Currently in Use #8

Skin Care Products Currently In Use 9

Products Currently In Use 9

Superdrug Raspberry & Vanilla Shower & Bath Soak 

I can’t get enough of these Superdrug own brand shower gels. They have the nicest selection of scents. I picked up this Raspberry & Vanilla one and also my favourite Salted Caramel one too. They always seem to be on offer so I stock up and they last ages. This one is lovely and fruity with a touch of sweetness. This bath soak leaves my skin soft and makes my whole bathroom smell so good. Best of all is the fact they’re Vegan and cruelty-free, not to mention a complete bargain. So if you’re looking for a new shower gel (you can use them as bath soak too), I highly recommend this range. I really want to try the Rhubarb and Custard one but it is always sold out in my local Superdrug.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo – The Sleek Restorer with Coconut Oil & Cocoa Butter

This is great if you find most shampoos weigh your hair down, or you find it difficult to wash it out fully. The consistency of this shampoo is like a lightweight gel, it is so easy to work through your hair and very quick to rinse out. It leaves hair feeling hydrated, looking smooth and glossy with no trace of product buildup. I have naturally wavy hair that can get super frizzy but this shampoo helps to keep it manageable and frizz-free. I really want to try the conditioner too. Oh and this smells like pure Summer in a bottle, it is gorgeous.

Compagnie de Provence Karite Liquid Marseille Soap

In my house, I enjoy having products in lovely packaging, especially items that are on display all the time like handwash. When I saw this one in a cute homeware shop in St Ives I had to get it. The soap is great & doesn’t leave my hands dry at all. It is enriched with nourishing Shea Butter which is rich in vitamins A, D, E and F.

The bottle is ceramic so when it runs out I will refill it and keep using it. I love the bold typeface used on the bottle and think the cream and black make it look very modern and not too in your face. It was £18.50 so a bit of a splurge but it is 500ml and going to last a long time, also as I said I will reuse the bottle so that makes it worthwhile.

Superdrug Vitamin E Gentle Oatmeal Exfoliator 

I have tried almost all of the Superdrug own brand skincare collections and have never been disappointed. They’re affordable, vegan and have really good ingredients. I bought this Oatmeal Exfoliator from the Vitamin E range on a whim and I have to say I love it. It isn’t abrasive but the oatmeal scrubbies are enough so they exfoliate away the dead skin without leaving skin sore. I often apply it then leave it on my skin like a facemask for a couple of minutes before massaging it over my skin then washing it off with a damp warm cloth. It reminds me of the LUSH Oatifix face mask. For under £3 this is a great exfoliator to have in your routine.

Enriched with naturally sourced Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that will help to shield your skin against environmental damage and premature skin ageing by combating the harmful effects of free radicals, The indulgent formula also contains a skin conditioning multivitamin complex comprising of vitamins A,B ,F and H, which, combined with horse chestnut extract, helps to care for dry skin.

SheaMoisture 10-in-1 Multi-Benefit Hair Masque 

I use this hair mask once a week and I try to leave it on my hair as long as possible (2-3 hours). It is a wonderful mask with so many benefits – well 10 to be exact and they are

  • Age-defying
  • Nourishing
  • Anti-stress
  • Revive body
  • Colour Protecting
  • Shine
  • Hydrating
  • Strengthening
  • Manageability
  • Softening

This is the ideal mask to add to your pamper routine, it gives your hair such a deep treatment. Once I rinse this out my hair instantly feels silky smooth and healthy. It’s a great masque if you have dry, dull hair because this will bring back the shine.

It contains some fab hair loving ingredients & the whole SuperFruit Complex range is pretty fantastic. I have tried both the shampoo & conditioner and they’re well worth investing in it is great for hydrating and nourishing dry, damaged hair.

  • Superfruit–a blend of red raspberry, ketones, goji, acai and guava extracts rich in anti-aging antioxidants
  • Marula oil–contains natural plant peptides that help support hair’s elasticity
  • Biotin–nourishes individual strands for thicker, stronger hair
  • Shea butter–deeply moisturises while conditioning hair and scalp

Let me know if you’ve tried any of the products I’m currently using – or if you have any recomendations of products I need to try.

Michael Buble By Invitation Rose Gold EDP

By invitation rose gold edition

New Michael Bublé-By-Invitation Rose Gold Fragrance

I dubbed the original By Invitation fragrance from Michael as my favourite discovery of 2016, it was a really sexy fresh scent and encapsulated luxury and so I’m so excited that Michael Bublé is back with a new version, this latest release from Michael is just as luxurious and has a real Spring/Summer feel to it.

