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.

 

8 Dec 2014

Winter Makeup Edit

I wouldn’t say that I change up my makeup every season but I have been using a few new products this past few weeks & also rediscovered a few old favourites too.

Winter Makeup

Origins Nanette Lepore. Makebag* – This is a great size makeup bag & manage to fit so many products in. Its the perfect size for a weekend break. Its a limited edition makeup bag and sees Origins team up with fashion designer Nanette Lepore. Origins are offering this complimentary makeup bag with any purchase over £50.

Available while stocks last at Harrods, Selfridges London, John Lewis nationwide and Arnotts Ireland.

Bourjois Bronzing Duo- This is quite a new addition to my makeup collection, it came in the recent British Beauty Box. These make a pretty pairing and I have been wearing them both a lot. The bronzer isn’t at all orange & gives you just the right amount of colour, no shimmer. I have been attempting to contour with it & so far so good. The highlighter is a pretty pearl shade, not white & stark. This gives your cheekbones an instant lift & and adds just enough glow without looking like a disco ball. This will be a staple in my makeup bag this winter for sure.

Clinique All About Shadow Quad* – These colours although not bright or too out there are still not in my comfort zone when it comes to eyeshadow but I have been trying to use some of the less loved products in my collection. The colours are beautiful & after getting to grips with what colour to put where on my lid I have been creating some winter appropriate smokey eyes. The plum & browns work so well together. The shadows themselves are easy to work with & very pigmented. The palette is packaged really nicely too & is so slim. So ideal for travel.

Whats in my makeup bag

Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara* – This mascara has a HUGE wand & I have little eyes so I thought that was going to be a major problem, but I have discovered that it means I can apply my mascara in double quick time. This mascara isn’t going to wow you if you’re looking for volumised lashes, but this mascara is great at separating your lashes & it keeps a curl like no other! I like my lashes to look fluttery and this works well at achieving that. I also like the chunky packaging & I’ve grown to love the big oversized wand.

Korres Wild Rose Lip Balm – These Korres Lip Butters are fantastic, not only are they hydrating but the colour pay off is pretty damn good too. These won’t hang around for hours & hours on your lips but still they will give you a pretty flush of colour & keep your lips moisturised too. I need to get a few more of these in different colours.

Soap & Glory Glow All Out – I’m still on the fence about this powder, I like it & think it gives a illuminating glow but I’ve heard some people say they sweep it all over their face, I am a little scared of that & use it as more of a cheek highlighter. Its beautiful used like that & think I will stick to using it that way. I hate the cardboard packaging & wish they would repackage it.

L’Oreal Super Liner – L’Oreal make my favourite liners, there are a few but this Super Liner is the one I have been reaching for the most. The nib is long and easy to get right up close to you lashes. I like to wear eyeliner most days & like it to be subtle. This liner is great at getting a precise line. It has a glossy deep black finish, that stays put all day.

Seventeen Stay Time 18 Hour Concealer – This is great for both under eye area & blemishes. I do powder over the top to ensure it stays put all day. Its a great affordable concealer and I’m thrilled with it. Although not too sure about the 18 hour claims, nothing a quick touch up won’t solve.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – This foundation, applies really nicely & gives me a natural finish with a good amount of coverage. Never does it look cakey or too much. If I want it to last all day & in to the evening I do need to wear a primer, but thats OK with me. I might be speaking a little too soon but I may have found something to rival my beloved L’Oreal True Match.

What is in your winter makeup bag, have you switched up any products?

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.

6 Dec 2014

Only Fingers & Toes

OF&T Polish

Last week I had a beautiful manicure at the newly refurbished Only Fingers And Toes Nail Beautique in Harvey Nichols Manchester. Only Fingers & Toes are a luxe premium nail brand that pride themselves on delivering quality and being 5 free. Which means their polishes don’t contain any Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP and Camphor, and also Phthalic Acid.

O.F.A.T are exclusive to Harvey Nichols and you can find their range both in store and online, they also have a Nail Boutique in the Manchester Store, which offers a wide range of Manicure and Pedicure Treatments to fit everyones budget. The Beautique is located in the Beauty Hall and is sat amongst some iconic beauty counters . Its quite the pamper destination as you have the Umberto Giannini Hair Salon, Elemis Spa Pod and Shavata Brow Studio too.

