Sunday, 29 August 2010
After I received the bottle of the milk bath I hid it away from my other half as he always uses my bath products and does not know the meaning of a cap full and uses the whole bottle lol.
One morning after he went to work I broke out the bottle and ran myself a lovely hot bath. This milk bath turns the water exactly that... milky. So if you're looking for bubbles I wouldn't look here.
As you step into the bath you feel like Cleopatra immersing yourself into a bath of milk, except this smells nice and you don't smell like a dairy farm.
As you have read in my previous posts I do love my shower gels, but this time I was inspired by the moisturising milk theme and used a milk based soap to wash with.
After I got out of the bath and got dried I didn't feel the need to reach for the body oil as my skin was soft and smooth.
This product is well renowned for being excellent for people with dry skin conditions including eczema, as the ingredients include both milk proteins and oat extracts.
The unusual thing about this bath product is that you can use it as a body lotion on those dry patches. So to fully test the milk out I rubbed it in to the usual rough suspects, knees, feet and elbows. I must say that they were as moisturised as everywhere else for the rest of the day.
Researching it a bit further you can also rub this gorgeous milk on your bump if you are expecting, so you keep those stretch marks at bay - a little bit of luxury when your body is working it's hardest. I would definitely put this on my wish list if I was pregnant!
I'd definately recommend that if using it neat you use it over alternate days, as the amount of hydration it gives lasts 48 hours.
A last little tip after finding multiple uses for this is, if you are going away overnight or indeed you break out in rough stress patches on your face you can use this as a cleanser. I'd wipe it off with a mitt or cotton pad then rinse thoroughly with warm water followed by a gentle toner.
Ideal if you are going on a short trip as you have so many uses but within a high class brand rather than those you find in the showers of hotels.Use this after a flight to get your glow back after one bath.
Find it online @ http://www.elemis.com/ or at www.timetospa.co.uk or in Elemis stockists from £39 for 400ml.
It is a daily face wash that stimulates the skins natural cell renewal system. Without using harsh grains or chemicals this wash gets rid of the dull, dead skin that sits on top of your face making it look dull and gray.
This wash is perfect if when you put your make up on you are seeing areas where foundation is not blending in and going patchy, not a good look.
The other great thing is that when your skin is rid of all the dead cells your serums, oils and moisturisers work better and you can see results faster!
If your skin is really sensitive I would possibly advise against using this product as it may be too strong for your skin( try with a patch test) but as for every one else listen to your skin. It can be used every day for almost all skin types or if you just want to see how your skin copes you can always use it every other day and increase it when you see your results.
After a month or so you will be using less foundation because your skin will have a glow that you want to show off not cover up.
Great when used with Pro collagen marine cream.
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The science bit is that it reduces the depth of wrinkles by up to 78% and increases skin hydration by 45%.
It is down as a powerful Anti aging cream but it is not harsh or stripping to the skin but what else do you expect from Elemis? Their products are with out a doubt powerful but you can place the care of your skin in the hands of Elemis with out having to worry that your are rubbing synthetic chemicals on your face and doing more damage deep down that you will come up against in the future.
After boasting to a friend that I was in possession of this cream she tested a small amount (under my beady eye) and said that it smelled and felt like a cult face cream that costs over £150, safe to say that I did not leave the pot in her care for too long lol
I smooth this cream on to my clean face in the morning and it sinks in within seconds and makes a great make up base and to be honest I have been able to ease up on the amount of make up that I have been using since treating my skin to this cream most days I go with out!
It is more expensive than the creams that you pick up in the supermarket but lasts longer and is a pleasure to use rather than just some thing you rub on your face because you have to.
I would recommend this to any one with out a second thought in fact I feel like a should convert people in to using this as I can't think of one thing that would put some one off!
30 ml £48
50 ml £73.50
100 ml £97.52
prices from QVC
This is where Elemis steps in! The very high tech sounding Pro-Intense eye and lip contour cream re-hydrates the dry patches and some how lightens up the circles.
