Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash 500ml

This is a huge bottle and it smells botanical with a citrus twist, its gorgeous. It contains naturally active ingredients which include organic oats, natural source of vitamin E, orange flower water and 10 pure essential oils. This also has foaming agents derived from soap bark, corn, and coconut so its not going to dry your skin out. Oh & your bathroom will smell incredible after you have used this!

Nourishing Botanical Body Cream 200ml

This is quite a lightweight body cream and it left my skin feeling velvety soft. It is hydrating and enriched with nourishing West African shea butter and avocado oil. It has orange, lavender and rose scented geranium essential oils which make this product smell relaxing and quite delicate.

Botanical Essence No.20 Eau de Parfum 2ml

This is a brand new product and has been created to mark Liz Earle’s 20th anniversary. It is a spicy floral with a heart notes of Damask rose, jasmine and sandalwood. Its a very pretty scent and I love that it is a little spicy with a hint of floral notes.

Liz-Earle The Best of Botanical Beauty Collection

Contents Value: £119.00

QVC TSV Price: £49.96

Thats a huge saving and as I said you get 6 full sized products. This set goes on sale on QVC on Sunday 25th October & get your hands on this The Best of Botanical Beauty Collection. The products would make great gifts for family and friends. I have a feeling it will sell out very quickly so make sure you make a note of the date.

*PR Sample

Bloom With Harrods Beauty

Bloom With Harrods Beauty Spring GWP

If you like your skincare / makeup more on the side of luxury then this incredible Bloom With Harrods Beauty Gift With Purchase* is going to knock your socks off. This Spring Harrods are giving away one hefty GWP featuring a great selection of luxurious beauty must-haves worth up to £300, when you spend £250+ on skincare & beauty products. My mum was quite shocked with how much you had to spend to qualify for the offer but when we went through & added up how much the products she uses on a daily basis cost, she soon realised how quickly & easily she could spend £250.

So if your favourite highend foundation, moisturiser, perfume or indeed any beauty product is coming to an end & your looking to repurchase anytime soon, then NOW is the time to browse the Harrods beauty hall, either in store or online and get your hands on this beautiful exclusive offer. This Gift With Purchase is absolutely jam packed with luxurious treats and only available for a limited time.
Blooms With Harrods Beauty

So before you even get to peek inside this bag of treats you notice the pretty metallic rose gold makeup bag, its quite large, has two compartments  and is very well made, it would make the perfect travel makeup bag. I have no idea how Harrods have managed to squeeze all these beauty treats inside but you get up to 18 cult, luxurious and some of Harrods top selling beauty products. So many brands and products you will recognise.

A few of the items I’m most excited about are,

Rodial Dragon Blood Eye Masks Pack of 6 – I love using eye masks, they’re so good for giving your peepers a pick me up after a long flight or late night. I haven’t tried anything from Rodial but I have heard lots of good things about their Rodial range. These are designed to hydrate and refresh whilst also de puffing and giving an instantly bright eyed appearance.

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base 5ml – I have only heard positive things about the Burberry makeup range and it always looks so beautifully packaged. This is a multi tasking base that will protect, moisturise and illuminate your complexion. It can be used alone, as a primer or blended with foundation.

By Terry Baume De Rose 3g – I have had one of these super cute mini pots before & absolutely fell for the hype. I can 100% see why this is a cult favourite in the beauty world. This lipbalm is soothing, hydrating and nourishing, so your lips are getting quite the VIP treatment with this. Its so good to have this back in my makeup bag and I am going to enjoying using it.

Bloom With Harrods Beauty GWPHarrods Gift With Purchase

Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer 8ml – A great quality nail polish & a sweet Spring shade. This will be going straight on my toes. All I need now is for the weather to bring some sunshine & my feet will be flip flop ready.

