Wake Skincare Collection

Wake Skincare Collection

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Described as skincare for a generation who are always on the go, Wake skincare are a relatively new brand in the beauty world founded by Anton and Alex. Two friends who wanted to address lacklustre, tired skin, so they have created a range of products that do just that. Not only do they have a refreshing attitude to skincare, but their core values are inspiring too, their packaging is all recyclable, and they even work alongside Women’s Aid, a charity that supports and empowers women affected by domestic abuse.

The founders describe the brand as,

“A brand born out of the frustrations of being glued to screens, working long hours and always being switched on.”

Wake skincare eye cream

“Our generation are always switched on. Glued to phones, Surrounded by screens and always connected to work, our friends and family were forever complaining about dark circles, bags and lacklustre skin. Then our friends started having children and the tiredness really kicked in”

Over the past 3 weeks I’ve been testing out the three products in their range, Eye Gel, Face Mask and Face Cream. All of which come packaged in colourful boxes which are very eye catching and fun. The skincare products themselves are very sleek, minimal and look very cool in their white tubs with black font and silver lids. They feel luxurious and look very modern, I am a big fan.

Wake Skincare Eye Gel – 30ml – £22.98

Lovely fragrance free, lightweight gel formula, it is cooling and soothing whilst absorbing easily and leaving the skin around your eye smooth, hydrated and brighter. This collagen based gel will help combat crows feet and fine lines whilst plumping skin and boosting radiance. The cucumber, elderflower and aloe vera extract is gentle and non-irritant on this delicate eye area, as well as helping de puff, sooth and brighten. It is a lovely product to keep in the fridge, so it is extra cooling and refreshing on tired eye bags and dull skin.

You get a whopping 30ml of product and for an eye cream that is a lot this will last a long time, great value for money.

Key Features

  • Combats dark circles that result from late nights and early starts
  • Fragrance-free for the delicate eye area
  • Firms and refines eye contours
  • Hydrates your skin after spending long periods looking at screens
  • Contains vitamins and antioxidants to reduce signs of premature ageing
  • Protects the environment by using glass bottles to reduce plastic waste

Wake Skincare Facemask

Wake skincare Review

Wake Skincare Face Cream – 50ml – £24.98

This fragrance free, silky face cream contains the hero ingredients Hyaluronic acid and Coenzyme Q10, which holds on to water and boosts hydration, it is a fantastic way for your skin to look plump, smooth and radiant.  It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps skin look refreshed and awake. Not only is this face cream focused on being Anti Wrinkle, it is also Anti Blemish too, so its a great product to have in your skincare regime. Especially if you have a busy lifestyle and need a product that is an all rounder which helps with hydrating, evening out skin tone, preventing blemishes and helping to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.

Key Features

  • Reduces blemishes caused by a non-stop lifestyle
  • Formulated to be cooling and refreshing
  • Fragrance-free
  • Targets fine lines that result from irregular sleeping patterns
  • Easy to apply before and after working out without feeling thick or heavy

Wake Skincare Products

Wake Skincare Face Mask – 50ml – £27.98

Lovely and thick, vibrant pink clay mask, ideal to detox the skin, exfoliate away skin cells and help achieve that natural healthy glow. It is gentle but thick and has a slight texture, I found it easy to apply (I use a brush) and it has a cooling feeling on the skin. It contains Kaolin, which helps draw out excess oil and sebum skin, helps prevent acne and helps reduce irritation and redness. Whilst zinc oxide helps calm skin, protects skin cells from being damaged and protects from harmful damage from UV rays.

Key Features

  • Australian pink clay mask designed to prevent breakouts
  • Reduces acne caused by blocked pores and dead skin
  • Combat dull skin immediately and achieve that radiant glow
  • Get a smooth complexion in just 15 minutes with natural exfoliants
  • Contains 100% natural exfoliants to help to detoxify the skin
  • Protects the environment by using glass jars to reduce plastic waste

New Skincare from Wake

I really hope Wake skincare add a few more products to their range this year, I would love to see a serum, a face oil or maybe eve an SPF. But that being said, I really like the 3 products they have at the moment all 3 are fantastic quality.

