10 Sep 2014

ESPA Optimal Body TriSerum

ESPA TriSerum

The ESPA Optimal TriSerum* is the ultimate luxury for your body, we always spend the money on lotions and potions for our face but often the rest of our body misses out. This offering from ESPA is designed to give you naturally radiant beautiful skin. Also I must say that from the purple packaging through to the serum itself everything feels very luxurious.

ESPA have combined the potent power of a serum with the rich nourishment of Omega Oils (3,6,9), this advanced TriActive™ formula harnesses some of nature’s most effective plant, marine and essential oil extracts to deliver optimal results.

I like that this comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a spray top which makes applying it to your body very easy indeed and It doesn’t spray out too much product at once. So you won’t waste any product. I tend to use this after a bath, I spray it on to my skin focusing on my thighs and décolleté . I use it mostly on those areas because of the skincare benefits such as,

Turmeric Root helps even skin-tone and pigmentation to suffuse skin with youthful radiance, Balloon Plant soothes and calms, whilst Seaweed helps boost firming collagen and elastin for beautifully soft, smooth and supple skin. So you get a whole host of skin benefit from this TriSerum which is so exciting especially as we all spend so much money & time looking after the skin on our face and often our body gets a little overlooked.

Luxurious Body Oil

ESPA

This TriSerum is so much lighter than a body oil and after you’ve massaged it in you’re left with smooth, glowing, beautiful looking skin. It does give your skin a glow but it doesn’t look or feel greasy because it is a serum rather than an oil it sinks in quite quickly and feels very comfortable.

This serum smells incredible & if you’ve tried their Optimal Skin ProSerum then you will be pleased to know this has the same luxurious soothing scent. I love it & would wear the perfume if they sold it.

This is a luxurious pampering product that will also give your skin long lasting benefits that you can see and feel. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying using it and I try to use it sparingly because it is so luxurious so I have been using it more of a targeted treatment on specific areas. You can use this serum in a number of ways,

• Spritz as a quick, light body oil when you are pressed for time or travelling
• Layer beneath your body moisturiser as a targeted treatment
• Use on specific areas of concern as an active targeted boost

ESPA Optimal Body TriSerum £38.00

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.

7 Sep 2014

My Holiday Skincare – Amsterdam Edit

At the end of August I spent a week in Amsterdam, its a city I have visited a couple of times before & I just love it there. Its such a beautiful and vibrant city. I thought I would share with you my travel skincare. I must say I was very pleased with myself as I normally over pack & this time I was determined to pack light & take samples and sachets which I had been hoarding for a while now.

First up is my blue and white polka dot Dirty Works wash bag, this was so handy as I was able to hang it up in my hotel bathroom & have easy access to all of my toiletries. It has two small compartments & a much larger one at the bottom with a zip.
Travel Skincare

Skincare for Amsterdam

My Amsterdam Skincare

Travel Skincare

In the top compartment I had:-

Bath & Body Works Hand Sanitiser in Vanilla Berry Sorbet. I never leave home without one of these bottles & once in Amsterdam I transferred it to my handbag.

Essence Makeup Wipes* – I used these as hand wipes & found them very useful. I used all 15 wipes throughout the week

Razor / Tweezers / Hair Bobble & Earbuds – All necessities.

Amsterdam Skincare sample s

In the middle compartment are my sachets & I had been hoarding so many. They’re perfect for holiday.

I took 7 Kleenex Face Cloths instead of my normal muslin cloths as they took up less space and I didn’t have to bring them back in my suitcase. These Kleenex Face Cloths have been discontinued

Estee Lauder Stress Relief Eye Mask – I love using eye masks & these ones are so hydrating and calming. I also took a set of the DHC Revitalising Moisture Strips Eyes – Another pack of eye masks. I like to sleep in these ones, so when I wake up my under eyes look fresh and my concealer doesn’t sink into my fine lines.

Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Sheet Mask – These are so nice after a long day sight seeing and just keep your skin looking plump and hydrated. It’s cooling on the skin and once you take the mask off you can pat in the remaining Hydraluron (don’t want to waste that).

Bio Beaute NUXE – I didn’t need to use this Moisturiser so I have it saved for my next trip

Kiehl’s Rosa Arctica Lightweight Cream – This was a very lightweight moisturiser and it had a velvet finish. It wore very well under my foundation. I’m tempted to purchase the full size of this.