Colour Selection

I had the Classic Therapy Manicure, where you’re treated to a Keratin hand treatment, cuticle care, stress melting hand massage, shape and buff and perfecting polish. My nails were in need of some serious TLC & after they were shaped my hands were given some serious pampering and placed into gloves containing a warm Keratin hand treatment which was so good. It left my hands unbelievably nourished and soft. This is a treatment I would highly recommend.

Sapphire Nail PolishSapphire Nail Polish

It took me quite a while to pick my nail polish colour as they have a ‘library’ of more than 65 polishes and the collection comprises four ‘volumes’: Vivid, Molten, Illumine and Lustre, with new seasonal fashion colours released each season. So they are always adding new polishes to the library and extending their range. I eventually picked Sapphire* which is from the ‘Molten Collection’ its a deep purple with a slight metallic finish.

O.F.A.T The Molten Collection Polishes

The O.F.A.T polishes have ergonomically designed handles for maximum comfort, usability and to ensure the best possible experience. Brushes have been designed to give perfect 3-stroke, long lasting, lustrous coverage.

O.F.A.T Sapphire Polish

My nails look Christmas Party ready & my hands are the softest they have ever felt. Its almost a week since my manicure and my nails are still looking beautiful with no chipping. At £16 a bottle these polishes are what I would consider a luxury but if you’re budget fits or you are a nail polish addict who likes good quality polishes then you will love this brand.

O.F.A.T are the ultimate nail polish gift to give or to receive, they are available in four gift presentations,

The Classic (a single, gift boxed polish) £16
The Trilogy (3 polishes in your choice of shades) £42
The Edit (6 polishes in your choice of shades) £75
The Connoisseurs Collection (24 polishes in a double‐layer chocolate box style set) £275

You can chose from over 60 polishes and they offer something for everyone, from beautiful nudes to more vibrant colours & a beautiful selection of finishes too. You can take a look at the range & gift options here.

O.F.A.T are available to buy at Harvey Nicohls both in store and online with professional treatments available at Harvey Nichols Manchester, Grace in Belgravia, The Private Clinic in Cheapside & their flagship salon in South Croydon.

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.

4 Dec 2014

This Weeks Happy #4

Making Me Happy 4Making Me Happy Week 4

Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot – This cheek set is just adorable & I have used it more than I thought I would. It comes in a festive sweet shop style tin & comes with 6 of their popular box o’ powders inside and also the highlighter Watt’s Up. I’ve only tried two of the Benefit Boxed Powders & they’re Dallas & 10 both of which I use all the time. I was pleased that neither are in this palette so I get to try 5 more blushes, a bronzer and a gorgeous highlighter. This is a Limited Edition Christmas release so if you want it you best snap it up quick.

Notebook – I am completely and utterly obsessed with stationery and own so many notebooks, how could I resist this floral one? I am trying to be more organised and write down my ideas instead of storing them all in my over crowded mind where I eventually forget them & they never come to fruition. So this is the notebook I am currently carrying around with me, its quite plain inside and has standard ruled lines but the cover is so pretty & reminds me that Spring isn’t far away.

North Pole Postcard – I saw this & thought it would be a cute idea to write it & send it to my little niece as if it’s from Father Christmas. So thats what I have done, I will be calling her later in the week to find out if she has had any important & exciting mail. So watch this space. She is beyond excited for Christmas so this might just send her over the edge, a hand written card from Santa himself.

Red Nail Polish – Just the perfect colour for this time of year & these are my current favourite duo. Essie Toggle to the top and American Apparel in Lipstick. Both are beautiful reds. The Essie polish is fun and glittery where as the American Apparel is more vibrant and bold.

Dr Stuarts Detox Te- I love this brand of teas & this is my latest obsession. Its packed with the pure natural flavours of dandelion and burdock, sage, ginger, peppermint and spearmint. This tea will help to refresh your system from the inside, giving you the kick-start you need. Its also naturally caffeine free. I have been really enjoying it & its a great tea to warm you up on this chilly wintery mornings.

Cinnamon Nutmeg & Candle – This is from Clas Ohlsen & it smells so festive, I have stocked up on quite a few so I can burn them without fear of running out. I love my home to smell of cloves & spices at this time of year & the scent from this little candle fills the room. Its so nice.

What have you been loving this week?

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