Current Favourite Beauty Oils

Current Favourite Beauty Oils

Current Favourite Beauty Oils

ESPA Balancing Face Treatment Oil

This is my go to face oil when my skin is feeling out of sorts and stressed. I like to use it particularly when the seasons / weather changes and my skin needs balancing. It it has a such lightweight feel and if like me your skin irritates easily this is very soothing and calming, it makes a great overnight oil so your skin looks soothed and well rested when you wakeup. It has some lovely hydrating and soothing ingredients including,

  • Lemon and Rose Geranium help clarify purify and balance oil
  • Rose Damascena soothes unruly problematic skin
  • Sweet Almond and Avocado hydrate and nourish for a soft, supple finish

ESPA Nourishing Lip Treatment

Lip Oils took the skincare world by storm in 2016 and so many brands have released their version but I like how comfortable the ESPA one feels on the lips. I often apply it when I am sat at my desk working and it helps keep my lips soft and hydrated, It is a lovely pamper treatment for your lips, especially if you like to wear matte lipsticks as this is so good at smoothing your lips and giving them that healthy boost of hydration. It includes some really nourishing ingredients including,

  • Indian Gentian Leaves – this blurs the appearance of fine lines and visible smooths skin, boosts collagen and elastin production
  • Konjac Root & Hyluronic Acid Filling Spheres – these plump, smooth and deliver long lasting hydration
  • Omega rich Raspberry & Pomegranate Seed Oils – Both are deeply nourishing and help keep your lips in a beautiful condition
  • Pink Grapefruit Essential Oils – This soothes and gives the oil  a fresh flavour

This is a wonderful product to take with you on long journeys / flights and it is small enough to fit in your makeup bag and is travel friendly.

Favourite Beauty Oils

Jurlique Nail & Cuticle Treatment Oil

For some reason this past 6 weeks my nails have been so dry and my cuticles are a little cracked so I hunted high and low for my Jurlique oil, thankfully I found it at the back of my bathroom cabinet. I’ve been giving my nails a break from wearing nail polish, just whilst I try to nourish them and stop them looking and feeling so dry. Each night before bed I take the time to really massage this oil into my fingers, especially around the nail and that seems to be working. It contains quite a few nourishing and hydrating ingredients, including

  • Rosemary Extract – to strengthen dry brittle nails
  • Horsetail Extract – to strengthen dry brittle nails
  • Carrot Root – to soothe cracked cuticles
  • Calendula – to nourish and soothe dry cuticles
  • Almond & Macadamia Oils – to intensely hydrate and restore moisture

Merumaya Everything Everywhere Beauty Oil

As the name of this beauty oil suggests it is a multi purpose product (which I love) and It can be used on dry hands, heels, face, body hair, scalp lashes and brows. I have been known to mix a few drops in with their moisturiser for an extra boost of hydration, I mostly use it as an overnight oil and find that it really peps up my skin and leaves it feeling soft and supple. It contains a really wonderful collection of ingredients including,

  • Kahai Oil which has even more benefits than Argan Oil, 50% more Vitamin E and twice as much Linoleic (Essential Fatty Acids). It also has 3 times more anti-ageing Retinol than rosehip oil (traditionally used to combat scars and healing the skin).
  • Oat, Grapeseed and Jojoba Oils, this exclusive formula provides moisture, elasticity, a reduction in lines, soothes, brightens and nourishes the skin
  • Squalane which helps prevent moisture loss whilst restoring skins suppleness. So quite the power house of ingredients. I am excited to see the results of prolonged use and I will be putting its multi functional benefits to good use.

This is a great all rounder to have in your skincare collection. If you have this let me know how you use it.

OGX Macadamia Hair Oil

OGX Macadamia Dry Styling Oil

OGX are one of my favourite haircare brands, their product selection is vast and very good quality. On a daily basis I am very low maintenance when it comes to my hair, I try not to use heat or apply too many products as my hair becomes greasy and dull so easily. This Macadamia Dry Oil is great on wet or dry hair and it helps nourish dry hair, tame frizzy fly aways and give hair that healthy sheen. It never weighs my hair down and I also use it to keep my waves / curls from looking flat. You need a very small amount of this & always adopt the mantra less is more!