Garnier Ultra Lift Moisturiser – I like how smoothing and hydrating this Garnier cream is. It always makes my skin feel instantly soft.

Amsterdam Skincare Essentials

Garnier Mineral Invisible Deodorant – I normally use a natural deodorant which is in a glass bottle & didn’t want to take that away so bought this Garnier one. It was good but I do prefer to use a natural one & didn’t bring this back home with me.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Gradual Tanner - LOVE the sun kissed glow this gives. It looks so even and natural. Its one of my favourite discoveries of 2014. I couldn’t go away without it. It helps my legs look 100% better than they usually do.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Lotion – This smells lovely & grown up. It was the perfect size for 7 days & I used it all up in that time.

Skincare Samples

Batiste Dry Shampoo – No one wants greasy hair! I always have a mini can for when I travel. It’s not my favourite dry shampoo but it does a good job.

Tresemme Heat Defence – Just a good lightweight heat protector. Since having my haircut short I do use heat a more often than I used to so I had to bring this with me to stop my hair drying out & I will purchase the full size.

Elemis Revitalise Me Shampoo & Conditioner – These were really nice and hydrating and left my hair feeling nourished and glossy.

Moroccanoil Treatment Oil – This is very nourishing and helps keep frizz at bay. I like how smooth and silky my hair feels after using this.

Travel Skincare

Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth  Face Balm – This is a lovely gentle balm cleanser with tiny granules in so it exfoliates away all the dead skin and leaves your skin feeling very smooth. It also removes every last scrap of makeup so you’re skin feels very clean and fresh. I loved using this each night and will purchase the full size.

Radical Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum* – I love this serum & it keeps my skin looking glowing and healthy. I save it for special occasions & holiday.

Bioderma – Can we just have a moment for how cute this mini bottle is. I like using this to remove my eye makeup as its gentle and you don’t have to rub at your eye.

Merumaya Treatment Toner* – After a long day sight seeing and being in the elements this helped to keep my skin hydrated, bright and feeling soft. It feels very fresh on the skin and has that recognisable Merumaya scent (which I love).

ESPA Optimal Skin Pro Serum – The only product I used on my face over night & I LOVE this serum so much. If you need to wake up with skin that looks well rested and very healthy then this is the serum for that job. It is like great skin in a bottle. I don’t think I have used a serum / oil that is this nourishing. I only have good things to say about it & could go on all day. I have spoke about it many times on my blog.

Murad Essential C Eye Cream – This wasn’t very gentle & stung my eyes. I have used a couple of other products from this range & really liked them but this eye cream wasn’t a hit for me & after 2 days I stopped using it.

Apivita Face Cream SPF50 – This didn’t break me out & wasn’t too greasy. It was quite thick when I first applied it but after It was massaged in it felt nice on my skin & I like to wear SPF50 on my face. Even though we had mostly rain you can never be too careful.

Let me know if you think I managed to pack light for a weeks holiday. Also let me know what you take away with you.

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

14 Aug 2014

My Top 5 Products From The Dream Box

When British Beauty Blogger released her latest beauty box I was ready & waiting to snap one up. I had missed out on the previous 2 boxes and after seeing what goodies were jam packed into those ones I had to bag this latest one for myself. If you want to see the full contents of that box you can click here. On The Dream Box Jane teamed up with beauty box experts Latest in Beauty & from what I have heard there is another box in the making. So keep your eyes peeled for a release date.

My good friend Becki who blogs over at Life Looks Perfect posted about her top 5 products from the box, I thought it was such a great idea, she inspired me to do the same. So make sure you pop over & check out Becki’s top products & see if we picked any the same.

The Dream Box Top 5 Products

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara £19

This mascara makes your lashes look so good! I found the formula quite wet at first so I had to make sure I didn’t apply too much product & get clumping. If you take your time you can get the brush right in to each individual lash & apply mascara from base to tip, this gives you great volume and by coating each lash your lashes look thick & so fluttery. You can really build this up to look dramatic, its a lovely very intense black mascara that wears well throughout the day, no fall out or crispy lashes. I’m kind of in love. Oh & if you like big mascara brushes you will love this one. I’d say this lives up to it’s claims.

