Tropic Skincare – My Skin Saviours

Clear Skin Products from Tropic Skincare

Tamanu Healing Balm from Tropic Skincare

Let me introduce to you two best-selling blemish busting (and more) skincare saviours from Vegan beauty brand Tropic Skincare. I have been so excited to talk more about these products as I have been using them for a couple of months now and have really grown to rely on them in my beauty routine, in particular, the Tamanu Healing Balm which is simply one product that will very quickly become a ‘does all’ product in your daily life. It really has an endless list of uses!

First off, lets talk about the Clear Skin Blemish Fighting Mask – the lovely team at Tropic sent this out to me because for the first time in my adult life I was suffering from some really large, sore, stubborn blemishes and I wanted to get rid of them before my birthday (very important to have clear skin on your birthday, especially when you’re turning 40). I was really at a loss at how best to reduce them and the lovely people at Tropic suggested this face mask & I haven’t looked back!

Clear Skin Blemish Mask Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare Clear Skin Blemish Fighting Face Mask

This bold green blemish busting mask is white & green clay based so it is great at drawing out all the build-up of grease, bacteria and pollution from your pores whilst working with bamboo charcoal to reduce oil and balance out your skin. I slather it all over my face at least twice a week – but when I have a blemish I quite often just apply this to that area, more of a targeted treatment and that really works well to reduce redness and also calm the inflamed spot. It contains so many lovely ingredients that will help you not only reduce blemishes & mattify skin but also keep the build-up of blemish-causing bacteria at bay, so you’re less likely to suffer from breakouts.

● Willow bark extracts, rich in beta hydroxy salicylic acids, travel deep into your pores to unclog built up sebum.

● Cayenne pepper and ginger extracts kill blemish-causing bacteria at the source.

● Green and white clays work to dry out spots and stop them from increasing in size.

● Charcoal and spirulina work to draw out toxins and tighten pores.

● Raspberry leaf and goji berry extracts reduce redness and calm skin.

Another pretty cool thing about this mask, besides the fact that it is gentle, doesn’t dry out your skin or leave it feeling uncomfortably tight is that it dries dark green in more oily areas with larger pores and it dries a lighter green in more balanced areas so you can quickly see where your skin needs a little help. For me, my oily areas are my cheeks & chin.

I saw a huge difference in my skin and I know I have this mask to thank for that. My breakouts are less frequent and I always use this Clear Skin mask as soon as a blemish starts appearing. That way I know it has more chance of not becoming inflamed and It clears all the bacteria and excess sebum build-up ASAP. It is a great mask to have in your beauty routine, especially if you suffer from oily skin that likes to breakout.

Clear Skin Products from Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare Tamanu Healing Balm

Now on to what I think is the star of the show – this is one of those beauty/skincare products you stumble upon very rarely that completely blows you away. It looks quite ordinary, apart from being green and all in one beauty balms often get overlooked because people don’t quite know how they fit into their routine but this new release from Tropic is EPIC. I have been singing it’s praises to family and friends since it landed on my doorstep almost 2 months ago.

Green Gold Tropic Tamanu Healing Balm

So this skin-loving green balm is made with tamanu oil (also known as ‘green gold’), which is an age-old remedy trusted for centuries in the Polynesian islands to stimulate skin renewal, Tropic have blended it hydrating, soothing monoi and cocoa butters so it is hydrating and calming and if that wasn’t enough it also contains antioxidant-rich blackcurrant extract and raspberry seed oil.

So this balm has so many skin loving, healing and protecting ingredients. It really is the best multi-purpose product I have ever used. My favourite way to use it is as an eye cream because it is simply one of the most hydrating products I’ve used. I also dab it on the odd blemish to help calm and sooth the inflames skin.

I even took it on my recent trip to Amsterdam, in my hand luggage so I could use it on the plane. It does come in a handy 20ml travel size but I took my 60ml tub and I used it as my lip balm, eye cream, on my cuticles as well as on a few blemishes and a couple of pesky blemish scars. So I really put it to good use! I just love how hydrating, nourishing and gentle it is and I think it is incredible that it can be used in so many ways. It now comes everywhere with me!

MUK SPA Argan Oil Haircare Collection

Muk. Spa Argan Haircare

MUK Spa-Argan Oil Haircare

When it comes to my hair I am so low maintenance and that includes styling & hair care products. I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week (maximum) and really like multi-use products, ones that help my hair not only look it’s best but also strengthen it so it will be stronger and healthy as the years go on.

I have been trying out 2 new products from muk.spa, they’re part of their Argan Oil Collection and we all know how incredible Argan Oil is for our hair. They use 100% pure Argan Oil in the muk.spa Argan Oil Collection sourced directly from Morocco. Argan Oil is one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small & specific geographic areas where the trees grow.