At the moment Elemis are giving you a extra bonus from the good of their heart, a full size of the Absolute Eye mask.Working along side the Pro-Intense eye cream or in fact any of the eye creams, the Absolute eye mask helps to brighten the eye area and lightening dark circles whist still moisturising the delicate paper thin skin. The essential oil extracts in this mask are beautiful and include a lot of favourites. Rose and Lavender make an appearance along side mimosa, cornflower and camellia to lend a helping hand in toning and firming the area so again this mask helps with lots of problems and will always have a place in your routine.
I know buying products that say Anti-aging can make you feel like you are adding years on to your age when in fact they do the opposite! Skin specialists say that the optimum age to use these products is 25. Just think that you are pausing rather than rewinding. Elemis is gentle enough to just use them for the great results they give to your skin what ever your age.
Monday, 23 August 2010
I have been intrigued by this oil for a while. When you get this bottle of gorgeousness you are still able to smell the tropical yet relaxing fragrance but the oil is solid in the bottle and it needs to be melted in warm to hand hot water for a few minutes before you are able to use it........good things come to those who wait I guess. It does make it a perfect travel companion though, no spills just envy when people see what you are using!
This oil is super hydrating so perfect for every one with dry skin or rough elbows and knees but the smell is so beautiful and results so perfect I would not hesitate recommending it for everyone.
After having a back injury for almost a year I adore a back rub unfortunately they do not happen very often, however when my other half caught a wiff of this oil he agreed to treat me, on the condition that I return the favour. I think it was the case of a trade off to cover up his love for this oil too lol
This oil sank in well and did not leave a synthetic oil slick behind like a lot of other body oils do and it the words of my boyfriend it did not turn 'bitty',
The smell including notes of coconut coprah oil and sweet Frangipani flowers stayed around for a long while but it is not over powering at all in fact I wish I could get it in perfume form.
After treating my boyfriend to his massage which for some reason lasted longer than mine did???lol I rubbed my still oily hands through the ends of my hair for a over night moisture treatment. The next morning my hair looked and felt really soft and my split ends seemed fewer than normal.
Safe to say that I will be buying this oil when I run out as there are so many uses for it I think it would be rude not to and I may just be able to keep bagging those massages lol
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Price £29 per 100ml
Friday, 20 August 2010
Yesterday I was looking at the Pro-radiance cleanser which is excellent, today I am concentrating on a lotion cleanser and a toner.
My skin is on the oily side so I have been using the Lime Blossom cleanser along with the Lavender Toner.
This cleanser is perfect for people who like to clean their face with cotton wool rather than bending over the sink.It can be used in the morning or at night.
This lotion smells divine and whilst massaging it on I can just feeling it doing my skin good in a nice and gentle way. Where you might feel like using the harshest products out there when you have oily skin it actually does more harm than good, this cleanser has just the right balance, which is why it is called balancing cleanser I guess lol .You can feel it cleaning your skin and you can see the dirt on your cotton pad but your skin does not feel like it is screaming out for help when you are finished.
I am not going to go on about how nice this cleanser smells because to be honest it is a given! lol
It has extracts of Lime Blossom in it so unlike a lot of brands that just smell of something this does not just smell of it but it is an active ingredient, it is there to help calm the skin down and so it can repair it's self when suffering from breakouts.
BTW there is nothing wrong with splashing your face with water after removing this cleanser if you feel the need which I do on hot days.
If you have never used a toner before after cleansing this is the time to start. It is an important step when cleansing, the old school reason used to be that it closes the pores after cleansing but toners would be way to harsh if that were the case. The good reason for using them is that they remove every last bit of cleanser/face wash from your skin and allow your moisturiser to work to it's full potential, so as you can see they are really important.
So to accompany my Lime Blossom cleanser I moved on to the Balancing Lavender toner. Elemis use high Alpine Lavender to maintain the skins natural PH balance and help clarify the skin without the use of harsh skin stripping chemicals.
You can either spray this toner directly on your face and wipe off with a cotton pad or spray on the pad and wipe. I also use it as a spritz when the weather is hot just to rehydrate the skin with a light mist and the Lavender is calming which always is a bonus.