Janjira Thai Lime & Ginger Hand Wash £16 for 250ml

This was the first product I used from the entire box & I instantly liked it. I have naturally very dry hands and find that hand wash can be drying and I need lashings of hand cream after using them. This Janjira one was not like that at all, it was quite a thick gel on consistency and was easy to massage in to your hands, you could smell the ginger straight away & it smelt so good. It was easy to rinse and left my hands feeling clean, soft and most importantly to me was they were not dry. I could still smell the ginger scent & a little hint of lime too, this is a luxurious treat your your hands and I very much enjoyed using it & I’m tempted to buy the full size, which actually comes in a bottle with a pump which is very handy and will be easier to use.

Elemis Treat Your Feet Foot Cream £6.00 for 20ml

This foot cream has been used a lot during the heat wave, I love to wear sandals and so I like my feet to be Summer ready. This was a nice treat to apply at night on my feet and by morning my feet were soft, no dry skin and ready for my Summer shoes. If you don’t like the feeling of a greasy cream on your feet then you should give this Elemis one a go as it sinks in to your feet quickly and won’t leave them feeling slippy/greasy. Its perfect for keeping your feet looking their best in your Summer Shoes.

Essie Fashion Playground

I’m so happy that I received this colour in my box as it is a pretty subtle pistachio green colour. It is easy to wear and looks pretty under a glitter top coat too. Two coats will give you an opaque finish but you have to wait for each coat to fully dry otherwise it looks a little streaky. I have worn this quite a bit since getting it & I’m tempted to wear it on my upcoming holiday as its not to bright and will go with everything.

Benefit Its Potent Eye Cream £25.50 for 14.2g

I have used this all up & loved it. It was hydrating and was a great base for my under eye concealer. It was light enough for a day cream but still gave me the hydration I needed. I found that my concealer didn’t sink in to my fine lines as much because this cream helped smooth them out. I wouldn’t say it helped reduce dark circles but I think mine are from a considerable lack of sleep. I was very happy with this pot & would love to but the full size. I might have to ask for the skincare gift set for my birthday.

Let me know if you snapped up this box & what your top 5 products were?

 

13 Aug 2014

Nivea Sun Protect & Bronze Giveaway

I’m excited to be teaming up with Nivea to give ten of my readers the chance to win one of their Nivea Sun Protect & Bronze Face Cream with SPF30. So if you’re in need of some holiday sun protection or if you are like me and never leave home without sun protection on then why not enter to win.

Nivea Giveaway

NIVEA SUN Protect & Bronze Face Lotion offers immediate sun protection. Formulated specifically for the face, it also contains a natural plant extract to help activate the skin’s natural tanning process. Therefore, even those with pale skin can achieve a healthy glow whilst sunning sensibly. SPF – SPF30 combined with the light feeling and texture makes it the perfect facial protection for summer’s hot and humid weather & this formula is water resistant too.

Also this Facial SPF from Nivea offers you UVA & UVB protection so you’re protecting your face not only from burning but also from the signs of premature ageing. Remember to apply at least a teaspoon amount to your face and neck & also to reapply throughout the day to ensure you are giving your skin the best protection.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

T&C -

Open to UK residents Only

You must be over 18 or have your parents/guardians approval to take part

The 10 winners will be picked at random using Raffelcopter

Only one product per winner & there will be ten winners

I will contact the winners via email on 19/08/14  & Nivea will be posting the prize out to you

A new winner will be selected if you do not respond within 4 days

Nivea have kindly provided the prizes

Good Luck

11 Aug 2014

Delving In To My Sample Stash #2

I’m still working my way through my sample stash, if you want to read my first post you can click here. I have been routing in the sample drawer and picked out a couple of new things to try. It’s like going shopping without spending any money. I have also looked out a few things from the sample drawer to take with me on holiday next week. So keep an eye out for that post

Raiding My Sample Stash

First up are two travel brushes one from Eco Tools (pink handle) which is from their Fresh & Flawless Set & is ideal for applying bronzer & blush. I love this brush it is so soft & just the perfect size for your makeup bag. The second brush is from Sonia Kashuk and this is what I have been using for my eyebrows, its the perfect angle & is quite stiff but not scratchy. These will be coming with me to Amsterdam too.