It is enriched with rich Macadamia Oil which helps hydrate and smooth dry, dull hair. Whilst sugar cane extract and bamboo extract soften and prevent those unsightly split ends. So if you are looking for a lovely lightweight, affordable hair oil then you need to check this one out.

BOTANICO VIDA Omega Oil

BOTANICO VIDA Omega Oil

One of my goals this year was not to just focus skincare on my face but also remember my body needs a little love too and I have been body brushing, especially my thighs and upper arms and each morning I’ve been using a body oil from a brand I was recently introduced too called Botanica Vida. This comes in a spray bottle so you can apply it directly on to the skin and massage it in. It is a very lightweight oil and after using it for almost 3 weeks I can already see a difference in my skin tone, texture and the softness of my skin. I am excited to see what results I see from continued use from what I read this product is quite effective at reducing the appearance of stretch marks, which I have a few off so that would be good. It contains a lovely blend of Omega, Vitamin and Anti Oxidant rich nutrients including,

  • Bioactive Sacha Inchi with 90% Omega Fatty Acids
  • Argan & Rosehip Oil
  • Avocado & Oilve Fruit Oil
  • Sunflower Seed & Coconut Oil
  • Vitamin E & Calendula
  • Mandarin & Grapefruit

What beauty oils do you use in your routine, I would love to hear your suggestions of new products to try.

*This post contains PR Samples

Urban Decay Makeup Setting Sprays

New Urban Decay Setting Spray Packaging

New Look Urban Decay Makeup Setting Sprays

I’m loving the new look Urban Decay Makeup Setting Sprays, I have re purchased the All Nighter Spray countless times and I swear by it for keeping my makeup locked in place and looking it’s best. It really is a staple you need in your makeup bag. When I saw Urban Decay had given these a makeover and re designed the packaging I was super excited.

The old packaging was white & purple so it would show the dirt quite easily & mine always ended up with foundation and bronzer all over it which used to annoy me. I really like the new design and think the black bottle looks super sleek with the purple sprayer and a frosted white cap. The darker bottle will for sure stay a lot cleaner and look nicer in my collection.

New Look Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

These setting sprays come in three options

  • All Nighter* – Probably the most well known and the one I use, this will ensure your makeup stays in place for up to 16 hours & let me tell you that is no exaggeration. This is one seriously impressive mist which features patented Temperature Control Technology which in a nut shell means it lowers the temperature of your makeup to keep foundation, eyeshadow, blush and concealer in place.I think everyone needs a bottle in their makeup arsenal.
  • De-Slick – If you like your skin / makeup to have that matte finish then this is the setting spray for you. De-Slick makes makeup last as it controls oil & deflects surface shine whilst keeping your skin looking beautifully matte. This oil free formula will stop your makeup looking greasy and lock it in place.
  • Chill – I had never heard of this one but I am intrigued as it features time release technology that cools the surface of your makeup to help it last for up to 12 hours. So your makeup will remain smudge free and looking glowing and vibrant, If I wore makeup to the gym this would be the spray for me, it might be good for those warm sunny days when you are active but not going out, out!

New Urban Decay Setting Spray Packaging

Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray

Don’t panic though, the formula of all three setting sprays has stayed the same, which is great to hear. So you can expect the same reliable product just in new revamped packaging. Out of the three sprays which is your favourite?

Makeup Setting Sprays are £23.50 each from urbandecay.co.uk

*PR Sample

This Weeks Happy – Exploring Fowey

Pretty Fowey Town

Exploring Fowey Cornwall

I live less than 5 miles from the beautiful harbour town of Fowey but I very rarely go there. I tend to head in the other direction but I wanted to go there for a sunset walk while it was Winter and quiet (before all the tourists descend).

