3 Apr 2014

Luscious Locks

I don’t have a strict haircare routine, but these are a few of the products I’m currently using to style my hair. Some hits & a few misses.

Current Haircare

TRESemme Argan Oil Salon Sleek Straightening Spray 250ml for £4.99

This spray is meant to tame those stubborn fly away hairs and also to keep your hair straight and looking glossy. I have just got to the end of this and I have to say I really didn’t rate it. I still had so many fly away hairs & frizz. So I wouldn’t recommend it. It didn’t live up to the claims.

TRESemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray

I bought this mini bottle in America as it was quite humid and my hair was BIG. A few sprays of this and it kept the majority of the frizz at bay. I kept it in my handbag incase I needed to tame my mane throughout the day. It gave my hair a good amount of hold too without it feeling crispy or giving me flakey bits. So it gave the perfect combination of hairspray & fighting the humidity. I need to get a full size bottle.

Avon Advance Techniques Moroccan Argan Oil Leave in Treatment 30ml

This is a wonderful budget friendly hair oil. I apply it to wet hair but I’ve also used it on dry hair to add a little more shine and keep my hair looking healthy and nourished. It just adds enough glossiness without looking greasy or weighed down. I like that it has a pump, so you can dispense just enough product without wasting any. I’ve repurchased this 3 times now, so it is safe to say I am a fan. In fact I like this whole range from Avon and think it is well worth trying.

MoroccanOil Treatment*  25ml for £13.45

I do really like this and think it makes my hair look glossy and feel healthy and generally keeps it in great condition. I like to use this on day 2 hair as it makes it look clean and healthy and gives it a little bounce. This oil smells lovely too, always a bonus. It is pricey and after discovering the Avon one not too sure if I would buy this one, as the results on my hair feel the same.

TommyGuns Weather Protect Dew Drops Serum 50ml for £6.50

This is so good at keeping hair looking glossy and fighting frizz. I use this when I wear my hair up, to tame those fly away hairs at the sides that won’t behave. It is also really good on the ends of my hair, to stop them looking dry, I like to apply it throughout the day to keep them looking healthy.

Charles Worthington Balancing Act Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo isn’t something I use very often as I find it makes my hair feel more unclean, if that makes sense. In the event of a day 3 hair emergency I have been using this Charles Worthington Dry Shampoo. It does give a slight white cast to my hair, but if I leave if for a couple of minutes to absorb the oil and I rub away what white powder is still left and that seems to work. This adds volume to my hair which I like as I have quite thick hair which often gets weighed down. I bought this from the Poundshop and it is lasting me a long time. I have found with other dry shampoo’s they are empty after a few uses and that bugs me.

Neal & Wolf Smoothing Blow Dry Balm* 200ml for £12.50

This is a lightweight cream which I use each time I blow dry my hair, I use it before I add my hair oil and i find it doesn’t feel greasy or like I have used too many products. This balm makes sure my hair is nourished and doesn’t dry out. I find a ten pence piece size amount is enough, I apply it from root to tip whilst my hair is damp. My hair is thick and can feel course after using heat but this keeps it glossy, smooth and hydrated. Oh and have I said it smells so good ….. SO good! All Neal & Wolf haircare has the most wonderfully sweet uplifting scent. I can smell it on my hair throughout the day.

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 Mar 2014

Hydrate * Firm * Brighten * Refresh

DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips

DHC are a Japanese brand renowned for their great skincare, I really like their Cleansing Oil and have blogged about that numerous times. These Revitalizing Moisture Strips* are quite a popular way of reducing puffiness and hydrating your under eyes. I have used some from YSL which I loved. These DHC ones come in a box with 6 individually packaged sachets, which makes them perfect to put in your flight bag, or use the morning after the night before or if you just want to relax and enjoy a pamper session. Really for any situation you feel you will need to look your best or when you feel you need a little TLC.

Eye Strips

These adhere to your skin really well, they don’t slip about they stay in place so you don’t have to stay still whilst you have them on and they feel lovely and instantly cooling on your skin. They give your skin a concentrated flow of nutrients including Mulberry (calming), Alpha Arbutin (helps brighten), Olive Leaf (Antioxidant) and Soy (condition and protect). I found the strips easy to apply and they tell you to leave them on for 20 – 30 minutes or if you want a more intense burst of moisture & nutrients then to leave them on over night (I’ve not tried this yet), but can imagine this would be a great thing to do in the run up to a big event.