Muk hair care is an Australian professional brand founded over 10 years ago and with 34 core range products including 5 specialised Argan Oil products, this is a hair care brand which caters to the hair needs of everyone.

MUK. Spa Argan Oil Treatment

The two products I have been trying from the Muk Spa range are very similar – they are both great for getting glossy, healthy frizz-free hair. One is more of a treatment which I use weekly and the other is a shine spray which I use every time I wash my hair.

Argan Oil Shine Spray Muk Spa

Muk Spa Argan Oil Treatment

This lightweight, absorbent oil is a fantastic weekly hair treatment. It nourishes the hair and provides intense conditioning, shine and moisture so your hair looks so healthy and full of bounce. I also like how it eliminates fly-aways and smooths frizz. I have naturally curly hair so my hair can get so frizzy but this oil is fab for getting smooth sleek curls.

If you’re worried about damage from styling tools and the sun, this treatment oil is rich in essential fatty acids including Omega 9 and Omega 6. Formulated to protect hair from blow-drying, hot irons, chlorine, salt water & sun exposure so your hair is not going to look fried or dry.

    • Spa Argan Oil Repair range is 100% free of sulfates, parabens, phosphates, mineral oil
  • Contains a blend of pure Moroccan Argan Oil, linseed oil, sweet almond oil, keratin protein and aloe

It provides repair, moisture and softness for dehydrated, damaged and brittle hair with a delicious fragrance of sandalwood and wheatgrass. The perfect fusion of nature and technology, muk Spa Argan Oil Repair range is 100% free of sulfates, parabens, phosphates, mineral oil and contains no added sodium chloride.”

After shampoo and conditioning, towel dry hair, then apply a few drops to the palms of your hands. Emulsify, and then apply evenly to hair.

MUK SPA ARGAN OIL HAIRCARE COLLECTION

MUK. Spa Argan Oil Treatment

Muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Shine Spray

This lightweight oil is more fluid than the oil and I find the spray really convenient to use, it lightly mists my hair and never weighs my hair down or leaves it looking greasy.

Much like the Treatment Oil, It contains a blend of pure Moroccan Argan Oil, linseed oil, sweet almond oil, keratin protein and aloe vera, which are great for dull, dry hair.

It provides intense conditioning, shine and moisture to the hair, whilst smoothing frizz and eliminating flyaway hair. This Argan Oil range is also formulated to protect the hair from blow-drying, hair irons, chlorine, salt water and sun exposure. So your hair will be less brittle and frizzy.

I wouldn’t say you needed both the Treatment Oil & the Shine Spray because they are so similar.

MUK also say that this range can reduce hair drying time up to 50% but I don’t often blow dry my hair so can’t really say if this is effective.

Muk Spa Argan Oil Range

Made in Australia, all products within Muk Spa Argan+ range are PETA approved and available in professional hairdressing salons nationwide or at www.mukme.com

*This post contains PR samples

CND Vinylux Wild Earth Nail Polish Collection

New Vinylux Wild Earth Nail Polish

Vinylux Wild Earth Nail Polish

I was first introduced to CND Vinylux Weekly Nail Polish in 2017 and they’re one of the best, long-wearing nail polish brands I have tried. I adored their Nude Collection from last Summer and more recently their Boho Spirit Collection was super pretty too. So that brings us to their latest release for Autumn/Winter (how did we get here so quickly?). This is their Wild Earth Collection and right away you notice that they’ve not gone traditional A/W but still kept a bold pop of colour and I’m over the moon about that. This new collection has 6 wearable shades and I particularly love the bold red and think it is the best shade for Christmas Parties & Events the gorgeous subtle peach shade is my favourite for everyday wear.

Vinylux CND Wild Earth Nail Polish

CND Vinylux polishes have a lovely thick formula, which is easy to apply and gives you that salon quality smooth finish. The brush is a perfect size, I like that it is short and wide which I personally find quick and fuss-free to use. I applied two coats of all the polishes so the colour looked even and opaque. I would say that the blue (Blue Moon) would need 3 coats just to make it really bold but apart from that the other shades looked great with just 2 coats.

Blue Moon – is a gorgeous bold cool toned blue
Element – is the perfect bold Winter red
Brimstone – is a subtle stone nude 
Spear – is a soft pumpkin peach
Dreamcatcher – is a creamy intense purple
Arrowhead – is a warm Autumnal Brown

CND Vinylux Autumn Collection 2018This long wear formula dries quickly and I didn’t have to wait long at all to apply the topcoat & I think this is when the magic happens.

The Vinylux Weekly polish Top Coat is a must, it gives your nails a high shine finish and the quality looks as good as a professional nail salon. I feel that without the topcoat the nail polish would not have lasted as long without chipping over time the high shine finish didn’t dull either with is so good. This topcoat is a serious winner and I’m going to use it on top of all my manicures from now on.