ECO Packaging

Wake skincare products are never tested on animals and are made and manufactured cruelty-free in the UK. Also for every Wake product that is sold they will make a donation to Women’s Aid, you can read more about their charitable pledge here.

These products are PR samples and have been gifted to me, I am not obliged to review them.

Autumn Skincare At Very.co.uk

Best Autumn Skincare

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The transition from Summer to Autumn is always tough on my skin thanks to the cold weather, turning on the central heating and the lack of sunshine, which tends to make my skin look dull, feel dry and have less bounce. I seek out products to help give my complexion the things it lacks during these cooler months, like moisture and radiance. I also like to use soothing and products that won’t irritate or be abrasive, Autumn is for me a time to adapt my routine to nourish my skin and with the help of these products from Very.co.uk I am well on my way to a glowing, healthy complexion. Let me know if I have added any of your favourite products to my Autumn skincare regime, or if you have any suggestions of products I need to try.

Garnier Organic Rejuvenating Lavandin Smooth & Glow Face Oil*

This is such an affordable face oil which you must try, so please don’t be scared of using an oil on your skin. Even if you have an oily complexion, oils can really boost hydration and nourish skin. This Garnier one is a great overnight oil, the consistency is much like a serum and that’s how I like to use it, after toning but before my evening moisturiser. It is enriched with Organic Lavandin & Argan Oil and Antioxidant Vitamin E, so it is soothing, smoothing and very hydrating. I really like this overnight sleep range from Garnier.

Garnier Lavender Sleep Skincare
Garnier Rejuvinating Lavender Skincare

Garnier Organic Anti Age Sleeping Cream*

This cream, much like the Lavandin face oil, targets dry sensitive skin and helps calm, smooth and hydrate. This cream is nice and rich it feels lovely on the skin, very cooling and instantly hydrating. It is enriched with organic Lavandin essential oil, argan and jojoba oils for night time nourishment. I highly recommend this alongside the face oil, they’re a great overnight duo for Autumn.

Autumn Skincare at Very.co.uk

Trilogy Clarifying Cleansing Gel*

Now, this cleanser has been wonderful in helping combat my dry skin. It’s non drying, rebalancing gel formula is gentle on the skin and is a must for the colder months. Formulated with mildly astringent witch hazel to tone and refresh, salicylic acid from willow bark to lightly exfoliate dull and tired skin, and omega-rich rosehip, jojoba and grape seed oils to nourish and soften. It also has such an energising scent of mint and melon, a combination that really works well together, (surprisingly). If you hate that tight, dry feeling after you cleanse, this is a great product to add to your routine.

Elemis Superfood Cleansing Butter
Autumn Skincare Update

Elemis Superfood AHA Glow Cleansing Butter*

Well, this is a game changer for me, one of those products that you instantly fall in love with and wonder how you managed without it. It is bright orange, which I thought was quite fun, and the thick buttery texture makes it so nice to cleanse with. A unique blend of a fermented Pumpkin enzymes and Acerola Cherry, naturally rich in AHAs helps to brighten skin, while Mango Butter and Chia Seed Oil, rich in omega fatty acids, nourish and hydrate the skin. If like me, your top skin concern is dull, tired-looking complexion then you need to try this cleansing butter. It will make your skin look so radiant, and I mean really healthy! It’s like a pot of gold, and I have fallen head over heals for it. You can use it morning and night, but I like to use it in the am, as it gives my skin such a smooth finish and that lovely glow.

Autumn Skincare Routine

Nip & Fab Salicylic Fix Serum 2%*

Nip and Fab have such a great range of skincare and their Salicylic Fix products are some of my favourites. We all get blemishes and uneven skin and this salicylic acid serum helps unclog pores & gently exfoliate skin which promotes cell turnover and treats/prevents blemishes. It is also enriched with Soothing Aloe Vera helps to hydrate and calm the complexion to keep the skin feeling smooth. The concentrated serum helps to regulate sebum production to banish excess oiliness with Purple Ginseng Extract.