I’ve used 3 sets of these so far and really like them, they’re instantly cooling but feel tight at first but I think thats just the stickiness, this does wear off and I found them quite comfortable. I like to leave them on for as long as I can so about 45 minutes and they really do refresh, brighten & hydrate but I couldn’t say that they firm so much. As I use them a little more I might be able to notice a more firming effect, especially when I use them overnight

DHC

I suffer from terrible dark circles, probably from all the time I spend looking at the computer screen. I do notice after using these my under eye area looks brighter, feels smooth and the skin is less puffy. Very effective little masks!

When you remove them, they come away from the skin easily so no need to tug and the don’t pull the skin. They leave behind no sticky or greasy residue so if you’re using them whilst travelling you don’t have to wash that area which is handy.

DHC

In action

I really enjoyed using these & my mum even pinched a pack and said she thought they were great (she is 56). I will always have a box of these in my stash now as they’re a perfect quick fix for puffy / dark under eyes and for looking your best at an important event.

Have you used any eye strips? Did you find they helped brighten and refresh? These DHC ones are a great under eye pick me up. They’re available from DHC online store, a box of 6 sachets  for £6.95.

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.

27 Mar 2014

Apivita Shampoo Review

Apivita Shampoo

Apivita are a Greek brand known for their skincare but I never knew their range incorporated haircare. I have been testing out a Almond and Honey Shampoo from their Propoline range since Christmas.

Propoline Shampoo For Dry – Dehydrated Hair 250ml £13.00* – This shampoo is 90% natural and this formula is aimed at nourishing and hydrating  dry – dehydrated hair. It contains honey, aloe vera, almond & olive oil and wheat protein it also contains Rosemary infusion to offer antioxidant, toning, antiseptic and anti-irritant action. These ingredients also give hydration, prevent split ends and shield against environmental damage. Since using this I have noticed my hair has a lovely glossy sheen to it and it feels soft to the touch. It is easy to wash out but does contain SLS so foams up to a lather, It has a sweet smell  (which is very nice) and the formula is quite thin in consistency.

Apivita Shampoo

The only gripe I have is the packaging it looks pretty but when you get down to the last few uses it is so hard to get out when you’re in the shower, hands are wet and you have to turn it upside down and hit it like a ketchup bottle. Its a bit of a pain. If they added a pump the packaging would be perfect. The shampoo itself is good quality and I think it actually works, I haven’t noticed if it helps with split ends but it certainly hydrates and quite often I don’t use a conditioner when I use this as I feel like it gives my hair enough moisture that I can miss that step out (and that makes me quicker in the shower = more time in bed). This 250ml has only just ran out & it lasted me over 3 months using it at least twice a week. So that is pretty good in my book

Free of: silicones, mineral oil, propylene glycol, ethanolamines, colorants, phthalates, polycyclic musks and nitromusks

Let me know if you have tried any Apivita shampoos, I have liked using this one & would recommend it to anyone that has dry, dehydrated or even dull hair.

Apivita is available from selected Marks and Spencer stores and online from www.marksandspencer.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.

22 Mar 2014

A Lovely Duo

Perfect Duo

I’m still in the middle of moving house & everything is still packed away in many many boxes that I just can’t face unpacking yet. So I’m working my way through some posts that I hadn’t hit publish on yet.

Working from home & doing a lot of crafting I wash my hands so often and I like to treat myself to a nice handwash & lotion. These are my current duo.

ESPA Zesty Lemon Ylang Ylang & Crushed Tonka Beans Hand Wash 250ml £15.00 – I’ve used a few of these ESPA hand washes now & find them to be a little slice of affordable luxury. They’re hydrating and moisturising. A bottle lasts a very long time and it smells incredible. This scent has been my favourite to date, what I like is that it contains 100% natural Essential Oils and smells zesty but a little masculine. This doesn’t dry your hands out at all and leaves them feeling soft and clean.

ESPA Handwash

Molton Brown Thai Vert Soothing Hand Lotion (now called Lime & Patchouli) 300ml £20.00  - This also has a Zesty scent but also has Patchouli and that makes it smell very comforting & fresh. It feels luxurious and and pampering, the lotion keeps my hands hydrated and feeling silky smooth. I can’t stand when a handcream is greasy so this one is perfect as it is light, easily absorbed and provides hydration that lasts.