YSL Forever Youth Liberator Serum – I totally forgot I had this. I think It came in the Glossybox collaboration with Harrods (so long ago). It is a gorgeous light serum, it leaves my skin so smooth and soft. I have only used is a couple of times & I am excited to see how my skin looks after a week or so. This is quite a pricey serum so I’m expecting to be wowed.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax Light Bath & Shower Oil – This could quite possibly be heaven in a bottle. It smells botanical and very relaxing which is no surprise as there is lavender & ylang ylang in it, a couple of drops of this in your bath is all you need. Its lovely after a long stressful day. If you enjoy taking baths then these Aromatherapy Associate Oils are luxurious but not too expensive.

Murad Essential C Eye Cream SPF 15 – I haven’t used this yet but I have tried a couple of other products from this Essential C line & like them. This one is meant to hydrate, brighten and soften the appearance of fine lines. I’m an eye cream junkie & always on the look out for that perfect one so I’m hoping this could be it.

Palmers Natural Bronze Gradual Tanning Moisturiser – I have had this for the longest time too & usually use my Garnier Summer Body Moisturising Lotion & really like that, although it can take a couple of days to get a good amount of colour. With this Palmers one it’s like one application & a couple of hours later you have the most beautiful tan. It looks like you have been somewhere tropical & expensive on holiday. I can’t get over how even the colour is and how natural but deep the colour was. I even topped it up over the next 3 mornings & it looked amazing. My skin looked glowing, tanned and felt so soft. It lasts for ages (a good week) too & doesn’t go patchy. Oh and as with all Palmers Cocoa Butter products it smells incredible. I am in love with it.

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment* – Could a mask be any more amazing?? I think not. If you suffer from breakouts, blackheads or just unruly skin this mask is like a miracle worker. Its quite thick and does tingle a little but its not uncomfortable. My husband loves to use it too, mainly on his nose as he gets blackheads & we have tried quite a few products to help reduce them but this mask does its jobs & clears them up. It must draw out the sebum & grime leaving you with clean, smooth and glowing skin. I will be buying the full size of this mask & think its worth every penny.

StriVectin TL 360 Tightening Eye Serum  – I have been using this for a while now and LOVE it. Its a serum but slightly thicker in texture than your average serum . I pat it under my eye & over my lid too and instantly your eye area looks plumper, tighter and hydrated. Another miracle worker for sure. I have almost used this up & I’ve liked it so much I’m going to have buy the full size.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser - How cute is this tiny sample. I have never tried a NARS base before and am very excited to give this a go. I’m hoping this gives a light coverage & helps my skin look healthy and fresh. I enjoy wearing tinted moisturisers & BB Creams so fingers crossed this works for me. Oh & I like that this has SPF30 in too.

Let me know if you have tried any of the samples I’m using or let me know what samples you have recently used up.

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.

7 Aug 2014

Eucerin 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid

French Skincare

I have used my fair share of cleansing / micellar waters over that past couple of years and really like using them as a pre cleanse. Mostly to remove my eye makeup, especially if I’m wearing a lot of eyeliner, I find it easier than just going in with my Hot Cloth Cleanser and making a mess wiping it all over my face.

I have been using this Eucerin 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid* for a good month now and like most people I compare all micellar waters to the HG Bioderma as this is the most effective one I’ve used to date. So they’re all put through their paces and have a lot to measure up to.

This is marketed at a 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing fluid and that means its a cleanser, eye makeup remover and toner in one. I don’t use it as my toner as I do a full face cleanse after using this with either an oil or cream cleanser and tone after that but as a face cleanser and eye makeup remover it does a very good job, not the best I have used (not quite as good as my bioderma) but it is up there with the best of the rest. It is gentle on my skin and I had no trouble at all with taking this round my eyes, no stinging or irritation at all. It feels like a hydrating fluid and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight. I find micellar waters handy to have around, I even use them if I make an eyeliner mistake or need to tidy up sloppy eyeshadow fall down. They are really easy to pop on a cotton bud & tidy up, like it never happened.