If, like me, you often overlook ‘Celebrity Fragrances’ I urge you to give this one a go. Unlike most celebrity endorsed products Michael Bublé himself was actually an integral part of every aspect of both fragrances and I have to say this new Rose Gold edition is something very special and has that touch of glamour and luxury you’d expect from the man himself.

Michael Buble’s new ‘By Invitation Rose Gold’ is a Floral Oriental Gourmand. A charming, feminine fragrance, it’s sensual, glamorous and combines a variety of luxurious warm, floral tones. This fragrance is very charming and elegant and it not only has a very layered, luxurious mix of notes it is a bottle that will look stunning on your vanity.

By Invitation Rose Gold Perfume

By Invitation Rose Gold EDP 

This beautiful new By Invitation Rose Gold is a Floral Oriental Gourmand. A charming, feminine fragrance – it’s sensual, glamorous and combines a variety of luxurious warm, floral tones. It’s a tender, modern sophisticated scent and I think it’s an ideal Spring/Summer perfume.

Starting with sophisticated top notes of radiant magnolia, red fruits and Granit pear, By Invitation Rose Gold has the tenderness of a rose and peony heart, with a hint of black plum. With a lingering praline and vanilla base – and just a touch of precious spice – the fragrance is charming and elegant.

This perfume has quite an unusual mix of notes, it’s a Floral Oriental Gourmand so you can make out the sweetness of the pear and red fruits which give it a Summer feel. The beautiful rose and peony give you a familiar fresh and floral scent whilst the black plum, praline and vanilla give it a warm, sweet but sexy twist and I just love the hint of precious spice that adds a very modern layer to this perfume. Your senses are really taken on a scent journey with this perfume and I just love it.

NEW Michael Bublé By Invitation Rose Gold Perfume

We have to discuss the stunning packaging and bottle, both of which have such a luxurious feel to them. The jewellery inspired bottle is a nod to the original By Invitation fragrance, I think this new Rose Gold release has a more contemporary feel as Rose Gold is very on trend.

I really like the way the bottle is suspended in the centre of a metal rose gold circle (which is designed to resemble premium jewellery), it looks extremely sophisticated and very elegant. The perfume also has a soft blush pink tint to it which makes it look very feminine and sexy. The bottle is weighty and there is such a luxurious feel to this design, and I think the bottle is quite unusual for a perfume bottle. You can tell a lot of time and work went into developing both the fragrance and the iconic bottle.

Michael Buble Rose Gold Perfume

Bublé By Invitation Rose Gold Perfume

Michael Bublé’s By Invitation Rose Gold is available in two sizes

 30ml Eau de Parfum – £29 – perfect for a handbag for use on the go

100ml Eau de Parfum – £55 – a beautiful bottle, suited to any dressing table

*This post contains PR Samples

StriVectin Advanced Acids Skincare

StriVectin Advanced Acids Skincare

New StriVectin Advanced Acids Skincare

Over the past few years, the use of acids in skincare has become super popular and most people have introduced them into their routine in some way. Whether it be in a weekly face mask, daily toner or even in a serum, there are so many ways to incorporate them into beauty regime. Certain acids target specific skin concerns and they’re a powerful way to see quite quick, but also long-term results. For example, Hyaluronic Acid which is one of the more well-known acids used in skincare is a powerful hydrating molecule which when included in skincare can intensely hydrate & strengthen the skin’s barrier for deep, lasting moisture.

So I’m very excited to introduce you one of StriVectin’s latest skincare releases, their Advanced Acids Collection. Each product in this line contains their famous patented NIA-114 alongside other active ingredients.

NIA-114™ is our patented, optimized form of Niacin/Vitamin B3 clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier and supercharge the performance of other ingredients for visibly transformed, more youthful skin. 

StriVectin Advanced Acids Skincare

StriVectin Oleic Rapid Recovery Milk

This is a serum specifically designed to target skin concerns associated with ageing such as wrinkles and sagging skin. This lightweight milky textured serum will replenish skin making it look plump, feel tight but bouncy to the touch. It is so easy to smooth over clean skin, it instantly hydrates skin and smooths fine lines but it also has incredible long-term results too.

Oleic Acid, an Omega-9 fatty acid, replenishes skin’s lipid layer – an essential component of the skin’s barrier. Paired with NIA-114, it improves skin’s resiliency and visibly repairs signs of ageing.

  • Visibly repairs and replenishes skin’s lipids for improved firmness and elasticity
  • Restores youthful cushion lost with age
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

New StriVectin Skincare

This serum doesn’t contain what most people might associate with an acid (like hyaluronic or glycolic) it contains a rich form Omega fatty acids, omega-3 and -9 fatty acid which are incredible for repairing, hydrating and reducing the signs of ageing. They also replenish and support your skins lipids. This can be used alone or under a serum.