I love exploring the cobbled windy streets & taking photos of the beautiful houses. One of the things I love about Fowey is the river, its beautiful and it makes me feel calm and peaceful. I like to sit looking out over the river whilst the sun sets and it’s the perfect end to the day.

Fowey Houses

Fowey Villas

Fowey River Feb 2017

Fowey Centre

Pretty Fowey Town

Light Shop Fowey

Fowey has the perfect selection of shops including my favourite homeware shop Brocante, a very small but well stocked Joules boutique as well as lots of places to eat and get yummy cakes to take home. Also on this lastest visit I stumbled across this Industrial Lighting Shop which was incredible and well worth a visit. They had a huge selection of nautical and industrial reclaimed options, I have my eye on one in particular and I think I am going to pop back and treat myself to it.

Hidden Streets Fowey Cornwall

Rooftops Cornwall

River Fowey Sunset

Sams Diner Meal

We really wanted to visit our favourite place to eat in Fowey, Sams but it was closed for refurbishment (typical) so we drove to their new Diner. To my surprise they had quite a few Vegan options, including a Vegan Hot Dog (which sounded very tempting) but I opted for the Falafel Burger which came with chips and a cabbage salad. It was delicious & huge. I love an old school sesame seed bun, not these brioche buns which burgers seem to be served on nowadays.

The Diner is new and I thought it was a little cold inside and I am not 100% sure about the decor, it was a little hit & miss but the menu is good and the staff were very helpful when letting me know about their Vegan options. They also do an extensive healthy breakfast menu, so we might pop back one morning to give that a go, breakfast is my favourite meal of the day.

We are planning a day to Penzance next week and quite honestly I can’t believe we have lived in Cornwall for 18 months and haven’t visited yet. I’m really looking forward to it, if you have any recomendations for places to eat and drink in Penzance let me know.

This Weeks Happy – Celebrating 17 Years

2000

2000

Portsmouth 2000

2002 New York

New York 2001

John and Me 2003

London 2002

2004 Manchester

Manchester 2003

2004

Manchester 2004

2005

London 2005

SF 2006

San Francisco 2006
London 2007

London 2007

Edinburgh 2008

Berlin 2010

Berlin 2009

Perth 2011

Perth 2010

Dundee 2012

Dundee 2011

2013

Wiltshire 2012

Merseyside

Liverpool 2013

2014

Amsterdam 2014

Cornwall 2015

Cornwall 2015

Scotland 2016

Dundee 2016

2017

Cornwall 2017

This is a different kind of post from me today, I’m taking a day off from beauty products to celebrate my lovely husband, John, the love of my life.

I thought I would share a photo of John & I from each year that we have been together & I am proud to say that 17 years ago this week I met John who quickly become the love of my life. He was just 16 in the first photo back in 2000 and I had just turned 21, how young we look! I just can’t believe how quickly the years have flown by. We have lived through so many major life events at both ends of the emotional spectrum and I have never doubted our relationship or questioned John’s love for me. John is the most selfless, humble and determined man I know and has shown me that through the most unimaginable pain and grief you can still be optimistic and let go of anger.

I feel like the luckiest lady in the world to have such a supportive, understanding and damn right handsome partner. I could tell you so many stories and reasons why I love this man but one of the earliest ones which stands out for me and it isn’t one that is OTT with fancy gifts or involved spending money.  So way back in 2002 when we lived in our first, very small flat together in Scotland, we didn’t have a car or a mobile phone, I worked in quite a rural location and there wasn’t any shops or facilities near by. After I had left that morning to go to work John noticed that I had left my lunch at home in the kitchen,  he knew I would not be able to get anything else and be really hungry (and grumpy) so he walked 5+ miles each way just to bring me my lunch. All my colleagues couldn’t believe that he walked all that way in the freezing Scottish Winter just to drop off my lunch, which was just a simple can of soup and walk all the way home. What a sweet thing to do & still 15 years later it still makes my heart full of love just thinking about John walking all that way.

Here is to 17 more years of happiness, living adventures and perusing our dreams but mostly to snuggling up on our sofa talking about everything and anything.