Favourite Skincare Products

Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream SPF30*

Not every luxury moisturiser is truly worth the price tag. With moisturisers, you are often left wondering what you are paying for but not with this Elemis Po Collagen Marine Cream, this is the real deal. It is fantastic quality and very effective. I’m 43 and when my skin is dry/dehydrated my fine lines look so much more defined and my skin is less plump. It is easy to see why this moisturiser is a beauty icon and has won countless awards. This rich but lightweight cream is designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and increase hydration, leaving your skin feeling smoother and firmer, with the added benefit of broad-spectrum SPF 30 sun protection. Blended with a cocktail of three seaweeds – padina pavonica, porphyridium and chlorella, plus ginkgo biloba, rose and mimosa a powerful combination which tones, improves hydration and elasticity to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I love it, and it wears so well under makeup.

REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream*

This smells like fresh oranges and is so zesty, the cream is perfect if you have some sun spots after the summer or uneven skin tone. This cream specifically targets those sun spots whilst you sleep. It also helps skin to be plumper and radiant a rich, hydrating sleeping cream – almost like an overnight mask
These key ingredients help with pigmentation and dark spots, Encapsulated algae – to target the appearance of excessive pigmentation. A bend of Encapsulated Algae Complex – targets the appearance of excessive pigmentation and PhytoGlycogen helps recharge skin for a smoother, more radiant complexion, So if you suffer from hyperpigmentation this is a wonderful addition to our Autumn skincare routine.

These are some of reasons we experience pigmentation. ‘Hormonal changes, ageing, pollution and UV damage can leave skin looking uneven, tired and cause or worsen dark spots, and these are mainly down to melanocytes. Classed as part of the immune cells, they’re known to react to and protect us from sun damage, but also react to pollution, inflammation and spots, causing areas of skin to darken over time’.

PIXI ROSE Travel Kit*

How sweet is this skincare set from PIXI, it includes 4 deluxe travel size products in the most beautiful pink packaging. You get Makeup Melting Cleansing Cloths, Rose Cream Cleanser, Rose Tonic and Rose Ceramide Cream. It’s 4 steps to nourish, gently cleanse, sooth your skin. Great for sensitive skin, the Rose Tonic is my favourite product in this kit, it is so gentle and helps boost radiance.

Switch up your skincare for Autumn

Very.co.uk offers a wide range of skincare brands to suit every budget and skin concern. From Garnier to Elemis and Emma Hardie to REN. Pop over and browse their Beauty section. Whether you want to update your skincare regime for Autumn, have an important occasion coming up or just want to target a specific concern, Very.co.uk have you covered.

*Products marked with an * have been provided as PR samples

Lovely Coffee Shops In Cornwall Part 1

Shiva Coffee Shop Cornwall

I have lived in Cornwall for almost 6 years now, and in that time I have seen so many wonderful coffee shops open up. No longer is it impossible to find delicious, good quality coffee. There is also an abundance of places to get Vegan options and although the Summer can get very busy, we get to enjoy all these beautiful spaces over Autumn and Winter when it is quiet and cosy! I thought I would share a few of my favourite cafés with you in this post. Let me know if you have visited any of them, or if you have any recommendations for me, I love finding new coffee spots.

First up is my most local café, The Short & Strong, which is in the pretty harbour village of Charlestown. They not only have lovely outside seating but before COVID (and I hope again soon) they have cosy inside seating too. This used to be an old boat shed until about 4 years ago, when they did a full renovation, and it became my regular haunt for a cheeky morning brew.

Short and Strong Coffee Charlestown Cornwall
Short and Strong Coffee Shop Charlestown
Short and Strong Vegan Cakes Cornwall
The Short & Strong have a great menu, you can get all milk alternatives & they use local coffee and tea. If you drink Matcha, Turmeric or Beetroot Lattes, they have you covered. Smoothies and Hot Chocolate too. Their food menu is ideal for brunch, they do the classic bacon/egg rolls, full English breakfast, avocado on toast and a delicious vegan breakfast too. Oh & their granola, yoghurt and fruit is very refreshing in the Summer. If cake is more of your thing, they always have a great selection, lots of locally baked treats and the Vegan Peanut Butter Blondies are not to be missed.