Micellar Cleansing Water

I do like that this is fragrance free, paraben free and alcohol free so it is gentle and won’t strip your skin or sting your eyes. It took me two cotton pads to take off my eye makeup and sweep across my face to remove a little of my base too. It was quite quick at removing my eye makeup and I didn’t need to tug or rub back and forth. If you press lightly on you eyes and hold for about 20 seconds and this will make it easier to remove. It did leave a little more mascara behind than my Bioderma but as I cleanse after that it doesn’t bother me too much. I like the fact that this feel gentle around my eyes and that my makeup lifts off without fuss or the need to apply pressure to that area.

The packaging is simple and the product come out quite a small whole,I find its best to squeeze the bottle to get the liquid out. With the opening being quite small you won’t waste product which is always a good thing.

I will be decanting some of this into a smaller bottle to take with me on my holiday later this month.

If you struggle to get your hands on Bioderma then I can highly recommend this as an option! Let me know if you have tried this or if you have any other Eucerin product recommendations for me.

Eucerin 3 in 1 Micellar Cleansing Fluid £9.99 for 200ml

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.

30 Jul 2014

M Asam Perfect Teint II Review

I have been testing a few skincare items over the past couple of weeks from Ideal World, which is a TV shopping channel and they also have an online shop. I have been putting 5 products to the test & I thought I would share with you one of my favourites so far. It is by the brand M. Asam, which is a German cosmetic company founded in 1963, I had never heard of this brand before and being a skincare addict I like testing out new products but I’m always slightly worried that I will upset my routine or that something will break me out. Thankfully this product  has been no trouble for my skin so thats a massive plus.

M Asam Skincare

This M. Asam Perfect Teint IIis a product for reducing the appearance of fine lines, controlling oil  and giving your a skin a smooth base for applying your makeup. The first thing that struck me about this product is its constancy, it feels so light and fluffy almost like a mousse. It takes a little getting used to how much to apply but I learnt that less is more, it is easy to smooth over the skin and dries down to quite a matte finish. It feels very light on my skin and once it had been on my skin for a couple of minutes It felt very soft and hydrating.

You apply this after your moisturiser but I would say that if you use quite a hydrating serum you could get away with using this instead of a moisturiser, especially if you don’t like to layer your products that much. This leaves my skin velvety smooth and my foundation glides on over the top and helps give me a flawless finish. I have been reaching for this most days during this crazy heat wave we have been having as it helps keep my foundation from slipping off my face and also controls my oily T Zone. I would say this is essentially a smoothing primer & a damn good one at that.

M. Asam Skincare

Face Cream

I have to say I was a little sceptical at first as I had never heard of this brand but after using this Perfect Teint II I’m intrigued to try more. This product is an oily girls best friend & it does a pretty good job of smoothing the fine lines, some of my wrinkles are just too big for this to smooth but I think thats to be expected, it still makes my skin look even, natural and my foundation looked so good over the top. This cream doesn’t really have a scent, my husband thinks it slightly floral but I can’t make a scent out, either way its not overpowering.

The packaging feels luxurious and the product is in a nice frosted glass jar with a bright green lid.

M Asam Perfect Teint II – £24.99 for 50ml.

Let me know if you have tried anything from this brand before & if you have any product recomendations. Also let me know if you have any experience shopping with Ideal World.

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

28 Jul 2014

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser

Nivea Skincare

I was lucky enough to win these Nivea In Shower Body Moisturisers back in June on the lovely Sarah’s Blog – Temporary : Secretary, I had seen them in store & wondered if they were any good. Well let me tell you I’m converted to the in shower moisturise. It has been a god send during this heatwave, I’ve found it far too hot & sticky to apply regular body butter or lotion but at the same time I hate skipping this step as my legs & arms get so dry.

I like to use this Nivea In Shower Moisturiser in two ways , this first is the standard way &  I follow their instructions & use it after I have used my usual shower gel and massage it all over my body then I rinse it off. I find that after I get out the shower my skin feels so very soft & hydrated, and this really keeps the dry skin at bay. Also unlike regular lotion the heat doesn’t make this feel sticky on my skin.

The second way I like to use this is to use it as a shaving cream as it leaves my legs & under arms feeling SO smooth they feel amazing. It doesn’t lather up but it acts as a really creamy shield and your razor glides over it & you’re left with the closet smooth shave. It is also very gentle and you don’t get any red bumps or angry shaving rash. If you use this & haven’t tried it this way I highly recommend it.