CND Vinylux Wild Earth Polish 2018

CND Vinylux Wild Earth Nail Polish Collection

Vinylux™ – weekly, chip-resistant wear, fast-drying, two-step application, brilliant shine which lasts without the need for a base coat. Increased durability with natural light.

CND products are available from pro nail salons and on-line at ellisons.co.uk to find a pro salon near you, go to lovecnd.com

SHAY & BLUE and QVC BEAUTY LAUNCH 4 PIECE FRAGRANCE COLLECTION

Shay & Blue 4 Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC

Shay & Blue have done it again, it has been exactly a year since their previous QVC TSV and I thought that one was unbeatable value but they’re back for 2018 with a very special deal indeed. This one is not to be missed, so mark your calendars because from midnight to midnight on Thursday 18 October 2018 you will be able to get your hands on a 4 Piece Fragrance Collection worth over £120 for under £50, making a huge saving of over £60 and the most exciting part is you get to pick from 2 of their best-selling scents!

Shay and Blue 4 Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV

Shay & Blue are a London-based perfume house and they will be giving you the opportunity to purchase two different Shay & Blue 4-Piece Fragrance Collections, for one day only on Thursday 18th October. So will you opt for Black Tulip or Atropa Belladonna? (or both!).

Black Tulip is still a quite a new addition to the Shay & Blue line up, only being released in 2017. So this is an exciting opportunity to get your hands on 3 products from this collection.

The Black Tulip Collection will include,

1 x 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Black Tulip

1 x 200ml Hand & Body Wash in Black Tulip

1 x 200ml Hand & Body Lotion in Black Tulip

1 x 10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in White Peaches

Shay and Blue Four Piece Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV October 2018

  • Top Note – Snowdrops and cyclamen bring instant floral freshness.
  • Heart Note – Black tulip and plum bring a rounded richness to the heart of the composition.
  • Base Note – White chocolate and soft woods for a smooth finish.

This is perfect if you like scents that are quite spicy and bold layered with subtle freshness of the floral notes. It is an unusual fragrance but very long wearing and quite sexy.

Shay and Blue Black Tulip Fragrance

If purchased at the Shay & Blue boutique these products would cost £112, but QVC is giving its customers a chance to purchase them for, under £50, that’s a saving of over £60. Just remember this is a TSV offer so will be available for one day only!

Shay and Blue Black Tulip Collection QVC TSV

Shay and Blue QVC TSV October 2018

Shay & Blue Atropa Belladonna Fragrance Collection for QVC TSV

Atropa Belladonna is still Shay & Blues award-winning, best-selling scent, so this is quite an exciting opportunity to get your hands on 3 products from this gorgeous collection.

The  Atropa Belladonna Collection will include,

1 x 100ml Eau de Parfum Spray in Atropa Belladonna

1 x 200ml Hand & Body Wash in Atropa Belladonna

1 x 200ml Hand & Body Lotion in Atropa Belladonna

1 x 10ml Eau de Parfum Spray in White Peaches

QVC TSV October 2018 Shay and Blue Atropa Belladonna

  • Top Note – First impressions of mesmerising dark Cassis berries intoxicate and draw you in.
  • Heart Note – The narcotic full blooms of white narcissus and jasmine from Grasse.
  • Base Note – The dry-down yields the sultry end-of-day secrets of patchouli and sandalwood.

After you initially spritz it and the sweet, floral notes have died down you are left with the sexy, rich warm notes which make this the perfect sophisticated evening scent.

Handcrafted in England with real flowers, fruits and spices. This perfume contains over three pounds of jasmine and white narcissus.

Shay and Blue London Fragrance Collection

The EDP comes packaged in the most luxurious blue box with a blue and white striped ribbon which adds such a sweet touch. Inside the box, I just love how the bold blue and white strip theme carry through and think these fragrances make the most incredible gifts! The fragrance bottles are also beautiful too and the mix of blue and gold make them look sophisticated and luxurious.

Shay and Blue Atropa Belladonna Perfume

You’re also getting your hands on Shay & Blues’ White Peaches, which is a special launch for 2019, so Shay & Blue fans are getting the opportunity to experience a fragrance that has not even been smelt yet by the beauty editors of the major magazines. How exciting is that? And I can tell you that it’s a beautiful, fruity, sophisticated scent with the 10ml bottle being ideal for your handbag.

SAVE OVER £60
Collection value: worth over £112
QVC special price: under £50
Special price available for ONE DAY ONLY from midnight to midnight on Thursday 18th October 2018

Shay & Blue are an award-winning, cruelty-free, boutique perfumery creating modern and unique fragrances. Made with real flowers fruit and spices. Created by Dom DeVetta ex Senior Vice President of Chanel and former Global General Manager of Jo Malone Ltd. With Julie Massé, new generation perfumer of the moment.