In the range there are cleansers and toner duos for the following skin types
- Rehydrating rose petal cleanser/ Ginseng Toner for normal to dry
- Soothing chamomile cleanser/Soothing Apricot toner for sensitive
- and of course Balancing Lime Blossom cleanser/Balancing Lavender toner for normal to oily
Thursday, 19 August 2010
I have tested a range from skincare to bath and body care. You can tell from the moment that you unpack the products that they are from a serious and divine brand that has a place in a lot of 5* hotels and spas around the world and Elemis tends to be a lot of therapists first choice when they are pampering clients from top to toe.
Elemis Pro-radiance cleanser is a thick non foaming cleanser that is a new generation of anti aging cleanser that deeply moisturises. All skin type can use this to be honest not just mature skins.
The smell of this cleanser is amazing, as usual Elemis have packed the product full of powerful yet sweet smelling essential oils working along side other good for skin ingredients.
The smell that hits me most is that of more well known oil such as Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Patchouli but they have also included the gorgeous smelling Sweet Brazilian Orange, yummy.
All these gorgeous oils along with essential plant extracts work together to purify the skin without stripping it so it feels lovely and moisturised when you are finished.
Normally I don't like cream cleansers because I prefer using water on my face but this cleanser comes with a flannel mitt that you use to wipe off the sweet smelling cream. The mitt is not harsh so if you have areas of soreness it should not irritate the skin but like always I would say go steady at first.
You don't use a lot as it spreads nicely as you warm it up as your are rubbing it on your face. It is the massage that loosens the dirt on your face that the mitt then lifts off.
I prefer to use this cream at night as it is perfect to take off make up as it is really good at that, even mascara as the mitt gets into all the little nooks and crannies such as round your nose and your eye brows.The smell is also really relaxing so is perfect to use with your night time oils and creams.
I have been using this for about two weeks now and my skin does feel nicer when I wake up in the morning and people have been saying that my skin tone is clearer without make up whoop!
£27 for 150 ml
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Next post find out about Elemis and the fab Cleanser and toner duo! It will be worth the read
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
I always wear perfume even if I am having a PJ day or I am feeling under the weather.
I had a big collection of various perfumes….so many that I was wearing a new one every day, but I have recently noticed that my supplies are depleting at lightening speeds.
I was getting worried as I was down to the dregs of almost all my bottles, even the ones that I wasn’t that keen on.
Again Soap and Glory has saved the day and left me smelling sweeter even if I do say so myself!
It has a sweet yet clean smell that features notes of Bergamot, Blackcurrent, magnolia, freesia,Vanilla and musk , it reads like the notes of a posh perfume!
The smell lasts most of the day without starting off heavy but I like to carry it round with me in my bag as a quick spray always lifts my mood.
If you love this too S&G have been adding this fragrance to other products such as Clean Girls body wash, The Daily smooth body butter and Scrub em and leave em scrub.
If you love this too S&G have been adding this fragrance to other products such as Clean Girls body wash, The Daily smooth body butter and Scrub em and leave em scrub.
£6 for a 250ml bottle it’s a steal and I am going to be wearing this as my everyday fragrance from now on!
Bright here Bright now.
To start off it comes in a huge 50ml tube, at this size it will last ages therefore value for money!
It adds a glow to your face so your skin no longer looks dull, with or without make up!
You can use it as a moisturiser or mix a bit into your foundation to add that extra POP.
It makes a great make up base if you are going for the natural look or just add a bit to parts of your face that’s needs a bit of help.
The creme has a very slight peach tint to it and before you rub it in you can almost see a light reflecting glow to it.
It smells quite herby but that smell goes away as soon as it is rubbed in but it’s not unpleasant anyway.
I just find that it makes my skin look like I have had a few extra hours in bed and a more refreshed.
I would defiantly have it in my make up bag as a go to product when you need the help.
It’s only £10 and get a lot for your cash!
I am so into The Body Shop's Strawberry shower gel. It is so sweet I honestly want to eat it!...but I won't
It lathers up so well and the smell stays on your skin for ages. I have a bottle of the Satsuma tucked away for next time.