These two make a great duo and I have been enjoying using them & their Zesty scent is a reminder that Spring isn’t far away.

What is your favourite handwash / handcream?

18 Mar 2014

My Current Serums

Favourite Serums

Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum – This came is a sample set from TK Maxx and it’s a serum designed to protect your skin against environmental aggressors which can lead to premature ageing. This is also very good at giving you a glowing complexion so I like to use this in the morning as it’s lightweight and sinks in leaving my skin feeling smooth and hydrated. This is also meant to make your skin feel firmer but I wouldn’t say I noticed an improvement with that. I do also like that this protects against UV damage and I have seen a reduction in two dark age spots on my cheek since using this.

U Little Beauty Vitamin C Serum* I have really liked using this over the winter, this serum is very soothing and extremely hydrating. The camomile, aloe vera and liquorice help calm and sooth the skin whilst the high content of Vitamin C from the Kakadu Plum help hydrate and combat signs of ageing. Its nice and lightweight and sinks into your skin  quickly, its the perfect serum if you have dehydrated skin. All U Little Beauty products are Vegan & Cruelty Free.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair – This is a serum I couldn’t live without. It makes my skin look well rested, bright and my skin tone looks healthy and plump. If I’m staying out overnight I don’t travel without this. It is well worth the money & this has lasted me since October and I still have 1/3 left.

Current Favourite Serums

Aesop Parsley Seed  Anti Oxidant Serum – I am almost at the end of this serum and I have enjoyed using this so much. It is another serum that is aimed at helping protect the skin against free radicals. This is a little more tacky than any of the other serums but that only lasts a minute or two before it sinks in and leaves my skin feeling nourished and smooth. This serum is very hydrating and bursting with antioxidants, some people are able to use this not only as a serum but as their moisturiser too as it is quite thick and provides a lot of moisture. I find this serum really balances my skin and helps keep my excess oils at bay. The packaging of the Aesop products is always so nice too. I am a big fan of their skincare. This is my second bottle of this and I know when this runs out I will be repurchasing a third.

Jurlique Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum* I am all about products that help promote a healthy glow and keep my skin hydrated, looking smooth and at its best and this Jurlique Serum is all of those things. This has a slight floral scent to it and the serum is light and easily absorbed. Out of all the serums I have this is the best at making my skin look radiant and it feels very gentle and soothing. If My skin feels a little tight or slightly red/angry this is the serum I reach for.

There seems to be a common theme with the five serums not only are three of them from Australian brands but I like to use those offer a  defence against environmental aggressors, restore skins radiance and boost hydration. I am on a quest for bright, healthy looking skin.

Have you tried any of the serums I’ve been enjoying, or if you have any recommendations for ones you use let me know.

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 Mar 2014

Radical Skincare

Radical Skincare

Radical Skincare is an anti ageing skincare line started by Liz and Rachel, the daughter of Dr. Richard F. Edlich MD.PHD, world renowned Professor of Plastic Surgery. They dedicated years of research to formulating advanced skincare products that protect and rejuvenate skin.

The key to the Radical Skincare line is their Patented Trylacel Technology which maintains the potency of active ingredients by up to 300% by combining Multiple Antioxidants, Anti Ageing Active Ingredients and soothing Ingredients which enables maximum benefits and quick results.

Radical Skincare

I have been trying out three samples of their products,

Youth Infusion Serum* £110 – This has a nice sweet scent and makes my skin feel so smooth seconds after applying it. Formulated with plant based stem cells and hyaluronic acid to repair the skin, the Radical Youth Infusion Serum is a dual-purpose serum that works to radically boost hydration levels in the skin. Also helping to firm sagging skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles

I have noticed the skin especially round my eyes and mouth is looking brighter and plumper. I suffer with terrible lines around my eyes and these appear reduced and thats after 4 weeks of use. I’m impressed with this serum. It is lightweight and cooling on the skin, it sinks in very quickly and leaves it feeling silky smooth. If you’re looking for a product which will help combat your fine lines then this is for you.

Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum* £125 – This is targeted at being the first line of defence in protecting your skin from free radicals which are known to prematurely age your skin. This serum is seriously the bees knees, it is light brown in colour although that doesn’t show up on your skin. I used this in the morning and the Youth Infusion Serum in the evening, as a duo they seem to be keeping my otherwise dull skin looking very healthy and dare I say glowing.