I have been going on & on about these to my Mum & she has stocked up on them & is also a big fan. Like I said its a great way of moisturising in this warm weather without feeling like you have an extra layer of product on. These get a big thumbs up from me. I like both scents equally and really hope Nivea release a few more, maybe a more Autumnal scent.

Let me know if you have tried these & if you have found them to be a hit or miss.

Nivea In Shower Body Moisturiser – 250ml £3.56

26 Jul 2014

The Mio Big Beach Countdown Box

Latest in Beauty Box

If you didn’t know, You Beauty Discovery offer Limited Edition Boxes throughout the year & they tend to have a theme. I have tried a few now & loved everyone of them. The one I am reviewing today is aimed at getting your body Summer Ready, so ideal if you’re heading off somewhere beachy on your summer holiday. These boxes are always jam packed full to the brim with products, food, and lifestyle extras such as vouchers. Its a great mix of new things to discover and inspire you. With this box You Beauty Discovery have teamed up with Mio Beauty  for the Big Beach Countdown & In this box you get,

-          Mio QuickStart (200ml)

-          Mio The A Cream (150ml)

-          Mio Fitness Band

-          Mio Exfoliating Glove (1 per box)

-          Mio Gym Bag

-          Mio voucher £10 off your first online Mio purchase

-          Bodyism Clean & Lean – 1 Day Body Brilliance Supplement Sachet (10g sachet)

-          The Chia Co. – Black Chia Pouch (150g)

-          Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing – Exclusive 3-Day Gym Pass for you and a friend

-          Champneys Health Spa – Exclusive Mio Treatment voucher entitling the holder to a 55 minute treatment for just £39 (RRP £65)

Mio The A Cream

Mio is a new brand to me but once I did a little research about it I quickly discovered its a very popular and highly recommend brand. You get two Mio products in this box & they’re both really good, I have been using them in the morning & they make the perfect duo.

Mio – The A Cream 150ml – this is a firming body cream that you apply it to damp skin so I use it after I shower in the morning. I have been focusing this on my legs & bust (yes that needs firming too). Its in a very handy pump bottle & I use a few pumps for each leg & one pump everywhere else. The cream itself is quite light and absorbs quickly in to my skin leaving it feeling cool, smooth and very hydrated. Thats one thing I really noticed is that this is very moisturising and my legs have never felt as soft & smooth.

This cream has lots of skin benefits ‘The A Cream is packed with antioxidants and vitamins, organic Shea Butter, Hyaluronic Acid, organic Avocado, Sweet Almond, Coconut and Blueberry Seed Oils. Your skin will be soft, balanced, deeply moisturised and strong.’

So this cream is perfect if you need to give your body a boost of hydration whilst leaving it looking radiant and restoring skins elasticity and firmness. I’m seeing improvements and hope by the time I go on my holidays my legs are looking their best. I also noticed that Mio suggests using this as an aftersun lotion as it is naturally cooling & in this heat I have been taking full advantage of that.

mio-quick-start

Mio Quick Start Exhilarating Shower Gel 200ml – The first thing you notice about this shower gel is its spearmint scent, its minty, zingy and exhilarating and the perfect way to kick start your day. ‘This multitasking motivator cleanses, stimulates, brightens and nourishes in one healthy hit. It’s the surefire way to kickstart your day – with fresh Spearmint and Caffeine’. This is a very nice shower gel & does leave my skin feeling clean, soft and there are no nasties such a sulphates, or harsh chemicals. 

If you have been wanting to try Mio Skincare for a while then this box is a good excuse as the Mio products alone are worth more than double what you pay for the entire box & you will get all the extras too.

Healthy Chia Seeds

The Chia Co Black Chia 150g – I am no stranger to Chia Seeds & have them in my juices & often on my porridge. They’re are a rich source of Omega 3, fibre and proteins. They’re also a good source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidents. Its suggested that you eat a table spoon of Chia everyday – adding it to salads, yoghurt, porridge or whatever you desire. They have virtually no taste & are a great supplement to a healthy diet. Chia is a complete plant based protein containing all eight essential amino acids & if like me you are Vegan then this can be hard to find & Chia Seeds are an easy efficient way of getting your amino acids.