You get a nice view over the harbour, but be warned it gets SUPER busy, so be prepared to wait for a table. Unless, like me, you get there very early in the morning as the sun is coming up.

Vegan Breakfast Ideas Cornwall
Short and Strong Coffee Shop Cornwall

Now, Shiva is quite a special place & it is located in just the most adorable housing estate called Nansledan on the outskirts of Newquay. It is an entirely new housing estate where all the houses are different styles in sweet pastel colours, and I just want to live there. They have established quite a community feel with cafés, bakeries, homeware shops, florists and even a dog groomer. How perfect!

Shiva is a café with a Yoga / Pilates studio and is focused on wellness and health. The café is a lovely space too, where they do a supper club in the evening as well as a roast dinner club at the weekend. It opens late on Friday and Saturday evenings with a licence to serve alcohol.

I have only been during the day and their breakfast, brunch and lunch menu is full of locally sourced food and drink, they prepare almost most of their offerings themselves and what they buy in is good quality and locally produced. I am plant based, and their menu has so many lovely options, as well as having ALL the milk alternatives too. I have sampled their Berry Bali Bowl, Vegan Sausage Rolls and Soups. All were delicious.

Nansledan Newquay

Shiva Coffee Shop Cornwall
Shiva Cafe Newquay Cornwall
Shiva Cafe Nansledan Newquay

They offer everything from Matcha to Chai and their iced coffee & regular coffee is so good too. I am partial to their sweet treats and whenever the Vegan Jaffa Cake or Biscoff Flapjack is on the menu I can’t resist! I challenge you to have the will power to say no to their cake counter. They have lovely outside seating and the café itself had a very relaxed, bright and friendly vibe. As it is on a housing estate, it is mostly full of locals – unless someone has been recommended to visit or a tourist has discovered this hidden gem.

Vegan Brunch Shiva Newquay
Nice Cafes in Cornwall
Best Coffee In Cornwall

So if you’re heading into Newquay anytime soon I highly recommend visiting Nansledan, not only for a nice coffee & brunch at Shiva but make sure to visit Teylu Trading – a gorgeous Scandi home store and also Home is a lovely florist and homewares shop too. Well worth an hour of your time, for sure.

Vegan Cake Shiva Cafe Cornwall

The final café for part one is Island, which is also over in Newquay. Owned by the same people that brought us Strong Adolfo’s on the Atlantic Highway (also a fab place for coffee & food). Island is relatively new and is pretty cool inside (do people still say cool?), well I do & it is a nice space, with a black counter, black and gold coffee machine, black Huskee cups and black crockery, which is is right up my street! I love the vibe, and even bought myself a Huskee reusable cup after visiting.

Island Cafe Newquay
Island Coffee Cafe Newquay

Island is just outside Newquay centre & well worth popping over. I love their Vegan Curried Cauliflower and Cheese Toastie, it’s delicious. They have a good amount of Vegan options and their coffee is lovely too. I did manage to resist a cake, but they had a wide selection of indulgent treats, including many Vegan options too. They offer matcha, chai, beetroot & turmeric lattes and milk alternatives. Their food is locally sourced, and they have smoothies and a seasonal food menu. It is a very cool location and I highly recommend popping in.

Vegan food at Island Cafe Newquay
Lovely cafes in Newquay

Books I’ve Read Lately Part 2

I am quite behind on updating you with all the books I have been reading, so I will be doing a few posts over the next couple of months with all the wonderful books I have managed to read over the past 18 months! I have read a nice mix of genres and found some real gems (and a few not so great reads amongst them too), so today I will be sharing the first 7 books. Reading for me is such a wonderful way to relax and stop working. I’m self employed, and it is often hard to step away from working or just scrolling through social media all the time. Reading gives my mind a chance to shut off and just enjoy the moment. I am pretty pleased with the amount I have been able to read over the past few months, and it has helped to keep my stress levels down too.