My skin feels and looks plumper and more supple since using this and my fine lines are smoother and skin is looking more even, especially around my eyes. I like how refreshing this feels on my skin and it certainly feels like it’s repairing my skin and working its magic.

StriVectin Advanced Acid Repair Milk

StriVectin Oleic Advanced Acid Skincare

StriVectin Glycolic Skin Reset Mask

Who doesn’t love a skin reset for those days when your skin isn’t playing ball and your makeup just isn’t applying well? This mask is the answer, you only need to apply it for 5 minutes so it is perfect if you’re in a rush and just need glowing, refreshed skin!

The Advanced Acid collection pairs our patented NIA-114 molecule with the most potent, skin-transforming acids for maximum efficacy and results. NIA-114™ + Glycolic Acid, the most effective of the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), exfoliates dead skin cells from the face to reveal fresh, renewed skin. Paired with NIA-114, this potent yet gentle retexturizer delivers maximum results with minimal irritation. With micro-encapsulated Glycolic Acid for slow-release exfoliation, the supercharged formula restores radiance and dramatically improves texture in just 5 minutes.

  • Mask with micro-encapsulated Glycolic Acid delivers gentle yet potent exfoliation
  • Gentle, one-step exfoliating treatment for glowing, radiant skin in 5 minutes
  • Exfoliates for smooth, soft skin
  • Diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brightens and restores radiance

SrtiVectin Advanced Acid Resurface Glycolic Mask

This gentle exfoliating mask although fast acting is still quite gentle (even for an acid). Glycolic acid, is the most effective of the alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) & exfoliates dead skin cells from the face to reveal fresh, renewed skin. Paired with NIA-114, this potent yet gentle retexturizer delivers maximum results with minimal irritation. This is so quick and easy to use, I have been loving how smooth and polished my skin feels after using it, it also gives it a healthy glow oh, and my makeup sits so much better too!

I love that this mask is a peachy pink in colour and smells really nice too, slightly citrus. It is a really good product to have in your skincare routine and you only need to use it 1-2 times a week which means this 50ml tube will give you last months and help transform dull, textured skin into smooth, youthful skin with a natural healthy glowing. I really like this mask and can’ believe it delivers such visable results in just 5 minutes.

StriVectin Glycolic Acid Face Mask

StriVectin Resurfacing Face Mask Skincare

StriVectin Advanced Acid Hyaluronic Serum

StriVectin Hyaluronic Dual-Response Serum 

This clear, gel-like serum instantly feels hydrating on the skin, it has an almost silky smooth feel to it once smoothed out on to your skin. So I feel Hyaluronic Acid is the most well-known acid when it comes to its use in skincare, it is such a popular ingredient in products aimed at giving intense hydration and lasting moisture. I have used quite a few hyaluronic acid products over the years and think they really help prevent moisture loss and keep skin looking plump which is great for smoothing out fine lines.

  • Dual-phase serum with six types of Hyaluronic Acid deeply hydrates skin and locks in moisture
  • Visibly plumps skin and smoothes the look of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improves skin’s ability to retain moisture

The Advanced Acid collection pairs our patented NIA-114 molecule with the most potent, skin-transforming acids for maximum efficacy and results. NIA-114 + Hyaluronic Acid, a powerful hydrating molecule, can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. Paired with NIA-114, this dual-action serum visibly plumps skin with moisture to bring dehydrated skin back to life. 

  • Chamber 1 contains 6 unique forms of Hyaluronic to visibly plump skin with immediate and sustained hydration. 
  • Chamber 2 combines NIA-114 and ceramides to lock in moisture and prevent water loss. 

SrtiVectin Plumping Hydrating Dual Action Serum

If like me you often feel like your skin is feeling dry and your fine lines are a little more visible than usual then this dual response serum will deliver a boost of hyaluronic acid to immediately quench dehydrated skin, but also help give sustained hydration and lock in moisture. Which means your skin will feel and look plump and bring dehydrated skin back to life.

StriVectin Hyaluronic Acid Dual Action Serum

New Strivectin Skincare Advanced Acids

So there you have it. 3 Acids which all deliver visible results for specific skin concerns. These new releases from StriVectin have quite a luxurious price tag but if you only bought the one that you’d see the most benefits from then it would be money well spent. I really liked them all, but would 100% repurchase the Mask & the Serum.

Rapid Recovery Milk was replenishing and is helping firm the slack skin around my jaw and mouth

Skin Reset Mask is where I saw the fastest results, this is phenomenal for exfoliating away dull skin and giving that fresh, healthy glow

Dual Response Serum – this serum is so good at delivering hydration and strengthening the skin barrier for plumper, smoother that has visibly less fine lines.