£6 for 250ml but you only need a little on a shower flower so it lasts a while
And The body shop shower gels @ www.thebodyshop.co.uk
Tuesday, 10 August 2010
Everyone knows that I have always been a big make up fan, right from the disasters of teenage make up through to now 'cough' late twenties where I seemed to have settled into a certain style and colour range.
There has always been a make up enemy out there that I could never master....eye liner, no matter what brand, colour, liquid or pencil I have never been able to apply eyeliner without it looking like a child has done it or that I have had a go whilst intoxicated lol
After 15 years or so of trying I have finally had a final go and came out looking half decent, and all thanks to Cliniques’ new quick liner for eyes intense pencil liner with handy smudger on the other end.Not only is the pencil in a winding tube(no sharpener needed) but it is so silky that it makes it easy peasy to apply.
The smudger is my favourite bit as I have discovered a whole new make up look because of it.
Before I stuck to no liner and grey smoky eyes done in the same way with the same shadows, this look took me through any occasion. Thanks to this liner I have discovered that a nice base colour over the lids and then lined with the liner in chocolate, smudged so it fades out makes for a lovely natural look. It must look different and fresh as my other half noticed my new look! I also like looking fresh rather than made up all the time, and it seems to make my under eye circles look less dark.
I know this could work as an understated smoky eye using the plum shade intensified with the black as a actual liner.
I can't wait to collect them all....in fact all of the Clinique eye pencils!
A must own
FYI shades in the collection
Intense Coffee and Intense chocolate
Playtime however does not stop there! I then move on to the new limited edition High Impact mascara in Brightening black. First of all you know that it is going to be a good, true black mascara when there is only one shade in the range.
Now this is a cleaver tube of wonder. It is clinically proven to make the eyes appear three times brighter than normal mascaras. It is a wonderful deep black that makes the whites of our eyes seem more (ahem) well white! I took this little baby outside to see what the true colour of it was and when held up to the day light it is a very pretty but unusual shade of purplish, blueish black and to be honest what ever Clinique want to name the colour it is fine by me because I LOVE IT!
The tube looks like any other to be honest but this is now my most favourite mascara EVER no joking here. The wand must be just that....a magical wand! It has full and even spaced bristles which at first I worried that the mascara would clump around. When you pull the brush out of the tube it is evenly coated with product without the glimpse of excess or clumps. I only needed one coat with this wand and it captured every lash even the little ones on the inside. I did however, for the sake of a fair review apply two coats and because I have long lashes I was expecting spiders legs.....not with this. Gorgeous full lashes from inner to outer rim and so black it looked like I was wearing liner. I have tried all of the 'cult' mascaras from the pocket money budget to the higher end gulp budget and this whilst this fits in to neither category is my most favourite and I will be removing it from my make up bag before I lend the bag out because I want this to stay in my bag and stay my secret....well between you and me!
One shade fits all :-) Brightening Black
And finally make up is not make up without a bit of lip-gloss is it?
This one has the quite impressive title of Vitamin C lip smoothie Antioxidant lip gloss .
As you can guess from the title this gloss has more to it than some.
It feels smooth, lol sorry duh on the lips without the normal sticky, hair grabbing action that others have so you won't look odd trying to swipe away that hair attached to lip.
It is is a nice twisty clicker pen so no spills in your bag which is handy( I once spilled black nail polish in mine and it wasn't pretty!) and with it being a brush application it goes on with no fuss.
There are 6 shades in the smoothie collection, so one to suit everyone!
I am normally terrible of putting gloss or lipstick on no matter how many times my gran tried to drum it in to me that it adds colour and makes you look well, but with this and it's super fast application I will remember more often I think!
and Blackberry Nirvana
All in all I love the new fall line from Clinique the only down side is I will be spending alot of money adding the collection to my make up bag and will need more space in said bag.... but hey it's make up after all so it would be rude to say no!!
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Monday, 9 August 2010
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Tuesday, 3 August 2010
Months ago I was excited when I saw that Soap and Glory had brought out a new deodorant. I must not have been the only one as my local Boots were constantly out of stock!
I finally got my mitts on a bottle the other week and was in S&G heaven once again.
Not only did the bottle get loads of attention when getting it out of my bag but it does the job really well considering it is a new addition to the line.