Top Books To Read 2021

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

This YA book isn’t usually my go-to genre, but I had heard so many good things about it & I am a sucker for a good teen romance, this did not disappoint. It is set in a hospital and the story follows two teens who have Cystic Fibrosis and despite the Nurses doing all they can to keep them apart they still fall madly in love. Its a sweet story that tugs at your heart strings (cheesy in parts) but I enjoyed the reminder of how intense and all consuming young love can be & feel.

This Will Only Hurt a Little by Busy Philipps

LOVED this autobiography from Busy Philipps, she is honest, funny and not afraid to fall on her backside (she always gets back up though). I read this so fast, and although I don’t read too many celebrity memoirs (I thought Lily Allen’s was AWFUL), Busy has lived quite a crazy life, had a lot of downs but managed to find the strength to be quite the straight talking, no BS kind of lady I like. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all about her crazy and often heartbreaking life, and I don’t think many people in the public eye are quite so open about their mistakes and lessons they have learned along the way. Busy is pretty ace.

Great Books of 2021

Three Daughters by Consuelo Saah Baehr

This was a very odd read, it felt like it was disjointed, and the story was missing depth and a clear plot. Parts of the story were interesting, and had me gripped, but I was left underwhelmed overall. The story follows three generations of Palestinian Christian women, you are witness to their traditions, their turbulent love stories, betrayal and a yearning for a more modern way of life. In parts this book is beautifully descriptive of life in historical Jerusalem, the sights, sounds and smells. You feel like you are there, but the book looses something special when the story takes you to America and essentially becomes a generic love story.

Mr Doubler Begins Again by Seni Glaister

What a very unusual but sweet story of friendship, affection and respect. Mr Doubler is a potato farmer who has lived alone for years, although he keeps himself very busy (on his farm) and doesn’t have much time for socialising, he doesn’t realise how isolated and lonely he has come. His only contact with the real world is Mrs Millwood, his housekeeper who comes every day, and they have lunch together whilst chit chatting. His world is turned upside down when she is taken ill, and he misses her company more than he ever thought. They speak daily on the phone, and Mrs Millwood ensures Mr Doubler finds purpose away from the farm. She not only opens his heart, but she helps him find friendship, people that need him and a new lease of life. It is a slow starter and in the beginning you do wonder where the story is heading but hang in there because is is quite wonderful, and you will find a place in your heart for Mr Doubler and the lovely Mrs Millwood.

Books You Must Read

Diary Of a Drag Queen by Crystal Rasmussen

This is a year in the life of Crystal Rasmussen a larger than life Drag Queen who takes you on a no holds barred, utterly unfiltered, shocking, at times heartbreaking but quite often laugh out loud glimpse into the world of the LGBTQ community. The KFC story almost killed me! This book has a lot of sex, and sexual references, so if you’re a little prudish, this is not (absolutely not) for you. I thoroughly enjoyed it and could not put it down, It is well worth a read, and is an eye opener for sure!

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

There has been a flurry of these real life accounts of life inside the Concentration camps during the Holocaust. This story follows a young girl who risks her life to keep the 8 books the camp has safe from the Nazi’s. Keeping them safe is not an undertaking usually taken on by a 14-year-old, this responsibility comes with the constant threat of execution. But Dita Kraus sees the importance of books, and their ability to capture the imagination of the children (and adults) of Block 31 (The Children’s Block). The accounts from inside the concentration camps of WW2 are always utterly harrowing and never stop being unimaginable, but the tales of the people imprisoned there who manage to find strength, spirit and courage to not only survive but do so much good.

The Flat Share by Beth O'Leary

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

LOVED this book, it is an unusual but totally believable account of two people who share not only a flat, but a bed. It is set in London, where we all know rent is extortionate. Leon occupies the one-bed flat while Tiffy’s at work in the day, and she has the run of the place the rest of the time. It is an interesting & crazy concept and I loved the way Leon & Tiff get to know each other, without meeting, using letters, notes and seeing each other’s belongings. It’s a fun modern-day love story. If you are looking for an easy but great read, then this book is a real page turner. A fab beach read option this Summer!

As always, if you have any book recommendations or have read any of the books below, let me know how you enjoyed them.

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