Just remember that if you’re using any kind of acid you must use a facial SPF!

Let me know which Advanced Acid you’re most tempted to add to your skincare regime.

 

Indulge Beauty : What is #yourindulgence

Indulge Beauty Online Shop

Indulge Beauty

If you’re like me you have been waiting patiently for years for Sephora to open in the UK. I’ve always felt disappointed that there isn’t a shop that caters to ALL of my beauty & makeup needs. Well, now there is. Let me introduce you to Indulge Beauty. Indulge Beauty is beauty heaven and they not only have an incredible beauty shop in Westfield Stratford City, they also have an online store too so you can shop till your heart’s content.

At Indulge Beauty, our mission is to empower you when it comes to beauty and grooming – leaving it all in your hands. We aim to redefine the industry so you feel good about how you shop, feel and look – confidence to show the world the real you. We recognise that so much of the beauty out there seems prescriptive, encouraged by sales targets and commission schemes. Instead, everything from our products, services and expertise is informed by you. We’re here to revolutionise the industry and the way you shop for your beauty.

Indulge Beauty Online Shop

New Online Beauty Shop Indulge Beauty

With over 120 brands to pick from Indulge Beauty cater for both men and women and stock a carefully curated selection of the world’s best beauty, makeup, fragrance and grooming brands. These brands include Make Up Forever, The Ordinary, NIOD, Beauty Blender and Sachajuan. So get excited because there is a new beauty destination and they are very customer focused rather than sales or target lead. So you can shop without being harassed, which is bliss.

The lovely people at Indulge Beauty kindly sent me a small selection of the products they sell. I was so excited to see some very sought after brands and quite a few products I’ve wanted to try for ages, It is always fun when a new beauty store opens its doors, especially when they stock such exciting products.

Brands Available at Indulge Beauty

Indulge Beauty stock a number of brands that I had heard of but up till now not had the chance to try and these include, Beauty Blender, Sachajuan, Verso and Skin Laundry. So I had to give them a whirl first.

Beauty Blender

The award-winning, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge in pink (cute colour), I can’t believe I have never tried it especially as it’s has a six-time Allure Best of Beauty award winner. This applies makeup with ease and so evenly. I hardly used any product as it blended it out so effortlessly giving my skin a lovely natural, soft-focus finish. I am completely sold on a makeup sponge now, there is no easier way to get such a flawless finish. Love it!

Sachajuan Ocean Mist

I have heard a lot of positive reviews about this brand and this salt spray couldn’t have been a more perfect introduction to the brand.  I’m that girl that longs to have salty beachy looking hair but you will never get me in the sea in the UK – it is FREEZING! So a salt spray will have to help me fake that effortless beach look. It is lightweight and doesn’t give your hair that crispy feeling nor does it look greasy – it adds both texture and volume and holds your beach tousled hair in place. This is going to be great for Summer in Cornwall!

Lord & Berry Crayon Lipstick

This crayon style lipstick is a gorgeous bold orange toned red, the formula is creamy and very pigmented. I have tried a few Lord & Berry lip products over the years and always think just how overlooked this brand is. Their products are amazing quality and last really well on the lips. Red isn’t my go-to colour but it is always handy to have a good red in your collection and this fits the bill perfectly.

Indulge Beauty Online Shopping

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This makeup setting spray from Urban Decay is such a cult product. From makeup artists to beauty editors this product gets a lot of love. I have been through a few bottles over the years and have to say I like the packaging update, the black and purple design looks a lot more swish compared to the old white bottles which got so dirty with makeup. This product is a foolproof way of ensuring your makeup looks amazing and stays put throughout the night. This mini bottle is adorable and will fit perfectly in my travel makeup bag.

Skin Laundry Neck & Chest Mask

Well now I am a pro at using sheet masks for my face (and love them) but I have never used a neck & chest mask, have you? It felt a little odd at first and was tricky to apply but once I had figured it out it felt relaxing and it made me realise I don’t pay this area enough attention. I need to make sure I apply my skincare right down my neck and chest and I would use this mask again, it was a nice addition to my pamper routine. This mask is Enriched with natural nutrients and 19 skin conditioning extracts. Leaves skin noticeably refreshed and restored. Improves skin smoothness, and firmness.

#yourindulgence

I’m going to work my way through trying and testing all the products in this box, make sure you check out Indulge Beauty either in their store at Westfield Stratford City or online at www.indulgebeauty.com and let me know what you think, or if you do a cheeky order let me know what products you treated yourself to.

*This post contains PR samples