From the first time you use this serum your skin feels tighter, not in the dry feeling way but in a less saggy kind of way. It is fabulous and being almost 36 gravity is starting to work against me and I think this serum really works to help combat the signs of ageing. I have noticed a marked improvement with not only how my skin feels but how it looks.

Anti Ageing Restorative Moisture* £100 – This is a seriously lightweight silky moisturiser. If you suffer from oily skin then this is perfect for you. It feels like it melts away on your skin whilst leaving it very smooth and soft. It feels instantly hydrating and smooth to the touch. My foundation sat so well on top of this cream. I have been using this in the day time because it is so lightweight and multi functional, it helps increase hydration, fight free radicals, decrease wrinkle depth and combat dark spots. I have to say it has done all of those things and I don’t think I have ever had a moisturiser perform as well as this one.

This has helped even my skin tone in 4 weeks and helped my skin look radiant, hydrated and this means my wrinkles appear less visible. This makes me very happy.

Radical Skincare

I knew nothing about Radical Skincare before trying this sample set and wasn’t shocked to see it was a high end skincare brand. I do like to spend money on products that work. Like the Estee Lauder ANR Serum which was £70 and I enjoy using Aesop skincare too. So I do think Radical Skincare is worth every penny.

I might not be able to afford them all at once and would have to say the Peptide Infused Antioxidant Serum would be the one I’d buy if I could only pick one product. It has been the one product that I think gave my skin the biggest change. Although I do think they work well together.

Being someone who has a dull complexion and is edging towards 40 at what feels like a great rate of knots, these three products were a pleasure to use and I saw visible results so I’m currently convincing my husband that I need to keep using them. I will be repurchasing at least two of them.

Do you spend a lot on your skincare? Have you tried anything from Radical Skincare, let me know if you have and which products you recommend from their range.

Radical Skincare is available from selected Fenwick Stores, Harrods, Space NK and www.radicalskincare.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.

5 Mar 2014

They Made The Cut

I thought I would share with you my favourite four products from the Latest in Beauty 2013 Advent Calendar*. I really liked most of the 25 products but these are the ones I have enjoyed the most so far.

Latest in Beauty Top Picks

Steamcream £12.95 – I’ve blogged about this product before (in a different tin). This is a wonderful multipurpose product. It can be used as a hand cream, body lotion or a moisturiser for your face. It is gentle and hydrating and can be used on any skin type. Its a beauty blogger favourite and I can see why. It is very good for travel, one product with many uses. If you haven’t tried it yet I recommend giving it a go. Its very hydrating and quite calming for your skin. A big plus for me is that its handmade in the UK and its 100% Vegan.

Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream £25.65 – I love their rosehip oil and was excited to see this in the calendar. It is quite a thick cream and is perfect for hydrating and soothing, you need only use a small amount as it is quite concentrated. This regenerates skin, helps it look glowing, smooth and nourished. Its a little pot of gold as far as I’m concerned. I wake up looking like a better version of me with bright fresh skin. Its wonderful.

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm For Lips £11 - Naughty name that makes my husband laugh and ask why I am using it on my lips & not my nips. Over the cold month of January this has kept my lips looking smooth and feeling soft. It is really good if you suffer from very dry lips as it’s a thick formula but not greasy and sinks in very quickly, it doesn’t just coat your lips it absorbs and hydrates. This can be used on dry skin, eczema and also good for addressing those dry cuticles. Its is fragrance free which I like.

Q The Fine Fragrance Body Spray – I’m not normally one for body sprays, they remind me of being a teenager & liberally spraying some hideous sickly sweet cheap body spray. Alas this is not like that at all, this body spray is grown up in scent and lovely to use to freshen up. I did spot these in Boots and will be buying a few more. The most surprising thing to me was finding out that it only costs £2.29 – utter bargain!

Have you tried any of my favourite products from the  2013 You Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar*

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 Feb 2014

Spring is in the air

Today felt like the beginning of Spring, it was glorious sunshine but still with a crisp chill in the air. It feels ike forever since I felt the sunshine. I know that by next week it will more likely be gloomy again, but I thought I best start getting my legs Spring ready. They have been hidden away for months and are going to take a little TLC before I even dare get them out.

Spring Ready

Spring Ready

Greenland Coconut Milk & Lime Scrub* This is good at buffing off the dead skin and leaving skin feeling soft and smooth. Its scent is also fresh and perfect for Spring. The lime is zesty and the coconut reminds me of holiday.