It has all the requirements of all the leading brands such as low whitening formula to stop the white streaks on your favourite black top and it has Aloe Vera in it to soothe underarms that have just been subjected to the razor. I must say the smell is sooo Soap and Glory but I found that it does not clash with any perfume you decide to wear, and it’s girly enough that your man won’t try to spray it whilst your not looking.
I would love to see it in a roll on formula as I find that I am a bit too spray happy with this can lol
My Underarms now live up to the name of Glad Pitts.
All in all it is a fantastic deodorant, worth the money and a nice addition to your dressing table as any of S&G products are.
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I have a new best friend in my make up bag!
I have discovered a little gem in Laboratoire Remede Translucent UVCoat SPF 30.
There are 3 lightly tinted versions to choose from or indeed an untinted choice.
Not only does this fabulous lotion have a SPF 30 so it protects you face from aging but I also find that it is excellent as a base for make up, infact I am never going to use any thing else.
I have been searching for a primer for ages, and I have gone back and forth between many but not actually investing in a certain one. When I received this the recommended use was not as a make up primer but more as a light weight face protector – sheer foundation and they added light reflecting powders in to make it a bit special.
On a good day I can use this with under eye cover up and some finishing powder and it leaves a wonderful soft focus finish on the skin whilst doing some good by combating the daily damage of the sun.
On days when I need a little bit extra I find that it is excellent as a base for my mineral foundation. It gives the skin an extra oommff with out caking your face in layers of make up. I found that my make up tended to stay on my skin longer without the need for touch ups too.
My skin tone choice was the lightest version of the tinted group as I am fair with blonde hair. If you want to use it just for the skin benefits, for example if you are not a make up wearer the un tinted version is there for you.
One last tip it would be fabulous as your on holiday make up!
Pick up yours at www.blisslondon.co.uk
Monday, 2 August 2010
I was so excited to try the Clarisonic skin cleansing system, it was like waiting for a birthday.Anything that claims to make your skin cleaner and clearer is something that always intrigues me.
The team at Clarisonic say that using the brush removes 6times more make up than just washing your face and helps reduce most skin problems such as spots, oily and dry patches for example and it is also shown to reduce fine lines and large pores. The brush also gives the skin such a deep clean that you get more out of your moisturiser and products that follow, which is always a good thing!
After I almost ripped into the box ( me impatient…no…) and charged it for the recommended 24 hours I chose one of the three cleansers included in the box and locked myself in the bathroom. I was quite dubious about the 60sec cleanse as I normally double cleanse, but after gently massaging the brush over my face and rinsing my skin felt so clean I didn’t need to wash again! 60 secs saved!
I did find that after the first use my normal amount of moisturiser was too much and I would need to cut down. My skin felt smooth all day.
The brush is so feather soft that your face does not come out red or blotchy at all and you don’t press hard with it so it just glides over your skin.
After two weeks of use I have had to hide my Clarisonic as my boyfriend and sister in law both try and steal it at any given opportunity I have never had so many visits from family before! My skin is the best it has ever looked, the blemishes have reduced around my chin area and the rest of my face has a healthy glow to it. It has also managed to shift the black heads that I have had on my nose for years. I have also noticed that I don’t have to exfoliate as much and I am using half the amount of moisturiser or oils that I was using before so money saved there….my boyfriend will be pleased!
There are two systems available the one I have fell in love with is the Clarisonic classic with 2 speeds of cleansing, it retails at £150 and the Clarisonic plus that comes in at £175 with 3 speeds designed for use on the face and also the body!
It might sound a bit to throw down but it is well worth the investment and after a while you will make the money back in what you have saved on products and facials.
You can get your hands on a Clarisonic in SpaceNK, Fenwicks, Selfridges or online.
The guys at Clarisonic are also doing their bit for Charity by releasing a special addition Pink version for Breast Cancer Care month, available exclusively at Harrods
£5 from each sale goes to Breast Cancer research. So it’s another way that you can show your support for this fabulous charity!
Clarisonic is the best beauty tool that I have ever used and I will never be without it again!
Buy online at www.clarisonic.com