You also get a Mio Exfoliating Glove which is great to use with the Mio Shower Gel & a very good way of getting the circulation going in the morning and exfoliate away all the dead skin to keep your skin looking bright, smooth and Summer ready. They suggest that you use this on dry skin, but that just feels a little weird to me & I much prefer to use it in the shower.

Mio Fit Band – I must admit, I haven’t used this much yet, but as I said I am on the 4 week countdown to my holiday so I do plan on using it & getting a little more toned. Mio have printed suggested exercises on the band so thats very helpful. This is bright orange & would be ideal to take away with you if you wanted to exercise whilst away from home but you were limited on space. So I look forward to tightening my stomach & lifting my butt ready for my holiday.

Mio Gym Bag – This is bright orange & pink & would be great for the gym but my niece pinched it from me & is using it for her swimming kit. So she is one happy 6 year old.

Body Brilliance – The Clean & Lean 10g sachet – With high-quality, well-being and a happy life in mind, this burst of protein, fibre, minerals, greens, herbs, fruits and vegetables comes in a deceivingly delicious chocolate flavour to curb any sweet cravings, whilst injecting the body with pure goodness. Im yet to try this yet but it says it has a chocolate taste so I am sure I will enjoy it. 

Nuffield Health, Fitness & Wellbeing 3 Day Pass for you & a friend – So if you live near a Nuffield Centre then this is a great way of testing out their facilities & seeing if its somewhere you’d like to join. Nuffield offer a huge variety of classes in every one of the 65 Fitness & Wellbeing Centres across the UK. 

You also get a £10 voucher to redeem at mioskincare.co.uk

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24 Jul 2014

MONU Brightening Boost Serum

MONU Skincare

MONU Skincare

This MONU Brightening Boost Serum* has been a staple in my summer skincare routine, I have been road testing it for about 3 months now and my skin loves it. It is a lightweight serum designed for more Mature Skin or those that have Sun Damage but I think it can be used by people of all ages and It’s an ideal product for people with dull complexion as it leaves your skin instantly smooth and looking radiant.

I find it to be very hydrating and lightweight, I massage two pumps worth into my face and neck and that is quickly absorbed leaving my skin looking smooth, bright and feeling soft. I have been using it on the backs of my hands too as I do have a couple of age spots appearing & it seems to be helping them look lighter. I will keep applying it until I’ve ran out & let you know if there are significant changes to them.

MONU Brightening Serum

So this serum promises to,

Thats a lot of promises but I will say that you see almost instantly a brightening and smoothing of the skin which helps your complexion look radiant and healthy. I don’t have hyper pigmentation so can’t comment on that but my skin tone is looking even and a few dark spots around my eyes are looking less visible. I’m not too sure I have a huge amount of visible sun damage but I guess it can do no harm in keeping the effects of sun damage at bay.

This serum contains Vitamin C which helps combat free radicals and helps even skin tone. Also Hyluronic Microspehers which hydrate and plump the skin helping to reduce the visibility of wrinkles. Which is something I really need help with, I have quite a few wrinkles around my eyes & a few appearing on my forehead, so anything I can do to keep them as small and not notable. The packaging is also sleek and in a frosted bottle, it looks and feels expensive. It takes up no room as all in my skincare box & is a great size if you travel often, the bottle is so slim and has a very handy pump.

MONU Vitamin C Skin Brightening Serum

MONU Brightening Serum

I like the hydrating feel to this serum and how easily it absorbs into the skin. Its gives me radiant healthy looking complexion but its always hard to say definitively if a product is helping you look younger & diminish signs of sun damage. I’m naturally freckly and have quite fair skin so this serum can be doing no harm in helping fight the signs of ageing & sun damage. As I’ve said  in many posts I’m very much in to SPF and wearing it all year round but there are times when we are exposed to the sun & this serum seems like an effective way of giving your skin a boost to keep some of the first signs of ageing at bay and help you improve skin tone.

Its been a welcomed addition to my skincare routine & if asked I would recommend it to people that are concerned with dull skin & that want to give their skin a boost of Vitamin C to give them radiance and even out their skin tone. I also think this wears well under my makeup and helps my skin look radiant all day long. I think my mum would really like this serum.

Let me know what skincare products you are using to help give your skin radiance & let me know if you have tried anything from MONU and have any other recomendations of product that I should try from them.

MONU Brightening Boost Serum £22.50 

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