Ideal Girls Night In

Ideal Girls Night In

Tonight between 7.30pm – 8.30pm I will be taking part in a virtual Girls Night in With Ideal World & I’m inviting all of you to join me in discussing all things from the perfect party snacks to your top tanning tips. The Twitter chat will coincide with a 3 hour event live on the Ideal World TV Channel (so make sure you tune in to that throughout the night) as there will be exclusive deals across lots of beauty products.

Ahead of the #IdealGirlsNightIn I have been testing out some of Ideal Worlds offerings and I have said it before that if you’re a beauty addict like myself it is a great channel / shop for discovering new brands and products.

Ideal Girls Night In

GelTouch Starter Kit £49.99 but will be £39.99 during the #IdealGirlsNightIn

One very exciting product that is launching on Ideal World tonight is the Gel Touch Starter Kit and Nail Polish Set. You can’t have a girly night in without doing each others nails and this kit will allow you to get salon quality gel nails at home. The Top Coat allows you to transform ANY nail polish into a GEL in only 60 seconds. So your nails will look cute and be dry in time so you don’t miss out on the popcorn! In the starter kit you get the Gel Touch 9W LED Lamp, Clear Top Coat and Gel Cleansing Wipes

Attitude Gel Touch Nail Polish Trio £17.99

As we are approaching Spring I think it is finally time to ditch the darker shades and opt for something a little more bright and fun on your nails. These Attitude nail polishes are a perfect selection of pinks and I will be painting my nails with the middle pink share & using the gel topcoat & LED lamp to make my manicure last that little bit longer. These trios are available in a few colour options, if pink isn’t your cup of tea.

Attitude Gel Touch Nail Polish Trio

Zhuzh! Tan Accelerator £15.99 (BOGO during the Ideal Girls Night In)

A good girls night in should 100% involve some fake tan, you can get your friends to help you get that all over even tan – in those hard to reach place like your back. Ideal World are quite well known for their Zhuzh tan enhancer products and I have used this Tan Accelerator before, it’s not a fake tan but and it is great at speeding up your natural tan. It works to stimulate your skin’s natural melanin levels & it comes in a handy spray bottle for fuss free application.

Zhuzh Tan Accelerator

Skinn Collagenesis Lip Stem Rejen Elite

Skinn Cosmetics are a skincare and makeup brand sold on Ideal World, they have a wide selection of products to suit all skintypes. I have a lip serum which sounds like it will help keep my lips looking smooth and diminish those pesky fine lines. We often forget about our lips in our skincare routine and it will be nice to have a product focused on protecting and hydrating this area.

Gel Touch Starter Kit

What is a girls night in without cosy socks, these super soft fluffy socks from Joules are perfect for relaxing and getting the Hygge feeling and of course I have some delicious Tyrrells Poshcorn & I may put a rather large mojito in my cute tumbler. Let the pamper begin!

I have spoken about Ideal World quite a few times on my blog but for those that are not familiar with them they’re a home shopping channel and you can watch them on the following platforms SKY 654, Freeview 22, Virgin 747, Freesat 812 and also via live stream at www.idealworld.tv

Also if you’re going to join in the with tonights chat make sure you’re following @IdealWorldTV and use the hashtag #IdealGirlsNightIn & they’re giving away goodies bags too.

*This post contains PR Samples

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

Products Currently In Use #5

Products Currently in Use

Products Currently in Use

Pureology Fullfyl Shampoo

I’ve been using this range for a couple of months now & since I coloured my hair red it’s become my goto shampoo. The Fullfyl Haircare System are a range of products which give volume, thickness and added texture to fine colour treated hair. Their signature AntiFade Complex includes a blend of antioxidants and full spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens which care for your colour and optimise colour retention along with protecting your locks from hard environmental aggressors and damaging free radicals This is a gentle shampoo but your hair still feels clean after using it, but not stripped or dry. Its 100% vegan, sulphate free.

OGARIO Revive and Shine Conditioner

This is one of those conditioners that you fall in love with from the very first use. I have the shampoo from this range too and they work well as a duo but I adore the conditioner. This is a great conditioner for nourishing and giving your hair that healthy glossy finish. Thanks to the combination of hibiscus (which nourishes the hair) and horsetail (which gives your hair that lovely shine) I also like that this product is fantastic at detangling knot prone hair, like mine. I am impressed with this brand and all three of the products I’ve tried have been incredible quality.

Decléor Aroma Cleanse Shower and Bath Gel

I do like an indulgent body product and often think we focus much of our time and money on products for our hair and face and our body can get overlooked. This Decléor shower gel is beautiful, it is luxurious but it leaves my skin feeling and smelling like I have been to a SPA. It has Essential Oils of Lemon, Lavender and Seaweed extract which awaken the skin, whilst the refreshing gel turns into a beautiful gentle and invigorating foam bestowing a real feeling of vitality. Such a treat for my morning shower.