Balance Me Rose Otto Body Balm* I use this on my legs after I have shaved, it keeps them from becoming dry and leaves them smooth. Its balm texture is lovely and rich if you warm it up between your hands it melts a little and is easier to massage in. This balm is really good under the Garnier Moisturising Lotion. This is a hefty pot and will last you ages!

Laura Mercier Body & Bath Creme Brulee Souffle – This smells so damn good, I never tire of its sweet scent. I tend to use this at night as its very think and rich. I find it a little to heavy for daytime. Its very luxurious and makes the perfect pampering treat. The jar is glass & looks pretty in the bathroom {very important}. I want to try the bath soak to go with this. I think they’d make the best duo

Garnier Moisturising Lotion – I must confess I have never fake tanned {shocker} but I do like to have a little colour on my legs so these gradual tanners are my thing. This one from Garnier is pretty good, you need to have used a scrub and I like to moisturise before hand too that way I get less streaks. You can build the colour up over a couple of days but don’t expect anything too dark. It gives a nice natural even sun kissed look and thats just what I need.

So I’m hoping that these 4 products help keep my legs looking their best and ready for the sunny weather.

If you have any good Gradual Tanner recommendations I’d love to hear them. How do you get you get Spring ready?

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.

26 Feb 2014

Bath Time Treat

I was lucky enough to win this Organic Surge Spiced Lily Foaming Bath in Jennie from Sailor Jennie giveaway. I have used it all up now & thought I best tell you all how much I enjoyed it. I have been trying to take more baths and relax with no computer or distractions and I’ve been using generous amounts of this bubble bath.

Organic Surge

Organic Surge

This Spiced Lily Scent has been perfect for these cold evenings, its a very relaxing warm scent of Patchouli and spicy Clove bud which fills the bathroom. It is more of a grown up bath product as it doesn’t give lots of bubbles but it leaves me feeling relaxed and my skin soft. If you’re a lover of a big bubble bath this might not be your cup of tea.

This bath soak is Cruelty Free and suitable for Vegans, SLS Free and contains no artificial colourants or fragrances. Its been a lovely addition to my bath these past few weeks. So if your looking for a relaxing bath soak that smells spicy and a little festive then this is the one.

Organic Spices Lily Foaming Bath 250ml for £5.99

18 Feb 2014

Steamcream Multipurpose Moisturiser

SteamcreamSteamcream

Steamcream* is a multi purpose moisturiser that can be used for face, body and hands and is suitable for all skin types.

A multipurpose cream uniquely formulated using pure, unrefined steam for maximum absorption. STEAMCREAM has pioneered the use of a steam technique to create this unique, gentle and loosely-bound emulsion. This looseness allows each ingredient – including a moisturizing and soothing oatmeal infusion, orange flower water and healing lavender oil – to breakdown and penetrate areas of the skin that other creams find hard to reach.’

This is quite a light cream that is cooling on the skin, I found it easy to massage in to my face. I have been using this as a face cream as it is meant to be soothing and hydrating, the perfect combination for my skin. Its light texture helps it sink into the skin and leaves my face feeling smooth, moisturised but not at all greasy.

It has a subtle scent nothing herbal or floral, I can’t quite put my finger on it – apart from to say it smells clean and quite fresh. I have been using this cream for almost a month and i have hardly used any, its a little goes a long way kind of deal.

Steamcream Tin

The Steamcream tins are quite eye catching and they have so many patterns to pick from,  and often collaborations with Artists/Designers and have become quite collectable. This product has so many plus points, it is 75g so you can travel with it and it is a multi use product so takes up less space, it is Vegan, 100% Natural, produced in the UK and is handmade.

Their eco friendly tins are beautiful, limited edition and made from Aluminium (100% recyclable) they make quite a pretty addition to your dressing table. I plan on keeping mine when it is empty & putting my rings/jewellery in. My tin is called the THALIA and is dedicated to the Greek Goddess of Fertility and Nature. It is a pretty deep red floral pattern. These would make a really nice Mothers Day gift.

This multi use cream is quite a cult beauty product & I can see why, it is gentle, hydrating and very soothing on my skin. Have you tried Steamcream? Link me to your posts if you have, I’d love to see what tin your cream came in.

Steamcream – £12.95 for 75g

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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