Decléor Life Radiance – Double Radiance Scrub 15ml – A wonderful spa brand with an emphasis on quality, I have tried a few products from this brand & never been disappointed. This scrub combats dullness and restores radiance to your skin. Perfect for using during Summer when you want to wear a light base, this will help your skin look full of life & radiant.

Diptyque Roses Scented Candle 70g – This is my first Diptyque candle & its just beautiful. The scent is floral & fresh, so this is the perfect time of year to burn it. I was so very happy to see this included in the GWP. Its a mini version but still it will last a decent amount of time.

Eve Lom Cleanser & Muslin Cloth 30ml – This pioneering beauty balm was first introduced to the beauty industry 29 years ago, so it is a cult classic & very much at the forefront of balm cleansers. I am addicted to cleansing and think this will be so good at taking my makeup off and leaving my skin soft and clean.

Givenchy Phenomen’eyes Mascara 4g – This mascara has spherical brush designed to be precise and give you ultimate control over the brush. I love trying new mascaras, especially high end ones, so this is a very exciting addition to my makeup stash.

Kiehl’s Créme De Corps 30ml – I have used this quite a few times and have to say its one of the best body lotions out there. Its jam packed with so many skin beneficial ingredients including vitamins A & E, beta carotene and aloe vera. You apply this lotion to damp skin and you’re left with nourished, smooth & beautiful looking skin. This is 100% a body lotion you need to try.

Harrods Beauty GWP 2015

Products also included are,

Lancome Absolute Nuit Premium BX 15ml

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion De Rose Nourishing Oil 3ml

Natura Diamond Life Infusion Retinol Eye Serum 3ml

Philip Kingsley Ltd Edition Geranium & Neroli Elasticizer 40ml

Revive Moisturising Renewal Cream 5ml

Robert Piguet Rose Perfection De Robert Piguet 10ml Rollerball

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infiusing Concentrate 10ml

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 30ml

YSL Touche Éclat Blur Primer 10ml

Also to tie in with the Spring theme Harrods have included a cute Seed Bomb – so you can spread the love and grow some pretty Spring flowers. So if you’d like to get hold of this amazing Gift With Purchase you have until the end of May – so get shopping.

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.

BeautyCon London 2015

BeautyCon London 2015

I am sure everyone has heard of BeautyCon the YouTube convention which is normally held in America, well the good news is this is the first year that its heading to the UK & 23rd May 2015 sees the first BeautyCon London. Are you planning on attending? Sadly I will be in Scotland but I would have loved to attend and meet up with some of my blogging friends. BeautyCon was first launched in the US in 2012 and is dubbed a beauty, fashion and trend summit where content creators and viewers get the opportunity to share ideas, attend panels & interactive discussions, learn about new beauty products and get together as a community.BeautyCon London Guest List

London BeautyCon is playing host to some of my favourite YouTubers such as Caroline Hirons, Lily Pebbles, Helen Anderson & Vivianna Does Makeup. Click here if you’d like to see the full Guest List & Schedule for the day. General Admission is £35 but there are Pro Tickets £95 and Platinum Tickets £175 available too. So depending on what you want from the day you can pick your ticket.

BeautyCon is being held at the Olympia which is a huge exhibition centre on Hammersmith Road in London and it has a dedicated tube station – Kensington (Olympia) but if you need alternative tube options there is a more detailed travel guide here.

When I head to London I always like to make it into a weekend trip or at least a night away trip because there is always so much to do & by that I mean lots of shopping & eating to do. So if you’re heading down to BeautyCon on the 23rd May & are thinking of staying overnight why not stay in a Holiday Inn, they have three hotels quite close to the venue. The closest & within walking distance is Kensington Forum, whilst Regents Park and Bloomsbury are a short distance away. I have stayed in quite a few Holiday Inn Hotels & they’ve always been affordable, friendly and comfortable.

If you want a peek as to what you can expect from the day then here is a look at BeautyCon past events.

So are you heading down for BeautyCon & making a weekend out of it. Let me know who you’re excited to see & what you’re hoping to get out of the experience.

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