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April 10, 2016

skincare sunday | 03

First off, please excuse the mildly deathly looking cacti, they are in need of some loving. It seems like FOREVER since I last put together a post on my current favourite skincare products, so here we are once again. I still have some staple products that I absolutely adore and have no reason to ever switch from, and also have a few new finds too. 

To remove make up and cleanse my skin, I go for DHC Deep Cleansing Oil (£21.50) for everyday use and Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm (£18) when my skin is in need of a deeper cleanse and nourish. The DHC version is absolutely unbeatable as a make up removal oil and is the perfect option for my typically dry skin, and the Pixi balm is ideal to let soak into the skin for a couple of minutes whilst in a bubble bath. 

I discovered La Roche Posay Effaclar Micro-Exfoliant (£8 - on offer!) a few years back when in France and have used it on and off ever since as a way of removing dead skin cells and prepping for my night cream. I much prefer to use a liquid exfoliator as they are proven to be much kinder to the skin over cream versions that have tiny beads in. It does a great job at throughly cleansing my skin without leaving it feeling stripped and dry. I tend to use this two times a week and then in between I will opt for Liz Earle Instant Boost Tonic (£14.50) which has been a firm favourite of mine ever since I first start blogging, six(!) years ago. 

In the last few weeks I've made a real effort to take better care of my skin and to moisturise both in the morning and evening, along with introducing a serum into my routine. Every night I apply the Bryt Essential Serum (£16.50) and after allowing it to sink into my skin for ten minutes or so, I follow up with Korres Black Pine Eye Cream (£36) and Day Cream (£39). Although it may seem as if I'm slightly breaking the rules using a day cream for night, I find that more often than not they are suitable for both and there's no need to invest in one of each. That being said, whenever my skin is in desperate need of nourishment I treat myself to a small amount of Argentum La Potion Infinite (£147) which without fail leaves my skin looking fresh and radiant the next day. Another weapon of choice, at a slightly more accessible price point, is Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask (£23) which does absolute wonders for any dry areas and is something that I'd recommend everyone stocks up on. It's one of the only products that I've ever found to work instantly on dry skin and have a lasting effect. 

Bio-Oil (£19) is of course an oldie but a goldie and is something that I've once again rediscovered. I'm absolutely useless when it comes to any kind of routine, but whenever I remind myself to, I apply the oil from head to toe just before bed. I've without a doubt noticed a difference in the appearance and feel of my skin since starting using it again and find that any kind of lotion or cream just doesn't do the job nearly as well. It also makes a wonderful face oil and is comparable to higher end brands if you want to save yourself some pennies. 

I also want to give a quick mention to the Foreo Luna Mini (£85) which has soon become my new favourite cleansing device. I'm lucky enough to also own a Clarisonic, which as much as I love I have to say that the Foreo comes out on top down to it being much more hygienic, portable and less expensive. 

If there's anything in particular that you'd like for me to write up a full review on, please do let me know. I already have a plan to properly talk about the Korres products as I want to waffle on a bit more about how great they are, and it goes without saying that I am a huge fan of the packaging too. 

March 25, 2016

masque bar face masks

Masque Bar Face Masks Review

I've been a face mask obsessive for as long as I can remember, ever since I discovered peel off masks at around 11 years old and became addicted ever since. I'm convinced that using a mask once or twice per week, be it mud, peel off, gel or cream, keeps my skin in tip top condition. I also absolutely love to pack one in my travel bag whenever I go away, and find that the sachet versions are so perfectly handy for doing so. 

Anti-Blemish Mud Mask (£7.49)  Different to other mud masks on the market, this version is much thicker and therefore asks you to apply it to a wet face. As I already have fairly dry skin, I found that it dried out my skin too much in places, but was definitely effective when used on my t-zone area and chin. I think these would be absolutely ideal if they came with half of the product and were only designed for problem areas rather than the whole face. 

Brightening Sheet Mask (£7.49) | You can't go wrong with a brightening mask, they're suitable for all skin types, are a quick fix to tried looking skin and are quick and fuss-free to apply. I always use one of these when my skin is in need of a bit of extra loving and usually like to treat myself to one when I'm having a soak in a bubble bath. 

Hydro Gel Eye Patches (£22.49) | My downfall when it comes to my complexion are my tired looking eyes and dark circles. Even when I manage to keep up with a regular water intake I still find that I wake up with panda looking circles, which is where eye patch masks come in. I like to use these in the morning, either whilst I'm in the bath or when I'm having my breakfast and always notice a big difference after doing so. Upon first application, they do slip and slide around slightly so you may need to adjust them a few times but besides from that they feel ever so refreshing and hydrating.  I love that 30 pairs of these come stacked up in a little pot with a spatula all ready to go and would definitely repurchase them in the future.

All of the masks I've mentioned are currently reduced at Boots, hint hint

March 04, 2016

mother's day gift ideas

Damn Jess, back at it again with the last minute gift guides. As much as I totally get that for Mother's Day some of us like to play it low key with flowers or perhaps breakfast in bed with a card, sometimes it's nice to go all out and truly spoil them. I tend to go for the more handmade approach but every few years I treat my lovely mum to a special gift or two. Everything that I've included is also worth keeping in mind for wonderful birthday presents too.

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When it comes to treating my mum, Jo Malone is the first brand that comes to mind. She's as equally obsessed with their colognes as I am, and sees off a bottle of 154 in record timing. I love the 30ml bottles for gift giving as I find they are both perfect in size and price. 

Argentum La Potion Infinie is as luxury as luxury could possibly get and has the price tag to prove it. I use this little jar of magic when my skin is in need of some extra loving and I'd love to live in a world that I could treat each and every special lady in my family to a jar. As far as anti-ageing skincare goes, I truly do believe that this miracle cream is unbeatable. I will review it in full very soon! 

For gift sets that include lots of useful products to try out, Elemis have it nailed and are probably the gift of choice amongst most of us for that reason. I really enjoy that they are always such great value and more often than not the products included are worth around double the price that they are set at, and this one comes with a really useful wash bag too.  

From the very start of my blogging days up until now, Liz Earle has remained one of my all time favourite skincare brands and after introducing my family to the brand is now a staple for them too. My mum bought this set for my nana which just goes to show that my skincare advice has taken affect on them both. 

Back in my beauty college days (4 years ago!) I trained in Dermalogica facials and became rather addicted to a whole host of their products. My most loved product was always the Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque and now that I'm the proud owner of my very own version, I've become once again addicted to the stuff. It gives the most hydrated, dewy and radiant looking complexion I've ever had and makes my skin look as if I down eight pints of water each and every day, which I assure you is far from reality.