Elizabeth Grant Graceful Angel Body Lotion

This is quite a sweet scented body lotion which isn’t usually my cup of tea but after the initial sweetness the scent settles down to be subtle and fresh. I like using this on my legs after I have shaved, its hydrating and l like how smooth and soft this leaves my skin. I am trying to be better at using body lotion in 2017 as I quite often neglect this step in my skin care regime. I’m not too sure if you can purchase this separately as It came as part of a skincare set but Elizabeth Grant always have great gift set offers so keep an eye out for those over on Ideal World TV

ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud Mask

I have spoke about this hair mask quite a few times but it is THAT good that its getting another mention. I only have a couple of uses left in this pot & I’m 100% going to repurchase it. This is the hair mask you use when you have a good amount of time on your hands to relax and let it work its magic, I like to leave it on for at least an hour. Its a mask that will help hair that is heat damaged, dry and even dull. Vitamin C-rich watercress and Apricot kernel oil soothes and nourishes your scalp, while the red clay stimulates circulation to help boost growth and strengthen and promote healthy, glossy, manageable hair. After using this your hair feels silky smooth and has a healthy bounce to it. I also like the luxury feel to the packaging, as with all ESPA products they have fantastic attention to detail.

Discovering New Beauty Brands in 2016

Trying New Beauty Brands

For me 2016 was the year of trying out brands and products I’d never used before. I was not only introduced to brands I had never heard of before but also given the chance to test out products that had been on my wish list for a while.

A few didn’t live up to expectations but I’m pleased to say most of them have become firm favourites. I thought I would share some of the ones that stood out to me. I am very much looking forward to trying more new brands this year and have a few on my radar already.

Pureology Haircare

Pureology Haircare

I had wanted to try this brand for the longest time as I’d only heard positive reviews from bloggers whose opinions I really trust. I was thrilled that the FULFYL haircare system that I tried out lived up to my expectations and my Mum even went out and purchased it for herself too. This particular range is formulated for colour treated hair and it protects your colour from fading whilst keeping your hair strong, nourished and looking super glossy. I am obsessed with it and the hair colour I used on my hair this year stayed vibrant for the longest time, I 100% put it down to using this trio.

NIOD Skincare

NIOD

Again I was excited to try this brand and I have to say its one of my favourite skincare discoveries of 2016. NIOD are a relatively new brand to the market but don’t overlook them on that count, they’re a brand that are pushing the envelope of ingredients and producing products that are fuss free, effective and pretty damn cool. Everything from their production & packaging right down to the products themselves are progressive. I have tried out a couple of their offerings this year but this Mud Mask has changed my life – well my skin. It has restored my skins radiance and I’ve certainly had fewer blemishes which pleases me greatly. I will be purchasing a lot more from them in 2017 and also trying a few products from their sister company The Ordinary.

Mac Palette Dupe

W7 Summer Nights Eyeshadow Palette

This is a budget brand that has always intrigued me, they are quite renowned for producing dupes and when I saw this MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette dupe on MissMakeupMagpie blog I knew I had to try it. I love neutral palettes and this 9 pan palette has become a firm favourite. I’ve used it so much these past few months and if you are able to track it down (its like gold dust) then I urge you to snap it up. Its super pigmented, wearable and affordable, what more do you want!?

BRYT Skincare

BRYT Skincare 

This was a new British skincare company that I was introduced to this year but they mainly cater for younger skin and I’m certainly not in that bracket anymore. Nevertheless their skincare is gentle and although rich its not greasy or too heavy. I did enjoy trying out these three products, but I need something that offers more lift, tightening and hydration. BRYT seem to be ticking all the boxes when is comes to delivering affordable, ethical and botanical premium skincare. So if you’re under 25 then make sure you check them out. How cute and bright is their packaging too!

Skin Chemist Snail Serum Skincare

skinChemists Skincare 

This is quite a luxury brand which has a very modern minimal feel to its branding and packaging. I have enjoyed the products I have tried from them, especially the snail eye cream which I thought was very gentle and nourishing. It was very lightweight and felt cooling around my eye area, also my concealer applied so well over this. I have been using a few products from their Caviar range too but It’s still early days, so keep an eye out for a full review soon.

Ooh! Oils Cacay Facial Oil

Ooh! Oils of Heaven 

I adore using facial oils and love how versatile they are, these two from Ooh! have been a pleasure to use. The Cacay Oil was my favourite of the two and I mostly use this as part of my evening skincare routine but I do mix a little with my serum during the day of my skin is looking lacklustre. It helps to keep my skin looking radiant and hydrated and is great at reducing scaring and uneven skint one. This particular Oil has a high content of vitamin A, vitamin E and Linoleic Acid (omega-6) which have effective results in skincare.

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette-One-

Blank Canvas Cosmetics

Another brand I had never heard of before trying this palette but I have learnt that they have a huge following, especially in Ireland which is where this brand is from. They produce high quality makeup brushes and also a range of makeup products. The eyeshadow palette didn’t completely WOW me but I did like quite a few of the shades and think they are a brand to keep an eye on. The double ended brush that came with the palette was incredible quality and Its made me want to try a few more from their huge range.

What brands did you try for the first time in 2016, any firm favourites that you would recommend?